How Do You Black Friday?

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Cute pup picture:  I came into the bedroom last night and was surprised to find James had somehow wiggled under the pillows without really disturbing them at all.

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Breakfast was a repeat from yesterday – so good I had to have it again!

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  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Pecans
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Loaf

 

Alright – I have a silly question for my fellow Americans.  How do you β€œBlack Friday” shop?  Do you just show up at the mall at 3 AM and wander around or is there a way to see what the sales will be beforehand?  Do you make a list of what you’re looking for?

 

You see, the Husband and I have actually never truly done Black Friday shopping.  I know that sounds strange, but take into consideration that…

 

The Husband is English…

And my family would pretty much do anything to avoid waking up at 3 AM to go to the mall.

But this year, the Husband and I are REALLY excited to try to go Black Friday shopping because we’re hoping we can save major $$ on Christmas presents.  So – how do you do it, exactly?

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 24, 2010, 8:44 am

    I tend to shy away from Black Friday unless there’s something very specific I want. The stores are CRAZY so it’s important to have a plan! Most stores come out with circulars/ads that have their Black Friday deals on them, most of which you can find online. Find a few key things you want, and if its something major like an electronic that is an amazing deal, you have to get to the store when or before it opens to guarantee getting it. Good luck!!

  • Kelly November 24, 2010, 8:44 am

    I haven’t ever done Black Friday either. But I hear the best way to go about it is to plan. Scope the adds and then make a game plan!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up November 24, 2010, 8:48 am

    My family and I scope out the sale papers after Thanksgiving dinner and make a plan for the next day. We hit the places early in the morning that have the best deals on those items we’re interested in and leave the rest for later in the day! We get up super early, go out and get what we need, and then come back mid morning (around 9-10AM) for breakfast and a quick nap and then head back out. πŸ™‚ Getting up that early actually started out as a joke a few years ago but now it’s a tradition that we all really love. πŸ™‚ My best advice is to just make a plan and make sure you know what you really want before getting out in the mess!

    • Leah @ L4L November 24, 2010, 10:23 am

      Ditto. That’s exactly how we’ve done it. You have to map it all out. And there is the divide and conquer method as well. I’m going to be doing Black Friday online this year though. Amazon rocks!

    • Vikki November 24, 2010, 11:25 am

      My cousin and I have done it for years. We plan ahead via the ads and know what we want to get each person. We also aren’t “doorbusters” per se. We get there about an hour after everything is open, but before all the good stuff is gone. Lines are shorter and more manageable that way. If we plan well, we’re done by 10 am and have the rest of the day free for fun stuff.

    • susan (stepping off the coaster) November 24, 2010, 11:44 am

      I agree with Sarah… perfect strategy! And I don’t know where Vikki lives, but in Portland, for the really amazing sales (like super cheap electronics) you better be in line when the store opens! They sell out quick.
      Find the best deal that you really really don’t want to miss, and go there to get in line before they open!

      Black Friday can be a lot of fun, as long as you go in knowing it’s going to be complete chaos! =)

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 24, 2010, 8:53 am

    I’ve never gone out Black Friday, it’s much too chaotic for me!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 24, 2010, 8:53 am

    It’s not worth it to buy anything on Black Friday that you weren’t planning on buying in the first place.

    Like with any sale, just because it’s a good deal doesn’t mean it’s not a waste of money if you don’t need it.

    • kelly November 24, 2010, 9:23 am

      Amen!!! Totally agree πŸ™‚

      • Natalia November 24, 2010, 12:32 pm

        That is completely true, a lot of people buy things they wouldn’t have otherwise. But you have to admit that Black Friday is great for buying Christmas gifts for others!

        I think this year Black Friday will be even more crazy than past years with the way our economy is right now- people will do anything to save some money! I’m a die hard fan of Black Friday but I have to admit I’m a bit scared of what this year will bring :S

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 24, 2010, 8:55 am

    I avoid Black Friday like the plague! But, some of my family goes and they always check out all the ads and go in with a game plan. Make a beeline towards x product at y store, pay for it, and get out.

    And, lots of coffee.

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please November 24, 2010, 8:55 am

    I always plan Black Friday out. I think the crowds are too overwhelming that day to try to just wing it and expect to find anything good. A lot of places have special Black Friday online sales though, so that’s always an option if the stores are too hectic or you can’t drag yourself out of bed at 3 a.m.!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired November 24, 2010, 8:56 am

    Get a newspaper tomorrow morning and it should have the ads in it. Or get online and check them out. Usually, if we don’t see anything in the ads we weren’t planning on getting anyway, we don’t go out. It’s so easy to get sucked into all the junk for
    sale.

  • JenATX November 24, 2010, 8:56 am

    I do black Friday by sleeping in & laughing at everyone shopping at the mall. lol
    I do know a friend whose family participates. The night before, everyone sits at the huge dining room table & spreads out the newspapers & then they make a list of who is shopping where. I’ve seen pics, it actually looks kind of fun

  • Jessie November 24, 2010, 8:57 am

    I love Black Friday shopping but I don’t do the early mornings. My Mom and I always get up and out around 9 AM and we take advantage of whatever deals are available then…and if the lines are too long we may even pass on a particular store. We spend the day leisurely shopping and enjoying time together; and we usually still get some pretty good deals without participating in all of the madness. Sadly, this year will be with the in-laws so I will be passing on the shopping altogether.

  • Evan Thomas November 24, 2010, 8:58 am

    I’ve been to many a store on Black Friday. First you have to pick what you’re really after. Shop all the circulars for the “big items” because those will be gone by 4:05 am and pick the order for your stores accordingly. You’re going to want to get there at least 15 minutes early. Always have a list and a goal and don’t spend time browsing any of the stores–get what you want and move on. Spend all your time shopping the circulars instead, and when it comes time to shop have them handy so you know what you’re looking for. And you can expect to have 30 minute lines so you might want to split up at some point.

