Why You’re Missing Deals At The Department Store : The Saturday Weekend Review #103

TURNING YOUR EYES ON THE SAVINGS   Department stores in Canada are far and few these days but within the walls of the odd department store still standing are deals that are missed by those frugal shoppers for one reason, frugal dependency. Yes, we are a society who have become dependent on the big box stores and other discount stores to shop in because we feel we can’t afford what a department store has to offer. Department stores such as The Bay, Eaton Centre and Sears Canada have all suffered and are crying out for customers to stick around. Although the Sears department store has downsized over the years Toronto alone closed 5 Sears department stores in 2014. We now have 111 Sears department stores in Canada and of those that closed 965 people were affected. Sears USA has closed over 100 department stores in the past year alone.   Department store shopping   Every Boxing Day the wife and I make our way to a Sears Department store at 6 am when they open the doors. I know you might think it’s crazy showing up at Sears for 6am but over the years it has proven to be busy […]

Christmas Shopping: Online or In-store?

SHOPPING OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Did you know there are only 40 shopping days left until Christmas? With Christmas being not too far away the rush to get one’s Christmas shopping finished begins. Whether you plan to pack your suitcase full of gifts and jet off on holidays to see the family or shop right at home you can easily access shopping at your fingertips without stepping  foot out the door. While some people prefer to shop only in stores there are many people who will choose to do the majority if not all of their shopping online. Tablets, smartphones and free wi-fi access offered in places like Tim Hortons and McDonald’s, have made online shopping even more convenient than just being able to shop from the comfort of your home. Though convenient, online shopping may not always be the best the choice when it comes to your finances and your Christmas budget.   Online shopping   Online shopping allows you to shop from the comfort of your home or really anywhere you are able to gain online access. Shopping online you avoid having to deal with overworked sales people, waiting in long lineups or having to drive […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge April 30-May 6-Coupon Savings!

This weeks Grocery Game Challenge is all about coupons. Every Thursday evening the flyers arrive at our door and we sit down to take a look at what’s on sale for the week. Although we don’t actually figure out what we will buy until Sunday (this is the day we set aside one hour to do coupon match-ups and our shopping list) we like to make sure we are organized to cut down on time spent on this task. One way is by utilizing not only the flyers but coupon match-ups which are completed weekly by my mate at Save Big Live Better. I thought it would be a great idea to post Save Big Live Better’s Weekly Coupon Match ups here for you to design your shopping list. Once you have your grocery budget for the week and your coupons you are now ready to rock and roll.  I find the match up list easy to use and saves us alot of time, and time is money right? The Grocery Game Challenge runs Mon-Sunday each week so the match-ups will reflect what’s on sale in that flyer rotation. So hopefully the coupon match up I add weekly to The Grocery […]

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