December 22

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Four of my closest friends and I started a holiday tradition a few years ago, where instead of spending $25 to $40 per person for gifts, we make “Do It Yourself” gifts.  We go away for a girl’s weekend trip and talk about our resolutions for next year and exchange our home made presents.  We have all agreed that making the Do It Yourself gifts has been a great idea and I am always excited to see what my friends come up with because we are all creative people, in our unique ways.

This year, my friends of course didn’t fail to impress me.  I love all of my Christmas gifts and having something that is home made from my good friends is priceless.  It means more to me than any gift card can!

Also, instead of spending upwards of $150 on gifts for four girlfriends, I only spent $40 this year.  $10 of that went to getting needle nose pliers which I can use for future jewellery making sessions.

So, if you are worried about some last minute gift giving or want to start making your own Do It Yourself Gift, here are five ideas that can get you started.  They are very easy to make and are very easy on the holiday budget.  Even though these gifts are frugal, they are far from scrooge-like!

Gold Hex-Nut Earrings

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

I made these and my friends were impressed.  They are very easy to make and involve a trip to your local hardware store and Michael’s (or other craft store).  I got the idea from a previous post of DIY gifts and had the chance to make them this year.  All you need is:

  • E-6000 jewellery glue ($8 for a pack of five small glue tubes)
  • Hex Nuts (Brass) (about $0.17 for each nut)
  • Jump clasps ($4 for a ton)
  • Earring hooks (about $3.50 for a pack of 3 sets)
  • Needle nose pliers to open and close the clasps

I made variations and different styles for each friend, depending on their personal style.  I made a bracelet too which looked nice as well.

Infinity Scarf

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This beautiful scarf took my friend one evening of knitting to make.  An infinity scarf is basically a big circle, it doesn’t have ends and it makes for a beautiful elegant look to keep you cozy all winter.  I don’t think I would ever be able to make this because I can’t even knit a regular rectangle shaped scarf, but if you have the knack for knitting, this is an easy DIY gift.  Here are instructions from instructables on how to knit an Infiniti scarf, as known as winter’s hot new accessory.  It’s so hot that it’ll make you want to dive into an infinity pool! 5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Home Made Granola

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This granola tastes absolutely delicious, especially with thick and creamy vanilla yogurt!  It is a perfect start to the day.  Tis particular granola recipe is from the 100 Days of Real Food blog.

Sharpie Mug

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

My friend made personalized mugs for each of us with a blank white mug (it’s such a wonderful size, it’s big enough for soup!) and a sharpie pen.  She baked the mug to make the sharpie permanently absorb into the ceramic.  She added special flair by making white chocolate park and putting it in the cup too.  Here are some instructions on how to make a DIY sharpie mug from the blog Savvy Sugar.  I haven’t tried putting it in the dish washer yet, and I have heard that they might not be dish washer safe/ might bleed, but it sure looks cute anyways.

Citrus-Bergamot Body Butter

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This smells absolutely amazing and invigorating.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make this body butter using different essential oils from the blog, She Wears Many Hats.  I personally love the smell of citrus fruit and bergamot (the same smell in Earl Grey tea).  The texture of this is quite solid, but it melts very quickly in your hands.

It’s pretty remarkable that although we each had no idea what the other friend was making, we all made something very unique, practical, and special to our hearts!  Something to appeal to each of our senses, taste, touch, smell, and sight (because jewellery is really eye catching, of course).

Readers, have you made these before?  Any other last minute DIY gift ideas?

Photo credit: Kasla

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December 22

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… Boxing Day!!

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… Boxing Day!!

We’re only a few days away from the biggest Canadian shopping day of the year – at least according to Bargainmoose statistics from previous years! Yes, it’s almost Christmas, meaning Boxing Day is not far behind. And the Boxing Day sales are starting to get into full swing. I am sure most of you already know about our amazing Bargainmoose Boxing Day deals dashboard, which we are constantly updating with all the latest offers as and when they are released.

When you are browsing the Bargainmoose blog, you can easily get to the Boxing Day dashboard by hitting that “see deals now” button under the countdown, at the top right of the site.

On the Boxing Day sales dashboard, our deal-hunting elves are finding all the Canadian Boxing Day deals and flyers, and posting up all the best information for your viewing pleasure. We’ve already posted hundreds of deals on there, and there are thousands more to come.

