Free Food In Grocery Stores
Food samples are a great way for manufacturers to let you try a new food product or improved product right at the source. Getting free food doesn’t just stop at the grocery store because marketers use any way they can to reach out to the public.
Many companies will also offer you free product coupons (FPC) just as we used the last week to get the New Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch which they marketed through a popular Canadian couponing website. If you like to get free things then you should keep your ears and eyes open because there’s always something up for grabs.
You’ve heard never go to the grocery store hungry because you are likely to spend more than your grocery budget allows. I can tell you from personal experience that yes that is correct. I like to think I have self-control but even at the best of times I get caught off-guard when I see a spectacular deal that I just can’t pass up.
If you get cranky and your stomach is rumbling have no fear where there are free food sample displays there is free food and kids eat free too. One of our favourite grocery stores with free food samples hands down is Zehrs although Metro has been pretty good as well. I find most times it’s the higher end grocery stores where the products will get pushed the most when they first come out. That’s when most products, I find are at their highest price point as well.
It doesn’t matter what day of the week you can be sure that the deli has some form of deli-meat to try in the dome-shaped sample display at Zehrs. If you are lucky you will also find another sample stand filled with some amazing cheese and crackers. Sometimes it’s hard just to take one, but they want you to crave the product enough so you buy it, so they won’t care. Munch away.
These free-standing sample displays for customers are a brilliant way to market to the masses without having to hire someone to do it or convince you to try it. So, if you were wondering how to get free food stop by the grocery store for a nibble, maybe even dessert like some pudding or a cup of fruity yogurt. If you’re lucky they might even have a free beverage sample on tap that day to wash it all down with, It’s like a full portion controlled meal while you grocery shop.
On the weekends is when you will find the hired help where sample booth employees ( I have no idea what the job role is called) hang out at a booth and serve up the special of the day. Sometimes you will see them with a little grill next to them with sausage smell permeating the air. You can’t help but wander over and ask what the smell is all about.
It’s akin to when you go to the mall and you can smell the Kernels popcorn popping, saturating the air with butter and they have the free product samples on the counter. It’s a win-win to let customers sample products at the source. Kernels popcorn costs a fortune but after you try their double butter caramel popcorn they KNOW you will be hooked.
They’re ready with the scoop in hand for your instruction of bag size. (You’re laughing because you know it’s true) Then there is Laura Secord with those tiny chocolate samples that just melt in your mouth. Any retailer, any good retailer knows that they can capture a person by feeding them then offering them the product right there and then.
I was watching Breakfast Television the other morning and one of the hosts was talking about a successful Mexican restaurant owner in Toronto that started out in a truck selling art. When someone bought something they would get a free taco with their order (odd I know, art and tacos) and now he has this restaurant in Toronto that is doing very well. What I wonder is if you get free art work with a taco purchase now?
Food speaks volumes to people and if they like it or better yet love it, they will buy it. That’s why I mix food and personal finance together, even though food is in the grocery budget people love food. That’s what it’s all about, a love of food to make the senses happy.
Selling you the product
I’ve yet to meet a male sampler employee but all the ladies have been very friendly with me. They will give you what I call a “product pitch” for what they have in the little cups in front of them. They will rally you to try the free samples and most times smile and nod at you as you chew it. Even if you hate it you do the same. Merchandisers will make sure there is a product display if applicable in reaching distance because they want you to inspect the packaging.
Once you have the product package in your hand, it’s as good as sold. The best part about free food samples is 99% of the time you will find coupons on the display counter top. If you don’t see any, ask because you never know what they have stashed away behind those booths. ( oh come on couponers you all know you’ve looked when no one was around haha)
Share your comments > > Would you wander over to get free samples of products to try if offered? Do you ask for a coupon? Does the free sample entice you to buy the product?
July grocery game recap
If you missed grocery game posts for this month just click on the links below and post your shops in the comment section. This week grocery shop #5 is the last weeks shop for the month of July.
- The Grocery Game Challenge July 1-7, 2013 #1 – Clean Out Your Refrigerator
- The Grocery Game Challenge July 8-14, 2013 #2- Out of Stock, Get a Rain Check
- The Grocery Game Challenge July 15-21, 2013 #3- Packing groceries
- The Grocery Game Challenge July 22-28, 2012 #4- Food Waste In Canada
Grocery saving tips
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- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
Food food and more food
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget For July: $235.00- $52.25 (over-spend in June) = $182.75 to spend in July.
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $18.08+ $1.92 (sausages)=$20.00 (for the month)
- Total Spent This Week: $0
- Total Spent So Far for (July) No spend shop+$86.94+$97.49=$184.43- $182.75 (budgeted July)=$1.68 over + $51.40 = $53.08 over for the month of July
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: over $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (July): $ 53.08 over
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0
- Total Coupons Used This Month:$8.00+$20.65+$12.87= $41.52
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $ 53.08 overspend
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83=$1542.60 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
Weekly Overview: Well, we stuck to it this week with a no-shop week which leaves us over this month a grand total of $53.08. If you look at the monthly total it was actually $235.08 spent which means had we not worried about the overspend 2 months ago we would have just been over $0.08 this month.
That means in August we will have a total of $235.00- $53.08=$181.92 to spend plus our $20.00 stockpile budget. If we decide not to use the stockpile budget I will transfer that money to the grocery budget which will leave us $201.92 to spend for the month. Either way you look at it, that’s the way it may end.
Canadian coupons found in July
Frequently Asked Questions
Grocery Game Challenge RULES….. Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop? No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few players from around the world.
- When does the Grocery Game Close each month? The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry? Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons? Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC? An fpc is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?– I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I ‘need to buy this or that. You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving. You’ve made a wise decision.
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