Another Black Friday come and gone.¬†¬† I have to know – was it worth it for you?
I know people who plan their attack on Black Friday like it was a war mission.¬† They are truly professionals and are getting great deals.¬† Most of these people are also done Christmas shopping now.¬† I am envious.¬†
This year, after many years of resisting and staying in our warm beds, my husband and I decided to shop the Black Friday deals.¬†¬† Well, my husband did anyway.
We started off on Thanksgiving evening at Toys R Us.¬† Their deals started at 10 p.m.¬†¬† We loaded the kids in the car and took off – our kids fell promptly asleep.¬†¬† The plan was the hubby would go in the store and grab the items we were there for.¬†¬† I was along¬†¬†for the ride and¬†was happy to wait in the car with the kids.¬† When we arrived at our Toys R Us store, we couldn’t believe what we saw.¬† A line that wrapped around the ENTIRE¬†building.¬† There were people who looked like they had¬†been camping there all afternoon.¬† ¬†We were not expecting that.¬†
After finding a spot to park where we could watch the line, we sat and waited.¬† And waited.¬† 10 p.m. came and went.¬† The line was still wrapped around the building.¬† Every so often the line would move slightly.¬† People were pulling in and leaving after seeing the line.¬†¬† By this time, it was 10:20 p.m.¬† I had expected to be done by now….boy – was I off base!¬† Finally, a friend of ours went to the front of the line to talk to a police officer who was supervising.¬† They were only letting 50 people in at a time, so there would not be a stampede.¬† Great.¬† The sale only lasted until 1 a.m. and at this rate, we would never get in.¬†¬† So, we left, disappointed and with nothing to show for our trip.
The next sale we wanted to hit was at our local Wal-Mart, which meant we could go home and go to bed for awhile.¬† The sale started at 5 a.m.¬† My husband got up and went out to Wal-Mart at 4:20 a.m.¬† He said it was the craziest thing he had ever been a part of.¬† Fortunately, that trip was not a waste and he was able to get the item we wanted, and a few other great deals.¬† I’m really turning him in to a bargain shopper!
We ended up saving $44 on the big items we bought.¬† I felt a stab of satisfaction after getting the ads in yesterday’s paper and seeing that two of the items we bought were each $20 more expensive than what we paid.¬†¬† So, for us,¬† our first Black Friday shopping experience was worth the effort.¬†
Bring on Cyber Monday!