Cyber Monday Flash Sale from Air France

I just got this email from Travelzoo. For one day only (Cyber Monday), Air France is slashing airfares between December 3 and January 15, 2013.

In the true sense of a flash sale….this one ends tomorrow at 11:59pm.

Seasons, Siestas, and Sales…and my shopping experience in Spain

I know this blog is supposed to focus on deals in the Greater Toronto Area, but I thought I would take a moment to write about my shopping (or lack of) while on vacation in Spain last week. As a tourist, I am always excited to browse the souvenvir shops and pick up a few locally made items. A few of my favourites include pottery, art, and photography that I can proudly display in my home. We stayed in the small coastal town of Estepona in the region of Costa Del Sol. While I knew we were traveling in low season, I was very surprised to discover the amount of shops closed for the season or closed for a long siesta period in the afternoon. When I did find an open shop, the items for sale were tacky trinkets reminiscent of items I might see in a dollar store. While I’m not necessarily a supporter of 24 hour shopping, or stores opening at midnight to stampedes of Black Friday shoppers, I do believe that Spain could learn a thing or two from this side of the pond!

On my last day in Spain, I spent an afternoon in the mountain city of Ronda, and was excited to finally find several open stores. I picked up a beautiful scarf for my daughter for only 6 Euros and these beautiful dishes for less than 5 Euros each:

Best Sale of the year at The Body Shop

Today only….Get 3 products for $30 at The Body Shop. Best deals will be in fragrance, skincare and make-up.  If you sign up for Love Your Body loyalty card for $10, you  will save an additional 10% all year, plus get an additional $10 off any purchase during your birthday month. I purchased Vitamin C skincare products that are regularly $28 as part of this deal (so, I only paid $10).

If i get up my nerve…lol…I will post a video to show you the items that I bought, and the money that I saved.

Cheap Shipping for Canadians – Just in time for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is this Monday, November, November 26th, and I thought this is the perfect time to share my “shipping gem” so that we can all dive and save big on the biggest online shopping day of the year! I love the convenience of shopping online, but I hate that I have to pay astronomical shipping charges to bring my order to Canada. This frustration led me to Island Ship Center in Grand Island New York. Island Ship Center is an independent licensed FedEx agent, and will accept your shipped items and hold them for a small fee. Obviously, you still need to spend the time to drive to the Niagara Falls, NY, so it makes sense to order multiple or large ticket items and pick them all up at once. They are conveniently located right off the I190 South, exit 19 – Whitehaven Road. This is one exit south of the Rainbow Bridge and two exits south of the Niagara Outlets. Once you place your order, email Fahim (the owner) and let him know what’s coming. Once he receives the package, he will email you. The charge is $5.00 USD per week for packages up to 50 lbs. Smaller, lighter shipments will only cost $2.50 per week. It’s that easy.

I’ve used Island Ship Center personally on a number of occasions and can testify to how easy and inexpensive it is compared to other larger shipping brokers (like the UPS store).

Now you can expand your shopping to U.S. sites that you always thought were off-limits. either because of no or high shipping to Canada.

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!

They’re Back – One-Day Sales at The Bay

From CNW – November 8, 2012 1:49 PM:

Black Friday Arrives Early at The Bay! Amazing One Day Sales Start November 14
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ – 2012 has proven to be another banner year for iconic Canadian retailer, The Bay, and the company is set to celebrate by launching its sensational saving One Day Sales on Wednesday, November 14. The 2011 One Day sales were a huge success and The Bay has responded by launching the deals one week earlier, and making this year’s offers bigger and better, and with more product available.

“The Bay has stepped up in a big way in 2012 to meet the ever-changing needs of our consumers,” says Marc Metrick, Chief Marketing Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company. “New store concepts, new retail offerings, new store designs and new food destinations have all been introduced by The Bay in order to provide Canadians with the ultimate shopping experience. And now, we’re pleased to offer our most amazing One Day sales yet!”

The Bay Gets Bigger and Better than Black Friday!
First introduced in 2010, The Bay’s One Day Sales have seen Canadians coast-to-coast rushing out to stores and logging on at to get in on the flash sales which feature amazing savings on everything from men’s and women’s apparel, cosmetics, small kitchen appliances, and jewellery – all perfect for gift-giving.

