June 8, 2008

Miracles Do Happen Even At Target

It was a hot summer day. Nothing out of the ordinary in any way. Realizing that my days are soon to be spent only outside with the kids, I wanted to be sure that they all had the right size bikes and ride-on toys. I needed to add at least one Big Wheel to make sure everyone was happy and there would be no more complaining.

I decided to save time and gas- bypassing Freecycle and yard sales and went straight to Target.

I can remember calling to hubby asking if he needed anything while I was there. It was odd that he said nothing. He always needs something from Target. But off I went, happy to be going to somewhere on my own, to find a Big Wheel.

As I was getting out of my car, I ran over the list in my head of what I needed. Surprisingly, all I needed was the Big Wheel. Nothing else. No soap. No greeting cards. No snacks. So, I'd go straight to the toys and be out in a flash!

I walk in. And head straight to the umbrella display at the front of the store. Ooh I need a new umbrella. But they were ugly patterns and $12.99! The last one I got was cute and only $4.99 at Marshalls. So, I think no- I'm going straight to the Big Wheels. I get a little further through the store until I see the floppy sun hats on sale. I need a large brimmed sun hat. But these might be too small. I move on. To the maternity clothes. Ick. Not loving. And I remember- again- I'm supposed to go Straight.To.The.Big.Wheels.

Almost there. I make it and find one left on the shelf. It's a nice price, too. I put it in my cart and find myself- for the first time ever- not knowing where to go next. It just doesn't feel right... do I just go straight to the checkout? What, no passing the domestics department and seeing what dishes are on sale? No glancing at the clearance items on the end caps?

It feels so strange, but I do it. I go directly to the checkout. I briefly glance at the gum. And the magazines. And take my one item to the cashier. It turns out it's even on sale!

The rush doesn't hit me until I am finally handed the receipt. I didn't think it was possible.

I bought only one thing at Target.



83 comments:

  1. WoW! I don't know if I could do that. Nice!

    Cool Big Wheel!

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  2. I wouldn't have believed it without the proof! ;)

    Very cute picture at the end.

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  3. oh my gosh! you actually provided the proof! hahahaha...that's awesome.

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  4. I've only been in a Target a couple times but I still have no idea how you did that.

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  5. You must have some kind of super powers! I could NEVER do that! I don't know if I would even want to! Congratulations though!!!

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  6. great post. i know exactly what you're talking about. if i don't need stuff, i still find myself walking around as if i have to buy something. and if i can get out the door with only buying one item, it truly is a miracle =)

    congratulations on your nomination.

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  7. I still don't believe it!!! No. Way.

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  8. Wow! I never make it out without spending at least $75!

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  9. ha, I have so been there. That is will power for sure. I usually cave and get the gum or something lol.

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  10. I rarely get to Target and when I do - it's almost always $100. Great job - Miracles Do Happen!

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  11. HA!!! That IS a miracle...wow, not sure I've ever come out of Tarjay "my home away from home" with less than THREE items! You go girl!! :D

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  12. LOL. That IS a miracle!! :-) And he looks so cute riding that big wheel!!

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  13. i don't think i can do that!!!

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  14. You have one happy little Carter.

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  15. gretchen from lifenutJune 09, 2008 4:49 AM

    I didn't think it was possible. Congratulations!

    I ran in the other day, while hubby waited in the car with the kiddos, just to pick up a prescription. It was going to take a minute and a half. Maybe.

    I came out with a shirt, too. That took about 20 extra seconds. Total impulse buying.

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  16. What all us Target addicts can inspire to do! I can't make it past the in-house Starbucks and then the dollar bins!

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  17. I am reading this waiting for this major cheap deal at Target because you know all these sale stories land in your lap. To read you only go one thing at Target....I chuckled!

    Lori

    PS I left Target last Thursday with 4 tees and I was only going for this hose attachment for the kids. HA!

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  18. You are my hero. I have never been able to accomplish this.

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  19. Oh, not even the dollar bins? GREAT job! I'm heading there this morning just for kicks. It keeps raining and AJ and I need something to do.

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  20. wow. that is something to be proud of.

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  21. Wow. I have a problem doing that. I'm always picking extra things up..even if we don't need them. Way to go Steph!

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  22. Good for you, I can't seem to do that no matter how hard I try.

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  23. You are a better woman than me. I don't know if this can or will ever happen in my lifetime. But IF it does, I promise to blog about it too, because it will be a monumental thing!

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  24. I am thoroughly impressed!!!!!!!

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  25. You are a Target Jedi! I bow to your superhuman strength.

    Target is amazing, isn't it? It can suck me in faster than a black hole.

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  26. LOL!! Congrats! I went on the weekend to by an A/C filter. That was ALL. I somehow left with the above, foil, and "The Goonies" on DVD. Hee ;)

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  27. oh its a cute one! i loved bigwheels as a kid. hey im curious do you find that ur boys did better on bigwheels than tricycles? i have a tric for caleb but he wont ride it.. he has trouble figure the wheels out... its a lil big. not a small tric.
    do u think he'd like a big wheel better?

