Christmas

December 18

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted by on December 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Unsure as to what to get someone on your Christmas list? Then impress your loved one(s) by making one of the following last minute Christmas gift idea. Best part of all is that these are all very frugal ideas and are guaranteed to cost less than if you were to buy them already made. Plus, it’s just that much more special if you make your gift yourself.

1. Candy Cane Hand Scrub

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Here’s an idea from Cutepolish that I actually plan on doing myself. It’s super quick, easy and looks like it could be very effective. Simply combine sugar, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil in a mason jar or container, mix and that’s it, you have a candy cane hand scrub. I plan on making mine in mason jar mugs, so that my friends can then re-use it for a drink.

2. Irish Cream Liquor

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you spending Christmas at someone else’s house? Then you can’t show up empty-handed! Make your own Irish cream liquor instead with the help of A Farm Girl In The Making‘s recipe. We all know how pricey good quality liquors can be, so the best way to save money is to mix your own drinks. For this recipe, you’re going to need Irish whisky, heavy cream, fat free sweetened condensed milk, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, vanilla extract and cold coffee.

3. Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

I love love love this idea! Although you could just walk into a store and buy a pre-packaged gift basket with different hot chocolate packets, it’s so much better if you make your own. To make it even more unique, follow Bubbly Nature Creations‘ instructions to place the hot chocolate mix into clear plastic fillable ornaments. If you really want to make your gift standout, then you could also paint the ornaments. For any of you with babies or kids, this is a great opportunity to make hand-print ornaments as well! 6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

4. Mason Jar Candle

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Have you ever received or given candles as a gift? Then can easily be tacky but not if you make your own! Something Turquoise has a very easy-to-follow guide on how to make your own mason jar candles that anyone is sure to appreciate receiving as a gift, especially if you also personalize the jar.

5. Beeswax Lip Balm

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Know someone who loves Burt’s Bees or better yet, love natural products altogether? Then make them lip balm from beeswax that is very similar to the Burt’s Bees one. Broke & Healthy has a very clear guide on how to make your own with loads of explanations and helpful pictures.

6. Bath Bombs

6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re really stumped as to what to get someone for Christmas, it can be extremely tempting to walk into one of those heavily scented stores at the mall like Lush or The Body Shop Canada to get a skincare gift set but considering these gifts are more often misses than hits, make your own to avoid any mishaps. As you can see by Maria’s Self recipe, bath bombs are actually super easy and quick to make. Just make sure that the giftee enjoys taking bats first. 6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Image Credit: Karen Jackson

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December 18

Nuvango Coupon Code: 20% Off Gift Cards

Posted by on December 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Nuvango Coupon Code: 20% Off Gift Cards

We are hitting and passing most of the shipping dates for Christmas so now is the time to look towards gift cards for any presents you are missing. Nuvango (formerly Gelaskins) is offering 20% off all gift cards before Christmas.

Click here to order a Nuvango gift card now

  • Coupon Code: 20CARDS
  • Discount: 20% off gift cards
  • Expiry: 24th December 2014

I like this promotion because it is a rarity amongst businesses: not many companies offer discounts on their gift certificates. In fact, when coupons show up for websites the fine print makes sure to exclude gift certificates.

You can order your gift card in whatever denomination you like. Celebrate December 25th by sending your loved one a $25 gift card. Here is some of the savings you can expect from popular denominations of gift cards:

  • $25 gift card for $20
  • $50 gift card for $40
  • $75 gift card for $60
  • $100 gift card for $80

Now, you can also buy these for yourself. If you are planing a Nuvango purchase in the future, why not save money up front with 20% off a gift card? Then you can combine the gift card savings with a sale, when one comes along, and you have just scored yourself an incredible deal my friend.

I really enjoy the art at Nuvango and have one of their hard cases on my cell phone and one of the screen covers they sell on the screen as well. While I see nightmare pictures of iPhone screens shattered beyond recognition, my phone is cozy and kept in one piece by Nuvango. I love my cover and haven’t really thought of another in some time. However, Brian Viveros‘ work is just so bad-ass that I am dying to get a case from one of his art pieces for my real bad girl days. War Child is one of my favourite of his pieces.

For something a bit more exciting and boundary-pushing, I would enjoy carrying around Tiger Girl (warning: nudity) by Javier G. Pacheco. The combination of the glowing-eyed tiger head and the milky-white ‘fragile’ nude female figure is just mesmerizing. I love the juxtaposition and i think we can all create our own stories as to what the image means.

All prices are in US dollars. The gift card will be delivered via free email delivery – straight to your inbox. Then you can print it off and gift it as appropriate.

For this and any future Nuvango coupon codes, visit our forum.

