The $150 “Back to School” Target Giveaway!

I know I know, it’s not time to go back to school quite *yet*, but my sources say people go shopping for this kinda stuff earlier than later ;) So today we’re helping THREE of you get on the ball nice and early too with a $50 Target gift card a piece! Makin’ it rain all gift card style! Haha…

And of course I’m partnering up with my good friends over at to do this, since they’re the masters of saving money over there. They actually have the largest digital coupon website in the U.S., did you know that? A nice nugget for your next trivia night ;) Here’s more about RetailMeNot:

RetailMeNot = Back to School Savings

From preschool to grad school, RetailMeNot has the hottest back-to-school bargains for all your shopping needs. You can grab their coupons for school uniforms, books, laptops and more – they’ve got discounts on pretty much everything. And for those non-school people out there (like me, *tear*), they’ve got tons of other great clearance sales too, as well as a handy RetailMeNot Mobile Coupons App for the next time you’re shopping at the mall (it’ll send you deal alerts right to your phone).

They’ve also got a pretty cool contest going on to find the best teacher out there, so if you have a favorite one you’d like to nominate yourself, check out the details here and enter them for a chance to win a 3-minute Costco shopping spree!! (Nominations have to be in by Saturday, August 10, 2013)

Want a Chance to Win one of the THREE $50 Cards?

It’ll be easy to enter as always :) All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win:

What will you pick up with this $50 card?

Anyone can enter whether you’ll use it for school stuff or not, but you do have to be a resident of the U.S. to win (sorry rest of the world!). We’ll run the giveaway until this Sunday, July 21st, at noon EST, and then pick the winner shortly thereafter using

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Excited to pass them out to y’all!

*Giveaway is sponsored by RetailMeNot – who will be graciously mailing you these cards :)

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  1. Free Money Minute July 16, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    My $50 winner card will be used to buy groceries. This is so it will immediately translate to my bottom line and increase my net worth. I am all about increasing net worth at this point in my life. The larger I can grow that egg, the more it will grow on it’s own sooner rather than later. Send it my way J Money!

  2. Ashley July 16, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I’ll probably go for the groceries too. Student loan payments just kicked in, and this would help me direct a little more their way!

    1. Aimee July 16, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Good luck with the loans!! I just paid off Sallie Mae last week, and only have federal now. It feels so good to be free from one of them! Kick those loans a$$es!

  3. HabbieBabbie July 16, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Great giveaway! Im not one to shill for companies, but I love TARGET and I love RETAIL ME NOT! I never buy anything online before seeing if there is a promo code and retail me not is it nicest looking one out there with the most up to date information.

    As for what I would buy: I am a huge fan of their decorative / cool looking office supplies, the colorful patterned ones, magazine holders, recipe boxes anything to be organized.

    I totally pick up way too many goodies there. Sometimes I do my grocery shopping there just so I can see what bargains are on clearance.

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Haha, smart girl :)

  4. Aimee July 16, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I’m in the groceries boat too! Great prices and awesome clearance! I’m a huge fan of Target for everything, and of course I have the debit card (NOT credit card!) for extra 5% off. If the card comes early enough I might end up getting a dress for 1 of 2 weddings I have to go to soon.

  5. jestjack July 16, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    No groceries here….Just school supplies for DD …a struggling college student who is trying to come out of school with no student loans….no small feat!

  6. Abby July 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    I’d pick up some clothes and classroom items…is it sort of sad that a teacher buys her wardrobe at Target?!

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Hahahaha…. I don’t know but it sure made me laugh this morning – thx ;)

  7. Dan July 16, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    What will you pick up with this $50 card?

    I would use it for school supplies. My wife is a teacher and this will go a long way to stocking her shelves.

  8. Thomas July 16, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Hmm $50 gift card for school get this would actually be used for school. I have two boys in their teens so I need all the school supplies I can buy. They go through paper like the are writing a book. And I swear they eat pencils!

  9. Kelly D July 16, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I would buy back to school supplies and clothing for my kids. My son needs new jeans for back to school so they would definitely be on my list.

  10. John July 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I’ll use the $50 for groceries. I graduate in August so hopefully no more school supplies for me (until kids come along anyway).

  11. Holly@ClubThrifty July 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I don’t need any school supplies…but I could spend 5o bucks on all kinds of things~ Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Lance @ Money Life and More July 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I would spend the $50 on… dog toys for my dog for a year. That’d make her the happiest dog ever!

  13. Jennifer July 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I’d spend it on school supplies and take some of them into the daycare that the munchkin goes to.

    She does her “homework” a couple of times a week already. She’s 4, it consists of her announcing that she is doing her homework and coloring.

  14. Kristen July 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I’d get groceries to restock the pantry!

  15. Moneysavingmomma July 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I will probably buy some craft supplies for my little girl
    she loves to color and ourdog keeps eating all her craft supplies

  16. John S @ Frugal Rules July 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    No back to school stuff for us…yet. What I’d buy…one word – diapers! Those suckers are expensive and free money to use them, then we’re in. ;)

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      We’re actually trying out Target diapers right now actually – so far so good!

