Metro Vancouver Spring & Summer Night Markets for 2017

Free and Inexpensive Summer Night Markets in Metro Vancouver

Night markets are back in Metro Vancouver for the 2017 Spring and Summer season.  Night markets run on weekends at night and are a favourite activity for locals.  They are inexpensive to attend, with some even offering free admission!  Overall, night markets are an affordable, low cost night of fun where you can enjoy a night of delicious food (seriously, mouth-watering), great deals on merchandise and great entertainment, all in one place.  But that’s not all you’ll find at the night markets, some of them offer kids games and rides, beer gardens (19+),  organic foods including produce and meat, light shows, and so much more! 

If you haven’t been before, be prepared with cash, good shoes (because you’ll want to spend all night there), and an empty stomach.  Each and every market differs from the next, so make sure to check them all out this summer!

Here is Penny Lavish’s guide the spring and summer 2017 night markets in Metro Vancouver!

Shipyards Night Market 

The Shipyards Night Market believes in local lifestyles, showcasing BC artisans, bakers, farmers, and talent.  While there, you can enjoy live music, delicious food, entertainment, art, and shopping!  At the market, you can shop for products such as, jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolates, and much more!  You can also bring your dog as dogs are allowed at the Shipyards Night Market.  The market also has a beer garden (must be 19+) that features local craft beer, ciders, vodka and gin.  Visit the Shipyards Night Market for more information.

Where: 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Fridays 5 pm-10 pm; May 5 – September 29

Illumination Summer Night Market 

The market holds more than 200 food and merchandise booths and hosts more than 20 performance shows.  You can also enjoy North America’s first and largest summer light show with nine different themes.  There is also free parking in the parking lot. Visit the Illumination Summer Night Market for more information.

Where: 12631 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3 general admission; Children under 5 years old and Seniors over 65 years old are free

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays 7 pm-11 pm (Long weekend: 7 pm – 12 am); May 5 – September 10

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Fridays on Front

The market will feature artisan vendors from the New West Farmers Market and New West Craft, live music from the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, our favourite Food Trucks form the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest.  Visit the Downtown New Westminster website for more information.

Where: 600 Block of Front St., New Westminster, BC

Admission: Free

When: Fridays 5 pm-8 pm; July 7 – August 25

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Free Birthday Stuff, Deals and Coupons for Your Birthday around Metro Vancouver and BC: 2016 Edition

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Free, free, and more free.  Birthdays are a time to take advantage of a lot of freebies.  On your birthday, you can get a lot of free food, some free drinks, discounts at your favourite stores, and even free make-up.  Some of the deals are only valid on the day of your birthday, some last a week and some are good to use within a month.  All you usually have to do to get these freebies is to sign-up by email.  I’ve found all of the freebies and deals you can get around Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley and some of these are even good throughout BC and Canada.

Please note that this is only as current as the post date. 

Below is the 2016 list of Freebies for Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley:

Drinks and Food

  1. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast all day on your birthday! Must show I.D.  Click here for more info.
  2. IHOP – Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes valid a week before and after your birthday and also on your sign up date (2x a year). Sign up in advance here.
  3. Red Robin – Free burger and fries on your birthday.  Must have an account now, sign up here.
  4. Pajo’s – Free birthday meal with a 2nd meal of equal or greater value. Sign up here.
  5. Boston Pizza – Free dessert valid a week before and after your birthday. A free two topping pizza on your 1st year anniversary sign up date.  Sign up here.
  6. Joey’s Only Seafood Restaurants – Free birthday offer. Sign up here.
  7. Cascades Casino – Free birthday dinner, dessert and prizes for you and a guest on your birthday month.  They pick a date for all birthdays in that month and will mail you an invitation.  Must be an encore rewards member.  Click here for more info.
  8. Montana’s – Free birthday dessert valid a week before and after your birthday.  At sign-up you receive a free Antojitos or Spinach Dip.  Sign up here.
  9. Starbucks – Free birthday drink valid for only 3 days.  Sign up here.
  10. Booster Juice – Free birthday smoothie valid for six months.  Sign up here.
  11. Dairy Queen – A cake discount coupon and a BOGO coupon.  Receive a BOGO coupon for signing up.  Sign up here.
  12. Blenz coffee – Free regular drink on your birthday. Show your I.D. NOT all locations participate, ask first.  Sign up here for other special offers.
  13. David’s Tea – Free cup of tea on your birthday month if you are part of the free frequent steeper club.
  14. Menchie’s – Free yogurt (up to $5) on your birthday. Sign up here.
  15. Marble Slab Creamery – Buy 1 Get 1 free ice cream coupon for your birthday, valid for two weeks. Sign up here.
  16. Washington Avenue Grill – A free birthday meal the month of your birthday Sun-Thurs when another entrée is purchased.  Sign up here.
  17. Krispy Kreme – A free doughnut and drink on your birthday valid until a week after your birthday.  Free doughnut coupon during sign up.  Sign up here.
  18. Café Il Nido – A birthday surprise.  Sign up here.
  19. Craft Beer Market – Whatever age your turning, your bill will be discounted by that percentage.  Click here for info.
  20. Swiss Chalet – Free dessert valid 1 week before and after your birthday.  Free appetizer with sign up.  Sign up here.
  21. Kelsey’s – Free dessert valid 1 week before and after your birthday.  Free brownie pops with sign up.  Sign up here.
  22. Baskin Robbins – Free scoop of ice cream for your birthday.  $3 off coupon for any $15 or more cake.  Receive special offers throughout the year.  Sign up here.

