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Target is… a happy place, a saving grace, a “I didn’t know I needed this before I came in here” place. Go into Target for toothpaste and walk out with a coat, video game, box of mac ‘n’ cheese and said toothpaste.

Many students know this feeling well as seen in the enormous turnout of new students at the Late Night at Target event at the beginning of the semester. But what they might not know is that Target offers great discounts making many items affordable on any college student’s budget?

The best and easiest way to save money at Target is with their Cartwheel app. It’s a free app available on both Google Play and iTunes. Cartwheel offers typically a range anywhere from 5 to 50% off.

As the aisles display all the “completely necessary” items a student could ever need there, they can scan the item’s barcode into the app to see if there’s a Cartwheel offer for it. They can also search within the app to for electronic offers, clothes, food, etc. Select the offers, scan the Cartwheel app barcode at checkout, and save money.

Another easy way to save is by going to coupons.target.com. It offers an array of both manufacturer and Target store coupons. When on the website, select items to print, print them off, cut them out and use them in store on the item specified on the coupon. The best part is that manufacturer and Target store coupons can be stacked on a single item. And, on top of those incredible savings, the cartwheel app can be used on top of both types of coupons.

For those focused on the environment, when shopping at Target, patrons can bring in their own reusable bag and save $0.05 off the total order for each reusable bag used.

Target is also infamous for having a Dollar Spot section. Items in that section range from $1-3. It includes everything from decorations, school supplies, snacks, and much more.

Find a cheaper price at Target.com or Walmart. com? Make sure it’s the same exact item and price match it at guest services. No need to waste gas money driving from store to store to save money.

Now, next time at Target if a student finds they just have to have that plush ottoman for their dorm room, they can save some money when purchasing it and feel even better about that sweet find.

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