4 Tips For a Cheap & Memorable Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – so don’t forget! This Sunday, nothing will make your mom more proud than a thoughtful gift or reminder…that doesn’t break the bank. So when this Sunday rolls around, be prepared to bring a smile to Mom’s face without making her worry ‘about all that money you must have spent!’ Four great ways to show Mom that you care: 1. Skype Date Out of town? We all now that domestic Canadian flight costs can really add up – especially if you’re just traveling for the weekend. Why not connect your living-rooms for free online? My mom lives on the other side of the country, so this Sunday we’re going to have brunch together… over the computer. I got in touch with my dad to find out what they’re having to eat, and I’ll make myself the same meal. The cost: < $10, and the payoff will be great. Mom’s appreciate the effort a lot more than the pricetag! 2. Pictures This one’s a gimmie. Print your mom a photo and put it in a frame. What mother doesn’t want more photos of their

Cooking on a Tight Budget is Easy – Learn from the Best!

When I started to do some research on cash-saving ways to cook I stumbled across an amazing resource that I needed to share with you guys: The 99 Cent Chef As his name suggests, every ingredient that goes into his cooking costs less than $1. His blog is loaded with tasty recipes, great cooking tips, and techniques for finding the freshest and best deals around. He lives in LA, but the tips can be taken to any neighbourhood you want. Whether you want to be adventurous with a Beet & Tangerine salad, or keep it simple with a breakfast wrap, this guy has you covered. He takes you through the ups (and downs) of canned-food cooking, reviewing what’s out there and letting you know what’s worth your time. The inventive techniques are a great way to expand your cookbook while going easy on your wallet. In an interview the 99 Cent Chef did with Time Magazine in 2009, he offered the following advice: “To find the freshest ingredients at discount stores, you do have to be selective in your shopping, I also stay away from overly processed food, and steer my readers to healthy fare… I strive to

LifeHacker Tells Us The Best Times to Buy

Here is a great article from the good people at LifeHacker about optimizing your calendar of shopping. I’m not saying you should be spending your way through the entire year, but if you’ve got some purchases planned, you should definitely check out this link and the info in it: http://lifehacker.com/5736625/the-best-times-to-buy-anything-in-2011 They profiled a lot of customer data, sales trends and major chain discount cycles to come up with the best times of year for buying… well… pretty much anything you can think of. Their market research can really turn into some savings when you’re out to make purchases. My Favorite Monthly Highlight: -       January: Sporting Goods -       February: Digital Cameras -       March: Frozen Foods -       April: Boots & Winter Wear -       May: Patio Furniture -       June: Gym Memberships -       July: Grills -       August: Laptops -       September: Wines -       October: Toys & Games -       November: Aluminum Foil & Plastic Wrap… seriously -       December: HDTV and home theater equipment As you can see, there’s stuff on there for everyone, and some pretty strange items, too. We’ve all got stuff to buy, so check out the full list and see the trends in yearly

Save on your Entertainment Budget with Netflix

Like most of you, entertainment is a big part of my budget. Little cuts can make a big difference – especially when it comes to recurring costs and subscriptions. With any high-speed internet connection, you can take a big bite out of your cable TV bill by trying out Netflix.ca. Netflix started out primarily as a mail-based DVD delivery service. You’d ‘rent’ movies online, and they would ship you the actual DVD in the mail. When you were done, you’d send it back and repeat the process. However, as internet speeds have improved, Netflix took their whole operation online. You can now stream entire movies and television shows right onto your TV or computer within seconds. How Much it Costs Netflix is only $7.99/month. That’s less than the cost of a movie package from my cable provider – and with Netflix, I decide when the movie starts. You get the first month free – so I definitely recommend that. To get the free trial, you need to input your payment information, but the paying doesn’t start until the second month (and you fully try out the features!). Unlike a lot of subscriptions, you can get out

Halloween Ideas That Are Cheap & Fun

October 31st doesn’t have to be the scariest time of year for your wallet. Getting into the Halloween spirit can be as cheap as it is fun. That means more money for tricks, treats and Halloween parties – instead of wasted cash on an outfit you’re going to only wear once. Without being lame, there are some great ways to save around this spooky season and get into the SMART SPENDING mode that we love at the Mogo Blog. We already took a look at what you can do to be cash-savvy with your kids’ costumes, but we know you want to get into the Halloween action as well. Here are some holiday hints that are fun and won’t derail your savings plan. Costumes *Go Retro *– just because you’ve worn a costume once doesn’t mean you can’t haul it out of the closet a few years down the road (it’s not a wedding dress, after all). Get more miles out of something you’ve put time/cash/creativity into. This especially works if you’re going to multiple Halloween parties. Trade it Up – After pillaging your own closet for Halloween costume ideas, check your

12 Affordable Ideas for Summer Fun for Kids

When we are on a tight budget, it can be hard to find interesting and challenging activities for our kids. However, with a little thought and sometimes just a little planning, we can find plenty of summer fun activities. Here are just a few suggestions. 1. Plan a Picnic You don’t have to travel far to have a picnic. In fact, you don’t have to travel any farther than your own backyard. The fun isn’t only in the picnic alone, but in the planning of it. It is a perfect way to create some cheap summer fun. 2. Plant a Garden Gardens offer kids a perfect opportunity for learning about plant life. If you start early enough in the season, you can start the garden from seeds. That is the ideal way to start a garden since the kids can watch the garden grow from the very beginning sprouts. However you start too late in the season to plant seeds, you can buy a few seedlings from just about anywhere, including many grocery stores. The kids can still watch the plants grow. Have them keep a chart of the growth every day or two. They can even