Do you shop Black Friday sales? For years I watched my sisters pore over the newspaper ads on Thanksgiving Day, deciding which stores they would go to and in what order. I always liked the idea of getting really good deals, but before I had kids, I wisely chose sleep instead. Of course now that I have two children under three and I am not sleeping anyway, Black Friday is starting to sound pretty good! Hot Coffee all to myself that I can actually drink before it gets cold? And all I have to do is get up at 4am? I’m usually up anyway, so why not!
I actually shopped Black Friday last year when I needed to purchase a washer and dryer for our new home. I planned ahead and did some research and ended up with a killer deal from Sears. And it was a lot of fun! My brother in law got in line for me around 1am and swapped out at 2am when I got there. There were just a handful of people in front of me and they were the real deal. They brought their own chairs, a thermos with coffee, the paper and one person even had their laptop! We quizzed each other to be sure we all weren’t there for the same thing. Luckily, they were all there for front-loading machines, and I was the first person in line hoping to score the top-loading set.
I was really surprised at how organized the event was. At least at Sears. Everyone in line was given a ticket for the item(s) they were there to buy. That meant no pushing or shoving, which was fine by me since I was pregnant at the time. Once I had my ticket it was just a matter of waiting. I waited another couple hours, walked in and paid for my set. I was in and out in 10 minutes. Of course by the time I drove across the parking lot to Target to meet my sisters, all the deals there were gone. It’s amazing how fast things go!
oohhh ahhh…my new machines!
My advice for shopping Black Friday is simple. Get organized! By planning ahead and prioritizing the deals you want to get, you won’t waste time and miss out on everything. You still might not get everything you want, but that is part of the fun!
This year, I have a different end-game in mind. We won’t be purchasing any major appliances and I actually have most of my Christmas gifts taken care of. I will likely be focusing on toys and household items and just enjoying the thrill of the hunt!