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October 30

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Tomorrow is Halloween and if you are like me, you have a busy life and may have waited until the last minute to get your Halloween things together.  You may need a last minute costume, or some last minute decorations, or even some last minute party ideas.  I am sure there a lot of people that are in this boat so I have put together a few last minute easy to do Halloween ideas for trick or treating, parties or for decorations in general.

1. Party Prop

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This is a very simple and fast thing to do the day of your party.  Just put  rubber spider, worm, or any creepy crawler in you ice cube trays to have some festive ice for your guests drinks! I found this idea at Buzzfeed and I know I will be using it this year for my kids.

2. House Decoration

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This last minute easy decoration is also from Buzzfeed.  Just take any plastic cup you may have, draw a jack-o-lantern face on them and use the flame-less candles underneath. You can make fun ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein faces and more and it will just take you minutes.

3. Party Game

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This game from Daycare Answers is perfect for a kids party.  Basically, you get foods like spaghetti, grapes, a banana and put them in holes in a box and get the kids to guess what everything is.  They think that the items are guts, eyeballs and brains instead.  The complete instructions are listed through the link.

4. Halloween Food

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

I would have never thought of this myself.  Add some white icing and chocolate chips to a cupcake and you have a cupcake ghost.  This idea from Buzzfeed is perfect for a Halloween party this weekend!

5. Costume

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This simple skeleton costume that I found at Coolest Homemade Costumes would work for a man, woman, or child.  You just need a black shirt and a white shirt and you make some cuts into the material.  You can add some face paint to make the costume even better but all of the directions are listed online.

6. Party Prop

6 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

This prop would be more for an adult party.  Print off a scary picture and put it in a jar with coloured juice to make it look like a body part in a jar.  I have to admit, this looks pretty cool even though it is morbid. This idea came from Morbid. They have it as an April Fool’s joke but it would make a great Halloween prop for any party.

Have a very fun and safe Halloween tomorrow night Moosers!

Photo credit: Aftab Uzzaman

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October 22

Starbucks Canada Fall Sale: 25% Off Coffee, Mugs, Tumblers Etc.

Posted by on October 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Starbucks Canada Fall Sale: 25% Off Coffee, Mugs, Tumblers Etc.

Hey Starbucks lovers, I have a sweet deal for you! Starbucks’ Fall Sale is now on and you can save 25% off a variety of merchandise from coffee, syrups, tumblers and more.

Did you know that Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte, or PSL for short, has been around for more than a decade? If this is your drink of choice during the fall season or even if you are curious to try a version of it, then definitely check out the VIA pumpkin spice latte. It’s on sale for $5.49 (reg. $7.95) for 5 pouches that are dissolvable in 8 fl oz of hot water. Admittedly, it doesn’t boast the best reviews but I think it’s important to remember that although the VIA line of products are meant to replace the in-store pumpkin spice latte, it’s certain not to taste the exact same as it’s an instant version.

Starbucks’ Thanksgiving blend is also on sale and can be yours for $13.99 (reg. $18.95) for a 1lb bag. It’s a dark roast coffee that boasts a full body and herbal notes. It’s actually a mix between the popular Sumatra and Guatemala Antigua blends. In fact, here’s what quirky reviewer had to say about it:

A new favourite Starbucks coffee! Does not taste like pumpkins… or turkey for that matter. Very good! Will be sure to purchase again.

There is plenty more merchandise to pick and save on, but here’s a short list of the products that caught my attention:

Love caramel? Then you might be happy to know that Starbucks’ caramel syrup is also currently on sale for $6.99 instead of its original retail price of $9.95. It comes in a 350ml bottle and in case you have never tried it (though I doubt that many of you haven’t Starbucks Canada Fall Sale: 25% Off Coffee, Mugs, Tumblers Etc. ), it features smooth and buttery caramel tasting notes. I have ordered numerous caramel lattes and the syrup definitely does add a very pleasant butteryness to any drink! But do keep in mind that to make a caramel macchiato, you actually need vanilla syrup and not caramel!

Even better is that although shipping is usually only free on orders over $75, this time around the minimum threshold has been lowered to $50.

