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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 released a new batch of coupons yesterday, along with their great $5 off 4 Kellogg’s Cereal coupons.  These are all manufacturer coupons, so they can be used anywhere.  Go here to print any you want.

They are a limit of one print per computer.  Target also appears to be taking them down once the overall limit is reached, i.e. they decide to give out 20,000 and once those are gone, the coupon is gone whether you printed it or not (this is also the same way it is done on Coupons.com, Smartsource and RedPlum).

The Coupons

$1 off Propel water beverage 6 pack, 500 ml bottles

$1 off Almay Color Cosmetic
$1/2 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
$1 off Kashi frozen entree
$1 off Kashi frozen pizza
$1/3 packages Keebler Cookies
$1 off Mitchum Deodorant
$1 off Purina Cat Chow
$1/2 Purina Friskies Party Mix, Whisker Lickin’s or Fancy Feast Appetizers
$1 off Purina Dog Chow, Original, Little Bites or Healthy Morsels 17 lbs+ bag
$1 off Purina Beggin Strips, Busy Bones, Tbonz, Cheweez, Snackin’ Slices, Purina One Biscuits
$1 off Revlon Colorsilk Haircolor
$1 off Revlon Eye Color Cosmetic
$1 off Revlon Face Color Cosmetic
$1 off Revlon Lip Color Cosmetic
$1 off Revlon beauty tool (great to use at Publix!)
$1/2 Starkist Pouch
$1 off Tidy Cats

(thanks Couponing to Disney!)

As folks start to use these at stores around town, many of you are having to defend the coupon to the cashier.  Here are a few things to try.

First point out:

  1. “Manufacturer’s Coupon” printed at the Top
  2. Bar Code is a Manufacturer Bar Code and will scan at any store (vs a store coupon which would only scan at the store it is coded for)
  3. There is mail in redemption information, so the store can know how to get the money back.

If you are at Publix:

  1. Compare these to the same coupons they release in their coupon booklets that say “Redeem at Publix” they know the coupons can be used anywhere, this is the same concept.
  2. Compare them to Catalina coupons that have other store logos on them, that also scan (because they are manufacturer coupons).  The store management should be fully aware that these are redeemable by any store that submits them.

For stores other than Publix:

These stores are going to be leary, they have never taken competitor coupons and will have a general fear of this new fangled thing.

  1. Point out the first three things
  2. Then just ask them nicely to scan it to try and see

If you try these things and they don’t take it then politely take your coupon back.  Remember that once a cashier has made up their mind there is little you can say or do to change it.  That includes yelling, etc.  (My children know the same to be true about me).

These stores will learn that these are okay, but it is going to take them some time.

    • I was told at my Kroger that they do not get reimbursed for any manufacturer’s coupon that has a store other than Kroger on it??? What is the truth, and how do you know that?

      • Jason

        There is no way to tell without inside information. Will it scan in their system and properly discount the item? Yes. Once it’s sent off to the coupon clearinghosue, will the clearinghouse accept it knowing it came from Kroger and it says Target on it? Only they know. If they accept it and send it to the manufacturer, will the manufacturer pay it? Again, only they know. Stores are very leery of coupons they don’t know will get reimbursed, because not only do they lose the money, they also get hit with a penalty fee by the clearinghouse for everything that can’t be accepted.

        Calling corporate is your best bet for a definitive answer, because cashiers don’t know anything about coupon reimbursement (nor do they need to), and whatever they do know has been passed down through multiple layers of management to get to them. Even store managers are often not privy to the specifics of how reimbursement works. I myself work in grocery retail at the corporate level, and I have no idea what the answer to this is, nor do I even know who I would ask to find out.

        • Amy

          I got the same response at the Lake Murray Kroger today .. wouldn’t take the $5/4 Kellogg’s Q b/c it has a Target icon on it! I showed the guy the “manu coupon” .. didn’t care! Can I still get it??

          • Katie

            Harris Teeter rejected my $5 off of 4 Kellog’s cereal this morning. She tried to scan it, but her computer would not take it. The manager came and said that they can’t take it because it’s a Target coupon. I argued that it’s a manufacturers coupon, but she said no.

            • I called my Kroger and explained the situation to the manager and he said that as long as it does not say redeemed only at Target, he would allow it, so you may want to call…but as always with couponing it is whoever you deal with sometimes as to wether you get the deal!

      • Chazree

        I tried to use the Target $5/4 cereal coupon yesterday at Kroger. They would not even try to scan it. I asked the cashier who confirmed with another. then I asked the manager and she wouldn’t even consider trying to scan it. I’m upset I didn’t get to use any coupon for the cereal. I should have put them back, but didn’t.

    • monica

      I just printed out 3. Of the three that I printed only 1 stated that it was a manufacturer coupon. I printed the $1 off Del Monte fruit (Target web q), $1 off Ritz crackers (Target web q) and finally the 50 cents off Nestle bag candy (manufacturer q). :(((

    • Monica

      Some of them are Manufacturer’s coupons, and some are Target Web coupons. It’s a bit confusing. I’m guessing the ones that say Target Web are just store coupons? Does anyone know for sure?

    • Nicole

      The target web coupons are target(only) store coupons. I spoke with someone in customer service yesterday to clarify. They can be stacked with mani’s. Also, I had to make an emergency diaper purchase at w-mart last week and they accepted my Kroger labeled mani coupon. It was in electronics dept though.

    • Risa

      Hey, all! I see no Almay, Revlon, or Purina coupons on the Target sites listed – do you think they’re just gone now? And do you know if different zip codes reveal different coupons? If so, I’d love to know yours, if you got some of the above coupons (esp. the make-up!)

      • ashley

        I printed mine just now and it worked fine.

      • Lara Sue

        I had to click “all offers” because when it came up it was on “grocery offers.” After clicking on “all offers” I found the Revlon q’s.

    • Megan

      I used the 5 of of 4 today at Kroger. Worked GREAT!!

    • Teresa

      Has anyone tried this same deal or similar at Bi-Lo?

    • Heather

      My HT did not take the $5/4 Q for Kellogg;s. The manager said that even though it said MQ the fact that it had Target logo on it that it was not allowed. She said it was considered a competitor Q and they only accepted those if they were a $5.oo/$25.00 q, for instance. It also beeped every time she tried to scan it. They were definetly not interested in it!

    • Catherine

      My Kroger (Savannah) did not take the coupon. It did not scan and even though I pointed out that it is manufacturer, they refused to key it in. I did not argue and just decided to take it up with customer service another day. I would not have bought 4 boxes if I wasn’t getting to use the coupon, so I may just return them. I agree with Jenny that once the cashier has made up their mind, there is no use arguing. I am sad that Kroger is no unfriendly in regards to coupons. I don’t have good experiences there very often. That is why I drive 18 miles to Publix twice as often as I will go to Kroger. Maybe they would change their policies and be more accomodating if they knew that.

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    • Elizabeth M.

      I used the $5 off 4 cereal Q at Kroger last night. The system didn’t take it. something about verifying the Q didn’t exceed the purchawse price, but the cashier took it without batting an eye. So nice!

    • Is if safe to print the target coupons. I am very hesitant to allow unrestricted access to my computer…help!!! What do you think?