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December 17

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

Posted by on December 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

With Christmas around the corner, many people are taking their Christmas trees out of storage and getting them ready to be the centre of attention for the next few weeks.  Even more people are probably going to their nearest Christmas tree lot to look for the freshest and nicest tree… ready to shell out $100 for that fresh scent and authentic tree experience.

However, if you’re like me and you live in an apartment (where many by-laws do not allow you to have a fresh/ real tree in your apartment because of fire risk) then you may want to think about alternatives that can be good for the environment (and plastic Christmas trees tend not to be the best for the environment) and also good for your wallet.

Admittedly these ideas are probably more practical if you don’t have young children in the home, but they are still great ideas!

Here are a few ideas to save you money on your Christmas tree this year, especially if you’re open to thinking about an alternative Christmas tree:

DIY White Christmas Tree

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

For the ultimate frugal Christmas tree, why not make it out of paper?  Popsugar has a great Do It Yourself article on how to make a Christmas tree entirely out of paper.  Extra props if you use recycled paper or paper you are planning to recycle anyways to make your tree.  I love how modern and minimalist it looks!

Tomato Cage Tree

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

From Buzzfeed I love how this looks so amazing and is yet so simple.  Just grab a tomato cage and some lights and wrap it around and around and you are ready to make a beautiful tomato cage tree (it will be the centre of attention and discussion at your next party, I’m sure–“How’d you make that?”)

Christmas Card Tree

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

Don’t know what to do with all the Christmas cards that you get?  Instead of placing them on the mantle or hanging them on a string across the room like everyone else does, why don’t you try making it into a Christmas card tree?  Simple and elegant and a great reminder of all the loved ones you have.  Home Life suggests that you use blue tack to stick them on your walls, that way you can re-arrange your ‘tree’ as you get more cards.  Also you probably don’t want to damage your walls which might be the case if you use regular tape of course!

Get a Potted Christmas Tree

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

There are over a few hundred million trees cut every year just for Christmas.  The best alternative to buying a new tree (and throwing it away) is to buy a live, potted tree where after you use it, you can plant it into the ground (or have someone plant it for you) so that it is still alive for the next few years where you can dig it up and repot it again in your living room.  A small potted Christmas tree can look great in your living room, especially if you raise the bottom part of the tree, so that the tree looks bigger than it actually is.

Personally I would get an even smaller potted tree, but they are difficult to care for (e.g., they don’t last well indoors).  One option is to go with a tree rental service where they drop off your live tree and pick it up and replant it for you.  However, this option probably isn’t very economical, but it is good for the environment!

Go for a Cardboard Tree

Save Money on Your Christmas Tree

Instead of a paper tree you can get an even easier tree where you just need cardboard and scissors.  The Style at Home blog suggests getting a cardboard tree.  Literally thinking outside the (cardboard) box.  You can make a small one for your table or a larger one for the floor. Perfect for small spaces and great if you have pets (pets love tinsel, baubles, and can break your ornaments unfortunately), all you would need to do is fold it up when the holidays are over.  Although the company that made these cardboard trees doesn’t seem to be in business anymore, I don’t see why anyone couldn’t make this themselves.

Bargainmoosers, have you ever used an “alternative” tree?  If not, do you usually have a “real” tree or a fake one?

Photo credit: Stephen Woods

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December 16

Santa, I Know Him! Shipping Deadlines For Christmas Shopping Online in Canada

Posted by on December 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Santa, I Know Him! Shipping Deadlines For Christmas Shopping Online in Canada

“Hark! How the bells… sweet silver bells… all seem to say… throw cares away.” Christmas is coming like a freight train. If you have not purchased all of the gifts you want before the holidays, now is the time to finish your list. If you do not like battling the crowds in the stores close to the holidays, knowing these shipping deadlines is important to make sure you have everything you want by Christmas. The longer you wait, the more you will pay in shipping costs.

 Items Will Arrive Before December 25th – Standard Shipping  Still Applies

Please note additional deadlines for Express or Next Day are included if available

