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May 24

Costco Canada: $20 Off 4 x 4kg Scotts Supreme Grass Seed – Now $80 & Free Shipping

Posted by on May 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Costco Canada: $20 Off 4 x 4kg Scotts Supreme Grass Seed   Now $80 & Free Shipping

Want a perfect and lush evergreen lawn? Then get ready to put in some work! Luckily, Costco has a pretty fantastic deal on grass seed but only until the end of the day! Usually priced at $99.99, you can currently save $20 on 16kg of Scotts Supreme Grass Seed and get it for just $79.99 with absolutely free shipping.

As it turns out, there is only one day left to this deal, so if you’re in need of grass set, I suggest you jump on it before it expires at 11:59pm tonight.

As I already mentioned, this deal includes free shipping, but keep in mind that you will be receive four bags of 4kg (8.8lbs) each. Plus you can use this grass seed on any part of the lawn as it’s all-purpose and does great in both sunny and shaded areas. It’s also appropriate for over-seeding, lawn repair or even a new lawn.

For the grass experts out there that are interested, this grass seed contains red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.

At Canadian Tire, I found a similar Scotts grass seed, the Scotts pure premium sun & shade grass seed priced at $14.99 for 1kg. So if you were get 16kg, which is how much Costco’s deal includes, then you would be looking at paying $239.84!

Although I recently bought a tomato plant (after receiving loads of very helpful tips from Kristy, mind you), my thumb couldn’t be further from being green. A couple of weeks ago, when it was still too cold to even consider this, I visited my local Home Depot to see what I could do about my lawn as it’s in a pitiful state. Although I have yet to use it as it’s been pretty chilly here lately, I walked out with a bag of Scotts grass seed. If you want perfect lawn, then this is what you’re going to need but what hardly anyone ever tells you is that there is a lot of watering required, as you can see by this review:

I watered the lawn every morning and evening, non stop for 3 weeks. It takes LOTS of water. On a bright side our lawn looks like a golf course now. We have that thick dark green coverage in front of our house. The grass is equally beautiful on north and south side of the house. This product won’t provide any results without some TLC.

That’s actually the only review this Scotts grass seed has on Costco’s product page, but it’s a 5/5 star one, especially with the pro being that the lawn looks like a gold course. The only con is that it’s: “labour intensive needs lots of watering“, which is really quite understandable.

(Image Credit: Ian T. McFarland)

(Expiry: 24th May 2015)

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May 20

Walmart Canada: $100 Off Karcher K2.360 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer – On Clearance $97

Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Walmart Canada: $100 Off Karcher K2.360 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer   On Clearance $97

Lately, Walmart has had loads of awesome clearance deals and here’s another one on the Karcher K2.360 1600 PSI electric pressure washer. Originally priced as high as $197, it’s now on sale for just $97, which is essentially a 51% discount. Shipping is also free.

This Karcher pressure washer is an electric one, which means that you simply need to plug and use. It has 1600 PSI, which according to Walmart’s description is 30 times stronger than any regular garden hose. The bayonet trigger gun is also equipped with a child safety lock for those of you with trouble making munchkins running around and it even comes with the following:

  • DirtBlaster spray wand
  • Vario Power Spray wand (VPS)
  • Detergent tank that is built-in
  • Car care kit (3 soap pakcs, sponge, brush & rim brush)

Since I don’t know anything about pressure washers, I price compared with other stores to see how much these usually go for. At Canadian Tire, the cheapest one I found is the Simoniz 1600 PSI electric pressure washer priced at $149.99. The Simoniz 1700 PSI is also currently on sale for the same price of $149.99 (reg. $249.99) and the Karcher X-Series 1800 PSI one is on sale for $229.99 (reg. $279.99).

One could argue that paying more means the product will last longer but personally, I would totally get the pressure washer at Walmart. The price is just too awesome compared to those that I found at Canadian Tire and ultimately, as long as it gets the job done is all that matters. In fact, it may only have one review at Walmart but it’s a 5/5 star one:

I have used it on cars, fences, decks, and patios. It is the best you can get and I have used it for everything even SNOWMAKING surprisingly. For the price its awesome.

To be honest, I had no idea what the reviewer meant by “snowmaking” and so naturally, I Googled it. Turns out it’s exactly what it’s sounds like, you can make snow using a pressure washer. Mind blown? Yah me too. Obviously, this won’t work in the upcoming summer months but come this winter, you could be rolling around in even more snow than we typically get — yeaaaah baby! Here’s a YouTube video of home snow making in case you’re interested on how this would work.

