Holidays & Entertaining

Best ways to survive holiday shopping

The holidays are a whole lot of fun – there are parties, snacks and plenty of chances to unwind. There’s absolutely no downside except, of course, going to the mall. At this time of year, the mall is hot, crowded, and unpleasant but , shopping experts at (known as Canada’s largest bargain hunting website) have put together a list of tips that will help you handle it like a pro.

Go against the flow. Going to the mall after a day at work or on a Saturday or Sunday means crowds, crowds, and more crowds. Try hitting the mall before work for more convenient parking, less people – and the first crack at newly re-stocked shelves.

Good things come to those who wait. For friends or relations that you won’t see until after the holidays, consider holding off on shopping for their gifts. Yes, if you head out on Boxing Day the mall will be just as hot, crowded, and unpleasant, but the deals might be better.

Layer up. In our completely (un)scientific opinion, the mall runs about 45 degrees celsius all winter. So if you’re headed to the mall, dress lightly, in easy-to-remove layers. And bring something to stuff that heavy winter coat in.

Shop online. It’s awfully convenient and comfortable to shop online, so do as much of that as you can. And even if you’re shopping in-store, make sure you research prices and items online first. Bargain hunting websites like are a good place to start.

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