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Friday, November 26, 2010

Blog Friend Feature: Black Friday Edition

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! Or at least got through it okay. With the holiday weekend, I wasn't sure if I should have a Blog Friend Feature today. So, I asked the ultimate authority on anything important: Twitter. And  I even asked if there was anyone who would like to be featured today.

Kimberly AKA Not Blessed Mama replied that she wanted to. Love people who just jump right in like that. And her post today is very timely since it's about Black Friday. Some of you might already be back from hours of shopping by the time this posts early in the morning since the stores are open insanely early.

Autumn- it’s such a magical time of year. Thanksgiving. Sharing a special meal with loved ones. Family traditions. The beginning of the holiday season. And, what I hold dearest to my heart-


My name is Not Blessed Mama, and I am an addict. I am hopelessly, hopelessly addicted to bargain shopping. Whenever I walk into a store, my eyes immediately begin sweeping the aisles searching for those telltale orange clearance stickers and 75% off signs. So to have a whole day devoted to sales of epic proportions- be still, my beating heart! It is the one day a year I allow myself to be a rampant consumer without remorse- and I full well take advantage of it!

Now, before you go thinking I am one of those crazy nutcases- well, I’m not (really). Pushing, shoving, grabbing, fighting- all big no-no’s in my book. While I do love a good bargain, I am definitely not willing to fight someone over a Furby (’member those?) or trample someone for a Nerf gun. Last year I did yell at some “gentlemen”, though- as they were shoving an older man to get to some video games. I mean, video games or breaking some old guys bones? It’s obvious what the choice would be!

I am a serious shopper though. I begin planning my trip as soon as the ads start leaking. With three adorable (greedy) Spawn, my Christmas list is a mile long. I have to compare prices, compare opening times, see who is price matching and see how good the bargains actually are. Because come on now Target, if I am dragging my butt out of bed at 3 am, this had better be a darn good price.

Come Thanksgiving day, I stuff my face with turkey and get those ads in my hot little hands. Which is rather unnecessary, because at this point I have them memorized- but I may need to show them to the clerk to price match. Before I go to bed , I stay up late to see what deals will go live on-line. You knew Black Friday went on in the virtual world too, right? (*Note: There is that Cyber Monday nonsense, but that’s what it is- nonsense.) After anxiously refreshing websites over and over to see what I can get on-line, I grab a couple hours of sleep and wake in the wee hours of the morning. Grab an apple, jump in the car and I’m off!

Having a friend tag along is definitely a major bonus. Having a friend who doesn’t have much shopping to do tag along- priceless! Last year I had a side-kick helping me out. I was so grateful, I offered to buy her a bottle of wine from a nearby display as a token of my undying gratitude and appreciation. Do you have any idea how mortifying it is to get turned down when you try and buy a bottle of wine at Wal-Mart at 5:50 am? Extremely, let me tell you. Apparently you can’t buy alcohol before 6 am here- pshaw.

I wish I could give you some advice for what to do when you are in the store shopping, but pretty much all I can say is eat or be eaten. Seriously! Watch your back, move fast and get in and out as quickly as possible- after all, the next store is waiting!

To my fellow Black Friday lovers out there, I hope you had great luck this year and snagged everything you were looking for, while avoiding bodily harm. And to the newbies, I hope I have given you a little encouragement to check out the sales. Happy Hunting!

I'm a little scared of Black Friday shopping. We'll see if I head out or not. Please leave Not Blessed Mama some comment love here and go follow her blog if you don't already!

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Blogger Kim said...

Oh you Americans are so lucky! I forgot you have Black Friday!!! You also have Target, and god knows what else I'm jealous of! Great post. I especially like the idea of a shopping sidekick. That should be a marketable position people can apply for!

November 26, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

That totally used to be me! THis is the first year I'm not doing it. I'm doing it all online! :)

November 26, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

"Memorized the ads" LMAO! I used to do the 3am shopping. No more. I value sleep way more than a deal.

November 26, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I hope you have great success today! Me? Well, I'm an internet shopper. So no crazy middle-of-the-night shopping for me. :)

November 26, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

u are braver than me, Im not fighting the crazies!

November 26, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Impressive! I don't understand these BF shoppers at all but I do admire them!

November 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I used to be totally into Black Friday shopping, but anymore I just like to laze around in my pajamas at home and check out the online sales :). Nice to "meet" you!

November 26, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger ModernMom said...

We don't have those big sales up here! Oh how I wish we did so I could knock some Christmas gifts off the list!

November 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

I think I found a new blog! I am off to follow her!

November 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Not Blessed Mama said...

Thank you so much for having me, and thank you ladies for reading!
FYI, my shopping (on-line and in-store) was a complete success this year! Haha.

November 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Midwest Wickless said...

I'm on the other end of Black Friday - I despise it! I am the one who choses to work in Retail who is forced to get up at the butt crack of dawn to get ready to help all you crazy shoppers! Sometimes I wish I was on the other end...but I'm with MommaKiss - I value my sleep!

I will say Not Blessed Momma seems like a lot of fun! Checking out her blog now! :)

November 26, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Ah, such a day. Maybe I'll join in next year. Great post!

November 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I don't do it... I just refuse... but then as a single mamma, I've got no one to watch my kids in the wee hours, so it's not something I could do even if I wanted to... I'm sure that makes me biased!

November 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I just got a couple of good deals on Amazon, and that is all. I am done shopping for the day. And, I never left my house or got up early!

November 26, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I am so impressed with those people that go out and brave the crowds. I sometimes go out, but not until later in the day, when I know the "crazies" are at home and sleeping. LOL

November 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger amelie522 said...

You are a stronger woman than I! I can't handle being pushed and shoved; it makes me want to kick people in the liver. But I really wish I could take the chaos, it seems like it is actually fun and helps get you into the holiday spirit. Great post! Thanks for the laughs!

November 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I don't do BF...that's way to early for me to get out of bed! More power to you that do it!!

November 26, 2010 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger cornflakegirl74 said...

I can't hang with the Black Friday shopping either. I'm all about surfing the net for deals in my pajamas, cup of coffee at my side. But I'm glad to hear you got some great deals this year; nothing like bargain shopping.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season :)

November 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger MiMi said...

I can't do it. I'm too skeered! lol

November 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I'm more than a "little scared". I watch it on the TV and figure all of "those" people can have it.

One woman said she "saved" $400. I wonder how much she spent???

November 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your strategies for successful BF shopping. I am still new to it and this tips were helpful and fun to read!!

November 28, 2010 at 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your strategies for successful BF shopping. I am still new to it and this tips were helpful and fun to read!!

November 28, 2010 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I did the Black Friday thing. It went okay. I'll blog about it Monday. It wasn't as scary as I thought.

November 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

Wow do I miss those sales. French sales are lousy - you really still pay so much.

November 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I'm debating taking part next year! I might do it if I have the extra cash to spend.

November 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

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