Safeway Deals Including Organic Milk for 40% Off!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Organic foods are not always more expensive than non-organic!”  My son and I stopped by Safeway this morning and found these sweet deals!

Look. At. This.  Organic 4L of milk for only $0.20 more than non-organic milk!  This was a no brainer.

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And yogurt, anyone?  We didn’t need any, so I didn’t pick any up, but with 50% off this would have been $2.69.  With my coupon from a Facebook promotion, I could have bought organic yogurt for $1.69!  (Part of being frugal though is not buying what you don’t need or won’t use up before it goes bad).

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And lastly, I like these unscented wipes because Charles has very sensitive skin and so far only these and the Kirkland ones do not cause any skin irritation on his poor baby bum.  I picked up a box while they are on sale for 50% off.

photo(40)These deals were all found at the Sherwood Park Mall Safeway.  Sales may vary at each Safeway location.

 

5 Ways to Save Money When Buying Organic Foods

1. Search the flyers and make a list.  Look at your weekly flyers and what you have left at home in order to come up with a grocery list of what you need.

2. Buy sale or clearance items.  Nothing wrong with buying clearance organic produce and freezing them or baking them right away.  I do the same with yogurt, milk and meat.  Clearance items are where I get my best deals and honestly, when organic meats are on clearance YOU STOCK UP!  Knowing the regular and sale prices will help you make informed frugal purchases.

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3. Meal plan.  I meal plan based on what organic products are on sale for the week.  For example, if organic apples, organic chicken, organic milk and organic berries are on sale this coming week, I will figure meal plan incorporating those ingredients.  There are TONS of things I can do with these ingredients to stretch them out into fun, delicious meals and snacks.  I’ve been able to stretch my chickens into three meals, which I thought was pretty good.  Here’s a great post on making one whole chicken last SIX meals!

4. Use rewards and reward days.   I generally buy my organic products at Superstore or Costco.  Occasionally when there is a great sale or a specific product I need (that isn’t sold at Superstore or Costco), I’ll head over to Safeway or Save on Foods.  I use my PC Mastercard, Superbucks and PC points to help me collect rewards.  I buy my gasoline at Superstore because I get rewarded the Superbucks for it.  Save on Foods has a great points system too.  Costco is great for bulk purchases especially when they have their organic and natural foods sales.

5. Use coupons.  Because we are now buying more whole/organic foods and less processed stuff, I have a lot less food coupons.  Instead now, I’m really trying – and it’s tough! – to buy other things like toilet paper, cleaning products, etc using coupons.  Any other items we buy, we try to get them on clearance.

What are some ways you save when buying whole or organic foods?

Could You Live Without Your Grocery Store?

I’m truly inspired by the post Our Year Without Groceries.  While I realize that they do live in the US and are farmers (possibly making it a little bit simpler), their determination to go an entire year without stepping into a grocery store blows me away and makes me wish I could do the same.  Is it even possible in Alberta, Canada?  Why not?!

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I was honestly shocked that society has lasted so long without the convinience of grocery stores.  For a while, I’ve been thinking about this article and meme have concluded that it is entirely possible to shop outside of grocery stores.  For those of us non-farmers, we can buy our meats, eggs, grains, dairy and produce through farmer’s markets, things like Heritage Chickens, The Organic Box, and Locavoria, and buying co-ops! And if we we are able to, some of us can even grow our own produce and some people are lucky enough to own chickens, goats, etc in their backyard (not in Alberta unfortunately)!

Is it the most frugal way?  Maybe not, but then again, maybe it is.  Consider the amount of impulse shopping that many of us do while roaming the aisles.  I’m guilty of it, especially in the toys and clothing department.  And perhaps, in the long run it will save us money in health care.  It also keeps us buying whole foods and supports the local economy.  Growing your own food also saves you money!

Perhaps it’s an idealistic way to look at things and I believe that there are some things that “must” be bought at a grocery store to accommodate budgets and convenience.  (Like it says in the blog post, even Laura Ingalls’ family went to the “grocery” store 1-2 times/year, but that was it).  Once I get a handle on buying mostly whole and organic foods, I’d really like to see if I could implement something similar to “Our Year without Groceries”, but maybe start with something shorter like one month.

 

Save on Organic Milk and Bananas This Week

Bananas and milk are staples in our home, so thankfully this week we can get extra savings!

Organic bananas at Superstore are usually about $0.97/lb.  Keep your receipt and upload it to Checkout51 and get $0.25 rebate.  This may not seem like much, but the rebates add up until you reach $20 and then you will have a cheque mailed to you!

photoDon’t forget to check your PC Points offers this week.  You might have the bananas offer like I do and can score even more savings!

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Sobeys has their Dairyland organic 4L of milk on sale for $7.99 this week.  Use the $1 off coupon and get it for only $6.99.  I will be taking the Sobey’s flyer in and price matching it at Superstore since I hardly ever shop at Sobeys.

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Price match this sale price at Superstore or Walmart!

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I found these at the Baseline Sobeys in Sherwood Park.

Happy shopping!

 

STOP! Do NOT Buy This Product!

Well, at least don’t buy it until Tuesday June 3rd!  That’s when Save-on-Foods has their customer appreciation day and you can get 15% off your entire purchase when you spend $50* or more.

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The product I’m telling you to wait on is Adams Peanut Butter.  This 100% natural and sugar-free peanut butter is excellent and I wait until it goes on sale during the week of 15% off Tuesday before I stock up: can’t get much better than $2.97 per 500g jar.  Unless you have a coupon too!

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*Coupons are considered a form of payment here so just make sure you buy $50 worth before coupons.

5 Well.ca Natural Care Sale Products I Love

Well.ca has some natural care sale items on their website right now.  I wouldn’t consider these as stock up prices, but if you’re in need, check them out!

1. Naty Diapers/Wipes by NatureCare.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders over $25.

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I tried these diapers when I found them on clearance at Superstore for $5.  That is definitely a stock up price, but this price is decent especially since it’s shipped right to your front door.

  • 100% chlorine free
  • Based on biodegradable materials
  • Biodegradable back sheet film based on corn
  • 100% GMO free
  • Newborn sizing fits babies up to 10 lbs

2. Weleda Skin Care Products.
20% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the diaper and skin cream on my babies and love it!  The smell of calendula is calming and the ingredients are gentle and result producing.  Weleda has excellent adult products as well.

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3. Earth’s Best Food and Chlorine-Free Diapers.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.b5e1722778e68240cf06142965ec7ede_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403I actually haven’t tried this product, but if I ever need to use formula it’s on my list!

3. Aleva Naturals Bamboo products.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the baby diaper wipes and have found them to be gentle and excellent quality.  From time to time I’ve seen them on sale at London Drugs.

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  • Maternity and baby natural skincare products.
  • Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist.
  • Natural and organic ingredients.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Teas.
Select teas on sale.

I have tried almost all their teas and am very impressed with the quality and taste.  This tea can also be bought at Two Mothers in Edmonton.

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All Earth Mama teas are naturally caffeine free, in biodegradable, easy to brew tea bags. 100% recycled and recyclable cartons. Steep, sip and enjoy!  USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher teas formulated for pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

5. Aden + Anais Organic Cotton Swaddling Wraps.
30% off until June 1st.  Free shipping!

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I already wrote about how much I love these swaddling blankets, but wanted to remind you that the sale ends in just two days!  Great price for these blankets.

First Grocery Shopping Trips of April!

Last week was insanely busy, so I’m sorry this is posted late!  What with spring cleaning and nesting for a baby due in 5 weeks, my blogging has unfortunately taken a back seat :S  Anyways, here it is!

I wanted to go to Superstore while I still had a few days left in March, because we needed milk and I wanted to use up my expiring Dairyland Organic Milk coupons.  So we headed over on March 29 for our first “April” grocery foods trip.

That week they were offering 25,000 PC Points when you spend $250 in-store.  We not only bought what was on our food grocery items list for the week, but we also bought a few other non-food items which brought us to $250.

The trip to Superstore was intense.  My kids were really awesome but in the end we got the slowest moving line, the kids decided to get into styrofoam while we were checking out (and throw it all over the place yelling “SNOW!”) so by the time I got home I was too exhausted to feed them a late lunch, arrange my groceries for a blog picture, then put them away.  So here’s a list of what we bought instead:

Black Diamond block cheese (700g) $7.98 x 2 = $15.96
Kettle GMO-Free Potato Chips (same price as Lays this week) – 2/$5
Schwepps Gingerale 12 pk case (I’m still nauseous off and on so this is good to have) – $4 – $2cpn = $2Smoked Oysters $1.48 x 4 = $5.92 – $1 x 2 cpns = $3.92
Maple Syrup (I have bought this at Costco before but it’s the same price so why not reward myself) – $12.99
Oasis organic apple juice boxes – $1.64 x 2 – $0.75 x 2 cpns = $1.78
Liberte Mediterranean Lime Dessert Yogurt (500g) – $2.97
Iogo tubes (8x60g) $2.48 x 2 – $1 x 2 cpns = $2.96

Dairyland Organic Milk (price matched with the Save on Foods Flyer) $7.99 – $1 cpn = $6.99
Organic mushrooms (454g) – $2.48
Organic bananas$1.70
Bolthouse Blue Smoothie – $3.97
Free-from pork backribs x 2 + 4200 PC Points = $21.63
PC Hummus $4.79 – 50% clearance = $2.39
Pillers Simply Free Roasted Turkey Breast Deli Meat $3.98 – 50% clearance – $0.75 cpn + 500 PC points= $1.24

Total Superstore food-grocery spending = $87.98 (before taxes and deposits)
Total PC Points =29,800

On Tuesday we hit up Costco and Safeway for a few needed items.  Here are the food grocery items from Costco:

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Organic tomato sauce$8.99
Fruit Source Bars – $19.89 – $4 sale = $15.89
Cream cheese – $7.49 – $2 sale = $5.49/each  (We use A LOT of cream cheese here and this price was too good to pass up).
Organic coconut oil$18.99

Clearly not everything is organic, but when we can’t/don’t buy something organic, we try to keep it as real/whole as possible.

Total Costco Spending = $55.64

We hadn’t gone to Safeway in a while, but decided to last week because it was 10% off Tuesday, they had a 50% off store specific coupon for Huggies diapers which could be combined with my manufacturer coupons!  With soon to be three in diapers I need to stay on top of diaper savings (you should see my stash!  It’s HUGE!).  In order to get the 10% off we had to spend $50, so we bought a few items we needed right away.  Before the month started, my husband asked if I could “please, please” buy him Safeway bread because it’s his favorite, so I did.  Next month we will try Cobs.  Again, this was another hurried trip so I didn’t have time to take a photo when we got home, but here’s what we got:

Spitz Seeds (227g) x 2 = $5.78
4L Organic Milk
$7.99
Huggies diapers (27ct and 31ct) x 2 – 50% store coupon – $1.50 cpn – $3 cpn = $11.23
* (I do not include diapers in the food grocery budget so it will not be included in the total at the bottom).
12 bakery buns – $2.40
Bakery raisin bread x 2 -50% clearance = $3.49Whole wheat bakery bread x 6 – 50% clearance x 1 = $8.44
French bread – $1.89
Strawberries (not organic this time) 2lbs x 2 = $4.99
In-store fresh spinach dip – $6.58

Total spending at Safeway (includes GST and minus 10%) = $36.28

The Organic Box

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Week 1

Total spending with The Organic Box (cost includes the entire month) = $110.00

Total April food grocery spending so far: $345.90

 

More on Chicken: Prices of Organic, Free-From and “Regular”!

So the only place where I’ve been able to compare prices so far has been *surprise surprise* Superstore.  It was somewhat shocking to find that the prices between non-organic/free-from, free-from and organic whole chickens was not that significant!

The regular, whole, air-chilled chicken is $9.48/kg and comes out to roughly $15/chicken.

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$9.48/kg $15.17/whole

The free-from whole chicken is $8.28/kg and came out to about $14.50/chicken!  That’s CHEAPER than regular whole chickens!

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$8.28/kg $14.41/whole

The organic whole chickens came out to $9.90/kg and roughly less than $17/chicken.  This is only $0.42/kg more than regular chicken!

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$9.90/kg $16.92/whole

So, if you buy chicken and shop at Superstore, you’re really not saving that much by buying regular chicken vs. organic and clearly you’re not saving at all if you buy regular chicken vs. free-from!

A Couple Superstore Finds Tonight

Sherwood Park Superstore had a couple organic items for 50% off tonight.

These were a neat find.  Note the bottom left on the price tag has a “DNO”.  This means “Do not order” so watch your Superstores to see if they are clearing out these diapers too!

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$5.37 for 36 GMO-free, natural and non-bleached diapers. Comes out to $0.15/diaper which is great!

 

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$4.50 – $1 coupon = $3.50 for 4L of organic milk.

 

 

4 Tips on How to Use Rebate Offers When Buying Organic Food

Many times rebate offers are forgotten when shopping for groceries.  Earning a dollar here or there back on your purchases can add up over time, especially when shopping for organic items!  Today, I’ll focus specifically on SnapSaves.

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SnapSaves is a great place to get rebates on fresh produce, and it doesn’t exclude organic!  Yesterday, I looked at my SnapSaves offers and found that among the many produce offers they were offering $1 back on any strawberries and $1 back on any potatoes.  What a great time to go in pick some up from the store this week!

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Here are my suggestions for optimizing rebate offers.

1. If you have a smartphone, sign up for this app!  It’s free and easy to use.

2. When you’re checking out Frugal Friday Finds or planning your grocery list, look through their offers to see what may apply to your purchases for the coming week.

3. If you’re planning to shop at Superstore, check out your PC Points offers and see if anything you’re buying can get your points as well!

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4. Upload your receipt as soon as you can!  This is to avoid forgetting and missing out on getting money back.