Black Friday Bug

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a slight change in plans when the JA’s cousin gave birth on Wednesday (her mother generally hosts dinner), but everything turned out well. His parents came over to my parent’s house and we all had a grand old time!

As we were watching football, I started sifting through the Black Friday ads. In years past, I never went out for Black Friday. I thought the people were crazy and ridiculous and would do anything to save a couple bucks. (You see where this is going, don’t you?) In our homes, family reins supreme on holidays – especially this year, as the JA and I are going to be away for Christmas. Paging through, I noticed some items that I have been craving for a while now. With a little nudging from the JA, I made my first Black Friday online purchase – a digital SLR camera.

After dinner, though, we were on a roll. He picked up Target’s ad and saw that they had a decent vacuum cleaner for a very competitive price. We didn’t receive the one on our registry, so I went back online and placed it in my shopping cart. Little did I know that after browsing a bit longer, it would have vanished! Argh – so close! Dinner was complete, his parents had left, there was a Target store within 15 minutes of the house and it opened within a half-hour. Do we really need this thing that badly? Are we going to be THOSE people who support the big store that makes people work on a holiday? In short, yes. With a blessing from my parents that they wouldn’t feel slighted (Mommy Janks can’t resist a good sale), we planned our strategy. (I will not wait in line if it’s ridiculously long. We are only buying this and potentially one other thing we wanted. Make it quick and easy, no fuss.)

For those of you wondering, yes, that is a moustache on the JA’s face. We are both very excited for Movember to finish in a few days.

I could not speak more highly of the Target staff. Upon arrival, we were offered complimentary snacks, they were clear about their process and procedures, informative (we were given maps of the store’s layout in advance) and were very helpful once we were inside.

We were a little nervous after hearing that both of the two couples ahead of us had their eyes on the same items as we did, but since that cleaner was our single priority, we made a beeline for it as soon as we could and walked away with one!

Returning victorious, Daddy Janks (who is known for getting up at the wee hours of Black Friday morning) had some more ‘suggestions’ for us. Thanks to our fantastic experience earlier in the night, we pulled ourselves out of bed this morning for two more items – a firesafe box for him and a Kindle paperwhite for me.

We still have plans to snag deals on more remaining registry items today, but we’re in no rush. We’re very pleased with our inaugural Black Friday purchases and who knows? Maybe we’ll do this again next year.

Are you a Black Friday shopper? If so, what’s the purchase you’re most excited about this year?

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