May 31

Checkout 51 Canada: Great Grocery Cash Back Deals This Week

Posted by on May 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Checkout 51 Canada: Great Grocery Cash Back Deals This Week

Have you tried Checkout51 yet? With great offers like the ones below, how can you not?

I am always reluctant to try new things, but this looks too easy and money-saving to pass up. You simply take a look at Checkout51′s newest offers, buy those offers, scan your receipt and they send you money! Please, send me money! All of the items are items you probably buy anyway, and you can use coupons to buy them, saving you even more money. Here are this week’s current offers:

  • Lays & Pepsi. Buy any three bags of Family Size Lays® Potato Chips (270g) and any three 12 x 355 mL packs of Pepsi® cola and get $6 off. Valid on any flavour of Lays® with Pepsi®, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Caffeine Free Pepsi, & Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi. Items must appear on the same receipt. Cash back $6.00
  • Raid, any Raid product. Cash back $3.00
  • Black Diamond natural cheese, 200 g or more, any variety. Cash back: $2.00
  • Coppertone products, any Coppertone product. Cash back: $1.50
  • Any Saran Product, any Saran Product. Cash back: $1.25
  • San Daniele and Mastro deli meats, any San Daniele or Mastro deli meats. Cash back: $1.00
  • Dempster’s bagels, package of 6 or more, any variety. Cash back: $1.00
  • Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill, any Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refill. Cash back: $3.00
  • Glade® Sense & Spray Refill, any Glade Sense & Spray® refill. Cash back: $3.00
  • Select Vachon pastries, includes Jos Louis, May West, Ah Caramel, and Passion Flakie, package of 6 or more. Cash back: $0.50
  • Any grocery trip over $60 Cash back $1.00

The last one is what gets me – simply buy groceries – and they’ll give you $1!

These offers are valid now until midnight on June 5th. I’m getting the app right now!

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May 30 Exclusive Promo Code: $10 Off Your $30 Order

Posted by on May 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM Exclusive Promo Code: $10 Off Your $30 Order

Sign up for a new account at and use the promo code to get yourself $10 off your $30 order. We originally had a promo code to save you $10 off your $40 order so this one is that much better! It does expire tomorrow so hurry!

Click here to shop @ now

  • Coupon Code: BMOOSEMAY2013
  • Discount: $10 Off $30
  • Expiry: 31st May 2013

I recently made my first purchase at and was impressed. My package has already shipped so I know I’ll be getting it anytime now (probably today). I loved that they had all the brands I wanted, including organic and natural brands. I like that when they have a sale, it is easy to see what’s in stock, rather than heading to the store and having your item sold out. You also can’t beat getting an extra $10 off!

Right now has a sale on Swimways, with 20% off. This Baby Spring Float Canopy is a must-have for a Mom and baby who will be spending lots of time in the water. Holding your baby, even in a pool, for long hours is really tiring. They love being in here, plus the canopy keeps them in the shade. I definitely used this item with all three of my children, and it became even more handy each time as I had older children to watch in the water. Was $35.98, now $28.78. Spend another $2 on something (anything) at and you’ll pay only $18.78 for the float canopy. has so many grocery items, like Tassimo discs and K-cups on sale for 10% off right now.

Shipping is free on orders over $25, so not only do you save $10, but you get free shipping.

Bargainmoosers, how likely are you to shop for grocery items online?

In case you missed the deadline for this awesome promo code, check out the other exclusive coupon in the forum. Exclusive Promo Code: $10 Off Your $30 Order

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April 18

Checkout51 Android App Launch: Canadian Grocery Cashback

Posted by on April 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Checkout51 Android App Launch: Canadian Grocery Cashback

We’ve got some news this week for potential new users of the free Canadian grocery cashback app, Checkout51. Their Android app is launching – which is good news for those of you with Android handsets!

From the above link, you will be able to download the app of your choice – either on the app store for iOS or on Google Play for Android.

We’ve mentioned Checkout51 here on Bargainmoose once before, and that post tells you a little bit more about the Canadian app.  In that thread, Bargainmooser Kate had this to day about it:

I was one of the beta members and I love this app/program! Any savings help when your grocery shopping and this one is for sure worth the time.

Now, while the grocery cashback offers on Checkout51 change on a weekly basis, we don’t write about them here on Bargainmoose every single week. We have been putting lists up on our Facebook page, if you want to keep track… or you can just click over to Checkout51 each week, yourself.

