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Pet peeves at the grocery store : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 3-9, 2014

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Some of the biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are what motivate people to get in and get out.

I don’t know about you but my pet peeves can vary depending on the time of day to the day of the week that I go grocery shopping.

While I was writing this I decided to put together a list of pet peeves that really get under my skin at the grocery store.

They say not to sweat the small stuff and I really am a laid back kind of guy but there are some things that just make me shake my head.

There are things that get under my skin but I don’t really show how it affects me because it doesn’t benefit anyone but me.

That never solves the problem but deep inside I just wish things would be different. Back to the saying, ‘not everyone or everything is perfect’ and ‘go with the flow’.


Pet peeves


Not everyone will find my pet peeves bothersome but to be honest, they shouldn’t.

They are my pet peeves and since we are all different I bet your pet peeves will be different from mine.

I won’t be surprised if some of us share common pet peeves but for the most part not everyone wants to pull their hair out because the wrong label and price is on a bunker full of product.

Yes, that’s a pet peeve of mine. Just one of them.

What is the meaning of pet peeve? It’s not when you are peeved off at your pet either. It’s simply something that irritates you to the point where when it happens it bothers you.

Here are a few of my pet peeves that I came up with this morning on my list.


Miserable staff


I know it may only be a job in a supermarket and not the career you once hoped for but you really do get some miserable depressing people at the check out. Not everyone is like this I’ll admit and everyone is entitled to a bad day now and again but sometimes a smile is all you need.

Happier staff tend to lead to happier customers, it can generate a more positive ambient environment. I’ve also found that the happier the staff are the more willing they are to help you out. They are much more approachable too, why would you want to disturb an unhappy person?




When those sales come around it’s time to stock up, or so you think. There are plenty of occasions when you go to the supermarket because they have a sale on (for this instance, fish).

You know it’s a great deal and there is no fine print in the flyer that states “while quantities last” so you head out to go and hunt down some deals.

The problem is, the fish is all gone and they are not getting anymore in and you can’t get a rain check because it’s a one-off “special size“.

That’s almost as annoying as the “one day sale” when you’ve got other things planned and cannot possibly make it in time to take advantage of the deal in question.

I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy, but it they only have a limited amount of stock then they should say so. It’s almost verging on the bait and switch tactic that is illegal in Canada.

The ridiculously small special offers that sometimes appear in the flyers aren’t quite as good as you think they are. Watch the sizes compared to the normal regular size and compare the prices per unit, e.g. cost per 100g. You’ll soon notice the sales aren’t as good as you first thought.


Irregularity of choice


Even though there is a huge choice of pre-made processed foods available in every supermarket the range of fresher foods including fruit, vegetables., meats and cheeses can sometimes suffer from place to place.

You can tell when there is a distinct lack of choice when all you get offered is the large name brands, which tend to be highly processed.

The stock changes from one branch of supermarket to another depending on the local demographic. There is definitely a greater selection of Asian foods at one supermarket close to where we live, but the other branch of the same supermarket doesn’t have anywhere near the same lines of products.

It’s not a complete disaster, just annoying that they think that customers basic essential food items should be based on jarred, tinned and other highly preserved products.

In the end no one supermarket is going to be your only place to shop. There will always be excuses to venture out to the next place and experience something different or find something strange and unusual.

What are some of your pet peeves at the grocery store?


March 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.

Since it’s the start of a new grocery game month we have a winner for February! I made a few adjustments to the last few posts I moderated for ballot numbers as I mixed the month up this morning. Instead of going back to change all the posts I made the adjustments in my book. No worries, it was all sorted out. Easy. 🙂 Always track your own ballot numbers.

Congratulations goes out to Lynaka ballot #11! Please email me with your address.


