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Target Has Announced Their 2nd Wave Of Epic Deals

Target has announced the dates of “Target Deal Days” for the deal seekers and super savers.

Target Deal Days are back from October 6 - October 8, 2022 available online and in-stores
Target has announced their Deal Days savings event just before the holidays [/Shutterstock]

This program is proclaimed as a Target guest-favorite, creating an opportunity for shoppers to get the most bang for their buck, shopping the early black-Friday-like savings.

Hundreds of thousands of items in-store and online will be marked down during 10/6-10/8 sales event, in which shoppers are able to make purchases at incredibly low prices.

Target says these deals are “designed for everyone,” and ‘no membership fee is required.”

Even though these deals are made available to all target guests, Target says members with Target Circle™, Target’s free-to-join rewards program, can apply an extra 5% off on all purchases with your Target RedCard. All guests can also shop with Target’s flex pay options allowing guest to buy now, pay later.

Target says “purchases made during Target Deal Days will have our Holiday Price Match Guarantee. This means Target purchases made between 10/6 and 12/24 will qualify for a price adjustment if the Target price goes lower any time on or before 12/24. Some exclusions apply.”

This deals days is said to begin before Amazon’s black-Friday deals grabbing current shoppers before the end of the year sales.

Earlier this year in June, Target announced its overstock sale allowing guests to clear out overstock inventory amid the economic shift since pre-pandemic shopping habits.

This sale marked down items such as TVs, small kitchen appliances, and other merchandise that was in greater demand during the pandemic between 30% to 70% off.

Target deal days will continue as their second-most epic savings deal of the year. Target says the savings won’t stop there, as guests will continue to find incredible deals and everyday low prices throughout the holiday season.

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Back To School Shopping Guide: Tax-Free Weekend

It’s tax-free weekend across several states and now is the perfect time to get back to school shopping done.

Backpack Wall and Sale Price at Walmart Stores in Houston, TX [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]
Backpack Wall at a Walmart Store in Houston, TX [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

Tax-Free weekend gives consumers the opportunity to shop without accruing sales tax at the register. Most items are tax exempt including: clothing, footwear, school supplies, face masks, and backpacks. Uniforms for school and first-responders (nurses, police, fire, military, postal, and other careers) are also tax exempt.

Many stores have launched back-to-school sales and consumers are already saving big on top of having discounted items.

Walmart has priced tons of supplies for under $1.00. Wide Ruled spiral notebooks are as low as $0.25 each. A pack of 24 Crayola Crayons are marked down to $0.50 each. Elmer’s Glue sticks are priced as low as $0.54 each.

Competing stores like Kroger have launched 10 for $10 bundle deals giving consumers huge savings. A pack of 3 Paper Mate® erasers, a 10-pack of BIC® ballpoint pens, and 100 sheet composition notebooks are all priced at $1.00 each.

Another great choice for back-to-school shopping is Target. School supplies are priced as low as $0.25 each. Classroom essentials like disinfecting wipes, Kleenex®, and hand soap can be found for all under $5.00. Clothing items are even eligible for tax free weekend and can be found for as low as $5.00. Huge savings!

Comparing prices and shopping 100% online, I was able to complete my first graders school supply shopping list for a little under $40 and stock up on a few outfits for under $100 each.

I think it’s important to note that online sales are also eligible for tax-free weekend.

When is tax-free weekend for your state?

According to Good Morning America, dates for tax-free weekend are as follows:

  • Arkansas Aug. 6-7
  • Connecticut Aug. 21-27
  • Florida July 25 -Aug. 7
  • Iowa Aug. 5-6
  • Massachusetts Aug. 14-20
  • Mississippi July 29-30
  • Missouri Aug. 5-7
  • New Mexico Aug. 5-7
  • Ohio Aug. 5-6
  • Oklahoma Aug. 5-7*
  • South Carolina Aug. 5-7
  • Tennessee July 29-31
  • Texas Aug. 5-7
  • Virginia Aug. 5-7
  • West Virginia Aug. 5-8

Items marked with(*) has specific items that are exempt from tax-free sales. Only clothing items are eligible.

Back-To-School Supply Drives: Giving Back To Students In Need

Back-To-School Supply Drive Held by Today's Living Word Church - Tax-Free Weekend Opportunities
Back To School Flyer For Today’s Living Word Church

While shopping this weekend, there are several back-to-school drives that could use your help. One in particular is Today’s Living Word Church (TLW) with Dr. Michael and Dr. Martiese Lindsay.

