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Does Target Accept EBT? Let’s Cut Thru the Crap

Does Target Accept EBT? Let’s Cut Thru the Crap

I originally was interested in writing this article when I noticed on Target.com that they claim to accept EBT via their website. They are one of the only retailers to supposedly that allow this. So I figured this would be a good article to write, especially since what the Target website claims and what they actually allow are 2 completely different things. Hopefully this post sets the record straight and answers all of your “EBT at Target” questions.

Does Target Accept EBT? Let's Cut Thru the Crap

Does Target Accept EBT or WIC?


Target brick & mortar stores accept both your EBT Card (Electronic Benefits Transfer) and WIC at all their physical stores in the United States and Canada.

What Items Can I Buy With EBT?

There is a healthy list of items you’re allowed to purchase at Target with your EBT card.

They include the following:

– Fruits and produce. Both fresh and canned.

– Grains like cereal, crackers, tortillas, rice, and breads.

– Meats like chicken, beef, pork, and fish. Both fresh and canned.

– Juice and beverages (non-carbonated).

– Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt.

– Cooking oils.

– Peanut butter.

What Stuff Is a No-No to Buy?

Oddly enough, you can’t buy the following items at Target using your EBT card.

– Already Prepared “Hot” Foods.

– Tobacco products.

– Alcohol.

– Diapers and baby wipes.

– Paper products.

– Cleaning products.

See Also: Does Costco Accept EBT or Snap? Here’s the Real Deal

Does Target Take EBT Online?


Despite the Target website telling us otherwise, you CANNOT use your EBT card online via Target.com or the Target app.

I personally called Target corporate to verify this and they informed me that the website is incorrect and needs to be updated.

C’mon Target, get your act together.

Can I Use EBT With Curbside Pickup?


Unfortunately, they don’t have the technology in place to allow for this.

You’ll have to walk into Target and do your shopping and physically use your EBT card at checkout.

Can I Use My EBT Card at Self-Checkout?


When using the self-checkout aisle at Target you’ll be given the option to use your EBT card when you reach the payment portion.

Be sure to split your purchase into EBT eligible items, and non-eligible stuff, to make the checkout process quick.

Can I Use My RedCard Benefits With My EBT Card?


RedCard benefits can only be used when RedCard is your chosen mode of payment.

In other words, you have to use either your EBT card -OR- your RedCard credit or debit card, you can’t use both on the same transaction.

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Is The Return Policy the Same on EBT Purchases?


You’ll be given the same 90 day return policy.

Keep in mind that this also applies to perishable foods.

I personally verified this with Target that perishable items are returnable and was told “Yes, as long as it’s within 90 days of purchase”.

Can I Use My Benefits at Starbucks Within Target?


You’ll have to pony up your own money to buy a Starbucks coffee within a Target store.

At the very least, check out some of our highly clever ways to save at Starbucks.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever used your EBT or WIC at Target? Was it an easy process?

By Kyle James