August 1

Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

Ahhh Pinterest. Oh how you raise up my hopes to aspire to be an amazing artist, chef and mother. Then, with no care for the consequence, you dash my hopes and dreams on the rocks when I fail at yet another DIY project! But I still love you, Pinterest. And I will keep browsing because I will occasionally find a project that’s cheap, crafty and really cannot be turned into a FAIL.

That’s my opinion of these water bottle wind spirals. It’s a frugal and fun craft to do with the kids, and it really cannot turn out wrong… can it? All you need are some empty plastic bottles, some scissors, some permanent markers, maybe some string. I don’t really need to write a whole tutorial in here for you Moosers, as I think that it’s pretty obvious how these wind spirals are made. Simply colour your empty bottles, cut them into your desired shapes, then hang outside in the wind.

If you give it a try, please share in the comments below! Perhaps you’ll attempt it while trying to keep the kids entertained this long weekend. Cheap & Crafty: Water Bottle Wind Spirals!

(Spotted here)

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August 1

Save Money on Your Landline

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money on Your Landline

According to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) the average monthly cost for a landline varies from $35 to $55 a month.  Annually, the landline costs anywhere from $420 to $660 a year.  The lower end is for a basic landline with  no caller ID, no voicemail, no call waiting, and no bells and whistles.  When you add caller ID and call waiting and other necessities to a landline, that adds up a lot more monthly.  Over $600 is a lot of money for something that isn’t considered a necessity.  These days, the Internet is considered more of a necessity, something that we need to use on a daily basis, more than the landline telephone.

Who still has a landline?  Well my mom still does and I do call her on that even though she has a cell phone (she has limited daytime minutes).

How do you save money on your landline?

One way to save money on your landline is to… you guessed it… get rid of it.  Even Globe and Mail recommends this to save money on your landline.

As much as I have fond memories of talking on the phone for hours on end as a teenager to my crush, or to my friends, the days of talking for hours are over.  These days, adolescents and teenagers rarely talk on the phone and mostly text.  In fact, a lot of people mostly text (that’s another issue altogether, we are losing our communication skills, but I digress).

In a previous article on how to save money on a home phone line, I mention using VoIP services instead of a landline, which means Voice over IP, and discussed providers such as Skype (this is the one I usually use, works great when I am overseas or traveling, long distance calls are dirt cheap) and Magic Jack.

The Downsides to Skype and Magic Jack

Some of the downsides to Skype are dropped calls. I don’t know how many times I have to redial to get through sometimes, when I call from overseas. For Magic Jack, the downsides include poor call quality and an annual fee of $20 a year in addition to the $50 to purchase the Magic Jack device.  I have also heard that the voice quality on Magic Jack is not the greatest.  Also, you cannot keep your current phone number (which is a big downside for many).

Ooma, a New Sleek VoIP Contender

I recently heard about Ooma, a new VoIP contender that costs $149.99 CAD to purchase the device (kind of like purchasing Apple TV) and it includes all the bells and whistles, such as voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting… forever.  You connect the Ooma device to the Internet modem and your home phone and then set it up online and you are done.  The voice quality is better and according to the website, you might not notice a difference because you are using your home phone like you usually do.  In addition, all calls across Canada are free.

The monthly charges are taxes and the emergency phone number fee which for the province of British Columbia, amounted to $3.98 a month.

With Ooma, you can keep your present home phone number for an additional fee (I’m not sure what it is).

Magic Jack is, I believe, more economical than Ooma, but Ooma looks so sleek and smooth.  Is it worth double the price of Magic Jack on an annual basis (plus the additional more expensive upfront cost).  Ooma can even connect with your Nest system if you are fancy enough to have one.

Ooma Reviews

As with many things, I like looking at reviews.  On Amazon.ca Ooma tell Canada has about a 4.5 star rating which is pretty decent, however there are some issues that reviewers notice like having to call the number twice, or not being able to call 1-800 numbers.  One reviewer labelled it as the “Netflix” for telephone service.  Note- you cannot buy Ooma on Amazon.ca anymore, but it can be still purchased from Bestbuy or on the Ooma website itself.

PCMag also has a review on the Ooma telephone service, but I believe it is the U.S. version of the device.

I’ll be sure to tell my mom about this new fangled device, but not sure if she will make the change!

Bargainmoosers, have you used Ooma before?  What do you think of it?  Do you have a landline?

Photo credit: Tim G. Photography

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August 1

Canadian Freebies: Free Finish Detergent & Free Finish Product (2 Mail-In Rebates)

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Canadian Freebies: Free Finish Detergent & Free Finish Product (2 Mail In Rebates)

On your marks, get set, clean — but first, make sure to grab two mail-in rebates for free Finish products. While one is for a free Finish detergent, the other is for a free Finish product and both can be claimed at the same time!

