Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Target Travel Size Coupon Match-Ups. Lots of Freebies!

Do you like travel size items? Sometimes I love having a stockpile of travel size, but I don't suggest going hog wild. No one needs 20 travel size shampoos!
Target DOES accept coupons for travel size items, even if the coupon value exceeds the product value AS LONG AS THE COUPON DOES NOT EXCLUDE TRIAL SIZE or have a minimum volume or weight.

Make sure you inform yourself on Target Coupon Policy. If you have any trouble, stay VERY POLITE! Target guest relations has incredible customer service and they will take care of you! So don't huff and puff if you come in contact with an uneducated store manager.
Check out this week's Target Match-Ups and the entire list of Target's travel section!

All Stainlifter Detergent, 2 oz $1.12
$1.00/1 - All Laundry – (all-laundry.com)
All or Surf Laundry Detergent, any $1/1 from RP 8/2
Final Price: $0.12

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste $1.07
Arm & Hammer Oral Care Product, any .75/1 from SS 5/17
Arm & Hammer Oral Care Products, any $3/2 from SS 8/16
Final Price: $0.32-FREE

Carmex $1.14
Final Price: $0.14

Colgate Kit $0.99
$3.00/1 – Colgate Toothbrush AND Toothpaste, available for zip code 85301 – (coupons.com) Final Price: FREE

Colgate Sponge Bob $0.52
$1.00/1 Colgate Spongebob Toothpaste
Final Price: FREE

Colgate toothpaste, various $1.07
$3.00/1 – Colgate Toothbrush AND Toothpaste, available for zip code 85301 – (coupons.com) (pair with a full size toothbrush)
Final Price: FREE

Degree Men's Deodorant $1.07
Degree Men's Deodorant, any .75/1 from RP 8/2
Final Price: $0.32

Degree Women's Deodorant .5 oz $1.07
Degree Women's Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, any .75/1 from RP 8/2
Final Price: $.32

Dove Women's Deodorant .5 oz $1.07
$1.50/2 any two dove deodorants or body mists from 6/7 Red Plum
Final Price: $0.32 each, when you buy 2

Edge Shave Gel $1.62
Edge Shave Gel, any .75/1 from SS 8/2
Final Price: $0.87

Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner $1.07
Herbal Essences Styling Product FREE when you buy any Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling product from RP 7/26
Final Price: $1.07 for trial size shampoo and full size styling product

Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner 1.7 oz $0.97
Head and Shoulders shampoo or conditioner $1/1 from P&G 8/2
Final Price: FREE

Johnson & Johnson first aid kit $1.07
$1.00/1 (IE) – Johnson and Johnson First Aid – (bricks.coupons.com)
$1.00/1 (FF) – Johnson and Johnson First Aid – (bricks.coupons.com)
Final Price: $0.07

Kleenex: 3- 15 ct packs $0.99
$0.50/3 – Kleenex Bundle Packs – (smartsource.com)
Final Price: $0.82 each, when you buy 3

Listerine, various, 95 ml $1.07
$0.50/1 (IE) – Listerine – (bricks.coupons.com)
$0.50/1 (FF) – Listerine – (bricks.coupons.com)
Final Price: $0.57

Nexcare, 8 ct $1.07
$1.00/2 – Nexcare Bandages – (solutions.3m.com)
Final Price: $0.57 each, when you buy 2

Olay Body Wash $1.07
Use $1/1 Olay Bar pack, body wash, or in-shower body lotion from 8/2 P&G insert
Final Price: FREE

Renu Contact Solution $1.67
$2.00/1 – ReNu Fresh Lens Solution – (renufresh.com)
Final Price: FREE

Right Guard Men's Deodorant $1.07
Right Guard, any $1/2 (10-31-09) SS 8/16
Right Guard, any $1/2 (9-30-09) SS 7/12
Final Price: $0.57

Satincare Women's Shave Gel, 2.5 oz $0.99
$0.55/1 SatinCare, shave gel from 8/2 P&G
Final Price: $0.44

Skintimate Gel, 2.75 oz $1.62
Skintimate Shave Cream or Gel, any $1/1 from SS 8/2
Final Price: $0.62

Suave Women's Deodorant 1.4oz $1.07
$0.50/1 Suave deodorant, any from 8/2 Red Plum
Final Price: $0.57

Tide 2X Ultra Detergent $1.07
$1.00/1 in 8/2 P&G insert
Final Price: $0.07


Becky said...

