PC Optimum Points Offers this Week – Shoppers and Superstore

Hello fellow bargaineers! Today is the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of finding you the very best offers to maximize the PC Optimum points you collect.

What’s the value of PC Optimum points?

Collecting PC Optimum points are very valuable, because the more points you earn, the more free stuff you can get! Every 1000 points equals $1 worth of free merchandise for you at either Shopper’s Drug Mart or Real Canadian Superstore. There is a minimum point requirement of 10,000 points before you can redeem – so once you hit 10,000 points, you get $10 of free food or goodies!

The two major places to collect PC Optimum points are at either Superstore or Shopper’s. So, that’s where we’re going to focus our efforts, too. Now, let’s go find some points, bargaineers!

The Best PC Optimum offers at Superstore This Week

Get your shopping gear on, your loonie ready to pop into a shopping cart, and off we go! This week you can add MEGA points to your PC Optimum account! Here are the best deals at Real Canadian Superstore this week (August 16 to August 22, 2019):

  • 5000 points on every $15 spent on Nestle Favourites snack size treats, assorted count sizes (Hmmm…chocolate!)
  • 200 points on a 12 pack of Pepsi soft drinks
  • 500 points on U by Kotex pads, liners or tampons (sale price $6.98; limit of 4)
  • 3000 points on a Club Size (72 pack) of Sunrype fruit to go (sale price $18.98; limit of 4)
  • 2000 points on an 8-pack of Aylmer 796 ml cans of tomatoes (sale price $8.88; limit of 4)
  • 2000 points on an 8-pack of Chef Boyardee mini ravioli OR Heinz baked beans or pasta (sale price $8.68)
  • 1000 points on an 18 pack of Original Wagon Wheels (sale price $3.98; limit of 4) *I miss these so much since going gluten free! Craving some gluten free snacks that will satisfy? Head over to my 25 Best Gluten Free Snacks on Amazon.ca.
  • 2000 points on Mott’s Fruitsations variety pack (24 x 111 grams or 12 x 104 ml) $9.48 each
  • 1000 points on Always pads (36-62 size) or liners (116 or 136 pack size) $10.78
  • 500 points on Litehouse dressings, 591 ml (sale price $4.98; limit of 4)
  • 5000 points on every $20 spent on stationery. (This is a great deal for all of you shopping for Back to School! $5 back in PC Optimum points for every $20 spent.)
  • 3000 points when you buy 2 Joe Fresh children’s mix and match clothing styles (either for baby, toddler, or kids sizes)
  • 1000 points on One a Day or Flintstones multivitamins or gummies (50-90 size bottles) (Sale price $8.98; limit of 4)
  • 1000 points on Dr. Scholl’s insoles, selected varieties (Sale price $16.98; limit of 2)
  • 12000 points on every $40 spent on participating Claritin, Aerius or Restoralax products

This Week’s Best PC Optimum Offers at Shoppers

Valid August 17 to 23, 2019.

  • 8000 points on 2 Vichy Mineral 89 or Liftactiv Skin care products
  • 8000 points on 2 Avene sun care products
  • 10000 points on Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones
  • 10000 points on a Spotify gift card (minimum value $60)
  • 2000 points on HUGGIES Super boxed diapers or training pants
  • 3000 points on 2 Dove Hair care products (selected types and sizes; excludes large sizes)
  • 8000 points on 2 Olay Total Effects or Olay Whip Facial moisturizers (selected types and sizes)
  • 3000 points when you spend $20 on Life Brand hair, sun, acne or skin care products
  • 5000 points when you buy 2 Natural Instincts, Nice ‘n Easy or Root Touch-up hair colour kits
  • 3000 points when you buy 2 Quo full or individual lashes fake eyelashes, selected types
  • 5000 points when you spend $25 on Quo sleep accessory sets, sponges, or cosmetic bags
  • 2000 points when you buy 2 Joe Fresh socks (1-4 pair packs) or Secret Collection tights

Whew! You could have a very impressive points haul this week if you can take advantage of some of these deals. Superstore especially had some amazing bargains on back to school promotions. Hope you can grab a bunch of points, bargaineers! And please post a comment if you got an especially good deal you’d like to brag about.

How to Save Money on Food in 3 Easy Steps!

Putting money into a piggy bank as a result of your savings on food.

Do you love food? I know I do! We need food to live but the variety we have makes it a delight. As a result, food costs end up being one of the largest household expenses for families. So, how do you save money on food? The key lies with the type of expense food is.

