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UNIQLO to Open a Burnaby, British Columbia Location in Fall 2017

UNIQLO to Open a Burnaby, British Columbia Location in Fall 2017

By Ambia Staley

If you're living on the west coast and a fan of the popular Japanese brand UNIQLO, you'll be happy to hear that the retailer has recently announced plans to open up their next store location in Burnaby's Metrotown sometime in fall 2017!

In a statement regarding the upcoming British Columbia expansion, Yasuhiro Hayashi, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Canada said, "We are extremely excited to share UNIQLO with the people of Vancouver and surrounding areas and introduce them to how our high quality, comfortable and functional clothing can help improve their everyday lives."

Concept art of the upcoming Burnaby location.

The new location, expected to occupy the former Home Outfitters space, will cover 2 floors and measure a total of 20,630 square feet. The store will carry all of UNIQLO's core items for men, women, kids, and babies. You can also expect to see popular collections such as AIRism, HEATTECH, Ultra Light Down, and more.

UNIQLO currently has approximately 1,800 locations worldwide, with 2 Canadian locations in Toronto's Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Are you excited for the new UNIQLO location? Let us know in the comments! And while you're waiting for the new location to open, check out our experience visiting the first Canadian UNIQLO opening last fall in Toronto!

Meet Canada’s New $10.00 Bill

Meet Canada’s New $10.00 Bill

By Simon Hung

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year and the Bank of Canada is celebrating by releasing a brand new $10.00 bill.

The commemorative banknote will begin circulation starting June 1 and is not replacing the other new $10.00 bill featuring Viola Desmond that will begin circulation in 2018. Instead, the commemorative note will be a limited-run item and there will only be 40 million of them issued -- one available for every Canadian.

This new commemorative $10.00 bill will be available on June 1.

It's only the fourth time that the Bank of Canada has issued a commemorative banknote and they've made a very impressive website to showcase the new bill (while you're there, enter the Konami Code -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A -- for a fun Easter egg), with detailed descriptions of design elements and security features integrated into the bill.

Our History

The new note features portraits of four important figures in Canadian history and marks first time that four portraits have been printed on a Canadian banknote. The portraits include Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister; Sir George-Étienne Cartier, an architect of Canadian federalism; Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons and James Gladstone (Akay-na-muka), Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin.

Four portraits are featured on the new commemorative $10.00 bill.

Other design cues that commemorate Canadian history include dates when provinces and territories entered Confederation, an arch from inside the Memorial Chamber and the Hall of Honour inside Parliament Hill. For security, raised ink is used for each portrait, metallic ink is used for Confederation dates and the Memorial Arch shifts from blue to green depending on how you tilt the bill.

Our Land

Canada has the second largest land mass in the world, so it’s no surprise that the back of new bill is devoted to our diverse landscape, featuring the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, the Prairies in Saskatchewan, the Kipawa River in Parc national d’Opémican in Quebec, Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador and the northern lights above Wood Buffalo National Park.

Signature Canadian landscapes are featured on the back of the bill.

Each landscape, except for the northern lights, is printed with raised ink.

Our Culture

Cultural diversity is a hallmark of Canadian history and the new note includes several design elements to recognize the importance of Canadian culture, including an Assomption sash pattern to recognize the cultural symbol of the Métis people, Owl's Bouquet artwork by acclaimed Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, 13 maple leaves linked by their stems to represent each province and territory, the Canadian flag and the Coat of Arms.

The Canadian flag, Coat of Arms and Inuit artwork are featured on the transparent window.

The Owl’s Bouquet, national flag and Coat of Arms are printed metallically on the transparent window and change colour depending on how you tilt the bill, while some of the maple leaves along the bottom of the window create a 3D illusion.

Visit your financial institution on or after June 1 if you want to get your hands on this new banknote. Plus, be on the lookout for a complete refresh of all of Canada's banknotes in the coming years -- following the new $10.00 bill releasing in 2018, the Bank of Canada plans to release a new $5.00 note, followed by new $20.00, $50.00 and $100.00 notes every two-to-three years after that.

Payless ShoeSource Files for Bankruptcy in the US, Plans to Close Nearly 400 Stores

Payless ShoeSource Files for Bankruptcy in the US, Plans to Close Nearly 400 Stores

By Ambia Staley

Discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource is the latest retail chain in trouble, as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. on April 4.

Following the filing, the Kansas-based retailer announced immediate plans to close nearly 400 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in an effort to reorganize. The company has also reached agreements with many of its top lenders, who will provide up to $385 million in debtor-in-possession financing, which will allow the company to continue business during the bankruptcy process.

Payless CEO Paul Jones said in a statement about the filing, "This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail environment, which will only intensify."

This is not the first sign of trouble for the retailer, who operates 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries. In 2004 hundreds of stores were closed in an attempt at restructuring, and in 2012, Payless' former parent company was bought out and control of Payless was split between Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital. Trouble was also seen as recently as December 2016, when Payless shuttered all 132 of its Australian locations with a loss of over 700 jobs.

Following the latest store closures, Payless has plans to "aggressively manage" their remaining portfolio, but will also be looking to expand more in international markets, including Latin America.

Currently, there are no announcements regarding Canadian Payless closures. You can view the full list of confirmed store closures online.

