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Do you stockpile food before a snow storm?- The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Feb 3-9, 2014

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Snow storm Ontario 2014TIME TO COOK UP A STORM


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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Food food and more food



Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2x 4L Milk $3.97 each

Total out-of-pocket $ 7.94

No Frills

  • 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

grocery game 1 February

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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  1. Our weekly budget is $100 a week making this month $400.
    Now that our Chloe is here we need to add to our grocery budget but I’m not sure how much to add. So I am going to leave our budget like before and see what happens this month and maybe next to help us decide what it needs to be.
    Save on foods
    $14.99 biggest cheese brick
    $9.99-$3C benylin cough
    $7.59-$3C tylenol cold&cough
    $4.99 20lb potatoes
    $19.78 3kg frozen chicken breasts
    $2.99 halls
    $6.99 brita bottle (for my son to use on his rugby trip to Argentina next month)
    $62.70 total oop
    $6 total coupons
    $22.99×3-$2TCX3&$2Cx2 huggies newborn diapers case-awesome price! best I have ever seen!
    hopefully these will last us two months and maybe by then she will fit the size one diapers we already have
    $63.18 total oop
    $10 total coupons

    $125.88 weekly total oop
    $16 weekly total coupons

    1. Hi Juanita,
      What coupons did you use for the diapers? What is TC? Target coupon? Sounds like you have to wait and see how baby will affect the budget. I’d be interested to see how that works for you and your grocery budget. Mr.CBB you get ballot 19.

      1. Hey Mr.CBB
        Yes the TC is the target coupon 🙂
        I would really like to try and stay with the $100 a week budget or only add $100 more a month making it an extra $25 a week or make the occasional overage when stocking up on diapers, wipes or haba items for Chloe.

        1. We haven’t made overage in ages because it’s so hard these days. Do you use the SDM optimum program for baby items?

  2. OK, Hopefully I can get this posted tonight… I stayed in town this week but did have a quick run over to Canadian Tire for Downie again. Everything else was at Foodland. I picked up some treats this week as it is the older boy’s birthday on Feb 8 and he has asked for pizza for his birthday dinner. I needed to get the things for on top of the pizza as I made them.
    Foodland, Jan 31
    4 cans tomato soup @.79- 3.16
    2 cans pineapple @1.19- 2.38
    2 cans past sauce @1.25- 2.50
    bananas- 1.09
    1 jar pickles- 1.79
    1 unsweetened apple sauce- 1.98
    1 3lb carrots- 2.49
    1 bag frozen stir fry veggies- 2.99
    3 cases pop @3/9.99- 9.99
    1 yogurt- 3.49
    1 breakfast sausage- 3.99, 50% discount- 2.00
    2 laundry detergent @3.99- 7.98
    1 pack ground turkey- 4.49
    1 grated parmesan cheese- 4.67
    2 4l milk @4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 block cheese- 5.99
    Tax- 2.34
    Total- $74.39, 2.00 discount

    Foodland, Feb. 4
    baking soda- 1.00
    2 W/W bread @1.99- 3.98
    1 sugar- 2.50
    1 jug vinegar- 2.98
    1 yogurt- 3.49, .50 coupon
    1 ice cream- 3.99
    10lbs potatoes- 3.99
    1 laundry detergent- 3.99
    1 honey garlic sausage- 3.99, 50% discount- 2.00
    1 cider mix-3.99
    1 gravy powder-3.99
    1 wax paper- 4.49
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    1 peanut butter- 4.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Tax- 1.62
    Total- $56.77, .50 coupon, 2.00 discount

    Foodland, Feb 6
    1 can pineapple- 1.19
    bananas- .91
    1 can pizza sauce- 1.89
    1lb butter- 3.99
    1 4l milk- 4.79
    Total $12.77

    Canadian Tire, Feb 6
    1 Downie fabric softener- 9.99
    Tax- 1.29
    Total- $11.28

