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March 14

5 Ways to Save Money at the Movie Theatre

Posted by on March 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Ways to Save Money at the Movie Theatre

Nowadays, watching a movie is getting pricier and pricier.  What used to be under $10 admission to enjoy a cinema flick has now become $14.95 per person and that does not even include the high mark-up for popcorn, fountain drinks, and the Nibs candy treats that you would normally get when you treat your family to a movie.  Taking your family of four out to a movie can cost upwards of $100 that easily consumes the entertainment budget for a lot of families.

Here are some ways you can save money on your next trip to the movie theatre.

Avoid the Popcorn, Drinks, Snacks and other Overpriced Foods

Popsugar recommends that you avoid this temptation to buy popcorn, drinks, snacks, and other overpriced foods by eating beforehand.  By not going in hungry, you will find the allure of buttery popcorn and sweet soda drinks less attractive which is better for your wallet and also better for your waistline.

According to Yahoo research, the mark-up for soda is 500% and the mark-up for popcorn is over 800% when you look at what it costs to produce the product and what they are charging you to consume the product.  Astounding, isn’t it?

Sign Up for a Rewards Card

Scene is a movie rewards program powered by Scotiabank for Cineplex theatres.  You get 100 Scene rewards points for every movie you watch and when you get 1000 Scene points you get to watch a free movie.  You also get more Scene points by signing up for their debit card and even the Scotiabank Visa.  Personally, I’m not a big movie fan (I only watch a few movies in the theatre a year) so this wouldn’t suit me, but if you’re a big movie buff this might be worth it.

Buy Discounted Movie Tickets

Over the years I had some friends periodically email me to see if I wanted to buy bulk movie tickets in packages of 10 for under $9.  These are usually group discounts.  If you are a CAA member, you can get discounted movie tickets for $9 as well (which certainly beats paying full price!)- go to this CAA Alberta website for an example.  These are still eligible for Scene points so you can still collect your 100 points towards getting your free movie after 1000 Scene rewards points.  Because it is such a good deal, they often have to limit the number of people buying the group tickets so it’s a good idea to get them while they are hot.

Head to Costco to Buy Movie Packages

Costco.ca has some great movie packages that are a better deal than buying at the movie theatre.  These are also available to print at home so you get the deal right away instead of having to wait for a gift card in the mail.  They have packages for children and packages including food as well.

Go On Cheap Tuesday

I used to head to the movies only during matinees (as financially geared website Kiplinger suggests) and on cheap Tuesday.  I was sad to see cheap Tuesday go but recently discovered that it is back on last time I went to the movies.  Sometimes the cheap Tuesday price (at Cineplex anyway) is about the same or cheaper than the discounted pre-paid ticket price, so it’s definitely more worth it to go.  You will likely beat the crowds on the weekends and it makes for a more relaxing movie-going experience anyway.

Use Your Points

If you have another points program, like Air Miles, you can redeem your points for a free gift card or package to the theatres.  However, some people like to save their hard earned Air Miles for something different instead of a night out at the movies.

Finally, if a night out watching movies at the theatre with these money saving ways is still a little too expensive on the entertainment budget, why not rent a movie at home instead?  Movies are coming out to video more quickly these days after hitting the theatres, so it may be a good idea to skip the theatres and wait for it to come out on the smaller screen.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any favourite ways to save money at the movie theatres?

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March 7

5 Tips to Save Money on Fine Dining

Posted by on March 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Tips to Save Money on Fine Dining

A wonderfully aesthetic and tasty appetizer, a delicious entree, and delectable desert.  A view, a romantic occasion to treat yourselves… these are just some of the reasons people like to dine out.

Personally I’m not a foodie but I do like to go to a nice restaurant once in a while for a special occasion like an anniversary or a birthday.  Some people I know like to go to a nice restaurant on a more frequent or monthly basis and they enjoy the experience of dining out.  There are some amazing restaurants here on the West Coast and I am very lucky to be able to taste some of these culinary delights.  For those that love to go out to a nice restaurant and try out different restaurants in their city, here are a few tips on how to save money on your next fancy meal out.

Find Restaurant Deals and Sign Up For Them

You can check out great updates from Bargainmoose’s Dining Out page for some excellent deals at your favourite restaurants across Canada.

Another website that I quite like is the Travelzoo website, just click on restaurants and look for your city (or the city in Canada that you want to dine at).  Some of the deals have been at some great restaurants in Vancouver and include deals such as a shared appetizer, dessert, and two entrees for two people for $49 (which would normally cost at least $75 to $100 for two people) at some of the very popular finer dining establishments in Vancouver.   Usually the entrees go for $25 to $35 per plate.  For most of these coupons you can also buy them for four people at a table (if you want to split it with your friends).

Choose Lunch Rather Than Dinner

According to Moneysense, lunch is usually less than one-third to one-half of the price of dinner, especially at fine dining restaurants (including those highly coveted and ranked Michelin star restaurants).  Therefore, it makes sense to go for lunch instead of dinner if you are keen on saving money and trying some culinary expertise at these fine dining establishments.

Avoid Alcohol

Five Ten Twenty club blog (a blog that helps you reach your financial goals at $5, $10, or $20 a day) recommends that you avoid buying alcohol.  As tempting as buying that glass (or half bottle) of wine may be, the mark-up at fine dining restaurants is astronomical.  The wealthy Donald Trump is well known for avoiding alcohol when he goes out to a restaurant for meals because he wants to avoid the mark-up.

Sign up for Newsletter or Email Updates from your Favourite Restaurant

If you have a favourite restaurant (or even chain of restaurants) take a few minutes to take a look at their website and sign up for their newsletter or email updates.  Although it might be annoying to receive yet another piece of junk email in your inbox, sometimes when you are in the mood to go to that restaurant and are looking for a deal, that deal will be there in your inbox when you conveniently need it.

In addition, if the restaurant is participating in giving out freebies on your birthday, signing up for their email (and giving a little bit of your demographic information) will allow you to get a freebie notification for your birthday treat, even if it is just a free appetizer.

Sign up for Open Table

Although the bang for your buck isn’t very much, according to LifeHacker, if you sign up for Open Table (an online reservations service that is free to sign up for and often used by restaurants), you will get 100 points for every reservations you make.  When you get 2000 points you will receive a $26 credit to use at your next restaurant dining experience.  Unfortunately that is a lot of reservations and a lot of dining out so this tip might not be worth the added expense of dining out so frequently!

I try to avoid dining out often in order to save money, but when I do dine out, I look for a deal to avoid the sting in the wallet.  It makes my dining out experience much better to know that I am getting more bang for my hard earned buck.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to save money on dining out?

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March 1

Spring Break on a Budget

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

Spring Break on a Budget

Spring Break.  It isn’t simply a time where college students party hardy in Mexico at all-inclusive resorts.  Spring break is a time for families to get away or to spend time together at home.  It can also be an expensive time for families, understandably.  Parents have to take time off work to spend time with the children, or they have to arrange for alternate care or day camps for the children to attend.  Either way, even though it is a great break from school so that children can get back at the books refreshed, it can be an expensive week on the family budget.

Here are some ways in which you and your young family can do spring break on a budget this March.  Don’t let this one week of the year break the bank.

Have a Staycation

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of work, school, prepping for lunches and dinners can feel like a never ending cycle of the daily grind.  Even with getaways it can take an insurmountable amount of energy to plan the getaway and the stress leading up to it can be too much to handle.  Having a staycation can be a great way to spend March Break.  Exploring your own city can be a great fun, adventurous, and economical way to spend March Break.  For example, heading to the local mountains, exploring the closest U.S. city on a day trip, or even heading to the local aquarium are all great ways to spend some of the days on March Break.  Canadian Family has some more staycation ideas that won’t break the bank.  These include providing days in which your child can explore his or her passions (such as being a mad scientist or an artist) throughout the week, or even saying hello to your local heroes, visiting the fire department just by giving your local dispatch unit a call.  As you can see, staying around for March Break doesn’t have to be something negative.  In fact, having your child gain insight into what they like to do and for their local heroes is a marvelous March break idea!

Subscribe to Travel Getaway Deal Sites

One of my favourite travel getaway deal sites is Travelzoo.  I recently signed up for a two night stay at a Vancouver Island resort for $85/night, 50% off what it would normally cost at that resort.  Most of the deals have good “window times” of use, and the fine print of when you can redeem the voucher is very clear.  I was able to book with no issues and it was a fun and frugal getaway.  Using Travelzoo Canada to plan your Spring Break getaway can make your March Break much more affordable if you plan ahead.  Of course, there are other sites such as looking for last minute deals on other travel websites too. Of course, Bargainmoose also has a great section for you to find travel deals as well!

Do What Other Parents Do

Yummy Mummy Club has some great input from moms all across Canada on great ideas for March Break that will not break the family budget.  One great idea is to go to the local dollar store and have your children pick three or four items that they can use during spring break to keep them occupied.

Switch it Up

Kate from Huffington Post Canada has a great suggestion on joining forces with other parents you know in the idea of switching up some days so that you can do activities for their children and your children one day, and they can take care of the activities for another day.  This will allow you to get the alone time you need to rest and rejuvenate or it will allow you to keep another vacation day at work from being used up.  Definitely a win-win situation.

If Cabin Fever is Getting to You…

Globe and Mail has nine March break getaway destinations for all shapes and sizes of budget for your family.  The prices are based on a family of four.  Although the prices listed are from 2012, they are helpful to give you ideas on what to do depending on if you live on the West Coast, Central Canada, or on the East Coast.

Bargainmoosers, what is your favourite way to spend your March Break on a Budget?

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February 28

How to Save Money Juicing or Making Smoothies

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

How to Save Money Juicing or Making Smoothies

The juicing and smoothie craze has taken North America by storm in recent years.  Many people tout the benefits of juicing and smoothies, benefits such as convenience (getting your meal in a drink is a pretty convenient way to go if you’re busy on the go), not to mention the nutritional benefits.  The nutritional benefits of drinking juice or smoothies include getting nutrients at the source (making it easily digestible for your body to absorb instead of working to break it down).

However, with all the benefits, juicing or smoothies can be expensive.  For example, a Vitamix (a very high powered blender) costs about $400 CAD and is considered to be every smoothie lover’s best friend.  Some people also feel that buying all those fruits and vegetables and blending it down to one drink, although nutritious, can be expensive (especially if you have to do that all the time for each drink you make!).

Despite the potential high costs of juicing or making smoothies, here are some ways in which you can save money on this nutritional diet change.

To Juice or Blend, That is the Question

First off, it would be prudent to decide whether to juice or blend smoothies.  They require different appliances.  To make juice, fiber is removed from the fruit or vegetable and often it is discarded.  To make smoothies, you drink whatever you throw in the blender (including protein powder, soy milk, peanut butter, etc.).

This great MoneyCrashers article can help you decide whether you want to juice or blend.   There are pros and cons to both.  I would personally lean more towards blending myself.

Buy the Right Machine

Although the Vitamix is $400 and is considered a fantastic blender for making smoothies (and soups, etc.) not everyone needs a industrial kitchen-grade blender.  The magic bullet (under $50) is great, however it does not grind ice down very well and does not grind seeds very well.  The switch to the Nutri-Ninja  ($100 at Canadian Tire or Walmart) was great and makes perfect smoothies.  Also, the Nutri-Bullet is similarly priced and works similarly well.

According to Fit Juice, the best juicers under $100 are the Breville 700W compact juice fountain and the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor.

Save Money on What You Put In

There are several ways to save money on juicing or blending.

  • Buy your fruits and vegetables on sale
  • Only buy organic if you need to, for example, check out the list of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen (for example, some of the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables include apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes- these are fruits and vegetables that you would want to buy organic if you can)
  • Freeze your fruits and vegetables if you can, especially berries, blueberries freeze well and taste fantastic in smoothies
  • Raid your fridge, use leftovers that you have in your fridge for what you are going to throw into your juicer or smoothie
  • Throw in frozen kale and spinach before they wilt, which is a great way to avoid food wastage!  Make your greens and freeze them in cubes beforehand, so that you can just throw them in your smoothie when you’re ready to make it

Save Money on What you Take Out of the Juicer or the Blender

Many people discard the pulp after juicing, but using the pulp in recipes or using it in soup is a good idea to keep from adding to food waste.

