May 24

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

My silverware drawer is a mess lately. I did have a full set of silverware once, but somewhere along the way I lost a few pieces. I think my husband took a few pieces to work and they never made it back. Maybe one or two pieces of silverware got lost in my last move or slid between the fridge and the counter. I recently picked up a new set to replace this mess. It will be lovely not to have to scavenge in my drawer every time more than three spoons are in the dishpan.

My mismatched set of silverware can be pulled out of the drawer, I am ready to get it out of my kitchen. I hate the idea of wasting good metal silverware, so I thought I would check out ways to upcycle it. Check out some of my favourite projects I found below.

Garden Markers

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Remember where your favourite vegetables are in your garden with these cute garden markers from Homespun Sprout. Even better, there is an included free printable at the bottom to make this project even easier. I find garden markers are particularly helpful for me in my herb garden so I can tell which herb is which. These markers will be much more durable than the cheapie plastic ones. If you do not want to splurge on varnish, you can seal the images with clear nail polish.

Drawer Pulls

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Make your cabinets more interesting by creating handles out of your old flatware. Check out all the images on Hutch Studio.  This is a great project to consider if you are upcycling a new piece of furniture. These handles would also look so cute on kitchen cabinets.

Napkin Rings

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Make your next backyard BBQ have a touch of shabby chic with these cool silverware napkin rings. Check out the full instructions over on Dream Book Design. I think what I like best about this project is these napkin rings would look equally cute for a fancy dinner party or your next summer party on your deck.

Starburst Mirror Wall Décor

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

This is a cute project over at Flamingo Toes. Use your silverware, a plate and a mirror to create a new décor piece for your dining room or kitchen. Mirrors help to open up a space, so they are a great choice for home décor. You would never know this project is made with hot glue on a cardboard base.

Paint Dipped Silverware

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Take all your mismatched silverware and turn it into a set that looks like it belongs together. A little bit of paint goes a long way over at A Simple Kind of Life. This would be a cute way to spice things up for a party, where you need extra silverware. I might use this idea to turn my old silverware into a designated outside patio set for summer.

Plant Hanger

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Reshape old silverware into hooks for small plants. See the full hack over on hutch studio. I think the key to this hack is using small or light planters. The blogger used small mason jars in a covered porch to avoid drainage issues during rainstorms. You could also use a light plastic planter from the dollar store. Just add a wire to hang from the planter from the spoon hook. This is an easy way to add flowers inside or outside your home.

Bottle Holder

7 Ways To Upcycle Silverware

Here is a great place to dry or store bottles. Over on Weupcycle.com they created a bottle holder made out of a plank of wood and old silverware. Use this idea to make a great place to stash clean water bottles, coffee mugs or any other type tall and skinny container.

Bargainmoosers, what projects have you made out of old silverware?

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May 24

Take Up To 50% Off Play Sets, Toys, Bikes and More @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Take Up To 50% Off Play Sets, Toys, Bikes and More @ Toys R Us Canada

Toys R Us Canada currently has their 1/2 Price Event on. Until the 28th of May, you can save up to 50% off select popular toys for inside and outside. Save on dolls, action figures, play sets, play houses, bikes, and more.

Warm weather has finally arrived. I don’t know about you guys, but my kiddo basically lives outdoors on nice days. We have a little slide and some kids’ lawn chairs out back, but I have been hunting for more toys for out there. Until the 28th of May, you can save up to 50% off select toys – and yes, this even includes outdoor toys. In fact, you can even save up to $450 on all Wooden Play Structures, but this particular offer ends on the 25th. This sale is not limited to outdoor toys, so have a browse. Here is a quick look at the other items includes in this 1/2 Price Event at Toys R Us Canada:

  • 1/2 price on Bikes, Trikes, & Scooters
  • 1/2 price on Action Figures & Playsets
  • 1/2 price on Infant Toys and Dolls
  • 1/2 price on Games & Crafts

Does Dad love to barbeque? Now your little ones can safely join in on the fun. The Step 2 – The Home Depot Sizzle and Smoke Barbeque Grill is on sale from $99.99 down to just $49.97. This is a great price on this adorable play set. There are burner knobs, built in wheels, and 15 different accessories included. The removable tray will even allow you to store the toy plates and utensils that are included.

