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The Most Expensive Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Mar 26-Apr 1

YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE CONTROL OVER WHERE YOUR DOLLARS ARE SPENT BUT YOU CAN MINIMIZE THE IMPACT BY KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS.

 

What are the most expensive Canadian grocery stores

Why would anyone want to know about the most expensive Canadian grocery stores to shop at? Well, it has been a hot topic on Canadian Budget Binder for a while now so I decided to talk about my experiences over the years.

You may be saying, don’t shop there if it’s too expensive but how do you know if it is and what if there were no other options? Opinions will vary from person to person ranges from person but most likely because it’s easier to avoid them rather than waste your time going to them. The second reason is money is tight for almost all Canadians who are looking for ways to stretch their food dollars.

Sometimes people suffer in silence financially when they’re stuck and others do what they have to do to earn some money just to live. This morning I read an article about how people are pan-handling on the streets of Toronto just to make ends meet since moving to Canada. It’s heart-breaking to read but poverty is out there whether you are Canadian or not, visible on the streets or hiding behind closed doors.

It’s a dilemma no one wants to be in which is why those of you who follow Canadian Budget Binder and watch their dollars really have a sense of where you want to be and where you’d rather not be. It’s a rat race all around us and certainly plenty of cracks anyone can fall into whether you have a high earning job, minimum wage job or no job at all.

 

Who cares what it costs

 

The rare people who don’t care about the amount they spend or what they spend it on are those people I’d love to follow and chat to because I’ve never let loose like that at the grocery store before. What motivates them not to care about the prices? Sounds odd but I’ve always had an intrigue about people who just blow money whether they can afford it or not.

Moving to Canada from another country can be tough especially when you speak a different language and you’re trying to settle in. Not only are you unpacking but you may also be looking for a job and a greater understanding of your new way of life in Canada.

I had no idea about food costs in Canada when I moved here and it took me a few years to get into a spot where I felt confident about prices. The number one thing I did was start couponing, reading flyers and visiting the grocery stores to explore and compare prices. Sounds daft however it was my way of saving our family money and it worked.

It has been two years ago this past week in March when I was thinking about some of the best Canadian grocery stores that I’ve been to over the past 10 years since moving here.  Not much  has changed my views about saving money on groceries and where the best deals are typically found.

On Sunday while we were out doing some running around we stopped off at the bank to pay some bills for my mother-in-law we decided to take a run through Metro. Metro is one of those grocery stores that doesn’t automatically jump to the top of the flyer pile when they arrive in our mailbox.

Why?

Metro is considered one of the most expensive Canadian grocery stores along with a few others that we will talk about later in this post. It had been months since we had last stepped foot in the store and I believe the last time was to cash in a rain check for paper towel and to rent the carpet cleaner.

Then I considered whether price-matching really was a perk when it came to shopping at these expensive Canadian grocery stores and thought perhaps the savings would balance out the extra-costs.

Such as, If you shop at a pricey grocery store and price-match for savings and then purchase other products even if on sale but more expensive than the frugal frills type grocery stores are you really saving that much?

The answer obviously depends on what you purchase and whether it is on sale for the best price of all grocery stores and the amount of price-matching you do. Walmart grocery continues to be one of the top frugal grocery stores for price-matching and being a one stop shop. This is the big deal, price matching and convenience shopping.

 

Most expensive Canadian Grocery Stores vs. Frugal Grocery Stores

 

  • 1 x Bag of Potatoes $5.99 price-match Food Basics $3.99 Savings $2.00 Yay!
  • 1 x Bicks Dill Pickles $4.99 BUT if you bought them at No Frills, Walmart or even Food Basics regular price of the pickles may only be $2.99. This means you are spending $2.00 more than you should be had you bought them at another shop.

This means the savings from the potatoes and the extra costs of the pickles even themselves out in terms of savings dollars. I suppose if your grocery store options are limited then you’re still on board but you’re not gaining or losing anything.

Grocery shopping can become tense for those of you who want to save as much as you can but realize that you can’t depending on where you live and the shops around you. If you live in a small town you may have to shop at the local grocery store which could be one of the most expensive Canadian grocery stores but that’s your only option.

Not everyone drives and getting to grocery stores out-of-town can be challenging even if the savings will be greater.

