Christmas

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.

(Expiry: unknown)

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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.

(Expiry: unknown)

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November 25

Amazon.ca Black Friday DOTD: Half Price Acer Iconia Tablet $99.99 & Free Shipping & Other Lightning Deals

Posted by on November 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Amazon.ca Black Friday DOTD: Half Price Acer Iconia Tablet $99.99 & Free Shipping & Other Lightning Deals

In the ongoing event that is Black Friday deals week @ Amazon.ca, they’ve had some really excellent one day deals and today is no exception. Right now, you can pick up a half price Acer Iconia 7.9” tablet for half price – it’s down from $199.99 to only $99.99 with free shipping from Amazon!

The full title of this item is the: Acer Iconia 7.9-Inch Tablet (A1-830-1838) with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Intel AtomTM processor Z2560, 1 GB, 16 GB Storage, 7.9-Inch display with IPS. It looks like a decent enough device, good for some basic home tasks.

Price Comparison Elsewhere

This is by far the best online price in Canada for this model of Acer Iconia tablet. Elsewhere, I’ve spotted the Acer A1-830-1838 for $140 @ FactoryDirect, $180 @ The Source, $160 @ TigerDirect, $213 @ CDW, $177 @ OfficeMax and $178 @ Walmart. Walmart and Amazon are in price wars at the moment, so it’s great to see such a price difference there, and a super price from Amazon.

While this particular tablet is probably not quite going to be up to the same quality of an iPad Air, you have different expectation when you are paying only $100 for a tablet. For this kind of thing, I think it would be great for young teenagers as a Christmas gift, great for playing little games and watching movies, etc. When my nephews were 9 and 11, they each got a tablet from Santa for Christmas, something similar to the Acer above. They’re definitely not as easy to use as an iPad, but they were a great little gift.

Some Other Amazon.ca Lightning Deals Today Only

Remember, everything over $25 gets free shipping!

(Expires: 25th November 2014)

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November 23

Free Portable North Pole Santa Videos Now Live!

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

Free Portable North Pole Santa Videos Now Live!

Each year for the last few years, we’ve mentioned the Santa videos from Portable North Pole. These are free personalised videos, where Santa and his elves send a cute video message to your little ones. And just this week, they’ve reactivated the free video messages for Christmas 2014!

On the above page, you just pop in a few details such as your child’s name, age and interests, and they’ll make you the free personalised Santa video. When you’ve made it, they instantly send you a link to your email so you have it saved to watch later… or to tell your little one that Santa has emailed mommy! That’s what I did last year, and I was then plagued every single day to go and read Santa’s email and watch the video, again and again. My daughter was 3 years old, and was fascinated at the time. I haven’t yet shown her this year’s video, I’ll be doing it very soon!

While the above service is totally free, there are some premium options upon which you can spend some money. A premium video is only $3.99, and the unlimited holiday pass is $9.99.

In the free option, there’s one storyline, but there are 3 to choose from in the premium video. I think this might make a little more sense for slightly older kids who could recognise that the video is almost the same as the one they received last year. It might be nice to vary it up a little bit. If you are intending on buying something from Portablenorthpole.com, then make sure to hit up our coupon page here. There’s a currently active coupon code which gives you a 10% discount on any digital purchases.

On another related and fun note, check out the NORAD Santa tracker. On that site, you can track Santa’s progress around the world on Christmas Eve… it’s good fun and maybe a good incentive to get the kids to bed! It doesn’t become active until the 1st of December though, so check back on it then.

(Expiry unknown)

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November 23

NerfN-Strike Strongarm 2-Pack Was $20 now $15 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca!

Posted by on November 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

NerfN Strike Strongarm 2 Pack Was $20 now $15 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca!

ALERT! ALERT! Potential Christmas present alert! Over in the clearance section at Walmart.ca, they’ve got a deal on the 2 pack of these NerfN-Strike Strongarm blasters. They were originally priced at $19.92 but they’re now only $15 with free shipping to your home.

These would be an ideal Christmas pressie for some kids… I know that my 7 year old nephew would love these. I’m not going to buy them though as I know he already has some Nerf equipment so I wouldn’t want to double up on it. But for a 2 pack of blasters, this is an excellent price from Walmart. That’s only $7.50 per gun.

Now, as these are in the clearance section at Walmart, I don’t expect this deal to last very long. We’ve been posting a few items from their clearance sales and they tend to sell out fairly fast.

At other Canadian online stores, I’ve found the same gun at higher prices, albeit for only one Nerf gun. You can pick one up for $18 @ Toys R Us, $32.50 @ Amazon.ca, so paying only $15 for TWO Nerf guns from Walmart is really excellent. I did spot single ones for only $6.79 here at London Drugs, but you’d have to pay $13.58 plus $9.95 shipping to get two of them, working out quite a bit more expensive.

The Nerf guns have some good reviews on the Walmart site. Even though the age range says 9-12 years, the first reviewer says that her 2 and 4 year old love them! The reviews seem pretty sound though, such as:

Bought this on sale and play it all the time at home. Good speed to the shots

Nerf is such a popular brand… if you need a Christmas pressie for some young’uns, this could be just the ticket.

(Expiry: unknown)

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November 22

Hatley Canada: Making The Moose Out of X-Mas Apron Only $12.50 (Was $25) & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hatley Canada: Making The Moose Out of X Mas Apron Only $12.50 (Was $25)  & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Hatley has a number of items on for 50% off right now, including this moose-rific Christmas apron, which is now only $12.50, regularly $25. It just so happens they are also having their free shipping with no minimum weekend on right now, so you’ll also get it shipped to you for free, instead of having to spend a minimum of $50.

Of course, we at Bargainmoose love this apron, but I know that the Hatley lovers out there will love it too. Moose and bears are part of Hatley’s trademark look. An apron like this is perfect for yourself or as a gift for the cooking or baking lover in your life.

The item has also been discontinued, so you won’t see it in stock again, so if you love it, now is the time to jump. It is 100% cotton, splatter resistant and has an adjustable neck so any man or woman can wear it.

While you’re at it, you could get the matching oven mitt for only $5, regularly $10. My mom would love the fridge magnet that matches as well, only $2, regularly $4.

If you aren’t into moose (as if that’s possible), the Season’s Grrreetings apron is also cute, with the signature bear cooking a turkey. Also only $12.50.

If you don’t mind paying full price, you can still shop other items at Hatley and get free shipping this weekend. Check out the wide selection of kitchen aprons in the gift section. I like the Making a Moose in the Kitchen because that’s apparently what I do, but I love it. This one is full price at $25.

Although this is the free shipping weekend so you don’t have to spend $50 to get free shipping, you have an incentive to do so. First, your incentive is all the great stuff in the outlet you might want to buy. Second, if you spend over $50, you’ll get a free Hatley ornament. These are $8.99 each, so you might have to weigh out the cost of your shipping to the cost of the ornament. My favourite of course: Moose Angel.

(expiry: 23rd November 2014)

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November 20

Shutterfly (U.S.): Personalized Christmas Stockings Only $15

Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Shutterfly (U.S.): Personalized Christmas Stockings Only $15

I found these really awesome personalizable Christmas stockings at Shutterfly when I was researching the best prices on personalized gifts this season. They are regularly $24.99 USD, and for my family of five, that really adds up. But, right now there is a coupon code for 40% off everything, which brings the total of the stockings down to $14.99 each. Use SHAREIT to get yourself that 40% off.

You can use the coupon for whatever your heart desires on Shutterfly’s site, but I think the stockings are a great deal. I haven’t seen anything quite like this out there, especially for this low of a price.

When I took out my Christmas decorations this year, we realized we have quite a weird mish-mash of stockings and no one really knows which is theirs. One of my kids is still using his baby’s first Christmas stocking. I’ve decided to sharpen it up a bit and get us all (including the dog and cats) their own stockings. Instead of paying $175 for 7 stockings, I’m going to pay only $105 and I think these will last them into adulthood. Heck, if they want to take them with them when they move out, or they can keep them at my house as a special reminder of those Christmases of their youth.

I like that there are a variety of themes available, as well as colours. The Disney ones are cute, but I think I’d rather not stick to a childish theme and keep it more traditional. But, if you do have a Frozen lover, I’m sure your munchkin wouldn’t mind seeing their face and name next to Elsa.

For me, I can see my boys with this My Reindeer stocking or snowflake cheer.

The Gallery of Five is also a great way to get a collage stocking going. This would make a great gift idea for a family you love, filled with goodies.

