I was really surprised just how empty the shopping centers were. Costco, Sam's, Home Depot and Wal*Mart all seemed to have the normal number of shoppers, and traffic levels on the roads seemed normal for a Friday afternoon/evening. I'm not sure whether it's just a Nebraska thing (the state is dangerously underpopulated, to borrow a line from Apu), or if this year is going to be a bust shopping-wise (better sell my stocks now).
Nobody really seemed to have any decent Black Friday deals, other than Costco.
At Costco I picked up a Skil cordless drill/driver for $30 and a Crescent 211 piece tool set for $80. Unfortunately, the latter turned out to be missing a socket, so I'm going to have to return it. I picked up some gifts, including a copy of Mass Effect for my SO's birthday. As we left the store, the receipt-checker handed me a cookbook, Favorite Recipes the Costco Way.
Popped over to Home Depot and Wal*Mart for some minor items, then over to Sam's Club. I picked up a nifty cordless rotary tool for $30, along with the usual Car Whole and 18CTGRAALARG. I noticed they had good quality 80/20 ground chuck patties $6.41 for 6 pounds. That's about $1.07 a pound. I haven't seen that good a price for even crap ground beef chubs in a while, let alone 80% lean chuck in preformed patties. This price is either a tremendous mistake or else they're trying to get rid of them, so I grabbed 3 packages. I'd have bought more, but I didn't think we had the freezer space.
It was really late by the time we started home, so I decided to stop at Popeye's to pick up some chicken for dinner. Good thing, since there were having an "our worst day of the year" sale, 20 pieces for $9.99. Of course, by the time you add in sides, it's up to $20, but it's still a pretty good bargain.