If you have leftover smoothie, Whole Foods Market recommends that you can pour whatever is leftover to make a delicious smoothie ice-pop for a treat later.

Save Money By Making It Yourself

Of course, it goes without saying that you will save more money if you make smoothies and make your own juices.  Booster Juice, Jamba Juice all are delicious but you are paying $5 a smoothie or a juice.  I once went to a juice making shop and paid $8 for a 335mL amount of cold-pressed juice.  It was delicious but I definitely wouldn’t be able to drink that every day.

Bargainmoosers, do you juice or make smoothies?  Do you have any money saving tips to share?

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February 21

Save Money by Preventing Food Spoilage

Posted by on February 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money by Preventing Food Spoilage

According to the blog Ready for Zero, the average American wastes about 40% of their grocery budget on food waste.  I have a feeling that Canadians aren’t far off.  I try to avoid food waste but inevitably I have to throw away food because it has spoiled in my fridge, especially for vegetables that I don’t usually use on a regular basis or for meats that I keep in the freezer and they end up getting freezer burn or just smell “off’.

The American numbers are sobering, the NRDC (National Resources Defence Council) estimates that if we reduce a mere 15% of our food waste, we could feed 25 million people.

So to prevent throwing away 40% of your grocery budget through food spoilage, here are some ways in which you can save money on your grocery budget by preventing food spoilage.

Separate your Fruits

Contrary to the aesthetic appeal of how elegant a fruit bowl looks, you might want to think about separating your fruits.  When fruits are clustered together, they release ethyelene gas which speeds up ripening your fruits.  This includes separating your banana bunch into individual bananas because there is ethylene gas released in the banana stem.  Here’s a video as proof if you’re interested.

Resuscitate your Vegetables

Ready for Zero also says that if you soak your limp lettuce, celery, or broccoli in a cold water bath for 15 minutes, it gets rid of the limpness and helps resuscitate it.  Of course you should use it immediately after the cold water bath to avoid further food spoilage.

Keep It in the Bag

Certain fruits and vegetables are better left off in the bag.  Carrots, peppers, and apples are best kept in the bag that it came in from the supermarket as it will last longer.  Plastic wrapped cucumbers (you know, those long English cucumbers) last three times longer when kept in the plastic wrap, according to Love Food Hate Waste.

Know Your Fridge

Labelling your freezer items would help and furthermore, if you know your fridge inside and out like the back of your hand, you’ll be less likely to waste food.  Sometimes in the recesses of my refrigerator I see something that I forgot I had in there and get excited because I caught it in time before it went bad and can use it.

One way to “know your fridge” is to ensure you keep things that you opened (e.g., a package of deli meat for lunch) in the front and perhaps scope out your fridge on a weekly basis just to make sure you’re optimizing whatever is in there.

Look Up your Fruit or Vegetable

Whole Foods Market has a great list of all the fruits and vegetables that you can think of (including mangoes and grapefruits and gooseberries) and details how to select the fruit, how to store the fruit, and how to best use the fruit.  The food guide also says how long you can keep the fruit in the fridge (or even if you can keep it in the freezer) before it goes bad.  A little research goes a long way in preserving your fruit of vegetable that you bring home, especially if it’s from a more upscale grocer like Whole Foods!

Also, if you like charts and want something handy that you can hang in front of your fridge (you know, put those fridge magnets to good use), this great visual chart by Lifehacker shows you how long fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat lasts if you leave it on the counter/pantry, or if you leave it in the fridge, or if you freeze it.  For example, I knew I could freeze bread (it’s fantastic, life changer for me) but I did not know that bread would last happily in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to reduce food waste and prevent food spoilage and save money at the same time?

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February 19

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

After the holiday season everyone’s wallets are hurting but you may still have the itch of wanting to shop and buy things.  What better way to relieve that itch by going to the dollar store? Though don’t go too much because going frequently can really add up!

I am a huge fan of the dollar store because nowadays you can get just about anything you need there.  I make regular trips to my favourite dollar store, Dollarama on a monthly or every two monthly basis, just to get things that I need, like kitchen essentials or wine gift bags.

The next time you go into your dollar store, look out for items that can be hacked to make your life a bit easier.  Things that are great on the wallet and great on organization too!

Here are five dollar store hacks that will help you save money and make your life a little easier…and a little more organized!

Paint Palette as a Jewelry Holder

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

No more tangled jewelry or struggling to find the matching earring for the one you managed to find.  This cute idea comes from the Architectural Designs blog.  Just look for a cheap dollar store paint palette and paint it to whatever colour you want.  It’s small enough to hide in a drawer and pretty enough to keep out on display.

Dollar Store Shower Cap… For the Kitchen

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

This doesn’t take any tweaking or painting or crafting.  The dollar store shower cap works great for oddly sized items in your kitchen (like for example the kitchen colander in this photo), and also great for wrapping up leftovers when your usual saran wrap won’t stick to the glass container.  This brilliant idea comes from The Kitchen blog.

Ribbon Basket Storage

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

This comes as a timely post after Christmas when you go to the dollar store to buy discounted 50% off Christmas wrapping and decorating, such as ribbon!  So of course you’ll need a place to store all that ribbon without making it look like a mess.  And of course you’ll want to be able to easily access your ribbon without having to hurt your eyes looking for the end of the ribbon or getting frustrated and wasting your ribbon by having your ribbon all tangled up.  This dollar store hack Do It Yourself ribbon basket storage comes from the Minimoz blog, it looks super easy to do and a great way to organize your ribbon!

Picture Frame Key Organizer

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

Long gone will be the days of hunting for your keys and getting annoyed and panicky because you are late for work and cannot find those car keys.  Here is a great dollar store hack to turn a picture frame into a handy key organizer.  It is #23 on Buzzfeed’s 23 brilliant dollar store hacks post.  The instructions are from Redfly creations.  You and your family will be able to find your keys in dollar store hack style.  This is super easy, all you need to do is find the perfect picture frame, not to big not to small and some screws.  And use some white spray paint (that you can find at Michaels, though spray paint does not usually cost a dollar, unfortunately).

Zoo Animal Bookends

5 Dollar Store Hacks That Will Help You Make Life Easier

What better way to organize your books then have funky hipster-esque zoo animals looking after your treasured books?  This would be a great dollar store hack for your children’s books too of course.  For this dollar store hack, all you will need are those dollar store plastic zoo animals, some wooden blocks (small and not too thick) and some primer and spray paint to whichever colour you want to make the zoo animals.  Teal looks nice, and I think a metallic gold would look nice too and add a bit of razzle dazzle to your bookcase.  This brilliant idea comes from Love Grows Wild and the step by step do it yourself instructions are super easy to follow.

There you have it, some great dollar store hacks to get your life a little more organized, one to two dollars at a time!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any other dollar store hacks that you would like to share?  What is your favourite thing to buy at the dollar store?

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February 6

Fun and Free Family Day Ideas

Posted by on February 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Fun and Free Family Day Ideas

Family Day helps us Canadians from getting depressed in the cold, long winters, but there isn’t a federally declared Family Day.  According to Wikipedia, Family Day is called Louis Riel Day in Manitoba and Islander Day for the folks on Prince Edward Island.  British Columbia finally joined the bandwagon in 2012 and Family Day in British Columbia is celebrated on the second Monday of February.  Elsewhere in the country, it is celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Family Day allows you to focus on your family instead of working Monday to Friday for the daily grind and getting depressed.  Studies show that family time can boost children’s self esteem, enhance relationship bonds, and improve social skills.  However, for many, it is another reason to spend a lot of money, especially if you are already busy paying off the aftermath of the expensive holiday season still.

Family Day doesn’t have to be another reason to spend a lot of money though.  Here are some fun and free Family Day ideas that won’t break the bank.

Explore and Go Geocaching

Geocaching is a great fun family thing to do that inspires curiosity in your children and also in yourself!  What is Geocaching?  Geocaching is live outdoor treasure hunting.  To geocache, you are given coordinates and you attempt to hunt these coordinates down through your GPS to find a small container with the treasure inside.  All you need is a GPS or a GPS-enabled mobile phone (e.g. Google Maps or the Maps on your iPhone) and a Geocaching membership.  Also, you would probably need access to a vehicle too as I think geocaching might be difficult using public transportation.  It is free to register and you can do it through this link.

Snowshoe the Winter Blues Away

Snowshoeing is a great activity for both younger children and older children alike.  Although if you do not have snow shoes you will need to rent a pair (or even better, borrow a pair), which will set you back about $10 for a day rental.  There are many trails that are public access and do not require a snow shoe trail pass.  In fact, you can also try snowshoeing in your neighbourhood, if you are lucky enough to have a big blast of snow.

For some inspiration, you can check out Snow Shoe Mag for more ideas on how to get started with snowshoeing.

Camp in Your Living Room

For a warm and toasty indoor activity (or if it is raining cats and dogs outside) and if the space in your living room permits, set up your tent and roast some marshmallows over the stove and make some s’mores.  The main idea is to just avoid having a camp fire in your living room Fun and Free Family Day Ideas The  Campfire chic  blog has a great post on how to host your own indoor camp out to beat the dreaded cabin fever.  My Kids Adventure blog also has another how-to on creating a fantastic family time night in your living room.

Granted you won’t be able to camp in your living room all weekend long (that would seriously create a bad case of cabin fever), spending one night in a tent is still fun!

Go for a Ride

Some of the fondest memories I have as a child  are from road tripping in my dad’s Dodge Caravan.  There was nothing quite like sitting in the car, driving to a new adventure.  I remember playing games and counting how many things are the colour blue or the colour red.  Playing another game and thinking of countries that start with the letter C (e.g. Canada) and then taking the last letter of that country and thinking of another country (Antarctica)… and the game goes on until everyone is mentally exhausted.

Also, if you are interested in some frugal Family Day activities that might not necessarily be free (but still frugal, and almost free), Today’s Parent has a great list of fun family activities and things to do on Family Day across the country.

Have a great Family Day, and most importantly, enjoy the new memories that you will create with your family!

Bargainmoosers, how do you like to spend your Family Day?

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January 30

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Every year my good girlfriends and I make Do It Yourself Christmas gifts for each other.  It sure beats spending $20 each on a present.  You can’t get very much with $20 these days except for a gift card.  Each year we are surprised at the creativity and ingenuity at the gifts we create for each other.

These Do It Yourself gifts are great for all year round, not just Christmas, so I thought it would be nice to share more DIY gifts that are surprisingly easy.

Hidden Book to Store your Valuables

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

These are very expensive when you buy them at craft stores.  They usually sell for $20 to $25.  I bought one online a few years ago for the same price and it was a bit less “discrete” than this Do It Yourself one.  It was obviously not a “real” book because it did not have a title on the spine of the book.

This was made by going to Value Village and Salvation Army to buy some used books.  Look for pretty colours or catchy titles  and also look depending on the size of the book- the wider the spine, the more things you can put in the book (but also more work to cut the pages too!)

You will need:

  • A book
  • X-acto knife
  • Modge Podge glue
  • Lots of time (about 1 hour per book)

Cut the pages of the book with the X-acto knife (this requires quite a bit of effort because you can’t just cut the entire book in one go, it takes a few pages at a time).

Then seal it with Modge Podge glue and let it dry.

Cost:

Depending on whether you already have Modge Podge and an X-acto knife handy, it may only cost you $1-3 to make this great gift!

All Natural All Purpose Citrus Cleaner 

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Homemade cleaner is super easy to make and is natural without added harsh ingredients and unpronounceable toxic ingredients.  Not to mention it is super economical to make and a great way to recycle your orange peels.

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Orange rind
  • A spray bottle
  • A small wipe (you can get these at the dollar store)

Dry your orange peels and soak them in vinegar.

The only downside is that there can be a strong vinegar odour when you use it but it disappears quickly once you clean.  You could try adding a few drops of essential oil to decrease the smell.

