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What’s With Mandatory Postal Codes?

At Kijiji, our ultimate goal is to facilitate successful neighborhood transactions. To help buyers and sellers connect, we have introduced mandatory postal codes in many of our categories. This will help you search within only the area that you are actually willing to travel for an item when buying, and help you connect more easily with those in your area when selling.

Now, you will be able to restrict your search only to your immediate vicinity if you want to only go within walking distance, and the ads that show up as nearby will actually be ads from your neighborhood. It is easy to combine your transactions with your evening dog walk, or pick up an item on your way home from work. Kijiji results can be restricted to be as local as your neighborhood street sale, or they can include everything within driving distance if you are seeking something a little harder to find.

Postal Code Map View

Entering only the postal code will indicate the general neighbourhood on map view.

Address Map View

Entering anything into the street address field will indicate the specific address.

If your existing ads are showing a more specific location than you want to provide, you can get rid of the pin on the map by editing your ad, and removing everything from the “Street Address” field. Having information in the street address field is now an indicator that you would like to provide more location about your location than only the neighborhood, so if you are bothered by the pin showing a specific location, just remove everything from the optional field, only supply your postal code in the required field, and the location will zero in on your neighborhood, but not indicate a specific house or building. That way, buyers will have a good idea of where you are located, but won’t know exactly where you live unless you choose to tell them.

If you want to share a specific location, enter an address. If you just want to share your area, only enter a postal code.

If you want to share a specific location, enter an address. If you just want to share your area, only enter a postal code.

If you are willing to travel far and wide to find your item, the distance slider is now even more effective than before. Change the distance slider to your postal code rather than the city location, and your results will include accurate distances for every result in your search.

The Distance Feature is Now More Accurate Than Ever

Enter your postal code in the distance slider to get the most accurate results yet.

We believe that a more specific location based search will help sellers sell, and cut down on inquiries from people who just want to figure out how far away the item is. These changes will help sellers save time and sell their item with minimal back and forth. These changes will help buyers save time by avoiding items that are too far away for them to travel to. Providing accurate results when sorting by distance will help everyone on Kijiji find more connections within their local area, whatever their personal definition of “local” might be.

With Goodwill closed, what can you do with your stuff?

Those who love hunting for treasures in charity stores, have big bags of post-holiday donations to drop off, or who like to give back to their community in the Greater Toronto Area or parts of Ontario are likely hurting from the recent news that Goodwill has closed all their local store locations. Goodwill has been a large contributor in the second hand economy, as well as a major employer to those who face significant barriers to employment, and their contribution to their wider communities will be missed (though as their website states, they will continue to explore ways to continue their mission). What are the alternatives out there?

For Donations:

  • Furniture, construction materials, appliances, and home items can go to Habitat for Humanity, where items are resold to raise funds for their building projects. Some items receive a tax receipt (bonus).
  • Furniture can also be taken to Woodgreen Red Door Family Shelter, which can either be dropped off at their office, or picked up for a fee ranging between $25 to $45 (Toronto only).
  • Post your item(s) for free on Kijiji. If you want to get rid of a lot at once, consider posting as a lot and specify that the lot must be taken together. If you want to do some good and give it to deserving people in need, you can ask people to submit reasons why they require the items, or look on the “free” wanted ads, especially when it comes to items for child or baby items. Generally, when posting something for free, make sure you have some time shortly after posting to schedule a pick up, as you may get a lot of interest.
  • The Salvation Army accepts many of the same types of items as Goodwill, and funds similar types of programming and outreach with the funds they raise as Goodwill did with their stores.
  • Pegasus on Kingston Road in the Beach accepts donations of clothing, accessories, books, and housewares. Proceeds support their programs for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • The Canadian Diabetes Association accepts donations of clothing, cloth based items, accessories, small household items and electronics, and they pick up your items for free.
  • Eva’s is an organization that works to give homeless youth a fresh start, and accepts donations of clothing, household items, toiletries, bedding and linens.
  • Furniture Bank offers a pick up service for home furnishings, as well as televisions, artwork, and other home items, which go directly to those transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing abuse, refugees, and newcomers to Canada.
  • Other groups in your community may accept donations. If you have a shelter or a similar type of organization nearby, inquire directly about what types of donations they accept. You may find a lesser known group down the street who could use your help.
  • What to do with the "purge" pile?
    For doing some good through your shopping:

  • Habitat for Humanity Restore uses the funds generated by the sale of donated items and materials to build homes for those who otherwise could not afford them, both at home and abroad.
  • Salvation Army offers a similar shopping experience to Goodwill, as well as an altruistic social mission.
  • If you are willing to travel, Goodwill is still open in Hamilton, Halton, and locations in Western Ontario.
  • When you shop used on Kijiji, your cash stays in your local community, and usually goes to other hard working Canadians trying to create a good life for their family.
  • Any time you buy used rather than new, you are helping to keep items out of landfills, and keeping the money in your local economy. Supporting the second hand economy with your shopping and donations is a great decision not only for the environment, but also for your wallet.

    How to Deal With Snow: Don’t let winter win

    If this is going to be your first winter in one of Canada’s snowy regions, you may not be very skilled at dealing with snow. Don’t let winter catch you off guard, though. Instead, learn how to deal with the snow and ice before it arrives. Prepare early by investing in snow removal tools, warm winter clothing, winter accessories for your vehicle, and a home emergency kit in case of a storm or power outage. Even if winter seems mild so far this year, don’t be left out in the cold, both literally and figuratively, when harsh weather does hit.

    Use the Right Tools

    There are a range of options available for dealing with snow removal on your property. From shovels to mechanical snow blowers, each tool serves its own purpose, though ultimately they all exist to help clear snow from sidewalks and driveways. If you have a large area to clear and regularly have heavy snow, it may be best to invest in a mechanical snow blower, which can handle large snow-clearing jobs with minimal effort on your part. There are two main types of snow blowers: one-stage and two-stage models. One-stage models are fine for those who have smaller spaces to clear, while two-stage models have the additional capacity to break up compacted clumps of snow and ice and are ideal for large areas.

    For handheld, non-mechanical tools, the snow shovel is the classic all-purpose tool, but it isn’t right for every job. If you have a small amount of loose, powdery snow, use a snow pusher to clear it away rather than a shovel, which is best for scooping and lifting. Pushers won’t work on larger snow piles; that’s what shovels are for. If the small piles of snow are not removed, they could become compacted and build up a layer of ice, which may then require you to invest in a scraper to get rid of it.

    Other snow tools, such as roof rakes, may also be necessary. These rakes help clear heavy piles of snow off of your roof, which may save your home from structural damage if you’re dealing with a large amount of snow. It’s also a good idea to have some type of gritty material such as sand or salt to create traction on icy parts of your driveway or walking paths.

    Make an Epic Snowman this Winter!

    If you aren’t already properly equipped with a winter wardrobe, take the time before temperatures dip below freezing to buy yourself a sturdy pair of boots, a warm parka, gloves, a hat, thermal underwear, and any other warm clothing you might need. Wearing several thin layers of clothing is more effective in keeping you warm than one bulky layer. Layering also allows you to remove a layer or two if you get too warm, which prevents excess sweating and actually keeps you warmer. If you are new to an area, don’t hesitate to ask your friends, coworkers, neighbours, or classmates about what to expect during wintertime and what clothing and accessories are best suited for the local climate.

    Also, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter driving. If you’re new to a snowy climate, it may be a good idea to take some winter driving classes to learn how to safely drive over snow and ice. Make sure the heater, defroster, and wipers are working correctly and top off fluids such as antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check tire tread depth, and if necessary, get a set of winter tires fitted when temperatures start falling. Lastly, assemble an emergency kit to leave in the car that includes ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, and blankets.

