Not all in-store or unadvertised deals are created equally but when you find a deal sometimes it’s hard to say no, especially if you never find that product on sale.
I don’t know how many times I’ve read the grocery game challenge posts that the fans put up or posts on Facebook or forums about in-store weekly specials and deals and wish I could find them.
Most times we do remember a deal w’vee heard of from someone and while at a store check it out and sure enough it’s on sale but was not in the flyer.
Almost every week when the giant circular bundle arrives at our door we sift through them to write our weekly shopping list according to what is on sale and that is what we shop for exclusively… well we don’t but most people do.
We try our best to stick to our grocery list and for the most part we can but when we spot a too good to pass up deal we grab it while we can, as long as we know we will use it and it will save us money in the long run.
Sometimes that means we go over budget but we always tend to have a cushion (stockpile budget) or work hard in the grocery game challenge to make up for an overage which can be easier said than done.
Looking around is not an option because most shoppers want to get in, get what they need on the grocery list and get out. We do that but we also scan the store for other in-store specials or deals that might be lurking right under our nose.
We’ve even went as far as to scan an item that is listed at regular price on the shelf, not on sale in a flyer but scans on sale. Most often word of mouth is what can score us some great deals.
My mother-in law was alerted to an amazing deal on breadcrumbs that she uses from a friend. The small can of bread crumbs costs $1.29 where the large can just over $3.00.
If you failed to look up while grocery shopping on the top shelf there were cans and cans of bread crumbs reduced in price to $0.99 and they sat there for days because people simply missed them because they failed to look up. What a great deal, she got 12.
Just the other day I told my best friend about the Clear shampoo that was on sale at Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart and Food Basics for $3.99 with regular price maxing out at $7.99 at some grocery stores with a $3.00 off peelie sticker on them. The peelie coupon doesn’t expire until December 31, 2013.
Best part about this deal is that if you are subscribed to Checkout 51 you can get a further $2.00 back when you buy a bottle of CLEAR shampoo this week making them even cheaper or FREE for that matter if you bought 2 bottles on sale with peelie coupons.
We found 10 more bottles yesterday and bought them up because we know that we will be using it at some point in time and even shampoo at the dollar store is not even one dollar in most shops.
Most weeks these days our weekly savings comes from in-store weekly specials and deals that were unadvertised or have a 50% off pink sticker or x amount of dollars off because the store wants to move product off the shelves fast because of a quick expiry or new packaging.
I don’t know why most times that some products go on offer but we certainly keep our eyes peeled on the shelves top to bottom scanning price tags which is probably my top tip for finding in-store specials.
When we grocery shop we scan the store that is how we operate when we grocery shop now. We already know what is on our list so it’s easy for us to scan shelves only looking at sale tags, reduced or blowout tags not wasting our time on regular priced items.
It’s not often we buy an item that is not on sale or reduced so why bother wasting my time looking if it’s not on sale, I likely won’t buy it this time.
So, here we are almost 2 weeks in and we keep finding this CLEAR shampoo on sale at various stores with the $3.00 off coupons and no one seems to spot them on the second to last shelf at most of the stores.
It leads me to believe that we either don’t like the shampoo, don’t look down or are missing great in-store specials because we aren’t keeping the deals or sale or even coupons on our radar while shopping.
While out with my best friend I showed him the shampoo and he bought 8 bottles all with the $3.00 off peelie which he thought was amazing. I notice now that he is always looking around for coupons, deals and reduced stickers so he can save some money in his grocery budget.
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of grocery shopping education just to show people how easy it is to save as long as we keep our ears and most of all our eyes open for unadvertised sales or coupons that might bring the total out-of-pocket on a product lower.
How do you hear about unadvertised sales? Do you tell others when you find them?
Do you stock up when you find a great bargain like the breadcrumbs or hair shampoo?
What are your tips for a successful shopping trip to find the best deals?
December 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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Ultimate grocery shopping guide
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
- How do you like your bread?
- Holiday Baking On A Budget
- International Grocery Store Shopping
- Back To Basics More For Less
Food food and more food
- 2 x Family Pack of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Sale $8.50 and $8.90
- 2 x Roast Beef Sale $8.79 and $9.00
- 4 x Pomegranate sale 4/$5.00 -Buy 2 save $1.00 coupons
- 1 x Spinach Sale $0.99
- 10 x Clear shampoo sale $3.99-$3.00 coupons
Total out-of-pocket- $54.16
- Reduced mushrooms $0.99
Total out-of-pocket $0.99
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 4L 2% Milk $3.99
Total out-of-pocket $3.99
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 December $235.00-$10.28 overspend= $224.72
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $30
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $0
- Total Spent This Week: $59.14
- Total Spent So Far for December $59.14
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month $0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $165.58
- Total Coupons Used This Month: $32.00
- 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 + $245.28 (November) = $2422.56 (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 bought quite a bit of meat this week which drove our budget up but it was a great price. We also picked up the shampoo on sale which was not anticipated but hard to pass up such a great deal.
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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.
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