31 Jan

Turning Cartwheels at Target (Sponsored)

There are two things I think we can all agree on:

1. Saving money is awesome, and
2. Target is awesome.

Combine the two and you’ve just described one of my favorite pastimes, if not America’s official national pastime, especially now that we have a handy little helper called the Target Cartwheel app (available for free on both iPhone and Android platforms and accessible on computers and tablets.)  Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 2.07.58 PM  I heard a lot of buzz about Cartwheel from online friends before I tried it myself, because although I could tell people we’re excited about it, I wasn’t sure what exactly it was. So here’s the deal (and I’ll try not to sound too infomercially while I describe the features):

Cartwheel is a coupon app you use to get “secret” discounts when you’re shopping in an actual brick-and-mortar Target store. (So, yes, you’re going to have to put on pants for this one. I’m sorry.) There are two ways you can use it: (a) you can use your phone, tablet, or computer to “shop” for coupons, which you add to a virtual cart, the contents of which will be summarized in the form of a barcode that your friendly Target cashier will then scan at the register and (b) you can use your smartphone scan an actual in-store item to see if it has a hidden Cartwheel discount applied to it. There are hundreds of coupons available and–best thing!–you can stack coupons, and not just on a single transaction but on a single item. You can use one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon, and one Cartwheel coupon on the same thing, plus you can use your REDcard discount on your entire haul. Example: Say you’re buying something priced at $10. If you have a $1 manufacturer coupon, a $1 Target coupon, and a 25% Cartwheel coupon, you’ve just saved $4, or 40%. If you use your REDcard, you get an extra 5% off your entire transaction, bringing your $10 item down–if I’m doing this right–to $5.70. Sweeeet.

Since my brain tends to get a little claustrophobic when I use my phone for multipage tasks, I do all my Cartwheel shopping on my computer first. From Target.com, there’s a link to Cartwheel, and that’s where I do all my browsing to build up a nice cart of savings. You can browse by category (kids clothing, groceries, home furnishing, electronics, etc.) and then sort your deals by expiration date, discount amount, and things like that. Basically, you tell the app what you want deals on, rather than vice versa. Here’s what my Cartwheel cart looks like right now:

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Look at that: 25% off Shaun White clothes for boys (i.e., most of Wombat’s back-to-school wardrobe), 20% off items in the dollar bins (i.e., my favorite way to self-medicate), and 20% off Mossimo Women’s Jeans, which is awesome because their Denim Leggings are perfection.

What you can’t see in that screen shot is the barcode at the top of the page that’s storing all my personal coupon info. All I do is print off the page and take it into the store with me. If you want to do your browsing on your phone, you can do that too, and then, of course, there’s the cool feature that lets you scan items at the store to see if there’s a Cartwheel deal available. See cute shoes that you want but can only justify if they’re on sale? Scan them and voila, Cartwheel just scored you 20% off. (I’ve seen deals range from 5% off to 40%.)

One thing to know: there’s a limit of one Cartwheel barcode scan per transaction, but you can use six Cartwheel barcodes per day, so what this means is that if you bring in your printout from home but then add things via the app while you’re in the store, you can use both barcodes in the same day, you just have to use them on separate transactions. I hope that makes sense.

I hope all of this makes sense, and I truly, truly hope this saves you some money.

There are all kinds of extra things to know about Cartwheel (how to link it with Facebook, how to NOT link it with Facebook, how to earn badges to access extra content, etc.), but I imagine your patience is wearing and you just want your chance to win some Target spending money already.

So you want to win a $1,000 Target gift card? Answer the following question and you’ll be entered to win (one winner will be picked from participating blogs):

What’s your favorite thing to shop for at Target? (Mine is clothes.) (And beauty products.)
(And housewares.) (And holiday decor.) (And anything on sale.) 

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  • Do I have to pick just one thing? I most often shop at Target for clothes and housewares, but seriously, everything under the big red roof is what I like to shop for at Target. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Favorite thing at Target? The dollar bins. And then everything else because I seriously buy everything there. My current favorite boots are from Target – so awesome and such a good price that I bought 3 pairs. I’m considering a 4th.

  • I love getting kids’ clothes on clearance at Target.

  • I like to shop for children’s clothes at Target.

  • tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/428973576490737664

  • Clearance office supplies:)

  • Dollar bins ahoy!!

  • Anything in the One Spot! Bargains galore!

  • I wandered the Target aisle in complete bliss today…until my Emmy completely lost her mind. I love the workout clothes and anything clearance the best. And I hit the Dollar Spot HARD.

  • Children’s clothes and shoes, oh the constant outgrowing of shoes!!!!!

  • Kids clothes and the shoes he seems to outgrow every couple of weeks!

  • Favorite thing to shop for = Christmas presents, especially in the toy section. Great deals!

  • I love the home decor and the books! Target is my happy place.

  • Holiday (any holiday) items!

  • I’m all about the baby clothes, diapers (up&up baby!) and tank tops (that Merino long and lean is my wardrobe staple).

