October 26

Photolab Canada: 50% Off Porcelain Ball Ornaments

Posted by on October 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Photolab Canada: 50% Off Porcelain Ball Ornaments

Photolab Canada is offering 50% off porcelain ball ornaments to hang of ye ol’ Christmas tree. Originally $17, the ornaments are on sale for $8.50 each.

Just comparing to other types of ornaments at Photolab, the cheapest designs cost $15. I also price compared against Shutterfly as they tend to be the cheapest place according to my previous research. Their least expensive ornament was $15.99 and there was only one of those. All the rest of their ornaments were $19.99 and more. I also compared with Henry’s Canada. They have a few ornaments for only $12.99 regularly. However, the equivalent Ceramic Christmas Porcelain ball is priced at $19.99.

There does not appear to be a limit on how many you can purchase. Purchase one or more and get them delivered to your local Superstore, Zehrs, Atlantic Superstore, Fortinos, Loblaws, Maxi & Cie, or Joe free of charge to keep shipping charges down. If you are taking advantage of multiple deals at Photolab Canada, then you might consider getting them shipped out to you for a price but there are no free shipping deals on right now.

The porcelain ball ornaments are on clearance. I do not believe they will be restocked after they are sold out so take advantage of this offer before they are gone. Sure, the expiry date might not be until a week into November; however, supplies might not last until then.

I like how these ornaments are customizable. A nice family tradition would be to get a personalized family ornament every year with the family portrait on it. That way you could see how much the family has grown and changed just by looking at your tree each year. After all, Christmas is supposed to be about family and little things like this are a great way to remind us of that.

While shopping at Photolab Canada, make sure you check out a few of their other deals. I see $10 softcover photobooks right now; along with a desktop calendar for just $10 (was $15). With the New Year only a couple months away, it is time to start thinking about a new calendar. If you have children, then it would be nice to bring them along to the office and have their pictures as your monthly calendar picture.

(Expiry: 6th November 2014)

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December 21

The Bay Canada: Up To 70% Off Christmas Decorations

Posted by on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The Bay Canada: Up To 70% Off Christmas Decorations

Don’t wait until Boxing Day to get your Christmas decorations for next year at an amazing deal. The Bay already has up to 70% off their decorations and you’ll get the best selection if you shop now.

If you know you are going to need lights, these Lord & Taylor warm white lights will do the trick. We’ve always done coloured lights on our tree, so this year we switched to white and I love the way the tree looks when it is dark with just the tree lights on. Was $34.99, now $10.50.

These Gluckstein Home Chalet de Noel large iron tree pattern with glass hurricane candleholder are gorgeous and now only $15, was $49.99.

I love this Chalet de Noel knit Christmas sweater ornament. Was $9.99, now $3.

My kids are addicted to nutcrackers, although their price always throws me off. This Winter Charms 21″ wood nutcracker is perfect at only $12, was $39.99.

Shipping is free when you spend over $99 at The Bay.

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December 18

Home Depot Canada: $70 Off 7.5FT White Cluster Pine Tree – Now $129

Posted by on December 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Home Depot Canada: $70 Off 7.5FT White Cluster Pine Tree   Now $129

Home Depot Canada sells a Home Accents Holiday 7.5FT 600L White Cluster Pine Tree for $199 regularly. It is an online only product and is now on sale for $129 – you save $70.

Now, this product does not qualify for free shipping and we are talking about a pretty big item here. I priced it out for delivery to me (hello, I live on Vancouver Island) and it cost nearly $25. Even with the shipping cost I would still be saving a decent chunk of change with this sale price. I am pretty sure the closer you are to a big city (or one of their bigger warehouses) the less it will probably cost for shipping.

This tree is absolutely lovely… I am very partial to white trees. It comes with:

  • 1200 Tips and 600 Clear Lights
  • Pre-Wired by CUL Light Strings
  • On/Off Foot Pedal

So far the tree has four reviews for a perfect 5/5 stars. One reviewer said:

“I was leary purchasing a tree online that I couldnt see in the store but the price was right and I went for it. The results exceeded my expectations! Highly reccommend it!!”

