September 16

West Jet: Canada to England from $199 One-Way (EXPIRED)

Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

West Jet: Canada to England from $199 One Way (EXPIRED)

West Jet Canada now flies to Gatwick Airport in London, England! They are offering one-way flights from $199 including taxes depending on where you live in the country. For example, Toronto to London is just $249 including taxes.

While we do not normally do such individual flight deals here on Bargainmoose, London is a huge destination for Canadians as it was our ‘motherland’, and we still have the Queen as a figure head in Canadian politics (represented by the Governor General). In addition, a lot of Canadians are ex-pats from England. Given how amazing this deal is, I just could not resist mentioning it to my lovely Moosers!

Now, price depends upon where you live in Canada. Here is a breakdown of the deal from major cities in Canada that West Jet is providing this service to: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 16

Sears Canada: Up to 75% off Luggage – From $24 (EXPIRED)

Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Sears Canada: Up to 75% off Luggage   From $24 (EXPIRED)

Today only, receive up to 75% off luggage at Sears Canada. This sale is pretty hot with many popular brands including Heys, Samsonite, Swiss Gear, and more. Receive free shipping on orders of $49 or more. Alternatively, you can get any order shipped to your local Sears Outlet for free.

Luggage is only worth buying when it goes on sale, therefore I like to share hot luggage deals with you when I can. My favourite deal of the sale is on the Heys Karim Rashid 21″ Supernova Upright Spinner. Originally $246.99, this Heys luggage is now on sale for $86.44. This is the first 21″ spinner from Heys that I have seen below $90. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13

Best Buy Canada: $580 Off Delsey 3-PC Extreme Lite Luggage Set – $200 TODAY ONLY

Posted by on September 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Best Buy Canada: $580 Off Delsey 3 PC Extreme Lite Luggage Set   $200 TODAY ONLY

Best Buy frequently discounts luggage sets but this one is a particular hot deal because it’s very lightweight. Today only, you can save $580 on the Delsey 3-pc extreme lite 4-wheeled luggage set and get it for just $199.99 (reg. $779.99). Shipping is free as well.

Usually, just one piece of Delsey luggage is sold for about $150, as you can see with the Delsey Helium Breeze at Hudson’s Bay or even, the 2-pc Delsey helium extreme lite that I found at for $360. So the fact that you’re getting 3 extremely light Delsey luggage pieces at Best Buy for a combined price of just $200 is actually pretty incredible. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 12

How to Save Money at Universal Studios

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

How to Save Money at Universal Studios

Universal Studios theme park has a location in both Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida.  As a kid, I was lucky enough to have gone to both.  It is often the quintessential addition to a trip to Disneyland (especially since they are both in the same locations).  A day at Universal Studios, the ultimate Hollywood experience, doesn’t come cheap though.  The usual price of a one day pass to Universal Studios is $99 US Dollars and $199 US Dollars for a Front of Line ticket.  With the poor conversion rate, it is even more expensive for us Canadians.  A trip with your family can add up to hundreds of dollars very quickly, and that does not include the flight or the accommodation.

Despite the high cost, it’s a great place to visit and there are indeed small ways that you can save that will pay off big time for your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Studios Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21

Entertainment Book Promo Code: All Books Now $5.60 + Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Entertainment Book Promo Code: All Books Now $5.60 + Shipping (EXPIRED)

I know you’ve all heard about Entertainment Books by now as we’ve blogged their deals a few times. If you haven’t bought one by now, this deal might seal your fate because it is the lowest price I’ve seen on Entertainment books. Just think, you still have quite a few more months to use it as well. They are on sale for only $8, but you can use the coupon code below to get another 30% off, bringing your total down to $5.60USD.

Click here to shop @ now

  • Coupon Code: SECRET30
  • Discount: 30% off
  • Expiry: 26th July 2015

Unfortunately for us in Canada, we have to pay shipping, which is $4.99, so the total for the book is $10.59. Considering the books selling January for $35, you are still getting a killer deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 6

Insulated Collapsible Picnic Basket Was $52 | Now $19 With Coupon Code & Free Shipping @

Posted by on July 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Insulated Collapsible Picnic Basket Was $52 | Now $19 With Coupon Code & Free Shipping @

Picnics and spending time outside is a big part of summertime. Get ready for your next adventure with this fun insulated collapsible picnic basket. Valued at $52, this basket is on sale @ Wagjag for $24. Use our exclusive coupon code MOOSE5 to receive an extra $5 off your order. That brings your total to only $19 including free shipping!

