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7 Expensive Grocery Shopping Habits You Should Stop! : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Nov 23-29, 2015

7 expensive grocery shopping habits you should stopDON’T FALL INTO THESE MONEY TRAPS

 

If you are spending too much money on groceries you likely display one or more of the seven grocery shopping habits I’m going to discuss today.

This past weekend my wife and I were shopping at Zehrs where we always find great grocery deals up to 50% off that compliment our grocery budget.

We also like the quality of food that we find compared to other grocery stores but we certainly aren’t  grocery snobs by any means. We shop where the savings are.

Although not everyone jumps with enthusiasm when they see 50% off reduced stickers we both questioned just how much our grocery bill would be if they weren’t reduced.

Realistically these reduced deals we find could disappear altogether one day where we are left with only flyer sales and coupon deals.

We’d possibly see an increase in our overall grocery spending which means we’d have to re-evaluate our grocery budget or find other ways to keep expenses low. For the most part I think we would be fine as we are savvy shoppers, but ask yourself one question- Can we afford it?

The biggest concern for us is our overall savings potential which includes putting money away for our retirement. Our investment budget categories can eat a big chunk of our net income even though many people would say we have nothing to worry about financially. We always worry because anything could happen.

Our conversation went something like this:

Mrs. CBB: Could you imagine how much money it would cost us each week if we bought our groceries at regular price?

Me: I know and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better, IF it gets better as prices are going up quite often.

Mrs. CBB: Do you think it’s worth it for us to keep shopping the way we have been over the years?

Me: Well of course you only have to look at the savings we’ve accumulated this year alone to know that it does save us money. We also get to eat foods that we typically wouldn’t buy because they are too expensive for our budget.

Mrs. CBB: I guess you are right but I know that if we weren’t watching what we were buying and planning our meals every week that we’d certainly be paying much more. This would eat into our ability to invest for our retirement.

Me: Sadly, this is why many people can’t afford to pay into their retirement at all. Some families have more than one child and it can get very expensive for them so it’s critical that they are mindful of their shopping habits like we are.

Mrs. CBB: That’s true and I can only see us spending a bit more money with our son as he begins to eat more food and goes to school but we will cross that bridge when the time comes.

Me: Yes, this is why there is no standard grocery budget for any family. It’s up to them to see how much they can afford to spend. So, what’s for dinner?

Ya, we have what some might consider in-depth or even boring conversations about money BUT they help our relationship as well as our finances. I’m sure if we didn’t talk about money that our budget would be a train wreck waiting to happen.

It’s hard for some people to believe especially if they don’t budget or even track their expenses just how much money they do spend on a monthly basis. I guess we feel fortunate that we took the time to learn where we needed to improve financially and grocery shopping has been our target ever since.

I’ve seen grocery prices go up over the years with many people not even getting so much as a raise in their wages, so it can be tough. Blink and you’ll miss the price hikes, shrinking packages and ingredient changes to products you buy every week.

If you don’t want to budget your entire months expenses fair enough, but at least take down the culprit that most people struggle with and that is food shopping. Family and financial responsibility should be a priority and in our house we make that a strict policy.

 

Shopping Habits You Should Stop To Help Save Money

 

At one point Mrs. CBB and I can safely say that we displayed all the shopping habits below which is why I want to talk to you about them today. We aren’t in the clear just yet as we still make mistakes BUT we are mindful of them and continue to strive to meet our financial goals at the supermarket.

 

Shopping when you are hungry

 

We’ve all done this before and it’s the number one culprit about why we overspend at the grocery store. Your stomach does the shopping while your eyes, ears and nose point you in the wrong direction.

Pack light snacks in your vehicle that you can munch on even in the parking lot before you head into the grocery store. Even something small in your tummy is better than a tummy that will outsmart your wallet.

 

Shopping without a grocery list

 

Goodness, this can certainly burn a hole in your budget because you are committing what I call “free for all” shopping. It’s comparable to walking into the grocery store hungry or telling yourself that you will start something tomorrow so you put it off another day, month or year.

When we don’t have a shopping list we tend to browse too much and this my friends gets us into trouble. The more you look the more ideas you get and you convince yourself that you NEED something when you really don’t. It’s fine to scan products and read product labels but we stick to products on our grocery list.

If you are a shopper that spends too much money but you want to spend time hanging out at the grocery store reviewing products take an hour out of your day but leave your wallet at home. This way there are no temptations and you get to see what your local grocery store has to offer.

It’s also a great way to learn about the prices at your grocery store compared to other stores. This way when you review your weekly flyers you become a the shopping pro you need to be to save even more money. Consider this as a learning experience rather than wasted time. No time is wasted when you are investing in your future.

You don’t have to buy anything just because you go into a store so don’t worry what they will think of you.

 

Shopping without looking at the grocery flyers

 

These days if you have a smartphone with a data plan you can use the Flipp app which is great for finding the best for comparison shopping in Canada. You also have the ability to visit the stores website to read the grocery flyers. Until grocery stores offer free-WiFi those of you without data or a smartphone will have to do your homework at home.

If you meal plan you can easily plan around the sales in the grocery flyer to get the biggest savings for your budget. You may have to buy those odd ingredients at regular price but the savings you are making will contribute to you not spending any more than you need to.

Imagine what it would cost you if you weren’t watching the sales?

 

Shopping for pre-made foods

 

Once in a while it’s nice to have something that is pre-made and ready to eat but stocking your refrigerator and freezer with pre-made boxed meals is a sure-fire way to kill your budget.

Even if those little freezer meals are on sale for a dollar or two imagine how much food you can buy for a couple of dollars. I can bet you it’s more than what you will eat in that little frozen meal.

Just like Nancy Fuller from the popular show Farmhouse Rules on The Food Network says, “Fresh is Best” and she is right plus it costs less in the long run.

 

Shopping at places you can’t afford

 

If your food budget is lop-sided and you struggle to make ends meet maybe you should stay out of those luxury boutique type grocery stores that cater to those who don’t worry so much about prices.

I’ve been in a few gourmet shops in Toronto, Ontario and although you get what you pay for when it comes to top of the line quality products there are still items that are 0ver-priced. Those products are the money-makers for these types of extravagant stores.

You may also find that products they sell won’t be available at your local grocery store either. If you must go into these shops for one or two items beeline it to those products and get out if you can’t afford to spend more money. Temptation will follow you.

It’s part of the lure because if they already have you through the door the likelihood of you spending more than intended is high. Costco is a prime example although it is supposedly full of cost-savings and if you don’t go in with a clear plan you are coming out with a hefty receipt.

Well known grocery stores such as Foodland, Metro, Sobeys and Zehrs in Ontario are on the higher-end for pricing when it comes to grocery shopping so be mindful and go armed with a plan.

 

Shopping when you are in a rush

 

Guilty as charged but these days I take a deep breath when I walk through the doors, pull out my grocery list and get to work. Ya, I call it work because although I don’t mind grocery shopping it can get tedious at times especially if I am alone.

If my wife comes along we chat and we tend to slow down the pace a bit and contemplate what we buy. Even if we pick something up that isn’t on the list at least we both get a say whether it lands in the shopping cart or not.

If you rush around like you’re missing an episode of your favourite television show while grocery shopping with no plan keep that receipt. Compare that receipt to another grocery shop where you are relaxed and plan enough time to shop. I bet you will see you spend less money when you review both shops and you stick to that list.

 

Shopping when you don’t need to

 

So, you have to stop in to pick up something at a shop that is in the same parking lot as the grocery store you typically stop in. You immediately start thinking about if you need anything before you leave the parking lot.

I believe this is a habit we all possess.

You already know that when your mind trails to the thought of entering the grocery store you likely will do it unless you stop yourself. I have done this countless times and every time I come out with items I had no intention of buying in the first place because I wasn’t supposed to be grocery shopping in the first place.

 

It’s your money

 

All of these are expensive shopping habits that many of you may be committing but if you tackle them one by one I guarantee you will see money back in you budget. This will allow you to buy more so you can stock your pantry and freezer a bit better plus it will open your eyes to the marketing and pricing changes that happen all the time in our stores.

Grocers and product manufacturers certainly are sneaky when they want us to spend money and they know how to convince us when we don’t even know we are being convinced.

Your senses are the hand that feeds them. Isn’t it ironic.

What areas do you need to improve on?

 

November Grocery Game Challenge posts

 

Join in the Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and if you have any questions feel free to email me.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only.

NEW!! If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10CDN via PayPal. I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week here for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. This makes posting a bit easier although all you need to do is click on The Grocery Game Challenge on the homepage sidebar and you will see them all.

 

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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

 

Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $235 per year or $25 per month.

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

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 $188.10
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $235.00 $188.10
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $32.40
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $140.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 87421
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0.98

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

  • Snap Groupon to date: $28.00
  • Zweet to date: $18.00
  • Checkout51 to date: $7.00

 

Grocery Shop This Week

 

Zehrs

  • Dole Spinach container $4.49-pink sticker $2.25
  • 3 x dozen omega-3 eggs Sale $2.99 each
  • 2 x Black Diamond Cheese Slices Sale $1.99- buy 2 save $1.50
  • Schneiders Wieners SCOP 🙂 $4.99
  • Cocktail Bocconcini $4.99-50%
  • 2 x Fresh PC Spinach Ravioli $4.49-50%

Total Out-of-Pocket: $18.21

No Frills

  • 6 x 2kg granulated sugar $6.00
  • Bananas $1.50
  • 1 x 3.25% milk $4.97
  • 1 x 2% milk $3.97

