Is one cent a grocery price savings? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 31- Apr 6, 2014

grocery price savings one centDEAL OR NO DEAL?

 

Pack it in for the one cent day coming to a grocery store near you.

Now if it were the million dollar penny that might be a different story but it’s far from it.

We always have our eyes peeled on grocery prices when shopping but this was one deal that had us a bit stumped.

Now normally a good deal is too good to miss so when I saw this latest deal I was more than a little confused. It’s not only grocery stores posting one cent savings we’ve seen it on Facebook with airline bookings as well.

While out shopping with my wife at the supermarket I came across a deal that looked strange to begin with.

The small pack of donuts in the picture above were originally marked for $1 but there was a one week sale on that no one could resist, What was the deal? Well it’s clear from the photo that you could save a whole 1 cent.

Wow I hear you cry, that’s not a particularly good deal at all. That’s what initially thought until I got thinking about and then realized that there is NO DEAL, or is there?

 

One cent savings

 

Since the Canadian Government phased out the penny coin last year getting a product for 99 cents has become all but impossible. Unless of course there is a new penny I’m not aware of but I’m pretty sure there isn’t.

Due to rounding up or down at 99 cents or a dollar the price remains exactly the same due to the rounding up. This would be true if the same deal was applied to most food products as they are tax exempt, so what would be the point?

If you add the 13% tax as a convenience food then things look a little different. The original price becomes $1.13 rounded up to $1.15. Take the 99 cents and apply the same rule and you get $1.1187 or $1.12 rounded down to $1.10. So now you have a 5 cents difference.

I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy, mistake or clever cunning by using the rounding rule to actually sweeten the deal as such and further discount the item without having to apply a discount of 5 cents.

Now I’m wondering if we will see deals like this more and more as the rounding rule applies to the tax collected from products sold. This then would affect the government’s tax collection and not the profit margins of companies.

This way the company only has to lower its $1 products by a single cent and the rounding rule gives the customer the rest of the discount.

I’m sure if this does become an issue that affects the government’s pockets they would certainly look into it. So, unless I’m missing something I still have to question is one cent a grocery price savings, deal or no deal?

What do you make of this one cent savings?

 

April 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. :)

This will be a 5 week month of grocery shops for us but you can shop as much as you need and post as you need per grocery game post as you will always get a ballot.

Congratulations to ballot #8 Mary….. you are the March Grocery Game Winner!!! Please email me with your address.

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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

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

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

NEW!! You can now download the FREE Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…… Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget.. check it out!

 

Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

shopping-cart-short-cash

Food Basics

  • Bananas $2.36 Sale $0.57lb
  • Green Beans Sale $0.99lb $2.96
  • Navel oranges Sale $0.99lb $3.48
  • 12x Gold Seal Tuna Sale $0.99ea.
  • 2x Lactancia cream Sale $0.99-$0.75
  • 1x Lactancia whipping cream Sale $2.49-$0.75
  • 2 x bags of Spinach Sale $0.99 ea.
  • Panko breadcrumbs Sale $0.99
  • Yellow onions Sale $0.99
  • Pacific Salmon $10.00
  • Red Peppers Sale $1.42
  • Pollock fish $10..

Total out-off-pocket $60.79

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x dozen eggs Sale $1.99

Total out of pocket $3.98

Metro

  • 2 x Shreddies cereal Sale $1.99
  • Kumato Tomatoes Sale $2.99
  • 2 x Old Spice body spray Sale $2.50
  • 4 x Tasters Choice instant coffee Sale $4.99-4.00
  • 3 x pkgs of chicken breast Sale $9.11, $7.97, $8.40 – $20.00 of this is stockpile for the month leaving $5.48
  • Gardein frozen chicken fingers Sale $3.99- FPC

Total out-of-pocket $56.98-$20 (stockpile)=$36.98

 

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Grocery shop results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 March $235.00-$20.82=$214.18/4=$53.54
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $6.25
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $33.75
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $20.00-$20.00=$0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $101.75
  • Total Spent So Far April: $101.75
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $48.21 over
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $112.43
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $
  • Weekly Overview: We loaded up on eggs, veg, chicken and fish this week and used some coupons that were just about to expire at the end of March. Overall a good shop but that doesn’t leave us much for the month to spend.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

coupons April 2014

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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

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 Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

 

Money-quote

 

Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder?

What if the customer ahead of you was short cash?:The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Mar 24-30,2014

short cash shopping cart WalmartWOULD YOU PAY FOR THEM?

 

The last thing you want to have happen while paying for your groceries is that you are short cash.

Not everyone has a credit card to pay for groceries to pick up the perks nor do they care to use a debit card to pay transaction fees where applicable.

In fact many people use a cash envelope system to budget their expenses and the grocery budget is included.

This means that they carry only a certain amount of money with them when they go grocery shopping. Most times they keep this money in an envelope or a separate area.

If you are someone who only carries cash while grocery shopping being short  cash at the check-out can be embarrassing for some and for others they simply wave it off as no big deal.

Deep inside though we wish we didn’t have to put items back once they are already scanned through. Having enough money to pay for whatever we need at the grocery store is important but not everyone is that fortunate.

Planning a grocery shop using the sale flyers, coupons and other savings avenues such as Checkout51, Cart Smart and Snap Saves is reality for many people and not just because they don’t have enough money to spend but because they want to save money.

The further you can stretch the grocery dollar the better because that means you can buy more of what you need instead of coming up short on cash. To be honest being short on cash can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.

Heck it’s happened to me so many times I can’t even count but it’s for various reasons. Some places don’t accept credit cards, debit cards and only cash for some bizarre reason.

I’m sure many of you can think of places that say their machines are always broken and only take cash. I often wonder how much of their sales gets declared to the tax man.

 

Short cash

 

For many cash is King and that means they never leave home without it or they make that special trip to the bank to remove cash from their bank account or take advantage of cash back at various stores.

What happens if you are grocery shopping with cash, no debit or credit card and the cashier tells you that your order is $65.00 yet you planned your grocery shop according to your list to ring up at $60.00?

It happens and I’ve seen it happen before where someone is standing in line digging in every pocket imaginable or emptying out their purse in hopes of finding hidden coins or bills. I’ve seen on many occasions customers who are short on cash including myself just tell the cashier to take an item off the grocery bill so they could afford the bill.

On the very rare and I mean rare occasion have I seen a customer in the grocery line behind the customer who is short cash speak up and say, “Here, don’t go without I’ll cover the rest for you”. I think it’s amazing that someone would do that for a complete stranger who was short on cash and many people would likely accept and say thank-you.

What happens when you have that one customer who says “I don’t need your money I have more than enough I just didn’t bring my purse or wallet with me” and gets upset with you? Some people would actually take offense to this kind gesture observing it as they think they are poor or don’t have enough money in the bank to pay for food.

You know you will never win in this situation but do what your heart and head tells you to do. If they will be rude then so be it your gesture was of kind nature just so they didn’t have to return product. I’ve had cases where I’ve offered coupons to a customer because they had the item in their shopping cart and was spoken to rudely.

 

Talking to strangers

 

We both love talking to people at the grocery store whether we talk to them first or they talk to us. We always take a minute to see if we will learn something new or help someone else learn something they didn’t know before they went grocery shopping.

It’s amazing how many people take pride in success and having money or wanting people to believe they have money and can take care of themselves. Just last week we spotted a shopping cart at a grocery store filled with pink sticker 50% off items.

A little old lady who was pleasant started asking us questions about products. She wanted to know if we tried them and if we thought the prices were good. We happily told her what we thought of the products she asked.

Her shopping cart was filled with bottles of Heinz Ketchup with pink stickers. Needless to say she got it all at a great deal. Later on after she checked out and was packing her groceries my wife went over to chat to her and ask how much she ended up paying for the ketchup because none of the products had original prices.

