Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Black Friday Tips

Top Ten {Tuesday}

It gets bigger and bigger every year!   While I COULD be referring to my rear end, I'm talking about Black Friday!

Yes, I am one of those nuts that shop all night after Thanksgiving dinner.  My first year was quite an induction into midnight shopping.  Last year, I went with my friend Becky and we hit up the outlet malls, Kohls, Target, Walmart...and I can't think of where all else we went!  They kind of all ran together.

In all honesty, it's not really about the incredible deals, although there definitely are some, it's more about the experience and spending time with friends.

So I am looking forward to it again this year too, but today I want to share with you my top ten tips for a successful Black Friday experience:

1. Make a list
This is NOT the time to leisurely browse in the stores. You need to have an idea of what you're looking for.

2. Dress in layers
This is especially true if you'll be going in and out of stores. What I found is that it may be cold(or downright freezing!) outside, but most stores had the heat blasting inside. You'll be glad you can peel off those layers!

3. Bring a water bottle
[See above about the heat]

4. Bring snacks
You will no doubt be standing in a long line at some point. That long line could just be waiting to get into the store! Regardless, that turkey dinner will not last as you're hustling and bustling around town. You'll want a little something to snack on.

5. Go with a group
As mentioned before, there are lots of long lines. (And you thought your local amusement park was bad!) Here's a little trick that works well if the lines are extremely long. When you enter the store, have one member in your party immediately go stand in line. Then you can go do your shopping. This will maximize your time. Instead of spending time shopping THEN time waiting in line, you'll be ready to pay once you've done your shopping!

6. Don't take kids
The number of people that had kids with them was disturbing! I can kind of see having a small infant. I mean, they sleep most of the time and wake up every couple of hours. It was the toddlers and older kids that bothered me. One-kids should be in bed at 3 A.M.!!! Two-they're gonna see the gifts you're buying for them! Please, please, please...leave the kids at home!

7. Downsize
If you're like me, you carry a large purse. This is NOT the time you want to be lugging around your giant purse. Take the bare necessities and choose a smaller purse or small back pack. But please, no fanny packs!

8. Bring your patience
This one should go without saying. Not everyone is in it for the pure experience of it and some of those people take it seriously! A little too serious if you ask me. Just don't get too involved in the drama.

9. Do your research
Scope out your circular ads about the stores around you and what times they'll be open. Plan your route so you can maximize your shopping time. Some of the major department stores (Kohls is one I know for sure) offer an online personalized shopping list where you can click and drag your items to a shopping list that you can print off and bring with you. Most of them also have store maps. Handy dandy convenience!

10. Pre plan your Friday.
When you're done with your midnight shopping and are coming home Friday morning, the first thing you want to do is crash. You will kick yourself if you have activities planned or kids to deal with Friday. While the rest of the world has been sleeping, you've been shopping like mad. Plan to do nothing (if you have that luxury) or something very low key that day. Don't plan to put up Christmas decorations...you'll be too tired. Pawn the kids off on grandma and grandpa...you'll
thank yourself. Pre planning will ensure that you'll want to do it again next year!!

...and one extra tip...

11. Stockpile
Pick up super cheap items to use as gifts throughout the year or to giveaway to charities. Our school adopted families through the North Fulton Community Charities organization. I was able to pick up a crockpot for our family for $3! This is a great time to help out others!

What are your Black Friday tips?? I'd love to hear what works (or doesn't work!) for you!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ugh, blah, arghh...

...that's what I feel like when it comes to this here ole blog.

Today's date is November 16 (well, it was when I wrote this).  The date of the post just below this one is November 1.

That's what "ughs" me!! 

Even writing this "I-don't-have-anything-to-blog-about-post" is blah!

I'm pathetic..I know.

This is where a boyfriend, a husband, some kids, or a stellar hobby would come in handy with some material.

So I will draw this captivating post to a close.  I really just wanted to update my blog...for better or worse!

(and I think this definitely borders on WORSE)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Top Ten Christmas Cards

One of the things I hate about being single and not having kids is I don't get to send out photo Christmas cards...

...until a couple of years ago.

Just because I don't have a husband and 2.5 kids doesn't mean my friends and family don't want to know what's going on in my life. [Well, that's what I told myself anyways]

So I used myself and my precious nieces and nephews! Whether people liked it or not, I had so much fun putting it together and I love looking back over the years and seeing how much the kids have changed and grown.

And I've enjoyed getting them every year from Shutterfly. They are so easy to use and I've always been happy with the outcome.


Imagine my delight when Shutterfly offered 50 free cards to bloggers to blog about their Christmas cards.  I was going to use them anyways, so getting 50 of them free...just for bragging about them?! I jumped at the chance!
Not only can you get your Christmas cards from Shutterfly, but you can also go some of your Christmas shopping!  

How about using your favorite pictures to make a wall calendar, gift tags, or invitations to your Christmas party?

Here are the TOP TEN CHRISTMAS CARDS I'm considering for this year:

 Aren't those super cute?  So now RUN, don't walk to your nearest computer and get your Christmas cards from Shutterfly right now!

And while you're at it, help me decide which one I should get!!

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