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The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 6-12, 2014 #2: Does a product name entice you to buy?

product-name-marketingCOOL PRODUCT NAMES ARE CATCHY

 

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

 

Anti-monkey-butt-powder

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

Miracle Mayo

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.

 

Buying generic

 

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?

 

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Walmart

  • 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

Zehrs

  • 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 :-)

Food Basics

  • 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

Metro

  • 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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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.

 

 

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  • 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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  1. Mary F. Campbell says:

    JANUARY – Week #1 of 4- January 6-12, 2014 – 2014 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:

    Before we start our JANUARY off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers:

    Grocery:

    $142.50 for the month
    ($12.50) transfer to borscht reserve
    ($20.00) transfer to Holiday Season reserve

    Grocery Balance $110.00 for JANUARY

    Stockpile:

    $47.50 for the month
    ($17.50) transfer to re-stocking reserve
    ($30.00) transfer to US Reserve

    Stockpile Balance: $0.00 for JANUARY

    We finished off the 2013 Grocery Game Challenge with “reserves” that we are carrying forward into the 2014 year… since have already been accounted for in the 2013 grocery budget but not yet spent. I have a July road trip planned to visit the relatives and I am sure I will pick up some borscht. Until then, I will just keeping adding to the funds on reserve. :-)

    A good chunk of the shopping this week will last for more than the current week but for simplicity, I charged it all to the grocery budget. We are very well stocked with fresh fruit and veggies, meat, fish, eggs and cheese so really… we can comfortably use the grocery budget. It’s was nice to stock up on our maple syrup, honey and tuna while they were on sale! We’re looking good now! :-D

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Extra Foods – Maple Ridge – Jan 2

    4 x Bulk Food Whole Wheat Buns $1.04
    1 x bag of Baby Spinach $2.98
    1 x large bag of Chopped Romaine $4.98

    •Total OOP: $9.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $9.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC PLUS Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Extra Foods – Maple Ridge – Jan 4

    6 x Bulk Food Buns $1.56
    1 x large bag of Chopped Romaine $4.98

    •Total OOP: $6.54

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $6.54
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC PLUS Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    European Bakery – Maple Ridge – Jan 4

    2 x Gluten Free Bread $10.00

    •Total OOP: $10.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    Safeway – Maple Ridge – Jan 5

    1 x Safeway brand Instant Yeast $4.79
    2 x Marzetti Ranch Vegetable Dip ($7.98-$2.00 Loyalty Savings) = $5.98

    •Total OOP: $10.77

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.77
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $2.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    London Drugs – Maple Ridge – Jan 5

    1 x 1L Liquid Honey =$6.99
    2 x 1L Pure Maple Syrup ($6.99 ea) = $13.98
    12 cans tuna ($0.99 ea) = $11.88

    •Total OOP: $32.85

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $32.85
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    Extra Foods – Maple Ridge – Jan 6

    4 x Wonderbread 18 Grain 100% Whole Grain bread @2 for $4) =$8.00
    4 x No Name 100% Whole Wheat 6-pack English Muffins ($1.11 ea – limit 4) =$4.44

    •Total OOP: $12.44

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $12.44
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO US SHOPS UNTIL JANUARY 16th

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    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: Jan ($0.00)

    •Total Coupons Used This Year: Jan ($0.00)

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: Jan (0) Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: (0) Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: (0) Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: (0) Points

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    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    Jan ($12.50 to borscht reserve+$20.00 to holiday baking reserve+0.11 from 2013 overage+$9.00+$6.54+$10.00+$10.77+$32.85+$12.44 = $104.21)

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far: Jan $142.50

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $38.29 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:

    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    Jan ($17.50 to restocking reserve+$30.00 to US Reserve = $47.50)

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget: Jan $47.50

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

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    2014 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    2013 Fwd $125.00+Jan $17.50= $142.50 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50= $287.50 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $10.00= $20.00 AVAILABLE

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    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2014: $104.21 Grocery+$47.50 Stockpile = $151.71

    $190 is budgeted for JAN ‘2014 but with the unused 2013 unused reserves, we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $142.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $287.50 Borscht Fund
    $20.00 Holiday Season Fund

    Total Reserves $450.00

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    CLOSING GROCERY POSITIONS FOR JANUARY:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $38.29
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    2014 HOLIDAYS: $10.00
    2014 BORSCHT: $287.50
    Re-Stocking Funds: $142.50

