So, what did you get!? Did you go to the stores and line up, or did you sit in your home and browse online?
Personally, I did (and am doing) the latter. I talked myself out of a lot, but I broke down and pressed the Amazon buy button for Seasons 2-7 plus the anime series of Supernatural on blu-ray! My friend got me season 1 at Walmart yesterday which is probably the only reason I threw away all reason and bought the rest (they are all on Netflix!!).
What was/is your haul so far??
Went to Walmart, JcPenny and Michael's. Got a 700 thread count sheet set from Walmart, everything else was a bust there. At JcPenny, got 3 of the Sealy pillows for $7 a piece, the 5qt slow-cooker for $8, a 6 piece countertop convection over for $30 even though it was mismarked for $45 and a couple shirts. At Michael's I got the 2 trees that you can put at the front entrance for $30.
I am just really made at Walmart though. All the things I got was placed in the middle of the aisle as if it was a Black Friday deal but when I got to the register it wasn't. So glad I was paying to how much things were ringing up for.
@vttp926: I tried to get a 700 thread count sheet set but they went so fast!!!
I got a steel fire pit from walmart for $22, 16gb camera cards for $7.88, memory foam bathmats for $5.00 and the Nikon d3000 camera bundle I wanted for $449.
I never go out, but I was browsing online. I'm so mad at myself. My dream camera, one I almost got used off craiglist for $400 was on sale at Best Buy for $449.... And stupid me thought I was going to want anything and took all my money off my card so I could make myself save it.
I was working in the madness. :-|
@roweboat: Me too...I worked 10PM-5AM, and now I just woke up and am getting ready to head back in for part 2 of the insanity. I bought a few movies though, lol.
Nothing! I no longer buy at "big box" stores like Walmart or Best Buy - all the gifts I will buy will support the local economy. I can pick up crafts, gift cards an gift certificiates anytime so I did some more cooking today and enjoying the company of friends gracious enough to stop by!
@Wonderstruck: I worked midnight til 8am, and I go back tonight as well. Our store was just a wreck instantly, lol. My brain is all jacked up from the weird hours, I've barely slept.
I'm at work so I did a little online shopping while here. Nothing that really caught my eye. My mom needs a coffee maker so I got her one off JC Penny. The FI has been looking for some 3/4 lenght shirts so I got him two for 25%. Nothing spectacular.
I ordered a few things from Kolhs last night and then just dropped in today to see if they had something that was sold out online and a gallery frame set. Nothing major.
I hit Kohls on the way to work this morning. I was in and out in half an hour. All I got was a nighty and slippers for my daughters shower tomorrow.
Normally I boycott BF but I really needed the gift
I have been scouring for the "perfect" engagement shoot outfits...and I have a new job starting Monday....so I may or may not have spent $500.00 while shopping online at Express, The Loft and The Limited.
I bought some pants and panties on ae.com last night, since they were having 40% off and free shipping. I'd been eyeing those pants anyway.
We also went out and got groceries and then stopped by the mall and ended up buying my wedding ring, since it's on sale. It took forever though, since the guy we spoke with was dumb and told us the wrong thing, so when we asked about the size of it (we assumed that we'd be ordering it, since FI ordered my e-ring, since, you know, I'm about 3 sizes smaller than the stock rings), she was SO confused. I told her that I assumed we'd be ordering it, since I need a 4.5 and that ring a 6.75, and she was like, "...Well you have to take this one home to get the sale price...?" Uh, no, no we don't. "Well, they can resize this one..." NO, that's an awful idea, since even resizing my e-ring ONE size screwed up some of the detail. "Well...they'll see if they can resize this, and if not, they'll just order it in that size." Sigh. I actually wanted to order it in January so that my e-ring and band could be on the same inspection schedule, but I'm worried they won't run a better price then. :\
So far, I'm shopping online only. Carter's has 50% off, even on their website, and still honored my coupon--so I got stuff for my niece, our little guy, and for a few baby showers I know that will be coming up.
I think Gap Maternity online is 60% off tomorrow, so I'll be looking at that as well.
Stores here in Canada are just now catching on to Black Friday! I managed to do pretty well at the Bay (sort of like Nordstrom I think) though. I got a whole bunch of work clothes, some cute boots, and a couple of work shirts for DH.
My most guilty purchase was a gorgeous cashmere cardi that I love, but was really expensive. It was originally $200 and I got it for $110 which is still a lot to pay for a cardigan!
Planning to hit Walmart in a bit as well as Petco- see if i cant stock up on pet supplies :)
I got a great deal on my first ever snowmobile helmet from a local retailer!
I went to old navy at midnight, got jeans 2 shirts 2 sweaters for $30 with extra discounts because I waited In the cashier line for so long.
First black Friday for me so I wanted to ease into it and avoid the big box stores with the rabid crowds.
We got new phones, I got a motorola electrify and he got some samsung thing he wanted. Not a galaxy, something else. But I am having a blast with this thing! It has google chrome for a browser so I can actually be on here with my phone and post and everything!
Yay post #1500!
Nothing :) I like shopping at my own pace.
@sarahjc0015: I was lucky. I think there was only like 3 left by the time I got mine and this was only like 815.
@trueblue14: Yeah, screw those foreigners! They don't need support!
Shopped online. Macy's started their salyesterday so I got several shirts. Jcpenny bras. Dillard's comforter, sheets.free shipping on everything
@Lemma: I thought you were referring to "buy nothing day" and I was soooo confused.
I don't consider buying a bunch of stuff "supporting" my country (In fact I consider rampant materialism one of the most damaging forces on the planet), but to each her own.
@joya_aspera: Nah, I was just referring to the idea that only buying local is a good thing because it supports your local farmers/craftspeople/whatever. I guess I'm just missing the part of me that understands why people are more deserving of my support based on geography...
I bought a dutch oven, new pot set and some Pyrex containers on Kohl's website on Wednesday so I didn't have to fight to get the deals. Yesterday, I went to CVS and Walgreens and stacked up on the free stuff they had going. Didn't go out at night for anything. Planning to go to a local store tomorrow for Small Business Saturday.
@Lemma: I agree that local peoples are not more deserving but two advantages to shopping independent-local is avoiding feeding the mega-corps (they are my definition of the epitome of evil), and not having to have the goods shipped far. This latter is good because transportation still uses mostly burned fuels, not renewables.
@joya_aspera: The mega-corps are often owned by people like you and me. The shareholders aren't evil and I don't think they deserve to be punished because you don't like big corporations.
The shipping thing is a valid concern, but the problem there is that the gain from not needing to ship things might be outweighed by the cost of a very small production. For example, a big company might be able to produce a good much more efficiently (using less fuel per item) than a small company, because the big company has purchased specialized equipment. By only thinking of shipping costs and not thinking of production costs, you might end up actually buying the more wasteful product!
I'll give you one thing though, local veggies are sure delicious! They're just not a treat that I can justify giving myself every day.
We went out starting at 5pm.
5:00 dropped my DH off at Best Buy to try and get the Toshiba 40" tv
5:30 my brother and I went to Walmart to get in line for the 8pm dvd/blu ray door buster...
8:00 we were let into the dvd area 20 people at a time (we were in the 1st 20 people and there were 1000 people in line all together so I was happy about that!) I got 13 dvd's, 1 xbox 360 game and 4 blue rays for just under $100.
8:30 we went to sit with my DH at Best Buy (it was freezing!)
11:00 they told us the tv was gone so we left the line (in our defense were not stupid we didn't expect to get the biggest door buster from far back in the line but we were really close to the door and people in the front started letting friends in right before they handed tickets out. The last tv was given to a person only a few people in front of us).
11:30-2:00 we drove back to Walmart and went to Target looking for a tv. We almost bought a camera at Target but the line was too long for our hungry bellies.
2:00 we stopped to eat at the diner but they didn't have my waffles so I waited to eat until later.
2:30 we went to the mall... Sear's, Macy's, Hot Topic but ended up not buying anything there.
3:00 I ate finally!
3:30 we went to Boscovs to look for a tv but we didn't see any great deals.
4:00 we went to Kmart to see what they had left for tv's... they were gone. We went to another Kmart on a hunch and they hadn't opened yet so we got in line (there were only 3 people in line!) They came out with tickets and we got a tv FINALLY after stopping at a ton of stores! We got a $300 46" RCA flat screen and a $40 blu ray player
4:30 we went to 5 Below and I got a snuggiee for $5 which I love!
5:30 we went to Petsmart and I got my girls a reindeer and Santa outfit for $17 because they were 50% off.
6:30 we went to a different Walmart to see what they still had closer to where my brother lives because we have to drop him off.
8:00 we dorve my brother home
9:00 we finally got home from my brothers house
9:15am-4:00pm we slept
now were getting ready to go back to Target to get the camera and go to JCPenney to see if my shoes are on sale!
We had a ton of set backs trying to find a tv today but we had a lot of fun and we ended up catching some amazing deals! I hope we have luck on our side for the rest of the night as we head back out there. This year things didn't really get crazy anywhere, Walmart did a good job of controlling the crowd but I was a little upset they gave tickets for 5am door buster tv's away at 9pm because those people left without having to wait in line to get it, the tickets were supposed to be handed out at 3am. I was a little upset about Best Buy lying to us about the amount of tv's they had when we asked at 9pm too. Besides that I only saw 1 man get arrested and that was because he confronted people who were line jumping and one of the line jumpers lied to the police about the man. It was pretty sad because those line jumpers caused a lot of problems and the police nor the Best Buy workers cared (even though this is what they were out there to prevent).... HA HA HA. Oh well.
We love our new toys we had a great day, what more can I ask for.
@Lemma: The shareholders chose to invest in those corporations and I have to say they are very unlike me. Ethics is one of the factors in selecting my investments. It's not a matter of dislike, as if Walmart insulted me on the playground once and now I hold a grudge, it's more about morality... I think they act as if they are above the law because they pay for the very best lawyers so they can avoid paying the penalties for their practices. I want to stop their rampage as much as I can because I see what they are doing as very wrong.
@joya_aspera: They don't always choose. Often they will go to a specialist and ask them to invest their money for them. Even more importantly, pension funds tend to be invested in the stock market, so if you have a pension, you might be a shareholder and not even know it!
@HappilyEverAfter54: Congratulations, you win Black Friday!!!
@Lemma: This is for them to discuss with their investment advisor. I am not going to protect a business I see as unethical because some good person somewhere might have been hoodwinked into investing in it.
@trueblue14: I bought nothing (other than graham crackers at the grocery store). I don't understand why you would feel compelled to buy a whole bunch of stuff on Friday if you truly spent Thursday reflecting on and being thankful for the blessings in your life.
@elysion: I'd rather have a lobotomy than go out shopping on Black Friday. There are way too many people out, too much traffic, long lines and mediocre sales.
I sound like the Grinch, don't I?
Plus I had to work today, Bummer!
I signed up with a locally owned gym... don't plan on purchasing anything today. I'll probably get 90% of Christmas presents through Etsy or my SO's work.
DH and I went to Walmart last night and scored 2 sets of 700 thread ct sheets, 2 mattress toppers, pillows, PJs and a scooter for our little guy, and an Xbox 360 game and we were in the car on the way home by 8:15. Then we went home, slept all night, had breakfast, and ordered 5 outfits for our son from Old Navy for under $90. After that, the little guy and I headed to the mall where I got him about 3 more outfits, 2 pairs of shoes, and $25 boots for Mommy :). Now that he is napping, I just treated myself to a Coach bag that I ordered online and AM NOT telling DH about, lol.
The majority of the money spent at local businesses STAYS in the communities where the businesses are located, not so with corporate stores. Also, with "big box" stores, the CEOS rake in obscene salaries and bonuses while the workers get crappy wages and little or no benefits. Finally, I rather buy products made in my own country as versus supporting China's economy by buying their cheapy made (often with toxic materials) CRAP.
As for my investments, I only have investments with socially-reponsible businesses. I would never allow any of my money to be part of something like Walmart!
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