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August 21

The Source Canada: Acer Iconia 32GB Tablet Only $150

Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The Source Canada: Acer Iconia 32GB Tablet Only $150

With back-to-school sales in full swing, it’s that special time of year where education is paramount, and some parents are eagerly anticipating the start of the school year for their kids, whether they’re in elementary school, high school, college, or university. One way that they can make this transition easier for their summer-loving kids is with a massively discounted Acer Iconia tablet that’s being offered by The Source. For only $149.96, you can enjoy the benefits of a tablet for a fraction of the normal cost (a savings of 58% off of the regular price). According to The Source, it’s a display model of the tablet, that’s in mint condition and comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty. It also comes with free shipping to your door, or even a 3-5 day store pickup option- whatever accommodates your needs the most.

Normally retailing at $359.96, the  Acer Iconia 32GB 8.1″ tablet comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student. Since it comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty, I think it’s a great deal that you shouldn’t miss out on- especially when you see what it retails for at other locations. At Amazon.ca, you can find it brand new for $388.04 and refurbished for $249.99, while at NCIX.com, they have one with an open box for $314.25.

At first, I considered a tablet to just be a gimmicky device that I didn’t need- after all, I already have a laptop, and my smart phone can also use a wide variety of apps. However, once I was lucky enough to receive a tablet as a gift, I haven’t been able to spend a day without using one (unless, of course, I’m out of town for the weekend). They’re very efficient- you’ll likely find yourself using it to check your emails, browse websites, check out TV shows and movies on Netflix or Youtube, or even write ideas or work on projects (especially handy on this device, since it comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student).

Laptopmag has a great review online about this tablet and there is a great review on Walmart’s site:

I own a W3 for two weeks now and I am very happy with it. This is real, fully functional Windows computer in your pocket. It runs real Windows 8 (not RT) and it has full MS Office already installed, you just have to activate it. Amazing for this price! Interface is very smooth, no lags and glitches. Very convenient tools for meetings, can be connected to projector, recognizes hand writing etc. The screen is not bad, but can be better. Also it lacks some features like compass and GPS, but those is not very essential.

The Source also has several other tablets on sale, including the ACER Iconia Android Tablet – 8GB for $169.96, ACER Iconia Android tablet – 16GB for $129.96, and several other tablets that are all massively discounted due to them being display models.

(Expiry: 3rd September 2014)

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August 20

NewEgg Canada: Compact Refrigerator Only $70

Posted by on August 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

NewEgg Canada: Compact Refrigerator Only $70

If you’re looking for a convenient way to keep your food and drinks chilled, this compact refrigerator can certainly help accommodate your needs! Now that we’re still enjoying the summer season, this 1.7 cu. ft. compact fridge can be especially handy during some of these humid days. Today’s deal from Newegg.ca allows you to save $80 off of the regular price of this Midea MRS180B 1.7 cu ft. Compact Refrigerator, and today you can get it for only $69.99- a 53% savings!

The Midea compact refrigerator is black, sleek, and  small enough to fit in many areas (its dimensions are 19.4h x 18.6w x 17.7 d.) At Newegg.ca, you can get it shipped to you for only $9.99!

If you’re looking for an efficient fridge that can easily fit on your desktop, in your garage, in your office, or even in your basement, then this is the perfect solution for you!

Better yet, just imagine this scenario: You suddenly wake up at 3 A.M., and you’re incredibly hot and thirsty. After convincing yourself that you’ll get back to sleep after having some water, you unfortunately realize that you just don’t have the energy to go down the stairs and into the kitchen to pour yourself a glass of H20. If you had this Midea compact refrigerator conveniently placed in your room, this scenario wouldn’t even be an issue for you- after all, you’d be able to simply take a few steps in your room to enjoy a nice, chilled drink in the middle of the night.

Personally, I know I love having a fridge in my bedroom, and I know you all would, too- especially since it’s so compact. The Midea compact refrigerator hums along nice and quietly, since it’s energy-efficient. It can also be a great addition to any college dorm!