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $120.54 +$30.00 = $150.54
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

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

    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Safeway:

    3 dozen Lucerne Large Eggs @ $1.33 (Good until Feb 7th)
    4 Butcher’s Cut Side Bacon @ $8.99 (Good until Feb 20th)
    4 Butcher’s Cut Boneless Honey Dinner Ham 1 Kg @ $8.49
    (Good to Feb 26th)
    2 Butcher’s Cut Beef Sausages 500g @ 2 for $5.00
    (Good to March 6th)
    2 Butcher’s Cut Beef Sausages 500g @ 2 for $5.00
    (Good to March 6th) – SECOND RAIN CHECK!!!!
    4 Butcher’s Cut Side Bacon @ $8.99 (Good until March 19th)

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    • Hi Mary,
      WOW, I can’t get over how detail oriented you are, I love it. We are collecting the PC PLUS points as well but I’m not tracking them. You had a great shop and to be honest that Maple Syrup was a great price. My relatives apparently found out they could tap their maple trees and last year made loads of maple syrup so we no longer have to buy it anymore ya.. it can get pricey but there’s nothing like it at all. Keep up the great work.. and all the detail… I could learn something from you. You get ballot 6. Mr.CBB

  2. LOL! I’ve seen the Anti-Monkey Butt products in stores and it always makes me laugh. I guess it’s one way to get people’s attention! :) Where I generally am willing to spend extra on is on organic fruits and vegetables. It does cost more but it’s worth it to me. I do buy high quality suits for work but I wear them for years so it is a good investment in my book. :)
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    • Oh, it caught my eye alright lol… it works doesn’t it? If you know you want a suit to last you a year or two then sure spend the money once to buy a good suit. We do that but there are items we really don’t care about and would rather spend a few dollars like my wife who bought the shirts at Goodwill. Even if she gets to wear them 10 or 20 times each it was well worth the money.

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    I have noticed the odd name of a product and I might have a look if it’s in an area of a product I buy. I don’t pay a lot of attention to it to be quite honest.
    As for buying generic, that I do a lot of. A number of the prescriptions here have been filled using generic drugs and I have no problem with it. Things like Tylenol I buy generic as it is much cheaper to do so. I have never had any problem using generic drugs.
    I will buy No Name or store brand products in the grocery stores as they have come a long way from the early days of Loblaws NN products. Back in my younger days I worked retail and saw the advices from products shipped in as store brand and the company address was usually one of the big name brands, you knew there that the product might be a store brand but it was made by the same company that made the much pricier product. The store was paying the brand name company to keep their name off the product…. These days the stores even have their own premium product labels!! You can get good, better, and best quality product with the store brands….You have plenty of choice in quality and in price. Mind you there will always be those that wouldn’t be caught buying store brand and insist on paying the price for the name brand. It’s their money, if they can afford to waste it that way who am I to argue. I buy the best deal for my money, at the best price I can and if I can use a coupon to save even more or get some other benefit from the sale I’m going for it.
    Looks like you are off to a good start this month and this year. I’m so far so good at this point. I have enough left for this week to pick up a couple of one day sales on Thursday and a bag of milk and still come in under…..

  4. Anti Monkey Butt? Lol! I have to say I wouldn’t be buying a product with the word ‘Butt’ in the title. My British sense of humour is similar to yours I think! Interesting about the dollar store pregnancy test. I spent a fortune on pregnancy tests when I thought I was pregnant (which I was with my little girl). I did see the cheaper varieties but thought they would somehow show a false result because of the fact they were so cheap. In England now, Doctors don’t seem to confirm the pregnancy by doing a blood test – they say the store pregnancy tests are good enough so perhaps next time (if there is a next time) I will go down the cheaper route and save myself some cash.
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  5. I feel really spoiled this week with all the freebies. The local grocery store had a sale on bagged apples, only it would appear that some bags had ,one bad apple in each bag. The produce manager had to remake the apple bags and was going to throw out the bruised ones. I asked for them. Apple sauce and apple pie.There ere oranges with a a soft spot as well, but perfect to consume. Four bags of spinach because the cooler had broken down and it was s throw away. I grabbed them and blanched a lot and froze what we wouldn’t eat this week. Two loaves of bread, Chelsea bread, cinnamon rolls, and raisin buns a gift for eggs I gave someone and since I sell enough eggs to cover my feed I have three and a half dozen left over for our usage.

