4/30/11

Free Cottonelle Wipes!


Free Cottonelle Wipes.  Click here  to get your coupon!

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4/29/11

Free Chocolate Cheerios or Fibre One Brown Sugar Coupon

I just love a good freebie!  For a limited time there is a coupon available via Websaver for a free box of either the new Chocolate Cheerios or Fibre One Brown sugar.  Being a Life Made Delicious blogger I received these cereals to try out back in March.

 I have the box of Fibre One Brown Sugar hidden in my desk.  Yes, I absolutely do!  I like to have a handful of them around 3PM for a snack.  They have just the right amount of sweetness and crunch.  (they are good with milk too!)  1 cup of the cereal has 9 gm of fibre.  That's 36% of your daily fibre requirement!  The fibre in the cereal keeps me full until suppertime too.
Chocolate Cheerios.  To put it plain and simple I am the sugar police at my house, just ask my kids.  The original Cheerios have always been in our pantry.  Cheerios are a great finger food for little ones.  I read the nutrition facts on the side of the box for chocolate Cheerios.   2g of fibre, naturally flavored with cocoa, lightly sweetened and a source of whole grain.  Not bad.

Of course, everyone loved them, especially my chocoholic husband.  He doesn't usually eat breakfast, but since I opened the box of chocolate Cheerios he has been.  The kid's also liked to take chocolate Cheerios in their lunch to eat dry as a mid afternoon snack.  Yes, they take after me.  The only problem is that they aren't available to purchase until June :o)

Make sure to order your coupon now, quantities are limited.  Click here for the coupon
The coupon is  valid for 1 day only, June 21/2011 so mark it on your calendar!
 

Disclosure: I am a blogger for Life Made Delicious and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.” 

4/28/11

Please Mum 50 % off the entire store April 29-30(&May 1st on-line)



Feeding a family of 4 on $280-$310 a month Challange

Back in January of this year I challenged myself.  My challenge was to feed my family healthy meals for 1 month and only spend $10 a day.  My Original plan was a budget of $310 ($10 x 31 days) then I got to thinking I might be able to do it for $280 ($9 per day)

Are you wondering how I made out?  Click here to see all of my January challenge posts.  The post show up in reverse(last day first) so scroll down to the bottom and work your way up ;o)

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4/27/11

**Deal Update See post** ($2 for a $5 Starbucks Giftcard )

Deal Update 9PM April 27/11
Apparently the deal has now changed to a $5 Starbucks giftcard for $3 and is valid until tomorrow night.(7:54 PM)
Yet another deal change-Ends April 28/11 @ 9:59AM

New daily deal site Grubdeal.ca.  Great deal listed under Toronto today.  Looks like they mail you the gift card.
MMmmm I love Starbucks vanilla latte.  I'm not sure if they have a limit to how many are available so I am getting mine right now! (1 per person)
Click here to get yours now 


Nair Coupons

Sign up at Nair.ca for $1 and $2 coupons. These coupons will be great to combine with spring/summer sales on Nair products!

Please Mum Save 10% When You "Like" them on Facebook(ends April30/11)

Free Shipping on orders over $50 at www.pleasemum.com. Shipping on orders under $50 is only $5!

Buy 1 get 1 Free Mother's Day Mugs @ WalMart

What a great gift for the Grandma's for Mother's day!  Use promo code BONUSMUG  *bonus mug must be of equal or lesser value.

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4/26/11

Why I LOVE Daily Deals Sites!

Yesterday I posted about the latest Groupon deal.  $20 for $45 worth of goods from The Body Shop.  I checked my email this morning and the deal is now even sweeter! 
Body Shop is running their Mother's Day promo now!  Buy 3 get 2 Free and Buy 2 get 1 Free(some restrictions apply, see website for details)  Also if you use your Body Shop LYB card April 29-30 you will receive an extra 20% off.  What an amazing deal!

