Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension was just announced today by the prime minister this morning. The news is definitely a relief for the many businesses struggling to stay afloat during this pandemic. How long is the extension for and when does the program end? See below:

What is the Canada Emergency Wage subsidy? Quick Review

Here’s a quick summary from a CBC article today: “The program covers 75 per cent of wages, up to a weekly maximum of $847, for workers at eligible companies and non-profits affected by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Originally the program went from March 15, 2020 to August 29, 2020. This meant that an employer could collect a 75% wage subsidy on an employee’s wages up to 24 weeks as per the government’s website. For more details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program, please look at my original article regarding this.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension

As mentioned earlier, the prime minister announced that the government will be extending the program until December 2020. The exact weeks extension and when you can apply for the extension was not announced as of yet. Once further details are given, we will update these details.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, many small businesses will welcome the extension of the program as the economy recovery from the pandemic is slow. Also, with uncertainties surrounding covid-19 such as a potential second wave, many businesses are worried about their future. And any help during this unstable time is good help for sure. Stay safe!

PC Optimum Points Offers this Week – Best Ways to rack up points

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We’re back helping you rack up your PC Optimum points this week! Ever since PC Optimum changed their program details (from being able to collect some points with every dollar spent) to one of getting points ONLY with their special offers…well, it became more important than ever to really plan how to rack up those PC points! Special offers, and offers sent to you on your PC Optimum app are the way to get points. And every 1000 points = $10 of free stuff.

PC OPTIMUM Points Offers at Superstore This Week

These offers are in effect from Friday, July 3 to Thursday, July 9, 2020. Okay, so what goodies lie in store at Real Canadian Superstore this week? Lots of extra points on coffee purchases this week, and with drinking coffee more at home – that’s a bonus we can slurp right up! And, an impressive bonus points offer on Reactine allergy pills this week, too.

Groceries Points Deals

  • Kellogg’s pop tarts OR Vector protein bars (125 gram-400 gram boxes) Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • McCafe K-cup coffee pods – 30 pack – on sale for $19.98 plus 2000 points (these are just slightly less on Amazon – the 30 pack for $19.68 right now.)
  • McCafe K-cup coffee pods – 12 pack – on sale for $9.98 plus 1000 points
  • McCafe roast coffee – selected varieties – 300 or 340 gram packs – 1000 points
  • PC Organics peanut butter – $4.00 each and 800 points (but only for Insiders Subscribers members)
  • Starbucks ground or whole bean coffee (340 grams) OR a 10 pack of Keurig coffee K-cups – $7.74 each and 2000 points each
  • Tide Pods or Gain Flings (73/96 count on the Tide pods; 96 count on the Gain Flings) 2000 points each (and the flyer price this week is $22.98 each. I found a better deal for these on Amazon this week. 72 count of Tide pods for $18.77.)

Health and Beauty Points Deals this Week

  • Crest, Oral-B, Burt’s Bees or Fixodent oral care products – 3000 points for every $15 spent
  • Olay Regenerist facial care – selected varieties – on sale for $29.98 each plus 1000 points
  • Reactine allergy products – Get 5000 points for every $30 spent! If you guys use this stuff like we do, this is an excellent time to stock up and get your points balance higher.
  • Sensodyne, ProNamel, Polident, Poligrip, Biotene or Aquafresh oral care products. 3000 points for every $10 spent on these products.

Household Points Deals this Week

  • Jump Kid’s world summer toys – all sorts of kinds – 3000 points for every $10 spent

Clothing Points Deals this Week

  • A big 10,000 points if you — download the PC Optimum app and load your Joe Fresh clothing offer. The offer on my app this week showed 10000 points for a $30 Joe Fresh clothing purchase. Sweet!

PC OPTIMUM points deals and offers this week at Shoppers Drug Mart

These offers are in effect on the Shoppers flyer from Saturday, July 4 to July 9, 2020.

Health Deals this Week

  • Bios Diagnostics Protocol blood pressure monitor – $111.99 plus 10 x the points
  • DivaCup menstrual cups – get 5x the points
  • English Laundry fragrances – Arrogant, Cambridge Knight or Oxford Bleu (100 ml bottles) – get 10000 points. (If you’re curious to sample an English Laundry fragrance, I found this pack of 3 sample sizes for women on Amazon for under $30.)
  • Hawaiian Tropic sun care products – Get 2000 points on each
  • Life brand joint health OR Omega-3 natural health products – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Medpro patient aid products – Get 10x the points
  • Revitive Medic circulation booster – $279.99 plus get 10x the points
  • Strivectin Advanced retinol, or Acid skin care products – Buy 2 get 15,000 points
  • Trojan brand condoms or personal lubricant – 5 x the points
  • U by Kotex tampons, liners or pads (larger size packs) $8.99 each and get 1000 points on each

