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Old Apr 24th 2015, 9:52 pm   #91
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I wonder if it's the loose definition of sale. After a while you start sniffing out when and where things will be on special, and the initial shock of high prices wears off.
agree, its 'buyer beware', one has to know the prices & places to shop as well as take advantage of 'price match' that each store have the best marked down price items on which time of day & on which day of the week.

Should your grocery bill be $100/wk (multiples or divisions of) then doing the eye opener watch or price match, its reasonable to save money, then to use those savings to buy more of the 'on offer/price match specials'. Over time this can be quite a saving
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it amazes me how prices across Canada are as wide as the country.

This week at 'no frills' Ontario, name brand 'Gallo' olive oil is $3.88 for one litre, normally $7.88.

No frills own brand one litre olive oil is always $4.49
A liter is like 15 dollars here.

We have no real discount chain in this town, Vancouver does so prices there might be lower, dunno though since I don't shop there...

Ontario appears to have way more competition grocery wise.
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A liter is like 15 dollars here.

We have no real discount chain in this town, Vancouver does so prices there might be lower, dunno though since I don't shop there...

Ontario appears to have way more competition grocery wise.
taking into account the cost of gas, would it be worth the trip into Vancouver or to one of the nearest outer suburb towns that have these stores to buy the lower cost items that would save on the total bill - gas included?

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I can my own salmon. I realize it doesn't look terribly appetizing but its very tasty and nutritious.

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Our No Frills store (a Loblaws store) has had Farmer's Market tomatos on the vine in the mesh bag for 97 cents/lb all week and I've been eating lots and stocking up, mmmmmm. Giant Tiger had Clarke's beans @ 73 cents and I bought a bunch too. Fishing season starts in a week so hopefully I can get away for a bit and introduce some seasonal treats in my diet. Those of you who are new to Regina and want to build up your spice racks should pay a visit to one of the Old Fashioned Foods locations; that's where I get a lot of mine.
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What does he eat, dry bread and tap water? Our bare minimum canteen (actually the free serve salad bar is quite handy) is $7 for food alone!
I have no idea, not my problem. He was raised in the Soviet Union, he can be very frugal.
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I can my own salmon. I realize it doesn't look terribly appetizing but its very tasty and nutritious.

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Nice! what do you use to preserve the salmon, olive oil or brine?
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This thread is opening my eyes on frugality.
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I have no idea, not my problem. He was raised in the Soviet Union, he can be very frugal.
when I was a kid & we used to go to the 'baths' - the treat after was a 'Bap & a bag of crisps'. Hollow out the bap (eat that first) then stuff the bap with crisps. Liquids was usually 'corporation pop' (from the fountain water) which was free while we ate in the park.

Lunch at work, or lunch out cheap is easy. Over to the local supermarket - buy one bun $0.49, two slices deli meat $1, and/or together $1 worth of salad from the salad bar + free coffee or soda from work.

Alternate....

Many supermarkets have a deli counter with specials... soup, chilli, yesterdays sandwich, even those with a sushi bar generally have marked down sushi

McDonalds Mc'Double $1.69 + tax, free works coffee

Wendys - baked potato & small chilli $4, works coffee for free
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Nice! what do you use to preserve the salmon, olive oil or brine?
Neither, just some pickling salt and vinegar. The oil you can see comes from the fish. The fish is also cooked in a pressure cooker.
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This thread is opening my eyes on frugality.


if you are truly British & are from a working class background (especially living on a council estate), then you will know all that has been posted on here. Now, your excuse could be that it was so long ago, that you became rich & famous, that you have too much money to be concerned about frugality - then so be it
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Neither, just some pickling salt and vinegar. The oil you can see comes from the fish. The fish is also cooked in a pressure cooker.
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This thread is opening my eyes on frugality.
I think mine is an illusory frugality. I save on some things and waste money on other stuff. Still, although I'll eat almost any takeaway food I draw the line at Mc Doogals.
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Neither, just some pickling salt and vinegar. The oil you can see comes from the fish. The fish is also cooked in a pressure cooker.
Out here some people can pike with a little oil and ketchup and it's almost indistinguishable from canned salmon; a lady at the beach used to can burbot in the winter as well and it was a lot like tuna (I thought it was even better than tuna).
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Anyone try goat?
A pub around the corner from where I worked for a short time (Portland Sq, Bristol) used to do goat curry at lunchtime. It was good.

I also had it as a goat stew a few times in a small village somewhere on Rhodes. It was delicious.
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