Those 2 Boxes of Hair Dye Will Be $30.99…I DO NOT THINK SO!

I only bought 2 things that were not on my list and really good savings…spent $48.84, but with $10 worth of pts really $38.84

I am an Optimum Member at Shoppers and that is one of many store cards I have and Shoppers was having the 8000 Points for $50 before tax purchase….We all know it does not take a lot of items to add up to $50.00 worth of product. Which in this economy is a horrible reality.

So for this trip, I went into the store found my items, found what sales were going on, go home flip through the coupon binder, flip through the flyer to make sure I didn’t miss anything and I can get as much as possible for my Dollars.

Luckily I also had:

– a $10 Shoppers Gift Card, and

– $10 worth of Optimum points to add to this trip.

– Nail Polish was B1G1 and Revlon nail polish was buy 2 and get 2000 PTS,

– Oasis Juice on sale for $2.99 and receive 1200 PTS

– Sassoon Dye was on sale for $12.99 and I had a $5.00 coupon from Elle Beauty Box

–  Olia Dye was on sale for $14.99 and I had a $3.00 coupon from ?save.ca?…I think

– Bf’s Minute Rice on sale for 2/$4.00

– Triscuits were on sale for $1.99 and I had $1.00 off coupon

– Toothpaste was on sale for $2.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon

– Coke was on sale for $2.99 and I had a 2 for 1 coupon

– Monsters were on sale 2/$5.00

 

Silk Almond Milk was a guilty pleasure for regular price of $4.79 and the extra items (Becel and Monsters) for the boyfriend

 

I find  it is difficult if you are trying to maximize your savings in a store where the manager can be a little….abrupt, and you feel like an inconvenience, but remember the world is not fair. We as a society would be lucky if Housing Costs were only 30% of our monthly income, then you factor in student loans, food (even harder if you have food restriction), dependents, unexpected necessities (medicine, physical rehabilitations/ alignments, etc), clothing…as you know the list goes on. This is why I refuse to really feel bad, I am a customer, the companies provide these discounts and reimburses the retailer (and it is not like the store employees are paying for the stock). I have a right to a few treat items, making that occasional home hair-dye a possibility by scraping the cost down in other areas is a reasonable expectation. And to do so I find all resources available to me…

 

My "Bag" of Tricks

My “Bag” of Tricks

Things I Use to Optimize My Savings

– I receiving email Flyers, coupon blog emails (Mrs.January, Extreme Canadian Couponing, etc),

– save.ca is a great way to combine multiple online couponing resources, as well as other coupon sites

– Store Discount Cards, Banks cards that provide rewards, Stamp/punch cards

– Subscribe to Sample sites, a 5 minute survey once in a while is soooo worth it I promise

– Subscribe to flyer deliveries (sometimes flashing the flyer off a tablet or phone will not be enough for a store clerk

– Coupon binder that is organized (I use chapter dividers and “cardholder pages”)

– Follow all blogs, coupon sites, favorite brands, companies, etc on Social Media ***ESPECIALLY Facebook***

– Get familiar with annual giveaway days and do not give up (Top Right corner of 2nd picture is the wallet and purse I won as a Grand Prize through Susan Nichole Handbags (https://www.facebook.com/SusanNicholeHandbags)

– Research your local market places and stores

– Know where you freebies are (Kids eat free, It’s your birthday enjoy a ______, 1/2 price Tuesdays, etc)

 

It should be noted that I have not paid for razor blades in _____ ….WOW, I do not remember, I have not needed to purchase Laundry Soap since prior to moving to London 3 years ago, and toothbrushes I get free, along with various other things. Note there is a difference between not paying and not needing to purchase, it is exactly that (razors free and laundry soap is still stocked 😀 )

 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you need a minimum coupon count to order that 1 coupon you want, do not let them go to waste…a little scotch tape as you go through an aisle you can “Pay it Forward”….I never say “well I have a coupon so it is worth buying….”. the hair dye I bought may have a high reg price but after discoutn and coupons it matched the cheaper products that were out.

