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January 9

DIY: Solo Cup Workout!!

Posted by on January 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM

DIY: Solo Cup Workout!!

Gym memberships can be so expensive, and here at Bargainmoose we love to find inexpensive, fun and convenient solutions for everything. I stumbled upon this Solo Cup Workout on the world wide web and I think you Moosers will love it. Kick the cost of your gym membership to the curb and have a fun workout plan right in your very own home. If getting more fit or losing weight was your New Year resolution, then you’re going to love this. You can set your Solo Cup Workout plan right on your desk or counter at home as a constant reminder to do your daily exercise. Doing your work out at home is also more time efficient as well. Parents, you won’t have to coordinate a babysitter to get some fitness time. This little workout tool is super frugal and easy to make as well. You could even so something similar for chores for the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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January 6

Freebies, Samples and Coupons For Babies & Moms in Canada!

Posted by on January 6, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Freebies, Samples and Coupons For Babies & Moms in Canada!

The most expensive aspect of your life is going to be babies. Babies need diapers, babies need formula, and babies even need a whole array of accessories that I had never even heard of until I was pregnant. I am sure any of us who have children know that the money we put into baby items can accumulate to thousands of dollars in absolutely no time. That is why it is so important to keep your eyes peeled for free items for both baby and mom. Many new moms won’t know about these things being available for free, so I have made it my duty to put together a list of items that baby and mama can get at absolutely no cost.

Nestle Baby Canada Program

Sign up for the Nestle Baby Canada Program to receive up to $130 in free items and coupons for both baby & mama. Thanks to Nestle we got our hands on lots of cool items for free like a diaper bag, formula, Lansinoh cream and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 4

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar!!

Posted by on January 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar!!

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

Cleaning

8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar!!

1. Stain Remover

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

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December 16

7 Day Price Protection @ Amazon Canada

Posted by on December 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM

7 Day Price Protection @ Amazon Canada

**Bump: given the holiday season sales and all the price drops going on, I thought I would remind you of this very important policy at Amazon Canada**

Hi Moosers! If you are anything like me, you often buy from Amazon Canada. They have great prices, a small free shipping minimum, and fast shipping. Best of all, Amazon’s catalogue of items is forever expanding so they no longer just sell books, but rather are a great place for tools, toys, household items, pet supplies, baby supplies, and more. Shopping at Amazon.ca can be a bit uncertain as their prices change frequently, so you never know when the item you want is going to be discounted again. Today, I wanted to inform you of a little known price match policy from Amazon Canada known as price protection.

If the price of an item drops lower than you paid for it, within seven days from the delivery date, you can request Amazon.ca refund the difference. This is not an automatic feature; you must contact Amazon customer service and ask for the company to refund the difference. I have personally verified this with an Amazon Canada customer service representative when I was recently asking for an adjustment: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 19

Spare Emergency Gift Ideas: Male Edition!

Posted by on November 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Spare Emergency Gift Ideas: Male Edition!

Yesterday, I wrote about emergency gift ideas which you can have in your present stash, with gifts targeted to females. So today, I thought I’d write up a similar gift guide – this time, targeted at gifts for men! Now, I am going to find this one a little harder to write as most of my family are female and I don’t give gifts to guys as often. But I’ll give it a try!

Read on for some emergency gift ideas for the guys in your life…. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18

Spare Emergency Gift Ideas: Female Edition!

Posted by on November 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Spare Emergency Gift Ideas: Female Edition!

It’s getting closer to Christmas! I am sure many of us are buying pressies for our nearest and dearest, but have you ever been surprised by receiving an unexpected gift from someone? When this happens, you may feel the need to return the kindness. If so, I think it’s a brilliant idea to have some emergency gifts at the ready, enabling you to give a lovely present to someone at short notice. You can stock up on great gifts that don’t break the bank, and you don’t have to dash out to the store and spend over the odds on getting a good present.

Here are some ideas for really handy emergency gifts to store in your present cupboard – and this is the female editions – we’ll be running an edition for more male-targeted emergency gifts, soon! 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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November 1

How To Avoid The Famous Holiday Cash Crunch!

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

How To Avoid The Famous Holiday Cash Crunch!

