July 3

Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

I was just having a read on Instructables, the amazing site where people share their craft projects and the instructions thereon. I came across these comic book shoes which look absolutely fantastic, and they’re pretty easy to make too. As some of you might remember from this post, I recently made my daughter’s bedside table into a comic-book themed design, so these shoes also tickle my fancy. I am sure that most of us have a few old pairs of shoes lying round which could do with some love. Consider giving them a makeover with your favourite comic book characters!

You don’t just have to use high-heels as pictured above, you can try this style out on any shape of shoe. In fact, in the comments on the Instructables post, people have shared their own creations showing all sorts of shoes, from kitten heels to DMs.

I’ll not write out the full tutorial here, but basically you just need shoes, the comic book of your choice, scissors or a craft knife, and glue. Use your creative juices and your imagination and put the clippings from the comic book on to your shoes, and finish with lots of coats of glue.

What do you think of the style? Will you give it a try yourself? I am so tempted!

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Frugal & Fashionable: Comic Book Shoes!

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July 3

Independence Day Coupon Roundup Part 1!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Independence Day Coupon Roundup Part 1!

Independence Day has arrived, and like usual we receive an abundance of coupon codes on Holidays like this. To celebrate the Fourth of July, I have put together part 1 of a comprehensive list of all the Independence Day coupon codes valid today & tomorrow to get you a discount that really says: “Happy Independence Day!”

Most of these coupon codes will be valid today & tomorrow only, so click into the merchant’s page if you want more details on the discount. Here are the Independence Day coupon codes for today:

  • American Apparel: Get 30% off everything with coupon code USA
  • Big Fish GamesBOGO on standard version games with coupon code STRIPES or BOGO on collector’s edition games with coupon code STARS
  • Blue NileTake 10% off jewelry with coupon code FIREWORKS
  • BrookstoneTake $20 off all orders over $99 with code FIREWORKS
  • CBS StoreSave 20% on everything with code CBSFOURTH
  • Cleo: Get free shipping on orders over $40 with coupon code SPARKLER
  • Eddie BauerExtra 10% off items discounted up to 60% off with code BOOM
  • Encore: Save 30% on Royalty Free Premium Fireworks Image Collection with code FIREWORKS
  • Fighters MarketGet 15% off everything with coupon code HAPPY4th 
  • itFit: Take 20% off with code USA
  • JC Penney: Get 25% off everything + extra 10% off select items with coupon code 4DOLLARS
  • Jetsetter: Use coupon code STARS20 to take an extra 20% off
  • Living Social: Take 20% off with coupon code STARS20
  • Online Sheet Music: Take 20% off everything by using the code HAPPYFOURTH
  • Photos.com: Take 30% off with coupon code FIREWORKS
  • PicabooGet $10, $20 or $30 off select classic hardcover books with coupon code SPARKLER
  • Rocket LanguagesUse coupon code 4THJULY to get 60% off any language level for just $59.98
  • Star TrekTake 20% off everything with code TREKFOURTH
  • Surplus ClothingTake $10 off $75 with code SAVE10, take $25 off $125 with code SAVE25 or take $50 off $200 with code SAVE50
  • Tarte CosmeticsGet a 15% discount with the coupon code STARS
  • TeavanaGet totally free shipping with no minimum when you apply the code FIREWORKS
  • Ticket LiquidatorGet 10% off orders over $150 with the coupon code JULY4SALE10
  • TicketNetworkGet $25 off orders over $250 with code TNFIREWORKS
  • 360 Training: Get 15% off most courses with code INDEPENDENCE15

We will post more of these Independence Day coupon codes tomorrow, so check back for Part 2! Also be sure to check out our amazing coupon code pages in our Bargainmoose forums for more discounts and promotions, anytime of the year.

Happy Independence Day!

