A few years ago, Target came out with Cartwheel, which offers discounts and coupons on select products. Cartwheel is what got me into the habit of scanning everything, and I absolutely love it.
More recently, after an update to the app, I noticed that Target was showing the online price of an item whenever I scanned something. Unfortunately, many times that online price was lower than the shelf price. This may not be - and probably isn't - the case in much of the country. But here in expensive Southern California, it happens to me all the time. I finally remembered Target's price match policy, which means they'll match their online price in-store. Even better, once I started price-matching, I discovered that I don't have to go to Guest Services - any cashier can price match at the register.
Here's how it typically goes for me:
The first thing I do when I start shopping inside Target is open the app and click on "Cartwheel offers."
Then I click the search icon at the top right.
Then I click on "Scan a barcode," and scan my way through the store, looking for deals on the items on my shopping list.
On my last trip, I bought clam juice for the clam chowder that's on my menu plan this week. I didn't get a picture of the shelf tag, but it was $2.19. However, when I scanned the barcode, it came up $1.89.
So when I was checking out, after the clam juice was scanned, I showed the cashier my phone and the lower online price. The cashier changed the price for me and I saved an easy $0.90 for a few seconds of time. You can see I actually saved an additional $0.90 by price matching the canned clams, which had a shelf price of $1.89, but were only $1.59 online.
Do you have a favorite way to save money at Target?