Shopping

  1. Old Navy – Special birthday offer coupon and a special welcome offer. Sign up here.
  2. American Eagle Outfitters – 15% off on your birth month and other special offers through the year. Sign up here.
  3. Sephora – Free birthday surprise gift during the month of your birthday. Sign up here.
  4. The Body Shop – $10 discount reward on your birthday month and other special deals through the year if you’re a “Love Your Body Member” Disclaimer: To sign up you must pay $10 and any applicable taxes and shipping for the “Love Your Body Program”. Sign up here.
  5. RW&CO – Special birthday coupon valid 3 days before and after your birthday.  Sign up here.
  6. Addition Elle – Free birthday surprise. Sign up here.
  7. Ricki’s – Birthday bonus on your birthday month. Sign up here.
  8. UGG – Special birthday coupon during your birthday month.  Sign up here.
  9. Dynamite – Special birthday coupon.  Receive a 15% off coupon during sign up.  Sign up here.
  10. McArthurGlen Vancouver Outlet – Receive a 10% off coupon valid until a week after your birthday and receive a 10% off coupon for signing up. Sign up here.
  11. Swimco – Receive a 10% off coupon valid for a month.  Sign up here.

Entertainment

  1. Cypress Mountain – Ski free on your birthday.  Must show I.D. at the ticket window for a free lift ticket.  Click here for other daily coupons.
  2. Golden Eagle Golf Club – Free round of golf on your birthday, valid one week before and after your birthday.  Click here for coupon.
  3. E-Exit – Free admission on your birthday with government photo issued I.D.  50% off up to and after 2 days of your birthday.  Click here for more info.
  4. AuBAR – VIP entrance with complimentary cover for you and 2 for 1 cover for your guests before 10:30 pm and complimentary bottle of bubbly for groups over 10.  Limited packages available each night.  Click here for more info.

If I’ve missed anything, share birthday deals below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you!

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11 Money Saving Tips to the Fair at the PNE in Vancouver this Summer 2016

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The Fair at the PNE kicks off this weekend.  Two full weeks of delicious food, entertainment, rides, and so much more!  This year brings new exhibits and new shows, including Kaleidoscope on Parade, Hit the Deck! A Canadian Backyard Party, and UNBELIEVABLE: A Magical Experience.  This is one of those Vancouver summertime must-do activities. 

The Fair at the PNE offers many free activities and even offers free admission at certain times, but even with all of these savings, the fair can get expensive quickly.  Don’t worry, you can stop sweating, I’m here to help you enjoy this year’s fair for less.  Below you’ll find 11 great money-saving tips for the PNE.  Let’s get started!

1. Transit

If you’re heading to the PNE alone or with one other person, it may be cheaper to take transit.  It’ll save you money on gas and parking, which could end up with a savings of $25.

2. Carpool

If you have a group of people going and you can fill a car up, then carpooling will probably be the best way to go.  If it’s you and a bunch of your friends, split the cost of parking and gas, it’ll still probably be cheaper than transit. 

3. Parking

If you park at the fair, you’ll end up saving money as it’ll cost $18-$20 as oppose to $25 at another lot nearby.  You may luck out at finding a $10 car lot, but those can be hard to find.  Keep in mind also that parking lots nearby usually raise parking prices to event rates. 

Be aware of street parking, as most of it’s for local residents only.  If you’re lucky enough, you might even score a free spot on the street, but be aware of parking restrictions.  Also, be aware of people trying to sell parking spots illegally that isn’t their own.  Some people have sold street parking that would normally be free.

If you want to try to find a parking spot for free, consider parking down the road.  It might be a 15-20 minute walk down the road, but it’d be worth the savings if you don’t mind.

4. Bring Cash

Most of the vendors require that you have cash to buy things, but even so, bringing cash will save you money.  If you bring some cash ahead of time, you’ll automatically set your budget for the day.  It also allows you to save money on those hefty ATM machine costs, which can cost up to $5 after all the banking fees.

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5. Bring Water

Water at the PNE can be anywhere from $3 – $5.  Bring your own water bottle, it’s allowed and you can fill up at a water fountain with a designated water bottle filler.

6. Bring Food

Fair food can be tempting, but if you’re spending the whole day there, it can also become expensive very quickly.  Pack a lunch and some snacks.   If you’re really tempted for fair food, plan ahead to eat out for one meal or a snack only. 

7. Free or Discounted Admission

The PNE offers a few free days this year.  On Saturday, August 20, Pokémon GO players can get into the PNE for free from 11 am-12 pm simply by showing their Pokémon GO app at any public gate.  There will also be free admission to all guests on Tuesday, August 23 and 30th from 11 am-1 pm.  Don’t forget, children 13 and under are always free! 

