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 register may mean you might miss out on opportunities to score some freebies and or help the store to correct pricing issues,
Today let’s explore ways you can be mindful of the prices you pay and keep an eye out for errors.
Speak up and help
As a regular customer of 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 watchdogs 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 lifetime 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 as $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 Walmart 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 either.
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 two 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?
Discussion: 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
- The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 7-13, 2013 #1 : Grocery Store Activities For Kids
- The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 14-20 #2: Go on Vacation and Save On Groceries
- The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 21-27, 2013 #3- Buying When There Is A Limit
Missed past Grocery Game posts? Catch up on all the latest grocery-saving posts below!
- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
- Go on vacation and save on groceries
Food food and more food
- 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
- 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
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 per 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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We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food anymore.
It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
- 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 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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