 

Consider impulse grocery shopping at the wrong store

 

Getting back to our quick trip into Metro it was all about Mrs. CBB looking for Halloumi cheese (yes I had to Google that because I had no idea what it was) for her Keto diet. Apparently this cheese is the bomb for frying or baking in the oven and a must-try. We found it once at Zehrs and the price was a not must-try so we were on the hunt for a better deal.

Halloumi is a Cypriot semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk. It has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled. Rennet is used to curdle the milk in Halloumi production although no acid-producing bacteria are used in its preparation.

While we were there we thought we might as well buy peanut butter for our son since we had already had an active morning at an Easter hunt. We knew it was potentially going to cost us more than had we went to another shop.

Perhaps we were being lazy and should have went to Costco to buy a monster 2 kg jar of Kraft Peanut Butter for $5.99 but we didn’t. You all know as good as I that there would be no walking out of Costco with just a jar of peanut butter. Then again I have seen people walk out with a simple BBQ chicken and that’s all. Oh, the will-power.

We didn’t find the Halloumi cheese, surprise-surprise but we did find the peanut butter and thankfully Mrs. CBB had a $1.00 coupon to bring the pricey down a bit. We paid $4.99 instead of $5.99 for JIF peanut butter which we found at Food Basic the day before doing our grocery shop for the week.

Our first coupon for 2018… 🙂

That’s where we picked up the coupon but not the peanut butter that was on sale for $4.99 which would have made it $3.99. The reason was because we had convinced ourselves that were making the mad dash to Costco to grab it for a better deal but took a coupon just in case.

Grocery shopping truly is a game of savings and in a flash you can spend more money than anticipated whether you shop at the best Canadian grocery stores or the most expensive Canadian grocery stores. Understanding prices is far more important than what’s on sale, especially when you are on a food budget.

You may think it was only an extra dollar we spent on the peanut butter but it was also the time we spent looking for the cheese when Mrs. CBB could have just made a phone call. We then could have drove up the road one minute to Food Basics and picked up a jar of peanut butter or even cringe, Costco our best savings deal.

Truthfully, had we just purchased the peanut butter while we were at Food Basics that would have been our best option as we were already there. Shopping at Costco is not an every week affair for us so that option like I mentioned could have been deadly to our grocery budget but the best option for price.

 

What are the most expensive Canadian Grocery Stores?

 

Over the years I’ve been to every major grocery store in Ontario, Canada to experience everything from marketing, layout, prices, services and so on to compare and write for all of you. Pretty much every major city in Ontario has all the top grocery stores from corner to corner. The small villages not so much but if they are lucky they get a small variety to choose from.

Those grocery stores outside of Ontario, I haven’t been to as I have yet to travel to these places but have had feedback and researched over the years for price comparison. I’m certainly not an expert but I do know that grocery shopping has to be meticulous IF you want the best savings.

I’ve learned that no matter if you have only the most expensive grocery store or not the best way to attack your grocery shopping and meal planning is to base it around what’s on sale and the best price. If you can do without buying something until it does go on sale, even better.

This may not be the best option but when you are working with a limited amount of money it will be your best option outside of driving to a frugal frills store. Consider the gas and time as well which come out of your wallet too. It has to be worth it!

The higher-end grocery stores cost more because you are paying for more services which include bakeries, butcher and a larger variety of products from around the world. They also make sure everything looks and feels meticulous from the lighting, seating, to the music. As well,  offering fresh and of top quality products is critical to their overall success.

You pay for this luxury and some people are willing to do that just because they are grocery snobs and truth is, they are out there. Most of these are umbrella grocery stores under the Loblaws name however placement of these grocery stores in a community is typically strategic as would be any business. Will the business profit?

I haven’t seen too many grocery stores close their doors due to a dying food industry. People need to eat and many will pay what they have to just to get food in their belly even if it is costly. Sad but true however we can add ways to lower the costs involved with food shopping.

 

Top 10 Expensive Grocery Stores In Canada

 

My top picks for Ontario is Metro, Foodland and Longos for most expensive Canadian Grocery stores. The other 7 Canadian grocery stores listed below are tops on my high-end list as well.

  1. Metro
  2. Foodland
  3. Your Independent Grocer
  4. Sobeys
  5. Longo’s
  6. Zehrs
  7. Save On Foods
  8. Safeway
  9. Superstore
  10. Loblaws

 

What the CBB fans are saying about the most expensive Canadian Grocery Stores…

 

We only have 2 grocery stores in our town, Zehrs and Freshco. We shop primarily at Freshco, which is cheaper, and they price match which is nice.- Susan Drouillard

Loblaws is the most expensive in my area. I will price match their specials at Freshco or No Frills. Metro is a close second for top pricesRichard Bradley

Foodland is the most expensive. I only buy their specials and sale items. However, it is also the smallest supermarket in the area which means you do not have to walk ten miles to buy the basics.Thad Thudpucker

I guess our expensive stores would be Sobey’s, Metro, Longo’s, Fortinos and Dennigers. Lately I shop at Lococo, Walmart and Food Basics. I tend to find premium price doesn’t mean premium quality or excellent service or cleanliness.Judy Finch Conte

We have 2 higher end stores here, Foodland and Your independent Grocer. I’ve checked prices as have others I know. Your Independent Grocer is the most expensive of the two. I can manage with Foodland buying mostly sale items and stocking up when things we eat or use are on sale, plus I can walk there as it is across the street. I need to drive to get to YIG to pay higher prices and they have a lot more selection including the Joe Fresh brand clothes as they are a part of the Loblaws chain. I’d rather have lower prices. – Christine Weadick

Here I only have Price Chopper, Shop Rite and Walmart. I shop at Walmart as the prices are quite a bit higher at the other 2. I like Price Chopper’s bakery and their meat counter…but not every day items and regular grocery shopping. I don’t like anything about Shop Rite.Maureen Herman

Your Independent Grocer is our local store, but expensive. It now has a seniors day on Tuesday, 10% off which helps.10 minutes away is a Foodland, still expensive but they carry your bags to your car, which is nice. For restocking, though, I drive to No Frills 20 min away. – Bonnie Brown

Coop and Safeway/Sobey’s are expensive! I do all my shopping at Giant Tiger and for things they don’t have I go to No Frills. Sometimes I will go to bulk Barn if I need a small amount of something like different spice for a recipe.Pat Ciulka

I find metro is so expensive. Independent isn’t far behind. We also have food basics which is lower priced. I usually check both independent and food basics for sales since they are across from each other. Sometimes if I get time I’ll drive 30 minutes to Walmart or superstore to price match (usually superstore for point)Patricia Legault

Safeway, Sobey’s and Coop stores are all a lot more expensive than Giant Tiger, Walmart, Superstore in the city where I shop….here in town…we only have one small Coop and it is really expensive. Colleen Knudsen

Metro would be the most expensive in our area. We did go to Starsky yesterday and they cost a lot too. – Teresa Hodgins

The most expensive store here is Save-On Foods, followed closely by Sobey’s/Safeway. I cringe every time I have to go in any of them looking for an item I can’t find elsewhere. That money seems to go to displays and pretty shelving and arrangements in the different departments (produce, meat, seafood).

I personally prefer No Frills and Superstore not only for the prices but also because it’s less sensory overload, and no matter how ‘pretty’ something looks I’m not going to buy it if it’s too expensive.Tracey Reisch

Discussion: What are some of the most expensive grocery stores in your area or which do you consider expensive? Leave your comments below. I love to hear what my readers have to say!

Mr.CBB

 

March Grocery Game Challenge

 

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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018

 

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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: 2,900,000
  • 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

 

Food Basics

  • Strawberries $2.00 sale1lb
  • Blackberries $2.00
  • Sour Cream $1.99 sale
  • Pears $3.95
  • Bakenetes Pork Rinds $1.99
  • Bear Paws Cookies sale $1.88
  • 2 x Shreddies cereal sale $2.99 each $5.98
  • White mushrooms sale $1.67- 50% = $0.84
  • Grape Tomatoes $1.67
  • 2 x green onion $0.96 each $1.96
  • Green Cabbage $2.47
  • 2 x bags of avocado sale $2.98 each $5.96
  • Romaine Lettuce $2.48
  • Smoked Ham Sausage $4.99-30% = $3.50
  • 2% Milk Sealtest $4.27
  • 6 x Lactancia Cream sale $1.99 each $11.94
  • 6 x Lactancia Whipping Cream 35% sale $1.99 each $11.94
  • 4 x Black Diamond Old Cheddar Cheese  sale $3.88  $15.50 *stockpile budget

Total Out-of-Pocket $66.83

Metro

  • JIF Peanut Butter $5.99-$1.00 coupon = $4.99

Total Out-of-Pocket $4.99

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

  • Total to spend this month : $300
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $15.50
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month  Jan,Feb, Mar $105 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $1
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $2.35
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $67.25
  • Total spent this week: $71.82
  • Total spent so far this month: $228.70
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $71.30
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

Not too shabby of a month but we did do some travelling and probably spent more on eating out then we should since my MIL doesn’t cook much at all so we don’t bother her. We are going to our family Easter this Saturday and we’re making a cheesecake and some sort of salad for the occasion. Mostly all we did pick up this week was on sale or reduced which worked out fine.

How was your week?

Mr.CBB

 

2018 Coupons and Coupon Apps

 

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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 does not include such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014 we no longer included such items in our grocery budget so we could see our actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly.
  • 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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Mr. CBB who was born and raised in the United Kingdom, moved to Canada where he is now a permanent resident. He is also a father to a very active 3 year old boy which keeps him young at heart. He bought his first house at the age of 21 in the UK after graduating University and his second at age 24. Mrs. CBB bought her first house at the age of 30. Both Mr.CBB and his wife are 40-ish year-old finance lovers who accomplished debt freedom before the age of 40. Canadian Budget Binder is a fun, family-friendly place where he shares their financial journey with his readers and hopes to learn about theirs. No silver-spoon just hard work and perseverance. Welcome to Canadian Budget Binder! You've got this!
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Comments

  1. Angela M says:

    Week 4 March 26 – April 1

    March Monthly budget $240 ($60 per week)
    March Costco budget $80 ($20 per week)

    Total Spent Grocery this week: 44.20
    Total Spent this month: $225.50
    Total Spent Costco this week: $0
    Total Spent Costco this month: $229.35
    Grocery left to spend: $14.50 (moved to carry over)
    Costco left to spend: $0
    Coupons used: $0
    Coupons to date: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption to date: $0
    Checkout 51 Opening Balance: $136.55
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0.15 (watch video offer)
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $136.80
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over: $37.45
    Costco carry over: $0

    Food Basics
    Pork Souvlaki 2 x 6.49
    Grape Tomatoes 1.67
    Grapes 2.21
    Large Red Onion 1.41
    Total Paid 18.25

    RCSS
    NN Sour Cream 2 x 1.48
    Milk 4.28
    Naturally Imperfect Peppers 4.99
    Carrots 2.49
    Potatoes 10 lb 1.98
    Broccoli 1.67
    Celery 1.67
    Cauliflower 1.88
    Roma tomato .47
    Cucumber .97
    Hamburger Buns 2.59
    Total Paid 25.95

    Another successful month staying on track. I still see the Costco amount from last week at the top and cringe, but using the Costco and Grocery amount we didn’t overspend. I am happy to say that we have been using all of the Costco items. I do believe that we only have one unopened item on the shelf and that would be the bacon bits, but the ones in our fridge are really almost gone so it was a great shop. This week was small but methodical. We really needed veggies. I used up so much in the last two weeks it was amusing to open the fridge and see absolutely nothing in the vegetable drawer. I have let it go low before, never empty. In the pantry we had some white onions, that is all. We did a lot of price matching to get the price at the Superstore for the freshest veggies which was great. We picked up the souvlaki as we planned that meal with a lot of items we bought at Costco like the tzatziki and feta. We had one can of black olives in our pantry and except for the grapes the entire Food Basics trip was geared around two meals. Expensive to buy souvlaki, I haven’t picked it up in a couple of years. I think I will be watching to see if it goes on sale and freeze some. We ended the month with a little leftover which has been added to our carry over. I am still working on using up freezer items, I really would like to get it empty so I can defrost it (hasn’t been done in years).

  2. MARCH 26 – APRIL 1
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $200

    STORE: NO FRILLS
    -PC Orange Juice $3.73
    -Ginger (@0.97/lb) $0.16
    Total Out Of Pocket $3.89

    STORE: LOCAL ASIAN STORE
    -Green Onion $0.79
    -Soybean Paste $5.59
    -Red Pepper Powder $4.99
    -Korean Pancake Mix $3.49
    Total Out of Pocket $14.91

    POINTS OVERVIEW
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $25.00
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 755
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: 0 (20000 redeemed for household stuff)
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    COUPON APPS
    Checkout51- $6.95

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK
    Total to spend this month : $200
    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: $18.80
    Total spent so far this month: $124.18
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): Wk1-3 under $44.62 + Wk4 under $31.20 = under $75.82
    Total left to spend for the month: $75.82
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46 + Feb $127.79+Mar $124.18

    WEEKLY OVERVIEW
    Made it under again! I’ll be applying to debt again and starting fresh next month. Plus my fridge and pantry is pretty well stocked. Other than some basics, I don’t think I’ll need to buy much next week.

