Quick Tip Tuesday: Target Red Perks & Cartwheel


I am addicted to Target.  There, I said it.  Admitting it is the first step right? hahaha.  My first job was at Target, so this has been a long obsession.  As for me, I didn’t need any reason to go there more often… but good o’l Target is always looking out for me and they developed a few really good reasons to shop there… for everything.

1- Red perks.
2- Cartwheel.

So if you’re a Target regular you may already know about these sweet treats… but if you’re only there every now and then, you may want to take advantage of these offers and visit more often.

My first obsession was Cartwheel.  Cartwheel is a money saving app at Target.  You get a certain number of “free spots” and you can add featured products for the week and save a certain percent off on these items when shopping.  You download the app to your phone and the cashier scans it at checkout.  Your discount is applied right there.  Now, you can even scan the items in your cart before you get to the checkout to see if anything you bought is featured on cartwheel.  I love it!  If you’re not brand specific in your purchases, it can show you similar items that are on cartwheel if your selected item isn’t featured.  I’ve had Cartwheel for a 2 years or so… and have saved over $400!  I’ll take it!

In the same app as cartwheel, is Red perks.  Previously, these were different apps but Target made it convenient by putting them together! Basically red perks is a way to earn points for every dollar spent.  10 points for every dollar.  Once you reach 5000 points you can choose from a list of freebies!  Let me tell you something about Red Perks.  I haven’t bought a package of baby wipes in months.  One of the freebies is any brand wipes up to $10.  (This used to be 20, so I was bummed when they bumped it down to $10, but hey, you can’t have it all I guess).  Anyway, I shop at Target so often that I get to the 5000 pts fairly quickly and always choose wipes!! Other examples of featured freebies are:  free pajamas, sunglasses, laundry detergent, movie/cds/books, coffee, pet item, etc.   At one point I know that this feature was only available in certain markets.  I’m not sure if this is still the case… but if so, come on Target!  Give it to everyone! Its awesome!  And if you’re listening, my store could really use a Starbucks– and a babysitter.

Okay, so …there you go.  My tip for today.  If you’re going to go to Target and spend money anyway, may as well find ways to save! Right?   Do you enjoy money saving perks at other stores?  Share your favorites in the comments!

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An open letter to compulsive open letter writers.

Dear people with something to say to someone but no desire to say it specifically to that someone,

Hi.  Thanks for reading my open letter.  I bet you loved reading the title of this and seeing it was an open letter.  It is just so exciting to see someone gripe about something and send the words scattering out into the world like embers from a nagging, screaming volcano.  But this open letter is slightly different.  I am here to say that I am SO TIRED of open letters.

An open letter to the teacher that hurt my child’s feelings,”  “An open letter to the parent that judged my parenting style,”  “An open letter to the doctor that didn’t believe I had a condition.”  AHHH!! What are you DOING?  Why is this a time that you write an open letter?  If a teacher hurts your child’s feelings, SET. UP. A. CONFERENCE.  Do this for yourself and for your child.  Don’t go and spread the business around Internet land, sit back with a cup of coffee and wait for the likes to roll in.  Don’t feel justified by supporters in the comments section.  You don’t need those things.  You NEED to take your struggle to the school and talk it out with your kid’s teacher.  Settle it and move on.

These open letters are driving me insane.   Open letters are just a way to share a story complain about something with strangers without having them ask you to share your story.  It is perfect way to put your personal business on display for a hungry public to eat it up instantly.  If we as a society love one thing.,. it is getting in other people’s business.  You write your open letters because we’re all willing to sit back and read them– ready to take everything you say at 100% truth and we cannot WAIT to share our two cents.  We want to join this narrative.  Your anger is our anger, your truth is our truth.  But why?   What are we getting out of this?  What are YOU getting out of this?

If another parent judges your parenting… you’re going to go to the Internet and cuss them out for it?   The Internet?!   …But why?  Is the parent going to see it and run to you apologizing for their criticism?  Is anything going to change?  Is it going to change how you feel?  If you have something to say to another parent why not just say it.  They obviously felt they could say it to you.  Take your hurt feelings, your anger, your thoughts… channel them appropriately and address the offender, not the audience.

Contrary to what reality TV likes us to believe, everyone’s life is not a drama.  We do not need to know every detail.  We don’t need to know that Cindy in Utah had anxiety that her doctor refused to acknowledge and therefore she went 2 years untreated.  Yes, that is sad.  It is.  I am not completely unfeeling– but that is Cindy in Utah’s business… right?  That is something to work out with her doctor.  I understand the need to get the word out about certain issues, but jeez.  Our brains are overloaded with information.  There is a suggested number of social relationships people should limit themselves to and even though this is debatable, it feels so true.  I cannot take hearing so many individual stories from 328917 different people.  Especially from those that aren’t willing to do anything more than write an open letter.

Now that that is out in the open, I will say this.  I get the open letter appeal.  I get that it is fun to rant.  (After all, I am doing it in this post).  I get that you feel empowered to write your feelings and share them with the world and you SHOULD.   BUT— when I read these open letters I can’t help but feel that it is just a journal entry that you are submissively trying to expose the offender to (or maybe you aren’t at all.  You just love to rant).  I think that is why these open letters need to stop.  Don’t write an open letter– take your thoughts and stand up for yourself.  Stand up for your kid.  Go out and change your world, don’t just write about it for us.  We can’t help you.

Sincerely,

Someone who thinks we should get over this open letter fad.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Honey! 


So we’ve been battling strep throat and a cough in our house for nearly a month. It has been a LONG March. We’re all on antibiotics and while my husband and I get fantastic horse pills for 10 days, the kids have to deal with liquid antibiotics. My daughter is on Amoxicillin and I think all kids really love the taste of that stuff.  This hasn’t changed in 20 years. My brother even smelled the bottle and had a bit of nostalgia ha! He remembered liking the taste of it as a kid. Unfortunately, my son is allergic so he is on another antibiotic.  An antibiotic with a terrible taste.  He has flat out refused to take it.   I felt like I tried everything. I can’t blame him really, the taste is truly awful.

After trying and failing I called the pediatrician to see what I could hide this stuff in. They suggested whipped cream or chocolate syrup. I had neither. I had to get creative.  I opened my pantry and reached for the honey. I thought it would be perfect. It’s thick, sweet and has a strong taste. Fortunately, it worked great! I mixed a nickel sized dollop of honey in with my son’s meds and he gladly took it! No drama! It was almost too easy.

Also, honey is a great natural remedy for cold/cough/sore throat.  It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. When my son starts with a cough I make him avocado honey toast, yogurt with honey or just give him a spoonful of honey! He loves it!

Yesterday was the last day of antibiotics and he has no idea he even had them.  I highly suggest trying this if you’re running out of ideas moms. Pick your battles and good luck!