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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Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets for Spring & Summer 2016

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

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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

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

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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!

Photo Credit: The Source Canada

Photo Credit: The Source Canada

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!

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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!

Photo Credit: Canadian Tire

Photo Credit: Canadian Tire

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!

Photo Credit: Best Buy Canada

Photo Credit: Best Buy Canada

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.

Photo Credit: Home Depot Canada

Photo Credit: Home Depot Canada

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. 

Photo Credit: Joe Fresh

Photo Credit: Joe Fresh

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. 

Photo Credit: Walmart Canada

Photo Credit: Walmart Canada

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.

Photo Credit: Chapters Canada

Photo Credit: Chapters Canada

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.

Make sure to comment below with your favourite frugal stocking stuffer!  If you want to stay up to date with all of the latest deals, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by e-mail, RSS feed, or twitter on the right side panel for computers or on the bottom of the page for mobile devices and tablets!  If you’d like to find more frugalness, visit the 126 free & cheap holiday events for Metro Vancouver 2015.

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

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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!

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Photo Credit: Michaels Canada

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! 

Photo Credit: DAVIDsTEA

Photo Credit: DAVIDsTEA

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!

Photo Credit: Sephora Canada

Photo Credit: Sephora Canada

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.

Photo Credit: Icings by Claire's

Photo Credit: Icings by Claire’s

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!

Photo Credit: Garage

Photo Credit: Garage

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.

Photo Credit: Ardene

Photo Credit: Ardene

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!

Photo Credit: RW&CO

Photo Credit: RW&CO

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.

Photo Credit: Best Buy Canada

Photo Credit: Best Buy Canada

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!

Make sure to comment below with your favourite frugal stocking stuffer!  If you want to stay up to date with all of the latest deals, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by e-mail, RSS feed, or twitter on the right side panel for computers or on the bottom of the page for mobile devices and tablets!  If you’d like to find more frugalness, visit the 126 free & cheap holiday events for Metro Vancouver 2015.

How I got free Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones in BC, Canada in November 2015

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I’m going to share a secret with you!  A secret to earning free stuff, like the nice pair of powerbeats by Dr. Dre headphones you see in the picture above.  Okay, so you’re probably thinking either “Ya, right!” or that there has to be a catch!  There is a catch, but it’s not what you’re thinking.  I didn’t have to sell my kidney, or give every personal detail about myself, or spend a day with a salesman convincing me to buy a timeshare.  The catch is simple: I shopped and I was rewarded.

Let me start off by saying, never in my life did I think it would be necessary to own a pair of a hundred and something dollar headphones.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE music, but I thought I could spend my money on something more useful.  That was until I used my boyfriends Beats headphones.  The quality of sound was amazing and the bass, wow, it was truly amazing.  From there on in, I fell in love with getting a good pair of headphones, but being the deal seeker I am by nature, I had to find a pair for less or for free!  So the deal hunting began!

I started off by doing some research….well let’s be honest, not heck of a lot….I surveyed my boyfriend and said, “Didn’t Shoppers Drug Mart carry Beats headphones?”.  He responded with a firm “yes” and said he bought his first pair of Beats headphones from there.  Well when he said bought, I still wasn’t prepared to spend a hundred and something dollars on headphones, even if I got points.  Side note, for those of you who don’t know, Shoppers Drug Mart gives you points for shopping.  So anyway, curiosity prevailed and I checked out a Shoppers Drug Mart that had a big electronic department and ended up finding several pairs of powerbeats by Dr. Dre earphones sitting there for $130.  I still couldn’t justify spending that kind of money, so I walked away.  I continued to check the electronic department of Shoppers Drug Mart to see if anything had changed.  Well several months had passed and all of a sudden those same Beats headphones were on clearance for $50!  An offer I couldn’t pass up, so I picked up a pair for free!

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Yes, that’s right!  Now you’re wondering how I got them for free, right?  Well let’s re-visit that side note above.  I said that Shoppers Drug Mart gives you points on everything you buy when you sign up for a free Optimum points card.  Now normally on your everyday purchases, you’ll earn 10 points for every $1, which isn’t great.  Frequently though, Shoppers Drug Mart offers bonus point days, as well as, they send you coupons to your email/app for bonus points on purchases.  If I’m buying more than a pack of gum, I will always do a “big” shop on these bonus point days.  It’s best bang for my buck.  My favourite bonus point days are, spend $75 and earn 18,500 points, which is almost a $25 value in points, and another favourite one is 20x on a minimum of $25 or $30, etc..  By shopping on bonus point days, I’m that much closer to free stuff!

