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Grocery stores go hog-wild over the Christmas holidays to stock products they believe their consumers will buy, but they don’t always sell out.
Before new products hit the shelves for the next holiday or season, most stores will sell off what they have deeply discounted.
Over the years, I’ve been watching what products to stockpile after the holidays because of price reductions.
Today, I will share what I’ve learned so you can watch out for the best prices.
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Marketing is essential for every business, especially during the Christmas holidays.
The last thing they want to do is sell out, leaving potential customers roaming the aisles at a competitor’s grocery store.
This means that we stock up on food deals we could use for later use after the Christmas holidays.
Mrs. CBB and I monitor the products being pushed out in the weekly grocery flyers in December every year.
You’ll usually find the front and back cover to have the best deals or the loss leaders, which drives foot traffic into the grocery store.
Food Messes With Our Brains
Ideally, they want to see you coming in with your grocery list to buy these loss-leaders, and while you’re there, they will work on promoting anything else they can about those products to get you to buy.
For example, during the summer, they may offer hot dogs for $1.99 and a display of hot dog buns right next to it for $2.99, which you might grab because you need them.
This is the way it happens because our minds are hard-wired to grab and go, especially at places like grocery stores where mass amounts of products are staring us in the face.
Consider it sensory overload, if you will, because all it takes is glancing at a product, and you’re designing your next meal or snack, and poof, it’s in your shopping cart.
Not everyone falls into this trap, but I’m betting everyone has at one point in their grocery shopping careers.
I call it a career because we spend so much time in and out of the grocery store each week that it feels like our third home next to work and our actual home.
Grocery Deals Waiting For You
Either way, food revolves around money, and many of us on a budget have to be on our toes when it comes to sticking to our grocery list and stocking up when there are deals.
Right before the Christmas holidays, grocery stores will have everything you need for a successful Christmas Eve dinner, Boxing Day dinner, lunches, and breakfast meals galore.
You’ll also find that baking supplies are scattered throughout the grocery store because they know almost every household will bake something for the Christmas holidays.
Finally, you might even find an entire section of a grocery aisle dedicated to Christmas chocolates where any connoisseur of chocolate would melt on sight and fall prey to stocking up on their favorites.
I think this is why we needed to start a Christmas reserve apart from buying extras for the holidays when visiting our relatives but because it’s so easy to spend over the Christmas holidays on food and snacks.
After The Hustle And Bustle Of The Christmas Holidays
Let’s talk about bargains you can find after the Christmas holidays, which may include Boxing Day but any day after Christmas.
For all of you who shop on Boxing Day, you typically will find most products explicitly geared for Christmas to be 20-50% off, and days following that, numbers will increase to 75% and finally 90% for the straggling products.
I want to focus specifically on food products at the grocery store, which you may find at reduced prices because of overstock or expiry dates.
Last year, I noted what I found at three local grocery stores, Zehrs, Food Basics, and Metro in our city, to see what food bargains I could find after the Christmas holidays.
I didn’t necessarily buy these products, but I made notes, so I was ready when it came time to write this blog post for all of you who want to get your grocery budget prepared for the new year.
Since there won’t be a grocery game challenge, I want to ensure I offer the best-kept Canadian secrets for grocery shopping deals.
Top 10 Grocery Store Deals After The Christmas Holidays
Another thing to consider is the FlashFood App, where Loblaws stores sell food and other products for up to 75% off, sometimes more.
I always suggest this app for anyone looking to score fantastic food deals.
Discussion: What other grocery store deals should consumers look for after the Christmas holidays?
Share your comment below in the comment section.
December 2018 Grocery Game Challenge
Join the 2018 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC), but you must read The Grocery Game Challenge Rules before you do. (The game is now over)
- Should You Include Toiletries In Your Grocery Budget? GGC #1 Dec
- How we grew our Shoppers Optimum Points to 4 million – GGC #2 Dec
2018 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings or that you would like to track on your own)
- Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300.00
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $290.26
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Optimum Points to Spend: 3,700,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet -$0
- Checkout51– $1.50
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- Five Roses All-Purpose Flour $3.88
- Dad’s Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies $1.97
- Fruit Panettone $3.49
- Fleishman Yeast $4.99
- Peek Frean Cookies $1.97
- Triple Chunk Chocolate Chip Cookies $1.97
- Mazola Oil $6.99
- 4 x Schenieder’s bacon $2.97 $11.88
- 2lb lemons $2.88
- 10lbs potatoes $1.88
- Radishes cello $2.49
- Celery $3.48
- Seedless cucumber $1.98
- Curly Parsley $1.77
- Avocado bag 5 $2.88
- Selection Sour Cream $1.98
- 4 x Lactancia Cream $1.99 $7.96
- 4 x Black Diamond Old White Cheddar $3.77 $$15.08
- 3x Golden Omega Eggs large dozen $3.99 $11.97 -$1.20 each
Total out-of-pocket: $87.89
Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.
- Total to spend this month: $300.00-$9.74 overage Nov $290.26
- Stockpile budget 2018: $25.00/month
- Stockpile budget used this month: $17.94
- Christmas Reserve Fund: $35/month $420 Saved
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $1
- Total in-store discounts this week: $3.60
- Total in-store discounts to date: $377.55
- Total spent this week: $87.89
- Total spent so far this month: $211.08
- Total over/Under spend this shop: $under
- Total left to spend for the month: $79.18 plus Christmas reserve for the year and stockpile budget
- Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $337.84+ May $275.79 + June $271.88 +July $257.76 +August $342.74 + September $255.69+ October $306.10+ November $309.74 + December $
We returned to Food Basics this week since they had so many great sales, especially on the potatoes at $1.88 for 10 lbs.
I was going to grab two bags, but we don’t go through them that much.
I will make potato zeppole for the holidays, which requires potatoes, flour, and oil for deep-frying, so I picked up some Mazola oil for sale.
The bacon, cheese, and cream were on sale, which I half expected since the grocery stores like to load up on the essentials for cooking and great party food for the Christmas holidays.
I’m unsure if we will use all or any of our Christmas reserves this year, but we will see.
With the death in our family this year, Christmas won’t be the same, which means we can quickly chop that expense for 2019 or drag some of the money over to our grocery budget, which we will increase by $50.
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018
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2018 Coupons and Coupon Apps
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!
Related: Find all the latest coupon apps in Canada right here>> Are coupon apps taking over paper coupons?
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program, and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for excellent products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Join Pinecone Research Canada and earn money by completing surveys and checking out products before they hit the shelves!
Grocery Game Challenge 2018 FAQs
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty, and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget does not have shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, etc.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiration dates or have long expiration dates, but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget and save money if you find items you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Many great Canadian websites share weekly coupon match-ups online so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading, with mobile coupon apps being the biggest rave.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our iPhone, so if you want to have all your flyers in one spot, download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
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