Why I love The One Spot at Target

A couple of months back I spotted an article that was pretty much dissing The One Spot at Target. It was like a knife through my little heart for lack of a better phrase. I love The One Spot. It is a wonderful spot in Target that is strategically placed in front of a set of doors to welcome you when you walk in with its cute merchandise and low prices. Sometimes when the Gods shine down you can spot an extra savings on your Cartwheel app and save even more! Most items are of course $1.00 but there are also items for $3.00 and $5.00.

In the article I spotted things like “Filled with items you don’t really need.” or “Cheaply made products.” Oh my! I couldn’t disagree more. I have purchased many things that I need and they are definitely not cheaply made. I have always made it clear that I am obsessed in love with Target but The One Spot is my absolute fave!

From time to time I have some little’s that join our craziness when they have off from school. I always hit up The One Spot before they come because they have tons of cute craft items and inexpensive coloring books. For example around Christmas time I purchased foam trees and ornaments to decorate with cute foam stickers. The little’s loved them and so did I!  When I made that wonderful trip I also picked up some nice bags to put Christmas presents in. No ladies and gents they were not your typical Christmas bags. They were Frozen and Transformers reusable bags; cool, cute and functional. Needless to say our gifts were a hit! On a recent Target trip I picked up some awesome Leap Frog flashcards and learning books for Avery. Some of them are for future use and some for now. I have found countless other awesome items at The One Spot that I still use today 🙂

I can honestly say that none of the items I have purchased are cheaply made and trust me I needed all of them 🙂 Since my little heart was crushed when I saw that article I knew I had to do something. That is where this post comes from. Not that I am retaliating I just felt that the general public deserved to know how wonderful The One Spot is 🙂

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I need my purse!!!!

Today marked the end of the shopping season for me; stepson’s Birthday is next week and we hadn’t gotten him anything so one of us had to go. Well that is until I had the bright idea that we should go together. We don’t shop well together and it slips my mind since we don’t do it often. Once we got in the car it all came flooding back. I thought it would be nice to get a babysitter since we hadn’t had one since October and that was only for a couple of hours. So I called bestie and asked if her step-daughter was available. She was not; but besite offered to do the job. We promptly delivered Avery before she could change her mind.

Husband had informed me that he knew what he wanted to get step-son so I figured it would be an easy day. I always feel bad since his Birthday is right after Christmas so I thought I would pick up a couple smaller items to go with his big gift. Since we live in a smaller town we had to travel 40 minutes to get the gifts. If you live in a smaller town you probably think the same way that I do; that is you might as well get the things that you use/need that you can’t get in the town you live in. I really didn’t think that stopping at Target and Younkers would be that tall of an order but I was wrong. For some reason every time I go shopping it seems like I see these couples that are having a wonderful time shopping together. You know them; the ones that are picking out clothes for their kids and holding them up going “That’s so cute!” “Let’s get that one!!” Yeah that’s not us. If it’s dinner and a movie we do good. Throw in a pit-stop at Target or a mall it’s over. Don’t even mention Wal-Mart. We both don’t handle Wal-Mart very well. Anyway, we had an alright lunch and then headed to Younkers. I like to stop there and comb the clearance racks and if I do my algebra homework correctly I can use one of their coupons. (I’ll explain later in another post) I figured I could pick up some stuff for step-son and we had Avery’s boyfriend to shop for cause his party is on Saturday. Younkers was okay until I wanted to look at a purse. If you know me you know I love a good purse; especially when they are on sale. I guess purse hunting wasn’t on the agenda today or so I figured from some looks I received. So off to Target we went. Today was especially exciting for me because on my Cartwheel app sat an offer for an additional 15% off of clearance baby and toddler clothes. Since one of my best friends is having a sweet bundle soon and Avery can always use clothes the hunt was on! I really did end up with some screamin’ deals! Anyway after my exciting clothes hunting it was on to wipes, diapers and stuff like that. I was still on my savings high when I ran into husband. He had decided to go and get some things he needed and I must have not been paying attention because all of a sudden he was gone. With my cart and purse. You want to put the fear of God into a woman take her purse and cart full of clearance stuff. At first I was thinking I had heartburn from the French Onion Soup but soon I figured out I was having a panic attack. My purse is my life and I never realized it until it was taken from me. All my coupons, iPod, phone and countless other things that I think I need. I was running around like a mad woman looking for husband. In what felt like hours I spotted him cruising along. I ran up to the cart almost taking out two ladies on my way. I am sure they understood when they heard our conversation. I don’t remember the exact words but I think it went a little something like this “You took the cart?!” “What were you thinking?” “My purse is in here!!”  Husband looked at me like I was a nutball. Usually when we do any shopping together I am more than happy do excuse him to his own deeds so I can browse and enjoy my day. I am sure he was very surprised and confused that I was upset.