For some examples of the current offers this week:

  • Glade Jar Candles - $1 cashback
  • Special K Cereal – $2 cashback
  • Bento Sushi – $1.50 cashback
  • COLDSORE-FX – $5 cashback
  • Kraft Dinner Smart – $0.75 cashback

As you can see, if you add up some of these offers for brands you’d be buying anyway, there’s quite a bit of cashback available. A handy tool!

(Expiry: never)

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April 14

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

Posted by on April 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

Get your printer fired up, and fill up the tray with paper because we’ve got a massive selection of grocery and household coupons for you this week!

Safeway Canada Coupons:

  • Save $4 When You Buy Two Carlton Cards (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • $0.50 Off Dr. Oetker Pudding Supreme (Exp 23rd May 2013)
  • 50% off Edwards Coffee (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • 50% Off Safeway Select Potstickers (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • 50% Off Deli Counter Salads (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • 50% Off Bakery Counter Artisan French Baguettes (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • 50% Off Safeway Farms Romaine Hearts (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • 2/$5 Safeway Gourmet Yellow and Red Potatoes (Exp 18th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Dove Men Face Care Products (Exp 31st May 2013)
  • $1 Off Eating Right Brown Rice Crisps (Exp 31st December 2013)
  • $1 Off Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant (Exp 25th April 2013)
  • $2 Off CeraVe Moisturizers and Cleansers (Exp 31st May 2013)
  • $2 Off Earth’s Own Almond on the Go (Exp 30th April 2013)

Save On Foods Canada Coupons:

  • Free Seventh Generation Dish Soap with Laundry Detergent Purchase (Exp 25th April 2013)
  • $5 Off Dry Dog Food and $4 Off Dry Cat Food (Exp 25th April 2013)

Clover Leaf Canada Coupon:

  • $1 Off Gourmet White Tuna Flavours (Exp 31st July 2013)

 Sobeys Canada Coupons:

  • 50 Club Sobeys Bonus Points with Maynard’s Candies Purchase (Exp 12th May 2013)
  • 75 Club Sobeys Bonus Points with any Purchase of $20 or more (Exp 12th May 2013)
  • 100 Club Sobeys Bonus Points with Grace Baguette French Purchase (Exp 12th May 2013)
  • 100 Club Sobeys Bonus Points with any Purchase of $25 or more (Exp 12th May 2013)
  • 200 Club Sobeys Bonus Points with Potted Orchids Purchase (Exp 12th May 2013)

 Yucatan Foods Canada Coupon:

  • Buy One Yucatan Foods Product and Get the Second For Free (Exp 25th April 2013)

Claritin Canada Coupon:

  • $3 Off Any Claritin Kids Product (Exp 31st December 2014) Coupons:

  • $3 Off Pediasure Complete Nutritional Supplement (Exp Unknown)
  • $1 Off Majesta Bathroom Tissue (Exp Unknown)
  • Save $2 When You Buy Any Two Premiere Fournee de Weston Breads (Exp Unknown)
  • Get up to $15 in Kraft Canada Coupons (Exp Various)
  • $1 Off Chex Cereal (Exp Unknown)
  • $4.50 Off Tena Personal Care Products (Exp Unknown)

The above coupons are only a small taste of what you can find in our Grocery and Printable categories. In an effort to keep our Moosers up to date with all of the latest coupons, we update the forum multiple times a day. If there’s a hot new coupon out there, we’ll have it!

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April 1

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

Posted by on April 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

Are you ready for another week of great printable coupons to save you a few extra bucks at the grocery store? This week’s coupons include discounts on household products, food and snacks, beverages, vitamins, organic food, pet treats, and more!

Safeway Canada Coupons

  • $1 Off Mazola Vegetable Oil (Exp 12th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Eating Right Brown Rice Crisps (Exp 31st December 2013)
  • $0.50 Off Dr. Oetker Pudding Supreme (Exp 23rd May 2013)

Save On Foods Canada Coupons

  • Get 500 Bonus Reward Points with Prescription Fill (Exp 12th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Dare Bear Claws (Exp 2nd April 2013)
  • Tazo Herbal Tea is Buy One, Get One Free (Exp 2nd April 2013)
  • $1 Off Crystal Light Drink Crystals (Exp 2nd April 2013)
  • Campbell’s Stock is Buy One, Get One Free (Exp 4th April 2013)
  • $5 Off Dry Dog Food (Exp 25th April 2013)
  • $4 Off Dry Cat Food (Exp 25th April 2013)

