7 Tips to Survive Black Friday

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dsc_0062-02-01Happy Thanksgiving! So I have a huge confession to make: it’s been almost a week since I’ve put on an outfit I can wear outside the house. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that big of a confession, but still, this past week was cah-razy! First of all, on Wednesday, I felt my throat started bothering me a bit. I wasn’t sure if it was from {all} the ice I eat, or if it was the beginnings of a sore throat.

Sadly, it was the beginnings of a sore throat. Thursday I was worse, and by Friday, I was completely sick. I don’t care for medicines that cause me to sleep, so I took Ibuprofen. I didn’t think I would make it through Friday night. The pain was tremendous. The coughing, wheezing, rattling, and sharp pains inside were unbearable. Other unmentionables were happening as well. I couldn’t get up out of the bed or lie down once I made it in. I barely slept. I even text the hubs a “farewell” since he was working that night.

I’m glad I survived, for many reasons, but one is because I love this time of year! September 1st until January 2nd must be the most delightful time ever. The infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte and all the seasonal coffee drinks are in full swing at Starbucks. The chestnut praline latte is another huge favorite.

The time signifies change. If you live in a state with cooler climates, you can see the leaves change, etc. The fall decorations go up, and the temperature is {sometimes} cooler. Then we get to celebrate Thanksgiving and all its yumminess.

After this time comes the Christmas decorations, the Christmas songs, ugly sweater Christmas parties (make sure to come to mine if you were invited), shopping for and wrapping gifts, traveling, and spending oodles of time with family and friends.

Did you notice I didn’t mention ANYTHING about Black Friday? I didn’t haha. I hate Black Friday because of what you lose as opposed to what many people try to gain. I almost went Black Friday shopping once when I was a teenager. The closest I ever came to shopping on that day was about four years ago. We had had dinner at my aunt’s house and everyone left to go shopping. We were curious about the whole process so we drove to Walmart, found cell phones we could use for an upgrade, but when we realized they had run out, we went home. We went to a different Walmart on Friday afternoon and found the same phones. Another time was last year, on Thanksgiving Day, I sat on my sofa, and bought two mini iPads. One was for our son’s Christmas present, and the other was ours (or mine, as Milton likes to say I’ve staked a claim on all the Apple products in our home). Laterrrrrrrr that night, after dinner was over, we went to Walmart and Target.

I seriously have a problem with Black Friday shopping that starts on Thursday. I mean, come on! The stores open earlier and earlier, and it’s so annoying. If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram, you know I am a shopaholic. I mean, every time I shop and I think I’m finished buying {stuff}, I find more things I want. I’m sorry, but not sorry 🙂 I know I didn’t convince you. Milt’s not convinced either haha. One thing about me is I rarely buy anything on an impulse. I’m a deliberate shopper, and Black Friday is simply not my style. The worst thing? The fact that people forgo the entire Thanksgiving family gathering and meal simply to stand in line for consumer purchases, and the stores don’t help the growing problem, but they encourage it. I think it’s time to bring back the holidays.

Now, I know many people are still going to go Black Friday shopping. It’s inevitable, so I have some tips to keep you with your family longer, unstressed, and happy with your purchases.

  1. Make a list of all the people on your Christmas list and what you want to buy them, but be flexible if you don’t get the exact items.
  2. Get the circulars from each store you want to visit, and make a note of what they’re offering and how late you can get those deals.
  3. Make it a family affair. Agree in advance to go with some family members to certain stores so you can divide and conquer.
  4. Shop on Cyber Monday instead. You can still find some amazing deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
  5. Shop during the year, and bypass the Black Friday craziness completely.
  6. Go on Friday! What about if you went Black Friday shopping…on Black Friday? What about if you went to be on Thursday night and then went shopping on Friday? Again, spend the day with your family and make it an outing. While out and about, grab a seasonal drink from Starbucks and be present in the moment. And if you absolutely insist, then proceed to the next tip…
  7. Agree to go at a later time in the evening. Don’t bypass Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy the time with your family, and then, if agreed, go later that night after dinner is over and all the festivities have died down.

For our Black Friday, we haven’t yet decided what we’ll do. We’ll either go to Orlando or Vero Beach and browse the stores or we might go to a farm to cut our own Christmas tree. I know my boys don’t love to window shop, but I honestly just love the Christmas/holiday feeling in the air, the songs, the lights, and all the people. Even going to the mall will be us walking around, grabbing coffee/tea, maybe grabbing lunch or dinner, and then coming home to finish the night with a movie at home. With Milt’s schedule, we probably will need to make getting and decorating the tree the priority on Friday. While we decorate, we play Christmas songs and cook and eat. We have such a great time. Again, one of the reasons I love this time of year. I love that moment when the tree is lit for the first time. It reminds me of being at Rockefeller Center for the tree lighting.

On Friday, I’ll be swapping out the fall decorations for Christmas decorations too. Again, I don’t care to celebrate one holiday until the other one is over.

Shop the look:

If you happen to love my dress as much as I do, go HERE so you can get one. I LOVE it. The material is soft, it can be worn with a scarf the way I did, or with a vest (ahem, a faux fur vest or a faux fur scarf like one I linked above), or by itself. It has pockets!!! That alone makes it a winner, but it was only $26 and you can use code ‘newbie10’ to save an additional 10%. I ordered two dresses, and I’ll share the other one soon. Make haste and go to the site because there are several items on sale and this dress is selling out 🙂 The only slight drawback I can find is that it’s not as opaque as I would prefer, so you’ll need to wear a layering garment. My favorite one is HERE. You can also just wear a black cami and a black slip. Try Ross, Marshall’s, or Nordstrom Rack for those. Even cute skirt extenders would work.

My shoes are the metallic ballet flats I recently purchased but are no longer available, so I linked some similar pairs. The infinity scarf is two years old from Old Navy, but there are options in the slideshow, and one is less than $5, but you can find an infinity scarf anywhere. My bag is called the Felicie from Louis Vuitton, but any bag will work. I wasn’t going to mention it, but people are always asking me about it, so I thought I’d share the information.



P.S. I am currently working on my blog design, but something I’m implementing will be different tabs on the menu for different things. Right now, you’ll find “Current Must-Haves” in the menu. It’s a list of some really fun pieces that are trending right now. They start at under $13! Also, if you head to Instagram, I have two really great giveaways going on right now.

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