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January 8

7 Inexpensive Ideas To Spoil Your Sweetie This Valentine’s Day!

Posted by on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM

7 Inexpensive Ideas To Spoil Your Sweetie This Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air and it is easy to let your pocketbook be caught in making some magic for Valentine’s Day. Receiving a dozen long stemmed roses or a piece of expensive jewelry is a lovely gesture and generally well appreciated but there are other ways to surprise your sweetie. Sometimes little gestures can mean just as much as the traditional expensive gifts. Here are some ideas to get you started in creating a fun day for your valentine.

7 Inexpensive Ideas To Spoil Your Sweetie This Valentine’s Day!

Make Love Messages in the Snow

Grab your boots and coat and head outside early in the morning. You could also make your message the night before if there is no snow forecasted overnight. Then stomp out a heart or I love you message in the snow to your sweetie under their window. This is such a sweet gesture and does not cost anything except a little time. Alternatively, you could spread something colored on the snow such as rose petals or birdseed so your message is even clearer on the white snow. Another option if it snowed overnight and you park outside is to write the message on your sweetie’s car in the snow. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 26

Buytopia: KidKraft Modern Dollhouse was $130 now $63 Shipped!

Posted by on November 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Buytopia: KidKraft Modern Dollhouse was $130 now $63 Shipped!

Looking for that “it gift” for your little one and want a hot price? Buytopia is selling this KidKraft modern dollhouse at a great price. Regularly $129.99, you can get this house just now for only $64 including shipping by using the Black Friday promo code BFWP15 BFCM2015 .

The sale price on this Kidcraft dollhouse is $59, and the coupon code takes 15% off that price (for today only). Then shipping is on top of that and it seems to be $12.99. While $13 seems like a bit for shipping, it is still a fantastic deal as KidKraft dollhouses of this size generally sell for over $100 and you are paying only $64 in total (plus your taxes of course). Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16 Kid’s Frog Toilet Training Urinal was $26 now $15 & Free Shipping! * Price drop *

Posted by on November 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM Kids Frog Toilet Training Urinal was $26 now $15 & Free Shipping! * Price drop *

*** UPDATE: We are bumping this item as it has had another little price drop since we last wrote about it! ***

I am a mom of three boys, all who have been potty trained, but I can definitely tell you that I have sat in urine on the toilet seat way too many times in my life. I found a fantastic product for potty training, although I do wish it had its own plumbing! The frog easy wash toilet training plastic urinal was $25.99 and is now $15.99 $14.99.

This potty will teach your child to aim and fire and they’ll actually want to because it has a very cute little windmill that will spin when the stream hits it! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 12

It’s Back – Get a FREE Elf Yourself Video!

Posted by on November 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Its Back   Get a FREE Elf Yourself Video!

Hey there, my fellow Bargainmoosers! I’d like to take this time to let you all know that the free Elf Yourself videos are back! You know, the hilarious web-based videos where you could upload pictures of you and your friends, family members, and whoever else you’d like to see showing off their dance moves while dressed up as an elf! Now this is a worthy distraction from your work day – it’s hilarious, it will make your friends and family have a good laugh, and best of all, it’s FREE! Just click on the link below for more details.

I first saw these Office Depot-sponsored Elf Yourself videos 2 years ago – I checked out my Facebook feed and saw that some of my friends and acquaintances  had these hilarious videos posted where their faces were on the bodies of these animated elves, and boy could those elves dance! I couldn’t stop laughing at how hilariously well done these videos were, and how easy they are for users to make one! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2

6 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

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

6 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Right now, I bet you are staring at a big bowl still full of candy. Or your kids have brought home the motherlode of sugary goodness. I actually have both problems going on. It was so rainy here, but we braved the rain for about an hour and my three kids manage to wrack up a lot of chocolate in those tiny buckets. Plus, my overspending husband bought three boxes of candy, one of which (of course he opened) is sitting in the bowl by my front door.

When I went to boot camp, our trainer told us the best thing to do with all this candy – throw it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Tomorrow is Halloween and if you are like me, you have a busy life and may have waited until the last minute to get your Halloween things together.  You may need a last minute costume, or some last minute decorations, or even some last minute party ideas.  I am sure there a lot of people that are in this boat so I have put together a few last minute easy to do Halloween ideas for trick or treating, parties or for decorations in general. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 12

Free Homemade Halloween Outdoor Decorations

Posted by on October 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Free Homemade Halloween Outdoor Decorations

I am a huge believer in the phrase “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” for so many different reasons.  Not only is it great for the environment, it also saves you money.  I especially like to implement this phrase when it comes to the holidays and decorating.

