I’ve declared 2014 the year that I will pay off all my debt. So, I’m on the hunt to save as much money as possible on the essentials. A few months ago, my cousin recommended the beta version of Target’s new Cartwheel app. This app is my secret weapon to making the most of my money at Target. Basically, the Cartwheel app is downloadable coupon treasure box (about 700 coupons at any given time) RIGHT into your phone that can be used on in-store purchases at Target. So, come along with me on my usual Saturday trip to Target, and I’ll show you the ins and outs of this app! First, download the app into your phone. You can chose Facebook as your login, or simply use your Target.com related email. If you do use the Facebook option, you can choose not to have the app post on your behalf to your Facebook timeline . You can also manage the app in privacy settings. When you first start using Cartwheel, you get ten spots for coupons. For those of you who are extreme with coupons, you can use each coupon spot on 4 offers 6 times per day. For example, if you needed massive amounts of copy paper, you could essentially buy 24 packs of copy paper in any given day. That’s the max allowed. As you start using the app more, you can earn more “badges” which equals more coupon spots. You can earn badges when you hit savings milestones, post to social media, and add items from special collections. The Cartwheel app rewards its heavy users. Here’s what the collection section looks like. You’ll find a ton of seasonal deals here. What’s the best about this app, is that Target allows for coupon stacking! I’ll give you an example. Coffee. I’m very particular about my coffee. It must be an organic whole bean dark-roast that is also free trade certified. Imagine my delight when I saw this:
Then, of course, being the savvy shopper I am, I checked my Cartwheel app:
Wait, it gets better! I had a Target coupon for $1.50 off two bags of Archer Farms coffee. Finally, I also received an additional 5% off because of my RED Card. So, my coffee would have ran me: $7.49 a bag normally before the price cut. Which, the grand total, for two bags of my high-quality coffee came to a mere $9.42.
I’m still rather proud of myself.
A steal. Seriously. I usually pay nearly $16 for two cans of comparable free trade organic coffee at Trader Joe’s. The Target coffee will last me until Spring arrives. Not bad, eh? Thank you, Target, for making my morning jolt more affordable.
So here are the four secrets to saving big at Target:
1.) You can use your Target coupons.
2.) On top of that, you can use a manufacturer’s coupon.
3.) Then, scan your Cartwheel app to check for additional discounts.
4.) At the end, ring up the purchase with your Target RedCard Debit or Credit Card for an extra 5% the total.
I love watching the total fall at the register to the amazement of the customer behind me. You should have seen my total at Christmas, I saved over $100!
The deals on Cartwheel change often, so it pays off to check in on the categories you use most. When you check out with Cartwheel, just show the barcode on the app to your cashier. All the coupons you add into your spots are in that single barcode. Easy, right?
Thank me later about introducing you to the happiness that is the Target Cartwheel app. Ah, the joy of saving money.
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