Dollar Daze of Summer – Flipp

There is only a little over a month left of summer and soon the kids will be heading back to school. It has been a rainy and chilly break for us all. This week with all the great dollar daze of summer. This week I have found some deals that will make dinners a breeze. If you like quick and easy meals that can be made in a slow cooker or 1 pot, keep reading.

Dollar Daze of Summer

No Frills Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

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Frescho Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

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Combine some meat with the vegetables below.

Basics July 27 – August 2

Pick ups some nacho or tortilla chips and make a batch of guacamole dip. Here is a quick and easy recipe to use.

Easy Guacamole Dip

  • 2 avacados
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  •  clove garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Just mash the avocados in a bowl and combine all ingredients and it is ready to serve.

With all the different vegetables and meat combinations, there are many 1 pot meals to be made. Make it an easy week in the kitchen.

Pull out your device and head on over to Flipp and see all the other amazing dollar daze of summer deals. From quick snacks to cake mixes this week is a win for grocery shopping.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as we prepare for all the best Back to School deals.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp and you always have them with you.

How to Eat Fresher and Cheaper on a Budget

How to Eat Fresher and Cheaper on a Budget

If one of your New Years’ resolutions is to cut your grocery costs while buying fresher groceries,  it can be done.  There are a number of strategies that you can use to save money every time you grocery shop.  I love heading to my local FRESHCO where I can definitely get fresher and cheaper on a budget.

 

Meal Plan

When you plan your meals before you head to the grocery store you know what you need.  You know what your meals will be for the week. You are not simply scanning the aisles for what looks good.

 

Make a List

Research has shown that if you can avoid impulse buying you can save at least 20% on your weekly grocery bill. Always shop with a list. I use an app to keep my list handy.

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Eat Your Veggies and Fruit too

You can save 25% by adding more fruits and vegetables to your cart. You can have a healthier and fresher grocery list simply by choosing fresh for snacks and the main event. Not only do you save money, but you are getting healthier as well! You have to love that!

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Shop Seasonal and Sales

If you know me, you know I love to shop seasonally and love a great deal.  Have a freezer? Stock up on meat when it is on sale. I love checking my local flyers on a flyer app. You can always find the FRESHCO weekly flyer here as well. It lets me know what sales I can find that week, as I meal plan I am often referring to this list.  Fruit and vegetables in season are always cheaper.  Choose fruit that is ripe and ready to eat and some that needs to ripen in a few days. That way there will be no waste.

 

When you stock up on staples like rice, beans, pasta you have them on hand to make great healthy meals. Watch for these when they are on sale as they do have a longer shelf life.

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Shop the Perimeter

 

I love shopping at my local FRESHCO. I walk into the produce section and from there I do 80 percent of my shopping around the perimeter. That is where I pick up my fruit, my vegetables, my meat, my eggs, my cheese, the basics for a healthy meal. When I shop the inside aisles I am looking for healthy staples like beans, nuts, and healthy whole grains. I am also looking for my spices.

Let me know, how you save at the grocery store.

 

*This post has been sponsored by FRESHCO, as always the opinions are my own.

 

Grocery Prices Are Going Up, But Your Food Budget Is Not!

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It’s a new year and with that comes word of higher prices in our grocery stores. Canadians have been seeing headlines in the news of this that read: “Food Prices Continue to Rise” and “Grocery Bills To Get Bigger In 2016 Due To Increased Food Costs, Sinking Loonie”. Where does that put us as the consumer? What can we do to continue to keep ourselves within our budgets and keep money in our banks while still being able to put the same amount of food on the table as we did before the prices started climbing?

As a mom of three and a family of five, I am always extremely conscientious about my weekly budget and my meal planning to ensure I get the most out of my weekly grocery budget. However, with these increased prices I am finding that even I have to up my game and figure out where I can save more. To do this, I decided to take a walk through some of my local grocery stores not to shop necessarily but to really get a good insight into where else I can save other then my flyer deals. shopping apps, price matching, weekly in-store deals, and coupons. Below are my findings.

In each store, I found little pockets of savings areas. Meat section 30-50% off meat, Pro-duce Reduced items, Bakery 50% off racks, as well as random shelves and bins in stores with reduced items. Each store had, at least, one or more of these areas, meat be-ing the most common but one, in particular, had all of these sweet little savings areas in one store, Loblaws (just to note here that I do not work for nor endorse Loblaws, they just had everything in one store). Although I don’t think Loblaws always has the best prices when items are regularly priced, I do feel that between their  PC Points program and their further savings of quick for sale reduced items I can really save my money when I shop there.

Items in these areas change daily but I guarantee that you will find some great deals and save money on your grocery bill, especially on the meat.

These are just some extra tips above and beyond what we can do to save money every-day other then our flyer deals, price matching, shopping apps, and coupons.

You can find out more about the writer behind this post Allison Rouble at https://about.me/alli-son_rouble or my blogs PandeMommium.com and GENdMOM.com and https://allisonrou-ble.wordpress.com/.

Part 2 of Living on Less: The Food Budget

Often we have to stretch when we choose to live on less. For me the area I find me stretching in the most is my food budget. Gone are the days of ordering in or take out so how do I stretch my money in a city where food prices are well lets put it this way: in the US I fed a family of 5 on the same amount.So what are my strategies:

1. Shop flyers for the loss leaders. These here in Canada seem to cycle about every 8-12 weeks. So that means I know I can get 24 rolls of toilet paper for $3.99 after my dollar off coupon every 8 to 12 weeks so I get it when it is at that price.

2. Collect and share coupons. I use both Save.ca and Frugal Shopper for coupons and if you are really a good collector you can trade or even get on a coupon train.

3. Menu Plan: I like to plan on Monday mornings for my week, using what I have in the house..things bought from flyer’s or my staple list.So how does $200 get spent:

1 have 4 basic areas

  • Meat and eggs: here I spend no more then $50 a month and it stretches for about 20 meals, and includes deli meat for lunches
  • Fruit+Veggies: here I spend about $40 for a mix of fresh and frozen( I usually buy seasonal and on sale).
  • The Basics: or as some would call them dry goods..here I spend about $60
  • Leaving $30 for the fillers: cookies, chips, baking supplies etc.

With $20 left over for milk!

So that is how I live on less in the grocery store.

Today I am thankful that up here the school week is over and I get some Roo time in yeah!