Archive for April, 2012

Shopper Optimum Bank Card

Do you collect Shopper’s Optimum points?  You may want to consider the following!

I don’t know if you are aware that Royal Bank now has an Optimum bank card for collecting Shopper’s Drug Mart Optimum points.  I signed up for one as soon as I saw it on their website.  Apparently I signed up so quick that when I called to get it set up, the lady on the phone didn’t know what to do yet, and told me I needed to wait until a specific day to call in or visit my branch to have it activated.

It’s one of the main point systems I use regularly.  If you’d like to read more about it, Mrs January has made an excellent document about the points program here:

With the Royal bank card, you can get 10 points for every $1 you spend at Shoppers, as you normally would with your regular Optimum card.  BUT, for every $1 you spend elsewhere using your debit, you get 1 point.  I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it does add up!

Here, though, is the really cool thing with this new debit card.  If you:

  1. Activate this account (in doing so I also closed my regular account, since I really don’t need 2, and I don’t want to pay for 2)
  2. Set up 2 automatic withdrawals to come out of this account
  3. Set up one “payroll” deposit to go into this account

YOU GET 50,000 POINTS!  If you switch your banking from another bank, you can earn another 5,000 points.

It was a little bit of work.  I had to close my other account and then change all my automatic withdrawals and deposits to the new account (meaning I had to call each institution individually with my new banking info).  FYI, this new account is cheaper monthly!

You know what was awesome though.  I didn’t think I’d get the 50,000 points because my payroll doesn’t get automatically deposited.  My banker wasn’t sure if setting up my child benefits to be automatically deposited would count as a “payroll” to Shoppers.  Well, I’m excited to say that it did!  I looked at my points this week and low and behold, there were the 50,000 extra points!  That puts me well above the highest category of points!  That means I can get at least $170 worth of purchases from Shoppers, if I redeemed my points.

If I keep collecting for the major bonus redemption day before Christmas (hopefully they have one this year!), I can use it for Christmas gifts!  Dave Ramsey would be so proud…although he probably wouldn’t be too proud of the amount I spent at Value Village this week…oops!

If you like to collect Shopper’s Optimum points, I would recommend taking a look at the Royal Bank Optimum card!


Ground Beef Burgers

I use ground beef a LOT.  I use it for spaghetti, goulash, meatballs, hamburgers, etc.  When it goes on sale at any store I will make an effort to get out and stock up.  The last few months it seems to be on sale everywhere and all the time.  I had a good stock of it in my freezer so I felt like I didn’t have to go every time and get more.  But, as it usually goes, by the time my stock is down to 3-4 meal size bags stores stop putting it on sale!  It happens EVERY TIME!  And I refuse to pay full price for ground beef…or any meat.

I discovered over the last month that Sobey’s always has meat marked down (usually 50%off!).  It’s because the expiration date is rapidly approaching.  But, because I freeze everything for later, it’s wonderful.  I get marked down meat, freeze it, and take it out when needed for a meal.  Tuesday evenings I make a trip into Nepean to attend a program…perfect opportunity to drop in Sobey’s on the way home and get my meat (they also have a good “non-sale” price on turkey deli meat)!  Last night I went in for my usual walk through, and discovered that the ground beef was on sale in store (not in flyer).  Great timing!!  I picked up enough to stock up since I don’t know when it will be on sale again.

SIDE NOTE:  Fresh Co had meat marked down this week too, 50% off!  I got several steaks, a roast, sausages & breakfast sausages!

I separated most of my ground beef into meal size bags, but I saved half a pack to make hamburgers.  I’ve never tried this before, and I got 8 burgers for the freezer.  Perfect for the summer church BBQ’s after church.  I took some pictures.  Here are the burgers I made:

I mixed together ground beef, marble cheese, green onion & Epicure Pizza Spices

This is my green onion that I bought, used and re-grew!

Patty.  I got these containers from a restaurant.  I can’t remember which one, but I was obviously there twice with O and needed to take home his food, because I have 2 containers.  They were perfect for this.

I got 4 patties into each container, and I should be able to easily take 2 out if I only need 2 burgers.

I love knowing I have meals in the freezer ready to go.  I can’t wait until our Freezer Meal get together at the church so I can have more done up!