March 3

5 Cheap Strategies To Curb Kid Clutter

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Cheap Strategies To Curb Kid Clutter

If you have a kid or three, you may be experiencing a bit of toy and kid clutter around the house. I thought I had just cleaned out the toys before the holidays, yet every few days it looks like hurricane kid hit my living room. When our home gets so crazy we cannot see the floor, it means we lose items like hats, toys, books and that camera cable I meant to put away. We end up replacing items that are already in our house. Items also tend to become broken, which can add up to big bucks in replacements. Use some of these strategies and you too will stop wasting money on replacement items.

Bins, Bins, Bins!

Decorative bins and boxes are your best friend when trying to curb clutter. Bins are great for toys, and can be used for a variety of kid items. The secret to bin storage is keeping the categories broad so toys can be picked up quickly when playtime is over. My dear mother thought she would simplify my Barbie dolls when I was a kid, by placing similar accessory items in plastic bags. I found it such a hassle to sort each accessory type into the bags that I stopped playing with the dolls.  The alternative of leaving them in a pile on the floor was not an option with my mother (love you mom!). I know my parents spent a fair amount of money gifting me Barbie dolls they thought I would enjoy.

In contrast, one of the bins for my daughter’s toys we have simply named “stuff to take care of baby dolls.” In the bin, you would find a random assortment of clothes, bibs, play diapers and anything else that is used to take care of baby dolls.  I find that by keeping the bin categories broader, my daughter finds new ways to use them together and we can find them. You can pick up inexpensive bins at the dollar store or another discount store to help you get started on the cheap.

Utilize Under The Bed Storage

Under the bed storage is some of the least utilized space from speaking to friends. Buy a couple of slim containers such as this GIMSE bin from IKEA for $12.99 to take full advantage of this space. Under the bed is where I store extra clothing I have purchased on discount, but is currently too big for my child. Stashing these clothes under the bed in a slim but long bin helps me to see quickly what I have already purchased for the coming season. This also helps keep me from over purchasing clothing, as I have limited the amount of space for storage. By keeping everything together, I can keep the bins accessible but still slide it out of the way quickly. This storage space could also be used for extra linens, towels, storage for kids crafts to be saved and more.

Store Toys Up The Door

Use over the door shoe holders, such as this Whitmor version on Amazon.ca, as a cheap inexpensive toy storage. This type of storage is particularly great for small toys such as cars, action figures, small stuffed animals and Barbie type dolls. Check out this post from Organize Your Stuff Now for a great example of small action figures in a shoe holder. Eva here at Bargainmoose even mentioned she has used one of these shoe storage containers to keep the whole families mitts and hats in one place.

I like using clear plastic versions specifically for toys that have many small parts so my kid can find the accessory they are looking for.  It is much better to have those tiny toys find their way back to the back of the door then to destroy your vacuum.  It also means less times you spend replacing  a specific Minnie Mouse or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that has been lost… somewhere….

Create A Drop Spot Near The Front Door

A drop spot can hold a variety of items from your car keys, your purse, your kid’s book bags and the cookies you promised to bring in for that potluck. Creating a drop spot right by the front door ensures you will have everything together in one place. You will also spend less money replacing items on the go that you forgot at home. A simple small table or a few hooks by the door completes your space. DIY On The Cheap has a great basic example that includes a bench, some hooks and a basket for shoes. If you are handy with tools, they also give plans to build a the bench featured. Once you have your set-up, simply drop anything you need in the drop spot the night before or in the morning as you are preparing for the day. Save the last minute trip to the store for the replacement snack and use your drop spot to remember everything you need.

Toy Rotation

Extend the interest in your kid’s toys by rotating a few in and out of the play space. First find a small storage space that is somewhat hidden away from the kids such as a closet or a corner of the basement. Every few months pack up some of the toys from the bottom of the toy box and place them in your storage space. At the same time, you can rotate in a few new toys into the play space to keep things interesting. Fewer toys out all at once means less overall toy clutter.

Bargainmoosers, what do you do to curb the kid clutter?

(Image Credit: Sharon Drummond)

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March 3

Baskin Robbins Printables: BOGO 50% Off Sharknado Ice Cream & $3 Off Holiday Cakes

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Baskin Robbins Printables: BOGO 50% Off Sharknado Ice Cream & $3 Off Holiday  Cakes

Mmmm ice cream… the picture above is definitely enticing you to run to the nearest Baskin Robbins to get some right? I’m just kidding, but below are two printable coupons: the first for a “buy one, get one 50% off” deal on Sharknado ice cream and the second for a $3 discount on holiday cakes.

When I get started on going out for ice cream, I can’t stop going and start craving it on a near daily basis. So any discount is definitely very welcomed, especially on the Sharknado ice cream.

It’s currently Baskin Robbins’ flavour of the month and it features salted caramel, chocolate covered potato chips, chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate-coated candy pieces — that’s a whole lot of of chocolate-covered munchies, all combining into a very flavourful mix.

Have you tried the new chocolate-covered Lays yet? They’re quite scrumptious, so if you have tried it, then you can just imagine how tasty this new ice cream is as well. In fact, it has a 3.5/5 rating on Baskin Robbins’ site.

In fact, here’s what Ian Ziering, star of the movie “Sharknado”, had to say about this ice cream on the Burbank News:

“It’s a kitchen sink of snacks,” Ziering said, riffing from behind the counter. “It’s a Snacknado.”

The other coupon is for a $3 off a holiday cake. Easter is coming up, so if you’re looking to get a cake for the little ones, then this would be a great printable coupon to take advantage of, but it could also be great for birthdays. The Baskin Robbins’ printable coupon doesn’t specify if there are any exclusions with regards to the kind of holiday cake that you can get but my assumption is that nearly any cake should be good to save on. The only condition is that it must be over $25.

(Image Credit: Mike Mozart)

(Expiry: 31st March 2015)

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March 3

Contest Round Up: $6,500 Trip For 2 To Mexico, Girls’ Night Out VIP Experience & More!

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Contest Round Up: $6,500 Trip For 2 To Mexico, Girls Night Out VIP Experience & More!

How excited are you that it’s finally March? I’m pretty excited and to celebrate, I compiled a list of some of the best contests out right now. I dare you to enter all of them, but if you win, don’t forget to share with your truly! Contest Round Up: $6,500 Trip For 2 To Mexico, Girls Night Out VIP Experience & More!

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Good luck Moosers!

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March 3

Best Buy: Apple iPad Mini 2 w/ Cellular – 64GB Was $600 | Now $480

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Best Buy: Apple iPad Mini 2 w/ Cellular   64GB Was $600 | Now $480

Best Buy (and Future Shop) has discounted the Apple iPad mini 2 – 64GB – Wi-Fi/3G/4G from $599.99 down to $479.99 with free shipping. This is the ‘with cellular’ version and includes 64GB of space.

If you do not need the latest model of iPad Mini (the mini 3), then this is an excellent offer. I price compared with other companies to ensure this was a good deal. At Apple Canada, the iPad mini 2 (32 GB) with cellular retails for $519. Note that Apple Canada no longer sells the larger memory version, which Best Buy has. Thus, at Apple you would pay more for a smaller unit. Chapters Canada and Staples Canada also have the 32GB model for $519. The only place i found the 64GB iPad 2 with cellular is at Walmart. At Walmart, this unit costs $658.

Future Shop is the sister store of Best Buy, so their prices currently match. If the Apple iPad Mini 2 goes out of stock at Best Buy, just hop over to Future Shop to see if there are any left there. Currently, Best Buy has several special offers that you can combine with the Apple iPad Mini 2 with cellular. Some of these are in store only promotions and some of these are available online.

