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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 January 14-20, 2013 Saving Starts Here!

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We are into the third week of our January Grocery Budget for 2 and we seem to be doing alright. I love getting emails from the fans and this week was no exception. A Canadian Budget Binder fan emailed me to share what she did with 2 of my free money-saving tools that I have on the blog. She took the menu plan and the grocery shopping list and put them together for those that want to do both. It keeps them together and in one spot especially when you are grocery shopping and referring to the grocery list and the meals you planned for that grocery shop. So if you want the free printable grocery list and free menu plan in one download it today. If you have any tools that use you that you created and want to share here free for the fans email me today and I’ll post it.

We have really been taking advantage of the great prices on fruits and vegetables this past couple of weeks while grocery shopping. When go to Wal-Mart, which we don’t each week we like to PM vegetable sales from Food Basics, Freshco or No Frills as the quality seems to be better. Maybe we just get lucky or it’s hit or miss. We were lucky to find a package of ripe avocados on the cheap rack at Metro today though for a whopping $0.99. You know what I’m making, you guessed it, guacamole.

Too bad Metro and Food Basics Canada don’t join the price matching bandwagon but I guess they just don’t need the business or in some cases the loss. I find Canadian stores very similar to those in the UK especially when it comes to pricing and the store environment. Really though, not everyone buys more than what they went into a grocery store to purchase just because they are price matching. Maybe I should have called this the grocery store game. How many stores can you not shop at to get the best deals at one shop?

We are just about out of our organic garlic so we had to buy it at the shop (not organic at $3.99 for 2 bulbs, heck no) so we will wait until the summer crop is ready. The soft soap was an excellent deal, well free is great no matter how you look at it. We picked up 7 soft soap refills for FREE although we paid the tax. We were able to use a smart source coupon for buy 2 save $2.00 and mail-out coupons from the Colgate company for $1.00 off any product.

While out and about we had to make a run into the Bulk Barn to pick up some items for a birthday party we are attending. Mrs.CBB and I will be making some cookies for the party and wanted to find a simple cookie cutter which we did. We decided to snoop around for coupons since the last time we were there we found Summerfresh dips coupons although nothing this time. What we did find was Tre Stelle Ricotta cheese on for 50% off which was awesome to us. We never buy it for the high price so we bought all that they had which was 4. Grocery shopping on a budget can sometimes hold you back from amazing deals like this one (especially if it’s not on your grocery list) but if you have the room in your budget go for it. This week we will create some new recipe using ricotta cheese or use a tried and true recipe that we’ve made for years.  Yes we used our spend $10.00 save $3.00 coupon at the Bulk Barn (awesome coupon by the way).

Milk was on sale for $3.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart which is still the cheapest around here so we picked up our weekly bag along with 2 cartons of eggs that were on sale. Our buy 2 dozen eggs save $1.00 coupon from Websaver came in handy for that.

And That is how to save money grocery shopping!!

Grocery Game Challenge January 2013 shop

Grocery Game Challenge January 2013 shop

I took a picture of our shop when we got home but was in a bit of a rush so you can’t see every bit of what we bought. Overall it was a great shop and we saved more than we thought we would.

Our Purchases
Metro
  • 2 x Fresh Blueberries Sale 2 for $4.00
  • 1 x Reduced produce Avocado $0.99
  • 1 tub Astro Yogurt Sale $1.88

Total Out of Pocket: $6.87

Wal-Mart
  • 6 x Old Spice Deodorant $1.97- $3.00 wub 2
  • 2 x Sesame Oil $3.98
  • 4 x Reach Floss $2.00- 4x $2.00
  • 2 x Lemons $0.33 each
  • 1 x Kikoman Soy Sauce $3.77- $0.50
  • 1 x 3lb Carrots Sale $1.00
  • 2 x Broccoli PM Food Basics $0.88 each
  • 2 x Whole Mushrooms PM Food Basics $0.88 each
  • 2 x 10lb PEI Potatoes PM Food Basics $1.88

Total Out of Pocket:$3.23 (used $10.00 GC from Christmas)

Shoppers Drug Mart
  • 1 x 4L Milk Sale $3.99
  • 2 x Eggs Sale $2.39-$1.00 wub 2

Total Out of Pocket: $7.77

Bulk Barn
  • 4x Tre Stelle Ricotta 500g Reg $4.79-%50 = $2.39 each

Total Out of Pocket: $9.56-$3.00 when you spend $10 = $6.56 ( I bought birthday candies as well but that goes under our birthday category)

Freshco
  • 7 x Soft Soap Sale $1.00- $7.00 
  • 2 x Cabbage Sale $1.00
  • 2 x Jello Sale $0.69
  • 1x 3lb Yellow Onions Sale $1.00
  • 2 x 5 packs of Garlic Sale $.87 each

Total Out of Pocket: $7.03

Our Grocery Game Challenge Results 
Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $2819.38

Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month.

Total Coupons Used this Week : $37.10
Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $10.00 (Christmas Gift)
Total Spent This Week:$31.46
Total Spent So Far for (January): $40.11+89.29+31.46=160.86
Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $0 nothing left in it for the month it’s spent.
Total Over/Under spend this shop: $46.87 under
Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (January): $ 74.14 under
Total Left to Spend for the Month: $74.14
Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.89+19.50+37.10=$74.49
Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
Total Spent To Date This Year: $160.86
Weekly Overview: We did well this week considering we bought some items that weren’t on our list. Sometimes those 50% off stickers call our name and it’s hard to resist temptation but we are still under budget.
Coupons Found for January 2013- For all those that say they don’t use coupons because there is never coupons for fruit and vegetables >>>Save $2.00 on Fresh Fruit or Fresh Vegetables when you buy 2 Dempsters Wholegrains Bread.
Fruit and Vegetable Coupons Canada 2013

FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few players from around the world.

  • When does the Grocery Game Close each month?

The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.

  • Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups  of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better.

  • New To Couponing and Don’t Understand the Lingo? No problem, Coupon Christine helps you understand what it’s all about. 

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Comments

  1. Our household consists of 2 adults and our weekly budget for groceries is $100.00
    Here is our shop for the week of Jan 20-26

    Giant Tiger
    Ice Cream 2L Reg price5.87 discount 2.37 paid 3.50
    4pk Peppers 3.57 1.6 1.97
    4pk Peppers 3.57 1.6 1.97
    Straw. Yogurt 3.47 1.48 1.99
    Roasted Peppers 2 @ 1.00 2.00
    Straw. Yogurt 3.47 1.48 1.99
    Crackers 2.99 0.5 2.49
    Tax .32
    Total $16.23

    Sobeys
    Vector Cereal 3.99
    Sweet Potato 3.23
    2lb Carrots 2.89
    Spanish Onion 0.92
    Comp Frs S/S 2.19
    3lb Gala Apples 3.99
    Sole Fillets 4.99
    500g Creamed Honey 3.99
    5lb Potatoes 3.99
    Playtex Tampons 4.49 Coupon 2.00 paid 2.49
    Tax .26
    Total $32.93

    Giant Tiger
    Roast Red Pepper Froz. 3 @ 1.00 3.00
    Root Beer 2 @ 1.19 2.38
    Deposit 0.2
    Potato. Chips 3.17 discount 0.67 2.50
    Tax .32
    Total 8.40

    Superstore – lost receipt $64.92 (total from bank statement)

    Total spent for week: 122.48
    I don’t have my receipts for the previous week but I know that I spent just under $80 so we had a carry forward amount of approx. $20, which means I am over by approx $2 for the week.

    • Hi Pam,
      The January Grocery Game is now closed for ballots in the monthly draw. If you can use the template every time you post like everyone else at the bottom of your post it will help us to follow along with you and keep you organized all year. You can add to it if you have company discounts etc but I like to see this at the bottom or top of the post each time. Once you get used to hanging on to your reciepts this will be a breeze for you!!! Cheers mate
      Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $
      Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
      Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $0
      Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $0
      Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
      Total Spent This Week: $
      Total Spent So Far for February: $
      Total Over/Under spend this shop: $
      Total Over/Under spend for the month of February: $
      Total Left to Spend for the Month: $
      Total Coupons Used This Month: $0
      Total to Carry Over Next Month: n/a
      Total Spent to Date This Year: $
      Weekly Overview:

  2. Mr CBB you can be very proud, I didn’t spend a dime on food this past week! The drinking water truck didn’t come so not even a tank of water, I still have the huge sum of $14 to finish the month! Problem is I left BF in charge this week as I am away, and I think there will be some damage when I go back… cheers!

  3. Hey MR.CBB
    Glad you made it throught my novel 🙂
    The febreeze car clips coupons are from the febreeze coupons(good on any product) that came out in the p&g inserts that were generously raoked to me.
    I have learned that eventhough we are staying in for a special occasion doesn’t mean we have to splurge because we aren’t going out and that I just keep it within our grocery budget or take it out of our treat budget.
    I’m glad you asked me to do up monthly totals at the end of my post and glad that I do now. I maybe over one week and under another week it will all balance at the end of the month.
    Did some stocking up on things the yesterday, so I maybe a little close for comfort on spending. But in the end I think it will help with future weeks shops and some freezer meals (no excuses for eating out when dinner or lunch is already made and ready to eat).

    • We don’t go out for special occasions. in fact I’m working on a post for Valentines day and ideas for loved ones… we stay in and it’s cheaper to buy food then go out for dinner. We don’t mind at all. I’m glad you like the end of post numbers, me too. It helps me to keep track but also for all you to keep organized.

  4. Grocery Game Challenge
    Shoppers Drug Mart
    ⦁ Face Cleanser 8.99
    ⦁ Face Moisturizer 26.99
    ⦁ Hand Lotion 8.99
    Total Coupons Used: $ 30.00
    Total Out of Pocket: $ 20.82 (incl. tax)
    Food Basics
    ⦁ Orange Juice 3.79
    ⦁ Batteries 1.49
    ⦁ 2lb Kiwi 2.50
    ⦁ Oranges 0.97
    ⦁ Grapes 3.52
    ⦁ Pears 2.24
    •Total Coupons Used: $0
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 14.70

    Shoppers Drug Mart
    ⦁ Ice Cream x 4 @ 2.99 each = 11.96
    ⦁ Janes Chicken Nuggets x 2 @ 5.99 each = 11.98
    ⦁ Frozen Fries x 2 @ 2.99 each = 5.98
    ⦁ Margarine 2.99
    ⦁ Milk 3.99
    ⦁ Juice x 2 @ 3.00 each = 6.00
    ⦁ Eggs x 2 @ 2.39 each = 4.78
    ⦁ Jolly Rancher candy 0.25
    ⦁ Plastic Bags x 5 @ 0.05 each = 0.25
    •Total Coupons Used: $ 10.00 off from SDM if spend $50 or more
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 38.99 (incl. tax)

    Food Basics
    ⦁ Baby carrots 2.77
    ⦁ Grape tomatoes 2.50
    ⦁ X-Lean Ground Beef club packs x 2 @ 12.77 each = 25.54 – coupons for 7.66
    ⦁ Seedless cucumber 1.77
    ⦁ Pizza sauce 1.49
    •Total Coupons Used: $ 7.66
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 26.41 (incl. tax)
    Shoppers Drug Mart
    ⦁ Alberto Mousse 3.99
    ⦁ Moist Towellettes for Travel 1.99
    ⦁ Canola Oil 2.99
    ⦁ Popping Corn 4.99
    ⦁ Soy Milk 4.99 – coupon for 1.00
    ⦁ Spinning Toothbrush for kids 6.99 – coupon for 3.00
    ⦁ Hairspray 2.99 – coupon for 0.50
    ⦁ Body lotion x 2 @ 2.99 each = 5.98 – coupon for 2.50
    ⦁ Mini marshmallows 1.99
    ⦁ Chocolate bars 4 pack x 4 @ 3.49 each = 13.96 – coupons for 8.00 (0.37/choc bar!)
    ⦁ Pasta x 4 @ (1.67 + 1.66 + 1.79 + 1.79 – rang up all different?!) = 6.91 – coupons for 4.50
    •Total Coupons Used: $ 19.50
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 58.35 (incl. tax) – should earn extra 18,500 points
    Food Basics
    ⦁ Flour 6.99
    •Total Coupons Used: $ 0
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 6.99 (incl. tax)
    Superstore
    ⦁ Chocolate Milk 2L x 3 @ 1.97 each = 5.91
    ⦁ Tomato soup x 4 @ 0.48 each = 1.92
    ⦁ Honey Nut Cheerios 3.98
    ⦁ Frozen Orange Juice 0.98 – coupon for 0.50
    ⦁ Canola oil 1.99
    ⦁ Cereal Bars 2.98 – coupon for 2.98
    ⦁ Shreddies x 2 @ 2.98 = 5.96 – coupons for 1.50
    ⦁ Breakfast sausage 4.49
    ⦁ Bananas 1.13
    ⦁ Celery 1.79
    ⦁ Toothpaste 4.88 – coupon for 4.88
    •Total Coupons Used: $ 9.36
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 26.65 (incl. tax)

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $ 5520
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 460
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $76.52
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $ 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $192.91
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $347.17
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: Under $37.09
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of January: Under $112.83
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 112.83
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $ 25.69+76.52
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $347.17
    •Weekly Overview: Lumped two weeks together because we were on a trip for the second week of January, then had to restock the house when we returned. Need to use up more of what we have on-hand and not get too excited about sales – I have alot of food in the house already!

    • Hi Annasklar,
      I was wondering if there was 2 weeks here glad you clarified. Looks like you make good use of Shoppers Drug Mart which is great. We do when we can but we didn’t take advantage as much in 2012. We will see what happens this year. We still have over 100k in Optimum points. That’s a good point because getting too excited about sales is how we spend more than the budget. We have the no shop week for that reason. It was easier to stay out of the shop and pretend there is no flyers and sales and at the end of the week we felt great! It is a game, can we stay out the shops. We were spending WAY TOO MUCH even with coupons on stuff we didn’t really need but bought because it was sale.. no more! Cheers and keep up the great work mate! You get ballot #34!!! Good Luck. Mr.CBB

  5. joanne tjerno says:

    Hmm….very very easy week…..Celebrated my birthday….went out with my kiddies and hubby on friday night….finally had a date night on saturday night with hubby and attended a fundraiser…..I did spend quite a bit at the fundraiser…..50 on alcohol…..and 135 on a silent auction in which i won a pony birthday party for my daughter 🙂 All of the proceeds went towards the daughter of a family freind….so great cause. 🙂 Heres my shop! 🙂

    Walmart

    Homo milk 5.49×2=10.98

    Total=10.98

    Walmart

    Sour cream 2.47
    Cat food 7.96

    Total =11.46

    Metro

    Homo Milk 3.99
    Napkins 1.49

    Total=4.67

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 135 a week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : none
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$27.11
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): 278.84
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: under this week by 107.89
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $261.16

    •Weekly Overview:Very easy week……just lots of milk for the growing baby 🙂

    • Happy Birthday! You know sometimes we just have to splurge and if it’s what makes you happy and you are not spending money you haven’t yet earned then go for it. Wow, that homo milk is costly. Do all parents give their kids homo milk? You had a calm grocery shop week that will be us next week. We are at our no shop week likely only needing milk. You get ballot #33… Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

  6. Our weekly budget is $100, unforunately we really over spulrged this week for the hubbys bday and scratch making everything and I had made a few mistakes with some sale items. Lesson learned and will try harder next time.
    Mcgavins bread basket
    $1.49×2 tortilla shells
    .99×2 marshmallow peanuts
    $5.46 total oop
    Canadian tire
    $3.99 garbage bags
    $4.19 total oop
    Safeway
    $2.50×2-$4C salad bags
    $1.98 hot&spicy chicken
    $2.46 black forest ham
    $3.36 smoked turkey
    $4.89×2-$4.90 lime sherbet-clearance 🙂
    $13.68 total oop
    $8.90 total coupons/diiscounts
    Sobeys
    $3.09-.75C whipping cream
    $2.50×4 chips
    $1.99 smokies-clearance
    $1.59×2 pop
    .98 iced tea
    $3.33 backribs-clearance
    $3.52 back ribs-clearance
    $1.99×2-bogo sale bagged salad
    $1.99 dip
    $2.99×2 cream cheese
    $5.99-$1C parm cheese
    $2.99 crystal lite
    $2.99-fpc mojito (wubcl)
    -$5 wub5 kraft products
    $1.99 lean cuisine
    $6.49-fpc danactive
    $2.50×9-$15C febreeze(spray and car clips)
    -$5wus$20 on febreeze
    $45.73 total oop
    $35.48 total coupons
    Superstore
    $3.50×2 1kg marshmallows (shared one with a gf)
    $2-$1C jello
    $2.98-$1C cooking creme
    $1.98-$1C dip
    $3.49-$1C nabob coffee-gift
    $5.48 oil
    $1.88 croutons
    $2.98×2-$2C cream cheese
    .88 chow mein noodles
    $6.47-$3C tylenol
    $36.46 total oop
    $8 total coupons
    Walmart
    $1.77 soya sauce
    $2×4-$4C vh sauces
    $3.71 tums
    $2.08 focacocia bread-clearance
    $1.87 4pk gum
    $2.97 bologna
    $4.97-$3C advil
    $2.77-.50C banana peppers
    $3.32 cherry pie filling
    $23.60 total oop
    $7.50 total coupons

    $129.48 total weekly oop
    $71.43 total weekly coupons
    $275.01 total monthly oop
    $153.51 total monthly coupons
    $224.99 remaining for the rest of the month

    • Hey Juanita!
      You oversplurged did you haha! That’s ok mate. What did you learn from this experience and what will you do different next time? You didn’t go over by much money and used plenty of coupons which is great savings for you. I think if you stick to it hard core for the rest of the month you will be smiling at the end because you WILL beat your budget! Where are the car clips coupons from? Is that a deal I’m missing? Awesome deals this week!! You get ballot # 31 Cheers Mr.CBB

  7. Mary F Campbell says:

    Mr CBB, the Canadian Costco card is good at any Costco in the world…no additional fees to pay for the US shopping. Their gas bars in the US have some of the least expensive gas and make it well worth having their card for that reason alone, since we spend quite a bit of time in the US.

    The “price reductions” I get at Save On Foods and Safeway come from using their “store discount” cards and by my trying to shop: 1. when the items are on sale in the flyer plus 2. use their in-store or online/email coupons and 3. take advantage of Safeway’s Customer Appreciation Days on Tuesdays for bonus Air Miles and 4. Stock up during Case Lot sales and “Dollar Daze” items when they are cheap. I am not there yet (3 more years to go), but it’s also important to note “seniors” have special discount days for shopping as well.

    A savings example: I sent hubby with an email coupon that arrived this morning, good only until the 22nd, from Save On Foods for 2 cans of Aylmer 28 oz No Salt diced tomatoes…the regular price $4.98 less my email coupon for $2.00 = $2.98. He also saved $1.45 using their More discount card to get other price reductions on a total order of $27.08. The entire shop will be in next week’s listing.

    I picked up enough GF goods Mr CBB that I won’t have to pay the nasty prices they want here in Canada! I can’t believe I can get bread there for $3.99-$4.99 and here they want $6.99-$8.99!!! OUCH!! I will re-stock the items I need to at Easter time, when we are back in Bellevue for the long weekend. It’ll also give me a little time to make a “wish list” of what I’d like to find as well, since we didn’t check either Fred Meyer’s, Winco, Hagen’s or Cost Cutters to see their products and pricing. I thought I might see dried lasagna noodles at Trader Joes but it turns out I need to pick them up at Whole Foods. 😀

    I have a new GF spreadsheet going, in addition to my regular spreadsheet, so I know who has what and at what price…i.e. Trader Joes is by far the cheapest for the pastas that they actually carry but Whole Foods has a larger selection and Walmart is king for hot and cold cereals. 🙂 I have both spreadsheets loaded on my iPad so I can check my pricing while I am at the stores. I have my grocery list, coupon listing and everything on the iPad…who knew it was going to my very best friend as a budgeting tool. LOL

    • Interesting about Costco, I didn’t know that. I’m just learning about the Safeway and Sobeys cards. Now, the Safeway card you don’t have to load the flyer deals onto the card before you shop like they do in the USA then? How does it work exactly. Sounds to me you are learning where the best GF products are and it’s not in Canada. I hope to see some of those prices come down for you soon.

  8. Mary F Campbell says:

    Obviously I was tired when I did the grocery summary! I have spent $145.37 for 3 weeks…but I am allowed (3 x $47.50) = $142.50 so I am only over $2.87 for the 3 weeks and I still have ($47.50-2.87) = $44.63 Available for shopping this coming week!!!

    Now I feel better…I knew I made a mistake in the math but I just couldn’t see where yesterday. I really need to do this grocery shop in a spreadsheet rather than a Word document. Yeah!!! I can actually take advantage of a buy 1 get 1 free sale on scallops this week. Happy, happy, happy! 😀

  9. Joanna Cheevers says:

    FoodBasics

    Mini Marshmallows – sale 2x$1
    Drinking boxes – sale $2
    Astro yogurt – sale $2.97
    Aylmer tomatoes – sale 2x$.99
    Bosc Pears – sale $1.62
    Tomatoes (2) – $1.40
    Pineapple – $1.97
    2lbs lean ground beef – sale $3.76
    Peanut butter – sale $3.88 – $1c
    Rice Krispies – $3.99 – FPC
    Caramilk – $.67

    •Total Coupons Used: $4.99
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $21.86

    Walmart

    Disney Vitamins – $9.87 – $1c
    Pantene conditioner – sale $5.76 – $1c
    Tide – sale $5.87
    Downy – sale $6.97 – $3c (when buy together with Tide)
    Cracker Barrel Cheddar – sale $5.84
    Dinner rolls – $3.67 – 30%discount = $2.57
    Schneiders Country Naturals Turkey/Ham – sale 4x$2.97 – $10c
    Special K breakfast sandwiches – sale $2.97 – $2c

    •Total Coupons Used: $17.00
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $38.43

    RCSS

    Campbells soup – sale 11x$.48
    VH sauce – sale 2 for $5 – $2c
    Mini oreos – sale $1.98
    Highliner Tilapia – sale $7.98 – $1c
    Dole salad mix – PM NoFrills $1.88
    Green beans – $.72
    Grapes – sale $5.31
    * No tax day

    •Total Coupons Used: $3.00
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $25.15

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4200 ($80.77/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $350
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $24.99
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $85.44
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $114.69+$85.44 = $200.13
    •Total Over spend this shop: $4.67
    •Total Under spend for the month of January: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $149.87
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $20.74+$24.99 = $45.73
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $200.13
    •Weekly Overview: I was satisfied with how this week went. Bought a few items that were on sale that I was getting a bit down on (conditioner, laundry detergent, fabric softener). Stocked up on soup so shouldn’t have to buy any for quite a while. I made some Rice Krispie squares with the free cereal I got this week only to find that the picky 6 year old doesn’t like them, although she will eat the store bought pre-made ones (go figure), she says they don’t taste right. At least I tried.

    • Hey Jo,
      Really your six year old likes the yucky store bought ones over mums homemade ones. I tried one once from the shop it was not near as nice as a homemade batch . Ah well more for you then 🙂 You used a bit of coupons that week great savings almost $25 back in your pocket. You did well this week and you still have almost $150 left for the month. You can EASILY beat your budget this month if you are careful… go Joanne go, go Joanne go… We’ve been loading up on fruits, veg, yogurt, and we need cheese.. off to Metro this week for us! You get ballot #30 …. I’m watching you… and your budget!! 😉 Have a great week mate! Mr.CBB

  10. Christine Weadick says:

    Finally…. I’m under for the week but still over for the month, two weeks left to balance out. Only place I got to this week was Foodland.

    Jan 13
    8 Swanson meat pies@ 1.00- 8.00
    4 pasta sauce @ 1.00-4.00
    3 pasta @ 1.00- 3.00
    4 1l chocolate milk @1.00- 4.00
    1 pack Temptations cat treats-1.79
    1 doz eggs-2.58
    1 pack Johnsonville sausage- 3.99
    1 cider mix- 3.99
    1 pancake syrup- 3.99
    1 4l bag milk- 4.79
    1 jug water-5.49
    tax-.75
    Total $46.37, no coupons

    Jan 15
    4 1l chocolate milk @1.00- 4.00
    1 celery-2.00
    1 Triscuits -3.49
    1 raisin bread-3.79
    1 Franks hot sauce-3.99 -1.00 coupon
    1 box crackers- 3.99
    1 bag green grapes-2.36
    1lb butter- 4.69
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 case gingerale- 5.78- 2.00 coupon
    1 jar honey- 5.79
    1 yogurt- 5.99- FPC so 5.99 off
    1 pack smokes-9.69
    tax- 2.01
    Total $53.37, 8.99 in coupons

    Jan 18
    1 can seafood chowder-2.50
    1 package bagels-2.99
    1 cider mix-3.99
    1 package ground turkey- 4.49
    1 4l bag milk- 4.79
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    tax- 1.78
    Total -35.72, no coupons

    Total budget for month-$750.00 for 5 weeks
    Total budget for year-$7800.00
    Total coupons for this week- $8.99
    Total spent this week-$135.46
    Total for the month- 117.53+ 219.92+ 135.46= $472.91
    Over/Under for week- under $14.54
    Over/Under for month- so far over by $22.91
    Left for the month-$287.09
    Total coupons for month-$39.70
    Total carry-over to next month- N/A
    Total year to date- $472.91

    I’m under for this week but still a little over for the month to date. I still have a couple of weeks to come in under budget for the month depending on sales. There are a couple of nice ones in this weeks flyer so we shall see how I manage. Sobey’s has butter on sale but I’m not sure if I’ll get in to take advantage or not. It should cycle through here in a week or two so I can get some then if I don’t get into town.

    • Hi Christine,
      I read the sigh of relief and then read you are over for the month still BUT then there is still time to balance it out.Phew.. I’m sure you will make it with strength and perseverance. I can’t believe the price of butter these days. We stock up if it goes to $2.99 or $2.88 might as well. It’s better than paying the high costs. Your box of crackers for $3.99 are those Christies soup crackers? You get ballot #29 Not too many coupons this week! Are you finding you are using less or just depends on sales?

      • Christine Weadick says:

        I hear you with the price of butter!!! there are days I swear it would be cheaper to raise the cow and make my own butter!!! Yes the box of crackers was the soup ones… $3.99 hurt as I’ve picked them up as low as .99 not that long ago. Coupons depend on what I have for coupons, sales and what I need to get that week, especially for things that are basic here…. like all that pasta I bought with coupons last week. Like everyone else here there are things I refuse to pay full price for…that’s where the coupons and sales are so nice……Cheers

  11. Mary F Campbell says:

    This week’s grocery shopping was ENORMOUS! I had $150.00 reserved from a grocery trip to the US that we never took and I also had $275 Future Purchase money in my US wallet so it helped. I have had to stock a Gluten Free pantry so I used my reserves. Time to start building them back up again. I feel so broke! I did get enough to keep us in good order for a while and next week is a NO SHOP WEEK so that we can finish up being $86.00 Over to carry into February. Thank goodness we have a well stocked pantry because I’ll need to shop every other week in February to get back on track! 🙁

    Week of Jan 14 to 20th, 2013

    Safeway Canada – Shop #1

    4 Loaves Winnipeg Rye Bread ($7.96 less price reduction $2.96) = $5.00

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $5.00
    $5.00 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #1

    1 pkg Bob’s Tapioca Flour ($6.49 less price reduction $0.97) = $5.52
    1 Bean Sprouts ($1.79 less price reduction $0.30) = $1.49
    1 bunch Green Onions ($0.89 less price reduction $0.20) = $0.69
    1 Pkg Red Mill Potato Starch ($4.99 less price reduction $0.75) = $4.24
    1 Pkg Xanthan Gum ($18.99 less price reduction $2.85) = $16.14

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $28.08
    $28.08 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #2

    2 pkgs Fresh Express salad ($4.98 less price reduction $2.98) = $2.00
    2 Whole Wheat Kaiser rolls $0.50
    2 Tomatoes ($0.89 less price reduction $0.20) = $0.69
    1 Pkg Red Mill Potato Starch ($1.56 less price reduction $0.40) = $1.16
    1 Western Family Frozen fries ($3.59 less price reduction $0.60) = $2.99

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $6.65
    $6.65 Grocery Expenses

    Walmart – US – Shop #1

    1 large bag sliced apples $4.98
    1 bag Cashews $3.98
    1 bag baby carrots $2.38
    1 GF bread $5.98
    1 pkg Kraft singles $2.98
    1 2L bottle – Sprite Zero $1.25
    1 2L bottle – Sprite Zero $1.25
    1 2L bottle – Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi $1.38
    1 2L bottle – Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi $1.38
    1- GF Multigrain Cracker $2.98
    1- GF Cracker $2.78
    1 pkg GF Pretzels dipped in chocolate $4.63
    1 pkg GF Table crackers $2.94
    1 jar pickle spears $1.96
    1 jar Sugar Free Marmalade $2.58
    1 4-pack diced pears $2.28

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $46.14 (including 0.43 tax)
    $46.14 Grocery Expenses

    Walmart – US – Shop #2

    1 Family Size bag Corn Tortillas Chips $2.98
    1 Family Size bag Corn Tortillas Chips $2.98
    1 box GF Rice Chex $3.32
    1 box GF Corn Chex $3.32
    1 box GF Honey Nut Chex $3.32
    1 box GF Honey Nut Chex $3.32
    1 box GF Chocolate Chex $3.32 (for baking – in place of chocolate graham wafer )
    1 box GF Chocolate Chex $3.32 (for baking – in place of chocolate graham wafer )
    1 pkg GF Pretzels dipped in chocolate $4.63
    1 pkg GF Pretzels dipped in chocolate $4.63
    1 bag baby carrots $2.38
    1 large package corn tortillas $2.88
    2 ham steaks $6.59
    1 Pkg Tostadas $1.98
    1 Pkg crisp tortillas $1.98

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $48.57 (including 0.43 tax)
    $48.57 Grocery Expenses

    Safeway – US – Shop #1

    1 box GF Rice & Quinoa Macaroni Elbows $2.99

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $2.99 (including 0.43 tax)
    $2.99 Grocery Expenses

    Trader Joes – US – Shop #1

    2 lb Brown Rice Fusilli Pasta $3.98
    1 Pkg California Wild Rice $4.99
    2 Pks Basmati Rice Medley $4.58
    1 Pkg Dry Roasted Pognolias $7.99
    2 lb Brown Rice Penne Pasta $3.98
    4 lb Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta $7.96

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $33.48 (including 0.43 tax)
    $33.48 Grocery Expenses

    Fred Meyer – US – Shop #1

    8 cans Roasted & salted Peanuts $16.00
    1 dozen bagels $2.39
    1 dozen bagels $2.39
    1 dozen English muffins $1.99
    1 dozen English muffins $1.99
    1 dozen English muffins $1.99
    1 Pks Onion Buns $2.00
    1 Pkg Whole Wheat Buns $2.00

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $30.75 (including 0.43 tax)
    $30.75+ Grocery Expenses

    Costco – US – Shop #1

    1 Real Lemon Juice 2-Pack $5.79
    1 Real Lemon Juice 2-Pack $5.79
    1 jar 20-bean blend $7.69
    1 pkg 5lbs shredded cheddar-jack $12.99
    1 pkg 5lbs shredded mozzarella $11.49
    1 pkg 5 lb sharp cheddar $13.89
    1 pkg 10 lb medium cheddar $14.99
    1 pkg Monterey Jack slices $7.99
    1 40 oz Pantene Shampoo $5.99
    1 Pkg Spicy Rice Chips $5.99
    1 Pkg Sliced Almonds $7.99
    1 Pkg Beef Jerky $10.99
    1 box of 800 Equal sweetener $9.89
    1 4 lb box butter $7.19

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $122.67 (including 0.43 tax)
    $122.67 Grocery Expenses

    Whole Foods – US – Shop #1

    1 Rice & Corn GF Penne $3.99
    1 Ris o Mais GF Spaghetti $3.99
    1 Ris o Mais GF Spirals $3.99
    1 Ris o Mais GF Tortellini $3.99
    1 Quick Cooking GF Oats $6.49
    1 pkg GF Banana Maple with Flax cereal $3.99
    1 pkg Instant Maple GF Oatmeal $3.99
    1 pkg Pamela’s Pancake Mix $7.99
    1 pkg GF Pizza Crust Mix $5.99
    1 pkg Yankee GF Cornbread Mix $3.99
    1 GF Baking Clour $7.49
    1 GF Bread and Flour Mix $14.99
    1 Deluxe GF Rice Pasta $4.99
    1 Pkg GF Rolled Oats $4.99
    1 box Italian Style Spaghetti $4.99
    1 Pkg Thai Stir Fry Noodles $2.59
    1 Pkg Rice Bran $2.99
    1 GF Classic Hot Dog Buns $3.99
    1 GF Bagels $4.99

