Food

January 14

Pepsi & Tostitos Canada Rebate: Spend $20 and Score $20 in Free Product Coupons

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Pepsi & Tostitos Canada Rebate: Spend $20 and Score $20 in Free Product Coupons

Pepsi & Tostitos Canada have an excellent new rebate offer. This Pepsi Buy $20 Score $20 rebate is back this year, and you won’t want to miss it. You can purchase $20 worth of participating products and then use the rebate form to receive a $20 free product coupon booklet.

So here is the official mail-in coupon offer form for this Pepsi & Tostitos Buy $20 & Score $20 promotion. Make sure you print and fill out the form provided in the link above. Scanned copies may not be accepted and that would be a bummer.

Making use of this offer is simple. Head on over to your local grocery store and spend at least $20 on participating Pepsi or Tostitos products. These products include:

  • Pop like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7UP, Diet 7UP, Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper, Crush, Mug Root Beer, Schweppes, Brisk and Gatorade
  • Snacks like Tostitos, Lay’s, Doritos, Ruffles, Cheetos, Smartfood, Rold Gold, Munchies Snack Mix, Quaker Crispy Minis, Tostitos Salsa, Ruffles Dip

The participating products from the list above can be purchased in any size or variety. The items must be purchased before the 8th of February 2015 but you will have until the 24th of February 2015 to submit your rebate form. After that, you will need to be patient and allow up to 8 weeks for your coupon booklet to arrive by mail. You will be limited to one coupon booklet per address unfortunately.

All $20 worth of the products must be purchased in the same transaction to qualify for this offer. Then, take your receipt and circle each participating product. Once you have done that, fill out the rebate form with your name, address and any other required information. Slip both of these items in an envelope and mail it off to Pepsi/Tostitos 2015 $20 Super Bowl Coupon Booklet Officer which is at P.O. Box 13397 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on some pop and snacks if you have any birthday parties coming up. Winter is also a month where my family spends a lot of time indoors watching movies. While pop and chips may not be in the best interest of your New Years resolution, snacks are always great for movie nights or little events. I am sure the free product coupons will be for the same products, so you are bound to get your share of these goodies!

(Expiry: 8th February 2015)

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January 12

Burger King Canada: 10 Chicken Nuggets for Just $1.79!

Posted by on January 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Burger King Canada: 10 Chicken Nuggets for Just $1.79!

Burger King has a great new deal available across Canada. Burger King has just announced on their Facebook page that they will be offering 10 delicious Chicken Nuggets for only $1.79. This low price will be available for a limited time only.

No coupon is required for this Burger King Canada deal, just head on over to your local restaurant and enjoy the savings. I am not going to question what these nuggets are made of, if they can sell them for less than $0.18 each. But if your kids love Burger King chicken nuggets, then don’t miss out.

If you take a look at what other fast food restaurants sell their Chicken Nuggets for, you might start to put your coat and boots on now. Wendy’s charges $1.89 for their Chicken Nuggets 5 Piece Everyday Value Menu. When my son asks for chicken nuggets when we are out and about, Wendy’s is where we usually end up. The 10 Piece Chicken McNuggets @ McDonald’s will cost you a whopping $4.49 which will seem like an insane price compared to Burger King now.

Burger King’s regular price for their 4 piece Chicken Nuggets is $1.19 so you will pay just a little bit more for 6 more nuggets. If you have two young children, you could pay just $1.79 to feed 5 of the nuggets to each child. My two year old son only eats 2 or 3 normally anyway. There is also something I find special about the Burger King BBQ sauce. It has to be my favourite BBQ sauce from any fast food restaurant around. It doesn’t taste watered down like McDonald’s and it’s not too spicy either. I usually ask for extra and bring it home for when I make chicken fingers myself.

Have any of you Moosers tried the chicken nuggets from Burger King? There are a few complaints about the quality on the Burger King Facebook page. Some consumers have said that the fat content in these nuggets is just too much. Others worry (like myself) about what these could actually be made of to be able to be sold for under $0.18 a piece. Maybe Burger King is just taking a loss to attract you to their restaurant?

