September 22

Costco Canada: Clearblue Fertility & Pregnancy Tests $10 Off

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Costco Canada: Clearblue Fertility & Pregnancy Tests $10 Off

I feel like everyone around me is pregnant or having babies. My baby days are most likely over, but I found this great deal for all the procreators out there. Costco has Clearblue fertility and pregnancy tests on for $10 off their already competitive prices.

If you are trying to get pregnant, you might want to consider a digital ovulation test. These are hugely helpful for people who might think they know when they ovulate, but don’t really know. I did use an ovulation predictor when I was trying to get pregnant the first time, but luckily for me, I didn’t need it as I got pregnant almost the first month I tried. I know others who aren’t so lucky and this could be a great tool. What it does is detect your LH surge, which is when you ovulate. This means that you are about to ovulate, which translates to getting in the bedroom, stat! I think it is most helpful to use also as data for when around you’ll ovulate each month. This product has fantastic reviews and this one gives me a little tear in my eye:

“After many years and many different medical intervention that never resulted in a pregnancy, I decided to try these instead of the other opks I usually purchase, well, low and behold, I got pregnant, after 7 years…. I strongly recomment testing twice a day (AM & PM) this way, chances of missing your surge are minimal Costco Canada: Clearblue Fertility & Pregnancy Tests $10 Off .”
There are 20 in the box, which means this will last you quite a while depending on how often you test. Costco’s price is $49.99, with a regular price of $60.99. As for price comparisons, Amazon sells this exact set for $47.99 from a secondary seller. Well.ca sells seven tests for $54.99, which is $7.86 a test compared to Costco’s price of $2.50 a test. That is a huge savings!

Once you’ve done the deed and want to find out if you are pregnant, get yourself a pregnancy test. The Clearblue digital pregnancy test with conception indicator is also on sale, now $38.99 with a regular price of $48.99 for three packs of two tests. This test won’t just tell you if you are pregnant, it will tell you how many weeks you are too. It is a very sensitive test too, which will tell you up to four days early in most cases. If you are anything like me, buying a two-pack (and more) is essential. When I first got pregnant with my oldest, I didn’t really believe it and ran out and bought three more tests. It is also useful if you test a little too early and need to test again, or if you aren’t pregnant this month. Well.ca sells one pack of the two tests for $24.99 and Walmart sells it for $14.77, which still make Costco’s bulk on sale price the best.

Shipping is also free.

(Expiry: 28th September 2014)

Photo credit: SMN

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September 22

Amazon Canada: Schlage KeyPad Deadbolt Only $99

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Amazon Canada: Schlage KeyPad Deadbolt Only $99

If you are looking for an alternative to a traditional key for your door, consider a keypad deadbolt. Price may have stopped you before with regular prices being from $150 – $250, but Amazon has the Schlage BE365 Plymouth keypad deadbolt on sale for a straight $100 right now.

I have a keypad on my front door and it is great. This way I don’t always have to carry keys or open my garage for access to my house. It will also be great when my kids are old enough to be home alone and can get into the house without having to take a key to school and potentially lose it. I don’t know how many keys I lost when I was kid, but I know my parents were a little dumbfounded by it. It also makes sure your key doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

What this is also great for is if you need someone to watch your house while you are away, feed your pet or if you rent your house or property. You can change the code as often as you like after the person has done their service. If you have a different boyfriend each month, this might be a great way to not give away your key, but keep him out once you’ve decided he’s not the one.

This keypad deadbolt has a regular price of $238 and while I didn’t find that exact model selling in Canada, I found it for around $150 selling in the U.S. Similar models selling in Canada also sold for around $150, so the regular price might be a touch inflated. Either way, it is still a great deal. While this keypad deadbolt from Home Depot doesn’t list the product number, it looks exactly the same and sells for $164. This one from Lowes is also similar with a selling price of $159.99.

Only certain colours are available for $99.99 from Amazon. These are: aged bronze, satin chrome, antique brass and satin nickel.

If that exact model doesn’t float your boat, there are a few other models also on sale for $99.99 or $109.99.

The reviews are fantastic for this item as well:

Quality is first rate with heavy castings, durable finish and a dead bolt that extends 1/4″ further than the Weiser unit it replaced.

Shipping is free on this item as it beats the $25 minimum for free shipping.

