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#1310850 Is it me or do the ads suck this year?

Posted by Brad on Nov 8, 2015 - 3:09 pm

I think we've got our slogan for next year's t-shirts! :P

#1311549 reasonable amount of gifts

Posted by tracy0504 on Nov 10, 2015 - 2:24 pm

In my honest opinion, the "adult" children are grown, so the fact that they get any gifts @ all should be appreciated!!!!  Especially the one that has children of their own, because in my house they would get more than the parents.  Now, don't get me wrong because I still buy my grown children gifts, but I concentrate more on my 15 y/o because he is still a child and most of the things he wants he can't buy on his own.  I already made it very clear to my 22 & 21 y/o that they are grown w/ jobs so they can buy themselves just about anything they want, but I will still get them some gifts.  Now if my funds allow then yes I will splurge on them and get my oldest the Wii U that he has been wanting (mind you he has a Xbox One on lay-away @ Walmart) and I may get my daughter a new 32" tv for her bedroom (for the apartment that she claims she will have by the new year).  But to EXPECT more @ their ages is a bit selfish and spoiled if you ask me... I am sorry if I sound harsh, but you asked for honest.  These grown kids have taken the meaning out of Christmas, it's about giving a gift to show love, it's not about how many gifts or how much each gift cost!!!!  Who's keeping a running tally?!?!.  Sorry, but this really upset me and I would have a few conversations with the older children (and you shouldn't have to) because @ their ages they should be more understanding. 


Ok, I am done ranting...lol...and to answer your question, no you are not being unreasonable!!!!  I usually ask everyone what they want and try to fulfill their lists... I only did that with my youngest this year!!!!

#1273873 Annual most memorable/embarrassing BF moment(s)

Posted by tn20 on Oct 19, 2014 - 5:07 pm

One year, my son really wanted an Optimus Prime Transformer toy. We couldn't afford the retail price, but were excited to see it on sale at Toys R Us. It was a madhouse and by the time I got to the correct aisle, there was only one left of the shelf. I quickly started heading towards it when a woman came from behind me and shoved me in to the shelving. I fell down, and she rushed towards the toy. I was so upset, but a young guy had seen what had happened and just before she grabbed the toy, he pulled it off the shelf and held it out of her reach. He walked over to me and asked,"Is this what you were after?" I said yes and he handed it to me, gave her a very mischievous smile, and walked off. She was so mad, but I don't know what made me happier, that my son would get his toy or knowing that, in the midst of chaos, that man cared enough to help out a stranger.

#1242452 2013 Secret Santa Exchange

Posted by Reinholt1 on Dec 20, 2013 - 1:19 am

My turn!  (I think I may be the last one)   My Secret Santa gift arrived today!  Yay!  Thank you!  It was perfect!  But not in the way you might guess!  And the timing actually worked out perfectly!  (I always have preached that miracles are as simple as "God placing the right people (or things) in the right place at the right time".    If you have the eyes of faith (doesn't matter which faith) you will see miracles right and left.


Any way..here's the story.  My poor 83 year old dad, slipped and fell outside the old people's home when he and my mother were returning from a doctor appointment.   Off to the hospital they went.  Being the dutiful daughter and DPOA I left my hospital (work) and went to theirs.   Dad was shaken up and upset and chattering a mile a minute.  Of course we had to go through all the CT scans, Xrays, blood work etc. and he was placed in observation.  RN took one look and him and how he was acting  (he has vascular dementia from his stroke 4 years ago.) and  immediately said  'You are staying the night aren't you?"  Of course.  Well.  Poor dad was up all afternoon/evening with tests et al.  AND up all night for tests and just simple checks to make sure he was still alert and could squeeze hands etc.  83 year old men do not take well to being up 24 hours straight.  So by 6am Dad is becoming more and more confused and very grumpy and fussy.  This soon turned into an all out  dementia temper tantrum  which lasted 5 hours.  We could not calm him down or redirect him.  He was both physically and emotionally exhausted.  I finally told the nurse,  "I hate to do this, but can you give him something?  We need to hit his reset button somehow."   So poor dad got a wee bit of happy juice and was sound asleep quickly.   He was rouse-able a few hours later and we were able to finish his tests and be discharged.  (Yay!  Nothing broken, no bleeding.)  Got him home Wednesday night and spent the night at the old people's home as Dad was still very groggy and disoriented.


Fast forward to Thursday afternoon, Dad is now awake and back to his old self after 13-14 hours of sleep.   I had to leave mom and dad for a few hours because I had to lead the candlelight service at my hospital.  When I returned home, my secret santa package had arrived!  But I did not know it was my secret santa because it did not say "secret santa".  I thought it was an Ebay purchase.  I fed the cats and grabbed my package and headed back to the old people's home.   I found a very contrite and embarrassed Dad who was trying to apologize right and left.  Mom told him how he had been behaving.  (He could not remember any of it.)  I reassured Dad that I was not upset,  that I knew it was his dementia and that everything was OK.  But he was still upset.  Then I opened my secret santa gift.... it was a snowman night light  (a very glittery sparkly one.)  And my dad has  always had a thing for night lights.  (He is afraid of tripping and falling,)  His face immediately lit up and he asked "Is that for me??" and he began laughing when I plugged it in.  (Totally forgetting how upset he was.)


Needless to say,  it is now in his bedroom and his guardian angel night light was moved to his bathroom hallway.  (And a plain night light was "retired".)   He is SO happy  (and thus I am happy) with it.  Every time I have assisted him with overnight bathroom runs tonight,  he points and it and chuckles as I take him back to his bed.  It is an absolutely perfect gift and more importantly, it came at just the time.  Thank you so very much!



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Now as, promised.....Mom's Secret Santa gifts from Chief Elf! :D


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Two pretty leonx bird bowls for Mom's chocolate.  (As you can see, she has already enjoyed almost all of her chocolate.)


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Sorry, thought the picture was clearer... Mom also got a beautiful pin.


Mom has sent a thank you note to Chef Elf.   She really enjoyed her Secret Santa surprise!


And thank you to my Secret Santa!  Because you brought a big smile to dad's face when he needed it!

#1241930 2013 Secret Santa Exchange

Posted by ClosedAcct on Dec 16, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Y'all.....y'all.....y'all....y'alllllllllllll..................You win.  I give in.  I give into the Christmas spirit and the hopefulness I seem to have misplaced for far too long and to the belief that good people exist.


I bet you can guess what I am about to say.....there was another package waiting for me when I got home from what was a horrible day that included a huge blow up with my father over some serious non-packergurl-responsible nonsense but I digress.....


After crying yet again, I decide to open all the packages.  There have been 5 packages in all:


1) The first package (see picture #1) had some awesome old school taffy that I can guarantee will be gone before the week is over along with some mini Twix (yummy!) and Russell Stovers as well as a gorgeous watch that I LOVE and gingerbread anti-bacterial hand stuff.  I love this all, thank you!!!.


2) The second package was the previously posted package (see post #180 in this thread) that had a box of peppermint tea, Reese's Pieces and Twix - my 2 favs!, and a Starbucks card. This the perfect comfort package, tea and chocolate! Thank you!!


3) Package 3 was from the Chief Elf and had an adorable angel ornament with the word "Believe" on it that is now proudly front and center on my tree (see post #223).  It's perfect!  Thank you Chief Elf!


4) Package 4 (see picture 2 marked #4) is the package that arrived on Friday and is mentioned in post #224.  This package had 2 inflatable Packers tailgating buffet tables!!!  OH THE IRONY!!!  I was so pumped from the pep rally that I had a party for the game yesterday and I received one of these at my office white elephant exchange last week and I love it and I used it at my party yesterday and I was seriously telling everyone that I needed more of them because one wasn't enough and there sat two more RIGHT UNDER MY TREE!!!! BAHAHAHAHA :)  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I can't wait til next Sunday, it's going to be a Packers buffet heaven in my house! :D


5) The package that arrived today (see picture 3 marked #5) is the one that broke the dam and spurred the opening of the packages under the tree BUT by the time I got to this one, I felt like I was cheating myself of Christmas morning excitement so when I discovered the gifts were wrapped, I stopped myself.  There are 4 tea packages I can't wait to try and there are 5 wrapped packages in all, 3 are Christmas and the 2 with the puppy paper say Happy Birthday.  You don't even know what it means to have birthday gifts NOT wrapped in Christmas paper!!  I wanted to rip into them but I decided to save them so I will update this next week.  THANK YOU!! :D


There are also 2 other people who sent me Christmas cards with Starbucks cards in them to whom I want to say thank you.  I also want to say thank you for all of the Christmas cards too.  My mantle is very appreciative :)


