Do you blow your grocery budget if you rush? : The Grocery Game challenge #2 Mar 10-16, 2014

rush grocery shopping cartLET THE GROCERY GAME BEGIN

 

I guess only you can answer whether you bust your budget on groceries if you are in a rush.

I can tell you what our answer to this question is but I’m betting every grocery shopping situation would be different.

The key here is not so much the time it’s whether you are prepared the minute you walk through the doors at the grocery store.

Alternatively I like to earn cash back on groceries meaning I like to use coupons and other means to trim the grocery budget like just recently learning about Checkout 51.

Another way we save is by using our PC Points because saving money is important to us especially when it comes to groceries and other items that we can easily reduce on our own. Free money is good!

You may find cash flows in as fast as it flows out if you aren’t watching where you money is being spent. Can you agree?

 

The grocery rush

 

Just the other week I watched a mother come zooming in to Wal-Mart with her child who immediately wanted to play on the money operated toys they have in the front of the store.

The mother turned around and said “Jacob come on we have to get you to the dentist, let’s go”. So the boy ran over to his mother with a sad look on his face and hopefully they didn’t spot me watching this go down.

I don’t want to seem like a grocery guy stalker rather I’m intrigued by the way people conduct their shopping. In the process of pushing her cart and calling for her son she grabbed a Wal-Mart flyer and started to flip through it faster than I’ve ever read a grocery store flyer.

I felt like I was on an episode of a grocery games type TV show because that’s how much of her anxiety of being in a rush rubbed off on me.

It was like, go go go and there were many times where she left her child unattended in the shopping cart while she walked up further in an aisle or was wandering around with her back to him.

I’m pretty sure many of you can say you’ve seen this before or even a shopping cart left unattended with a purse wide-open. Mindfulness is something we should all practice in our lives.

Now you are not only rushing but you are putting your child’s safety at risk. What if he fell out of the shopping cart somehow or if someone nabbed him before your eyes?

I know you don’t want to think about that but the reality is that it does happen. You should never take your eyes off of your child no matter how much of a rush you are in.

Clearly she was in a rush and needed to get in and get out with some food for her family. It was plainly obvious that she did not have a grocery list prepared nor was she prepared for this rush grocery shop.

I wonder if she even planned to grocery shop at all that day or whether it was a last-minute decision with some time to spare. Either way she was in a rush and proceeded to the products in the front of Wal-Mart where they showcase the specials of the week.

If you shop at Wal-Mart you know exactly what I mean. I don’t want to say I was tagging along with her to spy on her shop but in a way for this post, I did.

She immediately started grabbing those sale items and tossing them in her cart. She picked up a pack of paper towels that were in my eyes expensive and tossed them in without a care in the world.

There was never a time in my life when I went to the grocery store and just blind shopped like she was doing. As she proceeded around the store this rush shopping continued at a pace that was comparable with someone who just wanted to get it done.

Not everyone likes to grocery shop and clearly this trip to the grocery store was the last thing on her mind. I didn’t follow her to the cash after a few aisles of being nosey with what she had in her cart but I will say it was all name brand products with many of them selling at regular price.

 

Price is no object to some people

 

I’m betting she had a high grocery bill after that shopping rush but you know what, some people don’t care. For all I know she is a master grocery shopping whiz and can process prices faster than a speeding bullet. :)

Many grocery shoppers might not care how much they spend on groceries each month because they don’t pay the bills, they have more than enough money or they simply don’t care about the number when they are feeding their family.

To some families food is a celebration and it doesn’t matter the price you pay to get good food and some will shop at the expensive stores like Metro or Sobeys etc… because paying a bit more is not a priority for them.

It’s the quality of the product or what they have learned through commercials on TV, experience or other media outlets. Rush grocery shopping is not my cuppa tea however I won’t say I was never in the same position as the lady grocery shopper and her son but I was mindful of the products I put in my cart.

Did I spend more when I shop in a rush? Well, yes and no you see because sometimes you are in such a rush that you just grab the essentials on your list and if you can’t find something you skip it.

Makes you wonder if you really needed it in the first place. Other times I get everything on the list and maybe more because I deviate from the list when I see sales or products that are a good price and I don’t give myself enough time to process whether I really need it or not.

Most times my mind says yes so I have to be mindful of the games we can play with ourselves financially when we are in a rush and not paying attention to our finances like we should be.

Do you spend more or less on groceries when you are in a rush?

Have you seen a customer just toss items into their shopping cart randomly?

