Black Friday Strategy: Kohl’s

Over the next few weeks I will start prepping for my favorite shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Every year several friends and I brave the crowds and madness, and come out very successful. I plan to spend several posts discussing strategies, sites to visit, and links to early ads.

The first store in this series is Kohl’s. This is a great place to get clothes, household items, and gifts. This is not where I would recommend if you wanted the latest in high tech gadgetry or toy mecca, but for your basic gift giving this is a great place. That being said, navigating Kohl’s on Black Friday can make you want to never return, unless you know a few tricks of the trade.

Kohl’s traditionally has about 5-8 registers in the front of the store, and a line leading around the store by the time you have found all your items. It can be very frustrating when you are stuck in line, and your are thinking about the deals you are missing out yon in other stores. Getting in and out quickly is key.

Okay, here is the big tip: If you will go to the jewelry counter, where they are having unbelievable sales, and pick up a really cheap pair of gold earrings (last year I got Regan a pair for $6.00) then they will check out the rest of your items at the same time. Everyone in my party was able to get in and out of Kohl’s in under a 1/2 hour, and on to the next store.

I have also heard (but not tested) a strategy to purchase something from Kohls two days before (and also case it out for best strategies) then head straight back to returns and have them check you out at the same time. If you have tips for Black Friday Shopping at Kohl’s leave them here in the comments for everyone to learn from, Thanks!

Today I am Experiencing Photo Envy

Hmmmmm….It has been one week since my girls started school this year, and I have to admit I am slightly bitter. Why? You might ask. Well for the first time ever they both refused to pose for me on the first day of school for an official picture. At the time we were in a rush to get going and I didn’t push the issue. Believe me on that morning there was already enough drama going down without me trying to push that battle through. For instance Regan was unhappy with the breakfast choices, and proceeded to pout because I wouldn’t let her throw it away and start over. Rebecca couldn’t find her “perfect” shoes that were set to match her “perfect” outfit of choice. Picture taking was a moot point, I was just happy to get us on the road to school at all!
The bitterness really started to seep in later that day as I logged into my Facebook and scrolled through all of my friends and their gorgeous children all happily smiling out at me with their freshly pressed looks, and clean shiny faces. I sadly went through and liked all those precious photos. Then later in the day another friend of mine had the brilliant idea to just take one of her child after school….after all it was still the first day of school and even though she had forgotten before school it still counted, right? It was a brilliant plan….that I instantly forgot about right away. It was time for mom to do homework when the girls got home from school (Why is it that I always have more homework than they do on the first day back???). With paperwork all read and signed, and then supper to fix, and life just in general getting in the way the photo went completely out the window. I wonder if I could get them to sit still for a first month of school photo? That could still count as scrapbook worthy right?