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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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target mobile coupons for basic phones

There are many ways to save now that require a smartphone (aka phone that can access the internet), but the cost of the monthly data plan for the phone can never really equal the savings.  Let me repeat that… getting a smartphone just to save money on groceries is not going to pay off.  If you are still old school with a phone that doesn’t access the internet then I applaud you for being more frugal than most of us!

As a reward for your frugalness I want to show you how you can still take advantage of all the awesome Target mobile coupons without having a Smartphone.  There is one thing you need to get though and that is up to 5 text messages a month from Target.  Even if you pay 10¢ a message, this will pay for itself in savings, I promise.

How to Get Mobile Coupons Without a Data Plan

  1. Sign up online for Target coupons.  (Obviously do this from your computer.)
  2. You’ll get a text message right away that you are enrolled.  Then 2-3 minutes later another text message will come with your first set of coupons.

Now you have two options.

1.  Copy the text message (every phone will be different on how to do this).

Open up a new text message and paste the message that just came in it.  Then send the message to your email address.  For most every plan you should be able to do this.  You’ll get an email from your phone number with the URL that Target just sent you.  On your computer click on the URL.

2.  Just type the URL into your web browser by hand.

Once you open the link, however you choose to get it to your computer, print the web page.  It is a mobile page (long and skinny) but the barcode will work perfectly in the store just as if you used it on your phone!  If you have any issues with it, the fine print at the bottom of your page instructs the cashier to manually type in the barcode.

You will receive a new text message from Target with new coupons every other Saturday.  You can also get additional text messages and more coupons by texting the words CHEESYBABY4 and UPUP right now.  Keep in mind these special words change every few months.

    • Rachel

      THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS!!! I am always disappointed when they have the good produce coupons on mobile and I have to pass them up. This is awesome to know!! Thanks again :)

    • AP

      This is more of a Cartwheel question. I do have a smartphone, but printed the Quilted Northern 10% off deal last week since the signal is unreliable inside the store, and the associate told me “I will take this today, but going forward you have to provide your card.” I informed her that I had just signed up today, and that was the reason for the printable coupon.
      But now I’m totally confused. What card was she speaking of? And if they do not want you to print the q’s, why is there the option to do so? Thx!

      • G Faith Hendricks

        I always print my cartwheels… That cashier didn’t know what they were doing or talking about apparently… I have run into lots of problems at one Target using coupons b/c they simply don’t have a clue!!

      • There is no card for Target, so no clue what she was referring to. I print out my cartwheel offers every week because our stores have horrible service in the store and they never say anything.

        • mrs b

          I always activate the wireless qhen I walk in–I find it helps me get the shopkicks sooner too.

          • mrs b

            *when (typing with sick baby passed out on my lap)

          • elje

            how? I try every single time BUT my target never seems to have wifi connectivity. Once I complained to the manager and he told me that they have the same problem too, dont know the truth behind it. So I always take a print out.

        • AP

          Thank you all & Jenny!!

      • mariajs

        FYI: You don’t have to print out the barcode everytime for cartwheel I have one taped inside my coupon binder and they scan that. Every time you change the deals in your cartwheel, the barcode does not change.

        • mrs b

          I just read that in their FAQs the other day. Wish I had known sooner!

        • uthorns1976

          I print my list every time I change it so I can see what’s currently on my cartwheel. I don’t have a mobile device of any kind.

          • mariajs

            I just write mine down on my list, since I’m bringing that with me anyway.

    • Amanda

      Thank you for this! I am one of very few not using a smart phone. Hubby & I both refuse to pay the bills for those. :)

    • Summer On The Beach

      Has anyone tried printing these coupons and using them as competitor coupons at Publix?

      • acnbds

        Nope, but it should work if Publix takes Target as your competitor coupons.

    • Emily

      How do you find out what the new words are to text for coupons? I’ve never seen them published anywhere besides this website.

      • Folks tend to run across them on tags in the store, inside weekly ads and home mailers. As soon as I hear about them I try to share.

    • Shala

      Thank you for posting this!! I’ve always thought I couldn’t get them since I don’t have a smartphone!

    • Missy

      I have a smart phone and only pay $45 a month for it. It’s a straight talk but works just as well as my contract smart phone did. I paid $80 a month for it. I know everyone won’t be able to get a straight talk but if you can it’s worth it.

      • acnbds

        Missy,
        I so agree with you AND to top it off I get better signal than I ever did with my T-Mobil and cut my bill in half! Great advice!

    • Stephanie

      Thank you so much, Jenny! I, like so many others, refuse to pay for a data plan each month! Your sight is awesome and my family has saved tons of money!

    • Jen B.

      Thank you!!

    • Andrea B

      Thank you for this. I don’t have texting, but DH does. Much appreciated!

    • cher

      I am so not understanding this: If there is no smartphone then how do you get the text messages? There is a cell phone required on sign up. I have asked target about getting them without paying text pricing (I do not have free texts) they do not have that in place.

      Do you need to get a free online text messaging for this to work?
      Thnx for helping clear the brain fog…

      • blessed

        You do still need to have a cell phone that has text ability.Most non “smartphones” do have that ability but it may cost depending on your plan. I do not know if the free email based text services allow you to text a non standard phone # . In the past with services like pinger you could not but I don’t know if you can now. She is simply sayinig you don’t have to have a “smartphone” with internet access etc to get the deal. You can use a standard cell phone and get the text .

        • elje

          I dont have a smartphone I get text messages to my flip phone. I type the url on my pc and the page comes up and i print it.
          also I have it synced on my ipod touch. So when I access my unique url to print it out it shows up in my target clerance and more section and as I use the coupons the items become gray in my ipod which means I redeemed it.
          But you need a cell phone number to be able to get it.
          the other thing is-
          Instead of printing I can just use my ipod touch on target wifi when i go there BUT but target never seems to have wifi connectivity. Once I complained to the manager and he told me that they have the same problem too, dont know the truth behind it. So I always take a print out

          • elje

            I dont have free texts.

      • acnbds

        No, she said you would pay for the text messages, but it would pay out!

    • andrea

      did not work for me

    • Dawn Holder

      Target’s text protocol does not work with my MOtorola Defy. Maybe when I upgrade I will have the ability.

    • ejpoeta

      I am trying google voice. i hope that works. I have republic wireless which does not allow short code texting. I hope the google voice works

      • Brooke

        I have the moto x from republic wireless…did it work with your google voice number? I didn’t have any luck when I tried that with JCP portraits. It should work with the sprint number on your republic wireless phone to receive, just so many require you to send a response which doesn’t work with target. But your sprint number works great with mail carriers and airlines for updates.

      • Maggie

        That didn’t work for me, I have the Defy with Republic.

    • Coupon Mom

      thanks! worked great!

    • pdnr

      I contacted Target customer service this morning and this is what they sent me back regarding mobile coupons. I’m assuming if I can’t get a text message on a cell phone then I can’t get mobile coupons. (I have a very basic, $5 every 2 months prepay plan that is grandfathered in. Note worth my getting a more expensive call phone plan.)

      Thank you for contacting Target Guest Relations. Mobile coupons should only be presented via a mobile device at Target store and cashier scans all items; then scans the mobile coupon barcode. To sign up for mobile coupons, go to http://www.target.com/spot/mobile/text-alerts or text the word COUPONS to 827438. On the Target Mobile page, click on “Text Alerts” Select the type of smart phone you have by clicking on the link. Provide your mobile number, time zone, and preferred delivery time. Check the box. By creating an account you are agreeing to our Terms of Service Privacy Policy and that you are at least 13 years old. We look forward to showing you what’s new at Target.

    • pdnr

      I contacted Target customer service this morning and this is what they sent me back regarding mobile coupons. I’m assuming if I can’t get a text message on a cell phone then I can’t get mobile coupons. (I have a very basic, $5 every 2 months prepay plan that is grandfathered in. Note worth my getting a more expensive call phone plan.)

      Thank you for contacting Target Guest Relations. Mobile coupons should only be presented via a mobile device at Target store and cashier scans all items; then scans the mobile coupon barcode. To sign up for mobile coupons, go to http://www.target.com/spot/mobile/text-alerts or text the word COUPONS to 827438. On the Target Mobile page, click on “Text Alerts” Select the type of smart phone you have by clicking on the link. Provide your mobile number, time zone, and preferred delivery time. Check the box. By creating an account you are agreeing to our Terms of Service Privacy Policy and that you are at least 13 years old. We look forward to showing you what’s new at Target.

    • pdnr

      I contacted Target customer service this morning and this is what they sent me back regarding mobile coupons. I’m assuming if I can’t get a text message on a cell phone then I can’t get mobile coupons. (I have a very basic, $5 every 2 months prepay plan that is grandfathered in. Note worth my getting a more expensive call phone plan.)

      Thank you for contacting Target Guest Relations. Mobile coupons should only be presented via a mobile device at Target store and cashier scans all items; then scans the mobile coupon barcode. To sign up for mobile coupons, go to http://www.target.com/spot/mobile/text-alerts or text the word COUPONS to 827438. On the Target Mobile page, click on “Text Alerts” Select the type of smart phone you have by clicking on the link. Provide your mobile number, time zone, and preferred delivery time. Check the box. By creating an account you are agreeing to our Terms of Service Privacy Policy and that you are at least 13 years old. We look forward to showing you what’s new at Target.

    • BlackBeltAuntie

      Thanks so much, I will give this a try. I have been having a tough time at Target in past 2 months. My local store seems to have cut staff way back which has led to pricing errors, empty shelves, problems with coupons, etc. I hope they get through this crisis soon…

    • spirals73

      I work for Target and even though we are technically supposed to scan off your phone, I will take a printed barcode. I bring in my netbook and they will scan off my screen. I do the same with Cartwheel. Management has not yet said anything to me about it. I’m not sure what goes on in other stores, though, but at mine we’re very accomodating.

    • kevin

      MY WIFE AND I ARE RETIRED AND HAVING A LOT OF TIME ON OUR HANDS GO TO TARGET STORES IN THE AREA 3-4 TIMES A WEEK. TODAY WHILE SHOPPING THE STORE FOR BATHROOM ITEMS, WE NOTICED A SIGN THAT SAID $10 OFF OF $50 AND $20 OFF OF A $100 IN BEDDING OR BATH PURCHASES, NICE ON A FIXED INCOME.. ONLY PROBLEM IS YOU NEED TO SEND TO A SMART PHONE….NOW BEING OLDER, LIKE MOST PEOPLE OUR AGE, WE DO NOT HAVE A ‘SMART PHONE’ WE HAVE A DUMB PHONE. I TRIED TO TEXT THE COUPON TO MY PHONE BUT ONLY GOT BACK A WEB ADDRESS TO GO TO FOR THE COUPON…..HOW STUPID !!…. THE PEOPLE AT THE CHECK OUT SAID THERE WAS ZERO THEY COULD DO FOR US, TO THE MERCHANDISE IS STILL IN YOUR STORE….MAYBE SOMEONE 12 YEARS OLD WITH A SMART PHONE WILL COME ALONG AND BUY IT… EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T HAVE A SMART PHONE AND ARE OLDER, WE DO IN FACT STILL USE THE BATHROOM, FROM TIME TO TIME… YOU CHOICE TO AVAIL THE PUBLIC TO A SALE IN THIS MANNER, IS IGNORING A LARGE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION….YES, I KNOW IT’S 2015, BUT WE WERE BORN IN THE 40’S AND 50’S AND ARE STILL HERE…..NOW I KNOW I COULD HAVE TAKING THE EMAIL ADDRESS FROM MY PHONE WHICH WAS UNLESS TO ME, AND ONCE HOME TYPED IT INTO MY COMPUTER, PRINTED OUT A COUPON AND DRIVEN BACK THE 15 MILES TO YOUR STORE…BUT, WHY SHOULD I, BECAUSE YOU WERE SO GOOD TO A LOYAL AND LONG TIME CUSTOMER…..

      • Patrick Helwig

        Those bed and bath coupons are in the Target ad which each cashier should have a copy of on their register or if not they could get a copy from Guest Service as well.

    • Ofelia Aurioles

      If I accidentally press the wrong button for me not to get mobile coupons from them which I do what do I do in that case does some one know