(Image Credit: Chrissy Hunt)

(Expiry: 31st October 2014)

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October 9

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

Posted by on October 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

With so many options at the grocery store and so many different prices for the same foods, it can get overwhelming. I try to make as much as I can at home so that I am cutting out as many dyes, preservatives and extras from my family’s diet.  Not only is it healthier to make items at home, it is cheaper as well.

There are many things that are so simple and quick to make at home that you would just instinctively buy and you do not have to. Some of the things you can just use leftover scrap to make them.  I have gathered six of those food, condiments, and snack items, that our Moosers can make themselves at home very easily.

1. Fruit Rollups

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

There is a recipe over at Sondie Bruner that will help you make easy fruit rollups.  These homemade ones cut out the processed sugars and dyes and make this sweet snack a healthy treat for your kids.

2. Popsicle

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

My mom used to make her own popsicles and now I do for my own kids.  You can use either fruit puree or fruit juice and just add it to a mold and freeze.  You don’t need a recipe – it is that simple.  A great place to find different kinds is on Pinterest. That is where I found this picture above.

3. Trail Mix

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

Over at Her Campus, they have seven different recipes to make your own trail mix at home.  This is snack item that is far cheaper to make yourself rather than buy at the store.  A great place to stock up on the trail mix items is at Bulk Barn. We often have printable coupons for them on our forum.

4. Salad Dressing

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

This is something that I always make homemade at home.  It doesn’t take that much time at all and it will save you the upwards of $7 a bottle for the store bought brands. A Beautiful Mess has three different recipes featured for salad dressing that are quick and easy to make yourself.

5. Ice Cream

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

There are a ton of different recipes for ice cream on the internet and they range from really easy to very hard to make depending on your cooking skills.  I have found one that requires no cooking, baking, or any skill whatsoever!  The Two Bite Club has a recipe that includes just two ingredients and is very healthy. All you need to do is add frozen bananas and some peanut butter to your food processor and there you have it!

6. Croutons

6 Food Items to Make Instead of Buying to Save Money

This is the easiest to make and there are so many different recipes to do it.  Personally, I just use any spices I have in my cupboard, a little bit of olive oil and bread ends.  It seems like no one in my house likes the end pieces of the loaves of bread so I save them in the freezer.  Once I have a bunch of them, I make a new batch of croutons. There is a nice recipe posted on Lynns Kitchen Adventures that is easy to follow.

We would love for you to share some of your make it yourself recipes for saving money on your grocery budget Moosers!

Photo credit: Nic Taylor

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October 5

Taco Bell Printable Coupon: Free Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme With Combo Purchase

Posted by on October 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Taco Bell Printable Coupon: Free Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme With Combo Purchase

Yummy, yummy in all of our tummies! Taco Bell has released a new printable coupon for a free Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme with purchase of any combo over $5.99.

So what exactly is in a Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme? Premium season beef, lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream… all within a crunchy Doritos nacho cheese shell. Have I made your mouth water yet? Mine is sure watering from just staring at the picture of the Doritos Locos taco on the coupon.

I haven’t tried the Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme yet but I bet it tastes just like nachos would. I know most nacho recipes don’t call for ground beef but if you were to make it with the kind of toppings that a recipe would call for, then I’m sure you would get an end product very similar to Taco Bell’s taco.

Granted, you still need to purchase a combo valued at $5.99 or more but this is still a pretty cool freebie! Personally, I love getting appetizers and food on the side of my main meal but hate having to pay even more for these. Fast food shouldn’t end up costing the same price as a meal in a restaurant with servers would! Alternatively, if you’re eating out with a friend, then you could always get one of those combos that could easily feed two and either share or have one person eat the free taco. Of course, you could just print out two coupons as well and each get your own combo but that’s not as budget-friendly of an option! Taco Bell Printable Coupon: Free Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme With Combo Purchase

I searched Twitter for “Doritos Locos” and on top of there being thousands of tweets about its deliciousness, I also came upon a very interesting fact. According to @WhatTheFFacts, Taco Bell has added 15,000 jobs because of the success behind the Doritos Locos taco. It’s pretty amazing that just one menu addition could make all the difference in Taco Bell’s employment rate! Whether true or not, it’s certainly enticing enough for me to want to try this Doritos taco.

Moosers, have you tried Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme? Did you like it? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section!

