Last week I wrote about my first—and last—Black Friday experience. Little did I know…how much I love my wife. We’ve spent a LOT of time together in the past week since we left on our rockin’ road trip to Utah, and it’s been absolutely amazing to spend that time with her. With her being in her first year as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (that’s Home Economics for all you old farts) and me putting a lot of energy into this baby and other writing gigs in my non-working time, we don’t get to spend much time together.
Today we got to attend two Thanksgiving dinners, which I will try very hard never to do again. The food was just too irresistible (and my sinus infection went away so I could taste it all!), so I just felt like crap most of the day. After the second dinner she told me that Walmart was opening at 6:00 p.m. and there were a bunch of DVDs for $1.96, and she wanted to go. My mom and my sisters hadn’t finished their battle plans so she looked to me and I just couldn’t say no. She was just too excited and I didn’t want to ruin any of the good vibes we’ve got going 🙂
So we headed over to the nearest Walmart and got there right at 6:00 p.m. and, to my surprise, there was no line outside! The odds are in our favor, I thought. Once we got in, we headed straight for the Electronics section, only to find that there were no DVD deals. I asked an associate and was told that all the DVDs were in the produce section. Duh! Isn’t it obvious? I was starting to feel the years of bottled up anti-Black Friday rage well up a little. We had to traverse the maze they had set up for the miles-long cashier lines that were already starting to build, and I was starting to get a little anxious. But we finally made it over there and I was amazed at how many were still available. We ended up buying (don’t judge me) 18 DVDs at an average of $3.70 per DVD.
How can I justify that after all the Black Friday discount haranguing last week? I knew you were going to ask! Really, it boils down to two things:
1. I love my wife mucho grande. She loves movies and is always wanting to buy new DVDs, but when we talk about it (because we always talk about any purchases outside the budget we set together at the beginning of the month), I’m usually a Scrooge about it. She’s getting a pretty sizable bonus next month and what we spent was only a small percentage of it.
2. We are spending some of the money we’ve saved from our trip. My father-in-law graciously offered to use some of his hotel points to book our hotel on the way back to Arkansas this weekend, saving us about $70. When it comes to ending up under budget for some reason or another, I usually defer to saving that money, but I made an executive decision to make an exception to that last night. For me, as long as that’s a “few and far between” exception rather than the rule, there isn’t anything to worry about.
We also scored some new Rubbermaid food containers for about a fourth of what they usually go for. As frugal as I like to think I am, I just can’t help but feel trashy using leftover Cool Whip and sour cream containers. No offense to you who do it. That’s just not my preference. And since we’re actually going to use these every day, basically I’m a champion. And you want to know the best part of it all? We ended up getting in and out in just under an hour. You better believe I felt like a double champion when I walked out of that store. None of this waiting in line for hours garbage like the midnight crowd. It was beautiful.
Will I ever do it again? Maybe. I actually kind of liked the 6:00 p.m. start, and I honestly don’t blame the retailers for doing it, even if it is annoying. But I’m definitely not going to turn it into a tradition.
Did any of you do the Black Friday stuff last night? What was your experience?