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)

Trim Your Grocery Bill Cover

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.

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!