If you ask me, most laundry baskets or bins are ugly. And I mean UGGGLY. But, I came across this sale item at Linen Chest and thought: “Now, there is a laundry basket you’d be proud to display!” A lovely bamboo outer casing holds a durable fabric laundry bag. Sturdy bamboo handles make this laundry bin an easy one to tote around to the washing machine and back.
This is definitely the deal of the day, and since these will go fast I’m popping this up on the blog ULTRA quickly! Save a whopping 76% on these highly rated 20 oz jumbo gusseted pillow by LinenChest. Free Shipping on orders over $49 – so stock up on some gorgeous, comfortable new pillows and save a ton.
Unlock your inner barista with this beauty of an espresso machine! One button creates your gourmet coffeeshop drink in just minutes. And, it has a handy one button feature to clean itself, too! Now that’s what I call service! 😉
Delonghi Perfecta Espresso and Cappuccino Machine in Black Was $1995 Now $1195
* This superautomatic espresso machine offers single touch coffee preparations
* Makes lattes, cappuccinos, hot milk and more!
* Has a unique automatic cleaning function – just push one button and let the machine clean itself! (If only all of my appliances would do this…)
* Adjustable functions depending on how soft or hard your water is
* Adjustable feature to control how hot you want the lattes or cappuccinos to be
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
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
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.)
Tea towels are one of those things that I just adore! Something that is necessary and functional – to either wipe your hands OR wipe the dishes – can also be something pretty cute. Tea towels or kitchen towels do NOT need to be boring to do a good job! And, tea towels are always a practical little gift idea, too. They add a splash of colour to any kitchen, and a touch of fun.
So, when we found these adorable printed tea towels – we just had to share! Ramen lovers are sure to love these tea towels that feature bowl after bowl of ramen soup. If you need a gift for a ramen lover, well here you are and you can thank us later! 😉 Oh, and did I happen to mention that these are under ten bucks?
Now Designs Ramen Print Tea Towel are a well made tea towel by Now Designs. (My favourite kitchen towel maker!) 100% cotton and nice and absorbent. Super cute ramen bowl design will please noodle soup lovers. $9.99 each
Now, when you slop your ramen soup, you can easily wipe up with this very appropriate tea towel! Remember a gift giving hint here too: A nice tea towel makes a perfect alternative to gift wrapping paper.
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I don’t know about the rest of you bargaineers, but the way we have grocery shopped has changed in a very big way. Now, rather than visiting a few different stores a week, we really tend to shop at only one store – and right now, that store is Save On Foods here in Calgary, Alberta.
Why Shop at Save On Foods during the Covid-19 pandemic?
We’ve tried a few other supermarkets during the pandemic, and we keep coming back to our local Save On. Why? We find it’s the slowest – as in, the fewest people in the store when we go to shop. (It does help that we go first thing in the morning – at 8 AM. Save On Foods does have shopping hours for seniors starting at 7, but we’re not that age yet, so we are sure to be ready to shop when it’s our opening time of 8:00.) And, the less busy the store is – the safer we feel!
The Save On we go to is relatively small, so the husband and I split the store between us and each have a shopping list accoring to what areas we’ll each visit. Then, our shopping trips are super quick and efficient and we get everything we need for the week in only about 15 minutes or so!
Maybe a lot of you are using delivery grocery services right now, or pick up grocery services like PC Express at Superstore. How have your experiences been using these? We weren’t too pleased with our PC Express experience, which was really too bad as we’d love to order online and just pick up. But, for now – Save On is working well for us!
Please note that these deals last until May 13. On May 14, there will be a lovely new Save on flyer! (And this flyer is for Western Canada. And, due to the ongoing pandemic, Save-on Foods is limiting quantities on certain products, especially high-demand products. Just a heads-up for you guys.)
Save On Foods – Deals on Groceries this Week
6 inch strawberry cake $9.99 (Freshly made in the bakery)
Aji guacamole mix – 2 for $4.00 (70 ml size bags)
Atlantic salmon fillets or Steelhead $2.00/100 grams
Avocadoes, fresh – 3 for $5.00
Blackberries – 170 gram packs – $2.99 each AND 300 bonus points when you buy 2
Blueberries, fresh – 170 gram packs – $2.99 each AND 300 Bonus points when you buy 2
Boneless, skinless fresh chicken breasts – FAMILY PACKS – $5.99/lb
Chicken breast, marinated, boneless and skinless $4.99 each (Selected varieties available) At the meat department counter.