    • Tabatha November 24, 2010, 11:51 am

      This is excellent advice

  • Ash November 24, 2010, 8:59 am

    Your best bet is to have a plan of attack. Know what you’re buying and for who and really scout out where the good sales are going to be. It takes a lot of work but you need to be up and out earrrrly in order to get the good deals! Good luck!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 24, 2010, 9:00 am

    I have worked in retail, so I avoid Black Friday as much as possible. There is some good advice above me: get there a little early, plan what you want (you could even scope out the store tonight to see where items are/will be). Don’t bother trying to get “big” items at department stores – usually they only have 2-3 in stock and then you are SOL.

    Check online, usually stores have just as good deals online as they have in the stores. Plus lines in the stores are crazy, so be prepared to wait!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 24, 2010, 9:02 am

    oh my goodness, I love James!

    I’m not much of a shopper and have never done Black Friday either, so I look forward to reading other’s responses πŸ™‚ The whole things kind of overwhelms me, but I’m not much of a shopper to begin with πŸ™‚

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 24, 2010, 9:05 am

    I’ve never done Black Friday shopping either- I can’t stand crowds! But my sister usually does it, she buys a newspaper on Thanksgiving Day, which should be filled with lots of store ads.

  • Stephanie November 24, 2010, 9:06 am

    Scope the ads that come in the newspaper on Thanksgiving and rank what you want the most. If it’s a big ticket item, you’ll probably only be able to pick one! bfads.net has most of the ads up already so you can get a jump.

    I may be insane but I LOVE everything about Black Friday! The stores are crazy and there’s a ton of people but it’s so fun!

  • Casey November 24, 2010, 9:07 am

    No Black Friday shopping for me! We will be at my aunt’s house for most of the weekend, and she lives about 2 1/2 hours from a mall. It’s great!!! I did a little shopping yesterday evening, and it seemed like the stores were all stocked and ready for the crowds! Good luck!

    LOOOOOOVE the picture of James. My dog does the same thing with blankets! She has to be covered up, or she will just sit and shiver. I have so many pictures of her nose poking out from a pile of blankets.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit November 24, 2010, 9:07 am

    I’m staying as far away from any mall as possible on Friday. I’ll be at my parents’ house, and they live in the boonies πŸ™‚

    • anonymous November 24, 2010, 1:36 pm

      haha πŸ˜€

  • anonymous November 24, 2010, 9:10 am

    I cant wait for black friday- one of my fav days of the year! i dont plan, but i probably should πŸ˜€

  • Sarah W. November 24, 2010, 9:11 am

    I didnt ever go Black Friday shopping until 2 years ago. 2 years ago was the first ever year that myself, my mom, her sister, my 2 cousins went shopping. Basically we just go to the mall looking for clothes/shoes – My mom buys clothes for me for Hanukkah and sometimes if I see something I REALLY want, my aunt will get me something as well. My aunt also buys clothes for my cousins.

    We generally dont go Black Friday shopping as a means for our christmas presents – funny enough! I’m already 80% done with christmas shopping for other people (I try to do most of it online at amazon or go to Target) πŸ™‚ easy peasy and we spend about $300 on the family.

    This year we are still doing the annual shopping trip my cousins & my aunt on Friday – I’m excited. And we dont meet up til about 11am! Last yr we shopped from 11am-11pm – it was crazy.

    This year however, hubs and i want to buy ourselves a new tv so I’ve been keeping an eye out on the ads – I was told to stalk bestbuy.com online at 9pm on thanksgiving so that’s what I will do.

    Otherwise, I’m not a fan of 2am/4am/5am doorbuster crap. waste of time. and madness.

  • Jes November 24, 2010, 9:13 am

    this website has a lot of the major black friday ads on the site… http://www.blackfriday.info

    • anonymous November 24, 2010, 1:37 pm

      thank you!! great site πŸ™‚

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 24, 2010, 9:13 am

    it is crazy! i did it one year – stayed up and went to the outlets at midnight and then waited in line a target in the freezing cold at 4am. this experience was fun and i’m glad i did it (got an great flat screen tv!). but once was enough.

    whatever you do, don’t take time to leisurely look around first. if you are buying electronics, have a plan. you have to run – this is competitive shopping. πŸ™‚

    • Orla November 24, 2010, 10:10 am

      that sounds like the episode of friends when Monica was wedding dress shopping and had the other two kitted out with whistles! ha!

      • Deanna November 24, 2010, 11:12 am

        Love that one!!

  • Brittney November 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    Awww, love that picture of James in the pillows! So cute! If you figure out the Black Friday shopping chaos, let me know. I went to Radio Shack for some phones on Black Friday last year (which was mostly a FAIL), and that’s about the extent of my experience.

  • Kelsey November 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    I make a loose plan of what I wanted to buy everyone on my list so that I don’t go crazy and buy things I don’t need. Then I look through all the ads and see where I can get the best deals on the most things on my list (If you’re getting a lot of stuff at one place it makes standing in line for more than an hour to check out much more bearable). That’s the store I’ll start at (This year its Target for me). Then from there I go to other stores that are in close proximity and that I know have things I need.

    Don’t be afraid to just turn around and walk out! I went to Old Navy one year and just wanted to get a fleece that was on sale for my mom. The line was sooooo long that I decided that my time was more valuable than the $5 more I’d pay for it the next week.

    Also, if a big ticket item (like a GPS) is “gone” in the morning, and its not out of your way, check back in the afternoon. I did that last year and the store was less crazy then and a nice worker went in the back to check if they had more for me and wheeled out a cart full of them! When things were so crazy in the morning no one had time to go in the back and restock the shelf.

    You’ll have so much fun!!! I love it πŸ™‚

  • brandi November 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    I’ve NEVER gone at 3 or 4 am, but my mom and sisters have a tradition of doing some shopping on Black Friday.

    We were usually out of the house between 6-7 am and always went to the same mall. After a few years of going to the same place, we figured out when the best time was to hit certain stores and we were ALWAYS done and ready to come home at lunch time, which is when is start to get even crazier.

    We have our eyes on a new tv, too! Other than that, we may look at furniture for our new house(!) but nothing else is on the radar.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    It is madness, but it can be fun… especially if there’s something special you want to get like crazy doorbuster specials on electronics, cameras, etc. In that case, nap from 9pm to 1am. Then, out the door by 2am. Shop. Then, to breakfast. Then, home and napping again by noon.

  • Charlie November 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    James is soooo cute :).
    I don’t really understand what black Friday is.

