Tuesday, November 23, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge- Day 2

So we all survived Day 1. Aly and I had set a small goal of the number of people we hoped would link up for this challenge, let me just say that ya'll surpassed that times 10! You ladies ROCK THE HOUSE! Thank you so much for joining this challenge! I appreciate all you new (and old faithful) followers who are excited to read about me and my little family!

Day 2- Black Friday/General Shopping Tips and Tricks

For all of you people that know me in real life, I am a HUGE bargain shopper. I do NOT purchase an item if it is not on SALE, seriously. I rarely buy things for myself because I'd rather my daughters be decked out than myself (its a total mom thing). One of my biggest shopping tips would be to shop around. If you see something and you think "I've GOT to have that," check a few more places for it first, then move forward with the purchase if you haven't found any luck finding it for a lesser price.

Black Friday= One of my favorite shopping days ever! I know, Its INSANE to be quite honest. The real kicker, I don't ever really even make a list of things I want/need. I just kind of look over the ads, think "Oh that's a great price, I'll grab it if I see it" and then just go with the flow. Its fun to just be out shopping with the girls, and looking at all the crazy shoppers, ha!

I definitely always make sure to dress in layers. Its typically pretty darn cold, and if you have to wait outside at all to get into a store, you're obviously going to need to dress appropriately, but at the same time, wear some layers. I always end up coat less and sweating because its just total chaos. I typically wear my coat, a sweatshirt and long sleeve/short sleeve t-shirt under it. Remember people, you're getting up at the crack of dawn, no need to look your beauty pageant best! I wake up, thrown my hair in a pony tail, or put a hat on, get dressed, brush my teeth and apply a little powder so I don't scare people at least.

This year I'm shopping with a few girlfriends on Black Friday. I'm sure we'll be hitting the stores around 4-ish, and there will DEFINITELY be a trip to Starbucks involved along the way no doubt about it. I'm looking to purchase some more things for the girls, for Gerrad, and the rest of the people on our list who happen to read this blog :-) I'll have to report my findings, with out giving too much away of course!

I promise myself every year that I'm going to get my shopping done early, and every year I fail. I think its just not in the cards for me to be an 'early' shopper. I don't mind waiting until the last minute, but sometimes it stresses Gerrad out when we're rushing around buying 20 gifts at one time, whoops! I've already started my shopping this year, which is a HUGE milestone for me!

I don't really have any major tips/tricks, just little things I've found that work. Cannot wait to hear all about your shopping pointers!


Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our blogs...so let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outside)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?

I hope you all join in!
Days 1 -3 are November 22 - 24
**** NO BLOG CHALLENGE ON Thanksgiving! ****
Day 4 will pick back up on November 26th!!


Haven's Mom said...

We are quite the opposite... I can't even imagine going out into the Black Friday hoopla. But good for you for making it a girlfriend activity. Have fun!! :)

Kelly said...

TOO funny! I love your description about waking up at the crack of dawn, not having to look your best, and to wear layers! You make Black Friday shopping sound like a lot of fun!! I'll keep you posted if we head over to Topeka for our Black Friday shopping. If you're at the mall we will have to meet up :-D Have a great day!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Dressing in layers is brilliant! And I NEVER wear a jacket shopping ... It just gets in the way!!

Wish I could join y'all on Friday!!!

Miss Chelsea said...

I'm with you, I don't really have a list I just roll with it!

April Westerhold said...

It sounds like a fun day with the girlfriends. I'm hit or miss on Black Friday shopping but love that you thought about it enough to tell everyone to dress in layers. What a tip and so true! Happy Shopping!

Summer said...

You are soooo funny, I second the starbucks idea thats a great one....

love ya and I am so tickled ya'lls bloggy challenge is doing so well


Kit said...

I wish I had the patience to be a bargain shopper but I just can not do it :)I am so glad that so many ppl are participating!!!!

Lindsi said...

Even though I'm no Black Friday shopper, I totally agree with you on the bargain shopping. The older I get, the cheaper I become. Haha! ....I'll be up at the same time as you on Friday, in the same cold weather...deer hunting! :)

Ashley said...

I am SO excited!!! I wasn't all too excited about it, but from reading all these blogs and talking to you I think I'm ready! Can't Wait!!

Melissa Jo said...

Starbucks & shopping always go well together!

Caroline said...

Can't wait to hear your Black Friday stories!

Dana said...

Love this challenge by the way!
My husband takes the whole 'shop around" thing to a whole different level! if he wants something he looks everywhere, ads...internet...for weeks until I finally just tell him to "BUY IT!" because he's been driving me insane talking about it for so long :)

Anonymous said...

Great tips! And sometimes you don't really know what you're going to get until you see what the stores have. Helps make for some good finds :)

Kendra said...

Black Friday can be so fun.! Especially if you get something your super excited for.!

Neely said...

4ish..wow yeah I cant do that