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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 28-Nov 3, 2013 #4- When the price is right and wrong

Walmart-kraft-dinner-whole-wheatI’LL TAKE TEN AT THAT PRICE…NOT!

 

For the most part as customers we expect product pricing to be accurate when we grocery shop.

I’m betting that a good majority of people don’t watch the computer screen when their order is being scanned in.

Not being mindful at the cash may mean you might miss out on opportunities to score some freebies and or help the store to correct issues in the system and in this case today outside of the scanning system.

 

Speak up and help

 

As a regular customer to a few local grocery stores I always do my best to help the store out if I see a problem and I at least hope they appreciate it.

In my eyes we are the watch dogs for the grocery store because it’s such an intense system that even the slightest error could cause a customer to get upset or in this case laugh a little, OK I laughed lots.

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure my wages won’t allow for me to purchase a box of Kraft Dinner at $172 a box.

I’m also pretty sure that I’ll never have an opportunity to see if Kraft Dinner hits the high price of $172 in my life-time but maybe your kids, kids, kids, kids might.

If you are a pricing warrior at the grocery store like I am you know your prices and you know when you see a product price error instantly.

The scanning code of practice if you are not aware is when a product price is labelled on the shelf $1.00 for example and rings up at the cash register for $2.00.

In that instance you could ask the cashier to adjust the price after checking the correct price as well as to apply the scanning code of practice (SCOP).

The shops do this so they are held accountable for pricing errors that may be charging the customer too much money.

While on a trip out-of-town for work I stopped in a local Wal-mart on my lunch break to be nosey.

OK, the truth is I wanted a free McDonald’s coffee too but decided to waste some time and walk around to see what goodies I could find.

 

Price is right and wrong

 

I just so happened to stumble upon this beautiful photo opportunity that I posted above of Whole Wheat Kraft Dinner and the ridiculous price.

There was only one other customer in the vicinity who watched me take a photo and say there was no way I’d ever pay $172 for a box of Kraft Dinner. I don’t eat the stuff but it’s pricing errors like this that make you go hmm. Who was half asleep when they posted this price?

I’m sure you have seen many errors in the grocery store if you are mindful but do you bring it to the attention of the staff to get it changed like I did yesterday with this Kraft Dinner? That wasn’t the only pricing error I spotted neither.

I don’t have a photo but they had the cases of Nestle water on sale on the front page of their weekly flyer for $2.44 a case of 24 Nestle but the giant sign in front of the wall of water was listed at $2.47.

Now, some of you might laugh at me saying it’s only a few pennies but in my head what do you think the first thing was that I thought? That is correct if you said, scanning code of practice.

I grabbed a case only to find out that it was in fact scanning in at the sale price of $2.44 so my only conclusion was the pricing person that night either didn’t sleep so well or really didn’t give a rats about pricing the products.

Heck it could have been 2 different people for all I know as I’m only having a laugh but it’s errors like these that could potentially cost the customer and the store depending on how the pricing error falls.

When I got to the cash I did inform the cashier of the price of the water and pointed it to her as it was in plain view. She laughed and said she would get someone to change it right away. I waited in line for a good 5 minutes and she did nothing at that time.

I am hoping that she did inform someone to make that change but it leaves me to question whether the grocery store is as fired up about pricing on the shelf if it rings up correct as opposed to when a customer can get a SCOP and the system price is wrong? I’ve been to shops where SCOP was applied and they immediately fixed the pricing error in the computer system but this was different.

Would you tell the grocery store if you saw an abnormal or incorrect price on a product that was scanning the proper price?

Do you find incorrect scanned products are still incorrect the next time you go shopping and you can get another SCOP because of the grocery stores lack of not correcting the pricing error?