Online

  • Save $20 on Microsoft Office with your purchase of the iPad Mini 2
  • Save $20 on a Logitech Keyfolio with your purchase of the iPad Mini 2 – Retails $89.99 | Your price $69.99

In Store

  • Pay $0 upfront (save $480) on this iPad with TELUS Easy Tablet.
  • Receive a bonus $50 gift card when you activate this iPad in-store with TELUS Easy Tablet

For in store deals, you can reserve online today for same day pick up at your local store.

The Microsoft deal is nice to combine with this sale. Microsoft Office 365 starts at $69.99 for the personal version. With this deal, you would receive Microsoft Office for just $49.99. Other versions are a bit more expensive.

I am a fan of Apple products overall, and I think this is one good deal on a new Apple tablet. While I cannot say much about the TELUS Easy Tablet offer, I would personally look into it if I were buying this tablet. A bonus $50 gift card is nothing to sniff at. I am also curious how they can give you the phone up front free; I am assuming the $480 cost goes on a two-year tab.

(Expiry: 5th March 2015)

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March 3

Hudson’s Bay: Up to 65% Off Mikasa Glassware

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Hudsons Bay: Up to 65% Off Mikasa Glassware

Hudson’s Bay currently has wine goblets, flute glasses, and other beverage glasses on sale for up to 65% off.

The clearance section is ripe with excellent deals on glassware. If you are looking for a pre-made set, then try out the Mikasa Ridgefield Smoke Goblet Set of 4 or the Ridgefield Smoke Wine Glass Set of 4 that are on sale from $90 down to $36 per set. The smoked glass really gives this glassware a distinct look. While these glasses may not match with all dishes, you may find they look smashing with stoneware in deeper colours.

Sometimes a set of four just will not do when six will be dining together. Mikasa also offers sets of six glasses for every occasion that will not break the piggy bank. The Alexandra Red Wine Glasses Set Of 6 were $80 and are now $29.99. These glasses are perfectly shaped for that standard accompaniment to red meat: red wine. Shaped slightly different (though hard to see), this Alexandra White Wine Glasses Set of 6 from Mikasa is also on sale from $80 down to $29.99.

Now, I am not a wine drinker, but I do love a glass of bubbly every now and then. The Alexandra Flute Glasses Set of 6 would be perfect for champagne or even morning mimosas with your lover. Originally $80, they are on sale for $29.99.

Do you already have a set of fancy glasses but one has broken or you need to add to your set for a special event (or an ever-expanding family)? This sale also includes single glasses for many popular sets. I own two Love Story Iced Beverage glasses from Mikasa. They match my china set. However, I only bought two glasses originally and I would prefer four. Originally $35, the love story glasses are on sale for $14 each.

For more of a tumbler style glass, the D Amore New Shape Flame Double Old Fashion will work well. Drop in a bit of brandy and a couple ice-cubes for the perfect evening drink. These glasses can also be used for water (what I would use them for), liqueur, and other hard alcohols. Originally $45, this glass is on sale for $18. If you want a different pattern, then pick up the Arctic Lights Hiball on sale for the same price.

Hudson’s Bay Canada offers free shipping on orders of $99 or more or on orders of $49 for HBC cardholders. Orders under the free shipping minimums start at $5.95 (for under $50) for shipping and go up from there.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 3

Walmart: T-Fal Start Up Cookware Set Only $60 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Walmart: T Fal Start Up Cookware Set Only $60 & Free Shipping

Walmart Canada has rolled back the price on this T-Fal eight-piece cookware set. Previously $69, the cookware set is on sale for $59.97 with free shipping.

While Walmart’s previous price was $69, I was shocked to see a similar cookware set at Shop.ca for $134.99. That is even a sale price according to Shop.ca as they list the suggested retail price at $179.99. While the two sets are not exactly the same, they are both start-up sets with eight-pieces of cookware.

