June 27

Skype Canada: Free Month Of Unlimited World Calls ($14 Value)

Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Skype Canada: Free Month Of Unlimited World Calls ($14 Value)

Skype is offering a free 30-day trial of their unlimited world calling subscription. Valued at $13.99, this is a fantastic opportunity to try out an affordable monthly phone service.

You will need to give your credit card or Paypal info, as your unlimited world calling subscription will auto-renew 30 days after you sign up for it. There will be a $1 payment authorization that will be put as a ‘hold’ on your card or Paypal, but will not actually be charged. This is to verify that your payment method is legit.

Now, if you do not want to be billed for the service, cancelling is easy. Simply sign into your account and disable the subscription by clicking Subscription settings on the Call phones tab. I suggest setting a reminder on your phone or putting a reminder in your calendar so you do not forget to cancel, or at least review the subscription a few days before it is ready to renew. You may find you actually want to keep it. However, it is best to decide this before it auto-renews rather than after.

You will receive an email telling you when your payment will be taken. I checked the email I received, and mine is scheduled to renew three days short of a month. Yes, I signed up for this trial myself. Currently, I am sitting in Valemont, BC, which is a lovely little town on Highway 5 with absolutely no service for my cell phone. I am staying at a Bed & Breakfast that offers free Wi-Fi so I can get on the internet, but still no phone service. Therefore, I was going to buy some Skype credit to call a friend of mine and I found this sweet deal. I am currently testing it out and the connection is good. Moreover, I am so happy to no longer be cut off from the world. I can use this both on my computer Skype and on my phone Skype. I am pretty stoked about this because I never have any reception throughout the BC interior, but if I run into a Wi-Fi connection, I can now make a call.

I can see this being useful when I am traveling. At the monthly price of $13.99, it certainly would be worth purchasing especially when I am visiting other countries. This is much cheaper than buying foreign phone credit.

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December 22

Canadian Freebie: Free 1 Year Skype Premium ($107.88 Value) – Expired!

Posted by on December 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Canadian Freebie: Free 1 Year Skype Premium ($107.88 Value)   Expired!

Hold on to your land lines ladies and gentleman – we have got a deal here! Get Skype Premium absolutely free for twelve months. Skype premium includes group video chats, screen sharing, support, and has no ads. This offer is worth $107.88 and you have my friend Lee (thanks Lee!) to thank for sending this to me.

How does this deal work? There are a few really easy steps:

  • Click on the link above and sign up with your email.
  • Within 48 hours you’ll receive a code.
  • Log into Skype (follow the instructions you are emailed) and enter your voucher coupon code.
  • In around 15 minutes it will ‘kick in’.

I actually received my voucher code immediately, but entered my password incorrectly too many times *sniffle* so I had to wait a while to finish the process. However, I finished the process and as you can see from the screenshot above – it was a complete success!

This is a wicked awesome freebie! Spread the word!

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December 4

Gift Card Deals You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted by on December 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Gift Card Deals You Dont Want To Miss

There are so many gift card deals out there right now, I thought I’d do a summary of some of the ones I’ve found so you can keep track! If you giving a gift card as a gift idea, you might as well get something for yourself too. You could even get yourself a gift card to save for when the amazing sales come along during Boxing Week and save yourself even more.

Get a free $5 e-gift card when you spend $50 on e-gift cards at Cineplex (exp 3rd January 2014)

Buy a $20 gift card and get $5 off your order at Bizou (exp 31st December 2013)

Buy or reload a Kernels card and you’ll get an extra 10% on the card (exp unknown)

Purchase $50 in gift cards for White Spot and get a $10 gift card to use in the New Year (exp 2nd January)

Spend $50 at L.L. Bean and get a free $10 gift card (exp 24th December 2013)

Purchase the Holiday Big Box at Pizza Hut and get a $10 Pizza Hut voucher free – make sure this one is in your order, ours was not (exp unknown)

Purchase $500 in Esso gift cards for only $475 at

Get a free sub when you buy a $25 gift card at Subway

Buy any SodaStream and get a $25 gift card for

Save 30% on Skype gift cards

Get a free $5 gift card when you spend $20 on gift cards at Yogurtys

Get a $20 money card with every $100 spent at West49

Purchase any device at Tria Beauty and get a free $25 gift card for Rent Frock Repeat with promo code

Get a free $10 gift card at Beyond The Rack on your first purchase with promo code

Make a purchase at Blue Nile and get gift cards based on your amount spent with promo code

Get a $10 gift card when you spend $40 on gift cards at The Children’s Place

Purchase a Bon Appetit gift card totally $25 or more and get a free Kelsey’s calendar with two $10 money cards inside

Purchase $50 in Milestones gift cards and get $10 in gift cards free

Get a free Whopper combo when you buy $25 in gift cards for Burger King

Costco always has great deals on gift cards including $74.99 for $100 worth of WaySpa gift cards, cheap Cineplex movie packages, restaurant gift cards and more.

