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About bargainhuntingmomma

As The Bargain Hunting Momma, I take pride in "Living Life Large on Less". I am a busy wife and mother who loves spreading the news about all the fantastic people, places and events happening in my community - Waterloo Region. Everyone deserves to 'live life large on less so my mission is share tips and ideas on how families can have fun, spend smart & get a bigger bang for their hard earned bucks. My Bargain Hunting Momma community shares ideas for affordable family fun, smart shopping on all purchases from groceries & learning how to do more while spending less. So what are we waiting for… let’s start saving!

Kids Eat FREE During March Break at The Crossroads Restaurant!



Enjoy the yummy home made food of The Crossroads Restaurant of Elmira during their Kids Eat FREE March Break Special.

Tuesday March 17 through Friday March 20th. Kids 12 & under eat free off ANY buffet. 1 free child per paying adult having the full buffet.  Best part is, there are three yummy buffets to choose from depending on our budget and your appetite.

Breakfast – daily 8 – 10:30 am  $6.99

Lunch – daily 11am to 3pm – $13.99

Dinner – 4 – 8pm – $20.49


FREE Coffee at McDonalds Feb 23rd – March 1st – 2015



Enjoy FREE coffee all week long from McDonalds. From February 23rd to March 1st, 2015.  I am not a coffee drinker myself (more of a tea granny! LOL)  but I have heard on good account that their coffee is fantastic. Comparable if not better than Tim Hortons so give it a whirl and enjoy!


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4 FREE Rookie Ball Baseball Clinics.. Kitchener Minor Baseball.. CLICK to register!


Free Rookie Clinics – Book your spot now!

Kitchener Minor Baseball is running 4 free Rookie Ball clinics for non-rep players

Kitchener Minor Baseball is running 4 free clinics for non rep players of Major Rookie Ball ages (born 2006). These clinics are a great opportunity for additional baseball training and a chance to get out to play during the winter months.

The clinics will be held at Bridgeport Public School from 6:30 to 8:30 on January 12th, January 19th, January 26th and February 2nd. Due to limited space each session is limited to 20 participants. To ensure we have space available please book you place here to indicate which dates you plan to attend.

**REMINDER: This clinic is for players not participating in KMBA Rep programs.


Christmas in Concert – FREE Holiday Concert.. Amazing!


Koinonia Church – “Christmas in Concert”

4 FREE shows to enjoy!

Saturday December 6th 4pm or 7pm


Sunday December 7th – 4pm and 7pm

Inside Koinonia Church, Bloomingdale, Ontario

NEW THIS YEAR!!!  A Woodstock show – Sunday December 13th at 4pm

Two years ago, upon the suggestion of a close friend, our family headed out to Bloomingdale to this free concert expecting a nice family evening. What we didn’t expect was to be blown away by the level of talent and professionalism of the musicians, the choirs, singers and the production as a whole. It was like something you would pay to see at the Centre in the Square – I kid you not – it is that good. The show far exceeded all of our expectations and we are now making it an annual tradition.

I can’t say enough good things about this show and most importantly, it filled my heart with joy and we all left the show feeling inspired and reminded of the real reason for the season and totally in the Christmas mood. It was fun, inspiring, and extremely entertaining. While it was held in a church and some of the songs were spiritual, this was not a religious show and I strongly encourage ANYONE to go no matter what your faith or beliefs. You will never feel uncomfortable and the congregation was so welcoming and kind — a really lovely experience. Our children, who were only 3, 5 and 10 at the time were captivated and sat quietly through the entire show.  Since going, we have now taken other families along and every one of them falls in love with this concert and makes it a new tradition. This year, there will be 6 families and all our kids taking in the show for about 30 people!

On their website, the church describes the show  ’an annual celebration of the best of Christmas music -a classy, nostalgic concert full of the joy of Christmas! With dance, live band & orchestra and a powerful choir, you’ll hear some of your favourite songs of the season from heart-touching ballads to swinging classics.’ Click on the video below to see a little commercial..

Choose from 5 FREE performances for the whole family on Saturday or Sunday in Bloomingdale or new this year, they have added a Woodstock show on Dec 13th.  Bloomingdale is a small village just outside Kitchener Waterloo – a 10 – 20 minute depending on where you are coming from. From the Stanley Park area, we are there in about 10 minutes.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets are free and available 1 hour before each show. (not in advance) 

You will receive seat assigment at the entrance.