There have also been a few comments made on the Burger King Facebook page that this offer was not valid in Quebec, while Burger King states this offer is Canada wide.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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January 7

Take $10 Off Your $35 Order When Ordering Online @ East Side Mario’s Canada

Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Take $10 Off Your $35 Order When Ordering Online @ East Side Marios Canada

Have you been craving East Side Mario’s lately? There is a new promo code available from East Side Mario’s that has some great savings for your taste buds. Use this new code and you will save $10 when you order $35 or more from East Side Mario’s Canada online.

Click here to order online @ East Side Mario’s Canada

  • Coupon Code: MARIO10
  • Discount: $10 off when you spend $35
  • Expiry: 1st March 2015

In my opinion, East Side Mario’s is not only affordable – but also delicious. I always ordered the Three Cheese Cappelletti, yum! For a family of four, you would be surprised at how small your bill will be at the end of your meal. Kids’ meals start at just $5 and adult entrees start at just $12.99 each. A family of four could dine for as low as $36, minus $10 when you use this coupon code. How many other places can your entire family eat for just $26? 

I love pasta dishes. Maybe that is why I adore East Side Mario’s so much. For $12.99, you can pretty much have the Italian dream meal. The Spaghettini & Meatballs is a delicious Napolitana sauce served on long and thin spahgettini noodles. Don’t forget the famous meatballs and shredded parmesan cheese. If you want to try something new, you could always build your own pasta for just $12.99 too. Pick your noodles, then pick your sauce and toppings.

Kids can eat big for just $5.00. The Mini Mario meals include many options like POGO and fries, Mario’s Dino Buddies, Cheese Quesadilla, Grilled Cheese Soldiers, Mario’s Kids Pizza, Bowtie Alfredo and more. There are also kids’ meals for $10 if your child is a little older and has a heartier appetite. These $10 meals include Big Kids Chicken Fingers, Chicken and Rice, Chicken Parmigiana, and other delicious options.

This ESM coupon code is valid for a few months, so you can save a lot of money if you are a frequent visitor. You won’t be limited to only using this coupon once, but you can’t use more than one coupon per order. I have also found that ordering online has less chances of the order being wrong. When I order on the phone, I find that I get rushed into decisions and regret some items I choose. By ordering online, you can take your time and really get a good look at the options available.

You can also view more East Side Mario’s Canada promo codes in the forum.

 

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December 15

WagJag Canada: $40 Worth Of NHL Gift Baskets for Only $18

Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

WagJag Canada: $40 Worth Of NHL Gift Baskets for Only $18

Purchase WagJag’s $20 What A Bloom NHL Gift Baskets deal today and you’ll receive a $40 credit towards any NHL Gift Basket. Better yet, use our exclusive coupon code to get this deal for only $18! I like deals that don’t lock me in. I can pick from a couple different basket choices instead off being stuck to only one choice.

I don’t know anyone who would love a hockey themed gift basket… said no Canadian ever. If you head over to WagJag today, you can grab a $40 credit for only $18 at What A Bloom. I’ve never purchased from What A Bloom before, but I do like receiving yummy food and gift baskets at my door.  Taking a look at their website they give you a nice selection of NHL teams to choose from.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Montreal Canadians
  • Calgary Flames
  • Ottawa Senators

The gifts and baskets range in price from $25-$70. I really dislike when a deal site sells you a $40 gift certificate and everything starts at $50. It’s good to see you can purchase this deal and deliver the gift without spending extra cash if you choose. I also like that the bigger gift baskets aren’t super expensive either. They’re not trying to convince me to buy a $200 basket with my $40 voucher.

While overall there are a lot of teams to choose from, there aren’t a ton of different styles of tins.

  • Popcorn Bank
  • Popcorn Tin
  • Mug with Snacks
  • Baby Item Themed Larger Tin
  • Snack Themed Larger Tin

These are a great gift to send to family or friends who are farther away to tell them you are thinking of them. Maybe you need a quick gift for your dad’s birthday and forgot? (Sorry Dad!) Or maybe you truly don’t know much about the person except they like hockey such as a gift for an employee. This kind of gift is a safe bet that the person on the other end will appreciate.

To truly see if this is a deal; let’s compare the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Night Tin at What A Bloom with a few other retailers. It’s a licensed NHL product so several places have them. If you were to buy the tin with the WagJag deal you’ll spend $20 on the Wag Jag deal plus $10 on the tin. That puts you at $30 total for the tin. Here’s what you’d spend without the deal.

  • $50 @ What A Bloom without the WagJag Deal
  • $50 @ Flowers Canada
  • $60 @ Staples

It’s quick to see that on this bigger tin you’ll save 40-50% by grabbing this deal now. On a smaller gift you’ll save a little less, but won’t shell out any extra cash out of pocket. Either way you’ll have a great gift to send at a fraction of the cost. You won’t be able to include shipping in your voucher, but you are saving enough that the shipping won’t matter.

(Expiry: 28th December 2014)

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November 13

Starbucks Canada: BOGO Holiday Drinks (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Starbucks Canada: BOGO Holiday Drinks (EXPIRED)

Until the end of the week-end, you can take advantage of a super awesome and tasty promotion at Starbucks. Visit a Starbucks store any time between 2pm and 5pm to take advantage of a “buy one, get one free” deal on all holiday drinks.

This is a promotion that Starbucks likes to bring back every year and with just cause as it’s an awesome one! It may only be during three hours per day but it’s still worth taking advantage of, especially if you were planning on going out this week-end. I’m actually really excited about this promotion because hubby and I had planned on getting a head start on shopping this week-end. It will probably end up being more of a window shopping kind of outing to then come home and find better deals online and use coupon codes, but it will still be nice to get out of the house and grab two holiday drinks for the price of one.

Here’s a list of the holiday drinks that you can get:

  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Caramel Brulee Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Gingerbread latte

I’m not a fan of eggnog on its own but I sure enjoy the eggnog lattee, so if you have yet to try it, then now is definitely a good time to do so, especially to get into the Christmas spirit! Peppermint mocha is also another classic but if you want to try something newer, then give the chestnut praline latte or the caramel brulee latte a whirl. Countdown To Red Cups has very concise and interesting reviews of each drink if you’re on the fence as to what to get.

The best part about Starbucks is that you can also customize your order as much as you want — well, s long as there is enough room to write on the cup. So in the case of the peppermint mocha, for instance, you could get a sugar free, skim milk, with extra whipped cream if your heard so desires. Just keep in mind that anything extra also comes at an extra cost. No surprise there!

As usual, the second drink must be of equal or lesser value. This means that you can’t pay for a tall and ask for a venti. Starbucks Canada: BOGO Holiday Drinks (EXPIRED)

(Image Credit: adamjackson1984)

(Expiry: 16th November 2014)

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November 4

WalMart Canada: Maynards Variety Pack Of 75 Fun Treats | Was $12 Now $6 (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

WalMart Canada: Maynards Variety Pack Of 75 Fun Treats | Was $12 Now $6 (EXPIRED)

The best part about November, in my opinion, is the Halloween candy fallout. Many great discounts can be had during early November, and this deal is definitely one of them! Today at WalMart, you can now purchase a Maynards Variety Pack of 75 Fun Treats for only $6! This used to cost $11.99, so this is a nice deal – especially if you love Maynards gummies! Best of all, you’ll also get free shipping when you order this box of Maynards treats.

This Maynards Variety Pack of 75 Fun Treats is filled with delicious candy! I have a particular fondness for gummies (I like them even more than chocolate), so it’s going to be tough to stop myself from ordering 5 boxes of these Maynards Variety Packs! Each box comes with a wide variety of tasty treats, including Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Berries, Fruit Mania, and Fuzzy Peach. That’s a lot of gummies!

If you don’t really have a sweet tooth, but love giving out candy on Halloween, or if you want to surprise a family member, a friend, or your significant other with some tasty Maynards treats during the holiday season, then you should check out this deal. This Maynards Variety Pack of 75 Fun Treats is currently on clearance, so it may not be in-stock at WalMart for very long!

Just to show you how much of a deal you’re getting, if you were to purchase this Maynards Variety Pack with 26 Treats at WalMart, it would cost you $5. Today’s deal includes 75 treats in total (more than double the amount), and it’s only $6! I’ve included a brief review of Maynard Fuzzy Peach treats from a satisfied Well.com customer:

A classic treat that consistently meets my tastebuds’ standards.

Happy hunting, Bargainmoosers! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!

(Expiry: Unknown)

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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.

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(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?

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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.

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