Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Are You Ready for Black Friday?! I am!!

If you visited me last year at this time, you know that I LOVE Black Friday!! Something about the anticipation while standing in line at 4:00 a.m. and the rush of excitement when you get those sales items...!

To fully take advantage of Black Friday shopping, you have to plan, plan, plan, and that means you can't wait until the ads are in the paper. That's why I love sites like and that post ad scans and highlight deals ahead of time.

Right now you'll find ads from Target (!), Kohl's, Old Navy, Sears, Lowe's, and many more. I highly suggest that you save the ads to your computer in case the companies ask that their ads be removed.

Just for fun, I want to share the post about my experience last year. I have to say it was quite a lot of fun and made for a fun story!

I have to say that my Black Friday shopping was a success. I was able to get all the items on my list, as well as a bunch of items that weren't on my list. (Yes, I am a Black Friday impulse shopper!) Luckily, several of the impulse items are perfect gifts for some of the people on my list...and some are perfect for me. Ha!

Here's a brief rundown of my experience:

12:30 a.m. - Took a nap on the couch. Held my phone so that I would not miss the alarm.

3:00 - Woke up, took shower, and threw on clothes.

3:40 - Left for Walmart. Ate two organic waffles and drank some Dr. Pepper on the way.

4:05 - Got to Walmart. Saw that people already had items in their carts, so I started "grabbing" t00.

4:05 - 7:30 - Wandered around Walmart looking for my items, waited in a wrong line for an hour, tried to avoid being filmed by the local station, almost got jumped for moving a woman's cart 1/4 inch for someone else because it was blocking the aisle...

7:30 - 7:45 - Wandered around the parking lot IN THE POURING RAIN looking for my car because I totally forgot where I parked. Finally went inside and called a wonderful friend who left Target to come help me find my car. Her wonderful daughter and her bff's wonderful daughter (who is also my wonderful student) helped too.

8:00 - 12:20 p.m. - Visited Target, Best Buy, Children's Place, Walgreens, and NY & Company.

12:30 - Ate a whole pizza by myself then crashed.

2:00 - 7:00 - Slept!

10:30 - 2:30 a.m. - Shopped online at Target, Children's Place,, Best Deal Magazines, and Shoebuy. (Got double cashback from ebates plus great deals!)

(Btw, I shopped at CVS and on Thanksgiving Day.)

My friend and I still laugh about her having to "rescue" me in the rain! I promised her I wouldn't make her do it this year, but she said she was going to be on standby anyway. Ha!

Next Thursday, I'll tell you about my Black Friday organizational methods. I tried a new method last year, and I was quite pleased. I can't wait to share it with you!


FindSavings said...

Great story, I hope it doesn't rain on you this year. Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize people could be so anal...I will look out for it.

Cameron Family said...

You are crazy. I can't bring myself to bother doing this. BTW, I love that you had two organic waffles but drank a Dr. Pepper. Hee hee : )

Tonya said...

I am also praying for no rain! It was not fun - although it's funny now!

Jen, I'll bet you that in two years, you'll be out there shopping! (Oh, and I thought you'd appreciate the irony of my breakfast!)


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