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 per month or $70.00 for 4 weeks per month. ( for six people)
    Total Budget For January $340.00
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $1.00
    Total Discounts this Week: $0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    Total Rewards Points Used: $0
    Total Spent This Week: $87.10
    Total Spent So Far for January: $87.10
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $$17.10
    Total Over/Under spend for the month: over $17.10
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $252.90
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $1.00
    Total to Carry Over Next Month:0
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $87.10
    Weekly Overview: This is my first shop since November, so I was surprised what I needed and what I didn’t need. Our flyers have not been coming regularly making price matching a challenge this week but I managed to PM with two stores.

    I have to date accumulated $30.00 in Shoppers points and $60.00 in PC points, but think I will use them on stocking up the pantry. I always find good sale In February in flour, and canned goods. Grocery stores hurt in February as thats when people’s VISA bills from Christmas come in!!

    Been eating out the freezer as well as the pantry. Moving things about down there.

    Shoppers milk 2x $3.97 7.94

    Superstore Tomato soup 2x .80 1.60
    Kidney beans 2x .88 PM 1.76
    PC chocolate chips 7.49 ( gone up $.50)
    Instant pudding 2 x .78 1.56
    Cat food 8kg 14.98
    Ice creme 4.99
    Astro yogurt 3.98
    Brown rice 4.77
    PC granola bars 4.99
    PC cereal bars 1.88
    White cheese 4.99
    Laughing cow PM coupon $1.00 2.79
    Turkey slices 4.77
    Eye round steak (6pcs) 13.16
    Romaine hearts 3.49
    celery 1.48
    Clementine’s 5lbs PM 2.77
    Tomato grapes 2.98
    Green pepper 1.14
    banana 1.37
    Total 87.10

    Mr. BB I had to really look for this grocery game submission area. Your post was really long ( but good) and covered too much information from past to present.I kept scanning down and down to see where this weeks challenge was. Just my thoughts anyway.
    Lynaka recently posted…Grocery Challenge January 1-12, 2014My Profile

    • Hi Lynaka,
      That’s Mr.CBB not Mr.BB hehe!!! :) All you need to do is post your shop in the comments for each weeks challenge. You can read the rules for the Grocery Game Challenge on my home page of the blog. The reason I put the past posts in there is so they aren’t lost in the archives although I may move them to it’s own dedicated page down the road. So, each week I post my shop and I tend to do a story about something related to grocery and all you do is post your shop in the comments. I will moderate your grocery shop and give you a ballot number in the monthly contest :) If you have any questions feel free to ask as any of the long standing players are always willing to help out.

      That’s amazing all the free food you received from your grocer. It’s also amazing how much food the grocery store throws out every day and it’s a pity that more shops don’t give it away. You are smart, that’s great. We collect PC Points and SDM points as well but haven’t redeemed the SDM points in ages and I think we are near 400k in points.

      Well done with your shop this week and I look forward to what you have to share with us for the 2014 year. Many of us are starting our third year posting our shops in the GGC and I will tell you that we’ve learned plenty.
      Keep up the good work, you get ballot #10. Mr.CBB

  6. Angela Mainse says:

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 300 including adding to stockpile
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 9.14 (including superbucks gas coupons)
    Total Discounts this Week: .90
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: 0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 33.60
    Total Spent So Far for January: 74.18
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 225.82
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 9.14
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 26.40
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 74.18
    Weekly Overview:
    RCSS: 12 pkg goldfish crackers (clearance and coupons), ketchup, croutons, stewing beef, granola bars, bananas, grape tomatoes, clearance DVD gift boxes for Christmas next year – 4 pkgs.: $25.20
    Walmart: 4 boxes of clearance tissues, equate gravol tabs, small Christmas centrepiece on clearance: $8.40

    We may need to make a run for milk before the end of the week, but I’m seeing if it will hold out. Otherwise, we don’t need much right now. A lot of it was stock stuff – the crackers or additions to our meals. I like the weeks with the easy shops! I’m hoping it will last to the end of the month

