6 Things You Should Buy at Shoppers Drug Mart ESPECIALLY on Redemption Day

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Since this weekend is a bonus redemption weekend at Shoppers Drug Mart, I thought I’d do a quick post on what some good items to buy this weekend are.

1. Nativa Organics is Shoppers Drug Mart’s organic food brand and they have A LOT to offer.  Ranging from peanut butter to baby food to crackers to pasta (and MORE), Shoppers Drug Mart redemption days are a great way to stock up on dry organic products for FREE!  I’ve bought their crackers for sale at $1.99 and really should try out their other products since the crackers were GREAT!

This weekend is extra special because not only do you get $85 or $170 worth of free groceries, you get a bonus gift card too (to use on future food or non-food grocery purchases).

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2. Butter (non-organic) is a great product to buy at Shoppers Drug Mart is general, because it often goes on sale for $2.99.  When doing a redemption, I usually pick up a block or two.

3. Eggs (non-organic) often go on sale for $1.99/dozen.  This is one of the best prices for eggs you will find, and when the “$1 off when you buy 2 dozen” coupon is available, the deal is even better!  Another product worth picking up during redemption days.  It’s on sale this week!

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4. Cheese (non-organic).  Their store brand cheese is pretty decent and goes on sale for $5.99 (500g).  I only buy their cheese on redemption days.

5. Milk (non-organic).  Why not get free milk?  Before switching to organic milk, I often found $3 store peelie coupons on milk products!

6. Yogurt (non-organic).  I’ve seen peelie coupons on yogurt products too and you CAN combine a store peelie coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon!  For example, Oikos greek yogurt was $3.99-$1 store peelie and $2 manufacturer’s coupon.  Yup, I got a 4 pack of greek yogurt for $0.99!

So if you have enough points to redeem this weekend, consider getting some of your main grocery items for FREE! 

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5 Tips to Start Frugal Organic Shopping

I realized I may have gotten a head of myself with starting this blog and launching immediately into a personal challenge, so I’m going to back track a little for the sake of those who are thinking, “Hey, that’s nice that you’re going to only spend $350 this month on your organic groceries, but how the heck do I get started?”  My apologies for getting too eager; here are some things I do.

1. Coupon.  I do a few things in order to be able to afford organic products:

  • Email organic companies asking for coupons.
  • “Like” organic companies of Facebook and watch for promotions.
  • Stay alert when grocery shopping for the rare organic coupon tear pads.
  • Use coupons to save money on OTHER non-organic products such as toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, make-up, medicine, clothing, etc.
  • I am part of Facebook’s couponing network and trade non-organic coupons for organic coupons.

Couponing does take a certain amount of time and commitment, but for me the payoff is worth it. 

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Just some organic coupons I’ve been able to collect. I’ve used many others that are not seen here.

2. Watch and record sales (or just watch this blog for sale alerts!)  Checking your flyers weekly is one of the BEST ways to do this.  In just a short time and with a bit of networking, I’ve been able to learn sale cycles and record stock up and sale prices.  Some stores will price match other stores’ flyers which is a great way to help optimize savings!

3. Reward yourself.  This can be such an extensive topic so I’m going to attempt an in-depth post another time.  Basically, make sure you’re getting something back for buying your products.  Whether it’s 20x the points at Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Plus points, Superbucks, 15% off day, special offers, points on your credit card, etc. make sure you’re optimizing these rewards in order to help you save more later on.

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Reward yourself!

4. Discount stickers.  Don’t be afraid to buy items that are clearing out.  I feel like I hit the jackpot when I find my grocery list products on clearance, especially when it’s meat and dairy.  You can freeze a lot of these items or be creative and figure out how to use them up in your meals that week.

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Don’t be afraid of the pink sticker!

5. Inventory.  List. Plan. Shop. Stop. Plan.  Record!  Before I go shopping, I check to see what I have and what I need (especially when I’m getting close to exhausting the monthly budget).  I’ll do a quick inventory, makes a list based on what we have/need and what’s on sale in the flyers, plan my coupons/promotions, shop, then stop.  By stop I mean shop only once (MAYBE twice) a week.  Based on what I bought I then meal and snack plan for the week.  It may be a little backwards, but for us it’s been the best way to save money.  This is because we buy sale and discount items.  We almost NEVER buy anything at full price or without a ‘reward’.  Most of our meat and yogurt have discount stickers on them and our produce will always be whatever is on sale for the week.  We do allow some flexibility within our budget for stock up items in case something goes on such a great sale that it’s worth it to buy more than we need (at the moment) but will certainly use up before they expire.  Don’t forget to keep track of how much you spent so you don’t over spend!

I learned a lot of these tips while buying non-organic products, but it can be applied to any means of shopping really!  Try implementing one or two (or all) of these and you’ll notice a difference in the amount you spend when buying organic!

How I Got Free Organic Milk!

…and a few other organic/whole food items too!

I like to shop strategically and make a plan before I go.  My plan doesn’t only consist of a grocery list, but almost always the price and any coupons/promotions/bonuses I will use too.

This week I was running low on organic milk and knew I’d have to head in at some point to get some.  Milk is one of those grocery items that doesn’t generally go on sale or have coupons (more on this later), but lucky for me right now there are $1 off coupons for organic milk, which was a great place to start!

At Superstore, Dairyland Organic Milk is $8.99 plus a $0.50 recycling fee so $1 coupon savings doesn’t seem like much, and with my goal to keep groceries at $350 this month, there is no way I’d be paying full or even HALF price for that.  I also didn’t want to compromise on quality.  So here’s what I did:

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Initially I thought my Superbucks and $1 coupon would be enough to cover the full cost of the milk,, but I was off a little.  So I decided it was a good time to use my $25 gift card that I received last week (my reward for spending $250 at Superstore – nope, didn’t spend the full amount on groceries).  I searched through my fridge to see what else I might need for the week to use up the whole $25 gift card and also bought these items:

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PC Plus also rewarded me for buying the organic milk!

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I was pretty pleased that with some strategic planning, coupons, Superbucks, PC Plus and PC Mastercard, not only did I get FREE organic yogurt, organic bananas, organic milk, organic apples, I also got a couple other ‘whole food’ items as well!  OOP?  NOTHING!  It was all free!

My goal for the next few weeks is to use my Superbucks to see what organic products I can get for free or close to free.  What do you use yours for?  Anything specific?