How to Avoid Last Second Christmas Shopping

How to Avoid Last Second Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping can be complicated enough without having to squeeze it all in last second. You know, do you really want to be in the stores in December 23rd and 24th? Between busy stores, empty shelves and long lineups, last second Christmas shopping is not something people look forward to, yet many find themselves in a similar situation over the holidays.

The truth is, leaving your Christmas shopping to the last second only causes you undue stress. Rather than waiting it out, there are some steps you can take to avoid last second Christmas shopping.

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Make Lists

Planning things through creating lists greatly reduces the amount of unnecessary stress you may feel when it comes to Christmas shopping. Having lists ready will make sure that you don’t forget to add anyone you plan on purchasing a gift for, leaving you to run out on Christmas eve when you realize your mistake. Carefully construct a list of those you will be buying for this year and brainstorm ideas for their gifts. This will keep you on task as you check things on the list off, completing tasks as they come.

Shop in Advance

It is almost never too early to start shopping for the holidays. The earlier you start the better. In fact, stating your Christmas shopping early is a great way to save money this holiday season as well. Take advantage of all the boxing day discounts and sales, giving you’re the chance to purchase gifts at a discount and have them ready for the holidays, reducing the need to run out last second.

Shop Online

Shopping online can help you to avoid the long lines at the stores, allowing you to shop from the comfort of your home. Online shopping is a great way to get your Christmas shopping done early, knowing exactly when your gits will arrive at your home. In fact, some online stores offer gift wrapping for a small fee, allowing you to ship your purchased gift directly to the recipient. Being ahead of the game in this manner will allow you to check things off your list rather quickly, without having to go last second Christmas shopping.

Pre-Order Christmas Treats

Don’t leave your Christmas baking and cooking to the last second. After all, you know what you are going to require well in advance. Why not place your orders for Christmas treats, your turkey and more as soon as possible? This will make sure that you have everything you need without having to run out the door to grab last second Christmas cookies.

It is important to avoid last second Christmas shopping as not only can it be stressful and time-consuming, but it can also end up costing you more money. Plan things carefully, making lists for everything you must do, shop in advance, take advantage of online retailers and pre-order your Christmas goodies as soon as you can. Preparing for the holidays is a great way to avoid those long Christmas eve lines in the stores.

10 Tips to Save Money This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the time for giving, love and friendship. Not only that, but it is also the largest shopping time of the year. From Black Friday through to Christmas Eve, there are sales, extended store hours and internet stores opened to meet the high demands of their consumers.

Let’s face it. The Holiday season can get expensive. Rather than putting yourself in debt or flattening your wallet this year, it is a good idea to take measure to save money this holiday season.

How to Save Money this Holiday Season

1. Have a Budget in Place

Before you set off on your holiday shopping spree, it is a good idea to ensure that you have a budget in place. This can help you to avoid overspending.

2. Make Lists

Once you have determined your budget and what you can spend, create a list of those you will be giving gifts to this year, organizing them by the amount of money you will be spending on each person. Having a list, will make sure that you don’t go over budget, keep you accountable and help you to make sure you have everything organized prior to the season of gift giving.

3. Compare Prices

Always make a point to compare prices prior to setting off on your holiday shopping adventure. Make sure that where you intend to purchase a specific gift from, is the cheapest location. There are many apps designed to help you compare prices, print coupons and even reap the benefits of any memberships you have, so remember to always shop around.

4. Don’t Buy on Impulse

Never purchase a big-ticket item impulsively because you may think it’s a great deal. With your emotions high and the spirit of the season consuming you, it is easy to make quick decisions that leave you feeling as though you are drowning in debt. Sleep on it, comparison shop and make sure you can afford it prior to just jumping in head first.

5. Store Receipts

Always store your receipts until after the holiday season. This will help to ensure that you get your money back if there is anything wrong with the item purchased and sometimes if you purchase something at full price and see that it goes on sale at a much bigger discount, you can return the item and get it for the cheaper price.

6. Buy Early

The lowest prices are often found far before the seasonal sales take place. Making sure to go shopping early in the year for presents for the holidays is a great way to take advantage of sales, plan and avoid overspending. In fact, some of the best deals take place after the seasonal sales have ended, so the earlier in the year you start your holiday shopping, the better.

7. Opt for Secret Santa

Rather than individually purchasing gits for every one of your friends and family members, opt for secret Santa gift giving. This makes sure that everyone receives a gift, without everyone having to go overboard with their spending.