  • Dell (December 16th) Dell has standard 3-5 day business shipping. If you order by December 16th it will get there by Christmas.  For two day shipping in time for Christmas you can order by December 21st. To get an item next day in time for Christmas you have until December 22nd at 12 noon to order!
  • Homedepot.ca (December 16th-December 17th) Dates vary widely by region for this retailer. If you want an item from Home Depot online by Christmas check the link closely and act fast!
  • Hudsons Bay (December 16th-December 22nd) Hudson’s Bay is offering standard shipping up until the last possible moment. Deadlines to order an item are dependent on your region. Express shipping and next day delivery for most locations is available up until December 23rd. Free pickup in store deadlines vary from December 19th to December 22nd.
  • Sony.ca (December 17th) Most items ship in time for Christmas if you order by December 17th and free standard ground shipping will still apply. Express 2-day shipping orders must be ordered by December 19th.  Rush one day shipping on orders must be ordered by December 21st.
  • Amazon (December 18th) Amazon has regular delivery offered by Christmas if you order on or before December 18th (December 16th if you’re in a rural area!). Two day shipping is available up through December 22nd. One day shipping if you order before December 23rd by noon is available. Same day shipping is available on December 24th if you order before noon.  Amazon is a shipping champion!
  • Staples.ca (December 18th) All items that have an expected shipping date of 1 business day will arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 18th. If your item says 2 or more business days however, Staples says you need to allow extra time. I would not count on an item marked 2 or more business days arriving in time for Christmas.
  • The Source (December 19th-December 22nd) The Source has standard shipping deadlines starting on December 19th – December 22nd depending on your location. Express shipping is available and the deadline varies between December 21st and December 22nd based on location. A few select areas have a December 23rd deadlines by noon for express shipping orders. You can also pick up your order at will call centres in store up until December 24th, but you must have the order placed by 8:00am on December 24th. Will call centres are open until 3pm on December 24th. You can also pick up at will call centres on December 26th.
  • Newegg.ca (December 19th) While free shipping isn’t available for Newegg, you can still get 3 day shipping in time for Christmas if you order before December 19th. Two day shipping is available if you order by December 22nd. One day shipping is also available if you order by December 23rd.
  • Old Navy (December 21st at noon) Old Navy will allow you to place your order up until December 21st at noon to receive standard shipping delivery in time for Christmas. Rural areas had until December 15th at 2pm to order in time for Christmas. Old Navy will also offer free standard shipping on orders over $50 through December 21st. 2 day shipping deadline for delivery by Christmas is December 22nd by 2pm. One day shipping for delivery by Christmas is December 23rd by 2pm.
  • Future Shop (Estimated December 21 for GTA but varies) Future Shop is making it as easy as possible on us to shop. On their site is a little tool that tells you exactly how many days you have left to order. For Toronto you have a generous 7 days left to order, but for other locations it varies. Free standard shipping for all orders over $25! Click on the link and see how many days you have left to order.
  • Best Buy (Estimated December 21 for GTA but varies) Sister company to Future Shop, Best Buy is also making it as easy as possible on us to shop. On their site is a little tool that tells you exactly how many days you have left to order. For Toronto you have a generous 7 days left to order, but for other locations it varies. Free standard shipping for orders over $25! Click on the link and see how many days you have left to order.

Items Will Arrive Before December 25th With Express Shipping or Ship to Store Only

  • Sears.ca (December 16th or December 17th) The deadline to order from Sears varies based on your location, so make sure you double-check the link. Most locations have a Christmas deadline of either December 16 or December 17 to have an item shipped to store in time for Christmas, and shipping to store is free. To ship to your home some items will ship in time, others will not and there is a lot of variation across items. Check carefully as you checkout.
  • SportChek  (December 19th) Order by December 19th via express shipping and you’ll have your present in time for Christmas morning. The regular shipping deadline has now passed, so free shipping will no longer apply to get it in time for Christmas.
  • Chapters Indigo (December 23rd) Chapters Indigo will let you pay premium shipping to get an item in time for the holiday up until December 18th. If you are in the GTA only you can have it shipped to your home free with basic shipping if you order by December 18th. Chapters Indigo also offers a next day shipping that will be expensive depending on the order, but you can order up until December 23 and still get your present to most major urban areas.

Shipping In Time For Christmas Is Based On The Item You Order and Your Location

  • Walmart (dates vary by item) Free shipping at Walmart has now passed if you want your order by Christmas. Walmart will let you express ship items more quickly, but they cannot guarantee all items. Each item will give you an estimated shipping date, so it makes it harder to even approximate. Shipping is also free to Canada Post or other “Grab and Go” locations, which vary by region. Overall some great deals here but they will not guarantee you will get all your items by Christmas unless stated when you add it to your cart. Walmart tends to be quick with their shipping, so it may still make it in time for the big day.
  • Canadian Tire (dates vary by item and location) Canadian Tire really wants to get you into their store. Many of the items for sale are available only in store. Canadian Tire is encouraging participation in their pay and pick up in store program. If you want to purchase an item from Canadian Tire, you will have to check your specific item and location on their website. You may also want to consider visiting their stores if it is something you need.
  • The Brick (dates vary by item and location) The Brick’s shipping and delivery is all based on stores and warehouses that are close to you. For this retailer you will have to check the specific item you are looking for and shipping will depend on the location you live in.
  • Costco.ca (varies but estimated December 16th) Costco items all vary based on the item you choose and the location you’re in. Most items seem to estimate 3-7 business day delivery, but the amount of time can vary. You will need to add an item to your cart to find out if it will make it to you house in time for Santa’s deadline.
  • Shop.ca (varies but estimated December 16th) Shop.ca is continuing to use their standard business practice of shipping within 3-7 business days for the holiday season. That makes it harder for us who are ordering close to the Christmas deadline. 3-7 days is a big date range for Santa. Each item should tell you how long it would take to ship, but to guarantee an item by Christmas my estimate is you need to order by December 16th.
  • Toys R Us (estimated December 19th) Toys R US shipping policies say most of their items ship from the warehouse in 2-4 business days, but shipping varies per item. If I was ordering and I had to have something from Toys R Us for Christmas, I would go in the store to guarantee I had it or buy somewhere else.