Last night I purchased an amazing WagJag deal.  The WagJag deal was $59 for a 2 night stay at a nearby camp ground.  The regular price is $159.  I had $40 of WagJag credits and a WagJag gift certificate worth $10.  The WagJag only ended up costing me $9!  I brought up the website for the camp ground to show the kids.  They loved the water park, pool and sport activities available.  They think I'm so awesome for taking them camping there this summer.  I don't think I will tell them it only cost me $9!




4/25/11

Amazing Groupon Deal! $20 for $45 worth of Body Shop goods!-Updated info for new sale!

Wow!  This is such a fantastic deal.  The Groupon is $20 for $45 worth of goods if you make your in store purchase before May 30th.  If you use your coupon after May 30th it is good for $40 worth of goods.  This Groupon is only available until Tomorrow (April 25/11)

I am sure they will be running some sort of Mother's day promotion so I am saving my coupons and will use them in a couple weeks!  The coupon can be use in conjunction with LYB discounts and sale items. SEE UPDATE BELOW FOR MOTHER'S DAY SALE

Coupon expires August 27/11 and you can purchase 3 per person, limit one coupon per visit.  Please pass along this great deal!  I found this deal under Kitchener-Waterloo and the coupon can be used at any store in Canada!(I also noticed it under the Toronto deals too)


SALE UPDATE!
Plus if you use your LYB Body Shop card you will save an additional 20% April 29th -30th

Money Saving Monday-Tips to Help you Save More!

#1  Make your own window cleaner.  

Combine a 50/50 mixture of  white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  Spray your window with the cleaner and wipe with crumpled black and white newspaper.  Works every time!

#2 Re-use Popsicle sticks

Rinse off Popsicle sticks and reuse them for plant makers in your garden or for crafts.

#3 Purchase a Water Saving Shower head

Of course, wait until they are on sale and pick one up.  It will save on water and the hydro/gas to heat it.

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4/24/11

Extreme Couponing- Your Questions about Coupon Lingo

Since TLC Extreme Couponing has taken off this is one of the things I am emailed about most.

Consumers are aggressively seeking coupons to save money but are not sure what the coupon terms are and when they can use them.
Question 1
You can't use a coupon for something that is on sale can you?

Answer: Yes, you most certainly can!

Question #2
I have this coupon that says "can not be used with any other offer". Does that mean I can't use the coupon when the item is on sale?

Answer: You can most definitely use the coupon when the item is on sale. Can not be used with any other offer means that you can only use one coupon and not "Stack" or use multiple coupons for each individual item.

Example If you were purchasing 2 bottles of shampoo and your coupon said "not to be used with any other offer" you could use 1 coupon per bottle.
Question #3
My coupon says " limit 1 per purchase". Does that mean if I purchase 3 items I can only use 1 coupon?

Answer: No, 1 per purchase means that you can use 1 coupon per each item.

Example If you are shopping and buy seven items each of those items is it's own purchase so you are making seven "purchases". All of these purchases combined make up a Transaction.

Question #4
My Coupon says "Limit, 1 per transaction" or "One coupon per customer". What does that mean?
Answer: This means you can only use 1 coupon for your transaction. If I have a coupon that says this and I want to use 2 coupons I would complete my transaction then have my husband make a separate transaction.

If you have any other Canadian coupon questions please leave them in the comments below.

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4/23/11

Free Glasses from Clearly Contacts April 25, 2011 Coupon Code

Clearly Contacts is once again offering 10,000 free pairs of glasses to new customers!  I received my free pair last year.  I only paid $13 for shipping.  

The giveaway starts April 25 at 9AM PDT.  You will need to use the free glasses code CAFREE.  I would suggest visiting the site beforehand and choosing several pairs that you like because they sell out quickly.  