Home Depot Canada allows free returns so if you are not happy with the tree when you receive it, no worries!

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December 16

JYSK Canada: Up To 80% Off All Christmas

Posted by on December 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

JYSK Canada: Up To 80% Off All Christmas

Get 40-80% off all Christmas items at JYSK. This is the perfect time to stock up for next year, while still have lots more in stock than there will be during the Boxing Day sales.

Some of the more discounted items include:

As you can see, there a number of items for sale in all departments from decorations to trees to linens to even curtains. You can get fully stocked! A new couple or someone newly on their own would appreciate a bin full of Christmas decorations as a Christmas gift.

Shipping depends on what you get and where it is being shipped to, but you can estimate shipping at your cart.

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December 8

Home Depot Canada: Buy 3 Get 1 Free Holiday Plants Or Decorative Greens (printable)

Posted by on December 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Home Depot Canada: Buy 3 Get 1 Free Holiday Plants Or Decorative Greens (printable)

Home Depot is helping you decorate your home on a budget right now.  They have a new printable coupon that will save you on their holiday plants and decorative greens.  Buy any three and you will get the fourth for free for a limited time only.

Head into your local Home Depot this weekend or week, pick up some great holiday plants or decorative greens, and save on them.  I like to give poinsettias as gifts sometimes, so I might grab a couple of those, since they make great gift ideas. I wanted a holiday wreath for my front door anyway, so one of them I will get for free.

This coupon has all the usual conditions to it, such as the lowest price or equal valued item will be the free one.

You will find all Home Depot coupons on our Bargainmoose coupon forum.

(Expiry: 11th December 2013)

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December 6

MusicNotes: 50% Off Christmas Collection

Posted by on December 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

MusicNotes: 50% Off Christmas Collection

Do you need some Christmas sheet music? Well, MusicNotes is great for digitally downloading all of your favourite songs, and right now they have 50% off their Christmas collection, now only $9.97, was $19.95.

This set has all your favourite Christmas tunes for download, in a variety of scores including piano, vocal and chords. It includes:

  • Joy to the World
  • Silent Night
  • O Christmas Tree O Tannenbaum
  • Deck the Hall
  • The First Noel
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Away in a Manger

You’ll get the sheet music for all eight songs, download it and print it, and be singing by nightfall. I’m going to make this deal even better for you. MusicNotes has a Cyber Monday coupon, which expires today, where you’ll get an additional 21% off all sheet music, which means you’ll actually only pay $7.88 for this collection.

(Expiry: 6th December 2013)

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December 6

Cineplex Canada: $2.50 Family Christmas Movies

Posted by on December 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Cineplex Canada: $2.50 Family Christmas Movies

Take your family to some great movies for just $2.50 a person this holiday season at Cineplex Canada.

I love cheap movies and you really can’t get better entertainment than $2.50 movies in theatre. The following family friendly movies are playing in select theatres around the country:

  • The Polar Express 2D – December 7
  • Arthur Christmas 2D – December 14
  • Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas – December 21

The first movie is this Saturday morning at 11 am.

The movies don’t stop when December ends. Continuing all the way till the end of March, you can see family favourites like Despicable Me, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Land Before Time and many more. A list of participating theatres is on the website.

(Expiry: March 29th 2014).

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November 26

Portable North Pole Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Digital Products

Posted by on November 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Portable North Pole Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Digital Products

Bargainmoose has a sweet promo code that you won’t want to miss, with 15% off your videos and more on Portable North Pole.

Click here to get started @ now

  • Coupon Code: MOOSE15
  • Discount: 15% off digital products
  • Expiry: 31st December 2013

We’ve told you about Portable North Pole before. It is a site I’ve used a few times to send my kids videos from Santa, where Santa says their name, talks about their interests and what they’d like for Christmas. I’ve only ever used the free service, but am intrigued by the pay service and what it has to offer. Also, Portable North Pole doesn’t just offer videos, you can get a wide range of items from Santa, like letters, a phone call and Christmas books.

