“Buen Fin” is Mexico’s Version of Black Friday

We thought it would be boring to use a picture of a store, so we used a beach pic instead (Source: Linda Kurtzweil)

Over the last couple of months, our expat community has gained several new members. The first thing that most people do when they arrive is run out and buy lots of “stuff” to replace all the “stuff” they got rid of before they moved to Mexico.

In the interest of saving them some money — and because it’s too time-consuming to tell them one at a time — I decided to do a post about Mexico’s version of Black Friday, which is called Buen Fin.

Unlike Black Friday which only lasts one day, Buen Fin lasts four days (Friday through Monday). During this time, participating businesses across Mexico offer significant savings on products and services.

So, if the weather is really nice the first day, you can put off buying your new television and head to the beach instead. If the weather is nice all weekend, you can order it online and still take advantage of the savings.

It’s important to have priorities in life.

This Year, Buen Fin is November 17-20.

I normally close a post with the Let’s Wrap It Up section, but I think I’ll forego it today. Everyone knows that spending less for something is desirable, so I really don’t know what else I could say on the matter.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul

Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget.

In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Living in Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times and Paul’s articles appear in periodicals across Mexico.

17 Comments on "“Buen Fin” is Mexico’s Version of Black Friday"

  1. Thanks for the dates, I knew it was November sometime. Time to start furnishing the Loft!

  2. Love Buen Fin! Saved a ton of money last year at the perfect time. What was interesting to me is it seemed there were massive price cuts across the board, like everything was 40% off which is different than the US where they tend to have a few items with huge price cuts and the rest eh… as well as limited supply.

  3. Thanks we were just about to buy a new oven. We rent and the last tenants ‘blew up the stove.” Don’t ask me how. Anyway our landlord was so disgusted, he refused to buy a new stove until we proved ourselves worthy. Now we’ll wait until Nov. 17.

    • You haven’t been in Mexico long but you have already had some very interesting experiences. You should think of starting your own blog to share them. If you do, I can share the post on my link to other expat blogs.

  4. What does Mexico have in the way of income tax?

  5. Speaking of ordering online in Mexico (ordering from Amazon Mexico for example). That probably warrants a post based on your experiences as well as others including delivery. Do they deliver to your home or do you pick up somewhere more well known?. Since we are new and our area is new, we don’t know our correct address yet (believe it or not). We were told that the area code for Bahia Principe is 77780 (which doesn’t exist according to micodigopostal.org), our electric bill says 77776 (which is Akumal) and our water bill says 77600 (which is Cozumel). Do you know the correct area code for Bahia Principe? The only item we personally shipped from the US, we sent to Casa Club in Bahia Principe to make sure that they knew where it was. Our address is so long that it didn’t fit into the Amazon address form. Maybe mail and package delivery in Mexico deserves it’s own blog post.

    • That’s the funny thing about the addresses here, they are often written differently on different documents. Since you live inside Bahia Principe, that is easy to find and most packages will arrive even if the zip code is wrong. The safest one to use is 77776.

      You’re right , the topic of package delivery is a good one for a blog post.

  6. So Buen Fin is before Thanksgiving??? Black Friday here is the day after Thanksgiving.

    • Buen Fin was inspired by Black Friday in the U.S. and was started in 2011. Instead of using Thanksgiving, which isn’t celebrated in Mexico, they time it on a weekend near Mexican Independence Day.

  7. Hola! I am spending my second winter in Mexico and would like your advise. Last winter, studied Spanish at Uniter in Cuernavaca and traveled to see the Monarch Migration, MC, Puebla, Oaxaca, and San Miguel. Headed to Merida for five weeks, two weeks at a Language school and three weeks exploring. My daughter joins me for a week and want to be on the ocean( we both love to snorkel),and looked at Holbox Island. Suggestions about an area that isn’t elbow to elbow tourists? Time line is second week in February. Thank you!

    • It can be a challenge to find a place that along the Caribbean coast where you won’t find many tourists in February. My suggestion would be to stay somewhere south of Playa del Carmen.

  8. Hola! Thanks for the Buen Fin info. Good to know!
    We have become residents at Playa del Carmen—we have rented a lovely condo, and we have to pay(until we establish a bank account) our monthly rent through ATM. It is quite hard here to find enclosed machines. And sometimes even those lobby ATM’S are frequently out of money. Have you heard about this dilemma before?
    Guess the solution here is to get that bank account as soon as possible. Wonder if others have had this problem? Thanks for your blog! Evelyn

    • I have noticed that some ATMs seem to run out of money. It seems to happen more around the 15th and the end of the month when people get paid.

  9. Darn……………..don’t arrive until the 21st

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