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.