Saving Money on Food, a Variable Cost

Most of our expenses are fixed and there is little we can do to change them. Expenses like mortgages, rent, car payment, insurance are examples of such. The only variable expense is food. So, to save money, we must focus on cutting food costs. How? Here are 3 easy steps.

Track Your Food Costs

This means you track the amount you spend on food including groceries and eating out. You can track either weekly or monthly but have enough of a sample size to give you a good idea of your spending habits. Once you have done that, find your average food spending costs.

Reduce and Save

Once you have your average food costs, take 10 percent of that amount and immediately put into savings. You will do this every time you need to spend on food(either weekly or monthly). The other 90 is what you will spend on food. So, is that it? Not quite!

Use Cash, Save More Money

The next thing you need to do is take that food budget as cash. Why? Because once your cash is gone, there is nothing else to spend. If you use a debit or credit card, there is always the temptation to spend beyond your budget. Cash takes this away. Also, you will be more mindful of what you spend on and might have cash leftover. If you do, put that into savings too!

Conclusion

It seems pretty easy and it is! Most times the simple solution is the best solution. So try it out, you might be surprised on how much you save! Saving money is important; eating food is very important. But you can have the best of both worlds. So eat, drink and save!

$20 off a bagless Bissell Zing vacuum cleaner on Amazon

If you have messy pets, or messy kids – or a chaotic combination of both – then you know how important a good vacuum cleaner is. There is always something that needs to be cleaned up!


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Today on Amazon you can snag yourself a great deal on a Bissell! This reliable vacuum is on for $59.99 for today only. (Regular price is $79.99) I’m a big fan of bagless vacuums, because who can be bothered mucking out a dusty, musty vacuum bag? Less waste too.

10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Food in Canada

There is no denying it – what we spend on food can cost us a huge portion of our income. And, with prices of food seemingly going up continuously, we all are looking for ways to save on our weekly grocery bills. Here are our top 10 ways to save on groceries. Have more ideas to share? Please leave a comment!

  1. Change supermarkets – I know, you’ve shopped at your favourite store forever and so did your Mama and your grandmother. Maybe the store you shop at is very comfortable for you – you know where everything is located, and you even know the names of your favourite cashiers! I get it. But, changing to a lower-cost supermarket can save you immense amounts of money. Stores like Walmart and No-Frills are much lower cost than high-end grocery stores.
  2. Shop at multiple stores – Instead of hitting up only one store every week, make a detailed list of the best sales (or loss leaders) at every store, and stock up on those.
  3. Search grocery flyers or flyer apps before you head out – Apps like Flipp have made browsing through grocery flyers a way easier task! You can even create a shopping list of all the specials at each store, and then access that list easily on your smartphone. Or, of course there are still paper flyers that you can peruse. This way you are armed with the information on what each store has on sale this week, allowing you to get the best deals. And therefore – save your money!
  4. Make a price book – This has been an frugal living tip for a long time, as any longtime frugalites will know! What is a price book? Basically, a notebook (or digital file on your phone or tablet) where you keep track of the best prices in your area for the food you buy. This is helpful because it is such a personal document – you will know what is truly a good deal when organic strawberries are on sale, for instance. You only need to keep track of the things you regularly purchase. It’ll help you understand when something is actually a very good deal.
  5. Farmer’s Markets – Ahhh, I love an afternoon at the Farmer’s Market! But, some of these markets are quite pricey along with their charm and quaintness. Ask around to find the best markets with the lowest prices. Sometimes shopping nearer the end of the day means you can snag a deal on produce that the grower doesn’t want to drag back home with them.
  6. Outlet food stores – I was recently told a tip about an Italian outlet market here in Calgary! It’s called Scarpone’s, and is located in the North of Calgary. There you can get amazing deals on their own canned tomatoes, and items like olives, olive oils, capers and pasta sauces. Ask around in your area, or head to trusty Google and type in ‘outlet food stores’ + ‘your city’ to find some hidden treasures you may never have known existed. (Another good resource to know about is McGavin’s Bread Basket. This store sells bread that is still a number of days out from being past its Best Before date. You can stock up, and freeze the bread, rolls, bagels or English muffins. It is a huge savings on the cost of a regular loaf of bread!)
  7. Coupons – Coupons are one of those things you either love, or you roll your eyes in disgust at the very thought of! I think I’m somewhere in the middle. I usually have a few clipped coupons in my wallet, but only on items that I would normally buy. And apps like Checkout 51 make clipping coupons as easy as tapping your smartphone screen. (In fact, you get credited a cash amount – say, $1.00 – after you purchase a certain product and prove that you purchased it by scanning the receipt and sometimes also the UPC. Once you reach a $20.00 threshold, you are sent a cheque! I have indeed received such a cheque, and can verify that this is a worthwhile app to have.)
  8. Check clearance sections – The clearance sections of your grocery store can provide all sorts of goodies! Sometimes you can even match a clearance price with a coupon, or a digital coupon on Checkout 51. Score! Double savings, folks. You can find a regular merchandise clearance, a produce clearance, and often a fresh foods clearance. You’ll have to keep your eyes open to find where your store has all the different reduced food sections. Usually these food items have a short best before date, so use up this good food and know that you’re preventing it from being dumped in the landfill!
  9. Try a generic version – Generic or no name products are often just as good as their more highly-advertised, brand name counterparts. Store brands are a good compromise of a product that is just as good as a brand name, but usually quite a bit cheaper.
  10. Shop for groceries online – Many of my friends swear by online grocery shopping. You choose all the food items you want, and then simply go to the store to pick your order up. Some stores have a fee for this service, but it might be worthwhile if it prevents you from impulse buying.