Okay, so to get free headphones that cost $50, I had to redeem $60 in Optimum points since points can only be redeemed at certain levels.  Sixty dollars cost 38,000 in points and 37,000 in points equals two $75 shopping trips of earning 18,500 Optimum points.  Now, let me add, I don’t spend money at Shoppers Drug Mart just to earn free things, it’s an added bonus.  I buy what I need or want, or even buy gifts there.  Shoppers Drug Mart carries a ton of great products, incl. make-up, perfume/cologne, body care, food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, electronics, DVD’s, video games, and so much more!

So there you have it!  That’s how I earned free headphones and other great free products at Shoppers Drug Mart, like TV’s and Blu-ray players.  To start earning points, join Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum program by clicking here.

Comment below and tell us what free stuff you’ve earned and how!  Don’t forget, to stay up to date with all of the latest frugal finds, subscribe to Penny Lavish by email, RSS feed, or Twitter!  Happy Shopping!

Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets

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Spring has sprung and summer is on the way!  There’s no better time than now to be outdoors, enjoying the warmer weather.  The solution?  Farmers markets!  Metro Vancouver is full of them!

Farmers markets are a great place to get fresh, healthy, B.C. conventional and organic grown food products!  There’s everything from produce, to meats, to seafood, to cheeses, to eggs, and so much more!  You can also find prepared foods, such as, jams, salsas, baked goods, and more!  Mmm…my mouth is watering now!  Yours too?

Farmers markets aren’t just for food, they’re also a great place to find handmade crafts like jewellery, fine art, and other great goodies.  They usually have live entertainment, food trucks, and fun activities for everyone!  The best part is that they’re all free to attend!  So grab a re-usable bag, put on some sunscreen and head on down!  The fun starts this weekend!

But wait, before you go, share your favourite farmers market in the comments below!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by e-mail or RSS feed to keep up to date with all of the latest deals.

Let’s get started!  Here is Penny Lavish’s guide to this years farmers markets in Metro Vancouver!

1. Surrey Urban Farmers Market – Between 22-28 vendors set up each week with a focus on fresh local produce.  There is also food carts, baked goods, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 13450 104th Ave., Surrey, BC at Surrey City Hall Plaza.  

Price: Free Admission

When: Wednesdays 12 pm-5 pm – June 10 – October 7

2. 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Wednesdays 2 pm-6 pm – June 3 – October 7

3. 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.

Price: Free Admission

When: Wednesdays 2 pm-6:30 pm – May 20 – October 14

4. 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Thursdays 3 pm-7 pm – June 4 – September 24

5. Royal City Farmers Market – The market offers fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts, as well as live music, kids’ activities, and more!  Click here for more info.

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

Price: Free Admission

When: Thursdays 3 pm-7 pm – May 21 – October 8

6. 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).

Price: Free Admission

When: Thursdays 2 pm-6 pm – May 7 – October 29

7. 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.

Price: Free Admission

When: Third Friday of each month, 3 pm-7 pm – May 15 – November 20

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8. Burnaby 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.

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 – May 2 – October 24

9. Lonsdale Quay 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. 

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 10 am-3 pm – May 2 – October 24

10. 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm – May 9 – October 24

11. 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., across from Nelson Park), Vancouver, BC.

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm – May 30 – October 24

12. Kerrisdale Farmers Market –  Featuring over 40 vendors selling farm produce, prepared foods, and craft items.  Click here for more info.

Where: 5500 East Boulevard, Vancouver, BC

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 10 am-2 pm – June 13 – October 10

13. Fort Langley Village Farmers Market –  The market features fresh seasonal local Fraser Valley farm vegetables and field greens, other produce, seasonal fresh B.C. fruits and berries from the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan Valley, BC Fruit Wines and Cheeses, flowers, garden plants, baked pies and breads, preserves, local 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.

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 10 am-3 pm – May 9 – October 31

14. 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!  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.

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm – May 9 – October 10

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15. Ambleside 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 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver, BC between 15th St. and 16th St..