(Image Credit: Jslander)

(Expiry: 31st December 2014)

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September 27

Pinching Pennies With Cheap Homemade Meals: Volume 1

Posted by on September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Pinching Pennies With Cheap Homemade Meals: Volume 1

Budgeting. Saving money. Spending only what you need to spend. We hear these phrases often spouted by both informed experts and those who simply repeat things that they hear, but it is very important – especially when you have the responsibility of paying a mortgage or when you need to save up enough money for rent every month.

When you’re trying to save up some extra cash for a big purchase, whether it’s a new vehicle, the down payment for a home, or even a nice vacation, you’ll need to refer to the first 10 words of this article: Budgeting. Saving money. Spending only what you need to spend.

It may seem like a challenge at first, but it is possible. For the past 5 years, I’ve essentially been a freelancer. As those that have experience in freelancing know, you really won’t have a stable income – some months can be really lucrative, while others can be exceptionally slow.

Thankfully, though it took a few months to fully grasp and adjust to when I just started freelancing, I learned to embrace frugality, and I plan to extol some of the many virtues I’ve learned along my journey in these Saving Money articles on Bargainmoose.

There are many ways that you can save money during your day to day routines, but I’ll be focusing on pinching pennies with cheap homemade meals today. When some people think of affordable homemade meals, they may automatically think of an all-oatmeal diet, or having cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That really isn’t the case at all – in fact, you may be surprised to learn about some of the delicious servings that you can prep while saving a decent amount of money!

For example, let’s look at the situation that happens when you go to work each day. By the time you get home after a long day at your workplace, you’re tired, exhausted, and maybe even slightly cranky. Either way, your main priority at this time is to plop down unto your couch, relax, and finally take it easy.

This is why fast food can be so convenient – when you’re at your workplace and you’re just too exhausted after your shift to prepare a lunch for the next day, all you have to do is place an order at a Subway, McDonald’s, or any other restaurant that’s near your workplace. The same can be said after you come home after working all day – you may feel too tired to prepare something, so you decide to eat at a restaurant, or order some take–out. The problem with this scenario is that it can really amass a huge bill by the end of the month (especially when the average personal disposable income for Canadians was US $26,888 in 2013). It also doesn’t help that sodium in Canadian restaurant foods are “alarmingly highaccording to this CBC article.

Preparing a lunch for your next day at work can be a bit of a challenge after a long day at the office, but it doesn’t have to be. You can save some of your hard – earned cash, while eating a little healthier as well. I’ve included some of my favourite go–to meals that I make during the week below:

Macaroni and cheese with green peppers – Rough cost: $1.50 – 2.00

This may sound like a very basic meal, but it’s actually very tasty and satisfying! I know macaroni can be fairly carb–heavy, but it’s good to have this every once in a while (I usually have it roughly once a week).

I simply make the macaroni by using my oven’s stove top, and while I’m waiting for the water to boil, I chop up some green peppers and I put them on a frying pan with a bit of olive oil and Italian seasoning. After everything’s ready, I drain the macaroni, I mix the green peppers with them, and I finally add the cheese sauce, butter, and milk into it (I actually use olive oil as a replacement for the butter, but I know most people prefer to have butter in their macaroni and cheese).

This is a simple meal that doesn’t require too much time or effort. If you see a sale on mac & cheese at a grocery store, stock up on a few so you can save even more money! Just check out your weekly flyers to find out when they’re on sale – there have been times when I’ve gotten Kraft Dinner 12 packs for the equivalent of $0.33 a pack!

Spinach salad with tuna – Rough Cost: $1.00 – 1.25

This healthy meal is quick enough to prepare after a long day at work, and if you’re a fan of tuna, you may even grow to love it like I do!

Years ago, I hated tuna. Just couldn’t stand it. After trying it out in a few pasta dishes that I made for myself (I was low on meaty ingredients), I started to appreciate it. Now, I typically have a tuna – related meal at least 4 times a week.

All you need to do is get a cheap bag of spinach at your local grocery store, add a can of tuna (drain it first), and maybe even add some parmesan cheese or salad dressing for flavour. You can even add some cucumbers or croutons to make it even more interesting!

It’s cheap, healthy (depending on the ingredients that you add to it), and it can really help give you that boost of energy that you’re looking for in the middle of a long day.

