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Product pricing less than the manufacturer advertised price : The grocery game challenge #3 Apr 14-20, 2014

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PRODUCT PRICING IN YOUR FACE   Price monitoring may lead to us seeing more of the manufacturer advertised price printed right on the product we are purchasing at the grocery store. Back in March I wrote a post about the suppliers fighting back because they no longer want to see their products viewed as the loss leader to get customers through the door. Some places like Shoppers Drug Mart have a great deal on milk which is why we buy it there every week paired with their Shoppers Optimum program for points however the milk is advertised at below cost pricing from what we were told. Now that’s not a bad thing from our perspective as a customer because we use milk every day and we want the best prices. We shop more at Shoppers Drug Mart not just because the milk is cheap but also because of the points program and great flyer specials they have. Does the milk get us through the door? You bet! If we didn’t need milk and eggs which also go on for a great price at $1.99 most weeks we might not go in as much. You know you are a regular when […]

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

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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 […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #52: Should all computer pricing errors be honoured?

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TO HONOUR A PRICE OR NOT   We’ve talked about pricing errors before here at Canadian Budget Binder which is essentially either a glitch in the system, human error or simply a price not being changed properly. Earlier in November I talked about an online glitch for Wal-Mart but they did give back to the customers in question with a $10 gift card. In Canada we call this the Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) which most stores follow such as Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart and No Frills just to name a few. The short story is if a price scans higher than the shelf price you get the price free up to $10 or a $10 deduction from the price if it is over $10 in cost to you, provided the store participates in the program. Sounds great, and it is as long as you are aware of SCOP which sadly, many people are not. I was reading a story on Yahoo this morning about a computer glitch for Delta Airlines apparently caused by a junior programmer. Prices for first class flights were being offered at prices that no one could refuse and they were being snatched up and fast. […]

The Saturday weekend review #45: Outrageous online pricing deals gone wrong

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PRICING ERRORS HAPPEN EVERY DAY No matter if you shop online or if you shop in store human error is possible and pricing errors can happen and sometimes depending on policy can be a perk for the consumer. Just yesterday I noticed a sale at Metro for a product that boasted the regular price at $2.99 and the new lower price being $2.99 which was exactly the same. Sure I had a laugh and took a photo of it because it was funny, but it was also human error. Online shopping has been going on for years now and its presence is only becoming much more powerful in the world of technology simply because people don’t have to leave home in order to go shopping. For those that are super busy or have less than optimal amounts of time to spend with the one’s they love shopping online cuts down on time. For some people who go into a store it triggers spending more than they earn because when they go to the store they tend to ‘want’ more because they physically can touch it. The same could ring true with sitting behind a computer screen and shopping with the […]

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

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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 […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #18- Is It 24 Hr Lasting Perfection or Lasting Perfection “Style” ?

Lancome is feeling the heat over some 24 hour long-lasting perfection foundation make-up as one woman sues. Consumers want to know is it actually a “lasting perfection” product as it claims or is it lasting perfection style make-up? I know I’m writing about make-up today and not beer, budgets, gardening and DIY but I couldn’t help myself. When I read the lengths one woman is willing to go to sue a company because a product “faded significantly” “overnight I knew I had to keep reading. As a consumer we have marketing terms thrown in our faces all the time in hopes of reeling us in to buy products and spend our money. How many times have we heard people question whether products are organic, fat-free and so on but now the claim of a product not lasting long enough has surfaced. It’s just the name of the game for marketers, a game of who can capture their audience the best in order to sell product, full-stop. It’s been going on since the dawn of time and as consumers many of us are just used to the hoopla we read but there are some people who really do buy into it, literally and […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #4 April 22-28 ~We Blew The Grocery Budget Up!

We blew the grocery budget up this month and it’s not surprising since we announced last week that Mrs.CBB was now on a Low GI diet. It’s going to take some time for us to get used to purchasing different types of products but for the most part it’s just loads more fruits and vegetables. We already eat a healthy diet but those splurge days may be reduced to just me pigging out on those yummy treats I create in the kitchen. Ah well, guess that means the whole pan of brownies are for me now. I am fully supporting my wife and she has done so well this past week. She really is on a kick to drop the foods she doesn’t want to eat any longer and I think that’s great. Last week since I talked about the GI diet and how it might affect our grocery shopping I’d like to start highlighting other special food diets  or lifestyles that people are on. If you are on a special diet (vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Organic) and want to tell us what it is and what types of foods and meals you buy and prepare send me a detailed […]

Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) In Canada…Did You Know?

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  Keep An Eye On Scanned Prices    Scanning Code of Practice, if it sounds like legal jargon to you don’t worry that’s far from the truth. What is your reaction when something rings in more expensive than advertised on the shelf at check out? My reaction is to jump up and down in excitement! Huh?!?! Yes, you heard me. I look forward to being overcharged on a product. Now I am really confusing you aren’t I. Now that I have your full attention, I can explain myself.   Scanning Practice (SCOP)   What is the Scanning Code of Practice? (SCOP) A little secret that a lot of shoppers do not know about is something called “SCOP”. The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) is a promise from the retailer to their customers that there will be accurate scanning at the register on all Universal Product Codes (UPCs). SCOP is a scanning code that almost every major retailer in Canada abides by. If you are unsure you can ask or keep your eyes open for the scanning code of practice photo (you will see it in this blog post) of SCOP on the entry doors or at the cash register where you scan your debit […]