Easter Full Moon Meditation – FREE !

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This coming Monday April 10th, 2017, there will be a FREE presentation and group Meditation in the Peter Kaye Room at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Gerogia, Vancouver, BC).

Celebrate the New Moon and Spring.

Look forward to OMing with You ❤

FREE MOVIES for ALL !

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You read correctly, your eyes are not deceiving you!

I wrote “FREE MOVIES for ALL!” and its true for the most part.

This Saturday October 22nd Cineplex Cinemas is giving back to the Community.

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Cineplex Cinemas is offering FREE Movie day for all who attend. It s asked that you help Cineplex by making a donation to WE by buying a $2 bracelet.

*Some conditions apply.

All donations are in support of WE Charity. WE Charity is part of the WE movement that empowers you to create positive change.
Canadian Charitable Number 88657 8095. Offer valid only for select movies and at select times on October 22, 2016.
Seating is limited, not guaranteed, and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information,
including local start times and movies, visit Cineplex.com/CommunityDay. ™/® Cineplex Entertainment LP or used under license.

The buzz is all about National Coffee Day

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​I love the black stuff, the dark oil, the café! I love coffee, coffee in all forms. Well, I have yet to meet a type of coffee that is unpalatable… maybe that super expensive kind Two-Chains be sippin’ on.

Thursday September 29th, 2016 is National Coffee Day! In celebration of this buzz worthy event many local  Vancouver business’ are giving discounts, samples, and FREE COFFEE !

Here are some of the best places to pick up a discount cuppa Joe today:

  • Second Cup locations are giving away FREE cups of coffee.
  • Tim Hortons has cups of coffee on for a $1! Tweet the hashtag #TimsCoffeeDay to win a $10 TimCard.
  • Starbucks is offering up FREE samples of Thanksgiving Blend. Starbucks is also commiting to donating a coffee plant for every bag of coffee sold.
  • Shell gas stations’ self-serve coffee bar, Costa Coffee, is offering a FREE coffee in any customization, from café lattes to an Americano!
  • Q7-Eleven Canada has been giving away FREE coffee all week, promoting their rewards app. “Free Coffee Week” now through October 1 (offer valid only with 7-Eleven app).
  • Trees Organic Coffee is doing a “Triple Coffee Stamps” promo.

*Two-Chains drinks Kopi Luwak Coffee.

The most expensive coffee is called Kopi Luwak. It is made from…wait for it….coffee beans in Sumatran wild cat poop. This “magical” creation costs up to $600 per pound.

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Moving Mayhem

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Kinda can not believe it myself, I moved twice in the past year! I moved for different reasons both times. It does not matter what has prompted your need to change your living situation, when it is time it is time. Every once in a while the earth tilts under your feet and You have to shake things up. Sometimes the Universe will open doors, when these opportunities present themselves strike while the iron is hot but…

Things Can Get Messy!

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Moving is a common life experience, it is often life changing and challenging! The Life changing part can be enough to make your head spin. Relationships can grow or die off, new jobs are offered to you in a new city, housing situations can turn out to be ‘different’ than advertised, stranger than strange room mates do happen, situations where the Land Lord suddenly ‘needs’ the space… If you have not encountered one of these moving or shaking experiences yet, be prepared, you are likely to deal with something of the sort in your lifetime of living on this planet.

That being said let me give you a hand up with your move, some assistance in containing the ‘Mess’.  Having moved twice in the span of 5 months I will assist you in this huge endeavor with my address updating checklist and some tips and hints for packing.

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Packing should not seem a daunting chore… OK it is that, but it can be relieving too. Yeah I said relieving, just keep my tips in mind and make yourself a copy of the check list. You’ve got this!

Moving Tips & Hints

Tip 1. First and foremost give as much notice as possible. If the perfect place suddenly appears on your radar give as much notice as you possibly can(but expect trouble).

Tip 2. As you go through your stuff question when the last time you used that item was?? If it is not a sentimental momento (Which, why is this out? It should go in that box with all the ‘feels’ stuff), maybe its time consider re-homing it or donating said item? Now you literally have less to move to your next place.

Tip 3. Clean, wipe, dust or otherwise fix or mend items before you pack them to go to your new place. Unpacking sparkly fresh things that belong to you into your freshly cleaned (you vacuumed, swept, mopped, and wiped before you started bringing in the boxes to your new place cause your clever like that)

Tip 4. The Utility Bag; This is a reusable bag you stuff with all the tools and extra things you will need for moving day. The Utility Bag should include the following: Measuring Tape, Painters Tape, Magic Marker, Band-aids, Hand Sanitizer, Water Bottles, Snacks, Magic Erasers, Packing Tape, Small Jar of Wall Filler, Putty Knife, Ratchet Straps, and maybe Rope. Work gloves if ya got em.

