Today I took a giant leap and did price matching at the grocery store. I’m now one of those people. I used to get so annoyed being stuck in line behind people who did this but they’re onto something. The discounts are very real.
It all started a few weeks ago when my friend Courtenay was telling a few of us over lunch how she’s started doing this. She gets her flyers on Thursday or Friday, she then goes through the flyers to see the good deals and meal plans for the week around these savings. Usually by Sunday morning she’s off to the Real Canadian Superstore on Eagleson and price matching away. Last weekend she saved $50! I was sold! (and so were a few other people around the table). We asked Courtenay for a sort of crash course on price matching. On Friday, she printed out flyers for us and at lunch she gave us a bunch of tips.
1- Join the facebook group “Ottawa Coupon Swap & Price Matching”. These people do most of the work for you. Every week, they upload a spreadsheet which lists pretty much all the deals in the Ottawa region, including Gatineau. On this spreadsheet will also be applicable coupons and whether or not the deal is “hot”. Courtenay gets this list every week and trims it down to what she wants.
2. It’s good to go through the flyers yourself to see if there are deals missing from the spreadsheet. If you just get local flyers delivered at home (or in our case, we get none), you can download the iPhone/iPad app “Reebee” that will upload all the flyers for Ottawa (minus the Gatineau ones which you’d have to go to their own website to check out their flyers)
3. Most foods you can price match at the cash but if you want to price match meat, you have to bring the flyer to the meat counter and they’ll print out a new sticker for the item you selected. I did that today with a pork shoulder roast. I found a deal selling it for $1 a pound. The roast was originally $10.93 but with my new found price matching skills, I got it for $4.05! How awesome is that!
4. When you go to pay, pick your cashier carefully. I chose to go with a bored looking teenager who didn’t seem to care one way or another whether I was price matching or not. She was so bored, I didn’t even have to show her the flyers individually, I just read off the spreadsheet the sale price and the store it was matching with and she just punched in the new price. It was so easy. Sometimes you’ll get a hard ass who insists on seeing every single flyer but I got lucky. I told Chris afterward “jeez, it was so easy, I should have told her everything was like $0.25”.
5. Courtenay mentioned something called “Scanning Code of Practice” which the Superstore honours. Basically if you purchase something on sale at the store and the scanner doesn’t read it properly and charges you the original price, if you point it out, they have to give you the item for free. How cool is that? I was watching the sales items we were buying like a hawk but alas, no scanner error.
Anyways, with all these tips, I ended up getting about 9 items to price match since I had done a fairly large shop a few days earlier at Costco. Anyways on those 9 items, I save almost $22! It was great! Such a high feeling.
When we got home, we went into freezer meal making mode and made a ton of food. I can wait to try these:
We also made some crock pot ready meals to freeze including Chicken Alfredo, BBQ spare ribs and Teriyaki Pork Chops. Add this to the pizza dough, lasagnas and meat balls we made last weekend and we’re on quite the roll!
We have more meals we plan on making tomorrow including Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Pasta Shells, Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Casserole, Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
I’m looking forward to more price matching endeavors in the future!
And now, since this blog is supposed to be about kids, here’s a pic of Henry reorganizing the pantry.