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Monday, January 30, 2012

SCOP at Shoppers!

I got a couple of things at Shoppers this weekend.
The Kotex were $2.49(limit 4) and I had $2 WUB2 coupons. (from the Smartsource in the paper this wekend)
            Making them $1.49 each.
The eggs were on for $2.29.
The Old Spice was buy 2/$5 and I had the P&G coupon for $3 off WUB2
So this should have been $1 each.
I was careful to buy the correct one that matched the coupon and had the 2/$5 sale
sticker below it on the shelf.
When I finished a the till I took my purchases to the car and reread my receipt(always a good idea!)
I was surprised to find the Old Spice rung in at $4.49 a piece! So, $8.98 was charged!
Thankfully my guy is the ultimate in patient and he happily waited while I went back in.
I went back to the same teller and showed her my receipt. She said she had to check the shelf.
  She came back and said yes, I was correct and she would adjust the price. (She was very friendly throughout all of this!)
I asked her if she would be giving me one free and I showed her the Scanning Code of Practice
that was displayed above her till. She said she hadn't done that before and called her manager.
The manager came and corrected the price and gave me one free. So, for 2 Old Spice deodorant I was paid
.21(after tax) to buy them!

This cereal was $3.99 and I had a $2 off coupon that Kashi mailed me.
I learned(you probably already know this) that feminine products are only 5%(GST)taxed.
The deodorant is 12%(HST)
My grand total was $12.82

Free Glasses Feb 2!

Free Glasses!
Clearly contacts is once again giving away 10,000 pairs of glasses!
You can get your free glasses starting at 9am on February 2nd until midnight or until 10,000 pairs have been given away!
My oldest daughter recently discovered she needs glasses, so we are
going to give it a try. If you want to try here's what you need to do.
1. Get a prescription from your eye doctor
In BC kids under 18 and people over 65 are eligible for a free eye exam under the MSP coverage.
Routine eye examinations are a benefit only for those 18 years of age and under and 65 years of age and over. Optometrists are permitted to charge patients over and above what is payable by the Medical Services Plan for this service, as is the case with all supplementary health services.

In Alberta
Optometry (vision) – One complete exam, one partial exam and one diagnostic procedure per benefit year are provided for children under 19 years of age and seniors age 65 and over; additional benefits apply for these age groups for some medical conditions. Optometry services received outside Alberta are not covered.
2.Go onto their website before the free day to pick out your
frames. They have a way of letting you "try on" your
by uploading a picture of yourself. The coupon eligible glasses are here

3. Watch the video on how to read your prescription in order to enter in on their site.

4. After you have entered your prescription info and are ready to finalize your order, use the code FIRSTPAIRFREECA
5. Shipping runs between $10-$15. Usually it takes 2-5 business days but because of the volume they expect you'll get them in 10 days!
Have questions? Check out the answers on their Facebook page
Let me know if you get some free glasses!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Week's Sales

Check out these clouds! Aren't they amazing! Picture by me :)

Shoppers Drug Mart has some good deals on groceries and household items this week.
 They also have 2 promotions going on. Jan 28 & 29 spend $50 and get a $10-$100 surprise gift card.
Jan 30-Feb 3 Spend $50 get 8000 points. I am kind of wondering if they are trying to easy away from the 20X the points and replace it with this promo of buy $50 get 8000. It makes a difference of 2000 points!
Jan 29 & 30
Life light bulbs 4 pack .88
Kotex and Life pads $2.49 limit 4(Look in the Smartsource that is out this weekend and there are $2 off when you buy 2 coupons)
Eggs $2.29 limit 4

Rest of the week
Milk 4L $4.39
Armstrong Cheese 340g $2.99

Superstore Jan 27-Feb 2
Spend $250 get a $25 GC
Fresh Whole Pork Shoulder .98/lb limit 4
Granny Smith Apples 6lb $4.48
NN Soup 24X85g $4.78 limit 6

Walmart Jan 27-Feb 2
Royale TP 12 doubles or 24 singles $4.47
Red Grapes $1.47/lb
Lays Chips $1.88(good price to do the MIR with)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Costco Deals

I popped in to Costco and thought I would share the deals!
Pork Sirloin Boneless Chops $1.99/lb or $4.39/Kg
This is a great deal! I brought it home and divided it into 4 Ziplocs.
My sister in law cuts each chop in half as they are the thick ones.
I just had some gourmet ones this week, that were stuffed.
I think I might try that.
The bananas are 3lb for $1.69 or .56/lb!