    • Hi Angela,
      We didn’t find much in the way of Christmas discount items this year that we needed but we picked up a couple of big bows for $0.14 that we hang around our wreaths outside which was a great price. We might just go ahead and start buying 2 bags of milk each week so we are always a bag ahead and freeze it. It’s been a long while since there’s been a milk sale with a coupon and we go through 4 litres a week easily with the amount of tea we drink. How does your carry over emergency jar work? Keep up the good work.. you get ballot #11. Mr.CBB

    • Hi Angela,
      We didn’t find much in the way of Christmas discount items this year that we needed but we picked up a couple of big bows for $0.14 that we hang around our wreaths outside which was a great price. We might just go ahead and start buying 2 bags of milk each week so we are always a bag ahead and freeze it. It’s been a long while since there’s been a milk sale with a coupon and we go through 4 litres a week easily with the amount of tea we drink. How does your carry over emergency jar work? Keep up the good work.. you get ballot #11. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        We didn’t need a lot in the way of Christmas carryover for next year. DVD boxes tend to the be the most used. We reuse ours every year and rather than use wrap. But, we passed on some boxes this year, they are great for Children’s books too. We have a bit of milk in the freezer, but not too much. I find that we prefer not drinking the stuff after frozen, but I cook with it, so I know I will have recipes covered if necessary. Our carry over jar is a bit of an interesting thing. We use it for take-out if we ever go out, or in a few months if we run into some weeks that we need more than I allot of $60 a week. And every summer, if there is anything leftover we use it toward a vacation or a day of entertainment for the family since we don’t have the funds to otherwise. This year will be a bit different, we will likely cut out the extra entertainment during the summer and just keep the money in the food jar. I often buy GC for grocery stores from our church with it as well. The church gets a percentage from the store and we get the value of the gift card. We can’t afford to donate, so it’s our way of getting something back to them. I will note if I take out of the jar. It usually ends up the last week of the month or if there is a super stock up sale.

        • That’s a great way to give back to the church if they get a percentage of the gc. If the jar works for your family by all means keep using it and I like how you designate certain things to come out of the jar like take-out. I don’t really drink the milk rather I use it in my coffee and tea so it doesn’t really bother me when i defrost it. I don’t mind it.

  7. Angela Mainse says:

    I’m revising mine for this week, I ended up needing potatoes and onions for my stew on Sunday, my son loves pears and they went on sale, and just couldn’t pass up a couple of clearance items that we love but can’t afford at reg price, so here it is…
    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 300 including adding to stockpile
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 9.14 (including superbucks gas coupons)
    Total Discounts this Week: .1.74
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: 0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 2.74
    Total Spent This Week: 56.35
    Total Spent So Far for January: 96.93
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 203.07
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 9.14
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 3.65
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 96.93
    Weekly Overview:
    RCSS: 12 pkg goldfish crackers (clearance and coupons), ketchup, croutons, stewing beef, granola bars, bananas, grape tomatoes, clearance DVD gift boxes for Christmas next year – 4 pkgs.: $25.20
    Walmart: 4 boxes of clearance tissues, equate gravol tabs, small Christmas centrepiece on clearance: $8.40
    RCSS: pears (7.5 lbs), 10lb potatoes, 10lb onions (sale and 50% off, 3 candy canes clearance (1 scop), 3-12 pk k cups clearance (1 scop), 3 large toblerone clearance, 1 hershey snowman clearance: $22.75

    • Hi Angela,
      I’m moderating lots of your GGC posts today, that’s great! Ok, so this is just a revision of the GGC post that I just moderated and gave you a ballot for. Thanks for letting me know that really does help me out. We are the same sometimes we run out of something but we just add it to the next week but feel free to revise, just let me know it’s a revision like you did. :) Mr.CBB

  8. I hope this is not too late, I was not sure if I wanted to post but I do want to take part in the grocery challenge. Pardon me as I might not be as detailed as Mary.

    Safeway
    Rogers porridge ( 1kg bag of oatmeal) sale $3.99
    Kraft Caesar dressing: $2.85
    Round steak sale $3.00
    3 seedless oranges sale $1.27
    4 apples sale $2.53
    2 lemons sale $1.00
    1 zucchini sale $ 0.55
    2 eggplant $1.56
    1 head of romaine lettuce

    • Hi Ndy,
      Welcome to the Grocery Game Challenge!! NO, you are never too late to post as you post on your own schedule however once a month I draw a winner from all the grocery shops for the month that are posts on the last Sunday of that months shop of mine but don’t worry if your weeks don’t jive with mine you will always get a ballot entry even if it goes into the next month. :) If you look at my grocery game post that is exactly how we all post our shops although Mary is the exception as she is much more detailed which you don’t have to do. In order for us to follow each others shops I would ask if we could keep the posts somewhat standard so we can all help each other out. If you need any help you can email me at canadianbudgetbinder @ yahoo. ca any time and I will help you. :) You get ballot 12.

  9. I hope this is not late, I was not sure if I wanted to post but I do want to take part in the grocery challenge. Pardon me as I might not be as detailed as Mary. This below is for just one person, a female.

    Safeway
    Rogers porridge ( 1 kg bag of oatmeal) sale $3.99
    Kraft Caesar dressing $ 2.85
    Round steak sale $3.00
    3 seedless oranges sale $1.27
    4 ambrosia apples sale $2.53
    2 lemons sale $1.00
    1 zucchini sale $ 0.55
    2 eggplants $1.56
    1 head of organic romaine lettuce $2.49
    1 pack of croutons $ 2.99
    Parmesan cheese wedge $7.89
    Total : $30.12

    London drugs
    1 box of black tea ( brand name stash) sale $3.39
    I pack of pitted prunes ( store brand) sale $2.99
    I bar of mountain range milk chocolate sale $1.69
    Cotton pads $4.99 ( I could have gotten the cotton pads for two dollars cheaper at Walmart but it was a really cold day and I didn’t feel like going all the way to walmart)
    Total: $13.29

    Total grocery budget for the month: $125.00 includes stockpile budget
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $0
    Total discounts this week:$0
    Total discounts used to date: $0
    Stockpile budget($20.00):$0
    Stockpile budget used to date : $0
    Total spent this week: $43.41
    Total spent so far January : $43.41
    Total over/ under spend this shop: $18.41
    Total over/ under spend for this month: $0
    Total left to spend for the month: $81.59
    Total to carry over next month: not sure yet, still a few more weeks to go.
    Total spent to date this year: $ 43.41
    Weekly overview: I think I did ok this week, I had a some staples and meat from the week before that I worked with. I actually never thought of a stockpile budget until I started typing this out and then I realized I don’t have one. Something to consider but for now, we will assume $20 is for my stockpile budget. I also budget my personal hygiene items in with my grocery food budget.

    • HI Ndy,
      I’m thrilled to have you join the GGC as are all of the rest of the players. You don’t have to be as detailed as Mary but I do like to keep the posts as standard as we can so we can all help each other out. You can add as much detail as you wish though after all, it’s your budget. I think you may have entered the ggc for this week twice as I just moderated a post. All the comments on the blog are hidden until I moderate them which gives me time to read them over and leave a comment and to stop SPAM. So your grocery budget includes Personal hygiene items and is for one person, thanks for letting us know this helps us to understand your shops much better. You have a great budget for 1 for the month and I can’t wait to see how you make out with that. I don’t think we have any one person grocery budgets here so I’m really interested in your shops. Keep up the good work you get ballot 12 which is the same from the other post which I just moderated. Mr.CBB

  10. joanne tjerno says:

    Well this week was a bit more back to normal….still trying to get back on track with our diets but slowly and surely we are getting there.

    Superstore

    Milk 3.97
    Potassium 6.99
    Total =11.87

    Sobeys

    Horseradish 1.49
    teriayki sace 2.48
    sweet chili thai sauce 2.48

    total=6.45

    shoppers drug mart
    milk 3.97
    fries 1.99
    plain chips 3.99

    total=10.47

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $9,100 ($175/week) I shop for two adults, a five year, two year old, 2 dogs, 1 cat. Our budget includes food, toiletries, pet food, diapers and vitamins :)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $2.00
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $2.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 0
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $28.79
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $56.86
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $643.14
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $56.86

    Good start to the year….this weeks upcoming shop will probably be much larger as we have cleared out the freezer :S

    • Hi Joanne,
      Not too much to buy this week it looks like but like you said it is a great start to the year and next weeks shop will be the big shop since you’ve eaten up and cleared out that freezer. Have you made any changes to your budget for 2014? Keep at it… Mr.CBB You get ballot 16.