Beauty Deals this Week

  • Avene Cleanance adult acne treatment or Night Care cream – get 5000 points
  • Conair Unbound hair curler – $99.99 each and 10000 bonus points (I managed to find it on Amazon for $89.99, but of course you won’t get points. When you take into account the $10 worth of points on this deal, it pretty much equals out to the same deal!)
  • Dermablend professional makeup products – Buy 2 get 12,000 points
  • Dr. Roebuck’s foaming cleanser, or skin care serumGet 6000 points each
  • Essie gel couture nail polish OR Sally Hansen miracle gel nail enamel – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Head and Shoulders Supreme OR Pantene Hair Affair hair products – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Life brand acne, skin, sun or haircare products – Spend $20 get 4000 points
  • Nice ‘n Easy, Natural Instincts or Root Touch up kits – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • No. 7 skin care products – Buy 2 get 10000 points
  • Nude by Nature lip colour – 1500 points each
  • Quo beauty false eyelashes or eyelash implements (like eyelash curlers) – Spend $25 get 5000 points
  • Quo Beauty nail enamel or nail treatment ($8.99 each) – Spend $25 get 5000 points
  • Veet hair removal productsbuy 2 get 2500 points
  • Vichy acne skin care products – Buy 2 get 4000 points

There we have it! All of your best PC Optimum for this week in July, 2020. Rack up those points, and you can save up for something amazing. Or, keep those points for when money is tight — free groceries always come in very handy.

Save On Foods Flyer Deals – Western Canada – June 11-17, 2020 – Grocery Deals Calgary

We’re back with some of the very best deals at SAVE ON FOODS this week. We’re still shopping pretty exclusively at Save On (until we feel more comfortable shopping in more places), so I’m excited when the new flyer deals come out. Here are the top deals at Save On this week…

A special promo this week – purchase any Western Family product and 50% of the net proceeds will go to local food banks.

Grocery Deals this Week

  • Western Family cheese crunchies snacks (These look a lot like Hawkins cheesies to me) $2.99 for a big 500 gram bag
  • Western Family coffee – premium; 225 gram packages OR 12 pack pods $5.99 each
  • Western Family lemonade 1.89 liter bottles – 2 for $4.00
  • Western family orange juice – Selected varieties in the cooler section – $2.99 each
  • Western Family peanut butter 1 kg $3.99 each
  • Western Family ripple potato chips (other varieties also on sale) $1.49 each – great deal!
  • Western Family soft drinks – box of 12 cans – $2.89 each
  • Western Family sparkling water – box of 12 cans – $3.49 each (or only $2.99 if you load the My Offers app) – This is my favourite sparkling water – the grapefruit variety is just delicious.
  • Western Family spring water, 24 500ml bottles $2.99 each

Meat, Fish Department and Deli Deals this Week

  • Argentine prawns, raw, peeled and deveined – 340 gram bag – $11.99 each – earn 600 points
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless $4.99/lb
  • Halibut fillets, fresh $4.99/100 grams
  • Johnsonville sausages – dinner or breakfast sausages – $5.99 each
  • Pork belly $3.99/lb
  • Western Family guacamole – mild or spicy – 198 grams – $3.99 each
  • Western Family pork back ribs, fully cooked (610 grams) $8.99 each

Bakery Deals this Week

  • Calabrese Rolls – package of 8 buns – $2.99 each
  • Western Family bagels – package of 6 – $2.99 each
  • Western Family garlic baguette $2.49 each (I have to eat gluten free, but if I didn’t I’d buy one of these delicious looking baguettes in a heartbeat!!)

Produce Deals this Week

  • English cucumber $1.29 each
  • Grape tomatoes $2.99 each – buy 2 and get 300 bonus more Rewards points
  • Nugget potatoes $1.49/lb
  • Organic bananas $0.99/lb
  • Peppers – hot house; red, yellow or orange; grown in Canada – $2.99/lb
  • Red grapes $2.99/lb
  • Western Family organic gourmet blend of sliced mushrooms 454 grams $4.49

Frozen Deals this Week

  • Western Family booster bowls frozen meals – high protein frozen meals – 269 gram size – $2.99 each
  • Western Family frozen pizza (Lovely varieties – they show a Sweet Chili Chicken pizza in the flyer) $3.49 each
  • Western Family hashbrowns 1 kg $1.89 each (this is a great deal!!)
  • Western Family frozen lasagna, 907 gram size – $4.49 each
  • Western Family perogies, 907 gram size $1.99 each
  • Western Family signature ice cream (1.65 liter size) $3.99 each
  • Western Family Vegetable spring rolls – Also available in a pork spring rolls pack – 680 grams box – $9.99 each

