How To Save Money At Target & $1000 Giveaway!

I get asked all of the time how I get deals at Target. I always just answered the questions on my social media, but when I got contacted to do a giveaway post with Target I thought it was the perfect time to share with you a few tips and tricks on how to save money while I shop at Target. If you have known me for a while or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or here on the blog, you know that I am OBSESSED with Target. From their cherry coke to their home decor, to the shoes. Just give it all to me. Maybe I love Target because ever since I remember I always had good memories shopping there with my mom, or maybe it’s because it’s a place I like to meet some of my best friends to catch up and shop. Or it could be just because Target is simply awesome. Anyways, here is how little me likes to save some dollars while I’m there.
How to save money at Target - 1. Visit often. This might seem like a contradiction because the more you visit the more you will spend, but trust me. The more you visit the more often you will find amazing clearance deals or items that you have been looking for that get returned or a shipment comes and you can get it before it sells out. Stopping in often and just doing a quick walk around {& grabbing a cherry coke of course} will assure you find the Target deals you have been looking for.

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2. Shop the end caps. I always walk around every end cap in the store because that is where Target keeps all of their clearance items. Also sometimes these clearance items from a certain department will be found on an end cap in a different department. Keep an eye out!

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3. Use coupons. Target prints coupons out with your receipt, so save those to use when you return! Also you can combine manufacture coupons with their sales that they run to save some good money as well. Target also has a spot on their website {here} where you can print coupons. & also a spot {here} where you can enter your phone number & get the coupons in texts right on your phone. How to save money at Target -

4. Know the Schedule. Target is on a markdown schedule of when they put certain items on clearance & above is the “unofficial” markdown schedule of when items go on sale on what day of the week.  You can read more about how they markdown & how to watch it {here}.

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5. Use the Target Cartwheel app. This is the holy grail right here & my FAVORITE way to save money at Target.

Cartwheel is Target’s new social coupon program. Log in through Facebook; choose the coupons you want; share them with friends; then the cashier will scan the barcode where all your coupons are saved right off your phone. Your barcode will deduct the savings for all of the coupons you selected at the register. Seriously the best thing ever. Mr. LMB pulls out the app as soon as we walk in the store. He is hooked.
A couple nice things about the program:

  • There are more than 700 offers (coupons) in Cartwheel!
  • Cartwheel can only be used on in-store purchases
  • Cartwheel can be used on your desktop, tablet, mobile web or iPhone and Droid apps.
  • 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. This is a very fun feature that guests love!
  • Guests are able to use their Facebook login to sign up with Cartwheel. This enables them to see what offers their friends have on their Cartwheel lists in the app experience as well as via Facebook’s open graph stories. If guests want to use their Facebook login, but do not want their Cartwheel activity posted to Facebook, they can manage that by not allowing Facebook to post on their behalf during the authentication process. They can also manage this at any time via the app privacy settings.
  • Guests can add any offer to their list as “private.” This will keep from any story being posted to Facebook about that offer. As an example, if I wanted to add an offer on tampons to my list, but didn’t want a story generated from the “add” action, I would add that offer to my list privately.
  • Guests are also able to login and use Cartwheel with their login
  • Coupon & discount stacking—guests are able to use Cartwheel with any other Target discounts or coupons, manufacturers’ coupons and their REDcard discount
  • Multi-use offers—guests are able to use any offer on their list as many times as they wish until the offer expires, 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.
  • Single scan barcode—each barcode generated by Cartwheel is unique to the guest and holds all of the offers on their Cartwheel list. All the guest needs to do is simply scan the barcode one time at the point of purchase (after scanning any other coupons, discounts, etc.) and all the discounts on their list will be applied!
  • Badges—badges are a fun way to earn more spots on your Cartwheel list! 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.
  • Offer spots—each guest starts with 10 spots on their list. More spots are earned when badges are awarded.
  • Cartwheel collections—Cartwheel collections are curated lists of offers that make it easy for the guest on the go to add items to her list. The collections are created to support seasonal offerings and categorical offers (grocery, women’s apparel, baby items, etc.). Collections are not comprehensive lists of all offers.

Now for the Sweepstakes!  To enter to win the $1000 to Target leave a comment below saying how you would spend the $1000 if you win! Also, let us know how you save money on Target & if you love the cartwheel app too!

Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.   The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 1/30 – 2/28. Be sure to visit the Target Cartwheel brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!


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    If I were to win the $1000 I would start buying things for my baby boy who is due this summer. I save money by shopping the clearance sections (ends of isles ) at Target and other stores. I also just wait for things to go on sale instead of purchasing them for the full price.

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