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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 21-27, 2013 #3: Buying when there is a product limit

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A Limit Means A Limit For A Reason


When grocery shopping on a budget and you scour the giant weekly ad flyers that come in the mail you are always searching for the best product prices on everyday items you use in your pantry.

If you are a player of the grocery game here at Canadian Budget Binder you know sticking to your grocery budget is imperative to meet your monthly and yearly goals but factoring in some amazing weekly deals is also something to be considered when creating your grocery budget.

It’s essential to make sure that you are stocked up so you can create healthy meals for yourself or your family and of course the grocery savings are imperative especially when you want to stick to your grocery budget.


Product limits


When big sales happen for various grocery stores estimating limits for products is a game they have to play otherwise they may run out of product for the customers.

The grocery store doesn’t want to overstock a product in which case they may be stuck with it if it doesn’t sell or potentially have a return if that is allowed.

I can only assume they don’t want to have returns and would like to nail the sale by making sure that the grocery shopping experience for their customers is fair and equal so everyone gets in on the deal.

It’s no surprise to the average shopper to see a sign posted in a frozen food bunker or down the aisles on a display on a sale product that is on for a remarkably low price with a limit of a product listed.

Although as consumers we see that as a pain in the butt it really is more of a disadvantage for the store and other customers who drive in for a sale and there isn’t enough product available for them to purchase.

In some cases the store only gets a certain amount and there are no other choices but to limit how many of a certain product that a family or individual can purchase.

I’ll admit that we are guilty of going back in the store the next day to pick up a few more products that are on a sale with a product limit but they know that people do that and would rather force them to come in the next day if they have to.

Essentially they can’t possibly stop people from buying lots of one product but they can stop them from buying it all in one go.

The other main reason besides running out of product is that you may find smaller convenience type shops coming to load up on the product at the sale price and hiking the price in their own store for resale and a huge profit.

Limiting the product purchases eliminates the potential of store owners coming in and wiping out the store and keeping the regular everyday customers happy. I know I’ve been all ready to go to a giant grocery store sale only to find out that they had run out of a certain product in the flyer.

Although the store might not be able to control every aspect of the amount of product that comes in when I see a product limit that tells me the store is concerned for their customers and it makes me happy.

I want to know the store is doing everything it can to make sure that when I get in my car and drive to their shop that I will in fact get the product that I want and that I won’t have to come back another day wasting time and gas.

When we were shopping yesterday we noticed there was a limit on cream at Food Basics as it was on sale for $1.99 and if you are a couponer you know there is a save $0.75 off any Lactancia cream coupon out there that expires in December 2013.

Follow the rules


Well, I had about 3 coupons left so I loaded up my cart only to notice the product limit. The lady that came up beside me loaded her cart with over 30 cartons of cream ignoring the product limit and I shook my head thinking that’s why people get angry when there is no product left.

The store obviously knows they only have a certain amount to sell and that it will be a popular sell so why risk getting into an argument at the cash with the cashier.

Sure enough that did happen and her excuse was that she was buying them for her family members who couldn’t get to the grocery store and that she does all the grocery shopping for them.

Well, as you can imagine that didn’t go over too well and even the manager was called out to have the situation explained only to tell her that the product limit was in place to make sure that all of the customers coming in could get in on the deal. She seemed very annoyed but at the same time, what did she expect? We can’t fight the system so why try?

If you really want to get that much cream then I guess you will have to be a returning customer over and over unless it says product limit per person, per day or per family.

I would at least abide by the rules and to be honest, life goes on. Saving a few bucks is one thing but getting greedy to wipe out shelves and specials is another.

How do you feel when you go shopping and find out that a product that is on sale is out of stock?

Do you abide by product limits and think that the stores should have these limits keeping in mind that they might not have control of product quantity?


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Food Basics

  • 3 x Lactancia Cream Sale $1.99- $0.75
  • Krinos Feta $13.99
  • 2 x Lactancia butter Sale $2.88
  • Plain Yogurt Sale $1.88
  • Premium Bananas $1.49
  • 2 x Seedless cucumber $0.98 each $1.96
  • Sweet Potato $2.33
  • White Mushroom $1.77
  • Spring Lettuce $3.99- $2.00 coupon
  • Grapefruit $1.97

Total Out of Pocket $36.86


  • 12x cans of Sundried tomatoes  Sale 2/$4.00
  • Appenxel cheese $5.66-$2.83 pink sticker
  • Pork Loin Sale $17.91
  • Romain Lettuce $0.79
  • 24 pk crayola crayons $1.14- scop
  • Crayola Pencil crayons $2.24- scop

Total out of pocket $32.22


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 October $235.00-$21.12 (overage September)= $213.88
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $0 Used $20.00 (ham)
  • Total Spent This Week: $69.08
  • Total Spent So Far for October $67.71=$69.08=$136.79
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (October): $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $77.09
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.25
  • 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 + (September) $255.69 = $1980.64 (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: Since we went to the relatives for a weeks holiday we did not grocery shop last week so we are ahead of the budget for now.


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Frequently Asked Questions



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.


  • 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 fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.


  • 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.


  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?


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.



Here 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.


  • What is an FPC?


An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.



You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.



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 t 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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