At only $70, this is especially a great deal when comparing the price to other sources like Amazon.com, with the price range for this model fluctuating from $113.84 (plus $47.29 shipping) to $145.95 (with free shipping). I couldn’t find this exact model at many places in Canada, but the price for a 1.7L refrigerator is usually at least around $100 (and goes up from there).

Here’s what some Newegg.ca customers are saying about this compact fridge:

Pros: Small, quiet, energy efficient

Cons: Small. Really, really tiny. Not much space for much.

Pros: Great compact fridge. Fairly quiet. Stays cold very well (goes for many hours without having to turn on to maintain temperature, unless you’re opening it frequently of course). Has a tray under the freezer-portion. Rack is removable.

Cons: Makes a ping sound when the compressor turns on and off (not a lot of noise-dampening to reduce the sound, unlike with full-size fridge/freezers). Not a big deal, just an FYI. Wish it had a soda can track in the door.

Other Thoughts: EnergyGuide yellow card that came with estimates $26 annual electrical bill from use (10.65cents/kWh, total 247kWh).

Take advantage of this great deal before it disappears- with 53% off of the regular price of $149.99, it’s easy to see why you should act fast and nab this conveniently compact refrigerator before it’s too late! Check out this great deal from Newegg.ca, and remember that there’s a limit of 5 units per customer.

(expiry: unknown)

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June 25

Newegg Canada: Cuisinart Silver Waffle Maker Only $40

Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Newegg Canada: Cuisinart Silver Waffle Maker Only $40

Regularly $79.99, but for this week only, $39.99 with free shipping the Cuisinart WMR-CAC Silver Waffle Maker is a great addition to your kitchens small appliance lineup.

Do you like food that tastes good?  Do you like delicious food? Do you prefer easy to prepare meals? Do you on occasion eat one or more of the following meals, breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner?  Since I know you answered yes to everything so far, except of course brunch, which you only do on occasion, special occasion that is, let’s move on.  Do you own a waffle maker?  What, you don’t?!  They are too hard to clean you say, they are too expensive you say, they are only for breakfast you say and waffles are too hard to make you say.  Well I say au contraire, no no, waffles are easy to make, waffles are easy to clean up, and waffles are surprisingly versatile.

First, making your waffles you will need a batter this is not rocket science and you should have most if not all the ingredients already in your kitchen.  Here is a good basic recipe from this you can add your own personal touch.  What I like about this recipe is that you can save it covered in the fridge for up to a week.

Ok, you have made your batter, so simply plug in your waffle maker. With the Cuisinart WMR-CAC Silver Waffle Maker you have five browning options available to you from whether you prefer your waffles pale and doughy to toasty crispiness, Cuisinart recommends the middle setting number three.  Let the waffle maker heat up ,which is surprisingly quick, then ladle your batter in and close the lid, wait and voila yummy fresh warm goodness.

To clean your new Cuisinart waffle maker, unplug it and let it cool down.   The non-stick surface means you only need to brush away any leftover crumbs and with a paper towel sop up any grease left over.  Any harder to get remnants simply wet a cloth and gently wipe off.  No scrubbing no detergent needed, simple.

Now the fun part of having the ability to make waffles whenever you so desire is being able to use them in non-traditional ways.  The traditional way with whipped cream, chopped fruit, and chocolate sauce drizzled over is good but a little too sweet in my books to eat with any regularity.  Start slow with your waffle deviance and top them with peameal bacon and sunny side up eggs. Next, start adding things to the batter for a more savoury waffle your favourite herbs, chives and cheddar cheese.  Now, you are on the road to pulled pork waffle sandwiches, bbq chicken and maple syrup on your waffles and using your waffles as taco shells with hot sauce guacamole and the meat of your choice!  The combinations are endless, if you let yourself explore the dark side of waffles and life.

