March 28

Hudson’s Bay Canada: Free 19-Pc Gift Set ($250 Value) With $100 Beauty Purchase (+ Free Shipping)

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Hudsons Bay Canada: Free 19 Pc Gift Set ($250 Value) With $100 Beauty Purchase (+ Free Shipping)

Do you need to re-stock on beauty supplies? Then you need to take advantage of a very hot offer at Hudson’s Bay right now. During the next couple of days, you can get a free 19-pieces gift set filled with samples from top brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Origins, Elizabeth Ardene, Shiseido, YSL and others. Valued at $250, you need to spend at least $100 on beauty or fragrance products to get all of these awesome freebies.

Once you add over $100 worth of beauty items to your cart, then the 19-pc gift set will be automatically added to your shopping cart. It comes with all of the following items:

Hudsons Bay Canada: Free 19 Pc Gift Set ($250 Value) With $100 Beauty Purchase (+ Free Shipping)

All of these are definitely products worth trying and using, but I’m actually the most excited to try the YSL mascara volume effect faux cil. Even mascara samples can last a couple of uses, just don’t forget that no mascara should ever be used more than three months because of the accumulation of bacteria inside the bottle!

The reason I’m stoked to try it though is because the full-size version of this mascara actually goes for $36 and it has fab reviews like this one:

The best Mascara I’ve used thus far: I’ve used over 20+ types of Mascara including YSL Shocking…this is by far the VERY BEST mascara I’ve ever used.

There is no mention of it there or in the description on Hudson Bay’s site, but this gift set also comes with a snake skin print clutch. It’s actually quite cool looking; you can view it once you click on the first link above.

As Hudson’s Bay automatically ships the vast majority of orders over $99 for free, then you’re sure to get free shipping on your order as well.

What’s great is that you don’t even necessarily need to buy a ton of make-up or skincare products to get these freebies as chances are, the purchase of a single fragrance would most probably put you over the required $100 threshold. Versace’s Eros for women, for instance, is just $106 for a 50ml bottle.

(Image Credit: Danila Panfilov)

(Expiry: 2nd April 2015 or while supplies last)

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March 28

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

Spring is here. With Spring comes mud, Spring cleaning, and plenty of other reasons to get to know how to use vinegar with a frugal mind. Vinegar is a great ingredient to make your own cleaner, odour remover, sanitizer, and even a remedy for some health and beauty issues. Vinegar is not only inexpensive, but it contains no harsh chemicals or allergy irritating fragrances. So whether you’re looking to remove some tough stains or cure a sunburn, you might want to read about these 8 fabulous frugal uses for vinegar. Vinegar has never let me down, here’s how to use it:

Cleaning

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

1. Stain Remover

First, get yourself an empty spray bottle. If it previously contained another cleaner, don’t use it. Just grab a cheap spray bottle from the dollar store. Fill the spray container with 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water and a dash of dish soap. To remove the stain, spray the stain with your solution. Call it “Mom’s Kick Butt Cleaner” or something along those lines, because after just a few sprays – you can wipe the area clean no problem. This is great for my suede furniture as suede can be so delicate.

2. Stinky Garbage Can?

You are going to think I am crazy for this one. I frequently dispose of diapers and kitty litter, so my garbage can doesn’t exactly smell like roses. When garbage night comes around and I get the chance to leave the trash can empty, I soak a piece of bread in vinegar and place it on a paper towel. I then take that paper towel and piece of bread and put it right on the bottom of my trash can overnight. By the morning, the horrendous stench is gone.

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

3. Odour Remover or Air Freshener

This is a real simple way to remove pesky odours from gym bags, litter boxes, and more. Just fill your handy dandy spray bottle with pure white vinegar and give a few sprays to whatever area doesn’t exactly smell appealing to you. Vinegar neutralizes bad odours, and fast. Once the vinegar is dry, the smell will be gone. The vinegar smell will vanish once the vinegar is dry as well.

4. Unclog The Drain

Not again. The kitchen sink is clogged and that gross water just will not drain. No problem! Throw some baking soda down the drain, generously. Then pour vinegar down the drain as well. This will create a foaming action that will lift any debris that may be causing the drain to be clogged. Once the foam settles, pour some more vinegar until the baking soda is gone. This will also ensure a fresh smelling drain. Also make sure you run hot water down the drain before you use it after using this solution.

