TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Ever wonder what all those numbers on store price tags mean? Especially when there are a bunch of additional clearance stickers plastered on top of it? Get ready, deal detectives, because there’s actually a bit of a secret code going on here!
Brooke’s Bargains checked into a couple of examples, starting with Target. You’ll know when the item’s on clearance by the orange or yellow stickers with a stripe. Prices ending in “4” or “8” also indicate the item is on clearance. Target generally does markdowns every 10 to 14 days, but, here’s the key - if you look in the upper right hand corner of the tag, that tiny number actually tells you the percentage of the markdown. The increments are: 15 percent, 30 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent and 90 percent off - so you can judge how long you’re willing to wait to see how low it’ll go.
Next, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s tags. The off-price stores are owned by the same company, and generally work the same way. Their clearance tags are red - but occassionally, you’ll find a yellow one - and that’s when you want to snap up an item. A yellow tag means end-of-season clearance, usually in Jan. and Jul. - and that’s the lowest that item will go! Krazy Koupon Lady figured all of this out for lots of stores, if you want to check out more savings secrets.