YES! I admit it!! I went out on this tortuous day JUST to see what it is like!!
If you don’t know what Black Friday is, it is, supposedly, the biggest shopping day of the year, in the U.S.; the day after Thanksgiving (now starting at 9 or 10pm on Thanksgiving!) with deeply discounted deals!
Let me tell you, it’s an experience!
If I were still in college, going out when the stores open (midnight in many cases) wouldn’t have been a problem since I’d still be up and, well, probably partying! However, now that I’m a Mom of 3 small children, it’s rare for me to see midnight, unless it’s for a child who can’t sleep!! (nope, not even New Year’s Eve keeps me up til midnight anymore!!)
I headed out at 10am on Black Friday …. of course most of the shelves are empty and the shoppers are INSANE! Lines AROUND the stores! Shopping carts FILLED, even under the carriage! Seriously, do you REALLY need ALL THAT?? I just don’t get it ….
Anyway, I DID manage to get a few things … and then some …! Things that were on my list throughout the year and things on the list just recently … I saved a bit but not sure that I saved enough to have spent 1/2 a day out waiting in lines and driving in traffic. Would I do it again? Most likely no. Am I glad I did it? Totally…. Life is about experiences! Not just the experience of the shopping on the most chaotic day of the year but of feeling the emotions and the atmosphere surrounding you.
You learn a LOT about patience, about dealing with disappointment and about restraint! The lines, even when they’re not long seem to take forever. Some of the deals you wanted have been long sold out and the temptation to buy all the other, available, great deals takes more self control than you can imagine! You learn a lot about whether you can really stick to your budget!
When you are determined to do right for you and your family, then you’ll make the right things happen! Your thoughts will become your words which will become your actions that turn into habits. Know yourself and believe in your capabilities.
“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. “~ Benjamin Franklin
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