You've heard of 12 step processes before. Well, when it comes to my Target addiction I have a simple 5 step process:
1. Target Dollar Spot
You would have to be lying if you never bought anything in the Target Dollar Spot. When I used to shop for clothing in department stores (believe me, it's not fun trying on clothes with three little kids running around) I would head straight to the back of the store to the clearance rack. The hunt for a bargain is what thrills any female. Target is different. Target brings out the dessert cart before you ever touch your main meal! I could do some serious damage to my wallet within the first 5 minutes of entering the store.
The Dollar Spot is perfect for organizational materials (storage boxes, folders, clips), decoratives (posters, tags, signage), craft supplies (ribbons, markers, beads), classroom resources (flashcards, dry erase boards, and erasers) and incentives (bubbles, stickers, and coloring books). Prices are usually $1, $3, or $5. Once you see something you like, nab it! Chances are items won't last very long.
2. Clearance Items
Craft supplies, STEM toys, storage...Target has it all! Browse the various departments and you'll find something that you "just have to have." But, if you have the time to rummage through the end cap shelves or look for specific items you can save A LOT of money on clearance items. On my recent excursions to local Targets I saved at least 50% off the original prices...Ollie robots ($50 instead of $100), Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio Stop Motion Movie Kits ($9 instead of $30), Meccano MeccaNoid G15 ($45 instead of $150), Makedo Ready to Build Kits ($4 instead of $12), and SmartLab Toy Demolition Lab ($9 instead of $26). *Note: These prices were in store, not online.
Don't forget that Target also has a price adjustment policy for 14 days, which came in handy when I purchased the Makedo and Demolition Labs $6 and $15 respectively a week earlier.
We'll match the price if you buy a qualifying item at Target then find the identical item for less at Target.com, select online competitors, or in Target's or competitor's local print ad. Price matches may be requested at time of purchase or Price adjustments within 14 days after purchase.
3. Commitment to Community
Besides quality of products, good prices, an convenient one-stop shopping, I support Target for their commitment to the community.
Through Target's field trip grant, I was able to bring a group of students in our afterschool club to visit a working farm in upstate New York (Beaverwood Farm, Swan Lake). Students from our suburban, high-needs, culturally diverse district were able to ride horses, feed chickens, and milk cows. I still have students tell me what an impact this experience had on their lives.
Currently, Target is partnering with DonorsChoose to donate up to $5 million dollars for kid-inspired projects relating to topics of health and wellness. Through this program thousands of students nationwide to receive the resources they need to help them about proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy-living choices.
Target's commitment is apparent in their store planning as they consider people's needs. Having a non-gender specific family bathroom and a variety of carting options is a thoughtful bonus in my book. There are motorized carts, children's carts, and even Caroline's Cart for people with special needs.
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian