Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace.
Would you agree or disagree with the above statement?
Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you.
I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else.
I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened.
- I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time
- I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it
- I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product
I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations turn into “Maybe we can make this meal tonight or this week” and we buy something that’s not on the grocery list.
You would almost think we are creating our own episode on the Food Network the way we talk about food when we grocery shop. I enjoy that we talk about food together especially since I’m the guy who does all the cooking. I want to know what she likes. It seems to happen often and although it might not be lots of money it all adds up.
We do try our best to stick to the plan but when we see grocery products on sale that weren’t advertised or when we get yapping to other customers about recipes we get these bright ideas to buy more than we have to.
Is it easy to stop?
Sure as long as you have the will-power to say no or you only bring cash with you when you grocery shop. We are the couple who loves our rewards points so everything goes on a credit card. (P.S One of the shops this week my wife forgot her pin number lol… guess who got the points on his Canadian Tire MasterCard?)
When I’m shopping alone I don’t rush through the store because I do want to pick the best quality produce and food that I can find. I like to smell and touch the food I’m buying so that I don’t get home and find it’s bruised or that I paid for rotten product.
I also like to listen to other people’s conversations about food, especially if it’s a couple or if there are kids in tow. Why? I learn so much from people when they talk about food out loud (I don’t snoop). Most of all looking inside their shopping carts tells me lots about them especially if they use a grocery list or cell phone app (watch out for shopping carts and cell phone users without signals….bang).
For example, yesterday a girl came running up to her mother with a box of Oreo cookies and asked her mom if she could buy them. “Mom, please they are my favourite”. I had to smile because I like them too as naughty as they are for us. The mother who was too engrossed in her shopping list just told her to put it in the shopping cart.
Right there I thought that I bet if we go shopping alone we might spend less than if we had people come along with us. Had her daughter not been with her she may not have bought those Oreo cookies and deviated from the list she was so patiently reading.
It happens with couples and if you bring your friends grocery shopping as well. There’s something about the topic of food that gets people in a mood and for the most part a happy mood. They may see products that bring back memories or items that they’ve created recipes from and tell someone they have to try it.
So, what do you do? You put it in your cart and you try it. You might look in the pantry a month or two down the line only to find that the product is still sitting in there. If you bought the item just because someone told you to then it’s just a waste of money if you have no real intentions to use it.
Shopping alone isn’t for everyone but have you ever noticed that you spend less or spend more when you shop alone?
July 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. Join in the Grocery Game Challenge fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each blog post… here are the GGC rules!
Each month I hold a draw and one WINNER is chosen. I will post the name of the person who has the winning grocery shop of the month right here so make sure to check back every week.
- Should grocery stores bother having a garden centre?- The grocery game challenge #1 June 30-July 6, 2014
- Should you can the canned goods?- The grocery game challenge #2 July 7-13, 2014
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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.
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Grocery shop results
- Organic tortillas $2.50
- 6 x Bavarian Sandwich bread Rudolph’s Sale $1.99
- 2 x reduced produce Apples, plums, apricot $1.98
- Arrowroot cookies $2.99 (nephew)
- Hamburger flat buns $2.99
- Danone Silhouette yogurt Sale $1.99
- Franks Red Hot Sauce $6.79 (large bottle)
- Liberte coconut yogurt Sale $2.99
Total out-of-pocket $34.50
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 2 x 4litres of Milk Sale $3.97
Total out-of-pocket $7.94
- Premium bananas $1.93
- Premium crackers whole wheat $3.49
- Pitted dates $2.99
- Coconut milk $0.99
Total out-of-pocket $9.40
- 2 x seedless cucumber Sale $0.77 each
- Mushrooms 227g $1.67
- Red Leaf Lettuce $0.77
- Carrot $1.97
- 2x Oasis juice $1.00 each
- Bananas $1.97- $0.25 Zweet
- 2 x Avocado $1.94
- Spinach $1.27
- Radish $1.47
- Cherries $4.31 PM Freshco $1.88lb
- Watermelon $2.97 PM Food Basics
- 2 x Honey Nut Cheerios $2.97 each
Total out-of-pocket $27.82
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 July $235.00-$49.88=$185.12/4= $46.28 per week
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
- Total Coupons Used to date: $43.50
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Discounts Used to date: $43.61
- Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used to date: $20.00
- Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $0
- Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00+$15.10 + $20.00 (June)
- Snap Saves to date: $0.25
- Zweet to date: $0.25
- Total Spent This Week: $79.66- $0.25 Bananas =$79.41
- Total Spent So Far July: $31.56+ $64.72+$79.41=$175.69
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: under $13.61 under if we do 4 shops
- Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a so far
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $9.43
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: -$0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $235.07+May $223.62+June $275.37+ July
- Weekly Overview: Shopping went well this week because I went alone haha. Ok, well she did come with me for a couple of the shops. We don’t have much left for the month but we do have our stockpile budget which we can use although we don’t want to use it for the regular shop so we will try to stick to under $10 next week.
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. Below are some of the coupons we found this past week at Food Basics.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: 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.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: 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.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? : You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: 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!
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