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  • Why I Shop on Black Friday

    Why I Shop on Black Friday | Chief Family Officer

    I first started shopping on Black Friday because my dad needed a new overcoat. This was B.K. – Before Kids – and my parents and I headed to Macy’s at 7 a.m. We found the store was relatively empty and the sale prices were great . . . we were hooked.

    The tradition of shopping at department stores on Black Friday continued for a few years, but it died out once the kids were born, and if I did any Black Friday shopping, it was from the comfort of my desk.

    Fast forward to a couple of years ago, when one of my girlfriends suggested a middle-of-the-night post-Thanksgiving dinner Black Friday trip to the outlet stores. To be honest, I thought she was insane – who goes outlet shopping at 2 a.m.?!

    As it turns, we do! There have been four of us the last couple of years, and there will be at least three of us this year, maybe more. Each year, I tell myself it’s ridiculously crazy to leave the house after midnight and I think about not going, but then I go and I have a fantastic time. Mostly because I’m with some women I like very much, who are funny and fun – we talk up a storm, and find great deals for ourselves and each other.

    And yes, the deals really are great – an extra 70% off at Kate Spade, an extra 20% off at Nike and Under Armour, 60% off at Tory Burch (not that I’ve actually bought anything there – even at 60% off, their stuff is pricey!).

    I understand why some people are upset about the consumerism of Black Friday, and that some people hate that their loved ones work on Thanksgiving (though one year when I was at CVS, the cashier said she was happy to be working at time-and-a-half pay).

    Personally, I wouldn’t brave the crowds or stand in long lines alone. But I’ll do anything with my girlfriends . . . and that’s why I’ll be out there again this year!

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    Thanksgiving Reader Appreciation Giveaway: Mystery Box of Goodies

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    Morning Coffee: Hot deals on books, holiday cards, Kindle Fire, Jawbone & More!

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    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    ~ Amazon: Get 30% off a book with code HOLIDAY30 {max discount $10; applies to physical books, not Kindle versions; exp 11/30}

    ~ Get 50 custom holiday cards for just $9.99 with code 48038 {that is a FANTASTIC price, as I just paid $15 at Costco for 50 cards and that’s usually the lowest price I can find – wish I’d waited!}

    ~ For a limited time at Amazon: 8GB Kindle Fire for just $34.99 {$49.99 value; 4.2 stars in 15,829 reviews}

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    Best of Rite Aid Deals: Nov 26 – 28, 2015

    Here are the best Thanksgiving weekend deals coming up at Rite Aid. You can learn about playing The Drugstore Game here, and how to make the most of your Rite Aid shopping here.

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    Best Walgreens Deals: Nov 26 – 28, 2015

    Here are the best deals this Thanksgiving weekend at Walgreens. You can learn about playing The Drugstore Game here, and how to make the most of your Walgreens shopping here.

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