She wasn’t sure so she pulled out her receipt for my wife to look at. My wife told her that she got a great deal on the ketchup and the little old lady said her husband would be so happy because he loves ketchup.

She asked my wife if we got a bottle because she assumed she took it all. My wife said no and the little old lady offered to give her a bottle for free. For free, that’s right and my wife was a complete stranger.

My wife said thank-you to her and she said, thank-you for chatting with me. It’s amazing how if you take a moment to be kind to people you never know what will come out if it. Some people just want to chat and others don’t have a minute to live because they are going at a hundred miles per hour.

 

Your decision

 

I believe these people over-think situations especially like the two I explained above and take it from a kind gesture to something way out in left field that leaves others shaking their heads.

You try to do something nice but get shot down. Sadly in life that’s the way it goes so keep smiling and live life the way you want to live it.

If you want to pay if forward and pay for someone’s coffee ahead of you or help someone out who is short cash do what feels right. If they don’t accept your kind gesture someone else would be more than happy to one day.

For me I’d help out as much as I could but to a certain extent. I’m not going to pull out my credit card to pay $100 that a customer is short on cash.

If they are short $10 I’d likely have no problem helping them out. I mean it doesn’t happen every day and doing something nice makes me feel good inside especially when I know I’ve made someone else’s day.

Hang on to your money and share it with those that clearly won’t mind that helping hand when they come up short cash or simply pay it forward.

Have you ever pitched in some money if the customer ahead of you was short cash?

How much would you be willing to help out?

 

March 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. Next Tuesday I will have our March Grocery Game winner posted!! Stay tuned and post your shops! :)

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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

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

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

NEW!! You can now download the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…… Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget.. check it out!

 

Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

shopping-cart-short-cash

No Frills

  • 2 x Grape tomatoes Sale $0.97 ea.

Total out-of-pocket $1.94

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x Schneider’s Bacon Sale $3.49
  • 4 x 2% milk Sale $3.97 ea.
  • 2 x Breyer’s Ice-cream Sale $3.49 ea.

Total out-of-pocket $30.84 plus we received 8000 Shoppers Optimum points =$10.00 on regular redemption

Food Basics

  • 2 x Fleecy Fabric softener Sale $2.88 ea.
  • 1 x Plain Yogurt Sale $1.99
  • 2 x spices Sale $0.99 ea.
  • 2 x rapini Sale $1.67 ea.
  • 1 x Cauliflower Sale $1.66
  • 1 x reduced mushrooms $1.49
  • 1 x double pack of cantaloupes reduced $1.49
  • Case of spring water Sale $1.97
  • Tomatoes on the vine Sale $1.52
  • Premium Bananas Sale $0.57lb $1.40
  • 4 x Danone Yogurt Sale $1.99 each – $1.50 wub2 coupon x 2
  • Baby carrots 2lb Sale $1.95
  • 3 pack Romaine hearts Sale $1.95
  • 3 x Bavarian Multi-grain bread Sale $1.99 ea.
  • 1x Reduced Produce Mangoes $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $40.33

Zehrs

  • 2 x Parmigiano Regianno Cheese from the wheel $9.95 and $8.20
  • Cremini mushrooms $3.99-50%
  • Real Lemon Juice sale $2.99

Total out-of-pocket $31.33

 

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Grocery shop results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 March $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $3
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $27.50
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $17.94 (chickpeas dry) + $2.06 (beef) =$20.00
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06
  • Total Spent This Week: $104.44
  • Total Spent So Far March: $27.69+ $69.33+$54.36+$104.44=$255.82
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $20.82 over
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $20.82 over
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.00-$255.82=-$20.82
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: -$20.82
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $
  • Weekly Overview: We went over budget this month but no surprise given the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese which was an amazing price at 50% off. We also participated in a Shoppers Drug Mart grocery event where you spend $30 on grocery get $10 in Shoppers Optimum points. The bacon and ice-cream was on sale at Shoppers so we decided to add that to the cart. We don’t normally buy ice-cream but have had enough of this snow and besides a treat is nice once in a while instead of going on to pay for a cone. The cone would likely cost you the price of a tub of ice-cream. We do have 2 $5 Chapman’s ice-cream coupons but one expires in December and the other in 2015 so we have plenty of time to use them up. So after the $10 in points we got back we are actually only over the $10.82 but since we don’t physically have the cash we will treat is as we went over.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

 

Canadian Coupons Grocery Game Challenge

 

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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

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 Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

 

Money-quote

 

Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder?

 

Do full-price items make it into your grocery cart? : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Mar 17-23, 2014

full price grocery shoppingYOU ACCEPT PRICES OR YOU DON’T

 

Grocery shopping for full-price items makes us cringe but the reality is in some cases you either accept the price or you don’t buy it.

At the end of the day it’s either you can afford it or you can’t. If you can’t you don’t buy it and find a cheaper alternative or knock it on the head altogether, if you can.

Should I or shouldn’t I?

Sometimes when I see people staring at a product in their hand I wonder what they are thinking to themselves.

Let’s face it we all talk to ourselves when we grocery shop, admit it.

Is this good for me? What are the ingredients? How many calories? What does it cost? Or should I buy it or not?

I often think questioning purchase price is the burning question in shoppers minds when they are holding products with a confused look on their faces. Who knows?

Many times we convince ourselves that we will find it cheaper even if we have rumbled through the sale flyers for the week.

We know that it might mean going from shop to shop looking for an item on sale. One product that we go through lots is cheese and without coupons it’s hit or miss with the cheese sales.

Mind you they do come out often but when they do it’s time to stock up otherwise face paying outrageous prices for a 500g bar of cheese.

Who pays $8.99 for a block of cheese that goes on sale for $4.77? The customers that don’t stockpile or simply are out of the product and need it for whatever reason, that’s who.

 

Full-price shopping

 

An example of full-price shopping we did would be a bottle of Tylenol we bought once. We needed to get Tylenol and the prices were astronomical. It was one of those times you wished you had a coupon for medications.

Funny enough we used to always have loads of coupons for pain killers but since we can’t order from SC Johnson any longer we haven’t really went online to look.

We are not big fans of printable coupons as we tend to get hassled more often than we use them. So we just forget about them.

If and when more retailers find a way to combat those people who are cheating the system with printable coupons we may change our minds.

We also don’t like those fancy install coupon printers for our computer for every bloody company out there. There has to be an easier way, plus ink costs money.

Who is saving the money now, you or the manufacture when they don’t have to pay to print thousands up thousands of coupons?

Anyhow, back to the Tylenol.  We needed it no matter what so whether we paid full-price or found it on sale it would make its way into our shopping cart.

Unless you want to waste time looking for a cheaper price you may have to do like us and pay full-price for the product or you do without. The problem is there are products out there that we can’t do without and many of them never go on sale meaning we pay full-price for them.

I know there are times when we pay full-price for an item like the Tylenol and a month later or even a week later a coupon comes out but there’s nothing you can do but grin and bear it.

Coupons are great for reducing your grocery budget as is using flyers to make a grocery list but when it comes to specific items having to pay full-price is the only way if you want the item. Another example we talked about last week were people who grocery shop in a rush and pay full-price for items.

Those grocery shoppers get what they shop for and nothing more. They are the grocery shoppers that these places rely on with full-price costing to balance out those getting the sales or the lost leader products that they sell just to get you through the door.

 

Suppliers have a say

 

Even now suppliers are fighting back saying they don’t want the grocery stores advertising their products as loss leaders just to grab customers.

Putting a strict product price on items may be in the future for some items and I certainly can see a war happening either between the grocery stores and the manufacturers or between grocery stores in general.

