I want to post this one quickly, because this is an incredible deal! Pop on over to snag a box of 16 Larabar chocolate chip bars for only $12.98. (Or click on Subscribe and Save to get the box for as low as $12.33.) I usually stock up on Larabars if they’re $1 a piece, but this is an awesome deal of only $0.81 each! Yahoo! Excellent deal, and they make perfect snacks for the kids. Or, let’s be honest, any one of us in the family.
Larabars are one of my favourite snacks, because they’re naturally gluten free, and these bars contain super simple ingredients. They’re also low sodium bars, AND contain no dairy. So these are an awesome snack for all sorts of people with food allergies or intolerances. And did I mention they have chocolate chips!?!
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Hello everyone! Today we’re searching through Amazon for some excellent pantry stock-up items. We’re talking cereal, snacks, granola bars and much more. All of them are on sale and currently in stock at Amazon.ca. Some of them are an even better bargain if you click on Subscribe and Save – meaning you’ll be subscribing to getting your favourite foods on a regular basis; you can cancel anytime. (The bonus being that you’ll save an additional 5% or 15%)
Here are the pantry items we discovered on our Amazon hunt today…
Nature Valley coconut biscuits are like crunchy oatmeal cookies with a creamy coconut filling. Yum! It’s like the best of oatmeal cookies AND granola bars, all in one happy little package. Pack of 5 for $2.47 or $2.35 if you click on Subscribe & Save. These are also an excellent little treat to pack into your kids’ lunch bags for school lunches.
Love Timmy’s French Vanilla cappuccino? No need to wait forever in a drive thru line – you can make it at home in your Keurig machine! Lovely, sweet and creamy – a real treat. Pack of 10 Tim Horton’s French Vanilla coffee pods for $9.97. And, these K-cups are recyclable!
Yupik organic oats come in a 1 kg resealable package, making it an easy item to store in your pantry. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast food, but you can also use it to make muffins, cookies or try baked oatmeal! (Sort of like a super healthy oatmeal cake, loaded with oats and fruit.) $6.14 for 1 kg of organic oats. Certified organic, certified kosher and sulfite free oats. (Don’t need organic oats? Quaker quick cooking oats in the 1 kg bag are on for only $2.97. A good time to stock up!)
Just some essentials – and all at a great price at Amazon – to get your Monday started off well. Having a well stocked pantry is always a good idea, but in these times it seems more prudent than ever before. Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!
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Free COVID-19 travel insurance offered by Air Canada was in my email inbox today. It sounded interesting and I decided to take a closer look. In the email it said that if you book an international flight from now till the end of October 31, 2020, you will be eligible for this travel insurance which has been underwritten by Manulife.
So what is the purpose of this travel insurance promotion? Here’s what was said in the email, “We hope this new insurance, combined with Air Canada CleanCare+, our industry-leading biosafety measures, and our flexible change and cancellation policies, gives you peace-of-mind for your future international travel.” So what are the details of this coverage?
Free COVID-19 Travel Insurance Offered by Air Canada, Details
I clicked on the link in the email and was taken to Air Canada’s website where it had details of the travel insurance. The first thing I noticed was that the insurance would cover international travel up to April 12, 2021. It would cover emergency medical insurance and quarantine insurance due to COVID-19. This insurance is even offered to tickets booked with Aeroplan miles. What are some other requirements?
Other Eligibility Requirements
Here’s what was listed on the Air Canada’s website that was highlighted above:
-Passenger must be a Canadian resident with a valid provincial or territory government health insurance plan for the duration of the trip.
-Bookings including at least one Air Canada flight and on a new Air Canada ticket (code 014) issued between September 17, 2020 and October 31, 2020. You will qualify for coverage regardless of whether your first flight was operated by Air Canada or by one of Air Canada’s code share or interline partners so long as your booking was ticketed on Air Canada and includes at least one Air Canada flight (marketed or operated).
-Travel duration of up to 21 days.