(Image Credit: Jo Christian Oterhals)

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May 18

Amazon Canada: 56% Off Vivere Brazillian Style Double Hammock – Now Just $29.58

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Amazon Canada: 56% Off Vivere Brazillian Style Double Hammock   Now Just $29.58

Want to sway around in a hammock this summer as you sip an iced tea and read a good book? Amazon has an amazing deal on a Vivere Brazillian double hammock: you can get one for just $29.58 right now. It was originally priced at $67.17, which puts it at 56% off! Shipping is free as well.

Once you click over to Amazon’s page, you will see that there are a couple of Vivere products to choose from but the one I’m writing about here is at the very top and is available in two colours: either denim (blue) or regal red. Both of these are double Brazillian hammocks that come with a zippered carrying bag.

Reviews are super positive for this hammock as well. For the denim (blue) one, 9 reviewers gave it a general consensus of 4.9/5 stars, praising it for its long durability and best of all, comfort level. One of the reviewers wrote that he’s actually 6’1″ 330lbs guy who finds it “super comfortable” — his exact words, by the way –, so don’t worry about it seeming too small as it definitely isn’t! Hammocks can be scary contraptions but once you get over your initial fear of either crashing down because of your weight or flipping over, you will see that you have really been missing out on a fabulously relaxing experience all the years that you have gone without one.

In fact, even Amazon’s description of this hammock mentions that is has a 450lbs capacity. That’s actually pretty impressive for a hammock bed that is 95×63″ with a total length of 156″. It also has a 1-year limited warranty, so you can rest assured that if something were to happen to it, that you could contact Vivere for a fix!

I’m definitely also surprised that shipping is free. If you want to hang your hammock between two trees, then make sure to keep an eye on the Vivere tree straps. They’re currently out of stock but only “temporarily” and you never know when they come back in stock. They’re worth getting though if they do because before they went out of stock, they were on sale for $11.34 (reg. $33.99), which is 67% off — an extremely small price to pay for a high comfort level!

If you would prefer a hammock chair instead, then grab the Vivere Brazillian hammock chair one on sale for $38.38 (reg. $89.57). I’m actually quite tempted to get this, though keep in mind that the hooks and spring are sold separately. It would be pretty awesome to use as a peaceful reading nook in the summer — for those of you who don’t have kids that is!

(Image Credit: BrandontheMandon)

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May 18

Chapters Indigo Canada: 50% Off Monogram Cheeseboards – Now Just $9.75

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Chapters Indigo Canada: 50% Off Monogram Cheeseboards   Now Just $9.75Never did I think that I would write about monogram cheeseboards and yet here it goes… there’s a really awesome deal at Chapters Indigo on monogram cheeseboards right now as you can get one for 50% off! Originally priced at $19.50, they’re now down to just $9.75 apiece.

With wedding season already upon us, if you know someone who loves cheese and is getting married, you can bet your butt off that they’ll enjoy this gift. Even better is that it’s a great to give for any occasion, even its from you to… well, you!

Not all letters are left, but here’s a quick rundown of the ones that are sold out and those that are out of stock:

  • In stock: B, C, E, H, J, K, M, N, O, Q, R, S, U, X, Y, Z
  • Sold out: A, D, F, G, I, L, P, T, V, W

It’s a good thing I know the alphabet song! Chapters Indigo Canada: 50% Off Monogram Cheeseboards   Now Just $9.75

These cheeseboards are actually quite fancy for a $20 usual price tag as they’re made from rubber wood and comes with a coordinating cheese spreader that is monogrammed as well! In case you’re wondering, the knife is made from zinc alloy and should only be hand-washed. The ribbon in the picture isn’t just for show either as the knife is tied with a lovely green ribbon!

I checked out the B monogram cheeseboard and actually found 17 reviews with a total rating of 4.7/5 stars, which is actually pretty fantastic! Here’s one such review:

This is the most lovely cheeseboard and a fantastic gift. It’s beautifully made and I love the cursive writing. And the added bonus of the monogram on the spreader too is great, not to mention the incredible value for your money. I purchased five of them! I thoroughly recommend this to any and everyone! Chapters Indigo Canada: 50% Off Monogram Cheeseboards   Now Just $9.75

To give you an idea of how great this deal really is, I had a look around and found monogrammed cheeseboards priced at $37.90 at Williams-Sonoma.It’s a US store that doesn’t ship to Canada but it’s great to know in terms of price comparison anyways!

Shipping is only free on orders over $25, so you could either take inspiration from the above review and get more than one cheeseboard at a time as they make for lovely gifts or you could always check out Chapters Indigo’s Deals of the Week section. You can currently get cursive mugs for just $5 instead of their regular price of $8.

(Expiry: 20th May 2015)

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May 15

Home Depot Canada: Sun Joe Electric Lawn Mower Was $230 | Now $140 & Free Shipping

Posted by on May 15, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Home Depot Canada: Sun Joe Electric Lawn Mower Was $230 | Now $140 & Free Shipping

Home Depot has a long weekend big savings event happening right now and I found a terrific deal for the Moosers who need to cut their lawns. Get the Mow Joe 13 amp 17 inch electric lawn mower for only $140, which is $89 off the original price of $229. You’ll also score free shipping on this item.

Pretty much anyone living in a house has a lawn to cut. Some of us have larger ones than others. Our lawn is fairly subdivision-sized, which means we don’t need a powerhouse of a lawn mower, but we need one that will work on the long grass when my husband hasn’t yet got around to cutting it.

Being electric, this mower is fairly easy to setup, with no messy gas to fool around with. It will cut 17 inches, which seems pretty wide and you can use the 7-position height adjustment to decide how long you want to leave it. You really don’t want to trim it too short in hot weather or you’ll end up with burnt grass (not a good look). It also has a bag that will collect the clippings, or you can turn it into a mulching machine by taking off the bag.

There are several reviews on Home Depot’s site, which give it a total of a four out of five rating.

It’s light weight enough for me, a 72 year old women, to use and does a fairly good job mowing. Doesn’t like tall weeds/grass so mow frequently. I would only recommend this for small areas. A good value for the money.

Want some price comparisons? Of course you do! $198 at Amazon and Walmart. ‘Nuff said! Home Depot’s price is about $60 less, making this a very solid deal, which includes free shipping.

This would make a great gift for someone whose lawn mower is struggling on its last legs, for someone who has just bought their first house or for your lawn boy.

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May 12

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Posted by on May 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

I was talking to Margarita the other day and she was asking me a few gardening questions. One of the things that came up was how much to pay for a planter. She has a cherry tomato plant she needs to re-pot and was expecting to spend about $20 on a planter. While I normally would pick up a few inexpensive planters at the dollar store, those beautiful decorative planters in the hardware and garden shops are quite lovely. The problem is I do not care for the $20 to $50 price tag per planter that often goes along with a decorative or larger planter. Multiply that price for several plants and you can easily spend $60 to $100 and upward for cute plant holders.

Below I rounded up some planters you can make easily on the cheap and will give your garden some personality. Most of these items may already be in your home or in your recycling bin. Thrift stores like Value Village can also be a great source of items to upcycle for cheap, and garage sales are another easy place to pick up some of these items on the cheap. Add a little bit of fun to your backyard, patio or balcony for summer.

Cat Plastic Bottle Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

With springtime parties in full swing, you may find you have a few extra plastic bottles around. Why not make these darling cat planters featured over at Brudiy. A little paint and a permanent marker will quickly make as many of these darling planters as your garden or living room can hold. This blog is in both Spanish and English.

Toy Truck Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

This is the perfect project for a forgotten toy truck. Check out this great tutorial on House of Hawthornes. If you do not already have a truck in mind, check garage sales for this type of treasure on the cheap.

Chair Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

This chair planter makes a great accent to your front door or in your garden. Check out the tutorial from Sew Caroline. I find these instructions are super easy using a basic hanging planter. You can make this same project using multiple chairs for a little cheaper if you use chicken wire and coconut liners like they did at Love Where You Live.

Tire Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Next time you buy new tires, take the old ones home. This colourful tire planter is begging to be in your backyard. Check out the tutorial over at Lemon, Bean and Things. I would myself start with only one or two tires, but this stacked planter is a super cute backyard feature.

Denim Jeans Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

I am dying of laughter while I write up this one. Check out these hilarious denim jean planters over at Upcycled Garden Style. Place a plastic bag in each leg, then fill with dirt and add your plants. I may have to try one of these for each member of our family. Toddler jeans would be hilarious for this project also!

Colander Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Here is a classic idea, turn a colander into a planter. Colanders make great planters as they already have holes for air. Stop by Mommy’s Kitchen to see her great tutorial on how to make a hanging basket version. You could just as easily set this on the ground on your patio or backyard.

Cartoon Plastic Container Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Make some hilarious planters thanks to The Creative Chameleon. These funny planters will have you raiding your recycling bin for laundry soap bottles, dish soap bottles, and other plastic containers. Make sure to wash any residue from the inside of the bottle really well before your plant.

Wagon Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom, and you can turn any wagon into an easy planter. Check out the photos over on Cre8tive Designs Inc. I have seen wooden wagons that are not functional sell for over $100. this would also be a really cute place to focus your herb garden.

For more garden projects, check out Eva’s past post 7 Re-Purposed Ideas to Make Your Garden Funky.

Bargainmoosers, what creative planters have you made?

(Image Credit: Chiot’s Run)

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May 7

Free May Home & Garden Workshops @ Home Depot Canada

Posted by on May 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Free May Home & Garden Workshops @ Home Depot Canada

New free workshops are available at Home Depot Canada! Every month Home Depot hosts a series of workshops that can help you improve your home and learn some new skills. This month three workshops, including one workshop for kids, is available. The focus this month is spring projects. You must register online to attend these free workshops.