Tip 5. Arrange Transportation for your materials ahead of time. If you are borrowing someones vehicle or they are driving you in their vehicle, be sure to check in with them the day before to make sure you are still booked in to do the move. Bring gas money, wash their windows, vacuum any crap out of their car that you spill. You know do the things you would want done for you 🙂

Tip 6. LABEL EVERYTHING ! That is what the Painters Tape and Magic Marker in the Utility Bag are for! Label all your boxes, go as far as to put the room it came from and then a short list of whats in the box, bag, trunk, moving apparatus. Your life will be easier when you wake up and can actually find the coffee and the press because you labeled the box.

Tip 7. Work room-by-room. That is to say, start in one room with ready made boxes and proceed to fill boxes and label them until that room is completely done. Leave behind last minute grab items like Hand Soap, and a Towel and Cleaning Supplies. You can grab these when you do your idiot check…

Tip 8. Do a lite clean, fill holes in walls, make the old place something you would want to move into. The next tenant will be grateful for your effort; and get this, the Land Lord is more likely to give you your damage deposit back!

Tip 9. Make a list of your things, especially if you share space with others. Knowing whats yours and being able to check off things so you don’t leave them behind may be the difference between you making fruit leather in the dehydrator at the new place or not.

Tip 10. Idiot Check. I am not implying you are an idiot, I would never do that, you are obviously smart as you are reading this article. An Idiot Check is that double check, last look around, opening all the cupboards and doors one last time tour of your living space. You will find that missing sock, the extra key to your bike lock, a note from your ex, and the hat you thought you lost 3 years ago. Check under the stairs, behind the dryer, in the garage, at the back of the shed. LOOK EVERYWHERE ! You will likely not be back to look again, so do it now!

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Brave

Phew! High Fives all around, YOU HAVE MOVED all your things to your happy new home and now you can just relax and unpack….ahhhhhhh!!

Wait just a minute here!

You are actually nowhere near done. Stop planning that dinner party next week, you have a tonne of people, branches, business, and departments to notify of your move. Believe me its better you do it now than let it slide till you can ‘Get around to it’. This is where the FRUGAL part of this post comes in.

You may not be aware but updating your address and information can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. What, How is that possible? If you do not stop some things like for instance your contract with your utility company they will just keep charging you, meanwhile you are unaware that hundreds of dollars in hydro is being racked up. So here is my must update post haste list to keep your pocket book in your… pocket.

Address Update List

  • Drivers License -You have 10 days from the date that you move to update
  • Health coverage – A list of all Health coverage providers by Province for Canada
  • Utilities -These Corporate Fat Cats like a lot of notice, around 2-3 months, be sure to check with your local provider for contact information and notice times.
  • Bank -Call your 1-800 Number, update on the app, or go right into the bank to update your information.
  • Work -Send an email to the head of HR, if you are a contract worker make sure you send the new information to everyone you want to continue to be employed with.
  • Telephone Provider -Call your provider and update, call back and confirm they updated it 😉
  • Friends & Family -A quick email will go a long way to staying in touch, and surprise mail from all over the world is a delightful treat!
  • CRA –Update Your address with the Government at My Account CRA
  • Previous Land Lord -You want any mail you might miss, and the damage deposit. It is integeral that you give your new address to your old Land Lord for legal purposes.
  • Work Safe/Employment Insurance/Welfare -Call to update, check your local area for contact information.

These are my hard errand tips and hints use them well this year of change and stay Fantastic and Frugal!

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Thank You for reading Fantastic Frugal today, Your presence is noted and appreciated 😀
I’ve had many more Frugal and Fantastic findings recently, check back soon for another adventure installment written by Jamie Learning!

Lucky Cat Wave at Me!

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I am most definitely a Lucky Lucky Lucky Clover!

Was at Value Village yesterday thrifting for new stock to fill the shelves of the online stores ProfferedByCats and FoundInVan. I used to live by this particular VV Boutique in the depths of Burnaby and know that Wednesday is a full shelf morning. 🙂 Thrifting is amazing, it can reward you in so many ways!

I found a Waving Cat sleepily beckoning at the back of the knickknacks shelf. The lucky waving cat is also know as Maneki Neko, they beckon customers and money to your establishment, not to mention they look super cute whilst being lucky. No fur or stomach means this pet is allergen and mess free to boot!

The Maneki Neko was priced at $3.99 CAD and one stamp on your discount card at the Edmonds Value Village Thrift store location. The cashier wrapped the greasy, waving, little critter, claws and all, in one piece of newspaper and a plastic bag.

 

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

The new kitty, like many rescues was in need of a serious bath. Greasy with many duct tape marks, the cat went into the sink without a fuss. I gave it a good disinfecting wash with de-greaser, scrubbers, and tap water. Working from top to bottom I scrubbed a sharpie marker ‘W’ off the top of his head by the coin slot, carefully released grease from collar sparkles, and used a magic eraser on stubborn duct tape snot. On the bottom of the cat an obvious “Piggy Bank” style plug hole was missing its black rubberized stopper which most likely rotted and fell out long ago. next to the stopper hole there was still a small square of shiny grey duct tape on the bottom of the happy cat. I pulled the extra sticky square tape off the hole in the bottom of the now shiny Maneki-Neko…

Through the much smaller porcelain pour hole I saw a brown Canada Goose butt mooning me from the sink and went berserk!! That couldn’t be, Could it???!! GAH!!!

