Canadian Freebies: General Mills Cereals Free Books (Bite Into Books)

General Mills Canada Free Magical Bookcase

Saw this on TV today:

Purchase General Mills’ cereals and use the secret code inside to get one of many free books. The books gets mailed to you free of charge (no shipping fees :-)). You can also buy several cereal boxes and get more than one free book. Find more details on this promotion in General Mills’ BiteIntoBooks website here. The website is very interesting and the intro reminds me of Harry Potter. Here is a list of the books they’re offering for free:

Children’s Books:

1. Nancy Drew: Without a Trace
2. Meet Casey Jones
3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
4. Zin! Zin! Zin!: a Violin
5. The Hardy Boys
6. Micawber
7. I’m a Manatee
8. Marsupial Sue
9. Go to School, Charlie Brown
10. Clorinda

Children Cereals

Adult’s Books:
1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
2. A Lithgow Palooza! by John Lithgow
3. Nighttime is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
5. Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey Penick (Golf tips)
6. Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean by Linda Cobb
7. Deception Point by Dan Brown
8. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
9. Larousse French-English, English-French Dictionary
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Adult Cereals

More info in the General Mills’ Bite Into Books website here

My Reply to the Canadian National Exhibition CNE 2006

This is a follow-up of the letter I got from J. the Corporate/Group Sales Administrator at the Canadian National Exhibition, CNE 2006.

I replied back to J today:

Hello J,

Thanks for your email regarding the removal of the CNE logo and corporate code information from I will do as you have requested.

I was very disappointed to know about your decision. I understand that this code information is intended for Corporate/Group tickets only. However there’s a huge online deals community that has, by no shadow of a doubt, helped promote the Canadian National Exhibition and provide priceless word of mouth marketing that I can guarantee you had an effect on CNE’s success. I therefore suggest that you create a special code for our deals community that we and other deals communities out there can use. Maybe something like SmartCanucks2006CNE of SC2006CNE. Please do not underestimate the value of online marketing and how it can have a positive (or negative) effect on CNE.

As for the logo, I removed it as requested but I don’t understand why you’d want such a thing? I was promoting your exhibition and my post got loads of views everyday. When people google CNE 2006 my blog shows up before the official website! I never claimed this logo was mine nor did I present it in an ugly way. My post was clean and tidy and it encouraged Canadians to visit the CNE.

I hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to getting our own code. Please note that all emails to and from you will be posted on my blog for readers (but just with your initials).

Boo Radley

I got a Letter from the Canadian National Exhibition :-(

I was checking my email now when I found an email from J.B. (I won’t write her name to protect her privacy) the Corporate/Group Sales Administrator at the Canadian National Exhibition asking me in a very polite manner to remove the post I had on the Canadian National Exhibition reduced ticket prices and also remove the CNE logo.

Here’s the letter:

Dear “Boo Radley”:

Kindly remove the CNE logo and corporate code information from your website as the use of these items is unauthorized.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

J. B.
Corporate/Group Sales Administrator
Canadian National Exhibition

I understand the code I posted is especially for corporate customers so I will remove it today as she requested.

What I don’t comprehend, is why J.B.’s asking me to remove the Canadian National Exhibition logo? 🙁 . This is an exhibition all of us Canadian are proud of… why can’t we get to promote it and spread the word? The CNE logo I posted had CNE’s date and website address. This logo did nothing more than promote and provide some sort of free advertising for the CNE. How would removing it help CNE?

When I posted about the Canadian National Exhibition I was very thrilled (you’ll notice I added two smiley faces which I don’t often do). I’m disappointed that this exhibition has turned from something all Canadians pride and cherish to yet another commercial production. I will remove the logo and I don’t care about the CNE anymore.

and J.B. if you read this (and you probably will), let me give you some advice before you contact someone else:

– I suggest you don’t use your email address because there is no way of verifying whether you really work at the CNE. Use a

– Your email was short and to the point but a word of motivation thanking the blogger for promoting the CNE for nothing in return but goodwill would have been nice.

– It looks like several websites out there have the CNE logo so you better start emailing them to have all logos removed before CNE 2007. Some are as old as 2004.

Cutest Baby Contest… details


Do you have a son, daughter, sibling, nephew, niece, cousin or friend, born in 2006, 2005 or 2004? If you do, they could win SmartCanucks’s Cutest Baby Contest and receive a FREE gift!

Here’s what you need:

– Your forum username (you can register if you don’t have one)
– Baby name or nickname or initials (full name is not required for privacy etc)

– Gender

– Month and year of birth

– Relationship to user

– Photo of baby holding a Canadian flag. This is to reduce the number of invalid entries. Any type of flag will do the job (even a computer printed one!)

Send this information to rah at smartcanucks dot ca

Post your baby’s photo in the Cutest Baby Contest Thread here.

