Sunday, January 04, 2009

Local Milk Bargoon!! *Updated with video*

I remember in the past hearing about Gas Wars where 2 stations would drop and drop their prices but this week was the first time I'd ever heard of a Milk War! 2 neighbouring drug stores were battling it out by lowering their milk prices again and again....and again! You won't believe what I paid for 4L (approx. 1 US gallon) of milk. Are you ready??

$0.15!!! Yes ~ 15 cents!!!










While my cousin and I were standing in line waiting to cash out the manager was letting the cashiers know that the price war was coming to an end and that once those in line had gone through, milk was going back up to $3.49! We made it just in time!

And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, we purchase our milk in bags. It's an 'Ontario and Quebec thing' and we've purchased milk in bags since I was a kid. We have plastic containers that the bags are placed in and the corner is snipped. Works great and there's no plastic bottles to return. Does anyone outside of Ontario and Quebec buy your milk in bags? Enquiring minds want to know! Mmmm...now I'm in the mood for milk and cookies!

* Update * LOL! Thought this one would generate questions but must admit that they do make me giggle. Pic #2 shows how the milk is packaged at the grocery store. Within that bag are 3 clear bags, 1 of which can be seen in the plastic container in the bottom picture. When we're ready for a new bag of milk we put one into the plastic container and then cut off the corner of the bag. It works really well. Here's a video demo :o)
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They had a limit of one bag per person and we had to supply our points card so we couldn't go back in again. If not, I would have bought more for sure!

36 comments:

  1. Love the bargain! Unbelievable price!

    We buy our milks in bags. Easier storage and always moo juice in the fridge.

    Keep smilin!

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  2. Milk in bags? Never heard of it. Interesting. And 0.15 cents for a gallon of milk? Now that is a bargain!

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  3. Wow really?! I've never heard of milk in bags! That's such a good idea! We go through so much milk and the cartons are such a waste! They don't get returned her just into the recycling bin! And that' usually half of what's in there! Are there ever problems leaks?

    -Jen-

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  4. The bags are quite sturdy and don't tend to leak. They really work quite well.

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  5. The milk in bags is also a Quebec thing! Just thought I'd let you know. ;)

    I have been reading your blog for almost a year I believe, I enjoy it a lot! :)

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  6. When I lived in South America, milk was sold in bags.
    0.15 is a great deal, glad you made it in time:)

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  7. I've never heard of milk in bags before but I LOVE the concept. I wish we had it that way also. I have a questions:

    How is it presented on the shelf at the store? Do they stand up?

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  8. Funny thing - I thought EVERYONE bought their milk in bags!!

    Quite the Bargain!

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  9. I heard about the bag thing and was always curious what it looked like. I think it's a great idea!

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  10. Fifteen cents! That's unheard of!

    Here they don't have bags, only the plastic containers and cartons. I miss the bags.

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  11. We Quebecois have milk in bags here too but personally I like the cartons. We go through about 8-10litres of milk a week!

    $.15 is awesome!!!

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  12. I thought milk in a bag was an "olden days" thing!!! lol I was born in Ontario and lived there a few times when I was really little so I remember the milk bags but I too thought everyone had them then and we all had just "graduated" to jugs!! lol

    Tooo cool that you still have them!! I used to carry them around as "babies" when I was younger!!! lol I totally did!! Wrapped them in tea towels and they were my babies!! lol

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  13. What a great price..I have NEVER heard of milk wars before and cannot believe what you paid! I also didn't realize we were the only province to have bags...so glad you explained it for everyone!!!

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  14. WOW! That is amazing! Glad you made it just it time, don't you love when you luck out like that? It makes up for all of those times you are jipped! Never heard of milk in bags, but it's very interesting! Do you bring the plastic containers shopping? Lol I am just trying to picture how you would get the bag of milk home in one piece!

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  15. HOLD THE PHONE!! People have not heard of milk in bags?? I thought everyone got their milk in bags! Well, Cath, you learn something new everyday.
    We bought 4 liters of milk today for $4.29. A far cry from $0.15!!

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  16. I haven't seen milk in bags since I worked at a camp in the middle of the midwest wilderness one summer. I love your new carrier as well. As March is finally up, I guess I need to start thinking of these things.
    Suz

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  17. What a deal! I do declare I have never heard of a bag of milk. But, hey, whatever works is just fine.

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  18. Weirdest thing I have ever heard of!!! Thank goodness you added the video, because we all had to watch it (twice). Just think, you Canadians have an entire industry of those plastic milk-pouring pitcher things that we don't have over here. Too funny.

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  19. That video is hilarious! I have never even heard of milk in a bag... but we definitely have milk and cookies in Alabama! :)

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  20. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around 'milk in a bag'. I've never heard of that! :)

    Such a great deal! Can you freeze milk? I would have stocked up! ;o)

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  21. Nice bargain...
    I have never seen milk like that..
    interesting..
    Have a Great Week..

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  22. Nice price! Way to be at the right place at the right time! So my question is: was all the milk 15 cents? Even lactose free? Cause we pay an arm and a leg for Samara's lactose free milk. I assume you picked some up for us if it was?!?!?! :)

    Oh and about the milk in bags thing . . . isn't that the "normal way"? (wink, wink).

    k

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  23. I agree with the Carmodys. Milk is in a very natural bag from the moo cow....tee hee.

    love,
    wela

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  24. that is the strangest thing i have ever seen! well, ok, not the strangest but we definitely do not have milk in bags anywhere i have seen in the states. funny!

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  25. This makes me wonder what other things that we think are "normal" and everyone has that really is different in other places! I can't even think of an example because it just seems like everything thing I am used to is "normal" and how different can things really be just across the US and Canada...then you hear about milk in a bag and your whole world is turned up side down! Hee Hee! Fun to think about! This is what make the bloggy world so much fun!

    -Jen-

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  26. I just watched the video. I love that you included the all important step of adding the cookies!

    Very cool and thank you for sharing. I really wish we had that here!!!

    -Jen-

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  27. That is just too cool and what a great idea, in regards to NOT having so much plastic floating around!!! If I would have found milk for .15 cents , I would have bought a freezer full, we are paying over $5 a gallon for it!!!!

    Have a great week Catherine!!

    Love, Kristy

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  28. What a deal!! I've never seen anything like milk in a bag . . . quite interesting!

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  29. Amazing price! And I LOVE the idea of a bag system. We only buy ours in cartons (as Mark doesn't like the "plastic-y" taste of the jugs). But bags would rock! Love the video too. Now bring on a gas war :-)

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  30. we need a milk war..I think we are paying just under $4 a gallon here.....plastic jugs for us.....

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  31. Wow that is an amzing bargain!

    BTW, Happy new Year!

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  32. That is very interesting. Love the price! I am always for a good deal.

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  33. 15 cents?? wow!!

    We have milk in bags here in New Brunswick too!!

    Angela :)

    PS Loved the video...now I want milk and cookies!!

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  34. Milk in a bag! I love it! Such a good idea, I wish this would catch on around the world!

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  35. I've never heard of milk in bags! What a great concept! :)

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