Photo credit: jpellgen

(Expiry: Unknown)

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June 24

Costco Canada: $200 off Optoma 3D 1080p HD Home Theatre Projector Bundle

Posted by on June 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

 

Costco Canada: $200 off Optoma 3D 1080p HD Home Theatre Projector Bundle

Want to make family movie night awesome?  Want your gaming experience to be huge?  Want your neighbours to be jealous?  Want your kid’s friends to be amazed?  Want your home theatre setup to be able to take advantage of blockbuster movies in 3D?  Play the latest ps3/ps4/Xbox one games in 3D?  If you said yes most of the above, Costco has a great bundle that will allow you to do any or all of the above.  Right now you can at Costco online you can get $200 off the Optoma® HD25e 3D* 1080p HD** DLP® Home Theatre Projector Bundle.

For $899 you get the projector, which some have called the best in its class, and 3D glasses, and the respect of your friends and family.  Ok maybe respect is not the right word but certainly your cool factor will go up a few notches and people will think you are some sort of tech savant, maybe. Please note I do not 100% guarantee these results and am not liable if you do not believe that your street cred with the kids has skyrocketed.

With a projector you can make the picture as big as you like, depending on the size of room you have, the bigger the room the farther you can mount the projector from the wall or screen and the larger the image will be.  Make sure when you are thinking about where you will be placing the projector it has an unobstructed view of the screen as anything in the way of the projection will block the image.  This model is also 1080p, which ensures a smooth clear picture, and it is 3D capable, which allows you to experience the latest X-Men movie or Lord of the Rings movie in the way the directors intended.  3D gaming, while not something you will always use, with the right game, is a truly immersive experience.

The unit comes with a one year manufactures warranty. Being that you bought it from Costco you have 90 days to return it for full refund if say it’s ruining your life because all you do now is watch movies and play games or whatever.

This Costco online $200 off Optoma® HD25e 3D* 1080p HD** DLP® Home Theatre Projector Bundle will not last forever; the time is now to go BIG!

Shipping is always free from Costco, so you’ve added that perk too.

(Expiry: 6th July 2014)

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June 23

Steam Summer Sale 80% Borderlands 2 GOTY edition and 75% off Tomb Raider

Posted by on June 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Steam Summer Sale 80% Borderlands 2 GOTY edition and 75% off Tomb Raider

Summer is finally here and with it, the annual Steam summer sale.  If you or someone you love is a PC gamer there is no other place to get some of the year’s best games at incredibly deep discounted prices.  There are daily specials and two of the best from today in my humble opinion are, 80% off Borderlands 2 GOTY edition, which includes all the dlc – that’s the full game – plus 10 extras for $9.99 and Tomb Raider at 75% off for an incredible $4.99.

Scroll down the page to find them about midway or take your time and check out the other great deals on all genres of games from indie and big time studios.

Out of all of the games why have I chosen to highlight Borderlands 2 and Tomb Raider?  I love both of these games and don’t think you can go wrong with either of them.

Borderlands 2 was a huge hit this past year building on the success of Borderlands, it is a fps with some rpg elements it combines cartoonish visual style with cartoonish characters a dash of immature humour along with fast paced combat to create an exhilarating experience.  Play single player or up to 4 player co-op, and the online multi player is a lot of fun as different play styles and characters combine to wreck the bad guys.  I recommended the Game of the Year edition, as it comes with two additional characters and eight playable campaigns.  This was my favourite game last year and I hate to admit it, but I spent wayyy more than $9.99 and felt I got my money’s worth.  Check out the reviews.

Tomb Raider is a visually stunning game it has some puzzle solving and lots of action; it is like being in an action adventure movie at times. Game play is fps style with some choice in how you want to take out the baddies. You can chose a more stealth based style and use the weapons and skills that suit that or go full-on head-on brawler or a mixture of both.  Personally the bow and arrow is the only way to go.  For $4.99 you will get way more enjoyment out of this gem then from probably any other way you can spend 5 bucks.  Check out the reviews at Meta Critic.

These two games are part of the steam summer sale daily deals so if you are even thinking about getting these games move fast on them they will be gone by 12pm eastern tomorrow.

(Expiry: 30th June 2014)

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May 20

Banana Republic Canada Coupon Code: 40% To 50% Discount!

Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Banana Republic Canada Coupon Code: 40% To 50% Discount!

Over the long weekend, we told you about Banana Republic’s 40% off of everything deal. The savings continue today and tomorrow, where you’ll get 50% off of select styles, plus 40% off the rest of your online purchase.

 Click here to shop @ Banana Republic now

  • Coupon Code: BRMORE
  • Discount: 50% off of select styles, plus 40% off of the rest of your purchase
  • Expiry: May 21, 2014

With Banana Republic’s huge selection of men’s, women’s, and petite’s clothing available at their online store, you’ll be able to shop in the comfort of your own home and save big with this coupon! I found this really cute back-zip denim top in the women’s section, regularly priced at $95. It’s also available in petite, which is great for me, since I’m on the petite side. After I applied the coupon code, the top cost only $47.50 plus tax, which is a great deal. I also loved this sleek suit flounce skirt, also regularly priced at $95. At checkout, it was also eligible for the 50% off, and so came to $47.50—for a total of $95.00 for both items! I was thrilled to get two for one!

The coupon is available online only, and some exclusions apply. The 40% discount does not apply to gift cards, BR Picks, BR Monogram Collection, Everyday Essentials, 100% Cashmere, men’s suit jackets and blazers, leather apparel, designer collections and collaborations, and third party branded merchandise. It also can’t be combined with other offers or discounts.

Banana Republic offers free shipping on orders over $50. The great news is that this applies to the before-coupon prices—so since my top and skirt were each $95 before the coupon, I would have qualified for the free shipping even if I had just ordered one of them.

Find this Banana Republic coupon, and all other deals, posted in the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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September 4

Shaw vs. Telus

Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Shaw vs. Telus

The two main players in the market for high speed internet in western Canada are Shaw and Telus. They both offer different kinds of deals, but try to somewhat align with each other so they don’t compete. However, when you break down the numbers and take a closer look the competition couldn’t be any more fierce.

Telus like to structure their deals based on contracts. They like to persuade their customers to take 3-year deals by giving big discounts and “freebies” such as laptops and TVs. However, they are often prepared to offer 1 or 2 year deals, so do your research and be prepared to ignore the freebies. Unfortunately, the new wireless legislation doesn’t seem to have affected the internet service providers and they are still able to offer and make you stick to a 3-year contract.

Shaw’s strategy is to give the customer freedom and flexibility. They offer month-to-month contracts with the option to leave whenever you are dissatisfied. I always think this shows confidence in a company’s service, when they offer this kind of deal. I have signed many a contract and then been dissatisfied after a few months, only to be locked-in and have no bargaining power.

Always Negotiate!

With only two companies in the market, you can always play on this to get the best deal. Shaw knows if you don’t choose them you will be choosing their nearest rival instead and vice versa!

I recently called Shaw after Telus had offered me one of their packages. I was paying $55 with Shaw as my deal for three months at $30 had run out. Telus offered me their Internet 15 package (150 GB usage for $30 a month), which was pretty much the same usage allowance I was getting with Shaw. After six months, the price would move up to $50 a month, which was still cheaper than the $55 I currently had to pay at Shaw. I wasn’t sure that Shaw would make me an offer, as although my current offer had run out, I still hadn’t paid the latest bill of $55 + tax. He put me on hold for a few minutes, but came back offering me six months at $30. I was only expecting a three-month deal, so I snapped it up. A quick 10 minute conversation saved me $25 a month or $150 over the six months.

Comparison

Comparing the two providers over a three-year duration is the easiest way to show you how much you would be losing if you didn’t negotiate a better deal.

Shaw

Shaw 20, in my opinion, is the optimal internet package with Shaw. It has good download speeds and a good enough download limit for the majority. Although, this really depends on your usage as it offers 200 GB of data. If you opt for Shaw 10, it offers only 125 GB of data for $5 less per month (after any offers have expired), but with lower download speeds.

The cost of Shaw 20 is $55 a month with the first month being $30 + tax.

Total cost over 3 years (incl one discounted month) = $1,955 + tax

Telus

Telus 15 would be their optimal package. Offering a little less data at 150 GB, this should still be more than adequate for the average user. I tend to use around 130 GB a month and still watch a lot of movies and download quite a bit of data.

Not sure how much data you will use in a month? Use the Telus Data calculator (http://mobility.telus.com/en/AB/mobile_internet_guide/data_calculator.shtml).

Telus 15 costs $30 per month for the first 6 months and then moves up to $55 a month after that.

Total cost over 3 years (incl 6 months discounted) = $1,680 + tax

The Verdict

You can see from the standard pricing that on the standard contract over 3 years, Telus comes in considerably cheaper ($275 saved to be precise). However, with Telus you are locked into a 3-year deal meaning you can’t negotiate at any point once you have signed the contract. By the time my current deal runs out I will have had nine months with Shaw at $30, and I firmly believe I will be able to negotiate another deal at this point that could be cheaper than the $55 standard price.

This doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate a better deal with Telus. A 3-year contract may be scary, but at the right price, Telus can work out a great deal for you and you might even get a free TV thrown in there too (if that is your thing)!

The moral of this story is ALWAYS negotiate, and whether you prefer Telus or Shaw there’s always a better deal to be had than what’s on the website. These two companies are in a battle for your business and the right negotiating skills can save you a large amount of money and maybe even get you a couple of freebies along the way!

I always say that one day I will leave Shaw and go to Telus, but every time I try to leave, they offer me a better deal on a month-to-month contract, making it almost impossible to refuse! No freebies for me, but I must say I have been very happy with Shaw so far.

Photo Credit: CT State Library

 

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August 16

3 Types Of Cell Phone Plans Compared

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

3 Types Of Cell Phone Plans Compared

We used to be left with two options when picking a cell phone plan. Now, we’re faced with three choices. As if it wasn’t difficult enough already!

The original two choices were either pay as you go or contract, and now there’s what is commonly known as the “Tab” plan. It’s a concept whereby you add a certain amount of money to the tab for the phone at the start of your contract, and then each month a percentage of your monthly bill is taken off your “Tab” (the standard amount for this is 10%).

There are numerous things to take into consideration when deciding which plan to go for. In the end, it normally comes down to personal preference and your own situation in making a decision between the three types (PAYG, Contract or Tab plans). This article is a comparison of some of the pros and cons of each type of cellphone plan.

Contract

The standard contract length in Canada is three years. With this, you will almost always get a free phone or a lower cost for some of the higher end smartphones, and normally a significantly cheaper deal than on PAYG.

With technology moving so quickly, the new cellphone normally comes at a cost. After the first or second year, you’re normally already itching to get another one. Then, three years after you’ve bought your phone, it’s way behind the times.  The only way to get a new phone while on contract is buy out of it. To do this, they typically say you have to pay off the remaining months of the contract even with only one year left. If, for example, your contract is $50 a month, you would have to pay $600 or the cost of actually buying an iPhone to break free from the contract.

It makes you wonder whether locking into a contract nowadays really is worth it?

Samsung Galaxy S3 on Rogers: 1000 Local Minutes (Canada wide is additional), 500MB Data and Unlimited Texts: $60 a month + tax

Total Cost Over Three years including Handset ($99): $2259 + tax

The Tab Plan

The Tab plans have fit into a gap in the market. This plan is perfect for people who want flexibility.  You want just about any phone, but you’re not sure whether you want to commit for the three years. At time of writing this, Virgin Mobile Canada are offering the Samsung Galaxy S3 for $249 on the SuperTAB with $300 going onto the your ‘Tab’. If you work it out over three years on a $50 a month contract, that means you will reduce your Tab by $60 a year, leaving you with a balance of $120 still at the end of the 3 years. However, if you look at the cost at the end of the second year, you are left with $180 on the tab. This is where the flexibility of the Tab Plan will pay off. You only have to pay $180 to get out of the Tab Plan rather than the $600 you would have paid if you were locked into a new contract.