It looks like shipping is $4.99 per stocking and you may get dinged with duties or fees as Shutterfly ships from the U.S. You could do separate orders to avoid this. I also have ordered from Shutterfly many times and have never been charged.

(expiry: 24th November 2014)

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November 17

Half Price Jupiter Traditional Dollhouse & Furniture & Extra $10 Off With Sears Coupon (~$64.99)

Posted by on November 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Half Price Jupiter Traditional Dollhouse & Furniture & Extra $10 Off With Sears Coupon (~$64.99)

I was browsing for some toy ideas on Sears, and I spotted a great price on this Jupiter Traditional Dollhouse which also comes with a set of furniture. It’s a half price offer, down from $149.99 to $74.99!

And what is even sweeter is that there is a Sears toy coupon which gets you $10 off a $75 spend – it is 941612854. Now, I know that the above doll’s house is one penny short of the minimum threshold for that coupon code, so I’d recommend popping something small into your shopping cart to take advantage of the extra $10 saving.

The full terms and conditions of the aforementioned Sears coupon code are here on this page, so make sure you read the small print before popping another item in to your shopping cart.

Or, if you really want to, make your cart up to the $99 mark and avail of the free shipping from Sears. That’s likely to be your best bet – that’ll save you on shipping costs too.

I tried to find some low value toys to make up the extra penny. You’ll have to add a toy that doesn’t end in .88 or .97. Here are a few ideas:

If you spot something else, let us know in the comments below.

Here’s the part you need to watch out for – adult assembly required. If you’re buying this as a Christmas gift for your little one, I really recommend building it well before the big day. If you leave the building until Christmas Eve, you might find a problem or be unable to build it correctly, then you’d be stuck! Build it sometime sooner to make sure everything is in tip-top shape and there are no disappointments on Christmas Day. I ordered a slightly different doll house for my daughter last week, and that’s just what I will be doing.

(Expiry: 23rd November 2014)

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November 17

Elf Yourself: It’s Back – Get A Free Elf Yourself Video

Posted by on November 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Elf Yourself: Its Back   Get A Free Elf Yourself Video

Hey there, my fellow Bargainmoosers! I’d like to take this time to let you all know that the free Elf Yourself videos are back! You know, the hilarious web-based videos where you could upload pictures of you and your friends, family members, and whoever else you’d like to see showing off their dance moves while dressed up as an elf! Now this is a worthy distraction from your work day – it’s hilarious, it will make your friends and family have a good laugh, and best of all, it’s free! Just click on the link below for more details.

I first saw these Office Depot-sponsored Elf Yourself videos 2 years ago – I checked out my Facebook feed and saw that some of my friends and acquaintances  had these hilarious videos posted where their faces were on the bodies of these animated elves, and boy could those elves dance! I couldn’t stop laughing at how hilariously well done these videos were, and how easy they are for users to make one! All you need to do is upload some pictures, with some help from the Elf Yourself website’s integrated photo upload tool (it’s no different from posting photos on Facebook – just locate the photos that you want to have in the Elf Yourself video on your hard drive, and that’s it). From there, you’ll also have plenty of customizable options.

Now that we’re deep into the month of November, you’ll likely see a bit more snow (I know that I can see some right now by just looking outside of my window). Christmas is just around the corner, and these videos are a sure-fire way to remind your family and friends that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We’re currently in the second last month of 2014 – what better way to celebrate than laughing at your surprisingly smooth dance moves as an elf?

I highly recommend that you try out Elf Yourself – it’s free, and you’ll have some great laughs. I still remember when my girlfriend posted an Elf Yourself video featuring the two of us a few years back, and I loved it so much that I still have it saved on my computer. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

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November 13

Geekbuying (CN) Coupon Code: 5% Discount & Free Shipping

Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Geekbuying (CN) Coupon Code: 5% Discount & Free Shipping

Geekbuying is a Chinese website for inexpensive tech gadgets and accessories. They offer free worldwide shipping on almost everything and have a coupon code for an extra 5% off your order right now.

Click here to shop @ Geekbuying.com now

  • Coupon Code: GG1111
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: 13th November 2014

When I think of websites like Geekbuying all I can think about are stocking suffers. For tech geeks like me, a stocking filled with tech accessories is about the best one can ask for. These accessories do not need to be expensive, and that is where companies like Geekbuying come in.