(Expiry: Various)

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July 3

Walmart Canada: RCA 32″ LED HD TV/DVD Combo Now $218 & Free Shipping

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Walmart Canada: RCA 32 LED HD TV/DVD Combo Now $218 & Free Shipping

That dorm room could use a little sprucing up or, perhaps, you want a new television for the bedroom or the kids want a new TV for the play room. Either way, pick up this inexpensive all-in-one RCA 32″ LED TV/DVD Combo on sale for from $268 down to just $218. According to my cart, this television will also receive free shipping as it costs over $50 yet is not considered oversized/heavy.

Let us get started on price comparing. First of all, so few online retailers actually stock this television. I did end up finding this RCA television at The Source Canada, where they sell it for $359.99. In the USA, I found similar models of the same size around the $300 mark with some dipping below that on sale.

This 31.5” rear lit LED television features 720 HD resolution that is 16:9 wide. The dynamic contrast is 5000:1 and the response time is 7ms. The television comes with 2 HDMI ports and a myriad of other connections. Use this television as a secondary TV in another room, or turn this HDTV into a monitor for your laptop or desktop computer. It is pretty simple to turn a television into a monitor; you merely plug in an HDMI cable and edit the settings on your computer. This is actually an affordable way to buy a BIG monitor on a budget. An actual 32″ monitor would cost you a small fortune.

I think that these televisions are really best for kids and young adults. Kids and broke students really do not care whether they have the best resolution on the planet or not. They just want to watch their cartoons and movies. In a play room, this would make an excellent television for young children to watch their favourite shows on, like The Cat in the Hat and others. With the built in DVD player, there is no need to buy a separate unit. Just pop in Frozen and you are good to go.

For university students, this is also an ideal unit. This 32″ TV is small enough to fit into a dorm yet big enough to enjoy movies. With the built in DVD, there is one less thing to buy. Also, the television can double as an external monitor when they are conducting research or working on homework.

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July 3

Chapters Indigo Coupon Code: 15% Off Regular Priced Toys, Decor, Fashion & More

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

Chapters Indigo Coupon Code: 15% Off Regular Priced Toys, Decor, Fashion & More

Chapters.Indigo.ca has had this promotion for a while, where you can take 15% off select regular priced items on the weekend. Now, they have renovated the deal a little bit with a brand new coupon code. So if you want to save 15% on regular priced toys, decor, fashion and more, then shop at Chapters Indigo Canada this weekend. You will get free shipping on orders over $25 too.

Click here to shop @ Chapters.Indigo.ca

  • Coupon code: WEEKEND15
  • Discount: 15% off regular priced toys, decor, fashion and more
  • Expiry: 5th July 2015

This new Chapters Indigo coupon code can only be applied to regular priced merchandise, so the best thing would be to snag something that doesn’t often go on sale. There are six different categories to choose from: Paper, Outdoor Living, Toys, Baby, Style, and Home Decor. How weird that Chapters, a book store, doesn’t offer this discount on books of all things.

To get the most bang for your buck, you’re going to want to apply this discount to higher price point items. Obviously 15% off something that is $200 is going to be a better deal than 15% off something that is $10. I have been trying to spruce up my home decor, so I headed right for that section of Chapters.Indigo.ca. I found this adorable Moose Floral Pillow Cover – 18″ x 18″ for $44.50. Once you apply your 15% off coupon you would be left paying just $37.82. Don’t be fooled by the title of this item – it does in fact come with the feather pillow insert as well.

When it is hot outside like this, the last thing I want to do is lug around my typical tote-type purse. I would much prefer a cute little wristlet or a crossbody bag that just holds the necessities. How about this Matt & Nat Gil Crossbody BagThis bag was normally $98 but after using this weekend coupon code for 15% off, you can expect to pay just $83.30. I like the grey colour too.

I am on my laptop a lot (as you can imagine), and if I sit at my table too long I get uncomfortable. I like to sit in my recliner and watch my son play while I work, but my laptop gets too hot being on my lap. Funny that they named them laptops, but the machine can’t handle that. So, I ordered this Lapdesk in Navy Floral. It was priced at $28, which is still much lower than other retailers sell similar items for. After applying the coupon, I was left paying just $23.80 which is just shy of the minimum shipping threshold.

