Cool Runnings spice blend – HUGE Container (800 grams) on Amazon for only $3.47!

Ooh, I have to pop up this deal I just found before it’s all gone. The popular Cool Runnings seasoning blend (seasoned salt) is on an amazing deal on Amazon right now, and people love them because they contain NO MSG.

The massive 800 gram pack of Carribbean Spice and Roasted Garlic is only $3.47. (Less than some bottles far smaller than that. For instance a 350 gram bottle is currently selling for up to $5.99 each, so you see what I mean about a deal on this?)

Delicious to sprinkle on just about anything you’re cooking, including meats and fish, chicken of course, or sprinkle some onto your veggies before you roast them. YUM is all I have to say. You can see all the different Cool Runnings spice blends available here.

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Amazon Grocery Deals of the Day: Bubly sparkling water 12 can pack $3.99 (6 flavours to choose from including grapefruit and blackberry)

Drinking less sugar by drinking less pop? Perfect! Bubly is a great choice of a delicious, sparkling water drink that is super flavourful, and yet has no sugar at all. Amazon’s current deal is $3.99 for a pack of 12 – an awesome deal! Bubly also contains no artificial sweeteners – it is only flavoured with natural fruit flavours. Yes!!

You can choose from 6 flavours at this sale price:

  • Blackberry Bubly
  • Grapefruit Bubly
  • Orange Bubly
  • Peach Bubly
  • Pineapple Buble (oops, see what I did there!? I must’ve been affected by those funny Michael Buble Bubly commercials haha)
  • Strawberry Bubly

Bubly 12 packs of bubbling/sparkling water for $3.99. Please note that as always, Amazon prices are current at time of writing but can change at any time at all. Thanks guys!

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10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Food in Canada – Offline and Online Shopping Tips

There is no denying it – what we spend on food can cost us a huge portion of our income. And, with prices of food seemingly going up continuously, we all are looking for ways to save on our weekly grocery bills. Here are our top 10 ways to save on groceries starting today.

1. Change Supermarkets or Grocery stores

I know, you’ve shopped at your favourite store forever and so did your Mama and your grandmother. Maybe the store you shop at is very comfortable for you – you know where everything is located, and you even know the names of your favourite cashiers! I get it. But, changing to a lower-cost supermarket can save you immense amounts of money. Stores like Walmart and No-Frills are much lower cost than high-end grocery stores.

2. Shop at multiple grocery stores

Instead of hitting up only one store every week, make a detailed list of the best sales (or loss leaders) at every store, and stock up on those. This one tip alone will save you a huge amount of money!

3. Search grocery flyers or flyer apps before you head out

Apps like Flipp have made browsing through grocery flyers a way easier task! You can even create a shopping list of all the specials at each store, and then access that list easily on your smartphone. Or, of course there are still paper flyers that you can peruse. This way you are armed with the information on what each store has on sale this week, allowing you to get the best deals. And therefore – save your money!

4. Make a price book

This has been a frugal living tip for a long time, as any longtime frugalites will know! What is a price book? Basically, a notebook (or digital file on your phone or tablet) where you keep track of the best prices in your area for the food you buy. This is helpful because it is such a personal document – you will know what is truly a good deal when organic strawberries are on sale, for instance. You only need to keep track of the things you regularly purchase. It’ll help you understand when something is actually a very good deal. Making your own price book will help you save money because you’ll know what is and isn’t a good deal on the food YOU purchase the most often.

5. Shop at Farmer’s Markets or Local produce markets

Ahhh, I love an afternoon at the Farmer’s Market! But, some of these markets are quite pricey along with their charm and quaintness. Ask around to find the best markets with the lowest prices. Sometimes shopping nearer the end of the day means you can snag a deal on produce that the grower doesn’t want to drag back home with them. Plus, local produce markets are also popping up all over the place – one here in Calgary to try is Fresh & Local. (Located quite centrally on Macleod Trail.) But again, you can find these markets in your local area by searching ‘local markets’, ‘farmers markets + your city’ on Google.

Covid update: It’s not as easy to browse and relax at farmers markets now, but they are still an excellent resource for the freshest produce. Simply plan your trip beforehand, and hit up the stalls you like the best. And of course, always wear a face mask or face covering.

6. Shop at Outlet food stores

I was recently told a tip about an Italian outlet market here in Calgary! It’s called Scarpone’s, and is located in the North of Calgary. There you can get amazing deals on their own canned tomatoes, and items like olives, olive oils, capers and pasta sauces. Ask around in your area, or head to trusty Google and type in ‘outlet food stores’ + ‘your city’ to find some hidden treasures you may never have known existed. (Another good resource to know about is McGavin’s Bread Basket. This store sells bread that is still a number of days out from being past its Best Before date. You can stock up, and freeze the bread, rolls, bagels or English muffins. It is a huge savings on the cost of a regular loaf of bread! And since I have to eat gluten free, the savings are even more tremendous.)

7. Use coupons on groceries

Coupons are one of those things you either love, or you roll your eyes in disgust at the very thought of! I think I’m somewhere in the middle. I usually have a few clipped coupons in my wallet, but only on items that I would normally buy. And apps like Checkout 51 make clipping coupons as easy as tapping your smartphone screen. (In fact, you get credited a cash amount – say, $1.00 – after you purchase a certain product and prove that you purchased it by scanning the receipt and sometimes also the UPC. Once you reach a $20.00 threshold, you are sent a cheque! I have indeed received such a cheque, and can verify that this is a worthwhile app to have.)

8. Check clearance sections at supermarkets

The clearance sections of your grocery store can provide all sorts of goodies! Sometimes you can even match a clearance price with a coupon, or a digital coupon on Checkout 51. Score! Double savings, folks. You can find a regular merchandise clearance, a produce clearance, and often a fresh foods clearance. You’ll have to keep your eyes open to find where your store has all the different reduced food sections. Usually these food items have a short best before date, so use up this good food and know that you’re preventing it from being dumped in the landfill! Get used to the type of sales sticker your grocery stores use to markdown their merchandise – sometimes they are yellow stickers, or red stickers. Then, you can look for that telltale sign when you’re searching for markdowns.

9. Try generic or store brand food

Generic or no name products are often just as good as their more highly-advertised, brand name counterparts. Store brands are a good compromise on a product that is just as good as a brand name, but is usually quite a bit cheaper.

10. Shop for groceries online

Many of my friends swear by online grocery shopping. You choose all the food items you want, and then simply go to the store to pick your order up. Some stores have a fee for this service, but it might be worthwhile if it prevents you from impulse buying. Don’t have a car to go pick up your groceries? Then, check out if your local food stores have a delivery service to have your groceries delivered right to your door.

Now, in the time of COVID, online grocery ordering makes more sense than ever before. We use SaveOn Foods online grocery shopping all the time, and we love it! With SaveOn here in Calgary, there is no fee whatsoever for having a personal shopper do your grocery shopping for you. This is the safest way to grocery shop in the time of the pandemic, and we are very grateful to have it as an option.

Bonus Tip – Check Amazon Grocery deals of the day

If you’re comfortable grocery shopping online (and more and more of us ARE now, because of the pandemic we’re living through!) then you need to check out which items Amazon has on sale. This one link will show you the best sale items on food and groceries. You know Amazon though – those deals won’t last! AMAZON GROCERY DEALS TODAY. These are pantry stock up items like: canned soups and chili, spices, ground or whole bean coffee, and of course CHOCOLATE!

We hope that our list of grocery shopping savings tips will help you save some of your hard earned money. With a little pre-planning, a bit of browsing through flyers or flyer apps, and a little effort you can both save money AND eat like a king or queen.

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Dell Customer service phone numbers and Online customer support

Hello all! We’re back with more information on some of your favourite retailers, and how to get customer service help or even PC support online. Today we’re focusing on Dell, one of the most popular online retailers of laptops, PCs and all things technological. As with any products, once in a while your Dell computer may have some issues that need resolving. Or, maybe you’re having issues with an order placed. So, we want to provide you with the information you need to resolve those issues pronto!

Dell Support for PCs, Laptops and other Dell Products

This is pretty slick! On one simple page, Dell provides you with a ton of help and support for any issues you’re having with your Dell products. Their Dell Support page is the best place to get started with any technical issues.

Dell Customer Service – Help with Orders

The Dell site has another page devoted to helping you with your specific Dell order. Make sure to have your order information ready, as the order number, date of order, and other details on your order will help you get the customer service support you need. Click Order Support for more help with your orders.

Dell Customer Service phone number

This one is their all-purpose customer service phone number, and is not specifically for Canada. But it’s a great place to start getting help if you actually want to speak to another person and not plunk in information on a website. (Everyone definitely has their own preferred way to get customer support!) That customer service phone number is: 1-800-387-5757.

Most of the Dell support seems to stem from their website, but I’m still on the hunt for a customer service number for here in Canada as well. When I find it, I’ll be sure to post it. But, for now, I hope the above links will help you get technical support and/or help with orders you’ve placed with Dell. (As always, if you do have a customer service number we can post here, please email us.)

Happy shopping everyone! 🙂

Canada Extending Lockdown Program and Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit

Picture of coronavirus to highlight that Canada is extending lockdown program and Canada worker benefit program.

Due to the the rapid rise of Omicron, Canada is extending the Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. The government recently announced the changes to these programs to help Canadians navigate this latest wave of coronavirus. What are the changes?

Canada Extending Lockdown Program and Canada Worker Benefit – Changes

For the Lockdown Program, you no longer have to have a local lockdown in your area of more than 14 days. Instead employers would have capacity limits restricted to 50 percent or more. The government will be also reducing the current monthly revenue decline threshold from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies between 25 per cent to 75 per cent.

For the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, if a worker’s workplace has been imposed with a 50 percent or more capacity limit, they can apply. The benefits provide $300 per week for those whose are eligible.

The time period in which you can collect with these changes is from December 19, 2021 to February 12, 2022.

In making these changes the Deputy Prime Minister said, ” The Omicron variant is a real and serious threat to the health and safety of Canadians and the capacity of our health care system. In light of the public health situation and new restrictions in a number of provinces, we are temporarily expanding eligibility for key support measures offered for workers and businesses. The federal government will continue to help Canadians through the pandemic and ensure Canada’s economic recovery leaves no one behind.”

Conclusion

The Canadian government has responded quickly to this latest surge of coronavirus. Hopefully these changes will be enough for affected ones to get by this latest surge. Will these changes work or will more changes will be needed? Only time will tell. Stay safe everyone.

Update – Cannot Apply Until 2022

The government said that eligible Canadians cannot apply for the extended Lockdown Program and Lockdown benefit until early 2022. Here’s what a spokesperson for Employment and Social Development Canada told a news outlet on Friday December 24, 2021, “workers in regions covered under the temporary measures should expect to be able to apply early in the new year.” No specific date has been mentioned as of yet but once it is given, we will update.

2nd Update – As of December 30, 2021 You Can Now Apply for Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit

According to CBC News, “The federal government announced today that the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) is open for applications.

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Costco Vitamix

Costco logo to highlight costco vitamix

Are you going to go to Costco to look for a Vitamix? It makes sense because Costco has it all! From tires, to TVs, to phones, to groceries Costco has you covered. Also, products at Costco general are cheaper than most places. it is truly one stop shopping at its finest.

However, do they carry the Vitamix blender? It is a valid question because Vitamix is the best of the best when it comes to blenders. Because of that distinction, they tend to be the most expensive. It is truly an example of you get what you pay for. Also, this means not every store has this product. As a result you might have to go to a specialty cookware or kitchen appliance store where the price can be quite high. But what about Costco? Do they carry Vitamix?

Costco Vitamix – They Have it!

If you go to Costco’s website and look under Blenders & Juicers, you will see that they do carry a Vitamix blender. The current one they are carrying on the date of this article is the Vitamix Explorian E320. This is good news! Costco actually carries Vitamix.

The availability of this product might vary, depending on where you live. However you can put your postal code in at Costco’s website to see if it is available in your area.

Conclusion

Costco has pretty much everything that you could want. They even have Vitamix blenders which is pretty cool. So if you every need an appliance, a kitchen gadget or even a phone plan, why not look at Costco? You might be pleasantly surprised! Stay safe everyone.

Vitamix Other Online Options


Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, White

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