Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Mayhem! Thanksgiving Shopping Havoc!

Well happy turkey day everyone! That's right, it's my 6th annual Black Friday Post! -wow time is flying by.

This year, I only have the day after Thanksgiving off of work, so we will have to plan accordingly. We also are on a fairly tight budget this year, as times have been kind of hard as of late! This year we did the Chinese Buffet option aka ‘A Christmas Story’, and all went well, and then it was back to work for me. I’m already getting primed up snagging a few items off of Amazon’s awesome lightning deals!

We aren't any strangers to shopping on black Friday, so we are going to arm ourselves accordingly. We have high-tech strollers for Liam, which will be equipped with an ample supply of snacks, diapers, toys, to (hopefully) curtail the inevitable tantrum throughout the business. We have a list of the family members and a rough idea of a budget to work with. I have my best gel-inlaid sneakers and probably will strap on a powerful set of elbow and knee pads. Hey! It's a JUNGLE out there!

I will take no prisoners.

I fear for the worst, and expect that it will be bumper to bumper roads, and near-misses in the parking lots that day. Good thing we have decent insurance!
I said it was MY spot!

Well it certainly has been an eventful year, to be sure. Hopefully now that we got that turkey business out of the way, it will be time to jump start this economy a little bit. We're certainly going to be doing our part! These kids’ toys aren't cheap. That's a whole other topic, but really? –Why does the Legos Corporation insist that little plastic blocks, arranged in a simple pattern, should cost over $80-$130??

One of the things I’m wanting for my boys is a Estes Rocketry starter kit, which immediately brought back many great memories of building my own when I was a wee lad. It’s astonishing that the engines now cost as much if not more than the whole kit! [if you get both started and higher flying ones]. And unless you get the higher difficulty kits, they’re pretty much pre-built…that’s right you young engineers of America, you won’t have to stress your little minds and dexterity with anything such as manual labor on these babies. Just click, snap and launch…and hope they go straight.

Things just aren't made like they used to be, and yet they want 4 times as much money for them.

So do your homework, hopefully the list below will get you in the right direction. Keep an eye out for those lightning deals and utilize those smartphone apps that allow you to monitor those, as well as scan items to get an instant internet price check! Amazon has one, google shopping has one, Red Laser is another, they work great and will save you some money.

What do you all think?? Does anyone have any ideas?

I will leave it at that for now, did I mention yet that I luv the holidays? ;/

-And just so I didn't completely waste your time reading excerpts from my personal life, here's a few links to get you on your way. I'm sure they will be happy I led you there.

#1 sites: Black Friday and and (my personal fav) (for your favorite lovable nerd)

Google Shopping (a good all-around search for prices online and from local stores!) (my fav local store) (for you Oregonian/Washingtonians) (if u really have to..ugh) (for that angle-grinding,circular sawing,super-sanding, Makita-drilling, Tim Allen-worshiping dude on your list)

-and last but not least! (the most important one for this holiday season methinks)