I have to admit here, I used to be the biggest Targetaholic in the world. I could even just go there to browse around if I was feeling down. If I had a bad day when the kids were little, when Paul would get home, off to Target I’d go and eat a whole popcorn without having to share it or hear “can I have this or that.” A lot of times I didn’t even buy anything. Okay, most times I did but who’s counting???
Now, I can’t tell you the last time I went there. I used to buy everything there except for our clothes. But everything from the pets food to the small appliances, cleaning products and toiletries. Things were so much cheaper at Target than the local supermarket. When we first got a Target in my area in the 70’s, it was the best thing ever invented. There just weren’t “discount” stores around every corner then.
So now Walmart moves on in. Target is in a little trouble now. I’m not saying that every single item in the stores are cheaper from store to store but what “I buy,” it seems Walmart just has Target beat. Now Walmart has really nice grocery stores in them as well. If I go to Walmart alone, there is no way I can fill my list for the “regular” Walmart stuff and grocery shop. If I’m in a store that long I just get to tired and bored. But this is the best thing if Paul goes with me. I can make two lists, we separate and he does the food, I do the “junk” and we meet in the middle and are done. It’s perfect.
But what happened to Target? My opinion is they got greedy. They upped the “quality” and are no longer a “discount” or “budget” store. The price of the clothes at Target used to be much more affordable but now they are almost, if not as expensive as the JC Penny’s and Sears type stores. It’s no deal at Target. Yes the clothes are a little better quality at Target but we are talking “cheaper” here. The cleaners, pet food and general things one needs, are just plain cheaper at Walmart and that’s now where I do the majority of my “household” shopping.
I miss the way Target used to be but in times like this, why would they change the way they were? Walmart must have noticed the same thing as well as customers like me because if I go to Buffalo, the Target lot is almost empty while the Walmart lot is bursting.
What about you? Are you a Target or a Walmart person?