Metro Canada Coupon

  • $1 Off Selection Berry Medley Oatmeal Bites (Exp 3rd April 2013)

 Centrum Canada Coupon

  • $2 Off Any Centrum Product (Exp 31st December 2013)

Clorox Canada Coupon

  • $2 Off Glad Odour Guard Bags With Febreze Freshness (Exp 31st October 2013)

Petcetera Canada Coupons

  • Get a Free Bag of Cat Treats With Science Hill Dry Cat Food Purchase (Exp 2nd April 2013)
  • Get a Free Bag of Dog Treats With Science Hill Dry Dog Food Purchase (Exp 2nd April 2013)

Whole Foods Market Canada Coupons

  • $1 Off Any Two Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Non-Dairy Beverages (Exp 30th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Any Rudi’s Organic Bakery Product (Exp 30th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Any One Amande Creamy Cultured Almond Yogurt (Exp 30th April 2013)
  • $1 Off Any One 750 mL Karthein’s Organic Product (Exp 30th April 2013)

Please note that some of these coupons expire in the next few days, so you may want to head out to do your grocery shopping sooner, rather than later! For more up-to-date Canadian coupons, take a peek at our Coupon Forum.

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March 27

Canadian Freebie: Country Harvest Flax & Quinoa or Sprouted Multigrain Loaf

Posted by on March 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Canadian Freebie: Country Harvest Flax & Quinoa or Sprouted Multigrain Loaf

Country Harvest Canada is giving away 8,000 coupons for free Flax & Quinoa or Sprouted Multigrain Loaves.

All you have to do is “Like” Country Harvest on Facebook, and then enter their contest. You must be a legal resident of Canada and be at least the age of majority in your province/territory. Sorry, Quebec, this does not include you.  The contest started on March 26th and runs until May 1st, 2013 at 5 pm EST.

What you can win in the Whole Grain Giveaway is prize packs that include a tablet with a $25 gift card, gourmet toaster, and a $250 grocery gift card.

But just for entering, you will get a $0.75 off coupon for any Country Harvest loaf, and a coupon for a free loaf will be mailed to you.

Thanks Crafty501 for posting this amazing freebie in our Freebies Forum!

(Expiry: Until 8,000 coupons have been given away)

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March 19

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

Posted by on March 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Weekly Grocery Coupon Roundup

There is a ton of great coupons for groceries and other household items for you to take a look at before you do your weekly shopping.

There are multiple coupons from a lot of stores, so to make it easier, I will list all of the coupons under each one.

Safeway Canada Coupons

  • Get 150 Bonus Air Miles WUS $100+ or get 300 Bonus Air Miles WUS $200+ (Exp March 23rd 2013)
  • $1 Off Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer – Tropical Splash (Exp Unknown)
  • $1 Off Purex UltraPacks Cold Water (Exp Unknown)
  • $1 Off Purex Plus Fab Soft with Purex Crystals (Exp Unknown)
  • $4 Off Protilife (Exp March 31st 2013)
  • $1 Off Heinz Ketchup with Balsamic Vinegar (Exp March 26th 2013)
  • $4 Off Tassimo Edwards T-Discs (Exp May 4th 2013)
  • $1 Off Axe Face Care Products (Exp April 26th 2013)
  • $1 Off Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer (Exp April 30th 2013)
  • $2 Off Open Nature Bacon (Exp March 28th 2013)
  • $1 Off Blue Water Snack On Fish and Shrimp Bites (Exp Unknown)
  • $1 Off Attitude Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Lotion (Exp Unknown)

Save On Foods Canada Coupons

  • Get 500 Bonus Rewards Points with a Prescription Fill (Exp March 29th 2013)
  • $4 Off Dry Cat Food (Exp March 28th 2013)
  • $5 Off Dry Dog Food (Exp March 28th 2013)

o.b. Tampons Coupon

  • $1 Off Any o.b. Product (Exp March 31st 2013)

Clorox Coupons

  • $1 Off Clorox Bleach (Exp June 30th 2013)
  • $1 Off Any Clorox2 Product (Exp May 31st 2013)
  • $1 Off Any Clorox or Tilex Bottle With Smart Tube Technology (Exp June 30th 2013)

Maple Lodge Farms Coupons

  • $0.75 Off Maple Lodge Farms Chicken Bacon (Exp May 31st 2013)
  • $0.75 Off Maple Lodge Farms Pre-Packaged Chicken Deli Meat (Exp March 31st 2013)

Rogers Foods Coupon

  • $0.50 Off All Varieties of Rogers 5 Grain Products (Exp December 31st 2014)

Metro Coupon

  • $1 Off Oikos or Silhouette Yogurt When You Buy 2 Packages (Exp March 20th 2013)

High Liner Coupon

  • $1 Off Any High Liner Product (Exp March 31st 2013)

Hertel Coupon

  • $0.50 Off the Purchase of Any One Hertel Cleaner (Exp April 30th 2013)

Enjoy Life Foods Coupon

  • $1.50 Off Two Enjoy Life Foods Products (Exp Unknown)

We update our coupon section on a daily basis, so be sure to check back regularly for more up-do-date coupons. Happy shopping!

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January 24

WagJag Canada: $15 For $30 Worth Of Cleaning Supplies @

Posted by on January 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

WagJag Canada: $15 For $30 Worth Of Cleaning Supplies @

There is a great WagJag deal out now for You get a bundle of cleaning supplies worth $30 for only $15, including shipping.

Buy your voucher (only one per household allowed) from WagJag and redeem it at before April 30th. There are no product substitutions.

Here’s what you get in full sized products:

  • Tide HE Original Scent (1.18 L)
  • Charmin Ultra Strong Bathroom Tissue (4 regular rolls)
  • Bounce Dryer Sheets – Outdoor Fresh (80 dryer sheets)
  • Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels (2 rolls of 70 sheets)

And in samples:

  • Tide Spring Meadow Pods (1 pod)
  • Dawn Original Scent Ultra-Contentrated Dishwashing Liquid (9 mL)
  • Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs (2 pacs)
  • Swiffer 360 Degree Duster (1 duster)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power (1 pad)
  • Downy Unstoppables In-Wash Fresh Scent Booster (1 load)
  • Febreeze Set and Refresh Starter Kit (1 cartridge)

This is a great deal if you are looking to try new products and don’t want to spend the full price on them. It is also a great gift for someone getting a new house or apartment, or even cottage. You also can’t beat that this will show up at your door so that you don’t have to venture out into the cold!

Shipping is included. Your certificate is redeemable online at

Expiry: 4th February 2013

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January 23

Some Canadian Coupons From (Printable Grocery Coupons)

Posted by on January 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Some Canadian Coupons From (Printable Grocery Coupons)

Over at, there’s a great choice of Canadian printable grocery coupons available, with discounts on many popular brand names, from Kelloggs to Heinz. As I write this, there are 81 printable coupons on show, with discounts ranging from $0.50 to $5.00.

We don’t normally paste a huge list of coupons, but this seems like one of the easiest ways to convey this information to you today. Here’s the latest list:

Just browse down the above – if you click any of the links, you’ll see the Canadian coupon appear on the page. Alternatively, just click through, then browse through the offers on Smartsource, and use the little checkbox to highlight the coupons you want, printing them all out in one go.

Happy couponing!

(Expiry unknown, may vary from coupon to coupon)

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December 17

Checkout51: Canadian Grocery Cashback App

Posted by on December 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Checkout51: Canadian Grocery Cashback App

Checkout 51 is a relatively new app on the market, but one that I thought would be good to mention to the Bargainmoosers. The app designers are based in Toronto – it’s a Canadian grocery cashback app! With this app, you can get cashback on your in-store grocery purchases, when you buy select items. It’s currently available on the Apple app store, but will be coming to Google Play soon.

Let’s take a look at some of the grocery cashback offers which are available as I write this:

  • $2.50 for Heinz Ketchup (750mL+)
  • $2 for Cheerios (400g+)
  • $1 for Coca Cola (2L)
  • $4 for 3 bricks of Philly
  • $3 for Huggies Wipes

As you can see, there are some top brands on there, so I think these are pretty good cashback offers.

How to get cashback:

Buy the items of offer within the dates required, take a photo of your receipt, and upload it through the app. Quite simple!

Here are a few words from Bargainmooser Debbie when I chatted to her about this app:

I think it’s an amazing deal and I am going to do it if it’s available here in our area!! Who doesn’t love cash back on groceries!!

