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Target 101: How The Krazy Coupon Lady shops Target

The Krazy Coupon Lady’s favorite supercenter is definitely Target! There are great deals to be had by pairing Target sales and promos with store and manufacturer coupons!

Target Store Coupons

Target store coupons can be found in Sunday coupon inserts, postal mailers, and coupons printed from Target.com. Store coupons usually include  the limitation of “one coupon or offer per guest”, meaning you can only use one identical Target store coupon per person per shopping trip. Target allows stacking a store with a manufacturer coupon.

Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).

 

 

Mobile Coupons

Target sends out Mobile Coupons directly to your Smart Phone about twice per month.  If you want to sign up to receive monthly mobile coupons from Target, you can do so here. Target will send you the coupons, which are redeemed as store coupons by scanning the barcode image on your phone.  Mobile coupons may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon but cannot be stacked with Target store coupons.

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Card Promotions

Target often runs “Gift Card Promos” in their weekly ad and other unadvertised promos throughout the month. When purchasing items that are part of a Gift Card Promotion, you can stack a manufacturer and a store coupon on the item and still receive your gift card!  Also, these Gift Card Promos can be rolled.  This means you can buy the participating items, turn around and buy the same items in your second transaction, use the gift card as part of your payment, and receive a new Target gift card!

 

 

 

 

Buy 1 Scrubbing Bubbles One-Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner $9.99
Buy 1 Scrubbing Bubbles One-Step Refill $3.99
Use $4.00/1 – Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner Starter Kit – (coupons.com)
And Use $1.00/1 – Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner Refill – (coupons.com)
Pay $8.98, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $1.99 each

 

Price Cuts

Look for yellow “price cut” signs or flags throughout Target. These temporary price cuts can run anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks long before going back up to full price. Match these discounts up with coupons, and you could score some great deals!

 

 

 

 

Clorox 2 Laundry Stain Remover, 22 oz $1.75, Price Cut through 10/15
Use $1.50/1 – Clorox 2 Laundry Stain Remover – (clorox.com)
Final Price: $0.25

 

Trial and Travel Size

Target has an extensive trial size section comprised of items priced around $1.00. When coupons do not exclude trial/travel size items, you can score some free products! If your coupon value exceeds the price of the item, the cashier will need to adjust the price of the coupon down to meet the product’s cost.

“Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearance Markdowns

Target is famous for their orange clearance stickers. But did you know you can use coupons on clearance merchandise?!  Find items on end caps at the backs of aisles and pair those prices with your coupons. Target often discounts clearance items on a gradual basis, starting with 15%, then 30%, 50%, and then finally 75% if they last that long!  Krazy Coupon Ladies look forward to Target’s Toy and Back-to-School Clearance all year long! Look for their toys to be clearanced in July and January (right after Christmas) and the School Supplies to be marked down (up to 90% off) once school has started!

 

 

 

 

 

Price Matching

To Price Match at Target, simply bring in your competitor store ad and check out at customer service. While some stores are capable of checking you out at the regular registers, it’s going to be easier to check out from customer service, especially if it’s your first time price matching.

The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. . . Photos, photocopies, or mobile phone versions of the ad cannot be accepted as verification of competitive pricing.

The best part about price matching at Target is that you can use manufacturer coupons in addition to the price match! Here’s an example:

Price Match 4 boxes of Kellogg’s Cereal $1.50 each
Use four $1.00/1 Manufacturer Coupons
Final Price: $0.50 each 

 

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26 thoughts on “Target 101: How The Krazy Coupon Lady shops Target”

  1. December says:

    I went to Target yesterday and purchased 4 nexcare kids bandage items that were marked 1.68 each and I refill bottle of softsoap that included 2 bonus pumps on clearance marked 2.95. I paid w/ 4 1.00 Target nexcare coupons and 4 .55 cent nexcare coupons and my total came to $2.18. How is that possible? If the bandages were maked wrong and rang up for a cheeper price did I make money off my coupons that went toward the soap and tax? I hope I didn’t do anything shady but my coupons went through without a problem and everything I purchased showed up on my receipt. Any feedback would be appriciated.

  2. coupon newbie says:

    i can’t seem to access the target coupon generator.. any solutions?

  3. Yvette says:

    I try to run the “coupon generator” and it won’t run. I am unable to print Target coupons. Do you know if it has certain system requirements?

  4. susan says:

    target question…does target match competitors sale ads?

  5. kelly says:

    I have a ? targets coupons say Limit one coupon or offer per transaction. Doesnt that mean I can only uae 1 coupon? And I was wondering about the manufacture coupons that have the target sign on them can I still use a target coupon with that?????

  6. michele says:

    hi. i went to target today and bought 3 huggies 64 ct wipes and 6 cans of campbells soups. Now i had three .75 target coupons that worked fine butt I also had a 2.50 mfr coupon that only ran up for 1.99 instead. The manager told me it was because they wouldn’t give me money back but the wipes came to 1.22 a piece equaling more than 2.50 so I didn’t understand. The manager would not budge. I know it was only .50 cents but that really irritated me.

    I also had 1.50 off of three campbells soups that were on sale for .50 a piece. I had two coupons which should have made the 6 cans free but instead the coupons only scanned for . After arguing for 30 minutes she finally gave me $2.00

    why is this so hard at target? It was embarrassing and frustrating at the same time.

  7. Penny says:

    Okay, I know I am going to be repetitive, but can you clarify one more time for me…I just printed several Target Web Coupons that I want to try to use with a manufacturer coupon. But all of these say “Limit one coupon or offer per transaction” What exactly does that mean and can I still use this coupon plus the man coupon?

    • Annie says:

      The only time I have seen a problem with these coupons if I try and use 2 of them (exact duplicates) in one transaction. For instance:
      Wishbone Salad dressing – I print the Target one (THAT SAYS TARGET COUPON on it – thats key) and use it with a manufacture coupon from the newspaper – No problem. If I try and use TWO of the Target coupons of wishbone Salad dressing and buy 2 bottles – it MIGHT work – it MIGHT not.
      Does that make sense? I can however use both if I shop twice.

      Just make sure you look – sometimes the target.com site will print Manufacture coupons – that do not say Target Coupon on them – those can’t be stacked.

  8. ellen says:

    I have a question about the MOBILE coupons from Target.
    If I buy the soup 4 times, do they need to scan in the mobile coupon 4 times or will one scan be applied to all cans that you buy?
    Thanks,

  9. woo says:

    I am trying to use the coupon generator link to print the $1.00/1 Bic pens and the link doesn’t seem to be working, as the coupon is no longer on the target site with all their other current coupons

    • Kathleen says:

      Have you found out how to use the coupon generator link? Please post a reply if you have it figured out! THANKS!!!

  10. martintsa says:

    Here is Targets Corprate phone number. If you ever have a problem with them not taking your cupons and you know you are right, take out your cell phone and call them right then and there in front of the store employees. 1-800-440-0680. Also print out their policy and have it with you.

  11. Kim C says:

    Rinda-

    If its got the target logo, but says “manufacturers coupon” it can be used anywhere. I have had people at other stores try to tell me they wouldnt take them though, so watch out for that.

  12. Rinda says:

    I have a general question about the coupons that you print from Target’s website. Some of the print out saying “Target Web Coupon” and others print out with the Target logo but say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” No where on those ones does it say only valid at Target. Are these just as good as any other Manufacturer’s coupons, or are they only good at target? I assumed they were fine anywhere, and KMart took one for me, but then I went to Toys ‘R Us last week and they told me they couldn’t take it, ti was a target only coupon. I want to follow the rules and do couponing right, does anyone know how these coupons stand?

  13. Vincent says:

    Hi,

    I tried this all for the first time at Target in
    Berkeley, CA 94710. The cashier and manager refused to take print-out coupons… even THEIR OWN TARGET PRINTOUT coupons. I was so mad. They said they posted a note on the window of the store (which was not posted). I am so mad after having spent a lot of time both printing coupons and shopping only to have it not work :(

    Isn’t there something I can do against them? I mean, how can Target Corporation make the claim to match competitor prices when they won’t even honor their own coupons? So frustrating.

    • Vincent says:

      *I went to a different Target and they took the print-out coupons, but the said they would only take one coupon (they wouldn’t take manufacture coupon + their target coupon!). It seems their managers don’t even know or understand their own policy. Why do they care if I use the manufacture coupon? The store gets reimbursed that money regardless! Grrr.

  14. MaryAnn says:

    KCL, I think I love you! Like Sia Hills, I have given up shopping with coupons at Target, and for exactly the same reasons. Being made to feel as though I am trying to swindle Target does not make for a pleasant shopping experience (you know, if I am going to jail, it will be for something a lot more exciting than coupon fraud!).

