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Birthday Freebies in Canada

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Looking for meal deals to celebrate a birthday, special birthday coupons or birthday freebies in Canada? Check out this list for birthday deals and birthday freebies in Canada to find something special for yourself or a loved one!

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Newborn and Baby Freebies in Canada

Posted on: March 21, 2014

If you’re expecting, or have recently given birth to your beautiful bundle (congratulations!), you’re likely already realizing how expensive feeding, changing and clothing your new little bundle of joy is going to be – it’s all worth it, but extra savings can always help! I’ve started a list here of how and where to get newborn …

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Canadian Beef and Canada Safeway – Tips Straight From the Source

Posted on: February 6, 2013

I recently was asked by Canadian Beef and Canada Safeway to partake in a site visit at Canada Safeway to learn more about Canadian beef products and how Safeway supports the beefing industry in Canada. Doing this one was a fun and easy opportunity for me to accept. I love meeting with my local butcher to talk about weekly sales and …

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Video Game Trade-in

Posted on: January 30, 2013

If your kids (or you) love your video games, but not the cost associated with buying new versions / games each year, you might want to look into the various game trade-in programs at electronic stores in Canada. Future Shop, EB Games, Best Buy, The Source (Trade-Up and Save program) and probably others all have trade-in …

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Top 5 Ways to Save Money Toy Shopping This Holiday Season

Posted on: November 5, 2012

If your kids are like mine, their Christmas list for this year started pretty much right after Christmas last year (okay, maybe a week or so after) and the excitement for the big day is starting to build with every Christmas carol they hear (already!) and decoration they see going up. And if you’re like …

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Back to School Shopping Strategies

Posted on: August 19, 2012

It’s August and back-to-school sales are in full-tilt. Visa Canada reports that Canadians plan to spend an average of $677 on back-to-school shopping this year, much of it online. Mother of a Deal shares a few tips on how to make your back-to-school shopping trip, whether online or at a bricks and mortar location, an …

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Buying What’s in Season

Posted on: July 19, 2012

With summer in full swing there are so many fruits and veggies in season and knowing what comes when will help you keep grocery costs down … especially if you don’t mind freezing. Lots of summer berries make for great frozen treats, whether whole or pureed for future use. Veggies can also be frozen for …

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Staycations = Summer Fun and Savings for Families

Posted on: June 28, 2012

Let’s face it moms, finding fun for the summer holidays can start to add up. But with a little planning, and bringing the kids in on it, a summer holiday in your own city can be exciting, fun (even educational) and very, very cheap! So, we’re making a pact this year to take time to …

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Tourism Associations = Savings

Posted on: June 25, 2012

If you’re planning a staycation this summer, or travelling to visit friends and family across Canada, be sure and check your destination’s official “tourism” site. Many of them offer coupons and savings for accommodation and attractions in their area. Some of the ones we found with a quick search include: Calgary Attractions – Up to …

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Saving on Your Family Road Trip

Posted on: June 12, 2012

Road trips are a huge part of summer family fun. Whether it’s a smaller day trip or a few weeks holiday, costs can often escalate quickly in the name of enjoyment, especially when there are kids in tow. With a little bit of preparation, road trips really can be an inexpensive way to enjoy time …

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Speed Test Your Internet Service Provider!

Posted on: May 28, 2012

Ever think that your internet service is sluggish and slow? Well I did, and struggled with the frustration of trying to create posts with a super slow internet, how slow exactly? Well, after finally contacting my internet service provider (Telus), it turns out it was running at a fraction of the speed I was paying …

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10 Fun and Practical Ways to Reuse an Old T-shirt

Posted on: April 17, 2012

April, time for spring cleaning and celebrating Earth Day … these handy and fun ways to reuse your old t-shirts will help with both and even better, they’ll help save you some money too. A few of these require you to know your way around a sewing machine but we’ve found great instructions and there’s …

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Receipts Can = Free Stuff

Posted on: April 4, 2012

Other than keeping your receipts for possible returns and / or warranty issues did you know that many offer all sorts of goodies if you flip them over and check the back? A few examples: McDonald’s offers a FREE medium fries or side salad and medium soft drink with the purchase of a large sandwich when …

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Coupon Sites in Canada (new Month = New Coupons)

Posted on: April 2, 2012

A new month often brings NEW coupons from some of our favorite online coupon sites so be sure and do a quick scan! Coupon clipping has changed a bit since we were kids. Remember helping Mom clip the weekly coupons and sort and stash them? And while it was fun as a kid one can only …

