The 7 Step Secret to Saving Money at Target

Target. It’s like one of the nicest stores to shop at in Batavia isn’t? I mean how many of us moms want  a night out alone and we hit Target? How many us of want to get out of the house with or without kids and we hit up Target.

Target already has us in the door just because it’s Target. I started working at the store as a manager in Starbucks when it first opened in Batavia, in 2008. Crazy huh?! I really did love it.

Now I love it even more as a woman who wants a deal!

Yet how many of us walk into Target and buy things on sale  and think well, it’s Target all the prices are good. Some of us think who cares about the price I just love the shopping experience there.

This is where you are making a huge mistake when shopping at Target. You could be saving $100’s a MONTH. Yes a month by taking action on following my 7 steps below.

You are now on your way to getting super excited about saving money at your favorite store and telling your friends about it.

So yes share this article!

Here we go are you ready?  Grab your coffee and a snack because you need to take the time to absorb this info and then you’ll be on your way to savings.

TARGET CARTWHEEL- What is it and Why Use it

First thing you need is the Target Cartwheel App. Don’t have a smartphone? Don’t leave you can use this app too without a smartphone.

This is a Target Only App. You can’t use it at any other store.

You can add coupons to your account and scan the barcode from tablet, phone or printed bar code from your computer.

  • First you will create an account.
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  • When you open the app you will see your dashboard. This is a glimpse of all the things you can access.
  • Add offers. Go to All offers at the top and browse for deals.
  • Browse by Categories, Name, or my favorite Discount. I search for the discount because the 50% off or higher comes up first. If something is 50% 0ff that’s huge then I check for coupons, and decide if I need it or not.
  • Once you have offers selected you can close the app and head to Target.
  • Purchase selected items.
  • At checkout open your app and go to the My Barcode. This will show the barcode on your phone.
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  • If you are using a computer go to my cartwheel and the screen will show up with the option to print barcode in the upper right hand corner. You only need to print this once. Your offers will be updated to that barcode. So laminate that bad boy.
  • Then the cashier scans your barcode and the savings instantly come off.


Next hand over any manufacturer coupons you may have. These are coupons you find in the newspaper inserts, online, from blinkie machines in store, from samples etc. Target Cartwheel now offers manufacturer coupons in the app. You can read about that here. 


Then Check for Target Coupons. You can print these right from the Target Website. 

Then after you have handed those coupons out at checkout proceed to unload your goodies into your car.


Then download (if you haven’t) the Ibotta App. This is my FAVORITE app after Cartwheel. Why?! Because the savings update each week, I can save on produce and milk, and they stack with all the other coupons!

If you do not have Ibotta– you need to join with this link and receive a $10 WELCOME bonus just for signing up. The $10 will appear in your account after you redeem your first offer.

I won’t go into detail on Ibotta because I have already done a whole post on that here if you want to see how to work that one step by step. Which you do because the savings are real. In fact I have $104 just from the last 4 months!

After you check Ibotta for additional savings you are going to want to check Checkout 51. This one is updated weekly and can be used from any store. It works like Ibotta- except there is no barcode to scan. Just your receipt showing proof of purchase.


Then lastly. Take the survey at the bottom of your receipt for a chance to win $1,500. Did you know these surveys are crucial for the store? The store gets scored on these greatly and each department’s performance on these weighs so much on everything – like raises! I didn’t like that part at Target but it’s their system and now that I know that- I want to help those working there and who knows I may just win $1,500 which would make the time completely worth it!

There you have it. These savings will help you to save $100’s a month at Target. If you are a Target brand shopper know that Up and Up items are on Cartwheel for almost every item. It is usually always 5% but when you stack that with a Target Redcard you end up saving 10% ad you didn’t even have to clip a coupon. It cost ya nothing!


I wrote up a whole post about how to save more on Target Clearance and by shopping clearance at Target you will save $100s. They offer discounts up to 90% off original price! You can use cartwheel offers and coupons on these clearance items. It truly is an amazing way to save. If you want to see clearance deals at Target- join our Facebook group where I post those images.


I left this one for last because you may have gotten through all the tips above and thought- who has time to figure out the best deal at Target?! You don’t have to do any math calculating or looking through the ads- I have every week the Target Coupon Matchups lists here. These are sale prices paired with all of the ways to save above!

See you can do this! 

What tips do you have for saving more at Target?


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  1. Sarah April 11, 2016


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