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The Grocery Game Challenge June 24-July 1 Happy Birthday Canada!

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The Grocery Game Challenge for June is drawing to a close this week and what a month it has been for us. Considering our small budget for grocery and health and beauty I must say we are happy with the progress we are making. We are no longer stockpiling food as we did the past year and this has helped put us in a better place. We are now spending that money on products to make food from scratch or testing new recipes. We are also staying on top of knowing prices at most of the shops in town and which have the best prices.

We seem to believe that the more you allocate to spend, you will spend it. We want to see if we cut our budget to $190 a month if we can we actually stick to it. Will the fact that we have less money in our grocery budget impact our shopping habits? Truly it has and I’m sure we will continue to think twice before tossing something into the shopping trolley.

I know many of our grocery game posters have said that their budget has significantly improved since posting their shop each week and I believe them. All it takes is a challenge and if you are the competitive type even if it is against yourself, you WILL WIN!

This week was a no-shop week for us but we did shop one more time last week. I decided to put that shop on this weeks challenge as most of it was all free product coupons.

On July 1st when Canada turns 145 yrs old I will be celebrating my 5th Canada Day in Ontario, Canada. The celebratory fireworks to me mean that I am proud to be living in a Country that is so resourceful and welcoming to others from around the world. I am honoured to call Canada my home and am thrilled to explore all that it has to offer. There is so much I haven’t even seen or done yet. I now know why so many want to be part of this glorious country. So, Happy Birthday Canada!

 Be thankful for what you have as there are others in this world who are in a worse off place than you are.

Here are your coupon match-ups for the week June 22-28,2012  from Save Big Live Better.


6x Air Wick Freshmatic $5.74- $5.00 coupons 4.47

14x Zantac $2.22- $3.00 coupons = +$0.49 a pack 4.04

1x Maille Dijon mustard reduced $1.94

1x cucumber =$0.77

10x Resolve Sale $2.00-$2.00 coupons =FREE 2.60

3x Glade Oil Diffuser $8.97- FPC= FREE 3.49

4x Glade Aerosol $3.00-FPC =FREE 1.56

2x Naturals Sausages $5.47-2.00 peelie=$6.94

-$10 GC from an  online study

Total Oop-$8.99

Total Coupons Used $146.85

Month End Results- $ Total Spent out of Pocket $222.93-$26.87 points earned at SDM event-$5.47 left on GC from SDM event= $190.59

Total Coupons Used In June- $245.22

Over/Under Budget–  Over budget by $0.59

How did you make out with your shop this week? Post your shop below to WIN 1 free entry in our monthly contest.

If you didn’t get a chance to play this month don’t worry July’s Grocery Game Challenge is right around the corner!! You can post any time you like in the challenge and you can go back and post shops any time in the month. You can read the rules here.

Good Luck.

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Looking forward to chatting with you. Mr.CBB

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  1. hey mr.cbb
    my $5 coupons were from maple leaf prime portions packages (three $5 coupons for different products) when they first came out last year some time and it was the last one I had and was expiring on june 30. I gotta say there are a few great benefits for working in the meat dept of a grocery store 🙂 good deals and coupons!
    those nexxus coupons came out a few months ago and were cleared out in less then three days everywhere in the city 🙁 maybe someone is selling them on ebay, but at least I found four the first day they came out, but haven’t seen them at walmart as a money maker

    1. So you get the inside scoop on all the coupons and discounts in your dept. I have never purchased the PRIME at all so I’ve never gotten the coupons. I did get a $5 one a while back but never used it. Yes the nexxus in our city was cleared out in 2 days every Shoppers was empty, so I have zero coupons. It’s ashame to be honest that people have to sell coupons or take full pads.

    our weekly budget is $100 for all food, cleaning and haba products
    we have been over budget almost all month but this week we are under 🙂

    make sure you always check their clearance rack 🙂
    .47 x4 -$1C campbells soup beef broth
    .88 total oop
    $1C total coupon

    $3-$2C la grill steak spice
    $5 x2 -bogoC sense and spray refill
    $8.97 -fpc glade oil diffuser
    $3.97 feta cheese
    $2 baby spinach
    $3.77 alfredo sauce
    $2.97 maragrine
    $2.97 -$2C europes best frozen peppers
    $3.97 -$2C oliveri lasagna sheets
    $1.50 -fpc pure protein bar
    $2.47 x6 bristros
    $6.28 cake(clearance)
    $50.03 total oop
    $21.47 total coupons

    $2.50 x2 chips
    $1.89 x2 -$1C yogurt
    $6.95 roast beast (marked down)
    $3.99 x2 -$2C buitoni pizza
    $2.99 chips
    $2.99 veggie sandwich
    $4.99 -fpc schneiders smokies
    $11.49 -$5C maple leaf prime frozen stuffed chicken
    $33.73 total oop
    $12.99 total coupons

    grand totals for the week
    $84.64 total oop
    $35.46 total coupons

    happy to be under budget and still be able to use some coupons that were going to expire!

