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Happy New Year’s to all my fans here at Canadian Budget Binder. The Grocery Game Challenge has been amazing this past year and I know 2013 will be even better. We have had fans from Canada and the USA post their grocery shops weekly and we are growing each month with more people who want to stick to their grocery budget. If you are looking for ways on how to save money post your shop in the grocery game each week.

I often have people email me to ask me “How much should my grocery budget be?” but the question should be “How much can I afford?” to spend in the budget.  I can’t tell you the amount of people who are looking for magic numbers telling them what they need to spend on groceries every month. I’ll tell you all loud and clear you are the one holding the answer to your question. No one on the internet can tell you what to spend. Once you figure out your monthly budget using your net income the numbers should fall into place. Balancing the budget is the only way you will know how much to spend and besides there may be other factors in your life that only you will know. You have to pay for your fixed expenses first and then your variable (the one’s that go up and down and that you have more control over.  There’s more to frugal living then the grocery budget and once you put a budget in place and follow it the more you will learn. If you haven’t read my budgeting series give it a read starting with How we designed our budget step 1 to learn the basics behind what we did.

Yearly Overview

Popular posts from 2012 that might help you on your quest to stick to your grocery budget and how to be frugal in Canada:

Guest Posts I wrote about saving money and groceries

If you are a regular grocery game challenge poster you will notice that I updated the template for 2013. I will paste it here below but you can also find the template in the grocery game rules post. If you could all use this template so we can follow along with your grocery game challenge all year that would be brilliant.

So as we can see lots has happened in 2012 but the best is yet to come. The Grocery Game Challenge is posted every Tuesday on the blog. Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post!

December 2012 Grocery Game Challenge WINNER is….. DONNA R #25! Congratulations!

You will see below that our grocery budget 2013 has been adjusted for inflation as well as an average of what we actually spent in 2012- $2685.12. Our 2013 grocery budget is now $2819.38. We also now have a stockpiling category in our budget which will be used for stockpile type sales only. If it does not get used one month it will go back into our savings account.  That budgeted amount will be $20 a month or $240 a year. In 2012 we used the grand total of $2727.94 which included everything across the budget just not groceries.  If you compare that to our 2011 coupon use of $7428.81 you will notice it has substantially dropped by $4700.87. I do want to point out that our 2011 total included $750 in Shoppers Drug Mart redemptions which we counted as coupons. So the next time someone tells you it’s not worth it to use coupons just smile and leave it at that. You know who’s keeping the money in the budget and that’s all that matters.

Our Purchases

  • 2x reduced 1L Pure Orange Juice $0.99 ea

Total Out of Pocket -$1.98

Cheecha Puffs
Cheecha Puffs

Bulk Barn

  • 3 x Cheecha Puffs Snacks $8.97-FPC’s=FREE (Thanks to the fans who told me the Bulk Barn sold these as I almost had to toss the coupons in the garbage as I couldn’t find the product.)

Total Out of Pocket- $0


  • 2x Bounty Paper Towel Sale $3.99- $0.50 and Buy 2 different products save $1.25 brandsaver coupons
  • 3x Charmin Bathroom Tissue 12 Double Rolls Sale $3.99 – $0.75 coupons and buy 2 different products save $1.25

(there was only 1 coupon used with the buy 2 different products and that was one toilet paper and one paper towel. The other products used the $0.50 and $0.75 coupons.)

  • 1 x Pannetone for a gift for our mates Sale $1.94
  • 1 x Party Mix for New Year’s- Sale $2.50
  • 1 x Party Snack for New Year’s Sale $0.94
  • Chicken Backs Sale $1.04
  • PC Maple Mustard -Pink Sticker $1.49
  • 5 x Johnson’s Italian Ground Sausage Sale $2.99-$1.00

Total Out Of Pocket- $38.13

 Our Grocery Game Challenge Results 

Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $2819.38

Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month.
Total Coupons Used this Week : $17.89
Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
Total Spent This Week:$40.11
Total Spent So Far for (January): $40.11
Total Over/Under spend this shop: $38.22 under
Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (January): $ under $38.22
Total Left to Spend for the Month: $194.89
Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.89+
Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
Total Spent To Date This Year: $40.11
Weekly Overview: Not too bad this week as we didn’t need alot of items. We will likely stock up next week on vegetables and fruits.
Coupons Found for 2013
January 2013 Canadian Coupons
January 2013 Canadian Coupons


FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

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

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

  • When does the Grocery Game Close each month?

The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. I’m new here – thought I’d give this a go and see if it helps me stay in budget – posting this late because the last couple of weeks were spent living a long-anticipated dream of taking our boys to Disneyland! And it looks like we stayed in budget with that – but that’s another post!

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    Soy milk 1.99 x 5 = 9.95
    Lay’s Chips 0.99 x 5 = 4.95
    Pop 710 mL 1.99 x 3 = 5.97
    Lip balm 1.99
    Kraft Dinner carton of 12 @ 6.99
    Royle Bathroom Tissue 3.99 – coupon for 1.00 = 2.99
    Listerine 4.99 – coupon for 3.00 = 1.99
    Stayfree pads 5.49 – coupon for 2.00 = 3.49
    Dove hairspray 4.99 – coupon for 2.00 – 2.99
    Tylenol Child 8.99 – coupon for 3.00 = 5.99
    Miracle Whip 2.79 – coupon for 1.00 = 1.79
    Kraft Peanut Butter 3.99 – coupon for 1.00 = 2.99
    Photo printing 0.58

    •Total Coupons Used: $ 13.00

    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 59.92 ( incl. tax)

    Disposable bowls for party 2.47
    Hummus 3.27
    Bananas 0.78
    Apples 1.90
    Green pepper 0.62
    Limes 0.99
    Soup 0.67 x 3 = 2.01
    Kidney beans 1.15 x 3 = 3.45

    •Total Coupons Used: $ 0

    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 15.81 (incl. tax)

    Dairy Queen
    Blizzard 5.19 x 2 = 10.38 – coupon for 5.19

    •Total Coupons Used: $ 5.19

    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 5.19 (incl. tax)

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    Royale Bathroom Tissue 4.99 – coupon for 1.00
    Milk 4.29
    Allergy Pills 25.99
    Allergy Pills 27.99 – coupon for 4.00

    •Total Coupons Used: $ 5.00

    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 65.93 (incl. tax)

    Meat Slices 4.47 – coupon for 1.50
    Yogurt tubes 2.77 – coupon for 0.50
    Applesauce cups 2.67 – coupon for 0.50

    •Total Coupons Used: $ 2.50

    •Total Out Of Pocket: $ 7.41 (incl. tax)

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $ 5520

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 460

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $ 115

    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $ 25.69

    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0

    •Total Spent This Week: $ 154.26

    •Total Spent So Far for January: $ 154.26

    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: Over $ 39.26

    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of January: Under $ 305.74

    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 305.74

    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $ 25.69

    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ ?