In case you’re wondering if Promo-Trak is a legit site for these mail-in rebates, yes it is! The mail-in rebates are actually available through Reckitt Benckiser, which produces Finish products. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

Next Issue Canada: Get a Free 60-Day Trial Without Using Your Credit Card!

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Next Issue Canada: Get a Free 60 Day Trial Without Using Your Credit Card!

General Mills Canada is offering a 60-Day Free Trial to Next Issue! Read about food, fashion or whatever else you Moosers may be interested in for free for just sixty days. Next Issue is available on your smartphone or tablet, so you can quite literally catch up on all the latest no matter where you are. This is a great offer that is valued at $29.98, and won’t last much longer. Hop to it Next Issue Canada: Get a Free 60 Day Trial Without Using Your Credit Card!

Are you ready to access over 100 leading magazine titles for totally free? Right now you can sign up through General Mills for a free 60-Day trial of Next Issue. This premium subscription would normally be valued at $29.98, so you are getting quite the freebie. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

(63% off) Headrush Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light Show only $47 & Free Shipping @ eBay.ca!

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM

(63% off) Headrush Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light Show only $47 & Free Shipping @ eBay.ca!

Yesterday I was on eBay and I found this stonking little deal on cupcake cases on their daily deals pages. I hit up the deals pages again this morning, and had a browse to see what I could see. My attention was grabbed by this Headrush Bluetooth & NFC Speaker with LED Light Show – initially it was the image that caught my eye. But upon price comparing and looking at alternatives, I decided that it was a really cool item at a great price and I should let you guys know about it too! You can grab this little beauty for a 63% discount – that’s now $46.99 with free shipping to your home. (63% off) Headrush Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light Show only $47 & Free Shipping @ eBay.ca!

The original price on this Headrush speaker was $129.99, so it’s an $83 discount. The fact that it comes with free expedited shipping is a real bonus too. The Headrush speaker ships from Ontario, from an extremely reputable eBay seller. They have 99.9% positive feedback on over 17 thousand sales, so that’s a hugely positive aspect to the deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

Thermos Funtainer Food Jars for only $12.97! (Spiderman, Cars, Hello Kitty, Disney & More)

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Thermos Funtainer Food Jars for only $12.97! (Spiderman, Cars, Hello Kitty, Disney & More)

I have been hunting for back-to-school supplies for the last couple of days… and I am sure that the Moosing parents reading this are too. Something that I’ve been picking up are various storage items for my daughter’s lunch – I actually bought her a new lunch bag earlier today. I was on Amazon.ca hunting down some cool items and I came across this Spiderman themed Thermos Funtainer Food Jar for only $12.97 on there. That’s a 35% discount on the original price, which while not a huge percentage saving, is still a funky and well-price item for back-to-school.

I think many Moosers on here have Amazon Prime anyway; in which case, shipping on this item will be totally free. The Thermos is shipped directly from Amazon Canada but it is a little slow – stating two to five weeks to receive it. Hopefully if you place your order now, the Spiderman Thermos will arrive sooner rather than later. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

$100 Off TomTom Golfer GPS Watch – Now $200 @ Best Buy Canada

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

$100 Off TomTom Golfer GPS Watch   Now $200 @ Best Buy Canada

Calling all golfers: Best Buy has dropped the price on the TomTom Golfer GPS watch by as much $100! Originally priced at $299.99, it’s now down to just $199.99. Shipping is free as well.

I have to say that I’m definitely surprised by everything that this nifty watch can do. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

Do It Yourself: Make A Secret Safe For Under $3

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Do It Yourself: Make A Secret Safe For Under $3

If you have been looking for a great way to keep some small things safe within your home without spending hundreds of dollars on a locking safe, then keep reading. If you are a little handy, you can make a secret safe in your home for under $3, with a little effort. The great thing about this little safe is that people won’t know it is storing your most precious belongings, even if they are staring right at it. You can use this safe to store computer passwords, money, collectibles, jewellery or whatever else you want to keep safe. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

B1G1 Sparkling Water Maker @ SodaStream (Up To $200 Value)

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

B1G1 Sparkling Water Maker @ SodaStream (Up To $200 Value)

One Sodastream bottle can save all the bottles and cans pictured above, can you image how many two such bottles can save? Right now at SodaStream, you can take advantage of a “buy one, get one” free deal on all of their sparkling water maker, some of which are worth up to $199.99!

So yes, you do need to actually invest into one first in order to take advantage of this deal but the fact that you could get a sparkling water maker worth up to $200 for free is actually pretty awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

EZE Zero Gravity Lounger only $35 & Free Shipping @ Jysk.ca! * HOT *

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

EZE Zero Gravity Lounger only $35 & Free Shipping @ Jysk.ca! * HOT *

We’ve written about Jysk.ca on here a few times in the past… but I actually tend to avoid them as I have found they don’t have extremely hot deals. We’ve also got a coupon page but they aren’t very coupon-heavy either. We got an email a few days ago to tell us about a 60% clearance sale on summer items, as well as free shipping on select items. I had a browse of their site this morning and I think I’ve stumbled on a very hot deal here. Jysk are offering this EZE zero gravity lounger for only $35 and that’s with free shipping too!

We’ve got no idea of the stock levels or expiry date on this zero gravity lounger from Jysk Canada, so buy now and think later if you’re interested. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

Only $5.70 – Disney Princess Popup Magic Cinderella’s Coach Game @ Amazon Canada!

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Only $5.70   Disney Princess Popup Magic Cinderellas Coach Game @ Amazon Canada!

Ding ding ding! I found a great gift for your favourite little girl! Check out the Hasbro Popup Magic Cinderella’s Coach Game. This game was $14.99, but now you can grab it for only $5.70. That is saving you 62% off the retail price.

From the moment you open up this game, you can expect it to be magical. Slide open the game board and a full three-dimensional Cinderella’s coach pops up in the middle of the game board. This game is intended for two players and is recommended for ages three and up. You can choose to play as the Cinderella or Prince Charming figurine. I can guarantee every time I play this game with my daughter, I am going to be Charming. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1

Get 4×6 Prints For $0.09 Each @ ShoppersPhoto.ca *BUMP!*

Posted by on August 1, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Get 4x6 Prints For $0.09 Each @ ShoppersPhoto.ca *BUMP!*

I recently wrote about the photo print promotion at Costco.ca, where you could get 4×6 photo prints for just $0.10 each. Not to mention you must be a Costco member to enjoy that price when the promotions arise. Right now, Shoppers Drug Mart Photo Centre has one-upped that promotion. For just two days, you can get 4×6 photo prints for just $0.09 at ShoppersPhoto.ca. The catch? You must print 100 or more and this offer is only available online, only on August 1st & 2nd.

This weekend, Shoppers Drug Mart Photo Centre has a promotion on their 4×6 prints. On August 1st and August 2nd, you can pay just $0.09 for each 4×6 photo you have printed, with a minimum of 100 photos. ShoppersPhoto.ca usually charges $0.19 for their 4×6 photos. So paying just $0.09 is more than half off the regular price. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 31

Toys R Us Canada: 40% Off Fisher-Price Deluxe Quick-Clean Portable Booster – now $26.97!

Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Toys R Us Canada: 40% Off Fisher Price Deluxe Quick Clean Portable Booster   now $26.97!

Just yesterday, Kristy wrote about the 3 Baby Items to Ditch from your Budget and luckily, a portable booster seat didn’t make it on her list per se, though she did mention a cloth high chair. Toys R Us has a great deal on the Fisher-Price deluxe quick-clean portable booster, which is now 40% off and can be had for just $26.97!

Let me start off by saying that this same portable high chair is actually currently sold out at Walmart, where it was priced at $29.97. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 31

Baby Harness/Bouncer/Walker only $4.66 & Free Shipping @ Aliexpress!

Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Baby Harness/Bouncer/Walker only $4.66 & Free Shipping @ Aliexpress!

Have you ever heard of Aliexpress.com? No!? Well, they’re one of the biggest retail websites in the ENTIRE world – with a global rank of 34 on Alexa. They’re kind of similar to Amazon in that they have a marketplace style outlet where individual retailers offer their items for sale. I spotted a great little item and while I was googling, I found a super price including free international shipping on Aliexpress. It’s this Baby Harness/Bouncer/Walker, and you can grab it just now for only $4.66!!

The actual title of the item is the “New 2015 Baby Toddler Harness Bouncer Jumper Help Learn to Moon Walk Walker Assistant” – they’re trying to fit a heck of a lot of keywords in there, but it shows you exactly the diversity of this particular item. The main feature is that it is a baby walker, which you can use to support your toddler as they learn to walk. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 31

Big Mouth Toys Inflatabuffet Just $20 @ Amazon.ca!

Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Big Mouth Toys Inflatabuffet Just $20 @ Amazon.ca!

My family does a lot of picnics and barbeques through the summer months. I never thought I would find this perfect invention! Big Mouth Toys has created the Inflatabuffet and has it for sale on Amazon.ca for just $19.99. Plus, if you spend $25 you will get free shipping.

Everyone wants this convenience. To be able to inflate a perfect little table to keep food and drinks cold during picnics, BBQ’s and more. Now you have it, and for just $20 at Amazon.ca. Read the rest of this entry »

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