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The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May

Grocery shopping problem number 1, shopping hungry which should be a big no-no for everyone, and I’ll tell you why. This weeks Grocery Game Challenge (GGC)#4 shop was only supposed to be $11.18 or less. We would have accomplished our grocery budget for May but we needed some fresh produce. We did manage to get some really cheap food, but we went over budget again.

Grocery Shop Planning

It’s been such a busy week for us with our dog being ill there wasn’t much meal planning going on so a half arsed grocery list was made last-minute using the flyers and coupon match-ups. I was hoping we could pull off the month of May under budget as we had already carried over from April. I thought with some cheap food shopping and using up what we had that we would make it but we didn’t. It’s a no-win this month but it’s not as bad as you think. I still think we did well.

Trying to buy cheap food on a budget such as fresh foods and vegetables is not that difficult this time of year which makes it easy to do healthy food shopping even when it’s not planned. You will see we managed to get lots of fruits and vegetables this shop as well as a couple of dozen eggs.

We’ve worked so hard to get caught up this week, I’m still not sure I’m going to make it. I’ve already lost a few pounds as I’ve had to tighten a couple of notches in my belt this month. I’m pretty back to my weight when I smoked although I didn’t have much to lose so I won’t moan about it.  We’ve been working on eating less like I mentioned in last weeks GGC post and it’s been working well for the both of us.

My Grocery Shopping Problem

My problem is shopping on an empty stomach because my eyes take over and I want to eat everything in sight. Since we didn’t have a full grocery list we ended up buying too much food and now we have more than we bargained for. I will say that Zehrs is by far one of the best grocery stores to shop at when you are hungry. It’s clean, organized and offers us way too many foods and smells that entice us to buy more. I did have a box of Chapman’s ice-cream sandwiches in the grocery cart but I ended up putting it back once I found the cheap Liberte yogurt with %50 off tickets.

Pink sticker shopping is budget grocery shopping at it’s best and even when you shop hungry you know that going over budget is the easiest way to blow the budget. We didn’t do too bad today but I wanted to get strawberries to make some strawberry muffins loaded with a cream cheese and cool-whip (my neighbour gave to us as they cleaned out their freezer and didn’t want it) so I could enjoy one with my tea and bring a couple to our neighbours. (speaking of which I think I might go have a bowl with fresh fruit now)

Shopping hungry at lunch time was probably not the best time to go grocery shopping as my stomach was rumbling. You will see I picked up some great deals on chicken thighs and chicken mince which I didn’t think were too bad of a price. I found lots of food for cheap but it’s a good thing the wife told me enough we better get home as she knew I was hungry.

I’ve just not had good eating practices this week as I should have been so I’m paying the price and I’m not myself this week. I’m trying to get back on track now because shopping hungry is the worst thing I can do especially if saving money on food is your goal. I know this but I did it anyway so shame on me.

Tips For Saving Money At The Grocery Store

My plan to solve shopping hungry is to do the common sense thing and eat something. I’d rather spend a couple of dollars to buy a sandwich and a fruit if I’m on the road and have no snacks with me than to go grocery shopping with a stomach that is rumbling and eyes bigger than head.

If I do go shopping again without eating I’m going to focus on sticking to the plan while keeping healthy food shopping on the brain. I will avoid all snack aisles which we already do but just continue to ignore them like they are not there. Lastly, I think if we reiterate to ourselves in our head why we are purchasing something and why we may or may not need it that will help us come to a proper decision.

Saving money on food shopping always brings with it challenges and this is why the grocery game is so important for us. Without coming back home to go over our shops and our purchases we don’t learn from our mistakes, we just brush them off as if they don’t matter at all.

Question: Do you shop hungry and what tips do you have for others? What is the craziest foods you’ve bought when shopping hungry?

Grocery Game Weeks for May

If you missed grocery game posts for this month just click on the links below and post your shops in the comment section. Today’s post is the last grocery game post for May. Next Monday June 3, 2013 will be the first GGC for June and I will announce the May winner in that post. Good Luck!

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What’s In MrCBB's Shopping Cart

Food Basics

  • 1x 1kg Krinos Feta Sale $13.49
  • 3x Packs of Prime boneless skinless chicken thighs $10.00-4.00 each
  • 1x Excel gum $2.99

Total Out Of Pocket $34.87

Food Basics #2 Shop

  • Sweet Potatoes -$2.50
  • 1x Lebanese Whole Wheat Pita $0.99
  • 1x Whole Wheat Pita $1.00
  • Ground Beef $4.57-$1.37 discount
  • 2x Strawberries $1.88 each
  • 1x bag of bean sprouts $1.00
  • Spring Lettuce tub $3.99-$2.00
  • Onion Powder $0.99
  • Romaine Hearts 3pk Sale $1.50

Total Out Of Pocket $20.54


  • 3x Liberte Yogurt- Sale $3.49- %50 pink sticker
  • 6 x Bylos Pita $1.29-%50 pink sticker
  • 4x lean ground chicken sale $3.19,$3.14,$3.19,$3.29- 2x $1.00 coupons
  • 2x English Cucumber $1.50 each

Total Out Of Pocket $22.04

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2x eggs Sale $1.99- Buy 2 Save $1.00
  • 4x Colgate Total $1.99-$1.50

Total Out Of Pocket $5.97

The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May 28,2013

Yearly Grocery Budget For 2 : $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 Budget For May: $72.26
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $0
  • Total Spent This Week:$83.42
  • Total Spent So Far for (May): $155.68
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $ N/A
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (May): $N/A
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $Over by $83.42
  • Total Coupons Used This Month :$6.00+$0+$0+$9.00=$15.00 (month of May)
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month : ($83.42-$11.18=$72.24 will be carried over to June)
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68=$1090.76
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38 (this will be used for a date night or a summer holiday)

Weekly Overview: Well, we tried but we went shopping hungry today and that was a big no-no! We will work on using our own tips for our next shops. 

Canadian Coupons Found This Week

Coupons Found This Week Canada May 28, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Grocery Game Challenge RULES….. Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. 

  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. How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  6. How Do I Grocery Shop? I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I don’t need to buy this or that. You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work.


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  1. I shop for 2 adults and a 2 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $90/week or $360 for this month and includes baby items, laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Rest of May

    BD Almond Breeze milk $2.00 – $.50 coupon
    Pudding supreme 2 x $1.15 – 2 x FPC
    Almond milk $3.99 – $.75 coupon
    Natura soy milk $2.39 – 50% pink sticker ($1.20) – $.50 coupon
    Redpath sugar (PM Ample) $1.55
    Vileda dish scrunge 6 x $3.49 – 6 x FPC
    Pampers Easy Ups $14.97 – $7.00 coupon
    Pampers Underjams $14.97 – $7.00 coupon
    Heinz large baby food jars 10 x $.98 – 50% pink stickers ($4.90) (bought to donate at Christmas time – they do not expire until 2015)
    Baby bottle liners $5.49 – 50% pink sticker ($2.75) (to donate)
    Coupons $38.49
    CD $6.59
    OOP $28.59

    No Frills
    Ziploc bags (40) 3 x $1.00 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Spring water bottles (18) 4 x $1.00
    Coupons $3.00
    OOP $4.39

    Oh Henry snack size $2.00
    CD $.20
    OOP $2.03

    Veet wax kit $9.99 – $9.99 coupon
    Coupons $9.99
    OOP $1.30 (sent in for a $15 MIR as well!)

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $51.48
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $25.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $87.50
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $6.79
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$61.04
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $245.69
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $1.94
    • Total SCOP this year: $3.41
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $36.31
    •Total Spent So Far for May: $374.47
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of May: Over $14.47
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: N/A
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $273.29
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : I do not carry over
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $1652.43
    •Weekly overview: Well I didn’t stay out of the grocery store before June 1st so I blew the budget for the month. I will have to try to make it up in June 🙁