What a great way to use soon to expire toiletry coupons you haven't been able to utilize on full size products. Thanks Joanie!

Monica said...

The Nexcare bandaids were on clearance at my Target for .84 cents so its a money maker!!

Joanie Demer said...


Target should be adjusting the price down to match the cost of the item. Don't worry about it if it's already done, just so you know for future reference.
Thanks for sharing your nexcare clearance price! Rock on!

Kristy said...

Tha advil one says 40 ct or larger. Can I still use it on the travel size?

Jessica said...

It does say on the Tums coupon that it's for 24 ct. or larger.

Allison said...

The Sensodyne coupon link does exclude the 0.8 oz. trial size.

Anonymous said...

I tried to do some of these today and the cashier just handed several of my coupons back to me saying that they wouldn't scan (they beeped) and so I couldn't use them. I was so bummed since they should have worked!

What would you do in that situation? I'm a newbie...

Rachel said...

The Johnson & Johnson First Aid RP coupon excludes trial sizes. Haven't checked the IP yet!

Laura said...

Thanks very much for this post!

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Joanie Demer said...

Thank you ALL! I updated the list!

The coupon beeps if the value exceeds that of the item. It may also beep if the scanner can't read the bar code. It is the cashiers responsibility to verify the coupon is for the correct product and then manually enter it into the register. Next time, print the Target Coupon Policy and if they give you any flack, have them call the number written on the policy.
Sorry you had trouble!

Sherlyn said...

I went to the Eagle Target tonight. The cashier told me that the manager had just informed her that they would no longer be accepting coupons on trial size. When I mentioned the company policy, she said that it was the managers perogitive to not accept a coupon. I was polite, but left frustrated, as I had just waisted an hour of my time. Anyone else have a problem?

Mari said...

I had a cashier tell me last week that the manager had recently decided to stop taking coupons for trial size products. I had her call the manager over and showed her the corporate policy. I also pointed out that my coupons did not exclude trial size (and showed her a different coupon that did have trial size exclusions). Finally, I pointed out that "all Target stores must follow corporate coupon policy" and offered her to call the 800 number. The manager then apologized to me, allowed my coupons, and proceeded to let all cashiers know that coupons WILL be accepted as long as they don't exclude trial sizes.

LaToya Dieter said...

I'm pretty done with Target on the couponing thing. They rarely have the coupon items I'm looking for - - they sell out and just never seem to come back in stock - - and they give you grief with the coupons. If I have to bust out the policy and call the manager and all that, it's not worth the grief to me. I'd rather stick to my fave Albies' and Wal*Mart.

joligirl123 said...

Anyone else have trouble with the new Target Policy? (I even called the Guest Service 800 number while I was in line and she confirmed this was the corporate policy):

If the coupon states "limit one coupon per purchase" they must ring each item in separate transactions!

SO I stood at the register for 40 minutes while the cashier rang all 35 of my items in 35 transactions! For example, I had travel sized Head & Shoulders and used the coupons that expired 8/31 but they stated "limit one coupon per purchase."

NO other store has ever done this to me. I've dealt with my share of Target coupon quirks in the past but this one takes the cake!!

Joanie Demer said...

AHH!! The problem with the Eagle Rd store must be the afternoon/evening manager. I just spoke with guest relations and Eagle Rd manager Robin to confirm that they ARE taking coupons on trial items. They have no right to refuse them (unless there are extenuating and overloaded cases of fraud, which I confirmed yesterday there are not). Get the name of the person telling you this next time so I can call and speak with them, please! I promise this location (and all others) should be taking your coupons for trial size!

Joanie Demer said...


I am astonished that you called guest services and they agreed you had to do separate transactions. They must have been confused.

