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disneyofcourse
03-28-2011, 10:38 AM
I just wanted to announce how earlier this year I made it a goal to not go to Target so often. AND...I'm doing it:rotfl: Let me tell you, its been the best decision ever. Honestly, last year, I would have gone to Target once and sometimes twice a week. Always ending up with things I didn't need! I'd run in to get toilet paper and come out with lotion, a shirt and a wreath:laughing: I looked at my credit card spending for the year. What an eye opening experience. I was spending THOUSANDS of dollars at Target!

Guess how many times I went to Target this month? Ready for it? ZERO! Zero times! I'm estimating my savings at about $400 minimum. Last month I only went about 3 times and spent under $100... Month before that I also only did a couple trips and spent very little by making a beeline for what I needed and leaving. I just buy my basics at Walmart now. Paper Products, drinks, medicine cabinet needs are all bought at Walmart because I've figured out I dislike spending time in there so much that I just grab what I need and leave. So for anyone who likes saving money..Just find the store you least like to shop in and shop there. :laughing: It doesn't matter if the TP cost $2.00 more because you'll end up saving $40-$100 by not buying something else.

Gr8t Fan
03-28-2011, 10:52 AM
That's great! I was the same way and had to force myself not to go PERIOD. I would always find *something* I just had to have.

In fact, my DH does all the shopping now (groceries and otherwise), and I can trust him to go to the store, get what we need and get out with very few *extra* items. It's really helped our budget.

robinb
03-28-2011, 10:56 AM
Congratulations :cool1:!

I also looked at how much I spent at Target last year and I was pretty shocked. I usually can't make it out of Target for less than $75. I went in for toilet paper and paper towels yesterday and also came out with a tank top and shorts for my DD. It's 22-degrees here today :lmao:.

VAN
03-28-2011, 10:58 AM
Agree, only it is our local Meijer store! Trying to cut back to once a week!!

MrsPete
03-28-2011, 11:00 AM
Makes me think of something that happened years ago:

When we had our second child and I needed to "fix up" the guest room as a nursery for her, I had to clean out the closet -- a closet that had become just a junk pile. I found bags and bags of STUFF I'd bought thinking it'd be a good gift, things that I had in mind for this-or-that purpose, or things I'd bought because they were on clearance. Many of these things had been sitting in bags 3-4 years, and I'd completely forgotten about them. The big problem spots were Target, Party City, and various craft stores, though other stores were represented as well. I found maternity items that I'd never be able to use, bags of candy that should've gone into Christmas stockings years before, etc. I don't know how much it added up to, but it was bad.

Some of the stuff I did end up using, but much of it went to Goodwill.

It was an eye opener to me. I thought of myself as fairly frugal, but obviously I had a problem with impulse purchasing. It stopped that day. I developed a couple systems for keeping up with purchased-ahead-gifts, kids' clothes, and other things. And I don't shop as a hobby like I did in the past.

eliza61
03-28-2011, 11:04 AM
I can never get out of that store with the one thing I go in there for. LOL.

robinb
03-28-2011, 11:11 AM
Makes me think of something that happened years ago:

When we had our second child and I needed to "fix up" the guest room as a nursery for her, I had to clean out the closet -- a closet that had become just a junk pile. I found bags and bags of STUFF I'd bought thinking it'd be a good gift, things that I had in mind for this-or-that purpose, or things I'd bought because they were on clearance. Many of these things had been sitting in bags 3-4 years, and I'd completely forgotten about them. The big problem spots were Target, Party City, and various craft stores, though other stores were represented as well. I found maternity items that I'd never be able to use, bags of candy that should've gone into Christmas stockings years before, etc. I don't know how much it added up to, but it was bad.

Some of the stuff I did end up using, but much of it went to Goodwill.

It was an eye opener to me. I thought of myself as fairly frugal, but obviously I had a problem with impulse purchasing. It stopped that day. I developed a couple systems for keeping up with purchased-ahead-gifts, kids' clothes, and other things. And I don't shop as a hobby like I did in the past.My mom does that. She buys stuff on clearance and by the time she finds the bags of clothes and toys that she's ferreted away for my DD, my DD has outgrown it all! Or she buys crap and stuff that no one needs like the TONS of Cubs themed stuff she bought me for Christmas just because I am a Cubs fan it was on clearance. I do appreciate that she was thinking of me, but don't need all that useless "souvenir" type junk! A little of that type of stuff goes a long way and one or two things mean a lot more than an entire giant bag of crap. I try to tell her that stuff isn't a bargain just because it's on clearance!

leadfootlevi
03-28-2011, 11:12 AM
I just wanted to announce how earlier this year I made it a goal to not go to Target so often. AND...I'm doing it:rotfl: Let me tell you, its been the best decision ever. Honestly, last year, I would have gone to Target once and sometimes twice a week. Always ending up with things I didn't need! I'd run in to get toilet paper and come out with lotion, a shirt and a wreath:laughing: I looked at my credit card spending for the year. What an eye opening experience. I was spending THOUSANDS of dollars at Target!