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $100.41 (including 0.43 tax)
    $100.41 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #3

    1 pkg All Beef Weiners ($5.99- $1.50 price reduction) $4.49
    4 pkgs Fresh Express salad ($9.96-$5.96 price reducton) $4.00
    1 4L Skim Milk $4.55

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $13.04
    $13.04 Grocery Expenses

    RCSS – Shop #1

    1 pkg Weiner Wraps $1.96

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $1.96
    $1.96 Grocery Expenses

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $190 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 190.00
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $ 190.00/4 = $47.50 with FOUR “No Shop”
    Weeks Per Year

    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $0.00
    •Total Coupons Used this Month : ($33.74+$2.74) = $36.48
    •Total Coupons Used this Year : $36.48

    •Total Gift Cards USED this Week: N/A
    •Total Gift Cards In Reserved for Future Use: $10.00+$10.00 = $20.00
    •Total 2012 US GROCERY RESERVE for Future Use: $150.00 (Used – now zero)
    •Total 2012 Future Purchases RESERVED for Future Use: $275.00 (Used – now
    zero)
    •Total 2013 US GROCERY RESERVE for Future Use: $0.00

    •Total OOP Spent This Week:

    $5.00+$28.08+$6.65+$46.14+$48.57+$2.99+$33.48+$30.75+$122.67+$100.41+$13.04+$1.96 = $439.74 – $150.00 US Reserve – $275.00 Future Purchases Reserve = $14.74

    •Total OOP Spent So Far for Jan 2013: ($43.19+$87.44+$14.74 = $145.37 for 3 weeks

    •Total OOP Spent This Year: $145.37 from Grocery Budget

    •Total Over/Under spend this week: ($145.37-47.50) = $97.87 OVER this week

    •Total Over/Under spend on the month of Jan 2013: ($4.31) + $39.94 +$97.87 =
    $133.50 OVER on the 3
    shops this Month

    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $47.50 – $133.50 => $86.00 OVER this month,
    therefore NO SHOP next week

    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : Shortfall of $86.00 carry forward to next month

    • Hey Mary,
      I’m going to have to get a tea to read this, brb….k back .. lol. 😉 Great price on the bread at Safeway! All the products had a price reduction. Was that a special sale day? The GF cereal in the USA seems a reasonable price. Wow, great deal on the cheese at Costco. Do you freeze it? Can you use your Canadian Costco Card in the USA or do you have to get one there as well? Overall you did pretty awesome and all thanks to smart shopping and the reserves. You are stocked and I’m amazed to see so much GF food out there. I guess when you don’t look for it you really don’t know what’s available. Great shopping Mary! You get ballot #28

      Mary’s Total Edit to the above Post:
      Got your message about the totals, I’ll post it here as well for the fans that track your shops:
      Obviously I was tired when I did the grocery summary! I have spent $145.37 for 3 weeks…but I am allowed (3 x $47.50) = $142.50 so I am only over $2.87 for the 3 weeks and I still have ($47.50-2.87) = $44.63 Available for shopping this coming week!!!

      Now I feel better…I knew I made a mistake in the math but I just couldn’t see where yesterday. I really need to do this grocery shop in a spreadsheet rather than a Word document. Yeah!!! I can actually take advantage of a buy 1 get 1 free sale on scallops this week. Happy, happy, happy!

  12. I shop for 2 adults and a 2 year old toddler. Our budget is $90/week or $360 for this month and includes baby items, laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    RCSS
    Milk 1% (PM SDM) $3.99
    Ahoy dark chocolate $3.29 – 50% pink sticker $1.65
    Special K Flatbread (PM WM) $2.97 – $2.00 coupon
    Habitant pea soup (PM Metro) $.99
    Milk 2% (PM SDM) $3.99
    Crispy mini’s (PM Metro) $.99 – $.50 Checkout 51
    WW bread $2.46
    ML bacon (PM NF) $3.88 – $2.00 Checkout 51
    Coupons $2.00 + $2.50 rebates from Checkout 51
    CD $2.10
    Gift cards used $15.34
    OOP $1.59

    Food Basics
    Hot dogs 2 x $.99
    Distilled water 2 x $.88
    OOP $3.74

    RCSS
    Campebell’s soups 14 x $.48
    Highliner breaded haddock $7.98 – $1.00 coupon
    Lucky Charms (PM GT) $3.88 – $1.00 coupon
    Mini Wheats $4.97 – FPC
    Minigo 2 x $2.67 – 2 x FPC
    NN tuna 5 x $1.00
    OEP taco kit $3.97 – FPC
    PC BM chicken broth $1.99 – $1.00 coupon
    PC Mac & cheese $1.00
    RC spring water 15 pack (PM NF) 6 x $.88
    Source yogurt tub $3.17 – FPC
    Sunlight 24 tabs laundry detergent (PM WM) $3.97 – $1.50 coupon
    Natural Selection turkey deli meat (PM FC) $3.99
    Extra lean ground turkey tubes (PM NF) 4 x $1.88
    PC BM chicken breast (PM FB) $5.89, $6.24, $6.27 (amazing price! $2.88/lb and they substituted PC BM as they were out of the other)
    Pork tenderloin $5.49, $5.19
    Pork chops $8.85 – 30% pink sticker $2.66
    Bananas $1.47
    Dole salad (PM FB) $.99
    Strawberries (PM NF) 2 x $1.88
    Tomatoes $2.11
    Tresemme 2 x $3.97 – 2 x $1.50
    Schick Hydro 3 razor (PM WM) 3 x $5.00 – 3 x $4.00 (bought to donate to Christmas families at work)
    Softsoap 4 x $1.00 – 2 x $2.00 (bought to donate to Christmas families at work)
    Vaseline moisturizer $6.99 – FPC
    Tax free day $4.08
    Coupons $47.94
    CD $13.91
    Gift cards used $35.00
    Returned something from last week $5.38
    OOP $40.08

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.00 + $2.50 + $47.94=$52.44
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $15.34 + $35.00=$50.34
    •Total Spent This Week:$1.59 + $3.74 + $40.08=$45.41
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $132.20 + $114.44=$246.75 + $45.41=$292.16
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $67.84
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.97 + $60.28=$87.25 + $52.44=$139.69
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $292.16
    •Weekly overview: Wow! My gift cards are going to help my budget this month! I had a great RCSS shop this week. Saved lots! I really stocked up on meat this week as well as soup (we used up most of our soup while being sick). I’m actually starting to like this new format for the end of the post. I’ve never really paid attention to what I spend per month on groceries and what I save per month with coupons. I should start keeping track of what I save with my MIL’s CD card! 🙂

    • Oh and just to add…the price of the chicken before and after price matching….$18.70 down to $6.24, $18.80 down to $6.27 and $17.64 down to $5.89 🙂

    • Hey Jen~
      You have the tools now to track your expenses so go for it! You had a great shop and great deal on that chicken wow. Must be nice to see that $45.xx for the shop this week. Really you found Chips Ahoy with a pink sticker… lol. Overall, great shop good to see you are taking advantage of the Checkout 51~ Keep at it Jen.. you’re on a roll and might even beat the budget this month.. ya!!! You get ballot 27

      • You have no idea how hard I am trying to beat the budget this month but it’s going to be really hard considering I shorted myself a week. I budget $90/week and gave myself $360 this month, not realizing that there was an extra shop week this month. We’ll see how it goes but it might be tight. Even if I do go over the $360 a bit I’ll still be proud of my month 🙂 It’s funny though, I could have sworn it was a four week month for shops lol. Is next week 5 as well?

