Christmas

January 15

Walmart Canada: 3.5 ft Christmas Tree Was $19 | Now $4.75 (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 15, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Walmart Canada: 3.5 ft Christmas Tree Was $19 | Now $4.75 (EXPIRED)

There is a great little deal on a 3.5 foot Christmas tree. Originally $19, pay just $4.75 with free shipping for this cute little Christmas tree.

You save 75% on the original price of this tree and have a lovely little versatile Christmas tree for next year. While Christmas is nearly a year away, this is the best time to purchase your Christmas tree. This tree may be small, but it would work perfectly for your office or a small apartment. My partner in crime Margarita suggested that the tree would work well for outside as well. There are many people who love decorating trees and sticking them on their lawn. This way, you only spend just under $5 per tree.

For students, this would make an excellent dorm size Christmas tree. I know many dorms kick you out for Christmas break, but others do not so you may want a little tree of your own for the holiday season.

I was also thinking this is a great tree to buy, store, and then give to charity next year. That may sound very weird, but Christmas Trees are in very high demand before Christmas. I am part of a Facebook Group for ‘free stuff’ and the number of Christmas tree requests by people who cannot afford one right before Christmas is astronomical. You could always stow away a few of these and given them to people in need.

This little 3.5 foot tree is designed after a Canadian Pine. It has 196 tips and comes with a plastic stand. The materials used are flame retardant. Do note that this tree is not pre-lit, despite their mistake in which section they put the tree into:

Funny little thing was a tad disappointed that it was under the prelit section however did not have lights, but for a cheap humorous gift it was great!

There are many other great deals on Christmas supplies right now. We also found this beautiful 7-Ft Pre-Lit Madison Slim Tree on sale from $108 down to just $27. If you are looking for a full-size tree for your house, then this might be the better option. It has 400 pre-strung clear lights and 532 tips. I like that the tree is slim so it is still fairly space efficient.

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January 6

(50% Off) New Additions to the Christmas Clearance Sale & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca

Posted by on January 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM

(50% Off) New Additions to the Christmas Clearance Sale & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca

It is that time of year again. The time where retailers put their Christmas items on sale at crazy discounts. Right now Walmart.ca has quite a variety of Christmas decor items on clearance sale. Shop at Walmart Canada and you can take up to 50% off Christmas trees, inflatable decor, lights, and other items. Walmart always has free shipping too.

Eva had previously mentioned the Walmart Canada Holiday Clearance sale, but with these new additions I just couldn’t pass up writing another post. While you may have just finished putting all of your Christmas decor away, it is never too late (or too early) to enjoy deep discounts on Christmas items.

If you’re in college or off to university this year, your dorm probably won’t have much room for a large Christmas tree. This 3.5-ft Canadian Pine Tree is perfect for small spaces or offices too. It was priced at $20, but during this Christmas clearance event, you will pay just $9.50. You may prefer larger Christmas trees, though. The 6.5-ft Spanish Quick Set and Perfect Shape Spruce was $199 but now you will pay just $99.50. This Christmas tree from Walmart.ca is already equipped with LED multicolour lights.

If you do purchase a Christmas tree that is not pre-lit, you might as well use this Walmart.ca clearance sale to get yourself some lights as well. The 150 Garland Light Set was $12 and is now $6. I find that 150 lights is more than enough for the average Christmas tree.

I can’t even count how many Christmas ornaments were broken in my house this year. Our new kitten just loved climbing all through the Christmas tree. I put the 50 Piece Shatterproof Ornaments in my shopping cart. Hopefully they hold true to their shatterproof title, or hopefully the cat is not so energetic next year. These ornaments would have cost you $29, but since it is after Christmas you can get them on clearance sale for only $14.50. 

There are quite a few of the airblown inflatable Christmas characters on sale for 50% off during this clearance sale at Walmart. I personally prefer the smaller ones (between 5- 6 feet), but that is mostly because I have a smaller front yard. The Airblown 5FT Inflatable Polar Bear is super adorable with his Santa hat, Christmas sweater and candy cane. While the original price was $90 (and too steep for me), during this sale you will pay just $45. The Airblown 6FT Inflatable Penguin and the Airblown FT Inflatable Snowman are the same price.

