Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Six Tips to Save on Target BOGO Deals


I recently ran into a woman at Target who was a new to couponing and needed some clarification how to best use coupons for a BOGO Free Sale. So, I thought I would take some time and write out the best ways for you to follow to maximize your savings when these sales occurs.

1. Use one manufacturer and/or one Target coupon on each of the paid items in any BOGO sale.
  • When shopping a BOGO sale, you can use one manufacturer and/or one Target coupon on each item you’re paying for. For example, in a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sale, I can use up to three manufacturer and/or Target coupons. In a “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” sale, I can use only one manufacturer and/or Target coupon.

2. Stack rebate app with BOGO sales.
  • Rebates are the only exception to the ‘you may only use a coupon on the paid item in a BOGO free sale’ rule. If you buy two jars of peanut butter in a BOGO Free sale and there is an Ibotta rebate for $1.00 off two jars of Justin’s Peanut Butter, you can submit the rebate and earn the full discount.
  • Last week, there was a B3G1 free sale on Glade Fall Sprays at Target. There was also a 5% off Glade Fall Collection Cartwheel offer and $1.00/2 Glade Checkout 51 rebate available at the same time. The Checkout 51 offer had a limit of four. So I bought eight Glade Sprays, only paid for six of them since two were free, saved 5% with Cartwheel, and got $4 in Checkout 51 rebates because the $1.00 rebate was good for every two items purchased applied four times. Each spray ended up costing only $0.21.

3. Use the same Cartwheel offer up to four times in a BOGO transaction.

  • Each Cartwheel offer can be used up to four times automatically, depending on how many participating products you buy. This means that if there’s a B3G1 free sale and a Cartwheel offer for the same product, the Cartwheel offer will discount the price of three of the four items you’re buying. Cartwheel discount will not be applied to the total of all four items because the fourth item actually rings up at $0.

4. Stack a BOGO coupon with a cents-off coupon and Cartwheel.
  • Have a BOGO free Target or manufacturer coupon? Stack it with Cartwheel and a second coupon. If the BOGO free coupon is a Target coupon, only a cents-off manufacturer coupon can be used on the same item. If the BOGO free coupon is a manufacturer coupon, only a cents-off Target coupon can be used on the same item. Make sense?
Here’s an example:
  • Ghirardelli Spicy Caramel Chocolate Squares were on sale for $4. I bought three, used one B2G1 free Target coupon, a 25% off Cartwheel offer, and two $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons. The final price was $1.33 each for three bags.
  5. Don’t use a $1.00/2 coupon in a BOGO free sale.

  • If you want to use a $1.00/2 coupon on a BOGO free sale, you’ll have to grab a third and fourth item. Since you cannot apply a coupon to the ‘free’ item in a BOGO free promotion, the only way to use a $1.00/2 coupon is to buy four items, two of which will be free, then use the $1.00 off coupon on two items for which you paid.
6. Use two manufacturer coupons in a BOGO 50% off Sale.


  • In a BOGO sale, when one of the items is discounted, but not free, coupons on each item are fair game! Last month, there was a BOGO 50% off sale for Wet n Wild makeup. I bought two, used two $0.50/1 manufacturer coupons, and paid only $0.21 each!
  • Since the Wet n Wild eye shadow I purchased was on sale for $0.94 before coupons, the BOGO sale automatically discounted my second eye shadow to $0.47, three cents less than the value of my coupon. Because Target doesn’t allow overage, the value of my second coupon was automatically reduced. So, redeeming two $0.50 coupons actually saved me $0.97, not $1.00.

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