Save on Holiday Necessities with #HolidayCents #Giveaway

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 πŸ™‚

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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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  1. December 22, 2015 / 9:41 am

    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
    December 22, 2015 / 3:00 am

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

  3. Amie
    December 22, 2015 / 2:59 am

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

  4. Tammy Dalley
    December 21, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    I will be buying groceries

  5. Brenda Penton
    December 21, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    I will be buying myself a new pair of winter boots

  6. loriag
    December 21, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    We bought oil and an oil change.

  7. Karla Sceviour
    December 21, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    I will be buying a lot of groceries!

  8. Jackie M
    December 21, 2015 / 7:29 pm

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

  9. Erinn Lishman
    December 21, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    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
    December 21, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I bake cookies and cakes

  11. Maggie C
    December 21, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    New pair of boots for work!

  12. Juliee Fitze
    December 21, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I buying myself a tablet.

  13. Jeannie
    December 21, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    I picked up a sweater for me.

  14. carla p
    December 21, 2015 / 11:24 am

    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
    December 21, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I bought a new jacket and boots.

  16. Shelley N
    December 21, 2015 / 10:15 am

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

  17. Doris H
    December 21, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I need to buy a winter coat.

  18. Suzi
    December 21, 2015 / 9:41 am

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

  19. Rhonda W G.
    December 21, 2015 / 9:27 am

    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. Suzanne G
    December 21, 2015 / 9:21 am

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

  21. Vesper Meikle
    December 21, 2015 / 8:42 am

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

  22. lisa bolduc
    December 21, 2015 / 8:15 am

    i use retailmenot to find the best prices on diapers

  23. Wendy hutton
    December 20, 2015 / 9:04 pm

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

  24. December 20, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    groceries and stamps for my Christmas cards πŸ™‚

  25. Emily C
    December 20, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I have to buy items to renovate my house.

  26. Soozle
    December 20, 2015 / 5:25 pm

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

  27. andrea amy
    December 20, 2015 / 12:49 pm

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

  28. Wayne Lecoy
    December 20, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    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.

  29. Christy E
    December 20, 2015 / 12:23 pm

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

  30. Julie R.
    December 20, 2015 / 12:12 am

    This year I hope to buy a new snowblower!

  31. Rebby
    December 19, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    New dishes for my kitchen!

  32. Julie bolduc
    December 19, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I bought a new comforter for my bedroom

  33. marie s
    December 19, 2015 / 9:48 pm

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

  34. Carla B
    December 19, 2015 / 4:03 pm

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

  35. Bernice
    December 19, 2015 / 3:18 pm

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

  36. Judy Cowan
    December 19, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    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.

  37. Pam
    December 19, 2015 / 11:45 am

    I bought vitamins and shampoo and conditioner.

  38. Sarah Stickney
    December 19, 2015 / 10:26 am

    i bought myself new parfume

  39. Amy C
    December 18, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I have bought shoes and groceries,

  40. Jonnie
    December 18, 2015 / 10:05 pm

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

  41. heather sibley
    December 18, 2015 / 9:27 pm

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

  42. Cheryl
    December 18, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Groceries for sure! This would be helpful for that

  43. Nicole B
    December 18, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    New coat for myself this year!

  44. Sunshine G
    December 18, 2015 / 4:13 pm

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

  45. Krista M
    December 18, 2015 / 3:42 pm

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

  46. Melinda Jana
    December 18, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    a new pair of running shoes

  47. stacy kozier
    December 18, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Home decore and stuff for NYE

  48. ann w
    December 18, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Groceries and a couple books

  49. December 18, 2015 / 2:01 am

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

  50. Tina L.
    December 18, 2015 / 1:47 am

    New boots for myself.

  51. Jolie
    December 17, 2015 / 10:50 pm

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

  52. Jenn
    December 17, 2015 / 10:17 pm

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

  53. Carol M
    December 17, 2015 / 9:44 pm

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

  54. Aimee Robison
    December 17, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Food and decorations.

  55. Lee-Ann
    December 17, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    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!

  56. Dar
    December 17, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Food! & Christmas Decorations for next year.

  57. Jenness M
    December 17, 2015 / 6:35 pm

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

  58. lori b
    December 17, 2015 / 5:23 pm

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

  59. Belinda McNabb
    December 17, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I got myself a new winter coat.

  60. Toby
    December 17, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  61. Elaine G
    December 17, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Groceries and new clothes for myself.

  62. Stephanie
    December 17, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Groceries as well as a new chair for the kitchen

  63. Anne Taylor
    December 17, 2015 / 1:59 pm

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

  64. Glogirl
    December 17, 2015 / 1:26 pm

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

  65. nicolthepickle
    December 17, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Clothes and shoes, normal day to day things.

  66. Natalie
    December 17, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I bought some new sheets and pillows for myself!

  67. Cheryl
    December 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

    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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