There are 189 items on clearance sale during this Walmart.ca offer, so be sure to take a look for yourself. Also be sure to check that your local store price is not less than the Walmart.ca price. Sometimes individual stores will offer greater discounts during these sales. Keep in mind that Walmart.ca does offer free shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase. This is great because the free shipping even applies to larger items like the Christmas trees.

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January 4

(75% Off) Pre-Lit Christmas Trees @ Giant Tiger – $30 or $60 & Free Shipping!

Posted by on January 4, 2015 at 2:43 PM

(75% Off) Pre Lit Christmas Trees @ Giant Tiger   $30 or $60 & Free Shipping!

This year, we decided it would be a great idea to get a kitten for the family for Christmas. This year we also said goodbye to our artificial tree, thanks to the kitten. That leaves me shopping for a new tree for next Christmas. The best time to shop for a Christmas tree is right after Christmas of course, when everything seems to be greatly discounted. For example, Giant Tiger has Christmas Trees for up to 75% off their original price. There are two specific trees I thought you would love, they are only $30 or $60.

Honestly, I have a slight obsession with lights on a tree being evenly spaced apart. I spend so long trying to make this happen when my Christmas trees are not prelit. Last year was the first year that I bought a prelit tree, and I was very impressed.

The Prelit Pointed Pine Indoor Christmas Tree with Multi Coloured Lights is 6.9 feet tall. That is more than enough height for a tree. This tree was $120 but now you will pay just $60. If you have kids, you will love this tree. The colourful lights will add character to your tree and keep the kids amused as well. This tree is bushy, bright and tall. There are 963 tips which means you should have no problem making this tree look full.

If you are looking to spend a little less, check out the Prelit Pointed White Indoor Christmas TreeThis tree was also originally $120 and stands 6.9 feet tall. For just $30 you won’t have to worry about purchasing any extra lights either. This Christmas tree will look classic and match any decor. Since this Christmas tree also has 963 tips, it will be just like the tree I mentioned first. This is the better deal if you don’t care for coloured lights. It is also half the price of the coloured light tree.

I had a third Christmas tree to mention as well, for just $50. This tree sold out while I was writing this post. If these Christmas trees are what you need, grab one quickly. These prices are available only online, but you will be pleased to know that Giant Tiger will throw in free shipping on your purchases over $25. I also noticed on their website that they have a savings card offer. When you spend $50 at GiantTiger.com, you will receive a $5 savings card for in-store purchases. Spend $100 and you will receive $10 instead.

Do you prefer white lights or coloured lights on your Christmas tree?

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December 26

Walmart Canada Holiday Clearance – 50% Off Everything

Posted by on December 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Walmart Canada Holiday Clearance   50% Off Everything

With Christmas now mostly over, Walmart knows people won’t be shopping for holiday decor, so the best thing they can do is put it on clearance and discount it heavily for Boxing Day. Now is actually the best time to shop for holiday decor for next year because you will get it dirt cheap at Walmart right now.

I see a large selection of bows that were $4, now only $2 and baubles that were $9 and now only $4.50. Lights are also a great deal, with a regular price of $9, now only $4.50. I found these 50 mini red lights and or the multi colours or the clear all in the clearance section.

If you wanted a larger set of lights for outdoors, these 90 LED colour change bulbs were $39 and now $19.50. Clark Griswold would be proud if you stocked up on these.

If you want some ornaments, these shatterproof round onions are perfect for people with kids. Believe me, I’ve had many an ornament shatter off of my tree. You can choose from a number of colours and the regular price was $8 and now $4.

My kids have a little bit of a fascination with nutcrackers and I don’t even have one in my house. This 15″ flocked nutcracker is totally cute and was $16, now $8. That’s a great price and allows me to stock up and get a few. There are quite a few in different colours, so if that colour doesn’t meet your fancy, search around for the others.

