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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 11-17, 2013: International grocery store shopping

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GOURMET FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN

 

The traditional grocery store is getting so big these days and it’s because they are trying to incorporate everything from convenience food, health foods, in-store bakery, deli, fish counter, fresh produce to health and beauty as well as international foods from around the world.

Add in the electronics, house and home, clothing etc and you have one huge store to shop in.

 

Grocery store app

 

Don’t laugh but I think that some grocery stores given the size they are now should have a grocery store aisle map available to the customer as soon as they walk in the store just to tell them where everything is.

Just look at how big the Real Canadian Superstore is now and immediately upon entering you think about how you will travel around to do your shopping. Granted though many stores have giant visible grocery store aisle signs that are hard to miss and easy to find what you need.

I think the grocery store aisle map is a brilliant idea though because it helps the customer to solve a grocery related question without having to find a staff member to do the same.

You know the map that you see when you enter the mall and it tells you where all the mall stores are and they are numbered etc. or how about a grocery app for the store that helps you locate product by keying in the product name. Almost everyone except for me has a smart phone these days and you know it just as well as me that the use of cell phones by the stores is only going to grow.

The grocery store app will tell you what aisle the product is in and how much the product is currently on offer for. For all I know it may already be available but if it’s not it’s my idea so hook up with me if you want more brain food. I may sound ahead of my time but you just wait and see what will happen as technology is growing by leaps and bounds in our lives.

Another option is to have a computer station set-up like we see at Canadian Tire where a customer can do a product search by typing in a search query online by without having to find staff to help them out. I like the customized service that Canadian Tire offers and I’m sure we will see more and more of this as time goes on.

 

Grocery aisle list

 

Some people love to grocery shop for hours and although I rather enjoy grocery shopping I follow my grocery list and if something catches my eye I will stop to look. I remember watching extreme couponing years ago and noticed that some of the women actually had a grocery store aisle list so they could plan their massive shops.

I have never seen this available to us in Canada but it would be a great way to cut down on time if you don’t already know where the products you need are. I think for the most part many of us know where to look for an item although through merchandising and product placement items are moved all of the time.

 

International food market

 

These days I find that I am stopping more and more in the organic aisles of the grocery store just to be nosey.

On occasion we have bought something from the organic section such as flax seeds or yogurts all with pink sticker discounts of course as organic prices are still very high. Essentially the organic section is a mini health food store to keep the customers happy all under one roof. More stores are growing and its to try to keep up with big box stores.

Not only can you get international foods online so you can prepare gourmet meals from around the world you can pretty much find what you need right in your own city if you know where to look.

The little Indian grocery and the Japanese grocery store or any other Asian grocery store is the best when you are looking for specific items that you might not find in a typical food store. If your city doesn’t have specific international grocery shops keep an eye out for Sunday markets in and around the city as you might find vendors who sell products from various countries.

We go to various grocery stores around town since we live in a diverse city and find all sorts of food but the best part is that it’s much cheaper but not in all cases as you will read below. I know when we’ve talked about shopping in the small grocery stores in town some of our friends weren’t even aware of how much you can find if you go right to the source.

I can’t get over how much stuff the international grocery store carries but if they can get their hands on it they will sell it. These shops were designed to cater to the market in which it sells it’s product but also to other people who are interested in their cuisine.

When you walk into an international food store you get this overwhelming feeling as if you are in another country. You automatically are taken away with the sights and smell and the people who are native to the country are all speaking their own language.

I’ve travelled to many places around the world and international cuisine is simply amazing and what my travelling taught me was to never dismiss food because you don’t like the look or smell because you never know what it might taste like. Ever since then I’ve tried to create international food recipes at home to remind me that not all cuisine is the same.

It was because of these travelling experiences and talking to the locals that I enjoy hitting up the local international grocery stores and checking out what they have and what I can make.

There are also many British shops around the city that I have been in mainly just to look around as I can’t justify the prices that are on some of the products in the stores. I think since I know the ballpark figure of prices it’s hard for me to pay the prices they want in Canada as they are simply over the top. Who in their right mind would pay $3.00 for a can of Heinz beans?

I know that even Wal-mart and the Bulk Barn both have a UK section but it’s mainly junk food that I really don’t care for. To be honest I was a bit shocked at the product they did stock and wondered why they didn’t offer more other than snack food like crisps and chocolate bars.

International grocery store shopping means you may save a few bucks but it also means you are exploring new flavours and recipes for your meal planning.

Do you shop at any local international grocery stores where you live?

Are you open to try new foods and flavours from around the world?

 

November Grocery Game Challenge Posts

 

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you. 

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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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 November $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : 0
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $0 Used $0
  • Total Spent This Week: $0
  • Total Spent So Far for November $81.05
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $153.95
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.00
  • 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 + (September) $255.69 + (October) $196.64=  $2177.28 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38+$17.24 =$82.62<> 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: There’s not too much to say this week since it was a no shop week for us except how good it feels to stay out of the grocery store when you don’t need anything.

 

Canadian Coupons Found

 

We didn’t find any coupons this week since we were not in the stores.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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.

 

  • 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 fans who post their grocery shop who live all over 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 products?

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

  • What is an FPC?

 

An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.

 

 

You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.

 

 

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.

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada!

 

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Comments

  1. I never know that there is already a grocery store app I must search for it. And $3.00 for a can of Heinz beans? No way!

  2. Christine Weadick says:

    I like your idea of a store map as you walk in the store!!! I know my way around the one across the street but then I’ve been shopping there for around 26 years. Basically since it was built and even before we moved here. I’m still learning my way around the No Frills in town. Don’t feel bad about not having a smart phone…I don’t have one either… Lol!! There’s not much of an international section but you can find the odd thing here and there. For anything else I go out of town. Even Walmart is out of town for me.
    My guess on why places like Walmart have the snack foods from the UK in the international section would be that, that is what sells. Maybe if they sold the better foods it might sell but I don’t see them taking the chance when they likely do quite well with the snacks. Money does talk and they listen very closely….
    Foodland across the street is running the turkey bucks again this year, started last week. This year you get one turkey buck for every $30.00 you spend, down from past years when it was $50.00 you had to spend. I gained $4.00 last week and I will try to let you know for this week when I post my shops how many I get during the promotion….

  3. I love that you guys take your leftover grocery cash and go on a date night – how cool! Funny that you mention the big stores: we have two Walmart stores semi-close to us, and we go to both. I’m always asking the kids when we shop “Now, which store are we at, and in what aisle is the ______?” 🙂

  4. Mary F. Campbell says:

    NOVEMBER – Week #2 of 4 – November 11-17th, 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

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    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    We have lots of food in the house and we are cooking up soups, beans pots and stews with all the various ingredients that we have on hand. Food is certainly wonderful, tasty and healthy when you cook at home!

    Next week I plan a run to the US mid-week. Our only purchase this week was when hubby went to the European bakery and picked up a loaf of gluten free bread for me to try ($5.00) using his spending money and then leaving it in the car for me to find … as a little present on our anniversary. What a sweetie he is!

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    “NO SHOP WEEK” this week in Canada

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    “NO SHOP WEEK” for the USA as well

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    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+O$71.36+N($4.98)= $457.16

    •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+O$$21.98+N($14.99)= $262.27

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7+Au26+S0+O141+N(15)= 938 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20+Au1+S208+O80+N(0)= 650 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: << Starting to track
    Jan-Sept 988+ O297+N(321)= 1606 Points

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    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$130.85+O$111.97+N($32.50 to borscht+$3.99+$30.27+23.85=$90.61)= $1,372.07

    •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$110.00+O$133.69 +N$142.50 = $1,423.96

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $51.89 AVAILABLE

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    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+O$47.50+N(27.50 to restocking)= $433.31

    •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$20.00+O$47.50+N($47.50) = $453.31

    •Total Over/Under YTD Stockpile Budget: $20.00 AVAILABLE

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    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+O$27.50+N$20.00= $110.00 AVAILABLE

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    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+O$12.50+N$32.50= $260.50 AVAILABLE

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

    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,805.38

    $2,090 is budgeted for JAN-NOV '2013 INCL. but with cash additions from a gift, recycled bottles, cash hiding spot money and repayments of funds owed to us…we increased our reserves to also have:

    $110.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $260.50 Borscht Fund

    Total $370.50

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

    CLOSING GROCERY POSITIONS FOR NOVEMBER:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $51.89
    Stockpile: $20.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $9.06
    2014 BORSCHT: $260.50
    Re-Stocking Funds: $110.00

    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) << May let this go next week as we still have lots

    Safeway:

    4 Safeway Select Boneless Honey Hams @ $8.99 (Good until Nov 29th)
    4 Pantry Essentials 500g bacon @ $2.99 (Good until Dec 2nd)
    3 dozen Lucerne Large Eggs @ $1.33 (Good until Feb 7th)

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    • Hi Mary,
      We have quite a bit of food as well and are only topping up the fruits and vegetables. I can’t wait to hear how your US trip goes as I’m always thrilled to hear what you find and what you get for free. You get ballot 9 this week… for your no shop week. Cheers Mary… Mr.CBB

  5. Wing-sze Blake says:

    what a brilliant idea of a store map app!!! i know the stores i go to very well that i don’t need a map, say the walmart, food basics and zehrs i go to, i know where i can find what i am looking for. probably blind folded lol. but the other day we went to a no frills and next to it was another walmart that we seldom go to. once i got in, i had to look at their aisle signs to look for what i was looking for. so for those that dont know the store well, the app is totally a plus!! you should sell this idea to walmart!!! 😀

    as for the international grocery store or section, i find almost every store has that section anymore. food basics, zehrs, superstore, wlamart, they all have at least an aisle for international food! being an immigrant from china, i always look for that aisle trying to see what they have and how much they sell them for. because the chinese store i go to their prices are quite high to be honest. however, these little specialty store carries so many “home” products that amazes me all the time. last month my neighbor who is from Poland took me to her Polish store. it was smaller than my chinese store, but the variety and stock they had was more than mine! and they are busy all the time! we had to line up for the deli Polish meat! but once again the price was pretty much like 30% higher than local stores, say the broth cubes you can get from grocery stores here, my neighbor wanted to buy some from the polish store, but they are selling them for 1.39 a pack, while in food basics it is 0.69. i told my neighbor how much food basics sells them for and she was surprised too!!

    here’s what i did with my grocery budget this week:

    November 11-17, 2013
    Budget for 2 people + 3 pets: $250-45.2(over-budget from Sept)=$204.80
    November’s spending: 143.28+18.54+
    November’s budget left: 204.80-143.28-18.54-
    November’s coupon used: 23.49+0+
    November’s giftcard used: 10+2.68+12.32+

    My shops for the last week: 7.88+3.80

    Walmart total $7.88
    Delissio pizzas 4×3.97-4×2.00=1.97 each

    NoFrills total $3.80
    Cabbage sale 2.77
    Classico pasta sauce sale 2×2.00=4.00
    Kitty Litter sale 7.97
    Ginger root 0.38
    HST 1.04
    Giftcard used -12.32
    Rounded down -0.04

  6. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $400.
    Sobeys
    $1black forest parfiat cup
    $9.99 pampers mega size – clearance
    $7 orchid – it is worth $50!!! but was poor quality so the store couldn’t sell it so I splurged 🙂
    $2.49×3-.75Cx3 butter
    $1 sour cream
    $7.99 frozen chicken strips
    $13.21 gift card($20 gc given to me by my boss for us winning 3rd place in a contest)
    $19.89 total oop
    $2.25 total coupons
    Superstore
    $5.98 1kg no name honey
    $1-.50C barilla macaroni
    $2.11-.75Cx2 coffee creamer
    $4.88 20lb russet potatoes
    $1.23 bananas
    $15.30 total oop
    $2 total coupons
    Target
    $3.28×2-$1C 6pk pop
    $4.44-.75C cheese brick
    $7.49-$3C from target till reciepts & $2CO51 scott paper towel
    should have been $6.99 so I’ll get my .50 back since they don’t scop and hopefully get the $1 black diamond cheese coupon that prints off at the tills this week and use and buy the cheese with that coupon and the .75 manufacture coupon
    $14.75 total oop
    $4.75 total coupons
    Canadian tire
    $1.78 veg thins
    $2.39 garbage bags-had to buy since all the glad bags don’t fit our can
    $4.30 total oop
    Save on foods
    $4.99×2-$1Cx2 cb cheese slices
    $3.99-fpcwub2cheese slices dempsters ww bread
    $9.95 total oop
    $5.99 total coupons
    Safeway
    $3.99×2-$1Cx2 boursin cheese
    $6.99×2-instore coupon 3lb maragrine
    $2.70 bagels-6
    $1.89-instore coupon french bread
    $14.55 total oop
    $12 total coupons

    $78.74 total weekly oop
    $26.99 total weekly coupons

    $190.80 total monthly oop
    $154.73 total monthly coupons

    Had a good week with a few splurges!! Hope to try and keep on track this next week but with the cheese on sale I maybe really stocking up at such a good price.

  7. Christine Weadick says:

    Here are my shops for last week, all were at Foodland. Oh, before I forget I saw a coupon and thought of you right off….it’s for Baker’s chocolate, only $.30 but there was a recipe with it for Chocolate Caramel Brownies. I know how you like your brownies!!! Lol!!!

    Nov. 8
    6 cans tomato soup @.44- 2.64
    1 tomato paste- .65
    bananas -.34
    1 can tomato sauce- 1.77
    1 jar pickles- 1.79
    1 can pasta sauce- 1.79
    2 W/W bread @ 2.50- 5.00
    2 packages turkey sausage @2.99- 5.98
    3 cases pop @3/9.99- 9.99
    1 raisin bread- 3.49
    1 greek yogurt- 3.99
    1 package unsweetened chocolate- 3.99
    1 grated parmesan cheese- 4.08
    1 Iogo yogurt- 4.29, 1.00 coupon
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 box Cheerios- 4.99
    1 Dove body wash- 5.49, 2.00 coupon
    1 Gain fabric softener- 7.99
    1 package chicken thighs- 8.88
    1 10K flour- 9.99
    Tax- 3.05
    Total- $91.97, 3.00 coupons, 3 turkey bucks

    Nov. 10
    6 cans tomato soup @.44- 2.64
    2 mac and cheese box dinner @.69- 1.38
    bananas- .55
    1 icing sugar- 1.99
    1 doz eggs- 2.99
    3 caes pop @3/9.99- 9.99
    1 raisin bread- 3.49
    1 10 lb bag potatoes- 3.99
    2 4l milk@ 4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Tax- 1.30
    Total- $43.39, 1 turkey buck

    Nov. 14
    bananas- .84
    1 case ginger ale- 3.33
    1 raisin bread- 3.49
    1 bagels- 3.89
    1 pack sausage- 5.24, 50% sticker- 2.62 discount
    1 cranberry cocktail- 5.48
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 honey- 5.79
    Tax- .43
    Total- $31.36, 2.62 discount, 1 turkey buck

    Total budget for month- $600.00
    Total budget for year- $7800.00
    Total coupons/discounts this week- $5.62
    Total spent this week- $166.72
    Total spent for month- $159.49+$166.72= $326.21
    Total over/under for week- Over $16.72
    Total over/under for month-N/A
    Left for the month- $273.79
    Total coupons/discounts for month- $10.75+$5.62=$16.37
    Total carry over to next month- $567.90
    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$800.56+O$637.38+N$326.21=$7775.58

    So I went over slightly for the week, but there were some good deals. The pop being the best one so I did a small stock up to keep us going for a bit. The tomato soup was a three day sale and I know I could make my own on occasion but the oldest boy can be fussy about textures and hubby can be fussy too. The sausage and chicken was a nice price, $2.99 a pack or a pound. I was glad to see the flour too, not the best price but better than the regular. I’ve started to pick up things for the Christmas baking, the flour, chocolate, and the icing sugar. I think if I grab one or two things for that as the sales hit I should be able to manage the baking without killing the budget!!! The candied fruit for the fruitcakes will be the tough part. I make two batches of the dark and at least one of the cherry almond cake every year……not that any of it lasts!!! But so worth it!!!!

  8. I shop for 2 adults and an almost 3 year old boy. Our budget is $90/week or $450 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    RCSS
    Gum (3 pack) $3.27 – 50% pink sticker ( – $1.64)
    M&M’s toys filled with candy 2 x $1.34 – 2 x 50% pink stickers (– 2 x $.67)
    Almond milk (PM Metro) 2 x $3.50 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Buns $2.20
    Janes chicken strips (PM GT) 2 x $4.99 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Heinz fruit pouch $1.29 – 50% pink sticker (-$.65)
    Coupons $6.00
    OOP $17.18

    RCSS
    PC ranch dressing $1.88
    NN coating mix $1.59
    Nestle water (24) (PM FC) $1.97
    Smuckers jam (PM FC) 2 x $2.97 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Palmolive dish soap (PM NF) 2 x $1.88
    Almond milk (PM) 6 x $1.67 – 2 x $1.00 coupons – 4 x $.50 coupons
    Rice milk boxes 2 x $3.79 – 2 x 50% pink stickers (- $3.80)
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    Highliner haddock (PM FC) $5.97 – $1.00 coupon
    PC white mac & cheese 2 x $.88
    Tostitos (PM FB) $2.49
    Tostito cheese dip $3.00 – $2.00 coupon
    Ruffles chips $2.50
    Goldfish (PM Metro) 2 x $1.99
    Oreo cookies (PM Target) $1.77 – $1.50 CO51
    Fudgeo cookies (PM Target) $1.77 – $1.50 CO51
    Onion crackers (PM GT) $1.44
    Triscuit crackers (PM GT) $1.44
    PC juice boxes $1.28
    BD cheese bar (PM Target) 2 x $3.77 – 2 x $.75 coupons
    BD cheese slices (PM FB) 2 x $1.88 – $1.50 coupon
    Vitality bread (PM) 2 /$5.00 + 1 x $3.08 – 50% pink sticker (-$1.54)
    Cucumber $.99
    Broccoli $.97
    Romaine $1.99
    Oranges (PM WM) $2.27
    Potatoes $1.88
    Bananas $2.74
    Magazine $3.49
    Tampax radiant (PM WM) 3 x $3.92 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Simple face cleansing cloths (PM WM) 2 x $6.77 – BOGO free coupon (- $6.77)
    Vaseline lotion $6.99 – FPC
    Degree deodorant (PM Rexall) 3 x $1.49 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Coupons $32.76
    Tax free day $5.51
    CO51 $3.00
    OOP $94.10

    Food Basics
    Hummus 2 x $3.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons – 2 x $1.00 CO51
    Philadelphia cream cheese 2 x $2.97
    Coupons $2.00
    CO51 $2.00
    OOP $7.94

    Bulk Barn
    Pepper $2.53
    Chocolate chips $3.62
    Cinnamon $.48
    Nuts in shell $2.94
    OOP $9.57

    Walmart
    Froot Loops $4.97 – $1.00 CO51
    OOP $3.97

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $450 (5 shopping weeks this month) – $28.73 (over last month)=$421.27
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $40.76
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $169.04
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1743.54
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $5.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $13.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $146.00
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $394.31 (Unfortunately September was the end of using the card for us as we are no longer allowed to use it)
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $7.63
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: BAH! I forgot AGAIN!
    •Total Spent This Week: $132.76
    •Total Spent So Far for November: $273.02
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of November: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $148.25
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $3726.06
    •Weekly overview: I can’t believe I keep forgetting to use those gift cards! I’m pretty sure it’s because I collect PC points so I always pay with my PC MasterCard and it is habit lol (I currently have $110 worth of free groceries in points and now with PC plus I am earning a ton more!). This week I bought a bunch of stuff on sale for Adam ‘s bday party that most people would otherwise pay a ton for when they entertain. Cheese, crackers, cookies, chips and dip, all super cheap! I also proved it pays to check over your bill before you leave the store this week. I was accidentally charged $23.50 for a loaf of bread (when she was PMing she hit an extra button) and charged for 8 almond milk when I only bought 6. I ended up with a $26 refund!!! I was over this week but I expected a more expensive week for stocking up on Adam’s birthday.

    • Hey Jen,
      Wow what a great shop and I can’t get over how many coupons you use each month. You sure do keep organized when it comes to the grocery budget. I would have loved to have seen that receipt and I bet it happens all the time to people who are not watching or reading their receipts. Good Catch!!! I use PC as well and collect points and have the PC Plus but I’m still learning my way around it. Keep up the good work.. wow! You get ballot 7

  9. joanne tjerno says:

    Well this week was simple enough….a little late in posting…we spent most the week working and at family for the weekend so we didnt have time or need anything to go shopping for. So this week was a no shop week!

    November 11-17
    Budget for the month 700$
    Total spent so far this month=228.01
    Left for the month=471.99

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