All little boys go through a car phase. My two year old is going through that phase right now. For hours he will drive his little Hot Wheels toys on his car mat. If you are looking for a playmat for your kids, check out the Fast Lane Street Linx Playmat with Cars. This mat was originally $22.99 but is on sale for $11.47. It even includes 4 different die-cast vehicles. The mat is about 31.5 inches by 31.5 inches.

Do your little girls love to play house? The Step 2 – Neat & Tidy 2 Cottage was $229.99, but is on sale for $114.97I actually might grab this adorable cottage myself. My son loves playing with these type of toys, so it is definitely unisex. I love the open design of this play house. You will be able to see what your kiddo is up to at all times. It even has realistic stone and wood finishings. The interior includes kitchen seat, fireplace, wall clock, play phone, shelves, kitchen table and a sink faucet.

While ToysRUs.ca has some wonky shipping discounts, you could always shop in stores. ToysRUs.ca will give you a $10 discount on shipping when you spend $25 or more. Sometimes that will result in free shipping, and sometimes it won’t.

(Expiry: 28th May 2015)

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May 24

AVG Anti-Virus 2015: 1 Year Free!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

AVG Anti Virus 2015: 1 Year Free!

Many of us are sitting at our computers right now, browsing the internet with some sort of anti-virus program running. There are a number of choices when it comes to anti-virus software, but one aspect that always reels people in is a freebie on a reputable program. That’s what you can get just now from AVG – they’re offering a completely free one year subscription to their 2015 Anti-Virus software!

I last wrote about a freebie similar to this back in September 2014 here, though that was the AVG Internet Security software at that time. This time it’s the anti-virus that’s free!

Here’s what you need to do to get this program for free:

  1. Scroll down to the “INSTALLATION FILES (PAID VERSION).”
  2. Click on your chosen AVG version.
  3. Download and install the program.
  4. Apply the license key ABLAD-A2XEL-DUIGR-AIMDV-TAKLW-3WIDO to activate.

I’ve just tested this out and it is working well. As you can see at the bottom left of the screenshot below, it says it’s good to June 2016 – that’s the full year’s subscription.

AVG Anti Virus 2015: 1 Year Free!

AVG’s site states that they currently protect 202 million active users! That’s a heck of a lot! That number just goes to show you that this is good software, used by millions of people all over the world. Now, not everyone LOVES it, there are some dissenters out there. But for basic home use, it does the job.

To show you an example of the value of this freebie, check this out. You can buy the same items (albeit for use on 3 accounts) for $49.99 @ Best Buy Canada just now. Here, on AVG’s own site, you’ll pay $39.99 for this software, the full version. So if your current anti-virus subscription is about to expire, or you just need a new piece of anti-virus protection for a new computer, this deal could come in very handy.

(Expires: Unknown)

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May 24

Timex.ca Sale: 50% off PLUS Extra 15% Signup Coupon!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Timex.ca Sale: 50% off PLUS Extra 15% Signup Coupon!

Anyone need a new watch? Or perhaps thinking of buying one for someone as a gift (perhaps for Father’s Day)? Hit up Timex.ca just now, as there’s a pretty good deal happening, as well as a signup coupon code. There’s a sale section with 50% off and what’s even sweeter, is that you can sign up for their email updates and instantly get a 15% coupon code too.

There are around 80 watches to choose from in this Timex.ca sale, with a mix of women’s and men’s watches. Prices on the sale watches seem to start around $25 (or $21.25).

Getting a 15% Signup Coupon

There’s a box at the bottom right of the Timex site which asks you to sign up to email updates. If you sign up there, you WON’T get a free 15% coupon code. However, when you first click through to the above site, click around a bit and you will get a popup offer. This will state that you can get a 15% coupon code by signing up to email updates. Using two different email addresses that I got through 10minutemail, I tested both signup methods and I only got a 15% coupon code when signing up on the popup screen. When you do this, you’ll get a promo code for 15% discount that expires in 14 days from signup.

Watch Examples

Here are a few examples of the prices I see with the 50% sale and the extra 15% coupon code applied too:

Men’s

Women’s

Free Shipping on $75+

If you want to take advantage of the Timex free shipping option, you will have to spend at least $75 on their site. All orders above this level will get free shipping to your home. If you spend less than this amount, shipping is only $4.50 anyway. That’s not so steep.

