Impossible… I know that’s what you’re thinking. And if this had been six months ago I would have agreed with you.
‘This bitch is crazy;’ is the first thing that comes to my mind as an appropriate response. There just can’t be any possible way to resist Target and all it’s infinite glory. But I believe I’ve cracked the code, beaten the system and freed myself from the chains. I was so tired of innocently walking in with the intention of buying just 1 or 2 items and leaving with a cart full of random items that seemed to magically make their way through the checkout line. It’s like I would experience a retail blackout. Yea…it was bad. (And I KNOW you know what I’m talking about!) Luckily I’ve learned how to resist the temptation of Target and can now make the trip like a boss…here’s how.
I first have to give some mad props to Target for stepping-up their game on all fronts. Designer collaborations in departments across the store that customers are actually excited about. The dollar/$3 spot…crushes it. (which is one of the things I’ve taught myself to resist). Their merchandising efforts, integrating the social media experience in stores with their ‘Pinned on Pinterest’ signs on their most popular items. I could go on, but needless to say we all find ourselves caught with our proverbial pants down in this gem of a store from time to time. (If you are actually caught with your pants down in public I think you should be reading this instead)
Ok, so enough chit-chat…how did I do it?
1. If You Are Easily Influenced By Friends, Start Shopping Solo
I know..sad. But if your bestie is constantly pressuring you into ‘that candle’ or ‘those pillows’…she’s got to go. Whitney…I’m looking at your girlfriend. (Jk, I love you and will always go to Target with you!)
2. Leave The Plastic At Home
I used to believe there was no way to avoid my $10 purchase from turning into a $50-$100 purchase everytime. But alas! It is possible. Only take in the cash you need for the stuff you actually plan on buying.
3. STAY AWAY FROM THE DOLLAR SPOT
Like the plague. I won’t lie…I still ‘eye skim’ it as a I walk by, but I refuse to let myself be fooled by those cutest bits of stationery that I will NEVER use. That $1 washi tape isn’t even sticky and those notepads are made for minions. And most of the stuff is crap. It’s cheaply/poorly made and won’t do anything in your home, but take up space and fill you with regret. (*Let me note: every so often I do find really cute stuff, like the mercury bottle shown below and in these rare circumstances…buy it. But instead of buying 10…I limited myself to only one and I knew I would have a purpose for it.)
4. Avoid Your ‘Problem Aisles’ When Going in For Specific Items
This sounds ridiculous, but it’s one of the best things I did to quit spending so much in this damn store. First you need to identify them. For me it was the home/outdoor decor, candles and kitchen aisles. I could not enter these aisles without becoming victim to those red clearance stickers, pretty new arrivals or Target staples that had been woo-ing me for months. Like…can I just PLEASE have this French Bulldog Cookie Jar already?! (No…because I don’t need a cookie jar, I eat all the dough before I can bake it.) Once you’ve identified, practice staying far, far away. Do whatever you need to, but just resist the temptation. You CAN do it!
The old me would have said, “Ahhhmahgawd, this mug is SO me. I just HAVE to have it! Now Now Now!” The new me says, “Oh that’s funny, but these tumblers are the bane of my existence I’ll lose it or break it in a week. And I don’t even like that font. I’ll just take a picture and move on.” Now that’s what I call willpower.
5. Think Of All The Other Great Stuff That’s Waiting For You At Other Stores
Cheat on my beloved Target?! NEVER. But yes..yes I can and so can you. Sharing is caring people. Stop giving Target your whole paycheck. You’ll just be left with disappointment when you have nothing to show for it. Test yourself and begin setting a Target budget and slowly decrease it month to month. I’m proud to say I’ve only spent $30-50 at Target this month!! High-fives all around.
Now I’ve learned to resist the temptation of shopping in store at Target, I still need to learn how to avoid their website. WTF..they have everything. errrrrthing! These are just some of my favorite things:
|THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE TARGET THINGGGGS |
Have you fallen prey to Target? I want to hear! Leave your comments below. And yes…I bought that inflatable donut about 5 minutes ago. Damn you Target!