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Are you supermarket loyal?-The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 20-26, 2014 #4

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Being supermarket loyal sure does exist. In fact one of my wife’s friends who is single doesn’t even go to the traditional supermarket.

What she does is she goes to a local produce store which also has full section of pre-made meals.

The best part is she can walk to the shops from her apartment which is also a bonus for her.

Transportation reasons is a perfect example why some people may be supermarket loyal simply because it’s easier to shop there than going to another store further away and having to find an alternate means of transportation.

She told my wife she has no need to go to the big box grocery stores when she hardly cooks and the pre-made meals are perfect for her. The store has everything else she needs including milk and conveniently a bakery right next door so being supermarket loyal to her means that she has everything she needs in one spot even if it’s a few shops next to each other.

I’ve come to realize that everyone is unique when it comes to grocery shopping habits based on what their own personal needs are. Not everyone loves to cook nor does everyone care to use coupons or look at weekly sales in the flyers.

What I do know is that people love to remember excellent customer service and for many this is what drives them back as loyal customers wherever they shop for food.


Bargain hunters


We are loyal to pretty much all of the big box supermarkets in our city and every so often we may drop into the local Asian, Greek and Italian markets. We don’t always buy something but we like to have a look around to see what’s new and compare prices to the bigger shops we go to.

If you are like us you enjoy cruising around town and picking up all the bargains you find in the weekly flyer. You may even go a step further and match those flyer deals with coupons that you either found in-store, ordered online or was given by the manufacturer.

Money savings is very important to us especially when it comes to grocery items so going to more than one shop is what we do every week. The supermarkets we do frequent are all in the area of one another so we aren’t going so far.

With only Wal-Mart and No Frills price matching in our area we don’t always need to go into those shops but do price match when we can. As you will see with this weeks grocery shop for example we spent money at Metro which we find lately we have been going to more often.

The reason is because Metro gets the best vegetables or the A grade products to sell and although they are without a doubt pricier than any of the other supermarkets we go to they are high quality products.

If the Metro flyer has fruits and vegetables on sale for a competitive price in comparison to the other supermarkets we won’t price match we will go right to Metro.


In the family


I can remember growing up in the 70’s and 80’s going grocery shopping with my parents in our village which only had the one grocery store.

Mind you the next village was just around the corner and much bigger with many more shops that we could have easily gone to but hardly ever did.

In some villages not only would you have a grocer but you would might find the butcher and the bakery etc all on one stretch of road where everyone meets up on the weekends or randomly during the week to pick up some bits and bobs.

You see over the years you come to bond with the employees who work in the grocery store. There wasn’t a time when someone in the grocery store would not stop my parents to greet them by name and vice versa.

Relationships at the grocery store with the people who serve you goes a long way. This is just another reason I always read the employee name tag at the supermarkets we go to so I get to know the staff by name.

I’m not afraid to smile and have a conversation either, nor let them know they are doing a good job.

When you receive service from employees who go above and beyond for you it’s hard to imagine yourself shopping at another grocery store. In fact some people almost feel guilty when they do as if they are betraying the supermarket they frequent on a regular basis.

Some of these smaller grocery stores are independent and run by a family so the money stays in the family. Every dollar counts so making sure they retain their customers is a priority just as important as bringing the freshest quality products into the store.

We might not stick to one store these days but you can bet I do my best to make sure that the people who do serve me on a regular basis know how important their role is and how much I appreciate them.


Supermarket loyal because of familiarity


Are you stuck in a rut or is it because you are familiar with the store layout and know where everything is. I know many men who would rather go to the same supermarket every week only because they don’t have to think when they go inside.

Most men I know are very much so supermarket loyal and for most its for their own reasons but other reasons are simple enough to factor out.

Let’s be honest and say that most men aren’t big fans of grocery shopping so familiarity makes the experience less painful. I’m sure you’ve seen men in the grocery store who look completely lost but over time once they get used to it they don’t want to go through that same experience all over again if they don’t have to.

I’m sure the same could be said about some women as well who don’t fancy grocery shopping. They’d rather be at the mall shopping for new boots over buying produce to stock the kitchen.


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Food food and more food



 Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x Cottage Cheese Sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $3.98


  •  1 x onion soup mix 4 pack Sale $1.49
  • 2 x avocado 5pk Sale $1.99
  • 1 x Romain hearts Sale $1.99
  • 2 X 1LB mushrooms Sale $1.99
  • 2 x grape tomatoes Sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $15.42

Food Basics

  • Ground beef $10.00-30%
  • 2 x whole wheat premium plus crackers $2.99
  • 2 x Lactancia 2% milk Sale $3.88
  • 2 x selection light tuna $1.19
  • Baby carrots $2.77
  • Red Peppers $1.88
  • Bananas $1.96
  • Fuji Apples Sale $0.88lb $3.79
  • Granny smith apples $1.63
  • Navel oranges (20) Sale $0.88lb $ 3.92
  • Fresh ginger $1.68

Total out-of-pocket $43.86


Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820


(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 January $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $15.31
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $0.50
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $15.80 (ham) ($4.20 Chicken Breast)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $63.26
  • Total Spent So Far January: $83.97+95.43+63.26=$242.66-$235.00=7.66 over budget
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $7.66 over budget
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $7.66 over budget
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $7.66 overspend
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: Jan $242.66 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Weekly Overview: Well we went over budget for the month of January but thankfully not by much and next week is a no shop week for us which is fine as we are well stocked up.


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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 2014 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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