Weekend Deals

Like all of my other deal posts, this post most likely contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.

Every Friday, I will be doing a round-up feature of good sales, called Weekend Deals.

While this was intended to be a summer feature, however going forward, I have decided to continue doing this as a weekly feature. This will allow me to check in to my email to collect the best deals and provide you with the deals that you enjoy and expect from Simply Frugal. There will be exceptions though. If I find something that needs it’s own separate post because it’s such a great deal, I’ll be sure to do just that!

The best way to stay up to date on the deals, is to sign up for the Simply Frugal Deals Email. You can do so here.

Or, if you prefer Instagram, you can find deals in my Instagram stories often.

Let’s get started shall we?

Well.ca

There are some good sales this week at Well.ca! Save on: Sisu, Spring essentials, Mrs. Meyers, Burt

s Bees, Aleve, Therabreath, Oatly and so much more! (ends April 14, 2024)

Take a look online at Well.ca here.

Gap Canada

I’ve got an exclusive coupon code for you! Save an extra 60% off sale styles with code SALE! (ends April 13, 2024)

Shop online at Gap Canada here.

Old Navy Canada

For two days only, save 40% off swimwear for the family at Old Navy! (ends April 14, 2024)

Shop online at Old Navy here.

DSW Canada

Last day to save 20% off (almost) everything online at DSW.ca! (ends April 12, 2024)

Shop online at DSW Canada here.

The Children’s Place

Save an extra 30% off your entire order with the coupon code TAKE30 at The Children’s Place Canada.

Shop online at The Children’s Place Canada here.

Gymboree Canada

Save an extra 30% off your entire order with the coupon code TAKE30 at Gymboree Canada.

Shop online at Gymboree here.

Carters Canada

Save up to 30% off during the Sunny Stock-Up sale!

Shop online at CartersOshKosh.ca here.

Joe Fresh

Save 25% off children’s styles. Save 20% off adult jeans. Plus shipping is free all weekend online at Joe Fresh!

Shop online at Joe Fresh here.

Reitmans

Mid-Season Sale! Save up to 50% off EVERYTHING online at Reitmans. (ends April 21, 2024)

Shop online at Reitmans here.

DAVIDs Tea

Check DAVIDs Tea each day for a tea of the day that is 40% off! Plus, with every purchase, try any tea for free! (Add your fave to your cart, it’s on them!)

Shop online at DAVIDs Tea here.

Crocs Canada

Crocs Club Members: Free Shipping on Sandals! It’s free to sign up to be a Crocs Club member. (ends April 14, 2024) Also, use coupon code CROCS15 to take $15 Off Your $75 Purchase or coupon code CROCS20 to take $20 Off Your $100 Purchase.

Shop online at Crocs Canada here.

Penningtons

The #1 Bra Sale Event is on! Save 40% off all bras (almost) at Penningtons! (ends April 14, 2024)

Shop online at Penningtons here.

Ardene Canada

For a limited time only, save 30% off sneakers and flats online at Ardene! (ends April 16, 2024) Also, save up to 70% off during the end of season sale.

Shop online at Ardene Canada here.

Bluenotes

Spring Savings: save 40 – 60% off everything online at Bluenotes! Plus, get an extra 20% off when you spend $50 or more and use the coupon code SPRING20. (ends April 15, 2024)

Shop online at Bluenotes here.

Saje Natural Wellness

20% off: Aroma Om + New Diffuser Blend Kit. Also, spend $75 or more and get the iconic jute tote for free!

Shop online at Saje Natural Wellness here.

Sephora Canada

It’s here! The Sephora Savings Event! Save 30% off Sephora Collection items. Rouge members save 20% off, VIB members save 15% off, Insiders save 10% off. Use code YAYSAVE. (ends April 15, 2024)

Shop online at Sephora Canada here.

Ashley Furniture

Save up to 50% off clearance items AND get an extra 10% off when you use code SPRING10.

Shop online at Ashley Furniture here.

RW&Co

For a limited time only, save 30% off regular priced items online at RW&Co. Also, save up to 50% off in the sale section + an extra 30% off.

Shop online at RW&Co here.

Althleta Canada

Save an extra 20% off sale items until April 15, 2024!

Shop online at Athleta Canada here.

Indigo

Get an Essential Tote (valued at $49.99) for $24.99 when you spend $30 or more online at Indigo.ca!

Shop online at Indigo.ca here.

Amazon Canada Sales

Looking for Coupons? You can find huge list of Printable Coupons for Canada here.