8. Visit the Dollar store

Your local discount or dollar store is a fantastic place to visit when doing your holiday shopping. This is because items like wrapping paper, tape, bows and gift tags are generally inexpensive, allowing you to nicely wrap your gifts without breaking the bank.

9. Keep it Simple

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep the gifts your purchase simple and straightforward. If you have a lot of people on your list, simple gift cards can go a long way and are an inexpensive way to ensure that its recipient can purchase something they are actually going to use.

10. Know When to Stop

When you have completed your list, it’s time to stop shopping. Avoid mall trips just to browse as this can lead to purchases you didn’t intend to make. Once your list is completed, so is your holiday shopping.

There are many ways to save money this holiday season. It is important to pay attention to details, don’t overspend and know when to stop. The holidays are supposed to be fun and exciting and it’s the thought that counts not the amount.

The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

With Thanksgiving, Halloween and Remembrance Day done it is time to start thinking about everything Christmas. As the Christmas season draws near, it’s incredibly important to start planning for all the tasks that need to be executed to have a holly jolly Christmas. Yes, I get the pun! It is time for the ultimate Christmas checklist.

Early preparation is the key to Christmas success, making sure all the important aspects of the holiday season are taken care of well in advance.

One of the best ways to get yourself organized and on the Christmas ball so to speak is to prepare a Christmas checklist.

The Ultimate Christmas Checklist
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  • Make a Plan – Now is the perfect time to solidify your Christmas plans. Will you be hosting or travelling elsewhere? Once that has been decided you can make plans from there.
  • Create a Christmas Budget – Creating a budget for the holidays will help to ensure you don’t overspend over Christmas months. No one likes to be paying for Christmas after the holidays.
  • Add Activities to Calendar – As you find out about school performances, parties and more, add them to a master calendar. Keep the calendar in a central location so you know your schedule and plans quickly.
  • Start Baking and Freeze – Anything that can be frozen like bars, bread and cookies are fantastic to make ahead. This will help to ensure that you have desserts on hand for when guests arrive throughout the season.
  • Organize Christmas Cards – Now is the best time to determine how many cards you need, and ensure you have updated all your recipient’s addresses.
  • Shop for Tags and Wrapping Paper – Starting to purchase your gift wrap and tags early will give you the best selection, preparing you for when it’s time to wrap those gifts.
  • Take Your Christmas Card Photo – Get your Christmas card photo taken and ready for creating your personalized Christmas cards.
  • Order Christmas Cards – Ordering your Christmas cards ahead of time will ensure that you have plenty of time for them to arrive and lots of time to send them out.
  • Plan for Overnight Guests – Consider what you will need for overnight guests and make sure to get your house ready for visitors. Replace old towels and sheets and prepare the sleeping arrangements.
  • Make a Master Gift List – Create a list of everyone that you will be purchasing gifts for and general ideas of what to get them. This will help you to save money and time when doing your shopping.
  • Start Christmas Shopping – The more presents you buy ahead, the better.
  • Wrap Gifts as you Buy – Not only will this save you from the chances of your kiddos finding the gifts before Christmas, but it will totally save you time on Christmas Eve.
  • Take Stock of Décor – Go through all the Christmas decorations and take inventory to see if anything needs to be replaced.
  • Take Stock of Place Settings – Make sure you have everything you need for special events and meals and make sure to replace anything that may have broken.
  • Address and Send Christmas Cards.

Over the Holiday Season – (December)

  • Buy a Live Tree – Now is the best time to buy a fresh tree. Just make sure it has enough water so it doesn’t dry out before Christmas. Not into real trees, check the flyers for deals on fake ones.
  • Start Traditions – If your family does elf on the shelf or any other exciting Christmas traditions, now is the time to start them! Perhaps you can decide to donate time together as a family helping someone in need.
  • Finalize Menus – If you will be hosting a Christmas dinner or party, make sure you have all menus finalized and start a master grocery list.
  • Order Turkey – Now is the time to order your turkey, ham or whatever it is you wish to serve for your Christmas meal.
  • Mail all Gifts – Any gifts that must be mailed out of town should be done now.
  • Get non-perishables – Any canned goods, pantry staples and beverages you will need can be purchased now.
  • Deep Clean – Now is the perfect time to make sure your home is clean and organized. In fact, tackling the refrigerator right now will make sure that you have space for the dishes and ingredients you will need to pull off Christmas dinner.
  • Stock up on Batteries – There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t have batteries for the kids toys on Christmas morning.
  • Shop for fresh Ingredients – A few days before the holidays is the best time to purchase all fresh ingredients you will require for your big dinners, parties and Christmas morning breakfast.
  • Set the Table – Setting the table days before the big dinner or party is a fantastic way to save time when the big day comes.
  • Start Cooking and Baking
  • Charge the Batteries on your Camera or Video Camera
  • Finish Last Second Wrapping
  • Finish Cooking
  • Put out Cookies for Santa
  • Relax, listen to Christmas Music and Enjoy the Holiday Season!

