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The Grocery Game Challenge #1 April 1-7, 2013 ~ Price Comparison Grocery List

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The Grocery Game Challenge #1 April Price Comparison List

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.

Price Comparison Grocery List

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

Food Basics:

  • 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

Grocery Game April Canadian Coupons 2013


How was your grocery shop this week?

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.
  5. 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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  1. Walmart

    Stages toothpaste – sale 2x$1.97
    Kid’s battery toothbrush – $5.00
    Kraft BBQ sauce – sale 2x$1.00
    Fruite drink – 2x$1.97
    Fruit by the foot – $2.47
    GV snack bars – $1.57
    Fish crackers – sale $1.88
    Bear paws – sale $1.88
    Handisnacks – sale 3x$1.00
    Pringle chips – 3 for $5.00
    Clover Leaf tuna – $2.00
    Tomatoes – $1.06

    •Total Coupons Used: $0
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $35.71


    Stouffers Chicken Alfredo sale $4.97
    Avocadoes – 2x$.77
    Apples – $1.93
    Minigo yogurt – sale 3x$2 – $.50c

    •Total Coupons Used: $0.50
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $13.94

    •Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $3975 (I decreased my budget starting this month by $25 so my new weekly budget is $75.00)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $325
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $.50
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    •Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this month: $0
    •Total Spent This Week:$49.65
    •Total Spent So Far for April: $49.65
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: under $25.35
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of April: under $25.35
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $299.65
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $.50
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : I don’t carry over
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $873.26
    •Weekly Overview: So I got way behind in my grocery posts this month (I am actually posting this in May now) but I had a good beginning to my month. Did not need to do much shopping. I was however able to stock up on some snacks for my daughter’s lunches. This was the first week with the new grocery budget.

    1. Hey Joanna,
      I get the distinct feeling either you were hungry for snacks when you went to WM or that is where you buy all the snacky items for the kids.. Off to a good start for April.. now lets see what the rest of the month brings you. You get ballot #28 AH.. there’s my answer in the last sentence of your post lol… you have one heck of a budget $325… I’ll be watching you closely… you can do this!!!!

  2. Week #1 1 – 7 Apr 2013

    No Frills

    1 x Honey Nut Cheerios $2.97
    2 x Eggs @$1.99 = $3.98
    1 x Neilson Milk $3.97
    2 x Wonder Bread Invisibles @$2.98 = $5.78 – $2 Coupon = $3.78
    1 x Bacon Pack $3.49 – $2 Coupn = $1.49
    1 x Pork Roast $7.94
    1 x Bunch Asparagus $2.33
    1 x Bunch Organic Bananas $1.70
    2 x Pack Mushrooms @$0.97 = $1.94
    1 x Pack Onions $1.67
    1 x Box Mandarin Oranges $3.99
    1 x Pack Organic Red Delicious Apples $3.99
    1 x Pack Organic Carrots $2.47
    1 x Pack of 3 Garlic $0.59
    3 x Plastic Bags $0.15

    Beef & Chicken from Farm $11.05

    Total Out of Pocket $46.56

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $240.00 or $60/week inclusive of stockplie budget
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $4 + $7.45 Gas Coupons = $11.45
    Total Discounts this Week: $
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: $0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates 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:$46.56
    Total Spent So Far for (April): $46.56
    Total Under spend this shop: $13.44
    Total Under spend for the month of (April): $13.44
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $193.44
    Total Coupons Used This Month :$11.45
    Total to Carry Over Next Month : $

    Alrighty, so 3rd April was my first day back from my awesome vacation in Singapore! So right out of the airport to No Frills since we didn’t have the basics at home like milk, eggs. I’m going to include Beef & Chicken from the farm as a weekly cost.

    1. Hi Adeline!!!
      Do you normally buy bags when you shop? We carry our own but sometimes forget. We try to keep a stash in the vehicle, our coupon binder bag or the wife’s purse. Sure, rub in your awesome vacation hahah… I’m glad you had a good time. Sounds like your shops from here on out will be catch up shops to stock up again. What did you eat in Singapore that was new? You get ballot #19

      1. Nah, I don’t normally buy bags. Cos we were from the airport, only had our luggage with us haha. There are quite a number of places that still give free bags, like Shoppers Drug Mart today in Orillia, she gave 3 free bags for my stuff. And I’ve come across WalMart as well. Yes, I need to stock up! Not too much new food in Singapore, mainly ate most of everything that I missed. Perhaps 2 new things, stir fry potato leaves and shrimp with tofu or something like that.