  3. Week 12 –March 26- April 1
    Weekly Budget ($140 for a family of 3)
    Total to date: $175.29
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600

    STORE: BM Produce
    -Banana $3.44
    -Mini Pepper $2.68
    -Yellow Onion 3lb $1.68
    -Green lettuce $2.48
    -Egg $4.98
    -Yam $1.70
    -Apple Red Delicious $0.65
    -Anjou Pear $1.09
    -Green Grapes 4lb $7.80
    -Organic Cherry Tomato (4) $8.00
    -Ambrosia 5lb $4.98
    -Hardbite chips $2.48
    -Cucumber $0.98
    -Mushroom $1.04
    -Lemon (3) $2.00
    *$1 Off Coupon
    Total Out Of Pocket $44.63

    STORE: Superstore
    -NN Quick Oats $4.26
    -Frozen Fruit $5.96
    -Walnuts $4.00
    -Dried Cranberries $1.95
    -Almond Breeze (2) 5.98
    -Nature’s Path $3.98
    -Sweet Potato $2.15
    -Butternut Squash $1.52
    -Kabocha Squash $2.86
    -Organic Banana $2.41
    -Wild Shrimp $7.98
    -Medium Tofu (2) $4.00
    -Hummus $3.29
    -YV Turkey Slice (2) $5.00
    -Olives $6.81
    Total Out Of Pocket $62.25

    STORE: Thrifty Foods
    -Raw Energy Mix $2.44
    -Yogurt $2.00
    -Tortilla Chips $2.66
    -Chicken Breast $10.65 (B1G1)
    -Wild Snapper $6.25
    -Black Forest Ham $3.54
    -Bread $3.00
    Total Out Of Pocket $30.76

    STORE: No Frills
    -Unico Tom Paste (2) $1.38
    -Frozen Corn $1.97
    -Almond Breeze (2) $6.94
    -Potato 5lb $0.97
    -Carrots 2lb $1.47
    -Celery $1.47
    -Spinach $0.97
    *Used $25 gift card
    Total Out Of Pocket $10.15

    STORE: T & T
    -noodle $2.05
    Total Out Of Pocket $2.05

    STORE: Kin’s Market
    -Oranges $1.30
    Total Out Of Pocket $1.30

    STORE: Meat shop
    -Sausages $9.20
    Total Out Of Pocket $9.20

    STORE: Save-on-Foods
    -Salmon $3.71
    -GF Wrap $3.49
    -Greek Salad $5.48
    -Honey Ham $1.62
    Total Out Of Pocket $14.60

    Weekly Overview:
    This week we overspent. We shopped more and got bigger items at Superstore. The good news is we still have lots of vegs leftovers, but we are way too busy to cook from scratch. I try to make the dinners in the morning.

    • What a variety of food you have. The deals at No Frills were great. You can’t beat 5lbs of potatoes for a buck. What do ypu like about your meat shop sausages? Overall you may have spent a bit more but you did well. You are still under for the month. Well done!!! Mr.CBB

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults- $7800, $650/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: $40
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $80(780 Air Miles cash)
    PC Optimum Points to Spend: 179251
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Zweet -$13.25
    Checkout51- $13.5.50

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 12DR Royale TP- 4.99
    1 pack food colour- 2.49
    2 blocks cheese @4.44
    2 4l milk @4.27
    Bananas -1.37
    1 Inside Round beef roast -9.63
    1 WW bread- 2.49
    Total out of Pocket -$48.72

    Walmart
    1 hot chocolate mix- 4.87, 1.00 coupon
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.77
    1bag carrots -2.47
    1 4l milk -4.27
    2 bags frozen peas @2.97
    1 block cream cheese -2.57
    4 pack KD -4.87
    4lbs unsalted butter @2.77
    1 pack ground chicken 6.97, 30% discount 1.74
    Total out of Pocket -$45.50

