There's a price war happening among major discount retailers like Walmart and Costco. In the middle of this war is Target. While it's not necessarily known as a low-price retailer, Target offers great prices on certain items that other stores simply can't beat.
Keep reading to discover which items are always less expensive to buy at Target and to learn useful tricks to save even more money with the retailer.
1. Maternity Clothing
Expectant mothers can find low prices on Target's maternity clothing without sacrificing their personal style. Keyla Kirton, a money-saving expert and mother of two, knows how to get through a pregnancy without spending a ton on maternity clothing. During her second pregnancy, Kirton said she discovered amazing deals at Target.
"They have a special clearance section for maternity clothes and accessories," she said. "The online sales are OK, but the in-store markdowns are incredible. I went from spending $500+ on maternity work clothes to less than $100 on work dresses, jeans and belly support bands."
Skinny maternity jeans cost between $50 and $60 at JCPenney but just $35 at Target. At Walmart, skinny maternity jeans are less than $20; however, online customer reviews showed these jeans fit poorly, among other complaints. This is why Kirton and other savvy shoppers look to the Target clearance racks to get high-quality, stylish maternity gear.
2. Bath Towels
With dozens of solid colors and just as many patterns to choose from, it's easy to see that Target offers a great selection of bath towels. Bath towels go on sale all the time at Target, plus you can often find them on clearance for up to 70 percent off. Target's Fieldcrest line is high quality and gets top reviews from customers. As of late May, you can get the solid bath towels for $12.99 each. Compare that to Costco's McCormick Collection luxury cotton bath towels, which start at $21.99 each.
According to shopping blog All Things Target, domestic items get marked down on Tuesdays. You might have to go to multiple stores to find the best prices, as towels might be 50 percent off at one store and 70 percent off at another. Recently, Target had a bed and bath sale for 30 percent off all items. These kinds of promotions are usually short, so sign up for Target's email list or keep an eye on the website to make sure you don't miss them.
3. Lego Sets
If your child or grandchild loves Lego, know that Target offers regular deals on toys. In addition to general toy sales, shoppers can find Cartwheel offers and clearance sales on Lego sets. Common deals include $10 off a $50 purchase and buy one Lego building set, get 40 percent off another. Walmart also runs regular sales on Lego, but you can use your Target REDcard to get an additional 5 percent off your purchase or wait until the retailer runs a promotion to save even more money.
Recently, Target had several superhero Lego sets on sale — such as the Lego Batman Movie: Batcave Break-in set for $74.99, down from $99.99 and the Lego Super Heroes Kryptonite Interception set for $19.39, down from $29.99. Both sets are being sold for full price on the Lego website.
4. Home Decor
The Target Threshold and Room Essentials brands have stylish home decor items like throw pillows, candles, picture frames and blankets that frequently go on sale. These items are great buys even at full price, but you can find steeper discounts on clearance items at the ends of the aisles and during seasonal sales.
Target has also partnered with well-known designers like Nate Berkus to create unique and stylish home collections. These lines are typically more expensive than Target's Threshold brand, which is why it's critical to hit the sales.
Like other items on this list, you don't have to sacrifice quality for price. For example, Target sells a Room Essentials pineapple doormat for just $12.99. Compare that a similar item from Walmart that costs $19.
5. Home Furnishings
You can get a great deal on furniture at Target. In addition to deep discounts — such as up to 40 percent off big-ticket items like couches, coffee tables and desks — the retailer also runs $5 off $50 coupons that can be used on furniture items.
With discounts applied, the Target deals are competitive with Ikea. For example, in March 2017, Target had a mid-century style sofa for $419.99, down from $699.99, and a TV stand in the same style for $192.49, down from $274.99. Compare those prices to Ikea's Soderhamn mid-century style sofa for $599 and its popular Besta TV unit for $219.
6. Pantry Items
Target stores offer competitive prices on food products with their Market Pantry and Archer Farms brands so you can save more on groceries. You can also save on regular shipments of staples like coffee and snacks when you sign up for the store's subscription service. With the service, you get 5 percent off and free shipping on every order. Get an additional 5 percent off when you use your Target REDcard.
Even without a REDcard or subscription service, the prices on Target's pantry items are competitive. For example, Market Pantry animal crackers cost about $2 per pound, while Costco's Kirkland brand cost $3.75 per pound. You can get a four-count of 5 oz. Market Pantry chunk light tuna for $2.94, while Amazon Fresh charges $2.29 for a 12 oz. can of StarKist.
Although these pantry staples are cheaper at Target, big box stores like Walmart and Costco usually have better variety and prices on grocery items like produce, cheese, eggs, milk and meat. If you have the time, you might want to make multiple stops to get the best prices on every item on your grocery list.
7. Video Games
Target regularly runs buy one, get one deals on video games. Gaming and deal websites keep a close watch on these promotions. PlayStation LifeStyle, GameSpot, Totally Target and All Things Target are good resources that list games that are on sale. With a buy one, get one promotion, the lowest-priced game is free, so you'll see the most savings if all the games you purchase are close to the same price.
