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The grocery game challenge #3 Sept 16-22, 2013: Would you pay for personal grocery shopping services?

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Take The Shopping Out Of Grocery Shopping

While I was outside doing some work in the front yard one of our neighbours came to talk to me about our other neighbour who is ill in the hospital with lung cancer. She wanted to know if I had heard anything about him and if I could let her know if I heard anything about how he was doing.

She wanted to send a card and help out if she can even with cleaning the house or grocery shopping because their son was home alone. He’s in the age range of 16-18 years old but since his mom is always at the hospital I’ve seen pizza delivery a few times which means he’s either not cooking, doesn’t know how to cook or needs groceries.

When my neighbour suggested doing her grocery shopping I had asked about if we even had a service like that in our city and she said sure we do. She doesn’t use it but she said her son and daughter-in-law use a cleaning and grocery shopping service to make their life a bit easier.

Instantly I thought, wow must be nice to be able to afford such conveniences in your life but they can since they are both highly paid professionals who are apparently good with their money, at least her son is she said.

Personalized shopping

They work long hours and the last thing they want to do is grocery shop so they went looking to order food online not knowing if you could buy groceries online for home delivery. They came across an online ad on Kijiji for personal grocery shopper who will do all your grocery shopping for you so you don’t have to wait in line-ups. How snazzy is that?

This seemed like an easier way to go because she would not only come and clean their house once a week she would also get a grocery list emailed to her and she would go to the grocery store and pick up exactly what was on the list for a small fee. The fee seemed pretty reasonable to them my neighbour says since it’s only a fraction of what they make an hour and made more sense to them.

Since she brought it up I thought it was a brilliant idea then if we asked our neighbour if she wanted us to pick up some groceries for her son so he didn’t have to eat take-out food or try to fend for himself. You can see how distraught she was as her face was just missing any life and emotion at all and although we are trying to be optimistic things aren’t looking too good for him.

There are people who do post ads online looking for someone to do their grocery shopping just like my neighbours son and daughter-in-law did and the great thing about it is people do want this service. There may be times when we might come up with a crazy idea and say, “ah nobody would want that”, but never say never because there is always someone who might need help, even if it is only grocery shopping.


I am looking for a reliable, trustworthy and hardworking individual to clean and grocery shop for my father who lives in west kildonan. We would like someone to first come to the house and do a thorough clean of everything. Afterwards we would require someone to come by once a week to keep up with the general cleaning of the house, grocery shop and put away. Possible cook one dinner as well. If you are interested and have referrals please contact me.

Personalized grocery shopping business

If you are looking for a side hustle to make a bit of extra cash this sounds like a great job as long as you factor in the gas and time as gas is not cheap these days. You also have to think about wear and tear to your vehicle with the extra trips you are making around time for this grocery delivery service.

I went hunting around Kijiji to see if I could find someone who does own a grocery shopping delivery service and sure enough she listed her fees which seemed reasonable to me.

There are many people out there that are unable to go grocery shopping for various reasons so knowing that someone does own a personalized grocery shopping service I’m sure is of great benefit to them. The rates I found in the Kijiji ad are for out West not in Ontario. If you send her grocery shopping with a grocery list that totals up to $150 you will pay her $25 for that service which I didn’t think was too bad.

Personalized Grocery Shopping Ad

Never standing in long lines again!

Spending more time at home with your family doing the things you enjoy!

How it works….

  • Initial in person meeting to discuss food preferences, allergies, likes and dislikes
  • Send me your grocery list via email or phone
  • Together we arrange a delivery time
  • I do the shopping according to your list
  • You reimburse me for the groceries plus the shopping fee.
  • Shopping fees…
  • Grocery total up to 150=25 fee
  • Grocery total 150-300=35 fee
  • Grocery total 300-400=40fee
  • Grocery total over 400=15% of total bill
  • Fees include shopping, delivery and mileage
Would you pay for personal grocery shopping services?
What pricing do you think is appropriate for these services and what should a grocery shopping business owner think of when coming up with pricing?

September grocery game recap

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What’s In MrCBB's Shopping Cart


  • 4 x Black diamond cheese bars Sale $3.88
  • Grapefruit  Sale $2.99
  • 2 dozen eggs Sale 2/ $3.00
  • Red Seedless Grapes Sale $2.35
  • 2x 3lb Oranges Sale $2.44

Total out-of-pocket $28.74

Metro #2

  • 4 x Black Diamond Cheese Bars

Total out-of-pocket $15.52

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 1 x 4L Neilson Milk $3.99

Total out-of-pocket $3.99


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 September: $234.57  which is $235.00-$0.43 overspend in August
  • 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: $48.25
  • Total Spent So Far for September $156.07
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop:  $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of  (September): $ 0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month:$11.84 left to spend in September
  • Total Coupons Used This Month:$n/a
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • 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 (August) $182.35=$1724.95 (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 didn’t need too much this week so we loaded up on cheese which we could easily have put in our stockpile budget but so far we haven’t needed to use it so we will wait. Next week should be a no-shop week or the following week so we will see if we can pull that off or if we need to get milk and a few vegetables.

This month seems fairly easy for us which is good. We need a good month after all the money we have spent in our budget this past month. There are 2 more shops left for September GGC Sept 23-29 and Sept 30- Oct 6.

Happy grocery shopping and saving everyone. Post your shop today in the comment section and get your free entry in my monthly contest (Canada only) but Grocery Game is open world-wide.


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  1. My local grocery store has an online system. For $11.95, I select what I want from an online grocery store menu and they deliver the food within a four hour window. And their flyer is online, so I can shop sales the best I can. I have a fairly debilitating chronic illness, and this service has been a life saver.

  2. I would never pay someone to grocery shop for me. Probably for two reasons: I couldn’t afford it and I’d be too afraid that they’d screw up. It’s why I am the only one who does laundry and cleans the house…if it’s not done my way then it’s not done right (and as for the laundry I don’t let Ken touch it because I have way too many clothes that could be ruined if the instructions aren’t followed properly and what man takes the time to read his wife’s clothing labels (you I bet Mr CBB! lmao) My mom would pay someone to do it though. She hates grocery shopping lol.

    I shop for 2 adults and a 2 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $90/week or $450 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Opti free contact lens solution $5.23 – $2.00 CO51
    OOP $3.91
    CO51 $2.00

    Fresh Co
    Glad sandwich bags 4 x $1.00 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    OOP $.52

    Apples $2.82
    Corn on the cob $.40
    OOP $3.22

    Fresh Co
    Nestle water (28’s) 7 x $2.00
    Potatoes $2.00
    Magazine $2.99
    Cucumber $.66
    Buddig deli meat 6 x $.50
    OOP $23.04

    Miracle whip (PM NF) $2.97
    Chipits 1kg (PM WM) $6.97 – $2.00 coupons
    NN coating mix $1.37
    Kit Kat 2 x $.94 – 50% pink stickers – 2 x $.47
    Almond milk (PM Target) 2/$7.00 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    Arctic gardens 2/$5.00 – $5.00 coupon
    Stovetop cleaner $5.44 – 50% pink sticker – $2.72
    Goldfish 6 x $1.98
    Philadelphia cream cheese (PM Metro) $1.99
    Turkey pepperoni $3.99
    Hummas $3.19
    Mushrooms (PM FB) 2 x $.95
    Romaine (PM NF) $.67
    Broccoli 2 x $.88
    Oranges (PM Metro) $2.64
    Bananas $1.78
    Dove single bar soap 10 x $1.00 – 50% pink stickers – $5.00
    Huggies Goodnights $15.47 – 50% pink sticker – $2.00 coupon
    Coupons $13.00
    Gift card $5.00 (Kellogg’s cash for gas Mastercard)
    OOP $57.61

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $450 (5 shopping weeks this month) – $14.50=$435.50 (I went over last month)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $13.00
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $88.67
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1421.52
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $2.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $10.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $125.00
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $394.31 (Unfortunately this month is the end of using the card for us as we are no longer allowed to use it)
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.24
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $5.00 (used Kellogg’s cash for gas Mastercard)
    •Total Spent This Week: $88.30
    •Total Spent So Far for September: $296.26
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of September: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $139.24
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $3133.19
    •Weekly overview: It’s looking like I’ll make it under budget this month. I just started one of those services where they deliver a year’s worth of meat to you and you pay monthly. I have no idea where I am going to get an extra $172.85/month ($2074.15 for the year) for groceries (my first payment is in October). Any ideas how to incorporate this new budgeting issue into my budget and into the GGC posts? (the math works out to me having to cut my grocery budget from $90/week to $50.11/week). I am going to have to try to do my best to cut back (but I don’t think I can cut back to $50.11!!!)! I already find myself purchasing less now that I can’t use my MIL’s discount card. I stocked up on water this week and included diapers in my post which I wasn’t doing regularly but it was just easier to do it today.

  3. SEPTEMBER – Week #3 of 5 – September 16-22, 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



    I wasn’t feeling well this weekend so hubby went shopping in the US for me as there were some really good sales! Note, hubby was much better about sticking to the list. He saw a sale on Gluten Free cookies and picked me up a pack. One extra item isn’t bad. 😀

    We bought some butter for our neighbor on the 3 lbs for $5 sale and she gave me cash and I have put the funds in my Canadian Hiding spot cash.






    Franz Bakery Outlet – Bellingham

    4 Franz 7 Grain Gluten Free Bread ($4.99 ea) $19.96
    2 x 12 pack English Muffins +
    1 x 6 pack WW Bagels (3 for $4) $4.00
    3 x large loaves Cracked Wheat – FREE
    1 x large loaf 100% WW – FREE

    •Total OOP: $23.96

    • US Grocery OOP: $23.96

    Walmart – Burlington

    1 x 2 lbs. ham slices $5.98
    1 x 1.75 lbs smoked turkey slices $5.98
    2.81 lb Corned beef $7.81 << Sure beats the price at home!!
    3.11 lb Corned Beef $8.58 << Sure beats the price at home!!
    2 large pkgs sliced apples ($4.98 ea) $9.96

    • US Grocery OOP: $38.31

    Fred Meyers – Burlington – AWESOME SALES!

    1 Half Gallon Skim Milk $0.99
    1 Half Gallon Chocolate Milk $0.99
    10 Tillamook Yogurt $3.34
    3 lbs Darigold Butter $5.00

    • US Grocery OOP: $10.32

    Costco – Burlington

    1 x 4 lbs Pecans $12.99
    2 x 4 lb KSButter QTR ($7.29 ea) = $14.58

    • US Grocery OOP: $27.57

    Safeway – Lynden

    2 x 4lbs Dry Pinto Beans $9.18
    2 x 16 oz Dry Navy Beans $3.38
    1 x 16 oz Dry Black Beans $1.59
    1 Lunenberg Brown Rice Blend $4.29
    2 Quinoa Elbow Macaroni $5.58
    2 Quinoa Spaghetti $5.58
    1 Pamela’s GF Peanut Butter Cookies $2.99 <<< Not on my list!

    • US Grocery OOP: $32.59



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    +Au($36.66)+S($52.74)= $303.10

    •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= +Au($3.80)+S($38.57)= $225.24

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7+Au26+S0= 782 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20+Au(1)+S(208)= 570 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 +Au$100.49+ S($47.50 to US+4.98+10.48+67.89= $130.85)=$1,169.49

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:
    Jy$114.36+Au$99.62+S($142.50-$32.50 borscht=$110.00) = $1,147.77

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $21.72 OVER


    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    +Au($0.00)+S($20.00)= $358.31

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    Au$43.60+S($47.50-$27.50 to stockpile=$20.00) = $358.31

    •Total Over/Under YTD Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE


    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$0.00+Jy$17.50+Au $17.50 +S($27.50)= $62.50 AVAILABLE


    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    Au$30.50+S$32.50= $215.50 AVAILABLE

    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,527.80 <<$1,710 is budgeted for Jan-Sept '2013



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: ($21.72) << Woops!
    Stockpile: $0.00
    2014 BORSCHT: $215.50
    Cash Hiding Spot: $5.00 << from the neighbor
    Re-Stocking Funds: $62.50

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $148.73
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $150.00–132.75 = $17.25


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    4 China Lily Soya Sauce Refill bottles @$2.99 ea (Good until Nov 13th)


    4 Safeway Select Boneless Honey Hams @ $8.99 (Good until Nov 29th)
    4 Pantry Essentials 500g bacon @ $2.99 (Good until Dec 2nd)

