Normally on a standard shopping trip we are fairly pre-set to buy only what we went in for unless there are reduced items, in-store unadvertised food sale or super special deals on offer.
Just lately I’ve started to notice products or rather the product name that are either funny, weird product names or just plain hopeful.
Funny product names
There are probably a lot more products out there than what I’ve seen, but one particular product name got me thinking about others.
This creative name is “Anti-Monkey Butt” and pertains to a powder and fights friction.
I didn’t read too far into what it was for or how effective it is, probably because I wasn’t suffering from a bad case of monkey butt.
I have previously seen “Butt Paste” which I think is for nappy rash or diaper rash for those of a North American discipline.
Maybe it’s that old British sense of humour or just the double entendre (or double meaning) that I read into things that’s making it seem funnier than it really is.
Weird product names
I haven’t got any pictures of bizarre product names that don’t really describe the product, aren’t funny or have absolutely no relation to what is being sold but they are out there, we’ve all seen them.
Plain Hopeful names
There’s probably hundreds of these products where the product name completely oversells the product or sounds like it’s claiming something it can’t deliver.
Even recipes have some crazy names but they entice people to read the ingredient list or the label just to find out what it is. The great British dinner of “Toad in the Hole” instantly springs to mind, as there are no toads in it and no hole in which to put the toad but it is catchy.
It’s more about thinking outside the box when it comes to naming products and how they can get us to turn our heads or read the name. It works for the most part.
What about “Spotted Dick” in the can which you can purchase at the Bulk Barn from the UK. Sure, it’s a common pudding treat with dried fruit served over custard to us back home but I bet the name gets your mind wandering and thinking about what the actual product is.
Any product name that contains Super, Magic, Miracle or Turbo in the title make me chuckle as that’s quite a claim. It makes me wonder if there is a product name generator app available and that’s what is used to come up with these catchy names.
The particularly hopeful name of “Miracle Mayo” caught my eye. I’m not sure what kind of miracles it performs or whether it out does “Miracle Whip” in the battle of mystical properties but it’s available if you want to give it a try.
It’s also common to go into any Dollar store and read product names on products that are similar to brand name products. Not everyone has the cash to spend on the pretty packaging and brand names or they simply don’t want to and to be honest generic products or even some with similar names for the same type product might be just as good.
I may just change my mind though if I know a decent name brand item is on sale for a good price and go ahead and splurge to buy it especially if it is the same price as a no-name brand product, why not? Many product names live up to their expectations but the price, not so much.
Let’s also take the debate of the dollar store pregnancy test over the name brand pregnancy tests both of which work but the price difference will blow your mind. Spending $1.25 over $18.99 for 3-4 tests is a no-brainer but some people will buy the name brand just to double-check or triple check.
Results may vary person to person, test to test name brand or not. Do they work? Read the comments but the answer is, yes for the most part when it says you are pregnant, you likely are.
Medications with catchy product names and colours coupled with any media type marketing draws us in to purchase these products but if you read the label the ingredients may just be identical. Our doctor recommended a medication for my wife yesterday but said if it wasn’t covered as it was a vitamin to simply purchase the generic brand as it’s just as good as the name brand.
When we went to look sure enough the prices were much less yet the ingredient lists were identical. I’d rather save the cash then blow it out the window for packaging and name brand if I can.
This could all change though when it comes to food because taste is paramount to anything so it really does boil down to trial and error or spend your money on the tried and true name brands but even I don’t fancy some name brand products because the taste does not suit me.
Quality might be a concern for those who spend money on a name brand item such as clothing and accessories PRADA and expect the best but you can spend a bit less and get a PRADO purse and to be honest only you would know. I’m not big into labels, rather I’m more concerned about quality and performance although some big names will provide you with the best, but you will pay.
We spent more money in our clothing budget this year and we didn’t necessarily spend it on name brand items but we did purchase items that were of a decent quality that would last us longer. We also hit up the second-hand stores any chance we can to purchase clothes because it’s worth it when you can find quality clothing for less. Just the other day my wife picked up a few new to her shirts at the Goodwill store for under $3.00 each which would have cost her anywhere from $30-$50 each if she bought them brand new.
You do get what you pay for but we always try to do some research and find out if it’s worth spending the extra on if we are buying new. We don’t tend to fall for the catchy names marketers use to sell products and we always read the labels.
They bank on people not reading labels until after the product is at home and sold. How many people actually return products? We do but we don’t make a special trip, others well they probably could care less and just take the money loss on a product they can’t use or that they thought was something that it’s not. Read.
Do fancy food product names or name brand products encourage you to spend your money on them?
January grocery game challenge posts
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Ultimate grocery shopping guide
Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly. If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below. If you know a topic that should be discussed, speak up. I want to know. Happy reading.
- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
- Go on vacation and save on groceries
- Grocery Store Activities For Kids
- Buying When There Is A Limit
- How do you like your bread?
- Holiday Baking On A Budget
- International Grocery Store Shopping
- Back To Basics More For Less
- How often do you shop for groceries?
- How not to miss in-store or unadvertised sales
- Who does the grocery shopping in your house?
Food food and more food
- 3 x turkey breakfast sausages Sale $3.19 each
- 5 x Prime turkey sausages Sale $3.75 each
- Taco seasoning $1.37 each-$1.00 coupons
- Ocean Spray Cranberry juice $6.27-FPC
- Burrito kit $4.27-FPC
- Turkey Buddig $0.97-FPC
Total out of pocket $29.06
- Bulk No-name olives Sale $6.49
- Hellmans Mayo Sale $2.99
- Organic Flax Milk $4.49-pink sticker 50% off
- 2 x PC Greek Yogurt $3.99-pink stickers 50% off
- 3x Tre Stelle Ricotta $5.49-pink stickers- $0.60 coupons
- English cucumber $1.99
- Bean sprouts $1.28
- Romaine lettuce $1.50
- Sweet Potatoes $6.25 (ouch but we love them)
Total out of pocket $33.18- gift card = FREE
- 2 x Jars of Bicks Pickles Sale $1.99
- 2 x PC Smoked Ham Sale $8.13, $7.67 (stockpile budget $15.80)
- Liberte yogurt Sale $2.99
- Selection olives Sale $1.50
- Reduced lemons $0.99
Total out of pocket $26.95
Shoppers Drug Mart
- Milk $3.79
- 2x 750ml Danone Yogurt Sale $1.79
Total out of pocket $7.55
- 2 x packages of boneless, skinless chicken breasts Sale $8.50, $8.61
- 2 bags of yellow onions Sale 2/$3.00
- Royal Gala apples Sale $0.99lb $ 3.60
- Greek Yogurt Feta Sale $2.24
- Fresh Spinach 2/$3.00
- Fuji Apples Sale $0.99lb $2.52
- Purex Laundry crystals Sale $3.99
Total out of pocket $36.21
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 January $235.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $15.31
- Total Coupons Used to date: $15.31
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Discounts Used to date: $0
- Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
- Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $15.80 (ham)
- Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $15.80
- Total Spent This Week: $83.97
- Total Spent So Far January: $83.97+
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $25.22 over this shop
- Total Over/Under spend for the month: $25.22 over so far
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $151.03
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: Jan $ (does not include stockpile budget)
- Weekly Overview: We did a bit of shopping while visiting the relatives to bring back home as well as a shop yesterday to stock up on a few items. We spent lots on meat to stock up which I will use $15.80 for th ham in our stockpile budget. The gift card was a nice Christmas gift and one that was put to good use in our home. Free food..
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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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 2014 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.
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