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May 29

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

With grads coming out of university, college, high school, elementary school and kindergarten, graduation parties are abounding. My youngest is graduating from preschool in a few weeks, so I might throw him a little party with some of his three-year-old friends, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a party he’ll only remember from seeing photos. Older kids might remember their party, but they probably need the money moving forward for other things, so keep your money in your wallet and check out these six ideas for throwing a money-wise graduation party.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

Instead of investing in a huge expensive cake, make the treats yourself, and these are very easy to make and not to mention very inexpensive and totally cute! I could eat one right now! The geniuses over at Bakerella put these together.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

DIY decor is as easy as making this large format paper diploma. Give it double duty as a decoration and place for others to place their well wishes and thoughts for the future. Of course, this idea comes from Martha Stewart.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

Another great idea for tear-shedding decorations, is this photo garland. Start at preschool and work your way up to the grad photo. Kodak had this amazing idea and the how-to is on their site.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

Need a fun game to play that is great for all ages? Outdoor twister only takes paint and grass and I bet you have both of those available. There is nothing more frugal than a game that requires very little to play. Just Us Girls shows you how.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

Food is always an expensive part of the party, but if you do just finger food and keep it simple, you can save some money. These graduation cap sandwiches are not only cute, they look yummy and are not expensive to make. Sweetology 101 has a few different fun graduation party recipes for you to enjoy.

6 Ideas For Throwing An Inexpensive & Impressive Graduation Party

I love this idea for an inexpensive, yet personal and delicious graduation gift. This would suit any age and you can do it however you’d like based on what candy you have. I think I might make one for my boys for the end of the year.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips for throwing an expensive yet impressive graduation party? Share them with us in the comments below!

Photo credit: Inkyhack

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February 17

Party City Canada Coupon Code: Select Deals on Streamers, Ribbons, Utensils, Napkins, Table Covers etc.

Posted by on February 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Party City Canada Coupon Code: Select Deals on Streamers, Ribbons, Utensils, Napkins, Table Covers etc.

Planning a kids’ birthday or any other kind of party? Then take advantage of Party City’s Family Day Savings to get deals like 2 for $1, 3 for $5, 2 for $5 and 8 for $5 on select party supplies.

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  • Coupon Code: CAFAM14
  • Discount: Select deals
  • Expiry: 23rd February 2014

Although great for anyone to take advantage of, this promotion is also particularly ideal for all those procrastinators out there, since you can get all that you will ever need for a party right now and then simply stash it in your closet in preparation for the next party! This way, it will save you time, money and most importantly, avoid you the hassle of frantically running to the store at the last minute. Below are all the deals you can get with this code:

Although the above code can’t be applied to it, Party City is also currently offering 50% off Hollywood patterned tableware, which would make for a great party theme, even for an adult dinner party!

If you would rather shop in-stores, then make sure to print out this Party City coupon instead, with all the same offers and a couple of bonus ones, such as a 2 for $1 deal on mini Kraft bags and 2 for $5 deal on a 20 ct of 7″ paper plates.

Shipping depends on the order size and products purchased.

(Image Credit: GJ Charlet III)

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December 5

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

Posted by on December 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be hosting or going to a number of parties and want some simple and inexpensive appies to serve or bring. In comes Bargainmoose to the rescue to make you hungry and save your wallet all at the same time.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

Proscuitto wrapped asparagus has only three ingredients, but I bet they are insanely delicious. While proscuitto or asparagus are not that cheap on their own, being the main ingredients means you can still make this for less than $10 and probably serve about 1-2 to a crowd. Cooking on the Front Burner has the very simple recipe.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

You may have seen these cranberry feta pinwheels before and thought how festive and so delicious and even nutritious these frugal appetizers are. You can get tortillas for about $2, cream cheese on sale for about $3 and the cranberries right now are about $2. Feta cheese might set you back $5, but you could do without it and this dish would still be quite tasty. Same goes for the walnuts and the green onions, although I would not omit the onions since they are very cheap and add so much flavour. Get the recipe at MommySavers.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