Chicken drumsticks by Western Family brand – Fully cooked and frozen – 700 or 900 gram boxes – $7.99 each
Chicken thighs, fresh $1.89/lb or $4.17/kg
Chicken wings, marinated $0.50 each (At the meat department counter)
Cod, potato crusted fillets$2.99 per 100 grams (At the meat and fish department)
Country Harvest bread – 570 g or 600 g – $2.49 each
Deli side dishes and specialty salads – Yummy looking salads including a new one called Chickberry Salad. Made in store. $1.99/100 grams
Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes – Selected varieties – 156 or 200 gram packages $6.99 each
Just a cool side note here – in their flyer, Save On says that you can redeem your MORE Rewards points for any of the dozens of different gift cards they carry! This includes Apple gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and Amazon gift cards, too. An Amazon gift card right now would be an AWESOME gift for someone!
Save On Foods Fresh Bakery Sale Items this week – bread and more!
Fresh baked gourmet muffins – made in the bakery in store – Assorted varieties $4.99 for a 6 pack. (All kinds of favourite flavours – like lemon poppyseed, blueberry muffins and chocolate chip muffins. Yummers!)
Silver Hills bread – Assorted varieties, such as Sprouted Power bread – 600 or 615 gram loaves $3.99 each OR only $3.49 each for the first 1 if you download My Offers
Western Family bagels – $3.29 for a 6 pack of bagels
Western Family English muffins – $2.99 for a 6 pack and get 300 bonus points when you buy 2 packs!
White bread loaves or 100% whole wheat bread – baked fresh in store – Sale price $1.69 each (Great price on fresh bread, bargaineers.)
Save on Foods Deli Specials and Sales this Week
Boursin cheese, 150 grams Sale price $5.99 or $4.49 for the first one if you download My Offers app
Cathedral City extra mature cheddar cheese (Imported from the UK. Man, does this cheese ever sound delicious!) 200 grams for $7.99
Cathedral City mini cheddar cheese snacks – 120 gram bag of individually wrapped old cheddar cheese snacks $6.99 each
Genoa salami – Regular or hot – $3.99/100 grams
Grimm’s pepperoni – Honey garlic or original 600 gram packs $9.99 each AND if you buy 2 packs you get 1000 Bonus points
Rosemary ham or Tuscany ham $2.69/100 grams
Sushi rolls – made in store – 2 for $10.00 (Great idea for a quick and healthy supper)
Swiss gruyere cheese from Switzerland $5.49/100 grams
Wondering what the Canada Emergency Student Benefit is? It is an important question to answer if you are a student. As a student, you’re likely wondering how you can earn money this summer during this pandemic. On April 22, 2020, the government outlined a program to help these students in this situation.
What is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Program?
It is a relief program proposed by the government of Canada to help post-secondary students who aren’t able to find full-time employment or cannot work due to COVID-19. Also, if they are not eligible to receive either Employment Insurance benefits (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response benefits (CERB). Many post-secondary students are not eligible for either of these programs as they have not worked enough to qualify.
How Much Do You Get and For How Long?
Students who qualify would receive $1250 per month for up to 4 months (May 2020 to August 2020). If the student has a disability or has dependents, they can receive an additional $750 per month.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit Program, Who is Eligible?
Students who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
Students who ended their studies or graduated no earlier than December 2019.
High-school graduates who have applied for and will be joining post-secondary programs in the coming months.
Canadian students studying abroad meeting one of the above criteria.
When Can I Apply? Update!
You can apply for the program starting on May 15, 2020 at 6 am Eastern time. For more details on how to apply and inputting an online application please go to the Government of Canada’s website.
When Will I Get Paid?
The most important question of course! The Government of Canada’s website says that if CRA has your direct deposit information, your payment will take 3business days. If not, then a cheque will take about 10 business days.
The Canada Emergency Student Benefits Program is a way to help the many students who cannot find employment. It helps close the gap of students who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefits Program. Hopefully the program will be up and running shortly. When we get more details, we will update this page with further information.
You might be wondering what is the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS) all about? It is an important question because many business owners are suffering right now due to COVID-19. They want to remain open and keep their staff employed, but many do not understand the specifics of this program that is supposed to help them. Let’s provide some clarity to this program.
What is the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS)?
It is a wage subsidy program for businesses whose revenues have been negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The amount of the wage subsidy is 75% of employees wages for a 12 week period from March 15, 2020 to June 6, 2020. The purpose of the subsidy is to rehire previously laid off workers as a result of Covid-19 to prevent further job losses and put businesses in a better position to recover after the crisis passes. For more information, go to the Government of Canada’s website.