Organic and Natural Foods Deals this Week

  • Clif Bar energy bars – 4 for $5.00 (If you want to stock up, Amazon has a 12-pack box of their Nut Filled Clif bars on for $14.98 or $1.25 each. )
  • Daiya vegan and plant based cheese alternative products – 20% off sale this week
  • Bremner’s 100% pure juice, 946 ml $7.99 each
  • Kashi granola bars $2.99 each
  • Nature’s Path organic granola, 325 gram box $3.99 each (If you’re looking for a grain free Nature’s path granola, I just discovered this one on Amazon here.)
  • Silk almond milk beverage – 946 ml box – $2.49 each

Save on Dairy Deals this Week

  • Western Family cream cheese 250 grams $2.99 each (Yum, cream cheese and bagels, anyone?)
  • Western Family dip, 225 gram tub for $2.99 each
  • Western Family feta cheese 200 gram tub $3.99 each
  • Western Family greek yogurt $2.99 for a 500 gram tub

Cleaning and Household Deals this Week

  • Western Family Envirowise dishwasher detergent tabs (80s or 90s) $12.99 each
  • Western Family freezer bags 38 size pack $3.99 each
  • Western Family garbage bags (40’s) or recycling bags (30’s) $8.99 each

One last tip…there is an awesome coupon in this week’s Save On Flyer for 500 extra More Rewards points on every $50.00 you spend this week. You can only use one coupon per visit. So…when you head into the Save On store, snag a physical flyer and use the coupon. Extra points means free food! And free food tastes extra delicious, I promise. 😉

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Home

Baking soda is more than just a baking ingredient! Baking soda is a natural and powerful cleaning and deodorizing agent for all around your home. And, since baking soda naturally soaks up odours, it’s a great and natural alternative to other types of odour neutralizers. And, it’s cheap! You can often buy a box for around $1.50 or so, sometimes even less. So…let’s get right to the cleaning tips…grab that handy box of baking soda and let’s go.

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Clean and Deodorize (Spring Cleaning Tips)

1. Baking Soda as a Scouring Powder (Scrubbing)

My favourite way to scrub surfaces like bathroom sinks and tubs is to grab my box of baking soda! Simple sprinkle the surface with baking soda, and then scrub away. Because baking soda is entirely natural, there’s no worry about nasty chemical residues left behind. (Our cat, for instance, loves to drink from our bathroom sink! So, I only ever use baking soda to clean the sink, knowing that my little buddy will be safe.) You can add more cleaning power by adding a squirt of natural liquid dish soap, too.

2. Use baking soda to scrub out pet dishes

Baking soda is an excellent way to clean out pet dishes! It has some mild scrubbing power to help remove stains and even some hard water residue. (Our other favourite natural cleaner – vinegar, can also help. If the hard water residue is stubborn, fill the dish with white vinegar and let it sit over night. In the morning, use baking soda to scrub that dish clean!) And, baking soda naturally removes odours, so the pet food dishes will be sparkling clean, and smell lovely, too.

3. Freshen Sour smelling sink drains with baking soda

Just a little sprinkle of baking soda down your drains, followed by running the hot water tap will freshen up those stinky drains! Just let the baking soda sit for about ten minutes or so before following up with the dose of hot water. (It can even help those drains move a bit better too!)

4. Scrub out the garbage cans with baking soda

Use the baking soda as a natural scouring powder – give the entire garbage can a good scrub with a baking soda and water paste. (Just add water into a small dish of baking soda until the consistency seems nice and paste-like.) Dip a moistened cleaning rag or sponge into the mix, and scrub away! Rinse away all the baking soda paste, and allow to dry naturally. Again – baking soda’s natural odour absorbing power will help keep the garbage cans smelling nicer, too. (If you like, you can sprinkle some extra baking powder on the bottom of the garbage can once in a while to absorb the stink, too.)

5. Clean the Microwave with Baking soda

Cleaning the microwave can seem like a painful job until you realize that steam power does all the work for you! Here’s my favourite microwave cleaning trick. Take a microwave-safe mug and fill nearly to the top with tap water. Add a teaspoon or two of baking soda, and if you have it – some fresh lemon juice, or a slice or two of lemon. Place the mug in the microwave, and set for about 3-5 minutes on high. (You’ll need to adjust this according to the power of your microwave. You basically want the water to get good and boiling hot, creating lots of steam.) The most important part is to let the mug sit in the microwave for at least 10 minutes without opening the microwave door. (I set my kitchen timer for this. If I have enough time to let the steam sit, I’ll let it sit as long as 30 minutes.) You’re trapping in all that glorious steam, which does all the hardest work for you! Then, open the microwave, and use an extra dose of baking soda and a cleaning sponge or scrubby to scrub that microwave clean. It should be left gleaming!