Chapters.Indigo.ca even offers free shipping on orders over $25, so you’re best bet is to snag something in that price range or make sure your cart totals that after you apply your coupon code so you avoid any further fees.

You can view the Chapters Canada coupon codes in our Bargainmoose forum.

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July 3

Jewlr Canada: Up to 60% Off, Buy 2 Get $20 Off, Free Gift & Free Shipping no Minimum

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Jewlr Canada: Up to 60% Off, Buy 2 Get $20 Off, Free Gift & Free Shipping no Minimum

Jewlr Canada is offering up to 60% off select jewellery and charms in honour of our country’s birthday: Canada Day. When you buy two or more items, you will receive an additional $20 off. In addition, you will receive free shipping with no minimum required and a free gift with every purchase.

Of course, I am always looking for the best deals I can possibly find. This Glamorous Name Necklace would make an excellent gift for a girlfriend, partner, or lover. The pendant is made out of Sterling Silver and it comes with a 16″ chain. Simply choose a name and you have a beautiful personalized gift. Originally $119, this necklace is on sale for $59.

The Twisted Stud Solitaire Earrings are beautiful and quite personalized. The stone in the middle of these is the smoky quartz – what the June birthstone has become. However, you can change out the stone for something else. I think the earrings look amazing with a simulated Ruby – the stone for July. Originally $139, these earrings are on sale for $79.

Affordable jewellery starts at just $59, like the above name necklace. If you are collecting charms for your bracelet, then this Baby Steps Charm would be an excellent addition to mark the arrival of a new baby. Originally $109, this Sterling Silver charm is on sale for just $59. The charm includes two engravings: one on each foot. Put the name of the baby and the day of birth or maybe put middle and last name on. Alternatively, you could list the weight and the date of your child’s birth as you are sure not to forget his or her name!

When I arrived at checkout, I got the choice between two free gifts:

  • Cubes of Gold Necklace (Value $30)
  • Dangling Stones Bracelet (Value $30)

In my cart, the extra $20 off my order applied:

Jewlr Canada: Up to 60% Off, Buy 2 Get $20 Off, Free Gift & Free Shipping no Minimum

Thus the personalized necklace actually came down another $10 and so did the emerald earrings I was looking at. You can see I chose to take the cube necklace for free.

Jewlr is a really cool company. All the jewellery is made in the USA or Canada. On top of the trio of offers above, they also offer 99 day returns. If you are not happy with your purchase, you can send the jewellery back – over three months later! With free personalization and more, this is such a great online store for jewellery shopping.

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July 3

Microsoft: Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Touchscreen Signature Ed. Laptop Was $499 | Now $327

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Microsoft: Dell Inspiron 15.6 Touchscreen Signature Ed. Laptop Was $499 | Now $327

Microsoft Canada has discounted this lovely little Dell Inspiron 15 i3543-2501BLK Signature Edition Laptop from $499 down to $327 with free shipping.

This is a respectable laptop for everyday use. The laptop comes with:

  • 15.6-inch (396.24 mm) HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i3-5005U
  • 4GB memory
  • 1TB HDD

In fact, this unit is a bit above your normal ‘basic’ laptop. You receive a huge 1TB hard drive and the screen is actually a touchscreen, like a tablet screen. I love these little laptop / tablet cross-breeds as you get so used to moving things around with your fingers on a tablet and smart phone only to revert back to a mouse on your desktop. Now, you receive the best of both worlds. One reviewer said:

I received it yesterday. At this price, it is really an amazing machine. Everything works well now and the touch screen works very well. I like it!

This would be an excellent laptop for school, university, and just for playing around with at home. I could see this fulfilling most people’s needs for a laptop unless you run a business or work online for a living.

I would like to impart to you the importance if signature edition laptops. Most computers these days come with an enormous amount of bloatware. That is software that manufacturers load on to new computers. This bloatware can be up to 60 or so programs, often higher. Toshiba is one of the worst offenders, with Sony and Lenovo close behind. You cannot just factory restore your computer as they are making OS images that include the bloatware. Essentially, it re-installs when you reinstall the OS.