    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $ 154.26

    •Weekly Overview: Wait for some items to be on for a better sale price and not get overexcited about using coupons – now!

    1. Hi Anna!!
      I bet you had a great time at Disney! The Mrs. has been there and said it was great but by the time she was done she had seen enough Mickey and Minnie shops everywhere lol. Welcome to the Grocery Game Challege!! Great deal on the listerine! Was that a call in coupon from JandJ? If you like Hummus Anna, it is SO EASY to make and these companies gauge you with these prices. I believe my recipe is on the blog here. Really, it’s that easy and perfect for any day of the week. So your eating out is included in your grocery budget? I’m just trying to get to know your budget. Do you take advantage of optimum program promos at Shoppers Drug Mart? You went over a bit this week no biggie as we still have until the end of the month before we get to the end of the budget. Total carry over is for people who don’t spend their monthly grocery budget and want to carry the money over OR if you spend more than your monthly grocery budget and want to carry over the overage so you can spend less the next month to even it out (which we do) so we stick to the yearly budget. You have a healthy amount left for the month. How many people do you shop for each week? Lots of questions I know, it’s easier for me to analyze when I know how many you shop for and budget amounts etc. Keep up the great work Anna and we all look forward to seeing your next shop!!! oh, are you in Canada? I’ll give you ballot # 24 in our monthly contest but if you are not in Canada just let me know as Canadian Coupons if you win will likely be useless to you unless you cross the border to grocery shop. Cheers! Mr.CBB

      1. Yes, Disney was absolutely amazing! So much fun in so little time! And I’ll remember it forever. Going from plus 25 celsius to minus 25 celsius when we came home was a bit of a shocker! We live in Northern Ontario, so yes, I’m proudly Canadian! I believe your background is UK? My parents are immigrants from England, and I lived there as an infant. Hoping to go back in the next few years and show my sons a bit of their history.

        In answer to your questions – we feed a family of 2 adults and 2 growing boys – they are elementary age. The Listerine coupon was a printable I believe – can’t remember where right now – Smartsource? And thanks for the hummus recipe – I will look that up and give it a try – it’s definitely a new favourite of ours, and I will be buying (or making) it regularly! And YES – I am getting to know the SDM program more and more. We were able to get $85 worth of free stuff in the summer, and $210 worth just before Christmas, and we almost have another 95,000 points for next time there’s a mega redemption! I’ve also redeemed about 65,000 since Christmas as well – for other items. We got the SDM mastercard as well, and we’re trying to take advantage of all the earn extra points days, etc. We love it so far!

        1. Hi,
          The SDM program in my opinion is one of the best around as long as you get products on sale knowing they are the best price along with the points otherwise we might as well just buy it somewhere else for cheaper. We didn’t redeem in 2012 but we did 4 mega redemptions in 2011 at CHristmas which was ALOT of shopping lol. Good to know you are in Ontario so I can give you ballots each week you post to be entered in my monthly contest. Where about in the UK are you from?

          1. My family is from Oakworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire – farm folk. And yourself?
            True about the SDM program – I am learning so much as I go along – only buying things I know we’ll need, at good prices, sale items, and it’s great if I have a coupon as well. For example, this weekend is the buy $75, get 18,500 points – that’s something like $40 on mega redemption day – so if I can get the total down quite a bit, I feel like I haven’t spent anything at all.

          2. That’s what we used to do is spend the $75 to get the points but we have cut back on that as we found we were just spending to get points and at the end of the year we had all these points and said, so what do we need to buy. In reality we could have just not bought all year unless we truly had to and if it was on a points day we could try to make the $50 or $75 but we didn’t force it. They add up fast though.

  2. So the first week of January ended up being a no shop week for me. There was just nothing I ended up really needing. I am sure I will make up for it in the coming couple of weeks though. It was very nice to read Pauline’s post and I look forward to following her on the Grocery Game to see how different it is in her country compared to us in Canada and the U.S. Welcome!!

  3. Yes it is very large garden about 35 feet by 33feet roughly. Our landlords mom dug it up in a weekend when she first came to canada, she was in her sixties at that!!!!!
    Will post pics for sure 🙂
    I did buy some seeds from a dollar store her but only half the seedd took and grew, but when they are 4/3 for $1 its okay if not everything grows.

  4. when my girl comes out at spring break we will start all the assorted peppers and tomatoes
    but planning lots of kinds of potatoes, beans, peas, onions
    then lettuces, basil, carrots, pumpkins, cucumber, broccoli, chillis, jalapenos
    will mix in some marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias, comos, petunias, impatients, wildflowers
    I did plant some garlic in sept so fingers crossed that they do well, never tried growing them before
    I do have lots of seeds left over from last summer and bought lots at zellers for 90% off
    for all the ones I need to buy I will get at canadian tire with the canadian tire money we have been saving up from when we gas up, we have $35 so far 🙂 almost enough to pay for all the seed potatoes

    1. Wow you must have a large plot of land to grow all of that good for you. Organic garlic is amazing so I hope it comes up for you. We got lots of our seeds from Home Hardware and the dollar store and they worked perfect for us. Smart to get them discounted and use your CT money! I hope to see piccies of this garden in the summer haha!

  5. Lots of new players for the new year; that’s awesome! 🙂

    This is my shop for the week:

    Mom 10

    Lays 2.88
    Organic Peanut Butter 3.48
    Ritz Crackers 1.98
    Pita (x2) 1.98
    Ham 3.48
    Broccoli 1.47
    Mushrooms 1.48
    Onions (x2) 1.92
    Green Peppers 2.48
    Parsley 0.77
    Spinach (x3) 2.64
    Tuna 1.23
    Sriracha (x2) 4.92
    Sunlight 2.07

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of Pocket 32.78

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $200
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    Total Spent This Week: $42.78
    Total Spent So Far for January: $42.78
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $7.22 under
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of January: $ 7.22 under
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $157.22
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
    Total Spent to Date This Year: $42.78

    Weekly overview: I decided to split the money I was putting aside for my mom throughout the month instead of all at the beginning of the month. Also had a couple items that I purchased to try out Checkout51; its a pretty cool app! 🙂

    Have a good week Mr. CBB!