15 Affordable Spring Sandals

affordable spring sandals

Now that Spring is officially here and summer is on the horizon, it’s sandal season! After seemingly endless months of wearing clunky boots and closed-toe shoes with socks, it feels pretty darn good to welcome back strappy, open-toed sandals of all sorts.

Sandal season is my favorite season. I live in flip flops, but I enjoy having one dressy pair of sandals for those occasions that call for something nicer. True to my frugal nature, I look for a deal and get excited with prices that are under $50.

Since you are visiting Simply Frugal, I have a feeling you are just like me and enjoy a bargain. That’s why I have rounded up 15 pairs of affordable spring sandals that are $50 or less in Canada.

affordable spring sandals in Canada

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15 Affordable Spring Sandals

  1. Vegan Leather Cross Strap Sandals $51 (use code TREAT for 15% off)
  2. Strappy Sandals $44 (use code TREAT for 15% off)
  3. Double-Strap Puff Slide Sandals $24.99
  4. Faux-Leather Link Strap Sandals $24.99
  5. Knot-Front Slide Sandals $24.99
  6. Spano Casual Ankle Strap Sandal $27.65
  7. Dream Pairs Adjustable Buckle Sandals $46.79 for Prime members
  8. Dream Pairs Slide Sandals $39.99
  9. Dream Pairs Espadrilles $41.59
  10. Buckle Strap Sandals $34
  11. Flat Gladiator Sandals $29
  12. Flat Sandals $29
  13. Carly Sandal $50
  14. Multi Strap Flat Sandals $19.90
  15. AE Two-Strap Slide Sandal $44.95

Which ones are your favourite? Where will you be shopping for sandals?

Splurge vs. Save: Ceramic Diffuser

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Are you ready for another round of Splurge vs. Save? Like last time, I’ll feature two similar products but one is the ‘splurge’ version and the other is the ‘save’ version.

If you’re into aromatherapy, you’ll love this week’s feature! As I was googling for this week, I discovered that diffusers can vary greatly in price!

On that note, this week, I’m featuring two ceramic diffusers that look nearly identical but vary in price. Before reading further, can you guess which one is the splurge and which one is the save?

If you guessed that the ‘save’ version is on the left and the ‘splurge’ version is on the right, then you are correct!

Here are the links to shop them both:

Splurge: Vitruvi Ceramic Diffuser $149

Save: Gooamp Ceramic Diffuser $39.99 (currently on sale for $35.99!)

What would you like to see featured in a future post?

4 Ways to Save Money With Online Shopping in Canada

how to save money with online shopping in Canada

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How to save money with online shopping in Canada

It seems as though there’s always something to shop for. Upcoming birthdays, new clothes for the kids, work clothes…the list can go on! Whenever I have something to purchase I tend to always look online first.

In most cases I find it easier then hauling a kid around that will most likely put up a fuss at some point during our outing. 😉  I also enjoy reading the reviews that other buyers have left if I’m contemplating a product that I’m not really familiar with.  

Now, if you have your list in hand, budget in mind and are ready to begin shopping, here are 4 ways to save money with online shopping in Canada:

how to save money with online shopping in Canada

Use Coupon Codes

A simple tip, but learn to look for coupon codes! If you’re going to purchase something online, start by doing a simple search online for a coupon code that could save you money. To find a coupon code, simply do a Google search for the store you would like to make your purchase at!

Or, my favourite right now is Honey! Honey finds and applies coupon codes at online checkouts for you so you can get back to the more important things in your life quickly. Basically, it’s amazing because Honey finds the deals on the things you need without any effort on your part.

Shop through a Cash Back Site

Why not get a percentage of your money back for making an online purchase through a cash back site? Cash back sites work together with online stores to offer you a percentage back as a rebate. Usually somewhere between 3-6%.  It’s nice to get some cash back on something you were going to purchase anyway!

I highly recommend Rakuten.ca. Rakuten is an awesome site that pays you Cash Back when you shop online. With over 750 stores, including Hudson’s Bay, Indigo.ca, Old Navy, and Sephora, get paid to shop for things you’re already buying.

Bonus, join today and spend $30 within 90 days of your sign up day, and you’ll receive a $30 bonus!

Don’t pay for shipping

I really don’t like paying for shipping. Quite often the cost of shipping can be a deal breaker for me. Especially when the shipping costs more than the product I’m buying! For this reason, I like buying from Amazon.ca, Well.ca and Indigo.ca for example, since you only have to spend $30 or $35 to get free regular shipping.

Most of the time, retailers offer free shipping when you spend a certain amount. Occasionally, they offer a coupon code for free shipping. However, I think it’s best if you shop when a store is offering free shipping without a coupon code. This way, you can also use a coupon code to save on the cost of the product, since many stores don’t let you combine coupon codes.

