Share a Holiday Moment with Vello (and a Giveaway!)


Recently, I had the creators of Cardswap contact me to tell me about a fantastic new app they created.  It’s called Vello and it’s really quite a brilliant idea!  From the Vello website:

Vello is a new way to celebrate any occasion—big or small.

Instead of sending a card, you can send a beautiful video greeting filled with real messages from a crowd of well-wishers.

Use the free Vello app to record a personalized greeting and invite others to record greetings, too. Vello stitches everything together and sends the recipient a video card filled with familiar faces, real laughter, and greetings that come from the heart.

If you want to send a gift along with the greeting, Vello makes it easy. Just select an e-gift card from 500+ popular retailers and everyone you invite will be given the option of contributing to the e-gift if they choose.

With Vello, everyone can create and share a meaningful moment—together.

See, neat, right?  Get family and/or friends from all over the country to participate in creating a meaningful video greeting for a loved one!

I wanted to try it out, so I made you this:

 Isn’t my daughter cute? 🙂  Anyways, don’t you want to try it out for yourself? Download the Vello app here! (Only available for iPhones)

Since it wouldn’t be Simply Frugal without some frugal tips, I bring you this video:

Vello Upload from Vello on Vimeo.

Here are some useful links to the tips I mentioned in the video:

Now, it’s your turn.  Download the Vello app and start sending greetings!  I’d love to “meet” you all so I’d be tickled if you would send a greeting my way!  I’m SimplyFrugal on Twitter if you’d like to send it that way or Simply Frugal in Canada on Facebook if it’s possible to send it that way.

As I mentioned before, Vello comes to you from the creators of Cardswap. I wrote about Cardswap in the past and love their service but in short, CardSwap is this: Buy gift cards to all your major retailers and save.  Sell your unwanted gift cards for cash!

I also mentioned in the title of this post that there is also a giveaway.  The creators of Vello and Cardswap want one lucky Simply Frugal reader to win a $50 credit to use online at Cardswap!  Yay!  Enter below:

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This giveaway ends on December 11, 2013 and is only open to Canadian residents. The winner will receive an email from me soon after the giveaway closes. Good luck!

Purex Plus Oxi vs. The Grass Stains

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You would think that my 1 1/5 year old would make her clothes the dirtiest in our family, but you’d be wrong thinking that.  While she’s pretty good at dirtying her clothes, it’s actually my husband who makes the most frustrating stains!

He’s a soccer player on a couple of different teams so after playing each night, his shorts come home with multiple grass and mud stains.

I had the opportunity to try out the new Purex Plus Oxi laundry detergent so I was excited to see how it would work with the soccer stains.  I was especially excited to see that I could actually use the detergent to pre-treat the stains since it included Zout, a stain remover I loved when I spent some time in Australia years ago.

I applied the Purex detergent to each stain and rubbed it in with a laundry brush.  stain

I ran the load and came out with stain-free shorts!  Woo!  As a bonus, they even smelled good. 🙂

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Another nice thing about Purex laundry detergent is the price.  You can usually find it on sale for $3 or less.  There also happens to be a coupon for Purex products on the SmartSource coupon page.

Contest: Win $500 or a Free Bottle of Purex Plus Oxi

Enter for your chance to win $500 or a free bottle of Purex Plus Oxi laundry detergent!  Contest closes September 19.

Enter the Bid Adieu to Stains Contest

Disclosure: Purex Insiders provided me with the products needed to do the review.  All opinions are my own.

Swagbucks Contest – Win a $50 Gift Card

For those of you that have signed up or want to sign up for Swag Bucks under Simply Frugal, you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card of your choice from the Swagbucks gift card rewards store!

To Win:

  • Sign up to Swagbucks here (skip this step if you’ve already signed up under Simply Frugal)
  • If you’re a new Swagbucks user, enter the sign-up code SIMPLYFRUGAL for a bonus 70 Swag Bucks (on top of the 30 you normally receive)  (click on the text “I have a sign up code”)
  • Earn 50 Swag Bucks between August 20 – September 21, 2013 from any combination of Shop, Search, Watch, Play, Answer or Discover

Related: 6 ways to earn more Swag Bucks

Once you’ve earned 50 Swag Bucks, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway to win a $50 gift card of your choice!  Winner will be chosen by random.

Good luck!  Winner will be chosen by September 23, 2013.

*Swag Bucks earned from Swag Codes won’t count towards the giveaway.

Share your Best Frugal Tip!

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Although this contest is over and the winners have been notified, please keep submitting your frugal tips!  It’s really fun to learn how other families are implementing the frugal lifestyle!

Do you enjoy helping others save their hard earned money? If so, I think you will love contest! Watch the video above (or click here if you’re reading in an email) for more information, or read below for the details:

1.  How do you save money? Share your Best Frugal Tip in the form available below.  Your tips can include anything that saves you money.  Frugal recipes, DIY projects, simple day-to-day tips…etc.

2.  For submitting your tip, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for an envelope full of coupons (over $100 value).  There will be two completely random winners (Julie and Tammi!) chosen on July 12, 2013

3.  Each tip that is submitted, and that I deem a good fit with Simply Frugal, will be published to the website over the coming weeks to help others on their frugal journey.

4.  Contest is open to Canadian residents only, since the coupons are only valid in Canada.

When you’re submitting your frugal tip, please include detailed instructions and the cost if you are submitting a DIY project or recipe. If you are sharing a general frugal tip, please also submit WHY it saves you money and HOW MUCH potential savings someone else could achieve if they are to implement the suggestion.

