A Target tutorial

29 04 2009

I love Target. I love its clean stores, its wide aisles, its cute and cheap kids clothes, its funky home decor.

And I especially love its coupons.

With just the right combination of  Target coupon and manufacturer’s coupon, you can score some great deals. If the item happens to be on sale — or better yet — on clearance, the deals can be astounding. It is not uncommon to “buy” several items, paying only sales tax.

I do not claim to be a Target expert. There are plenty of writers who blog daily — yes, daily — about the ins and outs of  Target deals, and their love of all things Target.

Two of my favorites are Attention Target Shoppers and Slave to Target. At Attention Target Shoppers, Ginger gives weekly updates on coupon match-ups. She also gives her followers — she calls them Targeteers — the heads up on sales, coupon policies and strategies, clearance deals and the occasional giveaway.

 Target Slave characterizes her relationship with Target as a “Red Cart Romance.” She describes herself  as an “Internet dork and Target lover, endcap whore and $1 section addict.” She offers hilarious reports on the latest Target merchandise.

I’m just a coupon junkie who knows my way around the endcaps of her SuperTarget, which is so close to my home I could walk to it if I had to.

With the tips of fellow bloggers, I have learned the art of the Target deal.

This week’s deals are exceptionally good so I thought it would be a great time to share.

How do free apples, free Quaker snacks, 32-cent Kraft Easy Mac cups, and 50-cent Oscar Mayer hot dogs sound? They sounded pretty good to me.

The apples, Quaker snacks and mac and cheese are all straightforward deals, requiring only a Target coupon. The hot dog deal requires a Target coupon and two manufacturer’s coupons. This coupon combination is called stacking in coupon parlance and is perfectly legit. Think of the Target coupon as a hidden sale, offered only to shoppers in the know. The cost of the store coupon discount is absorbed by Target.  By using a manufacturer’s coupon along with the Target coupon, you further reduce the amount you will pay for an item.

Here are the details of the deals I got yesterday:

*Several varieties of apples are on sale this week for 99 cents per pound. Target issued a coupon for $1 off one pound or more of apples. Select just enough apples to weigh in at one pound and you’ve just bought yourself some free apples.

*One dollar bags of Quaker Granola Bites can be found near the cash registers. Target issued a coupon for $1 off any Quaker snack. The key word here is “any.” Free granola snacks.

*Kraft Easy Mac bowls are 82 cents. Target issued a coupon for $1 off two Kraft Easy Mac meals. Bulls-eye! Dorm dinners for my college boys at 32 cents each.

*Many varieties of Oscar Mayer hot dogs are on sale for $1.99. Target issued a coupon for $1 off of two packages. Lucky for me, I also had manufacturer’s coupons for $1 off one package of OM hot dogs. Using one Target coupon and two manufacturer’s coupons,  my final price for two packages of dogs was $1 or 50 cents each.

Where do you get Target coupons?

Frequently, Target will mail out coupons to shoppers, based on Zip codes and shopping habits. I sometimes receive these mailer coupons but my neighbors, who aren’t big coupon clippers, seem to get them more regularly. I know this, btw, because they sometimes give me their Target coupons.

Most often, I get my Target coupons by printing them off the Target.com website. About every two weeks, the store will issue new coupons and you can pick and choose which ones to print. Click here to check out this week’s coupons. There are 18 coupons, all expiring May 23, worth $17.

Being frugal, however, I detest using paper and ink on coupons I may or may not use. So the most frugal way to get these coupons is to print them at Target using its paper and its ink! I try to make a habit of stopping in at the Customer Service area each time I set foot in Target. Three computers are there for customers to sign in to wedding and baby registries and to print coupons.

If you forget to print coupons off the Target website, the coupons are also available for printing at afullcup.com and hotcouponworld.com, two national bargain shopping forums. These sites have the coupons available for printing until they expire. Target.com generally replaces the coupons every two weeks.

My only other advice on using Target coupons is to use common sense and courtesy. Theoretically, I could have walked out of Target with a dozen or more of each item I purchased but I didn’t. First, I want Target to keep offering these great deals. Greed is bound to spoil it for all of us. Second, I want to give my fellow couponers a chance to find a bargain.

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3 responses

29 04 2009
melissa

Thanks for posting this! I had no idea that you could print coupons on the computers at Target!

29 04 2009
freetobefrugal

Melissa,
You are SO welcome………have fun with it!
Amy

30 04 2009
My Target deals « Free to be Frugal

[…] thought I would share the deals and post a photo to further illustrate the “Target Tutorial” post I wrote earlier this […]

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