Price matching is one of my all time favorite ways to save money! So I want to share everything you need to know about Target Price Match Policy! Don’t miss all the Target Sales and Coupons that we have posted lately!
If you are asking “does Target price match?” the short answer is yes. That’s good because we want to know that we are getting the lowest price possible. In my experience, Target has a fantastic price match policy. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like it. Maybe they just are not using it correctly. We will simplify the policy for you and share how you can save the most with price matching at Target!
What is Target’s Price Match Policy
I’ve been looking for the best price on a Dyson Stick Vacuum. There’s no way I’m going to pay full price on one so I find one on sale at Target. The next day, it’s a better deal at another store. Target’s Price Match Policy allows you to shop with confidence knowing you will get the lowest price. If you find a lower price, you have 14 days to request a price match.
The price match policy allows you to know you’re getting the best price on most items at Target. According to their website, “We’ll match the price if you buy a qualifying item at Target then find the identical item for less at Target.com, select online competitors, or in Target’s or competitor’s local print ad. Price matches may be requested at the time of purchase or within 14 days after purchase.”
What Stores Does Target Price Match With?
The list of competitors that Target will price match is pretty big. With the rise of Amazon, it’s good to know that Target will price match. You can also use your RedCard on the price match. That will make it a better deal! You can go to the complete list of competitors that Target Price Matches here.
Price Matching only works on the EXACT same item, so you need to double-check the Item Name, Brand, Product Size and quantity when you are in stores to make sure you are purchasing the right item. A lot of stores these days have special size packaging which means you may not always be able to price match items. For example, Dollar General and Family Dollar might sell a 45 oz. bottle of Laundry Detergent while Walmart sells one that is 50 oz. This is something to pay attention to before you get to the front counter because it will save you a lot of headaches later on.
Print Your store’s Ad match Policy
I can’t tell you how many times I have been trying to price match and run into Cashiers who didn’t know their store’s policy! That’s why it’s important to carry a copy of the Target Coupon Policy and the Price Match Policies with you in your coupon binder or box to save yourself a lot of time spent arguing over what is allowed. I find that if I have the policy with me it’s much easier to explain to a manager the situation.
Stack Rebates with Price Matched Items
You may also find stacking rebates at Checkout 51 or Ibotta and I love using them to stack with coupons and rewards offers at drugstores and gift card deals at Target. They are also great ways to save when you are price matching.
There are Exclusions
There are some exclusions to Target’s Price Match policy. If you are ready to do your Black Friday shopping and think you will price match those gifts, you need to know they will not match. Price matching will not be accepted from Thanksgiving Day through the entire week after Thanksgiving. That’s a bummer but most stores are pretty competitive on popular items so you will score a deal. Here are some more exclusions. You can see the entire list here.
- Clearance, closeout, liquidation sales, damaged, used, open package, refurbished, pre-owned, or rent/lease to own items, storewide or category promotions, offers advertised as % or $ off, non-branded items, or prices that only display on a website after guests log in.
- Pricing due to typographical errors, competitor doorbusters/lightning sales (including Amazon Prime or Amazon Fresh Exclusive offers), coupon offers, loyalty cards, promotional codes, credit card offers, gift card offers (Target GiftCard, specialty and pre-paid gift card), financing, service offers, bundled offers, sales tax promotions, free items, rebates or mail-in offers.
- Contract mobile phone devices and the associated plans, optical, product services (warranties, assembly, etc.), clinic and pharmacy purchases and offers, or game reservations.
Use Limits to your Advantage
One of the little known secrets of price matching is that it’s a way to increase quantity limits set by your favorite store. Or if a store is sold out of an item, Price matching may still allow you to take advantage of a deal by shopping at a competitor. For example, if Walgreens has an item marked down and the limit is 2, I can grab 2 at Walgreens and Price Match 2 at Target, which allows me to get 4 of an item that is on sale for a really low price, this is one way to build your stockpile. It is important to note that you must follow limits at Target that are noted in the ad, so if your store has a limit of 2 most stores will only price match up to that limit.
Do your Price Match Items First
Every time I check out I like to do all of my price match items first. Since I typically hand over my coupons at the end of the transaction this gives the cashier a little break between price matching and also helps me focus on one thing at a time.
Price matching will definitely save you money. It does require you to know the prices at the competitor but that’s much easier to find these days. Be prepared and shop with confidence! What is your experience with price matching? Let us know in the comments!