Regina woman hosts Facebook group to share grocery saving tips

A Regina woman estimates that she has cut her monthly grocery bill in half by comparing prices and collecting coupons.

Raiza Ocampo started offering coupons and price matching in 2018.

“I’ve always been pretty thrifty, trying to save money here and there, especially as an immigrant to Canada. We’re kind of starting small,” Ocampo told Global News.

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Ocampo was invited to a Facebook group that taught members how to match prices and compare flyers to find great deals.

Over time, Ocampo decided to try it herself.

“I started showing the cashier the cheapest price and then they would discount it by 50%, sometimes even 75%,” she said.

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Ocampo found she could do this on every grocery trip and cut her costs significantly.

“The more you do it, the faster you are. It doesn’t take a lot of time. It’s like practice makes perfect.

Ocampo launched his own Facebook page – YQR Couponbae – which attracted over 9,700 followers.

Ocampo shares tips and tricks on its social networks to help its followers save money. She said a lot of people messaged her to say thank you.

“I don’t share them because sometimes their stories are very personal. It usually has to do with single mothers and with job loss, especially during COVID.

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For those looking to start cutting their grocery bill, Ocampo suggests starting with price matching.

“While you’re making your grocery list on your paper or your digital grocery list…you would go to your Flipp app and find the cheapest price, then write it down,” Ocampo said.

From there, Ocampo suggests moving on to coupon collection, cashback apps, and loyalty programs.

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In addition to his Facebook and YouTube page, Ocampo said there are many other people sharing tips on social media from which people can learn more.

Angus Reid poll shows Canadians are struggling

A recent study by the Angus Reid Institute found that 3 in 5 Canadians or 57% say it is currently difficult to feed their household.

In response to the same question in 2019, 36% said this part of their finances was causing them difficulty.

Angus Reid Institute President Shachi Kurl said the study shows Canadians are “significantly more pessimistic” about their current and future financial situation as inflation hits a 30-year high.

The study found that 2 in 5 Canadians, or almost 40%, say they are worse off now than they were last year, and around 30% think they will be worse off. in a year.

“It speaks to a two-year window of some financial deterioration,” Kurl said.


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“We see almost 3 in 5 Canadians telling us that they are struggling to pay their usual grocery bill — that feeding the family is getting harder and harder. We hear that the cost of living, just in terms of housing cost, is also a stressor for them.

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Kurl added that previous data shows that how Canadians feel is not so much tied to the unemployment rate or job security, but rather to income not growing at a sufficient rate to cope. at higher costs.

“There’s another factor here that’s really important is that not everyone experiences this the same way or in the same way,” Kurl added.

Kurl explained that those with lower incomes and in their 50s, who are more likely to raise children, support a family and try to pay a mortgage “just try to keep it all together. These are people who take the worst. »

On the other hand, there are people who may have entered the pandemic with a decent number of assets like owning a home, having a higher family income, or money in the investment markets.

“Even though everyone pays more and everyone notices that they are paying more, some people are much better equipped to absorb those costs than others,” Kurl said.

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