March 2

President’s Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Presidents Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

Moosers, you’re definitely going to go bananas for this offer. Now until March 4th, you can claim a President’s Choice offer to get 1000 bonus points with purchase of PC Blue Menu canned beans or vegetables.

To get your bonus points with purchase, you must first claim the offer by clicking on the link above, then proceeding to “sign in to load this offer”. If you head straight to your local store in the hopes of getting this offer without claiming it beforehand, then the points won’t be applied, sadly. I had a look at the PC Plus app on my app and the bonus 1000 points offer can’t be had there either.

According to the fine print, this President’s Choice offer also doesn’t apply per unit if you buy a pack of cans, in which case you will only get the bonus points once. So make sure to get individual cans. It’s not clear whether you could, for instance, buy 10 individual cans of kidney beans and get 10,000 bonus points, but that’s something you could check and try in-stores.

Keep in mind that this is a one-time use offer and once you have checked out with one or a couple of cans, then you won’t be able to get this offer again.

Another ambiguous point regarding this offer is that it’s set to expire on March 4th but President’s Choice doesn’t specify whether you will still be able to redeem the bonus offer if you claim it before this date. So just to be on the safe side, I suggest you do your shopping before the end of the day on Wednesday because you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on these points.

For those of you who aren’t subscribed to the PC Plus program, it’s definitely worth signing up. On top of being free, the weekly offers are super easy to attain and most of the time, are items that you would undoubtedly buy anyways. My only advice is that you don’t go out of your way to acquire points on products that you would likely never eat.

Orange you glad you found out about this offer? Okay… I’m done copying the PC Plus app’s jokes. Presidents Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

(Expiry: 4th March 2015)

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March 2

LEGO Store: Free Robot with Monthly Mini Model Build

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM

LEGO Store: Free Robot with Monthly Mini Model Build

LEGO stores across Canada are hosting their monthly mini model build where your child can construct a mini robot and take it home (for free)! This even is occurring tomorrow on Tuesday, March 3 at 5:00 pm until supplies last.

Evidently, on the first Tuesday of every month there is a mini model build where your child can build and then take their model home – for free. There is one free model kit per child and the event is open to children ages six to 14 only. This month’s model is a fun little robot.

There are nine stores across Canada and this promotion appears to be at all of them. Here is a full list of Canadian stores:

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario

Quebec

You can keep track of what is going on at your local store by checking out the store’s news under the map and address through the links above. Currently, there is a LEGO DUPLO event on at Canadian stores where young builders can experience the wonderful world of DUPLO. They can come in and play with these oversized blocks designed for small hands. Children 1 1/2 up to five years old are welcome. This even is ongoing until the 15th of March so you can choose the best day and time for your child’s DUPLO experience.

I really love this promotion for two reasons. First, your child gets to construct a mini LEGO model and keep it. You pay for nothing and your child gets a new toy. Moreover, this event occurs every month so your child could feasibly receive 12 free mini models each year if you attend all of the mini build sessions. Given that this event is open to children six years old until 14, that is a lot of free models you could collect over the years.

These models are not available for sale and cannot be purchased so your child would receive a rare and limited edition toy.

(Expiry: unknown)

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March 2

ElleStyles Canada: Easy Rider Cow Girl Costume Was $129 | Now $68 With Exclusive Coupon + Shipping

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

ElleStyles Canada: Easy Rider Cow Girl Costume Was $129 | Now $68 With Exclusive Coupon + Shipping

If you are looking for that perfect sexy outfit, look no further than Elle Styles. This Canadian company sells clubwear, costumes and dresses to wear out or to stay in. I found this very sexy easy rider cow girl costume, that was originally $129, but now on sale for $79.99. We’ve managed to procure an exclusive coupon code for you to use to get an even better deal on this hot outfit. Get another 15% off when you use the coupon code BargainMoose15%, bringing the total for this outfit down to $67.99.

With Halloween quite a few months away, I’m going to say this costume is perfect for staying in. It could also possibly be worn to a dress-up party where you want to look sexier than anyone else around. Either way, you’ve got all you need for that “ride ‘em cowboy” mentality including the hat, halter top, vest with fringe shorts and the chaps with the antique brass belt. You really don’t need any more.

I had a friend who wore an outfit almost exactly like this to a party I once went to. I can tell you it garnered a lot of attention. The sizes for this costume come in either small/medium or medium/large and you’ll want to check the size guide for what that means. It seems like the largest this costume will fit is a size 10, but when I look at the bust measurements, those don’t look like a 10’s measurements, so ensure you know your measurements before you order.

If cowgirl just isn’t your thing, there is plenty more where this came from. Not on sale, I found this big bad wolf costume fascinating. Its got a corset, tail and hood that look so fun to wear! Regularly $119.99, you can add the coupon code and bring the price down to $101.99. This will qualify you for free shipping, as the threshold is set at $100. If you are getting the cowgirl costume, you might want to add something else to your cart so you don’t get charged the $10 charge for shipping.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 2

Eclipse Canada: Yoga Pants Were $25 | Now $16 (FS @ $30)

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Eclipse Canada: Yoga Pants Were $25 | Now $16 (FS @ $30)

Yoga pants – probably the best invention of this century. While I am not one to wear my yoga pants to a party or every single day, there is a time and a place for yoga pants. You don’t just have to wear them to yoga, but no matter what you paid for your yoga pants, do us all a favour and wear jeans sometimes too. Anyway, Eclipse has a really great deal on right now on yoga pants. Regularly $24.99, get them for only $15.99.

I’m going to say that $16 is a pretty sweet price to pay for these contrast waistband yoga pants. You could spend more – a lot more – on brand name pants, but sometimes it is nice to pay less than $20 for something you know is probably close to the same quality.

These are made with a cotton/spandex material so you know they are both soft and stretchy. These materials also allow you to throw them in the washing machine, which is a great perk, as with the other brands of yoga pants, you really can’t do that or you risk them getting severely balled up (trust me, I know!).

There are five colour choices and it looks like every size is still in stock. You can choose from black with black (so no contrast), black with a blue and charcoal waistband, black with a viola and charcoal waistband, black with a white and charcoal waistband or black with a white and neon fuschia waistband.

While Eclipse normally has free shipping on orders over $50 or you’ll pay $9 in shipping, we’ve got an exclusive coupon code that will get you free shipping at $30. This means if you buy two pairs of the yoga pants, you’ll also score free shipping. Use MOOSEECLIPSE30 to get your shipping free at $30.

I think I’m going to go a little wild and get the neon and then go mild and get the black with white and charcoal. What are you going to get?

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 2

Newegg Canada: Free 3 Games w/ Intel Processor Purchase ($50 Value)

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Newegg Canada: Free 3 Games w/ Intel Processor Purchase ($50 Value)

Newegg Canada is giving away a World of Tanks – Enthusiast Promo Paper Voucher with any purchase of an Intel Core processor. The voucher entitles you to download three games free. Intel Core processors start at $149.99 and the free games voucher is worth $49.99.

Processors start at just $149.99 and it makes the most sense to purchase one of the lower priced processors to get the best value out of your freebie. However, if your computer needs more speed than a larger processor might be more advantageous.

With each Intel Core processor purchased, you will receive an Intel Gift – World of Tanks – Enthusiast Promo Paper Voucher. This voucher includes three free game downloads:

  • World of Tanks
  • Grid Autosport
  • Movie Edit Touch

Simply visit the website provided on the voucher and enter in the master key included on your paper voucher.

Going down to basics, the Intel® Core™ i3-4160 Haswell Dual-Core 3.6GHz LGA 1150 54W Desktop Processor Intel® HD Graphics 4400 is your base unit at only $149.99. In many ways, you will get what you pay for as an i3 processor is not the fastest horse out of the gate. However, for those who do not need speed (as a dedicated gaming computer does), this basic unit will do just fine. Enjoy a little Facebook, some Twitter, and the occasional game.

It is a short price step up to an i5 processor. I think it is worth the price as you are getting far better speed out of an i5 than an i3. The Intel® Core™ i5-4440 Haswell Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel® HD Graphics 4600 is the most cost effective i5 in the list at $224.99. I checked out reviews for the processor itself and found that it had a near perfect 5/5 egg rating with 30 reviews. One reviewer said:

Great processor for just about everything. From email to gaming this processor is a really good value and will handle most things you throw at it. Also, love how it stays cool and doesn’t consume a lot of power. It works just fine with the stock intel cooler, even when gaming.

I think shipping depends upon where you live, but it could just be a flat rate. I tried two different postal codes and they both came up as $8.40 for shipping (of the i5 processor bundle).

You cannot combine this deal with the $25 off $150 coupon mentioned previously.

(Expiry: 16th March 2015)

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March 2

Body Shop Canada: Free Exclusive Shipping When You Buy the Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Body Shop Canada: Free Exclusive Shipping When You Buy the Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

We’ve got a pretty awesome exclusive coupon for you from The Body Shop! They want you to try out their newest product that they are very excited about – the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. With your exclusive coupon, you can order this mask and get absolutely free shipping on your order if you live in Ontario. If you live outside Ontario, we’ve still got a deal for you with free shipping, but you’ll have to order the mask and spend another $20 to get free shipping.

Click here to shop @ Thebodyshop.ca now

  • Coupon Code: BOUNCYMASK
  • Discount: free shipping in Ontario with mask purchase
  • Coupon Code: BOUNCYMASK50
  • Discount: free shipping in Canada with mask purchase on $50+ order
  • Expiry: 15th March 2015

Normally, The Body Shop offers free shipping on a $75+ purchase. On purchases of $50+, it will cost you $5. If you spend less than $50, you are paying $7.50 for shipping. This means you can purchase what you’d like, along with the mask and it will ship for free, saving you at least $7.50.

The Ontarians do have it best, as they can just purchase the mask and have it shipped for free. The rest of Canada will have to spend $50, which once you’ve bought the mask, means another $20.

I really can’t wait to try this mask. I’ve already ordered mine and as soon as I try it, I’ll let you Moosers know how it works. This mask is supposed to make your skin look replenished and bouncier. While I’m not sure how bouncy my skin will be, if it looks younger and happier, then I will also be happier. This mask costs $30 and the jar is quite big, so I bet you could get a few masks out of it.

Here is a video explaining more about this mask, that has of course, all natural ingredients, which is what the Body Shop prides itself on:

If you wanted to go further with your purchase, to get up to that $50 minimum for anyone outside Ontario, they have a few other products in that line available for purchase like an eye concentrate or a moisturizer.

If you only shop the deals, take a look at the buy three, get two free mix and match deal going on. They’ve also got 50% off body butters.

Watch for more The Body Shop coupons in the forum.

Body Shop Canada: Free Exclusive Shipping When You Buy the Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

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March 2

Costco Canada: Clearblue Fertility & Pregnancy Tests $10 Off *BUMP*

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Costco Canada: Clearblue Fertility & Pregnancy Tests $10 Off *BUMP*

*BUMP! With spring approaching, that can only mean one thing: baby making time. I’ve bumped this awesome deal from Costco for all you baby-makers out there* I feel like everyone around me is pregnant or having babies. My baby days are most likely over, but I found this great deal for all the procreators out there. Costco has Clearblue fertility and pregnancy tests on for $10 off their already competitive prices.

If you are trying to get pregnant, you might want to consider a digital ovulation test. These are hugely helpful for people who might think they know when they ovulate, but don’t really know. I did use an ovulation predictor when I was trying to get pregnant the first time, but luckily for me, I didn’t need it as I got pregnant almost the first month I tried. I know others who aren’t so lucky and this could be a great tool. What it does is detect your LH surge, which is when you ovulate. This means that you are about to ovulate, which translates to getting in the bedroom, stat! I think it is most helpful to use also as data for when around you’ll ovulate each month. This product has fantastic reviews and this one gives me a little tear in my eye:

After many years and many different medical intervention that never resulted in a pregnancy, I decided to try these instead of the other opks I usually purchase, well, low and behold, I got pregnant, after 7 years…. I strongly recomment testing twice a day (AM & PM) this way, chances of missing your surge are minimal :).