Total Out-of-Pocket: $16.44

  • Total to spend this month $235 $188.10 (overspend from October to catch up on)
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00+July $14.44+Aug $25.00+Sept $25.00+ Oct $25.00+ Nov $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $23.82 =$1.18=$25.00
  • Total coupons used this week: $3.00
  • Total coupons used to date: $34.50
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $14.75
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $676.52
  • Total spent this week: $34.65
  • Total spent so far this month: $223.00
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $188.35 over budget by $34.90 for the month
  • 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+July $212.16+August $118.15+ September $130.37+ October $281.89+ November $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

Well it looks like we are well over this month and it’s a 5 week month which means we will definitely be using points next week to get milk but we are stocked up now for November. If we weren’t trying to catch up we would have been fine. There are certainly areas for us to improve in and we’ll be looking at the overall picture in the next month for 2016. 🙂

 

Canadian Coupons

 

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

November 2015 Canada Coupons Grocery store(1)

 

Grocery Game Challenge FAQ’s

 

  • 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. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
  • 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. If you choose to post monthly  or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. 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 Save.ca app joining forces with the many apps that are already out there.
  • What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • 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!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2015!

Join in and become money savers and take control of your grocery budget.

-Mr.CBB

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Mr. CBB was born and raised in the United Kingdom who then moved to Canada where he is a permanent resident. He recently became a father to a very busy toddler who allows him to be a kid at heart. He bought his first house at the age of 21 after University and his second at the age of 24. Both Mr.CBB and his wife are Debt and Mortgage Free and they did it all in under 5 years using a Budget. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where he shares their financial experiences with his readers and hopes to learn about theirs. Welcome to CBB!
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Comments

  1. Angela Mainse says:

    I also recalculated what I put into the carryover for all of November and it should be 80.10. And, we are hoping to not have to use this money for grocery items. We were going to use it for helping with the TV we were saving for on Boxing day, but we lucked out on Black Friday and had enough for the TV we wanted just in a different brand. It’s the same thing less 2 inches on the screen. So our goal is to use it for Boxing day sales, just not the TV, hopefully some DVDs as this is our main source of entertainment throughout the year. Renting the library movies are good when they first come in, but they get well used and the magnetic strips seem to make them deteriorate faster. So, there are some movies that we saw for free that we were hoping to add to our collection for a good price!

  2. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 4 – November 22 – 28

    • Grocery budget to work with in November over 4 weeks: $200
    • Total coupons used this week: $9.00
    • Total coupons used to date: $147.11
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $19.71
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $360
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $73.76
    • Total student discounts this week: $5.29
    • Total student discounts to date: $217.49
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $13.60
    • Total spent this week: $51.05
    • Total spent so far this month: $193.10
    • Total left to spend for the month: $2.65
    • Carry over: $2.65
    • Total in carry over jar: $79.95
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $2,793.45

    RCSS: Yogurt drinks 3 for $2, Classico 2.00 – 1.00 coupon (PM), 2kg sugar 3 x 1.00 (PM), Taco chipotle seasoning 2.29 – 2.00 coupon wub meat, glad wrap 2 x 1.00 – 2 x .50 coupons (PM), eggs 2.49 (PM), sunlight laundry detergent 3.99 – 1.00 coupon (PM), Black diamond cheese slices 4 x 1.99 – 2 x 1.50 coupons (PM), Black Diamond cheese block 4.48 – 1.00 coupon (PM), 10 lb onions 1.98, 3 pomegranate 5.00 less 30%, bananas 1.73, pears 1.33 (PM), English cucumber 1.00 (PM), chicken drumstick family pack 10.88, English muffins 2 x 1.00 (PM), student discount 5.29, tax .79: total 43.10

    Walmart: 10 kg flour 7.97: total 7.95 rounded down 2 cents

    This week was better planned out with RCSS’s new list of stores they price match. Lots this week. A lot of stock up items, nice to have cheese slices again, grilled cheese sandwiches are a quick go to on super busy days. Managed some chicken and lots of sugar at a really amazing price. It looks like I have the bulk of what I need for baking if I get to it in December.

    Posting this weeks, late, but I am helping keep myself accountable and better keeping track of what we are doing this year. It is helping a lot!!!

    • Hi Angela,
      Better late than never. I’ve learned that the moment someone falls behind it can be the demise of a goal. You are a strong woman for keeping your passion for finance going like this even if you fall behind. Our son loves grilled cheese sandwiches but the slices are pricey unless we can find them for around $2.99 or we just use a few pieces of cheddar. I see you had a couple of the 1.50 coupons from the inserts in the last batch of slices. Great coupon that is. Where did you find the Classico coupon? Awesome shopping, I’m impressed. You get ballot 3. MR.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        The Classico coupon was emailed to me through the Flipp app. Printables can be tough in our area and RCSS is the only one who doesn’t cause issues over them being black and white.

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $235 per year or $25 per month.
    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: $10.00
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 21250
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Air Miles redeemed -190 ($20.00)
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Snap Groupon to date: $3.00
    Zweet to date: $1.25 ($25.75)
    Checkout51 to date: $6.25 ($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    1 case ginger ale -5.50
    2 Whiskas cat food @9.99, B1G1 coupon -9.99
    1 jug water -5.49
    4 cans pasta sauce @4/5.00
    1 package sliced almonds -3.99
    2 Cheerois @2.99
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.99
    2 1kg brown sugar @1.89
    2 Temptations cat treats @1.79
    2 pineapple tidbits @1.79
    2 apple sauce @1.79
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 doz large eggs -2.99
    5 lbs butter @2.99
    1 green pepper -1.85
    15 lbs potatoes -4.99
    1 bag cole slaw -1.99
    Bananas -1.05
    1 package lean ground beef -13.08
    1 sausage -4.90, 50% sticker -2.45 off
    1 pack dinner rolls -2.99, 50% sticker -1.50 off
    2 bagels @2.50
    1 raisin bread -4.79
    Tax -3.78
    Total OOP -$121.63, 9.99 coupon, $3.95 discounts
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 box saltine crackers -4.29
    1 Cheerios -2.99
    1 block cheese -5.99
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 yogurt -3.99
    1 doz large eggs -2.99
    4 lbs butter @2.99
    Bananas -1.11
    1 pack lean ground beef -12.83
    1 grated Parmesan cheese 5.48
    Total OOP -$66.88
    Foodland #3
    144 count Tetley tea -9.99, AM discount -50%, 5.00
    1 case Kraft dinners -9.99
    1 Cheerios -3.98
    2 cases ginger ale @3.33
    1 soya sauce -2.18
    1 pack pasta -1.98
    2 1kg icing sugar @1.89
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 yogurt -2.99
    1 pack mushrooms -2.49
    Bananas -.93
    1 bag onions -1.79
    1 pack sausage -4.64, 50% sticker, 2.32 off
    2 W/W bread @2.50, AM discount on one loaf -1.25 off
    1 raisin bread -4.79, AM discount -2.40, 1.00 peelie coupon
    Tax -.87
    Redeemed 190 AM cash for $20.00
    Total OOP -$39.85
    Total to spend this month $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): Jan$22.20+ Feb $24.50+ Mar)+$22.18+ April)+$18.32+ May $40.95+ June $24.15+ July $45.32+ Aug $32.92+ Sept $22.43+ Oct $0+ Nov $0
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $10.99
    Total coupons used to date: $149.13
    Total in-store discounts this week: $24.92
    Total in-store discounts to date: $179.07
    Total spent this week: $228.36
    Total spent so far this month: $617.75
    Total over/Under spend this shop: over
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
    Total left to spend for the month: $32.25
    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+ July $552.91+ August $674.89+ September $610.32+ October $646.30+ November $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts) Over for the week by a lot!! This does tend to happen after a couple of smaller weeks as things get used and that butter was too good a price to walk away from. I hit the AM cash for a little but will have to use more of it to get through next week and come in anywhere near budget. One more week to get through this month. December is a 4 week month so that will help and I have that gift card from my sisters-in-law as well as those turkey bucks. I can do this…..

    • Hi Christine,
      You did 2 shops at Foodland this week although you picked up lots of food. That beef was pricey but that’s not surprising these days. My sister-in-law paid $1400 for half a cow last month. We stocked up on the butter too just in case it skyrockets in price to something silly like $7lb. The green pepper price blew my mind but it’s that time of year when prices go up. I think you will be ok for the year Christine. You have plenty stocked up now and like you mention you have that gift card. Let’s do this to the end!! Yes! You get ballot 26. MR.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        Those packs of ground beef were big family size as the lean was on sale. Each one was broken up into a number of smaller packs so we are looking at a fair number of meals there. I would love to be able to buy a piece of cow!! We got a hind quarter years ago when the kids were small and it was lovely!! The butter was nice to get, it’s running around $5.00lb depending on brand here.

  4. Week two of two….

    Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2015
    Name Your Store: Walmart
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = N/A
    Total Out Of Pocket: $19.09 (Stockpile)

    Human
    Bananas = $1.65
    Brush Set = $4.97
    Soap = $4.47
    Pads = $6.77

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = 600
    Total Out Of Pocket: $0 (Gift Card = $23.57)

    Human
    Quaker Muffin Mix – $3.99 (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00
    2 NN Cream of Mushroom – (SCOP $0.67) = $0.67
    2 Clover Leaf Tuna – $1.77 (PM Giant Tiger @ $1.00) = $2.00
    2 Habitant Pea Soup – 2/$3.00 = $3.00
    4 L Skim Milk = $3.97
    2 ICBINB Margarine – $2.99 (PM Food Basics @ $0.99) = $1.98
    Banana – (600 PC Points) = $2.94
    3 Schneiders Hot Dogs – $5.99 (PM Zehrs @ $1.67) = $5.01
    Wonder WW Bread – $2.99 (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00

