How Canadians Are Saving Money By Online Shopping : The Saturday Weekend Review #253

Over the past decade, online shopping has drastically re-shaped the retail landscape in Canada, introducing greater savings and more convenience in shopping and helping struggling families make their dollars go as far as possible. With cheap, fast delivery options available and less overhead than traditional retailers, online stores are able to offer much lower prices than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. And as online shopping re-shapes shopping behavior, brands that used to draw most of their profits from traditional outlets are now moving a growing part of their business online to stay competitive — which in turn is expanding the number of options available and keeping costs down. Most shoppers now understand that they can save significant amounts of money by shopping over the Internet, which is why e-commerce is now the fastest-growing segment of the $23-trillion global retail market. However, as more and more retail businesses develop sophisticated online sales strategies, navigating the sheer volume of e-commerce sites has become a challenge in and of itself. This has spurred the rise of a number of online shopping tools and marketplaces that allow Canadians to find the best prices for the products they need without having to spend hours scrolling through different […]

grocery game monthly challenge

7 Secrets Of The Grocery Shopping Deal Sniffer : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Apr 25- May 1

BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS THE SAVINGS   I would consider myself a grocery shopping deal sniffer because I’ve taken the time to learn as much as I possibly can about grocery shopping in Canada even though I knew nothing only 8 years ago. What is a deal sniffer? When I moved to Canada I had no idea about any prices and was led by my wife who helped get me on board with how things happened at the grocery store. I was always a deal sniffer in the UK and I even had a hand scanner similar to the Nielsen Hand Scanner where I scanned my groceries for rewards points. I did just about anything to save money as long as it was legal even if that meant eating the same foods week after week. My kitchen isn’t that boring these days because now I’ve got my grocery shopping goggles on the second I walk through the door. A deal sniffer is someone who knows their stuff when it comes to grocery prices, the grocery store and other places that sell food products. They know where the deals are how to find them and what they need to do in […]

grocery game monthly challenge

Top 5 Grocery Shopping Methods Revealed…What’s Yours? : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 31-Sept 6, 2015

THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO GROCERY SHOP   Honestly, there is no right or wrong method to go grocery shopping BUT there may be consequences if you overspend. While at the grocery store today I wasn’t in the mood for any shopping so my wife led the way with our handy grocery list. What I did do was people watch other grocery shoppers while they were shopping. I guess you could say I was creeping their shopping carts. At the same time I was trying to figure out their shopping method because I realize that not everyone is as organized as we are and walk into a grocery store armed with a grocery list. I observed one woman walk through the grocery store doors with her cell phone in one hand chatting away and a basket in the other. She would wander around the store just grabbing items off the shelf as she toggled the phone from from her hand to her neck and ear. I started to follow her from a distance and noticed she had no interest in sales because she put the more expensive products in her basket as opposed to comparable products on sale. I’m […]

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 […]

How sleep deprivation causes us to spend more money? : The Saturday Weekend Review #90

TIME TO GET SOME ZZZ’S   There’s only so much coffee and tea that I can drink to keep me going before sleep deprivation takes over. Sleep deprivation effects can be serious whether you are behind the wheel of your vehicle, at work or doing something that could potentially cause an accident and injure yourself or someone else. There is also something else that lack of sleep may compromise and that’s your budget if you allow it to.   Sleep patterns   Not sleeping enough may cause you and I to spend more money because when you are tired you just want to go to bed and sleep which means saving money might not be at the top of the priority list. These days daytime sleepiness has found a place in my life even though previous to my new sleeping routine I was used to working long hours with odd sleeping patterns. Whether you have trouble sleeping at night due to insomnia, late-night work hours, illness or like us have a newborn in the house being tired can take its toll on your budget. Our sleep patterns are now in sync with our newborns sleep patterns which means we sleep […]

%d bloggers like this: