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The Best Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Mar 14-20



There are so many Canadian Grocery Stores that it can get a bit confusing trying to figure out where to shop to get quality products while saving money to stretch those grocery dollars.

Then there are shoppers who don’t care about saving money because they are committed to shopping at one grocery store even if they have to pay more money for products they can pay less for somewhere else.

Related: Are you a grocery store snob?

When I first moved to Canada 8 years ago I had no idea about Canadian Grocery Stores let alone where to begin shopping. Grocery store prices differ from shop to shop and with that comes differences in product quality and availability.

Depending on where you live in Canada you may be blessed with local markets like the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto or St. Jacobs Farmers Market in St. Jacobs. Just about every nationality has a market/shop that sells products from the homeland especially in Toronto which is great to buy hard to find products for new recipes.

Related: How to enjoy Gourmet Food on A Tight Budget

Outside any city you will find farmers who are willing to sell their crops to customers who stop in to either pick produce and fruits themselves or buy ready-picked which typically costs a bit more. The great thing about picking your own is that you can bring the family which tends to be an educational experience for the kids and one they likely won’t forget.

If you’ve got the green thumb growing your own garden is the next best thing to organic produce when it comes to the best produce around Canada. We are fortunate living in a country that offers us so many diverse options of where to get food but Canadians continue to make their number one shopping trips at traditional Canadian Grocery Stores many of which are chain supermarkets.

Canada is home to many new Canadians, landed immigrants and permanent residents many who are not familiar with grocery shopping in a new country. I was one of those shoppers who for a while looked like he was a lost boy with a shopping cart.

As a permanent resident I made it a priority to learn about Canadian Grocery Stores while my wife was at work and I had spare time. I miss those days when there was nothing to do when I came home from work. Being a homeowner and a renter are two very different experiences that’s for sure. I was in charge of the grocery shopping and preparing the grocery list which I was fine with because it gave me the opportunity to explore what Canadian Grocery Stores had to offer.

Some of the questions I wanted answers to as a new resident to Canada:

  • What Canadian Grocery Stores are best to shop at for budget- conscious shoppers?
  • What Canadian Grocery Stores were in my area?
  • What do each of these Canadian Grocery Stores have to offer?

Since we were renting the lower level of a house and didn’t have our own kitchen we hated going upstairs to cook where our landlord lived. It always seemed odd cooking in someone else’s kitchen and going through their stuff.

It took me about 3 months to grasp Canadian grocery shopping culture and about one year to understand product prices and the best places to grocery shop that would save us the most money.

Our priorities back then were to save as much money as we could so we could put a large down-payment on a house. The savings war was won since we managed to pay our mortgage off in 5 years flat. Searching out food savings may not seem worth it to some people but for others like us it was worth the effort because the rewards are long-lasting.

In the early years investigating Canadian Grocery Stores online I came across some Canadian Coupon sites where I could pick coupons that we may use and have them mailed to the house. Back then it was, Brandsaver and Websaver that gave us the savings kick-start which we kind of got obsessed over. Thankfully we didn’t have much room so there was hardly any stockpiling going on.

We managed to save lots of money by shopping at the lower-end grocery stores where prices were the best that a chain grocery store would offer. For example, shopping at No Frills is just like shopping at any other Loblaws store but without the higher prices and you can price-match. Win-win in my books. The downfall is you may not get the best quality produce but if you have time to be picky you can easily find the good stuff.

Most often we buy our produce at Metro or Zehrs if it’s cheaper than Food Basics and No Frills only because they offer Grade A products. When not on sale though the prices are enough to scare your budget away but the quality is always going to be there. If you opt for organic you know you already know that you’ll pay more no matter where you shop.

These days Loblaws stores sells the No Name “Naturally Imperfect” line of produce which are vegetables and fruits that aren’t perfectly shaped but edible. You’ll pay less just to eat an apple that has an odd shape rather than a perfectly round apple. Honestly, I don’t ever look for perfectly shaped produce but some of you may. Heck, the first place we hit is the reduced produce rack to find some bargains.

naturally imperfect apples Zehrs


So what are some of our favourite Canadian Grocery Stores to shop at?

Location dictates what Canadian Grocery Stores will be in your area to shop at so you won’t find every grocery store in each city or town. Most small towns in Ontario have Foodland which is a division of Sobeys Inc.

Prices are always higher at Foodland for example as the shop will service a smaller area, costs are higher to transport food in and stock isn’t purchased in mass quantity like the larger Canadian Grocery Stores. Still, Foodland is a great place to shop with homemade baked goods and top-notch produce and meat.

Most often we find ourselves shopping at these 5 grocery stores only because they are in our area and offer us products that fit our budget. We hardly ever go to Freshco, RCSS, Sobeys or Walmart to shop since they further away from our home. If we want products from those grocery flyers we’ll price match if we have to at No Frills.

  • Zehrs
  • No Frills
  • Food Basics
  • Metro
  • Shoppers Drug Mart *non-conventional

Every time we drive by Costco we can be certain that the parking lot will be jam-packed. After a recent trip to Costco we realized that getting good deals were hit or miss provided you know the regular retail cost at the big box Canadian Grocery Stores.

Costco is not considered a grocery store that is open to the public since you have to purchase a Club membership which is $55 a year. Canadians still enjoy shopping in bulk which means fewer trips to the grocery store.

Related: Is it really worth it to shop at Costco?


Loblaws Chain Stores


so easy to save PC stores LoblawsThere are many stores that fall under the Loblaws label also known as President’s Choice stores.

President’s Choice products and services have quickly become our favourite since we bank with PC Financial and have a PC Financial World Elite MasterCard which allows us to earn more PC Plus Rewards Points.

