My favorite savings app: Target’s Cartwheel

I recently wrote a post about Wal-Mart’s Savings Catcher App and while I love it, my favorite app is still Target’s Cartwheel. There are so many reasons why this one is my favorite. If you shop at Target and aren’t using it, you are missing out on huge savings!

Do you Cartwheel?Out of all the savings apps I use, I have been using Cartwheel the longest. I use it every time I go into the store and I save almost every time I’m in the store.

The Cartwheel app works differently than most of the apps on the market because the savings are instant. I don’t need to scan my receipt and then cash out my savings. The savings come right off your total at the register, just like the Target debit card.

While I shop, I can search for items that I need to purchase to see if there are savings. I like this because I don’t need to scan through all the offers and risk impulse buying something that is not on my list. Sometimes there are multiple brands with discounts so there is some choice. There are often discounts available on a name brand and one of the Target brands (market pantry, archer farms, and simply balanced). You can see from my graphic, there are over 300 food offers alone. Some of the savings are pretty significant. I’ve gotten up to 25% off some of my purchases. The lowest discount I’ve seen is 5%. Staples like milk, eggs, and bread are almost always on sale through Cartwheel. There also are not limits on the number of items you can purchase.

Target often stacks the Cartwheel offers with things that are already on sale and with coupons available on their website. Before I leave home, I check the weekly flyer and the Target coupon section, then I search Cartwheel as I walk through the store.

Cartwheel doesn’t stop in the grocery section. There are discounts all over the store. A few weeks ago, I went to Target to get a new shower curtain and liner. When I got to the store, I realized that both of these items were 15% through Cartwheel. When I got home, I realized I had forgotten to get new hooks for the shower curtain. The next time I went into the store, those were 20% off with the app. Things change every week so I always search for things on my list. Just because it wasn’t in the app the previous week doesn’t mean it won’t be there next time you go.

I also love that once I add something to my savings list, it stays there until it expires. I frequently by milk, bread, and canned tomatoes at Target. Those three items are always in my offers because they rarely expire. I don’t have to think about adding them each time I shop. I am limited to 20 items on my savings list but that is rarely a problem, especially when I have a list of things I need to get in the store.

While I love the surprise savings I get from Savings Catcher, I love knowing how much I am saving and getting those savings immediately. If only we had a Super Target nearby!

This app is available for iPhone and Android. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can also add your offers via computer and print your Cartwheel bar code. Your bar code never changes so you can cut it out and stick it in your wallet and use it every time you shop, even when the items on your shopping list change. That’s a little trick I learned from one of the cashiers when I was having trouble with my phone one day.

Do you use the Cartwheel app? How much have you saved?

Could you go screen-free for 7 days?

Screen-free

How many times have you said, “I wish I had more time to ______?” I know its something I say a lot. Then I start to think about all the time I spend on Facebook or watching TV. We spend a tremendous amount of time “on screen.”

That’s why the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sponsors Screen-Free Week each year. It’s one week of the year to pull back from the screen and live life.

So this week, I’m going to cut out the screens except for work. I’m going to read a book, write in my journal, listen to music, bake, walk, garden and do lots of things I always say I don’t have time to do.

This might seem a bit overwhelming which is why I’m so thrilled that Katy put together a list of 100 things to do during Screen-Free Week. It’s a great list and really made me think of all the things I could be doing instead of sitting in front of the screen.

Do you think you could benefit from unplugging for a week?

To Klingtocash With Love

Dearest, K
I am blessed with the love and dedication you show to me.   You make me the best dinners and stretch every penny into three.  You listen, play and understand me almost every day.  Your laughter is always welcome, even when it is pointed at me.  Because, You fuel my ambition and tempter it when needed.  You push me to write and to follow every dream.

It is you and no one else that makes me Klingtoliberty.  You are the warmth of Gardul and love my curmudgeonly ways.  You forgive me when I say “today is only special since I love you more then yesterday.”   So I ask  you to forgive again as I hack into your blog and to post about my love forgetting any ads.

With you I am at happiness.

Love,

J

Brain not working!

I’m about five days with less sleep than I should be getting and my brain has decided to completely shut down. Have you ever had one of those days? This week is incredibly busy with work, meetings and other commitments. I’m sure a lot of you are going through something similar in your own lives with the holidays approaching. So tonight I’m going to give my brain a little rest.

Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to start Waiting for Superman tonight.

And just when I can’t think of something to write…

Today was a really hectic day. I woke up early to get to school so I could get my exam ready for today. I gave exams all day (exam days are the worst), came home, had dinner with Jeff and ran off to a planning and zoning meeting. I know it’s an exciting life I live.

I started writing a post about the last thing I do before I go to bed but that was pretty pointless because I don’t have a routine. I thought about writing a post about leasing cars but I’m way too brain dead for that tonight. So instead, we have The Man Song.

Yes, this is about the level of my intellect this evening. Hopefully, my IQ will be restored tomorrow. We’ll see.

A very thankful day

As Thanksgiving draws to an end, I hope you all had a wonderful day. Jeff and I had a lovely dinner with my mother, siblings and my niece. It was so nice to have all of us together this year. I am very thankful for that as it is rare with our busy schedules that we are able to all get together.

There is much to be thankful for this year. While things don’t always go smoothly, we are truly blessed. Here is to another year of blessings.

Tomorrow, I am planning to do a bit of shopping. Generally, we use the holiday sales to purchase things we need. Tomorrow I am in search of two things: A leather jacket for Jeff and an electric blanket. We’ll see how I do.

#$%^&*! STRESS

Do you ever had those days where you get so stressed out that you just shut down? I had one of those days today. I had a really stressful situation late this morning and after dealing with the situation, I was pretty much done for the day. I’m one of those people who does very well while the stressful situation is occurring but as soon as it’s over, I have lost all of my energy for the day.

I was hoping for a nice quiet weekend since the election is over and the power has been restored, but that was not the case this morning. I’m guessing that my wish of a peaceful twelve months from yesterday’s post is not going to be coming true. That’s ok. I’d rather have the other two wishes.

What do you do when you get really stressed out? How do you deal with the initial stressful moment and the aftermath for your own personal health?