one thing that we've done for years is to go shopping for groceries - particularly meat - on thursdays .
since meat is uasually re-stocked for the weekend on friday , 50% off on many chickens , roasts , chops etc. is the rule at loblaws (president's choice) . we always look for meat that says : "best before ... ... (today's date plus 2 , example if todays meat is still o.k until saturday , there is little reason not to buy it today imo ) . we always try to get the top grade ; so a top grade , grain fed roast that would usually go for $20 can be had for $10 . we have NEVER had any problem with that .
last thursday of the month is senior's day at shoppers drug market : 20% off AND a $10 coupon if buying more than $50 = that totals 40% off - hard to beat imo .
we've also downsized from a nine year old V6 to a spanking brand new 4 cylinder = just as zippy as the old V6 but uses less gas and should be maintenance free for a while .
set back the thermostat to 17-18 C overnight(around 8 pm) ; 21-22 C daytime in the heating season .
during the summer we try to keep the air-conditioner at about 26-27 C during the daytime , but turn it to 23 C when we go inside in the late evening .
one thing we DON'T save on is the dehumidifier ! we keep it running from spring to fall at moderate setting to prevent humidity and mold from settling in the house . the technicians have told us that it also helps the air-conditioner and the freezer - about 25 years old - do their jobs with less electricity and keeps extend their lives .