You've heard that joke about how you can't go into Target
without spending a minimum of $100, right?
Except we all know it's not really a joke.
You dash in to buy diapers and emerge in a daze carrying a
new pair of shoes, two boxes of cereal, a cute serving dish and some clearance
Fourth of July decorations. You probably didn't even remember the diapers.
If your wallet is begging you to rein in your Target
spending, here are some tricks:
They'll beg to stop in the toy section or spot a pair
of Elsa shoes they HAVE TO HAVE. You'll probably end up buying something they
tossed in the cart when you weren't looking, and then you'll also buy a slushy
or bag of popcorn at the food court either on your way in or out.
4. Don't go by yourself, either
You'll feel like you can stroll down
every aisle because this is precious child-free time and you need to make the
most of it. How many organizational bins or picnic supplies do you actually need again?
Don't shop hungry ... or if you have a pulse.
those glowing orange stickers
Those radioactive little stickers are like
homing beacons. Most of the time, they're: 1) something you never would
have bought if it wasn't sporting that orange sticker, 2) marked down all of
a buck or 3) both. But you can't help the siren call of that clearance tag, can
you? (I can't either.) I mean, you're
saving money RIGHT NOW.
6. Don't be
tricked by the Target cart
Have you noticed Target has replaced most of
their carts with these big, beautiful plastic carts? They're so easy to push
and they hold so much stuff—like your
entire paycheck. Grab a
basket (or better yet, just hold your purchases in your arms) so you can't
accidentally pick up a floor lamp, a baby bathtub and a movie that
came out in 2002.
download that Cartwheel app
It seems so harmless when you're scanning items and find out that you can save an extra 20 percent on something you were
already going to buy. But then you're innocently doing your laundry at home and
an alert pops up telling you about special items on sale, and suddenly you're in
the car driving toward Target and ... how did this happen?
8. Think of the $1
Spot as "All Your Dollars Spot"
It's pretty incredible that
before you even walk 10 feet into the store, you've already plopped $11
of things you didn't actually need into your cart. This place is designed by
Or when you're tired of all the clothing in your closet. Or
when your house is a mess and is in desperate need of some organizational bins.
Or when a holiday is coming and you have nothing festive in your house. Or if
you have a pulse. It's just too dangerous.
How do you resist the lure of Target? And more
importantly, do you even want to?