Target Coupon Policy Updates – Ut Oh!

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Updates to the Target Coupon Policy

Target Coupon Policy Updates

Some updates have happened with the Target Coupon Policy. I say “updates” because nothing has really changed, they’ve just updated the wording in one section regarding overage. Target has always said they won’t give cash back or apply any overage to the rest of your basket. If you’re new to couponing, what I mean by that is, say you’re buying a product that’s on sale for $2. You have a coupon that is for $3 off that item. Because the value of the coupon is $1 more than the price of the product, that creates an “overage” situation. Some stores, like Walmart, will alow that $1 to come off something else in your cart or even give you a $1 back in cash if you aren’t buying anything else. Target will NOT do this, according to the Target Coupon Policy.

When the cashier scans the coupon, the register beeps. That’s because of the overage part. What they’re supposed to do is reduce the value of the coupon to match the price. In the example above, they’d input $2 for the coupon (the price of the item) instead of $3. What some cashiers do though is put in the $3, giving you the extra $1 to apply something in your cart. They had something called a K1 key, that allowed them to do this. If you have a friendly cashier who does this for you, take heed.

New Not So Overage-Friendly Registers

I read something the other day, and I asked the manager about it when I went into Target today, that said they were all getting new registers that are updated versions of what they have with NO K1 key; GASP! When an overage situation occurs, the register will automatically lower the value of the coupon. Also, if the register beeps, the cashier will only be able to apply a coupon to the item it goes with. There won’t be anywhere to put any overage if something slips through. That’s a double overage whammy!

When this will happen at your store is unknown. You’ll probably just go in one day and realize the change has been made. At least you’ll be ready for it. Like I said above, this has been the Target Coupon Policy all along, so it’s really nothing new. The new part is, if you were used to getting your overage before, you won’t be getting it anymore. Below is the new updated wording and you can also read their complete coupon policy here.

Target Coupon Policy Updates:
  • The value of a coupon will be applied up to the reduced price of the item and any excess value will not be applied to the transaction total.
  • We do not give cash back nor do we apply any overages to the remaining items in the transaction if the value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item.

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