July 6

The Quick & Dirty Guide To Duty

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The Quick & Dirty Guide To Duty

There are many great opportunities for cross border shopping lately with companies like Nordstroms, Freshpair, Kate Spade, and more attempting to catch the eye of Canadian consumers with lower shipping rates. However, the question of duty always weighs heavily on the minds of Canadians and I am here to give you the quick and dirty info on duty.

What is Duty:

We think of duty in terms of ‘import duty’, which is associated with customs. It is a tax levied by the Canadian government when a package enters Canadian soil containing products manufactured in other countries.


  • Anything that costs $20 CAN or less is exempt from duty.
  • Any gift valued at $60 CAN or less is exempt from duty (cannot be sent by a business).
  • Anything manufactured in Canada, the United States, or Mexico is exempt from duty when being brought into Canada under NAFTA: the North American Free Trade Agreement.

How much is Duty:

Excluding those the above, duty will vary depending on what the product is and where it was manufactured. The rule of thumb for duty is 18% + GST + PST (or HST). However, for a more accurate estimate use this Duty and Taxes Estimator designed by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

On top of the actual duty, you have to pay the handling fee (also known as the brokerage fee) of whichever postal service is importing your product. This is why prepaying duty on websites that allow it actually saves you money: you do not have the extra brokerage fee, which can really add up.

For example, Canada Post charges a flat rate of $9.95 to clear your package through customs. However, UPS starts at $7 and goes up to $85.80 depending on the value of the package. For example, if your package costs $40.01, they will charge you $19.45 just to broker your package… we are not even talking duty and taxes yet. This is highway robbery as it only costs $5 to clear a package through the port.

Acting as your own broker:

Now, if you live near the port of entry or near a CBSA (should be one in most major cities), then you can clear your package yourself (it is a right!) if it is shipping with UPS/FedEX or any other courier company (except Canada Post). I have not had the pleasure of doing so yet, but I did find this informative article at Border Bee (from Feb 2014) for everything you need to know about clearing your own customs package. Keep in mind that to self-clear you will need the manifest/waybill and the invoice.

Customs can be tricky, so it is good to know your way around them and know what your rights are. You have a right to clear your own package and that is a right that many courier companies do not want you to know about.

While I prefer pre-paying my customs at stores that allow it, sometimes the deals are at other stores that do not do that. Using calculators and carefully choosing couriers allows me still to get amazing deals without the threat of customs eating all of my savings.

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July 6

Lancome Canada Promo Code: Free 6 Piece Gift With $50+

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Lancome Canada Promo Code: Free 6 Piece Gift With $50+

It has been a while now since Lancome Camada has had a new free gift with purchase deal, but this one was worth the wait.  Get a free six piece Joie De Vivre gift set when you spend $50 or more.

Click here to shop @ Lancome.ca now

  • Coupon Code: JOIEDEVIVRE
  • Discount: Free gift with $50+ purchase
  • Expiry: Unknown

This free Joie de Vivre six piece gift set is valued at $85 and is free with any orders over $50.  The only exclusion is that you can not buy any sets to reach the $50 minimum.

Here is what you will get with this awesome free gift:

  • Exclusive Lancome cosmetic gift bag
  • Creme Radiance Lifting & Firming
  • Advanced Genifique
  • Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover
  • Mini Cils Booster XL Mascara
  • Renergie Lift Muliti-Action Night

All of the products are 60ml or less and the free exclusive cosmetic bag will be a pretty peach colour. This is a great gift to keep for yourself or give away to any beauty lover.

Lancome just happens to be one of my favourite beauty lines for makeup and skin care.  Their prices are a little more expensive than regular cosmetics and beauty care items, but I have found that they work better, so in the long run you get what you pay for.

As for the cost of shipping, you will get free shipping for all orders of $85 or more.

This coupon and all other Lancome Canada coupons will be posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.  There are sometimes more than one posted at a time, so make sure to check back often.