People will be lined up if you want to be near the front but the theatre is huge so no worries about getting a seat. 


Visit their website:

Click here to watch a video about the show..

Map to the show..just minutes from Kitchener Waterloo


Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive – CONTEST!



Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive

Basically…. what makes YOUR community, city, village, THE place to live in!
Why do YOU #LoveWhereYouLive?!
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc  is running a cool contest right now called #LoveWhereYouLive with some great prizes to be won. So it got me thinking, what makes Kitchener Waterloo special to me?

GRAND PRIZE: The Oban Inn, Spa & Restaurant Package!
Second Prize: The Olde Bridge Place
Third Prize: Sanctuary Day Spa

Although I didn’t grow up in Kitchener-Waterloo I’ve been here ever since the University of Waterloo drew me out of high school, and I loved it so much, I just never left.  Centrally located in the middle of the province, it’s an ideal location that is only a short drive to most anywhere but offers everything I need in a smaller sized city.  After marrying a Kitchener boy nearly twenty years ago, I now call this home and I’d love to share just a few of the fantastic places I’ve discovered.


Best Saturday Outing – We are blessed to have not one, but two wonderful farmer’s markets in Kitchener Waterloo. Depending on your mood, you can try more quaint Kitchener  Market or if you up for some serious shopping and crowds, venture out to the much larger St Jacobs one and a full-fledged Mennonite , flea market, artisians and outlet mall shopping experience. Both offer fabulous fresh produce, meat breads and cheese and tasty treats to satisfy every taste. Fresh apple fritters – yum!


Favorite Family Restaurant – The entire family agrees that a trip to Moose Winooskis is a good time for all. Great atmosphere and yummy food, including some of the best wings in town make for a nice night out.  The family birthday tradition is to wear the Moose Antlers and spin the wheel and pray you don’t land on ‘Pie in the face!’


Best Family Thing to do on a Sunday – Our busy family enjoys unplugging and taking a hike along the peaceful and scenic Grand River on any one of the many hiking trails in the Walter Bean Trail System. We especially like the one down by the bridge close to Breslau off Victoria Street.  Watch canoes and kayaks going by, see what the fishermen are catching that day and if you are lucky, spot hawks and maybe even an owl one one of our trips.

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Favourite Friday Night Event – From September to March, Friday night is game night for the Kitchener Rangers at The Auditorium. Hockey fans from Rangers Nation converge upon the building to take part in what has become a rousing Friday night tradition.  The arena is sold out almost every game as dedicated fans create a virtual sea of red white and blue with jerseys and apparel, showing their undying adoration to their home team. Win or lose, KW loves their hockey and loves their Rangers and fans enjoy showing their support in this Friday night tradition where fans of all ages socialize and enjoy a good night out.


Favorite Local Event – The Kitchener Blues Festival is a must attend festival for my husband every August. Every year we discover more great musical acts and get to hear some of the best Blues musicians around. Nothing like soaking up some hot summer rays, listening to some blues and sipping a nice cold one on the outdoor patio at City Hall. Oh and did I mention is FREE. Wow..


Favourite FREE Fun for Kids – The Kitchener Public Library offers incredible free fun for kids of all ages and we are regulars at many of their programs year round. Programs are creative and current and keep kids interested and busy, while teaching them good life skills along the way. Whether is a summer, PA Day diversion or special event like Mine Craft Mania, the staff are friendly and energetic and always make the kids glad they came.

FREE EVENT & Fireworks – Wonders of Winter Opening Night Sat Nov 29th!

Join Wonders of Winter on Opening Night, Saturday, November 29, as we kick off the joyous 2014 Season with a spectacular fireworks show!
Crowds will gather at Waterloo Park between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The opening ceremony fireworks will begin promptly at 6 o’clock.
Please come early, because parking is limited! We strongly urge you to walk or use public transit. But if you drive, remember that parking is available at the Waterloo Park Lot on Seagram Drive. ADDITIONAL PARKING may be found at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive and at the overflow lot on Seagram Drive.
We hope to see you at Wonders of Winter for an unforgettable night of fireworks and fun!