When we got an email newsletter about this deal, Timex were advertising a 10% coupon code on top of the 50% sale items; the code was ONLINE10 (expires 29th May 2015). Their email was titled up to 60% off… but someone at Timex doesn’t know how to do math! 50% sale items plus a 10% coupon code means a 55% discount on the original prices, not 60%. Heh. The pedant in me has emailed them and told them so… Timex.ca Sale: 50% off PLUS Extra 15% Signup Coupon!

(Expires: Unknown)

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May 24

Snapfish Coupon Code for 70% Off Photo Prints (5×7)!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Snapfish Coupon Code for 70% Off Photo Prints (5x7)!

Snapfish.ca is the kind of store which frequently offers coupon codes for discounts on its photo products, be they on their personalised mugs or their photo canvasses. We post all these coupons here on our Snapfish coupon page, and sometimes certain codes really stand head and shoulders above the others. That’s what I think about this coupon code for photo prints, so I think I’ll blog it up! For a couple of days only, you can save 70% off the cost of their 5×7 photo prints.

Click here to use the Snapfish coupon code online now

  • Coupon Code: 70PRTS57
  • Discount: 70% off 5×7 prints
  • Expires: 28th May 2015

The regular cost of their 5×7 prints is $0.89 each. With the above coupon code, this cost drops down to only $0.27 per print. As for shipping, it’s going to be a flat-rate of between $2.99 and $4.99 per order, so it really doesn’t make sense if you are only ordering a couple of photo prints. It’s $2.99 shipping on 40 prints or less, $4.99 shipping on anything above 40 prints. Keep this in mind when you order.

Also remember that that 6×4 is the smallest print size and probably the most common. This Snapfish deal is only for the 5×7 prints, the slightly larger aspect. If you have a particular album or frame you wanted to fill, check the sizing before placing your order.

If you have a chunk of photos that are sitting on your computer or iPhone, now would be a perfect time to fire them all on to Snapfish Canada and place an order. I’m guilty of this myself, I take about a hundred photos a month but I rarely print them out. Sometimes I make a concerted effort to print out my favourites, instead of them just sitting in binary code. Snapfish Coupon Code for 70% Off Photo Prints (5x7)!

Price Comparison?

The above Snapfish coupon code knocks the socks off the major players in the digital photo printing market in Canada. At Blacks, you’ll pay a minimum of $1.79 per 5×7 print (providing your order 20+). At the Walmart Photo Centre, you’ll pay $0.97 per 5×7 print. Over at the Costco photo centre, it’s $0.29 per print, so that price is coming quite close to Snapfish’s cost, but you DO have to have a valid Costco membership to get them at this price – and not everyone is a Costco member. The Snapfish pricing for 5x7s is great!

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May 24

Costco Canada: $20 Off 4 x 4kg Scotts Supreme Grass Seed – Now $80 & Free Shipping

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Costco Canada: $20 Off 4 x 4kg Scotts Supreme Grass Seed   Now $80 & Free Shipping

Want a perfect and lush evergreen lawn? Then get ready to put in some work! Luckily, Costco has a pretty fantastic deal on grass seed but only until the end of the day! Usually priced at $99.99, you can currently save $20 on 16kg of Scotts Supreme Grass Seed and get it for just $79.99 with absolutely free shipping.

As it turns out, there is only one day left to this deal, so if you’re in need of grass set, I suggest you jump on it before it expires at 11:59pm tonight.

As I already mentioned, this deal includes free shipping, but keep in mind that you will be receive four bags of 4kg (8.8lbs) each. Plus you can use this grass seed on any part of the lawn as it’s all-purpose and does great in both sunny and shaded areas. It’s also appropriate for over-seeding, lawn repair or even a new lawn.

For the grass experts out there that are interested, this grass seed contains red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.

At Canadian Tire, I found a similar Scotts grass seed, the Scotts pure premium sun & shade grass seed priced at $14.99 for 1kg. So if you were get 16kg, which is how much Costco’s deal includes, then you would be looking at paying $239.84!

Although I recently bought a tomato plant (after receiving loads of very helpful tips from Kristy, mind you), my thumb couldn’t be further from being green. A couple of weeks ago, when it was still too cold to even consider this, I visited my local Home Depot to see what I could do about my lawn as it’s in a pitiful state. Although I have yet to use it as it’s been pretty chilly here lately, I walked out with a bag of Scotts grass seed. If you want perfect lawn, then this is what you’re going to need but what hardly anyone ever tells you is that there is a lot of watering required, as you can see by this review:

I watered the lawn every morning and evening, non stop for 3 weeks. It takes LOTS of water. On a bright side our lawn looks like a golf course now. We have that thick dark green coverage in front of our house. The grass is equally beautiful on north and south side of the house. This product won’t provide any results without some TLC.

