6 Target Shopping Perks You Had No Idea Existed

Like price rain checks...and free returns

Let’s get real for a sec: A weekend without a trip to Tarjay isn’t really a weekend at all. Here, six shopping perks offered by the mega retailer that will completely change the way you shop.

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You Can Return Online Purchases For Free

Amazon-style, just hop on over to their online return center and, as long as the item you're returning hasn't gone past 90 days, you can print a prepaid label and ship it back free of charge.

And Ask For Price Rain Checks

This only counts for sale items, but if you get a notice that a certain category of merchandise (say shoes) are on sale only to arrive and discover the item or your size is out of stock, flag a Target employee and ask for a price rain check. You'll get a receipt that’s basically a make-good--aka you can cash in and get the same sale price as soon as the item is re-stocked.

You Get Cash Back For Bringing Your Own Bags

Yep, for every BYO reusable bag (like the canvas kind) you shop with, Target will give you five cents off your purchase. Sure, it’s not a huge savings, but depending on how often you visit the retailer, it can really add up.

You Can Flash A Competitor Discount And Save

The next time you’re grabbing an item--say, a new TV--and notice that Amazon (or another Target competitor) is offering it for less, alert customer service. Target offers price matching for a pretty long list of competitors, which means you can still save. (FYI, you also have a full 14 days to ask for the adjustment.) 

You Get 15 Percent Off Un-bought Registry Items

So you totally wanted that KitchenAid mixer for your wedding, but sadly, none of your friends or family went for it. Target actually offers a 15 percent discount on purchases not picked up, which makes it easier to get everything you wanted after the fact. Bonus: This discount applies to baby registries and college registries, too. (Yes, those are a thing.)

If You Open A Target Credit Card, You Get 5 Percent Back

True story: Shopping at Target is a slippery slope. But if you’re buying everything from your groceries to your bathing suits there, opening up a Target card means you’ll get 5 percent cash back on every purchase, not to mention free shipping and an extra 30 days for returns. Not bad.

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