Grocery Gripes No More

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The number one gripe I hear from people in the lower mainland is that “it is soooooooooo expensive to live here!” Yeah, thats what the news papers, and the news casters say, its so expensive… I am not gonna argue, some things are expensive; Rent, ICBC, MSP, TransLink, but these are all unavoidable expenses. Grocery shopping is unavoidable however the expense does not have to be. Let me teach you how Grocery Shopping can become a liberating experience and pleasurable for your pocket book.

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When You are living Fantastic & Frugal you become smarter with Your money. For instance shopping at a branded grocery store on a main road means you are paying extra to that company for their: Branding, Location, Hours, and Purchasing Power. For certain grocery items it is necessary to stop in at these places where high end quality brand name products are available (like when you need semolina flour for pasta and it HAS to be the right kind). The smaller Bodega style grocery stores around town will ot have Kraft Dinner or Heinz Ketchup, what they will have is prices on Produce that under cut the Big Boys by half if not more.

Have you ever wondered at those tiny little ladies pulling the loaded to the gills cart across the crevices of  South Vancouvers side walks? I have! How did they afford to get all those groceries?? Who on earth are they feeding with that much food?? Seriously You had the same cart yesterday just as full of different food!!??  Yes these Ladies know about South Vancouvers dirty little secret; Fraser Street South!

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Fraser Street South also known as Sunset Neighbourhood is a lovely collection of family run grocers and little shops. Nestled between 33rd avenue and 52nd avenue on Fraser street, its a walkable open air mall of sorts. The shops are quaint and bustling, expect to be run into with a cart or three. Just enjoy the experience, pretend your on vacation in a foreign country 😉

The Prices will blow your mind, You may need to purchase a cart of your own to get all the tasty fresh food home. if a $20 is the new $10 then You need to come to South Fraser street to do Your grocery shopping; $20 should net you a hefty 2-3 reusable bags of fresh produce along with other little items like canned coconut milk and longinisa sausages.

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Personally I like to start or finish my shopping at Breka Bakery just south of 49th Avenue on Fraser Street. You saved a lot of money today, treat yourself to something special.

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Warning: The following pictures are EXTREMELY delicious and may have you salivating on your laptop/phone!

 

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I’ve had many more Frugal and Fantastic findings recently, check back soon for another adventure installment written by Jamie Learning!

 

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Get Low during the summer sunshine

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I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work.

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Beverage Break

You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

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A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically

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Get Low during the summer sunshine

Fantastic Frugal

I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work. You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

image

A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically ❤

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Toilet Paper

TP Thursday!

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Toilet Paper

So much Toilet Paper!

Here is this weeks T.P. Price Roll , in order by least amount of your Frugal dollars spent and most Fantastic type of Toilet Paper …

Toilet Paper Price Roll

  1. $2.99 for 8 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Rexall
  2. $15.98 for 30 Triple Rolls of Royale Velour at Extra Foods +500pts
  3. $3.99 for 8 Double Rolls of Purex Ultra at Rexall
  4. $4.99 for 12 Double Rolls of Royale at Shoppers Drug Mart
  5. $5.46 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex Ultra at The Real Canadian Superstore
  6. $5.49 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex at Extra Foods
  7. $5.99 for 15 Double Rolls of Purex at Save-On-Foods
  8. $8.99 for 12 Triple Rolls of Cashmere Ultra-3 at Shoppers Drug Mart
  9. $10.99 for 16 Triple Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft at Canadian Tire
  10. $9.99 for 20 Double Rolls of Cottenelle Ultra at Cooper’s Foods
  11. $12.88 for 24 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Walmart
  12. $15.98 for 30 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at The Real Canadian Superstore +500pts
  13. $8.99 for 12 Double Rolls of Royale Velour at Your Independent Grocer
  14. $10.49 for 12 Double Rolls of Charmin Ultra Strong at Marketplace IGA

These Prices were all acquired using Flipp, this app is available through Apple and Android bringing local flyers directly to your device. I use this app almost daily and highly recommend Flipp for price comparisons and creating shopping lists, it has many features that I can’t even begin to blather on about.

Tip of the Iceburg

This weekly update will change its format in the coming week, prepare to Shocked, Disgusted, Delighted, and Amazed by the not so new information that is gonna keep you a Fantastic Frugal shopper.

Please check back next week on Toilet Paper Thursday, stay Fantastic and Frugal!

Jamie

Deals to be had… Every Day of the Week!

Edible <3, Fantastic Frugal, Savings <3

BuyLow_Sign I was scootering past Buy-Low Foods and noticed these awesome deals, so I stopped in to check them out for you. This particular Buy-Low store is best to shop at during off hours if you can make it during mid morning or mid afternoon. My Check Out Clerk informed me that it is a bit of a mad-house on the weekends given the popularity of the deals!

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To me crazy deals mean:

  • Get a coffee before attempting to enter the grocery store
  • Take a list marked with sale items you want to achieve
  • Be prepared to wait, as in you don’t need to be anywhere for the next half hour to forty five minutes
  • Chat with people in line, we are all in the business of finding the deals ❤

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Buy-Low Foods

370 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 4G5
(604) 872-5776