We hope that our list of grocery shopping savings tips will help you save some of your hard earned money. With a little pre-planning, a bit of browsing through flyers or flyer apps, and a little effort you can both save money AND eat like a king or queen!

No Frills Flyer Deals this Week – Grocery savings in Canada

Does No Frills have the cheapest grocery prices in Canada? We’re going out on a limb and declaring that YES, they do! And, even if you can’t get to a No Frills to do your shopping this week, you can download their latest flyer on your Flipp app, and shop somewhere like Walmart or Superstore – where they price match. A post on price matching is coming up soon! Watch for it.

(Oh, and before you head out to No Frills to stock up on bargains check out our article on our favourite eco-friendly produce bags. These are environmentally friendly ways to tote your stash of fresh fruits and veggies.)

Best No Frills Deals this Week – Starting July 5, 2019 – Includes amazing 50 Cent deals

Please note that these prices are for Western Canada:

  • Baby carrots, 2 lb bag $2.97
  • Chicken drumsticks $1.77/lb
  • Cherries (!!!) only $1.97/lb this week. Ahh, does anything taste more like summer than fresh, delicious cherries? (Okay peaches, I see you. Hopefully you’ll be on sale soon, too.)
  • Clover Leaf light tuna or Brunswick sardines – $1.00 each
  • Country Harvest bread $2.00 – STOCK UP PRICE! Pop a few of these in the freezer.
  • Dove – 8×90 gram bar soap; or 650 ml body wash $5.97 (Compare the price on Amazon HERE.)
  • Lindt Excellence chocolate bars 100 grams $2.97 (Lots of varieties of dark chocolate available. Mmmmm chocolate.)
  • Maxwell House coffee – large tin of 631 gram to 925 gram size – $6.97 (Compare the price on Amazon HERE.)
  • Navel oranges $1.00/lb
  • Organic bananas $0.87/lb
  • Organic strawberries, 1 lb – perfect for slicing and dishing up with fresh whipped cream – $2.97
  • Palmolive HUGE 3 liter liquid dish soap/detergent $5.97
  • Peace Tea iced tea – 695 ml cans – $0.87
  • Piller’s Turkey Bites or Pepperoni pepperettes $4.97
  • Robin Hood All purpose flour – large 10 kg size – $8.77
  • Stouffer’s or Lean Cuisine frozen entrees $1.97
  • Ziggy’s salads 1.25 kg – includes potato salad and macaroni salad and other varieties – $5.00

Crazy 50 Cent Deals at No Frills

These are mega deals! These are all of the fifty cent deals on at No Frills, starting tomorrow – July 5, 2019. Stock up on those your family loves!

  • Aylmer soup, No name sauce (such as poutine sauce) or soup cups $0.50
  • Beatrice or Dairyland 237 ml chocolate milk $0.50
  • Britannia Nutro wafers or Good Day biscuits $0.50
  • Carl Buddig sliced deli meats, 55 grams $0.50 (great bargain on this one!)
  • Foremost dairies peach or strawberry yogurt 175 gram $0.50
  • Friskies or Fancy Feast small tins cat food $0.50 (this seems like an especially good deal on the Fancy Feast!)
  • Kiwis $0.50 each
  • Lemons $0.50 each
  • Mr Noodles instant noodles 2 for $0.50
  • Nestle Pure life 1.5 L water $0.50 (Wow, this is an awesome deal!!)
  • No Name tomato paste, 156 ml $0.50

Wow, it’s a great week to stock up on some deals at your local No Frills! Happy shopping, bargaineers. If you find a bargain we missed, or just have a great shopping tip to share, then please leave a comment.

Reusable produce bags – grocery bags for your green life

Shopping for our daily groceries is just one of those tasks that you can’t avoid. Want to feed the family? Then you just have to go to a local farmers’ market, grocery store, or supermarket. After years of using flimsy (and often non-recyclable) plastic produce bags to stock up on onions, potatoes, apples and more – many of us are discovering that there are much better options.

Today, we want to share with you some of our picks for the best reusable produce bags. With care, these bags should last you years – and you won’t add even a smidge of waste to your local landfill! Making these small choices over time really add up to huge results. Okay, onward to our favourite shopping bags!

Cotton Mesh Shopping Bags

This 10 pack of Reusable Cotton Produce/Veggie Bags is a great starter pack for the home shopper! Say goodbye forever to plastic bags with this set of 10 produce bags. The tare weight is included on a tag, so you won’t pay extra for the weight of the bag at the grocery till. Set includes 3 small, 4 medium, and 3 large mesh shopping bags. To wash these cotton mesh bags: simply hand or machine wash in cold water, then lay out flat to air dry. Easy! Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags are a wonderful set of 6 bags. These natural, organic cotton bags are very breathable – much better for your fresh fruit and vegetables than plastic bags. This set of 6 comes with 2 each of the small, medium and large sizes. Simple Ecology is a wonderful, ethical company with high standards.

Farmer’s Market Shopping Set – Jute bag plus Cotton produce bags

This Set of 6 Simple Ecology Reusable Shopping Bag Gift Set would make a perfect gift for an environmentally conscious friend! This starter set is perfect for heading out to the local farmer’s market – it comes with a well constructed jute shopping bag, a beachy mesh shopping bag, plus 4 produce bags in both muslin and mesh. An awesome set – and at time of writing, it was $15 off! Hooray bargaineers!

Shopping should be fun! Yes, that even includes grocery shopping. But, for those of us trying to reduce our footprint on the planet, it also means making wise choices of how to carry our food purchases. Instead of automatically relying on plastic bags, choose to carry jute, cotton, mesh or muslin bags instead. When stocking up on produce, our choices for eco-friendly produce bags make it a breeze to shop! Your health and the planet will both thank you.

Maxwell House Coffee on Sale – $6.97 for 925 gram tin

Okay, so once again we’re on the topic of COFFEE. Ahem. Lately we’ve discussed cheap coffees at McDonald’s , the changing Starbucks reward program, and even one of my favourite gadgets to make homemade lattes. But, as attested to by all those long line-ups at Tim Horton’s and Starbucks, well, I don’t think I’m alone in my adoration of coffee.

So, today’s deal should thrill you if you’d rather make your own delicious cup of coffee at home. (A very good way to save money over time, undoubtedly. Depending on where you go for a cup of coffee out, it can cost anywhere from $1 to $5 or more!)


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Right now on Amazon, a lovely large 925 gram tin of Maxwell House original roast is only $6.97! Their regular price really varies, but is listed right now at $9.97 so this is a 30% Savings! Definitely the right time to buy a few tins of delicious ground coffee.

Health and Beauty Deal – $1.99 for Organic Peppermint Lip Balm – Great Gift!

Delicious, 100% Natural Lip Balm

I am the first to admit that I’m a LIP BALM JUNKIE. There, got that out of my system. The first clue is that I have a tube or two of the wonderful lip conditioning stuff just about everywhere – in a pocket, in my purse, nestled on top of a storage container in my kitchen. I mean EVERYWHERE. (It probably doesn’t help that I live in Calgary, which is super dry. You need all the lotion and lip balm you can get living in a dry climate!)

But, I also like nice lip balm. The natural kind, with good-for-you ingredients and real essential oils. Those can get pretty pricey. So, I’m thrilled that my new lip balm favourite is only $1.99 regular price on Amazon! It’s an easy way to stock up on quality lip balm, without breaking the bank.


Under $2 for a great lip balm? Sign me up!
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Lip Balm List of Ingredients

This Whole Foods Organic peppermint lip balm is really soothing on even very dry lips. And the natural peppermint oil (my favourite flavour of lip balm!) leaves a bit of a tingling sensation on your lips, kind of cooling them down.

The balm has these ingredients: Organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic shea butter, organic peppermint essential oil, organic cocoa butter, organic hemp seed oil, and Vitamin E. Not bad, huh?

My Review of Whole Foods Organic Peppermint lip balm

I give this lip balm a 5/5! The price is very reasonable, the quality is wonderful, and it really WORKS. Try a tube or two the next time you place an Amazon order, or get a few for little gifts for friends. You (and they) will love this stuff.

Great Deal on Bottled Water – Nestle Pure Life Natural Spring Water – 24 pack – $2.47


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Now, I know that everyone is trying drastically to reduce their plastic consumption. I am, too. But, for our emergency kit I always keep packs of water on hand – just in case. Otherwise, I carry a handy dandy battered old refillable water bottle.

But this deal of 24 bottles of Nestle Pure life spring water at only $2.47 (and I believe that includes deposit) is a STEAL OF A DEAL. Great for stocking up on. Regular price on Amazon is $6.99 so this is 65% OFF NORMAL PRICE!

No Frills Flyer in Calgary – Best Deals of the Week (May 24/19)

Hooray, it’s time for a NO FRILLS flyer deals post! Today it’s all about the incredible $2 bargains you can get at No Frills starting tomorrow – May 24 and ending May 30, 2019. This post one day ahead of time will allow you to make your budget shopping list and get prepared to do your No Frills haul! (Have you guys seen the No Frills hauler commercials? So funny!) These prices apply to all of Western Canada and northern Ontario, including Geraldton, Kenora and Thunder Bay.

No Frills $2 Deals in Calgary, AB this week

  • $2 for 2 cans of Habitant pea soup – this is a STOCK UP price of only $1 a can! I am totally planning on getting at least 6 cans of this yummy old-fashioned pea soup, which is a great lunch.
  • $2 for a 1 lb package of fresh strawberries
  • $2/lb for frozen chicken breasts (skinless/boneless)
  • $2 – package of Campfire Bacon, 375 gram size
  • $2 for Country Harvest bread – VERY good stock up price on this! Lots of varieties on these whole grain loaves of delicious bread.
  • $2 – 6 oz. clamshell fresh blueberries – Pretty good price, one of the lowest of the season so far!
  • $2 – package of 3 Romaine Hearts – the tender romaine hearts make it easy to chop up and prepare into Caesar salad meals for at home, or prep for lunches to take to work. Top with some of the sale price chicken breasts – just saute them up with some seasoning, and slice the cooked chicken right on top!
  • $2 – 8 count tray of mini cucumbers – These delicious baby cucumbers are extra fresh and crunchy! Might as well add some slices of these to your lunch box with some dip as a healthy and satisfying mid-afternoon snack.
  • $2/2 Ataulfo Mangoes – I’ve never tried these delicious looking mangoes. Has anyone else? Please leave a comment!
  • Limes – 5 for $2 ($0.40 each) – This time of year we start to want to add freshly sliced citrus to our icy still or sparkling water. Or, make a batch of fresh homemade limeade!
  • Marc Angelo 2-pack chicken or pork souvlaki, 120 grams – These yummy little chicken skewers are a great simple lunch or dinner option with some lemon rice and tzaziki sauce on the side. Yummers!
  • Old Mill English muffins$2 for 2 packs of 6 my hub is an English muffin fiend, and this is a STOCK UP PRICE folks, so get a few packs as I intend to do. His favourite is to make homemade ‘breakfast sandwiches’ like they serve at Tim’s or Starbucks – by toasting an English muffin, then topping with a fried egg and a slice of good quality ham. Wrap it in aluminum foil and you can take a hot breakfast with you on your commute!
  • Cadbury’s family size chocolate bars – My favourite chocolate, bar none! (See what I did there?) $2 each
  • Oasis health break or smoothies – large size of 1.36 to 1.75 L – $2 – Haven’t tried these before, but this seems like an awfully good deal for a premade jug of smoothies. Have you guys had it? Which is your favourite flavour?
  • Tetley herbal tea tins (20s) or Red Rose 60 pack of tea bags – $2 – Tea drinks, rejoice!
  • Dawn or Ivory dishwashing liquid – 479/573 ml – $2 – The best dishwashing soap around.
  • Exact brand pads, liners or tampons $2

Here’s hoping you get some amazing deals this week at No-Frills. If I missed something fantastic, please leave a comment for all of us below.

Great deals on pantry must haves on Amazon. Happy shopping, folks!

And…while you’re doing some serious grocery hauling at No-frills, take a moment to view a few of our favourite Amazon pantry finds this week. Just click on a photo to shop!