That’s actually the only review this Scotts grass seed has on Costco’s product page, but it’s a 5/5 star one, especially with the pro being that the lawn looks like a gold course. The only con is that it’s: “labour intensive needs lots of watering“, which is really quite understandable.

(Image Credit: Ian T. McFarland)

(Expiry: 24th May 2015)

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May 24

Slick Wraps Coupon: 50% off Everything! (US)

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Slick Wraps Coupon: 50% off Everything! (US)

Ever heard of Slick Wraps? They’re a US based site which we’ve never before mentioned on Bargainmoose. Slick Wraps specialise in accessories for and the protection of consumer electronics, with the most popular items being their skins for cellphones and tablets. And just now, they’ve got a coupon code out for a 50% discount on anything on their entire site!

Click here to shop online @ Slickwraps.com now

  • Coupon Code: MEM50
  • Discount: 50% off site-wide
  • Expires: Unknown

While I don’t have the exact expiry date for this coupon code, it has been released for a Memorial Day sale, which is tomorrow in the US. It’s likely that the coupon will expire after Memorial Day, so order soon if you are interested. Please note that there is a 20% coupon code for signing up to their emails – it’s not stackable with the above 50% discount.

One of the most popular ranges on the Slick Wraps site is their glow series – these are neon coloured skins and cases, which are made from a photo luminescent vinyl. I’ve used them to illustrate this blog post, you can see the examples in the image above. These wraps charge up and then glow for hours afterwards. Aren’t they funky? I’d love one for my iPhone but I have quite a few backup cases in the drawer, which I haven’t yet used. Slick Wraps Coupon: 50% off Everything! (US)

Slick Wraps has a nice tagline, “Make your iPhone your own,” here on this page for the iPhone 6. They have all sorts of wraps, everything from the wooden style to the metal series.

Canadian Shipping

Shipping to Canada for orders placed on Slick Wraps is actually very reasonable. It’s a shame it’s not free, but them’s the breaks! For example, on this glow series wrap for the iPhone 5 which is $3.99 and then $1.99 after the discount, the shipping cost to Canada is $2.78. Obviously in this case, the shipping is more than the cost of the discounted item, but you’ve got to take the total cost into consideration. This means that this skin is $4.77 to get shipped to your home (plus taxes).

Customs and Duties?

On the Slick Wraps FAQ pages, they state that customs and duties are your responsibility for any orders shipped out of the US. However, on the our story page, they state that all their products are made in America, and sourced from local vendors. This means that it’s likely that Slick Wraps falls under the NAFTA agreement – meaning items can be shipped to Canada without getting charged any import fees. It doesn’t specifically state this on their site, but I am sure this would be the case. If you’ve ordered from Slick Wraps in the past and have any more info you can give us, do please comment below!

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May 24

Vidonn X6 Smart Watch Was $62 & Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Geek Buying!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Vidonn X6 Smart Watch Was $62 & Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Geek Buying!

Geekbuying is a China based site which ships to Canada, and sells nifty gadgets for tech addicts. We’ve mentioned them here on Bargainmoose in the past, and we’ve just spotted another little deal which I wanted to let you know about. The full title of the item in question is this: the black Vidonn X6 IP65 0.88″ Bluetooth V4.0 Smart Watch Wristband Bracelet Sport Sleep Monitor Notification. It was previously priced at $61.78, but you can get it for only $30.32 just now, and that’s with free Canadian shipping too.

I checked for extra Geek Buying coupon codes to try and get a further discount on the above item, but all coupon codes didn’t work on this as it is already discounted. However, if anyone has a Geek Buying account, sometimes they email you unique coupon codes – you could always check your own personal account to see if you’ve got a coupon code for an extra discount.

The Vidonn smart wristband has a ton of features which you can use, from checking caller ID to getting Twitter notifications, as well as telling the time, of course. Here’s a video which shows you a bit more about it:

This is a budget version of the higher-end wristbands that we sometimes write about, such as the Garmin Vivofit or the Fitbit Flex. However, you’re usually looking at around $80 or more for these devices, so you can see the price difference with the budget models. If you don’t have $80 to $100 to throw away on one of these but still want a smart wristband, then this could be a good starting option.