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Free Photo Deals

Posted on: March 26, 2012

If you’re looking to unload your camera memory cards but also want to save some money, there are some FREE offers out there to take advantage of that are worth checking out. We’ve rounded up active deals we’ve found happening now, as always please feel free to leave a comment if you know of more. – …

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Christmas Tree Coupons

Posted on: December 3, 2011

If you’re heading out to get a Christmas tree this weekend you might be interested in one of these deals: Until December 7th, Home Depot is offering a $25 coupon towards your purchase of $100 or more when you purchase any fresh cut Christmas tree. Click here for details. IKEA also has a great deal, …

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Let’s Talk Turkey (prices)

Posted on: September 30, 2011

Just browsed the grocery flyers for the week ahead and it looks as though you should not be paying more than around 99¢ per pound for your Thanksgiving turkey (frozen, Grade A). You could also head to your local Safeway Tuesday, October 4th and get an additional 10% off during their Customer Appreciation day (minimum $35 purchase). You can …

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Air Miles = Free Summer Family Fun!

Posted on: August 5, 2011

If you’re like me, you might only think of your Air Miles points when planning an away vacation, not for a stay-cation in your own town. Well, as it turns out, there are plenty of savings to by had by redeeming Air Miles points for parks and attractions in Canada and the redemption amounts are …

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Posted on: August 3, 2011

If you check the site map you’ll see a section called “brand coupon portals” these links will take you to various brand sites for coupons but the coupons will be sent via Websaver. Right now there are coupons for Maybelline, French’s, Krino’s and Kelloggs available in this “hidden” section.

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Transfer Your Prescriptions to Save (bc)

Posted on: June 17, 2011

A couple of flyers have circulated that caught my attention for the potential savings they could amount to. Superstore in BC is offering 4% of your total prescription price in Superbucks rewards that are redeemable towards the purchase of most items in store (up to a value of $99.99 per coupon). Plus you can receive …

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Scanning Code of Practice

Posted on: June 14, 2011

While shopping at Superstore the other week an item I was purchasing was scanned at a price that I distinctly recalled had been labelled at a lower price. When I pointed this out to the cashier the price was checked and I then received the item ($7 value) for free. This is referred to as the Scanner Price Accuracy Voluntary …

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Extreme Couponing with Kids

Posted on: April 2, 2011

Came across this great article on Facebook from BlogHer about bringing your kids into the loop when it comes to saving money on groceries and other household necessities – Extreme Couponing with Kids. The content is US-based but it applies just as well in Canada. Lots more tips to explore on the site about “extreme …

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Eating Healthy on A Budget (guest Post)

Posted on: March 10, 2011

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive! The truth is it can actually save you money! Here are some ideas to eat healthy while sticking to your budget: 1. Make A Plan! Come up with some meal ideas for the week. Make a shopping list based on those meals and then stick to the list! …

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Groupon Your Travel Destination

Posted on: October 5, 2010

We’re in the process of planning a little family getaway in the new year and being the penny pinching Mom I am was looking at ways to save money when the thought struck me to sign up for the Groupon deals to our destination city. They service fabulous tourist destinations like Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, …

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Computer Back Up

Posted on: September 21, 2010

This money saving tip, sadly, comes from experience. As the days are getting shorter and homework is starting to come in, your family is probably spending a lot more time on the computer than you did in the summer, and now’s a perfect time to look at how to back-up your computer hard drive. Losing your …

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Posted on: September 2, 2010

If you own a Visa card, before you head out on your next shopping trip, or book your next vacation, check the website. There are some great savings to be had with coupon vouchers for in-store use and coupon codes for online shopping. Some good deal examples we found include; $50 off each nights stay …

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Outlet Stores

Posted on: August 15, 2010

Outlet stores are a great place to save money, often the product is from previous seasons or just overstock a store needs to get rid of. If you don’t mind last season’s colour, you can really save big shopping at an outlet store. If you’re in the Lower Mainland area, we’ve put together a fabulous …

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Plant Deals

Posted on: August 4, 2010

If you’d like to add a few more annuals or perennials to your garden this summer, now’s a great time to grab some deals. Walmart, Superstore, Home Depot and many of the other big chains are starting to clear out their summer stock and have 50% off or more on plants. Many of the smaller seasonal …

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Kids Eat Free

Posted on: July 11, 2010

If you have kids, eating out as a family can be quite expensive. We’ve compiled a list for you of Kids Eat FREE (or nearly free) promotions in Canada. Please check each link to ensure deals are still running and to check ages and other possible restrictions (most FREE kids meals are with the purchase of an adult entree). Note: This list …

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Us Online Shopping

Posted on: July 8, 2010

Love browsing US shopping sites, but scared of the cross border shipping fees, or lack of shipping to Canada? If you’re in the Lower Mainland you may want to check out places like Hagens of Blaine and Pacific Mail and Parcel in Blaine. They are parcel service centres and can accept and hold your packages for …

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Washington State Hst Tax Exemption Update!

