The clearance tag reveals the discount
Wondering just how much of a discount you’re really getting? No need to rely on mental math or pull out your calculator—a small number at the top right corner of the price tag reveals the percentage off. “Most of the time, items will be 30, 50, 70, which means it is 30 percent, 50 percent, 70 percent clearance,” says former Target executive team leader Lynda Peralta, founder of The Pocket Palette. “You rarely see something go on clearance for 90 percent, and that is usually candy from a holiday.” So if you run across a 70, you can be fairly confident that item is as cheap as it will be.
Markdowns are totally predictable
If you’re on the market for a specific type of clothing, plan your day to shop when the markdowns happen. Stores stick to a regular schedule, slashing prices from certain departments on specific days, says Chris O’Neil, former guest services and planogram team leader at Target and current photographer and reviewer for moderncastle.com. For instance, O’Neil’s former Target currently follows this schedule: Monday is children’s and baby clothes; Tuesday is women’s and ready-to-wear; Wednesday is shoes, lingerie, and domestic items; Thursday is jewelry. Another Target employee shared that different locations follow their own schedules, though, so see if you can track down a price change team member who can share your store’s schedule. If they aren’t able to reveal the markdown schedule, O’Neil recommends showing up first thing in the morning and keeping an eye on where employees are adding those little red stickers. These are the 12 things you should always buy at Target.