No Frills Flyer Deals this Week – Grocery savings in Canada

Does No Frills have the cheapest grocery prices in Canada? We’re going out on a limb and declaring that YES, they do! And, even if you can’t get to a No Frills to do your shopping this week, you can download their latest flyer on your Flipp app, and shop somewhere like Walmart or Superstore – where they price match. A post on price matching is coming up soon! Watch for it.

(Oh, and before you head out to No Frills to stock up on bargains check out our article on our favourite eco-friendly produce bags. These are environmentally friendly ways to tote your stash of fresh fruits and veggies.)

Best No Frills Deals this Week – Starting July 5, 2019 – Includes amazing 50 Cent deals

Please note that these prices are for Western Canada:

  • Baby carrots, 2 lb bag $2.97
  • Chicken drumsticks $1.77/lb
  • Cherries (!!!) only $1.97/lb this week. Ahh, does anything taste more like summer than fresh, delicious cherries? (Okay peaches, I see you. Hopefully you’ll be on sale soon, too.)
  • Clover Leaf light tuna or Brunswick sardines – $1.00 each
  • Country Harvest bread $2.00 – STOCK UP PRICE! Pop a few of these in the freezer.
  • Dove – 8×90 gram bar soap; or 650 ml body wash $5.97 (Compare the price on Amazon HERE.)
  • Lindt Excellence chocolate bars 100 grams $2.97 (Lots of varieties of dark chocolate available. Mmmmm chocolate.)
  • Maxwell House coffee – large tin of 631 gram to 925 gram size – $6.97 (Compare the price on Amazon HERE.)
  • Navel oranges $1.00/lb
  • Organic bananas $0.87/lb
  • Organic strawberries, 1 lb – perfect for slicing and dishing up with fresh whipped cream – $2.97
  • Palmolive HUGE 3 liter liquid dish soap/detergent $5.97
  • Peace Tea iced tea – 695 ml cans – $0.87
  • Piller’s Turkey Bites or Pepperoni pepperettes $4.97
  • Robin Hood All purpose flour – large 10 kg size – $8.77
  • Stouffer’s or Lean Cuisine frozen entrees $1.97
  • Ziggy’s salads 1.25 kg – includes potato salad and macaroni salad and other varieties – $5.00

Crazy 50 Cent Deals at No Frills

These are mega deals! These are all of the fifty cent deals on at No Frills, starting tomorrow – July 5, 2019. Stock up on those your family loves!

  • Aylmer soup, No name sauce (such as poutine sauce) or soup cups $0.50
  • Beatrice or Dairyland 237 ml chocolate milk $0.50
  • Britannia Nutro wafers or Good Day biscuits $0.50
  • Carl Buddig sliced deli meats, 55 grams $0.50 (great bargain on this one!)
  • Foremost dairies peach or strawberry yogurt 175 gram $0.50
  • Friskies or Fancy Feast small tins cat food $0.50 (this seems like an especially good deal on the Fancy Feast!)
  • Kiwis $0.50 each
  • Lemons $0.50 each
  • Mr Noodles instant noodles 2 for $0.50
  • Nestle Pure life 1.5 L water $0.50 (Wow, this is an awesome deal!!)
  • No Name tomato paste, 156 ml $0.50

Wow, it’s a great week to stock up on some deals at your local No Frills! Happy shopping, bargaineers. If you find a bargain we missed, or just have a great shopping tip to share, then please leave a comment.

Reusable produce bags – grocery bags for your green life

Shopping for our daily groceries is just one of those tasks that you can’t avoid. Want to feed the family? Then you just have to go to a local farmers’ market, grocery store, or supermarket. After years of using flimsy (and often non-recyclable) plastic produce bags to stock up on onions, potatoes, apples and more – many of us are discovering that there are much better options.

Today, we want to share with you some of our picks for the best reusable produce bags. With care, these bags should last you years – and you won’t add even a smidge of waste to your local landfill! Making these small choices over time really add up to huge results. Okay, onward to our favourite shopping bags!

