I went shopping at Target Firday night

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
January 12, 2009 8:59am CST
Now, I seldom go shopping at Target, but I got $60 in gift cards from family so I had to go use them. So, its kind of late, between 8-9 at night, the roomie and I got on carts and we go rolling around the store. First we stop in the "one spot" that now has become more of a $2.50 spot, and the roomie found these little glasses. The one she picked up had fish, but the next bunch over have jungle animals. I ask for one of those. I see the Valentine cards out and think "hummm, need one for mom" so I go looking for a card. Well, most are either romantic or for "mom and dad" or whatever. I'm looking and then I find one that has a giraffe on it. If you punch a button, little lights in its spots go off. Well, it might not be perfect for most moms, but its perfect for me to give MY mom. Then, cruising around some more I find a twin bed in a bag, and think - I need this - so I grabbed it. Then, over in the toy section I found a toy giraffe. Now, I'm thinking to myself, I'm really close to that $60 and I don't want to go over, so, I tell the roomie I think we've done it. So, off we roll to check out. I put my stuff on the check out and line it up and put the bed in a bag behind the other 3 items. I then ask the checker if she sees a theme? She looks at my stuff and says: "giraffes" We laughed. We laughed even harder when the total was $60.05! I fished a nickel out of my pocket and took back the one gift card because it was one of those rolling maze toys. I felt I did very well. Have you ever gone in and nailed a gift card (or 2 as in this case) quite that well?
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11 responses
• Australia
13 Jan 09
So, who has a giraffe obsession then? lol. Late night shopping can be a lot easier than during the day. Just a shame that I have to haul a baby around with me 24/7! lol. Very nice mental calculations to get that close to the total. I'm hopeless when it comes to things like that!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I was kind of trying to figure on stopping before we got to 60, because of the sales tax.
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• Australia
13 Jan 09
That is one thing we don't have to worry about in Australia. All prices must include any taxes so that shoppers don't have to do the math themselves. Then again, that's allowing our brains to turn to mush!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
oh, I've had a giraffe obsession since before I can remember!
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• United States
13 Jan 09
I sounds like you had such a great time on your Target wheel around. I think you did well with you purchases. It has been a long time since I got a gift card so I have not tried to get it to the penny. I hope your mom likes her card. Are you going to give the giraffe to her or keep it for your self.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
No, the toy giraffe is for me, the card with the giraffe is for her. She doesn't have room, even if she had the interest, in things like that.
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• United States
14 Jan 09
Thanks for clearing that up. I knew the card was for her but I was not sure who was going to get the giraffe you to go with your new bed set or give it to mom.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
yes I am usually a good shopper but I hardly get out any more because I am disabled, I really want to try to get out in the summer more this year, and not be stuck to the computer so much.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Seems to me you were puttering around outside all summer gathering things. Or maybe its just because I avoid outside so much, but this was a VERY miserable summer with so many 100+ degree days.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I love gift cards. I get alot of them from survey sites that I work with and some other sites I work with. I purchase them for gifts also because it allows the other person to buy what they want.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Yeah, they are great gifts, I just wish they had gotten them from Walmart, because I go there all the time and get my gas there.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Jan 09
Never have I nailed one that closely. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so to speak!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Jan 09
LOL. It was hard, there were a few other things I would've liked to have, but I didn't want to spend more than I had, and I sure was surprised at the total. I knew I was close, but that close! Well, that was special!
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12 Jan 09
Hi ElicBxn, Glad you had a lovely time shopping, I have not gone shopping like that for some time as money is so tight at the moment after Christmas and birthdays are around the corner so need to save to buy some gifts. Tamara xxx
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Yeah, all my birthdays start in the fall.
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• United States
12 Jan 09
Wow! You did good! I only went over by $2.00 so I was happy with that. Only bought one item though, haha. This must have felt like you were Christmas shopping again..fun fun. Sounds like your Mom will be quite happy with the giraff. My bathroom had sort of a Jungle theme to it once and I remember the giraffes on the shower curtains. It was black and white and very pretty I must say. That was a fun decorating project for me, it really looked good and I received many compliments on it.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I was pretty pleased with myself. And I think mom will like the fact that there will be no question as to who the card is from!
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Nope, never. I always have money left or go over.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Obviously I was surprised! Pleasently so!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Jan 09
That's great.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Oh yes, and I did what you did. I bought gifts. I bought my brother a bedsheet set, he needed one. It was a 20$ cert. and with tax, it was 8 cents over.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
17 Jan 09
That's pretty darn good too!!! "We da MAN!" (actually the woman, a man would've probably forgotten his gift card.)
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I've never done that with gift cards but many a time I've gone to the checkout and found my purchases totaled up to an even dollar.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
14 Jan 09
The last stop on Saturday, was a stop at Goodwill and that was $49 - even.
@BarBaraPrz (20728)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Jan 09
Bulk Barn used to issue $3.00 coupons on purchases over $10, so I'd go and do my staples shopping at Bulk Barn and almost always managed to get just pennies over $13 worth of stuff. Not bad, considering you really can't tell how much something will cost until you get to the checkout. Now, they rarely issue these coupons, and the one closest to me moved farther away, so I haven't managed to pull this off for awhile.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Jan 09
That's always cool, too bad they don't offer it and it moved.
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