  4. Week 36

    Coffee $4.29
    Ice Cream Sandwiches $3.99

    Total Out of Pocket $8.28

    2 x Totinos Pizza $3.18
    Trash Bags $4.12

    Total Out of Pocket $7.31

    Shredded Cheese $4.19
    Coffee Creamer $2.50
    Taco Seasoning $1.00
    Shredded Lettuce $1.99

    Total Out of Pocket $9.68

    2 x Wheat Bread $6.30
    18 ct eggs $2.85
    3 x Sardines $3.87
    64 0z Ketchup $4.99
    Milk gallon $3.89

    Total Out of Pocket $21.90

    Broward Meat
    Rice $2.40
    Red Peas $2.99
    2 x Whole Wheat crackers $2.58
    Wheat Crackers $0.89
    Pepper Sauce $1.99
    1.12 lb red peppers $2.79
    1.24 lb Tomatoes $1.72
    2 coconut milk $2.58
    Jack Mackerel canned $2.49
    Curry Powder 2 oz $1.99
    Green Onions $0.99
    Carrots 16 oz $0.79
    Broccoli $1.99
    Potatoes $2.49
    Red Snapper $36.00

    Total Out of Pocket $65.66

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4000
    Total Grocery Budget for September: $187.04
    Total Coupons Used this Week:  $0.00
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0.00
    Total Spent This Week: $112.83
    Total Spent for September: $182.57
    Total Underspend this shop: $39.10 -$73.73
    Total Overspend for the month of September: $4.47
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $4.47
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $0.00
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $4.47
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $ $3,340.72

    Weekly Overview: This week we did some heavy shopping. As a result, we were $73 over. We managed not to eat out this week and have stocked up a bit. I still see myself being over this month as we have 2 shop weeks left. I will try to at least one of them a no shop week.

  5. I’m in New Zealand and I have used in the past online grocery shopping. If I spend over $250 which is not hard with 3 teenagers, the delivery cost is $8. I also have the option to pick up my packed groceries for a small fee of $3.
    I used it a lot last year especially in the Winter, this year I have been trying different methods of getting my grocery bill down but after an assortment of ideas, I’ve got admit that they all worked out much of a muchness in the end. The benefit of the online grocery shopping is that I can do it from my smart phone as I walk around the house and I can even scan the barcode with the app. This took all the guess work out of whether I needed to add something to the trolley or not.

  6. Grocery shopping has been incredibly helpful when it comes to money conversations and explaining why we spend more on something and less on other things to the girls. So for that alone, I probably would not pay someone to buy my groceries. Although I can admit, there is a small part of me that would secretly love it if I could go home and my fridge and pantry was restocked for me! 🙂

  7. The grocery store across the street does this for a good number of the older folks in town. I’ve seen the girls running around the store with a list and getting things for those orders, I’ve seen the bags waiting to be delivered. A couple of times over the years we’ve had people show up here to deliver something. Our address is south of the main street and there is the same number as us north of the main street so they were looking for that house, not us. I send them on their way with a description of the house they want… up the hill boys and it’s a green house… The older lady two doors down from us has her groceries delivered all the time, there are mobility issues there. I know both drug stores will deliver too. I have no idea if the Independent out the east end delivers, I would think so if they want the business.
    You are calling this a 5 week month????Crap…. I saw the coupon for the Liberté yogurt on the weekend and my first thought was Yippee!!!! You were my second thought, if you had seen it too!! I know you like it too. I’ll be looking to grab a few more next time I’m in the store. I used one on Sunday and have 3 sitting here but they won’t last. I won’t take all of them but a few every time so I have some to use before they expire as I buy yogurt a lot.

  8. I am thinking this would be a reasonable expense when someone who lives alone, is ill, or post-surgery (I am reminded of when I had surgery on BOTH feet- thank goodness for a local daughter) – the relatively small fee would be well worth it. Actually perhaps I should think about doing this myself. Each little bit helps.

      1. As someone who was a professional in health care field for over 40 yrs, it ‘s hard to turn off being a carer!! This wouldn’t take much time, and there must be a need, and would add some social contact for shut-ins, in addition to helping someone.

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