Cotton Mesh Shopping Bags

This 10 pack of Reusable Cotton Produce/Veggie Bags is a great starter pack for the home shopper! Say goodbye forever to plastic bags with this set of 10 produce bags. The tare weight is included on a tag, so you won’t pay extra for the weight of the bag at the grocery till. Set includes 3 small, 4 medium, and 3 large mesh shopping bags. To wash these cotton mesh bags: simply hand or machine wash in cold water, then lay out flat to air dry. Easy! Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags are a wonderful set of 6 bags. These natural, organic cotton bags are very breathable – much better for your fresh fruit and vegetables than plastic bags. This set of 6 comes with 2 each of the small, medium and large sizes. Simple Ecology is a wonderful, ethical company with high standards.

Farmer’s Market Shopping Set – Jute bag plus Cotton produce bags

This Set of 6 Simple Ecology Reusable Shopping Bag Gift Set would make a perfect gift for an environmentally conscious friend! This starter set is perfect for heading out to the local farmer’s market – it comes with a well constructed jute shopping bag, a beachy mesh shopping bag, plus 4 produce bags in both muslin and mesh. An awesome set – and at time of writing, it was $15 off! Hooray bargaineers!

Shopping should be fun! Yes, that even includes grocery shopping. But, for those of us trying to reduce our footprint on the planet, it also means making wise choices of how to carry our food purchases. Instead of automatically relying on plastic bags, choose to carry jute, cotton, mesh or muslin bags instead. When stocking up on produce, our choices for eco-friendly produce bags make it a breeze to shop! Your health and the planet will both thank you.

Maxwell House Coffee on Sale – $6.97 for 925 gram tin

Okay, so once again we’re on the topic of COFFEE. Ahem. Lately we’ve discussed cheap coffees at McDonald’s , the changing Starbucks reward program, and even one of my favourite gadgets to make homemade lattes. But, as attested to by all those long line-ups at Tim Horton’s and Starbucks, well, I don’t think I’m alone in my adoration of coffee.

So, today’s deal should thrill you if you’d rather make your own delicious cup of coffee at home. (A very good way to save money over time, undoubtedly. Depending on where you go for a cup of coffee out, it can cost anywhere from $1 to $5 or more!)


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Right now on Amazon, a lovely large 925 gram tin of Maxwell House original roast is only $6.97! Their regular price really varies, but is listed right now at $9.97 so this is a 30% Savings! Definitely the right time to buy a few tins of delicious ground coffee.

Health and Beauty Deal – $1.99 for Organic Peppermint Lip Balm – Great Gift!

Delicious, 100% Natural Lip Balm

I am the first to admit that I’m a LIP BALM JUNKIE. There, got that out of my system. The first clue is that I have a tube or two of the wonderful lip conditioning stuff just about everywhere – in a pocket, in my purse, nestled on top of a storage container in my kitchen. I mean EVERYWHERE. (It probably doesn’t help that I live in Calgary, which is super dry. You need all the lotion and lip balm you can get living in a dry climate!)

But, I also like nice lip balm. The natural kind, with good-for-you ingredients and real essential oils. Those can get pretty pricey. So, I’m thrilled that my new lip balm favourite is only $1.99 regular price on Amazon! It’s an easy way to stock up on quality lip balm, without breaking the bank.


Under $2 for a great lip balm? Sign me up!
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Lip Balm List of Ingredients

This Whole Foods Organic peppermint lip balm is really soothing on even very dry lips. And the natural peppermint oil (my favourite flavour of lip balm!) leaves a bit of a tingling sensation on your lips, kind of cooling them down.

The balm has these ingredients: Organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic shea butter, organic peppermint essential oil, organic cocoa butter, organic hemp seed oil, and Vitamin E. Not bad, huh?

My Review of Whole Foods Organic Peppermint lip balm

I give this lip balm a 5/5! The price is very reasonable, the quality is wonderful, and it really WORKS. Try a tube or two the next time you place an Amazon order, or get a few for little gifts for friends. You (and they) will love this stuff.

