The grocery game challenge Aug 12-18, 2013 #2- Grocery shopping for seniors

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Seniors And Weekly Grocery Shopping Services 

I can remember my grandmother, a spunky little lady with a British attitude that could swipe you off your feet. She was strong, independent and wealthy and wouldn’t have anyone take her places. She wanted to do it all on her own because like many older seniors they don’t want to feel like they have to depend on others to get things done in their life as they age unless they are forced to for health reasons.

My grandmother would come over to my parents house for Sunday dinner and all she would talk about was food and recipes because she loved to cook. She also loved to grocery shop because back in her time everything was created homemade and there was no room for convenience foods yet she was a smart shopper.

Food shopping list

I asked my mother the phone other day about my grandmother while I called so I could learn more about her to share with all of you. My mother told me that my grandmother knew what she was going to eat ahead of time for the week so meal planning was essential to her saving money and saving time by knowing what to cook. She would sit down every weekend with a piece of paper and pencil and go through her pantry and refrigerator to see what she had on hand and what she needed to buy for her recipes. She was a very detailed woman and didn’t miss a beat.

Over the years as my grandmother aged that independence she once fought so hard to keep came to a stand still. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and slowly we were doing more for her than ever before. Grocery delivery for seniors may have existed back then but with my parents living in the same village it was just as easy for them to help her with her grocery list and pick up the groceries for her. Eventually we had to sell her amazingly gorgeous mansion (I call it), but it was a huge home on a well-kept property so she could be taken care of.

Some seniors can still live in their home but struggle to get out because they no longer drive or taking the transit is just too much for them. Even if a senior can make it to the supermarket they may find that loading and unloading groceries is too much to bear and trying to bring them home is a struggle. For many, the convenience to have family or friends to help out or paying a small fee for a grocery delivery service is well worth it to them.

Grocery delivery for seniors

These days grocery shopping businesses are opening up all over the place and for a small fee you can have your grocery shopping picked up, paid for and delivered for a small fee in Canada. It’s not a service just for seniors either anyone can use it if you are willing to pay the fee. Many elderly care services in local communities will include shopping services and trips to the supermarket together.

Grocery Angels Canada out of Hamilton, Ontario a store to door personalized grocery service will do your grocery shopping for you. They charge certain fees depending on how much your grocery bill costs. For example: If your receipt total is up to $115 the cost for grocery shopping is $10 and delivery another $10 which seems reasonable enough to me. Spending over $350 in groceries will only cost you  a mere $35 in shopping and delivery fees.

Seniors and technology

There is so much information for senior shopping online these days as services geared to older adults and the elderly are sky-rocketing. When someone decides to use a grocery delivery service they need to weight the pros and cons according to the way they feel about the entire scenario. Using such a service will save time, save money on gas and for some a taxi, transit money, owning a vehicle and the ability to have someone find the best deals for them at the best price.

These days we see more seniors using technology then ever before even though I struggle to get my mum and dad on the computer for many seniors the internet is a window to the world as it is for everyone else. I’m in awe when I see seniors using a tablet, Iphone and a computer better than I can but that’s something they want to do.

Even though not everyone wants in on the world of technology being hooked up may be a great way to feel you are still very much part of society and the world around us, especially if the senior doesn’t get out much. Having the internet available to seniors allows them to make shopping online and easy process rather than a stressful outing they might not want to endure.

My grandmother is not with us any longer but she taught us that she wouldn’t take no for an answer and that if a woman says she can still do it, let her because it means she can.

Do you help your parents or other older adults or seniors to grocery shop? Have you used any type of grocery shopping service before? What was your experience like?

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August grocery game recap

If you missed grocery game posts for this month just click on the links below and post your shops in the comment section. We are currently on week 2 for August so week 1 is posted below if you still have to post your shop.

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What’s In MrCBB's Shopping Cart

Food Basics

  • 4 x Nescafe Instant Coffee Sale $3.97 (15.88 to stockpile)
  • Allen’s Vinegar Sale $1.99
  • 2 x Sunflower Seeds $1.99
  • 1x Iceberg Lettuce $0.88
  • 2 x Mozzarella Cheese Silani Sale $3.99
  • 2 x Lactancia Cream cheese Sale $1.77 ea
  • Tomatoes $2.19
  • Yellow zucchini Reduced $1.99
  • Mushrooms Reduced $0.99
  • Bok Choy Reduced $0.99
  • Limes Reduced $0.99
  • Grapefruit Sale $2.97
  • Navel Oranges Sale $2.97
  • Cantaloupe Reduced $0.49
  • Red Onions $2.96
  • 6 x Brats Sausage Reg price $21.50  – $6.45 stickers = Reduced Price $15.05

Total out-of-pocket $51.55 with $15.88 to stockpile

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x large dozen of eggs rain check $1.99 each
  • 1x Neilson Milk 4 litres $3.97
  • 4 x Danone Yogurt 750 ml tubs 1 with $1.00 coupon on it Sale 2/$4.00- $5.00 coupon = $2.00 for 4 🙂

Total of out pocket $9.95

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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- $53.08 (over-spend in July) = $181.92 to spend in July.
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $5.00
  • Total Discounts this Week: $7.45
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $15.88 (Nescafe coffee)
  • Total Spent This Week: $61.50
  • Total Spent So Far for August $106.47
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop:  $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (August): $ 0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $75.45
  • Total Coupons Used This Month:$2.75+$5.00
  • 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+ (July) $235.83=$1542.60 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • 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 spent more than we anticipated to this week but the coffee was on sale for a good price and we were almost out of our stockpile. The sausages are always hard for us to pass up as we eat them often so when we see them 30% off we grab them. This month shouldn’t be too bad as we are well stocked now. 

Canadian coupons found in August

We didn’t find any coupons this week.

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. What is an FPC? An fpc is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ‘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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