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The Most Annoying Situations When Buying Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Apr 4-10

THE MOST ANNOYING SITUATIONSWHEN BUYING GROCERIES(1)SURVEY SAYS…GROCERY SHOPPING FAILS

 

Buying groceries is a must for just about everyone so unless you have your groceries delivered or rely on a personal shopper you are in charge of the shopping cart.

As someone who doesn’t mind buying groceries from a few competitive stores in our area I notice a difference between grocery chains and when it comes to customers we all fail at something on my grocery shopping annoyance list below.

Luckily when buying groceries many of us have the option of where we want to shop but for those of you who may live in a small town or who are without transportation or limited transportation you may have select stores to give your business too.

Sometimes we have to take the good with the bad when buying groceries because funds are limited and honestly no one store is perfect and never will be. What we can change is the way we are as customers and voice our concerns so the grocery chains and even small indpendent grocery stores hear what the customers need.

I’m not that guy who will fill out a customer survey right now because I’m swamped with work but I have voiced my opinion if need be while I’m buying groceries. My wife on the other hand has no problem making phone calls to customer relations or letting just about anyone know what she thinks. What can I say, I married a strong woman who doesn’t put up with anything yet she chooses her battles wisely. Trust me.

When you are spending money buying groceries there are some basic needs the customer requires and should expect from a grocery store. There are also needs that we should expect from ourselves which means we need to put just as much effort into the shopping experience as the grocery store does. We’re not getting paid but some of the things we as customers do or don’t do attribute to the rising food costs that we see happening year after year.

One thing we all need to remember is to have patience, stay calm and treat everyone with respect. There’s no reason to put on the boxing gloves when you are buying groceries, it’s only food after all.

 

You’re buying groceries and then this happens

 

Below are some annoyances that get us a bit tangled up in a web when we are buying groceries but we’ve learned how to deal with the situations rationally so we get what we need and get out.

 

Out of products

 

It doesn’t matter if the grocery store is out of loss leader products or other products it’s an annoyance when you really need something and the shelf is empty. This forces you to stop at another grocery store which wastes time. What’s even worse is when the store doesn’t offer a rain check like No Frills.

 

Rude cashier

 

There is nothing worse than a miserable, rude cashier who displays having a rough day in the way he/she treats you. I understand that we all have rough days but when you work with the public you put on your happy smile and deal with your ‘other’ issues when you leave work. If you can’t shake your mood maybe ask to be sent home or to go for a quick refresh break to shake it off. Paying customers help pay your wages but customer service is part of your role as a cashier.

 

Rude customers

 

If you want to be a jerk customer take it somewhere else especially if there are kids waiting in line behind you. They don’t need to be subjected to foul language over groceries. Life can’t possibly be that bad. Customer service is the place you want to take your concerns too.

What goes around comes around. If you expect the cashier to be pleasant at least reciprocate. A simple hello and good-bye is all that is needed along with a thanks. Everything else should be taken to customer relations.

 

Customers who block aisles

 

If you’re a customer and you think it’s cool to leave your shopping cart in the middle of an aisle or you just randomly stop to chat with your buddies please don’t do this. Pull over to the side or better yet exchange phone numbers.

 

Customers who coupon hoard

 

We’ve seen it happen many times and it gets frustrating to those shoppers who rely on coupons to help lower their grocery budget. There is no need these days to hoard coupons because they are not as lucrative as they once were besides it’s just bad customer etiquette to walk away with a pad of coupons or even more than you can even use.

 

Parking upsets

 

As Beth points out below it’s frustrating when people who don’t carry the handicap licence are found to be parking in designated parking spots. Don’t do it, not even for a second. No excuses. It’s equally as frustrating to find a grocery store without a couple of parking spots for expectant mothers or families with young children.

If you are a new mom and have other children or just the one and it’s the middle of winter it’s handy to be close to the doors with a newborn or other kids in tow. As a pregnant woman my wife struggled in her last trimester to get around so parking closer to the doors helps her to get in a bit easier.

 

Shopping carts

 

Please don’t leave your grocery flyers, random garbage or your grocery list in the shopping cart. There’s nothing worse than having to clear out someone else’s garbage because they were too lazy to do it themselves. What’s even worse is every shopping cart hut or hallway has a garbage bin. Speaking of lazy, put your shopping cart back where it belongs.

There’s nothing worse than shopping carts blocking parking spots especially designated spots. On the store-front finding unsafe baby seating, beaten up shopping carts with missing parts is unacceptable. If you have a staff member bringing carts in or out they should take a moment to go over them for a safety check once a day or even once a week. There’s no reason to have baby seats with broken harnesses. Fix it or get rid of it.

 

Loud Obnoxious customers

 

If you want to start fighting with your partner or kids in the grocery store wait until you go home or get into your own space. I can’t stand listening to people bickering about their personal problems or why they don’t want to walk to the other end of the store to get something. Get off your cell phones and start paying attention to your grocery shopping.

 

Long line-ups

 

Listen grocery chain stores…when we are buying groceries it’s nice to have staff at the cash registers or the ability to call staff up when the lines are getting longer. When we buy 50% off products the last thing we want to do is go through the self-checkout. The reason is we waste more time waiting for customer service to scan our reduced items than we would going through a cashier.

 

No manager on duty

 

There should always be a manager on duty that can help deal with customer concerns or to take care of staff. If for whatever reason the manager can’t come in putting someone else in charge to hold down the fort is a nice gesture for the customers who need higher support.