I own an iPhone, and with any iPhone owner, accessories always seem to crop up. Here are some great accessories you could stuff in my stocking. This Brand New Fashion 8 Pin to USB Charger Cable for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5 is only $1.21 after coupon in red. Different colours cost a little more, but you can mix and match your cord to match your cell phone case.

Want to offer your phone some protection but do not have the money to spend on a new case? Purchase this Fashion TPU Frame Hybrid Slim Matte Protective Hard Cover Case for iPhone 5S 5  with a clear back and white, pink, or blue sides. The clear back allows you to see the Apple design through your case rather than covering it up. Originally $5.34, this case is in clearance for $1.85. After coupon code, pay just $1.76.

Some deals are time limited. This Makibes Turbo Style LED Digital Men’s Wrist Watch with Silver Case Rubber Watchband is on sale for $1.15 for only five more days. After coupon code, it will cost you just $1.09. This price is just for the red colour with other colours substantially higher (above $7).

If I were rummaging through my stocking on Christmas morning, I would want to find this Rhorse USB Opital Gaming Mouse with Colorful Breathing Light in it. The mouse is stunning and looks like a fun gaming mouse. I just think of pairing this beauty with my Alienware computer and it gives me shivers of pleasure. While there are three different colours available, the orange is on a special sale for just $9.88 right now. After coupon code, this mouse comes down to $9.39.

As all these items qualify for free shipping, Geekbuying is such a great place to shop for stocking-stuffers and little gifts for your technology loving friends. Duties may apply on orders of $20 or more. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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November 9

Chapters Indigo Canada: 30% Off 4+ Holiday Ornaments

Posted by on November 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Chapters Indigo Canada: 30% Off 4+ Holiday Ornaments

Got the holidays on your mind? Christmas is right around the corner and right now, you can save on the purchase of ornaments at Chapters Indigo. During the next couple of days, you can save 30% off the purchase of four or more ornaments.

The available ornaments for purchase fall under the three main categories below. From these, I have selected just a couple that stood out to me the most, but there are more to choose from. I also listed the regular prices along with the price you can expect to pay if you add four or more ornaments to your cart.

Snow & Ice Collection

The Woodland Collection

The Monogram Collection

Although I very much like all of the snowflake ornaments from the snow & ice collection, the monogram ornaments are the ones that caught my eye the most. These ornaments feature a letter of the alphabet of your choice with an opaque background in the back. In fact, here’s a review of the letters ornament:

I purchased a few of these ornaments to give as stocking stuffers. When placed on the tree with a light behind it, it illuminates the whole ornament beautifully. Very happy with the size too.

Giving them as gift is definitely a fantastic idea, but I would totally get one for the first letter in my own name, my hubby’s and my daughters to then hang on the Christmas tree. We like to get a new ornament every year, so this one would make the traditional even more special.

Plus, if your order reaches a minimum threshold of $50, you can get the luxe cozy throw for just $35 instead of its regular price of $80. Available in either ivory, stone, chocolate or castlerock, it’s a plush throw that would be perfect to use in the upcoming cold months. The promotion on the luxe throw expires on November 26th 2014.

(Image Credit: JD Hancock)

(Expiry: Unknown)

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November 8

Lowes Canada: Outdoor Christmas Decoration Musical Show Box Only $180

Posted by on November 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Lowes Canada: Outdoor Christmas Decoration Musical Show Box Only $180

Want to put on a light show that will rival Clark Griswold’s? Make your neighbours either envious or wishing they had bought a different house with this Christmas decoration musical show box that will sync up your music with your lights for an incredible light and music show. Lowes has it on sale right now for $199.99, but you can also add the coupon code they have on this weekend to get another $20 off (10%) and pay only $179.10. The regular price is $249.

Click here to shop @ Lowes.ca now

  • Coupon Code: WEEKEND10
  • Discount: 10% off
  • Expiry: 9th November 2014

Every year around the holidays, we drive around neighbourhoods looking for fun lights to show the kids. It is part of our Christmas tradition. I’ve even done one of those Polar Express magic ticket things and got them snacks and hot chocolate for the ride, while we watch the light shows around the city. This year we’ll skip the hot chocolate (damn hard to get out of vehicle fabric!), but we’ll drive around our new town looking for lights. But, wouldn’t it be awesome if the kids could just stand outside and look at our own house?