Cost to make:

Under $4 (even cheaper if you have vinegar and a spray bottle handy)

Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This was surprisingly easy to make and it was an instant hit.  A lot of friends were saying they always wanted one but were too lazy to make one.  Although the downside is that this one is a bit more expensive than the others, especially if you don’t have the supplies handy.

You will need:

  • A picture frame (can be bought at Value Village or Salvation Army for $5 or less)
  • Spray paint (with primer preferably) $10 a can
  • Burlap ($10 for a meter at Fabric store)
  • A staple gun ($15 for a cheap one at Michael’s)

All you need to do is take out the picture and glass from the picture frame.  Sand it down if you can.  Then spray the frame with spray paint.  Staple the burlap with the staple gun.  I found some wire at a dollar store and stapled that as well, it’s handy to put bracelets or necklaces that otherwise wouldn’t be able to hang properly on the picture frame.

Cost:

It cost about under $8 for each picture frame jewelry holder to be made, which included having to buy a staple gun and spray paint.

Ring Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This ring holder involves using a mason jar and clay and some paint.  It is a variation of the clay jewelry dish holder instructions here by Hello Natural.

You will need:

  • A mason jar to shape up the clay
  • Clay
  • Paints

Cost:

The most expensive supplies are the clay and the paints, however this still cost less than $10 to make, the more you gift, the cheaper each jewelry holder will be!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any fun DIY ideas that are easy to make and a great gift to give or receive?

Photo credit: Debbie R

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January 17

How to Save on GPS When Traveling in the United States

Posted by on January 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save on GPS When Traveling in the United States

On a recent weekend get-away road trip down to the United States, I decided last minute to sign up for a few days with Roam Mobility so I could access cellular data while I was in the United States of America to avoid the high data charges from my cellular account with Telus.

I thought it would be a good idea so that if I needed directions to get somewhere it would be easier.  It was probably the best $4 that I have spent in the past year.  It was only $2 a day, instead of the $10+ a day it would cost to rent an actual GPS from a car rental company or buy a GPS device (I personally don’t know how to operate them) for hundreds of dollars.

Here’s how you do it.

Sign Up for Roam Mobility

Roam Mobility allows you to talk, text, and use data in the United States without paying the expensive roaming charges through Telus, Bell, or Rogers.  All you have to do is buy a Roam Mobility SIM card (Regular price is $19.99 but often you an get two SIM cards for $15 or a discount on the $19.99 price tag).  With the SIM card you will need to make sure your Telus, Rogers or Bell (or whatever phone you have) is unlocked.   Alternately, if you do not want to unlock your cell phone you could buy a Roam Mobility cell phone instead of a SIM card, that way you have a designated phone.  Bargainmoose also has some great promo codes and deals on Roam Mobility SIM cards.

Sign up for Roam Mobility through their website and then choose how many days you want (you can even prebook it).  The options are talk, text, and data, or just text and data etc.  With the SIM card you will have your own “United States” phone number that you can use (it is yours for a whole year but you lose it after a year of inactivity with the SIM card).  I opted for the text and data plan.  You will be charged (after you give your credit card information) and you won’t have to pay any overage fees after that.  What you pay is what you pay! (Isn’t that a great feeling?)

Using the data (it is 2G data, so it was slow so when you are looking up actual websites, it is slower than molasses) was great because I always use Google Maps even when I’m NOT traveling and just driving around the city.  It was great for whatsapp and texting, as well.

Other Ways to Save on GPS Without Having to Buy a GPS

Another way to save without having to buy a GPS (or rent a GPS if you are using a rental car) is if you input your destination in Google Maps while you have free wifi (in your hotel or accommodation or whatever) you can use these tips by iPhonehacks to input “OK maps” in order to have the map saved offline.  Wired magazine also confirms that this is probably one of the best kept secrets.  It’s not the same as navigation but better than no map at all!  Google Maps directions should also work even if you don’t have data as long as you had data/ wifi when you inputted the original directions.  This is of course if difficult when you have multiple destinations you want to go to and when you’re on the go, which is why signing up for Roam Mobility makes so much sense, especially if you head to the United States often.

Here are some more tips on how to save money by not buying a GPS from HowtoGeek’s blog.

Personally I don’t know how I would have been able to handle driving on those highways without the navigation system (remember the days when we used to have maps on paper format?).  There would have been many wrong turns, I’m sure, which is part of the allure and adventure of road trips, but sometimes you just want to get from A to B without any added adventure, right?

Bargainmoosers, have you tried using Roam Mobility?  What do you use for your GPS navigation system when you are road-tripping in the United States?

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January 10

3 Household Must-Haves That Will Save you Money

Posted by on January 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

3 Household Must Haves That Will Save you Money

There are a few things around my home that have revolutionized my way of living and made it much easier.  Things that are so simple, yet so effective and important around the home.  Things that you wouldn’t normally think of being that great, but they are really that great.

Here are some household must-haves that will save you money (and of course time):

Dryer Balls (If you use a dryer of course)

My drying machine takes hours and hours (maybe two hours) to dry.  It’s too wet out in the winter to air dry my clothes and I really do enjoy that warm dry laundry feeling when you pull fresh laundry out of the dryer.  Even when I put the dryer setting on permanent press and add fabric softener, it comes out pretty wrinkled.  The bane of my existence is the weekly ironing sessions to iron out all the wrinkles in my work pants and shirts.

Then recently, I bought some merino wool dryer balls from Amazon.  I put about three dryer balls in and my clothes are fluffy, soft, they even SMELL better (more like laundry and more fresh) and the drying time has been reduced.

The dryer balls work by increasing air circulation, absorbing moisture, and rotating the clothes within the dryer.  The David Suzuki Foundation blog also confirms that dryer balls do work.  They are about $3 a piece, but they are the best three dollars I have spent in a while.  They are shown to reduce drying time by 30-50% and best of all (especially for me, since I hate ironing) they reduce wrinkles!

If you are interested in learning how to make your own wool dryer balls, head to Creative Bug!

What better way to help the environment and yourself by not having to iron as much. Alternately, if you want to REALLY save money, apparently Buzzfeed states that you can make your own dryer balls by throwing balls of bunched up aluminum into the dryer.  I have not tried this myself.

