Earn Cash Back Never This Easy

This post will benefit for Canadian only (sorry for my other readers in the other part of the world). I would like to share how to be a smart shopper at grocery store specifically nowaday when we’re surounding by techonoly of smart phone!

I still love paper/printed coupon even not so crazy about it but what I want to share today is about electronic coupon and all the tips that I found a long the way when I was enjoying saving and happy shopping. How we will saving a lot when we do grocery with the help of out beloved smart phone in hand. So without futher ado, let’s start it!

You should install this amazing flyer collector app.

They post almost all grocery and retail stores across the country every single week/day depend on the expired of the flyer for each store. They even post some flyer one day before for us to preview. Awesome.

They post almost all flyer of grocery and retail stores across the country every single week/day depend on the expired of the flyer for each store. They even post some flyer one day before for us to preview. Awesome.

This juts example of the flyer when we click to look at it. It exactly the same with the paper flyer that Walmart produces.

This just example of the flyer when we click to look at it. It exactly the same with the paper flyer that Walmart printed it.

The coolest of this app is we could clpping the product that we intereted in. And then compare it to another store's flyer to just compare the price.

The coolest of this app is we could clpping the product that we interested in. And then compare it to another store’s flyer to just compare the price.

This clipping section make us easy to look back or it will become our kinda shopping list.

This clipping section make us easy to look back or it will become our kinda shopping list.

We need to have this app in first hand, so we could always uptodate about what’s going on in stores this week.

2. CHECKOUT51

This is one of the app that give us a cash back/electornic coupon when we did buy one or more products that they posted on that week. The amount of cash back is vary from $0.25 up to $5 depend on the product.

How it works is so simple:

1) Check what the promotion of this week, it something that we need or could stock up? I am not suggesting us to buy the promotion product just for the cash back sake. Buy the one that you need, with coupon/cash back or without you still need to buy this product, in this way, we truly saving some money of our grocery budget of that week.

2) After you find the product that you need, go to any grocery store to buy it and don’t forget to KEEP you receipt.

3) Open the App, capture your entire receipt and claim the cash back! After that they will review your claim for some time and after that if everything is okay and legit, you’ll see the amount you claim already credit it to your account. Collect it until it reach $20 or more so you can start to cash it out. It took around 10 days for you to receive the cheque that send to your door!

Example of this week [From Thu-Wed]

Example of this week [From Thu July 10 – Wed July 16]

I cash out $27.50 before, so my balance now is $16.75 I need to wait until I reach another $20s to cash out another cheque!

I cash out $27.50 before, so my balance now is $16.75 I need to wait until I reach another $20s to cash out another cheque!

3. SNAPSAVES

It works basically same with Checkout51. But this one you must be very careful, because they don’t really have expire time for each promotion. They said we can claim any promotion within 2 days of our receipt/shopping. They also up and down the promotion product in random time. Because this reason, I am never planning anything with this app. I just do grocery and after that I check if some of my shopping is match with one their promotion. Or I just check their promotion when I already in store just to make sure if the promotion is still available. However, they have one plus thing compare to Checkout51. Snapsaves does have some promotion that doesn’t have limitation, you can claim it again and again as long it still on the app and you follow their rule. You don’t have to wait another week just to check if the promotion that you like is up again or not.

Example of the app that show I'd claimed some prmotion

Example of the app that show I’d claimed some promotion.

I Hit $26 cash back yesterday and cash it out too. Let's see how long it will take for the cheque to arrive!

I Hit $26 cash back yesterday and cash it out too. Let’s see how long it will take for the cheque to arrive!

4. ZWEET

This is the last cash back app I’d like to share with you. As long as I know, Checkout51 not available for Quebec residents, too bad, huh? but Zweet is available and maybe SnapSaves too. This one has the less promotion each week compare to its compatitors. However, it does have more unbranded product to claim, make us more freedom to shop!

See, unbranded product, so you could buy any or your favourite kechup brand and claim it!

See, unbranded product, so you could buy any or your favourite kechup brand and claim it!

This is the lowest and slowest cash back I work or pursue, haha!

This is the lowest and slowest cash back I work or pursue, haha!