    1. Hey Vicky!!
      That’s a smart idea to split it up that way you aren’t stuck one month with the entire payment. I haven’t tried checkout 51 as I don’t have a fancy phone but lots of people seem to be enjoying the cash back. This budget just to clarify is for 2 people per week to eat, correct? Were you able to track your overall total for 2012? Will you carry over under/overspends each month? You’re off to a great start though …. keep at it. You get ballot #11 Mr.CBB

  6. Pretty easy week….worked lots…and worked overnights on the weekend so definetly in no mood for shopping…lol. we still have lots in the cupboard and lots in the freezer so off to a good start so far 🙂


    sandwich buns 2.99
    italian bread 0.97
    epsom salts 4.47
    orange juice 2.47
    salami 3.97
    mozzarella 2.97
    smoked turkey breast 2.77
    Black forest ham 3.17
    celery 1.27
    mini carrotts 1.47
    bread 1.97
    tostitos 2.50
    cheese slices 2.97-0.75c=2.22



    Homo Milk 5.47×2=10.94
    baby cheesies 2.26
    sos pads 1.00
    hot dogs 2.47
    worterschire sauce 2.17
    beef broth 2.00
    sausage buns 2.98-0.75=2.23
    hamburger buns 2.98-0.75=2.23
    chunky soup 2.00×2=4.00



    Chips 1.77
    Freezer bags 2.48
    Salt for outside 3.47
    Diapers 34.43
    Homo Milk 5.47

    Used 50 dollar gift card so free 🙂 (We also bought a new xmas tree for 64 dollars with our gift cards when it was 50 percent off….found out today the trees are now 75percent off so i plan on bringing back my tree and hopefully get the extra 25 percent back 🙂

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 540 or 135 a week for 2 adults, a 4 year old, 1 year old, cat and two dogs
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $49.89
    •Total Spent This Week:$63.55
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $63.55
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $71.45 under
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $ under 71.45
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $476.45
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $2.25
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $63.55
    •Weekly Overview: Simple week. Have lots to eat still. I dont really have too much room in our house to stockpile so unless its an amazing sale i tend not to stock up too much. Our friends upstairs recently purchased a tall stand up freezer in which we can use half so i may be able to stockpile/freezer cook now…..will have to wait and see….so far so good for the month 🙂 Its my birthday this month as well….so any money i save on groceries this month is being put towards a night out….and a charity event we are attending. January is a busy month….had to start planning the budget when having to pay for new stickers and two new dogs tags right off the bat….but so far so good.

    1. Hi Joanne,
      I think most people have plenty left after the holidays. We don’t have much to buy this week either but we stocked up on coffee after I posted the GG so I will have to add that in as part of our stockup budget but that won’t cover all we stocked up in coffee so it will come out of our reg grocery budget. Happy Birthday for this month!!! If you need a budget let me know and you can try ours. We budget for those expenses the dog tags and stickers all year long even if they are paid so the money revolves like a door into the next year and it’s ready to go. You get ballot #9!!!! Here’s to an awesome 2013~ Mr.CBB

  7. wow surprised that I noticed the five week month normally I am in lala land 🙂
    the cheese I bought to try out and was willing to spend the $2 on it, tonight we had it with tomato slices with salt and pepper and evoo, a little piece of basil would have been nice………… hmmmmmm thoughts of the garden next year, not gonna lie I am already getting my plans out, writing a list and budgeting even though there is a few feet of snow on the ground outside.
    I also had a moment of silence for the BOX of expired coupons I recycled, lol!

    1. I know I never even thought about the extra week of shopping but none the less we have a budget and we will fit in what we need 4 weeks or 5…. we have plenty around the house. Its good to start planning your garden now. We start growing tomatoes and peppers from seed in March so they are ready to go. What do you grow? I know our binder is pretty cleaned out!

  8. I shop for 2 adults and a 2 year old toddler. Our budget is $90/week or $360 for this month and includes baby items, laundry, health/beauty, etc.
    Hershey’s Pot of Gold (clearance) $2.94
    Bread $1.98
    CD $.49
    OOP $4.77
    Milk $4.23
    NN frozen chopped spinach $1.00
    NN frozen mixed veggies $1.99
    Source yogurt (PM) $4.97 – $.50 coupon
    Hot dog buns $2.99 – 50% pink sticker $1.50
    Bananas $1.00
    Dove bonus pack shampoo with conditioner (rain cheque from boxing day) 6 x $2.97
    Cup $.24
    Coupons $.50
    CD $3.27
    OOP $31.08
    Tuna $.79 each wub 5 (bought 5)
    Goldseal tuna (on sale) 4 x $1.39 – 3 x $.50 coupons + 1 x $.50 Checkout 51 (I eat a lot of tuna for lunches I wanted to try some different brands)
    Coupons $2.00
    OOP $8.01
    McCain fries 2/$5.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Campbell’s broths (PM GT) 3 x $.99
    Frosted Flakes $3.97 – FPC
    Froot Loops (PM FC) 3x $3.97 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Mini Wheats (PM FC) 4 x $3.97 – 4 x $1.00 coupons
    Kraft Peanut Butter (PM FC) 3x $3.97 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Kraft Cheez Whiz (PM Metro) 2 x $2.88 – 2 x $1.50 coupons
    Kraft salad dressings (PM WM) 2 x $1.97
    Miracle Whip 3 x $2.97 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Mott’s Fruit Rockets (PM FC) 2 x $1.97 – 2 x $.50 coupons
    Neilson’s 2% milk 2 x $4.23
    Neilson’s chocolate milk (PM NF) 3 x $.97
    Petit Danino (PM WM) 2 x $2.00 – $1.00 coupon – $.50 coupon
    Windsor salt $.89
    Roasted turkey deli meat $5.00 – $1.50 Checkout 51
    Bread $2.99
    Poppers $2.99
    WW Bread $2.46
    Ground chicken $3.80
    Family pack chicken breast (PM Foodport) $8.57 + $7.35 (great deal!)
    Apples (PM Metro) $2.16
    Banana’s $1.43
    Broccoli (PM FB) $.77
    Carrots (3lbs) $1.27
    Celery $1.79
    Dole salad $1.99
    GS Apples $2.45
    Mushrooms (PM Metro) $.99
    Red potatoes $3.21
    Tomatoes $1.15
    Coupons $24.47
    CD $14.31
    Gift cards used $15.00
    OOP $88.34
    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $26.97
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $15.00 (used 3 x $5.00 Kelloggs gas promo cards)
    •Total Spent This Week:$132.20
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $132.20
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $32.20
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $227.80
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.97
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $132.20
    •Weekly Overview: Well, it doesn’t seem like a great way to start off the year but a few changes have made this shop look bad lol. I used to adjust my shopping week differently from Mr CBB’s but this week I kept it the same so it was like 2 weeks of shops in one week. I also stocked up on many items. Peanut butter, miracle whip, chicken and cereal were all priced so well this week I had to stock up. I do not have a stockpile section in my budget like Mr CBB added this year so it just ate into the next week of my budget. Also new for me is having my monthly budget instead of always a weekly budget. I will now just try to be under for the whole month , so if I have a week that I’m over like this one it’s not such a big deal. I am also not going to carry over extra left in the budget from month to month. If there’s extra than it will go somewhere else that it’s needed. I look forward to the new challenge! 🙂

