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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Nov 18-24, 2013: Back to basics with more for less

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Food Basics wants to make sure they are taking good care of their customers and that’s a smart move on their part with new lowered and locked down prices and a new in-stock policy.

Always fresh is the new motto at Food Basics and if you aren’t satisfied they want you to let them know and you will get your money back.

Grocery is a big business so if they want the customers they have to make them happy.

While shopping last night at Food Basics I also noticed that they have new lowered prices and highlight “more for less” all around the store. What I found interesting was the color choice that they used to show us how they have lowered the prices on the products in-store.

If you look carefully you will see that the new locked down tags are a red tag. If you are a coupon fanatic or a deals guru like we have been and still are (although not so much couponing these days) your brain will immediately think “sale” or “reduced product” because those are the colors used by many other stores. In this case it is.

If you head to a PC store such as RCSS or Zehrs you will notice they have the pink stickers and everyone knows that they mean 50% off and in some cases less but for the most part it’s a super deal.

If they turned around and did the same thing as Food Basics and used pink to highlight “more for less” or “locked down” prices  your brain would automatically think, “amazing deal” and potentially you might spend more.

That’s they way I felt when I started to see all these red tags with lowered prices all around Food Basics. To be honest they were a bit distracting to me because it kept me thinking there were rock bottom deals all over the store and my eyes just kept staring at them.

I guess it’s a win-win for the store because they had my attention and focus that’s for sure. The price is essentially locked down meaning it’s the new regular price and not on sale. Is that how you would look at it?

If you are scouring the stores for deals and reduced or blow out products you know the types of mark down stickers and over time they catch your eye. You take note of the colors, the big giant X across a price or the rack with reduced products and make sure you check them out.

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Don’t forget that in many shops you can ask for a rain check which we have also discussed here at The Grocery Game yet many people tend to forget about that perk which many stores offer.

Amazing weekly flyer deals at your local grocery store might mean that the shelves are empty if you don’t get to the sale on time. Not all grocery stores get enough stock in for a super sale and run out which means you are out of luck.

Food Basics also has another new policy and for many this is very important including us.

We all hate when a store runs out of product when a huge flyer sale happens and Food Basics is going to make sure that we are kept happy customers.

They have set out an in-stock policy which I will quote below for us.

We will try our hardest to ensure the items advertised in our weekly flyer are always in stock. Bit if one of them isn’t’, we will give you a Raincheck + 10% off the advertised price for your next visit.

In most cases you might find the seasoned veterans who use coupons and source out deals and even newbies might end up price matching the sales at a store like No Frills, Freshco or even Wal-mart just to ensure they get the sale price, don’t have to go back for a second trip and so they don’t have to battle the masses of customers who want in on the grocery budget savings.

I’m a fairly frequent customer at Canadian Tire and we also love to go to Sears looking for deals. I know that if you find a lower price at each of these stores you can price match and they will beat it by 10% which is a great way to keep the customers happy.

I can honestly say that I think it’s great that Food Basics has promised us in-stock product, more great deals and locked down prices because in today’s economy not everyone can afford to shop at Sobey’s or Metro with the high prices that we all see.

The only reason they get me through the door is for the Air Miles program and the odd flyer specials that I know I can’t get cheaper anywhere else.

You’d be a fool to spend more money in your grocery budget than you had to IF you had the opportunity to shop at a store with the exact same product for less. I realize that not everyone has all the shops or might live in a small town with one grocery store but when options are available source out the best deals and save the cash if you can.

A bucket of feta at Metro is $17.99 and the exact same bucket at Food Basics is $13.99. I don’t know about you but I work hard for my money and that $4.00 could certainly be put to better use.


What do you think of the new Food Basics guarantee to the customers?