 Miscellaneous

  • I guess CheckOut51 is the pioneer of this App and others are followers.
  • I like Checkout51 more because it has spesific time to claim and almost never run out the cash back in the middle of the week, compare to SnapSaves that so often soldout in the time you want to claim your cash back
  • All cashback app work on the same way
  • At store we normally cannot combine any coupon, but for this one they don’t care if at store you already use another printed coupon for the product that we want to claim
  • Be a smart shopper. With this one we can end up double saving or even tripple saving. How? Wait until the perfect time when you have a printed coupon in hand, the product on sale at store, and last but not least there is cash back for same product in one of these app. Example : Yesterday I bought Olivia’s formula milk (Similac 964gr package), There was on sale at Walmart from $38 something to $34.94, also I had $10 cheque from Similac that I got from my friend  and guess what? at Checkout51 there is $5 cash back for Similac. So I saved neary $20 for that milk, Felt so good! Mission Completed!
  • Don’t be panick, enjoy it not over do it. If you passed the promotion because you forget to claim it or because you just bought the product 2 days ago and why the promotion just come up today, don’t be sad and just move on and continue happy shopping and happy saving.
  • Remember, Use it when you need the product first, not vice versa. In this way, we truly saving and not become consumptive shopper, buying something that actually we don’t need it and end up spend more, this is a big no no in the game of couponing/cashback, haha
  • Did you know that some store have “Match Price” program? I knew Walmart does this. So whenever you see the product that sell in better price than Walmart but you couldn’t shop at that store for some reasons (too far), you could show the flyer on your phone using Flipp apps to asking for price match
  • Most of the retail stores have “Wrong Price Tag” policy. Example: If you see the price tag of a product is let’s say $1 but when you pay, it says $1.25. You can complain at their customer service and prove it to them that they have wrong price tag. They will cover their mistake up to $10. In this example, you get your $1.25 back and you still get the product for free. If the product is $11.50, you just need to pay them $1.50. Most customers don’t know about this and they also pretend they don’t know about this policy, end up they just correct the price and you pay the lowest price, so be smart and speak up!
  • Anyone who know how this work as a company like Checkout51 should create the same company in their country, I guarantee it will work. For people who used or work in agency company, as a marcomm or public relation would know easly how this work. It as simple as asked any company to throw their marketing fund to you and you alocated some into cach back. The hardest part is how to convince the company to trust you? and how to promote your app and make people want to use  it is another challenge!

So guys…. start saving now. You’re welcome 🙂

YuTan

 

Trip to Tobermory, ON


Bulan Mei lalu, sehabis mengikuti retreat gereja di kota Owen Sound, kami melanjutkan liburan keluarga ke Tobermory yang mana sudah separuh jalan kalo dihitung dari Toronto [Toronto – Tobermory = 4-5 jam perjalanan dengan mobil]. Sudah sering kami dengar ‘kebesaran’ nama Tobermory dari teman-teman yang sudah pernah kesana, konon tempatnya asri, masih sangat alami dan asyik buat bermain air saat musim panas tiba [Ada beberapa spot asyik bermain air di Tobermory disepanjang garis pantai/danau, tapi yang paling terkenal namanya Grotto & Indian Head Cove, dari parkir mobil kira-kira perlu 30-45 menit jalan kaki di Trail yang sedikit naik turun tapi mulus jalan tanahnya sehingga masuk kategori wheelchair accessible].

Sebenarnya agak ragu pergi kesana dengan membawa seorang anak bayi. Tapi terimakasih kepada yang namanya internet, kita bisa check dan recheck dulu, apakah memungkinkan membawa anak bayi ke cagar alam yang satu ini. Ternyata bukan saja bisa, tapi termasuk cukup mudah dan nyaman. Untuk yang ini terimakasih kepada pemerintah Kanada yang sudah sangat becus mengurus semua taman dan tempat wisatanya. Selain aman dan bersih juga nyaman untuk dikunjungi.

Adalah benar kesaksian teman-teman kami itu, bahwa spot yang mereka sebut-sebut sebagai spot asyik untuk bermain air (baca:berenang) sangat bersih lokasinya, airnya pun jernih sekali sampai terlihat dasarnya. Bulan lalu itu masih cukup dingin suhu di Tobermory yang memang letaknya lebih jauh ke Utara daripada Toronto yang sudah mulai menghangat. Jika suhu udara saja masih dingin, jangan tanya suhu airnya yang dalam musim panas terpanas pun airnya masih terasa sejuk dingin dingin empuk karena berasal dari sumber air yang sama dari danau bernama Georgian Bay, air danau ini terkenal dingin lah yau.