Laundry

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

1. Laundry Stain Remover

Vinegar is also a fabulous agent you can use to remove tough stains on your clothing. If you had fun at the BBQ and didn’t notice that pesky ketchup stain on your capris until you get home, don’t fret. Simply saturate the stained area in pure vinegar and allow it to soak in well. Then throw the stained clothing in the wash like normal, and voila.

2. Vinegar Fabric Softener

Oops, you ran out of fabric softener half way through laundry day. No problem. Just add a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse cycle. Your clothing will come out soft, odour free and it won’t even cling to you from static. Vinegar is also an excellent way to remove soap residue from your clothing, or make your towels a little more absorbent without adding chemicals to your laundry.

Vinegar Remedies

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar

1. Good-bye Athlete’s Foot

Spring is here, and flip flop season  is just around the corner. If you are trying to get rid of that burning, irritating athlete’s foot – keep reading. Grab your vinegar and your baking soda to master this cure. Make a solution of equal parts white or apple cider vinegar and water. Then, soak your feet for 15 minutes, twice a day. Be sure to make a new solution each time, and dry your feet well afterwards. Also make sure you place your shoes out in the sun with some baking soda inside as to kill any left over fungus. Baking Soda will dry up any of the moisture. Without moisture, the fungus can’t live.

2. Cure That Sunburn

As a fair skin stoned lady, I get sun burnt quite often. Why not cure the burn with some vinegar? You’ll need white or apple cider vinegar and a spray bottle for this miracle treatment too. Fill your spray bottle with vinegar, and spray the sunburned areas on your body. If your face is sun burnt too, then I would suggest applying the vinegar with a cloth.

Hey Bargainmoosers, what other good uses for vinegar do you have?

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March 28

Playmobil Pirates Ship Was $100 | Now $39.95 @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Playmobil Pirates Ship Was $100 | Now $39.95 @ Toys R Us Canada

Toys R Us Canada is just loaded with great deals right now. Earlier I wrote about discounts available on the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys, but now you can get a hot deal on this Playmobil Pirate Ship too. This Playmobil Pirate Ship was priced at $99.95, but is now 50% off. That brings the price down to $49.95. There is also the coupon code CINEPLEXHOLIDAY that will get you an additional $10 off orders over $40, bringing your price down to a fabulous $39.95.

There is no telling how long this deal will last, so snag it quick. I am sure quantities won’t last long considering this Playmobil Pirates Ship is basically 60% off right now once you apply the coupon code. It is rare to find discounts that great on Playmobil products.

Playmobil toys are rated for children ages 4-10, but my two year old son enjoys them just the same. I just remove any pieces I find too small for him to play with. He has the police car, school bus, pony farm and now the pirates ship is on the way. This Playmobil Pirates Ship comes complete with working cannons, a crane for loading items on and off the boat, a hidden treasure compartment and more. This ship can even float on water. There is a Playmobil Underwater Motor you can purchase so that the boat can propel itself as well. There are also four pirate figures included among many other accessories.

Here is one of the customer reviews from ToysRUs.ca:

This pirate ship is good sized and offers ALOT of play value. I would say Playmobil toys are a exceptional value. This toy has many features to keep little ones busy. The captain’s cabin has a table where the pirates can sit for a meeting, and even a bed where someone can sleep! A working anchor and derrick can both be raised and lowered for fun.

You will also save $10 on shipping when you purchase this Playmobil Pirate Ship. That probably won’t allow for free shipping, but maybe you will get pretty close. My estimated shipping cost to the GTA, Ontario was $10.33. So once I received the $10 discount (automatically applied) I only had to pay $0.33 for shipping, which is not bad considering the discount you are already getting on this toy.

For more Toys R Us Canada coupon codes, check out our Bargainmoose forum.

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March 28

Free Shipping This Weekend!

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Free Shipping This Weekend!

I happened to notice while searching for deals that there are a few stores offering free shipping this weekend. I always try to take advantage of free shipping deals, because I refuse to pay shipping costs. Many stores have a minimum threshold and some just have a flat rate, but either way, I like to shop and buy what I want to buy without having to worry about hitting a minimum or having an extra $5 – $10 added to my purchase.

Dynamite

Dynamite normally has free shipping on a $50 spend or a flat rate of $9 on your under $50 order. They do often have free shipping promotions, so I would not shop at Dynamite without a free shipping promotion on, like the one this weekend.

