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A family affair
A family affair
Eric Cawley and his wife, Holly, in Meridian, Idaho.
Eric Cawley

I can't remember a Black Friday we haven't participated in. For the last week or two, we have been monitoring the Black Friday ad websites. Now that enough ads have been posted, we have a good feeling for what we're going to be purchasing.

We're currently in the process of prioritizing which stores we'll go to. Afterward, we'll pick up all our kids and go out for our traditional "Black Friday Family Feast." Then we'll return home for a well-deserved nap under warm blankets!

Secret strategy: We may recruit our 16 year-old son, Evan, to ensure we have a presence at three stores simultaneously.

Ultimate score: Last year, we were one of few who scored a $500 Dyson vacuum for about $300.

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Last updated November 23 2010: 1:01 PM ET
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