    • anonymous November 24, 2010, 1:38 pm

      only the best day ever πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 2:48 pm

      It’s the day after Thanksgiving, massive holiday sales in America!

      Also the best day ever.

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 24, 2010, 9:15 am

    I’ve done it a few times (though not this year). Research the best deals in advance, either online or in the paper ads on Thanksgiving, and make a schedule. My dad still does this. He may or may not have a problem.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 24, 2010, 9:16 am

    I’ve never done Black Friday either because I live in Canada, but I know one of my co-workers went last year and did the whole up-super-crazy-early thing. I believe she scoped out a bunch of sale papers online beforehand, and had a list. I think lists are a safe way to go because you actually remember what it is you’re looking for, but maybe make a list of alternatives for each person that you’re shopping for, just in case you find some crazy deal that works out better. I’m excited to hear how your first experience goes! πŸ˜€

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 24, 2010, 9:17 am

    I avoid Black Friday, but I lovvvve Cyber Monday. No crowds, and I still get great deals!

  • Ella November 24, 2010, 9:17 am

    I do black friday by sleeping until noon and then going on a long run to undo some damage from the day before..Oye vey, the only time I’ve been in a mall on black friday was freshman year when I was working at Hollister, I worked from 8 AM-11 AM(it sucked so bad that they rotated us out every 3 hours instead of the normal 5)…IT WAS INSANE. Crazy middle schoolers everywhere! Make sure you have a game plan, and that you’re wearing comfy shoes and are properly caffeinated…!

  • Nicole November 24, 2010, 9:18 am

    I used to love getting up early to go shop because I love shopping in general. We’d spend Turkey Day perusing the ads in the paper, deciding where to go first and what we were getting. There was one year I waited FOREVER in line at Best Buy while clutching an XBox and a copy of Halo 2 because their computers kept crashing…and we all know that Best Buy isn’t the fastest place to checkout on a good day.

    This year I don’t feel the usual anxiety to run out and score some deals. I might avoid the malls altogether unless my mom wants me to meet her after her shift at the store. It’s too hard to shop for anyone anymore because we tend to buy stuff for ourselves all the time. I’ve come to a place in my life where I’d just rather spend time with family than worry about buying gifts. If anything, I’m going to get small foodie gifts for my immediate family that will be from local sources like wine, cheese, or a gift card for some awesome Jeni’s ice cream!

  • Marg November 24, 2010, 9:18 am

    Sometimes I go, but it gets crazy! I don’t recommend doing the 3 in the morning thing, normally they only have 4 of that big ticket item. I’d get there around 8am because I think you still have some of the early bird savings left. I think the savings drop a bit after 9-10 am. Check the ads though. A lot are doing sales at anytime now and can find good deals online, but I still love shopping in stores.

  • Tamika November 24, 2010, 9:19 am

    I’m not a shopper but find liken Black Friday to a competition. I may not stand outside in the cold at 3, but I will set my alarm for 6 and scope out the smaller stores that have a million locations (Radio Shack) and hope for the best. I also sneak a peek at the Black Friday websites. http://www.blackfriday2010.com/ is a good one to see all of the deals beforehand. I hope to pick up a Nook for my mom being that I’m going to a small town to spend the holiday. Wish me luck. I look forward to reading about your experience.

  • Corie November 24, 2010, 9:21 am

    Definitely go buy the newspapers today and tomorrow because that’s where all the print ads are. You should have some kind of a plan for what you want/where you want to go. I go with my sister in law and we start at 3AM. If you don’t want the big ticket items like a tv then you don’t necessarily have to start that early but a lot of the good deals go fast so it’s a good idea to just get up and go. Last year we were home and back in bed by 9AM : )

  • Julianne November 24, 2010, 9:24 am

    Planning is key like everyone mentioned! My aunt and I usually go out around 9 and score the deals then, but I’m not spedning t-day with her this year. Instead, I will probably go to the local furniture store and score the chair I’ve had my eye on – its going to be 58% off. First 50 people in store get a $50 gift card and I have no idea if people will be lining up for this or not.

  • Molly @fuelherup November 24, 2010, 9:24 am

    Pick out the stores you want to go to and get there early! And if you’re going to, say, Target, when you’re about 20 minutes away from being done shopping, send your husband to stand in line for you! The killer part is waiting to check out. If I weren’t getting there right when the stores opened, I wouldn’t go at all. It gets crazy!

  • B November 24, 2010, 9:26 am

    LOVE black Friday! My family’s plan is like this: go through the ads on Thanksgiving (this actually becomes a fun holiday tradition) circle the great deals that you really want. BF morning, get to the store at the very least 30 minutes before opening. If there are multiple stores close to each other, split up. If the store has maps showing where the big ticket items are, grab one and plan your route! After I get my main items, I will usually check out the books, music, dads (last year I bought seasons of gossip girl and gilmore girls at target for $7 each). Just remember to give yourself a budget for items like these!! Also, if you are near an outlet center that opens at midnight, don’t go until after your other shopping. I learned that the one near me is dead around 7 or 8 AM and the sales are just as good as the midnight ones!

    Just remember to have fun with it and good luck!

    • B November 24, 2010, 9:40 am

      Dads = DVDs. I swear I don’t go BF shopping for hot dads! Lol

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor November 24, 2010, 9:29 am

    I’ve seen a few reports this year that Black Friday won’t be “worth it” this year as a lot of retailers are offering deep discounts throughout the holiday week. I’d be sure to scope out what you’re looking for in advance. Chances are you might be able to save yourself from a 3AM wake-up call!

  • tina November 24, 2010, 9:30 am

    haha i wait until cyber monday and do all my shopping online!!!!

    as i currently work in the retail industry, i can confirm that this year’s deals aren’t expected to be as steep! most retailers are spreading out the deals and keeping inventory slim on any doorbusters!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2010, 9:31 am

    Ha, we’ve never done black Friday shopping either. Kind of freaks me out, but I know you can save major bucks that way.

