December 17, 2015


Save on Holiday Necessities with #HolidayCents #Giveaway

PegCity born & raised, lifestyle blogger, and positivity enthusiast. I'm here to share about life – from hidden gems to healthy habits and build a community of authenticity.

I'm Natalie!

If you’re anything like me, the holiday season can get pretty overwhelming especially since I’m more of a last minute type of girl! Choosing gifts to purchase is a lot of work on its own, nevermind the other items you need during the this busy time of year. Putting up the last of the home decor, getting in those last minute salon visits, showing off new items to entertain with and maybe even a little something just to treat yourself, are all items that you may not think about but need to be purchased in addition to holiday gifts.

What’s your favourite online shopping destination?

I have a few different apps and alerts on my phone to let me know of upcoming deals etc. My latest fave is, a company that enables consumers across the globe to find hundreds of thousands of digital offers for their favourite retailers and brands. has a fabulous user-friendly interface and in no time, you are presented with hundreds of deals at your fingertips.

Perfect right?

Not only do I love a good deal, I absolutely love a great challenge. This isn’t just any challenge though, it’s a holiday spending challenge, and gosh knows I’m competitive!

Let’s see how much I can save on There’s only one catch…it has to be non-gift related purchases. No Christmas presents are to be bought whatsoever. It’s ok, have no fear, I can DO this!

I’m as frugal as the next person and I’m all about the budget so I was ready to stretch my $250 to the absolute limit. Here we go!


Have to reduce to the temptation and not buy stuff for the kids haha, I need to remember the task at hand.

First up, click categories then take a look at the “Popular Stores”. I know for a fact that I would find great deals at Indigo, Sears and of course another fave Dynamite. I practically live on, it’s shameful.

RetailMeNot Canada

Just click on the coupon code link and you are redirected to the store’s website to browse and subsequently purchase your items at the discounted rate.


One step at a time, and remember what is needed, not what is wanted. Once I burn that to my shopping brain, it’s quite simple. I can now attend to those items that I neglect every year such as beautiful holiday linens, or even fashionable holiday clothing and accessories.

I started off with getting a few things for ME at Dynamite, yup, I’m starting to that a heck of a lot more lately! Yay Natalie 🙂

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Then, I decided that I better get some items for around the house for entertaining. I picked up some pretty fabulous deals at Indigo on holiday linens and a wine aerator!

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And last but not least, I picked up a simple item at Sears that maybe most people would think I shouldn’t…but people, let me tell ya, I’m tired of nearly chopping up my fingers!


AND because I used, I saved an extra $10 off of this cute lil food chopper!



C’mon, I just saved a ton of cash on multiple great items (before taxes)!

Dynamite 144.75 124.82 19.93 14%
Indigo 124.00 88.75 35.25 28%
Sears 35.99 21.99 14.00 44%
TOTAL 304.74 235.56 69.18 23%

Even with shipping and taxes, I still have just under $5 left on the VISA! Not too shabby!

How would you like to save on your holiday necessities too?

It only makes #HolidayCents to have a giveaway!


This is a quick one folks! One winner will receive a $200 Visa Gift card! Open to Canada, void where prohibited. Ends Dec 22/15 3pm

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**Disclosure B: I am participating in the #HolidayCents campaign with and have received special perks. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.**

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  1. Lindsay T says:

    I made candles, soaps and bath & body products as some gifts this year (it’s handy this time of year to have a crafty side business!)

  2. Amie says:

    I just bought a external hard drive to back up my computer and I bought my self new socks

  3. Amie says:

    I just bout a external hard drive to back up my computer and I bought my self new socks

  4. Tammy Dalley says:

    I will be buying groceries

  5. Brenda Penton says:

    I will be buying myself a new pair of winter boots

  6. loriag says:

    We bought oil and an oil change.

  7. Karla Sceviour says:

    I will be buying a lot of groceries!

  8. Jackie M says:

    I purchased some batting gloves for myself! 30% off the sale price!

  9. Erinn Lishman says:

    I’m going to buy myself some clothes this upcoming year- after 5 years as a stay at home mom I’m ready to spruce myself up a bit!

  10. BlessedTA says:

    I bake cookies and cakes

  11. Maggie C says:

    New pair of boots for work!

  12. Juliee Fitze says:

    I buying myself a tablet.

  13. Jeannie says:

    I picked up a sweater for me.

  14. carla p says:

    i would buy a juicer and start juicing in the new year. I would also purchase some books and a winter jacket and purse for me

  15. naiddia p says:

    I bought a new jacket and boots.

  16. Shelley N says:

    clothing (2 growing boys), shoes/boots, dishes, furniture, movies, XBox One, and the list goes on and on

  17. Doris H says:

    I need to buy a winter coat.