If your tree is on its last legs, now is the time to get a new one. This 12ft Fremont green tree is already lit up with clear lights, which makes that job incredibly easy. It is regularly $649 for this tree and you’ll get it for 50% off now and pay only $324.50!

There are of course trees at lower price points and while that one above is $325 off, you might not want to spend over $300 on a tree for next year. You could instead take a look at this 7-ft decorated noble pine tree that was $188, now $94. It takes out all of the work for you, which some people may love!

Of course, anything you order from Walmart will be shipped for free, so spend as low as $1 or as much as a $1,000. You can also check out all of Walmart’s Boxing Day deals in our dashboard.

(Expiry: While quantities last)

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December 25

XtremeGuard (US) Coupon Code: 91% Discount on 3+ Items *HOT*

Posted by on December 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

XtremeGuard (US) Coupon Code: 91% Discount on 3+ Items *HOT*

XtreameGuard (US) sells screen guards and accessories for phones. Right now, they have a 91% off coupon for their entire website when you buy three or more items!

Click here to shop @ XtremeGuard (US) now

  • Coupon Code: Christmas91
  • Discount: 91% off 3 or more items
  • Expiry: Unknown

This is like the motherload of all coupon codes right now. I have an iPhone 5 so I was looking for accessories for it. Do not worry; they also have accessories for the brand new iPhone 6 models as well as other brands too. First, I need a new screen protector. Rather than go for some cheap chintzy protector, I decided on the Spartan Tempered Glass Screen Protector for $59.99 US. Their original price is rather high, but the cheapest I could find this IN Canada was at an 80% off sale for $7.99 + $5.99 shipping = $13.98. With the 91% discount, the screen protector will cost me just $5.40 US.

I also added a Gold Series Pencil Stylus by XtremeGuard for $24.99 US to my cart and the iPhone 5S Spartan PhalanX Case for $69.99 US. I assume these are all a bit overpriced on their initial price tag, but with 91% off the stylus comes down to $2.25 US and the case comes down to $6.30 US. You can see my entire cart here:

XtremeGuard (US) Coupon Code: 91% Discount on 3+ Items *HOT*

As you can see, this is an amazing offer and you can really load up on phone accessories. Deck your brand new iPhone 5 or iPad 2 Air (or whatever you own) out in a screen protector, a case, ear buds, cables, cloths, and more. All XtreameGuard protectors are backed by a lifetime warranty.

I have no idea when this coupon ends, so it could terminate any time. If it does, coupon code 80off will land you an 80% discount. I hope that one or the other of these coupons will be working for a little bit.

Now, you may think that shipping in from the USA will be costly. I was actually pleasantly surprised by their low shipping charges. To get the three items above shipped to Vancouver Island, it would cost $5.87 US. I am certainly willing to pay that, as my entire cart was still under $20 US.

Orders of $20 or more may be subject to Canadian customs and duty. I do not expect this will happen as if your total is still quite low, but it is a possibility.

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December 25

Free Slurpee Today Only @ 7-Eleven Canada (EXPIRED)

Posted by on December 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Free Slurpee Today Only @ 7 Eleven Canada (EXPIRED)

Seriously, I think I am addicted to the 7-Eleven Slurpees. If I did not have little ones at home playing with their new toys, I would be heading out to get my hands on a free Slurpee for the Holidays. You can get a free Slurpee today from your closest 7-Eleven Canada store and it is super simple.

To start, you will need to download the 7-Eleven App for your smartphone or tablet here. Once you have this app downloaded, you will be able to “redeem” the offer for a free Slurpee. Once you click “redeem” you will only have 15 minutes to physically enjoy the offer, so make sure you are at your 7-Eleven Canada store before activating. This free Slurpee offer will be available today only, for Christmas.

I find that the flavours can vary by location, but there are usually quite a few to choose from. The Slurpee flavours can include:

  • Crush Manitoba Mosquito Bite, Crush Sour Cherry, Crush Golden Fruit Smash, Crush Strawberry Limeade, Crush Strawberry Limeade, Crush Cherries n’ Cream, Crush Classic Bubblegum, Crush Blue Raspberry
  • Coca Cola, Pepsi, 7-Up, Root Beer
  • Crush Lite Grape, Cream Soda, Orange
  • Mountain Drew Super Nova, White Out, Red Code Cherry Alert
  • Brisk Raspberry Iced Tea, Strawberry Melon, Lemonade
  • New Mountain Dew Voltage
  • …and more too!