 

Dirty Store/ Rest Rooms

 

I can’t stand going into a dirty anything which includes the grocery store or the restrooms at the grocery store. Some people are pigs in the bathrooms and don’t know how to aim or clean-up after themselves properly. I expect that the bathrooms be looked at hourly to make sure nothing funky is going on in there.

I also expect that the store is clean, meaning the floors, bunkers, shelves, racks, freezer doors etc. I’m not a grocery store snob by any means but buying groceries where the store is filthy isn’t so appealing. If you’re a customer respect the grocery store and use the garbage bins instead of placing your empties and wrappers on the floor or store shelves. Don’t be lazy.

 

Half-eaten food

 

Customers do steal food whether it’s a piece from a chocolate bar, opening a bag of chips or cookies it happens likely every day. The one thing that annoys me is finding these open products on the shelves around the store.  Just buy your stuff and stop trying to eat for free.

Related: Would you say anything if you saw someone stealing at the grocery store?

 

Deals that aren’t deals

 

I just hate this. Buy one pay $3.00 but if you buy 2 you only pay $6.00. There’s no deal in that but for someone who isn’t paying attention they may think they’ve got themselves a deal if they buy 2. Watch what you are paying for.

 

Wrong prices

 

Whether it’s the wrong price tag, wrong product placement on shelf it happens. Whether it happens because another customer moved product or the staff messed up there should be someone monitoring each section of the grocery store for errors. The Scanning Code of Practice is nice but what’s even better is a store that is on top of everything.

 

No Sales Flyers

 

I don’t own a cell phone so getting the Flipp app for me is out of the question. It sucks when I don’t get the flyers or forget the flyers only to find out the grocery store has none stocked up for customers who enter the store. There should be someone monitoring this to make sure the bundles are stocked for customers who need to refer to the sales flyer.

 

No Free Wi-Fi

 

No, I don’t carry a smartphone but my wife does have one that she can use with free Wi-Fi. These days just about every do-it-yourself store has free wi-fi but I have yet to go into a grocery store to get free service.

Grocery stores are moving more towards digital everything and I believe they should offer free Wi-Fi to customers so they can access their grocery savings account. For example, if we’re at Zehrs and haven’t loaded our online coupons but are there to shop it would be nice to have the option to load them right in the store instead of missing out on the PC Plus Points.

 

Money wasters at check-out

 

This is marketing at it’s finest but with a young toddler who knows what a chocolate bar looks and tastes like this is frustrating for most parents with kids who like to tantrum. Our son is in the terrible two stage now so we have to constantly watch him at the cash to make sure he doesn’t grab anything he’s not supposed to.

This can be tough if you are shopping alone with a kid in tow. If the products weren’t there life when buying groceries will be much easier. The same goes for magazines and other adult triggers to spend more money than you came to the store for.

 

Inventory control

 

You probably do know we don’t mind buying 50% off products because they are near their expiry date but when I find a product that has long expired up to almost a half a year I wonder how efficient the store really is. SCOP does not cover missing products or expired products but if the store wants to be known as a store the sells expired products they better fix the problem and pronto. Word spreads fast these days.

Related: Expiration dates on food products

Once we found baby food on the shelf that was over a year out of date. Always read the date codes on the product so you can decided what is worth paying for. The grocery store should take inventory control into consideration especially if the staff needs to be trained further or simply for customer satisfaction and customer retention.

 

What the fans say…

 

CBB fans are checking out with some everyday annoyances they experience at the grocery store.

Colleen KThis has nothing to do with food but I just HATE the Scooters at Zehrs…Walmart has beautiful ones that take the corners smooth and sweet while the Zehrs ones rattle your bones and the cart feels like it wants to wobble off…Walmart has Cadillacs but Zehrs has Dumptrucks to ride !!!

Christine W-Stores that don’t have the sale items in stock can frustrate. Rain checks help but it still means having to go back to use the rain check, especially if the store is out-of-town or a fair drive away.

Mary C- Pet peeves…out of stock on the loss leaders, stores that don’t give rain checks, past due stock on the shelves and I mean WAY past due in some cases. It tells me there’s poor inventory control.
Lisa S- long line ups at the check out. produce that has spoiled and is still out for full price. rude staff. cashiers that carry on conversations with each other while scanning my items and totally ignore me.
Samantha JCustomer pet peeves….leaving cart in middle of an aisle, walking down middle of an aisle, chatting forever with someone you ran into and blocking the product, getting angry at the cashiers over things they can’t control. Store pet peevesnot having enough stock especially on sale items, having too many staff stock at one time, not having staff check the produce for mouldy/gross product, not having enough cashiers on, dirty bathrooms, cashiers not knowing how to bag properly
Beth AnneCarts parked in the handicapped spaces. They are not cart corrals. When my husband was sick I remember so many time-shaving to put the car in park, get out, move several carts, then get back in and park We were fortunate that I could do that. Many handicapped people travelling alone cannot.
Christine WDrives me batty when people leave the carts in the parking lot, the cart barns are fine but not all places have them. I mean the people who just leave the carts out there where ever they want.
Mary D-  When stores have an item listed on sale, however they are “currently out” and just put another item in its place without removing the sign,, the clerks who basically don’t pay attention to you and are chatting it up with the others. Safeway is horrible or ours is anyway. Day old bread not on the sale rack. Or when they list an item as discontinued and you see it on the clearance rack, and then find it on the shelf a few weeks later and the price is actually lower now than it was when it was on said clearance.
Christine TMore stores should have limits on how many sale items they can purchase. I remember one time going to no frills for a sale item on the first day and saw someone’s cart full of that item. Once in the store they were sold out and told me that they should have more on Monday.
Customer pet peeve: people who leave their cart in the aisle and are nowhere to be found and you have to move it to get by. People who walk with their cart slowly and talking on their cell phones not paying attention to their surroundings.

