2017 Summer Reader Survey and Giveaway

Update! The winners have been emailed: Congratulations Dawn, Lynn and Natacha.

It’s time for a survey! I created a reader survey to help me get a better understanding of what you use Simply Frugal for and what information you’d like to see in the future. I plan on using the survey results to help me give you more of what you want and stop doing what you don’t find value in.  In other words, I really value your insights!

Will you please take a few minutes to complete the survey?

To further entice you, I’d love to give three Simply Frugal readers that complete the survey a copy of The Budget Binder Kit that’s available in the Simply Frugal store! To be entered, simply leave a comment below telling me you did the survey. I’ll draw the winners on June 18, 2017.

Thank you so much for providing feedback to help make this site what you want, while helping me to maintain the vision for Simply Frugal that I started over 8 years ago.

Click here to take the 2017 Summer Reader Survey.

The All New Petro-Points Program (and a Giveaway!)

And the Winner is…GINA! Congratulations! 🙂

We’re pretty pumped about this new update from the Petro-Points program! My husband is an avid collector and encourages me to use his card when ever I can. 😉 He’s also “made” me link my Save On Foods card with his Petro-Points so we can earn faster.

All the changes to the program mean you and I can earn points even faster.

Now, collect 10 points per litre on any fuel purchase and collect 10 points per dollar on purchases in-store and on car washes. 10,000 Points equals a $10 value – always.

You can also redeem your points sooner because you are able to redeem your Petro-Points in increments of 1,000 points for dollars off fuel, car washes and in-store purchases at Petro-Canada. You can also redeem your Petro-Points for savings and more with their partners: BCAA, CAA, Discount Car and Truck Rentals, Hudson’s Bay and itravel2000.

Read all about the new Petro-Points program here.

I also mentioned there was a giveaway in the title of this post. One lucky person can win 10,000 Petro-Points! Woo! That should get you off to a great start!

To enter, simply comment on this post letting me know what you would redeem your points for if you won. I’ll draw one Canadian winner randomly on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Good luck!

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Canadian Giveaway: $50 Gift Card to Limeapple

Limeapple.ca is about to embark on their popular 12 Days of Christmas deals. Each day from December 1 – 12, you will find a huge discount on one of their buyer favourites. You’ll save big on dresses, their popular bubble hoodies and even clearance items! Their merchandise is especially great for girls that are in gymnastics, swimming or any active sport.

Here’s some info about Limeapple to help you see why it’s a favourite:

Limeapple Boutique, Limeapple Sport and Limeapple Swim offer a wide variety of feminine, fun girls’ clothes in sizes 12 months to 14 that fit, flatter, move and breathe. We’re a favorite among girls—and their moms—because our style is energetic, bright, comfortable and age-appropriate. Our lines feature sportswear for school and beyond as well as dresses for recitals, dances, parties, family events, holidays and every day. Our activewear is performance quality and proves that looking good while dancing, practicing yoga, skating and working out is no sweat. Our swim collection is designed for everything from cannon balls to forward dives, from fighting the waves to beating the competition, and from lounging on the beach to racing off the starting block.

My daughter has one of their bubble hoodies and it’s fantastic. I wish they made it in adult sizes! 😉 Also, another feature I love is the fact that they offer free shipping on orders of just $25 or more. 🙂

Limeapple.ca is feeling especially excited today and they want to offer one Simply Frugal reader a $50 gift card to use on anything they want! (Perfect for shopping during their sales!) Enter for your chance to win here:

Use this link if the form above isn’t showing for you.

This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Sunday, November 27, 2016.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

This Vacuum Sucks Good! (Dyson Giveaway!!)

I am so so excited. So excited because I get to give away a Dyson vacuum cleaner to one of you! Yahoo! (YOU could win it!)

I had been saving up some money to buy a new vacuum (a Miele or a Dyson) for quite a while when I was contacted by Dyson to see if I’d be interested in trying out a new model. Yes, the answer was definitely yes! I was especially intrigued because this model they were sending me was a “more affordable” option only available at Walmart. It’s more affordable, but works just like the pricier versions. I like that.

The ideal machine for someone who’s always wanted a Dyson: it has the same great technology expected from us, but at a price point that’s manageable. The DC33 has cyclones that capture more microscopic dust than any other cyclone and a HEPA filter that traps microscopic pollen and allergens, ideal for allergy sufferers. And with a self-adjusting cleaner head, it maintains contact with your floor to seal in suction, from hard floors to carpets.

The Walmart Dyson DC33 Origin comes with three added tools to make sure you get the best out of your machine:

  • Combination accessory tool: nozzle for large debris converts to a brush tool for dusting, ideal for baseboard crevices

  • Stair tool: attaches to the wand or hose for easy cleaning on stairs

  • Mattress tool:  removes dirt and allergens from mattresses and upholstery

One day, the Dyson DC33 Origin ($398.98), showed up at the door in this box. And I got really excited. Yes, my life has come to that… 😉

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Then my daughter and I opened the box to find all of these pieces:

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For a moment I got scared. Then I realized they had a handy dandy Quick Start Guide that helped us put it together in no time flat. I found that the pieces went together in a pretty common sense kind of way, so I appreciated that.

Once it was together, my daughter and I got to work vacuuming. The first thing I noticed was how good it cleaned. Then I noticed that it was quite heavy to use, especially after using my old canister vacuum for years.

But the next time I used it, the weight of the machine didn’t bother me at all. I was just impressed with how well it cleaned and the fact that I could vacuum the ceiling with the wand. (Yes, I vacuumed the ceiling…I found dust bunnies up there! ewww!)

Another thing that got me was the fact that I kept pressing the wrong buttons when I wanted to release the wand or other parts. But now that I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, I’m definitely getting the hang of how it works. And I LOVE it!

At the point of sharing too much, I have a picture of the mess it cleaned in one day. (Most of it is from our newish wool rug which sheds like an animal currently.)

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Not bad eh? The house just feels so good after I vacuum knowing that all the dirt is gone.


Win a $50 Gift Card from CardSwap.ca!

CardSwap is rewarding Canadians with gift cards and cash back savings on everyday purchases — dining, shopping, grocery, and even gas.  You can buy gift cards and earn rewards redeemable for gift cards, or sell your unused gift cards for up to 92% of the face value in cash. As Canada’s #1 gift card exchange, CardSwap has created Canada’s largest and fastest growing market place for gift cards where you can buy gift cards, sell gift cards, or donate gift cards to charity.

CardSwap allows you to get money that you can use any way you want for your unused gift cards. Don’t let those unwanted gift cards waste away in your wallet or get lost in your sock drawer. Turn your Winners gift card, Cineplex gift card, Lululemon gift card, and many more into cash today!

If you needed even more of a reason to get rid of your unused gift cards, you can sell your gift card to CardSwap and they will turn it into a donation to a selected charitable organization. When you make a donation of gift cards that would normally be unused, you are able to make a positive contribution to these organizations. The charity will provide a tax receipt for all gift cards that are donated.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to try CardSwap.ca to see for myself just how easy it was to get gift cards for less than their retail value.  I was quite impressed!  The sign up process is really quick and easy.  When I was browsing the available gift cards I was pleased with the selection of gift cards available.  I could get gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart or even PetSmart!   The gift cards are shipped very fast, in my opinion!

BONUS: If you are a new Cardswapper that registers for FREE on Cardswap you will receive 500 SwapPoints, which translates to $5.00! (1000 points gets you a free gift card for $10).

Now, for the giveaway:

Enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card from CardSwap.ca!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Friday, December 12, 2014.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

And the Winner Is… #StreamInto2015


Back in October, Staples Canada wanted our family to crown our favourite holiday movie using the Roku 3 streaming device.  This was tough, because really, there’s nothing I love more than watching a holiday movie! They’re all good! (Well, most of them.)  Now if it were up to me alone, I’d say The Holiday is my favourite movie. (I can see our family doing a house exchange like that one day.)  My husband would say Home Alone. (for nostalgic reasons)  But since the toddler had to come into play, we have to crown…. The Santa Clause!

