Everyone likes to save a bit of money–even Santa. And with just a month left until Christmas, and stores bombarding us with their Black Friday deals, our editors have put together a handy guide for you to get the most out of one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year.
But before you start adding to your cart or hitting up your favourite mall, we have some tried and true tips to help you keep your sanity while shopping until you drop.
- Black Friday is no longer limited to just one day. You can find great bargains at your favourite stores all week long.
- Shop online and early. If you don’t want to leave your house you can shop online early at most retailers and take advantage of exclusive deals. Plus, you don’t have to fight the crowds IRL.
- If you are shopping in-store, leave your coat at home or in the car. We don’t want you overheating and you need your arms to carry all your purchases.
- Do some advance prep. If you want to try on clothing, go in a few days in advance to try stuff on – that way you don’t waste any precious time on Black Friday.
- Don’t forget to price match! Some retailers (like Walmart and Toys R Us) will price match on published sale prices so you can do more shopping in one place.
- Sign up. To get in the know, sign up for your favourite stores’ newsletters to get first notice of when sales are happening.
Now for the good stuff! Here’s just a sampling of some of the deals to be found this Black Friday:
Find Daily Deals (like $8 PJ pants for the entire family on Monday) leading up to Wednesday, which if past sales are any indication is when they will launch 50% the entire store. Plus with free shipping over $50 and free returns we can stock up on jeans, sherpa hoodies and graphic tees for the entire family.
One of our favourite places to stock up on gifts for our besties, babysitters and moms. Sephora features special gift sets from top brands that are available both online and in stores. Sets are usually priced at $15, $20 and $25. Get a sneak peek on what is available by downloading the Sephora app. In addition this week every day they are offering select products at 50% off so check back to see if your faves are on sale.
Gap usually has similar deals to Old Navy so look for 50% off starting Wednesday or Thursday with additional savings online leading up to the big day.
Deals are available all week leading up to Black Friday, including up to 50% off select items from Crayola, LOL, Hatchimals, Nerf, Laugh & Learn and Hot Wheels. Watch for sales starting on Thursday or Friday that last through to Cyber Monday with up to 75% off savings. Toys R Us also releases limited-time deals so keep an eye on their site and the flyer for the most savings.
Online deals are already active and Walmart will open its doors to eager shoppers at 6 am on Black Friday with additional in-store specials on TVs, Keurig coffee makers and SodaStream kits. They are kicking off the event with special toy and video game deals on Thursday which will be available in-store and online.
Visit them in-store or online to take advantage of a new deal being released every two days until Black Friday (for example November 25 and 26 save 30% off activewear). Visit stores before 11 am on Friday for extra savings.
50% – 70% off the entire store is happening now, plus no-minimum shipping. This is a great opportunity to stock up on PJs, cold weather essentials and holiday outfits. The Children’s Place also has daily site busters like $9.99 denim, so check back to see what they release next.
Canadian Tire starts celebrating Red Thursday at 7 am with discounts on the household appliances on your list including Instant Pots, Dyson stick vacuums, Roombas, Air Fryers and more. This is also a great opportunity to save on holiday décor.
Amazon has savings all week long leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. The best deals are on Amazon devices with savings on the Echo Dot, Kindle Paperwhite and Ring Doorbell.
Every year, Mabel’s Labels has 40% off their most popular products, plus free shipping. So if you need teacher gifts, or want to stock up on labels for school, daycare and camp, this is the time to do it. The sales get started on Wednesday, November 27 and go until Monday, December 2.
Plum Reward members get early access to the Black Friday savings which include 50% of Kids’ Book Boxed Sets and Holiday’s Hottest Books, 25% off LEGO, 25% off S’Well Water Bottles, 40% off Holiday Décor, 40% off Cold Weather Accessories and more. If you are not a Plum Rewards member you can sign up to get access to the discounts or shop in-store on Friday.