Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

22 Nov

I admit that I have gone shopping on Black Friday before, usually later in the day when all the craziness has worn off. But I have a very few times gone shopping in the wee hours of the morning with all the other Black Friday patrons, trying to get that special item at that ridiculously low price.

However, I quit shopping on Black Friday when I discovered Cyber Monday. Now that’s a shopping experience one of my heroines, Andromeda Miller (Finding Refuge), can really support. She’s thrifty and a great bargain hunter, but the idea of standing in line for hours on end, in the dark and possible cold, in order to score some good deals just doesn’t compute for her.

Shopping online, while wearing pajamas and sipping hot cocoa in the living room is my idea of a great way to spend money. Andri would find plenty of support for not hitting the stores on Black Friday from her hero, Travis. Travis’s mother, however, is a different matter. She attends Black Friday every year with her sisters, more for the festive tradition of it all than for actual shopping, though plenty of shopping ends up done anyway.

As I drove by the long lines of folks camped out in front of stores, awaiting the Black Friday sales, I could just imagine Andri ticking off reasons for Cyber Monday in my head: It’s greener, you might be able to score even better deals, it’s definitely easier, and you can do it all from the comfort of a warm house.

Do you shop on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or both? Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card from me. This also puts you in the Black Friday Blog Hop Grand Prize drawing. Here’s a list of the prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (USA only)

Comment at other blogs on the hop for additional chances to win a grand prize as well as giveaways on other blogs. Good luck, and whatever shopping you’re doing this weekend, stay safe!

Continue the Hop by clicking here:  Black Friday Blog Hop


87 Responses to “Black Friday or Cyber Monday?”

  1. Evie T. November 23, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    I shop on Black Friday.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  2. becca fowler November 23, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    a little bit of both. but mostly i avoid it!
    thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  3. Tin November 23, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    I browse the Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers but I’ve never actually bought anything. ^_^

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    – khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. Kirsten November 23, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Cyber Monday for me. No crowds 🙂


  5. fiza November 23, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I prefer shopping online (I’m a international reader ^_^) we do have our own version of the Black Friday only it lasts three days. But I don’t like the pushing and grabbing.

  6. Dita November 23, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    We don`t have Black Friday deals here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this, lol. And I have not started my holiday shopping yet, I usually do that in December.


  7. Mia Downing November 23, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I hate shopping. Thanks for the giveaway! miadowning007 (at)

  8. Laurie Goudge November 23, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Spending time with my family. We like to go shopping together.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Mae Clair November 23, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I used to be a Black Friday shopper, but now, I’d go with Andri’s way of thinking 🙂 I like the idea of the PJs, cocoa, and a laptop on Cyber Monday. Somehow the cold and long lines doesn’t have the appeal it used to have, LOL.

    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

  10. JanD November 23, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I look at the ads for Black Friday but don’t end up buying anything.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  11. Veronika November 23, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping 🙂

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. miriam roman November 23, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Oh i’m staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  13. Kim November 23, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I am a full blown Thanksgiving weekend online shopper. Thursday thru Monday works for me just fine.

    Kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Tanya Childress November 23, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Sometimes I shop on black Friday but am mostly an internet shopper 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win. Tanya

  15. Charlene Raddon November 23, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Hey, love your blog background. Happy holidays.

  16. Janet November 23, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I don’t do black Friday or cyber Monday – I try to watch for things all year to give. When that doesn’t work – I’m all for gift cards.


  17. Lisa Rayns November 23, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I’m not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  18. lisarayns November 23, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I’m not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  19. Carla November 23, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    I’m not a black Friday shopper. I’m more of a black Friday gawker.

  20. Dovile November 23, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Neither. I prefer to get presents in real stores, but I usually have all the presents before November.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. micheleann oboyle November 23, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    i love to go to my local shopping center on black friday for a gift card giveaway

  22. Angela Cisco November 23, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I usually do both. However, this year I probably will not be able to do either. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. susan platt November 23, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I prefer Cyber Monday to crazy crowded stores.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  24. Trix November 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I browse the online offers both days, but I wouldn’t brave a store today!


  25. Crystal Young November 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I don’t do either one. My shopping is almost done.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  26. donnablhmistress November 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I rather shop on Cyber Monday in my pj’s , no fighting the crowds or the cold weather.


  27. Karen H in NC November 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Cyber Monday for me! I’m the Queen of on-line shopping. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  28. Sarah Handrich November 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I shop for both online!

  29. Christine Moore November 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I am not a Black Friday fan too many people.

  30. MostlyMisha November 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I love BF & CM I do both~ Some BF online some in store~ it’s always fun each year! Thank you for the lovely giveaway~<3

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. M.C. November 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Cyber Monday. I’m Team Online Shopping!


  32. Kandy Tyler November 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I may try Cyber Monday…No black Friday shopping for me…

  33. Shani November 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Online shooping here:)


  34. Mer November 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I love shopping but black friday is a bit too much for me. I think all the turkey is making me sluggish? So it’s great to come home, rest my feet and entertain myself with a great blog hop.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  35. April November 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


  36. Mandee Wyrick November 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I never leave my house on Black Friday. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Kim Brooks November 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I sent the hubby shopping. I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. Lisa Walker November 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Cyber Monday!
    I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it’s not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Jo November 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Cyber Monday, definitely! The only reason I left the house today was to take my daughter and her friends to the movies.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  40. Jennifer Rote November 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I usually shop both.