Veggies and Ice Cream!

Want some ice cream? Did you know you can email Chapman's Ice Cream once each year and get a $5 coupon? Here's the link. Enjoy!
Some good deals on fruits and veggies!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oasis Free Juice

Do you want to hear a story? If the answer is no...just skip reading this!
 Do you remember back to my Mega redemption shop? Do you remember seeing this juice? Well, I bought one of these with my free points and it had a $2 off coupon on it. I find our 24 hour store often has these $ off coupons on the juices, so you might want to check that.

 When we finally drank it at the end of December and when I took the label off to get the PIN I discovered the
promo was from Sept 6-Oct 31,2011.

I went to the website anyways and found the promo had been extended until April 30,2012.
When I typed in my PIN it directed me to the site to get my coupon for a free juice mailed to me, but it wasn't there.
So, I emailed the company from their free juice site and gave them my PIN and told them what had happened.

Very shortly thereafter I received an email saying they were looking into it.
A few days later I received a letter and a $5 coupon for any of their products!
Yesterday, at 20X the points day at Shoppers I used my coupon and bought 2 more
juices with the free juice collar. This morning I tried the site out again and 2 free juice coupons
are on their way!
So, in the end I got one free at the redemption.
I bought 2 for $7.98-$5.00=$2.98 and 2 more free. So that's 5 fruit juices for $2.98! (I will use my free juice coupons at Safeway's 10% off day for the discount and air miles.)
I was very impressed with the customer service from A.Lassonde Inc.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's Cold Outside....

Well..seems there's a bit of a cold snap, huh??? Let's not talk about that! Let's talk about hamburger soup! Years ago my friend Kerry taught me to make hamburger soup. I always think of you as I make it! 

Start by putting a little olive oil, garlic and onion in a large pot. Soup is not an
exact science as far as I am concerned so feel to substitute, omit, etc!
America's Test Kitchen cooks always talk about the importance of salting the onions to
release their flavor, so do that if you please!

Remember the on sale hamburger this week? Add about a pound and brown.

Here's some fun things to add.
A can of stewed tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. I added about 4 cans of water.

Here I added the on sale broccoli stems.
Not the yucky bottom part, but the tasty part
just below the tree part(don't you love my
ability to name that part!).
I also tossed in two small handfuls of barley.
If you don't like barley(I don't understand why not!)
you could add some rice or noodles.

Here we have some potatoes cut up small and on top I added some
ground pepper and coarse salt. I also cut up carrots small and added them.

It needs to cook for awhile to tenderize the potatoes, carrots, broccoli ends and
to cook the barley.
This is one of my family's favorite hearty soups. Soups are a great way to use up things in your fridge and to serve a yummy meal. It is also a great way to reduce your food budget. We try to have soup once a week in the winter. It's great to have a nice soup in the crock pot when you get home! This one can easily be cooked that way once the  beef ,onions and garlic are browned.
Well..try and stay warm...
Why not enjoy some soup???

Monday, January 16, 2012

I've Got Lots of Cheerios and Peanut Butter!

Did you get the Cheerios at Costco last week?
This is a lovely, easy snack!
Only 4 ingredients and it takes about 5 minutes to make!
Cheerio Crispy Squares!
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 package marshmallows(6 cups)
5 cups Cheerios
Melt butter over low heat.
Once it is melted add the marshmallows and peanut butter.

Stir until smooth.

Mix in the Cheerios and press into a 9X13 greased pan.

In the microwave you can put the marshmallows, peanut butter and margarine in a glass dish. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir until smooth and mix with Cheerios!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I love your deals!