    Cats
    No Shop

    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 Week Period: $0.00
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $12.25
    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $0.67
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $10.86
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00
    Total Snap rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00
    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $21.53
    Total Price Match to Date: $504.52
    Total Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Meat to Date: $524.17
    Total Produce this Week Period: $
    Total Produce to Date: $272.31
    Total Adhoc Stockpile this Week Period: $19.09
    Total Adhoc Stockpile to Date: $489.27
    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 600
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 7425

    Total Over/Under spend this Human shop: $N/A
    Total Left to Spend for the Human Month: $4.51
    Total Spent To Date – Human: Jan $234.85; Feb $130.22; Mar $146.35; Apr $186.85; May $187.95; Jun $156.49; Jul $137.58; Aug $174.29; Sept $194.80 ; Oct $198.63 ; Nov $99.41; Dec $ = $1,847.42

    Total Over/Under spend this Cat shop: $
    Total Left to Spend for the Cat Month: $5.16 over
    Total Spent To Date – Cat: Jan $47.65; Feb $22.08; Mar $33.69; Apr $21.35; May $26.96; Jun $29.06; Jul $16.91; Aug $41.06 ; Sept $48.82 ; Oct $26.83 ; Nov $34.51 ; Dec $ = $348.91

    Overview: Didn’t need much this week and I had a gift card from when I bought the Samsung Galaxy tablet, which I used to buy groceries with this week.

    • Hey Dee,
      That was a great score to buy groceries with the gift card. They certainly come in handy. Nice price on the hotdogs too. Our son loves hot dogs so we keep an eye out for sales. It’s been so hard trying to find foods he loves to eat. I don’t remember being a picky eater myself but we always offer variety but I guess we all like what we like. I love how you are tracking your meat and produce totals. Will you do that again next year or is this just to gauge amounts for your grocery budget? You get ballot 14 Mr.CBB

      • Actually the meat and produce budgets are part of my projected expenses so they will be tracked next year. Next year, I’m expanding on what I’m reporting on so it will include human, cats, stockpile, personal hygiene, meat and produce. The value for the personal hygiene is just a guess but I’m going to see how close I can get throughout the year. Typically I’m not a picky eater, unless it’s real fish (especially fish that looks like fish)…actually any seafood, I’m not a fan of.

  5. Those are all things we try to avoid doing too. Usually my hubby goes to the store because he can go on his way home so I don’t have to go with the twins. Having the kids with me at the store makes it so much harder to focus. I get in a rush and then I end up spending more just to get out of there quicker.

  6. Anne Russell says:

    As a update to the Flipp app….my Mum doesn’t have internet or data available. She has a Samsung Galaxy Tab and goes to a place with public wifi and browses the flyers looking for price matches. The items she finds are saved on the tablet, and are recalled without internet at the checkout line. Any Android will do this, and I haven’t tried with a iPad but I suspect it’s the same. No data, no wifi required!

    • Oh brilliant thanks for sharing this important information Anne!! 🙂

      • Not all places will accept the Flipp app. The Wal-mart in my area won’t accept it but will accept the Reebee app for price matching. Not sure if the Reebee will do the same or not because I haven’t tested it out yet.

        • I’ve never even heard of the Reebee app. I’m going to look into that. So you don’t use it yet? Thanks for the info about Flipp.

          • I use Reebee but since I have a smartphone with data, I haven’t tested the ability to use it without data. Reebee is actually a company from Kitchener. It’s only been around for a couple of years but growing fast. The website is http://www.reebee.com.

  7. Angela Mainse says:

    I am really happy that we don’t have too much in the way of premium type of grocery stores. RCSS tends to be our more expensive store, but with their price matching and my current student discount, it works. We have an organic/health food store, but I don’t go in unless we need to find a shampoo for our son because whatever shampoo we were using changes ingredients and I can always find something for the interim. But wow, you pay double there. And, I get his shampoo in the organic aisle at the RCSS.
    This post also makes me think of my shopping trip today since I did go to the store before lunch. I’m thankful I had a coffee ahead of time and my impulse was pomegranate or 30% off in substitution for something that wasn’t at the store to price match. It really wasn’t a stretch, but being hungry at the store is always a biggie problem that I face if I take my son. I can be hungry, but he sure can’t. The shopping list keeps me on track, and I always build in the opportunity to axe something off of the list if it isn’t in stock or I find a better deal.
    Love the pink sticker deal on the boccocini!