We’re highlighting some of the most popular stores on there such as Walmart and Amazon, but you can find the Boxing Day sales information from many smaller Canadian boutiques and stores too. If you click the link to View All Boxing Day Sales at the top of the dashboard, you will see a list of every single store that has a currently active Boxing day deal or flyer. I’d highly recommend stopping by that page on Boxing Day to see what you can see!

But there’s already quite a bit of information available, such as the online start dates and times of many of the popular stores. For example:

  • – Boxing Day starts online @ noon EST on the 24th December 2014
  • Best Buy – Boxing Day starts online @ 8PM EST on the 24th December 2014
  • Future Shop – Boxing Day starts online @ 8PM EST on the 24th December 2014
  • The Source – Boxing Day starts online @ 8PM EST on the 24th December 2014
  • Chapters – Boxing Day starts online on the 25th December 2014
  • The Bay – Boxing Day starts online on the 25th December 2014 @ 12AM EST

We’ve also got flyers for many of the above stores, some of which we’ve already blogged about and all of which you will find on our Boxing Day dashboard.

Note to newsletter subscribers: if you wait and read the Bargainmoose daily newsletter each and every day, you’re going to miss out on some hot deals! In the last few weeks, the team has been finding deals that last only minutes, so you need to check in on the Bargainmoose blog many times throughout the day.

What store are you planning on buying from this these Boxing Day sales?

Happy shopping!

(Expiry: unknown)

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December 22

Airbnb Coupon Code: 30% off $100+ First Booking

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Airbnb Coupon Code: 30% off $100+ First Booking

Airbnb is offering 30% off new bookings of $100+ or more with the following coupon code compliments of Travel Zoo. There is a maximum savings of $150 on your stay.

Click here to get 30% off your first Airbnb booking

  • Coupon Code: TRAVELZOO14
  • Discount: 30% off $100+ first booking
  • Expiry: 14th January 2015

Now, for the rules. This coupon code can only be used on new accounts or by current customers who have not booked a stay with Airbnb before. You know, you signed up with good intentions but the opportunity never presented itself. There is a maximum discount of $150. To maximize your discount, spend $500 on your stay to receive the full $150 off.

Fellow blogger Anna and I are not eligible to use this coupon because we both have booked stays with Airbnb before. In the last year, I have personally used Airbnb five times! I have stayed in Seattle, Vancouver (2x), Victoria, and Edmonton with Airbnb. We always find it better than a hotel and manage to get closer to the area we want to be located. My favourite was the place we stayed in Seattle. I could have thrown a stone out the person’s window and hit the side of the Washington State Convention Center. Since we were there for the Emerald City Comic Convention at the WSCC, it was the perfect place to stay.

I asked Anna about her Airbnb experience and she said:

I’ve used Airbnb once, on a visit to Spain last year. I found the most amazing 3 bedroom luxury air conditioned apartment, with a pool, right beside the sea! It was an excellent stay and Airbnb was actually fantastic in carrying out the booking process. The family we were renting from was brilliant at communicating with us both before and after our stay, and it was a pleasure to use. We’re actually considering booking the same apartment again this year. We know what it’s like, where it is, we love the facilities, so we just might stick with it.

This is one of those “holy tar-nation” deals, as Airbnb is not known for their generous coupons. However, they are known for their fantastic places to stay in wonderful cities around the world. A couple years ago, we used Airbnb for a trip to Iceland. We literally saved over a thousand dollars on what we would have paid for a hotel for 16 days.

To use this Airbnb coupon code, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Choose preferred accommodations
  2. Click “Request to Book” or “Instant Book”
  3. Click “Coupon code” and enter promo code

Then, just drop us a line and tell us where you are headed off to this coming year! Happy travels!

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December 22

Starbucks Canada End Of Year Sale: Up To 40% Off Coffee, Mugs, Tumblers, Etc. (Boxing Day Sale)

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Starbucks Canada End Of Year Sale: Up To 40% Off Coffee, Mugs, Tumblers, Etc. (Boxing Day Sale)

The year is coming to an end, which means that the time has finally come for Starbucks’ annual End of the Year Sale, which is also their Boxing Day sale! You can save up to 40% off plenty of coffee, drinkware, tumblers, coffee machines and more. Plus, if it’s your first time shopping at their site, then you can use the Starbucks promo code: STNPWEKD to receive an additional 10% discount on your order (just keep in mind that it excludes Verismo merchandise).

