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Why You Must Say YES To Your Grocery Receipt : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 June 13-19

why you should say yes to your grocery receipt

HERE IS YOUR RECEIPT-NOW TAKE IT OR FORGO IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

I never leave a transaction where money is exchanged without proof of purchase especially at the supermarket because that grocery receipt is your financial life-line when using a grocery budget.

There’s nothing wrong with being a receipt hog. You need this stuff to balance your budget but that’s not all.

Writing this post came to me after I was doing my nosey thing in the grocery line waiting for my turn to put our products on the belt. The guy in front of me who looked like he was in his early 30’s was buying a small shop of milk, bread, steak, corn, mushrooms and a few other bits and bobs.

I wasn’t too interested in his shop until my son had a mini tantrum and wanted out of the shopping cart so the wife took him and I waited in line without interruption. Then what happens next is what blows me away every time. The cashier said to the customer, “Would you like your receipt sir?” and he said, “um, no I don’t need it.”  Really? Must be nice to be so fast and free with money.

Why on earth do people not want to read their grocery receipt?

  • Maybe they are rich and don’t care
  • Maybe they don’t care
  • Maybe they don’t know any better

Do you ever notice the cashier asks you if you’d like your grocery receipt as he/she is holding it up and it’s printing? Or just as your receipt is printing the register tape runs out. That would be just my luck, however I would still wait for my receipt. That’s likely another reason some people opt out of waiting around for the store receipt. They don’t want to waste time, don’t have time or have no patience.

The problem today is that so many people complain about not being able to afford to grocery shop but they fail to invest in learning about ways to save money at the grocery store. That little or big grocery receipt holds a wealth of information that will help you save money that you may not have even known you were spending.

Let me explain further why it’s important for you to say YES to your grocery receipt and YES to wanting to save money on groceries.

 

Scanning Code of Practice

 

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve blogged about the Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) in Canada but if you are still in the dark about this pricing system it’s imperative you learn about how SCOP works. If you don’t read your receipt you won’t likely know there was a pricing error which means you won’t be eligible to apply SCOP if you don’t have your receipt.

I know many of you find out about a pricing error once you get home and read your grocery receipt. There is nothing wrong with this as you simply call the store, let them know and give them your name. The next time you go in you bring your receipt and they will sort out the pricing error. If you don’t have your receipt you miss out on getting a FREE product or up to $10 back on a product over $10 because you said NO to your grocery receipt or you tossed it in the bin or lost it. Take care of that piece of gold paper would ya!

 

Grocery Comparison

 

Unless you don’t care about how much your grocery budget then you should say YES to your grocery receipt so you can complete price comparisons at home. What we do is hang on to our receipts and look back to see how prices fluctuate so we know when a good bargain comes up in the flyers or we find an unadvertised sale in the grocery store. Starting a grocery price book of typical products you purchase is a great way to get familiar with grocery store prices but you’ll need that grocery receipt. Grab it!

 

Grocery Saving Apps

 

How do coupons work?
These days it’s all about the grocery receipt and less of an actual coupon. For the love of paper coupons we’ve seen less of them at the grocery store and more opportunity to save money with coupon apps such as Checkout51 for instance.

The only downfall is that if you say NO to your grocery receipt you can’t take photos of your receipt to claim the grocery saving app discounts. Say Yes to your grocery receipt and stop throwing money out the window for nothing.

 

Product Returns

 

Some grocery stores are lenient about letting customers return products without a receipt but you may not get cash back rather an in-store credit. If you are a well-known customer they may believe you more than someone who just pops in from time to time.

Related: Product Price Adjustments- Don’t miss the savings

Although the store wants to uphold excellent customer service they also have to look after their own budget. If people are returning products that they didn’t purchase at their particular store then they are now losing money. The last thing we want is to see higher prices due to fraud, theft and other sneaky ways some customers go about making money from product returns.

When you have your grocery receipt it makes product returns 100% easier and legit for the customer. It also helps if your store offers price adjustments which means you can get the sale price even if you bought the product the week before. See rules for every store and the grocery store return policy for more info.

Say YES to your grocery receipt and stash it away in an envelope or file folder so you have easy access to it when needed.

 

Budgeting

 

Lastly, our grocery budget would not survive if we didn’t have our grocery receipts every month. We input the data into our excel budget spreadsheet (get it FREE) and then the budget does all the work for us. If we don’t have our grocery receipt we won’t know how to balance our budget nor will we know how much our grocery budget should be.

Final thoughts…say YES to your grocery receipt.

The grocery receipt is like your window into how you spend your money at the grocery store and helps you to figure out where you can improve, make changes, find errors and most of all save money.

Tell me about a time you said YES to your grocery receipt and it saved you MONEY.

 

June 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.

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.

June 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.

Click, Save and Print. It’s that easy!

This is the budget that brought us to debt freedom back in 2013 and now I’m offering to all of you for FREE. We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.

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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Free Money Saving Downloads are awesome lists that were created to get us on track to work towards reaching our budgeting goals and now we are sharing them with you.

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-$52.57=$182.43
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.43
  • 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: 223,000
  • 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)

  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $17.00

 

Our Grocery Shop This Week

 

Zehrs

  • 1 x 2% Milk Neilson $4.27
  • 2lbs of bananas Sale $0.57lb = $1.20
  • 4 x dozen eggs Sale $2.49 each = $9.96
  • 1lb Radish $1.99
  • 1 Fennel $2.99
  • Asparagus Sale $1.99lb = $8.00
  • Bangers Sausages $11.98-50% = $6.00
  • Medium Ground Beef Club Pack $11.30, $11.33-50% each $5.65, $5.67
  • Bucket of PC Kale $5.49-50% = $2.75
  • Bucket of PC Arugula $3.99-$50% = $2.00
  • Club Pack Portobello Mushrooms $4.99-50% = $2.50

Total Out-of-pocket $52.93

  • Total to spend this month : $182.43
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $23.28
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $15.36
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$24.57
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $335.30
  • Total spent this week: $52.93
  • Total spent so far this month: $168.26
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: n/a
  • Total over/Under spend for the month:- $ n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $14.17
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $211.11+April $248.11+May $279.07+June $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

If you haven’t noticed already I messed up the Grocery Game 2016 schedule by ending May a week early. I apologize for that. My plan moving forward is to make June a 5 week month although many of you possibly have May as your 5 weeks which is perfectly fine. After June the schedule will continue as normal unless something else happens. In the event anyone notices any concerns with the schedule let me know and I’ll try and fix it immediately. Sometimes my head is in the clouds. Thanks for the catch ladies.

With the 5 weeks of June grocery shopping we will likely run out of our grocery budget for the month. The good part is we have over $200 in PC points if we need to use them. We are pretty stocked in the house but we will need milk and some veg. With only $14.17 and a bit of our stockpile budget left that’s going to be a tight 2 weeks of groceries for us.

This week wasn’t too bad as we scored lots of 50% off meat and vegetables at Zehrs. I’m sure that’s where we will be shopping in the next 2 weeks unless some wonderful sales pop up in the flyers.

 

Mr.CBB

 

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
  • MySavings.com 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 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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Comments

  1. Mary F Campbell says:

    JUNE – Week #2 of 4- June 13-19, 2016

    2016 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

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

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    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This is a run all over town type of shopping week. Two weeks in a row of no shopping at all has left our vegetable crisper a little bare but I still have apples left in the fruit crisper and I still have fresh carrots, onions, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, green onions and a cabbage in the way of veggies and a few “soon-to-be-used” button mushrooms.

    It’s time for a bit of a re-stock BUT I am trying to hold off until next week as much as possible since we’ll be hitting a few new farm markets and heading to the US on a day trip.

    I was certainly chasing the sales this week to make our dollars stretch as far as possible! Can you tell? The tell tale sign is the 1 or 2 items only per stop at the stores.

    Since we had to head out on Sunday to get the eggs at Shopper’s (it was a one day sale) I combined it our other shopping & a coffee date with my hubby so that we had more than one reason to head uptown. Stretching those gas $’s too!

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    2 Celery $1.47 ea = $2.94

    Total OOP: $2.94

    —————————————————————–

    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 L Skim Milk $2.69
    1 GF Bread $5.29

    Total OOP: $7.98

    ** Earned 0 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    Shopper’s – Maple Ridge –

    2 GRADE “A” LARGE WHITE EGGS 1 Dozen @ $2.29 ea = $4.58

    Total OOP: $4.58

    ** Earned 40 Optimum Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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

    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 $117.96 +May $55.61+June $0.00 = $398.38

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00 +Apr $5.23 + May $10.68 + June $0.00 = $37.37

