7 Tips for Shopping on Amazon.ca

7 Tips for Shopping on Amazon.ca

 

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

Groupon Coupons – Even More Savings!

Groupon Coupons - Even More Savings!

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Chances are, if you are already a deal seeker, you have at least heard of or perhaps used Groupon in the past. Did you know that in addition to the regular Groupon offers, you can now use Groupon Coupons? These are coupon codes and offers in addition to purchasing groupon offers. You can access them online via desktop or mobile.

Currently there are 66,458 free coupons at 10,278 stores on Groupon in North America.

There are savings for all sorts of products and services, including toys, clothing, travel, auctions and more!

In addition to the already great offers available on Groupon, these coupon options add an additional level of savings to help keep more money in YOUR pocket on your everyday and specialty purchases.

There are Thousands to choose from!

I love the option to use these coupons with Ebay. Having been an Ebay seller in the past, I used Ebay.com to buy and sell more often than using the .ca site, and these coupons would have come in handy. As I write this article, there are currently 445 coupons available through Groupon for use on Ebay! Amazing.

If you are in the market for website hosting or domain name registration, GoDaddy coupons are also available through Groupon Coupons.

Planning some travel in the near future? Don't forget the research best prices with the Groupon coupons from Priceline, Travelocity.ca and Hotels.com.

Lowes.ca offers to help save on your DIY and other household projects. While working on a DIY, perhaps you need a good hand lotion to take care of your skin while working hard? Check out these Kiehl's coupon offers!

So, if you are on the hunt for a deal on almost anything, remember to check out what is available on Groupon Coupons before you spend your $$.

~This post was written on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are my own.~

9 Tips for a successful yard sale!

9 Tips for a successful yard sale!

This seems to be a yearly ritual in my house. After a full year (or two) of collecting "stuff", and donating much of what we don't need or use anymore, I often get the itch to have a yard sale. The past two summers i have hosted a sale at my house and a few friends also joined in and set up a table.

Last month our sale was extremely busy, and I was pretty much giving stuff away. Trying to clear out space to redo some of our rooms makes me just want to get rid of it all. I am thinking of doing another one in August as well. We have redone both boys rooms and there are boxes of items ready to sell!

Over the years, I have learned from having a yearly sale and will share some of my preparation and set up tips with you.

Here are some Tips for a successful yard sale!

Preparing

  1. Plan ahead: this not only includes the weeks leading up to your sale. You should have a few boxes in a storage room ready for items. Throughout the year you can put items in the boxes for the summer yardsale. This way you will see how much is accumulating, and determine when you have enough for a sale. If you have a spare closet, that would be a great place to store items as well.
  2. Labeling: Price as you sort or put items in boxes. I keep price stickers and a marker in my storage room with the boxes. If there are clothing or other items that you want the same price on, put them in a box with the price written on the box (ie. $1 per piece of clothing, or $2 per book)
  3. Pricing:  mark your prices clearly! Remember, people are more apt to buy if they know how much you want for the item. If you have larger (higher priced) items, be prepared to negotiate. People who yardsale all the time will want to pay less than what you have marked....be ready to bundle and offer freebies or discounted prices. Remember, you do not NEED these items anymore. Don't hold out for the next person to pay full sticker price (this applies to reasonable offers of course).
  4. Gather your friends! Ask your friends if they have anything to sell. Maybe your neighbours want to have a sale. Let people know a few weeks ahead, so they can seel some items too.  If they only have a few items, let them join your yardsale!
  5. Advertise: There are many ways to promote your yardsale these days. Post on social media and ask your local friends to share. Post it online through Kijiji or other community events listings. Posters are usually needed on the day of the sale (directing people to your house).

Set Up

  1. Tables: if you do not have shelves or tables to put smaller items on, try to borrow some. You will sell more, faster, if items are easier for buyers to look at and touch.
    If you have no tables, try to display items on top of boxes (flipped over boxes can raise items up a bit off the gound)
  2. Bags: have plastic bags ready for buyers to put items in.
  3. Money/Change: be sure to have lots of change available. Coins to make change for the lowest priced items you have.
  4. Set Up Early: if you advertise your sale to start at 8am, aim to be set up and ready by 7:30. Early birds WILL show up, and you don't want to be flustered trying to set up and sell at the same time.

I will be a guest host on #ECMChat Wednesday Night!

