Download the Cartwheel App
one of the best out there. The app is a powerful resource for saving money, but it is also very
easy to use.
There are a lot of features on the Cartwheel App, but one of the best is the “Offers” tab, which is
what most shoppers use most often. After downloading the app, you’ll need to create a Target
account. You can sign in with Google or Facebook or simply enter your name, email address, and
password to quickly create an account.
After logging in, you’ll see the “Offers” tab, which is the home to tons of offers. You can browse
offers by category or search for them by brand or product type. When you see an offer that
interests you, tap the “Add” button and it will show up in the “My Cartwheel” section. To apply the
savings to your purchase, simply open the “My Barcode” tab and have the cashier scan it at
checkout. Cartwheel is so easy to use that you can even browse for savings while you wait in the
As a bonus, there are sometimes offers that are only available on the Cartwheel website, instead
of on the app. To search for hidden offers, browse online and click “add privately” for the offers to
appear in the app.
Stack Coupons for Big Savings
it easy to get coupons from a number of sources, including printable coupons from its website,
mobile coupons, regional coupons in the Target ad, and of course the Cartwheel app. Target also
accept manufacturer’s coupons and has a very generous policy towards coupon stacking.
The best savings come when you stack multiple coupons together to access huge discounts.
There are even times when you can stack enough coupons with sale and other promotions to get
an item for free. Many extreme couponers love shopping at Target and stacking coupons to score
amazing hauls of huge discounts.
Because Target is so open to coupons, it has also been victim to attempted coupon fraud, which
means following the approved coupon policy is incredibly important. Target lets shoppers use one
manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon, and one Cartwheel offer per item, which means there
can be a maximum of three discounts per item. You can’t use multiple Target printable coupons,
Target ad coupons, or Target mobile coupons on the same item. Target doesn’t accept printed
coupons for free items without purchase requirements, but you can print manufacturer coupons
from sites like this one.
Regular coupon stackers know the importance of carrying the store’s official coupon policy with
you in case you come across a cashier who is unfamiliar with the rules. It can also be beneficial
to get to know a few cashiers at your local Target and go to them each time you stack coupons so
they are prepared and know what to expect, but that is often easier said than done.
Shop Holiday Clearance Sales
The best way to save on holiday and seasonal items is to go within a few days of major holidays like Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Much of the best merchandise goes quickly, but the discounts get greater the longer you wait. After Christmas, many Target locations discount items up to 90% right away in order to get it out of the store quickly. After-holiday sales are a great time to stock up on decorations and gifts for future years, as well as packaged food, cups, and plates. Some items might have a holiday design on it, but others are normal items. And most shoppers will agree it’s worth putting up with Christmas food storage containers to save a lot of money. It’s also worth noting that most holiday items don’t change much from year to year, so you can buy lots of items ahead for next year, including giftwrap, decorations, and lights. It’s a win-win—you score great deals and can avoid the pre-holiday stress of shopping next year.
Although the biggest Target sales are held after the holidays, the store also marks down items throughout the rest of the store on a weekly basis. AllThingsTarget.com posted a schedule of which department are marked down on certain days so you can plan your shopping trip accordingly. Note that not all stores follow the same schedule, so your best bet is to call your specific store or befriend the manager to get the inside scoop.
Take Advantage of Free Gift Card with Purchase Promotions
where it gives you a $5 or $10 gift card for buying certain products. The result is a great deal on
everyday items, but it also guarantees you come back to the store to redeem your gift card. You
can’t use a gift card you receive from a promotion until your next trip to Target, but the good news
is that gift cards can be used on anything in the store. Unlike coupons with their many restrictions,
gift cards are open for interpretation.
One of the best parts of gift card promotions is moneymakers. If you plan ahead and stack
enough coupons and other savings with gift card promotions, it’s possible to end up paying less
than the amount of the gift cards you receive. You’re basically getting paid to take items out of the
As an example, let’s say you purchase $40 worth of diapers and baby wipes, but those items are
on sale and discounted down to $28. Between Cartwheel, mobile, and print coupons, you stack
another $19 of savings to bring the out-of-pocket total to $9. The diapers and the wipes each
came with a promotion for a $5 gift card each, which means you get $10 back in gift cards and
essentially make $1 on $40 worth of products. Moneymakers are possible, but it takes effort and
skill to work the system just right. The more often you practice stacking coupons and sales, the
easier it will be to find and use a moneymaker. Note that Target doesn’t pay overage, so if you
end up getting back more money than your total, you essentially lose the difference unless you
buy another item.
Maximize your savings even more by being strategic in how you redeem your promotion gift
cards. Since they can be redeemed on any item in the store, your best option is to use them on
items that rarely go on sale or that are often excluded from coupons. When you do that, you can
score great deals on full-price items and save your cash for items you can use with a coupon or
Sign up for a Target Red Card
Red Card holders also get free shipping on all orders from Target.com and have an extra 30 days to return items purchased in store or online. Debit card members can get up to $40 in cash withdrawal when they check out in store. It’s also a good idea to sign up for Pharmacy Rewards in connection with your Red Card, which gives you a 5% discount on your first prescription and an extra 5% off with your Red Card for a total savings of 10% on all prescriptions.