The Red Sticker Rule

Do you like tips for shopping on a budget?  Pull up a chair, friend, cause I have one for you today.

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

If you’re anything like me, and maybe a fafillion other people, you might have a weakness when it comes to Target.

Target (who has no clue who I am, and definitely did not sponsor this post) can be really dangerous for folks on a budget.  They continually step up their home decor game, making a clear effort to provide curated, eclectic assortments with an affordable price tag.  So to keep myself from overspending at my beloved bullseye, I created the Red Sticker Rule.

The concept is simple but the execution is a challenge.  Essentially, when I go to Target, I only allow myself to purchase clearanced items, which all don a red sticker.  Sometimes I transgress, but mostly I have a pretty high success rate.  Here are some of the items I’ve gotten on clearance for jaw-dropping prices.

Grey ceramic catch-all bowl – $8.94 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Large fabric bin – $4.48 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Nate Berkus navy faux snakeskin 5 x 7 frame – $4.98 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Plain wood woven basket (I bought two!) – $4.94 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Pewter textured square Threshold frame – $9.98 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Melamine faux bois candle plates – large $7.94 and small $3.94 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Nate Berkus desk drawer organizer – $4.98 on clearance at Target

shopping tip - jamie's home blog red sticker rule - target bargain shopping

Great finds, right?  And those are just the ones I kept track of for this post!  So next time you’re at Target (or any other store you love that your budget hates) challenge yourself to follow my Red Sticker Rule… And do let me know how it turns out!

What tactics do you employ to keep from blowing your budget?  Do tell…

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4 responses to “The Red Sticker Rule

  1. good post, I have not employed that rule (yet)…do you find you are able to get what you’re looking for in clearance? My rule is, I go in with a list, and I cannot deviate. If I see something I reaaaally want, I have to wait a week before i can go back and buy it (and I have to buy it with the weekly allowance money we give ourself for extras).

    • Sometimes I do but many times I don’t find what I’m looking for. Definitely a lesson in patience! I love the wait a week idea, I’m totally going to try that! Great tip! 🙂

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