I love shopping on Black Friday! There! I admit it! I'm one of the crazies. Well, not really, not one of the really crazies.
Firstly we don't do gifts for any December holidays in my family so I really have no shopping agenda.
Secondly, I don't do the 6am/midnight/8pm on TG bit. There's nothing I need that badly or need to save $50 on to make it worth that kind of effort.
BUT! There are some deals to be had. And I love to shop. So, we started this tradition a few years ago and now we do it every year.
We live three hours from a double-huge outlet mall (two separate malls across the street from each other). We wake up at 5 am (it helps that we are guests at my sister's for TG so we're coming off a fun & relaxing day) and drive three hours to the malls. Just about the time we're getting there (~9am) the extreme early crowds are dying down. We shop till lunch time when the crowds are building back up and leave the mall for a nice TexMex lunch at a local spot. Then we return and shop till dinner time when we drive 30 minutes to a much larger city for dinner. Three hours back home gets us to bed around midnight.
It's a long day but it's a lot of fun because we love to shop and get some good deals and just generally enjoy the day. Anyway, it's fairly stress free because like I said, no agenda, just shopping for myself, and my mindset is "don't be in a hurry". These malls are outdoor malls and like I said, huge, so even when it's crowded, it's not really all that bad. I don't think I've ever waited behind maybe 3-4 people in any line at the cashier!