6. Clean your dishwasher with baking soda

Add about a cup of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher, and run the dishwasher empty. This will clean out the entire dishwasher, and the inner workings and leave it looking clean and smelling fresh. (Dishwashers are awful for getting that musty, sour smell. This will help with that, from the inside out.)

7. Clean countertops with baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda on your countertops to safely clean, and freshen your kitchen countertops. Alternatively, you can make a simple baking soda and essential oil spray to clean kitchen surfaces. Just add a teaspoon or two (depending on the size of your spray bottle) of baking soda into a spray bottle, add 10 drops of your favourite essential oil (I’d recommend lemon essential oil or orange essential oil) and fill with water. Give it a good shake to help dissolve the baking soda and distribute the essential oils. Use to clean your kitchen and bathroom surfaces – and it’ll smell so wonderful. Those citrus essential oils also help boost the cleaning power.

8. Scrub out stained coffee mugs and teacups

Baking soda is a great scrubbing agent. Use some on a wet dishcloth to scrub away some of the stains lingering inside your coffee mugs and tea cups. (Tea stains can be very hard to remove! If baking soda doesn’t do the trick, Barkeeper’s Friend powder cleanser ALWAYS works to remove the worst tea stains. Just sprinkle a bit on a moistened dish cloth or sponge, and scrub away. I always keep some of that cleaner on hand, specifically for this reason, because my husband loves very, very strong British tea.)

9. Clean carpets with baking soda

I only recommend this tip if you have an awesome vacuum cleaner that really sucks up everything from the carpets! Sprinkle baking soda lightly on carpets and let sit for about half an hour. Then, vacuum everything up. This really helps freshen the smell of your home’s carpets – especially useful if you have pets. Dogs, we are looking at you.

10. Clean fresh fruits and veggies with baking soda

Our final tip is one I use every week. (During coronavirus, we’ve been pretty careful wiping down our groceries when we bring them home.) While washing fresh produce, use a sprinkle of baking soda to get those fruits and veggies extra clean. Use this tip on hardy fruits and veggies – it’s perfect on apples, for instance, but not on more delicate fruit like berries. To clean berries using baking soda, put a few tablespoons of baking soda into a large bowl and fill with water. Pour the berries into the bowl, and gently swish around, allowing the baking soda water to clean up the berries. Drain and rinse off with water.

Undeniably, baking soda is incredibly useful to clean your home and many of the things in it. We all now need to stock up on that glorious, inexpensive powder!


ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda, For Baking, Cleaning and Deodorizing, 2-kg
2 kg box of Arm & Hammer baking soda – only $4.39

40% off a Coffee and Animals Adult Colouring Book –

I’m pretty sure that a combination of animals AND coffee all in one colouring book should go over well with everyone! (I know those are two things I’m rather passionate about. For instance, I REALLY love cats.) This cute little colouring book will give you hours of colouring fun and relaxation. And, it would make an ideal gift!

Coffee and Animals Colouring Book – was $9.69, Now $5.81!


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Giant Tiger Flyer (Ontario) Deals this Week – Bargains on Groceries in Canada

Hello bargaineers and all of you who love a great deal! Today we’re zeroing in on the Ontario region, and the best deals that Giant Tiger has in store for you guys this week.

Not surprisingly, Ontario has the most Giant Tiger locations in Canada. There are (as I try to eagerly count them all from the Giant Tiger website) a total of 87 Giant Tigers in Ontario. Wow! We’re talking places like Ajax, Acton, Deep River, Goderich, Hanover, Niagara Falls, Hawkesbury, Stoney Creek, Windsor and many more! (I hope I mentioned your hometown. Woohoo!)

Okay, enough chit chat – let’s get right down to the deals at Giant Tiger this week, one of our very favourite discount stores here in Canada.

Please note that these specials are in effect May 20-May 26, 2020.

Giant Tiger Grocery Deals this Week (Ontario flyer)

  • Aqua Star salmon fillets, frozen (1 lb bags) Save $2.00 – $4.99
  • Belmont chicken or turkey burgers, frozen boxes of 852 grams Save up to $3.00 – Now $7.97
  • Bick’s baby dill pickles, or Yum Yum pickles (or other varieties) Save up to $1.00 – now $3.47 each
  • Chipits chocolate chips – big 835-1 kg size bags – $7.97 each (Was $9.97 regular price)
  • Clark beans $0.88 each (regular price $0.97)
  • Coca Cola or AHA sparkling water beverages – pack of 12 cans – 2 for $9.00 (Has anyone tried this new sparkling water yet? I’d like to, since I’m a sparkling water fanatic.)
  • Dare Real Mallows marshmallow candies – only 2 for $4.00 (or $2.49 each)
  • Duncan Hines cake mix or frosting – 3 for $4.00 (Must buy 3 to get sale price) (Need gluten free cake mix? This is my favourite one, written about on my gluten free blog.)
  • General Mills cereals (like Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms – 526 – 725 gram size boxes) $3.77 (Regular price $5.47)
  • Giant Value flaked light tuna – $0.99 (Regular 1.17)
  • Heinz ketchup – Big 1 liter bottles – Sale price $2.97 (Save $1.00 – Limit of 3)
  • Highliner fish sticks or battered fish fillets (Regular price $8.47) Sale price $4.99! (Great deal on that…stock up and stock up the old freezer. ;))
  • Hill’s Bros coffee – 652 grams-708 gram tins – Save $3.00 – Now only $5.97 (That’s a good deal for coffee!
  • Iogo greek yogurt (Selected varities and sizes; regular price up to $5.97) $4.49 each
  • Kraft mayo OR Miracle Whip – 890 ml jars – Save up to $1.50 $3.47 each
  • Lactantia cream – HALF PRICE!! – Only $1.29 (You can stock up on your coffee cream or half and half — you can freeze milk and cream)
  • Lay’s Stax chips – 3 for $4.00 or $1.49 each
  • Leadbetters peameal bacon Save $1.03 – now $3.97 (500 gram packs)
  • Morning Star Farms or Gardein meat-free (plant-based) protein options – crumbles or meat-free tenders. Save $1 each $3.97
  • Oakrun Farm Bakeries muffins 6 pack – Save $2.00 – $2.97 (It must be breakfast time and my tummy is telling me that those muffins look SO GOOD! haha)
  • Piller’s black forest ham (800 gram ham) $6.97 – Save $5.00!
  • Planters or Billy Bee roasted peanuts – Save up to $1.52 each – now $2.47
  • Pogo corn dogs (or breakfast corn dogs – who knew?) Save $3 – now only $4.97
  • San Daniele or Mastro deli meat – Save up to $2 each – $3.97 (100 grams to 175 gram packs)
  • Schneider’s chicken wings or drumsticks (750 gram to 1 kg boxes); Flavoured. $6.99 each – Regular price is $9.99-$11.99 (Limit of 4)
  • Spam or Klik luncheon canned meat Save up to $1.10 – now $3.77 each
  • Stampede pork button bones – Save $1.01 – Sale price $3.99
  • SunChips or Munchies snacks save up to $0.60 – $3.27 each
  • Swanson frozen meals OR Cavendish fries (Save up to $2.59 each) Only $1.88 each (Limit of 6)
  • Swiss Chalet cans of gravy $0.99 each (save $0.58)
  • Twinings or Tetley teabags – Save up to $0.70 – $3.97 each (As a little side note of another bargain found on Amazon – they have some of their Tetley Antioxidant teas on sale for as little as $2.99 right now!)
  • Voortman turnovers – HALF PRICE – Only $0.99 each!
  • Wonder bread $1.88 each (Limit of 6; also includes Wonder wraps and English muffins) – Regular price $0.97

Giant Tiger produce sales this week (Ontario flyer)

  • Apples, Envy variety (2 lb bags) $3.97 each
  • Apples, Jazz variety (2 lb bags) $3.97 each
  • Blueberries, 1 pint basket $2.44 each
  • Celery – head of – $1.47 each
  • Green onions (I believe it’s a 1 lb package, it was tricky to tell on the flyer!) $1.47 each
  • Mini cucumbers, 1 lb package – $1.47 each
  • Romaine lettuce hearts, package of 3 $1.97 each
  • Patio planter (10″) of blooming flowers only $9.97 each!

Household and Cleaning products on sale this week (Ontario flyer)

  • Febreze plug in air freshener refills $8.97 each (Save $1.00) – 2 refills per pack
  • Giant Value garbage bags – 40 large black bags OR 20 tall drawstring kitchen garbage bags – $2.97 (man, that’s an EXCELLENT deal on the big garbage bags, everyone! Stock up price for sure.)

Health and Beauty and Baby Stuff on Sale at Giant Tiger this Week

  • Old Spice or Secret deodorant – larger size – $4.97 each
  • Tresemme hair care (regular price $5.27-$6.26 each) Now only $4.97 each (I did a little hunting and found THIS Old Spice deodorant on Amazon for only $3.17. I thought that was a pretty good deal. And it’s for the large 85 gram size.)

