Target Coupon Policy FAQ Update: Using Target Department-Wide Coupons with Other Store Coupons


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.

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How to Merge Cartwheel Accounts: Facebook & Email

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, 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 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 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.

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Check Offers with Target Cartwheel’s Barcode Scanner

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!

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How Target Cartwheel Deductions are Calculated

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.

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New e-mail Sign-Up Option for Target Cartwheel!

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!

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