You might wonder why I haven’t mentioned Wind Mobile? Well, for a start, their prices always seem the same as Virgin Mobile for the actual handset, although they offer pretty much unlimited everything for $40 a month. The network coverage is very poor at the moment, barely offering coverage in the city, never mind if you actually leave the city. Live in Calgary and want to go for a few days in Banff? You’ll be paying roaming charges all weekend! Check out other providers coverage maps and you will see the difference. They are certainly one to watch for in the future, though. With their coverage increasing each year, there is a possibility in a few years they could be taking on the likes of Bell, Rogers and Virgin if they keep their prices competitive.

Samsung Galaxy S3 on Virgin Mobile: 300 Minutes (Unlimited Evening and Weekend Calls), Unlimited Texts, 500MB Data: $50 a month + tax

Total cost over three years including handset ($249) but not including tab balance: $2049 + tax

Including the $300 starting balance on The Tab: If you paid $50 a month for three years it would leave you with a balance of $120 at the end of the three years on the tab, therefore leaving you with a total for the three years of $2169 + tax, should you wish to exit the plan at the three year point.

Pay As You Go

For some reason, after scouring the internet, I found that all the big four companies aren’t even competitive when it comes to Pay as You Go or Prepaid, as it’s otherwise known. It seems to indicate they actually don’t seem to make that much money when people use this option and also they want you locked into some kind of contract.

The best PAYG I could find on the market was Speak-out by 7-11. Yes, sounds crazy, the best PAYG deal in Canada is offered by a gas station! Their deal is 100 minutes, unlimited browsing and unlimited incoming and outgoing texts. I have used their service for a few months and the only frustration with it is the internet. They say ‘unlimited browsing’ because you are unable to use apps etc. However, I know a fair few people who use the network and it seems that some people have apps that work and others don’t. It seems to depend on which phone you’re using. I was able to get the majority of apps working on my Samsung Galaxy S2. I tried it in my old HTC Wildfire and couldn’t get it to work, though I certainly imagine there is some way around it. Another small issue is that you have to top up $35 to be able to get the $30 deal. Even at $35, I found it to be a very reasonable deal and certainly the best I have seen in the PAYG market.

Pricing your actual cell phone up leaves you free to go to the likes of eBay to purchase your handset. The Samsung Galaxy S3 in new condition can be bought for anywhere from $320 – $500; the most common price paid seems to be in the $425 region.

Speak Out 7 Eleven: 100 Minutes, Unlimited Texts and Unlimited Browsing: $35 plus tax

Total cost over three years: $1260 plus tax

Total cost over three years including handset: $1685 (Samsung Galaxy S3 off Ebay in New condition at $425)

Seemingly, the issue with Speak out 7-11 and other comparable PAYG plans is the unlimited browsing. If you want to go on the same deal with Rogers for unlimited internet with full use of apps, then by the time you have added the internet it brings the price up to around $60 a month. Wind Mobile offer PAYG for $40 a month with unlimited everything (Same as their WindTab deal). However, as previously stated, you need to be careful in terms of coverage and check their coverage map. If you only stay in the areas where they have coverage then it certainly could be a feasible option if you’re looking for the use of apps, but don’t want to be locked into a contract.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it really is down to personal preference. If you like having the newest model on the market, I believe the tab plan is perfect for you. I have heard many people argue recently that contracts are outdated and the tab plan is eventually going to take over completely. I would have to disagree, as when you think about it, you’re locked into a contract on the tab plan, too, since you have to pay the phone off to be able to exit the contract (oops did I just call it a contract?). Unfortunately, it is a contract in the grand scheme of things, but it is still a great option and in my opinion, it’s simply a contract with more flexibility.

Hopefully this guide has taught you a few things:

  • That PAYG is still the cheapest option by far.
  • That there really isn’t that much difference in cost between a contract and the tab plan looking at it in the long term.
  • And finally, that there isn’t enough competition in the cell phone market in Canada at the moment. We’re paying some of the highest prices in the world for our cell phone plans!

Thanks Cubosh.

