Monthly Archives: November 2013

Support the Local Food Bank & Don’t Miss the Magic of the CP Holiday Train Rolling Through Waterlo Region Sunday December 1st!


The CPR Holiday Train 

Making a Difference, One Stop at a Time

Residents of Waterloo Region will get two chances to enjoy the CPR Holiday Train as it rolls through Cambridge and Ayr during the late afternoon of Sunday December 1st on it’s cross-Canada tour to raise donations for local food banks everywhere it stops.  I encourage you to get out and enjoy this mild weather and check out this awesome holiday excursion and get in the spirit of giving while you are at it.  My kids still talk about it from last year! You can catch it at 4:15 in Galt and 5:30 pm in Ayr (see exact details below)  Arrive about 15 minutes early.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will visit over 150 communities across our network.  Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank.  Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community. Since it’s inception in 1999, we’ve raised more than $6.4 million and over 2.6 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada.

 Canadian Holiday Train

 schedule and entertainers

The Canadian Holiday Train will embark on its three-week journey on November 27 from Merrickville, finishing up in Port  Coquitlam, BC, on December 16.  This year’s entertainers on the Canadian train include The Claytones and theBrothers Dube.

Sunday, December 01st, 2013 U.S. Holiday Train * (see the full schedule of stops here)

Cambridge (Galt) Former Galt Station, 10 Malcolm St 4:15 pm
Ayr CP railway crossing at Inglis St 5:30 pm
Woodstock 6:50 pm Ingersoll Ave and Winniett St., West of the station, South side of the crossing The Claytones & Brothers Dube
London 8:30 pm Richmond St. railway crossing, between Oxford and Central The Claytones & Brothers Dube

Making a difference, one stop at a time

CP Holiday Train Hamilton Show TODAY! Great Big Sea! Tom Cochrane! Natalie McMaster!

CP Holiday Train Hamilton Show TODAY!  Great Big Sea! Tom Cochrane! Natalie McMaster!

Saturday November 30, 2013


Hamilton’s Gage Park

I have become a huge fan of the CP Holiday Train and we now make this one of our newest Christmas traditions. Normally, we catch the train as it passes close to home, either Cambridge or Ayr, but this year I am so tempted to catch it as it makes an epic stop in Hamilton.  So why make the drive to Hamilton.. check out this live show they have lined up!

Tom Cochrane!  Great Big Sea! Natalie McMaster! Yes folks, ALL THREE of these amazing Canadian artists will headline the train stop at Hamilton’s Gage Park on Saturday, November 30th making this one heck of a party!And there’s more! CBC nightly news anchor Peter Mansbridge will be hosting the kick-off of the event at 4pm by officially opening The North Pole Station. This features a variety of family-oriented events including ice carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before making their way to the concert stage.

Don’t Forget Your Food Bank Donation!
This is an annual tradition in Hamilton and while the event is free to attend, people are strongly encouraged to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and everything collected at each show stays in the community for local distribution.

The Hamilton Holiday Train event is extra special and is one of only  three of these star-studded concert events  happening across North America where Canadian Pacific has added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger.

Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food banks.

Tips on How to Get there and Where to Park

* Transit/Parking:

Gage Park is well serviced by regular HSR transit service. For the CP Holiday Train on Saturday, November 30th, there are few options available to transit users:

• Route 1-KING operates every 7.5 minutes during the day and 15 minutes in the early evening. Please note that route 1 only services the north side of Gage Park. Coming from downtown, customers can get off on Main, in between Gage and East Bend but will have a slight walk to the south side of the park. Going to downtown, customers would have to walk to Main/King or King/Gage to board a bus.

• Route 5-DELAWARE operates every 10 minutes during the day and early evening. Route 5 does service the south side of the Park. Prior to the event, or upon conclusion of the event, customers would be able to board/alight transit buses on Lawrence Road at the Rosedale Lawn Bowling Club. However, during the event buses are detoured due to the closure of Lawrence Road via Main Street and King Street. Customers would have to board buses at Maplewood and Gage during these times.

The cash fare for HSR buses is $ 2.55. For families travelling to/from the event, a day pass is the best option. A $ 9 day pass entitles up to 2 adults and 4 children unlimited riding on the day the pass is activated. Please check the HSR website for more details at:

To learn more about the CP Holiday Train visit their website at:


Tom Cochrane:

Great Big Sea:

Natalie McMaster:

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Sleigh Rides, Hot Chocolate & FREE Plush Toy with Santa – Sunday December 1st Sportsworld Crossing

  • Sleigh With Santa Sunday December 1, 2013

    Santa arrives at Sportsworld Crossing on Sunday December 1st.

