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FREE Music & Movies in the Park – 2014 Schedule Announced!

Under the stars and on Canada’s largest outdoor screen! Music & Movies In The Park is back!

Think Drive-In minus the car! This has become a great tradition with our family.. Music & Movies in the Park

(in this case Waterloo Park by the bandshell).

Grab the lawn chairs & blankets and check out one or all of these family friendly flicks.

Get there early to enjoy some awesome live bands.. the schedule is still being finalized so check back later..

This is truly a great night out under the stars.

  • Music starts at 7:00pm (artist info coming soon)
  • Movie begins at dusk
  • Check out the vendors on location
  • Eventswill be cancelled in inclement weather
    • Bring a chair, blanket or umbrella just in case
Please remember to bring your donation to the Food Bank as your admission!
Thursday July 24 – Movie: The Lego Movie (Trailer)
Musical guest: TBA
ImageThursday Aug. 7 – Movie: Rio 2 (Trailer)
Musical guest: Eric Traplin

Thursday Aug. 14 – Movie: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Trailer)
Musical guest: Waterstreet Blues Band
Thursday Aug. 28 – Movie: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971 Starring Gene Wilder) (Trailer)
Musical guest: Phil ‘N the Blanks

FREE Home Depot Kids Building Workshops:! Father’s Day Theme Saturday June April 14th Across Canada


Home Depot Kids Building Workshop June Edition… Build a Riding Lawnmower for Father’s Day!

The latest in this monthly free workshop series at your local Home Depot.  This week help your child build this cool riding lawnmower just in time for Father’s Day! What a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your child while creating something special that they get to take home and be proud of. You must pre-register but the workshops are totally FREE! (see link below)

Build a Riding Lawn Mower


Saturday June 14th, 2014 Workshop

Father’s Day Edition – Build a Riding Lawnmower

Workshop Duration: 2 Hour window to stop by the store but the actual project will take half an hour or less so come by anytime in the 2 hr time slot.

Build a Riding Lawn Mower


Kids will learn how to build a birdbath with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

  • A great free activity for children ages 4-12
  • Kids will learn how to build a riding lawnmower using a hammer and glue
  • Offered at your local Home Depot stores between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, (when available) and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering on-line to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

Workshop Duration: 2 Hours

Click here to register online.only takes about 2 minutes!

Another fabulous & FREE kids project brought to you by The Bargain Hunting Momma!  

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FREE Father’s Day Make & Take at Lego Toy Building Zone St. Jacob’s



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Father’s Day “Make & Take” & Food Bank Collection

Each child in attendance can make a car chassis and then decorate it with extra bricks to make their own custom car!!! (the car shown is just an idea of what you might make.. not exactly as shown) 
Date – Wednesday, June 11th
Time – 6 pm to 8 pm
25 Benjamin Road, Waterloo Ontario
In the St Jacob’s Outlet Mall by the Farmer’s Market

Cost- Please bring along a food (or cash) donation for the Waterloo Food Bank

No registration needed. Offer while quantities last. First come, first served. 

*Child must be present for “Make & Take”. Sorry, NO exceptions!*



Hot Local Deals in The Record Auction.. 50 % Off Bingeman’s Big Splash Passes and More!

The KW Record (local newspaper_ is having an on-line auction now until June 3rd and there are some great deals.. check it out!  (Many items are actual BUY NOW vs. an auction by the way) Of special note is the Bingeman’s Big Splash Seasons passes on for half price. A fantastic way to spend your summer, stay cool and have fun with the kids.
If you missed their discount pass prices in the winter months (best time to buy) you are getting a second chance!  The only catch is, you have to buy the Family 4 Pack.. but if you don’t them all, consider going in with someone else and splitting.
Now get a family 4 pack for $180!  50% Off! They are now priced at 89.95 each. There are limited quantities (24 left) so don’t delay..
Price for a one day admission is $27.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids older 2 years so you the math… $96 for one day vs. $180 for entire summer..
NOW ONLY: $180.00
Retail Value: $360.00
You Save: $180.00 (50%)


Includes a full season of the Heated Wave Pool, The Pipe slides, Cyclone, Torpedo Bay, Boomerango, Full Throttle, Spray n Play (our waterpark for kids), the FunworX Three-Level Play Structure, outdoor mini golf,  and Rocks & Ropes Course. Valid for the 2014 Big Splash season only

FREE 2-year Subscription to LEGO Magazine Worldwide




Do your kids love LEGO? Can you imagine how excited they will be when their very own Lego Club magazine arrives in the mailbox? My kids have been subscribers for a while and it’s so fun to see their faces light up when their latest copy arrives. They will spend a long time carefully pouring over each page, taking in all the the cool ideas, comics and photographs of Lego creations. This is a great little magazine!


