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The number one most important rule to any couponing trip is making sure you know the coupon policy for each store you go to. Sometimes I even take the policy with me (especially if I’m using a lot of coupons) just to make sure that the cashier can’t argue that it’s not in the policy.

The Target coupon policy is here. Target also will price match. See that policy here.

Before your first shopping trip to Target you should sign up for a REDcard. You can either get one as a credit card or debit card. Paying with your REDcard in store or online can save you 5% every day. I know 5% doesn’t sound like much, but here in Montgomery where sales tax is 10%, that 5% savings pays for half of my sales tax. You can sign up for a REDcard here.

Next you need to download the Cartwheel app. Cartwheel is the Target coupon app. You can select offers and use them to save money on certain items when shopping at Target. You can stack on the savings when combined with a manufacturer coupon, Target coupon, and Cartwheel offer. Sign up here.

One of the final things you need to know about shopping at Target is that they offer 5¢ off your total for each reusable bag you use during your shopping checkout. “But Carol, it’s ONLY a nickel. What’s the big deal?” I’ll tell you…if you use 5 bags during your checkout that comes up to 25¢. I don’t know about you, but I have clipped coupons for less than that before.