– $124.43 bill, $77.58 in savings, 3.80 in PC Points
I originally want to call this post “Indian Jones meets Storage Wars meets The Edison Twins”…but opportunity cost plays a big part in today’s shopping adventure.
Before I get into the story: CRAZY BIG DEAL! Right now Honey Nut Cheerios are $4.99 for a 685g box. “Who cares?” you say…I do, and you should too if you have people that drink milk and eat Cheerios! The box is normally priced at $7.99 ($6.77 at Walmart), so straight off you save $3 per box (Loblaws price). HOWEVER – if you use your Indian Jones skills and look really close (okay, not really close) you will see you get a coupon for 2L of free milk the next time you buy a box of cereal. I don’t know what 2L of milk costs (say $3.50 for arguments sake) so you end up paying $4.99 for $11.49 worth of stuff! “But Gavin”, you say, “I then have to buy more cereal”…Sure you do. I have kids…they have about 12 years of eating cereal left in them, and worst comes to worst…I eat the cereal.
Opportunity Cost: Today I helped tutor a friend’s child in math during the optimal shopping hour of 9am, because let’s face it, some things are more important than 50% off prepared salads and cut fruit. I don’t think the tutoring went so well because I kept saying things like “Now imagine that parabola you are trying to solve for is like a grocery bill, or a double PC points bonus on something you really like…”
Lets break the rest of this post up into three sections: Indiana Jones, Storage Wars, and The Edison Twins.
The “Indiana Jones” refers to doing some reasoning, and noticing, and hunting, I guess. Such as noticing the extra deal on the Cheerios…Another thing I do though is I check out the
best before sell by date on the meat that is on sale this week. Grocery stores get their meat in big shipments and they all have the same sell by date and buy more than the normal amount figuring they will move it because it is on sale. That meat, if it doesn’t sell, if going to be heavily discounted (see every other post I have written) on the night before the sell by date…so it might be worth remember the date and heading back to check.
Today my grocery store decided to reset-up the way they do the deli and cheese section, so they got rid of my usual spot to find deli meat and cheese marked down 75%…I search THE WHOLE section to find were they had moved it…I finally found a spot where a bunch of 50% cheeses were, but that was it. I am hoping once the renovation is done they will put it all back!
Storage Wars: Sometimes I wish I had someone shopping with me, so I could be all like “see back in that corner, I think I see something good” or just straight up “YEEEPPPPP”… There were two instances of something like this today.
First, I always look for 50% off yogurt, the stuff is already bad milk, and it is pretty easy to test if it has gone bad once you open it and they often have stuff 50% off to get it out of the way. Anyways, the only stuff I could find (at the start) was 500ml containers of plain yogurt. I figured I could suck it up and flavour it myself and portion it myself…nothing I look foward to. Then I notice a normal 8 serving pack of flavoured yogurt 50% off…No need to do my own work! Then I looked closer, sell by date of January 14th…PASS! I felt a little dejected going back to the plain stuff, but then I noticed it, pushed to the back, a bunch of yogurts marked 50% off, with sell by dates of JANUARY 30th BOOM – SAVINGS!
Second, at the entrance of the store there were 8 shopping carts filled with clearance stuff, in two rows of 4 back-to-back…What people (other than yours truely) failed to notice, was that there was stuff on the bottom of the backs of the carts, so bending down and having a look revealed a whole new area to look and save.
Edison Twins: I was trying to think of a good example of a hero using math to get ahead, and the only thing that really came to mind was the Edison Twins…Sometimes you have to stand there and do the math to figure out the best deal. Today I failed to notice that my grocery store was selling meat way below the advertised price…The price for chicken thighs this week was $5.00 per lbs, a modest savings, but a savings just the same…What the store had done though was to sell all the packs of thighs for $5 each, the package I picked up was just over 3lbs, which means they sold it to me at $1.60 a pound instead of the advertised price…Even better, they were selling deboned-skinless chicken breast for $5 a pound and that wasn’t even an advertised special! If you pay attention, you sometimes find good deals hidden right under your nose.
Total this post:
Total spent: $124.43
50% off: $28.92
Repriced items: $16.01
PC Points: $3.80
Year to date:
Total spent: $687.05
50% off: $128.73
Repriced items: $246.98
PC Points: $28.20