 

Early preparation is the key to Christmas success just make sure to use the ultimate Christmas checklist to ensure you are ready to enjoy the holidays this year. Now, do you want an easy printed list? It is my early Christmas gift to you. Simply grab this pdf and it will keep you on track all season long.

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Great Ways to Host a Frugal Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many are looking forward to spending time with their friends and family, all while enjoying their favourite foods, drinks and desserts. The truth of the matter is, amidst all that wonderful gratitude, bonding and eating, hosting thanksgiving can put a real dent in your finances. Between the cost of decorations, dessert, the main and the sides and even the beverages, hosting Thanksgiving can leave your wallet feeling less than grateful.

Luckily, there are ways to host a frugal Thanksgiving dinner, all while keeping it memorable and delicious.

Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Make Your Own Decorations

Rather than going out and spending an inordinate amount of money on thanksgiving decorations, make your own. Thanksgiving decorations can consist of inexpensive items or things you can find around your house already. Things like fallen leaves, small gourds and even pie pumpkins work well as table décor. In fact, you can even hollow out the pie pumpkin to make dessert and place the empty pumpkin on the table with a lit candle inside.

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Shop Creatively

Rather than going out and spending an inordinate amount of money on thanksgiving decorations, make your own. Thanksgiving decorations can consist of inexpensive items, or things you can find around your house already. Things like fallen leaves, small gourds and even pie pumpkins work well as table décor. In fact, you can even hollow out the pie pumpkin to make dessert and place the empty pumpkin on the table with a lit candle inside.  

Make It a Potluck

A potluck dinner gives lots of options and makes for less work.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a potluck like holiday to begin with, so it’s not uncommon to have your guests bring at least one dish to contribute. Rather than taking on all the work and expense yourself, a potluck thanksgiving saves you money, makes sure that every guest has a dish they love and lessens your work load. Just make sure to keep a running tally of what everyone is bringing and ensure there is a variety in the dishes. Otherwise, you could end up with an abundance of different variations of pumpkin pie and absolutely no side dishes. 

Get Creative with Leftovers

A big Thanksgiving dinner can create enough leftovers for many meals to come, but you may find yourself getting sick of turkey sandwiches. Using the turkey carcass to create a delicious turkey stew or soup is a great way to repurpose some of your leftovers and they freeze well too for future meals. Stretching the meal out to serve future meals helps to save a lot of money.

Hosting a frugal Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, as long as you make your own decorations, shop creatively, make it a potluck and get creative with your leftovers, Thanksgiving will not only be delicious, but it will also be inexpensive. Get ready to gobble up your delicious and frugal Thanksgiving dinner and make even your wallet feel grateful

How to Plan a Staycation

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Wouldn’t it be great to escape the chaos and day-to-day responsibilities of our everyday lives for a week of fun and relaxation somewhere far away?  But what if it’s not in the budget?  Airfare, hotel rooms, rental car, dining out, and other travel expenses can make getting away very expensive.  And even if money isn’t a factor, sometimes health issues or work obligations prevent us from going away anytime we feel like it. Downtime is great to take.

But that doesn’t mean when the kids are home from school for summer vacation or March Break that you can’t still have a great time! Why not plan to take a vacation right in your own backyard?  A true Staycation is more than just time off at home, it’s an intentional time of fun and relaxation for your family.  It may take a little effort to do it right, but ultimately, it can be just as fun as going out of town.