  8. Chrsitine Weadick says:

    I need to get caught up posting my shops!!! I’ve done these things too as have everyone. I try to have something to eat before I grocery shop here even if it is just some toast. If I have to go in for one thing (who ate the chocolate chips I got for making cookies!!!) I grab what I came in for and get out as fast as I can!!I don’t look around. I try to leave hubby at home when I grocery shop as he is worse than the kids ever were for wanting something that isn’t on the list. I never had issues with the kids whining for something like candy at the checkouts as I never got it for them so they never thought to ask. Even something like cereal wasn’t a problem. I only ever bought the expensive sugary stuff except on sale and then one box….making a big deal about the fact it was on sale and when it was done..it was done, no more!! They learned fast.
    I haven’t run the numbers yet but it looks like I would be going over but I have the AM cash points to use to help stay under. I am saving my turkey bucks for the Christmas turkey and yesterday when my sisters-in-law were here they gave us a gift card for Foodland that will help pay for the holiday groceries!! Yippee!!! I am sure you will manage to come in under budget for the year as I will be working to do the same. We can do this!!

    • Worst case scenario you can bust a move back across the road and throw a slice in the toaster hehe! Sounds like what I did to my wife. I ate the Bakers Chocolate and she was asking where it went lol. That’s brilliant that you got a gift card to use. 🙂 That will certainly come in handy. I don’t know about us coming in under budget we certainly are going to try. 🙂 Yes WE CAN DO THIS! 🙂

  9. I know that I’ve fallen to a couple of these categories over the years and probably will still fall into some from time to time. It’s only human nature and the last time I checked, I was human 🙂 but a work in progress.

    • Well exactly. I agree and we do too. What we do is continue to remind ourselves why we shouldn’t and how we can improve. 🙂 You’re doing wonderful.

  10. This is Week 1 of 2….

    Nov 20 – 26, 2015
    Name Your Store: St. Jacobs Farmer Market
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = N/A
    Total Out Of Pocket: $10.00

    Human
    5 Pork Schnitzel = $10.00

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points = 1200
    Total Out Of Pocket: $5.67

    Human
    Palmolive Dish Soap – $2.99 (800 PC Points) (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00
    Snickers Chocolate Bar = $1.00
    2 Cans NN Cream of Mushroom Soup = $1.50
    2 Cans Habitant Pea Soup – 2/$3.00 = $3.00
    Kraft Dinner Case – $16.49 (PM Food Basics @ $5.88) = $5.88
    Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Yogurt Cereal = $2.48
    500 mL Sour Cream = $2.19
    4 L Skim Milk = $3.97
    450 g Black Diamond Marble Cheese Bar = $4.48
    900 g McCain Hash Brown = $2.29
    227 g PC Cremini Mushrooms – (400 PC Points) = $1.97
    10 lb Red Potatoes = $4.49
    Banana – $1.57
    9 V Battery = $7.49

    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 Week Period: $0.00
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $12.25
    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $10.19
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00
    Total Snap rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00
    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $11.60
    Total Price Match to Date: $482.99
    Total Meat this Week Period: $10
    Total Meat to Date: $524.17
    Total Produce this Week Period: $
    Total Produce to Date: $272.31
    Total Adhoc Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Adhoc Stockpile to Date: $470.18
    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1,200
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period: 40,000
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 5,890

    Total Over/Under spend this Human shop: $N/A
    Total Left to Spend for the Human Month: $4.51
    Total Spent To Date – Human: Jan $234.85; Feb $130.22; Mar $146.35; Apr $186.85; May $187.95; Jun $156.49; Jul $137.58; Aug $174.29; Sept $194.80 ; Oct $198.63 ; Nov $75.40+3.94+14.40+5.67 ; Dec $ = $1,847.42

    Total Over/Under spend this Cat shop: $
    Total Left to Spend for the Cat Month: $5.16 over
    Total Spent To Date – Cat: Jan $47.65; Feb $22.08; Mar $33.69; Apr $21.35; May $26.96; Jun $29.06; Jul $16.91; Aug $41.06 ; Sept $48.82 ; Oct $26.83 ; Nov $34.51 ; Dec $ = $348.91

    Overview: I used my PC Points so that by next week, my overage should be taken care of and finish off the year on a good note. This week, we bought some additional ingredients for this week’s meal plan since we were getting into a rut of making the same food all the time.

    • Hi Dee,
      Wow that battery was pricey but aren’t they always. Most of our sons toys take batteries so we just go to the Dollar store and load up which tend to last a long while for him. Yay, your overage will be caught up that’s great news. I know what that’s like making the same foods over and over. My wife has been doing her new lifestyle change and has me making her new meals to try and cut that food boredom. Ah, I love that idea for a post lol. Almost end of year Dee!! 🙂 GGC Success coming our way. You get ballot 12. 🙂 Mr.CBB

  11. Mary F Campbell says:

    NOVEMBER – Week #4 of 5- Nov 23-29, 2015

    2015 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

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

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

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This week I didn’t find any sales on the holiday items. Some weeks are like that. We did pick up a few things for our meals this week though.

    Next week I know we’ll be using a rain check for hubby’s bread and points for skim milk. Hopefully I can keep the cash outlay to a dull roar by using rain checks, finding sales and fingers crossed – maybe we’ll finish our month off actually on budget!

