Here's my Black Friday (beginning on Thursday eve.):
Left the house around 8pm last night, so headed to Michaels & managed to get their last Michaels' exclusive Cricut machine (with 4 cartridges preloaded). Luckily I have gotten to know the store manager a bit (he was a Girl Scout Cookie Dad!), so when I walked in the store, and saw him - I immediately asked him about the machine, and he said there was only one left, but he'd hold it for me while I shopped.
I also picked four cartridges I wanted (they were 60% off reg. price), and got a free Jubilee cartridge. I've never used one of these, but a friend has one and said she loves it, so thought I'd give it a try. This was my birthday present from DH. (My birthday is Monday.) So, I felt that my BF shopping started out on a good note.
Our next stop was Old Navy. Now for a bit of a rant...Did anyone else do Old Navy?!
We were after that FREE Kodak Easy Share waterproof camera (w/$40 purchase). Our store had 50 to give out, and I managed to be about 20th in line at 9:30pm last night. DD15 started doing Black Friday with me a few years ago, and brought a friend last & this year. I was a bit annoyed at some of the people in line....yes, I was in total agreement at getting upset when people showed up nearing 11:00pm (and later) and tried to butt in line with their friends after we had all been freezing our butts off waiting there for hours...but it really irritated me when the people behind me were yelling at the store manager (at 11:55pm) to be sure to check IDs to make sure everyone getting a wrist band was at least 16 years old. My DD's friend is turning 16 in two weeks, and my DD will be 16 in a month -- AND, they both had their own money to spend, had planned what they were going to buy, sat in line with me, etc. They had earned the right to get a wrist band IMO. Well, DD didn't want to fight it, so she went without, but I told the manager that DD's BFF was 16, (and he did not question it) so she was able to get a wrist band, and she spent $80 in the store to boot. She deserved that camera, and I'm glad she got it!! Of course I got one as well (planning to give it to DS12), but since DD didn't get a band (which I would have fought for, but she told me not to), she wasn't into it & only bought one item. What also irritated me, was these same women that were barking about the 16 years old age requirement, had also been talking about how they were planning to buy stuff, get the camera, then return the stuff they bought!!
That is to me is more WRONG than flubbling your age by a few weeks, so you can take part in the deal (where you are planning to spend the money required & KEEP the items).
Toys R Us was disappointing, we didn't get there til almost 1:00am, they were out of the Atari Flashback I wanted for DH, out of the Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Pear set, the Star Wars Lego sets weren't on sale, and line for the register was crazy long...I did wait through it for Squinkies, and other Lego sets though. Not sure that was really worth it due to my back & foot pain.
Got to Walmart
around 2am - almost all the kids PJ's were gone (managed to find a couple for the twins), NO sheets, or comforter sets left. I did get the HP all-in-one printer for my mom, and a few of the $5 ear buds. The bike I wanted to get for DD was gone (if they even had any because the sales people in the toy/bike area were useless). Looked like most of the Xbox games were gone, so I just didn't even want to take the time to look. However, the registers were clear by this time though, so got out of there pretty fast.
Next was JCPenney - which was pretty easy as well, if it hadn't been for my back & feet...of course after the TRU line, I was starting to hurt, and by the time I got to JCP I was really in pain. The people there were so nice though, they had the snow globes at the escalator, and the ladies were so bright, and friendly. I did have some trouble finding some of the Junior clothing items I was after for DD (she and her BFF went off on their own for a bit), but I think it was because my back & feet were hurting so much. Once I got everything to the register I only had to wait for one person ahead of me, and they were so effecient with their line I was really impressed. They had one person managing the line, who also took security devices & hangers off the clothing items, so when you got to the register they only had to scan everything & throw it in a bag. They were also very friendly and chipper...made me feel good even with my back & feet bothering me.
Went to Lowe's next for poinsettias - wished they would've had white ones also, but for $0.98/each - I went ahead and got 6 of them.
After all that we went to Chick-fil-A for FREE breakfast, I was underwhelmed by the chicken mini's, so I let the girls have mine, and got a breakfast burrito for myself.
Last two stops were ACMoore for some more scrapbooking stuff: $5 pattern scissor set (got it), and $5 paper trimmer (which they were out of), and FiveBelow for the Toy Story Operation game.
Wanted to go to Kmart, but the girls were about to pass out by this time, (7:30am) so we headed home. They were both asleep by 8:00am.
So, that's about it - there's a couple more things I may go out for on Saturday, but we'll see. I'm having some buyers regrets over some items I picked up at Old Navy, which were not sale items, but I purchased anyway...I spent well over the $40 there, so will not feel bad about returning a few things.