If you really want to go all out, check out the Holly Jolly bundle which includes additional personalized and exclusive video sequences as well as a second bonus video for Christmas Eve. Normally $8.99, you’ll pay only $7.64. This makes a great gift for someone you are far away from at Christmas too.

Since it is Christmas, I know that people are thinking about charities and what you can do for them. Well, Portable North Pole donates 5% of their sales to children’s hospitals in Canada! Not only will you make your kid happy, you’ll help fund children’s hospitals too.

If you are just getting upgraded videos, which this coupon is great to use on, you of course will pay no shipping!

Always check the Bargainmoose forum for exclusive promo codes and more codes for Portable North Pole.

Portable North Pole Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Digital Products

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November 25

How To Save Money At Christmas

Posted by on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money At Christmas

The kids have gone trick or treating, the ghouls and ghosts have come down and the curbs are lined with jack o’ lanterns.  Time to enjoy every parent’s reward, the candy tax!  Mmm, bonbons, time to enjoy the spoils of one holiday and settle into the cold embrace of winter.  Heading into November, I went to the grocery store for some Halloween candy that was on sale and bam CHRISTMAS!  Out are the witches, skulls and orange décor and in with the red, white and sliver, and the jolly face of old saint Nick.  As a parent, Santa’s twinkling eyes don’t ignite my Christmas spirit, they convict me of all the things I haven’t yet done and will need to do, in order to prepare for the mother of all holidays.  I have to admit that I am starting to freak out about Christmas.  I have planned ahead a bit, but I’m really not prepared for the impending crazy season.  We have a large family, so Christmas is always a very busy time for us.  I don’t have much time off at Christmas, as my company is open throughout the holidays.

Mapping out the Christmas game plan well in advance would alleviate a lot of the stress and pressure.  Buying Christmas presents throughout the year would be the smart financial move, taking advantage of big sales and promotions, using coupons and spreading the gift buying spend over twelve months.  This is the best way to cut back on expenses at Christmas, and one day I hope to be able to stick to this year long plan but once Christmas is over it just hits the back burner till the next d.a.h. (day after Halloween).  So until I am a fully actualized, non–procrastinating, organized and dedicated mature adult who can carry out the budget battle for Christmas all year, these tips will have to do.

Share the responsibility of a holiday meal

You shouldn’t feel the pressure to cook an entire holiday meal all by yourself.  Whenever we host a family meal, everyone always asks what they can bring.  If they don’t, I’ll assign something!  When people bring simple things like buns, desserts, appetizers etc., it’s an extra task you don’t have to think about, plus it’s cheaper.  If you do cook, check out our Make vs. buy article to determine the most cost-effective food options.

Frugal Christmas gift ideas

There are some awesome, extremely frugal gift ideas out there.  Check out this post with 8 DIY gifts for the season.  Personally, I love to give baked goods at Christmas.  I enjoy Christmas baking with my girls, and it’s much better for my waistline if I give it away.  There are tons of pretty Christmas tins at the dollar store to put them in.  This is a gift that people really do enjoy and appreciate.  I usually do this for my co-workers.

Give donations instead of gifts to one another

Although technically we are still spending money on a gift, I find that giving to a charity is a much more cost-effective method of giving a gift.  Typically when I’m purchasing a gift for a family member I find it very difficult to stick to a strict budget.  I usually find a few things that would be a great fit for that person.  When I give a donation, it’s much easier to stick to a budget, since I am only giving a certain dollar amount.  At Plan Canada you can purchase items such as a goat for a community in Africa, or you can purchase items like a paper necklace of a “Because I am a Girl” hoodie.  Last Christmas my nephew and father-in-law were travelling to Nicaragua for a mission’s trip, so we sponsored that trip.  Honestly, we have so much already, that we really don’t need any additional gifts.  I feel much better about the gifts I am giving (and receiving) when I know that they are for a worthy cause.