    Total budget for Month- $650.00- 3.06 carryover= $646.94
    Total budget for week- $162.50(4 weeks)
    Total coupons/discounts for week- $4.50
    Total spent this week- $155.22
    Total spent for month- $155.22
    Total carryover- 0.00
    Total over/under for week- $7.28
    Total over/under for month-N/A
    Left for the month- $491.72
    Total coupons/discounts for month- $4.50
    Total YTD- J$653.06+ $155.22= $808.28
    Stockpile- $25.00 per month,
    Stockpile used- J$25.00, F$0.00

    So I was under for the week, even with a birthday to buy for and the carry over from last month accounted for!!! This is a 4 week month so I figure the $162.50 for the week. Things are looking good so far!! I will be trying very hard to keep this up! Sorry it took so long to post!!!

    1. Hey Christine,
      I love that you are making the pizza for the birthday rather than ordering out. If you spend the $7.99 and buy the brick of real parmigianno regianno and even cheaper when it goes on sale it’s WAY better than what you get in that tub. Plus, you don’t have to use as much as it’s the real deal and you can grate it fresh. So far so good, you are under for the month. Who knows what sales will pop up, it’s still early in the game. Keep at it Christine you get ballot 10. Mr.CBB

      1. First I need to find the block of parm!!! What I’ve been getting is bulk from the deli and it comes labeled as Italian something or other. It sure isn’t from Kraft….I’ll have to let you know the exact wording on the container next time I get some. It is quite nice product..

        1. The company we buy the block from is Tre Stelle which is imported. You can find it at almost every store in the brick. No, it’s NOT Kraft. The best parmigianno is Regianno. Zehrs or superstore sell it in huge chunks.

  3. I don’t worry too much about stockpiling for a storm since I coupon and already have quit a stockpile going.

    I shop for 2 adults and a 3 year old boy. Our budget is $85/week or $340 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Food Basics
    Pancake syrup $1.79
    Distilled water 3 x $.99
    OOP $4.75 (rounding)

    Fresh Co
    Diet Coke (18) 2 x $4.77
    OOP $10.78

    Mini Oh Henry 2 x $1.00
    OOP $2.26

    Almond Fresh 3 x $3.50 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    NN sliced mushrooms $1.19
    NN broth (PM NF) 2 x $1.00
    Campbell’s soup (PM NF) 8 x $.50
    Ketchup (PM GT) $2.97
    NN vinegar 2 x $1.97
    NN coating mix $1.69
    Baking soda (PM GT) $.77 – $.77 coupon
    Eggs $2.68
    Milk $3.97
    BD almond milk $2.00 – $1.00 Snapsaves
    Natura soy milk 2 x $2.27 – 2 x $.75 coupons
    Natura soy milk $2.19 – $.75 coupon
    Salsa $3.67 – FPC
    Goldfish (PM Target) 4 x $2.00 – 2 x $1.00 coupons (earned 2000 pcplus points – like getting one for free)
    Planter’s cashews (PM NF) $3.00 – $1.00 Snapsaves
    Natural Selections deli meat (PM FC) 2 x $3.99 (earned 1400 pcplus points)
    Hummus $3.49
    Bread $2.17
    Vitality bread (PM Fortinos) 2 x $2.50
    Cucumber $1.28
    Broccoli (PM FB) $.97
    Oranges (PM WM) $5.17 (earned 1000 pcplus points)
    Tomatoes (PM FB) $.71
    Carrots $2.47
    Potatoes (PM Independent) $1.99 (earned 200 pcplus points)
    Bananas $2.12 (earned 400 pcplus points)
    Petroleum jelly $2.79
    Coupons $11.69
    Rebates $2.00
    OOP $80.31

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $4,420 ($85/week) + Meat order $172.85/month for 9 months $1555.65=$5975.65 for the year including the meat order.
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340 -$13.58 (over last month)=$326.42
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $11.69
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $50.18
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $116.15
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $2.00
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $13.00
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $30.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $24.59
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    • Total tax free day this week: $0
    • Total tax free day this month: $0
    • Total tax free day this year: $4.94
    •Total Spent This Week: $98.10
    •Total Spent So Far for February: $165.59
    •Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $160.83 (new adjusted total – see below)
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    •Total Spent To Date This Year: $519.17
    •Weekly overview: Not as much savings this week as usual and went over for the week but I was under last week so it made up for it. I stocked up on a few things this week like pop which didn’t help. Overall I am pleased so far with how I am doing this year. I’ve been pretty exhausted mentally and physically this week so I didn’t try as hard this week as I normally do to save money and I just ended up buying a bunch of stuff regular price which I usually try to avoid.
    I just realized I forgot to readjust my totals for the month for being over last month so I just deducted what I went over last month from what I have left this month.