Build A Picket Fence Frame Kids Workshop (Saturday May 9th)

My daughter has taken one of these workshops with her dad, and it was a great way for the two of them to bond. Build a picket fence frame with a hammer, small nails and wood glue. Best of all, leave the mess at the store and take home your project. If you have never tried one of the kid’s workshops, it is a fun day out. Kid’s workshops are for ages four to twelve.

Build a Vertical Garden (Wednesday May 20th)

This workshop is right up my alley as I love to garden. With this workshop, you learn how to build a vertical container garden. You will build a frame for your garden, learn about annual and perennial plants and talk about the basics of tending a vegetable garden. Your thumb will surely look greener by the time you leave. If you do not have a backyard, a container garden can easily be installed on a balcony. This workshop is part of the Do-It-Herself series for women.

Build A Deck (Sunday May 24th)

Here is a project that some of you may be eyeing for your own backyard. Building a deck seems simple enough until you are knee high in nails and boards. In this workshop, you will discuss safety procedures that you should consider for this project. You will also learn how to install a joist, install decking and name all of the parts of a deck. As I had to look up the term joist to make sure I was correct that it involved the support beams, I think I should attend this workshop myself. There is a note that this workshop is not available at the Cambie location.

I cannot speak to the quality of the home workshops, as I have never taken one for adults. What I can say is it can be useful to ask questions before you start a big project and to have someone guide you through the basics if you are not a construction pro. If you are considering starting one of these projects, you could potentially save yourself some money by learning the basics first.

Image Credit: Sarah G

(Expiry: 24th May 2015)

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May 5

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Posted by on May 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Pallets are a waste product at many factories, construction sites, and stores. If you are unfamiliar, a pallet is a flat support for moving a larger amount of products and makes shipping everything from electronics to food much easier. Most pallets are made of wood, but there are some made of plastic as well. Wood pallets make a great base for a whole host of upcycled projects on the cheap. They easily transform with a few cuts and a little hard work.

Depending on the project you choose, I would consider sanding the pallet well to avoid splinters. Then I would add a coat of paint or stain to your pallet to give yourself a fresh base to start with. You can often find pallets that are being thrown away and take them home free. Please do be careful about the source of your pallets. According to a study by the National Consumer League quoted on Wikipedia, 10% off wood pallets used to transport food were found to have Listeria or E.coli bacteria. There are other places you can get pallets such as furniture stores and newspaper companies to avoid this contamination issues. Check out this article from 1001 Pallets for more ideas of places to find safe pallets free. Once you have your freebies, you can get to work creating some of these amazing projects for your backyard.

Easy Outside Pallet Sofa

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

I have seen many various pallets turned into outdoor seating. I am with Lazy Mom’s Blog. I want to keep my project simple. I like that this sofa project can be taken apart for wintertime storage. Your efforts should easily last for many summer seasons.

Pallet Patio Coffee Table

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Turn your space into the perfect backyard BBQ. I never seem to have enough table space outside when I am entertaining, but I am not in a hurry to buy a second patio table. Joy Ever After has created the perfect durable outside coffee table to give you plenty of room for your drinks and party platters.

Pallet Balcony Shelf

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Before I moved into a townhouse style place, the only green space I had was a tiny balcony. I wish I had discovered this perfect pallet shelf from DIY Passion. This blogger only spent $15 for her little garden. Create the perfect shelf to hold all your planters for your container garden full of vegetables or flowers.

Pallet Garden Walkway

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

I have one area of my backyard that quite frequently gets muddy. I could use this little pallet board walkway to keep my shoes from being constantly caked in mud. Check out the instructions on how to make your own from Funky Junk Interiors. Cute and simple, this walkway is like a cheater boardwalk.

Pallet Swing

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

This is the perfect lazy day swing for with a tall glass of lemonade. Practice your knot tying skills, and soon you will have your own version of this fun swing over at Red Agape Style and Design. Throw on a cushion and you are ready to catch the breeze, or just enjoy a good book.

Pallet Fence

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Building a fence around your yard can cost you hundreds of dollars. Generally, a fence is on the list right next to many other expensive home renovation projects. Check out this super quick and inexpensive pallet fence from Fairy Wings and Dinosaurs. While I do not expect this fence will hold a large dog, it is an awesome project to consider if you are doing renovations on a budget. I would probably think of this as a short-term solution, as the wood used to make pallets is not the same quality that is usually used to make fences.