The more expensive designer ones are not included

Free Pair includes basic frames and lenses:
High Quality Standard Lens (1.5 Index)
Recommended for Prescriptions from -2.00 to +2.00

Extra charge for:
 
*Thin Light Durable Polycarbonate Lens (1.59 Index)
Recommended for Prescriptions from -4.00 to +2.00. Recommended for kids. $39.99

*TINTS Tints available in single vision 1.50, 1.59 and 1.61 lenses $29.99

*1.60 High Index Photochromic Lens (Grey)
Transitions from clear to dark in sunlight - Recommended for Prescriptions from -8.00 to +4.00 $29.99

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4/22/11

Swag Bucks-An Easy way to Earn Free Goodies

Swagbucks

Swagbucks.com is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called "Swag Bucks", which can be redeemed for exclusive Swagbucks.com merchandise.
 
I've just joined today and I already have 238 Swag Bucks (SB).   When you register a new account right now they will give you 30 free Swag Bucks!  
My Swag Bucks from today!  238
There is a great selection of Swag Prizes to choose from.  I think I'll save my Swag Bucks up for an  Amazon.ca $5 gift card (450SB) and the $25 Travelocity Hotel Promotional Card  (349SB).  I'm almost there!
Swagbucks
Click above to start earning your Swag Bucks today!
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Guest post-Confessions of a {Reformed} Spendoholic

Today I have a guest post from Amanda at The Best Mom on the Block .  She is a fellow Life Made Delicious blogger who I had the pleasure of meeting recently.  She was full of money saving questions and is now a fellow deal hunter! 
Amanda is an amazing cook, stop by and take a look at her blog.  It will absolutely, without a doubt make your mouth water!
My new favourite accessory: My Coupon Binder. It's a business card holder, perfect for holding coupons. I never leave home without it!

I was the last person anyone would call thrifty. From the moment I was handed my first quarter at the age of 5 anytime I had money in my hot little hands I had to spend it. In the early days it was candy (man oh man did I love me some pop-rocks!), I got my first job at 15 and I progressed to CDs, shoes and clothes. When I hit college it was a computer, more clothes, night after night in clubs and my amazing 9 day trip to New York City (that place is NOT cheap!). I got a job right out of college and moved out of the safety of my parent’s house and in with some friends. Then I lost my job. 

For three months I struggled. I couldn’t find a job anywhere in my field and I refused to get a “for now” job because I had a degree, I felt above working as a cashier or waitress (oh the naïveté of youth).  I racked up some debt, couldn’t pay my rent and had to ask my parents for money. That would be Bail Out #1. 

Then I went on a job interview and wowed a small web development company so they put me on their biggest client. I was working in a HUGE building with thousands of people for someone just under the CEO. This company was a giant in it’s sector. I was making more money by far than any of my classmates. I bought some new furniture, new clothes to go with my new job and completely ignored my credit card bill climbing. I was there for 9 months when the bottom fell out of the high tech sector and my cushy, high paying job vanished in an instant. Since I was on contract I didn’t get a severance package. The company that had hired me to work for the corporation tried to keep me on their payroll but since I had been hired to work on that particular contract they really couldn’t afford to keep me. Back to the unemployment line. Six months this time. More stubbornness, more debt, and Bail Out #2 from mom and dad.

I got a job working for a small newspaper and was there for a little over a year but the work environment wasn’t ideal and I found a new job working for another small paper. I was paying my bills, and tried to live within my means. Then I met my (future) husband. He had a high paying job in another huge company and all of a sudden I wasn’t worried about money so much again. He liked paying for everything and I liked letting him. What girl doesn’t like being taken out to expensive restaurants and a movie every other night? 

We moved in together, then moved to a bigger (more expensive) apartment and then, of course, he lost his job to downsizing. To help out I was working 3 jobs and he started looking everywhere for work. Then he found a job. A great job, but it required us moving 8 hrs away from my hometown. We got engaged and packed up our stuff and moved. It took me almost six months to find a job (not in my field, but I was bored) and then I managed to find a job posting in my field and got it. All the while my husband was moving up the ladder and making more and more money. We bought our first house which gave my husband the dry heaves thinking about the mortgage payment, but it didn’t phase me in the least. When I had our first child we decided that I would stay home, my salary would just cover daycare costs so it didn’t make much sense for me to go back to work. 