Know a Starbucks addict or are you one yourself? Then get them the red holiday cup ornament to put on their Christmas tree as it’s guaranteed to make people smile. Originally priced at $5.45, it’s now on sale for $3.95 and even has the following 5/5 stars review:

Bold bright color, wonderful craftsmanship, perfect for the Starbucks lover, and an additional item to add to a Starbucks Gift Card!

As the reviewer points out, you could use this ornament as a filler item to reach the free shipping minimum threshold, which is of $75.

Although the code I mentioned won’t work on it, the Verismo 600 brewer is currently on sale for just $119 instead of its regular price of $149. Available in either silver or graphite, it features a very similar concept to the Keurig in that you need to use specifically designed Verismo pods to brew your coffee but the only difference is that with these, you can make either coffee, espresso, lattes or cappuccinos. Although it doesn’t have a milk frother, you can instead buy powdered milk to make your drinks directly using the Verismo. Out of 10 reviews, it has generated a 90% satisfaction rate. In fact, here’s what one happy reviewer had to say about it:

My wife is a basic coffee drinker- no fancy syrups necessary, so she is quite pleased with the gift(I don’t drink coffee-gasp!). The serving size is small, but it keeps her from drinking too much Verona. It was disappointing that no pods came with the purchase.

There are plenty more items on sale as well like Starbucks’ popular Christmas blend roast. You can get 1lb of ground beans for just $12.95 instead of $18.95. Plus, you will also receive a free Christmas blend tasting cup with purchase of the one pound. But hurry because the Christmas blend will undoubtedly disappear from their inventory as soon as the holidays are over.

(Expiry: 5th January 2015)

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December 22

Toys R Us Canada 2014 Boxing Day Flyer is Here (Dec 26-Jan 2)

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Toys R Us Canada 2014 Boxing Day Flyer is Here (Dec 26 Jan 2)

I know that you have probably purchased any toy you could possible need for your children for Christmas, but if there is still something your little ones desire then you may want to flip through this Toys R Us Canada Boxing Day 2014 flyer. The Toys R Us Boxing Week sale begins on the 26th of December 2014 and will end on the 2nd of January 2015.

My son’s birthday falls shortly after Christmas, so I really appreciate Boxing Day sales to get the gift he desires at an unbeatable price. This is particularly important after spending so much on Christmas gifts for my friends and family.

There seem to be plenty of great opportunities to save money at the Toys R Us Canada Boxing Day Sale, both online and in stores. This end of the year event might just bring you the hottest savings on toys.

As a little girl, I mostly played with monster trucks and other boyish toys – but I wish I had some of the Barbies that they have available now. During the Toys R Us Boxing Week sale, you can save up to 50% off select Barbie Dolls and play sets. The Barbie Doll and Tawny Horse Set will be $17.47 instead of $34.99.

For boys, there are equally amazing savings of up to 50% off all Marvel figures, vehicles and role-play toys. The Hero Masher Spider Jet looks pretty entertaining for your little guy – during this Boxing Day sale it is $19.97 instead of $39.99

Still on the search for a PlayStation 4 console? For the duration of the Toys R Us Boxing Day sale, you can purchase the PlayStation 4 500 GB Bundle with Little Big Planet 3 and NHL 15 for $449.99. This offer also comes with a free $40 Toys R Us gift card that you can use towards your next purchase. This appears to be available in stores only.

If you do happen to find any of these items at lower prices at other retailers, Toys R Us will price match any advertised prices. There are other great offers in this flyer too; I just wanted to highlight the major deals. Some other savings available during the Toys R Us Boxing Day Sale:

  • Save up to $30 on video games like Call of Duty, Just Dance 2015, etc.
  • Buy one get one 1/2 price on all Skylanders Trap Team figures, and traps
  • Save up to 40% off all Despicable Me 2 figures, plush, and role play items
  • Save 40% off LeapFrog software
  • among other deals

Here are the first two pages of the Toys R Us Boxing Day 2014 flyer, but you can also view the full version here.

