Learn How To Coupon | Day 20: Target


Welcome to Day 20 of our monthly series: Learn How To Coupon!


We are a little more than half way through our series! If you’re just joining us, this is a new coupon series for all the Coupon Newbies out there. We started with learning about coupons, and have slowly started exploring how to use coupons at certain stores! If you have missed any of the posts, and would like to catch up, click on any of the links below:


Day 1: Anatomy of a Coupon

Day 2: Anatomy of a Barcode

Day 3: Types of Coupons

Day 4: Where to Find Coupons

Day 5: Stacking Coupons

Day 6: Coupon Abbreviations

Day 7: Electronic Coupons

Day 8: Doubling Coupons

Day 9: Catalina Coupons

Day 10: Buy One Get One Free Coupons

Day 11: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 1}

Day 12: Organizing Your Coupons {Part 2}

Day 13: Sale Cycles

Day 14: Stockpiling

Day 15: Coupon Sites and Deal Matchups

Day 16: Coupon Policies

Day 17: CVS

Day 18: Walgreens

Day 19: Rite-Aid



Today’s Topic: Target


So after talking about the (3) main drugstores: CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, I wanted to start talking about some other great nationwide stores to shop at and use coupons! Target is a great store that doesn’t have a rewards program, but they offer great promotions and other ways to save!


What is Target?

Target is a nationwide store that has just about everything! They have everything from Clothing, Electronics, Health/Beauty Items, to Housing Items and Grocery Items. If you happen to live near a Super Target, they actually carry a full grocery store side, whereas the other Targets only have a few aisles of Grocery Items.

-You can visit their website HERE

-Corporate Phone Numbers:

Target Corporation Contacts
Main Number (612) 304-6073
Media Relations (612) 696-3400
Guest Relations (800) 440-0680
-Snail Mail:

Target Corporate Headquarters

1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55440


Do They Accept Coupons?

Yes! As I stated above, Target doesn’t have any kind of reward system, but they do have other great ways to save money!

They do accept coupons, and you can view their Corporate Coupon Policy HERE. I have highlighted some of the important points:

Target stores coupon policy

manufacturer & Target coupons:
Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).
• Item purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, flavor, etc.).
Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item. 
• All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier during checkout.
• All applicable sales taxes are paid by the guest at the full value of the item.
• These guidelines apply to all coupons accepted at Target (Color Checkout Coupons, Internet Coupons, Mobile Coupons, Mailed Coupons, Coupons from Newspapers and Magazines, etc.).

internet (print-at-home) coupons:
We gladly accept valid Internet coupons that contain a clear and scannable bar code.
We do not accept Internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements.

mobile coupons:
Guests can receive Target Mobile Coupons by signing up for Text Alerts at Target.com/mobile or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).
• Message and data rates may apply. See site for full details.
To redeem, simply show your coupon barcode to the cashier. With one simple scan, all applicable coupons are applied.

buy one get one free coupons (BOGO):
BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free). Unless stated otherwise on the coupon, the use of one Buy One Get One Free coupon requires that two of the valid items are presented at checkout of which one item will be charged to the guest and the 2nd item will be discounted by its full retail price.
A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item. 
If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon maybe used on the first item.
If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.

• Coupons are void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold, prohibited by law or appear altered in any way.
We can’t accept coupons from other retailers or coupons for products not carried in our stores. 
• Some items may not be available at all stores.
• We do not accept expired coupons.


Target Store Coupons

Target has a large selection of store coupons available!

-Target Web Coupons

These are store coupons (and sometimes manufacturer coupons) that you can print right from Target’s Website.

These coupons now typically say “Limit one coupon or offer per guest”. This means that you can only use (1) of each coupon or offer in a transaction or shopping trip. It just prevents the usage of multiple “like” coupons. You can use multiple “different” Target coupons.

-Catalina Coupons

Target’s registers also have a Catalina Machine that will often print Target store coupons AND Manufacturer coupons! This is another great resource for coupons!

-Paper Coupons (Found in Newspapers, Mailers, Promotions)

Target often sends out promotional mailers that have all kinds of coupons. You may also find a couple Target coupons in the newspaper from time to time.

Recently, I signed up for a Free Beauty Bag Sample, and in it were all kinds of coupons:

-Mobile Coupons

Target is leading the way with the use of mobile coupons! You can go HERE to read more information on the mobile coupons.

• Guests can receive Target Mobile Coupons by signing up for Text Alerts at Target.com/mobile or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).
• Message and data rates may apply. See site for full details.
• To redeem, simply show your coupon barcode to the cashier. With one simple scan, all applicable coupons are applied.


Stacking Coupons

Target allows “Stacking”. Here’s what the Coupon Policy says:

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

  This is awesome because it gives you additional savings in the store! Here’s an example of a great pair of coupons that could be stacked together:

Let’s pretend these Pond’s Towlette’s were on sale for $3. Here’s how a stacking scenario may look in the store, and when I do Target matchups:

Pond’s Towelettes, on sale for $3

-Buy (1) Pond’s Towlettes = $3

-Use $1.25/1 Pond’s Towlette coupon ( I would also list where it’s from)

-AND use the $1.50/1 Pond’s Skin Care Product Target coupon

Final Cost = $0.25¢!!!

