So this is something I always avoid -- shopping on Black Friday. Today it seemed particularly hyped by the media, but I am about to take two trips to the East coast and needed a nice winter coat, so I decided to brave the crowds.
I remember one year I actually went to the mall on this Friday and literally could not find a parking space. This year, not so much. I arrived around 9:00 am (no, I did not go out for the first store openings at 4:00 am!). No problem parking, no huge crowds. The mall was busy, but manageable.
Prices definitely were low. I found some very nice shirts at very low prices. My search for a coat took a bit longer, but I ended up with a nice Joseph Abboud wool coat for quite a discount. And I managed to snag a few DVDs for Christmas presents, just $3.99 each at Target. (I do think the end of the DVD era is coming very soon.)
Everyone talks about electronics being the big sale item for Black Friday. I went to a couple of different electronics stores and didn't see much. These days, electronics are so heavily discounted on a regular basis that the discounts I did see just didn't seem very enticing.
So I considered my trip a success. I followed it up with my (now) daily visit to the gym, and I didn't feel so bad when I sat down to some delicious turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce leftovers later in the day.