I need to pick up some new tank tops and camis, so now is the time, as I would not want to pay another $9 on an order less than $10. This v-neck cami is on sale for only $5, with a regular price of $9.95. It is perfect for wearing on its own on those scorching summer days or underneath pretty much anything.

If you are a new customer of Dynamite, you’ll want to check out the coupon code for 15% off regular priced items to add to your free shipping.

Garage

Garage is another store with a free shipping minimum of $50 and $9 flat rate. They also fairly regularly do free shipping deals. You can’t go wrong with graphic hoodies for only $15, with a regular price of $36.90. These staples will get you through the coolest of summer nights.

If you are a new customer of Garage, you can use their coupon code to get another 15% off your order.

Ardene

Ardene also has free shipping, just this weekend. Normally, you’d need to spend $59.95 to get free shipping or pay a $7 flat rate fee on orders under that amount.

Ardene always has good sales going on, including buy one, get one 50% off on denim shorts and camo jackets. Regularly $24.50 each, you could get two pairs of these high rise cut off shorts with lace and rope belt for $36.75, plus your free shipping. Choose from a variety of washes like pale or dark.

While you can’t use our exclusive coupon code for $10 off without spending $70 (which you’d get free shipping on automatically), I thought I’d mention it to you in case you see too many things you love and want to get that extra bit off.

1800 Flowers

If you plan to order flowers this week for Easter, you’ll want to know that you can use the code EASTERFS to get free shipping on your order. Normally you’d have to pay $14.99 for shipping/delivery/service charge at 1800 Flowers, but this coupon code will eliminate that charge. This Garden Inspiration basket is very cute and will get you in a spring mood. You’ll get $5 off this basket, in your choice of small, medium or large.

Forever21

While it isn’t totally free shipping, no minimum, I thought I’d mention this coupon code from Forever21. Get free shipping on your order of $21 or more with coupon code FREE21. Normally you’d have to spend over $60 to get free shipping.

I’d pick up this two-tone chunky cardigan, with a regular price of $33.90, now on sale for $22.99 and I’ll score my free shipping too.

Photo credit: Ricecracker.

(Expiry: varies)

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March 28

$5 Deals Today Only @ Groupon.com

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM

$5 Deals Today Only @ Groupon.com

Today only, hurry on over to Groupon because you can get deals for as low as $5. This offer is technically labelled as “from $5″ but luckily, it’s not one of those gimmicky promotion where there is only one cheap with the rest being well over. Nearly all of the ones available are indeed $5!

The chances are good that once you click on the link above and get re-directed to the special “Five Dollar Day” Groupon page, that the city will be incorrect for you. When I first clicked on it, I saw deals for Toronto but once I changed it to my city, I was re-directed to Groupon’s homepage. To get back to the special “Five Dollar Day” page, you simply need to follow the following easy steps:

  1. Click on the link above to go to Groupon’s Five Dollar Day page
  2. Copy & paste the URL: http://www.groupon.com/occasion/five-dollar-day
  3. Hit enter

You will then land on the appropriate deals page for your city.

With regards to the amount of money that you can expect to save, it really varies per city. For instance, today only you can  get 10 or 20 boxing exercise classes at Sully’s Boxing Gym in Toronto for a whopping 95% off. It’s down to just $5 and is a deal that would have otherwise cost $100 at Groupon.

Checking out deals in Vancouver, BC, I actually found a spectacular 98% discount on a complete pair of glasses or designer sunglasses at Optimum Eye Care. Well, it actually says “up to 98% off” but that’s only because the more you spend, the more you save. If you need glasses and live in Vancouver, then this deal is definitely worth looking into, especially since it has a $200 value.

Now the only drawback is that there aren’t $5 deals for every city but it’s still worth trying your luck. For Montreal, for instance, I only found one $5 deal and it’s on a custom 10 or 20-page lay-flat photo book from AdoramaPix with up to 78% in savings. The 10-page version comes in an 8×8″ size, while the 20-page one comes in a 12×12″ size.

(Expiry: 28th March 2015)

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March 28

Fruits & Passion Coupon Code: 20% Off Everything & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Fruits & Passion Coupon Code: 20% Off Everything & Free Shipping

Fruits and Passion has got some great stackable deals on this weekend that will have you wanting to freshen up your home with a new scent. First, they’ve lowered their free shipping threshold from $70 down to $25, which is pretty sweet in itself. Then, they have a coupon code for another 20% off that you can use on even clearance items. You’ll also score free samples on top of your order.