Bargainmoosers, where would you like to see a gift card deal for?

Photo Credit: Patty Albertson

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December 2

Skype: 30% off Skype Gift Cards

Posted by on December 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Skype: 30% off Skype Gift Cards

Get 30% off Skype credit eGift Cards when you buy online.

If that link doesn’t directly link through to the promotion it can be found on the bottom right hand corner of Skype’s main page.

Skype credit allows you to keep in contact with friends and family members using Skype to call land lines or cell phones. They can also use Skype to access Wifi networks, send SMS messages, and make local, long distance, and international calls.

With the 30% off credit you can get good value for your purchase. It says you can purchase gift cards from $10 up to $200 but when I selected the gift card and made up a demo I could only select up to $75US. I’m not sure what I did wrong. I did demo a $60 US gift card and when I filled out the eGift card information the price of the card came down to $44.59.

The price is in USD; however, the gift card will be redeemed and exchanged in the recipient’s local currency.

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May 7

Learn a Language on the Cheap

Posted by on May 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Learn a Language on the Cheap

One of the more common New Years’ resolutions is to learn a new or different language. Although English is a pretty accessible language, it doesn’t get you everywhere, especially if you travel for business or travel for fun and like to explore different countries. Many people want to learn Spanish, French, Japanese, or even Chinese. As children, it is easy to learn languages but as we get older it can be increasingly difficult. According to this critical period is at around four months of age.

If you’ve missed that boat and are still interested in learning, here are a few tips to learn a different language on the cheap (or even for free).

#1. Take a Course

Many universities or local community centres usually offer a continuing education course that meets once or twice weekly for language lessons. Usually these are very reasonably priced, especially if you are doing it through a local community centre. Expect to pay around $120 for a course that spans three months. The great thing about taking a course is that you get to be connected to your community.

If you are over 60 or know someone who is, take advantage of the free language courses that are offered at the university. In certain universities in Canada, for anyone who is over 60 you have access to free university courses that are with credit. The downside to university classes is that they are usually offered during the day. Another reason to aim for early retirement! Learn a Language on the Cheap

#2. Immerse Yourself

Probably the most expensive way (but in a way cost effective) is to immerse yourself in the country that you want to be learning the language in. Language courses taken in the country of destination (especially if you are learning Spanish in Latin America for example) is intensive (expect Monday to Friday classes for a few hours each day) but you can expect to see quick results. Language courses in Peru, for example, can be about $100 USD a week (20 hours per week) depending on which language company you use. In addition, you may be able to choose an option to Home Stay with a family in order to immerse yourself even more and reinforce the learning you did at school. Although this is the most expensive option, it is the option that combines great memories, great adventures, and meeting people from a different country.

#3. Go Online

There are many ways that we can learn a different language online. For example, Rosetta Stone, long regarded as the leader in language do- it-yourself classes, costs about $300.  If you don’t want to spend that much money, there are many other websites that are available that are free or cost next to nothing (though you might not see the same results).

For example, a few online websites that help you learn are:

  • - It’s a free service and links you up with people from around the world who are interested in helping you with your language of choice. Some examples are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, and German. Busuu also has an app.
  • SkypeYes, Skype has a forum to exchange language learning and connect you with people from around the world.
  • LingQ - Another online community linking you to others around the globe to practice. The difference with this, is that they give you mp3 downloads of language lesson content. It’s free to sign up but beyond the basics, you’ll need to pay if you want to do more advanced stuff.

#4. Join a Meet-Up Group

A great way to solidify the information that you learned in your language course is to join a meet-up group.  If you don’t use it you lose it.   That adage rings true especially when it comes to languages.

