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 that they call their “Team Member” discount.
This discount is good for both in-store purchases as well as stuff you buy at Target.com.
Also, via the Target Wellness discount, workers get an extra 20% off fresh (and frozen) fruits and vegetables in addition to the 10% Team Member discount.
According to a comment from Rob, you can stack both discounts with the Target REDCard and get another 5% off.
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.
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.
Will I Get Fired If I Buy Stuff and Flip for a Profit?
If you get caught you PROBABLY will get fired.
This includes selling stuff you bought with your employee discount on eBay, Facebook marketplace, or Craigslist.
It makes sense that they don’t want employees profiting from their discount.
For this reason, if you buy multiples of the same item, or excessively use your discount, it’s probably going to raise a red flag and you might get investigated by your manager.
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.
4 Other Great Target Employee Benefits:
1. Score 20% Off Wellness Items
All Target workers in the U.S. get 20% off all fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, Simply Balanced products, and C9 activewear.
The best part? The 20% off is stacked on top of the 10% employee discount.
2. Get 10% Off at In-Store Starbucks
If you’re lucky enough to work at a Target with a Starbucks inside, you’ll score an extra 10% off all drinks and food.
3. Target Tuition Assistance
Over 340,000 full and part-time Target employees are eligible for “free undergraduate and associates degrees, certificates, bootcamp programs, textbooks and course fees”.
Here are the details.
This just might be the best Target employee benefit of them all.
4. Target Matches Employee 401(k) Contributions
Each pay period, Target will match your 401(k) contribution dollar for dollar.
They’ll contribute up to 5% of your pay which is pretty dang cool.
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