Why you should always look at a new product display : The Grocery game challenge #2 Apr 7-Apr 13, 2014

product-displaySAVINGS UNDER YOUR NOSE

 

Using a display to advertise is a great way to get a customer’s attention.

I’m pretty sure that without product displays that new products would never sell or get noticed despite mass advertising in print, television and social media online.

The old saying “out of sight out of mind” stands true because if you don’t see it you won’t find out about it or if you know about it you’ll forget about it.

How many times have you walked into a grocery store and flyer specials are starring you right in the face. That’s right, almost every single time. If they don’t put those products in our faces the likelihood of selling the mass amounts they bring in for a sale is not as great.

The fact of the matter is, it works and will continue to work as long as we keep paying attention to a new product display. Whether if it’s a new product or a sale product making sure the product is coming at us loud and clear is priority to making money and keeping you in the store to buy the higher priced items.

Don’t believe me? How many times have you read about the Justin Bieber cut out being stolen from Shoppers Drug Mart? They put Justin in the store because they knew that it would attract attention to the right people, and that it did. Marketing of this sort works for the most part because we get tired of the same old kinds of products and foods.

The good thing about checking out a product display is that you may find something you’ve been looking for or a new product might tickle your fancy. It’s not just processed foods that have a product display either. You can make your way through the produce section, dairy, bread etc. and find displays waiting for you to crowd them.

Look at the Recipes to Riches display at your local Loblaw’s stores…. they are massive just so you don’t miss it. They want you to check out the new product that cost them big bucks to market and bring into their stores not to mention the TV show and prizes.

We tried a pulled pork once only because it had a 50% off pink sticker and just to join the hype around the TV show and products. It was great but homemade is best and much cheaper to make. You will always pay for convenience no matter what you buy unless you make it at home.

 

Product display

 

Just about every week we go grocery shopping these days and each time we go there is a new pop-up cardboard product display just waiting for our attention. Although we don’t buy much boxed and canned foods we still do on occasion so paying attention while grocery shopping is important to us.

It’s amazing as well to see how many manufacturers use display devices on their displays to market their product whether it be a TV advert we can watch to a talking display.

Just yesterday I caught myself checking out every single product display that was in the store whether down the aisles, up front, at the back.. everywhere. Why?

For the most part in the past we’ve found some great deals on new products in a display whether it’s refrigerated or just a floor display. If you are an avid coupon shopper you know as well as us that coupons tend to show up on these displays as well. I can’t tell you how many great deals we’ve got using coupons on a product display with the product being on sale.

So many people pass by coupons because it’s just not on their radar but the manufacturers are saying please try our new product and here we’ll practically give it to you for free or discount it with coupons. These point of purchase displays are trying to talk to you so take a moment to see what they have to offer.

I great way to market their new products and I’m not sure I’ve met someone who is afraid of using a coupon to save money but never say never right?

I remember seeing a pop point of purchase display as I walked in a grocery store that scaled an entire wall. It was crazy but it got our attention. We don’t drink pop but the team who put the pop display together certainly achieved their goal. There were no coupons but the pop was very cheap for all the pop lovers out there.

With the grocery wars only growing bigger and bigger each week I’m not sure what changes we will see but I’m pretty sure pricing won’t be the only change. Keep your eyes open.

Do you check out new product displays in the grocery store?

 

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. :)

 

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

Walmart

  • 2x pineapple PM FB $1.88
  • 5 x spinach PM FB Sale $0.97 each
  • 2 x cucumbers sale $0.67
  • Crackers $2.97
  • Mandarin orange segments $0.85 (cheaper at Food Basics ah well)
  • 6 x cracker barrel cheese PM FB $4.44 each

Total out-of-pocket- $39.74

Food Basics

  • 2 x perogies $1.99 each
  • 2 x Danone Yogurt Sale 1.99 each – buy 2 save $1.50 right on display hehe!
  • Lifesmart peaches in water and fruit cocktail $1.99 each
  • Gelda Basmati Rice Sale $7.99 bag
  • Mandarin orange segments Sale $0.69
  • 4 x Bavarian multi-grain bread sale $2.00 each

Total out-of -pocket $27.12

Shoppers Drugmart

  • 1 x 4L bag of milk- Sale $3.97
  • 1 x dozen eggs Sale $1.99 using internet coupon

Total out-of-pocket $5.96

 

grocery-game-challenge-product-display

 

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 : $1.50
  • 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: $72.82
  • Total Spent So Far April: $174.57
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $18.98 over
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $39.31
  • 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: Well we don’t have much left to spend for the month so this should be interesting to see how we make out. We do have loads of food here and likely will only need staples. If we have to we will dig into our $70 in PC points that we have accumulated but we really want to try to let that build up.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

Canadian-Coupons-April 2014

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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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

 

ggc 4 March 2014

 

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?

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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