The PNE is also extending free admission to first responders and a guest on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 from 11 am-10:30 pm. 

Free admission will also be given to seniors 65+ on Thursday, August 25 from 11 am-10:30 pm.

They’re also offering $5 admission for Vancity members and a guest on Thursday, September 1 from 11 am-10:30 pm.  Another way to get in at the PNE for $5 is to go in after 9 pm any night. 

You can also save money by buying your admission online or at a local retail, including 7/11, Safeway, Save On Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Price Smart Foods, Cooper’s Foods, and Urban Fare.  Also, if you’re a BCAA member, you can save 30% when you purchase your ticket online. 

8. Rides

There are many ways to save on ride passes this year!  On Wednesday, August 24 & 31 from 11 am-1 pm, you can purchase 2 ride passes for the price of 1.  They also have a twilight ride special from Tuesday to Thursday after 5pm, where you can save $15 on ride passes (after savings: $29.75).  Another way to save is to buy your ride pass online or at a retail store, where you can save up to $5 on a ride pass.  Don’t forget, BCAA members can also save 30% on ride passes when they buy their ticket online.

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9. Free Activities

If you really want to save and have a good time, stick to all of the free activities at the fair.  The fair offers many great activities that will keep you entertained for the day.  Some of the free activities, shows and entertainment are “Canada Showcase”, summer night concerts, PNE pep band, “SuperDogs”, a dinosaur exhibit and so much more.  To find out what activities are free, ask for a daily schedule at the PNE or visit the PNE website and look under live shows and Exhibits & Attractions. 

10. Coupons and Deals

You can buy a coupon book, Pinwheel Deals, at any guest service location for $2 that offers $350 in savings.  Keep in mind that it might only be worth it to buy the coupon book with a big group, as coupons may require a minimum purchase. 

If you want to get some drink specials, visit the beer gardens during happy hour to see if they have any specials. 

11. Shop around

Vendors don’t charge a standard rate for the same foods, so you might save a couple of dollars if you shop around for your deep-fried Oreos!

This gives you lots of ways to save this year at the Fair at the PNE.  For more information about the PNE, click here.

Do you have any more money-saving tips for the PNE?  Comment below!  We’d love to hear from you.

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Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets for Spring & Summer 2016

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It’s that time of year when farmers markets are in full force.  Metro Vancouver has tons of farmers markets for the spring and summer season that happen every day of the week, except Monday.  You’ll be sure to find one in your city too as each city seems to have at least one farmers market.

Farmers markets are a great outdoor activity to spend a few hours at or even your whole day at!  It’s a great place to find fresh B.C. conventional and organic grown food products.  You may also find meats, seafood, cheese, eggs, jams, salsas, baked goods, and more.  Your entire dinner awaits you at one convenient location!

But farmers markets aren’t just great for fresh foods, they’re also a great place to find handmade crafts like jewellery, fine art, and other great goodies.  Sometimes you’ll even find great live entertainment, food trucks, and fun activities for everyone.  The best part is that they’re all free to attend and run all summer long! 

Let’s get started!  Here is Penny Lavish’s guide to the spring and summer 2016 farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

UBC Farm

An assortment of fresh UBC farm produce and flowers.  Click here for more info.

Where: 3461 Ross Dr., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Tuesdays 4 pm-6:30 pm; June 14 – October/November

Kwantlen Street Market

Farm fresh produce, prepared foods, crafts, entertainment, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: Kwantlen St. and Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, BC at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Admission: Free

When: Tuesdays 3 pm-7 pm; May 31 – October 18

UBC Farm

An assortment of fresh UBC farm produce and flowers.  Click here for more info.

Where: 3461 Ross Dr., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays 11:30 am-1:30 pm June 1 – October/November

Surrey Urban Farmers Market 

A vibrant, multi-cultural market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.  There is also food carts, live entertainment, kids zone, and more!  Click here or more info.

Where: 10275 City Parkway, Surrey, BC at North Surrey Rec Centre.  

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays 12 pm-5 pm; June 8 – October 5

Main St. Station Farmers Market 

The market will include produce, meat, cheese, baking, hot food trucks, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 1100 Station St., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays 2 pm-6 pm; June 1 – October 5

Langley Community Farmers Market 

Over 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it”.  Click here for more info.

Where: 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays 12 pm-4:30 pm; May 18 – October 12

Oak Street Farmers’ Market

The only farmers market in Vancouver with all certified organic fresh produce, meat & eggs.  They also have a variety of prepared foods, crafts and unique services like chair massage and sewing services.  Click here for more info.

Where: 949 W 49th Ave., Vancouver, BC at Unitarian Church of Vancouver

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays 3 pm-7 pm; June 3 – October 14 

Port Coquitlam Farmers Market 

The market has fresh produce picked that morning, fruits, seafood, sausage, pickles, jams, fresh-baked bread and cookies, fine art, fibre art, and so much more!  There are children’s crafts and live entertainment.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, BC

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays 3 pm-7 pm; June 2 – September 29

Royal City Farmers Market 

The market offers fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts, live music, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 4th St. and Royal Ave., New Westminster, BC at Tipperary Park.

