This past Friday was not my best Black Friday experience. It was my own fault really. I wasn't prepared and did not have a complete list together even though I had been looking at ads on-line for a couple of weeks. Most of my items were at Target and Target was untouchable. The line was literally insane and I am not a diehard Black Friday. I'm not going to risk my life in a crazy Target stampede to save $15 on a Wii Fit or what have you. But by not attempting the Target madness, my list fell by the wayside and I found myself wandering aimlessly througout town.
My alarm was set for three and I was out of the house with coffee in hand by 3:16am. Old Navy opened at Midnight so I headed there first. My niece and nephew had circled their desired items so I knew exactly what I wanted to buy. At 3:30 the store was detroyed. Clothes were strewn about the floor and other clothes items were thrown on to racks, totally disorganized. It was a free-for-all. I rummaged through the pea coats looking for a black in size medium. Ugh, there wasn't a single medium. Then I head over to the boy's hooded sweatshirts. I couldn't find the circled item. Then I realize that my nephew had circled the toddler hood sweatshirts. I start walking around the store like a zombie.
I see a puffy cream vest, I grab it, then a green scarf grab that too. I go back to the pea coat scramble and after several minutes of digging, I find a size medium black under some sweaters. I go to the women's section and find a black hooded sweatshirt for my nephew. It's black, looks the same as a men's.. Okay, first store done.
Head to Target for 4am. See the utter madness and flashing lights from police cars and high tail it out of there. No way I was waiting an hour to get into the store. I figure I will head back there later after the mall. Head to the mall. Walk right into JC Penney. I had $10 stainless coffee mugs on my list , a back up pea coat option if Old Nacy didn't work out and a 15% off coupon. I look at the pea coats. Hmm, maybe I'll get one for myself? Then I walk by a Columbia Jacket display. 50% off. And look, the jacket I wanted to get last year for $115 but wouldn't spend the money. Grabbed it in cream. But wait , I just got a puffy vest from Old Navy in cream. Better go with the black. Go to check out got the jacket for $48. Sweet.
Then I head to the Children's place, 30% off entire store including sale items. I grabbed the boys their Red Christmas sweaters that I have been eyeing and my daughter some tights. Now off to Edddie Bauer for the hub's jeans. 40% off entire store and I have a 15% off coupon. Grab two pairs of jeans and a sweater for myself. Can't combine the coupon so I put the sweater back. Now I leave the mall and head back to Target. Go inside, the checkout line starts right as you walk in wrapping the entire perimeter of the store. Forget it.
I then head to Michael's for my mother-in-law's Cricut. It ended up being a door buster so I couldn't use the 30% off coupon. Grabbed a couple items for the kids. I was tempted to go back to Target but it was now 6am and I was feeling pretty guilty for buying myself a vest, scarf and jacket. Mind you, I donated my winer jacket last year to the Salvation Army so I really needed one.
I go home and start reviewing my purchases and my husband tries on the jeans. They don't fit. I then realize that I never received my 30 % off at the Children's Place. I'm still feeling guilty about the vest. So yesterday I went back to Old Navy and returned the vest. Went back to Eddie Bauer and exchanged the jeans and went to the Children's Place to get my 30% off. Apperently the new saleswomen had made the mistake several times that morning.
So did I save, yes I did. Was it amazing savings? No. And get this. When I returned the vest to Old Navy I of course walked around the store saw that the pea coats were still 50% off, some gloves were marked down even further and the hooded sweatshirt that I bought for my nephew, $10 less. My husband ended up finding two pairs of jeans that he liked better and fit better than the Eddie Bauer ones. So ultimately, I need to make yet another return.
So was it worth it? Umm, not really. So will I go back shopping next Black Friday? Probably, if I have someone to shop with and if I am more organized.
I definitely recommend a partner to bounce ideas off of and a list for a successful shopping experience.