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Spring Savings from & MMV Giveaway for a $100 Visa Gift Card

Spring has officially arrived in Vancouver. When the days get longer, and not everything I wear is covered up by a winter peacoat, and I start getting the itch to clean our my wardrobe and go shopping.

Inspired by and its commitment to helping Canadians save, here are some of my spring saving tips, and the great bargains I have found both on my own or through

1) Shop Online First

Through, I can see a wide variety of deals from some of my favourite stores, and click-through to browse online.  One of my favourite stores to browse through is Chapters Indigo, but by shopping online, I can browse through thousands of items without having to get off my couch.  In fact, I discovered that some of the items listed online are actually a better deal that purchasing in store – especially when it comes to books.

Full Price: Goldfinch: $33 / Sale Price: $20 / Saving: $13 (40%)
Full Price: Inside of a Dog: $19 / Sale Price: $9 / Savings: $10 (52%)
Full Price: Ottolenghi: The Cookbook: $40 / Sale Price: $22 / Saving: $18 (45%)

otto cookbook

2) Shop During Holidays

I find that many retailers will find any excuse to host a sale.  In March, through, I could see that the online fashion boutique ASOS was having a St. Paddy’s Day sale, even though the items on sale had nothing to do with the occasion itself.  In April, I went to The Latest Scoop boutique on South Granville and scored a 10%-off discount because they were having an Easter promotion.  They also gifted me a complimentary liquid eyeliner as a gift with purchase!

Full Price: $100 + $10 Eyeliner / Sale Price: $90 / Savings: $20 (18%)

the latest scoop south granville

3) Find the Clearance Rack in Stores

Unless they are having a store-wide sale, most retail shops and boutiques have their sale and clearance items towards the back of the store.  Browsing through the sale rack at Moule in Yaletown, I scored a 100% silk dress by Charlie Jade, at 70% off!  The dress pattern wasn’t anything to crazy to warrant it to be on the clearance rack, with its grey, black, white and yellow aztec-inspired pattern.  However, there was an unmissable, wide, neon pink stripe down the back of the dress, which would either make or break someone’s purchase decision for this particular piece.  For me, the dress hung beautifully and I loved the pop of pink.

The weather in Vancouver is still too cold to wear such a delicate piece, but in a couple of months I can bring it out in the full summer sunshine and be thrilled that I had the foresight to buy something in advance at 70%-off!

Full Price: $198 / Sale Price: $59 / Savings: $139 (70%)

charlie jade aztec dress

4) Try Before You Buy

Even though online shopping is becoming more and more popular, there’s something to be said about physically being able to try a product before buying it.  I was in the market for a new curling iron but wasn’t sure which one to get.  My friend made a recommendation for the Hot Tools Curling Iron (which she purchased from, we got together on a Sunday afternoon, I tried it out and loved it, and went online the next day to get one for myself too!

In the opposite scenario, had I not loved the curling iron, I wouldn’t have wasted $30 on something I would not use anyway.

Full Price: $50 / Sale Price: $30 / Savings: $20 (40%)

hot tools curling iron from amazon

5) Use Referral Codes

My friend recently sent me an invitation to GiftAGram, which is an online gifting app.  Upon signing up, we both received $20 to spend – no strings attached!  Supporting local, I purchased a jar of Archimallows (which I first heard about through their pop-up at a Holt Renfrew event) which was exactly $20.  Use my promo-code: VC24814 for a $20 credit to GiftAGram!

Full Price: $20 / Sale Price: $00 / Savings: $20 (100%)



6) Shop Directly from Brands at Tradeshows

Having recently travelled to Anaheim, California for the Expo West Natural Products Tradeshow, I came across Molly Mutt, which is a brand which specializes in making stuffable dog beds, in contemporary patterns.  By the last day of the show, they were trying to clear our their stock and instead of charging $30 for the Dog Duvet, and $10 for the stuffable sack, they were clearing out their stock at half-price for everything.

Read Modern Mix Vancouver’s review of Molly Mutt.

Full Price: $40 / Sale Price: $20 / Savings: $20 (50%)


Total Full Price of Purchases: $510 
Total Sale Price: $250
Total Savings: $260

In my Spring Savings adventures, I spent $250 on $510 worth of shopping, saving a total of 51%.

Modern Mix Vancouver Giveaway: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card

Courtesy of, MMV is giving away a $100 Visa Gift card so you can spend and save this spring.  You can enter between now and Monday April 27.  Open to Canada.

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  1. Jen C (@JusticeSadie)
    April 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    I always try to have carry over pieces from season to season. Invest in some Quality Basics It will save money in the long run.

  2. Gene D
    April 13, 2015 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    comparison shop!!

  3. Belinda McNabb
    April 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    check online and in flyers for the best deals

  4. Tracy
    April 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    sign up for newsletters to get sale notifications

  5. Wai
    April 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm — Reply

    very handy tips!

