How to Save Big at Target (with $1,000 Giveaway!)

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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. how to save money at target momnivores-dilemma.com 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. target cartwheel app login 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.   menu cartwheel app 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. target collections 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:

coffee at target sale price cut

  Then, of course, being the savvy shopper I am, I checked my Cartwheel app:

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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.

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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.

Speaking of money, how about $1,000 giveaway? Tell me a few of your Target must-haves in the comments below for your chance to win a $1,000Target GiftCard®!

Good Luck,

Nicolette

 

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Reaching New Heights

One incredible change that occurred in my son Moose during the past year is his ability to sit through an entire movie. At the movie theatre. Without special accommodations in lighting and volume.  In his seat, the entire time without tantrums or sensory overload.  Moose sits entranced, soaking in what is a rite of passage of childhood: matinees with our family. Whenever school break hits, Moose asks for “movies”. Later this summer, the movie Planes hits theatres.  We saw the trailer for Planes a few months back.  Whenever there’s an underdog in the lead, I’m moved to tears. Moose, like the main character, Dusty, has his odds stacked against him.  Without the ability to really communicate with those around him, Moose can seem less capable than other kids.  Sure, Moose is making requests, but he still isn’t conversational.

People often assume Moose doesn’t understand those around him because he is quiet and withdrawn. Dusty, a single-propeller plane among the big shots, is underestimated as well. It’s really hard sometimes, when those “big shots” pass us on the street: those neurotypical five year old boys who zip along on their bikes pretending to be superheroes. I watch those big shots’ parents oblivious to the ease at which their sons can talk and ride a bike. I realize how different our parenting styles are. Autism doesn’t leave a lot of room for maybes and gray areas.  Consistency and routine are something I’m complemented on often by Moose’s therapy team.  My kids have a ton of love, but also a great deal of expectation and structure.

If Moose’s story tells us anything, it’s not to underestimate the underdog.  That hard work truly pays off.

revised autism bucket list momnivore's dilemma for moose 2012-003 If a year can bring so much checked off our bucket list, by this time next year, I’m going to dream big for him.  But, just as Dusty in Planes has a village of experts preparing him for the big race, we here on Team Moose are preparing Moose for life.  It’s a village indeed between all his teachers, therapists, and ABA team, the amount of people caring for Moose’s progress is grand.

As his mother, I’m the mastermind behind every decision.  School. Therapy. Diet. Doctors.  The stress of being in charge of something so complicated is staggering at times.  My husband is supportive, but given my background in education, he trusts my judgment the most. Before I had kids, I taught for seven years in Chicago.  A few years I taught in a very tough gang-ridden neighborhood.  I thought I had it rough then, it was a training ground for what was to come as a special needs parent.  Just like the character Skipper in Planes, I considered myself an ace in my field.  I understood children on a different level than most first-time parents, given the wide range of grade levels I taught and the fact I had my masters in elementary education by age 24.  Plus, I spent a few years teaching junior high, so if anything; the teenage years don’t scare me now. Moose’s case of autism threw everything I knew into question.

All of the teaching methodologies I learned do not work with him.  For years, we had to use a picture card system to communicate.  I had to rethink everything I was taught and follow Moose’s lead.

In fact, he has been my best teacher yet, at a mere 5 years old. Like the character Skipper who left his dream career due to issues in combat, I had to leave teaching for health reasons just before I had Moose.  Facing those personal hardships early on, before I had children, really prepared me for the challenges of special needs parenting.   Leaving a career that I adored still bothers me, but without regaining my health and especially without all the lessons I’ve learned from being an autism mom, I would not be thriving as I am today.

Now armed with good health and a boatload of knowledge, I’m confident that this little underdog of mine will reach new heights.

 

How do you encourage your children to try new things and follow their dreams?

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