  1. Set ground rules. The point of a Staycation is to make it feel as much like a real vacation as possible, without leaving home. To make sure the whole family is on the same page, it’s good to set some ground rules that everyone can agree on.  These could include some or all of the following:
  • No email
  • No computer or video games
  • No work
  • No fighting
  • Family time only—no independent activities
  • No cooking, cleaning or doing laundry
  1. Spruce up your bedroom. Make sure you have cosy soft sheets and that they are freshly washed. Add some scented fabric softener to the laundry so they smell great.  Unplug the alarm clock and hide it in the closet.  Put fresh flowers on your nightstand along with a book you’ve been looking forward to reading.  Fill a basket with your favourite snacks and some bottled water to keep in your room.  Place scented candles around to encourage relaxation.
  2. Be a tourist. Do you live in or near a city like we do where there are lots of tourist attractions?  If you do, you’ve likely never been a tourist in your own hometown.  This is the time to explore where you live.  Visit local museums or monuments, try out a couple of the “hot spots” for dinner, go to the zoo, attend a sporting event or get theatre or concert tickets. Here in Toronto, there are lots to do, and lots of them are free.
  3. Spend time in the great outdoors. Go on a nature walk at a nearby national park. With Rouge Park being a National Park it makes a great spot to get into the outdoors. The TTC even takes you close to the park entrance.  Do you live within a couple hours’ drive from a beach?  Take a day trip. If you’re not close to a beach or hiking area, go to a local park for a game of Frisbee, a long walk or some fishing.  Go camping or watch movies in the backyard. Here in Toronto, you might want to head over to the Toronto Islands which are just a short ride away.
  4. Enjoy a family night in. Play a board game together.  Have a movie night complete with popcorn and hot fudge sundaes.  Work on a puzzle or invent a new game.  Build a fire to roast marshmallows and tell scary stories.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even travel out of town to enjoy a fun and relaxing family vacation.  I hope these ideas have inspired a few ideas of your own! We are looking forward to our next staycation right here at home.

Mothers Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gifts from Hallmark #LoveHallmarkCA

Becoming a mom is one of the best experiences a woman feel. I remember the first time I held my daughter, motherhood was something I always wanted. Even though motherhood did not come under perfect circumstances for me I have been blessed and changed by motherhood.  This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate all the moms we know.  We cherish all the times and special moments we have shared over the years. We talk, we share and we have bonded more over time and memories.  I won’t be able to spend the day with my mom since she lives far away, but I will give her a call and chat on Mother’s Day.

I recently received a box full of Mothers Day gifts.  It was a rainy day and I couldn’t wait to get outside and use my new umbrella. The Catalina Estrada Flourishing Blooms Scarf is one of my favourites. It is something that just adds style to just about any outfit I put on. It has been a great fashion accessory and has been spotted wearing it often.

Mothers Day Gifts

Mothers Day Gifts from Hallmark

Mothers Day Gifts

There are a variety of gifts that will be a sweet addition for anyone’s taste. Your mom will love any of these Hallmark items.

  • Catalina Estrada Springtime Petals
  • Catalina Estrada Flourishing Blooms Scarf
  • Signature Gift Bags
  • Catalina Estrada Flourishing Blooms Cuff Bracelet
  • Blue Ceramic Tea Mug with built-in Infuser win a
  • Catalina Estrada Hummingbird Haven
  • Catalina Estrada Blue Rose Cosmetic Bag
  • Signature Greeting cards

Shower mom with love and make it a special day full of fun and memories to last a lifetime.

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It’s time to enter and win a special gift or two for Mother’s Day. One lucky reader from Canada will win a Catalina Estrada Flourishing Blooms Scarf

and a Catalina Estrada Flourishing Blooms Cuff Bracelet.

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How to do Thanksgiving Dinner for Under $40

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For the last few years, I have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner here at home, and I love when there are lots of leftovers. It means I don’t have to cook for a few days. One of the things that have always concerned me is how much we spend on a holiday meal. Did you know you can do a nice Thanksgiving dinner for under $40.00 The meal can serve 4-6 people.

Here is how to do Thanksgiving dinner for under $40.00:

Check out your local flyers, your favorite recipe sites, and look at what coupons you may have on hand. I always check for coupons and deals on my Flipp app. If you are a regular reader of mine, I am sure this app is on your phone.

Decide on your menu and make your shopping list. I love that I can make my list right on my Flipp app. It allows me to carry my shopping list with me wherever I go so there are no mistakes made.

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Here is what I will be serving this Thanksgiving:

  • Roast turkey ( yes I do a whole Turkey). Did you know you can get a great price on turkey at Walmart Canada right now? Because of the price of the turkey there I decided I would do all my shopping there.
  • Honey Glazed Carrots. ( we love these)
  • Sweet potatoes and marshmallows
  • garden salad
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing ( I add a bit of cranberries to my Stove Top)
  • Pickles
  • Rolls
  • Apple Pie with Cool Whip
  • Apple Cider
  • Gravy

This allowed me to use coupons and price match as well check out any deals that Walmart had. One of the things I do, before I shop, is make my shopping list and checked it twice. I always check my cupboards before I leave the house, so I am not purchasing duplicates. This year there was no need to purchase things like flour, eggs, butter, spices, or pickles because I have them in the house. I also have salad fixings in the house always.

