Health and Beauty

April 21

How To Save Money On Feminine Care Products

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money On Feminine Care Products

What got me interested in this topic is an article my husband recently mentioned to me about a brilliant man in India, named Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a revolutionary machine for poor communities to manufacture their own sanitary napkins.  In some parts of the world girls stop going to school once they start their menstrual cycle, and according to the article referenced above, “Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene – it can also affect maternal mortality”.  That is very sad and eye-opening.  We are fortunate in the west to have a plethora of options available for purchasing feminine hygiene products.  Many of us assume that the money we spend each month on feminine hygiene products is a necessary evil, something which is difficult to save money on.  Fear not, bargainmoosers, I have some tips on how to save money on our necessary supplies.  The tips don’t involve using old scraps of material, these ideas are easy to implement, and some are even better for the environment.

The Diva Cup

I used a DivaCup for about a year when I was in university.  It is surprisingly easy to use and is extremely cost effective.  It costs $39.99 on Well.ca.  Additionally, Well.ca sells DivaWash, which I recommend to purchase along with the DivaCup to ensure cleanliness of the cup.  They have very particular restrictions around how to properly clean and care for the cup, so in order to get the most bang for your buck, take proper care of the cup.  In terms of cost savings, I find it easy to spend approximately $10 per month on feminine hygiene products.  $10 x 12 months equals a total cost of approximately $120 per year.  They recommend you replace the DivaCup once per year, and at a cost of $39.99, you will save approximately $80.00 per year by using the DivaCup.  Check out their website for their Q+A section, it is really informative.  I have a $10 gift certificate for Well.ca which I got through a WagJag I purchased a few years ago, and I think I will use it towards a DivaCup purchase.   There is a certain “ick” factor to using a DivaCup, but once you are familiar with how to use it, that quickly dissipates.

Luna Pads

Personally, I am not a huge pad wearer.   I have always been an athletic person, and have found that tampons are an easier option for my lifestyle.   With that being said, I know there are some women who swear by using pads for their cycle.  What are Luna Pads, you might ask?  They are a reuseable, washable pad system whereby you purchase pads and inserts which you wash and re-use.  To be honest, the idea of washing out my pad seems pretty icky to me.  It’s likely not something that I will invest in at any point in the future, although I could make use of the pantyliner kit.  Check out Luna Pad’s Q+A section to find out all about their products.  In terms of cost of Luna Pads vs. disposable pads, if we use a similar estimate to our tampon calculation where we assume we spend about $10 per month on pads, our total cost per year for pads is about $120.  The deluxe LunaPads starter kit costs about $130 and they say it will last for approximately 5 years.  This means that your annual cost using LunaPads is under $30 per year, or less than $2.50 per month.

 Use coupons and combine them with sales

Another relatively easy way to save money on feminine hygiene products is to look for sales and combine the sales with the utilization of coupons.  P+G  has coupons quarterly which are published as an insert, and there are almost always coupons for always and tampax products.  Usually it’s a coupon for $0.50 off per package.  I always wait until packages are on sale for $2.99 per box, and when I combine the sale with the coupon, I can purchase a box of tampax for about $2.50 per box.  Check out our coupon forum for more great coupons and deals.   Even if you don’t use a coupon, however, shopping for sales is the best way to get a great price on feminine hygiene products.

Shorten your period

Another, off the beaten path way to reduce the costs of your period is to attempt to shorten your period.  I have never tried to do so, but I am definitely interested in trying some of the natural methods outlined in this wiki on how to shorten your period.  I still have some red raspberry leaf tea from pregnancy that I will try during my next period.

Environmentally friendly options

Last but not least, many of the options we listed above are fantastic options to be more environmentally friendly.  According to sustainable personal finance, an estimated 12 billion feminine hygiene products are put in North American dumps each year.  We will soon be running out of space to store our disposable products.  It’s time to make a change.

As women we are blessed with our monthly visit from aunt flow.  I say this sarcastically, as getting our periods suck.  Try to save as much money as possible each month by using some of these methods.  Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to save money on feminine hygiene products?

Photo credit: Bekah Spangler

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April 21

Canadian Freebie: Free Claritin Sample Pack

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Canadian Freebie: Free Claritin Sample Pack

I don’t think there is any type of freebie that I wouldn’t like to get especially when it comes to a product that I have never tried before.   For just a few short days, you will be able to get a free sample pack of Claritin through their Facebook page.

