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Getting up at 6 AM on my day off was totally worth it.  Look at my cute new winter jacket! 

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And… It was originally $120 – I got it for $39.  πŸ™‚

 

Last night, we ended up watching Notting Hill, which is totally NOT Elf a Christmas movie, but it was a compromise.  I ate a PB sandwich while we watched and then made it until nearly the very end before passing out in food coma.

 

When my alarm went off this morning, I was SO confused!  But the Husband rolled over and murmured, β€œI think we’re going shopping, right?”

 

I made a protein Green Monster for the car ride to the shopping mall.

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In the sludge (I swear it tastes good):

 

  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 scoops of a new, green-food based protein powder (something new in our pantry that the Husband bought – I can’t remember the name)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup raw oats

 

Breakfast in a glass!

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We were a little nervous sitting in the parking lot.  Kohl’s had been open since 3 AM and the parking lot was packed.  Neither one of us had really ever done the Black Friday thing!

 

Coffee helped.

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My plan for Black Friday shopping was to only buy stuff that we really needed, like a coat for me, work clothes for the Husband, and Christmas presents.

 

Kohl’s and Sports Authority had great deals!  We spent $190 and saved $270 off retail.  We ended up buying my yellow coat, a pair of Dockers for the Husband, socks, a REALLY nice gift for my mother-in-law, a smaller gift for my mom, Nike running tights for me, and new running sneakers for the Husband.

 

We might go back to the stores later, but now we’re at the clinic so the Husband can treat a patient.

 

I brought breakfast #2:

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PB toast!

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I am currently listening to Christmas music and researching Christmas tree farms.  β€˜Tis the season!!!

 

How was your Black Friday experience?  Or did you stay home and relax?

{ 69 comments }

 

  • Michelle November 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    I’m home today but i’m stalking the online sales! Hoping to score a garmin! πŸ™‚

    • June November 26, 2010, 11:34 am

      $88 for a 205 on amazon.com

      • Michelle November 26, 2010, 2:07 pm

        Thanks!

  • Gina November 26, 2010, 10:20 am

    Love the coat! Amazing deal πŸ™‚
    I’m headed out now to see what deals are left!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 26, 2010, 10:23 am

    Success! I love your jacket – I think bright jackets are so much more exciting than the usual black in winter!

    • Caitlin November 26, 2010, 10:24 am

      Me too!! My last jacket was a pink printed one and it was so much fun.

  • grocery goddess jen November 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    I have never, ever gotten up for Black Friday (with the exception of the year when I was actually working at a retail store and had to work!) but I got up this year at 4 am to try to get a cheap laptop from Walmart…but when I got there at 4:30 they were already sold out, and the sale didn’t even start til 5. Major bummer! Love the coat you got.

  • Leanne November 26, 2010, 10:33 am

    Cute coat Caitlin!! I love that color πŸ™‚

  • Nicole November 26, 2010, 10:43 am

    Love the yellow coat! I’m impressed you got the husband to participate in the early morning shopping.

    Instead of shopping, I’ve been reading and sipping coffee with Bailey’s. I also put out my tiny tree. Big shopping purchase of the day will hopefully be oranges from Whole Foods because the last batch I bought was really tasty. I’ve missed good citrus!

  • Lin November 26, 2010, 10:50 am

    Loving your coat! I’m staying in and watching netflix today; all shopping will be done online :-).

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South November 26, 2010, 10:55 am

    that coat is too cute! i finally got a peacoat at kohl’s for 50% off this year. black friday is soooo worth it if you NEED the stuff!

  • amanda November 26, 2010, 10:56 am

    what a cheery colored coat! great deal, too!

    i’ve only done black friday once…it’s fun to see the crowds and check out what everyone is searching for.

  • Laura @ Tidbits November 26, 2010, 10:58 am

    No Black Friday for me here in Ontario (at work actually) but I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE your coat!! Wish we had Kohl’s here! πŸ˜‰

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 26, 2010, 11:00 am

    In love with that coat!

  • Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy November 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    Love your new coat! I have not yet gone out for some black friday shopping but I think I am going to… I’m scared though!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    Can I borrow your coat? forever? I love the color! This morning I’ve just been relaxing. It’s been so nice though, and I’ll go shopping another time to avoid the crowds. The internet is always a nice way to look for sales, no early morning alarm required πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah November 26, 2010, 11:20 am

    I ran my first half yesterday – I slept in today. πŸ™‚

    p.s. LOVE your jacket. That color looks great on you.

  • Christine November 26, 2010, 11:21 am

    I have coat envy :). Love the bright and sunny colour it’s the perfect andidote for grey winter days.

  • Sarah November 26, 2010, 11:35 am

    Congrats on a successful shopping trip! When you buy so much for so little, don’t you feel like you’ve accomplished so much – I know I always do! But then again, I do have shopaholic tendencies… πŸ˜‰

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 26, 2010, 11:43 am

    I was home relaxing this morning. I love to shop, but crowds just kill it for me- though I will probably look for sales online today!!

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 26, 2010, 11:46 am

    I really like the color of your coat!

    I am hoping to pick up a mustard coat or maybe a bright pink one on my foray to the States this weekend. So excited.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 26, 2010, 11:47 am

    Whoa, AWESOME deal!!! Super cute, too πŸ™‚

  • Ashley November 26, 2010, 11:48 am

    I just woke up and now I’m eating a giant pomegranate. I’m hiding from the crowds. That coat is adorable, I’m jealous.

  • Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life November 26, 2010, 11:59 am

    I love your jacket–you look adorable in it πŸ™‚

    and I’ve never done the black friday thing–I would, though, if I had something very expensive to buy.

  • Amber K November 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Cute coat! I am thankfully staying home and relaxing. Lots of sleep for me!

  • Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous November 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Ran a race yesterday morning and then hosted 13 people at my home.

    I am resting today! I keep thinking “oh hey I should run to the store and grab something” and then I remember it is Black Friday.

    Staying away from stores today!!

  • Coco November 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

    woke up at 3:30, got to best buy at 4:15, bought a nook at 5am for $99, went to the mall, got a few smaller things, then came home, made eggs, and CRASHED. it was a success πŸ™‚

    p.s. I totally agree that bright coats are necessary in the winter. I have a hot pink peacoat and a black & white houndstooth coat as well

  • Shari November 26, 2010, 12:25 pm

    What a cute coat! I’m all about bright colors in the winter, too … it helps break up all the muted tones from Mother Nature.

    Sounds like you got some great deals!!

  • anonymous November 26, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Cute coat! I got some good deals too πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 26, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Got back from Pennsylvania earlier today, and I’m drinking hot water (it’s cold back at home!), sitting on the couch and relaxing. I see much more of this in my future. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 26, 2010, 1:23 pm

    LOVE the jacket! I’m too scared to brave the black friday crowds though.

  • claudia November 26, 2010, 1:42 pm

    you look super cute in that coat!!! did you get the coat at kohls??

  • Camille November 26, 2010, 1:44 pm

    That is an adorable coat! Is it from Kohls!? I want it πŸ™‚

  • Krista (kristastes) November 26, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I like the bright color!! cute! I got up at 4am last year to Black Friday shop…first time out in the craziness. This year, I am making homemade gifts for my family so I decided to stay home and sleep in this morning, it was glorious! πŸ™‚

  • Paige @Running Around Normal November 26, 2010, 1:44 pm

    What a cute jacket!! I went to my local running store, which was having a 25% off everything sale. Scored some sweet cycling shoes and some socks πŸ™‚

  • Food & Other Things November 26, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I really like your jacket! I went to some outlets and also followed the “only buy what you really need” rule and I got a lot of good deals!

  • Jen November 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

    You had a successful experience! Glad you didn’t get trampled. And your love for Xmas is amazing. I need to find some music…if I can ever come down from working blah!

  • Deanna November 26, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Love your coat! That color looks so nice on you with your dark hair.

    I’ve always done Black Friday in the past. This year I started a new tradition…have my shopping done before Thanksgiving. Leaving me Black Friday to get mani/pedis with my three little daughters. There was absolutely no one besides us in the whole salon. The smiles on the girls faces was priceless.

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 26, 2010, 2:56 pm

    LOVE your yellow coat. Yellow is my favorite color; I especially love it on accessories like coats, hand bags, etc.
    I just say no to Black Friday shopping though. I don’t do lines, crowds, etc. No thanks.

  • Laura November 26, 2010, 3:02 pm

    LOVE the coat!!!

  • Ashley November 26, 2010, 3:12 pm

    oh my gosh – that coat is ADORABLE! LOVE it! It’s so hard to go shopping when you know you’ve gotta stick to the necessities! ugh! Especially with all the amazing deals on Black Friday!

  • Sarah for Real November 26, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I went / am still skiing! I hate black Friday. The fact that ur coat (cute!) was marked down so much is why I don’t buy things full price at those places. I feel like a chump.

  • Lora November 26, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Cute coat!

    For anyone else who wants to shop Kohl’s online, I just saw these coupon codes for 20% off (EXTRA20) and then free shipping, CONTACTFR. This works on their Black Friday deals too, apparently.

  • Ellie November 26, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Hey I really like your coat!! it’s kind of exactly what I think would look nice on me! πŸ˜› The color, and the details on it. I’ve never been “black friday” shopping as most people do, but I’m the type to just casually drop by some stores when the crowds are small. Mostly late afternoon–anyway it helps me stay focused on not having my eyes on material things so much, but that’s just me πŸ™‚ Caitlin! how’s your knee these days?

    • Caitlin November 26, 2010, 9:09 pm

      Pretty good, still acting up. I’m trying to stay off it a lot and really cut back on cardio. I’d rather take off a week or two than three months!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 26, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I went out and got a Nook. Now I’m just relaxing. I don’t really need anything this year so I’m enjoying a nap πŸ™‚

    I love the colored coat. They are such a fashion statement. Mine is bright pink πŸ™‚

  • Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 26, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I did not venture out in the madness today. I was on call for work, so had to stay put in case I was needed. Thankfully I didn’t get called in and have been able to enjoy the day at home!

  • Errign November 26, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I stayed home. Bought a Garmin 205 off of Amazon…and spent 126$ on a new radiator for my Jeep, but I don’t think that counts as celebrating. πŸ™‚

  • Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy November 26, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Cute coat!! I was up at 3:30 to go and get some new TV’s. After the first stop at target ran out, we tried someplace else and were able to get them!!! Although we did have to stand outside in the rain for an hour…not very fun.

  • Caroline November 26, 2010, 6:17 pm

    I kicked Black Friday’s ass! I haven’t done early bird shopping in a few years but a Christmas gift was a doorbuster at Kohl’s. We left the house at 2:40, hit up Kohl’s and Target, and we were back in bed by 4:30. That included having to go back in Kohl’s for a refund because we realized we were charged twice for an item. We were able to get everything on our list and saved over $450!

    Your coat is adorable! Glad you and the Husband had such a successful trip.

    • Caitlin November 26, 2010, 9:08 pm

      Dude, you are epic. Can’t believe you were up so early!

  • Lea November 26, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Just back from the black friday shopping. I went to target and kohls around 11, and still got some good deals.

    That bright and sunny color looks great on you.

  • Shannon November 26, 2010, 7:17 pm

    OMG that jacket looks absolutely fabulous on you. I love it!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 26, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Cute jacket! I spent Black Friday working, since no one sent my office the memo about black Friday being a National Holiday πŸ˜‰

  • crystal November 26, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I got a dual screen portable DVD player for half off. It’s going to make the 5 hour long car rides to visit the grandparents with a toddler so much easier now!

    • Caitlin November 26, 2010, 9:07 pm

      Oh fun!!

  • Heather November 26, 2010, 8:00 pm

    I stayed home and cleared out my TiVo! Contemplating decorating the house now. Cute coat, I’m jealous!

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) November 27, 2010, 12:41 am

    YAY for Christmas! Your tree looks amazing!

    I couldn’t help but notice your shake! Caitlin, you should try this one http://tomboythatwearsmakeup.com/wake-and-shake

    I got it from a chef at a local raw/vegan restaurant in my area. I will NOT get sick this winter drinking this bad boy!!!

  • Melissa November 27, 2010, 1:26 am

    Caitlin – I have been reading your blog for over a year now all the way from Australia.. and guess what?! Today I came across the Bone Sucking Sauce you always rave about, imported from overseas! I was so excited and had to buy it… cannot wait to try it !!!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 8:44 am

      I hope it lives up to expectations!!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 27, 2010, 1:58 am

    Very cute coat!!! That wouldn’t be warm enough for winter in Saskatchewan!!!!

  • Elise November 27, 2010, 3:45 am

    LOVE the coat. that would’ve been worth it. but I avoided the malls like the plague. instead i spent my day in the office, studying, and day dreaming of turkey leftovers…mmm leftovers.

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone November 27, 2010, 1:32 pm

    LOVE the coat & that goldey yellow color in clothing in general.

    We were up and out by about 4am which was INSANE since I am not a super early person. Having only 1/3 of our usual present budget able to be spent this year, it ended up being totally worth it. We ended up getting almost all the list at Kohls (first stop)and a few things at Best Buy. I just need two more gifts (people wise bc the pets just get treats) are we are totally done!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 27, 2010, 8:43 pm

    black friday sounds scary. I LOVE your coat. totally cute. I have a similar one in pink.
    Heidi xo

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 27, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Black Friday = success!!! πŸ™‚ I got a new camera!

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