 

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

Freshco

  • x6 Extra Lean Beef  Sale = $39.44- $2.06  for Stockpile = $37.38
  • 2x Hellman’s Mayo Sale $2.99
  • Fresh Ginger- $1.05
  • Bananas Sale $0.57lb  $2.44
  • 2x Strawberries 1lb each $1.44 each
  • 2 x Kiwi baskets Sale $2.49 each
  • 2 x cucumbers PM FB $0.87 each
  • 1 x Celery stalk PM FB $0.87

Total out-of-pocket: $59.48-$2.06= $57.42

Shoppers Drugmart

  • 3x 4L Bags of Neilson 2% Milk $3.97

Total out-of-pocket $11.91

 

grocery game march rush shopping

 

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: $69.33
  • Total Spent So Far March: $27.69+ $69.33
  • 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- $69.33=$136.20
  • 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: The extra lean beef went on sale so we stocked up a bit so we have some beef come time we can actually see the BBQ again. Other than that we picked up 3 bags of milk since we are drinking more milk these days.

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?

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

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Do expiration dates on food matter to you? :The Grocery game challenge #3 Feb 17-23, 2014

reduced-rack-expiration-dateTODAY’S DATE IS……

 

I don’t know about you but I don’t often see people check the expiration dates on every product that has a code which they purchase at the grocery store.

Likely the reason for this is that they trust that the grocery store has quality, fresh products that are with-in a certain expiration date to consumer, especially if they are paying premium price.

When you hand over money you expect the best in return for what you are purchasing. I also know some people who wouldn’t dare put a product in their grocery cart without looking for the expiration date if applicable on the product.

They won’t pay full price for something that will expire in a couple of days.

The reality is that some products that have food expiration dates outlive that code. I’m sure the manufacturer creates it that way to give themselves room to pick products from the shelves before they go off and the customer sees it.

Not every product has an expiration date either because I can’t tell you the shelf life of rice nor an expiration date cannot be found on a huge bag we have. This is likely because of the shelf life being over 90 days.

The best before date by code can be anywhere on the package but be aware that if it is close to date you may lose some of that nutritional value but you can still purchase it. The best before date also has nothing to do with “product safety” so be aware of that.

According to a must read post about date labeling on pre-packaged food by the  Canada Food Inspection Agency

Best before” dates must appear on pre-packaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or less.

Foods with an anticipated shelf life greater than 90 days are not required to be labelled with a “best before” date or storage information.

  • After the expiry date, the food may not have the same nutrient content declared on the label.
  • Food should not be eaten if the expiration date has passed. They should be discarded.

Food expiration guidelines are probably something that is imperative to any grocery store and they must adhere to them.

Even the grocery store knows that and likely why you see those pink 50% off stickers as well as any reduced stickers just so they can move the product out the door and fast.

As far as I’m aware grocery stores cannot sell a product that is expired not even at a discounted price, at least that’s what one manager told me.

You will even see reduced products on pet food although I’d likely not purchase near expired dog food or other pet food because we simply don’t know if it’s good or not although any vet would steer you away.

I wouldn’t bother trying to donate expired food either because most places simply won’t accept it. There’s a difference between near expiry and expired so keep that in mind when purchasing products and donating them.

 

Product loss

 

The grocery store doesn’t want to lose money by having to throw the food in the dumpster or sending it off to the farmers for feed if they don’t have to.

Dumpster diving for food does happen in Canada even though you can’t go on private property that still doesn’t stop some people.

Although I’d never do it these people know most of the food is still good to eat according to the expiration date and it’s a shame that it has to get thrown away. What’s better than reduced to them is Free… and if they can get it.. they will.

Whether the stores recoup a percentage of the loss I don’t know as it depends on the product and the supplier.

What I do know is they likely would make more money if the customer purchased the near expired product at a discounted price.

 

Products to look out for

 

We’ve bought reduced items close to the expiration date on many occasions. It got to the point where we knew what products would get reduced there and was no way we’d pay full-price let alone sale price when we knew we could get it for dirt cheap.

A good example of that is dairy, meat, bakery and produce which we always look for at a reduced cost if we can.

Yogurt seems to be one of the easiest products along with organic dairy products that are often selling at a deep discount before the expiration date.

We’ve bought yogurt with a pink sticker that has lasted us a further 2 weeks in the refrigerator. When Zellers was open back a few years ago they had a frozen food and dairy section available. The amount of discounted food we picked up out of there was insane.