Either way they are fighting for top spot and for the customer’s attention. They know that if they put the right items on sale that you will shop with them which means all those full-price (I call them over-priced) items you will buy because you are already there.

Let’s face it, many families don’t have time to run from shop to shop looking for deals. Sure you can price match but only at select stores.

Our favourite grocery stores aren’t always the stores we like to price match in. To be honest we don’t really find Wal-mart to be any cheaper than other shops with various products so it’s all hit or miss. Whether you decide to pay full-price for an item or just wait it out is up to you.

If you have company coming over for dinner tonight last-minute and need to run out to pick up some groceries will you be fussy about whether you are paying full-price for snack items and other grocery items? Most often people just put the items in their cart, get in and get out.

They have the planning head going on and making sure that their guests are comfortable and have all the food and drink they need is priority. Mind you, if you plan a dinner party this could be much different.

The point of this post is there are times when we have to either pay full-price for products or we simply do without or go hunting around for the best current price for that week.

You never know what stores don’t advertise in the flyers but you also don’t want to waste your time and gas running around on hope.

Do you pay full-price for items sometimes? Why?

 

March 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.

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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

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

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

NEW!! You can now download the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…… Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget.. check it out!

 

Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

shopping-cart

No Frills

  • Strawberries 1lb x 2 Sale $1.44 each
  • Bananas Sale $0.57 lb. x 2 lbs
  • Cantelope Sale $1.47
  • Vlassic pickles Sale $1.88 x2
  • Cucumber PM Freshco $0.69

Total out-of-pocket $9.94

Food Basics

  • Scotties tissue Sale $3.88
  • Cheese bars Old x 3 Mozzarella x3 Sale $4.44

Total out-of-pocket $30.52

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 3 x Sealtest Milk 4L $3.97 each
  • 1 x dozen white eggs sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $ 13.90

 

Grocery shop results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 March $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $24.50
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $17.94 (chickpeas dry) + $2.06 (beef) =$20.00
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+
  • Total Spent This Week: $54.36
  • Total Spent So Far March: $27.69+ $69.33+$54.36=$151.38
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.00-$151.38=$83.62
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $
  • Weekly Overview: We didn’t need too much this week as we are still working our way down the freezer. We might look into investing in 2 medium-sized freezers to get rid of the large one we have now before we renovate. The reason is that it is so large that we would never get it up the basement stairs after renovations. It’s best to have smaller ones that we can manoeuver up and down without taking out walls.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

GGC coupons March 2014

 

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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

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 Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

 

Money-quote

 

Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder?

Pet peeves at the grocery store : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 3-9, 2014

dairy section grocery storeNOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE THAN…

 

Some of the biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are what motivate people to get in and get out.

I don’t know about you but my pet peeves can vary depending on the time of day to the day of the week that I go grocery shopping.

While I was writing this I decided to put together a list of pet peeves that really get under my skin at the grocery store.

They say not to sweat the small stuff and I really am a laid back kind of guy but there are some things that just make me shake my head.

There are things that get under my skin but I don’t really show how it affects me because it doesn’t benefit anyone but me.

That never solves the problem but deep inside I just wish things would be different. Back to the saying, ‘not everyone or everything is perfect’ and ‘go with the flow’.

 

Pet peeves

 

Not everyone will find my pet peeves bothersome but to be honest, they shouldn’t.

They are my pet peeves and since we are all different I bet your pet peeves will be different from mine.

I won’t be surprised if some of us share common pet peeves but for the most part not everyone wants to pull their hair out because the wrong label and price is on a bunker full of product.

Yes, that’s a pet peeve of mine. Just one of them.

What is the meaning of pet peeve? It’s not when you are peeved off at your pet either. It’s simply something that irritates you to the point where when it happens it bothers you.

Here are a few of my pet peeves that I came up with this morning on my list.

 

Miserable staff

 

I know it may only be a job in a supermarket and not the career you once hoped for but you really do get some miserable depressing people at the check out. Not everyone is like this I’ll admit and everyone is entitled to a bad day now and again but sometimes a smile is all you need.

