Changes to the Target Coupon Policy

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Well if you have had a copy of Target’s Coupon Policy in your binders, it is time to print another one. Target has updated its Coupon Policy and the most notable difference is now addressing the use of B1G1 Coupons. Since Target has never addressed the use of B1G1 coupons, it has pretty much been up to each store’s own discretion. That now changes with the new updated policy. You can view and print off a copy of Target’s Coupon Policy HERE. The following are the stated terms when using B1G1 coupons…

1. BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free). Unless stated otherwise on the coupon, the use of one Buy One Get One Free coupon requires that two of the valid items are presented at checkout of which one item will be charged to the guest and the 2nd item will be discounted by its full retail price.

2. A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.
This means they are now prohibiting in writing the use of a $ Off manufacturer’s coupon on the non free item when using a manufacturer’s B1G1 coupon.

3. If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon maybe used on the first item.
You can no longer use 2 manufacturer’s coupons against a Target B1G1 Store Coupon. So in other words if you have a B1G1 Free Pantene Target Coupon, you may only use one $1/1 Pantene Manufacturer Coupon, you can no longer use 2 manufacturer’s coupons against both items.

4. If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.
You can no longer use 2 Target Coupons against a Manufacturer’s B1G1 Coupon. So in other words if you have a B1G1 Old Spice Body Wash Manufacturer’s Coupon, you can no longer use two $1/1 Old Spice Body Wash Target Store Coupons along with it. you may only use 1 store coupon.

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  1. I see why Target is doing this- I have heard of people in my area getting mulitple coupons for an item and then using several coupons on that item if the coupon has a different barcode. So they don’t use the same coupon several times on 1 item, but example: buy 10 yoplaits use a $.40 off 6, a $.75 off 10, and a $.20 off 3 (just pulling numbers out for the copuons) but they use all three of these coupons for the same 10 coupons just becasue 1 coupon says so much off if you buy 10 and the others are so much off if you buy less than 10. They have told me you can do this because they coupons are coded differently, but when a coupon says limit 1 coupon per specifications of coupon then they can’t use the other 2! No wonder their bill is always nothing! People like that just make it bad for others. Why can’t people just do it right instead of trying to rip people off for a few extra dollars.

  2. Angie, how can couponing be a privilege when the manufacturers advertise the deals in the inserts, advertise the coupons in the newspaper, and allow us to PURCHASE them? I buy newspapers to be able to use them. Unless they erradicate coupons altogether… peelies, bonus coupons in packages, savings on websites, newspaper inserts, etc., we have the right to use them.

  3. @ Delilah – #2 means that you cannot use a $1 off coupon along with a B1G1 coupon. So, if you are buying 2 items for $5 each, before we were able to use $1 off coupon with a B1G1, getting 2 items for $4 total. Now, you’d get them for $5 total.

  4. Thanks for making my life easy and clarifying before I get to the register. Stinks but what can you do?

  5. These limitations must be coming from the manufacturers. If they don’t like it, they should print limitations on each coupon. “Buy one at full price, Get Second on Free, Cannot be combined with other coupons, Etc.” All this when retail sales dropped last month.

  6. While policy changes can be irritating it seems like it takes a while for all of the stores to get used to the changes so things won’t be different (hopefully) at least for awhile. Like with Walmart and their new policy. Most of the cashiers and even some managers don’t even know the policy and it’s been out for over a month. lol

    I LOVE me some Target and will always shop there, but I hope they don’t get super strict with coupon use. Target has been one of my favorite coupon friendly stores and I would hate for that to change.

    Thanks for the update, Kerry!

  7. Jeez this stinks. I already limit my shopping at target as it is because of their crazy coupon policy of not allowing more than 1 identical target q per transaction, now it’s even more limited, since they are limiting the use of manufacturer coupons too! Why? they get reimbursed for MQs right? Arg, so frustrated!

  8. The first part of the B1G1 policy seems kind of obvious. Were a ton of people getting away with using 2 B1G1 coupons on 2 items? I wouldn’t have even remotely thought that would fly….In regards to the other parts, major bummer. I guess it was nice while it lasted. Like others have said, it’s silly for them not to let you use 2 manuf q along with a Target B1G1 because they would get more money that way….I wish there was a way to actually get a message to one of the higher ups in the company. Emailing does absolutely nothing…so many people post on their fb page about boycotting Target and things that I’m sure they don’t even read anything on there..I’ve never seen them respond to anyone. Oh well – I’m just glad that I grew my stockpile when I did so I can be selective on the deals that I go after now. I’m honesly ok on all toiletries and cleaning supplies for at least a year! 🙂

  9. blame it on TLC and that stupid extreme couponing show. ugh, first kroger then riteaid and now target! it is going to end up that we arent going to be able to get a deal at all. If they dont want us to use coupons, they shouldnt put them out there!