 

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October Grocery Game Challenge Posts

 

 

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Food food and more food

 

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Food Basics

  • 4 x granulated sugar Sale 2/$3.00
  • Sweet potatoes $6.00 ( I bought lots but they can get pricey)
  • Tre-Stelle Ricotta $4.99-30% ($1.50)
  • Reduced produce pomegranate x3 $2.49
  • Reduced produce cauliflower $0.99
  • Reduced produce oranges and apples $0.99
  • Bananas $1.97
  • 6x OB Tampons 40’s Sale $3.99-$2.00

Total out-of-pocket $ 35.64

Wal-mart

  • Carrots $1.67
  • 1 x cucumber Sale $0.97
  • 4 x sesame oil sale $3.98
  • Kraft Peanut Butter $3.97
  • Tub of bread crumbs $1.68

Total out-of-pocket $24.21

grocery shop 4 October

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 : $12.00
  • 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: $24.21+$35.64= $59.85
  • Total Spent So Far for October $67.71=$69.08+$59.85=$196.64
  • 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-$59.85=$17.24 left to spend this month
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.25+$12.00=$14.25
  • 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 + (October) $196.64=  $2177.28 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38+$17.24 =$82.62<> 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 have too much to buy this week as we have plenty of food to use up. With us being gone one week this month and considering we should have a no shop week we were happy with this months grocery game challenge success.

 

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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.

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada!

 

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  1. Okay here goes for the week! I shop for two adults and two very hungry children!!

    October 28-November 3rd.

    Zehrs

    Cat food 7.79
    Lactose Free Milk 8.69
    Iced tea 1.00

    Save tax=1.01
    Total =17.48

    Zehrs

    Yogurt 5.29
    Pasta 2.00
    Whole wheat bread 2.50
    Caesar salad kit 3.99-2.00=1,99
    apple juice 1.89

    Total=14.38

    Total for this week=31.86

    I did great this week! we really didnt need much and i had to work so much that i didnt have much time for shopping…I know next week will be a big shop :S

    October 28-nov 3
    Budget for the month $700
    October Spending so far=411.52+164.13+31.86=607.51
    Left for the month =92.49

    I made it for the month with money left over! Awesome 🙂

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Looks like you are doing well for your grocery month and with that overage. Do you think you will ever lower the amount of your grocery budget? You get ballot 6 Mr.CBB

  2. Our weekly budget is $100 making this month $500.
    Had a very good week last week and this week was the same even with the addition of a few unplanned items.
    I am really wanting to really try and work on emptying the freezer a bit to make room for new items, bread basket items,xmas appies (since it our year to host xmas eve with the hubby dad and siblings) and a few batch cooking items I am making for a friend with a baby on the way within the next few weeks. So I hope that with using up freezer items I can use some money to stock up on baking items and canned goods if any go on sale in November without going over budget.
    Save on foods – last stacking trip
    not much was left on the shelves so I couldn’t get as much as I had planned on getting
    $2.50 6pk croissants
    $8.49×8 melitta kcups – xmas gift & stockpile
    $3×8 asstd smuckers jam
    $6.40 total oop
    $88 total coupons
    Superstore
    $5.97-$1C pizza (just realized it didn’t ring up at the $3.23 price that shelf tag said!!!)
    .96 3lb onions
    $2.58 3pk cucumbers
    $1.76 2lb carrots
    $1.98 1lb mushrooms
    $2.97×2-$2C ziploc xmas conatiners (for friends freezer meals)
    $6.39 10kg flour
    $2×2-$3C febreeze spray
    $2.99 3lb maragrine
    $2.99-$1C black diamond cheese spread
    $7.98-.75C bd cheese brick
    $2.12×2-.75Cx2 coffee creamer
    $38.95 total oop
    $9.25 total coupons
    Sobeys
    $8.99×2-$8.99 staff coupon- pizzas
    $3.49-freewub2pizzas halloween cupcakes
    $2.10 cough drops
    $1.61×2 pop
    $14.44 total oop
    $12.48 total coupons
    Walmart
    $1×2 4 peppercorn gravy mixes
    $7.97 euclapytus epsom salts
    $8.92 sexy time stuff
    $2.50 smarties 4pk
    $4.88 4L milk
    $2 snowman socks
    $29.35 total oop

    $89.14 total weekly oop
    $109.73 total weekly coupons

    $370.91 total monthly oop
    $470.57 total monthly coupons

    1. Hey,
      I agree with you and we have been trying to do the same thing. We’ve been monitoring our freezer inventory list and are trying to eat down our freezer as much as we can.I’m pretty sure in 2014 we won’t see our freezer as stocked as it has been in 2013 as our diet has changed dramatically. Baking items, mainly chocolate and nuts and in some cases the cherries costs a fortune this time of year. Butter has been fairly cheap the past couple of months at some of the shops and it was a great time to load up. You had a great month again and you whipped it up with the coupons you used, I’m amazed how many you can use each week. I can’t wait to see how you take down November with your grocery budget. You get ballot 22. Mr.CBB

  3. Finally!!! My last shops for October!!!Both were at Foodland…

    Oct 26
    2 mac and cheese dinner @.69- 1.38
    3 packs pasta @.97- 2.91
    1 frozen Nestea- 1.29
    bananas- .90
    2 W/W bread @1.99- 3.98
    2 yogurt @2.99- 5.98, 2-1.00 coupons
    1 Royale paper towels- 3.88, 1.00 coupon
    1 6pk Royale tissues- 3.88, 1.00 coupon
    2 Royale TP @ 3.88- 7.76, 2-1.00 coupons
    2 4l milk @ 4.79- 9.58
    1 case ginger ale- 5.78
    1 Flogers coffee- 6.99
    1 package x-lean ground beef- 14.83
    tax- 2.77
    Total- $65.91, 6.00 coupons

    Oct 30
    bananas- .67
    1 jar unsweetened apple sauce- 1.98
    1 pack parmesan cheese, grated- 3.09
    1 MG Cheerios- 3.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 case pop- 5.78
    1 block cheese- 5.99
    Tax- .75
    Total- $32.53

    Total budget for year- $7800.00
    Total budget for month- $600.00
    Total coupons this week- $6.00
    Total spent this week- $98.44
    Total spent for month- $195.64+$118.13+$225.17+$98.44=$637.38
    Total over/under for week- under $51.56
    Total over/under for moth- over- $37.38
    Left for month-N/A
    Total coupons for month- $7.50+$6.49+$28.47+$6.00=$48.46
    Total carry over to next month- $530.52+$37.38=$567.90
    Total YTD- J$818.08+F$598.07+M$770.12+A$938.07+M$650.13+J$876.78+J$734.75+A$625.95+S$800.56+O$637.38=$7449.89

    So I had two good weeks and two not good weeks but I managed to be over but only $37.38…. That is a lot closer than I thought it would be! I knew I didn’t have much for this last week so I tried very hard to keep it to the absolute needs. The ground beef was a good price and I split the pack up for a good number of meals. The Royale products were a special sale and I grabbed what I had coupons for. The Folger’s was a sale too, as was the bread. It was a good effort this month and I did get some stocking up done. Next challenge is getting stuff for the holiday baking over the next while, some I have now but I will be needing more flour and such. I will be trying to do that and stay under budget for the rest of the year…..

    1. Hey Christine,
      Wow, you made it to the end of the month, good for you. I’m just catching up now with the GGC posts as I’m behind as well. I think considering how much you bought this month the overage is hardly anything. I’m pretty sure that you can make up that overage in November easily. You seem to have a plan when you shop and you know how many meals you can make when you buy your meat which is always a big hitter in anyone’s grocery budget. Holiday baking is pricey these days so start stocking up now so it’s less of a hit on your budget. I won’t be baking too much this year but it’s the nuts that cost the most so I’m hitting Bulk Barn with those $3 coupons…. you get ballot 21. Mr.CBB

  4. I shop for 2 adults and an almost 3 year old boy. Our budget is $90/week or $450 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Target
    6 x Dempster’s bread (PM FB) 6 x $1.99 – 6 x $1.00 Target coupons – 2 x manufacturer coupons
    Coupons $8.00
    OOP $3.94

    RCSS
    Eggless mayo $3.68 – $1.00 coupon
    Catelli pasta 5 x $1.00 – 5 x $1.00 coupons=Free
    Goldfish (PM Target) 2 x $1.99
    Coupons $6.00
    OOP $6.66

    Sobey’s
    Mott’s Fruitsations gummies 2 x $3.00 – 2 x FPC
    Coupons $6.00
    OOP $.78

