I woke up around 9:45 this morning. By 10:30 AM, I was dressed and ready to brave the holiday crowds. Normally, I’d be out well before sunrise.
With the exception of clothes, everything I wanted could be purchased over the internet. So there was no need to cut my beauty rest short. I’m glad I didn’t.
The mall wasn’t nearly as crowded as I thought it’d be. Some retailers open at midnight the day after Thanksgiving. So, perhaps eager Black Friday shoppers were gone home by the time I arrived.
Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t blown away by the discounts available in the brick and mortar stores. They weren’t terrible, but they also weren’t that great either. Every year, there’s that handful of retailers who won’t even bother marking down their merchandise. They just show up on Black Friday wearing the same old dirty drawers they had on the day before. They disgust me.
With that said, I still managed to find some decent bargains. Even though I’m afraid a hard core deal finder will point out massive amounts of savings I overlooked, I’ve posted the spoils of my Black Friday labor.
Overall I spent $352.45 (excluding taxes and rebates).
Abercrombie & Fitch
I received a $25 gift card for buying over $100 worth of merchandise. It’s a given I’ll have to supplement that gift card with cash in order to buy something worthwhile from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Everything in the entire store was 40% off. Not bad. But I felt I could do better online. Using my iPhone, I visited The Limited’s website to see if the same deal was available online.
Once I verified they offered free shipping, I headed over to RetailMeNot and found that additional coupon codes could be applied towards my internet purchase. What else was there to do but snap photos of the cute tops I’d just tried on for future reference, return them to the fitting room girl, and move on to the next retailer.
But wait. There’s more.
Although I think I could’ve bought these knives for about the same price on a non-busiest shopping day of the year, I still feel like I got a pretty good deal.
I searched high and low for some kind of discount or coupon code that could be used to reduce the price of this slow cooker. In a moment of desperation, I hunted down a 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond coupon to use towards an in-store purchase of the item. Then I realized I’d only save $10 plus I’d have to pay sales tax (that I shouldn’t avoid but would avoid by buying from Amazon) plus I’d have to leave my apartment again. That’s too much effort for too little benefit, so I went with Amazon.
There was a time these DVDs retailed for $30 – $40 a season. Which explains why I was missing seasons one and two and the second half of season three. This was a total impulse purchase. I’m sure I won’t regret it.
All in all, Black Friday wasn’t a total bust.
Did you do any offline Black Friday shopping this year? Do you have any tips or strategies on maximizing savings between now and the holidays?