Set a strict time limit. Target, bless their souls, has strategically set up their store to keep customers shopping for as long as possible. You can easily lose track of time, so decide how much time you have to shop before you step inside, then leave when your time is up. This may sound funny, but I actually tell my boyfriend to call me after, say, 1 or 2 hours to remind me, "Time's up!"
Decide how much you want to spend. Seriously, this sounds simple enough, yet how many times have you checked-out and then gasped at the sight of your receipt? Avoid the guilt and the bills and just set a spending cap before you start loading that cart.
Hone in on those fancy designer brands in each department. These products often have cute packaging and holiday specials that make them great for gift-giving. Knowing your favorites helps narrow down your choices and saves time, too. Here are some of my favorites at the moment:
- Fashion: Nick & Nora pajamas, Anya Hindmarch for Target handbags, Dean Harris for Target jewelry, Isaac Mizrahi for Target cashmere
- Stationary: Isabelle de Borchgrave
- Home: DwellStudio (for Baby, too!), Smith & Hawken, Victoria Hagen
- Sweets: Choxie chocolates, Mrs. Fields cookies, Archer Farms everything
- Makeup: Sonia Kashuk, Pixi, Burt's Bees
Wait a week. Just about everything goes on sale if you're patient and willing to wait a couple days. And if you don't remember to go back and get it, chances are you didn't need it in the first place.
How do you shop (and save) at Tar-zhay?