Halloween is almost upon us, and nothing says Halloween like a fully decorated spooky house for trick or treaters to visit. I remember when I was a kid, my friends and I would be on the look out for the most decorated house because we wanted to make sure we went to those houses while out on Halloween night. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 5

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Posted by on October 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate, partly because it is a lot of fun to decorate my house inside and out.  I seem to buy new decorations every single year and my husband has finally put his foot down this year and gave me a budget.  Being the crafty, savings-type person I am, I decided instead of buying new things this year, I am going to make the decorations myself.  Not only will this save us money, but my kids can join in the fun and make some scary and spooky decorations as well.

I hit up some great websites to see if I could find some DIY decorations and was shocked at how many awesome ideas are out there.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28

4 Cheap & Easy-to-Make Adult Halloween Costumes

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

4 Cheap & Easy to Make Adult Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to dress up as for your friend’s annual Halloween party or taking your kids trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood. If you aren’t particularly skilled with a glue gun or would just rather make life easy and buy your costume outright, luckily there are a number of deals you can take advantage of to save yourself some money. If you like and look forward to crafting your own costume every October, then here are a few cheap and easy-to-make costume ideas for you to consider this year.

A Squeaky Clean Loofah

Got a few tutus and some string lying around? Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28

Amazon Canada: Star Wars Rebel Command Star Destroyer was $60 | Now $27

Posted by on September 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM

Amazon Canada: Star Wars Rebel Command Star Destroyer was $60 | Now $27

**We blogged this set last year when it was on sale for $30 and it went very fast. It is now another $3 cheaper and could make a fantastic Christmas gift for the Star Wars lover in your family.**

The Star Wars Rebel Command Star Destroyer is now just $29.99 $27.06 at Amazon, originally at $59.99. Complete your collection and imagine you’re right in the movie with this model.

While I’m not a Star Wars fanatic (liked it enough to quote, but not enough for cosplay!) there are lots of kids and adults who would love to have this set wrapped up in a box this holiday. This set includes a lot of figurines along with the remote controlled ship including: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21

6 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

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

6 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

One of my favourite holidays is fast approaching and the one thing everyone will need is a costume.  With Halloween being on a Saturday this year, there are likely to be parties for young and old.  Not only do I hate spending a fortune on a costume, I don’t like how the store bought costumes all look the same and everyone has them.  I prefer the good, old fashioned, homemade costume and I have rounded up some great ideas for young and old to make your own costume this year.  It will save you money and you will be the hit of the party!

1. Smurf

6 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is a costume that would look adorable on a baby but really any aged person could wear.  I found it over at Tip Junkie and it is very easy to make.  Just use some white tights, a blue shirt and make a white hat and ball tail.  If you want to be Smurfette, just add a yellow wig. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 29

Walmart Canada: Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Roto-Arm Revolution Track Set $25 (Was $59.92) * QUICK * (EXPIRED)

Posted by on August 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Walmart Canada: Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Roto Arm Revolution Track Set $25 (Was $59.92) * QUICK * (EXPIRED)

*** BUMP – back at this great price! ***

Walmart Canada has really been pumping out the great deals lately in their clearance section, and this is another awesome one. While supplies last, you can get a Hot Wheels wall tracks roto-arm revolution track set for just $25. (Wow, that toy’s name is a mouthful!)

The regular price for this Hot Wheels track was $59.92 and it is now on sale for just $25.  That is an awesome deal that you just can’t beat.  This set includes one die-cast car and safe-for-walls Command strips to attach it properly to the wall. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 24

Online Stores with Free or Cheap Returns

Posted by on January 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Online Stores with Free or Cheap Returns

This is a guest post by a Mooser who loves Bargainmoose and checks it every day and does a lot of online shopping because of her location. Thanks Susan from Saskatoon!

As online shopping gains popularity in Canada, companies are becoming more competitive by offering free or low cost shipping. If you’re someone who shops online to save time, save money,  geographic limitations,  or just because, at some point you will receive something you wish you could return. You may be more inclined to order from an online store knowing you can easily make a return by mail or courier for a small cost, or even better, free.

The following are some points to consider regarding “free or cheap” online returns to ensure you are an educated purchaser. Keep in mind these points only pertain to online returns and do not consider returning the items in store.

Meet the Free Shipping Minimum: Most online stores offer free shipping, or free shipping with a minimum purchase. If you can return items at no cost or for a small return fee, ordering additional items to reach the minimum free shipping threshold is in your best interest.

Evaluate your “Return Fee Risk”: Some stores charge a small return fee or re-stocking fee. Evaluate the benefits of ordering from this company and ensure they outweigh the risks of having to return items and get charged this fee. For example, Club Monaco charges a $5 return fee. Chances are, if you were to shop in store, you’d spend more than $5 on gas and parking so the return fee is justifiable.

Minimize or Eliminate your Return Fee: One way to minimize your return fees is to return multiple orders in one parcel, then contact Customer Service to ask if you can just be charged one return fee. Also, inspect your items carefully when they arrive. For example if you ordered several sweaters and one has a fabric pull, the store will mostly likely accept the return of the damaged item, and anything else you decide to return, at their cost.

