Yes. I am going for the easy post today. I'm blogging about...
That day where, in America, almost any and every store has some sort of sale. Many items are drastically reduced, such as flat screen TVs, leather jackets or Fry Daddys, making them popular grab-n-gos. Some stores have specific things discounted, others discount everything. If you plan well, and have patience and fortitude, you can actually save thousands of dollars.
So I've heard anyway.
I am a frugal shopper. I shop the discount racks, sales and clearances. I shop clothing out of season, when possible, and hold off buying as much as I can until I receive some sort of coupon in the mail. It is actually painful for me to pay full price. It goes against the very (cheap) grain of my soul. You would think Black Friday would cause much rejoicing in my shriveled, little miserly heart.
You would be wrong.
I have shopped Black Friday only once. It was more than enough to convince me that no discount was worth dealing with that ever again.
First, my friend and I waited in the freezing cold, at 4am, outside of a Target, armed with coffee, a map of the Black Friday layout and our sale flyers. Folks, I didn't even get up at 4am to have my babies, okay? 4am is an ungodly hour. NEVER AGAIN.
Second, people are rude. It's shameful how nasty people can get over a TV or some Skylanders (Wii game, if you don't have kids) avatars. Now, I didn't see any of the craziness that you hear about in the news, thank goodness. But the general attitude is "Get out of my way, or I'll MAKE you...and don't even think about taking that last Martha Stewart pan set." Really, that alone was enough to put me off Black Friday. No one needs matching dish towels and oven mitts that badly. Take a deep breath and get a freaking grip on yourself.
Third, and lastly, I didn't really save very much money. Maybe it was because I didn't need anything, and therefore couldn't justify the expense of buying a TV or laptop just because of the "amazing deal". Now, I have heard of people who save crazy amounts of money on Black Friday, so I guess it works for them. If you can't afford a new bike or need a washer and dryer, I bet this would be the time to look. Just watch out for flying elbows.
I'm sure it sounds like I'm downing Black Friday, but I'm really not. I'm just telling you why I'd rather sit through Transformers 3 on loop for eight hours than shop today. But, hey, if it works for you and you save money, more power to you. My advice is drink a pot of coffee, wear shin guards and, just like in the zombie movies, cardio is king. Maybe do a few stretches before they let you in the store. Limber up.
And then...go get 'em, tiger.
Do you shop on Black Friday? In the stores or online? What your most interesting/craziest/funniest Black Friday story?
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