  17. Jay July 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I’d pickup a bunch of plain t-shirts… I’ve grown out of logos and labels and just enjoy a lot of different colored plain t’s :)

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Love it! I like plain tees too but usually only white. Gotta keep it crisp!

  18. Ashley July 16, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I would get some back to school clothes. Always in need of those!

  19. Jan July 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Summer clothes! And a journal.

  20. David Hunter July 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    No school supplies here, but I would pick up office supplies. Up, my wife just blurted out swimsuit. Yeah, I’d probably buy her a swimsuit.

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      hahahha… good man.

  21. Tina @ My Shiny Pennies July 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I’d use it towards the stand mixer that I’ve had my eyes on for awhile.

  22. Maegan July 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Ideally I’d use it to buy a couple pieces for a minimalist, mix-and-match wardrobe. But, if I can’t find what I’m looking for, it would be great to pass on to my little sister who is headed off to college in the fall and needs lots of back-to-school stuff.

  23. Lindsee Falcone July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I would use it for puppy food and toys for our new little puppy!

  24. Priscilla Amjad July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Well I need to actually use it for my daughter’s back to school supplies, clothes, etc.

  25. Debt Blag July 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Target has these great $20 running shorts that have a back pocket in the waistband that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else for less than $50 so I’d get those and $30 worth of marshmallows (The Target nearest me is slowly becoming a Super-Target).

  26. Kacie July 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Some maternity clothes or nursing tank tops for myself. This next kid is gonna be here in a few months!

  27. Brittany July 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    The gift card would go towards school supplies for my new-to-school 4yo son. Backpack and uniforms… That’s $50 that I would be able to then add to savings from my regular cash flow. Just have to keep building the foundation brick by brick to get that house next year!

  28. Andrea Kincannon July 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    With the $50 gift card I would get a small food-processor.

  29. Kristen July 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I’m moving on August 1, so I’d use the gift card for some new house needs! Probably some new towels, and cleaning supplies.

  30. Mistress Susan July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I will buy the $100 Brother DS600 Portable Scanner.

  31. Jen July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Crayons. Because goodness forbid we send back one of the seven thousand we have from three years of this madness. Also, scissors, folders, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, gym shoes. I have most of the list memorized and my oldest is only entering 3rd grade. Oy!! LOL

  32. Mami2jcn July 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I would buy back to school supplies (notebooks, pens, etc.).

  33. Dzmitry July 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I’m starting a Teaching Job this fall and need to upgrade my post-college wardrobe into that of a professional. With $50 Gift Card I would buy myself a couple of nice dress shirts. It’s very important to look professional in front of the kids and co-workers and even for myself as I will feel better prepared for a position.

  34. Jan July 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Back to School supplies!

  35. Michelle July 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I will probably use it on groceries as well. :)

  36. Mel July 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I live on a sailboat, currently cruising up and down the East Coast and I’m in need of some new throw pillows for the boat. Target is the perfect place for these!

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      SO COOL!!!! Going over to your blog right now to read – love interesting ways to live like that :)

      1. Mel July 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Thanks!! It’s a new blog so not too much to read yet, but I am totally hooked on all of these awesome finance blogs such as yours!!

        1. J. Money July 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

          Glad you’re enjoying it! :)

  37. Jeff July 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    We would use it for school supplies and whatever is left would buy groceries.

  38. Rachel July 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    We have our first baby due in November – hello, diapers! :)

  39. Jeff July 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    My two girls are not old enough for school yet so I would use the money to buy them craft supplies maybe a couple new books.

  40. Shauna July 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I think I’d grab a couple of dresses for work. I’m a grown up now. It’s time to get more fancy!

  41. Jaimie W July 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I have three children, so it would definitely be used for school supplies :-)

  42. Nesha July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I would use it to buy containers to organize!

  43. J Smith July 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I would use it for new clothes and shoes. My work wardrobe (which is also my back to school for my Master’s wardrobe) is looking a bit run down.

  44. Lyndsey July 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I would put that bad boy towards a new graphing calculator! Thank, J. Money, my man.

  45. Jacob July 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I would take the $50 gift card and buy some clothes for my pregnant wife and toys for my future son that will make his appearance in November. Thanks!

  46. AverageJane July 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Backpacks for my 2 step-kids! I loved back to school shopping as a kids and I am stoked to go with them this year!

  47. Laura July 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I would buy school supplies for my children and also for my students at school. I’m an instructional aide.

  48. Jen July 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    We home school my oldest daughter, and we always need school supplies around here, so I’d be using the money for school supplies! :)

  49. Jan July 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I would put it towards groceries. My fiancé is a runner so our cupboards and fridge constantly need to be restocked. I swear it sometimes seems as if a small group of teenage boys empties our kitchen overnight..

