Groupon Canada

February 15

Get A $20 Esso Gift Card & $0.02 Off Each Litre of Gas for 500 Litres For Only $23 @ Groupon Canada

Posted by on February 15, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Get A $20 Esso Gift Card & $0.02 Off Each Litre of Gas for 500 Litres For Only $23 @ Groupon Canada

I am so tired of the high gas prices. We recently had a break and got to enjoy some decently low gas prices, but the prices seem to be rising again. If you are worried about the constant incline in gas prices, then you may want to set your eyes on this Groupon Canada offer. While supplies last, you can pay just $22.99 for one $20 Esso Gift Card and a Price Privileges Fuel Savings Card. This savings card will allow you to take $0.02 off each litre of gas you purchase, with a total of 500 litres.

While the discounts may seem confusing at first, they are actually quite simple. With this Groupon Canada offer, you will save a total of $7 on Esso gas. With the Gas prices lately, this deal is pretty hot in my personal opinion.

To calculate the discount, let’s first take a look at the Esso Price Privileges Fuel Savings Card. With this card, you will save $0.02 on each litre of Esso fuel you purchase, to a maximum of 500 litres. That right there is a total of $10 saved. Since you pay $22.99 for this savings card and the $20 Esso Gift Card, your total savings equal $7. Esso Gift Cards don’t have to be spent just on fuel either. You can use your $20 Esso Gift Card towards other purchases like car washes, snacks and many other items sold at the Esso gas station. I imagine you cannot use the gift card towards lottery tickets or nicotine products though.

For even more savings, take your Price Privileges card and register online to earn 250 Esso Extra points while saving money on your fuel. You really won’t have to search for long to find an Esso station, no matter where you are. Esso Canada has over 1800 gas stations all across Canada. Esso is a great place to stop for all of your road trip needs.

This offer is limited in quantities of course, so get your hands on this deal before it runs out. If you travel a lot or buy a lot of gas, this is a great deal. I might add that to use the savings card you will need to go inside the Esso station, which may be an inconvenience for some. Petro’s version of this offer was able to be used right at the pump. Shipping is also included in the offer.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 10

Family Day Fun Ideas in Ontario From WagJag & Groupon

Posted by on February 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Family Day Fun Ideas in Ontario From WagJag & Groupon

Family Day is next Monday for most provinces that celebrate it. You might already be stressing out about what you are going to do with the kids for a 3-day weekend in February. I know I am! Give me a 3-day weekend in July and I have too many choices. In February, hibernating is what I’d just love to do. But, I know my kids need stimulation, more than movie marathons and board games, so I decided to research what discounted ideas I could do for the weekend. WagJag and Groupon are great places to get vouchers for local activities and I found a ton that I think the Moosers will love!

I live near Toronto, so I looked there first and found quite a few family-friendly ideas for this weekend. It looks like there is a family fun fest at Downsview Park. I’ve actually never been there, but I want to check it out since my mom lived there for years when it was an Air Force base! I think this will be dreadfully full of kids and loudness and rides and my kids will absolutely love it. I’ll just have to bring Advil. For only $40, you get two adults and two kids unlimited rides, plus other fun goodies. The package is actually worth $100 if you buy it from the Family Day Fest website.

If your kids love hockey, you could check out your kids to see the Toronto Marlies at the ACC on Family Day. The tickets cost $28 for platinum seats (regularly $45), $20 for goal line seats ($26 value) and $15 for end tickets ($19 value).

If you want to do something Saturday or Monday, you could head up to Niagara Falls to take them to Waves Indoor Waterpark. I’ve been there and it is a fun way to spend a day, especially for the little ones. With a regular price of $30, you’ll get a pass per person for only $15.

Over at Groupon, I found a fun snowshoe tour with hot drinks from Xtreme Adventures. This package is regularly $59, but Groupon also has a coupon code out right now, that will get you extra 20% off. Use LOVE20 (expired) to pay $23.20 instead of $29. That’s a great deal!

How about a Toronto Chocolate tour? I’m in for that! Pay $80 (minus the coupon), with a total of $64 for four people to do the tour, which is actually worth $200 regularly!

What are you doing this weekend?

Photo credit: M Hooper

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January 30

Pay Just $27 for $70 Worth of Vistaprint Custom Printed Goods @ Groupon Canada

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Pay Just $27 for $70 Worth of Vistaprint Custom Printed Goods @ Groupon Canada

Groupon Canada has an excellent offer available if you are in the market for some custom printed goods like business cards, calendars, t-shirts, mugs and more. Through Groupon.com you can pay just $27 to get a voucher for $70 to use at Vistaprint.ca. This offer is available for a limited time only, so snag this offer now to redeem your 60% savings.

Vistaprint.ca is an excellent place to design and custom-print lots of different goods and gifts. I personally had my son’s first birthday invitations made by Vistaprint and I was thrilled with the quality. When you purchase this offer from Groupon.com, you will receive a voucher code to use at Vistaprint.ca. This voucher code can be found by going to My Groupons and clicking the view voucher option.

Vistaprint.ca even has a promo code available right now that will get you 15% off site wide and free shipping for the next few days. Combine these two offers for the ultimate discounts on custom printed goods.

  • Coupon Code: SHIPFREE
  • Discount: 15% off site wide & free shipping
  • Expiry: 1st February 2015

Pay close attention to the fine print on this voucher code though. Your voucher will expire on the 31st of May. If you were hoping to use this towards some Christmas gifts, get your shopping done early. You will be limited to one voucher. One good thing about receiving voucher codes instead of gift cards or physical items is that you don’t have to worry about any shipping fees.

So order this offer from Groupon.com and get started on adding your own images and text to t-shirts, mugs and more. The great thing about Vistaprint.ca is that you can design your items right from scratch or select from many appealing templates. My step-mom has calendars made by Vistaprint Canada for the entire family each Christmas. These calendars always turn out awesome. She adds all of our birthdays with a recent image of each person on their birth date. She’s not very computer savvy, so Vistaprint is pretty easy for anyone to use.

You can even find more Vistaprint Canada coupon codes in the Bargainmoose forums. Keep your eyes peeled for great offers here, especially if you want to combine your Groupon voucher with other savings opportunities to get yourself a hot deal in the future.

(Expiry: 1st February 2015)

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January 28

Groupon Canada Promo Code: Triple Discounts – Extra 10%-20% Off Local Deals, Goods & Getaways (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 28, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Groupon Canada Promo Code: Triple Discounts   Extra 10% 20% Off Local Deals, Goods & Getaways (EXPIRED)

Quick! Until tomorrow, Groupon is offering an extra 10%-20% off the purchase of 3 deals. This is on top of major deals available just by shopping at Groupon.

Check out all deals @ Groupon.com here

  • Coupon Code: TRIPLE
  • Discount: extra 10%-20% off 3 deals
  • Expiry: 29th January 2015

Basically, the discount you can get depend on the kind of deal you are looking to save even more on. So with the Groupon code above, you can save an:

  • Extra 20% off up to 3 local deals
  • Extra 10% off up to 3 goods deals
  • Extra 10% off up to 3 getaway deals

It seems like just yesterday that we rang in the new year and yet can you believe that February is already almost upon us? This means that Valentine’s Day is too and if you haven’t even began thinking of what you and your partner may want to do, then now is the time to get on it!

Looking around deals for the Toronto area, I found a massage aromatherapy session for 2 reduced to $129 with a value of $240. With the code, it further comes down to just $103.80 or essentially $51.60 per person. That is an absolutely amazing price to pay for a massage, especially since it also comes with a pedicure, wine, fruit and a cheese platter — wow! I’m tempted to drive over to Toronto just for this deal! Groupon Canada Promo Code: Triple Discounts   Extra 10% 20% Off Local Deals, Goods & Getaways (EXPIRED)

If you’re looking to get away somewhere within Canada, then a trip to Niagara Falls is always a popular choice. The Four Points Sheraton Niagara Falls fallsview getaway is already down to just $85/night (reg. $225 night) and gets even further reduced to just $76.50/ night. Surprisingly, this price actually covers a stay for 2 in a standard double-queen or king bedroom. Plus, up to 3 kids under the ages of 17 can stay for free. You have the choice between either the family or the couples package and each ones comes with nearly identical perks like a gift certificate for Ruth’s Chris steak house, a voucher for East Side Mario’s, another gift certificate for iHope, etc.

