Food

April 22

Canadian Freebies: Free Sample of Numi Organic Tea K-Cup from RealCup

Posted by on April 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Canadian Freebies: Free Sample of Numi Organic Tea K Cup from RealCup

Happy Earth Day, let’s drink some tea! Check out the free three-capsule sample of Numi Organic Tea from RealCup. Sign in through Facebook from the link below and share with your friends the simple change you will make to make the world a better place. After sharing, your free capsules will be on their way to your house in the mail. These capsules are compatible with all Keurig K-cups brewers.

I found this freebie to be a little bit confusing, but do not worry we can walk you through it for some free tea! In the promo on Real Cup’s Facebook page, Numi Organic Tea would like to help the world be a better place and is asking participants to commit to one of the nine ways to be more eco-friendly.  Pick one – I chose to practice turning off the water when brushing my teeth. I am still trying to teach my daughter to turn off the water while brushing.

If you do not like broadcasting information about this Facebook promo, you could always try hiding the post after it is on your timeline. Click to your profile, find the post and change the privacy settings on the post to whatever you like. You could also tag your friend so they get free tea too.

After you share, you are given a form to fill out your shipping information and are given more details about flavours in the sample pack. Your sample pack includes three K-cups including:

  • Jasmine Green Tea
  • Morrocan Mint Tea
  • Aged Earl Grey Tea

After registering, you will receive a promo code for Numi Organic Tea. Numi Organic Tea does not ship their products to Canada from their website, so unfortunately the promo code only works for those of you in the U.S. Numi Organic Tea mentions on their website that you can now buy their delicious teas from Amazon Canada.

Your free sample will take 4-6 weeks to arrive. There is one additional flavor available for these capsules, a Rooibos Chai that sounds delicious. Unfortunately, this flavor is not included in the sample pack. If I decide to purchase this tea, that flavour will be in my order for the next round.

Numi Organic Tea also mentioned their capsules are recyclable! Recently I was reading about how no K-cups were recyclable and mentioned it in this post about upcycling K-cups. If these new capsules that are compatible with the Keurig K-cups truly are recyclable, I hope the technology takes off in the K-cup market. Until then, I will continue using my refillable K-cups I mentioned in my post and upcycling K-cups.

Image Credit: Pietro Izzo

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 16

Domino’s Pizza Promo Code: 2-Topping Large Pizza + 2L Coca-Cola Product – Just $9.99

Posted by on April 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Dominos Pizza Promo Code: 2 Topping Large Pizza + 2L Coca Cola Product   Just $9.99

Grrrr…. writing about pizza deals sure does suck, especially when there is a picture of a delicious-looking pizza staring at you in the face, practically screaming: “you know you want me!”

In all seriousness though, if you don’t know what to eat tonight, then here’s a great deal from Domino’s. You can use the coupon code below to get a large 2-topping pizza with a 2L Coca-Cola product for just $9.99.

Click here to order pizza @ Dominos.ca now

  • Coupon Code: 4049
  • Discount: $9.99 for large pizza & 2L Coca-Cola product
  • Expiry: 3rd May 2015

Usually, all Domino’s coupon codes are visible in their “coupons” section but I actually couldn’t find this one. It’s possible that it depends on your location but in any case, I tested out this coupon and it does indeed work. Here’s proof:

Dominos Pizza Promo Code: 2 Topping Large Pizza + 2L Coca Cola Product   Just $9.99

Before entering the code, the pizza came up to $15.49 and I also didn’t have to add the Coke beforehand. As soon as I entered the promo code, a pop-up appeared asking me to choose a beverage between a Coke Zero, Coke, Diet Coke or a Sprite. Personally, I rarely drink any soda anymore but I don’t mind taking advantage of offers like these that include a soda as I simply stow them away for when guests come over. Do make sure that you get your soda though as the last time I ordered from Domino’s, they forgot to give it to us!

To order your large pizza, you need to click on “entrees” and then “build your own pizza”. Don’t make the same mistake as I did though: before clicking “add to order”, don’t forget to select the kind of crust you want and of course the size from under the giant picture of the pizza. Then click “next step” to select your cheese, sauce and toppings.

