How a cooking skillet caused a customer to argue: The grocery game challenge #4 May 19-25, 2014



This is a case where the cooking skillet wins and the customer who doesn’t care to listen or understand the rules rather just wants her product for less.

Happy customers spending their money are what most businesses aim to have, but what happens when you can’t make a customer happy and they start a public argument with you?


Cooking skillet frenzy


This happened the other day at the grocery store where a couple was chatting to the cashier about a cooking skillet that scanned wrong and they wanted to have the scanning code of practice (SCOP) applied.

Yes, the store honoured the scanning code of practice so you would think it would be a cut and dry situation like most of who have had SCOP applied before. Not this time.

Apparently the cooking skillet was put on the wrong rack by another customer who clearly noticed that the other frying pans were on sale. Instead of putting the more expensive frying pan back where it belonged they just swapped it out for the frying pan that was on sale.

That meant the more expensive cooking skillet was on the same rack as the cooking skillet that was on sale. This couple was arguing that they wanted SCOP applied because the wrong price came up and it wasn’t their problem that the product wasn’t in the right place.

We kept our mouths shut mainly because we didn’t catch the full conversation from the start but put two and two together just by listening even though we tried not to. I don’t even know if this cooking skillet was one of the best pans to fry in but for them all they cared about was the price.

The couple was very upset with the cashier who refused applying SCOP as the product was simply placed on another rack by a customer who clearly had no intention of returning the higher priced product to its proper place.

We see this all the time and I think I even blogged about it before where we see products completely unrelated to a section of the grocery store sitting on a shelf because some customer just dumped it off. This was nothing unusual to us and I was pretty sure that SCOP would not be applied to this situation but then the manager was called over.

It was one of those popcorn moments, we could feel it because the tension in the air was pretty thick. These two customers were not going to leave the grocery store without their cooking skillet at the extremely low price that they were hoping to get.

When the cashier explained to the customer service manager what the situation was about she went on to say the same thing. It was clear the product was sitting on the wrong shelf because it was moved there.

The customers would not let go of the SCOP practices being applied even though the manager was making it pretty clear that it didn’t apply to this situation.

The customers started to get very vocal and loud and we were waiting for security to kick their butts out but that never happened. I’ve never witnessed customers starting a public argument out loud enough for others to turn their heads hoping to catch a front seat glimpse.


Happy customers


In the end the manager sat the cooking skillet down then turned to the cashier and said, give it to them at that price. I was shocked she gave in but she just didn’t know what more to say in order to get them to understand.

I imagine she would rather have happy customers than have them walk away upset never to return and to try to diffuse the situation best she could. Dealing with difficult people is not easy at times and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation (not with a cooking skillet, lol) you know what I mean.

I’m not sure what I would have done in that situation but I learned that when a customer wants something and no matter if they are right or wrong if you start a public argument about it the likelihood of you getting what you want is pretty good.

What would you have done in this situation as the manager?

What should the customer have done in this situation?


May grocery game challenge posts


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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



  • English muffins $2.29- 50% pink sticker=$1.15
  • Sub buns $2.50
  • PC white mushrooms $2.00- 50% pink sticker $1.00
  • Romaine lettuce $1.99
  • 2x PC tomato juice $1.44-50% pink sticker $1.44
  • Unico diced tomatoes Sale $0.99
  • 2 x Unico Radiators pasta Sale $0.99 each
  • Celery $1.99
  • Fennel -$2.99 -SCOP= FREE

Total out-of-pocket $12.05

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 4Litres Milk Sale $3.97

Total out-of-pocket $3.97


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 May $235.00-$20.89=$214.11/4=$53.52
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $35.75
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $20.00
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $20.00
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $15.10 (extra lean beef)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00+$15.10 (May)
  • Total Spent This Week: $16.02
  • Total Spent So Far May: $109.16+$76.59+ $16.02=$201.77
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: under $12.34
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $12.34
  • 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 $235.07
  • Weekly Overview: We didn’t need too much this week as we are away for a couple of days so we picked up a few bits before we left so we had something when we returned. I also picked up some tomato juice a few days back to make soup so I’m just adding it to this weeks shop. We have one more week of grocery shopping to do with a bit of money also left in our stockpile budget. Hopefully we can stretch our grocery dollars to take us to the end of the month.


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.

I have no coupons that I picked up this week. Check back next week to see what coupon find might turn up.


