Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday Shopping: Results

Have I ever told you that I am just a bit crazy? Add in saving money or free stuff and it pushes me over the edge. OVER THE EDGE. Well, all of you in the U.S. know that yesterday was an unofficial holiday here, for those of you not in the U.S. let me explain. Yesteday was Black Friday (named that way because this is the day that retailers move out of the "red" in their accounting books and into the "black") so this day signifies the day of the year that retails start making money. For me it signifies crazy sales, lines, waiting for hours in the cold for stores to open at insane hours & FUN! See I said I'm a bit crazy.

So here is the run down for this year:
We were at the In-laws for the Thanksgiving holiday in Jackson, MI. For me that equals less people shopping (smaller town) more deals for me!

Started out at 2:30am to head to Jackson Crossings Mall
I promptly got in line for Best Buy rumor was that they would hand out tags starting 2 hours before they opened at 5am.

My SIL headed to Kohls, opened at 3 am, She was in search of several items and I was in search of a Shark Steam Mop for all those tile and wood floors in my house.
Shark Deluxe Steam Mop

Then she ran to Target that opened at 4am, I was still in line, freezing. At this point I considered snuggling up to a stranger, for real, I was like well, I could rationalize this. However my choices were 3 men in camo (nothing wrong with camo) but a bit scruffy & one of them had their wife with or the 2 Motorcycle Gang Members behind me that happened to be carrying a concealed weapons, guns. So skip that.
Score, for SIL at Target, so she ran to Toys r Us for me. I'm still in line. 5am: We head into Best Buy for my wireless printer and labeler. Yep, I'm a nerd.
9454495 Front Large

By 5:30 we were back out the door and into the car.
Quick run through Burger King for Breakfast, did I mention it was still dark out?!?!

Onto Joann's Fabric: In search of Cricut cartage, fabric, and Sizzix dies for SIL. Wait in line for 10 min & scored a $5 gift card when we walked in because of an ad misprint. Bonus! Plus, we had a 20% off coupon that could be used on everything we bought. We scored a Cricut cartage for about $25 dollars and SIL scored some Sizzix dies for around $10, normally $45.
Next onto Westwood Mall:
6:30am: Gymboree: 30% off the whole store, plus we have a 20% off coupon.
Faux Fur Earflap HatDot Trim Hooded Velour Top

Polka Dot Tee

JC Pennys: For SIL
Victoria's Secret: Buy One Bra, second 50% off (not to get to personal but I desperately needed new bras, desperately) Plus 10$ off coupon, free underwear coupon, plus free bag with products inside.
Younkers/Elder Beerman: SIL scored some earring for $0.52 cents because of $10 off coupon.
Bath & Body Works: Buy 3, get 3 free products, plus another free item, $10 coupon, plus I purchased the bag for $20 with over $120 worth of free items inside.
Walmart: Items for the family that my Small Group at Church has adopted (2 comforters for $19 each, and a pot and pan set for $19.)

Back to Joann's for fabric: Nonscore: The line was INSANE, we were number 68c and they were on 67b, we waited 20 min and they only moved 2 numbers. So we left. We were yelled at by a stranger for no reason, interesting.

Big Lots: Nothing we needed.
Michael's: Christmas Ribbon for 70% off.

Another stop that will remain undisclosed due to gift purchase. :)

Swan Creek Candles: They have the BEST candles! To pick up some wax for my Stampin' Cousin.

Toy House: Picked up 2 puzzles for Adventure Baby.

Money Spent: Around $250, YIKES, money saved by shopping early and only buying things on sale plus free items, $700!!! Now that's what I like to see!
And we were done by 11:30am!!!

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