  18. Suzi says:

    I just bought myself a pair of boots and some wall art for my new place

  19. Rhonda W G. says:

    A new pair of winter boots…Mine had had it! With the green weather we are having maybe I won’t need them?! lol

  20. My non gift purchases were food.

  21. Suzanne G says:

    The non-gift purchases I want to make this year is a pair of Sorel boots for myself.

  22. Vesper Meikle says:

    so far have not bought anything extra which is a non-gift apart from the normal groceries

  23. lisa bolduc says:

    i use retailmenot to find the best prices on diapers

  24. Wendy hutton says:

    groceries, clothing for myself some new tea towels, i usually don’t buy myself much unless its really needed

  25. Julie D says:

    groceries and stamps for my Christmas cards 🙂

  26. Emily C says:

    I have to buy items to renovate my house.

  27. Soozle says:

    I bought some new boots this winter that were a non gift purchase

  28. andrea amy says:

    The only non-gift purchases I make at this time of the year are groceries.

  29. Wayne Lecoy says:

    It would be great to Win a $200 RetailMeNot VISA card.
    In response to your question of
    What types of non-gift purchases did you or will you make this year?
    I bought myself some socks and CDs.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  30. Christy E says:

    I ordered clothes – and used some codes for Old Navy off the RetailMetNot site.

  31. Julie R. says:

    This year I hope to buy a new snowblower!

  32. Rebby says:

    New dishes for my kitchen!

  33. Julie bolduc says:

    I bought a new comforter for my bedroom

  34. marie s says:

    we bought a romba because it was cheap and I’m tired of vacuuming all the time

  35. Carla B says:

    recently bought a Keurig machine and flannel sheets – so we are now ready for winter! 🙂

  36. Bernice says:

    i will be buying myself new glasses as mine just broke , and just saw that retailmenot has some great deals on glasses

  37. Judy Cowan says:

    I bought some new pillows and towels but that is it. Trying to save money and pay off bills so sticking to a budget right now.

  38. Pam says:

    I bought vitamins and shampoo and conditioner.

  39. Sarah Stickney says:

    i bought myself new parfume

  40. Amy C says:

    I have bought shoes and groceries,

  41. Jonnie says:

    We will be buying some home improvement items this year for some small renovations

  42. heather sibley says:

    I am looking for a great deal on a new artificial tree.

  43. Cheryl says:

    Groceries for sure! This would be helpful for that

  44. Nicole B says:

    New coat for myself this year!

  45. Sunshine G says:

    Clothes, shoes and the odd book, mainly – and a lovely set of flannel sheets!

  46. Krista M says:

    I treated myself to a Tassimo coffee machine so the kids & I can enjoy some festive hot beverages over the holidays!

  47. Melinda Jana says:

    a new pair of running shoes

  48. stacy kozier says:

    Home decore and stuff for NYE

  49. ann w says:

    Groceries and a couple books

  50. We’ve started fresh when we moved so I’ve bought furniture, and a washer.

  51. Tina L. says:

    New boots for myself.

  52. Jolie says:

    I’m buying a new pair of boots and a coat for myself.

  53. Jenn says:

    We need some new pots and pans so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for Boxing Day deals!

  54. Carol M says:

    I’ll be getting new brake pads for my car.

  55. Aimee Robison says:

    Food and decorations.

  56. Lee-Ann says:

    I am actually in need of some new winter boots. Had to throw mine out last year, and walking the dogs in my runners is not fun at all!

  57. Dar says:

    Food! & Christmas Decorations for next year.

  58. Jenness M says:

    I loaded up my kobo app with books to read over the holidays.

  59. lori b says:

    i will be getting myself a nice long winter coat, and some new tops

  60. Belinda McNabb says:

    I got myself a new winter coat.

  61. Toby says:

    I treated myself to mugs that I love, and I plan on buying a new winter coat and boots, but waiting for boxing day sales! 🙂

  62. Elaine G says:

    Groceries and new clothes for myself.

  63. Stephanie says:

    Groceries as well as a new chair for the kitchen

  64. Anne Taylor says:

    With three new grandbabies since March, I seem to be buying everything baby all of the time!!

  65. Glogirl says:

    I would love to get a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer this year.

  66. nicolthepickle says:

    Clothes and shoes, normal day to day things.

  67. Natalie says:

    I bought some new sheets and pillows for myself!

  68. Cheryl says:

    Our budget has been really tight the past while so we are not making a whole lot of non gift purchases. For ourselves we shop a lot at thrift store and only buy new just what we need like shoes…..with 3 kids someone is always in need of shoes!!! lol

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