Order of Coupons

At Target, always be sure and hand over your Manufacturer Coupons first! Then hand over any store coupons. This will help you not run into any problems at the registers.


Gift Card Promotions

Even though Target does not have a reward system, they do sometimes offer gift card promotions in their sales ads. You can also see these promotions on the sales tags in the store. What’s awesome is that the gift cards can be used on anything in the store, because it’s a gift card!

On this ad, you can see that they offer a $5 Gift Card when you buy a certain amount of products. They usually do the gift cards in $5 increments.

You can also use coupons on the gift card products that you are purchasing to help lower your out of pocket (OOP) costs, and get the $5 gift card back!

What else is awesome about these types of gift card deals is that there is no limit on these products that are on sale, like there might be in a drugstore. So when you receive your first gift card, you can “Roll” that gift card onto another identical transaction, and help to lower the cost of your second purchase even more! Like this:

Buy (2) Paper Towels (at $5 each) and Receive a $5 Gift Card

-Buy (2) Paper Towels = $10

-Pay $10 OOP, and get a $5 Target Gift Card!

(2nd Transaction)

-Buy (2) Paper Towels = $10

-Use $5 Gift Card you just earned to pay some of the balance (deducts $5)

-Pay $5 OOP, and get back another $5 gift card!!!

Final Cost = FREE!

Target’s Price Match-”Low Price Promise”

One other great way that Target is a contender with all of these other coupon friendly stores, is that Target actually has a “Low Price Promise”, and they will price match items that are lower priced somewhere else!

So how does it work? Well, here’s some of the FAQ about it on their website. I will highlight in red some of the important parts:

How does price matching work?

If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. Target.com is excluded from our price matching policy. Competitor catalogs can also be ad matched as long as the catalog displays a valid date and meets all other qualifications.

What if I’ve already made the purchase at Target?

No problem. Within seven days of purchase, bring your Target receipt and the competitor ‘s current printed ad. We will reimburse the savings to you.

What qualifies as proof of a competitor’s advertisement?

Please show us the entire printed advertisement. Photos, photocopies, or mobile phone versions of the ad cannot be accepted as verification of competitive pricing.

What does ‘identical store item’ mean?

The program covers items with the identical brand name, size, weight, quantity and model number of the item at Target stores. We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the product.

Can I use coupons when price matching?

A guest can use coupons when price matching per Target’s normal coupon policy. When the guests presents a coupon(s), these steps will be followed: 

Manufacturer Coupons:
Manufacturer coupons will be applied after the price match is made. 

Target Coupons:
Target coupons will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price.

Combining both a Target and Manufacturer Coupons:
The Target coupon will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price. Once the price match is made the manufacturer coupon will be applied.

Reminder: We accept one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item unless either coupon prohibits it.

Target does not ad match a competitors coupon-required offers.

What do you mean by local retail competitors?

This refers to retail stores located within the same market area as a particular Target store. Examples of a market area can be a city, a metropolitan area or a specific rural region.

What about online price matching?

All online pricing, including Target.com, is excluded from our price matching policy, as well as online retail promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites.

Other price matching exclusions include:

  • Online prices, including Target.com
  • Promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites, even those advertising in-store prices.
  • Timed events (e.g., early bird, door busters)
  • Items advertised as limited time/limited supply/limited quantity
  • Membership club or loyalty programs (e.g. prices that require a club or loyalty card)
  • Coupon-required or giftcard offers
  • Prices advertised only as a percent off or $ off
  • Competitor’s free product, buy one, get one, bundled offers, or special purchases
  • Mobile coupons
  • Sales tax promotions
  • Damaged product or opened packaging
  • Clearance or closeout items
  • Mail in offers or instant rebates
  • Product services (warranties, assembly, etc.)
  • Going-out-of-business liquidations
  • Special financing
  • Used or previously owned items
  • Display merchandise
  • Pricing or typographical errors
  • Owned brands (i.e., Home, Merona, Circo, Market Pantry and Archer Farms)
  • Non-branded items (e.g. produce not marketed under a specific brand name)
  • Target Portrait Studio, Optical, and Clinic offers
  • Expired Ads


*Check with your local Target, but when Price-Matching, you may have to check out at Guest Services. Just have your competitor sales ad ready, and you should be good to go!


Other Tips for Shopping At Target


-Look for “Price Cuts” (similar to Walmart’s RollBack Prices). You can still use coupons with these items as well!

-Look for the orange/red clearance tags on all kinds of items. You can usually find an end-cap on an aisle that has a large red clearance sign with all kinds of clearance stuff. You can still use coupons on these items as well!

-Many times with clearance items, or even regular products (like trial size products), the coupon amount will be greater than the product’s price. An example would be if you have a $1 Off Degree Deodorant coupon (with no size limit), and then Target carries the travel size of the Degree deodorant for $0.97¢. This would mean the coupon is $0.03¢ over the price of the product. Sometimes the registers do the work and adjust the coupon, but if not, be sure to have your Coupon Policy on hand, because it states:

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

  -Target can not give cash back or any “overage” on coupons, so be sure and have your policy handy in case you need it!


Target is a great way to find lots of great deals! We will see you for Day 21!




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