(expiry: unknown)

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September 22

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Mastermind Toys has an awesome deal happening right now that will get you a great freebie.  Get a free earphone couture kit when you spend just $20 or more on any of the Alex Toys brand.

There are almost 100 different items to choose from with the Alex Toys brand at Mastermind Toys, so spending just $20 to get your free gift will be pretty simple.  The earphone couture kit that you will get for free is valued at $15, which is pretty amazing since you only have to spend $20 to get it.

If you are unfamiliar with the Alex Toys line, they have a huge variety of arts and crafts type items for kids and teens. You will find items like full craft kits, easy yarn designs kits, colouring sets, DIY back packs, fun nail designs and much more.

I know a few kids that would love this My ABC Book kit that is priced at $21.99.  This purchase alone would get you the free earphones kit.

This Pound N Play Porcupine set would make a great kids or baby gift and it is priced at just $23.99. If you need to buy a birthday gift for an older girl, this My First Sewing Kit that is $32.99 would be a great gift idea.

My niece is really into arts and crafts right now so I know she would love this Groovy Scrapbook set that is $24.99.  It would be perfect for her for a Christmas gift and then I could give her the awesome earphones as well that will be included for free!

To get your freebie, you will be prompted at the checkout to choose one of two free earphone couture kits.  The Fluffy earphone set includes 20 yards of fluffy yarn, guitar and peace sign charms, jump rings and pink ear buds.  The Wrap It set includes, six skeins of floss, beads, beading needle and pink ear buds.  Both of these sets you will be able to personalize.

You will be able to get free shipping when you spend $60 or more on your purchases. If you are purchasing anything for gifts, Mastermind Toys offers free gift wrapping, which is a nice little bonus.

(Expiry: 28th September 2014)

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September 22

Beauty Deals Roundup Including Free Gifts, Free Shipping & up to 40% Off

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Beauty Deals Roundup Including Free Gifts, Free Shipping & up to 40% Off

Another week means another roundup of some great beauty deals to share with our Moosers.  This week, you will find deals online, in stores, and printable coupons to take with you for in store shopping.  There are some storewide sales, some free gifts with purchases, and much more.

Here is a look at some of the beauty deals you will see this week:

Shoppers Drug Mart- Today only, get $10 off orders of $50 or more with this printable coupon.

Shu Uemura- Get a free $20 eGift card with purchase of $75+ with the coupon GIFT20 for a limited time only.

MAC Cosmetics- Get free shipping for all orders with no minimums with this coupon MACSHIP until September 28th.

The Body Shop Canada- Save 40% on everything site wide for a limited time only.

Hudson’s BayGet a free seven piece Clinique gift set with your purchase of just $31 or more in Clinique products until October 4th.

Kerastase- The coupon NUTRITION will get you  a free 5 piece sample set with your next purchase for a limited time only.

Well.ca- Get 25% off all Olay products for a limited time only.

Pangea Organics- Spend $50 and use the coupon 3bodywash and you can get a free full sized bottle of Italian White Sage body wash for a limited time only.

These are just a few of the fantastic beauty deals you will see this week. I am already thinking ahead for what people may want for Christmas gifts and even a couple of birthday coming up. The free gifts with purchase are especially good for gifts!

The coupons (both online codes and printable ones) can be found posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum. Make sure to check there first before shopping because you never know how much you will be able to save!

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September 22

Walmart Canada: Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Disposal System Now $28.94/Was $44.97

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Walmart Canada: Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Disposal System Now $28.94/Was $44.97

If you are pregnant or a new parent or need to buy a baby gift for a shower, you will want to check out the Anniversary Sale happening at Walmart Canada.  I found a great deal on the Playtex Diaper Genie Elite disposal system.  The regular price was $44.97 and it is now on sale for just $28.94.

You may be thinking to yourself, “why can’t I just use a regular garbage can instead of buying a Diaper Genie?”. The answer is you can, but it is just not the same thing.  We have two Diaper Genies at our house and there has been zero smell coming from them with dirty diapers.  The floor that does not have one (in the basement) and instead has a garbage for diapers smell after just one or two diapers get thrown out.  I could not believe the difference a Diaper Genie actually made with eliminating the odours of dirty diapers!

