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Family Finance: Cartwheel for savings

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Who doesn't love to save money?

A new app called, Cartwheel, is helping shoppers like Amy Branch save money on items for her family that she was planning on buying anyway.

"It's basically the weekly ad for Target on your phone," said Branch. "You click on whatever you are buying and if they have a coupon for it, you drag it to your cartwheel, then they scan your phone at the register when you check out and you get all the savings."

It literally takes about five seconds longer to put something in your cart then normal. If you don't pre-shop before you get to the store and go through the thousands of items and pick your discounts, then all you need to do is scan the items you are purchasing with the app as you are putting them into your cart.

The app will tell you if there is a deal available for that item or not. If there is a deal, you can add it to your app right away and keep shopping, scanning your next product as you go.

"Every time I shop there, which is often, I always get some type of savings, even if it is 5%," said Branch.

Which is a huge help, especially when Branch is trying to keep up with her toddler.

"He goes through 6-to-7 diapers a day, which adds up, and you have to buy them until they are potty trained," said Branch.

So why is this one of the trending apps?

"The more I can save, the more I am going to buy," said Branch.

Branch said it's all about convenience, especially being a busy mom.

"I always have my phone and shop at Target, because of the Cartwheel app. If stores all transitioned to that, I would shop more stores based on their sales," she said.

The best part? The items with discounts change often. You can also link the app with social media so you can see what your friends are saving money on.

The app is completely free to download, free and very easy to use.

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