Why do you think Payless ShoeSource is struggling in today's retail market? Do you think Canadian Payless locations could be next on the chopping block? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Costco Opens First Business Centre Location in Canada

Costco Opens First Business Centre Location in Canada

By Simon Hung

Costco opened a new store in Canada this past week, but it’s a format that may be unfamiliar to regular Costco shoppers.

Costco Business Centre -- located at 50 Thermos Road in Scarborough, ON -- is the first Business Centre location to open in Canada and caters to small business owners. Costco hopes the format is popular with their business clientele and aims to open more Business Centres in major cities within the next five years.

All Costco members are welcome to shop, but don’t expect to find your regular assortment of Costco merchandise like apparel or toys, because up to 90% of the products stocked in Costco Business Centres are not available at traditional Costco stores. Instead, these stores cater heavily towards the food service industry and some products include restaurant supplies, food and meat in bulk volumes and commercial-grade appliances.

Utensils, cookware and other cooking supplies are available for individual purchase.

RFD forum member markopas visited the store during its grand opening and uploaded approximately 150 photographs in our Shopping Discussion forum. The restaurant theme was evident, as many food products were sold in large volumes that would be impractical for ordinary consumer use.

We’ve included some of the more interesting finds in the store to help give you an idea of what’s available.

Some might argue a 3kg tub of Nutella isn't quite enough for their needs.

This 208L barrel of olive oil is available for $999.99. (via BNN.ca)

Various meats (including whole lambs) are available by the case. (via StyleDemocracy.com)

Many candies and snacks are available by the case.

Umm, okay. (via BNN.ca)

Costco Business Centre is open from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM from Monday to Friday and 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Saturday (the store is closed on Sunday).

Those in the Greater Toronto Area can also shop online for products including groceries and office supplies. Online pricing includes a small markup compared to in-store prices to cover delivery and no minimum order is required. However, note that deliveries can only be made to business addresses that meet Costco's delivery requirements.

April 2017 Video Game Release Dates

April 2017 Video Game Release Dates

By Ambia Staley

Spring is on the way, and if you're looking for something to keep you occupied during some of the rainy days ahead, then you'll be happy to know that April 2017 has another huge list of video game titles hitting store shelves! Some highly anticipated titles coming out this month include Persona 5 for PlayStation 3 and 4, Dragon Quest Heroes II for PlayStation 4, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a port of the popular Wii U game, for the Switch.

If you're behind on past releases, be sure to check out video game releases from January, February and March, on RegFlagDeals.com.

It's time to get your controllers, keyboards, and smartphones ready -- here's a look at what's coming out this April:

  • Domina (PC) - April 3
  • Drawn to Death (PS4) - April 4
  • LEGO City Undercover (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC) - April 4
  • Persona 5 (PS3/PS4) - April 4
  • Paradigm (PC/Mac) - April 5
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - April 7
  • Don't Think Twice (Oculus Rift/HTC Vive) - April 7
  • The Sexy Brutale (PS4/ Xbox One/PC) - April 11
  • StarBlood Arena (PS VR) - April 11
  • Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4/Xbox One) - April 11
  • Yooka-Laylee (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac) - April 11
  • Calm Waters (PC/Mac) - April 13
  • Imitation Crime (PC) - April 15
  • Full Throttle Remastered (PS4/Vita/PC) - April 18
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode 1 (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac/Android/iOS) - April 18
  • The Silver Case (PS4) - April 18
  • Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) - April 25
  • Outlast 2 (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - April 25
  • Pinstripe (PC) - April 25
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS4/Switch) - April 25
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - April 25
  • Syberia III (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac/Android/iOS) - April 25
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4/PC) - April 25
  • Expeditions: Vikings (PC) - April 27
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PC) - April 27
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC) - April 27
  • Constructor HD (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC) - April 28
  • Little Nightmares (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - April 28
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) - April 28

Release Dates TBA

  • Don't Knock Twice (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

Note that video game release dates may change due to various reasons, but we'll try to keep this list updated as news becomes available.

Are there any games you're looking forward to this April? Let us know in the comments!

Dollarama to Open More Stores and Begin Accepting Credit Cards at All Locations

Dollarama to Open More Stores and Begin Accepting Credit Cards at All Locations

By Simon Hung

Bargain shopping is alive and well in Canada, because Dollarama has announced a long-term target of operating 1,700 stores in Canada within the next 10 years.

In a press release issued on March 30th, the popular dollar store chain spoke at length about their financial success this past fiscal year, with an 11.8% increase in sales over the previous year. As a result, the company plans to expand the number of stores in Canada to 1,700 within the next decade -- a 300 store increase from their previous projection of 1,400. Dollarama currently operates over 1,000 stores across Canada and opened 65 new stores this past year.

Dollarama sells products at nine different price-points, ranging from $1.00 to $4.00.

Perhaps the most important tidbit from this press release was the announcement that credit cards will finally be accepted at all Dollarama locations. Currently, most Dollarama stores only accept cash or debit as payment, with the exception of select stores in Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick, which were part of a credit card pilot program launched in 2016. The move is expected to occur during the second quarter of Dollarama’s 2018 fiscal year, which would place it sometime in May to July of this year.

In 2016, the chain increased their maximum price threshold to $4.00 and then-CEO Larry Rossy reiterated the company's commitment to offering high-quality products instead of low-quality alternatives. With their aggressive expansion and appeal to all income brackets, it’ll be interesting to see how Dollarama’s products and prices change with their growth.