One coupon per purchase means one coupon per item. I swear on my life! AHHHH! You should NEVER have to do separate transactions for this! I kind want to give you my cell # so I can talk to whoever is insisting this. It's so ridiculous!

Target store coupons "limit one per transaction". This means separate transactions. But PURCHASE, means per item, not transaction. I would call and complain so guest relations can straighten out the store.


joligirl123 said...

Just thought I should mention Hip 2 Save Blog also posted about the Target/travel-size/coupon opportunity so I commented on my issue there, as well. I'm just trying to get feedback to know what to do next time (if there is EVER a next time for me and Target lol.)

Basically, I understand that "limit one coupon per purchase" means one per item, but when corporate backs the store there's no way for my another-coupon-shopper-trying-to-pull-a-fast-one self to explain the terms on a coupon.

We ALL shop at ANY other store and have used 50+ coupons in a transaction, right? So why is Target choosing to single itself out by instating ridiculous policies? They don't want our business?

Anyway, maybe in a few days I'll have a good laugh over the whole thing. In the meantime, maybe I should give corporate another call like you suggested. Thanks for the help :-)

Anonymous said...

I just tried to use some of my coupons for head and shoulders and tide and they wouldnt adjust the amount down on the coupon and said they couldnt be used. At first the cashier said the same about management not taking coupons on trial but I pointed out the coupon did not exclude them. Worked on some not on others

Sherlyn said...

So I decided to try Target again today in the a.m. The cashier started out by not even wanting to scan any coupons. She called the front end manager over and said, "We've got coupons over here!" (Yes, all of the other customers looked at me like I was an alien). She told me that she couldn't use coupons on the trial size items. I explained that the coupons did not exclude them. She said the store manager wouldn't allow it anymore. I gave her a copy of the Target policy. They then called out another "manager", but not the big guy. He said the same thing. He also said I couldn't use the General Mills cereal Target web Q on the individual cups, because the coupon wasn't scanning. I said I would like to call corporate. He let the cashier then do my trial size Qs, but took me over the customer service to call corporate to find out about the cheerios. After a lengthy conversation on the phone he said he would do it, and that corporate said the Q should be scanning and that they would fix it in the system. (Yes, all of this took about 30 minutes--is it worth it for some free cheerios?) I am reconsidering my need to go to Target!

Maria said...

I experienced something "new" at Target today. Tried the Head & Shoulders $1/1 and the cashier said it wasn't the right size. The coupon says "brand size" and she insisted that meant the full size product just like the photo on the coupon? Had anyone had experience with Brand Size?

Maria said...

PS...Coupon says "purchasing the brand size?s) indicated...but does not specify a size anywhere....

Kristan Anne said...

I just wanted to note that the Target Dove deodorant coupon does exclude trial sizes.

So does the Aveeno $2/1 coupon.

Thanks for the other tips!

tedescude said...

I have been going to target for the last three days,I print out there coupons from there web-site,i been getting there $1.00 off bread,general mills(1.00 off)cerea,and bannans for .09 cents,a few of the coupons did not scan so the cashier called frontend mgr over,he told her to just put in the amount of the coupon in the register.all the cereal is for the grandson,bread is in the freezer,in three days,i have gotten $46.00 in items for free.only had to pay for the bannans,that was .36 cents.love them coupons.and wife loves it!!!!

Katie Rod said...

I have been to six different Target stores in my area redeeming the $1.00 of General Mills cereal coupons and have gotten flack from one store. Something about "corporate policy," yet they couldn't tell me exactly what that policy was.

I have had success at the other stores when I used check out clerks under the age of 30 and when I go at a slow time (early mornings). The reason the age seems to be an issue is that anyone older than that has told me they can't manually enter in the coupons (yeah, right) and they don't seem to care to fix the problem on their own (i.e. a manager is always called over). Happy shopping!

Mary said...