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July 6

Black Goat Cashmere Canada Coupon Code: $50 Off $100 Discount

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Black Goat Cashmere Canada Coupon Code: $50 Off $100 Discount

Black Goat Cashmere very rarely has coupon codes and in the time I have known about this snugly company, they have never had one this big. Receive $50 off any purchase of $100 or more of warm cashmere clothing and accessories.

Click here to shop @ Black Goat Cashmere Canada now

  • Coupon code: 14THXBG
  • Discount: $50 off $100
  • Expiry: 31st August 2014

To use this coupon code, enter the code in the “Additional Comments” field upon checkout and they will automatically deduct the amount from your total when capturing the transaction. Thus, you will not see the $50 come off your transaction up front, but never fear little Moosers… $50 shall be saved! Oh, sign up for their newsletter too. They sell beautiful clothing.

I discovered this company while meandering down the streets of Vancouver one fine spring day. I prefer my clothing to be made of all natural fibres rather than synthetics, thus I am a fan of wool, silk, leather, and cashmere. I fine them to be decadent fabrics that last forever compared to synthetics.

If you think cashmere is not for summer, think again. Black Goat has these cute v-neck tank tops that would make the perfect summer top. They are composed of 55% cashmere and 45% silk – a gorgeous combination of fabrics. Silk wears beautifully in the summer (I pretty much live in silk pajamas all summer) and cashmere is both soft on the skin and breathable. It adjusts to the temperature your skin needs. These tops come in sizes small, medium or large and a range of beautiful colours including a delicate petal pink and an adventurous celerie green. The shirt costs $210 alone, but after the value of the voucher is removed, it would be $160. This is certainly a luxury top that will last for many years.

This Cashmere Big Scarf is yet another fantastic purchase. It is certainly a luxury accessory, but one of those that you will have for a lifetime. It is made of 2-ply 100% cashmere and measures 30″ long by 12″ wide. It is the perfect cold-weather accessory and makes a lovely gift. Choose from 20 different colours including the natural looking dune and bold fuchsia. The scarf costs $198, but after discount, it will be only $148.

Shipping varies depending on how much you are purchasing, what you are purchasing, and where it is being shipped to. It is best to create a cart with what you want and go through the checkout process to see what you will be charged.

For this and any future Black Goat Cashmere coupons, visit the coupon forum.

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July 6

Humble Bundle Store: Up To 80% Off Games

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Humble Bundle Store: Up To 80% Off Games

You have heard of the Humble Bundle, but have you heard of the Humble Bundle Store? Yes, now you can purchase individual games at great prices from Humble Bundle with part of the proceeds going to charity.

Every day they will have different daily deals to save you huge amounts of money off some fun games that you need to add to your collection. The new daily deals refreshes at 1PM EST each day, so you have mornings devoted to one set of bundles and afternoons devoted to a new set of bundles.

Here are some of the bundles that just started today:

  • Rising Storm Was $19.99 | Now $4.99
  • Rogue Legacy Was $14.99 | Now $3.74
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall Was $14.99 | Now $5.99 (Requires the base game Shadowrun Returns in order to play)
  • Game Dev Tycoon Was $9.99 | Now $3.99

You can also pre-order certain games at a discount like Gods Will Be Watching, which will be priced at $9.99 and is now on pre-order for $8.99. There are also some games that you get early access to through Humble Bundle.

Make good use of the panel to your left hand side to sort games by platform and DRM. Choose between Windows, Linux, Apple and Android compatible games. You can play your games through Steam, Uplay, or receive many games DRM-free for those against the organized system.

I like the Humble Bundle store for just this reason: buying games cheaper than they are on the Uplay or Steam store and then redeeming them on those stores. For example: Steam is selling Rising Storm for $19.99, but you can buy it at Humble for 75% off and just redeem it at Steam. It is the same with Rogue Legacy, Steam currently has the game for full price, so just buy it at Humble Bundle and redeem it on Steam if you use it as your game engine. Rogue Legacy is also available on Windows, Linux, Apple, and can come DRM free.

If you are into gaming, I suggest bookmarking the Humble Bundle store along with Steam and your other favourite websites to get the best deals. Always cross-compare any game you are buying to make sure it is not cheaper at the other site. All prices are in USD.

