Stretch your online shopping dollar
It's that time of year for holiday shopping and great online sales. But don't let it stress you out. Here are helpful hints so you take advantage of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. And don't fret if you miss them; these tips can help you save money, all of the time.
Stretch your online shopping dollar
Search for promo codes
Before checking out, Google for a promo or coupon code or use a coupon site like BargainMoose bargainmoose.ca. You can also sign up for a savings program like Honey Honey, which automatically applies the best coupon code at the checkout for you.
Avoid shipping fees
Shop at sites that offer free shipping or in-store pick up or, meet the minimum total to get free shipping. It's worth spending $10 more on socks than paying $8 just for shipping. And hey, now you have new socks!
Check refund policies
Check to see if you can return your purchase to a store to avoid return shipping fees and associated hassles. This is particularly helpful for clothing and shoe shopping, so you can buy a few sizes to make sure you get the right fit.
Cart items you're undecided about
Register on the sites you're shopping, and use the cart to store items you're not sure about. Sometimes companies will email you an offer to encourage you to purchase or alert you when the item goes on sale.
Follow your favourite brands on social media
Brands usually post on their social media accounts the latest deals and promos, and sometimes you can get special access or discounts just for following. Same goes for e-newsletters, which sometimes offer a discount for your first purchase.
Shop on reward sites
Use sites like ebates.ca to get free money simply for shopping online.
Weird, but Wonderful
Shop during off-peak hours
If you're a night owl, you can save big as many sites release their deals in the wee hours, Tuesday to Thursday. If you're watching for a particular item to go on sale, keep checking back during this window of time.
Ensure the site is secure
Only buy if the checkout area is secure and uses SSL encryption or similar. You'll know because there will be a little lock symbol next to its URL, and it will begin with https instead of http. You can also use payment services such as PayPal to ensure security of your payment information, plus they offer purchase protection as well as special deals of their own.
Top 10 Halloween movies you need to watch
Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to get in the spooky spirit than by watching your favourite Halloween movies, or better yet, finding a new one? Here are some quirky, scary, funny and exhilarating Halloween must-sees, all available now on
Shaw on Demand.
Fun for the Family
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang do holidays like nobody else, and Halloween is no exception. This time, Charlie Brown frets over his first party invite while Linus eagerly awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Will this be the year the Great Pumpkin flies out of the pumpkin patch and delivers presents to all the boys and girls?
Hired by a spoiled heiress, Dr. Harvey and Kat, his daughter (played by a young Christina Ricci) move into a crumbling old mansion to exorcise unwelcoming prankster ghosts and help the heiress find hidden treasure. Kat befriends the friendly cartoon ghost, Casper and her and her father try to get Casper’s ghostly uncles to cross to the other side.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play three villainous witch sisters who are accidentally resurrected on Halloween. It's up to a few teenagers and an immortal cat to end the witches' reign of terror.
Only the mind of Tim Burton could make a love story with a corpse seem, well, romantic. The animated story follows a shy groom, voiced by Johnny Depp, who inadvertently practices his wedding vows in the presence of a deceased young woman who rises from the grave assuming they are married. Now the groom must choose his living fiancé or his corpse bride.
Tales of Old
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Kenneth Branagh takes his turn as lead actor and director while Robert De Niro plays the creature. Branagh stays close to the novel, chronicling how the brilliant but unconventional scientist Victor Frankenstein creates life in a simple creature made from various body parts. But when Frankenstein rejects his creation, the anguished creature goes after his maker, creating terror for all his loved ones.
Legend has it that the small town of Sleepy Hollow is cursed by a headless horseman. When a young policeman, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to investigate a series of ghoulish murders, he's told that the heads of the victims have disappeared—taken by the headless ghost supposedly responsible for the deaths. Crane is unconvinced, but soon finds it hard to deny what he uncovers.
Weird, but Wonderful
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A straight-laced newly engaged couple find themselves at the wacky residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter after their car breaks down in an isolated area. The couple is welcomed in as the doctor happens to be hosting a party to unveil his latest creation: Rocky, a man-made Adonis. Don't miss this bizarre, kinky, rock opera with a killer soundtrack.
A couple of troubled new ghosts take solace by caring for their home, but are distraught to find out a new family is moving in. When their attempts to scare the family away fail, the ghosts contract the services of Beetlejuice to drive out the obnoxious new owners. Beetlejuice, however, has other plans.
Scare your pants off
In this original 1985 horror movie, a teenager believes his next door neighbor is a vampire. Too bad no one else does. He winds up enlisting the help of a vampire killer from his favorite horror show, who ironically doesn't believe vampires are real.
A mom seeks the help of two priests to save her 12-year-old daughter who has been possessed by a mysterious demonic entity. This is horror at its creepiest—and finest.
Push the “D” button on your Shaw Direct TV Remote to get instant access to any of these classic Halloween movies, and discover a whole lot more. Just navigate to the Movie section, and then choose Halloween. Now all you need to do is close the curtains, turn off the lights (if you dare) and get the popcorn ready for your own fright night.