This post is sponsored by CurrentC, however all opinions are my own.
Ever go shopping with infants or toddlers? If yes, you know the headaches that can incur after trying to fit kids, diaper bags or purses and merchandise in the cart. It’s not until I get into a store and find myself in that situation that I think, “I have way too much stuff!” Things get worse once I reach the checkout lane. I have to stop and find my coupons, dig in my purse to find my keys for the cashier to scan my loyalty card (I want ALL my points and possible discounts) then get out my wallet to grab some cash or a debit/credit card. Did I forget to say the kids are usually getting loud and restless at this point?
I went shopping at Target recently and had one of the best shopping experiences, ever. No, it wasn’t because I simply love Target and could stay there for hours upon hours going down each and every row and aisle of merchandise. It was because prior to my shopping trip, I downloaded a new app called CurrentC.
CurrentC is a mobile app that can be downloaded for free through the App Store and Google Play. The app allows you to put your payment methods, loyalty cards, and coupons/offers all in one place–your phone. It can be used in stores, restaurants, and even gas stations. It is currently in beta and only available in Columbus, Ohio, however, it will roll out to more regions soon. To find out if the app is available at retailers in your area, open the app, choose locations and participating retailers will be seen on the map.
How to Use The App
It’s simple to use and secure. In fact, immediately after opening the app in your phone, users are prompted to provide the passcode to their CurrentC Wallet. Users then securely add their gift cards, credit accounts, debit accounts, and/or checking accounts to the app, followed by loyalty program numbers. Yes! You can finally get rid of some of those loyalty cards that are weighing down your key chain. The app also allows you to clip coupons and offers from select merchants, which will be used along with all the features above when you checkout.
I first put the app to the test at Target. Cartwheel had a great offer on children’s clothes, so I took advantage of the sale. I walked into the store I had in hand only my phone, keys and ID; everything fit in my pockets. Once it was time to checkout, all I had to do was open the app, type in my passcode, select checkout and shop, and show my secure paycode to the cashier. The second I showed her she was excited and said she loved the app and has used it herself. I was relieved that the associates had already been made aware of this method of payment. Since I connected my Cartwheel to the app prior to shopping, my offer and payment was complete all in one scan. I even got an email after my shopping trip confirming that I had made a purchase.
I visited the drive-thru of Wendy’s to pick up salads for the next day’s lunch–one for me and one for my husband. When I got to the window to pay, I turned on the Bluetooth on my phone, let the cashier know I was using theCurrentC app, then proceeded to checkout and chose my Wendy’s gift card account as my payment option. The cashier initiated the payment, which sent a message on my phone to choose to pay through CurrentC. The transaction seemed to go through and even sent me this receipt via email, however the restaurant’s system received an error message.
CurrentC is brand new and is still being tested. My nearest Wendy’s accept the CurrentC method of payment, however, we had some technical issues that resulted in me using my debit card. Because I had a great experience at Target with CurrentC, I am certain that once the kinks of the new system works out and the Wendy’s store team members get a hang of it, the app will work well and be extremely convenient.
Visit the CurrentC website for participating retailers in your area.
Do you have tons of loyalty cards weighing down your keychain or a wallet full of debit/credit cards for CurrentC to replace?