• Fri, Nov 15 - 5:00 pm ET

TGI Friday Open Thread: What’s Our Black Friday Game Plan?

74009238So, are we doing Black Friday this year? And by “are we doing Black Friday?” I mean  are we all going to sit online and have a giant open thread where we can talk about what we are buying online without leaving the house and also – drinking?

I have NO interest in going out at two in the morning to buy anything, and so many places have Black Friday deals online now so I would rather sit around in my PJs and eat leftovers and see what sort of bargains I can score on the internets.

I haven’t even checked to see who is selling what this year and what the best bargains will be! I haven’t even purchased my French Fried Onions in advance yet!

And I have no idea what I am buying anyone yet either, so I should probably start thinking about that. But I’m sure my older kids will want video games and my daughter will probably want some sort of happy sparkle princess.

What are you all going to be shopping for? Maybe we can all add links and report back and what sorts of bargains we scored on Black Friday. Are you into this, or would you rather just talk about sex, you filthy little minxes.

So tell me, Black Friday open thread? Also, what are you doing this weekend? Also, who is drunk?

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  • CMJ

    I’m reading all weekend because my husband will have commandeered the TV with his PS4.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      How does he like it?

  • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

    My Black Friday plans include leftover turkey. And maybe some leftover stuffing. And maybe some leftover pie.

    • CMJ

      mine include all the food at my parent’s house.

  • NicknamesAreDull

    My husband is getting home on the day before Thanksgiving. So, we’re surprising my daughter by taking her to LegoLand! After that (and after she goes to bed), we’re going to have a nice at home movie night. I’m so excited.

  • keelhaulrose

    My husband is working at 4 in the morning. My plan is to outsleep him. The kids best comply.

  • LiteBrite

    I’m hoping my MIL offers to take our son for a sleepover Thanksgiving night. That means my Black Friday would involve sleeping in, putting up Xmas decor, and eating leftover stuffing. If she doesn’t, then sleeping in is out. Everything else still applies.

    As for this weekend, we’re going out to dinner with about 20 of our friends. Sunday I’m attending the baptism of my niece. DH and I were asked to be her godparents. We’re still not sure why.

    I’m not drunk, but I will be in a couple of hours.

  • pineapplegrasss

    Black Friday :) I get paid to stay home this year. My first paid day after TurkeyDay off EVER. And, I have no idea what I’m going to do. I might go to Kohl’s at the night before bc you can get 50% off all toys. I’m so lame. I like the idea of sitting home and getting redrunk in front of the computer. I really do hate shopping. So, maybe we can just talk about sex.

  • Rachel Sea

    I’m working on Black Friday, (not in retail thank goodness, more power to all of you who can stand it). I manage an absinthe bar at a holiday fair, so it will be all about the mythbusting and the booze for me.

    My wife is getting a trip to Disneyland for Christmas, and pretty much everyone else is either getting something handmade, or from Amazon, and everything I’m going to buy is sitting in my shopping cart, waiting to be purchased. I will miss sales, but I will not miss, what is to me, the hassle of buying by the clock.

    I would love to support my local retailers, but where I live almost every store is a big bad chain, or some incredibly overpriced boutique, and yes, while I would like to buy my mom a lovely handwoven wrap, I cannot afford a piece of fabric that is $200 a yard.

    • Justme

      Absinthe…reminds me of one wonderfully ridiculous night I spent in Berlin, partying my ass off in an old Soviet-era building with a beautiful young man.

  • elle

    First year not working retail in 5 years so my black friday plans include staying home and going to see Catching Fire. I am so excited to not have to work I can’t even handle it!

  • Annona

    I’m working on the drunk part, while I cook supper, but I have to get up super early tomorrow so I’m probably just screwing myself over.