Bloatware is bad. It can slow down any computer to a snail’s pace – even computers with really fast processors. I and a dear friend of mine are learning that on his Lenovo with an i7 processor. Now, Signature Edition Laptops do not have ANY bloatware or third-party trial-ware on them. These are CLEAN computers. Given my very recent experience with bloatware, I do not think I would buy any other computer in the future except for a Microsoft Signature Edition (or an Apple).

I have heard that the warranty is with Microsoft since you are buying the computer from them. However, you can transfer the warranty to Dell at no cost (if you want to).

(Expiry: unknown)

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July 3

MICHI NY: Up to 70% Off Sale

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM

MICHI NY: Up to 70% Off Sale

I know Lululemon is popular, but I never quite understood why in the face of such gorgeous athletic wear from companies like MICHI. MICHI NY specializes in edgy athleticwear with cut-outs, mesh, sheer versus opaque, and other more interesting designs. Currently, MICHI is offering up to 70% off athletic wear and swimwear in their seasonal sale.

All prices are in USD but their offices are located in Toronto. Using the upper right hand drop box you can change currencies, but the CAN prices will fluctuate with the currency exchange: thus, I am using the USD prices.

I was looking for stylish yet affordable athletic wear options. This Ascent bra was $95 and is now $47.50. Half the bra is made out of mesh for superior ventilation and breath ability. The top straps are all mesh and the thick racer back design is made out of mesh too. The Opaque black bottom covers the bits you need.

I am enamoured with the Aurora Hoodie in Light Grey Heather / Black. Not only is it made by a Canadian company, the jacket is Made in Canada with French terry knit and quilted Montreal-sourced geometric sleeves. So it is Canadian, made in Canada, and uses Canadian sourced materials. This is like the trifecta of supporting your home country! The price is also mesmerizing: originally $225, the jacket is on sale for $67.50.

You should have an easy time finding leggings and more with these stellar discounts. The Frontier Jogger Pant – Light Grey Heather / Black was $175 and is now $52.50. Again, we are talking Made in Canada with some materials sourced from Montreal. I am a huge fan of locally sourced food, clothing, furniture, and more! If the grey/black combo doesn’t strike you, then pick up the Frontier Jogger Pant – Black Leopard Print that was $155 and is now $46.50.

If in the market for shorts, there are three remarkably affordable pairs you can score. The Blaze Short – Black / Green was $90 and is now $27. Next, the Facade Short – Dark Blue Denim was also $90 and is now $27. For the more adventurous (like me), the Sway Short – Black Denim was $115 and is now $34.50. The mesh V on the front is quite striking.

I like to support companies like these when I have the money. It is SO RARE that companies make their products in Canada anymore. We vote with our dollar, and my dollar says I want more manufacturing in Canada.

Shipping is a flat $8.95 USD across Canada.

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July 3

Best Buy Canada: Lexar JumpDrive 256GB USB Drive Was $250 | Now $80 & Free Shipping

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Best Buy Canada: Lexar JumpDrive 256GB USB Drive Was $250 | Now $80 & Free Shipping

Are you in the market for a large flash drive from a good brand? Then take advantage of this one-day deal from Best Buy! Originally $249.99, the Lexar JumpDrive S73 256GB USB Flash Drive is now on sale for $79.99 with free shipping.

Last time this particular flash drive reached this price was back in mid-February, and it hasn’t been down this low since. I found the same model and same size of drive being sold at Amazon Canada for $148.84. At staples, the same size and brand of flash drive – but the 75 model – sells for $229.92. At Hookbag, the same drive is over $200 depending on which listing you are looking at.

The reviews on best Buy Canada are pretty mixed. Some people seem to have lemon models – where the flash drive stops working within a week. If that happens to you, then simply return the unit. Most stores have a 14 day money back guarantee. Also, all flash drives are under a one-year warranty to cover any such manufacturer problems. Essentially, you are covered should anything go wrong. One reviewer had his own opinion about the negative reviews:

It has yet to fail me and I’ve had it for a month, and the speed is amazing and I haven’t had any problems since I got it and formatted it. I think that the people that have reviewed this don’t know how to properly use a USB. Worth the price, and the space really helps out in tight situations.

A flash drive this size can be used as an external back up for your computer. If you are afraid of losing documents, pictures, videos, and more when your hard drive decides to no longer be among the living, then this flash drive may just be your best friend. It is sad how many backups we really need to keep of stuff because technology refuses to be dependable (or rather people making the technology fail to make anything that will last longer than a few years). You cannot trust an external hard drive because it might corrupt. It is better to have two copies of everything on your computer these days.

The flash drive is also excellent for transporting files to and from work, school, and more. With endless space, you will never fill that flash drive up.

This is a one-day only deal; pick it up before the deal ends tonight.

(Expiry: 3rd July 2015)

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July 3

Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

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

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the above video on our Facebook page. It’s a tutorial which shows you how to make your own stackable, snackable gummy candy in the shape of LEGO bricks and LEGO minifigures! We got a tremendous response to the video, with many people asking where they could buy the molds. Amazon is a great place to look for things like this, and I was searching for some this morning. I spotted a great price on a mold for the LEGO minifigures – it’s only $3.82 and that’s with free shipping to your home!

Please note that in my title I am stating “LEGO style” as these molds are probably not a genuine branded LEGO product. You’d probably pay three times this price in the LEGO store for a mold like this (example). The same one from Amazon themselves is $20 here! But the mold from the seller on Amazon looks pretty much identical to the one on the LEGO store, at a fraction of the price. I think that if you’re just going to give the gummies a try, you don’t want to spend a fortune and something like this is ideal to get you started.

The mold makes you eight minifigures, consisting of whatever material you decide to use. For example, as well as gummies, you could make chocolates, ice-cubes, anything!

When I put the above video on Facebook, many people were commenting that it was a BAD idea – getting your kids confused and possibly encouraging them to eat the real LEGOs. I don’t think this applies… my daughter is five years old and she absolutely loves her LEGO. She can easily see the difference between a piece of LEGO and a candy. Obviously, if you plan on doing this with younger children, there could be a question of confusion there… but LEGO does have certain age recommendations on it, and I’d make sure that you stick to those and always supervise the kids when playing too!

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Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

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July 3

Free Avengers Heroes Welcome #1 Comic (Kindle Edition) & Other Free Comics @ Amazon.ca

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Free Avengers Heroes Welcome #1 Comic (Kindle Edition) & Other Free Comics @ Amazon.ca

Marvel fan? Lucky you! Today Amazon Canada has the comic Avengers: Heroes Welcome #1 (Kindle Edition) for free, and other comics for free as well. The great thing is that you don’t really need a kindle to read this comic for free either. You can use any device, just click “Buy now with 1-click”.

This 14 page comic would be great if  you are trying to kill some time while waiting for your doctor or appointment or when you are traveling on the bus. If you are looking to consume a little more time, or if you are a Marvel Avengers fan, then have a look at the other free comics in the list below. There is a list of devices that are compatible with this Kindle Edition free comic book, hopefully your device is included. The devices are as follows:

  • Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch
  • Kindle for Android phones
  • Kindle for Android tablets
  • Kindle for iPad
  • Kindle Fire

To get the free Kindle Reading App, just enter your email below the product pricing details and click “Send me the link”. In no time flat your email will have a message containing a link to download this handy application. Reviews say that this particular Avengers comic is a little juvenile and best meant as a primer comic for a kid. Luckily, if you feel that way too, there are a few other free comics available through Amazon.ca:

I am not particularly a comic book fan, but since these are free I am going to go ahead and download them. They are bound to keep me or my son occupied at a needed time eventually. The other Avengers comic books (Kindle Edition) on Amazon.ca seem to sell for $4 and up, so getting them for free is pretty awesome. Marvel & Avengers characters have been so popular too. Be sure to tell your hubbies about this offer if they are into super heroes.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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July 3

Want Free Reese Peanut Butter Cups? Download The 7-Eleven App Today!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Want Free Reese Peanut Butter Cups? Download The 7 Eleven App Today!

