Good morning! Welcome to Tightwad Tuesday! There is no shame in wanting and/or needing to save a buck. Believe me, these days our family is looking for tons of ways to cut costs. I’ve even tried to cut back on my Target trips because I just know how hard it is to resist their merch. So, because I know all of you out there just love Target (who doesn’t, right?) I thought you’d appreciate what I was able to get there recently. Right now, Target has Christmas stuff (what’s left of it) marked down 90%. Yep, you read that correctly. 90%, people. That’s just about free. They might as well just let you go in there with your reusable shopping bag, load up, and go home, skipping the check-out line altogether. So, I visited our local Tar-jay last week, and was “only” able to get these deals at 75% off. Believe me, I was thrilled with that. So here’s my haul:
$1-$2 per box
Have you snatched up any post-Christmas items for super-cheap? Do tell!
Now that I’m done bragging, I thought I’d let you in on a few secrets. Tightwad Tips, if you will. As I said, there’s no shame in needing to save some money, and after the holidays, it seems even more necessary to be frugal. So here are some things I’ve learned that I hope will help you.
- Before ordering anything online, Google “coupon code” plus the store’s name to see if you can snag a discount or at least free shipping. This has worked for me more often than not.
According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, there’s a method to Target’s markdowns. This is what is on her site: “Price Tags Ending With $0.06 or $0.08: If the price of the item on clearance ends in $0.06 or $0.08, the item will be marked down again during the next markdown cycle as long as there is inventory in the store. The item typically will remain at the next percentage off for two weeks before progressing to the next level. Price Tags Ending With $0.04: If the last number in the price of the item ends in $0.04, the item has been marked for final clearance, and this is the lowest price that Target will sell the item.
HLN.TV offers the skinny for Sam’s and Costco. They say, “For Sam’s Club, you want to look for prices ending in ‘1.’ That means the price is below cost. A “C” on the price label means it’s on clearance.”
But “At Costco, look our for an asterisk (*), which means ‘sell through’ (the item won’t be reordered). Don’t buy these items just yet! You’ll want to wait until they go on clearance, which is when the prices end in ’97.'”
- You can thank LifeHacker for this chart of “The Best Time To Buy Anything During the Year.” How useful is this?
- And if you just can’t get enough Target tips, here’s another. All Things Target says this is their typical markdown schedule by department:
Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture
Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry
- And finally, Mashable offers 25 apps that help save you money. I really like the comparison shopping apps.
So there you go…a few tips for my fellow tightwads out there. Hope you learned something new!