Rewards programs seem to have a big influence for financially alert shoppers in Canada because they know that the savings all add up.

We’re huge fans of  Loblaws stores simply for products and prices whether from the lower-end No Frills shop to the higher-end Zehrs, Fortino’s or mid-range Real Canadian Super Store, Provigo and Atlantic Superstore just to name a few.


The Best Canadian Grocery Stores


If you want to learn about the full list of Supermarket Chains in Canada you will be shocked to see just how many grocery stores fall under each banner, many of which you may not ever heard of. The list below only scratches the surface but are many of The Best Canadian Grocery Stores you’ll find.

These are some of the popular Loblaws Chain Stores across Canada

Metro Divisions

Metro is the higher end store who also offers online coupons and rewards along with Air Miles. Most Metro stores have a wine shop, deli, bakery, floral shop, fish counter as well an extensive line of health products. Some Metro stores are now selling Beer as well.

Food basics is a grocery store division of Metro that sells lower priced items and many of the same items you’ll find at Metro. There is no deli, floral shop, fish counter etc. but you can buy limited amounts of these products at Food Basics. You cannot buy beer or wine at Food Basics.

Random Canadian Grocery Stores

Sobeys Chain Stores

FreshCo is a super saver grocery store so if you’re looking for savings this is a grocery store that you will want to hang out in, plus they price match. Foodland and Sobeys are the higher-end grocery stores in this division as can be Safeway. Thrifty Foods carries an array of fresh products and has an in-store registered dietitian. Thrifty may all be in the name here so shopping the sales may be a smart move. Use your Air Miles card!

Your best defense to learning about grocery shopping is to click the links below and read about each store like I did when I was learning about what Canadian Grocery Stores had to offer us.

Other non-conventional stores that sell groceries

These shops all sell grocery items but they also sell a variety of other items which means they aren’t a dedicated grocery store. Walmart such as is the ultimate all-in-one shop where Costco and M&M meats is for bulk shoppers. M&M meats offers a Max rewards program so the more you shop the more you save.

IKEA has a small grocery selection where you can buy International products after you shop for your home. Shoppers Drug Mart a Loblaws owned pharmacy is also home to a beauty boutique, electronics department and grocery on a small-scale. The best part about Shoppers Drug Mart is the ability to get Shoppers Optimum Points similar to PC Plus Points.

London Drugs is not in Ontario but if you’re lucky to live out West this Canadian Pharmacy also offers food items and you can stack coupons which means you can use more than one coupon per product as long as the UPC codes are different. The savings here are huge if you are a stacker!

Both Giant Tiger and Dollarama offer food products with Giant Tiger having a bigger grocery selection along with produce, dairy and bakery items for less. You can also buy clothes and home related items at Giant Tiger.

Explore your city to see what little shops you can find that are not associated with the big box grocery stores. Many of these shops are family owned and sell an abundance of homemade products or international products. Shop at the corner convenience stores and you’ll find limited grocery items and you’ll pay almost double what you would in a grocery store unless they have a sale on.


Fan Feedback


I don’t claim to know everything about all the Canadian Grocery Stores since I’ve only lived in Ontario so I asked a handful of my Facebook fans what their favourites were.

Most of what I’ve learned about grocery stores outside of Ontario comes from websites, the Grocery Game Challenge and you the fans!

This is what some of my awesome fans say:

Beth Anne- Costco for quality in bulk, Thrifty Foods (a division of Sobey’s) for service, quality and specialty foods.

Christine W- I would have to say No Frills or Food Basics for price. For me Foodland is the store for location but that is because it’s across the road.

Pat C- My favorite stores are Giant Tiger for basic groceries and clothing and No frills for the rest.

Mary C- I don’t get to shop there very often as it’s an hour away but I do absolutely love Whole Foods for the freshness and diversity in their produce section. When I was in Atlantic Canada, I adored the Halifax Atlantic Superstore and shopped there for the entire duration of our trip. Locally, I pick up my fish and seafood or bison at Bruce’s Country Market in Albion for fresh items. We use M&M Meats for frozen fish supplies. In the summer I trek out to Howard Wong’s Farm Market in Abbotsford for my locally grown produce. I don’t have a favorite chain of stores but if I am buying meat, I prefer either Safeway or Thrifty Foods when they have a good sale. Our local RCSS is regularly out of stock on advertised specials so it frustrates the living daylights out of me to try to shop there plus they don’t give rain checks. I will shop at Save Foods but not for meat – I don’t care for their supplier. I will get ham on their BOGO sales but never purchase their beef or chicken. The pork tenderloin are fine if they are on a good sale but I can do just as well at Walmart.

Colleen K- Giant Tiger, Walmart, Dollarama, Dollar Tree. Price is why.

Della F- My favourite store is RCSS due to price matching and it being a mid-price store.

Juanita P- Sobeys, Walmart and Superstore are my staple stores here in Edmonton. But I also shop the sales at Co-op, Shoppers, Save on foods, No frills, London Drugs, McGavin’s bread basket and our local discount produce store. Everything is within a ten minute drive so we are lucky enough to have a selection to choose from. I always recommend for people to not shop during peak hours or days especially if they hate shopping.

Christine T- I unfortunately like the stores that are more expensive as I cannot usually find products in regular stores due to what I can eat. In Toronto I like the Big Carrot and I Recently found this store Herbs and Nutrition. For vegetables I usually go to either No Frills, Adonis (middle eastern store), Al Premium (Asian market), St Lawrence Market and Metro to get cat grass. (It’s a good price and most importantly my cat loves it) and Costco for staples (only a few things I get there)

No matter where you choose to do your grocery shopping every Canadian grocery store will have their good days and bad days. That means that you will equally find higher prices, lower prices, good produce, irregular produce, excellent customer service, crappy customer service and convenience.

