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#1 SoCalCyclist  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 6:42 am

I haven't ventured out on BF for the last 4 years, just haven't seen anything that would justify camping out, waiting in long lines, and dealing with the crowds. Just curious, what did everyone get that was worth the hassle? How much did you really save?

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 6:50 am

I didnt camp out, I left the house around 6:30, went to Target, which was not crowded at all. It was wonderful. Got in and out in about 1/2 hour. Then went to the Mall and shopped a few stores for some kids clothes. To my surprise, it was very relaxed this year.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 6:58 am

Honestly, what I got was so worth it!:yup: It was time with one of friends without kids, hubby's, work, phones... it was a great morning! :)

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:01 am

I have not figured out my savings yet, but I did not get in line until 2:30 at Kohls. It was a great day. We had so many family members that wanted to go this year that we divided into teams of two and each group had a specific store, then we met up at the mall and shopped together.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:04 am

I was smart and bought my 37" LCD HDTV at Target on Wednesday, then all I had to do on Black Friday was bring in my receipt for a price adjustment! So that was definitely worth it to me. There is no way I'd ever camp outside a store for anything!

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:08 am

It's always worth it to me! It's a day when me, mom, and sister get to go shopping with no kids! And just enjoy ourselves. It's also the thrill of it :)

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:42 am

The fun of the day is always worth it. I was watching a Wed. night show last night that I had taped since I was traveling and not near a TV and saw all the ads- wished I could go back and do it over again. Hit Penny's, Sears, FYE, Target, Herbergers, Walgreens, Lids, Gamestop, Walmart, Menards, Lowes, and Pro-stop as well as a few stores walked in and left- Old Navy, and Sheels. Was with my middle daughter- and we split a meal at Fudruckers. Great mommy-daughter time. My mother in another town hit the doorbusters at Walmart, Shopko, Herbergers and Menards.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:55 am

Of course it is worth it. If I didn't buy a thing it would be worth it. I take my cousin out with me and we just get to hang out.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 7:57 am

I had a great BF. I was sick and running a fever and still had to go to work at the end of the day, but that was okay! I got to sleep in, shop and got everything I wanted and only ended up working 2.5 hours and was paid for the entire day, plus the hours I worked!

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 8:33 am

It was totally worth it. I'm not sure how much money I saved (I racked up the toys at Kohl's and Toys R Us!) But it was a great morning! My Husband and cousin went one way and my other cousin and I went another. With Grandma babysitting it was a nice morning to be with my cousin, gossip :gdblush2:, drink coffee and shop. I would NEVER trade my BF's with her for anything! :g_dance:

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 9:10 am

Yes, it was worth it. The teenager and I never get to spend time together. It was fun standing in the cold and picking up donuts and hot chocolate afterward.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 9:23 am

Absolutely was. I only wish I had snagged two shopping carts at babies r us. the diapers alone were worth every minute in line. next year if they do the same sale AND my dd is still in diapers (gosh i hope not) i will be in line again, and i'll bring a helper with me. even if dd isn't in diapers, i might still do it as i've a lot of family and friends who are expecting babies soon and it might be a boring gift but it's still a good one.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 10:01 am

We had fun, so that made it worth it. It was some great quality time with my mom and boyfriend.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 10:29 am

To me it's just a really fun morning. I do not go wait in lines, but I am there when the stores open or right after. The last two years I have went with a good friend and we've had a great time together. Before that I would go by myself. It was "me" time without the kids and husband and I've enjoyed it. Yes, I did get some good deals too. :)
;) Love Black Friday ;)

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 11:06 am

I was visiting a friend at the time, but I did get some shopping done. I had no trouble finding what I wanted in Target, although they sold out of xbox 360s, the deals were great, but the cashier charged us twice for two items (I got the extra charges removed, but we'll see on the Credit Card statement).