-Travel must originate in Canada to any international destination (USA included) for which there is no Level-4 “avoid all travel” advisory in effect issued by the Canadian government at time of departure.
-There is no age restriction to be eligible for this coverage.
-Traveller must not be advised by a physician not to travel.
Medical Coverage after a COVID-19 positive test result in destination
Up to $200,000 CDN per insured
Quarantine expenses after a COVID-19 positive test result, denied entry or contact tracing in destination
$150/day up to $2100 per person, or $300/day up to $4200 per family (Maximum duration of 14 days)
Emergency Air Transport to return you home
Included in $200,000 per insured
Repatriation due to death
Up to policy limits as outlined in the certificate of insurance
Level 3 Travel Advisory upgraded to Level 4 Travel Advisory by Canadian Government
Up to a combined $500 per person for: *return airfare* meals and accommodations
What’s Not Covered?
There are a few things Air Canada lists that it doesn’t cover as listed below:
-Travel booked for periods longer than 21 days (the entire trip is not eligible).
-Travel beyond April 12, 2021.
-Tickets purchased from another airline, even if that airline is a code-share partner airline of Air Canada, regardless of whether the flight is operated by Air Canada.
-Travel during your cruise dates, or any expenses related to your cruise.
-Air Canada Vacations bookings are not eligible as they are subject to a separate complimentary COVID-19 insurance coverage and policy. More details here.
-Residents of any other country aside from Canada.
A Couple Areas of Caution regarding this new travel insurance
The insurance seems pretty good but I noticed a couple areas of caution. The first is in the travel advisory, where it says as long as the Canadian government has not deemed the place you are travelling to a level 4. However, the Canadian government has deemed all travel outside Canada a level 3 which means that we should avoid all non essential travel. What happens if the government changes the level of the place you are visiting to level 4? There is some coverage up to $500 for airfare, meals and accommodation. Is there any thing else? Also, what if this changes before you leave for your destination?
This also brings up the issue of should we even be travelling in the first place if the Canadian government says that there should not be any non essential travel. Is planning a trip to Europe for example essential? It is an interesting question for us to ponder.
The second thing to think about is the duration you are allowed. The insurance covers travel period of 21 days or less. If it is longer than 21 days, then the entire trip is not covered. This is tricky considering that many countries have a required 14 day quarantine period for people entering their country. If that is the case, your trip is essentially cut down to one week. That is a tight window. And what happens if there are delays at the airport and you are delayed for a day or two and you end up longer than 21 days? These are things to think about before making the decision that is right for you and your family.
The free COVID-19 travel insurance offered by Air Canada sounds interesting. However, as with anything, it is the details that matter. And so it is important to inform yourself as much as possible and weigh the pros and cons. Because at the end of the day, it is not only a trip you are considering but you are weighing the risks to your health. And that is a decision that should never be taken lightly. Stay safe everyone.
We’re back for another edition of: “How many PC Optimum points can I get this week?” We’re checking out Superstore and Shoppers, and finding the best deals for bonus points and offers. Why? Because every 10000 points equals $10 of free groceries and other necessities! Some people have even been saving up extra points to have a bit extra spending power available in case of a second wave of COVID here in Canada.
Whatever your reason is for saving points, this week there are some excellent deals and ways to get extra points! So let’s go…
Bonus PC Optimum points this week at Shoppers Drug Mart
These offers are available September 19 to September 25, 2020. It feels like there are BOATLOADS of amazing offers this week, and I’m excited to share them all with you here. 🙂
Other special offers:
FLU SHOTS: Get 500 bonus points when you register online to get a flu shot at Shoppers Drug Mart. You’re actually registering for an online reminder to come in and get a flu shot by October 15, 2020. Offer expires after one use. 🙂
Bonus PC Optimum points redmeption event – get more for your points!
BONUS REDEMPTION EVENT!!! Starting Friday September 18 to Wednesday, September 23 – get extra money for your points! (Details below for how much your points will be worth. Yay! Bonus redemption events are super cool, and a great way to get a LOT more for all those PC Optimum points you’ve accumulated.)