Related: Price Matching In Canadian Grocery Stores

Prices will always vary depending on where you choose to do your groceries or you can price match to cut down on travel time. Unfortunately many of the Canadian Grocery Stores don’t price match so you are pushed towards a certain shop even if it’s not your favourite. Loblaws stores allow price matching at No Frills and RCSS but not Zehrs Markets. Listen up Zehrs… we want to price match!!

Overall, what I’ve learned about Canadian Grocery Stores is that everyone who shops at them does so for a reason. I also now know that each grocery store offers me something different likely part of the marketing plan to keep us coming back to grocery shop.

Related: How much should my grocery budget be?

The best Grocery Stores in Canada are the stores where you are willing to shop and that work for your grocery budget. That means shopping where you get the best savings and quality products even if that means shopping at a few Canadian grocery stores to get what you need on your grocery list.

Which Canadian Grocery Stores do you prefer to do your grocery shopping at?

Did I miss any important points about the grocery stores I listed that I should add? Let me know and I’ll add in the details.


March Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016


Join in the 2016 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 where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy. Thanks to Mary for putting this together for us again this year. If you need any help please let me know.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian . 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 below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.

March Grocery Game Posts


Free Money Saving Tools 2016


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2014 Free Money Saving ToolsDon’t pay someone for these services, I’ve done the work for you along with some help from other amazing bloggers.

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Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE.

CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet. So many free resources at your fingertips.


Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this amazing FREE grocery shopping guide that has taken over 4 years to create.

The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.

Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.

Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.

The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the  many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.


2016 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

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 $217.05
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $50
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 106779
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Over 700,000 points (I will update this twice a year)

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

  • Snap Groupon to cash out: $6.50
  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $7.00


Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • Cauliflower $1.88
  • 1lb Mushrooms $1.88
  • 2 x 1lb Butter $2.88
  • 2 x Astro Coconut Yogurt $1.99
  • Radishes $1.27
  • Spinach $4.97
  • Red Onion $1.75

Total Out-of-Pocket: $21.49


  • Fennel $1.99 (previous week last-minute item)
  • Maple Leaf Ham (half) $6.99

Total Out-of-Pocket: $8.98

No Frills

  • Strawberries $1.77
  • Bananas $1.95
  • 4 x Granulated Sugar $1.47
  • 2 x Seedless cucumbers $0.88

Total out-of-pocket $11.36


  • Nielsen Cream $2.99
  • Nielsen Whipping Cream $2.99
  • 2% Milk $4.27
  • Homo Milk 4L Sealtest $5.27

Total out-of-pocket $15.52

Shoppers Drugmart

  • 2 x dozen eggs $2.49 each

Total out-of-pocket $4.98

  • Total to spend this month $235.00-$32.41 over Jan = $202.59
  • Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00-$1 overage= $24.00)
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $26.64 (over $2.64 month)
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $4
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $155.97
  • Total spent this week: $62.33
  • Total spent so far this month: $111.27
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $ under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $91.32
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

There wasn’t much that interested us in the grocery flyers this week so we didn’t purchase too much apart from produce and a few other bits. Sometimes there are weeks where grocery shopping isn’t in the cards and this week we almost called it a no-shop week. Almost, but failed.
How was your grocery shopping week?


Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016


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?

Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2016?

Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
  • Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
  • Printable Smart Source Coupons
  • Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
  • Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
  • Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.


Grocery Game Challenge 2016 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. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
  • 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 altogether. 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?: 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 in order to plan accordingly our budget.
  • Do you stockpile food? 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 longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • 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 with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
  • 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.

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 back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…

  • Where you are spending money
  • How much money you are spending
  • How much money you are saving every month

If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.

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. OMG! I spend more in a month than all of you do in a year! Mind you I’m fussy about buying organic and eat a LOT more meat than you guys. Any tips for a long haul truck driver? I have to shop where ever it’s convenient to park the rig, and I can only get small items because of storage space limits. Thanks for enlightening me on how foolish I’m being, I guess I’ll get the shopping guide.

  2. Philippe Barrett-Turner says:

    You forgot Super C under Metro Revisions. It’s the equivalent of Food Basics in Quebec. Also, instead of Air Miles you have the Metro & Moi program in Quebec.

  3. Teresa Joudrey says:

    While I agree the low end stores like food basics and no frill sell meat and produce at discounted prices, you should keep in mind that most of this is products that they are higher and parent companies do not want I have found that a head of lettuce bought from no-frills will be back in a week while the same head of lettuce book from metro or Sobey’s or Longos stays fresh considerably longer so really miss you eat it fast you’re not saving any money because it’s going to be garbage

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/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: $30.00
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 26200
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $3.75($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $12.75($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    4 cans pasta sauce @4/5.00
    2 Chez Whiz @3.99
    2 Cheerios @2.99
    1 kg brown sugar -1.79, 50% AM discount, .90
    12 cans soup @2/1.00, 4 tomato, 4 chicken noodle and 4 veggie
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 Natrel butter -3.99
    1 yogurt -3.49
    2 frozen fries @2.00
    Bananas -.74
    1 pack bacon -3.99, AM discount -50% -2.00
    1 Apple onion sausage -3.84, discount -1.15
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -4.40
    1 W/W bread -3.29
    Total OOP -$65.69, 4.73 discounts

    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 Chez Whiz @3.99
    1 Cheerios -2.99
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    4 pasta sauce @4/5.00
    2 1kg icing sugar @1.79
    12 cans soup @2/1.00, 4 Tomato, 4 chicken noodle, 4 veggie
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1lb Natrel butter -3.99
    Bananas -1.86
    2 packs bacon @3.99, 2X$2.50 coupons
    1 garlic bread -2.29, 50% discount-1.15
    Total OOP -$53.75, $5.00 coupons, $1.15 discount

