grocery game monthly challenge

Product pricing less than the manufacturer advertised price : The grocery game challenge #3 Apr 14-20, 2014

pre-priced products Mr. Goudas honey mielPRODUCT PRICING IN YOUR FACE

 

Price monitoring may lead to us seeing more of the manufacturer advertised price printed right on the product we are purchasing at the grocery store.

Back in March I wrote a post about the suppliers fighting back because they no longer want to see their products viewed as the loss leader to get customers through the door.

Some places like Shoppers Drug Mart have a great deal on milk which is why we buy it there every week paired with their Shoppers Optimum program for points however the milk is advertised at below cost pricing from what we were told.

Now that’s not a bad thing from our perspective as a customer because we use milk every day and we want the best prices. We shop more at Shoppers Drug Mart not just because the milk is cheap but also because of the points program and great flyer specials they have.

Does the milk get us through the door? You bet! If we didn’t need milk and eggs which also go on for a great price at $1.99 most weeks we might not go in as much. You know you are a regular when the staff know you by name like they do us lol.

 

Manufacturer advertised price

 

It was the product in the photo above Mr. Goudas Honey with the manufacturer advertised price on the bottle that alerted me to something I haven’t seen before in terms of pricing. However as you can see the store price tag is selling the honey for less than the manufacturer advertised price at $6.49.

Even if it’s only the manufacturer suggested retail price on the product the retailer has to decide whether they want to sell it at that price or lower the price. You won’t see the price any higher than the labelled price because that would simply make no sense whatsoever.

In a way I see this as the manufacturer forcing the retailer to make a pricing decision based on what the manufacture advertised price is on the product. They know that the retailer won’t drop the price too drastic so they cap it off at what they believe the price should be and hope for the best.

I don’t know of any product pricing laws in Canada besides the scanning code of practice but that’s not a law it’s just voluntary however you never know what lurks around corners.

Sure, we look at that immediately as it’s a great deal because we are paying less than what they originally wanted. Who is they? The manufacturer of course by why are they putting prices on the products now?

Maybe they are trying to force the stores to sell the product at that price and this is what we have to look forward to in the future. This may also be a way for the manufacturer to control the pricing from going higher but not so much lower at the moment.

We often hear of friends and fans of the blogs going over to the USA to do shopping and it’s because the price gap between the US and Canadian products makes that trip worthwhile for them.

Even though you factor in toll costs and travel time and gas for cross-border shopping once you do the math with your grocery bill you still may save more money than if you simply shopped at home in Canada.

Do we want to keep the money in Canada? Sure we do but pricing and budgets matched with what Canadian families can afford may just draw them over the border.

Do you think we will see more products with a manufacturer advertised price on them? What do you think of this type of pricing by the manufacturer?

 

April 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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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 or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

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Food Basics

4 x Frozen Wild Salmon- Sale $6.97 reg $10

Total out-of-pocket $27.88

Grocery shop results

 

 Wild Pacific Salmon

 

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 March $235.00-$20.82=$214.18/4=$53.54
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $33.75
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $20.00-$20.00=$0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $27.88
  • Total Spent So Far April: $202.45
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $39.31-$27.88= $11.43
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $
  • Weekly Overview: We are away for the week so we are eating at the relatives so we didn’t need too much in terms of shopping, well nothing lol. We did pick up the salmon since it’s such a great price and we love it. We don’t have much left to spend for thee month with the stocking up we’ve done. We do have $70 in PC points now to use if we need to.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

We didn’t find any coupons this week since we didn’t really shop.

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

 

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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

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Comments

  1. Pat Ciulka says:

    There are several reasons why the retailer may choose to have a lower price than what is suggested by the manufacturer. One is definitely to bring in customers, but they also may have purchased the product at a special pricing because it is close dated. The manufacturer may have produced more than they can sell and reduced their cost to clear it out of the warehouse. A manufacturer may have been dealing with someone who backed out of a deal or went bankrupt and is stuck with product they need to liquidate. I am sure there are many other reasons. We do this sometimes where I work on clothing and food. The buyers are offered a great deal and they take advantage of it! We then offer the lower pricing to our customers.

