The best way to shop on a budget is to KNOW STORE MARKDOWN SCHEDULES. Thanks to the internet (esp. Pinterest), it's fairly easy to find them :)
Here is Target's schedule for each department:
Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture
Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry
There will always be items that you need to buy RIGHTNOW (let's face it, sometimes I don't want to wait haha) but for those things that need to be just a little bit cheaper, this is good to remember. Also, I don't know why it is, but some things FLY off the rack/shelf once marked down, so being able to go right after new prices are marked, is always nice.
So now that you know the schedule, I guess you'll have to make an extra trip or two to Target....darn it.