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Money Saving Tips

Six ‘secret’ shopping hacks at Target that could save you $1,000s

TARGET shoppers can slash their bills at the retailer with a number of “secret” shopping hacks.

Some shoppers reckon Target can be on the pricier side but there are ways to make sure you make a saving and get more goods for your money.

Becky Guiles, who's known as the Freebie Lady, shared the tips and tricks in her money-saving video on YouTube

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Becky Guiles, who’s known as the Freebie Lady, shared the tips and tricks in her money-saving video on YouTubeCredit: Youtube – Freebie Lady

Money-saving guru Becky Guiles, who’s known as the Freebie Lady, has shared a number of tips and tricks that can cut your spend at the store.

In fact, you could save thousands on your Target bill over time if you take advantage of the hacks.

The stay-at-home mom, 41, has almost 26,000 subscribers on YouTube where she shares her weekly money-saving hacks.

She decided to quit her job to focus on her tips after she managed to cut expenses by $30,000 in the first year after her first son was born.

How to cut the cost of your grocery shop

BELOW are some tips on how to reduce the amount you spend on groceries.

  • Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
  • Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
  • Never shop hungry – You are far more likely to buy  more food if your tummy is rumbling
  • Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
  • Use social media – Follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
  • Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
  • Check the small print –  It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
  • Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards

She told The Sun: “Over the next few years we cut out expenses even more and we paid off $35,000 in debt. It was life-changing.

“My goal is teach others how they can do it too.”

Becky recently uploaded a video to her channel explaining how shoppers can cash in at Target.

In total, the guide covers 17 different ways to slash your Target bill, but we’ve pulled out some of the top tips that you’ll want to make a note of.

You can watch the full video on Becky’s Youtube channel as well as check out top tips that are explored on her blog as “The Freebie Lady”.

Becky lives in Syracuse, New York, with her two sons Colden, four and George, seven, and partner Jason, 39.

Here are six of her tricks to get money off your Target bill:

1. Buy cheaper display items

Retailers sometimes sell you the display items when they are discontinued, Becky said in the video.

Simply ask for the department manager and they may offer you a cheaper price for the item as it has been out of the box in the store and may have been tried and tested by other shoppers.

Target might not be selling any more of the item either and Becky said the store would likely throw away unwanted items in this way.

You could save money on things like TV stands, desks, and baby furniture with this hack.

2. Check out Brickseek

If you know the item number of what you want from the store you can check all your area zip codes for markdowns on Brickseek, said Becky.

It saves you having to head out to stores at the crack of dawn to check out deals as the site acts as a guide to which stores are hosting reductions.

Just keep in mind that that it’s not 100% accurate all the time though, she added.

It can also work as a great guide to see which stores near you tend to markdown items more aggressively than others as well so you’ll know where you might find better luck.

3. Cash in on Clearance items

Target hosts clearance sales with items reduced by as much as 90%, which is a sweet way to stock up on essentials.

More popular household type items are typically only discounted at 15% though, said Becky.

Then items like food, electronics, beauty products and Lego sets will always see 15% off first and be slower to decrease in price.

Becky said that items generally get marked down every two to three weeks until they’re gone.

You’ll usually get a good discount on seasonal items once the period is over too.

You can look for the yellow or red stickers to help find big savings too.

Another trick is to check the barcode with one of the in-store scanners as the price could be reduced even further without being flagged up.

4. Use Target’s RedCard

If you sign up to Target’s RedCard, you can save 5% on your purchases.

Its Target’s store credit card so only open an account if you know you can pay it off each month.

Also keep in mind that it’s only a saving when you pay the bill off in full each time.

There is a debit card option too which drafts your purchases directly from your checking account, so it’s great for more of a “spend as you go” approach.

You’ll also be entitled to free shipping at Target.com on any items.

5. Take advantage of the price match promise

Target will price match anything they sell in-store to their online price at Target.com.

On top of this, the store will also match the prices of other select competitors if you find they are selling the same item cheaper.

The store will price match items from Amazon, Costco, Bestbuy plus many more.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if an item you buy goes on sale at Target within 14 days of your purchase, you can ask for the difference back.

Just make sure you hang onto your receipts or otherwise you can’t prove the price you bought your items at.

Becky said she once got $60 back on a grill because of the policy.

6. Create a registry

You can make a wedding or baby registry free of charge at Target.

You don’t have to be getting married or having a baby, but be warned that making one now could mean you won’t be able to cash in on the savings when it comes to the big day.

When you make a registry, you get a 15% off coupon for your entire purchase.

It’s a one-time deal though so you’re advised to use it wisely or you could find that you don’t save much.

It is a good way to get money off big ticket items though.

When you create a Target baby registry you should receive a Welcome Baby Box with $150 worth of product samples, coupons, as well as the 15% off coupon.

Becky has shared her money-saving knowledge before when she detailed seven Aldi shopping secrets, including the best time to shop.

Another couponing queen has shared top tips to slash your budget – including the best place for money-off vouchers.

Plus one money expert, who was able to retire in her late 20s, has shared her easy 30-second tips to save cash without even noticing it.