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July 15

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

Many of us by now have used Kijiji for something or other; But, do we use it to the best of its ability?

I recently had to furnish my new home after moving from a small one bedroom basement to a three bedroom house. Under the impression it was too much time and hassle, I had always overlooked Kijiji, taking the easy option of going to Ikea instead. This time, I thought I would experiment to see how much I could actually save.

Be patient

When buying furniture off of Kijiji, you need to see it as looking in a store like Winners, but online. You need a while to search to find that bargain; it’s very rare you would instantly find what you’re looking for at a bargain price. It can also lead you to over pay if you rush into it. For example, I saw two dining room sets exactly the same from Ikea, both in similar condition. On the first page a seller was offering the set for $100. When clicking onto the second page someone was giving it away for free as they were desperate to get rid of it.

Transportation

This is often overlooked when we get too excited seeing a bargain. There really isn’t much point in even considering something if it won’t fit in your car/SUV/truck or whatever your means of collecting may be. Saw a wardrobe you loved for $20, but only have a compact car? The first place to start is by seeing if any friends or family are prepared to help! Need a few items? Hire a truck for the day. U-Haul offer truck/van rentals for as low as $20 a day! It might seem like too much hassle for one piece of furniture, but if you’re saving $100+, you would still make some nice savings even after hire costs. Don’t want the hassle of hiring a truck/van or can’t persuade a family/friend to lend a hand? This unfortunately limits what you can buy. However, there are still plenty of smaller items which you can pick up for a bargain price!

Haggle

Often the circumstances will dictate the price, and if they don’t, then you can use them as a haggling mechanism. Don’t be afraid to email someone who is offering a bed frame for $150 but the article says, “Needs sold by tomorrow” or, “Must be gone ASAP.” I emailed a lady who was asking $200 for a dresser and offered her $25 to take it off her hands; she came back with a counter offer of $40! Unfortunately after measuring up I was unable to fit it in my car.

Location, Location, Location

The big question here is: will the cost of gas and your time outweigh the savings of using Kijiji? For instance, if you’re only saving $10, it might not be worth traveling to the opposite side of the city or further afield if you could get a similar item closer. However, on the flip side, I know people that will travel up to 200kms or more if the savings are worth it. This comes into play a lot when people are offering things for free. Remember though, you’re taking a risk that the goods will be as seen in the pictures when traveling further afield. It can be somewhat of a gamble if you travel this far and then you find the sofa you thought was perfect has a major rip in the side! On the flip side, if you’re careful to get clear pictures and reassurance from the seller before making the journey, you can save even more money going further afield!

Items Purchased

I purchased two items after checking that they would both fit in my car (just!). The first was a dresser. I had been looking at these in Ikea. The cheapest one which didn’t just look like a boring set of drawers was $299. Before walking into Ikea I thought you could pick these things up for $100 or cheaper! After spending a few hours searching through Kijiji, I found someone who was leaving the country. These sales are always great as they are normally desperate to get rid of everything quickly! The dresser was brown (we were looking for white but I knew this wouldn’t be a problem). They were offering it for $40, I offered $10 and her counter offer was $20. We finished the dresser with a quick lick of white paint from Home Depot at a cost of $15 including brushes, sand paper and paint. The dresser had set me back at $35 (a total savings of $264). Shabby chique is in at the moment too, these pieces in vintage furniture shops can run up to $1,000+. You can see the finished product in the image below.

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

The final purchase was a dining table. You can pick these up at Ikea for around $150. It was offered for $40 by a seller on Kijiji.ca. I offered $10 and they accepted on the basis I could come and pick it up within a day. It was a large wooden dining table with enough room to fit at least six chairs. I would anticipate the savings on this to be at least $140. However, if you compare it to The Brick, Ashley’s Furniture store etc, the savings were probably at least $200+.

With just two items I managed to save over $400. It takes some learning and a bit of patience, but you can literally save a fortune on furniture over time using Kijiji.ca.