Other less exciting news from this press release included the announcement of a new warehouse facility to be built in Montreal along with additional revenue figures from this past fiscal year.

During a time where we’ve seen store after store after store close their doors, it’s encouraging to see Dollarama do the opposite. Everyone loves a good bargain and Dollarama is one of RFD’s favourite stores, as you can find hidden gems including brand-name headphones, doodads from infomercials, LEGO Dimensions figures and the infamous $1.25 pregnancy test.

Purolator Stops Accepting Shipments Amidst Possible Strike

Purolator Stops Accepting Shipments Amidst Possible Strike

By Simon Hung

March 29 update: a strike has been averted, as a tentative deal has been reached between Purolator and Teamsters Canada. The agreement needs to be ratified by Teamsters Canada, but Purolator is accepting packages again and operating normally.

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In a precautionary move, Purolator has stopped accepting shipments for deliveries due to a possible strike by their largest union, Teamsters Canada.

The union, which includes 8,162 Purolator employees, rejected Purolator’s most recent offer during labour negotiations and issued a 72-hour notice of strike action on Sunday, March 26. If a deal is not reached between the two parties, a strike would begin on Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30 PM EST.

Purolator has stated that they will make efforts to ensure shipments currently in their network are delivered, but there may be delays and no new packages will be accepted until the labour dispute is resolved. As a result, take note of any stores that ship orders using Purolator when shopping online, as there is a chance that your order may be delayed. If possible, choose an alternate courier to deliver your orders.

There is a possibility that the labour dispute will be resolved before a strike, as a mediator has brought both sides back to the bargaining table on Tuesday, March 28 in an effort to avert a strike. To keep track of the negotiations and find updates about the possible strike, visit the Purolator website or follow Teamsters Canada on Twitter.

RFD Quick Tip: How to Check Your Eligible Canadian Tax Credits

RFD Quick Tip: How to Check Your Eligible Canadian Tax Credits

By Simon Hung

There are nearly 100 federal tax credits and dozens of provincial tax credits available in Canada, but it can be difficult to pinpoint which ones you can claim, especially if you’re doing your own taxes.

Enter Sherpa.Tax, an online tool that promises to help you easily find your eligible tax credits. Launched in 2016 by Canadian entrepreneur Omeed Asadi, the tool has been featured by news outlets including CBC and generates a list of credits that you’re entitled to after completing a short survey.

Use Sherpa.Tax to find out which government credits you can claim on your tax return.

The service is free and the survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes on desktop or mobile browsers. You do not need to enter any sensitive personal data -- you only need to specify information such as age, employment and property status in the questionnaire.

This year, the tool has expanded to cover 90% of Canada’s population and according to Asadi, over 50% of users became aware of a credit they didn't know they were eligible for after using the tool.

Since Sherpa.Tax isn’t associated with the Government of Canada or the CRA, be sure to double-check your results on the CRA website (Ontario residents can use the Ontario Tax Credit Calculator) for more detailed descriptions and eligibility requirements. While Sherpa.Tax is a useful tool for Canadians to skip the jargon found on the Government of Canada website, the results you receive should be used as guidance rather than a definitive list.

The deadline to file your 2016 taxes is Monday, May 1, 2017. Don’t know where to start? Be sure to take a look at our roundup of free tax software to find the best software to make filing your income taxes easy.

What's New at McDonald's in 2017 -- Mobile Order & Pay and Delivery!

What's New at McDonald's in 2017 -- Mobile Order & Pay and Delivery!

By Thomas Kenzaki

McDonald's is one of the largest and well known quick service restaurants around. In recent years a lot of competition in this space has sparked the need for innovation and change. Recently McDonald's has added digital coupons through their mobile app, all-day breakfast and digital ordering kiosks where you can order your own food including custom build-your-own burgers (triple patty, double bacon, Sriracha & avocado burgers anyone?).

Even with all those changes in place they're still looking to do more. In addition to continuing to improve their food offerings, McDonald's is also looking for more ways to bring in new customers and improve the overall customer experience and satisfaction. Earlier today we heard about their trademark sauces hitting the grocery store shelves and a recent press release from the company shed light on a few more upcoming projects that we can expect to see soon.

Mobile Order & Pay

This is not a brand new concept as Starbucks is already offering it and Tim Hortons is currently testing it out in select markets. What this does is it allows you to order and pay for your food via a mobile app on your smartphone. You then just show up at the pickup location you selected and grab your food. It works for drive thru customers too in which case you'd just drive right up to the pickup window. This not only saves you time but also means you don't have to interact with anyone unless you really want to. I don't know about you but I definitely get tired of repeating my order 3 times into the speaker and then driving away with an order that doesn't even resemble what I asked for. The order accuracy benefits alone would be amazing!

Delivery

For those of you who don't even want to put on pants to go out and get your food, this is for you. According to McDonald's 75% of the population lives within three miles of one of their locations in it's top 5 global markets. This creates a huge opportunity to capitalize on those people who want McDonald's but would instead order pizza or another delivery option because they were too lazy to go out. In select areas in the US you can already try this out. I was recently in Orlando and delivery from McDonald's was available via the UberEATS app. There was a $5 delivery fee with no limit on how little or much you had to order. There's no word on if McDonald's Canada will be handling delivery themselves or using a 3rd party delivery service such as UberEATS when they launch here.

Hopefully we won't have to wait too long before we see both of these new services arrive here in Canada. We expect Order & Pay to arrive first with delivery starting sometime after that. Are you excited about the launch of these new services here in Canada? Let us know in the comments below.