    1. Hey Jen,
      How in the world did you get a coupon for baking soda? You find the best coupons. I rarely do these days. One day you will have to show us a photo of your stockpile. I bet it’s huge. Why do you like the canned mushrooms over fresh mushrooms? I think you mentioned that once before. I’m glad you sorted out your budget for this month because that is important. As ill as we get sometimes it’s tough to keep afloat I know. Keep up the great shopping. You get ballot 8

  4. Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 240 including adding to stockpile ($60 per week)
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 0
    Total Discounts this Week: .03 bag credit + 1.41
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 25 RCSS
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 75.24 (including gift card) – 50.24 of budget
    Total Spent So Far for February: 50.24
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 9.76
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 0
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 9.76
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 345.63
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year: 25
    Weekly Overview:
    Weston bakery: 3 loaves “stale” bread: 1.50
    Giant Tiger: Egg rolls, spring rolls, milk, bananas, 2L diet RC cola: 14.20
    RCSS 1st shop: honey loops cereal (3 boxes), blueberries (2 containers), 3lb carrots: 10.04
    RCSS 2nd shop: 2 x diced tomatoes, 2 x white kidney beans in can, bacon bits, large size instant oatmeal packets (box of 60), tortilla chips, 2 club pack boneless skinless chicken breasts, granny smith apples, pears (bosc and bartlett), roma tomatoes, 2 x 10 lb bag potatoes: $49.40
    Rather expensive week, but was happy to have the gift card sitting there. However, we did a lot of price matching of products to get the best deal. We saved a bundle that way. An ok start to the month, but I wan to get it down. We just ran out of too many things at the same time.

    1. Hi Angela
      I have a question. If your budget is $240 per month and so far you’ve spent $50.24 in Feb how is it you only have $9.76 left to spend for the month? Did I miss something? 🙂 What a great deal for stale bread. If you are able to break your shops down like I do in my GGC post that would be great. It makes it easier to read and we can see what prices you paid for the products. Have a look at the way the other players post their shops for inspiration as well. Gift Cards are great to have although I rarely ever get them unless it’s from a product rebate. Great start to the month for you Angela. Keep up the great work. Mr.CBB You get ballot 6

      1. Ha, ha. I missed a field again. I will get better at this. I have 189.76 left to spend for the month. It has been quite the month, a rotten way to start the new year. But, now that I’ve had the rough start just going day by day with my health (happens every few years – I really don’t get ill often), I am finally getting better. So, with that said, I will get more detailed with my posts for sure. A learning curve. It was even hard to get everything in. But I do want to be more accountable to myself and my budget this year for sure. I was lucky with the gift cards. Sometimes for Christmas we get a couple from family, they know we live off of a tight grocery budget. Also, we had our son’s novice tournament for hockey in Jan and put our name into a couple of draws (total cost we spent for that was $10 that we put into the budget each year to help support our team). We never expected to win, but this year we were very fortunate. We won a $50 gift certificate for East Side Marios, $30 to Kelseys, two local overnight hotel stays (1 at each), $50 Giant Tiger gift card and two tickets to see Ron James when he’s in town performing. So, for once our money we were spending to support the team actually came back to us in so many ways. The Giant Tiger gift card will be used at some point in my grocery budget, or various times until its gone. The rest will help us celebrate my hubby and my 10th anniversary this month. We weren’t going to celebrate as I’m out of work now and it didn’t see like a good thing to add in. Now, it has made it a very good month. I’m thinking with the rotten Jan comes an awesome Feb!