    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  41. jyl22075 November 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I shop both and the Thanksgiving sales as well.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  42. victoriapinder November 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Cyber Monday is better for me greta2242 at aol dot com

  43. Farrah November 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I prefer to shop online on Cyber Monday.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. xxsquigglesxx November 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I do all of my black friday shopping online! You can get the same deals and free shipping! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  45. Mary Doherty November 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I have never done Cyber Monday, but I think I will give it a try this year. No BF for me this year. Thanks for doing the hop!


  46. tanna4abak November 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can’t handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I also get some things on Cyber Monday. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I’m finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  47. Shadow November 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  48. Sarah p. November 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I never seem to have money around Black friday, so no! lol Im thinking next year i might participate in the online sales. Could never face such an intense crowd though. Thanks for being a part of this amazing hop!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  49. Rita Wray November 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I don’t shop on Black Friday, I don’t want to fight the crowds.


  50. kesummer November 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I shop on Black Friday. I work on Cyber Monday and after work I have to deal with the kids. By the time they’re in bed I’m too tired to do anything!


  51. Jencey Gortney November 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I shop on Black Friday. I am excited that I get to buy presents for my family this year!

    jenceyg at gmail dot com

  52. Susan Buchanan November 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Now I only heard of Black Friday 2-3 weeks ago when i joined the hop. Cyber Monday I discovered about an hour ago. I’m thinking Cyber Monday as I hate crowds and all the maniacs who went out shopping on BF, are worn out by Mon!

  53. bn100 November 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    no BF or Cyber Monday shopping


  54. Sandy Wolters November 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I went shopping on black Friday this year for the first time in three years. I had a ball! It was a little scary at first, but everyone was so happy! It was really great. Happy holidays!


  55. Daniel M November 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    some years i shop bfriday or cmonday, not this year i’m broke – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  56. Marlena Fein November 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I have only done the full experience of Black Friday once. Yep there is a reason it was only one time! I don’t think I have ever done a Cyber Monday but I am definitely looking forward to it this year. Shopping in my jammies with hot coffee in hand? Yes, please!

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway and being a part of this hop.

    Happy Holidays,

  57. angadair November 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don’t have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! Thanks for the hop!

  58. Tammy Turner November 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I do some Black Friday shopping, but I’m more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping…. how can you go wrong!

  59. Meg G. November 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I like doing cyber shopping on both days. You can’t really best shopping in your PJs.

    Happy Holidays!

  60. Meg G. November 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Forgot my email

    Megonski216 at yahoo dot com

  61. Katie Amanda November 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I did some online shopping today (on Black Friday). Thanks!

  62. Cassandra Hicks November 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I refuse to shop in the stores on Black Friday but I may try Cyber Monday 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  63. Krysykat November 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I don’t shop on Black Friday. Maybe on Cybermonday.


  64. Melissa November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at

  65. juleeze November 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Thank you for participating in this blog hop! I don’t shop on Black Friday!! Cyber Monday is much more my style!

    Julie K

  66. Mel Bourn (@MelCamino5) November 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I am not shopping. Not for me. Instead of shopping, I’m hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  67. Sarah Kalaitzidis November 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I don’t go shopping on Black Friday! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  68. Christine November 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I shop on both, depending on what I need. isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  69. Joy F November 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I only shop online.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  70. Jill November 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I shop on Black Friday, but I hope I snag some cyber deals too. Thanks!

  71. thebookqueen November 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I never shop on BF.

    I don’t do much online shopping, but if I see a deal, especially on CM, I might. *shrugs* It depends. This is much better than risking life and limb on BF!


  72. cmozzo November 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I shop online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. JessieL November 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Did a little shopping on line last nite. I will probably check out cyber Monday also. But I do not like to venture out for Black Friday. I’ve done it once & it’s not for me. Thanks for the giveaway & being part of this hop!

  74. Suzie November 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I work on Black Friday. I am a cyber Monday shopper. I have been checking the deals.

  75. Krista B November 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Usually both. But this year I found so many deals today I am out of $$ until payday 😦
    Thank you!

  76. Paranormal Opinion November 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I do a little shopping on black Friday, but I wait a few hours after the sales start before I go. That way I don’t get trampled to death 🙂 Mostly, I shop online. Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Sarah November 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I’m usually 1/2 way done by T-day, and never shop on Black Friday. Sometimes I take advantage of Cyber Monday, though.

  78. Sue Sattler November 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I love Black Friday shopping, but this year I waited until the store was almost empty and I still got all the specials on my list. I live in a small town and even though there are a couple hundred people in Wal-Mart, most are friendly and they even say excuse me when they push you to get to what they want. I would never shop in the places they show in the news, way too scary., but in my town, I try to go every year.


  79. Lynne November 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    I usually stay home for black Friday and do my shopping online!
    Thanks for the great giveaways!
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  80. krankimom November 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    I stay inside and let the lunatics run amok at the local stores without me.


  81. donnas1 November 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  82. Yazmin Rangel November 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I prefer cyber monday, less crowds. lol. Thank you for the giveaway and being part of the blog hop. 🙂

    yazmin593 AT msn DOT com

  83. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman November 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m not a fan of BF. Thanks for the giveaway!


  84. Lacey T November 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Cyber Monday for me! Not a fan of Black Friday.

  85. Natasha November 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Both. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  86. Cathy Fierstein November 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes. I can’t do Black Friday shopping (unless it’s online) – I don’t have the patience or the stamina for the lines and the crowds.

  87. Jessica B November 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m a black Friday girl. I’m trying to go for cyber mondays but I’m still one for black fridays. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a happy Thanksgiving!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

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