  • From 1 pm to 3 pm Enjoy Sleigh Rides, the antics of the Nutcracker Stilt walker and the Lollipop Princess.
  • Hot Chocolate and cookies for the whole family..
  • **FREE plush holiday toy for the kids. **While quantities last.

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Family Fun at Christmas in Belmont Village Event Sat Nov 23rd, 2013 – Pictures with Santa, Cookie Decorating, Crafts & More!


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10:00AM – 5:00PM

Living Life Social Club and The Belmont Village are proud to announce the Annual Christmas in the Village Event on November 23rd, 2013 from 10am – 5pm.

Each year over 200 participants indulge in activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa. This year we’ve added some fun components such as decorating cookies, making reindeer food, making holiday cards, decorating our Village Christmas tree, writing letters to Santa…AND the list goes on. Once again, we will continue The Belmont Village tradition of a silent auction of beautifully decorated wreaths. (Located in the TD building)

Bring your Loonies & Toonies to participate in the various events!

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The proceeds raised from this event help enable the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to continue their dedicated research in the development of new technologies and treatments for Canadians and individuals around the world living with Type I Diabetes and its complications. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.


Carousel Clothing - Kitchener, ON

Carousel Clothing
Fashionable Consignment Clothing & Accessories

72 St. Leger Street, Kitchener

Located off Victoria Street in-between Lancaster & Margaret Avenue


Can I just say, I LOVE this store!

Carousel Clothing is a wonderful place for savvy shopping ladies to find some really fabulous additions to your wardrobe. The store has a boutique feel, the clothing is on-trend and in excellent condition, the selection is huge, the staff are super friendly and the prices are right! Seriously, if feel the need for some retail therapy, I suggest you go here instead of the mall. I have never been disappointed and get compliments on everything I buy here.

Coats, shoes, boots, pants, dresses, suits, tops, jewellery, purses and more!  This is a perfect spot to find an outfit for a special occasion without breaking the bank and they have a big selection of party wear and little black dresses to choose from!

So back to the BIG SALE starting tomorrow….. last time I went here I stumbled upon a sale and couldn’t believe how busy it was so be warned. Get there early for best selection.  I shouldn’t even be sharing this one with you (more competition) but hey, it’s nice to share right!


30% Off Everything 
In The Store!

Friday, November 22nd
Saturday, November 23rd
Sunday, November 24th

Everything in the entire store is 30% Off! This includes jewellery, shoes and purses.

Winter is almost here, and this is a great opportunity for you to stock up on warm and fashionable winter items at a marked down price!

This Weekend – Come check out our whole selection and save!

Please Help ‘Share the Warmth’ by Donating to the Salvation Army Coat Drive

Did you know that the Salvation Army ‘Share the Warmth’ coat program offers free coats and winter wear to families in need across Waterloo Region and in communities across Canada? And believe me there is a very  great need. At the mid-way point of the month-long campaign that started November 1st, the organizers report that they have given out close to 2000 coats to those in need in our community. (UPDATE: 2500 coats now given out as of Nov 22nd!) As fast as the coats come in, they are flying out the door. That’s why they really need our help.
Helping is as easy as going to your closet and donating any new or gently used warm coats and winter wear that you no longer need. They need coats for both adults and children and the warmer the better.  They are also in desperate need of waterproof glove and mittens for children. “Children need these for school. It’s hard to stay warm and play with cold, wet mittens,”  says Nadine Oluwojure,  Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army Community & Family Services Kitchener-Waterloo.
3 Easy Steps To Helping ‘Share the Warmth
1. LOOK – Go to your closet and  pull out any extra warm coats – adult or children sized – that you no longer need.  Even one coat helps — please consider letting one go if you are able. Many closets, including mine, are bursting with coats, and I mean really. How many coats does a person really need? How about sharing one warm one with someone who will greatly appreciate it.
2. DROP OFF – Drop coats off to the Salvation Army office for Kitchener-Waterloo are located at Gage Street in Kitchener during the month of November. Coats, mittens, hats, boots and all warm winter wear may be dropped of during business hours Monday through Friday. They office is on Gage Avenue in between Belmont and Fisher Hallman near Belmont Village. Please check this link to find a Salvation Army location near you.
3. FEEL GOOD – Feel good about helping someone stay warm this winter.
Spread the Word! 
Please share this message with your friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else who might be able to help. Thank you!

