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How to send your husband to the supermarket successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 June 29-July 6, 2015

how to send your husband to the grocery store successfully (1)HE MAY JUST NEED YOUR HELP


If you want your husband to return home from the supermarket victorious you may have to start with a bit of shopping 101 with him.

Reality is that most men have NO interest in the grocery store. Why? Most of us have no patience to go up and down aisles searching for things on a list.

Not all men you see at the grocery store though are forced to be there (circumstances) or asked to go by their significant other. However, we need to eat so whether we are married or not sometimes we do go to the grocery store hunting for food.

I know many of my single friends before they meet their girlfriends made ordering food at the nearest fast food joint more of a priority than putting on the chef’s apron.

Secretly many of us men have no idea how to grocery shop but we will never tell you that. it’s easier just to go in and wing it than ask for help how to find something. It’s not macho just like we will never ask for directions even if we’ve been driving around for an hour in circles.

Not all men are like this but many of us try not to let pride get in the way of anything we do. There comes a time though when we need to get over the “Macho” man thing and just do it!

Wasting time is just as bad as throwing money out the window. I have NO problems asking for directions or help when needed. If that doesn’t make me macho, so be it. Not like I care anyways.

I think what makes a man more macho to women is a man who can save his family money while grocery shopping, who knows about coupons, weekly flyer specials, prices etc. Now that’s smart!

I’ll admit that I used to hate having a grocery list but as time went on I realized just how important the list was to the success of our grocery budget.

My wife and I used to go grocery shopping together most of the time but since our son was born I do almost all the grocery shopping (circumstances).

I don’t mind at all though because I’m one of those guys who enjoys grocery shopping, sourcing deals and good food for my family. I guess it helps that I love cooking and baking too. It was just a part of growing up for me and buying my first house at such a young age why I’m so passionate about the kitchen.

I’m guessing that other new parents will be in the same boat so getting the husband ready for this chore is better than having to do it once the baby arrives. For those single mums I applaud you for all you do because it’s no easy chore having to do it all.


Husband lost at the grocery store


I have to share this with you because it really is the reason I wrote this post today.

I was outside finishing up the ground lighting in our front landscaping when my neighbour came around to see how things were going. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him so I was updating him on what my plans were.

In the midst of all this his wife came running out the door apparently late for work. As she was backing out of the driveway she rolled down the window to ask her husband what I thought was a basic question.

Boy was I wrong.

She asked him if he could take the grocery list she wrote which was on the refrigerator and go grocery shopping. She left her credit card on the counter for him to use and said she would be back by 5:30pm that night.

I wasn’t expecting what I saw next.

His jaw dropped like she told him to go out and hunt animals for that night’s dinner. It really was that dramatic of a look. I wish I had a camera I would have taken a photo.

It was the funniest thing I had seen in ages.

I thought to myself… does he even know how to grocery shop? His facial reaction was telling me no. I had to dig more into the situation to find out more information.

So, I asked him. What’s wrong mate are you scared of the grocery store? (I laughed) he did too.

He knows his way around the beer store but has never been to the grocery store without his wife. With the rising food costs the last thing you want if you are budgeting your food costs is to send someone shopping who hasn’t been shopping alone before.

I went grocery shopping with my family when I was growing up but he said he never had to as his mother always did the grocery shopping. There was no way his father a doctor who was always busy would ever grocery shop.

I don’t know I’ve seen our dentist and doctor both at the grocery store so I think that was a big juicy fib to get out of the boring trip to the supermarket.

So, before he went on his way I gave him some grocery shopping tips without sounding like I was a professional shopper. My first good deed for the day completed.

The thing is grocery sales rely on people who don’t know how to grocery shop, have no time to find deals or weekly sales. They love the people who just grab a cart with or without a list and just go nuts.

You may have even seen this happen while you were grocery shopping. I know I have. It’s not hard to spot if you are a people watcher like I am.

Sometimes I wonder if they truly know how much they spend over the duration of the year. Other times I think they must not care or have too much money to care about it.

Fair enough I guess.

So because my neighbour is a bit stunned about his biggest task of the day I thought I should address this chore for the wives out there who decide to drop the GS-Bomb on their husbands.


5 Ways To Get Your Husband Ready For Grocery Shopping


Below are 5 tips you can give your husband to help him make his next shopping trip a success!

