Walmart USA getting smarter with pricing: The Saturday Weekend Review #64

BEAT OUT THE COMPETITORS   Walmart USA is making headlines again with more pricing strategies which I think is smart. Pricing wars are not only popular at the grocery stores in the USA but also here at home in Canada. With recent talks of suppliers upset over the low pricing of products just to get customers through the door with what they call loss leader products things could change. A loss leader is a pricing ploy where a product is priced under the marketed cost or what the store purchased it for just to get you, the customer through the door. I was right when I said to save those receipts and now more than ever if you are using your receipts to save money with the new apps available you are thanking me for suggesting you keep them all in an envelope to do your budget. Already retailers will do just about anything to drive customers in to use coupons, price matching and now introducing smart phone app programs such as Checkout51, Snapsaves, CartSmart and PC Plus points. Just last week I was shocked when Food Basics in our area said they now allow printable coupons. There was a […]

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How a sale flyer can be confusing: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Feb 10-16, 2014

DON’T RUSH YOUR MONEY   Reading through the sale flyer of each store is something I do each week in order to make a list of what we need to shop for. I have probably told you over and over again how important a list is because without it I’d likely deviate and buy all sorts we probably didn’t need or could do without. Saying that, there are times when a great deal is before you and you have to make that split second decision yes or no, like we did this week as you will read in our grocery shop. Making sure you have the funds in your budget is imperative though. How many of you can relate? Probably lots but that’s not what I’m here to chat about today. I always tell you to read your receipt before you leave the store just in case there is an error either made by the computer or the cashier which does happen. I should also add to that to make sure you are not in a huge rush when shopping because that is when you make more errors or maybe miss an error. We were in a rush and we […]

How a small town family saves money on groceries

SMALL TOWN SAVINGS   Today we have a guest post from a small town fan of Canadian Budget Binder who wants to share her insights into grocery shopping on a budget when your options are limited. If you are a fan or a personal finance blogger and would like to share a story please read my guest post guidelines and contact me. My name is Christine and I live in a small town in Ontario and have followed Mr CBB for quite a while now on the blog and participating in posting my grocery shops with his Grocery Game Challenge since Sept 2012.   Our grocery budget   I shop for my family of 4 which includes my two adult children, my husband and I. We also can’t forget our family pet fat cat Stuart who eats up a part of our grocery budget as well. Our grocery budget is $650 per month so I have to make that money stretch and living in a small town can make that challenging for me. I have tried very hard to keep things within my budget, not always successfully. It’s been a learning experience to say the least. If you have been […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 28-Nov 3, 2013 #4- When the price is right and wrong

I’LL TAKE TEN AT THAT PRICE…NOT!   For the most part as customers we expect product pricing to be accurate when we grocery shop. I’m betting that a good majority of people don’t watch the computer screen when their order is being scanned in. Not being mindful at the cash may mean you might miss out on opportunities to score some freebies and or help the store to correct issues in the system and in this case today outside of the scanning system.   Speak up and help   As a regular customer to a few local grocery stores I always do my best to help the store out if I see a problem and I at least hope they appreciate it. In my eyes we are the watch dogs for the grocery store because it’s such an intense system that even the slightest error could cause a customer to get upset or in this case laugh a little, OK I laughed lots. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure my wages won’t allow for me to purchase a box of Kraft Dinner at $172 a box. I’m also pretty sure that I’ll never have an opportunity to […]