Hey, whatcha doing this Friday? Waking up at wee hours, perhaps, to get great rip offs? Last year at around this time, I have articulated my best Black Friday tip here. Basically, I don't do Black Fridays. There is something about that good ol' saying that says "Best fish swim upstream" that appeals to me especially on this day.
This year, my belief was further confirmed by this article which talks about some Black Friday myths. With all the buzzz in the media around this day, it is hard not to feel pressured into checking out whats out there. Everyone seems convinced that if they don't go they will miss out on something major. Ahhhh, the power of crowds!
But hey, I know of a place where the power of crowds works for good! If you haven't yet discovered Groupon, you might be missing out on some REAL deals. Kid you not! This year, I've used a Groupon to get an awesome deal for a pumpkin patch and have another Groupon waiting for us to use at the Aviation Museum. I have been tempted to buy more than twice, but in the interest of trying to be good was able to resist the temptation just fine! The savings here are real with no strings attached. They have various deals on spas, restaurants, museums, various stores and many other places. The deals are all local as you give them your zip code and they customize the deals for you. Right now, they are having a Groupon for Nordstrom Rack. $25 gets you $50 to spend at any Nordsrom Rack in the United States by December 31, 2010. So, if you like this place and plan to shop there for the things you or someone you know NEEDs, click on the link above and sign up! Note that the deals usually expire within 24-72 hours. So go do it now! Or not :)