The Grocery Game

The Grocery Game Challenge #4 January 21-27 Make Your Own Path!

dairy products

The Grocery Game Challenge is one post each week where you get to peek inside my grocery cart to see what deals of the week were found and whether sticking to the grocery budget was achieved. I truly am motivated by this challenge not only to control our grocery budget but also to continue to create new, homemade frugal recipes in the kitchen. I want to thank the fans who continue to post their grocery shops each week with me. Canadian Budget Binder is one year old today Jan, 22, 2013 so please help me spread the word about our little group of savers and strive for another successful year of saving money in our budgets. A big welcome to all the new 2013 fans, this is a very welcoming place to start your journey.


When I was visiting my friend Annetta Powell’s Facebook page I read an inspiring quote on her wall that had me thinking.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Harold R. McAlindon

It made me realize that we can’t always see far down the road nor can we just keep walking the same path. So, from today we will continue to make our own path and strive for continuous improvement in our lives and I encourage you to do the same, unleash the unfamiliar. If there is something that you want to happen or you want to learn, break free and do it. Don’t wait until the path is clear,  make your own path because the time is right now. When others find your path they too may want to walk it but teach and encourage them to follow their own route and leave a trail. A wise person may share their path but won’t always hold your hand.

What are you doing to create your own path?

Our Purchases
Jan 22,2013 Metro Grocery Game Challenge Grocery Shop
Jan 22,2013 Metro Grocery Game Challenge Grocery Shop
  • 5 x cheese 500g Sale $3.99
  • 1 x Cheese 500 g Sale $4.49
  • 1 x 5 corn reduced $0.99
  • Turkey Backs $0.74
  • Pork Riblets $1.99-$0.50

Total Out of Pocket: $23.67

Shoppers Drug Mart
  • 2 x Neilson Cream Sale $2.29
  • 1 x Neilson 4 L Milk $4.29 (ouch)

Total Out of Pocket: $8.87

Jan 22, 2013 No Frills Canada Grocery Game Challenge Shop
Jan 22, 2013 No Frills Canada Grocery Game Challenge Shop
No Frills
  • 2 x 10 lbs Potatoes Sale $0.95 (awesome deal)
  • 2 x Sponge Towels 6 Ultra Sale $4.44-$1.00
  • 3 x Yoptimal Yogurt -50% pink sticker -$1.00 coupons = $1.00
  • 4 x Jakes Bake Bread Sale $1.44 each
  • 1 x Fennel Sale $1.47 ea
  • 3 x Lemons $1.00
  • 4 x Limes $1.00
  • 2 x mushrooms whole PM Wal-Mart Sale $1.00
  • 1 x Iceberg Lettuce PM Wal-Mart Sale $1.00
  • 8 lb Navel Oranges Sale $.388
  • 1 bag of washed spinach PM Wal-Mart Sale $1.00

Total Out Of Pocket: $29.56- $20.00 in PC Points =$9.56

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. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)

Total Coupons Used this Week : $37.10
Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
Total Rewards Points Used: $20.00 PC Points
Total Spent This Week:$42.10
Total Spent So Far for (January): $40.11+89.29+31.46+$42.10=$202.96
Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $0 nothing left in it for the month it’s spent.
Total Over/Under spend this shop: $36.23
Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (January): $ 32.04 under
Total Left to Spend for the Month: $32.04
Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.89+19.50+37.10+5.00=$79.49
Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a
Total Spent To Date This Year: $202.96
Weekly Overview: This is our fourth shop this month (ouch) but we are still under budget. We will have a no-shop week next week but we will likely need milk so I can see us heading out to Shoppers Drug Mart for milk and that’s about it. We loaded up on dairy this week namely cheese at Metro because of the sale and we ran out at home. We have enough cheese now for a few months.

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 players 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.

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better.

PLUS!! Check out where to find the Cheapest Deals on Produce, Meat, Diapers, Toilet Paper and Pop are this week from Coupon Christine Jan 17, 25, 2013

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