For whatever the reason, she loved that movie.  Normally, she won’t sit longer than 5 minutes watching any type of show. So when she actually sat with us for at least 1/2 hour, we knew we had a winner.

Speaking of winners, I have 3 winners for the Roku 3 streaming device!  Here they are:

  • Cathy C
  • Melissa M
  • Laura A

The winners have been emailed.

So, what holiday movie will you be watching first this year?


Canadian Giveaway: Win a Kelvin.23 from Kelvin Tools

Here’s some information about the amazing Kelvin.23 tool:

Hanging pictures, putting up shelving, assembling flat packed furniture, these are the types of jobs we face most often in our lives. Some of us use construction tools from the toolbox in the basement. Others hammer with the heel of a shoe because we don’t have room for a toolbox. Neither is ideal, so I invented kelvin.23…one tool to fix hundreds of jobs and compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

I managed to pack 23 of the most commonly used tools and features into a compact, rugged, and stylish urban design. The cast aluminum body, and rubber touch handle are ergonomically integrated to act tough and feel good.

Enter for your chance to win a pink Kelvin.23 tool from Kelvin Tools!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Monday, November 24, 2014.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

We’re Crowning Our Favourite Holiday Movie as We #StreamInto2015


Can you believe that it’s almost November already??  I think it’s crazy myself.  I’ll be honest and say that I’ve got Christmas on my mind a lot these days.  With organizing the Holiday Gift Guide, shopping for Christmas craft supplies and listing gift ideas, I’m excited to say the least!

I’m even more excited since the Simply Frugal household has teamed up with Staples Canada to crown our all time favourite holiday movie!  We’ll #Streaminto2015 in style since Staples has kindly provided us with a Roku 3 streaming device which will allow us to watch as many holiday movies as we want!  (Perfect for us frugal folk since we don’t have cable TV or Netflix!)


I think Sienna is going to be on board with this fun since she’s just starting to show some interest in TV shows.  I think her favourite is going to be The Snowman, but maybe she’ll enjoy Rudolph or Elf!

Growing up, my favourite holiday movie was It’s a Wonderful Life so I’m looking forward to watching that again.  Embarrassingly enough, I’m not sure what my husband’s favourite movie is!  I guess we’ll find out 🙂

Are you ready to #Streaminto2015 with us?  Follow along with us and other Canadian bloggers (Follow Simply Frugal here) by using the hashtag #Streaminto2015 on Twitter.  We’ll crown our all-time favourite on November 28, 2014.

Just in case you thought I was finished, I’m not!  🙂

You, my dear readers, will have a chance at winning 1 of 3 Roku 3 Streaming Devices!  Here’s how to win:

All you have to do is leave a blog comment telling me what your favourite holiday movie is and tell me you left a comment by using the Rafflecopter thingy below.  That’s it!  I’ll choose three winners randomly on November 28, 2014. (Open to Canadian residents only.)

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Canadian Giveaway: Trim Your Grocery Bill (3 Winners)

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In case you’ve fallen behind on your blog reading this week, I very recently wrote an ebook called Trim Your Grocery Bill. My hopes with the book is to provide practical tips to help you reduce your grocery budget in Canada.  You can read more about it here. It’s available to purchase for just $4.99, but this weekend, I want to give three copies away for FREE!  Simply because I love you guys and your loyalty to Simply Frugal.

So, who doesn’t love a giveaway?  And just for kicks, each winner will also win an envelope full of coupons!

Want to win a copy?  Simply enter using the Rafflecopter thingy below:

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Contest ends at midnight PST on June 29, 2014.

Simply Frugal Survey

I’m starting the process of planning for 2014. That, of course, means that I want to hear from you! I like to try my best to provide content that you want most. In order for that to happen, I need to know what you want! So, will you do me a favour and fill out this survey? It will help me immensely!

For extra incentive, once you’re finished filling it out, leave a comment below saying “I did it!” for your chance at winning an envelope full of coupons! Thanks so much for being a loyal reader!

**Winners are Anastasia and Stephanie F! You’ll receive an email from me shortly!**

If you’re reading this in an email, you may have to click this link for the survey.