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Black Friday Shopping Survival Guide (Here's What Not to Do!)

Black Friday Shopping Survival Guide (Here's What Not to Do!)

By Kate Musgrove

We've already covered some great tips for Black Friday shopping online -- here's a rundown of what to do if you're shopping in-store on Black Friday for the first time.

  • Don't be tempted to go across the border and shop. Remember, you've got to be in the US for more than 24 hours to claim $200 in tax-exempt goods and in the US for more than 48 before you can bring back $800. You also have to factor in gas, time, a possible hotel room stay and more into the price of whatever you're buying.
  • Don't be afraid to take the day off and spend it shopping. In the US, most people have the day off and stores are packed. In Canada, of course, Black Friday isn't a holiday, but you can use that to your advantage! Take a vacation day, go shopping and you could get all of your Christmas gifts bought in one go!
  • Don't go shopping in a physical mall without a bottle of water and a place to cram your coat. (Or if you drive to the mall, consider leaving your coat in your car.) Malls can be hot and crowded and there's no need to be miserable.
  • Don't forget to make a list -- it's easy to forget the specifics of everything you need to get once you've started shopping. Make a list of what you need to buy for who and if you're shopping for clothes, write down each person's size. And if you have kids, keep track of what you've bought for each kid you are shopping for so one doesn't end up with three presents and the other with twelve.

6 Comments

    • great tip on the water and coat! Shopping is no fun and stressful when you are over heating.
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    • Pro Tip: There's nothing in your life you absolutely need where you should take a vacation day off of work in order to 'go to the mall' all day. Remember: Your time is worth more than saving a few dollars.

      Just go to work and shop online.
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    • Go to USA and shop there. Depending on the deal, it will still be better vs buying here in Canada despite poor currency conversion
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    • I found Black Friday is becoming a stressful day, people may have to get up early or not go to bed at all, or waiting outside in winter morning for a store to open.
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    • What is this society we live in now? Look at all the people slowly getting slaughtered!!!
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