    First week of June

    Goldfish 6 x $1.98
    Almond Milk (PM SDM) 2 x $3.49 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Barilla pasta (PM FB) 6 x $.99 – 6 x $.75 coupons
    BD cheese (PM FC) $3.77 – $2.00 CO51
    La Grille BBQ sauce (PM FC) 3 x $1.99 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Febreeze carpet cleaner for machines $12.99 – 50% pink sticker ($6.50) – $1.00 coupon (I have a machine that I bought last year at a garage sale, this is a great price for cleaner!)
    Natura soy milk $2.39 – $.50 coupon
    SD coconut yogurt $4.59 – $.50 coupon
    Sausage buns $2.99 – 50% pink sticker ($1.50)
    PC chicken drumsticks $5.54 – 30% pink sticker ($1.66)
    Bananas (PM GT) $1.25
    Apples $2.19
    Oranges $3.38
    Romaine $1.69
    Tomatoes (PM FC) $.63
    Colgate Total 2 x $.97 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Dove bars (4) 4 x $2.97 – 4 x $2.00 coupons
    Ombrelle sunscreen (PM WM) $13.97 – $3.00 coupon
    Magazine $2.99
    Coupons $26.50
    CD $8.23
    CO51 $3.00 (including $1.00 for a receipt over $60)
    OOP $59.93

    Fresh Co
    Chicken breast $8.51
    OOP $8.51

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $26.50
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.50
    Total Coupons Used this Year: $782.15 (I just realized I haven’t been tracking this so I went back through my posts and added them up)
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $3.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $3.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $90.50
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $8.23
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$8.23
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $253.92
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $3.41
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $68.44
    •Total Spent So Far for June:$68.44
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of June: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: N/A
    •Total to Carry Over Next Month : I do not carry over
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $1720.87
    •Weekly overview: I stayed under budget this week thank goodness. I’m hoping to get back under control this month! I’m not happy with myself at all.

    1. Hey Jen,
      This GGC is over but that’s ok you still need to track and that’s what’s important here. I wonder why they would sell off the baby food with a long expiry unless there is a label change coming. You are so giving! I think keeping June under will be a good test of your ability to withold making purchases and you will really find out where you need to improve. It’s not easy playing catch up especially when you’ve spent money you haven’t got in the grocery budget,technically. I guess the same can be said about anything in the budget that is not accounted for then we have to make up for the overspend. It sucks but working on spending less is the only way out in my opinion… we’ve made these mistakes and are working on it with our GGC. Last month was awful shopping with hardly any budget but that was our own fault. Keep at for June Jen!! You get ballot 5

  2. Hi Mr CBB! here is my shop

    drinking water $2
    5.5lb fish $11.06
    7lb meat and a beef tongue $23.6

    6x 3.3L 7up $6.96
    2l sparkling water $1.19
    1.69lb potato $0.65
    2.95lb onion $1.14
    1.34lb zucchini $0.77
    2.92LB banana $0.49
    3.14lb tomato $1.22
    0.5lb jalapeno $0.54
    2.22lb garbanzo beans $2.95
    2 bell peppers $0.52
    2 avocados $0.65
    350gr cream cheese $3.41
    1 pack of gum $1.71

    total $59.12

    Weekly overview:
    stocked up on meat and fish, otherwise a normal shop. And a beef

    tongue for BF, he has strange tastes. Avocados were $0.65 a piece

    but the guy forgot to charge me one, I didn’t see it until I wrote

    this down, good because they were expensive. 2 more months until

    avocado season, can’t wait!

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$274.20 in June.
    Total Coupons Used this Week : none
    Total Spent This Week:$ 59.12
    Total Spent So Far for (June): $347.68
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $9.43 under if you divide June

    by 4 weeks.
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of (June): $73.48 over
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: -$73.48
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $1,073.48 for two

    1. Hey Pauline,
      What do you make with the beef tongue? Your bananas are so cheap. Are all of these vegetables you buy considered organic? Do you get the dry chick peas? How do you prepare them? I put them dry in my crockpot then top with water and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Haha.. their loss is your gain. I saw avocados here for $2.00 each….. so you are getting a very good deal. What happens in avocado season.. they get cheaper? You need your own avocado tree. You can count your month however you do. When you post just say it’s one week in June or whenever your shops fall. You don’t have to follow mine exactly… just post as you would if you were budgeting on your end.. oh oh… I said the b word!!! How will you account for the overspend this month for July? Cheers mate…

      1. Noooooo, not the B word!! haha. I will keep rolling over the overspend to the next month to see how long it takes to get back in the black and back to $200 per month.
        BF cut the beef tongue in small pieces with vegetables and garlic, a little olive oil and a bit of water, he made some kind of stew. It smelled good but I have too graphic memories of the tongue in my childhood when my father would cook it and I hated it. I think most of the veggies are organic, most farmers just put manure on it although apparently the ministry of agriculture is giving cheap fertilizers. So I don’t really know but they taste awesome. Much better than in France. And yes I get dry chick peas, I leave them in water overnight to save on cooking time, but they still take a good 2 hours. I wonder why so long!
        Avocados are usually around 40p. In season they drop to 20p or even lower. BF has an avocado tree in his ranch but he doesn’t remember the exact time for this tree and I have never seen it with avocados, he says it lasts only 3 weeks and as we go every 6 weeks or so we have always missed it. This year I’ll try not to miss and come back with a full trunk! Do you think they freeze well?

        1. Do you have a slow cooker? If you do put them in the slow cooker for 3 hours and forget about them. That’s what I do. I hate watching the stove. I’m not into the tongue either but I’m sure it’s a delicacy. Avocados for 40p are not bad at all. They were 2/$3.00 the other day but good ones. You are lucky. Have you made chocolate pudding with avocado yet? Just add some chocolate cocoa powder to it and mix it up… that’s what I was told. My neighbour made it and it was amazing, tastes like chocolate pudding. If you can take a picture of the avocado tree I would love to see what it looks like. Yes avocados freeze well I read that the other day on my Facebook page. I think maybe Mary might know, I forget now where I read it.

  3. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $500 and this is the last week of may budget.
    $1×4 hot dog buns clearance
    .50×5 jello
    $1×18-$1Cx18 toothpaste donation
    $2.89×2-fpcx2 dish scrunge donation
    $2.99×2-fpcx2 dish scrunge donation
    .99 certs
    $9.03 total oop
    $29.94 total coupons
    $2-$2C sunlight laundry clearance
    $2-$2C sunlight dish tabs clearance
    $2×4-CO51$2&$3 glade refills clearance
    $7.49-$10Cwub$15 glad candle holder
    $4.99-$2CO51 cheese
    $1×3 strawberry crossaint
    $1.12 juice
    $2×5 granola bars
    $2.50×2-$1Cx2 librete yogurt
    $1 sour cream
    $9.57 & $9.48 ground beef clearance (8+ meals)
    $9.99-$5Cinstore basmati rice 4kg bag
    $54.52 total oop
    $21 total coupons
    Save on foods
    $4.49-fpc spagetti sauce
    $2.99×2-$2Cx2&$1.50C greenworks
    $1.25×4-.75Cx4&.50Cx4 Barilla pasta
    .80 total oop
    $14.99 total oop
    $1×8-$1Cx8 toothpaste – clearance & donation
    .40 total oop
    $8 total coupons
    $3.89×4-$3Cx4 clear
    $4.35 total oop
    $12 total coupons
    H&W Produce
    $1.91 asparagus
    $1.52 red pepper
    $2.03 yellow pepper
    $1.97 green pepper better deal & quality than superstore this week
    .42 garlic 2 bulbs
    $7.85 total oop
    $4.31 4L milk
    door hanger was for $3.99!! great deal

    $81.24 total weekly oop
    $85.93 total weekly coupons

    $500.96 total monthly oop
    $447.98 total monthly coupons

    notover by much and will some awesome donations this month again I am happy with what we were able to do!

    1. Hey Juanita,
      I didn’t realize you had one more shop but wow you killed the budget this month. I wish I could make it as good as you and Mary. I think the Mrs. and I are going to be back on track in June. I think with the new diet it’s been an adjustment for us. Look at your coupons.. you almost would have spent $1000 on groceries but you saved almost 50% using coupons WOW!!!! Keep up the good work you get ballot 29

      1. I hope that shopping and day to day life comes easier to your mrs. diet!
        I know we are very lucky and can eat whatever…..knock on wood!

  4. Squeaking in under the wire here with my shops…. I tried but didn’t manage to come in under budget in spite of not going to Stratford…. all shops were at Foodland….

    May 24
    10 cans of soup @2/1.00- 5.00
    4-1l chocolate milk @1.00- 4.00
    3 frozen meat pies @ 1.00- 4.00
    3 bags of sugar@ 2.00- 6.00
    1 bagels- 3.89 !!
    1 4l milk-4.79
    2 cases ginger ale@ 5.78- 11.56
    tax- 1.50
    Total- $40.74

    May 27
    2 1l chocolate milk@1.00 -2.00
    2 cans pasta sauce @1.33- 2.66
    2 gatorade @ 1.66- 3.32
    bananas- .97
    1 bread crumbs- 1.99
    1 box Cheerios- 4.79
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 package rice- 4.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    tax- .43
    Total- $31.13

    May 30
    2 cans tomato soup@ 2/1.00- 1.00
    2 1l chocolate milk@ 1.00- 2.00
    2 small bags sugar@ 1.00- 2.00
    3 gatorade @1.66- 4.98
    1 lb margarine- 1.79
    1 can pears- 1.88
    1 unsweetened apple sauce- 1.98
    1 green onions- .67
    1 w/w bread- 3.29
    1 raisin bread- 3.49
    1 hair conditioner- 3.49
    1 IOGO yogurt- 4.29, .75 coupon
    1 box cereal- 4.49, .75 coupon
    1 lb butter- 4.69 ouch!!
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 case ginger ale- 5.78, 2.00 coupon
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    tax- 3.11
    Total- $59.91, 3.50 coupons

    Total budget for month-$600.00
    Total for week- $131.78
    Coupons for week- 3.50
    Total spent for the month- $185.11+$154.46+$178.78+$131.78=$650.13
    Total over/under for the week- under 18.22
    Total over/under for the month- $50.13
    Left for the month- N/A
    Total coupons for month- 10.40+7.00+6.00+3.50=$26.90
    Total carry over to next month- $254.22+ $50.13= $304.35
    Total YTD- J$818.08+F$598.07+M$770.12+A$938.07+M$650.13= $3774.47

    So I was under for this week but over in total for the month. This is the closest I’ve been since Feb. and except for Feb it is the lowest month so far this year. I was OK until I had to go in on Thursday again… that hurt….and I did get as little as I could believe it or not. I had a big shop yesterday that doesn’t leave me a lot of room for the rest of this week but we shall see how close I can make it. What’s really going to hurt is I have been cleaning out the freezers and the pantry quite a bit lately trying to come in under budget so things there are getting thin. June will be picking strawberries for jam for the year, I already have lots of sugar, the Certo Light I use and the only other thing will be getting some more snap lids for the jars themselves. It’s so worth the time and effort!!! But I did make it under for the week by a nice amount…. technically if you figure the $150.00 I try for but I didn’t have quite that much left in the budget. If I can run a few more weeks like that I can come in under for the month and put a dent in the overage….. This is what I’m going to aim for over the next while….. come in under for the week and work off that overage. It won’t be easy….. nothing ever is but I have my target and my aim is slowly getting a little better each try…..

    1. Hi Christine,
      You did awesome this month Christine!! ONLY $5 over budget I’m so amazed at that. You are doing much better lets see if you can continue it throught the next month. We make our own crab apple jelly and it’s worth it as well although we are well stocked for a year or so now lol. I think that is a good idea. If you come in each week under that will potentially leave you overage each week just in case. It’s worth a shot!! You get ballot 27

  5. MAY – Week #4
    Week of May 27 to June 2, 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 April: $ 142.50
    •Total CANADIAN Stockpile Budget for the Month of April: $ 47.50


    M & M Meats

    1 Key Lime Pie $8.49
    1 McCain’s Chocolate Sheet Cake – FREE

    •Total OOP: $8.49 from Cash Hiding Spot


    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    (Jan $40.04) + (Feb $44.48) + (March $98.35) +
    (April $50.00)+ (May $3.00)= $235.87

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:
    (Jan – $60.46) + (Feb – $0.00)+ (March $11.79) +
    (April $12.48)+(May $1.50)= $86.23

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    (Jan 265) + (Feb 248)+(March 151) +
    (April 26)+(May 0 )= 690 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    (Jan 57) + (Feb 10) + (March 30) +
    (April 83) + (May 0)= 180 Air Miles


    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    (Jan $217.50) + (Feb $198.39)+ (March $72.90) +
    (April $215.04)+ (May $30 to US +$14.64+ $9.58+15.90=$70.12)=

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:
    (Jan $190.00)+(Feb$190.00)+ (March $108.79) +
    (April $142.50)+(May $142.50)= $773.79

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $0.16 OVER


    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    (March $81.21) + (April $77.55) + (May $17.45 to US) = $176.21

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    (March $81.21) + (April $47.50) + (May $17.45 to US)= $176.21

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Stockpile Budget: $0.00 FLAT



    This week was supposed to be a NO SHOP WEEK here in Canada but we had a chance to get a couple of desserts cheaply that will work for taking to get-togethers so I tapped into my hiding spot cash. Also, Safeway had a box of 20 frozen burgers on sale for $10 but I told hubby the grocery budget was broke… and he paid for a box of burgers out of his spending money. What a sweetheart!

