McDonald’s Mondays: Jim 1, McDonald’s Canada 0

Other / Canada


A little over two years ago McDonald’s Canada did a strange and bewildering thing — they pulled hot mustard dip from their menu. While not immediately noticeable to those who didn’t use it, those of us that did were devastated. That dip was heavenly. There’s nothing else on the market like it, and believe me, I know. I’ve spent the past two years trying every item I’ve come across with the words “hot” and “mustard” on the label and nothing has even come close. It’s become nothing short of an obsession.

That’s why, when my wife decided to visit her sister in North Carolina last week, I begged and pleaded for her to visit a US McDonald’s. I’d heard rumor that the hot mustard removal was a Canadian thing and could still be found everywhere else on the planet. Rumors like that seem too good to be true, and yet it’s hard not to hold out hope. So visit a McDonald’s she did, and what you see above is a king’s bounty in hot mustard.

That’s right — my wife loved me enough to humiliate herself by asking for a bag full of hot mustard. Apparently they didn’t just let it go, either. They wanted some answers about this weird behaviour, and she gave it to them full force. But 5 dollars and 10 minutes of shame later she walked out of a US McDonald’s with 20 packets of hot mustard in a bag. As I write this, I’ve already used 4. Nothing tastes better than a Sausage McMuffin and hashbrown dipped in golden mustard. It might sound strange, but there’s no better taste in the world to me.

Only 16 left. I’d better start spacing these things out a little better. 🙂

Walmart Canada: FREE $15 Gift Card with Purchase of $40 of P&G Products

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SmartCanucks Scavenger Hunt: Week 1

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Look kids, another weekly community feature! Bargain-hunting has long been a past-time for many a SmartCanucker, so I thought it might be fun to put those bargain hunting skills to the test. Each week I’m going to present a new item to track down online and it’s up to you to find the lowest possible price. Once you find it, post a link to the item and let us know the price, and then everyone else will have an new target to beat!

Like the SmartCanucks Caption Challenge, the only real reward here is a smug sense of self-satisfaction. I just thought it might be a fun little game to play. 🙂

And so, without further adieu, your first item is… a floor lamp.

(And yes, before you ask, this idea did grow out of my need for a new floor lamp.)

Shoppers Drug Mart: 20x Optimum Points this Saturday


While Shoppers Drug Mart and SmartCanucks might not be best buddies nowadays, that doesn’t mean we can’t still pass on the savings once they’re publicized by the big SDM!

This Saturday, January 3rd, Shoppers Drug Mart will be giving 20x the points to Optimum card holders who spend $50 or more. Having just cashed in my Optimum points for Christmas shopping (it may be pink, but it’s a nice camera!) I’m looking forward to taking advantage of this to rack up some more points.

Chapters/Indigo/Coles – $5 off in-store coupon


Didn’t get that book you wanted under the tree? Just click here to get a coupon for $5 off when you spend $35 at Chapters, Indigo or Coles this January. The coupon only works in-store though, so don’t start looking for an online coupon code that isn’t there.

How Was Your 2008?

Other / Canada

Happy New Year 2009

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when we ponder those who do,
We immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons I’ll/We’ll have a Happy New Year!

By Joanna Fuchs

Another year has gone by and what a year it’s been. I’m very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. I’d  also like to thank my Smart Canucks friends! It’s been wonderful meeting you and getting to know you more and more over the years. Together we celebrated our brightest moments and found a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on whenever we needed it. Thank you!

How was your 2008? You can share your 2008 with us here or in comments below.

Smart Canucks Cutest Pet Contest


Cute Pet Contest Canada

I should’ve probably blogged about this earlier but I was extremely busy this holiday season. On SmartCanucks we’re having a Cute Pet Contest where you can submit a picture of your pet for a chance to win one of 30 prizes that include a Zune, a $75 Zellers Gift Card and an iPod.

The deadline for submitting a picture was supposed to be today but I’m extending it for 3 more days to give my blog readers a chance to submit a picture too. So the new deadline to submitting a picture is 11:00pm on  January 3rd, 2009.