As a final note, the Humble Bundle store is different from Steam, Uplay, etc in a big way. For every game purchased, 10% goes to charity, 75% goes to the creator and 15% goes to Humble Bundle.

(Expiry: varies)

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July 6

Nerdblock Canada: Monthly Subscription of Nerd Gear from $13.99!

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Nerdblock Canada: Monthly Subscription of Nerd Gear from $13.99!

We’ve all heard of monthly subscription boxes by now, a monthly delivery of a themed item to your door, such as Topbox for cosmetics, Panty by Post for panties, Luv my Box for adult novelties, Peekapak for kid’s crafts. But have you heard of Nerdblock? Nerdblock are a Toronto based company that sell mystery boxes full of nerd-themed gear. They’re a sister site to Shirtpunch.com. I stumbled on Nerdblock recently and I am in love!

The subscription prices for Nerdblock range from $13.99 to $19.99 per month, plus shipping. If you register now, you’ll receive your first subscription box in July. You can start and stop the subscription at any time, you’re not tied in for any set period.

There are four options to choose from:

  • Nerd Block Classic – a collection of well-known brands, from Monster’s Inc to Iron Man
  • Nerd Block Jr Boys – specifically targeted at boys, aged 6 to 11
  • Nerd Block Jr Girls – specifically targeted at girls, aged 6 to 11
  • Horror Block – a pop horror subscription box

I’ve been googling for coupons to see if you can save anything on the Nerdblock subscription costs, but cannot see any discounts… yet. I will be emailing them and seeing if there’s anything extra for the Bargainmoosers! Watch this space.

I spotted this sentence in a recent email from Nerdblock:

Every month one lucky Nerd Block subscriber will be randomly chosen to win the Monster Block in addition to their regular subscription.

Here’s the image of the monster block this month:

Nerdblock Canada: Monthly Subscription of Nerd Gear from $13.99!

That’s a whopping prize! I wonder how many subscribers they have and what are the chances of winning…


Over on Mysubscriptionaddiction.com, they’ve posted a review and an image of the June 2014 subscription box from Nerdblock. You can see exactly what kind of thing to expect in your box. I love the “Who you gonna call” tee.

Shipping Costs

Canadian shipping is $8.75 per box… which is a little steep in my opinion. However, the value of the goodies in the box are worth far more than the total amount plus shipping. E.g. The classic box plus shipping and tax comes to $32.48 per month.

(Expiry: never?)

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July 6

$17.95 for Kid’s Frozen T-Shirt @ Mad Deal Canada (Inc. Shipping & Tax)

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

$17.95 for Kid’s Frozen T Shirt @ Mad Deal Canada (Inc. Shipping & Tax)

I was walking through the mall earlier, singing “Do you want to build a snowman…” with my four year old daughter. Little did I know that a little bit later, I would be penning this blog post about Frozen t-shirts! Over on Maddeal.com, they’re selling the Children’s Frozen T-Shirt for only $12 plus $5.95 shipping, the total being only $17.95 including taxes and shipping to your door.

If you are interested in the pants combo that’s pictured above, it’s $16 plus $5.95, coming in at $21.95 total. You can choose that option at checkout too. If you’re like me and you snap up bargains when they appear, you could consider buying this and putting it away until Christmas, or the child’s next birthday.

Frozen merchandise is hot, hot, hot right now! Last winter, the Frozen movie was released. Since then, it’s just exploded in popularity. My daughter has watched it about 15 times and I am sure the same story will ring true with many of you and your children. Do you have a Frozen-lover in your house?

Canadian Shipping

Regarding shipping, it’s just a shame that you cannot order multiple items and split the shipping charges between the whole order. With most of these daily deal type sites, there’s a set shipping fee per item… meaning you will pay that $5.95 for each item you order. But even so, it’s still a super price overall. Shipping does seem quite slow though, it’s 3-6 weeks.


There is an image on the Maddeal site which shows you the sizing options, so you can choose the right one for your child. You can see the sizing in relation to your child’s height, and choose the appropriate size.