At first I loved being a pampered housewife. Having my husband’s credit card at my disposal was intoxicating. I bought whatever the baby needed, and some things she didn’t, and really wasn’t paying attention to my spending habits. Along came baby #2 and a bigger house that we had built. Bigger mortgage and more dry heaves from hubs. All I saw was the big pretty house of my dreams. 

As our spending increased with the new (more than double) mortgage payments, the second baby and my newly discovered online shopping addiction, I started to feel guilty for not being able to contribute to the family financially. I had kept up some work freelancing but it wasn’t anything significant. In a teary breakdown one night to my husband about how I felt like a burden (hubs was stressed about how high the credit card bill was every month) he told me how I could contribute to the financial well-being of our family: curb my spending.

That simple request would prove to be my biggest struggle. Kids are expensive. I would go to the store to buy them a couple outifts (they grow out of their clothes every three months it seems), and end up spending $500 (we’re talking Walmart and Old Navy here, I’m not outfitting my kids in Tommy Hilfiger or anything). When our third little one came along it really got expensive. 

Then the show Extreme Couponing premiered and a lightbulb went off in my head. Our grocery bill was upwards of $1000/month (including household cleaners, diapers and formula) and was the major source of frustration for my husband (how much food do two adults and three kids under 5 eat??), it was an excellent place for me to trim the fat. 

I started looking for coupons online and on store shelves, and I used them! I used to buy whatever we needed and if it happened to be on sale, bonus. Now I actively look for sales and purchase items when they’re on sale and I have a coupon (something I never knew you could do, I always thought it was one or the other until I met Deanna!). I’ve just started my coupon clipping adventure but so far I’m saving. I haven’t seen a major drop in my grocery budget just yet but I’m creating a little stockpile of our family’s favourite items so I think the savings will become more evident in the coming months, but I’ve managed to get some great deals already. I got all this for a mere $3.99 at Shopper’s Drugmart. 
Peanut Butter on sale: 2.99 ea., Gain on sale: 3.99 ea, bread on sale: 2/$3, diapers on sale: 13.99 & I had a $3 off coupon, Eggos on sale: 2.29 & I had a .50¢ off coupon, deodorant on sale: 4.49 ea & I had 3 x $1 off coupons, gummy bears on sale: 2.79 & the only reason I got them was to get to $60 so I could cash in 38000 optimum points and get everything for free!
And speaking of Shopper’s Drug Mart, here’s my favourite money saving tip: Did you know that when you buy gift cards at Shopper’s Drugmart you get Optimum points on the purchase? (not true for most store reward cards) So if you buy a $50 gift card you’ll receive 500 Optimum points. Then you use that gift card to buy $50 worth of items (hopefully with coupons and sales to get as much as possible for your money) and you’ll receive an additional 500 points on that transaction, doubling your points to 1000. You’ll earn points, and free stuff, faster!

I’m still learning and it’ll take some time for it to become second nature, but I’m already becoming addicted to saving. I used to get a thrill from buying new shoes, now I get a thrill for saving 60% on new shoes. What I’ve learned from my life experience is that it’s never a good idea to get too comfortable in your financial situation. Jobs can be lost, savings can dwindle and paying full price when you can save money is just silly.

Frugal and Fun Easter Dessert

If you are looking for a fun and frugal dessert for Easter I highly recommend this cake.  I believe this year will be our fourth time making it.  The kids always have a lot of fun making it (and so do I!)

I purchased the Betty Crocker cake mix on sale for 99 cents.  The icing was also on sale for 99 cents but I got it free with a Save.ca coupon from registering at http://www.lifemadedelicious.ca/

This bunny cake will cost me approximately $4 to make.

