Save money when you shop

You have to love the end of the week when the flyers arrive. Just looking at all the good deals is enough to make you go shopping, but isn’t it a pain to have to go to several stores just to get the best prices on various items. What if you only needed to visit one store?

Welcome to Price Matching. If you find an item on sale in a flyer and then take that flyer to a a different store that price matches, you will get the item at the price in the flyer. For example, in Shoppers Drugmart, Coke is 3.00 a case of 12 but at Walmart it is 5.99. Take the flyer into Walmart and pick up the Coke. When you check out, you show the flyer and BINGO, Coke for 3.00 a case.

Not all stores price match and you should check first before accumulating a shopping cart full but Walmart, Zellers and Canadian Tire all price match. Others may but you need to check first.

While we are at it, have you ever had an item get scanned at the check out and then been charged higher than the shelf price? If you experience this, the Scanning Code of Practice applies to you. The Scanning Code of Practice is a code that certain stores follow. It promises the customer accurate price scanning at the register on all non-ticketed items (items that have a sticker on them with the price). If an item scans in at a price higher than the shelf price, the customer gets it for free or $10 off if the item is more than $10.

Don’t expect cashiers to let you know about this (even though there is usually a sign right by the register that mentions it). Make sure you point it out or you will most likely miss out on your SCOP deal! If you buy more than one identical item, you are entitled to the first item free and the following items will be adjusted to the lower, correct price.

Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Metro, Costco, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Toys r Us, Rona, WalMart, Giant Tiger, Home Hardware, all follow the Scanning Code of Practice.

Just these two pieces of knowledge should help you save time and money the next time you go shopping but remember check first as not all shops with price match or follow the scanning code of practice! Good luck and happy shopping!

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