If you’re looking to save money at Target, couponing has likely crossed your mind. Tracking down offers and navigating the rules don’t have to be intimidating.
This guide can help you understand the basics and find deals fast. Here’s how to coupon at Target.
Know how to get Target coupons
Target accepts store-issued coupons and manufacturer coupons, which are issued by product makers. These can save you money on an item, category, department or entire transaction — or even get you a free item or gift card. You’ll need to find them first, though. Here’s where to look:
- The Target app: Target’s app makes it easy to locate the coupons that are most relevant to you. Browse your local store’s weekly ad or use the Cartwheel feature to search for Target and manufacturer coupons. Users can open the app at the store and scan an item’s bar code to look for matching offers. Selected offers save under one bar code in the app’s digital wallet.
- The Target website: Find links to Target’s weekly ad and Cartwheel under the “deals” tab. You can also print out your Cartwheel bar code on the website. See a list of current promotions, including discount codes, on the help page.
- Coupon databases: Online databases gather coupons from multiple sources. Use them to search for printable or digital Target and product coupons.
- The Sunday paper: Look for manufacturer coupons in newspaper inserts.
- Social media: Follow Target and third-party coupon websites on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They sometimes advertise offers and share coupon codes.
Learn the coupon policy
Retailers don’t all handle coupons the same way. To spare yourself confusion and disappointment at the register, brush up on Target’s policy. It’s generous, but it has drawbacks, too.
- Stacking coupons: Target allows shoppers to combine one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel offer per item — clearance merchandise included.
- Reusing coupons: You can use the same voucher up to four times per day. Cartwheel offers can be used six times per day.
- Applying coupons to previous transactions: Coupons can’t be used retroactively. You have to present them at the time of purchase.
- Expired coupons: Target doesn’t accept expired coupons. Pay close attention to dates.
- Overages: When a coupon’s value exceeds the item price, you won’t pocket the difference or get it taken off other products on your bill (sorry, extreme couponers). Instead, the discount will adjust to match the price. For example, if you buy a $3 box of cereal and have a $4-off coupon, you’ll get a $3 reduction (getting the cereal for free, in this case, but not picking up an extra dollar in the process).
As always, read the fine print on the coupon. Each voucher has its own set of conditions (like which yogurt flavors are eligible for the discount). Read Target’s coupon policy and FAQs in full on the website or ask an employee at your local store for details.
Redeem the deals
Target’s coupon redemption process varies depending on the kind of offer and where you shop.
For in-store purchases, hand your coupons or phone — with the bar code visible — to the cashier. If you use the self-checkout machine, you’ll scan the codes yourself. For online purchases, enter the promo code during checkout. Note that some coupons, including Cartwheel offers, can’t be used online.