Posted on: July 1, 2010

Please note, the exemption to retail sales tax in Washington state for BC and Ontario residents has been blocked until further notice. This article in The Province newspaper gives details as to why this has happened and what the next steps will be. Sorry for all those of you excited to head down and shop tax free this summer! 

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Airport Parking

Posted on: May 22, 2010

As Summer vacations are going to be upon us soon, and many lucky folks will be jumping on a plane for some wonderful getaway (we hope your visit back home is considered wonderful!), we thought it would be a good time to post about parking at the airport. If you plan on parking in the extended …

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Free Diy Seminars

Posted on: May 22, 2010

If you’re looking to save money on DIY projects around the house and yard, you might want to check out your local garden or hardware stores for FREE do-it-yourself classes. For example, Home Depot offers several FREE How-to workshops each month, including; install a pavestone walkway and install ceramic tile. They even offer women’s only do-it-herself …

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Us Outlet Shopping

Posted on: May 17, 2010

If you’re heading to the States for some outlet shopping this long weekend, be sure to check whether the outlet stores have additional savings on their websites. For example, the Premium Outlets chain has a VIP club you can join for some really great additional savings for their outlet stores including; 20% off entire purchase at Adidas, 20% off …

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Daily Deal Sites

Posted on: May 12, 2010

One hot deal a day, that’s the premise behind sites like and Steal the They provide one huge deal each day with a significant discount. Most of the deals are for activities or services in major cities across Canada (you select which city you’d like to see deals from) and the time you have to …

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Stretch Your Travel Dollars

Posted on: May 3, 2010

As someone who enjoys travelling, as well as saving money, I was very excited to come across acclaimed Canadian website Journey Woman’s invaluable article "50 Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollars." Editor Evelyn Hannon compiled a list from reader suggestions (plus several bonus tips) with smart, interesting and practical ways to stretch your travel dollars. …

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Fridge Buy Back Programs

Posted on: April 26, 2010

If you’re thinking about upgrading your old fridge, or have an old one in the basement or garage that is costing more than it’s worth to operate you might be eligible for FREE pick up and removal and even a cash rebate, depending on what province or city you live in. Check the links below for details …

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Video Rental Deals

Posted on: January 4, 2010

With small kids, we’ve had our fair share of quiet nights in with a good video, but the cost of DVD rentals can start to add up. We’ve done a bit of research into some cheaper and even more convenient options to help save money, but keep the movie nights alive and well. DVDPlay Canada …

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Saving with Subscriptions

Posted on: November 17, 2009

Before heading out on your next shopping venture, either online or instore, check what savings you might receive simply by subscribing to your favorite store’s online newsletter. Newsletters are "opt-in" only these days and don’t generally come with a ton of spam like in the past. Plus, many offer first time subscribers an immediate discount …

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Kids Meal Deals (updated)

Posted on: October 21, 2009

Getting tired of McDonald’s but still want to keep dining out costs down? We’ve started checking around and have found a few places where kids can eat free (or almost free).Tuesday – Denny’sWednesday – The Pantry (kids eat for $2.99)Saturday – Denny’sSunday – Boston Pizza (kids eat for $3.99)Check your location to make sure deals …

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Online Coupons

Posted on: October 21, 2009

We’ve often raved about, and now there’s a new coupon clipping site to share with you … This site is more immediate in that you sign up, select coupons and print them right away as opposed to waiting for them to come in the mail. We’re big coupon clippers, especially the $1 and over ones. …

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Christmas Turkey Deal

Posted on: October 5, 2009

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and right after is a great time to grab your Christmas turkey. Most stores buy fresh turkeys that are labeled "Fresh" so they can’t freeze them. The day after Thanksgiving is a great time to grab one of these fresh turkeys at a huge discount, freeze it and have …

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Attractions for Less

Posted on: August 31, 2009

Heading to the fair, a local attraction or even a big destination like Disney?  Don’t forget to look online, before you go, to purchase tickets. Many have great deals on their websites or partner sites. Start by searching the attraction’s own site, and then do a search using key words plus the attraction name with …

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Cut Back on Atm Fees

Posted on: August 17, 2009

ATM fees can really add up in a month if you find it less than convenient to get to your own bank’s ATM for cash withdrawals (with kids in tow it can be virtually impossible some days), so instead, opt for the cash back option when you’re doing your regular shopping. Most grocery stores, department stores and even convenience stores …

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Free Bcaa Membership for Local Heroes

Posted on: March 23, 2009

As part of their sponsorship of the World Police and Firefighter Games this year, BCAA is offering free basic memberships to BC law enforcement officers, firefighters and Game volunteers (half price for family members) and free upgrades. Check this link for more details.