Click here for more details on this Cute Pet Contest

Empire Cinemas: Holiday BOGO deal


Thinking about catching a movie this holiday season? Maybe you’ve already been? For every ticket you purchase this holiday you should be given a coupon at the box office for a “Buy One, Get One” movie ticket deal. The coupon will be valid from Jan 12-Feb 26. If you’ve purchased your ticket online or at an automated ticket booth, bring your stub to the box office to get your coupon.

The BOGO offer might have pushed me over the edge. I think tomorrow might be movie-marathon day. Gran Torino and Benjamin Button, here I come! 🙂

More details on the offer here.

Zellers: Rubbermaid food containers BOGO, Jan 2-16


Just got the flyer in the mail today (as you can likely tell by the crumples in the scan). Starting this Friday and continuing for two weeks, Zellers is offering Buy One Get One Free on all Rubbermaid food containers. Definitely a good idea if you still have Christmas leftovers covered in saran wrap on a dinnner plate. Although if you do, it might be time to throw those out anyways. 😛

Lots of other Rubbermaid deals in the flyer and in store, mostly on large storage totes. Keep your eyes peeled!

Arrive Alive tonight: take free public transit


New Year’s is a time for fun and celebration, and a lot of people are going to take that fun and celebration a little too seriously and over-imbibe on spirits and liquors. Whether you intend to get your drink on or just want to travel safely to avoid those who do, many cities across the country are offering free public transit tonight.

Break out the phone book and call your local transit terminal to see what arrangements have been made. Here in St. Catharines buses will be free after 8pm and running past their normal hours, offering service until 2am. I know that Go Transit and the TTC will be offering similar arrangements, but unfortunately I don’t have the specific details for the rest of the country.

If you do call and find out, let us know here in the comments. Let’s make sure that the SmartCanucks community has a safe and happy New Year!

New Year’s Events Across Canada



Still looking to make New Year’s plans for tonight? Why not take a peek at’s summary of New Year’s Events in Canada. Many of the events will be free, so it’s worth taking a peek. In my neck of the woods, the annual Niagara Falls New Year’s event will be kicking off at 8pm with Rodger Hodgson of SuperTramp and Kim Mitchell.

Ok – so you get what you pay for with free events, but still..

Any cool events going down where you live tonight?

Free Coldplay MP3


Like Coldplay, but not enough to shell out for the sublime Viva La Vida? I don’t blame you. So why don’t download Viva La Vida, The Thin White Duke Mix absolutely free? All you’ll need is your email address and some knowledge about your country of residence (do you know where you live, Timmy?) and the track is all yours!

Click here for your free Coldplay goodness.

SmartCanucks Caption Challenge: Week 5

Other / Canada


We couldn’t be any deeper in hockey season right now, and what better way to denote this than with a caption contest? I know it looks like he’s in command of the situation, but that dude’s balance is about to DISAPPEAR.

And while I haven’t done so before, I think I’m going to kick things off with my own caption;

“Hey! That’s not a skate sharpener!!”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Read it FREE


Not so much a deal per se, but I’ve stumbled across a free online version of the original F Scott Fitzgerald short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Considering the film is such a hot topic amongst movie goers right now, I thought some of you might enjoy giving this one a quick read. I haven’t seen the film yet, but the story is wonderful. It definitely has me booking a date to get out to the movie theater.

The online text is part of a full online reprint of Tales of the Jazz Age, the collection in which Benjamin Button first appeared. If you liked the story, why not check out the others? You can find the Table of Contents for Tales of the Jazz Age here.

Chapters In-Store Sale: 30% off hardcovers, more


Chapters isn’t the only store still celebrating their post-Christmas clearance, but they are the only one who felt the need to tell me about it in my inbox this morning. This week, Chapters is offering 30% off all regular-priced hardcovers, 50% off calendars, and 50% of seasonal items. If you have iRewards, you can’t get a further discount on these items.

Really not that great a deal. Aren’t their hardcovers are usually on sale to begin with? The deal is in store only. Honestly — you’re going to do better shopping their online Boxing Week sale.

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