UPDATE – Amazing Products That Will Save You A Lot of Canadian Money Eh!
A few months back, I had wrote about the cost of grocery, in particular, it was celery that was costing $5! I couldn’t believe it, but like every fad, the price went back to normal. Now you can all buy celery for your fried rice or veggie soups, which is what I wanted it for.
This got me thinking. I am researching and testing out ways to save money, and sometimes, things change, like food. I will do my best to update posts, but please feel free to email me and let me know if you see something that isn’t right. I would rather have updated information. Thanks.
I read an article on CTV news that said we will be paying more for groceries in 2019.
To summaries what I read….Meat prices will go down; Fruits and Vegetables will go up; Restaurant prices will go up because of this.
So, what do we do? As Canadian’s, we have winter and can’t really grow much. So, we need to come up with ways to get the nutrients when it’s available. But how do you make healthy meals when a pepper that may feed 2 people costs $4 bucks!? Well, I have come up with a few ideas.
Listed below are the ways that I use that help me save at least $100 dollars.
Shop at places you may not have thought of
Fruits and veggies. This may seem odd, but I buy fruits and veggies at Giant Tiger. They are fresh and small and cheaper.I also like Food basics and Produce Depot too because of the prices.
For meat, I like Walmart and Costco. I buy a cooked roast chicken at Costco for $8.99. I then make 4 meals with it. Check out my recipe list for meal ideas.
Check out the reduced items
The first thing I do when I get to the grocery store is check out reduced items. It might sound gross, but I need overripe banana’s for breakfast muffins or smoothies. If you’re going to make something that night like soup or stir fry, check the reduced area first see if they have peppers, zucchini’s. You can also freeze them for later. Most of the time, the items might just have a bit of bruising on them and people don’t want to buy them, so they are reduced by at least 50%.
Food storage bins that keep your food fresh for a long time
Have you seen what happens to berries after 3 days in the fridge? Check out this video on strawberries life.
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I get upset because berries are so expensive, but after 3 days in my fridge they turn nasty. So, I bought these produce saver containers and really like them. It claims to make produce stay fresh 80% longer than any other product on the market. I have tried the bags and they didn’t work for me. I would show you a picture, but I don’t want to make you sick. You can put salad or berries in these containers and put them in the fridge for days without the fear of everything going rotten.
Make your favorite Coffee for less than 50¢
I’m sorry but I cannot function without coffee and cream. I can’t drink it with milk. Yaaaack! I need my cream, but I have a backup plan if I don’t have real cream. I’ll use that whitener stuff, but – only if I’m desperate. However, I need coffee. I have a few coffee makers because we need one at the trailer and one at home. This one is easy to make coffee and program. All I do is poor in the water, click my program button and done! No need to get up in the morning and try not hitting the wall while walking to the kitchen to turn on the coffee. Arrrg, yes, this happens to me almost every day, which is why I need coffee before I drive to work. Also, this one allows for 12 cups! That’s like 3 thermos to go mugs. I just bought it for 30% off!
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer That helps keep food for months
If you’ve ever wanted to buy food in bulk at Costco to save money, but know you’ll never get to eat it all before it spoils, you need to buy a vacuum food sealer. I use baggies and they get freezer burn, but not anymore. I now have meat in the freezer that is still fresh for 3 months. I buy so much chicken and saved at least $30 bucks because of these bags.
What can this thing do? It promises to preserve meat or vegetables in the freezer for up to three years, cheese in the fridge for up to eight months, and flour in the pantry for two years. You can vacuum seal it in seconds and it won’t freezer burn. Plus, the instant seal technology keeps delicate foods from being crushed and the whole machine is dishwasher safe, making cleaning easy.
Does your water taste metallic?
You hear it all the time, you need to stay hydrated but buying water bottles cost a lot of money, and they are not environmentally friendly. However, if you have a situation like I do, the water fountain at my work has a metallic taste that I jut can’t drink the water. I was buying bottled water and feeling guilty because I am wasting all this plastic. My man told me to buy a water filter pitcher. I didn’t want to go back and forth and have to fill up the container, but also because my office is sooo tiny, but I needed want. So, I decided to buy a water pitcher with filter and what a difference! It tastes fresh and no more metal taste.
The Phone Case that Saved me $400 Dollars!
I know this is not food, but it is an important one. Everyone should have a cellphone cover! Accidents happen all the time, I know because it happened to me. I broke my cellphone while trying to pull it out of my pocket. It slipped and the front glass shattered. I wasn’t willing to pay out the plan of $400! So, I tried to tape up the phone, not fun. I ended up with tiny glass pieces in my fingers. I tried getting it repaired but that cost $150. So, then I checked on Amazon and the replacement parts didn’t work so well. I couldn’t take it anymore and found a deal with Fido and got another phone. The first thing I did with that money was buy a phone case right away.
Do not be afraid to use coupons! They will save you a ton of money. I bought a box of tampons using a coupon for $1.00! I couldn’t believe it. I normally pay $5.00 for a box of 18.
Did you know that companies want you to use their coupons? Yes, you read that right. They are trying to get new clients or more business, so they put out discounts for you to try them. I don’t understand how people don’t like to use coupons. For me, I like to use them because I get to try something for half the price and then, if I like it, I will buy it again at full price. Do not be embarrassed to use coupons EVER! Speaking of coupons, Here’s a link to a website that has a ton of coupons.
Remember what I said not to buy in bulk if it’s on sale. Well, this is the except. When you know you’re going to pay full price for something and you budgeted for it, now would be the time you would buy extra because you already had that money put aside.
Use this app before you go to the grocery store
I don’t know if you’re old school like me, but I like getting flyers to see what’s on sale and what I can make for meals. Flipp has every grocery and other stores you shop at all in one convenient place. Places like WalMart, Food Basics, Leon’s are listed here.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about these money saving products.
I have used most of these products and swear by them, but why don’t you be the judge for yourself. If you buy any of these products, and you are not satisfied, Amazon gives you a certain amount of time for you to return it if it didn’t meet your expectation. You have nothing to lose.
Some of the products may cost a bit, but most of these products aren’t huge investments, but they will save you money because you are no longer throwing food away.
Do you have a product or service you use to help you save money? Please share in the comments below.