Target: Coupon Policy

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on June 14, 2011

Here is Target’s official coupon policy. Print this out and store with your coupons just in case a cashier seems unaware of the official store policy.

Here are a few of the highlights:

:: Limit 4 identical coupons per household, per day (unless otherwise noted on coupon)

:: Return of items purchased using Manufacturer coupons may receive coupon value returned in the form of a Target GiftCard. (Example: Buy Starbucks Coffee for $7.99 and use $2/1 coupon. Return it and you will be refunded $5.99 original form of tender and $2 back to a Target gift card)

:: Target reserves the right to accept, refuse or limit the use of any coupon.

:: They will not accept Canadian coupons in our US stores.

:: Target will accept printable coupons with a scannable bar code except one that is for a FREE item when no purchase is required.

:: Target does not accept competitor’s coupons or expired coupons.

:: Target does not give cash back – if the coupon is more than the value of an item, the coupon amount may be reduced to meet the cost of the item.

:: Target has specific rules about using BOGO coupons.

:: 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 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.  A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.

Target Low Price Promise:

:: If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number.

We suggest printing both the official coupon policy and the Low Price promise to keep with you at all times when shopping at Target.

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Tara June 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Question sometimes they let me do the auto deduct from BOGO coupons. But in the same week a “manager” told me no! She was quite rude about it! Saying they would lose money but yet it clearly states on the coupon they will be reimbursed for the amount stated on coupon! When did that change!?? Within a few days? It was at clackamas!


Kate from Frugal Living NW June 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

Target is notorious to inconsistent coupon policy rules instituted by their cashiers. Most of the time there has not been any change just an uninformed cashier. To better answer your question, what do you mean by auto deduct?


Rachel September 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

I not a newbie to couponing so I was confused today when I went it to target to purchase the febreeze warmers that are 2.99. I bought four of them, using the $3mc in the P&G insert. Following the limit four like coupons per person as stated on the coupon. The cashier proceeded to tell me that I could only use one per transaction, so if I wanted to buy four then they would have to be in separate transactions, per what the coupon states of one coupon per transaction. Am I confused or is the cashier? I work for a big retailer and since P&G has changed their coupons to state limit four, we have taken four coupons in a transaction.


Kate September 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Unfortunately, I think she is right. Most coupons usually state ‘one coupon per item’. If it says one per transaction that that is correct. I’ve noticed this on a few other coupons as well. There was a similac coupon a while back that said ‘only one per transaction’.


Trisha June 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Target in Clackamas denied my degree deal as well today.. very rude manager.. or so she said she was manager.. not sure.. oh well I will try again tomorrow at a diff target.


Rachel O. June 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I went in today, and was able to use my coupons to get free deoderant and free body spray…no questions, and I actually did it at two different times. I was also able to get the travel first aid kits and use overage toward other products. I am confused why sometimes they let you apply overage to your other purchases, and sometimes they don’t. It makes it difficult when planning a transaction.


Laura June 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I had it denied and then when I went to the management they said they wouldn’t do anything about it. They said if I bought 2 deodorants I could get one free and then the spritz for free. I had to actually pay for one to get the free spritzer.


Jen @ Master the Art of Saving June 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

It sure seems like everyone is changing their coupon policies lately. That sucks :-(


Lisa Waddle June 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I was at Target in Spokane WA and was denied the Degree deal, she said no BOGO on a BOGO :(


lacey June 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

That also happened to me at the target in Salem,or :-( he I was very bummed.


Amber B June 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

@kelly – If you ever have trouble with a Target employee, take it to management. My husband worked in loss prevention for over a decade for Target, and as long as they are following policy, there is no reason you should encounter bad customer service. Target seems to really care about their customers, so if an employee is being difficult, they WILL be addressed. So sorry that happened to you.


Smita Arun June 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

I have had problems with Cashiers not being fully trained as far as scanning Coupons other than that they have never complained and have always tried to listen to me . They have never made personal, rude comments. These days all the Coupons come with two or three different bar codes and a cashier has to be trained on how to scan those. So the manager @ my Safeway politely apologized on behalf of her cashier not being able to run my honest transaction completely and redid the whole thing and gave me the money back to cover the difference. I too would be mortified if some one was rude to me just because I want to save some money via Coupons.


Mary June 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

They should understand that even with coupons that we are the ones who keep them in business, keep their job, and help pay their paychecks. If she realized that then maybe she would be more greatful. My Walgreens associates are always happy to see me and are very greatful to have me come in and help me with whatever I need. I love it there!


kelly June 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

My cashier gave me a hard time and kept grumbling about how people get so many coupons. She suspected foul play. I explained to her that in essence I paid for the coupons when I purchased my 10 sunday papers. She completed to transaction, but scrutinized every single item and complained the whole way! I was just happy I saved my coupons for the right deal.


TJ June 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

What is WRONG with customer service these days!!? The money for the coupons is NOT coming out of their pockets so I am unsure why they are becoming bitter over it. Maybe they’re just jealous of our killer deals! LOL

As far as the Degree deal, I did it today and it worked great. The cashier was really friendly and actually amazed that I paid $3.60 and saved $79! I didn’t spend the $3.60 OOP because I used my FREE gift cards from last weeks John Frieda deal. LOVE it! Bummer about the policy change, though!


Leanna June 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

That sounds just like the cashier I had at the Clackamas Target one time. Sheesh. she made a comment on.

I generally do not coupon at Target, because I’ve had the worst experiences there with coupons.


Erin June 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Not sure when this change happened.. but Friday 6/10.. I used a bogo manufacturer cpn and a target cpn for the degree no problem! Also.. it was the degree with a sample attached… so it was 4 deoderants for $2.39 after cpns. :) I was pleased!


Erin June 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I take that back… it was even cheaper.. I had 2 target web cpns… so it was only $1.39 for all of them!


Liz June 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I had mine denied….but the manager was able to help me….so I guess in the long run it was all good!


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