    Guardian Drugs
    1 Olay body wash -3.99
    Total OOP -$3.99, Stock Pile

    Total to spend this month $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 -$25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $8.99
    Total coupons used this week: $5.00
    Total coupons used to date: $16.00
    Total in-store discounts this week:$5.20
    Total in-store discounts to date: $62.72
    Total spent this week: $119.44
    Total spent so far this month: $218.20
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $ under
    Total left to spend for the month: $431.80
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+ March $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts) I came in under but still managed a few stock ups. I am good for body wash but it was on sale and there was a grocery rebate for it too! The bacon was on sale so I scored there with an Air Miles discount for 50% on one but I had a couple of sweet coupons from Juanita so I got 3 packs for less than $2.99 each!! All 3 packs are in the freezer right now waiting for the right time to have them. I foresee happy boys and hubby soon!!

    • Hey Christine,
      What do you make with Cheese Whiz? We have a jar we got free from a testing company but don’t know what to use it for. I know people put it on celery. That was nice of Juanita to send you the coupons for the bacon. I’m sure the boys will be very happy. Everyone loves bacon and it’s costly these days. Great shop… You get ballot #23 Mr.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        The Cheeze Whiz gets added to KD here to make it cheesier and the boys like it on baked potatoes. I’m not that big a fan of it, too salty, but I get outvoted so I buy on sale.

        • Smart thinking…. I would never have thought to do that!!

        • jenny from the north says:

          When I was a kid I loved a school lunch sandwich of cheese whiz and bread and butter pickles. I haven’t bought it in years, but if it were in the house I know I’d be putting it on a saltine with a slice of pickle on top and enough of them would count as lunch. Just add a mug of home made soup if all that fake cheese is making you feel a little guilty…

  5. Lori-Lynn says:

    Hi Mr. CBB,
    Yes, the coupons were from the Superbowl Promo. Our veggie burgers are Squash Chickpea Kale Veggie Burgers. They are a little time consuming to make but worth the effort! I make a double batch and freeze them. I didn’t bring much food for meals with us on our trip. I brought the snacks and we ate out for our meals.

  6. Lori-Lynn says:

    Yearly Grocery Budget For 2016: $8,400 (5 people)

    Points Overview:
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs: $700
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $93.18
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $30.00
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 17,000 + 35,444 (MC)
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date: $1.00

    Grocery Shop This Week: March 11 – 17, 2016

    Robin Hood Large Flake Oats $3.29
    4L Spring Water $1.49 + .10 deposit = $1.59
    Lime Juice $3.49
    Fresh Garlic 3 for $0.99
    Sandwich Bread 4 x $3.69 – (50%) = $7.36
    Rice Vinegar $3.29
    Excel Gum 2 x $3.00 = $6.00 (8 packs)
    Danone Greek Yogurt $5.49 – (50%) = $2.74
    Sub Buns $3.69 – (50%) = $1.84
    Hamburger Buns $4.29 – (50%) = $2.14
    Lay’s BBQ $3.49 (FREE)
    Ruffles All-Dressed $3.79 (FREE)
    Smartfood Popcorn $2.99 (FREE)
    Pepsi $10.97 + $2.20 deposit = $13.17 (FREE)
    Can Corn 4 x $1.25 = $5.00
    Christie Crackers 5 x $1.88 = $9.40
    Vermicelli Rice Noodles $2.49
    3lbs. Carrots $2.99
    Green Onion $0.99
    Bean Sprouts $1.99
    4pc. Chicken Tenders $5.07
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $ 61.44

    4L Milk 2 x $6.35 = $12.70
    Cottage Cheese $2.99
    2L Choc. Milk $3.56
    Sandwich Bread $7.49 (3 loaves)
    10lbs. Oranges $10.99
    Blackberries $3.49
    Blueberries $5.99
    Cooking Spray (2) $6.99
    Real Lemon Juice (2) $4.69
    6lb. Bananas $3.98
    Cucumbers (6) $5.98
    Walnuts $18.99
    Cranberry Juice (2) $4.99 + .20 deposit = $5.19
    Pita (3pk) $3.89
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $ 138.49

    OXO Cubes $2.99
    BBQ Sauce 2 x $1.50 = $3.00
    Total Out-of-Pocket $5.99

    Peanuts $5.00
    Kraft Cheese 2 x $4.47 = $8.94
    Green Pepper $1.11
    Lemon $0.67
    Green Gapes $6.67
    Chocolate Raisins $3.00
    Kale 2 x $3.47 = $6.94
    3lbs. Red Onion $3.97
    Cilantro $1.47
    Celery 2 x $1.97 = $3.94
    3lbs. Granny Smith Apples $5.97
    Avacados $3.97 (5pk)
    Sweet Potato $3.22
    Total Out-of-Pocket $55.91

    Total to spend this month: $700
    Total coupons used this week: $ 26.20
    Total coupons used to date: $62.98
    Total in-store discounts this week: $ 17.63
    Total in-store discounts to date: $210.62
    Total spent this week: $ 261.83
    Total spent so far this month: $ 441.33
    Total over/Under spend this shop: OVER $86.83
    Total over/Under spend for the month: OVER $91.33
    Total left to spend for the month: $258.67
    Total Spent To Date 2016: Jan $706.52 + Feb $816.19

    Weekly Overview:
    Getting ready for our trip to Cole Harbour this weekend. I baked 2 batches of muffins, banana bread, Rice Krispie Squares. I made popcorn chicken bowls, hamburgers, veggie burgers, huge veggie lentil soup, batch of pinto beans, quinoa burgers, pad thai & granola..We also had fresh fruit & veggie juices/smoothies.