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays 3 pm-7 pm; starts May 12 and runs through the summer

Yaletown Farmers Market 

A European-style market that brings a bit of country to the city.  Click here for more info.

Where: 1200 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC (outside of the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain station).

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays 2 pm-6 pm; May 5 – October 27

Granville Island Farmers Market

The market celebrates over 30 years of all things fresh straight from the farm.  The market includes plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables, and liquor vendors.  Click here for more info.

Where: 1680 Johnson St., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays 10 am-3 pm; June 2 – September (late)

Mercato: Italian Market 

Vancouver’s first Farmer and Italian Night Market that brings together the tastes of Italy and locally grown produce.  The market features artisanal products, Italian gourmet foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  Enjoy live Italian music, and children’s activities that are provided by Italian School teachers.  Click here for more info.

Where: 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver, BC at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Admission: Free

When: Third Friday of each month, 4 pm-8 pm; June 17, July 15, August 19

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market 

Locally grown conventional and organic produce, prepared foods, and crafts!  There is also live music, a used book exchange, a children’s play tent, games table, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC at Burnaby City Hall’s North parking lot.

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm; May – October

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market 

Locally grown conventional and organic produce, baked goods, jam makers, honey gathers, salsa makers, crafts, and much more.  There is also live music, a used book exchange, a newspaper reading area, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, BC at Lonsdale Quay East Plaza. 

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 10 am-3 pm; May – October

UBC Farm Market

The on-site farm market has provided a unique venue for experiential education and student research, including everything from agricultural business management and marketing to nutritional analysis.  You’ll find farm fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs, as well as, baked goods, crafts, prepared foods, and live music.  Click here for more info.

Where: 3461 Ross Dr., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm; June 4 – October 29

Trout Lake Farmers Market 

Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market that features artisan breads and preserves, free-range and organic eggs and meats, vegetables, Okanagan fruit, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: Lakewood Dr. and 13th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm; May 7 – October 22

West End Farmers Market 

The market features local produce, prepared foods, crafts, hot food, and coffee.  Click here for more info.

Where: Comox St. (between Bute St. and Thurlow St.), Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm; May 28 – October 22

Fort Langley Village Farmers Market

The market features fresh seasonal local B.C. farm vegetables and field greens, other produce, seasonal fresh B.C. fruits and flowers from the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan Valley, BC arts and crafts, and more!  Limited free parking on-site.  Click here for more info.

Where: 9025 Glover Rd., Fort Langley, BC at St. Andrews Historic Church.

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 10 am-3 pm; May 7 – October 29

Abbotsford Farm & Country Market

You’ll find a variety of fresh local produce, jams, and a wide range of food products that are not available in stores.  There is also fresh cut flowers, handmade jewellery, handcrafted soaps, and more.  Click here for more info.

Where: Montrose Ave. at George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, BC

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm; April 16 – December 17

Mission City Farmers Market

Seasonal local produce, farm fresh eggs, bread, honey, preserves, baking, plants, seeds, natural skin care products, and many other handcrafted items.  Click here for more info.

Where: 33247 2nd Ave., Mission, BC

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm; May 7 – October 8

Haney Farmers Market 

This market features fresh farm produce and fruit, eggs, salmon, beef, lamb, pork, sausage, preserves, jams, jellies, home baking, artisan crafts, lotions, and more!  There’s also children’s crafts, a giant chess set, and lively entertainment.  Free one hour parking underground (please get a ticket from the machine).  Click here for more info.

Where: 11925 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge, BC at Memorial Peace Park.

Admission: Free

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm; May 7 – October 8

Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market 

Locally grown conventional and organic produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey gathers, salsa makers, anti pastas, crafts, and much more.  There is also live music, a used book exchange, a newspaper reading area, kids play area, games table, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 1500 Block of Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver, BC between 15th St. and 16th St..

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-4 pm; May – October

Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market 

The Market includes produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 2300 Guelph St., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm; June 12 – October 9

Poirier Street Farmers Market 

The success of the market focuses on what’s “made, baked, grown, & raised”.  There is also kids crafts, local entertainment, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 624 Poirier St., Coquitlam, BC

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 9 am-1 pm; May 8 – October 16

Ladner Village Market 

Western Canada’s largest open air market is 3-blocks that runs rain or shine and has over 160 vendors that vary each Sunday.  Featuring farm fresh produce, meats, fish, plants, garden art and accessories, jewellery, fabric and beauty products, and lots more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 5028 48th Ave., Delta, BC

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-4 pm; June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28, September 11

White Rock Farmers Market 

The market includes fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, preserves, garden products, local seafood, gourmet dog biscuits, crafts, and much more!  Enjoy live entertainment and other activities at the market.  Click here for more info.

Where: 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock, BC

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm; May 29 – October 9

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market 

A great mix of vendors, including some new vendors and returning customer favourites, who are proud to “Make It, Bake It, Grow It or Catch It”!  Click here for more info.

