Is one cent a grocery price savings? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 31- Apr 6, 2014

grocery price savings one centDEAL OR NO DEAL?


Pack it in for the one cent day coming to a grocery store near you.

Now if it were the million dollar penny that might be a different story but it’s far from it.

We always have our eyes peeled on grocery prices when shopping but this was one deal that had us a bit stumped.

Now normally a good deal is too good to miss so when I saw this latest deal I was more than a little confused. It’s not only grocery stores posting one cent savings we’ve seen it on Facebook with airline bookings as well.

While out shopping with my wife at the supermarket I came across a deal that looked strange to begin with.

The small pack of donuts in the picture above were originally marked for $1 but there was a one week sale on that no one could resist, What was the deal? Well it’s clear from the photo that you could save a whole 1 cent.

Wow I hear you cry, that’s not a particularly good deal at all. That’s what initially thought until I got thinking about and then realized that there is NO DEAL, or is there?


One cent savings


Since the Canadian Government phased out the penny coin last year getting a product for 99 cents has become all but impossible. Unless of course there is a new penny I’m not aware of but I’m pretty sure there isn’t.

Due to rounding up or down at 99 cents or a dollar the price remains exactly the same due to the rounding up. This would be true if the same deal was applied to most food products as they are tax exempt, so what would be the point?

If you add the 13% tax as a convenience food then things look a little different. The original price becomes $1.13 rounded up to $1.15. Take the 99 cents and apply the same rule and you get $1.1187 or $1.12 rounded down to $1.10. So now you have a 5 cents difference.

I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy, mistake or clever cunning by using the rounding rule to actually sweeten the deal as such and further discount the item without having to apply a discount of 5 cents.

Now I’m wondering if we will see deals like this more and more as the rounding rule applies to the tax collected from products sold. This then would affect the government’s tax collection and not the profit margins of companies.

This way the company only has to lower its $1 products by a single cent and the rounding rule gives the customer the rest of the discount.

I’m sure if this does become an issue that affects the government’s pockets they would certainly look into it. So, unless I’m missing something I still have to question is one cent a grocery price savings, deal or no deal?

What do you make of this one cent savings?


April 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 will be a 5 week month of grocery shops for us but you can shop as much as you need and post as you need per grocery game post as you will always get a ballot.

Congratulations to ballot #8 Mary….. you are the March Grocery Game Winner!!! Please email me with your address.


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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 or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.


Food food and more food



Food Basics

  • Bananas $2.36 Sale $0.57lb
  • Green Beans Sale $0.99lb $2.96
  • Navel oranges Sale $0.99lb $3.48
  • 12x Gold Seal Tuna Sale $0.99ea.
  • 2x Lactancia cream Sale $0.99-$0.75
  • 1x Lactancia whipping cream Sale $2.49-$0.75
  • 2 x bags of Spinach Sale $0.99 ea.
  • Panko breadcrumbs Sale $0.99
  • Yellow onions Sale $0.99
  • Pacific Salmon $10.00
  • Red Peppers Sale $1.42
  • Pollock fish $10..

Total out-off-pocket $60.79

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x dozen eggs Sale $1.99

Total out of pocket $3.98


  • 2 x Shreddies cereal Sale $1.99
  • Kumato Tomatoes Sale $2.99
  • 2 x Old Spice body spray Sale $2.50
  • 4 x Tasters Choice instant coffee Sale $4.99-4.00
  • 3 x pkgs of chicken breast Sale $9.11, $7.97, $8.40 – $20.00 of this is stockpile for the month leaving $5.48
  • Gardein frozen chicken fingers Sale $3.99- FPC

Total out-of-pocket $56.98-$20 (stockpile)=$36.98


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Grocery shop results


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-$20.82=$214.18/4=$53.54
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $6.25
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $33.75
  • 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): $20.00-$20.00=$0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $101.75
  • Total Spent So Far April: $101.75
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $48.21 over
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $112.43
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $
  • Weekly Overview: We loaded up on eggs, veg, chicken and fish this week and used some coupons that were just about to expire at the end of March. Overall a good shop but that doesn’t leave us much for the month to spend.


