Dear Diary,


I accomplished my goal of checking off the majority of my Christmas shopping list before it was even Thanksgiving. I scoured online stores, compared prices and read reviews. I set a budget (that I actually stuck to this year) and got everything (I thought) my daughter wanted. Then, the Black Friday commercials aired and teased me with door busters and midnight savings. I wondered if being an early bird really got the worm.  Then I realized I was interested in most of the items on sale.


Here’s what I learned:


1.  Most stores slash prices on electronics, which aren’t on my list.

I did however stand in line at Thanksgiving Day dinner for my sister, who was searching stores for video game consoles and Giant Skylanders.  Surprisingly, the store didn’t run out.  They opened their doors at 9 p.m. on Thursday, before Black Friday technically even began.

2. The Toys I Picked Out Are Cheaper Online 

I found the cutest activity cube on Target’s website a week or so ago for only $49!  It’s now $62.  I think it’s a few dollars more in the store.  Most online stores even offer free shipping, which works out great when you have a little one.  Making a quick trip turns into an entire afternoon when I lug a diaper bag and a car seat.


3.  I Save Receipts, Just in Case

Recently, I ordered Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream for my daughter.  It’s a whopping $32 a jar, but worth every penny.  I have a hard time finding hair products made specifically for babies.  I usually buy natural oils and California Kids’ shampoo and leave-in conditioner.  After I bought the buttercream, it went on sale–buy on get on free at that!  So, I saved my receipt and am heading back to the store to take advantage of the deal.  I may even try out some of the other hair care products for myself.



Hey DFTM members, what deals did you find on Black Friday? How do you ensure that you get the best buys?


Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  I just happen to be a regular Target customer, and the store opened at 9–still early enough to take Baby C with me!    

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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