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The Grocery Game Challenge July 8-14, 2013 #2- Out of stock, get a rain check

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Don’t Forget To Take A Rain Check

No one likes to see an out-of-stock sign but if it happens have no fear you may still be able to get your hands on a good sale price. Some people call it rain check or rain cheque or even raincheck but they all have the same meaning in the end. I’m not clear why there are so many ways to spell it but for the sake of  this post I will call it a rain check.

Rain check definition

If you tell someone, “Could I take a rain check” that simply means that you would like to do it some other time or in the case of shopping get it another time. The difference being that in most cases the product is out-of-stock and you want the sale price when it gets re-stocked.

Rain Check Sample


What is a rain check?

I had no idea about a rain check when I moved to Canada and I’ve quickly learned I’m not the only one.  Many people are not aware that when a product that is on sale in the weekly flyer is out-of-stock, unless otherwise indicated “while supplies last” that you can get a rain check, if offered by the store.

Essentially if you are someone who likes to plan your grocery shop around the flyer special of the week you have probably run into the ‘out-of-stock’ crisis that most grocery stores go through when a good sale is on.

Many people tend to get frustrated and even upset when a store is out of a product that is on sale but for some people it is to their benefit. Let’s say that the eggs are on sale for $1.99 but you already have a dozen at home. Unless you plan to freeze eggs and the sale would be a bigger benefit to you then you likely won’t need any more for the moment.

If by chance you are in the store and notice they are out-of-stock you can ask for a rain check. In many cases the rain check is good for up to 30 days or as indicated. That means by the time you finish your egg stock at home you can get them on sale with your rain check. Most often the product is no longer on sale but you reap the rewards since you asked for a rain check.

How do I get a rain check?

Typically, If the product I have on my grocery list is out-of-stock I go to customer service to ask if they will honour the product by providing me with a rain cheque. Some stores might not offer a rain check so if you are not sure if you can get a rain check it’s worth the shot to just ask. In the long run it will save you money in your grocery budget or other categories in your budget depending on what the rain check is for. Worse case scenario if no rain check is offered you can price match at a store that offers price matching to get the same deal.

What does a rain check look like?

It’s not an actual cheque, it simply states what product you were looking for, any size descriptions, how many you want to purchase, date you were looking and the sale price. Each store that offers a rain cheque has its own provisions.

For example, a rain cheque that I picked up at Shoppers Drug Mart because they had run out-of-stock for eggs which are on sale this week for $1.99 is good for 30 days. I can get up to 4 cartons of eggs for the $1.99 sale price with my rain check.

In most cases if it’s a sale item they are only temporarily out-of-stock until the next truck delivery. You might also see an empty space where the sale item was supposed to be with a sign that reads “currently out-of-stock which does happen if it’s a great sale and they didn’t order enough product.

So, if I go back in tomorrow and the eggs are in stock I can still get them on sale PLUS I have a rain check for the next 30 days to pick up 4 more dozen eggs even if they are not on sale. I will still reap the rewards of the sale price.

Since Shoppers Drug Mart introduced their new cash register system they are now able to print off a raincheck (Canadian Tires and Shoppers Drug Mart spell it as one word) right on the cash register tape. It looks as if you are getting a receipt when in fact it’s a rain check.

I also went to Canadian Tire to pick up a UV lamp which rarely goes on sale so I wanted to get 2 or 3 of them. Well, they only had 1 in stock so I asked the lady at customer service if I could get a rain check.

On the rain check it states that the rain check is valid 30 days from the date of issue. That only means I have to make sure I go back in or call to check and see if the product has arrived so I can get the sale price of $34.99. Typically, if the product still has not been re-stocked they will re-issue any rain checks.

I don’t think I’ve had any problems at any store where they have issued me a rain check and if the product had not arrived where they would turn me away for an updated rain cheque.

Do you get a rain check when a product that is on sale is out-of-stock? 

