I am a big fan of Target, and typically find myself there a few times a week picking up everyday essentials and groceries. That is why I decided to give their Cartwheel app a try. It is an entirely free app that is available for both iOS and Android devices. When you first download it you have to create a Target account to login if you don't have one already. You are also given the option to connect via Facebook or Google, but I felt those options were too intrusive for me personally. However, once logged in I was pleasantly surprised by all the discounts they offer, and I was even more excited to see discounts on things that I regularly buy. The Cartwheel app even includes deals for their in-store Starbucks locations which is an added bonus.
Many of the deals are 10%, 15%, or even as little as 5% off. However, there are also plenty that are 20% off or even higher. I can definitely see how the savings start to rack up. When you find a coupon you like, simply press the add button. Then when you go to checkout you present your barcode to the cashier and it will ring up all your applicable coupons that you selected. When searching for deals you can hunt by category or you can browse a feed of the trending, most popular coupons. You can also search for a specific item using the search bar. If you are in the store, you can use the scan product feature to scan a particular item and the app will tell you if there is a Cartwheel discount for that item. Very cool! As you continue to use the app you earn badges that unlock additional promotions.
All in all I am pretty impressed by the Cartwheel app. The interface is very visually appealing and easy to navigate. The wide variety of coupons across all areas of the store is also really exciting. Cartwheel deals are generally for in store use only. When making a purchase, you can combine the Cartwheel savings with one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon, and you can use your Target REDcard discount if you have one, which allows you to stack up more savings. You can use the Cartwheel coupon for a maximum of 4 of the same item per transaction. You can use up to 6 Cartwheel deals in a single day. If you are somebody that visits Target frequently, give it a shot and see what you think.
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