  50. garryo July 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I would pick up some new shirts so I don’t walk into class with the same 3 shirts on every week

  51. graduateliving July 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    A semester’s-worth of non-perishable snacks like granola bars and trail mix to get me through long days of teaching and research! Much cheaper than hitting the student café for a energy pick-me-up!

  52. Megan July 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Great idea! I (like so many others) absolutely love TARGET and I RETAIL ME NOT! If I won, I’d do two things:

    1. Pick up a variety of decorative items to help me in my new place. I’m a first-time homebuyer in the middle of a major renovation – so everything I pick up at Target makes it that much more special, and a little more like home!

    2. Buy some back-to-school supplies for the non-profit I work for (we’re always in need of markers, crayons, paper, crafts – etc. for the year for our kids!)

    Thanks J. Money!

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Congrats on picking up your first home! Exciting times :)

  53. Debbie July 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I’m a single mom trying to help my son go to college. No doubt about–I’d purchase as many dorm room necessities as I could.

  54. Leah July 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Tons of school supplies. We have 3 kids homeschooling this year!

  55. Jennifer July 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I would use the money on the great deals they have in the clearance sections. I love to stop by Target just to browse those clearance shelves.

  56. Maggie July 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    If I won, I would probably buy kitty litter and cat food.

    Not that that I wouldn’t buy those anyways, but the Target near me has the kinds I buy, and I need to stock up soon. And having Retail Me Not pay for the next few months worth of cat-having-expenses would be pretty sweet.

  57. tracy July 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Baby stuff totally! diapers, wipes, pacifiers to replace the ones that mysteriously disappear . . . this is where *all* my money goes these days.

  58. Ted July 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I would give the gift card to my wife. We decided to not get each other anything for our birthdays this year (trying to live the frugal life!) but if I could give her a GC to her favorite store, and I got it for free, I would score major brownie points!

  59. Lindsay July 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    New sheets and towels. My current ones need replacing.

  60. Rachel July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    The $50 would go towards an electric griddle for our kitchen. My boyfriend and I have been looking at one for a while but haven’t been able to pull the trigger (darn weddings suck up all the extra “fun” money!)

  61. Carl July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Lots and lots and lots of caffeine, the staple diet of any college student!

  62. Diamond July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Easy, clothes, plain and simple. I have 3 kids; a high schooler and a set of 5th grade twins. I need all the freebies I can get :)

  63. Will July 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    The home office is up and running, at least for me and my wife, the planned kids section is not completed yet. So with the $50 gift card we can begin that project so that our soon to be kindergartner (5-year old) and our 3-year old bilingual VPK candidate can have a creative space for homework and learning time.

  64. Pam July 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Dog treats. My dogs love the retriever rolls that Targets sell and two bags will last a couple weeks.

  65. gosia July 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    socks and pencils! my kid seems to lose them at an alarming rate! oh, and some snacks for her lunchbox… ;)

  66. NRP July 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I would use the $50 giftcard to purchase baby food and or/Christmas presents for my niece and combine it with their coupons to attempt to double my savings. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have now helping raise my 8 month old niece as both her mom and dad are out of the picture. Needless to say as a young twenty-something with no children, baby expenses were not exactly on my horizen 8 months ago and it has been a financial adjustment for everyone. Other than the awesomeness of getting to experience being a mother figure to my niece the other good thing that has come out has been a complete oberhaul of my money skills. Thank you J Money! So now I have a budget, pay myself first, have started a college fund for my niece, and am working on my retirement fund through work since they give me free money to do so!!!!! I also bought a life insurance policy–let me tell you–parenthood sure opens your eyes!

    1. J. Money July 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Wowwww what a big change indeed!! So good of you to take care of your 8 mo old niece like that!! Man, I can’t even imagine what the story is behind the parents :( So sad though… You have a little angel in your care – you will be blessed!!

  67. Jessie C. July 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I would get school supplies for kids.

  68. Heather July 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Maybe with $50 I could find a binder for my 6th grader that would last the whole year instead of decomposing before Christmas break…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. InACents July 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Diapers and baby formula; one never has enough.

  70. Francisco July 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    My son will be starting pre-k this year so i’d get him a bookbag, crayons, paper, pencils, and any other school supplies he may need although i dont imagine itll be much more than that for pre-k. Idk i could be wrong though, I havent been in pre-k for quite some years now lol

  71. Aaron July 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I will purchase some new gym clothes to get back in shape.

  72. Liang Gao July 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I would buy a new computer

  73. Wendy July 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Back to school clothes shopping for my kids!

  74. Erin Williams July 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    My daughter really needs a new backpack this year so I would buy that and school supplies with whatever is left over.

  75. brian July 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’d probably use it to buy groceries! Can’t go wrong with that, a man’s gotta eat

  76. Maureen July 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    They need school items such as backpacks and pens and crayons and notepads.
    Then there is the food for the school lunch that need to be bought as well.

  77. Mysti July 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Yay school supplies! I have almost 11-year old twins who are going into 6th grade (middle school here), and they both have a list that includes a notebook and folder for each class, contained in a binder system (aka Trapper Keeper type thing!), plus all the assorted other “stuff.”