Guess how many times I went to Target this month? Ready for it? ZERO! Zero times! I'm estimating my savings at about $400 minimum. Last month I only went about 3 times and spent under $100... Month before that I also only did a couple trips and spent very little by making a beeline for what I needed and leaving. I just buy my basics at Walmart now. Paper Products, drinks, medicine cabinet needs are all bought at Walmart because I've figured out I dislike spending time in there so much that I just grab what I need and leave. So for anyone who likes saving money..Just find the store you least like to shop in and shop there. :laughing: It doesn't matter if the TP cost $2.00 more because you'll end up saving $40-$100 by not buying something else.

I've done this too - spent way to much on a "I just need toilet paper" trip and also have cut back on even going to the store. One thing that has helped me with my "addiction" is to still shop the sale ads at Target but take them to Walmart to get the good price. For example, this week I'm going to price match CLIF bars - regular price at Walmart $5.97 (I think). Sale price in Target's ad - $5. Stocking up as DS eats these for breakfast on our busy, trying-to-get-to-the-8-o'clock-church-service mornings.

I also do this with Walgreens ads (they frequently have Dunkin Donuts coffee on sale for $5.99, regular price at Walmart $8.49). It seems I can't get out of that store without a few extra unneeded items.

stewpette
03-28-2011, 11:21 AM
Holy cow - you got me thinking and I went online to my bank account as far back as I could for available history which was 1/28/11 - since then we have spent $774.24 at Target! And no, we don't buy our groceries there or get our prescriptions filled there either. And also, sometimes we pay cash or use our Amex, so that figure is low. OP you have opened my eyes to my Target addiction LOL. I need to go cold turkey!

beccar
03-28-2011, 11:29 AM
I too am a Target addict! I am slowly trying to turn my habit around!:goodvibes

java
03-28-2011, 11:53 AM
Well I walked into mine after not being in there for a long time and they are REDOING The store!
They are opening a SuperWalmart across the street. So Target is adding a Grocery to our store. Fresh fruits and veg.
I hated the new layout. So I actually walked out of it without buying anything! Woohoo! that was a first.

Iluvthemouse
03-28-2011, 12:10 PM
OMG same here.. I havent been in a few months now.

One year I bought tons of clearance clothes for DD.. Packed them away and found them 4 years later.. still with tags, obviously didnt fit... :lmao: I learned at that point.. I am an impulse shopper bad!!!

AmongMadPeople
03-28-2011, 12:50 PM
I've cut back and haven't been for a few weeks, mostly because I'm trying to cut back on gas usage. The best part is not having to battle the "want" every week. I don't buy anything the first time I see it, but if I don't see it at all I don't have to worry all week about whether I really need it, whether I can justify spending the money. This isn't saving me hundreds of dollars by any means, just 20 here and 20 there, but that adds up in the long run!

mhconley
03-28-2011, 01:44 PM
We gave up our Costco membership for the same reason. We'd go to buy the staples, TP, paper towels, ziplocs and trash bags, and leave with $300 worth of stuff we did not need nor intend to buy when we walked in.

That and the price of our annual membership was more than we were "saving" on what we purchased.

We now buy the staples at the local Publix when they're on sale. Saves us $1500-1800 annually.

Martin

PrincessSuzanne
03-28-2011, 01:51 PM
I can't remember the last time I was in Target and I was trying to remember this weekend (I think it was last year). I do have 2 prescriptions I get filled there, but I avoid it b/c I can send DH and all he will get is my prescriptions.

I do have use of the Commissary on Post, which is saving me a ton on the items I was buying at Target and Walmart and I really hate Walmart, anyway. I have been able to take more advantage of coupons I have, b/c the Commissary actually stocks the items I have coupons for and they somtimes have coupons hanging in front of items I was going to buy anyway.

Suzanne

redandblue
03-28-2011, 02:30 PM
I love Target I plan on going tomorrow and buying Tangled BluRay with a $5 coupon and I also want to buy Yogi Bear and Due Date. I am also looking for a small camping table for making smores and one of those large zipper storage bags with the handles I think they are made out of the same material as a plastic tarp, looks like a good a beach bag. I see people with them all the time and I want one.

