black friday or bust?!

I swore I would never be one of those people. The one that stood in line at 4 a.m. to get a good bargain  I swore I would never shop into wee hours of the morning. Then came my first Christmas with two kids on an extremely tight budget. My husband saw the ads with some items my oldest really wanted. So, going solo, I braved Wal-mart at mid-night.  Wal-mart is not for the faint at heart on Black Friday. It was crazy, nothing like I have ever seen before. I felt as though  I had hopped on the crazy train and I didn’t know when to get off.

Yet, I not only saved our family a ton of money. I also resisted the urge to buy needless items. The first year went into last year, when my mom and sister hopped on the train with me. We started at Wal-mart at midnight . After Wal-mart we headed to Target and stood in line until 2 or 3 a.m. freezing. Again, I saved lots of money while having a blast with my mom and sister. We have now turned into a girls family tradition. The dad’s stay home and hold down the fort, while the mom’s brave the crowds to seek the good deals.

I know many people have mixed feeling about Black Friday. There are feelings of love, hate, disgust, exhilaration, and just plain feelings of greed. My question to the mom’s out there is…do you really save that much money?

My answer is….YES! It is INSANE and to some its not worth it. In our house, I have a cash limit that I take with me. I do not spend over that and do not get more than we need. We also do not buy the girls more than  three or four agreed upon gifts a piece. These are our boundaries. The last two years of doing this, I have talked with many people, who have said they would not have been able to afford Christmas if not for Black Friday. It’s an interesting phenomenon for me. For some many years, I boycotted the trend but now I have fully embraced the wild time.

On a side note, I do believe people become out of hand and at times act in strange ways for items. I have let things pass because at the end of the day, its just stuff and truly if I couldn’t get it, then we didn’t need it. I have this understanding when shopping on Black Friday.

What’s your take? Do you love or hate Black Friday?


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4 Responses to black friday or bust?!

  1. Aimee Winslow-Low November 12, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I hate to be a downer, but I think Black Friday is a bust.
    It’s a way for big box stores to capitalize on a family holiday for big profits. Every year the stores open earlier and earlier; I always feel bad for the employees who should be home with their families. Most of the stores are even open the day before Black Friday, isn’t that day Thanksgiving?
    Why? I’m sure these retailers make more than enough money the other 364
    days of the year…I wish they would leave Thanksgiving weekend alone.
    Embrace family during the holidays, not deals.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good deal and Cyber Monday never fails!

  2. sara meehan November 12, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Jen, you will find my aunts and I at Joann fabric in the wee hours of black friday!!! Stocking up on fabric for our baby blankie business! Then we head to the festival of trees to watch my nieces dance with dance works. Needless to say, by the time we leave the festival its time for a nap!!! Good times, we always get a big laugh out of our huge stack of fabric in the cart!

    • Olivia Ryan November 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      I have enjoyed Black Friday the last two years with my mom and grandma, but while they make it all day and hop store to store, I am a one-stop-shop kinda girl. I’ll hit up one store with specific goals in mind, and then head home and go back to sleep 🙂 You are more die-hard than me. Target is a flipping madhouse!! haha.

  3. Laura
    Laura November 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    LOVE Black Friday. I do hate that they are now opening on Thanksgiving day at 8pm, that used to be our time we would coordinate our schedules, who will be where, who’s getting what, we map it all out and end up meeting at one store or another, looking beat but happy! I refuse to go to Best Buy or Toys R’ Us, too expensive still and the lines are THE worst! I’m definitely usually at Target, Walmart, Menards, Old Navy and if I really want something from there, Kohl’s, but Kohl’s also has some of the longest lines also, so I have to really be getting a good deal to go there. We put a spending cap on ours as well, only buy what we know we want and refuse to be swayed by other deals while we are there, it really does take a lot of planning to be sure to get the best deal, the best place and at the right time. I also just think its fun, its crazy, but fun. Standing in line for hours before the store opens, freezing cold, with a bunch of other crazies doing the same thing.Last year my parents, husband and our best friends sat inside in line at walmart waiting for a tv and xbox at mdinight. We stood in line and had the best time, talking, laughing, meeting new people. It really is quite the experience and I get so excited to see the real ads when they come out, even though I’ve been scouring the online ads as they’ve been coming out. Have fun-maybe I’ll see you out there!

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