Target is the place to learn to coupon. Cashiers are helpful, gift card promos rock, clearance racks are plentiful — it’s all the things.
Which is why it’s so important that you know how to take advantage of all Target has to offer. AKA: Don’t make these mistakes when you coupon at Target!
1. Not downloading the Target app to access Circle offers.
Circle offers are now available inside your Target app, and it’s one of the easiest ways to save — no clipping needed.
Once you download the Target app, click “Target Circle Offers,” and then choose the type of offer you’re looking for, like “Baby.”
A Circle offer can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon, along with text-only offers.
2. Not using Target RedCard to save an additional 5% on everything.
There are two options for a Target RedCard: Credit card and debit card. You’ll save 5% on purchases both in-store and online using either type of card. For a family spending $200 a month, that’s an extra $10 in your pocket, or $120 per year! This 5% savings is automatic, and can be stacked with sales, clearance, promotions, Circle offers and manufacturer coupons.
You’ll also get free shipping from Target.com, and extended 120-day returns.
And if you’re already saving 5% with Target’s new subscription service, bump that to an automatic 10% when you pay with your RedCard.
3. Not using manufacturer coupons that say redeemable at another store.
Target accepts any coupon that says “manufacturer coupon,” even if it states that it’s redeemable at another store.
Some Coupons.com coupons print with another store’s logo on it, but keep in mind that this is still a manufacturer coupon, and Target will accept it.
4. Not using more than one coupon per transaction.
People get this one confused all the time. “One coupon per purchase” means you’re allowed to use one coupon per item being purchased. You can use multiples of the same coupon as long as each coupon has a matching item. “One coupon per transaction” means you can only use one specific coupon per store transaction.
At Target, you can stack a dollar-off manufacturer coupon, a percentage-off Circle offer, a rebate app offer and a RedCard discount all on one item!
5. Not getting a rain check if an item is out of stock.
Target offers rain checks on sale items that are out of stock, which allows you to get the sale price on an item for up to 45 days.
Although rain checks are available for sale items, they are not available for gift card promotions.
Rain check tear pads usually hang on the shelf near items that are out of stock, but if not, take a picture of the sale tag with Target’s nine digit DPCI code, and bring it to any register.
Target does not allow rain checks on price cuts, temporary price cuts and everyday low price items that aren’t in the weekly ad, or on items that clearly state “No Rain Checks.”
6. Not using coupons and Circle offers on clearance items.
Don’t let an amazing clearance price blind you. You can save even more by stacking a Circle offer or coupon, even on something that’s already 75% off.
Make sure to read the fine print on specific Circle offers, because sometimes they will exclude clearance items.
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7. Not stacking gift card promotions with coupons and Circle offers.
One of the most popular ways to save at Target is with gift card promotions. These promotions require buying a certain dollar amount in a specific department (like beauty products) in order to receive a $5 Target gift card. When buying items that are part of a gift card promotion, you can stack a manufacturer coupon and a Circle offer on each item — and still receive a gift card!
Just make sure you meet the required purchase amount before any discounts are taken in order to receive the bonus gift card.
8. Not doing more than one gift card promotion while checking out.
There’s no limit on how many gift cards you can receive in one transaction, but you can’t earn and use them on the same purchase. So, I like to earn and use my gift cards over multiple transactions in one shopping trip.
I purchase the participating items, receive a gift card, and turn around and purchase the rest of my items in a second transaction! I use the gift card I just received as payment, and collect more gift cards for participating items in my second transaction.
9. Not using rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout51.
Not only can you stack coupons with Circle offers (or a Target RedCard discount), and gift card promotions, you can also submit photos of the same receipt to multiple rebate apps like Ibotta, Checkout51, and Fetch Rewards for cash back on eligible products.
And, if you do online shopping through Ibotta’s shopping portal, you can earn cash back. Just this week they were offering 5% cash back on any Target.com purchases.
10. Not using manufacturer coupons after price matching.
Next time you price match an item at Target, hand over a valid manufacturer coupon for even more savings.
11. Not checking a coupon’s fine print for size restrictions in order to get free products.
Target has an extensive trial size section comprised of items priced around $1. When coupons don’t exclude trial/travel size items, you can score free products! If the item costs $0.88, but your coupon is for $1 off, you won’t get $0.12 back, but you will get it free.
12. Not stacking coupon codes when you order online.
Target lets you use multiple coupon codes online as long as they’re eligible. For example, instead of a site-wide 10% off coupon, you may be better off combining a “Save 10% on car seats” coupon with a “Save 30% on outdoor patio furniture” coupon to get the most bang for your buck.
Target.com does not allow in-store coupons (any coupon that doesn’t have a promotion code — for example: TGTXXXXX) to be used online. This also goes for the Target mobile app.
Find Target’s current online promotions here.
13. Not asking for a price adjustment within 14 days of purchase.
Target allows price adjustments up to 14 days after a purchase, or up to 60 days during the entire holiday season (11/1/2017-12/24/2017). For Target.com price adjustments, call Target.com Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869.
Also, you can return Target Owned Brands for up to one year if you are unsatisfied with your purchase. There are over 40 Target Owned Brands (found on their return policy page). This means that if you buy that C9 by Champion jacket at full price, you can return it and re-purchase it at the sale price for up to one year. If you don’t have the receipt but used your RedCard, your purchase should still be in the computer.
Hint: Use the Amazon app to check prices before and after a purchase.
14. Not using your Catalina coupons in the same transaction.
Catalinas, or coupons that print out at the register, are triggered by the items you purchase often. Don’t toss them.
If you use self checkout, you can use a Catalina as soon as it prints out, in the same transaction, saving you money right away. Just pull the coupon out of the machine when it prints, and scan it before you finish paying for your purchases.
15. Not trading in your used electronics and unwanted gift cards for Target gift cards.
If you have an old gadget or gift card from a different retailer that you don’t want, just take it into a participating store, or check online to see how big of a Target gift card you can score in exchange for your item.
You may not get the highest trade-in value, but it’s easy, and you can walk out with Target gift cards in-hand.
16. Not creating a registry for big-ticket items to save 15%.
Target allows you to create a registry for any occasion (yes, any) and will give you a coupon for 15% off your total in-store purchase once your event date has passed. Use it on any un-purchased items on your registry.