Price Comparisons

It’s a bit hard to price compare this t-shirt, as ones on other sites aren’t quite like-for-like. But I will give it a try!

I was looking on the Disney Store (which sadly ships from the US). You can get basic Frozen tees there from around $13 on their own, pre-shipping, taxes, customs, duty, etc. I processed on through checkout to make sure the above price from Mad Deal was still competitive, but with international shipping, it comes to $37 each to order one t-shirt from the Disney store!

Over on Amazon.ca, there are various similar Anna & Elsa tees starting at $14.95, but you’ve got to add all the fees on top of that too. E.g. One of the $15 tees from an Amazon marketplace seller ended up being $22.75 once all the other fees were factored in.

Similar tees on Zazzle come in at around $30 once the shipping fees are included.

So based on the above research, I think the $17.95 prices on these Frozen tees from Mad Deal are pretty great.

(Expires 20th July 2014)

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July 6

Cheapoair Canada Coupon Code: Get $15 Instant Discount

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Cheapoair Canada Coupon Code: Get $15 Instant Discount

While there may only be a very limited number of airlines in Canada from which to choose from when booking your travel arrangements, there are actually many, many travel sites from which you can sometimes find a better price than booking direct with the airlines. Cheapoair.ca is one such site and I wanted to let you know about this promo code for a little extra saving on your airline costs.

Click here to use the Cheapoair.ca coupon code online

  • Coupon code: CA15
  • Discount: $15 off
  • Expires: Unknown

When I was price checking some flights and trying a promo code (which had actually expired), the above coupon code helpfully popped up instead, giving a $15 discount. I am unsure of the exact terms and conditions or the expiry date on the coupon code, but it’s worth a try if you’re making a booking with Cheapoair anyway.

Price Comparison

Just to show you the kind of different prices you can get – I am going to price compare a return flight from Toronto to Winnipeg (a route I have to regularly take for business reasons), from the 31st July to the 3rd of August 2014. On the Air Canada website, the cheapest total price for this flight comes to $478.53. A similar flight on the same day via Westjet comes to $512.43.

On Cheapoair, there was a booking bonus on going through checkout, as well as the above $15 coupon code, so the final price of a Toronto-Winnipeg flight on the above mentioned dates was coming to $446.37 (via Air Canada, nonetheless). That’s about $32 cheaper than the actual prices on Air Canada’s own website.


My main takeaway from this article is that you shouldn’t always just head straight to Westjet or Air Canada when you want to book a flight. Check out the prices on other companies like Cheapoair and make sure to combine the good prices with our Cheapoair coupon code from our coupon forums, for even more savings. There are more coupon codes on there for different types of savings. As Cheapoair also covers hotels and car rentals, you could check out the prices for those things too, if you’re planning a vacation.

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July 6

The Shopping Channel Canada: Summer Beauty Tote For $30 + $30 Savings Card

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The Shopping Channel Canada: Summer Beauty Tote For $30 + $30 Savings Card

The Shopping Channel has just launched their amazing July Beauty Tote loaded with personal care products and cosmetics. This tote is being sold for $29.99 + $10.97 shipping and the contents, if past summer sets are any clue, are often valued between $150 – $300.

This bag has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. With your purchase of the tote, you will also receive a savings card for $30.00 off the purchase of any full-size product from inside the Summer Beauty Bag. The savings card expires at the end of summer (31st August 2014), so you must place your order by then.

You also have a one in five chance of receiving a surprise item in your tote from L’Occitane, Lisa Hoffman, MicroPedi, or Silk’n. Those odds are very good considering the odds of most contests.

Now, what do you get for $30? Here is a list of the contents:

  • Beauty Bag Tote
  • Copaiba Resin Volumizing Elixir (2oz)
  • Elizabeth Grant Vitamin C Superfruits Concentrate (30ml)
  • Skinn Cosmetics 24HR Wrinkle Repair Balm (1oz)
  • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (6.7oz)
  • Deluxe Sample Products from Nick Chavez, Perricone, IT Cosmetics, Sheer Cover, Royal Apothic, L’Occitane, Tan Towel, Juice Beauty and Pur Minerals.

