The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 13-19, 2014 #3: Supermarket abuse that costs money

grocery game challenge 3 January 2014YOU OPEN IT YOU BOUGHT IT

 

Although theft is one of the most costly forms of abuse in any retail store there are other more obvious things we see as consumers that make us shake our heads.

I don’t know how many times I’ve been through a supermarket and wonder why some parents just let their kids run around the store.

It’s nice to see when parents are teaching children about grocery shopping by educating them and having them help with the grocery list but another thing just to let them do what they please.

 

Supermarket abuse

 

I’ve literally seen children at the supermarket taking products off of the shelves and putting them in random spots. In one instance I saw a child open a chocolate bar and start eating it. I’m sure the child was in heaven but it doesn’t teach them right from wrong if we allow this behaviour.

Once the mother noticed and stopped him she left the opened chocolate bar on the shelf and went along without saying a thing to the child. The proper thing to do would have been to take that chocolate bar and purchase it now that your child has taken the liberty of opening it and eating it. How you choose to raise your child is up to you but I certainly would have taken the time to explain the lessons in if you don’t have the money to buy it you don’t touch  it. That costs money.

Then if it’s not a child it’s an adult who thinks it’s ok to just grab whatever they want and start eating it while pushing their shopping cart around without paying for it. Better yet how about the customer who must try the fruit before they purchase it so they think it’s acceptable to eat the cherries, grapes or take a bite of an apple just to test it out. That costs money.

It’s just another reason the Bulk Barn has to put signs up all over the store to tell customers to please not sample the food. In many circumstances if you find a department head and ask they may graciously offer you to test a product. Worst case scenario if a product is not fresh most stores have a freshness guarantee. Come on, is it worth getting pulled in by store security just to fill your belly? That costs money.

If I were in a room right now in front of you and I asked you to raise your hands if you recall walking through a supermarket aisle only to find a block of cheese or roast sitting on a shelf next to the, I don’t know, peanut butter I bet all of you would raise your hands.

The point is that people who take supermarket items and put it in their shopping basket and then later have a change of heart for one reason or another and then just plop it on a random shelf not giving a care in the world whether it needs to be refrigerated or frozen really need to have someone just wreck random things they own for no reason. Yes, that is one long sentence and I can say that in one breath if you allow me to. That costs money.

Don’t be lazy, bring the item back where it belongs. Not all food in a supermarket is put in by the grocery store as some companies have merchandisers that are brought in such as the chips, bread, pop etc and if their product is placed randomly around the store they lose money if they don’t know what is expired or what has not been purchased. That costs money.

I know back in the UK there was a time when if you broke something you paid for it. Not so much the case here but there have been numerous times where I’ve seen a jar go flying off a shelf and smash on the ground only to have the customer keep on walking. Not only is it a safety hazard the least you could do is inform someone. If you accidentally open a product or rip a bag do the right thing and bring it to a cashier or department clerk to be removed from the shelves. Don’t just let it leak all over the place. Someone will soak up the cost of the product. Guess who? That costs money.

Finally, if you are going to bring your coffee or tea cups into the supermarket or eat your burger or chips while you walk around at least have the decency to find a garbage pail to put the empty packaging or leftover food in. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen empty Tim Horton’s cups on shelves or half eaten containers of outside food that people are too lazy to bring to a garbage can which are readily available in most grocery stores if not right outside the front of the store for customer convenience.

I mean I know the employees are there to work but when we create work for them when they could be doing something else more productive for the organization and us as customers it takes away from their role for nothing. Would you shop at a dump? Probably not, so do us all a favour and find the garbage can and use it for it’s purpose, to dispose of rubbish. That costs money.

I’m sure there are other wild and wacky things you’ve experienced in a supermarket and you  might even work in one and have stories you want to share. I want to hear about them and what you did or didn’t do or what you saw. Sometimes common sense isn’t so common for everyone and we need a little reminder about how doing the right thing will help everyone.

In the end it’s the consumer who pays in the form of price increases whether it’s a nickel here or a dime there it all adds up.

What kinds of supermarket abuse have you seen before?