Now, the picture on Walmart’s site is inaccurate! The website shows an 11-piece set whereas this is an eight-piece set. I read some of the questions and answers where a buyer points this out and asks what is exactly in the 8-piece set. You will receive a:

  • Five quart dutch oven + lid
  • Three quart pot + lid
  • Two quart pot + lid
  • Two fry pans

If you work out the price per piece, you would only be paying around $7.50 per piece from this set. I think this is an especially good offer for anyone on a tight budget or who has moved out on their own. Reviewers are quite pleased with the set as well. They like how it covers all their basic needs, is over safe (up to 350 F), and is inexpensive. As one reviewer said:

Great set! It is worth the price. You really don’t need one of the $200 sets, this one does the trick!

Another reviewer said the set does not quite have everything they want, but it is great to start out with:

I recently moved to my own place and needed pots and pans. Well, the T-Fal set fulfills my most urgent needs. It doesn’t have all the items I needed (I ideally wanted a large skillet with lid) but for the price, it’s a very good deal. Quality is excellent and I’ll definitely be buying again from T-Fal.

I often look at pots and pans sets because they are a basic for every household. This is the cheapest ‘complete’ set I have ever seen. While I am not a fan of the coating T-Fal uses on their pots and pans, I will admit that nothing can cook an egg like a T-Fal frying pan.

This is a no-risk deal as you can easily return the product in store if you are not satisfied.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 3

The Evil Within Was $66.50 | Now $22.60 @ Steam Powered

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The Evil Within Was $66.50 | Now $22.60 @ Steam Powered

The Evil Within was just released in October, so this deal is on a fairly new game. Originally $66.49, it is on sale for just $22.60 CAN at Steam Powered.

It is pretty hard to compare prices on digital downloads with their physical equals. However, you are getting the same game – just for a different console. I located some PC versions at local stores to price compare with:

  • $59.95 @ Future Shop Canada
  • $59.95 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $34.99 + $4.99 Shipping @ Amazon.ca (marketplace)
  • $69.99 @ EB Games
  • $69.96 @ Walmart Canada

As you can see, Steam Powered has the best price for the PC version of this game. Even for console versions, the lowest I have seen the game was $30 in this sale Margarita blogged about a bit ago.

This game is pretty scary. If you are not into gore, horror, and mass murder – then you might want to pick another game. As one critic on Metascore said:

The Evil Within has achieved something that not many games have lately: It scared me. Thanks for Mikami-san!

I am not into games that scare me so I have not even watched the trailer for this game. I do know that Detective Sebastian Castellanos is investigating some horrific murders when things go from bad to worse. He witnesses the slaughter of his fellow officers, gets knocked unconscious, and wakes up immersed in a world of hideous creatures and the dead. This is not a game to play before bedtime kiddies!

Now, there is a lot of people who love the game and those who hate it. You must be into psychological horror to enjoy this game. Also, many reviews for the game came out pre-patch. This patch fixed some of the major complaints including black borders to make it feel ‘cinematic’ and some issues with awards not coming through if you were in different modes.

Now, most reviewers will lay out the pros and the cons. One reviewer said:

It is very heavily action focussed which depending on your tastes can be good or bad. Stealth is present, but feels shoehorned in and can sometimes be unreliable. The gunplay feels satisfying and can be quite tense when missing a headshot with low ammo, especially on the harder difficulties.

Many reviewers also say that the storyline is confusing but as you progress in the game it becomes clearer. Now, if this game is not your cup of tea, Resident Evil 5 is also on sale from $19.99 down to $6.80.

(Expiry: 6th March 2015)

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March 3

NCIX Canada: HP OfficeJet Multifunction Printer Was $200 | Now $80 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 2:22 PM

NCIX Canada: HP OfficeJet Multifunction Printer Was $200 | Now $80 & Free Shipping

If you are in the market for a multi-function printer, you have found what you’ve been looking for today at NCIX. Get the HP Officejet 6815 copy/fax/print/scan 29PPM 600×1200 DPI 225-sheet inkjet multifunction printer for only $79.99, with a regular price of $199.99. This item will ship for free too.

