Shopping Smart Using Customer Appreciation Days

FODR-00015873-001Every first Tuesday of the month is customer appreciation day at stores like Safeway and Sobeys. This is when I do the bulk of my grocery shopping trips.  I prefer to shop at Sobeys because they have great customer service, and often good flyer deals.  So here’s what I do.  I save up all the free product coupons I can use at Sobeys for this one day.

What happens is when you’re rung through at the register the cashier will give you 10% off everything that you are purchasing BEFORE COUPONS.  In this case your coupons are counting as cash – and your FPC’s will go 10% further dollar wise.

Shop closely to the deals in store.  Scope out the flyer for things that will be on sale this week and buy things that you will need for the month but won’t be able to get cheaper anywhere else.  I always buy 2 4L jugs of milk to last us through the month.  If you’re paying 4.99 per jug of milk and you purchase two and get 10% off you’re saving about 1.00 on two jugs of milk. This is like having coupons for things that there are no coupons for!

Here is a break down of what I purchased at Sobeys today for example:nformat.aspx

3 pack peppers 3.99
4 pack corn on the cob 3.99 (40 bonus sobeys pts)
Green Leaf Lettuce 1.49Royale Toilet Tissue 4.99 – 1.00 ROYALE COUPON
Royale Toilet Tissue 4.99 (100 bonus points when you buy 2) – 1.00 ROYALE COUPON
Royale Facial Tissue 4.99 – 1.00 ROYALE COUPON
Royale Facial Tissue 4.99 (100 bonus points when you buy 2) – 1.00 ROYALE COUPON
15 1L pepsi bottles .59 each
Olives 2.00
McCain frozen potato wedges 2.99
McCain frozen potato wedges 2.99
Wonder Plus Bread 2.50 (FREE WITH FPC)
Wonder Plus Bread 2.50 (FREE WITH FPC)
Orville Redenbacher bagged popcorn 3.79 (40 pts) (FREE WITH FPC)
Orville Redenbacher bagged popcorn 3.79 (FREE WITH FPC)
Armstrong Cheese Strings 4.99 – .75 cent coupon
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing 2.99 – 1.50 coupon
Kraft Habanero Cheese 8.99 (FREE WITH FPC)
Omega Pro Eggs 4.49 (FREE WITH FPC)
Bananas 2.03
4L milk 4.99
4L milk  4.99
Baby Carrots 1.49
Kraft Cheese Singles 5.49 (FREE WITH FPC)
Lindt Chocolate Bar 3.19  (FREE WITH FPC)
Lindt Chocolate Bar 3.19 (FREE WITH FPC)
Tabasco Sauce 2.99 – 1.00 coupon
Tabasco Sauce 2.99 – 1.00 coupon
Pizza Pops Pepperoni 5.99 (comes with coupon for free 2L)
Frozen Lean ground beef 4.99
Frozen Lean ground beef 4.99
Kinder Minis Eggs 3.49 (FREE WITH FPC)
Cucumber .95
Gourmet In store prepared rotisserie Chicken 8.99 (150 BONUS sobeys points)
Eggs 3.99 (FREE WITH FPC)
Kraft Salad Dressing 3.99 (FREE WITH FPC)
Kraft Salad Dressing 3.99 (FREE WITH FPC)

TOTAL 10% discount 15.26
Earned total of 152 base Sobeys points
Earned a total of 310 BONUS Sobeys point
Total of 462 sobeys points (equal to almost 5.00 in cash)
Sobeys points that will appear 2 days after transaction 150

TAX 5.49
TOTAL PAID OUT OF POCKET 81.13

I try to do the bulk of my fruit and veggy buying for the next 2 or so weeks because there are no coupons for these things so you might as well buy them all at once and get the 10% off on them.  Also the 10% that you get off in addition on your free product coupons really adds up and can help you ease the burden of buying these other items.

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