Salvation Army Kettle Desperate for Volunteers – Campaign Helps Local Families


 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Helps Local Families – Can you volunteer for a shift or two? Volunteers desperately needed!


I am a huge supporter of the Salvation Army and the good work they do in communities across Canada, so when I had the opportunity to help the Kitchener Waterloo branch out with their annual kettle campaign I was delighted to get involved.  Nationally they do incredibly good work helping those in need and locally, they helped 17,1113 adults and 10,982 children alone in their 2012 food assistance program. (read about their entire list of programs below). Every community across Canada has a branch so find the one in your hometown to find out what they are doing and where the kettles are located.

I am consistently amazed by people’s generosity as they drop donations in my kettle and this experience has truly filled my heart and restored my faith in humanity.My experience on the kettle has been incredibly heart warming. I have heard some touching stories from people from all walks of life who have been helped by acts of kindness from the Salvation Army at some point in their lives.  Some stories are recent, some are from 20 years ago when they were going through a rough patch, and some stories stretch back as far as World War II. But the common thread in all of these stories is the permanent impact the Sally Ann had on each individual which now compels them to tell others how much they love this organization and their need to give back.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDE!  Can you spare a few hours this Christmas?

This is a huge undertaking across the Waterloo Region with 17 kettles running at any given moment across the area all run by dedicated team of 0f volunteers young and old.  Even if you can spare as little as 3 hours to help run a kettle for one shift, please contact the coordinator Jeremy M at 519 581 7392 or by email at :  Every little bit helps.


When you give to a kettle in Waterloo Region, EVERY penny raised in these kettle stays in Waterloo Region to help local families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army also has a wonderful track record with more than 90% of all fundraising going directly to help those who really need it …. not wasted on administrative and overheard costs like some charities. Here is a list of some of the local projects your donation will help support:

  • Emergency food, clothing and furniture – assist families & singles with food and clothing in emergency situations
  • Daily bread program – free bread and food items to those stretching their budgets – In 2012 they helped 254,726 people
  • Summer camps – sending children age 7 – 17 to provincial camps
  • Computer lab & classes – basic and advanced MS Office courses for adults
  • Pre-employment course for women – job readiness course
  • Share the Warmth coat program – free winter wear for those who need it.. in 2012 they distributed 1344 adult & 1095 child coats along with 1360 winter wear items and 664 pairs of footwear
  • Toys & Food Drive at Christmas -working with the Christmas bureau to assist families with toys and special food needs for Christmas… in 2012 – 21,987 toys distibuted and 2167 families helped
  • Operation Outreach Street Ministry -community vehicle street ministry (food/drinks) 3623 people helped in 2012
  • Regional Emergency & Disaster Response Member
  • Women’s Support Groups
  • Spiritual/Chaplaincy Services
  • ‘Back-to-School’ Program
  • Volunteer opportunities
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This is a huge undertaking across the Waterloo Region with 17 kettles running at any given moment across the area all run by dedicated team of 0f volunteers young and old.  Even if you can spare as little as 3 hours to help run a kettle for one shift, please contact the coordinator Jeremy M at 519 581 7392 or by email at :

Every little bit helps.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

My Kettle them song.. a little disco hit called RING MY BELL.

Cineplex Community Day 2014 Across Canada Supporting Free the Children


Cineplex Community Day

Take your family to the Movies this Saturday!

All Cineplex Theaters are hosting Community Movie Day this Saturday October 18, 2014 across Canada including many theatres in Ontario. On the Morning of Saturday October 18 you and your family an enjoy FREE movies and cheap treats at Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada as they celebrate Community Day in support of the Free The Children Foundation.

Doors open at 8:30am with lots of great movies to choose from at NO COST beginning at 9:00am.  You can also  enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only $2 DOLLARS each and 100% of the proceeds donated to Free the Children.

GALAXY WATERLOO & CAMBRIDGE & GUELPH (the 3 closest for Waterloo Region folks) SHOWTIMES (same line up at all three theatres)

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Waterloo & Cambridge & Guelph  Schedules

ENDER’S GAME – 9:15am
PARANORMAN (3D) – 9:45 am
DIVERGENT – 10:00am
FREE BIRDS – 10:15 am

For more information please visit /starlight for movies, show times and a location near you! Free The Children and Cineplex are working together to empower young Canadians to make a positive difference in their local communities and around the world. Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that works with hundreds of thousands of elementary and secondary students from 5,000 schools across Canada and 2.3 million youth worldwide.

