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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 January 7-January 13,2013 Join In!!

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grocery bagYou should Join in the Grocery Game Challenge If you’ve thought about cutting back or even getting your grocery budget under control. Whether you have a grocery budget for 1 or a grocery budget for 7 sticking to the budget is made easier when you post your shop. I’ve already seen an increase in new grocery game challenge posters and I am excited to track their success in 2013.  In 2012 we set a grocery budget for 2 of $190 a month with one no-shop week per month. When we reviewed our 2012 Yearly grocery budget figures in last weeks post you can see our grocery expenses were a bit more than the $190 a month we anticipated. Why? For 2 reasons

  1. We didn’t start the Grocery Game Challenge at the start of 2012
  2. We didn’t carry over any overspend to the next month so we could get back on track.

This year will be different for us as we have a bit of a bigger budget as well as a stockpile budget that we will use for great deals so we don’t use our entire grocery budget for the week. Our 2013 grocery budget is now $2819.38. It makes sense to us especially if we have a coupon to match with a flyer sale and we know over the long-term it will save us money. An example would be in last weeks grocery game challenge we missed a great deal in the flyers which we took advantage of after we posted our shop. This week I will add the 10 buckets of Folgers coffee we picked up on sale at Metro $6.99-$1.00 coupons+$5.99 which an excellent deal for coffee. We also managed to hit the stores again that week which will have to go on this shop.

Our Purchases
  • 10 x Folgers Coffee Sale $6.99- $1.00 coupons

Total Out of Pocket: $57.90

Stockpile Budget: $57.90- $20.00 for the month= $37.90 to carry over to our reg budget for the month

Shoppers Drug Mart
  • 2 x Neilson Milk $Sale $4.13 and $4.29
  • 3 x Royale Bathroom Tissue Sale $4.99-$2.00 coupons

Total Out of Pocket: $19.33

Food Basics 
  • 4 x Lactancia Cream Sale $1.99-$0.75
  • 2 x Tortellini $1.97 ea
  • 5 x Limes $2.00
  • 1 x Pineapple Fresh Sale $1.00
  • Yellow Onions Sale $1.95
  • Iceberg lettuce Sale $0.77
  • Fresh Ginger $0.88
  • Carrots $1.95
  • Red Onions $1.96
  • 5 lb Oranges Sale $2.88
  • 5 lb Red Delicious Apples Sale $2.88
  • 1 x Pita $0.99
  • 2 x broccoli Sale $0.77 ea
  • 1 x Pommegrant Sale $0.88-$0.50 coupon$0.38
  • 1 x Celery $1.47

Total Out of Pocket: $30.06

  • 2 x 5 lb potatoes Sale $1.00 each

Total Out of Pocket: $2.00

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 : $19.50
Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
Total Spent This Week:$89.29 (which includes $37.90 overspend on coffee)
Total Spent So Far for (January): $40.11+89.29= $129.40
Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $20.00 for coffee plus carry over to reg budget
Total Over/Under spend this shop: $89.29-$78.33=$10.96 over
Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (January): $ n/a
Total Left to Spend for the Month: $105.60
Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.89+19.50=$37.39
Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
Total Spent To Date This Year: $129.40
Weekly Overview: Well we spent more than anticipated this week as we ended up back at the shops. A good reason to stay out once you are done shopping. If you go back you risk buying more although all we bought was fruit and veg. We took advantage of the toilet paper sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart as we forgot about that and wanted to use our high value Royale coupons while we could. You never know if the sale will pop up again before the coupon expires. We are still under budget for the month but we’ve used our stockpile budget for the month.
If you missed my Sunday Recipe on the blog check it out! Crock-pot Pulled Pork with  Homemade BBQ Sauce!!! Cooking homemade is the name of the game for us in 2013! How about you?
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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. Oops little late…..busy past few weeks getting my birthday ready…and just all those little errands that seem to completely take up the two days a week i get off work……large shop this week….our landlord just bought a new stand up freezer so i took the opportunity to fill the freezer up…..the amount of meat will probably last 2 months which is well worth it to me.


    oasis orange juice 1.99
    ziploc freezer bags 1.99
    stouffers frozen meals 1.88x 2=3.76 (these meals are perfect for the kiddies to share at daycare)
    frozen strawberries 2.99
    homo milk 7.09-FPC=free

    Total coupons 7.09
    Total spent=10.99


    Case of energy drinks 3.97×3=7.94
    carrotts 1.00
    green peppers 0.60
    celery 1.00
    ketchup 2.17
    pasta sauce 2.00×2=4.00
    VH sauces 2.00×2=4.00-2.00 when you buy 2=2.00
    cheese slices 2.97-0.75=2.22
    frosted flakes 4.78-FPC
    bbq sauce 2.00
    gerber baby food pouch 1.48-1.00=.48
    Baby cereal 3.87-1.50=2.37
    Baby cereal 4.87-1.50=3.37
    stir fry sauce 2.00-0.75=1.25
    Kids Bubble bath 0.50

    Total coupons=12.28
    Total spent=36.08

    Shoppers drug mart

    Chips 0.99×3=2.97
    cereal 2.99×2=5.98
    milk 4.00

    Total coupons=0
    Total =13.34


    Kraft Diner 1.00×2=2.00
    lasagna 1.77
    baby cheesies 2.77×2=5.54
    Baby cheesies 2.77-FPC=free
    Kids floss 3.00

    Total coupons=2.77


    Febreze car clip 2.97-1.50=1.47
    Sunlight deterfent pacs 7.77-3.00=4.77
    Ditaliano hamburger buns 2.26
    Ditalians sausage buns 2.26-50%=1.13
    Ditaliano bread 2.26
    Sandwich meat 0.50×4=2.00
    Club Pack Lean Ground Beef 7.82
    Stir Fry Steak 4.75

    Total coupons=4.50


    Water bottles 1.97
    Vegetable oil 3.97
    Soup 1.00×4=4.00
    Tuna 2.00
    Chicken breasts 4.93
    Mayo 3.99
    Beef broth 2.00
    Hot dogs 1.99
    Bologna 1.99
    Stewing beef 5.00
    miracle whip 3.88-1.00=2.88

    Total coupons=1.00


    Buttermilk pancakes 1.00×2=2.00
    Mustard 1.00-0.75=0.25
    Large eggs 2.85
    Mr clean 3.49
    Mr clean liquid 3.49
    Garlic spread 1.00
    Fries 1.79
    Dish soap 2.29
    pogos 2.00
    italian bread 1.99
    pork chops 5.11-1.53=3.58
    pork chops 4.71-1.41=3.30
    Steak 5.68
    Steak 2.72
    Steak 2.83
    Steak 2.63
    Steak 2.19
    Cucumbers 1.79
    Lettuc 1.00
    Pears 1.90

    Total coupons=0.75

    The steak at zehrs was such a great deal…i couldnt pass up….in total 12 steaks 🙂

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $540….or 135 a week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $28.39
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$188.19
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): 251.74
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: over by 53.19
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $288.26
    •Total Coupons Used This Month :30.64
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Weekly Overview: Over by a bit…..but i was under last week….stocked up on quite a few things i needed such as freezer foods and cereal….hoping to make it under this week