  2. Mary F. Campbell says:

    APRIL – Week #2 of 4- April 14-20, 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

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

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    We have a 5 night junket in the USA over Easter so we had really limited grocery needs this week. We will be picking up some US groceries on the way home though so next week will be a lot more interesting reading. 🙂

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge

    1 x 4 L Skim Milk $4.69

    •Total OOP: $4.69

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $4.69
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 More Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** USED $0.00 in Printed Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO USA SHOPS UNTIL APRIL 21st

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

    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan ($81.89) + Feb ($48.32) +Mar ($0.00) +April ($17.90) = $148.11

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan ($2.58) + Feb ($7.18) +Mar ($0.00) + April ($2.00) = $11.76

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (11) + April (0) = 11 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan (456) + Feb (584) +Mar (0) + April (2) = 1,042 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (25) + Feb (15) +Mar (0) + April (0) = 40 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (650) + April (0) = 650 Points

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

    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($167.06) + Feb ($155.74)+ Mar ($105.76) + April ($12.50 borscht+$20.00 Xmas+$18.94 to US Reserve+$48.19+$4.69 = $104.32) = $532.88

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 + April $142.50 = $570.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $37.12 AVAILABLE

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

    2014 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:

    •Total Stockpile OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($47.50)+ Feb ($47.50)+ Mar ($47.50) = April ($17.50 to restocking reserve+$30.00 to US Reserve = $47.50) = $190.00

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April ($47.50)= $190.00

    •Total Over/Under Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE

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

    2014 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    2013 Fwd $125.00+Jan $17.50+Feb $17.50+Mar $17.50 + April $17.50= $195.00 AVAILABLE

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

    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50+Feb $12.50+Mar $12.50 + April $12.50 = $325.00 AVAILABLE

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

    2014 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00+Feb $20.00+Mar $20.00 + April $20.00= $80.00 AVAILABLE

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

    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $532.88 Grocery Budget
    $190.00 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =

    $1,077.15

    $760 may have been budgeted for JAN+FEB+MAR+APR ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $195.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $325.00 Borscht Fund
    $80.00 Holiday Season Fund

    TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES $600.00

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    REMAINING GROCERY FUNDS FOR APRIL:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $37.12
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    Safeway Gift Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $183.48
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

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

    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Safeway:

    4 Butcher’s Cut Boneless Honey Dinner Ham 1 Kg @ $10.99 (Good to May 4th)
    4 Mann’s Broccoslaw – Buy 2 or more @ $1.45 (Good to May 4th)

    Thrifty Foods:

    6 loaves 100% WW bread @ $1.00 (Good until April 28th)
    4 China Lily Soya Sauce @ $2.50 each (Good Until April 30th)

    Save On Foods:

    1 x 10 lb bag onions @ $2.99 (Good until May 4th)

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  3. Christine Weadick says:

    One point that bothers me is referring to a food as manufactured as it raises issues with additives, chemicals in there and so on. You would think the product you show here, honey, as a food that has been packaged instead of ‘manufactured’ but that could be just me. I would much rather eat food than a ‘food product’.
    As Pat noted it could have been a good deal offered to the store as the product was short dated. Another issue that this will raise is when more product comes in and it’s tagged a higher price. Stores that offer SCOP are going to be having fits over the different prices or they are going to be forced to let the shelves go bare before putting out the new stock. No matter what they do there will be unhappy customers over it.
    Back when there were more stores and more variety in where you could get the deals. There are still a number of stores themselves but the number of chains is way down. The independent shops are a disappearing breed as well.This doesn’t speak of good things for those customers trying to stretch our dollar and don’t live near the border to shop over the river. With fewer chains the competition might be good but it might not be either. Price fixing is not unheard of and I wouldn’t bet against it happening now. Sounds like a sucker bet to me there.
    How ever this shakes out it doesn’t spell anything good for us consumers. Prices are going up and income is static for a lot of us. Tough times are getting tougher for all of us……

  4. Aside from lower prices, I noticed that the other supermarket offered a promo like buy 1 take 1. I’m a regular buyer of one type of product, but I was surprised that one of the grocery here offered a buy 1 take 1 promo on that product but the other supermarket didn’t even lower their prices on that item.

  5. Hey Mr CBB… I’m going to have to check out your grocery section more closely when I have some time. I didn’t realize you had all this going on! I want to reduce my grocery budget which is $800/month for 3. We’re Canadian too, from Ontario. We shop and Food Basics a lot and also get deals like you mentioned at Shoppers. I think half my battle is keeping hubster out of Costco! LOL.

    • We are in Ontario as well. I’d love to have you join us in the Grocery Game as there are many of us who have posted for the past almost 3 years and vastly improved our grocery budget. Have fun reading the Ultimate Grocery Guide and sharing your experiences. If you need any help just ask. Mr.CBB

  6. 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
    Bread $3.18 – 50% pink sticker (-$1.59)
    OOP $1.59

    Walmart
    Gay Lea sour cream 500mL (PM FC) $1.49 – $2.00 coupon
    Nestle 24 water (PM FB) 3 x $1.75
    Coupons $2.00
    OOP $4.74

    RCSS
    Miracle whip (PM Loblaws) 2 x $2.99
    Raisin bran (PM WM) $2.94
    Kraft Chocolate PB (PM SDM) 2 x $2.99 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Eggs (PM FB) $1.75
    Silk Almond milk 2 x $3.78
    Rice Dream milk (PM SDM) $2.00 – $1.00 coupon
    Planter’s Peanuts (PM NF) 2 x $1.97
    Cream cheese (PM Sobey’s) $1.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Bagels $1.67
    Bread $2.17
    Cucumber (PM FC) $.99 – $.25 CO51
    Broccoli (PM Fortinos) $.99
    Cauliflower (PM FB) $1.99
    Asparagus (2) $5.72
    Romaine $3.99
    Baby spinach $3.49
    Oranges $1.86
    Tomatoes (PM FC) $.62
    Baby carrots (PM FC) $.79
    Bananas $2.51 (earned 400 bonus PC plus points)
    Coupons $7.00
    Rebates $.50
    OOP $51.94

    RCSS
    Potato thins $1.98 – $1.00 Zweet (earned 100 bonus PC plus points)
    Peanuts (PM NF) $1.97
    Cucumber (PM FC) $.99 – $.25 CO51
    Baby carrots (PM FC) 2 x $.79 – $.50 Zweet
    Rebates $1.75
    OOP $5.28

    RCSS
    Finish dishwasher tabs (60ct) (PM Home Hardware) 2 x $9.57 – 2 x $2.00 (earned 2000 PC plus bonus points) – Mail in rebate worth 2 x $8.00
    Coupons $4.00
    Rebates $16.00
    OOP $1.62 (not bad for 120 tabs plus the 2000 points is like $2.00 in my pocket making them a “money maker” for me)

    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: $13.00
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $101.59
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $398.73
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $18.25 (this includes the mail in rebate).
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $33.75
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $84.75
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $2.50
    • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $270.84
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    • Total tax free day this week: $0
    • Total tax free day this month: $12.53
    • Total tax free day this year: $23.16
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $11.08
    • Total Spent This Week: $65.17
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $285.00
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $55.00
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $1334.98
    Weekly overview: Well I did better this week and I potentially can make it within budget this month lol. I think my problem is each week I see deals that I just can’t pass up and I stockpile them. This week there wasn’t anything to stockpile lol
    😉

    • Hey Jen,
      I guess that means I missed a sour cream coupon or is it still available? Great deal on the water.. I missed out as I couldn’t get there. We have so many dishwasher tablets it’s insane. There was a SS coupon a few years back for save $3.50 and they went on sale at Zellers for $3.99… back then we got loads of SS who worked at the newspaper and was allowed to take extras home. Great shop.. You’ll be happy to know I made my first dollar on Smart Saves haha… Going to add more now. Keep up the great work… and stay focused on the budget and you’ll get back on track. You get ballot 12. Mr.CBB

  7. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $625.
    Got some good deals this week, went to a few sobeys and walmarts to get these deals so no shelf clearing, these stores are close together and isn’t like we have to travel far to get to them.
    Safeway
    $2 cherry ice cream
    $1.49×2 kaiser buns
    $5 total oop
    Canadian tire
    $1.48×4 2kg sugar
    $3.99-$1C 6pk royale kleenex
    $9.10 total oop
    $1 total coupons
    Superstore
    $1.97×4-.50Cx4 ML top dogs
    $5.88 total oop
    $2 total coupons
    Target
    $2.79×2 brick cheese – clearance!! wish there was more I would have stocked up
    $4.49×2-bogo coupon glad wax melts
    $10.49 total oop
    $4.49 total coupons
    Shoppers
    $2.99×2 Johnsons baby wash – sweet deal for the large size
    $22.99×2-$3Cx2 pampers size 3 -got 8000points emailed coupon for spend $30+
    $2.66×2 710ml pop
    .99 -.75CO51 gravy mix
    $2.99×3-$2Cx3-$1.50CO51 axe body wash
    $64.80 total oop
    $12 total coupons
    Walmart
    $1.94×2-$1Cx2 lysol toilet cleaner
    $3.94×8-$4Cx8 sunlight laundry packs
    $2.27×2-fpc wubpacksx2 sunlight dishsoap
    $3.45 total oop
    $38.54 total coupons
    Sobeys
    $4.32×2 cases of pop
    $2 boccocini
    $4.99×2-.50C siwin sausage jalapeno
    $1.99 feta salad dressing
    $2.99-$1C quick oats
    $1.06 bananas
    $2.99×2 beautiful tulips
    $1×24-.75Cx24 barilla pasta
    $37.75 total oop
    $19.50 total coupons

    $136.47 total weekly oop
    $77.53 total weekly coupons

    $443.55 total monthly oop
    $246.53 total monthly coupons

    Yes it is alot of sunlight and pasta but for the price it is worth it for the stockpile 😉
    Hoping for meat sales soon!!

