My husband gets very upset when I refer to Thanksgiving as Black Friday Eve, which is only a week away. But bargain-shopping is both my hobby and my sport, so my reverence for this important day of preparation is understood. Coupons, promo codes, consignment sales, clearance racks, yard sales…this is the sustenance of my being. Plotting and mapping out the most advantageous route for The Big Day requires finely honed skills. Please help me, though, as I try to figure out the intricacies of Black Friday 2011. Now that everything (Kohls and Target, so literally, everything) opens at 12 midnight, what is a Mom of the Year to do?!? Do I play it old school and wake up at 3:30am and stand in line at Target, shooting the evil eye to fellow shoppers while assessing their athletic ability to run for the big deals? Or do I join the swallowing current of these midnight patrons? This is a tough one, b/c, let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel a little superior getting up before the crack of dawn and saving her family a boatload of money? It’s just not as exciting to just stay up late and hit some sales. The morning high is unmatched. My favorite was the year I finished my Christmas shopping, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and had my hair cut and highlighted all before 7am. Sure part of it is the awesome savings, but a lot of it for me is just the fact that all these stores are open at God’s hour. It’s the one day all year that the world of retail meets my normal sleeping schedule. So this year is rough for me. Because truly, who could pass up a chance to score a bargain, at whatever the hour?? Times are a’changing and while I’d rather be the early bird getting the worm, that will be me–the pushy lady at 12am trying to psych out the other people in line.
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