Apr 022015


Target often releases threshold coupons on their site and in their weekly ads allowing us to enjoy a nice discount in a particular department of the store. For example – this week we have a terrific coupon for a FREE $10 Target Gift Card with a Food or Beverage purchase of $50 or more (Valid thru 4/4).

One of the questions I get asked quite often is whether or not you can use other Target Coupons along with these types of threshold coupons. And the answer is yes- but only Target coupons valid for specific individual items.  I also frequently get comments that some stores mistakenly want you to meet the specified amount on a threshold coupon AFTER all other coupons are used.

But for those of you have had trouble in the past with one or both of these circumstances, I am happy to say that Target has gone ahead and clarified these points in their policy FAQs. 🙂 The following excerpt is from their policy and you can read the complete official Target Coupon Policy HERE…

What should I keep in mind if I want to redeem a category/department or storewide coupon?

Target item-level coupons can be used while using a category/storewide coupon (e.g. $1 off Target coupon for body wash AND a $5 off $15 Target Personal Care purchase). The threshold for the category coupon is based on the retail of the qualified items prior to Manufacturer item-level and Target item-level coupons.

I hope this helps those of you who have had issues in the past to have a better shopping experience. But keep in mind that while coupons for individual items are fine, you cannot use two threshold coupons together unless you meet the requirement for each in your transaction.

So for example – right now we also have a $4 off Market Pantry/Archer Farms/Simply Balanced Purchase of $25+ printable Target Coupon. So if you wanted to use this week’s $10 Gift Card wyb $50 Groceries too, you would need to spend $75 in groceries in one transaction and $25 of it would need to be Market Pantry or Archer Farms products to use both coupons.

Sep 232014


We seem to be seeing more and more manufacturer coupons on coupons.com with strong marketing suggestions on them to redeem at certain retailers like Walmart & others.

While I know it can be somewhat confusing- these are manufacturer’s coupons that should be able to be used elsewhere. I am thrilled to see that Target for one, has recently gone ahead and clarified in their policy that these types of manufacturer’s coupons ARE accepted in their stores. 🙂

I know some of you often have concerns when I publish these types of coupons – but despite logos and wording referencing other stores – the bottom line is they are manufacturer’s coupons, and I am grateful that Target has spelled this out in their policy. The following excerpt is from their policy and you can read the complete official Target Coupon Policy HERE

“How can I tell if Target will accept my manufacturer coupon?”

“Target will accept your manufacturer coupon, as long as printed limitations and requirements are met.
• Manufacturer coupons can be accepted at the register even if they don’t clearly indicate who the manufacturer is, or if they indicate the name of another retailer.
• If a coupon states “Manufacturer Coupon,” it’s redeemable anywhere (including Target), even if the coupon states, “Redeemable at Kroger, Cub, etc.” (or any other retailer).”


Hopefully this clarification in the corporate policy will help those of you who have had trouble redeeming these types of manufacturer’s coupons at your local Target stores.

There is one other recent update in the policy to note that may be helpful to those who have a cashier that may be confused about per purchase vs per transaction wording…

“What is the difference between “per purchase” and “per transaction” when using coupons?

“One coupon per purchase means you’re using one coupon per item being purchased. You can use multiples of the same coupon as long as each coupon has a matching item.
One coupon per transaction means you can use only one specific coupon per store transaction. You can’t use more than one same coupon, even if you’re buying multiple items.”

Jul 292014

cartwheel-mergeIf you are one of the many like me who tried out the sign up for Cartwheel with Email, you may have two separate accounts currently…one for Facebook and one for Email and they may not be synced. When Target was first testing signup for Email accounts, it was not possible yet to connect the two accounts. Well, good news! Now you can and the instructions are quick and easy. 🙂

To merge your Facebook and Email accounts, go to www.Cartwheel.com, and log in with your preferred sign-in method. Next, click on “Settings” in the sidebar. Once you’re on the “Settings” page, you should see the Accounts section. Select which type of account you’d like to merge – Facebook, Google, or even your Target.com accounts – and follow the instructions.

I merged my accounts easily and now all my savings and badges are consolidated! Plus, you can continue to sign in using your preferred method. Note: only one Facebook account is allowed per profile, although multiple Target.com accounts can be merged into a single Cartwheel profile. If you would like any additional information, you can always contact Target and ask for assistance with your Cartwheel account, 1 (800) 591-3869.

If you are not familiar with Cartwheel, this savings program introduced by Target, allows you to save even more when shopping in-store. Even better- these offers can be used with Target Coupons AND Manufacturer coupons for up to a triple stack! You can see my post HERE to help get you started.