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Food food and more food



No Frills

  • x 2 Mushrooms 227g Sale $0.88
  • Romain lettuce $1.49
  • Roma tomatoes Sale $0.88lb  $1.76
  • Eggs 18 pack $2.88
  • Green spring onions $0.88 for 2
  • Potatoes 10lb $1.88

Total out of pocket $10.65

Food Basics

  • Celery Sale $0.88
  • Chick Peas Dry 1kg Sale $2.99 x 6 (stockpile budget)
  • Oranges $0.88lb x 5lbs $4.40
  • Pineapple Sale $1.88
  • x3 Iogo Yogurt sale $1.99-$0.75 -$1.24

Total out of pocket $10.88  with $17.94 to stockpile budget

Shoppers Drugmart

  •  2 x 4L bags of milk $3.97 each

Total out of pocket $ 7.94


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 March $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $24.50
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $17.94 (chickpeas dry)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94
  • Total Spent This Week: $29.47
  • Total Spent So Far March: $27.69
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.00-$29.47=$205.53
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $
  • Weekly Overview: Some great deals this week but we didn’t need much as we have plenty in the house this week.


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  • What is an FPC?


An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.



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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 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 $125 making this month $500.
    We have decided to increase till we can figure out what works for us.
    $2×2 alfredo
    $1.97 thinsations
    $1.67 oreos
    $4.97 grip water
    $2.97 tositios
    $4.47 con queso dip
    $2.77 washer fluid-yeah the snow is melting!!!
    $1.67×6-$1Cx3 goldfidh crackers
    $30.40 total oop
    $3 total coupons
    $4.99 sorbet
    $1.99×2 international creamer
    $1.23 bananas
    discount tuesday shop
    $2.50×4 special k fruit crisp bars – free tank top pins
    $9.99 cheese brick
    $3.79 semolina
    $14.99-$2C vitamin d drops- recommended that Chloe gets 2 drops a day due to being breastfeed and her not getting much sunshine right now
    $2.99 iogo yogurt orange mandarin
    .99×2 kidney & black beans
    $2.99×3-$2Cx3 heathly choice steamers
    $1.99 sour cream
    $5.41 4L milk -crazy price!! good think it was discount day
    $1.99×3 2L pop
    $62.71 total oop
    $6.48 10% discount tuesday
    $8 total coupons

    $93.11 weekly total oop
    $17.48 weekly total coupons/discounts

    My girl is here for spring break and we usually buy more snacks and treats while she is here and hopefully we can keep within our budget this month.

    1. Hi Juanita,
      So you now have your new budget in place, good for you. I can’t wait until the snow goes away however it’s snowing like crazy today. boo. Alternatives to buying canned beans are dry beans which are WAY cheaper. I just put a couple cups in the slow cooker for 4 hours and bam they are done. I store in the refrigerator with salt and covered in water and use all week. Just another tip to save a bit more cash. If you love sour cream try plain yogurt it’s cheaper and you get lots more for your dollar and tastes pretty much the same but much healthier. Good job with the coupons this week yay!! Keep at it you’ll get there. You get ballot 9 Mr.CBB P.S Where did you find the goldfish coupons? Were they $1 off a bag?

      1. hey Mr.CBB
        I found the goldfish coupons whilly nilly on the shelf of a store one day, good luck I think.
        I have never purchased dry beans before so I’ll have to look into the prices at the stores and see what the best deal is.
        I only buy sour cream once and awhile and same with yogurt kinda goes in phases, but thanks for the tip.

  2. I have two large pet peeves…when sales are always out of stock in the store and miserable staff…:S i can understand the odd day when someone is angry but i almost refuse to go to our walmart in town now just because the staff always seems so unhappy….i love the zehrs in town they are always smiling and so friendly which is why i usually go there even if i have to pay more! Here is my shop for this week!

    Walmart (this trip i found out we had last minute guests coming over so had to go out to buy some chips and pop as we dont keep any of that in the house too often :S)

    Doritos 3.17
    Sea salt chips 3.00
    bacon peogies 1.88
    fries 1.98
    coke 2.97



    axe shampoo & conditioner 1.99×2=3.98
    chocolate soy milk 2.00
    vanilla soy milk 2.00
    whiskas treats 1.02
    vitamin d for kids 3.77-2.00=1.77
    liquid omega three for kids 6.99


    No frills

    Frozen juice 6×0.67=4.02
    mozzarella cheese slices 3.00
    chocolate chip cookies 4×1.44=5.76
    old white cheddar 2.88
    marble cheese 2.88
    old cheddar 2.88
    low fat cheese slices 3.00
    pink lemonade 0.48
    cat litter 4.00
    simply lemonade 2.88
    frozen strawberry and banana mix 2.88
    honey maple ham 2.88
    roasted turkey 2.88
    ground pork 7.49
    bologna 3.79
    ground beef 9.47
    bananas 1.18
    blackberries 0.88
    clementimes 3.88
    organic baby carrots 1.98



    tartar sace 2.79
    milk 3.97
    whole wheat bread 2.99
    pork leg 3.86
    diapers 19.99×2=39.98-10.00 coupon=29.98-2.00 snapsaves=27.98

    total=45.59 _-2.00 snapsaves=43.59)


    purex laundry soap 4×3.94=15.76-7.88=7.78
    tide clear and free 4×5.99=23.96-12.00=11.96



    strawberries 3.69
    milk 3×3.89=11.67
    hellmans mayo 5.79
    organic pasta sauce 4jars=8.99
    baby wipes 15.98


    Global Pet Food

    Senior dog food


    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $9,100 ($175/week) I shop for two adults, a five year, two year old, 2 dogs, 1 cat. Our budget includes food, toiletries, pet food, diapers and vitamins 🙂 **now i may have to change my budget a tad as i have to spend more on my older dogs food and supplements each month. I will see how this month goes with me buying her food and change it accordinly next month.

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $12.00
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $12.00
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $38.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 0
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $0
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0$
    •Total Spent This Week: $=261.47
    •Total Spent So Far for march: $261.47
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $438.53
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: n/a

    Now i did go over budget this week but was under budget last month. I did have a lot of big purchases this week (diapers, wipes, dog food and such) Hoping next week will be lower…..also i stocked up like crazy on laundry soap! I think i have enough to last quite some time now!

    1. Yes misearble workers are the worst. I often feel that if you don’t like your job then quit. If it’s not an option than start smiling a bit and be happy someone is willing to employ you because there is always someone begging to take your spot. That is a fact. You and Jen stocked up on laundry soap this week. Was the tide on clearance for you? Do you find when you have unexpected guests that your budget shoots up with the extras? Keep at it. You get ballot 7 Mr.CBB

      1. Yes the tide and purex laundry soap was 50% off so it was a great deal! i Was tempted to clear the cart! And yes when guests come over i find i have to go out and buy “junk” as we dont normally keep pop or a large supply of chips in the house and this is what most of our friends prefer.

  3. 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.

    Tide 78 use $21.79 – 50% pink sticker (-$10.90) – $1.00 coupon
    Piller’s Simply Free deli meat (PM NF) 5 x $2.88 (earned 2800 bonus pcplus points)
    Coupons $1.00
    OOP $26.71

    Silk Almond dark chocolate singles case of 18 $17.48
    Poppers $2.99
    Baby spinach $2.50
    Bananas $.51
    OOP $23.48

    No Frills
    Bagels 4 x $.88
    OOP $3.52

    Mushrooms (PM FB) $.97
    Turkey pepperoni $4.17
    Magazine $3.48
    OOP $9.07

    Motts applesauce 2 x $2.00
    Kraft salad dressing $2.00
    Smuckers jam (PM Loblaws) 5 x $2.49 – 5 x $1.00 coupons
    Milk $3.97
    Emergen – C $9.98 – $5.00 coupon
    Natura soy milk (PM Highland Farms) 6 x $1.99 – 6 x $.75 coupons (earned 3000 bonus PCplus points)
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    WW Smart Ones (PM NF) 5 x $1.88 – $3.00 wub5 coupon
    PC honey hosein sauce $2.49
    Barilla pasta (PM WM) 5 x $1.00 – 5 x $1.00 coupons
    Ritz bits PB $1.87
    Ritz crackers (PM Metro) $1.88
    Cream cheese (PM Metro) 2 x $2.49 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Piller’s Simply Free deli meat (PM NF) 5 x $2.88 – $.75 coupon
    Hummus (PM) 2 x $2.50
    Wonderbread (PM NF) $1.88
    Pita (PM) $.98
    ML bacon (PM WM) $3.00
    Garlic $.49
    Strawberries (PM) $1.49
    Broccoli (PM FB) 2 x $.97 (earned 200 bonus PCplus points)
    Cauliflower (PM FB) 2 x $.97 (earned 500 bonus PCplus points)
    Asparagus (PM) $1.58
    Romaine $3.99
    Lemon $.88
    Tomatoes (PM Metro) $.64
    Carrots (PM NF) $1.88
    Bananas $1.24 (earned 300 bonus PC plus points)
    Crest 10 x $1.00 – 10 x $1.00 coupons (bought to donate to Christmas families)
    Coupons $36.25
    OOP $87.55

