After my kids and I got the Thanksgiving dinner all cleaned up and the leftovers put away, we shot some zombies, then watched a couple movies. In fact, Savannah and I stayed up until 2:00am watching movies. So, today while all the deranged people were fighting with the rest of humanity over bargain-priced electronics, I was sleeping in my nice, toasty, comfy bed. No one banged their cart into my ankles. No one grabbed the last 3-pronged thingamawhoozit out of my hands. I didn’t stand in any lines for hours. I wasn’t arrested for cutting in line. No one threatened to stab me. I didn’t inhale a cloud of pepper spray. I didn’t witness anyone getting trampled.
The whole concept of Black Friday just rubs me the wrong way. Somehow, the celebration of Christ’s birth has been reduced to a competitive sport, in which all rules of civilized behavior (and many laws) are out the window. It’s like a water polo game – no blood, no foul as long as you score (the hottest toy of the season for $20.00 off).
Although watching humanity being reduced to the lowest life form is always appealing, I opted to spend the day being thankful for our gorgeous Florida weather. My kids and I went to Blue Spring State Park to see the manatees. Then we had a picnic of Thanksgiving leftovers. Not wanting to call it a day yet, we decided to drive over to the beach and enjoy the ocean.
In the end, I think I scored some of the BEST deals out there today!
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SCENERY 1 of 6I also nabbed the opportunity to see some beautiful scenery. The kids and I decided this reminded us of the Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day. Cost? FREE!
MANATEES 2 of 6I got to see dozens of endangered (and adorable) manatees up close for FREE!
OCEAN BREEZE 3 of 6This was an amazing deal! We saw the ocean, heard the waves crash, smelled the salt air, AND felt the lovely breeze! It was a 4 for the price of 1 deal and the total came out to - FREE!
SEAGULL 4 of 6I scored this awesome picture of a seagull and it didn't cost me a dime!
SUN 5 of 6We felt the warmth of the sun on our faces. I would've happily paid full-price for this, but I got it on sale for FREE!
SMILES 6 of 6The best deals of the day were the smiles and the laughter of me and my kids! Cost? Absolutely FREE!
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