20 Supermarket Survival Tips to Save You Money

Supermarket Survival Tips

Published in: on July 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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5 Must-Haves for Online Retail Websites

1.  Enhance Search with Rich Auto Complete

Rich Auto Complete is a powerful feature that takes the search experience to a new level, by making it easier for visitors to see items that match their search term before they’ve even finished typing.  Similar to standard auto-complete, which shows suggestions for search terms as soon as visitors start typing, Rich Auto Complete goes a step further and shows a pop-up box with products, images and other useful information that match the suggested search terms, so visitors can easily click on an item they might be interested in without searching or navigating further.

2.  Categorize Search Results

Site visitors are accustomed to seeing search results divided into categories.  On your own site you can categorize site search results so shoppers can easily see just results that are product listings, or only results that are videos, or just results that include some type of social media content.  You should also create additional appropriate categories based on your metadata and the content you have on your own site.

3.  Ratings and Reviews in Search Results

Most retailers now offer the capability for customers to rate and review products they purchase.  If you’re one of those companies, give these ratings even more impact by adding them to site search results — and then allow site visitors to refine results based on reviews (for instance, enabling them to see only products with a particular rating).

4.  Search Results with Social Feeds

Your customers are likely avid users of social networking sites — and even if they’re not, they can still benefit by seeing content from blog posts, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts and others.  By enhancing your site search to include this material, you bring a greater wealth of information about your products and services to your visitors, and help inform their purchasing decisions.

5.  Mobile Version of Your Site

Visitors to mobile retail sites are usually “hunting” for specific information rather than “browsing,” and the Search box is key to that experience.  As you develop or enhance your M-commerce strategy, make sure site search is the focal point of your mobile site — and keep it fast, simple and relevant.  Don’t bog down the results pages with lots of graphics and images that take time to load, and make sure the information that’s presented is highly relevant (i.e.  showing user ratings is useful and doesn’t take up extra space).


To succeed in online business, retailers must continually innovate and enhance their web storefronts to keep up with shopper demands.  While it is a challenge to keep up with the pace of change, don’t let your competitors get ahead of the game and innovate before you do.

Published in: on March 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bargain Purchase Tips

When possible, plan your purchases by using the following list to score the best deals:

House and home

  • Real estate—March through August are active months for buying and selling, so a buyer looking for a deal will have better luck negotiating on an offer in autumn and winter.
  • Flooring—Carpet and flooring goes on sale near the end of the year due to slow sales, though discounts are possible throughout the year from independent retailers.
  • Furniture—January and July, when stores need to make room for new inventory.
  • Gas grill—Like air conditioners, the best time to buy is during winter months, when demand for outdoor grills is low.
  • Cookware—April and May (think graduation and wedding prime time) and October and November (holidays approaching).
  • Linens—January “white sales” and the end of each season (i.e. as spring approaches, winter-colored linens will go on sale). It’s common to see linens (in all colors, not just white!) on sale for up to 60 percent off retail.
  • Mattress—New mattresses arrive in stores in May, when you’ll find a good deal on the previous year’s models.
  • Vacuum cleaner—June, when new models hit the floors, and end of winter.
  • Hardware—Big sales occur around Father’s Day and between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Home appliances—New models arrive in September and October, when you’ll find good deals on last year’s models. Holiday weekends—Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Presidents Day—also are good bets for deals. If you’re willing to buy an appliance with a ding or a scratch, you can save hundreds.
  • Air conditioner—Winter months, when demand is low.


  • Flowers—Tulips are less expensive in February, peonies in May. Flowers are at their best when in season.
  • Shrubs, trees, etc.—Autumn is a good time to buy bulbs (store them according to directions on the packaging) and trees and shrubs (nurseries are trying to clear out inventory).


  • Outdoor (general)—Swings, beach and pool toys, swimming gear, and other outdoor items go on sale in August, when retailers are trying to make room for fall and winter items.
  • Outdoor gear (bicycles, for example)—February and March, when new models replace last year’s models.
  • Boat—Boat shows, held from January through March, generally offer the best prices.
  • Gym membership—Membership sales soar in January as everyone resolves to lose weight, but lag in spring and summer. You’ll find lower fees and waived enrollment fees to lure you to their treadmills.
  • Movie tickets—Matinees are an established way to spend less at the theater (as is smuggling in your own M&Ms, not that I’d condone such behavior or ever do so myself…). A.M. Cinema (AMC Theaters) sells discounted tickets before noon from Friday to Sunday and on holidays.
  • Broadway tickets—Find bargains hours before the show, or try the well-known TKTS booth in Times Square.