Here’s an awesome tip: when choosing your sauce, you can select “extra” from the drop down menu to get extra sauce at no extra cost. Sadly, this little tip won’t work with the cheese or the topping though — trust me, I’ve tried!

When you go to check out, you will also be offered parmesan bread bites for just $2.99. At that price, you actually get 16 of these little bad boys, so it’s definitely worth it. I haven’t tried them yet but they look absolutely scrumptious from the picture.

(Image Credit: Dennis Miyashiro)

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April 16

FoodSaver V2060 Vacuum Sealer was $90 | Now $60 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca *BUMP* (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM

FoodSaver V2060 Vacuum Sealer was $90 | Now $60 & Free Shipping @ Walmart.ca *BUMP* (EXPIRED)

*BUMP This Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer was expired, but now is back at this great price! It sold out so fast the first time, we wanted to make sure those of you who wanted one and missed it, got it this time around.*

Walmart just put the FoodSaver V2060 Vacuum on clearance at a great price to buy. This vacuum sealer was originally $89.96 but is now only $60.

When you are trying to keep your budget lower and save money, one of the bigger cash wasters is food spoilage. Today the FoodSaver V2060 vacuum sealer is on sale and can help you keep food from ending up in the trash can. This vacuum sealer boasts that it keeps your food fresher five times longer. I would recommend using this to stock up on meat when it is on sale, then freezing it. The vacuum-sealed bags will help the meat keep from getting freezer burn in your freezer much longer than a simple freezer bag. The product also suggests you could use this vacuum sealer to persevere fruits and veggies. This would work well to help you preserve some of the bounty from your garden this summer and fall.

This vacuum sealer is white and a compact design. It comes with an accessory kit that Walmart mentions is worth $100. The kit includes an extra starter pack with zipper bags, rolls (of plastic to seal I assume), an accessory hose, a drip tray to catch any excess liquids and a few other accessories. With this bonus pack, you should be able to get started preserving food straight out of the box without extra purchases. If you are interested in picking up additional accessories and plastic to seal, the FoodSaver Accessory Starter Kit is also on clearance and was $49.96, but is now $25.

Price Comparison

Amazon.ca carries the FoodSaver V2060 for $109.96. You could pick up this same food vacuum @ Lowes.ca but you would be paying $119.99. Best Buy Canada carries the V2060 model for a little more @ $129.99. This is a great price @ Walmart.ca today in comparison to what else is available online.

Reviews

There is only one review on Walmart’s site of this system. Though the reviewer is happy, the review is also very short. They did say they would recommend the product to family and friends. Amazon Canada also had some reviews from buyers who seemed to like this unit. Several mentioned it takes a few practice runs to get the hang of how to seal things properly. One also mentioned she uses this to seal small parcels or to vacuum clothing in space saver bags with the accessories.

Shipping

Walmart has recently changed its shipping policy and introduced a new minimum of $50 to qualify for free shipping. This vacuum sealer will ship to your home completely free based on the new shipping guidelines.

Bargainmoosers, what would you use this vacuum sealer to preserve?

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April 3

Get a Free Soft Drink for Signing Up @ New York Fries Canada

Posted by on April 3, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Get a Free Soft Drink for Signing Up @ New York Fries Canada

New York Fries addicted? I am too. I probably enjoy a delicious Pulled Pork Poutine from New York Fries at least once a month. Delectable, salty french fries are just not the same without a drink like Coke or Dr. Pepper. Right now, you can get a free soft drink just by signing up for the New York Fries loyalty program. Hurry though, this offer is only for a limited time.

Not only will you receive a free soft drink for signing up for the New York Fries Loyalty Program, but there are lots of other perks as well. If you are a regular at NYF like I am, then you won’t want to miss out on these advantages.

First of all, signing up for the NYF Fry Society Loyalty Program is easy and free. Once you sign up, you will get a Fry Society Account. You can scan your Fry Society loyalty card that will be on your smartphone whenever you make a purchase at your local New York Fries restaurant. Every purchase you make will earn you one point, and after 10 points are earned – you can claim any item off the menu for absolutely free. You don’t even need to download the app to store your NYF loyalty card. You can just add your New York Fries Society Card to your Passbook on your phone.

