Skip to comments.Over heard at Target EBT/Welfare/foodstamp card user not allowed to use discounts/coupons
Posted on 04/20/2012 10:41:19 AM PDT by cableguymn
Not sure if this a company wide policy or a store policy for the store I was at.
Standing in line a gal with her 2 kids was checking out. didn't think much of it. She presents her coupons and a target 5% off card from the pharmacy rewards..
what the cashier said after that floored me.
"I'm sorry. You can't use these with a ebt card"
She had 40 dollars worth of discounts. At this point I was tempted to head to another check out lane but I waited to see how it would play out.
Manager comes over and confirms she can't use target coupons or discounts but allowed some manufacturers coupons.
In the end she spent 35 dollars more of our money to pay for her purchases. She did comment she'd do future shopping some place else like walmart.
I suppose the store figures since it's "free" money for the shopper why let them use coupons?
I can’t stand Target, but if this is one of their policies than more power to them. It would be great if all stores had this policy
Wow. I commend her for trying to do the right thing and save money.
I think Target needs to re-think this. It borders on fraud, or may just very well be fraud.
It would be great if all stores had this policy.
I’m not sure if this is what happened, but I know Target offers Target branded Debit cards and possibly credit cards which give offer a 5% discount on all or most purchases at Target.
I’m guessing she (actually WE) paid for the items with the EBT card and then tried to use the show the Target Debit card to get the 5% discount and was told (perhaps not clearly enough) that only purchases made with the Target Debit card get the discount.
Its your money, dude.
Not. it as a Target Pharmacy rewards card they send you when you fill prescriptions. My wife requires half the drug store a month. we get 5 of them every month. They are just a 5% off coupon. Not a debit card/red card type discount.
You’re way off base. It is bad that any store has this policy. That’s taxpayer money.
Your explanation might be correct.
The last thing most stores want to do is drive away EBT customers.
A significant portion of Walmart’s food sales go to SNAP customers (especially the first three days of the month, although not that many are saavy enough to ask for discounts).
Of course, the other way to look at it is that almost all EBT clients will spend the entire SNAP allotment each month whether or not they get discounts along the way.
Say, ‘third coast’ islander, did you get any help after Hurricane Ike? I personally know someone that did, and she is very grateful for it.
Inquiring minds want to know.......
Just a misunderstanding, no I did not get any help. I think the fed helping in times of emergency is a good thing.
oh I must have understood the article I thought they were denying them the use of coupons because they were using ebt cards.
That is exactly what happened. The customer was not allowed to use any target issued coupon. It looked like they allowed the use of manufacturer coupons.
The transaction was paid for with what looked like a state issued EBT card. It had a state logo on it.
Ok, I will let you off, lol. Have a good weekend. May I inquire as to which island? You can pm me if you want.
Kudos to that woman for trying to stretch ‘our’ dollars!
Here's one tidbit:
I know people who don't use coupons on food stamps because of this (they couponed before getting FS). I personally (IRL) don't know ANYONE on FS who also coupons. And they think it's weird that I do and I should just go and get FS (I don't qualify and even if i did i would still coupon.)
Mn. Senator Mark Dayton, D. and his family own department store chains, including Target.
Oh and that was referring to food stamp users not using coupons because then they’d have to pay tax on the amount of the coupon with real money. So they prefer to spend a dollar more of our money before pulling 5 cents out of their own pocket to pay the tax on a dollar coupon. Of course it’s not even smart on their part since paying 5 cents to have an extra buck would stretch their food stamps a dollar further for a tiny cost.
Really ? it saves taxpayer money in the long run less money used on the EBT is more money saved from Government abuse your statement makes no sense to be fiscally Conservative is to save money wherever possible when safe and feasible
This is not a Target policy. I have been behind people using EBT cards (I have gotten pretty good at identifying the card no matter how hard the government keeps trying to camouflage them - I personally think they should be brightly and distinctively colored so everyone knows... but that is against the grain for many). I have seen plenty of coupons and other discounts used.
