So long as you have the Target app, placing a Target grocery pickup order with Drive Up is a cinch — and it’s always free.
But there are a lot of dos and don’ts, cans and can’ts when it comes to using Target promo codes, coupons, Circle offers and rebates to save on Target Drive Up orders. We’ve tested everything so you don’t have to. Here are all the things you need to know to shop smarter at Target Drive Up:
There are no current Target promo codes for Drive Up grocery pickup.
Walmart incentivizes grocery pickup shoppers with $10 off $50 coupons on their first curbside Pickup order. Unfortunately, Target has not released any grocery pickup promo codes, and the last time they did a promotion for Drive Up shoppers — $10 Target gift card on a $100 grocery pickup order — was September 2019.
But, Target Drive Up (the name of Target’s grocery pickup program) is always free, and prices are always the same price as in store.
You can use many of Target Circle’s offers & coupons on Drive Up orders.
In the Target app, view the Circle offer you wish to redeem and look at the icons under the heading “Valid when you shop…” to see if the offer qualifies for Drive Up.
REMEMBER: Order Pickup is for items you grab from the customer service desk inside the store, and Drive Up is the curbside pickup option where an associate brings your order out to your car in the parking lot.
Target Drive Up is only available through the Target app. When ordering from Target.com, you’ll only have the option to do Order Pickup in the store.
And you can even stack some of them.
Most of Target’s buy-this-to-get-a-gift-card promotions are eligible for Drive Up in the Target app. Plus, Target Circle percent-off discounts can also be used in the app. In the example above, the gift card promotion was “Spend $30, Get $10 Target gift card.” I bought two items, used two 10% Circle offers, and received my $10 gift card.
Use rebate apps to stack with Target Circle offers.
Target automatically emails an itemized digital receipt to your email with every Drive Up grocery pickup order. You can also look up your digital receipt under “Purchases” in your Target account. Here are the major rebate apps and their policies related to Target e-receipts.
Checkout 51 accepts all itemized grocery pickup and e-receipts from any retailer as proof of purchase.
There’s some confusion on their website — they say they don’t accept most e-receipts, but in an email on 4/23/2020, Checkout 51 confirmed that, “for the time being,” Checkout 51 is accepting all e-receipts for their rebates.
Fetch Rewards accepts most e-receipts as proof of purchase for their points-based rebates. Link your email account (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or AOL) to your Fetch account so they can access your itemized Target online grocery receipt to qualify for your rebate.
Coupons.com accepts both Pickup receipts and e-receipts as a proof of purchase for rebates. In order to redeem an offer, clip the coupon in the Coupons.com app, purchase an eligible product, then select coupon, and upload a picture or screenshot of the receipt.
In early May, Ibotta began accepting Walmart grocery pickup e-receipts for their rebates in select markets. KCL confirmed that the Ibotta-Walmart grocery pickup rollout is only the first of many national retailers, including Target, coming in the next few weeks.
Makeena always accepts itemized packing slips and e-receipts as proof of purchase. Unless otherwise specified, you can purchase products at any store — even online grocers that give you itemized packing slips.
There is no order minimum for free Target Drive Up.
You can even separate Drive Up transactions to maximize savings.
For the most part, this separating transactions strategy is the same you’d use in store — only easier.
In a “Free item, when you buy 2” or “Buy 4, Save $5” promotion, the best way to save is to buy the minimum number of products to qualify for the promotion.
If the promotion is “Buy 2 nail polishes, get nail polish remover free” and you want to buy four nail polishes, by dividing them into two transactions, you’d get two free nail polish removers instead of just one.
It’s true in store, and it’s true in Drive Up. You can place two orders, even back-to-back ones, and pick them up at the same time.
Watch the fine print, which limits some promos to one per customer.
I purchased the above two pots during the same week in two different Drive Up transactions for no reason other than that I’ve developed a habit of compulsively (and repeatedly) re-planting things during quarantine.
I saved $5 on each planter since each qualified for a $5 off $20 lawn and garden items promo. I noticed (only because I was writing this article), that according to the fine print, there was a limit of “one per customer” on the $5 off $20 promotion. Now, technically, my store carries the same rule for in-store shoppers, but only enforces it as a limit of one identical offer per customer per day.
I inadvertently followed the same rule with my two Drive Up orders, proving that you can make multiple transactions on multiple days, even for promotions that limit one per customer. If you have concerns, just ask your store manager how they’d like shoppers at their stores to handle the limit.
Just over half the promotions we see in Target Circle carry a limit of one per customer.
And some Target coupons can only be used in store.
