I’m a super Target shopper
TARGET is my favorite store and I buy there every week thanks to the quality of its products and its favorable prices.
While most of my grocery shopping is done at Target, I do a small portion of shopping at a local ShopRite or Stop & Shop.
This is because I can find savings at Target, but unfortunately there is no deli department like the other two stores above.
So if you’re looking for deli meats and hot roast chicken, you might be disappointed browsing Target.
But overall Target has a great grocery section and it may surprise you how much of your weekly shopping you can do at the store.
My monthly food bill ranges from $300 to $330 per month now, or $75 to $82.50 per week.
On average, it’s said that singles’ grocery bills could cost up to $419 a month.
For context, I live alone in Staten Island, New York – also known as New York’s Forgotten Neighborhood.
The nearest Target store is about a 10 minute drive from me; Walmart in comparison is about a 30 minute drive and across the bridge in New Jersey.
Take a look at some of my favorite items to buy at Target.
One way to save money at grocery stores is to buy brand name products.
I have so many favorites from Target’s Good & Gather (GG) brand, which has over 2,000 products.
But to me, eggs taste the same regardless of brand.
As long as they’re not known to send you to the toilet, I’m looking for the best possible price.
At my local Target, a dozen GG eggs are only $1.89 compared to $2.12 at Walmart.
2. frozen pizza
As a pizza connoisseur, it can be hard to impress me with a slice.
Although I enjoy the area I live in, Staten Island doesn’t compare to the pizza you can find in the best places in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
That said, I was pretty blown away after the first time I bought a GG brand frozen wood-fired Margherita pizza.
Interestingly enough, there’s nothing appealing about the box itself – but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.
As soon as I opened the box I knew it wouldn’t be like your typical DiGiorno pie – and was pleasantly surprised.
The frozen GG pizza featured basil and was topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and crushed tomato sauce.
It also has basil leaves and grilled tomatoes.
But the best part was the crust and crunch of the pizza.
The only downside was the quality of the sauce, but that wasn’t a disaster either.
But for under $6 at Target, it’s hard to beat that.
GG also makes doughier frozen pizzas, for fans who prefer that style.
But either way, definitely try GG’s frozen pizza – especially for those who are tired of blowing up their monthly take-out expenses.
3. Chicken popcorn
Another product I like to buy from Target is GG’s Popcorn Chicken.
The product, which comes in a bag, is well seasoned.
I normally layer several pieces of chicken in my air fryer at 400 degrees for eight minutes.
The crispness and quality of taste after cooking is amazing for a frozen product, which I normally serve with honey mustard and fries.
The only problem I find with popcorn chicken is that stock can sometimes be scarce in stores.
So whenever you see it, buy multiple bags – instead of buying Tyson brand chicken – which I think tastes bitter and costs $8.39 for a 24 ounce bag.
During this time, I purchased a 25.5 ounce brand GG bag for only $7.99.
4. Salad kit
For those who want to eat healthier, I recommend buying the Caesar Salad Kit from GG.
The kit includes romaine lettuce, croutons, a pepper packet, Caesar dressing and parmesan cheese.
Just add some chicken (which doesn’t come with the kit) and you’re good to go.
Last weekend I purchased a Caesar salad kit for $3.49.
At Walmart, a Caesar salad kit costs $3.37, but is only rated 2.5 stars by users.
So, in this case, buy the better quality product for just a few cents more.
5. K cups
For fans of popular branded products, Keurig tumblers are also a great buy at Target.
In general, buying coffee from a retailer rather than a cafe could be a great way to save a lot of money.
According to GoBankingTariffsthe average cup of coffee costs $2.70.
Meanwhile, if you decide to buy 22 K-cup packs of Veranda Blend from Starbucks, it costs $15.99, according to my local Target.
By comparison, you’d spend nearly $60 buying 22 K-cups of coffee from a local store.
Another brand of K-cup coffee I like is Green Mountain – especially the Vanilla Crème Caramel flavor.
Normally, a box of 24 K-cups costs $14.99, but there was a sale last weekend that required two separate packages to be purchased.
Those who bought two boxes of Green Mountain K-cups would have saved $2 on each pack.
Items to Avoid
Although Target is a great store to meet the needs of my 26 year old self, there are downsides, as with any other retailer.
One item I particularly recommend avoiding is the GG Shredded Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken, which you can find in the refrigerated section.
To sum up, it’s very dry and doesn’t taste good.
You’re better off buying a whole rotisserie chicken at a store with a deli, then dicing it at home.
I buy mine usually at a local Stop and Shop for $7.99 each.
And while it can be tempting to buy non-food items at Target, you’ll want to avoid them at the store.
Popular interior design blog Apartment Therapy made a price comparison and found that personal care items including toilet paper, body soap, deodorant and a few others were more expensive at Target.
But that probably won’t make or break your spending, as these items are only pennies cheaper at other competitors, including Walmart.
Kitchen appliances can also be a premium at Target.
If you need utensils like forks and spoons, your best bet is to go to Dollar Tree and pick up some items for just $1.25 each.
It saved me a lot of money when I moved earlier this year.
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