Crock Pot

A crock pot is probably one of the most inexpensive but yet practical tools/ pieces of kitchen equipment available.  For less than $50 for a decent crock pot you can save up to a thousand dollars a year in grocery bills.  According to US News, the crock pot or slow cooker provides leftovers for lunch, takes very little time and effort to prepare meals, and saves you from having to eat out.

Since I am busy working full-time and I pull long hours at work, at the end of the day I barely have enough energy to cook dinner.  The solution is that I batch cook on Sundays and then I have enough meals for the week.  It takes minimal effort and always produces delicious food.  I have made Cuban pot roast, slow cooker chicken, and short ribs, plus other delicious meals that I enjoy throughout the week.  I often freeze meals as well.

Here are a few slow cooker recipes to get you started:

 A Year of Slow Cooking- yes, you guessed correctly!  365 recipes to get you started! (Won’t be short of ideas, that’s for sure!)

New Leaf Wellness- 8 slow cooker freezer ready meals in under 75 minutes (and this includes clean up time!)

Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Lemon

When life gives you lemon, you don’t have to make lemonade, you can just clean.  According to Curbly.com, the must-haves for your household are vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.  With these free cleaning powerhouses, it will eliminate the need to purchase expensive household cleaners.  You can disinfect and clean your cutting boards by running half of a lemon over the cutting board surface.  You can make household cleaner with just vinegar and an orange rind.  You can use baking soda to polish silver, or you can use it as a scrub to scrub off stains and difficult to remove kitchen stains.  Same goes for a bathroom scrub, too.  Baking soda also works great as a deodorizer.  Finally, when your trash can smells funky, just add some baking soda and everything smells fresh again.

There you have it, the three essential must-haves for a happy household!

Bargainmoosers, what are some household must-haves that are life changing for you (or at least household-changing)?

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January 6

How to Save Money on Concert and Event Tickets

Posted by on January 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Concert and Event Tickets

We all know that concert and event tickets can be pricey.  Ranging anywhere from $30 to upwards of over $300 a ticket, we sacrifice a lot of money to see our favourite band or favourite sports team play.  Personally, I am not a big concert-goer or event-goer.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy them, watching Usher and Bruno Mars live was amazing but perhaps I am not as die-hard fan as I previously thought I was.  When my friends want to go watch an Opera, I suggest a matinee.  When I went to the Squamish Music Festival (which was pretty amazing because Arcade Fire, Nas, Bruno Mars, and The Roots were playing), the tickets were expensive (not to mention the camping in Squamish was expensive), however, we saved money by camping in a friends backyard and just took a taxi into the festival grounds.  There are definitely ways where you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to event tickets!

Here are a few ways that you can save on your next concert, sports event, or other event ticket:

 Instead of Tickemaster.ca…Try Bidding

Scorebig allows you to score tickets at 60% less than the typical face value for a ticket.  I find Scorebig is somewhat analogous to Priceline (where you can bid for a hotel stay).  The other commonality is that it is only applicable for tickets in the United States, unfortunately, and not Canada.  Scorebig has tickets for all sports events such as the NHL, NBA, and even has tickets for Broadway and city attractions.

Volunteer

Volunteering is an altruistic win-win situation.  Not only do you feel good about yourself by contributing to society and your community, you will also score free event tickets.  Kiplinger suggests volunteering as an usher because it will allow you to watch free events, concerts, and sports.  My friend previously volunteered for the Vancouver International Film Festival.  Because of this, she was able to watch all the movies and films to her heart’s (and time’s) content for free!  Tickets normally cost at least $15 per film from what I recall.  Another friend of mine works for Rogers Centre in Vancouver as an extra part-time side job and gets to watch all of the great concerts for free or for a big discount.

Buy Direct

Lifehacker suggests that you buy direct from the Box Office to avoid service fees (you know, the one charged by our friends at Ticketmaster).  This also works if the event is sold out, it doesn’t hurt to try at the box office to see if there are any tickets laying around.  In Vancouver, there is another “Box Office” that is called Tickets Tonight, where you can get half-price tickets however you have to pick up the tickets in downtown Vancouver and the tickets are bought the day of.  The ticket prices are half off, so that can be a great deal for some shows!

Try an Aggregator

Just like looking for flight deals on Kayak.com or hotel deals on Trivago.com, which are known as aggregators (the search engine that looks for flights or hotels on multiple websites in order to find you the best deal), there are some aggregators for concert, event, and sports tickets.  According to Seatgeek, you can search for millions of concerts and events in one place.  Another concert and event and sports event aggregator is Seathound, however this appears to target sports events slightly more.  These are established ticket marketplaces and a trustworthy place to buy your tickets (after all, if you’re spending so much money don’t you want to make sure you’re not getting a fake ticket a la Craigslist?).

Nosebleed Seats Aren’t so Bad?

 Benzinga suggests that you don’t be a seat snob.  Sometimes nose bleed seats are better than no seats at all!  Personally I would not pay hundreds of dollars more to see someone closer up, but that’s just my preference.  Why not go in frugal style, grab your zoom camera lens and your binoculars and make friends with people that are sharing the nose bleed seats with you?  It’s all part of the experience, right?

Bargainmoosers, what are some other ways that you save on concert tickets, sports event tickets, or other event tickets?

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January 3

Easy Ways To Save Money Around The House

Posted by on January 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Easy Ways To Save Money Around The House

January is already a depressing time of year because of the “December hangover” and the large credit card bill most of us have to deal with.  In addition, with winter in full swing we are spending more times indoors and at home.  With the added time at home warming up, utility bills can add up quick!

Here are some easy ways to save money around the house and to reduce those utility bills to cut the sting out of January and February bills.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

According to Huffington Post Canada, about 40% of Canadian households have a programmable thermostat- however, only about 10% of programmable thermostat owners actually have them programmed.  Most other people just use the thermostat manually (which of course defeats the purpose).  Programmable thermostats can help you decrease your room temperature during the day when you are at work and at night when you are sleeping.  The savings can be very large, considering every degree you reduce the heat by, you will be saving money.  If used properly, a programmable thermostat can save you at least 6.5% on your heating bill.  On a $200 heating bill every month, that’s almost $25 a month in savings.

