Saturday, November 24, 2007

Black Friday

So, yesterday was black Friday. I used to LOVE black Friday. Seriously. I was one of those people who was up at 5 am to be at the store at 6am. That was when stores opened at 6am, not 4am. I really did love black Friday. I did my research. I had my coupons. I knew where the deals were and I was ready to get them! I felt like I was cheating the system a bit. First, I know that Macy's marks their stuff up like 9 million percent so on black Friday when everything is 90% off, I'm finally paying fair price and with my coupon I'm maybe getting a deal. It was worth it to me. Totally and completely worth it. Everyone around me thought I was nuts. Like completely and totally nuts. But they all gave me instructions, "well, if you happen to see x,y or z do you think you could pick it up for me and I'll pay you back?" WAIT! I'm nuts but not so nuts that you'll let me do your shopping for you...uh ok. And me being who I am, what did I do? I picked up the gift for them and then I probably got them something extra nice because it was "on sale".

I did not participate in black Friday yesterday. I think it's ridiculous now. 4am!?!? COME ON!??! Why not just open at midnight after everyone has emerged from their turkey coma? Honestly, my shopping, in bits and pieces, will get done eventually. The bulk of it, which will be for the kids, will probably get done in the last few days before the actual holiday. I'll probably do a lot of shopping online, as I did last year. It is worth it to me to pay that little extra for shipping so that my gifts arrive at my door and ready to go. Plus, if you google certain deals or online stores you can find coupons to use for some major discounts! TOTALLY WORTH IT!

While I did not shop yesterday- well not really, I looked for a new car but that's not really shopping- I did shop briefly today. I bought another Christmas tree. Shhhhh....the husband can't know until it's up and lit. It was $30 bucks! It's 6.5 feet and it has multicolored lights on it. Does it look completely realistic? No, not really but it's pretty and it will look so nice in our front hallway all lit up through the front glass door with our big tree in the background. I am super excited to set it set both of them up. But first, I must clean. I hate cleaning except for the fact that at the end my house looks great and smells soooo good...I use lots of pine and vanilla around this time of year. So, I'm off to clean and hopefully tomorrow while the husband is at work I'll be setting up one of our two Christmas trees. I'm really proud of the deal I got on this tree....really proud! I sold a few things on Ebay and I used that money to buy the tree and I don't think I can convey to you how super freaking excited I am about this!! Christmas is here and I think this may be the best one yet!! I hope


LunaNik said...

I used to be a big fan of black friday shopping also. I wasn't as extreme as you, but I was usually in stores by 8am and done with my shopping by 11am or so, just when the crowds started to get out of control. But opening a store a 4am, are they crazy?!? I have yet to get a tree. I have my eye on a 4 foot one at Bed Bath and Beyond that's on sale for $14.99. It's all we need. Our place is small, so our tree needs to be, ya know.

What new cars do you have your eye on? I'm obsessed with the Hyundai Sante Fe. If I had the income to get a new car, that's the way I would go.

Stella said...

I saw that tree at BB&B...if you bring a coupon you can get even more off that $14.99. Target might have something good, too! OR even Wal Mart if you have one near you.

We're not looking new, unfortunately. We just bought a used car about a month and a half ago and now with the van gone we have to find something else. I test drove a Pacifica yesterday...not bad. So much smaller than my van. I know you're opposed to mini vans ;) but ours was soooo great...I hated it when I first got it and I now I just want it back. We need something with a lot of room and a third row. I love the Santa Fe but it's too small. I have no problem with SUVs that are economical and environmentally safe but they're all too small! I absolutely hate this! I LOATHE car shopping!

Huckdoll said...

It's mind-blowing to me, as a Canadian, this whole black friday concept.

Usually, I turn on the news that night and watch the hoards people crowded around a store entrance followed knocking each other out before piling - not just their carts - but PULLEYS - with electronics!!!

I laugh and laugh then laugh some more. I've never seen anything like it - but in America!

OHmommy said...

Heehee I sent the husband and the baby out at 5am for digital frames. They were $100 off. Can't beat that.

Hope no family members read your blog. I bought everyone digital frames this year.

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