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Are you shopping pre-Black Friday sales?


In looking at the ads in today's Journal-World, I'm wondering how many of you are planning to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Target's ad is full of great prices in their "pre-Black Friday deals", plus coupons throughout the ad for additional dollars off on certain items.

I noticed lots of TVs in the ads as well.  Best Buy, Sears, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Target all showing good sales.

So, what are you planning to do?  Will you take advantage of these sales and stay home on Black Friday? Or do you plan on holding out and take a midnight run?

As for me, my boys and mother-in-law are already making plans for our annual day after Thanksgiving shopping madness.  I believe it has now become more of a tradition for us because we've been doing it for so long, and so we don't even ask if we're headed out; the question is usually how early? Part of the fun is watching my family pour over the ads on Thanksgiving, making their lists, and plotting the shopping route based on sale/door buster hours.

Sure, there are items on the "must get" list, but it has also become a way for us to spend time together, have lots of laughs, and come home with some great bargains.

Happy shopping!


Bunny_Hotcakes 6 years, 6 months ago

I am not shopping Black Friday because meh.

I will offer this bit of advice for electronics, kitchen electrics, etc. Check the model numbers and read reviews. A lot of the so-called doorbusters are one-off or store specific models that look like their higher quality counterparts but are manufactured as loss leader garbage for Black Friday. Do google searches for the make/model of whatever you're interested in. Check http://reviews.cnet.com/ and even Amazon for reviews and for the love of the deity of your choice, compare pre-Black Friday prices to what's in the ad. I think you'll find that a lot of the deals really aren't.

I think the furor over Black Friday is overblown and ridiculous, myself, and would rather pay an extra few bucks to not have to deal with the crush of bargain obsessed folks at oh-dark-thirty in the cold.

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

I have finished with my gift purchases. I will also make some edibles. Will keep an eye out for cream cheese sales. I don't buy a lot of stuff. I am crowd phobic, but wish all the best to those who enjoy snagging the sale item on the day. Have fun and be careful and alphabetize the coupons.

Katara 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't know how much cream cheese you need but they are on sale at Hy-Vee 4/$5. If you purchase $10 worth of certain products you will get a $5 off coupon for your next Hy-Vee purchase. You could purchase 8 Philadelphia cream cheese bricks and get the $5 off for next time you go to the store.

impska 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm from Canada, where Black Friday doesn't really exist. The closest thing is Boxing Day sales on Dec 26, and it's not even close to the craziness that Black Friday is here. I went out on Black Friday during my first year in the States and vowed never to do such a thing ever again! Since then, I've also worked retail during Black Friday, which wasn't half as bad as shopping on it!

moxibustion 6 years, 6 months ago

No way. If Black Friday really were on Friday, maybe, but it's horrid that we can't even enjoy Thanksgiving for the day it is - being thankful for what we HAVE. Not running off to buy more. And how sucky to be a retail worker that has to start work at 10pm for an overnight shift of crazy bargain shoppers?

No thanks.

helloannie 6 years, 6 months ago

Possibly. We went last year and had a great time. It depends on if we can find deals on the few items we are looking for and I'm guessing not.

Yes, it does suck for the worker working at 10 at night on Thanksgiving, but they aren't the only shops open. My husband will be working Christmas day and did last year as well. It really isn't that big of a deal. We celebrate and Christmas starts when he gets home!

I don't understand people going on and on about spending time with the family that night. The stores open at midnight. How much quality time are you having with your family at midnight?

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

I just bought something locally, could of bought a little cheaper on line, it broke, I went to the store, they returned my money and said they were sorry it happened. Online the reviews for the product cry about inflated charges and no recourse, nightmare. I chose not to buy from the mail order company offering the product. . If one is going to buy online, check both the product and the seller. If one hates the pre black friday commercial jump, don't buy. If you aren't afraid of police attack and feel strongly that it is wrong, picket, picket peacefully, you have a right to say. I don't think the answer for our economy needs to be buying a bunch of trash. Buy a sustainable gift. Don't buy toys for your kid, buy a toy and play with the kid. Don't buy gift cards for your family, take them for an all expense paid day to a museum or historical site. The rare and valuable gift is time.

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