They are collecting donations to help students in need and have pledged 30 backpacks and supplies. During their Live Stream Sunday Service, a member of the congregation pledged to match their goal to add an additional 30 backpacks of his own. If you’re able to donate or sponsor a child, please feel free to donate using the information above.

All donations to TLW are tax-deductible and can be used as a tax-write off for the upcoming tax year.

Have a safe and fun tax-free shopping weekend.

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CVS and Rite Aid Issue Purchase Limits On Plan B Pills After Demand Spikes

Retailers are beginning to place purchase limits on Plan B Pills and similar emergency contraceptives as demand surges.

Plan B Emergency Contraceptives Are Being Sold In Limits at CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart following the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Plan B, the brand name morning-after pill have new purchase limits as demand spikes following the overturn of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constructional right to abortion has led consumers to flee to retailers to purchase emergency contraceptive in large quantities.

On Tuesday morning, CVS and Rite Aid have confirmed to NBC News that purchases have been limited to three-per- person due to the extreme spike in demand.

Limits include Plan B One-Step and Aftera, which are both brand name products of the morning-after pill that include the hormone levonorgestrel. The products are intended to prevent ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

CVS told NBC it has “ample supply” of the medications but that the company wants to ensure “equitable access” and a consistent supply.

According to Wall Street Journal, Walmart has also weighed in on the subject allowing purchases of 4-6 per customer, but only on products that will not ship until next month.

Walgreens is reportedly not limiting purchases, though home delivery is not available at this time due to the demand.

Doctors and pharmacies urge consumers to note that the morning-after pill isn’t intended for regular use, and Plan B and similar brands are not abortion-inducing drugs.

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Sunscreens You Should Avoid: J&J Neutrogena, Coppertone, And More

If you’re thinking about reusing your left over sunscreen from last year, think again.

Last spring, at least 15 brands and 25 million sunscreen and after-sun care products were recalled for containing low levels of a known carcinogen, benzene.

Benzene is considered to be a highly flammable chemical that is typically found in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. It can also be traced when manufacturing plastics, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, as well as pesticides.

Long term exposure at high levels can increase cancer risk, cause damage to the immune system, and prevent cells from functioning properly according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the shorter term, breathing in the carcinogen can cause dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms.

Before dabbling in last year’s leftover supply, recheck your labels for lot numbers to discard of any previously recalled items.

Recent Sunscreen Recalled List

Among the list of 78 sunscreens that tested positive for low levels of benzene, Johnson & Johnson recalled five of it’s products including:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

and Coppertone also recalled several of its products including:

  • Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50, 
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50
  • Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50
  • Travel-size Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 50

While these brands removed their products from shelves temporarily, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement, “use of these products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences” and were recalled “out of an abundance of caution.”

Woman putting on sunscreen
Woman applying sunscreen [Shutterstock]

Consumer Reports tested aerosol products for benzene in this year’s sunscreen ratings and test results came back negative for the carcinogen.

It’s important to note that benzene isn’t an active ingredient listed in the products, so label checking isn’t sufficient.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, “This contamination may be related to inactive ingredients such as carbomers (thickening agents), isobutane (a spray propellant), or other drug components made from hydrocarbons,” according to Consumer Reports.

Experts say consumers should continue to use safe sunscreen options, as it helps avoid skin cancer and other sun-related damage.

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Tampon Shortage Running Rampant: Here’s What You Should Know

It’s not just you. Tampons are getting harder to find on the shelves and pricier too.

Tampon Shelf [Shutterstock]

Nationwide shortages are not easing up as supply chain issues continue to persist and is now affecting feminine hygiene products.

First, we experienced the nationwide baby formula shortage, amid factory shutdown, and now we’re seeing shortages across the board including on tampons.

Why is there a tampon shortage?

Supply chain issues have been affecting Americans since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, when labor demands grew higher and wages were not increased.

For many businesses, they’ve struggled to hire new workers due to the unemployment pay that was ripping through the country surrounding the fear of in-person positions due to the covid-19 virus.

As a result, the downfall of laborers happened, international manufactures began running into skyrocketing costs of raw materials, and business owners have shifted their production plans to better suit the demand of buyers.

