The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 11:40 pm

Deals found, but not on Black Friday

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

I missed it.

For the first time probably in 30 years, I didn't venture to the local mall or shopping center retailers on Black Friday.

This year I'll buy fewer gifts, largely because my youngest niece and nephew are getting older, which means fewer presents and more cash for them. But COVID-19 also played a role in my decision - as it did for many others. 

So my Black Friday entailed working remotely from home and heading to the YMCA and a local smoothie and juice bar - the latter two intended to help compensate for Thanksgiving Day indulgences, which included homemade German chocolate cake.

I started shopping earlier this year, purchasing around the first week of November two coats for toddlers from Burlington Coat Factory and a few other gifts from various stores to contribute to a Christmas adopt-a-family program our newspaper company participates in. 

I did hit the stores the Sunday after Thanksgiving for more shopping - motivated largely by a $10 off of $30 birthday coupon from Macy's set to expire the end of November and mild, sunny weather. I left home in a sweatshirt and light jacket and quickly realized after picking up a gift card from Massage Envy that I could shed the jacket.

Next stop: Glenbrook Square.

Macy's and J.C. Penney had plenty of shoppers, but the stores weren't packed, and I was thankful for that. I also went to Starbucks for a gift card and found half a dozen people already in a snaking but socially distanced line. Not far from the mall, I found a longer checkout line at Jo-Ann Fabric: nearly 10 people in front of me. I stopped there to look for assorted florals to give a new look to an old Christmas wreath.

While I missed in-store shopping on the big day - Black Friday - I don't feel I missed out on really good sales. Lots of items were marked at least 50% off. Plus, I'm a coupon queen, so along with the $10 one from Macy's I would use to purchase clothing gifts for a friend's first grandson, I had a J.C. Penney coupon for 35% off - even on sale prices.

On Sunday, I spent just $29.15, tax included, on infant clothing that would have cost $95.23 with tax. I call that winning.

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