How To Take Advantage of Target Mobile Offers Without a Smartphone

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How To Take Advantage of Target Mobile Offers Without a Smartphone

This week’s Extreme Couponing Tip is on how to take advantage of Target Mobile Coupons if you aren’t someone who owns a smartphone.  I know it seems in today’s day and age that everyone owns a “smartphone,” however reality is there are many out there who are proud owners of “dumb” phones 😉  I say more power to you if you haven’t caved to our society’s craze over owning smartphones and these sort of devices which incur high monthly data plan fees.

So, if you’re not an owner of a smartphone but would like to take advantage of the numerous Target Mobile Coupons available each week, you’re in luck!  In case you were unaware, there is indeed a way to take advantage of these mobile coupons without a smartphone.

Reader Kat reminded us recently that “if you can text from your phone, text FRESH (or the other various codes available each week, such as BABY) to 827-438. The text they [Target] sends back has a link that you can then type into your computer’s browser. You can then print the page and the cashier can scan the QR code on the page.  I do not have a smartphone, and someone on this site posted this info before. I have used it a few times.”

Maybe you own an IPod Touch which is similar to an IPhone but without the data fee each month.  In a similar way, if you have access to WiFi (some Target stores have free WiFi) you can pull up the current link for Target Mobile Coupons in a browser on your IPod and take advantage of Target Mobile Coupons this way.

You can sign up for coupon alerts from Target here.  You will be notified (via text) of new coupon offers and you can then do what has been discussed above — use the link they send and either type into a browser on a computer and print or bring the link up on your IPod if you have access to WiFi while shopping.

How many of you currently take advantage of Target Mobile Offers without a smartphone.  What has your experience been like?

If you are new to couponing, you may want to check out the Couponing for Beginners section where you will find a lot of answers to your questions.

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  • jamie

    Does this work for the cartwheel also? I have problems with them not being able to scan my phone. Thanks for the tip.

    • Nancy

      I have printed out cartwheel coupons before, there’s no need to use a phone at all for them you can go to their website select the offers you want and then print out the barcodes to take to the store.

      • Christine R.

        I read somewhere that each person’s barcode never changes. So you can print your Cartwheel once and carry it with you, or even leave it in the glove compartment of your car. If you go online and update your list the coupon will still automatically be removed when you scan your barcode at check out.

        • Don

          Yes, you only need to print it one time. The barcode itself never changes, and it will always have the items that are current on your list. Even if the barcode doesn’t scan as long as all the numbers underneath it are still legible it can be hand keyed in.

  • Dawn

    I’m so happy to be reading this. As one of the few who is still managing without a smartphone, it’s been so disappointing to miss out on some of the smartphone deals. Shopkick is my biggest loss, especially since I’m at cvs every other day, but probably no QR code there. Keep articles like this coming! We’re out here, promise! =)

  • Margaret

    I keep trying to type in the long, long link, and it doesn’t work for me. I wonder what I am missing?


  • John

    I don’t have ipod. I only have laptop with xp and wifi, is there any way I can get Target Mobil offer?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Betsy

    I have a smartphone on a prepaid plan that I pay $12 a month, but it comes with just 10mb of data. I just open up the link for the coupons on my phone using wifi at home and then put the phone to sleep. When I’m checking out, I wake up the phone and there’s the coupon page, ready for me to use.

    • Margaret


      What company and service plan do you have?


      p.s. I still haven’t been able to type in the correct text on my computer.

      This is what I was typing, without much luck.

      Thanks again!

  • Sherry Z

    Please tell me how to do this? Texting to Target didn’t work. I cannot locate the offer for the watch today on Cartwheel. Thank you!

    • Meg

      Me to PLS anyone who can HELP

  • Greg

    Does not work on the Wal-Mart Family mobile plan. Says “this service is not available for your service plan” Worked with my old ATT.

  • Carrie

    For cartwheel offers, you only need to print it off once and keep your barcode at the top. It is specific to your cartwheel account so there’s no need to print it multiple times. (This was told to me by a Target employee and it is true. I’ve been using the same sheet of paper for months)

    • TT73

      I actually cut mine out credit card size and laminated and it stays in my wallet with my target red card.