According to the New York Times, Andre Schulten, the chief financial officer of Procter & Gamble — which manufactures Tampax, the tampon giant that sells 4.5 billion boxes globally each year — said on a recent earnings call that it had been “costly and highly volatile” to acquire the raw materials needed for production, such as cotton and plastic.

Inflation costs are also making it more difficult to source the product and making them more expensive for consumers.

Bloomberg reported that the average price for a package of menstrual pads increased by just over 8 percent from the start of this year through the end of May, while the price of tampons increased by nearly 10 percent.

These global supply chain issues have been disrupting not only tampons, but also seeing shortages in other common goods such as toilet paper, cars, housing inventory, and kitchen appliances.

What to do if you’re running out of tampons?

There are a variety of other menstrual products available outside of tampons. Though tampons are a popular option, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups and disks, and an array of absorbing underwear are available where supplies are sold.

Many period underwear brands sell for $30-40 per pair, while cups and disks are sold anywhere from $25-$35 and can be reused.

Disposable and reusable options in conjunction with tampons may be the best alternative until temporary shortage is restored to normal inventory.

Drs. warn against stretching tampon wear for longer than average times, as toxic shock syndrome is rare, but can be life threatening when wearing chemical inserts for more than 8 hours or use one with too much absorbency.

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Target Cutting Prices To Clear Out Inventory

Target is working to clear out inventory amid the economic downfall and holiday shopping seasons.

Target Stores + Slashing Prices
Target Stores Slashing Prices To Clear Out Inventory

Target is aggressively getting in front of the economic crisis and pitfall of amassed inventory flood by slashing prices, particularly in the home goods and clothing sections, to clear out bloated inventory.

Target told its investors on Tuesday that they may experience a short-term hit to profits as they slash their prices to get rid of unwanted inventory, cancels orders, and take necessary steps to get rid of inventory.

This news came after a pronounced spending shift by Americans, as they are spending less money investing in home upgrades and renovations, and making more selective purchases on groceries, travel, and other pre-pandemic routines.

“We thought it was prudent for us to be decisive, act quickly, get out in front of this, address and optimize our inventory in the second quarter — take those actions necessary to remove the excess inventory and set ourselves up to continue to be guest relevant with our assortment,” CEO Brian Cornell said in an interview with CNBC.

As inflation across the country steadily rises, Cornell says swift action will allow Target to fend of further pain, and make room for items that are in greater demand, such as groceries, beauty products, household essentials and even prepare for seasonal items like back-to-school and the holidays.

He says the company will begin to see a much healthier profit margin in the later half of the year, increasing from it’s current operating margin rate of two percent to projected six percent as they get rid of stale inventory like TVs, small kitchen appliances, and other merchandise that was in greater demand during the pandemic that would shy customers away.

This isn’t just news for Target and it’s investors. Other major retailers have reported similar pains of inflated inventory and small profit margins as well.

Walmart said at its annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday that 20% of its elevate inventory is items they wishes they never had. Gap also cited elevated inventory levels and says customers tend to skip over fleece, hoodies, and activewear and focuses more on party dresses, and office clothes.

“Retail inventory is elevated.” Michael Fiddelke, Target’s chief financial officer said in a phone interview to the Associated Press on Monday. “And they certainly are for us, in some of the categories that we misforecast. We determined that acting aggressively was the right way to continue to fuel the business.”

Fiddelke says Target is working with suppliers to use raw materials from canceled orders toward other goods that are more popular and relevant in today’s market. The canceled orders have production lead times of up to nine months, he said, and shifting their bottom line for end-of-year sales as supply chain issues cool down is believed to be in the best interest of the company.

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Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Program Returns: Here’s What You Should Know

Target Retail Store Signage, St,Paul,MN/USA
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Next Trade-In Window Is April 18 – April 30, 2022.

Alright Moms, The popular car seat trade-in is coming back this month and we want you to get the most out of this experience.

Twice a year, you can bring an old, expired or damaged car seat to Target and recycle it to redeem a coupon on your Target app or Target.com/circle for 20% off one car seat, one stroller or select baby gear. Materials from the old car seats are recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management. 

Trade-ins must be made during the next window, April 18 – April 30, 2022, and eligible purchases using the 20% off coupon can be redeemed through May 14, 2022.

Target’s Forward Program has reported 1.7 million car seats have been recycled since 2016 and has directly contributed to their commitment of reduced waste.

More information can be found at target.com or visit your local store.