What. Why am I sitting here?! 7-Eleven Canada is giving out free Reese Peanut Butter Cups today for their Freeday Friday offer. This delicious chocolate treat has to be my favourite and I need to get to a 7-Eleven today. Reese PB Cup… get in my belly! To get your free 46g Reese PB Cups, just download the 7-Eleven app.

*Drool* I love me some Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Did you know that by downloading the 7-Eleven mobile app, you can get this delicious candy for absolutely free today? While quantities last of course. These beauties regularly sell for about $1.29, so while the discount is small, how could you turn down free peanut butter cups? The Reese Peanut Butter Cups 46g will have 3 delicious cups to share, or entirely consume yourself (like I will do). No sharing. Sorry!

As if this isn’t enough chocolate, the Hershey Store even seems to sell the World’s Largest Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Have any of you Moosers actually seen these in Canada? I just want to mash these into some chocolate ice cream and enjoy. Although I am not sure if they will survive the car ride home to make it into the ice cream. Be sure to enjoy this freebie guys, I have not seen 7-Eleven Canada offer these for free during their Free Day Friday promo yet.

While the Freeday Friday freebies are my favourite among the 7-Eleven Canada offers, their mobile app will provide you with many other discounts as well. These offers might vary a little bit from location to location, but for the most part they will remain consistent throughout all of our provinces. There are lots of offers that will include BOGO, freebies, discounts and more. Just click the discount you would like and enjoy. Just remember, don’t redeem this offer unless you are already near 7-Eleven because the offer will expire in 15 minutes after clicking “redeem”. The 7-Eleven App will even give you directions to your closest 7-Eleven store if you need.

(Expiry: 3rd July 2015)

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July 3

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner With Clean Surge Was $230 | Now $116 + Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner With Clean Surge Was $230 | Now $116 + Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca

You really won’t realize how dirty your carpets are until you get ‘atter with a Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner. The problem is that these cleaning machines can sometimes cost you an arm and a leg – especially if you want a quality cleaner. Right now the Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge is on sale for 50% off. Today you can pay just $116.11 as opposed to the regular price which was $229.99. You will get free Super Saver shipping too.

Amazon Canada’s deal of the day is a pretty good one today. I have yet to see this Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge for this low of a price. About 6 months ago I saw it for $150, but you can’t beat the price of $116.11 for this magical cleaning machine. With the powerful 12-amp Hoover motor, no carpet will be too tough. This cleaner deep cleans to remove stains and odours with the aid of hot tap water and carpet solution.

Take a look at what other Canadian retailers are selling this Hoover SteamVac for:

Out of 78 customer reviews, this Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner still holds a 4.5 star rating – which is pretty good. The only complaint I could see is that the machine will leak if the parts are not connected together properly, but wouldn’t that be expected? If you know you are about to go over a stained spot, simply use the Clean Surge feature to give an extra burst of cleaning solution to solve the problem. If you have pets and kids like I do, then a SteamVac like this is a necessity. I have even used the steam vacuum I have to clean my couches and my kitchen tile believe it or not. Don’t worry – it comes with a hand tool that is perfect for cleaning the couches and even upholstery.

Amazon.ca offers free shipping on orders over $25, so you won’t have to worry about any extra costs there thankfully. I am sure shipping something of this size could get rather costly elsewhere. If you apply and are approved for an Amazon.ca Rewards Visa Card, you would be discounted by a further $20 which would bring your total down to just $96.11.

(Expiry: 3rd July 2015)

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July 3

Mega Bloks My Hello Kitty House Was $110 now $80 & Free Collection @ Toys R Us Canada!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Mega Bloks My Hello Kitty House Was $110 now $80 & Free Collection @ Toys R Us Canada!

I was looking for deals on a kid’s playhouse, searching the interwebs for the best deals and prices. I came across this deal on the My Hello Kitty House from Toys R Us Canada. Combining the sale prices and by using a coupon code, you can bring the cost of this playhouse down to only $79.98… plus you should be able to collect at your local store for free, omitting any nasty shipping fees.