Did you know that the Bliss Face wash alone costs $29? Add on any of the other stuff and you are already getting into bonus material here.

I have always maintained that these beauty bag totes make fantastic gift ideas for almost any women as they provide her with a sample of cosmetics. They are great to put in the “gift basket” for those times you are going to a party and realize you do not have a gift for the host. This beauty tote is also a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with new products or to try out new brands at a low cost. When searching for the perfect beauty solution, it can be a hard road, but deluxe samples compiled in a box like this can make it far easier. The extra $30 savings card works well for when you find a product that works; you again get to save on your purchase.

With the added $30 savings card, I am not sure how long these beauty totes are going to last before they sell out. These deals seem to be the most popular from The Shopping Channel Canada. Pick your tote up before they are gone.

(Expiry: unknown)

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July 6

Miz Mooz Canada: Flora Sandals Only $50 (Was $90)

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Miz Mooz Canada: Flora Sandals Only $50 (Was $90)

I found these gorgeous Miz Mooz sandals that will take you to the beach and the pool in style, now $40 off. Originally $90, they are now $49.99.

These sandals are so pretty, they undoubtedly will have people swooning and asking where you got them. With a leather upper, they showcase a braided cross top and tiny flowers as accents. I love that the sole has a floral design as well, so the shoes look just as good off as they do on. The blue and the pink are both still in stock, while sadly, the green and yellow are out of stock. This tells me this is a popular shoe.

Miz Mooz is having a spring/summer sale right now with up to 50% off select styles, which is where I found the Flora sandals. However, they have tons of other styles available for your footwear pleasure.

These Monettes immediately caught my eye with the fun flourishes they boast. Suede and leather with a chunky three inch rubber heel, they have a padded footbed for the ultimate in comfort. The salmon is definitely very showy and the sky is more laid-back. Which will you choose? These were originally $140, now $99.99.

While I can’t really think about putting on boots right now, they do go well on a night out, or I could shop ahead as summer will be gone as fast as it arrived. These sable boots are incredibly hot and the khaki has me drooling. They are knee-high with an elastic gusset, which means that even those with slightly thicker calves can fit into them. I think this is awesome, as even though I have well-toned and not-large calves, sometimes I have trouble zipping up my boots. I have to wonder if they are made for children sometimes. Having the elastic lets me get away without that tell-tale not quite zipped up look! These are a steal now for only $144.99, with a regular price of $295.

Shipping is $10 on your first pair and $5 on each subsequent pair of footwear you buy. Considering the savings, I don’t think this is too harsh, although I’d love to see a free shipping code from them in the future!

(Expiry: unknown)

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July 5

Babies R Us Canada: $60 Off BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Original – Now $70 (+ Free Shipping!)

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Babies R Us Canada: $60 Off BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Original   Now $70 (+ Free Shipping!)

Looking for a baby carrier? The BabyBjorn Original baby carrier is now $50 off at Babies R Us at $79.99 (reg. $129.99), but you can use the Toys R Us coupon code: Bjorn10 to save an extra $10 and get it for just $69.97.

Although I don’t have this specific carrier, I do have a similar one, along with the Baby K’Tan sling. Personally, I prefer the sling, but my hubby uses the carrier on a daily basis and I must tell you that not only does he like using it, but my little one loves being inside of it as well. She will go from crying like there is no tomorrow to all of a sudden looking around at the world in amazement as soon as she is placed inside.

It might seem like a lot to pay for a carrier but it’s one of the highest rated ones and it has plenty of positive reviews like this one:

We purchased a different carrier earlier and it was so complicated to set up and strap to myself. I absolutely love this. Its so easy to strap and put the baby in too. It gave great neck support when my LO couldn’t hold his neck up. In addition to using it outdoors, I also use this at home when my little one wants to be carried but I need free hands.