  5. Storm hit here early morning hours. We are up to about 8cm now(1:30pm) and still snowing. I am always prepared, not just before a storm. I live too far away from any store not to be. Earlier this month in a McLeans magazine was a story on how we are more prepared then ever for pending storms. Our weather networks, cell phones, convenience foods, yet people take things for granted and are not prepared.

    1. That’s true Lynaka compared to earlier times when we didn’t have technology to the extent we do today to guide us. I’ve just shovelled a boat load of snow this morning before work. I’m sure I’ll be back at it again soon.

  6. We’re also getting more snow tomorrow though we don’t have as much as you to begin with but every wednesday for the last month we’ve got 15-30 cm…then it melts (advantage of being on the coast!) Hope you pup feels better soon!

  7. I have always watched the weather as hubby worked nights and I needed to know if I had to get him up early!!
    I keep an eye on things so I can plan to get what ever before a storm hits. I got a few things this morning so I hope to be good until the storm passes and the new flyers come out with the new sales. Milk is a maybe, depends on how fast what I have disappears. As the store is across the street it isn’t an overly big issue but it’s still not fun to be hauling groceries home in nasty weather!! When we lived out in the country it was more of an issue. I still make sure I have enough of certain basics to get me through the storm plus a little more.
    Depending on the severity of the storm and the length of it that itself can be an issue if the store receives delivery of certain products only once a week and the storm interferes with the delivery. Think the recent ice storm and lack of power. If things are bad enough the roads are closed the trucks can’t get through with the product the store needs. If the truck is bringing perishables weather can really mess things up! This is something to keep in mind too ahead of the bad weather…
    If there is a good sale in town I will check the weather to pick my best day to drive in. The dear lady two doors down used to have the store deliver for her or family would help her out. We have something called the Mobility Bus in town here that takes folks to the two stores in town every Wed. No idea what it costs but it is busy!!! I see the bus around town all the time.
    Besides food and such, another thing to keep in mind when the weather may be going downhill is any medications some one needs. The drug stores deliver but you really don’t want to wait until the last minute to get a needed med. Especially as some do need a day or two to be filled if it is something that the stores don’t normally stock for various reasons or the doctor has to clear off on it. Something to think about as our population ages and needs change…

    1. What a brilliant idea with the mobility bus in your town I bet that comes in handy. Not everyone has a way to get around so I’m sure by the sounds of it many people take advantage when they can regardless of that cost which is likely much cheaper than a cab.

  8. Week #1 of 4- February 3-9, 2014


    •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



    Before we start our FEBRUARY off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers:


    $142.50 for the month
    ($24.56) January overage
    ($12.50) transfer to borscht reserve
    ($20.00) transfer to Holiday Season reserve

    Grocery Balance $85.44 for FEBRUARY


    $47.50 for the month
    ($17.50) transfer to re-stocking reserve
    ($30.00) transfer to US Reserve

    Stockpile Balance $0.00 for FEBRUARY

    We finally made a trip into Costco, unfortunately I was shopping hungry and wouldn’t you know… a big container of chocolate covered caramel and macadamia nut treats hopped into the buggy when I wasn’t looking. LOL Fortunately we had a Costco rebate cheque to use on this shop and that cut down on the actual OOP expense.

    This week had a Customer Appreciation Day at Safeway so between my shop and the shop I did for the next door neighbor… we earned 241 Air Miles!! Woo hoo! We’re getting there… once we get to 1,000 miles I will switch back to using our Starwood AMEX and collecting SPG Points. While I was at Safeway, I picked up a couple of rain checks for four x 1 Kg honey hams and four bags of broccoslaw at some nice prices. Happy, happy, happy! 🙂

    Save On Foods has a Case Lot sale on but we are in good shape so the only thing we needed was a 10-LB bag of onions for $2.99. Talk about shopping the sales huh? I guess everyone else liked that deal too because we ended up with a rain check. Hubby will check again though because the sale is on until Thursday. If he manages to get a bag, I will put it in next week’s post.

    I have next to no room in the fridges so my US grocery shop has been pushed back AGAIN… this time until Feb 20th.



    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge – Jan 29

    2 x Cinnamon Scones $5.98 << treat for hubby for breakfast material

    •Total OOP: $5.98

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.98
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 5 Thrifty’s Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Costco – Port Coquitlam – Jan 29

    2 x Earl Grey Tea (144’s) ($10.99 ea) $21.98
    1 Chocolate Covered Macadamia & Carmel $13.49
    1 Skim Milk $4.29
    1 bag walnuts $18.99 << This made me want to cry but hubby will actually eat them so what the heck!
    1 Dempster’s English Muffins (24) $6.59
    1 100% WW Bread (3 loaves) $5.99
    1 pkg dried cherries $8.99

    •Total OOP: $80.32

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $56.05
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Rebate Cheque: $24.27

    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge – Jan 31

    4 x China Lily Soya Sauce (2 for $5.00) = $10.00

    •Total OOP: $10.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 10 Thrifty’s Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Safeway – Maple Ridge – Customer Appreciation Day –
    “20 X” Air Miles – Feb 4

    3 dozen Lucerne Large Eggs @ $1.33 (Rain Check – Saved $6.18) = $3.99
    3 x Black Diamond Grated Sharp Cheddar
    ($8.65-$1.66 Loyalty Savings ea = 6.99 ea ) $20.97 + 30 bonus air miles
    2 x Club House Spices –
    Dry Mustard ($4.39-0.66 Loyalty Savings = $3.73 ea ) = $7.46 + 30 bonus air miles
    1 HP Travel Tumbler $8.99 <<< This is not part of the grocery budget but it did count for the 20 X Air Miles

    •Total OOP: $32.42 +$ 8.99 Non-Grocery = $41.41

    • Safeway Gift Card OOP: $32.42
    • Non-Grocery OOP: $8.99
    • Grocery Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 241 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $6.18 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $6.30 Loyalty Savings on this shop **






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: Jan ($81.89) + Feb ($6.30) = $88.19

    •Total Coupons Used This Year: Jan ($2.58) + Feb ($6.18) = $8.76

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: Jan (0) + Feb (0) = 0 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: Jan (456) + Feb (241) = 697 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: Jan (25) + Feb (15) = 40 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: Jan (0) + Feb (0) = 0 Points


    •Total Grocery OOP Spent So Far This Year:

    Jan ($167.06) + Feb ($12.50 Borscht Reserve+$20.00 Holiday Season Reserve+$5.98+$56.05+$10.00 = $104.53) = $271.59

    •Total YTD Grocery Budget So Far:

    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50 = $285.00

    •Total Over/Under on the YTD Grocery Budget: $13.41 AVAILABLE



    •Total Stockpile OOP Spent So Far This Year:
    Jan ($47.50)+ Feb ($17.50 to restocking reserve+$30.00 to US Reserve = $47.50) = $95.00

    •Total YTD Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 = $95.00

    •Total Over/Under YTD Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    2013 Fwd $125.00+Jan $17.50+Feb $17.50= $160.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50+Feb $12.50= $300.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00 + Feb $20.00= $40.00 AVAILABLE



    $271.59 Grocery Budget
    $95.00 Stockpile Budget
    $24.27 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $244.02 Safeway Gift Card =


    $380 may have been budgeted for JAN+FEB ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $160.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $300.00 Borscht Fund
    $40.00 Holiday Season Fund

    Total Reserves $500.00



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $13.41
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    Safeway Gift Card $6.48

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $180.54
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:


    4 Butcher’s Cut Side Bacon @ $8.99 (Good until Feb 20th)
    4 Butcher’s Cut Boneless Honey Dinner Ham 1 Kg @ $8.49
    (Good to Feb 26th)
    4 Butcher’s Cut Side Bacon @ $8.99 (Good until March 19th) – SECOND RAIN CHECK!!!!
    4 Butcher’s Cut Boneless Honey Dinner Ham 1 Kg @ $10.99
    (Good to May 4th)
    4 Mann’s Broccoslaw – Buy 2 or more @ $1.45
    (Good to May 4th)

    Thrifty Foods:

