September is a very busy and expensive time of year – a new school year for children means added expenses for parents and a change of seasons means change of wardrobe for Fall. It can be a stressful and expensive time for many Canadians. I’ve partnered with RetailMeNot.ca to help you save money during this September transition.
The RetailMeNot.ca site is set up to be user friendly and you can navigate through it easily. Looking for a specific retailer? Just type in the name in the Search option.
Or find out what the “Popular Stores are doing. Plus RetailMeNot.ca has made it easy for users to find specific items by placing them in categories that you can navigate and search and compare.
Another great feature is they have EXCLUSIVE savings with retailers such as Guess and Shop.ca to name a few. You can’t find these savings anywhere else. Keep in the know by adding yourself to RetailMeNot.ca mailing list or like them on Facebook.
What am I browsing and buying? Well after doing my last Cityline segment I became enamoured with the black vest I featured from Banana Republic. It’s on sale and right now and Banana Republic is offering an extra 40% off on sale items. I found all this when I was searching the RetialMeNot.ca site (here)!
After you’ve saved the code on RetailMeNot.ca click here to find the vest.
What are the biggest trends this season that I am loving? Here are my top picks:
- Sleeveless coats/vests – This is a great layering piece without adding lots of added bulk. It keeps you warm enough in crowded places without getting too hot.
- Leggings – Classic cotton tights, leather, faux leather, suede, mixed media…I could go on and on because there are options for everyone. Perfect for transitioning into fall but remember they are NOT pants. Make sure you pair with a tunic
- Over the knee boots – wear with your leggings or pair with a skirt or knitted dress.
Now for a great giveaway for one luck winner!! RetailMeNot.ca is giving one lucky reader a $100 Visa gift card to use and save. Please note this contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding those from Quebec) only.
Be a Smart Cookie this Back-to-School Season with these Savvy Spending Tips
To lend a helping hand, RetailMeNot.ca teamed up with Sandra Hanna of the Smart Cookies to offer savvy spending tips and tricks. Here are a few insider tips to get more bang for your buck:
Hold Off On Trendier Gear
Thirty-four per cent of Canadian parents feel the pressure to purchase trendy items to help their child fit in at school. The problem is, trends come and go – and often very quickly! Kids may love a certain lunch box or pencil case they find in August, but once school starts and they see that their friends are all using another kind they’ll beg you to upgrade. Hold off on the more trendy purchases until school starts rather than spending double… it will pay to wait!
Cheapest Isn’t Always Best
When it comes to items your kids will use all year round, like backpacks, it pays to invest in quality. Think about price for longevity and factor that into your cost comparison. However, don’t forget that you can still find a great deal on a high quality backpack for about $40, especially if you stack your savings. Doing a quick search on sites like RetailMeNot.ca will help you find promo codes for some of your favourite retailers and brands, saving you a few dollars on that backpack.
Go For Reusable Lunch Supplies
Don’t waste money on plastic utensils and paper napkins that get thrown out after only one use. If you throw away bags and bottles, you’re basically throwing your money in the garbage. Instead, use cloth napkins, real flatware and reusable containers for food and snacks. It pays to invest in products like LunchSkins which are BPA- and phthalate-free reusable snack and sandwich bags that can go in the dishwasher. It’s a small investment, but they last forever.
Deals Aren’t Just For the Kids
Despite 43 per cent Canadians feeling back-to-school can be a financial burden, the shopping season can also bring a ton of sales! While you’re stocking your kids up for the school year, don’t forget to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on computers and other office equipment. If you’re in the market, now is the time to save on that new laptop you’ve been eyeing from top retailers like Best Buy.
Sandra Hanna offers so many great money saving tips that I wanted to revisit some for those planning winter (or spring) vacations with their families because it’s never too early to plan:
· Pause before you click: Take a moment and do some quick research before your final click to checkout. Taking one minute to search for a promo code on RetailMeNot.ca could save you serious money on travel booking sites like WestJet, Park n Fly and Hotwire.
· Savvy Staycation: Forty-six per cent of Canadians agree a staycation in their city or town is less affordable than it used to be, so get creative. Search what local hotels that offer a day pass to the hotel amenities like the pool and spa. You may be able to enjoy a “day vacation” at a high-end local resort at a very affordable price.
· Plan for hidden costs: Sixty-one per cent of Canadians agree the hidden costs of traveling like food and new clothing eat into their budget. If you are traveling over the Christmas break, look into the travel perks offered with your credit card. Some cards offer free checked baggage which can add up to more than $100 for a travelling family, or double rewards on flights, hotels and even gas!
· Buy yourself a giftcard: Keep your spending in control by purchasing yourself a gift cards ahead of time for your winter time splurges. Pre-load your card with the amount you have set aside in your spending plan to avoid blowing your budget.