I was just reading an article the other day about how Target tracks and analyzes your shopping to find out when you are pregnant in order to send you special deals so that you will switch some of your other shopping to Target as well. Apparently pregnancy/new mommyhood is the best time to get people to switch their buying habits. But they need to be able to know when you're only in the second tri so they have time to send you stuff and get you in more before the baby comes. Anyways, hearing that you got all deals for baby stuff/gift cards just confirms what I read - interesting! And kind of creepy.
Did you hear about the dad who found out his teenage daughter was pg because of a Target mailout?
How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did - Forbes
I started a registry about two months ago to track what I wanted to buy and also because my sister made me, so they may know from that. I am not a fan of stores tracking what I buy though, I use my sisters grocery store rewards, though I am sure they somehow can track what I buy with my debit card (our online banking has so crazy ven diagram of how and where we spend our money and the catagories get pretty specific like why do you know that I bought food stuffs at CVS??) The only way I see around this is to go completely with cash, but who has time for that. Plus, I already registered when I bought my gun with the state, who cares that they know I saved a dollar on toilet paper... sorry I am ranting...