This year we shopped in Ann Arbor since we spent the night at my parents. My sister, Meagan, joined us. We didn't have much to buy on our list, but we were successful in finding great deals on everything we needed to.
I know a lot of you out there are weary of Black Friday, but just take our advice for future years and you'll do fine.
1. If you're in a department store and find a check-out line thirty customers deep, seek out the men's suit section. You'll find an old man there wearing pin stripes and possibly named George. He'll take care of you.
2. No deal is ever worth messing with Kohl's. If you don't believe me and you go there anyway, don't say I didn't warn you. My favorite sales are usually at Target, Meijer, and Macy's.
3. Bring a husband. He's very good at carrying items and holding your spot in line. If he refuses, just remember, McDonald's McGriddles are a powerful motivator. If he still refuses, promise him you'll take him to the Apple store. He'll have visions of iPod shuffles dancing in his head.
I recently read a blog that critiqued Black Friday - commenting on the Chinese factory products ending up in American landfills. Yes I can agree that a lot of Christmas gifts are superfluous and may never be appreciated, used or even needed. But I really try to do my best to buy quality items that my friends and family can appreciate. At the end of the day, all that matters is that I had a good time. Isn't that the point?