Your savings of $120 will leave you lots of money in the budget to buy paper and ink for your printer. This looks like the perfect printer for anyone. I don’t know anyone who shouldn’t have a printer or copier. Fax is a little outdated, but some companies still require you to fax things to them, so it is handy to have. I love that you can print wirelessly from any device on your network. It has 2-sided printing, which is great for less waste.

You can also print photos with this printer, as it has borderless printing for getting the most out of your photo and the paper. It is also Energy Star qualified.

Just to show you that this is a great deal and not an inflated regular price, I did a bit of searching and found this printer at:

You are saving at least $100 from the price at these stores. I couldn’t find any reviews on this printer on any of the store sites, nor could I find any from googling. Considering this is an HP printer, I’m going to think the quality is top-notch being a well-known name in paper and electronics of this sort.

I think I’m going to get this for my office. My husband has a printer, although it is not colour and sometimes I’d like to print things for work or for fun in colour and also not have to run down to my husband’s office. This way I won’t have to listen to him complain about using his ink and paper either.

(Expiry: 4th March 2015)

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March 3

Dell Canada: Dell Wireless Mouse Was $35 | Now $15 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Dell Canada: Dell Wireless Mouse Was $35 | Now $15 & Free Shipping

There is a special offer on a Dell Wireless Mouse with unifying receiver. Originally $34.99, the Dell wireless mouse is on sale for $14.99 with free shipping. Sign up for the Dell Advantage to receive 5% back on a Dell gift card.

The Dell wireless mouse features Unifying technology by Logitech. You can manage up to six Unifying peripherals, like a keyboard or other mice, with only one Unifying receiver. Only have three USB ports on your computer? This is not a problem with a unifying receiver as all wireless peripherals will communicate with your computer using one single receiver. This mouse comes with that receiver.

The USB receiver stores in the mouse by lifting the cover and sliding it in to its docking station. There is no need to worry about losing the USB receiver as it is contained within the mouse when travelling.

This mouse is lightweight and compact, perfect for mobile users and those travelling. The curved shape minimizes wrist and hand stress. Whether you are left-handed or right-handed, this mouse will work for you as it features an ambidextrous design. This is actually quite nice, as my current mouse is only designed for right hand use. My partner mouses with his left hand – so using the computer with my current mouse is a real pain. It feels awkward in his hands.

This mouse is highly compatible with Windows 8 as the scroll button will scroll up and down as well as left and right. Overall, this makes it easy to navigate the Windows interface. With up to 18-months’ worth of battery, you are going to enjoy a hard working mouse.

The reviews on this mouse are quite strong. One reviewer said:

Super easy and quick setup. Less than 2 min from opening the package to using it. Great for Windows 8. I would recommend to anyone looking for a new wireless mouse

Another reviewer was very pleased about the mouse’s features:

This really works fine for me and I also like the on-off button feature. I have had this mouse for about 2 months now and have no complaints.

On/off buttons really save on power, so I assume this is one of the key contributing factors as to why the mouse can last so long on a single AAA battery.

This is part of Dell’s 12 days of Deals and expires tomorrow morning.

(Expiry: 4th March 2015 @ 6AM)

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March 3

Free Vanilla Ice Cream Cone on 16th of March @ Dairy Queen

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Free Vanilla Ice Cream Cone on 16th of March @ Dairy Queen

During these weather conditions, Ice Cream might be the last thing on your mind. Don’t put it out of your mind completely though, Dairy Queen Canada is celebrating their 75th Anniversary at select locations on the 16th of March 2015. During this celebration, you can get a free small vanilla ice cream cone, no purchase required.