‘Tis the season! With all these hot deals we have been posting, I have been spending quite a bit of money. Every Christmas we get into something called the “Holiday Cash Crunch” because we spend money on Christmas presents that we wouldn’t have otherwise spent. Have you ever wondered how you could avoid the Holiday cash crunch? Well let me help you out! Here at Bargainmoose we are always looking for ways to save money, so I have put together a few simple steps to help you avoid getting too tight on money during the Holidays. I am the queen of procrastination and as we said goodbye to summer I told myself that I would grab a few gifts each month to spread out the spending a little bit. Well guess what? That didn’t happen! Life gets the best of me and unexpected expenses occur like vet bills, plumbing repairs and more. So let’s beat the Holiday cash crunch together, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 31

Amazon.ca Marketplace: Figuring Out What Country They’re Shipping From!

Posted by on October 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Amazon.ca Marketplace: Figuring Out What Country They’re Shipping From!

Amazon.ca is the largest online retailer in Canada. But as many Moosers are already aware, they also have a huge third-party marketplace as well as selling and shipping items themselves. Sometimes items sold by these marketplace sellers are fantastic bargains, but it can be hard to know what country they are coming from. I wanted to write a quick article with some tips for you, in buying from the Amazon marketplace and how to figure this out.

Lately on Amazon.ca, I’ve seen a HUGE increase in the number of Asia-based sellers on there, with items shipping from Hong Kong, China and other places in that region. Sometimes it’s incredibly hard to tell where your items are coming from as the seller doesn’t explicitly state this. They only state something like, “ships within 2 days” but that doesn’t actually tell you how long it will take to get to you. Even though they ship within 2 days, it could still take a month to get to you – so it’s very useful to know the country of origin, especially if you are ordering gifts for a set time – e.g. Christmas. 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 20

5 Affordable Non-Candy Halloween Treat Options!

Posted by on October 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Affordable Non Candy Halloween Treat Options!

My favourite candy has to be the Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups, but we can’t give those out for Halloween. Nowadays kids have so many allergies and sensitivities to different foods like peanuts, lactose, gluten and more. It really makes it hard to find a treat that you can give out on Halloween that won’t cause issues for anyone. Have you considered the non-candy Halloween treat alternatives? It really is a win-win situation. You are not feeding anyone’s kids anything unhealthy or anything they are sensitive too. You could also be providing something educational or something that can be used longer term than candy ever could have. Sounds like a good Halloween treat to me! So let’s check out the Halloween treat ideas that don’t involve food yet won’t break your bank.

5 Affordable Non Candy Halloween Treat Options!

Plastic Beaded Jewelry

You can head into your local Dollar Store or Craft store and pick up some frugalicious beading tools like beads, wire and clasps for pretty cheap. Make the bracelets Halloween theme – the kids will love them. I bet your kids will even love helping you make the jewelry you will be giving away this Halloween. There are quite a few tutorials on how to bead bracelets on YouTube if you need a hand, but I am sure you can get the basics down pat pretty easily. These might also make great Christmas gifts for Grandma. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 19

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

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

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

I held a Halloween party for the kids at my house last year. It was loud, messy, but incredibly fun for both parents and kids. I found most of my inspiration on Pinterest and I did it very cheaply, on a limited budget. I’m going to give you some frugal ways to spook up your party.

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

I served a witches brew, which for me, was essentially a mix of purple and orange pop. That was so cheap, because pop is actually really cheap. There are recipes out there, like this one from Tablespoon, so you can fancy it up a bit, and adding these ice cube hands is a nice touch. 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 11

Why You Should Sign Up To Amazon Prime NOW!

Posted by on October 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Why You Should Sign Up To Amazon Prime NOW!

Did you know that Amazon Canada is the BIGGEST online retailer in Canada? It ranks on Alexa as the 6th most popular site here – that’s quite an achievement. This probably means that most of the Moosers here have bought something on Amazon Canada at some point… or will be buying something in the very near future!

But I wanted to do a quick post about their Amazon Prime services, because many of you are just about to start your holiday shopping and having Amazon Prime will be a huge benefit.

  1. Benefits of Amazon Prime in Canada: Free Shipping

The major benefit of Amazon Prime is that you get FREE SHIPPING NO MINIMUM on most products sold by Amazon themselves. This service is a 2-day shipping service, which is so handy when you need to order something in a hurry. And coming up to Christmas, this is absolutely ideal for snagging those bargains.

We post many Amazon deals here on Bargainmoose. Because they are a massive retailer, they can often offer deep, deep discounts and very low price points, which smaller stores just might not be able to compete with. And as savvy shoppers, we’re going to take advantage of that. ALL of the team here at Bargainmoose have Amazon Prime. That way, when we see a smokin’ hot deal, we can just jump right on it. E.g. This Schleich set to dropped to $14 – many of you nabbed it right away before it expired. Read the rest of this entry »

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