2017 Support Local Atlantic Business Gift Guide

Here it is, our 2017 Holiday Local Atlantic Gift Guide. We had many businesses interested in participating, and I tried to share ideas for all kinds of people.

You will find a combination of unique business owners, artisans, and local direct sales reps in this guide. This guide was sponsored by those who are included. All information was provided by them. Some participants have offered prizes for giveaways that will  run on our Facebook page throughout the next 2 weeks. Hope you enjoy, and get out to support a local business owners this holiday season! (more…)

7 Tips for Shopping on Amazon.ca

7 Tips for Shopping on Amazon.ca

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It is safe to say that I am slightly, okay fully, addicted to shopping on Amazon.ca! I still comparison shop and make sure I can trust the sellers, but in general, I find the best deals on this site. Selection is amazing and products have always been of high value. This being said, there are a few things you need to consider when shopping, to ensure you have a good experience and get the best deal and service your money.

1. Sellers:

It is the individual sellers on Amazon you need to check on. Similar to shopping on Ebay, You need to pay attention to who is selling the item and read feedback on them. Many items available on the Amazon website are sold by Amazon or the companies /brands that make them. Those are usually safe to order from and will provide consistently better customer service.

2. Pricing:

Know your pricing. Just because an Amazon seller (or any retailers for that matter) posts a "mark down", doesn't mean that it is a deal. Compare the prices to other retailers before buying.

3. Free Shipping:

Many purchases made through Amazon offer Free Shipping when you spend $35. "You receive free shipping if your order includes $35 of eligible items. Any item with "FREE Shipping" messaging on the product detail page, that is fulfilled and shipped by Amazon, is eligible and contributes to your free shipping order minimum excluding taxes, gift-wrap, Gift Cards, oversize, and heavy items." See more details here

4. Prime Members:

Want Free 2 day shipping, extra discounts, unlimited photo storage and early access to daily deals? If you do a high volume of shopping on Amazon, I would recommend the prime account. Free 2 day shipping on no minimum order value. Look for the deals marked with the Prime logo. Get a 30 day free trial of Prime! After your free trial, Amazon Prime is just CDN$ 79.00/year (plus any applicable taxes). Cancel anytime. *Quebec residents receive an initial 13-month membership for CDN $79.00, instead of a free trial. Check out all the details here. Amazon Family members get 20% off Diaper subscriptions plus additional family-centric discounts and recommendations, compliments of Amazon Family. Amazon Family is free for all Prime members. Simply create a child profile during signup to begin. Students receive 6 months Free Prime service, referral credits and special student deals. After your free trial, your membership will upgrade to Amazon Prime for 50% off. Cancel anytime. Quebec residents get an 18-month membership for CDN $39 instead of a free trial.

5. Price Matching & Price Guarantee On TVs

Amazon offers price matching on TVs only. Here are the details. Also, if you purchase a TV from Amazon and see it is cheaper at any of the listed retailers, within 30 Day, they will refund the difference. TV Low Price Guarantee Retailers are:
  • Bestbuy.ca
  • Costco.ca
  • Dell.ca
  • Sears.ca
  • Visions.ca
  • Walmart.ca

6. Shop Amazon Warehouse

Amazon’s warehouse offers a large variety of open-box and returned items that fall under Amazon’s simple, money-back return policy. Pricing is dramatically reduced and you can find some pretty amazing deals there.

7. Amazon Coupons

Yes, Amazon has a Coupon section and offers discounts you can apply to items at checkout. Check out the coupons here. More tips for online shopping: How To: Shop Online & Save Ebates Explained: Earn Cash Back

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels – Ultimate RC Speedway


VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels - Ultimate RC Speedway- English Version

Zip around the VTech® Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway™, and speed through four action zones and over nine SmartPoint® locations.

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I have this set for my son Clayton (will be 3 years old Dec 30th). HE LOVES IT!!! Read My Review

