October 24, 2007

Target Therapy

Today I was sad first thing in the morning, so I had coffee, turned on extra lights, stripped Henry down to a diaper to nurse him (skin contact helps), ate a muffin, put on lipstick--and then went to Target, my lovely, lovely Target. This is the kind of therapy that can backfire if children are whiny and demanding, but it went fine today. Elizabeth did keep saying, "Noooo! Noooooo! Noooo! Noooooooo! Nooooo!" for no apparent reason, but I just kept stuffing snacks in her whine-hole while I browsed. Photos of my haul:

Wrapping paper, 75% off: 87 cents - $1.24 per roll. I was especially glad to find the birthday paper, since William is going to a birthday party soon. Also, I like girly paper better than boyish paper, so I end up with 50 rolls of pink stuff and nothing to use for the boys' birthdays. I think if I wrap Paul's presents in floral paper even ONE MORE TIME, he is going to retaliate by wrapping mine in SpongeBob SquarePants paper.


Candy, 3 for $5.


Reusable drink boxes with flip-up straws. I think these will fit in the boys' lunch boxes a whole lot better than the bottles I've been using, and the flip-tops will please William's teacher, who recently mentioned that most first graders can't handle screw-off caps so please send pop-ups. 30% off: $1.18 each.

Edited to add: These bottles were AWFUL! One of my boys got to school to find a puddle in his backpack: the bottle was still closed but had leaked its entire contents. The other boy said his had not leaked--but when he unpacked his lunch things at the end of the day, the leftover water HAD leaked (bottle securely closed--I checked it myself). I threw them both out. It's not worth the trouble to return them (I don't have the paper label things anymore).


Candles for my dad's birthday cake. The candles spell out
"O V E R T H E H I L L"
This is COMEDY GOLD, BABY. 75% off: 48 cents.


Ooooo, QUTE! This lil' bottlekins has pancake powder in it. You add water and shake it up. Then you pour into a skillet. You get 6-8 pancakes. The bottle feels nice to hold in the hand. WANTED IT. 30% off: 72 cents.


Set of two pink gift boxes. 75% off: 98 cents.


Initial cards for friends. 75% off: 98 cents each set.


Socks for Elizabeth. 50% off: $3.14 for ten pairs.


Rose-scented lotion, talc, and body wash. They were in that aisle of specialty products where they keep lines such as Bert's Bees. There were two other scent choices, but the gardenia smelled like coconut to me, and the other one (lavender? jasmine? lily? can't remember) smelled like banana. The rose smelled YUM. 75% off: $1.68, $1.98, $1.96.

55 comments:

Jess said...

This is amazing. What an incredible shopping job! Also, the skin contact helping thing is interesting. It was smart of you to nurse Henry in his diaper.

Shannon said...

What steals!!

It is a dreary day today here and it is getting me all loopy. So, I'm eating. Lots of eating.

My daughter has a whine-hole, too. LOL!

Snacks work great.

Pickles & Dimes said...

Excellent deals! Love the monogrammed cards.

Hey, did your Target have those blue puffer vests in size L? Because after I blew my chance to buy one, the Targets around here aren't carrying them in that size, and of course, I'm now OBSESSED.

Swistle said...

P&D-- I'll try to remember to look next time I'm there. Are these women's vests?

Shannon said...

I think shop-therapy is a great idea! I'm going to do that when I am ready to wean off my depression meds. :)

Welcome to our World said...

Good lawd, woman you are a master shopper. I am in awe. I lay down before thee Master shopper and bow...

And than - Holy crap our Target sucks - I am always looking about for these little red stickers but hardly ever find them... that is what sucks about living in a small town with a small Target - the deals never stick around... SO SAD.

mdvelazquez said...

Great haul! Retail therapy is great.

Pickles & Dimes said...

Yeah, they're the Merona women's vests. If my Target doesn't have them when I go this weekend, I'll have to bite the bullet and buy it online.

Your Target seemed to have a lot of stuff on sale. I'm jealous.

el-e-e said...

Oh, how I LOVE multiple little red stickers on top of one another!! SCORE! Your grand total was approx $25?? (I couldn't resist, had to get out the calculator.) You should get an AWARD for that. :)

You are Gifted.

hello insomnia said...

Target is so soothing. I always head for the dollar bin and the clearance shelves. Also: I will fight to the death.

hello insomnia said...

