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Ladyofblades
11-15-2012, 09:24 AM
I personally do not but many of my friends do with their closest friends/family as a tradition. I'm not brave enough to face the crowds, parking lots, and getting up early. However, I know my friends have a blast and get to spend time with their loved ones. Good luck to you if you do shop and if you do not, I'll see you on Cyber Monday lol.

suzeeq
11-15-2012, 10:26 AM
I make it a point to stay out of stores that day - except grocery stores. They're deserted for some reason....

sakura-panda
11-15-2012, 11:14 AM
I'll be out! Last year we even hit a couple of the stores Thanksgiving night after we left the kids at my mom's house. I don't know what we're doing this year; I haven't made up my lists yet. And the Thanksgiving day shopping last year were on pure impulse, completely unplanned.

DH and I (yes, I mean my hubby ;) ) make a day of it every year. The first year we went out together, we completed about 90% of our Christmas shopping. Since then, we average about 60-80% of of Christmas shopping completed on Black Friday, with very good bargains. It also means less Christmas shopping to do the rest of the year.

My theory (and I have to quit sharing this or it isn't going to work :doh: ) is that we are right in the middle of four major cities, which are where most people go for their Black Friday shopping. Since we are mainly interested in Kohl's, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc we can stick to our little suburban shopping areas and not go out to the big cities with their big malls. That means that while the stores are crowded, they are not much more crowded than a really busy Saturday.

We do end up in a lot of lines, but we are prepared for that. Last year I started my DS's scarf just before Thanksgiving and by the end of the weekend, it was almost half done! :roflhard:

Jan in CA
11-15-2012, 12:27 PM
No, I don't go out although I intend to check online for deals! I should have waited till then to order my new Kindle, but I didn't and ordered yesterday. :teehee:

GrumpyGramma
11-15-2012, 12:32 PM
I don't like shopping and hate crowds so, no, I won't be out on Black Friday. Cyber Monday might get me to spend some $$.

Antares
11-15-2012, 01:15 PM
No! No! No! And did I mention NO!!

I hate shopping and I have gotten to where I really despise the materialist nature of Christmas. I've been telling everyone for years now that we don't need ANYTHING (and incidentally, they probably don't either, but I don't tell them that, I just don't buy them anything).

This year I may not even get the nieces and nephews anything. I know that sounds bad, but I'm pretty sure after we fall off the fiscal cliff (and we will--thanks, Americans), they won't be getting a thing!

GrumpyGramma
11-15-2012, 01:43 PM
No! No! No! And did I mention NO!!

I hate shopping and I have gotten to where I really despise the materialist nature of Christmas. I've been telling everyone for years now that we don't need ANYTHING (and incidentally, they probably don't either, but I don't tell them that, I just don't buy them anything).

This year I may not even get the nieces and nephews anything. I know that sounds bad, but I'm pretty sure after we fall off the fiscal cliff (and we will--thanks, Americans), they won't be getting a thing!

You know what? I pretty much agree. My Xmas gift giving is mostly flannel PJs for my grandkids and they get those because in spite of the fact they are too old to think grandma should make them PJs every year they still want me to do it. The PJs are something they use and I enjoy doing it. Otherwise I would probably give them money to put toward whatever they are saving for or to spend as they wish after Xmas at the low sale prices. For my DD's family, there is nothing I can give them that they need and if there is something they want they'll have gotten it before I could afford it so I'm available year round to help out when and how they need me, like taking my granddaughter to ballet tonight. There is very little I actually need and not many more things that I want. I help my son out a couple of times a year, sending anything across country is so expensive that I'd rather he have the $$ for what he needs at the time. I've never been a lot into the whole spend till you're bankrupt thing anyhow. I started the PJs when the grandkids were babies and I think I might be making PJs when they are in college! They really like having things made for them.

Jan in CA
11-15-2012, 02:15 PM
I send my stepmom and MIL flowers. Our girls aren't married, there's no grandkids and we still shop for our grown kids, but I mostly just get things they've added to their Amazon lists. It's usually books or kitchen things and the occasional surprise if I know of one. Stuff they would like, but might not buy for themselves. My lists consists of mostly books, a few suggestions for gift cards (usually online yarn stores Lol) and a the random kitchen item sometimes. No one gets everything on the list. I don't shop for other family anymore for the most part and DH and I dispensed with gifts years ago.

