It’s time for the third instalment of my CAA Blogger Shopping Spree Challenge!!!

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Before I gush about all of the savings we enjoyed by shopping at  CAA partner stores I must share the photo which CAA South Central Ontario has made up of myself and my competitor, Extreme Couponing Mom.

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How freakin hilarious is that!!! The title Rumble in the Retail Jungle certainly fits in this case, kudos to CAA!

The Low Down on CAA Blogger Shopping Spree Challenge

For those who may have missed my previous 2 updates you can catch up on the amazing savings my CAA membership has allowed me at Payless ShoeSource, The Gap Factory Store and Banana Republic Factory store by following the link HERE for Payless and HERE for The Gap and Banana Republic Factory Stores.

Extreme Couponing Mom and I are each using a CAA No-Fee MasterCard with a limit of $2500 to shop at the CAA partner stores and blog about our experiences. The first blogger to save enough money with their CAA membership to cover the cost of a new CAA Plus membership + Plus Associate membership (totaling $209.05) will receive an East Side Mario’s OR Husky Gift Certificate worth $100!

Where Have I Saved Using My CAA Membership?

East Side Mario’s for Lunch

Let’s begin with East Side Mario’s which is one of my family’s favourite restaurants. We chose to dine at East Side Mario’s on two different occasions, once with the children and once without.

As you can imagine each experiences was vastly different but the food was equally sumptuous!

When my husband and I went for lunch we were exhausted and enjoyed the comfort food which greeted us. We had spent our morning shopping at The Gap & Banana Republic Factory Stores and were ready for a break. Each of us enjoyed our meals, although at times it felt as though my children were with us….why does he always do this?

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East Side Mario’s Regular Price without discounts: $35.46

East Side Mario’s Price after Sale Discounts and CAA Member Show Your Card and Save Discount: $31.91

With this purchase, by using my CAA membership card at this CAA Partner I’ve saved $3.55

East Side Mario’s for Family Dinner

The family was in high spirits when we escaped from our trailer in Muskoka to enjoy a meal together at East Side Mario’s. I was impressed that they have a large kids menu with reasonable pricing! Amidst delicious food, lots of laugher our little family spent some time bonding and discussing our Spring plans.

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We chose 2 appetizers, an entrée each and even 2 Sakes for the girls…..yes we were starving when we arrived and quickly realized we’d be needing doggie bags!

East Side Mario’s Regular Price without discounts: $69.92

East Side Mario’s Price after Sale Discounts and CAA Member Show Your Card and Save Discount: $66.65

With this purchase, by using my CAA membership card at this CAA Partner I’ve saved $3.27 

** I didn’t notice that I didn’t save 10% on my total until we had left the area but I suspect that some kids choices must not be applicable.**

Petro Canada is a CAA Partner

Up until I began this challenge I don’t think I had realized all of the money-saving opportunities available to members. I was pleasantly surprised to read Petro Canada on the list of CAA partners, we all know how expensive gas is these days so any way I can save at the pump is a blessing!

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Simply register your CAA membership number and you’ll automatically collect 20% more Petro-Points with every purchase you make at Petro-Canada when you swipe your Petro-Points card. You can also redeem 60,000 Petro-Points for a Basic CAA membership in Ontario or you can exchange Petro-Points for CAA Dollars.

Petro Canada Total: $86.01

Family Night At Galaxy Cinema

Our family loves to go to the movies and one of the CAA member benefit discounts we’ve always enjoyed was the special pricing at Cineplex Entertainment.  CAA offers packages you just can’t get anywhere else which are a great fit for us.

  • Cineplex Admit One – $9.83 CAD – 1 general admission
  • Cineplex Night Out – $28.82 CAD – 2 general admissions, 2 regular drinks and 1 regular popcorn
  • Cineplex Child Night Out (13 years old or less) – $12.26 CAD – 1 child admission and 1 kid’s concession combo (1 kid’s popcorn, 1 kid’s drink and 1 small candy)

We purchased the Cineplex Night Out and 2 Cineplex Child Night Out packages and tried to contain our excitement about seeing the new Iron Man 3. The movie was FAB by the way, Robert Downey JR never fails to entertain.

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I don’t have an exact tally of what the price would be without our CAA member savings but the movie tickets alone would have cost $46.98.

Cineplex Entertainment Total: 53.34

This Week’s Progress Report

Regular Price without discounts: $244.73

Price after  CAA Member Show Your Card and Save Discount$ 237.91

As of today, by using my CAA membership card at CAA Partners in TOTAL I’ve saved $110.29 and have spent $1169,04 of the $2500.

Disclosure: As a chosen blogger for the CAA Blogger Challenge I am being compensated for participating. All opinions and experiences are my own.

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16 Responses

    1. I am amazed how many places I can use my CAA membership for discounts, they even have an app where you can find the CAA Savings Partners near you.

  1. I had NO clue you could use CAA cards at East Side Marios! It’s my all time favourite restaurant! When I was pregnant with our first daughter we could have probably saved enough money there for 5 memberships. (Salad cravings…)

  2. this is such a fun campaign, love the new Rumble in the Retail Jungle pic!!!
    I get that cheese tortellini every single time I go to ESM!

  3. I didn’t realize there were so many businesses that give discounts when you are a CAA member. It’s worth buying the membership just for that. Any idea if the membership also give you discounts in the States?

  4. This is so fun! Love the challenge between you and Extreme Couponing Mom. That banner is hilarious! I had no idea CAA gave discounts at so many places that doesn’t have to do with travel!

  5. Wow”. That’s my kind of challenge! Can you layer in other coupons, like from the Entertainment Book, I wonder? I’ll be following your rumble … Luv the graphics!,

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