home improvements

June 9

5 Frugal Ways To Secure Your Home From Theft

Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM

5 Frugal Ways To Secure Your Home From Theft

Recently in my community, there has been a rash of break-ins to homes. It always seems to pick up in the spring and summer when we throw open our windows and doors to welcome the nice weather. Climbing into your balcony or slipping into your backyard is much easier now that the snow and ice have disappeared.

It is not just in my head, according to The Star burglaries increase and insurance companies see many more claims in the summer months. August is the highest month for burglaries, followed closely by July and September. Friday is the most popular day for a break-in as you are likely to be away for the weekend, and Sunday being the least likely day for a break-in. In the same article, the insurance company Aviva Canada was quoted saying the average cost of burglary claim has increased 27 percent in the past five years, a cost on average of $7,243 to insurance companies per claim. Break-ins are currently happening every 90 seconds on average in Canada.

So how can you protect your home and family? I have scoured the internet for frugal ideas you can implement now. Start putting some of these ideas into practice now, and your home should be much more secure once we head into prime burglary season and when you head on your summer vacation plans.

Secure Your Doors and Windows

5 Frugal Ways To Secure Your Home From Theft

This means lock all of your doors and windows! In the summer months when the weather is warm, we travel much more in and out of our house. Thieves watch closely before they decide to enter, and will watch if you regularly leave the front door unlocked while you are in the backyard. Locking your doors and windows regularly can ensure that you do not make it easy on criminals. Modern day criminals are often in and out quickly, so securing these points can help you avoid being a target. Ensure your door is strong as kicking in the door is often a technique used for entry.

It is also a good idea to make sure that your locks both appear sturdy and are sturdy. A deadbolt on every major door can help to ensure your home is protected. If you install window air conditioners, make sure the window cannot be opened further from the outside. A simple seal such as this foam sealant from Home Depot Canada can help to ensure your unit is secure and snug in the window. You can also add a stopper to the window with an air conditioning unit or any window by securing a large pin or nail to keep the window from opening all the way according to protectedhome.com. Older sliding glass doors can be secured with a dowel or other stick placed in the track to keep it from opening at unwanted times.

Install Motion Sensor Lights

A light outside can be an easy way to deter people from your property. Strategically place lights near entrances and garages. You may also want to consider placing one near a basement window to reduce the chances that a thief will attempt to enter through this common point. Over at Amazon.ca, I found LED battery powered lights for only $20.99 or a three-pack for $46.99. These lights have over 133 positive reviews. Not only will you have a little extra light when you come home late at night, this simple installation also deters thieves from an easy break-in.

Keep Your Travel Plans Off Social Media

5 Frugal Ways To Secure Your Home From Theft

You are so excited to take that well-deserved vacation. Before you leave, you shoot a message off to 100 of your closest friends telling them just how excited you are. Maybe you were wise enough not to tell people where you were going, but you excitedly Instagram a shot from your fabulous hotel or a shot of you and your sweetie making funny faces on an airplane.

Social media can be fun, but when you are traveling is not the time to broadcast that you are away from home. This is an open invitation to thieves, acquaintances and those friends you added so you could unlock level 29 of your game. Wait to post your trip and your pictures until you are back. Facebook and other social media sites are constantly changing the privacy policies, so your information may not be as secure as you hope.

Keep Your Hedges Trimmed

This is a smart tip from a list over at doityourself.com. Thieves often need somewhere to hide before they attack. By letting your yard get out of hand and your hedges get scraggly, you provide the perfect hiding point. Keep those bushes neatly trimmed and it is much more difficult to enter the house both in the daytime and at night. Put trimming your hedges on your to-do list before you leave for vacation also.

Report Strange Visitors

5 Frugal Ways To Secure Your Home From Theft

Just a few weeks ago, a person wearing an Energy Star jacket was inquiring in our neighborhood about the heating and cooling systems various neighbours used.  Reading about this person on several Facebook groups, I found out about this behaviour and never answered the door when they came to my house. These neighbour watch groups are invaluable. In our community, it is a Moms group on Facebook that spreads this information. Find the group sharing this information in your community. Tap into a couple local groups so you too are aware of what is going on in your neighbourhood.

If someone shows up at your door and does not have anything reliable to prove who they are, turn them away. If they ask to enter your house, do not let them. Request that they send you more information through a flyer and then report them to the police. Criminals will sometimes scope out your home and your belongings using these tactics before they strike.

Follows these simple steps, and you will make your home less attractive to criminals. For a somewhat unsettling quote list, check out this Reader’s Digest list of quotes from various convicted burglars.