Overall, even if you’re not in the midst of planning a Valentine’s Day date, then this Groupon coupon is worth taking advantage of, especially since there are plenty of goods to get for a fraction of the cost as well like the Muscletech alpha test, already on sale for $19.99 (reg. $94.99) and which comes down to an even lower price of $17.99.

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January 7

Groupon Canada Promo Code: Take an Extra 15% Off Local Deals Today (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Groupon Canada Promo Code: Take an Extra 15% Off Local Deals Today (EXPIRED)

My resolution for the New Year was to take more “me” time. Groupon Canada has a coupon code valid today only, and this code will help you get further discounts on spa days, gym memberships and more. Perfect “me” time! Groupon already has pretty great discounts on their offers, but using this coupon code you will take an extra 15% off local deals.

Click here to shop @ Groupon.com now

  • Coupon code: NEW15
  • Discount: 15% off Local Deals
  • Expiry: 7th January 2014 at midnight

If you have New Years resolutions to be fabulous, quit smoking, be fit,or be adventurous then you’re in luck. There are local Groupon offers available in all of these categories and more. I live close to Toronto, so my local deals may be different than yours, but I will tell you some of the offers available to me anyway.

The first local Groupon Canada offer that stuck out to me was the Laser Hair Removal option from Silk Med Spa. You will take up to 98% off laser-hair-removal for one whole year, and then an additional 15% off with this code. Laser hair removal for the year would have normally cost you $1280, but thanks to Groupon this offer is lowered to $89. Once you apply their promo code, you will pay just $76.65. 

A very common New Years resolution is to quit smoking. Maybe a little online smoking-cessation from RedVector would give you a head start. This offer would cost you $90 outside of Groupon. Since Groupon is offering this deal for just $19, you will pay $16.15 after using the new coupon code.

Have you ever tried Hot Yoga? Hot Yoga is an excellent way to stay fit and relaxed. What better way to lose weight than to work out in a room heated to the temperature of Jamaica. Through Groupon you can save 70% off 10 Hot Yoga Classes at Apollo Studio - which leaves the price at just $49. Apply your 15% discount and you will pay just $41.65. That is only just over $4 per yoga class.

This Groupon.com coupon code can be used on one voucher per customer, unlike their previous codes where you could get up to 5 deals discounted even further. This promo is also not valid on select deals like Cinetopia, Drunken Fish, Toronto Zoo, Jamba Juice, Esso, Cirque du Soleil and third party transactions. Your discount will be capped at $50, so you can spend up to $250 to receive the full discount.

You can view all of the Groupon Canada coupon codes in the Bargainmoose forum.

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December 22

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 20% Discount

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 20% Discount

What’s cuter than an adorable panda covered in snow? An extra 20% off all local deals at Groupon!

Click here to shop @ Groupon.com now

  • Coupon Code: HURRY20
  • Discount: 20% off up to 5 local deals
  • Expiry: 23rd December 2015

This code isn’t “hurry20″ for nothing as you only have until the end of the day on Tuesday to redeem it but it’s a pretty awesome one nonetheless considering the opportunity for some great discounts. Keep in mind that it may only be redeemed towards up to five local deals. Also, you may only get up to $50 in savings, which means that you would need to shop for less than $250, in order to reach the cap.

The great part about Groupon though is that there are plenty of great deals to take advantage of and the prices are truly phenomenal. An extra 20% off on top of these prices makes these promotions practically rock-bottom, so it’s definitely well worth checking out.

I had a look at the local offers for the Greater Toronto Area and found a deal for unlimited laser hair removal for 1 year at Yanox Laser & Massage Therapy Clinic for just $199, instead of its full value price of $3,000, which puts it at a 93% discount! With the code above, you’re looking at paying just $159.99 for this deal! How incredible is that? That’s just one example of thousands but there are some rather amazing discounts to be had.

Speaking of laser removals, I also found a deal on one, two or three laser tattoo removal treatments at Precision Laser Tattoo Removal in downtown Toronto. This one’s particularly handy for those of you with tattoo mistakes, especially since removals can be very costly. Since the deal is already priced at $49, you can get it for just $39.20, instead of its $228 value.

Like I already mentioned, these two deals only scratch the surface with regards to the wide score of deals available, so make sure to check out all of these out for yourself on Groupon’s site. However, the following exclusions apply to this promotion: Jamba Juice, Cinetopia, Cirque du Soleil, American Apparel, ESSO, Totonto Zoo or third party site transactions. Yes, the Toronto Zoo is apart of these exclusions and I used the image above anyway because it was just too adorable to pass up on featuring!

All Groupon coupon codes may all be found on the Bargainmoose forum.

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December 5

Groupon Canada: $5 Account Credit When You Find The Cat

Posted by on December 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Groupon Canada: $5 Account Credit When You Find The Cat

How hard can it be to find a cat? And whose cat do you need find? There is a really cute game on Facebook right now called Find the Cat. Once you find it, you’ll be rewarded with a $5 Groupon credit that you can use on any $5 or more Groupon. This means that you can, as I did, get a free Groupon!

It is actually not as easy as you think to find the cat. There are a bunch of squares with deals in them, scroll over each one and the cat will sort of pop out at you once you find him. I actually had to do it three times as I couldn’t find that pesky critter!

Once I did, I just had to sign in to my Groupon account, choose my deal, and my credit was automatically deducted and I paid $0. Yippee!

I choose to get this Menchies $5 for $10 worth of frozen yogurt deal, which means $0 for $10 worth of frozen yogurt, which is free! There are only select locations available, and there weren’t any near my house, but there was one near my mom’s house, so I’m just going to give it to her to treat herself or her and the kids the next time they are there.

I also considered getting this Marble Slab deal (I see a little pattern here). It also is only select locations on the west side of the country. For $9.99 with your coupon, you can get an ice cream cake.

There are lots of other deals under $10 that you can use this credit on, getting your deals free or nearly free, just for finding a cat on Facebook. The selection is so huge, I couldn’t possibly tell you about every deal there is, especially since I personally find the local ones the best value.

Don’t forget to check the coupon page for coupons you can use with your account credit to get the most bang for your buck.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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November 20

Save On Your Groceries This Week With New Cash Back Offers

Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Save On Your Groceries This Week With New Cash Back Offers

We have a brand new round-up of grocery cash back deals this week, including some from Snap by Groupon, Checkout 51, Save.ca and Zweet. Speaking of groceries, don’t forget to read Ivan’s article: “Save Even More Money With These Convenient Flyer Apps” in which he lists all of the best flyer apps for use on a smart phone for the most hassle-free and time efficient grocery shopping experience.

Every day this week-end, you can get the following limited time cash back deals:

Thursday, November 20th

  • Green bell peppers: $0.25 cash back
  • Butternut squash: $0.25 cash back

Friday, November 21st

  • Beets: $0.25 cash back
  • Blackberries: $0.25 cash back

Saturday, November 22nd

  • Black beans: $0.25 cash back
  • Soybeans: $0.25 cash back

Sunday, November 23rd

  • Truffles: $0.25 cash back
  • Spaghetti squash: $0.25 cash back

On top of these, there a number of other cash back deals available at Snap like $1 cash back on Shreddies Morning Break harvest mix, up to $4 cash back on select Huggies diaper packs, $0.25 cash back on basil, $0.25 cash back on chickpeas, etc.

