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TARGET is my favorite store and I shop there every week thanks to its quality of products and cost-efficient prices.

While the bulk of my grocery hunt is done at Target, I do a small portion of shopping at either a local ShopRite or a Stop & Shop.

1I am 26 and I do the bulk of my shopping each week at Target

This is because I’m able to find savings at Target, but unfortunately it does not have a deli department like the other two stores above.

So, if you’re looking for cold cuts and hot rotisserie chicken, you might be disappointed when browsing through Target.

But overall, Target has a great grocery section and it may surprise you how much of your weekly shopping you can get done at the store. 

My monthly food shopping bill ranges from $300 to $330 per month now, or $75 to $82.50 per week.

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On average, it is said grocery bills for singles could cost as much as $419 per month.

For context, I live by myself in Staten Island, New York - also known as the forgotten borough of New York City.

The closest 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. 

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One way to save money at grocery stores is by purchasing store-branded products.

I have so many favorites from Target’s Good & Gather (GG) brand, which has more than 2,000 products.

But to me, eggs taste the same regardless of the brand.

As long as they aren’t known to send you to the toilet, I am looking for the best price I can possibly get.

At my local Target, a dozen of GG-eggs costs just $1.89 compared to $2.12 at Walmart.

2. Frozen Pizza

As a pizza connoisseur, it can be tough to impress me with a slice.

Although I do enjoy the area I live in, Staten Island does not compare to the pizza you can find in top places in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

That said, I was pretty blown away after the first time I bought a GG-branded woodfired frozen Margherita pizza.

Interestingly enough, there’s nothing that appealing about the box itself – but I figured I would give it a try anyway.

As soon as I opened the box, I knew it wasn’t going to be like your typical DiGiorno pie – and was pleasantly surprised.

The GG frozen pizza featured basil and was covered in fresh mozzarella cheese and crushed tomato sauce. 

It also has basil leaves and grilled tomatoes.

But the best part was the crust and the crunch the pizza had.

The only downside was the sauce quality, but it wasn’t abysmal either.

But for less than $6 at Target - it’s hard to beat that.

GG also makes doughier frozen pizza, for fans that prefer that style.

But regardless, definitely do try GG’s frozen pizza – especially for those who are fed up with blowing up their monthly expenses takeout.

3. Popcorn chicken

Another product I love buying at Target is GG’s popcorn chicken.

The product, which comes in a bag, comes well-seasoned.

I normally layer several pieces of chicken in my air fryer at 400 degrees for eight minutes.

The crispiness and quality of taste after cooking are amazing for a frozen product, which I normally serve with honey mustard and fries.

The only problem I find with the popcorn chicken is stock can sometimes be scarce in stores.

So, whenever you see it buy multiple bags – instead of buying Tyson-branded chicken – which in my opinion has a bitter taste to it and costs $8.39 for a 24-ounce bag.

Meanwhile, I bought a GG-branded 25.5-ounce bag for just $7.99.

4. Salad kit

For those who want to eat on the healthier side, I recommend buying GG’s Caesar salad kit.

The kit comes with romaine lettuce, croutons, a package of pepper, Caesar dressing, and Parmesan cheese.

Just add a little chicken (which does not come with the kit) and you're all good to go.

Last weekend, I bought a Caesar salad kit for $3.49.

At Walmart, a Caesar salad kit costs $3.37, but it’s 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-cups are also a great buy at Target.

In general, buying coffee at a retailer as opposed to a coffee shop could be a great way to save a significant amount of money.

According to GoBankingRates, the average cup of coffee costs $2.70.

Meanwhile, if you decide to buy 22 K-cup packages of Starbucks’ Veranda Blend, it costs $15.99, according to my local Target.

In comparison, you would be spending close to $60 if you buy 22 K-cups of coffee from a local shop.

Another K-cup coffee brand I like is Green Mountain – particularly the caramel vanilla cream flavor.

Normally a 24 K-cup box costs $14.99, but it had a sale last weekend that required buying two separate packages.

Those who bought two boxes of the Green Mountain K-cups would have saved $2 on each package.

Items to avoid

While Target is a great store to satisfy the needs of my 26-year-old self – there are some downsides to it just like with any other retailer.

One item I recommend in particular avoiding is GG shredded rotisserie seasoned chicken, which you can find in the refrigerated section.

To sum it up, it’s very dry and does not taste good.

You’re better off buying a whole rotisserie chicken from a store with a deli and then dicing it up at home.

I buy mine usually at a local Stop and Shop for $7.99 each.

And while it could be tempting to buy non-food items at Target, you’ll want to avoid them at the store.

Popular home decor blog Apartment Therapy did a price comparison and found that personal care items including toilet paper, body soap, deodorant, and a few others are priced higher at Target.

But this likely won’t make or break your expenses, as these items are only cents cheaper at other competitors including Walmart.

Kitchen appliances can also be a premium at Target.

If you need utensils such as forks, and spoons, your best bet is to go to the Dollar Tree and purchase items for only $1.25 each.

This helped me save a significant amount of money when I moved earlier this year.

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Six items you can buy with food stamps – from drinks to gifts

FOOD stamps, have proven to be a lifeline to millions of Americans, helping pay for food and drinks to more unusual items, like gift baskets.

The program now commonly known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) can help stretch your dollar further.

1The SNAP program has been a lifeline to millions of low income Americans and there are several unusual items you can buy using itCredit: Getty

Here are some things SNAP will pay for, including six you may not have thought of.

Some common household food items include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages

However, here are six things that SNAP also allows.

1. Energy drinks

You can use your SNAP dollars to buy drinks that meet the USDA's nutritional standards, including Red Bull, Rockstar and Starbucks Double Shot.

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Items marked with a "supplemental facts" label are not covered by SNAP.

This includes Keurig-style K-cups.

2. Coffee and tea

Coffee and tea that is packaged and that you brew yourself are allowed.

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Ready to drink options do not make the cut.

The USDA doesn't allow SNAP funds to be used to buy any hot beverages.

3. Hunting and fishing gear

Hunting and fishing gear is approved for SNAP money but only in the state of Alaska.

That's because many households live in very remote areas where access to food is extremely difficult.

Many households rely on fishing and hunting for survival.

SNAP benefits may be used to purchase equipment that is necessary to obtain food, including nets, lines, hooks, fishing rods, harpoons, knives, and other equipment necessary for hunting and fishing.

This does not include equipment for transportation, gasoline, clothing, shelter, firearms, ammunition or explosives.

Households that are eligible to purchase hunting and fishing items are given a specially-marked identification card by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance.

4. Restaurant meals

Restaurant meals are an option for those who qualify under the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) and live in a state that participates in it.

RMP serves vulnerable populations, including the elderly, those who are homeless, or disabled.

5. Gift baskets

Gift baskets are also on the can-buy list, as long as half of what's inside is edible.

If other items, for example, toys or clothing, make up more than half the items, it will not be viable.

6. Snacks of all kinds

SNAP will pay for a wide variety of snacks, everything from cakes, candy and chocolate, to doughnuts and pies and even marshmallows and popsicles.

There are some things that you can't use SNAP benefits to buy.

They include:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a supplement facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store)
  • Foods that are hot at the point of sale
  • Any nonfood items such as:
    • Pet foods  
    • Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies
    • Hygiene items, cosmetics
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