Get up to $65 off when you redeem 50,000 points (That’s like an extra $15)
Get up to $140 off when you redeem 100,000 points (That’s an extra $40!)
Get up to $300 off when you redeem 200,000 points – that’s an extra $100 of stuff for free. Wowser!
Shoppers Seniors’ Day is Thursday, September 24, 2020
On Seniors’ Day at Shoppers, save 20% on almost all regularly priced merchandise when you scan your PC Optimum card first. PLUS…get 10,000 bonus PC Optimum points when you buy $50 or more on almost anything in store. Wow!!
Beauty and Health Products
Axe body spray OR Dove deodorant or antiperspirant OR Lady speed stick – Selected types and sizes – Buy 2 get 2500 points
Batiste dry shampoo – Buy 2 get 7000 points
Bic Flex5 or Flex2 hybrid razors – 1 in each pack – Buy 2 get 4000 points back
Bic razors – Hybrid click or Soleil razors – Selected types and sizes – Buy 2 get 4000 PC optimum points
Huggies jumbo diapers OR Huggies training pants – $11.99 each AND buy 2 get 5000 points B
Nestle Good Start Omega concentrate formula OR powder – $42.99 each and Get 2500 points back on each package
Household Supplies and Cleaning Products (and Pet Products too)
Beneful, Purina One or Friskies dry cat food – selected sizes – Get 2500 points on the purchase of each bag
Bounty paper towels – 6 roll pack – Buy 2 get 2000 bonus points
Palmolive dish soap – 591 ml to 828 ml bottle size – Buy 2 get 1500 points (Nice, a points deal on dish soap! Haven’t seen that in a while…)
Vim cleaners – 70-500 ml size bottles – Get 1000 points each
Luxury Beauty Products and Fragrances
Indeed Vitamin C skin serum – A supercharged and lightweight face serum that combines Vitamin C, tamarind seed extract and biosaccharide gum-1 to brighten, firm and moisturize your skin. Long term results include improvement in skin tone, skin brightness and texture. Get 10 times the points on purchase.
Lacoste fragrances – 45 ml to 100 ml bottles – Get 15,000 points
Neostrata Correct skin care products – Get 5000 bonus points
Philosophy fragrances – such as Fresh Cream – Get 8000 points back on each
Soap and Glory bath products (Such as No Woman No Dry) – Buy 2 get 4000 points
Strivectin skin care products – Get 10 times the points
Vichy Mineral 89 or Neovadiol skin care products – Buy 2 get 10,000 points
Wellwise.ca – Home Health care products and supports
Yes, you can earn PC Optimum points at Wellwise.ca too! They specialize in home health care products like CPAP machines, and necessities for caring for health care needs in the home. They have some great ways to add up the points this week!
CPAP Savings event this week (from Saturday, September 19 to Friday, September 25. In-store or online at https://www.wellwise.ca.) – Save 20% on selected CPAP masks, tubes and accessories PLUS get 10 times the points on a purchase of $75 or more on selected CPAP masks, tubes and accessories.
Cubii under desk elliptical machine – Awesome way to keep active even when you have to sit and work at a desk! (Whether that is in an office or right now, working from home.) Sale price $299.99 OR if you redeem 100,000 points from September 18 to September 23 get it for only $159.99!
Dr. Ho’s circulation machine/promoter – $159.99 on sale OR if you redeem 100,000 PC Optimum points from September 18-September 23 get it for only $19.99!
And now to get some extra points on grocery purchases and more at Superstore! Here are all the bargain deals we could find for points hunters…These offers are in effect September 18 to September 24, 2020.