(Expiry: 2nd January 2015)

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December 22

Barbie Color Chalk Hair Doll Only $15.89 & Free Shipping @ *HOT*

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Barbie Color Chalk Hair Doll Only $15.89 & Free Shipping @ *HOT*

Sears Canada currently has the Barbie Color Chalk Hair Doll on sale for $25.89, from $36.99. This deal was supposed to end yesterday, but the sale price is still there and the discount is still working in my cart. Add on coupon code 941612824 for $10 off $25, and receive this Barbie for just $15.89. Sears is also offering free shipping on all toys right now through Christmas Eve, so you will only pay tax on top of this toy.

Even though this deal screams of awesomeness, I made sure to price compare with other toy retails to ensure this was indeed the best deal. I found the doll on clearance at Walmart Canada for $30. I also found it from a marketplace seller on Amazon Canada for $22.99 plus $16.37 shipping. I could not find the doll at Toys R Us.

As you can see, the date shows that the sale price expired yesterday, but it is still working in my cart.

Barbie Color Chalk Hair Doll Only $15.89 & Free Shipping @ *HOT*

This is a cool toy. Your Barbie doll comes with three coloured hair chalk pods that are enough for 100 applications! Let your little one colour Barbie’s hair to their heart’s content. When you want her hair back to blonde, just wash all the chalk out with normal soap and water. After the doll’s hair dries, it will be ready to be coloured again.

One reviewer said:

Being one of the traditional hair color changing dolls, barbie wowed this this time with this one. Not only it’s easy to mix the colors for new shades; but the chalks that this set comes with are just like the hair color chalk that you can buy out on the market. So, not only the girls can get some barbie fun, but they can also get an amazing new hair do.

I assume you can also use regular hair chalk with your doll, but I would experiment with lighter hair chalks rather than going black or deep green the first time. Make sure your normal hair chalk does not stain her hair first. I own a bunch of hair chalk but found it took forever to chalk my hair as it is so thick.

With 40% off the original price, an extra $10 off coupon code, and free shipping – this deal is just beautiful. You may even get it in time for Christmas as my screen shot above is still showing the first delivery date to be December 24th.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 22

Future Shop: Free $10 GC With $100+ Reserve & Pick-Up in Store

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

Future Shop: Free $10 GC With $100+ Reserve & Pick Up in Store

Future Shop has a fantastic little promotion on for today and tomorrow. Receive a free $10 gift certificate when you reserve and pick-up your order in store worth over $100.

To receive your gift certificate, your purchase must be online. When you go to checkout, simply choose the reserve for in-store pickup option and choose your closest Future Shop location. My closest Future Shop is about a five-minute drive away, so I actually chose this option with my Sony SRS-X5 speaker. I highly recommend this speaker; I enjoy it almost every day and it is a fantastic mid-priced speaker if you want quality at an affordable price. Originally $199.99, the speaker is currently on sale for $149.99.

Your gift certificate will be emailed to you approximately 10 days after you have picked up your purchase from the store. The certificate has no cash value, and must be used January 9 – 30, 2015 only. There is no minimum purchase required, so you could just purchase a $10 item and get it for free.

One of the other beneficial things about this deal is that the product you want does not have to be available for purchase online. There are two lines with boxes (usually green) under any product. One says “available online” and one says “reservable in-store.” Your item merely needs to be reserveable in-store for this deal to work.

This deal is just really cool as it is from one of the giant companies and it just happens to be one of the big electronics companies. I love electronics and – since our local Best Buy closed down – Future Shop is the place to go.

There are plenty of last minute gifts you may want to pick up this way. Purchase the Nintendo Wii U 32GB Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set for $299.99 and receive a free $40 gift card AND the free $10 gift certificate when you reserve and then pick up in store.

The gorgeous Dyson Animal Handheld Vacuum (DC34) is on sale for $179.99; you save $50 and get a free $10 gift certificate when you reserve to pick it up in store. Anyone want to buy a Dyson for me?

There is a limit of one gift certificate per person. This promotion is only available for two days. Best Buy Canada – the twin sister of Future Shop – has the same offer on as well.

(Expiry: 23rd December 2014)

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December 22 Coupon Code: $5 – $35 Discounts for Everyone

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM Coupon Code: $5   $35 Discounts for Everyone usually has coupon codes for new customers all the time, so I am pleased whenever they include the regulars in coupon promotion! For a few days only, receive $5 off $65, $15 off 100, or $35 off $200 at with the following coupon codes.