I know I am not the only crazy person out there who enjoys a delicious ice cream cone even when the temperatures are below zero. Now you can feel less guilty about paying for a cold treat during the winter. Head over to your local Dairy Queen Canada store on the 16th of March and you can celebrate their 75th Anniversary with them by enjoying a free classic small vanilla ice cream cone. While these cones may be just a tease for some of us, you can always purchase your favourite cold treat afterwards while you are there.

There are a few catches to this freebie offer from Dairy Queen Canada though. First, this offer is only valid at participating locations on the 16th of March 2015. To ensure your Dairy Queen location is participating, it wouldn’t hurt to call ahead. Second, you will be limited to one small vanilla cone per customer, with no purchase required. That means if you go with a friend, you will both need to order a free cone in separate transactions.

In previous experience, Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen can get pretty busy. Be prepared for a little bit of wait time to receive your free cone. I have found in the past, if you show up earlier in the day, you won’t have to wait as long for your free treat. I’ve got this promo marked on my calendar, that’s for sure.

Photo credit: CelebrityDachshund.com

(Expiry: 16th March 2015)

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March 3

SportChek Canada: Merrell Jungle Glove Shoes Were $120 | Now $60 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 12:50 PM

SportChek Canada: Merrell Jungle Glove Shoes Were $120 | Now $60 & Free Shipping

Looking for the ultimate in comfortable shoes? You need Merrell. I was specifically told by my chiropractor to get Merrells to help with my back problems. These Merrell Jungle Glove shoes look insanely comfortable and so easy to slip on. While Sportchek doesn’t have their regular price listed, I found them at other stores for around $120 at regular price, and they are now only $59.88 at Sportchek. Use coupon code AFS4916 to also get free shipping on $49, rounding out this deal.

These shoes can really take you anywhere. Slip them on for work, lounging around the house, running errands and going for walks. Don’t wear socks (unless you really want to), because it has technology to prevent odours before they start and a microfibre sockliner. I wish my kid’s shoes had this! I love shoes that I don’t have to wear socks with as I’m a sock hater.

The exterior is suede with a Vibram sole. It looks like these come in a brown colour and all sizes are available from six to ten, including half sizes.

Looking around, ShoeMe sells these shoes in black for $125. SoftMoc has them on sale in black or grey for $75. Reviews of this shoe are very favourable with a five-star rating on ShoeMe.

You can wear this shoe casual with jeans or with a nice pair of Slacks, and even with Leggings! This shoe is so lightweight and COMFORTABLE!! I Love Merrell shoes!!

I’m sure you didn’t think this deal could get any better, but it can. Sportchek is also offering a buy one, get one 50% off on select footwear. You could buy two pairs of this shoe and see an per pair price of about $45, or you could also browse other clearance shoes and get whichever is the cheaper pair for 50% of the price.

If you want a different shoe, but love the Merrell brand, check out these Mimosa Emme casual shoes. These are the perfect walking shoes for doing everyday living. They are on clearance for $66.88, with a regular price varying at other stores from about $100 to $135.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 3

Costco Canada: Neato Botvac Was $480 | Now $380 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Costco Canada: Neato Botvac Was $480 | Now $380 & Free Shipping

Want the vacuuming done for you? Well, you truly can have your cake and have the mess cleaned up too with the Neato Botvac, on sale at Costco right now. This Neato Botvac 65 pet & allergy robotic vacuum was $479.99 and now only $379.99. Of course, Costco will also give you free shipping too.

With three kids, a dog and two cats, you can imagine what my floors look like. Some days I really feel like giving up and moving into a barn because no matter how much I sweep or vacuum, I can find crumbs, dog hair, dirt, food and much more everywhere. I’m really considering these vacuum so I can just start it after the kids leave for school each day then again after they go to bed. Then, it will be at least clean twice during the day when the kids are not around!