    • Hi Lori-Lynn,
      You picked up some great deals this week especially 50% off bread and yogurt. Were the free coupons from the Superbowl promo? How do you make your veggie burgers? Your trip is going to be filled with some awesome food. I love reading about people going away and preparing their meals. This is just great. You get ballot 19. Mr.CBB

  7. Our weekly budget is $125 a week making this month $625
    $5×4-$2Cx4 oliveri fresh pasta
    $2.97 1lb strawberries
    $1.12 sobe drink
    .97 cucumber
    $1.98 chocolate bunny – for my son for easter 😉
    $2.97×9-$2.50Cx9 maple leaf bacon
    $2.97×3-fpc wub3sch/ml ready crisp bacon
    $23.40 total oop
    $39.41 total coupons
    H&W Produce
    .43 tomato
    $1.99 grape tomatoes
    $1.19 iceburg lettuce
    $5.68, $4.21 asstd coloured peppers
    $13.50 total oop
    Save on foods
    $1×2 cake mix
    $2 total oop
    $1.50 bananas
    No frills
    $4.97 10kg bag four
    $4.95 total oop
    .89×3 doughnuts
    .59×6 cheese bagels
    $2 blackberries
    $4.99-freew/theapp lucky charms
    $8.35 total oop
    $4.99 total coupons coupons
    $149 chips
    $3.29 dip -hubbys treat
    $2.33×3 2L homo milk
    $4.99 key lime sherbet
    $4.99 strawberry ice cream
    $1.89×2 bread
    $3.79×2-$1Cx2 greek yogurt
    $7.26, $7.21 chicken breasts – clearance

    $99.35 weekly total oop
    $46.40 weekly total coupons
    $324 monthly total oop
    $459.45 monthly total coupons

    Great week on stocking up on clearance chicken breasts again.
    Also peppers were $1.88lb!!!! Sliced them all up and got them into 2 lg freezer bags!
    Ice cream was for my girls bday cake 🙂
    Bacon stash in the freezer is awesome!! Some people have 50-200 that they have gotten for free or .50C a pack!

    • Hi Juanita,
      Get out of town.. where did you get the maple leaf coupons? That’s insane the savings. I never find coupons like that here. People got that many free? Whatttt!! We’re jealous of that one. What a brilliant shop this week. How long do you prep for your grocery shop every week with coupons? You get ballot 17 MR.CBB

      • Hey Mr.CBB
        My Maple leaf/Scheinder rep at work gave me a bunch of coupons that go on the packaging that people were quote unquote stealing. He told me to make sure take a bunch for myself and anyone else in the dept that wanted them. A lovely perk of work! The price of bacon is going up .50c-$1 per package May 1 so better stock up now if you see a great sale.
        I have a tonne of coupons in my wallet that are my go to or my want to use while shopping if I see a great deal. So some are always in there good to go and sometimes I carry a few extras in my purse. I probably spend 30 minutes to an hour every week looking at flyers, writing my wish list and prepping coupons- not too bad when it really pays off.
        I do wish I had more space to organise all my coupons instead of the dining room table that we eat at so I am always moving things around.

        • Thanks for the heads up about the bacon. It’s already pricey as it is and 375g doesn’t go too far as opposed to the 500G packs. PC still carries 500g. Awesome you get coupons!! I think I saw that peelie on the pre-cooked bacon?

          • Hey Mr.CBB
            Yes the peelies are on the maple leaf ready crisp bacon and prime stuffed chicken breasts
            The maple leaf rep told me last week they will be running another coupon promo soon of buy2get1free to help ease the rise in bacon prices.

  8. Mary F Campbell says:

    The yogurts are the single serve size but flavors we don’t get here in Canada. The lemon juice is almost twice the size of the Costco 2-packs here in Canada and a really good deal but more important…it will last until hubby’s next US shop. The corned beef is always really cheap in the US the weekend following St. Patrick’s Day. By getting two briskets, we have one for 6 months from now and one for next St. Patrick’s Day at a cheap price. Then we’ll re-stock again next year. 🙂

    Turkeys and hams are super cheap this week here at home but I have no room in either the fridge or the freezers so we’ll be making non-traditional dishes for Easter this year. I do have about 8 half hams in the deep freeze though so it’s not like we don’t have ham…just no turkey at the moment. We’ll catch the next big Walmart sale. Maybe we’ll do turkey for Thanksgiving? 🙂

  9. Mary F Campbell says:

    MARCH – Week #2 of 4- March 14-20, 2016


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



    This is my favorite holiday of the year…St. Patrick’s Day! And celebrate with lots of wonderful dishes we will! I just need an excuse for all things potato, corned beef and cabbage. 🙂

    This is hubby’s first grocery shop in the US for 2016. Most of what he went for was vitamins and medications so the groceries are less than usual.



    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 x 12-pack Kaiser Buns $2

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $2.00
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Safeway – Maple Ridge –

    1 x Hot Cross Buns (12’s) $2.99 – hubby’s Easter treat!

