As the years went by and my children grew up and moved out, I started to go Black Friday shopping with a few friends. The stores usually didn’t open until 6 a.m. on Friday. While there were always some bargains to be had, it was mostly a social event for me. Just hanging out with friends, and of course, stopping for breakfast sometime in the midst of the shopping. I guess shopping and eating seem to be a win-win combo for me.
Well here we are today, Black Friday again. But it is just not the same anymore. So much has changed over the years.
I no longer live near the friends that I used to go Black Friday shopping with. And with all the stores now open on Thanksgiving and beginning their Black Friday specials before most people have even put the turkey on the table, they have ruined it for me.
I did go out shopping today, alone. I didn’t head out until around 10:00 a.m., as there were not any early bird specials of particular interest to me. My list of errands took me to a few unusual places for most Black Friday shoppers, like CVS and the credit union. I also had a few items on my list that were for me. Great bargains on haircare items at JC Penney salon and Holiday M&Ms at CVS.
Kohls was a nightmare at 12:45 pm, with the checkout line wrapping completely around the store and hearing people say the wait was 1.5 hours to get to the checkout. I put back the two items that I planned to purchase, went to the kiosk and ordered them to be shipped free to my home next week. The only bad thing was that my $10 off coupon could only be used in store,however, it was 12:55 by then and the coupon expired at 1:00 pm. There was no way I would make it to the cashier in time to redeem it. So, as I was walking out of the store, I handed my coupon to someone at the front of the line. I think I made someone’s day.
Between the retailers pushing people to shop on Thanksgiving and myself no longer having friends nearby to shop with, Black Friday has lost the joy it once held for me. I think next year, I will stay home and wait for Cyber Monday.