Flipp’s 5 Fab Finds – Last Minute Easter Deals

Easter Weekend is here, so if you haven’t finished your shopping, now is the time.  Check out Flipp to find out which stores are having a 2-day sale (Thursday and Saturday) for Easter Weekend.  These last minute Easter deals will fill your table with plenty of food. If you have kids and are looking for basket items, there are many to be found.

Last Minute Easter Deals

No Frills

Choose ham and potatoes instead of turkey or roast for dinner.

Last Minute Easte Deals

 

 

Food Basics

Veggies for your side dishes

Last Minute Easter Deals

Giant Tiger

Solid Easter Bunny

Last Minute Easter Deals

Michael’s

Make it yourself Easter crafts and fun. On Saturday, April 15th, visit for the Kids Club Easter event.

Walmart

If you stop by Walmart for any Easter treats, be sure to pick up a beautiful potted Lily

If you don’t already have the Flipp app, download it today from Google Play or the App Store.

Have a Happy Easter.

Flipp’s 5 Fab Finds – Easter Deals

Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, Easter weekend is only a week away. Every family has their own traditions for celebrating if they celebrate. Growing up, for Easter we would get an outfit for church, some chocolate and an egg hunt. I continued the tradition with my daughter. Whether you are preparing for a small or large family, it is always great to save money, with these Easter deals you can. Below you will find deals for both dinner and a basket or egg hunt.

Easter Deals for Dinner

No Frills

An Easter Lily makes for a beautiful centrepiece or a hostess gift.

Easter Deals

Looking for an alternative to Turkey dinner? Why not roast beef?

Easter Deals

No Frills will price match all Turkeys and you may find a utility turkey at a lower price. (parts may be missing)

Food Basics

Easter Deals

Easter Deals

 

Easter Deals for Baskets

For more Easter deals, head on over to the Flipp app.

Freshco

Be aware that the 3 pack deals for Cadbury eggs are more than the individual eggs.

Easter Deals

Giant Tiger

Easter Deals

Walmart

 

It’s always fun to do some crafts

Watch for next week’s last minute Easter finds.

Download the Flipp app today from Google Play or the App Store.

Happy Easter!

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday with Flipp – 5 Fashion Finds

Shopping isn’t always about finding a deal that fits into your fridge, sometimes it is about refreshing our closets with new clothes with a Fashion Friday edition using Flipp.

Over the past few weeks, I have been able to stock up on dollar items. This has given me a few extra dollars in my pocket to focus on something other than groceries. This week it is all about fashion for the entire family.

Fashion Friday with Flipp.

Giant Tiger – Women and Children’s Fashion Deals

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday

Sears Canada – Suits, shorts and Shirt deals

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Marks’ – Door Crasher and buy 1 get 1  Deals

Fashion Friday

No matter what you are looking for, there are some great deals happening this week. Pull out your phone and swipe your way through the flyers with Flipp. Fill you closet with some fresh new fashions to start off spring.

How to Save Money on Kids Clothes in Canada

Ever wonder how you can save money on kids clothes? With many of us parents shopping for back to school now, many of us look for ways to save. I know I do and this year I learned an extra trick or two that saw money left in this mom’s wallet.  I am discovering new ways to save and keep my budget in check.

kids clothing shopping

Student Discounts

Student discounts have been utilized this year in our home. If you have a high school, college or university student in the family make sure they pay for their clothes ( yes give them a budget and let them know how to save). When students pay, they can often grab student discounts either with the SPC card, or some retailers have their student discounts:

  • H&M offers students 15% off their purchases
  • Roots offer 20% off regular priced items, 10% off sale items.
  • The Banana Republic offers 15% on your full-priced in store purchases.
  • Levi’s offers 15% off for students. Register online to get your 15% off.

There are other retailers as well if you are traveling in the US. It never hurts to ask if they offer a discount. Some are good only for college and university students, but it never hurts to ask. By the way that SPC card we got 2 weeks ago has already saved us $40.00!