Click here to shop @ Fruits-passion.ca now

  • Coupon Code: SPRG20
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Expiry: 29th March 2015

I’ve shopped at Fruits & Passion a few times as I love the smell of their products. They are definitely known for their Cucina soaps and I’ve seen them in the bathrooms of the ritziest places. I love that they smell like actual things in nature and not musky perfumey smells. For example, they have Rosemary and Cardamom or Sea Salt and Amalfi, which is definitely the one I’d pick! Obviously these fragrances are modeled on Italy, and the extra virgin olive oil that each soap consists of is sourced from the Mediterranean. They are also triclosan-free, not tested on animals and the collector’s editions come in recyclable glass jars. Plus the jars themselves are a show piece for your counter.  The non-collector’s edition of these soaps are $12.50 each. The collector’s edition jars are $22.50.

If you bought one of each, instead of paying $35, plus shipping, you’ll pay $28 and get free shipping right now. Plus you’ll get free samples:

Fruits & Passion Coupon Code: 20% Off Everything & Free Shipping

You could also fill your cart with some of the hot clearance items that Fruits & Passion has on, and still get 20% off. The Eau de Toilette fine fragrance was $45.50 and now on sale for $10. After coupon, you’ll get it for $8. A nice gift for a friend could be this decorative diffuser set, which was originally $18.50 and now $9.25. After coupon, it comes down to $7.40.

We’ve got a few other great coupons that you could use with your order if you prefer, like getting a free Cucina hand soap when you spend $45. Unfortunately, you can’t use it together with the 20% off, so you might want to see what floats your boat more. For example, on a $45 spend, you’ll get a $9 discount on your order. The soaps are $12.50, so getting that free is actually a better deal. But, that all depends on if you want the soap or the discount on your order.

Photo credit: Giuseppe Milo

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March 28

Take 25% Off All Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys + Buy One Get One 50% Off @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Take 25% Off All Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys + Buy One Get One 50% Off @ Toys R Us Canada

It is very rare that you see Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys go on sale. Right now Toys R Us Canada has all Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway sets and trains on sale for 25% off the regular price. But that is not the best part. The best part is that they also have Buy One Get One 1/2 Price on all clearance items. Which means you can get some smokin’ hot deals on Thomas & Friends Railway sets. Toys R Us even offers free in store pick-up, and select areas in Canada will get free shipping or even a discount on shipping.

I have personally never seen these toys go on sale for more than 15% off, so to see 25% off and then buy one get one 50% off amazes me. Mastermind Toys sometimes has these trains on sale for 15% off, but never discounts this great. Now is your chance to get the bigger, more expensive pieces of the Thomas & Friends set.

The Thomas Wooden Railway Fossil Run Train Set is a great first set or addition to your child’s existing set. This Fossil Run Train Set from Toys R Us Canada would normally cost you $179.99, but is now on sale for just $134.97. Unfortunately this is not a clearance item, so you cannot use it with the Buy One Get One 50% off offer.

Looking for another great Thomas Wooden Railway starter set? Check out the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Creative Junction Mix, Match & Build. This set was $129.99 but right now you will pay just $79.98. This set will allow you to create up to 5 different track layouts. This is one of the clearance items, so if you add this item and another clearance Thomas set to your cart – the one of lesser value will be 50% off. To get the best discounts, get the more expensive sets while they are at such a great price.

Some of the Thomas & Friends Railway sets on clearance include:

The only catch with shopping at ToysRUs.ca is their shipping charges. While they advertise free shipping on all orders over $25, that actually isn’t the case. They actually give a discount of up to $20 on shipping, which may or may not result in free shipping – depending on your location. I live in the GTA, Ontario and my shipping is free. You can opt for free in store pickup though.

(Expiry: 6th April 2015)

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March 28

Costco Canada: Champion 4000W Gasoline Generator Was $480 | Now $330 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Costco Canada: Champion 4000W Gasoline Generator Was $480 | Now $330 & Free Shipping

Costco’s got a fantastic deal on the Champion 4000W portable gasoline generator. It was originally $479.99 and now only $329.99, which is an astounding $150 off. You’ll also get free shipping as always from Costco.

Why do you need a generator?