My husband is so much like Clark that I could see him making this his holiday project (and I may not see him again until Boxing Day because of it). While $250 plus tax is a steep price to pay for Christmas decorations, less than $180 really is not considering this item will last year for years.

There are ten light show functions to choose from and you can use the free app to control the six outlets right from your wireless device. Sit in comfort in your front room and change up the music and lights to the passerby’s amazement.

The box is also weather resistant, so when 10 feet of snow land on it, you’ll know it will be safe, although I think I would brush it off at this point.

This item will also ship for free as Lowes has free parcel shipping.

(expiry: 12th November 2014)

Photo credit: Rick Kimpel

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November 4

How to Save Money on Christmas Shopping

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

How to Save Money on Christmas Shopping

I know, I know, but we’re about a month away from the annual holiday festivities, so it’s probably best to start talking about Christmas shopping now, especially since we figure most of you are well underway.

You should be anyway because depending on how many siblings, children or grandchildren you have, Christmas shopping can be incredibly daunting and even if you don’t spend a lot of money on each individual person, it all adds up pretty quickly. After all, $20 for five people is $100 right away.

So what do you do? How do you stop the potential financial bleeding?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a number of ways you can minimize more money leaving your pocket than absolutely necessary.

Give through a Gift Exchange

My girlfriend has four siblings, each with significant others, and comes from a very large family on her father’s side, but her wallet thanks her every year at Christmas time. This is because after so many years of spending hundreds of dollars on each other, all sides of her family agreed to do something different – gift exchanges.

Each side of her family has one and the rules vary slightly in each exchange, but they all come down to having to buy just one gift for one person per exchange pool. What we do for the sibling exchange, for example, is draw names to see who we’re buying for (one rule: you can’t buy for your boyfriend or girlfriend) and then set the price limit (usually between $60 and $75)

No matter what the rules are or what the limit is, a gift exchange can mean that you don’t have to buy for a whole whack of people all at once.

Help People Save Money on You

Here’s another strategy from my girlfriend’s family. This time, from her parents. Instead of buying gifts for them every year, her parents suggested that their children just get them beer or wine from the places they visit whenever they happen across it.

There’s no timeline, no pressure and no occasion to mark the giving. Plus, a bottle of wine or craft beer every so often is a lot cheaper for their family than other things their parents could be getting.

I’ve also heard of people requesting that their families make charitable donations on their behalf in lieu of gifts, which is also a great idea.

Have a Budget for Each Person

In Bargainmoose’s 2013 article, How to Budget and Stay on Budget at Christmas we suggest dividing your holiday budget into sections with titles like, “Extended Family Gifts,” “Spouse Gifts” and “Kids Gifts.”

Laura Adams’s Money Girl Podcast takes our idea a step further by suggesting you should set up a budget for each person’s gift, rather than having your heart set on a particular gift for that person that may turn out to be too expensive. After deciding the total amount of money you can spend on gifts, you should assign an amount to each person on your list. (including taxes and shipping where applicable) If you still can’t afford to buy for people, you need to either shorten your list or lower the gift amount for certain people.

Rank the items in order of importance and buy the most important gifts first, so that you’re not tempted use a credit card and go into debt to purchase them.

Find Gifts that Get You the Most Bang for Your Buck

When Canadian Living interviewed personal finance blogger Kerry Taylor, she said that the best gifts are those that get the most mileage. I tend to agree, as gifts that have the most meaning are always the ones people remember most.

Though, she warns about investing too much in homemade gifts because sometimes the cost of supplies can exceed the price of buying a gift at the store. Avoid this situation by putting class in a few basics. A card from regular paper folded in half looks cheap, but if you put a Christmas design on it and fold it into festive origami (found online) your recipient can then hang it on the tree. Even if you’re not a cook, you can still give a homemade foodstuff. Instead of giving a baked good or some other snack, try putting the dry ingredients in a jar with the recipe.

More mileage doesn’t always mean homemade, take to Craigslist, Kijiji or Ebay to look for a meaningful item from your recipient’s past. If they are a collector, try finding the piece of their collection they’ve always wanted, but can never find. Make sure though that these gifts get more mileage for your bank account as well as in your recipients’ lives.

