I love Target for their great clearance sales, but I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure out when to buy something on sale. Would it go lower? Would it be sold out if I waited? There's no exact science to this, but there *is* some insider info that you can arm yourself with that might make the decision easier.
- Most clearance items are on the perimeter of the store (check those endcaps!) but they can also be hidden by employees or other customers who are waiting for the discount to go deeper. Keep your eyes peeled to find these treasures hidden behind other items.
- Target's discount schedule is usually 15% off, then 30%, then 75% and finally 90%.
- If the price ends in "9", it is full price (e.g., $14.99 or $3.99).
- Each time the item is discounted, the last digit is dropped again. For example, if the price is $3.98, it has been discounted once. That probably indicates a 10% or 15% drop, but you can also determine the percentage discount by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the price tag. If you see a "30", it's been discounted by 30%.
- Price discounts are determined by how much of the product that particular store has. If they have a small amount, the discount schedule will be slower. If there's a large amount, the product will be discounted faster because they want to get rid of it.
- Of course, don't forget the seasonal effect. The best time to buy Christmas items is after Christmas, etc.