There are a few different opportunities for freebies when you sign up for this particular loyalty program. You will be gifted with a free regular fries on your birthday. You will also get to enjoy special offers and discounts that are only available to Fry Society members. If you are thinking of getting someone a gift card for NYF, you will even gift yourself. Preload a $25 gift card for New York Fries Canada and you will get a free poutine. While the free soft drink offer expires on the 30th of April, the other offers seem to remain pretty constant.

What is your favourite menu item from New York Fries?

(Expiry: 30th April 2015)

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March 23

Toronto Freebie: 6 Free Bagels On Customer Appreciation Day March 24th @ What A Bagel

Posted by on March 23, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Toronto Freebie: 6 Free Bagels On Customer Appreciation Day March 24th @ What A Bagel

Did someone say free bagels? Those in Toronto can grab six free bagels on Customer Appreciation Day with no purchase necessary @ What A Bagel. This bagel shop has ten different locations across the GTA.

I have never tried a bagel from What A Bagel but  I would like to think I am a worthy judge of a good bagel. We are currently lucky enough to have our own fresh bagel shop near our home in Montreal and they know my daughter by name. Half a bagel with cheese and some fruit is her breakfast for most of the week.

If you live in Toronto, you can have your own free and delicious bagels on March 24, 2015. This offer does not specify what flavor of yummy bagels you will receive. What makes this deal sweet is no purchase is necessary to receive your free bagels. I managed to find a list of available flavours on the brunch menu. They include:

  • Poppy
  • Sesame
  • Plain
  • Multigrain
  • Whole Wheat
  • Pumpernickel
  • Flax Seed
  • Cinnamon Raisin

All of these flavours on the brunch menu are $.99 cents per bagel. Perhaps you will be able to pick your favourite flavour to try.

I noticed another great deal on this page. If you head in to a What A Bagel on your birthday, you can buy six bagels and get six free. While not quite as awesome as the free deal, if you like the bagels it may be worth heading back. You must show your photo ID to claim the birthday deal.

While you are there, you could pick yourself up one of their other delicious treats. The bakery also carries Chocolate Buffalo and Poppyseed Danishes that both sound delicious. Also available in the bakery are rugelach in flavours such as chocolate, raspberry, raisin, and apricot. Fresh bread including challah and other treats are all also baked fresh daily.

So set your clock, put a reminder on your calendar, or make yourself a Facebook event. Whatever method you choose, head over to What a Bagel on customer appreciation day early if you can. Bakeries open early and it looks like most of the locations open between 6am and 7am. Freebie days for any store tend to be busy. The earlier you can get your bagels the better.

Image Credit: Dale Calder

(Expiry: 24th March 2015)

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March 20

Taco Bell Canada Freebie: Free Loaded Griller With Combo Purchase

Posted by on March 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Taco Bell Canada Freebie: Free Loaded Griller With Combo Purchase

Oh my goodness, is your mouth watering already? Mine definitely is! Until nearly the end of April, you can print this Taco Bell coupon to get a loaded griller for absolutely free with purchase of any combo worth over $5.99

Taco Bell has both a good and bad rep… good because it’s so delicious in your mouth but then bad because of what happens after that for some people. The image above is a good example of what I mean.

Don’t let the meme above deter you from getting this Taco Bell freebie though as free food is never worth passing up, especially since you can choose between the following four varieties of loaded grillers:

  • 5 layer dip loaded griller
  • Beefy nacho loaded griller
  • Chili cheese fries loaded griller
  • Chipotle chicken loaded griller

I have to admit that I haven’t tried any of those but if I was faced with an inquiring cashier waiting for my answer on which one I want, I would most likely go with the 5 layer dip as I love all thing saucy or perhaps the chipotle chicken one as it sounds somewhat healthy… hehe.

The chili cheese fries is definitely an interesting combination as well as it has actual fries inside, along with chili and nacho cheese sauce… sounds perplexing and yet oh so good!

Do keep in mind that you need to buy a combo priced at $5.99 or more to get this freebie but since loaded grillers are considered to be appetizers, then you will basically be getting a complete meal for less than usual. A combo consists of either a taco, burrito or other specialty food item that is then pair with fries and a regular 20oz fountain drink.

Not sure that you could eat this entire meal or want to avoid the calories? Then you could always give the loaded griller to a friend and then share both the fries and the drink. You could perhaps get the chicken quesadilla as your mail meal as it has four slices that can easily be shared between two people.