We do this because it just wouldn't seem like Christmas w/o the gathering around the tree on Christmas tradition.

vaknitter
11-16-2012, 10:00 PM
NOT if my life depended on it !! I let my hubby talk me into going one year b/c my parents were here and offered to watch our son. It was miserable and I will never do it again.

GrumpyGramma
11-16-2012, 10:48 PM
:zombie:Fred Meyer was so hectic :hair:this afternoon that I will avoid shopping:evil: as much as possible until after New Year's.:gah: Crowds. :!!!: AAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!! :-x
And it's not really started yet.
:passedout:

Maybe :clink: even though I rarely drink.

salmonmac
11-17-2012, 06:35 AM
We have a wonderful family tradition of not shopping on Black Friday. If we're in town, I usually work that day and say, "Thank goodness, I'm not at the mall!"

offgridgirl
11-18-2012, 10:46 PM
What??? I thought I was exercising...running, steps up....steps down...lift weights....Stretching....all free and no long term contracts!!


I go cyber shopping. I have been if I'm in the states...I go in to specific stores and get specifically what I came for...I keep a list!

Good luck to all who go out....remember to breath out as you lift!:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Ronda
11-23-2012, 08:59 AM
I hate shopping on a normal day so there is no way I would go out and shop on Black Friday. Nothing about it sounds appealing at all.

insanenewknitter
11-26-2012, 09:08 PM
I will admit, I did go shopping on Black Friday, though under normal circumstances, I hate shopping, period. But, I saw an ad that JoAnn fabrics had fabric on sale, the fabric that I buy for the baby blankets I make to donate, so I decided to brave the 'elements'. I actually had a great experience, there was nobody at the cutting counter when I was ready! They said I came at a lull. I will never shop on Black Friday again, but I'm glad I did because I got fabric for 8 blankets, at less than $5 a blanket, an awesome price and I'm now regretting not having got more.:lol:

GrumpyGramma
11-26-2012, 09:30 PM
I actually had a great experience, there was nobody at the cutting counter when I was ready! They said I came at a lull.

Good for you! I'm glad it went so well for you. Your courage paid off.

I ordered from JoAnn on Friday and got free shipping. If I had seen their coupon sooner, I might have braved going to a store. As it turns out, they've already shipped my order FedEx. Their website was so slow I thought I'd never get my order placed. I'm not buying fabrics much anymore though I was tempted by the flannel on sale for next year's Xmas PJs.

Jan in CA
11-26-2012, 10:37 PM
I didn't go on Friday, but I did some shopping today online for Cyber Monday!

cryaegm
11-28-2012, 03:23 PM
I only went out to buy God of War Saga Collection during Black Friday since it was for $15, and I love me some God of War (not to mention I still need to play III). Then I hopped on the sale Joann's was doing on their site and bought some yarn Saturday, so I can make gloves for me and my mom after I'm done knitting three different pairs of gloves plus a baby blanket I need to finish and a sackboy plush.

JLonier
11-28-2012, 04:21 PM
For the first time ever we did. Decided we needed a new bed after almost 15 years on the same one. Got an awesome deal. $3k bed for just under $2k including two new gel pillows (omg those things are fantastic!) and a new mattress cover.

Daylilydayzed
11-28-2012, 11:09 PM
I did not go out in that madness. My daughter did but I stayed home. I hate being in crowds like that unless it is something I wanted to go to.

sakura-panda
11-29-2012, 12:01 PM
It really wasn't very crowded this year (not that it ever is where I go) and I wonder if it was because of the deals starting so much earlier?

We got quite a lot of our shopping done and have only a few more gifts left to get.

spenser
05-12-2013, 09:30 PM
Not really. although i enjoy online shopping a lot. But for stuff like, dresses, shoes (http://www.shopfromshop.com/categories/Women-Fashion/), pants and so on, i prefer shopping in a real store and have a chance trying them on