Click here to shop @ now

  • Coupon Code: HOLIDAY5
  • Discount: $5 off $65
  • Coupon Code: HOLIDAY15
  • Discount: $15 off $100
  • Coupon Code: HOLIDAY35
  • Discount: $35 off $200
  • Expiry: 24th December 2014

These may not be the largest coupons out there but when I shop at, I am generally shopping for essentials. I purchase all my cleaning supplies from the company and about 50% of my health and beauty supplies as well. They are my Method supplier and I love scavenging their clearance section for good deals on new brands to try out. Speaking of Method, enjoy a little holiday cheer with the Method Gel Hand Wash Mulled Cider on sale for $3.50, originally $4.78.

One of the reasons I like is because they carry a huge selection of products. While my local Island Organic store has a few bottles of Druide Foaming bath, I am limited to three options and they never change those up. I currently own Anti-Stress and Detox, but I would love to purchase Druide Sensual Foaming Bath. Originally $17.99, it is now on sale for $14.39. For an all-natural bubble bath, this is the best I have tried. It gives me a ton of bubbles.

The clearance section is like a mecca of goodies. It reminds me of going vintage shopping where you weed through all the so-so deals to find a few truly spectacular finds. This Green Beaver Kids Sunscreen Spray will be essential come spring. Originally $21.99, pick it up for $11 on clearance.

There are already some seasonal staples on sale as well. Here are a few of my favourites:

The coupons will combine nicely with these sale prices to get you the best deal on essentials, not so essential products, and indulgences. Receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more at

For these and future coupon codes, visit our forum.

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December 22

Newegg: Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger Only $28

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Newegg: Anker 40W 5 Port USB Charger Only $28

Newegg Canada has a very good deal Pre-Boxing Day on the Anker 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger. Originally $49.99, this 40W USB charger is on sale for $22.99 plus $4.99 shipping for a total of $27.98.

This price is only valid for the white unit; the black unit is still full price. For a little perspective, Amazon Canada is selling the Anker 40W five-port USB charger for $35.99 currently. For an even better comparison, I have blogged about this Anker USB charger before, when it was on sale for $29.99 from Amazon Canada. That was the cheapest I have ever seen it so this offer from Newegg Canada is a couple dollars better.

One of the things I love about Anker is their universal compatibility. With POWERIQ technology, the USB charger adapts to whatever device you throw at it, be it Android or iPhone, to output the correct amount of power for that unit. That is why this Anker 5-port charge is compatible with so many different units including the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, Note, Tab, Google Nexus, PS Vita, Gopro, and other external batteries.

I have read reviews on both Amazon and Newgg for this unit. It is so interesting to see all the rave reviews on Amazon to come across to Newegg and see the wide spectrum of reviews. Some reviewers have found that one of the five ports has a tendency to fail – primarily port #3. Oddly enough, this is not widely documented on other sites.

Now, I bought one of these USB charges because we now own a zillion electronics that charge via USB. With two phones, a tablet, and portable speakers… there is always something on the charger. We have our plugging spaced at #1, #3, and #5. I have been using mine since September and none of the ports has failed. Anker is generally very good about their warranties so if you have a problem, make sure to contact them.

This is part of Newegg Canada’s Pre-Boxing Day sales event happening right now. There are other deals you might find interesting in the sale, like this EVGA TORQ X10 901-X1-1103-KR Black Wired Laser Gaming Mouse on sale for $42.99 + $4.99 shipping. There is even a $10 rebate for the mouse, so in the end it will cost you $32.99 plus shipping.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 22

Amazon Canada: Ocean Wonders Aquarium Was $50 | Now $30

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Amazon Canada: Ocean Wonders Aquarium Was $50 | Now $30

Looking for the perfect shower gift for an expecting family? The Fisher Price Ocean Wonders aquarium with remote control is now only $29.99 at Amazon, with a regular price of $49.99. I did notice that it was on sale for this price last week, but sold out quickly, so now is your chance to get it again during their Boxing Week sales.

I had an Ocean Wonders aquarium for my babies, although I got mine used at a garage sale and it didn’t really work as well and didn’t have a remote control, which would have been super handy. It is funny to say since my youngest is only four, but there are so many things I wished they’d had when my kids were babies.