Photo:lifemadedelicious.ca
 You will need:
1 pkg (510 g) Betty Crocker* Super Moist Golden, French Vanilla or White Cake Mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix package
1 tub (340 g) Betty Crocker* Whipped Vanilla or Fluffy White Frosting
2 cups (500 mL) shredded coconut, divided, (optional)
Construction paper
Jellybeans or small gum drops
Green food colouring
 Method:
  • Heat oven to 350°F (180°C) for shiny metal pans or 325°F (160°C) for dark or non-stick pans. Lightly grease or spray with non-stick cooking spray, bottom and sides of two 8-inch (20 cm) or two 9-inch (23 cm) round baking pans.
  • In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • Bake 24 to 29 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Shake 1 cup (250 mL) coconut and 3 drops food colouring in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Add additional jellybeans if desired. Store loosely covered.
Tip:   You only need one 8" or 9" round to make this cake.  If it is for a large crowd you can make 2 bunny cakes.  You will need to increase the coconut to 4 cups, 2 tubs of icing and more jellybeans.  OR you can do what I do.  I make 1 round cake then bake the rest of the batter into cupcakes and freeze them.

To print out the recipe from Life Made Delicious click here

Disclosure: I am a blogger for Life Made Delicious and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

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4/21/11

Free Vector Cereal Coupon-Facebook Freebie (Save.ca)

Coupon is for a 400gm box and expires July 17/2011.  Click here to get yours, quantities are limited.
 You must "like" the page then a Save.ca button will appear(you may need to refresh the page)  Click the Save.ca button to be redirected and get your coupon.

Extremely Good Discount Deals at Zehrs

I was grocery shopping last night and came across a huge selection of Glade and Febreze products that were 50% off the lowest price! I do like these products but will only purchase them if I can get them free or very inexpensively combining sales and coupons.

Glade Fragrance Collection Soy Candle Marked down to $3.44-50%= $1.72  I think I remember seeing these for around $9-$10.

Glade Plug In Refill 2 pack Marked down to $6.14-50%= $3.07 ($1.54 per refill)

Febreze Home refills Marked down to $3.44-50%=$1.72.  I purchased 3 @ $1.72=$5.16 and used my Buy 3 save $3 BrandSaver coupon(no longer available) and payed only $2.16 for all 3 packs (or 72 cents per package!)

Unfortunately Rightathome.ca does not have the printable $2 off Glade coupon available.  My coupon expired April 14th.  But it was still a good deal.  I only paid $8.67 plus tax and the estimated regular retail price would be around $40.

Remember: Candles make a great gift and don't go bad!  

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4/20/11

My Frugal Anniversary Dinner

April 18th was my Anniversary.  Every year we go out for a nice dinner without  the kids.  Now when I say a nice dinner I'm talking somewhere that does not have paper napkins, no one is mopping the floor around me as I eat and no one is wearing a headset to take my order.

About a month ago I started to look around in coupon books and in the phone book for a nice cheap less expensive place to eat this year. All the stars must have been aligned because I got a heck of a deal! Now I have talked about WagJag here before but  just in case you don't know what I'm talking about you can read about it here .

Back to the anniversary.  The WagJag deal was $20 for a $40 restaurant credit.  But here is the best thing, the WagJag deal was totally free!  I had a $20 WagJag credit from friends using my referral link!  We only had to add an additional $35 to our WagJag $40 credit for dinner.

My husband brought me home some beautiful flowers for our anniversary.  I was shocked because the bouquet was huge!  He was laughing.  He was laughing hard.  Then the truth came out.  He purchased the flowers with a Groupon  deal (Groupon is similar to WagJag.)  He told me the Groupon deal was $20 for a $40 credit to a gift/flower shop.  But......he had a $10 Groupon credit so he only paid $10 for my $40 flowers. 

I was so proud of him.  I guess after being married for so long my frugal ways have rubbed off on him!
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On-line Deals!

All the the deals below are available to Canada or Canada/USA. 

