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20 Things You Should Probably Always Buy at Target

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Shade & Shore bikinis

Beach season is over for most of the country, but Target offers an ample selection of its Shade & Shore brand bikinis year-round. Most of them are priced under $30 for budget-conscious beachgoers.

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Threshold bath towels

Target’s expansive and exclusive Threshold brand offers bath, hand, and kitchen towels priced to compete against homeware retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond. A standard Threshold bath towel cost as little as $8.

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Travel size makeup, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorant, etc.

If you’re planning a trip, check Target’s prices on travel-size sundries. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at some of the prices and the selection, especially compared to what you’ll find at chain pharmacies.

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Target has an enormous selection of toys, categorized on its website into four age groups from 2 to 11+ years. It’s particularly good on hard-to-find items, even if prices are sometimes slightly higher that elsewhere.

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up & up heavy-duty paper plates

Target revamped its in-house brand to up & up in 2009, replacing the company’s bull’s eye trademark with a colorful arrow to distinguish its large selection of affordable goods like sunscreen, diapers and tissues. Ten-inch up & up paper plates currently cost $5.89 for a 54-count package.