It’s getting close to the time when a good portion of the clearance toys will be marked down to 70% off at Target. The markdown should happen at most stores on a Thursday, but it is possible for stores to mark them down on a Wednesday or even Friday.
If history repeats itself, the markdown should take place on Thursday, January 15th 2015. Please understand this is not a guaranteed date, it can happen the week before or the week after. This is an unadvertised clearance, so we won’t know for certain when it happens until it happens. Historically, the markdown has taken place the middle of January.
Here are some things you can do BEFORE the big sale happens to make sure you are ready for the big day!
Make your list and set your budget:
Figure out your budget now, and stick to it. It is so easy to go overboard when you see all of the great deals. I would also make a list of potential gifts you will need for the year. It’s much easier to decide what to buy when you have specific people in mind. When I make my list I usually ad a few items for birthday parties my kids may get invited to through the year (Example: My son is 8, so I will look for items that will work for boys turning 9.)
Check the clearance deals now:
If possible, you will want to visit all of your local Target stores now. If you have 3 Target’s that are close to your house (LUCKY!) you will want to check what the clearance is like at each store. This will help you know which store has the largest selection of clearance, and help you to see if there is a store that has more of the items you are interested in. The store that meets most of your needs should be the one you shop at first.
Should you buy items at 50% off:
If you see an item that you are extremely interested in, but the stock is very low, you may want to pick it up at 50% off. I do this for VERY FEW items! I figure another amazing sale will always come along.
If you see an item that has been marked down to 70% off and you already purchased the item at 50% off, you will not be eligible for a price adjustment. Target does not do price adjustments on clearance items. You can buy the item at 70% off and then return the original item with your 50% off receipt.
Check reviews before you buy:
Once you have seen which toys are available, go home and check the reviews on Amazon.com. Some toys aren’t worth the money even at 70% off. You want to make sure you are bringing home quality items that will get played with and last a long time
Keep your schedule clear:
Don’t make any appointments on Wednesday or Thursday for the next couple of weeks. I am serious about this one!! It may seem silly, but you don’t want to miss the sale, because you had a dental appointment. Seriously, what’s more exciting – shopping for toys at 70% off, or getting your teeth cleaned?
Get your hiding spot ready:
Once you buy your toys, you are going to need a place to hide them. I have kept things in my car a couple of times, because I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to store them. On both occasions one of the kids saw something that I was planning to give them for their birthday. I hate it when that happens!
Check for coupons or rebates:
Check to see if there are any coupons or rebates. Make sure you check Target.com for Target printable toy coupons too.
Here is more information regarding the 70% off Target toy sale:
- 70% off Target Toy Clearance (January & July)
- Tips for shopping the day of the 70% off toy sale
- See what my husband was able to pick up at the clearance last January