When I was googling for images of the smart wrist band, I found the above image which was used to illustrate the product. I then went back to the item listing just to make sure, but this Vidonn X6 IP65 wristband IS waterproof too. And it is! Apparently the “ultrasonic technology joint melting” helps with this!?

Checking Out

Geek Buying is Paypal only, so you will need a Paypal account to order the above smart wristband. This is good too, as you have extra guarantees with Paypal. But you shouldn’t be concerned, Geek buying has been around for years and they are a reputable company.

Shipping?

Shipping is a little slow from Geek Buying, you won’t get next day delivery on this item. The site states that it will be 15 to 30 days to get it to you. So if you don’t mind the wait, it’s a good deal to grab.

Customs and Duties?

As most of us already know, if you’re ordering an item from outside Canada, anything over $20 may be subject to additional fees. This is true of any order on Geekbuying, so you may be subject to additional fees at your door if you order the above wristband. However, in the Geek Buying FAQs, they state:

Please let us know if you have any special packing or labelling instructions when placing your order.

I’d recommend putting a note on your order that this is a gift item, as gift orders into Canada have a $60 limit. It may help get your package through customs without a hitch. Vidonn X6 Smart Watch Was $62 & Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Geek Buying!

(Expires: 31st May 2015)

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May 24

End Of Weekend Round Up Of The Best Beauty Deals

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 7:00 AM

End Of Weekend Round Up Of The Best Beauty Deals

The weekend isn’t over yet Moosers and if you need new skincare or beauty products, then check out this round up of some of the best beauty deals out right now. Keep in mind that some of them expire tonight and there’s also a Bargainmoose exclusive code in there that you won’t find anywhere else, so don’t miss them!

Barefoot Venus – Until the end of the day, use the coupon code BDAY10 to save $10 off orders over $30.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – The promo code JUSTSKIN will add 2 free samples (mini soothing cleansing oil & protective face base) to any order over $50 until May 25th, along with free shipping.

Clarins – Use the coupon code SUNGIFT to get a free 4-pc sun prep kit when you spend over $100. Expires at the end of the day.

Kerastase – Enter the coupon code LUXE when spending over $110 to get free shipping, along with a free 4-pc masque discover set and a mini masque.

Ojon – Type the coupon code NEW to receive a free rare blend rejuvenating therapy oil with any order. Shipping will also be free.

Paula’s Choice – On top of 15% off site wide on right now, enjoy a “buy one, get one free” deal on select SPF items with the coupon code EDDSPFBOGO15. Both deals expire May 25th.

Superior Skin – Take advantage of the coupon code PROMO25 to save 25% on all VivierSkin anti-aging skin care. Limited time only.

Tarte Cosmetics – Get a 20% discount on any order with the help of the coupon code SPLASH. Expires May 25th.

Tria Beauty – Be sure to use out Bargainmoose exclusive coupon code MOOSESUMMER to get a free beach tote with purchase of any device. Expires June 16th.

Happy beautifying Moosers!

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May 23

$30 Off Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna + Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner For Xbox One BUNDLE – Now Just $100 @ Microsoft Store

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 10:05 PM

$30 Off Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna + Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner For Xbox One BUNDLE   Now Just $100 @ Microsoft Store

This morning, Anna blogged about a deal on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop at the Microsoft Store, which you can get for just $449 and potentially even $404, but looking around, I also spotted another great deal. This one’s a bundle: you can currently save $30 if you get both the Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV antenna and the Hauppauge digital TV turner for Xbox One as a bundle. Instead of a usual combined price of $129.99, you can get both of these products together for just $99.98. Shipping is free as always.

So what’s all the fuss about these two products? Basically, after plugging the TV tuner into an Xbox One, you will be able to access broadcast networks in your area free of charge. We’ve seen many similar services pop up recently and get popular but the great part about this one is that you only pay for it once as there are no subscription fees.

Now I can’t decide if these products are a ploy to get more users to buy the Xbox One or if it truly is just a convenience factor. Having to switch inputs between gaming, TV and whatever else is annoying so these products eliminate that aspect. That’s annoyance I can easily overlook but my monthly cable bill is one that I most certainly would prefer to eliminate, so if I had an Xbox One, I would definitely be tempted to try this TV system.

