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Isn’t it Time You Learned About Cyber Monday?

We’ve all heard of Black Friday and the ensuing crowds and deals that the imagery conjures up. But few of us in North America understand or even know what Cyber Monday is. Let’s start off with why you should care.

Why You Should Care

Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately following Black Friday (the following Friday after Thanksgiving in the U.S.). For 2016 it will land on Monday November 28th. It’s an online shopping event that most e-tailors participate in (and it’s growing). That means any unsold, already highly reduced shelf-clearing items from Black Friday can be further reduced on the Monday to make way for new stock.

According to comScore (source) the sales in the U.S, alone jumped from $610m in 2006 to over $1251m in 2011, that’s impressive growth in just 6 years, especially as it coincides with a global recession.

With lower overheads, higher margins and greater Internet penetration online shopping in general is on the rise globally. Stores eager to clamber for increased market share are becoming progressively competitive and have even started to offer loss leaders (source) to encourage new customers. Discounts on some sought after items have been seen up to 70% off their recommended retail price (RRP) and with nearly 80% of online stores planning on participating in Cyber Monday discount events in 2012 (source) this year is all set to be a record breaking year.

So now we’ve established that stores are willing to offer some impressive discounts and we have learned that this has translated into increased purchases and overall spending but how does that relate to me? Good question let me explain.

The Economics of Spending to Save

While not everyone celebrates Christmas, Those that do spend roughly around $750 in total on gifts (according to this handy Forbes article). With the majority of these purchases not including any discounts imagine the total cost if the bulk of the gift buying had been done during the Black Friday to Cyber Monday long weekend. From my own personal experience customers can expect roughly 25% off nearly all purchases during this shopping event. So in this study the average cost of Christmas gifts could drop to roughly $562. Now it doesn’t just have to be Christmas, customers can purchase in advance for many reasons and events, from birthdays to anniversaries and more.

Change Your Mindset and buy Early

The main difference I see in the people that use our coupon website from the rest of the population is the mindset of these shoppers. The savviness I see on a daily basis is truly impressive. What I believe is the recurring thinking behind consistent bargain hunters is the foresight and planning that is ingrained in them. So if you take anything away from this article I would like it to be this process:

  • 1) Make a list of all the people you will be buying gifts for in the next year and some corresponding items that you would like to get them.
  • 2) Note down the average price for each of these items from a little bit of research.
  • 3) On Black Friday to Cyber Monday scan your favourite coupon website (in the U.S. this might be RetailmeNot and in Canada I would like to think that vouchercodes.ca services this Cyber Monday need) and use the coupons or sales at your favourite online stores o purchase the items on your list. Making sure to compare prices to your existing research.

So not only have you now done the majority of your yearly shopping in advance but you have scored some of the best deals available online. That’s why this shopping event should not be ignored and why it’s getting more traction.

Have you shopped on Cyber Monday? What did you think?

My favourite past time is research and shopping and teaching what I’ve learned. I don’t like paying the full price for anything if I can avoid it. Once I find a tip, I share it.

Thanks cybermondayonlinespecials for the image.

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Black Friday 2016 Best Offers (A Canadian Roundup)

Our traffic has been spiking since the start of this week. In fact every year has seen a growth in popularity for Black Friday in Canada. What originally started as a U.S based shopping event has expanded across the globe, first with Canada, and now I hear reports that the UK is getting in on the act (Oxford street must be a mess today). As there are 1001 Black Friday deals/sales/coupons flying around today I wanted to just give my top picks for 2016 to save some readers a bit of time if they are in a hurry.

All the below offers can be found on our extensive Black Friday VC page, check them out here.

1) $20 Off Edible Arrangements
2) 40% Off AdditionElle
3) $20 off Hotels.com Canada bookings
4) 10% off Toms.ca orders
5) 50% off select Ardene orders
6) Some massive discounts over at The Bay (varying offers)

I would love to hear what bargains people snagged. Stop by and make a comment as to what you saved.

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Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Thanksgiving is a good moment to spend time with the people we love. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy thanksgiving and for thanking you for coming to our humble coupon site daily. We always appreciate reading your comments and stories on our site, so keep sharing your thoughts!

Even though we don’t celebrate the good harvest and fortune anymore at Thanksgiving–like it used to be–we still gather together to share a good meal. I had a really good time with friends yesterday as we cooked the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving? What did you do? Anything special?

If you want to find out more about the tradition of Thanksgiving, I found this really neat site that gives more information about all the different holidays.

Find out more about Thanksgiving

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Merry Christmas Canada

Hey Everyone,

We just wanted to wish all our visitors a Happy Christmas!! We hope everyone get’s a chance to relax, spend some time with friends, family or both. There are always loads of Christmas movies on today and for the next few days and while most of the shops are shut if you still feel like shopping you can shop online.

You know when someone gives you an unexpected gift (like my colleague Marc-Andre did this year) and you didn’t get them anything you need help, emergency last minute shopping. One of the best but most frowned upon ways of getting them something quickly is by re-gifting something that someone gave you for Christmas (or before). Simply a quick wrap and you’re done. Otherwise you can go online and see which stores do 1 or 2 days shipping, but usually around this time of year the shipping takes a little while longer, so heading out to the shops on boxing day might be a good idea, or check out the online boxing day deals in Canada here. You might also have luck getting some tips, ideas and some healthy online discounts from our Christmas Coupons page.

If you are looking for ways to while away the time then board games are a great way to create some memories, but it depends on how many you are with, I guess 4 or more and you can have fun playing cards, charades or even something a little newer like apples to apples (I’m got my sister this game for Christmas). If there is snow in your region (and in Canada it’s kind of tough to not find snow this season) then you can always head out to enjoy the fresh air and the non-work-ness, like snowshoeing, skiing, walking, sledding and more.

Anyway, I need to stop writing and start enjoying myself. For once, you may want to get away from the computer :) That is unless you are urgent Christmas shopping.

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eHarmony Free Communication

Eharmony.ca just launched a free 3 days communication promotion from Oct 9th- Oct 13th for both Canada and US websites. It means that until Oct 13th you will be able to communicate with other users for free. You will need to join eharmony to connect with matches, but don’t worry you won’t need to provide your credit card number during this offer. This will be required only if you want to join Eharmony Canada at the end of this free communication promotion.

To enjoy this free offer and to start talking with matches on the eharmony.ca website, just activate the discount by clicking on our link above. And stay posted with Eharmony latest offers and discount codes with our online coupons page.

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Toronto Zoo Free Tickets to the Over 65

I think this is like the 6th time we have featured a freebie or promotion from Toronto Zoo, those guys sure do have an active marketing department. Anyways, this time around the promo is for free admission for people over the age of 65, they will also get the added benefit of getting a free zoomobile pass. This promo is valid for the 14th September 2015 only, so put that date in your calendar if you qualify.

Seniors can also eat at the Peacock Cafe (to get a sandwich with a coffee or tea for just $3.99). Also enjoy a ‘Ride All Day’ pass on the zoo’s Zoomobile for just $8.

Read more or book tickets for the Toronto Zoo

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Chemistry.com Free Weekend

On Friday August 7th through to the 9th, all Chemistry.com users will be able to communicate for free. This FREE Weekend will once again be supported by promotional TV commercials and increased online advertising, so it might be difficult to miss and is sure to be big. Perhaps now might be time to scope out the market for a partner, you can’t beat free right?

Communicate for Free at the Online Dating Site Chemistry.com

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Birthday Canada! I hope that most of you are on holiday today and is going to enjoy its day off. There are so many free activities organized out there to keep everyone entertained today.

Today, the admission is free to all national parks, marine conservation areas and national historic sites. If you still haven’t decided what you’re going to do today, visiting any of these areas could be a fun activity. Note that only the parks managed by the Government of Canada have free entry, not the ones managed by your own province unfortunately.

For more activity ideas, be sure to visit our “What To Do For Canada Day” guide organized by province. It’s a little old but still has some nuggets of information.

What do you have planned? Are you going to celebrate with other fellow Canadians? Or are you going to enjoy some time with your family?

Happy Canada Day!

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Bulk Barn $3 off Printable Coupon

Update: We just added the new coupon that expires April 30th, 2015. Enjoy!

Finding your nearest Bulk Barn isn’t too hard and neither is spending $10 there (especially if you have a sweet tooth like me). Upon doing so, you will now be rewarded by getting $3 off for your troubles with this printable coupon that we have been given access to by Bulk Barn.

Bulk Barn sell everything from nuts to sweets. I know sweets are probably never actually ‘good’ for you, but nuts can be. In fact, check out this fun article on the benefits of different nuts (I think I’ll definitely be eating more cashew nuts from now on).

Print this $3 off Bulk Barn coupon

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Happy Holidays

We’ve been talking about Christmas for a while now and just like every year, time flies away so quickly and it is already here. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas Eve yesterday with friends and family and I hope you will enjoy the rest of your holidays.

On the behalf of Vouchercodes.ca team:
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday

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