Become a Shopping C.S.I.
Become a Shopping C.S.I. means you will learn to be a:
C – Consistent
S – Shopping
I – Investigator
You will be EMPOWERED when you learn to shop wisely and spread your money further because you are going to become a Detective of sorts—a Shopping C.S.I.
To find the best deals for you, your family, and your budget, you are going to purposely hunt for and investigate all shopping avenues.
Investigate your local:
- dollar stores
- bulk stores
- weekly grocery flyers
- look for sale cycles
- get rebates by shopping from ebates.ca
- regularly check for sales on sites such as: Save.ca ; Flyertown.ca
- save your receipts and get cash back at Checkout51.com
- download and print coupons
- collect and use points from loyalty cards such as PC Points, Shopper’s Drug Mart Optimum Card –programs such as these can equal FREE groceries!
- McDonald’s restaurants even offer a coffee loyalty card program—get a FREE medium coffee every 8th cup. Just collect your stickers.
Make a game of it
This can be fun for you, your partner (spouse), and your children. After all—the whole family needs to be learning how to break OLD shopping habits and learn NEW ones.
Teaching your children that math is alive and all around us—not just boring numbers in a math book at school. Play a game of “Which is Cheaper?”
Learn to never buy meats priced higher than $8.80/kg. Keep your eyes open for when it is $4.39/kg or sometimes even less. That is the time to buy extra. Think of it as a 2 for 1 sale. Buying 2 packages (double the meat) at sale price or only 1 package at the higher price.
Stock the freezer with extra meats at these super sale times. There are times when meats are not on sale. Most notably at times of holiday weekends. But you and your family will still have a wide variety of meats to choose from your freezer.
Wow! Bread is almost a brick of gold these days. A loaf of 675g costs on average $2.50. A reasonable sale price of $1.99 is a time to buy 10 loaves and put in the freezer. I remember in the mid-1990’s a loaf of bread was $0.69. In my childhood I remember it costing even less.
So your C.S.I. Options here include:
- looking for those $1.99 loaves of bread and stocking them in the freezer
- using a bread machine and making your own. Learn to buy flour on sale. Keep the yeast in the fridge to keep it fresh longer
- or going the low-carb lifestyle and basically eliminating all wheat based foods from your menus
Fruits and Veggies
Learn to buy in season and on sale. When a fruit or vegetable is in season it does tend to be lower priced. If there are some vegetables and fruits that you want to eat and enjoy year round—now is the time to learn new skills of home preserving.
Yes, just like Grandma and Great Grandma before you did to ensure a full pantry to get through the hard winters and still feed their families healthy. Check out many valuable resources such as Molly Green.com to learn how simple some of these methods really are.
Make your own. Just don’t add any extra sugars, salt or other spices. Keep it natural and plain. Most foods, including carrots and sweet potatoes are naturally sweet. By using a little of the water you cooked the carrots in, for instance, mash the carrots up until smooth. You may choose to use a blender or food processer. You can even pop the prepared food into ice cube trays and freeze. After they are frozen, pop them out and continue to store in the freezer in a freezer zipper bag.
Use cloth diapers and save thousands of dollars. All you need is 3-4 dozen pieces of flannelette sized 27” x 27” and 2 diaper pins. These can be easily washed, dried, and quickly folded to fit any child from newborn to toddler. And these cloth diapers will easily last 3 children, with maybe the addition of 1 more dozen by the time the 2nd or 3rd child comes along.
This also saves on the environment by reducing the disposable diapers in the landfills. So you need less garbage bags to buy. Less garbage bags at the curb.
Cloth diapers not only save the environment but also your budget too.
It only takes a few minutes to rinse a diaper, pop into a pail of water to soak, or not. Some people do a dry bucket, others, like myself, did or do the wet bucket soak. Once or twice a week wash, hang to dry and you’re good to go again. Even if you don’t have a dryer. These cloth squares easily dry overnight even hanging on the shower rod.
Become a Shopping C.S.I. in all areas of your budget:
- As you become skilled at finding the best deals in one area of your finances, move onto the next.
- Maybe you’ve got your hydro expenses as low as possible.
- Now is the time to stock the freezer with meats on sale.
- Or if your income is reduced in the winter due to seasonal employment. Summer is the time to take the extra funds and stock up on canned goods in your pantry to get you through the winter.
As a Shopping C.S.I. don’t forget the tools of the trade:
Take your position as a shopping detective seriously. Get yourself some tools of the trade:
Don’t be embarrassed to take the few minutes in the store and do the comparisons and the math calculations. After all, this is about YOUR MONEY, and how you spend it. Why give the corporations you shop at more money than you need to.
Get out there and hunt down those deals!! EMPOWER your family in the area of budgeting and shopping. Give your family a HOPE and a FUTURE.