Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Shopping

2012 Black Friday Ads
For the past couple of years I have flat out lied to my sisters about going out for Black Friday shopping. I have told them time and time again that I would stay up all night and go out with them in the wee hours of the morning to snag those amazing deals. This has never happened.

I think the latest I have ever stayed up for Black Friday shopping is 11pm on Thanksgiving Day. I just do not have the energy to stay up late and battle the crowds. To be perfectly honest, the crowds do not want me battling them either {I get very cranky when I am tired}. Just knowing that I am going to have to wake up at 6:00am the following morning with two little boys has me in my pajamas and clutching a pillow shortly after dinner has been devoured.

Needless to say I am not one of those people out at 3 am trying to get the best deal on a flat screen or whatever the hot ticket item is. I am the person who pours over the ads and tries to find the best deal for Black Friday shopping on Black Friday. I have done a little bit of Thanksgiving shopping before, but am usually just too pooped to do more than grab a few things and call it a night.

This year I have been trying to keep an eye out for the online ads as well as the department store ads that have leaked early. I have been doing price comparison and have been getting a lot of gift ideas as well. I think hope that my Black Friday shopping experience will be a success. I will make my list and I will bring my ads with me – just in case. I do not plan on going crazy, but I do plan on getting some great deals.

I know for sure that we will be getting the Disney film Brave for Christmas, but aside from that I am keeping my options open and my eye out for a bargain.

When I worked retail I was not a fan of Black Friday. Granted I only worked retail for one year during the holiday season and even then it was for an Office Depot store. While I had a great time working that day {I like to have fun when working. If I am not having a good time, then what’s the point?} I was not a fan of having to be at work at 3am. Needless to say I quickly stopped working retail. I highly value my sleep.

As a consumer, not an employee having to work, I enjoy Black Friday shopping. I like searching out great deals. I love spending time with my sisters shopping for the kids and I really like spending Thursday evening looking through ads with my family.

Do you like or dislike Black Friday shopping?

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