There are so many reasons why a generator would make your life easier and prepare you for emergencies. Remember the huge ice storm they had in Quebec that knocked out power for days? Remember the blackout of 2003 that made sure many of us didn’t have power? I remember it fondly as I had to break into my house when I couldn’t open my garage with my garage door opener. With our weather and storms getting more and more severe, having a backup generator is almost a must-have.

Besides my doomsdays predictions, there are other reasons a generator is a great tool to have for the ready. If you like camping, they are great to take along with you for an alternate source of power. They are great on a jobsite that might not have power close to where you need to power your tools.

This generator is CSA approved and will run for eight hours on a 50% load with a full tank. It has a low oil shut off sensor and is easy to maintain so you can pass it down to the next generation.

I didn’t really find this generator for sale at stores in Canada, but I did find that Canadian Tire sells it in store and during the last sale they had on, they sold it for $400, which is quite a bit over the sale price that Costco now has it on. I also found a few reviews on Canadian Tire’s site, where it is rated highly with five stars:

We had a power outage and flooded my basement. That night my husband bought this generator and I like it because I can actually start. The pull is easy. Every once in while he askes me to start it so I be ready to use it, since he is gone alot. Thank you, we are pleased with this. 

Besides there, I found it at quite a few stores in the U.S., like Camping World, Home Depot and Walmart.com. None of those stores even came close to Costco’s sale price, which is actually rare, as I usually find the U.S. stores to have the cheaper prices (they just would cost too much to get to us, if they even ship here). I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is a pretty smoking deal.

(Expiry: 29th March 2015)

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March 28

PlayStation Store Coupon: 10% Off Games & More

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

PlayStation Store Coupon: 10% Off Games & More

Receive 10% off PS3, PS4, and more games at the Sony PlayStation Store this weekend. PlayStation has only had one of these coupons before, in recent memory, so they are fairly rare!

Click here to shop the PlayStation Store online now

  • Coupon Code: LQ8ERDQH3A
  • Discount: 10% off
  • Expiry: 30th March 2015 @ noon PST

This coupon can be used on all games including sale titles but excluding pre-orders. We are in Week 4 of the Spring Fever event at PSN. Pick up deals on the God of War franchise, Wrestlemania and more.

I mentioned the free DLC for God of War: Ascension just a few days ago. In that post, I suggested buying the entire God of War: Ascension Ultimate Edition that was $39.99 and is now on sale for $12. After this coupon code, you can actually get this mega pack with the game and the full DLC bundle for just $10.80. All other titles are 40% off their original price.

There are other good deals on as well. I invaded the 50% off games section on the PlayStation Network. While there are a lot of DLCs and game content in the sale, you can find some stand-alone titles. Zen Pinball 2: South Park Pinball (PS4) is on sale for from $4.99 down to $2.49. After coupon code, pay just $2.24 for the title. I could literally waste hours playing pinball. I started playing pinball on an old computer I had that had the game built in (as well as the usual Solitaire, Hearts, and more). I really enjoyed playing the game and have since tried my hands at a real pinball machine.

WWE 2K15 is also on sale for 50% off. Originally $59.99, the game has been discounted to $29.99. After coupon code, pay only $26.99 for this title. I could hardly believe that at this price the game was 50% off. However, I checked out the game on Xbox (same game, different platform) where it retails for $69.99. Much of the Wrestlemania franchise is on sale so check out all the games you can score here.

I am not familiar with many of these titles and I rarely buy games on the Sony PlayStation Network. That is where you come in dear Moosers! Drop us a line with your game suggestions. With an extra 10% off everything, including sale titles, now is a good time to expand your game collection.

I believe all prices are in USD. What titles are you going to buy?

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March 28

Staples Canada: $25 Credit with New Staples Credit Card

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Staples Canada: $25 Credit with New Staples Credit Card

While many of us prefer not to use credit cards, other people manage to earn rewards from their credit cards without ever paying fees. Thus, I am always on the lookout for good credit card bonuses. Right now, Staples Canada is offering $25 credit back when you a) open a Staples Credit Card account and b) make your first purchase of $75 or more.

There are two accounts to choose from depending upon your needs.

Business Account

The business account is good for those who own small businesses. There is no annual fee and you can request additional cards at no extra cost. You also receive detailed account statements so you can track spending and know which card has bought what items. While it says you have the ability to carry a balance if needed, we always encourage Moosers and Moose Businesses to pay off their credit cards every month.

Personal Account

The majority of our Moosers will want to choose the personal Staples credit card account. This credit card has no annual fee. You will manage your statement and account online.

To get your bonus $25 account credit, you need to place a net transaction of $75 or more – in a single purchase – before taxes and shipping fees. The account credit will be applied in the month following this promotion ending – so May.

There is also a really interesting payment plan service offered by Staples. Here is what they say:

If the financing is not paid in full by the due date shown on the statement of account, it is converted into a purchase payable by equal and consecutive monthly payments (included in the minimum payment due on the credit card), calculated from the payment due date, at the annual interest rate for the financing plan offered by the merchant

I have not seen this feature on many other cards – and I am not sure how handy it will be. I tend to pay my credit card off every month so this has never been an issue. However, I would like to hear your opinions on this credit card feature.

The only thing I don’t like about this credit card is the lack of rewards. There does not appear to be a point system or cash back built into the credit card. Once you receive your $25 bonus, that appears to be it for rewards.

(Expiry: 30th April 2015)

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March 28

Microsoft Canada: $15 off Fitbit Charge & Free $25 Gift Card

Posted by on March 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Microsoft Canada: $15 off Fitbit Charge & Free $25 Gift Card

Microsoft Canada is offering a free $25 eGift card with the purchase of the Fitbit Charge in small or large. The Fitbit Charge retails for $149 but is now on sale for $134.10 with free shipping. The $25 gift card is a nice gift back to yourself.

I price compared the Fitbit Charge with other popular retailers to see if there was a sale on the device anywhere. Here is what I found:

  • $149.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $149.95 @ Walmart Canada
  • $149.95 @ Chapters Indigo Canada
  • $149.99 @ Future Shop Canada (small slate @ $139.99)

Microsoft Canada’s deal is by far the best. Their price is better than anywhere else and no one else is offering a free gift card with purchase. Microsoft’s offer is available on both the black small and the black large Fitbit Charge.

Like many other fitness devices, the Fitbit Charge shows you:

  • Steps taken
  • Distance traveled
  • Calories burned
  • Stairs climbed
  • Active minutes

In fact, the stairs climbed feature generally only appears in the higher end fitness devices. I read a review for a lower end model that was missing the ability to read incline so steps up stairs and steps on a flat surface were rated as the same calories burned. As we all know, activity that is more strenuous burns more calories so stairs climbed and steps walked are not equivalent. One reviewer at Walmart said:

I bought this about a month ago and have only charged it once! I wear everyday all day…..tracking my steps…..! I never thought I could burned so many calories just walking.

Now, you may just think this is a glorified pedometer. However, Fitbit Charge communicates with an app on your phone to improve your fitness levels. As Fitness Charge is already talking to your phone, the OLED display will give you caller ID when you receive calls. How cool is that?

At night, the Fitbit Charge tracks your sleep. Wake up to a silent, vibrating alarm instead of that horribly loud blare of the iPhone alarm. I think this is my favourite feature of all – a silent alarm for easier mornings. I am not inclined to be a morning person so silence IS bliss.

The Fitbit Charge will last a long time on just one charge. That means less time on the charger and more time on your wrist (or ankle). The sale expiry is unknown.

(Gift Card expiry: 1st April 2015)

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March 27

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

We all love to travel but with the higher cost of traveling and the higher US dollar, traveling is a lot more expensive than it used to be.  Additionally, over time, hotel prices have gone up (they call it hotel inflation).  This was especially noticeable on my last trip to Hawaii.  I was last there only a few years ago and prices for hotel rooms went up by 25% (from my observation and estimation) at least for the same time period of travel in the year (peak season).  Now this increase in hotel price didn’t make me want to jump and buy a time share or anything, but it did make me think twice about finding ways to save money on our accommodation.

Here are some ways in which you can save money on your next hotel booking:

It Pays to be Loyal

Signing up for hotel loyalty points is a great way to look for bargains or deals on a hotel room.  Sometimes when you sign up they give you a signing bonus (this is for credit cards usually) and you will then receive points on top of the points you spent staying there.  With these points you usually have enough points for at least one night.  Some card to look into are the SPG American Express (you get 20,000 SPG points when you sign up) and the Marriott Chase Visa.