To get this great freebie, all you will have to do is “like” them on Facebook either today or tomorrow and fill out a very short survey and you will get your free sample sent to you directly to your door. The survey is just five short questions so when I say a short survey, I really mean short.

This free sample will be of the Claritin non drowsy 24 hour tablet relief for allergies.  It will be the trial size even though the picture they are advertising are the 30 tablet packs.

These free samples will be available to anyone except for residents in Quebec.  Quebec residents are not eligible to receive a trial size but instead, they will receive a $5 mail-in coupon applicable on the purchase of any Claritin product. This is still a great deal in my opinion.

Make sure to grab your free sample pack before supplies run out. This is the perfect time to get it too because there are Spring flowers and hay fever is in full effect!

(Expiry: 22nd April 2014)

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April 21

Well.ca: Earth Week Deals on Eco-Friendly Brands

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Well.ca: Earth Week Deals on Eco Friendly Brands

This week is Earth Week as it is the week in which Earth Day (April 22nd) occurs. To celebrate, Well.ca is offering up to 30% off earth friendly brands including Method, Weleda, Dr. Bronners, and more.

I can’t mention every single natural deal they have going (that’s a lot!) but there are a ton of great ones so I will bring up the highlights. For the fans of Dr. Bronners, you can pick up that line of products for 20% off this week. I highly recommend the huge bottles of soap. My hubby uses the Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap in Tea Tree and his skin has really cleared up. Originally $19.99, it is on sale for $15.99.

Attitude is playing new kid on the block with their certified eco-friendly household and human cleaning products. Get them for 25% off this week! The brand appears to be geared towards young growing families and I am sure a lot of Moms would love to get their hands on this ATTITUDE Little Ones Laundry Stain Remover that was $6.49 and is now $4.87.

You cannot miss out on this 30% off Jason sale at Well.ca either. They are one of the few companies that make an all natural toothpaste, so if you are looking to switch try out the Jason Sea Fresh Strengthening Toothpaste that was $5.99 and is now $4.19.

There are plenty of other companies to check out too, like Pure Anada (cosmetics), Skin Essence Organics (skin care),  and Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions (vitamins) just to name a few.

Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 20

The Bay Canada: Free Tote & Tree Planted With $65 Purchase

Posted by on April 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Bay Canada: Free Tote & Tree Planted With $65 Purchase

April is earth month and the brand Origins is celebrating by planting a tree and offering you an eco-friendly tote when you spend $65 or more on their products at The Bay Canada.

So this deal might not seem that big; however, I like to think if it as getting something really useful, a tote which you will probably use to death, and then giving back to the environment by getting a tree planted in your honour. I think both are fantastic and noble gifts with purchase and really celebrate the spirit of Earth Month.

This Origins Make it Bright Set is right on the money costing exactly $65. It is a collaboration between Dr. Andrew Weil and Origins. Included in the set is:

  • Mega-Bright Skin illuminating cleanser 1.7 fl. oz/50 ml
  • Mega-Bright Skin tone correcting serum .5 fl. oz/15 ml
  • Mega-Bright SPF30 Skin tone correcting oil-free moisturizer 1.7 fl. oz/50 ml

This makes a fantastic gift for someone special, say your Mom for Mother’s Day.

The Origins 24 Hour Anti Agers is another interesting set that costs $69. What appeals to me most about this set, honestly, is the bag it comes with. It is just uber adorable. The set includes:

  • Plantscription SPF 25 Anti-aging cream, 50ml
  • Plantscription Youth-renewing night cream, 15ml
  • Plantscription Anti-aging cleanser, 30ml

When your cart totals $65 or more worth of Origins products, the tote will be added to your cart for free. Any cosmetics orders of $29 or more also ships for free when you use your HBC Card, so you need not worry about shipping costs either. If you don’t have an HBC Card, get one already!

(Expiry: 30th April 2014)

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April 20

Lise Watier Canada: Free Gift Worth $100 When You Spend $75

Posted by on April 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Lise Watier Canada: Free Gift Worth $100 When You Spend $75

Online only, spend $75 at Lise Watier and get a free gift set worth $100 this weekend.

Everything that is included in the gift is pictured in the banner above. It looks like you’ll get a makeup case, mascara, liner, and much more.

I’ve never tried Lise Watier, but I’d really like to revamp my cosmetics drawer. I have makeup in there from when I got married… ten years ago. Considering I’m moving in two months, I can take this opportunity to throw out the old stuff and make room in the new drawer for the new stuff. Getting a gift like this with purchase is the perfect way to try out cosmetics without spending a lot on them. Obviously, you need to spend $75, but you could buy one of their tried and true bestsellers and hope for the best.

I looked at the 2014 Elle Beauty Grand Prix winners and found this Feline eyeliner, which helps get you that cat eye you always wanted. Lately I’ve been feeling like my makeup routine is too blah and my eyes could use some drama to distract from the dark circles underneath and this product could be helpful. $20

I also found this Portfolio professional correctors, which has a paraben-free five-way concealer, which is good for all the different skin ailments like dark circles or uneven skin tone. This will also help with my bleh eye problem! $32

Since you’re spending $75, you’ll also get free shipping and two free samples. That’s another nice bonus.

(Expiry: 21st April 2014)

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April 19

Clementine Fields: Free Gifts With $80 Purchase

Posted by on April 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Clementine Fields: Free Gifts With $80 Purchase

Clementine Fields has a special promotion on this weekend where you will receive a free gift with any order of $80 or more. The gifts are pretty good value so I am very happy about this promotion.

Lets get a couple things cleared up first: Clementine Fields is a one-stop-shop for natural beauty supplies. So if you are into beauty without nasty chemicals doing harmful stuff to your skin, this is the place for you. I also think this is a great time to mention that April is Earth Month where we celebrate all things natural, clean, and earth friendly. Now, on to the deals.

Spend $80 pre-tax and receive:

I just placed an order because the Osmia Organics Spot Treatment has been on my wishlist for ages now and I was really happy to be afforded the opportunity to receive it for free. I am also very interested in the Graydon Glow. I just found out about Graydon yesterday, but they are a Canadian cosmetics company that makes some pretty awesome stuff. My order consisted of their The Putty for $29 , and The Serum for $46 which have got really fantastic reviews for repairing damaged skins and combating acne naturally. I plan to use the Graydon Serum at night with my moisturizer and the Spot Treatment in the morning… or maybe reverse that.

Free gift with purchase occurs as long as quantities last (so just make sure product is still in stock). No need to add it to your cart and no coupon needed. They will just send it to you.

(Expiry: 21st April 2014)

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April 19

Bobbi Brown Coupon Code: Free Gift with Purchase & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Bobbi Brown Coupon Code: Free Gift with Purchase & Free Shipping

There is a new coupon code for Bobbi Brown that will get you not only a free gift but free shipping as well.  Get a free smokey eye mascara and free shipping with every order.

Click here to shop @ Bobbibrowncosmetics.com now

  • Coupon Code: STANDOUT
  • Discount: Free Gift
  • Expiry: 25th April 2014

There is no minimum charge to get this deal so you can spend as little or as much as you would like and still get both deals. I like that this coupon code gets you free shipping as well, so you don’t have to spend the $75 on your order it would normally take you to get it.

I have not used a lot of the Bobbi Brown line of cosmetics personally but this would be the time to try them since I would get a free gift and free shipping. I have been wanting to try their foundation because I have heard so many people talk about how great it is. All of their foundations are SPF 15-35 so they are perfect for spring and summer with the hot sun.

Another item I have been wanting to try is their long wear cream shadow stick that is $33.  There are nine different shades to choose from so they do have a good variety.

Additionally, you will also get a free surprise sample with your purchase. This is a limited time offer so it could end at any time.

This and all other Bobbi Brown coupons will be posted on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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April 18

Topbox: Limited Edition FLARE Mani-Pedi Kit – Only $25

Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Topbox: Limited Edition FLARE Mani Pedi Kit   Only $25

I blogged about Topbox.ca for the first time a couple days ago, and they have another limited edition kit I wanted to mention. The FLARE Mani-Pedi Kit is only $25 and comes with free shipping. You do not need to be a subscriber to purchase this kit.

Oddly enough, Topbox does not give the retail value of this box. So I had to run around and do a little price comparing myself. First of all, the box includes the following:

  • Six full sized quick-dry polishes: Tickle Me Pink, Trouble Maker, Get Juiced, I Lilac You, Strawberry Shields, and Jaded
  • Cuticle Eraser and Balm
  • Dry and Go Drops Top Coat
  • A nail file
  • 12-issue subscription to FLARE magazine – a $12.95 value

What you are getting is the Sally Hansen Salon line of products. This nail polish retails for $7.99 a bottle at Well.ca as does the top coat. I couldn’t find the exact cuticle cream pictured, but a different one by the same company costs $6.99. So the approximate value of this kit is $63 excluding the magazine subscription (or $76 total value including the subscription). I think you are getting a pretty nice deal.

(Expiry: unknown)

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April 17

Weekly Printable Coupons: Home Hardware, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Children’s Place & More

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

Weekly Printable Coupons: Home Hardware, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Childrens Place & More

There are some great new printable coupons out this week and we have them all on our coupon forum.

Here are some of the coupons you will see this week:

Those are just a few of the awesome printable coupons you will find this week in the Baraginmoose coupon forum. Make sure to check back often to get all the great printables added daily.

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April 17

The Bay Canada: Free 8 Piece Lancome Gift with $35+

Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The Bay Canada: Free 8 Piece Lancome Gift with $35+

There is another great free gift with beauty purchase offer from The Bay Canada that is for one of their most popular beauty lines.  Get a free 8 piece gift when you purchase $35 or more in Lancome products for a limited time only.

This deal is a pretty great one because the free gift that would will receive is valued at $191! Additionally, this is no ordinary free gift.  You basically get to choose the entire gift to suit your beauty routine.  For example, you will get to chose which colours you want, which bag you want and which serum fits your skincare needs.

Here is what you will get with this freebie:

  • Cosmetic Bag
  • Eye Makeup Remover
  • Mascara
  • Skin Care Duo (2 items)
  • Serum
  • Eye Makeup Shades
  • Lipstick

With every single item listed above you will be able to choose from a couple of options to customize your free gift.

I am a huge fan of Lancome products.  They can be on the more expensive side but they are totally worth it.  Not only do I find the makeup lasts longer when I wear it, but it also looks a bit better as well.

As for the cost of shipping, you will get free shipping when you use your HBC MasterCard or HBC Credit Card on purchases of $45 or more. If you are using any other form of payment, you can still get free shipping when you spend $99 or more.

(Expiry: 4th May 2014)

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April 16

Avon Canada: 75% Off Beauty Bundle – Now Just $25 (Was $102) (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Avon Canada: 75% Off Beauty Bundle   Now Just $25 (Was $102) (EXPIRED)

Avon Canada has an amazing deal on the beauty bundle right now: originally priced at $101.97, you can have it for 75% off at just $25!

This beauty bundle comes with the following must-try items:

  • Mega Effects mascara
  • Anew Clinical Absolute Even Clarifying hand cream DSX
  • Anew Genics eye treatment
  • Avon Elements refreshing cleansing wipes
  • Clearskin Professional liquid extraction strip
  • Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan argan oil leave-in treatment

The Mega Effects mascara is definitely the one that I most want to try because it’s unlike any mascara I have ever seen or tried. Instead of being in a tube, it looks like a painter’s brush and is also advertised as being ergonomic. Plus, it’s supposed to last for 24 hours without clumping.

Be sure to also check out their Mother’s Day section for loads of great gift ideas like the sterling silver braided ring with CZ accents, which you can get for 50% off, at just $44.99 instead of $89.99.

With regards to shipping, Avon differs from others stores in that your order is processed by your nearest representative. You can also choose to either pick it up yourself or have the order delivered directly to your door.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 15

Topbox: Limited Edition LOULOU Summer Topbox $40 ($130 Value)

Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Topbox: Limited Edition LOULOU Summer Topbox $40 ($130 Value)

Purchase the Limited Edition LOULOU Summer Topbox for only $40 and receive $130 worth of beauty products and a free year LOULOU magazine subscription.

Topbox Canada is not a company we have mentioned on Bargainmoose before so let me give you a rundown. They are a beauty box subscription service usually, so you sign up for a monthly subscription and get new and fabulous beauty products sent to you monthly. They also offer limited edition boxes that are a one time purchase. This LOULOU box is a limited edition offer that you can get without a subscription. It is a one time box deal.