Clothing Deals on at Giant Tiger this Week

  • Boys tanks or t-shirts for summer 2 for $8 or $5.00 each
  • Boys twill shorts OR girls ruffle tops OR girls knit shorts $8.00 each
  • Girls cute summer swing dress (In really cute fabrics, too – the flyer shows some cute florals and a lemon print. I’m all about the lemon print!) $12.00 each
  • Girls or boys sunglasses Only $4.00 each
  • Girls or boys summer hats Only $8.00 each (One size fits all)
  • Girls or boys novelty slides (summer shoes like flip flops) $10.00 a pair
  • Men’s cargo shorts Sizes 30-42 – $22 each
  • Men’s jammers shorts $10
  • MyStyle Plus size women’s popover/hoodie tops – $18 each
  • Women’s off-shoulder summer tops (They call them ‘cold shoulder tops. Haha, that’s cute!) $12 each
  • Women’s knit short sleeved tops $14 (Also available in plus size 1X-3X for $16 each.)
  • Women’s knit sleep shirts $10 each (Cute little novelty shirts with adorable sayings like: Allergic to Mondays)
  • Women’s stretch summer denim skimmers $20 each
  • Women’s summer dresses only $8.00 each

Ooh boy, there were lots of goodies available at Giant Tiger this week. (Giant Tiger people, have I mentioned how much I would LOVE it if you’d open a South Calgary location? Oh right, I have mentioned that before, I’m pretty sure.)

Hope we helped you save a wee bit of money this week all!

PC Optimum Points Offers this Week – Shoppers and Superstore

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Hello bargaineers! It’s time for another PC Optimum post, trying to find you all of the best ways to earn optimal amount of points. The more points you have, the more free groceries you can snag. And especially now, free groceries is awfully important. We’ll find points for you at both Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart this week.

Keep in mind that 1000 points equals $1 of free stuff or groceries. And, you need a minimum of 10000 points to redeem for $10 of free goodies. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go get those points! These points offers are valid from May 16 to May 22, 2020.

Shoppers Seniors’ Day is Thursday, May 21, 2020

P.S. For our senior bargaineers – here’s a heads up for the upcoming week! Plan to shop on Thursday, May 21st for 20% off almost all regular priced merchandise at Shoppers when you use your PC Optimum card. That’s a good time to stock up on essentials.

Shoppers Drug Mart PC Optimum Points this Week

  • 10 times the points on PHILIPS shavers or trimmers
  • Bic disposable razors (3-5 razor packs) Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Carefree, Playtex or OB feminine products (selected types and sizes) Get 5 x the points
  • Life Brand 5 blade disposable razors or cartridges (1 pack or 4 pack of cartridges) Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Life brand Vitamin A-E products (I think this includes Vitamin A, B, C, D and E) – Buy 2 get 3000 bonus points
  • Life Brand Calcium, Folic Acid or Potassium products (Selected types and sizes) – Buy 2 get 4000 bonus PC Optimum points
  • Life Brand Women’s Health Formula capsules, Heart Health or Melatonin products (Selected types and sizes) – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Life Brand oral wound cleanser, mouth pain relief gel or Dry mouth oral rinse (selected sizes and types) Get 2000 points on each
  • Lindor Lindt truffles OR Ghirardelli chocolates (bags) Get 2000 points each
  • Lindt gold chocolate bars (300 g) Get 2500 points each
  • Made Good granola bars – buy 2 get 1500 points
  • Miss Vickie’s chips OR Smartfood popcorn (Selected types and sizes) – Buy 2 get 1500 points
  • Pure Leaf iced tea (574 ml) – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Reese puffs snack bars, Fruit by the Foot OR Nature Valley granola bars (Excludes Nature Valley protein bars, bummer! We love those things around here!) Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Sonicare Protective clean 4500 or Essence power toothbrush 4000 points
  • 5, Excel or Juicy fruit gum – Multipack of 3 or gum bottles of 60 pieces – Buy 2 get 1500 points

Bonus Points on Beauty Items this Week

  • Calvin Klein mens fragrances (100-200 ml bottles) Bonus 20,000 points each! (As a point of reference I found Eternity for Men for $57.00 over on Amazon.)
  • Avene Dermabsolu skin care products Buy 2 get 8000 points
  • Strivectin Advanced retinol OR acid skin care products Get 10 x the points
  • Philosophy fragrances (60 ml-120 ml bottles; selected types) 8000 points each
  • Revlon Cushion Tint or Ultra HD lipstick – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • John Frieda hair products Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Nexxus hair care products 3000 points each
  • Sally Hansen miracle gel nail enamel – Selected types – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Milani Most Wanted Palette, NYX Shout out loud lipstick or Born to Glow concealer – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • L’oreal Age Perfect cosmetic products (Selected types – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Loreal Age Perfect facial moisturizers – Get 4000 points
  • Loreal clay masks or facial cleansers Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Olay Eyes or Regenerist facial moisturizers – Buy 2 get 8000 points
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm (3 pack) or Overnight lip treatment or Lip scrub Get 2000 points each
  • Laroche-Posay Hyaluronic B5 skin care products Get 15x the points
  • Laroche-Posay Toleriane sensitive moisturizer and skincare products Get 10x the points
  • Marc Anthony or Loreal haircare products Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Nair hair removal products and wax Get 5x the points
  • Dr. Roebuck’s Skin care products Spend $75 and get 5000 points
  • Quo beauty sunglasses (Selected types) Get 5 x the PC Optimum points
  • Quo beauty nail enamel Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Quo Beauty lashes or accessories – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Quo Beauty sponges or applicators for makeup Buy 2 get 1500 points
  • Quo beauty implements (the flyer shows items like eyelash curlers, mini scissors and nail care kits) Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Oxy acne care products Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Pixi skin care products, selected types and sizes Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Jouviance Hydractive skin care products Get 5000 points each
  • Nude by Nature brow products Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Revolution eyeshadow palette, selected types – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • CND Vinylux nail enamel – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Vichy Ideal Soleil skin care products Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Dermablend professional leg and body makeup products Buy 2 get 10,000 points! (To compare, this same product is available on Amazon for $68.83. But of course you won’t get any points. Haha!)

