Target’s Cartwheel App

20140125_131556I love Target. I pretty much shop exclusively at Target most of the time. We don’t have a “super Target” close to me, otherwise I’d do all my grocery shopping there as well. My Husband has been a Best Buy employee for over 12 years, and whenever I’d come home from a Target trip with a DVD or something else electronic, he’d say “you KNOW where I work, right?” It’s a well-known fact that I can go to Target with a list of 3 things, and end up an hour later with a cart full of stuff. One of my favorite things is to wander around Target (especially if my kids aren’t around), so when I was asked to review Target’s new app called Cartwheel, I totally jumped at the chance.The Cartwheel app was super easy to find and install on my phone, and with a Facebook login connector it was even easier to sign up to use it. I could easily find items that had deals in certain sections (like makeup or toys), but if I just wanted to browse through all of the deals to find something I didn’t necessarily NEED, but could need in the very near future, it was easy to do that as well. Although I probably should have browsed through the deals in the “All Categories” section while I was still at home (currently there are 539 offers!). As I browse through the current offers I can see if there is something I will need to buy soon, and if I buy it now I could potentially take advantage of it now.

The app has a social aspect as well, and will show me what deals my friends have used or added to their deals. One thing on my list was some meal replacement bars. I rarely get the chance to eat a real lunch, as my job has been incredibly busy lately. Also, I’ve been trying to cut down on my calorie intake in general. When I went to add the Special K protein bars to my deals, there was a little padlock on it. I was curious what that was, and since I had already added a couple deals I knew the button to add the deal said “add”, but this one said “add privately”. That means when there is a deal with a padlock icon on it, you can add it to your app without your friends seeing that you have added it. I can definitely see the use for this for some of the more embarrassing items you may want to purchase. I don’t care who knows about my Special K protein bars, but some people might, and I appreciate that Target understands we may not want to share EVERYTHING we’ve purchased.


So there were 2 things I actually needed on my list, and then as I was browsing around the app I found some yoga pants that I have been wanting for quite a while. The Cartwheel is perfect for saving money on the things you were planning on buying anyway. All you need to do is scan the items you are purchasing with the app as you are putting them into your cart. The app will tell you if there is a deal available for that item, or not. If there is a deal, you can add it to your app right away, and keep shopping, scanning your next product as you go. It literally takes about 5 seconds longer to put something in your cart then normal. I would think 5 seconds of your time is worth saving some money! I purchased 3 items, and saved $4.15!


The app is completely free to download, and free to use, and it’s so easy, that it’s almost a no-brainer. Check it out and get saving!

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About the author

Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website


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