    I am printing out that coupon policy, programming my cell phone with corporate's number, putting on my big girl underpants, and hitting Target tomorrow, coupons in my hot, sweaty hand. Thanks!

  15. Nichole says:

    I stopped couponing at Target a couple months ago for some of the same reasons Sia Hills talked about. It would stress me out to no end when I would plan out my transactions only to get to the register and have them tell me something completely different than they told me the last week or the week before that. Even the managers would contradict each other at different times when I would go in. I try to be nice about it but they get all upset like I'm trying to rip them off when all I'm trying to do is follow the rules that "they" (meaning whoever happens to be working)keep changing.

    Sorry for venting but it makes me sad :( I see all these great deals you guys come up with and I don't feel like it's worth my time to see if maybe it will work or maybe I'm going to get hassled about it when I get to the store.
    I think the store up here in Coeur d'Alene just isn't coupon savvy yet.

    And maybe if I wasn't dragging four kids along with me everywhere I go it wouldn't seem so stressful. AHHHH!!!

  16. Joanie Demer says:

    Mari,

    I sent Target an inquiry about that yesterday and I'm awaiting their response. I'll be sure to update you when I hear!

  17. Mari says:

    Thanks for the info! I can't believe I missed the coupon policy link right above the image!

    Can you explain what it means when the coupon says per transaction? I ask because I see that most Target coupons say this–my take on it is that I have to have my stuff rung up in separate transactions in order to use more than one coupon. However, I have seen other bloggers post that they got 6 of the Edys ice creams on their *one* trip to Target (this coupon says per transaction). SOOOO, this confuses me very much!

  18. Sia Hills says:

    I have had multiple problems at Target when trying to buy the trial sizes. I have brought the coupon policy with me, told them how to manually enter and adjust price down, talked to multiple managers and still they refused. I find it really depends on cashier you get. I called corporate and reported issue. The reality is you have to continue to go in and have them turn down your coupons, recall corporate and then corporate addresses it at store meetings. At this point just seems too much trouble for me to bother with. I struggle with Target because I carefully plan my shopping trips and who wants to deal with the drama when they cannot consistently implement their OWN coupon policy.

  19. Joanie Demer says:

    Mari,

    In the first few lines of this post, you'll find a link to Target Coupon Policy. It'll have the policy straight from Target. This is what you should print and keep with you. If you can't find that link, here it is: http://krazycouponlady.blogspot.com/2009/03/bullseye-good-news-target-coupon-policy.html

    The "one coupon per purchase" is so remedial no one even puts it in their policies. But if you EVER have a problem, just have your manager call the 800 guest relations number and they'll tell them "duh! One per purchase means one per item!"

  20. Mari says:

    Would anyone happen to have a link to their policy outlining this stuff? I'm not shy and if it ever happens to me I want to be prepared! Also, where can I read about what "per transaction" "per purchase" and all of that means?

  21. Gwenn says:

    Thanks ladies! I know I am not brave enough to stand up at that time. Maybe my being a newbie could justify that? :D I'll try the other store first (I am so lucky I am between two Target stores which are just like 3 min away…) and if they still won;t let me do it, I'll try calling corporate. (I hope I have already gained enough courage to do this…)

  22. Heather Wheeler says:

    Gwenn! You've got to stand up for yourself, girl!
    Our best advise is to nicely call corporate before you leave the store! You were totally in the right, and shouldn't have to shop at a different store, to get them to follow the rules as stated on the coupons!
    Target Corporate is very nice to deal with, their number is (800) 440-0680
    You aren't a true KCL until that number is programed into your phone (or memorized!) :)

  23. Gwenn says:

    I went to Target the other day to get the Sobe and Kellogs Fuel for School deals – I have 7 Eggo Bakshop coupons and 3 Special K Crackers. The cashier would not allow me to use 3 Special K coupons because it said "One coupon per purchase." I told her that is exactly what I am doing I am purchasing an item and purchase is different than transaction. She called the manager and the manager told me that I have to read the fine prints in the coupons and understand it well before using. I just told them "Ok." then cancel all the Kellog's items,purchased the Sobe (she did not have any problem with the Sobe coupons), pay with $5 gift card which I got from my previous Sobe transaction. Actually, I got an email printed with Target's Coupon policy from Corporate but I just did not argue. I'll just try on the other Target store and see what happens. As for now, I'm content with having the free Sobe water. :)