What’s really great about this is that you can put your baby in the crib and turn this on and it is not so stimulating that they’ll get overexcited. In fact, my oldest son would watch this until he fell asleep, which made nap time so easy for me. My other two were a little harder than this to get to sleep, but this was a great tool for me to help him get to sleep without my assistance. It was also a good thing to have when you needed to put away laundry or do something where you needed to keep baby in their crib (like sleep), as it kept them happy for a while, and they stayed safe in the crib.

It plays songs, the fish swims, there are bubbles and some lights. You can choose what mode you want to put it on, as I would say, based on if you want them to fall asleep or if you just want to keep them entertained.

I shopped around and found this for $50 or more at all the major stores like Walmart and Toys R Us, so this is really a steal. Shipping will also be free.

Bought our first Fisher Price aquarium crib toy six years ago for our first grand child and continue to do so for each new one that comes along. These aquariums have changed somewhat over the years but baby’s fascination with them stays the same. Great toy.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 22

Target Canada 2014 Boxing Day Flyers Out Now! (26-28 Dec In-Store Only)

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

Target Canada 2014 Boxing Day Flyers Out Now! (26 28 Dec In Store Only)

Target has just released their Boxing Day sales and they are ripe with deals to be plucked. Deals start in store only on Friday the 26th December and end Sunday the 28th December 2014.

Target has had a rough year here in Canada with its launch as it tried to win over Canadian hearts and pocketbooks. I find it tough because I really want to like this retailer despite not having an online store. Let’s see what they have brought to the table for Boxing Day to win us over.

The first item I see as being worth standing in line at the store for is the Playstation 4 Little Big Planet 3 and NHL 15 Bundle for $449.99 plus $70 gift card for a total of $379. Looking around some of the competitors, most everyone has a version of the PS4 on sale this Boxing Day for $449.99. Walmart, Best Buy and Futureshop all have it bundled with one game. Target has sweetened the deal by adding two games instead of just one. Little Big Planet 3 is a popular game that is retailing for $40 to $70 and NHL 15 for PS4 retails for $70. Stack on top of that the fact that they are willing to give you $70 to come back in their store and you have saved an additional $110 to $140.

The $70 gift card deal is applicable to any PS4 console purchase and that includes the bundle. Supplies are limited so if the PS4 is in your sights, you may want to get there for Target’s 6am opening time on Friday December 26th. If you have nothing in mind for that gift card, Target does have some shelf stable groceries so you could easily shave the money off your grocery bill for the month. I always am able to find something at Target that I both need and don’t need so spending $70 for me never seems to be an issue. One trip down that shoe section is all it takes! Even betteris the fact that they just started carrying TOMS shoes and products, I could easily fill my cart with TOMS.

Another great find is the Kitchenaid 10 Piece Cookware set now at $69.99. You will save 65% on this aluminium cookware set. I know this set personally as it was the first set I purchased when I finally upgraded from my mother’s hand me down pots. Those brown pots I had from mom did the trick while I needed them, but I much preferred the cheery red Kitchenaid set. While not an expensive set and made of aluminium, the set holds up nicely. I would give this to someone going off to university for the first time.

A few more deals that look hot enough to venture into the store for include the video game selection. Select PS4, Xbox, Wii and DS Games on sale for $15, $30 or $45. This includes Halo, Super Smash Brothers, Call of Duty and Destiny in the $45 range. These more popular games normally retail for around $70 so you are saving 35%. If you just got a new system or purchased that PS4 bundle made sure to check out any other deals on games.

Target has a lot of other household goods and electronics on sale. You can tell they’re trying to keep up on the Canadian market. I would give them a second look for my Boxing Day Shopping.

Here’s the full Target flyer!

(Expiry: 28th December, 2014)

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December 22

Hudson’s Bay Boxing Week Flyer – We’ve Got All The Details (Starts December 25)

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Hudsons Bay Boxing Week Flyer   Weve Got All The Details (Starts December 25)

With most stores opening early on December 26th for Hudson Bay’s Boxing Day sale, you can also shop online on December 25th at 12am. We’ve got the details of their Boxing Week flyer and I want to highlight the hottest items for you.