 

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Metro

  • 2 x selection cherry pie filling $2.99 ea
  • Chicken Breast Sale $11.42, $11.84 (stockpile budget $4.20  leaves $19.06)
  • 3 x salad dressing Sale $2.24 ea
  • Fuji apples Sale $0.99lb $ 9.77

Total out of pocket $41.53 plus $4.20 for stockpile budget

No Frills

  • Armstrong Marble Cheddar PM WM $4.97- $1.00 coupon
  • Armstrong Mozzarella PM WM $4.97-$1.00 coupon
  • 1 x celery Sale $1.57
  • 1 x Fennel Sale $1.77

Total out of pocket $11.28

Food Basics

  • Romain lettuce $1.77
  • Grapefruit reduced $0.69
  • Tortellini- $1.99
  • SOS pads $0.99
  • 2 x Nescafe Instant coffee Sale $3.47
  • Broccoli Sale $0.88
  • Seedless cucumber $1.67
  • Whole wheat pita $1.00
  • Sweet Potatoes $3. 40
  • Feta Cheese 700g $10.00
  • Carrots $1.47
  • 2 x white mushrooms Sale $0.88
  • Gourmet mushrooms $2.50-$0.50 coupon
  • Sweet potatoes bag 2 $2.52

Total out of pocket $ 38.65

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Milk 4 Litres – $3.97

Total out of pocket $3.97

 

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 : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $15.31
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0.50
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $0.50
  • 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) ($4.20 Chicken Breast)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $95.43
  • Total Spent So Far January: $83.97+95.43=$179.40
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $17.10 over this shop
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $55.60
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: Jan $ (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Weekly Overview: We stocked up on chicken breast this week and purchased some cherry pie filling for the cheesecake I made the other day. We did have a blip in price for the mushrooms not knowing they were gourmet mushrooms. We thought they were the sale price of $0.88-$0.50 coupon however after reviewing the receipt which we did not do in store due to rushing (bad) we paid the price.

 

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Comments

  1. We must be on the same wavelength this week. I was talking about entitled kids this week. The worst thing we can do as parents is endorse our own kids bad behaviors. Will kids be naughty? Absolutely. But we do them a huge disservice when we don’t allow them to face the consequences, even if we are the ones to bring it to attention – like eating a candy bar at the grocery store. And you’re absolutely right, ultimately we, as customers, pick up the cost of this abuse through higher prices.
    Shannon @ The Heavy Purse recently posted…Good Versus Entitled Life: The Unintended ConsequencesMy Profile

  2. Mary F. Campbell says:

    JANUARY – Week #2 of 4- January 13-19, 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:

    It’s all about fresh produce for us this week and some tea that was on sale with bonus air miles to boot! Love the price on the eggs… gonna send hubby back in the hopes of scoring a rain check if they are out later in the week. I have one rain check for eggs but it’s only good until Feb. 7th. It would be nice to have one that is good for longer. :-)

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Safeway – Maple Ridge – Jan 11

    3 Tetley Peppermint Tea ($10.77-$3.27 Loyalty Savings)= $7.50
    3 Tetley Ginger/Mint Tea ($10.77-$3.27 Loyalty Savings)= $7.50
    3 dozen Lucerne Eggs ($10.17-$6.18 Loyalty Savings)= $3.99
    5 bananas $1.68
    .32 kg green beans $2.46
    1 Green Cabbage $2.80
    1 bunch celery $1.49
    2 bunches radishes $1.58
    1 English cucumber $1.79

    •Total OOP: $30.79

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $30.79
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 70 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $12.72 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO US SHOPS UNTIL FEBRUARY 10th … I found a European bakery that does a passable gluten free bread so I am waiting until we do our weekend get-away for Family Day/Valentine’s Day.

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    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: Jan ($7.77)

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

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

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: (70) Air Miles

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

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

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    •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 +$30.79= $135.00)

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far: Jan $142.50

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $7.50 AVAILABLE << Yikes! Not much for 2 weeks!!!!

