The holidays are approaching and I’m in a complete nesting mode. The only problem with cleaning out closets and eliminating clutter is that I now see very clearly the marks on the hardwood, out of place art and burnt-out lightbulbs. No more. There may be kids and pets in the house, but my home needs to be a sanctuary. I not only want to eliminate anything the family doesn’t adore, but I’m determined to fix my biggest pet peeves. And while I’m at it, see how much money I can save with coupons. Unlike in the United States, Canada doesn’t really offer much extreme couponing, but we do have a secret weapon that can be just as good. RetailMeNot.ca is a digital offers site that compiles the best in-store and online deals. They aim to encourage Canadians to develop savvy spending habits and one of the best ways to do that is to use coupons or offer codes on everyday items. Here are my 5 quick home decor fixes that will spruce up life before the holidays!

Looking around my home, I came up with a list:

1. The Kitchen Floor. Living on an island where it rains half the year, hardwood floor is a horrible idea on one of the spaces leading to our decks. It was refinished 8 years ago but is scratched and horrible looking. Worse, I often photograph food and product in the kitchen and work hard to avoid shots of the floor. Renting an industrial sander and redoing it seems such a pain that it’s been on my ‘list’ for a couple of years. I need a quick and inexpensive solution for the holidays.

Fix: Press in place luxury Vinyl Tiles. Regular price was $82.44 for 36 square feet, on sale for $57.32 and a 10% Friends and family discount via Retail Me Not.

Lowes Coupon2. Kitchen Lighting. I need more light, and tried to replace bulb in the existing track lighting but it’s so old that even replacing the lights themselves won’t work. We have 3 tracks and I’m going to replace them all.

Fix: LED Lights from Project Source. Reg: $99.00 on sale for $89.00 and a 10% Friends and family discount via Retail Me Not.

Michaels Framing Coupon3. Unframed Art. While at the Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans, I had a live sketch done and it’s still in the tube.

Fix: Framing as a Christmas present. I found a Michael’s Coupon at Retail Me Not on custom framing for 25x the Air Miles. Assuming each Air Mile is worth 15 cents, and I will spend $200 on framing, I’ve ‘saved’ $37.50.

4. Our house number is only at one entrance, which is a big issue in case of emergency and the fire department has to look at a map.

Fix: Amazon. The last time I used Retail Me Not I signed up with Prime, and I just found out they are having a huge Black Friday presale. I found a weather-proof solar LED light $79.99 with free shipping.

5. Mood lighting. The kids’ bedrooms tend to be dark and they both want to sleep with the light on.

Fix: Also over on Amazon, I found Philips Hue Bloom lights at 11% off. Regular price – $89.54 for $79.99. I will gift them to the boys for Christmas, and they can use their iPods to pick colours and make the moods in their rooms far more individual. I will also make sure the timers function properly in order to wake them up with light in the morning!

For more cool ideas about couponing, Smart Cookie Sandra Hanna has come up with a few tips for shopping with coupons in Canada. 

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