5 Best / 5 Worst Products to Find on Sale at Target
Looking for the best deals before your next trip to the store with the big red bullseye on it? We’ve identified some of the best products that you can find on sale at Target as well as some of the worst that you will want to avoid. These picks are based on the average discounts as well as the potential for additional coupons.
Target’s Five Best:
Especially strong during November / December (the last two holiday seasons they blew all other competition out of the water), but Target has great deals on toys all year long. Look for $10 off $50 toy coupons every couple of months, as well as daily or weekly Cartwheel offers on popular toys (often 40% to 50% off the listed price).
Target’s clearance section is also a great place to check, especially at the end of any season (Jan/Feb for winter, August for summer, etc); they usually go up to 70% off during the most aggressive clearance sales.
Super Target is becoming more and more competitive with other grocery stores. Internal store brands (Market Panty, Archer Farms, Simply Balanced) are all really reasonably priced and good quality! The deals on groceries become even stronger with many Cartwheel offers on these items.
Target also frequently offers general $10 off $50 grocery paper coupons which you don’t see from the main grocery store chains. Combine these with Cartwheel offers for the best deal.
3. Home Goods / Furniture
Particularly aggressive with online sales, Target often offers extra % off codes specifically on furniture and other items available in the home decor section. In addition, you can also almost always find a $5 off $50 purchase coupon that stacks with those percentage discount codes.
Target’s store brand Threshold has some very nice pieces for a reasonable price (similar to Ikea in style and price). Look for more aggressive discounts on those items, when on sale, compared to third party items.
4. Video Games and Blu-rays
Target is known for frequently running BOGO Free promos on video games, especially around the holidays, but definitely not exclusively. It’s also common to see Buy 2, Get 1 free games for specific consoles.
Same goes for Blu-ray movies, which Target will often include gift cards with. Music, to a lesser extent, will also be on sale. However, digital music is likely a more economical option than physical discs these days.
5. Household Essentials
We see tons of great deals on things like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, diapers etc. When you combine target’s Subscription program with their frequent gift card offers on these types of items; they often give out $5 or $10 gift cards with the purchase of select items.
Target’s Up & Up brand is also a great alternative to the more expensive brands, especially for diapers!
Target’s Five Worst:
1. TVs and other Electronics
With the exception of Black Friday or November in general, Target is not a big player in the TV department. They mostly sell off-brand TVs, and you can usually find a better price on a similar brand name TV online at places like eBay or Best Buy.
The same advice goes for most electronics in general (cameras, headphones, printers, etc). It’s very rare to see discounts on electronics unless an item is being clearanced out in favor of a replacement model.
2. Mobile Accessories
If you buy a phone case or charging cable at Target, you’re going to pay way more for the convenience factor. Mobile accessories are rarely on sale, and you can get them for half the price on Amazon or eBay in many cases.
3. Craft / Party Supplies
Target recently started carrying craft supplies. While the quality is generally good, you can find much better deals at craft stores like Joann Fabrics or Michael’s, both of which almost always have 40% or 50% off coupons available to use in-store.
For party supplies, any dollar store chain will have significantly better prices for most items. That’s pretty standard for the core supplies, like wrapping paper, cards and decorations.
4. Gift Cards
Target sells a ton of gift cards, but again you’re paying for convenience and there are never any sales. You’re better off getting gift card deals on eBay or a gift card reseller site like Raise, usually offering discounts between 5 to 20 percent depending on the store.
For more tips on finding discounts on store gift cards, check out our guide for Managing your Gift Cards.
I’ve found the price of Target’s shoes to be pretty high for the quality. Pretty much everything is made of fake leather and you are better off finding a deal on a brand name at a place like Nordstrom Rack or 6pm.com.