In my next edition of Pinching Pennies With Cheap Homemade Meals, I’ll delve into even more of the vastly affordable yet surprisingly tasty meals that I have throughout the week. If there are any affordable yet delicious meals that you love to have on a regular basis, feel free to mention them in the comments below!

Photo credit: Robyn Lee

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September 17

Sir Corp Canada: 20% Bonus With Purchase Of Restaurant Gift Card

Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Sir Corp Canada: 20% Bonus With Purchase Of Restaurant Gift Card

Do you frequently dine out? Then Sir Corp’s offer may be right up your alley. Get a gift card to use at one of their many applicable restaurant locations and you will also get a second gift card for free pre-loaded with 20% of the amount you paid for on the first card.

Sir Corp’s list of restaurants includes:

  • Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar
  • Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
  • Duke’s Refresher
  • Alice Fazooli’s
  • The Loose Moose
  • Canyon Creek
  • Far Niente
  • Reds Midtown Tavern
  • Four
  • Petit Four

Between the 10 of them, there is a total of 38 locations accross Canada with Scaddabush being their newest concept. With a location in either Mississauga or Toronto, Scaddabush is definitely a restaurant that I would like to try next time I’m in Toronto as their menu takes on a “a bit of everything” kind of approach but with an Italian flair.

While I can’t give feedback on any of the other restaurants, I can however tell you that I definitely enjoyed my meal at Jack Astor’s. As an added bonus, you can even draw on the tables… erm I mean, your kids can even draw on the table! Sir Corp Canada: 20% Bonus With Purchase Of Restaurant Gift Card

You can choose between either an actual physical gift card and load it with any amount of money you want, or an e-gift card with one of the following amounts:

  • $35 gift card = $7 bonus
  • $50 gift card = $10 bonus
  • $75 gift card = $15 bonus
  • $100 gift card = $20 bonus
  • $200 gift card =  $40 bonus

As you can see, I also included the amount of money you would be looking at getting as a bonus as well to give you a better idea. Although it doesn’t look like you can choose the card’s design in if you choose a physical copy, you can choose it in the case of the electronic versions. Plus, don’t worry about adding another card to your basket either as the bonus one will be automatically included with your order.

The best part about this promotion is that it coincides well with the upcoming holidays. Christmas is only three months away and this could definitely be a great opportunity to stock up on a couple of cards to gift away, all the while enjoying a little bonus for yourself. Although you could of course keep the main card for yourself and give away the bonus one as well.

(Image Credit: Chris Gallevo)

(12th October 2014)

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September 6

Nature Box Coupon Code: $10 Off

Posted by on September 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Nature Box Coupon Code: $10 Off

If you have not yet heard about nature Box, then you are in for a real treat- literally. Nature Box in a company that allows you to get a box of five different snacks bags each month this coupon code from them will save you $10 on a months order for a limited time only.

Click here to Get your order @ Naturebox.com now

  • Coupon Code: TASTEYSNACKS
  • Discount: $10 off
  • Expiry: Unknown

Each box would normally cost you $19.95 a month.  With this coupon code, you would pay just $9.95 saving you 50% on an entire months order. You do not need to use the coupon for your first order so you can use it at any time if you are already subscribing.

Here is how Nature Box works.  You’ll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want, or, you can let nature Box choose them and be surprised.  This is a monthly delivery but you can end your subscription at any time. With over 100 snacks to choose from for your boxes, there are lots of tasty treats for everyone’s palate.

You can also get specialty boxes with this following:

  • Gluten free
  • Nut free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Vegan
  • GMO free

If you would rather get the regular monthly order, each month will have five pre-selected items chosen that are a variety if sweet and salty.  Something like this would be an awesome gift for a housewarming, or birthday gift.  You could personally choose the persons favourite snacks and pay for as many months as you would like to for your budget.  Since this coupon will save you basically 50% on the first one, you could easily get two months for just $29.90, which is not a bad deal at all.

Keep in mind, all prices are in US dollars.  The cost of shipping is $4.95 which is not bad at all for what you get and how heavy the box can potentially be.

You will find this Nature Box coupon posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.  There are actually plenty more to choose from.