    1. Hey Jennifer!
      Good to see you have a total for the year. You can post as you like Jen you don’t have to follow my week but as long as you state in the overview what’s going on and you know what’s going on it’s all good. Remember though you get a ballot with each weeks shop that you post haha. We shop on Monday’s for example and I post the grocery game Tuesday. We typically don’t shop any more until the next Monday otherwise we tend to spend more than we are supposed to. If you shop on Saturday then post for the grocery game of that week but I can see why you have 2 weeks here. Good.. no carry over for the month, I’m glad you ran with that Jen. When do you normally grocery shop? You still have $227 left to spend for the month and that’s a healthy amount.. you can do it!!! You get ballot #8.. (I’m watching your budget like a hawk hahaha) Mr.CBB..

      1. I shop wheneven my MIL is working and I can get her discount card! lol. I try for Fri, Sat or Sun (preferrably Sunday).

        1. So when you post you are posting for the week back… so if you post today you are posting for my Tues post past. When I post on Tues again and if you shop Sun you post again on Sunday. That will keep you on track and likely in line with my weeks. Will see how it goes, no stress 😉 MIL … You are so lucky.. love that discount.

      2. Uh oh! I just read some other people’s posts. I didn’t realize it was a longer month and didn’t account for that in my creating this month’s budget. I’m not sure if I should adjust it or see if I can make it! lol

      3. lol yes love that discount 🙂

        Are you nuts! A no shop week!? That is not at all possible! lol 🙂 I need fruit and veggies 🙂

  9. I’m doing this on the iPad so we shall see how things work. All shops were at Foodland this week. Next week will have other places as I’m in Stratford at least once and Sobey’s has some nice deals…. So for this week…

    Dec 31
    1can crushed tomatoes -1.33
    1container beef broth-1.50
    1 head lettuce-1.99
    1 Triscuit-2.79
    1 apple juice-2.88
    1frozen pizza-3.97
    1 cider mix-3.99
    2 green peppers-2.59
    2 4l milk- 9.58
    1 package ground beef-5.32
    1 jug water-5.49
    1 large pack stewing beef( labeled lean gr. beef)-11.35
    Total-$53.30, no coupons

    Jan 3
    1 package taco shells-1.98
    1 turnip-3.08
    1pasta sauce-2.99
    1 raisin bread-3.79
    1 S/S sauce-3.79
    1 frozen pizza-3.97
    1 cider mix-3.99
    1 ziplock freezer bags-4.29
    1 lb butter-4.69
    1 4 l milk-4.79
    1 container Christmas candy-4.99 minus 1.25
    1 jug water-5.49
    1 pack smokes -9.69
    Total-$59.10, 1.25 in discounts

    Jan 5
    1 newspaper -1.99
    1 package dog treats-2.79

    This gives me a total for the week of $117.53, under by $32.47 for the week. I’m going to try to carry this ahead for weeks I go over. The dog treats were because we decided at the last minute to visit my sister-in-law and I Lways bring a treat for Mitzi! She’s my 4 pawed little niece… hurt to pay full price for butter after all this time!!! I’ve lucked out for a while on sales for it but I guess my luck ran out. The stewing beef was a nice deal as it was labeled groundbeef and priced that way too, which was cheaper than the price for actual stewing beef!!, not that I’ll complain….

    1. Hi there Christine,
      You are under budget this week woohoo!! So you are going to carry over your underspends which is fine for the month. We are going to carry over the under-spends for the month but only for that month. We will not carry over into other months as it really defeats the purpose for us. If we give ourselves more we will spend it. I’ll just chalk it up to we spent less one month and the money is going to savings account. If we go over budget one month we will carry over that overage and spend less the next month. We really want to stick to the yearly budget this year. Lucky Mitzi….. awe! Oh wow it was stewing beef.. darn that was a great price and good eye! If you can use the template at the end of your shop it will help all of us follow your shops and how many coupons and your ongoing budget amounts week per week. It’s in the grocery game rules. You might have to get your kids to show you how easy it is to copy, paste… if it’s a problem just do what you are doing until I get the new site up. I realize not everyone is computer savvy. If you can just make sure we have the details that we need that’s ok. Budget for the month, coupon total used, total spent for the week, total spent for the month. When I have the new site up I’m working on something new for this game hopefully easier. You get ballot #7!!! Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

      Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $
      •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $
      •Total Coupons Used this Week : $
      •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- So not a gift card you bought
      •Total Spent This Week:$
      •Total Spent So Far for (insert month): $
      •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $
      •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (insert month): $
      •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $
      •Total Coupons Used This Month : $
      •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
      •Total Spent To Date This Year: $
      •Weekly Overview: Share your overall thoughts on your shop and what improvements you will need to make.

