Black Friday: Love It or Avoid It?

It can be fun if you're in the right mood, but it's bordering on insanity these days. The day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday" as it's called, it the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. It's the day the stores have fantastic sales and everyone rushes out to see if they can make that lucky, gotta-have grab. I've joined in the fray a time or two. I once even stood in line outside Best Buy - not overnight, mind you, but arriving at 5:15 for a 6 am opening. (I got what I wanted, by the way, and only stood in the checkout line for five minutes.) That is a late start compared to what I'm hearing this year. My mom, who works at a JCPenney, told me she's excited that she has the "night shift" Friday - she doesn't have to go in until 11am. She's opened in past years. This year's opening? 4 am!! What?! Is that really necessary? They're not alone. I heard an ad today that Kohl's is opening at 4 am, too. Seriously? Is it really worth it? OK, I remember how it felt to walk off with my $20 DVD player and to snatch the last set of car ramps at KMart. I read the weekend ads and noticed many stores with sales this week, before Thanksgiving. I considered doing that but then thought, "What if it's cheaper on Friday? Will I kick myself?" Followed by the thought, "But will I really get up at 4am to shop? And, even if I do, I know really determined people will have been in line since Thursday afternoon!" What's your attitude toward Black Friday? Fun or foolish? Practical or practically insane?

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