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

how to save money at target

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 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 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:

check cartwheel

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.

receipt from target how to save at target with cartwheel, coupons, and redcard

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,



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  1. Everyone here loves a Target trip-from party supplies to groceries and of course all the great kids’ clothes and homegoods. Also my go to for a number of grocery items!

  2. I buy everything at Super Target – groceries, toiletries, homegoods & baby necessities. I love using my Redcard, Target coupons and manufacturer coupons for extra savings on top of sale prices!

  3. I love shopping at Target for groceries. I recently downloaded the app and now that I’ve read this I’m going to check for my Cartwheel coupons right now!

  4. Target is our one-stop-shop for almost everything from goodies to essentials. Although we do shop other stores, if we want to just run a quick errand it is almost always to Target.

  5. Target is my absolute favorite store because of you can stack coupons, plus cartwheel and the red card!!! There really isn’t anything I don’t buy there…mostly diapers, groceries, and can’t pass up the dollar spot!!! Awesome giveaway!!!!

  6. Thank You for this amazing giveaway!!! This is crazy but my #1 Target must have are their duo dry socks!! They are so comfortable!!!! Can I tell you how much I LOVE to stroll around at Target and dream of the cute area rugs/kids room accessories I want, oh and not to mention, their shoes!!!

  7. Thanks for the tips!!!! I have been wanting to join the coupon craze for awhile. I will definitely be using your tips the next time I shop at Target

  8. If I won a $1000 gift card, I’d buy shoes for the whole family. I know it isn’t anything exciting but shoes do cost a lot and with growing boys to clothe, it would help. Thank you!

  9. I buy a lot of groceries at Target. I really like the deals on paper products and cleaning products.
    I purchased a lot of baby shower items at Target.

  10. I love, love, love their Threshold collection. Right now, I’m eying a floor lamp that perfectly matches a lamp that I bought from TJ Maxx. I also love the Nate Berkus collection, too. 🙂

  11. I use Target for ALL of my prescriptions and 99% of my groceries. I also shop for shoes and clothes there. I really do enjoy shopping at Target.

  12. My biggest must have at Target is always clothes for my girls 🙂 I always find the cutest stuff there! I also must have sushi. My local Target makes such great sushi that I can’t pass it up during any shopping trip 🙂

  13. my must haves at target are snacks for the kids and other grocery items because their prices are cheaper than the grocery store

  14. Target must haves! Uh…only TWO?

    Okay – I love their Archer Farms pasta that they carry – it’s just a little bit of a different take on mac and cheese when we get sick of the Kraft, and I always have to go to Target any time I’m organizing something new. I love their selections of baskets, utensil holders, kids organization totes, etc.

    Thank you!

  15. I love there up and up brand. Usually don’t buy off brand. Cartwheel app has lots of savings on brands and on up and up.

  16. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I LOVE Target for their cute and quality products and the opportunity to save in so many ways (Cartwheel, manufacturer coupons + Target coupons, gift card offers).

  17. A few of my Target must haves are Method cleaning supplies, Burt’s Bee’s lip balm and whatever goodies I find on the clearance shelves, especially good for stocking up on kids presents!

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