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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: $135.00 Grocery+$47.50 Stockpile = $182.50

    $190 is budgeted for JAN ‘2014 but with the unused 2013 unused reserves, we have these funds already accounted for but 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: $7.50
    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: $150.54
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

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    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) – SECOND RAIN CHECK!!!!

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    • Hi Mary
      What a great stash of rain checks you have. That’s a great shop with the tea and the eggs. It’s nice to see you found a bakery close by that you may like. So no more shopping until Feb…. I don’t know how you do it but I’m going to be trying to do better in 2014 although we are already over the first month. :( You get ballot 18. Mr.CBB

  3. If one has a change of heart on meat, frozen foods, etc., better you put it back where you got it from. Don’t leave it anywhere you choose, and don’t leave it with the cashier. Anything like that that makes it to the cashier, and you say you don’t want it, guess what? Yep, it’s garbage. Cannot be reshelved. We don’t know who long you’ve had it in your cart.

    In the store I work at, the running joke is, “There must be a Tim Horton’s in here because I keep finding empty cups on shelves, etc., except I haven’t been able to find it yet.”

    • That’s something I didn’t know about frozen foods but certainly non-persishables can be brought to the cashier I presume. That’s funny about the Tim Hortons but it’s true I see it all the time. Thanks Louise for dropping by.

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    I can remember back when my kids were small if you bought something from the bulk section you had to get someone to weigh it and write the price on the package for you before you left the dept. as they didn’t have the scales as part of the register then. People would be eating food from the bags before it was weighed…. I had the older boy with me and got some cheezies in bulk for snacks. He was almost in tears he wanted some so bad. I made him wait until we had a price on it and asked the gentleman at the scales to not tie the bag shut until I had given my son a couple to eat… He was so happy to oblige..he said he saw it all the time that people were basically stealing the food and he thought it was great that I was teaching my son to know better….This was 30 years ago so, clearly, nothing much has changed…certainly not for the better. I see stuff here, there and everywhere in the stores….It’s very rude in my books to leave stuff all over. If I change my mind about getting something either I or one of the boys will take the product back to it’s proper place on the shelf. Simple good manners in my opinion. Doesn’t look like there is a lot of that around any more…. Helping yourself to food without paying for it is theft…plain and simple.
    My kids were expected to behave in stores with me, if not… they were removed and taken home. Most of the time I was able to leave them with their Dad while I shopped. The grandson will behave in stores too or no treats. His idea of a treat is a bag of little carrots.
    Another thing I see at stores that drives me up the wall is leaving the carts all over the parking lot. Really…is it that hard to take them back to where they belong????? The loose carts can roll into other vehicles causing damage and at this time of the year when there is snow, they get in the way of the plows. Carts are not cheap for the stores to buy, they are quite expensive actually. If they have to replace the rusted beat up carts, care to guess who will eventually get that bill?? Yup…us the customer…

  5. * 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 : 0
    * Total Discounts this Week: $0
    * Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $10.00
    * Total Rewards Points Used: $0
    * Total Spent This Week: $98.69
    * Total Spent So Far for January: $87.10+ $98.69=185.79
    * Total Over/Under spend this shop: $28.69
    * Total Over/Under spend for the month: over $17.10+ $28.69=$45.79
    * Total Left to Spend for the Month: $154.21
    * Total Coupons Used This Month: $1.00
    * Total to Carry Over Next Month:0
    * Total Spent To Date This Year: $185.79
    * Weekly Overview: Did some stocking up on goods for the pantry this week. NoFrills was out of most items I wanted from their Dollar sale. I had to PM otherwise but even that seemed a challenge this week. I am over so far this month but plan on a low shop this week as I won’t be out and about this week.
    Lynaka recently posted…Grocery Challenge January 13-19, 2014My Profile

    • Hi Lynaka,
      One thing about the dollar sale that I find is that they run out of the deals so we miss out unless we are waiting at the doors the day the flyer goes live. It’s nice to hear you have a plan of action when it comes to shops where you overspend. Keep up the great work. You get ballot 20. Mr.CBB

  6. Christine Weadick says:

    Here are my shops for the third week. I went to Canadian Tire for a fast trip to get liquid hand soap as we were out and the cheaper brands I have tried don’t work well with my skin. Other than that I was at Foodland for the groceries.

