*This post was originally published on June 20, 2013. It was updated on March 10, 2014 to reflect changes to my Target Cartwheel review.

Quick Summary

Overall experience deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars. To-date I have saved $67.81 with my Target Cartwheel app. Aside from some rare loading gliches on my Android from time-to-time, the app has been incredibly useful to me. I highly recommend it for any avid Target shopper!

My Target Cartwheel Experience

My initial Target Cartwheel review was written on June 20, 2013, shortly after the app was launched. I had a terrible experience at the time, from trouble adding coupons, to difficulties logging in, to Target associates not even knowing what to do with the app. Regardless of my love for Target, I was eager to tell the world about my frustrating experience.

Fast forward 9 months later, and I can honestly say that I am a very satisfied Target Cartwheel shopper. Target has since worked out most of the bugs with the software, and they’ve also had time to effectively train their employees. So, instead of telling you all the things that have gone wrong with my Target Cartwheel experience, I will now share with you everything that I love about it!

Accessing your Target Cartwheel Account

Previously, you could only sign up for a Target Cartwheel account through Facebook, but now there is an option of signing up with an email address. This comes in handy for those people who do not have a Facebook account, or simply do not want the two accounts associated with each other. You can also access Cartwheel with your smartphone once you’ve downloaded the app.

Finding your Discounts

Target has done a much better job of categorizing their Cartwheel discounts, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. There’s an option to “browse categories,” from which you can view the corresponding discounts for each category. Once you find a discount you want to use, simply click on it, and then click “add,” and it will save it to your account. You are limited on the number of discounts you can collect at one time, but there are several ways you can earn additional discount spots.

Target Cartwheel Badges

If you’re signed in through Facebook, you can also see which offers your friends have redeemed. This was a little creepy to me at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. There are certain personal care items that show a padlock on the offer, indicating that they will be hidden from your friends’ views. That helps with the creepy factor….a little.

Target Cartwheel Privacy

Checkout Time

Now that you’ve added all of your discounts and finished your shopping, it’s time to experience the best part about Cartwheel. Since all of your discounts are combined into one barcode, all you have to do upon checkout is simply show the cashier your Cartwheel barcode (either on your smartphone or your printout). They’ll scan the barcode, and then you’re done!

Target Cartwheel Barcode

Combine your Target Discounts

I don’t know all of the specifics when it comes to Target’s coupon policy, but I do know that they’ll allow you to combine a Cartwheel discount with a manufacturer’s coupon and a Target coupon. Add to that an item that’s already on sale, and you’ve got some crazy good discounts!

Overall Target Cartwheel Review

I love Target. And I love Cartwheel. However, I can’t possibly give it a 5-star review when it’s still in Beta testing and there are still some bugs to be worked out. That won’t stop me from giving it a 4.5, though!

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