This year started early Friday morning with Jason and I completely losing our minds (really, it's the only explanation for our actions) and deciding to go to Walmart at 1 AM. The crowds were unbelievable, and we even saw people toting their children around the store with them in the middle of the night. Crowds were forming at the electronics section, where TVs and digital cameras were set to go on sale - at 4 AM! The lines were already forming three hours early! Jason and I grabbed our 50% off designer shower curtain, laughed at the crazy people shopping at 1 AM, and went home feeling smug and self-righteous.
I was up by 9 AM to meet Mom and Kim, and we headed out to the holy land of Black Friday: Holyoke Mall. We had to split up to hit all three stores with deadlines to their sales (curse you, Sears, Macy's, and Penney's!) I waited in line at Macy's with our fabulous sale items and a coupon for $15 off of $25, and had my first rude awakening of the day: my Macy's coupon would not work on my coffee purchase.
"The coupon specifically states that appliances are excluded,
the nasally salesclerk explained.
"Yes, but I'm buying coffee," I said.
"Those are K cups, and they go in an appliance," the lady said slowly and loudly, so you know she thought I was mentally impaired.
"It's COFFEE," I repeated. "I put water in my Keurig too. Does that mean my bottle of Aquafina is excluded from the coupon, too?"
Should have kept my big mouth shut, because she did exclude my bottled water, which brought my purchases down to under $25.
We headed off to tackle the rest of the mall. Best Buy was sold out of the DVD I wanted, Target refused to sell me a iTunes card for the sale price they'd advertised because it was only good on the gift card that looked like a purple snowflake, of which they'd only had five of to begin with and had sold out of 4 minutes after opening their doors. Twelve people elbowed me as I walked around the mall. Two moms with strollers rammed me in the shins, and one man smacked me on the butt and called me "spankybuns" and didn't even apologize when he realized I wasn't his boyfriend.
I hate shopping. I was so mad I almost didn't agree to go to the Waterford Mall on Saturday to get the rest of my items on my shopping list.