    Have an Emergency Plan

    Though most of Canada is well equipped to deal with heavy snow, occasionally there are major storms that knock out power and other utility services for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. When this happens, getting out of your house may be challenging. Stock up on non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods and have a supply of clean drinking water as well. A camping stove or grill is good to have so you can warm up meals if necessary. Keep plenty of warm blankets in the house and invest in emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, weather radio, flashlight, batteries, and candles.

    Take Up a Winter Hobby

    When you live in a snowy climate, it helps to have an attitude of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. Give yourself a reason to look forward to the snowy season by getting into a winter sport. If you don’t live near an area with downhill skiing, get into snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. And of course, living in Canada, it’s hard to ignore the allure of hockey. Getting active and learning how to make the most of all that frozen white stuff will make your life a lot more enjoyable. You can’t get rid of all of it, so make peace with it instead.

    Take Up a Winter Hobby, like Skiing

    Snowmobile Buying Guide

    Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in North America, not to mention virtually endless raw terrain? You probably did if you’re thinking of buying a new or used snowmobile – a fun and exciting purchase to make. There are several different types of snowmobiles, and each type has its own unique features and practical uses.

    Types of Snowmobiles
    Mountain snowmobiles: For uphill action, nothing beats the climbing power of a mountain snowmobile. This is the right choice if you live in an area with lots of mountains, inclines, and snow. Mountain snowmobiles typically offer 120+ horsepower, electronic reverse, and hydraulic brakes.
    Trail snowmobiles: High-speed acceleration and a sporty look make trail snowmobiles attractive to performance lovers. Perfect for rough trails, these usually come with 130+ horsepower, electric start, mechanical reverse, and high-pressure shock absorption.
    Performance snowmobiles: Also well suited for rough trails and high speeds, performance snowmobiles are often the tempting choice for thrill seekers and snowmobile veterans.
    Touring snowmobiles: Touring snowmobiles are great for long-distance rides. Heated seats and smooth suspension keep leisure riders comfortable, but high speeds are still an option with this type.
    • Utility snowmobiles: The perfect combination of function and fun, utility snowmobiles are great for everything from carrying supplies to towing other sleds.

    What Is Your Skill Level?
    Will this be the first time you’ve ever tried snowmobiling, are you a seasoned pro, or does your skill level lie somewhere in between? To choose the right snowmobile for yourself, be honest with yourself; how and where you will ride your snowmobile the most can help you determine which one to buy. Do you like hitting big bumps? Will you go fast or slow? On or off groomed trails? On flat landscapes or steep inclines? Choosing the right snowmobile can help keep you safe and make sure you have the best possible riding experience on your sled.

    What Type of Engine Should You Choose?
    There are two basic types of engines found in snowmobiles: two-stroke and four-stroke. A two-stroke engine completes a full engine cycle with two strokes of the piston per crankshaft revolution. Similarly, four-stroke engines take four piston movements to complete the engine cycle.
    Two-stroke engines are generally lighter, more compact, and have fewer moving parts than four-stroke engines, with they have a high power-to-weight ratio. Newer four strokes, however, are lighter than their predecessors.
    Because both types of engines come in a broad range of quality levels, one type isn’t necessarily better than the other. The better choice depends on your individual needs and preferences, as well as the quality of the specific engines in question.

    What about Snowmobile Track Length?
    Choosing a track length can be a bit confusing, as there are many options. The track is the reinforced rubber part wrapped around the rear suspension system. In general, longer tracks will make for a smoother ride. In deeper or fresh snow, longer tracks typically offer better traction and help you to not get stuck when slowing down. They typically are not quite as good at handling trails and sharper turns as shorter tracks. Keep in mind that longer tracks add more weight, so they require stronger engines.
    Short tracks, on the other hand, are great for quickness and maneuverability, so they are good when you’re on narrower trails or making sharp turns. As opposed to long track snowmobiles’ usefulness in deep and powdery snow, short tracks are a good choice if you’ll be riding on groomed trails or packed snow.

    Knowing the answers to these and other questions can help you figure out where to begin in your search for a new snowmobile. There is a wide range of snowmobiles on the market, so the perfect one for you is out there, regardless of your skill level, location, or budget.

