Make The Most Out Of Black Friday Deals Without Crossing the Border

Black Friday Canada

With at least 18% of Canadians expected to cross the border to enjoy deals on Black Friday in the U.S., some might be wondering if it’s even possible to save money from within Canada?

I’ve been blogging about shopping deals and frugal living in Canada for a few years now, and I wanted to share some of my best tips to get the most out of your Black Friday shopping in Canada. That’s right, there are some great discounts to enjoy on our side of the border too!

Black Friday Deals in Canada

Since the Canadian dollar is now on par with the U.S., many Canadians have picked up the habit of crossing the border to shop the Black Friday sales. Now, Canadian stores aren’t blind, they have taken note, so that more and more Canadian retail stores are also offering comparable deals on Black Friday to keep paying customers on Canadian soil.

Shopping the Black Friday deals in Canada avoids the long waiting lines at customs and the crazy hordes in shopping centres while saving money on gas too. Some offers might not be as good as what’s on offer in the U.S. (it’s getting closer though). But you also need to take into consideration the amount of time you’ll save.

Spot the Deals Before Shopping

It is really important that before you go shopping on the high street, have a look at what the sales are going to be beforehand. To do that, there are many helpful tools such as a saving community blog, forums and of course flyers from the most popular stores.

This will allow you to spot which stores will run Black Friday deals in Canada and what kind of discounts you can expect and on what type of products (for example, expect electronic accessories to be heavily discounted). And with the number of stores participating increasing every year, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding offers for most of your favourite stores.

Make a List

Making a list before shopping for any kind of occasion should always be the first step to help us spend more wisely. It allows us to plan what we really need ahead of time, and if we manage it properly, it can also prevent us from buying items that are not on the list. Take a few minutes to do a list of what you really need to buy and put them in order of priority, starting with what’s most important.

Compare Prices

Merchants normally advertise most of the upcoming deals in their flyers, newsletters and/or on their website, so customers can easily spot the offers they are interested in. This price comparison allows you to compare the current price of the items with the upcoming one and analyze how much of a good deal it is. But you probably already know what the average price for it is and if what on offer is a tremendous discount or not.

Or go one step further, simply find the best price for the product(s) you are interested in, then find a coupon (if applicable) to get further discounts.

Read the Store Price-Match and Returns Policy

Some stores change their returns policy during the Black Friday sale, so make sure to be aware of the appropriate policy if you need to return the product. You might also want to have a look at their price-match policy—in case you find it cheaper later.

Print Coupons

Using a coupon (printable or on-line code) on top of a Black Friday deal is the best you can expect in terms of saving money. Make sure to read all the fine print on the coupon and all the terms and conditions of the store’s Black Friday sale to see if you can use it.

If you decide to shop on-line as the following section recommends, look for coupon codes to unlock better deals on select products. Canadian coupon sites, such as vouchercodes.ca, normally list all the latest codes and promotions available for top merchants, especially for events as big as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Shop On-line

Since most U.S. stores are now on-line and Canadian customers can shop them from within Canada, shopping on the web is a great option to enjoy the U.S. Black Friday sales from your own home. Expect to pay for handling and shipping fees, but if you saved on gas and you didn’t have to fight to grab an item(s), you might be more comfortable with this option.

It’s not only convenient, but it could also be cheaper in some cases, owing to lower overheads for stores, which in turn can lead to lower prices for the consumer.

Following Black Friday, Cyber Monday is another great event where products are highly discounted and deals are mostly available on-line  Customers can expect to find the same kind of promotions as on Friday, but all on-line a must see for avid shoppers.

Shop Early

It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping on-line  in store, in the U.S. or in Canada, getting to the store as early as you can, will maximize the chances of getting the item you need, as most of the products are only available in limited quantities. For the on-line part, make sure you find out at what time the sale is going to start to be among the first cyber-shoppers. Some stores start it on Sunday night so be aware.

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Guest Post By: Erin is a Canadian savvy shopper and blogger at vouchercodes.ca, an on-line savings community. She is always looking for the best deals available in Canada and for the latest tips on how to be more frugal.

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Where to Find Canadian Coupons…?

Finding Coupons…Where to Find those Canadian Coupons to help build your stockpile!

So you’ve decided to start couponing! Using coupons is a great way to save money in the budget without having to compromise your quality of life. As the activity of couponing increases in popularity, so do the outlets from which you can acquire these little money saving pieces of paper!

No matter your location, there are a wide variety of methods you can employ to build your coupon collection!

COUPONS BY MAIL:There are several websites you can visit that offer a rotating variety of free coupons you can order to be delivered to your home! Besides the obvious convenience of this service, this is also a great option since some retailers do not accept printable coupons.

These coupon sites include Save.ca, Websaver.ca, GoCoupons.ca and Brandsaver.ca!

*TIP*-Follow Save Big, Live Better! on Facebook to receive real time updates when new coupons become available!

PRINTABLE COUPONS:The availability of free online printable coupons is growing as the convenience of being able to instantly print savings in your own home is undeniable. So much so that retailers are beginning to see the opportunities for them in accepting printable coupons, and are adjusting their coupon acceptance policies as a result!

You can find free printable coupons on the Smartsource Printable Coupons page on Save Big Live Better, as well as a listing of printable coupons available from all over the internet on the Coupons page!

*TIP*-Retailers that accept printable coupons will always accept them in black & white, so save yourself the cost of colour ink and keep it simple!

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COUPONS IN STORE:One of the more obvious places to collect coupons is right at your local grocery store! You can find what are called “tear pads” on the shelves of your local retailer, typically placed adjacent to the particular product the coupon applies to.

Another type to keep your eye out for are coupons found on product packaging! If you can purchase an item on sale (and with a coupon!) that also provides you with a new coupon then you can really maximize your savings!

Lastly, just ask! You’d be surprised the savings you can acquire by simply asking at sample stands and your grocer’s customer service desk if they have any coupons for you:)

*TIP*-Check out 3 Tricks To Finding Coupons In Store so you never miss a coupon!

NEWSPAPER INSERTS:You’re local paper is a great resource for coupon savings! Newspaper inserts from Smartsource, Brandsaver and RedPlum can be found throughout the year in your local paper, frequently a free one!

Smartsource and Redplum can be found about every 3 weeks, where Brandsaver is less frequent (about 6-8 times a year).

*TIP*-If you are ever looking for multiples of an insert, ask your neighbours if they use coupons so you may be able to have theirs, or contact your local distribution centre after you receive the paper and see if they have any extra.

DIRECT FROM THE COMPANY: Contact your favourite companies, share with them why you enjoy their product over the competition, and ask if they have any coupons they may be able to send you. The worst thing they can say is no, and most will send you high value coupons you wont find anywhere else!

*TIP*-Check out the list of Companies You Can Request Coupons From!

Utilize these resources and I guarantee you your collection of coupons will grow in no time at all, making you ready to save when that perfect sale comes along!

Finding Canadian Coupons is as easy as it seems and so are the savings.

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