Joining a meet-up group is free. Just go to and check for groups in your area. It is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and most importantly, practice the new language you have learned. Alternately, there may be options in your city to meet up with individuals who are interested in learning English in exchange for learning their language. Not only will you be learning a new language, you also get satisfaction in knowing that you are helping someone learn English.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to learn a new language. They say that a great way to approach “life” is to have the perspective that we should never stop learning. Research has shown that being able to interchange between two languages helps delay the onset of dementia by 4.3 years. It is great to want to take that first step in learning a new language. Therefore, despite the potential high cost of continuing to learn a new language, preventing the onset of dementia in the future can be priceless! Also, if you’re learning for business and to expand your professional career, that’s priceless too!

Bargainmoosers, do you have other tips on how to learn a new language on the cheap?

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June 10

Skype Special Offers

Posted by on June 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Skype Special Offers

I was just topping up my Skype credit, and noticed that there are a few special offers on their site just now. They’re worth pointing out to those of you Moosers who are regular Skype users.

First of all, if you take out unlimited subscriptions, you can get an instant discount. A 3 month sub gets you a 5% discount, and a 12 month sub gets you a 15% discount. For example, unlimited calls to the US & Canada, both landlines and mobiles, costs $2.99 per month – but this drops to $2.54 per month when you take the 12 month package.

Secondly, there’s a deal on online numbers for existing Skype subscribers. You can get an online number for up to half price. That would be $18 for 3 months, or $60 for a year.

Thirdly, sign up to Skype premium for a year, and get it for half price ($4.99 per month). I am seriously considering this as I want to host group video calls with my family members.

Lastly, you can get up to 60 minutes free credit when you buy some discounted accessories for Skype. Just note that these do ship to Canada, but they will be coming from the US. But many have free Canadian shipping!

Clare recently wrote a money-saving article about saving on your home phone bills, and Skype was one of the options there.

I’m a regular Skype user, it’s constantly running on my computer. I mostly use it for work, communicating with the other authors here on Bargainmoose, and to call family for free. I keep it topped up with call credit too though, as it is sometimes very handy to make a call from my computer, especially to international numbers as I work a lot between Canada and Ireland. If I called internationally from my home phone, I have no idea what I would be charged! Skype helps me keep that under control. Skype Special Offers

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May 11

How to Save Money on a Home Phone by using VoIP

Posted by on May 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on a Home Phone by using VoIP

Despite the booming telecommunications businesses (Telus, Shaw, Rogers, Bell) and the expansion of Internet services, many families still pay about the same amount for home phone services. How much does it cost? Roughly $40 a month on home phone, and it adds up to even more than this if you have call display, call forwarding, or voicemail (which are pretty much necessities, like… duh!). Oftentimes it is possible to bundle your home phone, Internet, and cable services for a discounted rate. Even with a bundle price, the monthly cost of home phone services can really add up.

How about: Ditch the Home Phone

Many young people nowadays don’t own a home phone and instead use cellular phones to communicate. This is what I currently do. This individualistic approach might not work for a family however, especially for families with teenagers who need to have hours and hours of phone time with their friends. It also doesn’t make sense for each person in the family to have a cell phone (this can surely add up).

How to Save Money on a Home Phone by using VoIPUse the Internet to your Advantage

In Canada, just about 82% of the population (Internet World Stats) is regularly connected to the Internet. That’s a LOT of Internet users.

With the onset of the Internet and super fast speeds, VoIP or, Voice Over IP (source: Wikipedia) has revolutionalised the telecommunications industry. No longer do you need to have a calling card to call long distance. With Gmail phone services (still free calling between United States and Canada a vice versa with a gmail account), Skype (very reasonable prices to call or free phone calls between Skype accounts), and applications for smart phones like Talkatone (utilization of the gmail phone for free calling within north america), you’re pretty much covered for all of your calling needs!

However, these VoIP services all seem to use smart phones or computers (with high speed internet access) to work. Oftentimes, these VoIP services do not provide a number for you.

For example, when you are dialing out with the gmail account, the receiver of your phone call sees a phone call originating from an obscure city/town- Escondido, California. I know that sometimes when I use Talkatone to dial my mother, she purposely doesn’t answer because she thinks it might be a telemarketer because of the random, seemingly long distance phone number that appears on her call display. Many families want a phone number they can give people and they want a voice mail. So how does one replace a home phone then?