That’s a lot of shopping Moosers! Where are you doing your last minute shopping online?

Photo credit: Niels Linneberg

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December 11

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

It’s not the most frugal method but if you have ever bought ornaments before Christmas, then you will know that the best ones can be pretty pricey. Save yourself some money and create your very own ornaments with these six DIY ideas! They’re super easy and I guarantee that you will want to make extra to give out to friends and family.

1. Thumbprint Ornament

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

I’m not much of a painter but I’m confident that even I could make these red nose reindeer ones from Little Bit Funky. All you need are a couple of white or blue ornaments, paint and a fine paint brush. Simply dip your fingers into brown paint, then use a paint brush to draw on the antlers, eyes and a red nose. Arguably, this one could also be called a moose fingerprint ornament, but if you do, make sure to snap a picture and send it to us! 6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

2. Fingerprint Christmas Light Ornament

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Thumbprint ornmants seem so easy, that I decided to include this Christmas lights one from The Happier Homemaker. Same concept as the reindeer one but you need to instead use differently coloured paint to dab on lights. Once you’re down, string them all together with some black paint! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

3. Filled and Painted Ornaments

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Little Gray Fox has come up with a brilliant idea for creating beautiful ornaments and even better is that this is perhaps the easiest idea of the bunch! All you need to do is pour a bit of paint into a clear glass ornaments, swirl it around and voila, you’re done! Sure, you can buy coloured ornaments but where’s the fun in that? Plus, searching for a particular colour can be a hassles, so it’s much easier to just select the exact colour that you want! You can also go a step further by pouring sprinkles into the ornament or whatever other ideas you may have. Once you’re down, simply seal off the top with hot glue.

4. Handprint Ornament

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Here’s a wonderful oranment idea from You’re So Martha that I will be utilizing myself. Create your very own hand print or footprint moulded ornaments and the best part is that you probably already have all of the needed ingredients, which are flour, salt and water. You read that right: just three ingredients! These could also be painted however you see fit.

5. Newspaper Strip Ornament

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Got a couple of old books or newspapers lying around that you will never read again? Then here’s another idea to go with the 7 Ways to Upcycle Books that I wrote about recently. Just in time for Christmas, you can use strips of newspaper or pages from a book to make a unique looking ornament. Instructions are available at Craft and Creativity but once you hop over to their site, keep in mind that English instructions are available underneath the Swedish ones.

6. Beaded Candy Cane

6 Easy DIY Ornament Ideas

Not a fan of painting? No worries, grab yourself a couple of chenille pipe cleaners along with red and white pony beads and make yourself some beaded candy canes a la Fountain Avenue Kitchen‘s brilliant idea. Plus, you can either use these as ornaments or you could even place them strategically around the house if you’re in the mass production mood.

(Image Credit: Damien Weidner)

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December 11

Well.ca Up to 75% off Holiday Overstock Sale

Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Well.ca Up to 75% off Holiday Overstock Sale

Well.ca has a very nice up to 75% off Holiday overstock sale on right now. Check out this post for a peak at the deals!

Well.ca is one of those places that I shop personally, as their deals are nice and, more importantly; they carry brands that I actually use on a regular basis. This holiday sale is a fantastic way to score some great prices on every day and gourmet items for the holidays!

First, i nearly died when i saw all the marvellous tea collections on sale. These make amazing holiday gifts to people 9like me) who drink lots of tea. The Tea Forte Single Steeps World of Teas Collection was $14.99 and is now $7.50, for five different blends of tea. While that sounds pleasant, I am just in love with this Tea Forte Coconut Teas Tin Gift Box  for the same discount. Coconut is one of my favourite flavours, thus finding an entire collection centred on it is very nice.