  13. chickypoodles says:

    the astro i used was a tearpad. i still have 5 left. mcminsen posted it here (come to think of it, i think i got them from him – he’s fab!) you just need to scroll down the page to see the coupon http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/262910-2012-scs-coupon-scan-zone-canada-55/#post4542125

  14. chickypoodles says:

    No Frills #1
    1 x astro yogurt $1.88 – $1
    2 x aylmer accents pm foodbasics? .99 ea – $1 wub 2
    4 x v8 vegetable juice pm zehrs $2.50 ea
    1 x salini omega 3 grated parmasean cheese $2.99 – $1
    1 x broccoli $.88
    1 x 3lb carrots pm walmart $1
    1 x white mushrooms $.88
    2 x green onion 2/$.88
    1 x 10 lbs potatoes $1.88 – i thought that was a good price…
    1 x pint of grape tomatoes $.88
    total $23.25
    less coupons -$3
    less pc points – $20
    oop $.25

    No Frills #2
    1 x arm & hammer baking soda $.99
    1 x refrigerated jello pudding $1.88 – $1
    1 x motts clamato party size $4.29
    1 x quaker mini rice cakes $.99
    2 x schneiders hot bbq wings $4.88 ea
    1 x maple leaf bacon $3.88
    tax $.13
    total $21.92
    less coupons – $1
    less pc points – $20
    oop $.92

    walmart #1
    1 x orville popped popcorn $3.47 – fpc incl tax
    1 x hunts pasta sauce pm foodbasics $.99
    1 x hunts tomato paste $.67 – $1 wub sauce & paste
    1 x fresh express garden salad $1.47 – $1
    1 x cheese whiz pm no frills $2.88 – $1.50
    1 x special k breakfast sandwiches $2.97 – $2
    1 x whiskas dry cat food $5.98 – $3 – $3
    1 x glucerna bar $2.47 – $5 cheque
    tax $.84
    total $21.74
    less coupons – $20.42
    less gift card – $1.32 christmas gift
    oop $0

    walmart #2
    3 x arm & hammer laundry detergent pm rexall $2.99 ea -$1 ea
    1 x oasis jug pm nofrills $2.88 – $1.50
    2 x 10lbs potatoes pm foodbasics $.95 ea
    1 x whiskas dry cat food $5.98 – $3 – $3
    1 x jet dry $4.22 – $1
    tax $2.10
    total $26.05
    less coupons $11.50
    less gift card – $10 from stouffers promo
    less gift card – $4.55 christmas gift
    oop $0

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $3600.00 for 3 people and 2 cats

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $300.00 or $60.00 week *fixed to reflect 5 shopping weeks this month
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $35.92 actual coupons + $40 in pc points = $75.92
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $15.87
    •Total Spent This Week:$1.17
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $0 + $65.89 + $1.17 = $67.06
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $58.83 under
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): -$60 + $5.89 -$58.83 = $112.92 under
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $232.94
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $128.21 + $261.43 + $75.92= $465.56
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ don’t know yet
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $67.06
    •Weekly Overview: i really miss those $1 v8 coupons!
    – picked up 2 more whiskas this week and gave one of them away so far
    – the glucerna bar will go to my nephew to try
    – can you believe the price of potatoes at foodbasics this week? will figure out what to do with them this weekend!

    • Hey Chickypoodles!! (just love that name ha)

      Where did the astro coupon come from? We are trying to eat lots of yogurt and fresh fruit salads now so I need to jump on the coupon wagon again. Ha same as you we thought the potatoes were a great price at $1.88 so we picked up 2 lol lol lol.. now we see they are $0.95 so we will PM at WM and get a couple more bags. I was hoping I could peel, chop and freeze them? You did well this week, under infact.Coupons and PC points helped and that’s great it’s money to be used up so go for it. We use our PC points if we can as well. I hope the V8 comes out again for my father in law he loves the stuff. Have you emailed companies yet for the year? Who has the best comprehensive list to use? You get ballot #26 P.S found some pop coupons and Motts frutsations Rockets the other day.

      • chickypoodles says:

        i got the astro coupon in a trade last year. i think it came from BC but can’t remember exactly but it’s good till dec 31 2013.
        not sure about freezing raw potatoes. the preserving food book i have only gives cold cellar and dehydrating options for spuds. will need to google it. i do think i’ll make perogies, hashbrowns, possibly funeral potatoes and freeze it all.
        i did email some companies at the beginning of the month and received these so far: chapmans, blue diamond, fresh express, marc angelo (fb), organic meadow, mann’s veggies, johnsonville, maple lodge farms, hain celestial, possibly more but that’s all that comes to mind atm. i used coupon christine’s list. i think there is a list on smartcanucks but i’m not exactly sure where it is on the site (prob in the red coupon tab somewhere).
        what brand is your pop coupon valid for? are you going to participate in the pepsi promo? i have decided against it. we have a fair bit of pop (we are diet coke types here) so spending money to get diet pepsi coupons doesn’t make sense, nor do we need a million bags of chips…

        • The astro might be save.ca as we got one in the mail tonight. I’ll have to look into those potatoes. I asked Beth tonight on What’s For Dinner as well. I’ll have to get going through that list to email companies as well. Cheers

  15. Mr. CBB,

    This was the first big shop of the New Year. I decided to make a bunch of meals which I can throw into the freezer and then just throw into the slow cooker or reheat when I get out of bed (I work perpetual night shifts). I think this will be both efficient and cost effective as I can buy meat in bulk when it is REALLY on sale and prep and freeze for a future date.

    This week the great sales for meat were pork shoulder at FreshCo ($1 /lb), Frozen chicken legs at Walmart ($0.88 /lb), and lean ground beef at Food Basics (1.88 /lb) and skinless/boneless chicken breasts at Metro (3.99/lb). After a full 7 hours in my kitchen (Yeah, I know I am nuts!), I now have 27 dinners in my freezer, a pot of pea soup on the stove, fixings for Hawaiian pizza in the fridge (for Saturday) and 2 turkeys thawing which will be cooked this weekend and the meat put away (after turkey dinner on Sunday).

    You might have noticed, I have bitten the bullet and reduced my food budget to $700.00 from 800.00. Not sure how that will go but I am committed to trying. Here are my purchases for this week:

    FreshCo
    2 x Pork Shoulder roasts @ 1.00/lb = 14.88
    1 x 5-pk garlic = 0.99
    4 x Maple Lodge Chicken wieners @ 1.00 = 4.00
    6 x Softsoap refill @1.00 – 2.00 off WUB 2 coupons = FREE
    Total OOP = 20.65
    Coupons used = 6.00

    Walmart
    1 x purina cat chow @11.88 – FPC = FREE
    2 x 2.2kg frozen chicken legs @5.00 (0.88/lb) = 10.00
    1 x 1.2 kg McCain French fries = 2.00
    1 x bag frozen broccoli =2.47
    2 x butter @2.99 = 5.98
    1 x Ziploc freezer bag = 5.27
    1 x plastic forks = 1.00
    Bananas @.67/lb = 1.84
    1 x pork chops (30% off) = 7.62
    1 x spicy Italian sausage (16 in pkg) = 10.00 (fantastic in lentil soup)
    2 x sliced deli meats @ 5.00 = 10.00
    2 x day old bread = 4.16
    3 x day old rolls = 7.50
    1 submarine rolls = 2.49
    Total OOP = 70.27
    Coupons used = 11.88

    Shoppers Drug Mart
    2 x Aunt Jemima pancake mix @2.99 = 5.98
    2 x dozen eggs @2.39 = 4.78 – 1.00 coupon = 3.78
    5 x 1 lb pasta @ 1.49 – 1.00 coupon = 2.45
    2 x 4L milk @3.99 = 7.98
    2 x Jane’s chicken burgers @5.99 = 11.98
    4 x French’s Dijon mustard @ 1.00 – 0.75 coupon = 1.00
    1 x Restoralax = 14.99 – 3.00 coupon = 11.99
    4 x Campbell’s mshrm soup @ 0.69 = 2.76
    1 x raspberry salad drsg = 1.00
    1 x stayfree pads @ 2.99 – 2.00 coupon = 0.99
    2 x cheerios @1.99 = 3.98
    1 x corn bran cereal = 2.51
    4 x facial tissues @0.59 = 2.36
    2 x Maxwell house coffee @3.49 = 6.98
    Total OOP = 59.24
    Coupons used = 24.00 (includes coupon for 10.00 WUS 50.00 emailed to me by SDM)

    Sobeys
    1 x bottle water = 0.99
    7 x cat food @0.99 = 6.93
    1 x granola bar bites @ 2.99 – 0.75 coupon = 2.24
    1 x greek yogurt @3.99 – 1.00 coupon = 2.99
    1 x Maxx cat litter @5.88 – 5.00 coupon = 0.88
    Total OOP = 15.82
    Coupons used = 6.75

