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Here's What You Could Get Instead Of Racking Up Impulse Buys At Target
We all know the feeling: You go to Target with plans to buy a massive pack of TP and a 40-ounce bottle of shampoo, and end up leaving with quirky new throw pillows, buy-one-get-one-free popcorn, and a gazillion things from the Dollar Spot that are so cheap they were practically free. Only Target can make blowing a ton of money on crap you don't need feel so freaking good.
According to a report by pricing data and optimization company Perfect Price, the average American spends each time they go to Target, which isn't exactly pocket change. Since a study of Commerce Department data by theWall Street Journalfound that 11.2 percent of total consumer spending is typically on non-essentials, that means you're most likely blowing at least on junk every time you hit up the super store.(Torch fat, and look and feel great with Women's Health's !)
While seems like no biggie, if you hit the store weekly, that's 4 you're flat-out blowing on stuff you don't need. (And really—that estimation seems low given that a fuzzy blanket just happened to fall into your cart the last time you shopped there.)
Here's what else you could be buying with all that cash:
13 new hardcover books
Or 22 paperbacks. Either way, you could get pretty far on your book club picks with the extra cash.
123 tall Starbucks lattes
Combine that with your Chipotle savings, and you'd have almost 200 coffees!
4 pairs of shoes
According to research by Psychology Today, the average woman spends three weeks of her salary on shoes per year. Cutting back on your Target habit could make that cost a little easier to deal with.
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1 month of a new car lease
Hey, how else are you going to get to Target? (Or like, anywhere else.)
5 pairs of new workout leggings
Looking cute AF in your next cycling class is obviously very important.
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282 songs on iTunes
Or: 36 months' worth of an Apple Music or Spotify Premium membership. Yeah, that's THREE YEARS of music, covered.
Target love runs deep, and the extreme joy you get from buying extras at the store might just be worth it. But, if not...you know what you need to do.
Looking for other ways to save cash? Check out these smart shopping strategies:
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