Dec 242013

Chrissy let me know about a cool feature available on the latest version of Target’s Cartwheel App. Now you can check whether a Cartwheel offer matches an item before you get up to the checkout lane using the app’s barcode scanner. Cartwheel has made this available on both iPhone and Android smartphones too.

cartwheel-barcodeYou will need to have the latest update to Cartwheel to use this feature, Version 1.4.1. To find this feature on Cartwheel, just sign in and the main menu will come up. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the search box with a barcode icon to the right. When you’re ready to scan an item, just tap on this icon and then line the camera up with the barcode of the item. If there is a match, Cartwheel will bring up the offer for you to add. 🙂 That’s it! Your smartphone or device must have a camera to use this feature.

You can use this feature to scan items as you shop using Target’s FREE WiFi connection. Although my shopping trips are usually very-well planned- I think this is great for last-minute finds at the store and a big help and a time saver in my book! It’s also a way to check for cartwheels on spur of the moment clearance finds. Many cartwheels do exclude clearance- but quite a few do not- so this is an easy way to check!

If you do not yet have the Cartwheel App, you can go HERE to download for Android devices and go HERE for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices.

NOT FAMILIAR WITH TARGET CARTWHEEL? This savings program introduced by Target allows you to save even more when shopping in-store. Even better- these offers can be used with Target Coupons AND Manufacturer coupons for up to a triple stack! You can see my post HERE to help get you started.

–Thank you Chrissy for the heads up on this nifty little time saver!

Nov 182013

target-cartwheelSome time ago, Target started implementing that Target Cartwheel be scanned last, after all other Target coupons & manufacturer’s coupons have been scanned. Since then, I have gotten many comments & e-mails from readers wondering why I calculate my deals the way I do when Cartwheel is scanned last.

So I just wanted to take a minute to try and help clear up the confusion. While Target Cartwheel should be scanned last, (in fact- there is now a screen that pops up when a cartwheel bar code is scanned, asking the cashier to confirm that all other coupons have already been scanned) it does not affect how Cartwheel discounts are calculated.

So I just wanted to show you an example of how this change in the order of cartwheel being scanned has absolutely no effect on how the discount is calculated. It remains the same as when Target first implemented Cartwheel. A Cartwheel percentage is always calculated AFTER a Target Coupon, and BEFORE a manufacturer’s coupon no matter when it is scanned.

cartwheel-example-receiptSo here’s an example for you. I purchased a 4-pack of GE Reveal Light Bulbs for $4.19. I hand over a $2.00 Off Target Coupon, bringing the light bulbs down to $2.19. Next I hand my $1/1 Manufacturer’s Coupon for GE Light Bulbs over. And the very last thing I hand over is my Target Cartwheel Barcode and as you can see- it has deducted 25% Off $2.19 which is = to .55 cents (item cost minus Target Coupon), making my total before tax .64 cents. Had the deduction been taken after both coupons, I would have only gotten .30 cents for cartwheel and my total would have been .89 cents before tax.

So even though Target stores are asking that Cartwheel be scanned last- no worries! You are still getting the full discount the same as it always was- which is a deduction based on a percentage of the item’s cost minus any Target Coupon used.

I hope this helps clear the confusion up a bit. For more information on how Cartwheel works, you can check out my post HERE to help get you started. If you are interested in doing the GE Reveal Light Bulb deal- all these coupons are still available and you can check out that post HERE.

Nov 162013

cartwheel-bannersignup2Cartwheel is now offering the option to login or sign up with email! Keep in mind though, Cartwheel’s sign in feature is currently in testing and your account may be temporarily unavailable as they work out the details. If you do sign up, you can provide valuable feedback while they are testing by going HERE.

This new feature is good news for those of you who have not yet signed up for Cartwheel or do not use Facebook. You can now take advantage of the great discount offers Cartwheel has to offer. Just go HERE to sign up. You can also check out my post HERE for more info and tips on how Cartwheel works.

For those of you who currently have cartwheel, they are still working on tying or syncing your Cartwheel/Facebook profile with your Cartwheel/Email profile. This means that if you login to Cartwheel now thru your email, none of your cartwheel bonuses or other information will transfer over. Essentially, you would be starting with a clean slate. You may want to wait until they have finished setting up this feature so you don’t lose anything. I have accumulated several bonuses so I think I will wait as they continue testing.

We will keep you up to date on Cartwheel changes as they become available. You can also check out their Updates Page for current news on Cartwheel.

-Thanks so much for the heads up to Casey & Kyle!