Everyone loves a picnic and with this bag, you can be ready on a moment’s notice. Check out this fully collapsible picnic basket over at Wagjag. This bag has an aluminium frame and is lined on the inside. That lining helps keep cold foods cold but also keeps hot foods hotter. While I am not thinking too much about hot food right now, a sleek little bag like this can be just as handy in the wintertime for a potluck as it is in summer for a picnic. The top seals with a zipper keeping either the cold or the warm food protected. Once you eat all of your delicious munchies, the bag folds down making it easy to store and much slimmer than your average bulky cooler bag. This bag is the perfect size for a family day out, and clocks in at the following dimensions: 35cm width x 30cm length x 15cm height.

You also have four different colour options including:

  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Red

At Bed Bath and Beyond Canada, I found an insulated picnic tote for $29.99. At I found several options, but the cheapest one that is fully insulated clocks in at $43.72. is selling a similar insulated bag for $55. Most of the other places I found these bags are now out of stock. The season on these bags is coming to a close even though they still have plenty of uses in wintertime.

One of my teacher friends has a bag very similar to this that she received from a thoughtful parent. It so far has been the perfect size to hold lunch and snacks for a family enjoying a day at the beach or at an amusement park. This basket slides over your arm, making it much easier to tote along than your typical cooler. The frame always kept her food from ending up squished, unlike my watermelon that became juice in my bag. If you like to make gift baskets, this is an excellent way to throw together a nice little present. This would be lovely full of food for a new mom, or as a present for the hockey family who is always on the go.

Go ahead and pick out your favourite colour. If you are ordering more than one basket, I recommend placing separate orders so you can use the coupon code more than once since shipping is free.

Image Credit: Jessica Lucia

(Expiry: 8th July 2015)

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July 1

Samsonite Tech Series Spinner 3 Piece Set Luggage Set Was $951 | Now $300 & Free Shipping @ Hudson’s Bay (EXPIRED)

Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Samsonite Tech Series Spinner 3 Piece Set Luggage Set Was $951 | Now $300 & Free Shipping @ Hudson’s Bay (EXPIRED)

Best Buy Canada has put a huge discount today on a beautiful set of luggage – check out the Samsonite Tech Series Spinner 3 piece set. This set that clocks in at originally $950.99 is now only $299.99. That saves you 69% off the original price tag, and it will ship to you completely free.

High quality luggage can be a dream when you are traveling, but the price tag that comes along with it often is a nightmare. Luckily we have spied a great deal today on a high quality trio of luggage from Samsonite that will make your next trip easy peasy, at least for the packing part. You can pick between four different colours including:

  • Red
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Blue

This luggage has that fabulous design where the wheels spin 360 degrees no matter which way you have go. This is particularly helpful when you need to run to chase your gate, when you have to navigate crowds with multiple luggage pieces, or to help make it easier to move when you have a small or just a defiant child. The set also includes a polycarbonate shell, zippered internal compartments and mounted TSA compliant locks. A warranty of one year is also included.

I have travelled with both the straight-wheeled suitcases and the 360-degree rotating spinner suitcases, and the ability to move your suitcase quickly in any direction makes travel a million times easier. This set includes the following sizes:

  • 20 inch suitcase: 19.5″ x 9″ x 13.5″
  • 24 inch suitcase (expandable) 23.5″ x 10.5″ x 17″
  • 28 inch suitcase (expandable) – 27.25″ x 12.5″ x 19.75″

I did find a few similar sets on the market. Hudson’s Bay is trying to edge out the competition by placing the exclusive Samsonite Saturn three-piece luggage set on sale for $329. This Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion three-piece luggage set at seems to be similar and it is selling for $450. Staples Canada has the Samsonite Winfield 2 Three Piece Spinner Luggage Set. This set is only in stock in the colour slate blue and is $540.