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August 18

Save Money By Preparing Your Own Back To School Meals

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

Save Money By Preparing Your Own Back To School Meals

Back to school… for some, these words are a Godsend, and for others they represent their last baby going to school (I’m the latter, sniff sniff). Back to school will be an incredibly busy time with new jobs, kids in school, fall activities starting for everyone, and the general business of life starting after the summer. It’s easy to eat out for meals when you’re on the run, but just think about the excess money and decreased health benefits in take-out dinners. Michael Pollan is a food authority in U.S.A, and he is a proponent of eating whole foods, and most importantly cooking those foods at home. He says the best thing that North Americans can do to improve their health (and reduce the cost of our health care) is to make our meals at home, even if they are not the healthiest meals possible.  Easier said than done, right?  Especially with the time constraints we all face, like a busy career and children.  How can we save money by preparing our family’s meals?

Crock pot cooking

It seems like crock pot cooking has become a recent internet sensation.  I see crockpot recipes, links and pictures everywhere on facebook and pinterest. I am a huge crockpot fan as it is a super easy, quick way to get tasty, melt-in-your mouth meals together.  Check out Who Needs A Cape for a simply amazing 40 meals in four hours crock pot recipe list.  Wow, I am amazed that people actually do this, hats off to them.  I can never seem to get my stuff together to cook in large batches or chunks of time.  How about some recipes you can throw together on a week day or weekend?  There isn’t a recipe much easier than this one for Pineapple Salsa Chicken.  This looks so easy and delicious.  Make a side of rice to go alongside, and you have a pretty nutritious and easy meal.  We love Indian meals at our house, and this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is an easy, delicious weeknight dinner for kids and parents alike. These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are super easy to make, and really, how can you screw up making chicken fajitas in the crockpot?  As you can tell, I really like making chicken, as it’s so versatile and I love having leftovers.  As much as I love chicken, I also adore a beef roast in the winter like this one.  My mom wasn’t an adept chef, but I have vivid, happy memories from my childhood when she made any crockpot beef dish.

Batch cooking

I used to be a batch cooker, but abandoned it once I had two kids. I just couldn’t give up a few hours every Sunday to hang in the kitchen, unless of course I had copious amounts of wine to drink while cooking. If you have the time, the patience and the love of food, maybe batch cooking is for you. Chatelaine has some awesome tips for batch cooking. In particular, I really think that preparation is the most important step, so you aren’t caught missing an ingredient or two at the last minute. Here are some simple Batch Cooking Recipes to try. I have seen this idea a few times in the past, and I love the idea of preparing your weeks’ worth of Lunch Salads in advance using mason jars. Although I don’t tend to batch prepare my lunches, I do prepare some staples like hard-boiled eggs, chopped raw veggies and individually packaged hummus so I’m not stuck at the last minute for lunch ideas.  Preparing your own lunch and snacks is probably the best way to save money on food.  I am amazed at the amount of people I work with who purchase their lunch on a near daily basis.  When you combine that purchase with the daily coffee they are buying from Tim’s, those costs really add up.  It literally takes me 20 minutes to pack my lunch. I have to pack my kids’ lunch anyway, why not add mine to the list?

Make homemade school snacks

Sure, those $2.50 packages of goldfish crackers are tempting to buy, but I can’t even imagine the food colourings and preservatives in those crackers. I would much rather spend an hour or so on the weekend preparing homemade school snacks for my children. Many schools are now nut-free, so that is another reason people are tempted to buy pre-packaged snacks. But don’t fear!  As long as you aren’t using nut products in your homemade snacks, they are safe to bring to school. What are some of my favourites?  These granola bars from Weelicious are an absolute favourite with everyone in my house, including my picky husband. They aren’t that difficult to make, although it can be a chore cutting these off my baking sheet.  The results, however, are totally worth it.  I individually wrap these in little plastic bags and put them into a school snack drawer which my kids dig into to help make their school lunches. Although I have never tried it, this fruit leather is a healthy alternative to fruit rollups. If my kids were into candied fruit I would totally make this.

Preparing and planning your food prep in advance is beneficial not only for your pocketbook, but also for your mental health. Why bother with the stress of not knowing what to make every night for dinner when it’s easy to make a menu at the beginning of the week for your meals? Take it a step further and plan your meals around what’s on sale at the grocery stores, and you will save lots of money!

