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November 28 2012

IKEA Comes To Winnipeg!

By Amanda Aikman

Today is a special day in Winnipeg. For those of you not from the home of the Golden Boy and Salisbury House, here's the scoop: IKEA Winnipeg opens today!

As a former Winnipegger, I know how monumental this occasion is (in some circles, anyway). Having spent my formative years in the city, including my first three apartments after leaving home, I am well aware of the envy with which Winnipeggers often viewed the nearest IKEA provinces of Alberta and Ontario. But those days are over, $12 side tables and paper lamps for all!

As a special welcome-to-IKEA gesture, IKEA Winnipeg will feature some Opening Day Offers today (November 28) including: Poang Armchair for $39 (was $79), Expedit Shelving Unit for $29.99 (was $49.99), and the Lack Side Table for $6.99 (was $9.99-$12.99). So rev up your Allen Keys and enjoy, Manitoba!


November 19 2012

Tag Us & Win This Black Friday Weekend!

By Jeff Chan

Calling All RedFlagDeals Shirt & Travel Mug Winners!

Starting Black Friday, November 23 through Cyber Monday, November 26, we'll be giving away $20 Tim Hortons gift cards to people who wear (with pride!) their limited edition t-shirts to the mall. This contest is also open to those who rock the travel mug too!

How Do You Enter?

  • 1. Take a picture of yourself wearing the RFD shirt or carrying the travel mug with you when you shop this Black Friday weekend.
  • 2. Upload the picture and tag RedFlagDeals on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, email it to

  • We'll be picking winners all weekend long and contacting them on Facebook and Twitter. Don't be shy! Photobomb midnight line-ups, pose with the cashiers, lay down next to all your shopping bags.

    Have you taken a look at our Black Friday Section? We have all the latest flyers from your favourite retailers including Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart, The Source, Dell & more!


    November 12 2012

    The Cost of Christmas (Shopping)

    By Amanda Aikman

    According to a recent Financial Post article, Canadians plan to spend an average of $1610 over the course of the upcoming holiday season. Of that $1610, $674 is the amount likely to be spent on gifts ($91 higher than last year’s average).

    Of course, we’re pretty sure that savvy shoppers can spend less than that, or at least get more for their $674! How do you stack up against the national average?


    Holiday Gift Spending

    Where does your gift-giving budget fit?

    This poll is now closed.

    This poll is now closed.

    • Sounds about right to me, sign me up for $674.
    • With my coupons and forum info? Pffft…I can come in at way, way less than that.
    • I’ve always been above average, why shouldn’t my gift budget be as well? Sorry credit cards, time to take one for the team!

    Based on 57 votes.


    November 06 2012

    Black Friday 2012 is Coming Soon!

    By Andrew Lau

    Black Friday isn't far off, and that means it's crunch time here at For those of you that aren't too familiar with it, Black Friday is the busiest American shopping day of the year (it's the Friday that follows Thanksgiving in the US). It's not exactly a long-running Canadian tradition, but it has skyrocketed in popularity north of the border in the past 5 years. You only have to look at the number of Black Friday deals we've covered year over year to see the growth:

    • 2011: 130+ deals
    • 2010: 54 deals
    • 2009: 33 deals
    • 2008: 15 deals
    • 2007: 2 deals

    In 2010 and 2011, we saw a big lift in the number of major Canadian retailers who participated. Big names, including Apple, Dell, Gap, Lululemon,, Newegg Canada, Roots, Walmart, La Senza, Aldo, Chapters, and Sears had Black Friday sales. There was also no shortage of media coverage last year. Our guess is that Black Friday 2012 is going to be an even bigger event.

    Mark your calendars.... Black Friday is November 23rd this year. We saw a lot of sales kick off earlier in the week last year (Wednesday and Thursday), so check in early and often to have a shot at the best Black Friday bargains.


    October 30 2012

    2012 Holiday Season Shipping Deadlines from Canada Post

    By Kate Musgrove

    It's the end of October which means that the holidays are a few months away -- and mailing deadlines might be right around the corner. To kick things off, Canada Post has released a list of Suggested Mailing Dates for cards and packages within Canada and around the world.

    Stay tuned for a list of shipping deadlines from retailers around Canada and the US -- so far, we've only seen an update from


    October 23 2012

    Aiming for Target (and Saying Goodbye to Zellers!)

    By Amanda Aikman

    I recently returned from a family vacation to Disneyland. Can you guess my favourite part? Here’s a hint…it wasn’t Space Mountain, the frozen bananas, or the photo op with Mickey. It was the Target run on the way home!