Cookware is going to be a huge seller this Boxing Day with their Henckels sale that has up to 70% off. One set to be on sale will be the Quadro 10-piece stainless steel cookware set with a regular price of $649.99. While it is already on sale for $325.99, it comes nowhere close to the price it will be on Boxing Day – $209.99. Not just the cookware will be on sale, they are going to have 40% off their knives.

If clothing deals are what you are after at Hudson’s Bay this Boxing Week, they are going to have 60% off women’s fall/winter dresses and other fashion including plus size, from all the hottest brands.

Jewellery is going to be 60% off as well, whether you like diamonds, gemstones, pearls or gold.

Lord & Taylor cashmere sweaters are a splurge you’ll want to take this Boxing Day, with crewnecks, v-necks, turtlenecks and cardigans only $64.99, with regular prices as high as $179.99.

Lord & Taylor also does makeup and get 60% off the holiday colour collections, regularly up to $38, now down to as low as $6!

Men can stock up on their boxers, with lots of brand names for 40% off. Boots and shoes for men will also be 50% off, including the $150 Timberlands that will be down to $75.

As if you need more chocolate, you actually should get it with 50 – 70% off all Christmas confectionary.

Towels and pillows might need to be stocked up after Christmas and you can as they are buy one, get one free on various barnds like Lauren Ralph Luren, Glucksteinhome and the Hotel Collection. You’ll also be able to take an extra 50% off clearance linens.

If you are flying away this winter, well, lucky you and even luckier is that the Samsonite rhapsody luggage collection is 60% off. Pay between $152 to $192, with regular prices ranging from $380 to $480, this Boxing Day.

And, what you’ve all been waiting for – the KitchenAid classic stand mixer is going to be $199.95, with a regular price of $399.95. Other KitchenAid small appliances will be 40% off.

If deep frying is on your January list of to-dos (its on my husband’s, trust me), the T-fal Actifry Gourmet will be $169.99, which is $80 off.

If your old tree is on its last Christmas, don’t wait until next December to get a new one. Take advantage of up to 70% off Christmas trees and other collectibles.

When shopping in store for beauty products this Boxing Week, get a $10 savings card for every $50 you spend.

Next year Boxing Day I think we are going to buy a new sofa and this Natuzzi edition Trieste II 117″ italian tanned leather sectional sofa is a serious steal. It was $3699 and now only $1849.

(Expiry: varies)

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December 22

Costco Canada 2014 Boxing Week Event Now On!

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Costco Canada 2014 Boxing Week Event Now On!

One of my favourite stores to shop at both in-store and online has started Boxing Week. Costco has some hot deals ready to go, to get your Boxing Day shop on now!

Costco doesn’t seem to make a big show out of it, but they have a number of varied items on sale for Boxing Week on their site. I’d say these are probably better than the warehouse deals and you get to avoid the massive crowds that you know pile up at Costco. With free shipping included, you can’t lose.

You may have gotten or are giving electronics for Christmas this year. HDMI cables are something every home needs a few extra of. Coscto has a number of packages on sale for Boxing Week, like these WireLogic Sapphire 3ft high speed HDMI cables in a 2-pack, that were $24.99, now $19.99.

A camera may also have been on your wishlist and now you’re thinking you need a bag. This National Geographic explorer DSLR sling camera bag is $10 off, with a sale price of $29.99.

Your dinnerware may have gotten broken over the holidays for either too much or too much family time and Costco has a number of sets discounted, including this Beads white round 32-piece dinnerware set, that was $89.99, now $69.99.

If you’ve got some weddings to attend this spring, cookware is always a great gift to give. This Paderno 5-pc Copperline cookware set is a hot buy. I don’t have a regular price, but the 11pc set sells for around $200. This one is $79.99.

The BellaLite by Silk’n hair removal system is a whopping $55 off, now $144.99 and something you may want to use your Christmas money to purchase. Get smooth legs and other underthings by summer.

If you need some barstools for your home, Costco has a number of sets on sale for $40 and $50 off, like these Byrd brown bonded leather swivel barstools, now $169.99, with a regular price of $219.99.

No one says that KitchenAid has to be the be all, end all. Sunbeam is a power brand and with a stand mixer for only $174.99, this is one you can afford. It comes with a meat grinder and other fun tools as well.