The “Lite” types of Slurpee flavours have 30% less calories, with the same great taste. I find I usually do not get just one straight flavour though. If I were to choose, I would start with the rich and delicious Coca Cola. Then I would add some Crush Blue Raspberry to make things a little interesting. I would add Crush Cherries N’ Cream to the top, just to keep things delicious. What is your favourite kind of Slurpee mix?

(Expiry: 25th December 2014)

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December 23

A Charlie Brown Christmas Free App @ Amazon.ca TODAY (EXPIRED)

Posted by on December 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

A Charlie Brown Christmas Free App @ Amazon.ca TODAY (EXPIRED)

The free app of the day at Amazon Canada is a Christmas Classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Join Charlie, Linus, and the whole gang for the retelling of this most endearing of all holiday stories. This app is valued at $5.14 and should be compatible with most android devices.

Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, narrates the story so it will feel nostalgic and familiar to anyone who enjoyed the old cartoons when they were on TV. The drawings are true to Charlie Brown style and the story – you all know the story – is just waiting for you and your kids to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

This is an interactive app. You can play Schroeder’s piano, go carolling, finger paint, and participate in the Neighbourhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest to unlock decorations for your very own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Do all this and more while having fun with the gang. Each page holds new wonders and delights for your children.

Most reviews have been very positive including these:

I liked this app from the title page – the 45rpm record plays the theme song, complete with a touch of static, just like an actual, old school record player – but, beyond that- I have this on my kindle fire – I turned pages and listened to the story with narration, I shut that off and it spoke only a single word that I selected ( to help beginning readers) all the animation worked without a glitch- including the famous toy piano. I really like this one -

and…

I bought this app for my kindle fire and had no problems with it. It was very interactive, fun and I felt as if I was watching the TV show with the added bonus of being a part of it. It is highly enjoyable and recommended.

Do note that there are in-app purchases (like most apps these days) that are available. The game can be played without them but you may want to monitor little fingers so they do not suddenly charge your credit card with the promise of something shiny and fun.

This app is only available for free today so I assume the offer will end around midnight PST as Amazon Canada is based out of Seattle. However, it could always end early so hop on the deal ASAP little Moosers!

(Expiry: 23rd December 2014)

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December 22

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Four of my closest friends and I started a holiday tradition a few years ago, where instead of spending $25 to $40 per person for gifts, we make “Do It Yourself” gifts.  We go away for a girl’s weekend trip and talk about our resolutions for next year and exchange our home made presents.  We have all agreed that making the Do It Yourself gifts has been a great idea and I am always excited to see what my friends come up with because we are all creative people, in our unique ways.

This year, my friends of course didn’t fail to impress me.  I love all of my Christmas gifts and having something that is home made from my good friends is priceless.  It means more to me than any gift card can!

Also, instead of spending upwards of $150 on gifts for four girlfriends, I only spent $40 this year.  $10 of that went to getting needle nose pliers which I can use for future jewellery making sessions.

So, if you are worried about some last minute gift giving or want to start making your own Do It Yourself Gift, here are five ideas that can get you started.  They are very easy to make and are very easy on the holiday budget.  Even though these gifts are frugal, they are far from scrooge-like!

Gold Hex-Nut Earrings

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

I made these and my friends were impressed.  They are very easy to make and involve a trip to your local hardware store and Michael’s (or other craft store).  I got the idea from a previous post of DIY gifts and had the chance to make them this year.  All you need is:

  • E-6000 jewellery glue ($8 for a pack of five small glue tubes)
  • Hex Nuts (Brass) (about $0.17 for each nut)
  • Jump clasps ($4 for a ton)
  • Earring hooks (about $3.50 for a pack of 3 sets)
  • Needle nose pliers to open and close the clasps

I made variations and different styles for each friend, depending on their personal style.  I made a bracelet too which looked nice as well.