Most manufacturer coupons (MFR single-use coupons) in the Target Circle app cannot be redeemed at Target Drive Up at this time. Manufacturer coupons are typically dollar off ($1 off, $2 off, etc). Target coupons are typically percent off (30% off, 40% off, etc). Most of the time, percent-off coupons will work on Drive Up orders and the dollar-off coupons won’t.
Some in-store promos like $5 off a $20 lawn and garden purchase are also only available to in-store shoppers.
But you should always test because Target Circle often gets it wrong.
That $5 off $20 lawn and garden purchase offer that says it’s only available in store? That’s the same $5 off $20 promotion you see in the image above it of the pots.
In one place, it’s called an in-store-only promo and in another it’s called “online only.” And the truth is, it works in stores, at Drive Up, and online.
I see examples of this every week. When it comes to group promotions and gift card offers, I can tell you that as of the writing of this article, many more promotions are eligible for Pickup than you’d think based on the home screen for Target promotions.
So, how does Target Drive Up pickup work?
Place your pickup order, and within a few hours you’ll receive an email and push notification letting you know your order is ready to pick up.
Then, tell Target you’re on your way.
Once you arrive, you’ll get a barcode that the Target associate will need to scan in order to release your order to you.
Top 10 Target Grocery Pickup FAQ
1. Are Target weekly ad deals available at Drive Up grocery pickup?
Most of the Target weekly ad deals are available for Drive Up. In the Target Circle tab of your Target app, you’ll see featured Circle offers, and when you click on them, each will indicate whether it’s available for pickup.
But, don’t stop there. Many more Target gift card promos and BOGO offers are available than are featured in the Target Circle tab. If you have a weekly ad handy, make sure to double-check all in-store offers in your Target app. You’ll find that the majority will also be available for Drive Up.
2. Does Target accept manufacturer coupons at Drive Up grocery pickup?
No, Target doesn’t take manufacturer coupons at Drive Up. Target doesn’t accept printable coupons or newspaper coupons at grocery pickup. And dollar-off manufacturer coupons in the Target app cannot be redeemed on Drive Up purchases.
3. Will I save 5% with my Target RedCard on Drive Up grocery pickup purchases?
Yes, RedCard holders will save 5%, in addition to any other discounts on their Target grocery pickup orders. Sign up for a Target RedCard.
4. Can I pay for my Target Drive Up grocery pickup order with a discounted gift card?
Yes, Target allows gift cards as payment. You can even store your gift cards within the Target app.
If you’re not a RedCard holder, another way to save a few percentage points off your Target shopping haul is to buy discounted Target gift cards at Raise.com before you shop.
RedCard holders, before you think about doubling up, a friendly reminder: you cannot get your 5% RedCard discount when buying Target gift cards. RedCard will save you 5% on basically every gift card except Target, Visa, Mastercard, and Amex.
5. Does Target price match competitors for Drive Up pickup orders?
While Target doesn’t let you price match with the Drive Up associate in the parking lot, they will give a price adjustment after you complete your pickup if you find an item you purchased at a lower price within 14 days.
Target stores price match Target.com, select online competitors, and local printed ads.
6. Can I purchase alcohol at Target Drive Up?
Unless you’re in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, the answer is “not right now.” On an earnings call on March 3, 2020, Target execs shared that they will test Pickup and Drive Up of alcohol in Florida and Oregon in late March. And the retailer plans to roll out beer, wine, and liquor pickup to most stores by the fiscal fourth quarter of 2020.
7. Can you use EBT for Target Drive Up grocery pickup orders?
According to Target.com, shoppers can use EBT like a regular debit card to purchase SNAP-eligible items.
8. How long will Target hold your pickup order?
Target Drive Up Terms & Conditions state: “For all orders that do not contain any fresh grocery items, Target will hold your items for three days starting from the time that Target sends you the notice that your items are ready for pickup.
“For orders that contain any fresh grocery items, your order will be held until store close of the next business day.”
You’ll always be refunded in full for any orders that you do not pick up.
9. Can someone else pick up my Target Drive Up order?
Yes. Target Drive Up Terms & Conditions state, “If someone else will be picking up your order, you must designate him/her as an alternate pickup person when ordering, send them the barcode you receive when you say you’re ready to pick up, and bring a government-issued ID.
In our experience, it’s even easier than that. All you have to do is take a screengrab of the barcode for your order and send it to the individual who will be picking the order up.
10. Do you tip Target Drive Up associates?
Target has no official policy on tipping for grocery pickup. Consensus is that Drive Up workers are told to refuse tips, but generally appreciate them and usually accept anyway.