  • Give him a trial grocery shop– Have him lead the way with the grocery list in hand but you are by his side if any questions should pop up. Please encourage your husband to speak up and if he is quiet he may need motivation. Ask your husband questions, show him where certain foods are that your family typically buys. Show him how to navigate the grocery store. If your grocery store has a reduced rack leave a cracker crumb trail for him so when he comes alone he won’t get lost.
  • Give him cash not credit– The last thing you want to do is give a guy a credit card when there is food in sight. You’re best bet is to hand him cash so he can stick to the grocery list. Most men will venture off with their stomachs and you may find all sorts of snacks and foods that were NOT on the list. Over time he will become a professional shopper and he won’t need to be on the cash budget.
  • Give him a small grocery list– Don’t give him a grocery list that is 2 pages long. Until he knows what he’s doing which comes with experience keep the list short if you can. Save the pantry stock up week for the next time you both can grocery shop. If the weekly sales are so good you can’t miss them don’t feel bad about sending him twice. It may be easier for him.
  • Give him the education he needs– Have him read the top posts in my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide about The Scanning Code of Practice etc. These posts are valuable even if he says he doesn’t have time to read them. Assure your husband that by reading the posts he will be ready to tackle the grocery shops on his own without any fear or stress.
  • Give him time– Don’t expect him to get this grocery shopping experience down in the first month. He will need some time so don’t force him or get angry with him if he screws up. We all make mistakes after all. The most important thing you can do is be there for him and show him where he may have went wrong so next time he knows better.

Finally, and it’s not on the list but when your husband comes home with the grocery shopping praise him either way for making his way to the grocery store as he should do you. My wife always says thank-you as do I when I come home to a lovely meal.

Running a household is tough work financially and physically so make sure the both of you are offering thanks for all you do whether at home or work.

What other tips could you offer to the wives who send their husbands off to the grocery store?


June 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!


Grocery Saving Tips


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget.

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.


2015 Grocery shop results


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Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $25 per month.

This was a NO SHOP week for us!

Total out-of-pocket: 0

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $206.91
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $7.94
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $20.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 99718
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Snap Groupon to date: $1.50
  • Zweet to date: $6.50
  • Cart Smart to date: $0
  • Checkout51 to date: $4.50

GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)

  • Total to spend this month $235-$28.09 (over May) $206.91
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $25.00
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $26.50
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $539.38
  • Total spent this week: $0
  • Total spent so far this month: $235.67
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: $28.76 over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $28.76 over
  • Total left to spend for the month: -$28.76
  • Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $258.44+May $218.12+ June $235.67

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): It was a no-shop week so no overview.


 Canadian Coupons Found This Week


Since we didn’t grocery shop this week below are the same coupons I found last week just in case you missed them.  Happy Coupon Hunting!

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

June 2015 Canadian Coupons GGC

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 but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: Yes No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. 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.
  • Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest  Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading out but mobile coupon apps are the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households have gotten involved with their new mobile app joining forces with the many apps that are already out there.
  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • 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 2015 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. If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

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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  1. our weekly budget is $125 a week making this month $625
    $4.49×2-$1Cx2 boursin cheese
    $1.57×3 pc pop
    $2×2 nn frozen veg
    $2.95 5pk avocados
    .96 bananas
    .97 cucucmber
    $3.97 sch bologna
    $1.88 bread
    $2.28-$1C crustini buns
    $2.10 black frost ham
    $30.10 total oop
    $3 total coupons
    $1.88 chips
    $6.57×2-$7Cx2 pledge floor cleaner
    $3.07×2-$1Cx2 coffee creamer
    $5.40×2-$1Cx2 4L homo milk
    $5.37×2-$5Cx2 hand cream
    $1 airfreshener – my girl wanted it for the bathroom 😉
    $17.05 total oop
    $28 total coupons
    $4.75 green grapes
    .99 coconut milk
    $1.99 large marshmallows-clearance
    $1.99 international creamer
    $6.99 folgers kcups – rain cheque
    $12.05 total oop
    $2.29 lettce
    $4.82-$3coupgon mushroom/cheddar burgers
    $4.10 total oop
    $3 coupgon
    $3.29×2-bogo sale goldfish crackers
    $2×2 brownies
    $3.99×4 kraft cheese bricks – didnt really like them so we wont buy again but it was a great price
    $23.25 total oop

    $91.30 total weekly oop
    $31 total weekly coupons
    $3334.24 yearly total oop
    $1079.27 yearly total coupons/discounts

    there were a few coupons I really wanted to use up before they expired 🙂

    • Hi Juanita,
      Playing the catch up game now I see hehe!! Where did you get the milk coupons? I never see coupons for the homo milk for our boy. 🙂 You get ballot 22. Mr.CBB

  2. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $25 per month.
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 Powerrade @1.66
    1 Cheerios -3.99
    1 Rice Krispies -3.99
    3 cases pop @3.33, stockpile
    1 pineapple tidbits -1.59
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 yogurt -2.99
    Hothouse tomatoes -1.80
    1 10lb bag potatoes -2.99
    Bananas -1.19
    1 family pack lean ground beef -16.79
    1 pack beef liver -3.31, 50% sticker(1.66 off)
    1 bread crumbs -2.49
    2 W/W bread @2/5.00
    Tax -1.73
    Total OOP $74.76, $9.99 stockpile, $1.66 discount
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 Powerade @1.66
    1 pancake syrup -4.49
    2 Ziploc freezer bags @3.49
    2 cases pop @3.33
    1 pineapple tidbits -1.59
    2 4l milk @4.88
    Bananas. -1.16
    1 bagels -3.99
    Tax -2.20
    Total OOP -$45.64
    Foodland #3
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 4l milk -4.88
    1 yogurt -2.99
    1 Chapmans ice cream -5.49, $4.00 coupon
    1 pack ground turkey -4.49
    1 Oktoberfest sausage -2.99
    Grated Parmesan cheese -7.49
    1 bagel -2.99
    Total OOP -$32.81, $4.00 coupon

    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $650.00
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650.00
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 11250
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Snap Groupon to date: $3.00
    Zweet to date: $22.00
    Cart Smart to date: $0
    Checkout51 to date: $19.00
    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    Total to spend this month $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): Jan 22.20+ Feb $24.50+ Mar $22.18+ Apr $18.32+ May $40.95+ June $24.15
    Stockpile budget used this month: $24.15
    Total coupons used this week: $4.00
    Total coupons used to date: $103.40
    Total in-store discounts this week: $1.66
    Total in-store discounts to date: $84.48
    Total spent this week: $143.22
    Total spent so far this month: $760.66
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $13.22 over
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $110.66 over
    Total left to spend for the month: -$110.66
    Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $640.13+ Feb $572.63+ Mar $786.52+ April $515.95+ May $621.33+ June $760.66
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): I went over again this month. I have some serious work to get back on track. The pop was a good price so the boys were happy. I used my Chapmans coupon for the year to get ice cream to go with the birthday cake for the younger boy. I had everything else here so the only thing I needed to buy was the ice cream and his gift itself. Walmart has a good price on their brand jeans and they had some as close as I could get to his size for only $18.47!! Once I get past the grandson’s birthday in Sept. it will be Christmas shopping and crafting!! My points from various sources are building up nicely to help with that!! I’ll wait until maybe Oct to cash out with Zweet and Check Out 51 so I have that to work with too. My target for groceries this year is to make the budget amount for us… Hopefully third time is the charm…I get better every year so that is my big challenge.

    • Hi Christine,
      Is the jug of water used for drinking water or do you cook with it? Do you have a Giant Tiger in town? I’ve found jeans there before. I also look at all the reduced racks to see if I can find deals. I hardly ever have found second-hand pants. OMG did you say the “C word”? Tis Tis.. the season lol.
      It will be here before you know so it’s a great time to start thinking about shopping and getting deals on butter etc. This is your third year Christine and you know what we all make mistakes but hopefully learn from them. I have confidence you will make the budget. Go Christine Go!!!! You get ballot 7. Mr.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        That jug of water is for making tea, mostly. Hubby started buying the jug for making his wine and beer as the chlorine in the town water was killing the yeast off. His rational was that I could use the water too for tea. He doesn’t make that stuff anymore but I find it keeps the kettle lasting longer as I don’t get the lime build up from the town water. Even using vinegar regular it built up and wrecked the kettles.
        As both of my boys are tall and slim it can be hard to find their size in jeans. Both will hit the Thrift store for jeans but this was the first brand new pair he got in about two years.
        Yes I said the ‘C’!! I have been saving points and little bits of money since last year!! Remember the deal I got last year with my points at Jackson’s?? As of today I have 33624 figure out what that is worth just divide by 5 for a dollar amount. Hope you are sitting down when you figure it…..

    Skim Milk (2L), $3.39 +$0.08ef +$0.25 deposit
    Bread, $5.29
    – Total OOP: $9.01

    Cherries (Sale $1.97/lb), $4.51
    Bananas ($0.77/lb), $1.39
    Homo Milk (1L), $2.07 + $0.08ef + $0.10deposit
    Greek Yogurt, $4.44
    Pacifiers (2), $8.47
    Sippy Cups (6), $3.27
    Neutrogena Facewash, $12.96
    Neutrogena Lotion, $9.97
    – Total OOP: $50.89

    2 Compliments Soups (500mL), $5.99 + $6.99
    Mexican Dip, $4.99
    Tortilla Chips, $3.79
    Chicken Wrap, $4.99
    – Total OOP: $27.44

    Frozen Peas (20kg), $40
    – Total OOP: $40

    Monthly Grocery & Health/Home Budget: $500
    Total Budget with carry-overs $500.00
    Gift Cards used to date: $34.07
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 4100
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    Checkout51: $11.50
    Zweet: $2
    Snap Groupon: $0
    Cart Smart: $0

    Stockpile budget 2015: $225
    Stockpile used this week: $0
    Stockpile used to date: $96.74 (Apr$22.79+May$53.45+June$20.50)
    Coupons this week: $0
    Coupons to date: $78.47 (Apr$20.49+May$49.81+June$8.17)
    In-store discounts this week: $0
    In-store discounts to date: $231.05 (Apr$36.17+May$82.65+June$112.23)
    Total spent this week: $127.34
    Total spent so far this month: $526.81
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $27.34 over
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $26.81 over
    Total Spent To Date 2015: (not including stockpile budget) Start Apr: $1,346.82 (Apr$416.16+May$404.75+June$526.81)

    Weekly Overview:
    Decided to grab a “quick supper” from the Sobey’s, instead of eating out this week. Might have been better off grabbing Subway – those premade meals aren’t cheap  Also the 20kg peas were a contribution to a 5-day faith-based retreat. We wouldn’t normally eat that many peas!! Next week things should be back to normal and hopefully we can get back to normal menu-planning and grocery shopping schedule. With the face wash, I struggle with acne and have found this to be one of the only face washes that have ever worked for me. I’ve learned that it still works great when diluted 60/30 with water, making it a bit more budget-friendly.

    • Hi Megan,
      What brand pacifiers did you buy for that price? Our son loses them constantly then they just seem to pop up during the day at random times. Cherries are pricey but they sure are good. My father-in-law has trees so we get them free. What kind of bread do you buy for $5.29 a loaf? Ah, ok I was going to ask about the peas. If you find something that works for your skin, keep using it. Having acne is tough and for some it’s worth the money if it helps. Great shopping!! Look at your budget decrease since April wow!! Congrats. You get ballot 24. Mr.CBB

      • Bread that’s $5.29/loaf is what I get when I send hubby to the store!!! lol

      • I think we use Aventi pacifiers. They aren’t cheap, but man they’re worth their weight in gold when we need to keep him happy and quiet. Do you use a pacifier clip? A string that just loops through the pacifier then clips to his shirt? They are awesome for keeping track, otherwise I know our little guy would lose his! I see pacifier clips in stores for $10-15 each, but bought a few clips and some ribbon when he was born and made 3-4 for about $1.50 each.

        • Our son likes the Gerber pacifiers as they are a wider nipple. Yes we have 2 clips that we use because he loses the darn things constantly. That’s a great deal. I have no idea where we got ours from. I think they came in some packages of pacifiers we picked up new from a garage sale. Nothing for a baby is cheap. It’s like getting married.. same thing lol.

  4. I kinda relate to this experience because when we were newly weds, my wife used to be afraid when I was the one to go to the grocery as I always overspent and used credit card to cover the excess in my cart. Worst, I never compared prices and got what I was used to.

  5. Ok – I don’t have a hubby. But last time I was sick I asked my brother to pick up like 3 things for me while I was stuck at home and it was a disaster. Ugh! Next time I’m going to go myself, even if I’m sick.

  6. We almost always shop together which I both love and hate. I hate how different our ”paces” are when we shop. I have a very good mental layout of the store and like to get in and out with items on my list as fast as humanly possible where my husband likes to peruse and everything that’s new and see what’s up. I like it because I like to control what’s going in the cart and make mental swaps from our list when needed HOWEVER my husbadn did a solo shop the other day for a half week order and did well 🙂 He’s learning from shopping with me all these years!

  7. Chrsitine Weadick says:

    Some nice ideas but I wouldn’t trust hubby to shop for the groceries here. Based on past experience it just isn’t a good idea for the budget or any meal plan. If he can’t find something he doesn’t look for it. It pretty much has to jump out and smack him..unless it is something he wants then he can find it no problem. He has come with me on occasion but he usually wanders off to look over things like the meat, high priced steaks and all or the chocolate bar aisle. These days, with his health issues, he isn’t going to go anywhere by himself. It’s just not too safe.

  8. June 19 – July 2, 2015
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = 800
    Total Out Of Pocket: $30.90

    2 Cans NN Mushrooms – (400 PC Points) = $2.38
    1.4 kg PC Instant Rice = $4.97
    2 Jars Ragu Spaghetti Sauce – $2.29 (PM Freshco @ $0.97) = $1.94
    4L Skim Milk = $3.97
    McCain Fries – 3/$4.98 = $1.66
    Hawaiian Deliscio (sp) Pizza = $3.98
    Bananas – 2.190 kg @ $1.26/kg (400 PC Points) = $2.76
    2 – 900g Jumbo Loaves Wonder Bread = $5.98
    Wonder Weiner Rolls – $2.98 (PM Giant Tiger @ $1.50) = $1.50

    2 NN Baking Soda = $2.00

    Name Your Store: Walmart
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = N/A
    Total Out Of Pocket: $23.77 (Stockpile)

    5 – 450 g Kraft Cheese Bars = $19.85
    Peanuts = $3.47

    Name Your Store: Herrle’s Country Farm Market
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = N/A
    Total Out Of Pocket: $40.33 (Stockpile)

    3L Basket – Strawberries = $12.95
    2 bunches of Rhurbarb = $6.98
    Stemmler’s Bacon = $7.45
    Tomatoes (Reduced) = $1.69
    Beans (Qt) = $5.99
    Peach Jam = $3.29
    2 Zucchini = $1.98

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = 3200
    Total Out Of Pocket: $38.54 ($5.00 from Stockpile)

    5 Cans Primo Spaghetti Sauce – 5/$5.00 = $5.00
    NN Mushrooms = $1.19
    NN Soya Sauce = $1.89
    4 L Skim Milk = $3.97
    Corn – (200 PC Points) = $2.78
    Delissio Canadian Pizza – $6.29 (PM Food Basics @ $3.33) = $3.33
    Bananas – 1.115 kg @ $1.26/kg (200 PC Points) = $1.40
    2 pkg Weiners = $3.96
    2 Loaves Wonder WW Bread – $2.87 (800 PC Points) (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $4.00
    Wonder Hot Dog Buns – $3.99 (400 PC Points) (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00

    18 kg NN Cat Litter – (1600 PC Points) = $7.98
    1.6 kg Cat Chow = Free

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Human Year ($2080.00, for the pay period – $80.00)
    Total Grocery Budget for the Cat Year ($390, for the pay period – $15.00)

    Total Coupons Used this 2 Week Period: $0.00
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $9.25
    Total Discounts/SCOP this 2 Week Period: $9.59
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $9.59
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this 2 Week Period: $0.00
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00
    Total Snap rebates this 2 Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00
    Total Price Match for this 2 Week Period: $4.12 + 6.69
    Total Price Match to Date: $325.92
    Total Adhoc Stockpile this 2 Week Period: $23.77 + 45.33
    Total Adhoc Stockpile to Date: $407.87
    Total PC Points Received this 2 Week Period: 800 + 3200
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this 2 Week Period: 0
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 17200

    Total Over/Under spend this Human shop: $3.51 under
    Total Left to Spend for the Human Month: $3.51
    Total Spent To Date – Human: Jan $69.59+$34.74+35.42+47.21+47.89+24.54; Feb $32.86+39.96+32.86; Mar $26.70+0.80+50.41+5.00+26.07+52.01; Apr $11.23+58.66+17.83+6.84+7.74+3.96+28.58+23.51; May $90.90+18.36+3.94+45.75; Jun $41.920+61.15+28.90+24.52; Jul $ ; Aug $ ; Sept $ ; Oct $ ; Nov $ ; Dec $ = $1,042.71

    Total Over/Under spend this Cat shop: $6.24 under
    Total Left to Spend for the Cat Month: $6.24
    Total Spent To Date – Cat: Jan $3.22+11.28+32.17+0+0.98; Feb $12.50+$0.00+9.58+4.59; Mar $16.04+0+13.06; Apr $9.58+11.77+1.96; May $10.15+9.20+5.65; Jun $10.15+7.89+2.00+18.61+(-9.59); Jul $ ; Aug $ ; Sept $ ; Oct $ ; Nov $ ; Dec $ = $180.79

    Overview: 1st week – I’m on the road to take care of the overage from the previous 2 weeks. Because of all the stockpile, there really wasn’t much that we needed to get. I don’t see any issue in not making the overage up next week.
    Overview: 2nd Week – I’ve made up my deficit which I knew wasn’t going to be a problem. My daughter strongly suggested that I go back to the store because I noticed a difference on the receipt for the cat food and didn’t see it while we were in the store. I took her advice before we went to an other farmer’s market, I received SCOP for the hard cat food. Going to Herrle’s is a dangerous place for me because of the produce that they sell. But I picked up things that we are going to eat for supper for something different and been a long time since having Bacon and Tomato sandwiches with beans and strawberries for dessert…yum!!

    • Hi Dee,
      I had no idea they made jumbo loaves of bread. Good to hear you are tackling your overspend from the past two weeks. They always seem to be the hardest for us to catch up with. We always say we won’t do that again once we catch up but it’s so hard. This is why people spend more than they have because they can’t say no. We are in the same boat and why we started the grocery game. We are always trying to be better at sticking to the budget like everyone else. What is Herrle’s? Is it all high end produce? Yum I love tomato sandwiches. Is that pork and beans? Congrats on being under for the month!! Yay.. great news. You get ballot 23. Well done Dee! Mr.CBB

      • Herrle’s is another local farm market where they grow quite a bit of their own produce that’s sold at their market. There’s some local restaurants and such that will also do baking, canning, etc and that’s sold there as well. Nope, there wasn’t any pork & beans there. For something different, I thought bacon and tomato sandwiches would be a nice treat.

        Yeah, I’ve also noticed jumbo versions of Grain Harvest breads as well. Those loaves last a couple of extra days than normal but if I’m already spending that much on bread, why not?

        I won’t say that I will never go over, experience has taught me better than that. This year, I’m making a conscience effort to stay within budget.

        • I love bacon and tomato sandwiches with mayo.. yum!!! As long as the price is worth the bigger loaf then why not. You are doing great with your budget. Documenting int he GGC WILL make a huge difference. It has for all us over the years. All that extra money not spent helps!

  9. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 5 – June 28 – July 4

    • Grocery budget to work with in June: $250 as a 5 week month for groceries (Translates to $50 weekly)
    • Total coupons used this week: $10
    • Total coupons used to date: $47.53
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $.77
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $11.52
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $20
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $220
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $38.76
    • Total student discounts this week: $3.60
    • Total student discounts to date: $121.17
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $11.98
    • Total spent this week: $35.70
    • Total spent so far this month: $247.65
    • Total left to spend for the month: $2.35
    • Weekly carry over: $2.35
    • Total in carry over jar: $56.25
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $1587.35

    RCSS: Vanilla icing (PM) 1.99: Total paid 2.00 rounded up 1 cent

    The Butcher Shop: Burgers 4 pk 5.40 x 2: 10.80

    Valumart: Pork chops: 4.80

    Tincap Berry Farm: 4L basket U Pick 11.00, 2L basket U Pick 5.50: Total paid 16.50

    RCSS: Peach tea 2.27 less 1.00 coupon, eggs 2.29 (PM), Black diamond cheese slices 1.97 x 4 (PM) less 3.00 coupons, Blueberries large container (about 1 lb) 2.00 x 4 less 30% off each container, Vidalia onions 3 lb 3.48, bananas .49, broccoli 2.69, romaine 1.00 (PM), raspberries 1/2 pint 1.50 x 4 less 4.00 coupons (PM), Schneiders Chicken sausages 3.98 less 2.00 coupon, less superbucks gas coupon .77, less student discount 3.60, less 20.00 redeemed PC Plus: Total paid 1.60

    Strawberry season is here and we did venture into the patch to pick. We usually buy a lot more, but we are staying on the budget as much as possible. We have 12 cups in the freezer now ready for smoothies. I needed the frosting for my son’s birthday party with his friends before everyone goes their separate way in the summer. The family will get together in mid July when his birthday actually is. I made cupcakes with it.

    Hamburgers from the Butcher Shop is for Canada Day and for my hubby when I am gone away for a few days. As a result, we didn’t need a lot of food this week. Just some basics. The volume of blueberries, I sifted out what I could, he mushy ones have been set aside for smoothies, the great ones I’ve frozen and the rest have been composted. We are still on the plus side of it, I composted only 1/4 of the total which often happens with the 30% off stuff.

    The most expensive thing I found this week was the broccoli. There was no place to PM it, but hubby requested it for when I am gone. He doesn’t ask for a lot, so I saved elsewhere to compensate.

    The biggest thing was making up the ground from overspending earlier in the month. We couldn’t have done it without PC Plus points, but we did end up with a bit to put in the carry over jar. I’m still glad for the PC Plus, we still have some that can be used up.

    • Hi Angela,
      What happened with the blueberries or did I miss something? It sucks when you need something and it’s not on sale. I wonder if the grocery store has the same price adjustment like other stores such as Canadian Tire? So if the broccoli was not on sale this week but it is the next you would get the deal if you brought your receipt in? Do you know? Those good PC points to the rescue. Well done this month. I was wondering if you could pull this off and you did VERY well. Congrats You get ballot 21 Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        The blueberries were down to a lower price to move them quickly. They were $2 for the largest container and then another 30% off of that. So I picked up the best looking containers and sifted through them. The value was great even having some that had to be composted.

        I have brought receipts in to Canadian Tire before after I have purchased things to get the sale price on a future date. I’ve never thought to try it at the grocery store. I will have a look at RCSS policy online and see. The frustrating thing about the expensive broccoli he requested was that when we came home it was still in the fridge untouched. So I worked it into our first meal back home so it didn’t go to waste. Same with the lettuce.

  10. Mary F Campbell says:

    JUNE – Week #5 of 5- June 29-July 5, 2015


    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults



    We still have lots of chicken so I am letting the following rain check expire:

    2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts @ $12 ea-
    Good ‘til July 4/15

    I am sure there will be another sale before we are all out of chicken in the freezers.

    I am still not eating proper meals due to illness – just cooked fruits/vegetables and yogurt/cottage cheese so there is LOTS of meat/fish on hand for hubby.

    Because we haven’t had a US shopping trip since 2014, we are taking advantage of a bread sale at Thrifty Foods for my sweetie’s lunches.



    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge

    5 Bakery WW bread $1 ea = $5.00

    •Total OOP: $5.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Rain Check Savings on this shop **






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $3.58+ Feb $0.00 + Mar $14.54 + Apr $15.76 + May $0.00 + June $5.68 = $39.56

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 + May $0.00 + June $14.00 = $14.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 +Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 + May $0.00 + June $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 22 + Feb 45 + Mar 140 + Apr 12 + May 6 + June 12 = 237 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 + Mar 1 + Apr 1 + May 322 + June 0 = 324 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1200 + Feb 900 + Mar 900 + Apr 1,500 + May 0 + June 1800 = 6,300 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 30 + Feb 40 + Mar 0 + Apr 0 + May 0 + June 20 = 90 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $199.31+ Feb $180.69 + Mar $274.41 + Apr $105.59+ May $237.00 + June (trf $10.00 Xmas Reserve+$36.44 to Summer + $6.56 trf to Re-Stocking Reserve + $30.00 trf to Borscht Reserve + $0.00 trf to US Reserve +11.98+$4.69 points redemption+$23.08+$2.99+$5.98+4.69+$11.93+$18.00+$5.00= $171.34)= $1,168.34

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + Apr $190.00 + May $190.00 + June 190.00 = $1,140.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $28.34 OVER



    2014 Fwd $0.00+Jan $0.00+Feb $3.83+ Mar $32.09 + Apr $4.99 + May $4.69 + June $9.38 = $54.98



    2014 Fwd $325.00+Jan $22.50+Feb $22.50 + Mar $17.50 + Apr $18.44 + May $17.50 + June $6.56 = $430.00



    2014 Fwd $412.50+Jan $12.50 + Feb $12.50 + Mar $12.50 + Apr $0.00 + May $20.00 + June $30.00= $500.00



    2014 Fwd $110.00+Jan $10.00 +Feb $10.00+ Mar $10.00 + Apr $10.00 + May $25.00 + June $10.00= $185.00



    2014 Fwd $90.00+Jan $10.00 + Feb $10.00 + Mar $15.00 + Apr $15.00 + May $35.00 + June $36.44= $211.44



    $ 1,140.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MARCH
    $ 54.98 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries
    ($ 0.02) Hiding Spot Cash – SPENT
    ($ 13.45) 2014 Costco Rebate Chq – SPENT
    ($388.94) Trf to Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Borscht, Xmas, Summer)
    ($ 202.50) Trf to US Grocery Reserve
    ($ 54.98) Set in a reserve to offset Redeemed Points
    ($ 563.43) Actual YTD CASH SPENT



    $ 4.98 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB
    $ 4.99 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 1.60 Sprouts- 1,000 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – APR
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAY
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JUNE
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JUNE

    $ 54.98 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    So far $1,140.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2015 and we have recorded these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $430.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $500.00 Borscht Fund
    $185.00 Holiday Season Fund
    $211.44 Summer Season Fund

    OUR TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,326.44 … that is a $937.50 carry-forward from 2013 & 2014 and $388.94 in NEW 2015 savings.

    This also means that with $190.00 to start JUNE less $83.00 transferred to the various savings reserves less $0.00 transferred for Points Redeemed = $107.00 less an overage carried forward from MAY for $47.00 less plus an additional $0.00 saved in our US grocery reserve, we opened the month of JUNE with $60.00 available to spend on the Canadian side of the border PLUS we have spent $88.34 on our groceries (cash & points) so far this month and have a surplus of $28.34 OVER for the month of JUNE.

    We have groceries that have been purchased using points redeemed, rather than the budgeted cash in the amount of $54.98. Available as an offset, we currently have $54.98 in our UNUSED CASH RESERVE. As at this moment, we need and additional $0.00 in the UNUSED CASH RESERVE. If our budget is truly sufficient, when we reach December 31st, the unused funds should still be equal to, if not greater than, the value of the points redeemed. It’ll be interesting to see if they actually are.

    Note: Another reserve of $315.57 IS AVAILABLE for our next US shop currently scheduled for SEPTEMBER? possibly…if I am feeling better by then.

    Of the outstanding US Shopping Reserve $315.57:

    $113.07 is carried forward from 2014

    $202.50 is new 2015 Y-T-D savings

    Less $0.00 that we’ve actually spent in 2015

    = $315.57 US Reserve Available


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:


    6 Skippy Peanut Butter @ BOGO – Good ‘til July 11/15
    12 Soft Drinks @ BOGO – Good ‘til Aug 18/15
    24 cans Heinz Maple Baked Beans @ 4 for $5 – Good ‘til Sept 4/15
    24 cans Cloverleaf Tuna in Water @ $0.97 ea – Good ‘til Sept 14/15


    • Hi Mary,
      I’m sorry to hear you are still not feeling so well. We are missing you on CBB. 🙂 Get better soon dear. You get ballot 20. Mr.CBB

  11. As the primary shopper in my family I have been through similar conversations. I find men can many times be better shoppers than women. You just have to frame it in a context that appeals to the masculine mind. For instance my first friend set out to get better deals than I did on his groceries. This made it a competition instead of a drudgery.

    Another reader of my site and now friend decided he would treat it like hunting. He was hunting for the best deals and eventually ended up with a system that worked great for his available store.

    Ultimately we just need to treat men like men and appeal to what motivates them to shop for food in a way that saves money.

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