Unemployed student, lover of food, drinks, and cats, committed to "livin' la vida loca"…on a budget.

Monthly Archives: June 2012

“When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons”
-John Webster (1580-1634)

A lot of people (with the exception of John Webster) say money can’t buy happiness.

I wouldn’t know because I never any, HOWEVER, word on the street is that money CAN buy you grades.…not that this means much if you’re as broke as I am.

So what’s a sad unemployed soul like me supposed to do if I have a final presentation tomorrow that I haven’t prepared for, and my bank account is almost empty?

Five bucks definitely ain’t gonna buy an A+.

…but crack might.

Allow me to introduce you to the solution to all of your future problems:

Cap’n Crack Bars (For less than $5.00!)

Inspired by Domestic Rebel’s Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of Cap’n Crunch Cereal ($1.50 at Dollarama)
  • 1 bag of marshmallows ($1.00 at Dollarama)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter ($2.00 at Dollarama)

Optional:

  • 3  T of margarine or butter— (I’d only use this if you can steal it from your roommate like I diddon’t judge me, she’s eaten almost all of my miracle whip, and half a loaf of my bread)
  • 6 Reese’s Cups ($1.00 at Dollarama) Not necessary,but these add a nice kick that might make the difference between a C, and a B-.

Directions:

           Melt marshmallows, peanut butter, and margarine on oven top. Once blended, add Cap’n Crunch and stir until coated. Press into a 9 x 12 pan with a greased spatula. Freeze, divide into squares, and feed to your professor!

           Word of Caution: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE THESE WHILE SUFFERING FROM P.M.S. There’s a 90% chance that you’ll eat the first batch three batches, and your $5.00 recipe is suddenly going to cost $15.00.

I don’t use the word “crack” lightly, but these are almost worth eating somebody’s face off for…I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it has something to do with the 85% fat and sugar content. At the very least, these should earn you a participation mark or two.

Bribe away young broke asses, bribe away!


Disclaimer: If you have a Y chromosome, you should probably leave right now and go hang out in your man cave for awhile.

Being poor sucks. Being poor and having your period sucks even more.

I think I can safely speak for everyone with ovaries when I say: menstruation is huge pain in the ass (and many other body parts).

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But I’m not just talking about the obvious inconveniences of mother nature’s monthly blood bath. Sure, Imagethe cramps, uncontrollable tears and ruined underwear are annoying, but you know what else is annoying?  TAMPON PRICES.

I’ve paid up to $12 for a box of “feminine hygiene products” which is completely ridiculous, considering the fact that a bag of cotton balls and a roll of string costs $3 at Dollarama (week-end D.I.Y. project?).

This is a major issue for me, because:

  1. I don’t have $12.00
  2. I’m starting to experience intense abdominal pains, and inexplicable bitchiness (you know what that means).

As somebody who is very opposed to paying for things, and has little to no sense of shame, I took matters into my own hands.

It’s creative complaining time!

Dear sir or madame,

After hearing such great things about your tampons, I took a leap of faith away from my previous favourite brand: O.B. tampons to try out your product. Needless to say, I was very regretful. This decision resulted in one of the most embarrassing situations of my life!

I left the house for a family dinner last Sunday expecting my period, so I tossed a tampon in my purse to be safe. In the middle of the first course I started feeling a bit moist if you know what I mean, and promptly fled to the bathroom. I was grateful that I’d remembered to pack a tampon, until I opened up the package and realized that there was an applicator but no cotton! I had to use toilet paper instead, but by the end of dinner, my khakis were completely soaked with menstrual blood and my whole family saw.

It was humiliating!

I’m not sure if there is anything you can do to repair this situation, but I just thought that you should know.

A new but disappointed customer.

Please note: I don’t even own khakis.

Two weeks later, and voila! Free coupon for a full-sized box of tampons, and more importantly $10.00 worth of savings that I can now spend on Midol, dark chocolate, and mass quantities of ice cream.

Now leave me alone, I have to go yell at people for no reason and eat six pints of Haagen Dazs.


Aloha, ladies and gents! Let’s begin today with one of the most annoying quotes of all time:

“Nothing in life is free.”

-Everybody’s Parents, and A Million Crappy Songwriters

FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE!

If you’ve read any of my past few posts, you’re well aware that almost everything can be free if you use the right strategies. That being said, if you’re opposed to the idea of spending your Friday night writing fake complaint letters or loitering on street corners for free swag, then you’re still in luck… ’cause even if it ain’t free, you can probably get it for less than $2.00!

Let me introduce you to:

“5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy at Dollarama

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  #1: Hair Dye: “Elegant Effects Colour Creme” ($2.00)

ImageI’m completely aware of how sketchy the idea of a two dollar box of hair-dye sounds,but I can personally vouch for the quality of this product. I bought “001” in Natural Black to touch up my roots a couple months ago, and it worked just as well as the L’Oreal Preference stuff I normally use, but for $10.00 – $12.00 less! If you don’t have high-lighted hair and your colour is in stock, then save some moolah and pick up a box of “Elegant Effects: Permanent Hair Colour Creme”.

#2: Shampoo and Conditioner: “Sunsilk Hydra TLC” ($2.00)

ImageOnce again, I’m aware that using Dollarama hair products seems a little bit extremely questionable, but I actually almost jizzed my pants when I found this on the shelf. This particular shampoo and conditioner is the only stuff I’ve used for the past five years or so, and it’s AMAZING! I usually buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart or Wal-Mart for as much as $5.99, so two bucks is a steal! Go grab yourself a bottle or twelve!

#3: Pregnancy tests: “Pro-Care One Step Pregnancy Test” ($1.25)

ImageTaking care of a baby is expensive, but knowing whether or not there is one growing inside of you doesn’t have to be! For a grand total of $1.25, you can find out if there’s a bun in your oven…Plus, if you are worried it’s not going to be accurate, you can buy four for $5.00, which is still significantly cheaper than the usual $10.00-$20.00. (Not that I’d know, Mom! …just making assumptions.)

#4: Lingerie: “Assorted Styles and Colours” (2 for $1.00 – $2.00)

ImageI really have nothing to say about this. These are some of the most hideous undergarments that I have ever had the misfortune of seeing, and most of it felt like sandpaper. That being said, if you buy this underwear I am 99% sure you will never find yourself in an opportunity to get pregnant, and you can spend your $1.25 on something more fun than a pee stick.

#5 cat food: “Meow Mix Original Choice Kibble” ($2.00)

ImageI know that you’re all experts on how to get free cat food, but this is a ridiculous bargain-especially if somebody already ripped out the free coupons from your copy of Canadian Pets Magazine ( I PLEAD NOT GUILTY)! The same bag of food is around $7.00 at other stores, so stock up.

Note: this product received a formal seal of approval from my roommate, Babylegs.

So there you have it.

Cold, hard, photographic proof that anybody who tells you “nothing in life is free” is a liar. More accurately, A LOT of stuff in life is free, and you can get almost everything else for two bucks. This was just the tip of the ice berg, so stay tuned for “5 More Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy at Dollarama” and “5 More” and “5 More After That“, etc. etc.

Let me know in the comments section if you’ve recently found any treasure at the Dollar Store!


As we discussed in my last post, sometimes mothers give bad advice. Such as telling you not to whineOr urging you to stay off of city street corners no matter how desperate you are to make some cash.

I’m here to tell you otherwise! It’s time to put on those thigh-highs, and buy your mom a copy of “Pretty Woman” on blu-ray. Julia Roberts didn’t land Richard Gere by hanging out in residential family neighbourhoods. 

How to Get Free Shit Part 3 : Street Corners 101

I’m going to apologize right now if I got you excited about an opportunity to finally wear that red pleather tube dress you bought on a whim when you were 18, because you don’t actually need it. I’ve got no hate for anybody who actually makes their living in 6-inch platforms and zebra print, but today’s topic is a bit more PG.

FREE SAMPLES!

Today we’re talking about hunting for free samples, which can almost always be found on major intersections in big cities.

I’m going to be specifically referencing Toronto, Canada but the same thing most likely applies to any large metropolis.

There’s really not much to elaborate on about this tip, because it’s so simple!
Step 1: Walk by some of the popular corners in the city (especially on sunny week-ends) and collect your free swag.

Step 2: Go home, change your shirt and put some sunglasses on, walk by the same popular corners in the city, and collect your swag again!

Yonge & Dundas Square

Step 3: Repeat.
In my experience, some of the most bountiful intersections in Toronto are:

  • Yonge & Dundas Square
  • Queen & Spadina
  • Queen & Soho
  • Bloor & Yonge
  • Bloor & Bay
  • Yonge & Eglinton

These are some of the hot spots in my downtown  neighbourhood, but I’m sure there are many others. AND a lot of the time these “sample crews” drive around in a company vehicle visiting different locations throughout the day, which makes getting multiples of your free swag a lot easier (please refer back to Step 2).

As for anybody who’s thinking “This seems like a lot of work for a free sample. GET A JOB!”  I am not talking about the free samples of cheese cubes that they give away at Loblaws- although free cheese is still awesome. Most of the time these companies are giving away full-sized products and awesome stuff that you’d be buying anyways (If you had more than $4.53 in your bank account)!

Some stuff I’ve collected:

  • Free vodka coolers at Dundas Square!

    Energy Drinks

  • Panties
  • Granola Bars
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice Cream
  • Kit Kat Bars
  • Bagels
  • Tampons
  • ALCOHOL (Most recently, four cans of Bud Light Lime, and a Palm Bay vodka cooler)!

Honestly, if they make it and sell it, you can probably find it for free on a corner… you’ve just got to do a bit of street walking! Hoop earrings and leather mini skirts are optional.

One last word of advice: If you see a rusted van with tinted windows offering you food or free booze, this probably isn’t something you want to stop and sample.

If any readers have collected their own freebies lately, share the who/what/when/where/why!

HAPPY SAMPLING!