The grocery game challenge Dec 9-15,2013 #2: How not to miss in-store weekly specials and deals

in-store-weekly-specials-dealsSPOT THE DEAL AND STOCK UP

 

Not all in-store or unadvertised deals are created equally but when you find a deal sometimes it’s hard to say no, especially if you never find that product on sale.

I don’t know how many times I’ve read the grocery game challenge posts that the fans put up or posts on Facebook or forums about in-store weekly specials and deals and wish I could find them.

Most times we do remember a deal w’vee heard of from someone and while at a store check it out and sure enough it’s on sale but was not in the flyer.

Almost every week when the giant circular bundle arrives at our door we sift through them to write our weekly shopping list according to what is on sale and that is what we shop for exclusively… well we don’t but most people do.

We try our best to stick to our grocery list and for the most part we can but when we spot a too good to pass up deal we grab it while we can, as long as we know we will use it and it will save us money in the long run.

Sometimes that means we go over budget but we always tend to have a cushion (stockpile budget) or work hard in the grocery game challenge to make up for an overage which can be easier said than done.

Looking around is not an option because most shoppers want to get in, get what they need on the grocery list and get out. We do that but we also scan the store for other in-store specials or deals that might be lurking right under our nose.

We’ve even went as far as to scan an item that is listed at regular price on the shelf, not on sale in a flyer but scans on sale. Most often word of mouth is what can score us some great deals.

My mother-in law was alerted to an amazing deal on breadcrumbs that she uses from a friend. The small can of bread crumbs costs $1.29 where the large can just over $3.00.

If you failed to look up while grocery shopping on the top shelf there were cans and cans of bread crumbs reduced in price to $0.99 and they sat there for days because people simply missed them because they failed to look up. What a great deal, she got 12.

Just the other day I told my best friend about the Clear shampoo that was on sale at Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart and Food Basics for $3.99 with regular price maxing out at $7.99 at some grocery stores with a $3.00 off peelie sticker on them. The peelie coupon doesn’t expire until December 31, 2013.

Best part about this deal is that if you are subscribed to Checkout 51 you can get a further $2.00 back when you buy a bottle of CLEAR shampoo this week making them even cheaper or FREE for that matter if you bought 2 bottles on sale with peelie coupons.

We found 10 more bottles yesterday and bought them up because we know that we will be using it at some point in time and even shampoo at the dollar store is not even one dollar in most shops.

 

Weekly savings

 

Most weeks these days our weekly savings comes from in-store weekly specials and deals that were unadvertised or have a 50% off pink sticker or x amount of dollars off because the store wants to move product off the shelves fast because of a quick expiry or new packaging.

I don’t know why most times that some products go on offer but we certainly keep our eyes peeled on the shelves top to bottom scanning price tags which is probably my top tip for finding in-store specials.

When we grocery shop we scan the store that is how we operate when we grocery shop now.  We already know what is on our list so it’s easy for us to scan shelves only looking at sale tags, reduced or blowout tags not wasting our time on regular priced items.

It’s not often we buy an item that is not on sale or reduced so why bother wasting my time looking if it’s not on sale, I likely won’t buy it this time.

So, here we are almost 2 weeks in and we keep finding this CLEAR shampoo on sale at various stores with the $3.00 off coupons and no one seems to spot them on the second to last shelf at most of the stores.

It leads me to believe that we either don’t like the shampoo, don’t look down or are missing great in-store specials because we aren’t keeping the deals or sale or even coupons on our radar while shopping.

While out with my best friend I showed him the shampoo and he bought 8 bottles all with the $3.00 off peelie which he thought was amazing. I notice now that he is always looking around for coupons, deals and reduced stickers so he can save some money in his grocery budget.

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of grocery shopping education just to show people how easy it is to save as long as we keep our ears and most of all our eyes open for unadvertised sales or coupons that might bring the total out-of-pocket on a product lower.

How do you hear about unadvertised sales? Do you tell others when you find them?

Do you stock up when you find a great bargain like the breadcrumbs or hair shampoo?

What are your tips for a successful shopping trip to find the best deals?

 

December grocery game challenge posts

 

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.

The grocery game challenge Dec 2-8, 2013: How often do you go shopping for groceries?

Grocery saving tips

 

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Missed past Grocery Game posts? Catch up on all the latest grocery saving posts below!

 

Food food and more food

 

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Metro

  • 2 x Family Pack of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Sale $8.50 and $8.90
  • 2 x Roast Beef Sale $8.79 and $9.00
  • 4 x Pomegranate sale 4/$5.00 -Buy 2 save $1.00 coupons
  • 1 x Spinach Sale $0.99
  • 10 x Clear shampoo sale $3.99-$3.00 coupons

Total out-of-pocket- $54.16

Zehrs

  • Reduced mushrooms $0.99

Total out-of-pocket $0.99

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 4L 2% Milk $3.99

Total out-of-pocket $3.99

 

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Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38

 

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
  • Total Budget For December $235.00-$10.28 overspend= $224.72
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $30
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $0
  • Total Spent This Week: $59.14
  • Total Spent So Far for December $59.14
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $165.58
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $32.00
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April) $397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 + (August) $182.35 + (September) $255.69 + (October) $196.64 + $245.28 (November) =  $2422.56 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38+$17.24 =$82.62<> This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
  • Weekly Overview: We bought quite a bit of meat this week which drove our budget up but it was a great price. We also picked up the shampoo on sale which was not anticipated but hard to pass up such a great deal.

 

Canadian Coupons Found

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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.

 

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

 

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.

 

  • 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. You can post your shops all month-long.

 

  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?

 

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. 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 more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

 

 

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.

 

  • What is an FPC?

 

An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.

 

 

You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.

 

 

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. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.

You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this t of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.

You’ve made a wise decision.

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December 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget Update

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What happened in December in the CBB House? 

Christmas and New Years have come and gone and now the bills are going to come piling in. Like many others December is a busy month for our budget although we do somewhat prepare for these expenses. We did go over in some categories like clothing for example where Mrs.CBB needed a new winter jacket and pair of winter boots. Both of which we were able to score for %50 off and they are a great quality product. Sometimes it’s worth waiting for those great boxing day sales in Canada. You can actually take that expense of $247.97 and double it and $495.94 would have been what we would have spent if not for the sales.

Our gas was up slightly this month, not over budget but we spent more because we had to travel for the holidays. We also paid a bit more on the mortgage this month to make it an even $154,000 that is left to pay. Yes we have had the cash to pay that in full since last month. I’ll be talking more about this in the next little while. If you live in Ontario you know that the prices for your vehicle sticker have gone up. We had to pick up a plate sticker so we thought why make 2 trips so while we were there we picked up a sticker for our other vehicle for next year. I also picked up some items for work which is fine as I’ve hardly spent anything this year on work materials.

Our grocery expense for December was lower for a couple of reasons

1-We went away for the holidays

2-We spent too much in November so we had to cut back in December

Changes to the Budget This Month:

You won’t see many changes to the budget in December however I just posted adjustments we made to our Canadian Budget Binder 2013 Family Budget. While you are reading our 2013 family budget update don’t forget to enter to WIN $100 cash! You will see how we did in 2012 and what our new figures will be going into 2013. You will also read about why we made the changes to our budget.

December Monthly Overview:

We have 3 Canadian Bank Accounts with our Chequing account being with President’s Choice Financial. We chose PC Financial as one of our banks because we didn’t want to pay any bank fees. We also have never felt the need to see anyone personally inside of a bank but if we do Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) will gladly help us out as PC is affiliated with CIBC.

  1. Chequing- This is where all the bills get paid from.
  2. Emergency Savings- This is where our Emergency money sits.
  3. Savings- This account holds money for projected expenses.

The CBB Family December Budget Breakdown

    • Monthly Budget Total: $5797.85
    • Monthly Net Income Total$8370.79
    • Total Coupons Used (this includes everything such as points redeemed, big box store coupons, not just grocery coupons: $279.06  up from $202.21 in November
    • Projected Expenses: These are expenses we know we will pay for throughout year and save monthly for = $1257.39
    • Total Expenses Actually Paid Out$4997.27

Total Expenses Actually Paid Out Calculated is $8370.79 (total monthly income) –$2116.13 total monthly savings)–Projected expenses $1257.39 = $4997.27

Actual Cash Savings Going Into Emergency Savings Funds$2116.13

Calculated is $8370.79 (total monthly net income) – $4997.27 (actual expenses paid out for the month)–$1257.39 (projected expenses) $2116.13  (Total Savings for December)

The Outcome: December

PE=Projected Expense  is money which is automatically saved each month ready for when the bill comes in or for when you need it as in the example below. We go over our projected expenses at the beginning of the year to set up our yearly budget and adjust as we go along if a new projected expense arises and needs to be added to the budget. This has happened on many occasions but it’s bound to happen as we can’t predict everything we have to pay for over the course of the year. The important part for us is that we are saving for the expense and we no longer have to stress about taking money from our savings to pay for them.

Example: Clothing we budget $10 per month. If we don’t spend it we move it to the projected expenses account. This means we should have $120 per year for clothing to spend. We have to track that expense as we spend it.

  • A/C Service /Maintenance- PE $12.50 Spent $0
  • Allowance $15.00  Spent $41.75
  • Birthday PE $10.00  Spent $0
  • Car Repair/Maintenance PE $23.50  Spent $160.03
  • Christmas PE $25.00  Spent $332.91 (300 yr budgeted)
  • Clothing PE $10.00  Spent $247.97 (wow!)
  • Dentist/Prescriptions PE $5.00  Spent $47.61  (will get most reimbursed)
  • Electricity/Water PE $153.05  Spent $344.82 (This bill comes every 2 months)
  • Entertainment-$7.00  Spent $15.80 Over $8.80 (party animals that we are)
  • E-test PE $4-Spent $39.55
  • Extra Mortgage Payment 5 week- PE- $101.26 Spent $0
  • Furnace/Hot Water Rental PE$112.38  Spent $112.38 (This bill is every 3 months)
  • Union Gas (domestic)-$59.19  Spent $58.21
  • Gasoline/Diesel (vehicle)-$192.00 Spent $185.66
  • Grocery- $190.00 Spent $71.02 Play The Grocery Game With us to Save!
  • Home Maintenance PE $329.00 Spent $83.92
  • Car/Home Insurance-$205.17 Spent $205.17
  • Income Tax Filing PE$2.50 Spent $0 (this may change in 2013)
  • Investment-$767.00 Spent $767.00
  • Licence Renewal Fees PE $11.84 Spent $0
  • Life Insurance-$135.05 Spent $135.05
  • Lottery-$12 -Spent-$14.50 Over $2.50 (2 free plays added encore)
  • Membership/Club/Sports PE $6.00 Spent $0
  • Miscellaneous-$125.00 Spent $113.56
  • Mortgage-$1389.12 Spent $1712.39
  • Parking-$5 -Spent $0
  • Pet PE $83.33 -Spent $0
  • Property Tax PE $287.45 Spent $0
  • Emergency Savings-Saved $3373.52 (this includes PE)
  • Vehicle Sticker PE $16.00 Spent $179.00
  • Cable/Internet/Cell/Home Phone-$146.19 Spent $146.19
  • Work Tools PE $50 Spent $105.16

Overall: We are happy with our December numbers. We are hoping with the budget changes for 2013 that we will make an even bigger difference come January 2014.

Check in at the beginning of  February 2013 to see how we made out in January 2013!

Question: Did you make any changes to your budget for January 2013?

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 24-30, 2012~Boxing Day

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Boxing Day Deals kept piling up in our shopping cart today but that’s OK we planned to pick up some great deals and we did. Not everyone fancies going out for boxing day but for us we were pretty sure it would save us some money. I’m guessing many of the people working on boxing day were just as anxious to pick up deals. Our cashier at Canadian Tire told us that she wants to pick up a few things after her shift if there’s anything left. There was a great deal today spend $60 and get a $15 spending card so I don’t blame her. They were pretty much throwing money back at us and we used every bit of it. We planned to be at Sears for 6 am when they opened but that didn’t happen. Laziness kicked in and we just didn’t give  a toss when we got there because we thought if we find what we want great but we’re not running out at stupid-o-clock for a deal. We finally made it out by noon with a Tim Horton’s coffee in hand and made our way to the mall, Sears, Value Village and Canadian Tire. I personally don’t see the difference opening so early and why regularly scheduled hours are any different. The customers will come whether it’s 6 am or 9 am because if there’ s money to be saved they will come knocking.

Since we are away on holiday for Christmas we won’t be buying any food this week. We also will be taking home tonnes of leftover food from the relatives that will keep us going for a few days. There’s nothing wrong with leftovers in our house. We ate some pretty awesome food this week including a panettone eggie bread with maple syrup. If you want this elegant holiday recipe keep an eye on the blog so you don’t miss it.

This is the final grocery game challenge post for December 2012 and I’ll be posting the winner in first grocery game post for January. If you read the grocery game rules again you will see I made changes to the template. I added in some other figures that Mrs.CBB and I want to track for 2013.  I typically ask for the posters to copy paste the template at the end of their shop so I can see the numbers. This is not only for me and other fans but for you to track your progress all year-long.

