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MissyJ's picture
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Best deal?

For those Black Friday shoppers -- what was the best deal you found? Biggest beef?

One that I missed was at a local WalMart. There were several people there that were able to get the LeapPad 1 for $20! (Someone had mispriced the stack *intended* to be the original Leapster Explorers. WalMart honored the price.) This is a game system that we own and that I really love for its versatile use. While there is a newer version, if you have a chance to grab this at a decent price difference, you may want to review the newer features to determine if it is worth the extra expense.

I was not after any major purchase, but appreciated some deep savings on small things (that add up!) Overall, the crowds I dealt with appeared to be in good spirits. One of our family members working at Best Buy shared that the crowds there were pretty good -- but they had a huge police presence on hand that likely contributed to everyone remaining more orderly. The line to get in the store, however, was long with folks still waiting to get in about 45 min after opening. Old Navy appeared to be the same as I drove by. I'm guessing that they had reached capacity and needed some folks to leave before more could enter?

My complaint of the night -- PAINFULLY slow lines at Kohl's for check out. At 3 a.m. people had been waiting in line to check out since 12:45 a.m. I simply did not have that stamina at that point although there were some deals I'd hoped to pick up to combine with coupon, discount savings, and their 15% "Kohls cash" for every $50 spent.

All in all -- I had a positive experience and was pleased with those items that I did purchase. Smile

Hope your overall take away was the same!

meggyrn's picture
Joined: 02/16/09
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There was nothing in the ads that I saw that I had to have or needed. My mom and I hit our first store at 7am and by that time the stores were pretty empty. That's when I like to go. We got to all the stores we wanted to go to in 4 hrs. I avoided Wal-mart like the plague. I got some new pillows for my girls and a couple other small things. I went to Target to exchange something and there was still a 24 inch TV left so I got that since we had kind of been looking for one. The past few years I've noticed a second wave of "busy-ness" around 10am. That's when the lines get longer to check out. It will be interesting to hear my girls' shopping experience. They are with their aunt for the weekend. Their plan was to get up at midnight, go to a store for an hour. Go back home and sleep until 3am, go back out again. Go home and sleep until 7am, go back out again. I think it's insane to do with a 10, 11, and 12 year old. They are also taking their 3 month old baby. I don't think their aunt realizes that they probably won't go back to sleep in between times and spending an hour at a store probably only got them through the door. I'm glad they are with them the whole weekend so they can deal with crabby, tired children. If I was getting them back Friday after shopping I'd be having some words with them about their "plan."

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Holy cow Meg! NO WAY would I consider doing that "Black Friday" plan! I have to wonder if the aunt has ever gone through that shopping experience? I'll bet she was in for a rude awakening... and those poor kids! I'd love to hear how it *actually* went!

One thing that did surprise me was the # of kids that were out after midnight. Most looked exhausted and cranky. Some of mine wanted to go but our answer is no. *IF* I go, I want to be able to buy for those on my shopping list as you don't know exactly what deals will be available when you get there... and more importantly, we felt that it was more important for them to sleep. (Not only does their body need it, but absolutely *I* don't want to deal with more crankiness throughout the following day! LOL)

I'm going to start a debate and see if you and I are in the minority!

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I did go out to Walmart about 9:30 pm or so. They had a picture frame set for $13 and PJs for $4.50, and that was what brought me there. I did get those two things, but since there weren't any carts left I headed home after that. DH stopped by Office Max at 6:00 am (after he got off of work) and bought Norton Antivirus. It was about $70 off, and something we've bought the last few years on Black Friday.

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I have to say our shopping experience was AWESOME. My tummy SEVERELY paid the price the next day because of too much coffee, not enough water, and no sleep. As always we got most of our Christmas shopping done. Now we just have some gift cards and stocking stuffers to get. We weren't planning on it but we ended up getting a 32" TV at Walmart for $148. While we obviously got some deals it was the whole experience that was just wonderful. We always meet the neatest people. This year was no exception. We met another heart mom, a sweet lady who oddly lives down where my parents live but is from here, and a grumpy guy who we got to smile and I think even lighten up a bit. The grumpy guy was waiting for his wife in line but she had the stuff and he was just holding their place. He thought we were going to throw a fit and I ensured him, he was most definitely first. So we moved over our cart so she could get in front of us. And of course we can't forget the 2 different ladies whom we seemed to go from store to store to store together. Haha We ended up being able to go home and sleep for about 3 hours before going to wait in line at Fred Meyer for their annual sock sale. I have to say that our Walmart was AWESOME this year. They were very well organized. Their guaranteed price for certain big ticket items for an hour as long as you were in line was great. The only thing was the lines at check out. We only waited maybe 30 minutes at most. And I don't even think it was that long at all. They had blocked off the registers so that people couldn't cut at the sides which was good but as busy as they were they needed someone to direct people where to go. But most people were confused and thought that you had to line up at one end of the store and they would direct you where to go but that wasn't the case. It caused some of the registers at one end to be VERY overcrowded and the other side to be pretty open (obviously the side we were on). Honestly it was a great experience. We also did get a deal at KMart after we came home and wrapped presents. I realized I was so focused on NOT buying everything in sight for Faith I didn't buy her as much as Dakota and Eli (I insist on being fair). So we went back to KMart for one of the things Faith talked about that she saw in the ad over and over again. It was only suppose to be $10. We went in, found it, the price still said $10, but the cashier was going to try not to give it to me because the price was suppose to go back to the original price instead of the sale price. We did get it, but my patience had completely worn off by then. Oops! Otherwise everything was great.

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My girls got home from their aunt and uncle's this afternoon. They did not get up at midnight as planned. I guess their aunt, uncle and baby cousin were sick with a cold. But they all did get up to go out shopping at 3am. Crazy! They have gone Black Friday with this aunt for as long as I've known the girls, so at least 7 years. It's DH's first wife's sister so it's something that I just have to shut up about even though I don't agree with it. The positive is that I get a free weekend without kids to do what I wish and go shopping with my mom. I don't really know how they have any fun with it. Their aunt and grandma gets all their Christmas shopping done for them this way. They give them money and let them buy what they want them to give them. So I feel like they are bribed to go out and shop as I know they wouldn't enjoy it at all if they didn't get to do that.