Most of the reviews include lots of love for this set:

It is really a great set. beautiful colour and light weight. I can’t describe how I love it

Here is a second happy traveller:

Very strong and reliable so far. The wheels are great and the set looks very nice! Lots of space too Samsonite Tech Series Spinner 3 Piece Set Luggage Set Was $951 | Now $300 & Free Shipping @ Hudson’s Bay (EXPIRED)

This luggage set is a solid buy and will keep you moving through the airport. If I were ready for a new set of luggage, this set in red would be on my list. Samsonite luggage keeps up for the long haul.

(Expiry: 2nd July 2015)

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June 30

Darien Lake Theme Park (Near Niagara, NY): Up to 58% off @ Wagjag Canada! (Tickets from $24)

Posted by on June 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Darien Lake Theme Park (Near Niagara, NY): Up to 58% off @ Wagjag Canada! (Tickets from $24)

If you are planning a trip to the Niagara region at all this summer and you have a passport, you need to check out the awesome Darien Lake Theme Park Resort located in New York. Right now, you can score tickets for up to 58% off. Remember to use our exclusive coupon code MOOSE5 to save an extra $5 off your Wagjag purchase!

This is a stellar travel deal Bargainmoosers, that you absolutely have to take advantage of if you plan to be around the Niagara region with a car. If you are not familiar, Darien Lake is a fun theme and water park located between Buffalo, New York and Rochester, New York. If you are traveling in the area at all this summer, this is a deal you should grab. You have four different ticket options that all give admission to both the theme park and the Splashtown water park. The best deal is tickets for four for a one-time visit, but by using our coupon code you could easily round out your deal with a few extra tickets and the prices are very close in value. If you live close, the season pass deal is fantastic.

  • One general admission ticket (valued at $55.20) On sale for $29 – Now $24
  • Two general admission tickets (valued at $110.40) On sale for $55 – Now $50
  • Four general admission tickets (valued at $220.80) On sale for $99 – Now $94
  • 2015 Season Pass (valued at $90) On sale for $59 – Now $54

Your admission tickets are good through the end of the season. Darien Lake is open seven days a week through September 7th and weekends only with non-peak hours through the rest of September. You can check out the full operating schedule on the Darien Lake website.

If you are debating if you should take yourself or your family up to Darien Lake, check out some of the reviews on Trip Advisor. Make sure you scroll down as there are a bunch of mixed reviews as I would expect with any theme park (perhaps with the exception of Disney!). Several reviewers commented about being unhappy with the food prices and options. You may want to consider bringing a cooler for lunch and picking up snacks only in the park. Here is one of the happier reviews who seemed to have a great time.

Spent the past weekend at Darien Lake with my family, what an amazing time. We stayed at the Lodge on the Lake which we quite enjoyed. Loved the Ignite the Night show…. Really enjoyed the waterpark….the new brain drain ride was great! Rides were tons of fun…something for everyone!

Many people are buying this deal on Wagjag today. Though there is a bit of time left on this deal, I suspect it will sell out much quicker than the expiry, as currently over 500 people have bought this deal. I saw a similar attraction sell out just yesterday with that had about the same amount of sales. Here is a video of the newest water ride, Brain Drain!

(Expiry: June 6th 2015)

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June 2

Lonely Planet Coupon Code: Buy One, Get One Free On All City Guides

Posted by on June 2, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Lonely Planet Coupon Code: Buy One, Get One Free On All City Guides

Going somewhere? Take me please! If you plan on seeing a few cities this summer, you might want a guide along with you. No, I don’t mean me, I mean a Lonely Planet city guide. Right now they’ve got a terrific offer on, getting you a free city guide when you buy another using the coupon code. Click through the link below and you’ll be taken to the spot where it says city guides (as the other guides are not included).

Click here to shop @ now

  • Coupon Code: CITY241
  • Discount: Buy one, get one free
  • Expiry: 5th June 2015 (5pm EST)

If you want the actual hardcover book, they ship from the U.S., so you’ll see additional duties and shipping costs. But, you can take a different route and get the ebook or PDF chapters. The PDF chapters are not buy one, get one free, so you are better off to do the ebooks, which are actually also your cheapest option, since they are on sale too!

There are different formats of ebook like EPUB, MOBI and PDF, so you have your choice based on your reader. I think this is so much a better option than a traditional book, as you can take it with you right on your phone or tablet, which means you have less to carry. You can find the section you want much easier as well.

There are quite a few cities available and one that I’ve actually read and found super helpful is the San Francisco guidebook. I wrote this article, as well, about my trip, so I hope it also can save you some money. The ebook was regularly $21.99 and is now $15.39. I have to say that if you haven’t been, it is one city you’ll want to see. I would go back again and again and it is probably my most favourite city in the world and I’ve been to quite a few!

Another city that I have visited and loved is London. While the smell took me a bit to get used to, it is a very historic city with so much history. I would definitely go back and take the London city guidebook with me. It has the same pricing as the San Francisco guidebook, so basically, you’ll pay $15.39 for two guidebooks.

Bargainmoosers, where are you heading on your next city trip?

Photo credit: Eva Webster

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May 20

Get a Free Dining Plan @ Disney World On Select Dates

Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Get a Free Dining Plan @ Disney World On Select Dates

Planning on visiting Disney World or feeling like you need a deal to do so? Disney has a really great deal on that might have you wanting to book that flight! If you book a 6 night/ 7 day undiscounted package, including room and tickets, you’ll be rewarded with a free dining plan! Basically you’ll pay for lodging and fun and Disney will pay for the food.

I am totally craving going to Disney World. I want to take my kids before they get too much older, although I know Disney World is fun for all ages. My husband is not huge on crowds so he’s been giving me the push back on that type of trip, but did promise the next family trip would be some kind of family fun and I know my kids would pick Disney.

Depending on the level of hotel you choose, that will determine what sort of free meal plan you will get. So for example, if you want to do this as inexpensively as possible and choose a Disney Value Resort, you’ll get the quick service meal plan free. Quick service is the fast food type option, but there are so many restaurants to choose from. If you choose from either the moderate, deluxe or deluxe villa restaurants, you’ll get the regular dining plan. You can find more about dining plans here.

I don’t have a set amount on what each dining plan is worth, as it looks like they sort of include them with buying your tickets and such, but if you can imagine what it will cost your family of however many to eat each day at restaurants, you know it will add up! Not having to worry about paying for food when you are trying to have fun is definitely worth its weight in dollars!

There are select dates that this deal is valid for, which include most dates from August until December 21st. I would also assume this time of year is a slower time for Disney with most people wanting to get into the swing of the new school year and being super busy before Christmas.

(Expiry: 7th August 2015)

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April 25

How to Save Money on your Next Trip to Las Vegas

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on your Next Trip to Las Vegas

Las Vegas is also known as Sin City, and for good reason.  I have been to Las Vegas a few times and each time I go, it strikes me as somewhat analogous to a Disneyland for grown ups.  I have had some trips where I spent very little (and even managed to win back the cost of my flight on BlackJack) and where I have spent more than I would have liked.  It is very easy to spend a lot of money (quickly) in Las Vegas, especially if you like to try your luck.

Here are some ways to save money on your next trip to Las Vegas, and hopefully Lady Luck will be on your side:

Stay for Cheap

One way to save money on accommodation in Las Vegas is to buy a package with a flight and accommodation.  However, if you prefer to book separately, make sure you check the usual suspects, such, and Priceline to get a good deal on a flight and vacation package.   I also find Westjet vacations to be another source of good vacation packages.

Go When No One Else is Going

According to Buzzfeed, the non-peak months to head to Vegas are July and August (makes sense because it is over 40 degrees outside, I can attest to that because I went during August) and mid-December.   I recall going to Las Vegas during the Christmas/ holiday season and hotel accommodation was quite reasonable at that time.  It also makes sense because most people are spending time with their family rather than partying it up.  In addition, when you choose to visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (typical slow days) you don’t have to pay as much in accommodation room costs.  When I mean as much, I mean usually double on the weekends!

Also, Yahoo recommends that you check out the Las Vegas Convention Centre to see if there is a convention going on. If there is, avoid this time because hotel costs are going to be expensive!

Fly Out from the United States if Possible

One way to save money is to fly from the United States.  If you live in a city near the border (like many cities in Canada) and if you leave from the United States, you can save upwards of $100-$200 on your flight to Las Vegas.  Some discount airlines, like Allegiant Air provide flight service for a steep discount.  However, just make sure that your carry-on baggage complies with the baggage rules.  Otherwise, you’ll have to pay extra per baggage, unfortunately.

Save Money on Entertainment

Another way to save money on something that is quintessential to Las Vegas (and everyone enjoys) is to check out a show or movie or two using TIX4TONIGHT.  They are usually in a yellow booth on the strip somewhere.  On average, the savings are about 50% of the regular price of the ticket.  The only caveat is that you have to be ready to watch the show that evening (hence the title Tickets 4 Tonight) and there’s usually a bit of a line up as well.

Of course, don’t forget the Bellagio fountain show.  That’s absolutely free and it’s beautiful to watch.

Don’t Buy any Drinks

Another way to save money while in Vegas is to avoid paying for drinks.  The great thing about Las Vegas is that when you sit down at a slot machine or when you’re at the Blackjack table, when they offer you free drinks, it is ACTUALLY free. So don’t buy any alcohol or drinks. The only thing you would have to do is to tip the server $1 to $2 per drink when they bring you your drink.  Much cheaper than the $14 I once paid for a drink by the Venetian pool.

There you have it, hopefully these tips will help you save some more money on your next trip to Las Vegas, so you get to spend the money on things that truly matter (like the delicious lunch buffets that Las Vegas has to offer, for example!).  Just remember to gamble safely, and only bring an amount to the gambling table what you are comfortable losing.

Bargainmoosers, what are your favourite ways to save money in Sin City?

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn

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April 5

How to Save Money on Hawaii

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

How to Save Money on Hawaii

Undoubtedly, Hawaii is one of my favourite travel destinations.  What more can you ask for on a vacation? Safe, warm, easy to communicate (for example, you don’t have to spend precious minutes trying to ask someone where the bathroom is in a foreign language), sunny, relaxing, beautiful, and lots of different things to do for everyone.  The only downside to Hawaii is that it is not usually considered a frugal or cheap destination (we think of Mexico or Cuba as fitting that statement more so).

I have spent anywhere from five to twelve days in Hawaii, and of course, each time I feel like it is not enough!  On the last trip I was able to go to two different islands over twelve days and spent $1500 on the entire trip (including flight, accommodation, food, car rental, and activities).  Not too shabby considering that would be how much one would pay for a trip to Mexico for seven days, let alone an extra five days.

Here are some tips on how you can make your Hawaiian vacation a dream come true:

Get a Discounted Flight

Instead of paying $700-800 for a flight for a flight from the west coast of Canada to the Hawaiian islands, I was able to book during a seat sale.  When Air Canada has a seat sale, West Jet usually falls closely in pursuit… and vice versa.  Check out Bargainmoose’s website regularly for Air Canada promo and coupon codes and seat sales.  I was able to get 20% off my one way flight from YVR to Kauai on West Jet, and on the way back, I was able to book a one way flight from Honolulu to YVR with 20% off as well.  For both flights I paid a total of $540.  Of course, a trip to Hawaii from the East coast is not as economical as flying from the west coast, but you should check out Eva’s blog post about direct flights from Toronto to Hawaii.

Opt for Accommodation with a Kitchen

Instead of booking a $250/night hotel or condo, I scoured and for accommodation with a kitchenette.  This allowed us to save money on breakfast each day and save money on some lunches (a bagel, cream cheese and fruit was a great lunch for our hike) as we were able to buy something at the grocery store.

Save Money on your Car Rental

Book your car rental ahead of time.  If you have an eligible credit card (check the booklet that you received when you first obtained your credit card) you should be eligible for rental car insurance, in which case you can gracefully decline their offer of added protection via car rental insurance.  In addition, if you have a credit card with points, you can check to see if some of those points can be used for your car rental.  If you are staying in Waikiki, don’t rent a car for your entire stay, you only need the car a few times and try not to rent it on consecutive days (so that you don’t have to pay $20 a night for parking).