Click on the image below to be taken to the sign up page on the Lego website… All they need is your address and you can wait for your free magazines to arrive!

When you sign up, your child will receive:The FREE LEGO® Club Magazine, full of comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans!- Exclusive content online at!!
- A monthly email newsletter with exclusive LEGO Club newsbuilding steps and contests. You can unsubscribe at anytime.
- Club Codes to unlock cool stuff on the website.
*The LEGO® Club Magazine is available for delivery to homes right now in: US, Canada, Germany, England, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France & Poland. For residents of Australia and New Zealand please click here.

Check out a sample LEGO Club Magazine with interactive features right here or click on the images below.

LEGOmag1     LegoClubmag

Cooking Healthy & Budget Friendly Meals Workshop: Learn. Save. Cook. Eat! REGISTER NOW



Cooking Healthy & Budget Friendly Meals Workshop: Learn. Save. Cook. Eat!

Registration is now OPEN for this interactive evening out! Registration will be confirmed following an EMT (electronic payment by email) to the following  address: bargainhuntingmomma@gmail. com   Click to see the Facebook Event Page!

Monday May 26th 

Doors open at 6:45

Event starts at 7pm sharp

619 Wild Ginger Avenue, a2, Waterloo Ontario

at The Chrysalids Art Studio

Bargain Hunting Momma and Elizabeth Haggart’s Epicure would like to present Cooking Healthy Budget Friendly Meal Workshop. This workshop will be two parts. Part 1 will be led by Jennifer McCormick Birnstihl the founder of Bargain Hunting Momma, who will discuss how you get lower your weekly grocery bill with the combination of price matching and some great Apps. Part 2 will be led by Elizabeth Haggart who will leading a hands on cooking class where you will learn to cook quick easy budget friend meals in 15 minutes featuring some delicious products.


This is your opportunity to have a fun evening out of the house while learning some great tips and recipes that will have you saving money at the grocery store as well as saving you time in the kitchen. We will be cooking two tasty meals and sampling them that evening. You will also have the opportunity to purchase the products to used in the cooking class if you wish but there is no obligation. 

The cost is ONLY $20 per person. Your ticket for this fun filled evening includes:
-Dinner samplings from our cooking
-Surprise Dessert
-Interactive & educational cooking session 
-Learn to Save on Your Grocery Bill Tips Session
-Interactive Q & A 
Each person will walk away with a small swag bag of surprises and door prizes too! 

Click to see the Facebook Event Page!

Registration will be confirmed following an EMT (electronic payment by email) to the following address: bargainhuntingmomma@gmail. com

Enjoying the Ease & Yumminess of Freezer Workshop Cooking – Saved Me Time & Money!

Enjoying the Ease & Yumminess of Freezer Workshop Cooking – Saved Me Time & Money!

A few months ago I had the pleasure of attending one of Deanna Carney’s Freezer Meal Workshops with some other Bargain Hunting Mommas. I met Deanna through my blog and Facebook group and was impressed by her professionalism and love of food. She is a true foodie and loves to cook and runs her classes through her business Savoury De with Sunset Gourmet. She is a lovely woman who really enjoys sharing simple, amazing tasting dishes like simple salad dressings, fast soups, casseroles, gourmet desserts for everyday and gourmet meals. The goal of this freezer cooking workshop was have us prepare a bunch of delicious, healthy, affordable in advance so we could freeze them for future to use to feed our families.



A few weeks before the class, Deanna emailed us our menu and a ‘grocery list’ of items we would need to make the recipes. This gave us plenty of time to shop around for the best deals in advance before the class to maximize our savings. Typical of my busy lifestyle, I was unable to do this until the day of the class, but still managed to purchase the ingredients I needed on the fly for around $90. The cost of the actual class was another $58, which included a 6 piece Sunset Gourmet Kit (as shown) all used to make the recipes and to take home upon completion. There are hundreds of recipes options to choose from based on your tastes, but we let Deanna choose her top recipes to try.


  • Oh So Garlic
  • Oh So Onion
  • Sunset Seasoned Salt
  • Roasted Red Pepper & Onion Relish
  • Cheesy Bacon Cheddar Dip
  • Anna Mae’s Smokey Sweet Grill Sauce



As expected, the workshop was very hands-on, and in this case, since we were a smaller group, we did it in Deanna’s home kitchen. For larger groups, an outside kitchen at a church or community centre would be perfect. One by one, she walked us 8 pre-selected recipes and together we prepped and assembled our meals directly into a series large freezer bags. A sticky label including the name & cooking instructions for each meal, including side dish suggestions, was provided by Deanna was applied to each bag for future reference.


Prepping our meals.