Where: 4111 Moncton St., Richmond, BC 

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-3 pm; May 8 & 22, June 19 & 26, July 17 & 31, August 7 & 28, September 4 & 18, October 2 & 16

Kitsilano Farmers Market 

The market includes Organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants.  There will also be crafts, baked goods, hot food trucks, coffee, musical entertainment by local musicians, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 2690 Larch St., Vancouver, BC at Kitsilano Community Centre

Admission: Free

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm; May 8 – October 23

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Metro Vancouver Spring & Summer Night Markets for 2016

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When the warmer weather comes, it brings lots of free and affordable fun to Metro Vancouver.  A favourite activity of the locals, are night markets.  Night markets are a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  A big draw to the night markets is the affordability to enjoy a night of delicious food (seriously, mouth-watering), great deals on merchandise and great entertainment, all in one place.  But that’s not all you’ll find at the night markets, some of them offer kids games and rides, beer gardens (19+),  organic foods including produce and meat, psychic readings, and so much more! 

If you haven’t been before, be prepared with cash, good shoes (because you’ll want to spend all night there), and an empty stomach.  Each and every market differs from the next, so make sure to check them all out this summer!

Here is Penny Lavish’s guide the spring and summer 2016 night markets in Metro Vancouver!

Shipyards Night Market 

The Shipyards Night Market believes in local lifestyles, showcasing BC artisans, bakers, farmers, and talent.  While there, you can enjoy live music, delicious food, entertainment, art, and shopping!  At the market, you can shop for products such as, jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolates, and much more!  The market also has a beer garden (must be 19+) that features local craft beer, ciders, wines, and organic Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.  Click here for more info.

Where: 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC at Shipbuilders’ Square.

Admission: Free

When: Fridays 5 pm-10 pm; May 6 – September 30

Panda Market (formerly International Summer Night Market) 

Named one of the top 4 night markets in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine.  The market has lots of merchandise booths, food and beverage vendors, and diverse entertainment every night!  Free street parking. Click here for more info.

Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC

Admission: Free

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays 7 pm-11 pm; April 29 – September 11

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can sample delicious food from food trucks, play carnival games, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from a variety of vendors!  Pick up a “Sweet Deals Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Click here for more info.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $2.75 for regular admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 p; May 15 – October 12

Surrey Night Market  

Enjoy performances by local bands, singers and dancers, sample a wide variety of foods, and shop!  The market will also have numerous rides and arcade games for children and youth, costume competitions on Saturdays, wellness shows, spiritual hour on Sundays, local celebrities and authors, and so much more.  The market will have free parking.  Click here for more info.

Where: 17726 62 Avenue, Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds

Admission: $2 for Adults.  Free Admission for: families of all Canadian Forces personnel and Veterans, children less than 48″ in height when accompanied by their families, wheelchair borne persons and their attendants, seniors over 65 years with proper ID, and anyone who brings a non-perishable food item or a new toy (to be donated to local food banks or charities).

When: Fridays & Saturdays 6 pm-11 pm, Sundays 5 pm-10 pm; June 3 – August 14

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How to Throw an Award-Worthy Oscar Party on a Budget

Oscar statue

A glam, glitz, style and star-studded event is just around the corner.  The Oscars are on Sunday February 28 and this is an event for everyone to enjoy.  It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and throw a party.  Just because the Oscars are a high-profile, costly event, it doesn’t mean your party has to be at all!  I’m here to give you the best tips to throwing an inexpensive Oscar themed party!  So sit back and read on, because below are this years award-worthy, budget-friendly tips to throwing an Oscar party!

Plan ahead and set your budget

The key to any party is to plan ahead by setting your budget.  This will allow you to figure out how many people to invite and what you’ll need.  Make sure to look at flyers and to look for coupons to stay on track with your budget.  I suggest checking out Red Flag Deals to help you with this.  If there isn’t enough time for this, then visit your favourite store with the best deals. 

Points

Several stores have a point system, so you can use points to buy groceries and other items in the store, or you can earn points on your purchase.  You can redeem points for money at places like Safeway and other stores across Canada using Air Miles cash rewards (95 points=$10), Save on Foods, PC PlusShoppers Drug Mart and more.  If you don’t have enough points, then make sure to earn points on your grocery purchase.  Shoppers Drug Mart is offering $20 in gift cards when you spend $75 this weekend.  If you’re signed up for their emails, you also might be able to get bonus points on your purchase.  Most Shoppers Drug Mart stores have a food section that has a big selection of frozen appetizers and drinks that would be perfect for your Oscar themed party.

Potluck

If you want to stay on a small budget, ask your guests to bring an appetizer or snack.  Make sure to confirm with everyone what they’re bringing, so you don’t have double dishes.

Snacks & Appetizers

This can be a lot of fun to create for your party, but also very simple!  There are so many options to make your snacks Oscar-worthy, like creating a candy bar with a bunch of different sweets.  You could also create a popcorn bar with plain popcorn and let people dress their popcorn with fixings, like candy, nuts, salt, seasonings, melted chocolate and the alike.  BuzzFeed also has some great recipes for making popcorn for you Oscar party.  Another recipe that screams parties, is a recipe for Funfetti Sugar Cookie Nachos from Spoon University.  The Food Network also provides 25 great “Best Supporting Snacks” for your Oscar party that are sure to be a hit!  You’ll also find some great Oscar-themed appetizer recipes on Ebony Peoples, including Holly-Weenie Tuxedos!

