Would You Rather: Have To Do All Your Holiday Shopping On Black Friday Or Cyber Monday?

It is the day before Thanksgiving and unless you plan on cooking a frozen turkey, you are probably pretty well stocked up for the big day.

Sure, there may be the last minute trip to the grocery store, which you pawn off on your hubby since last time you checked sweeping the garage was not a vital part of the holiday prep work. (I am not speaking from experience here at all, just guessing how it might be going at your house).

Here is the reality of the Thanksgiving meal that only moms can truly appreciate.

The moment that Santa appears at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, this day is no longer about turkey and stuffing, because holiday shopping madness has officially begun. Forget packing up your leftovers to send home with Aunt Gertrude, you need to start focusing on everyone’s holiday gift wishlist.

Don’t freak out y’all, but there are exactly 26 shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. That is not factoring in wrapping time, shipping time, attending the school holiday class party time or you know, general crying in the corner time.

So, we decided to give you Dose Peeps a real holiday doozy to kick off the day of being thankful this year.

Is it possible that one of the things you will be thankful for this year is that this scenario is only hypothetical? Perhaps.

Imagine if you only had two choices for your holiday shopping this year.

Choice One: You must do all of your holiday shopping for every single person on your list by purchasing every single item you need (including stocking stuffers) in stores, in person all on Black Friday. Who has two thumbs and is first in line at the midnight madness, door buster sale? You. Watch out shoppers, this Dose Peep is on a mission. She is not stopping until the last bargain basement, rock bottom priced item has been purchased.


Choice Two: You must do all of your holiday shopping for every single person on your list by purchasing every single item you need (including stocking stuffers) online only on Cyber Monday. No holding up a sweater to figure out whether Cousin Shirley needs a large or an extra-large. No reading the book jacket to make sure that the Civil War book (spoiler alert: the south still loses) will make Uncle Hal happy. It is just you and your computer battling it out for the greatest online shopping deals.

By the way, this is a no-brainer for the Dose Girls. We already do the vast majority of our shopping online. And by vast majority, we pretty much mean all. If we could figure out how to Amazon Prime our way to milk and eggs, we would never need to set foot in a store again.

For instance, Lisa buys all (yes, all) of her laundry detergent online. She and her UPS man are on a first name basis. She thought about inviting him over for Thanksgiving this year.

When Emma needed blush and lipstick for the 3rd grade play, I couldn’t one click my order fast enough. My mail lady only tolerates bringing my daily package deliveries to my door because she knows come Christmas, I will give her something great!

Our biggest downfall in the online shopping arena is that we are terrible at returns. We don’t even return library books on time. I am pretty sure that when you owe the public library $41.72 in fines, you have kept your books too long.

So, we are both in agreement with this particular Would You Rather scenario.

Friday will be found with us kicking back in our jammies, eating our 4th turkey sandwich in a row, and come Monday we will be all over the interwebs shopping until our credit card spontaneously bursts into flames!

What are you all? Which of these two choices would you prefer? And remember, you must choose one or the other. None of this, “Oh, is that my oven timer going off? I don’t think I heard the question. La, la, la, I can’t hear you!”

Black Friday or Cyber Monday?






Would You Rather: Have To Do All Your Holiday Shopping On Black Friday Or Cyber Monday? — 83 Comments

  1. Ladies we are one in the same on this one! Yesterday as I was pulling out of my driveway there was one package on my porch. By the time I got home, there were four. Online shopping ALL.THE.WAY!

  2. ugh!!! Cyber Monday it is… I am ADHD as all get out & all, so, I will click click click away but all of those people pushing me, oh no, uh, nada… I’m not trying to get into a fist fight & lose… LOL. Happy Thanksgiving Dose Girls!

  3. Cyber Monday for the win! It doesn’t get better than sipping hot cocoa & shopping in your jammies. And, between work deliveries & retail purchases, my driveway resembles the FedEx distribution center. Trucks in & out all day. I may see the FedEx delivery man more than my hubby & kiddos!

  4. My mom and I have made a tradition of shopping on Black Friday now for the past few years and it really isn’t as bad as it sounds, plus I must admit the Black Friday deals are better then the Cyber Monday, but now most of the companies online are honoring Black Friday and let me tell you the ones I am working with Black Friday deals are better then the Cyber Mondays (percentage off wise). So, if you do shop online definitely check out Black Friday deals (totally my two cents for the day). Happy Thanksgiving to you both and your families, too!! πŸ™‚

    • So, you are saying to do my Cyber Monday online shopping on Black Friday to get the best deals?! Done! πŸ™‚ Keep us posted on how it goes out there this year! πŸ˜‰

  5. Crowded stores give me the hives–I don’t even like going to Walmart on a normal Saturday. I’ve given serious thought to ordering groceries online during December just to avoid the holiday crowds. It doesn’t help that I live on the edge of the suburbs, so my Super Walmart used to be the first one the hill folk would flock too for their annual jaunt into the Big City. (They built another one a few miles down the road, it takes the pressure off mine.)

    Cyber Monday all the way!

    • I am with you 100%…Walmart on a regular day is a nightmare, so the thought of it on Friday makes me want to cry! πŸ˜‰

  6. That last picture fits me perfectly! Buyers remorse. What do you mean credit cards aren’t free money? My choice: CYBER MONDAY. I do not leave the house on Black Friday. Well, except this year, cause we are celebrating at my sis’s house in Charlotte on Friday. I’ll wave and blow kisses as we drive into town!

    • I feel the same way about credit cards! We will totally smile when we feel your waves coming our way on Friday! Safe travels! πŸ™‚

  7. I am with you, Cyber Monday for sure! The crowds are crazy! My daughter and her friend are going Black Friday shopping and I think they are nuts! I went once….never again!

      • Actually I do online a fair bit, its okay for specific items but when I’m not sure, like jewelry for example, it doesn’t work.
        Believe it or not I actually went to toys r us for something rather than online. It was only 1/2 mile away and 8 bucks less than Amazon. I still debated for awhile. What would you pay to avoid that place? Turns out it wasn’t bad, got me in and out in 5 minutes. Must have been the look on my face.

  8. I have NEVER done Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Yeah I am a last minute shopper. Especially this year.. but maybe if my settlement is reached I can do Christmas in January when everything is so much more cheap lol…

  9. If I have to pick I’ll go with Cyber Monday. Black Friday terrifies me. I’d rather pay more money than fight with people at 4am for crap people probably don’t need anyway.

    In other news, I’m working on my Gifts that Give Back list for Friday. Everything can be purchased online. Win-win!

  10. Golly. This one has me all in a twist. I’m Canadian. We, until recently, didn’t do Black Friday. Well, except for the hundreds of thousands who shoot “across the line” at midnight on Thursday. However, your rules are clear. I have to choose one. Ok I’m going with …. Black Friday. For the experience. For the experience. Should you not hear a peep from me in the next few days please send out a search party. I’m heading for the Premium Outlet mall near Seattle …

    • LOL Kelly! We are SO GLAD you will take one for the team and report back on what Black Friday is really like out there! You rock! πŸ™‚

  11. Cyber Monday for sure. Thinking of fighting all those people on Black Friday gives me chills. Buyer’s Remorse Tuesday is really funny!

  12. Years ago when our kids were little and Cyber Monday wasn’t even a thing, my friend Clare and I would head to the stores early afternoon on Black Friday and do every bit of our shopping before stores closed at midnight. It was one concentrated period of time that we knew the hubs would be home to hang with the kids so it was very efficient. I was younger and more patient then. Now, I say give me Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime shopping in my pjs with a cup of coffee!

    • Yeah, I think when I was younger I would be more open to it. I used to meet a bunch of girlfriends at Crate & Barrel the day after Christmas and we would shop and then go to lunch. It was the best! πŸ™‚

  13. No contest. Cyber Monday all the way. I already do all of my Christmas shopping online anyway. I have never, and will never, be a shopper on Black Friday.

    Our living room TV recently bit the dust, and my husband said we could wait until Black Friday and then I (me!!) could go to the store and buy one. I just rolled my eyes and went on the Walmart website to have one delivered. I told him, “I have to deal with pushy Black Friday crowds at work that day. Why in the world would I want to put myself through anymore of that than I already have to?”

    • Exactly Kristen. Our TV broke recently, too, and my hubby initially suggested waiting until this weekend. Whatever. He is thanking me now from the comfort of our couch watching our new TV! πŸ˜‰

  14. Pfft. Screw shopping. I have only three people I truly need to shop for but we’re just too dang broke. And even if I had it, well, I know all three of them would probably tell them not to get anything. Hubby might ask for a big bottle of bourbon but that’s about it. My in-laws? Probably nothing but a card.

    By the way, it isn’t *only* moms who appreciate this stuff. I’m not a mom and I appreciate it. Just sayin’… =)

    • I understand totally Kim…we have completely scaled back on gifts over the last few years…we just can’t afford to do all the things anymore!
      Oh my goodness, yes, you are right…more than just moms can appreciate this!! My bad! πŸ™‚

  15. I have had packages arriving for the past week! I hate crowds and have NEVER been to a single Black Friday sale. I think you knew where I’d fall in this “would you rather” choice though!
    I am All.Over.cyper Monday. Shopping in a robe, slippers and drinking coffee? Yes please!!!

  16. Hi! Visiting from Allie’s blog! I totally do all my shopping online almost every day of the year. It’s actually kind of sad since I live in NYC where people travel from all around the world to shop here. But see, if I went to the stores then I would have to deal with all those people! πŸ™‚

    • Yay! Welcome from Allie’s blog! We adore her and appreciate her sending us some new friends! πŸ™‚ My sister used to live in New York, and she would say the same thing! πŸ˜‰

  17. I loved Black Friday shopping as a teenager with my Mom and Aunts in Charolette, NC for the few years we got to do it. However, that also has a lot to do with the fact that my mom and I NEVER EVER shopped together. Now that Cyber Monday is an option and I’m a mother of my own kids…I definitely would choose Cyber Monday.

    Part of my answer comes from the fact that I see all of these crazy videos of people getting really hurt from shopping on Black Friday.

    • Yeah, I think I will have to break the rules of my own WYR and start shopping for the online deals on Friday! πŸ™‚

  18. Cyber Monday for sure! I actually haven’t done any in-person shopping for the holidays in years. My mom used to sign me out of school once a year in December and we’d take a “mental health day” and I’d do all of my holiday shopping in one outing to the mall. On a random Monday morning. Without crowds.
    So in lieu of that, I do it all on Amazon, target.com or Doctor Who t-shirt places. Oh yes!

    • I LOVE that your mom used to do with that you Tamara…I am totally stealing that idea for my girls when they get a little older! πŸ™‚ What a fantastic memory!

  19. I love this post! The pictures, the comments, all so much! You girls are so funny, for real–I’m thankful for your blog! On to the question–I would choose black friday–I am a hands-on girl and I need to see stuff. Pick it up. That sort of thing. Plus, my wallet recently got stolen and I have no credit cards or id. So I need the cold hard cash this season. Hope you girls have a great thanksgiving, get the hubs out of the garage, and indulge yourselves all you want! Seriously, no WW point counting right? Have a great holiday! πŸ™‚

    • Awwww, we love you Karen! You always make us smile! πŸ™‚ The stolen wallet is a total nightmare, but at this time of year it is the WORST. I am so sorry!!
      By the way, I am not planning on counting a single WW point this holiday…and I am stealing Lisa’s points to use for myself, too! πŸ˜‰

  20. I have managed to live my entire life without shopping on Black Friday but Cyber Monday??? Grease up the mouse wheel cause we are flying!! Happy turkey day girls!!

  21. Cyber Monday all the way. Most of the stores I buy from offer free shipping too, so that’s an extra incentive than having to physically go to a store. I never understood Black Friday; are the deals really THAT good that you can’t get them online or another day? By the way, the best time to physically shop? The day after Black Friday, and December 27 lol. Empty!

  22. Yay, this one is a no brainer….I will be curled up on the couch in my PJ’s clicking my way to the perfect holiday gifts. Any excuse I can find not to put on real clothes and leave the house is a great one….as a sidenote, can I tell people that I am not allowed to leave the house on Friday because YOU said so?

    • You totally MUST tell people that. After all, the Dose Girls like our readers to listen to us and follow the rules! πŸ˜‰ It is decided…Friday is officially a jammie day in your house! πŸ™‚

  23. Now that my kids are adults, and I’m retired on a fixed income, I only buy for my 5 grandkids….and usually, I give them gift cards. (It’s easier than trying to keep sizes and preferences straight.)

  24. Cyber Monday for sure! I can’t stand the crazy crowds. I went shopping once on Black Friday, because well it’s a thing. People love it, right? WRONG. I hate it. I’d take online being stuck with returns (that I can always regift) any day over Black Friday!

    • Me, too! I don’t think I have ever actually done it, and if I have I have blocked out the horror from my memory! πŸ˜‰

  25. I have never experienced Black Friday – but it sounds horrible, so I’m saying Cyber Monday (whatever that is! LOL we don’t have these in Canada – I don;t think !?!?!) But online all the way!

  26. I did Black Friday ONCE somewhere between 1993-1997. I promised right then and there, at 6:00am while standing in line for three hours to save a total of 30 bucks… for whatever gift I was all about that year- for who I don’t remember either…. damning all people in front of me to another place in time and space…having to pee like the biggest and best race-horse in town, and needing more coffee and a danishes that were left on my kitchen counter…. as each tormenting minute went by I swore over and over again:


    I’ll see ya on line! πŸ˜‰

  27. Oh, Cyber Monday, hands down. I remember being crazy enough one Black Friday to go to Walmart, not really early, probably around 9:30/10:00. Walked in, saw the line of people at each checkout, and turned right back out. Hell to the nawl. Ain’t nothing in there that I need so badly!

  28. Okay this is a tough choice. I’ve only done a Black Friday deal once but that was for my granddaughters. Buuuuuttttt…there is a laptop on sale at Walmart starting tonight at Walmart. It is under $200. Guess who is going? Yes, I’m nuts. Thankfully we aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving until Sunday so I won’t be bogged down from turkey.

    Black Friday for the win! (plus I like to touch, hold, and smell my stuff. Maybe not smell. Maybe).

  29. Cyber Monday all the way, baby! No way I am going anywhere near a store on Black Friday (at least not in the morning – the afternoon isn’t too bad, and we did do that (head out in the afternoon) this year). I would much rather do my shopping online than head out in the madness, hands down.

  30. This is why me and Lisa are soul sisters. I too buy all my household stuffs online mainly from amazon and soap.com (free overnight shipping?! yes thank you!) My UPS guy is also super friendly. My son always runs to say hi πŸ™‚ So yeah, I am definitely on the monday bandwagon! (I don’t know how I missed this btw!)

  31. online all the way! in sf, there is a service that also does your grocery shopping and brings it to you that day. it’s called instacart and as long as you order a certain dollar amount, the delivery is free! WIN-WIN!!! no gas guzzled, no time wasted. eggs to your door.

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