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 11:22 am

oh yes. I don't camp out I left at 3:30 as my JCP was open at 3:30. Went there, bonton, macys and a few other mall stores, target, and then Micheals. I only spent aroudn 400 because most of what I was buying was just because I saw it then deals

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 11:29 am

It was worth it to me. Got to spend time with my wife and a few friends while we waited at Best Buy. We were first in line at 11 am on Thusday. As the day went on we made some new friends, had some laughs , and we got what we wanted.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 11:46 am

No camping this year. There was nothing that was worth it. We didn't need alot. I spent about $200. Everything I bought was at 40% to 50% off. I got most of it online.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 12:23 pm

Slept in till noon, went out with DH to HD for the microhood around 2pm and then bought groceries! Definately nothing compelled me to get up and go out.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 12:25 pm

i barely got anything, so no

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 1:17 pm

I'd say it was worth it for me. I pay myself $25 an hour to shop, so if I can't save at least that much I don't bother on BF. I got a kitty condo for our kittens at Meijer for $40 (half off) and an entryway Christmas tree at Michaels for $50 (half off), and was done with those 2 stores in less than a half hour. I also went to Shopko and saved $20 on a doll, the line there was the longest one I stood in, and even that was <10 minutes. So in less than an hour I was done and had saved over $100, which makes it worth it to me. No electronics this year that I really was excited about or I would have saved more. Maybe there will be good after Christmas sales on small LCD tvs. I waited about 15 minutes before Meijer opened, so I guess you have to factor that in, timewise, but I still felt like I did pretty well.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 5:07 pm

It was worth it in the end for me. Didn't get the TV I originally wanted on Black Friday, but I ended up getting one on Saturday at the AAFES BX on base. The BX opened an hour before I thought it was supposed to on Friday, but I went there on Saturday when they opened just to see what they had and they had a 52" Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV for $1599. So yeh I'm happy after being pissed on Friday. The TV I missed out on was only a 42" tv.

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 8:03 pm

i barely got anything, so no


Same here. I think I spent about $100. I had fun, but it was not worth getting up at 3:00 in the morning. :tired:

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 8:19 pm

Yes it was. No sleep, but still I think back to last Friday and wish I bought a few things I decided at the time to pass up . LOL

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Posted Nov 27, 2007 - 8:34 pm

Yes it was!

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Posted Nov 28, 2007 - 1:14 am

For me, it was worth it. I decide to go out on BF if there is one store that, if I get in on time, will make my day a success. This year, that store was Staples. I got up at 4:00 and arrived at the store at 4:30. I got in line with ~30 others. The manager started handing out vouchers at 5:30. When I got one for a $100 gps (navigon 2100t), it was worth it. The $80 500g usb drive, thumb drives, DVDs, and 11.4" digital frames were all icing on the cake. Best part -- I was back in bed by 6:30!

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Posted Nov 28, 2007 - 6:20 am

I would never camp out regardless of how good the deals are, but it was definitely worth heading out at 3:00 am. At Kohl's, I saved a bunch on the Kitchenaid mixer, the portable DVD player, a programmable Mr. Coffee and a food dehydrator, plus I got a ton of smaller items at unbelievable prices. I ended up with $85 in Kohl's cash that I went back and spent on myself, and I have $74 in rebates coming back to me. At Sears, my biggest savings was $70 on a table saw, but I also got some other great deals too, including a couple things for myself. But the best part was that I totally finished my Christmas shopping, so I am now ahead of the game for the first time in years! :D

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Posted Nov 28, 2007 - 6:47 am

I stayed in bed...it was sooooooo worth it

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Posted Nov 28, 2007 - 1:49 pm

it is always worth it

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Posted Nov 28, 2007 - 2:11 pm

I enjoyed it mainly for the rush and getting out of the house and enjoying myself. My mother enjoy it more because she has been a little down. We got a few items, mostly what we wanted. Shop in 2 cities and got even more stuff and didnt break 100 bucks. I look forward to next year.




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