When I heard the name of this app – Checkout 51 – I immediately thought of Area 51; but this app has more to do with grocery shopping than aliens!

Do you think you would use this app?

(Expiry: none)

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August 22

Crafty’s Money-Saving Ideas: About Laundry, Pies, and Burgers!

Posted by on August 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Craftys Money Saving Ideas: About Laundry, Pies, and Burgers!

Bargainmooser Crafty501 is a real money-saving Mooser. I was recently chatting to her about some money-saving ideas that she uses in her home, and quite a few different points came up. I’ve decided to write them all down in a quick article for our money-saving category. There’s no general theme here, but some random ideas that you all might be interested in reading. Here goes, over to Crafty!

Here are a few things I do to save money.

Laundry samples

If you go on any vacation – especially when you have children, you may need to find someplace to do laundry while you are away.  The small packages of laundry detergent they sell at laundromats are really pricey.  I always send for the free samples whenever they’re available – usually Gain, or Purex. I put them in a ziploc bag and stash it in a suitcase.  The samples are made for one load and are perfect for travelling.

I also keep all the samples from pain relievers and allergy tablets. Again, I put them in a ziploc bag and pop them in my suitcase. Perfect for travelling, and they take up very little room.

Make your own bread crumbs or croutons

I break bread crusts into small pieces and put them in a pan to let them dry out.  Anytime I have used the oven – after it’s turned off, I just pop the bread into the oven so it dries out further.  Once I have the pan filled, I put a handful at a time into my blender and turn it into crumbs.  I keep the crumbs in an air tight container.  I am always using bread crumbs for coating chicken or meat, or adding to ground beef.

You can make croutons the same way, just cut the bread into small squares and let it dry out.  You can melt some margarine with a bit of garlic and then sautée the cubes once they are dried out – then let them dry again – it’s a great topping for salads.

Fruit & Veg storage

At this time of the year – just about everyone is giving away  zucchini.  Instead of baking up batches of zucchini bread, or muffins, shred the zucchini in the amount you need for a recipe and then bag it and freeze it until you have time to do some baking.

If you can get a great deal on apples and want to fill the freezer with lots of pies but only have one or two pie plates, don’t go out and spend money on more pie plates.  Line a pie plate with plastic wrap.  Prepare your apples and mix them with sugar and cinnamon, then pile them (uncooked) into the pie plate and put them in the freezer. A couple of hours later, just lift the plastic wrap out of the pie plate, wrap it up, label it, and pop it back into the freezer.  When you want a pie, just prepare your pastry! Put one of the frozen apple forms into the pie shell, top with more pastry and put it into your oven.  You will need to add more time for baking as the apples are frozen.

Make your own hamburgers

Watch for sales on ground beef or buy the family size pack for even more savings. Mix the ground beef with the bread crumbs you have made, add some seasonings (I just add a bit of garlic salt, seasoning salt and add onions).  You can make the patties as big or small as you want.  Shape them to desired size, put them on a cookie sheet and pop them into the freezer.  Once frozen, use a spatula to life them off the cookie sheet, and bag them individually, then put them into a larger freezer bag.  Whenever you are short on time, or have forgotten to take something out for dinner, just grab the number of beef patties needed and cook them up.  This is much cheaper than buying the pre-packaged patties, and a whole lot tastier too.

Have you any little tips for money-saving in the home?

(Image credit: madlyinlovewithlife)

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August 14

Save Money and Time by Meal Planning Your Week

Posted by on August 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Save Money and Time by Meal Planning Your Week

As a busy individual who may be a full-time working mom with kids who need to be picked up from soccer practice or swim practice or piano lessons, or a busy stay-at-home mom with many things on the go, or even someone like me who is childless (unless you count my boyfriend as a child which he sort of is) with part time work and full time schooling, time is always a luxury.

Although I love to eat and I really enjoy eating, I just can’t spend that much time cooking, looking up new recipes, or buying groceries for these recipes on a daily or almost daily basis.

Planning your week in advance gives you a sense of grounding, knowing that you have a PLAN. This is much better than coming home exhausted and feeling too tired to cook, or to even get the energy to magically conjure up something TO cook.

Time organization skills are key to spending your time on more important things, like family, your personal goals, or finishing up a busy project.

Some Great Ideas for Meal Plans

Oprah has some great meal plans that she rotates on a biweekly or few-weekly basis. In addition, Unclutterer has a great weekly Meal Plan Excel template you can download and use. You won’t ever have to be grasping for straws when answering “what’s for dinner”.