  • I love Target. I love it all. I can’t pick just one thing! Oh! I know! It’s CLEARANCE. I always swing through all of the back end caps looking for clearance deals. I’m obsessed with the Cartwheel app as well. I’m so glad they added the scanning option. I’ve found extra savings I didn’t know we’re on there that way.

  • I actually now grocery shop at my Target!

  • Clothes and it’s my favorite place to Christmas shop.

  • All of the things are my favorite to buy. Lately it is baby clothes, I suppose.

  • House-organizing stuff!

  • I’m a sucker for Target’s clothes!

  • Target is my Mecca. I love everything. But the Threshold items have been up my alley lately, mostly because I still have a house to decorate and a few wedding gift cards left over. Also, they sell Method. If only they offered a home delivery on that.

  • There is this specific weird little business card holder that I use as a wallet, and I’ve only found it at target. Best. Thing. Ever.

  • Holiday items on clearance…like christmas decorations right now

  • Housewares for sure. I’m a Nate Berkus and Threshold addict.

  • We go to Target at least twice a week so it’s hard to pick just one thing! I love their housewears, everything is so fun and cutely-designed.

  • I really like their workout gear and shoes!!!

  • I love to shop for makeup, especially elf makeup.

  • tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/429643912311869440

  • I like to shop for clothing at Target

  • I have bikini separates that I bought from Target awhile back. It was fun to mix and match, and several were on sale. WIN!

    (Thanks for the contest)

  • My favorite thing to buy at Target? That’s like Sophie’s Choice! I could never decide. No, seriously … Kid’s clothes. They’re cheap, they’re super cute, the Circo brand has great mix-and-match options that my daughter has been wearing since she was 6 months (she’ll be 1 next week) that still fit and look great.

    Also, body wash–the Target brand sensitive skin body wash has the best smell ever. Snacky foods. Electronics (just bought a DVD player there). Practical Hanes underwear. Home decor/furnishings (from the ass-print on my couch, I can see two lamps, a chair/ottoman, media table, curtains, and shelves all from Target).

    I’ll stop now. But SERIOUSLY.

  • I love shopping for clothes, makeup and hair products at Target.

  • I love to shop Target for home decor items, kitchen, and bath.

  • We like shopping for Monster High Dolls at Target. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  • I like shopping for makeup at Target.

  • My favorite thing to shop for is makeup.

  • Like you I can not control myself and have just one. Health and beauty? Check! Housekeeping items from trash bags to tampons? Check! Cook kitchen gadgets? You betcha? Necessary cleaning help like clorox wipes and irons? Yep! The great part about Target is you can find it ALL.

  • I shop for evvverything at Target! :) I love their clothes, for sure.

  • I love to shop for groceries at target.

  • I love to shop there for clothes for my children!

  • Doing Cartwheels Over Target’s Money Saving!

  • Love shopping for my 2 favorite brands – Seventh Generation and CA Baby at Target!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Love Cartwheel! The search feature is awesome. I use coupons all the time, and it saves our family lots of money. I like using it on clothes, baby things, groceries- everything! If I won, I’d love to buy furniture/home decor.


  • I love scouring the bargain racks and looking at their home decor. Their home decor and furniture are on-trend, yet budget-friendly. :)

  • I LOVE shopping for toys at Target! My daughter collects Lalaloopsies and Target always has a great variety of them and awesome prices.

  • I’m with you.
    Clothes, housewares, various plastic containers, shelving units, and food!

  • I love to shop for gifts for my niece and nephew. I can find everything they love at Target.

  • My fave thing to shop for is work out clothes.

  • Target is a great place to shop and to save money.

  • I love the clothing selection and would love to use this app to save on clothes.

  • I like shopping at Target for groceries, home accessories, holiday decor and clothes.

  • My favorite thing to shop for at Target is fun bakery items. They have the best artisan breads and rolls!

  • I like shopping for clothes for pre-teen grand children.

  • I love finding home decor items at Target.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  • My favorite thing to shop for at Target is groceries. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I always find home decor items I love at Target.

  • I love shopping for baby clothes, wipes, diapers and toys at Target.

  • I love shopping in the baby section, great deals and clearance!

  • I like shopping in the DVD section, or buying a slushie from Target.

  • love to shop for greeting cards & snacks there!

  • I like to get towels and sheets and pillows.

  • Dollar SPOT, what what!

  • I love shopping for clothes for my daughters :) They always have such cute stuff! For myself, I love stopping by the deli for some sushi :)

  • I love to get decor items from Target – especially dishware and kitchen stuff

  • So we sadly almost never get to shop at Target anymore, since the nearest one is now an hour away. That being said, I love shopping for house stuff at Target. You can get decor there that doesn’t look like it’s crazy cheap, even when it is. And the clearance deals are the best! I do a little happy dance inside when I see those bright red clearance stickers!

  • The clearance kids’ clothes and random housewares!