Use points or Air Miles to purchase gifts

Although I am too lazy now, in the past, I have been on top of my Shoppers Optimum points collecting.   Check out these articles about how to get the most for your points and how to optimize your redemption.  For the past 2 Christmases, I have accumulated so many points that I used them to “purchase” Christmas gifts for most members of my family.  In case you are skeptical about options for gifts at SDM, don’t be:  one year I bought my brother and his wife a fragrance gift pack which had samples of 8 different fragrances and a coupon for a free, full-sized fragrance.  There are also many books, magazines, make-up and specialty items which many members of my family love.  I have also allocated a certain amount of points for my husband and myself to spend on each other for stockings.  I find that stocking stuffers are so expensive!  When I use my optimum points for these purchases it really reduces the cost.

Also, I have an air miles MasterCard from BMO, which I use for gifts for my girls.  They have a really great selection of toys, gift certificates and magazines to choose from.  My favourite item to “spend” my Air Miles on is the Cineplex deal.  200 air miles gets you 2 admissions to a Cineplex theatre, 2 regular soft drinks and a regular popcorn.  This is a great stocking stuffer!

Spending time with my family is the most important thing about Christmas for me.  I know my family feels the same, and no one is hung up on buying a ton of expensive (and often times useless) gifts for one another.  Make sure that you spend the most time this Christmas with your loved ones, instead of obsessing over what to buy the great-grandmother that needs nothing.

(banner image credit: paparutzi)

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November 25 Up To 50% Off Stocking Stuffers

Posted by on November 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM Up To 50% Off Stocking Stuffers has put together a nice list of stocking stuffer ideas, and has given you up to 50% off these ideas.

Santa loves stocking your stockings with things you actually need. You don’t need another teeny tiny game where you roll a ball around. You don’t need a box of chocolate or a gross candy cane. You need razors and soap and lip balm!

Here are my top picks for stuffing a man’s stocking:

Here are my top picks for a woman’s stocking:

And for the kiddos:

Shipping is free on purchases over $25, so fill everyone’s stockings!

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November 24

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

Posted by on November 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

When decorating your house for Christmas, there is no reason to break the bank.  I like to add new decorations every year to my display, but I enjoy making them myself.  There are so many decorating ideas you can do at home that will use items you already have, either inside or outside the house. Here are a few personal favourites of mine.

Tomato cage Christmas trees: This is one of my favourites because I have a ton of these cages.  It can be done a few different ways.  Basically, all you have to do is flip the cage upside down and decorate it to look like a tree.  You can use garland, lights, twigs, branches or a variety of all.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

(Image credits to Cathy-Stanely EricksonLeafandletter, Abizeleth)

Coloured Ice Balls: Another very easy decoration and favourite of mine are these cool-coloured ice balls.  They are so simple to make.  Just fill any balloon with water and your choice of food colouring, and let them sit outside to freeze.  Once it is frozen, you can cut the balloon off and you have a beautiful ice ball.  I have seen them lining the driveway or front porch, or even to add some interest in front of trees. You can make them any colour you would like and as festive as you would like by adding glitter and all sorts of things.  I love that they look like huge beautiful marbles.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

(Image credit to Robbie Sproule)

The Upside Down Snowman: We get a ton of snow in Calgary and since it is free, why not use it to decorate outside?  Instead of making the same old boring snowman, why not make a fun upside down snowman for the front lawn? It is festive and is is fun. I say, the bigger the better. Personalize it with a carrot, clothing or anything you can find around the house.  You will be the talk of the neighbourhood!

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

(Image credit to Bill Camarata, Tiptilic, Adele Claire)

Nature’s Decorations: Another great idea is using the natural elements around your yard to create beautiful holiday accents.  Use pine cones, berries, branches, pine leaves and whatever else you can find.  You can create wreaths, ornaments for the outside trees, and window box or garage decorations absolutely free.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations On A Budget

(Image credit to Fiver753, Kendrick tran)

These are just a few ways to save on your holiday decorating.  What frugal decorating tips do you follow when dressing up the outside of your house for the holidays?