    And my daughter probably could use a new lunch bag. :)

  78. thewayne July 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Find out when I get there… its a surprise

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      doesn’t count as an entry if you don’t play by the rules ;)

  79. Megan J July 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    No kids, but I’m a school psychologist, so I’ll be going back to school soon :) I’d use this a new lunch bag for myself and maybe some games/treats for the kids that I work with.

  80. holly c July 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    baby food making pouches … my daughter is 7 months… I need an easier way to store all my homemade baby food!!

  81. May Bohon July 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I’d buy groceries & gifts! Helloooo, $1 section! :)

  82. Liberty T July 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    $50.00 divided 3 ways( kindergartener, 2nd grader & 5th grader) roughly $16.66 per child.
    Definitly enough to get school supplies for each or an outfit of their choosing…that way they can’t blame their mama for dressing them funny :)

  83. Jennifer Brown July 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    With 5 kiddos, I’m sure I would pick up school supplies and/or clothing items for the kids.

  84. Misha July 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I would use the card to buy a backpack and stuff it full of school supplies to donate to the group that collects them for needy kids. Given how the economy is pinching my family, I can only imagine how bad it is for so many others out there.

  85. Aria July 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    This coming school year I am working at an elementary school four days a week- while finishing up my undergrad. I need some more dress clothes to match the work I’m doing. I would probably use it all for clothing, and maybe to cover the partial cost of a pair of shoes.

  86. Justin Randolph July 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I will use it mostly for diapers and baby things. We are having our baby this week and that is what we are most in need of right now. Also my wife likes target’s breast pump bags. So I would be very grateful if you would consider randomly selecting me

  87. Hannah July 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Back to School period always comes sooner every year. I would go for school supplies for the kids!

  88. Mari Larkin July 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I would probably buy items needed for my new office space. Decor, storage, file folders, etc. Always need things at the last minute when trying to organize a space!

  89. Shanna July 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I’m a third grade teacher, of course I’m going to buy school supplies. :)

  90. Michelle D July 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I will use the $50 to stock up on groceries :) Trying to pay off these student loans!

  91. Christopher July 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Need some shorts, yo.

  92. Nick @ July 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I will use the $50 to buy a spare key for my car, since I locked my only key in there last night and it cost me $100 to get it out.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM


  93. Christine @ ThePursuitofGreen July 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Household items and personal care stuff most likely. I don’t generally buy my groceries at Target. There’s no Super Target round here unfortunately.

    Yeah thanks for holding this! Thank you to RetailMeNot also. I use that site all the time.

  94. nGneer July 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Definitely diapers. I’ve lost count of how many I change every day.

  95. Veachel July 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I would buy…. sharpies in every rainbow color!

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Haha – good one!

  96. Robin July 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    My husband is a pastor and desperately needs some new casual pants for work. I would use the $50 to get him a new pair. And since target is so well priced

  97. Kylee July 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’m likely to buy kid stuff – and have a ball in the dollar section! $50 can buy a LOT of stuff at Target :)

  98. Lauren July 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’d definitely buy groceries… Every bit of saving helps!

  99. Lynda Del July 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I’d get some clothes for the summer.

  100. Carson July 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    It would probably go towards kids clothes!

  101. Marge July 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I would put the money toward school clothes for my grandchildren. Momma is unemployed and her resources are limited.

  102. Jenna July 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    New gym clothes!

  103. Paula July 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I would give it my daughter’s teacher for school supplies.

  104. Samantha July 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I need to jump start my workout routines this summer. I was going to drop by Target soon for a new workout outfit, and maybe even a better pair of tennis shoes. $50 would go a long way there!

  105. Vivian July 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I would buy school supplies. I have a daughter that is a senior in high school this year, the most expensive year of high school, and a son in college. Money has been especially tight since I lost my job several months ago and am a single mom, so every little bit helps toward those school expenses.

  106. Kerry B July 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I need to buy supplies for my classroom this fall and $50 at Target will help start that process.

  107. Michael July 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Clothes and schools supplies.

  108. Caity July 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I’d get a nice case for my iPad mini — making my commute enjoyable helps me save a lot of money by living in the suburbs!

  109. Wendy July 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    School supplies and clothes for the kids and Anything interesting from the clearance racks for me–love the target clearance racks.

  110. Nicole July 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Shhhh…I would buy some maternity clothes my family doesn’t yet know I’ll be needing this winter. And baby gear, of course! ; )

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      wowww congrats!!! so exciting!!

  111. Retire By 40 July 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    school supplies and preschool activities.

  112. Kadye July 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    If I were lucky enough to win, I would use it to buy groceries. I’ve recently graduated with my Bachelors and money’s been tight as finding a job is much more difficult than I had anticipated. Every little bit helps!

  113. Angie July 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I’d pick up some new sheets for my bed, as my current sheets have holes in them! Ah!

  114. Brenda M July 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Use it towards my son’s school supply list.

  115. Chris P July 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    My wife and I would use it on new stuff for daycare. Babies been out for the summer but will need a supply of diapers, wipes, etc.

  116. Sarah R. July 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    School supplies for my kids!

  117. Stacey July 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    School supplies for my three boys :)

  118. Shay July 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I would use it to supplement our back to school clothing budget for our three kids. Even with help from our parents with clothes and school supplies, my budget for shoes, backpacks, school fees, undergarments, and sweatshirts is over $800! Hopefully I’ll find some deals and get a free gift card to bring that number down!

  119. Bonnie July 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I’ve got two kids who need amazing amounts of school supplies and who both need new shoes. Thanks!

  120. Kyle @ Debt Free Diaries July 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I would probably use the money to buy some basic office supplies we’ve been holding off on. New stapler, some stuff to help keep us organized, something along those lines.

  121. Alison July 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I’ll probably used it for clothes for my kids, or maybe I’ll splurge on something for myself.

  122. Jennifer July 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    school supplies for my kiddos of course!

  123. Lisa July 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I will get a new book bag for my son and some new school supplies too. I know his class room will need glue sticks, zip lock bags, and wipes as they were repeatedly asked for last year too.

  124. Shane C July 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I would get school supplies for my Nephew since my sister Is on a tight budget and this would definitely help get him equipped with everything he would need for the school year ahead.

  125. Angella July 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Back to school time is always a great time to stock up on office supplies if you’re not in school. I’d load up on notebooks (I’m a list maker & doodler!), paper, pens, and some coloring stuff for the kid.

  126. Kelly July 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’ve been waiting on back to school sales to pick up some organizational stuff for new house!

  127. Alex July 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    That’s easy. It’ll be “back to school” time soon, and my little ones are quickly outgrowing their clothes! And with another one on the way, we’ll be rinsing and repeating this cycle for many years to come ;)

  128. Mary Gracyalny July 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    My husband and I just got married 2 weeks ago! But he’s moving 4 hours away next month for the next two years to finish his Engineering degree. Therefore, this gift card would be spent on school supplies for him and a sappy movie and a box of candy for me.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      woahhhh, that’s a hard way to start out your marriage together :( you guys will surely be strong after all that though! Good luck!

  129. Jennie H July 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I would pick up uniform essentials from Target.

  130. Christopher Johnson July 16, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Two big pails of Tidy Cats litter (they often have the “buy 2, get a $5 Target Gift Card” offer going, a couple bottles of red wine, and a couple of 2-packs of Merona cotton boxer shorts, since I had to throw away a couple tread-bare pairs that lasted about 15 years. ;-)

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      haha… I had to throw away one of my favorite pairs recently too :)

  131. Heather July 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    It will go to school supplies. :-) As a teacher, I buy many of my own supplies to have on hand in addition to my own children’s needs.

  132. Elise B. July 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I’d use it to pick up some teaching or workout clothes…and maybe even a few office supplies :)

  133. Kevin Vesga July 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I’d use it for school supplies and then buy snacks/frozen food with the leftover money.

  134. Jason B July 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    My practical choice would be groceries. My non-practical choice would be another Roku box for the house (we ditched cable this year). However, back to school clothes for our 3 kids would be a help. They either destroy or grow out of everything in a few months. So I’ll go with keeping my kids from looking like hobos (at least on the first day of school).

  135. Holly S July 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    The $50 will go towards the expensive calculator my son will need for his pre-cal class this year.

  136. Alexa @ travelmiamor July 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    buy new stuff for my new house!!! and I LOVE Target!

  137. Ann July 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I would buy some items for my new home I just purchased!

  138. Mom July 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I would pick up some of the odds and ends that we’d normally get elsewhere – like laundry detergent and deodorant :)

  139. david July 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    uniforms…..probably 500$ for a fifth and sixth grader….ouch!

  140. Kimberly July 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I’ll be using the gift card for baby gear for our 7 week old baby!

  141. Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Glue sticks, paper, pencils, markers. But mostly I want to get my kids new backpacks and new lunchboxes.

  142. Elena July 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I would buy school supplies

  143. kristin July 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I would use it for some new towels!

  144. Charlie July 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’d buy some gas to drive my oldest to Purdue.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Does Target sell gas??

  145. Livivua Chandler July 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    back to school underwear and t- shirts. i have to buy those every 4-5 months

  146. Becky July 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I need a new printer!

  147. Mrs. Frugalista July 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I would buy binders to put the student learning materials that I have created for them. There is simply no money for textbooks in our school district’s budget. I had to get creative and come up with my own teaching materials. My students are so worth it!

  148. Jae Han July 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Great giveaway! I love it!

    Honestly, I would get some baby formula and diapers with $50 card. My wife and I just had our first baby a month ago and just came to realize how expansive they are!

    I’m planning on going back to school soon and saved some of my beer money for textbooks. But seems like I have to use that money to buy my daughter some new clothes…. newborns don’t fit her anymore….

  149. Financial Black Sheep July 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I would purchase notebooks, paper, pens, pencils and other school supplies so I can continue on with my Bachelor’s degree. If I had any of the money on the card leftover I would use it for food. No fun stuff here just my eye on the prize–my degree :)

  150. Melissa July 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I would get some sweet new socks – I broke my leg a few months ago and have been wearing socks and sneakers all summer (big time summer bummer!) and I am in desparate need of new socks. I’d probably pick up a nice pair of sandals too for when I’m finally off of the crutches!

  151. Harry July 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I would use the $50 gift card to buy frames and a mirror or two to furnish the home.

  152. Dawn Dolison July 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I would use the gift card towards groceries. My boyfriend is on temporary disability right now so our household income got cut. He’s home all the time now so $50 can go quite a bit in food…at least the way I would use it.

  153. Chris July 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Target is on the bi-weekly repertoire and we usually drop $150 a pop on groceries and toiletries so it would definitely come in handy!

  154. Melanie July 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ooh – I could totally grab clothes and shoes for the kids. Somewhere between May and today, they both hit growth spurts. Dresses are inappropriately short and flip flops are the only thing holding toes in! :)

  155. Jessica Green July 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I’d use it for grad school and home office supplies!

  156. Melissa July 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Three $50 gift cards!!! That will definetly help me out with buying clothes for my four daughters! That’s exactly what I will buy…clothes for my girls. :)

  157. C July 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would spend it on scout camp related items and school stuff for the kids.

  158. Renee s July 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    i’d buy some clothes or things to furnish my new apt!

  159. ashley July 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    groceries….maybe some other things, they have such cute stuff

  160. Erik July 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    As a college student I know far too well how stressful life can get. That’d be $50 towards video games to keep me sane! Or maybe camping supplies for an even better getaway! Oh, the options…

  161. Kari July 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Hmm…something for the furkids and probably Ben and Jerry’s icecream. Three servings out of that pint is a heckuva lot cheaper than the local icecream places when it’s nearly 4-5 bucks for a cone! Plus the local stores don’t carry what Target does – Peanut Butter world! :-D

    Or to a new microwave….I’m trying to see how long I can last without a micro since my last one died….

  162. Kate July 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I’d probably buy some clothes and some food.

  163. John July 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Update the wardrobe closet – a new pair of jeans and some shirts – thanks for the opportunity…

  164. Kim July 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I think I would use half to buy my kids school supplies, and the other half I would buy diapers for a local charity. Thanks for the chance!

  165. Courtney July 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I wish I’d treat myself to something nice since I’m way too cheap, but in all honesty I’d probably spend it on exciting home improvement gear like Frog Tape and insulation tape.

  166. thomas July 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I’d use the $50 GC to buy 2 lunchboxes for my kid and an outfit or two for his first year of preschool.

  167. Teacher July 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I teach high school in a rural economically disadvantaged school, so $50 would go straight towards school supplies for my students. I pay for a lot of the supplies out of my pocket so any extra money would really help!

  168. Cyndy July 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I would use the $50.00 to buy some items for the teachers who sponsor a program in my school district.

  169. Yana July 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Love those Target cards! Would stock up on bar soap, liquid dispenser soap, and select from household, office, kitchen items and accessories.

  170. Ben Luthi July 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Groceries! Or put it toward rent…

  171. Emily July 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I would definitely stock up on dog supplies – food, leashes, treats, and toys for our 2 fur babies!

  172. Chris July 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Groceries and/or a bedspread.

  173. Brandy July 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I want to splurge on new books, guilt free! :)

  174. Rachel July 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    This will go to help pay for my school supplies! I’m in graduate school and every bit of money to buy pens, paper, and binders helps!

  175. LORI July 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I would use it for school clothes for my high school son or for a new corner desk I saw at target the other night so I can set it up to start a new blog!!

  176. Mary July 16, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I would use the $50 gift card to buy school supplies!

  177. Angel Windley July 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I would use the $50 Target to buy school shoes for my soon to be 5th grader.

  178. Jennifer P. July 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I would use the gift card for groceries and cleaning supplies. Time to clean the bathrooms again.

  179. D'Anne July 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Love Target. Definitely buy clothes for the soon to be high school sophomore.

  180. Lynda July 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    my husband is going back to school this coming fall so this would help in picking up some back to school supplies for him (lol this sounds so funny)

  181. Kelli July 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I would get groceries and other household essentials (toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.), because that’s $50 of my own money I wouldn’t have to spend on such things and could put toward paying off debt!

  182. Rusty July 16, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I think I would put it towards an ipad or an ipad wannabe..

  183. Ally July 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I would use the $50 Target gift card to buy new clothes. I’ve lost over 25 pounds in the past 3 months and I can’t keep my pants up. I still need to lose another 30 pounds so I suspect I’ll be needing new jeans before school starts up again this fall.

  184. Julie July 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I’ll use it for kitchen appliances!! Thx for the giveaway :)

  185. B Spencer July 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I would use it toward some cleaning supplies and some blackout curtains to keep my living room cooler during this heat.

  186. Holly B July 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I’d pick up something for our new apartment; I love all the great modern designs Target has!

  187. One Frugal Girl July 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I’d load up on summer stuff like cheap pool floats and rafts, water guns and super soakers. It’s a great time to buy and hold for next year.

  188. SavvyFinancialLatina July 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I don’t need school supplies, but I would probably spend it on groceries! I love shopping at Target.

  189. Kelsey Jones July 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I’d get some transition into fall clothes!

  190. chung July 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I will pick up some new outfits and school supplies.

  191. Kerrie July 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    I would (or will, regardless) buy school supplies, including many boxes of crayons as they’re perfect for gifts throughout the year and awesomely cheap right now!

  192. Heather July 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    As I am (sadly) no longer in school either, I would spend my $50 on regular household items and groceries. This would free up $50 in cash in my budget, which I would then send in to help pay down my $150,000 in student loans! That way I will save (=earn, right?) 6.8% interest on that $50.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Work it, girl!

  193. Jana July 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I’m with a lot of others on this–I’d use the $50 toward groceries.

  194. Diane July 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    I’m a new canner and I would use the $50 to buy something to can. My next project is canning some soup.

  195. Becca July 17, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    I have two high school students. I would definitely use the gift card for school supplies and/or school clothes. Where do all those socks and underwear go?

  196. Kara July 17, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    I’d buy groceries! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  197. S. Outlaw July 17, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I’d give it to my daughter. She’s a first year dental school student. Dental school is ridiculously expensive. So she could use it to buy things for her new apartment or groceries. She saw a desk she wants at, $50 off would be great!

  198. Jon B July 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I’m going to grad school now so I’ve pretty much got all the essentials for school now (laptop, pens, notebooks, etc., etc.) so I’d use the $$$ to reward myself a little and pick up a nice picture for my bedroom wall and if anything was left over I’d skip on Folgers and pick up some Starbucks coffee =D

  199. Jessica Ward July 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    My fourteen year old needs sneakers BAD, so that is what I would use it for. :)

  200. Jessica July 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Would give it to my nieces and nephews to help them buy their school supplies!

  201. Allison July 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I would use it to buy gas for my car so I can get to school.

  202. Tiffany R July 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    As much as I can of the kids school supplies list – pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

  203. StacyLynn July 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hmm what would I buy with this $50 gift card?

    Wellll…our church does the backpack give away for the kids in our neighborhood who cannot afford to buy school supplies themselves…normally I can only give one backpack, but if I were to win the $50 I could probably fill 2-3 backpacks for kiddos :) If there was anything leftover, I would save it for the classroom that I will be working in this school year for different projects or snackage ;) Both my husband and I are in college, but taking an easy semester; and so school shopping for ourselves will be quite inexpensive thankfully :)

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Awwww good one :)

  204. Eric July 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Stuff for my wife’s classroom! The common knowledge that teacher’s are woefully undersupplied and have to supplement with their own pay is becoming painfully real for us again this year :) $50 can buy quite a bit of paper and pencils so those kids can learn!

  205. Lizbeth July 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I will use the $50.00 gift card to buy all of my son’s back to school supplies and if there is anything left over I can supplement for back to school clothes for him also.

  206. Shannon July 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Diapers……totally uninspiring I know!

  207. Heather H July 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Cute sandals! And maybe some awesome, cheap stuff on clearance.

  208. Vicky M July 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Shoes for my daughter, she has been flying through them this summer! AND I am just going to buy them and she is stuck with them. Ugh shopping with a picky tween is enough to drive the most patient person to tears!

  209. Meg V July 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I’d probably use it to cancel out my grocery bill for the next 2 weeks…Though I do need some boxes for ebay selling…

  210. Tina M July 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    i will buy some back to school items

  211. Bayuze July 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I’ll be getting some iTunes gift cards.

  212. Jamie July 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I would use this cool $50 card to get clothing and a gift for my daughter who will be turning 2 next month. Yes, we are calculating her 529 as part of our net worth, just like you!

  213. Q July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    A new City Target is opening up this summer — walking distance! Mister’s bday is coming up — so a walk to check out the new Target diggs and then a surprise “mad money” moment so he can pick an indulgence.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Nice! That’s like a dream! Haha… (or possibly a nightmare – for your wallet ;))

  214. Candy July 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I’d pick up some new clothes and school supplies for the kids!!! School will be starting before we know it!

  215. Deasy July 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Awesome giveaway. I would buy an anniversary present for my boyfriend ;)

  216. Brittany F. July 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I would buy baby items like clothes and other little things my daughter will need as she grows.

  217. liz July 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Well my student days are long over..but my home office is begging for a mini makeover!

  218. FrugalTeacher July 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Wooooo I love me some school supplies.

    I’d spend it all on Sticky post-it notes. Crazy? Not exactly. Post-its are insanely expensive! And I would love to use them much more when teaching, but as I said, waaay too expensive.