    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 sliced almonds -4.99
    2 cranberry cocktail @2.49
    2 blocks cheese @4.99
    1 salted butter -4.19
    Bananas -1.25
    1 bagels -3.79
    Total out of Pocket -$35.74

    Canadian Tire
    1 Method gel hand soap- 5.94
    Total out of Pocket -$6.71

    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: $11.08
    Total coupons used this week: $1
    Total coupons used to date: $26
    Total in-store discounts this week: $1.74
    Total in-store discounts to date: $35.84
    Total spent this week: $136.77
    Total spent so far this month: $548.60
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total left to spend for the month: $101.40
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $565.41+Feb $414.90+March $548.60 + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    Another month under! The butter at Walmart was good but by the time I got there all I could find as the unsalted, that’s OK as I use that for baking. It will get used in time, not a big deal. As things tend to rotate through the different stores, I should be able to find it on sale somewhere else in short order. Some things were on the pricey side but it happens. All in all I’m pleased with things so far this year. June will be a tough one as that is strawberry picking time and the boys and I pick lots for jam to get us through the winter.

  5. Week 13 – Mar 23 – 29/18
    Name Your Store: Sobeys
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.00

    Human
    700 g Minute Rice = $4.00

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 6,800
    Total Out Of Pocket: $62.65

    Human
    4 Classico Pasta Sauce = $7.88
    4 Boxes Stuffing = $3.52
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    Cinnamon Raisin Bread = $1.88

    Cats
    9.1 kg Whiskas Hard Food – 4,800 PC Points = $27.09
    2 – 18 kg NN Cat Litter – 2,000 PC Points = $18.01

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $21.55
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $545.56 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $529.24

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $221.41 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $173.52

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $98.00 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $73.73

    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: $40.02

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

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 6,800
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 71,918

    Overview: Took advantage of some specials and PC Points

  6. “…Grocery shopping has to be meticulous IF you want the best savings.” You are so right! I’m in Arizona but it’s just the same here: I think I’m saving on some sale items at the expensive grocery store but inevitably overpay on a staple item or two, negating the savings.

  7. Mary Campbell says:

    MARCH – Week #4 of 4- Mar 26-Apr 1, 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 FOR THE MONTH:

    Happy Easter everyone!

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    I did not feel like grocery shopping this week… so I have money left at the end of the month ($46.48) that I am moving into the GGC Savings reserve. 🙂

    I had planned lots of Easter cooking and baking but I have a broken tooth that I am babying trying to get to my next dentist appointment on April 11th. It has completely changed our holiday menu…stay tuned for soups, soups and more soups! LOL 🙂

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    No Frills – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 2lb Clamshell Mushrooms $2.97

    Total OOP: $2.97

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

    —————————————————————–

    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    12 x 1L Lime Perrier @ $0.98 ea

    Total Re-Stocking Reserve OOP: $11.76

    —————————————————————–

    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    8 Clamato Juice @ 2 for $6 + 25 Air Miles for every 4 purchased

    Total Re-Stocking Reserve OOP: $24.00

    ** Earned 50 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $7.92 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE IN MAY

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

    2018 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $128.94

    •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: 54 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

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

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 570.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MARCH

    ($143.63) NET RESERVE TRANSFERS

    ($ 426.37) Actual CASH SPENT

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

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 273.97 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund

    $ 217.59 Holiday Season Fund + $260 PC Optimum Points ($220 Mary + $40 Larry) + $10 Dream Air Miles + $50 Save On Foods More Rewards ($25 Mary + $25 Larry)+ $50 Loblaws Card ($25 Mary + $25 Larry) = $587.59

    $ 694.59 Summer Season Fund

    $ 601.87 US Shopping Reserve

    $ 88.80 GGC Savings Reserve

    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,876.82. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $392.28 that we have added in 2018, LESS $276.76 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.

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    • Gail Coulter says:

      While I like your article, I have no choice but to shop at Super Store. I am paying for quality which I don’t get in a No Frills or Food Basics for that matter. I find my produce goes and these so-called cheaper stores. Also, on some items, the cheaper stores are just more expensive, and they don’t sell alot of the big ticket I buy regularly.I subsidize the higher prices by shopping at BulK Barn which saves me almost $ 20.00 dollars a month. While its not alot it offsets my costs.

      • Well $20 is lots of money and that’s something I’ve talked about on the blog before. Save money in one area so you can afford to buy the higher priced items. Smart.

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