There are 20 in the box, which means this will last you quite a while depending on how often you test. Costco’s price is $49.99, with a regular price of $60.99. As for price comparisons, Amazon sells this exact set for $47.99 from a secondary seller. Well.ca sells seven tests for $54.99, which is $7.86 a test compared to Costco’s price of $2.50 a test. That is a huge saving!

Once you’ve done the deed and want to find out if you are pregnant, get yourself a pregnancy test. The Clearblue digital pregnancy test with conception indicator is also on sale, now $38.99 with a regular price of $48.99 for three packs of two tests. This test won’t just tell you if you are pregnant, it will tell you how many weeks you are too. It is a very sensitive test too, which will tell you up to four days early in most cases. If you are anything like me, buying a two-pack (and more) is essential. When I first got pregnant with my oldest, I didn’t really believe it and ran out and bought three more tests. It is also useful if you test a little too early and need to test again, or if you aren’t pregnant this month. Well.ca sells one pack of the two tests for $24.99 and Walmart sells it for $13.77, which still make Costco’s bulk on sale price the best.

Shipping is also free.

(Expiry: 15th March 2015)

Photo credit: SMN

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March 2

Today Only- Girl’s School Pants Were $24.95 | Now $2.99 + 15% off Code @ The Children’s Place Canada (Free Shipping EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Today Only  Girl’s School Pants Were $24.95 | Now $2.99 + 15% off Code @ The Children’s Place Canada (Free Shipping EXPIRED)

Kids seem to wear holes through everything. Now is a great time to stock up on a few extra pairs of black school uniform pants for little girls. These pants were $24.95 but are now only $3.49 and can go as low as $2.99 if you spend a minimum of $50Use a coupon code to take off an extra 15% off this order, or up to 25% off if your order is more than $50. Free shipping with no minimum is available today only as well.

Click here to buy Girl’s School Uniform Pants @ The Children’s Place Now

  • Coupon Code: BUYMORE3
  • Discount: 15% off any order, 20% off $40 + or 25% off $50+
  • Expiry: 21st March 2015

It is difficult to keep kids clothes looking sharp and fresh. Now is a great chance to stock up on a few extra pairs of basic black pants to throw into the mix. These slim fit black pants are mostly cotton, but have a little spandex for stretch and comfort. They have functioning pockets with a snap and zip closure. You can grab these pants in the following sizes:

  • 4
  • 6x/7
  • 8
  • 10
  • 12
  • 14

The Children’s Place also has a great coupon code that will save you some extra dough.  You can receive 15% off any order with no minimum. If you spend a minimum of  $40, you will receive 20% off your order. If you spend $50 you will receive 25% off your total order. I started looking for a few other items in clearance, and found some other great spring deals to add to my cart.

Check out this cute Dotted Rain Jacket that was $54.95 but is now $21.25 if you purchase the jacket only, or can be as low as $18.75 if your order totals more than $50. This sweet navy jacket with polka dots has a soft pink lining and full zipper. It comes in the high-low style to keep your little girl’s bum dry, especially when wearing leggings.

My little girl wants to live in dresses these days. She has been insisting for three days she is the parrot princess while decked in various dresses and with a crown of course. Check out the colourful Floral Pleated Dress that was $44.95 but is now only $17 if you purchase it alone. Purchase it with an order of $50 or more and the price drops further to $15. This sweet dress has some spring and summer style with all those flowers. My little girl would be twirling for hours in this dress.

Check out my cart. I started out with roughly $60 worth of sale merchandise.

Today Only  Girl’s School Pants Were $24.95 | Now $2.99 + 15% off Code @ The Children’s Place Canada (Free Shipping EXPIRED)

Using the coupon code, my final price is $44.61!

Today Only  Girl’s School Pants Were $24.95 | Now $2.99 + 15% off Code @ The Children’s Place Canada (Free Shipping EXPIRED)

That means for the full retail price of the dress by itself, you now have also a rain coat, hoodie and pants! The Children’s Place is also offering free shipping today only on all orders which makes this deal fantastic. Stock up now on some of the other great deals and grab your kid some great style. Free shipping only lasts today!

(Expiry: 2nd March 2015)

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March 2

Canadian Freebie: Stayfree Pads or Carefree Liners Printable Coupon

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Canadian Freebie: Stayfree Pads or Carefree Liners Printable Coupon

Ladies, I have a great freebie for you. Right now you can grab a free printable coupon from Save.ca for a free box of Stayfree Pads or Carefree Liners. You must have a Save.ca account and a printer handy to grab this deal.

Stayfree has a new campaign right now asking women to pledge to save the panty. If you join in, you can receive a free coupon from Save.ca. If you do not already have a Save.ca account, I highly recommend signing up as they regularly provide both printable coupons and coupons you can mail to your home free of charge.

Once you sign up to take the pledge, you should almost immediately receive an e-mail directing you to Save.ca. Use the e-mail link provided and sign into your free Save.ca account. Make sure your printer is on and ready to go. The first time I tried the coupon, my printer was off and it made everything freeze when it was time to print.

There is another coupon for $3.00 off Schick intuition razors or refills that pops up right next to your freebie coupon and may help you score another great deal. If you check in the general coupon section I am seeing other great printable coupons such as $1 off of Spinbrush toothbrushes or replacement heads, $1 off Arm and Hammer toothpaste and $.75 off Wasa crackers. I always try to maximize my paper and ink by printing off more than one coupon at the same time.

I love that with this coupon you can choose whether you want pads or liners. I am not a pad girl myself, and as a rule of thumb will not use them even if they are free. I still have an open bag of pads leftover from when my daughter was first born several years ago. I will use those liners though for those light days at the end of the month.

If you are not going to use these coupons, consider donating the product to your local women’s shelter or food bank. Sanitary products are often on the list of desirable items that are in demand.

Grab your free coupons now. They will only last for a limited amount of time and freebies tend to go quick!

Image Credit: Chiots Run

(Expiry: unknown)

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March 2

Chapters Indigo: 40% Off Emily Tote & Free Shipping – Now $27

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Chapters Indigo: 40% Off Emily Tote & Free Shipping   Now $27

As women, we can never have enough handbags, right? Especially not when there are sales! The Emily Tote is currently on sale for 40% off at Chapters Indigo and can be yours for just $27 (reg. $45). It comes in either black or nude. As Chapters Indigo ships all orders over $25 for free, you’re sure to get this tote shipped at no extra charge.

The Emily tote is 100% polyurethane and boasts a full cotton lining. It snaps closed with a lobster-claw and a flap.

Oddly enough, there are two Emily totes in black on Chapters’ website but it looks to be the exact same purse, in the exam same colour. The only difference is that one has zero reviews and the other has 4 reviews. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

I took this bag with me on a recent trip and stuffed it to the limit. I thought it will break with the amount of weight I was carrying in it but it is fine. I like the clasp, it helps to keep things from falling out.

Other reviewers weren’t so happy with it, citing poorly made straps. To me, this looks like a great handbag for running errands or anything else of the sort. It would perhaps even be a great lunch tote but I wouldn’t use it for anything heavier given the reviews on the straps, especially since they are quite narrow to begin with.

As it’s touted to be the perfect “work-to-weekend bag”, it could also be used to store a change of clothes for going from work to a couple of drinks with friends after work.

You can also save on the following other totes:

It’s more than double the price of the Emily tote, but the Park Avenue tote, especially the one in navy & grey is actually worth considering as well as it has a 4.8/5 rating with reviewers gushing over how much they love it!

By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to read Brooke’s post from this weekend about a 20% discount on LEGO Classic or LEGO City, a promotion that is set to expire this Sunday. It’s a discount not to be missed if you have kids or are shopping for one!

