Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sharing is Caring 2014

Its been almost a week since we were downtown Toronto handing out care packages to the homeless.  It is such a humbling experience to be able to give someone a bag with a few items and see their face lit up.  This year we vowed to not give out bottles of water as it was too heavy on our backs last year, instead we picked up a Tim Hortons take-10 filled with hot chocolate and poured to people as we went.  (After almost 2 hours of walking, the hot chocolate was still hot!)

Last year I made 9 scarves, and this year I was surprise to see that I actually hit my goal of 10 scarves!  (Go Me, LOL)  I normally toss the finished scarves into a pile and keep on going.  This year, I picked up a large bag of yarn when we were in Florida this past March at a thrift store, and I still have enough yarn to last me another year.

Firstly,  I need to say thank you to the generous people that I have met this year that donated or traded to this project.  From toiletries, to blankets and sleeping bags, right down to toilet paper, everything  that was given made it out to people that truly don't have anything.  This





is why I do this.  I know that all my efforts make it to those that need it the most!  I am so blessed to have a warm home, loving family and friends that support me with all my crazy ideas and I'm so glad that all of you are in my life!

Next year, I am going to continue with the goal of 10 handmade scarves as for me it is an obtainable goal and look forward to the year to come of collecting more items for next years care packages.

Of course, if you are interested in joining us or even donating, please email me at: canadiancouponchick@gmail.com!

Happy Couponing!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

OMG Its been a while

Wow I can't believe how long its been since my last post.  Life has been crazy busy but full of many excitement.

Recently, the hubbie and I traveled to Mexico to celebrate the wedding of one our closest friends.  We had an amazing time!  As much as we enjoyed our alone time, I missed our little one, and have already started planning our next family vacation.  Currently, I'm preparing to write another piece for The Babyspot.ca about traveling without the kids.  Keep a look out for it!

As the end of the year is coming to a close, (31 more days to go) I have realized that I may not achieve my yearly goal of $800 in coupon savings.This year we have made a few adjustments to our spending habits.  We no longer are purchasing cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, buying boxed meals or pantry items.  What a difference with our new lifestyle of eating clean and following the paleo diet has made on our family! Our weekly purchases now include, meat, fruit and veggies.  That's it!  For a total of $50-60 for a weeks worth of groceries.

As all of you know, it isn't easy to coupon with produce and meat items.  I have really depended on my couponing apps, and the PC Plus points card.  In the last 3 months of using the PC points card I have already accumulated $20 in cash back.  We will be saving those PC points towards our next year's Christmas shopping list.

This coming week, I will be preparing for my next trip to Toronto to feed an clothe the homeless with the scarves I have been knitting.  (Pictures to come)  If you are interested in donating, or would like to come with us, please email me at canadiancouponchick@gmail.com

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Happy Couponing!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Entertainment Membership App



 
My newest favourite app.  My family and I use this app quite often and it’s not like other apps.  This app is specifically for deals on travel, restaurants, and shopping which is absolutely great as I have not come across any other app that comes close in comparison.   


What I love most about this app is its ability to tell me what deals are in my area where ever I go.  For example, last night we decided to go out for dinner, I turned on the app and was able to see what restaurants had discounts available within my area.  Our choice was sushi and it happened that our local sushi restaurant had a 25% off the final bill.  DING DING DING we decided to go there.

Thanks to this app we saved $12 off our final bill.  I love the convenience of this app as there are no coupons to clip and carry around.  The app is always waiting on my iPhone and, or  iPad and is useful for so many locations.

Download this free app today and start saving money everywhere you go!

Happy Couponing!

Knitting 4 the Homeless x2

Its that time of year again when I am starting to gather up all the personal items that I have been collecting all year and start making care packages for the homeless.

We are hoping to go at the end of November this year and our goal is to prepare at least 15 care packages filled with my handmade scarves, soap, hats, socks, toilet paper etc.  As this is our second year going out I feel we are a little more prepared as to what areas we planning on going to.  Last year we handed out our packages in the evening but this year we're thinking during the day as it will be much safer walking the streets of Toronto on our own.

If you are a new fan to my site, please know that I am not affiliated with any other group.  By going out and giving back on my own, I know that everything I have made and have raised will go completely to the homeless.  There is no middleman and we are not paid.  Everything we collect is for the homeless.

If you want to donate, please send me at canadiancouponchick@gmail.com.
As soon as my husband and I pick a date, I will let you all know, since we will be tweeting live that day.

To see last years post please click here!

Thanks for your support!

Happy Couponing!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Summer Wardrobe

This is the best time of year to stock up on clothing for next summer.  I headed over to #oldnavy this weekend and picked up a couple of tops and shorts already for next summer and possibly another holiday next March.

There were a number of pieces that were under the five dollar mark which is an amazing deal.  Also, my receipt had a 15% off coupon if the customer satisfaction survey is completed.  I'll be completing that this week and visiting the Old Navy near my office to check out their selection as well.

Hope your all having an amazing week!