Coupon Sleuth


Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

coupons April 2014


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. Well ive been missing in action the past few weeks…working like crazy and planning my daughters birthday party! I finally got to some cleaning and organizing in my house and was able to create a stock pile closet! I have kept all my receipts so i can keep track of my spending! Here was this weeks shop

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    Tassimo 5.99
    chips ahoy 1.77×2=3.54
    kraft singles 2.99
    eggs 1.99
    doritos chips 1.99
    tostitos scoops 1.99
    popcorn 1.99
    fries 1.99
    ice cream 3.99
    johnsons baby wash 2.29
    dental floss 2.49
    kids omega 3 10.99
    royale facial tissue 3.99
    milk 3.97×2=7.98
    kinder egg kit (splurge for the kiddies for easter) 12.99
    coke 3.49
    coke 3.50
    candy bar 0.99

    Total=81.20 (gained 19250 shoppers points!)


    Whole wheat bread

    2×2.00=4.00-pink stickers =2.00 (200 points)
    huggies 29.94


    Now with this purchase the diapers came up at 39.94 but the supervisor at the time refused to do SCOP. And she wouldnt accept my 10$ off coupon that I had. I contacted the company who told me that i had been in the right and they sent me a 20$ gift card. Super nice of them. So technically the diapers were only 9.94!


    Ketchup 3.49
    juice 2.00-1.00=1.00
    ccroutons 2.49
    marble chedddar 4.28
    mozzarella 4.28
    old cheddar 4.28
    yogurt drinks 3.57
    probiotic yogurt 5.97
    organic orange juice 4.48 (900 points)
    mandarin oranges 3.98 (300 points)
    organic baby carrots 1.99
    organic carrots 2.99
    salami 3.97
    baby cereal bars 2.97-pink sticker=1.50
    apple juice boxes 2.99
    apple juice 1.99
    organic rice bars 2.50 (400 points)



    Ice tea 3.33
    Apples 1.99
    Cranberry punch 0.79
    Fruitopia 1.29
    berry punch 0.79
    fruit punch 0.79
    fruit punch 0.79
    orange fruitopia 1.29
    berry punch 0.79
    lemonade 0.79
    vegetable oil 1.97


    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 🙂

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $1.00
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $50.25
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $76.25
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 1.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 1.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $4.28
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0$
    •Total Spent This Week: $=185.02
    •Total Spent So Far for april: $185.02
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $514.98
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A

    Over budget by 10.00 but considering the 20.00 gift card i got back on the diapers i still techinally made it this week!

    1. It’s been a while… welcome back… we missed you!! Don’t you just love those SDM points. We are close to half million points now. You can score some great deals if you shop on 20x points and use the coupons they send out. You are collecting those PC points like Jen is as well. You are both so smart to track the points the way you do. I need to step up my game. Keep at it. You get ballot. 2 Mr.CBB

  2. Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 280 including adding to stockpile ($70 per week)
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 6
    Total Discounts this Week: 8.22
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 6
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 79.79
    Total Spent So Far for April: 79.79
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 200.21
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 6
    Total added to emergency/carry over jar : 0
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 848.82
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 75
    Weekly Overview:
    Shoppers Drug Mart: 2 dozen eggs x 1.99 each less $1 coupon, condensed soup 4x .69, chips .99 x 2, tortilla chips 1.99, milk 3.97: 14.20
    Walmart: glasses cleaner 5.97: 6.75
    RCSS: pickles 3.74 – 50% off, crisco 2.28 – $1 coupon, yeast 4.08, dried beans 4.08 – 50%, toaster strudel 2.00 x 2 – $1 coupon each, raspberries 2.24 – $1 coupon, bananas 1.56 – 50% off: 13.25
    Food Basics: tomatoes .96, So Juicy packs 2/.99 (4 packs) – .50 coupon x 2: 2.04
    Valumart 1: Instant soup 4 x 2.00, peanut butter 5.69, ice cream 3.00, frozen dinner 2.00, Hot Stuffs 2 x 1.00, frozen dinner 1.00, tortilla wraps 1.99, granola bars 2 x 2.00, ground beef 7.60: 31.80
    Valumart 2: ground pork 4.05 – 30%, ground pork 3.94 – 30%, ground pork 3.84 – 30%, 10 lb potatoes 1.99, lettuce 1.50: 11.75 (rounded down 2 cents)
    I’ve increased my budget for the month of April. It is the last full month of my severance, and I am hoping to stock up on a few things this month. Depending on how it goes, I will go back to the $60 week for May. However, the goal was $70 this week, I did goe over that. But it’s the first week of the month and I can get it back down. There were a number of staples we needed and I put off the eye glasses cleaner until we ran out of every last drop. So, I am hoping to do better before the end of the month. And, Easter baskets this year come out of the gift budget for the treats as well as the small stuff.