Amazon Deal Of The Day: Crockpot SAVE $51

Amazon Deal Of The Day: Crockpot SAVE $51 I have a Crockpot, and I love the convenience of having meals ready for me when I have had a busy day. You can prep freezer meals and "dump" them into your slow cooker in the morning, to be ready for dinner time. This one features a Touchscreen and is a nice large size at 6.5Qt. Crock-Pot 6.5 Qt Touchscreen Slow Cooker Save $51 on this great addition to your kitchen! TODAY ONLY!
List Price: CDN$ 109.99
Deal of the Day: CDN$ 58.99 & FREE Shipping.
  • Oval-shaped slow cooker with 6-1/2-quart removable stoneware crock
  • Touchscreen control panel, programmable cooking time, auto keep-warm
  • Polished stainless-steel exterior, metal side handles with silicone stay-cool wraps
  • Dishwasher-safe crock and glass lid for easy cleanup, bonus cookbook included
Mealtime at Your Fingertips
Gather the family 'round the dinner table with help from this programmable 6-1/2-quart Crock-Pot slow cooker. An ideal size when cooking for up to eight or nine people, the unit's roomy interior offers enough space to accommodate a 7-pound roast or a large batch of butternut squash soup, vegetable curry, or other favorite recipe. With slow cooking, food has the time it needs to reach robust levels of flavorful perfection. Offering a wonderful alternative to eating out, grabbing fast food, or heating up frozen dinners, the Crock-Pot slow cooker creates mouth-watering home-cooked creations that are healthier, lower in cost, and that produce delicious aromas that are sure to lure loved ones back to the table. B001KVZTFO-2_t._V147267753_
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Convenient Cooking with Programmable Timer
Time an issue? Even those with a busy schedule can make meal times magical. Prepare the slow cooker the night before--simply add ingredients to the stoneware insert and refrigerate overnight. Then, before work in the morning, set the stoneware insert into the heating base, secure the lid, turn it on, and set the programmable timer--the slow cooker takes care of the rest. After a slew of weekend errands or a long day at the office, dinner will be ready and waiting.
Touchscreen Control Panel
The slow cooker's touchscreen control panel makes programming practically foolproof. Fingertip touch controls include Low, High, and Warm cook settings, as well as Time Up or Time Down options for setting the cooking time from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. Its digitally displayed timer counts down the cooking time remaining, and the slow cooker automatically shifts over to a convenient keep-warm mode at the end of the cooking time, which allows food to remain at an ideal serving temperature without over-cooking. The digital timer also keeps track of time spent in keep-warm mode, counting up in one-minute increments for up to six hours before shutting off automatically. A Cooking indicator light and a Keep Warm indicator light offer at-a-glance convenience.
  • removable stoneware and glass lid move from table to the refrigerator for storing leftovers (no need to dirty a second container)
  • they are dishwasher safe, for quick cleanup between uses
  • stoneware is Oven Safe (but not the broiler) or and Microwave Safe
Whether heading to a potluck, making a Sunday dinner, or hosting the holidays, the slow cooker is the ultimate kitchen companion. In addition to healthy, home-cooked meals, it can also be used to make and serve spiced coffee, mulled apple cider, and other festive beverages when entertaining friends and family. As an extra bonus, a cookbook comes included, filled with delicious menu ideas.   Shop now! Crock-Pot 6.5 Qt Touchscreen Slow Cooker    

Shutterfly Offers: 50% off Photo books

All customers enjoy 50% off Hard Cover Photo Books + 30% off everything else with promo code RELAX at checkout image CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY Offer expires May 27, 2015 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 50% off select qualifying 11x14, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, or 8x8 hard photo cover photo books and additional standard pages and 30% off other photo book cover types and accessories, cards & stationery, prints, calendars, photo gifts and home décor products through shutterfly.com, our mobile-friendly site or Shutterfly apps (only certain products are available on the apps). Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on personalized postage stamps, Hallmark inserts, prepaid plans, gift certificates, Videograms, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases and orders place for in-store pick up. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale. ☆☆ Watch for free print promo to be coming May 25 to 27 ☆☆

How To: Shop Online & Save

How To: Shop Online & Save

Tips for getting the best deals online

It seems that today you can shop online for almost anything; clothing, furniture, toys, personal care and even food. Since more and more retailers are offering an online option, we want to share a few tips and ideas to get the best deals when you choose to shop online.

Cash Back Shopping Portals

Cash back portals are the first thing you should check for.

Cash back programs are available for many stores. These are usually offered through a portal site. These sites have both US/Canada and Worldwide retailers.
For example:
Ebates (cash back & referral bonus)
Mr.Rebates (cash back)
TIP: Search ".ca" for the Canadian Retailers.

Once you decide what retailer you are going to shop from, check if they are affiliated with a cash back portal to earn money back on your shopping.

How do Cash Back sites work?

You log in through the cash back site and select the retailer you want to shop from. The retailer's site will open and you shop as usual. After you place your order, your cash back acct will show the amount you earned back. Some pay out on regular intervals or hold until your account reaches a certain amount.

Check out this article on How To Use Ebates.

Coupon Codes

You can often find coupon codes for 30 to 50 %  off  on most sites.
Most retailers have the option to sign up for a Newsletter.  You will often receive coupon/promotional codes in the newsletters.  Some sites offer regular discounts, while others are occasional offers.
Following their social media sites is another great way to find promotional codes.


Most sites offer a few ways to pay. Paypal and Credit Cards are the most common and secure. If you are not a credit card holder, you may want to consider purchasing a Pre Paid card (fees involved, so factor it into your deals).
I have been a Paypal user, buyer and seller, for many years and love it. Unfortunately not all retailers accept Paypal payments. I have it linked to my bank acct instead of charging to credit cards.


Many sites offer Free Shipping. Sometimes it is a limited offer, often times it is free shipping with a minimum order.
Take advantage of free shipping whenever you can. Always factor shipping into your budget if you o have to pay it. Is it a better deal and more convenient than shopping in store for the same item.

AMAZON Deals today!

We have put together a list of the best DVD prices for Kids vies on Amazon. Some of these are family Favourites in my home. The kids love the Land Before Time movies and shows. Here is a fabulous offer for the dino lover in your household The Cat In The Hat You can never have enough Dr. SEUSS! Curious George is my two year old's current obsession! Keep exploring, these are just a few of the many wonderful titles and deals!