WALMART and Target have announced deals to help shoppers save money even before the holidays begin to provide some relief to customers.

Both companies are deepening their discounts amid inflation rising to 8 percent and with the prospect that price hikes might continue to increase as it gets closer to December.


Walmart discounts started early this year and toys will be under $50[/caption]


Target stores will be price matching a few days earlier this year[/caption]

A Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas, offered new discounts on items like toys, home goods, electronics and beauty.

An estimated half of the toys would be under $50 with many below the $25 mark.

All the toys are available for pre-order on Walmart’s website.

A Target store in Minneapolis said they will begin offering holiday deals between October 6 and October 8, which is a few days earlier than a year ago, as ABC News reported.

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The company will begin the practice of price matching a couple of days early too.

Walmart also introduced new policies for the holiday season.

The return window has also been expanded by exactly a month.

Gift returns will be accepted between October 1 through January 31, with last year’s returns starting on November 1.

Target also has plans to hire up to 100,000 seasonal employees in stores and distribution centers this holiday season, which will offer more employment .

Walmart took a more conservative approach to hire this year.

Last year, Walmart hired nearly 150,000 new U.S. store workers.

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Most of them were permanent or full-time positions, in addition of 20,000 permanent distribution and warehouse workers.

This year, Walmart said they would hire roughly 40,000 U.S. workers for the holidays, making them seasonal workers only.

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