Grocery: $115.60 bill, $42.46 in savings, $19.60 in PC Points: 34.9% in savings
Pharmacy: $115.00 bill, $733.26 in savings, 7020 Optimum Points, 86.4% in savings!
So, tonight I was on a mission to buy 28 pounds of ribs. It was going to be amazing. I was going to buy them for $2.50/lb and I was going to get 35% back in PC points…Unfortunately, after checking 3 Your Independent Grocers, it became clear I had looked at the wrong flyer online. This being said, I still needed to cash in on 35% off of pork, veal and lamb before the night was done…
So, I head home, put the kids to bed, and head out shopping AGAIN. I had to drop off a bike I was giving away for free (ironically as part of Buy Nothing Ottawa). So I ended up by the Shoppers in Beacon Hill. My shopping list was 3 things: meat, pretzels and kids toothpaste.
I find the toothpaste no problem, but then I go check the clearance stuff…A bunch of electric toothbrushes. A LOT of electric toothbrushes. They have some I recognize as being $9.99 marked down to $1, then I spot some One Direction and Selena Gomez toothbrushes, $12.99 marked down to $1. I double check under the self check and they are only marked down to $6.50. So I need to put them back, but where? I see a clerk, he tells me to put them in the clearance thing again…I say to myself “screw it, I’ll take them to the front and see what they say”. They scan them, $1. These toothbrushes are pretty cool, they play music for 2 minutes so kids will brush to 2 minutes, cool concept. I figure this isn’t something that most kids using a food bank would get, so, I BOUGHT ALL OF THEM! 16 musical toothbrushes and 3 electic ones. $237.81 worth of toothbrushes for $19! BOOM – SAVINGS!
Now, I know you are telling yourselves “No one pays $12.99 for a 1 Direction toothbrush”. Someone does, but not enough…So I (the kids) win!!!
To get to my grocery store I have to go past my usual Shoppers. I figure “Hey why not? I already have stuff to give to charity, might has well buy some more”. They are usually killer stocked in clearance shampoo and food banks need that stuff…So I stop. FOR THE BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!!!
I get to the back and instead of the usual stuff it is kids medicine, mouthwash, supplements and vitamins. I decide kids medicine, supplements and vitamins for me, mouthwash for the food bank. I pick up 12 bottles of mouthwash for $12…They usually go for $5.99 per bottle…$71.88 worth of mouthwash for $12!!! Next are the supplements, I never take the stuff, but savings intrigue me, so I had a look. Apparently these powders are ground up veggies that are good for you. Fine, as long as it isn’t bad for me, I’ll give it a try (going to check with my Nutritionally knowledgeable friends)…This stuff was normally $71.99 per bottle, but today they were on sale for $5. $359.95 for $25 BOOM – SAVINGS!!! The kids medicine was $10.99 marked down to $2. The vitamins were amazing too! I bought 10 bottles of Omega3… I hear this stuff is good for me, so why not. Each bottle was over $22, some as high as $29 and they were selling them for $2. Why 10 bottles? BECAUSE SOME OF THEM DON’T EXPIRE UNTIL 2017!!!! That is over 90% in savings!!!!
As I’m instructed to move to the cash because it is 9:55, one clerk says to the other “can you take this in the back, this stuff is recovered stolen or expired”. I notice there are Kicking Horse organic fair trade coffee beans in her hands with a $4 off sticker on it. So I go down the coffee lane…I find three bags, $17.99 with $8 off each (turns out there was 2 stickers per bag!)…It “expires” tomorrow. These are coffee beans in a vacuum bag…I take all three and proceed to the cash (after finding no discount milk, because hey, you have to check).
I get to the cash and it is the usual cashier (how many freaken hours does she work?)…She sees me and points to a bin…”All of that is $0.25 each” I give it a quick look like they would in Storage Wars and declare “I’ll take the whole thing”…What did I buy for $0.25 a unit? 23 Skor bars ($1.39 each, $26.22 in savings) 10 packs of Trident gum ($1.39 per pack, $14.40 in savings), 5 Lidnt chocolate bars ($4.39 each, $20.70 in savings) and 2 packs of Kurig coffee ($8.99 each, $17.48 in savings)…so just by her pointing out the bin I ended up buying a crap load of stuff to share with coworkers, paid $10 for $118.80 worth of stuff BOOM – SAVINGS!!!!!
So, as in a previous post, we get kind of negotiaty about the price of some of the clearance stuff. By this time the three cashiers are all at the front and I am the only person there. The head cashier (I think) says to charge me only $5 for the bags of coffee. So she rings it in as $5. After they do it, I warn them that they have given me $8 off per bag already. They show me on the screen that they had removed most of the $4 off coupons since they were charging me less. “MOST” the intentionally left some. I asked the head cashier if they had any more in the back (because I knew they did) so she was gracious enough to get it for me. So I should have paid $20-4=$16 for the coffee. They made two mistakes (that I didn’t catch, or I would have offered to let them correct it). One of the bags got rung through at $0.25 with the chocolate bars and they left 2 $4 off on the bill instead of 1. So I get $71.96 worth of Organic, fair trade coffee for $7.25 BOOM – SAVINGS!
When she was done we looked at the bill: $85.30 spent, $643.34 in savings. I’m on a high at this point…but still I had to continue on to the grocery store or I would lose my 35% in savings on meat…
IN WRITING THIS I JUST REALIZED I PICKED UP A BONUS 6000 Optimum points today for spending so much!!! LOLZ!!!!
The grocery store
I’m on a crazy high at this point…I walk in and find Ritz crackers on sale (I know, “Boo! How do you feed that poison to your kids?”…They eat about 4 crackers a week so don’t worry. I also see a Toblerone bar, because hey, I haven’t bought enough chocolate already…
I push forward past the 50% off stuff and see they have restocked the strawberries, which were on sale $6 for 2. So they are as fresh as they get and I have the pick of the litter, so I picked up 4.
Now, on to the meat, the whole reason I am there. It was nearly a total bust! I did buy two lamb leg roasts for $46.79 and got $10.95 in PC points back, so that is something…and I did get some beef 60% off (repriced and PC points combined!)…but still it was nothing like the 28 pounds of ribs I was trying to buy…Oh well…
Non-prescription pharmacy spending 2015: $838.52
Pharmacy savings 2015: $1941.22
Optimum Points: 30881
Total Spending: $115.60
50% Off: 10.75
Repriced items: $27.71
PC Points: $19.60
Year to Date:
Total Spending: $3314.33
50% Off: $581.11
Repriced items: $881.78
PC Points: $107.80