Bargainmoosers, what steps do you take to protect your home?

(Image Credits: Stefano A., Jeremy Brooks, Matthew Hurst, Nicole Mays)

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May 18

House and Home Magazine Subscription Was $33 | Now $16 @ Wagjag

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM

House and Home Magazine Subscription Was $33 | Now $16 @ Wagjag

Wagjag is having a promotion that can save you a bundle on a two-year or one-year subscription to House and Home Magazine. A two-year (24 issues) subscription was $65.90 but is now only $25.  You can also purchase a one-year (12 issues) subscription originally priced $32.95 but now is only $16. Shipping is fully included with this deal.

Many of us have dreams of decorating and redecorating our homes in the same beautiful fashion that home designers do. House and Home magazine will provide you with lots of inspiration, tips and tricks from some of the top designers and renovators. Use the tips in this magazine to keep your home’s look fresh and chic throughout the year or to overhaul a room in your home from top to bottom. Between the glossy pages, you will find ideas to decorate your home, full home makeover features, entertaining tips and even a few recipes.

If you head over to House and Home’s website, you are able to subscribe directly from them to receive your copy. House and Home is currently charging $26.95 for a one-year subscription or $46.95 for a two-year subscription. Rogers Magazine Service is also offering yearly subscriptions of House & Home Magazine for $26.50 per year and only offers a one-year subscription. If you were to purchase this magazine from your local pharmacy or newsstand, it would cost you $5.99 per issue or $71.99 for a year’s worth of editions of this magazine. Over the course of two years, you would spend $143.98. If you are considering picking this magazine up more than once or twice from the newsstand, you may want to consider having it delivered to your door for much less.

While Wagjag does not have reviews available on their site, Roger’s Magazine Service does allow reviews. Over 417 people have reviewed this magazine and it still has a high rating of four and a half stars out of five. Here is one reviewer who feels that this magazine is a great value.

Great inspiration. Love the Source Guide so I can buy what I see here in Canada.

A second reviewer is anxiously awaiting their edition every month.

House and Home is a beautiful magazine with tons of photos and info every month. When it arrives I love to curl up and spend the day with it! There is always something that I can apply to my own home. A great read.

This deal does still have a little bit of time left before it expires. Right now, over 147 people have purchased the deal and it does state there are a limited number of subscriptions available. If you want to snag this deal, you may want to grab it before they sell out of subscriptions. I noticed those two-year subscriptions seem to be going much faster, which may end this deal soon.

(Image Credit: Boa-Franc)

(Expiry 21st May 2015)

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February 10

Sears Canada: Featherlite 55″ Aluminum Ladder Was $60 | Now $27 + Shipping

Posted by on February 10, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Sears Canada: Featherlite 55 Aluminum Ladder Was $60 | Now $27 + Shipping

Looking for a handy ladder for doing home renovations? Sears has a great deal on right now on the Featherlite 55″ aluminum platform ladder, that had a regular price of $55.99 and is now $26.99. Shipping is free at $99, so you might want to see what else you need at Sears, or you’ll pay about $8 (what it was to my Ontario address) to ship to your home. You also have the option of shipping to store for free.

My husband and I are addicted to the Home Network. He loves renovation shows, I love home buying shows. Either way, if we aren’t watching our favourite shows like Shameless or American Horror Story, we have HGTV on in the evenings. He’s got the reno bug and even though we don’t own a house, he wants to buy one that has something he needs to fix up. I’m all about not doing any extra work, but he loves having a project.

This ladder might make him the perfect Father’s Day gift, along with buying a house that needs some renovations. At only $27, I think this is a hot deal and I never pass up a practical and useful hot deal.

This particular ladder boasts that it is lightweight, has a fold-down utility tray for your tools or paint and has slip-resistant feet. We don’t want any accidents! The comfort foam grip on the handrail is handy when you need to lean a little bit as well. This ladder is rated as type 2, which means it is for household use with a workload of 200lbs.

I don’t really see this ladder elsewhere, so I can’t give you a price comparison or reviews, but Featherlite is a well-known name in industrial ladders.

Sears is known to sell out of their sale items quickly and even though this is advertised as being on sale until February 18th, you might want to jump on it before it does sell out.

