May 092013

There’s a brand new savings program called Cartwheel by Target offering even more opportunities to get great deals! You can get as much as an additional 30% off, occasionally even higher, on items at Target including grocery, health & beauty, baby, clothing and much more. The best part is that you can combine Cartwheel offers with your coupons! You are allowed one Cartwheel offer with one manufacturer’s coupon and one Target coupon, triple the savings!

cartwheel2aYou can sign up thru email or your Facebook account and you will need a smartphone to redeem savings in stores although you can bring a printed barcode with you in lieu of a smartphone. Target has partnered with Facebook in hopes that you will spread the word on these deals through Facebook. Each time you select a Cartwheel offer, it appears on the Facebook newsfeed so other friends can see it. You do have the option to adjust your privacy settings if you do not wish to show this information. Just go HERE to your app settings in Facebook and next to Cartwheel, click on Edit. You also now have the option to bypass Facebook all together and sign up thru email thanks to a huge response from users.

You can access Cartwheel by using the app or by visiting on your computer, tablet, or other device. I would recommend the Cartwheel App, it’s very easy to use and its FREE! You can go HERE to download for Android devices and go HERE for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices. Then, log in to your account and you’re ready to start saving!


The Icon in the lower left corner is the main menu. From here, you can browse thru all the Cartwheel Offers by Categories or Collections. To select an offer, just tap on the card and it flips over showing a red “add button”. As you select offers, you will fill spots in your Cartwheel. You are automatically given 10 spots to start with and then after that, you can earn more by unlocking Cartwheel badges.

If you are logged in to Cartwheel thru Facebook and you prefer to keep it private when you add an offer to your cartwheel, there are a couple ways you can do it. When you are logged in on the Cartwheel website, go to the offer you are interested in and flip the card over. Then look for the little gift icon in the bottom left corner and click on it. The ‘add’ changes to a ‘add privately’ selection. If you are an android phone user, you will see a lock icon instead of a gift icon when you follow the same steps. For those of you who use Apple devices, this feature doesn’t seem to be available but you can go thru the website to do it.

cartwheel-badgesThese badges will begin to unlock as you select and redeem offers and share them with your friends. If at any time you wish to return to the main menu, just click on the main menu icon. You can also click on a card in your cartwheel at any time to check the expiration date. And you can remove offers if you change your mind.

When you’re ready to purchase your items and your offers are in your cartwheel, you can either print your Cartwheel barcode from your desktop at home and bring it with you to the store, or you can use the Cartwheel App on your mobile device. To print your barcode, just go to and login, then click on ‘My Cartwheel’ and select ‘Redeem in Store’ and your barcode will come up. If you’re using the Cartwheel app, then just open it to your barcode for the cashier to scan and the savings will be applied directly on all of the Cartwheel offers on your list. If you are bringing a printed barcode from home, be sure to add all your offers to your Cartwheel before you leave or you won’t get the discount.

Here are a few more points to keep in mind when using Cartwheel offers…

  • The Cartwheel discount is taken AFTER Target Coupons and BEFORE manufacturer coupons.
  • An IDENTICAL Offer can be applied a maximum of FOUR times in a single Transaction.
  • You can redeem all the Cartwheel offers on your Cartwheel list at the time of your transaction, whether its 10 or more (depending if you have unlocked additional spots).
  • You can save on your entire Cartwheel list up to 6 times per day.
  • If you would like to make sure an item qualifies for a cartwheel offer before you buy it, you can use the barcode feature in the app. Just tap on the barcode icon in the top right corner on the main screen and scan your item. If there is a matching offer, it will come up automatically and you can select “Add”.

Target is hopeful that by offering even more savings for coming in to the store, they will encourage more online shoppers to visit their local Target stores. For us, its another way to “Get More Red for Less Green” :-) . You can learn more about Cartwheel thru the Help Center HERE. Plus, keep up to date with the latest Cartwheel news HERE.

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150 Responses to “Target Cartwheel: A New Way to Save Even More!”

  1. Nicole says:

    Does anyone know how to unlock the “social saver” badge? The hint says “Your friends have good taste. Check out their cartwheel”. I’ve looked at all of my friends cartwheel. What am I doing wrong?Thanks for your help! Nicole

  2. Kerry says:

    Nicole- You might be able to do this thru the app as well, but for me, I went online to my cartwheel and clicked on one of my friends. Your friend’s cartwheel activity will come up including offers she has redeemed. Find one that you haven’t added to your cartwheel yet and then click on it. When it flips, click on ‘add’. As soon as I did that, the Social Saver badge came up on the left side as ‘earned’. HTH

  3. Stacey ONeal says:

    I just left my Target and literally spent 45 minutes in the checkout arguing with a cashier who refused to even scan most of my coupons, most of my mobile coupons didn’t work, and then she informed me she would not scan my paper copy of my cartwheel items. She told me that received a memo last week stating that Cartwheel was intended to be a mobile app thing only and they were to not to take paper copies anymore. Funny, the Target Cartwheel site still allows you to print to redeem in store. Have you heard anything about this?

