She said she once paid $1.72 for a Pharmaprix bill that would have cost her $955.68. On top of that, she made $313.10 in PC Optimum points so she basically got paid to take home four full baskets of goods. Now, she's sharing her tips with you!
Aubert told MTL Blog she started couponing when she got pregnant unexpectedly at 18 years old while in a "precarious financial situation."
"I was able to save a lot of money for my baby's arrival and for our own needs. The money we saved went towards our other bills and baby furniture. Since then, I have never stopped," she said.
What advice can you share with Quebecers who want to start couponing?
1. Know that couponing is really 'a thing' in Quebec.
"Before I started couponing, I wish I had known that couponing is real here. Had I known, I would have started long before. I thought couponing only worked in the U.S.," Aubert said.
2. Understand the terms and conditions.
"When we want to start couponing, we often tend to get discouraged when we read our coupons because we don't always understand what the terms written on them mean," said Aubert.
She explained one phrase that is commonly misunderstood: "one coupon per purchase." When that phrase is written on the coupon, Aubert said it does not mean that you have to make a purchase in order to use the coupon. Rather, it means you get one product per coupon.
3. Get a PC Optimum card.
Aubert said PC Optimum cards are "extremely profitable, especially when used at Pharmaprix during promotions, such as the 20x points."
4. Take a training course or hire a coach.
"Take the time to understand before getting started and possibly getting discouraged," she said.
5. Don't invest in a printer.
Aubert does not recommend buying a printer in order to print coupons because "ink is expensive and we don't need to print coupons."
She said you can order coupons by mail on websites, such as Save.ca, as well as on numerous food company and product websites.
6. Do your grocery shopping and plan your menu according to the discounts of the week.
"There too you can [save] several dollars," she said.
7. Take advantage of price matching.
When stores offer price matching, it means you can show them a lower price in another flyer and they have to match it. This means you don't actually have to go to a further store to get a better deal.
"Make unbeatable deals to match the lowest prices elsewhere [...] without having to travel," said Aubert.
8. Be on the lookout for point offers.
If you have a points reward card, such as PC Optimum, look out for days when certain purchases have extra point values.
9. Summer is all about Chapman's Ice Cream coupons.
Aubert said you can request a $4 coupon by mail for free on Chapman's website. This means free ice cream, since some Chapman's products cost less than $4.
"A great way to cool off and enjoy a great treat... for free," she said.
Being in tune with our bodies is important for many reasons. It's how we get in touch with our feelings, decipher our wants and determine our needs both physically and mentally.
The intuition that comes with knowing your body — what's normal and what's not — can be life-saving. Canadian beach volleyball player, Grant O'Gorman, knows this better than most.
Testicular cancer is the number one most commonly diagnosed cancer among young men aged 18-35. While the outcome for men with testicular cancer is often positive, early detection continues to be key. If it's caught early, it's both treatable and curable, but 62% of men who are most at risk don't know how to check themselves for warning signs. Men's health charity, Movember, is on a mission to change that.
By spreading awareness and educating men on how to self-examine at home, and encouraging them to get to a doctor if something doesn't seem right, this charity is leading a conversation that aims to change how men approach their health.
Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Movember is teaming up with this young cancer survivor to spread the word.
In 2019, Vancouver-based Grant felt like a superhero. The then 25-year-old Olympic hopeful went from representing Canada at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour to being completely blindsided by a chilling cancer diagnosis.
Now, he's working with Movember to tell his story and help educate others on the risks of testicular cancer.
No matter your age or how healthy you are, Grant says it's crucial to be aware of your body and to go see a doctor if anything seems off: "You might think you're super healthy, but trust me, I was the healthiest guy and it happened to me."
In an exclusive interview with Narcity, Grant opens up about his personal journey and offers advice to young men.
Questions and responses have been edited for clarity.
Tell us about your journey with testicular cancer. When were you diagnosed and how did you find out?
"In the middle of 2019, my teammate Ben Saxton and I were at the world championships representing Canada, and I noticed that my nipple was feeling a little weird. I thought maybe I dove and scratched it or something. But a couple of weeks later, it started to get bigger. When I squeezed it, liquid came out, and I thought that was super weird.
When I got back to Canada, I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound done on my nipple. Nothing came up. They couldn't figure out what was going on.
I went to a couple of different doctors, and finally one of them suggested I get an ultrasound of my testicles, and that's where they found it. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer."
In what must have seemed like the blink of an eye, you went from being a healthy professional athlete to someone dealing with cancer. What was that like, and how did being diagnosed change you?
"I've always been very strong and healthy as an athlete. The discomfort in my nipple didn't affect my playing, so I thought I was totally fine.
But when they told me, 'You have cancer, you have to get surgery to get this removed,' I remember thinking, 'Why is this happening to me? How is this happening to me? I'm healthy and strong. I do everything I need to for my body.'
Being an athlete, I always felt like a superhero, and as soon as this happened, I just felt vulnerable."
What treatment did you have, and did you fully understand the support available to you?
"I just had my right testicle removed — I didn't have to get chemotherapy or anything else. Luckily, it hadn't spread.
Support-wise, I was lucky to have my whole Volleyball Canada team. I have a psychologist available to speak with me whenever I need, a physiotherapist, my teammate, and my wife, Isabela, so I was okay.
It was the start of the COVID-19 pandemic though, so we were sort of isolated from everyone, which made it a little bit tougher."
What do you wish you had known then that you know now?
"I wish I'd known to really be aware of my body and if something is off — even if it's a small thing — to get it checked out right away. Knowing your body is crucial.
Also, never be shy to go to the doctor, even if you think it's embarrassing. I probably wouldn't have gone to the doctor if my wife hadn't made me go, and then the cancer could have spread more."
For many men, it can be uncomfortable to talk about topics like this. What have you found is the general attitude towards testicular cancer among your peers, and how are you working to change perceptions and raise awareness?
"It's important to realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's a health issue. It's about remaining healthy and alive. You shouldn't be shy about it.
I was never really nervous to tell my friends or anyone, but I think if I was younger I probably would have because it's a very private area.
The main thing is checking yourself regularly, or if you're someone who wants to keep your partner or someone in your life safe, be sure to tell them to check themselves.
If you detect it early, you might only have to get the surgery, as I did. If not, it could be worse."
What is one piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed men, and one piece of advice for men in general?
"If you've recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer, know that there are a lot of other people who have gone through it. I spoke to another beach volleyball player who also had testicular cancer in the past, and it really made me feel more comfortable and that I wasn't alone.
For men in general, know your body well. Besides your testicles, know your feelings, know your hormones... if something's changing, get checked out."
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
"Testicular cancer is a young man's cancer, so check yourself regularly. But if you also have brothers, partners, husbands and fathers that are in your life, remind them to check themselves regularly too.
You can follow the YouTube channel my wife and I have created to learn more about our journey with testicular cancer."
To learn more about testicular cancer, visit the Movember website or check out Movember's Nuts & Bolts page for relevant and reliable tools to help you confidently handle the testicular cancer journey.
This article was originally written by Ashley Corbett and published on Narcity Canada.
"Molly is on track to be a top competitor on the World Stage in 2021" for high diving. She also started the inspirational hashtag #BraveGang.
MTL Blog got the chance to get to know Molly a little better, and now we're here to share our interview with you — so you can, too.
Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.
How long have you been diving? Have you ever gotten injured? If so, what happened?
I started regular springboard and platform (10 Meters) diving in 2008 and continued the sport for 12 years.
I competed for Team Canada in my junior career followed by a four-year division one Florida State University diving career.
During this diving career, I suffered from many wrist injuries and went through six wrist surgeries due to the constant impact from hands-first diving for 12 years.
When I graduated in May of 2021, I knew it was time for me to retire from the regular sport of diving as my wrists couldn't keep up. BUT, there was a spark in me missing.
I decided to follow my long-time dream of high diving as this sport requires feet-first entries from insane heights.
I started high diving in August after moving to Montreal to pursue the dream. After my first ever jump from the 20-meter platform, I fell in love.
Flying, adrenaline, and performance. I do not plan to retire from this amazing sport any time soon. An exciting journey ahead.
What's the wildest dive you've ever done? Were you scared?
My coaching staff and I have done an awesome job at keeping some of my craziest dives a secret to the world so that when we compete them it will be an epic moment.
Let's just say I've done some pretty wild dives off the 20-meter platform including triples in many directions. Was I scared? ABSOLUTELY! There is always a level of fear being up that high knowing you are about to take a leap.
But, my coach, Stephane Lapointe and I have always stuck to our number one rule; only go up for a 20-meter dive when you are physically and mentally prepared.
Learning how to fly your fears in the right direction so they feel controlled and safe allows high divers to execute our bravery in the most elegant ways.
I am also surrounded by two of the most talented female high divers in the world; Lysanne Richard & Jessica Macaulay.
These two brave women inspire me every day with their diving and cheer me on as I enter their amazing sport. Truly an honour to train beside such talented women.
How did you grow such a large following on TikTok and Instagram? What's it feel like to know thousands of people are watching your videos?
When I started high diving, I really wanted to share my dives with the world every time I learned a new one.
Due to our decision to hide a lot of our training from social media, I began to create a lot of behind-the-scenes videos of the sport of high diving. I would post videos walking around in the rafters that hold the lights at the Montreal Olympic Stadium as this is where our platform is attached.
After roughly five months of high diving and video creating, we hit 2 million followers on TikTok! A technique I decided to use was creating my own hashtag for all of my brave followers: #BraveGang.
The message I was trying to portray was that you do not need to jump off 20 meters to be considered brave. Bravery comes in all beautiful shapes and sizes and deserves to be celebrated at every level.
With this hashtag, we created a movement allowing individuals to share their own unique beautiful brave stories with the world and know that they had a community behind them supporting them.
This movement brings tears to my eyes every day and I am so inspired by all the "Bravies" in the "BraveGang."
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It started with a local TikTok video. Responding to a call to "Tell me you're Jewish without telling me you're Jewish," a Quebec TikToker says, "I'm not Jewish but I'd like to adopt one. I even made a bed so they can feel at home." The camera follows him to the so-called bed: his oven.
That's why Lauren Lieberman and Ada Yakobi are using their own social media platforms to launch a viral, multi-pronged campaign that calls on TikTok — and its users — to do better.
Is there really that much anti-Semitic content on TikTok?
Lieberman said she convinced the Quebecer who posted the video to remove it and the SPVM confirmed that police were investigating — but it was only the tip of the iceberg.
After her post about the video went viral — garnering over 13,000 likes and 500,000 views — she said people began sending her the anti-Semitic content they encountered on social media. She said she gets upwards of 10 messages a day.
She added that as she entered "the space," similar videos began popping up on her TikTok feed due to its algorithm.
"As I continued, I saw more and more heartbreaking videos [...] They're belittling and making a mockery out of [one of] the biggest mass murder[s] in the world," said Lieberman, who's the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and who has visited the sites of former concentration camps.
"I saw these things with my own eyes. I walked through the camp. I saw the gas chambers."
Lieberman has started sharing the anti-Semitic content she receives on Instagram in order to raise awareness.
As an example, Lieberman showed MTL Blog a TikTok titled "pov: when you walk into the shower in 1940." In it, a man enters a room and looks around suspiciously as a sound from the game Minecraft plays — this sound indicates points players receive when deaths occur.
The comments section contains numerous Holocaust jokes. At the time this was published, the video had been up for one week.
"The problem is TikTok is shaping the minds of the younger generation," Lieberman said.
How has TikTok responded?
A TikTok spokesperson sent MTL Blog this statement:
"There is no place for antisemitism on our platform or off it. TikTok's mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy and we do not tolerate content that promotes hateful behaviour. We are committed to promoting a safe community environment and remove content that violates our Community Guidelines."
TikTok's Community Guidelines ask users not to post, upload, stream or share "hateful content related to an individual or group," and it specifically condemns attacks based on ethnicity.
According to TikTok's 2020 transparency report, 93.5% of videos that violated community guidelines were removed within 24 hours of being posted — and 92.4% were removed before a user reported them.
TikTok also launched a new tool that allows creators to approve and filter all comments.
But Lieberman told us these measures aren't working effectively enough.
"So many people reported these videos [that] never got taken down," she said.
"It takes months sometimes to get them off."
What more can be done?
Lieberman said she wants TikTok to explicitly add "no anti-Semitism" and "no Holocaust jokes" to its guidelines.
Yakobi, who works as an account manager at an IT company, said she's well-versed in the tools tech companies can invest in to quickly flag and remove hateful content, such as "digital fingerprinting."
Both women said they believe the reason for this influx of anti-Semitic content is a lack of education.
"[If] one TikToker posted it... the rest have to post it," Lieberman said.
"Because of the lack of education, it's easy to jump on [to trends]. I guarantee you maybe half of the people that are posting don't even know what happened in the Holocaust," Yakobi added.
The women are working to dilute anti-Semitic content with educational content.
Lieberman partnered with The Foundation for Genocide Education to interview a Holocaust survivor on Instagram live, which included his reaction to the initial TikTok video.
The women also started a "TAKE A STAND AGAINST ANTISEMITISM" room on Clubhouse where they plan to hold weekly events, including panel discussions and Q&As — and everyone is welcome, especially non-Jewish people looking to learn.
"Soon, there are going to be no more Holocaust survivors living [...] And history repeats itself," Lieberman said.
"We have to speak for those who can speak anymore. For those who never had the chance to speak because they were murdered in the Holocaust."
Yakobi continued, "And one of the biggest weapons right now is the digital world. It can be used for the greater good or it can be used for [the opposite]."