CanvasPeople.com (Canada/USA) Is offering a free 8 x 10 or $50 off any size canvas as a special introductory deal! This coupon can be applied toward a larger size canvas, creative effects or beautiful frames!(a better deal for USA then CAD due to added shipping charges)

Pampers Canada
Pampers Gift to Grow rewards (CAN) Join now to get 100 Free Points. Click Here.  This is a great program.  I remember getting a Fisher Price stacking toy and a Winnie the Pooh tent, sleeping bag and bean bag chair for free with my points.

Promotion Over April 22/11Curves/ Zumba Fitness (CAN/USA) Free one-week guest pass. Click Here

Women Freebies Canada-Coupons, samples and contests for women from big brand name companies Click Here


Buy 1 Get one 50% off sale on now!

 Kodak Gallery 20 free prints and free pick up at Best Buy or Future Shop

4/19/11

Please Mum Sale Buy 1 get 1 50% off

Free Shipping on orders over $50 at www.pleasemum.com!

My Savings.com Review

Being Canadian I am often frustrated looking for websites that offer free samples and  coupons that I can use here in Canada.  I recently came across My Savings.com.  My Savings.com is an online saving community.  I was really impressed that it even had an "Everything Canadian" section in their forum!

Once you log on to the website you will see that it is very easy to navigate.  You just need to click on the flag appropriate to your country at the top of the page. From there you can click on coupons and view all of the grocery coupons and other coupons available in country. Also at the top of the page is one the things I love, free samples!

To be up to date on the latest coupons, samples and freebies you can visit My Savings.com Facebook Page.




BMO Eco Smart Mortgage and Rona Gift Card Giveaway

 My Husband and I have purchased a home twice. Each time I remember the overwhelming task of trying to decide on a bank and mortgage product that would suit our needs.  While trying to decide on a mortgage and budget one thing that 51% of homeowners underestimate are utility costs.

Within the next year nearly half of Canadians are planning energy efficient upgrades to their home to reduce energy costs over the long term. 

BMO has recently introduced the Eco Smart Mortgage to their mortgage product lineup.  The Eco Smart Mortgage has a fixed rate of 3.89%(subject to change)  

To qualify for this mortgage you download the appropriate checklist  from the BMO website.(house or condo) Then you need to review the list and see if you qualify.  If you think that you qualify then you would  contact BMO and talk to a BMO mortgage specialist.  BMO will arrage for an appraiser to come to your home and verify your qualification.

My Husband and I have done many upgrades to our current home so we were interested to go through the checklist and see if we would qualify

#1 High Efficiency Heating System.  Yes, this one is covered.  We replaced our 25 year old heating system a few years ago to a much more energy efficient unit.

#2 High Efficiency Cooling System.(or no cooling system)  We replaced our cooling system when we changed the Heating System.

#3 Good Quality Attic Insulation.  We have both batt insulation and blown it insulation in our attic.

#4 Energy Star Windows with No Cracks or Air Gaps.  We have just officially changed the last 2 remaining original wooden windows in our house.
New window in bedroom

#5 Domestic Hot Water System. Must have 1 of the following 3.  Tankless water heater, Solar domestic hot water system or Energy Star qualified gas storage or condensing water heater.  This we don't qualify for.  We live in the country and do not have Natural Gas available in our area.  We did recently replace our old electric water heater.  It was approximately 15 years old so I am sure the new unit is it is much more energy efficient.

#6 All doors separating heated from unheated areas must be energy star qualified.  We replaced 1 exterior door in the fall and are in the process of changing the other exterior door.
 
Yes, It's upside down!

New Entrance Door
#7 Major Appliances At least 3 within your home must be Energy Star rated(Dishwasher, Washing machine, Freezer and Refrigerator.  When we moved we purchased all new appliances and they are all Energy Star rated!

We Passed! 6/7

$50 Rona Gift card Giveaway

To be eligible to win you must be Canadian and be sure that your email is visible in your Google account or add it to your comment below.  If I can't contact you, you can't win! Contest ends May 15th at 11:59PM EST. The winner will have 48hrs to respond and claim their prize.

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