328.365

Every year I look forward to Black Friday, and this year was no exception. Ron and I went out last night around 9 p.m. to be in Walmart when the sale started at 10 p.m. We met up with my cousin Anna there. The 10 p.m. sale didn’t include any major electronics, like televisions or blu-ray players, but it did include toys, movies, games, etc. I feel like there were more people in there than before. My guess is people who normally don’t do Black Friday shopping did last night because it’s easier to go out at night than it is to get up super early and go out. We were able to get everything we wanted, except our blu-ray player and a printer. We bought some movies, including Vampire Diaries Season Two ($10), a game for my nephew, a Barbie for my niece and an Elmo backpack for our Angel Tree child. Then it was on to Target which actually closes and opens its doors at midnight, which means you stand in a long line and freeze. We froze for approximately 90 minutes before  getting inside. We got everything we were looking for–some gifts, movies, a Christmas tree, clothes for the Angel Tree child, etc.–but the system was a little too intense this year. They had the front of the store near the cashiers roped off and you couldn’t cross it for anything unless you were checking out, even though they has used some sale items to block it off. Then Anna wanted a video game and she got trapped in a massively long line which was basically for anything electronic–televisions, video games, etc. My original plan was to price match the same printer and blu-ray player Walmart was selling at midnight at Target since we would be there when Walmart’s 12 p.m. sale started. And yes, as long as you have the ad, you can price match on Black Friday. There’s a little tip for you that can come in handy. However, Target didn’t have the exact same items so when we rolled out of Target around 12:45 p.m. we went back to Walmart, picked up the printer and found the very last blu-ray player they had. After that, it was on to the mall. Originally, I had planned on visiting Victoria’s Secret, because they offer some deals and a special gift bag on Black Friday that’s filled with some trial size items and some full size items, like lip gloss. However, the line was crazy long and the deals weren’t that good this year. Plus, they were offering the exact same style bag as last year so I bailed on that. We went next door to Bath and Body Works where I purchased 12 bottles of hand soap, yes 12, it’s the only time of the year I buy them and they’re six for $20. Plus, I picked up a decorative holder that you slip over the bottles. Bath and Body Works was also offering a bag, $20 with a $40 purchase, and it was a much better deal than the Victoria’s Secret one. The bag is really functional and inside it has two smaller bags, a loofah and tons of full size items like hand soap, lotion, body spray, etc. and coupons. On the outside of the bag is hand sanitizer in a little holder. When you add everything up inside, the bag is worth approximately $120. Definitely worth the $20. Plus, on my entire purchase I had a 20 percent off coupon and a $5 free item. Score! After Bath and Body Works, I walked into a few clothing stores, but wasn’t too impressed with the deals so we went and ate some Chic-fil-a, met up with Anna again before she had to work at 3:30 a.m. and headed home. I went to bed sometime after 4 a.m. but the Christmas shopping is basically finished. I need some little things like gift cards, but that’s it. I woke up this morning around 10:30 a.m. and we went out again to a craft store, picked up some groceries at Target and stopped by Walmart to see if they still had one of their doorbusters.  Then we came home and everything is wrapped, the blueray player is hooked up and our Christmas tree is decorated. I’d call that a productive day and because my day started at midnight, I feel like I got a whole extra day out of my weekend. All day I kept thinking it was Saturday. And now I can get ready for Cyber Monday 🙂