(Updated 10/03/19) The Target employee discount is one of the best perks they give their workforce. As a matter of fact, you probably found this article because you’re considering applying for a job at Target, or maybe you’re a new hire seeking more info.
But like any discount that retailer’s hand-out, there are certain caveats and hacks that you should know to maximize your savings. With that in mind, let’s break down the employee discount at Target and answer all your burning questions.
What is the Target Employee Discount?
Target hands out a 10% employee discount.
This discount is good for both in-store purchases as well as stuff you buy at Target.com.
Also, according to this Target employee, workers get an extra 10% off fresh (and frozen) fruits and veggies bringing your discount to a whopping 20%.
What Form of Payment Can You Use?
In order to get the employee discount you must use either cash, a Target gift card, or a Target REDCard.
I highly recommend using the REDcard (either debit or credit card) as you’ll score an additional 5% discount, bringing your total discount to a solid 15%.
Are Any Items Not Included in My Discount?
Yes, there are quite a few items that aren’t eligible. Here are the big ones…
– Alcohol – Don’t go buying booze with your employee discount.
– Gift Wrapping – Gotta wrap your own gifts at home.
– Hunting/Fishing License – Have to pay full price to hunt or fish in your neck of the woods.
– Target+ Items – Not sure what these are but you can’t get 10% off when you buy them.
– Gift Cards – This one makes sense as it would be easy to make money off gift cards.
– Stuff you Sell or Exchange for Profit – This one seems a little open-ended and left for the manager’s discretion.
How Do I Get My Discount?
When shopping in-store, just go to any open checkout lane and present your Target team member card which has all the pertinent info on it.
To get your online discount, you’ll have to create a Target.com account and enter your Team Member number in the About Me section of your account.
Can Family Members Use the 10% Discount?
Only the employee and their spouse are eligible for the employee discount.
Don’t go shopping with your mom or boyfriend, use your discount, AND let them pay.
This is a bug no-no and can get you reprimanded or fired.
Of course you can always buy something for someone with your discount and simply have them reimburse you.
Is There a Maximum “Dollar Amount” Discount?
I asked a couple of my Target contacts and none of them were aware of a max “dollar amount” discount.
So you should be able to buy that thousand-dollar 70″ 4K Curved TV and get $100 off instantly.
Can I Get the 10% Employee Discount on Black Friday?
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Arbor Day. It doesn’t matter, you still get your 10% off.
Hack Alert: Double Your Discount!
Open a Target REDcard credit card and they’ll mail you a 10% discount on your REDcard anniversary every year which you can STACK with your employee discount.
For those non-math majors like me…that’s a 20% DISCOUNT. Not too shabby.
Ask the Reader: Do you work at Target? If so, how often do you take advantage of the employee discount and what’s the most money you’ve saved?
By Kyle James