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Posted on: March 23, 2009

If you’re a coupon clipper, and even if you’re normally not, you might want to check out for some decent money saving coupons. Some of the coupons are actually substantial and worth the paper they’re printed on, like; $5 off IAMS and Eukanuba pet foods, $5 off Crest Whitestrips, $2 off Kraft Liveactive cheese, …

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Bc Hydro Coupons and Rebates

Posted on: March 9, 2009

BC Hydro’s winter coupons and rebates are available for select items – ranging from programmable thermostats to home energy saving kits, indoor and outdoor timers – purchased until March 31, 2009. Some of the savings are substantial (50% off) but watch out for shipping costs with the online offers (buy with a friend or stock …

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Park’nfly Discounts & Promotions

Posted on: March 9, 2009

If you’re heading out of town for March break (or any time for that matter) and plan to park at the airport while you’re gone, check Park’nFly’s “Vancouver Specials” page for some great deals, including stay for 28 days and only pay for 8, or stay for 7 days and only pay for 4. You …

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Strongstart Bc Free Drop-ins

Posted on: March 7, 2009

StrongStart BC is a FREE, drop-in early learning program for preschool?aged children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Qualified early childhood educators lead activities, including stories, music and art to help children get ready for success in kindergarten. Click here for a list of StrongStart Drop in Centres in BC. We’ve heard great things about …

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Daily Deal Sites

Posted on: February 23, 2009

If you’re an avid online shopper, or just starting out, there are some great deals to be had at sites like Babysteals (US based with a daily deal 50%-80% off baby or maternity items, they do ship to Canada) and True Cuddles (Canadian based deal of the week site for baby and maternity items with …

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Chocolate Deals

Posted on: February 11, 2009

Check out the Dynamic Chocolates shop at 1648 Derwent Way, Delta (T: 604-515-7117) for some great chocolate deals (think Botticelli and hedgehogs). This is their “outlet” store and on top of the regular discounted prices they’re having a sale now too! Just in time for Valentines (thanks Christine for the heads up)! If you know …

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Bc Hydro Fridge Buy-back

Posted on: November 1, 2008

Need to get rid of your old fridge? BC Hydro’s Fridge Buy-Back Program might be just what you need. They’ll come and get your old fridge (has to be in working condition), recycle it and give you $30 too! Check out their website for more details.

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Free Led Holiday Lights

Posted on: October 30, 2008

Bring in an old incandescent set of holiday lights and get a FREE energy-efficient LED set of holiday lights at your local London Drugs’ Power Smart Clinic. Click here for dates and locations.

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Online Shopping

Posted on: August 11, 2008

Shipping costs can add up quickly when you’re making an online purchase. Here are a couple of tips to help keep your costs down.1. Shop with a friend! If shipping costs are lower, or free, if you purchase over a certain amount, put in orders with a friend or family member to save on shipping …

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Us Outlet Shopping

Posted on: July 26, 2008

Long weekends always bring out the sales at the Outlet stores across the border and this time is no exception. Save 25%-65% off already low prices. Check the Chelsea Premium Outlet site for more information.

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Energy Efficiency Grants

Posted on: July 21, 2008

About to start renovations, including; upgrading your appliances or furnace, which could help improve your household energy efficiency? Check Federal and Provincial government websites to see if you’re eligible for any grants (up to $5000!). You’ll be getting money for something you were going to do anyway, and likely saving on your future household energy costs …

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Discount Tickets

Posted on: July 19, 2008

Both BCAA and Shoppers Drug Mart offer discounted tickets, on their websites, to venues around the city, including; Greater Vancouver Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and Playland. Savings of $2 and and up. You can buy and print the tickets from the comfort of your own home, which makes it an even better deal to us!

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Tickets Tonight 1/2 Price Tix

Posted on: July 8, 2008

Half price tickets on the day of the performance are available at the Tickets Tonight booth for General admission seats, or visit them online to order your tickets and bypass the lines! Theatre Under the Stars returns this summer with two ever popular productions, Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie Get Your Gun. Playing on alternating …

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Calgary Attractions 2 for 1

Posted on: June 16, 2008

Heading to Calgary for a vacation this summer? Check out the Calgary Attractions site for some great coupon deals including; 2 for 1 at the Calgary Zoo and 50% off admission to Calaway Park for up to four people. Now hopefully you have family to stay with to keep costs down even more!

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