Besides Disneyland, Toys R Us Canada might be the happiest place on earth for kids – and for parents looking to score a deal.
And as seasoned bargain-hunters, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make sure you always find the best possible prices when you shop in their stores or on their website.
To help you out, we compiled everything together in one place. This sale calendar spills the beans on every major promotion that happens at Toys R Us Canada, as well as our tips and tricks for tracking down promo codes and always finding a way to get free shipping.
But first, there's one major question we're sure you want answered: Is Toys R Us Canada closing?
After filing for bankruptcy protection a few years ago, Toys R Us announced plans to close all of their stores in the United States. They shuttered more than 800 locations across the US in 2018, but things are looking up north of the border. Toys R Us Canada has confirmed that it will remain open for business – so all of us Toys R Us kids here don't have to grow up just yet.
The Biggest Annual Sales @ Toys R Us Canada
Toys R Us Canada, like most retailers, runs a few guaranteed sales every year. These are the big ones – the events you absolutely don't want to miss. During these sales, you can score some of the steepest discounts you'll see on toys and games across the country. So mark your calendars!
Toys R Us Black Friday Sale: This is the sale we wait for at Toys R Us. They go all out around Black Friday and usually save their biggest deals for Black Friday itself. In previous years, we've seen them offer discounts of up to 75% off that last until Cyber Monday – so I'm not kidding when I say this sale is BIG. They also tend to run one-day sales in addition to their major clearance event – and you have to shop the sales quickly, since each is on for just 24 hours.
Toys R Us Canada Boxing Day Sale: Forget just one day of deals. When it comes to Boxing Day, Toys R Us goes all out and makes things last for an entire week! Their Boxing Week Sale caps off the end of December, and we've seen them offer toys, baby gear and more for up to 60% off.
Toys R Us 1/2 Price Event: Okay, this one isn't quite an annual sale, but it's definitely worth a mention. Every so often (usually a few times every year), Toys R Us will release a set of door crasher deals, where select toys and games are half-price. They occasionally run BOGO 1/2 price sales, too.
How to Save Money @ Toys R Us Canada
There's no doubt about it – toys are expensive. It's worth saving your pennies (or nickels, if you're shopping with cash) whenever you can. There are a few surefire ways to bag a bargain when you shop at Toys R Us, and we narrowed things down to these top 10 tips:
1. Check the Toys R Us Canada flyer before you shop
Whether or not you get flyers in the mail, you can always find the current Toys R Us Canada flyer online. Just enter your postal code and select which flyer you'd like to view. It'll give you the scoop on any upcoming deals and let you know which new products have made it to stores.
2. Know how to score FREE shipping
Toys R Us Canada actually offers a TON of different shipping options, and it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of them. They ship to all provinces in Canada, but there may be additional charges if you live in a remote location. In general, though, many products and orders over $49 will ship for free (excluding oversize items). Alternatively, certain items will usually qualify for free in-store pickup: just select your nearest store when you check out.
3. Sign up for the R Club
R you part of the club yet? If not, you're missing out! The R Club is Toys R Us' loyalty program that can give you access to exclusive offers and saving. It's completely free to join, and you can sign up here. Just create an account and make sure you're signed in whenever you shop online. They'll also issue an R Club card that you can use when you shop in stores. Membership will get you 10% off your first purchase, so it's worth the effort for that perk alone! Check the email subscription box when you join the club if you want to find out about additional Toys R Us offers whenever they pop up.
4. Never miss a Toys R Us LEGO sale
Looking for a deal on LEGO? Toys R Us Canada is sometimes one of the best places to look, especially since they run deals specifically on LEGO sets every so often. Check their homepage when you're after a specific set, because they'll usually put up a banner to announce any LEGO events.
5. Learn the Toys R Us price match policy
Lucky for us bargain-hunters, Toys R Us Canada has a pretty extensive price match policy. If you find something for a lower price at another store, it's worth seeing if Toys R Us will match (or even beat) that deal. First, make sure the items you're comparing actually are identical and you can prove a competitor is offering a lower price (with a catalogue, flyer or receipt). Price match services are offered in stores, or you can submit a price match request for consideration online.
6. Try to find and use a Toys R Us Canada promo code
I won't lie, it's rare that you'll actually find a Toys R Us promo code. If one does pop up, though, you can find it on our designated coupon page. Even if there aren't any valid codes at the moment, it's worth checking that page out, because it's where we list every single active sale at Toys R Us Canada.
7. Don't forget about Babies R Us
Toys R Us Canada is about more than just toys. Don't forget about Babies R Us Canada, their headquarters for all kinds of baby, nursery and pre-school essentials. They have a sale section that's always up-to-date, and you R Club membership is valid there, too – and they also price-match.
8. Get the most out of your Toys R Us registry
This might be the very best thing about Babies R Us: their registry. If you're expecting a little one, planning a baby shower or just making sure you have everything your kiddo needs, you might want to create a Babies R Us registry. You can manage yours online, search for your friends' wish lists and monitor everything in case any items go on sale. And if you need a little help putting everything together, you can sign up for a personal appointment to craft the ideal list.
9. Take the kids to FREE Toys R Us Canada events
Not sure what to do this weekend? Chances are, something is happening at Toys R Us. Their R Events are themed activity days planned just for kids – so check the schedule, get the family together and make an afternoon of it! Most of these events involve something your kiddos can take home, whether that's a miniature LEGO set they build, a craft everybody makes together or a special poster.
10. Shop the Toys R Us sale section
Okay, this one goes without saying. You can ALWAYS find deals in the Toys R Us sale section. It's available all year long, and some of the discounts can be pretty incredible. If you're shopping for birthday gifts and don't want to break the bank, they also give you the option to browse all their deals by price point, so you can choose from sale items under $20, $50 or $100.