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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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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!

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Got Craft 2015

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It’s a bright morning, the temperature has been climbing, and Crafters are convening on the Maritime Labour Center on Triumph Street in Vancouver!
I raced down to the hall at top Honda Spree Scooter speed (50CC). Why would I race?? SWAG BAG!! There are only 50 available and you need to be early enough to get a genuine Swag Bag ticket 🙂

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Lucky Ticket for Swag Bag!

The Crowd is friendly instead of competitive. Beautiful conversations abound in the lobby while we wait for the clock to tick down to 10. Fast friends are made over paper cups filled with fresh coffee from JJ Bean up the street.

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10am finally came and two lines were formed to enter the hall; Regular Entry and SWAG Entry!

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Got Craft is running at The Maritime Labour Center on Triumph Street today from 10am to 5pm.

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This amalgamation of Hand Made treasures has everything; chocolates, hand worked leather, upcycled clothing, laser crafted jewellery, baby duds, knitt cowls, home grown herbs… Etc. Etc. Etc.

I’m out of breath! I could keep going but the pictures are even better than the descriptions:

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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.

 

 

Flipp over the Savings

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Flipp

Flipp is a local Flyer reading app

On average, flyer readers save 40% more on their weekly shopping.

Being a savvy shopper is one of the simplest ways to save money. Spending 20 minutes going over the flyers for your big ticket grocery items can net you an extra $50/week for… whatever your beautiful lil heart desires!

In Vancouver it rains, it rains a lot. Paper flyers do not make it to your door alive, just a pile of wet mush staring at you from the porch mat. I have relatives across the country that can not even locate their flyers; possibly lost under snow drifts or long ago blown down icy sidewalks. Not to worry though Flipp is hard at work saving trees and your hard earned dollars.out of

Flipp gives you local flyers and can keep track of your favorite stores to shop at. The app reminds you when new flyers are available, allows you to “clip” items to create a shopping list, and best of all you can search ALL THE FLYERS for a single item instead of thumbing through every flyer listed. Talk about saving your valuable time! Need to price match on the go?? Flipp !!

Flipp is my February gift to you, and for the cherry on top (Valentines day is just around the corner after all) I’ll let you in on a very poorly kept secret: TARGET CANADA IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!! LIQUIDATION SALE!! (keep expectations low, Target is not known for their sale prices)

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

 

My FaceBook friend John Pippus gave me a tip that all you musicians in Vancouver will want to take advantage of!

John says, “Romer’s Burger Bar in Yaletown is offering $50 worth of food and drinks for any musician or comedian who signs up for their open mics on Thursdays. I know. I couldn’t believe it either. But I was there two Thursdays ago and I got the deal. I played three songs and got the $50 deal. It can’t last – like the $2 coffees – but get it while you can.”

open mic night Romers burgers, Yaletown Vancouver BC

Thank You to John Pippus for passing along this Frugal and Fantastic advice! If you have Fantastic Frugal tips to share, please leave a reply, What is Your frugal tip?

 

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Weekend entertainment all planned out!

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Looking for entertainment in Vancouver this weekend that is on budget and top notch? DJ Kaps Lock, Dan Snakehead, DJ Frantiq, Hunter Green, Aristotle Punk, Glow Tyme and many more will be droppin jungle, breaks, house, & bass heavy beats this weekend that are above standard for a low low price!

(*some special conditions apply please read the fine print contained within the Posts linked below)

 

Friday & Saturday

Prestigio Bar & Grill -1149 Granville St 

https://www.facebook.com/kapitol.oner/posts/10152024633566818

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Any Given Sunday

Astoria -769 East Hastings

https://www.facebook.com/events/816840751663309/

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Assistance Links Agreeance…or The Sport of being a Commuter

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I Strolled leisurely in the crisp autumn air, to the sound of six lanes of rush hour traffic, around the corner of Commercial Drive and Broadway. As I round the edge of Shoppers I spy the 99 Bee-Line Express turning around the corner a block down. I sped up my pace a bit heading to the last section of sidewalk that people are occupying. As the bus pulls up everyone forms a general line like shape where they think the bus driver may stop. You always take a gamble in the lineup, did the person at the front of the line guess right?
The doors open and pass holders start shuffling and shoving aboard at the very back door… as usual. I revert to my leisurely walk to the third set of doors. Stepping up next to the double wide doors I assist a lady who was about to step on but, had just noticed as had I, that the bus driver left a cavernous gaping amount of space between the very raised curb and the bus platform. I hopped across the cavern and offered my hand, the lady accepted smiling and carefully stepped over onto the bus.
We both headed straight to the back and sat down in the sunny corner next to each other. We settled our belongings and coats then took out our mutual commuter newspapers almost in unison. The last people made their way on as the extra long bendy electric bus that was waiting ever so impatiently to start hurtling down Broadway. The muted tri-chime of bells signaled the beginning of the speedy all city ride that is The 99.
As the bus hurtled along from stop to stop, while passengers came and went, we read. My reading companion and I read at the same pace and continually stretched our arms out gingerly toward the packed-like-sardines crowd to turn pages. We dabbled in a great Canadian Polite Off, repeatedly apologizing to each other for knocking pages, knuckles, and of course other people.
Finally after the fifth or sixth time I said what was on my mind, “This is a little more than silly, when will the newspapers change their format to half the width of the paper? They already print the columns in the skinnier format anyways, and they pass a paper to us just as we are about to enter a crowded bus or train, its just not sound marketing.” Well wouldn’t you know it, my reading companion agreed. “It would make so much more sense, theres no space to turn pages in here” she grinned as again she shook the newsprint out in front of her to turn the page.

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To Garage Sale or Not to Garage Sale??

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I have been itching to have a Garage Sale since doing a fall power clean on The Hidden Gem (…. This is what I call my little one bedroom apartment in Van).
Gargae Sales are an early morning activity on the weekends in Vancouver, but not so many people come out when its raining.
The weather forecast is holding me up from posting my Sale days on CraigsList.CA.

I am, the lucky Clover Leaf, but even I can not expect to be lucky enough to have a rain free weekend for a Garage Sale in Vancouver.
I will be hoping for this kind of weather…
tarps and waterproofed signs in hand.

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This weekend will more likely be spent studying, according to Mr. McDonald from the East Coast who knows a thing or two about what we can expect:

In conclusion Vancouver is once again very rainy and I can be found at a coffee shop on Main Street this Sunday pouring over Googles SEO starter guide next to a soy latte….. Do Vancouverites still go Garage Sailing in October?!??!??

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