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I Refuse To Shop The Black Friday Sales (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/19/2012 4:47 pm

I have a friend who, along with her mother, gets up every Black Friday at an unreasonable hour (in my opinion, at least) to hit the stores in search of deals. By 10AM the two women are done with their holiday shopping and can sit back and laugh at the rest of us as we scramble to fill our loved ones' stockings and pile gifts under the tree.

My mother and I are the polar opposites of the aforementioned sale-hunting ladies. We prefer to shop online or from catalogues in the peace and quiet of our own homes. There, we luxuriate in entering our credit card numbers without hordes of impatient shoppers waiting in line, and we never have to wonder if our purchases will fit into our cars. That is a problem for our friendly UPS delivery man.

Part of the reason that I avoid shopping big sales is the proximity to other frenzied shoppers. The mad rush, pushing and shoving is not something I'm willing to endure for a gift bag that is free with purchase. Moreover, I know that if I subject myself to a department store, I will most likely fall prey to those marketing geniuses and end up buying a little something for myself in addition to gifts for my family. By shopping online I remain focused on the carefully-curated gift list that my family has taken pains to create. I can usually bang out my shopping in a few hours and I am sure to stick to my budget and avoid temptation.

So this Thanksgiving as I work to research Black Friday sales for our readers, I feel reaffirmed in my decision to stimulate the economy from my own couch. I applaud those of you who will bravely enter the night in the hopes of scoring a flat-screen TV at a steep discount, but alas, I resign myself to missing out on those deals in exchange for a hassle-free shopping experience.

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  • Aeropostale

    The Details: One day only Friday 11/23 What You Get: 60% Everything excluding fragrances and beauty Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Amazon

    The Details: Deals starting now. Subscribe to get their daily deals emails. What You Get: Kenneth Kole men's Herringbone jacket for $89 and Anne Klein women's 2-pack of socks for $20 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Bath & Body Works

    The Details: Starting 11/19 fans can log on to Bath & Body Works' Black Friday Facebook page and peruse holiday promotions. What You Get: A giveaway of 30 $100-value VIP bags leading up to Black Friday. The bags will also be available at Bath & Body Works locations after Thanksgiving for $20 with any $40 in-store purchase Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Burlington Coat Factory

    The Details: Friday 11/23 6AM-10PM, 11/24, and 11/25 What You Get: Ladies boots for $24.99, sweaters for $12.99, and suits for $29.99 Shop Online <a href="" target="_hplink">HERE</a>

  • Express

    The Details: Pre-Black Friday sale starts Wednesday 11/14 until 11/20 online. Cyber Monday online on 11/26 only. What You Get: $30 off your $75 purchase, $50 off your $150 purchase, $90 off your $250 purchase. On Cyber Monday 40% off every single item plus free shipping. Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • H&M

    The Details: Pre-Black Friday deals starting 11/19 through 11/21. And more deals on Friday 11/23 starting at 12PM. What You Get: Before Black Friday deals starting at $7 and on 11/23 clothing items for $5! Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • JCPenney

    The Details: Starts in store on Friday 11/23 from 6AM-11PM What You Get: Women’s boots, over 50 styles $25, Liz Claiborne and Nicole Miller purses $15 to $20, and select Women's coats $40 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Kmart

    The Details: Starts online on Thursday 11/22 at 5AM until 1PM Friday and in-store on Thursday 11/22 at 6AM until 4PM Thursday. Then in-store again 11/22 8PM until 3AM and Friday 5AM until 11AM. What You Get: Up to 80% off all fine jewelry, hooded henleys for $5, puffer jackets for $15, and up to 50% off womens and plus size apparel. Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Kohl's

    The Details: In-store starting at 12PM on Thursday 11/22 until 12PM Friday 11/23. And again on Saturday 11/24 6AM until 12PM What You Get: 60-70% off women's outerwear, women's sweater for $9.99, and 50-60% all cold weather and fashion accessories Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Land's End

    The Details: Begins 11/21 at 5AM until 11/26 What You Get: Fleece half zips for $15, down vests for $25 and moc turtlenecks for $8 Shop Online <a href="" target="_hplink">HERE</a>

  • Loehmann's

    The Details: 25% off purchases online now, select stores will be open at 12PM 12/22, all will be open at 6AM 11/23 What You Get: 40% off the entire store until 10AM Shop Online <a href="" target="_hplink">HERE</a>

  • MAC Cosmetics

    The Details: Friday 11/23 both online and at the MAC Times Square location What You Get: A dark silvery-y lipstick and nail polish duo only available on Black Friday & from 12PM to 4AM at MAC Cosmetics Macy's counters MAC will be previewing its new Taste Temptation collection. Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Macy's

    The Details: Shop online Thursday 11/22 - Saturday 11/24 OR In store starting 1PM Friday 11/23 What You Get: 25-50% off women's sportswear, more than half off women's coats, and 40% off handbags Shop Online <a href="'s%20deals">HERE</a>

  • New York & Company

    The Details: The Black Friday Coupon Book has deals starting 11/19, 50% to 70% off everything starts Wednesday 11/21, and Black Friday doorbusters start from Thanksgiving Day until 2:00 pm on Black Friday. What You Get: Peacoats for $39.99, V-Neck Sweaters for $14.99 and Velour Jackets and Pants for $14.99 Shop Online <a href="" target="_hplink">HERE</a>

  • Old Navy

    The Details: Doors open in-store on Friday 11/23 at 12PM and sales continue on Saturday 11/24 What You Get: Fleece half-zips for the family for $15, jeans $15, and women's boots $12 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Sears

    The Details: Starts 8PM Thursday 11/22 all night and Friday 11/23 at 4AM. Some selected sales start as early as 11/21. What You Get: 60% handbags and slippers, $19.99 for women's boots, and 75% off and an extra 20% on selected jewelry. Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Target

    The Details: Sale starts Thursday 11/22 at 9AM and ends Saturday 11/24 What You Get: Women's tops and jackets for as low as $10, sweaters for $15, and Furgora bérets and infinity scarves for $8 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Tommy Hilfiger

    The Details: In-store Friday 11/23 What You Get: 40% off the entire store plus 25% off purchase of $200 or more before 10AM Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Ulta

    The Details: Friday 11/23 and Saturday 11/24 in-store and online What You Get: ULTA Artist Palettes for $16.99, ULTA Holiday Bath Set for $7.99 and Smashbox Studio Steal Brush Collection for $19 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Victoria's Secret

    The Details: In-store Friday 11/23 What You Get: A free limited edition tote goes to shoppers that spend at least $65. The bag is filled with "Beauty Must-Haves." (Last year the bag from Victoria's Secret had a $70 value) Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

  • Walmart

    The Details: Starting Thanksgiving Day 11/22 at 8PM in store What You Get: 1/4 Carat Diamond Hoop Earrings in Sterling Silver for $38, Casio G-Shock watches for $47, and Danskin pullovers for $6 Shop Online <a href="">HERE</a>

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