Every week during my shopping day, I wander through Target to take advantage of good deals, wander through the store to look for clearance items and check out the $1 Spot. I’ve bought plenty of great Target stuff, including fun pieces in their house wares stock and funky plates that I can’t get anywhere else. Over time, I’ve come to realize what the best deals are at Target and what’s not worth your time.
Read on to discover what items are great values and what items you should avoid bringing into Target’s checkout line:
Clothes. Target’s clothing prices can be comparable to a department store, but most of their offerings are very affordable. I have found that Target’s clothes last longer Target is known for its large clearance section, where you can find amazing deals on clothes in and out of season.
Green cleaning products. Target was on the cutting edge of green clean technology when it carried Method cleaners. They devote a lot of room to environmentally friendly cleaners, not just a portion of a shelf. The prices are as good as some of their standard cleaners, and Target often offers store coupons for additional discounts on its green products.
Makeup. Target has a better selection of cosmetics than most pharmacies. The stores carry the basic brands, such as Cover Girl, and specialty brands, such as the U.K.-based Boots beauty products. Cosmetics regularly go on sale at Target and the store offers good coupons for makeup.
Shoes. Target carries a lot of cute, cheap flip-flops that will be OK for a trip to the beach. But if you turn over its line of cheap ballet flats and boots, you’ll notice that the soles are smooth and usually not made of a rubber that will grip the ground. For $19 a pair, you can get shoes with grip that are just as cute at Payless Shoe Source. Target also doesn’t carry shoes for men and women with larger feet, and its popular sizes sell out fast.
Toys from the $1 Spot. While you can’t beat the $1 Spot on cheap Rayovac batteries, a lot of the items in the $1 Spot aren’t worth your time. Perhaps the worst items in the $1 Spot are for children. Target stocks the bins full of cheap toys, some of which may contain PVC plastics. PVC can contain pthalates and lead, which can be dangerous to children with prolonged use. Target has said it is ridding its stores of PVC toys, but they aren’t all gone yet. Plastic toys with the number 3 in the recycling symbol on the bottom of the toy contain PVC.
The toys in the $1 Spot also aren’t always the sturdiest. If you must shop the $1 Spot for children’s items, steer towards the little notebooks, pencils, erasers and packs of stickers.
Furniture. Target has some sales on furniture, but the DIY assembly leaves something to be desired. Target’s furniture isn’t very diverse. If you need cheap furniture and like to assemble it, you’d be better off checking out Ikea. They have good sales on their furniture and there are a lot of colors and styles available.
Hit or miss:
Groceries. Depending on the other stores in your area, Target has great deals on some grocery items and awful deals on others. At my Target, I can get a great price on pesto but an awful price on pasta. Frozen waffles are cheap, but ice cream is pricey. If you have a good sense of prices at your regular grocery store, it might be worth wandering Target’s aisles with an eye for a bargain.
DVDs. Target has a nice selection of DVDs that range from $5 to $55. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a newer movie at Target, you’re going to pay much more than you would at Amazon.com or Wal-Mart.
Elaine Pofeldt, 4 Things Not to Buy at Target. Moneywatch.
Staff, 4 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy at Target. Yahoo Finance.