Drinks

Bring on the glam with some champagne, or better yet, why not try making a mocktail punch.  BuzzFeed has some great recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails and to keep it budget-friendly, why not choose one and make a big bowl of it?

Oscar bingo cards

Games

Sitting in front of a TV all night can get boring quickly, so why not play some budget friendly DIY games?  Believe it or not, there’s lot of cool ones that you can play as you watch the show.  An Oscar party must is, “The Ballot Game”.   It can be easily printed from Studio DIY.  Another fun game to play with guests is the “Red Carpet Bingo”, which you can find free printables from Everyday Dishes and Mark Friedland.  For more DIY games, visit Birthday Party Ideas 101.

Decorating

Decorating for your Oscar themed party might be frightening considering the Oscars are all about glam, but fear not because there’s some pretty cool budget-friendly glamorous ideas out there.  It can be as simple as decorating the room with black and white balloons and ribbon and throwing out red fabric for a red carpet.  To add some extra glitz and glam, buy some gold spray paint and spray paint decorations like mason jars or bowls.  To add some true Oscar, Twig & Thistle has a template to making a paper Oscar statuette.  You can also find another DIY Oscar statue using Ken dolls at Better Homes and Gardens, which you should be able to find at Value Village or a dollar store!  Make your party more Hollywood with this DIY cardboard movie reels from Par DIY.

DIY Photo Booth

Ever seen those photo booths at parties that cost a fortune to rent?  Well now it doesn’t have to, because making your own at home is easy and cost-friendly.  Bustle has some great ideas on how to make an Oscar themed photo booth.  For more detailed instructions on how to put together a DIY photo booth, check out Curbly.

Dress Theme

Dressing up can be a lot of fun, but when it comes to an Oscar party, it might seem expensive.  Create a fun dress theme for guests.  A popular dress code for Oscar parties is to dress up in fancy attire.  Fancy dresses can be found at any local thrift store for a fraction of the real cost.  Also, Sears offers a lot of fancy dresses for less, as well as fancy attire for men.  Not looking to be this fancy?  Try the pajamas and pearl dress code!  It’s that simple!  Better yet, tell your guests to dress casual and provide props like sunglasses, feather boas, hats and crowns, which can be easily picked up at your local dollar store!

Hope these tips help you plan an award-worthy, budget-friendly Oscar party!  Don’t forget, to stay up to date with all of the latest deals and saving tips, subscribe to our blog via RSS feed, e-mail, or Twitter on the right side panel.  Before you go though, make sure to comment below with your Oscar party themed ideas!  We’d love to hear from you!  

Tips for Preparing an Emergency Earthquake and Other Disaster Preparedness Kit on the Cheap for Metro Vancouver/BC/Canada

Emergency kit check list

Metro Vancouver felt a 4.3 earthquake on Tuesday, December 29 a 23:39 PST to be exact.  Let’s just say it’s the big news right now and everyone’s talking about it, so much so that 911 is overwhelmed with calls of reports.  It was an earthquake that WAS felt and things were shaking and swaying.  The reality is though, that most of us probably don’t have an emergency preparedness kit at home.  Let’s face it, we all want one, but when we go to the stores that sell the pre-packaged ones, they have a hefty price tag on it for something we may or may not need before it expires (food & water).  So let me help you prepare your own kit on a budget. 

It is recommended that you be prepared for a minimum of 72 hours.  The Government of Canada has a great list of things to help you get your basic emergency kit started and then some, so check their site out for more information on building a kit.  They recommend the following for a basic kit:

  • Easy to carry
  • Water (2L of water per person per day)
  • Food (canned food, energy bars and dried foods)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items (prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities)
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash
  • Emergency plan
Plan ahead
Go online beforehand and check out the local stores for weekly sales on the products you’re looking for, for your kit.
Dollar Store
I recommend buying some items from the dollar store, like a flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, and even food and water.  Do remember that dollar stores are pretty big here in Metro Vancouver and now are including lots of brand name products for less.
Walmart/Costco/Discount Stores
If buying for a lot of people, then buy bulk at Costco or an alike store.  A lot of stores are still having boxing day/week sales, including Walmart, which has Duracell batteries on sale right now, a 12 pack for $6.87, which is just as cheap as the dollar store when purchasing several batteries.  Walmart and Canadian Tire also have items like basic first aid kits and flashlights that are frequently on sale.
Cash
It’s tough to have extra cash lying around, so I suggest using an old jar and filling it with change.  Fill it with whatever change you can afford and then every once and awhile, go to the bank and get rolls for the change and turn it into bills.  You can also save your return bottle funds and add it to your emergency cash.
Special Needs Items
I would suggest storing away a little bit of these items every time you go to the store or every time you have a prescription filled.  It’s also handy to have basic pain relief medications, vitamins, etc., so the next time when you buy a big bottle, just put a few into a smaller bottle for your kit.
Carrying Case
Find a re-usable cloth bag that you have sitting in your closet to store your items in.  Most stores also allow you to have boxes, so check with your local store to see if you could get a small box to store your kit in.  If this isn’t ideal, then grab a small bag in your closet that you rarely use and designate it as your new emergency kit holder.
With these tips, they should help you get started to preparing an inexpensive emergency preparedness kit.  It’s always handy to have one, even for when the power goes out, which has been happening a lot lately around Metro Vancouver.  Remember, keep it simple, but add anything extra that you think you or your family would need.
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$15 or Less Frugal and Cheap Stocking Stuffer Guide for Him for the 2015 Holiday Season