Great Deal on Bottled Water – Nestle Pure Life Natural Spring Water – 24 pack – $2.47


Simply click on the photo to go to the ordering page

Now, I know that everyone is trying drastically to reduce their plastic consumption. I am, too. But, for our emergency kit I always keep packs of water on hand – just in case. Otherwise, I carry a handy dandy battered old refillable water bottle.

But this deal of 24 bottles of Nestle Pure life spring water at only $2.47 (and I believe that includes deposit) is a STEAL OF A DEAL. Great for stocking up on. Regular price on Amazon is $6.99 so this is 65% OFF NORMAL PRICE!

No Frills Flyer in Calgary – Best Deals of the Week (May 24/19)

Hooray, it’s time for a NO FRILLS flyer deals post! Today it’s all about the incredible $2 bargains you can get at No Frills starting tomorrow – May 24 and ending May 30, 2019. This post one day ahead of time will allow you to make your budget shopping list and get prepared to do your No Frills haul! (Have you guys seen the No Frills hauler commercials? So funny!) These prices apply to all of Western Canada and northern Ontario, including Geraldton, Kenora and Thunder Bay.

No Frills $2 Deals in Calgary, AB this week

  • $2 for 2 cans of Habitant pea soup – this is a STOCK UP price of only $1 a can! I am totally planning on getting at least 6 cans of this yummy old-fashioned pea soup, which is a great lunch.
  • $2 for a 1 lb package of fresh strawberries
  • $2/lb for frozen chicken breasts (skinless/boneless)
  • $2 – package of Campfire Bacon, 375 gram size
  • $2 for Country Harvest bread – VERY good stock up price on this! Lots of varieties on these whole grain loaves of delicious bread.
  • $2 – 6 oz. clamshell fresh blueberries – Pretty good price, one of the lowest of the season so far!
  • $2 – package of 3 Romaine Hearts – the tender romaine hearts make it easy to chop up and prepare into Caesar salad meals for at home, or prep for lunches to take to work. Top with some of the sale price chicken breasts – just saute them up with some seasoning, and slice the cooked chicken right on top!
  • $2 – 8 count tray of mini cucumbers – These delicious baby cucumbers are extra fresh and crunchy! Might as well add some slices of these to your lunch box with some dip as a healthy and satisfying mid-afternoon snack.
  • $2/2 Ataulfo Mangoes – I’ve never tried these delicious looking mangoes. Has anyone else? Please leave a comment!
  • Limes – 5 for $2 ($0.40 each) – This time of year we start to want to add freshly sliced citrus to our icy still or sparkling water. Or, make a batch of fresh homemade limeade!
  • Marc Angelo 2-pack chicken or pork souvlaki, 120 grams – These yummy little chicken skewers are a great simple lunch or dinner option with some lemon rice and tzaziki sauce on the side. Yummers!
  • Old Mill English muffins$2 for 2 packs of 6 my hub is an English muffin fiend, and this is a STOCK UP PRICE folks, so get a few packs as I intend to do. His favourite is to make homemade ‘breakfast sandwiches’ like they serve at Tim’s or Starbucks – by toasting an English muffin, then topping with a fried egg and a slice of good quality ham. Wrap it in aluminum foil and you can take a hot breakfast with you on your commute!
  • Cadbury’s family size chocolate bars – My favourite chocolate, bar none! (See what I did there?) $2 each
  • Oasis health break or smoothies – large size of 1.36 to 1.75 L – $2 – Haven’t tried these before, but this seems like an awfully good deal for a premade jug of smoothies. Have you guys had it? Which is your favourite flavour?
  • Tetley herbal tea tins (20s) or Red Rose 60 pack of tea bags – $2 – Tea drinks, rejoice!
  • Dawn or Ivory dishwashing liquid – 479/573 ml – $2 – The best dishwashing soap around.
  • Exact brand pads, liners or tampons $2

Here’s hoping you get some amazing deals this week at No-Frills. If I missed something fantastic, please leave a comment for all of us below.

Great deals on pantry must haves on Amazon. Happy shopping, folks!

And…while you’re doing some serious grocery hauling at No-frills, take a moment to view a few of our favourite Amazon pantry finds this week. Just click on a photo to shop!

McDonald’s Dollar Drink Days are Back for the Summer

Icy cold drinks – for $1, $2 or $3

Hi all – our favourite cheap drink days are back at McDonalds! For $1, $2 or $3 you can treat yourself to something icy cold and perfectly refreshing.

Here’s what McDonald’s is offering on this, their 10th Anniversary of Dollar Drink Days!

  • $1 gets you any size fountain drink OR McCafe iced coffee
  • $2 gets you a real fruit smoothie in fantastic fruit flavours like the New Banana Mango Pineapple or old favourites like Strawberry Banana
  • $3 is all it takes to treat yourself to a small Oreo frappe topped with whipped cream – it looks fairly irresistible! (A Vanilla chai tea or Coffee iced frappe are only $2!)

McDonald’s summer drink days will cool you off as the temps go higher. And all while sticking to your budget. Enjoy, bargaineers!

How Can I Pay Off My Student Loan Debt?

You go to university or college to help you to get a good job. But for most of us, we need to get a student loan to be able to do this. It seems easy enough, but we soon realize that we have taken on a small mortgage which is hard to pay off once we leave school. It is like having a huge, heavy stone around our necks and we do not know how to take it off. You know you need to pay off your student loan debt, but how?

Step 1: Assess Your Student Loans

The first thing you need to do is figure how much you have in student loans and from what sources. In the Canada student loan program, you can have a federal loan and/or one or more provincial loans. Once you have done this, you can then rank your loans from largest to smallest. For example, you might have a federal loan of $15000, a Manitoba loan of $10000 and an Ontario loan of $5000. Once you have created this list, you move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Figure Out Minimum Payment

The next step is to figure out the minimum monthly payment to cover the accrued interest on each loan. In our example above, we figure this out to be $150 for our federal loan, $100 for our Manitoba loan and $75 for the lst one – our Ontario student loan. Once we have done this, we can move on to step 3.

Step 3: Target Smallest Loan

Now we need to look at our smallest loan and see how much we can pay over and above just the interest payment to pay down this loan. In our example above, our smallest loan is the Ontario loan at $75 per month to keep the interest off our principle amount. Suppose we can add another $75 from our household budget and pay $150 per month on this student loan. Then: just keep doing this until the loan is gone! That is the goal of course – getting each of these burdensome loans GONE. And then we are ready to move on to step 4.

Step 4: Rolling Payment to Next Loan

Rolling payment means taking the amount we were paying on our smallest loan and then adding that amount to the next smallest loan. In our example above, this means adding $150 per month to our $100 payment of our Manitoba loan. You’re really making progress now! Now it will be a total of $250 per month on our Manitoba loan until it is gone. We then move to Step 5.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

We now take the $250 we were paying on the Manitoba loan and add this to the $150 we are paying on the federal loan. We now will pay $400 per month our federal loan until it is gone. Just like that your loans will be gone!

Conclusion

The process above seems simple enough, but the reality is that it will take effort. You need to be disciplined enough to stick to the plan. Also, you need to be patient because it will take some time to pay it off, depending on how large your student loan debt is. However, if you stick to it, that heavy burdensome stone around your neck – called your student loans – will finally be removed. You will be free at last!

Aeroplan Rewards Program: is it Worth it?

Craving a vacation? Will Aeroplan help you get there sooner?

Is the Aeroplan rewards program worth joining? It’s an interesting question. Many would say yes as Aeroplan has about 5 million active members in its rewards program. And it makes sense as many of us love to travel and most of us like to receive some sort of reward or perk for our spending. It almost seems to be an ideal program, but is it? Let’s do a little digging to find out!

Income, Income, Income

Most rewards programs have certain criteria and Aeroplan is no different. You can apply for an Aeroplan credit card currently offered through TD Bank and CIBC. At TD Bank, you have the Aeroplan Visa Infinite credit card which currently has an offer of receiving up to 30,000 bonus Aeroplan miles. The first 15,000 miles are given to you when you make your first purchase on the credit card and an additional 15,000 miles is rewarded to you when you spend $1000 within the first 90 days after opening your account.

Sounds great! Where do I sign up? However, there is a catch, as this card requires you to have either $60,000.00 in annual personal income or $100,000.00 in annual household income. Currently, I do not have either scenario so I could not apply for this card. However, at CIBC, they have multiple Aeroplan credit cards including the CIBC Aero Platinum Visa card where you only need to have $15,000.00 in household income. But with less income comes less benefits. First, you would only get 5000 Aeroplan miles when you sign up. Also, you would need to spend $1.50 to get 1 Aeroplan mile. Whereas on the Aeroplan Visa Infinite card, you only need to spend $1.00 to get 1 Aeroplan mile.

Plus, if you spend at eligible gas stations, grocery stores, drug stores, or at https://aircanada.com, you can get 1.5 miles for every dollar spent. You can even get twice the miles with the Infinite card if you shop at Aeroplan partners or online retailers. So from the comparison of two Aeroplan credit cards, this program seems to cater to people with larger incomes as you get more reward miles in the beginning and can earn more reward miles faster.

So How Does it Work?

As mentioned earlier, as you make purchases with your Aeroplan rewards credit card, you earn Aeroplan miles. The more miles you earn, the more you have to ‘spend’ – redeeming these miles for either flights or other merchandise.

How many miles do you need to redeem for Aeroplan rewards? If you go to the Aeroplan website and go to their rewards chart, it lists the miles you need to redeem your miles to go to a certain location. For example, if I wanted to travel to a province next to the one I live in, I would need to redeem 15,000 Aeroplan miles. If I wanted to travel to eastern Canada to visit my family for example, I would need to redeem 25,000 Aeroplan miles for an economy flight. If I wanted to travel to Australia, I would need to redeem 90,000 Aeroplan miles for an economy flight. You can also redeem at the Aeroplan online store for gift cards and other items. However, the selection is a bit thin as the main item for redemption for Aeroplan is flights.

How Long To Get Aeroplan Rewards?

Another interesting question. Let’s use my scenario to give you an idea. As mentioned earlier, I would qualify to get the CIBC Aero Platinum Visa card. This means I would start off with 5000 Aeroplan reward miles. Suppose I wanted to save up my reward miles to visit my family in eastern Canada, I would need 25,000 Aeroplan miles to make the trip. So that means I would need to spend enough to get another 20,000 Aeroplan miles. With the card available to me, I can only earn 1 mile for every $1.50 I spend. This means that for me to earn 20,000 Aeroplan miles, I would need to spend $30,000.00. That’s a lot of money! How long would this take based on my current spending habits?

First, I could not use the credit card to pay for my rent which is my biggest expense, as they do not allow payment by credit card. So if I used my Aeroplan rewards credit card on all my other current expenses, it would take me over 2 years to earn enough miles to go on a flight to visit my family. That’s a long time! I could speed up the process and make more purchases, which would of course see my expenses go way up. I could also go to the Aeroplan store and purchase through Aeroplan’s partners and see if I can get more miles with purchases.

If I did not want to redeem my miles for a flight, I could go to the online store and purchase items such as the $100.00 Best Western Travel card for 14,000 Aeroplan miles. As you can see, it would take a long time to receive any Aeroplan rewards and you also run the risk of increasing your spending habits which has negative consequences.

Is Aeroplan the right program for me?

In my scenario, the answer is no. It would take me a long time to earn enough Aeroplan rewards miles to redeem for any flight based on my current spending habits. If I increased my spending habits, I run the risk of spending beyond my means and having a high balance on the credit card. This could be disastrous economically as the current interest rate on the CIBC Aero Platinum Visa card is 19.99%. Also, why would I want to purchase a $100 gift card for 14,000 Aeroplan miles? This would mean I would have to spend $21,000.00 to get this reward. It makes no sense!

