If you'd like to upgrade to the next hot gadget without coming out of pocket for the entire purchase, consider trading in your used electronic items through Target's Electronics Trade-In Service.
At approximately 1,500 Target stores nationwide, including in Augusta, Evans and Aiken, Target customers can trade in their used electronics items at Target mobile centers, which are full, in-service cell phone shops in Target's electronics departments. The service is also available at target.com, said Target spokeswoman Kristy Welker.
"It's a great solution for our guests. It's a simple way for them to trade in used electronics. They receive credit that they can use instantly on most Target purchases. Knowing how quickly technology is changing now, a lot of people want the latest and greatest gadgets. Guests are using it to keep up with the latest items," Welker said.
Customers can trade in used cell phones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Nintendo DS units or video games. They can bring their items to the Target mobile center, and a specialist will appraise the item using a list of criteria to rate the value.
"For some iPhones, if it's in perfect working condition, people can get up to $200 credit," Welker said.
It's even possible to earn a few dollars on items that no longer work, and Target will recycle the items, Welker said.
Local participating Target stores include: 2545 Whiskey Road in Aiken, 4223 Washington Road in Evans and 235 Robert C Daniel Jr. Parkway in Augusta.
COUPON OF THE WEEK
Today's Augusta Chronicle has $166.31 in coupons. This includes $99.31 in Valassis/P&G Brandsaver, $10 at Rack Room Shoes, $20 at Sears, $19 at Walgreens, $8 at Rite Aid and $10 at J.C. Penney. The P&G Brandsaver insert has a coupon to buy one Head & Shoulders shampoo or conditioner and get one Head & Shoulders shampoo or conditioner of equal or lesser value free (up to $12.99 and excluding trial size). It expires July 31.
Here are highlights from The Pinch blog published last week:
FIRST THURSDAY DISCOUNTS
On Thursday, the shops on Kings Way will offer sales to customers from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Thursday festivities.
Retailers include Midtown Market, 5 O'Clock Bistro, Ready to Wear Again, Tim Conway Photography, Summerville Art and Frame, Irene's Hairbenders and The Shoppe, according to a release. The businesses are celebrating the four-year anniversary of First Thursday.
Visitors also can enjoy adult beverages and food. First Thursday will be held at the 2100 block of Kings Way, at the intersection of Central, Hickman and Kings Way, according to a release.
DEALS ON MEALS
COW APPRECIATION DAY: Chick-fil-A restaurants are giving a free meal to people of all ages who dress like a cow "from head to hoof" on Friday, which is Cow Appreciation Day. Anyone who wears a partial costume will receive a free entree.
Patrons who need a costume can download a cow costume kit at Chick-fil-A's Web site at www.chick-fil-a.com.
GET A FREE TACO: Through July 12, Taco Bell customers who donate $1 or more to the restaurant's third annual Freedom Bells fundraiser for Armed Forces Families Foundation will get a free taco.
Donations can be made at participating Taco Bell restaurants by purchasing a paper bell or by giving extra change from purchases.
For donating $1 or more, customers will receive a coupon for one free taco at their next visit, while supplies last, according to a release.
All donations will go toward projects to benefit military families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia.
SAVE ON CLOTHES
Through Wednesday, Banana Republic is giving 40 percent off all sale items. Shoppers will receive an extra 15 percent off if they open a Banana Republic account.