Happier staff tend to lead to happier customers, it can generate a more positive ambient environment. I’ve also found that the happier the staff are the more willing they are to help you out. They are much more approachable too, why would you want to disturb an unhappy person?

 

Sales

 

When those sales come around it’s time to stock up, or so you think. There are plenty of occasions when you go to the supermarket because they have a sale on (for this instance, fish).

You know it’s a great deal and there is no fine print in the flyer that states “while quantities last” so you head out to go and hunt down some deals.

The problem is, the fish is all gone and they are not getting anymore in and you can’t get a rain check because it’s a one-off “special size“.

That’s almost as annoying as the “one day sale” when you’ve got other things planned and cannot possibly make it in time to take advantage of the deal in question.

I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy, but it they only have a limited amount of stock then they should say so. It’s almost verging on the bait and switch tactic that is illegal in Canada.

The ridiculously small special offers that sometimes appear in the flyers aren’t quite as good as you think they are. Watch the sizes compared to the normal regular size and compare the prices per unit, e.g. cost per 100g. You’ll soon notice the sales aren’t as good as you first thought.

 

Irregularity of choice

 

Even though there is a huge choice of pre-made processed foods available in every supermarket the range of fresher foods including fruit, vegetables., meats and cheeses can sometimes suffer from place to place.

You can tell when there is a distinct lack of choice when all you get offered is the large name brands, which tend to be highly processed.

The stock changes from one branch of supermarket to another depending on the local demographic. There is definitely a greater selection of Asian foods at one supermarket close to where we live, but the other branch of the same supermarket doesn’t have anywhere near the same lines of products.

It’s not a complete disaster, just annoying that they think that customers basic essential food items should be based on jarred, tinned and other highly preserved products.

In the end no one supermarket is going to be your only place to shop. There will always be excuses to venture out to the next place and experience something different or find something strange and unusual.

What are some of your pet peeves at the grocery store?

 

March 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.

Since it’s the start of a new grocery game month we have a winner for February! I made a few adjustments to the last few posts I moderated for ballot numbers as I mixed the month up this morning. Instead of going back to change all the posts I made the adjustments in my book. No worries, it was all sorted out. Easy. :) Always track your own ballot numbers.

Congratulations goes out to Lynaka ballot #11! Please email me with your address.

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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

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

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

NEW!! You can now download the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…… Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget.. check it out!

 

Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

shopping-cart

No Frills

  • x 2 Mushrooms 227g Sale $0.88
  • Romain lettuce $1.49
  • Roma tomatoes Sale $0.88lb  $1.76
  • Eggs 18 pack $2.88
  • Green spring onions $0.88 for 2
  • Potatoes 10lb $1.88

Total out of pocket $10.65

Food Basics

  • Celery Sale $0.88
  • Chick Peas Dry 1kg Sale $2.99 x 6 (stockpile budget)
  • Oranges $0.88lb x 5lbs $4.40
  • Pineapple Sale $1.88
  • x3 Iogo Yogurt sale $1.99-$0.75 -$1.24

Total out of pocket $10.88  with $17.94 to stockpile budget

Shoppers Drugmart

  •  2 x 4L bags of milk $3.97 each

Total out of pocket $ 7.94

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

 

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 March $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $24.50
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $17.94 (chickpeas dry)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94
  • Total Spent This Week: $29.47
  • Total Spent So Far March: $27.69
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.00-$29.47=$205.53
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $
  • Weekly Overview: Some great deals this week but we didn’t need much as we have plenty in the house this week.

 

Canadian Coupons Found

 

coupons-March-2014-Canada

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

 

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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

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 Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

Money-quote

Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder?

When you see someone stealing food: The Grocery game challenge #4 Feb 24- Mar 2, 2014

grocery store foodDON’T GET CAUGHT STEALING

 

I hope I don’t ever have to witness someone stealing food at the grocery store but the reality is that theft at the grocery store happens every day.

