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I have heard rumors for days that the Target toy sale started last week in some cities, but I checked a few stores in Dallas and toys were still marked at 30-50% off.
Then someone posted on a DFW coupon discussion group that her store had marked toys at 75% off today and the toys were going fast. That was followed by several posts from members saying their stores were still at 30-50%.
I have a feeling the markdowns will happen at most stores today (1/13). In the past, I noticed the employees start marking the new discounts between 9-10AM. So if you are looking for a good deal on toys, stop by by 10AM and see if there are many employees in the area. If so, you got there on the right day!
I stopped by two Kroger stores in Dallas today and they both had their seasonal merchandise at 75% off. There wasn’t much as far as “seasonal” merchandise but there were lots of games and toys. Tons of Zhu Zhu pets accessories and a few Zhu Zhu pets as well as several board games and activities. Board games included Scrabble, Blokus, Trouble, Monopoly, Connect 4 and Sorry.
As I was checking out, a cashier approached me at the self-checkout and said that 75% off should have come off the lower price (listed on the yellow tag) instead of the original price. I don’t think this is correct, but she insisted (and she works at the Customer Service desk). She had clocked out for the day and the new cashier was not sure what to do to refund my money, so the Customer Service desk employee told me to return tomorrow to get money back.
I bet a lot of the Zhu Zhu pet items will still be around for when items go to 90% off, but the board games and Crayola glow-in-the-dark toy were going quickly.
Also, the semi-annual Target toy clearance process has begun. I saw a lot of toys that had been marked down to 30-50%. We should be hearing about their 75% off sale soon. Last year, I posted about it on January 16.
I stopped by Target today and noticed several 30% off racks stuffed with girls’ clothes. My initial thought was to skip them because 1) my daughter doesn’t need any clothes and 2) 30% off is not so exciting.
But after doing an end cap run, something drew me over to the clothing section. I discovered there were several items marked 75% off, including swimsuits and shorts.
I ended up stopping at a second Target store (they are a mile apart) and between the two stores, I bought my daughter three swimsuits and two pairs of shorts in a size larger than she wears now. Hopefully they will fit next summer!
Swimsuits (2): $2.48 each
I also purchased fruit/cheese/cookie dough double baller for $0.48 and a small spatula for $1.48.
Total spent (tax included): $15.83
I spent more than $15 for just one swimsuit last June, so I’m very happy with this find!
The two Targets also had lots of bedding and bath items on clearance, as well as some toys, storage bins and home decor. Before you go, be sure to check out Totally Target for a list of this week’s Target deals.
I read on Slickdeals.net this week that some people had found the Sony Reader Pocket Edition on clearance at Target for only $37.48 (regularly $149.99). The Sony Reader is similar to the Amazon.com Kindle, but I have not read the pros and cons of each so I am not sure how they compare.
I checked Target store inventory online and found that the Addison store had limited quantities left, so I headed over and bought the last one. The price tag still read “$104.98,” but because I had read on Slickdeals.net that they were 75% off, I scanned it at the store.
Always scan clearance items at Target because I have found that the price sticker is incorrect about a third of the time when I double check them at the scanner.
When I purchased the Reader, the Target employee warned me that these are “old” and that’s why they’re deeply discounted. I hope that doesn’t mean this particular model will become obsolete in less than a year, but for now I am excited to have one so I can load children’s books on it. My daughter has to read at least 10 minutes per night for school, and there are many times when I wish I had books for her to read (at doctor appointments, during long car rides, etc.). The Sony Reader fits nicely in my purse, and I can check out and load many books from the Dallas Public Library at no cost!
In addition to buying the Sony Reader, I also picked up two accessories at 75% off – an AC Adapter for $7.50 and a Cover with Light for $13.74.
The end caps were newly filled with clearance items at the three Targets I visited this week, so if you stop by, be sure to do an end cap run!
I have been busy with work the last week or so I haven’t had a chance to post much lately. I should be back on schedule after this week though, once my deadlines are met!
I forgot to check Target for the 75% off toy sale this past Thursday until late, so the selection was pretty picked over, but I did score a few Michael Graves kitchen items (a collapsible dish rack, a battery-powered peeler and a kitchen sink mat) and an OXO small salad spinner at 75% off (around $16 for all four items)!
I visited three Targets and only one had some items by Michael Graves, Pyrex and a few other kitchen items on clearance. It is worth making a quick run through the aisles whenever you go to Target because you never know what the store will have on clearance.
I also found two pairs of shoes for my daughter at 75% off (around $3-4 per pair). My daughter said one of the pairs of shoes we got are “Twinkle Toes”. I haven’t seen real “Twinkle Toes” so I don’t know how close to the real thing these knock-offs are, but she loves them. Some adult shoes are also on clearance.
If you missed the toy sale, you might check back over the next week or so because people tend to buy several items, and then return some after reviewing the purchases at home (at least this has been my experience in the past).
On a side note…. the regular Targets are starting to sell produce. Some stores have the produce section in place, while others are still in the process of making room for the new offering.
Get 20% off your entire purchase at Big Lots all day on Sunday (July 18) using this coupon.
I haven’t been to Big Lots much lately because I found their prices to not be all that competitive. But occasionally I stop in and find something interesting. A few weeks ago I found a kitchen cart that looked interesting. I need a kitchen cart because I’m running out of space to keep gadgets and prep foods, but I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars. Big Lots had them for around $130, but the store I visited had an “as-is” one for under $100. I couldn’t see any major defects except a small scratch. With the 20% off coupon, it would be a great deal, but I’m still thinking about custom building one if I can get the materials cheap enough!
To stay in the loop about Big Lots deals, join their Buzz Club Rewards program.
On a separate note, Target has started putting toys on sale. They are 30% off at stores near me and should move to 50% off in the next 1-2 weeks and then to 75% off. I will post an update when they hit 75% off. The good stuff goes quickly so keep an eye out for updates!
I want to add that I love Target. Not only have I gotten some great deals from end cap sales, but I have been able to take my daughter to free and cheap Dallas Children’s Theater performances thanks to Target’s ongoing contributions to the Theater.
They contribute a lot of money each week to community organizations, which I think is wonderful! The Giggle, Giggle, Quack performance on Saturday was wonderful and we would not have been able to go if it weren’t for Target’s free arts’ events this weekend. So, thank you, Target!
My blog re-design is finally live, but there are still several issues I need to fix and content that I need to add, so it will be a work-in-progress for a few more days.
The homepage should work. If it does not look right to you, please let me know what browser you are using.
Issues I am aware of:
1. IE browser – right column is halfway down the page
I am also going to tweak a few things to make it easier to read, but that’s after I work out the major kinks!
Now…on to the produce price comparison for this week!
On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we are buying LOTS of produce – mostly bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, zucchini, carrots, chard, and French-cut green beans at this stage. We go through dozens of bananas, apples, zucchini and carrots each week for homemade applesauce, banana pancakes, flourless muffins, banana cake, zucchini noodles, etc.
I price-checked produce at Sam’s Club this week to see if I could buy any of these items at a lower cost, but Sam’s was just as expensive or more expensive than the grocery stores! That is not always the case though. I am going to try to hit Sam’s and possibly Costco occasionally to see if buying in bulk will be cheaper. While I will not be covering the warehouse clubs’ prices regularly, I will post any deals I find there.
I am now trying to buy organic whenever possible. For example, I am only buying organic apples since I have read that apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of of produce where it makes the most sense to go organic. I figure if we’re going to do this diet to see if it helps my daughter’s health, then we might as well avoid eating those foods with higher concentrations of pesticide residues. I will include conventional and organic produce in the comparison chart so you can decide where to go based on your preferences. I will create three graphical icons to indicate if produce is:
but for now I just used symbols in the spreadsheet (the symbol meanings are in the footer of each page).
Please keep in mind that stores do not always list the size of the produce. For example, avocados are usually “small” or “large” but the ads don’t always specify. So it will be difficult to know for sure which store has the best price. Whenever possible, I will check on sizes in person and will update the chart.
And last but not least, this is a work-in-progress. This week, I am posting just a PDF download of the chart. In future weeks, I will pull out the best deals and post a summary with a link to the full download.
Please let me know what you like or dislike about this format. And if you stop by a store and find additional produce on sale that is not advertised, please let me know and I will update this list. I plan to do similar comparisons for meat/seafood, nuts and dairy soon.
Download the produce comparison chart for DFW-area stores (PDF format).
I thought I would share this in case you are looking for trading card pages for your coupon binder.
While at Target, I spotted packages of 9-pocket pages from Ultra Pro. There are 65 pages per package so you can get 585 pockets for your coupon binder. They are marked down to $2.48!
I almost missed them because they were on an end cap at the very bottom, but they had dozens of packages at two Targets I visited (Dallas area).
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