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

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

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $3 +April 48 + May 96 + June 0= 339 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 32 + May 24 + June 0= 265 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200= April 3,100 + May 0 + June 0= 15,100 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 0 + June 40= 40 Points

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

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar $182.77 + April $255.43 + May $143.05 +June (15.00+$15.00+3.23+$45.00+$2.94+$7.98+$4.58 = $93.73) = $1,065.50

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

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $74.50 AVAILABLE

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    2016 POINTS REDEEMED RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00+ Apr $0.00 + May $4.69 + June $0.00= $14.57

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    2016 US GROCERY RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar -$59.58+ Apr $45.00+ May -$22.79 + June $45.00= $97.63

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    2016 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr +
    -$5.29+May -$9.70 +$15.00= $52.65

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    2016 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00 +May $20.00 + June $15.00= $173.12

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    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 + May -$51.21+ June $3.23 = $631.13

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 1,140.00 Grocery Budget JAN-JUNE

    $ 14.57 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 244.92) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 324.53 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 97.63) Trf to US Grocery Reserve Net of 2016 Spending

    ($ 14.57) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 1,047.48) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 74.50 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
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAY
    $ 14.57 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

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

    So far $1,140.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $504.80 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 52.65 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $173.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $631.13 Summer Season Fund
    $ 97.63 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 14.37 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $968.90. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $504.80 that we have added in 2016, LESS $472.41 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.

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    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    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
    2 x 1 LB Strawberries @ $2.88 each – Good until July 19/16

    Safeway:

    6 x Compliments Garden Salad 340g @ $0.99 ea – Good until Aug 11/16

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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: Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Yogurt and GF Maple Cookies

    TUES: Ham-Cheese-Tomato-Cucumber-Onion on Multigrain Rolls, Yogurt and a thermos of Orange Juice

    WED: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Leftover Velveeta Cheesy Broccoli Soup & GF Oreo Cookies

    THURS: Maple Baked Beans with Garlic Buttered Multigrain Rolls, Red Delicious Apple and a thermos of Orange Juice

    FRI: Imitation Crab Wraps, Bread and Butter Pickles, Carrot sticks & Spicy Ranch Veggie Dip with a side of raisins

    SAT: Italian Egg Drop Soup

    SUN: 3 Ingredient Pancakes

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    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Baked Denver Omelette with steamer peas and roasted mushrooms after our grocery shopping

    TUES: Velveeta Cheesy Broccoli Soup

    WED: Open Faced Tuna Melts + green salad after hitting a bucket of balls at the driving range

    THURS: Caesar Salads after my dentist cleaning and check-up appointment

    FRI: Free dinner at Swiss Chalet with a $25 voucher after our walk on the PoCo Trail

    SAT: BLT Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Apple Biscuits

    SUN: Pasta Salad with Tuna, Spinach Salad & Mom’s Macaroni Salad

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    • Mary F Campbell says:

      I forgot, I still have cucumbers and several heads of romaine and a fresh melon fruit salad left in my fridge in the garage. Maybe it wont be too hard to get thru without any other shops after all. 🙂 I always have a good supply of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables that I can use to beef up the veggies when need be.

      • I wish we had a second refrigerator as it would be nice to have some space once and a while. That, or we will buy a larger refrigerator lol.

    • Hi Mary,
      We try to do the same when we go into town so we aren’t going back and forth wasting gas money. We need to restock our veggies too as we’re out of onions, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms … etc. Now that I have a few days off I’d like to go to a local market to see what offerings they have. Your celery was a great price. I may be buying eggs and milk at SDM this week too s the eggs are on sale. Depends on what the wife wants as she’s got a few dozen in the refrigerator still. Have a great shopping week Mary. You get ballot #11

  2. kathryn says:

    This week we bought almonds at Bulk Barn. It was only a scoop, but after seeing the price on the receipt, I thought we’d have to ration them …lol. I looked closer, and realised they charged the regular price, instead of the sale price (25 % off)…so we went back into the store…and they returned the $2.35. No scanning code of practice there 🙁
    We have lots of PC points too, but we don’t always spend $20 when we go to the store, so I usually buy gift cards with most of the points. That way if the purchase is under $20, I can pay with the gift card. If the purchase is $25.47….I would cash in 20,000 PC pts, and use the gift card to pay the $5.47
    I’m constantly amazed how many cashiers will say, “do you want the receipt”…but many times I actually need to ask for it. (not only at grocery stores)

    • You know I never really noticed at the Bulk Barn but you’re right that could easily happen. Or another thing to watch out for is if the wrong price is keyed in for a different product. If you don’t take the receipt then less opportunity to find errors and look at prices so the store is ahead of the game. They don’t want to remind you if you don’t want to see it. I never thought to buy gift cards with our points. Hmm, I might look into that. Thanks for the tips Kathryn.