I love it when you email me about the deals you find!
Thanks Denise for the heads up that the Purex TP 15 double rolls is also at Safeway for $5.99 and when you buy 2 you get 50 airmiles! Might as well get some airmiles with your toilet paper!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This Week's Sales

Check out the glassy surface on the lake....picture taken by Terry.
This Week's Sales
Seems finally there are some deals to share!
At Costco they have 3lbs of bananas for $1.69!!
Also Cheerios are 1Kg for $4.99
Their sales usually end Sunday.
Superstore 13-19
This week they have the spend $250 get $25 PC GC
I have found it really hard to buy $250 worth of groceries and find it makes the 10% off advantageous. Because I buy loss leaders and groceries on sale, when I check prices of the filler items I would buy to reach $250 I just don't usually find it worthwhile.
That being said there are quite a few good deals and if you buy $250 worth it pays off!
Stewing Beef $2.98/lb
Lean Ground Beef $1.98/lb(limit 4 club packs)
Broccoli .96 each(they were nice big bunches!)
Snow Peas 200g .98
Field Cucumbers .88
NN Cheese 800g $7.43 limit 1
NN Apple Juice 1L .88
NN Pineapple Juice 1L $1
Purex TP 15 DBLS $5.98 limit 2
I spent some quality time at the grocery stores thing I did was hang out in the TP aisle, trying to make sense of the deals. Charmin is on sale and I had coupons so I carried this Purex over to the Charmin and NN section. When I compared sheets on the roll and size of sheets and # of rolls the Purex was still the best deal!
Seafood Medley 340g $3.88
Dole Classic Mix Salad $1
NN Pasta 2Kg 2/$5

Walmart 13-19
Armstrong Cheese 750g $6.97

A couple of things.....there is a buy $40 worth of P&G products and get a $10 PC GC. I thought I would check out the large Cascade dish washing. If I was to buy $40 worth(4 boxes) and get $10 back, so pay $30, it still would be more expensive than what it would cost for the same 4 boxes at Costco! So, I don't think I will be participating.

What is it? The scanning code of practice is when something is listed as one price at the shelf and comes up another at the cash register. Want all the details? Read here .
 When I did my shop yesterday I was unable to stand and watch the till as the place was a zoo and I needed to get my stuff packed up before it became one squished pile at the end of the belt....can you relate? Well, when I was all done I stood to the side and looked over my bill. One of the items, rang in at $3.17, but I had bought it because at the shelf it said $2.49 for the first 4. I wasn't in a rush and so I lined up in the customer service area. I explained to the teller what had happened. She went to the product's aisle and brought back the tag from the shelf. I got my item for free! I was sad to think of all the people who were overcharged all day! She changed it after my purchase! It pays to pay attention!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mail in Rebate for Junk Food

You may remember last May there was this promo. Well, it looks like there is a similar one This time you spend $20 and get a coupon booklet. In the past this has been for free products similar to what you may have just purchased.
I think I am going to wait and see if Superstore does the one where you get the $20 worth of PC gift cards.  Supposedly MIR forms will be in stores by Jan 12,2012.
Another idea might be to wait and do this on a 20X the points day as it will be almost half of your $50 purchase!
If you want to find out how people are making out with this promo you can go to Smart Canucks and read the forum here.

Participating products must be purchased between December 25, 2011 and February 13, 2012 and must be purchased at the same time and in the same transaction to be eligible for the Coupon Booklet Off er.
  ALLOW 6-8 WEEKS AFTER February 29, 2012 for delivery of Coupon Booklet by mail.
 Limit one (1) Coupon Booklet per address or household. 

How to Get a $20 Coupon Booklet back by mail:
1. Purchase any combination of the following products for a total of $20 or more (before taxes) at participating retailers across Canada: Lay’s* potato chips, Tostitos* tortilla  
 chips, Ru es* potato chips (180g – 420g/all avours), Tostitos*, Ru es* salsa/dips (400mL – 645mL/425g – 432g/all varieties), Pepsi*, Mountain Dew*, Mug*, 7UP*, 
 Dr Pepper**, Crush**, Schweppes** soft drinks (all sizes/varieties), Brisk® beverages (all avours/varieties/sizes), Gatorade* and G2* beverages (all avours/varieties/sizes).
2. Enclose the original itemized store-identi ed cash register receipt dated between December 25, 2011 and February 13, 2012 with the purchase price of each participating  
 product circled. All products must be purchased in the same transaction to be eligible for the o er. 
3. Complete this o cial mail-in coupon o er with your full name, address (including city, province and postal code) and phone number. 
4. Mail all of the above (with su cient postage), postmarked by February 29, 2012 to: 
PEPSI/TOSTITOS $20 Super Bowl Coupon Booklet O er, P.O. Box 12505, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 5E7

Thursday, January 5, 2012

$5 Ski Nights have become $10 Ski nights

Well, it's that time of year again! Time to hit the slopes for cheap! However, the lift ticket prices have doubled! Since we started skiing, almost 4 years ago,the price was $5 for night skiing and $10 for rentals. Now the price is $10 for night skiing and rentals are the same.
This starts on Friday Jan 6, 2012 at both Silverstar and Big White. (click on the underlined ski hills to go to their sites)
The times are 330pm-800pm.
Friday night ski prices run until March 31, 2012.
 Silver Star has Saturday night skiing, same times same price as Fridays. They also have $5 dinner at Town Hall.
Silver Star and Big White are also offering a punch card each night ski. Go skiing 4 nights and get your 4 punches and you will get 50% off a day ski.

