questionsanyone else walk aimlessly around stores today…

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Nope. Perhaps a lesson was learned for Christmas 2012?

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@mtm2: I think so. Next year I may just grab some coffee, and watch people. Just not bother with the shopping part unless I happen to know there is a reason to get something specific in person. Usually, I come home with a few bags.. this year was nothing.

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I ordered most of my crap online, but I went to sears to snag a tool set they had for some obscenely low price in person. I won, because I snagged the last one and had several other people look wantonly at my selection. Other than that, the rest of the shopping universe can go implode on itself.

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I only save that experience for the last Saturday before Christmas (not this year....let this one be on the 17th, please!) when I take my wife and teen daughters to the nearest mall (and also a shopping center) that is 45 miles away. I take the opportunity to sneak out to our vehicle often and drink a beer, knowing that my shopping has already been done online.

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I did it in reverse order. I hit the interwebs hard last night, beat all the BS, oops, I mean BF deals, and went out after to see if anything struck my fancy. Not much did, but it was much more fun to observe, knowing I got great buys, with no sweat.
I did forget to run into Sears, for the tool set @waltertangofoxtrot: probably snagged. Which I probably don't need, but would have bought just to avoid going into my husbands tool boxes, which are overflowing to the point that I can never get the tools back in, or the drawers closed again.

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@pickypickypicky: There were a half dozen sets at ultra low prices, and another couple at about half price. I missed out on the 200 piece mechanics set for 100, but got the last of the 255 mechanics sets for 150. Compared to the $300 pricetag they normally carry, I felt pretty good about it. They probably still have the 94 piece set for $49, which makes a really good set to throw in the trunk of the car, or under the sink in the kitchen. Worst case, if you still want an inexpensive around the house toolset, I seem to recall Menard's having a 130 piece set that included hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, sockets, etc for $15. I can't say these tools would survive using the hammer to turn the ratchets, but for simple household repairs, or having piece of mind sitting in your trunk, it would do the job.