You could almost count on going in daily to find milk, cream, cheese and yogurt with a huge discount just because it as close to the expiry date.

We can honestly say we’ve never had any problems with a reduced product before and if we could freeze it, we would.

Bread is another item we hardly if ever buy full price or sale price because some of the grocery stores have bread on a reduced rack on a daily basis such as the Loblaws stores.

There’s nothing wrong with the bread except it’s close to expiration date and we freeze it. We’ve never had a problem with reduced bread either although I’ve started to make my own bread here and there.

There was a time when paying $0.25 a loaf after sale price, discount and coupon which was great for stockpiling. Now we range in the $1.00 plus for discounted bread items on the reduced rack.

We’ve talked about blow out sales and that’s another reason you may see that tag because the expiration date is near and the price is so low it’s hard to resist.

A fan was telling me the other day that she wanted to make banana bread but the bananas at the grocery store weren’t yellow enough.

I always say if you don’t ask you won’t know so don’t be shy to ask the produce clerk if they have any ripe bananas in the back for a discounted price.

Normally they always do and you can score a great deal, just like anything on the reduced produce racks.

You won’t find an expiration date on un-packaged fruits and vegetables rather you know visually and from touching the product how much life it might have left.

My father in law whose parents owned a farm in the 50 and 60′s said any of the rotten fruits and vegetables would go to the farm animals because no one would buy them.

He said there used to be fruit that would fall from the tree that would have a bruise but nothing would be wrong with them.

He would use his knife to cut out the bruise but the product was perfect. These days people will raid the reduced rack to grab a deal.

 

Eating healthy on a budget

 

Some people base their weekly meal plan around what’s on the reduced rack, discounted products on shelves and in bunkers and like CBB food writer Nicola.

She’s not afraid to buy something that is close to the expiration date or reduced in price and generally neither are we depending on the product. “There’s normally only one bad apple in the bag”, Nicola says.

Food waste in Canada is a big deal and we know that it happens at every grocery store, restaurant and in our own homes.

Why splash out your dollars on food that is perfectly fine if you can clean it, chop it, freeze it or cook it up for a fraction of the cost?

Do the expiration dates matter to us? Sure because without them we wouldn’t know if we can ask for a further deal or how much life there potentially might be in the product. The reality is they are there for a reason.

If you are worried about buying a product close to the expiration date simply don’t buy it.

I don’t know any grocery store that wouldn’t refund your money and we haven’t had any issues with products that we have bought close to expiry date in terms of our health or being inedible.

Everyone has their own reasons why they wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a product that was close to the expiration date and others why they wouldn’t bother.

The fact of the matter is money is tight for many Canadians and the grocery budget is a great place to try to save some of that money if you can.

Living below your means may be the untold secret to some but many millionaires live and swear by spending only what you can afford to lose.

Our dentist who has owned his practice for over 25 years told my wife once that even though he’s a millionaire he still shops at Food Basics and Wal-Mart and looks for deals. Ha, smart guy… sure and it’s true we’ve bumped into him many times.

Hard work is a given but spending your money wisely and in a way that compliments your lifestyle is important to financial health.

It’s not about how much money you make, it’s how you spend it.-CBB

It doesn’t mean you have to compromise on nutrition it simply means keeping your eyes open for food deals that will save you cash.

It also means finding ways to save money so you can afford to spend a bit more on the items that never go on sale.

Do expiration dates on products matter to you and why?

 

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.

 

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

 Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 4 x 4L Milk $3.97

Total out of pocket $15.88

Food Basics

  • 2 x Harvest Crunch cereal Sale $1.99- $0.50 coupons
  • 1 x Romaine lettuce $0.99

Total out of pocket $ 3.97

 

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 : $1.00
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $22.25
  • Total Discounts this Week: $3.80
  • 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): $0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $19.85
  • Total Spent So Far February: $7.66 over budget January+$25.97+$80.04+$19.85
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $227.34-$25.97-$80.04+$19.85=$133.52
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: Jan $242.66 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Weekly Overview: We didn’t need much this week although we’ve been going through lots of milk lately and cereal. So you see a big increase in our milk consumption. Maybe it’s just the winter cereal blahs… lol.

 

Canadian Coupons Found

 

If you want to know the specifics of any of the following coupons as they are hard to read simply email me or leave a comment and I’ll let you know as soon as possible.

coupons Feb 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

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How a small town family saves money on groceries

small town grocery bananasSMALL TOWN SAVINGS

 

Today we have a guest post from a small town fan of Canadian Budget Binder who wants to share her insights into grocery shopping on a budget when your options are limited.