Christmas stocking

Stocking stuffers can be hard to pick out.  You want to buy them something useful, but nothing too expensive as it can all add up quick.  I’m here to help!  I’ve found some useful and fun stocking stuffers for less than $15 for every man in your life!  If you still need more stocking stuffers after, don’t forget some of the more traditional stocking stuffers like chocolates, socks, undergarments, and scratch & wins.  Whatever route you choose to go for your holiday shopping needs, make sure to do your homework and plan ahead, because it’ll help you save.  Below is Penny Lavish’s $15 or less frugal and cheap stocking stuffer guide for him for the 2015 holiday season!

Touch Screen Gloves
If you’ve ever tried to use regular gloves to use your touchscreen phone, you’ll know it won’t work.  That’s why touch screen gloves are great!  They have two or three fingers in the gloves to allow you to use your touchscreen.  They’re easier to find for women, but The Source is selling a pair of Gadgetree touch screen gloves in size medium and large in black for $9.99.  Right now they have them on sale for $6.99 until December 16!

DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s
DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s are a great stocking stuffer and very inexpensive.  Lots of stores have sales on their DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s right now and they range from new releases to older movies.  Best Buy has Furious 7 on DVD for $10.99.  This movie is action packed and sure to entertain the man on your list and maybe even everyone else!  If not, then check out Walmart.  They have tons of specials on DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s for less than $15!

3-in-1 Flashlight
A 3-in-1 flashlight is something we all could use.  Canadian Tire carries the Garrison 3-in-1 emergency flashlight for $14.99.  It works as a flashlight, a power failure light and a night-light.  No batteries are needed as it charges in the wall!

Portable Speaker
Portable speakers are a great stocking stuffer/gift.  Nowadays you can get them for a lot less and they still sound great!  Best Buy is selling the Insignia portable speaker for $14.99 and it comes in many different colours, including black, blue, red, and silver.

Multi Drill Bit Screw Driver
An all in one screw driver is a great tool to have on hand.  Home Depot is selling the Makita 18 in 1 drill bit & screw driver for only $14.88!  It’s also great because it’s small and will easily fit into a pocket. 

Toque
A toque for under $15 shouldn’t be too hard to find, but to find a stylish one might be.  Joe Fresh (clothing at Superstore) has a reversible toque for men for only $10!  The man on your list can wear it as a solid colour toque or as a striped toque. 

Bath & Body Gift Sets
This is the time of year to get bath and body gift sets for usually the price of one product.  The Dove Men+ Care is popular and can be purchased in a gift set.  Walmart sells the Dove Men+ Care Bath & Body Clean Comfort Gift Pack for $14.97 and it comes with a body and face wash, anti-dandruff shampoo, anti-perspirant, face wash and a shower tool.

Back Scratcher
This is truly a unique gift that will be used!  You can find these at some stores, including Chapters.  Chapters sells a back scratcher for $9.99.  It extends up to 20 inches and has a handy pen-like clip for storage.

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$15 or Less Frugal and Cheap Stocking Stuffer Guide for Her for the 2015 Holiday Season

Christmas stocking

Tis the season!  There’s no need to panic last-minute shoppers, because I’m here to share some great stocking stuffers for less than $15 for every woman in your life!  I’ve found some pretty cool unique hot holiday gifts.  Let’s not forget some of the more traditional stocking stuffers though, like chocolates, socks, undergarments, and scratch & wins, which any woman loves.  These are all so great because they’re affordable!  Whatever route you choose to go for your holiday shopping needs, make sure to do your homework and plan ahead, because you’ll save more money.  Below is Penny Lavish’s $15 or less frugal and cheap stocking stuffer guide for her for the 2015 holiday season!

Jelly Watches
You can find these pretty watches in many different colours, from white to blue to pink.  Most stores sell them, but the best deal is at Michaels Canada.  They sell for $11.99, but they usually go on sale and from December 11 – 17, they’re only $6! 

A Tea Infuser
Tea is becoming the new Starbucks.  It’s one hot trend!  So for the tea lovers, a great cute gift is the penguin tea infuser from DAVIDsTEA.  You can get them for only $12!

Rollerball
Rollerball perfumes are great!  They’re small and compact, easy to put in your purse, and smell just as good as the large size perfumes.  One popular perfume is Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and now you can buy it in a mini rollerball form!  Sephora is selling it for $14.

Bottle Opener Ring
This is a great idea even for the non-partier!  Icings by Claire’s carries a bottle opener ring for $9.50.  It’s a pretty and sparkly ring, but also serves as a bottle opener!