Canada Wage Emergency Subsidy Program (CEWS): Who is Eligible?
In a nutshell you eligible for this Government of Canada program if you are an employer who has experienced a reduction in revenue and had a CRA payroll account on March 15, 2020. The Government of Canada’s website has a list of eligible employers but the only ineligible employers appear to be public institutions such as municipalities and local governments, Crown corporations, public universities, colleges, schools and hospitals.
You Must Also Have an Eligible Reduction
Besides being an eligible employer, you must also have an eligible wage reduction. What is that? You are basically comparing your normal monthly revenue with the the 3 months affected by Covid-19 (March 2020, April 2020, May 2020). However, there are 2 choices to choose from to use as your normal monthly revenue. (This refers to pre-coronavirus revenue.)
Option 1 is to use your revenue from the corresponding month of the previous year. This means you would use March 2019 as your normal revenue period and compare it with March 2020 and there should be a revenue drop of at least 15% to be eligible for that period. You would then use April 2019 and compare with April 2020 and there should be a revenue drop of 30% to be eligible for that period. Finally, you would use May 2019 and compare with May 2020 and there should be a revenue drop of 30% to be eligible for that period.
Option 2 is that you take the average monthly revenue for January and February 2020 and compare this with March 2020, April 2020, and May 2020. You would be eligible for subsidy for a particular month if there is a reduction in revenue of at least 15% in March, 30% in April, and 30% in May.
Here’s is a warning, however. Whatever option of comparing revenue you choose, you have to stick to using that option when calculating the revenue reduction of each month. You cannot switch between options.
Who are Eligible Employees for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program ?
They are employees hired by you and who have not been paid by you for less than 14 consecutive days. Employees whom you have laid off can become eligible if you rehire and retroactively pay them. You must do this before you can include them in your calculation of the wage subsidy.
How to Calculate the Wage Subsidy?
At the Government of Canada’s website, there is an Excel spreadsheet and a calculator to help you calculate this amount. It is based on the following information below:
If neither are an option for you, use the Web Forms application with your web access code. If you do not have a web access code, you will need to provide the date of registration or the total income tax reported in box 22 of the most recent original 2018 tax year submitted T4 summary.
The government’s website says that you can get paid within 10 days of applying if you have direct deposit. If you are getting paid by cheque, this will take a bit longer.
Also of note, the Canada Wage Subsidy is taxable and therefore you will have include it on your tax return as taxable income.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program may appear to be a complicated and detailed program to apply for. However, it could be very beneficial as it helps you cover most of your employees’ wages for a 3 month period. One benefit is that you can get money fairly quickly once you apply. It is something that businesses in Canada should seriously look into. Because it could make the difference between staying open and closing for good.
We’re all trying to keep stocked up on groceries during this pandemic, and yet we’re also trying to keep within our grocery budgets, too. Not an easy task, bargaineers! And one thing I’ve noticed that can be insanely expensive during our weekly jaunts to the grocery store is spices.
Whatever type it is: cinnamon, basil (which, yes is an herb!), parsley, nutmeg, cloves…and on and on. Any type of dried herbs or spices can be very expensive, especially when we’re just shopping at one store right now. (We have, in fact, discovered one store that is pretty quiet early in the mornings. So, we just shop there, and only one time per week. But boy, are their spices PRICEY!!)
So, I discovered some online choices that will allow you to buy your dried herbs and spices in bulk and save a LOAD of money! You could even buy a bag or two and share with a friend to save even more money.
1 pound bags (454 grams) of Organic Cinnamon
Splendor Garden organic Cinnamon Ground,454.0 Gram
This is an awesome deal right now! (As always, prices on Amazon can change quickly, so snag this deal while you can. I am too!) We go through an awful lot of cinnamon – to sprinkle on homemade lattes, to add to oatmeal in the morning, and to use in baking. So, this 1 pound bag is a great deal. $10.85
Half pound bags of Organic Thyme (227 grams)
Splendor Garden Organic Thyme Leaves, 227 Grams is another great bargain by Splendor Garden! A great big bag for only a bit more than a fancy (and tiny) jar would cost you in the supermarket. Thyme is a wonderful addition to all sorts of savoury cooking, especially roasted meat or tomato sauces. $10.99
Organic Basil Leaves (dried) – Large 1 pound (454 grams) bag
Splendor Garden organic Basil,454.0 Gram
Basil is one of my very favourite herbs to cook with! I put plenty into any homemade spaghetti sauces I’m making, and it’s also delicious added to homemade salad dressings or dips. This big bag is on for only $16.30 – a bargain!
When you buy bulk herbs and spices you definitely save oodles of money. But, since they’re not sent to you in cute little jars or bottles, you’ll need a few options on how to properly store these spices. Remember to keep your spices in a cool, dry place to retain the flavour and intensity of the spices the longest. All of the containers we chose are highly ranked for sealing well, which means your spices will stay fresh longer.
Stainless Steel magnetic spice jars and tins – pack of 12
Bekith 12 Pack Magnetic Spice Tins Multi-Purpose Storage Tin, Clear Top Lid with Sift or Pour, Magnetic on Refrigerator and Grill.
If you’re short on space, these magnetic spice jars might be exactly the solution you need! You can literally fill them up with your favourite spices and herbs, and then store them on the side of your fridge!! And, this is a great gift for a grill master – they can keep all their favourite BBQ rubs and spice blends in a tin and store it on the side of the BBQ! (Awesome, right?) These jars have openings on the side so you can just shake out the spices, rather than having to open the tin up. And, this set comes with 144 labels. Can you tell I really love these? Ha! $26.99 for a pack of 12 with 144 labels
I hope our post helped you snag an amazing deal on some dried herbs and spices. Instead of paying up to $10 for a small jar, you can pay around the same and get about ten times the amount! That is a huge grocery bill savings, and we can use all the savings we can get right now.
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Ooh, baby! They are little, and adorable…and boy do they need a lot of stuff! New parents may feel overwhelmed by the list of necessities their little ones require, and that’s where the rest of us come in….by selecting a helpful baby shower gift. Yes, it’s time for another one of our baby shower gift lists!
Right now, baby showers feel entirely different, as we’re all staying home and staying safe from the pandemic. But, these online shopping options allow you to purchase a baby gift and send it directly to the proud new parents. So, it may be a baby shower over Zoom, but it’s still a baby shower! And if you send the gifts ahead of time, the parents can still ooh and aah over their new baby gifts, and show them off to you via Zoom. It’s a different format to be certain, but it’s still a memory to cherish.
Makes breastfeeding OR bottle feeding a more comfortable endeavour for both Mama AND baby! Made of memory foam, it keeps baby at a comfortable position while feeding, unlike many feeding pillow which go flat very quickly. $39.99
Baby K’Tan Cotton Baby Carrier *Wrap/Sling*
Baby K’Tan Solid Cotton Original Baby Carrier Black – Size 6-8
This baby carrier is made of high-quality one-way stretch cotton material, allowing you and your baby the most comfort as you tote your little one around. And for Mom it’s as easy to put on as a t-shirt! Ergonomic positioning of baby means less stress on your back! $74.99
WaterWipes Baby wipes – Value pack
WaterWipes Baby Wipes Value Pack These wipes are about the purest baby wipes you can buy! Made of only purified water, and a small percentage of grapefruit seed extract, these wipes are super gentle on even a newborn baby’s skin. Package of 4 x 60 wipes=240 total wipes in this pack. *Hypoallergenic* $19.99
Skip Hop Luxury Diaper Bag Backpack – Quilted Look (Vegan Leather)
Skip Hop Linx Quilted Diaper Backpack Black
Wow, if you’re looking for a diaper bag as a gift for a very fashionable new Mama, this might be the one! This gorgeous quilted (vegan) leather bag is super stylish, and super functional.
* Easy access wide opening with plenty of pockets
* Insulated front compartment for keeping bottles cold
* Adjustable backpack straps
* Goldtone hardware
* Easily wipes clean Was $136.99 Now $101.00
Babyganics Bath and Skincare Essentials Kit
babyganics Bath & Skin Care Essentials Kit Chamomile Verbena
Babyganics makes gorgeous organic baby stuff, without any: parabens, sulfates or petrolatum, artificial colours or scents. Lovely! This little set includes: Shampoo and Body Wash; Baby Moisturizer; and Baby Bubble Bath. All in a gorgeous natural chamomile verbena scent. $19.99
Ahhh…there is nothing sweeter than a new little baby! And even in this unprecedented time of needing to stay home and stay safe, a baby shower can be a beautiful thing. Any of the baby shower gifts we chose today can be directly shipped to the new parents. We hope you had as much fun browsing through some truly beautiful and useful baby gifts as we did. 🙂