Here are a few of the reasons why a Diaper Genie is better than a garbage can:

  • Patent pending double-locked pail design and multi layer refill seals in odour and germs
  • Anti-microbial protection inhibits odour causing bacteria
  • Diapers only touch refill film, not the pail, so no messy residue is left behind
  • Foot pedal allows for easy, hands free opening
  • Ergonomic, no need to bend down

I really cannot say enough about this Diaper Genie.  Like I mentioned above, I have two of them- one from a baby shower gift and the second one I bought myself when I realized how good it was.  It gets a 4.1 star rating out of 5 for it reviews, which is pretty awesome

They also have the Diaper Genie refills on sale right now to go with your Diaper Genie.  The regular price is $22.93 but they are on sale right now for just $18.94. A little tip to save money in the future, you don’t actually need the Diaper genie brand to refill them.  You can use any no name ones or other brands and they will fit just fine.  At this sale price however, it is worth grabbing a set.

As a nice little bonus, you will get free shipping on your entire order so there will be no additional charges.

(Expiry: 25th September 2014)

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September 22

L’Occitane Canada Coupon: Free Divine Ritual Gift with $100+

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

LOccitane Canada Coupon: Free Divine Ritual Gift with $100+

I just love getting free gifts with my purchases especially when it comes to free beauty items.  Right now over at L’Occitane Canada, they have a really great coupon code out that will get you a pretty nice free gift with your purchase.  Get a free Divine Ritual gift with your purchase of $100 or more.

Click here to shop @ Loccitane.ca now

  • Coupon Code: GOLDEN
  • Discount: Free Divine Ritual Gift with $100+
  • Expiry:  6th October 2014

The value of this free Divine Ritual gift is $72 and includes three different L’Occitane products. That is actually a pretty high value free gift to get!

I have tried a few different products from L’Occitane Canada and have always been pleasantly surprised.  One product I really want to try is their Bonne Mere peach shower gel that s priced at $15. It is part of the new Bonne Mere collection.

As for the cost of shipping, you will get free shipping on all orders of $99 or more. That means if you are using this coupon code, you are already spending the minimum so you will automatically get free shipping as well.

Additionally, you will get three free samples with every single order.  There is no minimum to get these free samples and you will be able to choose which ones you would like at the checkout before you pay for your order. Right now, there are five different samples that you can choose from for free with your order. They are offering eye care cream, shampoo, conditioner, serum and brightening cream.

If you are making this purchase as a gift for someone else, you can also get free gift wrapping.

I took a screen shot of my order so you could see just how many freebies you actually get and how amazing this deal really is.

LOccitane Canada Coupon: Free Divine Ritual Gift with $100+

As you can see, the deal is pretty amazing with this coupon code!  If you would like to find more L’Occitane coupons, we will have them all posted upon the Bargainmoose coupon forum for easy online shopping. Right now this is the only one but they do allow coupon stacking sometimes so you may get lucky before this one expires and be able to use an additional one.

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September 22

Walmart Canada: Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven – Just $20

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Walmart Canada: Easy Bake Ultimate Oven   Just $20

Moosers, is it crazy for me to want to buy my 5-month baby an Easy Bake Ultimate Oven for when she gets older just because it’s on sale for $20 at Walmart?

This Easy-Bake Ultimate oven is actually a special edition of the popular toy oven as it’s in commemoration of Easy-Bake’s 20th anniversary, much like Walmart’s 20th Anniversary, which they are currently celebrating with a slew of amazing deals. The great part about it is that it can be used as soon as you get it delivered at your door since even if you don’t have any ingredients on hand as you can use the included mix to bake up to 12 chocolate chips cookie bites! This Easy-Bake oven also comes with a baking pan, a pan tool and instructions.

Reviews are mixed on this Easy Bake Oven with countless reviewers commenting on how much their favourite oven has changed since their youth. In fact, did you know that the very first Easy-Bake oven was first released by Kenner as long ago as 1963 and Hasbro later took over in 1993? Pretty incredible if you ask me but the key element to keep in mind here is that as much as it’s an oven, it’s nevertheless a toy oven. It’s fully functional to a certain degree and you can’t expect it to perform miracles. But at $20, it’s certainly a steal of a deal and I’m confident that any little baker is sure to love it. Just make sure to monitor your kid(s) anyways just in case they go crazy baking away!

