Monday, November 14, 2016

Black Friday Is Almost Here


Crowd of shoppers

One of the most exciting events of the year is about to take place next week.  Every year I think about it, plan for it, discuss it with my friends and coworkers, and wait with great anticipation for its arrival.  It’s not the Iron Bowl, it’s not Thanksgiving, it’s BLACK FRIDAY!!! 

There are few things more exciting than buying a flash drive at 6:00 am on Friday morning for pennies on the dollar.  Finding these incredible deals takes planning.  If you’re like me, you head to The Summit on Wednesday evening when the Thanksgiving edition of The Birmingham News first becomes available.  Forget finding one on Thanksgiving Day, it won’t happen.  The anticipation of taking that 10-pound newspaper home to uncover the great deals can only be compared to waiting in line to ride a roller coaster.  You know it will be thrilling and can’t wait for the experience.


The Birmingham News

Although nothing compares to flipping through ad after ad to see which pharmacy has the best prices on Christmas presents, you don’t have to wait that long.  There are a number of great websites which give you a sneak peek at the Black Friday ads.  Not only that, several will allow you to join a mailing list for updates to information on the website.  Some allow you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates along with providing apps for your mobile devices.  With all these tools at your disposal, you can feed the need you have to immerse yourself in the Black Friday experience. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not a morning person, so all the deals you have to camp out for are long gone by the time I make it to the store.  My coworker is dismayed by my reluctance to go early enough to get in line for a wrist band.  This reluctance in no way diminishes my Black Friday experience.  Many retailers allow you to buy the products online; not the wristband products, but other discounted items in the ads.  Not to mention that many retailers have online specials as well.  Finally, we must not forget about the elephant in the room, my dear friend, Amazon.com. 

Check out these websites to get a jump on your Black Friday planning.  I am a librarian, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t also list a number of books for your consideration.  You can read while you’re waiting in traffic, but NOT if you’re driving.  Distracted driving is dangerous.  Happy Shopping!

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