McDonald’s Bringing Signature Sauces to Grocery Stores This Spring

McDonald’s Bringing Signature Sauces to Grocery Stores This Spring

By Simon Hung

The Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken are three of McDonald’s most popular sandwiches and it’ll soon be easier for you to make your own versions at home, because the restaurant has announced plans to bring their signature sauces to Canadian grocery stores this spring!

Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken sauces will be available at launch. (via Foodology.ca)

The restaurant has partnered with Kraft Heinz to bring three sauces to grocery store shelves later this year -- Big Mac Sandwich Sauce, Filet-O-Fish Tartar Sauce and McChicken Mayonnaise Style Sauce. They will come in 355mL bottles and according to a company rep, will taste identical to the sauces used in restaurants.

No additional information was given about specific release dates, but the company will be announcing further details in the coming weeks. However, it’s fair to speculate that the sauces will be available wherever you can find Heinz products and they do not appear to be a limited-run product.

Reactions ranged from 'excited' to 'weird-but-understandable' after the announcement.

Reception has been very positive since the announcement, with hundreds of responses on Twitter and Facebook praising the company for making what appears to be a very popular product -- anyone who has attempted to replicate the sauces at home will know that homemade versions just aren’t the same.

Let us know if you’re looking forward to making your own Big Macs at home and if you’ll be stocking up on these sauces once they’re in stores!

Apple Introduces New iPad and Special Edition iPhone 7

Apple Introduces New iPad and Special Edition iPhone 7

By Simon Hung

Apple quietly updated their product lineup today and unveiled some new products including a brand-new 9.7” iPad, a special edition iPhone 7/7 Plus and made storage configuration updates to some other products.

Breaking from tradition, Apple made the new product announcements via press release instead of a keynote address. All of the new products are viewable now at the Apple Store and we have everything you need to know about Apple’s shiny new gadgets.

iPad

Apple finally introduced a successor to the three-year-old iPad Air 2 with a brand-new seventh-generation model, simply named iPad. The design is identical to the previous generation, but it is slightly thicker and heavier, coming in at just over one pound.

The new iPad is priced lower than the previous generation and starts at $449.00.

The new iPad is more powerful and includes an Apple A9 processor (the same processor found in the iPhone 6s) along with a brighter 9.7" Retina display. Otherwise, it keeps the same set of specs from the previous generation, including an 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, two speakers, Touch ID, 802.11AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Most notably, the starting price has been lowered -- the new iPad starts at $449.00 (previously $499.00) and is available in Space Grey, Silver or Gold with 32GB or 128GB capacities and Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity options. Apple will begin taking orders at 8:01 AM PST (11:01 AM EST) on March 24.

iPhone

New special edition iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models were also unveiled, which feature a vibrant red exterior to support (PRODUCT)RED. Apple has partnered with (RED) for 10 years and donates a portion of all (PRODUCT)RED sales to help to support HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus special editions come with a red exterior and white front bezel.

The new phones are functionally identical to the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus -- same design, same display, same cameras, same processor, same accessories, same lack of a headphone jack.

The special edition iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are only available in 128GB or 256GB capacities and priced the same as the standard colours, starting at $1029.00 for the iPhone 7 and $1179.00 for the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple will begin taking orders at 8:01 AM PST (11:01 AM EST) on March 24.

Other Changes

  • iPad mini 4 is now only available in a 128GB capacity and saw a price cut, as it now starts at $549.00 (previously $599.00) with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity options
  • iPhone SE had its storage capacities doubled and is now available in 32GB and 128GB capacities (previously 16GB and 64GB) with no price changes
  • New Apple Watch Bands are available, with new colours for the Sport, Woven Nylon, Leather and Hermès Leather Bands. Nike Sport Bands are also available as a standalone accessory for the first time
  • New iPad Smart Covers are available for the new iPad in five colours
  • New Silicone and Leather Cases are available for the iPhone SE, 7 and 7 Plus, with new colours including Azure, Taupe, Sapphire and more
  • Clips, a new video creation app for iOS, was introduced. The app lets you easily create short video clips with overlays including filters, emoji, text and music, which you can then upload onto various social media platforms

With the new iPad announcement, now is the ideal time for shoppers to buy one if you've been looking to buy an iPad. On the other hand, if you've purchased an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4 recently, it may be worthwhile to see if you can return it or get a refund, since the new products are priced less than before.

Finally, be on the lookout for older generation products to receive a price cut at retailers including Best Buy, Staples and Walmart, as they'll likely try to get rid of excess inventory.

10 Awesome The Legend of Zelda Collectables Worth Owning (Besides the Games)

10 Awesome The Legend of Zelda Collectables Worth Owning (Besides the Games)

By Ambia Staley

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been out for two weeks now, and if you've just finished it, or are still in the midst of exploring Hyrule, you may be looking to get you hands on all things Zelda related.

Luckily, with a game series as popular and long-lived as The Legend of Zelda -- the series celebrated its 31st anniversary this February -- there are a plethora of items you can add to your collection! So gather up your rupees and take a look below at our list of 10 The Legend of Zelda items worth owning (besides the games)!

10. The Legend of Zelda Triforce Journal ($31.99 at Best Buy)

Use this fancy book to write down your feelings on being called Zelda for the past 31 years.