For more Taco Bell printable coupons, be sure to keep an eye on the Bargainmoose forum.

(Image Credit: Memes.com)

(Expiry: 26th April 2015)

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March 14

B1G1 Breakfast Sandwiches or Wraps @ Starbucks Canada This Weekend Only! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

B1G1 Breakfast Sandwiches or Wraps @ Starbucks Canada This Weekend Only! (EXPIRED)

Did you know that Starbucks has breakfast sandwiches? I didn’t! This weekend only, Starbucks is offering a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on all breakfast sandwiches or wraps.

As usual, the freebie will only be applied to the product that is of equal or lesser value. This means that if your second sandwich or wrap is more expensive, then you will nonetheless need to pay for the more expensive one out of the two.

You can only get this offer in-stores and this offer should be available country-wide. If it’s not, then you can always show them this coupon as proof:

B1G1 Breakfast Sandwiches or Wraps @ Starbucks Canada This Weekend Only! (EXPIRED)

I had no idea that Starbucks even offers breakfast sandwiches! As it turns out, they have all of the following ones to choose from:

  • Egg & cheddar
  • Roasted ham & swiss
  • Vegetable & Fontiago
  • Bacon & gouda
  • Rustic bacon
  • Sausage & cheddar
  • Reduced-fat bacon-style turkey sandwich
  • Spinach, feta & egg white breakfast wrap

I don’t even know which one I would choose as they all sound so mouth-wateringly good! If the closest one to me hadn’t closed down due to Target’s liquidations, then I might have ran out to get two sandwiches tomorrow morning! I would probably go for the sausage and cheddar one though, but the wrap looks absolutely scrumptious as well, especially since egg whites for breakfast are particularly recommended over full eggs with the yolk. Which sandwich would you get?

Now typically, breakfast sandwiches are produced in the morning and the stock isn’t replenished throughout the day. So once it’s sold out for the day, that’s it. So you could try to take advantage of this offer today but you might have much better luck tomorrow, on Sunday. Be sure to let us know if you do get this offer!

Don’t forget, that this Monday, you can also get a “buy one, get one free” deal on all teas at Starbucks as part of their Happy Mondays promotion. Until the end of the month, there is a different deal to be had every Monday.

(Expiry: 15th March 2015)

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March 9

Starbucks Happy Mondays Promotion: 30% Discount, Free Pastry, 50% Off Frappuccino & BOGO Tea!

Posted by on March 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Starbucks Happy Mondays Promotion: 30% Discount, Free Pastry, 50% Off Frappuccino & BOGO Tea!

Mondays don’t have to be depressing, especially not when you can you take advantage of a wonderful Starbucks promotion! Keep reading to find out exactly how you can save every Monday from 2-5pm at Starbucks until the end of the month.

Every Monday for the rest of the month of March, you can take advantage of a different promotion. The only catch is that you must be a member of My Starbucks Rewards but luckily, membership is absolutely free. Plus, by joining, you will be enrolled to receive free drink and food rewards as the more Starbucks products you buy, the more stars you receive, which you can then redeem for more rewards.

On March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, you can take advantage of the following promos:

Starbucks Happy Mondays Promotion: 30% Discount, Free Pastry, 50% Off Frappuccino & BOGO Tea!

Don’t forget that you can only take advantage of these Monday promotions for 2-5pm. I suggest you save the picture to your phone or desktop as a quick reference.

If you’re an avid tea drinker but only have coffee-drinking friends, then you could try a little trick that may or may not work. Order a cup of tea for yourself as you  normally would and ask the baristas to keep the second teabag on the side. Then just take the teabag home and enjoy a free tea later that day! This has more potential for working if you tell them that your “friend” doesn’t like her/his tea very strong. Hehe!

Personally, I’m the most excited for the free pastry offer. I have been on a weight loss journey but nothing beats the taste of one of Starbucks’ muffins on a cold Monday morning while sipping a delicious cup of Caramel Macchiato.

Of course, the Frappucino 50% offer is also a great one, especially since it’s scheduled for the last Monday of the month, which means that there is a chance that it won’t be as cold anymore — woohoo, something to look forward to!

Happy Monday!