    RCSS
    Almond Milk 3 x $3.50 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Tuna (PM FB) 6 x $1.00
    Mott’s fruit rockets (PM Metro) 4 x $1.88
    Kidney beans (PM FC) $.88
    Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch (PM SDM) 4 x $1.77 – 4 x $1.77 coupons=Free
    Eggs (PM SDM) 2 x $1.99 – $1.00 coupon
    M&M’s 4 x $1.09 – 2 x FPC – 2 x BOGO free=Free
    Eggo’s 2 x $1.97 – 2 x $1.00 coupons – 2 x $1.00 CO51=Free
    NN perogies $1.99
    Old El Paso kit 2 x $3.00 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Bread (PM Fortinos) $2.49
    Mushrooms (PM FB) $.88
    Cucumber (PM Sobey’s) $.99
    Strawberries 2 x $1.67
    Broccoli (PM FM) $.88
    Salad $1.99
    Oranges $2.78
    Onions (PM FC) $.99
    Carrots (PM FC) $.99
    Bananas $2.74
    Colgate toddler toothpaste (PM WM) 2 x $1.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons=Free
    Coupons $22.44
    Tax free day $.88
    Checkout 51 $2.00
    OOP $47.82

    Walmart
    Zantac 6 x $2.22 – 6 x $3.00 coupons
    NYC pressed powder $2.97
    Coupons $18.00
    OOP $.41

    Fresh Co
    2 x Goldfish (PM FB) 2 x $1.98 – 2 x $1.00 CO51
    Checkout 51 $2.00
    OOP $2.00 (paid cash so rounded up)

    Food Basics
    Purex 4 x $2.88 – 2 x $2.50 wub2 (I will be donating these to my Christmas families at work)
    Coupons $5.00
    OOP $8.02

    Walmart
    Honey Nut Cheerios hearty oat crunch (PM SDM) 3 x $1.77 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Oreo ice cream $3.49 – $2.50 coupon – $1.00 CO51 (thinking ahead for Adam’s bday party)
    Coupons $5.50
    CO51 $1.00
    OOP $2.30

    Food Basics
    Purex 2 x $2.88 – $2.50 wub2 coupon (I will be donating these to my Christmas families at work)
    Coupon $2.50
    OOP $4.00

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,680 ($90/week)
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $450 (5 shopping weeks this month) – $28.73 (over last month)=$421.27
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $73.44
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $73.44
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1647.94
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $5.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $5.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $138.00
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this week: $0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this month:$0
    • Total Colleague Discount (CD) this year: $394.31 (Unfortunately September was 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: $7.63
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: Grrrr! I forgot the gift cards again!
    •Total Spent This Week: $75.93
    •Total Spent So Far for October: $75.93
    •Total Over/Under spend this shop: N/A
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month of November: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $345.34
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $3528.97
    •Weekly overview: I think I got a heck of a lot for $75.93 this week lol. Much better than last week and puts me on track for this month. I REALLY need to start remembering to use my $5 Kellogg’s gas cards and my RCSS gift cards!!

    1. Hi Jen
      It’s great to see all the money you saved this year adding up in your numbers. Yes you need to use your gift cards lol because isn’t there an expiry date on them? I don’t buy cereal any longer so we never too advantage of those great deals. I just read everything and I’d say you did real well for 75.00 this week wow. I think if you keep on track and stick to the plan that you set out you should be able to make it to the end of the year with some great numbers. The laundry donation is a great donation to pass along as it’s not one that makes an appearance often at food banks etc. Where do you deliver your donations to and do you do this often?
      Keep up the great work…… you get ballot 20 Mr.CBB

  5. See you are such a nice person, mr CBB! you went ahead to tell the staff about the price mistakes. But, me? i am not as nice. i have seen that in Walmart, but i didn’t tell anyone. i heard that stores have people working overnight changing the prices every week, so i am sure that person who put the price there didnt sleep enough. lol

    1. I had nothing to gain from it as I was just being nice and even so I would have done it either way. If they choose to listen it’s up to them.

  6. There is no way I’d pay more than a dollar for any KD!! I try to watch the prices as it’s scanned but can’t always if I’m by myself getting the groceries. I check the receipt over too, just to make sure. I need to catch up for the month, hopefully by the weekend. It’s been that kind of month…. Glad to see the Rendezvous account is going up!!!

  7. …Great article about SCOP…I too can not afford to spend $175 on one box of – ANYTHING !!!… Question: Does the SCOP work the other way too?…That is, if I buy a product for $2.00 and it comes up $1.99 and this is not a sale price in the flyer do I get that product free…Just curious…Thank you.