Alright, let’s get going!  Submit your best frugal tips in the form below!

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Canadian Giveaway – 2,500 Free Swagbucks

Have you signed up for Swagbucks yet? If not, you’re missing out on some great free stuff!  Like gift cards!

I’ve been a Swagbucks user for about four years now, and I have been earning prizes on a regular basis. I redeem my Swag Bucks for Starbucks and Amazon gift cards and PayPal credit.  Thanks to Swagbucks, I get to enjoy a weekly coffee date to Starbucks (by myself) so I can work on the weekly coupon match ups!

Here’s a post I wrote about 6 ways to earn more Swag Bucks.

If you’re ready to sign up for Swagbucks, enter coupon code FRUGAL and you will earn 70 FREE Swag Bucks! (in addition to the 30 you get as you complete your profile.)  In order to get the bonus Swag Bucks be sure to enter the registration code by clicking on the text that reads “I have a sign up code” as you are initially signing up.

Swagbucks and have teamed up to offer 2,500 FREE Swag Bucks to 1 lucky Simply Frugal reader!  This giveaway closes on June 13, 2013 at 12am PST.

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*Sign up code expires June 12, 2013.

Simply Frugal Reader Survey – Respond & Win an Envelope Full of Coupons

surveyIt’s always good to evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re going.

And honestly, the only reason I’m around is because of you. So, if you don’t mind, could you take the Simply Frugal Reader Survey?  (It’s 100% anonymous)

I want to make sure that I’m providing you with relevant content and information that helps you live a good life on less.

The survey should only take you five to seven minutes and I would really appreciate it.

Because I know that everyone’s time is worth something – after you have completed the survey, come back and leave a comment on this post letting me know you completed it. At the end of the survey time I’ll pick two comments and they will each win an envelope full of coupons! The survey and giveaway will be open until January 14, 2013.

Canadian Giveaway – Win a Kiss Poster from 70’s Rock Photos

A little bit about Ian Mark and

In the 70’s I photographed rock groups for Music Express Magazine including The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Kiss, Queen and more.

Nothing equals the excitement and adrenalin rush that comes from shooting a live concert. A record will always pale in comparison. For the photographer, there was the challenge of working under constantly changing conditions. A rock group is always moving on stage not to mention the lights and crowd. To get good results the photographer cannot use flash, as that would destroy the live affect. Back then auto focus was a dream away. You had to focus on a moving singer or guitarist who was never stationary, while watching your light meter at the same time. It was  great challenge, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I sell 8×12 prints, printed directly from the original negatives in a professional lab on Fuji Crystal Archival paper for lasting quality.

Check out Ian’s wares here:

Etsy shop:

Enter for your chance to win a Kiss poster from 70’s Rock Photos!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Monday, November 19, 2012.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

Canadian Giveaway – Win a Flask Set from Polar Stones

The Whiskey, The Rocks, and Everything Else

We started this business with the quest for Whiskey Stones, Made in Canada and were amazed to see a huge hole in the market. So My Husband with his trusty saw decided to fill that void.

So with the support of his Wife (me) and our three little men, he started creating stones. With his mechanical savvy and my artsyness we designed and branded Polar Stones ~ Whiskey on the Rocks.

We are proud of what we have started together, and happy with the amazing feedback we have received and our repeat customers have proven that our products are valued in Canada, the US and around the world.

We will be at the Christmas Handmade Market this year!  Or if you won’t be attending the market,  you can shop online at Polar Stones here:

Use the coupon code SIMPLYFRUGAL to save 10% off your purchase at Polar Stones Etsy Shop until December 31, 2012!

The winner of this giveaway from Polar Stones will win a Flask set!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Monday, November 19, 2012.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

Canadian Giveaway – $50 Gift Certificate to sweetbabydealz is the shopping destination for sweet deals for mom and their little ones, with up to 80% off on great quality products.  Since recently celebrating their 1-year anniversary, they’re now featuring a brand new deal every day.  You don’t have to wait a week until the next deal anymore!  They promise to deliver quality, parent-recommended products at sweetly low prices, and as much as possible to support brands that are organic, natural, eco-friendly and made locally (in Canada!) with love; products and brands that they would only buy for their little ones and themselves.

Use the coupon code sweetsf5 to save an extra 5% off any deal until December 31, 2012!

Enter for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to!

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This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Sunday, November 18, 2012.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!

Canadian Giveaway – Win a Gift Pack from Andrea’s Clips & More

Andrea’s Clips & More from Milton, Ontario offers affordable and useful accessories for children including mitten clips, toy/sippy cup leashes, belt clips, and more!  Shipping is only $2 within Canada for your entire order no matter how many items. Be sure to stop on by and visit us at and on our Facebook fan page

Use the coupon code SIMPLYFRUGAL for free shipping on any order over $10 at Andrea’s Clips & More until December 1, 2012!

Andrea is giving you the chance to win this awesome gift pack valued at $45:

  • Boy’s adjustable robot tie
  • Girls pair of mitten clips
  • Boys pair of mitten clips
  • Toy leash in gender neutral caterpillar
  • Two sets of embroidered non slip hair clips in owl and bird
  • Set of specialty princess ribbon clips
  • Set of gold sequin crown non slip hair clips

This giveaway is open to Canadians only and will end at 11:59pm EST Sunday, November 18, 2012.  An email will be sent to the winner.  Good luck!