Look for Free or Frugal Things to Do in Hawaii

Of course, reading a book on the beach is free.  Walking around on the Waikiki strip is free (and fun to people watch).  If you’re stuck for fun and free things to do, check out’s list of 101 free things to do in Hawaii.  If you are keen on going to do lots of activities (and have the energy) one way to save money while you are in Oahu is to get the Go Oahu card.  The only caveat is that you should plan ahead and book ahead to ensure that you maximize the card.  For a flat fee for the card you can get access to a ton of activities and attractions.  Another way to save money is to scour the “This Week in Oahu” (or whichever island) for coupons.  There are usually coupons for fun activities for cheap and even some coupons for meals (I got a plate of free gyoza when I sat down for some ramen) with a coupon book right outside the ramen shop!

Don’t forget, you can satisfy your wanderlust and keep an eye out for some amazing travel deals on the Bargainmoose site.

Bargainmoosers, which is your favourite Hawaiian island to go to?  What are some ways you save money in Hawaii?

Photo credit: Justin De La Ornellas

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April 5

Walmart Canada: 6-Pc Purple JetStream Luggage Set Just $39! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Walmart Canada: 6 Pc Purple JetStream Luggage Set Just $39! (EXPIRED)

Planning to get away? The JetStream 6-piece luggage set in purple is just $39 at Walmart right now! Shipping is also currently free but not for long, so make sure to take advantage of it while you still can!

I’m sure that many of you are weary of paying such a low price for a luggage set but here’s a pretty convincing review:

For the price I paid, this is an AWESOME set of luggage!!

Not only that, but this luggage set has a total of 9 reviews and all of them range from 4 to 5 stars! Here’s another review:

Seems sturdy, lasted one trip so far, good purple colour. The price is great. Can’t fault it for the price.

It comes with:

  • 26″ upright suitcase
  • 26″ wheeled duffle bag
  • 20″ upright suitcase
  • 19″ laundry bag
  • 15″ tote bag
  • 9″ toiletry kit

With the exception of the laundry bag, all of the pieces are made with top and side handles that feature reinforced stitching.

If we break down this luggage set by price, then it comes down to just $6.50 per piece. Most people tend to get dark-coloured or more specifically, black luggage sets, but if you have ever travelled, then you will know just how hard it can be to spot your luggage. It’s best to have a colour that more easily stands out, so that you can just quickly grab and be on your way!

The only issue is that Walmart doesn’t list the weight of each suitcase. This is a major factor when selecting luggage as the heavier it is, the less you can put in it but in any case, the amazing price does negate this little factor.

There aren’t very many left but you could also get the Travelway JetStream 3-pc luggage set for just $32 instead. The purple one is already sold out but you could get the black one while supplies last.


Shipping is also currently free but since Walmart is in the midst of changing their free shipping minimum from $0 to $50, then a shipping charge may be applied at any moment. If you see a shipping fee for these suitcases, then you will only be missing $11 to qualify for free shipping, so my advice is that you get a filler item. Walmart is so versatile that you could add anything from Easter chocolate to toiletries and much more. Check out the clearance and rollback sections for inspiration on what you might need for your household. Alternatively, you could have this luggage set shipped for free to your local store or to your nearest Canada post location. Having it shipped to your nearest Canada Post location would definitely be the best decision in that case.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 27

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

We all love to travel but with the higher cost of traveling and the higher US dollar, traveling is a lot more expensive than it used to be.  Additionally, over time, hotel prices have gone up (they call it hotel inflation).  This was especially noticeable on my last trip to Hawaii.  I was last there only a few years ago and prices for hotel rooms went up by 25% (from my observation and estimation) at least for the same time period of travel in the year (peak season).  Now this increase in hotel price didn’t make me want to jump and buy a time share or anything, but it did make me think twice about finding ways to save money on our accommodation.