Here’s what’s new for 2012:

Bigger deals, more product
For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we will have special super saving deals
Like us on Facebook at and you’ll get the scoop on every sale the night before so you can plan your shopping ahead
Extended shopping hours: some stores will open as early as 7:00 a.m. Please check your local Bay store for exact details
For the first time ever, The Bay has developed a partnership with popular song identification app Shazam. In a market first, Bonnie Brooks’ famous One Day Sale radio campaign will have the ability to link directly to for purchase simply by using the app on your smartphone or tablet
“2012 has been an extremely exciting year at The Bay,” concludes Mr. Metrick. “From celebrating with our Canadian athletes as official apparel supplier to the Canadian Olympic Team, to opening the largest international TOPSHOP TOPMAN location in Vancouver, we continue to cement our status as part of the fabric of Canada. These One Day Sales are another way we are giving Canadians access to the best shopping experience possible whether it is in-store, online at or on Facebook at”

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), founded in 1670, is North America’s longest continually operated company and is a leading retailer offering a wide selection of branded merchandise in Canada and the United States through its three banners. In the United States HBC operates Lord & Taylor, a fashion department store with 48 full-line store locations throughout the northeastern United States and in two major cities in the Midwest. In Canada, HBC operates Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s largest national branded department store with 90 locations. HBC also operates Home Outfitters, a kitchen, bed and bath superstore with 69 locations. With approximately 29,000 associates in Canada and the U.S., Hudson’s Bay Company banners provide stylish, quality merchandise at great value and with a dedicated focus on exceeding customers’ expectations.

SOURCE: Hudson’s Bay Company<a href=";

Walmart brings the store “virtually” to busy downtown Parents

Attention all tech savvy parents!  Walmart Canada has partnered with Mattel to open a virtual store in Toronto’s downtown PATH.  Now time-crunched parents can use their Smartphones to scan QR codes on virtual toys, and place their orders right from their phones.  Walmart is offering free shipping, so it really doesn’t get much easier!   Here’s the full article from TechVibes:

Take the stress out of early morning flights with this deal from WagJag Jaunts

All the preparation that goes into vacation planning can be very stressful, and trying to organize your family for an early morning flight is no exception.  If you are planning to be away for a week or two, this Wagjag Jaunt is an awesome deal for you!

For $79, you can stay for one night at the Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport, get a free 24 hour shuttle to the airport, and best of all, leave your car at the hotel for up to 15 days for free.

Speaking from experience, I love this deal because it eliminates that moment of panic when you ask “OMG….do you remember where we parked”?

I had a look at the cost of parking at Pearson, and the cheapest I could find was in the Economy Lots for $70 per week. 

Save 40% at Stoney Creek Furniture – Floor Model Sale this Weekend

This weekend from November 17-19, Stoney Creek Furniture is clearing out all floor model furniture, matresses and accessories at 40% off.  The store will be closed on Friday, but open with  extended hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Stoney Creek Furniture was awarded the 2012 Consumers Choice award for business excellence and is located at:

395 Lewis Road, Stoney Creek, ON

(905) 643-4121



The Annual Ashley Warehouse Sale – Not at all about dishes!

After missing a couple of years, I decided to accompany my friend to the annual Ashley Warehouse Sale.   It absoutely didn’t disappoint.  Without much effort, we spent the better part of 3 hours browsing multiple rooms, all organized by season and category.   I opted to breeze by the fine china and crystal, but of course, this is what Ashley is known for.  My top picks from the sale was Christmas Decor, Kitchen, and Kids.  There really is something for everyone….I think even my husband would have enjoyed browsing the kitchen area!  The prices were well discounted on all items.   I picked up quite a few gifts and stocking stuffers.  The VinOAir wine aerator that I bought for my husband was $19.99, compared to online for over $25.00 not including shipping.   I als0 found a universal travel adapter for my trip to Spain for a mere $8.99, compared for over $20 in stores. They also have daily deals (the day we went it was cute glass jewlery box for $1.99).   If you haven’t already checked in out, I would highly recommend this sale.  It’s located at 62 Railside Road in the east end of Toronto through to December 2nd.  I am already saving for my Global Knives purchase at next year’s sale.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about the sale on

“I’ve heard great things about this sale and finally checked it out this year. I went to the Amex Cardmember pre-sale and boy, this sale really lived up to it’s expectations. The space is huge and there is everything from Christmas ornaments, to backyard furniture, to fine china for great prices. I was hoping to find some Riedel glasses but didn’t see any. However, I  managed to buy a couple of global knives for the kitchen at a great price (the best feeling is going to William Sonoma a day later and seeing the same knives for a more expensive price)
I’d recommend leaving your whole afternoon free for this event because it’ll take a while to navigate through the entire space.
There were a couple drawbacks (not enough to turn me away): the amount of people – to be honest I’m scared to think of what the normal sale is like. I had a hard time pushing my way through the presale. The parking situation is not the greatest either. They were charging $5 for parking and had tow trucks on site for anyone who parked on the sidewalk. We had a park several blocks up and in pouring rain, it was not fun.”

Swiss Outlet Sale

Another warehouse sale to help kick start your holiday shopping!


Swiss Outlet
#3 – 35 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B3

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