  3. I always get my grocery receipt. First, after I’ve gone through the line and moved out of the way, I check over every item to make sure I got the right price. If not, it’s a simple trip to the customer service desk to get it adjusted before I leave the store. Second, when I get home I enter my purchases into Quicken where I track all my expenses. I also know some people put their receipt on the refrigerator door to remind them of what they’ve purchased to make sure it all gets used. I can’t imagine not waiting a few seconds to get your receipt.

    • That’s exactly what we do. We step aside, read it over and if we find an error we go to customer service. That’s interesting putting the receipt on the door to make sure it gets used. We just keep an inventory of most items but that’s a great idea too if it works for them.

  4. Week 24 – June 10 – 16, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $42.17 (Including stockpile budget)

    Human
    2 Christies Wheat Thins – 2/$3.98 = $3.98
    2 Ragu Spaghetti Sauce – 2/$3.00 = $3.00 (price matched but didn’t record the original price)
    Bag of Mini Baking Reese Pieces = $3.69
    Bag of PC Decandent Milk Chocolate Chips = $3.49
    2 Cans NN Mushrooms = $2.38
    3 bags Pasta = $3.00 (price matched but didn’t record the original price)
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    Bananas – 2.075 Kg = $2.61
    Ground Chicken = $6.98
    2 Loaves WW Wonder Bread = $3.76 (Price matched but didn’t record the original price)

    Cats
    1.5 Kg Friskies = $4.48

    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: $30.35
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $70
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $701.08

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $5.06
    Over/Under this week: Over
    Left for the Month: $6.16
    Total Cats to Date: $149.07

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $6.76
    Total Stockpile to Date: $125.53

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $127.13

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $125.89

    Total Grocery Budget for Canning Produce ($400.00)
    Total Canning Produce this Week Period: $
    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: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $166.36

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 0
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 25622

    Overview: This week I was bad…I shopped without a grocery list as I hadn’t finished the supper list for the week. I kept to standard items and tried to keep a running total so that I wouldn’t go over which I accomplished. I even had enough left in this budget to make an additional payment onto my debt. I have a plan to make a large batch of cookies so there’s a couple more ingredients that I need to pick up first but I also have my PC points and the gift card to cover those purchases.

    • Hi Dee,
      My wife bought a bag of the RP chipits once but ended up eating them haha. The first thing you did was admit that you shopped without a grocery list which we all know can be deadly, at least for us. That was smart keeping a running total. Yay.. for additional debt payments. That must make you feel great! Do you buy gift cards with your PC points as well? Have a great week shopping Dee. You get ballot #12.

      • Typically I save my PC Points for when I need an extra boost to my grocery budget. I would love to be one of those people that have $100+ in PC Points but I think the most that I have accumulated was $60. Having RP in the house does cause a large temptation so this time, they were used fairly quickly and then the temptation was removed for the RP, now we have the temptation of lots of cookies in the house instead.

  5. Something fishy here. 25 years ago as a single guy my grocery bill was $300 a month. I rarely bought processed food and stuff rarely went bad in the fridge.

    That Zehrs must be a heck of a store. I normally shop at Superstore and never in my life have I seen bananas or eggs on sale.

    • Bananas are on sale right now $0.57lb (99% of the time you can get reduced bananas if you ask the produce clerk or check the reduced rack) and eggs are $2.49 dozen… sometimes they are even less plus you get PC Plus points when you load them on your card. I hope you find some deals where you are Tom.. good luck.

  6. 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
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $40
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 40760
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $9.25($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $15.25($25.50)

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    No Frills
    2 Palmolive dish soap @2.39, 2X1.00 coupons
    2 216 count Tetlet teabags @9.27
    2 tomato sauce @.88
    4 pasta sauce @.88
    1 bag sugar -1.97
    1 NN black pepper -2.99
    3 cranberry cocktail @2.69
    4 NN apple sauce @1.29, 4X150 points
    1 10 tetra pack orange juice -1.99
    2 Cheerios @2.44
    3 packs pasta @2.19
    1 extra old cheddar -6.99
    2X18 large eggs @2.75
    3 4l milk @4.27
    2 bags GG frozen peas @2.97
    20lbs potatoes -2.97
    1 bunch celery -1.79
    Bananas -1.53
    2 packs Oktoberfest sausage @1.88
    1 pack ground beef/pork -13.16, 13X100 points
    1 box chicken nuggets -5.88, 500 points
    1 PC raisin bread -3.77, 200 points
    1 OM raisin bread -3.00, 50% sticker-1.50
    Tax -.62
    Total OOP -$124.45, 2.00 coupons, 1.50 discount, 2600 PC points
    Foodland
    1 case pop -5.99
    2 Kraft peanut butter @3.99, stock pile
    3 Cheez Whiz @3.99, stock pile
    1 yogurt -2.99
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    3 Powerade @3/5.00
    1 jar relish -1.99
    Bananas -1.11
    Tax -1.43
    Total OOP -$21.47, $23.94 stock pile
    Megan’s Berry Farm
    Strawberries @1.50lb -$38.00

    Total to spend this month : $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $23.94
    Total coupons used this week: $2.00
    Total coupons used to date: $84.43
    Total in-store discounts this week:$1.50
    Total in-store discounts to date: $106.71
    Total spent this week: $183.92
    Total spent so far this month: $606.66
    Total over/Under spend this shop: n/a
    Total over/Under spend for the month:- $ n/a
    Total left to spend for the month: $43.34
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+ March $605.28+ April $584.23+ May $475.36+ June $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    A very expensive week!! Clearly I will go over for the month but it will be the first time this year and I have a decent amount under budget from the earlier part of the year to use against an overage. I was under by almost $175.00 last month thinking that May was 5 weeks. If I balance the two months together I could come in under yet.
    I got my berries and made 6 batches of jam for 25-500ml jars and 3-250ml jars. Should keep us going for a good while, might make some raspberry jam if I can get a good enough deal on the berries. The berries and jam making tends to be a once a year thing but it keeps us in jam for the year. I worked out the cost to roughly $2.00 for a 500ml jar. We did have a good amount to eat with ice cream so that makes figuring exactly how much the jam cost dicey….

    • Hi Christine,
      That was a great price for the eggs. We were going to stock up but we had more than enough at the time. Isn’t that the way it goes sometimes, lol. Nice to see you made it in to No Frills to pick up some sales. You went over for the month but like you mention it’s the first time this year. I don’t know what it is about the summer but the grocery budget seems to go up for many of us. I think it’s because there are so many amazing deals plus seasonal fruits and veg are in abundance. That’s a great price for a 500ml jar of homemade jam. You can’t buy it for that price. Sure you can buy manufactured jam but not homemade at the specialty shops for 2 bucks. The berries were a great price at $1.50. Do you pick them yourself? PB stock is smart. I wish we did but we have a jar or two still in the cold room. Our son loves PB but he has to be in the mood for it. Let’s see what July brings us!! You get ballot #20. Mr.CBB

  7. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 2 – June 12 – 18

    • Grocery budget to work with in June: $240
    • Total coupons used this week: $4.23
    • Total coupons used to date: $18.48
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0.84
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $8.96
    • 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: $70
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $20.45
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $55.45
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $90
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheques used to date: $20.25
    • Total student discounts this week: $2.42
    • Total student discounts to date: $57.15
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $85.80
    • Total spent so far this month: $149.40
    • Total left to spend for the month: $90.60
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $1.55
    • Total overspent: $0
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $1,202.85

    RCSS: NN Potatoes 5 lb .99: Total 1.00 rounded up 1 cent

    Giant Tiger: Parsley plant .88, Mini donuts .88, peanuts 1.00, Delissio thin crust pizza 2 x 2.98, tax .24: Total Paid 8.95 rounded down 1 cent

    Reids Dairy: Cheese curd 2 x 4.09, 4 L chocolate milk 4.59: Total Paid 12.75 rounded down 2 cents

    No Frills: Knorr Sidekicks 6 x .94, Cereal 3 x 1.88, NN pretzels .99, NN onion rings 1.27, NN corn chips 1.27, NN chips .97, sour cream 1.88, milk 4.27, Philly cream cheese 2.44, Pizza pops 1.88, Bagel bites 2 x .88, pineapple 2 x 1.99, Schenider’s sausage 3 x 1.88, Schneider’s breakfast links 2 x 1.88, Mild Italian sausage 5.95, Honey garlic sausage 5.97, tax .59: Total Paid 53.30 rounded down 1 cent

    Food Basics: raspberries 6 x .94: Total Paid 5.95 rounded up 1 cent

    RCSS: Cadbury bar 1.94, Eggs 18 pk 2 x 2.75 (PM), Bagel bites 2 x .88 less coupon .75 (PM), banana 1.06, celery 1.47 (PM), romaine 2 x .88 (PM), Maple Leaf bacon 3 x 3.48 less coupon 3.48, less superbucks .84, less student discount 2.42, plus tax .23, less gift card 16.67: Total Paid 0.00

    RCSS: Salsa clearance 2 x 1.64, NN Potatoes 5 lb clearance 2 x .25, less gift card 3.78: Total Paid 0.00

    Dollarama: bread 1.25, Old El Paso Tortillas 2.00: Total Paid 3.25

    This is my week 2 for the month of June, we had a 5 week month in May.

    A very expensive week indeed. We haven’t purchased convenience food in a very long time but opted to this week since there were many things we couldn’t make for that cost. While they aren’t great because they are homemade, it is cheaper and will save us in the long run. And, some of the thing are items my son has asked to try but we can’t afford their regular price. I don’t want him to feel like he is missing out on things, it is a great example of why we cook more from scratch.

    The clearance potatoes are awesome. Some bags were in bad shape, but if you picked through them I found plenty that were decent quality. However, since we bought a bag earlier in the week because we were out of potatoes, we didn’t need a lot but figured we would use 10 lbs for .50. I sifted through the bags immediately when we got home and only threw out 3 small potatoes between the two bags. If they were in paper not plastic, it would have lasted longer in the store, but that was my gain.
    We love having so many sausages again. Our freezer was empty of them and they are a great meal on the BBQ in hot weather. Worth the cost.

    My mom gave me a $50 gift card for my graduation to the RCSS/Loblaws chain and I used some of that this week. It helped keep some of the costs lower, it would have really been expensive without it. The rest will be used before the end of the month. She knows what I would want, especially while the job hunt is still on. I am being patient with it and searching for something in the field rather than jumping into a retail or food industry job, I could have done that two years ago. This little gift is helping us on the way!!

    • Hi Angela,
      I see you went to Reid’s Dairy again so maybe I’ve just missed that you’ve been in the past. Was your Giant Tiger shop planned? Haha.. so random parsley plant, nuts.. lol. Lots of stocking up on the snacks, fruits and sausages which is good because you might as well save where you can. I thought the clearance potatoes was great too. Actually come to think of it we saw them on sale for the same price at Zehrs last week but we won’t be around to eat them fast enough. The wife doesn’t eat potatoes any longer so it would just be me and the boy. That was a lovely grad gift from your mom. It’s nice to see how grocery gift cards as gifts really are appreciated by people. They really do come in handy and force you to spend the money at the grocery store instead of somewhere else. Does your meal plan change significantly when the family comes to stay with you? Your job will come, just keep networking. You get ballot 22. Congrats again!! Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        Oh yes, the meal plan does change significantly when family visits. Food considerations, allergies and sensitivities always change things. Feeding people with a lot of things to think about means that you either have to buy more expensive products or make two meals. Not to mention the three of us do not eat much, but when my sister comes her family has four and then we also add my mom into the equation. 3 becomes 8 and feeding 8 costs more. We don’t begrudge it, we love it when they visit, it just takes planning. And, in reality, I wish they would come more than once a year. It would be worth every ounce of extra food. And, my sister is an angel, she usually leaves a gift card for us for groceries too. She does this in a sneaky way as I always refuse, but then after they leave it always appears. A little game she started about 5 years ago. I will still graciously refuse in the future, but I know her, lol!

  8. Angela Mainse says:

    It is interesting the Reid’s Dairy showed up two weeks in a row, but no it hadn’t been in my purchases before this month. Just passing through the city it is in and planned ahead with ice packs rather than just get their ice cream cones or milkshakes which we would typically do when stopping. If we head that direction again, if planned ahead we will pick something else up. I am trying to work out enough ice packs to get some of their imperfect ice cream home or ends of the line. Prices are fantastic for those, but baby steps. It is possible that we may not even end up there until next summer. However, that city has a park that my son absolutely loves and we did not get to go to it either trip, so I can see a possible day trip to do so.

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