    1. Hi Angela
      You get eggs and milk from SDM like we do. I guess the sales do get us through the door. Some people say there are no coupons for healthy foods. I disagree especially with the new mobile apps. You found some great pink sticker deals at RCSS good for you. Do what works for you in terms of your budget because you are the only one who knows how much you can and can’t spend. I like how you have a gift budget. What else goes in the gift budget? Keep up the great work. You get ballot 8. Mr.CBB

      1. I love our gift budget. It’s $20 weekly and it just accumulates until we need it. All holidays come out of it including Christmas (except the Christmas baking and birthday cakes which comes from grocery, but Easter and Valentines chocolate come from the gift unless we are buying clearance afterward to have at home for random cheap treats). All birthdays, our anniversary, baby gifts, wedding gifts, any cause to purchase a gift come from this budget. If we find we need a little more to cover Christmas for example, we find something to sell. One year I did all of the mom swap groups, etc. However, I found this tedious and frustrating as many people did not show. This past year we cut the gift list down, kept it simple, that kind of thing. Anything to stay on track with it. Birthday parties for kids pile up quickly, so when I find Lego sets on sale, they are the perfect thing to have on standby.

  3. OK Finally getting this posted!! All trips were at Foodland, haven’t made it out of town yet…

    March 28
    2 tomato paste @.65- 1.30
    4 1l chocolate milk @.99- 3.96
    1 can pasta sauce- 1.25
    1 can tomato sauce -1.79
    1 1kg icing sugar -1.99
    2 sweet potatoes -1.99
    2 raisin bread @2.49- 4.98
    1 can condensed milk -2.99
    2 packs chocolate chips@2.99 -5.98
    2 packs Royale Tiger paper towels @3.99- 7.98, 2X3.00 coupons
    1 6 pack Royale tissues -3.99
    1 Royale TP -3.99
    1 box Oatmeal Crisp cereal -3.99
    1 cream cheese -3.99
    2 whole chickens -7.78, 8.15
    1 144 count Tetley tea bags -9.99
    Tax -2.07
    Total -74.59

    March 30
    2 1l chocolate milk @.99- 1.98
    Bananas -.42
    3 packs asst pasta @1.88 -5.64
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    1 can pineapple juice -2.99
    1 pack hot cross buns -3.49
    1 grated parm cheese -4.44
    2 4l milk @4.99- 9.98
    1 jug water.-5.49
    1 case Dr Pepper -5.99, 2.00 coupon
    Tax -.78
    Total -41.18

    April 2
    3 pasta sauce @1.25- 3.75
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    2 garlic bread @1.99,50% discount-2.00
    1 raisin bread -2.49
    1 pack buffalo wings sausage -4.54, 50%discount,2.27
    1 4l milk -4.99
    1 jug water -5.49
    Total -23.87

    Total. Us get for month -$650.00, 130.00wkly
    Total coupons/discounts this week -$12.27
    Total spent this week -$139.64
    Total spent for month -$139.64
    Total over/under for week -$9.64 over
    Total over/under for month -N/A
    Left for month -$510.36
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$12.27
    Total carryover -0
    Total YTD – J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$139.64=$2020.10
    Stockpile -$25.00 month $0.00 spent

    I went over by a little for the week but I still have a fair bit left for the month. The condensed milk and chocolate chips were so the younger boy could try a fudge recipe he found. The fudge was good but pricey. The cream cheese was for our daughter’s birthday cake as was the icing sugar. The two chickens were a good deal..$1.97 lb . The Royale was a good price and the one pack of paper towel went to out daughter’s place. They were the only product I still had coupons for but I did get more ordered. I’m out of the ginger ale coupons for now but he Dr pepper had a coupon in the box. The garlic bread and sausage was half price. I don’t know yet how the sausage will taste but for half price I can take the far a good start to the month….

