26 Days till Christmas – Tim Horton’s 1990 Christmas Ad

Here’s a vintage 1990 Christmas ad  spot for Tim Horton’s back when commercials were not as cheesy, when Tim Horton’s chain was Canadian and when they used to sell Cakes!

Why doesn’t Timmies sell cakes anymore?


Is there a Canadian equivalent to Black Friday?

Ahh Black Friday.  The day that kicks off the holiday explosion of consumerism in the United States that follows their Thanksgiving.  Today in stores all over America there are people fighting tooth and nail to get in on deals that they’ll never see again.  But what about us Canadians?  We have to do our Christmas shopping too, so when’s our big sale day?

Boxing Day can offer up some fantastic deals, but that’s after the fact.  Mind you I’ve known more than a few people that put off gift giving in their family until the 27th for this very reason.

When do you think the best time to Black Friday quality deals in Canada is?

Canadian Flyers: This Week’s Best Deals (Nov 28 – Dec 4)

Thanks couponlady, Arch_Dandy & courtreporter for as usual posting this week’s flyer deals in the Canadian Shopping Deals Section

Reminder of useful links:

And here are this week’s flyer deals (Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2008):

The wonderful Smart Canucks forum members have been posting hot deals too:

You can also visit the Canadian Hot Deals Forum to keep track of other good deals.

Free Coffee at all Starbucks Locations in Ottawa Nov 28th 2-4pm

Starbucks Coffee

We are pleased to announce that on Friday November 28th, twenty-nine Starbucks coffee retail locations across Ottawa will be hosting their annual “Cheer Parties” to celebrate the holiday season with the community and to support United Way Centraide Ottawa’s 2008 community campaign in the final stretch.

During these two-hour in-store events, Starbucks will be offering a complimentary beverage and inviting customers to make a donation to United Way/Centraide Ottawa.

As friends of ours we invite you and your staff to stroll down to your local Starbucks for your afternoon coffee or beverage on Friday November 28th, 2008 between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 PM and catch some early Cheer with us and our friends at Starbucks!

Laura Secord Canada Coupon: 20% off Chocolate

Thanks Missy for emailing me this Laura Secord Canada coupon 😀
Laura Secord Canada Coupon English

A french coupon for a change… Alajen will like this 😀

Laura Secord Canada
  • Get 10% off purchases of $20 or less
  • Get 15% off purchases of $20 or more
  • Get 20% off purchases of $30 or more
  • Get 20% off  purchases of $40 or more and a free gift

Coupon expires Dec 24, 2008.

Click here to print the English version of this Laura Secord Canada coupon

Click here to pint the French version of this Laura Secord Canada coupon

Free Blockbuster Canada Movie Rental with Glade Purchase

Glade Blockbuster Canada Freebie

Enjoy the gift of a new release movie rental. Buy any specially marked Glade Holiday products in particiapting stores and get a Blockbuster Canada movie rental for free.

Click here for details on this Blockbuster Canada / Glade freebie

Canadian Blogs: spiffykerms

Canadian Blogs

Featured Blog: spiffykerms

Blogs are an interesting thing.  Sometimes they’re about a specific trend, topic or discussion.  Other times they’re about nothing at all.  While spiffykerms falls into that “nothing” category, it’s a delightful and refreshing read every day.

As a personal blog spiffykerms details the thoughts and experiences of it’s author in a way that everyone can enjoy.  I know nothing of the blog’s author save for what’s on the page, and yet I find everything she writes to be as interesting and entertaining as I would the conversations of a close friend.  If you want a fun read that’ll shake up your normal routine, make sure to give it a try!

Canadian Tire Flyer: Biggest 3-Day Christmas Sale

Canadian Tire Christmas Deals

Canadian Tire is having a huge 3 day sale on Friday, Saturday & Sunday November 28 – 30, 2008.

Mindseye of Dealcetera.com has a VERY detailed blog post about the deals so there’s no need for me to write this again.

Click here for Mindseye’s detailed Canadian Tire Christmas sale and deals post

Buy a Christmas tree from IKEA Canada for $20 & receive a $20 Coupon

IKEA Christmas Tree

Purchase a Balsam Fir Christmas tree for $20 and you’ll get a coupon for $20 off an IKEA purchase of $75 or more. The coupon you’ll get will be redeemable January 2 to March 1, 2009.

This promotion begins on November 29th, 2008.