Angela MPoor rotation of shelf food stock. The stuff at the back should have a longer expiry, not the shorter expiry or even expired product. Our Food Basics is awful for that. I would tell the staff about it or even bring it to them, then next time I was in the store the products I removed would be back on the shelf. Needless to say, I don’t shop there often anymore.

For goodness sake, don’t put the expired product back on the shelf. Frankly, someone in the store should be responsible for making sure this doesn’t happen. At the milk fridge, the empty milk crates aren’t moved to the bottom rack to bring the full crates forward. I know people feel it’s the responsibility of the store to do this, but frankly, it’s empty so often because there are only 4 bags per crate.

Don’t leave the empty crate in front if you take the last bag out or on the floor, it seems just like a courtesy. I make sure the section I am taking milk from all the empty crates have been moved to the row for them. Yes, a staff member should check it from time to time, and maybe they do, but it bugs me big time!

Customers that change their mind and just drop whatever item they have anywhere they want in the store, especially perishable or frozen items. I sure hope they don’t get put back into the fridges and freezers from spoilage standpoint, but I always wonder. It would be helpful if the shelves were checked more regularly for product out-of-place.

RCSS in our city seems to have shelves empty for price match items that I look for regularly. It’s frustrating because I always wonder if it’s just in the back stock room so that they don’t have to price match it.

Easily stock will be on the shelf the first day of the next flyer for that same item, like it magically appears. If they don’t want to price match, take away the service. But, I really don’t want them to take away the service, I really want the shelves to be stocked, not held until the competition’s flyer is expired. I have no evidence, just coincidences.

What grocery store annoyances do you dislike? – Share your input in the comment section of this post.

 

April 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.

Our March GGC Winner goes to… Lori-Lynn Ballot #19. Please email me.

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.

April Grocery Game Posts

 

Free Money Saving Tools 2016

 

I know I blast you every which way I can on this blog about my free money saving tools and that’s because I want you to take advantage of them being FREE. So many people pay for budgets and tools on the internet to help them save money and honestly you don’t need to. Even a paper and pen will do the trick.

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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-$8.50=$226.50
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $226.50
  • 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: 127,000
  • 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

  • Sealtest Homogenized Milk $5.27
  • Sealtest 2% Milk $4.27
  • Broccoli $0.88
  • 3 x Philadelphia Cream Cheese double size $2.97 each
  • Soft Slices Whole Wheat Bread $1.99
  • Bananas $2.05
  • Bag of avocados $2.88
  • Jar of manzanilla olives $6.99 large jar
  • Activia yogurt $1.99
  • 2 dozen eggs $2.50 each

Total Out-of-Pocket: $38.18

Zehrs

  • Artisan Lettuce $4.99-50%
  • Ground Beef x 3 $6.74 x3
  • 2 x Ground pork $7.31-50% $3.66
  • Sushi ginger $1.74-50%
  • T&T Chicken Stock Huge can Reg $12.99 Sale $9.99 Rang up $5.94-50% =$2.97
  • Rice Vinegar $2.94-50%=$1.47
  • Ta Ta Orange Pekoe Tea 5 x $5.99-50%= $15.00
  • 1 x Parm Cheese Regianno $21.60 (this was a 50% off sale they had leftovers from)
  • 2x Schneiders Pepperoni $7.99 -50%- 0.50 coupons
  • 10lb potatoes $2.50

Total Out-of-pocket; $81.45-$21.65 stockpile =$63.85

  • Total to spend this month $226.50
  • Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00-$2.65 overage= $22.35)
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $21.60 $0.75 left
  • Total coupons used this week: $1.00
  • Total coupons used to date: $5.60
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$46.26
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $204.01
  • Total spent this week: $102.03
  • Total spent so far this month: $102.03
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $124.47
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $211.11+April $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We stocked up a few good bargains we found at Zehrs that we couldn’t pass up. I know it’s the first shop of the month but we didn’t have much planned. The pink sticker fiesta continues but we’re still only buying items we will use. The tea was a huge score for me. 🙂

 

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?

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  • 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 Save.ca, 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 Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca 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!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!

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-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. Juanita says:

    Hey Mr.CBB
    Yes I love pc points and air miles cash!!
    The scrubbing bubbles coupons are from an insert that I found a tonne of 😉 there will be a full shelf eventually of that stuff!
    Yes I have/had a bunch of aero coupons from displayers they were taking down at work and then I traded for others to have another upc to stack with at LD.
    Hubby and I both really lke that amope file and totally recommend it especially since you will be able to get one for free using your sdm points.
    lol one day I will take photos for you

  2. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $500
    No frills
    .97×6 hunt sauce 1200P
    .97 canned veg
    $3.47-$1C whipping cream
    $2.07 1L coffee creamer
    $1.97×6 270g bd cheese brick
    .67×4 frozen juice
    .50 iceburg lettuce
    $2.47×2 1lb strawberries
    $32.25 total oop
    $1 total coupons
    Walmart
    $3.48×6-.75Cx6 arm&hammer 70 load laundry soap – clearance
    $17.42 total oop
    $4.50 total coupons
    H&W Produce
    .26 garlic
    $2.78 jalapenos
    $2.01 oranges
    $1.29×3 blackberries
    .99×3 blueberries
    $11.90 totaloop
    Shoppers
    $1×4 hollow easter bunny – clearance
    $6.49 hot chocolate
    $2 lindt chocolate – clearance
    $1×2 nn chips
    $3.49 smartfood popcorn
    $2×2, $2.49 candy
    $1.99×2 marshmallows
    $5.99×18 12pk kcups and ground flavoured coffee
    $54.99 amope foot file
    4.69×3 12pk pop
    $200 sdm mega redemption
    $9.70 total oop
    Co-op
    $2×2-$1Cx2 danette pudding
    $2 total oop
    $2 total coupons
    Save on foods
    $1×2 cake mix
    .30×3 mini eggs – clearance
    $2.95 total oop
    London Drugs
    $2.99×8-$2.99Cx8 kelloggs nourish cereal
    $4.99×12-$4.99×12 whole blends shampoo/conditioner
    .90cx16-.90Cx16 aero chocolate bars
    $2.50×2-$2.50Cx2 campbells soup
    $3.65 total oop
    $103.26 total coupons
    Sobeys
    $2.50×2-$1Cx2 yogurt – cherry and banana cream made by astro
    $1.99×2 500ml sour cream
    $2.11×6-.50Cx6 international creamer
    $1.99 perogies
    $5.54 4L homo milk
    $4.99 2lb strawberries
    $4.99-50%GMO hot dogs
    $1.49 6pk Kaiser buns
    $1.49-50%GMO green leaf lettuce
    .99×2 Pillsbury easer cookies – clearance
    $2.22-$2.12Cwub2cookies 1L homo milk
    $4.54 4L homo milk
    $2.79×4-$1Cx4 twistos snacks – rank in not onsale so I got a scop and correct pricing but forgot to factor those amounts in
    $2.59×6-$2.50Cx6 bologna – clearance
    $6.49×2-g3g1fCx2 prime stuffed chicken
    $2.31, $2.29, $2.23, $2.22 chicken wing drumette – clearance
    $57.75 total oop
    $42.40 total coupons
    Superstore
    $3.84×2 pure leaf iced tea 1200P
    $1.97×3 alfredo sauce
    .98×18-$3.50Cx3 crest toothpaste
    $3×2-$3C scrubbing bubbles
    $1.31-30%off bananas
    $4.88×2 nn canola oil 3L 1600P
    $22.15 total oop
    $27.39 total coupons

    $159.77 total weekly oop
    $180.55 total weekly coupons
    $200 shoppers mega redemption

    I am over again this week and seems to be a trend lately. As usual the clearance sales get me!!!!
    We are nicely set on coffee thanks to shoppers 🙂

    When I get a minute I need to get my yearly numbers added up so I know where we stand with everything. We lost the program hubby had set up for me when our laptop got a virus so I will do it by hand and keep a running total that way. But I am sure by the end of it we will be ok and on budget or close to it. I think we have $200 in pc points and $200 in air miles cash if need access to any of it.

    • Hi Juanita,
      Don’t you just love when you find a sale and you get PC points on top of it… ah! I noticed you’ve been stocking up quite a bit hence the overage each shop. Ah I see you will track your shops on paper. Sometimes that is best. I track lots of stuff on paper except our budget. Where did you get the $3 Scrubbing bubbles coupons? Great deal.. FREE. Did you actually have 16 $0.90 coupons for Aero chocolate bar? Let me know what you think of that foot file so I can tell the wife. She wants one. I think we all need to see a shot of your stash!! I want to do a post on your coupon and deals usage and how much it saves you.. wow!! You get ballot 22.. Mr.CBB

  3. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 1 – April 3 – 9

    • Grocery budget to work with in April: $200
    • Total coupons used this week: $0
    • Total coupons used to date: $1.99
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $8.12
    • 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 Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate used to date: $0
    • Total student discounts this week: $0
    • Total student discounts to date: $24.63
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $37.90
    • Total spent so far this month: $37.90
    • Total left to spend for the month: $150
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $0
    • Total overspent to make up in future months: $1.85
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $701.85

    YIG: Old El Paso taco shells 3.99, PC taco seasoning .95, Crispix cereal 3.99, NN shredded cheese 3.99, pork butt chops 3.48 less 1.04 (30%), lean ground beef 6.39 less 1.92 (30%), lean ground beef 6.51 less 1.95 (30%), skinless chicken breast 8.98 less 2.69 (30%), garlic baguette 2.99 less 1.50 (50%), english muffins 2.00: total paid 34.15 rounded down 2 cents
    RCSS: PC diet cola 2L 1.19, NN sour cream 1.97, roma tomato .44: Total paid 3.75
    A fine start to April. We are making more and more ground up on the over spend. I lucked into a good deal on some meat at a YIG just outside of our city on the way home from hockey. We stop in there from time to time. This is the store that has fresh fruit out for kids, so my son loves it. He always grabs a banana and munches while we shop. We hope to stop in again in the near future on the way home from a hockey game which takes us right past this store. No time for the student discount this week. We found enough on the weekend and weren’t going to have time on Tuesday to go either.

    • Hi Angela,
      Don’t you just love when you drop into a store and hit jackpot? Our son grabs a banana and apple at Zehrs every time we go. Great deals on the meat! I wish we could find a good score so we can stock up too!! You get ballot 10. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        It may become a regular stop when I lose my student discount permanently, which will be August. Our student cards are active until that time even though I am done at the end of April. So, a bit of a score for our family. We haven’t saved as much this year with it, but we are saving still and to have it an extra few months is awesome. While my son continues with the hockey in the neighbouring town, we will stop in at the YIG. We are also saving on gas too since outside of our city gas is 10 cents cheaper regularly. It’s been a huge bone of contention as everyone else’s prices drop, ours doesn’t. Last I hear either our MP or MPP was working on a petition. Nasty stuff. However, we are saving dollars in gas right now because we are just there. We live an hour away from Ottawa and when their prices hit into the 60 cents a litre range months ago, we were paying high 90s. It’s that bad.

  4. I try to choose organic when ever possible, but only if I can swing it financially.

    The box changes with the season. The early box is $15 a week and the later ones are $25 because they have more variety including fruit.
    Each box contains a variety of produce. The early season ones last year usually contained – Spring Salad mix, Spinach, lettuce, Radishes, green onions, fresh herbs, mustard greens, pea shoots, and then something unique like baby bok choi or chard greens. I can’t wait.

  5. 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: 21,000 + 47,760 (MC)
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date: $1.00
    Grocery Shop This Week: April 01 – 07, 2016

    Superstore
    Skyr Yogurt $4.49 – (50%) = $2.24
    Pork Chops (3 pkgs.) $13.27
    Cinnamon Raisin Bread 2 x $2.00 – (50%) = $1.00
    Garlic Spread $2.22
    Baking Potatoes 2 x $2.99 = $8.97
    Green Onion $1.29
    Smuckers Jam 3 x $3.00 = $9.00
    Diced Tomatoes 2 x $1.00 = $2.00
    Frozen Chopped Spinach 2 x $1.00 = $2.00
    Cauliflower $2.49
    Sweet Onion $2.23
    Jane’s Chicken Burgers $4.99
    Pumpernickel Bread Bowl $3.79
    Sandwich Bread 8 x $3.69 – (50%) = $14.78
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $ 70.21

    WalMart
    Can Chickpeas 2 x $1.27 = $2.54
    Can Black Beans 2 x $1.27 = $2.54
    Mr. Noodle 4 x $0.40 = $1.60
    Chapmans Vanilla Ice Cream 2 x $3.47 = $6.94
    Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix $1.97
    Can Tuna 3 x $1.17 = $3.51
    Onions (3lb.) $2.77
    Sour Cream $3.05
    Grape Tomatoes $2.47
    English Cucumber $0.97
    Avocados (5pk) $3.97
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $32.33

    Costco
    Apples $9.99
    Ritz Crackers w/ Cheese $11.79 – $2.80 = $8.99
    Welch’s Gummies (50) $10.89 – $2.00 = $8.89
    Bertollini Olive Oil (3L) $22.99
    Babybel $11.59
    Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal $7.99 – $2.00 = $5.99
    Milk 4L 2 x $6.35 = $12.70
    Cheddar Cheese (907g) $8.89
    Cantaloupe $3.99
    Spinach $3.69
    Wings $18.43
    Sandwich Bread (3 loaves per pkg) 2 x $7.49 = $14.98
    Bananas (3lbs.) $1.99
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $134.27

    Shoppers Drug Mart
    Butter 2 x $3.79 = $7.58
    Eggs 2 x $2.49 = $4.98
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $12.56

    Total to spend this month: $700
    Total coupons used this week: $ 0
    Total coupons used to date: $62.98
    Total in-store discounts this week: $ 28.45
    Total in-store discounts to date: $257.07
    Total spent this week: $ 249.37
    Total spent so far this month: $ 249.37
    Total over/Under spend for the month:
    Total left to spend for the month: $450.63
    Total Spent To Date 2016: Jan $706.52 + Feb $816.19 + March $764.27

    Weekly Overview:
    We had my daughter’s 18th Birthday Supper and we may have gone a little over budget! We fed 10 people and I love adding up what the savings are versus going out to a restaurant! Twice Baked Potatoes, Wings, Spinach Bowl, 2 Apple Pies (that I baked myself and they were delicious!)

    • Hi Lori-Lynn,
      What are baking potatoes? Do the come in a bag? I am like you adding up the savings from not eating out. It’s amazing what you can save by making a meal or holding a party at home. I wrote a blog post once about eating out vs. eating in. Were the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal the big box? I remember getting the reg boxes for 0.99 after coupon years ago. We had so many boxes it was ridiculous. Sometimes it was even less. Have you ordered your $4.00 off Chapman’s Coupon yet? I just got ours in the mail on Friday. Great shopping Lori!!! You get ballot 6. MR.CBB

      • Lori-Lynn says:

        Baking potatoes are just large Russet Potatoes wrapped in tin foil ready to be baked. They come 3 to a package. A little pricey but everyone really loved them and we do not get them very often. I remember the Honey Bunches of Oats coupons, it was a great deal while it lasted! Thanks for the reminder I just sent them an email. I just realized that it seems we are always having people over for supper. Again this past weekend my sister and her son were over for lunch & supper and I sent some soup and muffins to my grandmother. So I am starting to see why our grocery budget is quite high!