    1. Hi Joanne!
      Happy Birthday to YOU!!! That’s great you get a freezer to fill up.. oh oh look out supermarkets Jo’s on the hunt!! Wow, that was a great deal on steak good score for you. I heard about that mustard deal can’t beat a quarter lol. The price of milk at Metro just blows my mind, good thing you had that FPC… phew. Do you email companies each year as well asking if they mail out coupons? I haven’t yet but plan to. Keep up the great work. You have a tonne left to spend this month so I know you WILL beat your budget! You get ballot #32! Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

  2. 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.
    Canadian Tire
    Majesta TP $1.00 – $1.00 coupon (will donate this to our Christmas familes at work)
    Coupons $1.00
    OOP $.13

    Dove Mousse 2 x $4.77 – 2 x FPC’s
    Dove Serum $4.77 – FPC
    Children’s Advil $6.47 – $5.00 coupon
    Coupons $19.31
    OOP $4.17

    MiO 4 x $2.99 – 4 x $1.00 coupons
    Arctic gardens veggies $3.79 – $5.00 coupon
    SOS pads (PM WM) 2 x $1.00
    Bread $2.99
    Banana’s $.85
    Strawberries (PM NF) $1.97
    Coupons $9.00
    CD $1.97
    OOP $13.75

    Mini chocolate bar packs 4 x $1.00
    OOP $4.52

    Milk (PM SDM) 2 x $3.99
    Vinegar $2.29
    Bread $2.99
    OOP $13.26

    Arctic Gardens veggies $3.79 – $5.00 coupon
    Folger’s lrg coffee can (PM Sobeys) 2 x $5.88 – 2 x $1.00
    Special K Flatbread (PM WM) 2 x $2.97 – 2 x $2.00 (bought for hubby to try)
    Heinz Ketchup (PM Longos) $3.00 – $1.00 coupon (I got the coupon in a trade…good on any Heinz product)
    Eggs $2.89
    Special K shakes (PM WM) 2 x $5.97 – $1.00 coupon – BOGO free coupon (bought for hubby to try after workouts)
    Tide (PM Sobeys) 2 x $5.88 – 2 x 1.00 coupons
    Unico diced tomatoes (PM NF) 3 x $.88 – $.50 Checkout 51
    Vitality bread 6 x $2.99 – 50% pink sticker -$9.00
    Apples (PM NF) $2.07
    Broccoli (PM NF) $.88
    Mushrooms (PM NF) $.88
    10lb potatoes (PM NF) $1.88
    Pampers diapers (PM SDM) 2 x $9.99 – 2 x $3.00
    Liquid vitamins for children $9.99
    PC bottle liners $5.49
    Tylenol cold and sinus $6.47 – $2.00 coupon
    Vicks Vaporub $4.33 – $2.00 coupon
    Coupons $30.97
    CD $10.43
    OOP $78.72
    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $1.00 + $19.31 + $9.00 + $30.97=$60.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week:$114.55
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $132.20 + $114.44=$246.75
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $24.44
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $113.25
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.97 + $60.28=$87.25
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $246.75
    •Weekly overview: Once again I spent more than my weekly budget but I guess it’s the figure at the end of the month that counts. This week I was able to add coffee and Tide to my stockpile as well as I purchased items like cold medication in my groceries and included them in that budget instead of my medical part of my budget. I hope there aren’t any good sales the rest of the month so I can stay in my budget! lol

    1. Hey Jen,
      Great to see you can find that Majesta as it’s not in our area, hey free is good. It’s nice you will donate it. As long as you stick to your monthly budget going over in your weekly is not going to hurt you. Trying not to will help balance the spending over the course of the month though so you don’t feel shop deprived. Really? There are heinz coupons, no kidding. I’ve never seen one in me life. You get ballot #21…. You can do it!!!ALmost there Jen… fight the urge to spend more!!! We’ll be doing the same. Mr.CBB

  3. Here we go for this week… over again(crap!!) but the good part is some of it was the new flyer from Sobey’s as I managed to get into town twice this week. I’m going to try to balance it out for the month. I’m staying with a budget of $150.00 a week or $7800.00 for the year. That’s for 4 adults and some stocking up, which I sure did this week! I’ll try to get the information you want for this so bear with me…..

    Sobey’s Jan 7
    4 1l chocolate milk @ $1.00- 4.00
    8 packages Barilla pasta@ $1.00- 8.00 minus 8-.50 coupons, $4.00 total
    2 cans Hunts pasta sauce@$1.00-2.00
    4 cans tomatoes@4/$5.00- 5.00
    4 packs Oasis apple juice tetras@ $2.00- 8.00-minus 4 $1.00 coupons,$4.00 total
    1 jar stir fry sauce-2.28
    1 pack frozen french fries-2.59
    1 ziploc freezer bags,M-3.49
    1 frozen stir fry veggies-3.99
    1 peanut butter 4.00, minus $1.00 coupon, $3.00 total
    1 4l milk-4.37
    2 1.89l cranberry juice@4.49-$8.98- minus 25%off(2.25) minus 2 $1.25 coupons, $5.23 total
    Total $44.40, with $13.75 in coupons

    Foodland, Jan 8
    1 jar pickles-1.79
    1 Source yogurt-2.49, FPC from cereal $2.49, free
    1 raisisn bread-3.79
    1 ice cream-3.99
    1 pack bacon-3.99
    1 cider mix-3.99
    1 lb butter-4.69
    1 pork tenderloin-6.08
    1 pack smokes-9.69
    1 pack lean ground beef-16.32
    Total-$56.11, with $2.49 in coupons

    Foodland, Jan 10
    10 cans tomato soup@ 2/$1.00- 5.00
    8 cans chicken soup @ 2/$1.00- 4.00
    4 cans mushroom soup@ 2/$1.00- 2.00
    1 pack taco seasoning-.99
    2 cans peaches$1.50- 3.00
    1 can fruit cocktail- 1.50
    3 packages cheese slices@ 2.47- $7.41
    1 box triscuits-3.49
    1 ziploc freezer bags, M-4.29
    1 4l milk-4.79
    1 bag Whskas catfood-8.49- $3.00 coupon
    1 pack smokes-9.69
    1 pack lean ground beef-15.35
    Total-$69.92, with $3.00 in coupons

    Sobey’s Jan 11
    1 frozen french fries-1.99
    1 seafood sauce-1.99
    1 box SOS pads-1.99
    1 small juice-2.49
    2 stir fry veggies @ 2.50- $5.00
    1 4pack yogurt-2.88
    1 box cereal-3.49
    1 raisin bread-3.79
    1 Tide(with free pod sample)- 5.88
    1 bag cooked shrimp-8.88
    2 Folgers coffee@ 9.99,minus 4.11 each(8.22) minus 2 $1.00 coupons, total 9.76
    Total- $49.49, with $2.00 in coupons

    Total for month-$750.00 (5 weeks) $7800.00 yearly
    total coupons this week-$29.46
    Total spent this week-$219.92
    Total over/under for the week-$69.92 over
    Total over/under for month-$37.45 over
    Left for the month-$750.00-$117.53+$219.92=$412.55
    Total coupons for the month-1.25+29.46= $30.71
    Carry over to next month-N/A
    Total year to date-$337.45

    Well I went over for this week but I did some nice stocking up, so that will help in the long term. I’m still working on keeping things in line here but I had to go into town twice this week and I took advantage of two different ads at Sobey’s. We’ll see how things go to the end of the month and, hopefully I can stay on track here….

    1. Hi Christine,
      You’re over again, crap lol. You’re so funny, a pure comedian sometimes, but I enjoy it! What I suggest is to watch what you spend the rest of the month, don’t go over that budget and if you do carry it to the next month. If you are like us and want to stick to that yearly total, fight it!!! Great deal on the soup, what coupons did you use? What coupons did you use for the peaches? (you get some great coupons) What about the tomatoes? What coupons are those.. ok I’m jealous now, spill it! lol You get ballot #20 Mr.CBB

      1. I plan to carry the amounts over especially if I go over…. The soup was a one day sale at Foodland….2/$1.00, as were the cheese slices.The peaches and tomatoes were a sale price as well, so no coupons for any of these goodies. I listed anything I used coupons for. The juice coupons came from the apple juice cans a while back, the coffee ones likely the same source as you had. The Barilla coupons came from Foodland and were used at Sobey’s……they let me so it’s my savings….The Whiskas coupon was from Foodland, glad I grabbed a few of those, I was in there today and didn’t see any more 🙁 …. Given the amount of stocking up I did over the last couple of weeks, I should be good to go for a while now. This weeks ad isn’t as good as the last couple of weeks have been. Did you ever look over the online ad from Foodland I sent the link for? You’ll get to see the deals I get to take advantage of.

  4. Safeway:
    4x windshield washer@ 4/$6 = $6
    coupons used 0
    OOP $6.30
    earned 0 airmiles

    2L milk @ $4.36
    depostis@ .31
    1 bunch of asparagus @$5.92
    1 gala apple @.61c ( needed a snack while shopping)
    2x large eggs @2.63 = $5.26
    1x bag of shrimp @ $7.00
    7x Highliner cod @ $4.97 =$34.97 -7x $1.00 coupon
    coupons used $7.00
    GIFT CARD used $51.24
    OPP $0

    Blackmans butcher
    1x ground sirloin @$ 4.82
    1x pork steak @ $7.88

    OPP $12,60

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4800
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $400( 5 ppl)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $7.00
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- So not a gift card you bought $51.24
    •Total Spent This Week:$19.00
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $179.13
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: under $81.00
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $23.87
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $223.87
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $$44.86
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $160.13
    •Weekly Overview: We received a late Christmas gift from My husbands work. So we were able to get back on track with our budget using this.

    1. Hi Tori!!
      Welcome back! Great deal on the washer fluid, can’t beat that. Why do you have to put a deposit on milk? Holy asparagus price… it grows wild around some country roads in around June out our way. Awesome shop this week and thanks to that nifty gift card you received. That’s nice that your husbands work gave you that gift it always helps families around Christmas. Ours does the same. You have plenty of spending room for the rest of the month. I’m curious to see, Will Tori beat her budget? Keep up the great work mate. You get ballot #19

      1. yes we get the deposit back.
        Last week you ask me what I include in my groceries. I have a BASIC spreadsheet that has it all entailed on it. would you like me to share that with you? and maybe you could share it with the other players??

  5. NoFrills

    Knorr sidekicks – 3x$.97 – $1c
    Fruite drink – 12x$.88
    Unico crushed tomatoes – $.88 (will get $.50 back from Checkout 51)
    Gravy mix – $.88
    Heinz canned pasta – 2x$.88
    Cheese Whiz – $2.88 – $1.50c
    Oreo Cookies – PM Sobey’s $1.88 (will get $2.00 back from Checkout 51)
    Goldfish crackers – $1.88
    Philly cream cheese – $2.88
    Ham steaks – 2x$1.88
    Schneiders chicken wings – 2x$4.88
    Schneiders sausage – $3.88 – $10c
    Bananas – $.89
    10lbs potatoes – $1.88
    Grape tomatoes – $.88

    •Total Coupons Used: $12.50
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $36.43


    Pediasure – 2x$8.97 – 2x$2c

    •Total Coupons Used: $4.00
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $13.94

    Food Basics

    Selection diced tomatoes – 2x$1.19
    Campbell’s soup – 4x$.79
    Gold seal tuna – $1.25 (plus will get $.50 back from Checkout 51)
    Chicken stock dry mix – $2.49
    Selection onion soup mix – $1.79
    Quaker chewy bars – $1.67
    Dole fruit cup – $1.67
    BBQ sauce – $1.29
    Philly cream cheese spread – sale $2.49
    Philly cooking cream – sale $2.49 – $1c
    Celery – $1.27
    5lbs carrots – $2.97
    Seedless cucumber – $1.77
    Fruite drink – $1.99
    Romaine salad mix – $1.67
    Cantaloupe – $1.47
    Lean Cuisine – $1.99 (will get $1 back from Checkout 51)
    Pork loin chops – $9.40
    Sliced mushrooms – 2x$1.66
    Grape tomatoes – $1.67
    Pita bread – $1.19
    Broccoli – $.77
    Green beans – $.69
    Cauliflower – $1.67
    Clubhouse gravy – 2x$.79
    Clubhouse mix – $1.49 – $1.49c (Free when buy 2 gravy)
    Blackdiamond mozzarella cheese – $5.99 – $.75c
    Silani Parmesan cheese brick – $6.49 – $1c

    •Total Coupons Used: $4.24
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $64.32

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4200
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $350
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $20.74
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $114.69
    •Total Spent So Far for January: $114.69
    •Total Over spend this shop: $33.92
    •Total Under spend for the month of January: $46.85
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.31
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $20.74
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $114.69
    •Weekly Overview: So I was over this week, but considering I did not spend anything last week I am still in good shape. Quite a few good deals this week. I still have a number of the Schneider $10 coupons left (I won $200 worth last summer during their Facebook contest) that I need to use up by June. We also got flyers this week which we haven’t gotten for months since giving up the weekly newspaper subscription, so hopefully they will continue to come so that I can use them to price match. I am trying this year to have a weekly meal plan so that I can try to base dinners around what is on sale along with what I already have in the freezer and pantry as a way of saving a bit on the groceries.

    1. Hey Joanna
      With check out 51 can you only get 1 of a product? Great deal on the tomatoes I must say. You are in perfect shape since you didn’t spend anything last week, yes. I’m so jealous, that was an awesome win for you mate! We get our flyers and it makes it easier for us although some you can use your cell phone to PM but we don’t have a fancy phone. Have you made your first meal plan yet? I’ll be posting a downloadable word document today that is a meal plan/grocery list. You get ballot #18

      1. Yes, Checkout 51 only allows you to claim a refund on an item just once during the week. If an item is repeated during another week, it then can be claimed once again in the new week but it has to of been purchased during the week it is listed. I don’t have a fancy phone either, just an old cell phone that I basically like to have for security in case the car were to break down or get a flat (which I have gotten once and had my phone to call for help) or to call home on rare occasions. Although I like the fancy phones I just can’t bring myself to spend the money on something I would hardly use. I do however have an Ipod touch so I am still able to use Checkout 51 with that. I can see store flyers on my Ipod using Reebee, but because it is not a phone I can’t really use it in a store because I only can use it if I have WiFi access which grocery stores don’t usually have. I am going into week 2 of the meal plan and am looking forward to seeing your meal plan/grocery list as I have just been using a pen and paper for now. Thanks!

  6. I’m always happy and more than willing to share all my extra coupons and as soon as I can build up some really good ones I will do another raok envie 🙂
    If I am trying to do a trade with someone and they want my first born, lol, I just pass on the trade cause it just isn’t worth it.
    I do wish more people would use coupons and help save on their budgets.
    Look forward to all my savings this year and I plan to challenge myself to make more donations than I have before!
    Also a fellow couponer will help give to families in need at her church all the extras that come outta my garden this summer. We have nine bags of assorted beans still in our freezer from last years harvest and all the seeds I have are left over from last years garden, so I can help them for almost free 🙂

  7. I get my seeds from William Dam Seeds. You can get them from the on-line site as well. I love catalogs. Never had a problem with their seeds only the choices. I get onions, strawberries, potatoes local from the farm co-op as they are costly to ship.


  8. *

    1 x clamato 2.99
    1 x 12pk burger buns 3.69
    1 x value pack ground beef 2.47/lb $14.13
    total $20.81
    less portion of checkout 51 – $20.81
    oop = $0

    Foodland – lost receipt so not sure of details as i was not the buyer…
    1 x doritos
    1 x fritos
    1 x 5pk of garlic
    total $8.62 or so he thinks
    less balance of checkout 51 – $1.41
    oop $7.21

    NoFrills (purchased over 3 days for a total of 5 transactions but i’m lumping them together)
    30 x whiskas dry cat food pm Walmart $5.98 – $3 -$3
    tax $11.60
    total $191.00
    less coupons – $180.00
    less gift card from glade promo – $6.84
    oop $4.16

    2 x 20pk nestle water $3.76
    oop $3.76

    1 x oreos pm foodbasics $1.88
    1 x eggos $1.97 – $1
    1 x garnier shampoo $2.97
    1 x mccain french fries pm nofrills? $1.47
    1 x unico diced tomatoes $.88
    2 x folgers coffee pm giant tiger $6.99 – $1
    tax $.39
    total $23.54
    less coupons -$3
    less gift card -$20.54
    oop $0

    1 x danactive 8pk drinkable yogurt $4.97 – $4.97
    7 x barilla pasta pm foodbasics $.99 – $.50
    1 x broccoli pm foodbasics .77
    1 x fresh express bagged salad $1 – $1
    12 x whiskas dry cat food $5.98 – $3 – $3
    tax $4.65
    total $54.08
    less coupons – $45.47
    less gift card – $8.61
    oop $0

    4 x 24 pk kraft white cheddar slices $2.47 – $1.50
    total $9.88
    less coupons – $6
    oop $3.88

    1 x doz eggs $2.99
    total $2.99
    oop $2.99

    1 x maple lodge chicken balogne $1 – $1
    1 x maple lodge chicken bacon $2.99 – $2.99
    3 x 6pks chicken breast $2/lb $7.85, $9.38, $9.42
    1 x value pack 2 pork side ribs $2/lb $13.39
    1 x dole fruit bowls $2 – $.75
    Total 48.63
    less coupons -$4.74
    oop $43.89

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

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $300.00 or $60.00 week *fixed to reflect 5 shopping weeks this month
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $239.21 actual coupons + $22.22 checkout 51 = $261.43
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $35.99
    •Total Spent This Week:$65.89
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $0 + $65.89 = $65.89
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $5.89 over
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): -$60 + $5.89 = $54.11 under
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $234.11
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $128.21 + $261.43 = $389.64
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ don’t know yet
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $65.89
    •Weekly Overview: from the 58 bags of cat food purchased over the last 2 weeks, i gave 2 to the lady that gave me the coupons for it, 6 to her friend and will be giving 6 to another friend of mine. this will leave us with 44 bags and it should last well over a year.

    1. Hi Chickypoodles,
      Great deal on the Kraft Slices. I have those coupons here as well as I prefer that cheese for grilled cheese rather than cheddar. You also picked up a great deal on the cat food. It’s nice to have friends that help out with coupons, especially if they don’t use them. Where did you get Maple Lodge coupons? Did you order the websaver egg coupon? Ours just came in the other day. You used a load of coupons this week wow. That will save you loads of cash on your pet this year. I don’t have the phone for checkout 51, wish I did now with all the savings although I really haven’t looked at what they are offering and for what products. Only $65.89 for all that, wow awesome job mate!! You get ballot #17 Mr.CBB

      1. the slices were a fantastic price with coupon. we only use it for grilled cheese and maybe burgers, so i didn’t want to overload on them and think even 4 packs might be too much, but they don’t expire until June, so time will tell!
        the egg coupon showed up that day after i bought the eggs…typical lol
        i was off the hook excited about the free cat food. that was incredible deal!
        i got the maple lodge and the fresh express salad coupons from emailing a few companies at the beginning of the month. some of the companies were very quick to send the coupons! coupon christine on facebook had a post of various places that would mail out coupons, so i just went down the list and contacted each one of them. i did get a few responses that they don’t mail out coupons, but most of them said they would. this is the link in case you are interested
        my checkout 51 balance is $16.50 and i’m hoping that there will be enough products this week that i can request a $20 cheque. that program is great! from the items i bought this week (water – only one will count, oreos, eggos, garnier, unico, mccain fries), i will get $7 cash back. the total price with tax was $10.44 after coupons. i used a free gift card to pay for $8.56 of it, so my oop was really $1.88 and i have the products and they are going to send me $7?! madness! i love it 🙂

        1. Thanks for sharing the list. I’ll have to check it out. We should let Christine know which companies said no so she can take them off the list. Great deal that check out 51… should be a post on it shortly. Mr.CBB P.S got free soft soap today… x7

  9. Donna R, thanks for the link!

    I am doing some GF baking this weekend with an Apple and Cheddar quick bread to go with a pot of Egg Drop Soup with Chicken and Bean Sprouts.

    This is my busiest time of year with corporate year-end bookkeeping and personal income tax return preparations. So, I am limping along trying to handle an increase in demands on a couple of different fronts.

    For now, a loaf here and there from the grocery store is the best I can do. Even if it takes 4 months when after the personal returns are filed, I am only talking about $50 additional expense until I can clear the decks and get organized. I can manage the short term increase, it just horrifies my what they charge. Thank goodness we aren’t a large GF family!

