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Back to School Shopping at Target

Back to School Shopping at Target


This weekend, you can save on a future purchase at Target by doing some school supply shopping. We finished our back to school shopping weeks ago, but we can always stock up on things the kids will need throughout the year.

The Deal

Head to Target on Saturday, August 24 or Sunday, August 25, 2019, and spend at least $10 on back to school supplies. At checkout, you will receive a coupon for 15% off a future purchase dated September 3-14, 2019. There are exclusions, of course, but you will have to check the coupon you receive to find out what is excluded.

Better Late Than Never

As I said, we finished our back to school shopping awhile ago. I had been waiting for a category coupon of the “spend $X, get $X gift card” or such, but Target never put one out this year. Now we’re into the end of August, and they finally put out a back to school themed deal. Not that I’m complaining, but my kids have been back to school for over two weeks! With the lack of a category coupon from Target, I ended up doing most of our BTS shopping at Staples, with a little OfficeMax thrown in here and there.

Maximizing Spending at Target

I always try to have a spending plan in place for Target. They have their REDcard, which is great for saving 5% on everything every day. However, I can do better than that, of course. Most of my Target spending goes on Target gift cards, but I’ve already run through the ones I purchased during the 10% off sale in December. Now I buy them at OfficeMax or Staples with my Chase Ink Business Plus card for 5x Ultimate Rewards at office supply stores. Since that card is defunct, you could get the Chase Ink Business Preferred, which doesn’t get 5x at office supply stores, but has a great sign-up bonus, and then downgrade to the Chase Ink Business Cash, which does get 5x at office supply stores. You could also buy Target gift cards at the grocery store for 6% cashback on the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card or other card that gets a category bonus at grocery stores.

More Savings at Target

Using the Target REDcard excludes you from the benefits of Target Circle, the new rewards program that earns 1% back towards future purchases (only available in limited cities). By purchasing Target gift cards elsewhere (office supply stores for 5x UR or 6% back at the grocery store on Amex Blue Cash Preferred), you can stack the 1% back on Target Circle. Pair this with Target Cartwheel and other in-store category coupons to really save a bundle. You can even load your Target REDcard to your wallet on the Target app to get exclusive REDcard deals, but then use your gift cards as payment at checkout.

See You at Target

I will definitely be at Target tomorrow. Maggie needs new shoes, dog food is on sale, and I have a $10 off $50 purchase coupon I received in the mail last week just burning a hole in my pocket!

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