Make The Most Out Of Black Friday Deals Without Crossing the Border

With at least 18% of Canadians expected to cross the border to enjoy deals on Black Friday in the U.S., some might be wondering if it’s even possible to save money from within Canada? I’ve been blogging about shopping deals and frugal living in Canada for a few years now, and I wanted to share some of my best tips to get the most out of your Black Friday shopping in Canada. That’s right, there are some great discounts to enjoy on our side of the border too! Black Friday Deals in Canada Since the Canadian dollar is now on par with the U.S., many Canadians have picked up the habit of crossing the border to shop the Black Friday sales. Now, Canadian stores aren’t blind, they have taken note, so that more and more Canadian retail stores are also offering comparable deals on Black Friday to keep paying customers on Canadian soil. Shopping the Black Friday deals in Canada avoids the long waiting lines at customs and the crazy hordes in shopping centres while saving money on gas too. Some offers might not be as good as what’s on offer in the U.S. (it’s getting closer though). But you also need to take into consideration […]

Why Canadians Love FREE Product Samples?

EVERYONE LOVES SOMETHING FOR FREE   Do you love Free Product Samples like I do? I’m sure all of us have bought a product and were disappointed by it at some point in our lives whether it was a beauty, cleaning, or food product.  Sometimes, I feel kind of “cheated” when I buy a full-size product for the first time, only to throw it away shortly afterwards. That’s why it’s always a good idea to “try before you buy”. If you are frugal like we are and use coupons you’re better off letting your coupons expire before you use them on full product especially if you haven’t had a chance to use the product before. We like to try and find samples first and we don’t see samples we’ve been successful in the past asking the customer service associate if they have any samples of the product to test. Not all products in-store will have free product samples you can test especially if it’s a taste test or something you need to add to your laundry but if it’s lotions, perfumes or food you might just get lucky. How many of you run to the free sample booth at the […]

Where to Find Canadian Coupons…?

CLIP CANADIAN COUPONS AND SAVE MONEY NOW   Finding Coupons…Where to Find those Canadian Coupons to help build your stockpile! So you’ve decided to start couponing! Using coupons is a great way to save money in the budget without having to compromise your quality of life. As the activity of couponing increases in popularity, so do the outlets from which you can acquire these little money saving pieces of paper. No matter your location, there are a variety of methods you can use to build your coupon collection!   Coupons By Mail   There are several websites you can visit that offer a rotating variety of free coupons you can order to be delivered to your home. Besides the obvious convenience of this service, this is also a great option since some retailers do not accept printable coupons. These coupon sites include Save.ca, Websaver.ca, GoCoupons.ca. Note: Brandsaver.ca only allows printable coupons and has the inserts. They no longer mail to your house.   Coupon Apps   NEW!- If you have a Smart Phone get involved with even more COUPON Savings with these amazing Coupon Apps.  You can now save even more money by pairing coupons with savings and the Coupon […]

Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money On Your Grocery Bill

Today I’m going to help those of you who want to save money in your grocery budget by posting your shops in The Grocery Game Challenge. I’m going to talk to you about the Importance of Knowing Grocery Prices. Knowing your prices, and knowing them well is the best way to get more bang for your buck in the budget. This is not going to happen over night, this takes a lot of practice and a consistent weekly effort to perfect your grocery shopping.  I still don’t  have it perfected but I’ve learned a lot and still learn every time I shop. I’m going to use Whiskas Cat food as a great example. Walmart Regular Price is $6.99 for a 1.5 kg. It does go on sale for $6.49. No Frills Regular price is $6.49 for the same 1.5 kg bag. Did you know how long it took me to figure this out? About 4 months.  I was so hung up on “Flyer Watching“ and buying items on sale, thinking  the sale price is “The Price to Watch for“.  I wasn’t engaging in comparison pricing of “Regular Prices” at each store. This is where I suggest for your to start. Take the basic necessities – […]

Canadian Stockpiling Tips-Saving Money in the Budget!

STOCKPILE YOUR BUDGET   Every couponer knows that the key to long-term savings is building a successful stockpiling of everyday essentials. Having a variety of items on hand that you paid rock bottom prices for helps eliminate those last-minute, unplanned trips to the grocery store. Stockpiling is not as difficult as it seems and don’t be set-back or intimidated when you see those TV shows on TLC The Learning Channel). We can’t stockpile with coupons to the mass extent they do in the USA but stockpiling in Canada can be done. When you don’t stockpile on everyday products this is where you could end up paying full price. Here are a few tips to help you start, and maintain, a functional stockpile in your own home. More Savings for the Budget Canada- Are you listening?   Plan before you purchase   The first thing you want to do if you are considering stockpiling products is to plan out what you would like to stock, as well as how long you would like it to last.A good stockpile will go a long way if you plan out your shops. For example, if you would like to stockpile laundry detergent enough to […]

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