  3. Our weekly budget is $100 making the month budget $400.
    Some of these are multiple transactions.
    $2.10×2-$1.75C coffee creamer
    $3.479$1C mouthwash
    $5.36 total oop
    $2.50 total coupons
    $1.99×2-bogoC gillete shave gel
    $3.47 2 2L ginger ale
    $1.69×10-$10.50C colgate toothpaste – donation
    $12.91 total oop
    $12.49 total coupons
    H&W Produce
    $1.02 tomatoes
    $1.95 red pepper
    $1.36 green pepper
    $2.36 yellow/orange pepper
    $1.61 jalapenos
    $1.29 romaine lettuce
    .48 pasilla pepper
    .79 cucumber
    .33×3 lemon
    $1.49 blackberries
    $1.59 strawberries
    .16 thai chillies
    $15.09 total oop
    $2.99×3-$8.97C clear mens shampoo – donation
    $2.99×2-fpcs wub clear degree deodarent – donation
    $9.99-fpc wub clear vaseline lotion
    $2.50×2-$3C old spice deo
    $4.81 4L milk
    $3.49 cocoa
    $11 total oop
    $27.94 total coupons
    Canadian Tire
    $1.80 2kg sugar
    $2.69×2-bogoC(store coupon)+$2C (shouldv’e been$1C) campbells open stock
    .39 total oop
    $4.69 total coupons
    $2×2 old spice body spray
    $1×7-$7C colgate – donation
    $2×3-$3C flavoured tuna
    .77 peppercorn gravy
    $2-$2C shampoo – doantion
    $2.22×3-$9C zantac
    $2-$2C finish powerball
    $6.51 total oop
    $23 total coupons
    $1×2 bologna clearance
    .50×4 stove top
    $1.99×2 cream cheese clearance
    $2.29 bagette
    .50×2 lindor chocolate
    .99×2 assorted tea clearance
    $6.79 comp hot lemon drink(neo citron)
    $1.99×2 crackers
    99×4 assorted stovetop
    $1×2 canned pineapple
    $9 lotto ticket normally don’t take it outta the grocery budget but did this week
    $3.99×2-$3.99C&$3.99 instore free item wub3quaker items tropicana orange juice
    $2×3 chewy bars
    $2×4-$6C old spice deodorant
    $53.80 total oop
    $13.98 total coupons

    $106.86 total weekly oop
    $84.60 total weekly coupons

    Guess if I didn’t buy our lotto with the grocery money we would be under, but I’m not worried about it and didn’t wanna shuffle around money or another tranaction to buy it.
    Happy with all the donations we were able to get this week. Looking forward to another good week of donations 🙂

    1. Hi Juanita,
      One thing I like about your weekly budget is that it is’s a cool $100 bucks! Where did you get the coffee creamer coupons? Good for you making all those donations with your coupons that’s lovely mate. Is that something you do on a monthly basis? I would really love to share a story on CBB about Couponing and Donating.. if that’s something you want to help me with send me an email and we’ll get working on it. Oh! you bought a lotto ticket… hopefully you win!!! So you went overa bit this week which likely was your lotto ticket.. good for you mate.. keep up the amazing work!! You get ballot #5

      1. Hey Mr.CBB
        My creamer tear pad coupons are the .75 any 500ml or 1L lactania creams. I love to use them at superstore since it ends up being the best bang for my buck buying 2 1L, and making it only .40 more than buying the 500ml ones. I also got a couple $1 coffeemate coffee creamers from a fellow couponer that I trade very regularly with, that had gotten them from a trade with someone back east. LOL my coupons get around!!!
        I am able to do such awesome donations thanks to a lovely lady that usually raock my house with inserts that she finds in the recycle bins and the luck of finding some really good tear pads!! I also do trades with a few of the same ladies that find or get extras. Match it up with amazing weekly sales a little bit can go a long way!!! 🙂
        I am also lucky to have known a few coworkers for a long time and can sometimes get deals/markdowns on products that are discontinued because I am donating them to a group or the food bank.
        Also when you see people redoing the planograms instores that usually means there will be markdowns soon to get rid of all the discontinued or older lines of products to make way for new ones. So make sure you keep your eyes open for even better deals!
        We don’t have a stockpile or donation budget and I just take it out of regular weekly amount so I don’t get confused. Sometimes we can afford to buy extras and donate and sometimes we just can’t. I’m also not quite sure how to make it all work with adding it to our predone budget so for now we will just stick with this. I just worry that adding another budgeted thing will make us end up spending more money than we plan to. So as usual I can’t make my mind about it and can’t commit to it! My hubby wonders sometimes how he even got me down the aisle with all my commitment issues. But is sure glad he did! 😉

        1. Haha your last line almost made me spit my tea hahah.. you’re hilarous! I think it’s great what you do with the donations Juanita and many people out there are benfiting form your time and generosity.

  4. 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.

    Dads cookies (PM GT) 2 x $1.88
    Easter chocolate on clearance 2 x $.44, 1 x $.49
    OOP $5.31

    Tops (USA)
    Cadbury dark chocolate mini eggs $1.99 (large bag)
    Tofu cheese slices 2 x $2.99
    OOP $8.67

    Target (USA)
    Cadbury mini eggs $2.23 (large bag)
    OOP $2.43

    Milk 2 x $3.97
    Crème eggs 3 x $.44
    Eggo’s $1.98 – $1.00 coupon
    Solid bunny $1.44
    Chocolate milk (PM SDM) $.99
    NN mini cob corn (on blowout) 2 x $.74
    NN frozen mixed veggies (large bag) $3.48
    Oh Henry egg $.44
    PC mac & cheese $1.00
    Apples $1.24
    Oranges (PM FB) $2.10
    Coupons $1.00
    CD $2.32
    OOP $20.47

    Food Basics
    Sunlight laundry detergent 3 x $2.88 – 3 x $2.00 coupons
    Coupons $6.00
    OOP $3.76

    Heinz beans (PM Sobeys) 3 x $.88
    NN tuna 3 x $1.00
    PC mac & cheese $1.00
    Goldfish (PM Walmart) 2 x $1.88
    Dairy free yogurt $4.59
    Special K cracker chips (PM Sobeys) 3 x $1.99 – FPC – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Skinny Spud Sticks 2 x $2.24 – 50% pink sticker $2.24
    Apples (PM FB) $1.31
    Bananas $1.29
    Broccoli (PM FB) $.88
    Granny Smith Apples (PM NF) $1.96
    Mushrooms $.98
    Tomatoes $1.12
    Nailpolish (on clearance) $3.94
    Sudocrem 2 x $8.97 (reg $13.99) – 2 x $1.00 coupon
    Yeast $4.49
    Coupons $6.99
    CD $5.27
    Tax free day $3.74
    OOP $44.85

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $13.99
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year:$48.50
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $7.59
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$7.59
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $158.11
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $85.49
    •Total Spent So Far for April: $85.49
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of April: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $274.51
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $13.99
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : I do not carry over
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $1033.20
    •Weekly overview: I spent way too much on chocolate this week! I just couldn’t stop myself from buying half price chocolate! Lol At least I still made it under my weekly budget and I bought 2 jars of diaper rash cream which can be costly. I had to get in on the $.88 Sunlight deal even though I don’t like using anything other than Tide I figured I can use Sunlight for my towels and sheets. I just wish they had some in stock at RCSS when I went so I could have PMed with the tax free deal but I guess everyone else had the same idea lol. I finally bought yeast (I had been waiting to see if it would go on sale but it wasn’t so I gave in today) so that I could try making bread and maybe that flatbread recipe you just posted. I also want to try your tortilla recipe one day for making quesadillas. I’m still under budget so I’m happy!

    1. Jen, Jen, Jen,
      Now you know already what I’m going to say hahahahah… I couldn’t stop, honestly I had a good idea I would read a GGC post like this from you littered with reduced chocolate. You must really love the stuff….I can’t believe the price of some of the eggs now…even cream eggs are a bit ridiculous at almost $2 an egg.. really??? I’m going to pick up some of the sunlight as well, what a great deal you got. I can’t wait to see what you do with your yeast. If you are not familiar with it do some research on line before you start because if you muck it up you risk ruining your recipe and wasting money on ingredients. Good for you under budget, chocolate and all!!! This month is going to be just as good as the last Jen.. believe it, and it WILL! You get ballot #4! Mr.CBB P.S how was your budget for March?

  5. OK Here goes with this weeks shop…. I went to Canadian Tire as well as Foodland as they had that one day sale on sugar…. too good to pass up!!I had 2 at Foodland in one day as the girl didn’t want to let me use two coupons for two cans of coffee and I didn’t feel like raising a fuss over it, I saved enough as it is so what-ever….

    Canadian Tire, March 30
    4 bags sugar @1.49- 5.96

    Foodland March 30

    4 Triscuits @1.47- 5.88
    1 jar pickles-1.79
    1 jar unsweetened applesauce-1.98
    1 cranberry cocktail- 1.98
    3 cards- 2.00, 2.10, 2.10
    1 doz eggs- 2.58
    1 hamburger buns- 2.79
    1 raisin bread- 2.99
    1 bag rice- 3.99
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 Folgers coffee-5.97, 1.00 coupon
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    1 utility knife- 29.99, minus 30 stickers… free
    1 utility knife-29.99, minus 30 stickers.. free
    1 cooks knife-39.99, minus 40 stickers… free
    Total- $57.12, $100.97 in coupons/stickers
    Second sale
    1 Folgers coffee- 5.97, 1.00 coupon
    Total $4.97

    Foodland April 3

    3 pasta@ 1.25- 3.75
    1 baking soda- 1.49
    1 cole slaw- 1.79
    1 bunch celery- 1.99
    1 pack breakfast sausage- 2.04
    1 pack raisins- 2.29
    1 w/w bread- 2.69
    1 pack bagels- 2.99
    1 table syrup- 2.99
    1 raisin bread- 2.99
    1 cider mix- 3.99
    1 green pepper- .99
    1 lb butter- 4.69
    2 4l milk@ 4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    1 pack lean ground beef- 13.97
    tax- 1.78
    Total- $75.19

    Total budget for year- $7800.00
    Total budget for the month- $600.00
    Total coupons/ stickers this week- $101.97
    Total spent this week- $143.31
    Total spent this month- $143.31
    Total over/under for the week- under 6.69
    Total over/un der for the month- under 6.69
    Left for month- $456.69
    Total coupons for the month- $101.97
    Total year to date- J$818.08+ F$598.07+ M$770.12+ A$143.31 = $2329.58
    Total coupons year to date- J$58.70+ F$37.51+ M$50.78+ A$ 101.97= $248.96

    I did it!!! After so many overages I did it… I’m happy now!! The next trick is to do it again and I am trying there. I didn’t need milk or water today when I went in so we shall see… The knives were such a sweet deal…. I’ve been saving the stickers(one for every $10.00) and they were our daughter’s birthday gift!! She was happy to get them and I’ll get her a steel to keep them sharp shortly, that needs another 30 stickers and I’m almost there. I was so happy to get her something she wanted for her birthday and at such a good price…lol!!! I cooked the turkey from last Dec for Easter and the currant meal count so far is 3 dinners and 2 lunches. I boiled the daylights out of the remains after I picked it over for the meat and got 2 bunches of meat, plus 4-4 cup containers, 1- 2.5 cup container and one that is partly full… maybe a cup to a cup and a half in it of broth for meals down the road… not bad for a bird that wasn’t quite 12 lbs….A very good week for the grocery budget!!!

    1. Hi Chrstine,
      I didn’t make it in for the sugar but that was a great deal, good for you.Is that birthday cards? If so we just go to the dollar store once per year and pick out cards for everyone, cheaper, less time, less gas. OH>.. you got some knives.. and I’m sure she appreciated you getting them for her.Wow you got quite a few meals out of that turkey. They go a long way though so it’s worth it. A very good week indeed Christine! Look at your coupons and stickers amount 🙂 You are well on your way to a successful month I can feel it.

      How long until No Frills? Shall we do a countdown lol
      You get ballot #3~~ MR.CBB

      1. April 12!!!!! And after not getting the Stratford flyers last week I called the paper about it and got an extra set of flyers, looks like I got the Stratford set because I got a Walmart, Zehrs, PetValu and a No Frills flyer!!! We don’t normally get those!!!

      2. I will admit it was fun to look at flyers I don’t usually get…. I enjoyed myself there. I used to get the London ones if I was looking after the Little Man but haven’t done that at our daughter’s place lately….I will see what kind of opening day sales they have a No Frills but I might wait until the second day to avoid the worst of the crowds…… we shall see….

  6. Total Grocery Budget for the Year: $ 4080.00

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 or $85.00 week
    I have $340.00 to spend in March.