Price Matching

back to school Flipp

Hate having to visit several stores to get all your shopping done? Save time and money by price matching. As many of my readers know my favourite app for price matching is Flipp. Many retailers with match and even sometimes beat their competitor’s prices. Make sure you know your favourite retailer’s policy. The products do have to be identical, so you do have to be careful. Many retailers these days allow you to price match straight from the app which is a huge blessing as you don’t have to carry a flyer or a screen grab of an online deal.  Retailers that I love to price match at for kids clothes are Walmart, Sears, Hudsons Bay, Sports Check and Giant Tiger. Giant Tiger even goes one step further and lets you get the item for one cent less.

My teen really wanted a pair of Converse sneakers so she typed Converse into the app and found them on sale at Hudsons Bay. She took a special trip there as she wanted a certain design. One of the great deals we found was at Sears. Many of the

How do you use the Flipp app to price match? It is easy. Enter the item you are looking to purchase in the search bar on the app; the Flipp app will automatically bring up all your local flyers with deals on the item, then all you do is clip the item to the app. It will be added to your shopping list. At the retailer where you shop simply show them the app and the clipping. It is that easy. Do check your store’s policy to see if they allow you to price match straight from the app.

Price Adjustments

One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to hang on to my receipts. One too many times I have seen the item I bought last week on sale this week. Lots of retailers will do a price adjustment. You simple have to check their price adjustment policy. For many stores, this is seven days but for some, it can be up to 30 days. Stores in Canada that will price adjust include Walmart, Hudsons Bay, The Childrens Place, Sport Check and Carters/OshKosh

Warranties

Do you have a kid that is rough on their clothes? I had a daughter who was very rough on her clothes. My daughter, when she was younger would chew her shirts. I am grateful for retailers who had great warranties and clothes that stood the test of time. I was also thankful for retailer warranties. I have used them a few times.

  • Walmart’s warranty states their clothes won’t wear out before your kids out grow them. The guarantee is for children’s clothing size zero to 16 and shoes size toddler zero to boys youth size six and girls youth size six.
  • Have a large family? You will love the Sears Lifetime Wear Out Warranty.  They repair or replace the item in the same size as long as any kid in the family is wearing that size. If the item is no longer in stock, they replace it with a similar item of equal value.  The warranty covers up to size 18 in the youth section and shoes up to senior kids size six.
  • You will love that Giant Tiger satisfaction guarantee policy has no time limit so you can always return kids clothing if you are not happy with the wear and get your money back.

There are many ways to save on kids clothing just remember to save your receipts. In our house, I have a clothing receipts folder, and it sure has come in handy. You will need those receipts if you want to use the warranty or get a price adjustment. Let me know if you have found other ways to save on kids clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Shop at a Thrift Store like a Pro

If you’ve been inspired to start shopping at thrift stores to save money after reading about the 5 best things to buy at thrift stores, then you’ll want to make note of this post. I’m going to give you the secrets to making the most out of shopping at thrift stores. Over the years, I’ve developed some tips and tricks for making my thrift store shopping days more productive and less likely to see me come home with stuff I really don’t need.

  • Be Prepared. The Girl Guide motto is highly useful when it comes to thrift store shopping.
    1. Take Pictures – are you looking for the perfect painting for your living room? Do you need accent pieces for your bedroom? Take photos with your cell phone so that you know what colours or design schemes you’re trying to match. Nothing is worse than getting a dark green throw when you needed a light green one.
    2. Measure it! Get a small measuring tape and keep it in your purse or your car. It would suck to find the perfect piece of furniture only to find out you either can’t get it home, or can’t get it up / down the stairs!
    3. Make a List – what do you need? What are you looking for? Write it down in a small notebook or on your phone so that you don’t forget to look for the items you need.
  • I have a kit that I call my Thrift Store Necessities – it includes a notebook, pen, my smartphone (with pictures on it), a measuring tape, and a small flashlight to look INSIDE drawers etc to make sure there aren’t any cracks or splits in wooden furniture.

    My Thrift Store Shopping Kit
    My Thrift Store Shopping Kit
  1. Be Persistent – Unless you have a very short list, you won’t find everything on it on the first try. Keep going back to the stores and keep your list current so that you know what you’re looking for. Half the fun of shopping in thrift stores is the hunt!

 

  1. Be Strategic – If you think you might want something, grab it the minute you see it! Don’t leave it on the rack and think about it – it will probably be gone before you get back to it. Use a cart and put anything you think you might want in it. Then, when you’re done shopping, sift through and pare down to items you love.

