Sunday, November 30, 2008

Black Friday

I swore I'd never do it.



I thought I'd be on the news.



But at 4:30 a.m., there I was, standing bleary, but wide eyed at our local Walmart. It was per my die-hard husband's request that I obliged, but only with the promise of extra strong coffee and enough bail-out money in the account should anyone shove me or something at that wicked hour.

We circled the store, amazed at the calculation and prowess of the Seasoned Shoppers. It seemed that they somehow knew we were rookies without a plan (as evidenced by the MAP we were given upon arrival). We were feeling a little overwhelmed and perhaps a little inadequate when all of a sudden, something instinctive surfaced within me. I asked Mark to follow me as I handed him the buggy and took all the back roads to get to the 700 mile long line for something that I can't mention.



Then, all of our unique gifts came into play. I stood there, in the endless line, deciding upon our next important move (think chess) while Mark went and flawlessly carried out the mission. By 6:30 a.m. we were sitting at Cracker Barrel recounting the morning while the angels were singing at our $250 savings. Amen.

Consider this chick converted. I was blind and now I see. Did I love having every person within a 200 mile radius packed into one store, violating every fire-code there is? NO. Am I am person who deeply values personal space? YES. But, when I look at the savings, the awesome-awesome savings, I can deal with the possibility of perishing or bad breath for 2 hours once a year.

Black Friday no longer black-balled,

28 comments:

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Good for you. You are a brave woman. I commend you.

3girlsmom said...

Oh my goodness. The sheer number of Alabama fans in your pictures makes me laugh. It's not only Black Friday, but the day before the Iron Bowl - which was horrendous......
icanttalkaboutit.

Under the Florida Sun said...

Sounds like you got a great deal! You go girl!
I ventured out later with a friend of mine, got a couple things, but nothing worth standing in a long line for.. at least this year.

Have a great week!

DeeDee said...

a new convert.... good for you. Next time we go to Starbucks(maybe soon) remind me to tell you the tricks of the trade. I am a seasoned veteran...

Reformed Grits said...

$250 wouldn't cover the cost of therapy and co-pays I'd need to recover from that. I'm an online ebates shopper and I'm happy with my savings that I got in my pj's after sleeping til 11 AM. :-)

Meliss said...

Noooooo! Don't go over to the Dark Side! Come baaaaaaaack! ;-)

Drewe Llyn said...

Scary! So glad you survived! :-)

Mocha with Linda said...

It is so not worth it to me.

And I'm just glad you weren't at the Wal-Mart in NY stepping over the dead employee to save your money!

Angela; said...

You are one crazy Alabama chick...no amount of savings could drag me away from my hubby's side on that blessed (and rare) peaceful morning. I think we slept 'till 8:30!

Your Thanksgiving meal sounded scrumtious! Hope it all turned out well..

((hugs))

Tammy said...

I'll raise my hand here and say "I DID IT TOO" with my little sister who got most of her Christmas shopping done. And I got one item at Wal-Mart that was half its retail price. And our little trip to my very favorite store- Target- almost made me lose my religion at 6:30 am.

WOO! I survived and had a great time with my sis. Will I do it next year, probably not.

DaNella Auten said...

lol I just about died laughing when you crossed your eyes at me... lol We got some good deals too.

Stacey said...

Great post, Gayle, I'm in awe of your Black Friday saavy! I haven't done it yet, but maybe now I will. Next year, of course. $250--wow! I'm impressed!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

good for you! i was wondering if there were any good deals.

carrie said...

you are crazy. but I'm glad you saved some money. Had I any money to spend on Christmas, I might've done it too.

Growin' with it! said...

is that santa undercover in that photo? all blurred so no one knew he was there?! bet you're on his nice list for being so good with your moola! way to be brave sista.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

You MUST email me and tell me what you bought.

Does everyone in your town wear that color??

ConservaChick said...

I did it last year... this year however, I slept in. $250??? Now I'm wishing I would have got my lazy butt out of bed! ~K

kristin said...

I don't know if anything can convert me. But then, I don't have $250 to spend, much less save.

Becca Mae said...

I have done this for the last 4 years. I love it. The adrenaline, the pushing, the shoving, the sweet victory when you get all you wanted and see the savings and think now I can go shopping for me!! It is so fun!

Emily said...

$250 bucks? Wahhhhhh. I slept in!!!!!! wahhahawaa.

EEEEMommy said...

My husband left me in the comfort and coziness of my own bed to purchase MY brother's gift at our own Walmart at 5am on Black Friday. Bless that man!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I'm new here, what a great blog :) ♥ Hugs!

JenIG said...

I would have a heart attack. I'm just sure of it.

AND YES! Come and visit me. Are you guys still thinking about making the dance in Greenville for Valentines Day?

Krista said...

YOU ARE NUTS!
CRAZY!
I can't believe this, my fellow little hibernate-at-home buddy.
We stayed in our nests (that's what we call our favorite spots on the den furniture) all day. No one wanted to get up for anything. It was really pathetic.
I'm glad you were able to save on the "item."
:o)

Holly said...

Not sure about that, still. Perhaps it's the company that you have with you that makes it better.

Stop by my blog, friend...something for you awaits there.

Fran said...

I think I can tell that you are in Alabama! :) Good for you! If I had someone willing to go, I'd give it a whirl to the tune of that kind of savings. I'm guessing my friends are wimps.

willblogforshoes said...

Not me. Not no way. Not no how!

Mom2Mom Ministry said...

Hi there. Long time no see! I love the new look of your blog. I can't believe you went shopping. I've done it one time and never will again. I did all mine on Amazon and got amazing prices with free shipping so I'm happy. I'm not a holiday shopper so I usually have mine done early. I have one or two things that I don't want to order that I hope to get this week in Greenville.
You are brave!!!
julie
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/juliestew