By Jess Contributor
I hate crowds. I don’t think I’ve ever hit a Black Friday sale, ever. *Gasp! The horror!*
My mom just wasn’t into that stuff and despite the shopping genes I’ve inherited and the family members who hit up midnight sales on Black Friday like it’s their job, I just don’t do it.
I’m sure the sales are great. But on the items that are really that great, they’ll probably only have one or two and those will be gone. I saw something on the news that said that actually most stuff ends up cheaper throughout the holiday season. Who knows.
Did you hear about that nut that’s been camping out at a Best Buy since last Monday? What a freak. How does he plan to hit all the sections to score these valuables? Does he think everyone behind him in the mob will wait patiently till he gets everything he was shopping for? (Can you tell I find this absolutely absurd? Did this dude just take 2 weeks off work? wtf???)
Anyway, back to Black Friday and this working mama. Basically, I don’t do it. I value my sleep. And I try to start my Christmas shopping early. How you ask do I do that with a 5 year old that’s always inquiring about the things I have in my shopping cart?
I am a huge Amazon addict. Huge. I buy everything on there all year long. Especially diapers. If I can do it without having to go to a store, get free shipping and don’t have to pay tax? That’s a huge win.
I usually get on Amazon at least a few times a week scoping out the toy section for stuff my cousins/nieces/nephews would like. Since we go home for Christmas, I have stuff shipped directly to my dad’s house so I don’t have to take it there.
I also ask family members for sizes, characters, and toys of interest. I write it down in my notebook and consult when I’m out shopping if I see a good deal. I make a list of kids and when I find something, I write what I bought and cross them off.
Seriously, I have so many kids to buy for that if I don’t do this, I’d go broke and probably forget someone.
But if price was no object and I had a day of shopping to myself… I’d go here:
I’d wear this:
Photo Credit: polyvore.com
and I’d also hit these stores: Target, Dillard’s, Nordstrom’s, Academy. (random selection, I know)
A girl can dream right?
So how do you do Black Friday/Holiday shopping as a working mom?