If you are a grocery shopper and have a question, ask. It’s as simple as that.
I’ve always said that there are no stupid questions no matter what situation you are in, even if it’s at the grocery store.
It’s always better to ask then to guess especially around you that might know the answer.
I believe that learning how to be a smart grocery shopper not only begins with the budget but it begins with you.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been grocery shopping and another grocery shopper has asked if one of us was an employee because they are desperate for help.
In a silly way it’s more the shoppers grocery store than it is the grocery stores store… if that makes sense. We help each other out when we can.
I don’t know about you but the last place I want to be without help is the grocery store because I just don’t want to hang out there any longer than I have to.
I’d like to think that every grocery store has its ups and downs and busy times so although they are willing to help waiting or trying to find someone can get challenging.
With most people having a cell phone with internet access by their side it’s easy for them to get access to all the information they need about various products if they are not sure about them but not everyone owns a cell phone.
The helpful grocery shopper
You’ve heard it before… “Sir/Madam could you please reach that bottle of sauce from the top shelf for me?” and of course you don’t mind being a helpful grocery shopper, do you? I certainly don’t.
I have had people come right up to me and ask me if I know where a certain product is and to be honest, most times I do.
Having been so involved with The Grocery Game Challenge, being an avid grocery shopper, coupon user and deal hunter you get to know where all the products are.
Show them the product
I am never shy to point someone in the right direction and many times I’ve simply walked them right to the product to show them.
I know that when I ask an employee where a product is and they just say aisle 2 or point and say somewhere down that aisle on the bottom shelf it’s a bit unsatisfactory to me.
I want to know exactly where the product is but I know when I’m not getting paid by the store I’m under no obligation to do that for a total stranger, but I do.
I’m a helpful kind of person and I believe what goes around comes around so taking a minute out of my day to make someone else’s a bit easier is a no-brainer for me.
Although not every grocery shopper will have the time to take an extra minute out of their shop especially if there are kids in tow so having someone at least give a general direction is better than nothing. If you fail, you ask again.
Waiting at the cash register
I’ve even went as far as to leave the check-out to go get a product for the cashier because the stock person they called on the P.A system was either busy with someone else or not responding.
In your mind you can see the product on the shelf and you’re getting your engine ready to roll because you know you can have the product on the belt with-in in a minute.
In reality it really only would have taken me a minute or two to run to the other side of the store or down a close aisle to grab a replacement product for the grocery shopper in line ahead of me.People helping people, that’s a good thing.
Not only did it make the grocery shopper happy but I don’t have to wait in line any longer than I need to. In essence I’m doing two things at once, helping them and speeding things up for me.
In-store product review
There have been times when I’m minding my own business when I hear someone talking to themselves about a product. Come on you know you’ve done it before, lol.
I don’t mind speaking up as a grocery shopper and offering my two cents if I know about the product and in one form or another it’s almost as if you are giving the customer an in-store review on the product that you’ve tried before to help them make a smart shopping decision.
I’m brutally honest when another grocery shopper asks for my opinion or if I say something about a product. If I didn’t like I will tell them why. I won’t simply bash the product because they may have different tastes than me but I tell them what I think of it. It’s ultimately up to them to make their own decision.
Walking down the produce section there have been times I see fruits and vegetables that I have never seen before nor tried and have no idea how to prepare them.
I’m not shy to ask another grocery shopper who might have that product in their shopping cart about the product. Most times people are thrilled to talk about their cultures food if it something that is common to their cuisine and how to prepare it and other times I get the shrug off.
I don’t miss my opportunity to learn something new if I want to learn or if I want to teach. How many times as a grocery shopper waiting in line have you spoken up about the Scanning Code of Practice?
You know if you don’t say something the customer will end up paying for something that they could potentially get free and you just can’t wait to say it… you might even fight with yourself inside to mind your own business but you can’t help it and just blurt it out. Hey, did you know about SCOP?
I remember a time I was listening to a lady grocery shopper talk to herself about rapini. She was reading the sign above the bunches of rapini and said “how do you even cook this?”.
Well of course I’m conveniently standing right behind her and I speak up without a care in the world and explained the product to her. It’s a product that my wife has used for years but it’s also an alternative to always eating broccoli or spinach all the time.
Once I was done with her she had 2 bunches in her shopping cart. In fact, just yesterday on the food network I watched “You Gotta Eat Here” and John Catucci was at a pizza shop.
The pizza shop made authentic Italian homemade pizza with pasta sauce, fresh mozzarella, and rapini on top with fresh grated Parmigiano and put it in the wood stove for 90 seconds.
It looked so good I’m contemplating making my homemade pizza very soon and including the rapini on top. When you have food knowledge it’s nice to share that with other people especially if you are as passionate about cooking like I am.
I hope when the time comes that I need help at the grocery store and there is no employees in sight and going to customer service for help just to ask a question that someone will be willing to help me out.
Do you help other customers out at the grocery store?
Has another grocery shopper gone above and beyond for you at the grocery store who was a total stranger?
January 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.
This is your last Grocery Game shop for January if you follow my weeks of the year. Next week I will post the January grocery game WINNER right here so check back to see if it’s your ballot number that gets drawn.
- The grocery game challenge Dec 30-Jan 5, 2014 #1: Join the challenge now
- The grocery game challenge Jan 6-12, 2014 #2: Does a product name entice you to buy?
- The grocery game challenge Jan 13-19, 2014 #3: Supermarket abuse that costs money
- The grocery game challenge Jan 20-26, 2014 #4: Are you supermarket loyal?
Grocery saving tips
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Ultimate grocery shopping guide
Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly. If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below.
If you know a topic that should be discussed, speak up. I want to know. Happy reading.
- 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
- How often do you shop for groceries?
- How not to miss in-store or unadvertised sales
- Who does the grocery shopping in your house?
Food food and more food
Note: This was a no-shop week for us so we spent $0 in our grocery budget.
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: $0
- 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: No shopping as it was a no shop week.
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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 and your weekly Checkout 51 offers 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.
This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.
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.
Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
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