8 Sly Secrets For Target Savings

Updated 4/10/2019

Have you ever left Target only spending $10? If so, can you share the secret? It’s hard to avoid temptation and stay within your allotted budget...especially with the Target Dollar Spot section in the front of the store. Gift Card Granny found the best (and easiest) ways to save money at this beloved retailer. Plus, we have all the details on Target's REDcard. We did our homework so you don't have to! Enjoy a little extra dough in your pocket with these 8 sly secrets for Target savings.

How To Get The Ultimate Savings At Target

1. Rain Checks
DPCI Number

Did you know that Target offers rain checks when sale items are out of stock? This means you can receive the sale price of an item when inventory becomes available at that store. Take the nine digit Department, Class, Item (DPCI) number to any register to get a rain check. Target’s rain checks are valid for 45 days and are not applicable to every item (ie hot items).

2. Discount Gift Cards
Whether you’re picking up groceries, clothing or toiletries, save on your purchase with Target discount gift cards. Depending on the card value and percentage off, Gift Card Granny can save you up to 7% off.

3. Price Match Policy
Don’t get frustrated if you find a better deal on a product that was previously purchased. Get to a Target store! Target will match the price of an item within 14 days after purchase. Limitations apply during the holiday season and are restricted to qualifying competitors.

4. Free Gift Cards
Target free gift card
Look for deals where you can earn a gift card when buying a certain product. While you are unable to use the gift card towards your initial purchase, you can easily ask the store associate to do a second transaction and use it then.

5. Target Coupons
Expand your savings palette and stack coupons to take money off your total. Look through your local circulator to find manufacturer’s coupons and use them in conjunction with Target coupons for ultimate savings at the register.

Granny Tip: Consult Granny's Secret Deals, a curated list of the best gift card deals where you get bonus gift cards and other goodies when purchasing a gift card. This list is updated daily. Giving is twice as nice when you get something in return!


6. Cartwheel App
Cartwheel app screenshot
Download the Cartwheel app and get 5% to 50% off select name-brand or Target-brand products. Browse the app's available deals by category or scan a barcode while shopping in-store. When you're ready to check out, show the final barcode and your savings will be deducted from your purchase.

Granny Tip: If an item you scan does not have a discount, Cartwheel suggests other similar items with an offered discount.

7. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
Find a shopping bag or two in the trunk of your car and use them at Target. Get $0.05 off your purchase with every reusable bag you bring in to transport your goodies back home.

8. Browse The End Caps
Target end cap
Find some of Target's best sales on their end caps. Just check the end of an aisle to see featured items for the week. 

Lastly, while Target has amazing deals on their own, when you sign up in-store or online for a Target REDcard, you get a little more out of your Target run.

Target REDcard Program

  • Target has both debit and credit card options available.
  • Take 5% off purchases when you use a Target REDcard. Discount restrictions apply on certain items including prescriptions, Target gift cards, eye exams, etc. 

On top of the 5% discount, other REDcard perks include:

  • Free shipping on the majority of offers from Target.com.
  • 30 extra days for returns (restrictions apply).
  • 5% off a cup of coffee when you use your REDcard at in-store Starbucks locations.
  • 5% off Target Subscriptions. This subscription service is perfect for busy families. Choose the items you buy most, set frequency (every week or month), and schedule delivery date.

Note that the Target REDcard program is a credit card and not a free rewards program.

So, what are you waiting for. Stop by your favorite Target store or shop online today. Use these money-saving hacks to get what you need for less money.