Watch for Phantom Electricity Usage

Even if you remember to turn out the lights when you leave the room or your home, other powers that be (pardon the pun) can still use electricity.  Phantom power usage is everywhere, from your television set to your laptop, to the cord that you plug your phone into the wall with to charge it.  The Globe and Mail estimates that it can comprise of up to 10% of your total electricity bill.  If left plugged in, a typical home theatre system can cost $125 per year- which doesn’t include the period of time when you are actually using the home theatre system.  A good solution to avoid this useless usage is to get power bars that can be turned off easily.

Get Rid of Cable Television

As mentioned in a previous Bargainmoose saving money post on cutting cable television by yours truly, skipping cable television can save you a ton of money. Considering that the average cost saving of not having cable television is $71 per month, the decision to cut the cord makes some sense.  There are plenty of alternatives to cable television including Netflix, Apple TV, and Roku to name a few.

I have recently subscribed to Netflix and have my hands full already with enough entertainment to last me for an entire year were I to be stranded on a desert island with Internet access.  It is no wonder that Netflix has become wildly popular and its stock has increased at least 3 times its original value earlier this year.

Cable television will end up being like the home telephone.  Available but not always useful or used in our current times- especially when you can avoid boring and time consuming commercials in between programming on “regular” television with Netflix.

Check for Leaks and Drafts

One of the biggest causes of increased utility and electricity bills is unsealed leaks and drafts because you are basically analogous to trying to fill air into a leaking balloon.  Finding them can be tricky as it can be something simple such as a window or something difficult to treat such as the wall.  Popular Mechanics has a great article on 7 ways to save money on leaks and drafts, and they recommend looking at anywhere from your attic, fireplace, wall, and to your windows and doors.

Use a Space Heater Instead

Space heaters are an efficient way of heating up a small space in a small amount of time.  You get the heat where you want it and when you want it.  Instead of heating up the entire room, space heaters can heat up the area where you are hanging out, which is the main idea of course.  For a great article on how to find the perfect space heater to save money and energy and stay warm, check out this article by Life Hacker.

There you have it, five simple ways for you to start the process of saving money around the house.

Bargainmoosers, do you have other easy ways you save around the house?

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December 30

Which E-reader Will Save You Money?

Posted by on December 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Which E reader Will Save You Money?

With technology so quickly changing and our environmental awareness increasing, typical books are fast becoming a thing of the past with the new-fangled e-readers out there.  Personally, I have not yet made the leap from actual books to e-reader books, but I do have a Kindle app in my Apple iPad which has fared quite well for me so far.  However, sometimes the glare of the books gets to me (e.g., gives me eye strain) and sometimes it’s hard to read at night from the bright background light.  It’s also very heavy compared to some of the e-readers that my friends have.  I am sort of in the market for an e-reader and thought it might be a good idea to share my decision making process, should I take the plunge that many others have already taken, and actually get an e-reader.

Why an e-reader?

There are a few reasons why more and more people are taking the plunge and getting an e-reader:

  • E-ink

One look at what e-ink looks like makes my eyes widen in amazement.  E-ink is very easy on the eyes and there is no glare, and your eyes just feel comfy reading the e-reader page.    You will need an external light source (e.g., a bedside table lamp) for reading in the dark with e-ink (hey, just like regular books!)

  • Light and Packable

E-readers are nice and light, small and portable, and can easily fit into a purse. My iPad on the other hand, cannot fit into my purse and is very heavy especially in the keyboard cover that I put it in

  • Less book clutter

Unless you like to have a bookshelf full of books so that you can appear well-read when your friends come over, less book clutter means well, less clutter.  And that’s usually a good thing

  • e-reader discounts

Usually when you download books (e.g. when you purchase a book) the e-reader price is more economical than the actual book price… plus you get to save money on shipping costs

  • Long battery life

Some e-readers with e-ink have a long battery life, of up to 70 hours of reading time.  This is much longer than the typical iPad.

As you can see, there are many “pros” as to why one would want to take the online purchasing plunge through buying an online e-reader.  Low impact, easy to use, and pretty intuitive to use.

How much to e-readers generally cost?

The price of e-readers vary, some have tablet functionality, some are just strictly e-readers.   In general, expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $130 for an e-reader with e-ink.  However, prices are much higher if you are buying a tablet-type e-reader.

For more information, check out this handy eBay article on how to save money on an e-reader.

Although the prices seems generally quite stable, there are some discounts, for example, during Boxing Week.

Which e-reader will save you money in the long run?

There are a number of e-readers in the “less than $100″ category, including Sony e-reader, Kobo, and the Kindle with the 6″ display and e-ink screen.  Also, the Barnes and Noble Nook is another contender this year.

The e-reader that may save you money in the long run is an e-reader compatible with your local Canadian Public Library.  Yes, that means borrowing books without having to leave the comfort of your own home, and borrowing them on your e-reader.

These include:

  • Sony Reader
  • Kobo e-readers
  • Other devices (such as Kindle), but you will have to download the Overdrive app (which is free to download) in order to download ebooks for free at the Canadian Public Library)

Unfortunately, Kindle devices can only download library books from the United States Public Libraries, therefore a Kindle e-reader was out of the options for me.  You can check out this handy list from Overdrive to see which e-reader will work with the Canadian Public Libraries.  There is a handy PDF chart on e-readers from the Vancouver Public Library website which allows you to see what e-readers would be best for you.   Some of the e-readers allow you direct downloading privileges from the library.

Bargainmoosers, do you have an e-reader?  Which one is your favourite e-reader so far?

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December 27

5 Tips to Make your Beauty Products Last Longer

Posted by on December 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

 5 Tips to Make your Beauty Products Last Longer

As mentioned in a previous Bargainmoose post, the average person spends $1200 a year on makeup, or about $100 a month.  That’s a pretty penny if you ask me and it is equivalent to an international flight or an all inclusive vacation after a year of makeup purchases.  Therefore, it makes sense to try and make the makeup last longer if you are able to.  Even though typically, the items that are usually in your makeup bag need to be tossed after a year or two due to accumulation of bacteria, there are some ways that you can make your make up last longer.  Besides, sometimes it can be hard to part with great beauty products, or it can be difficult to find the same products in the stores.  So when this happens, making your beauty products last longer will definitely help keep your  peepers pretty.