With this robotic vacuum, you can even schedule cleanings. It has an advanced laser guided mapping and navigation system, which means it knows where it has already been and where it will go next. It definitely has that advantage over me already. Even better, you don’t even have to remember to recharge it, it returns to the base itself and recharges! Again, another advantage over me and my kids who don’t know when to go to bed.

You will, however, have to empty the extra-large bin on a regular basis. It can’t do everything, you know.

Looking at price comparisons at other Canadian retailers, Amazon sells this by a secondary seller for $504. I couldn’t really find it elsewhere, but Walmart does have a large selection of Neato robotic vacuums, all selling for more than the price of this vacuum.

There is only one review on Costco’s site, but it is a fairly comprehensive one, giving it five stars out of five. Their only issue was that the filter needed to be replaced often, which I would assume would be typical of any smaller vacuum like this with a small filter that does its job. Luckily, Costco also supplies you with four bonus filters, which should last you about half to a full year.

I have two dogs and fairly large one bedroom apartment. This vacuum quietly (I wasn’t expecting that) cleans the entire apartment on a single charge —with plenty charge left at the end of a cleaning cycle). It also navigates under and around all of my furniture, and manages to climb over low-lying obstacles (like a large rubber bump strip that hides the coaxial cable). It also moves from room to room without difficulty and does the whole apartment on a single charge.

Bargainmoosers, have you tried this vacuum and what are your thoughts? I need a mini robot to do my cleaning!

(Expiry: 15th March 2015)

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March 3

Step 2 Push Around Sport Buggy Was $70 | Now $40 + $10 Off Shipping @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Step 2 Push Around Sport Buggy Was $70 | Now $40 + $10 Off Shipping @ Toys R Us Canada

The Step 2 Push Around Sport Buggy just went on sale @ Toys R Us Canada. This play car that has a handle for parents to push from behind was $70, but is now only $39.97. $10 off shipping is also included with this deal.

The other day I was pulling up next to my home in my car, and two robins swooped over top of me. I was so happy as it has been months since I have seen any kind of small bird. To see their bright red plumage reminded me that spring is actually coming. In the meantime, the weather has been a little warmer so I have been bundling up the kid and getting her as much fresh air as our fingers and toes can take.

With spring around the corner, you may be starting to think about your own outdoor toys also. If you have a little one around, this Step 2 Push Around Sport Buggy may be just what you need. This cute little toy car is perfect for a trip to the park, a walk around the neighborhood, a trip to the local corner store and more. Similar to the coveted car carts in the grocery store, the child can pretend they are driving a real car just their size. This car also includes a cupholder for a water bottle or a little snack.

I checked out the prices elsewhere. The green version of this car is hard to find, but there is a similar red version. I found the red version on Amazon.ca for $74.99. Bed Bath and Beyond has a red or pink version of this car for $69.99.

Reviewers seem to love this little car. Here is one happy buyer’s opinion.

Step 2 Push Around Sport Buggy Was $70 | Now $40 + $10 Off Shipping @ Toys R Us Canada

The deal includes $10 off shipping. When I popped this into my cart, shipping is estimated at  $15 total. With the discount, that makes shipping about $5. Make sure to check your own shipping price as it can vary depending on your location, but $10 off will give you a nice start. You can also ship to store free if you want to bypass shipping fees altogether.

At a final price of $39.97, your cart is not far off from $40 minimum to use a Toys R US coupon code. If you pop one smaller item into your cart, you can use the code CINEPLEXHOLIDAY and receive an extra $10 off your cart. I threw in some Crayola Scentsations Washable Broad Tip Markers that were $5.40 but are on sale for $4.37 and was able to use the code.

Grab this great little car now before the stock is all gone. You will thank me this spring when your kid is tired walking home from the park.