I've tried to send a card to everyone who has sent me something but if I missed you, please, please, please, please let me know so I can fix that :)


You all have made me feel very special and loved.  I feel like I've been blitz attacked into a better mood and a better outlook and it has worked.  It's not even about the "things" but the fact that all of you, people who don't even know me, care enough to try and perk me up.  It has definitely shined a light on all the not so good people I let hang around - family included - who are life sucking energy drainers that don't deserve the access to me. You all have reminded me that there are positive people still out there and you have shown me that I deserve better, quality people in my life.  I cannot say thank you enough.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I love ALL of you and if you EVER need ANYTHING, say the word and it's done.  Gottadeal has definitely shown me THIS is what family is about and that family is more than just DNA.  Thank you a thousand and one times over.  Merry Christmas.


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#1303470 Best and Worst Black Friday Memories

Posted by love2behappy on Sep 9, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Best Black Friday memory. . .when Black Friday was actually FRIDAY

#1277661 Sears Black Friday Ad Posted

Posted by Deal Grabber on Nov 4, 2014 - 6:27 pm

this scan is HORRIBLE to look at. I sincerely hope the rest of your ads this year are easier to look at....


and i hope if a better looking one shows up you completely replace it. It would be easy to miss a good sale or item due to not even seeing it. First page refrigerator and washer....


These ads are given to mods to post. They dont chose to post them with the watermarks. Im very thankful for this(free)  site that even takes the time to post ads for us. if you have clearer ads for us to look at feel free to submit them. Given the fact all the hard work that goes into this site im happy to view what ever ads are posted. :cheesy:

#1287988 2014 Secret Santa Exchange

Posted by Reinholt1sMom on Dec 4, 2014 - 10:16 pm

SS GIFT RECEIVED!   THANK YOU SS!  [[[[  :holiday15 ]]]]


Actually it's Reinholt1 posting on behalf of my 84 yr old mom.  When I stopped by today, mom met me with the box in hand saying "This just arrived, who is it from?"   I pointed to the "SS" in the return address and said "It's your Secret Santa".  At that, her face lit up and she said "Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!  I am opening it NOW!!!"  and she turned and ran back into her building and that was the last I saw of her.


20 minutes later she calls me on the phone:  "Do you want to know what I got??  I got CHOCOLATE!"  Boy you sure made Mom's day!  She's happy.   (She's probably eaten it all by now too.)


Mom also said that she received a mug with a purple design that matches her new jacket.  (Mom has gotten into some of her Christmas presents already...::sigh::  She is opening one every day, advent calendar style, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.   (And if she doesn't like me telling everyone, then she needs to learn how to write her own dumb posts!  ::ducking out of mom's reach very quickly: :))


Mom also found 2 knit summer shirts in her box that she is very happy with...one is a bright solid green which she says she can't wait for St. Patrick's Day to wear.   ("You can't find sold green shirts with this kind of green in March.  I can't wait to wear it.")  and a summery white shirt with a bright blue and yellow design with flecks of black.  Mom says she will "wear it with black pants to make the black flecks pop right out."  I know Mom is happy with them because she is already matching them up with pants and deciding when she can wear them!


I'll post pictures after I go over and take them.  (Well, as I said,  I think that small box of Russell Stover chocolates is gone by now so I think I missed that photo!)


Thank you very much Secret Santa...Reinholt1sMom is very happy with her surprises!

#1305033 Black Friday Webcast 2015?

Posted by bigjimslade on Oct 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

Hello Everyone! 


I am here and I am back.  The Black Friday webcasts will be back this year.  It looks like we will start in late Oct/Early Nov.  I will create a line up for everyone and post it.


The reason I have not been on until now is I have been trying to wrap up projects so I can focus on BF, the webcasts and the jobs Brad has me do for him.  Also I was in a very serious relationship that ended and or is up in the air so I took time off to find myself and deal with that.  Anyhow life is good and I cant wait to be back in the saddle.


Have any questions or ideas let me know and post them here.

#1222299 What's the best deal you have gotten on Black Friday?

Posted by leefamily23 on Oct 19, 2013 - 8:17 pm

I say this every year...but my best deal was my hubby  :gdkiss2: .  Was kinda shoved with the crowd into him in the middle of the madness at Walmart in 1997.  (I will have to say we knew each other in jr high, but he moved out of state in high school and we had not seen each other for roughly 7-8 yrs.)  I went to go say I'm sorry and was ready to move on to my doorbusters.  Instead, I stopped to chat for a few minutes as best as possible. We had a connection in the middle of the opening mayhem and I looked him up in the phone book that night and called him.  We've been together ever since.  

#1309672 Walmart annual letter?

Posted by Brad on Nov 3, 2015 - 5:39 am

Yep, Walmart came Saturday and Sam's Club (from the same lawyer) came yesterday.


They are both hanging on my fridge with pride :P

#1278258 Black Friday T-Shirt Status Update Thread

Posted by Brad on Nov 6, 2014 - 11:17 am

As an added bonus, several of the prize shirts will contain Amazon.com gift card codes in various amounts, so check your package closely :P

#1241948 2013 Secret Santa Exchange

Posted by lilquiet on Dec 17, 2013 - 3:14 am

Now THIS is what Christmas is about.  :) THIS is what keeps me coming back for these exchanges,  :gdhug1:


 Everyone is so sweet, thoughtful, and giving.  Strangers but yet family.  Gottadeal is just the best pick me up.

#1275859 Pet Peeves of Black Friday shopping

Posted by misstaken on Oct 28, 2014 - 8:14 pm

The biggest thing that I'm getting tired of is all of the complaining about the Thanksgiving sales. I understand that people don't want to have to work on Thanksgiving, and I don't either, but my job requires me to so I do it. We are still able to have a nice family day together, it just may not be on Thanksgiving day itself. That doesn't really matter to me as long as we all get together at some point over the holiday weekend. When I decided to do the type of work that I do, I understood that it would require me to work holidays. It's just part of my responsibilities. 


That being said, I also understand that some people don't want to shop on Thanksgiving. That's ok too. But the shaming of people who DO decide to go out shopping on Thanksgiving really needs to stop. I'm so over all of the negativity. For a lot of us, this is a fun time of year and a tradition that people share with family or friends. I just hope it stays that way!

#1310906 Is it me or do the ads suck this year?

Posted by Brad on Nov 8, 2015 - 6:46 pm

anyone else waiting up all night to see if any of the big ads get released after midnight?

#1303467 Best and Worst Black Friday Memories

Posted by jewleyp on Sep 9, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Best memories are when not everyone knew about Black Friday! LOL.  

#1290420 So what did you get or give that was a HIT?

Posted by Illinoismom on Dec 28, 2014 - 9:05 am

This was the best present any mom can get, This Rose was hand made by my 15 year old son.10401337_10203225045530208_4893081429920

#1243515 Year-Round Black Friday Forum

Posted by Brad on Dec 28, 2013 - 6:34 am

We're going to keep a Black Friday sub-forum open all year this year. While I don't expect there to be much posting here in the next 7-8 months, if there is any news about Black Friday 2014 that comes up, we now have a place to discuss it.


I've also put the archives in this forum as well so all the Black Friday stuff is contained in this sub-forum all year long.

#1226385 Are you as excited this year? With more stores opening on "Black Thursday"

Posted by momof3luvs1 on Nov 5, 2013 - 1:24 pm

No! And, I'm bummed about it. I always joked about BF being my holiday =) But in all seriousness I would never give up Thanksgiving for it. I love shopping, the tradition of going out, the feeling of the holidays officially being here but not the craziness it is turning into. I will still go out and have a great time at my regular time on Friday and if I miss stuff I don't really care. The part that bothers me is that I have a choice and some don't. Some cannot just say so what if I miss a big deal because they might be on a very limited budget and the only way to give their kids Christmas is by bf deals. I can say I will just spend family time on Thanksgiving and go out at my leisure but some are being forced to work and in some stores the majority of the holiday and have no choice. For those saying that people should just get another job if they dont like it are CRAZY! They are working because they need it I'm sure and cannot just get another job. So what bothers me the most is that many are not thinking of others on the one day of the year where we are supposed to think about others the most! So I am sad for me that the Black Friday magic is fading but I'm more sad for others who have to lose out on the magic of Thanksgiving because of it...

#1225910 I will not shop at Toys R Us at 5:00PM on Thanksgiving!

Posted by cyndim98 on Nov 4, 2013 - 8:16 am

I'm very very angered that these retailers are so greedy that they have to open on thanksgiving at 5:00!  WHAT about their employees?  Can't they get a day off to give thanks????????????  Not only that but the retailers have ruined all the FUN it was going out in the middle of the night getting great deals! BLACKFRIDAY IS NOT ON THURSDAY PPL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!