Bonus PC Optimum points on Boston Pizza gift cards this week!

This deserved its own special category! An awesome deal – get 5000 bonus points when you spend $50 on Boston Pizza gift cards. Deal available from Saturday, May 16, 2020 to Friday, May 22, 2020.

PC Optimum Bonus points this week at Superstore

Okay, on to the point deals on your grocery shopping this week, bargaineers! Also, the flyer shows that Real Canadian Superstore has gorgeous fresh and locally grown flowers in. Hooray, it’s almost time to garden!

  • Club House la Grille spice or seasoning – large packs – $8.98 each with 1000 bonus points
  • Enfagrow A+ toddler formula powder $18.47 each for a 680 gram tin. Insiders members receive 3800 bonus points (Amazon is price matching this right now.)
  • Highliner Power packed burgers, frozen, 397 g box. (These are lightly breaded pollock burgers, in case you’re wondering. As I was!) $6.48 with 2500 point bonus per box!
  • Joe Fresh clothing – Get 10000 bonus points when you spend $50
  • Mastermind Toys gift cards – Spend $50 get 10000 points back! Another great gift card bonus offer.
  • Nestle or Similac Infant formula, powder, concentrate or ready to feed formula with Omega $39.98 (Limit of 2) Insiders get 8200 points
  • Oasis juice or Arizona iced tea – large flats of 40 drinks – $9.98 (limit of 2) and 1000 bonus points
  • Pampers Easy Ups or Huggies Pull ups training pants (82-124 size packages) $32.98 and Insiders members get 6800 points.
  • Sabra hummus AND an Ace Bakery baguette – purchase both and get 1000 points
  • Turbotax for tax year 2019; includes 8 returns. $29.98 each plus 10000 points

There we have it, bargain lovers. This week, Shoppers had a LOT more points offers. And both Superstore and Shoppers had a gift card bonus offer. I hope our lists of bonus points helps you to optimize your points haul. Happy shopping! (And be safe.)

Pie Accessories and Gifts – Pie Gadgets, Pie dishes, Pie Tea Towels… and more

I have pie on the brain.

There, I admitted it. It might have something to do with currently reading the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. There is a LOT of delicious pie baking talk in that book, and I love every single crumbly bit of it! Or, of course, it might also have to do with these unusual circumstances we’re living through, and being home a whole lot more. Therefore, more time to bake pie! And, obviously, eat pie. 🙂

Whatever my inspiration (or obssession! ha!) might stem from, today is the day of the homemade pie. I found some awesome new pie gadgets, beautiful pie dishes to display your homemade lovelies, and other pie related goodies that were too cute to ignore. Enjoy, and then – dig in!!

First Out Pie Spatula by Fox Run

First-Out Pie Spatula
The First-Out Pie Spatula is a wonder as far as I’m concerned! It is exactly the right shape and size to make an easy job of removing that first stubborn piece of pie. A little gadget that you’ll use all the time if you love to make homemade pie. $5.29 CDN

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin
Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin is the solution if you have a hard time rolling out nice, even pie crusts. With silicone bands on either end, you can easily control exactly how thick your pastry will be! Also handy for rolling out pizza crusts. $35.99 CDN

Blueberry Pie Tea Towels

Blueberry Pie Kitchen Textiles - Kitchen Towels (20'' x 28'')
Blueberry Pie Kitchen Textiles – Kitchen Towels (20” x 28”) Add a splash of cute colour – and declare your love of pie! – with these adorable little tea towels. Nice idea for a hostess gift, too. $4.95 CDN

Ceramic Pie Weights


R&M International Ceramic Pie Weights with Mesh Storage Bag Ceramic pie weights weigh down a bottom pie crust as you blind bake it, creating perfect pie crusts for single-crust pies or tarts. $7.81 CDN

Red Porcelain Pie Dish

Porcelain Pie Dish Porcelain Pie Dish is a beautiful and classic pie dish. This one will make your homemade pies look wonderful. $19.99 CDN

Pie Crust Baking Shield – Prevents Burnt Crusts


Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pie Crust Shield, 10-Inch This ingenious invention allows you to place this on top of your pie to protect the outer edges of the pie from burning. Fits a large 10-inch pie plate OR a smaller pie plate that has handles. $9.19 CDN

Today – pie. Tomorrow…who knows!? See what inspires us next by signing up for our newsletter. And thanks for dropping pie. (Ha! See what I did there? Pie on the brain, indeed.) May you find inspiration to bake up something new and ooey-gooey good.

