1. Don’t Buy Your Books, Movies or Music in the Store, Ever!
Why? Simply put, buying books, music and movies is always cheaper online. Sites like Amazon.ca or Indigo.ca offer most books, including current best-sellers, at half the U.S. cover price. Comparatively, you can almost always expect to pay full U.S. cover price at an Indigo retail store, even if the Indigo website offers them at a fraction of the cost.
Likewise, video games, Blu-rays and DVDS, though not as cheap as books, can often be found on special at Amazon.ca, and save your anywhere from 10 to 50 per cent. Music, if purchased digitally through the iTunes store, is usually 10 to 20 per cent less than buying the actual CD. And best of all, these online stores usually offer free shipping.
If you still prefer the actual experience of shopping in store, bring a notepad or smartphone and jot down the prices of the gifts you like, then go home and compare.