Last date to send post your baby’s photo is the 30th September.

After that, there will be a poll where all members vote for who they think is SmartCanuck’s Cutest Baby 🙂 The winner will also receive a free gift.

You could also check the forum – chit chat – for any questions/discussions on the contest and feel free to e-mail me!

12 universities withdraw from Maclean’s ranking

Canadian Deals & Coupons

The 12 universities are:

Dalhousie, McMaster, Simon Fraser, Alberta, UBC, Calgary, Lethbridge, Manitoba, Universite de Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Queen’s.

Last week they were 11 universities but on the 23rd of August Queen’s decided to withdraw too. Good for them! I’m glad they did that!

Here’s the letter sent by the first 11 universities to Maclean’s:

The 2005 University Rankings:

Price Chopper Canada Grocery Flyer

Price Chopper Canada

Apparently I got many visitors looking for the Price Chopper flyer because ranked high when you googled for Price Chopper flyer or Price Chopper Flyer Canada

Since I got many requests for the Price Chopper flyer to be added to my flyer list I contacted Price Chopper today. They said they’ll discuss it and contact me back. I’ll keep you updated and hopefully I’ll have every week’s flyer on for Price Chopper customers 🙂


You can now read the Price Chopper flyer here

Cute Free Printable Lunch Box Jokes from Kraft Canada

Here are some adorable printable jokes and encouragement notes that you can slip into your kids’ lunch box for fun!

I love this idea 🙂

You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these jokes. Get the jokes here.

Canadian Lunch Box Fun!

Free Stuff: Florida State Parks Guide

Florida Lighthouse

Traveling to Florida anytime soon? Get a free copy of the Florida State Parks Guide.

Get your Florida State Parks Guide here

Discounted Paramount Canada’s Wonderland Day Passes

Canada Fun Fair

Go to Paramount Canada’s Wonderland corporate partners website here.

In the “company ID” enter:

company ID: Rogers
$33.68  (7-59 years of age)
$29.72 (ages 3-6; 60+)

company ID: ASME2006
$35.66 (7-59 years of age)
$29.72 (ages 3-6; 60+)

company ID: SYMCOR
September 10th (a Sunday) ticket

company ID: FR903
September 3, 2006 (Wonderland Chinese Day) ticket for

company ID: LCALUMNI
$35.66 (7-59 years of age)
$29.72 (ages 3-6; 60+)

Shoppers Drug Mart Friends and Family 20x Secret Points Event

Shoppers Drug Mart Family and Friends

Yes, Shoppers Drug Mart’s Friends and Family crazy 20x secret points event is back. Although I wouldn’t call it a “secret” anymore this is still one superb event 🙂

On September 1st, spend $50 or more at Shoppers and receive 20x the points. You can also invite family and friends and earn more rewards.

You can use this event to get a good deal on Apple iPods. You can find more details about buying an iPod on that day in my old 20x event post here.

More details and registration on Shoppers Drug Mart’s website here.

Don’t Buy a New PC Now… Wait for Intel Core 2 Duo

Tips & Tricks

Intel RevolutionIf you’re thinking of buying a new PC I very very strongly urge you to wait for about one and a half months when most desktops ship with Intel’s new Core 2 Duo Processors (replaces Intel Pentiums). The Core 2 Duo processors received loads of positive reviews from IT professionals all around the world. Without getting into any computer jargon, new PCs using this Intel Core 2 processor will work significantly faster, quieter and consume less energy.

Here are some reviews:

Wikipedia, Techspot, Cnet

Dell and other computer companies aren’t selling PCs with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors yet but they will very soon. The Dell Dimension 9200 as well as a whole bunch of other models which have Core 2 Duo should be out soon.

Canadian Deals: Best Buy Discount Dorm Sale

Best Buy Canada Back to School

Thanks Mike C. and ceci for letting me know about Best Buy’s Back To School Discount Dorm Sale 🙂

I had a quick scan through their products and I found good deals but nothing stunning. I’ll have another look tonight.

Check out the Best Buy Discounted Dorm products here.

Free Canadian Samples: o.b. Tampons Trial Pack (with case)

Say goodbye to big
Ladies, get a free trial pack of o.b. tampons as well as one of these colourful cases I guess?

Get your O.B trial pack here.

Canadian Freebies: “Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer” CD

Breast Cancer Risks

Get a free cd from Vassar College that discusses risks and evidence suggesting role of the environmental factors in breast cancer. It also discusses how reproductive history, inherited factors, and lifestyle can increase or decrease the risk of Breast Cancer.

Only if it will be of use to you, get the free “Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer” CD here.

Canadian Flyers: Sobeys Spring Water

In this week’s Sobeys Ontario Flyer the Sobeys Spring Water – 35x500ml – is on sale for $3.49 (limit 3 per person).

Sobeys Weekly Flyer

Read the full Sobeys flyer here

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