Silly Q

  1. Okay, I know this must be a silly question or one that many will not care for............but................Has anyone done the day after Thanksgiving day sale? I went one year and no matter how early I got the line was endless

    I am so seriously broke this year (like many other students here I am sure), so I was thinking of getting up at the crack of dawn this year and give it another try?

    The ads I have seen have awsome deals so temptation (and need) exists.

    Anyone doing this, or has any advice/tips?

    Thank you kindly,

  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   sjb2005

    I did that day after Thanksgiving sale once. I will never do it again. It is way to crazy for me. I'll shop online or at my leisure. I couldn't believe people fighting over sale items. And lines...I hate long lines.

  4. by   meownsmile
    I dont do the sales. If i go shopping its for the atmosphere and im not NEEDING to buy anything. I figure if people need to get up that early in the morning to get something a little cheaper and fight with people to get it they must REALLY need it so they can have it. Ill pay a little more to keep myself safe thank you. All my kids NEED is a big hug and a healthy dose of encouragement anyway and i can give those every day of the year for free.
  5. by   jnette
    Have never done it, Jess... just the thought makes me cringe. :uhoh21:

    I hate shopping anyway, regardless, so only go when I really need something.

    No way would I throw myself into the throngs of half crazed ppl out there... this is NOT the "holiday atmosphere" I want to have anything to do with.

    You can find some lovely surprises very inexpensively at your local thrift shops and consignment shops, even your local Goodwills (we were discussing this yesterday on another thread)... you'd be amazed at some of the awesome things you can find there !
  6. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I have never done it. I hate crowds, shopping, lines, etc. My SIL does every now and then, but she really enjoys shopping anyway.
  7. by   Peachy720
    Hi Jesss!! :heartbeat

    I've never done it as a customer, but I've done it for years as either a manager or a worker. In fact, I'm doing it Friday for Target.

    Believe me, it's not worth it. I've seen the sales, and they are not worth risking being trampled to death (happened at the wal-mart here a few years back) and waiting in lines around the corner to get in and then lines back to the back of the building to check out.

    I always feel so bad for not being able to give more than $25-30 presents to family and friends, but they really would rather see me finally get out of school and on my own, so they're happy. I try and put as much into the card as I can, expressing how much they mean to me and that one day I promise do try and make it up.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    Thank you all for sharing your experiences and input. I think I am not going to do it after all then. Seems like too much of a hassle.

    Again, thanks for the advice. It is really appreciated.
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Braved Walmart last year (4 days post hospital discharge for GB surgery) just to buy 5ft nutcracker for $99.00 for 16yo son. Went at 11 AM with older son, got through checkout in 30 min. Would do it again in a heartbeat for the 2 weeks of smiles, hugs and kisses I received.

    Lucky that local department stores started their sales last Friday. Spent last week in hospital with kidney stone, got out Thursday, back to work yesterday so was at Strawbridge this AM as nutcrackers 40% off. Shopper lent me her 20% off coupon too.. $80.00 item got for $45.00.
    They have another 6ft one for $395 on 40% sale---will check back day before Christmas since store one block from work.....
    Yes I'm certifiably crazy for indulging his addiction; BUT fully expect him to open a nutcracker museum and support me in my old age.

  10. by   nurse4theplanet
    I did it for the same reasons in your original post...and it was a total PITA but I saved soooooooooooooooooooooo much money. this year we aren't doing the Christmas gift things as we are way tooo broke and the family is way tooooo big. But next year I will save earlier. Also, it is a tradition for me and my cousins bc we are all young college students and LOVE to shop! We find safety in numbers and usually have a good time...Lots to talk about while you are standing in LOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG lines. Most of the die hards are going for a specific item they saw in an add like tvs and stuff...but i like all the little goodies and not much fighting over these.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    When I was a teenager. NEVER again. Can't PAY ME To shop on "Black Friday". NO WAY NO HOW.
  12. by   rn/writer
    Some stores have early bird ONLINE specials that you can order during that
    5 AM to 11 AM or noon crazy time.

    I've done the mad dash for specific items. Two years ago, dh and I braved Best Buy with separate lists. Got a bunch of really good bargains. Wouldn't do it without a very clear-cut itinerary. Oh yeah, we got there at midnight and slept outside the store in sleeping bags. There were about 20 people ahead of us. Anyone who showed up after about 3 AM missed most of the doorbuster sales.

    I work Thanksgiving night so I'll skip the party this year. I'll gladly burrow into my comfy waterbed whilst imagining others elbowing their way to the cash register. Zzzzzz.
  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    DH just told me Radio Shack having online sale tomorrow with some items 50% off....check it out!

    Kmart's open tomorrow in my area too!
  14. by   rn/writer
    I saw online sale ads for Wally World and Target, too. Didn't get the times, but you should be able to look them up. Happy Hunting.