(Top image credit to Laura)

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November 24

Amazon Canada: Elf On A Shelf Set Just $32.95

Posted by on November 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Elf On A Shelf Set Just $32.95

One of the hottest Christmas items to get your kids this year (and was last year as well for that matter) is Elf on a Shelf. It is a very hot ticket item that has a ton of knock-off type products now, but nothing beats the original.  Right now, you can get the Elf on a Shelf set for just $32.95 at Amazon Canada.

Elf on a Shelf is so wildly popular that when I went looking for a set last year, I could not find any stores that had it in stock.  I was shocked!  There are a few different versions of it, but the original is the one to get.  You might find some knock-off elves or different storybooks, but the original set is the best.

The Elf on a Shelf set at Amazon is just $32.95 and comes with the original blue eyed elf and the story book.  In addition, you will also get free shipping on it!

I wanted to do some price comparisons with the set at Amazon, but it was hard as most stores are either out of stock or don’t carry them.  I did find the book only (so no Elf) at Chapters on sale for $33.94, but you would have to buy the Elf separate.  I also found it at Mastermind Toys on sale for $34.95, but you would need to pay for shipping as well, making the price a lot higher.

These sets are very hot products as the Elf on a Shelf traditionally starts December 1st, so if you want one for your house, it is best to get one asap while Amazon still has them.

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November 22

Chapters Canada: Save 30% On Ornaments When You Buy 4 Or More

Posted by on November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Chapters Canada: Save 30% On Ornaments When You Buy 4 Or More

Buy four or more ornaments at Chapters and save 30% on all of them.

Every year, my husband and I buy a special ornament for each other, plus one for each of the kids. I love that my tree is filled with ornaments that were picked out by us to mean something. For example, my husband has had a Santa head since he was a child and his mom gave it to him at our wedding shower. The next year he bought me a Santa head of my own. Ornaments can get expensive, especially for something that hangs on a tree with many other ones, and probably for less than a month of the year. Getting 30% off makes me happy!

Here are some of the ones I’m loving:

As always, get free shipping when you spend $25 or more.

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November 20

Portable North Pole Video Freebie

Posted by on November 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Portable North Pole Video Freebie

It’s back!!! The magic of Christmas is alive at the North Pole and your kids will again be able to talk to him this year. Portable North Pole is back and running for you to personalize a special message for your kids from Santa Claus this year.

This will be the first year I will be using it for my kids but I have watched it before for my niece and she loved it! I can’t wait to see the look on my kids faces when he sends them a message and actually says their name.  They will be so happy!

This service is absolutely free although you can upgrade a few options like Eva suggested in a previous post. The free service will basically be a personalized message from Santa Claus himself with your child’s name in it.  It is very easy to do and absolutely free.
There really is something very magical about kids seeing Santa first hand actually saying their name.

(Image credit to Sympatico Santa Claus)

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November 16

Home Depot Canada: 30% Off Outdoor Lights

Posted by on November 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Home Depot Canada: 30% Off Outdoor Lights

Get 30% off Home Accents holiday lights this week at Home Depot.

Today in Ontario it is going to be a balmy 12 degrees. I told my husband he should get the ladder out and get the Christmas lights up. Being a man, of course he didn’t agree with me and says he has lots of time. I will try to hold my smug smile in December when his hands are freezing off. Anyway, him and a bunch of other husbands I know always seem to need to change their lights every year. Last year’s lights weren’t the right colour, didn’t work properly, looked odd or whatever. I let my husband perfect this art because it is his thing. Of course, being the good Mooser I am, I’m going to show him this great deal at Home Depot, so at least he’ll get 30% off the new lights.

This sale is online only, and there are three types available:

It looks like all of the lights are in warm white, which I think is nice, so it will depend on the size you want and the number of bulbs. Shipping will depend on where you live, but you can calculate it right on the item page.

(Photo Credit: Malingering)

(Expiry: 20th November 2013)

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