  10. Well, Target was already frustrating me since my store has given me so many issues with coupons. Today I went in with the “$2 off wby 2 Ore-Ida frozen potatoes” TQ. I found a box of Easy Fries on sale for $.89 and was excited to get free fries. There were no size restrictions on the coupon, but the system wouldn’t accept the coupon and the cashier and manager told me that I had to get one like the picture. *sigh*

    I’d like for their coupons to be more specific, but I think I will probably be limiting my shopping there with this update to their policy…

  11. just did the DEGREE deal last nite , got them and the sprays all free, no issues at all. Also got Kellogs cereals along with FREE die cast PIXAR CARS ii CARS, M&MS fresh fruit , and boxes with codes to redeem for FREE gas cards with peelies. Not a single issue with a single coupon. Only paid for the cereal and had $”s off coupons for those as well

  12. WOW! I am a Target lover and now I am not so sure about this. I have always gotten such good deals this way and now they are changing, just like all the other stores. I do understand that they probably get scammed just like anyone else but my allegience to Target may change. Such a shame. Oh well, I will survive lol but I am just not sure I will be putting all my eggs in one basket w/ Target anymore. I spend A LOT of money there even using coupons and I kind of feel a little put-off by this. I know this isn’t anyone’s fault but I am upset. I may actually write to Target and let them know they might lose a frequent shopper (not that I will stop shopping there but may look for deals elsewhere). This should be interesting!

  13. Hopefully this will eliminate those shelf clearers…and later stores (Target and Rite Aid) will revise again to bring back the regular couponers! I am all for limits! I don’t need thirty…just 2 or 3. I will be happy to find them. I wish would have considered that instead.

  14. I dont think this has anything to do with BOGO sales. The Policy clarification seems to ONLY refer to coupons, not sales.

  15. Dont some of these go against there coupon stacking policy? Also, does this mean you can use a b1g1 free coupon with a b1g1 store promotion and get both free?

  16. I think the new policy sucks! That said, I’m sure we will still be able to get some great deals. 🙂

  17. So, that I understand this correctly I can no longer get this deal that they are advertising buy a degree and get a body mist for free, and get them both for free using my B1G1 coupon?

  18. I think the new policy stinks. My target is already stingy with coupons, this just makes it worse. Guess I’ll just be shopping elsewhere for certain deals.

  19. This is just fine with me as they are the rules that i have always went by, because in my OPINION..not judging, im am just saying, in my opinion you should not be able to use a bogo coupon with another dollar amount coupon anyway. The way i read it, is that the bogo coupon applies to both items you are getting therefor you should not be able to use an additional coupon on either of those items. Doesnt change my shopping, and I still love my Target.

  20. Target needs to see the comments. Before I couponed I have NEVER purchased anything full price at Target, since its 95% sure to clearance out. Plus now that I do coupon they raise prices when the coupons come out. I have to visit 4 Targets a week just to compare prices between them because they are all different. I CANNOT STAND this stupid extreme couponing. Its ruined all my savings!!!

  21. To be honest, I wonder if the stores are getting push back from the merchants to limit the number of BOGO’S. There seems to be a lot more extreme couponers out there, and I see customers clearing shelves everyday. While they still get the same money for their product either from us or from the manufacturer, the manufacturer may be putting pressure on stores due to the higher cost to them when the store puts out a BOGO the same time they do…Are they pushing back saying we offered the free one, you did to, you eat the price, not us. It all goes back to if you’re being ethical or not. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good deal as much as the next person, but getting something completely free or at a money maker price was great, but getting mad when this loop hole is sealed just seems greedy on my part. Target and other stores may already be losing customers becuase of bare shelves from couponing…I guess the question is if couponing is a right or a priveledge?

  22. So I am trying to figure out if what I did earlier today at Target is against their new policy (which I read after I came home) The Kellogg’s Touch of Fruit in the middle Mini-wheats were on sale for $2.50 each. I bought three boxes. I used one Target coupon to save $1.00 on the purchase of 3 Kellogg’s items. I also used two coupons from Vocal Point – one coupon was Buy 1 Get 1 Free and the other coupon was $1.00 off on item. (and by the way, many of the boxes of that type of cereal have a mail in rebate form on the back – Try Me Free – offer) So is this new against policy since that Target coupon was $1 off three but I ended up getting one box for free with my manufacturer’s coupon???

  23. I never have used a cents off manuf coupon with a BOGO coupon anywhere. It always seemed wrong to me so this doesn’t affect me but not being able to use the free internet printed coupons might.

  24. Thank you TLC for totally screwing everything up. The thing that really reeks here is the fact that each store involved in the filming of “Extreme couponing” has been in agreement with the filming and also has been helping commit coupon fraud.. so what is all this? Is this to stop people from abusing the coupons? Is this to make up the money the let walk illegally out the door? Is this to make money for the lawsuit that will have to be paid up soon? I don’t know if Target was ever a store involved in this show because I never really watched it since it made me sick to my stomach.. so what do you think?

  25. This explains why I paid more for the Suave lotion than I had anticipated yesterday!

  26. I agree with Evelyn, some cashiers will just push it through. Also it will depend a lot on if their registers flag it. But their registers sometimes flag nothing and something flag everything. My only question would be that if it gets put through is it ethical or unethical due to the fact that they will get paid back for it?

