I only started shopping on Black Friday since I have had kids. I figured out one year that it was the perfect time to shop because I did not have to ask anyone to babysit and I could go by myself and not have to worry about dragging the kids along. Everyone in the house is asleep, and by the time I get back, they are just waking up.
I never go for anything that is a doorbuster. I still think that I get some good deals. I spend Thanksgiving Day after dinner combing the ads and plotting my route. The only year that I did not go Black Friday shopping was the Thanksgiving we went to Maine. I usually start out at Toys 'R Us and let the ads lead the way. I left Target last year because the line snaked around the store. Nothing is worth waiting that long in line.
Last year I woke up at 4am and was in my first store by 5am. I was home by 10am. I think that I went to a total of 7 stores. With Black Friday starting at midnight this year, I might be better off just staying up and going shopping!