What Not to Buy at Target: Which Items Are Cheaper Elsewhere?

by Simplify

Dawn, The Minimal Mom, says that over time she finally learned that buying things at Target is really not any cheaper than buying them anywhere else.

Besides the occasional good sale or a few things you can only buy at Target, there are plenty of items Dawn no longer purchases while she’s there. Today, she’s sharing what not to buy at Target to help you save time and money too.

What not to buy at Target

Not on her list of things to buy at Target is anything you find in the dollar spot. Dawn says many of the products here are actually $5, are not to scale, and typically don’t stand the test of time.

Additionally, she says she also avoids buying women’s clothes at Target for the same reason. Oftentimes, they’re quite expensive and they don’t stand the test of time either.

Other products on Dawn’s list of what not to buy at Target include decorative storage bins, furniture, kids' clothes, baby items, and gift bags due to the higher prices.

Instead, Dawn recommends getting decorative storage bins and furniture at other discount retailers, finding second-hand kids' clothes, borrowing or receiving hand-me-down baby items, and stocking up on gift bags at the dollar store.

Dawn says that craft supplies, craft kits, hair accessories, body products, and produce are all more expensive here.

On the other hand, some of the best things to buy at Target are plastic storage bins, because even though you can find them cheaper at other retailers, Target consistently stocks the same ones so it’s easier to pick up more when you need to. Dawn also loves their bedding, false eyelashes, and non-dairy creamers.

What not to buy at Target

When it comes to learning what to buy at Target and what not to buy at Target, Dawn certainly has you covered.

For more frugal shopping tips, discover this guide on how to stop impulse buying or this reverse meal planning hack that saves money on groceries.

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  • Mary Mary on Nov 27, 2023

    I am from Mn where target started. I agree with all the “Do not buys” but I have heard that Groceries are actually cheaper compared to other stores. The trouble is that there are few choices of meat and produce.

    of course, I want to keep Target as a “go to store.” I also like the Starbucks so I can drink a beverage while shopping -or meet a friend at the seating area there.

  • Patricia Post Patricia Post on Feb 28, 2024

    Some of the groceries are a good buy. I like the store brand otc medicines. I like the selection of personal care products. I have had good luck with their clothes. Love the puzzles.