January is the time most people want to start being healthy again after all the holiday indulgences. A juicer might help and this one has masticating technology so you can actually juice wheatgrass. The Kuvings upright slow juicer is a steal at $289.99, with a regular price of $369.99.

You’ll want to check out all the hot items for yourself, as I may have missed something that’s on your wishlist. To get the latest deals always up to date, check the dashboard, as new items could be added daily.

(Expiry: 4th January 2015)

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December 22

(PC Game) Watch Dogs Was $60 Now Only $30 @!

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 6:16 AM

(PC Game) Watch Dogs Was $60 Now Only $30 @!

Oh Amazon… how you tempt me, with all your glorious deals on coveted items! Such as this deal today – they are offering the PC standard edition of the Watch Dogs video game for half price – it’s only $30 with free shipping.

In price comparing, this seems to be an excellent deal from Amazon just now. Watch Dogs for the PC is priced a lot higher elsewhere: $60 @ Best Buy, $60 @ Walmart, $60 @ Future Shop, $55 @ Staples, $60 @ Newegg, $60 @ NCIX, $60 @ London Drugs, $60 @ Dell. So even pre-empting any amazing Boxing Day deals, the current Amazon price might not be beaten.

If you want this game in time for Christmas, there is still a chance you can get it. You could sign up to a free trial of Amazon Prime, and the cut-off date for Christmas deliveries is today!

As for the game itself, it scores a Metascore of 77 on Metacritic, my go-to source for video game rankings. The user score was much lower though, at only 46. It’s not often you see such a disparity between the critics’ score and the users’ score on Metacritic. It is true that when Watch Dogs launched, it was plagued by lots of performance issues, which have supposedly been fixed now. But that could well have had a detrimental effect on the initial scoring. Keep that in mind!

Reviewers on are few and far between, but there are a lot more reviews and ratings on the dot com to look at. The game only averaged a score of 3/5 there. One comment made sense:

Seems to be rushed into release. Poor performance even on high end pc.

I think we get that with many games these days… there are deadlines set for release, things get rushed at the end and there can be issues based on that. There are quite a few positives too though, such as:

Doesn’t re-invent the genre, but is a blast to play.

Ever since I saw the viral video which was released to promote Watch Dogs, I was interested in playing it too. In this viral marketing stunt, they were offering an app to change people’s lives… Here’s the video I mean:


(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 21

2014 Holiday Sale Now On @ Steam Powered (Up To 90% Off LOADS Of Games)

Posted by on December 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

2014 Holiday Sale Now On @ Steam Powered (Up To 90% Off LOADS Of Games)

Calling all gamers: you will be excited to know that Steam’s annual Holiday Sale is now live and until the second day of the new year, you can save up to 90% off (if not more) plenty of games.

New deals are made available every day until 1pm EST the next day and there are also plenty of flash sales to take advantage of as well.

Today, for instance, you can get Skyrim (featured in the image above) for just $5.49 instead of its regular price of $21.99. Considering the immense popularity of this game, this is an amazing discount and one you shouldn’t miss if you have been meaning to give this epic game a try.

Make sure to read the reviews as they are absolutely hilarious and show just how addicting and awesome this game truly is. Here’s one such review:

If I had to choose between this game, and my girlfriend. I’d pick this game.
EDIT: I’m single now.

If you want something else to keep you occupied for hours on end, then Portal 2 is 80% off. Right now, you can get it for just $4.39 (reg. $21.99), although if you haven’t played the first one, then you can also get a Portal 1 & 2 bundle for just $5.59 (reg. $27.99). It’s essentially a puzzle game that traps you in various situations. You have to get out of intricately-detailed rooms by creating portals and hopping around from place to place.

This game too also has plenty of very interesting reviews that make you wonder how those reviewers had the time and creativity to come up with those. Here’s one such review:

- Note that after playing this game your brain WILL explode (with knowledge)
- Understand that your IQ will increase
- May contain traces of Smooth Jazz
- Know that this game is awesome

Don’t worry about missing out on discounts as once you click over to Steam’s website, you will be able to see “yesterday’s” deals as well. To give you an example, NBA 2K15 is on sale for $46.89 (reg. $69.99), which is a 33% discount.

By scrolling all the way down, you will also be able to see all of Steam’s 6187 games on sale… yep, that’s just how major their holiday sale is!

(Expiry: 2nd January @ 10am PST)

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