Did you know that Target Gift Cards have a Minimum Purchase Requirement? That’s right, there is usually buy a number of the same item for a Gift Card Offer to trigger the Gift Card at Checkout.
You also need to know that in that there is also a minimum dollar amount. This isn’t normally a noticeable issue because most gift card offers include products priced at $3 or higher so you are normally at the Minimum “$5″ (Before Coupons) without any problems. However there are a few examples where you might find items priced at really low prices included in gift card offers and in those cases it’s a good idea to be aware of the minimums.
Here’s an example. The Up&Up Toothbrushes are priced at the sale price of $1.25 each and included in a Buy 3 Get a $5 Target Gift Card Offer.
The problem is that if you purchased 3 of the $1.25 Products your gift card wouldn’t prompt at Checkout. I’m sure some of you have run into this issue in the past and you weren’t sure what the problem was. What happened in this case is that you didn’t meet the $5 Minimum Purchase Requirement for the offer.
In this situation the best idea is to look around for other higher priced items in the same gift card offer and mix and match to meet the minimum requirement for the offer.
One of the other items included in the Oral Care Gift Card Deal is Crest Toothpaste. This is priced at $3.49 so it is a great option for mixing with the toothbrushes to get to the minimum requirement.
Here’s how to work the deals:
Buy 2 – Up&Up Toothbrush Twin Packs, $1.25 Each
Buy 1 – Colgate Toothpaste, $3.49
Total before Coupons = $5.99
Use a $1 Colgate Coupon and a $1 Target Coupon on the Colgate
Pay $3.99 and get a $5 Target Gift Card!
As you can see the total BEFORE coupons must be over $5, after coupons there is no minimum purchase requirement.
Now as mentioned before, this doesn’t happen a lot since most of the Gift Card Offers are for higher priced items, I want you to be aware of this so you don’t run into this problem at the checkout.
Always know the Coupon Policy for the store your shopping in. Get your printable Target Coupon Policy here
Wal-Mart has released its Black Friday Ad! Keep in mind that unless noted otherwise, sale prices are from 11/22 at 8 p.m. until 11/23 at 11 p.m. Here is a summary of the hottest deals!
iPad 2, 16GB $399.00 In-store only Buy 1, Receive $75.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card Final Price: $324.00
Emerson 32″ HDTV $148.00 In-store only
HP 2000 Laptop $279.00 In-store only
Orion 24″ HDTV $78.00 In-store only
Philips 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Home Theater $128.00 In-store only
iLive 37″ Sound Bar $38.00 In-store only
McAfee Total Protection 2013 Software $9.98 In-store only
Nook 8GB Tablet $99.00 In-store only
Valid 11/23 at 5:00 a.m. to 11/25 at 11:00 p.m. Only
Select DVDs $0.96 In-store only Starsky & Hutch; The Amityville Horror; and More
Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone $79.88 In-store only
Samsung Captivate Glide 4G Smartphone $0.97
Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 Receiver Plus 2 Speakers Bundle $88.00 In-store only
Halex Striker Electronic Dartboard with Darts $9.86 In-store only
Artificial 5′ Pre-Lit Christmas Tree $20.00 In-store only
XBox 360 SkyLanders Bundle $149.00 In-store only
Sony PS3 Bundle $199.00 In-store only; includes two games
Nintendo DSi XL $99.96 In-store only
Wii Console $89.00 In-store only
HP Deskjet 3056 Wireless Printer $39.00 In-store only
Sylvania 7″ Digital Picture Frame $20.00 In-store only
Toys & Games
Select Board Games $3.88 In-store only Hello Kitty Pop-Up Game; Candy Land; Ants in a Can; and More
Hot Wheels Cars Collection, 9 pk $5.00 In-store only
Disney Princess, Bratz or Barbie Fashion or Movie Doll $5.00 In-store only
Disney Princess Cash Register or Shopping Cart $15.00 In-store only
Disney Princess Activity Set $15.00 In-store only; includes over 1,500 art supplies
Crayola Twistables, SuperTips Color Wheel or Cra-Z-Art Super Art Studio $8.88 In-store only
Select Vtech Learning Toys $10.00 In-store only
Power Wheels Barbie or Hot Wheels 6-Volt Jeep $89.00 In-store only
Little Tikes Gourmet Prep ‘N Serve Kitchen $50.00 In-store only
DVD and Blu-Ray
Select Blu-Ray Combo Packs $8.96 In-store only Brave; The Lorax; Captain America; and More
Select DVDs $1.96 In-store only The Green Lantern; Taken; Bad Teacher; The Blind Side; Sherlock Holmes; and More
Select Blu-Ray Movies $3.96 In-store only The Dark Knight; Unstoppable; Die Another Day; The Lord of the Rings; and More
Select DVDs $4.96 In-store only The Lucky One; Despicable Me; The Smurfs; Moneyball; Crazy Stupid Love; and More
Select TV Series DVDs $9.96 In-store only True Blood; How I Met I Your Mother; Heroes; Sons of Anarchy; and More
Select Music CDs $5.00 In-store only Albums by Kelly Clarkson; Carrie Underwood; Pitbull; Rod Stewart; and More
Rival 5-Speed Hand Mixer, Mini Slow Cooker or Mini Food Processor $3.88 In-store only
Rubbermaid 28-Piece Food Storage Set $6.92 In-store only
Select Appliances $9.44 In-store only Crock Pot 6-Quart Slow Cooker; Tru Nonstick Griddle; Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker; Sunbeam Belgian Waffle Maker
Corelle 12-Piece Dinnerware Set $14.44 Valid 11/11 through 11/17
Disney Bean Bag or Musical Rocker Chair $18.00 In-store only
Beautyrest Full/Queen Down Alternative Comforter $14.96 In-store only
Toddlers’ or Kids’ Non-Slip Character Slippers $3.00 In-store only
Jordache Skinny Jeans $9.50 In-store only
Children’s Story Book Collection $5.00 In-store only; Assorted titles
Sunpak Digital Camera Tripod $10.00 In-store only
MD Sports Ice Zone 48″ Air Powered Hockey Table $29.86 In-store only
Essentials 32-Piece Tool Set with Bag $14.88
Here’s a *HOT* deal on Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles at Target this week:
Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles $7.99+, Buy 2 Use $5/2 Dr. Scholl’s or Dr. Scholl’s for Her Insoles Target Q PLUS Use (2) $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles (SS, 9/16) Pay $4.98, Get $5 Target GC Final Cost: FREE!
