This Is the Secret Markdown Schedule Target Follows Every Week

Updated: Nov. 08, 2022

Need to buy some sports equipment? There's a special day that—and everything else—will be on sale.

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There’s nothing worse than buying an item at full price and then seeing it marked down a few days later. And while many stores will allow you to get that money back, they often make it a bit of a hassle. Luckily, if you’re a Target addict, there’s a way you can avoid this—as long as you know the trick. You’ll want to know the secret code behind Target’s prices, too.

According to, a blog about Target’s many discounts and sales, the store follows a markdown schedule that’s pretty easy to understand. Apparently, each department’s clearance items are marked down on a specific day.

Monday — Electronics, accessories, kids clothing, books, baby and stationery.

Tuesday — Women’s clothing, pets, and food

Wednesday — Men’s clothing, health and beauty, diapers, lawn and garden items, and furniture

Thursday — Housewares, lingerie, shoes, toys, sporting goods, decor, and luggage

Friday — Auto, cosmetics, hardware, and jewelry makes it clear that this schedule could vary slightly from store to store. If you think your Target might be different, get to the store early and keep an eye on where employees are adding those little red stickers, recommends one Target employee who spoke to Don’t miss these 11 money-saving secrets Target employees won’t tell you.