  • Jen @ Canoe of Life November 24, 2010, 9:32 am

    Black Friday shopping can be fun if you don’t get too serious. Definitely get the paper on Thursday morning with all the ads and compare the prices to your shopping list. Then make a plan of attack:
    -start with coffee
    -prioritize based on the best deals or your must haves
    -have one person wait in the long check out line while the other runs to get the items
    -have your cell phones on and charged
    -be aware that some stores set up special displays so you might not find the sale item in the typical department
    -end with breakfast and a nap
    Good Luck!!!!

  • Meg November 24, 2010, 9:34 am

    In high school I worked retail and had to work 10 hours on black friday and it was MISERABLE! So nowadays I celebrate black friday by sleeping in and avoiding stores for the entire weekend. Too many traumatic flashbacks hahhaha

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 24, 2010, 9:37 am

    James is so cute! I have never been Black Friday shopping but I wish you luck. I have heard that you can save some money but after having to wake up early for school every day I’d much rather sleep in πŸ™‚

  • Lisa November 24, 2010, 9:38 am

    As others have said, having a plan is key. My mom and I normally go but not as doors open-more like 6 or 7 am. Its pretty crazy but as long as your not trying to get somewhere when stores open and get an item that is limited its not too bad. For me its more of a fun tradition. Look at sales ads tomorrow and see if there are any things you would like to get that are on sale. I typically skip the mall and do more department stores. As long as the store is organized its not that bad. Target is always really well organized and quick. Have fun!

    Love the puppy picture by the way! Soo cute! πŸ™‚

  • Tracy November 24, 2010, 9:39 am

    I never really thought much about Black Friday shopping until I met my husband. For the past 4 years we have been pretty serious about it. We don’t just think about it the weeks prior to Thanksgiving, but all year long. If there is a hot ticket item we want, or something very expensive, we wait to hear about the Black Friday deals. We are on the email list to hear about what all stores are offering and we also do research a few weeks in advance. We then prioritize what we want and need. Our mall has Midnight Madness which is a great way to get some super deals before all the other stores open. We save a ton of money, and often get stuff that we normally wouldn’t have because of the unbelievable discounts. It’s always a long day, but so fulfilling!

  • Melissa November 24, 2010, 9:41 am

    I’ve found that Black Friday being beneficial and worthwhile depends on what I am buying. I usually start by making a list of exactly what I need to buy. Then, I spend some time scoping out the Black Friday ads online (http://www.bfads.net/ is a great site for this, but there are plenty of others out there). After that, I search online for retailers and see what the prices are like if I buy the items online and if there are coupons or promotional codes available (Sign up for store emails; retailers will send you all sorts of online-exclusive coupons!). Finally, I compare the prices to see if it’s really worth waking up early for; if the difference between buying an item online with promotional codes and buying it in the store 20 minutes away at 3am is $5, you’d best believe that I will be staying in bed!

  • Tom in Maine November 24, 2010, 9:42 am

    My daughter and I do it every year as a tradition. We started when I was looking for my first xbox360, and now she looks forward to this morning all year. When you can create a special tradition – stick with it and make some memories!

    We get the paper on TD, read up on items, do your research on what you need in advance. 1) do not fall for things you do not need or want just because they seem like a deal. Impulse buying is what the stores want you to do. 2)Really think if what you buying is a deal, all things are not super cheap, just the targetted items the store marks down. 3) Go out to breakfast! That is a must do.

    Have fun, and GREAT blog.

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 24, 2010, 9:44 am

    I have never gone Black Friday shopping. The combination of waking up at o-dark-thirty and fighting crowds just isn’t my cup of tea!

  • Tami November 24, 2010, 9:45 am

    its’ good to have a list of specific things you want and that you know are on sale (just not on sale but a good price) My husband went out years ago to get a video camera and it was worth it but i am not sure it’s worth the hassle just for regular old stuff..like computers, tvs really seem to be marked down but every store only has a few to sell

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle November 24, 2010, 9:47 am

    I don’t do it. Not a fan. I’d rather sleep in and enjoy my holiday weekend that fight crowds. Also, I’d rather support small local businesses than those big box stores that typically do black Friday specials. Instead I think I might venture out for Small Business Saturday. http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/

  • Maren November 24, 2010, 9:48 am

    my recommendation is to NOT go together. Definitely take some time today so scope out some “hot” items. The local newspaper should have a zillion ads in it today! Things disappear so quickly that you will want to get them asap. I have also heard that the HDTVs that they are selling aren’t as great of quality as they normally are. Manufacturers make them “special” for black friday. So if you are making a big purchase, make sure you are very informed! and most of all GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN! Don’t be bummed if you don’t find what you’re looking for. It just wasn’t meant to be!

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler November 24, 2010, 9:48 am

    I try my hardest to NOT leave the house on Black Friday!

  • Katie November 24, 2010, 9:53 am

    I hate Black Friday! Totally not worth it, trust me, there will be more sales.

    That pumpkin loaf look sooo good. And cutest pic of James!

  • Lu November 24, 2010, 9:54 am

    I’m actually hoping that some veteran will adopt me, take me to Kohl’s or something, and show me how to do it. This is actually the first year I’m considering it.

  • Victoria November 24, 2010, 9:59 am

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    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 2:51 pm

      I hope they find her πŸ™

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 24, 2010, 10:01 am

    I try to boycott Black Friday as much as possible. Since my family is all still together, I find it much more enjoyable to spend time with them than to deal with the crowds, but I know lots of people enjoy it.

    • Casey November 24, 2010, 10:09 am

      I agree!!! Our family used to do Black Friday shopping, but I’m glad we gave it up. Now we just hang out together and eat!!!

  • sweeter salt November 24, 2010, 10:01 am

    I don’t – haha! The best deals are actually online anyways, so I save my self the frustration and stay home.

    p.s. That pup picture is too cute!

    Laura

  • manda November 24, 2010, 10:05 am

    i’m canadian, so i’ve never shopped on black friday either! there’s a small movement called ‘buy nothing day’ that is an anti-consumerist idea. some people protest at the big box stores, others just don’t purchase anything, but the idea is that our society completely over consumes pretty much everything, and this is a good way to bring attention to that problem. anyways, i would say, unless you’re going to buy a specific thing (or things) and if you’re brave enough to go to the malls, then do it. because honestly, if you’re going to buy it anyways, might as well get a deal on it.

    • manda November 24, 2010, 11:04 am

      i should say that ‘buy nothing day’ is always black friday, if that wasn’t obvious hah.

    • D November 24, 2010, 1:01 pm

      I agree with this! I’m going to *try* and hit up the running store on Friday to get some winter running gear that I need to buy anyway, but nothing else. It’s kind of crazy to see all of these strategies and plans of attack…for the mall. A lot of people don’t have food on Thanksgiving, and I find it sort of bizarre that people are racing each other, taking naps and going for round two, etc. Very strange!

      • Clare November 24, 2010, 2:24 pm

        I agree. I’m always baffled and slightly sickened when I see cars lined up to get into the mall on Boxing Day.

        • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 2:51 pm

          My logic is that if I’m going to buy Christmas presents, why not get them cheap?

        • Clare November 24, 2010, 3:56 pm

          Oops; that didn’t come out right…I think going to buy your Christmas presents on Black Friday is a great idea…why not save money. I just meant to say that I can’t imagine anyone wanting to go BACK to the mall so soon after all the crazy holiday shopping is over.

  • Liz November 24, 2010, 10:07 am

    You definitely should have a plan if you are going for specific big-ticket electronic items. I went once to Target for a TV, but didn’t get there early enough.

  • Kelly November 24, 2010, 10:08 am

    I think if you go on certain store’s websites, they show you what they’ll have. My family is old school and uses the circular in the newspaper they put out on Thanksgiving Day. There are Black Friday online sales too. That’s more my style.

  • kalin November 24, 2010, 10:11 am

    avoid the crazy 3 am stuff. it’s no fun.
    but honestly it can be fun. know you’ll walk a bajillion miles from your car to the store entrance, know the lines will be long, and just find things to laugh about. get some coffee, have a plan, and smile about it.
    there’s a store here that does half priced socks as a doorbuster. my family goes EVERY year, and it’s a tradition. i know people like to complain about the crowds but seriously, shopping with my brothers at 7 am finding each other terrible ugly socks? it’s fun.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 24, 2010, 10:11 am

    No thanks! It’s my grandmother’s 80th birthday so I’ll happily be partying with her and NOT shopping. πŸ˜‰

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 24, 2010, 10:12 am

    I’m Canadian, but I live practically on top of the border, so I went down to Seattle for Black Friday a few years ago. We left at like 4am and hit Fred Meyer first, then the malls. It was insane. You’re probably best off making a list, I wound up spending WAY too much!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy November 24, 2010, 10:13 am

    My husband uses this site http://bfads.net/ to find sales. Plus there’s usually sale ads in our local paper on Thanksgiving Day. We scour through those, but I have actually never been Black Friday shopping myself. I don’t need anything that bad. But Iv’e heard it’s fun to people watch! I didn’t even know about Black Friday until I started dating my now husband six 1/2 years ago! Good luck!

  • Meredith November 24, 2010, 10:16 am

    Someone may have mentioned it, but you should check out this post: http://www.loveyoudeer.com/how-to-make-the-most-of-black-friday/328

    Miranda did the guest post and she seems to have this Black Friday shopping thing down pat!

  • Camille November 24, 2010, 10:19 am

    I worked at Best Buy during last Black Friday, so I really have zero desire to experience it from either the worker or shopper aspect. But here’s my thoughts on the matter:
    Most stores will release either an ad or post on their website what all the deals will be. Go through and make a list of all the things you want INCLUDING the SKU number, the model, the color, etc. For the really amazing deals, they might be gone before you get there (unless you want to camp out) so be prepared to not get everything on your list. I would show up by 5 or 6 am at the latest. I started my shift at Best Buy at 4am last year (I got one of the later shifts) and there was already a line from the registers around the entire store!

  • Orla November 24, 2010, 10:19 am

    I spent thanksgiving with my mum’s brother and his family 2 years ago -and my godson – and we didn’t have a clue about Black Friday. But we knew about it when we left the states!
    We actually didn’t hit up the stores until about 11am and still scored some pretty good deals (especially when compared to things here)
    Electrical items from the states do not work in Ireland so we kept away from them but I stocked up on so much cold weather running gear – I still have it!
    If you are clothes shopping make sure that you
    -wear comfy slip on shoes – makes trying on easier
    – don’t wear lots of layers – a base layer and easy on trousers- I find jeans are a no no
    – wear your good underwear – if you are trying on an outfit for something particular you don’t want to have to haul it home, try it on with good underwear and then find that it doesn’t suit
    – don’t buy something in a sale that you wouldn’t buy full price. I need to heed this a little more myself.

    Right on that note, I am off to petition for a thanksgiving in Ireland! Bring it on!
    Happy Shopping!

  • Fallon November 24, 2010, 10:19 am

    Well I work in retail and I have no choice but to work it. You can Google for black Friday ads and there is a site that has all the specials loaded up from each store. You may even be able to catch some deals online Thanksgiving Day morning. That what I’m going to try to do!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 24, 2010, 10:20 am

    never done it… but i have heard that staying up and buying online in the wee hours of friday can be a good way to go. sure you might have to pay shipping, but you don’t have to wait in line all day…

  • Sara November 24, 2010, 10:21 am

    We LOVE black friday. Definitely scope out the ads and have a game plan!

    bfads.net
    blackfriday.info

    there are lots of sites that list the ads already! and of course the paper tomorrow!

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 24, 2010, 10:26 am

    I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. From what I’ve heard from friends who have gone, it’s mostly just about hyping it all up, not really saving too much. And then most of the sales continue for a few days anyway. Good luck with whatever you decided and happy shopping!

  • NySoonerGirl November 24, 2010, 10:29 am

    My mom and I dislike crowds and rude people, but we still manage to shop every Black Friday and have a blast together. We don’t bother with the deals at Walmart and Target. I don’t need a TV bad enough to go straight from Thanksgiving dinner to the store to wait in line!

    We get to the mall at about 7:30. We always start at Express. They always have excellent sales on jeans. This year I believe it’s 40% off the entire store before noon – but don’t quote me. From there we head to Penny’s where we get 1/2 price sneakers. After that we go where the wind takes us, usually to Old Navy and Kohl’s. We’ve found that the mall is not crowded but the sales are still amazing from 7:00-10:00. After 10:00 the crowds and lines start, which is why we head to a restaurant promptly at 11:00. After we refuel, we’ll head to any store we missed and then call it a day. It’s not necessary to get up at 3:00 to save money – unless you’re looking for something very specific. We know we want cheap running sneakers and jeans so we just plan our attack around them. Most stores have excellent sales until noon or 1:00. Also, keep in mind that even if you go at 11:00 and only get 30% off, it’s still better than paying full price the next day!

  • Cindy Robinson November 24, 2010, 10:33 am

    I loved shopping with my Mom on Black Fridays. We went early 7 a.m. ish with no ads or any big ticket items that are popular, and just bought what we wanted (usually had a small list of gift ideas for friends/family). We usually stuck to the mall, and it was not bad at all. So have fun, don’t stress!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 24, 2010, 10:34 am

    James is too adorable! πŸ™‚

    I haven’t gone Black Friday shopping in a long time, but my mom and I are crazy enough to do it this year. We are getting up at 3am and hitting the stores when they open at 4. At first my mom wasn’t too crazy about the thought of getting up at 3, but I told her it is good practice for when we have to get up at 2:30am for my half-marathon in January. πŸ˜‰

    We are actually going to hit up the sporting goods store first. Out bet is that most people are going to be at the mall first thing in the morning, so we are going to try and stay away from the crowds as much as possible. πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 10:39 am

    Um…online? I basically cannot shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas because it is way too crowded. Last year, I did the online Victoria’s Secret Black Friday Sale for all my friends. It was great and cheap!

    Good luck!

  • Wendy G November 24, 2010, 10:49 am

    To make the most of your Black Friday experience, I feel you really need a game plan. Otherwise it is so overwhelming with all the chaos that it really isn’t worth being out of bed! My husband is a huge fan of Black Friday shopping. I, however, am choosing sleep this year.

    Also, I can resist the opportunity to quote Ben Affleck in Mallrats: “Well, I have no respect for people with no shopping agenda”. πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

  • PAM November 24, 2010, 10:54 am

    blackfriday.info great website has all the adscans for you. If you go be prepared to not get everything that you want as some of the deals only hafe 4-6 in stock per store.(electronics mainly). Have fun

  • Nicole November 24, 2010, 10:59 am

    I’ve done Black Friday for the last few years now (we used to avoid it like the plague) and you really can make out well if you plan! Basically map out a plan on Thanksgiving when all the ads are out and go for the big items first because they are the first to go. Also check for online deals for both Friday and Monday (cyber Monday), sometimes the deals are just as good and they’ll even throw in free shipping, plus you get to stay in your comfy house and clothes and avoid the madness. Good luck!!

  • Sassy Molassy November 24, 2010, 11:01 am

    I go most years just to see the crazy crowds. I don’t know, it’s fun for me. Plus, I like bundling up and having coffee at the wee hrs (6am for me). Some go out at 4 or so. I say, be sure to have a list and prioritize which stores to go to first by which item you want to buy most. And electronics will go fast!

  • Jessica November 24, 2010, 11:01 am

    I’ve only gone out once on black friday and swore I’d never do it again. Just too much crazyness! I like to have most of my shopping done before Thanksgiving if I can.

  • Mrs. Muffins November 24, 2010, 11:02 am

    Normally, I would just go with an idea of what I wanted to find, maybe a few stores in mind. However, last year I was home with a baby while my husband was deployed so you know what I did? Black Friday shopped from home! A lot of stores have all the same sales online. Like JCPenney does the same sales, but you still have to be up in the morning to get them! It’s pretty cool because at least then you don’t have to get out of your jammies and then everything is just delivered to your door!

    Happy shopping!
    xx

  • Sarah for Real November 24, 2010, 11:03 am

    I’m going to hate on black friday here so if you don’t want to hear it, stop reading. πŸ™‚

    Black Friday is nothing but a disgusting display of our American consumerist greed. Truthfully I find better or just as good of deals elsewhere. Unless you are looking to purchase a big ticket item, it’s really not worth the energy and frustration. It’s all marketing gimmicks. Don’t be a lemming.

  • Martha November 24, 2010, 11:20 am

    Caitlin, I don’t know if someone else has already mentioned this, but you MUST check out dealnews.com. They keep track of all of the Black Friday deals, whether in-store or online. It’s a one-stop reference for all of your needs!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin November 24, 2010, 11:22 am

    We usually pick ONE big thing that we want, and commit to getting it! The lines and crowds are crazy, and if you’re not careful, you’ll get sucked into buying more than you needed! (which I’m sure is what the stores are hoping for) We do our BIG item in the wee hours of the morning, then go home, take a nap, and go shopping again in the afternoon when all the hard-core shoppers have gone home! Usually there’s still a lot of stuff left on sale, and it’s just slightly less crazy…

  • Ashley November 24, 2010, 11:25 am

    I shopped once black friday. It was insane. I didn’t have a plan and I ended up not get really getting anythign because i didn’t see anything I liked. The target in my town was wrapped around twice and all of the parking spots were taken. Everyone wanted a TV and I ended up having to follow people out of the store to there cars so I could get there spots (Crazy huh?)

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul November 24, 2010, 11:26 am

    Easy answer – I don’t!!! It’s too chaotic and stressful. I’d rather spend that time with family or catching up on reading πŸ˜‰

  • Jen November 24, 2010, 11:32 am

    I don’t shop on black Friday; I hate hate hate malls and crowds and shopping in general. The past couple of years, I’ve made Christmas presents, which I like better anyway; last year, I painted glass ornaments and this year, I’m doing something really simple because I just started grad school and don’t have as much time. I’m baking my friends’ and family members’ favorite cookies. SO much easier to just walk to the grocery store!

  • Laura Turrentine November 24, 2010, 11:36 am

    THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG. I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to find it!!! Running in tomorrow’s Atlanta races with my husband — who is a 4th year medical student!! We’re both 25….lots in common with your situations! Can’t wait to catch up on this blog!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 2:54 pm

      Yay!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading.

  • Heather November 24, 2010, 11:40 am

    I haven’t Black Friday’d since before it became the insanity it is now-a-days. I’ve always thought I’d rather pay the extra $50 I’d save and avoid the crowds I’m sure would stress me out.

    However, this year I’m thinking of deviating from my policy and going to Wal-Mart for the $98 19-inch HDTV they have on sale. That would be perfect for my guest room. LOL, I should probably be thinking of gifts, but somehow I always manage to find a deal that would benefit me!

    • Jessica November 24, 2010, 1:37 pm

      Me too- all the good deals I see I want for myself, and can’t think of anyone else I would buy them for!!

  • Lizzy November 24, 2010, 11:43 am

    if all else fails you can always do cyber monday!

  • Kate November 24, 2010, 11:45 am

    Oh man, are you in for a treat! My mom and I have been doing this for years – it is actually tradition. The first thing you do is make a list of who you need to buy for.. then Thanksgiving day, while you are waiting around for the turkey to cook or whatever, you go get a newspaper. The newspaper contains black friday ads, look through the newspaper and see everything you want to buy. Then.. the next morning.. still full and hungover.. you wake up at 2am.. leave the house by 2:20am.. drive to your first stop.. wait in line. When the doors finally open (this is KEY to getting what you want) have the husband RUN to the item you want (tv, ipod.. etc etc) while you get the cart.. works everytime. Also, remember patience is a virtue and people are crazy and it is SO MUCH FUN if you can just be on of those “crazies” for the dat. Trust me.

  • Kiran November 24, 2010, 11:53 am

    I’m from Malaysia and the Husband is from India. My brother in law is English so this year we are also planning to get into a Black Friday shopping mood to save $$$ for Christmas gifts. I would be reading everyone’s suggestions here, thanks!

  • kate November 24, 2010, 11:55 am

    We make a list first and then check out the ads on Tgiving. Then we plan our route. And of course the budget! Happy shopping!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 24, 2010, 11:59 am

    I’ve actually never gone out on Black Friday before but I think I will this year..no idea how I’ll go about doing so!

  • hippierunner November 24, 2010, 12:00 pm

    DON’T GO (!) unless you have something in mind that you wanted to score a good deal on! The sales are usually not worth it, it’s mostly hype about a few big budget items like TVs or cameras and the rest are ehh.

    I’ve done Black Friday a few times before but I don’t think stores can afford to have low prices or deals like they used to anymore! It sounds fun but it is not worth the stress!

  • Christina November 24, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I have never done black Friday sales. You really have to factor in the value of your time, sanity and safety. It’s never been worth it to me but I don’t have many people to buy Christmas gifts for.

  • Korrie November 24, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Buy a newspaper!!! Yes, you can see all of the ads online but it is different when you can actually flip through each ad for stores that are actually in your area.

    I’ve been going Black Friday shopping since I was a little girl. My mom would bundle up my sister and I and send us after items while she tracked down others! One of my favorite memories!

    Even now, my mom and I go every Friday after Thanksgiving. It is tradition so I think we will always go but I will say the sales and specials aren’t what they used to be! Definitely don’t go without a plan. We make a list and ONLY go after things we know we will buy. (not a good time to try things on) We start with whatever store opens first and then make the rounds. We will grab breakfast while we are out and once we have gotten everything on the list then we decide if we want to keep shopping at a more leisurely pace.

    Sooo:
    Don’t go unless you see something in an ad that you want to get.
    Make a list/plan
    Stick to the list/plan!

    Happy Shopping!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 24, 2010, 12:08 pm

    On Thanksgiving night I make a list of what I need to buy for everyone. Then I take the sale papers from the newspapers and check for deal on what I need to get. Then my dad and I (he comes with me) make a plan of which store to go to and in what order. Works out perfectly! We are usually done by like 1pm latest!

  • Jess November 24, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Grab a copy of Thursday’s newspaper. It will have allll the Black Friday ads. Then you can check out what stores are having what sales and figure out where you need to go first, second, etc. Don’t wander aimlessly or you won’t get anything accomplished with the crowds.

  • laura November 24, 2010, 12:24 pm

    omg!!!! hahahaha, that pic of your husband made me laugh out loud! adorable!!!!!

  • Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook November 24, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Caitlin, I’d wear my best running shoes, comfortable clothes, and bring your own coffee. And have a game plan because whatever you need to find the most is get to those first. And don’t feel tempted to buy something just because it’s on sale. You’d find yourself already having it or you just don’t need it everyday kind of thing. Be careful and park a long distance because it’s chaotic in the parking lot and the excerise is good, too! hehe! Be safe on Friday!!!

  • Emily G. November 24, 2010, 12:42 pm

    It’s a father/daughter tradition to go Black Friday shopping. Thanksgiving day we look through the ads to see what stores we want to hit up based on their sales. We then compare original price to sale price. Sometimes the savings isn’t worth the pushiness of the crowds (i.e. the Wal-Mart employee that was killed by being trampled on). Do a lot of research and studying.

    Another things..try online. I know that isn’t the true Black Holiday shopping but visit retailmenot.com to see if there are any free shipping codes. A lot of stores offer the same deals online now as well (at an earlier time!).

    • Emily G. November 24, 2010, 12:49 pm

      Ohh..and another thing. READ THE FINE PRINT IN THE ADS! A few years ago Circuit City had a computer on sale for $99 and we jumped at the offer. What we failed to read was you had to order it it at full price, send in a bunch of rebates, plus pay shipping and processing (another $99). For $198, the price still wasn’t bad. A lot of people weren’t expecting to have to pay $600 for the computer up front and wait for rebates..so look out for that!

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) November 24, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I haven’t read through the comments, so I apologize if someone has already mentioned this, but I would recommend making a list of what you need/want (also things you might want to give as gifts) and then peruse this website http://bfads.net/

    Good luck!

  • Janna November 24, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Okay, question – where is your duvet/comforter from? I love it!

    I’m in Canada right now – so no Black Friday for me! Though I do intend to do some shopping this weekend πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin November 24, 2010, 2:55 pm

      West Elm πŸ™‚

  • Yin November 24, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I’ve never done Black Friday but several of my friends would go at night to be at the front of the line and just wait until stores open.

  • Amber K November 24, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I did it ONE year and vowed to never do it again. I don’t need discounted stuff that badly! I’ll just spend more time with people and less money on stuff.

    Okay, so the main reason is I LIKE SLEEP! πŸ˜‰ The one year we did it, we just stayed up and then crashed.

  • Sarah November 24, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Ok, non-US citizen here, so no help with the Black Friday strategy. Just wanted to say that those kiddy pic are so cute!!

  • Reenie November 24, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I have never done it…nor would I ~ personally I think it’s crazy for those that camp out….but I guess to each their own.

    I’ve never seen a pic of the husband when he was little. Too cute. And you’re too cute ~ rockin’ your side pony-tail. And….cute pic of James.

    I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving ~

  • Charise November 24, 2010, 1:02 pm

    JUST SAY NO to the Black Friday shopping. The idea of waking that early, dealing with massive crowds, impatiently waiting in long lines, ugh! So many places offer really good deals throughout the holiday season, it is just not worth it to me. I DO, however, love me some “Cyber Monday” online deal shopping. πŸ™‚

    If you insist, though, at least go with a mental list of the items you are looking for to make things more efficient and less overwhelming. Also, look on stores’ Web sites ahead of time to see if there are super amazing deals on what you want or just a decent sale they’ll be offering again in a week or two.

  • Jessica November 24, 2010, 1:32 pm

    My mom and I always get the paper on Thanksgiving (well she gets the paper delivered, but I heard even the Wednesday paper has some ads) and look at where we want to go, but we definitely DON’T get up and go at 3am!! We never really want the super great door busters that you need to get there early for (ie laptop for $200, etc), so we just go whenever we get up and go to a few different stores. It is busy though so if you have problems with crowds, or patience, be warned!

  • Kacy November 24, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I’ve never really done black friday either. I think you can go to websites though and see what the sales are going to be and then plan that way. I might go to the mall to get a few things, but not right at the open.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 24, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I come from your family — we would rather pay a little extra than wake up at 3am and deal with crowds of people! Cyber Monday is more my style.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 24, 2010, 2:06 pm

    No idea…the concept of going to the mall and risk getting stampeded by some scary people who have been waiting outside chanting “open, open, open” as they wait for the sales to begin actually sort of terrifies me!

    I’m all for the deals…but too much of a wuss to try! Good luck!

    All that aside, James is adorable! πŸ™‚

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass November 24, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Cuuuuuuute photo of James! What a sweetie.

    Black Friday = I don’t really ‘do’ it anymore. I may head to REI because they have $20 gift cards for the first 150 shoppers, however am on the fence because I’d likely have to be in line several hours early to get the premium.
    Also, I don’t like Black Friday because I feel like it brings out the crabbiest, rudest people.

  • Lora November 24, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Price match! Both Target and Wal-Mart will price match any item they have in stock that’s at a different store, as long as you have the ad from the store (with their price) and as long as it’s at the same time as the other store’s sale. Super-easy, and makes for one-stop shopping.

    I also pick up a ton of doorbuster toys to donate at Toys for Toys, etc.

  • Stacey K. November 24, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I have never been a fan of Black Friday either, but this year there are certain items that I do need so I am heading out early! There is a website called http://www.theblackfriday.com. It has all the Black Friday Ad’s on it so you can get a head start looking before you find the ads in the paper!
    The site has helped me prioritize where I want to go!

  • Kelly November 24, 2010, 3:06 pm

    First of all, your husband looks EXACTLY THE SAME AS HE DID in that picture. So adorable.

    #2- I think Black Friday is dumb. I get some good deals online this week and on Friday, but I never actually go out at 3 am. And don’t plan to start this year. I’m doing event gifts this year- taking people places to spend time with them rather than gifts. It may save a little bit of money and it will save me hours in the mall so I can actually spend time with the people!

  • andrea November 24, 2010, 3:23 pm

    all the deals are in the newspaper tmrw

  • Rebecca November 24, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Haha, this is a little late, but… I don’t do Black Friday. This year I actually have to work (kinda hoping the roads are crap, lol!), but… our store doesn’t get that much traffic unless we have specific sales/deals, like last week.
    My sister is apparently going this year with some church people, and I think she’s insane. My mom went out last year just to see what was up around town, and the parking lots were full at 6 AM. Lines were SUPER long. One year we were coming home from family stuff on Thanksgiving day and there were already people lined up at Best Buy–at 7 PM! Yeah, no thank you.
    Our youth pastor and a kid from church (with whom my sister is going) went to Wal-mart last year and brought board games. They grabbed what they wanted and waited in line for five hours while playing games and talking to people.
    As far as gift-giving, I don’t buy anything that’s that expensive. The only thing I can remember my parents getting around BF is our TV. I buy stuff that costs like less than $50. This year I got my dad one of those Allied Steel medal hangers you featured. Cost me $40. Hoping it’s the most expensive thing I get anybody this year.

  • Cheryle November 24, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I don’t do Black Friday either. I prefer to pick up gifts here and there throughout the year – if I happen to be visiting abroad, that’s even better as people LOVE getting gifts from other countries. If not, I go to the local arts/crafts markets (we have a HUGE one here in Portland called Saturday Market) and buy things that are made locally. The gifts feel so much more special and meaningful, with the added bonus of supporting the local economy.

  • Hannah (Hannah Lives) November 24, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Black Friday is really an art.

    This inspired a post over on my blog: How To: Black Friday http://bit.ly/fQysSH

  • Ali November 24, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, the picture of James is adorable! Dogs are so funny sometimes aren’t they? I have never done the whole black friday thing, but I know a lot of people that swear by it. I would be so cranky from getting up so early that it would not be worth it πŸ˜‰

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 24, 2010, 6:51 pm

    I’m excited to read about your Black Friday experience! I find it crazy that people actually go shopping in the middle of the night! I don’t think we have anything comparable in Canada…

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 24, 2010, 9:28 pm

    That picture of James peeking out from the pollows is so priceless!

    I don’t Black Friday shop, since apparently my office is the only one in the U.S. that doesn’t consider the day after Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. I’m much more of a Cyber Monday person anyway.

    http://www.cybermonday.com/

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 27, 2010, 1:00 am

    There is no such thing as black Friday in Canada πŸ™‚ I wish!

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