Lucky Cat  and a 1988 $100CAD Bank Note

Lucky Cat and a 1988 $100CAD Bank Note

My fingers are quite small, but even I could not get a digit inside to release the bill. Someone had carefully stuck it (and I mean attached with something sticky) into the left bottom paw of the hollow kitten. Luckily chopsticks abound in Vancouver and with some careful maneuvering a soggy 1988 Hundy Dolla Bill was my prize!!

1988 $100CAD Bill featuring Canada Geese

1988 $100CAD Bill featuring Canada Geese

 

OMG flying high on this find! The Geese and I are off to find the next big thing; Thrifting is amazing!

 

Will have some more Fantastic and Frugal posts coming out for you before the end of March, looking forward to Your next visit. 🙂

 

Jamie aka the Lucky Clover Leaf

 

Want the find but don’t quite have the time?? Maneki Neko are being lucky for you, listing their secret finds at ProfferedByCats on Etsy; this etsy store features cleverly curated vintage ware from all corners of the lower mainland.  If your more into modern era masterpieces have a look through the shelves at FoundInVan on eBay; from hats, to designer jewellery, to comic books, and car parts featuring a little something for everyone.

 

 

Free Pancakes!! YES FREE! from IHOP

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Free Pancakes at IHOP!! March 3rd, 7am-10pm, All proceeds collected as Donations on March 3rd go to Childrens Miracle Network!

To find your closest IHOP and plan tomorrows Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner http://www.ihop.com/

Proceeds go to https://www.facebook.com/cmnhospitals

Growth happens, Make sure you have room…

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 Corn Palm Plant RescueCorn_Palm_Root_Bound
Root bound Palm Corn Plant found in  neighborhood back alley.
Empty Pot

The pot that held the pot the root ball of the Corn Palm was prisoner in.

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Here is the bottom Cut off the pot. The Corn Palm still would not come out of the pot, the roots had grown in tight against the plastic as there was no where else to go.

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Scoring the outside of the plastic pot. A plastic pot that is to small can kill a plant of this size, roots need room to expand. With no room to expand the foliage will also die off, as is evident from the sparse leaves present at the top of this cane.

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Corn Palm Plants should be replanted every 2-3 years in a larger pot with fresh well draining soil. I add sand and some wood bits to mine to simulate tropical forest floor soil.
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Add more dirt around the root ball, and a planter dolly to the huge pot: VOILA! Happy to be re-potted I’m sure! This Corn Palm is the newest member of the household standing 4′ tall in its new pot

Thanksgiving is literally around the corner…

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Have you purchased your Turkey yet?

STOP!

Maybe this year you don’t have to spend any of your hard earned money on that expensive bird. This year all the extra cash you have can be put into side dishes to flank your foul, like fancy candied yams, peas in minted cream sauce, and walnut cranberry stuffing!
Save-On-Foods is offering an amazing deal for those of you who have been toiling away at your More Rewards points: a whole FREE TURKEY!

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Only 10000 points, its an up to 7kg(15lbs) Turkey!!

The sale starts Friday October 3rd till Sunday October 5, while supplies last.

To me “While Supplies Last” means get there early in the day,  like before work right when they open(stash that Turkey in the freezer in the lunch room and be the envy of your coworkers) or get your friend/relative that’s free to go early for best selection.

Stores open at 6am 😀

Shared from Flipp in the Save-On-Foods flyer http://share.flipp.com/flipp/items/45083321/share

Its “Car Free Day” across Vancouver this Fathers Day!

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Saving up for that summer vacation? Just dropped a couple bucks on that new tent at the garage sale down the street? Very Thrifty! You still wanna have a bit of fun though, I understand. So get dressed up in your most creative or comfortable Sunday Best and spend the afternoon at any of Vancouvers 4 “Car Free Day” Community events!

You can Treat Dad and the whole family to a good FREE time. There are vendors with artisan wares at each event as well as food vendors that give you a literal taste of the community with a wide range of prices.

Commercial Drive – Sunday, June 15th, Noon-7pm from Venables to Grandview on The Drive: Roller disco, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats, and all your friends and neighbours hanging out.

Main Street – Sunday, June 15th, Noon-7pm from Broadway to 30th on Main Street: Mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets, roller derby, skateboarding, parkour and more!

West End – Sunday, June 15th, Noon-6pm from Davie to Robson on Denman Street: Fun for young, old, families, couples and single folks, which includes acoustic music, a kids zone, non-profits, local politicians, artists and artisans.

Kitsilano – Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th: Block parties by and for local residents and their neighbours.

Car Free Vancouver June 15, 2014

Car Free Vancouver June 15, 2014

 

Free CAKE ! Yeah You heard me right :)

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Free CAKE ! Yeah You heard me right :)

This Saturday May 17 while supplies last Tim Hortons will be giving away, for FREE, Birthday Cake Donuts !! This free tasty morsel is brought to you by the celebration of the Tim Hortons Coffee establishments 50th Birthday. Help Tim Hortons celebrate a half century and get free cake, Have a super Saturday my fellow Canucks!