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $2.99
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $1.70 Loyalty Savings on this shop **




    1 Hormel Pepperoni = $2.98
    1 x 4.5 lb Corned Beef = $8.30
    1 x 4.5 lb Corned Beef = $8.45
    14 Yogurt @ $0.58 ea = $8.12
    1 Apple slices – large = $4.98

    • US Grocery OOP: $32.83



    2 x 2-pack lemon juice @ $5.79 ea = $11.58
    2 x 4lb butter @9.49 ea = $18.98

    • US Grocery OOP: $30.56


    Fred Myers:

    9 multigrain English muffins – 6 pack @ $1 ea = $9.00
    1 sourdough English muffins – 6 pack @ $1 = $1.00
    8 Kroeger’s Dry Roasted Lightly Salted Peanuts @ 2 for $5 = $20.00
    2 Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer @ $2.50 ea = $5.00

    • US Grocery OOP: $35.00


    Franz Bakery Outlet

    6 Loaves WW Bread $6.19

    • US Grocery OOP: $6.19



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $20.60 = $218.32

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00= $21.46

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $0.00= 192 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182= 231 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200 = 12,000 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0= 0 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar ($25.48+$15.00+$45.00+$43.39+$25.55+$2.00+$2.99 = $159.41) = $549.93

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 = $570.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $20.07 AVAILABLE



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00= $9.88



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar ($45.00-$104.58)= $30.42



    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 = $52.64



    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00= $123.12



    2015 Fwd $100.00+ $537.50 Trf from Borscht Fund+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61+ Mar$0.00= $664.11



    $ 570.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MAR

    $ 9.88 Redeemed Points to Purchase

    ($ 123.70) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 220.34 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 30.42) Trf to US Grocery Reserve

    ($ 9.88) Set in reserve to offset
    Redeemed Points

    ($ 616.15) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 5.19 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB

    $ 9.88 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    THE VALUE will be added month to month to our Holiday Reserve for next Christmas.

    So far $570.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $268.58 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 52.64 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $123.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $664.11 Summer Season Fund
    $ 30.42 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 9.88 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $880.17. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $268.58 that we have added in 2016, LESS $324.92 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:


    2 Pork Loin Roasts @ $3.88/lb – Good until April 28/16

    4 Ground Beef @ $3.88/lb – Good until April 28/16

    2 Whole Fryer Chickens @ $1.99/lb – Good until May 4/16

    12 Motts Clamato Juice 945-960 ml @ $1.00 ea – Good until May 6/16

    12 Motts Clamato Juice 945-960 ml @ $1.00 ea – Good until May 8/16

    2 dozen Compliments Large eggs @ $1.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

    2 dozen Compliments Large eggs @ $1.50 ea – Good until May 16/16


    Thrifty Foods:

    6 Island Bakery WW Bread @ $1.00 per loaf – Good until April 22/16

    6 Island Bakery WW Bread @ $1.00 per loaf – Good until April 25/16

    1 x 2-pack BC Fresh Whole Fryer Chickens @ $2.49/lb – Good until April 27/16

    1 x 2-pack BC Fresh Whole Fryer Chickens @ $2.49/lb – Good until April 27/16

    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16


    This week’s BREAKFAST menu plan:

    HUBBY: Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Juice + Croissants with fat free cream cheese spread, peanut butter or Cheez Whiz OR Rice Krispies cereal with skim milk

    MYSELF: Tetley Tea with Skim Milk & Equal + yogurt, apples, bananas or hard boiled eggs


    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Apple-Bacon-Tomato Soup

    TUES: Imitation Crab Wraps with Apple-Bacon-Tomato Soup

    WED: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Tater Tots and thermos of Chocolate Milk

    THURS: Egg Salad Sandwiches with Apple-Bacon-Tomato Soup with Wheat Thin Crackers

    FRI: Ham Salad Wraps, Bread and Butter Pickles and Apple-Bacon-Tomato Soup

    SAT: Caesar Salad

    SUN: Mary at home having Leftover Creamy Tomato Soup / Larry in the US having lunch out


    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Greek Salad on a bed of mixed greens + a side of tater tots lightly seasoned

    TUES: Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup with roast beef sandwiches

    WED: Corned Beef Sandwiches with Steak Fries

    THURS (St. Patrick’s Day): Corned Beef Sandwiches with Green Salad

    FRI: Hamburger patties with mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus

    SAT: Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Bread

    SUN: Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetable Rice Bowl


    • Hi Mary,
      Your menu plan looks awesome this week. I like Tues and Wed for sure. I don’t what it is but I don’t often eat sandwiches but when I start I crave them. WOW your rain check stash is huge!!! Your US Shop is great especially the corned beef. You wouldn’t find those prices in Canada. I also noticed the price of yogurt is cheaper as well. Are they larger cups than in Canada? The lemon juice you picked up at Costco are they the large bottles? If so that’s a great deal. I’ve never tried sour dough english muffins before but they sure do sound good. Awesome shopping this week and your meal plan always makes me drool. Love the variety. You get ballot #15 Mr.CBB

  10. GCC 14/03/16

    Total Yearly Food Budget for one adult (combined Grocery and Stockpile Budgets): $1200.00

    Yearly Grocery Budget: $720.00
    Monthly Grocery Budget 2016: $60.00 ($15.00/wk/4wk month or $12.00/week/5wk month)
    Total Carried Over From Last Month: $11.91
    Total Spent This Month Previous To This Shop: $0.00
    Total spent this week: $14.52 (under $0.48)
    Total spent so far this month: $25.83
    Total left to spend for the month: $11.91+ ($15 – 11.37) + ($15-14.52) + $30 = $40.06
    Total Grocery Budget Spent To Date 2016: (Jan $75.68) (Feb $52.41)

    Yearly Stockpile Budget: $480.00
    Monthly Stockpile Budget 2016: $40.00
    Total carried over from last month: – $1.11
    Total Spent this week: $5.88
    Total spent so far this month: $36.65
    Total left to spend for the month: -$1.11 – $36.65 + $40 = $2.24
    Total Stockpile Budget used to date: (Jan $21.10) (Feb $39.99)

    This weeks shop

    Food Basics
    $1.33 Bananas

    $5.88 Maple Leaf ham (800g)

    Herb and Spice
    $1.35 Samosa

    $3.98 All Bran cereal (2 x $2.99 – 2 x $1.00 coupons) ($1.50 claimed from Checkout51)

    Farm Boy
    $0.99 Lettuce

    Independent Grocer
    $5.35 Bulls Eye barbecue sauce (6 x $0.99 – 10% student discount) (stockpile)
    $0.89 Kraft Miracle Whip ($0.99 – 10% SD)


    Really trying to concentrate on using fresh and frozen things up. Going to need space in the fridge and freezer for entertaining my extended family of 12 for Easter.