    This week also had a coupon for ribs at Safeway at $4 off and since they were out of stock, we got a rain check good for 90 days at the sale! We had ribs on hand so I was hoping that they would still be out of stock on the last day of the sale. I was really pleased to get the rain check and lock in the sale price for when we actually needed them. Yay!

    I pushed our US shopping back AGAIN because the border line-ups were nasty this morning. I’ll go on Tuesday – which is one of the fresh bread days at Franz bakery outlet anyway. This also gives me a chance to make us a nice Sunday supper. 😀

    We did finish up with a $0.16 grocery overage this month that we will be carrying forward into June reducing our available June grocery budget… but making sure we stay on track for the year. 🙁 So close!

    June is going to be a HUGE challenge for us though because I need $120 of our total $190 grocery budget for the entire month just to do my annual borscht stockpile purchase. That leaves me a grand total of $69.84 for shopping and stockpiling for the entire month of June! Think I can do it??? It’s gonna be interesting!

    Here’s how May finished up:

    Grocery Budget (CDN): $0.16 OVER
    Stockpile Budget (CDN): $0.00
    Safeway Gift card (CDN): $20.00
    Cash Hiding Spot (CDN): $21.51
    Re-Stocking Funds (CDN): $0.00
    Grocery Reserve (US): $165.89 US
    Cash Hiding Spot (US): $65.00 US

    1. Hi Mary,
      Oh oh, you got into your hiding spot lol…. what a nice guy .. Larry I commend you. Sounds like you picked up some great deals on meat this week so I can see why you wanted to jump in and make use of the sales. You had $0.16 overage.. oh Mary, you are brilliant when it comes to numbers. I really hope we can get our budget back on track in June. I think you can do it… actually I know you can do it!!! You get ballot 26 Good Luck! Mr.CBB

  6. Week 21

    Raw Shrimp $5.00
    Ice Cream Sandwiches $2.97
    Coffee $4.98
    Corn Dogs $5.88

    Total Out of Pocket $19.01

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4000
    Total Grocery Budget for May: $299.60
    Total Coupons Used this Week:  $0.00
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0.00
    Total Spent This Week: $19.01
    Total Spent for May: $330.81
    Total Underspend this shop: -$12.91
    Total Overspend for the month of May: -$31.21
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0.00
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0.00
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: -$31.21
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $ $1,784.11

    Weekly Overview: I am pleased with myself this week. I think I have been doing better with planniing meals and using what I have in the kitchen.I also was out of town, so this may not be an accurate picture of this week.

    1. I was going to say, wow you didn’t get too much this week but if you were out of town that explains it all. Keep working at it. Let’s see what next week brings us. Fingers crossed for you but I know you can do it.

  7. Shopping while hungry has never been a huge problem for me because I tend to stick with the same types of food each week. I don’t buy any type of junk food so it’s never really been a problem. Of course a lot of my “usual food” is not always on sale, so I don’t get nearly the great shopping prices you get!

  8. It looks like you are doing pretty good overall. I might give the game a try next month. I’m moving out of my apartment at the end of June and I’d like to use up all my food.

  9. I shop like a stoner when I hit the store hungry. Somehow, Bagel Bites and Pizza Rolls always end up in my cart when hungry. So I definitely feel for you in overspending on an empty stomach. It will give you a challenge to stay under budget for next time though.

  10. We all try to hit the budget…. So far I’m on track but it may not last. Hubby is talking about going to Stratford to get some whey protein that he’s been taking. The last can of it we got in London at the hospital pharmacy but we don’t go there until June 19 and he wants it now… I’m within $10.00 of hitting it for the week and the month. Wish me luck if he comes with me…. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the Dove body wash coupon!!!! I found a new one for Schweppes (diet) ginger ale, club soda and tonic water on the inside of the box the pop comes in… $2.00 off exp. Dec 31, 2013. So I’ll be checking the cases over before I buy them so I get my coupons.
    I definitely try to have something to eat before I go for groceries. Leaving hubby at home helps too.

