Target Basics

Target is one of my favorite places to coupon because there are so many different savings offers that you can stack! For every item purchased, Target allows guests to combine:

  1. One manufacturer coupon (paper or Cartwheel digital);
  2. One Target coupon; and
  3. One Cartwheel offer.

You can save even more by using their REDcard, earning gift cards, and by using reusable bags!


Target’s Cartwheel app offers new discounts on items every week. Typically the offers are percentage off offers. Just recently, manufacturer coupons were added to the app, which is great if you find an unexpected deal while shopping!

You can access the Cartwheel offers via the mobile app or a desktop. To use the app, pre-select offers before you shop, or use the app’s bar code scanner while you’re in the store! When checking out, show the cashier your Cartwheel bar code, and all selected discounts will apply to your transaction.

Target limits the number of Cartwheel accounts to one per transaction. You can use each Cartwheel offer four times in one transaction, and up to six times per day.

TIP: Because I kept forgetting to show my digital Cartwheel bar code, I took a screenshot of my bar code and printed it. I laminated it and keep it in my wallet for easier access. You could also hole punch it, and turn it into a keychain!

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Target Coupons

Occasionally, Target will offer store coupons on their website for you to print. Keep in mind that the Target site offers manufacturer and store coupons on this page. When hovering over a coupon, “MANUFACTURER” or “TARGET COUPON” will appear in the top left corner.

Alternatively, if you don’t have access to a printer, you can sign up for ongoing mobile coupons to be texted to you. To sign up, simply text OFFERS to 827438. You may receive up to five text messages per month with Target offers. Each mobile coupon can be used once. Simply have the cashier scan the bar code at checkout.


Target’s REDcard is a great way to save an additional 5% off your entire purchase, every time you shop online or in-store. REDcard holders get an additional 30 days for returns, and with online purchases, REDcard holders automatically get free shipping too!

Target’s REDcard is offered as a debit or credit card. The debit card is linked to your personal checking account, so I chose this option. You can apply online or in-store.


Gift Card Promotions

Target is known for their gift card promotions. The most common promotion is a free $5 gift card when you buy 4 participating items. Target gift cards can be rolled in a future transaction, but cannot be used on the transaction they were earned on.


Reusable Bags

With each reusable bag that you fill at checkout, Target offers you a discount of 5¢ off! It’s not much, but you’re doing your part in keeping plastic bag waste to a minimum.