So unless this is a recent (as in - last couple of weeks) policy change - then something smells at that local Target.
No sales tax on foods in MN when paid for with food stamps.
They shouldn’t be giving discounts to the freeloaders anyway. Only the paying customers that earned their money.
All the woman would have had to say is “That’s discrimination”. The “D” word would probably have made them change their position right quick!
MN EBT cards are a mix of awful colors. it’s ugly.
She was white...
No matter what, you can’t play that card when your white.
I hope you also don’t complain about government waste....
in florida coupons are used with ebt and any tax is forgiven.
“I commend her for trying to do the right thing and save money.”
I was impressed with that, too. We don’t know the woman’s circumstances. How many enlisted families use EBT! Trying to stretch funds available to her, no matter the source, is commendable.
It does seem to be a questionable corporate policy, tho I don’t know the details of how it all works. But if the EBT $ to Target is the same as anyone else’s debit card, why not give the benefit of the coupons or other discounts?
Sounds Prejudice to me! So maybe if you are presented a gift card for birthdays or Christmas you shouldn’t try to save because that’s free money too. I think ones should educate them selves before casting judgement on others.I don’t understand why someone would want to criticize someone for saving money no matter how they got it. People with EBT are giving money for food because they can’t afford it...seems like she was pretty smart trying to save that money to make sure those two kids would eat all month. Would you rather let them starve and hear it on the news than read about this incident on this post. I am not an EBT recipient but I know ones who are and they are not abusing the system and work full time jobs and still can’t make it. I wouldn’t give that store a dime of my money. Here is the coupon policy and you decide for your self how the lady was actually treated!
Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it’s easy to use them at our stores. When accepting coupons, we follow the guidelines below.
Target stores coupon policy
Manufacturer and Target Coupons:
Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).
We reserve the right to accept, refuse, or limit the use of any coupon.
Limit of 4 identical coupons per household, per day (unless otherwise noted on coupon).
All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier during checkout.
Item purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, flavor, etc.).
Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item.
All applicable sales taxes are paid by the guest at the full value of the item.
These guidelines apply to all coupons accepted at Target (Color Checkout Coupons, Internet Coupons, Mobile Coupons, Mailed Coupons, Coupons from Newspapers and Magazines, etc.).
Internet (Print-at-Home) Coupons:
We gladly accept valid internet coupons that contain a clear and scannable bar code.
We do not accept internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements.
Guests can receive Target Mobile Coupons by signing up for Text Alerts at Target.com/mobile or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).
Message and data rates may apply. See site for full details.
To redeem, simply show your coupon barcode to the cashier. With one simple scan, all applicable coupons are applied.
Category/Department and Storewide Coupons:
If redeeming more than one category/department or storewide coupon, you must meet the purchase requirements for each coupon individually.
If redeeming a category/department coupon plus a storewide coupon, you must meet the purchase requirements for each coupon individually.
Percent off coupons will apply to all qualifying items in the transaction. No other same category/department or storewide coupon will apply.
Buy One Get One Free Coupons (BOGO):
BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free). Unless stated otherwise on the coupon, the use of one Buy One Get One Free coupon requires that two of the valid items are presented at checkout of which one item will be charged to the guest and the 2nd item will be discounted by its full retail price.
A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.
If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon may be used on the first item.
If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item.
Returns of items purchased using Manufacturer Coupons may receive coupon value returned in the form of a Target GiftCard.
Coupons are void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold, prohibited by law, or appear altered in any way.
We regularly monitor the Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) website for counterfeit coupons. We do not accept counterfeit coupons.
We do not accept mobile versions of Manufacturer Coupons.
We can’t accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
Some items may not be available at all stores.
We do not accept expired coupons.
We do not accept Canadian coupons in our US stores.
I’m a bit confused here. Are you saying that my comment “sounds prejudice?” If so, please go back and re-read my comment then specify where/how you see prejudice. I’m at a total loss.