Don’t Shop at Target Until You Read These 12 Tips

Target is one of the most popular places to shop in America. However, there are certain secrets and tricks that you should use when shopping at Target. So before you pick up a red cart at the door or fire up the app, check out these 12 tips so you can get the most bang for your buck.

Target Circle Week Explained

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Target introduced the 2024 version of Circle Week by bringing back actress Kristin Wiig’s SNL character “Target Lady” along with catch Prince music. But the savings are real, as long as you’re a member of the free Target Circle program. It’s easy to join.

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Target Car Seat Trade In

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Twice a year, you can usually count on the Target Car Seat trade-in event. This is a great opportunity if you have an old car seat that you’d like to have recycled. Plus you get a coupon to save money on a new one.

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Target Student Discount

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There are two ways that students can get a discount at Target. One, like so many stores, Target offers an education discount, through a third party. And, two, in the summer, they give a discount if you have a Student ID.

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What is Target Circle?

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In March 2024, Target announced they were changing the Target Circle program. The new changes took effect April 7, 2024. Now, there will be three levels to the program. Two are still free for shoppers to use.

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Target vs Super Target: What’s the Difference?

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Super Target locations were some of the first to sell electronics, baby gear or have a pharmacy. Now we expect all of that and more when we shop at everyday Target locations.

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Target Recycling: What You Can and Cannot Recycle in the Store

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In addition to recycling car seats, as mentioned earlier, there are a number of other items you can recycle for free at Target. Look for bins at the front of the store that take ink cartridges, bottles and plastic bags.

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Target College Dorm Registry

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We signed our daughter up for the Target College Registry before freshman year on campus. She needed supplies for her college dorm and this gave friends and family easy options for graduation gifts.

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How Target Drive Up Works

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At its most basic, Target Drive Up is an option when placing an order online and picking it up in store. Instead of going inside, they bring your order to you. Now you can get Starbucks at Drive Up and make returns, too.

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Shopping Ulta at Target

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This Ulta Beauty store within a store concept launched a few years ago in just a few hundred Target locations nationwide. Now the number is more like 800. You can buy many beauty brands that are new to Target.

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What is a Target Salvage Store?

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A salvage store is where retailers like Target send their excess inventory that didn’t sell. You may know them as liquidation centers, bin stores, bargain outlets, salvage merchandise stores or some other moniker.

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Target Store Brands

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Target has some of the best quality store brands out there and they’re affordable. This includes food brands Good & Gather, personal care products from Up & Up and now a new housewares brand called Figmint.

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Target Warranty

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Target’s Cat & Jack brand for children has a one-year limited lifetime warranty. Cat & Jack offers clothing for babies, toddlers, boys and girls. Hold onto your receipt so you can “activate” the guarantee.

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