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Coupon Cutting in the Digital Age

I have many memories of my parents cutting coupons and making shopping lists; my dad is still the master of coupon cutting and shopping sale. I tried doing this, but it never really worked for me.  I’d lose the coupons or try to use expired ones.  The only real exceptions were diaper and formula coupons because we used so many of them!


I’ve used a couple of things in the past few years to save money and thought I’d share them here:

  1. Target Cartwheel: we love Target. I think E could recognize the Target logo long before she could recognize the McDonald’s logo.  I started using Cartwheel in 2013 and have saved a total of $761.66 in the past 4 years!  For the most part, it’s things we would buy anyway (there’s often an extra 5% Market Pantry brand food), so it is definitely worth a download.  I like to stock up on leggings for E when there is a 20% off clothing Cartwheel Coupon.
  2. Target Red Card: this gives you 5% off your total purchase (excluding Target gift cards). If you live in a lower tax state (like Wisconsin and Virginia), it’s just a little less than your tax.  Now, it’s only have of our tax, but it does add up over time.
  3. Ibotta: I downloaded this app almost 2 months ago (April 16).  It’s exactly like having coupons, although they come in the form of rebates.  The money can be transferred to your PayPal or Venmo account, or you can redeem for rebates. There are a wide variety of stores on this app, including Target, Whole Foods, and Joann Fabrics, plus ways to do online shopping. So far, I’ve earned $38.05.  If you’d be interested in trying Ibotta, you can sign up with my affiliate link to get a $10 bonus after you redeem your first rebates (I’ll get a $5 bonus).

It’s not exactly coupon cutting, but every little bit of money saved adds up! It’s amazing to me to see the totals for Cartwheel.

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