October 18, 2015
Let’s face it. We all have a miniature, if not large, obsession with the store that we have all come to love: Target. With its cute clothes and killer savings, there’s no doubt that shopping at Target is everybody’s guilty pleasure. I have been known to make two or three Target trips per week, usually just for the sake of it, but sometimes because I make it a point to actually search through all of the weekly hidden gems that Target has to offer. Here are some reasons why Target will forever and always get the best of me.
1. The clothes are too cute to pass up.
I can’t just not walk by. If you shop right, the clothing gets marked down not too long after it’s been put out, but I’m too impatient; I have to get it right then and there. In fact, Target even has a mark-down schedule for all of their products. That’s where all of my money goes. Sometimes, I like to justify my choices with the idea that Merona or Mossimo clothing is 10 percent off on Cartwheel. At least it’s some type of discount, right?
2. The dollar spot welcomes you when you walk into every Target store.
This section is specifically addicting when a holiday is coming. Just kidding, it’s always addicting. Cute and simple decorations and pencils for cheap are my thing, and you bet that I will probably buy them all. All of the items in this section are usually no more than $3, so there’s no way you can feel guilty or bad about yourself when buying a few decorations or items that will probably actually never be used, because why not? The dollar spot practically yells “FREE!”
3. There’s always a clearance section of kitchen items.
I know this, because I’ve spent my fair share of time in Targets across New England, and it’s always there. It’s most certainly a go-to when I’m spending an afternoon indulging in my Target obsession. Those red marked-down price stickers are everything!
4. My mom shares the same obsession as me.
Actually, I get my Target obsession from her. We are all set to go to Target for hours without even trying to get each other to leave. It’s just that fun. Thanks for teaching me your Target ways, mom!
5. The holiday decorations are always out months before they really need to be.
Why not buy Christmas decorations in October? We can skip right over Halloween. I don’t mind.
6. Target has the BEST shoe game.
Somehow, Target always has knock-off Converses or Keds (and they’re still cute), so I end up with them all. They are always a decent price, and there are usually plenty of shoe sales on Cartwheel. Plus, they keep up-to-date with their flats game. What’s not to like?
7. Happy back-to-school time from Target!
I’ve had my first day of college three times now, but I still find the time to find new blankets, lamps, plastic bins, and picture frames that I know I don’t need. That’s why Target is my best friend. They always have a special theme and colors for back-to-school bedding and storage, which makes it so exciting to go shopping. All of these items can be found in Target’s lookbook, which is typically sent out in the mail every summer. Even the notebooks are pretty, so I get my back-to-school to-do list done in June.
8. Target always seems to put me in a baking mood.
I always want to bake, but something about shopping in Target always makes me want to bake everything. It’s where I end up buying more sprinkles, pink frosting, and the holiday-themed funfetti cupcake mix, so maybe that has something to do with it. Either way, I’m okay with it.
9. It seems like I always take a stroll through the beauty aisles, just because.
Then I end up with face soap, nail polish, and ChapStick that I want but don’t need.
10. The gift-wrapping aisle is a necessity.
Especially when you actually have to buy wrapping paper or gift bags for a present. They have gift bags in every single color and size. What more could you ask for?
11. What better way to begin or end a shopping trip to Target?
The answer? With a Starbucks drink in hand. Plus, Starbucks even has wicked cool cup holders made specifically just for your Target cart. How convenient!
12. Target REDcards save me money.
I have a Target REDcard, which means I get 5 percent off all of my purchases at Target. This means I’m always saving money, even when I feel guilty about buying that sweater. Its so easy to sign up for too.
13. Target promises to make sure you always get the best deal.
I’ve personally never tried it, because there’s too much I love at Target to wait and “buy it later,” but their website confidently boasts about their “Price Match Guarantee.” Of course, this only goes for qualifying items and websites, but still, how awesome is that?
14. Every Target store in every location looks exactly the same.
And that is a total win. Every time I go into a different Target store, I still know exactly where everything is. The holiday aisles are tucked in the back corner, the women’s clothing is nestled right next to the front entrance, and the home decoration aisles are always sandwiched in the middle. Target knows how to keep a person organized, and you have to love it just for that very reason.
15. Target keeps me out of Wal-Mart (which I’m very thankful for).
I can’t help but seem to notice that all Wal-Marts are the same, just as all Targets are the same. Wal-Mart has disorganized parking lots with crazy and awful drivers, unhappy customers, and is generally far too busy for you to navigate a shopping cart. Target is different. The parking lots are better designed, the customers always seem to think they are on vacation while shopping, and the aisles are wider, so you are able to successfully navigate a shopping cart without running someone over. Target makes life easy.