    • Hi Mimsie,
      You’re amazing that you can walk in a store and buy one item. I struggle with this because the marketing talks to me the minute I walk through the grocery store doors. We’re also working on getting through the freezer. What will you be serving for Easter? We won’t be celebrating this year as there is no where to go. Sweet deal on the All Bran cereal. Great shopping this week. Self-control.. is good! You get ballot #14 Mr.CBB

  11. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 2 – March 13 – 19

    • Grocery budget to work with in March: $200
    • Total coupons used this week: $0
    • Total coupons used to date: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $7.20
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit this week: $0
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit to date: $0.09
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $40
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $25
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $15
    • Total student discounts this week: $3.07
    • Total student discounts to date: $19.03
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $46.50
    • Total spent so far this month: $64.85
    • Total left to spend for the month: $100
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $0
    • Total overspent to make up in future months: $47.10
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $597.10
    RCSS: Black forest ham 2 x 5.98: Total paid 11.95 rounded down 1 cent
    Shoppers: Milk 1 x 4.27: Total paid 4.25 rounded down 2 cents
    Giant Tiger: Potatoes 10 lb 1 x 2.97: 2.95 rounded down 2 cents
    RCSS: Eggs 1 x 2.49 (PM), PC frozen blueberries 2 x 2.97 (PM), Highliner fish 3.97 (PM), Mandarins 3.98, grapes 2.30 (PM), celery 1.49 (PM), bananas 1.75, English cucumber .87 (PM), grape tomatoes pint 1.77 (PM), Schneiders reduced salt bacon 2 x 2.50, pitas .88 (PM), less student discount 3.07: Total paid 27.35 rounded down 2 cents
    A bigger week than we have had in a while, but we needed plenty and some great deals. We haven’t had ham in so long, this will be lovely, it was half price and the perfect size for us. Lots of fresh stuff and price matches. We also were out of bacon and it’s nice to have two packages again.
    We didn’t spend 3.50 this week and that comes off of the overspend we are still working on eliminating. Step by step we are getting there.
    However, as the week has gone on, we didn’t have enough fresh foods. Kiddo was looking for more bananas by Friday and the mandarins were gone very quickly. Tomatoes and grapes were used in lunches and gone quickly. Oh well, hopefully I will target it better this coming week. Getting apples will be a big help if I can. Since we were out of apples, everyone was reaching for bananas quicker.

    • Hi Angela,
      Our son loves ham but it can be pricey at times… so when a deal comes up grab it for sure. You got a great deal on the bacon. My wife would have been over the moon if she saw that price. Do you find one week you may pile through the veg/fruit and then you buy more the next and it goes slower? We find that happens sometimes even if we meal plan. Do you pick apples at the orchard in the summer? They last long if you keep them in a cold, dry space. Great shop.. and deals. You get ballot 13. Mr.CBB

  12. I am a coupon user and this has helped me in lessening the grocery expenses. Thanks for sharing the link for free coupons. Yay! The most products are what I buy.

  13. Because of time restraints I try and stick to one grocery shop per week. I alternate between No Frills and Safeway per week. Safeway can have very good prices when you focus on specials combined with their on line deals. I also prefer their meats and produce.

  14. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults 6000

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 500
    Grocery Shop This Week

    • old cheddar – 9.47

    • 2 L Milk- 3.47
    • PC pasta sauce -2 X 3.19
    • Bananas- 2.63
    • Organic Arugula – 3.97
    • Spinach- 2.47
    • Italian sausage- 6.00
    • Frozen peas- 1.97
    • Frozen Butternut squash- 2.47
    • Rice- 3.97
    • Oats- 2 X 1.99
    • PC Coffee- 11.97
    • Barilla Pasta- 3 X .97
    • PC Orange juice- 2.97
    • Butter 4 X 2.97
    • Frozen broccoli and cauliflower- 2.49
    • Oranges- 3.97
    • Grapefruits – 4 X .50
    • Sourdough bread- 1.99
    • Rye bread- 2 X 1.77

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Total coupons used this week: N/A
    • Total coupons used to date: $14.75
    • Total in-store discounts this week: N/A
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $220.91
    • Total spent this week: $ 92.74
    • Total spent so far this month: 291.19
    • Total under spend for the year: 145.15!
    • Total left to spend for the month: $ 208.81
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include pet foods, paper or personal) Jan $1036.97
    • Total Airmiles this week = NA
    • PC Points this week= 1800
    • Checkout 51 this week= NA
    • Shoppers Optimum this week= NA
    • Weekly Overview : Good PC points deal this week! Butter was a great price, my store was out of the sale butter so I asked if they would substitute the No name butter for the same price, they did, and I got PC points for the No name brand! I also received PC points for my favorite 4 cheese PC pasta sauce. Pasta was a good price too.
    My meal planning consists of me making a list of meals based on what I have in the freezer and pantry. Then as I make the meals I cross them off the list.
    So we had : Vegetarian Tomato sauce with pasta with Garlic bread and salad, Chicken, chickpea, spinach curry and rice, Macaroni and cheese and spinach salad, Salsa crock pot chicken and rice, with broccoli, Vegetarian chili, ham & mushroom quiche and salad, Chinese fried rice and oriental salad. I also made banana bread and coconut oatmeal cookies.
    So For next week I have a choice of- curried chicken and rice, spaghetti, macaroni, Lentil soup, sausage and peroghies, Chicken stirfry, Arugula and bean salad + potato salad.