    1. Hey Christine,
      You got some great deals this week. Where did you get the coupons for the paper towel from? That was a great deal for them, I’m jealous. I always find pineapple juice pricey but it’s great for drinking and marinating. What do you use it for? You get ballot 6… great shop! Me want choccie milk now mmm. Let us know how the sausage tastes.. half price is great.

      1. The coupons for the paper towels were from Gocoupons by way of a promo from Royale. You sign up to get email updates and there are sometimes links to higher value coupons like the $3.00 ones. Watch in December as the last couple of years they run a ‘Season of Softness’ promo with some sweet coupons to be had!! The older boy likes the pineapple juice to drink so I will get it for him occasionally, especially if it’s on sale. The chocolate milk was a sale, it’s the only time I will buy it and the younger boy loves it!! He knows it has to be a sale and he’s good with that.
        The sausage was OK, I’ve had better but we were in agreement here that it was Ok for a change and half price but we would not pay full price for it…..just not that great.

        1. I never get the good coupons any more, not since I started the blog. There just isn’t enough time for us to track what’s going on the coupon sites like we used to. I used to have WING come over and share freebies but I haven’t heard from her in ages. I’m glad they were edible at least. 🙂

  4. Hey Mr.CBB
    Yeah I was super excited for the creamer since it was my fav……cinnamonbun 🙂
    A ham ring was made by scheniders and it is ready to eat sausage.
    Save on foods offers a 15% discount if you spend $50 or more and not sure if it is anywhere other than Alberta.
    I won’t pay more than that for canned peaches especially when I can eat one can in a sitting but on the other hand they are cheaper than buying fresh peaches right now.
    I was thrilled with the deals and was pretty tired after all that shopping.

  5. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $625
    $2.50×2 tortilla shells
    $2.50×2 smartfood popcorn
    $1.99×2 thinsations
    $1.99×2 dzn eggs
    $1.99×2 international creamer
    .97×7 international creamer – clearance
    $2.66×2 pop
    $4.81 4L milk
    $39.30 total oop
    Sobeys – 10% discount Tuesday shop
    $2.50×10 alfredo sauce
    $2.50×2-.50Cx2 special k bars
    $3.99×2-$1Cx2 lady time stuff
    $1.25×4 comp perogies
    $4.99 sorbet
    $1.69 romaine lettuce
    $1.03 jalapenos
    $2.07 salami
    $3.62 bologna
    $2.52 hot&spicy chicken
    $3.17 beef jerky
    $4.26 sub pack
    $4.99×8-$4Cx8 sunlight laundry packs
    $2.79×8-$2.50Cwublaundry packsx8 sunlight dish soap
    $64.10 total oop
    $12.86 10% discount
    $55 total coupons
    Save on foods 15% discount Tuesday
    $2.49 12lbs onions – raincheck
    $7.99×2 cheese brick
    $1.25×8 canned peaches
    $1.25×4 canned spaghetti sauce
    $3.99×3-$1Cx3 frozen pizzas
    $2×5 quaker chewy bars
    $5.99 20lb potatoes
    $4.99×2-$3C sunlight dishwasher packs
    $7.49×2-bogo sale ham ring
    $14.99×2-bogo sale & $1Cx2 janes burgers and strips
    $73.05 total oop
    $14.68 15% discount
    $11 total coupons

    $176.45 total weekly oop
    $93.54 total weekly discounts and coupons
    Lots of great deals 🙂

    1. Hi Juanita,
      Great deal on the creamer wow! What is a ham ring? Why do you get a 15% discount that’s awesome? Great deal on the canned peaches. My wife wanted some so we picked up the Lifesmart in water and it was $1.99 a can for the large cans… I love the discounts but I’m sure you do to. Awesome shop! You get ballot 3. Keep up the great work. I’m impressed.