  6. ginette4
    April 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Check flyers weekly and make meals accordingly

  7. brandon
    April 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm — Reply

    Set a meal budget and use coupons

  8. Lori Bazan
    April 14, 2015 at 6:42 am — Reply

    Use price match and take the flyers with you to the stores that offer that! Use coupons and go early for marked down items!

  9. Radhika Khan
    April 14, 2015 at 7:23 am — Reply

    I love promo codes!

  10. Kat C
    April 14, 2015 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Always look for coupon codes before buying anything online.

  11. jan
    April 14, 2015 at 8:51 am — Reply

    I am a big clearance/sale rack clothing shopper. Often it is simply because there are only a couple of that particular item left.

  12. April 14, 2015 at 9:45 am — Reply

    For electronics –! Can use it to price match at certain stores too.

  13. Michelle
    April 14, 2015 at 9:59 am — Reply

    I use coupons!

  14. Christina D
    April 14, 2015 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Price match!

  15. Julie Bolduc
    April 14, 2015 at 10:43 am — Reply

    My tip is to price match as much as you can

  16. Juliee
    April 14, 2015 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Use saving apps like Checkout 51 and

  17. April 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    For books, check bookdepository. They sell new books, but often at much cheaper prices than stores like Chapters.

  18. Rebby
    April 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Spring is an AWESOME time to take advantage of winter clearance sales and items like clothing and gifts!

  19. Kristine
    April 14, 2015 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Always use coupons always look for the lowest price poiint

  20. ivy
    April 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Check flyers weekly and make meals accordingly

  21. Jolie
    April 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    I use Flipp and price match if possible.

  22. Lisette
    April 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    Always check flyers

  23. Karla
    April 15, 2015 at 3:40 am — Reply

    I always check the flyers before shopping,for great deals,and to price match ! I use coupons as well!

  24. Heidi c.
    April 15, 2015 at 5:18 am — Reply

    Look into helpful apps like flipp that offer flyers, coupons and other savings assistance.

  25. nicolthepickle
    April 15, 2015 at 6:31 am — Reply

    Always look for coupon codes. It can save you quite a bit.

  26. Deb
    April 15, 2015 at 10:19 am — Reply

    I always check for coupon codes, read the flyers, and check clearance racks

  27. Maggie C
    April 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    Unless I must have the item right away, I usually wait until it is on sale. Or I use ebates to purchase it online … gives me cashback!

  28. Harjit
    April 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    I try to check a few different stores for price comparison, and I always check clearance racks for great deals. I also look online for sales. Thanks for the chance to win, twitter fan@plumerea

  29. Glogirl
    April 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    I love to use coupons on top of sale items to get products for an even better price. For example, at Old Navy on-line I like to shop the clearance section and then use an on-line code on top of the great prices to get even better savings!

  30. Karrie C
    April 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    Coupons, deals, etc!

  31. April 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Thrifting is fun for spring $avings, some stores give you a credit if you bring in used clothes or items to recycle and be green. I have really been lucky lately, sweet spring sales in the shopping malls too when buying new!

  32. andrea amy
    April 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    clearance racks, and take a list so that I am actually getting the things I need so i don’t get side tracked

  33. Maria
    April 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    Always look for sales. You can find some light winter transitional pieces on sale as well.

  34. April 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm — Reply

    Don’t buy unnecessary items!

  35. Amy C
    April 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm — Reply

    My tip is use coupons and check the flyers for sales.

  36. Brenda Penton
    April 16, 2015 at 1:24 am — Reply

    I wait until the items I want are on sale and use coupon with them.

  37. Elizabeth Vlug
    April 16, 2015 at 3:42 am — Reply

    Be a savvy shopper. Watch online sales, sign up for newsletters because you often get added discounts. And don’t forget the second hand stores. (I prefer the name vintage shops)

  38. April 16, 2015 at 8:05 am — Reply

    wait for sales, be patient and only splurge once in a while.

  39. Courtney
    April 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Stock up on winter clearance. It’s when I get my kids clothes for the next year

  40. Maryanne
    April 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    Use the online rebate apps!

  41. April 17, 2015 at 11:33 am — Reply

    I use the Flipp app to find the lowest price on the products I am searching, or just to check different flyers

  42. Tammy
    April 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    always use coupons and check flyers for deals!

  43. Mary
    April 18, 2015 at 9:02 am — Reply

    I bookmark sites with items I like & sign up to company newsletters so I know when they are having sales 🙂

  44. Joe
    April 18, 2015 at 10:51 am — Reply

    I always check prices online before making a decision

  45. Debbie S.
    April 18, 2015 at 6:22 pm — Reply

    Checking for codes for discounts online can save money like at RetailMeNotca before making your purchases for small or large items is a great way to catch some spring savings.Pretty Awesome.

