On the front of Yahoo.com, there is a news story about “How to Save Money at Target.”
Of course I clicked on it, because well, who doesn’t want to save money at Target? It’s my favorite store!
I was blown away on how inaccurate the whole article was. I check Yahoo.com every day and read a lot of their “news stories”. You would think that they would make sure that their writers have the facts.
I don’t write about money-saving deals or coupons a lot here, but I sure knew enough about shopping at Target to know that article didn’t even get a lot right.
Here’s some corrections:
First, Target offers dozens of printable coupons online, with no printing limit. So, you can print 500 coupons for toothpaste if the deal is just that good! If you’d prefer to save your computer’s paper and ink, you can even print coupons at Target stores at the Registry computers. You can also sign up to receive mobile coupons straight to your phone.
Okay. Target DOES have dozens of printable coupons online. But they have a printing limit and have for as long as I can remember. There has never been a way to print 500 coupons.
In fact, Target has just updated where they will show you if you have reached the limit of printing a specific coupon, like Couponing to Disney has reported.
Here’s an example:
Yeah, I’ve printed this coupon more than once. So I like handbags, what? 😉
While Target doesn’t have a rewards program, there are a lot of ways to get additional savings at the discount retailer.
Now this is true. Technically, Target doesn’t have a Rewards program. But let’s do some research and tell readers about the Target REDcards, which provides rewards and savings!
Target offers a Target Visa, which can be used anywhere that takes Visa Cards.
Target also offers a Target Debit Card. You can connect the card to your bank account and they money will automatically be deducted from your bank account. It can only be used at Target stores and not Target.com.
When using both of these cards, you will save 5% on every purchase. That’s a pretty cool reward.
But wait! There is also a Target Pharmacy Rewards Program.
Use your Target Credit or Debit Card to buy your prescriptions and for every FIVE that you fill, you’ll earn 5% off a day of shopping at Target. And guess what? You can STACK that with the 5% you save every day!
So that’s 10% of savings.
Target also offers a program called Take Charge of Education.
When you have a Target Credit or Debit Card, you can choose a school and Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to that school. Every time.
Take a look at the checkout lanes. There should be a card showing what schools in your area are getting how much money from Target.
The author also talks about Target’s Coupon Policy. Scanning through it, it appears to look correct, but here’s a link to Target’s Coupon Policy from Target.com if you want to take a look at it.
Target does offer rain checks on out-of-stock items, except gift card promotions. Target rain checks expire 45 days after issue.
This is partly true. Target does offer rain checks but make sure to look at the fine print. It’s not just gift card promotions they don’t offer rain checks on.
Many items, like Seasonal items are not offered rain checks. In fact, in the ad that came out today for the Back-to-School supplies, it says No Rain Checks Allowed.
In addition to gift card promos, Target has a national markdown schedule. Every two weeks, items will continue to be marked down until sold out or until the discount reaches 75 percent. You can find these items at the clearance racks, typically on the end caps of aisles.
Target does have a markdown schedule, but it varies GREATLY by store. Items will not be continued to be marked down every 2 weeks steadily. It depends on the store, how much they have, what they have in their backroom and MORE.
I’m not claiming to know everything about Target, but it bothered me on how incorrect this article was.
Do you have anything you’d like to add?
Disclosure: I no longer work at Target but I used to. My husband currently does work for Target. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.