Headphone Splitters
This may not be a typical gift you would think of, but headphone splitters are a great necessity to helping kill time.  I know myself, many times I’ve been in a situation where I’d love to be listening or watching what my friend is watching when in a quieter area, but neither of us had a headphone splitter to let two headphones go into one device.  They’re one hot item this Christmas and you can find them at a lot of stores this year.  Garage has a cute fox splitter for $9.95.

Scarves
Scarves are a great stocking stuffer.  They keep you warm and they’re one great accessory to add to any look.  You can find them pretty well everywhere these days, but Ardene always carries them at a low price.  My favourite scarf is the infinity scarf, because it’s less fuss, less hassle.  Here’s a great one from Ardene that is for $14.50 OR 2/$15!

Jewellery
What woman doesn’t love jewellery?  You don’t need to spend a lot to get some beautiful pieces of jewellery.  Most clothing stores sell bracelets, earrings and necklaces for a low price.  Heck you can even buy nice stuff at the grocery stores now.  RW&CO has a nice bracelet that is stylish and comes in a silver look and a gold look.  RW&CO has a lot of sales most of the time and right now they have 40% off their jewellery, which includes this bracelet for $11.40 with the sale.

Portable Speakers
Portable speakers are a great gift and stocking stuffer for anyone, especially for the harder to buy person on your list.  You can find them in different colours, shapes and sizes, and they range hugely in price.  A high price tag doesn’t always mean that they’re the best quality though.  Best Buy carries an Insignia portable line-in speaker for $14.99 that has great reviews!

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Penny Lavish’s Guide to Black Friday 2015 in Metro Vancouver

Black Friday sign

Since early 2000’s, Americans have been marking the day after their Thanksgiving holiday as the official Christmas/Holiday shopping season.  It’s a day (or up to a week) of promotional sales offered by stores, malls, and even restaurants.  In the past, many Canadians drove to the states to reap in the shopping benefits.  With a weakening dollar though, many Canadians are wanting to stay North and spend their money in Canada.  Well now they can!  Black Friday isn’t just an American thing (holiday) anymore, it’s now made its way up North into Canada!  Black Friday happens this Friday and I’m going to give you a guide to shopping here in Metro Vancouver.  Well, actually this guide would work almost everywhere, but I’m catering this to Metro Vancouver, so here it is!

Plan ahead
Check store flyers and compare each item.  For ex: if you’re buying a DVD, check Best Buy, Walmart and London Drugs.  Buy comparing each item and making notes, you’ll find the best deals.  Also, make a list of the things you want to buy and specifics (i.e. size).  Shopping will be busy on Friday and by planning ahead, you’ll get what you want a lot quicker.

Flyers
Log onto your favourite store website and look at the flyer for sales.  If you’re buying an item that you can buy at multiple stores, then check around.  I find that Walmart usually has the best sales, BUT that’s not always the case, so think outside of the box.  If you can’t find a stores Black Friday flyer, then check out RedFlagDeals as they seem to have a lot of flyer’s that aren’t on a stores official website yet.

Shop Ahead or After Friday
Most stores are having pre-black Friday sales, as well as Black Friday weekend sales.  Surprisingly, you may be able to find a better deal leading up to or after Black Friday.

Malls
A lot of malls are having Black Friday events.  Certain malls are having deals, such as, buy a $75 gift card and get a $25 gift card for free.  Keep in mind though, this deal is usually limited to a certain amount of customers, so check ahead on your local malls website.  Here is a list of malls with their black Friday event:

Shop Locally
You may not find a Black Friday sale with a locally owned business, artisan, crafter and the alike, but they do usually offer really good products at really good deals!  I went to a couple of craft fairs and markets two weeks ago and saw so many products that cost a fraction of what you’d find in the stores.  You can find products like, rustic wooden signs, décor, soaps & lotions, holiday décor and so much more!  Here’s Penny Lavish’s guide to frugal holiday craft fairs & markets for November & December!

U.S.A. or Canada?
The big question many people are asking is if the sales are as good here as they are down in the States.  If I were to dissect each and every store, deal by deal, the short answer would be no, but with a weak dollar, we have to factor the exchange rate and then compare.  If you’re considering going down to the states, know what you’re buying and compare flyers from U.S.A. & Canada.  I’ll give you a couple of examples of the sales here in Canada and what they are in the U.S.A..  Below are some comparisons of the same product in the U.S.A. and in Canada:

  • XBOX One Game “Dying Light” is $15 in the U.S. and $30 in Canada.
  • DVD “Spy” is $8 in the U.S. and $14 in Canada.
  • DVD “Magic Mike” is $8 in the U.S. and $10 in Canada.
  • PS4 “Guitar Hero Live” is $69 in the U.S. and $89 in Canada.
  • Beats Solo2 Headphones are $96.99 in the U.S. and $148 in Canada.
As you can see, it really varies product to product whether it’s cheaper down south or not, so if you are considering going to the States, do your homework.
Well frugal shoppers, that’s all of Penny Lavish’s secrets to Black Friday shopping.  If you have another great tip or deal you’d like to share with us, comment below!  Don’t forget, if you’d like to have all of Penny Lavish’s deals sent to your mailbox, subscribe by email, RSS feed or Twitter!  Happy Shopping!