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The Coupon Lady: Shopping at Target

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Over the last few weeks, I have covered the coupon policies of some of the biggest chains in the area. So far, I have shared the policies of Bi-Lo, Kroger, Publix, Food Lion and Walmart. Today we will look at Target.

Target offers its coupon policy and several good deals on its Web site.  FILE
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Target offers its coupon policy and several good deals on its Web site.

Target began in 1902 as Drayton Dry Goods Co. It was founded by George D. Drayton. The Drayton Co. quickly built a reputation of “dependable merchandise, fair business practices and generous spirit of giving,” according to its Web site. In 1918, Drayton began the Drayton Foundation with $1 million in order to “aid in promoting the welfare of mankind anywhere in the world.” In 1946, it became the second company in the United States to set up preset annual giving by offering local communities 5 percent of each store’s pre-tax profits.

Today, Target operates approximately 1,770 stores in 49 states, including more than 250 SuperTarget stores.

Shopping at Target can mean great deals on many different types of household goods. This past weekend I found a gorgeous queen size nine-piece comforter set marked down from $89.99 to $23.74. My guest room never looked better!

My secret to scoring great deals at Target is to hunt for clearance items and match a coupon to them. I have found wonderful deals by matching my coupons to clearance items such as deodorants, candles, body washes, pet items, toothbrushes and even food. You can also score great deals by using coupons with special gift card offers.

Another great way to score a good deal is to “stack” coupons. At Target, a shopper can use a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on the same item. For example, if you have a box of cereal on sale for $2.50, you could use a 75-cent store coupon and a 75-cent manufacturer’s coupon to pay $1. Store coupons can be found in sales papers, coupon inserts and on the Web site. Target offers mobile coupons; sign up for text alerts at Target.com/mobile or text COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).

Target’s Web site has great features for a frugal shopper, including a variety of store and manufacturer coupons. Another great feature is an online clearance section that allows a shopper to quickly find steep discounts. For example, I discovered an iron garden bench marked down to $53.90 from the original price of $154. That is a 65 percent savings! The site also has a tab called “daily deals.” These are one day only markdowns, usually 25 to 50 percent off original prices, with free shipping.

I also have another secret when shopping online at Target. I get cash back simply for starting my shopping at one of two Web sites, EBATES or ShopAtHome.com. By signing up for either service, you can earn cash back for any purchase made online. The current Target offer at ShopAtHome.com is a 7 percent cash back rebate and free shipping with a $50 order. The current Target offer at EBATES is 3 percent cash back.

Target’s coupon policy is available online. Go to the “Coupons” tab on the main page. Once you click the link, scroll down the left side of the page until you see blue text that states “Target Coupon Policy.” Target does not offer overage of any kind and charges taxes on items’ full value. You cannot combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons to get two free items. A second cents-off coupon of the same type (store or manufacturer) cannot be used on the purchase of the first item. If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one manufacturer coupon can be used. If a manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, a Target coupon may be used.

Shopping on a budget doesn’t have to be boring. Go see what deals you can discover!


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