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The grocery game challenge #4 Sept 23-29, 2013: Does size really matter?

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Yes Size Really Does Matter

Of course size matters so you should keep your eyes peeled for all marketing and pricing strategies although many are not tricks. It’s up to you as the consumer to find out what the difference is even if it is staring us right in the face. If you are smart about grocery shopping you will always keep size and weight in the back of your mind especially if you aim to stick to your grocery budget.

Don’t beat yourself up though if you miss something we all do it and we pay more but what can you do but be aware the next time around.

Pricing strategy

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It’s not the first time I noticed pricing strategies at grocery stores but at Metro the other evening while we were doing a quick run around for coupons and picking up our lotto max ticket we noticed tonnes of Cashmere 8 pack toilet paper reg price $8.33 on an actual sign posted on these skids. My instant reaction was …”yeah right”.

It was later in the day but I thought to myself that there is no way I’d pay that kind of money for toilet paper unless I was forced to. I recall having a $1.00 off Cashmere toilet paper and getting those 8 packs on sale minus the coupon which I thought was a decent price even though we still paid $0.28 per double roll of toilet paper after coupon. If you do the math $2.88 *1.13 =$3.25/8 rolls= $0.40 per roll which I still think is pricey but that’s the frugal man in me talking.

Even with the $1.00 coupon we had last year at the same sale price we were paying $0.28 which I thought was reasonable for a double roll. I noticed people loading their shopping cart up with the toilet paper on sale because they also had the regular price listed. You’d be a fool not to load up at that price coupon or no coupon.

You may find cheaper toilet paper but we haven’t found coupons for toilet paper this year, at least not like we used to in the past. So if you were to buy 4 packs of the Cashmere on sale you would pay $13.00 for 32 double rolls of toilet paper which makes me just shake my head especially since we will just flush it down the toilet.

What I would have done in this case since I didn’t have coupons is check for any larger packs of double roll Cashmere to see if the price comes in cheaper than the 8 pack even though it’s on sale. By putting up the high price people think they are getting a smashing deal but to be honest with toilet paper these days you probably are. The prices of toilet paper make me just shake my head most days but I’m glad we are stocked for a few years at least.

Just this past week I was happy to see Dempster’s bread go on sale for $1.75 but it wasn’t until my friend brought it to my attention that the packaging was smaller otherwise I would never have thought anything even though it is clearly labelled. I missed that so that just goes to show you how easy as consumer we might look at the price and dismiss the size of the product or the weight. It’s important to be mindful. Dempsters is even being smart about their packaging and not hiding anything from us because they straight up tell us that the loaf of bread is smaller, hence the lowered price.

The problem is if you miss this marketing then you might not see that you might not be getting a bargain comed to if you bought the bigger loaf. You may find the price is comable in nature where one package just gives you more product but the price reflects that increase.

I noticed many people had quite a few loaves of bread in their carts so the marketing was working. It’s fun to watch and see what’s on sale and to see how many people load up their carts and then I get out the calculator to start doing some math.

It’s too bad we don’t see more shoppers using their math skills to find out if they are getting the best price for the product they are buying. We are often drawn in by price alone followed by label or brand of the product.

Dollar Days

One other time that size really does matter is during dollar days at any of the major grocery store chains. Don’t be afraid to do the math. Just because something is priced at a dollar and packaged doesn’t make it the best bargain for you.

Some consumers see the $1.00 flyer debut and go nutty but most times you are actually spending more than if you would have just bought the bigger package of a product at regular price or on sale. You must notice that many of the products for these sales are smaller versions or product sizes you don’t normally find at the store. We avoid dollar days and just price match if we find a bargain because it’s a zoo in the grocery store but also because we don’t really see the value in most products. You might find the products are smaller and priced accordingly, well $1.00.

One example was a package of Schneider’s sausages for $1.88 but if you look close and come the packages in the freezer as opposed the bunker where they stockpile the sale item you will notice the other package which is identical actually has more sausages inside. So they give you less product for a cheaper price but are you really scoring a deal then? You have to do the math.

Do you think that size matters? Do you do the math?

September grocery game recap

I will post the previous week’s grocery game here for ease of finding them each week if you need to go back and post your shops for the month.

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What's In MrCBB's Shopping Cart

Metro

  • 2 x Philadelphia Cream Cheese Sale $1.99
  • 1 x Lactancia cream Sale $1.99- $0.75
  • Avocado bag of 5 Sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $7.21

Food Basics

  • 2 x sauerkraut Sale $0.99
  • 3 Tomatoes $0.80
  • Fresh Ginger $0.84
  • Mushrooms Sale $0.99-$0.50 sticker
  • Graham crackers $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $6.01

Freshco

  • 2 x Mushrooms PM Food Basics Sale $0.94
  • Iceberg Lettuce PM Wal-Mart $0.76
  • Limes $1.00
  • Cucumber Sale $0.66
  • Dempsters Vegetable Bread Sale $2.00-$1.50 coupon

Total out-of-pocket $4.80

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Milk 4L Sale $3.99

Total out-of-pocket $3.99

Yearly grocery budget for two: $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. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
  • Total Budget For September: $234.57 which is $235.00-$0.43 overspend in August
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $22.01
  • Total Spent So Far for September $222.73+$2.01=$224.74
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (September): $ 0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month:$11.84-$2.01=$9.83 left to spend in September
  • Total Coupons Used This Month:$2.25
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 (August) $182.35=$1724.95 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
  • Weekly Overview: Well we wiped out the stockpile budget this week with our purchases as we needed to use it up with the amount of cheese that we purchased last week. We have one week left for the month of September which will likely mean we will get milk and maybe some vegetables with the $9.83 left to spend in our grocery budget.

Canadian Coupons

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Frequently Asked Questions

Grocery Game Challenge RULES  Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 affected 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.
  4. Where can I find Canadian Coupons? 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 that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
  5. What is an FPC? An fpc is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  6. How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  7. How Do I Grocery Shop? I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that. You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this t of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving. You’ve made a wise decision.

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Comments

  1. Totally agree that size matters!! I don’t know how many times when I first got married that when I would go shopping with my wife she would see the “SALE”, but she wouldn’t realize the difference in size and since I saw my dad always compare prices I would just look and go, yeah but the bigger/smaller size is a better price. Sometimes I have found bigger is better and sometimes I have found smaller is better it always pays to comparison shop with sizes. And when it comes to toilet paper and paper towels, they are not all created equal you have to test them out because one double roll is not the exact same to another brands double roll either or have the same amount of sheets, etc.

    • Hey Kevin,
      SO many people fail to do the math in accordance to the size which will make or break a purchase for us depending on the product. We might not want 1L of hot sauce but would pay a bit more to get a smaller bottle. I agree with the TP and PT…. they are all created different. We have our favourites.

  2. I shop for 2 adults and a 2 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $90/week or $450 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Walmart
    Ground turkey $5.77 – FPC
    Cheerios 3 x $4.00 – 3 x FPC
    Dempsters veggie bread 3 x $3.28 – 3 x FPC
    Chapstick $3.00 (the shelf said $1.63) – SCOP = FREE
    Coupons $27.61
    SCOP $3.39
    OOP $0.00

    Bulk Barn
    Pretzels on sale $.82 (saved $.15)
    Chocolate almonds on sale $4.15 (saved $.73)
    Walnut pieces on sale $7.78 (saved $3.34)
    Chocolate chips on sale $3.64 (saved $.91)
    Cheecha puffs on sale 2 x $2.49 – BOGO coupon ($2.49)
    Coupons $5.49 ($3.00 for purchase over $10)
    OOP $17.17

    Dollarama
    Mini chocolate bars 6 x $1.00
    OOP $6.78

    RCSS
    DelMonte no salt added veggies 20 @ 5/$4.00 – 10 x $.75 wub2 coupons
    Heinz beans (PM FC) 2 x $1.00
    NN mushrooms (canned) 3 x $1.09
    NN tuna 2 x $1.17
    AJ syrup (PM Metro) $1.99
    Mini wheats 2 x $2.98 – 2 x $1.00 CO51
    Twizzlers $1.98
    M&M’s 4 x $1.09 – 2 x FPC – 2 x BOGO free
    Eggs (PM Loblaws) $1.99
    Milk (PM WM) $3.97
    Almond milk (PM Ample) 3 x $2.99 – 3 x $2.00 coupons
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    Mini cookie packs 4 x $.10
    Cavendish fries (PM Metro) 4 x $1.99 – 4 x $1.00 coupons
    OEP taco kit $2.99 – FPC
    Catelli pasta (PM NF) 3 x $1.33 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Goldfish (PM FC) 6 x $2.00
    Ritz crackers (PM NF) 2 x $1.44
    Scotties tissue (PM NF) $3.97
    Hummus $3.19
    Vitality bread (PM Loblaws) 2 @ 2/$5.00
    ML bacon (PM GT) $3.97
    Granny smith apples $3.65
    Gala apples $2.13
    Mushrooms (PM Metro) $.99
    Cucumber (PM WM) $.67
    Grapes (PM FC) $1.02
    Broccoli (PM Metro) 2 x $.99
    Dole salad $.98
    3lb carrots (PM WM) $1.00
    Bananas $1.80
    Magazine $2.99
    Dove bar (PM NF) 3 x $1.00 – 3 x 50% pink stickers
    Coupons $27.85 + $5.00 (coupon I got for signing up for a PC MC) = $32.85
    CO51 $2.00
    Tax free day $2.98
    OOP $92.82

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $450 (5 shopping weeks this month) – $14.50=$435.50 (I went over last month)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $65.95
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $154.62
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1487.47
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $2.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $12.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $127.00
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $394.31 (Unfortunately this month is the end of using the card for us as we are no longer allowed to use it)
    • Total SCOP this week: $3.39
    • Total SCOP this month: $3.39
    • Total SCOP this year: $7.63
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $109.28
    •Total Spent So Far for September: $405.54
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of September: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $29.96
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $3242.47
    •Weekly overview: Well, as long as I refrain from shopping for 2 more days then I am finally back on track for my grocery budget! I have $29.96 left! I really stocked up on canned veggies for the winter today…what a great deal! I was super impressed with my Walmart shop too! I got a few other good deals at RCSS but didn’t include them in my post as they aren’t coming from my grocery budget. I got Halloween candy 2 x 125 pack mini chocolate bars $15.97 each – 2 x $1.00 coupons – no tax day ($4.15). I also got Energizer Max AAA 8 pack on sale for $7.47 – $1.00 coupon – $2.00 Checkout 51 plus inside the package there was a mail in rebate for a $5.00 gas card! I loved the $5.00 of my purchase coupon for RCSS! I got it last week when I signed up in store for a PC Mastercard!

    • That was one heck of an amazing Walmart shop lol.. way to go Jen!!! Where did you get the cavendish coupons? Are they still mailing out? I can’t get over how much in coupons you use every month,I’m impressed. We’ve cut down on the sheer amount of coupons only because we just don’t buy boxed items or cereals etc any more. We do use them but sparingly but every penny counts. Are you printing the Bulk BaRN coupon as we never get the flyer? Keep up the great work…. good to see that you got your gas card! You get ballot 23

  3. Wing-sze Blake says:

    i always look at the weight on products, do some math to see how much it is for a single gram or item, then compare their prices. so of course size does matter. a lot of the times unless you have a very high value coupon, it is still cheaper to buy the bigger size product on sale than the smaller items really. these companies ain’t fool lol.

    this month i have gone $134 over my budget. i went through my spending for the month and i have concluded 2 things:
    1. i stocked up on some pet food and campbell’s soup which will be good for quite some time. this is the positive side;
    2. i went out to stores way too many times than i usually do. when you are out there, you, or i can’t resist the temptation of spending. i tell myself i only spend on food and i don’t waste any. however, spending is spending. if i didn’t go out that many times, i would have saved some money instead of spending way over budget. big lesson learned this time!!

    i have never brought anything over to the next month before because i usually am under budget. this time i am going to have to work so hard on the coming months to recover the “loss” i made. going to stop myself from shopping too many times. OK here’s the rule, only going to the stores once a week. how is that? lol ewe~ gonna be hard.

    September 23-30, 2013
    Budget for 2 people + 3 pets: $250/month
    September’s spending: 119.39+29.83+77.94+157.38=384.54
    September’s budget left: 250-119.39-29.83-77.94-157.38=-134.54 OVER BUDGET
    September’s coupon used: 70.56+45.22+15+3=133.78

    My shops for the last week: $50.41+23.50+7.67+42+9.30+19.50+5.00=157.38

    Farmer Al’s butcher in Hamilton total: $50.41
    (8 butt chops + wings + 2 ground pork, 2 ground beef + side ribs+ strip loins +sausages + ham)

    Food Basics total 23.50
    Margarine 3.00
    Soya sauce 1.99
    Flour 3.00
    Nappa cabbage 1.86
    Instant yeast 1.49
    Soup cubes 3×0.79=2.37
    Acorn squash 1.37
    Chicken thighs 2×4.10=8.20

    Walmart total 7.67
    Campbell’s soup 3×1.97=5.97
    Pasta 2×0.88=1.76

    Zehrs total $42
    Campbells soups 14×1.50=21.00
    Kitty litter 7.99
    Green peas 3.99
    Delissio pizzas 2×3.99=7.98
    HST 1.04

    Asian store total $5.00
    Bean sprout 1.10
    Preserved veg can 0.89
    Dried chrysanthemum 2.99

    Giant tiger #1 total $9.30
    Lip balm 2.97
    Mustard 1.00
    Shredded coconuy 1.00
    Classico spaghetti sauce PM 2×1.99=3.98
    HST 0.38

    Giant tiger #2 total $19.50
    Milk 3.97
    Bread 2.27
    Green onions 1.00
    Coffee filter 0.88
    Broccoli 1.29
    Garlic 0.57
    Pops 2×2.00=4.00
    Cream PM 4×1.98-4×0.75=4.92
    HST 0.63
    Rounded down saving -0.04

    • Wing-sze Blake says:

      AND i like the new layout of your blog!! it is so refreshing! looking good mr CBB!! 🙂

      • Thanks WING… I’m glad you love it like I do. It took a long while but it was worth it!!

        • Wing-sze Blake says:

          mr CBB, i imagine you overlooked. i blew my budget by $134 in Sept!! you need to scold me super big time!! please, i need some yelling at!!

          • How did I miss that Wing? IN THE CORNER BAD GIRL~!~~ haha… You know we’ve killed our budget last month and probably this month since I just spent almost $300 at the NIKE store and over $1000 on a oven fan but sometimes we need to spend a bit more in the budget. The important part is to make sure the money is saved and there. If it’s not then that’s when we suffer. You’ll do better, have faith Wing.. never give up.

    • Hi Wing
      Now I know why I didn’t know you were over budget this month. It’s because I hadn’t read your post yet as it was in moderation…. hahah.. You know what impresses me about your post today is 2 things. The first thing is that you own up to your overspend for the month and 2 you list the reason as to why you went over budget. It is SO IMPORTANT to recognize why we are spending too much so we stop making these mistakes which can easily lead people into debt if they don’t have the cash to fund the spending. If you want to get back on track it will take time to get your budget back up but it’s very important that you do this so you know just how tough it will be if you stray again> I know… we had to take 3 months to try and catch up because we did the same thing as you> I’ll tell you that I don’t want have to go through that again with our grocery budget if we don’t have to. I think 2014 we will see an increase in our budget OR we will spend less or figure out another plan. This year has been a whirlwind with the grocery budget as well as our overall budget. Keep at it Wing and don’t give up..> NEVER!!! You get ballot 22

  4. Our weekly budget is $100 making this month $400. Making this month 4 weeks and my Oct 5 weeks.
    Walmart
    $2 thinsations
    $1.88 crackers
    $4.88 4L milk I was wanting to wait till discount Tuesday to get milk but we needed it asap
    $8.75 total oop
    Superstore
    $5.99×2-$3CZ jalapeno cheddar cheese
    $2.58 3pk cucumbers
    $2.12×2-.75Cx2 coffee creamer
    $14.25 total oop
    $4.50 total coupons
    Sobeys
    $3.99 morning buns treat at work for me and my coworkers cause I was starving!
    $2.99×2 marble cheese clearance and I was going to buy more but I wanted to save money for my discount shop
    $10 total oop
    Target
    $1.74×3-$4TC goldfish Ziploc bags
    $3.99×2-$2Cx2 swagger old spice body wash such a good deal I went back and bought more today!!
    $5.85 total oop
    $8 total coupons

    Got some good deals this week 🙂

    $38.85 total weekly oop
    $12.50 total weekly coupons

    $317.53 total monthly oop
    $187.09 total monthly coupons

    Happy dance to be under budget!!!!
    I am going to be looking at our stockpile to see what we need to add to it, especially items like canned goods since the shelf life is really long and combined with a coupon and sale it can be worth the investment now. Also what kind of baking items are going to be needed this holiday season, since honey can sometimes be ten bucks or more for a one kg container. Since I plan to bake and cook more I am going to have to make sure our budget can reflect it. I am hoping we can eat up a big chunk of the items in our deep freeze in Oct and Nov so I can restock up in Dec and Jan with new/fresh items since our budgets may have to change in Jan or Feb of 2014. Looking forward to Oct and being under budget 🙂

    • Hey Juanita,
      Wow, you had an awesome month, you should be so proud. I’m so proud of you. I wish I could use as many coupons as you are able to but we don’t use them as much as we used to but we certainly take any opportunity to use them. Great deal on the body wash, that’s what I use. I love your enthusiasm…. even Mary is rockin out the positive vibes like crazy.. you are all amazing!!! We’re almost to the end of the GGC year.. we all have so much to be proud of. You get ballot 21 Mr.CBB

  5. Christine Weadick says:

    The stewing beef was on sale at $4.49 lb. regular $5.99. Most of the good roasts lately have been running around $4.99 lb. But that pack of meat was split into 2 packs each of which will give 2 meals plus for the four of us, so that whole pack will likely run 5 meals for 4 adults. Looking at it that way it’s not quite so bad.
    Not sure how I’ll post this weeks shops, if I go for the 5 weeks in September I’ll be way over. If I call it as the first week of October, that will mean 5 weeks there which would be tight but maybe do-able…. I’ll think about it….

    • When you post your shop just track it on your end if you post in my 5th week but it’s your first week of Oct you track it that way… you don’t have to follow my dates just make sure you post the data and dates so we know how to follow you. If that was a good deal for the roast I’d say why not. We don’t normally buy roasts although we did buy one a long time ago and we needed using it up so we did this past week.

  6. Christine Weadick says:

    Here are my shops for this week, both are at Foodland. It was a good week for me….

    Sept. 21
    1 can diced tomatoes- .99
    1 can pineapple – 1.19
    Bananas -94
    1 jar unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    1 celery -1.99
    1 Triscuits -2.79
    1 cider mix 2.99
    1 yogurt -2.99, 1.00 coupon
    1 green pepper -.85
    1 Cinnabon raisin bread -3.29
    1 bread crumbs -3.29
    1 W/W bread -3.69
    1 MG Cheerios -3.99
    1 pancake syrup -3.99
    1 pure vanilla extract -3.99
    1 Parmesan cheese, grated -4.08
    1 sunflower oil -4.48
    2 4 l milk @4.79 -9.84
    1 6 pack Gatorade -4.99
    1 jug wAter -5.49
    1 case ginger ale -5.78
    1 pork tenderloin -7.66
    1 pack stew beef -12.71
    Tax 1.79
    Total -$97.41, 1.00 coupon

    Sept. 25
    1 can diced tomatoes -.99
    Bananas -.89
    1 can pasta sauce -1.79
    1 celery -1.99
    1 can tomato paste -.67
    1 W/W bread -2.50
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.98
    1 yogurt -2.99
    Tomatoes -1.12
    1 Cinnabon raisin bread -3.29
    1 package honey garlic sausage -3.99
    1 Compliments taco kit -3.99
    1 4l milk -4.79
    1 pack plastic freezer containers -4.99
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 block cheese -5.99
    Tax -.65
    Total -$49.10

    Total Budget for Month(5 weeks) -$750.00
    Total Budget for year -$7800.00
    Total coupons for week -1.00
    Total spent this week -$146.51
    Total spent for month -$144.48+$145.69+$169.91+$146.51=$606.59
    Total over/under for week – under 3.41
    Left for month -$143.41
    Total coupons for month -7.55+6.27+9.00+1.00=$23.82
    Total carry over to next month -$530.52
    Total YTD -J$818.08+F$598.07+M$770.12+A$938.07+M$650.13+J$876.78+J$734.75+A$625.95+S$606.59=$6618.54
    Another week just under budget. If this was a 4 week month I’d be just over by $6.59 which wouldn’t be too bad. As it is I have $143.41 left for the month … And I’m already over that. That is the bad news for the upcoming week but the good news is I have my turkey for Thanksgiving. No Frills price was too good to walk away from especially when I think of all the leftovers I can have from that bird! I already have the cranberries in the freezer for the sauce and the leftover bread bits to make the stuffing, plus some fresh sage I grew. If I make a carrot cake for dessert I will need the cream cheese for the icing and I’ll need to grab a turnip for the dinner but that’s all I need to get for that dinner!!, I might be over for the month but there will be leftovers to enjoy next month!!, that is the best part of a big meal like that…all the leftovers to be had!!,

    • Hi Christine
      Wow, that stewing beef cost a fortune although I never buy it. Is it not cheaper to just buy a roast and cut it up? I’m only asking because I don’t know. You picked up lots of food this past month and with Thanksgiving around the corner you will no doubt have more than enough leftovers. September was a 5 week post for the grocery game challenge so you did well considering you took in the four weeks instead of 5. Next year I’m going to post the weeks in advance so everyone can see how I post my weeks although we can all post as we see fit. Keep up the awesome shopping Christine.. you get ballot 18. Mr.CBB

  7. Mary F. Campbell says:

    I wouldn’t use a shopping service as long as one of us is well enough to manage grocery shopping. I prefer to pick my own products and be able to respond to Manager’s specials that were not advertised not to mention pink sticker sales!

    • I agree with you because we would miss all those sales and unadvertised deals because he/she likely won’t care and just get what’s on the list.

  8. Mary F. Campbell says:

    SEPTEMBER – Week #4 of 5 – September 23-29, 2013

    2013 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $142.50 x 12 = $1,710.00 for 2 adults
    •Total Stockpile Budgeted For Year: $47.50 x 12 = $570.00 for 2 adults
    •Combined Grocery Budget for 2013: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00

    ================================================================================================

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This week is all about using up what we already have in the house. We have enough to get us thru the week from our US grocery shop last weekend! So this post is boring, boring, boring with no shops on either side of the border. 😀

    ================================================================================================

    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO SHOPPING UNTIL OCTOBER 21st

    ================================================================================================

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO SHOPPING UNTIL OCTOBER 20th

    ================================================================================================

    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    J$40.04+F$44.48+M$98.35+A$50.00+M$3.00+J$0.00+Jy$55.55+Au($36.66)+S($52.74)= $303.10

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:
    J$60.46+F$0.00+M$11.79+A$12.48+M$1.50+J$54.54+Jy$ 42.16= +Au($3.80)+S($38.57)= $225.24

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7+Au26+S0= 782 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20+Au(1)+S(208)= 570 Air Miles

    ================================================================================================

    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    J$217.50+F$198.39+M$72.90+A$215.04+M$70.12+J$49.97+Jy$114.23 +Au$100.49+ S($47.50 to US+4.98+10.48+67.89+ $130.85)=$1,169.49

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:
    J$190.00+F$190.00+M$108.79+A$142.50+M$142.50+J$50.00+Jy$114.36+Au$99.62+S($142.50-$32.50 borscht=$110.00) = $1,147.77

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $21.72 OVER

    ================================================================================================

    2013 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:

    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$77.55+M$17.45+J$82.86+Jy$79.24+Au($0.00)+S($20.00)= $358.31

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$47.50+M$47.50+J$82.86+Jy$35.64+Au$43.60+S($47.50-$27.50 to stockpile=$20.00) = $358.31

    •Total Over/Under YTD Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE

    ================================================================================================

    2013 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$0.00+Jy$17.50+Au $17.50 +S($27.50)= $62.50 AVAILABLE

    ================================================================================================

    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT STOCKPILE RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$120.00+Jy$32.50+Au$30.50+S$32.50= $215.50 AVAILABLE

    ================================================================================================

    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,527.80 <<$1,710 is budgeted for Jan-Sept '2013

    ================================================================================================

    CLOSING GROCERY POSITIONS FOR SEPTEMBER:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: ($21.72) << Woops!
    Stockpile: $0.00
    2014 BORSCHT: $215.50
    Cash Hiding Spot: $5.00
    Re-Stocking Funds: $62.50

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $148.73
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $17.25

    ================================================================================================

    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    4 China Lily Soya Sauce Refill bottles @$2.99 ea (Good until Nov 13th)

    Safeway:

    4 Safeway Select Boneless Honey Hams @ $8.99 (Good until Nov 29th)
    4 Pantry Essentials 500g bacon @ $2.99 (Good until Dec 2nd)

    ================================================================================================

    • Mary F. Campbell says:

      Mr CBB… no comment here. Did I get a ballot?

    • Hi Mary
      I think in the transfer some how this was missed so thanks for pointing it out. It’s just another great reason to follow your posts so you make sure I read them and give you a ballot number. So, you went over for the month, oops lol…. that’s about what I would say. You had a brilliant month Mary and going over a bit is nothing and you are brilliant enough to recover that easily. Keep up the good work.. oh I want to try that China Lily one day.. you said you like it better than Kikoman. You get ballot 19.

  9. Marcia Smith says:

    I am really enjoying budgetbinder. I have learned awhile ago size really does matter especially with bacon as it is put on as a special but the package will be 374grams instead of 454grams which is same as pound and margarine is another one they make smaller when on sale. Thank you for making me even more alert.

  10. Another thing I see people assuming is that the larger sizes are a better value. Usually they are. But I don’t understand how people aren’t checking the unit prices because SOMETIMES they aren’t- in which case, I buy two or three of the smaller versions. (This happens to me with peanut butter all the time)

  11. Christine Weadick says:

    I will check the shelf tag for sale items to see how good a price it is. We all know the shelf tag for the regular price lists the unit price but the tags for sale items do as well. I have picked up smaller boxes of cereal on sale as it worked out to a better price than the big box regular price. I also check the dates on those sale tags, places like Foodland where I tend to shop have price cut items where the sale runs 4-5 weeks, it’s not usually a super price but still it is a sale price. That’s where I can do a slow stock up and buy one or two items each time I go in for the duration. The current item like that on my list is the hot cider mix my son likes in the cooler weather, it’s only a dollar off but as this item is very seldom on sale I will be grabbing some every time until the sale is over in early Nov. That should get me enough to last most of the winter…. par
    As for the smaller packages and keeping the price the same I’ve seen that for years, first time I noticed it was when my oldest was a baby and the Infant Tylenol had a “new improved formula” …. Bottle stayed the same but the dosage was upped so you know it was watered down slightly….

    • I always do the math to see if I can get a better deal if i buy in bulk so it’s worth it. I’ve found times where it is smarter to purchase the smaller item for $1.00 on dollar days than it is to buy the larger so it’s all about taking time to find about pricing.

  12. This past weekend I spotted natrel milk free at Sobeys when you bought 3 Quaker products. The instant oatmeal was on sale so it was a no-brainer, add to that the $4.00 I had in coupons and for $4 + tax I got 2 boxes oatmeal, a box of granola bars plus a bag of milk. Going back with more coupons today.!

  13. Mary F Campbell says:

    SEPTEMBER – Week #4 of 5 – September 23-29, 2013 par
    par
    2013 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $142.50 x 12 = $1,710.00 for 2 adultspar
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Stockpile Budgeted For Year: $47.50 x 12 = $570.00 for 2 adultspar
    ‘e2’80’a2Combined Grocery Budget for 2013: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00par
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:par
    par
    This week is all about using up what we already have in the house. We have enough to get us thru the week from our US grocery shop last weekend! SO…boring, boring, boring… no shop on either side of the border! LOL :-Dpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    OUR ‘e2’80’9cCANADIAN’e2’80’9d SHOPPING THIS WEEK: par
    par
    NO SHOPPING UNTIL OCTOBER 21stpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    OUR ‘e2’80’9cUS RESERVE’e2’80’9d SHOPPING THIS WEEK: par
    par
    NO SHOPPING UNTIL OCTOBER 20thpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:par
    J$40.04+F$44.48+M$98.35+A$50.00+M$3.00+J$0.00+Jy$55.55par
    +Au($36.66)+S($52.74)= $303.10par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Coupons Used This Year:par
    J$60.46+F$0.00+M$11.79+A$12.48+M$1.50+J$54.54+Jy$ 42.16= +Au($3.80)+S($38.57)= $225.24par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total More Points Earned This Year:par
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7+Au26+S0= 782 Pointspar
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Air Miles Earned This Year:par
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20+Au(1)+S(208)= 570 Air Milespar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:par
    J$217.50+F$198.39+M$72.90+A$215.04+M$70.12+J$49.97+Jy$114.23 +Au$100.49+ S($47.50 to US+4.98+10.48+67.89= $130.85)=$1,169.49par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:par
    J$190.00+F$190.00+M$108.79+A$142.50+M$142.50+J$50.00+par
    Jy$114.36+Au$99.62+S($142.50-$32.50 borscht=$110.00) = $1,147.77par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $21.72 OVERpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    2013 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:par
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$77.55+M$17.45+J$82.86+Jy$79.24par
    +Au($0.00)+S($20.00)= $358.31par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total YTD Stockpile Budget:par
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$47.50+M$47.50+J$82.86+Jy$35.64+par
    Au$43.60+S($47.50-$27.50 to stockpile=$20.00) = $358.31par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total Over/Under YTD Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLEpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    2013 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:par
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$0.00+Jy$17.50+Au $17.50 +S($27.50)= $62.50 AVAILABLEpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT STOCKPILE RESERVE:par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:par
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$120.00+Jy$32.50+par
    Au$30.50+S$32.50= $215.50 AVAILABLEpar
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    ‘e2’80’a2 TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,527.80 <<$1,710 is budgeted for Jan-Sept '2013par
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    CLOSING GROCERY POSITIONS FOR SEPTEMBER:par
    par
    CANADIAN $’e2’80’99spar
    par
    Groceries:tabtab ($21.72) << Woops!par
    Stockpile:tabtabtab $0.00tabpar
    2014 BORSCHT:tab $215.50par
    Cash Hiding Spot:tab $5.00par
    Re-Stocking Funds: tab $62.50par
    par
    US $’e2’80’99spar
    par
    Our Reserve:tab $148.73par
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $17.25 par
    par
    =========================================================================par
    par
    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows: par
    par
    Thrifty Foods:par
    par
    4 China Lily Soya Sauce Refill bottles @$2.99 ea (Good until Nov 13th)par
    par
    Safeway:par
    par
    4 Safeway Select Boneless Honey Hams @ $8.99 (Good until Nov 29th)par
    4 Pantry Essentials 500g bacon @ $2.99 (Good until Dec 2nd)par
    par
    =========================================================================

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