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Buy a new journal online – Diary writing during #coronavirus

I’m really trying to take advantage of this sudden extra time on my hands at home by writing more regularly in my journal. Are you guys into writing journals? Even as a child, I often had one of those adorable little girl journals with pretty floral covers and a tiny little golden lock on the side, which you could only open with one of the wee little keys that came with it. I loved to unlock my journal and write out what was on my mind and heart that day!

So, today’s post is about gorgeous journals that you’d love to write your thoughts and feelings in. In an unprecedented time like we’re currently living through, the very act of writing down your thoughts can be very therapeutic. Already, just looking back and reading my older journal postings from when the coronavirus crisis first began has been very interesting indeed!

Some of our Favourite Finds – Journals on Amazon

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Best Deals on Journals on BookOutlet.ca

The range of beautiful journals available on sale at Bookoutlet is incredible! The other day I had a great time wandering through their virtual shelves, perusing all of the beautiful and colourful journals for sale. The prices are unbeatable! To find your next favourite journal on Bookoutlet, simply click the link below and search for ‘journals.’ (I’m trying to find a way to post individual products from there, and when I figure it out I promise I will!)

Buy your next journal at outlet prices on BookOutlet

Calgary Grocery Delivery – Getting Safe Groceries during Coronavirus

Not very long ago, a quick trip to the grocery store was just a normal part of our day. Forgot a simple ingredient that you needed for that new recipe? Perhaps it was a lemon, or a head of fresh garlic, or a bunch of parsley. No problem! You could just quickly hop in the car or walk over to your favourite local grocery store or even farmer’s market, get what you needed and just head home.

Haven’t things changed quickly? And in a way we never would have expected? Grocery shopping now isn’t the simple pleasure it used to be. I used to love lingering over the fresh produce, selecting the most delicious looking apples, melons or peppers. But now – in the time of coronavirus – grocery shopping has become a necessary task, but one that can fill us with fear and anxiety.

Today, then, we will discuss some ways to ease that stress and keep safe from the virus while grocery shopping – by using grocery pick-up and grocery delivery services. That way, you don’t even have to leave the comfort and safety of your home!

Grocery Delivery services in Calgary

Thankfully, the Internet provides us with so many options to grocery shop online! Simply visit your favourite store online, and fill your virtual shopping cart and then arrange a time to either pick up your groceries, or have them delivered. Please keep in mind that stock may be limited, or even unavailable – especially on hot items like (you guessed it!) toilet paper, Lysol wipes and canned goods like beans or tuna.

  1. Prairie Farms in Willow Park Village – is a family-run produce market, previously operated out of the Calgary Farmer’s Market. You can order all your fresh produce here – their prices are great, and the produce is second to none. (Last fall, during apple season, their Ambrosia apples were literally my favourite thing to eat. They were as fresh as possible, and gorgeously crisp and delicious. The best apples I’d eaten in years!) Support a local business for your produce (and they also sell local farm fresh eggs, and locally and ethically produced meats.) And our small local businesses sure could use a hand right now!
  2. Real Canadian Superstore – This large supermarket offers both pick-up and grocery delivery. With current events being as they are, you may need to choose a delivery or pick up time that is about two days later than when you place your order. Delivery fees vary, depending on ‘Busy Times’ – meaning that you’ll pay more for premium delivery times, such as evenings. Pick-up services have a smaller fee attached to them…usually about $3-$5. Still, for someone picking out and packing your groceries for you, this is a reasonable cost!
  3. Walmart – I have used Walmart grocery pick-up services in the past (before the coronavirus outbreak) and I loved it! (You need to spend a minimum of $50 to get either pick-up or delivery.) Walmart grocery pick-up is FREE! For grocery delivery the fee is $9.97. The selection of products available is still quite good.
  4. Save-on Foods – offers delivery, and again their fees are higher for delivery at the most popular times. Their delivery charges range from $7-$10, which is still a great deal to get a large order of groceries brought right to your door!

Right now, stocking up on groceries feels more important than it ever has before. So, if you need to get some supplies in – try grocery pick-up or delivery options in the Calgary area. For a pretty reasonable fee, you can get the groceries and supplies that your family needs to be prepared!