Price: Free admission

When: Sundays 10 am-3 pm – May 3 – October 25

16. 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm – June 14 – October 11

17. Coquitlam 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Sundays 9 am-1 pm – May 10 – October 25

18. Ladner Village Market – Western Canada’s largest open air market is 4-blocks that runs rain or shine and has over 140 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Sundays 10 am-4 pm – June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26; August 9 & 23; September 13

19. 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

Price: Free Admission

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm – May 24 – October 11

20. Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market – Featuring a wide variety of products including cheeses, eggs, poultry, meats and sausages, local produce, baked goods, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 3rd Ave. and Moncton St., Richmond, BC 

Price: Free Admission

When: First and Third Sunday of each month, 10 am-4 pm – May 10 – October 25

21. 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, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 30th Ave. and Ontario St., Vancouver, BC at Riley Park.

Price: Free Admission

When: Sundays 10 am-2 pm – May 10 – October 25

Inexpensive Easter Basket Ideas

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Easter is just around the corner and that leaves us last-minute shoppers only a few more hours to put together an eggciting basket for our loved ones!  Don’t sweat!  And DON’T be tempted to buy a pre-made basket at your local store.  Yes, it’s quick, but you’ll pay a lot more money than it would cost for yourself to put together that same basket.  Remember, baskets don’t have to be the traditional Easter basket either.  At all ages, you can create a basket full of their favourite things or needed things!  You could also make it a themed basket!  Whatever you choose, I’m here to help you save and still put together a hoppin’ basket on any budget, for any aged bunny!  I’ve got great tips for your child, teenager, and/or husband/wife.  Let’s get started!

  1. Basket – You can pick up a basket at any Walmart or dollar store, starting at $1.  You could also check a thrift store or a garage sale to get them even cheaper.  If you really want to be creative, you could make one with supplies that you might have at home.  Too many plastic bags?  The website Instructables has instructions on creating a basket with plastic bags!  HGTV has other creative ways you can make a basket for all ages, with things that you have at home!  Also, Momtastic has instructions on how to make a paper mache basket!  Lots of great ideas!  But if you’re worried about not re-using your basket, you could buy them something they need or could re-use, like a hamper, a bag, a regular basket, a shower caddy, or even a tool box would do!
  2. Grass – Again, you can pick up fake grass at Walmart or at any dollar store for $1.  If you want to save some money, shred or cut up paper and magazines, to use as grass.chickeaster2
  3. Ingredients – You may be making a basket for your child, teenager, or partner, but whoever your shopping for, it still can be done for less!  First of all, if you want to be creative and save some money, you could make the gifts.  Everything from sweet treats to sewing a shirt to crocheting a towel.  You could also make a coupon that may offer your little bunny a day at the park, or a coupon for your partner, for a home cooked meal.  If you’re not creative though, start with shopping at a store that offers lower pricing.  You can still get quality chocolates and other basket goodies!  Another tip is to consider shopping where you can earn points, like Shoppers Drug Mart or Safeway (Airmiles).  If you’re an avid shopper at places like Shoppers Drug Mart, you may even have enough points to redeem money to buy your Easter goodies.  But the biggest saving grace can be: COUPONS, COUPONS, and more COUPONS!  For coupons, check your newspaper, magazine, or even online at places like webSaver, Save, and P&G.  To get more coupons, sign up for an e-mail subscription to your loved ones favourite store and you’ll usually get a welcome offer right away!  Another great way to save is to always check clearance sections in stores.  You’d be amazed at the deals you could find that would work for your loved ones basket.  Lastly, with the long weekend, most stores have great deals going on!

Comment below with your Easter basket ideas or tips!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by RSS feed, e-mail, or twitter, to stay up to date with all of the deals!  Hoppy Easter!

Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!  This special day lands, tomorrow, Saturday, February 14, 2015!  Unsure of what to buy for your sweetheart?  Don’t have a big budget?  Look no further!  Here is a list of gift ideas for him or her on V-Day!

1. Make Soaps or Bath Bombs – Make heart-shaped soaps or other fun soaps.  Click here for heart-shaped DIY soaps and here for another DIY soap instruction by video. Click here for instructions on DIY bath bombs.

2. Make a Love Coupon Book – Create a coupon book.  There are lots of ideas and coupon book printouts online.  Click here for a printable coupon book, thanks to i heart naptime.

3. Bake Sweets or Make Chocolates– Bake some sweet treats or make your own chocolates!  For Valentine’s Day sweet treat ideas, check out Wall St. Cheat Sheet.  For DIY chocolates, click here!  I promise, it’s easy!

