Store saving money tricks to cash in on: PF Weekly Grab a Brew #82

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WALLET SAVING STRATEGIES   We’re always looking for store saving money tricks to cash in on so we can save money in our budget. Paying down debt and saving for retirement seems much easier when you can find tricks to save money to invest in other ventures that will get you further ahead. Investing in your future seems easier when you have that spare cash kicking around. It’s undeniable that many Canadians want to save money because these days we aren’t making enough cash to keep up with costs associated with the retail gods. Any way a consumer can hang on to their money they will try it. Unless you aren’t aware the Scanning Code of Practice is one of those great store saving tricks that isn’t widely talked about in the stores but visible in most big box stores on the doors and at the cash register. Picking up rain checks is another great way to get continued savings. If you notice a sale product is out of stock ask for a rain check. Call or visit the store with-in a day or two and the shelves are typically re-stocked but you still have that rain check that will […]

Are businesses going too far for customer satisfaction? : The Saturday weekend review #70

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What makes you a happy customer?   The war of gaining customers and customer satisfaction is not new but it’s certainly become a tug of war out there between introducing products and pricing. Every week customers like you and I read about what the next shop is doing to satisfy us and draw us in.    Customer satisfaction   A recent post I wrote about “Lost business Identity” where I touched on how almost all fast food restaurants are now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with pretty much the same items. Some go a step further and keep adding more and more to the list. What used to be fast service is taking forever thus reducing customer satisfaction meaning we go elsewhere. While reading Facebook the other day fans of Tim Horton’s had their say about what product they want the famous coffee and donut chain to bring back. It was no big deal to me as everything is new to me but I wanted to read what the customers had to say. What I kept reading was not so much about the product but about good customer service, quality products and going back to basics. It was then I […]

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Why some people hate the grocery store: The Grocery game challenge #4 Apr 21-27, 2014

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SHOPPING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE   I could teach you 10 ways to save money buying food but if you hate the grocery store there is nothing that I can say that will convince you to spend more time planning your shops. Grocery shopping is one household task that some people cringe at having to do. I always seem to write about the positive side about grocery shopping but what about those people who hate the grocery store and would rather be doing something else. Sure, grocery shopping isn’t my idea of fun but at the same time when it comes to our finances we both take pride in making sure we are spending according to our budget. Today I’m going to talk a bit about those grocery haters and if you’re one of them leave a comment and tell us why you hate the grocery store and what you’d rather be doing.   Hate the grocery store   I know most men will be the first to admit that they hate the grocery store because it’s just too boring and not their thing. I can understand that because many men might not have went grocery shopping with their family […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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. […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

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HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 8-14, 2013 #2- Out of stock, get a rain check

Don’t Forget To Take A Rain Check No one likes to see an out-of-stock sign but if it happens have no fear you may still be able to get your hands on a good sale price. Some people call it rain check or rain cheque or even raincheck but they all have the same meaning in the end. I’m not clear why there are so many ways to spell it but for the sake of  this post I will call it a rain check. Rain check definition If you tell someone, “Could I take a rain check” that simply means that you would like to do it some other time or in the case of shopping get it another time. The difference being that in most cases the product is out-of-stock and you want the sale price when it gets re-stocked. Rain Check Sample What is a rain check? I had no idea about a rain check when I moved to Canada and I’ve quickly learned I’m not the only one.  Many people are not aware that when a product that is on sale in the weekly flyer is out-of-stock, unless otherwise indicated “while supplies last” that you can get […]