You must order online and use the Toys R Us coupon code CineplexFeb to get the My Hello Kitty playhouse for $79.98. That ends up being 27% off its original price. It’s only available for click and collect, there’s no ship to home option available on this toy house.

The My Hello Kitty House is made by Mega Bloks, a very well-known toy manufacturer. And from what I can tell, you don’t just have to style the playhouse in the configuration pictured above. As this playhouse is made from giant mega-bloks, you can actually make it in other styles, such as a sweet shop, lemonade stand, and more. What a great idea!

Price Comparison!

While I cannot find this exact house at any other online stores in Canada, I can do a general price comparison for similar plastic toy houses. The cheapest non-inflatable and non-cardboard playhouse that I can see on Amazon.ca is this Tot’s Play Villa Playhouse which is $130 there. The cheapest similar playhouse on Toys R Us (that is available) is this Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse which is priced at $90 after the above coupon. It’s a bit more elaborate though. Over at Walmart.ca, the lowest priced playhouse is that same Tot’s house which is coming in at $180. At Sears, the lowest playhouse is this one which is coming in at $120.

Online, there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of choice or availability for this type of toy. So, from the above research, I believe the Toys R Us deal for the Hello Kitty playhouse is a great price – providing you’re close enough to a Toys R Us to collect at store for free.

(Expires: unknown)

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July 2

How To Save Money At Amusement Parks

Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money At Amusement Parks

Amusement parks pack lots of fun into one day and are a popular destination in the summertime. Like many Canadians, I am planning to head to at least one amusement style park this summer with my family to make some memories. The problem is I have trouble enjoying my trip when I leave broke, and that is exactly what happens when I do not plan. According to Statistics Canada, amusement parks made $472.9 million dollars in 2012, and the trends for revenue are moving upwards. Avoid being a statistic and save big bucks by using my tips below.

Pack Your Lunch

I think most people are aware that the cost of food is high, as we are all a captive audience once inside the doors. For more insight into how theme parks get away with inflated food prices, check out this post on Money Manifesto. A well-packed cooler can go a long way towards saving you money at your destination this summer. Make sure you check out the rules for the park you are visiting online. Many do not allow coolers inside the park but have designated picnic areas. If there is no picnic area, you also have the option of tailgating from your car.

Bring bottles of water to help keep you hydrated throughout the day. Most parks will allow water inside, and it saves you from buying multiple pricey drinks. I suggest filling bottles hallway full of water and freezing them, then topping them off with water before adding them to your cooler. You can then use these extra bottles as ice packs in your cooler and will have a cold bottle to swap with after lunch. Throwing a few snacks in your bag can also help avoid buying overpriced treats on a whim. I generally budget for one family food treat during the day. We usually plan for that mid-afternoon when we are more tired and more likely to splurge.

Plan For The Free Activities

One of the first things I do the first time we check out a park is to check out the show schedule. So many of the parks have fun and entertaining song, dance, comedy and animal shows. Attending most of these shows are included with admission tickets, and most are enjoyable. I find it helps to break up the day from standing in long ride lines. Check out the schedule from the beginning to make sure you do not miss the best shows.

Skip The Midway

How To Save Money At Amusement Parks

The midway, the arcade, or any area that has games to play where you pay by the game is a sinkhole for your cash. It can be hard to resist when your child is eyeing the oversized blue tiger or the attendant is ruffling your feathers to play. The reality is once you start sinking your money into these games, it can be hard to give up and walk away without the prize. These games provide only a few minutes of fun that could be spent enjoying one of the many activities in the park that is included with your admission price.

If you cannot resist these games, set yourself a limit before you plunk down bill after bill. Over at The Art Of Manliness, they have a great article that can teach you how to increase your odds of winning many classic midway games. Blifaloo has another great article with some tips on when to play and how to win at a variety of midway games.

Buy Tickets Online

If you are planning on heading to a particular theme park, check on the website. Many of the larger parks will give you a discount for purchasing tickets online, especially if you purchase them several days ahead of time. For example, currently on Calaway Park’s website they have an online deal that can save you cash on your ticket price, plus an additional deal to pre-purchase pizza for four people.

Group buying sites such as Wagjag also periodically offer deals for some of the bigger attractions. If you are a member of CAA, do not forget to check with them for any discounts you may be eligible for with ticket purchases.

Consider A Season Pass

How To Save Money At Amusement Parks

Last year we bought a season pass to a local park here in Montreal as we were leaving for the day. I calculated the costs and if we visited three times, we were ahead if we upgraded our ticket to a membership. It was still early in the summer, so we grabbed the deal. According to the Globe and Mail, the trend right now for large theme parks is to shift away from one-time visits and to focus more on making season passes more enticing. That means more benefits are popping up every year for pass holders. Some of the bigger parks such as Canada’s Wonderland have started allowing members to purchase the pass in payments to ease the overall cost. If you purchase a pass during the month of June, La Ronde includes coupons with three free admission coupons for friends to join plus other food discounts. The trick to these passes is to make sure you schedule a few return visits into your calendar before the summer slips away.

To plan your next great amusement park trip, you may want to check out this list of Canada’s Top 10 Amusement Parks. I tend to stick to the parks closer to my own home, but sometimes I need to mix it up with a new adventure. This list is a great place to start!

Bargainmoosers, what trick do you use to save money at amusement parks?

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July 2

Yogasmoga.com: $25 Free Credit & Free Canadian Shipping!!!

Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Yogasmoga.com: $25 Free Credit & Free Canadian Shipping!!!

I’ve discovered a US based site called YogaSmoga, which specialises in performance clothing for both men and women, ideally suited to active pursuits such as yoga, running, cycling and more. What brought Yoga Smoga to my attention was the fact that they offer free Canadian shipping on ANY order, with no minimum spend required. And upon further investigations, I also found out that new accounts get $25 free credit to spend on site – sweet deal!

All you have to do is signup on site – you don’t need a special coupon code. The $25 free credit will be in your account and you can use it on your next order. This is what you should see:

Yogasmoga.com: $25 Free Credit & Free Canadian Shipping!!!


In terms of pricing of the YogaSmoga activewear, it’s something along the lines of what you would see with Lululemon or Lole here in Canada. So I definitely wouldn’t call it cheap to start with – but having the $25 free credit makes a good dent in your order, if you’re only ordering one item to see what they are like. Here are a few examples of items you could buy, along with the reduced prices from the $25 free credit:

One 2 Many Sale Items

Yoga Smoga has a “One 2 Many” sale section, which sounds remarkably similar to the Lululemon’s “We Made Too Much” sale. In that section, there are a lot of heavily discounted items, but sadly the $25 free credit doesn’t apply to those sale items (or to accessories either). The free $25 credit will only apply to the other items on site.

But it could still be worth a look to see if there’s anything else you want to buy. Some examples of the sale items:

For all the above, the sizing and colour choice differs… some colours may be in stock in your size, some not.

Shipping, Duties, Customs?

As many Moosers know, the NAFTA agreement covers items that are made in the US and shipped to Canada – there should not be any extra duties on these items. And it clearly states on the YogaSmoga site that their products are made in the US, so this should apply. However, on their help pages here, it states that anyone outside the US is responsible for applicable taxes and duties in their home jurisdictions. So taxes don’t seem to be included at checkout – it’s possible you may have to pay these later.

If you are making orders for a few items, I’d probably recommend placing separate orders for each one – it’s free shipping anyway, and it reduces the risk of customs delaying your parcel.

Personal Thoughts

I’ve done yoga many times over the years, but I’ve not always had a really dedicated regimen. But I feel that the clothing I wear to yoga can really affect my workout. For example, I have a problem when wearing a t-shirt that’s too short. I feel that when I am in certain poses, the t-shirt will ride up over my butt and I feel self-conscious and need to constantly adjust my clothing. Or, in wearing certain leggings, I found that some were slipping down too much and I wasn’t leaving much to the imagination in terms of ass cleavage. A good set of workout clothing can really complement your workout, and leave one less thing to worry about.

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