Photo credit: Etolane

(Expiry: 18th February 2015)

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November 21

Lowes Canada: Kobalt 7-1/4-in 9-Amp Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw | Was $150 Now $80

Posted by on November 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Lowes Canada: Kobalt 7 1/4 in 9 Amp Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw | Was $150 Now $80

Oh hey there, my fellow Bargainmoosers! Lowe’s is having a great sale on their Kobalt 7-1/4-in 9-Amp Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw, and I wanted to let you all know about it before this deal pulls a Houdini and disappears! This compound miter saw normally retails for $149.99, but you can now buy this item for $79.99! That’s a huge discount, people! You’ll also get free shipping with your order, which is a great bonus!

This Kobalt 7-1/4-in 9-Amp Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw is something that every handy man or handy woman can truly appreciate! Since it’s compact, you can conveniently move this from storage to your job site. You can learn about all of the exact specifications and features of this compound miter saw by clicking here.

Do you want to be a real Canadian hero this holiday season? If you have a family member or significant other that would truly appreciate a gift like this, then you should nab this deal as soon as you can! If you could keep someone happy for $79.99, then I think it’s totally worth it – especially if it’s for you! Plus, you’re getting free shipping with your order, so it makes it that much more affordable.

If you wanted to buy a similar Kobalt Compound Miter Saw from Amazon’s American website, it would cost you $189 US. I’ve included a snippet of a review of the Kobalt 7-1/4-in 9-Amp Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw from a satisfied Lowe’s customer below:

It does precisely what I expected and appears to be a robust unit that will last for the use I, as a home handyman, will put it to. No regrets on this purchase.

Get this before it’s out of stock, folks! I hope you’re all having a great Friday!

(Expiry: 26th November 2014)

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October 6

Lowe’s Canada BOGO Sale: Deals On Laundry Pair, Kitchen Faucets, Kitchen Cabinets & More!

Posted by on October 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Lowes Canada BOGO Sale: Deals On Laundry Pair, Kitchen Faucets, Kitchen Cabinets & More!

Until Wednesday, you can take advantage of a “buy one, get one free” deal at Lowe’s on select appliances, kitchen faucets, kitchen cabinets and water dispensers.

Admittedly, Lowe’s seems to have cheated ever so slightly on their promotion because they have also included a BOGO 50% off deal on an Amana white laundry pair but if you’re in need of a new set, then even such an offer is an amazing one! During the course of the BOGO sale, you can get the Amana laundry pair for just $996 instead of its original price of $1496. In fact, the washer has actually already been discounted to just $672 (reg. $848) and by adding both to your cart, you can get the dryer for just $324 (reg. $648) for a total of $996. Off the original total, this is $500 in savings, which is actually 35% off.

The washer is a 4.7-cu ft high efficiency front-load one and the dryer is a 7.4-cu ft electric dryer. What’s cool about the washer is that it has a delay wash option. So if you live in one of those areas where utility rates are higher at certain peak times, then you can simply load your clothes in, turn on the delay wash function and have it turn on in the middle of the night or whenever the costs are the lowest. Don’t forget that you still need to get your own fill and drain hoses as these aren’t included.

With regards to the kitchen faucets, the BOGO offer applies to the Pfister VOSA stainless steel kitchen faucet, which is regularly priced at $114.50. As for the water dispensers, you can get a free Greenway home products pitcher replacement filter with purchase of a Primo bottom-loading hot & cold water dispenser.

Planning on re-doing your kitchen? Then you’re going to want to take advantage of Lowe’s’ kitchen pantry deal. For any 6 cabinets that you buy, you can also get a pantry for free. Choose among the following collections:

If you choose to shop in-stores instead, then you can also choose among Brookton or Caspian cabinet collections.

Keep in mind that although the Lowe’s BOGO Sale officially expires October 8th, all of the merchandise is also only available while supplies last. As for shipping, you can either choose to ship to your nearest store for free or by Lowe’s truck delivery at an extra cost. For the laundry set, for instance, delivery by truck came up to $75.

(Expiry: 8th October 2014)

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September 12

Home Depot Canada: Rubbermaid Big Max Shed Only $600 & Free Shipping (Was $700)

Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Home Depot Canada: Rubbermaid Big Max Shed Only $600 & Free Shipping (Was $700)

As you get your yard cleaned up and your toys and such put away for winter, are you lacking a space to put them? If you are, consider this Rubbermaid Big Max shed, now $100 off at the Home Depot and has free shipping, which is perfect if you didn’t have the room to get it home anyway. Get it for only $599.

After finishing our patio, there is something missing in our yard. That is a shed. Everything is stored in our small garage, which means we can barely walk through it, never mind fit vehicles in it. At first I was opposed to a shed, because it took up valuable room in my small yard, but I think with the right one, that looks good, like this one from Home Depot, it could work.

