Black Friday has long been a tradition for me and one of my best friends. Sometimes (like today) I don't even have anything that I MUST have, I just go for the fun of it, the experience, and the tradition with my girlfriend. Of course, you know, whether or not you go with the intent of a specific item or not, you WILL find something. I went out today with no specifics, just stuff to look at, and ended up knocking almost everyone off my Christmas list! I may be done with Christmas shopping before December 1st. That will be a first!
I found that this year shoppers were much more pleasant. I didn't really run into any angry shoppers. Also, the crowd as a whole was different this year. Lines were much shorter. I think that the fact a few stores were open on Thanksgiving, as well as a few more opened early at midnight and 3am, that helped the crowds die out before I got their at my usual time of 430ish in the morning. JCP has some amazing sales and crazy lines! I was disappointed I didn't rack up on PJ bottoms at Old Navy as they were wiped out at midnight when they opened (so I heard) but all in all, todays experience was one of my better black friday experiences. I was out at 430am and in by 2pm.
The title of my blog today reflects how much I saved. That's right. I saved 587.11 between eight different stores. Not too shabby at all.
I must say, my fiance definitely beat me out with spending today though, he came home with a new truck! I can't complain though, he sent me out with his credit cards. ;) I am so extremely happy for him. I know the feeling of accomplishment that comes with buying a newer vehicle. Sure, the payments are a pain in the butt, BUT it's nice to know you have a warranty and no worries about constantly breaking down.
Here's a few pics of today's events. I'll do a recap of Thanksgiving Day events later, maybe tomorrow, or Sunday, after I've done my last celebration. One more stop tomorrow.
|Attempted to start a day early!|
|gotta have some sort of organization|
|Waaaay too early. Before 5am.|
|Comfy walking shoes are a must|
|Chico was quick to snatch a stuffed animal I had bought out of my many bags|
|He then dropped it on the floor and looked at it, then me expectantly to pick it up|
|and then got mad when I didn't pick it up. LOL|
|Fiance driving up in his new ride. He made sure it had bucket seats so I could ride next to him AND was extended cab for a car seat one day :)|
|He's one happy guy!|
Day 26: Yes, if I am being honest here, I will say I thought about suicide as a much younger kid, elementary school to be exact. 5th grade. I just wasn't your typical happy child. I didn't have many real friends at that time, and I was kinda just existing. I got picked on a lot for being fat and quiet. I decided that my life was a gift, and much too precious to give up on and am so thankful I didn't. I can honestly say I love my life today and am very grateful for all the Lord has blessed me with.
Day 6: Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 7: Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12: Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13: A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14: A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15: Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 24: Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?