Monthly Archives: November 2013

LCBO Store Wide 13% OFF (kind of!)

By pre-purchasing gift cards and earning perks, I'll be saving 13% on everything at the LCBO this holiday season

Learn about Christa Clips’ latest budget hack: how to SAVE 13% on everything at the LCBO this holiday season!

Have you ever seen a 13% OFF store-wide sale at the LCBO? Me neither (for the non-local-yocals, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario is where we buy our hooch here in Ontario, Canada! Oh wait, that still sounds very yocal, doesn’t it!).

How about “We’ll cover the Tax on your Wine?”. There’s a sign we’ll never see!

Even though there really are never store-wide sales at the LCBO, or coupons, or perks other than Air Miles, there IS a way to make your own sale at the LCBO by purchasing gift cards this week at Shoppers Drug Mart. And if you’re looking for ways of savings on your holiday entertaining – this is an easy way to start!

The Promotion:  Purchase $150 in gift cards (divided between at least 2 cards in the Gift Card Mall) at Shoppers Drug Mart until November 15, 2013 and earn 8,000 Shoppers Optimum Points. 8,000 points on their own are worth $10 in FREE stuff anytime at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I always bank my Optimum points, though, and redeem them only when I reach the optimum 95,000 Points at a Spend Your Points Event where they are worth a lot more.  These 8,000 Optimum points are worth at least $19.20 in FREE stuff to me – more if I redeem manufacturer’s coupons at the same time. I’ve been known to do that (;  The 8,000 Bonus Points will be credited to our Optimum accounts by the end of the day on November 22, 2013.

Each Optimum account holder can earn up to 3 of these 8,000 offers. I also purchased $300 in Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards and made out even better because Shoppers cards are the only gift cards in the entire Gift Card Mall that are “pointable”.  That means I earned 3,000 regular Optimum Points at the time that I purchased those cards, plus an extra 16,000 Bonus Points for a total of 19,000 points worth $45.60 in FREE stuff.  We buy all of our milk, bread, and eggs at Shoppers Drug Mart and you can also use their gift cards to pay for your prescriptions.

In essence, I’m “pre-paying” for our groceries, prescriptions, and personal products that we buy at Shoppers Drug Mart and starting with a base of 15% OFF. Throw in some sale prices, manufacturer’s coupons and another Shoppers Drug Mart store perks (e.g. 20x Points, 20% OFF coupons, etc) and I’ll be saving 80-90% on some items. In fact, moments after purchasing my Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards, I redeemed $50 in a transaction that earned me back another $10 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card (that promotion also runs until November 15, 2013).  Combining all of these layers of savings is how we really can Extreme Coupon at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada.

Not a regular Shoppers Drug Mart customer? It’s still worth stopping in to buy your 3x$150 gift card transactions.  Choose from the dozens of different gift cards in the Gift Card Mall and save on gas, groceries, entertaining, and home renovations. Then simply visit Shoppers Drug Mart again anytime after November 22, 2013 to redeem your 24,000 points that you earned from this promotion for $30 in FREE stuff. It really is that simple.

The LCBO deal? Well it might not be extreme savings but 13% OFF is a budget hack that I’m willing to raise my glass to. Cheers!

* I have not been commissioned or compensated by Shoppers Drug Mart or the LCBO to write this blog post. Who do I need to speak to about that?!

Wordless Wednesday: 7₵ Snack!

Save-at-Home-Mom Christa Clips conducted serious snack research today to help you find these 7₵ snacks. You are welcome.

Save-at-Home-Mom Christa Clips conducted serious snack research today to help you find these 7₵ snacks.                     You are welcome.

Why yes, yes I will be sending Hallowe’en treats in school lunchboxes for the next few months. 

These Mini Chewy Bars were in the 50% Hallowe’en clearance today at Walmart:

  • $3.48 for 49 works out to 7₵ each
  • they are exactly half the size of a regular Chewy bar (see research disclaimer below)
  • that’s like buying a regular box for $.84 … unheard of!

I ditched the cardboard boxes and hung our specimens in an easy-access sack for the shorter members of my research team!

*disclaimer: 1.5 chewy bars were … um … injured in the writing of this blog post. I take my role of primary researcher very seriously.

$6 in Surprise Peelie Sticker Coupon Savings!

Adding another layer of savings with Peelie Sticker Coupons is always a pleasant surprise!

Adding another layer of savings with Peelie Sticker Coupons is always a pleasant surprise! Christa Clips shares tips for using these coupons that you find stuck to products on the shelf!

My husband and I finished a HUGE overhaul of our storage room and pantry this weekend and I now have room to start stocking up on some items for upcoming holiday parties. I was thrilled to find some Peelie Sticker Coupons on these items at a local grocery store* last night and saved an EXTRA $6 on top of the sale price.

I didn’t spend any time or energy … anyone can do this!

  • Twistos $1.99 sale price less $1 Peelie Coupon on each bag = $.99 each
  • Tostitos Rounds $2.49 sale price
  • Tostitos Salsa $2.49 sale price less $2 Peelie Coupon (must be used when purchasing a Tostitos chip + a Tostitos dip)

My total out of pocket for these 6 items was $6.94 and I didn’t spend any time or energy checking flyer prices and clipping coupons. Anyone can do this!

Tips for using Peelie Sticker Coupons:

  • Check the expiry date of the coupon AND the product – no sense stocking up if the product will go off before you can use it
  • Peel off the stickers for the cashier and hand them in at the same time that the item is being rung in – some of them are a bit finicky (the stickers, not the cashiers!)
  • Put the items with peelie coupons on the conveyor belt last so that you have time to peel the coupons while the cashier is working on your other purchases and you don’t run the risk of the sticker getting lost (or stuck) amongst the other items
  • Don’t peel stickers off of products on the shelf that you are not buying – it’s poor couponing etiquette
  • Confirm whether or not the coupon is meant to be redeemed with THIS product or on your next purchase (the latter are rare, but do exist)

If the Peelie Sticker Coupon is to be used on a future product, here are a few tricks:

  • buy 1 product at a time and go back for a new transaction to get another Peelie Sticker Coupon when you buy the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.
  • don’t count on the Peelie Sticker Coupons still being available on your next visit – if you’ve got time, do it all on the same trip
  • when storing these Peelie Sticker Coupons for future use, stick them on a piece of taught Saran wrap so that the text can be read easily and the sticky goop won’t get all over your coupon binder or wallet!

Can I use the Peelie Sticker Coupon with a sale price, price-matching and other coupons?

  • Yes, you can certainly redeem a Peelie Sticker Coupon with a sale price – I almost always have at least 2 layers of savings
  • Yes, you can ask the cashier to Price Match a competitor’s price and then use the Peelie Coupon Sticker as well.  The Price Match is computed as a price revision, not a coupon.
  • No, it has been my experience that you cannot stack a Peelie Sticker Coupon with a different manufacturer’s or internet coupon unless the store permits coupon stacking (rare in Canada)

Peelie Sticker Coupons can be found in a variety of stores and on a myriad of products. Sometimes the special packaging comes straight from the supplier, other times a representative will be in the store affixing the Peelie Sticker Coupon (or tags with elastics on bottles) during specified promotion periods. Joining a local couponing group on facebook or other social media channels is a great way to keep informed of where the Peelies are in your local haunts!

Saving at the grocery store plays a big part of my Save-at-Home-Mom strategy: I stock up on items that I know we’ll be using whenever I can find at least 2 layers of savings. The best I’ve ever done on an item to date was 7 layers of savings.  I’ll tell you all about it sometime!

*These items were purchased at Food Basics in Rockland, Ontario