    Foodland, Jan 11
    1 tomato paste- .65
    3 packages pasta @.97 -2.91
    1 celery salt -.99
    1 garlic powder -1.49
    Bananas -1.35
    1 jar pickles -1.79
    4 cans pasta/tomato sauce @1.88 -7.52
    1 can diced tomatoes -1.99
    1 can pineapple juice -2.69
    1 frozen veggies -2.99
    1 Oasis juice -3.49, 1.00 coupon
    1 yogurt -3.99, 1.00 coupon, .50 Peelie
    2 4l milk @4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 blocks cheese @599- 11.98
    1 case ginger ale -5.99, 2.00 coupon
    1 package boneless chicken breasts 9.26
    Tax -.78
    Total -$70.43, 4.50 coupons

    Canadian Tire, Jan 14
    1 Method hand soap -6.79
    Tax -.88
    Total -$7.67

    Foodland, Jan 14
    2 packages pasta @.97- 1.94
    1 soya sauce -2.48
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    2 W/W bread @2.99- 5.98
    2 Dawn dish soap @2.99- 5.98, $1.00 WUB 2 coupon
    1 yogurt -3.00, 1.00 coupon, .50 Peelie
    1 holiday Rice Krispies 4.79, 1.00 coupon, 1.12 discount
    1 4l milk -4.79
    1 sausage 4.88, 2.44 discount
    1 jug water -5.49
    Tax -.78
    Total -$36.72

    Total budget for month -650.00, $130.00 for the week (5 weeks)
    Total coupons for week -8.00
    Total discounts for week -3.56
    Total spent for week -$114.82
    Total spent for month -$116.29+$117.24+$114.82=$348.35
    Total over/under for month – N/A
    Total over/under for week -under 15.18
    Left for the month -$301.65
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$25.58
    Total carry over to next month -N/A
    Total YTD – $116.29+$117.24+$114.82=$348.36
    Stock pile -$16.91 ($25.00 month)

    Three weeks into the year and I’m still good!! This is looking good!! I’m getting low on meat so we shall see how I do for the rest of the month. The hand soap at CT wasn’t a sale price but I needed it. Of course it’s on sale this week!!! Go figure… The pasta was on sale this week at Foodland but I didn’t get enough for me to consider it stockpiling as we eat pasta all the time. That and rice are on the table a lot. Cheap eats. I keep getting lucky finding stickered sausages, not that anyone here complains!! So far I’m managing to do a little extra shopping and still staying under for the budget…. I a going to try to keep this up and still stock up on meat if I can, right now I have a nice cushion for grabbing a few extras if I find a really good deal. I haven’t gone to NF yet this month but the sales haven’t been that impressive yet so I’ll wait for a good sale….

    • Hi Christine
      Great deal on the pickles…. were they on sale or is that regular price? What about Shoppers Drug Mart do they sell the Method soap? I’m pretty sure I noticed it there. We hardly if ever eat pasta any more so we don’t stock up but we have loads of it we will likely have to donate at some point. If you can score the meat at reduced price go ahead and load up. We do that every chance we can. Keep up the great work this month…. You get ballot 21. Mr.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        The jar of pickles is sort of a sale, it’s been on mark down at that price for quite a while. It’s not a big jar but the younger boy and I like our gherkins with KD!! Lol!! I have no idea if SDM sells the Method soap or not as I haven’t been in a while. We don’t get the flyers so I never know what’s on and I’m not likely to go in unless I know about a good sale.

        • I’m pretty sure I’ve seen method in Shoppers Drug Mart so it’s worth taking a look just to see what the price is like.

  7. 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.