The only con about this carrier is that it doesn’t have the best leg support, and it’s not recommended to keep the baby in it for an extended period of time. Either way, I doubt any parent would be able to keep their baby in there for all that long with the frequent feedings, diaper changes etc.

Two other Baby Bjorn baby carriers are also available at a discount, which are eligible for the coupon code above, but they’re pricier than the original one:

Price comparing this carrier, I found it priced at $129.99 at all of the other major stores. Even better is that no shipping fees will be applied as Toys R Us ships certain items over $25 for free.

(Expiry: 17th July 2014)

(Image Credit: Harsh 1.0)

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July 5

How To Save Money On Sunscreen

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money On Sunscreen

We go through a lot of sunscreen every summer in the Robinson household.  I have two little girls, myself and my hubby who all slather ourselves in the stuff before we venture outside.  I have extremely fair skin as I have Scottish ancestry on both sides of my family, so I need to be super protected when I’m in the sun.  I don’t want my kids to be burned the way I was when I was a kid, so we are very careful with applying ample sunscreen on them too.  My aunt has a pool which we visit regularly, and we are especially careful when we are preparing to go to the pool, as it’s so easy to get burned while you’re in the water.  Here is an excellent article from The Skin Cancer Foundation about the importance of sunscreen. Given that we go through about a bottle a week, I have been wondering how to save money on sunscreen. Usually I go into the drug store when we’re out and I pick one that is on sale, and I usually get an SPF 30.  Is SPF 30 enough?  How do I get the best bang for my buck with the sunscreen I purchase?

How much protection do I actually need?

For a nearly albino person like me, I am always attracted to the idea of a higher SPF protection rating: 100 SPF, yes please! The more protection I have the better, right? Maybe not. According to this article on FitSugar, an SPF blocks 99% of UVB rays while a sunblock which has SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. Depending on the price of the sunscreen you are considering, it might not be worth paying an additional amount of money for an extra 2% of skin protection. This article also talks about the importance of choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.  I was looking online at different sunscreen brands that have an SPF 100, and for the most part, they are much more expensive than sunscreens that are SPF 30.  It’s a personal choice as to which protection you want, but I will personally stick with either SPF 30 or 50.

Different ingredients do different things

Given that I’d like to keep my kids as natural as possible, I’d like to purchase sunscreen that is effective, affordable and better for their skin.  According to this article from Prevention magazine, I should look for natural ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide instead of chemical-based sunscreen ingredients. I also try to stay away from parabens in my skincare products, and they recommend staying away from synthetic perfumes.  The article outlines some recommended healthy sunscreen options, which I really appreciate.  I use Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen guide as a comparison for the products, and I think my best bets are Aveeno Baby Natural Protection SPF 50, and Banana Boat Kids Natural Reflect Sunscreen SPF 50.  They both have an excellent safety rating with the EWG, and they are available in my local drug or grocery store.  I found the Banana Boat sunscreen at Amazon for around $9 per 120 ml bottle.  The Aveeno product is also on Amazon, but is much pricier at nearly $18 for a very small container.

Preventative measures

The best preventative measure we can take is to reduce the time you spend in the sun between the hours of 10am-4pm, when the sun is the strongest.   You may or may not believe it, but certain foods can help prevent sun damage, like garlic, pomegranates and green tea.  I never thought I’d ever go onto Lauren Conrad’s website, but I stumbled upon it when researching this article.  She outlines to top Top 10 foods that fight sun damage.  Most of these foods are regulars in our household, but perhaps I should whip up some fresh lemon, pomegranate and aloe vera juice this weekend.

Purchase it on sale

Once you have determined what type of sunscreen you would like to purchase, keep an eye on the flyers that come out and wait until the sunscreen goes on sale.  According to this MSN article on sunscreen, Consumer Reports say that the best value in sunscreen is Target’s Up +Up Sport SPF 50 sunscreen which costs $1.16 an ounce, and the runner up is Walmart’s Equate Ultra Sport Sunscreen SPF 50 at $0.47 an ounce.  Note that this article is American, although the information is still very relevant to us Canucks.  I looked online, and it appears that in Canada Target’s Up and Up Sport sunscreen costs $0.79 an ounce, and WalMart’s Equate Sport Sunscreen is simiar in price, at about $0.81 an ounce.  In Canada, Target’s product is a better bang for your buck.  I would also check to see whether the sunscreen you want to buy is available at Shoppers Drug Mart.  Check out our very own Eva’s article on SDM’s Rewards program.  If you time your purchases right and combine a sale with a bonus Optimum points event, you can earn enough points for free sunscreen!

