Growing up, my mom and I went shopping on Black Friday. She raised me to be a bargain hunter, and the day after Thanksgiving was our main event. We pored over the Thanksgiving newspaper, purchased early so we could sprawl out on the floor after Thanksgiving dinner and circle the items on our wish list like kids with a Sears toy catalog. In those days, stores opened at the before-dawn hour of 6:00 am. It’s nothing compared to the Thanksgiving-evening opening hours of now, but I think that made it even more special.
Mom and I would wait in line at Target, Dayton’s, and Kohl’s, and we would choose our first stop based on the free gifts they were handing out at the door. Over the years we collected snowglobes, stuffed animals, lawn chairs, and fleece blankets. Then we would wander the store, standing in lines to checkout with our treasures, giddy thinking about the recipient’s face on Christmas Day as they opened this perfect gift. On the way home we would stop at a gas station for hot chocolate and donuts, our hands cold but our hearts warm from spending time together.
Black Friday shopping was a big deal, because it meant one-on-one time with mom. Years later, she admitted to me that she actually hated getting out of bed to stand in lines in the pre-dawn freezing cold, but she did it because I loved it. Now that’s a mothers’ love.
The great deals we scored were just the icing. But come Christmas, they sure helped our family budget.
Gone are the days of free gifts in line, and long gone are the stores waiting until dawn to open. Black Friday shopping isn’t what it used to be, but we think it can still be fun — and help your family’s budget, too!
With that in mind, we’re super excited to tell you that all of our favorite (in)courage-inspired products at DaySpring are 30% off with code FRIDAY18, now through Sunday, November 25!
Beautiful and made with meaning, these items make amazing gifts for the women near and dear to your heart. They will also bless you and serve as a tangible reminder of how God loves you and walks with you.
And the best part about shopping these deals at DaySpring.com? You don’t have to wait in any lines, you can wear your sweatpants, and you don’t have to leave your couch. All while stocking up on beautiful, meaningful gifts for your friends and family. Is there any better kind of shopping?!
Here are a few of our favorites:
CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible – Blue Leathertouch: This sale is a fabulous chance to save on the new (in)courage devotional Bibles! They are already marked 20% off, and with code FRIDAY18 you’ll save an additional 30%! We’re buying one for every special woman in our lives.
Woman of Courage Antique Silver Bar Pendant Necklace: Because every woman needs a reminder of who she is in Christ (and this one just happens to be accurate and gorgeous).
Just Open the Door Bible Study Leader Kit: Because diving into God’s Word and His heart for real hospitality is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and each other. Invite a few friends over, or gather up a group at your church to study God’s Word!
(in)courage – God Always – 2019 18-Month Agenda Planner: Because we love having a cute, dedicated space to organize our lives, to plan, and to dream. And because this planner is more than just empty pages — there are scriptures and encouraging messages throughout that will speak to and lift up your heart as you plan your days.
Whether you wait in lines or shop from your phone, may your Black Friday be filled with lots of coffee and great deals on meaningful gifts!
Tell us in the comments: Do you have an encouraging or memorable day-after-Thanksgiving/Black Friday story? We’d love to hear it!
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