Send some Love and Save with Cartwheel

Target-Cartwheel-App-1Who’s ready for Valentine’s Day!?!? Me for sure!! After weeks of the “polar vortex” I’m ready to dig out and find something to celebrate!

Last weekend my husband and I had a super “romantic” date… we went to Target *wink wink.* Don’t laugh, but a weekend night Target run sans kids is pretty great – who’s with me? Valentine’s Day is coming up and I went in search of some creative inspiration. I also wanted to start gathering items to send to my college girl for a Valentine’s Day care package.


I had a very good excuse for heading to Target, last week I was asked to try out Target’s Cartwheel App. I tried it and I learned something… apparently I have been living under a rock.

I’ve been an avid Target shopper for years and had no idea that there was a way for me to save $ on the things I was already buying. I honestly didn’t think Target “did” coupons. I downloaded the app, signed in with Facebook and started to browse.

You browse by department, and in each department there are a special “coupons” for something you might buy. I stuck to things I already knew I needed (to avoid buying something just because it was on sale). With the app, I made myself a “list” of things to get then headed to the store.




Since Valentine’s Day cards were on sale, I decided it was a good time to go ahead and start that care package. I clicked “add” to add the deal to My Cartwheel app, then browsed the other sections for items for the package. I noticed Sharpie Markers, Dove Chocolates and M&M’s were also Cartwheel specials that week, all things that I know my daughter loves, so I added them to my “list” on Cartwheel.


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For the care package, I picked up a few other items (a craft project since she and her roommates like to make decorations for their dorm for holidays), a cute gift bag and voila care package done.



While there, I also had to pick up a few household essentials. I used the app with my phone to scan the bar code on some Laundry detergent. It immediately popped up to let me know that I could save on that particular detergent.

At the checkout I just handed my phone to the cashier, she scanned ONE bar code and all of the discounts came off of my total bill.


A few things to note:

*I don’t want the app posting to Facebook everything I’m buying at Target, so when I set up my account I just clicked “skip” when it asked if it could post to my wall.

*You can also change the privacy settings in the app til you get to a point that you are comfortable with.

*The app works on your desktop, iPhone, Tablet or Droid, and can only be used for in store purchases.

*You can “stack” coupons. Meaning if you have a manufacturers coupon for a certain item you can use it WITH the cartwheel discount.

*You get 10 “spots” or deals per Cartwheel visit, but you only have to scan ONE barcode at the end.


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  1. I always turn right when I enter a target. It’s the only place I can find the big bottle of Neutrogena Body Oil. Then I meander through the household and decor areas paying close attention to the clearance end caps. Just a few days ago we went in for a set of silver Carlisle bar stools for our office and were excited when they were on sale. Then we walked past a clearance shelf and noticed the green ones were marked down 75%! We bought them out and spent less than the cost of one set even after throwing in two bags of almonds. Three stools for home and three for the office! Good thing green is one of my main decor colors!

  2. I buy a lot of home dec items at Target. They have the cutest stuff! I may shop for my niece for Valentines. Hubby and I don’t do the whole giving gifts thing for Valentines. We keep the gifts to important to us days. Thanks for the info on Cartwheel!

  3. I always shop the container section of the store. Just last week I scored some great cloth baskets for $1.88! I also like the seasonal section and have already purchased my valentine supplies.

  4. I always like to shop in the office supplies, crafts isle, and home decors! And no, I will not be shopping for Valentine’s day.

    Thank you for a chance to win!

  5. It’s hard to pick just one thing! Mostly I love to shop for things for my kids at Target! I will be shopping for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. I love the home decor and kids clothes at target…just wish I lived closer to one. Already did some shopping there for valentine’s day:)

  7. I love, love, love Target. I started using the Cartwheel app a few months ago. I can’t believe how excited I get when I can use a Cartwheel discount, Target mobile coupons, the 5% discount for using my Red debit card and the item is on sale.

  8. I love to “browse” through Target. I love the Seasonal section and home Decor. I always pick up cleaning supplies and personal stuff like bath soap, make-up etc.

  9. I always head straight for office supplies first. Such cute notebooks, paper products, etc.! Then I go to purses and scarves and wallets. Love all 3. I don’t normally shop for Valentines Day specifically, but like to his the $1.00 bins for little surprises for my 2 granddaughters. As they’ve gotten older I’ve been doing this for Valentine’s Day, so I imagine I’ll be checking them out this year. Great Giveaway. I LOVE TARGET 🙂

  10. Yes, I will definitely be shopping for Valentine’s Day, probably today. We have a Girl Scout meeting tomorrow that we’ll be doing a V-Day craft for.

  11. Target has the best accessories and their nail polish selection is pretty fabulous!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. What don’t I shop for at Target??!! With all that red, it’s valentine’s day for me every time I go. I feel that Target love! My new favorite thing to shop for is the “picnic on the go” boxed dinner. My husband and I take them on the plane with us. A delicious low-calorie, healthy meal! Thanks, Target.

  13. I love shopping for fun seasonal items at Target. I need to head there to get Valentine goodies for my kids to share at school.

  14. I LOVE Target!!! I love shopping through their dollar deals, but I can never get through that store without looking through their clearance isles and their home decor. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. I love buying candy at Target. Peanut Butter M&Ms! And Cartwheel often has percents off!!

  16. I adore all things Target….I’ve been using their Cartwheel App and have saved some cash. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  17. I love Target! I always go to the greeting cards. They have a great selection at reasonable prices. I like to send cards to my 11 grandchildren for all the holidays, celebrations and just for surprises. A recent great find is the Threshold sheets. Excellent quality in an organic cotton and washed beautifully. The sheets were discounted for clearance so I hope Target will continue to carry them. Are you listening Target?

  18. My favorite thing about Target shopping is being able to leisurely shop for clothing or house items and then grab some grocery items on my way to the checkout. After a fun day shopping, I don’t have to go home and fuss over dinner. Gotta love one-stop shopping!

  19. We went after Christmas and bought a ton of discount wrapping paper for so cheap! But we also make regular stops at Target for our cleaning and personal items!

  20. I like to shop for some grocery items and clothes at Target. I bought my son the valentine M&M’s at Target.

  21. I love shopping for toys at Target! We love Lalaloopsy dolls. I already got my daughter the Target exclusive Valentine’s Day doll.

  22. I love scouring the clearance racks in the clothing department, especially the 70% off section. I have found the cutest clothing at the most amazing prices! I also love the home decor section. It always gives me a myriad of inspirational ideas for my home decorating. 🙂

  23. I like shopping for clothes, handbags, pet items, candles & groceries! Not sure about Valentine’s day yet!

  24. My absolute favorite thing to shop for at Target would be houseware items, like their bedding,dishes and storage stuff. Second favorite thing to shop for is Kids clothing!!!

  25. I don’t celebrate V Day but I buy everything at target, from clothes to housewares to lighting to essentials to groceries and toys and I tried to buy Target’s actual physical location once but I was told it’s not for sale.

    I am joking about the last part.

  26. I like the sheets and towels.
    I like groceries at Target
    I will be shopping at Target for Valentines gifts and cards.

  27. My favorite things to shop for at Target are shoes and home décor! I probably won’t really be buying anything for Valentine’s Day, but I may pick up some candy there for DH

  28. Alas, lately it’s been baby stuff. Clothes, food, diapers, more clothes, food, diapers. However, my favorite place to shop in Target is the seasonal section. I love how they change up what they have every year and everything seems so fresh. I will be shopping in the Valentine’s section this year!

  29. My favorite thing to shop for at Target is clothes for my girls! They always have such cute stuff to choose from 🙂 We will probably get Valentine’s Cards at Target this year 🙂

  30. my favorite thing to shop for at target is snacks for the kids because they are cheaper at target than at the grocery store
    i do not shop for valentines day

  31. I already bought my kiddos some goodies for V-Day from the Dollar Spot plus some Mr. bubbles! We always shop Target and always use Cartwheel!

  32. My favorite thing to shop for is home decor. And, lately, pajamas! I’ll still be doing some Valentine’s Day shopping even though I’ve been to Target twice in the last two days.

  33. I like to shop for toys and treats for holidays for my grandchildren and yes I will be shopping there for Valentine’s Day

  34. What don’t I buy at Target might be the better questions for me. I definitely have to go with a list or my cart ends up with a lot of things I think I need that are just so cute! I have finished my Valentine’s shopping – now if I can stay away from the candy until then.

  35. household essentials too, like cleaning supplies! I will be doing something homemade too for valentines day, might need to buy some chocolate chips for baking.

  36. I love shopping for storage containers of all types at Target. My husband is a borderline “hoarder” lol, but he is very organized so we have containers everywhere.

  37. My fav-o-rite is cleaning products…weirdo, I know, but I can’t help the allure of basil scented Mrs. Meyer’s products. I shopped for Valentine’s online with handmade shops this year.

  38. I love shopping for shoes and clothes at Target – they have the best styles. I probably won’t be shopping for Valentine’s Day
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  39. I like to shop clearance items like electronics and video games. Not sure if I will go to target to pick up anything for valentines day though

  40. My favorite thing to shop for at target is decor. I did stop in at target for valentines day i got both of my sons classroom cards candy and baking ingredients I used to make special treats!

  41. 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).

  42. My favorite thing to shop for at Target are housewares, they have a huge selection. I didn’t do any shopping for Valentines Day this year, I am single so I don’t really celebrate it.

  43. I did do some Valentines shopping at Target. Shopping for all the holidays is one of my favorite things at Target. I am also expecting a new grand baby in October, so I will be taking advantage of the baby related deals.

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