I’m really glad I wrote this article, as I had been purchasing sunscreen blindly up until now.  I never would have taken the time to research different sunscreen options, or to evaluate what was best for myself and my family.  Now that I’m getting a little wiser (ahem, older!), I am taking more time to discover the best, most cost-effective options for my family.  I will definitely start purchasing Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen from my neighbourhood Walmart since is it has such a high consumer rating, it has a good rating from EWG, and it’s cheap!  I’m going to keep an eye on the Walmart flyer each week, and when it goes on sale I will stock up for the rest of the summer.

Bargainmoosers, what tips do you have to save on sunscreen?

(banner image credit: Robert S. Donovan)

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July 5

April Cornell Canada Coupon Code: B1G1 Cushions

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM

April Cornell Canada Coupon Code: B1G1 Cushions

April Cornell just launched an awesome buy one get one promotion on cushions! Buy one, get one free until the end of the weekend.

Buy one cushion, get one free @ AprilCornell.ca now

  • Coupon Code: STACK14
  • Discount: buy one cushion, get one free
  • Expiry: 6th July 2014

‘Tis the season of patios and barbecue parties, and I can definitely see most of these cushions looking nice for outside use or decorative purposes. I particularly like the deft embroidered cushion at $19 as it features blue flowers stitched onto a white pillow. As Avigayil mentioned a couple of weeks before, although April Cornell’s prices may seem higher compared to other merchants, the biggest factor to remember is that they also offer products of quality. Most of their merchandise is made from 100% cotton, which is a much better material compared to polyester, for instance. The deft embroidered cushions, with the other cushions, are actually made with slub cotton, which is a cotton that most resembles linen.

Whether for outside or inside use, the great part about these cushions is that the cover is removable and may be machine washed in cold water. There is nothing more annoying than throwing in an entire pillow to wash, only for it to come out either in pieces or with the fluff unevenly distributed.

For a more universal look, I also really like the essential cushions (two for $34) as they are available in a variety of colours and feature a self-striped cotton pattern.

The only potential drawback are the shipping fees as the more you spend, the higher these are: $12.70 for orders under $50, $13.70 for orders under $100, etc. However, this buy one get one offer definitely makes it worth it, as this is how I see it:

  • Without the buy one get one offer: two whisper cushions @ $29 each = $58 + $13.70 shipping fees = $71.70
  • With the buy one get one offer: two whisper cushions for the price of one = $29 + 12.70 shipping fees = $41.70

Plus, both pillows don’t need to be the same. The discount is applicable to any regularly-priced cushion at equal or lower price. For more April Cornell coupon codes, be sure to keep an eye on our forum.

Bargainmoosers, which April Cornell cushion is your favourite?

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July 5

Lean Cuisine Canada Coupon: Printable B1G1 Free

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Lean Cuisine Canada Coupon: Printable B1G1 Free

Lean Cuisine has paired with Facebook to bring us a pretty great printable coupon. Until the end of the month, you will be able to get a Buy One Get One Free printable coupon for all Lean Cuisine products.

To get your free Lean Cuisine coupon, all you have to do is “Like” their Facebook page.  Once you do that, click print coupon and your personal coupon will show up on the page and be ready to print off for you immediately.  A lot of the time these printable coupons will get sent to your email, but this one is there right away which is nice.

The coupon will have your name on it and you are able to use one coupon per person.  The value of the coupon is up to $3.99 and it will be good for all Lean Cuisine meals.  It allows you to buy one get one free on your favourite Lean Cuisine dinners.  I have had the lemon chicken one myself and loved it.  My husband likes them to bring in his lunch for work, so I will most likely use this coupon for him instead of myself.

