I know there are bargains to be found and bought on Black Friday, but I have yet to find one that was worth the sacrifice of my sleep.
Prior to motherhood, I had a career in department store retail, mainly as a buyer. So Black Friday isn't foreign to me. In fact, for 13 years I awoke at 4:45 AM every Black Friday to work at the store when it opened at 6 AM.
Yes, there was a time when stores waited until 6 AM on Black Friday to open and that was considered early.
Because I worked so many Black Fridays in the past, I try to avoid shopping on that morning. I have no desire to battle a stranger for the limited door busters that are available. If I do go out on Friday it is usually in the mid-afternoon when the traffic has slowed down. Stuff is still on sale and there are still coupons. I can usually get a parking spot somewhere closer to the door and the stores are somewhat quiet, because everyone else is home taking a nap.
Last year I did a lot of my Christmas shopping online. That does eliminate a bit of stress as long as you know what you want to buy, but I'm someone who needs to browse to find ideas for my family, so I don't buy everything online.
This year, I am intrigued by one sale that I came across at a local department store.
Every year, we shop for a local family for the holidays and the mom has asked for a king sized comforter. That size is usually quite expensive, so $19.97 for a king sized comforter is a steal. Therefore, I'll be sending my husband out for the comforter on Friday. He LOVES to shop on Black Friday. And he might even be nutty enough to go out at midnight.
But me, I'll be snuggled in my bed, exactly where I want to be.
Will you be shopping at midnight on Black Friday? Let us know in the comments.
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