(Image Credit: QuickMeme.com)

(Expiry: 30th March 2015)

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March 6

Want a Free Fresh Baked Cookie or Brownie? Download the 7-Eleven App Today! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 6, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Want a Free Fresh Baked Cookie or Brownie? Download the 7 Eleven App Today! (EXPIRED)

I’m in heaven. Today’s Free Day Friday offer from 7-Eleven Canada proves it. If you do not have the 7-Eleven app, download it now so you don’t miss out. Every Friday a new freebie offer is released. You can download the 7-Eleven app on your mobile device and receive a free Fresh Baked Cookie or Brownie today only.

The 7-Eleven app is available through the App Store and Google Play on both Apple devices and Android devices. The app literally takes a few seconds to download, and it is completely worth it. Once you have the app downloaded, you can sign up using your email address to receive all of the hottest new offers from 7-Eleven Canada stores near you.

Today’s Free Day Friday offer has to be the best one yet. Where else can you get a free cookie or brownie? I was actually craving brownies last night, 7-Eleven must have read my mind.  This offer is only available today, or while supplies last. I usually find that my local 7-Eleven store does not run out of the Free Day Friday offers, but in busier locations you might be left disappointed.

There are other offers available right now on the 7-Eleven app. These offers include:

  • Buy 1 Large Hot Beverage, Get 1 Free
  • Buy 1 Halls Singles, Get 1 Free Kleenex Slim or Pocket Pack
  • Buy 3 Wings, Get 3 Free

The available offers may differ depending on your location. It is quite easy to see if your local 7-Eleven Canada store is participating as well. When you click the offer you desire, a list of your local participating 7-Eleven stores will come up. You can actually click your desired location and the app will even give you directions on how to get there. It doesn’t get much easier than that. The more offers you scan and redeem, the more offers you will get.

I hope you enjoy your free cookie or brownie today!

(Expiry: 6th March 2015)

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March 2

President’s Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Presidents Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

Moosers, you’re definitely going to go bananas for this offer. Now until March 4th, you can claim a President’s Choice offer to get 1000 bonus points with purchase of PC Blue Menu canned beans or vegetables.

To get your bonus points with purchase, you must first claim the offer by clicking on the link above, then proceeding to “sign in to load this offer”. If you head straight to your local store in the hopes of getting this offer without claiming it beforehand, then the points won’t be applied, sadly. I had a look at the PC Plus app on my app and the bonus 1000 points offer can’t be had there either.

According to the fine print, this President’s Choice offer also doesn’t apply per unit if you buy a pack of cans, in which case you will only get the bonus points once. So make sure to get individual cans. It’s not clear whether you could, for instance, buy 10 individual cans of kidney beans and get 10,000 bonus points, but that’s something you could check and try in-stores.

Keep in mind that this is a one-time use offer and once you have checked out with one or a couple of cans, then you won’t be able to get this offer again.

Another ambiguous point regarding this offer is that it’s set to expire on March 4th but President’s Choice doesn’t specify whether you will still be able to redeem the bonus offer if you claim it before this date. So just to be on the safe side, I suggest you do your shopping before the end of the day on Wednesday because you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on these points.

For those of you who aren’t subscribed to the PC Plus program, it’s definitely worth signing up. On top of being free, the weekly offers are super easy to attain and most of the time, are items that you would undoubtedly buy anyways. My only advice is that you don’t go out of your way to acquire points on products that you would likely never eat.

Orange you glad you found out about this offer? Okay… I’m done copying the PC Plus app’s jokes. Presidents Choice Canada: 1000 Bonus Points With Canned Vegetables or Beans Purchase (EXPIRED)

(Expiry: 4th March 2015)

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February 22

Free Hash Brown With Purchase Starting Feb. 23 @ Tim Hortons – 1 Week Only

Posted by on February 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Free Hash Brown With Purchase Starting Feb. 23 @ Tim Hortons   1 Week Only

Are you salivating already? I am! Starting on Monday, February 23rd and for just one week, Tim Hortons is giving away one free hash brown with purchase of any breakfast sandwich and beverage.

I’m surprised that this freebie is even offered in conjunction of the Roll Up The Rim promotion but it’s very possible that Tim Hortons is only offering this free hash brown because McDonald’s will also be offering a free small coffee for one week only but does it matter? Do you really need an excuse to swing by Tim Hortons, especially for a chance to roll up? I sure don’t!