Click here for more details on this Christmas tree promo

Canadian Freebies: Enfamil Kit including Free Product, Coupons & $75+ in Free Stuff

Enfamil Canada

I know I’ve posted this Enfamil freebie loads of times on the blog but it’s always good to remind new parents of this awesome freebie 😀

Join Enfamil Family Beginnings now and receive up to $75 in free gifts and offers. You will receive a free Enfamil kit that includes:

  • Enfamil samples (and in many cases a full sized product)
  • Fisher Price developmental toy information and offers
  • Up to $22 in coupons
  • Free nutritional and development information

Click here to order your free Enfamil freebies

27 Days till Christmas – Download big Artists Christmas Songs for Free (48 hours only)

Christmas Mp3s

Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the music business to create a one-of-a-kind holiday mix. You can download the Christmas mp3s for free 😀

To download the songs right click on the name and “Save Target As”

Click here for more details on this Christmas songs freebie from Oprah

SmartCanucks Caption Challenge: Week 3

Other / Canada

I’m going to try and not repeat themes too often, but after seeing this photo of Obama I couldn’t resist.  Besides, at 40 captions and counting on our first post it seems like everyone here at SmartCanucks is eager to put words in the mouths of US politicians.

So what say you?  Who’s the real Superman in this picture?

Canadian Tire Free Christmas Countdown Calendar Coupons: $100+ in Savings

Thanks columbiathorndale for posting about the Canadian Tire Christmas Countdown Coupons on the Canadian Shopping Deals and Flyers section.

Canadian Tire’s  Free Christmas Countdown Calendar will be available from Friday November 28th, till  Sunday November 30th, 2008.

Last year they had awesome coupons:

  • Free Holiday CD with songs from artists including Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall, and the Barenaked Ladies – Vol. 1 Nov. 28-30, Vol. 2 Dec. 13-14
  • Save $5 on any $20 purchase – Dec. 3-7
  • Save $10 on any $50 purchase at Mark’s Work Warehouse – Dec. 2-31 and Dec. 16 – Jan. 15
  • Save $5 on any Christmas Decor in the Seasonal Dept. (Min. $10 purchase) – Dec. 3-7
  • Bravetti Digital Kettle only $44.99 – Dec. 4-7
  • Automotive Creeper only $9.99 – Dec. 5-7
  • Free 3-pack of Ferrero Rocher with min 20L gas purchase at Gas Bar – Dec. 8-12 and Dec. 22-26
  • Save $5 on any Hardware power tool item (Min. $10 purchase) – Dec. 9-14
  • Save $5 on any small electric kitchen appliance (Min. $10 purchase) – Dec. 10-14
  • Tonka Tough toy only $9.99 – Dec. 11-14
  • Memorex iPod Docking Station only $69.99 – Dec. 12-14
  • Save $5 on any Home Electronics Device (Min. $10 purchase) – Dec. 16-21
  • Save $5 on any Children’s Toy (Min. $10 purchase, product numbers starting with 50-XXX) – Dec. 17-21
  • Kitchen Aid Cookset only $149.99 – Dec. 18-21
  • Mastercraft pliers set only $8.99 – Dec. 19-21

If someone gets the 2008 calendar please let us know what coupons are on there 😀

Goodbye Dominion A&P & Loeb, Welcome Metro

Other / Canada

Metro Canada Grocery

Some of you might have heard about this already. Metro Inc. will start changing most of its grocery stores’ names to Metro to help make it easier and more economical for them to brand and market the stores. Once the transformation is complete by the end of 2009 Metro will become the most common supermarket name in Canada, boasting 376 stores in Quebec and Ontario. The only banner not included in the change is Food Basics, which competes in the discount food segment of the grocery market.

To Quebecers that’s good news since they’ve always had Metro grocery stores  (which I find are ridiculously overpriced – but that applies to all grocery stores in Quebec). It will be nice for Quebecers to see Quebec’s grocery store brand spread all across Ontario.

I personally have mixed feelings about this. Although they’re now owned by Metro Inc, A&P grocery stores have been around for almost a century and were operated by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. On August 15, 2005, A&P sold A&P Canada and Food Basics Canada to Metro Inc. of Quebec. I guess Metro waited for a few years before going with the name change to avoid getting too much attention to the handover. It’s just sad seeing another well known and historic name in Ontario vanish. A&P, although originally American, did leave its finger prints in Canada. On the other hand, I find current A&P and Dominion stores are pricier than Loblaws. The stores also seem to have an infamous reputation so it’s nice seeing some fresh blood and change. I just hope the change doesn’t mean crummy cramped aisles and ugly store designs like the Metros currently in Quebec.

Why do I bring this up today? Well Metro Inc. has started changing the name of grocery stores from Dominion to Metro in Toronto and probably other Ontario cities too.

Hamster On A Piano

Other / Canada

Came across this video on Ted Avery’s website. I can’t stop watching it! Thanks Ted for wasting my next hour watching this 😀


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