Shoppers hit the stores across the nation after Thanksgiving, eager for those once-a-year Black Friday deals.
As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. This holds true for Black Friday shoppers like the Colville family
“We did a lot of shopping. We started at 11, went to Kohls,” said Courtney Colville. “Kohls was packed. Did a ton of shopping there, now were just doing the big items.”
Courtney Colville goes shopping every year, with her twin sister Caitlin and dad Patrick. Patrick says this tradition is dear to his heart.
“It’s tradition. We’ve been doing it for 10 to 12 years,” he said. “It started when we needed to get good deals to have Christmas. Now it’s just become a tradition.”
A tradition that calls for a major game plan. Caitlin has a list – and she’s checking twice. She says she starts her prep four weeks in advance.
“About a month before Black Friday, the ads would start blasting out,” she said. “That’s when we start looking at everything.”
If you don’t mind waking up early and standing in line, there are some deals to be had.
“I see a lot more of the stores doing stacking deals,” said Caitlin. “Like Kohls, you spend $100 and then you can use a coupon, then you get kohl’s cash back with rewards. It can get confusing, but once you have it down you have a good deal.”
And the shopping doesn’t stop after Friday. On Saturday, many local retailers will be marking Small Business Saturday, and online retailers will hope to cash in for Cyber Monday.