According to Tim Hortons’ promo, this freebie is only available at participating restaurant and only during regular breakfast hours. In general, breakfast hours end at noon but if you plan on heading there any later to try and take advantage of this freebie, then it may be a good idea to call ahead just to double check when their breakfast times end or to check that you will indeed get this freebie, which you more than likely will!

How do you like your hash brown, Moosers: crispy or golden? To me, this seems like a trick question on Tim Hortons’ behalf as the hash brown I get is always both! Free Hash Brown With Purchase Starting Feb. 23 @ Tim Hortons   1 Week Only

As I already mentioned, this freebie is only available with what would have otherwise been the breakfast combo: a breakfast sandwich and a beverage.

You only have one week to take advantage of this freebie, so make sure not to miss it. It’s unclear whether you can get a free hash brown for every combo that you purchase (for example, if you go on an office coffee run for everyone) but my assumption is that you definitely should. Speaking of which, did you know that you can you can start a TimmyRun with the help of Tim Hortons’ app? Very helpful indeed. Free Hash Brown With Purchase Starting Feb. 23 @ Tim Hortons   1 Week Only

(Expiry: 1st March 2015)

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February 21

Save Money by Preventing Food Spoilage

Posted by on February 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money by Preventing Food Spoilage

According to the blog Ready for Zero, the average American wastes about 40% of their grocery budget on food waste.  I have a feeling that Canadians aren’t far off.  I try to avoid food waste but inevitably I have to throw away food because it has spoiled in my fridge, especially for vegetables that I don’t usually use on a regular basis or for meats that I keep in the freezer and they end up getting freezer burn or just smell “off’.

The American numbers are sobering, the NRDC (National Resources Defence Council) estimates that if we reduce a mere 15% of our food waste, we could feed 25 million people.

So to prevent throwing away 40% of your grocery budget through food spoilage, here are some ways in which you can save money on your grocery budget by preventing food spoilage.

Separate your Fruits

Contrary to the aesthetic appeal of how elegant a fruit bowl looks, you might want to think about separating your fruits.  When fruits are clustered together, they release ethyelene gas which speeds up ripening your fruits.  This includes separating your banana bunch into individual bananas because there is ethylene gas released in the banana stem.  Here’s a video as proof if you’re interested.

Resuscitate your Vegetables

Ready for Zero also says that if you soak your limp lettuce, celery, or broccoli in a cold water bath for 15 minutes, it gets rid of the limpness and helps resuscitate it.  Of course you should use it immediately after the cold water bath to avoid further food spoilage.

Keep It in the Bag

Certain fruits and vegetables are better left off in the bag.  Carrots, peppers, and apples are best kept in the bag that it came in from the supermarket as it will last longer.  Plastic wrapped cucumbers (you know, those long English cucumbers) last three times longer when kept in the plastic wrap, according to Love Food Hate Waste.

Know Your Fridge

Labelling your freezer items would help and furthermore, if you know your fridge inside and out like the back of your hand, you’ll be less likely to waste food.  Sometimes in the recesses of my refrigerator I see something that I forgot I had in there and get excited because I caught it in time before it went bad and can use it.

One way to “know your fridge” is to ensure you keep things that you opened (e.g., a package of deli meat for lunch) in the front and perhaps scope out your fridge on a weekly basis just to make sure you’re optimizing whatever is in there.

Look Up your Fruit or Vegetable

Whole Foods Market has a great list of all the fruits and vegetables that you can think of (including mangoes and grapefruits and gooseberries) and details how to select the fruit, how to store the fruit, and how to best use the fruit.  The food guide also says how long you can keep the fruit in the fridge (or even if you can keep it in the freezer) before it goes bad.  A little research goes a long way in preserving your fruit of vegetable that you bring home, especially if it’s from a more upscale grocer like Whole Foods!

Also, if you like charts and want something handy that you can hang in front of your fridge (you know, put those fridge magnets to good use), this great visual chart by Lifehacker shows you how long fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat lasts if you leave it on the counter/pantry, or if you leave it in the fridge, or if you freeze it.  For example, I knew I could freeze bread (it’s fantastic, life changer for me) but I did not know that bread would last happily in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to reduce food waste and prevent food spoilage and save money at the same time?