So, is the Aeroplan rewards program worth it? If you have a high income and you have a lot of expenditures (ie: you have a business and spend a lot for inventory) then this card can be quite beneficial to you. However, if you’re in a situation similar to mine and do not have a huge income and have modest spending habits, it is not worth it. It would be simpler and cheaper just to save up some money and find a deal on a travel site like Expedia if we wanted to travel. The Aeroplan rewards program is a popular program but it is not for everyone. It is definitely not for me.

Does Amazon price match? Comparing 5 products at Amazon and Walmart

Love them or hate them – let’s compare prices!

In the hunt for the lowest prices, many of us choose to shop at Amazon online or Walmart in our town or city. Before you next head out to shop, though, it’ll be helpful to know who really does have the lowest prices. With this in mind, we ask: “Does Amazon price match?”

To discover if Amazon price matches Walmart, we’ll compare 5 totally different products. Then, we’ll make our entirely unscientific – but hopefully helpful – verdict! All of the prices listed are current as of time of writing.

As always – clicking on a photo will take you directly to the product page for more information. If you make a purchase, I make a small commission without your being charged a penny more! Thanks all. 🙂

Starbucks coffee 24-count K-cups (Dark French Roast)

Price at Walmart: $19.97 Price at Amazon: $19.97 PRICE MATCH!

Boy, has this blog been coffee-centric lately! And no, I won’t apologize for that (as I sip on a homemade latte, and think longingly of making another.) So, first up is a bulk pack of 24 K-cups for your Keurig coffee maker. Want a delicious Starbucks coffee without leaving home? Voila! And yes, the prices are exactly the same – to the penny! Who has the better price on K-cups? It’s a tie.

Brita Mini Plus Water filter pitcher

Price at Walmart: $22.47 Price at Amazon: $22.47 PRICE MATCH!

Hmmm, are you sensing a trend here like I am? Yes, again – to the penny – the price at Amazon.ca is exactly the same as Walmart’s flyer price. This handy 6-cup pitcher is pretty cute in a shade of oceanic turquoise, and comes with one filter to get you started. The better price on Brita? It’s once more a tie!

Ninja 72 oz. Professional Blender

Price at Walmart: $88.00 (Markdown from $108.00) Price at Amazon: $198.22!! WALMART WINS BIG!

Okay, so in an attempt to see beyond price matching with flyer items, I wanted to check out another product – one not featured on this week’s Walmart flyer. Instead, I just searched for this product on Walmart’s website. This super heavy-duty Ninja blender has very high ratings, but we want to know who has the best price. At less than half the price, Walmart kills this price comparison! So, maybe we’re starting to see a trend – that it truly is flyer specials that Amazon price matches.

Pampers Pure Protection diapers – 4 month size – 52 count

Price at Walmart: $22.97 Price at Amazon: $27.99 — Walmart Wins!

These new, more natural Pampers diapers have different prices at our two mega retailers. Even though they are featured currently in Walmart’s Baby Book flyer, this is not price matched by Amazon. So, Walmart has the lower price on Pampers diapers, but let’s be fair. Sometimes a poor, exhausted new parent just wants to flop on the sofa and order some diapers online! We feel you, new parents, we feel you.

Tide Pods 72-count

Walmart price: $18.76 Amazon price: $18.76 — PRICE MATCH!

And there we have it – another price match product from Walmart’s current flyer! This mega pack of 72 Tide pods make laundry SO quick and easy, and almost effortless. Just pop in a pod! And yes, the price is exactly the same.

Our verdict: Does Amazon price match?

I think it’s fair to say that YES, Amazon does price match some of Walmart’s deals of the week in their flyer. But, it doesn’t appear that all prices are exactly the same – so make sure to check online before purchasing. And, if you’re planning an Amazon order – just do a quick check first on some of your favourite products to see if Amazon has lowered their price to match Walmart.

So, bargain hunters – the deals are out there! And we are determined to find them. I hope that this article helped you to make some wise shopping decisions, and keep a few extra nickels safely tucked away in your wallets.