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.
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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