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How Canadians Can Take Advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

How Canadians Can Take Advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Shopping in the United States is elevated almost to a contact sport. Sales and discounts abound on a predictable schedule. Here in Canada, it’s true that we get Boxing Day on December 26th. However, in the States they also end up with “after Christmas” sales, and sales all the way up to Christmas. But the “real” deals for the shopping year is the fact that the United States gets to take advantage of major deals before Christmas with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If you want to take advantage of deals like our friends to the south, you do have options. Here are a few ways that you can get in on the Black Friday deals.

Across the Border

One option is to go across the border and shop the deals in person. Did you know that 75% of Canadians live within 150 km of the United States border? Keep in mind though that the Canadian dollar has a lower value than the US dollar. This means that you can take advantage of sales, but be sure to factor in the exchange rate to make sure it’s really a deal. Shop with your credit card, and you don’t have to worry about carrying out the foreign exchange transaction yourself. Do watch out for foreign transaction fees your credit card might charge. Before you head across the border, double-check to see which card charges the least.

Black Friday might be worthwhile if you get the big savings. Even if you have to drive more than 150 km (paying for gas), and even if you have a few fees to pay, it still might be worth it for the savings. However, you need to plan ahead, since travelling to the US will only pay off if you can get all of your Christmas shopping completed in one weekend. Run the numbers and see if this option makes sense for you.

Shop Online Websites

For most Canadians, though, a better choice is to shop online from US websites. You can get Black Friday deals by logging on with US retailers. Not only that, but you can take advantage of Cyber Monday as well.

In many cases, online retailers offer even better deals if you wait until Cyber Monday to do your shopping. If you want to get great deals without leaving the comfort of your home, shopping through US websites makes a great deal of sense. You can save money, and you can do it in your pajamas (or even from work).

However, it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Be aware of stores that don’t ship to Canada or those that charge a large amount for shipping. If you do your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping online, you don’t want hefty shipping charges to would negate any savings from your great deals.

Shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Canada

You’ll also find that more and more Canadian stores are actually having Black Friday sales. The thirst for deals and shopping marathons has come to Canada, and Canadian retailers want a piece of the pie. With surveys finding an increasing number of Canadians looking to participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s not a surprise that retailers up here want in on the act.

A few years ago, most of the companies in Canada participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday are computer stores like TigerDirect and NewEgg. You can also get great deals on

However, there are other companies that are taking a look at how they can keep some of these shopping dollars local, rather than sending them to the United States. It’s also not surprising that the Canadian locations of US brands like Walmart, Apple, Old Navy, Toys R Us, and Best Buy are offering Black Friday Deals. But you can also find deals from Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Sport Chek, and Rogers. Airmiles even offers Black Friday deals for Canadians.

You can find all the deals on the Black Friday section of RedFlagDeals. Hopefully, more stores will follow this trend in future years while competing for your shopping dollar. It’s a lot better than trying to drive to the US and then fight the crowds that have become famous the world over for their aggressiveness.

While Black Friday isn’t a Canadian shopping tradition, that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit by taking advantage of the sales!


  1. Financial Samurai

    I gotta say, the best way to take advantage of Black Friday is to turn off the computer, not watch TV and go for a hike instead of spend money on things people think are good deals.

    I have a ton of rich, executive level retail company friends who are just salivating to take advantage of the consumer. They get rich, you get poor.

    Use common sense folks! Spending more to save more is NOT the way to go!

    • Batata

      Dude… you are so right! Thanks for opening my eyes. I just saved a bundle by reading your comment

    • misserchin

      Well I agree with you somewhat, if it is somthing that you dont realy need and just buying for the sake of a sale then I would agee with your suggestion 100%, on the other hand if you have your cash and see a very good deal on something you realy need and have been waiting for a deal like this, then go ahead.

  2. The Financial Blogger

    Americans are always faster than Canadians:
    while they save before Christmas, we prefer buying our gifts first and then, save on extra junk on the 26th ;-0 LOL!

  3. Heather Sinclair

    It’s up to retailers both brick and mortar and on line to help establish a “supply” of deals for our fellow Canadians. One issue is the cost of duty when coming from the US. Shopping online takes away the hassle of cross border travelling, long lines and crowded (sometimes violent!) stores. Just make sure they ship to Canada!

  4. KC

    I loathe Black Friday. I always tell my American friends about them being thankful for the things they have on Thanksgiving then they turn around and spend massive amounts of money the next day completing negating the “blessings” that they’ve appreciated the day before.

    I’m actually shopping this weekend due to a significant write-offs on winter coats because I truly do need a new coat, nothing more.

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