For the first time ever, Michael and I are actually planning to get up early on Friday morning and head to Wal-Mart to shop. (I’m not planning to shower, so if you see me, don’t judge my hair!)
With the economy tight, we are working every coupon, every sale, every two-for-one deal we can find.
We saw the scanned in Black Friday Wal-Mart circular online, and it seems like it’s worth our while to get up early and check things out — video games from $7 to $25, two board games for $9, and IPod Touch for $195, festive holiday pajamas for $3. (Check out Rana Cash’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog for more deals. Here are more Black Friday deals.)
I’m paranoid that these deals will be the best of the season. I want to buy what’s on our list there if it’s on sale and then after that I will feel comfortable buying other places for prices that seem good.
It’s tough for parents to head out super early with kids in the house – either mom goes alone (which is no fun) or you have to find a babysitter. What babysitter is showing up at 5 in the morning? We are lucky this year because Michael’s brother is visiting so we can just slip out and still have an adult sleeping in the house.
For us the tight economy makes us want to participate in Black Friday deals, but according to a recent AJC story by Nedra Rhone that’s not true for everyone.:
“Consumer participation in Black Friday has declined slightly but steadily over the past four years, from 26 percent in 2005 to 20 percent in 2008, according to a holiday poll from Consumer Reports National Research Center. Part of that decrease can be attributed to the economy, but also to an increase in consumer savvy, experts say. Shoppers know they no longer have to battle crowds to get the same deals they can get online or later in the season”.
“In the hope of boosting overall holiday sales, some retailers have opted to offer shoppers the same blowout bargains weeks in advance of Black Friday.”
I’ve been shopping and I know some stores are running some good sales (a la Justice – 40 percent off of everything!), but I don’t feel like I’ve seen the best deals on toys yet.
So how are you working it? Do you feel like you have to participate in Black Friday to get the best deals? Are the Black Friday deals still good enough to get you out of bed? Are you finding enough good deals without waking up early? Where are you finding the best deals? Are you shopping online to avoid crowds?
(Check in tomorrow for a blog with links to family activities for the holiday and weekend. I’ve got link after link of holiday crafts and games to keep the little ones busy while you cook!! Also have links to movie listings and events outside the home good for kids. I may go ahead and post it later today. The crafts are really cute!)