Pallet Workbench

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

No matter what you create, every artisan needs a workbench. Over at Beyond The Picket Fence, they have created a workbench intended for gardening. I think this bench can be used as a perfect place to create all of your DIY projects, or would even make a nice little table next to your grill.

Are you looking for more inspiration? I loved the idea of turning a pallet into a raised garden bed that was featured in the past post 4 Cool Gardening Ideas To Fit Any Frugal Budget. I have a fresh pallet sitting in my backyard ready for paint for this project.

Bargainmoosers, what have you made out of pallets?

(Image Credit: Petras Gagilas)

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April 30

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Posted by on April 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

I love looking at all the beautiful DIY projects various blogs have put together. Even more, I enjoy working on my own projects for my home. Sometimes you just want a project to be quick, simple and effective without a 25 picture tutorial. Included below are all items you can spray paint to make a big impact in your home both for outside and inside your home. These projects should not take tons of technique to complete, just a little elbow grease and time.

The average can of spray paint at Lowe’s Canada costs between $6 and $15, making these projects super cheap to upgrade. If you are new to spray painting, you may want to check out the basics at Live Love DIY  or read more tips over at In My Own Style before you get started on your project.

Patio Chair Cushions

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

This weekend it was so nice, we broke out the patio set. I was so vigilant about our outside cushions last year that they spent half the summer in the closet. I managed to get my set of four cushions on sale and I still spent $100 in new cushions. If you were less crazy restrictive and have stains, mildew or fading you can update the cushions with spray paint. Check out this post from The Frugal Homemaker as she details how she did it. The cushions look fab!

Patio Furniture

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

As you are clearing out your spring items, you may find your patio set may also need a spring makeover. Spray paint can take care of all of that weather damage and make your patio set look fresh and new.  Over at H2O Bungalow, they spray painted a pretty outside cafe table and it now looks picture perfect. Need more inspiration? Check out the metal set at Bright Bold Beautifulwhich cleaned these chairs up fast. Honey of California remade her wood patio set in a beautiful distressed red.

Patio Umbrella

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

The fabric on patio umbrellas fades even more so than the patio cushions do. Last year I had a hard time finding a decent umbrella for under $50, and that does not include the stand to keep the umbrella from falling over. I am not willing to repurchase another umbrella just because the sun faded it. Upgrade yours with spray paint using the inspiration at Creatively Living. You can do these in any colour you like, but a red patio set sure pops against the green grass.

Giant Planters

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Over at The Spotted Lamb, I spotted a great spray paint project for your garden or the front of your house. This blogger took inexpensive plastic garbage cans and spray painted them to make awesome looking planters for the front of her house. Most larger and taller planters cost around $50 to $150 such as this one @ Lowe’s Canada. Make a set at a fraction of the cost following this tutorial.

Doorknobs

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Doorknobs typically run between $10 and $40 for an inside door.  I know we have at least eight inside doors in our house and that cost can add up quick. One way to update your doorknobs on the cheap is to pick up a can of high-quality spray paint and get to work. Over at Handle The Heat they have updated their doorknobs with a dark oil based bronze paint that would instantly give the look of your house a lift for about $10, the cost of one door knob.

Custom Curtain Rods

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

If you have large windows to cover, or just want to cut your cost of purchasing curtain rods you will want to see this next post. Check out this great DIY hack from Our Vintage Home LoveShe used PVC pipe and spray paint to create these super cheap yet effective curtain rods.

Light Fixture

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Light fixtures are also not a cheap item to replace. If you have been putting off updating, upgrading or changing your light fixtures you may want to consider updating them with spray paint. Check out how The Country Chic Cottage took an older gold fixture and updated it with an antique brass colour.

Bargainmoosers, what would you update with spray paint?

(Image Credit: Auntie P)

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April 21

Save Money Planting A Fantastic Garden

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

Save Money Planting A Fantastic Garden

I have been eyeing my small backyard every day now that the snow has melted. Cultivating a green space in your backyard or on your patio can be both save you money and can have many health benefits as outlined on the blog Earth Easy. Some of the benefits include stress relief, reducing your risks for depression, brain health, and reducing your risks of stroke, heart attack and even various types of cancer. By planting vegetables, you can also cut into your grocery budget. The Globe and Mail estimates one tomato plant from a pack of $2 tomato seeds can save you $29.90 at the grocery store over the summer months. This means six tomato plants producing moderately from that same pack of seeds could save you $179.40 over the summer. Here is how to get started!

Start With Seeds

Seeds are usually the best bang for your buck. A pack of seeds, which costs $2 or $3 is cheaper than $3 to $10 per plant. Most seeds take 6-8 weeks inside before you can transplant the seedlings. Make sure to check when the last frost date for your area is before you transplant seedlings or plants into the ground over at USA Gardener, which lists dates for both Canada and the US.