Whether you want to write new tunes, doodle pictures of the princess, or record the location of all 900 Korok seeds, having this journal on hand will come in handy for variety of day-to-day uses.

9. The Legend of Zelda Triforce Lamp ($35.99 US on ThinkGeek)

Why split the pieces with Zelda and Ganon, when you can keep the entire Triforce to yourself?

Keep goddesses' treasure safe in the comfort of your home (or on your desk at work as one of our editors does)! This lamp is more fun than functional, as it's not very bright, but when powered with batteries or a USB power cord, the lamp emits a golden light, and even has cutouts on the side that will project the Hylian crest onto the nearest wall.

8. The Legend of Zelda Board Games (The Legend of Zelda Chess Set$84.38 on Amazon or The Legend of Zelda Monopoly $43.98 at Best Buy)

Pass Go and collect all the rupees -- no pot smashing required.

If you're a board game aficionado, you'll want to grab the Zelda-editions of some of your favourites! You can find Zelda versions of popular games like Monopoly and Yahtzee, or you can spend a little more and pick up a fancy collector's edition Zelda-themed chess set.

7. The Legend of Zelda Posters/Wall Decals (The Legend of Zelda Stained Glass Wall Decal $19.99 US on ThinkGeek)

So fancy, friends will think you paid a few silver rupees.

If you want to have walls with fancier art than the Louvre, you can pick up The Legend of Zelda posters and wall decals from a just about every Legend of Zelda game. If you're worried about your home looking a little childish with a giant picture of a cartoon Link plastered on your wall, you can also pick up more subtle posters featuring a map of Hryule, or the story of the hero.

6. The Legend of Zelda-themed Jewellery (Stainless Steel Navi Necklace $46.03 on Amazon)

Hey! Listen! There are tons of Zelda-related jewellery pieces out there.

If you want to accessorize, there are plenty of options available for The Legend of Zelda fans. Ranging anywhere from $5.00 to over $100.00, you can find stylish necklaces, charm bracelets, pendants, and other jewellery pieces that are perfect for yourself, or gifting to that special Zelda fan in your life.

5. The Legend of Zelda Cups and Mugs (20 oz Mug $14.99 US at ThinkGeek)

LonLon Milk not included.

Before setting out to save Hyrule in the morning, drink your potions (or coffee), from one of the many different Zelda-themed cups, mugs, and water bottles. Most options are available for under $20.00, so they're inexpensive items worth collecting or gifting.

4. The Legend of Zelda Nendoroid Figures (Breath of the Wild Link DX Version $84.99 pre-order at EB or Wind Waker Zelda $53.99 at Indigo)

They aren't toys, they're collectables!

These cute mini figures are popular collectables in Japan, and often come with extra body parts, accessories, and faces so that you can recreate your character's favourite poses. Until recently, you could only get them via import from Japan, but you can now find popular figures, including many Zelda related Nendoroids, at Canadian stores including EB and Indigo.

3. The Legend of Zelda-themed Clothing (Link Pocket Tee $19.99 at Bluenotes)

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!

Wear your love for The Legend of Zelda on your sleeve (literally), with the plethora of clothing and accessory options on the market. Stores like ThinkGeek, EB, and Bluenotes carry quite a few styles online (and sometimes in-store) for both men and women.

2. The Legend of Zelda Soundtracks (The Legend of Zelda: 30th Anniversary Game Music Collection $49.38 on Amazon)

Ocarina sold separately.

The Legend of Zelda is famous for its soundtrack. Whether it's the iconic "Overworld Theme" or fan favourites like "Zelda's Lullaby", or the "Gerudo Valley" theme, fans will often find themselves humming away to the game's music. If you're tired of listening to yourself humming the themes off-tune, then pick up one of the many soundtracks available from the series and listen away to your heart (container)'s content.

1. The Legend of Zelda Books (Hyrule Historia $25.54 and Art & Artifacts $32.78 at Indigo)

I would place another pun here, but I don't want to tri and force it.

Most fans know that The Legend of Zelda games all fall somewhere on a complicated triple-branched timeline. You can read all about the timelines, the games, people, and history, as well as view art from the past 30 years in both Hyrule Historia, and its sequel, Art & Arifacts. Both are great reads, and a must-have for any fans of the game!

Do you own any of the items on this list, or have any other Zelda-themed merchandise you're crazy for? Share your favourite items with us, as well as your (spoiler-free) thoughts on Breath of the Wild in the comments below!

If you plan on shopping for any of these items, it's dangerous to go alone! Take a friend with you!
How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership

How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership

By Simon Hung

Costco is one of the most popular stores in the world with an extensive product selection and ultra-competitive prices, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also one of RFD’s favourite retailers.

Perhaps the most well-known characteristic of Costco is the requirement of a paid membership in order to shop and despite having over 10 million members in Canada, there are many Canadians who don’t own a Costco membership and aren’t familiar with the Costco shopping experience.

If you’re one of those Canadians who don’t own a membership but want to shop at Costco, there are a few ways you can do so and we’ve listed them below.

Get a Costco Cash Card

Costco Cash Cards can be used by non-members both online and in Costco warehouses, but with a few caveats. Only Costco members can buy a Cash Card and non-members must register for a one-day shopping pass to use them in Costco warehouses (non-members can only receive two one-day passes per year).

Cash Cards are available in various denominations from $50.00 to $1000.00.