VoIP Continues to Improve

Magic Jack

With Magic Jack (it can be purchased online, or can be purchased at Future Shop or Best Buy for $50 or so), you pay the one time cost of the handset and the installation fee.

After that, you pay the annual fee for Magic Jack for $20 or so.

With Magic Jack, you can now have a designated phone number to use (or even be able to transfer your current home phone number over with Magic Jack).

The only downside to the Magic Jack is that it depends on your Internet working well and you also need to connect the Magic Jack handset to your computer. Also, it currently does not work in the Quebec province. The other downside is that their website seems a bit spammy.

How to Save Money on a Home Phone by using VoIPSkype

With Skype, you now have the option of having a phone number attached to your Skype call as well for an annual fee of $60 per year (and this includes voice mail). This means that people can call you (and you can give them a number to call you at).

The downside with using Skype is that for calls to a phone number (versus a Skype account), the per minute charge is at least $0.02/minute to the United States, and because it is pay per use, it’s easy to lose track of how much you talked and how much the phone call will cost. Also, they charge a small connection fee for all long distance calls. It might be easier to budget for a regular expense (or better yet, no expense) instead.

If you don’t like the per minute idea, you can sign up for the monthly option- it’s $2.99 for unlimited calling to the United States or $13.99 per month world wide.

The good thing (or maybe it’s a bad thing, depending on your perspective!) about Skype is that once you have a Skype account and purchase Skype credits, it automatically deducts a set amount from your credit card should you run low on Skype credits. You’ll never have to “refill” it or go out and buy a phone card again. I set it to $15 credit and I never worry about being “low” on my credits. The $15 also lasts a long time for me too.

The Major Downside to VoIP Home Phone

The major downside to VoIP services is if the internet slows down or isn’t working well. This can often be the case especially if you have digital television (connected through the internet like what Shaw uses) running concurrently with your Internet.

It can be frustrating to say the least when you need to make an important phone call and your Internet isn’t working well enough for you to have a good connection. I’ve had this happen numerous times when I use Talkatone or Skype to make an important call.

In the end, it’s really your choice and preference what you prefer to use. Some people wound rather save the monthly home phone expense and they choose VoIP for their home phone needs, and others would rather cut back on other things in their budget in order to continue to have the home phone, because they see it is a necessity in family life that can’t be compromised by shoddy internet speeds.

Bargainmoosers, have you heard of VoIP or Magic Jack and Skype? Do you use VoIP instead of a home phone?

How to Save Money on a Home Phone by using VoIP

(Image credits: Pete Prodoehl, Kevinschoenmakers, VampzX_23, Ewan McIntosh)

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September 13

Canadian Freebies: Free Skype Credit

Posted by on September 13, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Canadian Freebies: Free Skype Credit

I was browsing through some Twitter peeps related to finance, and I saw a tweet from mymoneyblog that mentioned free Skype credit. Now, I am an avid user of Skype – it’s probably the most utilised program on my computer (Well, apart from Firefox)! So naturally, I signed up for this one right away.

They are apparently giving away a million vouchers for 30 minutes of free Skype credit, which you can use to call anywhere in the world.

The Skype landing page asks you to enter your email address, a security code, and just click submit. It then says you will receive a voucher for 30 minutes free credit within 3 days. I’ve only just filled out the form, so I am waiting on my free Skype credit voucher to arrive.

P.S. If you are as ignorant as me and had to google to see what Happy Eid was in reference to – it’s a Muslim religious festival.

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June 27

Skype: Get 16% Free Cashback On Your Call Credit! (TIP)

Posted by on June 27, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Skype: Get 16% Free Cashback On Your Call Credit! (TIP)

Here’s a tip for the Skype users. If you pay for Skype call credit or Skype subscriptions, you can save yourself a whopping 16.25% on those costs!! Dealguild Canada offers 16.25% cashback on any Skype purchases. You can read a bit more about it on the Dealguild site.

I have used this service a few times now. The cashback tracks in within a few days, and you can claim it once it is in your account, usually within a few months. It’s great because I’d be buying the Skype credit anyway, so getting 16% back is a real bonus! There are no charges or anything, you get the full 16% as cashback.

I make calls from my computer quite often, and Skype is really cheap to call other countries. Sometimes I have to call Europe or Australia because of my work, and the calls hardly cost anything! Every so often, I top up my Skype account with a few bucks, and always make sure I go through Dealguild first.

Thanks re-ality!

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