Are you looking for something to deck your halls with? The discounts on these stockings will keep money in your pocket and off your mantel, sort-of. This Fabric Stocking with Embroidery & Cuff was $11.49 and is now $6.89. However, my heart is set on the Big Thick Plush Stocking that was $17.38 and is now $6.95. There are less than 10 of these big beauties in stock right now, so hop on this deal quickly.

There are some other fantastic gifts in this sale. Many women I know would love to get their hands on this Hoof Purrfect Manicure Set for only $8, originally $19.99. The set comes with six nail polishes, a cuticle pusher, scissors, tweezers, nail file and nail clippers.

Of your children are helping you out with the baking this holiday season. Why not get them their own aprons? That does not have to be a costly endeavour with this Now Designs Kids Brr Apron for just $6.79, originally $16.98. I think kids will love the design and have a lot of fun as well.

Last but not least, this Redneck Cafe Bacon Hot Chocolate Mug is the gift for the redneck that has everything. Yes, it is bacon flavoured hot chocolate. Originally $12.98, you can purchase this unique gift for just $6.49.

We also have the Well.ca exclusive coupon code BMOOSENEW for $10 off $40 for new customers. I have heard reports of old customers being able to use the coupon code as well, so try using it when you check out to see if you can get an extra sweet discount.

Receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

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December 8

Ikea Canada: Free $20 Off $75 with $20 Tree Purchase (In Store)

Posted by on December 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Ikea Canada: Free $20 Off $75 with $20 Tree Purchase (In Store)

Occasionally, an in store deal only is so good that we just have to mention it. Purchase a fresh natural fir tree at Ikea for only $20, and receive a $20 off $75 coupon valid for your next purchase. Essentially, you are getting the tree for free.

If you have not picked up a Christmas tree yet, this is the time to do it. This offer is only valid on the natural fir tree that will only cost you $20. The coupon you receive for $20 off $75 will be valid between December 15th and January 31st, 2015. That means you can even use it on Boxing Day!

The offer does not make mention of any store exclusions, so I assume it includes all of the following Canadian Ikea locations – excluding Quebec as I cannot find mention of it on store pages for the Montreal and Vaughan locations.

Of course, this offer is available while quantities last. You may wish to phone ahead to your local store to ensure that the promotion is on and that there are still trees (and coupons) available.

If you live in Quebec, then I would double check to see whether this promotion is indeed available or not at your Ikea stores. I do not understand why Quebec is excluded from so many promotions.

I do not live near an Ikea anymore, but when I did, it was quite the event to take a trip there. The store is like a giant maze and I often felt like a mouse trapped inside it. There is just so much stuff and once you are inside, you just have to keep on following the paths until you find an exit. While they have some great stuff in there, I did find the store too big for me. I like stores where I can see a few windows into the outside world now and then.

Bargainmoosers, when do you put up your Christmas Tree?

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December 8

Purdy’s Canada Promo Code: Exclusive Free Shipping for No Minimum Monday (EXPIRED)

Posted by on December 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Purdys Canada Promo Code: Exclusive Free Shipping for No Minimum Monday (EXPIRED)

I’m so excited to tell you about this exclusive free shipping deal we have today for No Minimum Monday. Purdy’s rarely offers coupon codes and rarely does free shipping. In fact, their Black Friday offer was to have a shipping threshold of a $65 minimum order. Otherwise, you’d have to pay a flat rate of $10 for shipping. They also sometimes reduce that flat rate down to $5, but today you pay $0 for shipping from Purdy’s, thanks to our exclusive coupon code!

Click here to shop @ Purdys.com now

  • Coupon Code: NOMIN_MOOSE
  • Discount: Free shipping
  • Expiry: 8th December 2014

If you’ve never tried Purdy’s chocolate, I have to admit you are losing out, big time. I tried it for the first time last Christmas at my mom’s. I put their salted caramel in my mouth and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve tasted. She had a large box on the table with all sorts of assorted Purdy’s chocolates, but that one was so good, I needed to eat whichever ones were left in the box. Unfortunately, my brother ate the other one and I think I was miffed at him for about an hour after that. I had to console myself with the other chocolates in the box, which were also divine, but just not as mind-blowing as that salted caramel.

They have these Christmas Himalyan pink salt caramels for $19. Guess whose mouth these are going to reach? Mine, all mine!

I don’t have a Purdy’s near me, so today is the day I will be shopping for myself and for gifts so I don’t have to pay shipping or reach a minimum.

If there is someone you love who you want to show it to, Purdy’s is the way to do it. Their mini favourites box looks right up my alley and I see a salted caramel is included. Their hedgehogs are also very popular. This box sells for only $8.

You can also get the hedgehogs on their own, and this is a good chocolate for someone who likes creamy in the middle. These are beautiful. The smallest box is $12 and the largest is $30.

