Thursday, January 5, 2017
Bonus! The Good Kind of Freebies
I am doing a fast post today for two freebies I've recently discovered. 2017 is the 150th Anniversary of Canada's Confederation and Canadian Parks that are normally charged for are free all year! You may order your free annual park pass at the Parks Canada website here. I've tried to research to see if you even need a pass to get free entrance but that is not clear. I've ordered mine just in case. It does appear that foreigners are permitted to order/get free access as well. So if you are reading this from outside of Canada consider visiting - we have a ton of great parks. Some of my favorite parks are Banff, Jasper and Elk Island (near Edmonton) in Alberta and Pacific Rim (Tofino) in BC. The Pacific Rim park had some of the access closed on our trip to Ucluelet and Tofino last summer so they were permitting free entrance at that time and it saved us over $50 in fees. If you are Canadian now is the time for a family road trip for a vacation or even for the day!
***Edited to add: Saw on the news last night you do need the park pass to gain free entrance so it must be ordered. They are not permitting free entrance at the gate without the pass. When you order print your confirmation out in case it takes several weeks (expect it will).
The second freebie is a grocery app called FLIPP that my friend Jane over at Crabapple Landing clued me in on. It has all your local flyers and you can put in any grocery item on your list and the flyers that have that item listed will show up with the price. It also recognizes if there is a coupon to be used for that item (*not all coupons will show up, only certain ones like P&G). I used it for the first time on a shopping trip yesterday and it was so much easier than the way I've been using flyers up until now. It is available both in USA and Canada. I used my iphone to download the app but it appears they have android apps as well. I didn't try it but if you google FLIPP you can likely access the same information on your computer if you don't have a smart phone. I found the cheapest place in town for items like toilet paper, ground beef, and who had a sale on bread. It works in cities and small towns like mine. Now I can make my list for items I actually need to buy and if I am near that store can pop in and pick up those items. It takes a lot of the work out of saving money!
Other than working like dogs this week for our business Buddy rolled in something really gross right at bed time last night and the best we could do is wet him down with a cloth so we could all go to bed. On the agenda today is a bath - ironically he just had one on Tuesday when he went to the groomers so not something I was planning on as we usually only bath him once a week. Why is it that dogs like to roll in smelly things!?!