 

  1. Be Efficient – If you need a purse, go straight to the purse section and look around. Don’t be tempted by the books or shoes. Once you’ve looked for the item(s) you are shopping for, then browse. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone else walk out with the item you wanted.

By following these tips, you can become a thrift store super shopper.

Thrift Stores – Good for the earth and Your Budget

thrift store

With all the focus on the environment these days, shopping at thrift, second hand, or consignment store has become the eco-friendly way to refresh your wardrobe. As a bonus, thrift store shopping is considerably easier on the budget than shopping for new items. If you haven’t considered thrift store shopping before, here are some great reasons to try it:

1)      It’s good for the environment – Instead of buying new, look for gently used items first. Every item of clothing bought second hand is one less purchased new. Clothing manufacturing is not a green industry overall so every little bit we can do to reduce the amount of new clothing produced is helpful.

2)      You can buy locally. Thrift, second hand, and consignment stores all get their donations from the communities they’re in, so there is minimal transportation of goods. This is better for the environment and good for the local economy since the money usually helps out in the community the store is located in.

3)      It’s good for your community. Many thrift and second hand stores support community causes – Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and Value Village are the big chains and all 3 give back to the communities in which they are located. Locally run thrift stores by community organizations are often non profits that give all proceeds back to the community that they’re located in. Thrift stores can also act as a sheltered workplace for people who need support in order to be employed.

4)      You can score some awesome deals. Over the years, I’ve found designer purses, brand name clothing, and even a leather jacket all for great prices. One of the purses even had the original price tag tucked inside – a $135 Kate Spade purse that I bought for less than $5! I can’t promise that you’ll find a deal like that when you go, but I can say that you won’t find one if you don’t look!

5)      You can find some really unique items and be creative. If you’re someone who likes to stand out from the crowd, why get your clothes in a store where there are hundreds of the same outfit? Almost everything in a thrift store is a one off, which allows you to be creative and put together an awesome outfit, that’s truly one of a kind.

6)      Their sales are better. Thrift stores have some amazing deals – some have 50 or 75 percent off sales on certain tag colours or items, others have “fill a bag for $10” deals. Ask the staff at your favourite thrift store what promotions they have, and how often.

7)      Two words: treasure hunt. I love the thrill of the hunt –finding something awesome and unexpected. Thrift stores are amazing places to find unexpected treasures – you truly never know what you’re going to find!

By shopping at a thrift, second hand, or consignment store, you’re saving yourself money and saving the environment at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

 

Creating the Perfect Costume

All last week I promised my 13-year-old daughter I would take her shopping, costume shopping that is. usually we have created her costumes over the years from stuff at home. Frugal, smart, maybe, cheap yes! But this year she considers it her real last year to go trick or treating so she wanted and wants the perfect costume. She saved and budgeted for it. She dreamed it, and then when her school decided that it would be turning the school into a haunted doll house for Halloween she knew she just had to be a bat queen.She says she can hang out near the roof.

I think her desire to be a bat might come from being born in Carlsbad, New Mexico where thousands of bats make a nightly flight.

So bat queen shopping we went. First store we hit market themselves as the largest costume store in Canada..as we hunted for perfection my dear daughter started to get angry with what she saw. As she tried on costume after costume, the more frustrated she got.


Can you see the issues she might be having? Everything was too short. Too sexy. My dear daughter said and I quote” Everything makes me look like a Halloween Hooker”

Since when do we even have to sexualized costumes for tweens? and I even saw some for younger kids as well? Do you, do I really need to send my daughter out the door looking like a tramp?

My dear daughter and I left store A and went to store B which was a brand new Halloween store that opened right near my daughter’s school. Again there were the Halloween hooker outfits as Rachel called them. At this store Rachel looked over to the boys costumes and said “Mom why is it that boys get decent costumes that can cover a body while us girls get garbage?”

We went on to store C a major retail chain store that is both American and Canadian and again it was more of the same.

My tween came home without a costume, and frustrated because she had this vision.

So after our morning in High Park yesterday, we headed to Value Village on the suggestion of one of my twitter friends..Again we saw the Halloween Hooker outfits but we found other options as well especially in the used area. Finally she found her perfect black dress..she then found bat wings. She now has purple and black tights, a black dress, wings, a purple necklace and a crown..so finally after much searching we were able to make her costume dream a reality.

But what is with the sexualization of our kids costumes? What do you think when you take your teen, tween or teen to get a costume these days, especially if you have a daughter. How are you able to get your daughter a costume that is decent? What have you had to do?

If young teens are noticing the sexualization of the costumes shouldn’t we as parents be saying a bit more?

 

 

Frugal Finds on the Danforth

Yesterday with the beautiful weather that hit Toronto I thought what a great chance to explore the Danforth.

I was absolutely delighted by the frugal finds on my walk .

First was discovering that Leonidas ( you know that little chocolate shop on Queen) has a new location with one of the best spots on the Danforth ( right near Chester station).

One of the great things about this location. Not only do they sell great chocolate they have coffee, tea, gelato and the yummiest waffles at a reasonable price.

I had to try as well I love waffles.  I had my covered with strawberry composte and chocolate sauce( they make the sauce by literally melting chocolate – no syrup for these guys). I also tried one of the yummy chocolates and a great cup of tea. Lets just say when I am on the Danforth this is a place where I will hang.When April comes around I will be giving away one of their boxes of chocolates, so you will want to keep an eye out here for that giveway the first week of April.

After some waffles I needed to do some walking so headed East along the Danforth.

Next stop Valley Farm Produce- one of my favorite fruit and veggie places in the area.

I absolutely love this market. I spent only $11.24 and came home with fresh clementines, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, baby carrots, brocolli and peppermint.

Yes there are alot of competitors along the Danforth but this is one of my favorite markets.

My next find I loved well because I love books. Anyone who knows me I am an avid reader.

I stumbled upon Re:Reading. When I lived in the neighborhood this place was yet to open so it was a great discovery. With them you can reread, review, or replay as the buy sell and trade books, dvds, and cds.

they have over 20,000 titles so something for everyone and I fell in love with there sitting area. I think I could definitely curl up and have a good read.

After visiting these I continued my walk east on the Danforth finally catching the subway at Coxwell.

By the way I love that east of Donlands there are many great halal places to stop and eat and most are very reasonably priced.  If you want to explore a new part of the city I highly recommend this part of town and you can definitely find some frugal great finds.

Works for Me: Holiday Shopping

Here is my house we have just finished the first of two Muslim celebrations..The first Eid follows our month of fasting and the second one in in Novemeber. Like any holiday and we have enough of them coming up (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hannukah etc.) we all have to shop. Now me being the frugal mom I am I often shop online. I have found some great deals by doing some comparison shopping online.

Now I wanted to introduce you to a site that I use. I use Offers.com, offers alot of great help when trying to find a great deal.

Basically u can find great coupons you can use, online discounts and some pretty good offers. I love the free offers on there too! You might want to consider it if you are going to shop online this holiday season. I know I will be and that is what is working here in this house this week. Now I am off to We are That Family to see what is working in your house.

 

The Benefits of the Second Hand Store

939857_mallorca_044Yesterday after a morning of cleaning Roo and I headed out to do one of the things we love to do shop. How can we shop on a rather tight budget? We shop second hand.

Yesterday afternoon we headed off to our local thrift store were they were having a BOGO sale (buy one get one free). We spent $22. We got 2 summer dresses for Roo which she can wear to church or to one of the summer social events we are headed to. She also got a very cool pair of white pants and a white skirt, and two tops to match. I got a pair of cargo pants and a top. We both got a new pair of sandals as well. All items were in great shape, my pants even had tags attached(old navy).

Now these were good buys for needed items and we have learned to benefits of the second hand store. Have you?

We benefit first buy finding great name brands for a mere fraction of what we would pay retail. Why spend $50 for a child’s dress they only get to wear for a season. I never have. It is a waste of money.

Second Roo and I both love the element of the hunt, looking, digging through bins, examining for quality we find this fun. Roo has become brand and quality smart. All with only a few dollars in her wallet.

Third buy purchasing second hand first we are helping the environment, and saving ourselves some hard earned cash as well.

For us the second hand store is a win win proposition. Do you shop second hand? If so what are some of your best second hand buys?