Monthly Archives: September 2012

FREE Movie Fridays’ TODAY at Steve’s TV, Kitchener!



Here a reminder of an awesome ongoing deals from Steve’s TV guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

The last Friday of every month, (That’s TONIGHT) Steve’s offers a FREE 5 day movie rental. (not the hottest titles but still tons of great ones!). They do choose a different charity each month and have a jar taking voluntary donations but otherwise, there are no strings attached — flat out – FREE. How cool is that ? Enjoy!

p.s. They are still offering another FREE Movie reward for former Blockbuster & Rogers Rental Customers

Trade in your old movie rental card from Rogers or Blockbuster and receive a FREE 7 day movie rental – no exclusions! Steve’s has over 11,000 movies in it’s rental library so come check it out! Local movie lovers already know this is THE place to come. Come check it out!

So a big THANK YOU to the staff at Steve’s TV for these two great offers. The store is located in the Frederick Mall Plaza at the corner of Frederick Street and Edna in the Stanley Park area of the city. They offer a huge selection of movie rentals and is totally worth checking out. The plaza is located just one block down from Victoria Street and right near the Victoria Street exit off the Expressway/Hwy 85.


Fun & Affordable Family Fun Around the Region Sept 21-23


Visit an old fashioned country fair!

Enjoy a festival all about reading!

Check out a monster truck! 

Take in some traditional arts like metalsmith, spinning wheel & basket weaving!  

Meet a Chef! 

Here are some great ideas for some family fun adventures this weekend and all but one are FREE…enjoy!

My listings are always changing as I hear about new things.. keep checking back to see what turns up next! As a fun loving and frugal mother of three, Bargain Hunting Momma is always on the lookout for cheap & cheerful (and sometimes FREE) family fun.

Join my Smart Shopping Community!

If you have a keen interest in being a smart shopper, making your dollars work for you, using coupons, being in on the latest deals why don’t you join my Facebook Group by clcking on this link? It’s FREE and together, we can help you start “Living Large on Less”


Happy Saving!


New location – in and around Kitchener City Hall for !

Sunday, September 23rd

11am – 5pm

12th annual The Word On The Street in Kitchener!

What’s On at The Word On The Street at City Hall!


    Kitchener City Hall’s Rotunda features a dynamic line-up of author readings, signings and discussions. Special guest:  Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s popular national arts magazine show, Q. Click on the tent name to view the schedule.


    Awesome Happens Here!  Check out a unique line-up of comic workshops, local zines, a poetry slam, digital storytelling, literary discussion and more.


    Used book store, demonstrations on eReaders, and information about the renovation and expansion project.


    Hosted by the Kitchener Public Library.  

Drop by our tent and discover all the great things that are happening for teens at the library.  Help us decorate our “What are you Reading, Kitchener?” poster and get a sneak preview of our annual Teen Read Week Contest  – you won’t want to miss this!


    Kitchener Public Library has a unique collection of books:  the Human Library.  These books are real people who are volunteering to share their story with you.  The Human Library will ONLY be available at The Word On The Street from 12 noon to 4pm.


    Hosted by popular children’s entertainer, Erick Traplin.  Join us for a day of author appearances, make and take crafts, readings by local personalities, face painting and music!


    Learn more about the Let’s Read program at their interactive tent.


Come see BIGFOOT the Monster Truck! 

Thurs Sept 20 through Sat Sept 22nd

8:30 – 4:30

696 Fairway Road, Kitchener at Fowler Tire & Automotive

519- 896-0554

Bring you camera!


September 21 – 23

162nd Drumbo Fall Fair

2012 Theme: “Homemade Pies and Family Ties”

The Drumbo Agricultural Society is pleased to present the 2012 Drumbo Fair. A good old-fashioned fall fair!

Download Fair Brochure 2012


Friday September 21 (evening only) Gates Open: 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open 7 to 8:00 p.m.
Official Opening & Program 8:00 p.m.
Saturday September 22 Gates Open: 9:00 a.m
Sunday September 23 Gates Open: 9:00 a.m.
  • Admission: $6.00 per day (age 2 and up). Admission covers all activities and entertainment
  • 3-day Adult Passport: $12.00
  • Each Drumbo Agricultural Society member receives one free day admission


Children’s Village Activities for 2012

Children’s Village activities run 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise specified. A $6.00 admission paid at the gate for those 2 years and older allows for unlimited:

  • Pony rides
  • Bales of Hay Playground
  • Kiddie Playground
  • Bouncy Balls Playland
  • Toy Farm Equipment in the Corn Playground
  • Double Fun Slide
  • Little Builders
  • Cars Combo
  • Rocio’s Faces – Face painting (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Pollillo the Clown – Balloon Artist ( 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. )
  • Candy Toss on the Bales of Hay – daily at 4:30 p.m.