Si Nyokab yang saya suruh nyobain dinginnya air Georgian Bay sampai saat ini sangat ‘terkesan’, serasa direndam air es katanya, padahal nyobanya cuma sebentar, cuma buat foto aja. Kalo lebih lama lagi, bisa-bisa beku katanya. Sorry ya Mom, hihihi Menurut Nyokab, tempatnya bagus sekali, belum pernah dia melihat air sebening itu, tp begitu ditanya bagusan mana Indian Head Cove ini sama Bali (Tanah Lot – agak mirip pemandangannya) dijawab, sama. Tetap dong sebagai orang Indonesia kita kudu kagum dan sayang sama alam kita sendiri, hehehe.

Boleh nih kalo Olivia sudah lebih gede, musim panas tahun depan itu artinya dia kira-kira akan berumur 1 1/2 tahun, harusnya sudah bisa jalan, bakal seru banget bawa dia jalan kemana-mana, khususnya alam ria di Kanada sini.

 

YuTan

Macro Photo Session at Wabasso Campground, Jasper, Alberta

Only you and me

Only you and me

I decided to create this post as an individual post even though this session was part of my trip to Rocky Mountains. This post only content pictures that I took in the first morning when we stayed at Wabasso Campground, Jasper, Alberta.

To reach this area, we need to walk around 10-15 minutes follow the sign that tell us to some trail. It is side by side with Athabasca River. Because we came here in the morning, there was a beautiful scene waiting for us, the fogging, morning dew and quiet time because nobody around except us.

I used my Canon 50D and 50mm f1.8 & 70-200mm f4.0 lenses. I try to give a little photography’s tips here, hope you enjoy it!

(As you can see all the pictures below, at the end I took not only macro picture but landscape as well. Oh yeah, we are the master of our project, as long as the picture is nice, who care?!)

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Morning Dew

Water Drops

Water Drops

Fresh Morning

Fresh Morning

Tips #1 : Normally, people will bring water spray to take a macro picture in the forest ( or floral ). If you lucky enough like me, there will be fresh and natural dew on the trees, grasses & flowers. But you need to wake up as earlier as possible, ready to shoot after the sunrise, otherwise; they will gone in the blink of your eyes…

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Distance

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Peacefull

Tips #2 : Open your eyes, not just focus on the small things even though the target is for macro picture. Looks around, change your position/eye level. Most of the time, one step more to the right, or to the left, or lower your eyes 15cm, could give you a huge different of perspective. So, move your as*, don’t be lazy, haha.

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Cute Squirrel

Tips #3 : Sometime, it really hard to meet another creature such as bee, spider, dragon fly or others insect because they are too small for our eyes. However, we probably meet a bit bigger object during our photo shoot. If you do find them, don’t be lazy to change your macro lens into a tele lens. Don’t be panic, does it slowly, so you won’t scare the animal. Move slowly, avoid eye contact, and make sure the camera setting is set before you pointing your lens to the object. Good luck!

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Spidernest

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Trees

Spider's House

Spider’s House

Lovely Twig

Lovely Twig

Gloomy

Gloomy

Tips #4 : Personally, What I see through my lens is what I want on my picture. That’s why I hardly to cropping my picture. But, if we are talking about tone color, ambience, and white balance; it will really hard to tell. I mean, I probably dislike the picture when I see it on my camera’s screen, but it will become another story when I see it on my computer’s screen and play the color. I often change it to black and white, and voila!!! The picture is just up to another level.

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Red Cherry

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Twig

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Yello Berry

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Fresh Green

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Juicy

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Tips #5 : There is a rule, standard one when we talk about composition. 1/3 rule is the famous one because people fine dead centre composition is quite boring. However, most photographers I believe don’t follow this rule 100%.  I always said, know how to compose your picture is a TALENT, people can have a same brand new hi-tech camera and lens, stand in the same position and location, and have a same setting on their camera. But when we see the result, the good one is the one who has a picture with nice composition & balancing on their picture. He or she sees something that other people couldn’t see. They just have sharp eyes. So, what are the tips? Learn the standard composition rule, see as much as possible other pictures (what I mean with see, is LOOK), take your own picture and criticize them, did you like the composition? If not, why? If yes, why? By the time you will close enough with them who has it in natural way, Good luck (again)!

Pictures above, I often put my object in diagonal position. I paid attention to their background (background color, since I blur it out with diafragma f2.0-f4.0).

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My partner in crime ( this one I used my iPhone & Instagram’s app)

Tips #6 : Somebody loves to take picture by himself, others like to do it in the group or couple of friends. There is plus and minus of course. Just make sure when you go with another person, he/she or them must have a same purpose and passion with you. Having said that, not only you will have somebody to look after each other (yes, hunting picture could turn into dangerous situation too), you guys can exchange your gear especially lens, filter or tripod.

YuTan