(Expiry: 5th March 2015)

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March 3

(70% Off) Men’s Storm Parka Was $250 Now $75 & Free Shipping @ Adidas Canada

Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

(70% Off) Mens Storm Parka Was $250 Now $75 & Free Shipping @ Adidas Canada

This Men’s Storm Parka is now on deep discount at 70% off at Adidas Canada. This all-weather coat was $250 but is now only $75 in the colour hemp. All orders over $50 qualify for free shipping, including this jacket.

Adidas has some great items on sale right now, including the Men’s Storm Parka. This all-weather jacket with a canvas outer layer is perfect to take you from fall to winter to spring. This jacket reminds me somewhat of a trench coat, but with a sportier feel to it in a khaki colour. It is currently available in sizes medium, large and extra-large. The coat looks roomy if you want to layer underneath and has several pockets. Unfortunately this parka does not have many details with it on Adidas’s website.

Over on Sportchek’s site the description states this is a coated canvas coat with a full teddy lining. I was unsure what a teddy lining is. I read a few other descriptions of various coats and hoodies that have a teddy lining, and it seems to mean in general a warm fleece lining which sounds cosy to me. I would probably use this jacket as a secondary coat for winter so I could wear a lighter shirt underneath, however several reviewers mentioned using it all winter long with no issues. With coated canvas on the outside and a full hood that includes snap lapels, you should stay nice and dry inside this coat. This looks like a great jacket for commuters and should take you easily through spring when it is wet and cold outside.

The only place I was able to find this jacket to price compare was  Sportchek. They have this exact jacket listed on sale for $124Considering a good jacket to beat the weather and rain generally runs at least $100-$150, I think this jacket is a great deal.

Reviews are looking decent overall, with four and a half stars out of five and twenty-one separate reviews. I see in the comments some buyers are noting that the cut runs larger. After reading all the reviews, I might consider buying down a size unless you are planning to layer a lot underneath. Here is one reviewer who is liking this jacket.

(70% Off) Mens Storm Parka Was $250 Now $75 & Free Shipping @ Adidas Canada

If you are looking for more great buys at Adidas, check out Avigayil’s Post from the other day featuring the Women’s Terrex Climaheat Ice Jacket. You can also check out my post on the Men’s Colorado Down Jacket for a another great steal.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 2

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Mountain Equipment Co-op discounted their ever-popular Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack from $145 down to $81. As MEC offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more, this travel pack will ship for free.

This travel pack is just what you need for backpacking across Europe or any other fun adventure you have planned. I would love to forget the suitcase and just use this travel pack for a couple weeks’ vacation in Iceland. Iceland is not a country you want to haul a suitcase around, as it requires a fair bit of walking.

This Supercontinent travel pack has all the features you need as a backpacker. The travel pack is made with a plastic framesheet, aluminum stay, and contoured, padded shoulder straps with hipbelt. The air dot foam back panel covered in mesh promotes air circulation and comfort.

There are two different sizes of travel pack but the price remains the same. Choose from Short/Standard or Standard/Long depending upon your torso length. The main vertical front pocket unzips to expand bellows-style. This feature gives you extra capacity when you need it and a lower profile when you do not need as much space. For the short/standard pack, you receive an extra 8L space and for the standard/long you receive an extra 11L of space.

The Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack has a luggage mode where a cover zips over the harnesses and there is carrying handles. A reviewer commended the backpack’s ability to unzip all the way down, like a suitcase. She said it was one of the best features and comes in very handy when backpacking. Here is an excerpt from another review:

I used this bag for travelling through Europe (2 weeks) and Cuba (2 weeks). The bag was great for moving from one place to another, fits well on my back and it is very comfortable. the side straps are very useful to keep your bag tight; I have taken 6 flights already with this back and always took it as carry on, no complaint from the airlines.

Some reviewers were concerned that the pack might be too long for carry-on, but the above reviewer has had no problems. If you are concerned about length, then purchase the short/standard sized pack.

The pack comes in Sherwood (green) or midnight blue. Both colours are on sale and still in stock as of this post.

(Expiry: Unknown)

Moose Rating (4 votes)