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    No Black Friday Shopping, anyone else refrain?

    I watched a YouTube video that said the average person spends a bit over $1000 Black Friday through Cyber Monday. I could not believe it.

    Me, I do not need anything and have had no interest in going to a Mall or online shopping.

    Have you been shopping this weekend? If yes, what did you purchase?
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    No shopping here yet, but I do have some fabric in my cart that I will purchase today but certainly no where near 1000.00 and certainly no where near 100.00 either. I hibernate during this time of year, it’s crazy out there!
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    I did some online shopping and got winter undergarments (now called base layers) and then at another site bought 3 spools of thread. That is all. No malls or crazy online shopping sprees.
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    I never shop on Black Friday. In fact, I hardly shop at all. I handcraft some gifts and the rest get money.

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    I didn't this year but often shop this weekend, all online. The only stores I'm interested in actually going to are bookstores and fabric stores. For everything else, it's online.
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    No, but I did a little fabric shopping last weekend.

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    Only online with Amazon for art supplies for granddaughter and Legos for grandson.

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    I've never shopped on Black Friday & it's probably been at least 15 years since I've set foot in a mall. Wow! $1,000 spending. No wonder so many people are up to their eyeballs in credit card debt. That's not for me.

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    I shopped last week before BF. I got the free baby deal with my Accuquilt purchase. Best part is no crying or diapers.
    Not a mall shopper so no crowds for me.

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    We did go out Black Friday shopping as my YA children find the lines and crowds fascinating.......they grew up in a different country btw. All combined no where near 1000. The kids bought maybe $30 in dvd’s and Ugly sweaters for a Christmas party.....14.99 each with Kohl’s cash etc attached. I bought some small appliances like another crockpot an electric knife that are free after rebates, and bras.......in all after rebates, Kohl’s cash, some coupons, we spent $30 there. Dh has picked up some power cords etc he has wanted.....at the most $100. I did the big purchase last week when I picked up an extra sewing machine......a basic Viking for $399. All my attachments fit so my daughter can sew as much as she wants over Christmas holidays, and so can I.

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    My husband and I were out today and noticed that the stores and roads weren't busy at all. I live in a busy area. I have a feeling people are doing a lot more online shopping. I do more and more each year.

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    No shopping for anything. We may go get food and animal stuff tomorrow. No gifts, will give youngest Grandson (17) money and youngest Great Granddaughter money to be added to her new savings account. She got so many baby things to last for years, including toys.
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    Thank you for the replies.

    I do like to go to a Mall at least once during the Christmas season. I like the decorations, watching kids get their photos with Santa and the music. There isn't a Mall in my town, so it is an outing to go.

    Mumto2, I understand the attraction of getting an extra machine that takes the same feet, bobbins etc as your main machine. I have three machines ranging from 30+ years old to bought 3 years ago all of which use the same feet and bobbins. My latest machine is a smaller one that I take to classes and loan to my good friend who cannot afford a new machine right now.

    My first grand baby arrives in March. I will be setting up an Education Savings Plan for him upon arrival. Neither of the parents are academically inclined, so I will take on saving for his future education. In Canada there is a grant that matches up to 20% of what I contribute to a maximum of $500 per year. It is worth my while to try to find $170 per month to contribute.
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    I bought one thing that was already on clearance for 50% off, and then another 25% off for Black Friday. It's always so hard for me to say "no" on Black Friday, with all the quilting sales emails. Every year I have refrained, so this year was a treat. I could easily spend $1000 on quilting stuff with online sales.
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    I bought a few daily specials from Missouri Star and Quilt in a Day sales and a lot of thread from Superior on their sale. I bought a pair everyday shoes, a nice casual knit coat, and a pair of sweat pants all not on sale for me. I'm done with my winter wardrobe until next year. LOL
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    Did have to go out to get my mother a birthday present. Other than that no.

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    I hit Walmart, jcpenny and old navy. Probably spent about $150 for 8 grandkids. The crowds didn’t seem too crazy until I headed back to Walmart at 6:30pm. What a zoo. Made a quick trip there and headed home. Xmas shopping is done ��

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    I probably haven't spent $1000 in 10 years time for gifts. People like that are the ones who probably have maxed out credit cards and are still paying off previous years gifts by the time Christmas rolls around again.

    I don't go to malls, nearest ones would be 150 miles one way, but I did buy some nice yardages of flannel at a local thrift store yesterday, not that I needed more fabric. LOL
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    no shopping for me on BF---I've actually never gone on that day in my life. last week I did take advantage of a pre BF sale with Jackie Kunkels online store and got a Judie Niemeyer pattern for 40% off and some batiks Have more than half my Christmas shopping done as I start usually right after Labor Day to spread the expense some. Still have some folks to shop for, but not feeling too stressed about it.

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    I worked in retail for over 20 years and there isn't any bargain good enough to get me to go out on black Friday, the day after Christmas, or any of the Sats. after Thanksgiving!! Not even the $2.50/yd. truckload "specials" they brought in at the lqs will lure me in. If you watch the ads, almost all of the great "bargains" from this weekend will be on sale again sometime before Christmas. I'm not a Grinch or a scrooge, I just won't fight those crazy crowds for "while quantities last" items.

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    My local LQS had their first Black Friday sale yesterday. It was buy 2 meters, get 1 free. I have three quilt projects lined up for when I finish the quilt I'm currently working on. I have one fabric for 1 and I decided I want to make a disappearing 4 patch in two colours, so I needed a second fabric for that, plus some fireside fleece for the back. Also I picked up a couple of Christmas panels and I want to try a sort of attic window with one so needed some brown for the window frames. All totaled it came to $123.00 and I had 9 meters of fabric.
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    Tothill, Me too. Each Christmas season my husband and I go to the mall, usually just once, for the fun of it. We buy some gifts and then have dinner at a nice restaurant. It's always fun and I do like seeing the decorations and people strolling around.

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    Years ago with small grandkids to buy for, DH would drive me to stores on Black Friday but now they get money so that’s over. Stores that get all the traffic are on other side of town so quiet where we live.

    I did drive to a consignment store in our area as they had 50% off & found 6 cardigan sweaters for DD who says she’s cold at work & needed some. Just 2 other shoppers in there. We’ll go downtown some Saturday for lunch & walk around.

    Someone put it this way: people go out & trample each other for “stuff” on the day after we express thanks for what we have. Go figure !

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    I bought a ticket to a homeschool conference (was planning on attending anyway) and a American History magazine subscription for my son. Nothing outrageous. And I did it all online!

    I looked for other homeschool curriculum sales, but didn't find anything I needed to purchase just yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueZQ from MN View Post
    I worked in retail for over 20 years and there isn't any bargain good enough to get me to go out on black Friday, the day after Christmas, or any of the Sats. after Thanksgiving!! Not even the $2.50/yd. truckload "specials" they brought in at the lqs will lure me in. If you watch the ads, almost all of the great "bargains" from this weekend will be on sale again sometime before Christmas. I'm not a Grinch or a scrooge, I just won't fight those crazy crowds for "while quantities last" items.
    I worked in retail for many years too. Kind-of jaded my opinion about shopping! LOL!
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