 

Song of the day – Salt-N-Pepa & En Vogue – Whatta Man

I have a friend participating in the preliminary/ Local level of the Canadian Star Search Contest to win a seat to go compete in the worldwide Canada Star search. She is amazing and if you live in the London Ontario area I suggest coming out to Friday Knight Lights on Richmond Street. Starts usually around 10 pm, some truly amazing vocals.

Anyways, my friend Selina was practicing the other night and since she knew that she will be asked to compete this Thursday in a genre of music outside her usual comfort zone she decided on “Whatta Man”. All I have to say is WOW

 

If you want to see more on Canada Star Search – London visit:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canada-star-search/206882269490514

or their youtube page at:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYI3IKwEg3XY1wANVpRooTg

Contests & Giveaways – April 15th

So as important as it is to most of us to save money, this video reminds us sometimes things are worth paying for so you do not have to pay out for ignoring them…EW

–          Find your inner Superpower for your chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City from Air Canada Vacations, the Revlon Electric Chrome Collection™ Prize Packs, and Cineplex Movie Passes:

http://bit.ly/1it07vs

–          Win Lindt Chocolate for a year with this fun game:

https://loveexcellence.ca/

–          Win a Silence Force Extreme Vacuum (approx. Retail value $499.99) from Home Outfitters:

http://og-ho.branderati.com/RowentaContest2014/

–          Spring Beauty Giveaway with polka dots stripes and hearts:

http://polkadotsstripesandhearts.blogspot.ca/2014/04/spring-beauty-giveaway.html

–          $50.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway:

http://www.treasuretrooper.com/visagiveaway

–          Favorite Things for Spring 2014 and a $50.00 Visa Card Giveaway from About a Mom:

http://www.aboutamom.com/favorite-things-for-spring-2014/

–          Leave a comment on Lip Smackers facebook post for a chance to #win one of 10 special edition Easter flavors. Just tell them why you love this time of the year before midnight EST on 4/16:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=657226374324678&set=a.241345445912775.52647.200915953289058&type=1&stream_ref=10

–          $25 gift card to Well.ca at EatLifeBalance.com. Two entries 1) Comment on a healthy option below the blog post 2) Like them on Facebook:

http://eatlifebalance.com/healthyprice-ca-giveaway/

–          Visit the Leon’s Facebook page and enter for a chance to win a set of Aloe Pillows.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=637148323038357&set=a.227724027314124.58123.211317552288105&type=1

–          Enter the Lenox Happy Easter Dinnerware Sweepstakes for a chance to win an Easter Dinner Prize Pack:

http://www.feedback.lenox.com/se.ashx?s=411944FA57787B99

–          Enter now and get a chance to win the Grand Prize of a 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS or $15,000 Cash instead. Second prize is two tickets to one game of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final with seating locations, and travel expense amount of $2,000. Third prize is a $250 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com:

http://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/playoff_challenge/picks?locale=en

–          Mother’s Day Luxury Giveaway – “Win prizes for you AND your mom this Mother’s Day from e.l.f. and Emilie M! Five grand prize winners (One winner per day) will receive: 1 Emilie M handbag of choice, An Emilie M Essentials Box, An e.l.f. gift set valued at $50, $50 e.l.f. gift card redeemable on eyeslipsface.com. 50 second prize winners (10 per day) will receive:  $25 e.l.f. e-gift certificate redeemable on eyeslipsface.com, $25 Emilie M e-gift certificate redeemable on emiliemshop.com:

http://goo.gl/DyB0bf

–          Join Chick Advisor Product Review Club for chances at free samples and rewards:

http://www.chickadvisor.com/home.html

 

For those who have not followed MrsJanuary.com and are trying to figure out why they are not able to gain Canadian “Extreme Couponer” status will find this article helpful.

How to be an Extreme Couponer

Ever since the TLC show Extreme Couponing has aired, I have received numerous emails from readers begging me to give them tips on how to be an extreme couponer like the people they see on the show.

I’m sorry to break it to ya folks, but what you see on the show is not really how it all goes down. Those shoppers save up all of their “Free Product” and “High Value” coupons to use on the show, so that their hauls will be much more impressive.

They know well in advance when their shopping date will be, so they have plenty of time to order coupons (many use a coupon clipping service at a cost – a cost that is never factored into their out of pocket total).

It’s television – pure entertainment.

Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?

Yes, but don’t expect to get the same types of deals as those you see on Extreme Couponing.

Many of the people on the show have stores in their community that will double the value of coupons. They also have catalinas that print on your receipt, which are coupons you can use for future purchases (for example: save $5 on your next purchase of $20).

In addition, they often have better in store promotions than those of us in Canada (for example: buy 5 General Mills products and get $5 off your purchase).

So, yes, you can be an extreme couponer in Canada. Just don’t expect to go to the store every week and buy $600 worth of groceries for $10. It’s near impossible.

My eBook, Money In Your Pocket, is a great resource for saving money on groceries in Canada. Please check it out if you are looking to cut back on your grocery bills.

How to Become an Extreme Couponer

Learning how to extreme coupon in Canada takes time. Becoming an extreme couponer and building a large stockpile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to shop smart and get used to using coupons in large quantities. It took me well over a year to build my stockpile and I am still (and always will be) constantly taking from and adding items to it.

Find Coupons

If you really want to get serious about couponing, the first thing you need to do is find coupons – and find a lot of them. There are many ways to do this: tear pad coupons, coupon inserts, online coupon companiesprintable couponscoupon trading, etc.

Organize Coupons

Once you find a bunch of coupons, you will then need to organize them. My favourite way to organize coupons is the binder method, but of course, there are many other options. Choose the organizational system that you think would work best for you.

It’s important to always stay on top of your coupons. When you get new ones, organize them right away. They start to pile up very fast! Also, don’t forget to go through your coupons at least once per month and remove all of the expired ones.

Check Your Flyers

There are new store flyers every week. When you receive them, look them over and make note of the items that you think are good deals and would like to buy. Then, check your coupons to see if you have any to match up to those sale items.

I post weekly coupon match-ups every Thursday, so if you don’t have time to check your flyers, just watch for that post.

You always want to shop with a list when you go grocery shopping. Otherwise, you will just walk up and down the aisles adding random items to your cart with no real rhyme or reason. To save yourself some money, always shop with a list and never buy anything that is not on it (unless you find some great clearance deals, of course!).

Also, you need to fill your belly before you go shopping, otherwise you will shop on impulse and fill up your cart with junk food. Trust me on that one.

Stock-up on Sale Items

You always want to stock up on items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. This is how you build a grocery stockpile. Give yourself a monthly “stocking up” budget and use that money to stock up on items when they go on sale.

If you use lots of frozen vegetables and normally pay $1.99 a bag, wait until they go on sale for $1 or less and then stock up. Sales typically run about every 3 months, so purchase a 3 month supply (if you can afford it) at that low price and then you don’t have to worry about frozen vegetables for 3 months.

Always save your coupons to match up with great deals. I know it can be tempting to use a whole bunch of coupons when you first start out, but you will get the best bang for your buck if you hold on to those coupons and wait for a sale to combine them with. Avoid full price whenever possible, even if you have a coupon.

Organize Your Stockpile

Once you start using coupons for awhile and purchasing things that are on sale, you will begin to amass a collection of items. This is called a stockpile. In order to avoid chaos in your home, you need to organize your stockpile. Basements work best, but if you don’t have one available to use, here are some other ideas for stockpile storage.

Remember to always add newer items to the back and move older items to the front, to prevent expiration issues. You’re not saving any money if you just end up throwing things out!

Donate Your Extras

When you start getting the hang of using coupons and stockpiling, you will probably end up having a whole heap of items that you can’t possibly use before they expire. I would suggest donating those stockpile items to local food banks, shelters and even friends and family. Help others in need. Pay it forward. If you do good, good will come to you.

Becoming an extreme couponer is hard. It takes a lot of time, and it can be stressful. You have to find coupons, clip coupons, organize coupons, plan shopping trips, go shopping and put everything away. You will sometimes deal with cashiers that don’t want to accept your coupons. There will be great big hauls and there will be very small hauls. Expect that.

If you want to be extreme, couponing becomes a job. It’s not easy – but it can certainly be worth it!” source:

www.MrsJanuary.com

 

Coupons/Giveaways & Contests April 14th 2014

Free

I apologize for the late in the day savings post, it has been a busy day in the travel world.

Do not forget to subscribe to coupon apps for extra savings..such as:

– SnapSaves

– Checkout 51

 

– Enter to win with WONDERLIST.ca – GRAND PRIZE: 1 of 2, $500 Young Drivers gift certificates to be used towards a Beginner Driver Education Course. OR SECONDARY PRIZES: 1 of 4 Young Drivers Distracted Driving Courses.

http://woobox.com/ndrru2/7cvfbf

– Win a trip to Curaçao:

http://www.tastingtable.com/lander/springintogolf2014

– win a copy of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Sennheiser MOMENTUM Headphones:

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/thehobbit

– KidsToyville KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen 53260 GIVEAWAY:

http://www.kidstoyville.com/blogs/news/13357477-kidstoyville-kidkraft-uptown-espresso-kitchen-53260-giveaway

– Win a touch screen laptop:

https://www.facebook.com/WomanFreebies?sk=app_1400431383559838

– Play the WebQuiz and you could WIN a FREE sample of Nikwax BaseFresh:

http://www.nikwax.co.uk/en-us/webquiz/index-quiz.php

– Spring Amazing Comfort Sweepstakes – win an amazon gift card:

http://www.budgetearth.com/spring-amazing-comfort-sweepstakes/

– Amiclubwear Review & $150 Giveaway:

http://mistymorgan.blogspot.ca/2014/04/amiclubwear-review-150-giveaway.html

– Win a Coleman Automotive Tent Camper:

http://www.winacolemancamper.com/

– Win a trip to Italy from Ragu:

https://ragu.promo.eprize.com/betterandbetter/

 

 

Giveaways & Freebies April 11th

Note: You should follow your favorite brands/companies/etc. on multiple media forums. When they have freebies or contests you will have instant notification….I learned the hard way, but it is a good idea if you set up an email specific for subscriptions to all your companies, freebie and coupon sites.

– Leisure Arts Newsletter subscription has free patterns all the time, for all you fashion DIYers

http://www.LeisureArts.com

Win a Hair Removal Laser 4X and a Year’s Supply of SmoothStart Calming Gel: 

http://goo.gl/5Zybsl

–  WIN the entire Hayden Christensen collection & a $250 RW&CO. gift card:

http://bit.ly/1hpBnqj

– Win a Large Bashful Beige Bunny (click ‘LIKE’ on the product image and answer the question “All I want from the Easter bunny is’ in the comments section below the image):

Enter Canadian Family’s ’20-Minute Supper Club Anniversary’ Contest:

http://www.canadianfamily.ca/contests/20-minute-supper-club-anniversary-contest/

– Win $10,000 with KLEENEX Plus, get a coupon just for entering, and make sure to come back & Vote every week:

https://www.facebook.com/Kleenex/app_606821069386548

– Win a Carnaby Sweet Easter Basket & a $75 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card:

http://www.29secrets.com/content/win-carnaby-sweet-easter-basket-75-shoppers-drug-mart-gift-card

Win Deluxe Scentsy Warmer Review & Giveawaywith SIMPLY STACIE (US & Can):

http://www.simplystacie.net/2014/04/deluxe-scentsy-warmer/

Maple Leaf Brunch Challenge – Upload your best brunch recipe, featuring Maple Leaf Ham, onto Appehtite for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card:

https://appehtite.ca/promo/maple-leaf-s–power-brunch-challenge/187

– Garnier Canada – Beach chic waves OR Pixie Play perfection? “LIKE” and comments which style you would like to try for your chance to WIN:

– Join the Cuisinart Canada Juice Revolution with your chance to win your very own Cuisinart Juice Exactor! For your chance to win, simply watch the newest episode of our #CookingWithCuisinart video series and answer the question “Does a whole lemon fit into our juice extractors?”

http://bit.ly/1k4UV3V

Free 16 to 20 CT of Quantum Dishwasher Tablets with this rebate form:

https://www.facebook.com/finishcanada/app_1436245093287501

– win a McGregor Easter Basket filled with socks in Easter pastels:

https://www.facebook.com/McGSocks/app_158086484245654

– Enter the Cuisinart® Gourmet Barbecues Let’s Get Grilling Contest, PRIZE INCLUDES A BRAND NEW Cuisinart® Ceramic 900 Barbecue:

http://a.pgtb.me/DK65dt?app_data=entry_id%253D54247516

ROLLY MINI TOOTHBRUSHES each month send out about 50 Free Samples to the Rolly Brush community. They also email coupons and information:

http://freshermouth.com/pages/sign-up-for-a-free-sample-of-rolly-brush

 

 

 

Giveaways April 9th 2014

Free

 

 

I love freebies, I receive multiple samples a week, coupons regularly, and I have even been a Grand Prize winner through Susan Nicole Handbag Thursday Giveaway (https://www.facebook.com/SusanNicholeHandbags). All giveaways I post will be open to Canadians, potentially worldwide, but definitely open to Canadians.

Websites to Subscribe or follow:

http://kidsumers.ca/

http://www.mrsjanuary.com/

https://www.facebook.com/missfrugal

http://www.wholemom.com/

 

So I have the following links for my fellow freebie lovers…

Kinder Instant Win Game, requires a pin from previously purchased Kinder Products:

https://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada/app_758013124212966

Hugo Boss Purfume/Colgne Sample:

http://www.fragrances.hugoboss.com/uk/boss_in_motion-free-sample

“OH She Glows” Cookbook Giveaway hosted by Self Made Simple:

https://www.facebook.com/selfmadesimpleblog?v=app_474477662635277

– $500 April Showers Cash Giveaway:

http://www.giveawaypromote.com/2014/04/08/500-april-showers-cash-giveaway/

– OROGOLD Cleansing Kit, Body Butter, and Deep Peeling Giveaway: 

http://www.orogoldgiveaway.com/

– Win SODASTREAM MACHINE including a REUSABLE BOTTLE and SYRUP FLAVOURS:

http://secretcontinent.com/ca_en/

Win a FAIREJOUR ORIGINALS Dress:

http://www.fairejour.com/pages/dresses-galore-giveaway

Win a HAMILTON BEACH PIZZA MAKER:

http://www.styleathome.com/contests.php?id=2905

– Win 1 of 30 “GUESS” dresses:

http://shop.guess.com/en/getdressed/sweeps/

– Win a KINDLE FIRE HDX 7″ Tablet:

http://www.edutopia.org/giveaway/kindle-fire-hdx-7-tablet-0

– Win a IPAD AIR Wi-Fi 16GB:

https://www.facebook.com/landingsatprincetonlakes/app_499740356798257

Win Athletic Swimwear from HydroChic:

http://woobox.com/5z3tjb/7a0k70

 

For the many others I find today I will comment on this post, if you find something I have not posted, that is open to Canadians, feel free to leave a comment…GOOD LUCK