  10. our weekly budget is $100 a week
    for this month there is 5 weeks so that will be a monthly budget of $500-$550 if I plan a large shop

    .88×2 pudding
    $10.47-$2C asprin low dose-for the hubby
    $3.97×3-$3.97C cereal
    .74 xmas kleenex
    $1.80 bananas
    .50 gift bag-my son needed
    $4.97 pizza
    $26.76 total oop
    $5.97 total coupons

    $2 bocconcini
    $2.99-$1.50C singles
    $4.19 chicken pot pie
    $3.49 plum sauce
    $8.15 roudlen
    $10.68 ground beef-half price
    $1.99 clearance xmas chocolate
    $5.27 4L milk
    $37.36 total oop
    $1.50 total coupons

    $64.12 total weekly oop
    $7.47 total weekly coupons
    $435.88 remaining for the month

    1. Hey Juanita!
      Crap I forgot about the long month.. geesh that means some heavy duty shopping for us… hope we can make it as we are going to be VERY strict with our budget this year. What do you use the bocconcini for? I can eat them like bon bons haha…great deal on the beef too! You didn’t spend a whole lot this week so that leaves you plenty of room for the month. You get ballot #6 Cheers Juanita! Mr.CBB

  11. Safeway:
    12x apple juice
    5x pizza pops
    1x birthday cake
    2x special k granols bars
    2x spcial k oat n honey cereal
    2x special k granola
    2x special k fruit crisp
    2x special k breakfast drinks
    3x special k breakfast sandwich
    2x special k crackers
    coupons used $34.62
    OOP $17.23
    earned 150 airmiles
    disc christmas stuffx 8
    can tuna
    yogurt tubes
    12x disc bread
    3x tomato
    coupons used $3.27
    OOP $50.08
    NO Frills

    6x cheese
    8x gala apples
    6x bananas
    2x female products
    coupons used $7
    superbucks used $6.38
    OOP $27.95
    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $400( 5 ppl)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $44.86
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- So not a gift card you bought
    •Total Spent This Week:$160.13
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $160.13
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $60.13 over
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $239.87
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $$44.86
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $160.13
    •Weekly Overview: we went over our budget because it was a birthday and there were a couple awesome Christmas decor deals which I plan to sell some of and get my money+ back in november.

    1. Hi Tori!
      Welcome to the grocery game challenge! Subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already so you always get my post in your email every day. That way you won’t miss a beat here at CBB!So you have a healthy budget of $400 a month for 5 people or $4800.00 per year. If you go over budget on month do you try to spend less that amount the following month? We are doing that this year so we can stick to the yearly budgeted amount and in your case $4800. What do you include in your grocery budget? Food, Pet, Baby,Laundry, Misc? These questions are just so I understand your shopping better as well as the fans who read these posts every week and follow the shops. In your overview you say you picked up some great deals on decor and will sell them in November. I presume you mean next November to make back some money to add back into your budget? Interesting…… DO you do this often? I’d love to hear about it. So you used $4.86 in coupons this week, that’s awesome. So you went over this week shopping you can make it up the next week. Thanks for posting your shop. Like I mentioned on Facebook if you can put the prices and coupons totals next to each product that would help me to read and understand the shop more. You get ballot #5 in the monthly draw! (don’t worry I track all the ballot #’s so you don’t have to unless you want to). Mr.CBB… See you next Tuesday Tori!

  12. Hey Mr CBB, I hadn’t realized my wordpress account was linked to my other website, which is still under construction, thanks for pointing that out! To answer your questions the fish comes from a neighbor who fishes and brings it over, then the handyman cleans it and I freeze a few and we eat a couple on that day. I have learned how to clean them but am enjoying the convenience! Yes we find about everything here, lots of junk food in very small sizes so people can afford them, which is terrible because it messes with their usual diet. Staple foods are black beans and rice, with corn tortilla, people usually eat eggs for breakfast and rarely have meat, or a very small piece for lunch, with rice and beans. Those are pretty cheap, about $.50 a pound, meat is $3 which is half a day of work on minimum wage, so a luxury. Then if you want real luxuries like cheese, dairy, cereals, bacon… you pay a premium, about US prices and sometimes above. There is Walmart in Guatemala City and a kind of Costco but where I live those products are harder to find or even more expensive, limiting temptation. Cheers!

  13. Walmart #1
    2 x fleecy liquid pm GTiger $2.97 – $5
    4 x Whiskas cat food $5.98 – $3 – $3 (tax on 2.98 ea)
    1 x Honey Bunches of Oats pm GTiger $1.97 – $1
    2 x 5 lbs potatoes $1
    2 x mini carrots $1
    2 x kraft salad dressing $1.97
    tax $2.32
    total $30.09
    less coupons $23.00
    less gift card $7.09 (gift from christmas)
    oop $0

    Walmart #2
    1 x yoplait yogurt $3.17 – fpc
    oop $0

    NoFrills #1
    6 x Whiskas pm Walmart $5.98 – $3 – $3
    1 x doz eggs $2.73
    1 x noname lasagne $1.77
    1 x 10kg all purpose flour $7.97
    2 x broccoli pm Foodbasics $.77
    1 x 3lb carrots $1.47
    1 x bag coleslaw $1.27 (forgot to get this at walmart)
    1 x fresh ginger .12
    1 x iceberg lettuce $.87
    2 x white mushrooms $.99
    2 x green onions $.57
    6 x roma tomatoes $1.31 for all
    tax $2.32
    total $60.37
    less coupons $36.00
    less $20 pc points
    less $4.37 gift card (glade promo)
    oop $0

    NoFrills #2
    6 x Whiskas pm Walmart $5.98 – $3 – $3
    1 X NN sour cream 1.59
    tax $2.32
    total $39.79
    less coupons $36.00
    less gift card $3.79 (glade promo)
    oop $0

    Giant Tiger
    5 x hot & spicy noodles $.99 – $.50
    1 x 10kg flour $5 😮
    total $9.95
    less coupons $2.50
    less $3.17 (SCOP from a previous NoFrills receipt that i got the money back for today)
    less $4.29 (portion of a check that came in this week from checkout 51)
    oop $0

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $3600.00 for 3 people and 2 cats

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $300.00 or $75.00 week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $100.67 actual coupons + 3.17 SCOP + $20 pc points + $4.28
    portion of a checkout 51 cheque received this week = $128.12
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $15.25 gift cards = $15.25
    •Total Spent This Week:$0
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $0
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $75 under
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): under $75
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $300
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $0
    •Weekly Overview: We have quite a bit of meat in the freezer so I avoided buying any this week.
    Very happy with all the cat food at an exceptional price after coupons!
    I still have $22.22 in the bank from a checkout 51 cheque, $30 in pc points,
    $10 or more in airmiles to use at metro, $6.84 pc gift card and $42.51 walmart gift card.
    It should be a cheap month.