    1. No, it doesn’t work the other way. Only happens when the register price is coming up higher than the shelf price.

      Quite possible there was something else on those shelves before the Kraft Dinner was placed there. Either that, or the person changing the prices couldn’t figure out how to put it correctly on the sign. As long as it’s coming up at its correct price at the register, I don’t care the sign looks like it’s reading $172.

      Big stores like Walmart, with hundreds of products, and with days there could be hundreds of price changes coming down from Head Office, good chance something will get missed. I don’t believe the registers update with each input of a price change (the guns you see associates using on the floor, believe they show the price changes per Head Office), but at set times. So possible either the register is updated with the new price and signs not yet changed, or signs changed but registers not yet reflecting the new price.

      And yes, you do get the times when a customer plays around with the signs…or the shelf stickers.

      1. Hi Lousie,
        Yes, you are correct it doesn’t work the other way around only if the register price is higher than the shelf. I have the SCOP post that Coupon Christine wrote and outlined all of the details. I wonder if a customer did play with a sign… i never thought of that. You never know what people do these days!!!

  8. OCTOBER – Week #4 of 4 – October 28-November 3rd, 2013

    2013 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

    •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

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    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This was a NO SHOP Week for us. Having dental work has made “soft” and “soups” popular this week, and those I could handle with the supplies I had on hand. I didn’t finish out this month in the red…that’s sure a pleasant change!! LOL 🙂

    I chose to let the following rain check expire as our supplies are adequate:

    Save On Foods:

    Old Dutch Potato Chips 270 grams @ $2.50 (Good until October 31st)

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO SHOPPING UNTIL AT LEAST NOVEMBER 4th

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO SHOPPING UNTIL NOV. 11th

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    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •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$55.55+Au$36.66+S$52.74+O$71.36= $452.18

    •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+O$$21.98= $247.28

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    J265+F248+M151+A26+M0+J59+Jy7+Au26+S0+O141= 923 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    J57+F10+M30+A83+M0+J161+Jy20+Au1+S208+O80= 650 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: << Starting to track
    Jan-Sept (988)+ O(297)= 1285 Points

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    2013 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •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$130.85+O$111.97= $1,281.46

    •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$114.36+Au$99.62+S$110.00+O$133.69 = $1,281.46

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE

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    2013 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:

    •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+Au$0.00+S$20.00+O$47.50= $405.81

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$81.21+A$47.50+M$47.50+J$82.86+Jy$35.64+Au$43.60+S$20.00+O$47.50 = $405.81

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

    ================================================================================================

    2013 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    •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+O$27.50= $90.00 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT STOCKPILE RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    J$0.00+Feb$0.00+M$0.00+A$0.00+M$0.00+J$120.00+Jy$32.50+Au$30.50+S$32.50+$O$12.50= $228.00 AVAILABLE

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    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,687.27

    $1,900 is budgeted for JAN-OCT '2013 but with cash additions from recycled bottles, cash hiding spot money and repayments of funds owed to us…we increased our reserves to also have :

    $90.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $228.00 Borscht Fund

    Total $318.00

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    CLOSING GROCERY POSITIONS FOR SEPTEMBER:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $0.00
    Stockpile: $0.00
    2014 BORSCHT: $228.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $9.06
    Re-Stocking Funds: $90.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $148.73
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $17.25

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    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)

    Safeway:

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

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    1. Hi Mary,

      You made me smile when I read you weren’t in the red this month for once. I thought to myself, it was nice for us as well to not be over budget as well. I think that there are certain months when some of the sales are so good it’s tough to not stock up. It reminds me of our budget and the projected expenses. We can’t always predict every expense throughout the year but we can project recurring ones so we know how much to save. With the grocery budget we can create a budget and work hard to stick to it but when you know you have extra money kicking around it’s easy to say, oh just get 4 hams or 3 bags of this or that. Then we have to try and make up for it the next month and so on but for us it’s worth it for us but a pain to get back on track lol. I hope the teeth are feeling better. I’m thinking of making some soup moving forward as it’s just too cold out now.

      Almost to the end of the year Mary……. 🙂 You get ballot 16

      Mr.CBB

  9. Congratulations Mr & Mrs CBB! It’s nice to see the Rendezvous account getting a little top up. I am sure this will come in handy with the holiday season rapidly approaching. 😀

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