My name is Gracie and I’m addicted to Target. No, seriously, I really am. I make weekly visits, the free sample ladies know me and offer up extra coupon books…it’s a little crazy.
Not that crazy…
The real reason I shop at Target, besides the fact the I love it, is I can save some serious money there. How? Let me share some Target Tips:
- Manufacturer coupons: These are the coupons you find in the Sunday morning paper. You can also find them online at www.coupons.com and occasionally stuck to items in the store.
- Store coupons: Target is amazing about store coupons. You can print them from home by visiting coupons.target.com. You can also occasionally find them in store on the weekends at the free sample tables (stop by around 11 a.m. because that’s usually when they’re out). You can also get them in the form of Catalinas, which is a coupon that prints at the register. There’s no way to ensure you’ll get a Catalina so think of them as little bonus surprises when you check out. Target store coupons are also available via mobile. Text OFFERS to 827438 to receive coupons as they come out, usually around every two weeks or so.
How to work the coupons at Target:
- Manufacturer coupons and store coupons can be used on the same item. What does this mean? If you have a $1 off one manufacturer coupon and a $1 off one store coupon, you can use both of them on the same item to save $2 off that item. This is important and a great way to get items super cheap. When I have a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon that go together, I paperclip them to each other, that way I won’t forget I have two.
- CARTWHEEL CARTWHEEL CARTWHEEL! If you haven’t already, visit cartwheel.target.com and sign up. Cartwheel is a free mobile app, also available via the web, that allows you to save offers to a list. Those offers saved are added to your personal barcode which is then scanned at checkout to apply the savings. So let’s say you’re buying a pack of Post-Its and you see on Cartwheel an offer for 5% off Post-Its. You would then save that offer to your Cartwheel and have the cashier scan your barcode at checkout to save the 5%. Another note, most Target stores now offer free wi-fi so you can Cartwheel in the store as you’re going down the aisle. The app also has a barcode scanning feature which allows you to scan the barcode of an item to see if any Cartwheel offers match it.
- This is important so pay attention. On any one item, you can use a manufacturer coupon, a store coupon (mobile or printed) and Cartwheel. So if we go back to that previous example where you saved $1 with a manufacturer coupon and a $1 with a store coupon, you can then save an additional percentage with Cartwheel if there’s an applicable offer. There are some limitations to this sometimes. For instance, Proctor & Gamble loves to limit their coupons to four like items in any purchase, so you’re not extreme couponing the Crest. Usually, it isn’t an issue, but it’s always a good idea to have a copy of the store’s coupon policy on hand. I’ve used this on Black Friday for price matching because sometimes you have to (nicely!) educate someone who works in the store. They don’t all know the coupon policy word for word and I don’t expect them to. Target’s coupon policy can be found here.
Bonus ways to save:
- On top of your manufacturer coupon, store coupon and Cartwheel offer, you can use your Redcard to save an additional 5% on your purchase. Don’t want a credit card? The Redcard is also available in the form of a debit card that links directly to your checking account.
- Each reusable bag you use earns you an additional 5 cent savings at checkout. Yes, it’s only 5 cents, but it helps.
- If you get your prescriptions filled at Target, get a free Pharmacy Rewards Card. For every five prescriptions you fill, Target will send you a bonus 5% off coupon. This coupon can be used on top of your Redcard savings.
Do you see why I love Target now? Other things to remember, please be nice to your cashier and don’t go all Extreme Couponers on them if they have trouble with your coupons. If you’re nice to them, they’ll be nice to you and are much more likely to press that glorious override button to pass that troublesome coupon through.
Also, sign up for some couponing blogs. These blogs are run by super couponers who love to share the deals they find. My personal favorites are Sea of Savings, Freebies 2 Deals and Totally Target. With the last one, the guy usually posts the upcoming Target sales add Friday or Saturday before it’s released on Sunday. This can prove to be very helpful as a new sale begins every Sunday at Target.
Now get out there and save yourself some money.