 Went to my local Walmart store with my list on my app and my clippings ready. There were several price matches I thought I might need but the majority of the time the price at Walmart was just right. I did manage to do a few price matches, though.

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When you make a menu with your favourite recipes, make a list and check it twice, then use my favourite shopping tool Flipp you can do even a holiday meal on a budget. No need for a huge expense on the pocket book. Check out everything I got for $36.00. The only thing missing is my apple cider.

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Now if you are a huge fan of Flipp like I am you will want to check out their Facebook page and Twitter account this week during the day. They are giving away some great prizes as they celebrate #FlippGivesThanks

15 Free Things You Can Do In Niagara Falls

If you follow me on Social Media You know I love Niagara Falls. Since it is a short road trip from Toronto, we go at least a few times a year. There are lots of ways to save when you go for a visit, and we have saved on everything from our room stay to our meals to the great amusement attractions. You can easily find lots of great deals but did you know there are many things free things you can do in Niagara Falls.

Here are 15 things you can do for FREE in Niagara Falls.

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  1. Visit the Niagara Botanical Gardens. It’s great exercise and if you love photography, it is a photographer’s delight.
  2. I love flowers, and the Floral Clock is a must visit that everyone loves. You will find it on the Niagara Parkway.
  3.  My daughter fell in love with the Dufferin Islands. Be sure to check them out. Have fun exploring all the islands, maybe one will be the perfect spot for a picnic. daredevil exhibit
  4. The Niagara Daredevil Exhibit and Gallery is free, and it is a neat way to learn the history of those who have attempted to go over the Falls
  5. Go for a bike ride along the Niagara Parkway. There are 56 kilometers of beautiful scenery from Fort Erie all the way to Niagara on the lake.
  6. Visit the Heartland Forest. It has free admission and has some great forest trails, outdoor learning centers, a fish and frog pond and one of the largest treehouses in Canada. niagara-falls-history-museum-960-00
  7. Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum on Thursdays from 5-9m (it’s free then). Learn about the history of the city and the local area.
  8. Check out the Oakes Garden Theatre.  This beautiful garden is the entrance way to Queen Victoria Park. It’s right at the foot of Clifton Hill and gives you a geat view of the American and Horseshoe falls.
  9. The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is one of the best hiking spots in the Niagara area. With the backdrop of the Niagara River, it is a spectacular place to hike. Make sure you check out the discovery center to learn how the Falls were created.
  10.  Niagara on the Lake is a short drive from Niagara Falls, and it is one of my favorite places. The area is known for its wines and outdoor festivals. Visit Queens Royal Park and enjoy a picnic lunch with a great view.cham-sham
  11.  Ten Thousand Buddha Temple. The Cham San Ten Thousand Buddha Temple is an Asian style building with beautiful works from Buddist artists. They provide free guided tours on summer weekends from June to October.
  12.  The Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights. This winter festival is breathtaking. It includes over 125 animated light displays. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.
  13.  Take in McFarland House. Guided tours of this historic family residence are available from mid-May to Labour Day.
  14. 1812 Battle Re-Enactments at Old Fort Erie. Watch the fort come alive during special lantern tours after the Saturday evening battle. Camps and battles are free to the public. niagara-falls-fireworks-large
  15.  You can’t go to Niagara Falls without taking in the Falls Firework Illuminations and CocaCola Concerts. Niagara Falls has hosted Canada’s longest running firework series over Niagara Falls. Fireworks happen on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until October 31st.

Know of any other great free things to do in Niagara Falls, then let me know.

5 Tips for Planning a Long Weekend Barbecue on a Budget

The Canadian long weekend is ahead! Friends and family will gather in backyards, at the park or at a beach to celebrate Canada Day. With summer now really in full gear, one of our favorite things to do is have a barbecue. It is simply part of the Canadian long weekend experience. So how does one host a great barbecue on a budget well? If you use the Flipp app, it is easy to save both time and money whenever you are getting ready for any long weekend but especially the Canada Day long weekend. With this shopper’s best friend, my Flipp app, I was able to find everything on my list!

 So How do you plan a Canada Day Barbecue on a Budget?