When the last frost date passes, you can move seedlings outside during the day and back inside at night until the plants are strong enough to transplant. Some seeds such as lettuce and peas can be planted straight in the ground. These plants grow quickly and have enough time to grow during Canada’s short summer.

Another option is to buy plants. I like to find local plant sales in my community where the prices are often cheaper and you can often benefit from the advice of expert gardeners. A woman near me sells plants from her front yard every year to fund her garden. Not only do I like her prices, she also gives me great advice so the plants are successful.

Plant High Yield Vegetables

Save Money Planting A Fantastic Garden

If you have a small garden or are planting a container garden, smaller plants with both a high tolerance and vegetable yield are your best pick. I have a pale green thumb and prefer to stick to these higher yield vegetables to ensure my garden produces more than I invest in it.

Here is a list of high-yield vegetables I plant in my garden:

  • Tomatoes: I find the smaller varieties are usually easier to grow and have an excellent return rate. If you love the bigger varieties, do a mix of small and big tomatoes for your best return.
  • Green Onions: This time of year, I look for green onions on sale in the grocery store for fifty cents. I cook with the green part and soak the white part and roots in a small cup of water. When the roots get long, I plant them outside in a planter. This tip provided me green onions off my plants for over four months last year.
  • Lettuce: Lettuce works great in planters, and I can usually plant at least two rounds of seed throughout the summer. You can also regrow romaine hearts by checking it out the technique in this post from Clare.
  • Green Beans: Buy the bush variety over the vine variety to save space. You can plant these in a deep planter, but they grow better in the ground
  • Potatoes: I have had great success growing potatoes in a tub, plus it saves space in my regular garden. Check out these instructions from The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop. For more reasons why you should try to grow potatoes in tubs, check out this post from Backdoor Survival.
  • Zucchini: This vegetable keeps on giving. This plant needs a little more room but by mid to late summer, you will be swimming in zucchini. Check out this past Bargainmoose post from Heather for ideas of what to do with your zucchini haul.
  • Herbs: Oregano, basil, chives, rosemary: the list only continues. Fresh herbs are delicious and easy to grow. Over at Savvy Gardening, she calculated her herb yield and saved $102.89 compared to buying at the grocery store.

Placement can also affect how well your plants grow. Check out this handy visual guide at Savvy Housekeeping to help ensure your vegetables choices are friendly with each other. For more ideas of vegetables that are easy to grow in Canada, check out this blog post from Seasonal Ontario Food.

Plant Low Maintenance Flowers

Save Money Planting A Fantastic Garden

Last year in an attempt to be frugal, I had decided not to plant flowers. I was fortunate that my neighbor was splitting some of her flowers and gave me some of the cuttings or I think I would have regretted my decision. Flowers not only improve the look of your backyard and garden, but also invite bees and other pollinators to your backyard which improves your produce success. When placed in front of your house they can improve your curb appeal, and in turn the value of your house. Buying small plants will give your garden an instant facelift, for the price of one potted plant, you can fill your garden with a pack of two-dollar seeds.

Over at HGTV Gardens, they have created a list of flowers that are easy to grow. A similar list of annuals is found at Get Busy Gardening. I really like the second list, as they explain how to collect the seeds from your plants for next year! One of my favourites to include is Marigolds, both for their hardy nature and they help deter rabbits.

Bargainmoosers, what do you plant in your garden or container garden?

(Image Credit: Tico, Dwight Sipler & play4smee)

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April 4

Sears Canada: $100 Off Broil King Signet 90 Propane Grill – Now $650 & NO TAX With Promo Code

Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Sears Canada: $100 Off Broil King Signet 90 Propane Grill   Now $650 & NO TAX With Promo Code

Summer is right around the corner and if you need a BBQ, then the Broil King Signet 90 family-size propane grill is $100 off at Sears right now. Originally priced at $749.99, it’s now $649.99 and even better is that you can use the Sears coupon code: 941612317 to save an extra 15% on it.

A couple of days ago, Avigayil blogged about Sears’ Save The Tax Event on right now until April 6th. I definitely didn’t expect for the coupon code above to work on the BBQ but was very pleasantly surprised when it was indeed applied at checkout and the subtotal stayed at $649.99.

The Broil King Signet 90 propane grill features:

  • 4 stainless steel Dual-Tube burners
  • stainless steel control panel
  • 500 sq. in. main cooking surface (695 sq. in. total cooking surface)
  • 50,000 BTU main burner & 10,000 BTU cast brass side burner

Out of 12 reviews, this barbecue even has 4.8/5 stars! Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

We looked around at several options, but found the Broil King Signet 90 was the best value for money and it also came ready assembled. When the lid is opened you have complete access to the whole grilling area, which is excellent. Use it regular, did a great lamb rack the other day.

A number of other Broil King barbecues are also currently on sale, depending on the size and power you need. Another great contender is the Broil King 440 propane barbecue, which also has 4.8/5 stars and a total of 12 reviews. Originally priced at $849.99, it can be yours for just $749.99 with no tax when you enter the Sears coupon code mentioned above.

Shipping also appears to be free. Usually, shipping is free on orders over $99 at Sears but since a barbecue is quite a large and heavy item, I’m skeptical as to whether it would truly be shipped for free. I added this BBQ to my cart and got all the way to the last part of the checkout without any extra shipping fees being added, so it does seem legit! Just to make sure, you could have it shipped to your local Sears store instead but you would need to go pick it up.

(Image Credit: Bram Cymet)

(Expiry: 6th April 2015)

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February 1

70% Off Ex Skewer Set With Unique Tray @ ECS Coffee Canada – Was $100 | Now $30

Posted by on February 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

70% Off Ex Skewer Set With Unique Tray @ ECS Coffee Canada   Was $100 | Now $30

Quick! The Ex Skewer Set is 75% off at ECS Coffee right now. Originally priced at $99.99, it’s now on sale for just $29.99.

First of all, let me start off by mentioning that this same skewer set is actually currently on sale for $83.61 (reg. $167.99) at Amazon. So ECS Coffee’s price is pretty amazing in comparison!

This skewer set is actually much larger than you would think: 12″ in diameter and 9″ tall. It also makes for a great gift, especially for anyone currently going through a break-up. 70% Off Ex Skewer Set With Unique Tray @ ECS Coffee Canada   Was $100 | Now $30

Although on the picture featured here, the figurine is separate from the platter, you can also choose to place it in the middle of the serving tray instead. So depending on if you need the extra space or not, you can move it around. In terms of the material, the tray and the figurine are made from ABS plastic and the set also comes with 10 stainless steel skewers.

On Amazon.com, 18 reviewers have given this skewer set a general consensus of 4.4/5 stars! Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

Just received this item and was pleasantly pleased. Skewers are nicer than I thought and they give you a couple of extras in case you lose a couple. Size is about like a dinner plate so big enough for snacks for four to six people. I had seen the cutlery holder and thought it was a hoot, but will get more good out of this at gatherings. It is plastic, but high quality plastic. Overall a good purchase!

Plus, it’s sure to be an amazing conversation starter and is sure to keep guest raving about it — perhaps even playing with it for a bit!

Shipping is free if you spend over $59.99, otherwise a $9.99 flat shipping fee will apply. A little earlier, I wrote about a promotion on the Keurig 2.0 brewer and if you plan on taking advantage of this deal or already have a Keurig machine, then a great way to reach the free shipping minimum threshold would be on ECS Coffee’s Marley Coffee promotion on right now. With the purchase of 3 boxes of Marley 24-ct K-Cups, you will get one free.

If you sign up to ECS Coffee‘s newsletter, then you can also get a $5 discount on any order over $75.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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January 31

Canvas Pop Promo Codes: 50% Off Select Canvas Prints (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Canvas Pop Promo Codes: 50% Off Select Canvas Prints (EXPIRED)

Spruce up your walls with some new art work… or more specifically, your own pictures! Until the end of the weekend, you can get a 50% discount on 16×20″ or 24×36″ canvas prints at Canvas Pop with the promo codes below.

Click here to create your own canvas print @ CanvasPop.com now

  • Coupon Code: 16X20
  • Discount: 50% off 16×20 print
  • Coupon Code: 24X36
  • Discount: 50% off 24×36″ print
  • Expiry: 1st February 2015

Having recently gotten rid of my Christmas tree, I have realized just how bare the walls of my living room look. As such, I have been looking to make my own canvas and luckily, stumbled upon this awesome promotion from Canvas Pop.

Once you go to create your canvas print, you will have the choice between uploading a picture from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. This is particularly neat because it means you don’t need to fuss around with having to save an image from your social media account in order to then upload it to Canvas Pop.

You will also have the option between 4 canvas layouts: single, 2 panels, 3 panels or 4 panels. However, these aren’t all available in the sizes for which the coupon codes above are applicable towards.

To give you an idea of the prices, for a single panel canvas, you would be looking at:

  • 16×20″ print: reg. $55/ now $27.50
  • 24×36″ print: reg. $125/ now $62.50

From there, you can also choose extra features like a frame, edge options, effect options and a couple of others, but these come at an extra cost.

