It’s here, it’s finally here! 70% off, on both food and merch! This is my absolute favorite clearance stage. I feel like twirling around the Christmas section, arms spread wide like Julie Andrews in the beginning of “The Sound of Music.”
The store is aliiiiiiive, with the souuund of cleaaaaaarance.
I don’t know why this happens, but it does every single time, once we hit 70%, inventory appears that was NOT THERE during 30% and 50% off. It’s like the savings fairies are rewarding us for our patience.
When we hit 70%, the rule of thumb is “if you need it, grab it.” Because you don’t know how long it will last. Case in point, I found these cute gift tags that I wanted to check the price on. There was a whole rack of these bad boys, so I wasn’t worried about supply and demand. I find a scanner, do a quick check, oooooh they’re .40, fantastic, I’ll go back and get some more. This whole exchange took, tops, three minutes. I get back to where the stickers were and they were all gone. Every. Last. One. If you need it, grab it! Before someone else does!
Some people will tell you, “Wait until 90%” but I think that is folly. You don’t know if clearance will hit 90%. It’s not guaranteed to. Consider 90% clearance like the bonus round. It’s great if you can score a few more things at a super low price, but if there is something you’ve had your eye on and it hits 70%, don’t risk it. Grab it!
For this trip, I loaded a bunch of stuff in my cart to do price checks. This is a luxury I usually can’t afford, since I have two little monsters hanging off me at all times. But Mr. B was along for the ride, so they hung off him while I scanned in peace.
Always be scanning, pals. Sometimes things get left in the clearance section that are not marked down, and you don’t want that surprise when you get to the checkout. Sometimes things scan for less than they are marked. Best bet is to fill your cart, and find a nice quiet scanner away from the melee, like in the workout section. No one scans prices there. Then scan, scan, scan before you decide what to purchase.
Here I am scanning, and taking pictures for you guys, and I hear a woman say to an employee “Where is the Christmas section?” And he says nothing. So I look over, curious as to what the delay is, and he looks at me like “Do you know?” Of course I knew. My cart is a cornucopia of tinsel. I smile politely and say, “It’s down this aisle, keep following until right before you hit electronics. You can’t miss it. There are Christmas trees.” The moral of this story being, everyone knows about Christmas clearance, ya’ll! Even if they don’t know where the Christmas section is, they know there are deals there.
This was my street today. Snow can’t stop this clearance hunter!
Trees at 70%, ya’ll. We’re living the high life, now.
Wreaths of all shapes and sizes.
More and more décor.
I’m a sucker for silver decor. Mine now.
Stockings were hung by the clearance sign with care…
Look who it is! I have now seen this Goat Reindeer at THREE different Targets. This is his third appearance on the blog. If he is there on Monday, he comes home with me. No questions asked.
Bows, bows, all the bows.
Wrapping paper is the one thing I’ll wait to 90% for.
Except this super cute Chip & Joanna Gaines wrapping paper. I splurged on this and told Mr. B I would like all my presents wrapped in it next year.
I put this cute sloth wrapping paper back and a woman swooped down from the sky, grabbed it, and screamed to her friend a few aisles over, “I got sloths!” This is where we are at in the clearance life, ya’ll.
I just can’t keep away from the toys. Itching for January toy clearance to get going strong. Check out your toy section, because we’re already seeing a fair bit of 30% off.
Legos at a good price, ya’ll…
Elena dolls at 50% off!
There were carts like this at the end of every toy aisle today. I desperately need to know where the employees are taking these toys. Do they become clearance?? Tell me!
You know clearance has gotten serious when they bring out the linens. Also, where were these linens all last week??
50% off super cute makeup and bath sets.
Holiday pajamas and clothes also at 70%.
There are some great things here you can use all year, like these leggings…
…Or these adorable headbands! I grabbed both.
My store had a ton of gift bags available.
These make great teacher/co-worker/blogger friend gifts… ;)
Card holders on the cheap! Great for that dude cousin you only see once a year! And hey ,you can put it in a cool, manly deer head bag…
The stickers I told you about.
Good thing I found some other cute ones!
Stocking stuffer under garments. Stock up on essentials at a low price.
More Chip & Joanna cookie cutters. I grabbed a bunch of these for gifts.
Remember this from a few days ago? Mine now.
- Cat & Jack 5 Pack Headband-$1.50. Originally $5.
- Cat & Jack Leggings-$2.69. Originally $8.99.
- Cookie Cutters (6)-$1.74. Originally $1 each, they would have been $6, but were marked down to .29 each.
- Décor Stem-.60. Originally $2.
- Foil Tape-.30. Originally $1.
- Gift Bags, (15)-$1.80. Originally .40 each, these dropped to .12. Would have been $6.
- Gift Tag Set-.39. Originally $1.30.
- Gift Tag Set-.90. Originally $2.10.
- Gift Wrap-$1.79. Originally $5.99.
- Nivea Gift Set-$1.49. Originally $4.99.
- Ornament-$1.49. Originally $4.99.
- Slippers-.90. Originally $3.
Total Spent: $15.59
Total Retail Value: $51.36
Total Saved: $35.77
I also used my Target RedCard for an additional 5% off (.77), and got a .05 credit for bringing my own bag. Every little bit helps. This was a great trip for me. I got some clothes for the ever growing Little Mermaid B, some gifts for next year, and a few things to help me prepare for next Christmas. Best of all, the amount of money I saved is DOUBLE what I ended up spending.
I’ll be doing my final run hoping for 90% on Monday. The best way to start the New Year would be with some unbelievable deals!
Any big New Year’s plans? How is your clearance hunting going? Tell and show me all your great finds in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!