Bonus Points on Food and Groceries (Grocery deals)
DAIRY: Iogo Nano drinkable yogurt bottles – 24 pack of 93 ml size – $11.98 with a limit of 4 plus 1000 points on each box
Heinz beans or pasta – box of 9 cans – $8.88 each with a limit of 4 plus 2000 points
Lipton chicken noodle soup – Club size 912 gram box – $7.98 each with a limit of 4 – Plus get 2000 points
Nature Valley granola bars: crunchy, sweet and salty or chewy granola bars – $10.98 and get 1500 points (The sizes of these are 1.12 or 1.47 kg. Club pack size.)
PC Colombian Supremo coffee (ground coffee) – large 1.3 kg size – Limit of 4 at $12.98 PLUS get 3000 points
PC or NO Name coffee pods – packs of either 72 or 100 pacs in each – $29.98 PLUS get 5000 points back
Quaker Harvest Crunch granola cereal – large box size of 1.4 kg – $7.98 (Limit of 4 at this price; $10.48 over the limit price) – Plus get 1000 points on each box
Uncle Ben’s Bistro Express rice, Seeds of Change rice or beans – Get 2000 points for every $8 spent on these brands
Bonus Points on Cleaning supplies and Laundry detergent
Purex liquid laundry detergent (large 4.23 or 6 liter bottles), Purex laundry pacs (68’s), Snuggle fabric softener (4.25 liter bottle) or Sunlight liquid dish soap (huge 4.2 liter bottle) – Limit of 2 at the price of $11.98 PLUS Get 1000 points on each
Bonus Points on health and beauty products
Colgate multipack toothpaste – 3 tubes of toothpaste – either 120 ml or 150 ml size each – $6.98 with a limit of 2 and get 1000 points
Halls cough drops and lozenges – Get 2000 points for every $6 spent
Nexxus or Shea Moisture shampoo or conditioner – $9.98 with a limit of 4 and get 1000 points
Huge points on Glasses at Superstore – 50,000 points offer! – Optical offers at Superstore
Get 50,000 points back on every $100 you spend in the Optical (glasses and contacts) department at Superstore. Wow!! That is 50% back in points.
Wow guys, there were some pretty unbelievable deals to be had this week for point hunters at both Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart. We hope this helps you plan your next shopping trip, and get mega points to help get free groceries and other necessities during these difficult times. Happy shopping…and please stay safe.
What are current Canadian mortgage rates in right now? It is an interesting question which will take much research as each bank has their own rates. This can be a long and arduous process. However, I thought I would post some currents rates of some of Canada’s big banks to help make things a bit easier for you guys. So without further ado, here are the current mortgage rates in Canada below:
Special Offer Information 1 APR 3.87% 2 APR 2.70% 3 APR 5.75%
Buying a house is one of the most important purchases you can make. And for most, obtaining a mortgage is necessary to make that home purchase happen. So finding the right mortgage rate for your circumstances is imperative because choosing the wrong rate could cost you thousands of dollars. So do your research; ask lots of questions; read the fine print and take an honest appraisal of what you can afford. Compare mortgage rates AND ask at the bank if they’ll match the better rates at other financial institutions. Doing so will give you the information you need to make the right decision. And, potentially save thousands upon thousands of dollars over the course of the mortgage. Happy house hunting!
New loans for black business owners was announced by Prime Minister Trudeau yesterday. The purpose of the loan program is to help black business owners and entrepreneurs by providing economic relief during COVID-19. The goal is to help these ones recovery and grow their businesses, and provide an economic boost. The government also feels that this is way to help curve systemic racism. So what are some of the details of the new program?
New Loans for Black Businesser Owners – Highlights
The $221-million program will receive about $93 million from the federal government over the next four years. It will receive $128 million from eight financial institutions. Here ‘s the actual breakdown from the Prime Minister’s website below:
The program will include:
-Up to $53 million to develop and implement a new National Ecosystem Fund. This will support Black led business organizations across the country. It will help Black business owners and entrepreneurs access funding and capital, mentorship, financial planning services, and business training.
-Up to $33.3 million in support through the new Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund that will provide loans of between $25,000 and $250,000 for Black business owners and entrepreneurs. The Government of Canada is also partnering with financial institutions, including RBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, National Bank, TD, Vancity, and Alterna Savings, to make up to $128 million available in additional lending support.