      • joanne tjerno says:

        Yes i have lowered my weekly budget to 25$. Hopefully in a few more months my son will be potty trained which will help to reduce our budget a bit with not having to buy diapers…..i think 175 is reasonable as it includes all food, pets, baby supplies and vitamins :)

  11. It’s great to see so many new people checking out the GGC and your blog Mr CBB!

    I buy no name brands when I can but there are certain things I won’t budge on like Heinz ketchup or Tide laundry detergent. I just do my best to buy them on sale with coupons.

    I shop for 2 adults and a 3 year old boy. Our budget is $85/week or $340 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    RCSS
    Milk $4.97 – $1.00 coupon
    Banana $.17
    Coupons $1.00
    OOP $4.14

    RCSS
    Bread (PM Target) 3 x $1.88
    OOP $5.64

    Metro
    Fruitsations snacks 2 x $1.88 – 2 x $.50 coupons
    Goldfish 5 x $1.99 – 2 x $1.00 coupons (earned 20 bonus AirMiles)
    Natura Almond milk (raincheque) 6 @ 3/$5.00 – 6 x $1.00 coupons
    Coupons $9.00
    OOP $15.20

    RCSS
    Beans (PM FC) 2 x $1.00
    NN tuna 5 x $1.00
    Mott’s applesauce (PM GT) 4 x $1.88
    Mini Wheats (PM WM) 2 x $2.88 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Cadbury dark (PM Rexall) 2 x $2.00
    SOS pads (PM Loblaws) 2 x $1.00
    Almond Fresh (PM Metro) $3.50 – $1.50 coupon
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    Soy yogurt $4.68
    NN frozen chopped spinach (PM NF) $1.00
    NN frozen mixed veggies (PM NF) $1.00
    PC BM plum sauce $2.98
    Rice cakes (PM FC) 8 x $1.00
    Cheese whiz (PM FB) $2.88
    Bagels (PM NF) 2 x $1.00
    Wonderbread (PM Loblaws) $2.00
    Cucumber (PM WM) $.97
    Garlic $.49
    Strawberries (PM FC) 2 x $2.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons (from Mini Wheats box)
    Romaine $3.99
    Green pepper (PM WM) $1.18
    Tomato $.49
    Onions 3lbs (PM NF) $1.00
    Bananas $1.85
    Blistex lip balm (PM Rexall) $2.00
    Coupons $7.50
    OOP $69.33

    Walmart
    Distilled water 3 x $.97
    Magazine $3.48
    Arctic Gardens 1.75kg frozen veggies (PM FB) $4.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Mushrooms (PM FB) $.88
    Broccoli (PM FB) $.88
    Maple Leaf Natural Selections Single serves (PM NF) 12 x $1.00 (6 turkey, 6 ham…per gram it was cheaper than buying the regular pack)
    Coupons $1.00
    Total $24.59
    OOP $0.00 (Used gift card received at Christmas)

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,420 ($85/week) + Meat order $172.85/month for 9 months $1555.65=$5975.65 for the year including the meat order.
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $18.50
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.50
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $26.50
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $3.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $3.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $24.59
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $24.59
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $94.31
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $171.38
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $168.62
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $171.38
    •Weekly overview: I was a little over this week but under last week so it evens out. My Walmart gift card saved me a little lol. I’m pleased with the week :-)

    • Hey Jen,
      Those gift cards are great life savers… I wish we had more than what we have but we don’t. Where did you find the cereal coupons? Great deal. My wife is the same with some products as well it’s pick or choose when it comes to name brand. You picked up some great deals. It was nice to see you did the math for the lunch meat to figure out it was a better deal. You get ballot 16 Mr.CBB

  12. Christine Weadick says:

    So nice to see some new entries!!!! For groceries themselves things were at Foodland but I did some stocking up on shampoo and conditioner at Jackson’s, that was too good a price to walk away from!!! I’m thinking this is a 5 week month so I’m trying to keep things under or very close to $130.00 each week.
    Foodland, Jan 3
    2 mac and cheese boxes @.69- 1.38
    3 bags organic rice @.99- 2.97
    2 cans apple juice @ 1.49- 2.98
    bananas- .71
    3 bagels @1.99-5.97
    1 package W/W dinner rolls- 2.79, 50% discount- 1.40
    1 taco kit- 3.99
    1 parmesan cheese grated- 4.54
    2 4l milk @4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 block cheese- 6.49
    1 roast- 10.35
    Total- $55.84, 1.40 discount

    Jackson’s Pharmacy, Jan 3
    3 packs Pantene Shampoo with free conditioner @ 4.99- 14.97
    Tax- 1.94
    Total- $16.91, Stockpile

    Foodland Jan 7
    1 bag organic rice- .99
    1 can pineapple- 1.19
    bananas- .36
    2 bagels @1.99- 3.98
    1 cranberry cocktail- 2.98
    1 package sausage- 3.99, 1.00 coupon
    1 yogurt- 3.99
    1 box holiday Rice Krispies- 4.49, 25% discount- 1.12, 1.00 coupon
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 sausage- 4.99, 50% discount- 2.50
    20 lb bag potatoes- 4.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Total- $36.61, 3.62 discounts, 2.00 coupons

    Foodland, Jan 9
    12 cans soup @2/1.00- 6.00
    1 orange juice- 1.99
    1 4l milk-4.79
    2 cases KD @ 5.99- 11.98
    Total- $24.76

    Total budget for the month- $650.00
    Total coupons/discounts for week- 2.00+5.02=$7.02
    Total spent this week- $117.21
    Total spent for month- $233.50
    Total stockpile for month- $16.91, shampoo and conditioner
    Total stockpile for year- $16.91($25.00 per month)
    Total over/under for week- under $12.79
    Total over/under for month- N/A
    Total coupons/discounts for month- $14.02
    Left for the month- $416.50
    Total carryover to next month- $0.00
    Total YTD- $116.29+$117.21=$233.50

    So far a really good start for the year. Having the stockpile amount looks helpful. $4.99 for Pantene shampoo and conditioner is really good as it is usually $6.99 each!!! The roast was a little pricey but a nice treat.The one case of KD will go to our daughter’s place as will 4 cans of the soup. We will likely drop it all off on the way home after hubby’s appointment Wed in London as we will be going close to her place and I have keys to get in.
    I keep finding half price sausage and it is well liked here so I grab it when I can.
    All in all it is a good start to the year and I’m happy with that. Thinking ahead to how many weeks are in the month and the stock pile amount will help a lot!!!

    • Hey Christine~
      Yes the Pantene is costly and something my wife loaded up on with coupons back a couple of years ago. She loves it for her hair, where I’m easy with what I use. That was nice that you picked up the KD for your daughter. It can get pricey so when it goes on offer it’s a perfect time to buy it. If we found half price sausage you can bet we would buy it too! I’m making it a 5 week month as well but our last week is a no shop week. Keep up the great work with finding the deals! You get ballot 17. :) Mr.CBB

  13. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $500.
    Horray this is my last week of work then mat leave :)
    Sobeys
    $7.92 sirloin tip roast-2meals
    $6.51 top sirloin cap steaks-2meals
    $22.99 3kg frozen chicken breasts
    $1 sour cream
    $3×2-$1Cx2 librete yogurt
    $1.50×2 canned fruit
    $1.26 tomato
    $1 cucumber
    $1.49 broccoli
    $1×2 onion
    $1 carrots
    $1 celery
    $1.50×4 bread
    $10.99 lanolin (for nursing)
    discount tuesday shop
    $2×4 pizza pops
    $1.99×2-.75Cx2 international creamer
    $2.49 crispy onions
    $1.99 croutons
    $4.79-fpc sunrype juice
    $5.99-$2C pizza shredded cheese
    $3.99-fpc kashi cereal
    $3.49×2-bogoC(staff coupon) goldfish crackers
    $2.49×2-$2.49C shaving gel
    .80×5 comp beans
    .89 frozen juice
    .88 jalapenos
    .99 iceburg lettuce
    $3.24 bologna
    $1.93 breakfast sausage-clearance
    $8.61 ground beef-5meals
    $113.44 total oop
    $20.26 total coupons
    $6.11 10%discount tuesday
    Superstore
    $1.71×2-.50Cx2 coffee creamer
    $1.50×2 green/red peppers 4pk
    $4.88 sorbet
    $1.38 mushrooms
    $11.67 total oop
    $1 total coupons

    $125.11 weekly total oop
    $27.37 weekly total coupons/discounts

    $234.33 monthly total oop
    $49.86 monthly total coupons

    • Hi Juanita,
      Welcome back…
      It looks like you went over just a bit this week but I’m sure you will make it up for the rest of the month. I have plenty of catch up posts of yours to go through…. Well done You get ballot 13. Mr.CBB

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