GOURMET FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN
The traditional grocery store is getting so big these days and it’s because they are trying to incorporate everything from convenience food, health foods, in-store bakery, deli, fish counter, fresh produce to health and beauty as well as international foods from around the world.
Add in the electronics, house and home, clothing etc and you have one huge store to shop in.
Grocery store app
Don’t laugh but I think that some grocery stores given the size they are now should have a grocery store aisle map available to the customer as soon as they walk in the store just to tell them where everything is.
Just look at how big the Real Canadian Superstore is now and immediately upon entering you think about how you will travel around to do your shopping. Granted though many stores have giant visible grocery store aisle signs that are hard to miss and easy to find what you need.
I think the grocery store aisle map is a brilliant idea though because it helps the customer to solve a grocery related question without having to find a staff member to do the same.
You know the map that you see when you enter the mall and it tells you where all the mall stores are and they are numbered etc. or how about a grocery app for the store that helps you locate product by keying in the product name. Almost everyone except for me has a smart phone these days and you know it just as well as me that the use of cell phones by the stores is only going to grow.
The grocery store app will tell you what aisle the product is in and how much the product is currently on offer for. For all I know it may already be available but if it’s not it’s my idea so hook up with me if you want more brain food. I may sound ahead of my time but you just wait and see what will happen as technology is growing by leaps and bounds in our lives.
Another option is to have a computer station set-up like we see at Canadian Tire where a customer can do a product search by typing in a search query online by without having to find staff to help them out. I like the customized service that Canadian Tire offers and I’m sure we will see more and more of this as time goes on.
Grocery aisle list
Some people love to grocery shop for hours and although I rather enjoy grocery shopping I follow my grocery list and if something catches my eye I will stop to look. I remember watching extreme couponing years ago and noticed that some of the women actually had a grocery store aisle list so they could plan their massive shops.
I have never seen this available to us in Canada but it would be a great way to cut down on time if you don’t already know where the products you need are. I think for the most part many of us know where to look for an item although through merchandising and product placement items are moved all of the time.
International food market
These days I find that I am stopping more and more in the organic aisles of the grocery store just to be nosey.
On occasion we have bought something from the organic section such as flax seeds or yogurts all with pink sticker discounts of course as organic prices are still very high. Essentially the organic section is a mini health food store to keep the customers happy all under one roof. More stores are growing and its to try to keep up with big box stores.
Not only can you get international foods online so you can prepare gourmet meals from around the world you can pretty much find what you need right in your own city if you know where to look.
The little Indian grocery and the Japanese grocery store or any other Asian grocery store is the best when you are looking for specific items that you might not find in a typical food store. If your city doesn’t have specific international grocery shops keep an eye out for Sunday markets in and around the city as you might find vendors who sell products from various countries.
We go to various grocery stores around town since we live in a diverse city and find all sorts of food but the best part is that it’s much cheaper but not in all cases as you will read below. I know when we’ve talked about shopping in the small grocery stores in town some of our friends weren’t even aware of how much you can find if you go right to the source.
I can’t get over how much stuff the international grocery store carries but if they can get their hands on it they will sell it. These shops were designed to cater to the market in which it sells it’s product but also to other people who are interested in their cuisine.
When you walk into an international food store you get this overwhelming feeling as if you are in another country. You automatically are taken away with the sights and smell and the people who are native to the country are all speaking their own language.
I’ve travelled to many places around the world and international cuisine is simply amazing and what my travelling taught me was to never dismiss food because you don’t like the look or smell because you never know what it might taste like. Ever since then I’ve tried to create international food recipes at home to remind me that not all cuisine is the same.
It was because of these travelling experiences and talking to the locals that I enjoy hitting up the local international grocery stores and checking out what they have and what I can make.
There are also many British shops around the city that I have been in mainly just to look around as I can’t justify the prices that are on some of the products in the stores. I think since I know the ballpark figure of prices it’s hard for me to pay the prices they want in Canada as they are simply over the top. Who in their right mind would pay $3.00 for a can of Heinz beans?
I know that even Wal-mart and the Bulk Barn both have a UK section but it’s mainly junk food that I really don’t care for. To be honest I was a bit shocked at the product they did stock and wondered why they didn’t offer more other than snack food like crisps and chocolate bars.
International grocery store shopping means you may save a few bucks but it also means you are exploring new flavours and recipes for your meal planning.
Do you shop at any local international grocery stores where you live?
Are you open to try new foods and flavours from around the world?
November Grocery Game Challenge Posts
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
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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
- Grocery Store Activities For Kids
- Buying When There Is A Limit
Food food and more food
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 November $235.00
- 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: $0 Used $0
- Total Spent This Week: $0
- Total Spent So Far for November $81.05
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $153.95
- Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.00
- 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: There’s not too much to say this week since it was a no shop week for us except how good it feels to stay out of the grocery store when you don’t need anything.
Canadian Coupons Found
We didn’t find any coupons this week since we were not in the stores.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- 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.
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