Here’s a snippet of a 5 out of 5 stars review that I found on Amazon:

You should have seen the look on my daughters face when I opened the shipping box to reveal the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, priceless! We went into the kitchen and got ourselves ready to start doing some serious baking, I have to admit that the portions are very small but it’s a toy after all, it’s the quality time that you spend with your girl what is important here. Instructions are very easy to follow, it only comes with a few mixes but it does have a recipe booklet so you can bake some more.

Walmart’s price on this toy oven is also a steal of a deal as I found this save oven for much more expensive at other stores:

As usual, Walmart also offers free shipping!

(Image Credit: Christi Johnstone)

(Expiry: 25th September 2014)

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September 22

Babies And Bows Canada Coupon Code: 20% Off Orders Over $45 + Free Shipping

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

 

Babies And Bows Canada Coupon Code: 20% Off Orders Over $45 + Free Shipping

Are you ready for cuteness overload? Then check out Babies and Bows, especially since you can now use the code below to secure an additional 20% off any order over $45. Your purchases are also sure to qualify for free shipping as Babies and Bows automatically ships all orders over $45 for free.

Click here to shop @ BabiesandBows.com now

  • Coupon Code: SAVE20
  • Discount: 20% off $45+
  • Expires: 31st October 2014

As a first time mommy to an adorable baby girl, I am in heaven. A little over two months ago, I went on a headband craze for my little girl and much to my budgetary horror, I discovered that baby headbands sure aren’t cheap and understandably so. After discovering that even the most boring of headbands can typically run anywhere from $10 to as high as $40 for each, I set out to create my own with the hopes of saving money, but even that proved more difficult than I originally thought. I created two from supplies I gathered at my local Fabricville and Michael’s but let’s just that as much as I did save some money, the time I spent looking for supplies, then creating the headbands and not to mention the gas I spend going around town for all of these probably cost me just as much as if I would have just bought one ready made.

For this reason, I will most definitely be taking advantage of the code above and I’m particularly excited that it’s also applicable towards sale items. Despite its name, Babies and Bows has more than just bows and headbands. In fact, the sale section has a couple of cute Fedora cats on sale for $14.99 (reg. $19.99), ties for $8.99 (reg. $12.99), expression pacifiers for $4.99 (reg. $6.99), hair clips for $2.99 (reg. $5.99) and even a crochet crown for $9.99 (reg. $19.99). Plus don’t forget that all of these prices would drop even lower with the code above.

With Christmas fast approaching, I can already picture my little baby girl wearing the adorable Adrianna flower crochet headband with the “Santa’s Little Helper” pacifier in her mouth. The headband comes down to just $12 from a sale price of $14.99 (reg. $24.99), while the pacifier drops even further down in price to just $4 from $4.99 (reg. $6.99). Surprisingly, the pacifier’s nipple is actually made of silicone, is orthodontic and is comparable to a NUK pacifier in size and shape!

As usual, this Babies and Bows coupon code may also be found on the Bargainmoose forum. Since it only expires at the end of the month of October, you still have plenty of time to either shop for your own baby or for a Christmas gift! Babies And Bows Canada Coupon Code: 20% Off Orders Over $45 + Free Shipping

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September 22

McDonald’s Freebie: Free Small Coffee 1 Week Only

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

McDonalds Freebie: Free Small Coffee 1 Week Only

Calling all coffee addicts: during the next week, you can get a free small coffee at McDonald’s for free!

I never ever step foot into a McDonald’s for anything but for free coffee, I would definitely go! What can I say, free is free and any opportunity to save money is certainly a great one, especially considering how much my household spends on Tim Hortons on a weekly basis.

This kind of McDonald’s freebie isn’t the first of its kind. In fact, this mega chain runs this same promotion every so often with the last one being in February but there is a major drawback to it. I know you’re probably wondering what drawback could there possibly be to a freebie but that’s exactly the point. This freebie is one of the most popular at McDonald’s and plenty of sleep-deprived coffee addicts are sure to be hitting both the drive-thru and the line-ups inside. If you plan on grabbing one before work, then I definitely suggest leaving a little earlier just to make sure that you don’t run late. I regularly pass by the drive-thru at my local Tim’s and even there, I frequently have to wait for what seems like forever while a line-up of cars seemingly waits for mega orders to be completed. It can be frustrating for sure, especially if you’re on a time crunch but as I have already said… free is free and this one’s definetly worth it.