  6. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults 5400

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 450
    Grocery Shop This Week
    Safeway

    • tomatoes- 1.62
    • Apples- 7.99
    • Organic salad blend- 6.97
    • Organic Mushrooms- 1.89
    • Pineapple- 3.99
    • Organic Celery-2.49
    • Carrots- 1.99
    • Bananas-1.85
    • Coconut greek yogurt- 3 X (4.50- %50)
    • Cheddar- 4.99
    • Mozza- 4.99
    • Trail mix- 7.99
    • Sugar- 5.99
    • Cloverleaf curry tuna toppings- $2.49- $1.50 coupon
    • Organic eggs- 4.99
    • 4 L- Milk -4.89 – $1 coupon
    • Frozen peas-5.89
    • Org. Hemp hearts- 9.99
    • Bacon- 2.99
    • Italian sausage- $3.49 – %50
    • Salmon – 6.99
    • Organic bread- 2 X 3.49
    • Sour dough bread- 2.79
    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Total coupons used this week: 2.50
    • Total coupons used to date: $18.90
    • Total in-store discounts this week: $9.25
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $ 107.00
    • Total spent this week: $113.27
    • Total spent so far this month: $113.27
    • Total under spend for the year: 202.70!
    • Total left to spend for the month: Total under spend for month: $336.73
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include pet foods, paper or personal) Jan $1410.57
    • Total under spend for year to date: $51.93
    • Total PC Points cashed to Date 2016- $20
    • Total Airmiles this week = 36
    • PC Points this week= N/A
    • Checkout 51 this week= N/A
    • Shoppers Optimum this week= N/A
    Weekly Overview : I was very happy with the %50 off deals this week, and I couldn’t resist the price of bacon. Quite a bit of organic produce too. I am hoping the CSA will begin in a few weeks, and I will start getting fresh organic produce for about $15 a week… mmmm spinach, arugula, bok choi….. yum

    • Hi Rose,
      What would you get in a box for $15? A bunch of each spinach, arugula, etc.. or just one kind each box? Coconut Greek Yogurt is my all-time favourite. Great deal. What kind of sugar do you buy for $5.99? Do you specifically just go to the organic sections in the grocery store and avoid everything else? Would you be tempted to buy outside of the organic box if the price was right? Well done Rose!!! You get ballot #5. MR.CBB

  7. 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
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 27300
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $6.25($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $12.75($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 Palmolive dish soap @2/5.00, 2X1.00 coupons
    1 large Ziploc freezer bags -4.49
    1 Cheerios -2.99
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    1 jar gherkins -2.49
    1 pack Thompson raisins -2.29
    1 10 pack apple juice boxes -1.99
    1 can pineapple tidbits -1.79
    2 tomato paste @.59
    2 4l milk @4.99
    3 bags GG frozen veggies @1.99, rain check item
    Bananas – 1.46
    1 pack Johnsonville sausage -5.99
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -4.94
    Tax -1.23
    Total OOP -$58.26, $2.00 coupons
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 packs Compliaments pasta @1.99
    1 Temptations cat treats -1.79
    2 cans pineapple tidbits @1.19
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -1.14
    1 pack beef liver -3.19
    Tax -.23
    Total OOP -$28.18
    Foodland #3
    1 jug water -5.49
    4 cans Hunts pasta sauce @4/5.00
    1 Cheerios -4.99
    2 yogurt @2.99
    1 Temptations cat treats -1.79
    2 4l milk @4.99
    2 Kraft cheese slices @2.99
    2X18 large eggs @2.99
    Bananas -.67
    1 Johnsonville sausage -3.99
    1 bread crumbs -2.49, 50%AM discount
    2 Villagio W/W bread @3.79, 50% AM discount on one loaf-1.90
    Tax -.23
    Total OOP -$61.94, $3.15 AM discounts
    Jackson’s Pharmacy
    1 Olay body wash @3.99, 2X.75 coupons, stock pile
    Total -$6.48 stock pile
    Total to spend this month $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 -$25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $6.48
    Total coupons used this week: $2.00
    Total coupons used to date: $35.99
    Total in-store discounts this week:$3.15
    Total in-store discounts to date: $72.52
    Total spent this week: $148.38
    Total spent so far this month: $148.38
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total over/Under spend for the month: under
    Total left to spend for the month: $501.62
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+ March $605.28+ April $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    A good start to the month and a little stocking up on body wash. Next up is to find good deals on shampoo and conditioner. The Temptations cat treats are on mark down at Foodland and we give them to the cats to reward them for behaving during things like getting claws trimmed and in Molly’s case being brushed/clipped as she is a long hair and gets mats in her fur, poor girl. We have a set of pet clippers and she hates those, so the treats come out. She is actually pretty good about it but she knows those treats are coming.
    Hubby has an appointment is Stratford upcoming so there is a chance to hit No Frills and Food Basics. I still have that rain check from Food Basics for sirloin tip roasts to use and it is getting close to expiry. In spite of higher prices I am happy that I have been able to stay under budget…

    • Hi Christine,
      The first shop of the month for most of us is always a good start haha. It’s when we get into the second and third that we start the mild panic whether we will make it or not to the end under budget. You’re such a nice pet owner. So remind me again, do you go to Foodland everyday to see what you can find reduced? I would be. You’ve done great with the higher prices as most of us in the GGC have and it’s mainly because we are mindful of our spending and documenting it. If we didn’t post our shop I can bet you 100% we’d be going over far more than we ever imagined. Does Foodland typically have 50% off products on bread every time you go in? You get ballot #4. Well done Christine. Mr.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        The 50% of the bread and bread crumbs were thanks to an Air Miles deal, much like we get for No Frills or Shoppers…same idea. I do know where to find the reduced breads and such there mind you and always give a look over. I’m always looking for those lovely stickers for breads, meats or what ever I find!!
        We are slowly working away on Miss Molly’s mats and such. She doesn’t like it but puts up with it as she knows those treats are there for good little girls. Never underestimate a good bribe!!
        Still didn’t get my roasts, none in the store but they did extend my rain check. They get one more change before I complain to higher ups……

  8. Gail Coulter says:

    Biggest pet peeves I have two. For me its never having enough of the Gluten free bread in stock and the Real Canadian Super Store does not offer rain checks. My other huge pet peeve are people who don’t have their price matches organized when they get to the cashier so they take twice as long. Than they stand there like there is no one else in the line with price matches and they casually scroll through their smart phones. GRRRR. Than they don’t move out of the way so I can see the register to make sure my items are going through properly, and my price matches. I do get a ton of road rage at the check out.

