Welcome back to the Grocery Game Challenge #1 for April and with the unveiling of our new price comparison grocery list I’m sure our budget will be the same if not better than last month. I know many of you have posted your weekly grocery shops here with me for over a year and know I’m always looking for ways to improve our spending habits. If anything it’s you the fans who have helped the grocery game grow to where it is today with your ideas and suggestions.
In the past on Canadian Budget Binder we talked about using coupons and how effective they are, especially when combined with a grocery store weekly flyer sale. One topic we touched on was why it was important to know your prices in order to get the best deal possible in your local area. Many people don’t know the regular prices of their favourite products at the different grocery shops and end up spending more and saving less even while using coupons. I know some of you don’t have the luxury of having many shops in your town but when you do get out to the city to shop having your list ready with the prices from your town grocery store will help you in the decision-making process.
We’ve started to notice and I don’t know if you have but prices on some food items are getting a wee bit, let’s just say, high. We already know that peanut butter has shot through the roof and what was once $3.99 regular price is now $7.99 for a 1kg jar of Kraft Peanut butter. I’m probably even pricing that low compared to some of the shops we’ve been in. If we can try to put the regular price of products if we know them as we post in the grocery game this will help us to see how big of a savings we actually did get.
Not everyone is as budget happy as we are but if you really want to know where the money is being spent you need to know who sells the product for less at regular price. We can then potentially put that extra money towards higher priced items such as fresh fruit, vegetables and meats or other items that never go on sale but we need to stock up on. I don’t have to tell any of you that post your weekly shops because most of you blow us out of the water when you shop with the amount of savings, discounts and coupons.
Price Comparison Grocery List
We decided that since we had such a great shopping month in March that we really wanted to step it up by comparing shopping prices in our area. We know that doing a price search in the grocery store for products that we typically stock in our pantry and freezer each week will help us grasp when and where we are getting the best deal. There’s nothing worse than finding out you could have saved a few bucks here and there if only you knew the prices. If we keep saying, “it’s on a buck who cares”, then the money we could have used towards our bills or put into our emergency savings account is lost.
Many of us don’t go to 4 or 5 different shops a week and we like to price match at a store that allows this convenience for shoppers which makes the trip not only cost efficient on gas but also on time. Time is valued by each of us in our own way depending on what we have to do with our day. Some people have all the time in the world and others are on a strict schedule so what one thinks is a waste another views as an opportunity.
We may go to 3 shops but they are all in the same area or parking lot so we aren’t driving for miles to get from point A to point B. Having a shopping price list handy in your purse or in your coupon binder when shopping will instantly help you to answer the question “Is this the best price” on an item. Over time you will get to know the prices and you can move on to new items as most of us like to try new foods which also get added to the “must have” list if it’s a new family favourite.
Last night I created a basic excel document called the “Price Comparison Grocery List” which has a spot for the product name and up to 7 of your favourite grocery stores. I know the photo looks a bit wonky and that’s because I had to rotate it after I scanned it and it ended up a bit crooked but it prints out perfect in landscape. It’s nothing swanky with fancy labels it’s a simple form to document prices. It’s something I put together for you, so you don’t have to do the work. I put an example in the first space but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Now you can delete the stores I have and the example to customize the form for your own use. It may take some time to get your sheets filled out but if you are walking by a product it only takes seconds to mark down the price.
Over time you will have all the products and prices you need to make the best decisions when you create your menu plan for the week against flyer sales or however you choose to do it. You can either pencil in the prices, then come home and input the data on the computer so you have a hard copy at home and keep a soft copy with you. That’s up to you. We typed in all the products we want to compare, the grocery shops we will compare them at and we will pencil the prices in as we shop. We will likely keep a hard copy for back up to help us build a price book of products that we use or have used in our kitchen.
I hope you check out the price comparison list and work your way up to having all the prices you need at your finger tips. When we did our shop this week we didn’t have the form so from this point forward we will do our best to put in the regular prices in the grocery game posts and I hope you do as well.
I’ve also made a change to the weekly title as I will not having a running number any longer. Since this is the first shop of April you will see a #1 in the title so you know right away this is shop #1. Next week will be Shop #2 and so on until the last week of the month. I hope that helps you out a bit. Your feedback is appreciated.
The Grocery Game Challenge
This is the first Grocery Game Challenge for April 2013~~ Post your Shop and you might be our next Grocery Game Winner!
March WINNERS: No coincidence at all Christine and Christina!!! 🙂
Our March Grocery Game Winner Is……. Christine Weadick!! Congratulations Christine!!!
Our March Facebook Top Fan Winner is…… Christina Hubbard! Congratulations Christina!!
For Inspiration read about Canadian Budget Binder fan Donna R who shares her secrets for lowering her family’s grocery budget from a whopping $1100 a month to $600 give it a read now.
Our Grocery Game Challenge Results
- Bag of Baby Bok Choy Reg Price $1.48
- 3lbs of Carrots Sale $1.00
- 2 x 3lbs of Yellow Onions Sale $1.00
- Red Grapes Sale $3.14
- 250g of Pot Barley Reg Price $1.36
- Good Value Parsley Flakes Reg Price $3.00
- 14 cans of Old Spice Deodorant Reg Price $2.67 Sale $2.00- buy 2 save $3.00 brandsaver
- 2 x White Mushrooms 227 g Reg Price $1.97 PM No Frills $0.97
- 4 x Nescafe Instant Coffee Sale $3.77
- 450 g of Ground Lean Beef Reduced 30% $3.29
Total Out Of Pocket-$45.40
- 2 x Pita Bread Reg Prie $1.69 Sale $1.00
- Selection Spices Chives Reg $1.29 Sale $0.79
- Selection Spices Garlic Powder Reg Price $1.29 Sale $1.00
- Selection Spices Mustard Powder reg Price $1.29 Sale $1.00
- 3 x Dannone Silhoutte Yogurt 650g Reg Price $3.99 Sale $1.99-buy 3 save $5.00 coupon from new Dannone Booklet
- 2 x half black forest ham Reg $6.99 sale $3.00
- 1 x Seedless Cucumber Sale $0.97
- 2 x 5lb Cavendish Russet Potatoes Sale $1.00 each
Total Out Of Pocket $ 14.73
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 : $26.00
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- 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: $0
- Total Spent This Week:$60.13
- Total Spent So Far for (April): $60.13
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: n/a
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (April): $ under $18.20
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $174.87
- Total Coupons Used This Month :$26.00
- 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) + (March)$169.62= $537.34
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38 (this will be used for a date night or a summer holiday)
Weekly Overview: Not too shabby this week especially with that amazing Dannone Yogurt coupon you see in the picture below and paying $1.00 total for all 3 of those tubs of yogurt!! That coupon booklet was found at Metro in case you were wondering. I was also happy to find my deodorant on sale for $2.00 making each can $0.50 each which should do me about a year.
Canadian Coupons Found This Week
How was your grocery shop this week?
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.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons? 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 that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- Where can I find updated Coupon Policies? You can find all the updated Canadian Coupon Policies on hand at Mrs. January
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