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1. Shop What You Have at Home

To start take stock of what you already have at home that you can use. Always check your pantry and storage first! For us, this means the decor, plates, cutlery. tablecloth and the Canadian flag are all not necessary purchases. There will be no shopping for these items. Often we forget to take stock of what we have and buy things we do no need. Have you ever realized you have two or more simply because you forgot to check? I know it has happened to me.

2. Menu Plan

Before you hit the grocery store, plan your menu. What do you want to eat? What does everyone love? Will you stick to a theme? For Canada day you may go with family favourites, a Canadian made theme, a red and white theme, or you can create a theme perfect for your gang.

For us we are going with some family favourites we found on the Food Network website. We will be having:

  1. Grilled Corn on the Cob wrapped in bacon. That says Canadian to me.
  2. Mesa Grill’s Southwestern Potato Salad. A nod to my American-born daughter.
  3. Grilled Brussel Sprouts  A new favorite of my teen
  4. Hamburgers with Double Cheddar Cheese. We love Canadian cheese.

For dessert, our family loves watermelon and strawberry shortcake.

Check your pantry and fridge to see what you need before you make your shopping list.

3. Make a List

 

The shopping list is my favourite feature on the Flipp app. I use it every week. Do you?

I love how it keeps me organized and helps me plan, and it brings up all the flyers that have the item on sale that way I can locate the best deal quickly.   The deals I have in Toronto may be different than the deals you have locally. Here is what is on my list.

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I found great deals on:

Watermelon at Food Basics for $2.88

Corn on the Cob at Walmart for $0.47

Batteries which we need to have for toys at The Source for $5.49 + $1.00 off coupon ( from the Flipp app)

Lean Ground Beef at Food Basics for $4.99

Off at Walmart 2 for $13 ( you can stack this with other offers this week)

Banana Boat or Coppertone sunscreen at Metro for 8.99 (again check for stacking possibilities)

Fireworks are a great price at Giant Tiger. Sparklers for the little ones are only $1.25

4. Clip Coupons

Did you know you can find coupons on the Flipp App? You can. This week batteries are on the list, and I found a $1.00 off Energizer batteries and when I combine that with a sale price I save even more. Do you use coupons? On my list of deals, there are several coupons out there that would allow you to stack and save more. Let us know.  I find coupons on several apps, in-store or by following brands on social media. 

5. Be a Budget Minded Bartender

Think about it. Trust me your friends will end up thanking you and are less likely to need a cab home. Serve one or to specialty drinks and then have a mocktail available. I use my Soda Stream and add ginger, lemon and a bit of mint to create one for my friends. Can you think of a signature drink you might serve? Have friends that love to drink, then make the bar BYOB.

When you spend a few minutes checking what you have, making a list and checking for coupons you can always barbecue and be a great bartender on a budget while saving time. Let us know what is one the menu for your Canada Day celebration?

 

 

 

The Flipp App Makes Easter Shopping Easy

Easter is one of my favourite holidays, right after Christmas it is a weekend on the calendar I absolutely love. When I was growing up, my friend the Easter bunny would always bring a few presents, an Easter basket and there would be way to many eggs to try and find. We would get up early and see what the Easter bunny had brought. These days mama Easter bunny needs a hand that is where my favourite shopping buddy Flipp comes in handy!

With my handy Flipp app that lives on my smartphone shopping for any holiday, any meal is so simple.

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Just like being Santa, it’s easy to make a list and check it twice before heading to the store. I love the easy to use search and shopping list features. They are something I use every week. In my house there are 2 little ones to shop for as two preschoolers live upstairs and we exchange gifts. I also have one teen who still expects the Easter Bunny to stop by. I don’t go overboard for Easter but there are some essentials.

With some bad weather ahead, I planned on shopping at Walmart, as I can always price match there. I started making my list for the Easter baskets and Easter dinner. I decided to make simple baskets for the kids filled with Kinder Eggs, sidewalk chalk and bubbles. I added them all to my list.

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For my Easter dinner I knew we wanted turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pie, whipped cream, carrots, butter and asparagus. I always enter items on my shopping list without looking through the flyers, because Flipp is a shopper’s best friend and will tell me where it is on sale. I then simply browse through the sale prices to find the best deal. Within minutes, my list is always ready and I am headed shopping.

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At Walmart, I breezed through the store finding everything on my list and a wee bit more when I spotted Gatorade on sale. Every week, I love using my Flipp app to help me cut costs. I love it a little bit more when it helps me to save on the holidays like Easter.

If you have not downloaded the Flipp app, you need to do it right now. Trust me you will be glad you did. The average Flipp user is able to shave their grocery bill by at least 25%.