    I don’t do Black Friday, don’t leave the house and don’t shop online. I’ll be sitting around at my folks’ house Black Friday with the family, and I suspect we’ll all be pretty intoxicated. I’ll do my shopping this year like I do it every year, online and at the last possible minute to still get it here on time. The hubby and I always say we’re not getting each other anything or just getting something small, but then he always gets me something awesome and I feel like crap for the lame gift I got for him, so this year I’m going to launch a pre-emptive strike and get him something really good (this will be the year he gets me socks). Still waiting on my siblings to tell me what their kids want, we draw names for each other and all go in on mom and dad, and we always tell them not to get any of us anything but they always get us gift cards for Target anyway.

  • whiteroses

    I’m probably working. Retail SUCKS.

    So I think the main thing at this point is to just pray the day ends quickly.

    There are no bargains. Only blisters.

  • Alicia Kiner

    to find the deals check out http://www.theblackfriday.com I’m hoping they’ll be putting up cyber Monday deals as well, because I will not be going out on Black Friday this year. First, I’m having surgery and won’t be up to it I’m told. Second, I refuse to go out that early on Thanksgiving to get the deals.

  • freemane

    In the past black friday has meant getting up insanely early to get the café ready for hordes of sleep deprived shoppers (thank god, I’m not running a coffee shop any longer) but this year I’ll be getting up bright and early for my two-for-one c-section! Hooray twins!

    • Alicia Kiner

      WooHOO!! Now that’s an excellent reason to be up bright and early!!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      That is awesome! Congratulations!!!!

    • Amber Starr

      AWESOME! Congrats to you and your family!

    • Aimee Beff

      Heyyy, hospital-time amiga! I’m going in for my twin C-section on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! (My doctor actually said, “How exciting, you’ll get to eat turkey in the hospital with your babies!” …. yayyyy? OK, yes, the babies are very exciting but the hospital turkey is probably not.)

    • Emil

      congrats in advance to you too! very exciting!

  • Cee

    Crying while I read my students’ goodbye letters and filling the void with leftovers

    • EmmaFromÉire

      That’s adorable :) Teacher’s get such lovely cards (and some serious swag, my cousin gets enough bottles of wine at christmas and the end of the year to start a fairly serious drinking problem!)

  • G.E. Phillips

    I will be making my famous turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and cole slaw on soft wheat bread sandwiches and probably buying copious amounts of super hero shit online.

  • Evelyn

    We don’t get black Friday here, so no being crushed in a sale frenzied mob but no cheep goodies pre-Christmas that would be suitable as presents. We used to get a similar (yet watered down) version after new year for the January sales but shops have been sneaking ahead of each other on that one so that the sales can start in December but not on the same day in every shop.

    We also miss out on the big feast that is Thanksgiving. Our nearest equivalent is harvest festival but there is no big meal, only church services and donating boxes of food to schools and churches to give to those who need it more (often old dears with only state pensions I believe). Thanksgiving sounds gloriously decadent and hedonistic while our harvest festival is disappointingly worthy. There are no special foods or family gatherings, just clearing out the cupboards of those packets of cupa soups and tinned fruit that seemed a good idea at some point in the supermarket but now just gather dust because they are collecting food at school tomorrow and yet again you forgot to buy something actually nice for the kids to take in.

  • DeanaCal

    Will be drunk in one hour. Work is done in 15 minutes, that gives me 45 minutes to drive home with a stop on the way for irish cream. Foo foo drink for meeeeeeee!

    I will actually be having Thanksgiving for Black Friday. This year is my ex’s turn to have my kiddo for Thanksgiving, so we’re just doing ours on Friday instead. We’re pretty flexible with the calendar at my house.

  • Natasha

    I wanna cocktail Black Friday up :/ is that still frowned upon with a bun in the oven?!
    Yeah, I’ll be home (well, we’ll be at the grandparents) Have wrangled the grandparents into babysitting and hubs & I may got to dinner whaaaat.
    I don’t shop Black Friday-I wait for cyber Monday :) I’m more of a last minute girl anyways.

  • Tea

    It’s spouse-guy’s first year since he was 16 (He’s 27) that he hasn’t had to get up at 1 am to go work retail by 3. We’re going to have the best sleep ever.

