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Friday, November 26, 2004

Day-after shopping

Jeni and I went "Day-After Thanksgiving" shopping this morning. Normally we leave the craziness for everyone else, but this year we joined in on the fun. On Thursday night, we formulated our plan, scouting out the deals, an itenerary based on opening times, and a strategy so as not to get distracted. We were watching TV last night, and being a bit of night owls to begin with, noticed we were up past 1:00 and we were to start shopping a 5:00. So we decided just to push through the night and sleep after we shopped. I'll admit I started to hit a wall about 2:30 (I'm 32, not 18), but managed to power through. Our target wakeup call did not come at 4:15 as ordered (Lord Vader, you let me down ... it finally came at 6:20), but we were out and at Kay-Bee Toys by 4:55 a.m. They opened early, and thankfully were only letting five people in at a time. We did not stray from our plan, got exactly what we needed, and we out by 5:10.

Then it was to KMart. Orginially the plan was to drop Jeni at KMart, and for me to go to Best Buy and wait in line. Well, it was cooler outside than expected (come on, it was 5:30 in the morning), so we decided to split up in KMart and be a little faster. Good thing. There was a line at KMart of crazy people standing in the cold to be the first one in. It was really interesting to see when the first person decided to get a cart, then everyone started to load up on carts with some people getting two. But since we only needed a handful of things, we weren't messing with that. We have also learned with a store that size, you don't have to be the first person in line, so we waited in the warm car until about five minutes to 6:00. In and out in less than 20 minutes.

Then we headed to Best Buy. Someone in the KMart line had originally started at Best Buy, but saw that the line at Best Buy was about three times the size of the one at KMart (Best Buy I would estimate had a line of 150+). I feel like I got the last parking space at Best Buy. Unfortunately, they are across the street from Toys R Us so all extra parking was filling quickly too. I gave Jeni a door drop, parked, and found her in the winding, amusement-park style line. If the deal we got wasn't just amazing, we probably wouldn't have even bothered.

A quick swing-through of Old Navy (we have one of the best Old Navy stores I've even seen, believe it or not) and we were out and on the road by 7:30.

Our next stop was Michael's with a 60 percent off coupon that expired at 8 a.m. and a 50 percent off from 8 to 10 a.m. We made it in just before 8 a.m. We split our purchase and managed to use both coupons. Then we were headed back home to sleep. We ate a little leftover cake, watched about the first 15 minutes of last Sunday's Crossing Jordan, and were out like a light. Total expenditure, under $100!


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