  6. 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
    Distilled water $1.29
    Potato thins 2 x $1.88
    OOP $5.54

    Bulk Barn
    Pretzels $1.52
    OOP $1.72

    Kaiser rolls $2.79
    OOP $2.79

    Del Monte veggies 3 x $.80
    Vinegar $1.97
    Diet Coke (PM Rexall) 2 x $3.33 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Nestle water (PM NF) 2 x $1.88 (earned 600 bonus PC plus points)
    Raisin Bran (PM Metro) 2 x $2.99
    Sunlight laundry packs (PM WM) 7 x $4.00
    Sunlight dish detergent 7 x $1.98 (earned 1400 PC plus points) – 7 x FPC
    Milk $3.97
    Silk Almond Milk (PM Nations) 4 x $2.99
    Coconut yogurt $4.59
    Eagle Brand Condensed Milk (PM NF) $2.79 – $.75 coupon
    Goldfish 5 x $1.98 (earned 3000 bonus PC plus points)
    Mott’s Fruitsations gummies $1.98
    Ritz (PM NF) 2 x $1.44
    Cream Cheese (PM Loblaws) $1.99 – $1.00 coupon (earned 500 bonus PC plus points)
    Vitality bread (PM GT) 2 x $1.88
    Apples (PM Longos) $.63 – $.25 CO51 – $.50 zweet
    Cucumber $.67
    Cauliflower (PM) $1.97
    Dole romaine $3.99 – $4.99 coupon
    Dole baby spinach $3.49 – $4.99 coupon
    Tomatoes (PM) $.20
    Baby carrots 2 x $1.49
    Potatoes (PM Fortinos) $1.99
    Bananas $3.65
    Contact Lens cleaner $13.98
    Almay foundation (PM Target) 2 x $5.99 – 2 x $3.00 coupons
    Toothbrush heads $19.98
    Coupons $66.59
    Tax free day $12.53
    Rebates $.75
    OOP $99.43

    Distilled water 2 x $.97
    Asparagus (PM Foodland) $1.39
    Magazine $3.48
    Weetabix cereal (PM Metro) 4 x $2.99 – 3 x $2.00 coupons – 1 x $4.00 coupon – 4 x $1.00 SnapSaves ($2.04 overage)
    Coupons $10.00
    Rebates $4.00
    OOP $5.22

    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
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $76.59
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $76.59
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $373.73
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $4.75
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $4.75
    • Toal rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $55.75
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $2.50
    • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $270.84
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    • Total tax free day this week: $12.53
    • Total tax free day this month: $12.53
    • Total tax free day this year: $23.16
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $11.08
    • Total Spent This Week: $114.70
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $114.70
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $225.30
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $1164.68
    Weekly overview: I went over this week but it was because it was tax free day at RCSS and I wanted to take advantage and buy some things I normally buy and not pay tax 🙂 I was very pleased with some of the coupon and price matching deals I got. Lots of freebies! Most of which I will probably donate.

    1. Hey Jen
      Great deal with the pop and water with coupons and points ya!! Where in the world did you score 7 FPC for the dish soap? Free wheatabix.. you’re on a roll. I think the coupons were from smart source or red plum? Where was the $4.00 coupon from? What is zweet a new program I should know about? I can’t keep up any more lol. You get ballot 2… wow! Mr.CBB 🙂

      1. The dish soap. $4 laundry pods and Weetabix were all from inserts. Zweet is a new rebate program just like the others. They seem to need to work out a few bugs first though because I’m having a lot of problems with it.

        1. Awesome deals Jen… we never get smart source any more although miraculously the other day one showed up in our paper. First one in over a year. We used to get them on time every month for years.

  7. I really love your grocery saving tips and your grocery challenge! I’ve been following your tips, to save more especially when I go to the grocery. I tried to go to the grocery every Saturday and recorded all my expenses.

  8. MARCH – Week #5 of 5- March 31-April 6, 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



    We picked up a couple of things this week and I do mean a couple! I still managed to go over budget this month, but only by $1.06 so I am okay with that!! LOL



    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge

    1 x 4L Skim Milk @ $4.69
    1 x 750 g Cottage Cheese $4.89

    •Total OOP: $9.58

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $9.58
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 11 More Points on this shop **






    •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 (11) = 11 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 (650) = 650 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($167.06) + Feb ($155.74)+ Mar ($12.50 borscht+$20.00 Xmas+$32.20 to US Reserve +$31.48+$9.58= $105.76) = $428.56

    •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: ($1.06) OVER



    •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:

    $428.56 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: ($1.06) << Small Woops!
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    Safeway Gift Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $134.54
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:


    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,
      Hey now that’s certainly nothing to complain about well done even though you went over but a dollar and change. I’m not too sure we’ll be so lucky this month. Great deal with the bread rain checks. You get ballot #1 for this month!!! 🙂

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