    • Emil

      hmm… he might have earned breakfast in bed

  • Andrea

    Leftovers and sleeping my ASS OFF. I am cooking/hosting Thanksgiving, so next day I will DO NOTHING.
    I have boycotted the black friday crazyness ever since I was forced to work it, even though I worked in the corporate office of a department store as a financial analyst. I find the whole thing pretty disgusting.

  • LadyClodia

    I have nothing to mix my booze with, so I am sadly not drunk. My husband did just agree to go buy me some wine after we’re finished watching last night’s Daily Show, so yay!
    Black Friday will be like pretty much every other day for me since my husband has to work, and there is no way I’m carting the boys to any stores. I will be shopping online, but that’s also pretty typical. My husband wants to buy a new TV for the playroom because he says that our 40″ is not big enough, but that’s on him.
    This Sunday there’s a Dino Day at the Carnegie Natural History Museum, so we’re going to take the boys to that. I finally have the boot off of my left foot, so it’s a lot easier to get around with just the brace on.

  • Ashley Feit

    I hate going out on Black Friday, people are jerks and no deal is worth dealing with a sea of bargain-hunting bitches. “Merry Christmas, Billy, I hope you like your new pajamas, I elbowed an old lady to get the last pair for $4, SO worth it!”. I plan on hanging out with family (we are hosting), gorging myself on leftovers and maybe catch a movie. I may scope out some online deals, we’ll see. This weekend I will be working on serious deep cleaning throughout the house as we have family coming to town starting next Saturday (fun times!) . . . I am looking forward to a super clean house!

  • Amber Starr

    Black Friday is 6 days from my due date, so, if I haven’t had Baby Princess MonsterTruck yet, I’ll be laying on my big ol’ butt eating ALL THE LEFTOVERS!

    • LadyClodia

      I remember having a heavily pregnant Thanksgiving/Black Friday 5 years ago. We lived pretty far away from family, and I wasn’t comfortable traveling, so we ended up eating at a restaurant for Thanksgiving. I don’t remember doing anything on Black Friday. My big boy will be 5 Dec. 4th.
      Good luck to you this year!

    • Amber Starr

      Aw, thank you! And happy ALMOST birthday to your little guy :)

    • LadyClodia

      Thanks! :)

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      You know, if you were a serious Black Friday shopper, you’d have the best “clear the way” excuse ever going on. I *think* even those shoppers would move for the very pregnant lady (but I could well be wrong). Good luck to you!

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    I have never Black Friday-ed. Am I the only one? That just seems like too much effort to me. I get exhausted enough as it is shopping anytime near the holiday season, and I’m not a fan of crowds. They make my husband and me cranky and pissy and soon we turn on each other and start bickering and losing patience with our children too easily. Screw it. We sleep late.

    • Sara610

      I usually don’t. Last year I bought a new cell phone in a Black Friday sale, but only because I genuinely, legitimately needed to replace my phone, it was the one I was planning on getting anyway, and it was a really good deal. Also, I ordered it online. :)

      I don’t like Black Friday myself, but I try not to be too judgmental on people who do it for fun. I understand that for some, it has its own sort of festivity and it can be a bonding experience. I’m not going to knock that. What I have a problem with is when the greed and blind consumerism override people’s basic sense of decency. A few years ago, there was a story in the news about a woman who passed out unconscious while waiting in line for Best Buy (I think) to open up. No one in the line got out of line to help her because they didn’t want to lose their place. Some appeased their consciences by throwing candy bars at her, though. *eye roll*

  • Edify

    Uh… I vote sex talk. Unless someone wants to let me use them as an international drop box. Your prices are cheaper but so many places don’t do international shipping.

  • DatNanny

    My mom informed me I’m going Black Friday shopping with her, and that my boyfriend has to come as ‘security’.

    But it likely won’t happen. She wants to find a computer for my dad, but will probably find an online deal. We’ve never done black friday; really, I hate the whole concept. I love a deal, but not when it involves people getting trampled.

  • Kelly

    If everything goes well, I’ll still be drunk on black Friday.