Given that this McDonald’s promotion runs for exactly one week, the way I see it is that if you get one small coffee each day, then you’re sure to save at least $7 ($1 per day). Now, if you happen to go more than that in a day, then you could save even more than that! Not too shabby, especially if you then use the money you saved to spend it on coffee the week after! McDonalds Freebie: Free Small Coffee 1 Week Only

However, if you’re a daily McDonald’s visitor and you don’t see this freebie as a good thing given the line-ups and waiting times that are sure to ensue, then you could always hit up Tim Hortons instead. Over the week-end, Krista wrote about a $1 small coffee deal at Tim Hortons as starting on September 22nd as well, they are offering their new dark roast in a small format for just $1.

(Image Credit: Michael Allen Smith)

(Expiry: 29th September 2014)

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September 21

Shoppers Drug Mart Printable Coupon: $10 Off $50+ (September 22 Only)

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Shoppers Drug Mart Printable Coupon: $10 Off $50+ (September 22 Only)

On September 22nd 2014, print and bring this coupon to a Shoppers Drug Mart store near you to get a $10 discount on orders over $50.

Even though this printable coupon is only valid as of tomorrow, I thought I would let you know about it as soon as possible as personally, I prefer planning out my purchases. Shoppers Drug Mart is certainly no strangers to frequently releasing printable coupons for a variety of discounts that are only good for one day but this is definitely my favourite kind of discount out of all of them because I always struggle to reach the minimum required purchase. In this case, $50 is a very easy threshold to achieve, especially if you stock up on make-up or other essentials.

In fact, although I would normally use any kind of Shoppers Drug Mart printable coupon to save on make-up, I’m actually tempted to use it on Halloween candy and chocolates instead! I know it’s still a little early but Halloween merchandise has already hit stores and having just bought my first pumpkin of the season, I’m already really excited for giving out candy on the 31st! Shoppers Drug Mart Printable Coupon: $10 Off $50+ (September 22 Only)

As usual, all of the regular exclusions apply. This means that you can’t use it on lottery purchases, any kind of other tickets (i.e. public transportation), gift cards, etc. You can read about all of these on the coupon itself.

For all of you Quebec residents, I’m happy to report this printable coupon will also work at Pharmaprix (Quebec version of Shoppers Drug Mart). A couple of months ago, I printed off one such coupon and headed off my nearest Pharmaprix and I have to admit that before heading inside the store, I put my game face on, ready to argue with the cashier that there is no mention of a Quebec exclusion on the coupon. Luckily, I didn’t have to get into any kind of argument at all and instead, I was shocked to discover that the coupon was scanned and the discount was added with absolutely zero hassle!

If you happen to miss the opportunity to redeem this coupon as it is only valid during one day, you can stay up to date with all of the Shoppers Drug Mart printable coupons on the Bargainmoose forum as these are always added immediately upon release. Plus, you can also sign up to have them delivered straight to your inbox.

(Image Credit: JDBSound)

(Expiry: 22nd Septemer 2014)

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September 21

The Shopping Channel Canada: 60% Off Gemstone & Topaz Sterling Silver Ring + Extra 20% Off

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The Shopping Channel Canada: 60% Off Gemstone & Topaz Sterling Silver Ring + Extra 20% OffTreat yourself to a shining new ring as the gemstone and topaz sterling silver ring is on sale for $59.77 (reg. $149.99) and you can save an additional 20% off by entering The Shopping Channel coupon code: SHOP20 at checkout to bring the price down to just $47.82.

Made in Thailand, this gorgeous ring is sterling silver and rhodium plated and is available in 5 colours: amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, green amethyst, and smokey topaz. Rather than waiting for my hubby to get me some jewellery (men can certainly be rather clueless sometimes), I am definitely tempted to get myself this ring as it would match perfectly with a purple sweater I have. As such, I would totally go for the purple amethyst option, especially since that is also my birthstone.

