If you have the Target app, placing a Target grocery pickup order with Drive Up is a cinch. Target Drive Up (the name of Target’s grocery pickup program) is always free, and prices are always the same price as in store.
But you’ve gotta know the basics of using Target promo codes, coupons, Circle offers, and rebates to save on Target Drive Up orders. I’ve tested everything so you don’t have to. Here’s everything you need to know to shop smarter at Target Drive Up:
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1. Use Target Circle offers & coupons on Drive Up orders.
Remember the difference between Drive Up and Order Pickup:
- Order Pickup is for items you grab from the customer service desk inside the store, and available through the app or Target.com.
- Drive Up is the curbside pickup option where an associate brings your order out to your car in the parking lot, which you can only do through the Target app.
2. Stack Circle deals with gift card promos.
Most of Target’s gift card promotions are eligible for Drive Up in the Target app. Plus, Target Circle percent-off discounts can 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.
3. Look for $10 off Target promo codes for Drive Up grocery pickup.
Target promo codes for grocery pickup aren’t as common as with their rival, Walmart. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Keep an eye out for Target deals like “$10 off a $50 Pickup Order,” which they’ll advertise in checkout areas and on their own promotions page.
4. 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 rebate apps you can take advantage of with Drive Up:
- Ibotta – Connect your Target and Ibotta accounts for automatic rebates every time you use Drive Up.
- Fetch Rewards – Connect your email account to earn rewards on digital receipts from Target.
5. Separate Drive Up transactions to get the best out of Target deals.
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.
Think of it this way: 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. While you can take advantage of these promos for multiple orders, you can only use a Circle deal once.
Keep in mind that the times might be staggered between your two orders, so don’t expect a super quick shopping experience with multiple orders.
6. Don’t expect an order minimum for Target Drive Up.
Unlike Walmart’s $30 order minimum on pickup orders, Target Drive Up grocery pickup doesn’t have a minimum. So a $10 run to replenish your fruit basket won’t cost any more than going in store.
7. Make sure your offer is available for Drive Up.
Manufacturer coupons in the Target Circle app can’t be redeemed at Target Drive Up. Manufacturer coupons in the app are labeled “MFR single use coupon” and are dollar off compared to percent off Circle offers.
In order to see what Circle offers can be applied for Drive Up orders, just tap on the offer in the Target app and see if “Drive Up” is highlighted.
8. So, how does Target Drive Up work?
Add all your Circle offers, place your pickup order through the Target app, 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, park in a spot labeled “Drive Up.” If your location services are on, they’ll know you’ve arrived. If not, open the app and tap “I’m at the store.” You’ll get a code that you need to show through your rolled up window to the Target associate so they can release your order to you.
Target Grocery Pickup FAQ
1. Can you use EBT for Target Drive Up grocery pickup orders?
Unfortunately, you can’t use EBT as a payment method for Drive Up orders, as it’s considered an online order.
2. Are Target weekly ad deals available at Drive Up grocery pickup?
Most of the Target weekly ad deals, including Circle deals, gift card promos, and BOGO offers, are available for Drive Up. Just tap the deal in the “Target Circle offers” section of the app and it’ll show if the deal is available for Drive Up.
3. 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 can’t be redeemed on Drive Up purchases.
4. Will I save 5% with my Target RedCard on Drive Up grocery pickup purchases?
Yes, RedCard holders save 5% on their Target grocery pickup orders.
5. Can I pay for my Target Drive Up grocery pickup order with a gift card?
Yes, Target allows gift cards as payment for Drive Up. You can store your gift cards in the Target app.
6. 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.
7. Can I purchase alcohol and liquor at Target Drive Up?
If your Target sells alcohol (and/or liquor), you can add it to your Drive Up order. It qualifies for the RedCard discount, too.
8. How long will Target hold your pickup order?
For a Target Drive Up grocery order, they’ll hold on to your items until the end 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?
Nope. Only the person that placed the Target Drive Up order can pick it up.