20x The Points at Shoppers Drug Mart

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Today is 20x the points when you spend $50 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart.  Head on in to get butter for $2.99, eggs for $1.77, and perhaps pick up some clearance milk and yogurt too?  Coppertone Sunscreen is on sale for $7.99 and there is a $5 you can use (on select products).  20x the points is a great way to get items you need and accumulate points for free groceries in the future.  Check out their flyer for more deals before heading in!

A few tips:

1. Coupons count as a form of payment.  When the ad says spend $50 or more to get 20x the points that means your subtotal must reach $50, but not what you pay out of pocket.  I have had my subtotal get to $75, use coupons to get it to $10 and still get 20x the points on the original $75!  It’s great!

2. Make sure you plan out your trip before going.  Make sure you have a rough idea of what you will be spending out of pocket and when you arrive at the store, immediately purchase a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card with the total amount you plan to spend.  Buying a gift card and paying with it gets you extra regular points (not 20x the points though).

3. Check the clearance section!  I have found many great products clearing out, and it’s a great way to find products you may need or want!  (Like Essie nail polish for $0.99!)

4. Check out Mrs. January’s awesome manual on how to shop at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Happy shopping!

 

 

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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! 

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!

The February Challenge

A good friend of mine told me that their grocery budget for the next few months will be $350 – this is for a family of five (soon to be six)! She is such an inspiration to me in so many ways, and this is just another: her commitment to their family’s organic eating habits while sticking to her budget is truly impressive. I’ll admit that at first I thought it would be almost impossible for a family that size to stick to that budget, and it certainly wasn’t something my family could do.  But then I felt the rush of adrenaline (ya geeky I know) as I suddenly thought about how this could be an exciting challenge for me to do!

So here’s my plan:

Goal: ‘To see how much natural/organic grocery items I can buy while sticking to my budget of $350.’

1. I define ‘groceries’ as products I regularly buy at a grocery store. This includes food, diapers, household supplies (cleaning, toilet paper,etc), toiletry items.  Lucky for me, I’m well stocked up on everything but food, so this month should be ‘easy’.

2. As I have said before not everything I buy is 100% natural and/or organic, but I mostly focus on food items such as produce, meat and some dairy, but I will cover ways of saving in other areas as well.

3. I have a firm out of pocket budget of $350. If any necessary expenses come up – like milk – I will have to use free product coupons, rewards, gift certificates etc.

So far, as of today this is the breakdown of my February grocery spending:

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Yup, that’s right! My spending for the month is almost done! Not to fear! When shopping for these items, I also look to earn things back to use on future purchases. This month included rebate offers, $25 gift card to Superstore, bonus points at Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Plus points and PC MasterCard points (I use my MasterCard for all my purchases).

So that’s my plan for the month and an update on where I’m at! Stay tuned for more to come!