If you are a fan of orange chocolate, you don’t want to miss this orange slices box ($19).

Be sure to check out their Christmas collection as you will not be disappointed. Also, always check back to the Purdy’s coupon page on the forum for the latest in deals and coupons.

Purdys Canada Promo Code: Exclusive Free Shipping for No Minimum Monday (EXPIRED)

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December 7

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 6:45 AM

If you are on the lookout for Lego bargains perhaps for Christmas gifts for little ones, check out these deals which I’ve just found on Amazon Canada. They have reduced a range of Lego sets by 25% off their original prices.

I am listing below the 5 items that I have found which are all discounted by the aforementioned 25%. Amazon do sell many more Lego items, but these 5 are particular bargains. Read on and see why!

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

LEGO Movie Melting Room was $15.99 now $11.99 – I’ve compared this set elsewhere, and Amazon definitely has the best price I can find. Most other stores, such as Mastermind Toys and Best Buy have this set for $16.

 

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

LEGO Ninjago Battle for City was $139.99 now $111.99 – This LEGO set is $140 from Lego themselves, and the same at Best Buy and Future Shop. So, you’re saving nearly $30 on the regular price on this one. It looks fantastic! I’d love to get this set myself… well, for my daughter *cough.*

 

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

LEGO Ultra Agents Hurricane Heist was $89.99 now $67.49 – Elsewhere, this particular Lego set is $90 @ Lego, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Future Shop and Mastermind Toys, all the usual suspects. Super price from Amazon!

 

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

LEGO City Trains Train Station Building Toy was $79.99 now $63.99 – Elsewhere, you’re looking at cost prices of $80 @ Chapters and Walmart, I can’t see this particular set at many other stores.

 

25% Off Select Lego Sets @ Amazon: Movie Melting Room, Ninjago Battle for City & More!

LEGO Star Wars B-Wing Building Toy was $59.99 now $44.99 – This Lego set is $60 @ Toys R Us, $60 @ Lego, and the same @ Sears.

 

If you are placing an order of $25 or more on Amazon.ca, you will get free super saver shipping. Only the Melting Room falls below that minimum spend, all the others would come with free shipping automatically.

Overall, the prices on the above sets are excellent at Amazon. For those of you who know, it can be hard to get bargains on Lego. When you do find a bargain, it’s never a super steep discount such as 70% or 80%. But a 25% reduction on regular prices is great, especially as it is so close to Christmas and people are keeping their eyes out for this kind of bargain.

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December 6

Half Price Spider-Man Memory Game: Only $5 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Half Price Spider Man Memory Game: Only $5 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca! (EXPIRED)

If, like me, you are on the lookout for little bits and pieces for your kids or relatives for Christmas, you might be interested in this deal. The item on sale in the Walmart clearance section is this Spider-Man Memory Game. It’s half price just now, down to only $5 with free shipping to your home!

The fact that this has free shipping is what makes it a super buy. The product is also half price, down from $9.93 to five bucks. I think it would make a great little Christmas gift for a young child, most likely appreciated by those in the 3 to 5 year old age group, I reckon.

The Spider-Man Memory Game says it is for age 3 and upwards, but to be honest, I’ve been doing this type of memory exercise with my daughter since she was far younger than that. It’s a great exercise for young minds. Sometimes you’re looking for activities to do to prevent the kids from tearing up the house… and this could just be another one in your repertoire. If you play it, you can lose between half an hour and an hour! Time well spent.

Also, don’t let the fact that this is spider-man make you think that the game is just for boys – it’s not just for boys. Girls would appreciate it just as much. Speaking of which, my sister texted me a few days ago, asking what kind of PJs she should buy for my daughter… princess ones or some other pink ones. And I said, “Do they have to be pink?” My daughter really loves her Halloween themed pajamas which are covered in skulls… boys PJs are just as good! In fact, I’d prefer to have less pink laundry to do… I actually now do a “pink” wash as well as dark and light washes!

Anyway, back to the Spider-Man game. There isn’t much of a description or even any reviews on it. However, the box shows other Marvel characters such as Wolverine, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, but I am not sure how many cards it contains and it contains 72 cards.

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December 4

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Posted by on December 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la, la la la la… and what better way to get jolly than by decorating your home for the holidays? Whether you have already started or are still looking for ideas, below you will find a list of 7 inexpensive ways to decorate your home without spending a fortune.

1. Joy Wall Hanging

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Greet the mailman who will be ringing your doorbell every day with parcels this month from all of your online shopping (or the guests you invite) with some joy with this super easy craft from 20 North Ora. All you need is some felt, decorative pieces and glue to make your very own joy wall hanging. The best part about it is that it can be hung virtually anywhere!