Thanks Totally Target!
I was just over at Iheartthemart.com and saw that, September 1st Wal-Mart made a few changes to their coupon policy and to the register systems. From what Paul has mentioned you probably will not see any changes to the Public Wal-Mart Coupon Policy, this has to do with how they handle coupon in the store more of a procedural thing and clarifying what is being done (I’m sure that means they will be changing the policy soon). So what are they doing?
Wal-Mart Coupon Policy Changes:
1. Wal-Mart like most business are updating their register systems to accept the new GS1 barcodes (click here to see an example of the GS1 barcode) You might have seen that most coupons already have switched to this and all eventually will go to.
2. You will no longer see the cashiers using the handheld scanner. All coupons must be scanned on the flatbed scanners only.
3. Nothing new here with this point. The coupon must scan. Cashiers/CSM’s or Managers will not be allowed to override or manually enter coupons.
4. Here is where I think things will get some people upset. If a coupon does not scan they will return the coupon to you. All Cashiers will be instructed to do this, so I would expect to see this happen a lot because when it won’t scan you’re not going to be able to use the coupon. I should point out that this will not just be Printable Coupons, but the newspaper insert coupons as well.
Here are a few major reasons for these changes:
1. Coupon Fraud- Is the biggest reason for the changes. You figure that there are some 4,000 Wal-Mart stores here in the US, and if there was only $1,000 per month that would be $4,000,000 a month and over a year that would be pushing $50 million dollars a year. So you might think that a $1,000 is not a lot for one Wal-Mart but when you consider companywide that is a lot of money indeed.
2. Employee Coupon Fraud- I am sure you have seen it in the News or read it in the papers. Here is one example of 18 Wal-Mart employees getting buster for coupon fruad here in Hanford California. The problem that Wal-Mart faces with its employees concerning Coupon Fraud is on a massive scale.
3. Coupon Bar Decoding – I know some of you are like me and say what??? But yes there are those that would buy items based on the codes of the coupon that would allow the coupon to scan anyway. Yes, yet another form of coupon fraud. The old bar codes had a lot of info that could be deciphered and used on products that they were not intended for. Some people just have too much time on their hands. Now the new GS1 bar codes will eliminate that.
How Will all This Affect You?
- Paul say that some will see this as a negative and then there will be a positive – What you need to see here is that the decisions have been taken out of cashiers hands; the computer knows all (George Orwell “1984″) and determines all. If the coupons scan they take it, if not they don’t.
2. Here is where I think that we will have to look at the cost of all Printable Coupons. You will need to print coupons on the highest quality, color not required but you should be printing on the highest quality available.
3. Wal-Mart and other retailers that will be following suite are hopeful that this will severely reduce the amount of fraud and hopefully we will then see a return of higher value coupons.
Just as when new things come along, there has to be that time of adjustments, as Wal-Mart beings this change in their system there will be some growing pains between the GS1 Data barcode and the systems that accept them. Now one can only hope that all of the kinks are worked out before their launch, but I am not going to hold my breath. We have to realize that this problem of Coupon Fraud has led to some knee jerk reactions.
Ok some of you are already saying that “TLC’s Extreme Couponing is the cause of this” when we start pointing fingers just know this that you have 3 of them pointing back at you. This kind of thinking is just the similar knee jerk reactions in who to blame for the changes. So TLC’s Extreme Couponing will become the number one scape goat. Yes their was one of the biggest culprits of Coupon Fraud / bar code Decoders in the world featured on there show. I like Paul don’t think that TLC is culpable as much as I think they didn’t screen the people or the process nearly well enough. I will also say that I don’t think there was enough shown on the show that people were able to figure all this out. They did plant the seed which made them the catalyst. Now with that said those Couponers that were featured and explained the way to decipher told people how need to step up and take responsibility for their actions. I like what Paul said here “The bottom line is that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Coupon Fraud is the same, people make their own choices an unfortunately we all have to live with them”.