30% Off Everything

The cool part about Canvas Pop is that they also have plenty of other products to choose from like Instagram prints, photo mosaic, photo collage, etc. If you would prefer to create any of those instead, then make sure to enter the Canvas Pop coupon code: CAZ41P to get a 30% discount. Keep in mind that unlike the 50% off codes mentioned in the beginning, this one is set to expire at the end of the day. I stumbled on it upon browsing Canvas Pop’s site, so it’s possible that it will either be renewed tomorrow or a new code will be released. This isn’t a guarantee though, so wait at your own risk. Canvas Pop Promo Codes: 50% Off Select Canvas Prints (EXPIRED)

Shipping varies per order.

(Image Credit: Damien Thorne)

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January 14

Today Only: Up To 60% Off Hotel Collection’s Pillows, Bedding, Towels, & More @ Hudson’s Bay Canada (EXPIRED)

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Today Only: Up To 60% Off Hotel Collections Pillows, Bedding, Towels, & More @ Hudsons Bay Canada (EXPIRED)

Today only, Hudson’s Bay is having a flash sale during which you can save up to 60% on bed and bath products by Hotel Collection. Pillow, duvets, towels and select bed collections have all been reduced.

In the pillows & duvets section, you can save on the following 6 products:

  • Primaloft down alternative lightweight duvet: reg. $360-$440/ now $144-$176
  • Primaloft down alternative density pillow: reg. $120-$140/ now $60-$70
  • Medium weight down comforter: reg. $1000-$1200/ now $500-$600
  • Mattress pad: reg. $200-$280/ now $130-$182
  • Firm down pillow: reg. $400-$500/ now $200-$250
  • Siberian medium support pillow: reg. $340-$420/ now $170-$210

There are a total of 68 items to pick from in the Bed Collections category, like:

I also spotted the chevron quilted throw on sale for just $120. It was originally priced at $200 and looks like it could be amazing to use during the winter to stay warm. Technically, it’s a decorative throw but there’s nothing stopping you from actually using it as it features a plush textured feel.

In the towel department, you can get the Hotel Collection microcotton bath towel on sale for just $15.99 instead of its regular price of $27.99 (43% off). Made from 100% ringspun microcotton, it’s available in a total of 17 colours like: aegan, cassis, cloud, espresso, horizon, ivory, mercury, etc. It also features a rubbed detailing. In terms of reviews, there are only 6 of them but 5/6 have given these towels a perfect review. The only reviewer that didn’t give it a perfect rating stated that they didn’t know how it was as it was a gift. Here’s what another reviewer had to say:

Bought these towels for our new motorhome and I was so impressed I ordered another set for our ensuite.

My household has been due for new towels for some time now, so I’ll definitely be picking up a couple of these towels in either ivory, carbon or primrose. I’m particularly excited by the fact that according to the description, they’re soft to the touch and have a luxurious feel. Just make sure to not wash them with any products containing benzoil peroxide to avoid spotting or bleaching.

Shipping is free on orders over $99.

(Image Credit: gizzypooh)

(Expiry: 14th January 2015)

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September 1

Costco Canada: $45 Off Bissell Symphony All-In-One Vacuum & Steam Mop – Now $175 (Was $220)

Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Costco Canada: $45 Off Bissell Symphony All In One Vacuum & Steam Mop   Now $175 (Was $220)

Ever wish you could clean your floors in one go? With the Bissell Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop you can! Even better is that it’s currently on sale for just , instead of its usual price of $219.99.$174.99

Don’t you just hate stepping on dirt when walking barefoot around the house? I typically wear socks but even walking from the bathroom to the bedroom after a shower can be a major drag as it has happened more times than not that my feet would be all dirty just from a couple of steps. Having two cats definitely doesn’t help in that department but the fact that I now have a baby makes it even harder to fit in time to clean the floors. More than anything, I find it annoying to have to go around vacuuming, then fill up water for the mop and go around the house yet another time mopping. I have come to the realization, however, that I need an even more efficient method of cleaning my place, even more efficient than using a Vileda mop and I’m certainly considering trying out the Bissell Symphony as it can either vacuum, steam or do both at the same time!

Safe to use on practically any kind of floor, the vacuum part has an easy to empty dust pan and the mop’s cloths are machine washable. Plus, it also has a 25′ cord length and an adjustable handle, which is definitely a feature that my hubby is sure to love as he is tall.

Although Costco’s site didn’t have any reviews, I did find close to 40 reviews on Amazon with a general consensus of 4.5 stars out of 5. In fact, here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

I now have mostly hard floors (wood/tile) and needed a better way to keep them clean. I like to walk around bare foot, and can not stand the feeling of a dirty floor under my feet. The Bissell Symphony works great. It is easy to use, plus the time savings of being able to mop and vacuum at the same time. It heats up quickly and adding water is easy.

As for a price comparison, the Bissell Symphony is $219.99 at Amazon and London Drugs only has it in-stores for $199.99.

As always, Costco also offers free shipping, so you won’t have to worry about any added fees.

(Expiry: 14th September 2014)

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