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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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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

Victoria’s now Open! No menu means bad printer, great prices!

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Victoria’s just opened their doors!

On Saturday I was navigating a rain filled Hornby Street just north of Smithe across the street from the Courthouse, dodging tourist umbrellas and determined locals. The rain had put a chill in the afternoon air and my fingers had long ago lost their warmth on the plastic umbrella handle. The open door and welcome warmth of Victoria’s easily lured me off the dripping streets of Vancouver. An open juice/coffee bar counter anchors the middle of the shop, though everything in the shop will draw your eye! The front of house is a striking copse of forest craft benches and tables, a relaxing place to enjoy your fresh smoothie or artisan espresso. The shelves were being stocked with a wide range of holistic supplies, for the very first time.

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I was greeted by the friendly barista behind the counter who was whipping up a sparkling green smoothie for the owner. As he worked the barista informed me that the sign was not in from the printers yet ( I may have been circling the counter looking for a menu). Since the signage was missing the deal is as follows: $2 for any coffee (ANY style coffee!)
$5 for any Smoothie (ANY!)
The glistening green smoothie the owner had ordered was delicious, I tried a sample of it’s freshness, however I was really in the mood for a latte. While my new barista friend was making my almond milk latte on his beautiful corvette of an espresso machine he regaled me with a tale of his time in Italy training to use the red behemoth in front of him and learning the art of coffee, right down to their own shop bean roast. The latte was as delicious as the story that went with it.

20140325-065336.jpg I lingered for a bit in the warmth of Victoria’s shop and savored my perfectly hot latte. Next on my errand list was the other Victoria’s in that part of town. 😉

 

~Copyright 2014 Jamie Learning. All rights reserved. Content created by Jamie Learning for Fantastic Frugal.

Yard Sale Success

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YARD SALE!

Yard Sale

The Yard Sale was successful on one of the most beautiful October Sundays in Vancouver history Im sure. All of my customers commented on the sunshine and stunning weather. Were You at my garage sale this weekend? Would love to hear from You….

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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Sunday Savings on Marvelous Monday

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Spent Labour day Monday morning under the sails at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver at the Aritzia Warehouse Sale!
Arrived a half hour before opening and was surprised to see a HUGE line even though it was the last day of a 7 day sales event.
The ladies in line behind me were kind enough to hold my place so I could run and get a coffee. Needed shopping fuel, especially after seeing the line up!
It was 12 minutes past 10am when my spot in the snaking line up crossed the threshold to the clothing laden convention center.
Everyone was funneled into the purse and bag check then allowed to run rampant into the racks and racks of silks, chiffons, rayons, & cottons!
Definitely some deals to be had at the warehouse sale, many items were discounted 90%…. Many items not so much. However these are still deals compared to the ticket price in store 😀

After braving the melee, sifting through bins of mismatched sizes, getting elbowed (and elbowing) once or twice, and hearing an argument over some jeans, I had my fill of the warehouse shopping experience!

I escaped with my life, 2 vibrant XXS tank tops, skin colored seamless underwear, and a pair of ankle socks.
All for under $20, except my life… That’s priceless!

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Hello there, My name is Clover!
I have always wanted to share my experiences in the areas of saving money and living life to the utmost, finally here my tips (& mishap adventures) will be compiled for You and all the internetz to use to your pocketbooks advantage.

Savings are simple and fun is around the corner when you take on a few frugally fun lifestyle changes. Some easy changes are attending clothing swaps, keeping your eyes peeled for coupons, and shopping around for the best price on those more expensive have-to-have items.

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