-Up to $6.5 million to create and sustain a new Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. This Hub will collect data on the state of Black entrepreneurship in Canada and help identify Black entrepreneurs’ barriers to success as well as opportunities for growth. The Hub will be run by Black-led community and business organizations, in partnership with educational institutions.
When Will This Program be Implemented?
The Prime Minister did not announce when the new loan program for black business owners will be implemented. Also, there were no details about how one would specifically apply. And there were no details on the criteria needed to qualify for the loan. And there were no details about the interest rate, repayment etc. So we will have to wait for further announcements to get more clarification. But don’t worry, as soon as we have more details to share – share it we will!
In conclusion, for many black business owners struggling from the impact of the coronavirus, it is a nice announcement to think of additional funding options. However, they will need more details and action to benefit from this program. So we’ll wait and see for now, and update you as soon as we have more information. Stay safe everyone.
A customer favourite – the BioPedic pillow – is on a half price sale right now at Linen Chest! This pillow combines memory foam with a layer of cooling gel to keep you perfectly comfortable while you sleep. A good pillow truly can make all the difference between a good night’s sleep or one where you continually toss and turn.
That crisp smell of fall is definitely in the air, and that can mean it’s time to invest in a few new pieces of clothing! If you – or the kids – need some new sweaters, jackets, boots or more – then this is a good time to get it.
When you spend $50 or more on Joe Fresh apparel get 10,000 bonus PC points! This offer is valid for online shopping OR shopping in store at Superstore. Also available at JoeFresh.ca. It’s also valid if you use it on sale or clearance items, so stretch your clothing budget further by checking out those sections first.
Wow! Do you need AA batteries? This is a whopping sale of over 65% off high-quality Energizer Max AA batteries. Excellent time to stock up, because I don’t remember seeing an Amazon price this low on good batteries in a LOOOONG time.
This new feature of ours will show off some lovely articles we’ve discovered online AND some of the best bargains and deals to start your week off right…And all hopefully enjoyed while you have your hands wrapped around a delicious cuppa – whether that’s tea or coffee, it’s up to you!
Monday Morning blog hopping & bargain finding
Spiders that don’t scare me…I am no green thumb whatsoever. But, I’m determined to try spider plants, because they clean the air and look so beautiful. I’m reading this care guide to try to avoid killing the poor plants before I even get them! (Have any other tips for cat-safe houseplants that are easy to care for?And even where to buy them online?)
Almost Oreos – A little treat of gluten-free Oreo-ish cookies was on my shopping list this week. Verdict? A wee bit crumblier than their wheat-filled counterpart. BUT…they were so nom nom delicious that I made my husband hide the box! (Where, oh where has my self control gone…where oh where can it beeeee!?)
Mini apple pies in a cupcake tin. Mini food is adorable, and when safely contained in one’s hand, it feels even more comforting. Perfect for baking up fall apples, and then freezing the wee pies for a little treat whenever you feel like one. This simple recipe yields mini pies that look photo-ready…and a rating of 5 stars by everyone who has ventured forth and made the recipe. And if you choose to use a tiny ice cream scoop and top these with mini blobs of vanilla ice cream – then all the better!!!
Pumpkin spice latte packets – To say my Starbucks consumption has greatly reduced is a ridiculous understatement. I like that these little packets of PSL mix lets you whip up a foamy pumpkin spice latte at home with just boiling water. Ahhh…fall bliss. Makes me want to grab my latte and go jump in a…pile of crunchy and colourful fall leaves.
And finally…Homemade Blueberry Syrup. A simple recipe, made extra scrumptious because it contains maple syrup. Ahhh…nothing better. Top off your French toast, waffles or pancakes with this for a special treat. (Thanks to the One Hundred Dollars a Month blog for the recipe link.)
Have a beautiful Monday, everyone. Please pop back next Monday to see what other goodies I’ve found and just need to share with you.
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