    6 loaves @ $1.00 (Good until April 28th)
    4 China Lily @ $2.50 each (Good Until April 30th)

    Save On Foods:

    1 x 10 lb bag onions @ $2.99 (Good until May 4th)


    1. Hi Mary,
      SO… you went shopping hungry haha… and chocolate covered caramel and macadamia nut treat hopped into the buggy. You are so funny. We are thinking about getting a Costco membership later this year. That’s great you were able to scoop up so many Air Miles between the two shops. I see what you mean though, once you reach one milestone you swap cards to start the next. Those onions were a great price but we have yet to see such a great deal here. Overall you had a great shop… minus the treat haha but you are a smart shopper and you deserve it. 🙂 Keep at it Mary.. very inspiring. You get ballot 2. Mr.CBB

  9. Honestly, I really want to experience playing in a snow, but I think not a snow storm. Whenever I found out that there will be a storm coming I really want to be ready, I will stockpile a food and make sure to buy all my necessary needs.

    1. You know what Clarisse? Before I moved to Canada I wanted the snow so bad, now I don’t lol… it wears off on some people depending if they are a snow lover or a sun lover. I love the sun and surfing so the snow is ok but not for too long.

  10. * Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340.00 per month or $85.00 for 4 weeks per month. ( for six people)
    * Total Budget For February $340.00
    * Total Coupons Used this Week : 0
    * Total Discounts this Week: $0
    * Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    * Total Rewards Points Used: $0
    * Total Spent This Week: $77.65
    * Total Spent So Far for February: $77.65
    * Total Over/Under spend this shop: $7.35 under
    * Total Over/Under spend for the month: over $7.35 under
    * Total Left to Spend for the Month: $262.35
    * Total Coupons Used This Month:
    * Total to Carry Over Next Month:
    * Total Spent To Date This Year: $313.89+ 77.65=$391.54
    * Weekly Overview: Did a lot of price matching, however Superstore did not have all the items I wished to price match which was a disappointment, but kept the total down.

    Nature Valley 2x 2.99 5.98
    Kraft cheese 2x 4.77 9.54
    Ground chicken 2.99/lb 6.93
    Chicken thigh 2.99/lb 7.25
    Chicken breast 3.99/lb 9.99

    Frosted Flakes 680grams PM Walmart 3.97
    Herbal Natural tea 2/7.00 7.00
    Swiss cheese slices PM Sobeys 1.99
    Mini Babybell 2x 2.97 PM NoFrills 5.94
    Cucumber PM Walmart 1.00
    Pineapple PM Walmart 1.97
    Kiwi 1kg bag PM Walmart 2.47
    Strawberries 2/4.44 PM Valuemart 4.44
    Romaine Hearts 3.49
    Spinach PM Walmart 1.27
    Banana 1.42
    Spaghetti PM Freshco 3x 1.00 3.00

    Total 77.65

    1. Hi Lynaka,
      I know it’s tough when you want to price match something and the store is out or doesn’t carry that product. Considering you feed a family of 6 on your grocery budget you are doing amazing. I often find it inspiring to read everyone’s grocery shop because it pushes me to make better choices and to think about new meals to cook that we can stretch that are still healthy. Keep up the great work Lynaka. You get ballot #1 for February!! 🙂

  11. We have the threat of snow this weekend and my neighbor just had eye surgery plus broke the fingers in her right hand with a fall so definitely not a good combo for her to try driving. I called her yesterday and asked her to give me her grocery list because today is Customer Appreciation Day at Safeway and she can get 10% off on her order. If she called it in for delivery, she would not get the discount and would be paying for delivery. For an 89 year old gal on a fixed income… that’s a BIG difference as to what she can eat this month. I was going out to the banks today anyway so it’s no big deal for me to pick up the 6 items she has on her list. 🙂 My thought on the stockpiling is… I don’t wait for a storm. LOL

    1. That’s so nice that you offered to do your neighbours grocery shopping like that Mary. We need more kind people like you in this world. We don’t really wait for the storm either but we do make sure to pile up on milk and bread so we don’t have to go out in it lol.

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