Meet Chef Michael Smith at the Marketplace in the Kitchener Marketplace!

Saturday, Sept. 22nd

Time of demo – 10:00 am
Free event, first come first seated in the marketplace room.

Canadas best-known chef is the winner of James Beard Award Cooking show for excellence!   Chef Michael Smith, will be cooking up some wonderful seafood sponsered by Caudles Catch our lower market vendor, along with some chefs from the downtown this will be a fabulous morning at the market.

Chef Michael will be doing a book signing at the end of the presentation.


Heart and Hand Festival 
Saturday, September 22
10am – 5pm
Joseph Schneider Haus – 466 Queen St S, Kitchener

Join us for this lively festival of traditional arts at Joseph Schneider Haus.

Admission is free.

The Festival will feature a wonderful range of more than 25 talented artists. There’ll be woodcarvers, metalsmiths, a basket-maker, an antique spinning wheel restorer, a tool-maker and much more! Try a craft yourself or pickup a handmade treasure for a friend.

Take part in a dynamic drum circle led by Nii Addico at 10:30am or 3pm.

Listen to stories for the whole family with the Baden Storytellers. Don’t miss our children’s activity table, organ grinder and Town Crier!


Fun stuff to do in KW Region Sept 14-16


Hi there! As a fun loving and frugal mother of three, Bargain Hunting Momma is always on the lookout for cheap & cheerful (and sometimes FREE) family fun.  I run an ongoing listing which changes regularly as I hear about new things.. keep checking back to see what turns up next!

Join the Bargain Hunting Mommas Facebook Group & be the first to know about hot deals! It’s FREE!  


Happy Saving!



September 14-16

Hespeler Harvest Festival – Sat Sept 15th

3rd Annual Hespeler Harvest Festival

FREE Fun for all ages event!
Take part in PASSPORT HESPELER for your chance to win VIA RAIL tickets and other great prizes
– Great live entertainment
– Delicious Food
– Demonstrations for local fitness enthusiasts
– Vendors
– Colouring Contest — VISIT for your copy of the colouring page.

Click here to see the Facebook Event Page…


Saturday Sept 15 – 2pm – 6pm

Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre
150 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener, ON

Phone: 519-741-2641
Fax: 519-748-9796

Doon Pioneer Community Association Family Fun Day

This Saturday Sept 15th you are invited…. to the Doon Pioneer Park Community center at 150 Pioneer Dr Kitchener, from 2-6 there is a Fun Fair which is a FREE event there will be a BBQ, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, inflatable castle etc as well as the Doon Skatium skateboard park. Also featuring lots of  great performances by dancers from Confidance Dance Studio too!




Doors Open Waterloo Region 2012

Sat September 15th –

10- 5 pm

10th annual Doors Open with themes and special events to mark other significant anniversaries happening at our sites this year!

Discover the secret places of Waterloo Region! Most sites open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission, children’s activities, music, drama presentations, walking tours and other special events

Click here for a brochure showing the entire list of locations opening their doors for this great annual family friendly event!


Royal Medieval Fair

Sat September 15


Hear Ye… Hear Ye… ‘Tis the 15th on the 15th! Welcome lords and ladies to the Royal Medieval Faire! Huzzah!

The Royal Medieval Faire is one of the premier medieval festivals in Ontario.

Join us for our 15th year and a great celebration with food, music, magic and swordplay on September 15, 2012, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm in Waterloo Park West, Waterloo!!


As you pass through the Westfield Heritage Village “Gates of Time”, you will be delighted to discover a world that existed before the internet and video/computer games…

Here life is  simple, and stories and history are coming alive! Feature performances are scheduled to take place at nine different stage areas throughout the village.



A variety of top names will be entertaining you from the Victorian Bandstand in the centre of the village.  From the platform of the Jerseyville Train Station, strong boy appeal writers will deliver lots of laughs.

*A diverse selection of authors who will appeal to middle readers and teens will be presenting from the Summer Stage and Lockhart Meadow.

*Storytellers will hold crowds of all ages spellbound in the Native Village.

* In the yard of the One Room Schoolhouse, young aspiring artists and writers will be invited to learn about the creative process from leading children’s illustrators.  Inspiring talks on how to get your own book published as well as trends in children’s books today will take place at the Mountsberg Church.

*Activity Centre – temporary tattoos, crafts, and more, takes place in the Large Meadow, where you will also find great music, drumming circles, puppet shows, exhibitors as well as info about our many community partners.

