Monthly Archives: April 2012

Getting Less & Paying the Same $$ – Incredibly Shrinking Products in our Grocery Stores

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Size Matters – The Case of the Missing Sausage…

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As the Bargain Hunting Momma, being a savvy shopper is always on my mind. So a recent trip to the grocery store has fired me up. Food producers are pulling a fast one on consumers and in retaliation, I am starting a new regular series called: Incredibly Shrinking Products

False advertising – shrinkage – downsizing – whatever you want to call it – as a mom and primary grocery shopper in my home,  I am an angry and disappointed shopper.

What is Going On?
There is a growing practice going on in grocery stores across the country that feels a lot like a rip off – getting LESS of a product while paying the same price. They call in shrinkage – I call it dishonest.  Consumers are left feeling cheated and I don’t care where you’re from, getting less of something while paying the same price is not cool. We all work hard for our money and do our best to so get the most bang for our buck.

The companies are doing it a sneaky way, hoping that no one will notice. The changes are subtle and the packaging stays the same and unless you are a very observant shopper, most people really don’t even notice. It’s a marketing technique called “downsizing,” a way of passing on a price increase without technically raising the price.  They are basically hiding a price increase by shrinking the size of the product. Shame on you! Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

MY MISSION…
Well this Bargain Hunting Momma has had enough – My new investigative series will aim to expose the shrinkage and educate my readers. While we likely won’t stop buying the products we like, we at least deserve the right to know!

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Investigation #1:  The Case of the Missing Sausage

PRODUCT :  Schneiders Oktoberfest Sausages

THEN – 5 sausages   450g  

each sausage = 90 grams

Bright Red packaging

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NOW – 4 sausages   375 g

 each sausage = 93.75 grams

Orangish red packaging

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$ PRICE – THE SAME

The Verdict: Sneaky sneaky sneaky.

Same price, less product = RIP OFF!

WHAT DO YOU THINK?? 

  • Have you noticed?
  • Are you mad?
  • Do you care?
  • Please share your stories and send me your examples!

What’s Up This Weekend? April 21- 22nd 2012

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There’s always something going on in KW… what will you get up to this weekend? Got a free or low cost family friendly event coming up? Send me your info and I will help spread the word!

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Celebrate Earth Day this weekend!

2 Major Tim Horton’s Community Clean ups

Because every neighbourhood can use a bit of Spring Cleaning!

Both clean ups run from 10 am to Noon

#1 Waterloo Location – Waterloo Park

Bring the family out to spend a bit of earth day helping clean up the community in Waterloo Park!
This event, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, includes refreshments, prizes and fun!  The clean up begins at 10:00am at the Albert Street and Young Street entrance.

#2 – Kichener Location –  McLennan Park
901 Ottawa St. S. (formerly Mnt Trashmore)

(free transportationshuttles will be available from downtown Kitchener; times and locations will be posted in April) Pre-registration is not required. Bags and gloves will be provided by the City of Kitchener. The event will take place rain or shine.

Participants will receive a t-shirt and refreshments supplied by Tim Hortons (while supplies last) and will have the chance to win great prizes including Tim Hortons gift cards, mugs and one of two mountain bikes!

Interested in volunteering at the Tim Hortons Community Clean-up (beyond picking up litter)? There are four (4) Environmental Ambassador Volunteer positions available. Please check out the volunteer position description for details and contact information. Call 519-741-2587 if you have any questions. 

Colour Paradise presents Earth Day at the Kitchener Market
Saturday April 21st

10 am till 12 p.m.

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Head on down to the Kitchener Market Saturday morning to enjoy some earth day fun, crafts, plant a seed and take a plant home. You can also purchase plants and accessories today!

Family free event!

6th Annual Bloomin Earth Festival

Kitchener City Hall

SATURDAY APRIL 21st 2012

9am – 5pm

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Enjoy the vintage feeling of an outdoor market filled with yesterdays treasures, thrifted clothing upcycled into unique dresses and delightful candy smelling body care wonders.Fashion show, performers & more!

http://bloominearth.wordpress.com/

Family Favourites at Cineplex Odeon — Galaxy Theatres

11 am

$2.50 admission – This week’s movie is Babe.

Family Favourites

The 3rd annual KW Procession of the Species Parade is Saturday!
Dolphins, tigers, turkeys, rhinos, birds, lizards, and more will make their way down King St. from the Waterloo Public Square to Victoria Park in Kitchener.

