Although not a traditional holiday in Canada Black Friday has become an unofficial event here in Canada. After years of watching our US friends score great pre-Christmas deals, Canadians are starting to get in on the action. However this year I am doing it a little differently. Save.ca is working to change the early morning wake up, stress filled shopping of Black Friday into a fun, relaxing and productive day of shopping! How are they going to do that? Well first they are ditching the Black Friday name, and calling the day Mauve Friday, they also have some great tips to help you make the most of your tranquil shopping experience:
Set a budget – it is easy to get caught up in all of the sales and specials. So before you head out the door or sit down at your computer to do some shopping set out a budget that you are comfortable with and avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse
Research the deals before you shop – Make sure you do your homework ahead of time, so that when you are shopping you know if a “deal” really is a good deal. By looking at store flyers online on sites like Save.ca you are able to make your shopping list right from the comfort of your own home.
Shop Savvy – Use tools at hand to make your shopping experience smoother, apps such as the Save.ca allow you to compare digital flyers while on the go, allowing you to make sure you are getting the best price no matter where your shopping trips take you.
Shop Online – Avoid the lines and crowds completely by shopping online! Unlike our US friends most of us have to work on Black Friday. Shopping online is a great way to still get all of the deals right from your home (or work!) without having to book a vacation day.
This year on the top of my Mauve Friday shopping list is a new DSLR camera. I have been eying up the Canon T3i or T5i, and I am hoping to see some great sales on November 29 so I can pick one up before the holidays. So turn Black Friday into Mauve Friday and score all the deals without the stress with Save.ca! What is on your Mauve Friday shopping list this year?