    1. Hey Chicky!!
      Like you we are well stocked on meat so we don’t have to purchase that for a bit. We are going to try and eat what we already have in the house. I don’t have one of those fancy phones to use Checkout 51 but great for those that do.How do you like the app? We have lots of points kicking around as well. Might have to start using them up. Your yearly budget seems reasonable but I have a funny feeling you are going to beat that budget! You are a super shopper!!! Great deal on the flour wow… what flour was that? We don’t bother with glade anymore but what was the promo? You get ballot #4! Looking forward to see how your year falls into place.. Cheers mate! Mr.CBB

      1. thanks!
        i purchased an ipad. i love it and the app for checkout 51!
        not really sure if the budget is reasonable or not. i totally couponed my brains out in 2012, got 17K worth of stuff and averaged $298/mo. prices are rising and i’m not sure that i can keep up with how i did last year.
        flour wasn’t a name brand at either nofrills or giant tiger. one brand was prairie flour mills, the other was county fair…but at those prices i’m good with it! i don’t do any fancy baking and as long as i don’t burn anything i’m good with it lol!
        the glade promo was a coupon zone coupon. buy $15 worth of glade products, get a $15 pc gift card by mail. i had a $5 wus $15 glade coupon and also got a $5 wus $20 or $25? can’t remember now, when you sign up for a pc master card (hence pc points available to use atm). they also give you $20 worth of points when you receive the card and i earned $50 since the middle of november when the card arrived.
        i also have about $30 worth of sdm points. i think i’ll save those to get to the max redemption level.

        1. HOLY! I think I should be following you for the great deals although you have told me about a couple I’ve went out to get in 2012. Keep em coming!!! We slowed down alot now we have enough of some items. Mr.CBB

  14. Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 or $85.00 week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $3.89
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$66.86
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $66.86
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $18.14
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $18.14
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $273.14
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $3.89
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $66.86
    •Weekly Overview: Like to say this is a good shopping trip but really it is just filling in the gaps of what I have on hand. I seem to be so NOT-motivated to look in the freezer/pantry and design menus based on what I have. Rather more excited to make meals from recipes I see in the cook books I got from the library. Would love to see some chicken on sale in the next few weeks!! But I am stubborn and will make whatever I have to to make my budget work.

    Shoppers Drug:
    Demester Bread 2 @ 1.99 each 3.98
    milk 2 @ 4.13 each 8.26
    cheese shredded 3.99
    margarine 1.99

    Hot chocolate 2.99
    Apple fritters 3.49 + tax 3.94

    No Frills
    Beef bullion 16pk 1.99
    Lucky Charms cereal Family size 3.49
    Chocolate chips 2x 350gr @ 1.77 each 3.54
    Graham crumbs noname 1.97
    Vanilla pudding .78
    PC wheat square cereal 2.99
    Macaroni noodles .88
    yogurt 3.89- coupon of 3.89 free
    English muffins .99
    bananas 1.42kg @$ 1.48/kg 2.10
    blueberries pint 1.97
    Clementine 5lbs 3.97
    cucumber .97
    apples 5lbs 4.97
    10lbs potato 3.97
    Baby spinach 4.49
    Spagetti Squash 1.235/$2.14kg 2.64

    Total 66.86


    1. Hi Farmgirl,
      Same here we are just filling in the gaps. Like Mary another grocery game poster we are going to try and eat the food we have in the house already as there is plenty here. I hate to see things waste even with our pantry and freezer inventory list we have to keep on top of the food. With only 2 of us we can only eat so much. Like you we want to make more homemade recipes and develop new ones for the Sunday blog post. I look forward to 2013. You are off to a slow start but you still were able to get lots of food. We are focusing more on fruits and veg this year. My new site will be up soon so you can link in the comments to your site which will be nice! You get ballot #3 for the first post of the year! Mr.CBB

  15. Mr. CBB,

    Happy New Year to you and yours. I am excited by new beginnings and very motivated to attack my goals for this year. Today I was listening to the CBC while running errands and heard a news story that a Royal Bank survey of clients reports debt reduction as the financial priority among Canadians (over saving and retirement planning). I can completely relate as that is where I live right now. Next year I will revise my priorities as finances allow.

    I am also excited and thrilled to have won last month’s grocery game. How shall I contact you to provide my address?

    Here are my grocery purchases for this week:

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    3 x Great Grains cereal 3/10.00 – 1.00 coupon = 9.00
    1 x pasta = 0.99
    1 x Kraft singles cheese 3.99 – 1.00 coupon = 2.99
    1 x salad dressing 3.29 – 1.00 store coupon = 2.29
    1 x toothpaste = 1.99
    2 x 4L milk @ 4.19 = 8.38
    2 x dozen eggs @2.29 = 4.58
    2 x Ivory body wash @3.49 – 2.50 coupon = 4.48
    1 x Reynold’s baking cups = 1.49
    3 x LB canned tuna @ 3/5.00 = 5.00
    3 x LB canned salmon @1.49 = 4.47
    3 x Dempster’s bread @ 1.99 = 5.97
    Total OOP = 51.63
    Coupons used = 5.50 + I rec’d a coupon by email for 20x Optimum points when you spend $50.00 today.


    1 x 2L Orange juice 1.99 – 2.00 from son (he wanted it) = 0.00
    1 x 1L Almond Breeze =2.49
    1 x MIO 3.49 – 1.00 coupon = 2.49
    1 x Arctic Garden froz. Veg. 2.99 – 1.00 = 1.99
    5 x selection cat food @0.99 = 4.95 (rec’d 2 bonus air miles)
    2 x Cashmere bathroom tissue @2.88 = 5.76
    1 x froz. Cooked shrimp = 4.99
    1 x bbq sauce = 1.79
    1 x Dempster’s tortillas = 3.79 (made a mistake and picked up the wrong bag – ouch!)
    1 x reduced oranges = 1.29
    1 x reduced apples = 0.99 (will be fine in my morning green smoothie)
    2 x red pepper = 2.93
    1 x yellow pepper = 1.42
    1 x deli black olives = 1.42
    1 x deli feta cheese = 1.55
    Total OOP = 44.75
    Coupons used = 4.00 + plus coupon for 15 bonus air miles WUS 30.00.


