With American retail giant Target recently opening three locations in the Halifax area, savings-savy shoppers have the opportunity to save some money.

The CBC's coupon queen, Gail Quigley, says Target’s arrival is big news for cost-conscious shoppers. She tells CBC News there are five key ways to zero-in on savings:

1. Coupon stacking:  Target allows shoppers to use two coupons on many items: one from the manufacturer, and one from Target specifically. It’s called coupon stacking. You have to print your Target coupons from their online site.

2. Red card: The chain offers a five per cent discount when you use their credit or debit card to pay for purchases.

3. Rain checks: If the store is sold out of a product which is on sale, always ask for a rain check. Expiry dates can be more than a month away.

4. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag): Some locations credit you five cents for every bag you bring. In a time when every penny counts, these are easy pennies to put back in your pocket.

5. Price match: Like Wal-Mart, Target will match the advertised price of any product in their store. Watch the flyers carefully, and remember to take your flyers with you when you shop. If the current advertised price at another store is better, Target will match the price.