Target is so soothing. I always head for the dollar bin and the clearance shelves. Also: I will fight to the death.

biodtl said...

I clearly need to leave work and go to Target immediately!

LoriD said...

Good haul! Once you're done with the pancake mix, you can just use the bottle with your own mix - much neater than doing it in a bowl!

Tessie said...

I love those little pancake mix jugs. JUST ADD WATER PEOPLE! So silly and yet...so AWESOME.

Also, I would now like to strip a baby down to its diaper and snuggle it.

Jana said...

Ooooh....you give out "good" Halloween candy. Can we come trick or treat at your house?

Colleen said...

Gotta love Target!!! Especially all those great deals.

Misty said...

Jealous. I want to go spend money at target on fancy things and gifts for people. Love buy gifts for people even more than love buying gifts for self.

Mrs. M said...

Target makes me positively giddy!! Giddy I tell you!! I'm going tonight in light of your goodies. I hope to snatch up some of those notecards!! Great gifts! I love exclamation points when talking about Target! Yes I do! Can you tell?!

Artemisia said...

I loooooove notecards. That was very thoughtful of you to get them as gifts.

I hope you are feeling better!

Shelly Overlook said...

First of all "whine-hole" - HA!!!!

Secondly, can I go Target shopping with you? You seem to have some sort of Target magic.

Mimi said...

I've never seen the Bisquick in a pour-er thing like that. I want it too!!!
Now I need to visit Target.

AndreAnna said...

Glad you're being aware and proactive about this!

And since you are the first person I know to willingly buy talc and just not have it come in a package with other lotion-y goods, then resign it to a shelf for 5 years until you throw it away, maybe you can explain to me what it is and what you do with it? I know it's powder but where and how do you put it? Am I missing out on something because I have never "talc"ed? I may need some!

Sara said...

Oh yes, Target Therapy works for me!!


I wonder if they have those "S" notecards over here???

Michele said...

Retail therapy. Always works for me. Add in those red stickers, and I am good for a week.

Di said...

ooohh. nice!

I am planning to take the Girl to Target tomorrow (involving two subways and many stairs) but we need diapers and heck, I might buy myself something pretty.

caley said...

No wonder I can never leave Target without spending less than $200; I am not finding deals as awesome as these! Also, I reeeally could have done without the visual aid on the part about the candy bars!! Now I must go in search of chocolate...

aoife said...

Your Target rocks. Mine has some sales, but nothing like yours. Is it a target outlet store or something??? *wink*

mom of the year said...

I BOW TO YOUR YOUR SHOPPING HIGHNESS. I have such envy.

Jen said...

Oh man. Now I have to go to Target. You are such an instigator. Thank you. ;-)

Katie said...

WHINE-HOLE! HAAAAAAAAAA! I can't stop laughing at that one!

Also...your husband wraps your gifts? Color me impressed. SpongeBob or not!

Erica said...

Oh, Target, how I love you so.

Pann said...

Ooooh, your husband buys you gifts? Lucky you!

I am so jealous of those straw sippie cups. I NEED THOSE!

Erica said...

Also, "whine-hole" made me laugh out loud and make a mental note to use it in all conversations.

Swistle said...

El-e-e- Well, I bought diapers, too. And toilet paper. But those don't count.

Jana- Give...out...? (Hee hee.)

Mrs. M- I sat there in front of the notecards trying to think of all my friends' names! I wish I had more friends whose names started with F, I, Q, V, X, and Y!

AndreAnna- This is my very first talc purchase! I plan to put it in my bathroom closet until it's all dusty, and then throw it out.

AndreAnna said...

Oh good, I'm not missing some talc world secret!

Omaha Mama said...

I am a BIG believer in retail therapy. Target is one of my first choices!

Your clearance finds make me want to shop. NOW.

donna said...

I did Target therapy today too! I also stocked up on the Halloween candy and I found a very cool cornucopia basket for Thanksgiving tables future (not this year b/c I'm not hosting) for $2.50! And some cool leather organizational trays for our coffee table for $10 each on clearance. Not quite the kick-ass deals you got, but I'm still happy.

Oh and we call our daughter's mouth her toast hole since buttered toast is her most favoritest thing in the universe right now.

shoeaddict said...

I'm a HUGE follower of the skin-on-skin and the shopping therapies. You can sprinkle the talc on your body or clothes before bed or after your bath/shower.

I love the bisquick pourer! I'm Katie about your husband wrapping your presents. I don't care what he wraps it in!

Misguided Mommy said...

wow i bow down to you please educate me on your amazing saving powers

samantha jo campen said...

Your Target Therapy cost WAY less than real therapy, plus you get to keep cute stuff.

I say you did a bang-up job.

P.S. I have the exact same "S" monogrammed cards, but I suck and paid full price!

Erin said...

I'm loving the pancake thingy-ma-jiggie. But I'm confused as to the size. 6-8 pancakes doesn't seem like very many. How many did you buy? And have you ever tried doing it that way, by pouring from a container? It makes so much SENSE! I lurrrrve pancakes, but I always use a ladle (ladel? laidle? how the hell do you spell that?) and that is messy and a pain in my pancake-loving ass. Must try the pouring method.

tulipmom said...

I can't believe all these incredible deals you got! Too bad Target is closed now or I might have to go in my pjs.

Trina N. said...

The pancake mix is awesome. Especially since it makes one less dish to wash. I only buy it when it's on sale though.

Mommy Daisy said...

Now this is retail therapy at it's best.

I have a similar candy stock. I've hidden it away from everyone in my house. And we don't get trick-or-treaters. Ha! Guess how many pounds I will gain between now and Halloween.

I know you can hear me... said...

Clearly your Target is better than mine. I went yesterday and walked around for an HOUR and couldn't find anything that wanted to come home with me...

Swistle said...

My Target does not always rock quite so hard as it did yesterday. Sometimes I go and there is NOTHING on clearance, or only the "15%" clearances which DON'T COUNT. The secret is to go OFTEN, and to have a path that takes you past every endcap in the store and also lets you peek down each aisle.

AndreAnna- I SUSPECT we're supposed to have a big fluffy pouf, and we're supposed to put talc on it and then...fluff it onto our skin, or something. I shook a little down the front of my shirt this morning, but I felt like a big idiot doing it.

Shoeaddict- CLOTHES! Oh, THAT sounds more like it. I'll try some talc on the pjs tonight.

Samantha Jo- Sometimes it's better to pay full-price and not gamble. I don't usually see S on clearance (I have a friend whose name starts with S, so I'm always looking). But people whose names start with I and Y should definitely wait for the red stickers!

Erin- I know, the bottle is WEE. I think that's part of the appeal. I wonder if it comes in a larger size? I plan to use it on mornings when I'm having pancakes with the twins after the big boys go to school, or on mornings when I make them for just the kids. Pouring DOES seem smart. I always use a measuring cup (for it's scooping powers, not because my pancakes Must Be The Same Size), and I get pancake slop EVERYWHERE. I HAVE a spare pitcher--I should use THAT.

MrsGrumpy said...

Ohhhh... If I were not in pajamas right now, I would be at Target. Your comment about planning to put the talc in the closet until it gets dusty, and then throwing it out, is right on. I also store lotion there...until it separates into liquid and solid...and then (maybe, if I can't shake it back into lotion) I throw it out.

Misguided Mommy said...

is it weird i had a dream about target shopping last night and everything had red stickers..but i was to confused to shop in my dream

Misguided Mommy said...

okay so Swistle and AndreAnna I use the talc powder in shoes during the summer. like when i want to wear my keds or vans with out socks i sprinkle some of that in the bottom of em and wear away and then i smell pretty! your feet look a little dusty when you take em out but its better then stinky shoes

Trina N. said...

Hey Swistle,
Just wanted to let you know they do sell the pancake mix in bigger sizes. At least they do at the grocery store I go to. :)

Emblita said...

Oh Target... it is a great place for retail therapy. When I lived in the states I was also a huge fan of Ross Dress For Less, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I miss those :(
I'll just shop vicariously through you!

B said...

I L_O_V_E shoving snacks in the whine hole.

...amazing.

yay for retail therapy! :)

*Tina* said...

well, shoot. Now I have to go shopping!! I'll just tell my husband that Swistle made me do it...

Melissa H said...

I think if I shopped with you i'd like Target better. I never find these deals :)

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

I love some retail therapy.
I love those juiceboxes, but we get the Rubbermaid brand (the generics always leak, but the RM ones, don't). SO worth it. We have two different colors of tops - Nicholas gets the blue and Elise gets the pink, so we don't mix em up when we take them on the run.