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Happy New Year from the Team!

I actually had requests to see if I could top my epic Christmas poem, but alas; my creative juices are still recharging! They have a cool-down period but will come back in full force for the New Year!

Have you started to make resolutions yet for the new year? Have you completed all the goals you set for yourself for last year? I’ve managed to do a few: two of my goals were to get better at saving money and to move out. I moved out with 3 of my good friends to a house and have made huge bounds in learning how to be more efficient in saving money. One of the biggest ways that has helped me save money is my fully organized coupon binder. My roommates laughed at the concept until I managed to save a total of $30 on our grocery bill with just coupons.

Let’s raise a toast to the New Year and all the savings that can be had! From the entire team, it’s been a pleasure to get to know all of you and to release content and coupons liked by everyone. We have bigger and better things to look forward to in the New Year. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year’s from all of us!

Boxing Day Canada

It’s Boxing Day already! Time to go out or go online and start spending all those lovely gift cards people got you for Christmas. What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can stretch that gift card a little bit further by using a coupon or promo code in conjunction with it. To find the store you need (obviously the one you have a gift card for) try using our Canada Online Stores link to browse the selection of brand names stores. You will find the most up to date coupons for all the top stores in Canada as well as letting you know what sales and boxing day deals are on. We also have a dedicated Boxing Day 2017 Deals section which may give you some tips on the best deals and what to buy and spend and save on.

Apart from that, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best savings in Canada.

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.

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 2017 it will land on Monday November 27th. 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 services this Cyber Monday need) and use the coupons or sales at your favourite online stores to 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.

Black Friday 2017 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 this week). As there are 1001 Black Friday deals/sales/coupons flying around today I wanted to just give my top picks for 2017 so far 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) Up to 35% off Select Lenovo Electronics
2) Up to 70% off
3) $40 off Canada bookings
4) 20% off Tactics orders
5) 10% off select Auto Parts Way 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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

As a joyous day celebrating all mothers and motherhood all over the world, Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to thank your mom for everything she has done for you and most importantly, voice to her that you love her very much.

For those who haven’t planned anything, it’s never too late for some last minute activities or gifts because it’s the thought that counts even if it’s a couple of days late.

Thank you Crosscards for the image.

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

eHarmony Free Communication 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 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.

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 Free Weekend

On Friday August 7th through to the 9th, all 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

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