Digitwirl: Get your loyalty cards out of your wallet and into your Smartphone

I love getting discounts and free stuff, but I’m a real minimalist when it comes to what I’m willing to carry around in my purse or wallet. Of late, I’ve found myself saying no whenever a clerk asks me if I’d like to join a store’s loyalty club; mainly because I don’t want to deal with the dumb card! Carley’s found a great app that may have me answering differently — and saving some money — the next time I’m at Barnes & Noble!

From the pet store to the bookstore, everyone seems to have loyalty cards these days. They’re great. They get you discounts and exclusive deals, which may be why your wallet is jammed full of them. Or, you may be the type who hates carrying them all around with you, but inevitably the one you need is stashed in a drawer at home.

Cardstar (www.mycardstar.com) is a simple but brilliant app that puts all your loyalty cards in the palm of your hand (assuming that hand is holding your smartphone). Download it for free to your iPhone, Blackberry or Android and then — using your phone’s camera — just scan the bar codes on the back of your cards. Cardstar reads the barcode and stores them where they can be scanned at the checkout counter just like your plastic card. Cardstar will also show you which of your stores is offering special deals and help you score coupons to save you even more money. Boom!

Check out this week’s Twirl and see how easy it is to ditch the plastic and hold on to more paper—you know, the kind with dead presidents on it.

Digitwirl is the weekly web show that offers simple solutions to modern day problems.  In 3-minutes, Digitwirl brings busy women the very best time, money, and sanity-saving technology, and then teaches them how to use it, step-by-step.  Digitwirl was created by technology lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch, who uses lots of technology to manage her busy life as mom of two and entrepreneur.  Subscribe to get weekly show alerts and exclusive deals at Digitwirl.com, or follow Digitwirl on Twitter at @digitwirl