4. Make a Heart-Shaped Bracelet – Make a heart-shaped wire bracelet.  Click here for instructions.

5. Make Candles – Make heart-shaped candles for your special someone.  Here are DIY instructions.

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6. Flowers – Pick up a bouquet of flowers at the store.  Not all types of flowers are expensive and can still be beautiful!  Markets usually offer good deals on bundles of flowers that you can put together yourself.  Here’s a deal on Groupon for 50% off on flowers.

7. Make a Photo Book or Scrapbook – Buy a scrapbook and print off your favourite pictures and put them in your book.  Buy a Groupon and make a photo book online.  They start at $5.99!

8. Make an Etched Valentine’s Day Glass – Make an etched drinking glass! Click here for DIY instructions.

9. 101 Handmade Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men Everything Etsy has a list of handmade gift ideas for him.  You can make anything from pajama pants to a photo clock!

10. 101 Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – You can make anything from a pom-pom heart pillow to crochet hearts!  Check out Everything Etsy  for 101 ideas.

Did I forget a great gift idea?  Comment below!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by e-mail or RSS to stay up-to-date for the latest deals!

Happy Birthday Penny Lavish!

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Happy Birthday to Penny Lavish! It seems fitting for me to tell you about the birthday deals you can have on Penny Lavish’s blog birth! The deals are endless and if I took advantage of all the free meals on my special day, I’d be 5 pounds up easily the next day! Not only can you eat for free, you can get free drinks, special discounts at your favourite stores, and get free admission to events and attractions. The list I’ve created below are located in and around Vancouver and lower mainland. If your favourite place doesn’t offer free things, they may still offer special pricing. Lots of places may extend the invitation for a week to a month! Sounds great, doesn’t it? All that’s usually required is a short sign-up or email submission with your birthdate! When your special day comes around you’ll receive an email with a coupon offering goodies at most places.  Don’t forget, sign up in advance! Some websites will take up to a week or so to process.  BONUS, you may also receive sign-up deals as well as anniversary deals and special coupons throughout the year.  If you don’t see your favourite store or eatery here, always ask if they have any special offers for you on your birthday.   You’d be surprised at how many restaurants offer a free dessert/appy/entrée/drink.  Please note that this is only as current as the post date.  If I missed anything, share your comments of where you can get birthday deals!

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 breakfast on your birthday and sign up date (2x a year). Sign up in advance here.
  3. Milestones – Free entrée when you bring three other friends who order an entrée.  Sign up here.
  4. Red Robin – Free burger and fries on your birthday.  Sign up here.
  5. Pajo’s – Free birthday meal with a 2nd meal of equal or greater value. Sign up here.
  6. Boston Pizza – Free dessert on your birthday and free two topping pizza on your anniversary.  Sign up here.
  7. Joey’s Only Seafood Restaurants – Free birthday offer. Sign up here.
  8. 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.  Must be an encore rewards member.  Click here for more info.
  9. Boathouse – $25 Birthday reward as well as upon sign up and other special offers.  Click here for more info.
  10. Montana’s – Free birthday dessert on your birthday.  Sign up here.
  11. Mucho Burrito – Free regular burrito on your birthday.  Sign up here.
  12. Starbucks – Free birthday drink.  Sign up here.
  13. Jamba Juice – Free birthday smoothie or juice.  Sign up here.
  14. Booster Juice – Free birthday smoothie.  Sign up here.
  15. Orange Julius – Buy one get one free coupon on your birthday as well as a BOGO coupon for signing up.  Sign up here.
  16. 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.
  17. David’s Tea – Free cup of tea on your birthday if you are part of the frequent steeper club.
  18. Menchie’s – Free yogurt (up to $5) on your birthday. Sign up here.
  19. Marble Slab Creamery – Free ice cream surprise on your birthday. Sign up here.
  20. Dairy Queen – Free coupon surprise on your birthday and anniversary!  Two for one coupon upon sign up. Sign up here.
  21. Baskin Robins – A free ice cream and special discount on a cake on your birthday. A BOGO coupon as well as other special offers through 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. Sign up here.
  4. The Body Shop – $10 reward on your birthday month and other special deals through the year. Disclaimer: To sign up you must pay $10 and any applicable taxes and shipping. Sign up here.
  5. RW&CO – 25% off during your birthday week.  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. Shoppers Drug Mart – 8,000 ($10 reward in points) bonus points for optimum members.  Must have current birth date and email.  Click here to update info.

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. River Rock Casino – Special birthday offers. Sign up here.
  3. Golden Eagle Golf Club – Free round of golf.  Click here for coupon.