I am always looking for ways to make the chores I have to do regularly easier, faster, or more enjoyable. I’m also always looking for ways to deal with any “pain points” that occur with these regularly-recurring chores.
My weekly trip to Target had just such a pain point. I have to go to Target every week to grab the items I can’t get at Trader Joe’s, which is where I do all my food shopping. So, every week, I’d make my Target list for the items I needed and every week I’d forget to put some important item on that list. It drove me nuts! I’m not forgetful. I have systems!!
Well, I needed a better system. So, I spent a few weeks creating a “Master List” of the items I regularly needed at Target and I started simply taking that list with me. You can see it here. (Yes, there are Pop Tarts on that list. My 3-year-old loves them. I thought about editing the list, but – real world.)
Now, I just glance at the list as I run through the aisles and grab what we need that week. I’m happy to report that, since using this system, I’ve not forgotten anything.
Penelope for the win!
An unexpected benefit is that, with the list in hand, I am less likely to buy things that are “Off List”. Not that it never happens (especially office supplies in the Dollar Spot) but it’s significantly less and that’s money I like saving. #targetaddict
By the way, Penelopes being Penelopes, I know you’ll ask what notebook I’m using here. (Aside: this must be the equivalent to the questions makeup bloggers get about whatever makeup they’re wearing in a video. The question must be answered!) I keep my list in a small Orla Kiely notebook I got a couple years ago. You can see it here. I looooooooooooooove all things Orla Kiely and this one fits perfectly into my purse.
I looked around and couldn’t find this exact notebook, but there’s one just like it, with a different cover, here.
Don’t love keeping your list in a notebook? You could do the same thing using a “Notes” app on your phone OR, keep the actual list at home and just take a photo of it to glance at at the store. The point is, create the Master List of items, and check against that, rather than recreating the whole damn thing week after week.
Want to hack Target? Here’s your Cheat Sheet:
- Spend 4 weeks creating your Master List. Every week, add new items that you need. By the end of the month, you’ll have a pretty complete list.
- Re-write the Master List into your favorite notebook, with your favorite pen, and organize it by section in the store for easy reference.
- Find a way to have that list with you every time you are at that store, without your having to pro-actively remember to take the list. This could include your notebook, a digital “note” in your phone, or a photo of the list.
Why didn’t I figure this out sooner?
So, tell us: what are your hacks for shopping at Target? Or any other regular, everyday item kind of store? Let us know!