    1. Hi Juanita!
      Ya! Under budget is awesome. You did so well as always. Where is everyone getting these $5 Prime coupons? I might have to get you all to give me the heads up as I miss all the Facebook coupon promos. You made a good point about checking the clearance racks as so many people ignore them or don’t even know they exist.. We always check them and keep our eyes peeled for anything reduced.

      Keep up the hard work? What have you been learning about your shopping since posting in the grocery Game Challenge?

      You get ballot #19

  3. My budget is $100/week for groceries and this includes baby items, health/beauty and cleaning. This is for a family of 2 adults and a 19 month old toddler.

    Breyer’s ice cream (PM to SDM) $3.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Campbell’s lrg chicken broth (PM NF) $1.50 -$1.00 wub4 (see below)
    Campbell’s cans of soup (PM to Metro) 3x $.79
    Kraft cheese slices (PM Metro) $2.88
    NN ice cream cones $1.29
    PC mac & cheese on sale $1.00
    Goldfish crackers on sale $1.97 – $.50 coupon
    Rice cakes (PM FC) $1.00
    Sugar (PM NF) $1.50
    Pie shell (PM Metro) $2.99
    Pork chops $5.79
    Bananas $1.83
    Cucumber (PM FB) $.88
    Tomatoes (PM FB) $.53
    Salad $1.79
    Carrots (PM NF) 2x $1.00
    Apple $.59
    Potatoes on sale $3.98
    Strawberries $2.98
    Shaving cream (PM walmart) $2.47 – $2.47 coupon
    Baby food jars (lrg PM walmart) 9 x $.78 – B8go free ($.78 coupon)
    Huggies diapers on blowout for $6.94 x2 – 2x $2.00 coupons
    J&J bath wash on sale $3.97 x2 – 2x $2.00 coupons
    Baby mum mums on blowout $1.54
    Baby wipes (PM NF) 3x $2.00 – $.75 and -$.50 x2
    Sudocrem $13.79 – $1.00 coupon

    Total coupons $16.56
    Total CD $9.34
    Total OOP $71.26

    Glade Oil Diffuser $8.97 – FPC = Free
    Mascara $6.72 – FPC = Free
    Premium Plus Crackers on sale $1.97 – $.75
    Spinach dip $5.97
    Nexxus shampoo 5x $2.00 – 5x $3.00=$5.00 overage

    Total coupons $33.48
    Total OOP $3.49

    Glade Aerosol 2x $3.97 – 2x FPC =Free
    Eggo wheat and blueberry waffles (PM walmart) $1.97
    Goldfish on sale $1.97 – $.50 coupon
    Baby carrots (PM NF) 2x $1.00
    Huggies diapers on blowout $6.94 – $2.00 coupon
    Huggies wipes (PM NF) 4x $2.00 – 4x $.75

    Total coupons $15.38
    Total CD $2.09
    Total OOP $14.54

    $71.26 + $3.49 + $14.54=$89.29
    That makes me $10.71 under budget for the week but I was way over last week so it will help make things up I guess. I ended up being just under $20 over budget for the whole month. This will not happen for July!!!!! I WILL do better this month! 🙂

    1. Yay! Congratulations Jen.. that’s an awesome month for you even though you went over. I’m sure you will do awesome in July. I’m impressed with your shopping that’s for sure. I wish I could find those nexxus coupons. I nearly fell over when I was at SDM in MRS. CBB’s families hometown and they carried the small bottles… $4.49 conditioner, $2.99 shampoo. Where did you get the breyer’s coupons?

      You get ballot #18… good luck.