    • Hi Juanita!!
      If it’s on sale and worth it and you have coupons then go for it as long as it’s not hurting the budget. We have stocked up over the years and it’s worked out great for us. You’ll be eating lots of pasta that’s for sure lol. Awesome job with coupons this week!! You get ballot 13. Mr.CBB

  8. Angela Mainse says:

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 280 including adding to stockpile ($70 per week)
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 18.80
    Total Discounts this Week: 1.60
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 96.92
    Total Spent So Far for April: 251.06
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 28.94
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 25.38
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 1,009.89
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 75
    Weekly Overview:
    Freshco: pears 2.05, cucumbers mini 6 pk 2 x 1.49: 5.05 (rounded up 2 cents)
    Walmart: Peanut butter 3.97, milk 2 go 1.77 – .50 coupon: 5.45 (rounded down 2 cents
    Giant Tiger: Astro yogurt 3.00 – .50 coupon, skim milk 1L 1.97, St. Hubert large pot pie 5.00: 9.45 (rounded down 2 cent)
    RCSS: cream .98, mccain frozen fries 2 x 2.50 – 2.00 coupon, crescent rolls 3 x 1.25, mushrooms 1.67, raspberries 4 x 5.96 – 4.00 coupons, romaine lettuce 1.79, onions 3 lb. 2.28, carrots 3 lb. 2.28 – .55 coupon, bananas 2.14: 37.18 (rounded up 2 cents)
    Food Basics: milk 3.97, eggs 2 x 1.75: 7.45 (rounded down 2 cents)
    RCSS: Delissio frozen pizza 2 x 4.99 – 4.00 coupon: 6.00 (rounded up 2 cents)
    Walmart: Printer paper 4.73, Nestle ice cream 2 x 3.97 – 5.00 coupon, saputo mozzarellisima 3 x 3.97 – 2.25 coupon: 17.94
    RCSS: Aero bar treat 1.08, bread 2.17, turkey scallopini 5.33 – 30%, tomato 1.27: 8.40 (rounded up 1 cent)

    This has been a tough month overall. I had a bit of extra shopping since we were travelling and it was cheaper to get stuff from the grocery store than fast food all the time. We were trying to be healthier that weekend. We are super tight on my increased budget this month. Our fridge has been looking sad and empty, freezer has been getting there too. We have very little left to the end of the month, and it is possible to stick to it, I have to (severance is soon over and I haven’t replaced my job yet – I will run to fast food or retail as a last resort since they don’t suit me well, but I will do what I have to). However, I think we may be adding a U.S. trip in on the 27th to help fill the gap on a few things that aren’t fresh produce and fruit as I don’t take those across the border. Milk, yogurt, butter and cheese especially. Perhaps some ketchup and relish, bbq condiments. I am going to try to stay hard within the budget.

    • Hi Angela,
      I think it’s been a tough month for many of us but May will be better I’m sure of it. I hope you can find another job soon. Do you think shopping in the USA is much cheaper for your budget? I think depending on where you go in the USA prices differ just like in Canada. Don’t give up on the budget and we’ll all keep our fingers crossed and think good thoughts that a job comes your way. You get ballot 15. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        The U.S. is cheaper for some things, but for us it’s about the products we prefer. Or products that didn’t “take” in Canada and we can still get in the U.S. Gas is the biggest savings. It is definitely worth the exchange, bridge toll and even duty if need be just to get the gas alone. So if we are there for gas, we get some of the products we prefer. Heinz is half the price and we can get many more varieties. To get just the gas, it looks iffy at the border and you get searched. If you get gas and $20 of groceries then you usually have no issue. I figured with our most recent gas prices being $5.32 a gallon when doing the litre to gallon conversion and the highest you pay near us in New York is $3.93 a gallon. And with our grocery store card there, we earn money off of the gallon on the things we buy.

        • One of these days I’d love to do a price comparison list of the same products in the USA compared to Canada. I’ll have to figure out a way to do that. Gas is a huge deal for many Canadians and I can see why. You might as well make it a full day if you cross the border.

  9. Christine Weadick says:

    Finally!!! The laptop has been running slow so that slows me down on so much!! Other than a run over to Canadian Tire, everything was at Foodland.