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    Financial Responsibility During the Holiday Season: Savvy seasonal spending

    Even if you don’t celebrate religious holidays, the winter holiday season usually means spending some extra money on gifts, special events, and travel. While some folks can buy whatever they want without blinking an eye, most of us aren’t so lucky. Fortunately, there are strategies available to avoid financial ruin the holiday season.

    Make a Special Budget

    Ideally, you will have started saving for the holiday season several months in advance, but it’s never too late to work on your holiday budget. Start by adding up all the expenses you’ll face until the holidays are over, and don’t leave anything out. Include your normal living expenses, special holiday travel, gifts, and other items such as party clothes, home decor, gift wrap, and even transportation costs for getting to and from parties and events. This all adds to your expense total.

    Don't go overboard with gifts. Be smart about your spending.

    Then figure out how much money you’ll make between now and the holidays. Think about when your paychecks will arrive and whether you can expect to receive a holiday bonus. Factor those numbers into your income total. Compare your expense total and your income total – this will help you figure out how realistic your holiday expectations are.

    Exercise Restraint

    Though it’s tempting to be extravagant at this time of year, it’s also important to be reasonable. If your income is less than your holiday expense budget, it’s time to start cutting items out of your holiday budget. Don’t rack up major credit card charges or dip into emergency savings just for the holidays. Limit your credit card use to a small percentage of your normal monthly income so you can quickly pay that debt off rather than letting it sit to accrue interest.

    Sure, it’s fun to provide your loved ones with extravagant gifts, but if you acquire those gifts in an irresponsible way, you could end up setting off a cycle of bad financial decisions that ultimately come back to haunt you. Responsible financial decision making is always important, but especially so during the high-pressure holiday season.

    Don't go overboard with gifts. Be smart about your spending.

    Downsize Decorations

    Decorating for the holiday season is a favourite activity for many, but decking the halls can be quite expensive. Cutting decor costs can help you avoid irresponsible spending. Try to shop for discounted or used holiday decorations or, if you’re crafty, make your own decor. Recruit family members into helping you make garlands out of inexpensive materials such as coloured paper or paint chip samples from a hardware store.

    Turn the Budget into a Fun Challenge

    If you’re having a financially difficult year, you can de-emphasise the importance of material goods for the holidays by making inexpensive gifts more fun. For example, white elephant gift exchanges make a game out of gift giving and require each person to provide a single inexpensive gift, usually with a limit of around $20. There are different ways to approach the process, but usually, everyone in the group draws a number and picks a gift in the order of the number they drew. When it’s their turn, participants can either open a new gift or “steal” a gift from someone else. Everyone walks away with something, and there’s a sense of excitement involved with the gift exchange. This technique usually works best with 5 or more people.

    Another idea is to set a challenge for the family where you all have a small amount of money and a limited amount of time to buy a gift for an assigned recipient. Drive everyone to a discount store or shopping mall and agree to meet in a certain place at a designated time. This is a fun bonding activity as it forces each participant to be efficient and think carefully about what their assigned family member would actually want to receive. Plus, it’s a bit of a challenge that can turn into a yearly tradition.

    Managing Your Kids’ Expectations

    It’s no secret that most kids get really excited for presents, which can put pressure on family members. Young kids who don’t yet understand the full reality of financial hardship might feel hurt or disappointed if they don’t get the gift they want. Try to be sympathetic and manage your kids’ expectations with some honesty. If you can’t afford to get them the most expensive gifts on their list, ask them to pick out a few affordable items and present them in a creative way. A family gift scavenger hunt can help cut down on potential disappointment as the process of finding the gift will become part of the reward

    For kids who believe in Santa, try to shift some of the blame to that magical creature rather than bringing the harsh weight of reality fully into the discussion. You might say that Santa is really busy this year, so he won’t be able to get the kids everything what they want, but that he knows they were good and is still going to bring a few surprises.

    Categories:Holidays, Thrifty Living