All week long as I have been scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I kept seeing all the pictures of people getting tons of toilet paper and paper towels from Target. I sat in front of my computer in quite disbelief that people actually thought it was a good deal. But, every day I sat here and kept seeing these pictures. In every Target group I was in they were posting pictures of their hauls. I really thought I was missing something. Then, I began to feel like I needed to do the deal too. I kept talking myself out of it. Finally, on Saturday, I HAD to go to Target. (Not really a day late, but literally within hours of the sale being over).
I had no coupons. I forgot to get my papers last weekend. Yup. Even I forget to get papers sometimes. I called a friend who had gotten 20 papers. I headed over to her house and low and behold, she only got a SmartSource in all 20 papers and of course I needed the RedPlum. I began to fight with myself inside of my head. “Missie, you really shouldn’t go now because you have no coupons.” When I got back in the car, my husband asked me where to next and it took me a second but I said Target. He said if I had no coupons then I shouldn’t go. Then, he asked me what I was going for. I didn’t want to tell him. Like, I really didn’t want to tell him but he wouldn’t start driving until I told him. I whispered under my breathe ” paper towels, toilet paper and laundry detergent”. I’m pretty sure it sounds more like this: isudfhuisdfk jkhsdfuasydgf jasetuisydgu hoping that he just didn’t understand me. He said that we didn’t need any of it and I proceeded to throw a hissy fit. I HAD to go to Target! He didn’t want to listen to me whine anymore so he took me there complaining the whole entire way.
By the time we were at the light, I had my seat belt off, purse over my shoulder ready to go. At this point, I HAD to have these paper towels, toilet paper and laundry detergent! I kept telling myself that because I had coupons for the items in my Cartwheel that it would be worth it.
I’m off and running in to the store and head in to the beauty section (where I was not supposed to be according to my husband because that wasn’t on my list) to find the bath poofs. I also wanted to see if I could find and of the Neutrogena bars. As I am walking down the aisle, 2 of my Walgreens cashiers were there shopping. Now they wanted to know what the deal was. I really didn’t want to tell them about the paper products because I had not seen the shelves and at this point, I was so intent on getting this deal that I was not sharing any info with anyone until I got my hands on those paper towels. My craziness was at an all time high. I had convinced myself I had to get this deal and it was the very last day of the sale and no rain checks could be issued. I had complete and utter tunnel vision.
As i started walking through the aisles, I saw other items that were part of the deal and just had to have them. I am filling my cart with Snuggle, and the All powerpacs (OMG! They had rainbow ones….what?!?!) and before I can even get over to the paper towels and toilet paper, my cart is filled. At this point, my husband is pretty pissed off at me especially when I gave him the look that he needed to go get another cart. I knew I pushed it and that totally wasn’t happening. I went to scope out the paper products and the Scott toilet paper pack was oh so big. I was in love. I wanted to crawl right on the shelf and hug them all. I grabbed 4 of them and tried my best to make them fit in the cart. But, when I went to grab the Viva paper towels, not so lucky. There were only 2 left on the shelf. That meant that I had to re-configure my deal. Everything had to be bought in multiples of 4. At this point my husband smiled. He knew that I was backed up against the wall and had to figure out on the spot how to make this all work. I am rummaging through the cart trying to figure out what I really wanted and I knew one of the All power pacs were going back because it wasn’t rainbow. Sorry orange, but you have to go. Then, I decided to get rid of the Snuggle fabric softener. No Cartwheel, no coupons and we don’t even use fabric softener! So, now I am down 3 items. Well, the next thing to go was a package of the Scott toilet paper. I couldn’t in my OCD mind buy 2 packs of paper towels and 3 packs of toilet paper. They have to be the same number. And, they definitely need to be bought in even numbers. Who likes odd numbers anyway?!
Now my $300+ cart full of stuff was finally under $100 bucks and I was still happy because after all, who wouldn’t be happy when you were buying rainbow powerpacs?! Duh. Most of the time when I am checking out, my husband walks away. Oh no. Not this time he wasn’t. He KNEW I was doing something wrong. By wrong, I mean spending more than 25 cents on a cart full of stuff. I knew I was spending money too but for some reason I didn’t care at that moment. I just had to have the “deal”. After Cartwheel and my Target REDcard, my total was $60 bucks but I got back $25 in gift cards. (I had no gift cards to begin with). The cashier made me feel better because she was so impressed with my savings. (I did really still save 50% of my bill) and I skipped my way out to my car hoping my happiness and excitement would wear off on my husband. All he could say is “I can’t believe you just spent $60 on stuff we didn’t even need”. I was still beaming with excitement as I put everything in the trunk. It just looked so pretty!
It wasn’t until I wanted to go out to dinner than I started to regret my decision of spending so much at Target. Then, I started wondering why the hell did I not go with my gut instinct? Why was I peer pressured in to getting this deal? And, seriously, everyone else bought 50 packages and I walked away with only 2 and I feel so guilty? What the heck is wrong with me? Was it really worth it? I guess when the next good deal comes up and I have $25 in gift cards to use toward it, I bet I will feel better then but as of now, I am still torn between owning those rainbow powerpacs and not having hibachi and ice cream in my tummy.