    Foodland, April 11
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    1 pack Misfits dog treats -3.29, free product coupon so free
    1 4l milk-4.79
    1 case gingerale -5.99
    Tax -1.27
    Total -$17.93, 3.29 coupon

    Foodland, April 13
    2 cans pineapple -1.98
    Bananas -1.11
    2 frozen veggies @1.99- 3.98
    1 yogurt -1.99
    1 can pineapple juice -2.79
    1 doz eggs -2.99
    1 W/W bread -3.09
    1 block cheese -4.19
    1 4l milk -4.79
    20 lb bag potatoes -4.97
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 case Dr Pepper -5.99, 2.00 coupon
    Tax -.78
    Total -$42.14, $2.00 coupon

    Foodland April 15
    2 tomato soup @.79- 1.58
    2 Mac and cheese @.99 -1.98
    2 frozen veggies @1.99 -3.98
    1 4l milk-4.79
    Total -$12.33

    Canadian Tire, April 15
    1 2kg bag sugar -1.98
    1 Method hand soap refill -5.99, 1.00 coupon
    1 Method soap dispenser -4.49, .50 coupon
    1 dish soap -1.99
    Total -$12.95, 1.50 coupons

    Foodland, April 17
    4 cans pineapple @.99 – 3.96
    1 Temptations cat treats -1.66
    1 yogurt -1.99
    1 turnip -2.41
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.99
    1 bagels Maple French Toast -3.89, .50 coupon
    1 4l milk -4.79
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 ginger ale -5.99, 2.00 coupon
    Tax -2.16
    Total -$32.83

    Total budget for month -$160.00, 5 week month -130.00 wk
    Total coupons this week -$9.29
    Total spent this week -$118.18
    Total for.Month -$139.64+$121.03+$118.18=$378.85
    Total over/under for week -$11.82
    Total over/under for moth -N/A
    Left for month -$271.15
    Total coupons/discounts for. Oth -$12.27+$1.50+$9.29=$23.06
    Total carry over – N/A
    Total YTD -J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$3.78.85=$2387.97
    Stockpile -$25.00, $0.00 used

    Finally got this up. I came in under for the week, didn’t think it would but I surprised myself!! Even got a few goodies in the lead up sales to Easter like some extra frozen veggies and the potatoes were a nice price too. Works for me!! There are some good deals coming up too so I have my work cut out for me this month… The totals may not add up exactly as there were some Easter goodies pick up as well and I don’t consider those to be groceries as such so I just subtracted them from the totals. I still have my stock pile amount for now. We shall see how the rest of the month works out… It won’t be easy but I will be trying very hard to come as close as I can….

    • Hi Christine
      I wish I still had those Method coupons that i never used because I would have sent them all to you. You did well this week and like you said there were some great deals leading up to Easter and just after. We took advantage of some as well. The pop is a bit costly at $5.99 but luckily you have $2 coupons for a couple of the cases. Do you stock up on the pop if it goes on sale for $2.99? You get ballot 16! Mr.CBB

  10. joanne tjerno says:

    To be honest i dont always pay attention to the packaging :S Hmmm maybe i should next time i go shopping. Here is my shop for this week!

    Zehr

    Ketchup 2.99
    mini eggs 1.19
    peameal bacon 3.98-1.19=2.79
    stir fry beef 5.29-1.59=3.70

    total=10.82

    Walmart

    Bacon 2.44
    sunlight dish soap 2.78-4.00=+1.22
    dish soap 2.27-2.27=free
    M and M s 1.58
    total =3.66

    Walmart

    Cat litter 6.77
    joint health care bones (for the dogs) 3.50

    total=11.61

    shoppers drug mart

    milk 3.97×2=7.94
    kinder mini eggs 3.99-FPC=free

    total=7.94

    sobeys

    soy milk 2.89
    cheese 3.99
    cheese 3.99

    total=10.87

    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 : $10.26
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $30.76
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $126.51
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 1.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 1.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $4.28
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0$
    •Total Spent This Week: $=44.90
    •Total Spent So Far for april: $407.99
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $292.01
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A

    • You know some people will buy a product that has a mfg price for example $3.99 but the product costs $4.99 haha.. so much for the product price. Looks like you had a small shop this week. Do you like the soy milk? Is there a special kind you prefer? You get ballot 4. Mr.CBB

      • joanne tjerno says:

        Yes i have just started drinking the soy milk and i really enjoy. I buy an organic vanilla brand. it is delicious with cereal!

        • My wife tried strawberry and she loved it. I only get it if I find the pink sticker on it though. She’s not a huge milk drinker.

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