This shed will give you 271 cubic feet of storage space, with a heavy duty floor and sturdy double wall construction. You can lock it and it is leak-proof, weather resistant and dent resistant. It will also not rust or fade and become an eyesore in your yard.

Inside there are specialized wall anchors so you can customize your storage space, making the most out of the room you have.

One reviewer who was very pleased (out of many other who were as well) said this:

“I’m very pleased with this shed and recommend this product. The Big Max is much better quality than the competing products in this price range. The assembly is a 2 person job and can be completed in an afternoon. Anyone with basic building skills will not have any problems with the assembly. The sky lights in the roof are a nice feature. Shed comes in large box that fits into a pickup truck. We put the shed on 5/8 inch plywood base with 2×4 frame at 12 inch spacing. Attached the shed floor to plywood base using 1/4 inch dia lag bolts. Shed height is great, I’m 6′-4″ and have to issues with head clearance. Door opening is large and easly accommodates your storage items. Can’t think of any downside to this shed. Great product.”

(Expiry: Unknown)

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September 9

Home Depot Canada: 50% Off Carpet Installation

Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Home Depot Canada: 50% Off Carpet Installation

Get 50% off carpet installation from the Home Depot, on right now until the end of October.

If you are planning on moving or can’t stand looking at your worn, stained carpets any longer, now is the time to get new carpets installed at half the price. It will only cost you $99, rather than $199 to get your carpets put in. You do have to have a minimum purchase of 33.3 sq. yards of carpet from Home Depot. This sounds like an amazing deal and when I told my husband about it, he wondered about any catches. It doesn’t say that there are additional costs for a huge amount of carpet, but this is what he is thinking. I’m going to go the optimistic route and assume Home Depot just wants you to buy the carpet from them and is willing to install it for only $99, no matter how much space you are looking to carpet.

Not just will they install the carpet, they can also remove existing flooring and move any furniture. I’m sure there will be an additional cost for this as it says basic carpet installation. All installers are skilled, licensed, with background checks approved.

You’ll have to go in to the store to choose your carpet, but the Home Depot specialist will come to measure and assess.

(Expiry: 30th October 2013)

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December 23

Home Depot Canada: Boxing Week Sale On Now

Posted by on December 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Home Depot Canada: Boxing Week Sale On Now

Until 4th January, 2012, shop Home Depot Canada’s boxing Week Sale. Whether you are looking for building materials or decor, Home Depot’s got it covered.

Here’s a rundown of some of the sales you’ll find at Home Depot:

There are also special buys on doors, area rugs, power tools and more.

For just $69, there are ten area rugs, all 5 x 7 in a nice variety of neutral colours and patterns. I like this go with anything Nova Area Rug With Woven Back In Cocoa . While the rug is a neutral colour, the waffle design gives it a little texture and adds some visual interest.

I was happy to see this white nightstand by South Shore Furniture on sale. On sale for just $69.30 (reg. $99), it’ll be just perfect for beside my little girl’s bed.

Free shipping online when you spend $299.

Don’t forget to check out all the deals on our Boxing Day sales dashboard, watch out on Home Depots Boxing Day page, or submit some deals of your own to win Amazon.ca vouchers!

Expires: 4th January, 2012

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October 31

Home Depot Canada: Paint Rebate

Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Home Depot Canada: Paint Rebate

Get $7-$25 back when you buy interior paint or primer at Home Depot.

You can get the rebate on any Behr, CIL or Martha Stewart Living paint. You’ll get $7 back when you buy 1 can of paint and $25 back per pail. This is an in store only deal.

Mail a copy of the rebate form and a photocopy of your receipts before 2nd December, 2011. You should get your rebate back in 8-10 weeks.

The best part about a mail in rebate is that you usually forget about it until you get a cheque back in the mail weeks later!

Expiry: 2nd November, 2011,

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October 12

Home Hardware Signature Paint: Save $6 Off 3.78L

Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Home Hardware Signature Paint: Save $6 Off 3.78L

Save $6.00 off every 3.78L can of Signature Series Pearl Paint you buy at Home Hardware until the 31st November, 2011.

You can use this coupon to save on tinted Signature Series Pearl Paint at Home Hardware, Home Building Centres or Home Hardware Building Centres across Canada.

Beauti – Tone Paint, including the Signature Series paint is manufactured in Southern Ontario. It’s Canada’s #1 Canadian owned and made retail paint!

