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I am excited to partner with Sears on this sponsored post because it is just in time for Black Friday!

A woman carrying shopping bags with text in front of her.
Last week, I heard on the news that there were two people in line for a Black Friday deal since HALLOWEEN!

I couldn’t believe it, honestly!  I know that Black Friday shopping can be an emotional roller coaster ride—from the struggle that is waking up at 4 in the morning to wait in lines before you’ve had your usual cup of coffee to the elation you feel when scoring the last remaining 40” TV at 50% off, but waiting for a whole month?!

Wow!  That’s determination, I suppose.

Here are the stages to black Friday shopping..

1. Am I Still Asleep? I Think I’m Still Asleep.

What’s going on? Why is it dark out? Where am I? A pumpkin pie-and-tryptophan hangover coupled with a 4 a.m. wake-up call can do a number on the psyche. You gaze at your pillow longingly … lovingly. But this is no time for weakness! Pull yourself out of bed, make a beeline for the coffee maker, and make haste. To the mall!

2. I’ve Got A Plan, And I’m Sticking To It

Just like Santa Claus, you’ve prepared your list and checked it twice. You have your plan, and it’s rock solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get, how much you’re going to spend, and you’ve even mapped out stores for the fastest routes. This is how it’s going to work: You’re going to get in and get out, and then have the Best. Nap. Ever.

3. I Am … Mildly Frustrated
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You’ve arrived at the mall and it’s so packed with minivans that you must drive into a parallel universe to find a parking space. You keep your cool and welcome the opportunity for a brisk march toward our reality, the reality that is Black Friday.

4. Christmas Is In The Air, Christmas is Everywheeeeeere!

You finally get into the mall and you remember what this is all about. Christmas carols. Ornaments. The smell of evergreen pine needles. PRESENTS! You are feeling so holly-jolly.   You can see the rest of these hilarious little stages right here: 15 Emotional Stages of A Black Friday Shopping Trip
 As for me, I prefer to do my shopping a little differently…

Lets take Sears, for instance:
1- Get everything you need.
2- Opens at 6:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day with over 1,000 doorbuster deals and they don’t stop until 1:00 pm the next day!  So many great deals- check them out online here:

I looked through this already and found my top three items that I just added to my Christmas list:
1). FOR OUR HOUSE:  55 percent off Kenmore 3.9 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer
2). FOR THE PLAYROOM: Save $100 on the RCA 40” Class 1080p HDTV  and
3). FOR MY HUSBAND: save $50, plus a Free Craftsman® drill when you purchase the Craftsman® Home Series 3-Drawer Project Center

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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