(banner image credit: marc falardeau)

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December 31

Chuck E. Cheese Goodies

Posted by on December 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Chuck E. Cheese Goodies

Chuck E. Cheese’s features age appropriate games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. You can take your family there for dinner or for special occasions such as birthdays, play groups and school fundraising events.

We had my son’s birthday party there last year and the kids had a blast (ages 5 – 9).  He plans on having it again this year!  The kids played the arcade games and collected tickets that they later redeems for prizes.  The pizza was a hit with both the kids and the parents – which was a bonus.Here are some useful links for you:

I was pleasantly surprised after our visit there!

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September 24

SPC Card Double Discounts Day

Posted by on September 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

SPC Card Double Discounts Day

Insert a rousing “high five”! There’s some serious savings for SPC Cardholders on 26 September 2009!

To whet your shopping appetite, here’s just a few of the deals to be had:

  • Bluenotes: 20% off regular and sale prices
  • Esprit: 30% off regular and sale prices
  • Randy River: 20% off regular and sale prices
  • Tip Top Tailors: 20% off regular and sale prices
  • Urban Planet: 20% of regular and sale prices

I always wait to do my kids’ back-to-school shopping until this time – it gives them time to see “what’s cool” without buying all the wrong things (God forbid!) , and it saves me a lot of coin!!

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September 23

Canadian Coupons: Free Shipping with MAC Cosmetics, No Minimum Order

Posted by on September 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Canadian Coupons: Free Shipping with MAC Cosmetics, No Minimum OrderShopping on the Mac Cosmetics website is almost as drool-inducing as shopping in person! And until 27 September 2009, it won’t cost you any more to shop online!

So release your inner goth! Get back in touch with the 80′s!

  • Coupon code: BLACK or SHINE

As part of MAC’s “style black” campaign, they’re offering free shipping within Canada until 27 September 2009. There’s no minimum order required, just use the above free shipping code when placing your order online.

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September 23

PETA’s McCruelty Campaign Takes on McDonalds for Halloween!

Posted by on September 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

PETAs McCruelty Campaign Takes on McDonalds for Halloween!I admit that I laughed when I first saw this website – the shock value of the Evil Ronald mask made me laugh. But … after I started watching the videos and reading the articles, the horror of it hit me all over again. I mean … this is a restaurant where we take our children!!

I don’t want to alienate our readers, and I’ve definitely taken my kids to McDs in the past, but I totally support the work PETA is doing to stop McDonalds cruelty to the chickens they use in their menu items.  A more humane way exists (controlled atmosphere killing-CAK) but McDonalds has long refused to use it.

(Please be aware that the info is very graphic and may disturb some people. Please use your discretion about what you choose to show your children.)PETAs McCruelty Campaign Takes on McDonalds for Halloween!

    Isn’t it far better to make an informed decision when you choose where to spend your dining dollars?

    If you choose to fill out the order form for the Evil Ronald kit, you’ll receive a pack that includes a limited-edition “Evil Ronald” mask, stickers, petitions and leaflets to help get the word out about McCruelty at school and around town, and more! Don’t forget to change your country to “Canada” when you fill out your address info. You’ll definitely get people around you talking!

    PETA also has many more age-appropriate and gentle video clips on their website to teach children all about caring for and loving animals, and stopping animal abuse.

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    September 23

    Aeropostale Coupon: Fall Fling 25% Off

    Posted by on September 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Aeropostale Coupon: Fall Fling 25% Off

    From 24 September to 27 September 2009, there are two ways to save 25% (excluding clearance items) at Aeropostale during their Fall Fling:

    Click here to locate your nearest Aeropostale store.

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    September 23

    Zellers Coupon: Spend $75+, Save $10

    Posted by on September 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    It’s shaping up to be a good week to hit the mall! Our friends at Zellers are offering some great savings from 22 September to 24 September 2009:Zellers Coupon: Spend $75+, Save $10

    You can save $10 on everything in the store when you spend $75+ before taxes.

    Reduced prices on Baby Essentials (how does the littlest member of the family always need the most stuff?!)

    Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price: save on kids apparel, outerwear and footwear (some exceptions in store, second item must of equal or lesser value)

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