On their own, the TV tuner costs $59.99 and the antenna goes for $69.99, but what’s interesting is that I actually found a white version of this antenna priced at $110.99 at Amazon! On Hauppauge‘s official site, the TV tuner is $79 USD, so as you can see, even without the current promotion, these two products are significantly cheaper at the Microsoft Store and the free shipping offer definitely further sweetens the deal.

Keep in mind that it would seem that both of these products are essential in making your Xbox One work as a TV. What’s cooler though is that you will be able to pause live TV up to 30 minutes, browse channels with the help of the Kinect voice controls and even watch TV while playing a game with a split screen.

(Expiry: 21st June 2015)

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May 23

4 Life Skills That Will Save You Money

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

4 Life Skills That Will Save You Money

Money savvy people know that you do not always need to pay someone else to do a job that you can do yourself. If you are looking for a place you to trim your budget, try teaching yourself a new skill. I would suggest learning to repair, clean or maintain something that you would normally pay someone else to do. With a little practice and elbow grease, soon you will be able to do some of these basic skills yourself without calling in the professionals. If you are looking for a place to start, here are some simple skills to learn.

Learn Basic Car Maintenance

Changing your oil is any easy skill to teach yourself, and can save you cash when it is nice outside. According to an article in the Ottawa Citizena basic oil change will cost you about $50 before taxes. If you choose a more expensive package beyond the basics you are looking at $80 to $100 for the same oil change. These services generally include emptying the oil and refilling, changing the filter, topping off windshield wiper fluid and coolant and checking the tire pressure. If you do not have a covered place to change the oil in winter, it may make sense to take your car to the local oil change shop when it is frigid outside.

In the spring and summer, you can easily save that cash and change your own oil. The general rule of thumb for oil changes is to replace it every 5,000 km or roughly every four months. Some cars say that if you drive in “extreme conditions” such as weather, stop and go traffic or leave your car sit for long periods you may need to change your oil more often. Consult your owner’s manual to keep your vehicle in tiptop shape. If you are not sure where to start, check out this post from Family Handy Man. That post walks you through what to do to get start changing your own oil.

You can also learn to jump your car battery and change your tire to avoid pricey tow. Becoming self-reliant by learning these skills can save you big bucks. A short tow can cost you around $150. If you are unfortunate to be across town, you could be looking at a several hundred-dollar tow bill before your car gets fixed.

Learn To Cook

4 Life Skills That Will Save You Money

It may seem obvious that eating in is cheaper than dining out. That does not stop most of us from indulging in meals and carry out food regularly. On average according to Statistics Canada, we spent an average of $2,226 in 2013 on takeaway food. Trim your takeaway budget by learning to make some of your favourite meals at home.

There are many websites with recipes all over the web. If you need a list to get started on, this Buzzfeed list of 26 Foods You Should Learn To Cook In Your 20’s is an amazing place to start. Learning how to roast vegetables, properly cook fish, sear a steak and make a delicious tomato sauce will help you put that takeaway food money back in your pocket. It is much easier to resist the fast food line if the food you make at home tastes delicious. If you are often crunched for time, check out my past post of 5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead Of Time That Are Cheaper Than Eating Out.

Learn To Repair Your Clothes

Learning your way around a needle and thread can help extend the life of your favourite duds significantly. I find it so frustrating when my new favourite shirt or pants suddenly develop a hole. Learning how to thread a needle and make a few basic stitches will help you save that shirt with only a few minutes of effort.Check out this post from Instructables that has a nice list for creating a basic sewing kit and also includes very basic stitches. Try a few stitches on an old t-shirt. Then as you notice a small hole or ripped seam in your clothes, you can practice that simple repair.

Another common repair is to reattach a button. Check out these instructions at Wikihow, complete with lots of pictures. My wool pea coat popped a button two years ago. I am still able to wear that coat regularly simply because I was able to reattach the button myself. A new pea coat starts at $150 and can cost up to $250 to replace my grey wool coat.

Learn To Groom Your Pet

4 Life Skills That Will Save You Money

I have a short haired cat, which is low maintenance in the grooming department. I know many other people have dogs or cats that are much higher maintenance for grooming. I surveyed a few websites and found that for simple services such as trimming nails, most people spend around $25. For larger dogs or more complex services such as baths, conditioning, brushing and trimming, you can be looking at $100+. My neighbors have a larger dog and in the summer months that dog needs a bath at least once a week.