The LOULOU Summer Topbox includes:

  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray (travel size)
  • essie Nail Polish – bikini so teeny (full size)
  • essie Nail Polish – peach daiquiri (full size)
  • Soap & Glory – Sexy Mother Pucker Yummy Plum (full size)
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair – Cleansing Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
  • Clinique repairwear laser focus wrinkle correcting eye cream (travel size)
  • teeez Desert Metals Mascara – Black (full size)
  • Yves Rocher Oriental – Velvety-skin scrub (travel size)
  • KMS California Free Shape – Quick Blow Dry (travel size)
  • Free 1 year LOULOU subscription valued at $12.95

The box is pretty loaded. I would never pay $130 for all this. but for $40 I could certainly indulge. As an added bonus, receive free shipping on your order.

Box ships 15th May, 2014.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 15

Beauty Deals Roundup: Bath & Body Works, Lancome, Sephora & More

Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Beauty Deals Roundup: Bath & Body Works, Lancome, Sephora & More

Who is in the mood to do a bit of shopping for some new beauty products?  I know I am!  The weather has completely changed and now I have to change not only my skincare routine, but my makeup routine to adapt to the condition of my skin.  In the winter I buy tons of moisturizers to help with the harsh dry weather but in the summer I change it up.

This week, you will see some great beauty deals that will help save you money on your beauty supplies. Some are online, some are in stores and some are printable coupons to take shopping with you.

Here are a few deals you will find this week:

You will notice that a lot of the coupons and deals listed above have an unknown expiry date.  For those deals, I suggest taking advantage of them sooner rather than later because you don’t want to miss out on a great deal.  As always, all coupons both printable and online codes will be listed up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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April 14

Shoppers Drug Mart Coupon: 18,500 Bonus Points on $75+

Posted by on April 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Shoppers Drug Mart Coupon: 18,500 Bonus Points on $75+

Yet again Shoppers Drug Mart has a great printable coupon for just 2 days only to use in stores.  Get a bonus 18,500 Shoppers Optimum Points when you spend $75 or more on almost anything and present this coupon to the cashier.

This coupon will be valid April 15th and April 16th only so you will have to make it in one of those days to use it.  Getting the additional 18,500 points is the equivalent to $25 to redeem or worth even more on a bonus redemption day.

There is still plenty of time to grab so Easter treats, toys and decorations for this weekend.  Maybe you want to grab a few things for yourself such as beauty products or electronics and get the extra points that way.  The other option is grabbing your regular groceries but that option is not as fun!

The regular conditions and fine print apply to this coupon just like any Shoppers Drug Mart coupon.  Additionally, you will be able to use regular printable coupons in conjunction with this one as long as you get to the $75 minimum after all coupons are used at the checkout.

You will find this and all other Shoppers Drug Mart coupons, they will be posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

(Expiry: 16th April 2014)

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April 14

Amazon Canada: Clarisonic Mia Under $114

Posted by on April 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Clarisonic Mia Under $114

Amazon has a couple Clarisonic Mia on sale for just under $114. The Mia costs $145 at Clarisonic Canada so this is a very good discount on the device.

So there are two Mia systems on sale at Amazon Canada. The first is the Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System in Pink, whic is currently priced at $113.74 (orig. $138.74). It won’t ship fast, but for the discount I am sure you can wait a few weeks.

The second system on sale is the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System in White, which is a tiny bit cheaper at $112.13 (orig. $138.74). It is currently out of stock but as Amazon always says, order now and they will deliver when available.

The last time I posted a Clarisonic deal, Bargainmooser Tricia had some valuable advice:

Love the Clarisonic! Just don’t overuse it or your face will feel like you put it in a hot frying pan.

Keep that in mind folks!

I am getting pretty desperate with my skin. I thought acne was suppose to stop after I was a teenager, but that certainly wasn’t the case for me. here I am in the later part of my twenties and I am still having acne. May I say I am not too pleased about that? I have used all sorts of cleansers, but I generally like to go natural so no harsh chemicals for me. I am certainly considering checking out this brush. Any other Moosers own the Clarisonic?

Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

(Expiry: unknown)

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