If you are a fan or a personal finance blogger and would like to share a story please read my guest post guidelines and contact me.

My name is Christine and I live in a small town in Ontario and have followed Mr CBB for quite a while now on the blog and participating in posting my grocery shops with his Grocery Game Challenge since Sept 2012.

 

Our grocery budget

 

I shop for my family of 4 which includes my two adult children, my husband and I. We also can’t forget our family pet fat cat Stuart who eats up a part of our grocery budget as well.

Our grocery budget is $650 per month so I have to make that money stretch and living in a small town can make that challenging for me.

I have tried very hard to keep things within my budget, not always successfully. It’s been a learning experience to say the least.

If you have been hesitating about posting your grocery shops because you think that you can’t save on groceries, think again. If I can do it …you can too.

 

Small town shopping

 

If you are thinking that the people that post their shops have all these stores to go to to help them save money but you are in a small town and just don’t have access to all those stores…..keep reading.

One of the things I have had to deal with in trying to keep the grocery budget in line is the fact that I live in a small town, roughly 6000 people. We have all of two grocery stores to choose from.

One our our small town gems is a grocery store called Foodland which is part of the Sobey’s chain. Another of the small town grocery stores that we have is a Your Independent Grocer, part of the Loblaw’s chain.

Foodland is right across the street from me so I can walk over and get what I need a great part of my small town life. This cuts down on time and petrol another factor to think about when planning my grocery list.

The Your Independent Grocer is out at the east end of our small town and I need to drive there. My options are limited to these two stores unless I go out of town.

This is not always an option depending on the weather, my husbands health on any given day and a lack of flyers for the out of town stores.

Most of the time I shop at Foodland which is available in most small towns. It’s convenient and believe it or not…cheaper than the Your Independent Grocer store another small town grocery store.

 

Product pricing

 

The fact above underscores one of the biggest issues if you want to save money on your groceries. You need to know your prices.

It doesn’t matter how many stores you go to you still need to know the prices for all those regular items we are always buying.

Because there are only the two options for my groceries I don’t price match in town although I do shop the sales and I coupon.

I use a grocery list every time! If you know the regular prices on those items you buy on a regular basis then you can tell when you look at the flyers if it’s a good sale price or a really good price or even a Good Price!!

Lets look at these items one at a time. Knowing your prices… I plan my stock ups by how good the price is. Foodland has the regular flyer deals but they also have price cuts that last 4-5 weeks at a stretch.

I believe Food Basics is doing this now too. It tends to not be that great a sale but every penny helps. If the price cut is on what is considered a basic item for my family I will try to pick up one or two items on price cut every time I go.

By the end of the price cut time I have a nice amount of product stocked in my pantry that I didn’t have to pay full price for! I do much the same thing for the weekly sales but, usually, on a smaller scale.

 

Coupon clipping

 

I also coupon but not to the extent that some people do but I do use them. I get the inserts that show up in our weekend papers and sometimes even manage to get more than one copy of an insert.

Those are red letter days. I look in the store while I’m shopping for the tear pad coupons too. The best source of coupons is online in my opinion.

Sites like Gocoupons.ca, Save.ca, Websaver.ca are great and they mail those coupons to you. They also have printable coupons. Other sources like Smartsource are printable.

There are also sites like Save Big Live Better, Mrs January and Coupon Christine that post deals and such you can take advantage of, and they post daily.

Lets not forget our own Mr CBB!

I always shop with a grocery list when I shop. There are lists online you can print off like Mr CBB’s Free Money Saving Tools.

I have my own way to list what I need to buy with prices listed right on my list and if I have a coupon to use for the product. Figure out what works best for you and then make sure you use that list.

Hopefully these ideas will help you save money on your groceries.

Posting on Mr CBB’s Grocery Game Challenge helps to see just what it is we are buying. Speaking for myself it does make me stop and think about what I am getting knowing that Mr CBB will see what I am purchasing.

Below is a sample shop from January that I posted in the Grocery Game. As you will see I came so close to making my grocery budget and without posting my shops I might not have been able to track my money so well.

Here we go!!! I made it into No Frills for a shop this week for a quick prowl around, but the rest was at Foodland.

