Ready to learn how to coupon at Target? We have answers to your top questions like: how to find Target coupons, what to look for in the Target weekly ad, what’s so special about Target Red Card and what are the secrets behind Target clearance? We’ll show you the difference between Target cartwheel store and manufacturer coupons. Even how to get extra discounts when you create a Target registry.
1. Get the Target app and shop on Sunday when new deals go live.
Target deals go live weekly on Sundays. Shop early in the week for the best selection. And, download the Target app for coupons, also released on Sundays. Watch for occasional 50% off one-item coupons, sometimes valid for one day only!
2. Check out the Cartwheel section of the Target app for more than 500 coupons.
Click “Cartwheel Offers” from the home screen to access over 500 coupons inside the Target app.
3. Stack dollar-off manufacturer coupons and percent-off Target store coupons.
There are two types of “Cartwheel offers” — really, coupons — in the Target app. The first are percent-off coupons and the second are dollar-off manufacturer coupons. One big difference between them is the number of times each can be redeemed. Percent-off coupons may be redeemed up to four times per transaction and dollar-off manufacturer coupons are single-use.
In other words, if I’m buying four bags of cat litter, I will save 20% off each bag when I add one Cartwheel offer. But if I buy two Pampers Baby Dry diapers, I will only save $2.00 on one package when I add one $2 off Pampers manufacturer coupon.
4. Filter Target Cartwheel offers by discount and sort “near me.”
The most useful ways to sort Cartwheel offers are “by discount” and “Cartwheel offers near me.” Sorting by discount brings the highest-value offers to the top. And Cartwheel “near me” works by telling me which offers are available in the aisle I’m currently shopping. I just have to make sure I have location services enabled for the feature to work.
5. Manufacturer coupons will be adjusted down to the price of an item.
When it comes to coupons that exceed the value of an item, there are three variations in how stores handle the situation:
- At Target, the customer is eligible to use the coupon, but the value of the coupon (for example $1.00 off) will be adjusted down to the cost of the item (for example $0.97), rendering the item free after coupon.
7. Combine Cartwheel offers and manufacturer coupons on one item.
An example from a few weeks ago was this 15% off Red Vines Cartwheel offer and a $0.50 off printable manufacturer Red Vines coupon. Made the $0.99 movie theater box only $0.34!
The percent-off discount will be deducted first, followed by the manufacturer discount. The order in which you present the coupons to the cashier does not matter.
8. Even stack a Cartwheel and a manufacturer with a gift card promotion.
Take the stack one step further by using two coupons with a gift card promo. Use up to one percent-off Cartwheel and one dollar-off manufacturer coupon for each qualifying item in a gift card promo. The coupons will lower your out-of-pocket expense and you’ll still get the gift card, just like if you’d paid full price.
9. Even if the coupon says “redeemable at Walmart,” you can still use it at Target.
Sometimes manufacturer coupons will state “Redeemable at Walmart” or “Available at Walmart”. This may be because the manufacturer is trying to drive more Walmart business. However, as a valid manufacturer coupon, it can be redeemed anywhere, including at Target.
10. BOGO coupons won’t stack.
The trickiest part of many stores’ coupon policies are the rules and restrictions around buy one, get one free sales and coupons. Here’s what Target coupon policy says about BOGOS:
- Two BOGO coupons can’t be combined. For example, you can’t use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free.
- A second cents-off coupon of the same type (manufacturer or Target) cannot be redeemed toward the purchase price of the first item.
- Example: You cannot use a BOGO free manufacturer coupon and a $0.50 off one manufacturer coupon on the purchase of two items.
- If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon may be used on the first item.
- If a manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.
11. All Target Cartwheel offers redeem automatically with one scan of the in-app barcode.
One scan of the Cartwheel barcode will automatically redeem all coupons that match items in your shopping transaction: both manufacturer and Target coupons. As a reminder, percent-off Target coupons will redeem on up to four identical items per transaction.
12. . . . Except for weekly Target coupons, which require a separate scan.
Under the barcode is a “coupon” button. Make sure you check it, because that’s where those awesome $10.00 off bedding, $5.00 off clothing purchases and other like coupons live when they’re being offered.
13. Earn unlimited gift cards per transaction and roll them week-to-week.
There is no limit to the number of gift cards you can earn in one transaction. If the promotion is buy two items, get a $5 gift card, you can buy 4 or 6 items and receive two or three $5 gift cards.
You could separate those 6 items into three transactions and use the gift card from the first to pay for the second. You’d still get a new gift card each time. I just find it simpler to pocket the gift cards and use them on my next Target run.
14. Price match Amazon, Walmart + others at any register.
Target will price match the following competitors:
Pull up proof of lower price on your phone and show to any cashier or call guest services (1-800-591-3869) for Target.com orders. Price matches may be requested at the time of purchase or up to fourteen days after purchase according to Target price match policy.
15. Disable location services before price matching Target.com.
Target has a sneaky little secret they don’t want you to know about. When location services are enabled and you browse prices in the Target app, you’ll actually see higher prices than you would if you weren’t at the store. That’s because out in the real world, Target has to compete with big players like Walmart and Amazon. For that reason, Target.com often has better prices than in Target stores. When you’re shopping in the store, Target doesn’t want you to know you’re not getting the best deal, so the Target app will reflect the in-store price, even if it’s higher.
My secret strategy? Disable location services (settings->privacy->location services) when you’re shopping in-store to see the true Target.com pricing. If you find a better price in the app, request a price match at any register.
16. But sign into Target’s free Wi-Fi to avoid the data black hole.
Whether you’re using Target app, Amazon app or Krazy Coupon Lady app, you’re going to want to connect to Target’s free Wi-Fi or pay the price with super sluggish data service.
17. Sign up for a REDcard to save 5% every time you shop.
This isn’t a sales pitch. It’s just my best advice. The Target REDcard — it saves you 5% on every purchase, on top of coupons and sales and rebates and all the rest. And it’s not a credit card, so there’s no chance of forgetting to pay the bill. I drug my feet on signing up, but I’ve saved hundreds (I know. I spend too much at Target.)
Look, do what you want, but it doesn’t get much easier to save money than signing up for the Target REDcard.
18. Ibotta is one of the four rebate apps you need to use at Target.
Ibotta app has manufacturer-sponsored rebates that act just like coupons, but instead of saving money at the register, you upload a photo of your receipt to show proof of purchase and get money credited to your account after your purchase.
Ibotta rebates can be used in conjunction with both a Target coupon and a manufacturer coupon. Ibotta rebates often allow you to buy up to 3-5 products with every rebate.
Other rebate apps worth downloading.
- Checkout 51
- Fetch Rewards
21. Keep the Target coupon policy handy in case you have any problems.
And in addition to this article, keep a link handy to the official Target Coupon Policy, in case you have any issues at checkout.