    1. J. Money July 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Yeah they are!!! We should all buy stock in them ;)

  219. Dee July 18, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I will use it towards new school supplies! :)

  220. Corie July 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I don’t know what I’d specifically buy but I would definitely use it on a “splurge” item – nothing practical. With a free gift card you might as well have a little fun huh? : )

  221. Kim July 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I’d help my sister buy school supplies for my niece (and my nephew who goes to preschool and needs 2 of everything – one for home and one for preschool)… my niece is OBSESSED with One Direction so I imagine there will be a lot of that included in her “dream” shopping basket.

  222. Shannon W. July 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Purchase some apartment furniture and decor for an upcoming move!

  223. Sarah B July 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I would love to say I would buy clothes, but I should probably be good and purchase necessities.

  224. Veronica M July 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Hmmmmm since my little one isn’t in school yet, we would use it for in home schooling and art supplies!

  225. Elana Z July 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I would get school supplies and clothes for my daughter who will be entering first grade.

  226. Cordelia July 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I’d use the gift card to buy groceries and household stuff (which we normally get at Target anyway) so I could free up $50 in our budget for our 5 year wedding anniversary next month!

  227. Shilpa July 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Some toys for my daughter

  228. Crystal C July 18, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Target is my favorite store and I always get sucked in to the $300 toothpaste trip, but I’d use it for something boring like groceries. I’m trying to be more responsible. ;-)

  229. amber July 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    i would buy dog food

  230. Alissa A July 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I would use to buy snacks for the house!

  231. Celina July 19, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I’ll use it to stock up on fruit cups. I go through like 3 or 4 a day while I’m at school.

  232. Melissa July 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I would use it on my 2 kids to the best way possible anything would help as I just became a single mom and just went back to work a few months ago and school will be approaching and the will need school supplies and clothes and other needs

  233. Tabathia B July 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Schools coming up and I would use for my daughter school uniform

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  234. Bryan July 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I’d probably some pens, notebooks, and clothes for next year.

  235. Jennifer M July 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    My son already eyed a bookbag at Target and is checking the ad every week to see when it goes on sale. Teaching him young! This would also help fill it with some school supplies.

  236. Riot July 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I’m a science graduate student, so probably school stuff like 3-ring binders, dividers, filler paper, and pens for my remaining courses, plastic sleeves for storing protocols in my lab binder, and deodorant, so my girlfriend doesn’t think I’m too smelly when I actually get to leave my bench. :P

  237. Dawn Sweeps July 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I would wait until my school kids come back to school, and help out those that didnt have their essential supplies.

  238. Abelka July 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    We are all about the school supplies right now, with a fourth grader and new freshman. Viva la Target!

  239. Miriam July 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I’ve already picked up all my son’s school supplies, but he decided to put on two inches over the summer so for me I would spend it on some new clothes where his arms and legs won’t stick out!

  240. kellee July 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I’ll use it for *drumroll* school supplies. Haha The new semester starts in September, and this would help a lot!

  241. Emily July 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I buy household cleaning supplies and groceries. I graduated last year and am working hard to pay down that nagging student loan debt!

  242. Jessica July 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I would use it to purchase school supplies to donate for children whose parents cant buy school supplies.

  243. Megan Cassidy July 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I need some new staples in my wardrobe, so I think I’ll pick up some new basics like tees and jeans.

  244. Amy H July 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I would buy backpacks and lunch boxes for my 2 girls!

  245. Lori July 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I always help my kids out every year by buying the backpacks and a couple of outfits for the grandkids to start school with. This would be a great way to do that!

  246. Jordon July 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I’d buy some groceries, cash is a little tight at the moment.

  247. Julie July 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I just saw that their summer clothes are starting to go on sale/clearance and it’s still boiling hot around here so I’ll probably pick up some clothes while I can get good deals!!

  248. rai July 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Put it towardsa new netbook …..

  249. Marilyn Nelson July 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Back to school clothes shopping and supplies!

  250. Fern Miller (@Fernwise) July 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    With a $50 gift card, I’d buy half of our Christmas presents – the half that is new underwear for everyone. Underclothes go on sale with the rest of the ‘back to school’ supplies, so I get that part of our Christmas gifts now anyway.

    On a related topic (to getting new underwear), we just cut a lot of my husband’s old, fraying t-shirts into clothes for cleaning. It’s the Circle of Life (cue the song from The Lion King)!

    1. J. Money July 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      hahaha…. this totally made my day.

  251. W Crawford July 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Buy groceries and school supplies for my 6 year old. 1st grade this year! Help with the expenses of the 3 month old…….

  252. Heather Pierucki July 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    We would buy dog toys. They may not be human, but they are the best kids Tommy and I are gonna get :)

  253. J. Money July 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    *** Giveaway now over! Will announce the 3 winners on Friday! :) ***

  254. Donna July 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Groceries for sure!

  255. Christina July 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I would by cute office supplies that they have at target and use them for college when I go back in the fall :)

  256. Nikki August 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I would use the $50 towards buying back to school clothing for my kids.