Shoppers Drug Mart: Earn 18,500 Bonus Points

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This weekend, spend $75 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart and receive 18,500 Optimum Bonus points!

Valid October 1 – 2, 2016 only.

Find more details here.

What do you like to buy during events like this?

The Home Depot: Save $5 with Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for one or more of The Home Depot’s newsletters and get $5 off a purchase of $50 or more in-store!

Must be a new email newsletter subscriber.

Sign up for a Home Depot newsletter here.

Offer ends February 1, 2017.

Salton Collapsible Dehydrator 46% off

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Are you wanting to preserve some of your summer bounty by dehydrating? Check out this deal on the Salton Collapsible Dehydrator that is only $41.88 from Amazon.ca! (reg. $78). Shipping will also be free. Here are some details:

  • Adjustable temperature control to dry a variety of foods at the optimum temperature
  • Includes 5 stacking trays, expand 30-percent for thicker items and vented lid
  • High performance faster drying time (4-8 hours) over units without temperature control
  • BPA free product
  • Bonus: includes 1 fruit rollup tray and 1 herb tray

Shop online at Amazon.ca here.

Carters Osh Kosh: Save 25% off Outerwear Shop + Free Shipping!

For a limited time only, save 25% off the outerwear shop online at CartersOshKosh.ca!  This includes savings on jackets, boots, toques, mitts and more! Plus, with any outerwear purchase, you will receive free shipping on your entire order!

Shop online at CartersOshKosh.ca now.

Free shipping offer ends October 3, 2016. Outerwear sale ends October 9, 2016.

Cineplex Community Day: October 22, 2016

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Here’s a fun and free activity for the family!

Stop in at your local participating Cineplex theatre the morning of Saturday, October 22, 2016 for Community Day. There will be  FREE movies and concession items for only $2.00 each!

Click here for more information.

100% of proceeds go towards WE Charity.

Addition Elle: Save an Extra 40% off Sale Items

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For a limited time only, save an extra 40% off sale items online at Addition Elle!

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Shipping is free on orders of $120 or more.

Sportchek Scratch & Save Event: Save 10% off and Free Shipping

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Making a purchase online at Sportchek or Atmosphere? For four days only, save 10% off and get free shipping during the Scratch & Save event!

Or if you’re shopping in-store, save 10 – 50% off.

Shop online at Sportchek.ca here.
Shop online at Atmosphere here.

Offer ends October 2, 2016.

Chapters Indigo Baby Event: Save 20% off Baby Items

The Baby Event! 20% Off at Indigo.ca. Sept 29 - Oct 2 only.

The Chapters Indigo Baby Event is on now! Save 20% on the best baby brands: The Honest Company, Skip Hop, Aden & Anais and many more.

The Jellycat stuffed animals are great for gifting.  They’re so soft!

Shop online at Chapters.Indigo.ca now.

Offer ends October 2, 2016.

Gap Canada: Save 35% off Your Order

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Gap Canada has a new coupon code! With this coupon code, you will save 35% off your purchase!

Use coupon code: GAPHOORAY
Expires: September 30, 2016

Shop online at Gap Canada now.

Restrictions:

Online offer is not valid on the following regular price Gap merchandise: Jeans, Kids, Toddler, & Baby Sleepwear, Baby Organics Collection, Shoes, GapBody Underwear, Kids and Baby Outerwear, Leather and/or Suede Apparel and Accessories, Junk Food?, Maternity Bellaband®, Aden & Anais®, (RED)?, Pendleton®, Gap x GQ, Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, and Mad Engine.

7 Things You Will Never Regret Spending Money On

In my mind, being frugal, is less about not spending and more about intentional spending. For example, I may have (mostly) stopped my mindless shopping habit thanks to a No Spend Challenge I did several years ago, but I am not afraid to spend money on things that I feel add value to my life.

After all, frugality is not just about a house full of containers waiting to be reused, or having a pile of cheap clothes waiting to be mended. Sometimes, it’s about using your time and money intentionally to do more of what you love.

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Here are seven things that I never regret spending money on:

Good food

For me, good food is one of the best things in life. Especially delicious, satisfying meals where I’m gathered around a table with family or friends. It’s about quality. Quality food, quality company and quality conversation. Tasty, well made food and slow eaten dinners whether you’re eating out or cooking at home just can’t be beat. Sometimes being frugal means purchasing some grocery items of lesser quality so that you can splurge on the things that really matter to your family’s good food philosophy. (Grass fed beef, organic fruits & vegetables, for example.)

Travel or Fun Experiences

Nothing quite brings a smile to my face like the opportunity to travel to new places or enjoy fun experiences. We recently took our daughters to a local annual fair that was quite costly. (Admission, food, rides…it all adds up!) But we save our hard earned money for times like this. I loved seeing the smile on our oldest daughter’s face after she experienced her very first fair ride. Or hearing her squeal when she saw the tiny baby pigs. It was worth it!

My husband and I also have dreams to travel abroad one day. I have done some traveling in Australia and Africa before I was married, but my husband hasn’t done much. I can’t wait to see the day when we can make his dream of travelling to Europe and other countries a reality.

A hobby that makes you happy

I consider Simply Frugal a money making business, but it’s also my hobby. I spend time researching, writing and even spend a decent amount of money to keep it running. But it’s fun! I enjoy learning all aspects of running an online business and I love seeing what I do help others. As with any hobby, (sewing, jewelry making, or even a tropical fish hobbyist) you have to spend money to do your thing. And if it brings you joy, then by all means go with it and make room in your budget.

Learning new things

I love learning new things. I’ve done online courses (where I learned a lot about various aspects of blogging) and in-person conferences. I’ve also spent money on books and travel; all experiences that have helped expand my mind. Learning makes me feel more confident and proud of myself.

Quality items

Comfortable, sturdy shoes that I wear season after season. A high quality set of cooking pots made to last. A brand name backpack that I have been using for every trip I have taken since I went to Australia 15 years ago.

I’m talking about well made, quality items that serve a specific purpose in your life. It’s incredibly satisfying to actually wear something out and then replace them with something just as good. In today’s disposable society, there is something so satisfying about knowing you’ve made a good, quality purchase!

Services that improve your quality of life

There is no rule in the frugal lifestyle that says you must DIY everything. If you really hate housework, hire a cleaner. If you desperately need some time to yourself, hire a babysitter. Or even if you think you can fix the toilet, sometimes hiring a professional can save you money in the long run if something goes wrong if you try to DIY.

I know that services are sometimes expensive, but it’s about looking at your values and prioritizing your spending. You might be surprised at what you can afford!

A cause you believe in

Lastly, I never regret being generous. I believe that giving to charity is important. Whether that be a local charity or a charity in a third world country. Imagine what would happen if everyone gave, even in a small way? Money donated to charity always feels like money well spent if you’re donating to what speaks to you.

I also love to surprise friends and family with little meaningful gifts, especially when they are not expecting anything. I believe in cheering up those that are “in the trenches” of daily life.

What are your thoughts? What do you never regret spending money on? Let me know in the comments!