  9. Yes! These things are all annoying at the grocery store. I’ve tried going at different times to avoid some of them, but it seems there’s no “perfect time” to go the store and avoid all of these annoyances.

  10. Mary F Campbell says:

    APRIL – Week #1 of 4- April 4-10, 2016

    2016 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:

    Before we start our APRIL shopping off though, I am going to make my usual monthly “reserve” transfers:

    Grocery:

    $ 190.00 for the month
    ($ 3.29) Overage from February
    ($ 26.71) trf to re-stocking – normally $15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to summer reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 45.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $45.00

    CANADIAN Grocery Balance $85.00

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    Hubby got me a rain check for 2 turkey breasts and 2 Island Farms 750 g Cottage Cheese @ $50% off at Thrifty Foods…happy days! Turkey breast is a nice healthy protein but I sure hate to pay full price for it!!

    On the other hand, we used one of our rain checks for a couple dozen eggs this week. Thank goodness we have another rain check for 2 more dozen. I like paying $1.50 a dozen!

    We had a fairly substantial shop this week so… next week fortunately will be a LOW SHOP week for our house. We certainly can’t afford to splurge like this every week! Next week we will need milk but I am going to try and hold it to that.

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

    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 x Island Farms 750g Cottage Cheese – 50% off on $5.39 = $2.66
    1 x Eye of the Round Roast- 50% off on $23.15 = $11.57 << roast beef sammies for hubby this week!

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $14.23
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $14.28 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    SAFEWAY – Maple Ridge –

    2 dozen Compliments Large Eggs @ $1.50 ea – RAIN CHECK = $3.00

    Total OOP: $3.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** SAVED $3.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 Dole Chopped Romaine $4.98
    1 Cantaloupe $1.96 ea
    2 x 2.5 lb bag peppers $4.88 ea = $9.76
    3 Leeks $3.47

    Total OOP: $20.17

    ** Earned 2900 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    SAFEWAY – Maple Ridge –

    ** We earned a $1.76 Cash Back Coupon with Gas fill-up where we were using a 6 cent per litre discount coupon **

    I expect to use that Cash Back Coupon againstr our milk purchase next week.

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

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE LATER IN 2016.

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

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $27.00+ Apr $14.28 = $239.00

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00 +Apr $3.00= $24.46

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

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

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $3 +April 0= 195 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 0= 231 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200= April 2,900 = 14,900 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0= 0 Points

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

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar $182.77 + April ($26.71+$15.00+$15.00+$45.00+$14.23+$3.00+$20.17= $139.11) = $712.40

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + April $190.00 = $760.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $47.60 AVAILABLE

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

    2016 POINTS REDEEMED RESERVE:

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

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

    2016 US GROCERY RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar ($45.00-$104.58)+ Apr $45.00= $75.42

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

    2016 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr $26.71= $79.35

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

    2016 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00= $138.12

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

    2016 Y-T-D SUMMER RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $100.00+ $537.50 Trf from Borscht Fund+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61+ Mar $0.00+Apr $15.00= $679.11

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

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 760.00 Grocery Budget JAN-APR

    $ 9.88 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 180.41) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

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

    ($ 75.42) Trf to US Grocery Reserve

    ($ 9.88) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 676.91) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 47.60 AVAILABLE Y-T-D SPENDING

    • VALUE POINTS REDEEMED Y-T-D:

    $ 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 $760.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $370.29 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 79.35 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $138.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $ 679.11 Summer Season Fund
    $ 75.42 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 9.88 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $981.88. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $370.29 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:

    Safeway:

    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

    ——————————————————————————————–

    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

    2 x Lilydale Fresh Turkey Breast Roasts @ $6.99/lb – Good until June 29/16

    2 x Island Farms 750g 2% Cottage Cheese @ $5.39-50% Off = $2.70 each – Good until July 3/16

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    This week’s BREAKFAST menu plan:

    HUBBY: Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Juice + Bagels/English Muffins 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

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    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: 2 Pieces of Pizza + Leftover Beef and Pepperoni Soup

    TUES: Bologna Sandwiches, cottage cheese & coleslaw

    WED: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Raw Veggies and homemade creamy Italian Dip

    THURS: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Bread & Butter Pickles & Banana Bread

    FRI: Roast Beef Sandwiches & Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

    SAT: German Cucumber Salad and Tuna Salad Sandwiches

    SUN: Fully Loaded Baked Potatoes with a side of Broccoslaw

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    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Harvey's Burgers for hubby / Swiss Chalet Chicken dinner for me

    TUES: Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup for hubby / toast and unsweetened applesauce for me

    WED: Scrambled Eggs, Roaster potatoes-onions & Steamed Asparagus

    THURS: Scrambled Eggs, Broccoslaw, Irish Soda Bread Muffins

    FRI: German Cucumber Salad + Cottage Cheese + Baked Beans

    SAT: Ham and Cheese Omelette and Toast

    SUN: Beef Tomato Soup with Garlic Bread

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    • Hi Mary,
      Great score on the Eye of Round. I don’t typically find 50% off beef but if I did I’d be buying it too. You also really did get a smashing deal on the eggs! Are they regular eggs or the OH…mega eggs? SO, if you fill up with gas they give you a coupon worth $$ and you can spend it in store as well? Very nice! You’re right I do love your meal plan this week. I love how you change things up day after day. Do you aim to make leftovers or just enough for one meal at a time? Awesome start to the month Mary!! You get ballot #3 Mr.CBB

