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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!

Messy

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.

Cross Bridges

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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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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Get Low during the summer sunshine

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I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work.

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Beverage Break

You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

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A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically

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Get Low during the summer sunshine

Fantastic Frugal

I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work. You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

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A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically ❤

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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.

 

 

Toilet Paper

TP Thursday!

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Toilet Paper

So much Toilet Paper!

Here is this weeks T.P. Price Roll , in order by least amount of your Frugal dollars spent and most Fantastic type of Toilet Paper …

Toilet Paper Price Roll

  1. $2.99 for 8 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Rexall
  2. $15.98 for 30 Triple Rolls of Royale Velour at Extra Foods +500pts
  3. $3.99 for 8 Double Rolls of Purex Ultra at Rexall
  4. $4.99 for 12 Double Rolls of Royale at Shoppers Drug Mart
  5. $5.46 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex Ultra at The Real Canadian Superstore
  6. $5.49 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex at Extra Foods
  7. $5.99 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex at Save-On-Foods
  8. $8.99 for 12 Triple Rolls of Cashmere Ultra-3 at Shoppers Drug Mart
  9. $10.99 for 16 Triple Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft at Canadian Tire
  10. $9.99 for 20 Double Rolls of Cottenelle Ultra at Cooper’s Foods
  11. $12.88 for 24 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Walmart
  12. $15.98 for 30 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at The Real Canadian Superstore +500pts
  13. $8.99 for 12 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Your Independent Grocer
  14. $10.49 for 12 Double Rolls of Charmin Ultra Strong at Marketplace IGA

These Prices were all acquired using Flipp, this app is available through Apple and Android bringing local flyers directly to your device. I use this app almost daily and highly recommend Flipp for price comparisons and creating shopping lists, it has many features that I can’t even begin to blather on about.

Tip of the Iceburg

This weekly update will change its format in the coming week, prepare to Shocked, Disgusted, Delighted, and Amazed by the not so new information that is gonna keep you a Fantastic Frugal shopper.

Please check back next week on Toilet Paper Thursday, stay Fantastic and Frugal!

Jamie

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)

Toilet Humor….. It’s a #$@& Chute!

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Almost every week I take my Thursday Morning Coffee with my Flyers perusing the ads for the best deals on every day house hold needs. One item in particular that seems to make a regular movement onto my list is Toilet Paper. Yes that household staple, unlike any other supply, it can lead to a detrimental situation if you run out.

Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper the always needed commodity

I read paper flyers when I happen to pick them up before they are soggy with Vancouver rain. I always have a chance to look through the also always dry digital flyers by email and some useful apps that I will share with you later in this post. I price compare through out the week at stores I visit while searching for other items on my shopping list, always on the look out for hidden T.P. deals. I do all the foot work to find THE Most Paper for Your Paper when it comes to Toilet Paper products in Vancouver proper. Sometimes I will even travel outside of my TransLink assigned Zone during those Magical Transit Hours (1 Fare Price for ALL Zones Weekdays after 6:30pm, and SAT/SUN) to get a crazy deal on the white stuff.

Sounds Crazy you say?? I say Crazy beneficial for YOU! Every Thursday You can check back with Fantastic Frugal to get your fix: The Best Deal on Toilet Paper, Where to get it, and what the Competition has going on.

Here is this weeks T.P. Price Roll , in order by least amount of your Frugal dollars spent and most Fantastic type of Toilet Paper …

Toilet Paper Price Roll

  1.  $9.48 for 24 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Walmart
  2. $4.99 for 12 Double Rolls of Cashmere Ultra at Shoppers Drug Mart
  3. $10 for 24 Double Rolls of Purex  at Extra Foods
  4. $3.99 for 8 Double Rolls of Royals Velour at Rexall
  5. $9.99 for 20 Double Rolls of Cottenelle Ultra at Save-On-Foods

These Prices were all acquired using Flipp, this app is available through Apple and Android bringing local flyers directly to your device. I use this app almost daily and highly recommend Flipp for price comparisons and creating shopping lists, it has many features that I can’t even begin to blather on about.

Please check back next week on Thursday, stay Fantastic and Frugal!

Jamie

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

Deals to be had… Every Day of the Week!

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BuyLow_Sign I was scootering past Buy-Low Foods and noticed these awesome deals, so I stopped in to check them out for you. This particular Buy-Low store is best to shop at during off hours if you can make it during mid morning or mid afternoon. My Check Out Clerk informed me that it is a bit of a mad-house on the weekends given the popularity of the deals!

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To me crazy deals mean:

  • Get a coffee before attempting to enter the grocery store
  • Take a list marked with sale items you want to achieve
  • Be prepared to wait, as in you don’t need to be anywhere for the next half hour to forty five minutes
  • Chat with people in line, we are all in the business of finding the deals ❤

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Buy-Low Foods

370 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 4G5
(604) 872-5776

Frugality follows…… The DEALS!

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I often strike up conversations with strangers about saving money. Why? Well it’s a heck of a lot more interesting than the weather in Vancouver! I have yet to meet someone who is not interested in saving money. Frugality is not cheapness(what a dirty word), these two terms are often confused. Cheap denotes a lack of quality or craftsmanship, not a low price. Frugal living is about getting the best value for your dollar, it does take a bit more effort and work on your part but the rewards can be spectacular.

My favorite frugal tactic is Yard Saling! Not sailing around the yard in a boat made for the lawn, finding deals on something you needed while exploring your city, meeting your neighbors, and honing your bartering skills.
This morning I myself put on a Yard sale and even though it’s the 1st of March there was a great turn out. I offered Mulled Apple Cider to all my guests since it was a chilly day (and apple juice was on sale at SuperStore). Met some new neighbors and had a couple people I met before, stop by to say hello while they browsed. A young girl who stopped by learned how to barter, her mother and I walked her through it and in the end she decided that though I offered to take $0.50, the bear was worth a $1 in her eyes(much to her mothers chagrin).
I give fair prices and am sometimes questioned as to my motives. I am looking to give items with lots of life left a new home where they will be appreciated, the money is not the bottom line for me.
To me all of these values make up what being Fantastic and Frugal is about.

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Are You a Yard Sale shark? Have any tips for make the most of your loonies and twonies?

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