I cannot believe that I didn't write about my very first ever Black Friday shopping experience last year. Not a true Black Friday as the sales start on Thursday night instead of the lower ass crack of dawn on Friday morning. Last year I went with my mom and we hit up Toys R Us and Target. I was able to get in and out of Toys R Us last year in about an hour. I got my nephews Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and Toss Across. They loved them! Then we hit Target where I proceeded to get more things for myself than for anyone else. I mean I got a sweet single cup coffee maker for $8...and it came with a mug! I got gifts for my family as well but it was mainly a means of getting myself things that I wanted for cheap!
This year the ads were not so fantastic. Toys R Us didn't have anything that I thought the boys might enjoy. I mean one is just in love with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (thank goodness!) but he has just about everything TMNT. The other will be easy. He has found a love for Legos! A trip to the Lego Store may be needed!
I perused the Target ad and didn't see anything jumping out at me that either I needed or wanted or that I might want to get for anyone in my family. I did however notice that they had a table top electric griddle for $20. I have one but BF doesn't. He managed to snag this one (at least I think it was this one)!
We left my mom's house a little after 6pm on Thursday night. The doors didn't open until 8pm. This year it was my mom, both of my sisters, my sister's boyfriend, BF and myself. We stopped and got coffee...well I think they got coffee...I had to work Friday morning...and I got a caramel apple cider. It was so damn cold but with all of us laughing and joking around it made it go by pretty fast.
It took minutes to get into the store once the doors opened. We immediately made our way to the electronics. They had all of the video game cases open so you could find any video game that you want without having to track down one of the extremely busy employees to unlock it and get it for you. BF found a couple of games and I found some Looney Tunes DVDs and was in heaven! We were back in the car before 10pm and home shortly after.
I have decided that I am going to possibly shorten my list of people that I am giving gifts to. I am only giving them to my immediate family (and BF). That right there is still a lot of people. I have my mom, my dad, two sisters and two nephews. Both of my parents, one of my sisters and my boyfriend are done. If I continue to buy for everything that means I have to buy for my dad's girlfriend, my step dad, my step brother and my step sister.
That is four extra people that I have no idea what to get them and really cannot honestly afford to do it. I have been trying to pay down my debt and I believe that within the week I think I will finally have my credit card debt below $3000 for the first time in the over a year. I have a plan to hopefully have my debt eliminated by the spring or summer!
Did you go Black Friday shopping? Where did you go? Did you finish up all of your shopping or will you be utilizing Cyber Monday to finish up? Let me know!
Until next time!