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?

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