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Eating Out In August With MasterCard

By Jeff Chan

This month, MasterCard® Priceless Toronto is featuring exclusive culinary deals for their MasterCard® cardholders. These culinary deals feature top restaurants in Toronto offering $50 certificates for only $25.

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What's The Average Student Doing On RedFlagDeals?

By Jeff Chan

They're going to hate but I'm going to say it - Back to School season is back. This year, Canadian parents are going to spend $677 for school. But it's not just parents looking for the deals. We have over 250,000 students visiting the site each month looking for deals. Here's a snapshot of what they're doing. Parents, be proud! Your kids know where to go to get the savings!

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Lunch Money Spending

By Kate Musgrove

Unlike the extremely dedicated Danielle O'Hanley, I'm basically terrible at consistently bringing my lunch to the office even though I know how much money I could save! Sometimes I bring lunch from home, and sometimes I eat cheaply with a $1.25 bagel & cream cheese but most days of the week I'm dropping anywhere from $5-$15 on lunch. And that's ridiculous!

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Costco Shoppers in Bellingham, WA Petition for American-Only Shopping Hours

By Kate Musgrove

It sounds like something out of the satirical newspaper The Onion -- but it isn't! Costco shoppers in Bellingham, Washington have started a petition to enact American-only shoppers hours. The shoppers are complaining about Canadians, who they claim create crowded aisles and long line-ups at the cash registers as they take advantage of the lower prices and strong Canadian dollar.

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The Canadian Penny Will Be Circulated a Few Months Longer Than Planned

By Kate Musgrove

As we announced back in March, the government decided to stop minting pennies in April and then stop circulating them this fall. The last penny was minted right on schedule but now, it seems, Ottawa has decided to keep distributing pennies to banks a few months longer, ceasing to circulate them in February 2013 instead. The primary reason for the extension? Retailers were worried that they wouldn't have enough pennies to get through the holiday season!

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Canada's Main Street Turns 50

By Jeff Chan

Fifty years ago today, the last bit of divider line was painted on a piece of pavement in BC to complete the Trans-Canada Highway. Without it, who knows what Canada would look like today! Some of us have a childhood memory of a family vacation on the TCH. Ok.. that's probably more true for anyone who's childhood predates the Internet.

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Canada's Olympic Spirit

By Jeff Chan

This year, Canada and 203 less cool nations will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. We're sending 222 athletes. Among them is Art Jr Oliver. Hamilton's very own will be competing in the brand new Olympic sport of tenpin bowling! Does that mean *I* could have been an olympian? We're also sending a quartet to compete in another new event, water skiing. Again, why wasn't I notified? I could have been a double olympian.

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Christmas (Shopping) In July, Too Soon?

By Amanda Aikman

At the time this was posted, there were a mere 153 days left until Christmas. Okay, maybe that’s not so “mere,” but the fact is (like every year) the holiday shopping season will be on us before we know it. So how soon is too soon? I imagine the likes of Costco and Walmart are already itching to get their Halloween and Christmas finery out on the shelves and into your homes. Plus, if you already have a specific gift idea in mind, it makes sense that the more time you have to catch it on sale (and in stock) the better.

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A Little Iced Coffee Taste Test at the RFD Office

By Kate Musgrove

As part of our ongoing effort to bring you the newest, best and most interesting news, the team here at RFD underwent a quick little iced coffee challenge last week. (Although as you'll see, the definition of "coffee" is stretched a bit with beverages called the "Chocolate Toffee Crunch Chillatte", for example.) Here's a look at the test:

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Are Freebies Worth It?

By Kate Musgrove

Today's extremely popular freebie from Starbucks made me start to think about the point at which a freebie, no matter how exciting, is no longer a good deal. For example, if you're getting a free drink valued at $4 that's great. Free drink! But if you have to wait in line for half an hour to get it, it's....not. On the other hand, if you're in line chatting with your friends or playing Scrabble on your phone maybe the wait is not so bad.

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Eat More, Pay Less -- Discovering the Art of Effective Grocery Shopping!

By Amanda Aikman

I’ve realized that my grocery regimen had been slipping lately. Instead of my previously carefully planned shopping lists—true works of art and science, I assure you—I had started doing daily shops at my corner grocery store. Wandering in at 4PM with a miserable toddler in tow and no idea of what I wanted to make for dinner. Needless to say this is not the best way to shop, not for saving money and certainly not for saving sanity. So, I am making a concentrated effort to return to my former thrifty and organized ways.

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