Black Friday: the all-American savings event that has migrated to Canada.
Make a List and Check it Twice
Prepare for the chaos in advance by organizing yourself as much as possible. While you won’t likely need a full suit of armor to battle Canadian Black Friday mania, it is a good idea to have a short list to keep your purchases on track and on itinerary on route.
Trust me: a list will help you avoid spending (‘saving’ you will insist to yourself, teeth clenched and eyes wide, your hard earned money raining down around you as you stand at the checkout) a whole bunch of money on ‘great deals’ you have no use for.
Compare Prices Ahead of Time Using Online Resources
Here are a few websites to help you strategize like a savings guru:
- Redflag Deals has a stellar Black Friday guide that can help you plan your route.
- You can use ShopBot to compare prices and shop online.
- SmartCanucks has weekly flyers for an alphabetized list of retailers.
- Fall in love with Reddit all over again because of their amazing Megathread post on Black Friday Sales.
Download an App to Take Deal Checking and Tracking on The Go
Try any one of these apps to maximize Black Friday savings:
- BlackFriday.fm – Click here
- Flipp – Click here
- Shopping Deals Canada-Us –Click here
- Black Friday Deals 2016 Ads App – Click here
Don’t Expect to Price Match.
Price match guarantees are not applicable during Black Friday sales in many stores. If your strategy relies on making the most of a price match guarantee triple check by calling ahead to ensure you aren’t let down at the checkout.
Go Out Early
Black Friday fast fact: it begins on Thursday!
Black Friday sales have already begun. Many stores have sales starting on Thursday and extending until Sunday. Shops will often rotate deals throughout these days, so check for the hot ticket items you’re looking for in advance and show up to the store early (before open if you’re looking for something really rare like the legendarily impossible to snatch Hatchimal) in order to make sure to get what you came for.
Don’t be Afraid to Hold Out For Cyber Monday
Love online shopping? Hate crowded shops?
Perfect! Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of scooping up deals on the internet.