Momma Told Me: My Best Black Friday Deal Ever + Black Friday Trends That May Surprise You

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Monday, November 24, 2014

My Best Black Friday Deal Ever + Black Friday Trends That May Surprise You

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Momma Told Me: Always keep the receipt.

Our family has never been great at gift giving. I come from a long line of  'regifters' and December 26th 'return line swappers.' In fact, growing up, there were few gifts ever given without a return receipt firmly taped to the box. I recall the boots, received by Momma from my grandmother, were promptly brought back to the store and exchanged for some sweaters on deep clearance in after Christmas markdowns. Let's face it, finding the 'perfect' gift for one person, say for a birthday is hard enough without the swarms of crowds and confusing barrage of seasonal advertising- so it's understandable the crowd mentality, as a whole is a little crazed when you factor in the proportion of events this time of year.
As frugal as Momma is, I was raised to be a Black Friday shopper. We'd bundle up, after our post turkey coma nap and head out around 3 AM to hit the early store sales. I'm ashamed to admit I grew into one of 'those' people myself. As a young adult I would often plan my entire week around staking out the biggest deal prospects, and even spent 3 days camped in front of a Best Buy in 2005. We'll ignore that at 19 years of age I had absolutely no value for me time, and consider this 'score' my best Black Friday deal ever, as I walked out of the electronics department (one of the first 5 in line) with a brand new XBOX 360 system bundle for just a penny.
However, my days of sleeping in front of retail establishments are long over; I have less and less time to plan tonight's dinner let alone orchestrate a complicated assault on mall seasonal sales.Regardless, I've been finding some of the Black Friday Articles on Good Stuff fascinating, with an informative look at the shopping habits of the modern consumer during this phenomena of an annual event. Naturally, with the growth of my generation, the Millenials, Cyber Monday is appropriately poised to take the place of this beloved nationwide past time, Black Friday, which has become a holiday in itself. Have you ever taken time off of work to hit a Black Friday sale? Personally, I find the appeal of shopping online from work, or the comfort of my own home, on Cyber Monday a big relief.
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Surprisingly there is only a 10% margin of spending difference for modern consumers shopping Black Friday versus Cyber Monday sales, and with specials such as FREE Shipping and extended return periods I find myself wondering how long the retail chains will be able to hold out with brick and mortar sales. The Good Stuff cites that Southern U.S. states spend ore on average than the rest of the country during Black Friday events, where as the Midwest tends to spend more during Cyber Monday. But are the bargains simply so steep that the average spending (a whopping 60% of Americans shopping on Black Friday) only spend $100 or less- or is this a sign that trends are leaning more in favor of inline Cyber Monday sales? Be sure to check out Black Friday Articles on The Good Stuff for more thought provoking stats.
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Whether you have all of your holiday shopping done *cough- like me cough* or are planning a brutal assault on post-holiday sales, this coming week- we can all agree a little extra cash goes a long way this time of the year. Coupons.com is one of my main sources for savings in store and online when it comes to stocking up and gifting, and they're hosting the mother of all sweepstakes with their Coupons.com Black Friday Giveaway running now through 11/28/2014. Head on over now and give their wheel a spin for your shot at daily instant prizes and the $10,000 grand prize! All entrants will also gain access to special discounts from brand name sponsors like Osh Kosh B Gosh and Jo-Anns crafts!

What was your best Black Friday, or Cyber Monday deal ever?

What Daughter Says: It's the thought that counts, not how many hours you spent in line trying to save on something!

19 comments:

  1. That is quite the Xbox haul! I'm hoping to do the same for Xbox One this year and surprise my husband. We've had our 360 forever!

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  2. Wow, that's crazy! A penny! How did you get meals and find bathrooms and whatnot?
    On Black Friday 2009, I bought my laptop online at Staples.com, for half off - it was about $350 for a $700 laptop, an HP, and 5 years later it still works :).

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  3. I really want to know how you ate and went to the bathroom! But that's a great deal!

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  4. My husband would die from happiness if I got an Xbox for a penny! Unfortunately for him, I'm not nearly that dedicated. I hate crowds, so I'm mostly a Cyber Monday shopper. Last year I got my husband a new computer for 1/2 off!

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  5. Wow! That's a deal that legends are made of! I think my best deal was a $450 black leather Coach bag for $125, and it's definitely something I'll have for years and years. I've only ever waited in line once, and it was in 2001 for computer memory.

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  6. I have to admit to not being a deal chaser. I look for what I want and then see if there's a coupon and then just buy it. I guess I'm lazy. I can honestly admit I've never camped out for shopping. You are a hardier soul than I.

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  7. haha the Xbox! Yes I got one of those on Black Friday as well one year! My BEST purchase ever though was my laptop that I work on daily and my hubby got me a new wedding set on Black Friday once too! :)

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  8. Holy guacamole! An Xbox for a penny!! That's CRAZY!! Mine was a MacBook that I got on sale. That was pretty sweet. Still using it, too! Yay me.

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  9. Holy cow! That was an amazing deal!!! I'm sure if I would have known, I might have been camped out there too! My best Black Friday score was an amazing pair of leather boots in just my size for half off.

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  10. I got the best deals at Kohls last year. We saved so much and we got a ton of Kohls cash.

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  11. HOLY CRAP A PENNY!! You definitely win the Black Friday deal of all time! I'm not one for Black Friday, did it one year almost got ran over won't be doing that again! LOL

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  12. A penny?! I can't imagine how full the store was with everyone trying to get one of those for that price! One year I snagged a tv and have snagged a few toys for the kids for great prices. It always seems like for the most part I'm finished with my shopping by the time Black Friday hits or it's for things that don't really go on sale. This year I am on the hunt for a great deal on a chainsaw.

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  13. wow, we also love to get an xbox, last year i got a nice watch and keds , this year i'm looking forward to a new stash.

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  14. I always considered myself a bargain shopper but an X Box for a penny? Wow! I did get a Wii for under $100 one year and thought that was pretty good.

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  15. Never gotten an xBox that cheap, but I have found some great deals in the past. Not this year, too cold to head outside!

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  16. OMG - 3 days? That is so insane. I am so happy that you for the XBOX, but still - 3 days? I admire the younger you for the comittment

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  17. Oh wow, that's insane! I refuse to stand in line or wait hours for a sale - my time is precious to me. I'll be online shopping if I see a deal.

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  18. I got a really good deal on an XBox on Black Friday. Two years ago I scored a good price on a tv too. Haven't done enough research to see what I'm hoping for this year!

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  19. That's an amazing deal on the Xbox...we got a really good deal on a new TV last year :)

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