Contest – Win a Family 4- Pack to KW Symphony’s Kinderconcert Series ‘Music Around the World’ Sat Oct 18th!



WIN Family 4 Pack to see KW Symphony’s Kinderconcert Series ‘Music Around the World’
Saturday Oct 18th – Elmira

Take your pre-schoolers on a musical journey around the world as the Symphony visits exotic places through music and sound! Singing and dancing in your seats is encouraged!  This is going to be a really amazing show and perfect for kids….or the young at heart!  What a wonderful way to expose your children to the beauty of a live orchestra! For the first time, the KWS is taking their Kinderconcert concert series on the road with visits to the town of Elmira, the Waterloo Museum in downtown Kitchener and the Conrad Centre for Performing Arts.


Music from Around the World

SAT OCTOBER 11 | 10:30 AM – Woolwich Memorial Centre – Elmira
(24 Church St W, Elmira, ON N3B 1M5)

KWS Musicians and Friends

Bargain Hunting Momma is excited to be teaming up for another great giveaway with the KW Symphony!  This time, it’s the kick off of their pre-schooler friendly Kinderconcert Series with Music from Around the World, the first in a series of three great shows they are running this season. Visit exotic places through music and sound. Sing and dance in your seats as you experience the world of music around you.


Doors open one hour before each concert and children and parents can participate in music activities provided by Music for Young Children. Stay after the concert to meet the performers and their instruments!

Pre-concert activities are FREE with ticket purchase!  My giveaway if for the Sat. Oct 18th Elmira show but is the first of three performances as they take this show on the if you can’t make this one, check out one of the other two show dates shown below.

Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, Kitchener
Nov 1, 2014 | 10 & 11 am

Waterloo Region Museum (includes Admission to the museum)
Nov 8, 2014
| 10:30 am

Buy Your Tickets Today! 

Prices starting from as low as $11 for children and $13 for adults. Please Note:Family Passes are not available online, but can be purchased by calling Patron Services at 519.745.4711.


Two lucky readers will win a set of 4 tickets to the show! Don’t forget.. the show is THIS coming Saturday October 18th so keep the date free & watch for the winner to be announced Thursday (the day before) at 5pm!  Here’s how you enter…


-You must  LIKE the Bargain Hunting Momma Facebook page.. do so by clicking here…and click on Giveaways at the tabs across the top to increase your odds..there are ways to enter daily here.. 

LIKE the KW Symphony Facebook page do so by clicking here…

You may also earn 1 entry be commenting below with your favourite instrument in the symphony in the comment area below  so I can get in touch with you if you are the lucky winner!

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Contest closes Thursday October 16th at 5pm and winners will be chosen at random and announced and notified by email. You will have 24 hrs to respond before new winners are chosen. Good Luck!

Click here to buy tickets to the show! 

Tragically Hip FREE Concert TONIGHT in Toronto at Toronto Maple Leaf’s Home Opener!



Tragically Hip to play free show before Leafs-Habs opener at NHL FaceOff Event!

The Hip’s free show will take place in Yonge-Dundas Square TODAY Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, will headline the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™, the National Hockey League’s free hockey and music festival to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 season, at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto – TODAY – Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) will perform a 45-minute performance set as part of the free concert, presented by SiriusXM Canada, at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to the 7:00 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs®-Montreal Canadiens® game.

Portions of the concert will also be featured in Sportsnet’s national broadcast of the game.

The show is part of the NHL Face-Off event, which starts at noon in Yonge-Dundas Square with NHL alumni, special guests including Wendel Clarke & Darryl Sittler, and giveaways, rain or shine.

Fans are invited to join the NHL® and its partners beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET., rain or shine, for prizes and giveaways; NHL Alumni™ and special guest appearances; merchandise available for purchase; and sponsored hockey activities. The day’s festivities will continue into the evening when fans are invited to watch the Canadiens renew their Original Six™ rivalry with the Maple Leafs on giant outdoor video screens. The 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will be produced by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, one of the top sports and entertainment companies in the world.

Full Details Click Here