      1. Mr CBB, you carried forward $162.74 from April and you are currently only over $83.42 so you did manage to absorb $79.32 of the overage into your month. You can absorb the other half next month… I know you can do it! 🙂

  11. I always have a can of smoked almonds and a can of V-8 juice in the glove compartment because of my diabetes so shopping hungry is less of a problem for me in that I am like a boy scout… always prepared. 🙂

    Now, those pink stickers are hard to resist whether the item is on my list or not. 🙁 I guess I am a sucker for a good sale!

  12. Sometimes I eat a snack in the car on the way to the grocery store! Just a few nuts or crackers. Otherwise it is after work and I feel like I “deserve” all kinds of things!

    1. That’s a great tip and I’m betting loads of people do what you do. Next week I’ll be talking about shopping after work and the consequences of those actions if not prepared. Cheers and thanks for dropping in!! Mr.CBB

  13. i love this grocery game, it helps me keep on track on what and how much i spend on grocery! i am so happy that i got back here!! i belong here 😀

    i go shopping after breakfast or after lunch, so i don’t shop when i am hungry! i also bring a nutri grain bar with me when i go in the afternoon because i usually get hungry around 3 or 4 oclock. By the time i get hungry, i should have finished walking all the aisles LOL. so i don’t have that problem. lucky me.

    I didn’t post my shop last week, so i am posting them together this time. it might look like i have over $68 left in our budget this month, BUT we haven’t gone to get meat yet, we usually spend about $50 at that butcher in Hamilton, so we are just OK this month. (we go to that butcher once a month when we go and see husband’s uncle, this butcher is like half price for everything, so we stock up for meat for a month every time we go there. If you happen to be in Hamilton area, go to Farmer Al’s and you won’t regret! here’s their website

    Budget for 2 people + 3 pets: $250/month
    May’s spending: 51.58+42.77+53.88+32.98=181.21
    May’s budget left: 250-51.58-42.77-53.88-32.98=68.79
    May’s coupon used: 62.42+19.61+25.42+20.36=127.81

    My shops for the past week: 14.78+18.20=32.98

    Giant Tiger Shop #1: $14.78
    wonder bread 1.97
    eggs 2×2.73-1.00=4.46
    broccoli 1.50
    Lettuce 1.97
    Cream 2×1.97-2×0.75=2.44
    Strawberry 2.44

    Giant Tiger Shop #2: $18.20
    Thinsations cookies 1.77
    Envelopes 1.00
    Crusty buns 1.97
    Tomatoes 1.67
    Cream corn 0.87
    Lettuce 1.98 PM RCSS
    Pantene Pro V conditioners 2×3.96 – BOGO=3.96 PM Zehrs
    Doritos chips 1.49 – FPC = FREE
    Cat wet food 0.66-FPC= FREE
    Bounty candies 0.69 – FPC =FREE
    Chapmans ice-cream bars 3.99-5.00=+1.01
    Gay Lea butter 2×3.78-2xFPC=FREE
    HST: 2.05

    1. Hey Wing!
      Thanks for the kind words. Next weeks GGC will be all about the best times to shop and ways to fight the hunger so thanks for your tips. If you can get half price meat I will get lots, that’s a great deal. Considering this is 2 weeks shopping you did very well. You have $68 left to spend for the month and I think you will nail your budget if you shop carefully. I may be in Hamilton in June or August so I will check it out. thanks for the link. Keep up the good work Wing!! Mr.CBB you get ballot 24 Oh.. is there any popular Asian markets in Hamilton you suggest?

      1. I am not sure mr CBB, i will ask husband’s uncle for you about if there’s any Asian market there in Hamilton. 🙂

      2. i am not in Hamilton, so i don’t know where the Asian market is 😛 we live in the Niagara region instead.

  14. I really try to avoid shopping hungry, because I know that I will end up buying so much random stuff that I normally don´t eat. I tend to buy junk food and chocolates. which is the exact same things that I try to avoid. Junk food is always a no no, and chocolate is only for weekends.

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