8.07.2014

Because Target

Shopping.  Most women love it but there are some out there that aren't into it at all.  I always wished I was one of those because it would save me a lot of money.  I mostly love it but I do go back and forth.  It seems to come in phases that initially begins with me feeling like I wear the same thing every day and that it's impossible to get dressed in the morning.

Last year I was really into it but the "shopping bug" that plagued me last year has officially left the building.   I hated all the money I was spending and I hated that I felt like I couldn't stop.  Shopping is awesome and all but enough is enough.  We've been doing a lot of traveling over the last year and all that shopping was bumping up against buying airline tickets.  I was stretching myself thin trying to do both so it needed to stop.

It takes a while for the bug to fully leave your system.  When you are in the thick of it you feel like you need to buy all the things and they call out to you wherever you go.  I'd buy one thing, which would lead to another to go with it which would lead to a pair of shoes to go with that and it just never ends.   Now I can go into a store and not even glance at the women's and shoe departments.  I don't feel tempted to buy things when I see an add, get a SALE NOW!! email or click on an outfit of the day post.  I have a coupons I get in the mail usually from Express, Limited and Macy's that I save 'just in case' but I don't use them and I'm not online searching for that next thing.  I've gotten closer to shopping just if I need something. Like men.  I knew I was getting over it when I could buy just one thing and be happy without it leading me to want something else.  Hunting down the clothes, trying on the clothes, and sending back the clothes that don't fit just feels like a lot of work right now.  I have plenty.  My poor closet is stuffed because I'm terrible at purging. 

Target Haul:  Blue & White Maxi // striped skirt // T-Shirt Dress // Pink & Grey Maxi // Navy & Off-White Maxi
Now if I could just get over Target I'd be okay.

These are some of my Target finds over the last seven months.  My love affair with skirts and dresses continues.  It's the only thing I buy these days and only at Target.  They are just so versatile and comfortable.  My job is casual enough that I can wear all of these things to work and on weekends.  MJ used to ask me why I had so many stripes.  Particularly striped tops.  Well, the same reason almost every single pair of shorts he owns has cargo pockets.  They are everywhere, but that's okay because I love them.

It usually happens on my lunch break.  I casually check out the women's department and end up in the fitting room.  I go in there real quick for bread and toilet paper then the next thing I know I've found something I love and I'm scanning it with my Cartwheel app to see if there's an extra discount.  I can't shop without that app.  One time I couldn't get wi-fi for some reason and I was almost late getting back to work because I refused to check out without scanning.  I also combine that with 5% off using my Red card.  So that's how every single one of these things happened .  All individual purchases one lunch break at a time.  I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse and that's exactly the thing I love and hate about Target.

I guess I don't feel too bad because it's so inexpensive but I do realize that it adds up...and takes up space.  Did I mention that I REALLY need to purge?  Does anyone else have this problem of holding onto every last thing for years and years on end?  I bought it so it feels so wasteful to get rid of it.  Even if I'm not wearing it now I might change my mind later and it has happened.    How do you buy something and then get rid of it even if you still like it? Someone please help me understand how this whole purging thing works!!
 
So this happened two days ago.  I went to Target for one thing and came out with that plus something else.  This time around it actually was need based.  Mostly.  I'm going to Vegas this weekend and I found a really cute skirt but couldn't find a crop to go with it.  I might have been able to make do with something at home but you know, since I was going to Target anyway......

Oh, Target impulse shopping.  I don't think I can quit you just yet but I do promise to work on it.  If you are interested in winning $75.00 worth of Target impulse shopping money of your own you can enter the Target Giveaway here.

14 comments :

Athena said...

I have a Target problem as well! Seriously, it's bad. I hate shopping at Walmart and since I have the Target red card, I really feel it's helped out a lot in regards to pricing so I don't feel that guilty. Especially since I can save my sanity. But it's so hard not to just pick up things here and there, especially for my home!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

I wish I didn't like shopping too. You make some great points.

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Faith said...

I'm like you ... last year I was really into shopping and then this year it just seems to have disappeared. I just don't care to add things to my closet right now. I actually have some items that I have put aside to be purged. I tell myself if I haven't worn it in over two years it goes in that pile ... and then if I go back for the item I keep it ... and if I don't it means I really can let it go. So far that works for me.

Rachel said...

Most of my things come from Target too. In fact, I was thinking of going tomorrow to look for a good pencil skirt for work :)

Law_Fal said...

I'm currently trying to kick this shopping addiction I've recently developed. And I'm doing terrible at it :(

Andiepants said...

I have a TAR-jay problem as well. Although today, I actually bought cute themed socks for my nephew and a planner for work. I know...not too bad, but I bought like 5 pairs of socks. I don't think he needed that many, but I just had to!

Andie's Traveling Pants

Sunny said...

my closet is full of target dresses and skirts! they're the best, super comfy! this reminds me... i need to go to target today! :)

LaToya LouisvilleSlugger said...

If you like it, I say don't purge it. I only purge things I don't like and haven't worn for a while. Maybe you should just find ways to store the things you have to give your closet a break, instead. Pinterest is great for this!

Whitney Cypert said...

Oh Target. It will be the death of us all. Or atleast our bank accounts. I go through phases where I will shop a lot and then where I won't shop for several months. I used to be BAAAD about shopping and would go almost every weekend. When I go I usually buy more than one thing and it ends up being expensive because my favorite stores are more on the expensive end. And the purging thing? I used to be bad about keeping everything and then I feel like my style kind of changed and I got rid of the things that didn't fit that "style". My rule of thumb when trying to get rid of stuff: Ask myself, "Would I buy this now if I came across it?" If the answer is no, then it goes!

Imogen said...

Target is the best. I picked up some bargain shoes there during the week.

Lauren W said...

I used to be one of those people that didn't like shopping but once I understood my style it became so much more fun.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I always see items at target but haven't purchased anything...I really would like to one of these days...they do have cute items!

Courtney B said...

Luckily (or not so luckily) I live in a small, crappy little town with zero shopping. Not even a Target! And I hate online shopping so I pretty much daydream about the day that we move somewhere where I can shop again, ha!

jackie jade said...

i've been on a shopping kick lately too and really need to cut back. oops! and if i can leave target without spending at least $100, it's a win ha.

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