    •Total Coupons Used this Week :$0.00
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $- 0
    •Total Spent This Week:$27.04
    •Total Spent So Far for (March): $27.04
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop:$57.96 under
    •Total Over/Under spend for the month of (March): $312.96 under
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month:$312.96
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $0
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : 0
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $1056.68
    •Weekly Overview: With my father passing away last week we have been given so much homemade food plus the meal plans for the week he died. I am only in need of basic items, and convience food for extended family . I am hoping to really make a go for this month. My garden has begun inside and next week seeds of sorts go into the ground outside. In the meanwhile clean out the freezer.

    milk 3.99
    chips 2.50
    Dog food 12.99 x 13% 15.00
    cookies 3.99
    asparagus 1.56

    Total 27.04


    1. Sorry to hear of your loss my friend. I’m sure it’s been and will be a tough time for your family. I hope that it gets warmer as I would like to get all my seeds out as well. Oh, you bought asparagus too… that’s it now I’m really on the hunt for it. Everyone seems to be cooking with asparagus and now I want it! Chat soon, and happy saving my friend. You get ballot #2. Mr.CBB

  7. Week of April 1 to April 7, 2013


    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $142.50 x 12 = $1,710.00 for 2 adults
    •Total Stockpile Budgeted For Year: $47.50 x 12 = $570.00 for 2 adults

    •Total CANADIAN Grocery Budget for the Month of March: $ 142.50
    •Total CANADIAN Stockpile Budget for the Month of March: $ 47.50

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Week:
    $ 142.50/4 = $35.62 with FOUR “No Shop” Weeks Per Year
    •Total Stockpile Budget for the Week:
    $ 47.50/4 = $11.87 with FOUR “No Shop” Weeks Per Year


    APRIL Grocery Budget (CDN): $142.50
    APRIL Stockpile Budget (CDN): $47.50
    APRIL Safeway Gift card (CDN): $20.00
    APRIL Cash Hiding Spot (CDN): $5.00

    APRIL US Grocery Reserve: $122.95 US
    APRIL US Cash Hiding Spot $65.00 US


    Well, I did fine on our Canadian shopping this week but I went a wee bit over on the US shop. I felt like I made out like a bandit though…I got 12 free items from the Clearance Rack at the bakery for my sweetie! Our deep freeze is extremely well stocked now!

    Since I got his bread and treats mostly free, I bought a little more cheese at Costco than I was planning & consequently I am short $3.28 US. I’ll see how I make out with the rest of the month. I will resolve that small overage either by transferring funds from the Canadian Reserve or I will take it from the US Cash hiding spot. I am hoping to have at least a couple of NO SHOP weeks in APRIL so that we can set those funds aside for our May US shopping along with the grocery budget for while we are away. 🙂

    Hubby and I will be in the US again on April 27th but that isn’t a shopping trip. The plan is to have a little day trip, a lunch and maybe spend some time in Fairhaven walking along the water. I expect we’ll grocery shop in the US again when we are vacationing in Bellevue in May.



    2 dozen eggs ($5.38- $2.72 Price Reduction) = $2.66
    1 cream cheese with chive and onion ($5.76 – $2.77 Price Red.) = $2.99
    1 pkg pork loin chops ($25.97- $15.78 Price Reduction) = $10.19

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions: $21.27
    •Total Checkout51 Savings: $0.00
    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total More Points Earned = 0 Points
    •Total OOP: $15.84

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.09
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $10.75


    1 4 L Skim Milk $4.99
    1 4 L Chocolate 1% milk $5.99

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions: $0.00
    •Total Checkout51 Savings: $0.00
    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total More Points Earned = 0 Points
    •Total OOP: $10.98

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.98
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00

    SAFEWAY US – Lynden, WA

    6 Ancient Harvest Spaghettini ($17.94-Price Reduction $3.00) = $14.94
    6 Ancient Harvest Elbows ($17.94-Price Reduction $3.00) = $14.94
    1 Ancient Harvest Rotelle ($2.99-Price Reduction $0.50) = $2.49

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions: $6.50
    • US Grocery OOP: $32.37

    FRANZ Bakery – Bellingham, WA

    4 Franz White GF Bread @ $4.99 ea = $19.96
    6 Franz 7-Grain GF Bread @ $4.99 ea = $29.94
    5 pkg Bagel – six pack @ $1.00 ea = $5.00
    5 pkg Glazed Donuts – six pack @ $1.00 ea = $5.00
    2 pkg Raisin Danish – six pack each = FREE
    4 large loaves Cracked Wheat Bread = FREE
    2 large loaves Sourdough Bread = FREE
    2 large loaves French Bread = FREE
    1 large loaf Ancient Grains Bread = FREE
    1 pkg 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns (8 pack) = FREE

    • US Grocery OOP: $59.90

    COSTCO US – Bellingham, WA

    2 Tillamook 2.5 lb Sharp Cheddar ($8.99 ea) = $17.98
    2 Tillamook 2.5 lb Pepper Jack Cheddar ($7.99 ea) = $15.98

    • US Grocery OOP: $33.96


    •Total Grocery Budget OOP: ($5.09+10.98) = $16.07
    •Total Stockpile Budget OOP: $10.75

    •Total CASH Spent: $26.82
    •Total HIDING SPOT CASH Spent: $0.00
    •Total GIFT CARDS Spent: $0.00


    •Spent from US Reserve Spent: ($32.37+$59.90+$33.96) = $126.23
    •Spent from US HIDING SPOT CASH Spent: $0.00

    • US Reserve Remaining: $122.95-126.23 = $3.28 SHORT
    • US HIDING SPOT CASH Remaining: $65.00


    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions: ($21.27+$6.50)=$27.77
    •Total Checkout51 Savings: $0.00
    •Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    •Total More Points Earned = 0 Points
    •Total Air Miles Earned = 0 Points
    •Total OOP: $26.82

    SAVED IN 2013:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    (Jan $40.04) + (Feb $44.48) + (March $98.35) +
    (April $27.77)= $210.64
    •Total Checkout51 Savings This Year:
    (Jan – $0.00) + (Feb – $0.00)+(March $0.00)+
    (April $0.00)= $0.00
    •Total Coupons Used This Year:
    (Jan – $60.46) + (Feb – $0.00)+ (March $11.79) +
    (April $ 0.00)= $0.00
    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    (Jan 265) + (Feb 248)+(March 151) +
    (April 0)= 664 Points
    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    (Jan 57) + (Feb 10) + (March 30) +
    (April 0)= 97 Air Miles

    SPENT IN 2013:

    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    (Jan $217.50) + (Feb $198.39)+ (March $72.90) +
    (April $16.87)= $505.66
    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:
    (Jan $190.00)+(Feb$190.00)+ (March $108.79) +
    (April $142.50)= $631.29
    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $125.63 UNDER

    •Total StockpileOOP Spent So Far This Year:
    (March $81.21) + (April $10.75) = $91.96
    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    (Jan $0.00)+(Feb$0.00)+(March $81.21) +
    (April $47.50)= $128.71
    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Stockpile Budget: $36.75

    REMAINING APRIL Grocery Budget (CDN):
    $142.50 – (16.87) = $125.63 AVAILABLE
    REMAINING APRIL Stockpile Budget (CDN):
    $47.50 – ($10.75) = $36.75 AVAILABLE
    REMAINING APRIL Safeway Gift card (CDN): $20.00
    REMAINING APRIL Cash Hiding Spot (CDN): $5.00

    APRIL US Grocery Reserve: $3.28 US OVER
    APRIL US Cash Hiding Spot $65.00 US AVAILABLE

    1. Hi Mary!
      How did you get 12 FREE items from the reduced rack? Looks like we will be motivating you to stay away from the shops for 2 weeks this month… 🙂 I’m thrilled to hear how well you did in the USA.. you took home the prize and a well stocked freezer to go along with it. Larry must be so proud of the way you shop. I really want to try that pepper jack I bet it has some good bite to it. We don’t get all those fancy kinds here that I can see. Well, with your grocery budget, hiding spots and gift card you still have a good amount to spend this month. If you do stay out of the shops you will have even more which is exactly what you want. Good for you Mary!!! Keep up the great shopping, proud of you. You get ballot #1~ Mr.CBB

      1. The gal told me to take 12 free items because of the size of my bill. I’ll certainly be doing that again! It helps with our bread costs that I didn’t have to pay for Larry’s! $60 isn’t too bad when we each have enough bread for a month, he has all kinds of treats and I have enough GF bread in the freezer to make a nice batch or two of stuffing to go with our turkeys. Schzamm! LOL

  8. Hey Mr CBB, here is my shop this “no shop week”

    10 gallons drinking water $4
    2 fried chicken breasts 1 leg $3.73

    total $7.73

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $200 – $1.09 over budget this year, $198.91 or $39.78 times 5 weeks.
    I will divide per 5 weeks since we usually shop on Monday or Tuesday and there are 5 of them.
    Total Coupons Used this Week : none
    Total Spent This Week:$ 7.73
    Total Spent So Far for (April): $7.73
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $32.05 under
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of (April): $32.05 under
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $191.18
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $408.82

    Week overview:
    We still have a ton of food from last week since we had guests over, they brought food and we also stocked up more than usual, so we will eat that this week, there are lots of fruits I am afraid will go bad but don’t know what to do with to prolong their life. Mango, pineapple, watermelon, etc. maybe I will dice and freeze to make smoothies. Hey, I just gave myself an idea! Anyway, we needed water the delivery truck didn’t come for Easter last week, and I went to town for other purchases and bought BF some fried chicken. He even eats the bones and says it is delicious, I am afraid he will crack a filling. Cheers!

    PS I don’t know why there was still $1.09 over budget since we were under budget for March and March was already taking into account the over budget for Feb, it may be due to the exchange rate and rounding up of prices, I’ll still play the game and remove them!

    1. If it’s a no shop week, it sure looks like you shopped hahaha… you are pretty darn good right down to the penny with your budget, I like that. I’m like that as well and I carry over any overspends to balance out my year. WOw, eat them, and yes you can dice and freeze and make smoothies, I do that with our fruits… for sure. OMG.. the bones.. well that’s certainly nothing I would do, he’s a champ… tell him that! Keep at it…. share more recipes…. some authentic ones!!!

  9. I know my prices and just don’t buy when the price goes up, or buy a little more when it is low. Going to another supermarket is only when I need something specific they don’t have at the main one. I see I didn’t put my shop last week, need to track down the receipts, there was a spring cleaning and lots of things got lost… ugh…happy to get a new budget allowance for April though, I think March was smashed over. You are off to a great start under budget, well done!

    1. I figured you were busy with your house guests and that’s why you forgot to post. I hope we can do well in April… like we did March but I’m not sure as it really depends on what we will need to stock up on.

  10. Week 13

    Milk $3.75
    Hawaaiian Punch $2.34
    White Bread $1.39
    Hot Dog Buns $1.29
    Dozen Eggs $1.99
    Sliced Cheese $2.99
    Beef Franks $5.19
    Beef Franks $-

    Total Out of Pocket $19.09

    5 Cheeseburgers $5.78

    Total Out of Pocket $5.78

    Toilet Tissure 6 pk $0.97
    Toothpaste $1.97
    15 oz. Frosted Flakes $2.98
    Dental Floss $0.87
    18ct Eggs $2.78
    Tyson Chicken Nuggets $5.98
    5 lbs Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries $5.98
    Bread $2.18
    3lb Parboiled Rice $1.98
    Gallon Milk $3.68
    25ct Trash Bags $3.97
    Mini Bagels $2.98
    Hawaiian Punch $2.08

    Total Coupons $0.50
    Total Out of Pocket $37.49

    2 x Laundry Detergent 50oz $6.99
    Royal Dansk Cookies $2.69
    Aluminum Foil 25ft $1.79

    Total Out of Pocket $12.00

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $3,500
    Total Grocery Budget for March: $318.75
    Total Coupons Used this Week:  $0.50
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0.00
    Total Spent This Week: $74.36
    Total Spent for March: $359.00
    Total Underspend this shop: -$10.61
    Total Overspend for the month of March: -$40.25
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: -$40.25
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0.50
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: -$40.25
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $ $1,109.44

    Weekly Overview: Still trying.

    1. Hi Dr.Sheba!
      Welcome back.. well I see you use a coupon this week, good for you.50 is better than nothing at all. Is this your final March post? This post if the first post for April that’s why I was asking. You did well though, look , you only went over by $40.25 in March compared to what you used to spend… COngratulations!~ You should be happy and yes don’t stop trying. I posted a lovely mac and cheese with ham recipe today, give it a try, I”m betting the kids will love it and it will save you some money in your grocery budget. Keep at it!! Mr.CBB

      1. Hi Mr. CBB,
        I wasn’t sure if it was a March or April post, lol. I will fix my numbers and include it in April. I used a coupon via Ibotta, but I have to find more ways to get that done. I am very happy with myself for making improvements with my budget. I have been taking cash out every week to help me stay on track with it. I definitely get a clearer picture of what’s being spent and what’s left when use cash instead of swiping my debit card. I appreciate all of your kind words. Thank you. I saw your recipe for the Mac and Cheese with ham, but we don’t eat pork. What do you think is a good substitute?


        1. You can just eliminate the pork if you don’t eat it and have it as a creamy mac and cheese. Best of it is, you get some amazing cheeses in the USA so you can really jazz the flavours up with cheese. If cash works for you then use it. I would suggest writing all your expenses down. If you want my budget email me and I’ll send it to you. Cheers!

  11. I like the concept of keeping a price book. This is something that my household really needs to start, if only for toilet paper. With so many sizes/types it’s like reading a foreign language when trying to find out if you’re getting a good deal.

  12. Wow you picked up some great deals! I used to keep up a price book but after a while and kind of still I know where the best prices are! For example canned good generics are best at Walmart in our area best deli prices Walmart again, Harris Teeter has the best meat deals and Lowes has teh best frozen food deals in my opinion but we are down to just shopping at our local grocer and Trader Joes & sometimes Costco……but since I started eating healthy our menu has become a lot more limited until the wonderful garden season comes back in so its been pretty simple for us.
    Trader Joes I buy my tomatoes, low fat cheese sticks, nuts, butter, british muffins, and any wine.
    Costco my low fat cheese, peppers, tomatoes, apples and grapes
    Walmart my natural peanutbutter, beans, lettuce, and yogurt if I am not making it
    and our local grocery for meat sales, breads, and milk (more of the basics)
    But I probably need to do better…….

    1. That’s awesome …we don’t shop at Costco or we would be broke lol. We used to think we knew where the best prices were but we really didn’t. I’d like to think we have become MUCH better at learning prices but still we want to really know what they are. All those pennies add up to a giant bucket of savings overtime. Would you walk by money on the ground every time you saw it? Likely not and the same goes with getting the best deal by knowing the best prices… no sense leaving money on the ground if it’s right in front of our faces!! Cheers Karen.

  13. Your shops look pretty good!!!! There are some nice deals in there…. I’m so glad to win the grocery game for the month!!!! A little good news after a couple of rough days!!!!! I’m going to try to print off that new list and see how many places I can get regular prices for, especially with the New No Frills opening in Stratford!!, I can’t wait to see inside one of those as I have never had the chance to go in one before this………hopefully it will help me with the challenge!

    1. You will be the pricing book insider … I think that’s great and it will be perfect for someone like you who has to drive in to get to the shops besides Food Land in your town. Send me your addy again and I’ll get your prize off to you!!! Way to go Christine!!!

    1. Jen, when the CBB budget still has money in it at the end of the month, they are now transferring those surplus funds to the Rendezvous Account instead of just burying it in their general savings account. These funds are intended to help keep the romance in their relationship… with a weekend get-away, a special date night AND eventually they’ll have enough accumulated in the account for that European vacation they are dreaming of!

      With all the CBB fans to cheer them on, encouraging them to trim their budget even more, making suggestions & helping them use even more coupons plus encouraging them to be even more diligent in only buying what they need instead of what they want… we’ll all get to watch the Rendezvous Account grow & have a dream or two realized without derailing any of their other goals. 🙂

      What a great way to encourage the CBB household to dig a little deeper with their grocery shops, don’t you think? I understand Mrs CBB has a cell phone, maybe we can encourage her to take advantage of the Checkout51 app and keep that money in their budget? Maybe she’d like to play too? 😀

      It’s also our chance to nudge Mr CBB, a little, to make sure that slowly but surely they achieve something that he has expressed a longing for. The big goal folks and I am sure we can help them achieve it is for he & Mrs CBB to take a romantic vacation for two!

      BTW, any withdrawals from the Rendezvous account for treats for the couple will be acknowledged by telling us what lovely things this has provided for them i.e. a weekend in the country, a night in the city… no further descriptions required. Ha ha ha! 😀

      1. Mr CBB is hoping to vacation in Ontario this summer.

        If they can get $65-$75 in the Rendezvous Account for April/May/June/July… that’ll be somewhere between $325 and $365 that they will have for a wee vacation!

        Now there’s a motivator!

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