Home Hardware has a great No Quibble Guarantee on Beauti-Tone Paint:

If you are not satisfied with the performance of this product and providing you have followed the label and lid instructions, return the unused portion with proof of purchase for full refund or replacement of product. This guarantee does not include the cost of labour in the application of any paint, stain or clear coat.

If you are thinking about a painting project and need help with the amount of paint that you might need, try the painting calculator. The calculator will help you determine the amount of paint you need for your project, depending on the area you want covered.

With the coupon and the no-quibble guarantee, it’s a good time to try Home Hardware’s Beauti-Tone paint if you haven’t already.

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September 30

Delux Paint: Buy One Can Of Paint And Get One Free

Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Delux Paint: Buy One Can Of Paint And Get One Free

Buy any 3.0 – 3.78 L of Dulux paint and get a second can for free! Plan a painting project and get your free paint until Sunday.

This offer can’t be combined with any other offer or promotion. The free can of paint must be of equal or lesser value. Can be used on latex paint only. There is no coupon needed to get your BOGO free paint in stores.

I tried to do some touch up painting last week. While my goal was just to cover up a few marks and scuffs on the wall, I’m not sure which is more obvious, the scuff marks or my bad painting job. Our house needs some major paint as we are still living with “Builder’s Beige” and the kids are so hard on the flat paint.

Expiry: 2nd October, 2011

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September 3

Home Depot Canada: Save $7 – $25 Paint Rebate

Posted by on September 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Home Depot Canada: Save $7   $25 Paint Rebate

Until 7th September, 2011, buy 1 can (3.78L) or 1 pail (18.9L) of Martha Stewart Living, Behr or CIL paint, primer or stain and get a mail in rebate for $7 per can or $25 per pail.

Your rebate form must be postmarked by 7th October, 2011 and must include a copy of all sales receipts.

A little bit of paint or stain can go a long way in changing the look of your home. Take a bite out of the cost with this mail in rebate offer from Home Depot. It’s always a nice surprise to get a rebate check in the mail a few months later!

Expiry: 7th, September 2011

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July 28

Home Depot Canada: Save $7-$25 With Paint Rebate

Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Home Depot Canada: Save $7 $25 With Paint Rebate

Got a big painting project planned? Stop by the Home Depot from the 26th July to 3rd August, 2011 and save $7 when you buy 1 can of paint or save $25 when you buy one pail of paint (through mail in rebate).

The paint can be 3.78L cans or 18.9L pail of interior or exterior paint, primer of stain from Behr, CIL or Martha Stewart Living.

This is an in store only deal. There is a limit of one rebate per household or company and Home Depot has the right to limit quantities to reasonable household amounts.
You must complete the rebate form and mail it with a photocopy of your sales receipts with the qualifying paint identified (circled, highlighted etc). Submit the form and a copy of your receipts to the address on the form by 2nd September, 2011.

As I’ve said before, our house needs some new interior paint in the worst way. I’m not good at painting though, so it looks like it will be hired out. I wish I had the time or the skills to do it myself though. It’s always amazing what a good coat of paint can do to change the look of a room.

Expires: 3rd August, 2011

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July 5

Home Depot Canada: Paint Rebate Up To $25

Posted by on July 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Home Depot Canada: Paint Rebate Up To $25

Buy any BEHR, CIL or Martha Stewart Living interior or exterior paint, primer or stain at Home Depot Canada before 6th July, 2011 and receive up to $25 back by mail-in rebate!

  • Buy 1 can (3.78L) and receive $7 by mail-in rebate
  • Buy 1 pail (18.9L) and receive $25 by mail-in rebate

You will need to complete the form and submit it with a photocopy of your receipt before 5th August, 2011. There is a limit of one rebate per household or company.

If you are taking on any painting projects this summer either indoors or outdoors, you’ll want to take advantage of this rebate. You’ll be happy you did when the cheque arrives in the mail!

(Expires 6th July, 2011).

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April 20

Home Hardware Canada Printable Coupon: Save 50% Off Eco-Friendly Paint

Posted by on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Home Hardware Canada has an awesome printable coupon out now! Save 50% off Beauti-Tone Eco-Friendly Natura Eggshell paint. The paint regularly retails for $33.99. With the coupon you can get four 3.78L cans per person for just $16.99 each. This offer is on 20-26 April 2011.

This coupon is valid at Home Hardware, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Building Centre.

So many people I know are planning spring painting projects now, what a great time to save on paint. I like that this paint is no VOC with virtually no odour. Yesterday, Avigayil posted another paint deal, that one for a rebate from Home Depot. Might be worth comparing the two and seeing which works out better for you.

(Expires 26 April 2011)

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