Photo Credit: Nic Taylor

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February 8

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

Posted by on February 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

As winter waxes on I want less to do with my kitchen. I feel busy all the time, so long complicated meals are not cutting it. I am often ready to give in and order take-out or grab something through a drive through. I have found I can avoid the temptation to go out for food by having a well-stocked freezer. I try to make my own pre-made meal items that I can easily grab and go. Bargainmooser Anna has mentioned she is trying to avoid take away food as a New Year’s Resolution in her Pizza Hut Deal post, are you?  Here are five foods you can freeze ahead cheaper instead of dining out.

Meatballs

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

Meatballs are one of my favourite freeze-ahead items, as they are easy and quick. Throw meatballs in your sauce of choice to put over top of spaghetti. Throw a few in tomato sauce for quick meatball subs. Toss meatballs in an Asian Sauce or BBQ sauce for a sweet twist. I usually keep homemade meatballs in my freezer as they cook up on the stovetop in sauce in about 15-20 minutes. I personally aim to buy extra lean pork or lean beef when it is less than $4 per pound to stock up my freezer. I also will grate carrots or zucchini into my mix to both extend the meat and to sneak in a few more veggies into our meal. I can usually get 2 dinners and a lunch or two out of a pound of meat made into meatballs for our family of 3. Compare that to a spaghetti and meatball dinner for one that starts at about $10-$15, plus tip. Check out this step-by-step directions of how to freeze homemade meatballs from Generation Y Foodie.

Smoothies

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

I love smoothies for a nice healthy breakfast or treat. The idea of all that prep work for the different ingredients first thing in the morning is not as appealing. Traveling to a smoothie shop or even McDonalds, I will easily spend $4-$5 and up per drink. Make your own smoothie packs instead by pre-bagging individual portions that you can dump in your blender and your waistline will thank you.  I Should Be Mopping The Floor has a great post that includes how to incorporate Greek yogurt into your packs with no need for ice cubes. Dump, blend and enjoy for the same convenience of the drive-thru.

Pizza

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

Pizza is my nemesis when I am trying to avoid eating takeout. My husband and I usually have a backup frozen pizza in the freezer. The problem is takeout almost always tastes better. Check out this step-by-step recipe from the kitchn on how to make your own homemade frozen pizza. These pizzas will taste better than store bought pizza or even takeout and are much cheaper than the $10-$30 you will spend on takeout pizza. If you have a bread machine or a dough hook on your mixer, you can save even more by making the dough from scratch.  Have no time to prep homemade dough? Try making pizzas on naan bread from the grocery for a delicious and cheap alternative.

Pancakes

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

Pancakes are a super simple warm breakfast that can be made as healthy as you prefer. Going out to a restaurant you will easily pay $8-10 for a plate of pancakes. Make a batch at home for much cheaper and the whole batch will cost less than one pancake brunch out. Pop frozen pancakes in the toaster oven and pair with some fruit for a quick, yummy and cheap breakfast. Check out this post from Frugality Gal as she takes you step-by-step on how to freeze pancakes. Follow her advice and you can pull them out one at a time as you need them throughout the week.

Soup

5 Foods You Can Freeze Ahead of Time That Are Cheaper Than Dining Out

Make a batch of soup (or use leftovers from dinner) and freeze it in individual muffin tins. Pop the soup rounds out of the pan by running warm water on the back. Store in freezer bags or storage containers. You now have perfectly individually portioned soup for lunches or dinners. Canned soup runs easily $2.50 or more per can. Use this quick convenience soup from your freezer instead and skip the can for a delicious and cheap lunch. Check out this post from Organize Yourself Skinny where she freezes her homemade healthy chicken and rice soup in muffin tins. Pair with a sandwich and you have a quick lunch or dinner for much less then the $10-$15 you would spend eating the same meal out. I particularly like freezing chilli this way, as one portion of chilli is the perfect amount for over a baked potato.

Bargainmoosers what is your favourite food to freeze ahead?

