Target Employee Discount: Here’s How It Works So You Don’t Get Busted

Updated September 17, 2021 by Kyle

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.

Target Employee Discount

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

Also, via the Target Wellness discount, workers get an extra 20% off fresh (and frozen) fruits and vegetables.

According to a comment from Rob, you can stack both discounts with the Target REDCard and get another 5% off.

See Also: The 15 Best Employee Discounts at Fast Food Restaurants

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.

See Also: 7 Target Clearance Tips That’ll Save You BIG

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 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.

See Also: 5 Target Shopping Hacks Guaranteed to Save You Money

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


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Patrick Kniesler

According to the Target help pages, you cannot purchase something with your discount for someone who intends to pay you back.


Can you link it?


I just did orientation for the DC and this is true. If you’re caught using your discount to buy something and have someone else pay you back for it you could get fired


The wellness discount is 20% additional to the 10% Team Member Discount. (And no that isn’t a 30% discount). And yes it stacks with a red card for another 5% off.


What if my daughter is away at college can she just give them my number at check out.

Magan Noble

No, it’s best to purchase the item yourself with your discount and ship it to her.


No, she’s not your spouse. AP has a log of whenever a discount is used (time, place, etc.) so if you’re working and it’s used at another city they know. If you’re scheduled in a few hours and it’s used across the state and then you show up to work, they know… etc.

Target employee

Dependent children 16 and over – they are in their 20’s can use your discount IF they are still in school.

another target emloyee lol

This is true but there is more to it. They cannot use the same discount, instead you have to apply to get a card specifically for them


I just did training with target and it says if they are a dependent on your taxes, they can use the discount 🤷🏻‍♀️


I work in corporate at Target. You aren’t going to get fired for letting your family member use the discount. You guys are paranoid and silly.


I’m a new Target employee and too embarrassed to ask at work… can I use my employee discount to pre-order an Apple iPad?