  • Blu-ray player—Black Friday sales and after-Christmas sales offer some of the best deals.
  • TV—Sales can be found throughout the year. Times to note include Black Friday, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, right after New Year’s Day, before the Super Bowl, and in May and June. New models hit stores in August and September, when you’ll find sales on new models and discounts on the previous year models.
  • Cell phone—New customers get the best deals. For new phones, wait six months if you can. Search online for coupon codes, as well.
  • Digital camera—The Consumer Electronics Show and Photo Marketing Association convention mean new models will arrive in stores. Shop in January and February for deals on last year’s models.
  • Computer—Back-to-school season yields a few sales, but the best deals can be found when a technology is outdated and retailers want to get rid of the older models. Look for a few extras (free shipping, bundled accessories, etc.) around the holidays.
Tip: In general, you’ll find a good deal when an electronic item is outdated. Wait until after technology shows like MacWorld and the International Consumer Electronics Show to see if your iWhatever will be discounted to make way for the next big thing.


  • New car—New models roll into the lot in fall, so shop in September for last year’s model. Shop on a weekday at the end of the month to get the undivided attention of a salesperson trying to make their monthly quota.
  • Used car—Dealers increase their inventory in April to start the spring selling season. You’ll find a good selection and willing negotiators.
  • Recreational vehicle—Dealers sometimes offer specials in winter, but generally buying an RV works like buying a car (see new cars).
  • Gasoline—Fuel up on a weekday, early in the morning if gas prices are rising or in the evening if gas prices are going down (prices are usually changed between 10 a.m. and noon).
  • Oil change—Look for early bird specials in your area.
  • Tires and auto parts—During April (National Car Care Month) and October (Fall Car Care Month), you are likely to find buy-three-get-one-free deals on tires, free oil changes, and other checkups.
  • Car wash—Early birds (before 8 or 9 a.m.) can often find deals at full-service car washes.


  • Airline tickets—For domestic nonholiday travel, look for the lowest fares 21 days from your departure. Fares are updated at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. on weekdays, and airlines file one update on Saturday and Sunday. Lowest fares are filed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and occasionally on Saturdays. Wednesday is generally the cheapest day to fly and Sunday the most expensive. (Exception: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving—the busiest travel day of the year.) For holiday travel, start looking in September to get a good price. Fares can change quickly, and much depends on the carrier and the market.
  • Travel (general)—The off-season or shoulder-season for your destination will offer the most savings on lodging, recreation, transportation, etc.


  • Groceries (supermarket)—On Sunday evenings, you’ll save money through store sales (typically run Wednesday through Thursday), and by shopping in the evening, you can save even more on items that must be sold by day’s end. If you clip coupons from the Sunday newspaper, you’ll enjoy additional savings.
  • Coupons—While coupons are available throughout the year, the most coupons appear in the Sunday paper during November and December. The best deals on turkeys can be found two weeks before Thanksgiving to Christmas. In spring, you’ll find coupons on seasonal produce, ham, and frozen food (apparently March is National Frozen Food Month—who knew?). Summer coupons offer discounts on grilling items and ice cream. Autumn brings coupons on soup and other canned items.
  • Groceries (farmers market)—Vendors often lower prices near closing to avoid having to pack up perishables and take them back to the farm.
  • Champagne—With steep competition to be your New Year’s Eve bubbly, Champagne houses drop prices during the holidays.

Clothing and accessories

  • Clothing (general)—Got your heart set on something in particular? Shop on a Thursday evening six to eight weeks after the item arrived in the store. By Thursday, the weekend sales have started and the selection will still be good. Season-end clearance sales also offer up savings.
  • Baby clothes—Shop during your pregnancy for end-of-season clearance items. If it’s springtime and you are due in winter, look for winter closeout sales now for infant clothing.
  • Jewelry—Avoid the holidays, when you are most likely to pay full price.


  • Wedding (general)—The off-season can mean big discounts. If you live in a cooler climate, you’ll find savings during the winter months. Hotter climates mean likely deals in summer months.
  • Wedding dresses—After Thanksgiving and before Christmas. Boutiques are stocked with gowns for Christmas engagements, but it’s a slow sales period.


  • Toys—October and November offer good bargains as retailers gear up for the holiday season.
  • Wrapping paper—January, of course!
Published in: on January 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm  Comments (7)  

Store Review – Canadian Tire

My wife and I enjoy shopping at Canadian Tire (CT) for our everyday household products. Once in a while, CT would mark down a selection of their featured products. Often you would see an item that you’ve been eying that goes on sale with 80% of its original price nibbled off!

The hassel-free return policy is also unbeatable.

Keep up the good work, CT!

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm  Comments (1)