So I am looking at about $100-$150 and add on the little extras.

disneyofcourse
03-28-2011, 02:39 PM
We gave up our Costco membership for the same reason. We'd go to buy the staples, TP, paper towels, ziplocs and trash bags, and leave with $300 worth of stuff we did not need nor intend to buy when we walked in.

That and the price of our annual membership was more than we were "saving" on what we purchased.

We now buy the staples at the local Publix when they're on sale. Saves us $1500-1800 annually.

Martin


Yup, Gave up my Costco membership about(almost) two years ago. I kept on spending over $200 per trip when all I went in for was a few things. Plus when you really do the math, Costco was actually more expensive than just buying things in smaller packages from other stores. At least for the stuff I bought.

mercydisney
03-28-2011, 02:59 PM
I will only buy my Tangle Movie tommorow!!!! :rolleyes1

swissfamilyrobinson
03-28-2011, 03:00 PM
One thing that helped me with my Target addiction (for either 75% off or 90% off) was watching the "Hoarders" type shows. They usually are shopaholics, and have bags and bags of stuff piled everywhere! Even when it's a good deal, it really adds up over time - both stuffwise and moneywise!!

livndisney
03-28-2011, 03:07 PM
I actually save money at Target. I shop sales and coupons (preferably together), if it is not on the "list" I don't buy it. Just takes a little self control.

I don't buy tp at Target since it is much higher. I usually get paper products "free" from CVS (ecb bucks). I go to Target once every week to two weeks and combine it with a trip to the market. I save a bundle!

briand1023
03-28-2011, 03:39 PM
I like the idea of not going too, saves me money...I alwasy buy things that are deals.

charming23
03-28-2011, 03:46 PM
I have been going to Target more often but spending less. I now only buy what is on my list and try and stay away from the clearance areas, well expect last Saturday but I got the Disney plates and glasses I wanted for 75% off.

I do find that snack foods and paper products are much cheaper there. Plus I love their housebrand for some things and it is usually cheaper than the grocery housebrands. I also have their debit card which saves me an extra 5% and that has been adding up.

disneyofcourse
03-28-2011, 04:43 PM
I will only buy my Tangle Movie tommorow!!!! :rolleyes1

You'll have to report back with an update:upsidedow

powellrj
03-28-2011, 05:15 PM
I gave up my Target addiction a few years ago. I was there so often the employees knew me. I had Target shopping buddies, ladies I had met shopping the after the holiday sales and I would see them every season. Looking back, it was really almost pathetic. I would hit Target 2 or 3 days a week on my way to work. I travel for my job and if there was a really good buy, I may hit 4 or 5 different targets in a week. One 75% after christmas sale I hit 9 yes 9 targets in one day.

I really had to go cold turkey and may go to Target now once every 2 or 3 months. It was almost a high, finding all the great bargains of things I really didn't need. I had totes stacked 5 and 6 high in our bedroom. I have to say I do miss it sometimes, but I have saved a small fortune not buying all those great buys.

mrslur
03-28-2011, 05:16 PM
I'm not a Target shopper. At all. But, Costco is right next door to Target. I only buy what's on my list and then usually with a Costco coupon. I also only go once every 4-6 weeks. DH is NOT allowed in the store. There are certain things there i.e. contact solution that are a significant savings for us so the membership fee is more than covered.

Disneychix
03-28-2011, 05:20 PM
I am having the opposite experience. I did quit Target shopping for the last 6 months while I was pregnant but now I find myself there 3x per week! Ugh! It hasn't been less than $60 per trip either!
I need to cut back but with the new baby and the changing of the seasons it means new clothes for everyone and diapers and soon it will be 'spring' cleaning supplies and stuff for the yard!

Jen_in_NH
03-28-2011, 05:25 PM
I've been trying to go only once every other month. I never went a ton, but then I started reading the Target savings threads, and ended up stopping in when I was in town. I was buying so much useless stuff.

We've really tried to limit ourselves to one trip into town per week. The local gas station has the cheapest milk around, and we started making bread again, so there shouldn't be anything we're desperately short of in a week.

minniefan65
03-28-2011, 05:31 PM
My problem with Target is that I work there. I see all of these really good deals going past and I just have to go find them on my lunch break. I now know which days our store marks down which departments so even when I'm not working I stop in on those days for clearance shopping. I think I need a twelve step program.

usnuzuloose
03-28-2011, 07:31 PM
The last time I went to target was about months ago and I got dog food because I had a coupon and I got a dollar gift card. That was the last time. I go into walmart maybe every weeks for some grocerys that I can not find at safeway. I havent spent money on anything but our reg bills. Wow that really felt good to say that I havent spent money on anything I did not need.

