Today’s guest post comes compliments of the wonderful Heidi, author of Little People Wealth, which I read regularly because she posts such great tips on how to save money each week at various stores. She has graciously offered to provide some of her tips for using coupons to save lots of $$$ while shopping at Target with Fantabulously Frugal readers. Enjoy!
When people think of saving money using coupons, Target does not usually come up. It should! Target has a great coupon policy that will allow you to save lots of money. You can even get quite a few free items if you wait for the sales.
The first thing that is great about Target is that they print their own coupons. You can access these on their website or on the Target coupon generator at A Full Cup. You can also print them out at the kiosks in the Target store. The kiosks and Target website only has the current coupons. The coupon generator includes coupons that were previously issued, but are still usable (not expired).
The coupons that Target will issue can be for a range of items. They will often print coupons for produce and organics. One of my most recent Target buys was free apples. The coupon was for $1 off a pound or more of apples and the apples at Target were on sale for $0.99/lb. I have also bought free broccoli and cauliflower this way.
Since these coupons are for Target only they can be limited. Most of the Targets will limit you to 2 like coupons (I could buy 2 bunches of broccoli and use a coupon for each, but they may ask me to not use a third). Each Target is different though so check with your local Target to be sure.
The second way to save money at Target is to pair the Target coupons with manufacturer coupons. You can use one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon per item. A few weeks ago target had Kraft salad dressing on sale for $1.48. They had a Target coupon out for $1 off 2 bottles and there was a $1 manufacturer coupon out. If you bought 2 bottles then you could use 1 Target coupon and 2 manufacturer coupons making the salad dressing free (you would earn $0.02 to be exact).
A third way to save lots of money at Target is to pair these deals with Target gift card deals. Target will occasionally advertise deals where you can purchase a certain amount of product and get a free gift card. The most recent of these was with Fiber One bars. They were on sale for $2.38 each and you received a $5 gift card if you bought 4 boxes. Vocalpoint (an online coupon source) had just issued a coupon for $1.35 off each box. You could buy 4 boxes, use 4 coupons, spend $4.12 and get a $5 gift card!
You can follow the Target ads to see when these deals are going on or you can follow a money saving blog, like Little People Wealth, that posts the coupon matchups when they make a great deal!
Heidi writes for Little People Wealth, a money saving blog that teaches you how to spend small so you can live large!