With Christmas right around the corner though, this ring could also make for a great gift, especially since the little diamonds encircling the gem really make it stand out. Shipping fees differ from item to item but for this ring, they come up to $6.99. You can also break down the price into two payments of $23.90. Reviews are somewhat mixed but considering that it’s on clearance and that you can enter the code above to save even more, I would say that it’s sure worth the potential risk, especially since there are also a number of positive reviews like this one:

They were beautiful and got awesome service from this company because the size was not correct and they exchanged them for me at no cost. Will see if the gift is liked at Xmas.

Even better is that the coupon code mentioned above can be used on all merchandise that is on clearance right now at The Shopping Channel. I have been seeing bracelets like the R.J. Graziano stoney street comfort bracelet in plenty of stores lately but this one is definitely the one that I would consider buying as it’s gold plated. It comes in either a blush (light pink) or cloud colour and comes even further down to just $19.98 from a sale price of $24.97 (reg. $39.97). Surprisingly, even the shipping fee for this bracelet was reduced at checkout from $6.99 to $3.50. So don’t be too discouraged by any shipping fees that you see on each item’s individual pages as these is a chance that these might get reduced as well.

Although the ring itself will remain in the clearance section while supplies last, the code mentioned above expires on September 22nd 2014.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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September 21

The Pros and Cons of the Share Economy

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Pros and Cons of the Share Economy

Recently, we did an article surveying what’s out there in the share economy and detailing how you can save money by taking advantage of services from TaskRabbit, Fiverr, Uber, Elance and more.

While it is certainly true that you can save money and time with these websites, there is a bit of a dark side to the share economy that everyone should be aware of before wading into these new waters. Bargainmoose is all about saving money, but sometimes you need to use caution when doing so and its important to get the full picture.

With that in mind, we present the advantages and disadvantages of the share economy. This list will hopefully mean you’ll always know what you’re getting into with this new way of making and spending money.

Pro

Freedom and Flexibility

These two tenants are often touted as reasons to become a tasker on TaskRabbit or to complete a job on Elance and they are very true. Working any job as part of the share economy largely means you can set your own hours and work with who you want, when you want — all while setting your schedule from the comfort of home. Plus, the extra money you earn can be put towards your own financial freedom.

Con

Unpredictable Wages at Unpredictable Hours

Along with that freedom and flexibility comes unpredictability. No one should try to make a living solely on gigs garnered from the share economy because often the wages are a mere pittance compared to what a worker would get for the same service if they worked for a professional company. This is because bidders often undercutting each other with bids well below minimum wage. In a recent New York Times article, author Natasha Singer pointed out that those with no stable full-time job are turning to the share economy and trying to cobble together some semblance of an income without much success.

“They often work seven-day weeks, trying to assemble a living wage from a series of one-off gigs. They have little recourse when the services for which they are on call change their business models or pay rates. To reduce the risks, many workers toggle among multiple services.”

One economist source told Singer: “If you did the calculations, many of these people would be earning less than minimum wage. You are getting people to self-exploit in ways we have regulations in place to prevent.”

Pro

Insurance and Peer-Review

One of the great things about the share economy is that most sites like TaskRabbit and RelayRides offer insurance to protect you against damage or theft when someone else is driving your car or inside your home doing a chore. Perhaps more integral to even the necessary insurance in the shared economy is the peer-review system that ranks and reviews tenants, guests, taskers, drivers and more after they do a job or stay in your home. Those who do well get recommended, promoted to the most viewed parts of the site and get more jobs or offers, while those who end up providing a bad experience are harshly reviewed and ostracized by their peers on the site. It’s the number one homegrown system of checks and balances in the share economy.

Con

The Share Economy is Largely Unregulated

Across North America the share economy means that millions are renting out their homes like hotels or using their cars as taxi cabs and still these practices remain largely unregulated, but lawmakers in the U.S. are trying to change that.

This particularly true in larger urban centres like New York City and Chicago. In New York, legislators are trying to regulate the operations of Airbnb by charging their in violation of New York’s Illegal Hotel Law, which makes it illegal for New Yorkers to rent out their homes for fewer than 30 days unless the resident is living in the apartment at the time. Car-Sharing service Lyft was also banned in New York for what regulators called “disruptive” and “personally dishonest” business practices.

Of course, these regulations look like they’re just in place to protect already entrenched industries like hotels and taxis, but Micah Lasher, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Chief of Staff, told Freakonomics Radio that regulating the share economy actually protects people.

