We are getting closer to the time when lots of the clearance toys will be marked down to 70% off at Target. The markdown should happen at most stores on a Thursday. There is a chance we might see some of the toys marked down Thursday, July 25th, but I really think that most of the markdowns will happen the following week. 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: if my son is 8, I would 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 Target stores now. If you have 3 Target’s that are close to your house (LUCKY!) you will want to check what the clearance looks 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 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!
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