Book Directly

The hotel that you’re planning to book through pays the flight aggregators (like Hotels.com, Booking.com), these websites takes a portion of the fee that you’re paying to the hotel when you book.  Instead of booking online, you can call the hotel and book directly.  All it takes is a phone call and an assertive, but not overbearing attitude and then voila, you will get a discount or some sort of incentive for your time.  This is because instead of paying the website, the hotels would rather give you discount and skip the middle man.

Apartments may be the Way to Go

Another way to save money especially if you are traveling with a group (for example, you need more than one bedroom) is to book a condo.  Airbnb, VRBO.com, Home Away… all of these are great condo options and most of them provide a small kitchen  for you to cook in to save even more money while traveling.  Definitely a win-win situation (cheaper rent for you and rental income for them)…that is, as long as you and the people you are traveling with get along.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Finally, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  Personally, I do this a lot whenever I check-in and it usually works most of the time (yes, I know, I’m shameless!).  Ask the front desk staff to see if they can offer you anything to upgrade your room.  Sometimes its just a room on a higher floor, other times, it can be an ocean view room (like in the case when I went to Hawaii!).  Sometimes if you say its a special occasion the front desk staff will be accommodating.  It surely doesn’t hurt to ask and the worst thing they can do is say no.  Most front desk staff don’t mind being asked… and frankly, I think they enjoy that power to that they wield to improve your vacation if they have the means to.

Book it Like You Mean Business

According to Lifehacker, one great way of saving money on your next hotel booking is to book hotels in the business district of a city you’re looking at during the weekend, and book hotels that are in the more “touristy” area during the weekday.

Basically if you go against the crowd, like most things in life, for example, even the stock market (buy when the people are fearful) you will save money.  Classic supply and demand scenario.  You can make that work for you in a good way.

There you go, hopefully these five strategies help you save money on the hotel portion of your next vacation out of the country.  Some of them are easier to implement than the others, hopefully they will help you save some money on your next hotel booking.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips and tricks that work well when you book your hotel for your vacation?

Photo credit: L’hotel di sale

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March 27

Crocs Canada: Buy More Save More Event + Take Up To 40% Off Footwear

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Crocs Canada: Buy More Save More Event + Take Up To 40% Off Footwear

Crocs Canada has their Buy More, Save More event on right now. That means you can take up to 30% off your purchase, depending on how many items you purchase. This is a great opportunity to combine footwear on sale with additional discounts. Just enter the coupon code at the check out and you will take an additional 25% off when you buy 2, or 30% off when you buy 3 pairs of shoes.

Click here to shop @ Crocs Canada

  • Coupon Code: BUYMORE
  • Discount: Buy 2, get 25% off or buy 3, get 30% off
  • Expiry: 29th March 2015

While some people would not wear Crocs in public, I find that Crocs are great footwear for the entire family. My son practically lived in his Baya Croc shoes the entire Summer last year. These shoes are known to be comfortable and wearable for long periods of time. However, that is not where you will find the greatest discounts in the sale section on Crocs.ca. While I am not particularly a fan of the lined Crocs, there are some great savings to be had on these.

The Kids’ Creative Crocs Spiderman Lined Clogs will be a popular choice for boys. These Clogs were $44.99 and are now on sale for $34.99. If you add 3 pairs of footwear to your cart and get 30% off, then you will pay just $24.49. I wouldn’t suggest these as water shoes because of the lining, but they are still adorable and would make easy footwear for your little boy.

RealTree patterns seem to be popular lately. If you don’t mind the fleece lining, then you may want to take a look at these Kids’ Baya Lined Realtree Xtra ClogThese would look adorable on both boys and girls. They were $44.99 but are on sale for just $34.99. Apply your 30% discount when you add 3 or more pairs of shoes to your cart and you will be left paying just $24.49 for these adorable shoes for your kiddo.

Ladies, check out these Ocean Minded Women’s Espadrilla Washed Multi Stripe Slip On ShoesThese shoes were $55 but are on sale for a whopping 45% off. The sale price of $29.99 will be discounted even further to $20.99 if you add 3 items to your cart and take an additional 30% off. I love the colour combination and these would be a comfortable shoe to wear with shorts and a t-shirt.

If your total reaches $100 after discounts, Crocs.ca will even throw in free shippingThat is pretty good, considering Crocs.ca will otherwise charge you a flat rate of $9.99. Delivery will take between 7 and 14 business days.

For more Crocs Canada coupon codes, check out our Bargainmoose forum.

