Black Friday shoppers got in line at stores in Bakersfield as early as Tuesday. For Target and Kohl's people got in line as early as midnight last night.
When it came time for Target to open their doors, over 100 were in line. And some shoppers told 23 ABC, they’ve been prepared for this evening for weeks.
Mindee Ridgeway, got in line at the Bakersfield Target around noon. She said, “I go to BlackFriday.com in the middle of October. I’m looking for leaks, I’m looking for ad leaks that I can find online.”
Tasha Johnston said she got in line at the Kohl's in Bakersfield around two this afternoon. She said, “Kohl’s Black Friday ads comes out two weeks prior online. So I’ve been going through it.”
For a veteran shopper like Ridgeway, she has Black Friday down to a science.
“I’ve put together a list. I’ve included tax on my list. I’ve also included my five percent discount from my Red Card and then I divide it in half so my fiancé can send me his part of the bill,” said Ridgeway.
But she knows her time in line comes at a cost.
Ridgeway said, “It sucks, because I don’t get that many days off in the year where I can be with my kids, but if I’m saving money I can put towards something else, you know to save a few bucks here and there, I can put that towards my kids in another way then worth it to me.”
Other shoppers like Johnston say ultimately she shops where she can get the most bang for her buck.
She said, “Because they’re on sale better here. And then I’ll also get the fifteen dollars Kohl’s cash for every fifty dollars I spend.”