What I took away from today is that if your husband says that he will go to the store and purchase something by himself smile and wave goodbye. My purse and it’s contents mean to much to me to risk their lives. Yes, my purses are people and they have their own place in my closet hanging next to my clothes. Don’t judge; I have meticulously picked out each beautiful purse and they all have a special place in my heart and closet. To the two ladies at Target I sincerely apologize but I am sure you would have had the same reaction. To the awesome people that read this let me know. Are you part of a couple that shops well together or should one of you just stay home?

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There she is safe and sound 🙂 Yes, my purses are girls. Aren’t yours?

On a BUDGET

I love staying at home with my daughter but it does come with some financial hardship. Like this morning I had a full-out panic attack when I was balancing the checkbook. It is hard when you have big events coming up like Birthday’s, Christmas etc. Tis’ the season of blowing all of your money 😉 I have never claimed to be a math whiz but I have learned some strategies to make those dollars stretch until they break 🙂 The first tip I learned was to use those coupons! Now I am not an extreme coupon-er, I only use coupons for things that we use or need. At Target for example they have this wonderful app called Cartwheel. My advice to you USE IT and use it often. You can combine your Cartwheel with one manufacturer’s coupon and one Target coupon per item. For example I have my allergy med on my Cartwheel and I have a Target coupon for it as well. Sometimes when the Gods look down upon us items that are in Target’s ad are also in Cartwheel. Than the saving gets crazy 😉 Another awesome savings to us is the grocery store we go to. The store we use gives what they call “pump perks” So some items that are on sale also give you savings on gas. Your perks are good for one month so you can save them and get a huge savings at the pump! If you are lucky enough to have a grocery store like this in your area you are truly blessed 😉 Now another tip is those coupons they call “piggybacks” they print out at the register when you check out. Always pay attention to those I have found some great deals with them. One more tip is to stock up! On things you use, not on 100 razors that will sit in your closet for the next ten years. For example I go through a lot of cream soups.(My husband nicknamed me the casserole queen.) It is so nice when you go into your cupboard and one of those things you use everyday is there and you have lots of it. So by now you are probably picturing me in a dark room clipping coupons, my hair a mess and with stains all over my clothes. But that’s really not me. It does take a little work but it’s not like I have a binder that I pull out at the checkout. Usually I sift through my coupons before I go to the store and I go through the Cartwheel app when Avery is taking a nap. Always look through the clearance racks. I have found some great, name-brand clothes in those racks. If you go to the end of almost any aisle at any store they usually have items on clearance or on sale. Go through them, look at them but don’t get into a pushing or shouting match. I almost had a confrontation in the Lego aisle a couple of years ago with a very mean lady while trying to get the last box of Sponge Bob Lego’s for my step-son. I am happy to report I did get the  Lego’s and he has now outgrown Lego’s so I don’t have to risk my life anymore 🙂

If you are one of the lucky ones that knows months in advance that you might have the chance to stay at home when your baby is born, do yourself a favor and save those pennies! My advice to you is to pay something off. Whether it be a car, school loan, or credit card bill. Whatever you have to pay off to get those monthly payments reduced. It is amazing what you can do to a loan when you pay a little extra every month. It will also help you to get used to living on a budget. Maybe you are one of those people who I believe were made in some kind of factory somewhere that are really good at saving money. I give you props 🙂 I have met some of you and I am jealous.

I have tons of other things I try to do to save money. Some work some not so much. It all depends on what works for your family. Sometimes you will have those little angels from Heaven that give you a bag of clothes that their kids outgrew or other items that they don’t use anymore. Thank them maybe even bake them some cookies.

If you are able to stay at home I wish you luck:) It is wonderful to stay home but it does come with some stress. If you do chose to work or have to work you are awesome! I did it and it is hard.

I am no expert at this or really anything in life but I have learned some hard lessons in the financial department and other life departments so if I can help anyone I am glad to do it 🙂

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Piggyback coupon
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Digging through the clearance rack paid off!!