You will have all the way until July 31st to use it, so I suggest you check out your local flyers and get an even better deal.  Wait until they go on sale because I have seen them as low as just $1.75, and that would mean you can end up getting two lean Cuisine meals for just $1.75 (or about $0.87 each) if you plan it properly. I like to do this when shopping to get the most out of my money.

(Expiry: 31st July 2014)

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July 5

Julep.com: Free Beauty Box – Just Pay $2.99 Shipping (U.S.)

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Julep.com: Free Beauty Box – Just Pay $2.99 Shipping (U.S.)

Julep.com is a US based company that we don’t often write about unless they have a really spectacular deal happening – right now they do. You can get a free beauty box for a limited time only and all you will have to pay is the cost of shipping which is just $2.99. To get this deal, you will have to fill out a quiz survey and then enter a coupon code at the checkout.

Click here to get this deal @ Julep.com now

  • Coupon Code: FREEBOX
  • Discount: Free gift
  • Expiry: Unknown

If you are unfamiliar with this company, they are a monthly subscription company.  That means you can sign up and get a beauty box every single month until you end your membership.  The monthly fees are $19.99 to $24.99 and with that you will get a different beauty box each month valued at around $40.  What this coupon code will do for you is get you the first month free with no obligation to subscribe any further.  Be sure to cancel your subscription after your first month if you don’t want to pay the $19.99-$24.99 monthly fee. Just make sure you cancel by July 27th so that you will not be charged for the next month.

As I mentioned above, your first beauty box will be absolutely free and you will only need to pay for the cost of shipping which is $2.99.  Considering the products inside the box each month are valued at $40, this is a pretty awesome deal. If you would like to continue on with your subscription, all prices will be in US dollars.

The beauty box will be about four weeks to deliver, so you may end up cancelling your subscription before you even receive it. Fear not; as long as you take the survey and use this coupon code, you will still get your free Julep beauty box.

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July 5

Apricot Collection Coupon Code: Save $10, No Minimum!

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Apricot Collection Coupon Code: Save $10, No Minimum!

Cute clothes galore!  Although we’ve got a coupon page up and running for this store, it’s the first time we’ve mentioned them on the blog.  We’re introducing Apricot Collection with a bang, a coupon code for $10 off your purchase with no minimum order required.

Click here to use get the Apricot Collection coupon code online

  • Coupon Code:  Off10
  •  Discount:  $10
  •  Expiry:  Unknown

The Apricot Collection is full of really unique, feminine styles sure to be perfect for the coming months.    The overall feeling of the collection is that of an upscale designer boutique.

For those of us who are often a little style-challenged, the site has a handy column on the left hand side, allowing you to refine your search by body type.  Just click the option that best applies to you (apple shape, hourglass, inverted triangle, or rectangle) and they will recommend items that will best flatter your shape.  I’m still working out which shape I think I am; hopefully you’re better at that part than me!  If you check out Apricot Collection’s blog, you will find even more helpful fashion tips about how to wear various collection items, how to accessorize, etc.  They are taking a lot of the guess work out of the equation which is a major plus in my books.

As a full-figured gal, I was elated to find Apricot Collection’s plus size section.  While very small, the offerings are very pretty, and what I love most is that they are very unique.  It drives me crazy seeing other people wearing the same clothes I am because of the generally limited plus size offerings, so to have an option like this really makes me feel like I can express my individuality.

Added to that, the site currently has a great sale section, offering between 50% to 70% off regular prices.  The sales have some adorable dresses… I’m LOVING the Peacock Dress in particular which would be $32 with the coupon. They also have some great jackets (Classic Tweed for $55, anyone?) and summer tops to name a few.

At the moment, shipping is a flat rate of $5.95 (US & Canada), making this a nice and easy way to shop, regardless of how much you choose to spend.  The Apricot Collection also offers PayPal as a payment option on top of credit cards, adding an extra layer of convenience and security. We’ll aim to have all the Apricot Collection coupon codes here on our coupon forums.

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