(Expiry: 9th March 2015)

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March 1

Sale Items From $5 & Free Shipping On All Orders @ Dynamite Canada

Posted by on March 1, 2015 at 9:07 PM

Sale Items From $5 & Free Shipping On All Orders @ Dynamite Canada

Spring is just around the corner, hopefully, and it is time to update that wardrobe with cute and lightweight items. Right now Dynamite Canada might be able to help you accomplish that mission with their current promotion. Dynamite Canada online has free shipping on all orders until the 3rd of March, and why not take advantage of combining that offer with sale items for as low as $5?

Dynamite Canada has many items on sale, from tops to jeans and accessories. You can get a whole new Spring wardrobe for just a fraction of the price. Prices start as low as $5 and don’t increase too much from there. I even find that Dynamite’s quality is great. I had a pair of Dynamite jeans that lasted me over 6 years – they were my favourite pair of denim all through high school.

Let’s start from the top. While you may have to scavenge for sizes in the Dynamite sale section, the hot prices make it worth while. The Basic Tank definitely covers your basics for just $5. It even looks like most sizes are still available, excluding XL. This tank top boasts a scoop front which makes it ideal to wear on its own or even under your favourite sweater or cardigan. Personally, I would tuck this adorable tan tank top into my favourite pair of high waisted jeans for a trendy look.

Speaking of a high waist, check out these Kate Starless Night High Rise JeansThese jeans are a gorgeous dark blue colour. If the low price is not good enough, just think of how many outfits you can complete with this classic high waist. Tuck in the shirt above or wear a cute plaid shirt loosely over top, the choice is yours. These jeans would have normally cost you $50, but right now you will pay just $20.

Add whatever items you like to your Dynamite Canada shopping cart, you’ll get free shipping no matter how much you spend. That means if you can only find your size int he Basic Tank mentioned above, your cart with a total of just $5 will still receive free shipping. That definitely adds some heat to any of these already low prices. So which outfits did you select?

(Expiry: 3rd March 2015)

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March 1

Spring Break on a Budget

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

Spring Break on a Budget

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

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

Have a Staycation

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

Subscribe to Travel Getaway Deal Sites

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

Do What Other Parents Do

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

Switch it Up

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

If Cabin Fever is Getting to You…

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

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

Photo credit: Jeremy Hiebert

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March 1

The Source: Fujifilm JX660 Camera Only $65 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The Source: Fujifilm JX660 Camera Only $65 & Free Shipping

The Source Canada is offering the basic Fujifilm JX660 16 MP Digital Camera for only $64.99 with free shipping. After this promotional period, the cost of the camera will go up to $129.99.

I consider this a basic camera at a good price. While many people are not buying cameras as they are built into their smart phones, I still think a dedicated camera is a good choice. If your kids are into photography, it is far better to give them a $65 camera than a $650 smart phone. If they drop the camera in water, off a cliff, in the toilet, or smear it with peanut butter and try to feed it to the dog – you are not going to mind as much with a $65 item. In addition, cameras are quite resilient whereas when I drop my smart phone a couple feet, it threatens to shatter.

When price comparing this unit, I discovered this is a bit of an older model that many stores no longer have in stock. However, here are the prices from other retailers in Canada:

  • $89.95 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $89.95 @ Future Shop Canada (OOS)
  • $90.99 + $12.06 shipping @ Newegg.ca (OOS)
  • $94.99 @ Shop.ca (OOS)

Secondary sellers are trying to sell these cameras for $111 or more at Amazon.ca. It is easy to see that The Source Canada has the best price by nearly $35.

The Fujifilm JX660 camera has all you need for a simple but useful camera. The 16MP sensor captures good quality images. For video, enjoy HD 720p recording. There is a dedicated movie recording button and you can edit the videos as well (trimming, joining). With 5x optical zoom, you will get closer to your subject without having to shove the camera right up close.

In addition, see everything through a large 2.7″ monitor. I find monitor size integral to good quality images. If I cannot see the picture I am shooting, my photo composition will suffer. Even the width of a hair of movement can turn a good quality picture into so-so if your lighting is not right or you catch the edge of something you do not want in your picture.

This camera comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery that charges through a USB cable. A two-year warranty from FUJI will give you peace of mind.

As the camera retails for over $20, free shipping to your home is included.

(Expiry: 15th March 2015)

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March 1

Wagjag: 6-pk Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($52 Value) – Just $19

Posted by on March 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Wagjag: 6 pk Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($52 Value)    Just $19

Ladies, do you ever leave the house without mascara? I sure don’t and since I go through tubes like there is no tomorrow, here’s a lovely deal I found at WagJag: right now, you can get a pack of 6 Maybelline Great Lash mascaras for just $19, which comes down to just $3.17 per tube! You can choose between very black or brownish black.

I have a real issue with mascara. I tend to apply it, apply it and then apply it some more, all the while getting it all over my eyelids. I’m sure it’s not necessary at all to do it this much but to me it feels like, the more I put on, the longer they get, but the problem with this method is that I go through a lot more tubes than I should.

In any case, did you know that you should get rid of your mascara every three months anyways because of the accumulation of bacteria? Seeing as to how each tube of mascara usually retails for upwards of $6, sometimes even $10 depending on the brand you get, this WagJag deal is definitely well worth redeeming.

In fact, our very own Anna had this to say about this mascara:

I’ve used many types of mascara over the years and in my memory, one of the best performers was the Maybelline Great Lash. I haven’t actually used it in a few years, as I have been gifted other brands for birthdays and Christmases. But from what I recall, it was a really great consistency, and it never clumped up on the brush or on the eyelashes. It was easy to apply, looked great, and easy to remove too. I personally recommend this mascara!

Oddly enough, certain other HealthSnap offers on WagJag, like the 4 Essie nail polish for $19 deal that Eva wrote about recently, also come with a processing fee but this one shouldn’t, especially since the fine print specifies the following: “tax and processing fee charged on merchant’s website“.

At Walmart, the Maybelline Great Lash mascara is currently on rollback for either $3.56 or $4.96 depending on the shade of black that you get. That’s still more expensive than WagJag’s deal and for all you brown lovers out there, the brown is completely sold out, whereas it’s available at WagJag.

Shipping is free but if you want to get your order quicker, you can choose to pick it up at select Health Snap stores instead.

(Expiry: 8th April 2015)

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March 1

Walmart.ca: Sunbeam Wide Slot Toaster Only $12 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Walmart.ca: Sunbeam Wide Slot Toaster Only $12 & Free Shipping

Walmart Canada has a Sunbeam toaster on clearance right now. While the original price is not stated, the toaster will cost you only $11.94 with free shipping. Sunbeam is a household name in appliances, so I assume this toaster works decently well to toast your bread.

While there are no reviews, this toaster should perform just like any other more expensive toaster – it will toast your bread. It is as simple as that. There is the customary dial for how burnt you want your toast (known as the shade setting), and the usual leaver for pushing down and popping up your toast. The shade dial has seven shades to choose from for your toast. The lever will also lift your toast so you can pull it out without burning your fingers.

With the customary hinged crumb tray. This toaster will be simple to clean out when you need. Your only colour choice is white – so you may need to clean this toaster a bit more often than a black one if you want your appliances to stay spit spot clean.

I attempted to price compare this exact model of toaster, but could not find it anywhere else except at Walmart! The same brand and size of slot toaster (slightly newer model I assume), sells for a bit more. There is one on sale at kitchen Stuff Plus for $14.99 plus shipping and Best Buy Canada sells the toaster for $19.78. The next cheapest toaster at Walmart Canada costs $16.88.

While people are not buying new toasters every day, I do see them on the wish lists of people moving out on their own or getting divorced. I am part of a few community swap sites for my city, and toasters are among the appliances frequently requested by teens heading to university, young adults moving out on their own for the first time, and people starting over in a new city and in a new province. Often, when making large life changes, money is in short supply. That is why I think this $12 toaster with free shipping is such a good deal.

(Expiry: unknown)

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