GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- September is National Coupon Month. For those who want the savings, but don't want to clip and file paper coupons, you're in luck. Carrie Rocha of PocketYourDollars.com shares three digital ways shoppers can reduce their grocery bill no coupon cutting involved.
Cartwheel is Target's newest discount program. It's a free app or, for those without a smart phone, a computer-based way to save. Cartwheel savings can be combined with every other available discount including Target printable coupons, Target mobile coupons, manufacturer's coupons and the 5% savings for using your Red Card.
After creating a free account you can browse available offers and add them to your "cart". Offers include fresh produce and meat products, plus other name brand and Target brand products. When you checkout at a Target store, have the cashier scan your cartwheel barcode from your phone or on paper if you've printed it. Any relevant savings from your cart will be applied to your order.
Visit Target's website for more information about Target Cartwheel.
Cub Foods has its own app that can save you money at checkout. After downloading the app, link your my Cub Rewards account number to it. From there you can browse digital coupons and load them on to your my Cub Rewards card. At checkout the cashier will scan your my Cub Rewards card or, if you've established one, enter your cardless ID number. These discounts can be combined with all other available Cub Foods discounts.
Download Cub Foods' free mobile app.
Ibotta is an app that works across retailers and replaces old-fashioned mail-in rebates. You buy a participating product, then take a picture of your receipt as your proof of purchase. Once your purchase is confirmed, then a cash deposit will be made into your Ibotta account. Once your account balance is at least $5, then you can cash it out to Paypal. Stores like Sam's Club, Costco, and Whole Foods participate. Ibotta discounts can be used on top of all other available discounts.
Download free Ibotta app.
Visit PocketYourDollars.com for weekly information about how these apps can be combined with sales and other discounts to maximize your savings.
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