The Grocery Game

The Grocery Game Challenge #10-Mar 4-10,2013-Road Trip To Target Canada

Target Canada

The arrival of US Discount store Target Canada has ended in 3 Ontario cities Milton, Fergus and Guelph. These 3 pilot Target stores in Canada opened their doors today to anxious waiting customers. We thought we would go on a road trip to the closest Target store to see what the fuss was all about.

Instantly I said, it’s a “Zarget” as there was still an aura of  Zellers in the air. I’m sure the reminiscent feelings will slowly die off but it carried through most of the store. In fact it seemed more like a modernized version of Zellers with the high-tech electronics section with some pretty cool cameras (I was tempted but, not this time. There was also the expected traditional pharmacy and the health and beauty section for cosmetics which was bright and so very Hollywood. The great part was the wide aisles, bright colours and it seemed spacious, not cluttery at all, then again it is a new store.

Housewares seemed different as there were styles that we had never seen before and the clothes departments were airy and open as opposed to crowded with old clothes and loads of discount racks. A huge change was the amount of food offered, pretty much everything from milk to frozen meals to chips and pop and baked goods. It was an extensive line of products and even noticed the likes of Jaime Oliver products on the shelves. We also turned our head to one side many times as there were product names that we had never seen before in any other Canadian Stores.

I’m interested to see how this will work out for Target. Prices  for some items were on the higher side for us, yet competitive at best as we know our product prices on many major items. There were no “sale” signs or coupons that we noticed. Shopping carts were everywhere as intrigue captivated the audience although waiting in the long line-ups didn’t appeal to us but were directed by organized smiling staff in red shirts. Since it was opening day that was to be expected, you know the mad rush.

A Coffee While You Shop?

We even heard a few others say, “It’s like Zellers” but we all know that change is hard for many people but I’m sure eventually Zellers will be a thing of the past and the people will embrace this modernized discount store. It says alot about a store that is modern, clean and has reasonable prices for the consumers but we shall see how well Target captures our pocketbooks. A big surprise was “Starbucks” where the smell of coffee permeates the air as soon as you walk into Target and if you think that it was empty given the high prices for a coffee or latte you are sadly mistaken.

The cool part is they even have coffee holders you can attach to your shopping cart so you can drink your Java while spending your money, brilliant marketing idea if I say so myself. I did like the aspect of the self scanners which we are now seeing pop up more and more with less cashiers in many major shops. I must admit it was nice to see product scanning stations throughout the store that were visible similar to the Canadian Tire set-ups. Over-all a great experience and we look forward to Target Canada.

  • Will you be getting a Target RBC MasterCard?
  • If you went to the opening of Target Canada today what were your initial thoughts?
The Grocery Game Challenge

If you missed yesterday’s blog post by Canadian Budget Binder fan Donna R where she shared her secrets for lowering her family’s grocery budget from a whopping $1100 a month to $600 give it a read now. It’s such an inspirational story and not only did she use coupons, batch cooking and planning she plays the grocery game challenge each week.

This is the first Grocery Game Challenge for March 2013~~ Post your Shop and you might be our next Grocery Game Winner!

Grocery Game Challenge March

Grocery Game Challege #10 Part 2

Our Grocery Game Challenge Results 

Food Basics

  • 2 Lactancia Cream Sale $2.49- $0.75 coupon
  • 1 x Lactancia Whipping Cream Sale $2.49- $0.75 coupon
  • 3 x Lebanese Pita Sale $0.95 each
  • Vine Tomatoes Sale $2.31 8 tomatoes
  • Avocados Sale $2.50 for 6
  • Spinach Sale $1.00 bag
  • Allen’s White Vinegar Sale $1.99

Total Out Of Pocket– $17.98


  • 2 Gallons of Cedar Extra Virgin Olive Oil Reg $22.99 Sale $15.99
  • 4 x Basa Fillets Sale $.299 each
  • Chilis Reduced Produce $0.99
  • Clear Bags- $3.59
  • Source Yogurt Sale $1.74- $1.00 coupon
  • 2 x Butterball Turkey Bacon $3.99 – 2x FPC

Total Out Of Pocket– $ 29.73 and $20.00 to Stockpile Budget

No Frills

  • 2 x Dozen Large Eggs Sale $1.99 – buy 2 save $1.00 coupon
  • 2 x Neilson Truetaste Milk Sale $3.88- $1.00 coupons
  • 4 x Sugar 2kg Sale $1.77
  • 6 x Wonderbread $2.67-50% pink stickers – $1.00 wub 2 coupon
  • 1x Lettuce Sale $1.00

Total Out Of Pocket-$ 18.91

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 : $17.23
  • Total Discounts this Week: $8.04
  • Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: $0 Don’t Use this service
  • Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: $0 Don’t Use this service
  • Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Week: $0 
  • Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Month:$0 
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $20.00
  • Total Spent This Week:$ 18.91+ $29.73+$17.98
  • Total Spent So Far for (March): $66.62
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: Under $11.71
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (March): Under $168.38
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $168.38
  • Total Coupons Used This Month :$17.23+
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a We don’t carry over 
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) $367.72+ (Mar)

Weekly Overview:  I thought for sure we would be over but the oil went to the stockpile budget and we did plan out the shop. We have plenty of veg left in the refrigerator and potatoes so we didn’t need much. The only things we didn’t add were the tomatoes,bread and avocados as those were after the fact. The bread we had coupons for and there were pink stickers so under $1.00 per loaf which was great. This should be an interesting month but one we said we would stick to the budget no matter what, let’s hope we can do this.

February Grocery Game Challenge WINNER is……. #5 Dee F!!!! Congratulations DEE! Please email me with your address so I can send out your prize.

Some Coupons We Found This Week

Coupons Found In March 2013

How was your grocery shop this week? Post your shop exactly like how I did and let us all know. 

FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Where can I find Canadian CouponsHere are your latest Coupon Match-ups  of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.

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