Infinity Scarf

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This beautiful scarf took my friend one evening of knitting to make.  An infinity scarf is basically a big circle, it doesn’t have ends and it makes for a beautiful elegant look to keep you cozy all winter.  I don’t think I would ever be able to make this because I can’t even knit a regular rectangle shaped scarf, but if you have the knack for knitting, this is an easy DIY gift.  Here are instructions from instructables on how to knit an Infiniti scarf, as known as winter’s hot new accessory.  It’s so hot that it’ll make you want to dive into an infinity pool! 5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Home Made Granola

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This granola tastes absolutely delicious, especially with thick and creamy vanilla yogurt!  It is a perfect start to the day.  Tis particular granola recipe is from the 100 Days of Real Food blog.

Sharpie Mug

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

My friend made personalized mugs for each of us with a blank white mug (it’s such a wonderful size, it’s big enough for soup!) and a sharpie pen.  She baked the mug to make the sharpie permanently absorb into the ceramic.  She added special flair by making white chocolate park and putting it in the cup too.  Here are some instructions on how to make a DIY sharpie mug from the blog Savvy Sugar.  I haven’t tried putting it in the dish washer yet, and I have heard that they might not be dish washer safe/ might bleed, but it sure looks cute anyways.

Citrus-Bergamot Body Butter

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This smells absolutely amazing and invigorating.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make this body butter using different essential oils from the blog, She Wears Many Hats.  I personally love the smell of citrus fruit and bergamot (the same smell in Earl Grey tea).  The texture of this is quite solid, but it melts very quickly in your hands.

It’s pretty remarkable that although we each had no idea what the other friend was making, we all made something very unique, practical, and special to our hearts!  Something to appeal to each of our senses, taste, touch, smell, and sight (because jewellery is really eye catching, of course).

Readers, have you made these before?  Any other last minute DIY gift ideas?

Photo credit: Kasla

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December 20

Portable North Pole Promo Code: Exclusive 15% Off

Posted by on December 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Portable North Pole Promo Code: Exclusive 15% Off

I’m sure you’ve heard of Portable North Pole, where Santa calls or sends your child a video. We’ve previously told you about the free ones you can do, but did you know there is a premium video that has so many more fun features? And when I say fun, I mean for you and your children. Right now with our exclusive coupon code, you can get 15% off premium services.

Click here to make your Santa video @ Portable North Pole now

  • Coupon Code: MOOSE15
  • Discount: 15% off
  • Expiry: 22nd December 2014

I decided to get the premium video for my oldest son to try it out. Once I did, I wished I had got the unlimited videos as I wanted the premium videos for my younger two children. With the free videos, you get to put a photo of your child and of something they want. With the premium video, you can add more pictures, like a special day they had this year, a picture of their home and more. The video has much more to it as well, and there are three choices for videos, so if you did have more than one kid, they would each have a different video.

I definitely used these videos to my advantage to tell my kids where they need to approve. I loved the extra-long list of what the kids need to work on. For example, my youngest needs to listen to his teachers, my middle son needs to go to bed easier and my oldest needs to be nicer to his brother. All of those options are on the list, which made it very easy for Santa to tell the kids to shape up!

I like that you can choose to put them on Santa’s naughty list, the nice list or just in between. I didn’t have the heart to put any of mine on the naughty list, so I put them in between. I think I’ll make another video and put them on the nice list just before Christmas. Hopefully they earn it!

I noticed on another coupon code we have for Portable North Pole that Mooser urzakat commented that she has five kids and saved money on the premium package, as I said, you can do unlimited videos. So, this coupon code would be perfect for those of us on this side of crazy with a few kids under our belt.

One premium video costs $3.99 and with a 15% savings, you’d pay $3.54. The unlimited holiday pass is $9.99, so with our exclusive coupon code, your total would come down to $8.49.

There are quite a few other videos on there, including a free birthday video, which I also took advantage of for my son whose birthday is in December, but Santa also saved ones for my younger two that I can show them later in the year.

Portable North Pole Promo Code: Exclusive 15% Off

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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.

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