With a meal plan, I am able to answer this question myself, and it prompts me to take the frozen chicken out of the freezer to defrost in the fridge. There have been many times when I forget to take something out of the freezer the night before to defrost, only to come home and say “doh!” Keeping organized keeps me from feeling stressed and irritable. At the same time, the meal plan is very flexible. If you don’t feel like having X today, you can always switch it around and have Y instead. Having at least some ideas keeps things fresh and easy.

Planning the Week Saves Trips to the Grocery Store (and the Take-Out Restaurant)

Planning the week in advance also saves trips to the grocery store because you would have bought everything you needed to cook for that week already.

Also, using a chest freezer is helpful with time management and organization as you can store all your left-overs (and your extra meals) in there. If ever you are feeling too tired to cook, you can just grab a few containers and heat them up.  This beats eating processed microwavable dinners that have ingredients that are unpronounceable  that even a chemistry major couldn’t explain. You know what is in left-over meals because you made it them. In addition, planning your week in advance with meals prepared in advance (if you should choose to be this ultra-organized) saves you trips to the take-out restaurant, which ultimately saves you money.

Bargainmoosers, do you meal plan? If so, do you find it useful?

(Image credits: Victor1558)

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August 1

Grocery Budget Saving Tips We Use To Save Money! (Guest post)

Posted by on August 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Grocery Budget Saving Tips We Use To Save Money! (Guest post)

We recently published a guest column over on about 4 ways to lower your family’s back to school budget. And now Mr CBB would like to share some wise words with the Moosers too. He’s going to write about his tips on saving on the grocery budget. We have had a few similar articles in the past, such as Eddie’s tips on slashing your food bills, or Krista’s Saving money on your groceries. So while some of the ideas are on a similar vein, it’s good to get a fresh perspective and thoughts on the topic.

Over to Mr CBB:

Grocery Savings in the budget to save money, no way, what’s the catch? I hear that all the time and realise  that it’s no wonder grocery budgets are out of control. In order to spend less than we earn we need to make sure that we are planning where our money is going. We need to set goals and stick to them. There’s nothing worse than someone complaining who has done nothing about spending too much, especially at the grocery store.

Do you know what a coupon is?

Well, a coupon is a ticket or document that can be exchanged for a financial discount or rebate when purchasing a product (source). I think most regular Bargainmoosers already know this! With the explosion of coupons into the scene, most would think it’s all new and exciting but it’s really an old concept. Coupons began in 1888 when Asa Candler wanted potential customers to test out his Coke Product free with what we now call an FPC or Free Product Coupon.

Moving forward, coupons in the United States made a presence in 1909 for Post Grape Nuts cereal. It wasn’t until 1940 that the big box stores as we know it today jumped aboard and by 1965 half of the American households were clipping coupons just to save a buck.  We are no strangers to coupons in Canada as more and more families are racing to the shops to make sure they get a piece of the action.

Mrs. CBB says she remembers her grandmother clipping coupons when she was a girl. She would stash all of her coupons in a little recipe box with an organizer inside. Part of her was curious about them and she said she understood they were to save money. So teach your children young about money and budgets, it may stick with them a lifetime.

We used to use many coupons mainly for health, beauty and laundry items over the last couple of years. Is wasn’t until we designed a budget that we realized our spending was out of control even though we thought we had saving down to a science.  I don’t think for one moment if we hadn’t done that budget that we would be where we are today. We needed to see the numbers and $600 for 2 is outrageous even using coupons.

We have since designed The Grocery Game Challenge to help motivate us to stick to our new budget of $190 a month for 2 people with one no-shop week a month. We have many fans that post their weekly grocery shop along with us and we all save money together. You think, ah what’s posting going to do? Check it out, some of my fans who were in the same boat as us are happy they started posting. Posting holds you accountable, similar to a Weight Watchers Program and eventually you can go on a maintenance program for life. That means you can be set free to manage your grocery budget without worrying you will overspend.

Here are some of the tips that we learned the past couple of years to save money in the Grocery Budget.

Plan your Meals – We sit down once a week and plan out the meals for the week. Sometimes we go through recipe books and find new recipes that we want to try. We base our shopping around the ingredients of these meals which saves us money overall. You are not buying more food than you need and that’s the goal, as too many people waste more food then they consume. We also use the flyers and weekly specials that influence just what might be making it to our weekly plate.