  27. I guess I don’t understand why they would allow a Target coupon with a Manuf. bogo coupon when they would be losing the money on their Target coupons instead of allowing another Manuf. cents off coupon that they would be reimbursed for. It seems to me they would lose more money in addition to the fact that people are going to shop elsewhere with their bogo coupons. Hopefully they will see the comments and see the loss of sales in the coming months and change their policy again.

  28. That’s good. I enjoyed finding my new favorite deo with the special purchase deal yesterday and found some BOGO coupons so got both items free. This policy doesn’t really seem like it’ll change too much. Target still has amazing deals. I guess if you can’t you a 75cents off one item then hand them a BOGO coupon…just pick the bogo coupon. You’re still getting an item free, which is better than nothing. 🙂

  29. I never did any of those to begin with. lol.
    I always thought using 2 bogo coupons to get both items free was cheating in the first place.
    I’m glad Target set these new rules. 🙂

  30. @Kristina- you may still use 1 TQ and 1 MQ per item- so unless a gift card deal involves using a B1G1 coupon- it will have no bearing.

    @Shannon & Melissa- they are addressing the use of B1G1 coupons not B1G1 sales. While it is still a YMMV (using B1G1 coupons against a B1G1 sale) the new terms do not prohibit it- they simply just don’t even address it. hth

  31. Wonder if this is part of their new retail strategy and because they want their sales numbers to be higher? I know Target wants higher end customers who can spend more- but in this economy, not everyone can do that. I don’t think a huge percentage of shoppers are using these BOGO scenarios- and the average couponer doesn’t have all the multiple coupons to do some of the best or free deals. I wonder what made them change this now? I feel like I got hooked in the beginning of the year when I discovered the lower prices and Target coupons, but I do think prices have been creeping back up. At least we can still do some combining if we have MQs and TQs. The BOGO changes won’t stop me from going, but if the price isn’t right on some of the sales, I will certainly pass it up. Lately there haven’t been enough deals to get me to the store every week.

  32. I just did used a M BOGO and was able to use a cents off MQ today. Glad I did it now rather than later

  33. Steve, I TOTALLY agree with you. I don’t know what these stores are thinking or the motive behind the BOGO limitations. Rite Aid just did the SAME thing. It seems like they are trying to make it hard for us couponers so we don’t use as many. Well if they want to be difficult, they can get NO money from me or the manufacturer. Shame on you Target and Rite Aid for being so GREEDY! Seriously, who needs the money more, your big shot quadrillian dollar store or us barely making it families who have to penny pinch to get by. Seriously…help a family out!

  34. Linda, no you’re not the only one who feels like that. I feel the same way. At least now when I go to get something, I can usually find it without having to set my alarm on Sunday morning. However, there has been a backlash from the extreme couponers. Hopefully, in the end, it will all even out and be for the best. (Crossing fingers.)

  35. i am sure some cashiers will push the coupons through. Target will never lose any money since they get paid for all the coupons.

  36. And so the wave of coupon policy revisions continues with Target being the latest edition. There is a part of me that likes some of the recent changes to help mitigate the number of extreme couponers who clear out the shelves, and on the other hand I will miss getting a really great bargain for the times that I do decide to utilize the coupons to their fullest.

    I fear that soon we will see these stores not only eliminate the BOGOs that we used to get for free, but also limit the number of coupons per item to just one per item as well. Our bargain opportunities are shrinking because some folks (none from TT that I can see) just can’t be satisfied with a few of an item as opposed to 20, 30, 40 or more of an item.

    Does anyone else feel like that?

  37. Does this change anything with the giftcard deals? Can you still use a manuf. and Target coupon on each item that you purchase?

  38. well that will lessen my shopping at target considerably – why go to Target when I can get a better deal at Publix which is closer anyway? I guess they had to make up for all the money they were stealing from customers before they got caught screwing with the coupons last year…..

  39. I also noticed that it says
    “We do not accept internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements”
    so does this mean we cant use the printable for the free lipton iced tea that came out a few days ago?

  40. This is, honestly, not good business sense. If Target offers a BOGO coupon (in which THEY take the hit of the “free” item), then accepting a manufacturer’s BOGO coupon also is no different than if we pay cash for the item.

    And secondly…if Target has a BOGO coupon and won’t accept a manufacturers coupon on BOTH the free and the full priced item, again…it shouldn’t matter as it is the same as if we paid them cash. Heck…they would actually make MORE money allowing both coupons anyways since they wouldn’t have gotten a dime on the store freebie.

    I am just in disbelief about who actually comes up with these things.

  41. Yes, Jessica. You can’t use a money off along with a B1G1 if both are manufacture. You can still use a Target money off if the B1G1 is MQ. And you can use one money off MQ if the B1G1 is a Target.

  42. Ok so if I have a B1G1 MQ for shampoo, then I can’t use another MQ for $1/1 of that brand shampoo? But I could use $1/1 Target Q if I had one. Do I have the correct?

  43. so i guess this means that the degree deal wont work anymore? to get both of the items free

  44. I’m confused. So, on the special purchase sale where you buy one degree deo and get the body mist free, can you still use the manufacturers q that is BOGO and get both free??

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