Almost everything you ever wanted to know about shopping at Target.

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Most everyone I know loves shopping at Target. The merchandise is appealing, the clothes are things you might actually want to wear, and the hunt for a good markdown is fun.  After shopping there for a bit I have learned a few tricks that help me make the most of my money.

-Target stores often do markdowns on Thursdays.  They manually scan and then tag the items with red stickers and either leave the item where it is, or often move it to an end cap.

-Common clearance markdowns include 15%, 30&, 40%, 50%, 75%, and 90% (occasionally other markdowns can be seen).  Consumable household items (zip lock bags, toothpaste etc.) often start off at 15%, while goods like clothes often start at 30%.

-Don’t just look for the red clearance sticker! Be sure to check the upper right hand corner of the red sticker for a number that will tell you what percentage off the item is.  15% off is not that impressive and a regular sale price is often times lower than that.

-Toy clearances happen twice a year. Once in August to make way for new toys for the Christmas season, and then again after Christmas.  I usually wait for them to hit 50%-75% off and then stock up.

-TARGET NOW PRICE MATCHES! Take the full add from the other store to the customer service desk and they will match for the exact same item. This even works on things like food items.  If you have a manufacturer coupon, a target coupon, and price match if it is cheaper somewhere else you can get a great deal! Price matching is a great way to prevent driving all over town to get the best deal.

-Target has coupons. There have been some changes recently and I believe that some of the coupons on their site are now manufacturer coupons for Target and some are still store coupons. Since you can only use one of each type on an item the Target coupons are more exciting because you can still pair them with a manufacturer coupon from your Sunday fliers or coupons.com coupons etc.

Valuable Target links:

Target coupons!!!

Target’s coupon policy

Target’s price matching policy

If you are a big couponer you might want to print those policies out.  Keep them with your coupons in case you need to refer to them in the store or politely show your cashier.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions or tips!

What is your favorite Target product, line, or snack?

The Children’s Place Rugby Sweaters for $4.25!

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The Children’s Place has their very cute Rugby sweaters on sale this week for $5. They have sizes from infant through big kid.  If you use the code GGAC9 you should get an additional 15% off making them $4.25! Shipping is $5 on any size order.  The $5 Rugby sweater sale is also going on in the stores, but I felt I was more likely to find the sizes and colors online than in the store. With the 15% off code it basically made up for my shipping. They also have matching hats (my favorite), mittens, and scarfs. If you need these for your kids or gifts SHOP FAST……some sizes are selling out.

What you need for twins: Beyond the gear.

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Now that we have talked about what baby gear you need for twins, it’s time to talk about all the other fun stuff you will need for the precious pair.

A basic layette for twins (Layette-basic wardrobe and bedding for a newborn)

This would apply for the smaller sizes where they are mainly wearing simple soft outfits, i.e.  0-3, 3-6 and maybe 6-9.  You likely could get by with a few less of each in the newborn size since they will move through it fairly quickly. A few preemie outfits will probably come in handy also. My twins were 6lb 3oz and 6lb 13oz at birth and wore the preemie size for a couple weeks.

14-16 Basic onesies

12-14 sleepers

Gowns-This depends on your preferences. Some people love them and some don’t. They are great for easy night time changes.  Get a couple if you think you will like them.

8 pairs of soft cotton pants

2 hoodies or sweaters

20 pairs of socks

12 Soft simple hats

6+ Blankets (you will get plenty as gifts)

2-4 Swaddling blankets-We LOVED the large square flannel blankets for swaddling. We used the Swaddle Designs brand (in the picture above) but they would also be easy to make. They are 43″ square flannel with finished edges.

10 Bibs (unless your kids are big spitters/droolers). We did not use these as much as we expected to.

20-25 Burp rags (I like to use the rectangular cloth diapers and found these endlessly useful)

A couple pairs of the little mittens-These keep babies from scratching their face. (You can also use socks for this instead).

Soft soled leather shoes-Like Robeez. You can find similar shoes for cheaper at Target and other places. Great for keeping their feet warm and don’t fall off easily. They also don’t inhibit foot growth and development.

Waterproof lap pads. These are a little bigger than the size of a phone book and are wonderful to put under your babies buns when you change them so that you don’t need as many changing pad covers in your rotation. I get ours at Target under their Circo brand.

2 Changing pad covers

2 Bassinet or co-sleeper sheets

4 crib sheets-Two for each crib after they begin to sleep separately

2 mattress covers

Other little things

Binkies-Start with a couple and buy more if your babies like them. We like the Mam brand.

Thermometer (Some hospitals will send you home with them)

2-Nasal aspirators-We loved the Nuby brand that comes apart to clean and found them at Walgreens. I like having one for each baby.

Fingernail clipper

Dirty laundry container-We used a small rectangular garbage can with little handles on the side.

Diapers-Disposable or cloth. Twins use a lot of diapers and using cloth is a wonderful way to save money. Possibly start with disposables and then when things subtle down consider the switch to cloth. I fully recommend them.*See below for more information on sizes of disposables.

Wipes-Unless I get a great deal elsewhere, we use the Kirkland brand at Costco.

Baby wash

Diaper cream

Baby Tylenol

Feeding– Depend on how you plan to feed your babies, here are some things you might need.

Bottles-We liked Dr. Brown’s BPA free version

Bottle scrubber

Bottle drying rack

Breast Pump-I used the popular, but expensive Medela Pump in Style

Breast milk storage bags

Lansinoh cream-Great for soreness from nursing

Nursing pads-I liked the washable Gerber ones. The disposable ones can really add up.

Nursing cover-Try Etsy for some cute affordable ones.

Dishwasher caddy-Holds all the little things in a cage-like container so they don’t go flying around.

Things we did not use much of

Baby lotion

Little shoes-When our kids started walking they wore a size 4.

Things to consider

If you twins are the same gender, you will likely be able to get away with buying a bit less of clothes.  Since they can share the same stash and one may be more of the “explosive” while the other does not need as many clothing changes you might need a few less in your rotation.

If you have boy/ girl twins you will get more use out of some clothing items if they can go on either baby.  While it is very fun to have gender-specific clothes for each of them, it does not matter what color some items are and it is easier to organize,  dress, and do laundry if you just have some basic white pieces.  Go for gender-specific sleepers and outfits, and neutral socks, onesies, etc.

Regarding diapers-When we were using disposable exclusively, we used the newborn size for a bit, then onto size 1 for about a month, then spent awhile in the size 2, and then a long time in size 3. If you are asking for diapers as gifts don’t get a huge stash of the tiny sizes as you may not be able to go through them (sometimes you can exchange them though for bigger sizes if that happens).

This list can be easily modified for triplets or more.  Enjoy preparing for your babies and let me know if you have any questions. If you are a parent already, feel free to leave a comment about your favorite  layette or other small baby items that you loved having.