    No Frills
    Deli meat singles 6 x $1.00
    Bagels $1.00
    Kaiser rolls $2.69
    Hot dog buns $1.00
    Apples $1.17
    OOP $11.86

    RCSS
    Silk almond milk 2/$7.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Cadbury dark chocolate bars (PM WM) 5 x $2.00 (earned 2,000 pcplus points which was like getting one free)
    Neilson’s chocolate 2 x $1.48 – 2 x 50% pink stickers (-$1.48)
    Glade air freshners (PM Sobey’s) 4 x $1.00 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Eggo’s $2.00
    Silk singles 10 x $1.00 (earned 2,000 pcplus points which was like getting two for free)
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    NN pasta sauce $1.00
    Goldfish (PM FB) 4 x $1.88 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Rice cakes (PM NF) 5 x $1.00
    GayLea sour cream $1.50 – $.50 coupon – $.50 Snapsaves
    Turkey pepperoni $3.99
    Piller’s simply free (PM FB) 2/$6.88 – 2 x $.75 coupons
    Pita (PM NF) $1.00 (earned 200 pcplus points)
    Maple lodge chicken wieners (PM Sobey’s) 2 x $1.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Apples (PM FB) $2.32
    Mushrooms $1.02
    Romaine $3.99
    Tomatoes $1.91
    Oranges (PM FB) $2.90
    Potatoes (PM Sobey’s) $1.99
    Carrots (PM NF) $1.00
    Bananas $1.53
    Kotex (PM Fortino’s) $4.49 – $2.50 coupon – $2.50 CO51
    Vaseline moisturizer $5.47 – FPC
    Coupons $19.97
    Tax free day $4.94
    Rebates $3.00
    OOP $71.61

    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 : $19.97
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $46.47
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $46.47
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $3.00
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $6.00
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $6.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $24.59
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    • Total tax free day this week: $4.94
    • Total tax free day this month: $4.94
    • Total tax free day this year: $4.94
    •Total Spent This Week: $83.47
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $254.85
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $85.15
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $254.85
    •Weekly overview: I’m starting to wonder if $85/week is going to be manageable or not. I did not take into account that I had my MIL’s discount available to me for most of last year. It saved almost $400 from my grocery budget. I’ll leave it at this for now but if I keep going over I’ll know why. In the last 6 months or so I’ve gotten way better at not buying too much of something when it’s a deal so I have saved some that way but I still do stock up on good deals when it makes sense. I added a new category into the “totals” section this week…“Tax free day” savings. I’d like to see how much tax free days save me over the year. I’m still not feeling well so it was hard to shop this week. I probably missed a few things but oh well. We have lots of stockpile to go through so I’m sure we can find something if we need to.

    • Hi Jen,
      If you keep going over all you need to do is stop going over. Ask yourself do you really need everything you buy. Pretend as if you can’t put your budget up and you must use what you have. If you keep giving yourself a mile you will take it. It’s your choice but that’s what we found. Even though last year we went over we still didn’t change our budget because we know that we could have simply not bought stuff and still survived. You save so much money with all the programs you are involved in I’m sure you can stick to your budget but in the end it’s up to you. Keep at it…. great shop. love the PC plus points. You get ballot 22. Mr.CBB

  8. Angela Mainse says:

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 300 including adding to stockpile
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 14.68 (including tax taken off at RCSS of $1.68)
    Total Discounts this Week: 0
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 22.50 (my first one ever, just need to deposit it!)
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 2.74
    Total Spent This Week: 55.23
    Total Spent So Far for January: 152.16
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 147.84
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 9.14
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 4.77
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 152.16
    Weekly Overview:
    Weston Bakery outlet: 2 loaves of “stale” bread .50 each, 1 bag of “stale” buns. 50, 1 english muffin package 1.50. Stale bread at the bakery is equivalent to what is at the grocery store, so every time I’m in the city that has it we always stop, but it’s hit and miss what you get. Fresh is basically right off the assembly line and the best ever, cheaper than the store and fresher that I could get regularly for packaged bread: $3
    Food Basics: Milk, kidney beans, mushrooms (x2): $7.00 (paid cash 2 cents stayed in my pocket for rounding
    Walmart: Kleenex (many boxes, lol), Gravol, clearance Christmas candy: $9.00 (rounding not in my favour this time 2 cents left my pocket and wished that Walmart was like RCSS and round down)
    Walmart 2nd time: frozen fries (x4), cheese blocks (x4), juice, spices (x2), dishwasher rinse aid, clearance tic tacs (x3): $33.33
    RCSS: halls, ibuprofen, benylin: 9.90 no tax day
    It was a rough week, and I’m just getting to the post now. If you look at the groceries we got, a lot of it wasn’t food related and went toward getting me healthier. Fortunately we didn’t need much food and we could get the other things we needed without dipping into our leftover (emergency) grocery money as is often the case and why it’s there. We generally have a lot of stuff on standby for our son, but not us adults and I desperately needed help. And, running out of tissues is never a good thing during cold and flu season and we were dangerously low. Normally I would have shopped the sales better and made the money go further, but I will just chalk this week up to my health, which is dramatically improving with the help of a doctor, not the over the counter remedies. Funny how that went. However, we are always thrilled with the stop in at Westons which is an hour away from us, because it yields lots of good deals if you aren’t picky. And, it’s cheaper than making it myself. I do make our bread regularly, but I sure can’t make it often for .50 a loaf when you consider the individual ingredients and the electricity used. It’s close (I think my lowest average cost is 65 cents).

