A couple of people have asked how to snag the best post-Halloween deals, so I thought I’d give a quick primer on my favorite clearance spot: Target.
First, the schedule: Target Halloween is 50% off as of today (November 1st). It will drop to 75% off between November 3rd and November 5th—this will vary by store, so you’ll have to do some looking. Halloween items will go to 90% off on November 7th, chain-wide.
Second, the skinny: In addition to the things that are obviously Halloween, like costumes and candy, keep your eyes peeled for Halloween-themed items which will be discounted in the system and probably not moved to the clearance area. This would include things like paper towels and napkins with a Halloween or Fall theme, themed toys (there are usually Halloween Barbies, sometimes other toys as well), lip balms, film, batteries… you just have to keep your eyes open for anything that looks like Halloween packaging.
Third, the mantra: Scan, scan, scan. Particularly if you’re trying to hit the 75% or 90% off days, scan everything. The markdown team will not be able to keep up with the little red labels, but most of the price adjusting is done automatically in their computer system. So scan before you buy.