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Epic Fail on Black Friday 2010

by retirebyforty on December 1, 2010 · 19 comments

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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!

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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? :)

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Barb Friedberg December 1, 2010 at 4:53 am

I can’t wipe the smile off of my face. Delightful confession! It could have been worse, as you said, you didn’t wake up in the middle of the night!

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Jessica07 December 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

Thanks for sharing your “epic failure.” LOL! If you picked up a HD Samsung TV for $300, though, I’d say you did just fine and dandy (assuming it was a 42″–hehe). I think all of your reasoning sounded just fine and dandy except for the little “might as well get these” that slipped in there. ;)

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retirebyforty December 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Oops, forgot to put the size in there. Fixed now. It was a 32″ TV and it will fit perfectly in that small space. I was amazed by how much it weighted though – 15 lbs. It’s so light they provided an anchor line to prevent tipping. Yeah, no more shopping this year. ;)

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Jessica07 December 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm

You’re lucky. My mother-in-law bought a 32″ flat screen (I won’t mention brand, since it was lacking), and it was that light, too. The problem was that they didn’t provide an anchor for it, so every time she goes by her TV, she has to tip-toe so the thing doesn’t topple over. Her five year old boxer has absolutely no respect for her predicament, either. LOL! I’ll have to make her an anchor…

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retirebyforty December 3, 2010 at 8:47 am

I’m really amaze how light the TV is. The anchor is definitely useful because we have 3 cats who likes to jump on top of the old TV. Hopefully, they won’t do it to this one.

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retirebyforty December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

@Barb Thanks for appreciating my funny posts. :)

BTW, this Macy is kitty corner from Pioneer Square, the spot that was targeted for a bombing later that evening during the Christmas tree lighting. I can’t believe it, so close to home.

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MoneyCone December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

A nice flat screen makes up for the ‘epic failure’! But that is a good price for a 32″. Enjoy!

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Aloysa December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Trash can from Macy’s? It is quite a high end trash can. Ours come from Wal-Mart. $300 for TV?! And you call it a failure. What’s wrong with you, man? LOL I hope one day to see the parade in person and not on TV.

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retirebyforty December 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I love the flat screen TV, it is much nicer than the old tubes. I threw out my back lifting a 36″ tube at one point. No more tube TV!

Epic Failure to keep with my no shopping plan on Black Friday. :)

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Andrew @ 101 Centavos December 2, 2010 at 3:13 am

Yes, we were consumer deadbeats, although with the best intentions. The traffic and crowds drove us back inside to over-indulgence in turkey sandwiches, dressing and pies with whipped cream.

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Kevin @ Thousandaire.com December 2, 2010 at 7:26 am

I have been spending money recently as if it were my job, especially on black friday. You only live once though, right?

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Everyday Tips December 2, 2010 at 8:55 am

Sounds like it actually worked out pretty well for you since you bought things you needed anyway.

I didn’t spend a dime all weekend. It helps to be sick!!!

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retirebyforty December 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

@Andrew @Kris – You guys are terrible consumers. How is the economy going to recover with deadbeats like you?? ;)

@Kevin – All right! A fellow contributor to the economy.

My budget is blown this month…

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Money Reasons December 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Sounds like it was a fail on one level, but a win at another! You got some great deals (or so it sounds like) without the stress! How great is that!

We need buy a new TV soooo badly!

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Ken @ Spruce Up Your Finances December 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm

It really looks like an epic failure but once you start to turn on that TV and enjoyed watching your shows, or realize the savings that you had, it does not look bad at all.

The good thing all about your shopping is you are helping stimulate the economy, which is what we need!!

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retirebyforty December 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

Black Friday was much better with no stress. I hate dealing with crazed consumers. I’m quite happy with the TV, but my budget is blown though. I guess it happens sometime.

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