    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 -$15.39 (over last month) = $324.61
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $37.25
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $52.99
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $220.21
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $0
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $2.00
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart): $48.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $2.50
    • Total SCOP this year: $2.50
    • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $90.84
    • 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: $1.10
    • Total tax free day this year: $8.70
    • Total Spent This Week: $150.33
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $219.81
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $69.48
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $916.30
    Weekly overview: Yikes! I stocked up on a few things and got a great deal on Tide but have gone WAY over what I should have. There’s no way I can do $69 for the rest of the month. We’re going to the US tomorrow which is going to make it worse! I don’t know what I’m going to do. I may have to use up some gift cards to make up the difference in the next few weeks. I hate being at a deficit but when I look back at what I purchased I don’t see too many things that I should have left behind. I will figure it out! 🙂

    1. Hey Jen,
      You love that coconut yogurt don’t you. Me too!! I also love how fast you capture those PC points, brilliant. The deal on the tide was good and you may see more tide deals as they’ve changed the packaging so many stores have clearance on Tide. You will have to take a serious look at your budget for the month and figure out how you will spend what’s left. If you go over you know how it works. We will see how it all unfolds for you. Sometimes it’s not what you don’t see to not buy it’s simply you can’t buy it or x amount you have to cut back to meet the budget. Keep smiling! Mr.CBB You get ballot 5.

  4. Here are my shops for thet week… I seem to go over the beginning of the month and then have to try to hold the line the rest of the month…..Oh well, I have 4 more weeks to make it work… All shops were at Foodland this week. Butter was on sale. Need I say more.
    Feb 28
    1 frozen fries- 1.99
    1 cider mix- 2.99
    4 lbs butter @2.99- 11.96, stockpile
    1 Dove body wash- 3.99
    1KG peanut butter- 5.99
    Tax- 91
    Total- $27.83

    March 1
    bananas- 1.04
    1 unsweetened apple sauce- 1.99
    1 yogurt- 2.79
    2 packs ground turkey @2.99- 5.98
    1 cider mix- 2.99
    4lbs butter @2.99- 11.96, stockpile
    2 packs frozen veggies @2.99- 5.98
    1 pack pizza meats- 3.49
    1 Alcan foil-3.49
    1 4l milk- 4.99
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 block cheese- 5.99
    1 Tide liquid- 5.99&
    1 Downie- 5.99, $2.00 WUB2 coupon
    1 case ginger ale- 5.99, 2.00 coupon
    1 whole chicken- 6.15
    Tax- 3.18
    Total- $79.47, $4.00 coupons

    March 4
    1 can pineapple tidbits- 1.19
    1 3lb bag carrots- 2.49
    2 Dawn dish soap @2.79- 5.58, $1.00 WUB2 coupon
    1 yogurt- 2.79
    1 cider mix- 2.99
    2lbs butter @2.99- 5.98
    1 doz eggs- 2.99
    2 Dove body wash @3.99- 7.98, $2.00 WUB2 coupon
    1 pancake syrup- 3.99
    20lbs potatoes- 4.99
    2 4l milk @4.99- 9.98
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 case ginger ale- 5.99, 2.00 coupon
    Tax- 2,93
    Total -$60.36, $5.00 coupons

    Total budget for month- $650.00, 5 weeks,( $130.00)
    Total coupons for week- $9.00
    Total spent this week- $167.66
    Total spent for month- $167.66
    Total over/under for week- over $37.66
    Total over/under for month-N/A
    Left for month- $482.34
    Total coupons/discounts for month- $9.00
    Total YTD- J$653.06+F$594.21+M$167.66=$1414.93
    Stockpile for month- $25.00, spent- $23.92(butter)

    So I went over for the week, but I still have almost $500.00 left for the month. Plus I have the extra from last month if necessary. The butter was something we buy all the time anyway so I got a nice amount while it was on sale. Most of it is in the freezer. Hopefully it will last until the next sale. The one coupon I had to buy a Tide and a Downie to use it but both were on sale, regular $9.00 each give or take. The coupons for the ginger ale expire end of the month so I’ll be using them up, have a couple left. The usual practice there is that once the current coupons expire there will be new ones coming very shortly after the expiry date. At least with the coupons I can get the pop close to what a sale price would be.
    Not a great start to the month but i have room to make it work yet……..