In addition, non-members cannot have a remaining balance on the Cash Card after shopping -- any remaining balance on the card will be refunded with cash, while excess balances can be paid with cash, debit or MasterCard. Costco Cash Cards have no expiry date and are available in denominations up to $1000.00.

Shop Online

You do not need a Costco membership to shop online at Costco.ca, where you can find a wide range of popular products including televisions, video games, Apple products, LEGO and more!

Costco.ca features a number of product categories and weekly promotions.

Shipping fees are included in all pricing, which means online prices will be about 5% more than warehouse prices, but you can often find many products at lower prices compared to other retailers, even with the small surcharge.

Find a Friend

Costco members are permitted to bring up to two guests with them when they shop, so tagging along with a friend or relative who is a Costco member is another way for non-members to shop at Costco.

You can shop with a friend or relative as one of their guests.

However, guests do not have purchasing privileges and only Costco members are allowed to pay for purchases. As a result, make sure your friend or relative is alright with paying for whatever it is you want to buy and reimburse them accordingly.

Use the Pharmacy

Most Costco warehouses have a pharmacy and you do not need a membership to have your prescription filled, as licensed pharmacists are required by law to serve all patients. Costco pharmacies also hold seasonal immunization clinics, which are open to non-members.

Pharmacists are legally obliged to serve all patients.

Many customers have found that dispensing fees at Costco pharmacies are much lower than other pharmacies, making it a savvy way to save money on prescription medication. However, it’s important to note that while prescription medication is available to non-members, you will need a membership to purchase over-the-counter medications like Aspirin or Tylenol.

Get Your Eyes and Ears Checked

Similarly, most Costco locations have an optical department with on-site optometrists and opticians who can administer eye exams, even if you don’t have a membership. Some locations also have hearing aid centres where audiologists can conduct hearing tests for non-members.

You can have your eyes checked by an optometrist at Costco even if you aren't a member.

These exams are usually not free, but in some cases it may actually be cheaper than private clinics. While the exams are open to non-members, you’ll need a membership if you want to purchase glasses or hearing aids from Costco, so remember to ask for a prescription after your exam.

Eat in the Food Court

Fun fact: in the United States, the price of Costco’s famous $1.50 hot dog and soda combo has not changed since 1985 and Canadian Costco stores actually lowered their prices to match it back in 2011.

Costco's signature $1.50 hot dog combo is a staple at all locations.

The food court is usually located near the exit in most stores, so you're unlikely to meet resistance when visiting, although some stores may be more lenient to non-member visitors than others. In addition to hot dogs, the menu typically includes pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, desserts and various drinks.

Buy Alcohol (in Alberta)

If you’re in Alberta and need alcohol, be sure to visit Costco, because Alberta liquor laws prohibit the requirement of a membership fee to purchase alcohol, so non-members can purchase booze from Costco.

You can find larger pack sizes and Kirkland Signature liquor at Costco.

Costco Liquor Stores typically carry a huge variety of liquor at competitive prices -- this report from 2010 found that liquor from Costco was consistently priced lower than competing stores. Plus, you'll often find rave reviews about hidden treasures from the Kirkland Signature brand, including this thread about their XO Cognac and this thread about their 20-year-old Scotch.

Of course, a guaranteed solution to this problem is to simply purchase a Costco membership, which starts at $60.00 per year as of June 1 and grants you purchasing privileges, an industry-leading return policy and more. Plus, you'll be able to make use of our popular Costco deal roundups every week.

There are over 90 Costco locations in Canada (with more coming this year), so be sure to try some of these tips if you don't have a membership -- you might find out why so many people love Costco!

Free March Break 2017 Events Around Canada!

Free March Break 2017 Events Around Canada!

By Ambia Staley

It's that time of year again -- March Break is just around the corner for school children all around Canada. If you plan on staying close to home over the break, but still want to keep the kids stimulated, you may be happy to hear that there are plenty of free activities in which you can take advantage of!

So put your wallets away, get the kids ready, and check out our roundup of free March Break activities happening around Canada!

1. March Break Events at Indigo

Head over to your local Indigo store this March Break, as they're hosting a different craft or gaming event each day of the week! Dates vary for each location, but should match up with your local area's holiday schedule.

Notable activities include:

  • Hasbro Gaming Day - Try out some classic and new favourites from Hasbro Gaming
  • Hats off to Dr. Seuss - Celebrate 60 years of Dr. Seuss’ Cat In the Hat with crafts and games
  • Come Play-Doh with Us - Create pretend meals with Play-Doh Kitchen Creations

Check out our post for more information on dates and locations.

2. March Events at Toys R Us

Every Saturday throughout March, Toys R Us locations are hosting fun events including Make and Takes, demos, and giveaways. While these events occur on weekends, a few are bound to bookend your child's March Break holiday, so they're worth taking note of!

Notable activities include:

  • Mega Construx Halo Make and Take
  • Beyblade Burst + Play Doh Demo & Crafts
  • Beauty and the Beast Event Make and Take

Check out our post for more information on dates and locations.

3. Free Events and Workshops at Your Local Library

Libraries are not only a great place for borrowing books and DVDs, but most also host free classes, lectures, and workshops year-round. Be sure to check out your local library branch's event schedule around your child's March Break holiday, as most are bound to be hosting fun activities, workshops, and story-time sessions for kids and teens!