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! I have been wondering the same thing. Followed your directions and it worked for me. I have 20 spots now! Thanks again!

  5. Kerry says:

    HI Stacey- no I have heard nothing of the sort- next time I would ask for a manager

  6. Lisa D says:

    Kerry — thanks for the instructions for obtaining the Social Saver badge. Unfortunately the two friends I have showing that have signed up for Cartwheel don’t have anything they have purchased… :-( … I think I need new friends!

  7. Nicole says:

    Kerry, Thank you so much! It worked! I appreciate your help :) Nicole

  8. Rachel says:

    Does anybody know how to use the scanner to scan an items barcode on the iphone? I can’t even find the location of the scanner.

  9. Kerry says:

    HI Rachel- from the Target app- click on the meni- the top choice is search or scan- when you tap you will need to tap once more on “Scan a Code” hth

  10. Misty says:

    The Target where I shop (Panama City) has implemented a policy that you can only use your Cartwheel after ALL paper coupons have been scanned. That means you save much less if you stack coupons. This store has always been coupon un-friendly so it doesn’t really surprise me.

  11. Kerry says:

    HI Misty- when Cartwheel is scanned does not matter- the register still applies the discount after TQs and before MQs- the outcome will be the same even though cartwheel is scanned last. hth

  12. lily says:

    Please confirm or clarify: I can use cartwheel on (example: 4 identical cans of soup per transaction). How many times can I use this cartwheel 4x (4 cans x 4 transactions=16 cans of soup)? Confusing part is 6x per day part.

  13. Kerry says:

    Hi LIly- the way I understand it is 4 per tans and 6x per day- so actually you could do as many as 6 transactions with the soup @4x each so 24 cans of soup in a day. hth

  14. Stacey says:

    I have tried 3 times to download the cartwheel app and it never works. The app downloads just fine but when I go to login it asks for my permission and I accept and it tells me it failed. As I said I have tried restarting the phone, deleting and redownloading and nothing works. Can you help?

  15. Kerry says:

    hmmmm STacey- I am not sure what’s going on but have you tried making sure you are already logged into facebook on your phone before you open the app? I ave no idea if that will work but it’s worth a shot. sorry I don’t have any better ideas. :(

  16. Sharon says:

    Is there a way to use Cartwheel savings if you order something online?

  17. Jennifer says:

    I have an iphone 4 and I am unable to figure out how to use the scan items feature one of the target team members was telling me about….help!!

  18. Kate says:

    Does the iPhone have the option to scan items I’m the search window?
    I don’t have the option to scan in the search window

  19. Amanda E Cleath says:

    Is there a way to load these to the red card?

  20. Kerry says:

    No Amanda- but it’s a nice idea!

  21. Georgetta Garcia says:

    Hi Amber, I am a newbie on Cartwheel. I do not have a Smartphone just regular TracPhone w/no apps. I also was wondering how to print my barcodes from my printer at home. Lastly, when you add something it does not show you the Target price how do I find this out before going to store. What I would like to do is add all my Cartwheel items, get prices on-line and the print bar codes. How do I do all this. Cartwheel would be a great savings for me as on fixed income senior citizen and every penny counts. Thank you for any reply.

  22. Kerry says:

    Georgetta– there is only one barcode for cartwheel that will apply to everything you add. This is from their support page: Your barcode never changes. You can print it once, add and remove offers as you wish, and that same barcode can still be scanned to receive the latest discounts on your list. Just reference or the app to know what’s on your list. As for prices, you’ll have to look on or check at the store. Cartwheel does not give prices.

  23. Kerry says:

    Jennifer / Kate –Cartwheel does not have a scan feature as far as I know. There is only the barcode which the cashier scans at checkout. If you would like to know whether a cartwheel offer will work on something, I have gone up to guest services with the item and my barcode and have asked them to check for me. This way I know before I buy. The Target App has a barcode scanner for in-store use. You can check it out here: HTH.

  24. Kerry says:

    Sharon– I found this on their support page: Cartwheel offers are only valid in U.S. Target stores. Cartwheel is not available for redemption on or Target Canada at this time. Maybe in the future!

  25. Dawn Estep says:

    Oy, cartwheel is giving me a headache! I’m unable to log in via FB for some reason (keep clicking, nothing happening) so I decided to log in via email. Well now it thinks I’m a whole new person…my slots have gone back to 10, my savings are none, etc… I was having the hardest time with the app while I was in the store earlier so I decided to come home and do it from my PC and not it’s all messed up. >:< Ugh! Anyone else having this problem? It wouldn't let me log in through FB yesterday either.

  26. Kristy says:

    The barcode scanner shows up on my iPhone but not on my iPad. Is the barcode scanner not available on the iPad?

