As is tradition, my dad and I went out shopping on Black Friday once again this year, and it was one of the most leisurely Black Fridays we have ever experienced if I do say so myself. I had mentioned last week that a lot of the stores were opening on Thursday night this year. I'm pretty sure I blamed this on Wal-Mart and sure enough I heard on the news that other retailers were also blaming Wal-Mart - apparently everyone is trying to compete with Wal-Mart. Go figure.
My dad wanted a set of sheets from Wal-Mart that were $19.00. they were
part of the first Wal-Mart sale which took place at 8:00 p.m. on
Thanksgiving night. So, while I was at the movie, he ventured down to
Wal-Mart, arriving about five minutes after 8:00 p.m. only to find that
both pallets of sheets were gone. Apparently everyone was in the market
for sheets this year - strange, but true.
At 10:00 my dad went back to Wal-Mart for a TV and a computer for my
brother. I can write freely about this because I'm pretty darn sure my
brother doesn't read my blog and if he does, well, this is what he gets
for not going to my mom's closet the other night to get something out of
there because I had to do it and now know I am getting some
Birkenstocks for Christmas. (I'll act surprised, mother; and yes, that
was the only thing I saw.) Anyway, on with the story.... There were no
computers left, but my dad did manage to get one of the 32 inch TVs.
We made plans for my dad to come by and pick me up at 7:00 a.m. which
was a late start for us, as we usually start at 5:00 a.m. Before my dad
came by, I checked the internet for the computers from the 10:00 sale
just in case my dad did not get one (I had not talked to him at this
point) and according to the World Wide Web, there was still stock at the
Wal-Mart on Drake. So, when my dad picked me up I told him and that's
where we headed first. Sure enough, there were computers in stock and so
he got one. They also had TVs and plenty of Blu-Ray players as well. My
brother is going back to school via online classes in January. He's
going for a Master's in counseling and needs the computer to take the
classes. I think the plan is for him to pay my dad back a little each
month for the computer. Either way, I'm sure my mom will be glad when he
gets it because he has been using hers all the time.
After our successful trip to Wal-Mart, we headed to Belk where my dad
bought some sheets - not as cheap as the ones that were on sale at
Wal-Mart, but a good buy nonetheless I suppose. My dad bought himself
some house shoes and I bought myself a purse, which I didn't really need
but I have wanted a new one for some time and it was only $30,
originally $100 so it was a good deal I guess. We next stopped by Office
Depot because I needed some rewritable CDs. I had used up the last of
my stock recently and had been waiting for Black Friday to buy some as
they are usually always on sale. I got a spindle of 100 for $14.99,
which was a good price.
Dick's Sporting Goods was the next stop on the agenda. We end up there
every Black Friday. My dad got himself some golf balls and gloves and as
it turns out, we had some $10 off a $50 purchase coupons from the Enjoy
the City books and were able to use one of those on his purchase. We
ended up going back in for some air-soft guns for some teenage boys we
know who live with their grandma. The grandma doesn't have the luxury of
buying the boys a lot of things for Christmas so my dad got them the
air-soft guns, some face protection and also a basketball for the goal
their grandma got them. They had some books on their list as well which I
ordered for them when I got home that afternoon. I look forward to them
opening their gifts and hope they will like them. We split the orders
up at Dick's and were able to use three more $10 coupons. So, it worked
out really well there.
We made a quick stop by Bed Bath and Beyond and were not impressed with
any of their "sales" and then ventured over to Kohl's where I purchased a
few gifts and some sheets for myself - see, everyone is apparently on
the lookout for sheets. After these two stops, we called it a day and
headed to Rolo's for some breakfast, only to discover they were closed.
So, we went to Blue Plate instead which was my suggestion as I do enjoy
their cheesy browns!
I spent the rest of the day napping and doing some cleaning and then
that evening, Erika and Kendra came over to watch my TV. For the past
two Fridays they have come over to watch as many episodes as possible of
Downton Abbey. Since neither of them have a Blu-ray player, they have
come over to my house to watch while I'm out at a football game. It has
become quite an agreeable arrangement for all of us. They are coming
this Friday as well as they still have quite a few episodes of season
two to enjoy. So, while they were watching Downton, I went to the
Madison Academy game with my dad and brother and watched them wallop
Colbert County. The semi-finals are coming up this Friday and if they
win, we will be headed to Auburn (of all places) for the state
championship game on December 6.
That, folks, was my very busy and yet very productive Black Friday. I've
got one more gift card to buy and then I will be completely finished
with my Christmas shopping. I even started wrapping presents last night
and am about half way finished with that process as well. If you went
out on Black Friday, hope you were able to get some good deals as well!