March 2, 2009

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.




Originally posted June 8, 2008

34 comments:

  1. To funny. That would be unheard of with any of my daughters.

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  2. Wow! I really didn't think that was possible! You're my new hero!

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  3. Wow that really is a miracle. Normally Target is a $40 minimum for me.

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  4. That story hits home to all of us! I went in for a pair of pants for my daughter and came out $62 later.

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  5. Too funny! I stopped going to Target for that very reason. I couldn't get out of there for under $100 even if I just went for dish soap, lol!
    Toni

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  6. Too funny! I stopped going to Target for that very reason. I couldn't get out of there for under $100 even if I just went for dish soap, lol!
    Toni

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  7. That is one of the keys to saving money. Never, ever, ever sway from your list!

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  8. Hiarious!! I had a miracle at Target the other day too - I spent $4!! But I think I got two items. . .

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  9. That is some serious dedication to your mission. Excellent work.

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  10. That is amazing. But I'm even MORE amazed at your tax percentage. 7%??? Ours is 9.25. Crazy, huh? Don't move to Tennessee!

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  11. Oh now that is funny!! And I cannot believe you did it. No matter how hard I try I get sucked in when I am in those stores. I would consider it a miracle if I manged to stick with JUST my list. :)

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  12. I go to Target even when I don't need anything and I always end up with at least 100 dollars worth of stuff. How does that happen?

    I'm pretty impressed with you, Missy!

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  13. That is too cute. Glad you reposted this.

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  14. That's too funny!

    We try not to go to Target FOR JUST THAT REASON lol.

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  15. That's awesome! My husband kids that I cannot go into Target and spend less than $100. And it's so true. I might go in for the huge things of Clorox wipes ... and come out with at least $100 of stuff I had to have. I love that store.

    So ... congrats! You have done something I have never done before!

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  16. I remember this blog... and am still amazed! You might want to enter this in the next edition of the Guinness World Book of Records!

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  17. So, I guess I'm the only one picturing Steph standing at the register with a cart full of things saying "Could you ring this Hot Wheel up separately please?" *giggles*

    Good job!

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  18. i did that this morning! except i had my two year old, so getting to the check out was challenging even with only one item. usually i get trapped in target and spend way more than i should. i can relate to the rush you talked about. :) nice job.

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  19. I bet you were mentioned in the Target newsletter the next month. "How could we let this woman escape with only one item?!? Don't let it happen again!"

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  20. Oh, how I love Target. Sadly we don't have any in Canada. Which means on the rare occasion that I find myself inside one I do not even attempt to exercise such restraint.

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  21. I'm sure I probably read this the first time but as I read "maternity clothes" this time I was like, "HUH?"

    And I don't think I've EVER only bought one thing at Tarzhay. Good for you!!

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  22. Definitely worth noting again that you bought just the one item.

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  23. Isn't it funny when that happens???? Though I think it's only been once here... that place puts a spell over me the second I go in there!

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  24. I remember when you originally posted this...it's still funny now :-)

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  25. I kinda feel that way when I leave Whole Foods with only 1 item. It happens so infrequently that I can't even remember a time to share as an example. I mean, it has happened, hasn't it? ;)

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  26. Don't tell my husband about this, ok? I have him trained to believe that it isn't possible, and I don't need you undoing my years of hard work.

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  27. Yay!!! Good for you. That's hard to do. Maybe someday I'll be able to do that and just walk out with the one thing I went in for.

    Aaahhh, it is possible, someday it will be me.

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  28. That is a miracle! I have never been able to do that!!! The little red stickers get me EVERY. TIME.

    Cheers to you!

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  29. I don't think I have ever done that! Amazing!

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  30. I don't think I have ever done that! Amazing!

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  31. You are one strong woman and I speak the truth!

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