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A mom's perspective: Ten things to hate about Black Friday

Black Friday is a day of intense shopping and deal snatching. But it is a cruel, wicked day for most moms. While the sales may be desirable, there is oh-so-much about it that is less so. Here is a list of 10 things to hate about Black Friday from a mom's perspective:

1) You see a pair of sexy, could-die-for Stuart Weitzman boots at a marked-down price that makes your monthly daycare costs seem inexpensive. Could die for? More like: it will be a cold day in hell before you own those beauties.

2) Your heart skips in excitement when you see the line for the latest in electronics until you remember that the even longer line for the latest in toys is where you're headed. Yeah that's right: the one over there with the screaming babies and coughing kids.

3) The last thing your sleep-deprived body needs is to get up in the middle of the night to go to some store that opens at 4 am. You remember this as you are standing in line on the cold sidewalk wishing you were home waking up to a crying baby.

4) You risk throwing out your back because you would rather struggle to carry your biggest purchase to your car than have the store attendant see the disaster of a mess your kids made inside it.

5) You can think of 38 things you'd rather be doing with your spouse when the kids are with the in-laws than shopping at Toys R Us.

6) You can think of 138 things you'd rather be doing by yourself when the kids are with the in-laws than shopping at Toys R Us.

7) If you were lucky enough to get childcare, you glare at the parents who bring their kids with them and mumble under your breath, "You'd think they would just wait for Cyber Monday."

8) If you weren't able to get childcare, you forget about Cyber Monday and drag your kids out shopping with you. And then you leave, traumatized and swearing that you will never make the same mistake again.

9) You brave the crowds and frenzy in the name of saving money, only to find that you end up spending way more than you can afford anyway, and the migraine, sore back and swollen feet you returned home with weren't at all worth the forty percent savings you thought you just couldn't miss out on.

10) You realize three days later that you should have skipped it all and just waited for Cyber Monday to do all your shopping from your couch.


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