Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my readers a wonderful, turkey-filled Thanksgiving.

Happy Shopping!!!


What do sites like Groupon, WagJag, LivingdDeal and  Deal of the Day have in common? They are deal of the day sites that users can buy discounted gift certificates from to use at local and national companies. These sites have saved users thousands of dollars. For example, I have purchased car detailing for $39 (reg. $89) and I just recently scored a one-night getaway at Niagara Falls, staying at the Hilton (executive suite for 2 adults and up to 5 children), with manager's reception, $40 voucher for the Keg and a full hot and cold breaksfast complete with omelette station for $115CDN. Now tell me that's not a great deal?!!!!

What these sites believe is that there is buying power in numbers and that the more people that are interested in a product, the cheaper that product should be. Great concept!

Check them out, you might just find yourself at the spa for 50% off or having dinner with friends for 90% off the regular price. Let me know what great deals you get.

Happy Shopping!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kid Watch Child Safety Services

Expectant parents, are you frustrated by looking for someone to install that car seat. Police and fire departments no longer do installations and car seat clinics are few and far between. Usually, by the time you hear of one, it has already happened. Search no more. Finally, a company that not only installs car seats, but they will come to your location to do it. Kid Watch is a company that is aimed at educating and informing parents on the proper use of car seats as most people simply assume a well installed car seat is all they need to ensure their child is safe. This couldn't be further from the truth, as proper installation is only 50% of what ensures a child is safe in a vehicle. Correct use is the other half of the equation. Transport Canada states that 85% of all car seats are incorrectly installed, assuming that the other 15% are correctly installed, you could only imagine that a smaller percentage of that are correctly used.

Technicians are Kid Watch are trained to not only correctly install your child's safety restraints, but also to walk you through the process of ensuring you are informed on how to best use them. Their guidelines are strictly set by government requirements for children's safety.

As a former pet owner, I never gave consideration to the fact that there is a potential danger in unsupervised interaction between my baby and the family pet, in our case a cat. They explained to me that as a baby grows and begins to crawl or walk, they will sometimes bother and harass the pet. Often the pet will simply get up and move away, but it is also know that in frustration, pets will lash out and children can be seriously hurt even by the most benign of pets. Kid Watch also believes in taking a proactive approach to baby proofing rather than a reactive one, which most parents do. Why wait until your toddler is walking on the kitchen counters before baby proofing? Reminds me of the old adage, prevention is better than a cure. As parents, we are often caught up in the more "exciting" aspects of a baby's arrival-painting the baby's room, picking the colours, and so on-sometimes spending hundreds, at times thousands of dollars, on these more frivolous details and then "nickle and diming" it when it comes to baby proofing and child safety.

As a mother, I want more time to spend with my children, and I like the fact that this company takes the guess work out of choosing the right baby proofing products and gives me the convenience of installing my car seat for me at my home, at a time of my choosing.

Visit Kid Watch's website.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Back to school lunch ideas

As a peanut-free environment, one has to be creative with their lunch ideas for school. Below are a few suggestions for Mom and the students in your house.

Grain Products
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English muffins
Low-fat muffins
Pita bread
Cooked pasta/rice
Rice crackers
Soft tortilla shells
Whole-grain cereal
Nut-free granola bars
Kraft dinner

 Vegetables & Fruit
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Fresh fruit
Fruit cups
Dried fruit
Canned fruit
Juice boxes
Vegetable juice
Fresh veggies

Milk and Milk Products
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Cottage cheese
Cheese slices
Cheese strings
Fat-free pudding


Meat & Alternatives
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Hard-boiled egg
Leftover pizza
Baked beans
Canned bean

If your children are picky eaters (like mine are) use small, reusable containers and put different foods in them. That way, they can choose what they want while at school and you will get a good idea of what people like and dislike.

Thermos is excellent for keeping hot things and hot and cold things cold!

Health Canada provides useful information on nutritional requirements and also has a link to get your free copy of the Canada Food Guide. Click here.

Happy Shopping!!

Price-match to save money

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Price-matching is an excellent way to save money. It allows you to save gas and energy by not running around from store to store to get the best deals.

How price-matching works:
- Look for the deals posted, you are interested in in your various flyer(s).
- Take competitor flyer(s) to your grocery store.
- At checkout, notify the cashier you are price-matching.
- Save!

Be sure to check your receipt to ensure savings were applied.

If you have any problems, remember, never argue with the cashier, always ask to speak with the manager for clarification.

Some stores may allow you to price match with a receipt.

Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Money Mart Class Action Settlement

Money Mart has settled their Class Action Lawsuit in Ontario.

This notice is directed to all persons ("Settlement Class Members") who received a fast cash advance or payday loan from a Money Mart store in Ontario between August 19, 1997 and December 15, more

Home Insurance Surprise!!

Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /

 I recently switched car and home insurance companies and put them under the same company (for a discount). On the surface, it was a good deal, I saved over $600/yr on car insurance and the home insurance appeared unchanged. I signed the papers and all seemed fine. A closer look at my home insurance however,  revealed that the coverage amount was now half my previous amount. Had I known this prior to signing, I might have stayed with my old insurance companies.

When switching insurance companies, perhaps for a discount, ensure that you understand all amount coverages in order to avoid any surprises.

Happy Shopping!!
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