  46. Josh S
    April 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    Coupons are always great for saving.

  47. Angie
    April 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I always wait for sales. I was just at the Bay today for Bay days and got some great deals!

  48. Emilia
    April 19, 2015 at 9:11 am — Reply

    I set up alerts from different shopping sites

  49. Lor Grande
    April 19, 2015 at 10:14 am — Reply

    All theses tips are very useful! Thank you! Love to shop for good things!

  50. Amy
    April 19, 2015 at 11:56 am — Reply

    I try and hit all the big spring sales 🙂

  51. Florence C
    April 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    I check flyers and use coupons.

  52. Bailey Dexter
    April 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    I always use coupons as well as promo codes!

  53. Lisa Neutel
    April 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    i use a flyer app like flippap to find the best deals and lowest prices..also sign up for emails from fave stores and you get discounts usually

  54. kris l
    April 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    I use the flyers to find the best deals!

  55. jenny
    April 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    Always look for promo codes or newsletter sign up discounts

  56. April 20, 2015 at 8:59 am — Reply

    I love to use coupons as well as flyers

  57. April 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Promo codes!

  58. Linda
    April 20, 2015 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Use coupons

  59. Lily
    April 20, 2015 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    I sign up for email newsletters from online stores and check them daily for deals!

  60. Dilara
    April 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    I always price match & search for discount codes when shopping online.

  61. Wendy hutton
    April 21, 2015 at 7:26 am — Reply

    check the flyers to see who has the best deals on

    April 21, 2015 at 9:17 am — Reply

    Flyer checking, clearance shopping and price matching are where I save most of my money on many items.

  63. Lori Lewis
    April 21, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

    My online shopping tip is to add items to your shopping cart and then leave the website. Sometimes companies will email you a coupon code so that you will finish your order! Thank you for the chance to win!

  64. Maria
    April 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    Price match and research a deal

  65. DarW
    April 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    for clothing I buy slightly out of season! I got my spring/fall jacket for 70% off.

  66. Janice Montroy
    April 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I never pay full price , only buy sale or clearence items

  67. naiddia p
    April 22, 2015 at 5:55 am — Reply

    I love to use the flipp app and coupons.

  68. Cheryl
    April 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    I usually buy items only on sale and with coupons like old navy has 15% off with their surveys

  69. Jocelyn
    April 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    thanks for the tips! i often search online for coupon codes and promotional deals.

  70. Pam
    April 24, 2015 at 3:05 am — Reply

    I take the clothes that I no longer wear to the consignment shop. With the money I earn I am then able to get some fab new spring items from online deals.

  71. Judy
    April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Take advantage of coupons, sales & savings codes to do your shopping.

    • Judy Cowan
      April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am — Reply

      Use coupons, savings codes and watch for sales!

  72. Sara Lima
    April 24, 2015 at 10:57 am — Reply

    aside from checking flyers, I always look for promo codes, especially if it’s an online purchase.

    I wanted to buy something for my fiance for his birthday, and was simultaneously Googling for promo codes, but also put a note on my Facebook, to see if my friends had one.

    Well, they didn’t, but just after I found one online, the retailer (CafePress, I see you, darlings!) saw my tag in my status updated, and responded with a 20% off Promo Code! Awesome! Outrageous! I was totally beyond gleeful.

  73. Rajbinder Kaur
    April 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm — Reply

    Always wait for items to go on sale, never pay full price. Online discount codes, clearance racks save me $$!!

  74. Yuen C
    April 25, 2015 at 8:30 am — Reply

    I like to price match flyers

  75. Tina L.
    April 25, 2015 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Be the lookout for sales and use coupons.

  76. Angela
    April 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    Use cash never shop when hungry.

  77. Debbie F
    April 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm — Reply

    I watch the flyers and use coupons

  78. Jenny
    April 26, 2015 at 7:47 am — Reply

    Check flyers weekly

  79. em
    April 26, 2015 at 8:12 am — Reply

    I use the flipp app and create my shopping list. we buy groceries for the week so we don’t spend money during the week for lunch or dinner.

  80. Bons
    April 26, 2015 at 8:35 am — Reply

    Use coupons and shop around for best deals.

  81. Lushka Smith
    April 26, 2015 at 9:44 am — Reply

    Check e-mail for coupons and discounts.

  82. Krista M
    April 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    Consignment stores are great if you can spend the time to pick through to find brand name spring clothing at a fraction of the price. And even 2nd hand stores like Value Village offer 50% off days which brings the cost down SO incredibly low (I especially use those sale days for all the kids books, too!)

  83. Andrew P
    April 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Scope out flyers, online coupon codes and pricematch to get the best possible deal

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