Did I miss anything else out about rain checks that you can add for our readers? 


July grocery game recap

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No Frills

  • 2 x Astro Yogurt Balkan Sale $1.44
  • 1 x bags $3.49
  • 1 x Comet spray $1.00-50%=$0.50
  • 5 x Excel Gum Sale $2.00
  • 4 x Redpath Sugar Sale $1.44
  • 1 x celery PM Freshco Sale $1.00
  • 2 x Windsor Saver Salt $4.98-buy 2 save $2.00 coupon
  • Fresh Ginger $0.62
  • 1 x Iceberg Lettuce Sale $0.77
  • 1 x lettuce Sale $0.67
  • 2 x Ryvita $2.48-50% =$1.24
  • 10 x Limes Sale $1.67
  • 2 x mushrooms sale $1.77
  • 3 pks of Rooster Garlic Sale $0.99 for all 3 packs

Total Out Of Pocket $49.54


  • 3 x Liberte Greek Yogurt Reg $4.39-50%-$1.00 = $1.19
  • 1 x Flaxseed PC Organic Milled- SCOP
  • 1 x Flaxseed PC Organic Whole- SCOP
  • 3 x Tre Stelle Ricotta Reg $5.49-50% = $2.74
  • 5 x Aussie Conditioner Sale $1.50 (stockpile)
  • 2 x Pantene Conditioner 675ml Reg $9.98 Sale $4.00 (stockpile)

Total Out Of Pocket: $28.90- $18.08 stockpile $10.82

Food Basics

  • Krinos Feta $13.99
  • Zinda Cous-Cous Reg $3.49 Sale $2.49
  • Marc Angelo Lean Turkey Sausages Reg $4.49-30%= $3.14
  • Lactancia Cream Reg $3.49 Sale $2.49-$0.75 coupon

Total Out of Pocket $26.58

Yearly grocery budget for two: $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 July: $235.00- $52.25 (over-spend in June)= $182.75 to spend in July.
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $8.00
  • Total Discounts this Week: $5.93 + 2 SCOP
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $18.08
  • Total Spent This Week: $86.94
  • Total Spent So Far for (July) $86.94
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (July): $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $95.81
  • Total Coupons Used This Month:$8.00
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01=$1306.77
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.

Weekly Overview: We had a big shop this week but we picked up some great deals that helped us stock up on a few items. Since we have a limited budget again for the month of July it’s so important that we stay on track the best we can. I hope we can do this.


Canadian coupons found in July



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 affected 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. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving. You’ve made a wise decision.


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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 laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Tops (USA)
    Cream of tartar $4.79
    Parm cheese $2.99
    Hello Panda mini cookies $1.00
    Dairy free ice cream $4.49
    Vegan cheese $2.99
    OOP $16.26

    Wegman’s (USA)
    Chicken breast (10) $11.44
    Chicken breast (10) $12.02
    OOP $23.46

    Target (USA)
    Goldfish 2 x $1.99
    OOP $3.98

    Food Basics
    Dempsters buns $2.47 – $.50 coupon
    Butterball turkey burgers $7.99 – $5.00 coupon
    Coupons $5.50
    OOP $4.96

    Fresh Co
    Dempsters veggie bread $3.19 – FPC
    Dempsters bagels (PM Sobey’s) 2 x $1.99 – 2 x $1.50 coupons
    Olay bars 2 x $1.00 – $2.00 coupon
    Coupons $8.19
    OOP $1.22

    Smuckers no sugar added jam (PM Valumart) 3 x $2.99 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Bryers ice cream (PM Longos) $2.50
    Milk $3.97
    Almond milk (PM Metro) 6 x $2.99 – 6 x $2.00 coupons
    Natura soy milk (PM SDM) 2 x $1.99 – 2 x $.50 coupons
    Barilla pasta (PM Walmart) 4 x $1.00 – 4 x $.75 coupons
    Goldfish (PM Valumart) 2/$4.00
    SD coconut yogurt $4.59
    Ritz crackers (PM Sobey’s) $1.49 – $1.00 wub2
    Premuim plus crackers (PM Sobey’s) $1.49 – coupon above
    Ziggy’s turkey deli meat $5.00
    Vitality bread (PM Valumart) 2 x 2/$5.00
    D’Italiano buns $1.97 – $.75 coupon
    Natural selections hot dogs (PM FC) 4 x $1.47 – 2 x $1.50 wub2
    Wonderbread $2.22
    Mushrooms (PM FB) $.88
    Watermelon (PM FC) $2.97
    Broccoli (PM FB) $.88
    Tomatoes (PM FB) $.59
    Bananas $1.54
    Tresemme 2 x $3.97 – 2 x $1.50 coupons
    Vaseline spray $4.97 – $2.00 coupon
    Coupons $28.75
    CD $7.66
    OOP $63.86

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $309.50 (I went over last month)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $42.44
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $132.85
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1139.16
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $97.00
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $7.66
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$19.08
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $318.64
    • 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: $113.74
    •Total Spent So Far for July: $157.45
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of July: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $152.05
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $2220.38
    •Weekly overview: I went a little over this week but it still gives me just over $75 per week left for the month which I should be able to do. Going to the USA this week is what did us in lol. I got some great deals this week and stocked up on a few things. Couldn’t beat the deal I got on my almond milk, hot dogs and bagels. I also kind of got SCOP on a non-grocery item. I bought a child’s dish set for a bday gift and the shelf said $3.99 and there were 5 of them on the shelf in the same spot. It rang in at $9.99. She was able to give it to me for $3.99 but not for free because the UPC on the shelf tag was different from the gift item. In the USA I also bought ink cartridges for my printer which was cheaper. They were on sale for $31.99 (2 pack) and here they are $37.99 plus the pack I bought in the states came with a free pack of paper.

    1. Hey Jen,
      Great deal on the butter ball. Where was the coupon from? It’s great to read how you are so detailed about your shops now compared to when you first started posting your shops. Oh, that has happened to us before and even if they put the wrong product up they give me SCOP. Some won’t though especially if someone just tossed items in the wrong spot. Look on kijiji to get printer ink. I find ours for $5.oo and up abut it costs about $42 to buy. People don’t want to hang on to it if the printer dies might as well check, it’s worth it. Keep up the great work Jen!! Awesome shop You get ballot 9

  2. Our weekly budget is $100 making this month $500.
    I thought are budget was going great till I spent half of it today on our appy night, oh well it is not an everyday thing just a treat since my girl is here. Plus there are some awesome deals at work!
    $2 nibs
    $4.88 4L milk
    $1×3-.75Cx3 barilla pasta
    $1.27 gravy
    $4 bacon cheese quich
    $5.57 chicken nuggets
    $5.47 pizza nuggets
    $5 mozza sticks
    $5 veg spring rolls
    $2×8 alfredo raincheck it was supposed to be 6 but she kept making mistakes and I didn’t notice till we were home 🙁 and the rude lady behind me was in my grill!!! she was standing beside the debit machine while my transaction was ringing through…back up lady…personal space apparently not everyone knows about it
    $51 total oop
    $2.25 total coupons
    $11 cordon blues
    $1.56 mushrooms
    $2.70 bagels 6
    $1.32×5-$2C 2L pop
    $9.11 total oop
    $2 total coupons
    $2.20 12pk water
    $1.89 gravy mix
    $2.99×4-$2Cx4 delissico pizza
    $1.99×4-.75Cx4 coffee creamer
    $1.99 blueberries
    $5.49 sushi
    $5.81 4L choco milk
    they are reorganizing the store I work at and there are 6 skids of product they are clearing out!
    $2×6-$3C,$2Cx5 vanhoutte coffee
    $1 rice crackers
    $1 strawberry wafers
    $2 starbucks instant (gift)
    .79 italpast-.50CO51
    $1 tempura batter
    .50 spicy rice mix
    $3 dried mangos 🙂 it was a $15 bag!!!!!!
    $1.50 crackers
    $3 nesquik jug
    $40.62 total oop
    $24 total coupons

    $111.73 total weekly oop
    $28.25 total weekly coupons

    $222.76 total monthly oop
    $85.47 total monthly coupons

    Well hoping to stay in budget this month!

