FAQ: A Closer Look at Target Mobile Coupons

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). You can also visit the Target website HERE for more information.

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.

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.

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Target Refund/Exchange Policy Know-How

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.

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Target Wedding and Baby Registry Know-How

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.

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Roll Your Target Gift Cards Into One

If you own an iPhone, iPad or Android device, then you can now roll all those Target Gift Cards into one and stop worrying about losing them or carrying them all the time. Just follow these simple steps to get started.

If you don’t already have the Target App on your phone, just text “APP” to 827438 (TARGET) to receive a download link. Message and data rates may apply. You can also go HERE to the Target website and click on your device in the left hand column to get started.

Next, sign in to your Target.com account on your phone (email and password required). Select “My GiftCards” and enter your mobile number and pin and then click on “sign in”. If you have not created a pin yet, just click on “create account”. TIP: When entering numbers throughout this process, you do not need to enter any hyphens.

Once you are signed in to GiftCards, select “Save a Card” and enter the GiftCard and Access numbers found on the back of the card. Once you are finished, select “Save”. Repeat this process until you have entered all your GiftCards. TIP: Any time you receive a Target GiftCard, you may want to enter it right away so its recorded. You can then go back and combine at any time.

Now, to combine your cards, select “My GiftCards” and pick one of your cards from the list. Next, select “Combine” and it will bring up a list of your other cards. Choose another card from the list and select “Combine”. TIP: When I followed these steps, I noticed there was a slight delay after saving and combining, so please be patient. Once its finished, a screen will come up telling you the step was successful. Repeat this process until you have finished combining all your cards. As you proceed, the screen will reflect a new total for your GiftCard balance.

That’s it! You’re all set now and no more worries. You may want to store the physical GiftCards in a safe place at home as your backup.

*NOTE: To see these instructions on the Target website with photos, go HERE and click on “no store? no computer? no prob.” The videos are pretty short so you may want to skip them. Select “how mobile GiftCards work” and then go to where it says “already got a GiftCard?” There are 3 videos, one for saving a card, sharing a card and combining your cards. The links for step by step instructions with photos are just above the videos.

–Thanks to Frugal Finders for the heads up!

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You Are Not a Jedi & I Can’t Accept Your Coupons…

Reading the comments on my post yesterday about the changes in the Target Coupon Policy, I see that many of you feel it is fair and others not so much. Personally I can live with the changes and understand why they are happening.

While I think the majority of couponers are looking to save on their grocery bill and household expenses and build a modest stockpile while playing by the rules, there are those who completely stop at nothing and commit coupon fraud as a way of life. They are out there, and stores have to do what they see as fit to try and stop the losses they are experiencing.

It makes me think of a story a friend of mine told me. She was shocked when a cashier friend of hers had told her about a woman who put eggs, milk & bread up on the belt at checkout and proceeded to hand her coupons for toothpaste, shampoo and crackers. When the cashier told her she could not take her coupons, the woman waved her hand slowly and said “just take the coupons”. The cashier told her- “Ma’am I cannot take your coupons, you did not buy any of these items.” So the woman slowly waved her hand again and quietly told her to “just take the coupons”. Finally exasperated, the cashier said to her- “Look lady, you are not a Jedi and I cannot accept your coupons!”.

Now while I certainly got a chuckle at the Star Wars reference, the sad fact is that it is not funny because it’s true, and sadder still that things like this happen every day. I think the changes are necessary to try and dissuade the dishonest and protect Target from Fraud and also try and prevent customers from finding a cleared shelf. So anyway, I thought I would take  a minute to go over the new items in the policy and throw my two cents out there…

1. Limit of 4 identical coupons per household, per day (unless otherwise noted on coupon)

The limit stated is for a maximum amount of like coupons per day unless your coupon states otherwise. So, if your coupon says one per customer, then it’s just one. If the coupon has no limits on it, then you are allowed to use four. Is it tougher for a large family to stock up at Target? Yes, but they have to set the limit somewhere and personally I can live with this. I am thankful it is at 4 and not two and it seems reasonable to me. Unilever for example now limits their coupons to 2 per customer per day- so it could be worse and I believe more and more manufacturers will be setting limits on their coupons in the near future. So the way I look at it is Target is just jumping on the bandwagon along with P&G, Unilever and other manufacturers sooner than later.

2. Returns of items purchased using Manufacturer coupons may receive coupon value returned in the form of a Target GiftCard.

I think many of you feel like if you use a .50 cent coupon on an item you are returning you will absolutely be given the coupon value back on a Gift Card instead of cash or your original method of payment. While I cannot say for sure, I really don’t think this is an absolute. If you note the word “may” – I think this will be done at their discretion. I believe that this new point in the policy is to try and deter those who are deliberately buying something with a high $ coupon and returning it to pocket the value of the coupon.

Retailers are required to give you back the value of manufacturers’ coupons because they will be in turn submitting it for reimbursement regardless of whether you return an item. The value of Target coupons are not to be refunded, because the store is not collecting any money for them.

3. We reserve the right to accept, refuse or limit the use of any coupon.

I will admit that this point in the policy sounds a little frightening, but I again believe it is there to protect Target,  and for the majority of us, it will have no bearing. Counterfeit coupons are abound- and it absolutely boils my blood, but it’s a problem. If a counterfeit coupon can manage to be scanned, consider the losses for a store. The right to refuse a coupon has always been an unwritten rule for any store- but now if something looks funny to them but scans anyway- they have it in black and white and it may save them some arguments should they feel a coupon is not valid for some reason.

For those of you who feel it will be an excuse for your store to refuse to accept any of your coupons- my best advice is to try and have a pow-wow with the Team leader on duty. Try and get to the bottom of why you have such a hard time using coupons at your stores. If you are using coupons as per the wording, you have nothing to fear or hide and perhaps a calm, rational conversation may help. You can take it up with corporate if need be if you are unable to reach some clear set of reasonable rules you can follow. I cannot say you will make headway or improve the situation, but if you like shopping at Target- it is certainly worth a try and make an effort to stay as calm as possible despite how frustrated you may be.

A few last thoughts…

Coupons are meant to be used as per the wording on them. Taking advantage just because something scans or works or is accepted doesn’t make it right and will only lead to further scrutiny from stores and the manufacturers tightening their belts even more. Do your best to read your coupons, follow what they say and follow your gut. I think deep down we all know what is right and wrong  and don’t let the temptation of possibly getting another $1 Off cloud your judgement. Coupons aren’ t meant to just be tried for the heck of it to see if it works, they are meant to be used as stated in their terms.

While I certainly enjoy being able to find super-cheap & FREE stuff with coupons- the intention of TT has never been to only focus on that. You certainly can’t feed a family toothpaste for dinner or give them dental floss for dessert, and my aim has always been to help others realistically save as much money as they can on groceries & household needs. In my opinion if you can save as close to 50% or better on any of your needs- you’ve had a good day and it allows the surplus to be saved, put toward other family necessities and so on.

I am very grateful for coupons, as I know many of you are too, and I know that despite policy revisions and other changes to the couponing way of life- saving money using coupons and smart shopping will continue to help my family stay on a budget. Hopefully for a long time to come.

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