  • I shop clearance first ;) my favorite thing is my kids clothes I love the circo brand thanks

  • I love to buy household items and kid clothes!

  • hair products

  • I always go there first for home decor

  • I LOVE to shop for clothes, home décor, holiday décor.. makeup.. skin care… SHOES… I love lots of things about Target!

  • I enjoy shopping for video games and electronics at Target

  • The one stop shop! Toiletries, cleaning stuff, dog toys, baby clothes, cereal…

  • ilove shopping for lots of stuff at target but my favorite is snacks for the kids because the prices are better than at the grocery store

  • My favorite is their home decor items. I could spend an hour in each aisle!

  • Clothes, definitely. If Target ever stops selling clothes, I will have to become a nudist.

  • Personal care items

  • i LOVE target. i love the trending evolving clothes so when someone compliments you on it, you can then say, “oh this? i got it at target.”

  • Diapers

  • Clothes and home decor.

  • Home decor (I love Target!)

  • My favorite thing to shop for is kitchen products!

  • I could use the 20% off bedding discount!

  • I like shopping for sandals at Target

  • I’m a red-sticker junkie at target. And most of what I buy is home decor stuff. And kid clothes. And hair accessories. And shoes. I’ve even scored Dollar Spot discounts on the Cartwheel app.

  • I love shopping for little knick knacks. And then later, storage tubs because my house is full of knick knacks.

  • I like to shop for socks and underwear there

  • My favorite thing to shop for at Target is everything. I can’t narrow it down beyond that. Nope, just everything.

  • This is going to sound so lame, but the one thing that gets me into Target every time is half & half. Their store brand is at least $1 cheaper per quart than anything at my grocery store. After I hit the dairy aisle, I browse through office supplies and makeup. But it’s the half & half that I go for.

    I need to point out that I accidentally followed a period with two spaces after one of those sentences and went back and corrected it. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.

  • I like to shop for things I don’t really need…no, wait, I like to shop for things I need like clothes, diapers (I love the Target brand diapers), bathroom stuff, I just end up buying tons of things I don’t really need!

  • I love everything there, truly, but stuff for the house is my favorite.

  • Mine is also clothes. And household (since I bought a house, on my own, a little over a month ago and could really use that $1,000 right about now).

  • I pretty much buy everything at Target, so it’s hard to pick one…if I HAD to, though, I guess I’d say pharmacy items, because everything is so much cheaper than drugstores. And, if I need Airborne or Mucinex or Zyrtec…it’s a great excuse to go to Target!

  • I love to shop for all the goodies in Target’s Threshold line. Too many great things in that line to pick just one!

  • I looooooooove to *start* my shopping at Target for something practical – yesterday it was a toilet paper stand. But first I had to dip into the fashion, then workout gear, oh hi shoes, swing through home decor, grab some dog food, whitening mouthwash, and a diet coke….So I love to shop there for everything.

  • Clothing & cleaning products tend to be the norm, but I like a good clearance steal and dollar spot goody too.

  • home decor

  • Favorite thing to shop for at Target… um, everything. (but mostly shoes and the dollar spot)

  • I agree! I love their clothes and pretty much everything they have on sale!

  • Anything on clearance! Towels and sheets are always fun.

  • I love shopping for groceries there. They have a great variety of inexpensive products!

  • i love buying organic groceries at target!

  • like the Mossimo Supply Co. Yoga Pants

  • Everything except dog food (but only because I don’t have a dog).

  • I actually really like grocery shopping at target. The prices are great!

  • Clothes! Love them.

  • Everything. My favorite thing to shop for at Target is everything. (Note: Half the time that does not include what I actually went in there for.)

  • I love Target’s kid clothing, groceries, and beauty supplies…and a lot more actually. :P

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • I like to shop for bedding.

  • Groceries and for cleaning products.

  • I like hitting the holiday clearance! Getting up to 90% off is amazing!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • I like shopping for toys and electronics at target!

  • Clothes for the grandchildren is right at the top of my Target interest list.

  • My favorite things to shop for are hair care and skin products.

  • I love to shop for things for my kitchen

  • I like their home decor section.

  • 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).

  • my fav thing to shop for a target is clothes too

  • I like baby items.

  • I love shopping for groceries, clothes, holiday items and things for my house at Target!

  • I love shopping for clothes and music at Target!

  • I love shopping for my pet supplies there!

  • My favorite things to shop for at Target are shoes, cleaning supplies, party decorations and baby items for my grand daughter.

  • I love shopping for clothes and shoes at Target
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  • I lovw to buy clothes for my baby boy at target

  • Housewares & anything on sale is my favorite things to buy at Target! They have everything I need there! This app looks really useful!

  • I love shopping for food!

  • Clearence clothes.

  • my favorite thing to shop for at target is clearance deals. the endcaps are my friend!

  • I like to shop for children’s clothes at Target :)

  • My favorite thing to shop at in Target is toys!

  • My favorite thing to shop for at Target is health and beauty items. And kid’s clothes!

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