Last week I made a plan for Black Friday. I have been looking at leaked Black Friday ads, so I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to buy. Since we travel the Friday after Thanksgiving, I decided to start at the 10pm sale on Thanksgiving night to save some time Friday morning. Also many of the items I wanted would go on sale at that time at Wal-Mart.
Silly me left the house around 9:30pm for the 10pm sale. As I got closer to Wal-Mart, the traffic became more congested. I noticed that the parking lot looked pretty packed – the parking lot adjacent to Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart parking lot was flooding over. There were cars parked on the grass, by the road, etc. And people were still filing into the parking lot. It was at this moment that I decided to come back in Friday morning.
Friday morning was a lot better. No huge crowd and also no huge deals left either. I was able to get a few things on my list but not nearly all of it. One trend that has developed is that Black Friday is just the beginning of good deals. Each week there will be deals. So I’m not going to worry about what I didn’t get but be glad of what I was did get. I now can mark seven people off my Christmas list.
There is still a lot of shopping to do but at least I got a good start on Friday – and with the early (ie middle of the night) start times of many sales, shopping was less crowded and stressful. The only drawback was a lot of items were already sold out. Still it was nice to actually be able to stroll down the aisles with a shopping cart.