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The Grocery Game Challenge- March 26- April 1 Final Week

I thought I had better get this up and running so everyone could post their shop. What I might do is post The Grocery Game Challenge by Monday  Tuesday of each week so shoppers can post instead of waiting for me to shop. I will then update this post as we shop to show what’s happening in our grocery budget.  This week is supposed to be a no-shop week for us but we may end up spending a couple bucks. Starting $329.85+8.16+9.85+7.93+43.65= $390.93+ $9.25=$400.18  ouch That’s $ 210.18  over budget for March- Final. We will try even harder next month to stay on track. We stocked up on a few items for summer time that we had coupons for that were expiring.  Sometimes if you have the savings in coupons and there is a sale you have to take advantage and that’s what we did. This week we went to Metro as we were told it is the best place to redeem our FPC’s but it made NO and I repeat NO difference to Air Miles. As a matter of fact  we received 0 Air Miles but the 5 from a coupon we presented that came in the mail. We […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge-March 19-25 Week 4

In light of today being the first day of Spring that means fresh fruit,vegetables and meats will be in our meals more frequently in our home. We love fresh vegetables and fruits for lighter meals in the hot weather. So I thought some juicy red Canadian cherries to be proper as this weeks picture of choice! Well as I mentioned to most of you we will be over budget this month in the grocery budget. I realize that budgets aren’t bullet proof and sometimes we will go over budget- we are human!  We start this week at $244.75 that’s already $54.75 over our $190.00 budget this month.- See all updates at the end of post as this number has changed! There are 2 reasons why we are going over budget 1- We are stockpiling items that are a great price 2- Shoppers Drug Mart 20x point event I don’t know that every time there is a Shoppers Drug Mart event we take part in that we will go over budget but this time we have. We will see our grocery budget eventually go up starting in July as we host students from Europe for the summer. We begin to stockpile items […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge March 12-18 Week 3

This is our weekly grocery shop for March 12- March 18. What was your weekly shop like? Post it in the comment section of this post and you could win a monthly prize of $50 in various Canadian coupons~ see rules and regulations here.  We are now down to $75.09 left to spend for the month on groceries. Let’s see how well we do with this weeks shop.  **Edit** We are over budget already this month. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Money will have to come from our Emergency Savings to cover the overage. I’ll explain why we went over this month in our March Budget Update! Cheers This weeks grocery shop will be challenging for us since we spend a bulk of our grocery budget last week.  Once I tally up all our shops for this week will have a better understanding where we stand. Next weeks shop will be our last for the month as we will do a no-shop week that week. Today we did our first shop of the week at Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up a Sunday/Monday special for Sugar at $1.99. We also stopped in to Zehrs for a few pink sticker deals! […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge March 5-March 11/Week 2

This is our weekly grocery shop for March 5- March 11. What was your weekly shop like? Post it in the comment section of this post and you could win a monthly prize of $50 in various Canadian coupons~ see rules and regulations here. We had this weeks shop planned and knew we would spend more than the $64 a week we have budgeted for on groceries. With the Shoppers Drug Mart Spend $75 get 18,500 Optimum Points we were already over budget. A fan asked what we do when we overspend at the grocery store in our weekly budget. This week was a good example and below was my answer to her. So far we have spent a total of $114.91 which is $50.91 over budget this week and we are still not done shopping. When we spend over budget one week this means we have less to spend in the following weeks. In this case we have $75.09 left to spend for the month $190.00-$114.91. We don’t want to spend more than the $190.00 a month. We will see what happens. We hit up a few stores for our shopping this week Shoppers Drug Mart, Food Basics and […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge March 2012 Week 1

I realized last night after a reader emailed me that March is beginning in the middle of a week. Since we did not do a shop this week I wasn’t going to post the challenge. We only shop 3 weeks a month and leave one week shop free. Since some months can get confusing with them beginning in the middle of a week I thought I should post something. Even though we are not shopping you might be shopping and it’s important to recognize that. So this post is to say, we did not shop Monday  Feb 27-  Sunday Mar 4 but if you do then please post your shop in the comment section below. Once approved I will award you a ballot number for March. The most important parts of this challenge is for you to… stay with-in your budget, show other how well you shopped and used coupons how you did not give in to temptation-tell us.. did you put that big bag of chips back because you didn’t need them? How much did you spend during your shop Were you happy with the outcome Could you improve your shop Congratulations again  to Shelley C our February Grocery […]

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Can we Stick to the Grocery Budget- February 20-26 2012-Week 4

Last week was our first no-shop week and I must say it was difficult. You think it’s easy to say “I won’t shop” but it doesn’t work that way. Temptation is all around us even at the pharmacy or petrol station. Fighting the temptation can be won though. I’m happy to report that we did not shop last week for grocery at all. We did manage to get much more completed with our household to-do list. Sorry I meant Honey do-list. 🙂 We’ve been updating our New 2012 Budget Spreadsheet while transferring over Jan/Feb 2012. We hope to have that available soon. Note: If you are playing the grocery game and want to play for the rest of Feb and March I will draw for 2 winners if I can get 10 or more people to participate for this week. If  not we will start next week for March and this week will be a trial run to get you motivated~ If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, please do that way you won’t miss my posts!  So we have $64.00 to spend this week in the grocery budget. THE RESULTS: We spent a Total Out of Pocket $52.94 We used a Total of […]

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Can we stick to the Grocery Budget Feb 2012 Week 3?

Week: February 13-19 We will not Shop, We will not Shop, We will not Shop Like usual I open the front door and there upon the mound of snow is our weekly flyers. I’m still confused why she avoids the mailbox which is clearly hanging on the wall. Perhaps, she just doesn’t care that my flyers are soaking wet. Changes to our grocery budget in February,2012 has us committed to a “Shop Free” week once a month. The grocery game is a system we use to keep the budget in check. Shop Free week has arrived for us and it’s bitter-sweet. Gazing into the refrigerator I’m amazed to see temperature controls on the back wall. I typically brace for explosion with produce, condiments and beverages. Now that we’ve taken it down a notch it makes me realize how little we need to make it through the week. Our Discovery…….Shop for what you need now, not what you think you will need. Less Food=Less Waste= More Money for the BUDGET You know when you’re at the grocery store and you convince yourself you need ( insert product here). We’ll use Mangos. Reasoning would be … It’s so hot outside and I can […]

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Can we stick to the Grocery Budget February 2012 Week 2?

We did pretty good last week considering it was our first week playing our Grocery Game. The Grocery Game is something we play to bring down the total out of pocket in our monthly Grocery Budget. We challenge ourselves to stick to a budget without giving in to temptation, although temptation sometimes gets the best of us. The tough part is figuring out which week will be our no shop week. One week out of every month we are going to be staying home and doing ZERO shopping. This could prove difficult for us but this is what the challenge is all about. Perhaps I will have to come up with a solution for instance maybe not opening the grocery flyers and tossing them to the bin. I don’t know, that sounds pretty harsh if you ask me. Who know’s what deals we could miss. Well this weeks shop is fairly straight forward; Budget $64.26 Zehrs We wandered around the store but didn’t find anything so we left empty-handed. The store is up the road from our house so we pop in every once in a while to see if there are any 50% off pink stickers. If you shop at […]