Unless you’ve been nowhere near a computer, smartphone, or television for the past few weeks, you know that retailers are pulling out the stops to get us to shop – in stores and online – this week. I’m a big fan of getting deals – sometimes to my detriment, ahem – but there’s something about the mad frenzy over getting cheap stuff, that rubs me the wrong way. Remember the people who were trampled at Walmart during previous Black Fridays??
A few years ago, my husband dove into the Black Friday waters. He left my parents’ house Thanksgiving evening, drove two hours, met a friend who lines up outside Best Buy every Black Friday, and scored one of only ten flat screen TVs available at the store for about $200. (I don’t remember the exact price, but it was a screaming deal, at the time.) I can’t think of anything I’d do that for, and my husband swears he’ll never do something like it again. But to this day, he says it was worth it for the deal he got on that TV…
That being said, I’m all for taking advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals online. I just took advantage of a great 30% off deal at Tiny Prints, to order our family’s holiday cards. (I linked through Ebates, to get cash back on the purchase, too.) I’ll take a look at other discounts, but it’s not a big focus of mine this week. Frankly, I’m much more focused on spending time with family and eating great food!
Speaking of which, I won’t be posting for a few days, as we’ll be on the road and with our extended families. My parents are expecting 8-10 inches of snow tomorrow, so we’re heading there this evening, a bit earlier than we originally planned. Whatever your plans, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.
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