Foodland, Jan 24

  • 2 tomato paste @.89- 1.78
  • 3 cans pasta sauce @1.25- 3.75
  • 3 cans tomato sauce @1.88-5.64
  • 1 bread crumbs- 1.99
  • 1 cider mix- 3.99
  • 1 jug water- 5.49
  • 2 eye of round roasts- 8.68+ 9.21, stockpile
  • Tax- .52
  • Total- $41.05, part was stockpile

 

No Frills, Jan 24

  • 1 yogurt- 5.97, 50% discount- 2.99
  • 1 box Bear Paws- 2.44
  • 3 bags frozen veggies @2.97- 8.91
  • 4 Hot Stuffs @1.00- 4.00
  • 2 4l milk @3.97- 7.94
  • 1 cranberry cocktail- 2.97
  • 1 large Royale TP- 7.97
  • 2 boxes 144 count Tetley tea bags @4.97- 9.94
  • 1 bagels- 1.97
  • 1 pork loin- 5.21
  • 2 packs X-lean ground beef- 9.48+9.92
  • bananas- .96
  • cole slaw- 1.27, 50% discount- .64
  • 3lbs carrots- 1.49
  • 2 Sensodyne toothpaste @3.97- 7.94
  • 2 Dove body wash @4.72- 9.44, $2.00 coupon
  • 1 Vasaline body lotion- 4.97, $2.50 coupon
  • Tax- 3.94
  • Total- $98.60, $4.50 coupons, $3.63 discounts

 

Foodland, Jan 30

  • 2 cans soup @ .79- 1.58
  • bananas- .30
  • 1 onions- 1.99
  • 2 boxes cereal @1.99- 3.98, reduced
  • 1 sweet and sour bbq sauce- 2.79
  • 1 doz eggs- 2.99
  • 1 apple juice- 3.29, 1.00 coupon
  • 1 cider mix- 3.99
  • Tax- .52
  • Total- $20.43, 1.00 coupon

 

  • Total budget for the month- $650.00
    Total coupons this week- $5.50
    Total discounts this week- $3.63
    Total spent this week- $151.99
    Total stockpile this week- $8.09, roast
    Total spent this month- $653.06+ $8.09 stockpile
    Total over/under for week- over $21.99
    Total over/under for month- over $3.06
    Left for month- $0.00
    Total coupons/discounts for month- $44.83
    Total carry over- $3.06
    Total YTD- $653.06, $25.00 stockpile

Final Thoughts on Grocery Shop:

So I finished the month over by a whole $3.06, on a 5 week month!!! So much better than last year!!! Last Jan. I was over by some $200.00!!!!

The roasts were a good deal as was the extra lean ground beef. The ground beef was broken up into a number of smaller meal size packs for the freezer.

The stockpile amount helped a lot. The coupons for NF were what I think as the cashier just rang it in as one big coupon for $4.50. The pork loin was a super good price!! $1.00 lb.

It was dollar days at No Frills. I won’t argue with those prices. I am pleased that this month went as well as it did. The first three weeks were low so that helped with the last two weeks when there was some stocking up done.

I have had to wrap my head around 4 and 5 week months as that was part of what messed with me last year. This time I was more aware. All in all a good start to the new year….

 

Grocery savings

 

We all have ways to save money on groceries and we all have to work with what is available to us, whether it is the amount we can afford to spend or the limitations we have in places to do the actual shopping.

Whats for dinner

Another way to save on your grocery bill is to join us every night for the What’s For Dinner post on Facebook at Canadian Budget Binder. The post runs from 5pm until 10pm 7 days a week.

We post what we are making for dinner that night and we share recipes and general chatter and have a lot of fun. All of us are generous with our recipe collections and if you need ideas on what to make your family we have ideas.

If you are wondering what is coming up on sale at your store, chances are someone can tell you as long as you ask.

If you bought something on sale and are wondering how to cook it, again just ask as we are a diverse group of fans on Canadian Budget Binder from an array of cultures.

We have recipes we can post for you and everyone else to try or you can check out the free recipes Mr.CBB posts from other food bloggers at The Free Recipe Depot on Facebook. Another great free source for recipes to help keep your budget in check.

Come join us in the Grocery Game Challenge!! We don’t judge but are there to help you any way we can. Even better, after you have your groceries, come join us on What’s For Dinner! Trust me…you won’t be sorry…….

I hope that if you live in a small town like I do you don’t let the small shops deter you from saving money in your grocery budget because it is possible, I’m proof of that. Planning is important so if you want to save the savings are there as long as you are willing to put in the effort.

-Christine

 

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