Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Black Friday!

It was only a couple of years ago that you would have found me every Black Friday over in the States doing some major shopping....mostly for Christmas gifts, but also for myself.  I'm a big fan of sales/clearances and have often found myself buying things JUST because they were on sale. 

Currently one of my wants is a new down comforter.  I am currently using a striped blue/black/beige comforter passed down originally from my sister to my mother, now to me.  Does it still keep me warm at night? Yes.  Does it go with the decor of my apartment? Yes.  So, it's a want.

There are likely handfuls of comforters on sale at Target, Macys, JC Penney, Walmart, etc. But I know that if I were to go over to the States to buy just a comforter I'd come out with much more.

My old Black Friday habit:
- Hotel room - $80 (one mall 2 hours from my old house opened it's doors at midnight, so I'd need a hotel to crash in at 3am and resume shopping at 8am)
- Gas - $50 (I'd go to 3 cities in Michigan for different malls)
- Shopping - $500 (that's probably a conservative guess)
- Taxes at the border - $70
TOTAL = $700

Wow, I'm glad that I turned around that bad habit!


  1. I gotta say, you were pretty darn organized for a shopaholic. A hotel room? WOW :)

  2. I had a system going:

    8:00pm - Drive to Birch Run, MI
    10:00pm - Check into hotel
    11:30pm - Drive to Birch Run Outlets, try to find a parking spot

    12:01am to 3:00am - Shop at the outlets
    3:00am - 7:00am - Sleep
    7:30am to 3:00pm - Drive to Troy and shop at Sommerset Mall
    Arrive home around 6:00pm.

    I loved every minute of it!

  3. Haha! That was me LAST YEAR! :) I usually go on down on Friday night instead. I find that the deals are almost the same. I don't buy much, usually just some clothes here and there, I just enjoy browsing through the sales = dangerous.

    This year, I'm staying right in CANADA! :)