My name is Amanda, and I am addicted to Black Friday shopping. Ever since my husband and I went on our first day-after-Thanksgiving bargain hunt nine years ago, I've been hooked. We've landed some amazing deals over the years, and we could never pull of the kind of Christmas we have at our house without those bargains.
This year was much more challenging in some ways, because stores were opening all night long instead of just early Friday morning. I left my house at 8:00 p.m. Thursday and didn't get home until 7:00 a.m. the next day. Yes, it was my first ever all-night shopping trip! I slept for a couple of hours before I left home, and (I'm not kidding) I slept in our truck for about an hour and a half while I waited for JC Penney's to open.
As always, we got some great deals on gifts for our kids, like two video game rockers, normally $65-70, for $32 each, and tons of DVD's, video games and toys. This year I also scored some awesome deals for our home, like a soft, fuzzy king-size blanket for $24 (which came in handy while I was napping outside Penney's); a set of 600-thread-count sheets for $20 (we won't go into the fact that I was almost trampled for those sheets at Walmart...) and two Scentsy-style wax warmers for $9 each.
Finally, I got a few things for myself - a cashmere blend pea coat (originally $200) for $50; a pair of boots for $30; five seasons of our all-time favorite TV show, 24, for $10 each (a joint gift for my hubby and me); and (you may do a double take on this one) ammo for my gun for 1/2 price. (Yes, I have a gun...not a rifle, but a pistol...going to the gun range is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. My husband and I both shoot, and we'll take his .22 rifle and let the kids shoot, too. It's a fun family hobby for us!)
I'm sure I like having stores opening on Thanksgiving night, but I love the deals on Black Friday, and it would take a lot to keep me away from it. It's become a challenge to us to find the best bargains. My hubby and I team shop (although he just hit the first couple of stores with me this year) and plan it like a military operation. I love it!