    • Hi Rose,
      I never thought to ask if they would substitute the butter instead of getting a rain check. That’s a good tip. Do you buy dry chickpeas? We do and hydrate them in the crockpot. I like how you meal plan with what you have in the freezer. Your coconut oatmeal cookies sound great. Do you just add coconut to a basic oatmeal cookie? I’d like to try making tthem one day. Well done this week. You’re doing awesome!! PC Points are awesome! 🙂 You get ballot 11 Mr.CBB

  15. Anne Russell says:

    About 14 years ago, I changed grocery stores from Zehrs to No Frills (back when I shopped only one store.) I saw an immediate decrease in my bill of $50 per week. I wondered if it was due to not having all those specialty items in my cart!

    Two years ago I visited No Frills exclusively and didn’t find the need to go anywhere else. I was happy with my experience.

    Today, I go to No Frills first, but I’ve added other stores to my shopping experience. I’m more aware of prices, and balance sales with quality and variety. My other favourite stores are Shoppers, Giant Tiger, Walmart. Occasionally, I visit Zehrs, Metro, Food Basics and Foodland for items not available at the first stores.

    It’s a lot to do, and I drive to each location; but I’ve learned to do the in and out. In with the list, out with what I need. No Frills here doesn’t price match stores other than other local grocery stores, and sometimes they don’t have the same product in stock, such as stewing beef and ground beef/pork. If I want to cut down the stops, it’s No Frills then Walmart (who price match everyone, even out of town retailers.)

  16. We’ve been going to the store closest to us more lately out of convenience even though it’s a little bit more expensive on some items. With twin toddlers though we just have to take what we can get sometimes.

  17. I’ve always found Price Chopper to be significantly less than Zehrs/A&P/Sobeys.
    My tip though it to buy some items at Costco, where you will find prices on many items that cannot be touched by any traditional grocery store. Some items you must buy in bulk, however other items like Milk, cream, and bread are just plain less expensive.
    Costco is awesome for so many reasons, but what first attracts one to the store is the food prices.

  18. Mar 11 – 17, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 600
    Total Out Of Pocket: $33.16 (including stockpile)

    5 Minute Maid Frozen Fruit Punch = 5/$3.00
    2 kg Lantica White Sugar – $3.89 (PM No Frills @ $1.47) = $1.47
    1 kg Lantica Brown Sugar – $2.27 (PM No Frils @ $1.97) = $1.97
    2.24 Kg NN Oats – $4.98
    454 g Tender Flake Shortening – $2.69 (PM No Frills @ $1.97) = $1.97
    130 g Pam – $4.29 (PM No Frills @ $2.97) = $2.97
    Oatmeal Crisp – $4.97 (PM Sobeys @ $2.99) = $2.99
    Lucky Charms = $2.88
    Eggs – $2.78 (PM Shoppers Drug Mart @ $2.49) = $2.49
    Bananas – 2.215 kg (600 PC Points) = $3.28
    2 – 10 Tortilla = $5.16

    Name Your Store: Food Basics
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $2.90

    1 lb Selection Butter = $2.90

    Name Your Store: Sobeys
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $3.00 (Stockpile)

    4 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup – 4/$3.00 = $3.00

    No shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1890.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $19.70
    Over/Under this week:
    Left for the Month: $70.96
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $362.08

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Over/Under this week:
    Left for the Month: $28.00
    Total Cats to Date: $82.46

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $19.36
    Total Stockpile to Date: $73.37

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $91.36

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $96.97

    Total Grocery Budget for Canning Produce ($400.00)
    Total Canning Produce this Week Period: $0
    Total Canning Produce to Date: $0.00

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $4.00

    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $4.09

    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0
    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: $7.03
    Total Price Match to Date: $68.96

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 600
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period: 0
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 29670

    Overview: I’m slowly making a dent in the overage. Most of what was needed is the staples which is hard to ignore but I lucked out and picked quite many of them on sale.

    • Hey Dee,
      You picked up some of the same deals we did this week too. I agree it was more about stocking up on staples this week. The sugar is a great deal. Will you be baking now that you are stocked up on ingredients? 🙂 You get ballot 10. Have a great week Dee. Mr.CBB

      • I leave the baking to my daughter even though I do bake some. Starting this Saturday, I’m back at the market so my weekends will be limited as to what I do around the house.

        • We might make a trip to check out the market this year. What are the hours of the St. Jaccob’s Market and what days are best to go?

          • From mid-June to end of August, there are 3 days (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The rest of the year it’s open Thursday and Saturday. The hours are:

            Tuesday – 8:00 – 3:00
            Thursday – 7:00 – 3:30
            Saturday – 7:00 – 3:30

            As far as the best day, we’ll Saturday will have all the outdoor vendors but can be very busy. Tuesday is the best day to see the products but not all the outdoor vendors are there. Thursday is right in the middle for how busy it is but again not all outdoor vendors are there.

            All the indoor vendors are there year round. I can’t say what the best day is for you because it depends on how much you want to experience and want to see. If you want to see all that it offers, I would say Saturdays. If you don’t want to deal with the crowds, then Tuesdays or Thursdays would be better.

          • Thanks for the info for the St. Jacobs market Dee. I want the full on experience with a toddler lol… I’m guessing we may come during the week then. I’m looking forward to going.

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