  27. Wendi S says:

    So I see the info about 4x per transaction and 6x per day. But what happens if I use an offer 1 day and then hope to use it gain the next day? After I use a cartwheel offer, does it remove itself from my phone at the end of the day, or does it stay there until it expires or I remove it?

  28. Quiana says:

    i forgot to use my cartwheel app when i was there yesterday. can i go in with the receipt today and they give me the savings back?

  29. Liz says:

    How do you unlock the badge that has a clue about “looking up at the stars”

  30. Sheila E says:

    Hi Kerry,

    I have just found your website on Target and I just love it. Thanks so much

    Blessing Sheila E.

  31. Wendi S says:

    FYI to anyone who was wondering the same thing I asked on 12/9, it appears a cartwheel does not disappear after you use it. I used the velveeta offer (2x in 1 transaction) over a week ago, and it is still in my cartwheel app. Hope to use it again before it expires. I don’t know if it would be different had I reached the 4x and 6x limits, but thought others might want to know this info.

  32. Abby says:

    Okay I think I have been couponing at Target incorrectly… so it’s Target store coupon first, then Cartwheel, then manufacturer coupons? I’ve been doing MFC, TGT then cartwheel…..

  33. Kerry says:

    Hi Abby many stores MAKE you hand CW last- cartwheel will deduct the same no matter the order you and it in anyway. for me I always hand my TQ first, then MQ then CW

  34. Traci says:

    I have the same question as Liz… how do you unlock the “star” badge? The clue confuses me. TIA!

  35. Traci says:

    Nevermind previous comment, I figured it out after a Swagbucks search. To anyone else wanting to know, at the home page, click on one of the “collections” (such as the Simply Balanced items) and select a product to add to your cartwheel. HTH!

  36. Leslie says:

    I am going to use cartwheel for the 1st time tomorrow. If I want to use a specific deal 4x’s in one transaction (Charmin 50% discount) do I need to add it to my cartwheel 4 times or is it automatically applied to all 4 items? Thanks everyone!

  37. Leslie says:

    I meant to say 5% not 50% (If only it was 50%)

  38. Nini says:

    For the first time, my “Total Saved” did not update after using several offers this morning. I did receive the actual discounts. Has this ever happened to anyone and is there a way to manually add them with your receipt number like you can at Walgreens? I saved quite a bit which will help in getting me to that next badge. Thanks!

  39. Scovey2000 says:

    Question in regards to using Cartwheel for same items in transaction (up to 4x, I think): If I buy 4 of the same item that is a Cartwheel deal, (50% off cereal), I can get 4 boxes of cereal and only scan the Cartwheel app once and it will take the discount off all 4 boxes? And the discount is applied after Target coupons are deducted but before manufacture coupons?

  40. Kerry says:

    Hi Scovey you are correct. But keep in mind while most cartwheels will apply 4x when scanned- some have limits. for example the cereal 50% you mention has a limit of 2.hth

  41. connie says:

    Has anyone noticed that there has been a change with Cartwheel scanning at the register? They used to have to scan it last, but they said the system has been updated, and they can scan any time.
    I noticed that now the discount is very random. On one it takes retail, on another order it takes after TG coupons.
    So now it DOES matter when you have them scan. Anyone else??

  42. Tameka says:

    Yes Connie, I just used Cartwheel twice tonight and I noticed that it is now being taken off AFTER TQ. Cartwheel used to be the first deduction (even though it is scanned last). I have not noticed it being random though.

  43. Duyen Nguyen says:

    Hi does anyone know, if I can go back and get my cartwheel discount? I went to the store last minute today around 5pm husband texted asking for some medication. Had great coupons for Zyrtec and mucinex ($6 & $4) plus I also found great cartwheel (20% & 10%) but I was caught up in seeing my fav cashier I didn’t scan my cartwheel! :( and I didn’t notice until just now.

  44. Kerry says:

    you can give it a try Duyen- just bring your receipt up to GS and ask- certainly can’t hurt.

  45. mely mich says:

    Help! So I have 14 coupons added to my cartwheel. When I pay, the cashier only needs to scan that one barcode on top and it gets all 10 coupons:)?

  46. mely mich says:

    Oops not 10 *14

  47. Duyen Nguyen says:

    Follow up from 6/11….only cartwheel same day immediately after transaction has gone through….any longer time delay is not possible…but also still at discretion of the manager.

    Question: does anyone know how I unlock the racing saver? Clue: get great deals from racing’s brightest star at Kyle Larson’s pit stop.

  48. Duyen Nguyen says:

    @mely mich….yes that is how it works, just add what you want to save on, and scan cartwheel once and all deductions will be taken off. :)

  49. Casey says:

    So just to clarify: cartwheel only works with in store purchases, right? We just moved to Italy and I want to order on, but can’t figure out if or how to connect cartwheel to my order. Thanks!

  50. Kerry says:

    Casey – at this time Cartwheel is in-store only, hth!

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