    1. I was going to say that’s alot of appetizers lol.. do I get an invite to appy night? You are still well under budget and I think if you set your mind to it you can make it to the end of the month. You don’t do appy night every month so it’s not like it’s a monthly expense, only once in a while. How do you plan to stick to it for the next few weeks? You get ballot #8

      1. Mr.CBB yes appy night is a treat night and only happens a few times a year. We did kinda get outta hand this time! But at least it wasn’t wasted as we ate all those goodies all night and for lunch the next day.
        We have a wedding to go to next weekend and since it is outta town we will buying some snacks and bottled water for the trip so we can avoid eating out alot and not sure when dinner will be served or what will be on the menu so are trying to cover all our bases. But with that I think a chunk of our weekly money will be used and I’m gonna try really hard to keep it under!! Also the clearance at work has hit my treat budget this week!!! Oh chocolate oh chocolate 🙂

  3. Here are my shops for the week, love that gift card we got last week!!! I finished it off this week. Both shops were at Foodland…

    July 7
    10 Kraft dinners@ .69- 6.90
    bananas,reduced- .75
    2 boxes spaghetti@1.00– 2.00
    2 cans pineapple chunks@ 1.29- 2.58
    3 Powerade@ 1.66- 4.98
    bananas- 1.03
    2 cans pasta sauce@ 1.79- 3.58
    2 bagels @1.99- 3.98
    1 package egg noodles- 2.00
    green grapes- 1.56
    2 Triscuits @2.49- 4.98
    1 package cheese slices- 2.97
    1 yogurt- 2.99
    2 raisin bread @3.49- 6.98, 2- .75 coupons
    2 4l milk@ 4.79- 9.58
    2 Chez Whiz @5.49- 11.98, coupon $3.00 of when you buy 3 so the cheese slices counted on this too
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 Cheerios MG- 5.79
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    Total$86.22, 4.50 in coupons
    Gift card- $31.85
    OOP- $54.37

    July 11
    6 Powerade @1.66- 9.96
    bananas- 1.51
    1 jar unsweetened applesauce- 1.98
    1 bagel- 1.99
    green grapes- 1.38
    1 Triscuits- 2.49
    1 cranberry cocktail- 2.98
    1 plum sauce- 2.98
    1 veggie bread- 2.99, 1.50 coupon
    1 W/W bread- 3.49
    1 raisin bread- 3.49, 1.00 coupon
    1 yogurt- 3.99, .75 coupon
    2 4l milk@ 4.79- 9.58
    1 rice- 4.99
    1 taco kit- 5.49
    1 case ginger ale- 5.78
    1 CheeriosMG- 7.99
    1 Whiskas cat food- 9.29
    1 pack smokes- 9.69
    tax- 4.51
    Total- $93.10, 3.25 coupons

    Total Budget for month- $600.00
    Total coupons this week- 7.75
    Total spent this week- $147.47
    Total spent for month- $148.07+$147.47=$295.54
    Total over/under for week- Under- 2.53
    Total over/under for month- N/A
    Left for month- $304.46
    Total coupons for month-$11.00+$7.75=$18.75
    Gift card use- $31.85
    TYD- J$818.08+F$598.07+M$770.12+A$938.07+M$650.13+J$876.78+J$295.54=$4946.79