ECMChat Wednesday night is East Coast Moms Chat night. This week is all about penny pinching and they have asked me to join in to guest host the chat. Join us to share your tips or ask your questions about how to save on purchases, everyday living, taxes and more! #ECMChat starts at 9pm Atlantic. Residents of NB, NS, PEI & NL welcome and eligible to win a prize. Make sure you are following the hostesses: @curtainsareopen, @mylifeinthesunn & @MctnCouponLady Don't forget to use the hashtag #ECMChat in EVERY tweet. Sponsors of this chat are:
  • PeopleCan Training & Development (Debbie Adams, @PeopleCan) - $50 Visa CG
  • Coupgon (@Coupgon) - $75 Grocery GC
No RSVP needed! #ECMChat is for residents of NL, NS, NB and PEI Full regs here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_X0h6SCzap6W5RiSgyY4sI5QChPYsY8FfomfTaHtnDY/edit?usp=sharing

CBC Information Morning Coupon Lady Column

CBC Information Morning Coupon Lady Column Here is a list of the archived radio columns I have done over the past 3 years. The most recent from this fall were not added online. I will post when I am back on air. We do a few months at a time, then break.
Column on CBC Information Morning Moncton 106.1FM

RECALL: Allerject Epinepherine

image Allerject (0.15 mg/0.15 mL and 0.3 mg/0.3 mL strengths of epinephrine auto-injectors) have been recalled due to a defect in how much epinephrine it administers. Products Affected: ▪ Allerject Pre-filled Autoinjector (DIN02382059 – 0.15mg/0.15mL epinephrine). ▪ Allerject Pre-filled Autoinjector (DIN02382067 – 0.3mg/0.3mL epinephrine). What you should do: ▪ Contact your pharmacy to arrange returning your Allerject device and to obtain a replacement epinephrine auto-injector with the same dose. ▪ Consult your pharmacist to ensure you understand how to properly use the replacement auto-injector. ▪ In the event a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs before you can obtain a replacement auto injector, use your Allerject device as directed by your healthcare provider, and then seek emergency medical attention. ▪ Speak with your healthcare professional if you are concerned about your health or your child’s health. ▪ Report any adverse events to Health Canada. Get Details Here

TIP: Per Unit Price Comparison

TIP: Per Unit Price Comparison image image Huggies Pull Ups These actually work out to be the same price. Depending on how many coupons you have, buying the large box makes your coupons go further. You would need to use 3×$2 coupons on the smaller pack, while only needing 1x $2 coupon to get the same price on the large pack. Another reason to go with the larger box is the limit on the Cash back offer.Items usually have a limit per week. If you can only redeem 1 time, then the larger box is your better deal. 22pk @10.99 -$2 coupon -$2 snap cash back =$6.99 Or $ 0.32 each 66pk @$24.97 -$2 coupon -$2 snap cash back =$20.97 Or $ 0.32 each

Tip of the Day: Party with us!

Tip of the Day: Party with us! From Matt @answerthetullyphone: Many do not realize how easy it is to participate and possibly win something on Twitter. I (Matt of Answer The Tullyphone) won a package tonight and personally from another party and have at one time participated in 4 at once. (Consider it almost like free bingo...just a thought) You meet some new people and may develop friendships, learn about new products, brands and retailers, as well as the possibility to win some prizes, all from the comfort of your own home. Here is a party coming up in two days with $1500 worth of prizes given away during or right after the party. There are no strings...participate or don't but someone is winning the prizes and it might as well be some of my local people to have as good a chance as anyone. Follow us @answerthetullyphone on Facebook so if you have any questions I can help when I can and then follow the instructions below on the post. Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing some Moncton winners! image Looking forward to the #PGSummerSave twitter party Wed June 24th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT! RSVP CLICK HERE Are you on twitter yet? Joining in? Follow us @Tullyman77 and @sherritully on twitter and google twubs if you are new. Trouble getting started..drop us a note. We would be glad to help get you going.

TIP OF THE DAY: Read Fine Print

TIP OF THE DAY: Read Fine Print image We seem to revisit this topic quite often, but it is very important to always read the fine print and details on coupons, cash back offers and mail in rebates. Actually, read everything on flyers as well. There are more and more restrictions showing up on offers lately and the cashiers simply do not have the time to read all the fine print. I have noticed store exclusions on Cash Back Apps and more fine print restrictions on printable coupons this week. EXAMPLES: image Snap by Groupon offer for Pledge Floor Cleaner $ 7 cash back "This offer is NOT redeemable at the following retailers: Fresh Co, Giant Tiger, Safeway and Sobeys." image Advil.ca coupons are high value printable coupons, but have size restrictions in the fine print. ZOOM IN on your computer screen before printing to see if it can he used on the item you are planning to purchase. image image Using a coupon on something it is not meant for, due to vague descriptions or photos can cause retailers to restrict coupon usage. PLEASE,  think about the effect this has on future coupons, policies and deals. Don't get me wrong, we have all used a coupon that maybe we didn't read close, got excited about a deal and forgot to read the details in the store when we came across an unplanned deal...it happens. I am simply encouraging everyone to try to "know" your coupons you plan to use and apply them the the correct items. Hope you found this helpful and Happy Savings.