Bunnies & Eggs on Sale


Easter is over, but this only means that bunnies and eggs are going to be on clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharma Plus, Zellers, Walmart, etc.

I tried finding the best deals out there:

Cadbury EggI went to Shoppers Drug Mart today and they had the Cadbury Eggs (Crème, Peanut Butter and WonderBar eggs) reduced to 59 cents (regular is 99 cents). I’m not sure if this is at all Shoppers Drug Mart branches but from the way it’s priced I can almost 99% guess that it’s on sale at all (or at least Ontario) Shoppers Drug Marts.

Easter Bunny Clearance

Lindt Gold Bunnies are on sale for $1.96 (save $4.00) at Pharma Plus. This offer is in the weekly Pharma Plus flyer.

If you can’t find the Lindt Gold Bunnies at Pharma Plus, Zellers also had them on sale for $2.49 and Staples is expected to reduce them to $2.97.

I also suggest you checkout your local Wal-mart and other grocery stores. The sooner you go the better. By Wednesday, most Easter chocolate will be gone so hurry.


Download the New MSN Messenger Beta


MSN MessengerYou can now download the new msn messenger beta (without an inviation). Basically go to Microsoft’s Live website here, click on Windows Live Messenger beta and then click on sign up and follow instructions.

I’m using this MSN Messenger Beta right now and it has some new features like the ability to send offline messages (AT LAST!) and many more bells and whistles.


Free Canadian Samples: Pepcid Complete


Free Samples CanadaFill out a short survey and receive a free sample of Pepcid Complete the antacid & acid Reducer. Get your free Pepcid Complete sample here.


Victoria’s Secret Online Clearance


Victorias Secret CanadaVictoria’s Secret Online is having a clearance sale of up to 70%. You can find some really good bargains. Check out Victoria’s Secret clearance here.

Note however that these prices are in US Dollars and also don’t forget that Customs and Revenue Canada may charge duties and taxes.


Future Shop & Best Buy Easter Sales


Happy Easter 🙂

Reminder that today Future Shop has a one day Easter Sale.
Check out Future Shop’s sale here.

Best Buy has some exclusive offers this week too.
Check out Best Buy’s sale here.


Free Canadian Samples: Hyaluronic Acid Day Creme


Canadian SampleReceive a free sample of Derma’s Hyaluronic Acid Day Creme here.

You can also receive their free printed catalogue here.


Canadian Deals: Website Hosting


Netfirms Special OfferIf you’re looking for a good website hosting plan, Netfirms has an awesome one, the MAX plan. For $10.00 for 1 year you get::

– 2 FREE domain names (.com .net .org .info .biz and .ca)
– 20GB of disk space
– 750GB data transfer per month
– Host up to 3 websites with a single account
– Support for PHP, Perl, and MySQL

Netfirms is a Canadian company based in Toronto. I’ve known netfirms for a very long time and I’ve always been impressed by their support, friendliness and real willingness to satisfy their customers. With 2 free domain names with high quality hosting for $10 is just irresistible.

Netfirms has special support for WordPress, which means that if you have a blog (or want to start a new one) you can have it up and running in minutes.

If you’re interested in .ca domain names netfirms by no shadow of a doubt has the cheapest .ca domain names. Unfortunetly, .ca is not available in the Max plan list (but is offered in this plan) so you’ll have to contact them if you need to register a .ca.

You can find out more about Netfirm’s Max Special Offer here. Offer expires May 31st, 2006.

Update: the offer code is MAX


Canadian Deals: Air Purifier


Air Purifier CanadaAllergies allergies allergies I’m really fed up of allergies! I’ve spent so much money on tissue this month and I’m just tired of sneezing all day long. That’s why I’m going to order an air purifier. And guess what… the Sharp FP-N40CX Plasmacluster Air Purifier is on sale at Future Shop (Online). It is on sale for $219.99 (regular price $449.99). That’s a whopping $230.00 discount. This is definitely one hot deal and according to reviews, people are satisfied with this air purifier’s quality; It keeps air cleaner, removes smells and is very quiet.

You can order this air purifier here.


Canadian Coupons: Carleton Cards


Carleton Cards CanadaBuy 1 carleton card and get 1 card free. You need to print this coupon present it to the cashier to get your free card.

Click here to get the Carleton Cards coupon.


Staples BCI-24 Canon Compatible Black Inkjet Cartridge


Canadian DealsBCI-24 2-pack black ink cartridge is on sale for $3.44. This is one crazy price! If you have one of the canon models below quickly order a few packs.
Staples Compatible Inkjet Cartridge for Canon BCI-24B. For use with: i475D, i470D, i455, i450, i350, i320, S330, S300, S200, MultiPass MP370, MP360, F20, PIXMA iP1500, MultiPass MP390, PIXMA MP130, MultiPASS MP 320.

You can get this deal here.


Free Stuff: Byways Map


Free ByWays Map

Traveling to the US this summer? If yes, then this free map is for you! The National Scenic Byways Program is happy to mail you its America’s Byways map free of charge :-). You can get this free map here.


Easter Deals: Shoppers Drug Mart 20X Points


Easter Deals CanadaShoppers Drug Mart is offering 20 times optimum points this Saturday and Sunday on Easter products:

Easter chocolates & candy
Easter decorations & toys
Easter greeting cards


Canadian Coupons: Chuck E Cheese’s


Below are two Chuck E Cheese’s coupons. Just print out these coupons and use them at any Canadian Chuck E Cheese’s.

Chuck E Cheese’s is any child’s heavens. These coupons are just astonishing and if you have kids I strongly recommend that you take your kids to Chuck E Cheese’s, use the coupons and have a splendid time 🙂

To find out where Chuck E Cheese’s restaurants are, check out their store locator here.

Chuck E Cheese's Canadian Coupons Chuck E Cheese's Coupon Canada


Free Canadian Samples: Celine Dion Perfume


Celine Dion SampleTry Celine Dion’s Newest Fragrance for Free! Simply fill out a small survey and you will receive a sample in the mail. I would never mind a free perfume sample.
You can get this free perfume sample here.


We’re Free Obsessed – Part 2


A&P Dominion Fresh Obsessed

This article is a continuation of my previous post. Please read my previous post first if you haven’t already done so to understand what this is about.

The following post is a detailed explanation of how you could make good use of the We’re Fresh Obsessed concept to get free food. Thank you Mike for this awesome article.

There are a lot of other grocery stores that offer a “fresh or free” policy as well:

A&P Canada
Dominion
Kohl’s
Farmer Jack
Rainbow Foods

However, to keep things simple, I will only concentrate on A&P grocery stores in Canada. By all means, see if other grocery stores have similar policies for yourself!

There are extra rules to the policy that aren’t advertised. For example, you can NOT take any expired food from the in-store bakery. Also, you can NOT take anything that has any sort of Clearance or $1 off stickers on them. Everything else is pretty much up for grabs though. If you aren’t sure, don’t take it.

To get an item that says “best before: July 12th” for free, it must be July 13th or after. Even though the “best before” implies that it is actually expired on the 12th. Don’t argue with A&P employees. The customer is never right, apparently.

You can only get 1 of each item. You can’t score 2 bags of Lays BBQ chips. However, you CAN score a bag of Lays BBQ and a bag of Lays Salt & Vinegar. Or the same flavour in different bag sizes.

These policies aren’t put into place for the customer’s sake, they are used to make the customer do the job of their employees. Keep the merchandise moving. Because you can only have 1 of each item, if a customer finds 1 item out-of-date, usually there are 20 of the same item also out of date. Now that they are aware, hey can check for and return the 20 other items.

FINDING A&P LOCATIONS.

Obviously, you are going to want to find A&P’s near your house. Preferably 24 hour ones, but that isn’t necessary. As far as I know you can locate stores here.
If you click on the “info” button beside each store, you can also see its operating hours.

Most other grocery store websites also have a “Store Locator” type section.

WHEN TO GO

Now that you’ve found a few A&P’s near you, you have to know what time to go to maximize you free food intake. Obviously, you can go at any time if you want some food.

If the A&P is open 24 hours, going in slightly before midnight is your best bet. The food only has a few more minutes before it is out-of-date. By the time you go to cash out, just make sure it is past midnight.

If the A&P isn’t open 24 hours, then the earlier the better. The less time they have for the employees to find the out-of-date items the better. Regardless, any A&P at any time can possibly yield an amazing score.

Items are usually dated in groups. For example, certain brands of chips will all be dated for the same day of the week, regardless of what day of the week the product was actually produced on. This is most likely to help store employees remove the items from the shelves, by only having to check once a week instead of daily. Knowing the day of the week that items go out-of-date will definitely help a score. If all bags of chips go out on Wednesdays, then going on a Monday won’t increase your amount of scored chips any.

Check the items dates, and look for patterns. Usually the dates will always be 7 days apart. A lot of chips (Lays, etc) are out-of-date (ready to be scored) on Wednesdays. A few brands are Tuesdays. Pillsbury products also have a date pattern.