    Metro
    1 x pam cooking spray = 4.49
    1 x 500g mozzarella cheese = 6.99
    1 x 4 lb. clementines = 4.99
    1 x boneless/ skinless chicken breasts @ 3.99/lb = 8.71
    Total OOP = 25.18
    Coupons used = I had 4 coupons for total 26 bonus air miles if I bought these itmes. (total airmiles earned 27)

    No Frills
    1 x Chapman frozen Yogurt = 1.88
    1 x Jello dessert snacks @ 1.88 – 1.00 coupon = 0.88
    2 x Kraft peanut butter @3.88 – 1.00 coupon = 6.76
    1 x case Kraft dinner = 6.88
    2 x kraft cheddar cheese @2.88 = 5.76
    1 x salad drsg = 2.77
    2 x bbq sauce @ 1.27 = 2.54
    1 x salad drsg = 1.42
    2 x stuffing mix @1.47 = 2.94
    1 x bag dried yellow peas = 1.79
    1 x case apple cocktail = 1.88
    1 x vegetable oil = 4.97
    1 x chicken breasts (30 % off) = 5.44
    1 x 4 lb apples = 4.97
    1 x mushrooms = 0.88
    1 x 10 lb onions = 1.88
    1 x mini red potatoes = 2.77
    1 x grape tomatoes = 0.88
    Total OOP = 57.29
    Coupons used = 2.00

    Giant Tiger
    2 x Maple Lodge chicken bologna @ 1.00 = 2.00
    3 x Maitland bacon @ 2.99 = 8.97
    3 x Sheriffi pie filling @ 0.99 – B2G1 FREE coupon = 1.98
    1 x honey = 2.97
    Total OOP = 15.90
    Coupons used = 0.99

    Food Basics
    1 x Toupie ½ ham @ 11.85 – 40% off = 7.11
    3 x 2 lb tubes lean ground beef@ 1.88/lb = 11.28
    1 x 10kg flour = 6.99
    1 x bread crumbs = 1.49
    1 x can corned beef = 3.49 (my hubbie is from Trinidad and loves some “corn beef & sweet pepper fry up” for lunch)
    1 x bag dried kidney beans = 1.29
    1 x bag dried soup mix beans = 2.47
    1 x cream cheese = 2.99
    1 x envelope taco seasoning = 1.29
    1 x parmesan cheese = 7.99
    1 x Hunt spaghetti sauce = 0.99
    2 x selection ketchup @ 2.00 = 4.00
    1 x coconut milk = 1.49
    1 x evaporated milk = 1.39
    1 x thyme = 2.49
    1 x pickle relish @0.99
    1 x bag egg noodles = 1.97
    1 x beef bouillon = 2.99
    1 x cake mix = 1.00
    1 x cucumber = 1.77
    1 x green onion = 0.66
    2 x coleslaw mix = 3.00
    1 x cantaloupe = 1.00
    2 x lb carrots = 1.76
    1 x clearance candy canes =0.41
    3 x plum tomatoes = 1.56
    3 x green pepper = 1.60
    3 x red pepper = 0.94
    5 x sweet potato = 3.93
    2 x canned pineapple = 2.34
    ? = 2.49
    1 x red onion = 1.00
    8 plastic bags = .40
    Total OOP = 90.05

    Dollarama
    1 x box Mike & Ike candy (treat for my son) = 1.00
    2 x goldfish crackers (treats for granddaughter) = 1.00
    1 x cola = 0.25 (makes the best Coke & ketchup pork chops)
    1 x plastic food containers = 1.25
    Total OOP = 3.82

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700.00 or $175.00/week ($9100.00 /year)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week: $ 51.62
    •Total Spent This Week: $ 358.22
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $ 203.92 + 93.62 + 358.22 = 655.76
    •Total Over/Under spent this shop: $ 183.22 over
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of (January): $ we’ll see
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 44.24 (milk, fresh produce for next week)
    •Total Coupons Used This Month: $ 21.02 + 7.79 + 51.62 = 80.43
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month: $
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $ 655.76

    • Hey Donna!
      Holy Canoli, you officially win the longest grocery game post ever lol… First off I am SO HAPPY to hear you dropped your grocery budget $100!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Just think of the $1200 a year you are saving and what you can do with it. You used a good deal of coupons this week $51 back in your pocket. Good deal on the ham! You are very close to hitting your budget for the month, can you do this? Sounds like you have a game plan.. better work real hard.. you can do it!!!! That pork roast was a good deal, darn I missed that. Smart that you prepped all those meals even though it took you 7 hours. It will all be worth it. Keep up the great work, now I’m really going to watch you Donna!! Exciting!! You get ballot #25 Cheers Mr.CBB

  16. kimateyesonthedollar says:

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4200
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $350 (started at $275.26 form last month overage)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $8.33
    Total Value Card Savings this Week: $10.28
    Total Value Card Savings this Year: $55.30
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $-13.57 So not a gift card you bought
    •Total Spent This Week:$30.56
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $181.67
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $-61.19
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $93.59
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $13.63
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $181.67
    •Weekly Overview: Pretty good week. I should be fine, but I think I’m going to need dog food, so I’ll have to be careful not to go over for the month. Those dang dogs! I have a post coming out Friday about value cards, how they work, and how to maximize savings. I know you don’t have those in Canada, but it might be interesting as you are very international now!

    Safeway Transaction #1
    Diet Pepsi 5.99-5.00
    Safeway Yogurt 1.89
    Silk Almond and Soy Milk 2 x3.19-.40-1.50 coupon
    Soymilk drink boxes 2.50 (for school lunch)
    Pork Roast 10.99-2.00-2.70 coupon (for crock pot pulled pork, yum)
    Apples 3.99-1.00 coupon
    Tax 1.16
    Total coupons 5.20
    Total Value card savings 3.79
    Gift card from Christmas 13.57
    Total Spent 10.34
    Total saved 22.56

    Safeway Transaction #2 (got a register coupon that had to be used from the last transaction)
    Almond Milk 2.99-2.50 coupon
    Bananas 1.03
    Tax .09
    Total coupons and savings 2.50
    Total spent 1.61

    City Market
    Dannon Yogurt Drinks 4.99-.50
    Blueberries 4.99-1.99
    Gum 1.29-.60-.69 coupon (free)
    Cojack cheese snacks 4 x .25
    Mozarella cheese 2 lb 11.39-3.40
    Tax 1.14
    Total coupons used .69
    Total value card savings 6.49
    Total savings 7.18
    Total spent 18.61

    • Hey Kim,
      How’s things mate! Blueberries mmm we picked up 2 containers this week 2 for $4.00 and have been making fruit salads topped with yogurt. WOW, mozzarella is insane. Is that the real mozzarella? When I say real I mean real not bricks of Cracker barrel or black diamond or whatever you get at the local shop which all tastes the same. Do you make your own pulled pork recipe? Check mine out next time. It’s pretty darn good although I’m biased haha. I’ll check out your post as I have plenty of USA fans on Facebook I can share it with. I am jealous of all those lovely savings you get lol. Keep up the good work and we have a dog as well and food can get pricey. Cheers Kim!!! Mr.CBB

  17. farmgirl files says:

    Pantry Budget for family of seven

    •Total Pantry Budget for the Month: $70.00
    •Total Coupons Used this Week :0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$16.70
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $79.64
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop:over $9.64
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): over $9.64
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: 0
    •Total Coupons Used This Month :$1.00
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $-9.64
    •Total Spent To Date This Year:$79.64

    •Weekly Overview: Ops, went over! But I knew I would. The seeds put me back this month. I think I shall take my overage into next month and reduce the total budget for February.

    Shoppers
    sugar 3x 1.99 5.97

    Independent
    whole Wheat pasta 3 x .99 2.97
    Canned ham 6 x 1.00 6.00

    No Frills
    Chicken broth 2x .88 1.76

    Total 16.70

    I didn’t need the broth as it landed out I already had 8 in the cold cellar, but heh at this price!

    Farmgirl

    • Hey,
      Good for you and that is what I would do,carry it over so you stick to your yearly budget. I have to get seeds soon and they don’t always come cheap. For chicken broth we buy the huge cans of Knorr dry at $7.88 when no frills has them on offer. Last year we used the knorr coupon fo buy any 2 knorr get 1 free so we picked up 3 huge cans! Great job!