“One of the big issues is the question of externalities and external impacts. In other words, if my next-door neighbour is using their apartment as a hotel room, they’re not just running a risk of their apartment getting trashed, they’re having an impact on me. Similarly, in the case of Lyft, if one of those drivers gets into a car accident, doesn’t have appropriate insurance, that can have an impact on a whole bunch of folks who did not sign up for that.”

Pro

The Democratization of Luxury Services

One of the best things about the share economy is that services previously reserved for high class individuals like chauffeur services, maid services and professional consultation services are now available and affordable to the masses. Plus, now anyone can do them. If you have initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit, you to can be a hotelier by renting out your home for a few days or a taxi cab driver by driving people around in your car. In the past, it used to be that these services were only available to those who could afford it, but now these services are available from regular people at a variety of price points – most of them affordable to the average person. These services used to be extras reserved for special occasions, but now they could be affordable enough to be enjoyed on a regular basis.

Con

Limited Safety and Corporate Oversight

Whenever you’re sharing your personal belongings like your car and your home with a stranger you just met online, the question of safety is always an issue, especially for women. Sites like CouchSurfing.com offer safety tips, but many of the companies in the share economy put the onus on you, the individual user, to keep yourself safe and take very little responsibility for your safety as a business. For example, these companies could make background checks of participants mandatory instead of optional if they wanted to.

According to an article on Sharable.net, When a female Air BnB user identifying herself as EJ found her home ransacked and identity stolen by a renter named DJ, she noted that even though AirBnb responded swiftly and appropriately after the fact, (despite not having a 24-hour emergency helpline and not responding until 14 hours later) they made it difficult to research her potential tenant until the reservation was bought and paid for. She wrote the following in a blog post detailing her ordeal:

“By hindering my ability to research the person who will rent my home, there is an implication that airbnb.com has already done the research for me, and has eliminated the investigative work that Craigslist requires. In effect, the friendly, community-based site with its Golden Rules creates a reasonable expectation that some basic screening of its users has occurred, and speaks little to the risks involved, primarily within the very small print of the lengthy Terms of Service. Thus by the time this reservation was confirmed and I was given Dj’s email address and phone number, I was on a plane heading East, and he/she was armed with my welcoming instructions on where to pick up the keys to my apartment.”

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September 21

Hollister California: Pacific Sweater Was $85 | Now $10.49 After Coupon & Other Deals

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Hollister California: Pacific Sweater Was $85 | Now $10.49 After Coupon & Other Deals

Hollister California has some amazing deals in their sale section right now that you can pair up with their current 25% off coupon code for mind-blowing savings.

Click here to shop the Hollister California sale now

  • Coupon Code: 36918
  • Discount: 25% off  & free shipping on $50
  • Expiry: 22nd September 2014

Note: the coupon expires tonight but many of the amazing deals before coupon will still be available. In addition, your cart must total $50 after the 25% off coupon for you to get free shipping. Hollister covers all duties/customs for packages shipped to Canada. Jeans are excluded from the coupon code.

The main deal we spotted was on this Pacific Sweater for men (sold out). Originally $84.95, the sweater is on sale for $13.99. Use the following coupon code to bring the sweater down to just $10.49! This is not a bottom of the barrel sales pick either, the sweater is available in two colours and in sizes small through extra-large in both colours. Only size medium in grey is currently sold out. Even if you miss the coupon code, you can still get the sweater for only $14.

You can take advantage as well of some other great deals. These Hollister Sport Boxer Briefs were $26.95 and are now on sale for $8.09. Add on that coupon code to get these briefs for $6.07 a pair. It appears that only size XL is available right now, but they may do a restock. They restocked the Pacific sweater as I was writing about it.

Do you want another awesome sweater deal? This Moonlight Beach Sweater was $52.95 and is now on sale for $13.99. After coupon code, it comes down to $10.49. The top is only available in blue, but sizes small, large, and extra-large are still in stock.

If you are in need of some swim shorts, look no further than these four designs:

Sizes are very limited for the swim shorts. However, the Athletic shorts have a good variety of sizes still available. Pick up the Hollister Athletic Shorts in Grey or the Hollister Athletic Shorts in Navy for just $11.99, after all discounts (was $42.95).

This sale is necessary to shop for any guys in need of new clothing. Check out the girls’ section too!  Shipping is a flat rate of $15 for under $50, so I highly recommend hitting that minimum. For this and any future Hollister Co. coupon codes, visit our forum.