Along with the scheduled performances, visitors are encouraged to wander and explore Westfield’s amazing historic buildings, such as the Blacksmith Shop and the General Store. Engage in conversation with a wide variety of village characters about life in the 1800s and early 1900s. Find out what books they were excited about in their time – many of these stories are still popular today.


You might get a chance to chat with Alice in Wonderland  or catch a glimpse of Anne of Green Gables!

Adjacent to the autographing area, Bryan Prince Bookseller, will be selling featured books presented. Festival presenters will be on hand at regularly scheduled times at our Autographing Tent to sign books and meet their fans.

Plan to visit the Telling Tales Giant Book Swap and Shop Tent, a place to bring your slightly worn children’s books, donate them to literacy and, if you choose, purchase second hand titles for just loonies and toonies.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m.



KOI Music Festival 

Downtown Kitchener Saturday September 14-16

7pm – Midnight

KOI Music Festival

A premier independent music festival for teens and adults. KOI will now feature 3 days of entertainment

* FREE outdoor concert on Friday September 14th to kick things off.

* Saturday September 15th will pack roughly 150 artists/bands into one wild day

*Sunday September 16th wrapping the festival up with free movie screenings.

The purpose of the KOI Music Festival is to put the Kitchener area on the national music map. Kitchener has lots of undiscovered and under-appreciated talent. KOI offers exposure for our local bands. KOI Music Festival helps create and continue our vibrant music scene.

Last year, over 100 bands on 11 stages both indoor and out rocked the downtown core.  as one of Ontario’s premiere independent music festivals.

Click here for more info..

Consumer Rip Offs – Stay Clear of Final Sale & No Refund Policies

I have a new shopping pet peeve and I am curious if any of you have been burned by these six dirty words…
Final Sale. No refunds. No exchange.
My message is simple and clear.. “Stay Away from Stores who have Final Sale or No Refund Policies.”
Following a recent impulse purchase at XS Cargo, I learned the hard way that all purchases made at this store are final sale. Ouch!  I was very surprised and disappointed when the cashier delivered the bad news but there was nothing I could do about it so I left feeling ripped off.  Not a good feeling.
I am usually a very careful shopper but this time, I got excited and let my shopping guard down. I was sure that the store was EXCHANGE ONLY but it was in fact much harsher — no return PERIOD. Kind of harsh. In my case, I bought 4 solar deck post lights which turned out to be the wrong size for my posts and now totally useless to me. The store could have very easily resold them as they were in all original packaging but this was not to be.
I take full responsibility for my mistake — I usually take the time to look at the return policy so I don’t want you to make the same mistake. In this case, “Nothing but Bargains turns out to be ‘Nothing But a Rip Off.”
XS Cargo does offer an exchange only policy but it’s very unfriendly and applies only to the exact same product and only if something you bought doesn’t work. I found this out since during this same shopping trip, I also bought a flashlight which turned out didn’t work. For this item, I was able to get a full refund only because they were sold out of that exact same item. What a crazy policy! Thank goodness they had sold out so at least I got my $10 back otherwise I would have been extremely annoyed.
On its website, XS Cargo describes itself as “nothing but bargains” and says it stock comes from factory over-runs, manufacturer’s close-outs,  factory overruns, cancelled orders, bankruptcy stock, package changes and buy-backs. They have 45 stores coast to coast including 22 in Ontario. They put out regular, sexy flyers featuring all kinds of super cheap deals of great stuff and brand name items including electronics (many refurbished so be careful of that too), tools, home fashion, appliances and more, but my interest in this retailer has come to an end. I will never shop at XS Cargo again.
Don’t Buy at Stores with Final Sale Policies
After having time to consider the situation, I’ve decided that stores who offer final sales or no returns will no longer be getting my business.  This is not a customer-friendly policy and I do not think it is fair. It feels like a money grab since the second they get your money, they want nothing more to do with you. The retailer has all the power with you at their mercy and I find it unacceptable.
As consumers, we should have the right to change our mind on a purchase and get 100% of our money back or at least exchange for something else in their store. That would have been better than the slap in the face I received.  Anything less is just not fair.
XS Cargo has lost a customer and will be much more careful when shopping in the future because it really stinks to be stuck with something that you don’t need. I am out $45 but I learned a valuable lesson to share. Always be on alert and pay attention to policies before you buy because when we let our guard down, we end up getting burned. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
Tell me your story!
*Do you know of other stores with FINAL SALE or NO REFUND policies?
*What about other un-friendly customer policies?
*I would like to start a list so please send me their names and share your stories if you have experienced anything like this.