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Food Basics

  • Chipits $6.88
  • Produce $1/49
  • Selection Tea $2.49
  • Havarti- $10.00
  • 2x Cantaloupe Sale $0.99 each
  • Premium Bananas $1.69
  • Sweet Potatoes $3.03
  • Bread Crumbs $1.49
  • Avocado $2.97
  • 2 x lean ground beef sale $3.76
  • Oranges $1.97
  • Apple Red Delicious $1.97
  • Bok Choy $3.10

Total out of pocket $46.58


  • Selection Tea Bags Sale $2.49
  • 2x Pineapples Sale $2.50
  • Clementines case $3.44

Total out of pocket $15.22


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 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: $61.80
  • Total Spent So Far for November $142.85
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $92.15
  • 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: We didn’t need much in the way of meat this week so we loaded up on fruits at Metro for a great price and some other odds and sods at Food Basics that was needed in the pantry. We went with some lean ground beef this time so we can mix it up and make some meatballs, lasagna or even a pot of taco soup. We normally use turkey mince but since this was a great deal we opted for beef since it’s been a long while. We are not opposed to certain proteins we just moderate how much we eat and try to get leaner cuts when possible.


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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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  1. Well this was another easy shopping week! Didnt need too much so here goes!


    Organic Milk 8.89
    Ham sandwich meat 5.00-2.50=2.50
    Roasted chicken 5.29-1.59=4.00

    Total =11.85


    Energy Drinks 2×2.00=4.00
    Energy Drink 2.00
    Organic milk 8.89
    Huggies Diapers 34.47


    And i earned 7800 Pc Points!

    November 18-24
    Budget for the month 700$
    Total spent so far this month=228.01+63.71=291.72
    Left for the month=180.27

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Wow, I can’t believe the cost of the organic milk. How much milk do you normally go through every week? I love those PC Points.. we earned 20,000 points this week for spending $100. You get ballot 5.

  2. 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.

    Buitoni pizza (PM Metro) 4 x $3.33 – 4 x $1.00 coupons (earned $20 worth of PC points)
    Coupons $4.00
    OOP $9.32

    BD cheese 2 x $3.77 – 2 x $.75 coupons – 2 x $1.00 CO51
    Exact facial cloths 3 x $2.99 – 3 x 50% pink stickers (-$4.50)
    Coupons $1.50
    CO51 $2.00
    OOP $9.09

    Distilled water 4 x $.97
    OOP $4.98

    Tide 3 x $4.99 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    3 x clearance bday candles $.76 each
    Coupons $3.00
    Air Miles redemption $10.00
    OOP $6.36

    Cucumber $1.47
    Broccoli $1.48
    4 pack peppers (PM GT) $1.88
    Baby carrots $1.49
    OOP $6.32

    Swedish fish 2 x $2.17 – 2 x 50% pink stickers (-$2.18)
    McCain cake $3.97 – $1.00 coupon
    Milk $3.97
    OEP taco kit (PM) 2 x $2.99 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Salsa $2.00
    Goldfish 5 x $1.98
    MiO (PM SDM) 2 x $2.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    ML deli meat singles 2 x $1.69 – 2 x FPC
    Apples $1.73
    Bananas $.81 + $.92 + $.59
    Facial cloths 3 x $2.99 – 3 x 50% pink stickers (-$4.50)
    Coupons $10.38
    OOP $37.12

    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 : $18.88
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $187.92
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $1762.42
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: $2.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: $15.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: $148.00
    • 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: BAH! I forgot AGAIN! But I did redeem Air Miles to get $10 off my purchase at Rexall.
    •Total Spent This Week: $73.19
    •Total Spent So Far for November: $346.21
    •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: $75.06
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: I do not carry over to the next month.
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $3799.25
    •Weekly overview: Not counting my stupid meat order I am on pace to be under budget for the year 🙂 I still forgot my $5 Kellogg’s cards lol. I’ll have to try to figure something out lol. I did well this week but we also haven’t been eating great lately so we haven’t had to buy as much.

    1. Hi Jen,
      The year is coming to a close and I’m betting you will be able to say you learned lots about your grocery budget in 2013 including your ‘stupid meat order’ lol. We all make mistakes so don’t fret it, just move forward. How did you score $20 in PC Points.. so you get $20 in free groceries? I need to learn more about the program as I am in it just not too familiar with it all yet. Awesome shop … and use those gift cards lol… you get ballot #12

  3. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $400.
    I took the $100 budgeted for this week and purchased a $100 gift card for Sobeys and received 1000 bonus points!!!
    It was my plan to do this so I had saved some cash left over from last week and hope that the gift card lasts me a few weeks and was worth the points for us for sure!! I am already planning our discount shop for the first Tuesday of Dec that we will be redeeming some of our points to help get through the holidays and stock up on a few things.
    McGavins Bread Basket
    We finally ran outta bread
    $16.28 12 items, bread, buns, garlic bread,pound cake slices
    $5 stamp card savings
    $11.30 total oop
    Shoppers Drug Mart
    $2.78×2-$1Cx2 ginger ale 6pk
    $2.79×4-$5Cx2 lady time stuff – donation
    $2.88×4 terrys chocolate oranges – stocking stuffers at an amazing price
    $7.57 total oop
    $10 shoppers gift card from a xmas purchase
    $12 total coupons
    $4.44×3-$1TCx3&.75Cx3 cheese brick
    $3.79-$3C&$2CO51 clear shampoo
    $8.30 total oop
    $8.25 total coupons
    $3.99 2pce chicken strip meal
    $4.99 italian sandwich
    $1.99 triscuit crackers
    $3.99×2-bogo sale dagwood sandwiches
    $1.99×4-$1Cx2 dzn eggs
    $1.32×4-$2C 2Lpop – raincheck
    $2.99×2-bogo sale 2lb mini carrots
    $1.99×2-.75Cx2 coffee creamer
    $3.99×2-$2C taco kits
    $4.99-freewub2tacokits(instore only) compliments shredded cheddar cheese
    $1.25×4-.50Cx4 barilla pasta
    $2.99×2-bogo sale fresh veggie mixes
    $3.99×2-bogo sale raspberries
    $1.19×2-bogoC twix chocolate bars
    $6.49 top sirloin cap steaks (2 meals)
    $8.37 lean ground beef (5 meals)
    $61.82 total oop (gift card)
    $6.79 gift card from work
    $10.69 total coupons

    $88.99 total weekly oop
    $35.94 total weekly coupons

    $279.79 total monthly oop
    $190.46 total monthly coupons
    If I have remaining money leftover this month I will roll it over into Dec to help with holiday baking, cooking and stockpiling.

    1. Hi Juanita
      I would have bought the gift card as well since you know you will shop there anyways and free points is great. Good price on the cheese, I missed out on that one. Where did you get the $2 coupons for the taco kits? That, and you got free cheese wow.. great deal with the taco kits. You had an amazing month wow.. and look at your coupons… we never use that many any more. You must shop like a warrior. I think rolling over is a great idea as clearly you know you will need to buy more in Dec. Keep up the good work.. a few more weeks until end of year. You get ballot 10 Mr.CBB

  4. NOVEMBER – Week #3 of 4 – November 18-24th, 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 did some shopping in the US and I stocked our supplies of ham for the holiday season using a Canadian rain check.

    Lack of Canadian grocery funds dictated that I needed to let the following rain check expire but we still have a good supply on hand:

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

    I obviously went a little hog wild with treats for the holiday season in our US shops. I have been saving $10 per month for the holiday season so I am going to transfer $71.65 to the US funds so the account is flat.



    Safeway – Maple Ridge

    2 loaves 60% WW Garlic Bread ($7.38-$2.38 Loyalty Savings) = $5.00
    4 Safeway Select Honey Hams (Rain Check for $8.99 each) = $59.96
    4 Avocados Large ($7.96-$2.96 Loyalty Savings) = $5.00
    3 boxes mini mandarins ($8.97-$3.97 Loyalty Savings) = $6.00

    •Total OOP: $75.96

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $51.89
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $20.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $4.07

    ** Earned 20 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $9.31 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Not only did I use a nice rain check for the holiday ham stock up but I also got a new rain check for Butcher’s Cut thick Sliced Side Bacon at $8.99 a pack!

    I have a super saver coupon for Butcher’s Cut hams @ $8.49 for this week that I will try to get a rain check on. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! We use a lot of ham so I like to get it at a good price.



    Franz Bakery Outlet – Bellingham

    Out of Gluten Free Bread so no freebies this trip! Boo Hoo! (Picture me crying)

    • US Grocery OOP: $0.00

    Target – Burlington

    2 Lays Chocolate covered potato chips (3.49 ea) = $6.98

    • US Grocery OOP: $6.98

    Walmart – Burlington

    2 pkgs Franz GF buns ($5.98 ea) = $11.96
    6 loaves GF Franz 7-Grain ($5.98 ea) = $35.88
    2 pkgs Grated Sharp Cheddar ($4.28 ea) = $8.56
    4 family size Fritos ($3.98 ea)= $15.92
    2 family size Ruffles potato chips ($2.98 ea) = $5.96
    2 Large jars Stuffed Green Olives ($4.24 ea) = $8.48
    1 x 2 lb pkg sliced honey ham luncheon meat $5.98
    2 x 2 lb pkg Smoked Turkey Breast Lunch meat ($5.98 ea) = $11.96
    3 pkgs of 6 Hershey Special Dark Chocolate Bars ($3.94 ea) = $11.82 <<< for Xmas gifts
    2 family size sliced apples ($4.98 ea) = $9.96
    12 cans tuna ($0.78 ea) = $9.36 <<< Check this out Juanita! This is 10 cents cheaper than Safeway!!!
    8 x 2 L bottles of Sprite Zero ($1.00) = $8.00
    4 jars Bicks pickles ($1.96 ea) = $7.84
    6 large cans Chunk Chicken (2.08 ea) = $12.48 <<< one of these cans will make 6 chicken salad sandwiches!
    6 cans Diced Ham ($1.00 ea) = $6.00

    • US Grocery OOP: $170.16

    Fred Meyers – Burlington

    3 loaves Cob bread $5.00
    2 x 12-pack English Muffins ($1.99 ea) = $3.98

    • US Grocery OOP: $8.98

    Rite-Aid – Burlington

    3 Planter Deluxe Mix Nuts (4.99 ea) = $14.97 <<< absolutely no peanuts here!
    4 x 14 oz Spearmint Leaves Candy ($1.99 ea) = $7.96

    • US Grocery OOP: $22.93

    Safeway – Lynden

    10 lb Pinto Beans $9.99
    4 lb Pinto Beans $4.59
    2 jars Garlic Stuffed Olives $7.00
    2 pkgs Giardelli Chocolate with Caramel $7.00 <<< Christmas gifts

    • US Grocery OOP: $28.58



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:
    +Au$36.66+S$52.74+O$71.36+N($4.98+9.31)= $466.47

    •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+N($14.99)= $262.27

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:
    938 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:
    670 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: << Starting to track
    Jan-Sept 988+ O297+N(321)= 1606 Points



    •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+N($32.50 to borscht+$3.99+$30.27+23.85+$51.89=$142.50)= $1,423.96

    •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 +N$142.50 = $1,423.96

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



    •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+N(27.50 to restocking+20.00 = $47.5)= $453.31

    •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+N($47.50) = $453.31

    •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+O$27.50+N$20.00= $110.00 AVAILABLE



    •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+N$32.50= $260.50 AVAILABLE


    • TOTAL FUNDS SPENT IN 2013: $1,877.27

    $2,090 is budgeted for JAN-NOV '2013 INCL. but with cash additions from a gift, recycled bottles, cash hiding spot money and repayments of funds owed to us…we increased our reserves to also have:

    $110.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $260.50 Borscht Fund

    Total $370.50



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $0.00
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $4.99
    2014 BORSCHT: $260.50
    Re-Stocking Funds: $110.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $148.73 – $220.38 = ($71.65)
    but I will add $71.65 from our Xmas fund = $0.00 AVAILABLE
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $17.25 – $17.25 = $0.00 AVAILABLE


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:


    4 Pantry Essentials 500g bacon @ $2.99 (Good until Dec 2nd)
    3 dozen Lucerne Large Eggs @ $1.33 (Good until Feb 7th)
    4 Butcher’s Cut Side Bacon @ $8.99 (Good until Feb 20th)


    1. Hi Mary,
      Oh Mary this is one beautiful shop.. mmmm I want to come to your house for treats .. ha!!! Considering all that you were able to buy and your US shop you did pretty darn well. Christmas only comes once a year and stocking up on the essentials as long as the money is in the budget is not a big deal. I think you picked up some great prices and I’ve never heard of chocolate covered potato crisps before… interesting concept. What I loved the most were all those olives.. the stuffed ones wow, now I’m hungry. Do you think for 2014 you will give yourself more room for Christmas or do you reckon you have enough in the budget? That’s a decent amount of Air Miles you’ve collected this year as we find it hard to collect them. We do try though when we can. The tuna was a great price as well and I would have loaded up on that. Your borscht account is waiting…. Well done Mary… love your shopping trips.. You get ballot 10. Mr.CBB

      1. Mr CBB… I can make the current budget work for 2014. 🙂 If need be, we’ll just eat more meatless meals to stay on task. I can stretch the budget a lot further…as I was telling the gals last night on WFD. I was saying that 15 pounds of pinto beans for $15 will feed both of us for 30 meals @ $0.50 per meal. Combine that with some bacon and eggs at the $2.49/lb I see for bacon and $1.33 per dozen eggs… it’s actually easy to go a long, long, way on very little. We have had some great meals this year, I have started a borscht and re-stocking fund and we are still on track with our budget. What more do I want?

        I have enough in the budget for 2013 Christmas because we are going to be vacationing for the month of December and I can make lots of great meals with the supplies we have on hand. I only used $71.65 of our $120 allotment so I will save the balance for next year. I still have oodles of gift cards left as well so we can go out for “free” holiday meals if we choose to. I do expect one more US shop at the very end of December, so I will be transferring a good chunk of our December grocery budget over to the US Reserve. We are looking good! LOL 🙂

        1. And I collected almost 4,000 Air Miles this year so far… the ones above are just the ones I got for grocery spending at Safeway. LOL

  5. Things are quiet right now so I think i can get my shops posted now. I went to Foodland for most of my shops but I needed gas for the truck so I went to No Frills as well. I don’t buy gas in town here as it is too expensive here. The price difference is enough to drive out of town so I plan around that.
    Foodland, Nov 15
    1 can peach slices- .48
    2 bagels @1.99- 3.98
    1 18 pack eggs- 2.97
    1 stir fry veggies -3.49
    1 raisin bread- 3.49
    1 Liberte yogurt- 3.99
    1 lb butter- 3.99
    1 parmesan cheese- 4.08
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    2 72 count Tetley teabags @4.99- 9.98
    1 bag rice- 4.99
    1 package boneless skinless chicken breasts- 10.85
    Total- $58.08, 1 turkey buck

    Foodland, Nov 17
    1 5lb bag carrots- 1.00
    2 5lb bags of potatoes @1.00- 2.00
    1 can tomatoe sauce- 1.77
    1 can pasta sauce- 1.79
    1 package yeast- 2.29
    1 18 pack eggs- 2.97
    1 Oikos yogurt -4.29, 1.00 coupon
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Total- $25.39, 1.00 coupon

    No Frills, Nov 19
    3 cans fruit @1.00- 3.00
    2 Sunlight laundry detregent @ 3.97- 7.94, 2-$2.00 coupons
    1 box Bear Paws- 2.97
    4 lbs butter @2.77- 11.08, 1-.75 coupon
    2 Dawn dish soap @2.47- 4.94. $1.00 WUB2 coupon
    1 Franks hot sauce- 4.27, .50 coupon
    1 Cheerios- 3.97
    1 3lb Imperial margarine – 5.93, .75 coupon
    2 4l milk @3.97- 7.94
    1 block cheese -5.57
    1 unsweetened applesauce -1.67
    1 bag sugar -1.97
    1 216 count Tetley teabags- 9.27
    1 Whiskas cat food- 7.93, 2.00 coupon
    1 package lean ground beef- 7.34
    bananas- .86
    1 Dole spinach salad -2.99, 1.50 discount
    1 Dove bodywash -4.72
    1 Dove shampoo- 4.77, 3.00 coupon WUB bodywash and hair product
    2 Dove conditioner @4.77- 9.54, 2.00 coupon WUB2
    Total- $98.35, $14.00 coupons, and 1.50 discount

    Foodland Nov 21
    2 mac and cheese dinners @.69- 1.38
    ! sandwich bags -1.78
    1 bagels- 1.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Tax- .23
    Total- $12.85

    Total budget for year- $7800.00
    Total budget for month- $600.00
    Total coupons 16.50
    Total spent this week- $194.67
    Total spent this month- $159.49+$166.72+$194.67= $520.88
    Total over/under this week- $44.67 over
    Total over/under for month-N/A
    Left for the month- $79.12
    Total coupons/ discounts for month- $10.75+$5.62+$16.50=$32.87
    Total carryover to next month- $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+N$520.88=$8296.46

    So another week over budget. This seems to happen more often when I go out of town to shop, but the prices at NF are too good. I had to get the smaller boxes of teabags at Foodland at the higher price as I was almost out. I’m hoping to get to NF again to get another box at the lower price well before I get that low again. The chicken breasts were a good price and the NF price for the ground beef was very good as I bought the family size pack and split it into smaller packs at home. There were a good number of meals in that pack!! The body wash and hair products were needed so I tried to get a decent price for all of it with the coupons. This weeks prices are better but I had no way to know that one. Because my trips to Foodland were on the small side I only got one turkey buck. This week doesn’t look much better in that regard as I am going to try very hard to stay under for the month and I only have $79.00 left to spend… will be hard but I intend to try.

  6. We shall have to see how things go with Food Basics and the new policy. I’ve heard they are even price matching but only at a London store. Not sure about any doing that in the GTA. Foodland has done the locked down pricing for a fair while. Usually it runs 4-5 weeks at a time. I didn’t see any mention of how long those prices would hold but that is something to look into.I find the information at Foodland is right on the shelf sticker. This would be something that comes back to knowing your prices as always.What i like about the locked in prices and knowing how long that price will last is the ability to do a slow stock up as i did last month with the cider mix I get every winter for the older boy. I knew the price would hold until Nov. 7 so I picked up one or two when ever I was in there getting groceries. I managed to pick up 8 packages i think. This will save down the road.
    I go into town for No Frills now occasionally and will tie it to getting gas for the truck as I refuse to get it here in town. The price difference is enough to make it worth the drive. Five cents is an average there but I have seen bigger differences. Besides the price of gas the prices at NF make it worth the trip 2-3 times a month. We still don’t get the flyers from NF but I have found an online source for it as well as many of the out of town places that I can check out of we are going to be in London or the SIL’s place in Guelph. Target has had the soft opening in Stratford as of last week and Walmart is apparently trying very hard to be open before Christmas. Means we should be getting those flyers soon!!!!

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