    • Angela Mainse says:

      I forgot to adjust two of my fields. Total SCOP this week was 0. Total coupons this month is 23.82

    • Hi Angela,
      That’s great that you live close to the bakery that you can go in to get day olds for less. I’d do the same as well as bread can get pricey these days. I’m happy to hear you are working on get you healthier and with that sometimes comes a bit of cost but overall you may see it works itself out depending on what you purchase. IN this case it sounds like you were ill and needed lots of love and meds to get you back to your normal self. They can get pricey on the budget. I also make bread but not as often as I have in the past. If I’m ever in the area I Might check out the Weston Bakery as I wasn’t aware you could shop in it so thank you for letting me know. Keep up the good work Angela… and i hope you are feeling better. You get ballot 25. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        The Westons I live within an hour of is in Kingston, ON. It is wonderful and if I have space in my freezer I often stock up big time! Ironically, my son prefers the homemade and hubby prefers store bought as he loves his peanut butter sandwiches and he says it’s just not the same on homemade! My Mother-in-law introduced me to the outlet, I would never have know otherwise. If you ever get a chance, it’s worth the trip. We will be there again in February for more appointments, so the goal is to stop again then!

  9. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $500.
    Well after three days off work our little miss Chloe Amelia was born a month early! We are overjoyed to have her :)
    Sobeys
    $5.31 4L milk
    $5.99 case of mushroom soup
    $3.99×2-.75Cx2 international creamer
    $17.80 total oop
    $1.50 total coupons
    Shoppers
    $1.77×2 2kg sugar
    $3.55 total oop
    Safeway
    $2.50×2 ice cream
    $3.50×2 alfredo sauce
    $12 total oop
    Walmart
    $1.91×2 2L pop
    $2×2 chips
    $4 bottle liners 100pk(for freezing breast milk while Chloe is in the nicu)
    $7 freezer holder for milk filled liners
    .81 green peppers
    $8.97-$2C nyquil
    $4.97-$4C advil muscle&body
    $32.79 total oop
    $6 total coupons

    $66.14 weekly total oop
    $7.50 weekly total coupons

    $300.47 monthly total oop
    $57.36 monthly total coupons

    • Hi Juanita,
      Wow that milk was pricey…. is that normal price? Great price for the advil with the coupon. Where did you get the $4.00 coupon? Overall a great shop for the week… and under budget. Keep at it. You get ballot 16. Mr.CBB

  10. Hey Mr.CBB
    Yep that’s reg price for milk at the two sobeys by my house. Sometimes I’m okay paying that price…like when I get bonus points for spending a certain amount, discount tuesdays and when we can’t get to walmart, shoppers(sometimes costco) to buy it for cheaper. I got the advil coupon in a trade from a lady that had got them from a drs office.

    • Wow, I pay at the most $3.97 but Shoppers is taking a loss on that apparently. We are thinking about getting a Costco membership. Do you think it’s worth it? What do you normally buy there? WOW.. great coupon from the docs office. We are going next week so I’ll have a look around. Cheers mate

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