I can’t believe almost an entire year has passed since we start posting the grocery game. I’ve had some amazing fans jump aboard and post their shops with me to help them stick to their grocery budget. So many people would email me to ask me the same question “how much should my grocery budget be?” and the answer is simple.. depends on your overall budget and what’s left after paying your fixed costs. I know with 2013 just around the corner that our budget will increase for food which means we will work even harder this year to come up with frugal recipes along with sticking to the budget. I hope you hop on board with all of us. Tell your friends about the grocery game so they too can save money in the budget. This is the place where we motivate each other to stick to the second highest cost in the household, groceries.

Our Purchases

Shoppers Drug Mart
  • 1x Milk $4.19
  • Total Out of Pocket $4.19

 Our Grocery Game Challenge Results 

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $84.23 (For the month of Dec)
  • Total Coupons Used this Week:$0
  • Total Scanning Code of Practice: $0
  • Total Spent This Week:$4.19
  • Total Spent So Far for December: $24.28+38.36+$4.19+$4.19=$71.02
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $N/A this month
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $13.21
  • Total Coupons Used This Month : $8.54+23.57=$32.11

Overall: We spent under budget this month but that’s ok as we know we spent more on groceries over the course of the year than we should have. I’ll have the final numbers in an upcoming post as well as our plan for 2013. It’s going to be a better year for us now that we know our spending habits. How about you?

FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.

  • 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. You can post your shops all month-long.

  • Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

There are many places you can find Canadian Coupons whether it be in store or via the mail.

Canadian Coupon Match-Ups- Match your coupons with flyer sales!

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups  of the week from around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better.

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 10-16, 2012 -2 Weeks Until Christmas!

The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 2012

The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 2012

The Grocery Game Challenge is drawing to a close for 2012 and Christmas festivities are about to begin in 2 weeks time. What a year it has been for all who have joined in to post their grocery shops with us. I’ve heard so many great stories from all of you about how some of you have lowered your grocery budget and have made better choices when grocery shopping. Others were able to stick to their budget and continue to strive and set goals for 2013. As the next couple weeks roll in and the festivities start to come to a high this challenge will still be posted so please check in or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss posting your shop.

If you haven’t had a chance please read a guest post I wrote for my mate John at Frugal Rules titled 10 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget. It really does showcase all the tips we’ve learned this year from all of you and from understanding our shopping habits. When the New Year comes in I will be posting a brand new year of The Grocery Game Challenge and this is the perfect time to join because you can track a full year of shopping with us. I’m excited to have everyone on board and ready to save money so they can put those savings towards other debts, help fund their retirement or other goals.

If you are like us and use coupons you might have alot of Free Product Coupons due to expire the end of December. We have about 10 or more so we are trying to use them up this week and next. Since we went way over budget in November I said in December we would try to make up for it leaving us a budget for 2 of $84.23 . Last week our Grocery Game Challenge shop totalled $38.36 leaving us $45.87 to spend.

What are your goals for your grocery budget for 2013? Will you post your grocery shop in the Grocery Game Challenge all year-long with me?

So without any more chatter here is what we spent yesterday!

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 1x Milk $4.19

Total Out of Pocket $4.19

Food Basics

  • Oranges $2.00
  • Case of Water Sale $2.44
  • 3x Lactancia Cream Sale $1.99-$0.75

Total Out of Pocket $8.16

Wal-Mart

  • 2x EggNog Sale $1.24

Total Out of Pocket- $2.48

Metro- received 2 Air Miles YA!

  • 3x Meat Tortellini 1KG reg $5.49 Sale $1.99
  • 1x Meat Ravioli 1KG Reg $5.49 Sale $1.99
  • 1x 500g Gay Lea Cottage Cheese $3.59- FPC=FREE
  • 1x Barilla Pasta Sale $0.97- $0.75 Coupon from insert =$0.24
  • 2x Timothy Coffee- $7.99-FPC’s= FREE
  • 1x Colgate Toothpaste Opti-White Sale $1.99-$1.00=$0.99

Total Out of Pocket- $9.45

Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results for Mr. and Mrs. CBB

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $84.23 (For the month of Dec)
  • Total Coupons Used this Week:$23.57
  • Total Scanning Code of Practice: $0
  • Total Spent This Week:$24.28
  • Total Spent So Far for December: $24.28+38.36=$62.64
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $N/A this month
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $21.59
  • Total Coupons Used This Month : $8.54+23.57=$32.11

Overall: Not too bad this week as we really don’t need too much but need to use up some FPC’s. We had a binder clean out and found so many great coupons that we hope we can use mainly for health and beauty and laundry but only if we find some great sales. I’m optimistic we will make it to the end of the month on this small budget.

Some Coupons we found this week!

coupons at Zehrs Dec 2012

coupons at Zehrs Dec 2012

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FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.

  • 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. You can post your shops all month-long.

  • Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

There are many places you can find Canadian Coupons whether it be in store or via the mail.

Canadian Coupon Match-Ups- Match your coupons with flyer sales!

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups  of the week from around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better.

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 3- Dec 9, 2012 Festive Preparation

Barilla Pasta Sale $1.00- $0.50 coupon

Barilla Pasta Sale $1.00- $0.50 coupon

It’s a few weeks before Christmas now and the festive preparation has begun starting with our Holiday Snowballs and tonight Peanut Butter Balls. This is the first post for the December Grocery Game Challenge and I welcome all new fans that are joining in from wherever you are in the world! As I mentioned in my November Budget Update yesterday next year we will be making changes to our Christmas Budget.  Just when we thought we had it sorted out we were thrown another curve ball yesterday. This is where we feel the pressures of the holiday season but should be ready. One of our family members came up with the idea to have a “gag gift” for everyone to open on Christmas Eve. She says the amount to spend is $10 which is fine but we did not budget for this expense. Although it is only $20 total for the both of us it’s more money we need to factor in for next year, just in case. The Christmas season is so unpredictable that we will really take a look at our Christmas Budget to make it as realistic as we can. Any left over money can go towards boxing day sales or into our savings. It’s better to be safe than having to put it on credit if you don’t have to. 

Today I am putting up the Christmas Decorations and I can’t wait to tell you all about it… shhh.. that means a Christmas Blog Post is coming up soon!

So, since we went WAY over budget in November it didn’t leave us much to spend for December.  We have a total of $190 per month to spend and in November we spent a whopping $295.77 mainly due to stockpiling products that were on sale.  I’ll touch more on this topic in the new year and what we will do about our stockpiling budget. I know it sounds like alot of budgeting and it is but it’s worth it. In December we are now left with $84.23 to spend. Here’s to hoping we can pull this off!!!

Do you find you spend more money in your grocery budget in November and December?

Grocery Game Challenge Results

If you missed a couple of great posts that I put on Facebook yesterday about saving money on groceries, check them out below. My friends Kim from Eyes on the Dollar who plays the grocery game challenge and Catherine at Plunged in Debt (who doesn’t but I think we should all motivate here so head to her blog and corner her, lol) posted ways to save on groceries and mentioned our Grocery Game Challenge.  While you are there enter the $100 Give-away!

OK, down to the nitty-gritty!!!

Total to Spend $84.23 for the entire month, oh my!

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2x Egg Nog Sale $1.99
  • 4x Neilson Cream Sale $1.99

Total Out of Pocket $11.94

Food Basics

  • 8x Barilla Pasta Sale $1.00- .50 coupons
  • 3x white mushrooms Sale $1.00
  • 1x bag of carrots 3lbs Sale $1.50
  • 1x 5lb Russet Potatoes Sale $1.50

Total Out of Pocket $10.00

Wal-mart

  • 2x Christie Crackers (Christmas) Sale $1.67- $2.00 coupon wub2
  • 6x White Granulated Sugar Bags Sale $1.76
  • 1 bag of Onions- Sale $1.47
  • 5 limes $1.66 or $0.33 each
  • Lettuce Sale $1.00
  • 2x Dempsters Farmhouse Bread $FREE with coupon

Total Out Of Pocket- $16.42

Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results for Mr. and Mrs. CBB

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $84.23 (For the month of Dec)
  • Total Coupons Used this Week:$8.54
  • Total Scanning Code of Practice: $0
  • Total Spent This Week:$38.36
  • Total Spent So Far for December: $38.36
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $N/A this month
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of December: $N/A this month
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $45.87
  • Total Coupons Used This Month : $8.54

Overall: I think we may be pushing our limit this month but with all the food in this house there is no reason we can’t do this. The hard part is if a bloody good deal comes up that we have coupons for.

December Canadian Coupons 2012

December Canadian Coupons 2012

Canadian Coupons we Found while out and about yesterday Dec 3,2012 at Food Basics, Metro and from the Ingredients Magazine that comes in the mail! Click HERE to sign up for your free magazine subscription. It’s an EXCELLENT magazine for recipes and coupons!

Free ingredients mag

Photo Credit: Ingredients Magazine

Our November Grocery Game Challenge Winner is………….. #43 ADELINE!!! Congratulations….

It's Not About How Much Money You Make It's How You Spend It

FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.

  • 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. You can post your shops all month-long.

  • Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

There are many places you can find Canadian Coupons whether it be in store or via the mail.

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