Black Friday: Opportunity to save $, or temptation to spend?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Black Friday: Opportunity to save $, or temptation to spend?
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Fri, 11-11-2011 - 12:38pm

I was just reading that stores like Walmart will be opening on Thanksgiving night at 10pm for Black "Friday" shopping. (I feel bad for the employees who have to go in at that time on Thanksgiving night.)

Do any of you do Black Friday shopping in order to save money on holiday gifts? Or is there just too much temptation to spend money that you don't need to on bargains?

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Registered: 12-31-2010

I was a retail store manager early in my career and we had fun that day.

Now my Dd and I plan and do about 90% of our shopping on that one day. We don't buy what is not on the list, but we make it our day to go together to shop and have fun.
I have the day off, don't mind the crowds (I will not wait outside for stores to open, however, too cold here.)
So if everyone is getting PJs, why not go to Old Navy and get them for $5? Or why not get a television for $100 off if it is on someone's list.

I am not out to "shop till you drop" for anyone, but we have the pre-determined list, a strategy to get to those stores we need to go to on the list then we get up at 6 and go. We usually shop until around 2 or so and this year we are doing a 5k Christmas run in the evening.

If you are going to buy gifts, why not have a blast doing it?

Oh and I actually save money by not shopping early and buying too much.

#Marie
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Have you ever seen The Story of Stuff?

http://storyofstuff.com/movies-all/story-of-stuff/

It really hits home when you think about buying all of those products they offer for just a few bucks.

We've done Black Friday in the past, but we pretty much avoid it now. I try to shop throughout the year instead when I find good deals.
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Count me among those people who have rebelled against Black Friday.