Bargainmoosers, do you prepare your meals in advance?

(banner image credit: Melissa)

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August 8

Pizza Hut Canada: 20% Off Any Order + Free Upgrade To Stuffed Crust

Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Pizza Hut Canada: 20% Off Any Order + Free Upgrade To Stuffed Crust

Chomp on this deal: 20% off at Pizza Hut when you order online for $15 or more! Plus, you can also upgrade to a stuffed crust absolutely free. A tasty pizza is an awesome way to start the weekend.

Pizza Hut’s pizza has a very distinct flavour and I think that’s why it’s still so popular. Although your order needs to amount to $15 or more before the discount will be applied, that’s nevertheless an easy threshold to achieve. Keep in mind that you must click the link above in order to benefit from the discount.

Since one of my favourite pizzas is the meat lover’s at Pizza Hut, I tested the promotion on a 14″ hand-tossed style pizza and a stuffed crust one. Both pizzas came up to $18 each because a $4 discount was applied for the stuffed crust one, which would normally have been $22. With the 20% discount, the order came down to just $28.80 before tax.

Testing out this promotion, I also noticed that if I clicked back and forth in my browser too many times, then my address would not get saved and the promotion would get removed. If this happens to you, just come back and re-click on the link above in order to have the promotion re-applied. Once you reach check-out, make sure it says “20% off online orders” in red after the subtotal.

Excludes Quebec but…

As it often is the case, Quebec is excluded from this promotion because all Pizza Hut orders need to pass through their other site: Red Berry Web. Googling why Pizza Hut has a whole different site dedicated for Quebec residents proved fruitless but in any case, though there is no 20% off promotion going on right now, there are other deals to pick from like a big box for just $30. It includes two medium two-topping pizzas, 14 boneless bites, large breadsticks and cinnaparts. I have ordered from Pizza Hut’s Red Berry Web website in the past and I can assure you that it’s the real deal. In fact, here’s a tip: if you don’t like the Cinnaparts from the big box, then simply leave a comment in the “add comments about your order” box at checkout asking for the Hersey’s Chocolate Dunkers. I have done this in the past and was always delighted to receive them instead of the Cinnaparts.

Delivery

As usual, a $3.25 delivery charge will also apply to any order.

(Image Credit: Trawets)

(Expiry: Unknown)

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July 29

A&W Coupons: Printable Coupons For Free Fries, Free Rootbeer, Free Upgrades & More

Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A&W Coupons: Printable Coupons For Free Fries, Free Rootbeer, Free Upgrades & More

My family and I are heading on a road trip that will take two days travel each way.  We have to stop to eat for all of our meals because of the distance, so I made sure to check out any restaurant deals this week for coupons and deals.  I found some great new printable coupons for A&W that I thought I would share with you in case you are looking to do the same thing!

Currently, there are four different coupons to print off and take advantage of.

  • Free root beer and fries when you enjoy a chubby chicken burger at the regular price
  • Enjoy a bacon n egger or sausage n egger sandwich at the regular price and receive a second breakfast sandwich for free
  • Upgrade to a root beer float for free when you buy an A&W root beer or a combo at regular price
  • Upgrade from fries to onion rings for free with the purchase of fries or a combo at regular price

You are able to use one coupon per customer per visit. What I have done in the past is my husband and I order separately so that we can use two of the coupons on our meal.  You would not believe how much a little printable coupon can save you on your meals when you are traveling. The first coupon alone would feed both of my kids for a fraction of the regular price.

You will also notice that the coupons are not just for lunch and dinner.  They included the bacon n egger and the sausage n egger so that you can save on your breakfast as well.

If you are not traveling like I am, these coupons can be used as a Friday lunch treat.  My husband hates making a lunch on Fridays and often goes out to pick something up.  If he were to use one of these coupons, he would be saving our budget a lot in the long run.

All of these printable A&W coupons will be posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.  In fact, every time they get a new batch, we will have them there a long with a ton of other great restaurants to choose from and save.

(Expiry: 10th August 2014)

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July 18

Starbucks Store Canada Promo Code: 25% Off VIA Refreshers or Iced Coffee

Posted by on July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Starbucks Store Canada Promo Code: 25% Off VIA Refreshers or Iced Coffee

Starbucks fiends rejoice! This weekend only, you can save an additional 25% on all Starbucks VIA Refreshers or Iced Coffee, including those that are already on sale.

Get VIA Ready Brew products @ Starbucks.ca now

  • Coupon Code: 25OFFICED
  • Discount: 25% off VIA Refreshers or Iced Coffee
  • Expiry: 20th July, 2014

What is VIA?

Starbuck’s VIA product line basically features a line of ready-made tea or coffee pouches that you pour over either hot or iced water. No other equipment is necessary, just: a glass, the pouch, water, ice (for Refreshers) and voila, instant refreshment!

Which products qualify for the code?
Although the Starbucks promo code above isn’t applicable towards the VIA line of Ready Brew or Latte coffee, you can use it on these products:

  • VIA Refreshers Very Berry Hibiscus: reg. $6.95 / $5.22 with code
  • VIA Refreshers Cool Lime: now $4.95 (reg. $6.95) $3.72 with code
  • VIA Iced Coffee: reg. $7.95 / $5.97 with code

While the iced tea packets come with five pouches, the iced coffee one comes with six instead. As I’m a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I’m most excited about trying out the iced coffee one, especially since it has a general consensus of five stars out of five with positive reviews like this one:

I go to my local Starbucks for iced coffee’s every other day and this is really close to what I get in the store….Just love it!!!

It is naturally sweetened with cane sugar, though you might need to add your regular cream or milk if that’s how you normally drink your coffee. Since ice has the terrible effect of diluting your drink, you could also make a batch of this coffee ahead of time (or maybe even brew it regularly), pour it into an ice cube tray and use those coffee ice cubes to then pour your next drink over.

I used to be a Starbucks addict and I know how crucial it can be to get that fix of your favourite drink, so I can definitely see these pouches coming in handy for a dark Starbucks-less day. These could also be a great substitute for those of you who don’t have a Starbucks store near you, or maybe even for taking to work.

Shipping

Shipping is free on orders over $75. For all purchases that don’t meet that threshold, a $4.95 shipping fee will apply. You can also try checking out the online exclusives category for more Starbucks merchandise to save on. Simply hover over “gifts & extras” tab at the top of any Starbucks page and click on “online exclusives”. You could, for instance, get 18 Veranda Blend portion packs of coffee on sale for $37.95 instead of $49.50.

Moosers, have you tried Starbucks’ VIA Refreshers or Iced Coffee? What did you think?

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July 14

Dining Out Coupons Roundup

Posted by on July 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Dining Out Coupons Roundup

A little while ago, we did a printable coupon roundup for fast food restaurants and it was pretty popular.  I thought I would do something similar this week with some dining out type deals.  This time around, we have both fast food and dine in restaurants to let you know about with some great coupons that will save you money on your dining experience. Additionally, we have a mixture of printable coupons and coupon codes for online orders to use for delivery or take out if you would prefer this to dining out.

Here is a look at some great dining coupons you can use this week:

The Olive Garden- Use these printable coupons to get $4 off any 2 adult dinner entrees or $2 off any 2 adult lunch entrees. It will be valid all the way until July 27th.

Swiss Chalet- You can get $5 off  your purchase when you buy 2 pastas or rice bowls and 2 drinks with this printable coupon.  It will be valid until August 24th so you will have plenty of time to use it.

Quiznos- This printable coupon will get you $2 off a 9″ sub or $1 off a 6″ sub.  It will be valid until July 15th and is also smartphone compatible.

Wing’s Up- Use this exclusive printable coupon to get totally free garlic bread with no purchase necessary. It will be valid up until August 31st.

East Side Marios- The coupon code MARIO10 will get you $10 off online orders of $30 or more until August 4th.

Pizza Hut- The coupon code 850 will get you the deal of buy one, get one free medium or large pizzas for a limited time only.

Dominos- Use these coupon codes to save you on small, medium and large pizzas as well as meals with drinks for a limited time only.

A&W- There are a variety of printable coupons for A&W that will get you free burgers, coffee and upgrades with purchases for a limited time only.

All of these printable coupons and coupon codes will be posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.  Coupons are a great way for you and your family to eat out at a fraction of the regular cost.

(Image credit to Thomas Hawk)

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July 11

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 10% Off Local Food & Drink Deals

Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 10% Off Local Food & Drink Deals

Groupon has the perfect coupon to get your weekend started right. Get 10% off local food and drink deals. While 10% is not a huge amount, these deals are already deeply discounted, so you are really just getting an added bonus.

Click here to shop for food & drink deals @ Groupon.com now

  • Coupon Code: EAT10
  • Discount: 10% off
  • Expiry: 12th July 2014

I want to show you examples of how you’ll save, but with local deals, they are different for every city. So, I’ll give you some examples of deals in different cities, but be sure to check out your own city.

I recently moved from London, Ontario and notice that they have a deal on Marble Slab, which just so happens to be my favourite ice cream place. For $20 (with a regular price of $39.90), you’ll get two key lime or butter pecan pies or one picnic pack. Add the coupon and you’ll pay only $18. I’m going to assume this deal is available in a lot of the other cities on Groupon.

Toronto has 117 food and drink deals. I am now living in closer proximity to Toronto and will probably go there at least a few times a year to go out to eat. While Sugartiers is actually located in Markham, I couldn’t resist checking out this deal for one dozen assorted macarons or cake pops. For $19, with a regular price of $42, you’ll get your sugar fix for only $15.20! Sweet!

There are so many food deals available, with everything from Poutine to fine dining to cupcake to Indian. I think I could get all of the Groupons. And really, I could. There is no limit to how many Groupons you buy with this coupon, so why not stock up and try a new restaurant every Friday night. It forces you to go out, try something new (or get a great deal on an old favourite). If I could eat for a living, I would, but I write instead and that’s second best.

What restaurants should I try out Bargainmoosers?

Check for more Groupon promo codes in the forum.

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July 6

East Side Marios Canada: 4 Can Dine For $25

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

East Side Marios Canada: 4 Can Dine For $25

East Side Marios is celebrating 25 years in business and with this celebration, they are offering all of their customers a great deal: four can dine for $25 for a limited time only, plus some other great deals.

There is no need for a printable coupon to get this deal and it will be offered at all locations.

I have a family of four and I can’t remember the last time the four of us could head into any restaurant (including a fast food place) and get a great meal for $25. Normally, my family of four costs us on average $10 a person, bringing our bill to about $40 plus tip.  Saving $15 on our entire bill would be a huge bonus for us!

With this $25 meal for four it will include a few different things. You will get the all you can eat garlic loaf, all you can eat salad or soup, and you will also get a classic pepperoni pizza.  If you are like my family, you will most likely fill up on the all you can eat items first and then barely have room enough to finish the whole pizza.  We could actually end up with leftovers with this deal! I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to us because the salad and garlic loaf were so good.

If you are looking for something to go with this meal, they are also offering $1 desserts, and $5 beer, sangria and wine.  They also have another deal that is a two can dine for $25 as well, but by far the best deal is the one that I mentioned above.

(Expiry: 17th August 2014)

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July 5

Lean Cuisine Canada Coupon: Printable B1G1 Free

Posted by on July 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Lean Cuisine Canada Coupon: Printable B1G1 Free

Lean Cuisine has paired with Facebook to bring us a pretty great printable coupon. Until the end of the month, you will be able to get a Buy One Get One Free printable coupon for all Lean Cuisine products.

To get your free Lean Cuisine coupon, all you have to do is “Like” their Facebook page.  Once you do that, click print coupon and your personal coupon will show up on the page and be ready to print off for you immediately.  A lot of the time these printable coupons will get sent to your email, but this one is there right away which is nice.

The coupon will have your name on it and you are able to use one coupon per person.  The value of the coupon is up to $3.99 and it will be good for all Lean Cuisine meals.  It allows you to buy one get one free on your favourite Lean Cuisine dinners.  I have had the lemon chicken one myself and loved it.  My husband likes them to bring in his lunch for work, so I will most likely use this coupon for him instead of myself.

You will have all the way until July 31st to use it, so I suggest you check out your local flyers and get an even better deal.  Wait until they go on sale because I have seen them as low as just $1.75, and that would mean you can end up getting two lean Cuisine meals for just $1.75 (or about $0.87 each) if you plan it properly. I like to do this when shopping to get the most out of my money.

(Expiry: 31st July 2014)

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