QVCshopper
03-28-2011, 07:44 PM
I like Target and I enjoy shopping there. But, I don't go crazy. I do hit up their 75% off toy sale and holiday sales and get some good deals. I can't say I hardly ever spend too much; we did just have a $75 order because I got a free gift card when I spent that much and we needed a lot of kitty supplies and snack food anyway. That's probably one of my higher bills there.

It's a nice place to shop when you have little kids. But, you do have to show restraint. When I felt like I was going too much, I also went cold turkey. Now, after doing the no-buy thread for so long, I can trust myself and usually just pick up the essentials. But, I see no point in passing up a good bargain if I will use it up within a short amount of time. For example, I got my kid’s party invites and goody bag stuff months before their parties at 75% off. We have since had both of their parties and used it all up, saving me a lot of money. Plus, the 75% off toys go a long way in kid birthday land.

Like all good things, moderation is key. I just got tired of storing stuff; my new motto is use it up! For what it's worth, I'm finding a lot of stuff is actually cheaper at Wegmans. Who knew?

mercydisney
03-28-2011, 07:58 PM
:QUOTE=disneyofcourse;40502961]You'll have to report back with an update:upsidedow[/QUOTE]

:littleangel:

marcemc
03-28-2011, 08:21 PM
Just like most of you I can totally relate to this post.

My local Target opened a produce section yesterday so I'm very curious about how it looks like now & what they are offering. It will be hard to try not to go this week............must not go, must not go.....

lesabrowning
03-28-2011, 08:41 PM
I do most of my shopping online but for the basics I do it all at Target and Costco. The bills are always high, but with a large family (a total of 8 kids, 3 now in college) I think we save a lot of money. I really think that no matter where you shop the key is to stick to what you need. Impulse shopping is the problem, not the actual store : )

PrincessBelle09
03-29-2011, 01:15 AM
Wow, I really should pledge to cut down my Target trips. I always go in for one or two items and come out with five or more.

smiller
03-29-2011, 01:15 AM
Good for you! It's so encouraging to find ways to save money. :goodvibes

I'm lucky that the Target is a little off my usual path, I have no Wal-Mart nearby, and I really don't have any reason to go to Jewel (Albertson's) more than once a year. I never go to Meijer, and I don't have a Costco membership.

But, impulse buying can rear its ugly head anywhere - especially for me at Trader Joe's. :rolleyes1 Or some of the fantastic local, organic grocery stores I have close to me. :love:

I make my list and allow myself one extra item - especially if I'm at a local-products store, I can feel a little better that my impulse purchase is supporting a local farmer or producer. :thumbsup2

Disney Cat
03-29-2011, 05:03 AM
OMG!!! I have the same Target addiction! LOL.

I have to go every week for groceries and pet food. My local grocery store (Vons) was getting so expensive, Target is much cheaper. I make a list and adhere to it. I have a cooler in my car and purchase milk, eggs, etc. at Target and they last until I return home.

I don't go near the clothes, electronics or housewares.

However, now that I have read this thread, I am going to be extra careful not to spend money on extras at Target and review my receipts painstakingly each week.

Who knew that the DisBoards would also contain a 'Target Anonymous' support group! :grouphug:


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SandiKB
03-29-2011, 05:48 AM
Hi, my name is Sandi, and I'm a Target addict too :rolleyes1 I usually can't get out of there for under $100 and I'm usually in there to get diapers and snack items. I havent been in two weeks :scared1: but the last time I went, I bypassed all the regular stuff and went straight to snacks and diapers, armed with my coupons, and only bought my coupon items. I've now signed up with Amazon Mom so my diapers are cheaper and no longer have to go there for them. I'll probably still coupon match on snack items, but I have to make it a point to go by myself, no friends in tow!

stich1fan
03-29-2011, 07:47 AM
I too love Target and go maybe 3-4 times a week. I always go on weekends and 1-2 times during the week. It is a nice store to browse through and easy with a toddler. I DON'T ALWAYS BUY SOMETHING. I just like to look and get out of the house and with the cold winter the mall or stores are a great way to get out a bit.

But I do have Target will power, not always but as of the 1st of the year we total cut back and limited trips to any store only when we needed things and we only bought those things. So after months of doing this I now have the will power to just buy what is needed or just look and move on.

mercydisney
03-29-2011, 07:40 PM
For all those who are wondering. I had to go to 2 stores to buy the movie. I ended up buying more at the 2nd stop.:confused3

robinb
03-29-2011, 07:52 PM
For all those who are wondering. I had to go to 2 stores to buy the movie. I ended up buying more at the 2nd stop.:confused3It was sold out at the first one?

Buckeye Princess
03-29-2011, 07:57 PM
They are so good at what they do. I too always find myself picking up extras. I don't want to not go though because they have some food items that I love. (Good cheap boxed wine!!!) So now I go in with my list and am not allowed to get anything not on the list. If I see something else I want I add it to the end of my list. If I still think we need it by the next trip and it is still there then I get it.

sdoll
03-29-2011, 08:53 PM
My husband and I were both managers for Target for 7 years. They paid great and had good benefits. but we could have taken $10,000 pay cuts each and I think we would have been money ahead. If you like shopping there imagine working there. I would see a guest with some great clearance item and get all excited and go seek it out for myself. I knew when everything was going on clearance. I now work at Bass Pro Shops and I don't hunt or fish and save a ton of money. I miss some of the good deals but I am saving a fortune.

crisi
03-29-2011, 10:36 PM
DH is NOT allowed in the store.

I shouldn't allow my DH in any store, and I need to sever his internet connection.

I can spend, but I can be frugal when I want/need to.

He's a spender.

neatokimmo
03-30-2011, 01:53 AM
Target is our reward when we are good in this house lol Popcorn & coke for $1.64 then we stroll every isle.

But I had to wean the little one from it. Now if I need 1 or 2 things, I pay more and get it at Family Dollar. Their clothes, toys, etc are all crap but I can pick up milk and tp there for just a few cents extra. No temptations.

Dorisk3
03-30-2011, 11:23 AM
I totally agree with avoiding Target to save money. When you go in as entertainment, you leave with so many uneccessary purchases. What really was an eye opener for me was going in the morning one day and seeing all these moms just wandering with vacant eyes , carts loaded with stuff . I thought about how many times I was like that, and now I only go when I need something specific.

Where'sPiglet?
03-30-2011, 12:14 PM
I have spent $0 at Walmart in 2011 and I have made only one trip to Target in 2011, and I pretty much stuck to my list on that trip.

I do most of my shopping online but for the basics I do it all at Target and Costco. The bills are always high, but with a large family (a total of 8 kids, 3 now in college) I think we save a lot of money. I really think that no matter where you shop the key is to stick to what you need. Impulse shopping is the problem, not the actual store : )

I agree with the part I bolded. I also agree that for you, Costco likely does save you money for a family that large.

Target is our reward when we are good in this house lol Popcorn & coke for $1.64 then we stroll every isle.

But I had to wean the little one from it. Now if I need 1 or 2 things, I pay more and get it at Family Dollar. Their clothes, toys, etc are all crap but I can pick up milk and tp there for just a few cents extra. No temptations.

I also stop in at Family Dollar for the things I was going to Target for. One, it's closer; and two, I'm not really interested in most of their merchandise. I generally go to Target to pick up cleaning supplies.

disneyofcourse
03-30-2011, 12:28 PM
My husband and I were both managers for Target for 7 years. They paid great and had good benefits. but we could have taken $10,000 pay cuts each and I think we would have been money ahead. If you like shopping there imagine working there. I would see a guest with some great clearance item and get all excited and go seek it out for myself. I knew when everything was going on clearance. I now work at Bass Pro Shops and I don't hunt or fish and save a ton of money. I miss some of the good deals but I am saving a fortune.

Its good to hear of a workplace that was actually a good experience and paid well!


For me is all the cute seasonal stuff that gets me in the shopping mood at Target.

disneyofcourse
03-30-2011, 12:36 PM
I totally agree with avoiding Target to save money. When you go in as entertainment, you leave with so many uneccessary purchases. What really was an eye opener for me was going in the morning one day and seeing all these moms just wandering with vacant eyes , carts loaded with stuff . I thought about how many times I was like that, and now I only go when I need something specific.

This is exactly how my Target is! Loads of mom's with young children in tow and carts just full to the brim with stuff. I think my worst spending streak at Target was when I bought my first home a couple years ago. I was a young college aged person and was really getting decent paychecks where I had so much spending money left over. With Target having SO much neat looking stuff I just couldn't ever resist. I think all of my Kitchen (The adorable gadgets always got me), dining room, bathroom and a lot of the stuff in my bedroom came from Target. I do have to say I didn't ever go over board and buy something is each available color:rotfl: Thank goodness....

mercydisney
03-30-2011, 12:37 PM
It was sold out at the first one?

Yes they were! I was so upset because if I would of stuck to my plan I would not have bought what I did.
Not that it's Targets fault. I have no will power.