I am about to make a blanket statement that will offend other equally thrifty gals out there: black friday is the devil. I understand there are lots of "doorbusters" yada yada, but the idea of sitting out in the cold only to be log-jammed nose to b-hole with lots of people that ingested mass amounts of gravy the day prior sounds awful. Count me out. Navigating in large crowds is a total nightmare for us on 4 wheels, because apparently the Christmas spirit is null and void if there is a huge markdown on microwaves. People get crazy and I don't think I will ever have the wherewithall to think about it. [Tangent: Maybe it's because I have experience on the other side. I have worked Black Friday a handful of times and have witnessed the crazy from the inside. It's incredible how grown women will behave when a "free" tote bag full of sample sized products is on the line. Suddenly a sweet lingerie store devolves into the Middle East. In a way I enjoyed the crazy, because it was as close as my punk self was to "going to war" but I vowed I would never partake unless I was being somehow paid to be there...and I don't mean paid in great values...I mean a pay check.]
I try not to hate on those that do black friday shop, maybe I am secretly jealous of their go getter attitude. Clearly, they are just cut from a different more sturdy cloth than me. [Tangent: Probably the same cloth as extreme couponers...another movement that I don't have the patience or math skills for.] I've just found that unless you are in the market for a 60 inch 3D TV for a penny, you can find the same deals online. Target.com is running the same deals as they are in store...and you don't have to wear a coat or wait in line. [Tangent: I just saw that Target was giving 20% off coupons in store if you spent $75 so I checked online and that deal is not just "in-store" so yeah! I can stay in a bathrobe!] Besides, Amazon and Overstock have amazing promos all December. [Shameless plug: I am an amazon affiliate, so duh, I endorse amazon.com like a mofo. If you reach them through the badge on my site, I'll get commission and you'll get some good deals. I am not above whoring myself out for your 4-10%!]
Or better yet, save your bucks and spend them on small business Saturday instead. You may not have the opportunity to body check someone for a chicken dance Elmo, but you will likely have a more enjoyable experience. This week, I will be doing my picks for cool local products that I am kind of in love with...great gifts that are locally made and you can buy from the comfort of your home. What are your favorite "made in Nashville goods"? I'm always looking for ideas.
How's that for a cliffhanger?