    Well thanks to the remains of the gift card from the plant I managed to come in under for the second week in a row!!!! I tried to do a little stocking up while I had that extra to work with. It wasn’t a great price for the Chiz Whiz but it was a sale price, sorry as that may be but finding the coupon was a treat and I hadn’t counted on finding it so as far as I’m concerned it’s all off that as the cheese slices were on sale to begin with. The KD, bagels Powerade were all on sale so I bought a little more than I might have without the GC. I’m going to try very hard to stay under for this week as well, Foodland has butter on sale as well as boneless chicken breasts. The ginger ale will come from CT this week…$3.00!!!! I keep trying to win something with the promotion running now and have won a bottle of pop so far, waiting for the coupon there!! I’ll figure out the carry over at the end of the month and if I can stay under there will be one larger figure to subtract there. I’ve been to Foodland once for this week so far as well as CT and there is still a fair bit left in the budget for the week so it’s looking good so far…

    1. The gift card to the rescue again. That’s good that it helped you to stock up a bit more than normal. The KD was a good price considering it runs for about $1.00 these days. I think if you put your mind to you can stay under. You know if you didn’t have the smokes this would be so easy for you so don’t think you aren’t doing a great job you really are. Keep up the good work and lets see if you can rock the budget next shop! you get ballot 6

  4. Week #2 of 5 – July 8-14, 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
    •Combined Grocery Budget for 2013: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00




    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    J$40.04+F$44.48+M$98.35+A$50.00+M$3.00+J$0.00+Jy$46.79= $282.66

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:
    J$60.46+F$0.00+M$11.79+A$12.48+M$1.50+J$54.54+Jy$ 42.16= $182.87

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7= 756 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20 = 361 Air Miles


    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    J$217.50+F$198.39+M$72.90+A$215.04+M$70.12+J$49.97+Jy$114.23 = $938.15

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:
    J$190.00+F$190.00+M$108.79+A$142.50+M$142.50+J$50.00+Jy$110.00 = $933.79

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $4.36 OVER


    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$77.55+M$17.45+J$82.86+Jy$79.24 = $338.31

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$47.50+M$47.50+J$82.86+Jy$30.00 = $289.07

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Stockpile Budget: $49.24 OVER

    •Total 2013 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$0.00+Jy$17.50 = $17.50 AVAILABLE


    •Total 2013 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$120.00+Jy$32.50 = $152.50 AVAILABLE

    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,276.46


    I didn’t shop so there’s nothing to say other than I was “good” and stayed out of the stores!


    CDN $’s

    Groceries: ($4.36)
    Stockpile: ($49.24)
    2013 BORSCHT: $152.50
    Safeway Gift card: $20.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $18.65
    Re-Stocking Funds:$17.50

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $165.89
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $65.00

    The current rain checks I hold are as follows:


    – 4 x small green salad @ $1 per bag (Good until July 26th)
    – 4 x bag of yellow onions @ $1 per bag (Good until July 26th)

    – 2 x Butcher’s Cut St. Louis style pork spareribs @ $7.99 per package (Good until Aug 30th)
    – 2 x Butcher’s Cut Thick Sliced Bacon @ 50% Off (Good until Sept 13th)
    – 2 x Coast to Coast Sausage Buns (8 per pack) @ $2.50 per package (Good until Sept 13th)
    – 3 dozen Lucerne Large Eggs @ $1.33 per dozen (Good until Sept 21st)
    – 3 x 170 g pkgs fresh raspberries for $5.00 (Good until Oct 1st)

    1. Hi Mary,
      I’ve finally found some time to sit and read the GGC posts. Did you previously put week 1 of 5 etc? I think that’s a great idea and it helps me to follow along with your weeks. Your loyalty card has been doing you well, impressive with that savings of $282.66. Your coupons seems to be sparingly but just another reason to use them because they all add up in the end and for you $182.87. Now that’s awesome!! >>> Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $4.36 OVER. I’m so proud of you… you must be thrilled. Well, considering you stayed out of the stores your budget for this week remains. Do you get a feeling of “yay” we did it when you make it to the end of the week? We do, but I’m not sure if it’s just us or if other people get that feeling of accomplishment? You get ballot #5 Looking forward to next week!! Cheers Mary! 🙂