2. Ornament Wreath

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

If you want a truly unique wreath for your front door, then Beautiful Life Made Easy has you covered. This ornament wreath may look complicated but it’s actually super easy to make. All you need is a metal coat hanger, a bunch of ornaments, some ribbon and glue. This is a particularly great project for anyone who has scored loads of cheap ornaments after Christmas in the previous years.

3. Iced Branches

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Love winter so much that you wish your home could look icy cool without feeling cold? Then make your very own iced branches with the help of instructions from Make Them Wonder . Take a stroll outside to grab some branches from your nearest park and then use tacky glue to adorn them with Colorfill diamonds. Once your branches are ready, you can place them in a vase anywhere in your home! Alternatively, you could also use glitter instead of diamonds.

4. Candle Holders

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Store-bought candle holders are great and all but even better are those that you can make yourself like these ones from Pop Sugar. Although this Christmas decoration idea may be better suited for a chilly Sunday afternoon spent inside with a glass of hot cocoa or eggnog, it’s actually a rather easy one, despite appearing somewhat complicated. By turning wine glasses around, you can create your very own scenery with mini Christmas trees from the dollar store and sugar to create the snowy look. If you prefer to use a vase, then you can also make an ornament vase instead as per Haukmoon269‘s YouTube instructions.

5. Advent Calendar

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Make your very own advent calendar with  By Stephanie Lynn‘ step-by-step guide. You can hang little chocolates on each number or simply use it as a decorative piece anywhere in your home. As Christmas draws nearer, you could even hang a different little ornament on each day.

6. Candy Cane Holder

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

Take inspiration from Living Well Spending Less and decorate your vases with candy canes. December is the month of poinsettias and if you have already bought a pot or two to decorate your home, then you can add a unique touch to those store-bought pots by decorating them with candy canes as well.

7. Snowman Fridge

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decoration Ideas

I love this idea from Crafting My Talents as it’s so easy and festive. For all those of you with a white fridge or maybe even white dishwasher, then you can quickly and easily turn it into a snowman! All you need is some construction paper and for the scarf, you can even use holiday wrapping paper.

Image Credit: James Gray-King

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December 3

Franklin Zero Gravity Air Hockey Table Was $150 Now $100 @ Best Buy & Future Shop Canada

Posted by on December 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Franklin Zero Gravity Air Hockey Table Was $150 Now $100 @ Best Buy & Future Shop Canada

Shopping around for a Christmas gift just got a whole lot more interesting! Here’s a unique idea that anyone (kids especially) is sure to like: an air hockey table! The Franklin zero gravity air hockey table is currently $49 off at both Best Buy and Future Shop. Instead of $148.99, you can now get it for just $99.99.

I have to admit that I am beyond tempted to get this deal and it wouldn’t even be for my little one’s enjoyment as she is, well… too little! Not only would this air hockey table make an amazing gift for kids to play with but also for adults! There’s nothing like a couple of rounds of air hockey to loosen the atmosphere, especially if you’re planning on hosting large dinner parties over the holidays.

Air hockey tables are usually white but this one’s surface is black and comes with 2 red pushers and 2 red pucks. Although there aren’t any reviews on Future Shop’s site, two reviewers on Best Buy’s website have rated this air hockey table 5/5 stars. You can read the other review on Best Buy’s site, but here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

I bought this as a gift. The box is almost a meter long and all wrapped up it had a ‘wow’ factor to it. Once out of the box, the assembly was easy – took less than 10 minutes before the kids were playing their first game.

This brings me to the next advantage of getting this deal right now: free shipping. Even if you have a large enough car to fit this into if you were to get it in-stores, it’s a major benefit, especially for those of you with either small cars or no car at all. Plus, with the ever dropping temperature lately, do you really want to venture out to get this table in-stores? I didn’t think so. Franklin Zero Gravity Air Hockey Table Was $150 Now $100 @ Best Buy & Future Shop Canada

It’s also the best air hockey deal available anywhere right now. The cheapest air hockey table available at Sears is the Victory 6 one currently on sale for $499.99. Walmart has the Power Play 40″ table top air hockey but it’s not nearly as big and needs to be played while sitting on the floor. The Franklin zero gravity air hockey table is actually a table (the legs are long enough) and it features the following dimensions: 68.58cm x 81.28cm x 121.92cm.

(Image Credit: Scott Akerman)

(Expiry: 4th December 2014)

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November 30

(Save 41%) Toy Story Jessie Doll Only $10 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

(Save 41%) Toy Story Jessie Doll Only $10 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca! (EXPIRED)

I can hardly believe the excellent bargains that are coming from Walmart.ca this year. What’s even sweeter is that they all come with free shipping too! And that’s just the case with this Toy Story Jessie Doll – it’s a super price. Originally $16.94, it’s in the clearance section and marked down to only $10 with free shipping right now.