98% Off Greeting Cards at Carlton Card Store ‘Going Out of Business Sale’ – Kitchener’s Stanley Park Mall Store



This is a local deal for my Waterloo Region friends…

The Carlton Cards store in the Stanley Park Mall is closing down after 30+ years in business. I am sad to see this store go (scroll down to read how it actually inspired the entire Bargain Hunting Momma idea) but the sale presents a great opportunity to stock up and save as the entire store is 50% (with the exception of a small area sectioned off) and cards are on blow-out 5 for $1.

Every single greeting card in the store is marked down to 5 for $1.00 or .20 cents each. Crazy right?  Christmas cards, birthday cards, fancy musical cards, wedding cards, you name a card, they have it and it’s on sale. The store was buzzing with bargain hunters and stock is disappearing quickly, but I was there this morning and managed to find 35 lovely cards for a grand total of $7 and I could have bought more. Don’t delay if you want to take advantage of this deal.


Here is small selection of my finds…(shield your eyes family members as they may be coming your way! LOL)  Most were regular priced at $4.99 up to $9.99 so for .20 cents, that is between 96 and 98% off!  I rarely buy these expensive cards anymore, which could explain why these types of stores are closing their doors, but treat yourself and grab some one you still can.

The mall is located at the corner of Ottawa and River Road inside the Stanley Park Mall and will close down next month… December 2013)

How the Bargain Hunting Momma Community Was Born…



This post is special for another reason as well since it is the ‘deal that started it all!’  It all started about two years ago after stumbling upon a similar blow-out card sale at this very same Carlton store.  My Bargain Hunting Momma motor was so revved up that I was bursting to share the deal with others. But how? At that moment, I just knew that I had to create a way to share my deals with a wider audience of like-minded people so I sat down and created my Bargain Hunting Momma Facebook group.  BOOM that was it.. the birth of the Bargain Hunting Moma on-line community which has grown tremendously and evolved to now include a fan page and of course, this blog. So my inspiration for this group is closing its doors and I’m really sad to see it go but I will always remember the Carlton Store fondly as ‘the sale that started it all!’


* LIKE me my Facebook Fan Page:

* Join my Facebook Group — get yourself added to the bargain loop for lots of updates and action.


* Follow me On Twitter!  – @BargainMommaKW

I am not doing a lot of Twitter yet but I have big plans in the future so follow me please and stay tuned..

Are you an Extreme Cheapskate? Take the Quiz & Watch the TV Show!



Do you do your laundry in the dishwasher? Do you steal ketchup packets from restaurants and empty them into a bottle at home? Do you dumpster dive and forage in the forest for possible meal options for your dinner party guests? If you answered yes, you might just be an Extreme Cheapskate!

I should start this article off by stating that I am NOT an extreme cheapskate and do not agree with or practice the crazy things you will see on the show. Yes, I pride myself on being smart with my money, frugal perhaps, bargain hunter for sure. But I am not a cheapskate, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the show and occasionally pick up a tip worth trying.

So today I noticed while surfing my online TV guide that there is a marathon of a TV show called Extreme Cheapskates running all day today  – Saturday November 16, 2013. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth a watch.

I have seen the show before and found it interesting, educational, and veering towards the amusing and downright cringeworthy how far some people will go to stretch their dollars.  Some people do it out of necessity, others just because, and all kinds of reasons in-between. I applaud their ingenuity and creativity and whatever their reasons, the show is pretty entertaining. I am also impressed that TLC found enough people willing to be filmed to create an entire series, but with all the crazy reality TV shows out there, anything goes.

In the few episodes I’ve seen, these are the ones that I still remember and make me chuckle..

– The guy who drives all over town collecting lint from all the laundry mats – he uses it to start fires and other strange things around his home.

-The woman who refuses to flush her toilet in an effort to save on her water bill and instead pees in a glass bottle she keeps beside her toilet. The episode was her training her boyfriend who was newly moved in to use the system — he was not eager.

-The man who has no problem asking complete strangers in restaurants for their uneaten food on their plates – he happily scrapes it right off their plates in plastic containers he brings along. (sidenote: his wife will no longer dine out with him.. ya think!?)


Well the marathon runs all day so program your PVR for future amusement like I just did or sit down an watch an episode or two…

…or in the spirit of the show, you can click on the link below to watch episodes online if you don’t currently subscribe to TLC in you cable package!

Click here to go to TLC’s website to watch episodes online.. 

Take the Quiz on the TLC Website to see if you are an Extreme Cheapskate!  

So comment below on what you think of the show.. I’d be interested. And if you are brave, what is the craziest thing you’ve ever done to save money…