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March 27

Rebels Women’s Stomp Boots Were $130 | Now $59 + Free Shipping @ ShoeMe Outlet Canada

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Rebels Womens Stomp Boots Were $130 | Now $59 + Free Shipping @ ShoeMe Outlet Canada

Step into Spring with some new sexy cowgirl boots. Right now ShoeMe Outlet Canada has shoes and boots on sale for up to 50% off. Not only that, but they also have a coupon code to take an additional 25% off your purchase. Combine those two offers and you will have yourself some hot deals on shoes, that’s for sure. I found these Rebels Women’s Stomp Boots at a hot price. They were regular $130 and on sale for $77.97. Once I applied the Easter coupon code, these boots came out to just $58.48! There are also a variety of colours, and shipping is included.

Click here to get into a new pair of cowgirl boots @ ShoeMeOutlet.ca now

  • Coupon Code: BUNNY25
  • Discount: 25% off
  • Expiry: 6th April 2015

The Rebels Stomp Cowgirl Boots come in four snazzy colours. You can wear a casual outfit like jeans and a t-shirt or even a cute little Summer dress with these boots. Buy your favourite colour or one of each colour available if you wish. These boots were $130 but ShoeMe Canada has put them on sale for $77.97. Once you use your coupon code at the check out, you will see that these boots are discounted to the fantastic price of $58.48.

Rebels Stomp Cowgirl Boots come in four different colours:

Personally, I would go with the black or tan boots. Either of those colours would look great with skinny jeans and a pretty white top. I find grey footwear is hard to match. I had grey UGGs and could never find clothing that worked well with them.

ShoeMeOutlet.ca even offers free shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase. That means you could grab one pair of boots or three and not have to worry about any shipping costs. You may want to check out the other shoes on sale too, there are a variety of footwear items available for the entire family. I even noticed some great steel toe Kodiak work boots if your hubby is starting his seasonal construction or outdoor work soon. Many shoes have sold out of a lot of their sizes though. These Rebels Stomp boots still have most sizes available, but not for long.

If you love ShoeMe and want to enjoy more of their discounts in the future, then I would check out their coupon codes in our Bargainmoose forum. You can sign up for email updates so you don’t miss out on any opportunities to save.

 

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March 27

JBL J55i On-Ear Headphones in Black with Mic Was $160 | Now $25 + $10 Shipping @ NewEgg.ca

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 4:04 PM

JBL J55i On Ear Headphones in Black with Mic Was $160 | Now $25 + $10 Shipping @ NewEgg.ca

Here is a hot deal you won’t want to pass up. These JBL J55i High Performance On-Ear Headphones with Mic usually retail for $80 and up, but while supplies last you can shop at NewEgg.ca and pay just $24.99 plus shipping. Shipping will cost you $9.99 which means the deal still remains a steal.

Have you ever imagined that you could snag yourself a pair of high performance, name brand on-ear headphones for an incredible low price? It is time. Time for you to get yourself a pair of these bold JBL J55i On-Ear Headphones in black. These headphones are at a smoking hot price of $24.99 and I am sure the stock won’t last long at all at this steal of a deal. NewEgg.ca would normally sell these headphones for $160, but other Canadian retailers have them on sale for $79.99 and up right now.

Here is a quick look at my price comparisons, so that you know you truly are getting a hot deal:

So as you can see, even with the $10 shipping charge, you are still paying just half of the next lowest price for these high rated headphones. These JBL J55i On-Ear Headphones boast a microphone and an edgy black colour. They rotate 180 degrees with their DJ pivot mechanism and even have ear cushions made of a soft leather. These ear cups will ensure comfort even for extended use. The audio cord is removable, so you will virtually be tangle free with these headphones. At this price, you may even want to snag two or three. Unfortunately NewEgg.ca has limited each customer to just 5 pairs.

These high performance JBL J55i On-Ear Headphones would make excellent gifts for gamers or musicians even. In the box you will also find a padded carry pouch for convenient travel. Since these are the “i” version of these JBL headphones, they come with both a built in microphone and remote that is compatible with the iPhone. Although there are three colours available, only the black version is available at this hot price.

There is no telling how long this deal will last. Since this is the absolute lowest price I have seen on these after JBL headphones, you might want to act fast. I added a pair to my NewEgg Canada shopping cart. I am tired of hearing the Call of Duty sound effects ring through my household, so I think these are a smart buy. They might prevent me from going Godzilla mode on the play station system when I am trying to focus on work.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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