Cut the costs by grooming your pet yourself. I have a grooming brush for my cat that is handy. He is an inside cat so he does not get terribly dirty, but his claws do need to be trimmed regularly and we give him an occasional bath. That bath usually takes two of us to complete. Cats tend to be pretty low maintenance. Regular claw trimming and brushing should take care of most of your grooming needs. For dog grooming DIY, check out this article on Pawnation. If you do not see tips specific to your dog’s breed make sure to look them up. Some dogs have additional grooming needs.

Bargainmoosers, what life skills do you think are important?

(Image Credit: HVargas, Nicole Abalde, Kevin McShane)

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May 23

Amazon Canada: 75% Off The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy – Now $10

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Amazon Canada: 75% Off The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Blu Ray + DVD + Digital Copy   Now $10

Did you miss seeing the first part of The Hunger Games Mockingkay movie? Then make sure to grab it at Amazon because it’s currently 75% off and includes a copy of the movie in all of the following formats: Blu-Ray, DVD and even a digital version. Originally priced at $39.99, it’s now down to just $9.99.

Admittedly, the first part of the Mockingjay movies only got up to 6.8/10 in terms of rating on IMDB with numerous reviews stating how disappointed they were in the movie. Personally, I rather loved it and I can be pretty harsh in my reviews as well! It’s a 2-hour movie that will definitely keep you on your toes the entire time but it does definitely help to have watched the previous movies in order to understand what’s going on. It’s not necessary per se, but it does help to situate you and understand some of the jabs.

In a way I can understand the why some reviewers found this movie disappointing but in another way, it makes total sense. Having watched the previous movies and read all of the books, it makes sense that the part one of the Mockingjay series would be setting up the part that is to follow. We would need to wait and see for the second part to hit theatres but I would expect it to be very grandiose with loads of banging action scenes, given that the first part is slower and quieter.

Shipping is only free on orders over $25, so you would need to another filler item. I had a look around in the TV shows and movies currently on sale for 70% off or more and found plenty of great picks like:

If you haven’t see it yet, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is also currently on sale for just $9.99, which is 75% off its original price of $39.99. Reviews for this one are far more favourable as well with a total rating of 4.5/5 stars and 166 reviews in total.

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May 23

Get 30 Free Gifts To Grow Points @ Pampers Canada

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Get 30 Free Gifts To Grow Points @ Pampers Canada

Do you collect Pampers Gifts To Grow points? If you don’t you probably should. Once you have enough points you can trade those points in for some awesome freebies. Right now Pampers Canada has two separate codes available to get a total of 30 free Gifts To Grow Rewards points. These codes won’t last long, so enter them into your Pampers Canada account now.

I am a huge fan of the Pampers Gifts To Grow Rewards program. Diapers are already pretty expensive and a huge cost involved with having a child. Reward yourself and your little one with freebies you can redeem once you have accumulated enough points. Entering the codes only takes a couple seconds, and the benefits are worth it. You can use them to redeem free items like photo gifts, toys, gift cards and other essentials.

Here are the two Pampers Gifts To Grow Rewards Points codes that are available right now:

  • CMTY3819FRM2015 - 20 free Pampers points (expires tomorrow)
  • PRWELCOMEU10PTS – 10 free Pampers points (expiry unknown)

You don’t even need children to start collecting your free Pampers points. A friend of mine collects thousands of points every year just by watching out for these free points codes. She then redeems her points for gift cards and photo gifts to give for Christmas. I also previously used my points towards a Well.ca gift card. Now I see they have a Dora toilet training seat available for 1000 points. Too bad I have a boy or I would use my points to claim that freebie.

Here are some of the other rewards that are available right now at Pampers.ca:

  • 500 points – Prints Package from Shutterfly
  • 750 points – Pampers Rewards Digital Downloads
  • 900 points – JJ Rabbit Ergo Fork + Spoon Set
  • 1200 points – Amazon.ca $10 Gift Card Code
  • 1300 points – Step 1 Lil Bakers Cupcake Set
  • 7500 points – Micro Mini 3 in 1 Scooter

It is up to you if you want to use your points as soon as you can or use them towards larger valued items. Shipping and handling costs are all included, so you will literally pay nothing for these offers.

You can check out all of the Pampers Gifts To Grow Rewards Points free codes in our Bargainmoose forum.