I don’t have to define stealing to anyone because we learn from a young age that if it doesn’t belong to us we don’t touch it and if you don’t pay for it then it’s not yours, full-stop.

Have you ever walked out of a store and the alarms at the door go off because one of your products has a magnetic strip that wasn’t scanned? Or you did steal something and got caught… oh, now what?

The alarms going off have happened to almost anyone and the first thing we do is shake our heads and say… I don’t know I paid for everything?

We are in a stunned state. I’m to the point where it’s happened so often i just walk back and have them check the products again.

A friend of mine had this belt he wore and it set off the alarms at every shop we went in. He got so embarrassed one day in the mall that he took it off and threw it in the bin lol.

 

Security

 

It’s not easy to watch every single customer at any given time even with cameras located in most stores these days.

There is only so much the human eye can capture and if the security team is watching one person how can they be watching them all?

It also depends on how many people are on staff for a security team but to be honest when someone is hungry they will stop at nothing to get food.

Why do people steal food?

I don’t know every reason why someone would want to steal food because I’ve never been a position where I’ve not had food available to me. The most obvious reason would be that they are hungry.

I’ve touched briefly in another post about supermarket abuse and why people don’t respect stuff when they go into these stores but it goes deeper than that for some when stealing food becomes a way to survive.

A friend of my wife who was a cashier told her a story of a lady who put a roast up her skirt in between her legs and tried to walk out with it.

She was caught stealing the roast as she exited the grocery store and although it’s never a good situation getting caught stealing, people continue to do it.

huggies diapers with coupons

How many times do you see empty chocolate bar wrappers or food items opened and partly consumed sitting on shelves around the store?

Some people even open diaper boxes to steal coupons from the inside of the box. Manufacturers put coupons inside boxes now but that doesn’t stop some people from trying to get at them.

We were speaking to a customer service clerk at a local store the other day and asked why some boxes of diapers were open which we pointed out to her.

She said likely some people try to see if they can get the coupons from inside. It’s a pity we have to go so far to save a dollar these days.

Stealing is stealing whether it’s food, other items or even opening packages to get coupons out from inside. Is it worth risking getting caught? To some people they don’t care.

It’s all about consequences and not getting caught.

How many people drive a car without a licence or insurance?

Do they even know what would happen if they were in an accident or killed someone? Consequences to some people have absolutely no meaning whatsoever until it happens.

When people get into debt and literally don’t have any money to rub together their mind starts thinking survival. Like many they do the right thing and keep a tight hold on any incoming money or even start budgeting, find more work etc.

What are we going to do to either make money or get what we need? That is essentially the goal is it not?

Doing off the wall things like stealing is not something that everyone aims to do when they are short cash but it happens every day no matter how much money they have in the bank.

We hope that people take the opportunity to use the services of local soup kitchens, church offerings and even the food bank if they need it. That’s what these services are designed for.

 

Ashamed

 

The reality is not everyone is prepared to stand in line so everyone can see them asking for help. There is pride that just about everyone carries and it’s not until you get to the breaking point where you give up and don’t care what others think, at least for most people.

You shouldn’t care what other people think because we all have unique situations in life and we have to do what we have to do to survive. There are some people who wouldn’t be caught dead looking like they had no money and were struggling.

Reminds me of the time when someone said, “How can you shop at Value Village?” or “Why do you buy reduced items on the cheap rack when you can afford to buy them fresh?”

I don’t give a rats what anyone thinks but that mentality is out there. I don’t care how much money I have it has nothing to do with why I shop where I shop or why I buy what I buy.

It has to do about the budget and whether it fits with-in our budget. Some people will never understand and that’s fine.

If you have friends like that maybe they aren’t your true friends because they would understand.

 

Why stealing happens

 

Getting back to the point of the post when someone for whatever reason finds themselves in a position to shop-lift they must feel they have exhausted their support, are too ashamed or again, don’t care.

