5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday


This week’s Fandom 5 post is all about Black Friday. While the original post is “5 purchases I’d sacrifice a night of sleep for”, I’m going to change it up a bit.

Guys, I need to admit something: I hate Black Friday shopping.

I know, I know. I just can’t help it. I just hate it. I know what you’re thinking:

squidward…but seriously, Black Friday is the worst. Not even touching the painful irony of having a day devoted to consumerism immediately following a day reserved for gratefulness, I just have zero desire to camp out for big Black Friday sales, or be trampled in the maddening crowds that surge around the doors of Target at ungodly hours of the morning. So for my Fandom Friday, I’m going to offer my 5 reasons why I’d rather do just about anything else but shop on Black Friday.

1. So. Many. People.


It doesn’t matter if you are the most outgoing extrovert in the world. Black Friday means giant, maddening crowds and huge lines, even if you choose to go shopping at a more normal hour of the day. If you do decide to camp out somewhere? You have to chill outside of a store, in the cold, and hold your own in the Hunger Games-style shopping experience when the store finally opens its doors. Yeah, no thanks.

2. Movies 


Instead of trampling your fellow man in a store, why not head over to a movie? There are always great holiday releases, and in the case of this Thanksgiving, there was even a special release of a Star Wars teaser trailer. Seeing a movie is way more fun than harsh lighting, long lines, angry fellow shoppers, and maddening crowds on Black Friday.

3. Good TV 

watching tv

There’s almost always a killer marathon or movie premiering on Black Friday (for instance, BBC America is doing an Orphan Black Friday marathon this year). Great TV plus some awesome leftovers makes for a pretty amazing day off. Even better, you don’t have to spend any money, which is always a plus. Speaking of leftovers…

4. The Food Is Better at Home


Unless you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, chances are you’ve got some pretty amazing leftovers sitting in your fridge right now, and those leftovers will certainly trump any sad food court meal you’ll find at the mall. Left over sweet potato casserole, some leftover turkey, and a leftover roll? Don’t mind if I do…

5. Cyber Monday

nick computer

I get it though, Black Friday can help you knock out items on your Christmas list at a cheaper price than what you’d normally find, and if you’ve got lots of family and friends to buy gifts for, this is huge. Enter Cyber Monday. Made by introverts, for introverts. My biggest reason for skipping the sales on Black Friday? Because I know I can get some sweet deals of my own on the interwebz come Monday.

Are you going to be shopping today, Cyber Monday, or not at all? What are you looking for? Let me know in the comments, be sure to follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see other posts today, and be sure to look at my other Fandom Friday posts!

14 thoughts on “5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday

  1. This is great. I agree that there are so many nice, relaxing activities you could be doing instead! I’ve been Black Friday shopping only once. I literally passed out in line at a store after having stood in it all night while trying to get a $90 dress for $3. I got the dress…but I have never gone again, and don’t plan on it. I have, however, worked retail on Black Friday many times…if anyone is still out today, please be nice to the workers and cashiers at the store! If you think shopping Black Friday is hell, checking out all those crabby people who have been in line all night is worse.

    1. Oh my! Bless you my dear for ever having been able to work retail on Black Friday let alone the holiday season at all. People can be horrible especially when they’re shopping.

  2. I love your list! I remember when I was a kid my aunt would keep me & my cousins (as many 4-6 of us depending on who came home that year) for a sleepover on thanksgiving night. Then in the morning she’d make us breakfast & we would go to a matinee early that afternoon. Maybe that’s why I also prefer not to shop on Black Friday. Hmmm…

      1. I used to take my sisters kids but they are 18, 22, and 23 years old now plus the 23-year-old is married and lives out of state. None of them want to be seen at the movies with their 37-year-old aunt. And my 12-year-old son wants to be seen at the movies with his mom even less. LOL

  3. This is amazing! I avoid all the stores on Black Friday… I just cannot stand all the people!! I didnt even do any cyber monday shopping this year… I am already done with my shopping and have no more money in my Christmas budget. Wah.


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