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

    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 bunch bananas = $1.82
    1 Cauliflower $2.99
    1 red onion $1.62
    6 Fresh Express Salads $6.00 (Rain Check)
    1 bag Mushrooms $7.93
    1 Sour Cream $3.69

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $24.05
    Total Holiday Grocery OOP: $ 0.00

    ** Earned 39 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $4.17 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $2.67 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP MAY BE in December while hubby is on vacation.

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

    2015 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •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 + July $0.00 + Aug $35.63 + Sept $138.97+Oct $65.17 +Nov $48.40= $327.77

    •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 + July $0.00 + Aug $0.00 + Sept $88.75 +Oct $7.79 +Nov $6.17 = $116.71

    •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 + July $0.00 + Aug $0.00 + Sept $0.00 + Oct $0.00 +Nov $0.00= $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 22 + Feb 45 + Mar 140 + Apr 12 + May 6 + June 12 + July 0 + Aug 160 + Sept 84+Oct 29 + Nov 133= 629 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 + Mar 1 + Apr 1 + May 322 + June 0 + July 0 + Aug 4 + Sept 176 + Oct 72 + Nov 0= 576 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1200 + Feb 900 + Mar 900 + Apr 1,500 + May 0 + June 1800 + July 0 + Aug 900 + Sept 2,200 + Oct 1,411 + Nov 3,400 = 14,211 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 30 + Feb 40 + Mar 0 + Apr 0 + May 0 + June 20 + July 0 + Aug 0 + Sept 0 + Oct 0 + Nov 40= 130 Points

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

    2015 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $199.31+ Feb $180.69 + Mar $274.41 + Apr $105.59+ May $237.00 + June $171.34 + July $53.25 + Aug $319.00 + Sept $117.32 + Oct $373.03+ Nov (trf $0.00 Xmas Reserve+$0.00 to Summer + $0.00 trf to Re-Stocking Reserve + $0.00 trf to Borscht Reserve + $0.00 trf to US-$0.00 trf from Christmas Reserve+$4.69 Trf to Unused re Reward Point Redemption +$4.98+$8.25+$19.42-$19.42 Trf from Xmas Reserve+$22.01+$27.35-$27.35 Trf from Xmas Reserve+$5.49+$9.98-$15.47 Trf from Xmas Reserve +$14.93+$2.00+$83.39-$83.39 Trf from Xmas Reserve -$67.09 Transfer from Summer Reserve+$24.05= -$13.82) = $2,044.76

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + Apr $190.00 + May $190.00 + June 190.00+July$190.00+Aug $190.00 + Sept 190.00 + Oct $190.00 + Nov $190.00= $2,090.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $45.24 AVAILABLE

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

    2015 CANADIAN UNUSED RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $0.00+Jan $0.00+Feb $3.83+ Mar $32.09 + Apr $4.99 + May $4.69 + June $9.38 + July $4.69 + Aug $0.00 + Sept $9.38 +Oct $4.69 + Nov $4.69= $78.43

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

    2015 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $325.00+Jan $22.50+Feb $22.50 + Mar $17.50 + Apr $18.44 + May $17.50 + June $6.56 + July $20.00 + Aug $20.00 + Sept ($17.50-$120 – $167.50= – $270.00) + Oct $17.50 + Nov $0.00= $217.50

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

    2015 Y-T-D BORSCHT RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $412.50+Jan $12.50 + Feb $12.50 + Mar $12.50 + Apr $0.00 + May $20.00 + June $30.00+July $0.00 + Aug $12.50 + Sept $12.50 + Oct $12.50 + Nov $0.00 = $537.50

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

    2015 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $110.00+Jan $10.00 +Feb $10.00+ Mar $10.00 + Apr $10.00 + May $25.00 + June $10.00 + July 15.00+ Aug 15.00 + Sept $10.00 + Oct ($25.00 – $64.88 trf to US Reserve – $8.82 trf to groceries- $15.00 trf to groceries = -$63.70) + Nov (-$19.42 -$27.35-$15.47-$83.39 = -$145.63 trf to groceries) = $15.67

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

    2015 Y-T-D SUMMER RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $90.00+Jan $10.00 + Feb $10.00 + Mar $15.00 + Apr $15.00 + May $35.00 + June $36.44 + July $13.56+Aug $21.31 + Sept ($9.85-$106.16 = -$96.31) + Oct $17.09 + Nov -$67.09 Trf to groceries = $100.00

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

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 2,090.00 Grocery Budget JAN-NOV
    $ 78.43 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries
    $ 16.56 Drawn from Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Borscht, Xmas, Summer)
    ($ 0.02) Hiding Spot Cash – SPENT
    ($ 13.45) 2014 Costco Rebate Chq – SPENT
    ($ 201.81) Trf to US Grocery Reserve
    ($ 78.43) Set in a reserve to offset Redeemed Points
    ($ 1,812.92) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 45.24 AVAILABLE FOR Y-T-D SPENDING

    • VALUE POINTS REDEEMED Y-T-D:

    $ 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
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JULY
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – SEPT
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – SEPT
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – OCT
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – OCT

    $ 78.43 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    So far $1,900.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2015 and we have recorded these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $217.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $537.50 Borscht Fund
    $ 15.67 Holiday Season Fund
    $100.00 Summer Season Fund

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $870.67.

    This also means that with $190.00 to start NOVEMBER less $130.94 overage carried forward from OCTOBER less $0.00 transferred to the various savings reserves less $0.00 transferred for Points Redeemed = $59.06 plus an additional $0.00 saved in our US grocery reserve, we opened the month of NOVEMBER with $59.06 available to spend on the Canadian side of the border PLUS $67.09 drawn from our reserves to use this month LESS the funds we have spent of $80.91 on our groceries (cash & points) so far this month and have $45.24 AVAILABLE for the month of NOVEMBER.

    We have groceries that have been purchased using points redeemed, rather than the budgeted cash in the amount of $78.43. Available as an offset, we currently have $78.43 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 $110.21 IS AVAILABLE for our next US shop!

    Of the outstanding US Shopping Reserve $110.21:

    $113.07 is carried forward from 2014

    $252.50 is new 2015 Y-T-D savings

    Less $115.57 that we’ve transferred back to the grocery funds

    PLUS $64.88 transferred from our Christmas Reserve funds

    Less ($9.98+$5.00+$15.32+$34.58) = $64.88 Christmas spending in the US

    Less ($10.00+$71.86+$57.93) = $139.79 that we’ve actually spent in 2015

    = $110.21 US Reserve Available

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

    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods –

    12 x 14 oz Compliments NO SALT Diced Tomatoes @ $1.00 ea – good until Dec 27/15

    6 x WW Bread @ $1.00 ea – good until Dec 29/15

    SAVE ON FOODS

    1 Pomegranate Arils $5 ea – good until Nov 25

    6 fresh express garden salad $1 ea – good until Nov 26

    1 Pomegranate Arils $5 ea – good until Nov 25

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

    • Hi Mary,
      I wasn’t sure if your GGC posted twice as the grocery shop is identical for GGC #3 unless you bought the exact same items again this week 🙂 What other holiday baking items do you still have to pick up? Do you use the BULK BARN at all? You get ballot 11. Mr.CBB 🙂

      • Mary F Campbell says:

        I bought the exact same things Mr CBB.:-) This is my remaining holiday grocery list:

        Sour Cream – for Ambrosia Salad on Christmas Day
        12 oz Frozen Mixed Berries – for Steel Cut Oats with Warm Berry Compote on Christmas Morning
        Halibut – for Xmas Eve fish chowder
        turkey breast – For Christmas dinner on Dec 23rd
        celery – for stuffing & soup
        onions – for stuffing & soup
        carrots – for stuffing & soup
        Mixed vegetables – for Xmas dinner on 23rd (Hubby’s choice)
        Brussels Sprouts – For Christmas dinner Dec 23rd & New Years Dinner (for Mary only)
        Assorted raw fruits and veggies for our Christmas Eve platters
        Mushrooms – for New Years dinner with the roast beef
        Potatoes – For Christmas dinner Dec 23rd & New Years Dinner
        Sweet Potatoes – For Christmas casserole on Dec 23rd

        Hubby will be home for a month on vacation so we’ll have a lot more “regular” groceries next month as well. Mostly soups are on the menu of course!

        We don’t have BULK BARN here Mr CBB so no I don’t shop there. 🙁

        • Hi Mary,
          Ah ok that explains it. So if you have no Bulk Barn do you have a Bulk type shop where you live? If so, What is it called? By the looks of it you are both going to have a wonderful Christmas with all this amazing food. 🙂 Oh… what is the Christmas casa roll eh with the sweet potato? Sounds good.

          • Mary F Campbell says:

            There’s a very small bulk section at Save On Foods but mostly it’s just candy with a few spices. I would rather pay for packaging as I don’t think the turnover is very good and I’ve seen too many people rifling through the bins with their hands! Yuck!! 🙁

            This is the casserole I am making with a couple of changes. First I will use Splenda brown sugar to lighten the carb load and I use mini marshmallows instead of the marshmallow cream. It’s super sweet so a little goes a really long way! Here’s a link to the recipe:

            http://vegetarian.betterrecipes.com/sweet-potato-and-marshmallow-casserole.html

          • Yes that is kind of gross if product sits for a long time or people stick their hands in. We have a bulk section at Zehrs and who knows what happens down that aisle. At the Bulk Barn it’s monitored and well lit so I have never seen anyone stick their hands in a bin although I’m sure it happens. Oh, thanks for the recipe. I’m going to look now.

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