    My pasta rollers and the new pressure canner have arrived this week, so I am looking forward to making our own pasta, pizza crust, tortillas, bread and buns/hoagie rolls. I plan to start stockpiling some gluten free canned meals and soups for fast and easy prep while hubby has the current stock of soups, pastas and frozen meals. It’s a journey and I am enjoying it so far. 🙂 Fortunately we have changed our diet many times over the years and I am quite relaxed about modifying the meal plan.

    I just started pulling the wheat and associated grains from my diet on Dec 21st in an attempt to feel better after 2 months of outright misery. I haven’t been diagnosed with Celiac Disease but I think I have developed some level of a wheat sensitivity based on how much better I feel in only a few weeks. My father, my sister and 2 nieces are all “wheat sensitive” and my nephew has Crohn’s Disease but it’s in remission with medication and diet.

    We have a very large stockpile of food that I can no longer tolerate, but hubby is just fine with, so I am spending a lot of time figuring out how to use up the products on hand in combination with similar GF items for me. Any change they say takes 90 days to become a habit though, so I am still in the awkward stage & may express some horror and dismay early in the game while I get my sea legs under me. 🙂

  10. Yes I am also look forward to see what I am able to do with this months money considering we don’t need a tonne of things except fresh fruits, veggies and a few things for making desserts for my hubbys bday. But I really do like to try and keep the freezer full of things gotten at a good price so the money may end up going there.
    🙂 Coupons!!!! And where I get them…… well I worked very hard last year at trading, looking online, facebook promos, online websites for printable coupons, finding tear pads at my store and others, filling out surveys and the occansional email to companies to recieve mailouts. Also won an awesome coupon envie from Mr.CBB!!!! Kinda like a job you have to work at it to get something out of it. For us it paid off tenfold but not for everyone though. I have made some friends that I trade with on a regular basis so it takes some leg work out of it sometimes. I have also mailed out 50 plus random acts of coupon kindness envies full of coupons I won’t use and have extras of to people just starting out and those whom had signed up on a facebook page. I also have a pretty good memory to know what coupons I have in my pile or binder when I do my list up when looking at the weekly flyers, so that makes shopping a little easier.
    I may dial it back a little this year but we will see 😉

    1. It’s nice to find a group of mates around that you can trade back and forth with. I found in the past some people want an arm and a leg for coupons they get for free. I always appreciate the RAOK the fans offer for contests on the blog. I believe you did that in 2012 for us and it means alot. It’s nice to see when fans step up to share like that. It is a job but it’s money you get to keep. Let’s see how 2013 treats your budget, I’m excited to find out.

  11. WOW! Those are incredible prices for coffee…I am sure glad we don’t drink the stuff at home! It’s certainly a lot cheaper for us to each have a cup of tea in the morning. I also keep a pitcher of tap water in the fridge, since hubby likes his drinks absolutely iced cold. We both drink a lot of water in a day & even pack a couple gallons in the car for when we are on the road. 🙂

  12. This month is proving a little tough as I try to pick up a few Gluten Free items…note 1 very small loaf of bread and 4 rolls are $11.49! Youch!! As soon as I get organized, we’ll be baking our own because that is totally insane! Next week we are off to the US and that’ll be an expensive week too. 🙁 January may very well start my year in the red but I am sure it’ll be a blip in the year’s plans. 🙂

    Week of Jan 7 to 13th, 2013

    I thought this was going to be a NO SHOP week but it turns out there were some amazing sales that it would have been crazy to skip. So this is what we spent:

    Save On Foods – Shop #1

    2 boxes Rice Crackers with Salt & Pepper $5.00 (less coupon for $1.02 = $3.98)

    •Total Coupons Used: $1.02
    •Total OOP: $3.98
    $3.98 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #2

    2 boxes Rice Crackers with Salt & Pepper $5.00 (less coupon for $1.02 = $3.98)

    •Total Coupons Used: $1.02
    •Total OOP: $3.98
    $3.98 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #3

    4.15 lbs Back attached Chicken Legs (on sale at $1.00 per lb)

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $4.15
    $4.15 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #4
    (sorry I missed the itemized costing…my receipt got wet & I could not read it)

    4 lbs BULK Rice Floor
    7 Carrots
    1500 ml carton Half and Half
    1 Large Onion

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $13.96
    $13.96 Grocery Expenses

    Save On Foods – Shop #5

    6 Pkgs Green Giant Vegetables ($2.99-$1.99 price reduction ea = $1.00 each) $6.00
    2 bags Meyer Lemons ($5.98-$1.98 price reduction) $4.00
    5 limes (3.45 – $1.45 price reduction) = $2.00
    2 containers BECEL ($13.18 – $3.18 price reduction) = $9.98

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $21.98
    $21.98 Grocery Expenses

    Safeway – Shop #1

    1 package Peeled Carrots ($1.69 less coupon for $0.70 = $0.99)

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.70
    •Total OOP: $0.99
    $0.99 Grocery Expenses

    Safeway – Shop #2

    2 packages Black Forest Ham (earned 25 bonus Air Miles) $11.38 << treat for hubby
    6 Avocados ($9.00 less price reduction $3.06 ) = $5.94 << to freeze when ripe
    1 pork loin roast ($15.64 less price reduction of$5.59) = $10.05
    1 pkg of four Gluten Free Ener-G buns $4.49 << not worth this price!

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $31.86
    $31.86 Grocery Expenses

    Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery – Shop #1

    1 loaf sandwich bread $6.50 (Mary only – should last at least 2 weeks, maybe 3 weeks)

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total OOP: $6.50
    $6.50 Grocery Expenses

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $190 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults
    •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 : $1.02 +$1.02 $0.70 = $2.74
    •Total Coupons Used this Month : ($33.74+$2.74) = $36.48
    •Total Coupons Used this Year : $36.48

    •Total Gift Cards USED this Week: N/A
    •Total Gift Cards USED this Month: N/A
    •Total Gift Cards USED this Year: N/A
    •Total Gift Cards Available for Future Use: $20.00

    •Total OOP Spent This Week:
    $3.98+$3.98+$4.19+$13.96+$21.98+$0.99+$31.86+$6.50 = $87.44
    •Total OOP Spent So Far for Jan 2013: ($43.19+$87.44) =$130.63
    •Total OOP Spent This Year: $130.63

    •Total Over/Under spend this week: $39.94 OVER this week
    •Total Over/Under spend on the month of Jan 2013:
    ($4.31) + $39.94 = $35.63 OVER for first 2 wks
    •Total Over/Under on the year to date: $35.63 OVER

    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: ($190.00-$43.19-$87.44) = $59.37

    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : Not Yet Determined

    1. Hi Mary,
      We’ve said that as well sometimes, thought it would be a no shop week then it turns into, as long as we don’t go over for the month which in all essence is the goal. Your GF product prices are out of this world high wow. I hope you find some great homemade recipes you can make and share with us to help cut the costs. It’s your first go so like you said as the year progresses you will learn more about where you want to head with this. You’re only over just under $40 so far I think you can do it!!! If not then you buckle up for Feb and that’s all you can do. It’s all a learning curve. You get ballot #15!! Glad to see your coupons usage as well 🙂 Mr.cBB

    2. Mary, I have a friend with Celiac Disease. Whenever I bake anything that she will be offered I refer to my favourite website for GF recipes. Check it out. It will definitely help to bake your own snacks and breads to keep your budget in control. $6.00 for barely edible bread is way too expensive. She has a recipe for a simple GF baking mix plus load of yummy treats. I really hope it helps.

  13. Hey mr CBB! Here is my shop:This week is a shop for the next two weeks.

    Drinking water $2

    6.5lb Pureed beans $2.56 a big can that lasts about 20 breakfasts for two.
    30 eggs $4.99 we lefts ours to get chickens
    2 bunch of radishes $0.26
    6 heads of garlic $1.45
    3.57lb potatoes at $0.35/lb $1.25
    2 big carrots $0.42
    7 jalapeño chilis $0.3
    1 kind of squash $0.2
    3 zucchinis at $0.47/lb $0.6
    3 avocadoes $1.33
    1 cucumber $0.23
    3.45lbs tomatoes at $0.44/lb $1.52
    2.89lbs onions at $0.44/lb $1.27
    2.96lbs bananas at $0.12/lb $0.36
    1 lettuce $0.25
    2lbs rice $1.09
    100 sandwich bags $1.48
    360 grams cream cheese $2.93 Guatemalans love to use grams, ounces, pounds, gallons and liters to confuse consumers
    75sqft foil $5.98 wtf I thought I bought the cheap brand but realized outside the store. Will use every leaf twice 🙂
    16 individual packs salted crackers $2.12
    2 toothpaste free toothbrush $2.66

    15lbs meat (beef and pork prime cuts and 2lb beef for stew) $37.86 We are stocked for at least a month.

    TOTAL ALL: $73.6

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $100 or $25 per week. Normal is $200 but December was stockpile month.
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $0 🙁
    •Total Spent This Week:$ 73.6
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $85.6
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $10.6 over
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $ n/a
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $14.4
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $0
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $85.6
    •Weekly Overview: I see that I have set the bar very low, even if we are stocked in expensive items, that shop is for two weeks so I had $50 plus $13 from last week and am still over by $10. Will try to finish the month with $14.4 but just drinking water is $6, leaving $8 for fruits bread and veggies which is doable unless we stock on fish or meat again.

    1. Hi Pauline!!!! Everyone is excited to check out your grocery game posts as I mentioned we have a new poster all the way from Guatemala! I am too!!! I always say money is money, debt is debt no matter where you live in the world. SO now we have Canada, USA and Guatemala!!!

      How do you prepare the beans in the morning? Is that a staple food of Guatemala? If you are interested in a guest post sharing life and your house, recipes, and food prices where you are now to where you were, budgeting, in your neck of the woods that would be awesome!

      Loved the emoticon.. no coupons awee. You both eat a very healthy, clean diet similar to us. Sticking to the basics is what will help keep the costs down. We do get the occasional crackers or bag of crisps for a treat but for the most part we stick to the plan. I can’t believe you got all that good food for so little wow.

      I’ll be interested to see how your month plays out and if you can stick to the budget. The best part is knowing you will come back to report on it. That’s what helps us to stick to the budget, it motivates us. The super awesome part was looking at the end of year totals and getting excited that we made it through the year without spending $5000 on food!!

      Cheers Pauline,
      Have a great week mate!

      1. I just heat the beans in a pan, people eat beans for all three meals here, we just have eggs and beans for breakfast. I could buy beans and boil them, then blend them, then cook some more with garlic onion and carrots thinly sliced or blended to get those pureed beans we have for breakfast but honestly it takes about three hours to cook and at already less than $1 per week I don’t think it’s worth my time. Fruits and vegetables are really super cheap, my garden is just to keep busy when I see a bunch of radishes for $0.12 I don’t know why I planted them, I think it costs more to pump the water to grow them. Still I am paying a premium because I buy from the supermarket, the local market is a bit cheaper but that would mean another stop, more gas, not sure it is worth it. Cheers!

  14. Normally I try to budget $150 for the first week of the month inorder to do a couple large shops, but this month doesn’t allow it and that really is okay because we really do have lots of pantry items.
    So this weeks budget is $100. I did buy some extras since it is the hubbys bday next week and we will not be going this year so dinner and dessert at home made by me 🙂
    .94 xmas candy-clearance
    $6.33 1kg liquid honey
    $1.47 broccoli
    $8.79 total oop
    H&W Produce
    $1.52 red peppers
    $1.73 mushrooms
    $1.01 tomatoes
    .64 yellow pepper
    $2.08 green peppers
    .44 jalapenos
    $1.19 cucumber
    .99 lettuce
    $1.59 snap peas
    .98 oranges
    $12.17 total oop
    $4.99-$2C royale tp (we have a stock now)
    $4.99-$1.50C cheese whiz
    .98 bagels
    $7.71 total oop
    $3.50 total coupons
    Sobeys 10% tues shop
    $1 montreal chicken rub-clearance
    $2.49 cresent rolls
    $1.99×2 salad dressing
    $1.59 lettuce
    $4.49 garlic texas toast
    $7 pork loin – 4 meals
    $5.27-$4.97(instore coupon wub3 cereal) 4L milk
    $2.50×4 alfredo sauce
    .69×3 instant noodles
    $3.99 taco kit
    $2.89 eggs
    $4.99×3-$4.99C cheerios honey nut
    $3.99×3-$1-fpc kelloggs cereal
    $1.25×4 hunts sauce
    .79×4-$4C (wubsauce&paste) hunts paste
    $9.99-$2C evoo 1L
    $9.99-.75 907g cheese
    $2×12-$7.50C international creamer
    $11.91 10% discount
    $30.00 sobeys points redeemed
    $29.20 total coupons
    $52.74 total oop

    $81.41 weekly total oop
    $74.61 weekly total coupons/discounts

    $354.47 remaining for the month

    1. Chef Juanita is in the house!!!!
      Seems like most GG posters are stocked up and using the pantry items they have on hand. We are as well as we don’t need to stock up any more food. I don’t like to if we don’t get through it fast enough especially with only 2 of us here. When one has kids though a pantry makes all the difference in the world. WOW you hammered it with the coupons/discounts this week. Wait until you see the end of year total.. it’s like earning a wage or increase to your pay as without the savings you would have been out the money. How and where do you get your coupons? You have a very healthy budget left for the month. Keep at it.. I’m excited to see how you spend this money. You get ballot #14… Mr.CBB

  15. Pantry Budget
    •Total Pantry Budget for the Month: $70.00
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $1.00
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$62.94
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $62.94
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop:under $7.06
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $ n/a
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $7.06
    •Total Coupons Used This Month :$1.00
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: 62.94
    •Weekly Overview: Little worried about what kind of sales are coming up, ones that $7.06 will cover! I now have enough Cream of Mushroom soup for the whole year, peanut butter for two months. Seeds for the garden for the whole year as well.

    Jan 4 Seeds 45.03
    Jan 9 No Frills Peanut Butter x2 @ 3.97 7.94
    Jan 9 No Frills peanut Butter 3.97-1.00 coupon 2.97
    Jan 10 Foodland soups x14 7.00

    1. We gave ourselves $20 for the month but time will tell if that is enough. We already blew through it with the coffee we bought this week. PB is coming up at Food Basics now actually for $3.88 which is a far cry from the $1.99 early in 2012 but it’s still better than the $6.xx they want for it now. We have to get our seeds soon as well. Where do you get yours from? Thanks for sharing your pantry shop!! That’s great! Mr.CBB

  16. Family of seven, 2 dogs and 2 cats ( and a barn yard full of cows)

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 or $85.00 week
    •Total Coupons Used this Week :$ 7.75
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $144.80
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $218.41
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop:$59.80 over
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January):$41.66 over
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month:$121.59
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $11.64
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $218.41
    •Weekly Overview: Okay it looks like I totally messed up this week/month on budget, but I didn’t at all. My amount is quite high for this week, however I purchased everything needed to make all our meals for January and a good start meat wise for February. Thinking ahead here. I went grocery shopping with a binder this time. Having four kids under the age of five and my father who shops with me and he has dementia, it requires my brain to stay focused. In my binder I had my made up shopping list on the right hand side and my full monthly menu on the left. I colour co-ordinated price matches, coupons, and meals. It took a lot of leg work at home before shopping. The sheets where in protectors with the flyers and coupons in behind the lists. It worked out really well and will be something I will do again in the future. Forget the cell phone list anymore. This worked a lot better.

    I will be making two posts. This one for groceries and the second one for pantry stock -up ( also food).

    Next week I hope to get a roast , milk and dog food and maybe some carrots. That should be it.

    No Frills Cheese 500gram, 2@3.97 7.94
    Skim milk 2bags @ 4.23 8.46
    1% sour creme Price Match FC 1.47
    Billy Bee Honey 500gr Price Match FC 3.97
    Golden Graham Cereal 3.49- 1.00 coupon 2.49
    Creme cheese 2.98-1.50 coupon 1.48
    Dog food 18kg 9.98 +tax 11.27
    Green peas Frozen 1.99
    Pc chocolate chips 1kg 6.99
    Ww bread 2x 1.47 2.94
    Ww Hamburger buns 2.29
    Ww tortilla 1.99-1.00 coupon .99
    celery .99
    apples 4.97
    grapes .485kg @ 5.45/kg 2.64
    Mini mandarin 1.88
    strawberries 1.97

    Cheese whiz 3.00- 1.50 coupon 1.50
    margarine 4x 1.00 4.00
    Skinless, boneless Chicken breast 30 psc 27.41
    bananas 3.320kg @ 1.52/kg-50% 2.52
    broccoli ( 3 heads) 50% off 1.00
    oranges 5lbs 50% off 2.50

    Super Store
    yogurt 12pk 2.88
    Hot chocolate 3.97
    Ice creme 4.99
    Baby spinach 3.98

    Ground beef 8.34 lbs 20.78
    Ricotta cheese 5.29-.75 Coupon 4.54

    Total 144.80

    1. Hi Farm Girl!!
      Well! You seem to be super organized good for you. I’m a paper type of guy myself when it comes to scheduling and lists where some like to use the computer for that. I don’t have a fancy phone so when we shop it’s all paper. It’s great to see how you plan your shops and that you take the time to sort out the month the way you do. That was a super deal on the beef wow. I saw ground veal less than a pound yesterday at Food Basics for $7.20 and nearly fell over. The prices are getting crazy now. YOu still have a healthy budget left for the month but like you said you are well on your way into Feb! Keep up the great work I love following your posts here especially with the little stories attached… You get ballot #13 Mr.CBB

  17. Mr. CBB,

    Here are my grocery purchases for this week:

    Food Basics
    1 x Kozy Shack rice pudding (Hubby was shopping and treated himself) = 2.99
    1 x 500g mozzarella cheese =5.99
    1 x 4L milk= 4.47
    3 lb apples =3.97
    Ground beef= 4.82
    Pears =3.93
    Total OOP = 26.17

    Shoppers Drug Mart
    2 x MIO water enhancer @2.99 = 5.98
    Total OOP = 6.75

    1 x Cheese Whiz @ 3.49 – 1.50 coupon = 1.99
    1x Friskies cat food@ 1.29 – FPC = 0.00
    1 x onion soup mix = 0.89
    1 x salad dressing = 1.99
    2 x Cereal @ 2/5.00 – 1.00 coupon = 4.00 (has coupons for free Booster Juice smoothies inside)
    2 x 4L milk @ 3.99 = 7.98
    3 x Wonder bread @ 1.99 = 5.97
    2 x lean ground beef @1.99/lb = 6.88
    4 x PC brand condiments @ 0.79 = 3.16
    Bananas @ 0.39/lb = 1.67
    1 x 12 lb navel oranges = 9.99
    2 x Aim toothpaste @1.00 = 2.00
    4 x deodorant sticks @ 2.49 – 4.00 coupons = 5.97
    1 x Colgate toothpaste = 1.25
    Total OOP = 60.70
    Total coupons used = 7.79

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $800.00or $200.00/week ($10400.00 /year)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week: $ 7.79
    •Total Spent This Week: $ 93.62
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $ 203.92 + 93.62 = 297.54
    •Total Over/Under spent this shop: $106.38
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of (January): $ 102.46
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $ 502.46
    •Total Coupons Used This Month: $ 21.02 + 7.79 = 28.81
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month: $
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $ 297.54
    •Weekly Overview: It has been a very busy week for me. No time to shop really so I am shopping my pantry and freezer this week. Just filling in bread, milk and fruit for the most part. Got a really good deal on ground beef, and will make my favourite Mac & cheese with the cheese whiz (love it with diced canned tomatoes at the bottom).

    1. Hi Donna!
      What’s the Kozy Shack pudding like? I’ve seen it before it looks posh. Mio water enhancer seems to be the big rage. Great deal with the cereal and the FPC.. that’s the way to do it. Making money while your spending it. You did awesome this week and see what happens when you shop your pantry.. haha. You will have to share that recipe with me. If you want to submit your recipe for a Sunday Blog Post and you have pictures of the steps you take to make it then send it my way. If I like it I”ll post it as a Sunday Recipe on the blog. Happy Saving. Mr.CBB You get ballot #12!

      1. I wouldn’t know what the Kozy Shack is like. He eats it before I even know we have it. I imagine it is very sweet and creamy.

  18. •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4200
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $350-74.74 from last month overage. Total to spend $275.26
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $5.30
    Total Value Card Savings This Week: 45.02
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$151.11
    •Total Spent So Far for (January): $151.11
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: $+59.35
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (January): $
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $124.15
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ +/-
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $151.11
    •Weekly Overview: This was a pretty big shop as I needed some meat and produce. I also found a great sale on toothpaste, paper towels, and cereal, so I stocked up. I am also adding a value card category, as I can download ecoupons and deals from the store websites to my card and it also discounts store sales. I think I can get by with this shop and two smaller ones . I refuse to go over.

    City Market
    Bounty Paper Towels 12 pk 9.99-3.00-1.00 Mega event-.025 ecoupon
    La Choy Stir Fry Sauce 3.19-.20
    V8 Fusion Juice 4.49-1.50
    V8 Splash Juice 2.09
    Horizon Organic Milk 3x 1.27-.27
    Amy’s Tomato Soup 3 x 2.39
    Velveeta Shells and Cheese 2 x1.39-.39
    Chef Boyardee Ravioli 2x 1.00
    Dreamfields Pasta 2.69
    Kroger Pancake Syrup 2.18
    Rice Krispees 3.44-.45-1.00 mega event
    Kashi Cereal 5 x 3.69-.70-1.00 mege event
    Black Olives 2.29-.79
    Kroger Mandarin oranges 1.88-.63
    Kroger Popcorn 1.25
    Special K Meal Bars 7.29-1.80-1.00 mega event-1.00 coupon
    Kroger Blueberry Waffles 2.19-.69
    Kroger French Fries 1.99
    CoJack Cheese Snack Size 12 x .25
    Kroger Colby Jack Cheese 2 lb block 5.89-2.55
    Kroger Mozarella Cheese 2 lb block 5.89-2.55
    Lean Pockets 2.34-.14
    Eggs 1.69
    Turkey Bacon 2.98-.48
    Beef Roast 5.48
    Marzetti’s Cream cheese fruit dip 4.29 (splurge of the week!)
    Kroger Sour Cream 1.89-1.00 coupon
    Tilapia 6.99-2.00
    Frozen Fruit Medly 16 oz 3.99-.20-1.00 coupon
    Kroger Marshmallows 2.49-1.49
    Turkey Franks 1.94-.65
    Red Bell Pepper 1.79-.29
    Strawberries 2x 3.99-3.99Bogo
    Red Leaf Lettuce 1.59
    Cucumber .79
    Bananas .92
    Honeydew melon 2.67
    Roma Tomatoes .45
    Iceberg Lettuce 1.15
    Apples 3.00
    Kroger Kettle chips 2.50-.50
    Colgate Toothpaste 4 x 2.19-1.19
    Softsoap 2x 1.59-.71
    Wheat Rolls 1.49
    Tax 6.15
    Total 144.39
    Total Coupons used 5.30
    Total Value Card Savings 45.02

    Wal Mart
    Blueberries 3.48
    Pineapple 2.98
    Tax .26
    Total 6.72

    1. Hi Kim!
      First off I’m happy to see that you are carrying over the overage to the next month. We will be doing that this year as we want to hit our target yearly grocery budget. Then you have to go ahead and make me jealous with your value card…. seriously how cool is that Kim!! You need to do a blog post about that so I can learn more about those savings and what you do to get them in your grocery budget. I totally love that attitude… “I REFUSE TO GO OVER” that will be the fighting Grocery Game Quote for the year!!!! GO get em Kim!! Mr.CBB

  19. I still can’t get over how well you do with your groceries. Each week I try and get that little bit cheaper and normally it works, but then you have this 1 week which smashes your budget and you are right back at the start.

  20. The Great Canadian Superstore frequently has sales on our favorite coffee (Maxwell House) for $7.99 so we stock up then. I never pay more than $9 for coffee. I’d love to join in but I can’t imagine tracking all of this – or being able to eat for as little as you do! J is a HUGE eater and gobbles everything in his path. For example, I made 24 cookies the other day, and he ate them all that day that I made them.

    1. You don’t have to do anything we do, it’s your life, eat what you want to eat, spend what you want to spend. Tracking our expenses ie: receipts has been the single most helpful tool for us to stick to our budget and save. If I ate 24 cookies I’d be at the gym twice a day then and running for a long time hahaha… sounds like you have a hungry boy! Cheers Daisy! Mr.CBB

  21. Nice deal on the coffee. I don’t have a Metro anywhere near so I lost out on that one. Closest I’ve had was getting Maxwell House for the 6.99. And yes, I stocked up at that price. Overall things are looking good for you this month. I think I have one more run across the street at Foodland this week but the new flyer should show up tomorrow sometime so I will see what is coming up there. I got some deals at Sobey’s while in Stratford the other day and some at Foodland today. Lean ground beef is a really good price this week at 2.49 a lb so I got a big package of that and broke it up into 9 smaller packages for future meals. At that price I’m really tempted to go back and grab another big pack…….might mean buying another box of ziplock freezer bags but at that price I can live with it….

  22. McDonald’s

    • 10 cheeseburgers

    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $11.55

    Burger King

    • Whopper junior meal $4.89
    • Hamburger kids meal $2.99
    • Nugget kids meal $4.49

    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: 12.47 + tax = $13.22

    Penn Dutch

    • Salmon steaks $14.26
    • Tilapia $5.19
    • Beef Pepper Steak $4.48
    • Ground Beef $5.97
    • Beef for stew $8.54
    • 3 Tomatoes $0.79
    • Lettuce $0.99

    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $40.22

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $3,500
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $291
    Total Coupons Used this Week: $0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    Total Spent This Week: $64.99
    Total Spent So Far for January: $64.99
    Total Under spend this shop: $7.76
    Total Under spend for the month of January: $233.77
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $226.01
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $ 7.76
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $64.99

    Weekly Overview: I am including dining out in my grocery budget to prompt me to stop eating out as much. $24.77 of my spending this week was on eating out. I must do better.

    1. Hi!
      Well it seems you are meat eaters and that cost will drive up the budget. What are your favourite meals to cook? Do you make your lunch for work? Do you buy coffee, tea etc every day? I think it’s great that you are posting your eating out as well to help you control it. I hope the numbers will speak to you. How many people does your budget feed? Do you include eating out as part of your grocery budget category as well then or is it separate? Keep at it mate, hopefully you will start to hear me whispering in your ear every time you want to spend as a means of motivation. Mr.CBB

      1. Hello Mr. CBB,
        Sometimes I make lunch for work, but usually I purchase a sandwich from the cafeteria. I like to cook rice and chicken, put a pizza in the oven, baked salmon, fried tilapia, beef stew, fried snapper, and many Jamaican dishes. I feed a total of 5 people. I have a coffee make that brews my coffee every morning. I include my dining out in my grocery budget because I find that it helps me control my spending, ironically. I always think about choosing wisely at the grocery store because of you!! Thanks a milli!!

  23. hmmm, i might need to get some coffee. i hate paying $10+ per can and who knows when it will be cheap again. or the ‘cheap’ price might rise. you got some great deals on veggies and cream! thanks for the tips.

    1. Hey mate, the coffee was on last week. We had to run out and shop again after I posted the Tues GG that’s why it’s on this one. We missed it in the flyer and I also hate paying full price for coffee so I thought $5.99 was a steal.

  24. Sometimes it’s well worth stocking up on things when they’re cheap, especially coffee! Coffee is expensive in the UK, if you see a great discount it can be wise to make the most of it.

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