Apart from the expected chopping, cutting and opening of cans or jars, there was very little mess or fuss involved. I enjoyed the simplicity of it all and camaraderie of working with other Mom’s on this noble cause of feeding our families. Factoring in a fair bit chatting by the ladies, about 2 hours later we were done! Away I personally went away with 12 ready-to-go meals for my family of 5 (2 adults & 3 kids) in big freezer bags. I went right home and froze them for future enjoyment.

Depending on how you portion your meals, you could end up with more or less meals. Just a small tip – don’t forget to clear ample space in your freezer BEFORE you leave as you will need a fair bit of room and I ended up mooching space at my parents freezer who were luckily away for the winter.


The finished product.. into the freezer you go! Eat ya later!



Since the workshop, I’ve been slowly sampling the recipes and have almost finished my 12 meals. I’ve enjoyed the stress-free option of pulling out one of my meals on a busy day and knowing that a nice tasty dinner will be served. It’s a great feeling dropping my pre-made meal directly from the freezer and into my crock pot and leaving the house knowing that my family will be enjoying it later that night. Apart from coming up with a side dish to compliment the meal and perhaps a salad, you are good to go!

The first meal I tried was the Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast which was out-of-this-world. It was really delicious and it I will make this again for sure.  Another big hit was the Bacon Cheddar Chicken, a tender chicken in a nice a creamy sauce, which I served with potatoes and a salad. I found that just before serving, it helped to thicken up the sauce with some flour and it worked great. The BBQ Pulled Pork was a fantastic blend of sweet and sour and EVERYONE  in the family wanted seconds – no small feat! We all devoured the Sweet & Savoury Asian Chicken. My favourite to date has been the Sunset Chicken Cacciatore which had a delicious, full flavour to die for.


Pulled Pork Sunset Gourmet Style..delish!

One thing I did learn after this workshop is that my younger kids can be fussy about anything ‘stewlike’ which proved a bit challenging for crock pot cooking. The Cheesy Sausage Casserole and Steak Casserole got mixed reviews from my younger kids more due to their look and consistency rather than their taste, we all liked it once I could actually get them to taste it! I still have a few meals left and can’t wait to try them and anticipate enjoying my Beef Tortilla soon.

For the most part, the meals have been a big it with my family, despite some bumps in the road with picky eaters who honestly turn their nose up at almost anything that looks like a stew. I think we all have one of those in our families right?

Each meal cost me an initial investment of about $12 to make straight-up cost, but I had leftovers of many of the grocery items and I left the workshop with 3/4 full bottles of Oh So Garlic, Oh So Onion and Sunset Gourmet Seasoning Salt and half a jar of Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Relish. When I figure that each of these was valued at $9.99, so a truer cost per meal would be around per meal might be $10. Not bad for delicious yet simple recipes to dazzle your family and save your sanity during the day-to-day grind.


Yes!  I would for sure do this again so watch for future dates COMING SOON for your chance to try a Freezer Cooking workshop with Deanna. This gets the Bargain Hunting Momma Seal of Approval!


Check out Savoury De with Sunset Gourmet                                       

Check out the Sunset Gourmet line of products featuring breads, dips, desserts, seasonings, salad dressings, salsas and sauces all priced under $10! Deanna has a great Facebook page on which she regularly shows off recipes and ideas to keep you motivated and inspired in the kitchen.

Deanna Carney,
Sunset Gourmet Representative, Baden


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Celebrate Mom at this FREE Event Saturday, May 10th – Momstown Mother’s Day Tea Party!

You are invited to a fun FREE family event where we celebrate MOM at the
momstown KW Mother’s Day Family Tea Party! 
Saturday May 10th
10am to Noon

The Royal Canadian Polish Legion, 601 Wellington Street N.  Kitchener 

(between Lancaster and Hwy 7/8

Pretty Dresses

Fancy Hats
Swag Bags
Handprint Keepsake Craft (great for framing!)
The Mom’s marketplace

  • Tea  more! 
Coffee, tea and fruit will be served.   

Celebrate Mom at this fabulous, FREE event.  Guests can expect a Handprint Keepsake Craft for Mom, Dress-Up Station, Tea & Cookies and enjoy shopping in  Mom’s Marketplace.  Mom’s will also receive a FREE small loot bag.

This is a family event, dads are more than welcome!

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FREE Lego at Toy Building Zone Mother’s Day Make & Take Fundraiser for Food Bank


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ImageMother’s Day “Make & Take”

Each child in attendance can make their favourite person (mom, aunt, grandmother…) a lovely LEGO flower!
Date – Wednesday, May 7th
Time – 6 pm to 8 pm
25 Benjamin Road, Waterloo Ontario
In the St Jacob’s Outlet Mall by the Farmer’s Market

Cost- Please bring along a food (or cash) donation for the Waterloo Food Bank


No registration needed. Offer while quantities last. First come, first served. 

*Child must be present for “Make & Take”. Sorry, NO exceptions!*


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