ITEMS TO CHECK / ITEMS NOT TO CHECK
Check:

Juices (in the cooler, not on the shelves)
Milk (not bags)
Pillsbury products
Cheese Wiz (usually Black Diamond)
Chip Dip
Yogurt (12 packs & large containers)
Pudding
Little Debbie Snacks (Joe Louis, Ah Caramel, etc.)
Pies
Butter Cups
Pitas
Flat Bread
Chips / Nachos
Cream Cheese
Pizzas
Pizza Crusts
Pastas and Sauces (Just the refrigerated fancy ones).
Cheese Cakes
Some Fancy Chocolate Bars (with dates)

Don’t waste your time on:

Dried Pasta
Canned Stuff
Margarine
Milk in Bags
Individual little yogurts
Lunchables
Anything being displayed in the cardboard box it was shipped in.
– These haven’t even been taken out and put on shelves yet!
Most things that are on sale.
– they are on sale to get them out of the store.
Almost any Meat Product.
– they change the dates anyways to make sure they don’t go out-of-date.

HOW TO CHECK FOR OUT-OF-DATE ITEMS

For the most part, the out-of-date items are usually right in the front. The grocery store is hoping someone will still buy it without looking at the date, then they can still make a profit off of their out-of-date items. Sometimes lazy employees do not put the newest items to the back, so there may be out-of-date items far in the back as well. This is almost always the case with Pillsbury products, do to the weird dispenser thing. It is usually a good idea to take a “random sample” from somewhere near the back as well, especially if it’s something you really want! 🙂

Don’t forget to look up and down! As silly as it sounds, when shopping, people have a tendency to only see things at eye-level (studies have proven this). Things at the top or bottom have probably been there the longest. Plus, it probably also applies to the employees looking for out-of-date items. Out-of-date items will most likely be found on the top or the bottom shelf.

Once you’ve been to the store a few times, you can get a good pattern to follow to check everything. You can visit things that are a priority first, like the pizzas. The less time you aren’t in the A&P, the better. Also, when you score an item, remember where you found it. When you cash-out, you will most likely be told to find fresh versions of your items.

CASHING OUT

You don’t want to get bugged for not buying ANYTHING, because it will look like you went to the store just for the purpose of scoring. So, if you have to do some grocery shopping, save it until you go to score. If there’s nothing you have to buy, just pick up something cheap, maybe a pack of Generic Mr. Noodles for $0.25. Enough to let them know that you are a real customer who just happens to have a good eye, not a teenager with the munchies and no money.

Bring your score to the Service Counter, which is usually near the entrance (it’s where they sell lottery tickets and cigarettes). If nobody shows up, bring it all to a cashier. Show them what you’d like to purchase, nd then point to your score and tell them that the items are out-of-date. After that, you can stand back and watch the confusion…

You will most likely be told to “find fresh ones”, so you can go do that while the cashier tries to figure out how to handle the situation. Make sure you get the freshest replacement items available, since you want to keep the items going out-of-date soon on the shelves, so you can score them later. If all the items are out-of-date, the policy says that you can replace it with a similar item. However, some Managers might not know that, and try to not let you have anything (or they may try to give you a rain-cheque). Take what they give you, and don’t argue.

The whole check-out process is quite amusing. Cashiers must void each product and apply stickers to things. Cashiers usually aren’t trained in the process, and usually make up their own little way of doing it. Once everything has been voided, you can pay for any items you may have legitimately purchased, and then you are on your way!!

TIPS
– If you visit the same A&P regularly, you might want to make mental-notes on things that are going out-of-date soon. If you see a Cheese cake that is going out next Wednesday, try to remember it!

– Go with a friend or two! You can split up to find items, so you only have to be in the store for a few minutes. At the same time, avoid going in a huge pack.
– Avoid conflict with Managers. They are very bone-headed individuals, who are often quite defensive after seeing you score $30 worth of free food. After all, it may take them all day to earn enough money to afford that food, and you are just reminding them of how bad of a job they are doing at being “fresh obsessed”.

– Double check your dates before you cash-out! A bitter cashier would love nothing more than to make you pay for some pitas after you thought you’d be getting them for free.

– Don’t talk about you score while you are scoring. Think of yourself as doing A&P a service.

– Try to mix up the days, times and locations that you visit an A&P. After a few visits, Managers will definitely be keeping an eye out for you.

– Don’t do anything stupid!! Sure, you can easily bring in your old bread-clips and clip them onto any loaf you want. Sure you can hide a Cheese Cake under a few other products, and get it next week. The problem is, if you’ve scored several times before, there are definitely Managers watching you. If you do something “illegal”, they will definitely find out on the video tape. After all, they are probably just waiting for an excuse to kick you out of the store, and fraud is a pretty good reason.


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