Cartwheel App Review and $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

When I found out my beloved Target store had a new phone app that could save you money, I quickly downloaded it and learned the ropes so I could get to saving!

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I have always tried really hard to be good with coupons, but I usually end up clipping them, then never using them and letting them expire, or I forget to bring them to the store with me. Since this app is on my phone (which is ALWAYS with me) I never have to worry about forgetting again. Cartwheel can also be used on your desktop or table and is compatible with iPhone and Droid phones. Cartwheel can only be used on in-store purchases, but you have over 700 coupons to choose from! Ok, so how does it work

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You can use your Facebook login information to sign up free with Cartwheel. By doing this you can see what offers your friends have on their lists in the app. (There is also an option to hide your information from people). If you have a login, you can use that as well. Once you login, you are given ten spots to put offers. You get  more spots by earning badges. (They are awarded for reaching savings milestones ($10, $25, $50, etc.), interacting with Cartwheel (example: adding an offer from a collection to your list), and via social sharing (an invited friend who joins Cartwheel). For each badge that is earned, a new spot on your Cartwheel list is opened). You search the app for the discounts that you would like to use, and create your list. (go to browse).

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For example, I went to “grocery items” and “breakfast and cereal” and can chose which of these, if any, that I want in one of my ten slots.

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You can click on an individual item to see more information about it, like it’s expiration date and any offer exclusions. unnamed

Once you have your slots filled, you simply have to scan your barcode at checkout to redeem your discounts. Each barcode generated by Cartwheel is unique to the guest and holds all of the offers on their Cartwheel list. You can also stack Cartwheel discounts with any other Target discounts or coupons, as well as manufacturers coupons and your Target REDcard discount! You can use the offers as many times as you want before they expire, with the following exceptions: limit of 4 items per offer, per transaction; limit of 6 Cartwheel scans per day. So, if there was an offer for 10% off 20 ounce bottles of Diet Coke, a guest could purchase 4 bottles of Diet Coke in one transaction and the offer discount would be applied to all 4 bottles of Diet Coke. That same guest could do this up to 6 times in one day, for a total of 24 bottles of Diet Coke. Target

This is a REALLY cool feature: Using either the iPhone or Droid native apps, guests can scan any barcode in store to see if that item has a Cartwheel offer on it. So instead of having to search and scan all 700 discounts, just pick up an item and scan it yourself to see if it applies, then add that offer on your app in one of your discount slots. This app is really easy to use and the savings can add up especially if you are using other discounts, or coupons (also, if you bring reusable bags you get five cents off per bag!) It’s a great way to help your household save money, and well, it’s kind of fun to use, too!

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