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Snagging clearance Target Easter candy is the real holiday. And if you didn’t know already, Target clearance is predictable and a great way to stock up. I’m talking about items you can repurpose and use the rest of the year or stuff you can save until next Easter.
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The information below is everything you need to know to get the most out of Target Easter clearance. I’m going to tell you the exact times to go shop at Target for the best Easter clearance prices, what you can expect to find, and how to find it.
Let’s start with the basics . . . the clearance dates:
1. Expect Target Easter clearance to start the day after the holiday in stores.
Target’s in-store holiday clearance schedule starts at 50% off holiday items the day after the holiday, climbs to 70% off a few days later, and hits 90% off after a week. Typically by the time clearance hits 90%, it’s pretty picked over. If you see an item you like, I always suggest buying it while it’s there. The majority of the clearance deals are in stores, but you may find a few sprinkled online.
2. You only have one week to shop Target Easter clearance.
Target Easter clearance in 2022 will start on April 18, 2022. The second phase of clearance will start on April 20 or 21, and the last phase of clearance will start on April 23 or 24. The clearance prices decrease rapidly, so be prepared to shop within a week of Easter to catch all the deals. After about 10 days, Target Easter clearance will be sent to Target salvage stores or donated.
Keep in mind that clearance times will vary from store to store. Some regions may hit 70% off before another as well. What this means is that Florida may see 70% off before Georgia. In addition, one store in Florida may see markdowns faster than another. You can also ask your Target for the “hardline” or “softline leader” and see if they know when the markdowns will begin.
3. Buy chocolate Easter bunnies for next year when they reach 70% off.
Don’t think Easter bunnies are worthless after the holiday. Chocolate can last for a year — throw it in the freezer to get the most mileage out of it.
Or buy solid chocolate Easter bunnies to top baked goods with shaved chocolate pieces.
While 70% off is usually the ceiling, I’ve seen Hershey’s chocolate bunnies marked down from $3.99 to $0.39 a week after Easter.
4. Pick up candy favorites like M&M’s during Target Easter candy clearance for up to 50% off.
Sure, they might have pastel wrappers or they may be pastel colored, but they’re still useful in cookies or Rice Krispies treats.
5. Stock up on Cadbury Creme Eggs and make an omelet with them.
Not kidding — there are some Cadbury Egg recipes that’ll have you wishing you had a stockpile once they leave the shelves for the year. MyRecipes even has an egg omelet recipe that uses the Cadbury Creme Eggs. It’s wild, but it’s true! The recipe uses the “slime” from the inside in the egg mixture, and is then topped with chocolate. If you’ve ever had chocolate and eggs, I’d love to know in the comments.
The best Target deal I’ve seen on Cadbury Creme Eggs was a 4-pack (regularly $3.49) for just $0.34 a week after Easter.
6. Hunt for Target Easter clearance toys & use them as stocking stuffers or party favors.
Don’t wait for Target’s 90% markdown to do this, because these items will sell out quickly.
We’ve seen gel pens, lip balms, notepads, and more for half price the day after Easter. Keep your eyes peeled for items that are not fully Easter themed, like sidewalk chalk, pencils, flashcards, and more. I’ve seen a box of sidewalk chalk for $0.50 (regularly $1).
Even a bunny-themed zip pouch for makeup or pencils doesn’t necessarily shout “Easter” for anyone who likes bunnies. Those were marked down to $0.49 each (regularly $4.99). You can repurpose these for stocking stuffers or use them to build your gift stockpile.
7. Buy clearance Target Easter egg dying kits and grass when they’re 90% off.
Wait for Target Easter basket items and dye kits to reach 90% off — the shelves are always full of them.
You’ll score bags of Easter grass for $0.05 (regularly $0.50) and dye kits for $0.30 (regularly $3).
8. Always scan barcodes in the Target app to see the current price.
Since markdowns are happening fast, don’t trust the signs. It’s possible your items cost less than you think. I scan anything “spring” or “Easter” hoping to find secret clearance items. Plus, you might find a hidden Target Circle offer eligible for your item. Many offers exclude clearance, but occasionally Target will make clearance-specific Circle offers.
And don’t forget to use your Target RedCard to get an extra 5% off everything.
Check current prices on the Target app or at the price checker station in the store.
9. Check Bullseye’s Playground for random discounts on Target Easter and spring items.
Once you’ve shopped the Easter section at Target, stop by Bullseye’s Playground at the front of the store for more spring discounts and even a few Easter items.
These items are typically more spring decor than Easter, so you can use them even after Easter.
One year we found glass jar candles for $0.30 (regularly $3.)
10. Buy children’s Easter clothes when they’re up to 90% off.
Grab Easter-themed items for your baby that won’t look out of place the rest of the year.
I’ve seen baby onesie outfits at Target for $2.99 (regularly $9.99) and girls’ bucket hats for $0.30 (regularly $3). In 2021, there was an adorable sequin bunny crossover purse for $1.30 (regularly $13).
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11. Grab baking supplies included in Target clearance that you can use all year.
Last year, Target discounted paw print cake molds by 70%.
The intention, of course, is to use the paw prints as bunny paws for an Easter-themed cake. But they could easily be used for cat or dog paw prints on a birthday cake any time of year.
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12. Save at least 70% on clearance Target Easter baskets and repurpose them.
In years past, Target has offered wicker and wood baskets for 70% off, and the only thing that says “Easter” about them is a bit of fabric that can easily be removed. I’ve even seen them 70% off the day after Easter.
The possibilities are limitless — use a Target Easter basket for storage when you do your spring-cleaning or to organize toys in children’s rooms.
If you’re crafty, you could make gifts for people using baskets and your couponing stockpile, perhaps even get a head start on Christmas gifts for teachers.
13. Grab 90% off clearance Target Easter decorations and tableware for next year.
You’re safe to wait a few days for the deepest discount on Easter tableware, like plates and napkins. These are typically the last items to go, because people are thinking about putting away their Easter decor, not adding to it.
For example, it’s not uncommon to see Easter ceramic plates for $0.59 each (regularly $5.99 each) and large Easter ceramic serving platters for $5.99 (regularly $19.99). In past years, glass pitchers were $2.99 (regularly $9.99). In 2021, I picked up some beautiful fake tulips. They were pastel colored, but truly, they could be used year round. They were regularly $3.99 for four stems, and I got them for $0.39.