Here’s a short sample of the kind of cash back deals you can expect this week:

  • Ziplock space bags: $5 cash back
  • Advil arthiritis pain: $3 cash back
  • Boursin cheese products: $1 cash back
  • Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise: $0.75 cash back

As usual, these expire next Wednesday, on November 26th. If you’re in need of a new tooth brush, then you can also get $10 cash back on an Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrush or $1.50 cash back on Oral-B head refills. There is also $1 cash back on Cred 3D white toothpaste and $1 cash back on Crest 3D white rinse.

A couple of new cash back deals are available at Save.ca this week like:

  • Orange Naturals magnesium glycinate: $3 cash back
  • Zevia zero calorie soda (6pk): $2 cash back
  • Vim products: $1 cash back
  • Wasa crispbread: $0.75 cash back

You can also still get $0.50 cash back on any Silk for coffee, $1 cash back on Jane products and $0.50 cash back on Pears bar or liquid soap.

This week, there are 18 cash back deals to take advantage of at Zweet, like:

  • Minute Rise Ready to Serve Mexican rice cups: $1 cash back
  • Black Diamond cheese snacks: $0.50 cash back
  • Tomatoes/ potatoes/ Pomeranian: $0.25 cash back
  • Clover Leaf tun: $0.25 cash back

All of this week’s Zweet deals expire next Tuesday, on November 25th.

Happy grocery shopping Moosers!

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November 17

Just $5 For $10 Starbucks Gift Card @ Groupon Canada (HOT!!) (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Just $5 For $10 Starbucks Gift Card @ Groupon Canada (HOT!!) (EXPIRED)

Calling all Starbucks and coffee lovers: Groupon is currently offering a $10 Starbucks egift card for just $5! But hurry because there’s no telling when this promotion might end.

Officially, this amazing promotion is set to end in four days, BUT there are only limited quantities available and given Starbucks’ popularity, these are sure to sell out like hot cakes. Also, it would seem that today, on Monday November 17th, it might be invite-only and may only work for those who received the e-mail in their inbox. If it doesn’t work for you today, then make sure to try again tomorrow, on Tuesday, when the deal officially goes live. Keep in mind that you will be receiving an electronic gift card that can then be redeemed at your local Starbucks store.

This deal is very interesting as it has come right on the heels of Starbucks’ other promotion, which was for a BOGO deal on holiday drinks. It ended yesterday but Groupon’s offer is nearly the same with the exception being that it’s better. Rather than having to get two drinks right away for the price of one, you can get what you what, whenever you want. Well, as long as you don’t exceed the $10 value! Just $5 For $10 Starbucks Gift Card @ Groupon Canada (HOT!!) (EXPIRED)

Whether you’re a Starbucks veteran or a rare visitor, I suggest using this gift card on one of their holiday drinks like a caramel brule latte, a chestnut praline latte, an eggnog latte, a gingerbread latte or a peppermint mocha. All of these are made with a shot or two of espresso (depending on the size you get) and are sure to get you in the holiday spirit within just a couple of seconds of sipping it!

The pumpkin spice latte should still be available at most stores as well and that is another extremely popular choice around this time. You could also use your gift card to get a gift for someone on your Christmas list as Starbucks sells plenty of drinkware and coffee beans in-stores.

Once your get your card, make sure to use it within 180 days or else it will expire. I’m sure that won’t be too hard of a task for you coffee-lovin’ Moosers, especially with the winter flurries we are about to face. It’s also only valid within Canadian Starbucks stores and there is a limit of one gift card per person.

(Expiry: 20th November 2014)

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September 26

Groupon Canada Promo Codes: Up To 15% Off

Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Groupon Canada Promo Codes: Up To 15% Off

Groupon has come out with a whole load of promo codes to make their already discounted deals that much better. You can get 15% off things to do, getaways and local beauty and spa deals. You can also get 10% off home goods and bedding. I won’t bore you with all the coupon codes, as you can find them as you’d like on the Groupon coupon page in our forum.

I’ve bought a number of Groupons over the years and adding coupon codes to make the deals even better really seals the deal. I see a number of deals I’d like to take advantage of in the Things To Do section.

Since I am near Toronto, I can look at my closest city and Toronto for deals. This winery tour and tasting really piques my interest as I love wine and it is very close to home. For two of us, instead of paying $45 the price is down to $18, but comes to $15.30 with the addition of the promo code. I could also get the one for four and bring some friends (they’ll never know what I paid) for only $24.65 instead of $90! We even get truffles!

I am not going to miss out on this Toronto Zoo deal. We go to the Toronto Zoo every year, usually in the spring or fall as I don’t like the summer crowds. Instead of paying $18 each for my three kids, I’ll pay $9.18 each, which saves me almost $30 just on their admission. For myself and my husband, instead of paying $28 at the door, we’ll pay $14.28 each for a total savings for the whole family of more than $50 just for one visit. If you wanted to go more than once, you could buy more Groupons as you are only limited to 25.

The getaway deals look great too, and with the addition of 50% off, you can’t lose, especially since some of the getaways cost in the thousands of dollars. Of course, some are very affordable local getaways too.

You’ll want to take advantage of these coupons code today as they all expire tomorrow.

(expiry: varies)

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September 12

Groupon Canada: $20 For $40 @ Costume Supercentre

Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Groupon Canada: $20 For $40 @ Costume Supercentre

I know summer is dying down and it is getting you depressed. Why not cheer yourself up with a Halloween costume? While it isn’t sunscreen, margaritas and swims in the lake, Halloween is a nice second choice to summer. Groupon has a fantastic deal on right now, getting you $40 worth of items at CostumeSupercentre.ca for only $20.

Halloween is huge in the Webster household and not just for the kids. My husband is a huge fan of dressing up and one Halloween, I actually had to stop his marathon 2-hour makeup session so the kids could actually get ready and go trick or treating. We also love decorating our house and yard for the occasion, but I feel bad for the kids who come to our house thinking they’ll get some good candy because both my husband and I are too excited to take the kids out that we don’t stay home to hand out candy. I do leave a bowl by the door but I usually find it completely empty by the time we get home so either some lucky kid got rich or I just really had a lot of kids.

My family loves to do themes when it comes to costumes. For example, one year we were all scary and last year we were all plays on words like “cereal killer and candy rapper”. This year, I’m not quite sure, but I bet I could get some great ideas from Costume Supercentre.

What’s really cool about them is that they ship from Canada, which I believe they are the only costume store to do so. This means no duties and custom fees and you know you won’t be waiting until Christmas to get your order.

It looks like you can only buy one of these deals for yourself and one as a gift and you must use the full amount in one transaction before the end of the year. It also says it can’t be used with any other promotions, but I’d be very interested to see if it would work with any of the coupons we have listed on Costume Supercentre’s coupon page.

Shipping is free when you spend $80, which you still could with this certificate, you’ll get your $20 off no matter what you spend over $40.

(expiry: 25th September 2014)

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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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June 12

Buy a $10 Starbucks Gift Card For $5 @ Groupon!

Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Buy a $10 Starbucks Gift Card For $5 @ Groupon!

Quick post! For 48 hours only, Groupon has brought back their deal for Starbucks eGift cards. If you buy a $5 Starbucks gift card, you’ll receive a $10 one!

The Groupon site says that the deal is good to the end of the 13th June, but that there is a limited quantity available. If you want one of these Starbucks eGift cards, don’t wait until later in case they sell out. There have been over a thousand Starbucks gift cards bought already at the time of writing this post.

This is always a super-popular deal from Groupon, and they usually sell tens of thousands of these deals. It’s handy because everyone knows Starbucks, and most people probably live pretty close to a Starbucks location, and these Groupons can be used anywhere. I’ve bought it many times in the past, very useful for some cheap summer frapucinnos!

I see in the small print that these gift cards can also be used at Teavana stores, I hadn’t noticed that before. That’s a good deal for those of us who prefer tea to coffee.

The gift cards are good through to the end of 2014, so you have plenty of time to make use of them.

(Expires: 13th June 2014)

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March 22

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 20% Off A Local Health & Fitness Deal

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

Groupon Canada Promo Code: 20% Off A Local Health & Fitness Deal

I love when Groupon has coupons because that means you are getting a deal on top of a deal! Right now with promo code, you can get 20% off one local health and fitness deal.

Click here to shop @ Groupon.com now

  • Coupon Code: ACTIVE20
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Expiry: 23rd March 2014

This really is a coupon code I can get behind. I bought a Groupon once for a local boot camp for only $30 for three weeks of boot camp. The Groupon was well worth it as the instructor normally charged $16 a class (less if you signed up longer), and I got my butt kicked. It was the hardest workout I had ever done and within three weeks, I was already noticed a big difference. The instructor was amazing and I loved being there, even though it hurt so badly. When the three weeks was up, I ended up signing up for another few sessions, until he actually had to move his location and it was too far for me to go. In the end, the Groupon worked out for me and him because I would never had tried it at full price, but I did and loved it, which was great for him as he got a new client.

In an alternative situation, I bought a Groupon for a local MMA place and tried it a few times and did not like it at all. I didn’t go back, but it only cost me $20 and I wasn’t locked in. I think buying Groupons for local fitness facilities is truly a win-win.

In looking at what is available in my city, it isn’t really just traditional fitness deals. They have karate, acupuncture, allergy testing, supplements and so much more.

Remember, you only have until tomorrow to use this Groupon coupon code.

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March 14

Thrifty Travels to Niagara Falls

Posted by on March 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Thrifty Travels to Niagara Falls

This past March Break, I took the family to Niagara Falls. Honestly, I would never recommend that to anyone. It was way too crowded for my liking, and I think I’d much rather go during the off-season, when I’d also get better rates. The terms Niagara Falls and thrifty don’t usually go together, as everything there is at an escalated price, plus there is a tourist tax added on top of these high prices. But, I found a way to do in a wallet-friendly way, both through trial and error and through research. I’ve been to the Falls at least 20 times, so I think I’m a little bit of an expert on what to do and what not to do.

Fallsview vs. Cityview or No View

First, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Most people want the entire package – the fallsview room with the jacuzzi and the full-service hotel. If you want to save some money, you might need to cut back on your expectations. I’ve stayed in both fallsview and cityview rooms and really, the fallsview is much nicer, but you get bored of it rather quickly, especially if you are going out and about quite often. If this is a romantic trip and you’ll be spending quite a bit of time in bed or in the jacuzzi, then definitely splurge, otherwise save your money. Another time you might want a fallsview room is when they will be having fireworks over the falls. It is nice to have the option to watch them from your room in case everyone is tired, or you don’t feel like standing out in the street.

Savings: $30+

Off The Beaten Track

When choosing where to stay and if you’ve already decided you don’t need a spectacular view, decide if you can live with being a little farther away from the action. There are quite a few smaller hotels that are behind the big ones that look over the falls and offer much better rates. The difference between staying at the Best Western on Lundy’s Lane compared to the Hilton on Fallsview Blvd. is a matter of about $100. This is the same with other hotels in the bigger chains that do are not on Fallsview. You can still get a really nice hotel a few streets back and you’ll save quite a few dollars. Take a look at Trip Advisor for reviews and ratings on all the hotels.

Savings $100+

Group Deals

I’ve both reserved rooms directly with the hotel and bought group deals for hotels and I would have to say a group deal is the clear winner. Both WagJag and Groupon have all different types of hotel deals, most with meal and activity credits included. I would suggest using Trip Advisor to read reviews of each hotel and reviews of the activities and restaurants included too. You really have to do your research because you could read “$100 meal credit” as  being an amazing deal on an $80 hotel deal, but that restaurant’s cheapest meal might be upwards of $100 on its own. Our WagJag deal included a $70 credit for Ruth Chris and while you can’t find any information about pricing online, I went right into the restaurant, looked at the menu and found that most entrees were $70+ and your side was an additional $12! My family of five would have spent a few hundred dollars there even with the credit. We turned around and found an all you can eat deal at a Brazilian place, where my two younger ones also ate free.  With our WagJag being only $80, and including a few things we did happen to partake in, it was still an amazing deal as the hotel was nice, clean and not too far from the main drag.

Savings: $50+

Eating Out

Like I said, Niagara Falls restaurants have upsized prices, even the chain restaurants you are used to back home add a few dollars to their prices. You really need to pick and choose where you’d like to eat if you want to keep costs down. Even a simple ice cream cone from Dairy Queen was not cheap. Your best bet might be to get off the main strip and head into the city of Niagara Falls, where there are a number of great restaurants frequented by locals that have regular price meals. I would also suggest you bring as much food as you can and find a hotel with a refrigerator, because all those little snacks you’ll buy really add up.

Savings: $50+

Having Some Fun

There is so much to do in Niagara Falls, it is hard to be bored. This past trip we went to one of the wax museums and Ripley’s Believe or Not. I had actually been to both before, but the kids hadn’t and while they mostly enjoyed it, my little one was not too fond of the life-size and life-like wax people. We hadn’t planned on going in there, but the guy out front offered us a deal, with both places included and didn’t make us pay for the kids. If you’d like to go to one of these places, haggling is always an option. If cutting a deal is just not the way you work, you simply have to ask “is this the best price, or can we do better?” and see what you get. If you do get a group buy deal, many of them come with arcade tokens, laser tag, mini golf and other such fun little attractions. I have to say, they all seem better than they are. While I found many of these attractions fun for the kids, I would never put my money towards them if they weren’t included. Don’t expect much is basically what I’m saying. We wasted a good hour in the arcade and the kids loved it, but with $100 worth of credits, the only prize my kids got at the end were three small candies, even with thousands of earned tickets. If you plan ahead, you can get something like the Clifton Hill fun pass or the Wonder Pass. These will save you money over paying for each attraction individually.

Savings: $25+

Getting Around

Driving is fine to get around in Niagara Falls, but know that parking is very steep. Most hotels cost $25 to park there, but they usually also offer off-site parking for less. Get one person to drop everyone and the luggage off and then park farther away. It is worth it. The same goes for when going to attractions. To park at the Falls, it is at least $15 (seems to change with the season), but if you can park farther away, you can get away with as low as $5. Sometimes the group deals and passes come with WeGo passes, which is the transit system just for the tourists around Niagara Falls. The only downside is that the buses don’t seem to run that often and the waits can be really annoying. You can also buy WeGo passes, and if you aren’t willing to pay for parking, they can  be worth it. Another option is to walk everywhere, but the Falls area is pretty hilly, so wear good shoes!

Savings: $10 – $25

Waterparks

Niagara Falls has a few waterparks and I’m proud to say I’ve been to all of them. Each has their own uniqueness, but I have to say my favourite and the best value is Great Wolf Lodge. Because only hotel guests can use the waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge is really never that crowded and I’ve been there when the hotel was sold out over Christmas break. There are also quite a few other things to do at the hotel, although there is also an additional cost, so be aware that you might spend more money, even if you don’t leave the hotel. The restaurant there offers a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and while I found it pricey, it is cheaper than going out to the Falls to eat (as I found out the hard way). As I said above, bring any food that you can from home and save some money. We also been to Waves, which is a much smaller waterpark, and while fun, I think it is best for parents with babies and not older children. They also let in people from other hotels, including daycares and school groups, and the cost of a hotel room with an included waterpark pass is not that much cheaper than Great Wolf Lodge. The Fallsview waterpark is what I would call, the worst deal. It gets insanely crowded because anyone can attend and it is $50 a person to get in, aged three and up. You can get passes from Costco, which are only $28 a person, and so much better of a deal, but don’t plan on getting them anywhere near Niagara, because they won’t have them in the store. You can order online and print at home though. You can also get hotel deals for the Fallsview, but the deals I found were still quite expensive and not worth it in my opinion.

Savings $50+

Bargainmoosers, what do you like to do in Niagara Falls and how do you save money when visiting there?

Photo credit: Adrian MB

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