There are two times within the year that I love to score a great shopping deal. The first is during Boxing Week and the second is on Black Friday! Black Friday, centered around the American Thanksgiving holiday has become quite popular in Canada over the last several years and I, too, have come to embrace and partake in this annual shopping event!
When it comes to shopping, I approach it like a sport – committed, competitive, and equipped. I know that sounds intense! But when you’re out at the malls, fighting crowds for hours, you need to be prepared and on your A-game to find the best deals out there!
As I gear up for Black Friday sales at DIXIE Outlet Mall, I thought I’d share my personal suggestions on how to curate the essentials for your Black Friday Survival Kit so you can focus on snatching the best deals!
You don’t score the best finds by sleeping in! During these inaugural shopping opportunities, you got to hit the stores early! And that’s why getting a good night’s sleep is key. For the night before, I like to put on an eye mask, a comfortable nighty and hit the sack pronto. I also like to prepare a plan of attack by listing out a wish list. That way, I won’t get distracted and to be honest also keeps me on a budget.
Comfortable clothing and shoes is a must for any successful shopping trip! If your feet are tired or hurting, forget it! I always opt for stylish sneakers for comfort, and you can find so many great options at Footlocker, Famous Footwear, or PUMA at the DIXIE Outlet Mall.
When it comes to clothing, be smart with what you wear. Change rooms can get crowded during these sales, which means, if you wear thin, stretchable layers, it’ll allow you to try on clothing on top of what you wear. In addition, breath-ability is equally important because all that running around can be a bit of a workout. SIRENS carry a variety of solid, slim fit layers, and they are also buy one get one 50% off!
In addition to clothing and shoes, make sure you bring along a large, lightweight tote bag. This can be a life saver because who wants to carry around a heavy leather bag for 4-5 hours and plus you can also toss smaller purchases in your tote, saving the environment.
Many shopping centers and stores announce surprise promotions on their website and social media the day of (i.e. check out the DIXIE Outlet Mall Cash Cube). To stay up to date, you’ll definitely be on your phone which means, your battery will likely also run out of juice by the end of the day! I purchased a portable charger from The Source, and it was the best investment I made (mind you it was also 20% off, yay!). Now, I won’t miss out on any special promos and I can also do some extra shopping online while I’m physically at the mall!
When you’ve finally managed to buy (hopefully) everything on your wish list, be sure to collect all your receipts in case you change your mind and need to exchange a few items. I like packing along a cute passport cover to hold all my receipts. That way I have them all in one spot and will also avoid cluttering my wallet. I scored this one at WINNERS from DIXIE Outlet Mall and it also came with a matching luggage tag!
Here is a complete shopping list with more suggested goodies to curate you own Black Friday Survival Kit!
Black Friday Survival Kit
- Large Lightweight Tote Bag, check Bentley for great deals
- Note Pad from WINNERS
- Passport/Receipt Holder from WINNERS
- Comfortable Running Shoes from Famous Footwear
- Stretchable and Breathable Clothing from SIRENS
- Portable Cell Phone Charger from The Source
- Hand Sanitizer, great options at Fruits and Passion
- Mini Emergency Kit, so many cute ones at SIRENS
- Face Wipes
- Eye Mask, Nighty, great finds at La Vie En Rose
- Snacks to curb your hunger
I wish you good luck if you’re planning to brave the crowds this Black Friday!
Disclaimer: This post was prepared in partnership with DIXIE Outlet Mall. Be sure to check out their special promotions and details of the Cash Cube for your chance to win up $1,000. Share your deals with #DIXIEDeals