Why would you pay full price for something that you could get for 30%, 50%, 70% or even 90% off!?? Many Big Box Retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Kohls and Old Navy offer MAJOR discounts on items all-year round, if you know where to look and when to go. Plus, WHO CAN AFFORD FULL PRICE!?  With the national average for gas prices creeping up past $4.00/gallon and the rest of goods anticipated to climb an additional 6% due to inflation, we ALL need to find ways to save a few extra coins just to maintain a decent quality of life.  

This week, Join Syd for S2 Ep10 Making a Dollar Out of 15 Cents part II: How to Save Money by Bargain Hunting, as she sits down with Victoria Garcia, aka The Target Bargain Hunter, who breaks down her system for tracking sales, clearances and bargains.

Victoria Garcia is a professional shopper known as The Target Bargain Hunter. She helps regular people shop for cheap or even free at the best stores, but Target is her store of focus!

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What is the difference between a clearance item and a sale item?

A clearance item is a product that has been permanently or indefinitely reduced in price so that a store can either salvage or get rid of it. A sale item is a product that is reduced in price for a special reason for a limited amount of time.

Can anything go on sale or clearance?

Yes, generally a store would put anything on clearance that it wants to get rid of at any particular time. That means that anything from a certain variety of apple to a certain kind of rug might go on clearance. A store can also put anything on sale at anytime for any reason but will generally focus huge sale opportunities around holidays or specialty times like “back to school.”

When do things normally go on clearance?

Seasonal items like fresh foods or clothes will generally go on clearance towards the end of a season (i.e. summer, winter, fall, spring) when a store is trying to phase out or get rid of a specific kind of item like bathing suits, short, sunglasses…etc. Seasonal Items tend to go on clearance anywhere between one month to one week after a season ends. For example, summer clothes begin to go on clearance around the first week of September. Specialty items that can be utilized for a few seasons, like “back-to-school” items, tend to go on clearance about  a month after the Specialty time period ends (in this case July-September). Non-seasonal items can go on clearance at any time.

How long does it take for an item to get to 70% off?

Generally seasonal items start at 30% off around one week after the end of the season. If an item is still in stock by around the 6th week after the end of a season, it will go to 70% off. For example, summer clothes tend to hit the 70% off mark at the beginning of October. However, this can vary by store or region. For example, in places like Florida or California where you have warm weather year-round, bathing suits will only generally go to 50% off, even in late fall or early winter months. Holiday items also tend to hit 70% off within a day or two after the holiday ends.

How much of a discount can I get if something is on clearance?

Target will generally discount items at either 30%, 50% or 70% off. However, in very rare instances, with holiday items, they may mark something down to 90% off.

How do you find clearance items?

Target generally has a clearance section, but there are tons of items in the store that are on clearance that are not in the clearance section. In order to find the deals, you have to track items in the store. If you don’t have time to track the deals yourself, follow bargain hunters on Instagram, YouTube or Tik Tok to be notified when they find a deal.



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Hosts & Guests

Sydnee Mack (Host)

Victoria (The Bargain Hunter) Garcia (Guest)


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