    2 x McCain pizza @2.44 = 4.88
    1 x Chapman’s Froz. yogurt @4.77 – 4.77 FPC = 0.00
    1 x 6 pk Boost Diabetic 9.97 – 2.00 coupon = 7.97
    2 x Black Diamond Sliced cheese @2.97 – 0.75 coupon = 5.19
    1 x 2L ice cream = 2.97
    1 x celery = 1.27
    1 x bulk raw cashew nuts = 3.08 (experimenting with some vegan recipes)
    1 x 500g mozzarella cheese = 4.44
    2 x tostitos salsa @ 1.88 = 3.76
    1 x 4lb clementines = 2.49
    5 x plum tomatoes = 1.68
    1 x parsley = 0.99
    1 x 3lb carrots = 1.47
    3 x romaine lettuce @1.27 = 3.81
    1 x rutabaga = 1.67
    1 x red onion = 0.58
    1 x cabbage = 1.29
    Total OOP = 47.54
    Coupons used = 7.52

    Food Basic

    3 x frozen fruit @2.97 = 8.91
    2 x Astro yogurt @1.88 = 3.76
    1 x salad dressing = 1.79
    2 x Carnation evaporated milk @1.79 – 2.00 coupons = 1.58
    2 x pistachios @ 3.99 – 2.00 coupon = 5.98
    1 x frozen Pollock = 4.49 (craving English style fish & chips – do you miss fish & chips from home?)
    1 x pineapple = 1.00
    2 x utility turkeys (0.77/lb!!!) = 18.64
    2 x Dole coleslaw mix @ 1.00 = 2.00
    2 x white bread = 1.97
    1 x garlic bulb = 0.46
    3 x reduced bananas @0.99 = 2.97 (into the freezer for banana bread)
    2 x reduced green peppers @ 0.79 = 1.58 (chopped and into the freezer for future use)
    3 x tomatoes = 2.36
    1 x cucumber = 1.47
    Total OOP = 60.00
    Coupons used = 4.00

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $800.00or $200.00/week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week: $ 21.02

    •Total Spent This Week: $ 203.92
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $ 203.92
    •Total Over/Under spent this shop: $ 3.92 over (those darned turkeys!)
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of (January): $ 3.92
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 596.08
    •Total Coupons Used This Month: $ 21.02
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month: $
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $ 204.17
    •Weekly Overview: I think I did pretty well. My New Year Resolution is to eat more veggies and get rid of most junk food. I am fairly well stocked up so didn’t need much meat or personal items. The turkeys and/or reduced veggies threw me over but I will recoup in future weeks when I don’t have to purchase them.

    1. Hi Donna!
      Congratulations! If you can email me or PM me on Facebook your address canadianbudgetbinder (at) yahoo (dot) (ca) that would be great. I”ll get your envie out to you right away. I presume your budget will stay the same as 2012? Ha, those darned turkeys… but worth it you can make so much from them. I like your New Years Resolution ALOT. With the grocery game challenge I often encourage fans to cook homemade and eat more of the good stuff, veggies included. It has made a HUGE difference to our grocery budget since we stopped using coupons to buy crackers, crisps, and this and that which we really didn’t need although the odd occasion we might pick something up. We even made our own pizzas the other day which were dead easy to do and much cheaper. Good deal on the reduced fruits.. we always check the reduced rack. Don’t forget you can now email Chapmans to request your $5.00 coupon once per year!!! Cheers and Happy Saving Donna! You get ballot #2 for 2013~ Mr.CBB

      1. We have been making our own pizza for years. In fact, that is what we had for dinner yesterday. Toppings included leftover turkey, fresh spinach, red onions, mushrooms and bbq sauce.My hubbie makes excellent pizza dough and we can make 3 X-large deep dish pizzas for under $10.00. This is a must for feeding the starving kiddoes.

  16. Mr CBB, I figure we are going to eat up our “stockpile” this year! I want to start canning this coming summer and I plan to use the shelves that are currently holding our canned goods to store my new treasures. I have oodles to learn, but it sounds like loads of fun journey and it will allow me to have “convenience” foods without risking running into some form of wheat. 🙂

    With abruptly switching to Gluten Free living for me…we have lots of wheat products in the house that hubby alone will be using now (i.e. dried pasta, canned soups, grains from the wheat family). It means we’ll have slightly different meals until I have exhausted the food that I can’t have, but it’s worth it to start rebuilding my health! On the night he has a canned soup, I can make a vegetarian split pea, lentil or vegetable soup for me. Or just make one soup, and split the soup in half, before I add any pasta, barley or bulgur to his half. When he has pasta or a wheat family grain as his starch… I’ll have a potato, sweet potato or yam. No biggie…and really not a lot more work.

    By the way, I don’t have a formal diagnosis of Celiac disease as yet, but after chatting with my sister this Christmas – I found out 7 of my family members are either allergic to wheat, suffer with Chron’s disease or Celiac disease. So, I tried going Gluten Free just before Christmas and voila…no more indigestion, no more nausea, no more “dashing” to the washroom! After suffering absolutely horribly for months and months (in fact the whole time we were on vacation), I was happy to finally figure out what the devil was upsetting my apple cart. And the effects of the change were immediate and within 24 hours I was feeling amazing! So, I guess the message is…don’t fight it, just cut out the wheat and any gluten you can find.

    I “oopsed” the other day (never thought tomato soup would have wheat) and I was sick as a dog within half an hour. If I needed confirmation, I certainly got it! I will see my doc this month & have her send me to an allergist for confirmation and an exact list of my food allergies, but for now it’s just such a miracle to feel good again. I was getting really sick of feeling sick, and was willing to go to any length to change that.

    Foods for Gluten Free living can be so much more expensive if you do all “pre-packaged”, the same as any other convenience foods, but even more so. It’s like they know that for the vast majority of people, they still want the easier softer way so they sock it to them price wise! I plan to make most of my own meals from scratch because then I know exactly what is in my food. Not only do I bypass the gluten, I also skip oodles of preservatives & sugars and other crap that I can’t pronounce.

    We’ve changed our diet so many times over the years…meat eaters to Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian then to Strict Vegan back to Flexitarian (we eat fish, eggs and dairy) and now to a Gluten Free lifestyle. After a car accident when I couldn’t walk for a year, I read voraciously and learned all kinds of stuff about alternate styles of eating and international cuisines. Hubby has been so incredibly flexible with all the changes…he just asks that whatever he eats actually tastes good. 🙂 Not exactly difficult to please is he? When we were Vegan, he still enjoyed a lasagna or a burger and fries when we we dining out. I am sure as we switch to Gluten Free, he’ll still have some amazingly yummy meals at home and a few treats when we are in a restaurant!

    I feel so very lucky to have my partner’s support with yet another change! Hubby is such a good shopper…he read thru all the crackers the other day to find 2 boxes that were not only GF but were also on sale. Last night I tried the rice crackers with Sea Salt and Black Pepper with some light cream cheese – lovely and only $2 a box at Save On Foods. This doesn’t have to break the bank. 🙂

    So…yes I think I can make last year’s budget work. Using up the stockpile will keep the weekly grocery shops low until summer. I plan to carry forward any “Under” amounts to buy extra produce when canning season arrives.