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September 21

Net-A-Porter (US) Coupon Code: Free Shipping with Beauty Purchase ($20 US Value)

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Net A Porter (US) Coupon Code: Free Shipping with Beauty Purchase ($20 US Value)

I am so excited about this coupon I could just squeal and then pass out. Almost. Net-A-Porter has released a coupon code for free shipping on any order that includes an item from their beauty section. I just tested the coupon code and it works for Canadian shipping fees too.

Click here to shop @ Net-A-Porter (US) now

  • Coupon Code: BEAUTY14
  • Discount: free shipping w/ beauty purchase
  • Expiry: 28th September 2014 @ 2.59AM EDT

I tested this coupon code on just a random beauty item that I found. The shipping to Canada is $20 US flat rate: no matter what you buy. After I applied the coupon code, the shipping came down to $0.

 Net A Porter (US) Coupon Code: Free Shipping with Beauty Purchase ($20 US Value)

You do not need to order strictly beauty items; your order can contain anything as long as one item from the Beauty section is in your cart. In addition, not all beauty items ship to Canada, so watch out for shipping restrictions that appear in red on each page. I tried to buy a Butter London nail polish only to find it would not ship to Canada.

If you are looking for something inexpensive in the beauty section to add to your cart so you can load up on awesome clothing, here are a few suggestions. This Laura Mercier Velour Puff for putting on foundation or blush retails for $12 US. I also suggest the Philip B Hairbrush Cleaner for $15 US. I find it so frustrating trying to clean my hairbrush so this tool has a lot of appeal to me. It looks very handy!

While Net-A-Porter does not have any sales on, it is nice to have a free shipping coupon from the company, as it is so rare. Net-A-Porter gives you access to designers and other high-end brands that are hard to find in Canada, and in some cases, are just not available up here. While Net-A-Porter is designer driven, there are still items for Moosers on a budget. I just adore these Finds + Sarah and Bred PVC and canvas clutch bags in different colours for only $160 US. The clear PVC protects your canvas bag from the elements and provides extra visual appeal. Have it shipped to you free with this coupon and a beauty product purchase.

Customs/Duties are calculated upon checkout and added to your total. There will be no surprise costs when your package reaches you. You will also receive your purchases in two to three working days after your order has been accepted.

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September 21

Steam Powered: 75% Off Most Warner Brothers Games

Posted by on September 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Steam Powered: 75% Off Most Warner Brothers Games

There is a big sale going on at Steam right now and my entire household is drooling over it as I type. Receive 75% off most Warner Brothers games on Steam. Be quick! This offer ends tomorrow.

My husband and I are both games. We excel at different types of games (I beat the crap out of things, he is an excellent strategist) yet, we both enjoy playing games with fighting and strategy. Recently, my husband has been positively addicted to Injustice: Gods Among Us on his tablet. He loves to build up the DC characters (both heroes and villains), equip them with gear, level up their abilities, and battle them. However, he calls me ‘the master’ because I totally kick ass whenever I do a battle for him, as it is my forte. Right now, Steam has Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition on sale for just $7.49, down from $29.99 US. The ultimate edition would totally kick ass and I know my husband really wants this game. Maybe I shall buy it as a present!

I excel at fighter style games even though I primarily play strategy games – funny isn’t it? Maybe it comes from playing fight style games in the arcades when I was supposed to be doing laundry. Either way, get me behind a controller playing something like Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition and my competitive side kicks in. Mortal Kombat is a legend in fighting style games, and is probably one of the first games I ever played. The action if fierce and you have a good selection of characters. Originally $19.99 US, this game is now on sale for $4.99 US.

Now, for something a little less mature. I have a secret deep well of love for Scooby-Doo. Recently when Amazon Canada has The Complete Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? Collection on sale, I had to buy it. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I am drooling over the Scooby Doo! & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure which lets me help Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Machine Gang solve a mystery! You can also solve a Loony Tunes mystery, but I am really only interested in the Scooby Doo part. Originally $19.99, the game is now on sale for $4.99 US.

There are many Warner Brothers titles included in this same including their legendary LEGO series. You must check this out!

(Expiry: 22nd September 2014 @ 1PM EST)

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