Food Shopping at Target
You can buy just about anything at Target, including food. As I can personally attest, it’s all too easy to go there for one specific item and leave with a full cart!
Target is definitely not a full grocery store, but they have all the food essentials. They have aisles of frozen and refrigerated products as well a large selection of shelf stable items. Their store brands, which include Archer Farms, Market Pantry and Simply Balanced are generally good quality for reasonable prices.
Things I personally buy at Target include cereals, Kashi bars, La Croix seltzer water, Luna Bars, mixed nuts and trail mix. At times, you may find sales on Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice or Smart Ones frozen meals. I like to have these on hand in case I don’t have time to make a lunch or dinner.
The produce section is very small, but you can pick up some basic items you need. Convenience definitely seems to be the theme that Target is going for in their produce department. You can find things like pre-cut vegetables, salad kits, and individual bags of apple slices. I would say the prices on produce are generally higher than you'll find at most grocery stores. The same is true for their meats. Picking up these items at Target while not ideal, may be very convenient if you already need to shop there for other things. If you’re willing to pay the price, they have some fun easy meal and snack ideas that will save you time.
Let’s talk about my favorite part of all these Food Shopping posts- the savings! There are five ways to save at Target: sales and bonus offers, coupons, bringing your own bags, the Cartwheel App, and the Target RedCard.
Target always has a variety of sales going on. They have a weekly ad in Sunday’s paper which can also be viewed on their app and website. Some sales, referred to as “bonus offers”, require you to buy a certain number of specific products for you to receive a gift card for a future purchase. These deals aren’t going to save you money that shopping trip, but will help out with future Target purchases.
Target takes manufacturer coupons, but does not do any sort of doubling. You can print coupons from their website as well. They used to have separate mobile coupons, but this is now part of their Cartwheel app which we’ll discuss in a minute. There are sometimes coupons in the weekly ads, but don’t worry if you don’t get the paper, there is an option to get the deal via text message. Target will sometimes mail coupons as well, particularly around the holiday season.
With Target’s reusable bag program, you will receive $0.05 off for every reusable bag you use. They do not have to be bags purchased at Target.
The Cartwheel app for your smartphone or tablet gets you for 5-50% off specific products. The app is free and can be downloaded through most app stores. What’s really great about it is, there’s an option to scan product bar codes to see if there’s an applicable bar code app. I make an effort to scan all my items before cashing out to make sure I’m going to get all the deals!If you don’t have a smartphone, you can set up an account online, select the discounts you'd like, and print a bar code which can be redeemed at the register.
Last but not least; the Target RedCard. I’m sure I’m not the only one that is sick and tired of cashiers trying to sell me a credit card at every store I go into it seems. However, I decided that a Target credit card was actually a good option for me. I save 5% on every purchase in store and online, and also get free shipping for online orders. There is also a debit card available that provides you with the same savings.