Monday, November 30, 2009

Tis the Season to Shop!

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful. I went to see my mom and we had a yummy Thanksgiving lunch that we didn’t even have to cook or clean up and then went to see The Blind Side (it was excellent! I think I am getting soft in my old age because I teared up multiple times and I rarely ever cry at movies!)

I also experienced my first ever Black Friday shopping experience! My friend and I got to Target by 4:45 am. As we were pulling in I could not believe my eyes. The parking lot was packed and there was a line around the building! We decided not to wait in the car, but to get the fullest experience to brave the cold and wait in line.

Neither one of us had anything we were going for or had to have. As the line made it’s way into the store it was pretty orderly, but some people did break into a run and started piling their carts high like on Supermarket Sweep. I got the last of the $3 crock pots as we passed by the end cap for them (it is teeny tiny though…about big enough for a cheese dip). I decided to go back and brave electronics to see if they had any TomToms for $97 (normally $250) left. They did but we had to wait in line and pay for it back there. I settled in for the wait and enjoyed watching the craziness around me:

I got my TomTom and with my $3 crock pot and $4 bodywash, I was able to qualify for the free $10 Target gift card! We were out of there by 5:30 am and home before the sun came up so I could head back to bed! I would do it again in a heartbeat…especially if there was something I had to have.

I tell ya this time of year is hard for me. With all the stores screaming DEALS DEALS DEALS, it is so hard for me NOT to shop…for myself! My friend talked me out of going to hhgregg to get a $400 stainless steel stove rationalizing that then I would have to get the microwave and then I would definitely want the matching fridge.

Today I have gotten a million emails touting free shipping and up to 80% off…I find myself in this state of WANT WANT WANT! I feel like that little spoiled girl in Willy Wonka that just has to have the golden egg. And now that I am older most of my wishes aren’t $20 barbies, but $200 iphones.

And since I don’t have a very big family I don’t have to do much shopping for others, so that makes the temptation to shop for myself even greater!

I just keep pulling myself back and reminding myself that just because I have an extra hundred dollars in my checking and a fresh American Express in my wallet doesn’t give me a license to a shopping spree.


Sam said...

you are brave! ha, i don't think i could get up that early and put myself in the middle of the craziness. you got some good deals though!

Angela said...

Girl I hear ya!!! Shopping will be the end of me.

AnnQ said...

Wow! You were definitely up early, but it sounds like you got some great deals! :-)

Paige said...

Haha--Supermarket Sweep! That was the best TV show!


Jen the Beachbum said...

I miss Supermarket Sweep! We don't do the early morning thing, we do the 8am-9am thing and had no trouble at all. In and out of Walmart with the sewing machine we came for in 15 minutes. There was only one person in line in front of us. I love black Friday shopping, I just don't take it too seriously. I wish I had gotten paid on Friday though instead of Monday. :( that was a huge bummer.