Saving On Everything Back To School

The back to school madness is underway and we are all looking for ways to cut costs this time of year. Expectations run high, there are new book bags, sneakers, clothing, school supplies, and lunch supplies. The list can be long and expensive. BUT, let’s not worry about what others are doing or what the kids expect. In my books, it is better to teach frugality and a reduced waste approach through re-using and recycling. Let’s teach our children that they do not need NEW everything, there are so many items that can be re-used and recycled from previous years.


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Kiss Traditional Money Jars Goodbye, Hello Quber!

Sponsored by Quber, all experiences and wording are my own.

Grab a toonie from the savings jar! That’s how we don’t save in this house, and I am sure we are not alone. The jar is there, and when the kids need a loonie for PJ day at school, or I want a coffee on my way to skating lessons, we grab the change out of the jar. So much for saving, or even having a goal associated with that jar, it’s just there…

We all want to save for something, no matter how big or small, but how often do we actually set a value and timeline to that savings goal? Or how often do we grab from those savings, to use elsewhere?

What if I told you there is an app that will challenge you to be more aware of your transactions,  to cut back on extra spending, and automatically saves that money in a virtual money jar? It is here, and it is so much fun!

Quber is the ideal app to help you change your spending habits, set savings goals and watch them materialize through actual goal-specific savings on a timeline.

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Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free & Other Specials

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free & Other Specials

Here are some Canadian Restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free or special offers for kid’s though out the week. If you know of other restaurants in your area that offer Kid’s Eat Free, please comment below to let us know. We will be starting a “Local” section for non chain restaurants that will be sorted by town/city. 

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Frugal Friday Tip: Save Money On Laundry

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Saving Money On Laundry

Laundry is something we all have to do. So let’s talk about ways to reduce the costs of this mundane weekly/daily chore. 

I feel like we do not wear our clothing or value our clothing the same as we did when I was growing up. We wore our clothes until they were dirty. Pants at least 2 times, maybe 3, shirts were usually one time, but sweaters wore over tops of shirts would have been worn multiple times as well. As I move through the piles of laundry each week, I have been noticing the quality of clothing is lower, washing more often simply means replacing them sooner, and also wasting water, energy and time!
So here are my tips to save money on laundry…and we will leave the chat about quality vs. price to another post!
(side note: do you remember those concert T’s or hoodies from university that we still have 15-20 years later….I doubt our kids will be able to wear similar clothing more than 5 years from now.)

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Savings Tip Of The Day: check your pharmacy

Collecting Coupons When shopping at the Pharmacy, always look for coupon booklets, samples, etc from the Pharmacist. WalMart occassionally has coupon booklets, samples and such available at the Pharmacy counter. Shopper’s Drug Mart also has coupon booklets many times. Money off and Optimum points offers. Ask your Pharmacist, you might be surprised what they have … Read more

Savings Tip Of The Day: Google It!

When something stops working, google how to fix it. We have repared dripping showers, leaky toilets, lawnmower, dryer and more. This always saved us the minimum service call charge and usually much less in the end to repair, as we didn’t pay labour. Google the model number and brand, plus the problem gou are encountering. … Read more