Those of you familiar with any of the Loblaws related grocery store chains will be familiar with the joys of the “pink sticker.” Pink stickers are 30% off or 50% off stickers put on items in order to clear them out. Usually, they go on products that just won’t move, or on things which have a sell-by or expiry-date of today or tomorrow. Most of my protein sources come from pink sticker sales. They get picked up and whisked straight into my freezer at home.
Where does most of my fancy cheese come from? Pink stickers. I walk a pattern in the grocery store that very deliberately goes by the fancy cheese section, just so I can pick up any delicious looking pink sticker cheese that might be available. This girl loves cheese, what can I say.
My grocery store also has a few different racks throughout the store, which display pink sticker items. Right now, one is full of red pens and baby bottle tops. So there I was the other night, quickly scoping out the clearance rack, in all its pink sticker glory.
I was disappointed. I always hope that I’m going to find some super-amazing score.
I know, grocery shopping is a roller coaster of emotions, that I ride at least once per week.
Down at the bottom of the metal rack, on the very bottom shelf, I spotted packages of gluten free brown rice pasta. There are a lot of random dietary restrictions in my household, but thankfully gluten is not one of them. Gluten free pasta is crazy expensive to start with, that much I know. If it was cheaper, I probably would have bought it for myself, but it’s not.
So what do I do? I start texting some friends who have celiac’s disease. “Hey, the clearance rack has GF pasta on it.”
I start sending texts to my friends about sweet deals on food they can eat.
Later that week, I was at a difference grocery store and glass bottom, lock top containers were $6 off. I took a picture and posted it to a local food Facebook page. Now I was getting on a roll!
Funnily enough, that roll continued the next day, when I was yet again at the grocery store (I know, I know, way too many times in a week and a half). There were boxes of cheddar massively on sale. I put a photo of the price sticker right on my Facebook wall, along with directions to this treasure trove of cheese.
It was in the cake cooler. Who puts cheese in the cake cooler?
Doing that got a lot of likes from friends who live here!
Wouldn’t you like to know if something was a smoking good deal and available to you? Especially if it was something pricey that was a regular part of your diet. (I think we’ve sufficiently touched on how much I love cheese.)
Do you hoard your frugal knowledge or do you share it? It might seem a bit odd, at first, but I know that there are friends out there who will very much appreciate it. Count me in as one of them!