Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hi, My Name Is Colleen and I am a Target Addict.

So I'm trying to work on a family budget, thus I am slogging through our account records on Mint. As I was looking through transactions for this year--and by this year I mean the past 9 months-- I am embarrassed to admit there are two FULL pages of this:
It came up to over 3k spent at Target in 9 months.  That is over $300 A MONTH!!!!

Seriously. If I told someone I spent 3k on drugs in the last 9 months, they'd be staging an intervention, yet somehow 3k at Target is acceptable.

When I look at that total, I'm nauseated. I'm sure some of those purchases are legitimate (diapers, baby wipes, pharmacy items, etc.), but I'm willing to bet that the vast majority are just for crap I thought I "needed." Let's say half that total was for legitimate purchases. That means the other $1500 could have gone to pay off debt (Hail to thee Concordia...) or gone into savings or into our investments... ANYWHERE but into Target's coffers!

I think I may have just hit rock bottom. Maybe it is time to have a Target-free week or month!


  1. OH man, is that a toughie! I'd be afraid to check my own target spending...

  2. Yeah. It is scary. I think I might actually get the DTs if I try to quit Target!!!


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