      • Mary F Campbell says:

        Mr CBB…when I make dishes like soups, and now this time of year, salads – I plan to make enough to have leftovers to include in our lunches. I like to have lots of variety so that our food isn’t “boring”. If a meal is anticipated, enjoyed thoroughly as you eat it and then remembered with great satisfaction…you certainly got your grocery $$’s worth is my opinion. 🙂

        Having extra time is one of the great perks of having me work from home. I have 3 hours a day that I am no longer commuting and can devote to meal planning, preparation and other household chores while I do my regular office type work. So really… I work longer office hours at home than I used to, but our lifestyle certainly improved with the change of venue. Like your wife though, I can find it a little lonely and make sure to have a phone conversation with a girlfriend at least once a day just so that I don’t go stir crazy.

        Yes the cash back on the gas purchase is a nice perk. Hubby uses a discount coupon earned on our local grocery purchases and saves about 15-20 cents per litre by gasing up outside the GVRD tax area… so we save on the gas and then save again on the groceries. Win-Win!

        The eggs are just the standard Large eggs but at that price – I’ll take ’em!

  11. The large print advertises the item as costing $4. The small unreadable (for may seniors especially) print below explains that you must buy in groups of 2 or 3 to get that price, otherwise your actual price to buy ONE of the particular item is $5.25. Our Superstore in Kamloops is a leader in this behaviour. I consider that false advertising and small scale theft.

    • That is a fave of RCSS (and probably the whole Loblaws bunch – don’t visit the other Loblaws “brands” often). Despite the competition here (Calgary) offering exact fractions of a sale price, i.e. 3/$1 item would be $.34 for one. And the mix-and -match option doesn’t seem to be on Mr. Weston’s vocabulary, either. If yogourt is 3 for $2.00, you have to buy three identical varieties, otherwise you are charged the single lot price for each item, and that price is something like 75 cents. Safeway/Sobeys, Co-op, and others divide the price by three.
      Just one of the annoying things about RCSS that keeps me away from their stores for the most part.
      At least they got the message to keep checkouts open to accommodate customers, even if it is only on weekends

  12. I have only one choice for groceries, Overwaitea. In the next town there in just one, Marketplace IGA, as well. It is a 30 minute drive, I can’t do the drive and I live on my own. I try to use what is on sale to cook with but sometimes the meat is ridiculous. $8.00 a pound xtra lean or is that the norm. This week asparagus in one sale normally $7 a pound, now it is $2.50, I am sure even in the city that’s a great price. If I want Walmart, 2 1/2 hour drive, in good weather. So for now I put up with 1 store. I can’t imagine having more than 1 choice, it has been over 20 years. So everyone embrace your ability to comparison shop

  13. Week 14 – Apri 1 – 7, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 750
    Total Out Of Pocket: $32.42

    Human
    2 Campbell Beef Broth = $1.08
    2 L Skim Milk = $3.68
    3 Schneiders Weiners – $4.99 (PM Giant Tiger @ $2.33) (750 PC Points) = $6.99

    Cats
    7.26 Kg Friskies 7 Dry Cat Food = $18.29

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 3200
    Total Out Of Pocket: $50.87 (includes Stockpile & Meat)

    Human
    4 GoldSeal Tuna = $3.88
    2 Cases Kraft M&C = $11.94
    Ground Beef – (2800 PC Points) = $14.61
    Pork Roast = $14.31
    Bananas – (400 PC Points) = $2.13
    2 Loaves Wonder WW Bread = $4.00

    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: $17.88
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $5.97
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $427.07

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $20.67
    Over/Under this week: Over
    Left for the Month: ($7.88)
    Total Cats to Date: $118.34

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $15.82
    Total Stockpile to Date: $89.19

    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: $28.92
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $125.89

    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: $7.98
    Total Price Match to Date: $87.15

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 3275
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 115415

    Overview: I’ve made up the overage by the end of the March (pay) with just about $6.00 left….YEAH ME!!!! Now back to my regularly scheduled spending. The cats went a little over but that won’t be hard to make up since the bag of hard food will last them quite a while. I am thinking that next year, the meat budget will have to be increased but time will only tell.

    • Hi Dee,
      I can’t get over the price of hotdogs these days, wow. Our son loves hotdogs and but I’m waiting for a sale to stock up on a few packs. At $6.99 a pack that’s a joke. In the summer they are so cheap. Talk about mark up. Congrats on catching up! I believe we did too but can’t be certain because I already forget. This is why having all of our stuff documented works for us. Meat is getting pricey you are right and I agree this may end up happening. We still only look for 50% or reduced meat at this time. Great score on the PC points too!!! Great Shop Dee!! You get ballot #2. Mr.CBB

      • $6.99 was the total for all 3 packages. I only spent $2.33 per pack (12 wieners). I don’t buy them when they are expensive. RCSS doesn’t have 50% off anything…the best I can get is 30% and not on meat.

  14. I agree Angela about stock being held until the competitor’s flyer is complete. The RCSS in my area does that with the cases of Kraft Dinner macaroni & cheese. I solve that problem and just buy those items at the competitor’s location, still ticks me off though. I think my biggest pet peeves about grocery shopping is not stocked shelves/produce areas, crowded aisles (for one reason or another) and carts not where they are supposed to be.

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