It’s going to be a wild one! As we reach the roughly 10-year anniversary of Black Friday in Canada, 2021 is a year to be organized, be early, and be honest with yourself. Some experts are saying stores will have in-store specials, while others are telling us all offers will be online only. Some stores are starting early, with sales already underway while others are staying tight-lipped about their deals until the day.
All signs lead to the fact that we must all be ready for anything this year. So let’s get into it and let’s get organized!
In this article, you’ll find great tips to get you ready for this year’s festivities:
When is Black Friday Canada 2021?
In 2021, Black Friday Canada officially falls on November 26th, and Cyber Monday on November 29th in 2021.
Organizing yourself for Black Friday Canada 2021
Organizing yourself for Black Friday takes time, research, and strategy. With deals everywhere, the list of things you could buy is endless.
While the best deals are normally on electronics during Black Friday, you probably are thinking about a new TV right now. But, Black Friday can be about saving on the things you need, either for yourself or for those on your Christmas list.
Black Friday is like Boxing Day but before Christmas. The shopping event came to Canada in 2010. It was like an early Christmas gift to shoppers. Not only does Black Friday deliver (HUGE) savings, it also gets us organized by planning what we are giving to those on our Christmas lists, and (naturally) a “To me, From me” present.
Do Your Black Friday Research!
When you know what you want, check out Consumer Reports and find out which one is the best.
They perform testing on all types of products and break down which ones are best overall, the best value, and other factors. They have a pretty interesting blog too!
Don’t fall victim to Black Friday sales tactics
Black Friday pricing and deals can be murky. Some items have “SALE” tags when they are the same price as the rest of the year, and some items have unique models just for Black Friday and it can be difficult to compare prices against similar products.
CamelCamelCamel can help with this. Read on!
Let us introduce you to CamelCamelCamel.
The site that keeps track and allows you to see the pricing history for anything on Amazon.ca. Find your item on Amazon, copy the link, paste it into the CamelCamelCamel search, and find out what that item has cost in the past.
There is no CamelCamelCamel for in-person shopping but it can be a good way to check Amazon pricing against in-store items, sometimes Amazon doesn’t have the best price, especially if you can pick up items in-store or curbside.
That’s another reason to research early, confirm the in-store price before the sales start, to compare against the new “sale” price!
Check out our more in-depth post about saving money online.
Stores will often list out the items that will be on sale and the Black Friday savings to be had. Avoid getting caught up in this by knowing what you want.
Or simply watch the stores you like to shop at, such as H&M and UNIQLO, M.A.C and Sephora, RW&CO or Sport Chek, or your favorite local boutique, spa, or bike shop. This can be handy to ensure you don’t get lost in stores that sell everything, like Walmart and Best Buy.
Plan for products being out of stock
There seems to be no getting around it this year, as you’ve probably heard there are worldwide supply chain issues. This may result in your online orders not arriving in time, or your local shops being out of stock. The pandemic certainly hasn’t helped but the main issue is the price of the containers that our goods are shipped in. To help avoid being affected, start your Black Friday shopping as early as you can.
Finding the Best Black Friday Canada 2021 Deals
The best Black Friday deal is on something you actually need. Stores are quick to show you their special Black Friday promotions. But you might not actually need anything on that list (though your mom might!) Think about things in your life that you’d like to upgrade or replace.
Think of what you need
Keep this in mind as you go through your day. When you do something or go to a place that triggers the thought, “Hey, I need a new <insert object here>”, write it down! We all have grand ambitions when it comes to remembering what we need, but it’s always better to have a list.
Here are some examples:
|Action/Trigger||Thought/”I need a new…”|
|Getting on your bike||Bike Helmet|
|Struggling to cut through a tomato||Knife Set|
|Scooping your last ounce of concealer||Face Cream|
|Sitting down at your home office||Office Chair|
|Paying someone for an easy repair||Tools and DIY Know-how|
|Your phone dies taking a photo of your lunch||Phone|
|Serving tea to your friends at home||Dish Set|
Black Friday Shopping Strategies
The great thing about Black Friday 2021 is that stores are offering deals earlier and earlier. While you’ve probably already seen promotions in-store and online, Black Friday is officially one day. This year, that day is November 26th. However, retailers are extending Black Friday deals across the weekend, into Cyber Monday and beyond.
This means you have more time to save more money. There is no need to throw your plan away and you probably don’t really need to participate in all the hype that comes with this shopping event. In fact, you can do all of your online, and in-store, shopping before Black Friday, and use the day to get a haircut, load up on groceries, grab a coffee and lunch, and casually discover what savings you might find. You don’t need to put any pressure on yourself!
Pro Saving Tip
Things like tools, bike helmets, dish sets, and office chairs will last you a long time
and thus are a great value for money, even better if you can get them on sale too!
FOMO is real on Black Friday
Black Friday can be an exciting time to hunt for deals and get the things you truly want and need. But for some, it can leave a feeling of anxiety and anguish.
FOMO can feel crushing but buyer’s remorse is real too. We have all experienced the fear of paying more for something than we need to or forgetting to buy something you wanted to, or you might think “did I miss someone on the Christmas list?”
These feelings can be exacerbated by online shopping.
At the mall it’s not so bad, you can only get to the stores you can physically get to, and that’s the end of it. But online, every store and every deal in the world is at your fingertips, and it can lead to a deep and uncomfortable feeling of loss.
3 Tips to Alleviate Black Friday FOMO
1. Take a deep breath
Before you make a purchase, clear your mind and collect yourself before clicking “Confirm” or “Buy”. This will help to clarify if you need this thing now or can it wait?
2. Never look back
Once you’ve made your purchase, don’t check the price again and don’t talk to your friends about what you paid. Leave the purchase in the past and move forward.
3. Treat Yourself
There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with some Christmas baking. The act of baking itself can be therapeutic and the end result is, well, bliss!
Black Friday Sales Updates
With all that said and done, here are sale updates from some of our favorite brands!
Black Friday Canada Travel Deals
Black Friday Canada Fashion Deals
Black Friday Canada Children’s Deals
Save more on Black Friday with Moola
Stack your savings with a discounted eGift card and make Black Friday even better.