How super are supermarkets in Canada?

THE CHANGING FACE OF THE CANADIAN SUPERMARKET   Every year I’m a resident in Canada it seems to me were getting more and more like the Britain I left behind. The Supermarket is a prime example of the changing face that always seems to be behind the times. But what I tend to notice is a large shift to emulating the old country and the ways we do things.   The point of points   The brand new PC Plus points and coupon scheme recently launched caught my eye mainly due to the fact that is so similar to Tesco’s Clubcard points program in the UK. Every time you shop in that supermarket data is collected and used to determine what you buy most often, how much, your average budget spend on groceries and other revealing facts etc. This data collected is analysed and used to send you offers and coupons that are more tailored to the individual rather than the masses through a flyer. Tesco’s Clubcard rewards launched in the UK approximately 9 years ago has been part of the huge success leading to the company’s phenomenal growth. The highly personalized Clubcard vouchers or coupons and offers it generates for its customer base tries […]

Grocery budget: Our kids are eating us out of house and home

How to Save on Groceries With Hungry Kids On Board   Hello, fans of Mr. CBB, John here from Frugal Rules today! I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts here before, but I thought I’d come back for some more. What comes to mind when you think of Mr. CBB? I know the easy answer is budgets, I mean it IS a part of his blog name after all! You could also say that he is known for the recipes he cooks up that make you want to lick the computer screen because they look so good – come on…I know I am not the only one out there! ;-). Well, what comes to mind when I think of Mr. CBB is his Grocery Game Challenge. Mr. CBB certainly knows how to stretch his grocery budget and I applaud him for being so proactive about doing so and sharing his tips. Well, having three growing little ones, means that we have come up with a few ways we save on groceries, which is vital when trying to stay on a budget. Anyone who is a parent to children, especially boys, knows that they can eat a side of beef […]

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

  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) and Price Look Up (PLU). The Scanning Code of Practice was implemented back in 2002 to support customers and retailers to make sure pricing accuracy was top-notch. The system is voluntary so not all shops apply it but Canada now has over 7000 stores that do offer SCOP. SCOP is a scanning code that almost every major […]

How to Start Saving Money on Groceries in Canada

BEING FRUGAL IS HALF THE BATTLE   With the cost of living in Canada getting more expensive by the day, grocery bills are on the increase more than ever which makes groceries a top expense in our family budget. For a lot of people, saving money on food is crucial and especially a priority for those who have large families and pets. Some people simply rely on coupons to put a hot meal on the table for their children and family. Grocery coupons go a long way to helping to cut down the cost of food and household items, but there are also several other things you can do to save quite a bit of money in this area. Combining the use of grocery coupons with effective meal planning is probably the most effective technique, and these are habits that can be learned just by making a few simple changes in your daily routine. Making some simple sacrifices in the way you plan, shop and cook your food can substantially decrease your grocery bill if you follow a few simple guidelines. Over the past couple of years I have worked towards making some simple changes to my shopping habits and now […]

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