Here are some ways in which you can save money on your next hotel booking:

It Pays to be Loyal

Signing up for hotel loyalty points is a great way to look for bargains or deals on a hotel room.  Sometimes when you sign up they give you a signing bonus (this is for credit cards usually) and you will then receive points on top of the points you spent staying there.  With these points you usually have enough points for at least one night.  Some card to look into are the SPG American Express (you get 20,000 SPG points when you sign up) and the Marriott Chase Visa.

Book Directly

The hotel that you’re planning to book through pays the flight aggregators (like,, these websites takes a portion of the fee that you’re paying to the hotel when you book.  Instead of booking online, you can call the hotel and book directly.  All it takes is a phone call and an assertive, but not overbearing attitude and then voila, you will get a discount or some sort of incentive for your time.  This is because instead of paying the website, the hotels would rather give you discount and skip the middle man.

Apartments may be the Way to Go

Another way to save money especially if you are traveling with a group (for example, you need more than one bedroom) is to book a condo.  Airbnb,, Home Away… all of these are great condo options and most of them provide a small kitchen  for you to cook in to save even more money while traveling.  Definitely a win-win situation (cheaper rent for you and rental income for them)…that is, as long as you and the people you are traveling with get along.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Finally, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  Personally, I do this a lot whenever I check-in and it usually works most of the time (yes, I know, I’m shameless!).  Ask the front desk staff to see if they can offer you anything to upgrade your room.  Sometimes its just a room on a higher floor, other times, it can be an ocean view room (like in the case when I went to Hawaii!).  Sometimes if you say its a special occasion the front desk staff will be accommodating.  It surely doesn’t hurt to ask and the worst thing they can do is say no.  Most front desk staff don’t mind being asked… and frankly, I think they enjoy that power to that they wield to improve your vacation if they have the means to.

Book it Like You Mean Business

According to Lifehacker, one great way of saving money on your next hotel booking is to book hotels in the business district of a city you’re looking at during the weekend, and book hotels that are in the more “touristy” area during the weekday.

Basically if you go against the crowd, like most things in life, for example, even the stock market (buy when the people are fearful) you will save money.  Classic supply and demand scenario.  You can make that work for you in a good way.

There you go, hopefully these five strategies help you save money on the hotel portion of your next vacation out of the country.  Some of them are easier to implement than the others, hopefully they will help you save some money on your next hotel booking.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips and tricks that work well when you book your hotel for your vacation?

Photo credit: L’hotel di sale

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March 2

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Mountain Equipment Co-op discounted their ever-popular Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack from $145 down to $81. As MEC offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more, this travel pack will ship for free.

This travel pack is just what you need for backpacking across Europe or any other fun adventure you have planned. I would love to forget the suitcase and just use this travel pack for a couple weeks’ vacation in Iceland. Iceland is not a country you want to haul a suitcase around, as it requires a fair bit of walking.

This Supercontinent travel pack has all the features you need as a backpacker. The travel pack is made with a plastic framesheet, aluminum stay, and contoured, padded shoulder straps with hipbelt. The air dot foam back panel covered in mesh promotes air circulation and comfort.

There are two different sizes of travel pack but the price remains the same. Choose from Short/Standard or Standard/Long depending upon your torso length. The main vertical front pocket unzips to expand bellows-style. This feature gives you extra capacity when you need it and a lower profile when you do not need as much space. For the short/standard pack, you receive an extra 8L space and for the standard/long you receive an extra 11L of space.

The Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack has a luggage mode where a cover zips over the harnesses and there is carrying handles. A reviewer commended the backpack’s ability to unzip all the way down, like a suitcase. She said it was one of the best features and comes in very handy when backpacking. Here is an excerpt from another review:

I used this bag for travelling through Europe (2 weeks) and Cuba (2 weeks). The bag was great for moving from one place to another, fits well on my back and it is very comfortable. the side straps are very useful to keep your bag tight; I have taken 6 flights already with this back and always took it as carry on, no complaint from the airlines.

Some reviewers were concerned that the pack might be too long for carry-on, but the above reviewer has had no problems. If you are concerned about length, then purchase the short/standard sized pack.

The pack comes in Sherwood (green) or midnight blue. Both colours are on sale and still in stock as of this post.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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