I'm new to couponing and had the same experience when I went to Target to use my cheerios coupon and a free candy bar coupon w/ a b one get one free offer they had and some other various coupons I had. The cashier was not thrilled that I had coupons first of all then said oh you didn't get that and I said yes here it is in the bag. After that she insisted that whatever the picture was is what I needed buy. So if the cheerios had a box on it I needed to buy that box. I asked to speak with the manager he said no that if I got the small bowl of cheerios that w/ the coupon it would make it free and Target does not give away things. I pointed out that it didn't specify the size on it and that I should be able to use it, he said to take it up w/ customer service. I talked w/ customer service and they said the coupon won't work w/ the bowl of cheerios and there was nothing they could do. After 30 minutes in line and at the customer service desk my 4 month old had had enough, so I let them win. I will be complaining to corporate though.

Alec said...

Went to our new Target in Allentown, PA armed with numerous coupons, including the Target printables. Hit a great deal, Nexcare trials on clearance for .82. Spongebob trial toothpaste, Gerber baby bottle. Then hit the motherload with clearance makeup at the end of an aisle...mostly Loreal, and I had several coupons. Young cashier looked petrified to even begin my order (which was only about 15 items). Rang items in, then manager came over to address the q's. She said they wouldn't take the Nexcare, because price of item was less than coupon. Showed mgr. the coupon policy, and she immediately asked where I got it (corporate e-mailed it to me). She still refused, even though I explained she could adjust the coupon to match the price. Eventually I was on the phone w/customer service, who told her PERSONALLY to adjust the q, but instead of manually entering, she kept scanning. They also weren't going to honor my Loreal, saying the items were on clearance. I asked how this changed anything, and she said because they change the UPC for a clearance item, thus register did not recognize item/q match. I asked how this was my problem....and on, and on,etc... Finally I think she had enough of me, tho I was being extremely polite during all of this, she gave in and told the cashier to just put the q's in as is. Wound up paying only .28 for about $40 worth of stuff. I gave her my printout of the policy and suggested she contact corporate to figure out how to adjust the q. She even gave me a hard time with the Target q's! I said since this was a corporate generated q, the price of the item shouldn't matter, since the company ok'd it...what an ordeal.

Karen said...

You endorse a store, i.e., Target for it's coupon policy and how quite lenient this policy is and then you say, and I quote verbatim "So don't huff and puff if you come in contact with an uneducated store manager." You should be ashamed of yourself for such a narrow-minded comment. I have a degree in Marketing from New York University and I am a Manager at Target. In fact, in order to be a Manager at Target one must have a bachelor's degree - hardly uneducated don't you agree. So please before you refer to someone as "uneducated" please look in the mirror while uttering that word. Yes, this comment did tick me off, but I'll get over it, in the meantime, be kinder with your comments. Thank you.

Heather Wheeler said...

We meant no disrespect towards a managers schooling or formal education, rather for how they have educated themselves on the coupon policy that they are paid to enforce and uphold.

We were only trying to remind our readers to stay calm and respectful when dealing with a manager who isn't enforcing the rules as they should.

I am sorry that you were offended by this post, we are only trying to properly educate our readers as to how to deal with the common problems that couponers have to deal with while shopping at Target.

Karen said...

Heather - not to beat a dead horse but let me explain this situation a bit further. I am a couponer myself, that is how I found your site. (A nice assortment of coupons, thank you). As a Target front-end Manager and consumer, I have found that 99% of the time if a coupon comes up as "item not found" there is a genuine reason that said coupon cannot be used. I've made mistakes myself by say not purchasing two items, etc. However, the cashier has the option to accept the coupon or not and often times they do. Target doesn't double coupons, so Target doesn't loose any money by honoring coupons, the company is reimbursed by the manufacturer.

Cashier's work long, hard hours and you gave your readers the best advice by telling them to remain calm and pleasant. Nothing begets a negative attitude faster than just that. So approach and a "Hi, how are you today?" goes a very long way, with whomever you deal with.

Anonymous said...

I read the comments on this post prior to going to Target to do some deals and today I experienced how bad Target has become. Even BEFORE scanning my coupons, the checker eyed me and said, "If these coupons don't scan/work I can't take them." I was shocked but didn't say a word since they were from coupons.com and would work. Then when the coupons scanned with no problem, the checker starts back-pedaling and trying to explain herself. What has gotten into Target?