  4. Shop June 30
    Maple Leaf Prime Chicken $5- $5 coupon= free
    Palmolive Dish soap 2 X $1.97 sale – 2 x $1 coupon = $1.94
    Raspberries sale $1.97
    Pineapple $1.97 sale
    Quaker Granola bars $2 sale
    White corn 2 x 0.57 sale
    Royale bath tissue sale $6.97-$1.00 coupon= $5.97
    Total OOP=$14.99
    coupons used $8

    My best “little shop” this month,

    1. Hi Stephanie!
      Were the $5 Prime coupons from a long time ago? That’s a great deal that you were able to snag. If you could please post your weekly, bi-weekly,monthly budget, how much you spent in the time period when you shop, if you were under budget or over budget. Thanks for posting. I look forward to your next shop.
      P.S if you need an example just look at mine, that’s how you should type it out.

      Cheers Mr.CBB
      You get entry #17!

  5. Giant Tiger
    Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal 2 @ 1.99 = $3.98
    *Unfortunately the coupon for this product arrived after I shopped. 🙁
    Lg Wh. Eggs $2.87
    Maple Leaf Top Dogs $1.88
    English Cucumber $.77
    Colgate Toothpaste $1.00
    Finish Powerball $6.97 – $1.00 Coupon= $5.97
    *Note to self need to watch more closely when cashier rings in –
    I’m pretty sure the Finish DW soap was supposed to be $4.99.
    Total including tax $17.51

    Atlantic Superstore:
    2L Silk True Almond Milk $3.49 – $2 = 1.49
    Cracker Barrell Cheese $5.99 – $1.0 = $4.99
    2 boxes Christie Crackers 2/$4 – $2 = $2
    Dainty Brown Rice $3.99 – $1.00 peelie
    2L Milk $3.19
    NN Applesauce $1.29
    NN Froz. Conc. Juice $.59
    Source Yogurt 650ml $2.49 – .50 = $1.99
    Beef Roast $6.75
    Country Naturals Smoked Sausage $4.79 – FPC = $0
    PC Organic Lettuce Mix $3.99 – 50% off = 1.99
    Sliced Watermelon $1.88
    Colgate Toothpaste $1.99 – $1.00
    Frozen Salmon Fillets $5.99
    Total incl. Tax $38.55

    Shoppers Drug Mart:
    Europe’s Best Froz. Veggies $2.99
    Breyer’s Classic Ice cream $2.99
    Jane’s Chicken Nuggets $5.99 – $2 printable coupon = $3.99
    Total: $9.97

    Sweet Potatoes $2.48
    500ml Coffee Cream $1.85
    500ml Whipping Cream $2.72
    454g Butter $2.99
    Bean Sprouts $1.27
    Ground Pork $5.00
    Strawberries $2.77
    Ben’s Hot Dog Buns $2.99
    Ben’s Hamburger Buns $2.99 – $1.00 wub2 = $1.99
    Total incl tax $24.06

    Total weekly shop = $90.09
    This week was supposed to be $85 since I went over budget by $15 last week. So I’m over by $5.09 this week. Yikes, this is hard to keep on budget!

    I’m shopping for 2; we have company for dinner on Monday this week but other than the sweet potatoes (my mom doesn’t eat white potatoes or rice) and whipping cream for dessert that’s the only things I bought that I wouldn’t have if we weren’t having company.

    I’ve only been keeping track closely for 2 weeks so I don’t have a total for the month.

    1. Hi Pam!
      Thanks for posting your shop! So you have a budget of $85 a week. What is your total monthly budget given that not every month has 4 weeks? The best thing you can do is to track your shopping in The Grocery Game. It will show you how much you are spending, where you are spending, and how and where you can improve because now you have it all in front of you.

      The giant tiger fluff could you not call them and ask and either get a SCOP or price adjustment? I don’t know if they follow the scanning code of practice though.

      Good shopping over by S5.xx but it’s good to see you know where the extra might have went given you have company and wouldn’t otherwise purchase some of the items. I look forward to your next weeks shop and I think by the end of the month you will have a better idea how to answer my first question. Cheers Mr.CBB You get entry # 16

      1. My grocery budget is $100/wk but I went over by $15 last week so I was supposed to keep it at $85 for this week, that didn’t happen, but I’m happy that I’m now being more conscientious about my grocery spending. Funny how being accountable to a grocery game challenge can motivate a person to stay on budget. : )

        1. Hi Pam,
          Yes this is why we started The Grocery Game Challenge to make people accountable for their coupon and grocery spending. Mrs.CBB and I were using coupons and spending upwards of $600 a month on stuff some of which we haven’t even touched in 3 years ie: gift sets etc…so we decided to stick to a budget, using coupons and only getting what we need and will use within a reasonable time frame. I’m glad it’s helping you out by posting. It’s helped us to get down to $190 a month from $600 so it works! Cheers darlin and happy shopping! Mr.CBB

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