      1. I actually went seeking some rain checks today… no luck. 🙁 We’ll stop again on Thursday night to see if they are out of stock possibly as we drive right by anyway (hopefully). It was hot out today so hubby and I stopped for a raspberry juice popsicle from M & M. Oh oh!!! They are so good!!!! Good thing it’s not warm like this every day – those popsicles could become an issue. LOL 😀

  5. Nice post! What do you know, I learned something today. My parents always used rain checks, but I never knew they were still around. When I was working at Shoppers, they accepted them, but I believe they either stopped accepting at one point or placed some restrictions on them. I once asked at a local Toys R’ Us a few years ago for a rain check on an out-of-stock item and they either didn’t know what it was, or perhaps it didn’t apply to any sale items. Not surprising, since (at least our location) they won’t even accept coupons on sale items.

    1. Really? They won’t accept coupons on sale items, that’s interesting as I’ve never come across that. Shoppers always gives a rain check if they are sold out of a sale product in the flyer. I’ve never had any issues with them at all. Where are you located?

  6. i never pass on a rain check.. even if i wasn’t planning on purchasing the item originally! 🙂

  7. Week 27

    Donna’s Restaurant
    Fish Escovitch $12.99

    Total Out of Pocket $13.77

    Burger King
    3 Kids Meals $11.42
    Fish Meal $5.93
    Whopper Jr Meal $5.29

    Total Out of Pocket $22.64

    Ackee $8.99
    Calaloo $1.65

    Total Out of Pocket $10.64

    Absolut Vodka $19.07
    Coke $1.05

    Total Out of Pocket $20.12

    Zephyrills $0.89

    Total Out Pocket $0.89

    2 x Pringles $3.00
    3 x M & Ms $2.84

    Total Out Pocket $6.02

    Broward Meat & Fish
    Snapper Steaks ($4.99/lb) $28.82
    Almonds $1.99
    Cashews $1.99
    Cock Soup $0.69
    Carrots $0.79
    Okra $1.40

    Total Out of Pocket $35.68

    Gallon of Milk $3.68
    Iceberg Lettuce $1.48
    Peppers $3.50
    Tomatoes ($1.68/lb) $1.21
    Bag of Red Onions $3.66
    2 loaves of Bread $5.56
    18 ct Eggs $2.78
    5 lb Potatoes $2.97
    Frosted Flakes $4.58
    2 x Hawaiian Punch $3.96

    Total Out of Pocket $33.62

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4000
    Total Grocery Budget for July: $270.88
    Total Coupons Used this Week:  $0.00
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0.00
    Total Spent This Week: $132.74
    Total Spent for July: $204.47
    Total Underspend this shop: -$65.02
    Total Overspend for the month of July: $0.00
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $66.41
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0.00
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $66.41
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $ $2,372.10

    Weekly Overview: I made multiple trips to the market this week. I didn’t plan my meals as well as I should have. I still always use my list, but I was also out on a couple of days and dined out because of it.

    1. Hi Dr.Sheba,
      You can see how not planning can affect the budget. I’m sure with all the money you spent eating out you could have bought a few days worth of groceries. That is your choice though and only you can make changes to the way you budget your money. Eating out and alcohol is a part of your budget almost monthly. I buy a case of beer but I give myself an allowance so it’s not added in the budget. Maybe you can work it out so you have categories in your budget groceries, eatingout/entertainment, allowance? How do you currently budget?