    I have been a Target junkie for years. Not everyone understands this addiction. I have friends who say they’ve never noticed anything special about the American retailer and that they don’t even bother to stop for soft pretzels and Target popcorn when they’re in the vicinity (blasphemy!). But for those of us who start twitching the moment we cross the border in anticipation of deals on housewares, candy, the latest Target/designer collaboration, and the occasional ridiculously affordable bottle of wine, the bulls-eye box store will always hold a special appeal.

    So naturally, when I first heard that Target was coming to Canada I was a little giddy. Even though it meant the passing of the iconic Canadian Zellers chain. I bought my first bike at Zellers. I worked at a Zellers restaurant briefly when I was in high school. Zeddy and his original home will always hold a nostalgic place in my heart. Speaking of Zeddy's home, you can follow his search for a new one, or apply to adopt him yourself, on Zellers' facebook page. And now, the closer Target gets (select stores are set to open this winter – you can keep up to date on your local store’s progress here), the more I wonder if/how it will compare to the cross-border Target-shopping experience.

    Will the prices be as low? Will the selection be as varied? Will the online shopping be as good as it is in the US? Will the popcorn be as blood pressure-raisingly salty? Will having a Target in walking distance cause it to lose its mystique/appeal? Who knows...but I’ll likely be there on opening day to find out!


    October 15 2012

    What's New: Telus Drops Activation Fees, Globe and Mail Launches Paywall + More

    By Kate Musgrove

    There's a whole lot going on in the Canadian business world. Here's a look at what's new:


    October 12 2012

    National Costume Swap Day is Sweeping the Nation!

    By Kate Musgrove

    If you're looking for a fun, frugal way to get new and exciting Halloween costumes for your kids (or yourself!) you'll definitely want to check out National Costume Swap Day! It's an initiative that started in the US a few years ago and is now starting to take root in Canada! It's just what it sounds like -- you bring your old, gently used costumes, dress-up clothes and accessories and leave with ones that are new-to-you.

    Check here to see if there's a swap in your area. If there's not, you could consider organizing one -- or you could ask around and see if any of your friends with kids are interested in an informal swap. If all else fails, check back here later in the month for some cheap or free costume ideas


    October 09 2012

    Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Templates

    By Kate Musgrove

    Fall is in the air, and with that comes fresh apple cider, costume contests and elaborately carved pumpkins! To help you out on that last point, we've complied a list with dozens (or maybe hundreds!) of free downloadable pumpkin carving templates. So whether you're looking for the perfect scary cat or the best Justin Beiber you can carve, read on!

    • Reader's Digest: 27 free stencils that range from simple to silly.
    • 18 kid-friendly stencils.
    • 12 templates, including Vampire Pac-Man.
    • 100 free templates plus some other templates available for a cost.
    • Better Homes and Gardens: 25 dog breed pumpkin stencil patterns and about a dozen for cats!
    • tons of templates -- and pumpkin seed recipes, too!
    • 13 celebrity pumpkin templates including Beiber, Ice-T and Susan Boyle.
    • several pumpkin templates and lots of other printable freebies.
    • if you have a Dremel tool, this site has twenty patterns to tackle.
    • Disney's For 2011, you'll find lots of new Disney character pumpkin templates to try.
    • has a great variety of interesting templates including Thor, Walking Dead Zombies, Stephen Colbert as well as characters from Harry Potter, Twilight, Star Trek, and more.
    • Unsurprisingly, has a huge selection of templates, pumpkin creature instructions, and more.
    • Better Homes & Gardens has some free stencils and pumpkin ideas, as well as carving tips.
    • There's always a good batch of geeky, funky, user submitted pumpkin templates here. You'll also find a good selection from 2009, from 2010 and 2011.
    • Here, you'll find some great looking Star Wars themed pumpkin stencils.
    • The CBC logo looks a bit odd in jack-o-lantern form, but there more standard templates that you might enjoy (and they look kid-friendly as well).
    • Nickelodeon site A good choice for kids with 10 free templates of Nickelodean characters like Dora the Explorer and Moose.
    • The History Channel: Not a bad variety of interesting beginner and advanced stencils... ever seen a Benjamin Franklin jackolantern?
    • You'll find 10 free patterns, some simple and some complicated.
    • over 25 traditional/conventional pumpkin stencils
    • 30 Pumpkin stencils, (10 each for easy, intermediate, and advanced)
    • You'll find 9 "Rock and Roll Heaven" pumpkin stencils with icons like Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis.
    • Over 20 traditional Halloween themed stencils available.
    • There's a variety of impressive (and challenging) looking patterns. Some geared towards kids as well.
    • has 28 cat-themed pumpkin stencils / jackolantern ideas.
    • has a few dozen basic templates for you to explore. Many are simple and kid-friendly.

    Have fun and practice safe carving!


    October 01 2012

    What's New: Top 100 Canadian Startups, Top 10,000 Most Common PINs and More

    By Kate Musgrove

    Here's a look at what's new, Canada: