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How To Create An Organized Monthly Grocery List : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 3/4 Feb 19-Mar 4

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GROCERY SHOPPING REQUIRES PRECISION PLANNING FOR BEST RESULTS

 

I know that everyone has different planning strategies when it comes to preparing for a grocery shop however if you fall into the monthly grocery list category you know the importance of over-planning.

One of the most asked grocery shopping questions I’ve gotten over the years apart from how much a grocery budget should be revolves around grocery lists.

  • How do you make a grocery list that gets you in and out of the grocery store?
  • How to create a grocery list for one, two, family of 4, or students?

A basic grocery list is straight-forward but when weekly shopping turns into a monthly grocery list you’ve got a bit more work to do. I don’t know many people who like to spend more time than needed in the grocery store which is why a meal plan and simple weekly shopping list is ideal.

The problem with this is that not everyone has an opportunity to make a weekly super-fly trip to the grocer. If this is you than you may find yourself planning a bi-weekly or even monthly grocery list which is far more work.

Related: How monthly grocery shopping can help your budget

 

Grocery shopping for your space

 

When I was a younger, single guy living in the UK I used to do a few shops during the week only because we have the smallest refrigerators known to man. No, not everyone in the UK does but a good majority of people do and you simply can’t stock that much food inside. This leaves consumers with no other options other than buying a larger refrigerator if space permits or to shop frequently based on family size and need.

In Canada however I have yet to see anyone with a beer sized refrigerator as the main kitchen food hub apart from students who tend to stock beer and snacks in a small corner of their residence. One of these days I’ll write a post about what it was like living with such a small refrigerator in comparison to what we have in our Canadian kitchen today.

For today though I want to focus on those consumers who either live far away from the grocery stores or simply don’t have time to shop but prefer to do the shopping themselves.

These days you can simplify the grocery shopping process by ordering your groceries online and have them delivered or collect them at a certain time. Both of these options are great for the person who has no interest in stepping foot inside the grocery store but it’s not ideal for everyone.

The biggest reason someone may want to go into the store to shop over calling in an order is likely because of pricing. You can find plenty of deals that aren’t advertised which will save you more money. When you order groceries for pick-up or delivery you get what you get and that’s not going to include reduced products. So, there is an advantage to parking your vehicle and doing the work yourself.

 

Being Frugal while Busy

 

My sister-in-law is one of those shoppers who loves to save money and grocery shopping has been her vacation away from the family since having a child. I’m sure most parents can relate to her as grocery shopping does become somewhat of a hideaway that is peaceful without kids in tow.

While chatting recently she asked if we were still doing heavy couponing and although we do use coupons on occasion we don’t have the time to do multiple trips to the shops like we used to. She asked us how we planned our grocery shops today in comparison to years ago which had me think about the changes that have occurred in our shops.

As a senior level advisor for a large corporation she rarely has time to go anywhere apart from spending time with her son and husband who also has a demanding job. Many nights she found that they were eating out because they were too tired to cook or didn’t have enough food in the house.

It got to the point where they decided that doing one big shop a month might be the answer to their eating out problem. While creating their monthly grocery shopping list they realized a few things would change for them in terms of how they shop and where they shop.

  1. Grocery store must price-match
  2. Grocery store must offer rewards
  3. Grocery store must accept Canadian coupons
  4. Grocery store must be close in proximity
  5. Grocery shopping would take longer
  6. Grocery shopping must be organized by aisle if possible

Most importantly;

A monthly grocery shopping list had to be ongoing throughout the month and not at the last-minute. This is where you may find you spend more than you need to because you’re rushing to get the chore completed.

 

Monthly Grocery List Tips

 

If you are moving to a monthly grocery shopping list from a weekly or even bi-weekly grocery list you may find that you can’t go to as many shops as you used to. Time for some is not as important as it is for others so depending on how much time you wish to devout to grocery shopping you may have to limit yourself to 1 or 2 grocery stores.

  1. Choose one or two of the best grocery stores in Canada that you are closest too which also suits your budget and monthly grocery list needs.
  2. Meal planning including all snacks is critical especially if you don’t want to make the mad dash for one item you forgot or ran out of. Keep in mind this will happen from time to time though.
  3. Plan your monthly grocery list according to aisles in the store  (It’s always a good idea to know where products you use are stocked)
  4. Start your grocery list at the beginning of the month and add to it as you go along.
  5. Sit down with the weekly flyers and your monthly grocery list for the week you plan to shop so you can decide what you need to buy because of sale price, how many, coupons you can use or what you might have to hold off on. Sometimes you may have to wait a month for a product because it’s not on sale. If you can’t then you may have to bite the bullet and pay full-price.
  6. Find the best day or time of day to shop where the grocery store is not too busy but if you can’t add extra time to check out. The weekends can be quite the show in the grocery store especially when doing large shop.
  7. Park closer to the store if you can especially during the winter months
  8. Always bring lots of bags or boxes to pack your groceries.
  9. Bring a cooler with ice during the summer months or if you have a long trip back home
  10. Clear out the vehicle so you have room as needed.

 

Grocery Shopping by Aisle

 

With any grocery shopping list planning the shop around the grocery store according to product placement is the easiest way to zoom through the process. When you have an even larger shop with your monthly grocery list it becomes imperative that you divide your grocery list into sections.

If you know the sale prices or even regular prices write them into your monthly grocery list. This will give you an idea of how much you are spending each month so you stay below your grocery budget allowance. For this reason always have a calculator on hand.

  1. Bakery – 2 loaves of Country Harvest Bread Sale $1.99, Breadcrumbs $1.49
  2. Produce
  3. Meat Department
  4. Deli
  5. Seafood
  6. Dairy, Milk, Eggs, Juice, Cream
  7. Frozen Foods
  8. Aisle 1
  9. Aisle 2
  10. Aisle 3
  11. Aisle 4

What you can do is while you are grocery shopping bring along a pen and book you can write in. You could also start a memo on your smartphone if that’s easier to document aisles according to product.

For example;

  • Aisle 1- Cereal, Cookies, Breakfast snacks etc.
  • Aisle 2- Pop and juice
  • Aisle 3- Cleaning Supplies
  • Aisle 4- Yogurt, Cheese, Syrups, Pancake Mix, Jams/Jellies
  • Aisle 5- International Aisle, rice, beans, sauces and condiments

Once you know this information it will help you create your monthly grocery list where you can divide products into aisles so you aren’t doubling back down them wasting time. Ideally if you can do this for any grocery shop it would speed up the process.

Ultimately the choice is up to you how you prepare your monthly grocery list but I hope I’ve been able to give you a few ideas that will get you through the process a bit easier.

P.S – Don’t forget to fill the tank and have a route plan B because the last thing you need is to run out of gas on a long drive home or if you get caught in city traffic.

Discussion: What tips would you offer to those shoppers who create a monthly grocery shopping list? Share your tips and comments below even if you don’t do a monthly shop but have something to add to this post.

  • Mr.CBB

 

February Grocery Game Challenge

 

Join the 2018 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) but before you do you must read The Grocery Game Challenge Rules and Print the 2018 Schedule which includes new prizes!

 

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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018

 

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 6 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.

 

2018 Grocery Shop Results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/month (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 or that you would like to track on your own)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $300
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Optimum Points to Spend: 2,800,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

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

  • Zweet -$0.
  • Checkout51- $1.50

 

Our Grocery Shop This Week

 

Zehrs

  • 4 x Neilson 2% Milk $4.35 (milk went up) $17.40
  • Half and Half Cream $3.51
  • Krisda Chocolate Chips Sugar-free $8.99
  • Clementines 5lb $5.99
  • Whole white mushrooms $2.49-50% = $1.25 plus 250 points
  • PC Baby Kale 142 g $5.00-50%=$2.50
  • 2 x PC Sliced mushrooms $3.49 each -50%= $3.50
  • PC Green Beans $3.99-50%= $2.00
  • PC Spinach $1.99
  • 3lbs yellow onions $1.99
  • Dole salad mix 50/50  $5.99-50%=$3.00
  • Bananas $2.00
  • Seedless Watermelon $5.99
  • Bosc Pears $3.98
  • English cucumber $1.49
  • 1lb Cherry tomatoes $3.00
  • 3 x Strawberries Sale $1.99 each $5.97
  • Schneiders Salami $3.99-50%=$2.00
  • 2x Pillers Ham Bacon $4.49-50%=$4.50
  • Fast Fry Pork Chops $8.34-50%=$4.17
  • 2 x D’italiano Bread $6.58-50%=$3.30
  • 2 x PC world Thins Bread $5.00-50%=$2.50
  • 1kg Saputo Feta Sale $10.00
  • 2 x Garlic and Herb Boison cheese $6.99 each $13.98-50%=$7.00
  • 7 Organic Avocados $4.98
  • 2 x Aged Havarti $4.08 and $6.27- 50% $2.04 and $3.14

6250 PC Optimum points earned

Total Out-of-Pocket $119.49

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $300- $23.05 overage from January $276.95
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month  Jan,Feb $70 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $40.90
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $64.90 (not too bad for 2 months)
  • Total spent this week: $119.49
  • Total spent so far this month: $169.42
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $57.60
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

If you hadn’t heard my father-in-law passed away suddenly which is why I’ve been away from the blog. I’m slowly coming back as I’m still swamped with their estate paperwork.

If you’re wondering where to post your grocery shop from last week you can post them both in the comment section of this post. As long as you are tracking that’s what matters most. Don’t stop because I stop, this is YOUR challenge.

On that note we had to pick up a few bits this week but our eating out budget category and gas will be MUCH higher for February given the circumstances. Thankfully we have money saved for emergencies such as this. I will be doing lots of travelling back and forth with Mrs. CBB but I’ll keep the GGC going and a couple of other weekly posts as I can.

 

2018 Coupons and Coupon Apps

 

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.

Related: Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll add it below.

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 2018?

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

If any of the links below don’t open properly please report them to my email address or use comment form.

 

Grocery Game Challenge 2018 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 to reflect changes for the 2018 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 prize payout?- I’ve changed the prize to yearly so I’ll be tracking everyone’s shop and draw accordingly for larger prize payouts.
  • When does the Grocery Game close each month? Ideally you would want to have all your shops in by the end of the month for review in order to make improvements for the next.
  • 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 2014-2018 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. Some of these coupons have an expiry date and others no expiry date so be sure to check.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?:  If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  • 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.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 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!  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 2018!

-Mr.CBB

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Comments

  1. Week 9 – Feb 23 – Mar 1/18
    Name Your Store: Wal-mart
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.87

    Human
    1.89 L Mayo = $4.87

    Name Your Store: Wal-mart
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.35

    Human
    5 – 900 g Pasta = $4.35

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 900
    Total Out Of Pocket: $26.31

    Human
    2 NN Orange Juice = $3.94
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    6 Minute Maid Frozen Punch = $3.00
    Bananas – 1.205 kg = $1.48
    Grapes – 1.430 = $3.15
    English Cucumber = $1.00
    Cinnamon Raisin Bagels = $1.00
    Cinnamon Raisin Bread = $2.47
    3 WW Wonder Bread = $6.00

    Cats
    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $35.53
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $377.34 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $361.02

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $120.07 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $72.18

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $71.48 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $47.21

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $2.25

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $25.75

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $1.18

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 900
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 52,218

    Overview: The store (A Bit of Home) wasn’t bad. Prices was a definitely more but need to remember that they are importing from the UK & Ireland so shipping cost will increase the cost of the item(s). Didn’t need much this week.

  2. Week 8 – Feb 16 – 22/18
    Name Your Store: A Bit of Home
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $30.01

    Human
    490g Chef Tomato Ketchup = $8.49
    4 pk Heinz Baked Beanz = $7.69
    200g Mars Twix Spread = $6.49
    1 Kg Odlums Irish Brown Bread Mix = $5.99
    37.5g Tayto Smokey Bacon Crisps = $2.25

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 300
    Total Out Of Pocket: $34.67

    Human
    4 Ragu Spaghetti Sauce = $4.00
    1.2 Kg PC Whole Grain Rice = $4.57
    12 Cans Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup = $6.00
    2 Boxes Trail Mix = $2.26
    2 – 454 g Imperial margarine = $2.00
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    Bananas – 1.27 Kg (300 PC Points) = $1.56
    Green Pepper – 0.475 Kg = $1.04
    Schneider’s Weiners = $3.97
    6 English Muffins = $1.00
    2 Wonder WW Bread = $4.00

    Cats
    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $64.68
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $341.81 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $325.49

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $120.07 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $72.18

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $15.98
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $71.48 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $47.21

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $2.25

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $25.75

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $1.18

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 300
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 51,318

    Overview: Trying a new store from the GTA to see if I like it better than what I have here. Will report back on what we think of it. Didn’t need very much but stocked up on some of our staples that we do use quite abit. Will have to look at reeling in the spending a bit bit time will tell as to how that plays out.

  3. Angela M says:

    Week 4 February 26 – March 4

    February Monthly budget $240 ($60 per week)

    February Costco budget $80 ($20 per week)

    Total Spent Grocery this week: $87.20
    Total Spent this month: $224. 55
    Total Spent Costco this week: $51.85
    Total Spent Costco this month: $51.85
    Grocery left to spend: $15.45
    Costco left to spend: $28.15
    Coupons used: $0
    Coupons to date: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption to date: $0
    Checkout 51 Opening Balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over: $22.95
    Costco carry over: $31.45

    Costco
    Tostitos 4.99
    Popcorner Snacks 5.99
    Doritos 4.99
    Milk 4.25
    Eggs 2.5 doz 5.99
    Babybel 13.49 (instant rebate 2.90)
    Kirkland Greek Yogurt 12.99
    Tax 2.08
    Total Paid 51.85

    Real Canadian Superstore
    Goldfish crackers 5 x 1.77
    Goldfish crackers 2.00 Scan code free
    Quaker cereal 4 x 1.98
    Nacho shredded cheese 5.48
    French onion dip 2.48
    Peppers 4 pack 3
    Bananas .70
    Watermelon 1.98
    Kiwi 1.98
    Grape tomatoes 1.49
    Chicken lunch meat 4.48
    Total Paid 40.35

    Food Basic
    Strawberries 2 x 1.67
    Blackberries 1.66
    Blueberries 3/5
    Mushrooms 3/5
    Bagels 1.49
    Green onions .98
    Total Paid 17.45

    Real Canadian Superstore
    Quaker Cereal 2 x 1.98
    PC K Cups 12.98
    Tortilla chips 2.78
    Bananas .84
    Italian Rolls 5
    Bagels 1.48
    Tax .36
    Total Paid 29.40

    Massive week for us. I had no idea where the budget was, February was a mess with hockey and illnesses. This was the first week where everyone was recovering. I crossed my fingers that we were still on target. Happy to find out that we are under budget for the month. Nice! Time to cook again and have more fresh fruits around. We will see what March brings

  4. Angela M says:

    Week 3 February 19 – 25

    February Monthly budget $240 ($60 per week)

    February Costco budget $80 ($20 per week)

    Total Spent Grocery this week: $51.55
    Total Spent this month: $137.05
    Total Spent Costco this week: $0
    Total Spent Costco this month: $0
    Grocery left to spend: $102.65
    Costco left to spend: $80
    Coupons used: $0
    Coupons to date: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption to date: $0
    Checkout 51 Opening Balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over: $7.50
    Costco carry over: $3.30

    Real Canadian Superstore
    Water 1.97
    Ranch Dressing 2
    Coke Zer0 6.35
    Yoplait Tubes 2
    Cream 1.98
    Hash Browns 2.98
    NN Fish sticks 2.44
    Baby Carrots 1.69
    Grapes 3.12
    Angus Meatballs 7.98
    Cupcakes 1.94
    Tax .83
    Total 35.30

    Real Canadian Superstore
    Milk 4.27
    Stewing Beef 11.97
    Total 16.25

    A big grocery week this week, needed a lot after being gone to our tournament. Still sick, but didn’t waste time with the grocery pickup, last week was so bad. Most of these items are for use right away. The fish sticks were a clearance, but I have until April to use them up and the meatballs were a rain check. It is nice to have something handy in the freezer. The freezer is still pretty stocked right now. Normally we are using it up, but with illness rounding the house again and again we aren’t eating the same way we were previous years. I don’t think the freezer will be defrosted by the end of March this year, but I look forward to doing that before summer.

  5. FEBRUARY 19 – 25
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.54

    STORE: SAFEWAY
    -Chicken Wings, Fries, Drink meal $5.11 (my lunch. Hmm, the price went up)
    Total Out Of Pocket $5.11

    STORE: NO FRILLS
    -2 lb carrots $1.97
    -2 x 200g PC white mushrooms $2.00
    -4 Sweet Red Peppers $2.15
    -Lime $0.34
    -300g Frozen Raw Shrimp $6.00
    -English Muffin Sourdough $1.00
    -3 x Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup (@0.50 each) $1.50
    -2 x Campbell’s Chicken Noodle (@0.50 each) $1.00
    -Bosc Pears (@1.00/lb) $1.52
    -2L Milk $3.43
    Total Out Of Pocket $20.91
    PC Optimum Earned 200 pts

    STORE: KINS FARM MARKET
    -1lb Strawberries $3.49
    -2 x Lg Avocados (@0.79 each) $1.58
    -Cara Cara Oranges (@0.99/lb) $1.39
    Total Out of Pocket $6.46

    POINTS OVERVIEW
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 20741
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: $0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    COUPON APPS
    Checkout51- $6.95

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK
    Total to spend this month : $200 minus overage $17.46
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $0
    Total in-store discounts this week: $0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $0
    Total spent this week: $32.48
    Total spent so far this month: $108.83
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): Wk1-2 under $6.19 + Wk3 under $17.52 = under $23.71
    Total left to spend for the month: $73.71
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46

    FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.54

    STORE: NO FRILLS
    -3 x 1L Chocolate Milk $3.00
    -2 x PC Chocolate Almonds (@4.17 each) $8.34
    -Lays Stax Chips $1.05
    -Tostitos Chips $3.12
    -Bosc Pears (@1.00/lb) $2.35
    Total Out Of Pocket $17.86

    STORE: KINS FARM MARKET
    -Roma Tomatoes (@0.69/lb) $1.10
    Total Out Of Pocket $1.10

    POINTS OVERVIEW
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 20741
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: $0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    COUPON APPS
    Checkout51- $6.95

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK
    Total to spend this month : $200 minus overage $17.46
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $0
    Total in-store discounts this week: $0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $0
    Total spent this week: $18.96
    Total spent so far this month: $127.79
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): Wk1-3 under $23.71 + Wk4 under $31.04 = under $54.75
    Total left to spend for the month: $
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46 + Feb $127.79

    WEEKLY OVERVIEW
    Kinda fell off the bandwagon this week. I was seriously craving sweet/salty snacks. Have also not meal planned last and this week (feeling uninspired). Next week I’m planning to make curry chicken over rice for dinner and using leftovers for lunch. Another dinner idea is pasta with homemade tomato sauce.

    • Same here with our grocery shopping due to the funeral. I’m sure we went to Tim Hortons more than we did anything else. We did manage to pull in a shop though which was nice after all the chaos of the week. Curry is one of my favourite dishes. Do you have freezer space available to store homemade pasta sauce or do you buy it pre-made. We don’t eat pasta any longer at our house but we typically make a big batch of sauce and freeze the extras. Nice to see you thinking ahead of your shop and keep motivated you’ll see at the end of the year what a HUGE difference tracking your grocery shopping and planning will make to your overall financial health. Mr. CBB

  6. Week 8 – Feb 19-25
    Weekly Budget ($140 for a family of 3)
    Total to date: $126.96

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK
    Total Coupons Used: $ 0
    Total PC Points Redeemed:
    Total PC Points Earned:

    STORE: BM Produce
    -Organic Banana $4.82
    -Navel Orange (2) $1.31
    -Zucchini $2.07
    -Ambrosia Apple 5lb $4.98
    -Roma Tomato $0.46
    -Organic Oyster Mushroom $2.98
    -Mandarin Orange $0.47
    -Organic Broccoli $1.68
    -Sweet mini Pepper $2.68
    -Gala Apple 5lb $4.28

    Total Out of Pocket: 25.73

    STORE: No Frills
    -PC Mushroom $1.00
    -Avocado (2) $1.54
    -Broccoli $1.00
    -Green Onion $0.67
    -BOSC Pears (2) $0.87
    -Anjou Pear (2) $1.09
    -Cucumber $1.00
    -Sweet Potato $2.57
    -Yellow Onion 6lb $2.00
    -Bosc Pears $2.68
    -Lime (2) $0.94
    Total Out Of Pocket: $15.50

    STORE: Choices Market
    -Organic Eggs $4.49
    -Silk Creamer (2) $3.98
    -GF Carrot Cake $4.49
    -Yves Veg Winners $3.29
    Total Out Of Pocket: $17.60

    STORE: Costco
    -Mary’s Crackers $6.99
    -Havarti Cheese $12.49
    -Grapeseeds Oil $7.99
    Total Out Of Pocket: $27.47

    STORE: Whole Foods
    -Nature’s Path Granola $3.00
    -GF Bread $4.99
    -Egg $4.69
    -Pork Sausages $3.59
    -Turkey Sausages $9.24
    -Ground Beef $3.95
    Total Out Of Pocket: $29.46

    STORE: Kin’s Market
    -Celery $2.52
    -Asparagus $1.34
    -Grape Tomatoes $2.00
    -Avocado Large (2) $1.58
    Total Out Of Pocket: $7.44

    STORE: London Drugs
    -Hardbite Chips (2) $3.76
    Total Out Of Pocket: $3.76

    Weekly Overview
    Great deal at No Frills. I hope we can get good deals like this week. Costco purchase will last longer and I will need more vegs and fruit next week.

  7. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults -$7800. or $650. a month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

    Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $650
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $40/ 380 Air Miles
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $80/ 760 AM
    PC Optimum Points to Spend: 174,746
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Zweet -$13.25
    Checkout51- $8.50

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    Week 3
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water 0-5.49
    2 Cheez Whiz @3.99
    1 VH soya sauce -2.99, 4 AM
    1 jar gherkins -2.89
    3 cans Hunts tomato sauce @1.49
    2 4l milk @4.27
    1-18 pack large eggs -2.99
    Bananas -1.17
    2 bagels @2.49
    Total out of pocket- $41.50, 6 AM
    No Frills
    1 yogurt -3.33
    1 4l milk -4.27
    2 bags perogies -3.00
    1 pineapple -1.97
    2 chicken nuggets @6.97
    1 bread crumbs -1.99
    Total out of pocket -$28.50
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Crisco- 3.69
    1 plum sauce- 2.88
    1 Ritz crackers -2.00
    4 cans tomato soup @2/1.00
    1 swiss cheese block -5.59
    2 4l milk @4.27
    1 green pepper -1.78
    1 15lb bag potatoes -4.99
    Bananas -1.32
    1 ham -14.37
    1 pork loin- 13.75
    1 loaf bread- 2.49
    Total out of pocket -$28.88, 380 Air Miles redeemed for $40.

    Week 4
    Foodland
    2 Gain laundry @6.99, $3.00WYB2 coupon
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Ritz crackers -1.99
    2 cans pineapple tidbits @1.99
    2 Primo pizza sauce @.89
    2 4l milk @4.27
    1 Baileys Irish Cream coffee creamer- 3.99(not on sale but I got 1.00 from CO51) 3 AM
    4 Stouffers dinners @2.49
    1 3lb bag carrots -2.69
    Bananas -1.51
    1 pack little sausages -4.07, 30% discount saved 1.22
    Total out of pocket- $55.58, minus $40 gift card use, $1.22 discount

    Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

    Total to spend this month : $650
    Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $3
    Total coupons used to date: $14.00
    Total in-store discounts this week: $1.22
    Total in-store discounts to date: $20.21
    Total spent this week: Week 3- 98.88, Week 4- $55.58
    Total spent so far this month: $414.90
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total left to spend for the month: $235.10
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $565.41+Feb $414.90+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    We had the big ham I bought on sale with my cheesy scallop potatoes so that was what I needed the swiss cheese for. So yummy!! The younger boy grabbed the top end of the pineapple I got to try to grow it. His first attempt didn’t work so he’s trying again… looks a little more promising this time. Under for the month again which is nice! I figure using some Air miles once a month or so as I did have a fair number. And I used part of a gift card I was given..Thank you again!! Hubby is on a Ritz cracker kick right now. As he doesn’t usually eat much at meals, he does snack. He will have the crackers, or his raisin bread with peanut butter.
    The pork loin I got was cut into chops and packaged in meal size lots. I’m looking at at least 5 meals. So far I’m one pack and 2 meals down. Makes for some nice tasty and thrifty meals, at least for the boys and I. Hubby might or might not eat.

  8. Mary Campbell says:

    FEBRUARY – Week # 4 of 4- Feb 26-March 4, 2018

    2018 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:

    This is another NO SHOP WEEK at our house! I transferred remaining $0.04 to the Re-Stocking Reserve to zero out our available funds for the month.

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT SHOP WILL BE SOMETIME IN MARCH

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE IN APRIL

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    2018 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $98.82

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 88 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 4 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 22,400 Points

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 380.00 Grocery Budget JAN-FEB

    ($ 67.35) NET RESERVE TRANSFERS

    ($ 312.65) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 0.00 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 329.38 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 192.59 Holiday Season Fund + $260 PC Optimum Points + $10 Dream Air Miles = $462.59
    $ 679.59 Summer Season Fund
    $ 556.87 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 42.32 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,800.75. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $245.80 that we have added in 2018, LESS $206.35 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.

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  9. Mary Campbell says:

    FEBRUARY – Week #3 of 4- Feb 19-25, 2018

    2018 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:

    This is a SHOPPING WEEK but I don’t actually expect to shop again until sometime in March here in Canada and not until April for the USA! I will need milk along the way but I’ll get hubby to keep his eagle eyes open for discounted milk.

    I have decided to use our RCSS gift cards this week though to fund some of our purchases and I am pulling $60.00 cash from our GGC budget and adding it to our Holiday funds to replace the gift cards. Since hubby and I don’t necessarily shop at RCSS for our Christmas and New Years treats, I would rather have cash in our holiday reserve… so that we can shop where we can get the best deals and the best selection.

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 Bananas + 200 Points per $1 Spent
    1 Foremost Cottage Cheese + 800 Points
    1 PC Onion Rings + 600 Points for every $3 spent
    7 cans Campbell’s Beef Consomme + 200 Points per $1 Spent
    4 fresh bakery buns

    Total OOP: $27.71

    ** Earned 5400 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    12 Roma Tomatoes @ $0.98/lb = $2.06

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.06

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    No Frills – Maple Ridge –

    1 pkg of 4 Red Peppers $2.97
    1 pkg of 4 Green Peppers $2.97
    1 Daikon @ $0.78/lb $0.70

    Total OOP: $6.64

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

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    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    2 Ground Turkey @ 2 for $12
    24 Cloverleaf Assorted Flavored Tuna @ $0.88 a can

    Total Re-Stocking Reserve: $33.12

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    Thrifty Foods– Maple Ridge –

    1 Hot Cross Buns – 12 pack (Discounted) $2.49

    1 case of 12 – Bush’s Home Style Baked Beans $14.99

    Total Grocery Budget OOP: $2.49
    Total Re-Stocking Reserve: $14.99

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $9.32 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    No Frills – Maple Ridge –

    4 Dole Classic Salad @ $1 ea
    4 Dole Coleslaw @ $1 ea

    4 Weston Bagels 4 pack @ $1 ea
    4 Planter’s Cocktail Peanuts Roasted with Salt @ $1 ea

    Total Grocery Budget OOP: $8.00
    Total Re-Stocking Reserve: $8.20

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

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    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    2 x 3-pack English Cukes $8.96
    2 Popeye Spinach $2.97
    1 x 500g Roast Beef $9.94
    1 x 500g Salami $8.72
    1 x 500g Montreal Smoked Meat $10.31
    1 x 500g Bologna $10.15
    2 Hickory Sticks $7.14
    3 A & W Diet Root Beer $4.96

    Total Grocery Budget OOP: $60.00
    Total Re-Stocking Reserve: $3.15

    Less RCSS Gift Cards of $60
    Plus Transfer to Holiday Reserve of $60 cash

    ** Earned 22,400 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE IN APRIL

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    2018 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $98.82

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 88 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 4 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 22,400 Points

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 380.00 Grocery Budget JAN-FEB

    ($ 67.31) NET RESERVE TRANSFERS

    ($ 312.65) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 0.04 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 329.34 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 192.59 Holiday Season Fund + $260 PC Optimum Points + $10 Dream Air Miles = $462.59
    $ 679.59 Summer Season Fund
    $ 556.87 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 42.32 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,800.71. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $245.76 that we have added in 2018, LESS $206.35 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.

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