Return Policy Timelines: Be aware of the return policy timelines, if you must return your merchandise within 30 days or 60 days for example. Lululemon has the shortest return timeline I’m aware of at 14 days from the delivery date.

Sale items/Clearance/Final sale: Be informed of what you can and cannot return. Some online stores will allow you to return sale-price merchandise, but not clearance-priced. Also note which items are final sale, such as underwear.

Return Method: Note the return method the store utilizes and its convenience. The most commonly used shipping carriers in Canada are Canada Post, Fed-Ex and UPS. Do you live or work near a Canada Post outlet? Will you plan to take your parcel to a Fed-Ex or UPS store, or call to arrange a pick-up? Some stores include a pre-paid shipping label, others you have to request one. If you have to request a shipping label, it will either be mailed or emailed to you.

Now that you’re fully educated on merchandise returns, here are some clothing, footwear and accessory stores that offer free or cheap returns. Be sure to read the return policy for additional details prior to placing an order.

Free Returns:

Stores with minimal return fees:

I’d like to see The Bay offer free returns. You could also check out our list of stores that ship for free, as many of them might do free returns as well.

Bargainmoosers, do you have some stores to add to this list? Are there some stores you wish offered free returns?

Photo credit: Mark Engelbrecht

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January 12

Quiksilver: Men’s Elion 3-in-1 Jacket Was $250 | Now $120 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Quiksilver: Mens Elion 3 in 1 Jacket Was $250 | Now $120 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

I think I just found the perfect all-season coat over at Quicksilver.  This 3-in-1 jacket will take up a third of the space in my closet.  Regularly $250, it is on sale for $200.99.  Add the promo code WINTER40 and the price drops 40% more to $120.59!

This is a very nice jacket made by Elion that can transform into a snow jacket, rain jacket or a lightweight shell.  I’m thinking this would be a great jacket for hiking here on the West Coast.  I could shed a layer if I was getting too warm or use the rain jacket with hood part if I ran into some rain.  Conversely, if I were heading back east right now, I’d be using all three parts and then some to keep warm.

You get the choice of either “Dusty Olive or “Phantom Black” colours.  I see right now the phantom style only has small and medium left in stock.  The olive style has all sizes from small to XXL still in stock so take that into account when you’re picking a style.

This is the perfect time of year to find deals on winter clothing.  Most places are trying to move their winter styles out for the spring styles.  This only benefits us, the consumers, that have been hanging in there looking for a good deal.  The sale at Quicksilver is not only for winter gear or clothing but has a nice mix of spring/summer too.

Make sure to take a look at their other items that are on sale.  They have items like:  beanies, skate shorts, T-shirts, belts, wallets, backpacks, just to name a few. You might also want to check the kids section to see what other hot deals Quiksilver has going on.

To go along with your jacket, why not get this Feel the Heat beanie as well. It is originally $22, on sale for $15.99 and is now only $9.59.

Shipping is free and delivered by Purolator. Because they ship from the U.S., you may encounter duties or fees, but these are all calculated for you right at checkout so you know what you are paying before you get that knock on your door.

(Expiry:  12th January 2015)

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January 8

Chapters Indigo Canada Printable Coupon: Buy One Book & Get One 50% Off

Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Chapters Indigo Canada Printable Coupon: Buy One Book & Get One 50% Off

Starting today until January 14th, buy one book at regular price and save 50% off the second regularly priced book.  Valid in-store only at Chapters Indigo, Coles, Smithbooks, Indigo Spirit and The Book Company locations.

If you’re looking for a good book to help you get through the winter blues, then this is a deal for you.  Winter has to be the best time of the year to get a new page-turner.  Who doesn’t like to curl up by the fire with a nice warm blanket and forget all your troubles for a bit?  This may be a good time to get the kids a book or two for the upcoming spring break too.

This deal is probably best suited for finding a book that you’ve forgotten to pick up at some point.  Newer and popular titles are already discounted by at least 27% or more.  You’ll have to dig around a bit to find something that is not marked down by at least 25%.  I have found that Chapters online pricing doesn’t necessarily correlate to their in-store pricing.  In my experience in-store prices are a bit more then what they show online for some reason.  It would be best to just go down to your nearest store and have a look around and see what you can find.

I’m interested in picking up the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy: Box Set for $33, as I loved the movie.  Another movie I’m a big fan of and can’t believe I haven’t read is The Hobbit.  The softcover is $9 online but I have a feeling it will be a few bucks more in-store.  I’m pretty sure I had it at one time but got lost in the shuffle of a previous move.

The “fine print” has a few restrictions in it you should be aware of.  The offer excludes everyday Bestseller discounts, French language titles and Rosetta Stone branded products. Be sure to check out this coupon in the forum before you shop so you know all the limits.

Moosers what titles are you thinking of picking up?

(Expiry: 14th January 2015)

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