BFads.net emailed me with the first leaked ad. And so it begins. Seventeen days before Halloween, no less.
Granted, the deals were for Harbor Freight, so nothing I’m interested in. But clearly the holiday season has started rolling, and I can either run with it or be run over by it. Is there a third option?
Last year, my Black Friday burnout came pretty quickly. Mainly because we now have the tradition of the pre-Black Friday. And even sometimes the summertime Black Friday deals. I think maybe stores should give up the pretense and just have mobs of people attack one another for Furbies every weekend.
But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So I’ll start watching for my email for leaked BF ads, and start figuring out if there are even any promising offers. I think one of the best things about it is that you then have time to check out the item in person. Before there are 40 people behind you trying to crush you into the shelving.
Okay, it’s never been that bad. Even the one time I went with a friend to multiple Black Friday sales. It was busy. It was harder to get to the things I wanted. But things were relatively orderly. Then again, I was never going for higher-end items. That helps.
This year, I’m scouting luggage. I’ve been borrowing Marc & Nadine’s old suitcase. Great on room, but it may give up any day. The front pocket is ripped so as to be useless. The main zipper only works one way. Otherwise, you’re just moving it across the teeth for fun. And if I’m at a conference when the zipper decides to go out on the other direction… So yeah I think it’s time to shop the pre- and actual Black Friday sales.
A nice suitcase can be had for a reasonable cost most years. I don’t need anything fancy. Just something with a decent amount of room. Plenty of pockets is a bonus but not a necessity. I’ll probably try to get something colorful to help distinguish it among other bags at the carousel.
We usually scout good Tupperware deals because the packs you get never have enough of the big containers. Other than that, I can’t think of anything we’d be shopping for.
Speaking of which, I have new confirmation that I’m a boring adult. I specifically asked my mom to get me body wash and shave gel, at least for stocking stuffers. Because I hate having to buy those things. They’re overpriced — especially when you’re used to your mom buying them for you. She tends to get them nearly free after rebates and coupons.
As for the rest? My mind’s a blank. I pointed her to some gift cards she can get on Swagbucks: there’s Cracker Barrel and Red Robin (the two restaurants we eat at most), Sephora (for my overpriced hair products and movie GCs. I need a new wallet, but I don’t think Mom will want to try to buy one for me. Same thing on needing a basic black purse.
I can’t think of any actual items that I want for the holiday. I try to avoid spending unnecessarily, which means I don’t generally even look at things I might want to buy. Maybe I’ll look for a decorative jewelry hanger I like or something. Or hey, maybe I’ll find something I want in a leaked Black Friday ad. Sigh.
What will you be looking for in Black Friday ads? What do you want for the holidays? (Maybe I’ll be inspired.)