Make a grocery list, check it twice – We make our grocery list once a week but we also check it twice. I can assure that almost every week something gets nixed from the list. We realize that we really don’t need it and we would be simply spending money we don’t need to. We learned just because we have a coupon it doesn’t mean we have to buy it.

Set a Grocery Budget – It was imperative for us to know exactly how much we could afford each month after all the bills are paid. Once you have a budget the rest is easy!

Use Grocery Coupons and Store Points – We use coupons for many reasons with the main being to save money in the budget. If we can stockpile items that we know we use in our pantry then we will. You can get grocery coupons in your weekly flyer inserts, online coupons, printable coupons, manufacturer mailed, food containers or boxes or now mobile coupons. The points through Shoppers Optimum are also an excellent way to save.

We like to get dry beans, tomatoes, flour, couscous, pasta etc. We do tend to stay away from convenience type foods if we can help it and try to learn alternate ways or healthier ways to make food. There’s nothing wrong with a splurge once in a while. We also tend to visit the reduced rack/counter at the shops where we find produce, dairy, meats etc at a fraction of the price. If we have a points card and can use accumulated points to put towards our shop, even better.

Cook from scratch and grow a garden - The above leads us to cooking from scratch. Yes it may be time-consuming but it also may save you money, at least for us it has. Each year we plant tomatoes, herbs, peppers, rhubarb, raspberries, onions, etc. Just recently we learned how to make mayonnaise, tortillas, bread, brownies, cakes, sauces, spice mixes, etc. all from scratch. It’s a frugal way to keep money in your pocket and not spending it on convenience boxed foods where many families see a drain on the pocket-book.

Overall change won’t happen overnight but the important step is the first step. Take your time to assess your own personal situation and set goals from that point forward. Making a food budget is easy, the hard part is sticking to the grocery budget.

What ways do you save money in your Grocery Budget?

Grocery Budget Saving Tips We Use To Save Money! (Guest post)

Guest Post By Mr. CBB who blogs at canadianbudgetbinder and aims to help people save money in their budget by motivating them to stick to a budget and say NO to spending more than they earn. (Image credits: bulliver)

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August 1

How To Refill Your Lysol Soap Dispenser

Posted by on August 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

We recently shared a guest post over on Canadian blog acrazycouponerdealfinder, about how to save money on kid’s parties. And when talking with Chrissy there, she suggested I share this tip with the Bargainmoosers – it’s about how to replace the soap in your Lysol soap dispenser. This is a frugal tip, meaning that you can replace the soap with lower-cost product, rather than buying the refills. Here’s her video how-to:

If you have low bandwidth and can’t really watch the video, Chrissy has a post about the process here, with images and text instead.

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June 15

Bulk Barn Printable Coupon: Save $3

Posted by on June 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Bulk Barn Printable Coupon: Save $3

Spend $10 or more at the Bulk Barn between June 15th and June 28th and receive $3 off your purchase (before taxes) with printable coupon. You can also get a free reusable bag (limit of one per customer), with the purchase of $10 or more, while supplies last, from June 15th to June 21st.

Here are some details for coupon:

  • Limit of one coupon per week
  • Expires: 28th June 2012 (27th June 2012 in Quebec)
  • Valid at any Bulk Barn location
  • Cannot be used with any other discount or coupon

Take a look at the many different ideas for Fathers Day snacks. I would not be able to choose, they all look so tasty! If snacking isn’t his thing, check out the spices available for his barbequing, or any of the weekly specials.

I personally love the Anna Olson recipes they have listed. I am definitely trying the chocolate chips cookies for my grandbabies this weekend and most likely the carnberry quinoa salad for myself. Mmmmmmmmm!

The Bulk Barn is probably in my top 5 most favorite places to shop. They literally have everything I need from cereal to dog snacks. The spices are amazing. I just buy what I need to fill containers and no messy empty bags hanging around in my cupboard. If you have a pet at home, you need to take a look at all the petfood available for them.

The health food selection is huge and I find prices to be more affordable than grocery stores. I could really go on forever about the Bulk Barn, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. Don’t forget the printable coupon and that list of items you’ve needed to replenish for a while now.

(Expiry: Printable coupon expires: 28th June 2012, free reusable bag offer expires: 20th June 2012)

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