Places worth checking out include:

4. Free March Break Events at Mastermind Toys

If your kids love games and crafts, then you'll want to take them over to your local Mastermind Toys, where they can take part in a series of free Make and Take events every day during March Break!

Notable activities include:

  • Funky Pin Board Craft
  • Plushcraft Fab Fabric Craft
  • Crayola Model Magic

Check out our post for more information on dates and locations.

5. Free March Break Events at IKEA

If you've been thinking about heading to your local IKEA to pick up some new home decor, now's your chance, as various IKEA locations across the country are hosting a series of free games, activities and more that will keep the kids entertained throughout the week!

Notable activities include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mad Science
  • Scavenger Hunts

Dates and activities will vary from location to location, so head online to your local store's page to check out the complete list. Also be sure to check out our post for more information.

What are your plans for the kids this March Break? Do you know of any other free activities in your area? Let us know in the comments!

A Visit to the 2017 Canadian International Autoshow

A Visit to the 2017 Canadian International Autoshow

By Paresh Pandya

February is typically met with a sense of malaise. The cold winter season is still in full force, the excitement of Christmas and New Years has worn off, and the dreaded tax season starts. But all is not doom and gloom! The Canadian International Autoshow also takes place in February. It's one of Toronto’s most exciting family event and 2017 wasn't any different.

This year’s event saw a record breaking attendance level of 20,218 on opening day. To tie in with our country’s 150th birthday, the theme of the show was O’Canada and this was celebrated by a number of notables:

  • the North American debut of the audacious Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar
  • the North American reveal of Jaguar’s slinky F-type 400 Sport
  • CIAS’s first Global vehicle debut of the 2018 Hyundai Accent, an event which was live streamed around the world
  • plus 16 other fabulous concept cars on display

With over 650,000 square feet of floor space, the show was packed with a wide array of vehicles, interactive exhibits (including virtual reality demos), guest speakers, and vendors. Another perennial favourite were the freebies some manufacturers gave away, including the ever-popular recycled shopping bags (Toyota’s are my favourite).

With so many vehicles on display it’s hard to choose a favourite. Here are a few that caught my eye that will be of interest to the average Canadian shopper:

2018 Toyota Camry

Canadians love their Toyotas as evidenced by their consistent leading sales figures each and every quarter. The Camry is no exception. With a reputation for reliability, comfort, and retained value (winner of the 2017 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value award in the mid-size category) it’s always big news when this staple under goes a model revision. Two models were on display, the sporty XSE and the eco-conscious Hybrid XLE. Unfortunately, they were not open to the media, however the models did a good indication of what to expect. Aggressive styling on the XSE not typically associated with the brand with large air scoops, blacked out grilles and pillars, a rear air diffuser, and a blacked out roof to complete the makeover. With a lower stance and wider track, the new car injects a sense of capability not found in the outgoing model. A new interior imparts upscale ambitions with a larger 10” colour display option, premium soft touch materials, and an available heads-up display. Expect to see this model hit Canadian markets later this summer.

2018 Hyundai Accent

Making its global debut (the first time this has happened at CIAS), the Accent represents Hyundai’s relentless pursuit for providing value without sacrificing style or content. Borrowing styling elements from its bigger brothers Elantra and Sonata, the new Accent uses Hyundai’s own high-strength steel to give the car a solid chassis and improved rigidity. This gives the car improved driving dynamics, reduces road noise, and should help with its crash test ratings. With a longer and wider footprint, the new Accent is larger than the outgoing car it replaces, and although it’s classified as a sub-compact, it would be easy to mistake this for a compact sedan. Fuel economy has also improved by 7 percent through the use of lighter materials and a rethinking of how parts are engineered (the transmission was reduced by 2kg, a testament to how serious Hyundai takes fuel economy). With available options like a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a segment-first available autonomous car braking system, the Accent will no doubt be a strong contender in the market place. The 4 door sedan will also be available in a Canadian exclusive 5 door model, giving consumers plenty of choice to meet their needs. Look for both models hitting showrooms later this year.

Cadillac Escala Concept

This stunning concept is an indication of what to expect from the brand in the coming years. The 4 door flagship sedan starts with a beautiful blacked out grille complemented by a monochrome badge and flows to the rear with strong shoulders and a fastback roof commonly found amongst German competitors. Recalling the large vertical tail lamps of yesteryear, the concept takes this detail and successfully integrates it into this thoroughly modern example of what it means to be a Cadillac. Under the hood a twin-turbo V8 ensures there will be plenty of power on-tap for the driver, while inside the cabin is outfitted with sensible cloth seats, wood trim, and a panoramic glass roof lending to a sense of openness. Some concept details will disappear if it moves to production, like the trick trunk floor which rises to help load and unload the matching custom designer luggage.

With so much going on at the show it’s no wonder the Canadian International Autoshow continues to break attendance records. I can't wait to see what they have in store for 2018!

New Forum Feature: Thread Hiding

New Forum Feature: Thread Hiding

By Thomas Kenzaki

Today we released a new feature to the forums called Thread Hiding. This will allow you to hide any thread which you do not want to appear while browsing a forum. There are times when you'll see the same thread which you have no interest in appear over and over again and now you have the ability to remove it from your view. To do so just follow the steps below:

Enable thread hiding here: Account & Preferences

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You'll then see an eye icon next to each thread while browsing the forums. Clicking this icon will hide the thread and the next time you refresh the page it will be removed from your view. If you accidentally clicked this icon, want to make a thread visible again or just want to see what you've hidden, you can view those threads on the same page where you enabled this feature.

how to hide

We hope that you'll enjoy having the ability to hide threads and that it will make browsing the forums a more organized and enjoyable experience. If you have any comments or questions about this feature please let us know in the comments below. Note that this feature is only available for registered users so if you don't already have an account with us, sign up today.

