Target is my first love when it comes to all things shopping. I know some people prefer Walmart, but I am a red zone consumer all of the way. Target has so many great deals, especially via their Cartwheel App, mobile coupons, and RedCard.
The Cartwheel App allows me to scan a product’s barcode directly from my smart phone and see if any discounts are happening. I have heard other people say that this is tedious, but my daughters think of it as a game and will contently scan all of my merchandise for me while I peruse the shelves and focus on our family’s never-ending shopping list. I usually also have time to scan stuff from my cart, on my own, while in the check-out lane if it is necessary.
Besides the Cartwheel App, the Target store in my area does a good job of posting signs in the aisles, with numbers or words you can text in order to get instant savings. I cash in on these deals often.
I don’t like retail store credit cards, and so far my only exception has been for the RedCard at Target. If any other store mentions the benefits of their credit card to me at check-out, I cringe. It is just one of those things I find so irritating. When kids are in tow and I am running late, I really don’t want to hear anything about a store’s rewards program. I mean, read the room people! I gotta get home and feed lunch to my kiddos before they erupt into volcanic tantrums right next to an end cap aisle of toilet paper and bleach.
Shopping trips with the kids are a roll of the dice. Sometimes my children are great and behave well, and sometimes they wreak havoc on my mental state and constantly ask for a snack, toy, drink, or chance to the steer the stroller into a camping tent display. On these occasions I feel stores are lucky I haven’t abandoned my cart mid-aisle and condemned my family to another night of left-overs or last-year’s clothing. So no please don’t ask me, over the cries of the my two-year-old, if I want to sign up for a store’s card program.
However, since I am a frequent Target consumer, I heard the RedCard spiel a lot. On one of my good shopping days,
where my kiddos smiled and said thank you for their free stickers at check-out, I actually listened to the RedCard speech and signed up for one. The card gives me free shipping for on-line orders and I save 5% off every single shopping trip. It can be activated as a credit card or debit card, so it fits into any financial routine that makes sense. I know I don’t need another excuse to shop at Target, but if I can save money while walking down those lovely bright aisles, then I will. Oh, and all purchases with a Redcard have extra return days in case I need to bring back or exchange an item.
Target is my go-to for almost everything, especially clothes for my kiddos. I love character tops for my little ones, and right now my household is in love with all things Marvel Avenger. I even had all three of my kids wear Captain America tops from Target for our family photo session by A-Frame Photography. The shirts come in great colors and styles, and an added bonus for me was that they washed well in the laundry.
When it comes to real fashion advice, I will leave that to professionals like Tanisha, however I have found myself drawn to the Jerry Leigh tops at Target. They are simple, while still being fun. I usually pair mine with leggings, but Tanisha has been trying to talk me into buying some cut-offs, which could maybe work with these shirts…so we will see.
Writing about cut-offs, makes me excited for summer and warmer weather; which always leads me to Target’s area for swimwear. I shop for myself and kids because the fashions they carry are usually spot on for my taste. I like the mix-n-match lines that they offer, especially when I want a bikini for “vacation me”, but need a tankini for “mommy duty” at a pool play-date. My family is also as porcelain as it gets when it comes to skin tone, so I appreciate Target’s variety of youth and women rash guards. They provide excellent protection from the sun, and are also trendy meets adorable.
Be it groceries, toiletries, presents, or clothes,,,basically if you can’t find me anywhere, I am probably at Target. Happy Red Aisle Shopping!
Kelly Riibe has three kids, a husband, a dog, and a mildly curved addiction to Diet Coke. Keeping busy for her involves staying home with her children and also finding work as a freelance writer. She has been published in Nebraska Magazine and co-writes a blog for women, moms, and wives called Family Footnote. Follow her blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.