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  28. LOL! I got a Visa Gift card a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited to go to Target with it and check out the clothes and accessories and SHOES!...but I came up empty handed myself...nothing was just right! Shocking, I know.

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  29. Whoot!! I'm proud of you!! That's harder than it sounds...

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  30. I can't say the same. Yesterday, I snuck out on my own to Target. I spent an hour looking at everything I ever wanted to see, but still only got what was on my list...go me! It was a wonderful Target trip!

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  31. LOL How funny is that? So true though...very hard to go into Target or Wal Mart and get only one thing.

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  32. So it is possible?!? I never knew and possibly never will....

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  33. Congratulations! I didn't think it could be done!

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  34. Good for you girl . . . you have will power! I can't say that I can do the same thing! I'm proud of you!
    Aunt Diane

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  35. That's photoshopped, obviously. I know for a fact it's impossible to spend less than a hundred dollars at Target.

    You're a little late on the April Fool's joke, Steph. But nice try. :)

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  36. Amazing! I made two target trips over the weekend and they were over $100 each so I made up for you!!

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  37. Willpower! You go, mama!

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  38. You are a better woman than I. If I go in for one item, I walk out with four, never fail.

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  39. I am very much in love with Target these days. My girls adore the Fancy Nancy book series, and Target just came out with the Fancy Nancy doll that is too cute. And, as luck turns out, I won one online this morning; it will go to my daughter who turns 3 on Father's Day!

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  40. Wow! Matt would love it if I ever went to Target and came out with only one thing. Congrats! :-)

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  41. You were a woman on a mission! :)

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  42. Wow! That is a miracle. I don't think I've ever done that either!

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  43. That IS a miracle. I can't ever get out of there without spending at least a hundred bucks. Soooo proud of you!

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  44. I'm not sure I would have believed it without the proof! :)

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  45. How? How did you do it? I think my lowest total has been three items.

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  46. That is def. an accomplishment! I can walk around Target forever.

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  47. I have never gone in Target and only bought one thing. You go on with your bad self. Hubby must be so proud.

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  48. Gasp! Talk about willpower of steel!! You totally foiled the "master plan" that many top marketing execs at Target conjured up - setting up the store, just so, tempting the senses of every woman that enters! :)

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  49. Utterly amazing! I commend you on this feat!

    Have you received my package yet?

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  50. I have never been into a target. However, we do have a Big Wheel. It is pink.

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  51. Dude I left there yesterday spending less than $100 and I thought *that* was a miracle!

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  52. Wow!! I've never,ever been able to make it out of there without at least 10 items. Good job!

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  53. that is by far the funniest post I've read in a while...

    I went to Target yesterday to return a skirt (oh am I ever too old for the Rogan animal print mini) and managed to not get anything else. Maybe the planets are in some kind of crazy alignment?!

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  54. My temptation is Sam's Club. I tell myself I'm only going to buy diapers, but...

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  55. Hahahahaha! I could NEVER do that! (My Target has a Starbucks in it which makes it even harder to do)

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  56. You are a stronger woman than I! LOL...of course the nearest Target is just over an hour and a half away. The Super Targets are 4 and a half hours away.

    I've tagged ya, btw!!

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  57. Okay, where's the second receipt, Steph?

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  58. With the price of gas you realize that this is no longer going to be practical, right?! I understand the concept, but since we'll have to be busing into the rainy day fund just for gas... might as well make the trip worth it!!

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  59. Girl.... you are way better than me hehe! I bet you made his day with the big wheel though :)

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  60. Shhhhh. Don't tell my husband you did that. He'd leave me for you in a minute.

    I think I'm in awe of you.

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  61. You are so hilarious...and that is sooo true to all of us mamas out here. Target is mostly recreational shopping for me. I go there when I'm bored and just want to look around which leads to buying lots of stuff that is super cute, but that I could live without.

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  62. WOW girl - that's VERY impressive and the big wheel looks well loved already! ;D

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  63. HA!! not.possible. I think you rigged the receipt! ;)

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  64. I just bought ONE pair of pants at Target the other day...I was super impressed with my restraint :)

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  65. I can't believe it!

    I had a similar experience today. I got the half dozen items on my list and then wondered what else I needed. I made an entire circuit of the store, but didn't add anything else to the cart.

    I even got to use the express lane.

    I NEVER get out of there under 100 bucks!

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  66. Holy crap. I am jealous! I never buy just one thing at Target. Just this week one thing resulted in three!

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  67. Since I don't shop at Target...I DO manage to do that at Walmart, pretty regularly....

    Very fun!

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  68. Hi, I'm new here. I came over from the ice cream contest...

    I know what you mean about bypassing freecycle and yard sales. sometimes it's cheaper to just go to the store, both time and moneywise.

    monica

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  69. Oh I totally wouldn't have believed that without the receipt! I'd challenge myself to do the same but Target is over an hour away, so when we go we have to make it count.

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  70. Congrats!! Keep up the good work :-) Fun post!

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  71. Impressive! I think you've inspired us all!

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  72. lol! No way! I couldn't ever do that, ever ever ever! lol

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  73. Love it!! Amazing!! It must have felt really strange to do that.

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  74. Ooo, the dollar bins, they're dangerous!

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