This is in the clearance section at Walmart and in the previous few weeks, we have posted quite a few deals from there. Sometimes the deals last only minutes – sometimes for a few days. I have no idea how much stock Walmart has left of Jessie, so if you are interested then buy it soon. I’ve spotted the same Jessie doll on Toys R Us for twice the price, $19.99.

This would be an ideal Christmas gift to any young kid who is a fan of the Toy Story movies. It says it is for ages 3 and upwards.

The blurb on Walmart says:

Standing at 11.5-inches in fashion doll scale, Jessie comes with posable arms and legs, rooted yarn hair, soft goods cowgirl clothes and hat.

So, as far as I can see, this is just a basic doll – there are no extra bells and whistles on it. One reviewer had a negative comment which made me chuckle:

Only downfall is the hat does not stay on.

Well, if that’s all you’ve got to worry about, things aren’t so bad. (Save 41%) Toy Story Jessie Doll Only $10 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca! (EXPIRED) First world problems, eh?

My little 4 year old daughter recently watched Toy Story for the first time, and really enjoyed it. It’s such a classic Disney/Pixar movie, I love it myself! I think my daughter would love this Jessie doll too… but I’ve already bought her a Frozen Elsa and Ana for Christmas. We don’t need any more dolls in the toybox!

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November 26

Walmart Canada: 6′ Pre-Lit Christmas Trees Only $20

Posted by on November 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Walmart Canada: 6 Pre Lit Christmas Trees Only $20

Walmart Canada is selling 6′ Christmas trees with lights built in (saves on decorating expenses) for only $20 each! You can choose from clear lights or multicoloured lights.

As per usual, Walmart fails to list the original price of these trees but this is really cheap – that I know!

Each of these trees stands about six feet tall when mounted on the plastic base. They are made to look like a green pine tree and have 484 tips for added realism. Strung among the branches are 250 incandescent lights. These lights are designed to stay lit even if one in the string should burn out. You can choose the tree with clear bulbs or go for the more colourful multicoloured lights.

A string of 250 bulbs would set you back nearly $20 alone these days, so a tree and bulbs for that price is pretty awesome. I may love the smell of a real tree but I think the trees should stay in the forest and Christmas trees should be a representation of a tree, not the real thing. Besides, sap and needles are a bastard to clean up after, especially if you have a carpet.

Now, if you miss out on this deal, there are some 6.5″ trees with 350 lights and 600 tips. for $49 with lights as well that are still a pretty good offer (one has already sold out). If the above trees sell out, check out these for only $49:

There are a few other good tree deals on in smaller sizes like four foot trees and a few other decorative models. These are more your primary Christmas tree size.

As per usual, receive free shipping on all orders with Walmart Canada.

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November 26

(Save $80) Get The Stiga Hockey Table Game Only $50 & Free Shipping @ Giant Tiger Canada! HOT!!!

Posted by on November 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

(Save $80) Get The Stiga Hockey Table Game Only $50 & Free Shipping @ Giant Tiger Canada! HOT!!!

I was just hunting the interwebs for some Black Friday flyers to populate our excellent deals dashboard, and I found the Black Friday flyer live here on the Giant Tiger site. But while I was there, my eye landed on a very good price on a kid’s toy and after a bit of research, I realised that this was an absolutely excellent offer. The Stiga Hockey Table Game is usually priced at $129.99 but you can get it right now for a measly $50 with free shipping!

When you click the above link, you’ll see the toy for $60. Just apply the Giant Tiger coupon code 10YIPPEE for an extra $10 discount. As this item is over the $25 free shipping threshold, free shipping is automatic too.

There isn’t much information on the site about it, other than this:

  • Two NHL teams
  • Goal counters
  • 2 pucks included

I googled for reviews though, and there are 3 customer reviews on Toysrus. There are some positive comments, but one negative reviewer. For example:

Best table hockey ever made.

Compared to:

This is the biggest piece of garbage ever.

But to be honest, at such a low price point for this item, I wouldn’t expect it to be the most amazing toy in the world – but it’s definitely worth the money.

Price Comparison

Elsewhere, this Stiga Hockey Table Game is a LOT pricier. Let me show you the prices elsewhere online in Canada: $120 @ Mastermind, $119 @ Costco, $105 @ Sportsetc, $120 @ Toysrus, $180 @ Amazon. So as you can see, $50 from Giant Tiger is an absolute steal! I honestly have no idea if Giant Tiger have much stock left… so if you are interested in this item, get it now at this very low price.

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