Here are five small tips on how to make your beauty products last longer than the usual one to two years.  Of course, making sure you clean your makeup brushes at least would be helpful to keep things running smoothly to avoid bacteria accumulation.

Mascara

Mascara is a girl’s best friend but the problem with it is that it can dry up quickly or get smelly quickly.  General care tips such as not pumping the mascara wand each time you use it can help you increase the longevity of your mascara.  Pumping the mascara wand causes air pockets to form in the mascara tube and encourages bacteria to grow (source: Glo).  Personally, it is a bad habit of mine to pump the mascara before applying it so I need to fix that.

If your favourite mascara is already drying out and getting clumpy, as mentioned in last year’s Bargainmoose post makeup on a budget, just add a few drops of Visine or other normal saline solution the mascara and you will get 9 more lives out of that mascara wand.

Perfume

According to a great article by Learn Vest  perfumes change over time and often lose their smell, so in order to make your perfume last longer, it is best to keep perfume in a cool, dry place.  In addition, some people advocate putting your perfume in a fridge to keep it cool and dry, but the constant temperature changes when you take the bottle in and out of the fridge can cause it to deteriorate sooner.  So basically the rule of thumb is to keep it somewhere cool, dark, and to keep it there instead of taking it in and out of the fridge regularly.

Nail Polish

In order to keep nail polish clump fee and less solid (so that it can glide onto your finger  nails juuust right) one great easy tip is  to apply a small amount of nail polish remover to your nail polish bottle.  This thins the consistency of the nail polish and makes it much easier to apply next time you have a home pedicure or manicure.

Razors

Unfortunately blades do get dull (and we know dull blades are bad news).  One excellent tip from Glamour magazine is to add baby oil to your shaver blade, this keeps your blade sharp for longer.  The way you do this is by shaking the blade dry, drying the blade well, and applying baby oil to coat the blade so that this prevents the dulling of the blade from the minerals in water.

Use a Different Weapon of Choice

When I mean weapon, I mean instead of using a cotton ball to dab up your toner/ astringent/ nail polish remover or other beauty product, use a cotton pad instead.  Cotton balls absorb too much liquid and will end up causing you to use much more product that you needed.  Besides, cotton pads (in my opinion) seem to exfoliate a bit better than cotton balls do.

Perfume, nail polish, razors, and mascara… There you have it, hope these tips help increase the life span of your makeup!  Keeping what we put on your face clean and dry from bacteria can help us keep our skin healthy.

Bargainmoosers, do you have other beauty tips to make your beauty products last longer than they were intended to?

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December 23

5 Boxing Day Strategies to Save You Money

Posted by on December 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Boxing Day Strategies to Save You Money

Boxing Day is a big day for most bargain hunters (not to mention Bargainmoosers) in Canada.  It is analogous to the American Black Friday where retailers have deep discounts on goods.  Thousands of shoppers brave the cold to line up in the middle of the night starting at 3:00 am at electronics stores like Best Buy or Future Shop just to be one of the first to get the door crashers.  I used to be an avid Boxing Day shopper and nowadays I just usually shop online or I avoid it altogether (because I know I will usually impulse buy and end up spending money on something that I don’t really need nor will use).

Here are some Boxing Day strategies to save you money:

Focus on Lining Up Where it Counts

According to the Globe and Mail, the big ticket items where the biggest deals happen are usually electronics (such as television sets, which can be 40-50% off what you would normally pay), clothing and apparel, and home appliances (think fridges, dishwashers, washer and dryers).  Research beforehand what you want and need (make a list and check it twice).  Check out Bargainmoose regularly right before the ‘big day’ to make sure you scope out where the best deals are to be had.

Chatelaine says that another place to focus your shopping is on seasonal goods.  Just like how Halloween candy goes on sale on November 1, focus on buying Christmas cards, wrapping paper, Christmas trees or anything seasonal.  You will see steep discounts of at least 40-50% off and you can save these things to use next year.  Chatelaine also says to check online deal sites such as Bargainmoose for great bargains. We’ve got a very handy dashboard with all the most up-to-date deals during Boxing Week.

Shop Online

A lot of Boxing Day deals online start just after midnight on Christmas Day. One thing to make sure you do before you start clicking away is to register for the online shopping sites (e.g. if you are planning to buy on Futureshop online make sure you sign up for an account first) before you shop away.  This will save you time and frustration as sometimes there may be glitches such as the site freezing.  A few years ago I bought my Apple Macbook Pro online and saved a few hundred dollars, the same price that I would get by shopping in store at Future Shop.

Stick to a Budget

The most important way to save money on your Boxing Day shopping is probably sticking to a budget.  Have an idea of how much you want to spend (you know, to avoid post-holiday January credit card bills blues syndrome (PHJCCB syndrome)) so that you don’t regret it afterwards.

Shop Beforehand

Another way to save money (and time and energy) on Boxing Day is to shop BEFORE boxing day.  Gail Vaz Oxlade bought something at Best Buy about two weeks before Boxing Day and was able to save on her purchase by getting money credited to her credit card simply by bringing the receipt into the store.  She took advantage of the fact that companies like Best Buy match their prices to competitors within 30 days of purchase and they also match the sale price (if you find the item you bought on sale within 30 days of purchase).  Check with your retailer to see what their rules are.

Gear Up

Finally, bring a bottle of water, bring one friend (because too many will be inefficient), dress comfortably with good walking shoes that you can take on or off easily, wear a small tank underneath your coat so that you can slip sweaters on without having to line up in the dressing room and even leggings so you can slip pants on without having to line up.  Also, try and go shopping where there isn’t a mall if you can help it to avoid the anger you may experience at trying to find a parking spot!

Bargainmoosers, what are your Boxing Day strategies?  What was your best Boxing Day deal ever?

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