These veggies with spinach dip appetizers are tasty little frugal bites of heaven. With cheap ingredients like sour cream ($2), frozen spinach ($2), soup mix ($1) and green onion ($0.50), plus a little mayo, these appetizers won’t set you back more than $10. Add a cucumber and a few grape tomatoes and that only adds about $3-$4 to your total. Or you could buy crackers on sale. Get the recipe at Food.com.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

I had to blog these unusual, but tasty looking and simple appetizers. Finding Home Online put together goat cheese, pesto and raspberries on a crostini. Sounds so weird, but I wouldn’t say no to trying it. Goat cheese will set you back about $5, a small container or raspberries is about $3, a jar of pesto is about $3 and a baguette you can get for $1. $12 would be your total for this neat little appie.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

Iris Lazz didn’t just blog a frugal recipe, this one is Paleo too. It looks healthy but incredibly delicious. So simple, she made cashew butter (or you can buy it) and that would be your most expensive part of the dish at $3-$5. She filled dates with it and dates are about $3-$5 as well, but you don’t have to use all of them. Then she added pomegranate seeds on top, and this would be less than $1. I can just imagine the juicy pop right now.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

If you want something fishy at your shindig, sardines are very inexpensive but pack a huge flavour boost. This smoked sardine spread is so inexpensive, you’ll want it at every party. Sardines are about $1 a can and a little goes a long way. Add cream cheese ($3), some dill ($1), lemon ($0.50), green onion ($.50) and capers ($3). Get your crackers on sale or use a baguette and you’ve got yourself a $10 appetizer to feed a crowd. Get the recipe at Cooking Weekends.

7 Frugal Holiday Appetizers

This appetizer is probably the least expensive of the bunch, but is probably best done right before serving. Battered cauliflower only takes the actual cauliflower ($2), flour, oil and seasoning (probably less than $1). I’m really craving this right now. Get the recipe at The Coffee Shop.

Photo credit for banner: torbakhopper

Bargainmoosers, did I make you hungry? If yes, tell me in the comments below!

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September 26

PartyStock Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Your Purchase Including Halloween Goodies

Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

PartyStock Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Your Purchase Including Halloween Goodies

With yet another exclusive promo code to delight your senses, Bargainmoose has 15% off your entire purchase at PartyStock Canada.

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  • Coupon Code: BARGAINMOOSEPARTY
  • Discount: 15%
  • Expiry: Unknown

PartyStock has everything you’ll need to throw a party, and you can shop by theme, colour or group. They also have a newly-stocked Halloween section, with lots of goodies for your Halloween party, Halloween crafts or to decorate your house.

Washi tape is all the rage lately, as it is a super-easy way to decorate anything, as it is tape, but with a unique design. It is a must-have for any craft stockpile. PartyStock has so many different ones like spiders, candy corn, and ghosts. Was $3.95, now $3.36.

This Halloween cupcake decorating kit has piqued my interest. Already on sale, was $6.95, then $5.95, but with coupon you’ll get it for $5.06.

If you spend over $100, you’ll get free shipping to Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. All other provinces will have to spend over $200 for free shipping, but the rates for amounts spent below these thresholds are reasonable.

The Bargainmoose forum is loaded with exclusive coupons, like this one for  Partystock, so check it out before you shop anywhere!

PartyStock Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Your Purchase Including Halloween Goodies

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September 5

Party City Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Party Supplies & Costumes

Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Party City Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Party Supplies & Costumes

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be party time! Use the promo code to get 20% off your purchase from Party City, including their large stock of Halloween costumes. You’ll have to spend $100 to get the discount, but that should be easy with all the great items they have.

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What does your kid want to be this year? My kids always want to be something scary or some super hero. I try to keep my babies cute and cuddly as long as possible.

How much do you love this owl costume? I am a big believer in spending a lot on baby’s first Halloween costume. I just think the pictures will be there forever and your baby needs to look amazingly cute. I am also keeping the Nemo costume that all my boys wore for their first Halloween, for the grandchildren of course. $49.99.

Even though I only have boys, I know that girls (from my experience with myself) don’t want to be cute and cuddly long either. Check out this girls prom corpse costume. $34.99

I know how much my dog wants to be Yoda for Halloween, so I will have to indulge her. $19.99.

Buy all three costumes and you’ll pay a total of $83.97 with coupon.

Shipping depends on what you buy.

While you’re here, don’t forget to take a peek at the Bargainmoose forum, for more great Party City coupons.

 

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August 29

Green Planet Parties Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Green Planet Parties Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Eco Friendly Party Supplies

If you are a party animal who worries about the earth, look no further for party supplies. Bargainmoose has an exclusive coupon code for Green Planet Parties, where you’ll get 15% off your order.

Click here to shop @ Greenplanetparties.com now

  • Coupon Code: BARGAINMOOSE
  • Discount: 15% off
  • Expiry: Unknown

Green Planet is a new to Bargainmoose company, so I’ll give you the skinny of this awesome store! Party planning usually means buying items that we will only use during the party, things like disposable dishware and decorations. Green Planet Parties strives to find sustainable and reusable items that you can use for your parties, including biodegradable, locally-produced and/or artisan goods.

There are a number of categories from which you can browse like wedding showers, themed party, organic candy and goodie bags.

Of course, my eye was drawn to the organic candy section, where they have delicious looking organic lollipops, with 50 pops in eight flavours. Was $10.95, now $9.31.

The wizard themed party section has some really cool stuff, which I know my boys would love. Check out the place mat maps and the wands.

Shipping starts at $14.95, but you can get pickup in B.C.

Check out the forum where we’ll keep more coupons for Green Planet Parties.

Green Planet Parties Canada Exclusive Promo Code: 15% Off Eco Friendly Party Supplies

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August 26

Staples Canada: Sustainable Earth Compostable Plates Only $9.16

Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Staples Canada: Sustainable Earth Compostable Plates Only $9.16

If you are planning a party, trip, wedding or any other event where you’ll need disposable plates, consider using compost-able plates to reduce your carbon foot print. Right now is a perfect time to stock up, because the Staples brand of compost-able plates is now only $9.16 for 250 nine inch plates, was $22.94.

Paper plates are so wasteful, but let’s face it, at some events, we don’t want to do all those dishes. And at some events, we don’t have enough dishes! Do the right thing and go green with compostable plates, these ones made from sugar cane. They look and feel just like the regular paper plates you’ve used before, but in the end, they’ll be gone and not sitting in a trash heap at the dump.

Normally, this would be a tough call at almost $0.10 a plate, but on sale, this is a great deal at only $0.03 a plate. I price compared other compost-able plates, and this is definitely a great price.

Reviews say these are strong, forks don’t go through the plate, they don’t bend and fold when full of food, and are basically very durable.

Shipping is free when you spend $20, so order a few packs. You know you’ll use them!

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August 1

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Posted by on August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Tomorrow we can start the party for the mid-summer long weekend we call the Civic holiday. My family and I are lucky enough to be heading to a cottage, where we will not do more than swim, bbq and have a few drinks. I may get a few magazines read as well. If you are having a big bash this long weekend, consider reading this article for what to do with everything that gets left at your place. I hate trashing all that good food, booze and other nuggets that get left behind, so why not do something with them?

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

There is a common joke about freezing leftover wine and people saying “what’s leftover wine?”, but if you’ve had a party, there definitely could be many bottles of leftover wine. You can’t possibly drink all of them, or maybe you can, but if you can’t, freeze the wine into ice cubes, like Peaceful Bend did above. You can use them later in sangria, cooking, or even to cool down a too-warm wine. I bet they’d even add a little bit of flavour to water on a cold day.

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

If you want to add some culinary flair to your leftover wine, consider making Zinfandel (or any other type of wine) gelato. The Kitchn used just milk and ice to make this absolutely delicious creation (above).

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Once you’ve emptied those bottles, what to do with them? Recycling uses quite a bit of energy, so try this candle holder. This isn’t your typical candle in the top, wax dripping down holder. Simply cut the bottom off the bottle and place it over a candle for a dimmed glow on your table, like Mint Hawaii creatively did (above).

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Booze aside, if you use party hats for your party, you don’t need to throw them out because they have Lightning McQueen or Over The Hill on them. Upcycle them like Creating Bits of Envy did by using scrapbook paper and streamers (above).

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Of course, you’ll also have leftover food. You could eat it all yourself, but you might get sick of it after a few days. If you have quite a bit, I have the perfect solution: a food leftover party. That’s right, host another party to eat all the food leftover from the first party. Tell guests not to expect as much as they did at the first party and not to bring anything except their appetites. I’m all for it. (Photo Credit: Steven Depolo)

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

Oftentimes a guest will leave a tray that is still full of food, or just forget about it as they are staggering out the door. When you call them to tell them they left it, they tell you to keep it, but maybe you don’t like it all that much. You don’t have to pitch it. You can make it nicer and more functional for the next party. Check out this chalkboard painted cheese tray by Savvy Sugar (above). This is perfect for a cheese tasting or the food which isn’t all that obvious to what it is.

7 Ways To Recycle Leftovers From That Long Weekend Party

If you have a ton of napkins leftover that won’t suit another party, you could use them to actually wipe your face. But that would be boring. Check out this DIY napkin flower idea from So You’re EnGAYged (above).

Bargainmoosers, what are your plans for the weekend? What items will get left at your house, and what will you do with them?

(banner image credit: cogdogblog)

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July 3

Party City Canada Coupon: Up To $20 Off Your Purchase

Posted by on July 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Party City Canada Coupon: Up To $20 Off Your Purchase

Get your party started at Party City with promo code or coupon for in-store shopping. You’ll get $20 off your purchase over $100, $15 off your purchase of $85+ and $10 off your purchase over $70.

Click here to shop @ PartyCity.ca now

  • Coupon Code: CAF8D
  • Discount: Up to $20 off
  • Expiry: 7th July 2013

I blogged a few weeks ago about the patio my husband and I are constructing in our backyard. So far our blood, sweat, tears and swear words have not elicited more than just gravel and a retaining wall, but, it’s coming. I’ve already planned the patio-opening party in my head and hopefully it will happen before summer ends. In the meantime I can shop at Party City and save up to $20 on my purchase. I’d love a luau party, and they have everything under the sun for that kind of fun summer party.

Starting with decorations, I love this Luau dancers photo door banner because I’m all about the photo op. $8.99.

Drinks are on tall order and these pink double old fashioned plastic tumblers are already on clearance. Now $1 each, was $1.49. I’d get fifty.

This inflatable palm tree oasis cooler is a must have at $19.99.

You can’t have a luau without the luau limbo game! $19.99.

Buying all of these items above, I’d save $20 with promo code, essentially getting the limbo game free. Yippee! If I wanted to get really tiki with it, I could get the tropical tiki party supplies, which are now 50% off.

Check out all the Party City coupons in the forum.

Shipping depends on what you buy.

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June 27

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Posted by on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Crack a beer (Canadian of course), light a fire and sit back and relax. It’s almost Canada Day and we need to celebrate our country. Some of us don’t have a cottage or boat to go to, so we need to improvise. You can still have a fun long weekend and do it cheaply. Check out my seven ways to have fun this weekend on the cheap.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

First, you need something to wear (above). I am actually doing this activity with my kids tonight, but it doesn’t just have to be for the kids. Simply buy a plain white t-shirt and use a sponge and your hand to create this Canadian flag. You’ll be stylish and unique and it will cost you only a few dollars. Thanks Workman Family.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Next, you’ll need something to eat and this totally creative little moose after our own hearts from Canadian Family (above) is fun and tasty.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Dessert comes next and there is nothing much easier than a Canadian flag cake (above), made with boxed cake mix, ready-made frosting and strawberries. That should cost you less than $10 at this time of year. Get the simple instructions from Crafting and Creativity.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Before I forget (ok, I won’t), we need drinks for this par-tay. Visual Meringue crafted this refreshing and so delicious mocktail (although adding booze is up to you). Yum!

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

If you love the look of wood decorations as much as I do, you can very easily make this Canadian flag out of old fence boards! This is going on the “honey-do list”, thanks to Crow’s Feet Chic.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

What are you going to do at your party besides have some cold drinks and fun food? Test your trivia knowledge by using these questions from Moms and Munchkins, or find your own. The internet is a vast resource for Canada facts.

7 Wild & Frugal Canada Day Activities

Pretty much the cheapest idea on here – grab a ball and play! Soccer, baseball, tennis, frisbee, whatever floats your boat. Photo thanks to Funny Wildlife.

Bargainmoosers, what are your plans this Canada Day long weekend? Let me know below!

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