It pays to be patient so you can score free shipping when companies offer it.

Go in with a friend

You can also save on shipping by chipping in! Ask your sister-in-law, ask a friend, ask a neighbour, or ask a co-worker. If you all shop online regularly, check with each other before placing an order. Splitting the shipping can be an effective cost saving measure, especially when done time and time again!

By combining coupon codes, rebates and free shipping, you should be able to get a great deal on all your online purchases! Do you prefer shopping online or in store? Do you have any additional tips for saving money when shopping online?

Splurge vs. Save: Striped Crewneck

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Are you ready for another round of Splurge vs. Save? Like last time, I’ll feature two similar products but one is the ‘splurge’ version and the other is the ‘save’ version.

This week I’ll be featuring a genuine Free People crewneck and an alternative. As we all know, the Free People brand is very trendy right now, but also quite costly! If the genuine brand isn’t in your budget right now, I think I’ve found a pretty darn good alternative!

On that note, this week, I’m featuring two striped crewneck sweaters. Before reading further, can you guess which one is the splurge and which one is the save?

If you guessed that the ‘save’ version is on the right and the ‘splurge’ version is on the left, then you are correct!

Here are the links to shop them both:

Splurge: Free People Classic Striped Crewneck $98

Save: Beaufidant brand from Amazon $31.99 (currently there’s a $3 off coupon you can clip to make if only $28.99!)

What would you like to see featured in a future post?

How to Save Money on Food While Traveling

how to save money on food while traveling

How to save money on food while traveling

Planning a family vacation this year? Meals, snacks and drinks can really add up during those days away from home. While food is one of the most expensive areas of a vacation budget, I have some tips and ideas to help keep those costs down.

Plan ahead

Will you be eating out? Preparing your meals in the hotel? By having an idea of what you intend to do about the meals on your vacation, you have to opportunity to plan ahead by researching restaurants, grocery stores within walking distance, and even compile a meal plan if you’re cooking in!

Use those daily deal sites

Sign up for the email list for your vacation destination on daily deal sites like WagJag, Groupon and Living Social.  Keep an eye open for deals featuring restaurants you may enjoy eating at.  Might as well get a deal if you’ll be eating out anyways!

Be a local

By simply asking locals where the best place to grab an affordable meal is, they’ll most likely point you in the direction of a fantastic, hole in the wall restaurant that will give you more bang for your buck.  Stay away from those tourist traps!

Entertainment coupon books

Sign up for the Entertainment coupon membership! Not only are there tons of coupons for discounted meals, you’ll find coupons for local attractions and shopping. 🙂 It’s only $34 per year or $4.99 per month.

how to save money on food while traveling

Search out restaurants where Kids eat free

I have a list available on Simply Frugal where Kids Eat Free in Canada that might be worth checking out.  Or visit Family Money School for a huge list of restaurants in the United States!

Stop in at the local tourist bureau

Stop in at the local tourist bureau and peruse the brochures they have available because you might find some great coupons inside!  Most likely, the staff on hand will gladly point you in the direction of money saving coupons and even help you find affordable eating options.

Stay at a hotel that offers free breakfast

My husband and I love staying at hotels that offer free breakfast. It’s so nice to walk down, grab from the variety they have available, then get on with our day! When we’re on vacation, we like to eat a big breakfast so that we can skip lunch, which helps to keep our food budget lower.

Pack a cooler full of food

If you’re road tripping, bring along a cooler full of food. Buns, meat, fruit, vegetables and snacks are all great things to have readily available in case you come across the perfect picnic location. Consider freezing some milk to use as an ice pack.  You can then use it the next day for cereal!

Hit up the local grocery store

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, hit up a local grocery store to stock up on snacks, drinks and simple meals. Even if you intend on eating out at restaurants, by incorporating a few grocery store meals, you’ll be saving a bundle.

Bring a slow cooker or air fryer

If you can, consider bringing along a slow cooker or air fryer. Put something together in the morning, head out sight seeing for the day, then arrive back at the hotel with dinner already made! Or whip up something quickly in the air fryer!

Meal plan

If your intention is to not eat out at restaurants while you’re vacationing, create a meal plan before you leave home that will help take the stress out of deciding what to eat. Keep it simple and allow for some leftovers.

Buy pre-made meals

Once again, if you have access to a kitchen, consider purchasing pre-made meals. While this is more expensive then cooking from scratch, you’ll still save quite a bit of money if you take this route.

Now it’s your turn, how do you save money on food while you’re on vacation?