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May 23

Swiss Chalet Canada: Delivery Dinner For Two For $25 (Save $12)

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Swiss Chalet Canada: Delivery Dinner For Two For $25 (Save $12)

When you think of Swiss Chalet, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Their most popular dish has to be their Quarter Chicken Dinner. Swiss Chalet Canada has a coupon to get their Delivery Dinner for 2 for just $24.99, which includes 2 Quarter Chicken Dinners, 2 appetizers and 2 cans of pop.

What  is your idea of a perfect date night? Me, I would personally enjoy a candle lit dinner at home with a good movie and some snacks. Maybe a bubble bath after. Rather than cooking the meal, why not order in? Right now Swiss Chalet Canada has an excellent offer on their Delivery Dinner for 2. Use their new coupon to get the Delivery Dinner for 2 for just $24.99. The Delivery Dinner for 2 includes:

  • two quarter chicken dinners
  • two appetizers
  • 2 cans of pop

When it comes to your quarter chicken dinners, there are a variety of sides to choose from. I always get the fries but if you are trying to be a little healthier, you can always opt for the veggies or salad. Theappetizers must not exceed the value if $6.99 each. This offer is valid until the 24th of June and is valid on delivery meals only. You can use the print coupon, but you might have to mention or enter the coupon code SC46 when ordering online or by phone. Don’t forget that white meat will cost you an additional $1.50 per entree, I prefer dark meat anyway. Please keep in mind you are limited to one coupon per order.

So how much are you actually saving by using this coupon code? Let’s take a look at some of the prices on the Swiss Chalet Canada menu. The Classic Quarter Chicken dinner is $9.59 each, the appetizers would be around $6.99 each depending on the appetizer you select, and the pop would be $1.59 a can. That puts your total at $36.34 before using the coupon code. So you save $11.35 which is more than enough to grab another chicken dinner if you are looking to feed another person. I happen to immensely enjoy their “Messy Chicken Sandwich”, so I would add that to my order for sure.

You can get access to all of the Swiss Chalet Canada coupon codes and print coupons in our Bargainmoose forum.

(Expiry: 24th June 2015)

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May 23

Cradle Slate Exclusive Coupon Code: 40% Off Everything & Free Shipping

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Cradle Slate Exclusive Coupon Code: 40% Off Everything & Free Shipping

I love introducing our readers to new stores and this one is a sweet one! Cradle Slate is a store that sells bags and not just boring bags, but thoughtfully designed bags that are stylish, practical and modelled after Italian fashion for our needs today. Everything at Cradle Slate is hand designed with the leather being hand picked, the interior fabric chosen for its soft qualities, zippers for how they look and feel. The zippers are also scratch resistant so when you are rushing out of a meeting into another one and you dash to zip up your bag, you won’t scratch the screen of your tablet that happened to be popping out of the bag. With 40% off everything on their site with our exclusive coupon, you’ve got your pick of anything you want with such a great saving on top.

Click here to shop @ Cradleslate.com now

  • Coupon Code: CYBERMOOSE2015
  • Discount: 40% off
  • Expiry: 1st September 2015

I actually have a Cradle Slate bag myself and love it. I have the classic bag, which normally sells for $265, but with our coupon code, you’ll get it for just $159, which is a saving of over $100. Yesterday I had to carry my laptop with me to some appointments, along with my fairly large calendar plus some other books, my wallet, my phone and my water bottle and everything fit! The outside of the bag is soft, smooth and looks great and the interior is also soft and smooth. It has a clip-in interior bag, which is great to put my loose valuables in and sort of adds some padding to protect my laptop. There are two types of handles, one pair of handles is for carrying with my hands and the other is a very durable and adjustable shoulder strap. This bag is great for both men and women.

If you enjoy a vintage look, Cradle Slate’s vintage bag is seriously gorgeous with brown leather. It has pretty much the same features of the classic, with a vintage look. The pricing is also the same at $265 before coupon and $159 after.

Maybe the past and the present aren’t for you and you want the future. Check out the future bag, which is similar in style to the others, but in a very fresh and pretty white.

I really don’t know which bag I love the most! While you might look at this site and be dismayed with only having three choices for bags, I think this means that Cradle Slate specializes in what they do and they do it well. Just like when you go to a restaurant and you see limited choices – this is because they want to do something well and that’s impossible when the menu is six pages long.

Shipping is free on any bag!

Which bag do you love Moosers?

Cradle Slate Exclusive Coupon Code: 40% Off Everything & Free Shipping

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