You may have someone with an addiction and they are not in the right frame of mind who wanders into a store and just takes what they want and walks out. Some people have been successful just walking out in plain view with products and no one stops them.

Wal-mart combats theft such as having a door representative at the entrance/exit who checks receipts. It must be worth it to them to hire someone to do this and that’s because the cost of theft is high for these companies.

For some people they do it for the thrill of not getting caught and others they do it to survive. I have a friend who was a manager of the produce department for many years and he says don’t be afraid to ask.

Everyone’s management style is different but he’s had people ask if he had any reduced product in the back or anything he’d be willing to give away for free, and he has. You don’t have to risk stealing food and having the police called.

You risk a fine and potential jail time not to mention the humiliation. It’s important to think before you act when money is tight because there are always people and organizations out there willing to help.

Leave your pride at the door because you know that we all have been there or know someone that has close to us who has been in that position.

If you are stealing food for the thrill of it you should really seek some sort of help and hopefully once you do get caught (and you will) that is available to you. Most people don’t seek help on their own.

 

Someone is stealing food

 

What would I do if I saw someone stealing food in the grocery store?

Wow, that would be tough I wouldn’t know what to do. The right thing would be to alert anyone who works at the shop to let them know.

Stealing is wrong no matter what way you look at it. Some of you might try to offer money to this person or try to talk them out of it but that might not be such a good idea.

You don’t know where their mind is at and if they get violent even if they are seniors, young kids or looks like someone who is harmless don’t risk it.

Stealing is a huge reason why prices in Canada go up because the more money these organizations lose we take the fall. Sure there are other reasons but stealing food or other items from stores doesn’t help.

Have you ever seen someone stealing food? How did you handle it?

Have you been caught stealing or know someone who has been? What lesson did it teach you that you can share with others?

Why do you think people are too shy to use community services for free food and other items?

 

February 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. I will post the February Grocery Game Challenge winner here next week.

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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

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

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

NEW!! You can now download the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…… Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget.. check it out!

 

Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

shopping-cart

Wal-Mart

  • Cucumber $1.27
  • Spinach x2 $1.27
  • Mushrooms x2 $1.27
  • Potatoes 10lbs $2.47
  • Baby Bok Choy $1.48
  • Radish $1.27
  • Raw almonds $8.45
  • Romain hearts 3 pk $2.00
  • Bananas $2.85 (0.57lb)

Total out-of-pocket $23.60

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x 4L Milk $3.97

Total out-of-pocket $7.94

Food Basics

  • Cheerios x 2 Sale  $1.44
  • Cherry Tomatoes Sale $1.44
  • Astro Yogurt Sale $1.44
  • Cream Cheese Lactancia Sale $1.44

Total out-of-pocket $7.20

No Frills

  • Hellman’s Mayonnaise PM Freshco $2.99 x 2
  • Basa Fillets Sale 850g bags x2 $4.98
  • 2 lbs Asparagus Sale $1.77lb

Total out-of-pocket $19.48

Metro

4 x Cracker Barrel Cheese -$19.08 Stockpile budget

Total out-of-pocket $19.08

 

stealing food

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

 

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 February $235.00-$7.66 overpspend in January =$227.34
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $22.25
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $19.08 (cheese)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08
  • Total Spent This Week: $58.22
  • Total Spent So Far February: $7.66 over budget to start month. January+$25.97+$80.04+$19.85+$58.22=$191.74
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $35.60 under for the month
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $227.34-$25.97-$80.04+$19.85+ $58.22=$191.74 = $35.60 left to spend
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74
  • Weekly Overview: I’m surprised we went under this month but at the same time we have plenty of food to eat up in this house. We haven’t bought much meat lately as we are getting through the freezer first.

 

Canadian Coupons Found

 

Believe it or not we didn’t find any coupons this week unless you count what’s at Coupon Zone but we didn’t use any.

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

 

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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 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.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

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 Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

Money-quote

Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder?