Dec 242013

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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!

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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.

Nov 032012

Target Mobile Coupons are a very convenient and easy way to get great deals and stretch your savings even further. If you are not familiar with mobile coupons, then this post will hopefully help you understand how they work and how you can get started. Mobile coupons are Target Store coupons that are sent directly to your phone to be used for in-store purchases.

How do I sign up?
You can sign up to receive Target Mobile Coupons HERE. You will need to have an internet-capable phone in order to retrieve the coupons. Keep in mind– text messaging & data charges will apply depending upon your phone’s plan. If you have any questions, you can text HELP to 827438 for information. If you wish to cancel, you can text STOP to 827438 (you’ll receive a confirmation text or further instructions).

I signed up but I didn’t get the coupons?
Once you’re signed up, the coupons should arrive every other Saturday automatically. Sometimes you may not get the coupons automatically- but you should be able to text the word OFFERS to 827438 and get a text back with a link to the coupons. Once you tap on that link your coupons will come up. *PLEASE NOTE* When first signing up, you may not get the current cycle of mobile coupons, (hopefully you will) but if you don’t, you should be good to go for the next cycle. Target will send alerts to your phone whenever new coupons become available.

How do I redeem my mobile coupons?
All you have to do is show your coupons on your phone’s screen at the register and the cashier will scan the barcode that appears on the top. No scissors required. :) This same bar code at the top applies to all the current coupons, so for example if you are buying 2 different products that there are two different mobile coupons for $1 Off each, when that bar code is scanned, both coupons will come off for a total of $2 savings. Each Target mobile coupon is meant to be redeemed only once as the terms read “Limit one item or offer per coupon” So if you buy 2 identical items, only one coupon will be applied.

Also rememeber- since mobile coupons are still Target Coupons, they can be stacked with MQs. You will find any possible matchups to them under the “MOBILE COUPONS” section on my Target Coupon page.

Target Baby, Plus-size & City Target coupon & savings offers….
Target has other mobile coupon programs and you do not need to be signed up for regular mobile coupons to get these savings. Unlike the regular mobile coupons- these are not on a schedule and offer periodic coupons. Also- for some, first time users will get rewarded right away with an online discount code along with occasional mobile in-store coupon offers. Here’s a summary of the programs currently being offered:

TARGET BABY: You can sign up to receive discounts on baby deals by texting the word “BABY5″ to 827438. First time users will receive an instant reward – a code for 10% off Baby Purchase online only, valid for 30 days. You will be alerted to other baby coupons as they become available.

TARGET PLUS ALERTS: You can sign up to receive discounts on plus size apparel by texting the word “PLUS” to 827438. Once you’re signed up, your first text should include a 15% Off Plus Apparel coupon code to use online. You’ll also get alerts whenever other special discounts are available.

CITY TARGET MOBILE OFFERS: If you are a resident of Seattle, Chicago or Los Angeles, you can also text “CITY” to 827438 to be signed up for occasional mobile coupon offers at your local CityTarget location.

Additional Special Mobile Coupon Offers
From time to time- Target also offers special mobile coupons by texting a certain word. I try and stay on top of the latest ones as much as I can and also offer manufacturer matchups for all mobile coupons on my Target Coupon Page. Just go HERE and scroll down to my “Mobile Coupons” section.

Managing Mobile Coupon with Passbook
Now that you’re getting all these mobile coupons, you may be wondering how to keep them all straight…..well if you have an iPhone and iOS 6 or higher, then Passbook is the answer! Check out my post HERE for details on how to use Passbook and managing mobile coupons will be a snap. :-)

Sep 122012

I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at Target’s Return Policy and try and give you a few pointers on how you can try and make the process go smoother. Target says they want your return experience to be as hassle-free as possible, but, there are certain stipulations you need to follow, otherwise you may be out of luck. Most unopened items in new condition returned within 90 days will receive a full refund or exchange, especially when accompanied by a store receipt. However, some items have a modified return policy that gives you less time to return. Your best bet is to check your receipt for a “return by” date, listed under the item on your receipt or packing slip, and in the “item details, shipping” tab if purchased on Target.com.

Return Options
For in-store returns, there are 3 ways Target can attempt to process a return for you: 1) scan your receipt or packing slip, 2) do a receipt look-up if you have the credit card that was used to make the purchase, or 3) do a return or exchange with a valid form of identification if you don’t have the receipt with you. Option #3 in some cases, can be the most difficult to pursue, and on Target’s website, they recommend going online to process the return.

Target Packing Slip
Pictured at top right is an example of Target’s packing slip. There are 2 important numbers that help Target identify your purchase: #1 – the Order ID code found in the top right corner. This number is also included in the confirmation email you received when you placed your order. #2 – the Release ID number which is also in the top right corner. Your packing slip will also outline the available Return Method for your purchase.

Target’s Receipt Look-Up
In most cases, Target stores can verify purchases made in Stores and on Target.com within the last 90 days on a credit or debit card, check or GiftCard using their Refund Look-up System.

TIP: Whenever I make a purchase from Target that I think I may need to return, ie., an appliance that may not work, or a piece of furniture that may not fit my home decor, I write at the top of the receipt, “Keep” and file it away in an envelope in my purse or in a drawer in my desk. That way, I know where to find it when I need it. Now of course, I’m not always so organized. That’s when I rely on Target’s receipt look-up policy. I only use 2 debit cards so if the purchase is not on one, I know its on the other one. Do you have a clever way of keeping your receipts organized? If so, please share it with us in the comments below.

Online Returns
You can also choose to return your item online at Target.com, but, keep in mind that shipping and handling fees will be deducted from the value of your refund unless the return is a result of Target’s error. So you may want to look at the cost of postage before deciding to return online. If you do decide to mail in your return, you can go HERE and follow the instructions provided to process your return and print the prepaid Target.com return label.

Gift Registry Returns
Whenever you receive a gift, remember to keep your PACKING SLIP or GIFT RECEIPT. With it, you can return the item to your local Target store or ship it back to Target with relative ease. If you do not have the Gift Receipt but have a Gift Registry at Target, you can print out your “Gift Purchase Log” anytime from Target.com or at a store Kiosk and use it just like a receipt. You can read more about Target’s Gift Registry Return Policy HERE.

NOTE: Customers do not always let Target know when they are purchasing a gift registry item, in which case, there will not be a record of it on the Gift Purchase Log. You can print a gift receipt but you will need both the Order Number and Release ID to do so.

So a word to all Target gift givers… Please remember to include a gift receipt or packing slip whenever you purchase a gift. They do not display any price information and make returns much easier. You can obtain a gift receipt during checkout at any Target store. If you ever forget to ask for a Gift receipt, bring in your original receipt and Target Guest Services can print as many as you’d like. Or you can print online following the instructions HERE. Just scroll down to where it says, “printing a gift receipt”.

Return Exceptions
There are exceptions to the Target Return Policy in terms of what can be returned or not returned, or only exchanged. For example, did you know that all Halloween costumes and accessories must be returned by 10/31? Or that cameras must be returned within 30 days for a refund or exchange? You can go HERE and scroll down to where it says, “exceptions” to learn more.

Refund Payment
Target’s policy is to issue refunds in the same form as payment originally used for purchase but there are exceptions. You can go HERE and read under “refunds” for more details on how refunds are issued. Included in this list are check purchases, coupon purchases, discounts and promotions and more.

Aug 302012


If you are having a baby or getting married, or even know someone who is, then be sure and check out Target’s Wedding & Baby Registries. You can register online or at one of the kiosks in your store. When you register, Target usually gives out a welcome kit with information, ideas and sometimes even coupons so you may want to check with Guest Services. I recently got an email from Kim who registered at Target for a Baby Registry.

She received a welcome gift bag from Guest Services with a booklet inside filled with coupons. All 16 coupons had an expiration date of 12/31 and I’ve listed them below to give you an idea of what to expect if you’re expecting ;-) . Target Registries are active within a few minutes of registering until 90 days after the event date you give in the registry. And remember, all registry items are 5% off when bought with a REDCard and there’s FREE shipping too. Here’s a list of the coupons from the baby booklet (-Thanks Kim!)….

- $20/1 Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump
- $2/2 Pampers 13 ct+ Diapers or Training Pants AND Pampers Baby Wipes 180 ct+
- $1/1 Johnson’s Baby or Johnson’s Natural Toiletry item ETS, Johnson Buddies and On-The-Go items
- $2/1 Johnson’s Baby Gift Set excl Johnson’s Take Along Pack
- 20% off Eddie Bauer Baby Travel system, Highchair, Play yard or Car Seat
- $10/1 Chicco Fun Travel Activity Nest or  i-Gym Activity Center
- FREE 6-pk Enfamil Premium Newborn formula ready-to-use bottles
- $5/1 Gerber Good Start Powder Formula 12 oz+
- $2/1 Gerber Onesies 3 pack+
- 20% off Liz Lange for Target Apparel Item
- 10% off Gilligan & O’Malley Nursing Bra or Cami
- 10% off Basics by Bravado Designs! Nursing Bra or Cami

When it comes to managing your registry, Target’s digital catalog makes it fast and easy to manage either from your home computer or you can download the app to your smartphone or tablet. Just mark your favorites as you browse the catalog and when you’re done, you’ll be able to print, share or add them to your registry. For more information on downloading the Target app to your phone, you can go HERE and click on your device in the left-hand column or text “APP” to 827438 (TARGET) to receive a download link. Message and data rates may apply. Once you have the app, the registries are under “Lists”.

After your big day or shower, you can pick a day to shop online or visit your local Target and get 10% off everything left on your registry. Remember your manufacturer’s coupons as well – stacking coupons at Target means you can find some great deals not only for yourself but for a friend who’s registered. You may also want to check out the Target Coupon page for photo related coupons. Here are some previous coupon examples…. –$5/1 Select Photo Gift Item or –$5/50 4×6 inch Digital Prints.

For more detailed information about Target’s Baby Registry, you can go HERE. This link will take you to a more detailed layout of how Target’s Baby Registry works including a link to a helpful FAQs page detailing Target’s Return & Exchange Policy. For more details about creating and managing a Wedding Registry, you can go HERE.

One final note: an important detail to consider in both registries is the Gift Purchase Log. This is a list of all the gifts your friends and family told Target about when they made their purchases. It can be printed anytime from Target.com or at a Target store kiosk and used like a receipt. Just be sure to have your password you created when you set up your registry. This log will help you when doing any returns and exchanges.

If any of you have had experience with creating a Target Wedding or Baby Registry, please feel free to share any tips or advice in the comments that may be helpful to other readers.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Target.com or Target, nor am I employed by them or compensated by them to publish content found on this site.
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