People with costumes and floats of various species will give nature a greater presence in the street.  It is free for anyone to participate, so tell your friends.

Rain or Shine! Saturday April 21st 2012

If you want to be in the Parade start showing up to the Waterloo Public Square at 11:30am

Drum Circle with Nii Addico of Creation Africa at NOON
http://www.creationafrica.com/Home.html

The Procession (parade) will go down King St. @ 12:30pm

Website  – http://www.kwprocession.ca
Facebook link  – https://www.facebook.com/groups/183538876908/

SUNDAY  April 22nd

Celebrate Earth Day at Steckle Heritage Homestead!

811 Bleams Rd, Kitchener,
(519) 748-4690

FREE Event

10am – 4pm

A fun day filled with demonstrations, displays, gardening activities and learning about baby animals! Learn how to make an easy veggie garden with a recycling bin, or grow potatoes in a bag. Kids can decorate a pot and plant something to grow at home ($2 – free for members)

http://www.stecklehomestead.ca/upcoming-events/

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CHECK OUT THE SPRING 2012 PARENT TESTED PARENT APPROVED AWARD WINNERS!

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The latest PTPA Award Winners have just been announced so go take a peek. I’m all about value but let’s face it, there needs to be a balance between price and quality so this is a good list to take a look at.
In case you haven’t heard of them, the PTPA Media Awards celebrate product excellence as rated by parents like you. Manufacturers submit their products and services for evaluation by over 40,000 Volunteer parent testers- a credible third party resource for parents. These products, called the Latest & Greatest Spring 2012 were nominated, evaluated and approved by parents. Winners receive this seal of approval:
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Since 2008, PTPA has evaluated thousands of products and services from leading manufacturers and emerging brands. Because independent families evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience – not on commercial considerations.So, take a look and see what you think. You can also see past winners on their website.

Here is a sampling of some of the innovative new products to receive the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval for their most recent 2012 campaigns:

T-fal Steamer/Blender: easy way to prepare healthy, balanced meals for your baby while keeping food full of vitamins and full of flavor

Purex UltraPacks – makes laundry easier with pre-measured packs while

Purex Crystals – a new, natural way to have fresher laundry for weeks, not days,

Kobo Vox eReader – read, play games, listen to music, download apps & more!  than just reading books – it has interactive entertainment for anytime, anywhere

Ooma Telo with Ooma Premier Service – save money by getting crystal clear home phone service through existing broadband internet connection

Summer Solutions workbooks – keep your child feeling confident about school and ease back in to the next school season.

QuickCover by Sure Fit – waterproof & washable cover protects helps your couch or love seat from kids, food and drink spills, pets

Enfamil A+ is the closest formula to breast milk available. It contains DHA and ARA to keep baby healthy and happy. Available in a refillable container that Moms love!

AfterSkate™ Wipes – help your skates stay clean and sharp

Twist It Mosquito Repeller – handy gadget that attaches to almost anything

Your Chat Mat  – interactive dinner mat to help get conversations started at the dinner table.

For a complete list of award winners, visit the Latest & Greatest 2012 section on the newly updated website.

Happy Easter – Enjoy Lots of Great Family Easter Events!

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Easter Events! 
 
 
Good Friday Events — April 06, 2012

 • Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs   
Offered by National Service Dogs, non-profit charity; Easter egg hunt for dogs and their families; all money raised helping provide local children with autism with a certified service dog; pre-register and start collecting pledges online at http://www.nsd.on.ca; or registration available on day of event from 10 to 11 a.m.; registration: family $20; 11 a.m., 519-623-4188, Riverside Park, Marilyn Drive, Guelph

 

 Westfield Heritage Village – Good Egg Friday

 

Good (Egg) Friday is a great chance for families, and kids of all ages, to get out together for an afternoon in the country and have some pld-fashioned fun learning about our history. Program will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children aged 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.. Eggs will be the theme of the day, with games, activities and sweet treats throughout the village.

Young visitors can help the farmers find them all and fill the egg basket. The village green will also be bustling with a variety of fun and historical Easter-time games, including egg jarping (an egg tapping game), egg rolling and egg bunching and experience an egg hunt with a twist will involve finding egg-related artifacts that are hiding in plain sight in a number of historical homes and shops. 

