Ever since I was a small child, I’ve been in training. Not for some sport, and not for some elite career. But rather for Black Friday shopping.
Each year my mom and her best friend would give me a grade, based on my attitude, and my ability to spot great deals and effectively plan our route. By age 16, I had progressed to a solid B+, and by age 20, I finally earned the coveted A+.
The McKellar residence prepares for Black Friday like a runner would prepare for a marathon. The night before, we eat a well-balanced meal and go to bed early. We check the route we’ve planned and note the bathroom stops. We pack breakfast and lunch so we can get out the door fast. We load the car up with a cooler full of Diet Coke and waters and a blanket in case we end up waiting in a long line outside.
I make a point of planning a Black Friday shopping adventure with my mom every year I’m home for Thanksgiving. It’s not only the best time to find great deals on shoes and apparel; it’s a favorite pastime of mine. Nowadays I prefer to do most of my holiday shopping online, to avoid the lines and find the best deals fast. But there’s something about the in-store frenzy. It’s a rush.
Needless to say, I’ve got the scoop on Black Friday. Look over my list of 2014 Black Friday Shoe Deals. Bookmark it and check back regularly, as I’ll update it whenever new ads are leaked. Some of the deals have already started!
What memories or rituals do you have around Black Friday? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Looking for some great deals now? Talk Shoes has done a lovely job of rounding up the best shoe deals this weekend.