I’ve watched the snow storm reports happening at the storm center broadcast by the weather network all morning today.
Here we go again with another winter snow storm tonight moving in around Southern Ontario into tomorrow.
Another 6 weeks of snow was predicted before the Spring sets in so no putting those shovels away just yet.
I’m betting for most of you who took my winter vehicle maintenance advice seriously you’re glad you did because a weekly snow storm is on the menu this season and lots of it.
Unless you have a large property which we don’t you are probably running out of space to put the snow.
Looking out our backyard our deck is 100% buried and the snow is half way up the fence. I can’t even open the back gate or back screen door to get out back there is that much snow where we live.
I’m not sure where I’m going to put another 15-20 cm from tonight’s snow storm that we are getting tonight and tomorrow but it sure will be an interesting shovel.
These kinds of snow storms that we’ve been getting can cripple some people who simply aren’t ready to trek outdoors to get the supplies they need to survive.
I know I struggle just to walk around the block because some homeowners fail to shovel even the sidewalks according to city bylaws especially after a large snow storm. Imagine trying to push a baby buggy or wheel chair or simply trying to walk to the bus stop in that mess?
I always think of the people first when it comes to shovelling. I want to make sure the path is clear because not everyone has a vehicle they can rely on to get to the grocery store or to run errands let alone go to work.
It’s just another reason we always keep an eye out for our neighbours who tend to be older to see if they need anything or help out with the shovelling when I can.
The snow storm
Since knowing that the snow storm was on its way we went out yesterday to do our grocery shopping to get it out-of-the-way. We didn’t want to have to go out in the mess that was on its way besides going to work and back if we didn’t need to.
To be honest most people are probably tired of the cold weather and all the storms we’ve had this year coupled with blowing snow and wind.
Storm damage this year has been awful for many people and the car accidents have been plenty because driving in the snow can be challenging for many people who aren’t comfortable in these snowy situations.
For those that love the snow well, it’s been a winter wonderland for all of you. If you are someone who doesn’t drive and have to walk or take the bus or if you drive and winter driving weighs heavily on your nerves the last thing you want to be doing is going grocery shopping every week.
I know that sometimes we tend to stockpile food if we can in the winter so we don’t have such big shops every week. We also like to make sure we stockpile the pantry so we don’t have to worry about going out in a winter storm because we run out of a certain food product that we need for a recipe.
I do try to stop off at the grocery store if I can after work so we aren’t making separate trips back into the city because not only does it take more petrol and time it’s just another trip into the less than ideal weather conditions this time of year.
I know there is a senior on our street who doesn’t drive as soon as it gets dark out or when it is snowing because she is too scared to drive.
Once a week she has a family member come by to bring her to grocery shop and that is when she stocks up on as much as she can just in case there is a time when someone can’t bring her out grocery shopping.
As we age there are many things to think about and getting around town for some may be on the top of the list, especially if you are living alone and maybe don’t have any relatives or many friends in town.
If you have small children the last thing you want to be doing is bundling them up and having to drag them around in a snow storm to pick up groceries more often than you need to. Stockpiling isn’t such a bad idea after all when you think about all the pluses as long as the food gets eaten up and not wasted.
One of the bonuses about these winter snow storms means that we don’t get out doing much in terms of being outdoors so we stay in and learn new recipes. I’m sure Nicola will agree that she tends to cook more homemade meals in the winter time rather than the summer time when she gets out the grill.
If you stockpile food I think it’s a smart idea to think ahead a week for certain products that you might use often enough that you have to get the product weekly. I tend to look at the weather network to track any storms to base my weekly activities around what potentially might happen with mother nature.
If I know a snow storm is coming in I’ll plan my grocery shop accordingly and while planning our grocery shops with the flyer deals we will stockpile what we can so we don’t have to think ahead too much.
Do you stockpile food before a snow storm so you don’t have to go out in the thick of it all?
February 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.
Congratulations goes out to Angela Mainse who won our January Grocery Game Challenge as her ballot # 7 was chosen randomly. Well done Angela, contact me to give me your address and I’ll send off an envie full of coupons to you. 🙂
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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?
- Does a product name entice you to buy?
- Are you supermarket loyal?
- Supermarket abuse that costs money.
Food food and more food
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 2x 4L Milk $3.97 each
Total out-of-pocket $ 7.94
- 1x 10lb potatoes $1.67
- 1 x bag of no name peas $1.99
- 1 x coleslaw $1.27
- 1x Christie Whole Wheat Premium Plus Crackers $2.92
- 1x Whole Grains Bread-50% pink sticker $1.24
- 1x Decafinated Tasters choice coffee Sale $4.97- $1.00 coupon
- Bananas $1.34
- 2 x cans of chunk light tuna no name $1.17 ea
- Roma tomatoes- $1.30
Total out-of-pocket $18.03
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 February $235.00-$7.66 overpspend in January =$227.34
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $1
- Total Coupons Used to date: $16.31
- Total Discounts this Week: $1.24
- Total Discounts Used to date: $1.74
- Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
- Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $0
- Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00
- Total Spent This Week: $25.97
- Total Spent So Far February: $7.66 over budget January+$25.97+$
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $30.86 UNDER
- Total Over/Under spend for the month: $0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $227.34-$25.97=$201.37
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $
- Total Spent To Date This Year: Jan $242.66 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Weekly Overview: We honestly didn’t need too much this week for groceries so we spent the minimum that we needed. I still have to pick up milk so I will add that to the grocery bill above. Off to a blazing start we are in February!
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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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