Canadians have been experiencing a recent shopping phenomenon over the last few years, one that came out of nowhere, but for some reason seemed familiar. Anyone vaguely familiar with American culture knows I'm talking about Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the entire year. Sorry Boxing Day.

Black Friday has slowly crept into Canada, even though many Montrealers, and Canadians at-large still don't really know what the sales-day is all about. We don't want you to miss out on any savings, so here's a basic breakdown on everything you need to know about Black Friday 2015.

Black Friday: What It Is And Why You Should Care

Traditionally, Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas season in America, and it's how stores jump-start everyone into holiday shopping-mode. Occurring right after American Thanksgiving (which is on a Thursday), Black Friday always sends Americans into a frenzy, as everyone heads to their preferred shopping centre to capitalize on the best deals before it's too late.

To put it in a Canadian context, Black Friday is like an early Boxing Day. One major advantage is that, instead of happening after Christmas, Black Friday is well before, allowing you to spend less on gifts, or on yourself.

There's no need to head south of the border anymore, as stores across Canada have fully adopted the Black Friday tradition, and the selection of retailers has only grown over the last few years. Expect Black Friday 2015 to be the largest Canada has ever seen.

This year, Black Friday will occur on November 27th. Many stores may be open at midnight, as their respective sales will begin as soon as Black Friday officially begins, and its common practice for Americans to head to the mall/line up late at night to make sure they get the best deals.

Canada hasn't reached that level of Black Friday intensity (yet) but you should still make sure to have your shopping spots picked out, and head early to ensure your desired item isn't out of stock by the time you get there.


Cyber Monday: The Day For Online Sales

Thanks to the rise in popularity of online shopping, there has been a recent addition to the Black Friday tradition, Cyber Monday.

Basically, Cyber Monday is the Black Friday for online sales. In much the same way, savings will go into effect at midnight, but you'll be able to get in on the savings from the comfort of your own home.

Canadians can capitalize on Cyber Monday on the same savings Americans can get in on, given that it's all online, but there will no doubt be sales from Canada-specific online stores and retailers too.


The Savings Have Already Begun

Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are specific "days," that doesn't mean you can't get on savings well before and after they pass. Much like Boxing Day, there are Black Friday "Week" (or "Pre-Sale") deals put in place by many major stores, meaning you can already start saving.

Most Black Friday Week sales won't come into effect until the week of the 27th, but you can bet most retailers have begun advertising their savings. Your best bet is to find out which stores have week-long savings and which have day-only sales, so you can manage your time (and money) more efficiently.


What To Expect In Montreal

Last year, there weren't many Montreal businesses who were savvy on Black Friday, but we're expecting that to change in 2015.

Of course, all the major Canadian retailers with stores across Canada will no-doubt have Black Friday deals available in Montreal. When it comes to independently-owned Monday stores, the amount offering Black Friday deals will vary.

We're certain to have a legit listing of Montreal stores with Black Friday sales in the coming weeks, so be certain to check back in soon. Rest assured you'll know when we know.


Online Resources You Can Use

There's absolutely no need to delve into the madness of Black Friday alone, because there's plenty of digital resources to help you navigate through the all of the promotional sales and deals. Below you'll find a few helpful websites that have already compiled existing Black Friday sales, and will continue to be updated as more deals are made public.

So, as you're now well aware, there's no need to head to the States to save this year, as Montreal and Canada are strong with the Black Friday savings. Good luck and get saving people.

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