Our experience has been that having your own equipment is a great way to go. It can save you time(waiting in the rental lines) and money(all those rental fees). We get our equipment at garage sales, castanet, and as hand me downs! Last summer I was looking for boots and my garage saling partner, Yoon Hee, spotted these! They are brand new and the box had the original ticket price! I paid $50!

Soon to Expire Foods

I went shopping on the first Tuesday of the month.
These are some of the things I bought and what I plan to use the foods for. One of the things that will help you spend less on groceries is combining sale prices and menu planning.
Many grocery stores discount foods that are about to expire.
Combining expiring foods with creative menu planning is another was to spend less.
This was my Extra Foods Shop. I paid $35.91 for this.
The Special K was free. The Rice Krispies were on sale plus there was a $3 coupon when you bought 3, plus there are coupons on them and a free calendar. The FINISH dishwasher cleaner is the MIR. The whipping cream and yogurt were on sale and had coupons.
The yogurt is plain and I will freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop it into Ziplocs for my buttered chicken recipe.
As you can see I got some
50% off soon to expire things.
 The cheese slices and the eggnog.
First, I need to post a list of expiry dates and the items on my fridge.
I'd show you my magnetic board and how I made my list, but it's just too messy.
All I did was write
EN-Jan 5
WC-Jan 7.
CC Jan 9.
Yog Jan 8
CS Jan 11

 I froze one of the packages of cheese slices(CS)
for grilled cheese sandwiches or hamburgers in the future.
With the eggnog(EN) I made eggnog ice cream and eggnog cake and have found some fun muffins to use it up.
The cottage cheese(CC) I froze 2 containers for future use.
I used one to make 2 trays of lasagna. We ate one for lunch and breakfast.
I have a feeling we will easily plow through the last 4 as we like to just eat it as well as I have some 3 Cheese Pinwheels to make. I will watch the expiry dates and use it up as soon as possible.

This is a Costco shop. It cost $21.67.
The crackers are on sale this week for $2.39.
The spaghetti is on sale for $3.99.
I got some spinach to make salads. 

This was my Superstore shop. The total was $62.78.
It's a lot because of the cod. I bought 4 @ $5.98 which is a great price. Hubby loves fish and we have an America's Test Kitchen for Fish and Chips that we love!
The whipping cream will be used for a shrimp recipe we like(thanks Louisa!) and I will hunt around for other recipes.
Some of it I will whip and freeze(like having  your own cool whip only way tastier and no additives).
The banana yogurt is almost gone. (It's actually quite good! Who knew!)

Creative cooking is actually quite fun! Even for someone whose not super confident in the kitchen!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
 To start the year off right it's 10% off day tomorrow!
Extra Foods has their family appreciation days today and tomorrow.
 These aren't the current coupons pictured(I was too lazy to scan them)but the amount to spend and the discount is the same. They are available on the front of the flyer and are effective Jan 2 and 3, 2012.

I think I will try to get the Free Box of Special K Oats and Honey or Blueberry Flavour Cereal.
They have SeaQuest cod,sole, basa fillets 680g $5.98 limit 4.(good price)
No name cheeses are $7.98 for 800g at 10% or more off this is good.
No name pasta is $1.38 for 900g.
Rooster brand instant egg noodles 400g .78.
I think I might also do the MIR for the Finish Dishwasher cleaner.
I like the flexibility of only spending $25 as I often find it hard to spend more. If there are good deals and can see if I reach the higher discounts.

Cooper's 2-7
Pineapples $2.49
Onions 3lb $1.29

Save On Foods 2-7

WF Chicken Breasts 3Kg box $19.78($2.99/lb)
Kraft Cheez Whiz 1Kg $4.99 first 2