    The Wheat Free stipulation is also keeping us out of restaurants and away from fast food. That will help with the grocery budget too – since the grocery budget and gift cards absorb our eating out, unless we are on vacation. We have some lovely gift cards though from Christmas so we will still dine out once every month or two, but I will need to choose my meals very wisely to make sure that they are Gluten Free. 🙂

    1. Wow, that’s like a blog post comment lol. I like what you are doing and we will be doing the same. I think just opening up the budget a bit more will keep us sane for now. If we don’t spend it then it will go back into savings. We aren’t going to rush out now and spend the full amount just because we can. I think you and Larry are going to do wonderful things in 2013 with the budget because you are both so committed to it. Your GF lifestyle will be a learning curve but nothing you can’t handle because you are a go-getter. I can’t wait to learn all the new food and recipes you bring to the table. Happy New Year to you both Mary!!!

  17. I am early in the week this week with my Grocery Shop. I wanted to take advantage of some terrific coupon offers that ended on January 3rd and draw attention my savings in case others choose to partake. 🙂

    I wasn’t sure how to show the fact that ending today, for every $50 iTunes gift card purchased at Safeway…you receive a free $10 Safeway gift card for future use. Since they processed a charge and then reduced the charge with a coupon, I showed it that way.

    Week of Dec 31/12 to Jan 6/13

    Safeway – Shop #1

    1 Pkg Pre-Cooked and Marinate Pork Spareribs $11.79
    1 $50 iTunes Gift Card $50.00
    1 $10.00 Safeway Gift Card $10.00

    •Total Coupons Used: $3.80 + $10.00 for Safeway gift card = $13.80
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $57.99 – $50.00 from our Future Payments Savings re iTunes cards = $7.99 Grocery Expenses

    Safeway – Shop #2
    1 Pkg Corn Tortillas $2.69
    1 Pkg Rice Vermicelli $2.39
    1 Pkg Brown Rice Vermicelli $3.59
    1 Pkg Kellog’s Brown Rice GF Rice Krispies $6.29
    2 Pkgs Tortillas Chips $7.06
    2 Safeway Select Frozen Pizza $12.98
    1 Pkg Whole Wheat Dinner rolls (12) $3.39
    1 Large Potato Salad $5.49
    1 $50 iTunes Gift Card $50.00
    1 $10.00 Safeway Gift Card $10.00

    •Total Coupons Used: $2.06 + $6.98+$0.90 +$10.00 for Safeway gift card = $19.94
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $85.20 – $50.00 from our Future Payments Savings re iTunes cards = $35.20 Grocery Expenses

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results:

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $190 x 12 = $2,280.00
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 190.00
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $ 190.00/4 = $47.50 with FOUR “No Shop” Weeks Per Year

    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $13.80 + $19.94 = $33.74
    •Total Gift Cards Received FREE this Week: $10.00+$10.00 = $20.00 for future use
    •Total Spent This Week: $ 7.99 + $35.20 = $43.19
    •Total Spent So Far for Jan 2013: $43.19
    •Total Under spend this shop: $4.31
    •Total Under spend for the month of  Jan 2013: $4.31
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: ($190.00-$43.19) = $156.26
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $33.74
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : Not Yet Determined
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $43.19

    The best part is that although I spent $43.19 OOP this week, in addition to my groceries I have two “FREE” $10.00 Safeway gift cards that I can use if I happen to run a little short one month. Ya gotta love starting the year with a buffer!! 😀

    1. Hi Mary,
      So will you not be changing your monthly budget for 2013 then? Kudos to you.. that’s awesome. We averaged more than the $190 a month in 2012 over the course of the year although the grocery game did not start right in January. We put ours up a bit with a $20 stockpile budget per month and if we don’t use it we lose it to savings. I don’t know what ITunes are for but great deal though.. can’t beat money back like that. You used a good total of coupons so far as well I’m impressed. Great buffer for the year!!! You get Ballot # 1 for 2013!!!!! Cheers Mary.. Mr.CBB

    1. I’m looking forward to your shop Pauline! Check out the grocery game rules and you will see the template to use each week you post your shop. If you have any questions simply email or ask here… Happy New Year mate! Mr.CBB

      1. Ok, I think I am good to go with my first shop! I think we won’t go shopping for the rest of the week.

        Local shop
        5 gallon drinking water $2 it gets delivered to our door weekly, usually one 5 gallon tank per week.
        5 pounds fresh fish from the lake $10

        •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $100 (25 per week). I am aiming at $200 per month. That is the minimum salary here, but if we eat meat, cheese or fish almost daily, and drink alcohol, I think this is what we will spend. We had a HUGE shop in december from the capital city with lots of expensive produts (Nutella, wine, cheese, bacon, beer…) that I hope will last for 3 months hence the reduced budget for January.
        •Total Coupons Used this Week: I wish there were coupons in Guatemala…

        •Total Spent This Week: $ 12
        •Total Spent So Far for (January): $ 12
        •Total Over/Under spent this shop: $ 13
        •Total Over/Under spent for the month of (January): $ 13
        •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 188
        •Total Coupons Used This Month: $ 0
        •Total to Carry Over Next Month: $
        •Total Spent To Date This Year: $12
        •Weekly Overview:The pantry is well stocked with expensive items. We have pistachios, snacks, olive oil… that should be used over the next months. But the basic items like rice, sugar, vegetables are pretty low which should make the shop next week a bit expensive. I am certainly hoping to keep that $25 per week budget for January and February at least but I think we may buy meat in bulk and go overboard.

        1. Bonjour Pauline!!!
          Welcome, that’s great you decided to join in with us! Feel free to leave a link to your website for the fans but once my new site is up I should have comment luv which will be far better! Look at the awesome price for fresh fish. Do you have to skin and clean the fish or are they done for you? Too bad there are no coupons in Guatemala but is there just the same in terms of convenience foods like there is in the UK and Canada? What are the staple foods in Guatemala? I’m interested to see your prices and how they compare to here in Canada. I think it’s awesome you are posting with us from Guatemala as it gives us a different perspective on food and pricing around the world. We also have kim from eyes on the dollar in the USA…. and other bloggers who have joined in!!! Posting your shop will hold you accountable to your budget and hopefully you will hear me chatting away in your ear motivating you to stick to your grocery list like I hear all of you!!! Cheers Pauline!!! Mr.CBB …. Looking forward to your next post!

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