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February 4

Davids Tea: 40% off Tea & Free Tea with $75 Purchase ($15 Value)

Posted by on February 4, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Davids Tea: 40% off Tea & Free Tea with $75 Purchase ($15 Value)

Enjoy 40% off select loose tea and tea sachets at Davids Tea right now. Also, when you spend $75 or more (before discount), you will receive a free tin of Cocomint Cream Tea worth $15.

While I love loose-leaf tea, it is rather inconvenient for travel or mornings where I am in a rush. Introducing tea sachets – or rather tins full of tea sachets ready for you to grab and go. An appropriate portion of tea is encased in each sachet for optimal tea brewing. Grab one, stick it in your hot water, and you are ready to go! There are four tea sachet tins on sale right now. All tea sachet tins originally cost $9.50, and are now on sale for $5.70.

Each tin has a different quantity of tea sachets in it. The Snickerdoodle provides the best value per sachet with 20 sachets. At only $5.70 for the sachet tin, you are paying just $0.28 (28 cents) per tea if you buy the Snickerdoodle. That price per tea bag assumes the tin is free.

For the loose-leaf fans, there are plenty of teas to choose from. The sale loose-leaf teas are sold in bulk: 250 g a package. Chai on Life is a nice warm white tea with all the traditional spices of a chai. 250 g retails for $52.50, but after discount, you will only pay $31.50.

Out of the loose leaf teas on sale, my favourite is Sleigh Ride. It is a yummy holiday themed tea with apple, hibiscus, pineapple, cinnamon, and my favourite ingredient – popcorn. Originally $37.50 for 250 g, the tea comes down to $22.50 after the discount is applied in your cart.

Now, the beauty of this deal is your cart must total $75 before discount. See my cart below:

Davids Tea: 40% off Tea & Free Tea with $75 Purchase ($15 Value)

As you can see, the free Cocomint Cream 100g bag and free tin (worth $15) are automatically added to my cart because my before discount total is $75. After discount, I am only paying $45.30 for a huge amount of tea with $15 worth for free. This is an extraordinary offer from Davids Tea and I really hope you take advantage of it. I just wished I actually liked Cocomint Cream tea – I might just have to give that away to a friend or family member.

Receive free shipping on all orders of $50 or more.

(Expiry: 5th February 2015)

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January 30

Swiss Chalet Canada: Order The Big Game Bundle For Only $55

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 1:42 PM

Swiss Chalet Canada: Order The Big Game Bundle For Only $55

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and I am sure the last thing you want to do is take time away from the big game to cook a meal. Swiss Chalet is here to help. Right now Swiss Chalet Canada has their Big Game Bundle for $54.99. This offer is valid until midnight on Sunday so be sure to enjoy it now.

You can choose between take out or delivery for this Big Game Bundle, but if you’re occupied during the big football game then I am sure you will opt for delivery. It looks like spending $55 will get you a great portion of food for you and your family. This weekend you can honestly say, “the more the merrier”. Here are the items included in the Swiss Chalet Canada Big Game Bundle for just $54.99:

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • 4 sides (your choice)
  • 1 Chalet Dipping Sauze
  • 4 dinner rolls
  • 4 cans of pop (your choice)
  • 2 appetizers (your choice)
  • 1 pound of wings

I love that you can ultimately customize this offer to your family’s tastes. When it comes to the side dishes, you can select four sides. Choose from fries, side salads, rice, or mashed potatoes. I love their poutine but unfortunately you will have to pay extra if you choose poutine or sweet potato fries from Swiss Chalet.

You can also select two appetizers for your Big Game Bundle. There are so many appetizers to choose from. I personally love their Chicken Spring Rolls – I order them every time I go to Swiss Chalet. Some of the other options include soup, salad, garlic bread, perogies and more. Unfortunately alcohol is not included, so tell your friends to bring their own beer.

Normally I would have ordered the Family Pak from Swiss Chalet. It comes with a rotisserie chicken, 4 rolls and 4 single sides as well as chalet sauce. This Swiss Chalet menu item would cost you $25 but is lacking quite a few of the items that the Big Game Bundle contains. Either way, I personally think Swiss Chalet is quite delicious.

There are some fine print details to this offer. Try to keep in mind that additional delivery fees may be applied. You can choose from any appetizer that does not exceed $6.99. You also can’t use any other promotion or coupon with this offer.

(Expiry: 1st February 2015)

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