The Best and Worst Deals at Target in 2019
Don't settle for mediocre savings.
There are plenty of deals you can snag at Target, but that’s not to say the bullseye brand’s prices and offerings are always the lowest. As any savvy shopper knows, just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean it’s not available for less elsewhere. And if you don’t look carefully and compare prices, you might just get suckered into overspending. To help guide you through all those so-called savings, we’ve combed through Target’s current offerings and rounded up the best and worst deals right now.
Best: Up & Up Aluminum Foil
Some stores sacrifice quality in order to keep the prices of their generic products down, but Target isn’t one of those stores. In fact, the everyday essentials from Up & Up—the Target brand—are competitively priced and are still quality enough to compete with the big brands.
Easily one of the store’s best products is their aluminum foil. The Up & Up foil works just as well as any name brand. The only difference? Reynolds costs anywhere from $6 to $8 for 75 sq. ft., while Target’s Up & Up is just $3.39 for 85 sq. ft.
Worst: Barbie Dreamhouse Playset
With that elevator and pool slide, what Barbie fanatic wouldn’t love this pink play set? Life in this plastic mansion sure does look fantastic, but you don’t have to pay full price for it. The dream house sells at Target for $200, but Best Buy and Walmart currently have it on sale for $160.
Best: Swiffer Sweep & Vac Kit
Target’s deal on the Swiffer Sweep & Vac Starter Kit is perfect for both germaphobes and savvy shoppers. alike You’ll usually see this available for $55, but Target is selling the set for just $50. And there are two ways to score even more savings on this item: With Target’s Cartwheel app, you can use a $5 off coupon in store, or if you order the item to be picked up in store, you are eligible to receive a $15 gift card. Basically, you can get it for as low as $35, which is a steal.
Worst: Ninja Coffee Bar System
With five types of brews, six serving sizes, a built-in frother, and no pods necessary, the Ninja Coffee Bar is one of the best gourmet coffeemakers on the market. But just because this fancy kitchen appliance whips up drinks worthy of a café doesn’t mean that you should pay designer prices for it. Target is offering a 25 percent discount that brings the machine’s $200 price tag down to $150—but over at Walmart, the same machine is being sold for an additional $25 off.
Best: Project 62 Floral Round Ottoman
If you’ve been looking for a unique and decorative accessory to spice up your home, then don’t pass up the opportunity to score a great deal on this blooming ottoman exclusive to Target. With a black floral base and wooden legs, this ornamental ottoman is the perfect pop that won’t stand out too much—and for just $48, it certainly won’t stand out on your credit card statement, either.
Best: Google Home Mini
Whether you only need one Google Home Mini or plan on stocking up, Target has sale prices that put other retailers to shame. Right now, buying one of the smart speakers only costs $29—a 41 percent discount from Google’s retail price of $49—and if you want two, you can get a special two-for-$50 deal. Basically, it’s like getting a Google Home Mini for free.
Worst: Oral-B Pro 6000 Toothbrush
On the surface, Target’s deal on the Oral-B Smart Series 6000 electric toothbrush doesn’t seem all that bad. Not only is it $60 off, but on the Cartwheel app, there’s a $15 off coupon (expiring January 26) that will bring the price down to $85 in store. But that also isn’t the absolute best deal out there. Not only does Walmart have the toothbrush on sale for the same price, but they’re also offering an instant $20 rebate that puts their final price at $80. Oh, and Target only sells the brush in white, while Walmart has it in three different colors. Rose gold, here we come!
When you either shop in store or order items for pickup, you can use a special Cartwheel offer to get 50 percent off several Splenda items. This discount brings this 9.7 oz. bag of artificial sweetener, for instance, down to just $3.25, and a box of 200 sweetener packets down to a little under $4. You’ll have to act fast, though, if you want to score these savings—the special offer expires on January 5.
Worst: Nutri Ninja Pro Blender
Don’t let Target fool you into believing that everything marked as a sale item is a good deal. Take the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender, for example: Target might be selling it at a 14 percent discount for $60, but you can go to JCPenney and get the Nutri Ninja Pro Vitamin Extraction Blender, which is a higher quality model for the exact same price.
Best: Assorted Ornament Kit
In case you haven’t heard, the best time to buy Christmas décor is right after the holiday season. And right now, one of the better Target deals is for this giant box of Christmas ornaments. The assorted set of 85 decorations includes faux fur animals, wood cars, glittery snowflakes, disco balls, fabric reindeer, and more, all for the reasonable price of $50. Next year, you’ll have the best tree on the block.
Best: Sketchers Space-Dyed Sneakers
A new pair of sneakers is just what you need to stay on track with your healthy New Year’s resolutions. And thanks to Target, you don’t have to break the bank to look and feel good at the gym. For just $40, the retailer sells a pair of S Sport by Sketchers sneakers with a nearly perfect 5-star rating. That price is certainly nothing to scoff at, but if you buy them now, you’ll get back $10 in the form of a store gift card!
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