  8. Total Human Grocery Budget for the Month: $100
    Total Pet Grocery Budget for the Month: $40
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 0
    Total Discounts this Week: 0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: N/A
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: N/A
    Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Week: N/A
    Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Month: N/A
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week:  N/A
    Total Rewards Points Used: N/A
    Stockpile Budget: $0
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: .01 under
    Total Spend This Week on Human: 52.64
    Total Spend This Week on Pet: 17.35
    Total Spent So Far for July: 69.99
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of July: N/A
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 0
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 0
    Total to Carry Over Next Month : N/A
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $1879.42
    Weekly Overview: I’m still trying to get my schedule (outside of work) working for me so this this time, I made my daughter create the grocery shopping list. Even with a few additions, we still ended up under budget for this pay. I think that I might just get her to do it every time until she goes back to school so that she gets the practice in for while she is at school.

    Food Basics

    Cheerios – $5.96
    4 L Milk – 3.97
    2 – 2L Lemonade – $1.00 each = $2.00
    4 Kg bag Cat Food – $12.99
    4 cans of soft food – $2.36
    Ground Turkey – $4.69
    Limited Edition Oreo – 3.49
    3 boxes of oatmeal – $5.00
    Ham – $5.00
    Meat Pie (Beef, Chicken & Turkey) – 8.94
    Pads – $3.99
    2 – Hot Dogs – $5.98
    Bananas – $3.16

    Tax – $2.46
    OOP – $69.99

    1. Hi Dee,
      That is a great idea. Teaching your children to create a grocery budget. Wow, I might have to write a blog post about that one day. Very good shopping this week. You still have money to spend so keep up the good work. You get ballot 4

  9. I love rain checks! I have a great one for Ontario Strawberries – but they never seem to have them in stock!

  10. I get rain checks all the time! If I don’t need the product this week, I will still get the rain check because when I do want to pick the item up, it’s nice to have the sale price. 🙂 The end of the weekend is a great time to find the store out of stock! LOL

    I also make my rain checks a part of my GGC post each week and keep track of my expiry dates there. That way I don’t accidentally miss picking up the item at the reduced price. Rain checks are my friends… they help me have the best possible groceries for the money I have available to spend. 😀

  11. I always get rain checks on the cooked chickens located near the checkout area. They have a sign that says “If we don’t have cooked chicken ready, you get a free raincheck.”

    Even if I don’t want cooked chicken right then, if I’m at the store and I see that they are out of it, I ask for a raincheck, because I know I will want to buy one sometime in the future. Sometimes the management is not to happy to give it to me and they drag their feet. But, I just refer them to the sign and say, “the sign says I’m supposted to get a raincheck.”

    I really liked the link to the article that you wrote on the dangers of eating too much salt. High blood pressure is nothing to take lightly, and all that extra salt that is in processed foods is a major culprit.

    1. Salt is a big problem in the diet. I don’t think many recognize how serious until something is wrong. We’ve been working on trying to cut back but it’s not easy. When you are used to a flavour it’s like an addiction.

  12. I’m like daisy in that I’ve gotten the rain check but forget to go back in and use it. But I’m also way less organized than you when it comes to grocery shopping. My coupons are all shoved in one envelope kind of loosely. 🙂

  13. I got rain checks for products before, but then I forgot to go pick them up. Once you go back home and then back to the store, you deplete any of the savings that you would have enjoyed.Unless you have the plan to go back for something, anyway.

  14. Mr. CBB I really like this! I just went shopping over the weekend and spent a little over $300 and got enough for awhile. Hopefully it last for the month but with two boys meat and drinks don’t last. I shop at Sam’s add get the bulk pricing which really helps a lot. I never know about rainchecks until one day the wifey was like they dont have this so we getting a raincheck. I looked at her like she was crazy. She kindly walked up said you are out and the coupon expires soon so I can I get a raincheck. Simple as pie.

  15. Rain checks are one of the hidden advantages that people should use more often 😀 I didn’t buy any groceries this week but maybe I’ll participate another time. Hope your neighborhood isn’t affected too much by the flooding and power outage I see on the news.

  16. I’ve occasionally asked for a rain check, especially at Canadian Tire – they always seem to run out. I haven’t had a problem with it yet! Some items are not available for a rain check, but that is generally stated explicitly in the flyer.

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