My 2010 Black Friday game plan was to sleep in, go to the parade on Black Friday 2010, and not shop on that day. As you can tell from the title of the post, my execution of this plan was an Epic Failure!
First of all, we slept in a bit too long and had a leisurely homemade breakfast of hash browns and eggs. That pushed our departure time to around 9:45 am. The parade started at 9 am and I figured it would take at least an hour to wind their way through town before they get to Macy’s. Mrs. RB40 wasn’t so sure and she said it’s a short parade – only 12 balloons! We got to Macy around 10 am and what??? all the barriers are on the sidewalk. I don’t have a good feeling about this.
So we went inside and sure enough, Santa already made it to Macy’s. Wow, that’s a really short parade. Usually we would be waiting on the sidewalk forever for a parade to show up. While we’re inside, “let’s look around a bit”, it wasn’t crazy crowded. Guess what happened next? Yeap, you got it. We spend about $100 on a set of pans (3), a trash can, an electric shaver, and two pairs of leggings.
leggings – It’s cold and Mrs. RB40 needs these.
pans – We’ve been looking for an omelet pan so might as well get these and we can put the extra 2 pans in the new condo.
trash can – need one for the new condo.
electric shaver – $30 is a great price and my old shaver will probably only last another year at the most.
I’m going to say that’s not bad and we didn’t get up at 2am or waited in a huge line. The shopping experience was stress free and at least we had a great breakfast.
OK, that wasn’t too painful, but Black Friday weekend wasn’t done quite yet. On Saturday, we went to Best Buy and picked up a 32″ Samsung LCD 720p TV for $300. This was a big chunk of change, but we do need a TV in the new condo. The living room is empty and we are slowly furnishing the condo. The “new” condo is going to have to be another post.
All in all, my plan of not spending much money on Black Friday was an Epic Failure! I didn’t spend any money on Cyber Monday though. Our November credit card bill is going to have a terrible compliance rating.
How about your Black Friday game plan? Did it work out like you envisioned? What did you do to stimulate the economy on Black Friday weekend? Were you a consumer deadbeat?