    1. Hi Christine,
      You are not alone my friend, join the club. We often go heavy at the beginning and have to control it near the end. I think it’s because we know we start out with a new slate and x amount of dollars so we spend. That is certainly something we try to control but it’s hard when a good sale pops up. You are the pop queen and if I ever want to know about pop coupons you’re my girl!!! Do you ever buy the whole pineapple when it goes on offer? We do and you get so much more than you would from a can. Keep the faith and you will achieve your goals this month. You get ballot 4. Mr.CBB

      1. The pop coupons come printed inside the box of Schweppes ginger ale. I try to buy only that’s the older boy drinking most of it but after 8 yrs in the military he had it drilled into him about having enough fluids going in. He doesn’t much care about the brand but the younger boy has issues with Canada Dry ginger ale, it doesn’t sit well with his tummy so I just don’t buy it in case he isn’t feeling well and wants some himself. I’ve bought store brand on occasion with no problem. The warm weather is on it’s way (hopefully!!) and Gator Ade will be entering the rotation for drinks…time to watch the sales there!!
        I’ve looked at the whole pineapples at the store but the prices here in town are not as good as you manage to find out your way…. And most of the pineapple here is used for cooking…rice, cakes, squares, pizza!!!!
        This week is not going to be good as we found a really good price for the extra lean ground beef too and I’m stocking up on that bad boy!!!! It is so handy to have and useful for so many meals!!!!

        1. I hear ya that’s why we stocked up and bought 6 packages. I made burgers with half a pack last night. They were huge although i likely could have made 4 burgers instead of 2 lol. I stopped drinking pop a couple of years ago because I was just drinking too much of it and it’s empty calories for me. It was more when I was smoking and in the summer I would bring them to work. Now I bring one coffee and I’m good for the day. Do they ever mail you coupons for pop? I’ve never tried to email and ask before.

          1. I grabbed one big pack of the el ground beef and I think I will get one more, any more than that would blow the budget to hell and back. Even that will keep me going for a good while!! Depending on the time of year my son rotates through coffee, pop, hot cider, juice and Gator Ade during the day. I’m going to try to see what I can get for coupons for Gator Ade and Powerade in the next few days. It can’t hurt to ask and I’ll let you know how it goes. He smokes as well and is trying to cut back there, better than nothing. I wish he would quit but that’s not my call. He goes outside as I can control the where and I told him he couldn’t smoke inside the house… it or lump it.He has an old empty can out there for the butts. I made him clean up the ones he tossed on the back lawn, put an end to that real quick!!!

          2. How much were the packages? We paid in and around $6 each pack which has a couple of pounds each which great.

  5. Pet peeve is when there is only two cashiers open and they are standing at the customer service desk chatting. No open more! Must admit since they got a new Store Manager I haven’t seen much of that these last couple of months and there are usually around 5 cashiers open at any one time much better. But one Manager did speak with me when she was on the desk and asked if I filled in the surveys I said yes. She said that they were getting bad reviews with at least 10 a week. I said it was the fact that the younger assistants were sometimes rude and didn’t know the coupons or SCOP duly noted she said.

  6. Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 240 including adding to stockpile ($60 per week)
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 8.99 including manufacturer, no tax RCSS day and gas superbucks
    Total Discounts this Week: 24.44
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 50
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 52.97 (102.97 – 50 of it was on gift card)
    Total Spent So Far for February: 52.97
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 187.03 (made up ground from Jan in the amount of 7.03, leaving me only over 23.31 and more ground to make up next week)
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 8.99
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 0
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 619
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 75
    Weekly Overview:
    RCSS 1: Classico sauce $2 x 11, shredded feta clearance $1.44 x 10, Naan bread clearance $2.98 – 50%, white bread $1.97 – 50%, bananas $1.74, newspaper $1.25 x 2, blueberries $2.48: $45.72 (all on gift card)
    RCSS 2: Peanut butter $3, Raspberries $4.98 x 3 – 2 .75 coupons and 1 – .50 coupon used: $15.94 – 4.28 left of gift card and $8.35 cash ( 1 cent rounded up)
    RCSS 3: 24 case diet coke, $6.30, tomato paste .50, pizza sauce .50, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter $1 x 3, english cucumber .77 x 2, celery .88, onions 3 lb $1, Flinstones vitamins $7.97 – 1.50 coupon, superbucks coupon .78, taxes taken off 1.86: Total 19.40 (rounded down 1 cent)
    RCSS 4: Sunlight dishwasher tabs $10.97 x 4 – 50% off each, taxes taken off 2.85: Total 21.90 (rounded down 2 cents)
    This was a week of many receipts (different days or splitting onto separate pc cards to get the bonus points) and a lot of stock up. We had a gift card for Christmas that we decided that we would use for a stock up sale we could all agree on. It came this week with the sauce and feta cheese. Yes, the cheese was on clearance with a short expiry, but it’s feta. We really can’t afford feta regularly and it is our family’s favourite. So, 7 bags of it made it to the freezer. A phenomenal deal. And the sauce was important as we were running very low and prefer the Classico brand. With it was various pasta sauce, alfredo sauce, pesto and bruschetta. Dishwasher tabs are expensive and 50% off deal was a good price, and it’s the brand we use. Often we aren’t brand specific, but this one works best in our dishwasher. We’ve tried powders, liquids, homemade, tabs and settled on the one we could rely on the most. That way we waste less using extra detergent or running it again and again. We purchased two of the same newspaper that day as our son was in it. One to cut out and hang on the fridge and one to scrapbook. Yes, newspapers come out of our grocery budget too as we don’t subscribe. The rest of it was all typical for our shops. We made up some ground because of the gift card. However, next week I don’t anticipate too much stock up, we need a lot fresh stuff this coming week. We are running low on fruits and veggies. Lower than we have been in a long time.

    1. Hi Angela,
      I think that’s great that you were able to stock up on some awesome deals. It’s not every day you see feta go on offer nor dishwasher tabs and yes they are pricey. We have tonnes of tabs but no dishwasher. We anticipate getting one with the kitchen remodel. Back a few years ago there was a coupon for save $3.50 on Finish and they went on sale for $3.99 and we loaded up as we had lots of flyers that a friend gave us because she worked for the newspaper. Each week what didn’t get sent out got tossed so she’d bring what she could home. This helped us to grow our stockpile quite large and we’ve been using it the past 3 years. Keep at it. You get ballot 3. Mr.CBB

  7. My biggest pet peeve really doesn’t have anything to do with the store or the employees itself. My pet peeve is the other customers. Crabby, mouthy people who set a bad example for my son. I’m constantly having to let him know that I expect better out of him than how others behave. It makes the shopping far more unpleasant since I spend very little time with their store staff and more throughout the store and I find you can never avoid that irritating person. Like I’m doomed to be in the same aisle every time. I had someone mouth off at me and my son the other day when I politely said excuse me, would you mind if we passed through. They were blocking the full aisle and I did wait for a couple of minutes before asking. I actually said in front of my son that if he ever talked to me like that he would lose his allowance. It isn’t polite. It bothered me so much that I actually woke up a few times that night thinking about it. I am happy with how I handled it, but really people, it’s a grocery store. We’re all in there to do the same thing.

    1. Oh tell me about it. Some people can get right pushy and nasty. I’m glad you are happy how you handled the situation. 🙂

      1. I figure if some customers are going to behave badly, I’m going to use it as an opportunity to teach my son the difference between manners and just rude. He got a lesson that day and I got “Mommy, I’m never going to do that, she was mean” LOL!!! Besides, I find if I’m smiling it’s contagious, most people around me start to smile. Especially the majority of the staff. They rarely treat me badly, despite my pile of flyers to match and coupons to use.

  8. I hate constant reorganization of the store. I like knowing where everything is, but when they change the design every couple of months, it drives me nuts. That, and a staff that look and act like they would rather be anywhere else. I’m actually now willing and able to pay a little bit more for better stores and a nicer staff.

    1. You know reorganizing of the store does my head in. Just when you get used to where everything is they do something silly like move it all around on me. Interesting you say that about willing to pay a little more. I might write a blog post on that because in some ways, so are we.

  9. Some grocery stores are too cold inside, especially on a summer’s day. When I go into Sobey’s , I can hardly wait to leave, so I can warm up. I expect it to be cool around the meat section, but not everywhere.

  10. Given that I’m Ina small town so service tends to be quite good, I would have to say my pet peeve for the grocery stores would have to be the ones that don’t send out their flyer with the rest of the stores so that we can look over the sales. We are close enough to the nearest city that it’s easy enough to shop there and we get some flyers,but not all delivered here. I’m talking about No Frills, Shopper’s Drug Market and Target. To give the manager from NF his due, he is trying to get us the flyer here but head office doesn’t think we need to see it. After all we have the Your Independent Grocer store here( a high end store) so we don’t need to see the flyer for NF, the low end store from the same chain. Sorry, I’m not a fan of the prices at the Your Independent Grocer, way too high for my budget.
    At SDM I was told that we are outside the distribution area for the stores. I talked to the manager and she agreed with me.the argument is that we don’t shop there, and they can tell where you are from by the optimum card when you use it, so it isn’t worth their money to get us the flyers. We can just look it up online…..not always an option. Their flyer is very hard to read online.
    Target I have no idea what their problem is as I haven’t seen the flyer so I haven’t had reason too there. My sister-in-law works there and she told me that Target will only put the flyer Ina newspaper sent to those that subscribe to the newspaper. Not sure how that works for an out of town subscription
    What we have with these stores is a Catch 22. They don’t send us the flyers because we don’t shop there.we don’t shop there because we don’t get the flyers so we don’t know what is on sale. Nobody wins here…..

  11. I am in a power chair & my wife is 5ft2, seems like a lot of products we purchase are on the top shelf and not ‘faced up’ . Trying to find someone to help you is next to impossible.

  12. I find it irritating when there are large price discrepancies between common products at different grocery chains! Staff that are unwilling to point you to the right isle can be a pain too.

    1. I love when they point and I’m like great so I have to scan up and down an aisle now when you probably know exactly where the product is. Most times they will bring me to the product, that’s customer service.

  13. MARCH – Week #1 of 5- March 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 MARCH off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers:


    $142.50 for the month
    ($37.80) February overage
    ($12.50) transfer to borscht reserve
    ($20.00) transfer to Holiday Season reserve
    ($32.20) transfer to US Reserve

    Grocery Balance $40.00 for MARCH


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

    Stockpile Balance $0.00 for MARCH

    This is another no shop week for us…we are using up things in the fridge because we are going on vacation soon.

    We’ll do a USA shop on the way back from our vacation, so the funds needed for our March groceries in Canada will be fairly minimal except for my taking advantage of a thick sliced bacon rain check.









    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan ($81.89) + Feb ($48.32) +Mar ($0.00) = $130.21

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan ($2.58) + Feb ($7.18) +Mar ($0.00) = $9.76

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (0) = 0 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan (456) + Feb (584) +Mar (0) = 1,040 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (25) + Feb (15) +Mar (0) = 40 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (0) = 0 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($167.06) + Feb ($155.74)+ Mar ($12.50 borscht+$20.00 Xmas+$32.20 to US Reserve = $64.70) = $387.50

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 = $427.50

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    $40.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total Stockpile OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($47.50)+ Feb ($47.50) )+ Mar ($17.50 to restocking reserve+$30.00 to US Reserve = $47.50) = $142.50

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 = $142.50

    •Total Over/Under Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    2013 Fwd $125.00+Jan $17.50+Feb $17.50+Mar $17.50= $177.50 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50+Feb $12.50+Mar $12.50= $312.50 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00+Feb $20.00+Mar $20.00= $60.00 AVAILABLE


    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $387.50 Grocery Budget
    $142.50 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =


    $570 may have been budgeted for JAN+FEB+MAR ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $177.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $312.50 Borscht Fund
    $60.00 Holiday Season Fund

    Total Reserves $550.00



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $40.00 < Bacon Rain Check
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    Safeway Gift Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $242.74
    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 March 19th)
    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 100% WW bread @ $1.00 (Good until April 28th)
    4 China Lily Soya Sauce @ $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,
      I know you are on vacation now and I trust you are enjoying your time away. I look forward to reading about your USA shop! Have fun. You get ballot 1. Mr.CBB

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