For more information on this event and other Westfield programs, call 1-800-883-0104 or 519-621-8851Light refreshments are available in the General Store. Westfield is also open on Easter Sunday for regular programming from 12:30 – 4:00.

http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/welcome-to-westfield-heritage-village 

 

Saturday April 7th

Cinenplex Family Favourites – An American Tale

 Saturday at 11am

This week’s family favourite film is An American Tale – only $2.50. A portion of proceeds go towards supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation. Click for locations. Affordable and fun!  

 

Stratford Festival Easter Egg Hunt — The Easter Beagle! I

Annual Easter egg hunt – with a twist! The Easter Bunny has taken a vacation and our Easter Beagle, Snoopy, will be hiding eggs all over the city of Stratford on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

You could find one of 50 vouchers good for a pair of tickets to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown*!  Just take your voucher to the Festival Theatre Box Office to redeem your tickets, only one voucher per household! All 50 eggs will be hidden by 10 a.m. and the Box Office is open until 5 p.m., so that gives you, your family and friends seven hours to search the city! But remember: this special offer is on for one day only, so you must redeem your vouchers by 5 p.m. 

We’ll be leaving you hints as to where the tickets are hidden; on April 7, watch ourFacebook page and our Twitter feeds @stratfest and @stratfestchris to help you in your search (use the hashtag #ssfCharlie). Let us know what you find! Share photos of your hunt on our Facebook page or on our Twitter feeds… and see if you can catch our Easter Beagle!

 

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Kitchener Market
9am-11am

Hop on down to the Kitchener Market spend the morning with the Easter Bunny! 

Easter treats, creat crafts and get a picture with the Easter bunny himself!  (remind mom and dad to bring their camera). 

FREE 

http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/events.aspx?cid=70220

Easter Egg Hunt at Joseph Schneider Haus
10am sharp! 

Easter Egg Hunt for children ages eight and younger. Bring your Easter basket and be prepared to line up early! 

The Egg Hunt takes place outdoors regardless of the weather. Admission is by donation ($2 suggested). 

 18th annual hunt starts at 10 but get there early to line up! 466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 


Also Saturday at Schneider Haus… 
Sat 10 am to 5pm
Staff will be making Easter cheese and decorating Easter eggs Pennsylvania-German style. 
General admission rates apply. Adults $2.25, Seniors/Students $1.50, Children $1.25, Family $5. 
 
 
McDougall Cottage – Cambridge 
Easter Egg Dyein’
1 – 4 pm
89 Grand Ave. S., Cambridge
519-624-8250
Easter Egg dyein’ and rollin’ fer the bairns. We’ll also show you how it was done back home on the ole sod. From 1-4 p.m. Bring by yer spare onion skins. 
   

Sheridan Nursuries Easter Egg Hunt

 Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! The fun doesn’t end with the hunt; a colouring contest, great in-store specials and more will be offered!

Fees: Donation Accepted – Proceeds to Make a Wish Foundation and Upopolis

Taking Place at all Garden Centre locations: 

 Etobicoke/East, Mississauga,  Whitby Georgetown, Kitchener/Waterloo, Markham/UnionvilleMississauga/OakvilleNorth York, Scarborough, Toronto

http://www.sheridannurseries.com/events/event/easter_egg_event

 

Easter Bunny Train – Waterloo Central Railway

 The Easter Bunny will meet his friends for a very special train ride from Uptown Waterloo to St. Jacobs and return. $15 adults $10 children. 

Mr. Bunny will pass out Easter candy to all his friends as the train makes its way through Waterloo, past the Farmer’s Market and to its final destination of St. Jacobs. You are welcome to get off the train at the Market for a visit and then continue your trip on a later train as well as visit the Village of St. Jacobs and return on a train of your choice.

Trains depart Waterloo at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00.

Trains depart St. Jacobs at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00.

Reservations required… link below… 

http://waterloocentralrailway.com/easter-bunny-train-%E2%97%8F-waterloo-to-st-jacobs-and-return-%E2%97%8F-april-7-2012-1000am

The Museum

THEMUSEUM (Downtown Kitchener) is open Saturday Noon-5pm

Member’s only Easter Egg hunt inside the museum starts at 9:30 to 10am.

http://www.themuseum.ca/calendar.htm