Plan Ahead

Okay, well we know if you’re reading this now, with one month to go, you didn’t exactly do the above, but there’s always next year, right?

With that in mind, try looking for one daily indulgence to eliminate and convert into Christmas cash. Sign up for a Christmas hamper, which can spread the cost of a holiday meal over months instead of days. You can even do the old change jar trick. It’s the one where you put loose change in a jar throughout the year and put it towards your Christmas spending. For more tips like this, see my source at Organized Christmas.

Photo credit: Ben and Kaz Askins

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November 3

Lowe’s Canada: 40% Off Christmas Lights & Free Shipping

Posted by on November 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Lowes Canada: 40% Off Christmas Lights & Free Shipping

Lowe’s Canada is offering a little incentive to start your Christmas shopping early – receive 40% off Christmas lights and more with free shipping.

Technically you could get no name Christmas lights for a tiny bit cheaper. However, these Christmas lights are Holiday Living and GE brand lights, which should be a better quality than no name brand lights. Thus, for the nominal amount more you are paying with this deal – I think the brand name lights are the better way to go.

Regularly priced at $12.99 each, you can purchase strings of 100-count mini Christmas lights for just $7.79. Choose from either the Holiday Living 100-Count Mini Clear Christmas lights or the Holiday Living 100-Count Mini Multicolor. Compared with other brands like Home Accents Holiday, which Home Depot sells 200 minis for $19.97, this is a good deal for name brand lights.

GE, also known as General Electric, is a household name and really makes quality goods. They are responsible for the fancier bulbs that Lowe’s has on sale right now and that you can purchase for 40% off. These bulbs are all C5 in size and I love the beveled surface on them. They are made for outdoor use and are more durable. They stand up to the cold and can handle a Canadian winter for sure. All the GE C5 bulbs were $14.99 and are now only $8.99. Choose from:

You can also use them indoors if you like. There are two different types of ‘clear’ bulbs so they require a second look. I highly prefer the cool clear as it is more of an ice blue clear. The warm clear looks somewhat odd to me.

All of these lights are currently 40% off and qualify for free shipping. There are a few other things for sale (including other lights and decorations) in their little impromptu Christmas sale section. However, the discounts are much lower – more around 25% off for the rest of the items. I do think these lights are worth picking up early, as they are a good price and quality brands that should last you many seasons. Christmas lights are one of my favourite things about Christmas; I hope to see many houses lit up this year.

(Expiry: 5th November 2014)

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November 2

Royal Canadian Mint: Snowman (2014) Coin $20 & No Tax & Free Shipping

Posted by on November 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Royal Canadian Mint: Snowman (2014) Coin $20 & No Tax & Free Shipping

If you are looking for the perfect gift for Christmas (yes, I can use that word now that Halloween is over), look no further than the Snowman (2014) $20 coin for $20 at the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is selling at face value ($20 for $20) and come both tax free and with free shipping directly from The Mint.

This deal is good for several reasons. For one, this is one of the few coins that the Mint makes and sells at face value. That means that the coin’s face says $20 on it thus you could hypothetically use this as a $20 bill or cash it in at a bank for $20. The Mint is then selling you the coin for only $20 – the value stamped on the face of the coin. Most coins sold at The Mint sell for substantially higher than their face value.

This coin is also a good deal as it is tax-free. You are going to pay tax on pretty much everything else you buy this season, whether you pay just GST or PST or your province has the HST. However, as this coin is made of 99.99% silver, you do not pay tax on it. The same goes for gold, coins make of pretty much pure gold are tax exempt as well.

This coin also ships free to you. This is a really nice bonus since, if you think about it, with what shipping would cost you are actually getting the coin for less than face value if you factor in shipping costs. However, The Canadian Mint will cover those costs for you so you do not need to hunt down this coin yourself. I know it says that the coin is also available in stores, but I have been watching my post office for a bit now and they still do not have it in stock.

Lastly, this coin has a beautiful winter theme on it that is not just tied to Christmas so it makes a good gift for both those who celebrate the holiday and those who do not. I love snowmen myself, and it reminds me of a certain sing from Frozen that I won’t dare repeat in case your kids have already sung it 1000 times. I also think that a snowman throwing snowballs is so cute and just perfect.

Quantities are limited as 85% sold out already.

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