11:25pm - Eagerly wake up before alarm; start getting dressed and high-five a
11:45pm - Wake up Sis.
12:04am - Head out door with shopping plan in place. Coupons have been cut; deals have been circled; and caffeine has been ingested.
12:15apm - Pull into Walmart parking lot and wonder why cars are leaving. See line of people at Walmart entrance and wonder why doors aren't yet open. Head out to investigate, only to find out that huh, Walmart doesn't open at midnight, AS THEIR FLIER INDICATED. Say lots of swear words about Walmart.
12:20am - Sit in car with Sis and ponder going back to bed until the 3-4am openings, but then realize that no, THAT WOULD BE QUITTING. Vow to trudge onward.
12:40am - Head to shopping plaza, where only store open is Old Navy. Realize that line snakes all the way through store, but figure it doesn't matter, because Kohls doesn't open until 3am, so there is plenty o' time to kill.
2:30am - FINALLY reach checkout, after waiting in line for ONE AND A HALF HOURS. Sweating. But manage to snag a $50 winter coat for Eldest for $13! (Among other things, that is. Please don't think I waited all that time for just one item. Hellz no.) Chug a 5-hr energy drink.
2:40am - Meet up with friends who are already in line at Kohls. In the rain.
3:40am - Manage to get in and out of Kohls in 40 minutes. Suh-weet! Receipt shows savings of $137. Feel mildly satisfied.
3:45am - Stand in line outside Target for 4am opening. In the rain.
4:00am - Rush into Target to electronics department to stand in line for iPods (I was buying 3 shuffles; Sis was buying 3 nanos). Take turns standing in line while other person shopped.
4:50am - Hit wall. Want to slink to floor and go nighty-night. Continue WAITING IN LINE.
5:10am - Still waiting...
5:47am - STILL IN EM-EFFING LINE.
6:00am- Reach checkout after 2 HOURS. Want to cry from exhaustion.
7:00am - Home sweet zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
So my Sis and I shopped for 7 hours, approximately 4 hours of which were spent waiting in line.
Between the 2 of us, we did manage to save about $500.
And I'm quite confident that all the items I purchased were at the lowest price I could possibly get.
And part of doing it is for the sheer festivity. The atmosphere of Black Friday. The people-watching. The scoping out what other people are buying. The adrenaline. The tradition of Black Friday shopping.
I wouldn't have it any other way.