Jan 312013

TargetIf you have yet to sign up for Target.com emails, it’s really quick and easy to do. You can just enter your e-mail and fill out the short form HERE and you’re done!  By signing up, you will be alerted via e-mail to special offers, a heads up on new arrivals and other exclusive offers and promotions.

In the past I have gotten special online codes to use, in some cases to save a certain percentage across a certain category, or specific items and usually they are e-mail exclusives. Just go HERE to sign up.

Jan 142013

TargetIf you have yet to sign up for Target.com emails, it’s really quick and easy to do. You can just enter your e-mail and fill out the short form HERE and you’re done!  By signing up, you will be alerted via e-mail to special offers, a heads up on new arrivals and other exclusive offers and promotions.

In the past I have gotten special online codes to use, in some cases to save a certain percentage across a certain category, or specific items and usually they are e-mail exclusives. Just go HERE to sign up.

Jan 082013

firefox-couponIf you work on a Mac and use OSX, then you may be one of the many readers I have been hearing from who are unable to print their TARGET Coupons. I have heard numerous complaints that they print with missing expiration dates and the copy is all jumbled. My sister, Kelley, works on a Mac and she’s had the same problem and I know like others out there, she’s been very frustrated!

Well, you may be in luck as one of my reader’s hubbies, Mike, has sent in what looks to be a promising solution and Kelley has already successfully fixed hers! The problem seems to be that Java 7 is not supported by Target Coupon printing. To fix this, you will need to install and enable Java 6 and disable Java 7.

PLEASE NOTE- Whether you choose to proceed with this fix is entirely up to you. I cannot guarantee it will work for all of you, and I don’t know if disabling Java 7 will affect any other programs you use, etc. That being said, proceed at your own discretion and I just want to say thanks so much to Mike!

Here are the steps you will need to follow…

You will need to be an administrator to authorize most of these steps. First, Install Java 6 by downloading and running this installer:  http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572. Remember, you will need to quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

Next, disable Java 7 and enable Java 6 by going to this link and following the steps provided: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_uninstall_java.xml . This link also provides more support if you need it.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you should be able to print your coupons again! Good luck and let us know how it goes in the comments.

Dec 232012

targetlists3The Target shopping app, available for both android and iPhone users, is a great resource that can save you time and money by offering Daily Deals, Weekly Ads, a Barcode Scanner and more. But one of the features I find really useful, is the TargetLists.

More than just a resource for baby shower or wedding registries, TargetLists allows you to create a list for any person, event or occasion. You can create shopping lists or wish lists for yourself, gift lists for family and friends, or even a list for holiday gifts you need to return. The possibilities are endless and there is no limit to the number of lists you can have in the app.

If you haven’t yet downloaded the Target app to your smartphone, go HERE and choose your device. Or text “APP” TO 827438 (TARGET) to receive a download link. Note: Message and data rates may apply. Once you have the app, you’ll need to sign in to use the TargetLists feature with the email and password you created to set up your account. Just pull on the tab at the bottom of your screen and tap on Lists and Sign In.

To create your first list, tap on the + sign. Then name your list and tap Create. You’ll notice that your list is now added to the main screen with the registries. You can open it at any time by selecting it. You can add items either by using the search window at the top, by browsing, or if your smartphone has a camera, you can tap the barcode icon at the top of your screen. In my book, this beats handwriting a shopping list any day!

If you choose to browse, a list of departments will come up. Each department is then organized into categories and even sub-categories if need be. To find what you’re looking for, pick the category and a price list comes up with details like whether its sold online, in the store or both. Tap on the item again, and it will tell you more details, what aisle its in if its sold in-store, and what stores near you have it in-stock. This is also where you can select  the item and add it to your list. To select more items, you can use the back arrow at the top to find the screen you need. You can also pull on the tab at the bottom and select “Lists” again if you want to review your list.

targetlists4I created a list just for Target Grocery to help me get my coupons organized before I shop. And now, I don’t have to make a new list each week. I just open my grocery list and check it twice! I can edit at any time – whether its to add items or remove them. To remove an item, just tap on the circle to select the item and then tap on “remove got items”. You can even choose to delete the list from this screen or change the title by editing the settings.

You can sort your list by name, price or even by those items you have already gotten. The barcode at the top can be shown to your cashier at checkout after everything has been scanned and it will automatically update your list with purchased items.

With holiday clearance coming up, you could make a wish list for all the items you hope to find on clearance. We all know it pays to be organized and get there early for those clearance markdowns. You can use my Christmas Clearance Prep List to help you make your wish list and grab all your coupons.

If any of you have had experience with using TargetLists, please feel free to share any tips or advice in the comments that may be helpful to other readers.


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