Target's video game sales are rare and popular with gamers, so you'll want to jump on the opportunity as soon as they come up. Quantities are usually limited and there's a lot of competition to get there first. This discount is better than Toys“R"Us' popular buy one, get one 40 percent off video game sale or some of Best Buy's Gamers Club deals, which also require a $30 two-year membership.
8. Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug prices are up 8.5 percent from 2015 to 2016, reported the Chicago Tribune. To combat rising drug costs, consider switching your scripts to a local Target.
Costco probably has the cheapest prices, said Heather Lovett from DealNews. If you're not a Costco member or if you don't live in states that allow non-members to shop the pharmacy, Lovett recommended buying generic and over-the-counter drugs at Target.
"For many of these items, the ingredients are exactly the same as name brands, so there is really no difference in quality," she said. "Plus, if you set up a monthly subscription to receive these regularly needed items, you'll get a 5 percent discount and an additional 5 percent if you use your REDcard."
Target's deal on Metformin, a type 2 diabetes drug, is $10 for a three-month supply, compared to $11 for one month at other pharmacies. If you want to compare your current prescription drug prices, Target has an online list of the $4 and $10 generic medications its stores fill. You can also find Target coupons online, such as a coupon for $5 off for filling 10 prescriptions.
9. Exercise Clothing
Walmart sells ultra-cheap exercise clothing, but according to some customer reviews, the quality is not great. It's not fun to have to constantly adjust your workout gear when you're trying to get your sweat on. Style site Racked ran a review of the best places to get inexpensive exercise clothing, and Target was one of the favorites. The site praised the store for its C9 Champion line, which offers everything you need from leggings to sports bras to jackets.
These items are also known to go on sale regularly. Recently, Cartwheel had a promotion for 25 percent off C9 athletic shoes for both men and women, and the website promoted 25 percent off C9 clothing for men, women and kids. There are a ton of new spring styles, like gray-and-mesh premium leggings for $39.99, which look similar to an $88 pair of crops from Lululemon.
10. Kids’ Swimwear
Instead of waiting until the end of the summer to clear out kids' swimwear, Target runs sales as the season starts to heat up. For example, you can find buy one, get one 50 percent off sales on certain styles of trunks, rash guards, swimsuits and coverups for kids of all ages. These sales can run online and in-store and no special code is needed to save. You can also get an additional discount and free shipping on orders more than $35 if you use your REDcard.
Target has girls' tankinis separates for about $17 each, which cost less than $13 per piece after the buy one, get one 50 percent off discount. Costco also gets swimwear before the summer season hits, but the styles and sizes are limited and cost between $14 and $20 each. By taking advantage of Target's deals, this is one item you don't have to regret buying this summer.
11. Party Favors and Stocking Stuffers
Smart Target shoppers know to hit up the dollar bins when they first enter the store. In these bins, shoppers can find seasonal socks, candles, office supplies, candy, bubbles, thank you cards, stationery sets, garlands, gift wrap, storage containers and more.
Walmart has silly string for about $1.90 a can, Easter baskets for about $8 and thank-you cards for $11. Target often has similar items in the dollar bins. You can order custom thank you cards from Costco's photo center, but they'll cost about $18 for a pack of 25.
12. Health and Beauty
Target frequently offers great deals on health and beauty items, but finding the best prices takes some digging. Sometimes Target's regular prices are much cheaper than other retailers. Other times, a coupon makes the difference. For example, a 7 oz. Gillette Venus With a Touch of Olay Vanilla Cashmere Shave Gel is $2.97 at Target, plus a $.75 discount from a manufacturer's coupon. The same product costs $7.77 on Amazon.
In addition to low prices, you can find printable health and beauty coupons on the Target website and deals on the Cartwheel app. Cartwheel has an entire section devoted to just beauty items like makeup, fragrance and hair care, while the health section is dedicated to over-the-counter medications, bandages, eye drops and other items. Printable coupons sometimes group these items together.
13. Food Storage Sets
The cost for replacing your old, mismatched food storage containers can really add up. For example, Amazon has a six-piece Rubbermaid food storage set — three containers and three lids — for $7.61, about $2 for each container with a lid.
Target regularly runs deals on the exact same item. A coupon worth $2 off found in the SmartSource insert brings the final price to 97 cents for each container and lid set — about half the price of Amazon. Wait for the Target deals, though, because the store's normal pricing on this item is about $1 higher than Amazon's.
14. Camping Tents
If you're in need of a tent, check out the Embark tents at Target. Dylan Gallagher, who runs the Orange Sky Company — an organization that provides people with everything they need to camp, including site and tent setup — says he looks to Target for deals on tents.
"Target is our emergency camp supply destination," he said. "A two-person Embark tent retails for $30 at Target. For camping supplies, that's a steal."
Target's Embark tent has a 4.5-star reviews and costs $29.99. Costco's cheapest tent costs $90 and Walmart's costs $35. Considering basic tents can easily cost several hundred dollars, all these prices are good, but Target offers the best deal for a light-duty tent.
If you prefer glamping to camping, Target also often runs sales on airbeds. Recently, the store offered a 15 percent discount on multiple brands and sizes of air mattresses.