  18. farmgirl files says:

    Family of seven, including two dogs and two cats.

    Total Grocery Budget for the Year: $ 4080.00
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 or $85.00 week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week :$ 6.00
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $48.29
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $266.70
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop:$36.71 under
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January):$73.30 under
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month:$73.30
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.64
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $266.70
    •Weekly Overview: I bought only what I felt we needed and dog food. I want the fridge emptied of everything before buying new. My new problem is; I have found a whole slew of coupons for items we use, and they have to be used by the end of February. Murphy’s Law?

    Shoppers
    Oatmeal Crisp 3.33- 3.00 coupon. 33
    Oatmeal Crisp 3.33 -3.00 coupon .33
    Oatmeal Crisp 3.33
    milk 4L 3.99

    Independent
    Roast 10.85
    carrots 1.00

    No Frills
    Dog food 8.99 + tax 10.15
    Baking chips1kg 6.99
    Ice cream 4.99
    bread 1.88
    banana .69lb 1.99
    mushrooms .88
    carrots .88

    Total $48.29

    My Pantry shopping still to be posted

    Farmgirl

    • Hey Farmgirl!
      Great deal on the cereals where did you get the $3.00 coupons? That’s great that you found coupons that you can use and maybe if you are holding back and cleaning out the fridge you can put those coupons to good use. We are like you and like to have an empty fridge before we head out and add to it. Potatoes are on offer this week as well… I’ll be stocking up on bags of those although I just bought some.. maybe they will freeze. Have you done that? Cleaned, chopped and bagged potatoes? Keep up the good work, going to look at your pantry stock now! You get ballot #23! Mr.CBB

  19. Jealous of your great deals and also surprised how cheap some produce is, potatoes, onions and garlic are cheaper than in Guatemala and since you have a 5 months harvest season, they probably are shipped from Guatemala or some place nearby! I think my week is a no spend, still a huge $8 in my pocket to spend until the end of the month 🙂

  20. Publix

    • Potatoes #3.89
    • Spaghetti $0.89
    • Garlic bread $2.95
    • Tomato Sauce $0.99
    • Diced Tomatoes $1.99
    • Worcestershire sauce $1.85
    • Tomato paste $0.80
    • Basil $1.79
    • Oregano $2.79
    • Green bell pepper $0.96
    • Celery $1.69
    • Carrots $0.99
    • Onions $0.59
    • Garlic $0.51
    • Saltine Crackers $1.95
    • Beef Broth 2 x 1.19 = $2.38
    • Peanut Butter Crackers $2.50
    • Tuna $1.07
    • Spaghetti $1.39
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $32.07

    Taco Bell

    • 12 Tacos = $11.65

    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $11.65

    Wal-Mart

    • Frosted Flakes $3.38
    • Hawaiian Punch 2.08
    • Parmesan Cheese 2.64
    • Coffee Creamer 3.18 – $1.00 = 2.18
    • Milk 3.78
    • Cream Cheese 1.98
    • Tuna Fish 2.62
    • Coffee 4.98
    • Olive Oil 3.68
    • Onion Salt 2.32
    • Garlic Salt 1.28
    • 2 x Chicken Vienna Sausages 1.00
    • Whole Wheat Bread 2.72
    • 12 Grain Bread 2.98
    • Thyme 2.24
    • Chives 2.24
    • Peanut Butter Crackers 2.48
    • Spinach 1.48
    • Broccoli 1.84
    • Wine 4.97
    • Eggs 2.28
    • Kids’ Toothpaste 1.25
    • Toothpaste 1.97
    • Laundry Detergent 9.97
    • Comet Cleaner 0.93
    • Dishwashing Liquid 2.64
    • Bath Soap 4.27
    • Plastic Cups 2.58
    • Sponges 3.38
    • Foil Pan 1.50

    Total Coupons Used: $1.00
    Total Out Of Pocket: $85.65

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $3,500
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $291
    Total Coupons Used this Week: $1
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    Total Spent This Week: $129.37
    Total Spent So Far for January: $194.36
    Total Overspend this shop: $56.62
    Total Overspend for the month of January: $48.86
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $96.64
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $1
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $ 0
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $194.36

    Weekly Overview: I’m over my budget for this month by almost $50. I always think that things would be better if I didn’t eat out. The kids pressured me. At least I only did it once this week instead of twice like Week 1. I also used a coupon this week (insert hi five here). I have about $100 left to spend for the rest of the month. I will try to focus on absolute necessities to stay within my budget.

    • Hey,
      The eating out as you know is what kicks your budget into high gear. Maybe you can compromise with the kids so you don’t feel pressured into eating out often. Hi-five for the coupon lol, ur funny! 🙂 You can do it, $100 is a good amount and as for the kids, I’m rubbish because I don’t have any. If you can’t afford it though, the answer should be no or limit it to once a month or when you have coupons once a month. You could also buy food and ask the kids if they want to help you make twinkies and hamburglers at home like Macdonalds, get them involved. It’s your choice ultimately, it’s your money. Keep up the good work and don’t give up. Motivation is key here and when you have a challenge to stick to it helps, at least for us. Mr.CBB

  21. You guys need to get the self-scanning computers that we have in the UK. It is THEE best way to keep control of what you are buying 🙂

  22. Looks like you got some good deals here Mr.CBB. $3.99 sounds a lot for milk compared to the UK, how many pints do you get for that?

  23. I’m still learning how to hunt around to collect more coupons, so whenever I go into Superstore now, I check out their coupon board to see if there is anything I would actually use. I also signed up for coupons to be sent to my home finally! 🙂 Nice find on those avocados!!

    This my week’s shop:

    Mom 10

    Shoppers
    Chips 5.23

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of Pocket 5.23

    Superstore
    Almonds 9.55
    Pasta Sauce (x3) 5.64
    Taco Shells (x2) 3.76
    Olive Oil 4.97
    Broccoli (x3) 2.88
    Carrots 0.97
    Vitamin D (x2) 6.24

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of Pocket 34.01

    Costco
    Coconut Oil 16.97
    Mixed Greens 3.97
    Vitamin D 3.37

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of Pocket 24.31

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $200
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    Total Spent This Week: $73.55
    Total Spent So Far for January: $116.33
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $23.55 over
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of January: $ 16.33 over
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $83.67
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: n/a
    Total Spent to Date This Year: $116.33

    Weekly Overview: Definitely went over this week as we picked up a couple things that were running low in the pantry. I have also decided to start taking some Vitamin D, so have included those in the budget as well. Hopefully things will get back in line next week, or I might have to use some PC points that I have been saving up for some groceries to make sure we stay on budget. That’s sort of cheating, isn’t it? 🙂

    Have a good week!

    • Hey Vicky,
      We take vitamin D starting from October until the sun comes back but we take one pill a week at a high dose 15,000 at $50 a bottle. nO using PC points is not cheating at all, we use them because that is what they are there for to supplement your grocery shop. You earned them use them. If you make your own pasta sauce you can make a TONNE more for what you pay to get it premade. That might be my challenge to you haha… I have a recipe on the blog. What kind of chips did you buy? Edible gold type? Must be a fancy kind for $5.23 a bag… let me know! 🙂 You have $83.67 left to spend minus the mom thing for the rest of the month so that’s awesome! You can easily pull this off. Keep at it.. oh and potatoes if you eat them (you can make chips)lol $0.95 a bag this week, stock up!! You get ballot # 22.. Mr.CBB

      • 2 bags of chips. But it was a stress buy. Terrible I know. I really should learn now to make tomato sauce, although tomatoes have been pretty pricey recently. I will check out the recipe though. I can’t find those cheap potatoes of yours!! It’s a bit pricier out here, but not as expensive as chips.

        • Do you have Freshco or No Frills? Both those shops here had them for $0.95 for 10lbs this week. We’ve had stress buys before, we try to just walk away now. We buy the crushed tomatoes when they are on offer for $0.88 a can , tomato paste and the rest is pretty much spices.. super easy to make, freeze etc. You WILL notice a HUGE taste difference. If you like parmigiano cheese buy the brick of it (the good stuff) it’s a bit costly BUT it lasts a long time as it’s the real deal. Don’t buy anything pre-grated, do it yourself so you know it’s real.

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