Costco's Membership Fees Will Increase in June 2017

Costco's Membership Fees Will Increase in June 2017

By Kate Musgrove

Costco has announced that they are increasing their membership prices in the US and Canada effective June 1, 2017. After the increase, an Individual membership will cost $60 a year (up from $55 a year) and an Executive membership will cost $120 a year (up from $110 a year). This is their first membership price increase since 2011.

Costco generates about 75% of its operating income from membership fees.

If you're a current Costco shopper, is the fee increase a dealbreaker for you? If you're not a current Costco shopper, you've still got several months to get a membership before the price increase takes place on June 1, 2017.

BCBG Max Azria to Close All Canadian Stores

BCBG Max Azria to Close All Canadian Stores

By Kate Musgrove

BCBG Max Azria has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada and will be closing all 51 of its Canadian stores. It is said to be looking to continue selling the BCBG line in Canada's Hudson's Bay stores. It's currently unclear if all BCBG stores in the US will close -- currently, only 120 of the total 175 US stores are actively slated for closure.

At this time it's unclear how many jobs will be lost from the Canadian store closures.

BCBG is a reference to the french slang term "bon chic, bon genre" which means "good style, good attitude."

Sunrise Records to Move into 70 Former HMV Locations Across Canada

Sunrise Records to Move into 70 Former HMV Locations Across Canada

By Ambia Staley

In move that some might call risky, Sunrise Records announced this past weekend that it plans to take over 70 retail spaces soon to be vacated by HMV.

Canada's biggest music retailer, HMV announced plans in January to close all of their locations by April of 2017, after failed restructuring and attempts to turn a profit in a market that is largely turning to digital consumption of music and movies.

Regarding the decision to purchase so many locations once used by their former competitor, Sunrise president Doug Putman says, "The reality is there is a large amount of customers that want that physical product that they can touch and hold and have". He also noted that by lowering head office costs, renegotiating leases, and having a more in depth catalogue, Sunrise can succeed where others have failed.

Putman purchased Sunrise in 2014 from Malcolm Perlman, who had closed all but 5 Sunrise locations in the years leading up to the sale. Since his takeover, Putman has opened up 5 more stores in Ontario, all of which he claims are profitable.

The 70 purchased spaces are located in malls across Canada including locations in Edmonton, Burnaby, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Mississauga, and Saint Bruno. The new Sunrise locations are expected to open later this spring once HMV has liquidated their stock, vacated the spaces, and removed their signs.

Are you surprised to hear this news? Do you think Sunrise Records can succeed where HMV has failed? Let us know in the comments!

March 2017 Video Game Release Dates

March 2017 Video Game Release Dates

By Ambia Staley

March 3 Update: new titles with confirmed release dates have been added on March 23 and 30.

It's almost March, and that means a big month of new video game releases is ahead! On March 3, the latest console from Nintendo, the Switch, hits store shelves, along with one of the most highly anticipated game titles of 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for both the Switch and Wii U.

While there's plenty to play this month, if you're looking for previously released games, you can also check out January and February's list of released games here on RedFlagDeals.

It's time to strap on your boots, get your sword ready, and set out to save the princess -- here's a look at what's coming out this March:

  • 1-2-Switch (Switch) - March 3
  • Human Resource Machine (Switch) - March 3
  • I Am Setsuna (Switch) - March 3
  • Just Dance 2017 (Switch) - March 3
  • Little Inferno (Switch) - March 3
  • Skylanders Imaginators (Switch) - March 3
  • Snipperclips (Switch) - March 3
  • Super Bomberman R (Switch) - March 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U) - March 3
  • World of Goo (Switch) - March 3
  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PS4/PS Vita/PC) - March 7
  • Birthdays the Beginning (PS4/PC) - March 7
  • LEGO Worlds (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - March 7
  • Loot Rascals (PS4/PC) - March 7
  • Nier: Automata (PS4/PC) – March 7
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4/Xbox One/PC) – March 7
  • Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) – March 14
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS VR/Oculus Rift/Vive) – March 14
  • Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - March 14
  • Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - March 21
  • Toukiden 2 (PS4/Xbox One/PS Vita) - March 21
  • Troll and I (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - March 21
  • Battle for Orion 2 (PC) - March 23
  • Rock Band VR (Oculus Rift) - March 23
  • The End of an Age: Fading Remnants (PC) - March 23
  • Dreamfall Chapters (PS4/Xbox One) – March 24
  • Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) – March 24
  • Has-Been Heroes (Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC) - March 28
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4) - March 28
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4) - March 28
  • MLB The Show 17 (PS4) – March 28
  • PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4) – March 28
  • Strafe (PC) - March 28
  • Thimbleweed Park (Xbox One/PC) - March 30

Release Dates TBA

  • Old Time Hockey (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
  • Outcast: Second Contact (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
  • Overload (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac/Linux)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch)
  • Routine (PC)

Note that video game release dates may change due to various reasons, but we'll try to keep this list updated as news becomes available.

Will you be picking up any of March's new game titles? Do you plan on purchasing the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below!