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 $125 a week making this month $500.
    $20.99-$1C pampers
    $1.99×2 dzn eggs
    .99×6 sidekicks
    $1.49 munchos chips
    $32.50 total oop (bonus 4000 points)
    $1 total coupons
    $2.65 4pk green peppers
    $1.72×4 1lb strawberries
    $5.99 cheese whiz
    $5 instant savings from coupgon for the strawberries, cheese whiz and making a purchase
    $1 gummy bears
    $1×2 hunts pasta sauce
    $1.60 bananas
    $1.98 bleach
    $3×4-$1Cx4 CB sliced cheese
    $14.70 total oop
    $4 total coupons
    $3×4-$1Cx4 novelties
    $1 mushrooms
    $6.24 beef jerky
    $3.40 deli meat
    $2.45 bologna
    $3.99-$1C pizza
    $9.99-75C 907g cheese
    $3.99 crackers
    $2.50×2 chips
    $3-$1C cannelloni
    $2.09 sesame oil
    $46.85 total oop
    $6.75 total coupons

    $104.57 weekly total oop
    $6.75 weekly total coupons
    $347.81 monthly total oop
    $45.75 monthly total coupons

    1. Hi Juanita,
      Do you get the personalized weekly emails from Shoppers Drug Mart? We do and print the coupons out and use them up to get more points and deals. They seem to know that we buy milk every week so they always send us points coupons for milk. I don’t mind. The best sesame oil we’ve found is at Walmart as it has the best taste. I don’t know the name off the top of my head but the next time we make it in we will buy a few bottles. I think it’s around $4.99 a bottle but worth it. What is coupgon? It sounds familiar.. hmm maybe I need to look into that. Great shop!! You get ballot 24. Mr.CBB

  2. I’m doing this on the iPad as the laptop is having issues. I was all over is for shopping as I managed to get hold of a Shoppers ad and a No Frills ad. I was over for the week itself but there is still room for the month….

    Canadian Tire, May 16
    1 jug vinegar- 1.99
    1 pouch Method hand soap -5.99
    1 box SOS soap pads -1.99
    Tax -1.03
    Total -$11.00

    Foodland, May 17
    Bananas -30
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    1 sweet potato -.66
    1 ketchup -2.97
    3 blocks cheese @4.44- 13.32
    1 jug water -5.49
    Total -$24.72

    Shoppers Drug Mart, May 17
    1 Royale TO -4.99, 1.00 coupon
    2 Dove body wash @2.99- 5.98
    1 Pantene shampoo -3.99
    1 Pantene conditioner -3.99
    4 sugar @1.88 -7.52
    1 ginger ale -3.30, 2.00 coupon
    Tax -2.89
    Total -$29.66, 3.00 coupons

    Anne Slater Organic, farmers market, May 17
    2 lbs rhubarb @3.00 -6.00

    No Frills, May 17
    4 cans tomato soup @.97- 3.88
    2 Gator Ade @.97- 1.94
    1 case ice tea -3.97
    1 chocolate bar -1.66
    1 Whiskas cat food -7.93
    2 doz eggs @1.97- 3.94
    2 4l milk @3.97 -7.94
    1 216 count Tetley tea bags -9.27
    1 yogurt -3.27
    2 cans tomato paste @.63 -1.26
    4 KD @.99- 3.96, PM to FB
    1 Bear Paws -1.99, PM to FB
    2 fruit punch @1.00 -2.00
    1 butter -3.87
    2 extra lean ground beef -10.89+10.86
    2 lemons @5/3.00 -1.20
    Bananas -1.21
    1 Sensodyne toothpaste -4.42
    Total -$87.53

    Foodland, May 21
    2 BBQ sauce @1.50- 3.00
    1 Power Ade -1.50
    1 pasta -2.59
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.98
    1 yogurt -3.49
    1 syrup -3.99
    1 lb ground turkey -4.49
    1 jug water -5.49
    total -$32.03

    Total budget for month -$650.00, $162.50 week
    Total coupons/discounts for week -3.00
    Total spent this week -$189.91
    Total spent for month -$102.53+$191.54+$189.91=$483.98
    Total over/under for week- over $27.41
    Total over/under for month-N/A
    Left for month -$166.02
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$3.50+$97.48+3.00=$103.98
    Total carryover to next month -N/A
    Total YTD -J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$672.42+M$483.98=$3036.86
    Stockpile -$25.00, $13.98 spent

    So I was over for the week again but I still have enough in the budget for next week. Going into Stratford cost but it was worth it. I didn’t consider the ground beef from NF to be a stockpile item as we will go through it quickly so there is no real point to that. I will be trying very hard to come in under for the month,it was a good start the a couple of higher weeks but there is still plenty of room to go…

    1. Hi Christine,
      If your sons lemon tree grows and produces you might be able to nix that off your list soon haha! Overall you did well this week. It was nice to see you price matching. I assume you have one more week of shopping to post for May? If so, I’m sure you will do find for May. To be honest I’m well impressed. I’m not surprised at the price of that rhubarb though. Like I said if you were near me I’d give you as much as you wanted for free. I cut it about two weeks ago and it’s growing like mad again. Do you have one planted in your back gardens yet? You get ballot 27.Mr.CBB 🙂

      1. I wish I had the room for some rhubarb here!!! I don’t know how long it takes before the lemon trees will produce but he started these two years ago from seed. Time will tell there.

  3. I shop for 2 adults and a 3 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $85/week or $425 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Food Basics
    Pita $1.00
    OOP $1.00

    Jet Dry $4.57 – $1.00 coupon – MIR
    Finish dishwasher cleaner $4.47 – MIR
    Diet Coke 2 x $3.33 – 2 x $2.00 coupons
    Froot Loops (PM) $3.99 – $.50 coupon
    Frosted Flakes (PM) $3.99 – $.50 coupon
    Eggs (PM) $1.88
    Almond milk (PM) 2 x $2.99
    Rice cakes (PM) $.88
    MiO 4 x $2.98
    Royale facial tissue (PM) 2 x $2.99 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Margarine (PM) $2.00
    Turkey pepperoni $4.49 (earned 800 bonus PC plus points)
    Bread (PM) 2 x $2.00
    Bagels $3.37 – 50% pink sticker (-$1.69)
    Wonder bread (PM) $1.88
    Mushrooms (PM) $.88
    Grapes (PM) $.58
    Cucumber (PM) $.77
    Strawberries $3.44
    Broccoli (PM) $1.47 – $.50 zweet (earned 200 bonus PC plus points)
    Oranges (PM) $1.96 (earned 200 bonus PC plus points)
    Baby carrots (PM) $.88
    Bananas $2.12
    Magazine $3.49
    Satin care (PM) 4 x $2.00 – 4 x $1.00
    Mascara (PM) $5.96
    Eye shadow (PM) 3 x $3.99 – 2 x $1.00 coupons
    Vaseline lotion $4.98 – FPC
    Kids toothpaste 2 x $1.88
    Coupons $18.98
    Rebates $.50
    Tax Free day $14.00
    OOP $80.12

    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: $425 – $50.43 (over from last month) =$374.57
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $18.98
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $46.68
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $518.60
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $.50
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $10.75
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $107.25
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $1.50
    • Total SCOP this year: $6.50
    • 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: $14.00
    • Total tax free day this month: $14.00
    • Total tax free day this year: $46.29
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $11.08
    • Total Spent This Week: $81.12
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $327.89
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $45.68
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $1769.30
    Weekly overview: Under budget for the week again, however I don’t think I’m going to be able to completely make up my deficit this month with $45 left. I will try though! I just have to hope there are no great sales next weekend! Lol I actually surprised myself this week by not going to crazy on the no tax day 🙂

    1. You can do it Jen!!! You are so close… don’t give up especially if you have enough in the pantry and freezer to make it until the end of the month. We went over a bit but not by much,thank goodness. You might surprise yourself if you continue to surprise yourself by having faith. I know it’s great to pick up sales but every week there are sales so there has to be a point where we (us included) say, we don’t need 7 bars of cheddar this week it will go on sale again. There has to be a way for us to say no but not miss out hence balancing the budget. Keep up the great work. You’ll be happy to know I have a whoppingg $0.25 in Checkout 51 and a $1.00 in snap saves haha!! You get ballot 24 Mr.CBB

  4. I am sorry but this made me chuckle. It is amazing the lengths people will go to. some things i have seen in the grocery line up never cease to amaze me. Oh well. Here is my shop for this week:

    Global Pet foods

    Dog treats 2.99
    Tartar bones 2.99
    Tartar bones 2.99
    Doggie Toothbrush 10.99
    Senior dog food 36.99

    Total=64.36 (now i am expecting my pet budget to increase as my husbands 3 year old dog has been told by the vet that he has awful teeth and we are looking at about six hundred dollars to extract….but first i am trying the tartar bones…toothbrush…teeth drops for the water and then finally a specialized spray before i take out his teeth as he is still so young…..)


    Sunscreen 6.99-5.00 coupon=1.99
    Gain fabric sheets 2.50=1.00 coupon=1.50
    Razors 4.84-2.00 coupon=2.84
    degree deoderant 1.97-1.00=0.97
    deoderant 1.97-1.00=0.97
    aftershave gel 2.97-2.00=0.97
    batteries 2X5.00=10.00-3.00 coupon=7.00
    Tuna 1.27
    Miracle whip 2.99-0.75=2.24
    montreal steak bbq sauce 1.99-1.00=0.99


    Shoppers drug mart

    Diapers 10.99-2.00=8.99
    oreo cookies 1.99
    wipes 10.99-3.00=7.99
    milk 3.97
    razors 6.99-2.00=4.99

    I used a 10.00 shoppers gift card so total after gift card was 19.82 ( and i gained 4370 points by using personal coupons sent to me)

    Food basics

    Romaine lettuce 2.50
    Bologna 2.99
    Green peppers 1.17
    Black berries 1.67
    tomatoes 1.31
    rasberries 1.67
    blueberries 1.66
    pita bread 1.59
    Babybel cheese 3.00-1.50 coupon=1.50
    Babybel cheese 3.00-1.50=1.50


    no frills

    frozen juice 0.50X4=2.00
    Can veggies 0.50X3=1.50
    Can corn 0.50X3=1.50
    Mr clean 2.00=0.50 coupon=1.50
    febreze 2.00=1.00=1.00
    Sandwich bags 1.97
    Hashbrowns 2.99
    Macaroni salad 1.00
    coleslaw 1.00
    shaving cream 2.00-1.00=1.00
    shaving cream 2.00-1.00=1.00
    tooth paste 2X1.00=2.50 coupon=+0.50
    mr. clean 2.00-0.50=1.50


    crackers 2.50
    seasoning salt 2.89
    new england clam chowder 1.88
    cream of mushroom 0.69X2=1.38
    crackers 1.88
    milk 2X3.97=7.94
    fries 1.99
    pie shells 3.59
    mushrooms 2.29
    organic baby carrots 2.29
    organic bananas 1.95
    pork chops 5.06 (1000 PC points)
    Ground beef 15.77-30%=11.04
    Kielbassa 6.99
    total=54.96-20.00 PC points=34.96


    huggies wipes 2.00X2=4.00-2.00 WUB2 coupon=2.00-1.00 snapsaves=1.00 (2000 PC points)
    crest 2X1.29-50% off stickers =1.28-2.00 coupons-+.72
    toothbrush 3.44-50% sticker=1.72-1.00=.72
    mousse 2.98-1.00=1.98 (1500 PC points)
    shampoo 2.98 (1500 points)
    conditioner 2.98-3.00 WUB2=2.98 for both (1500 points)
    TOTAL=9.01 (6500 PC points made!)


    soy milk 2.00X2=4.00
    bottle brush 2.97
    ant traps 4.97
    crotons 1.77
    cole slaw 1.47
    onions 1.97
    cat litter 2.97
    chicken fingers 5.99
    probiotic yogurt drinks 4.99-FPC=Free
    mr clean 2.00-0.50=150
    mr clean 2.00-0.50=1.50
    dish soap 1.94
    dish soap 1.94-1.00=0.94
    probiotic yogurt 4.99
    Nutrigrain fruit bars 1.94-1.00=0.94-1.00 checkout 51=+0.06
    nutrigrain fruit bars 1.94-1.00=0.94

    TOTAL=45.40-10.00 walmart gift card=35.40

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $51.24
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $123.94
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $292.24
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 1.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 1.00
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 2.00
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $4.28
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 20.00
    •Total Spent This Week: $=225.33
    •Total Spent So Far for may: $546.96
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $153.04
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A (had 175 left from last month)

    So i was over budget this week. I would have been under had i not included the pet food and all the goodies from the pet store. I did score some great coupon deals in which i needed to replenish my stock pile (razors, shaving cream, tooth paste and the mr clean which i use in my steam mop for our floors) We were also completely out of almost all canned food (veggies and soup which are easy go to sides and meals) I also needed some wipes….and diapers so all add up of course. All in all i would say not too bad. Hopefully can make it under budget as i now need to save up for my doggies teeth to be fixed ASAP.

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Oh, vet bills can get very pricey. Our dog had bad teeth as well and we have a few in a container that we saved over the past year but it would have cost a small fortune to try and fix. This is why we started to up our pet budget to include possible vet visits so we weren’t scrambling for cash. We keep a separate section in the budget for the pet. It just seemed to work out better for us than including it in the food budget. We really wanted to see how much WE were consuming in terms of food rather than adding other things to the budget. Great score on the beef. Do you buy fresh corn during the summer? We love it!! Good job.. will be interesting to see how your month finishes off. You get ballot 23. Mr.CBB

      1. Yes me and hubby were thinking about revamping our budget. We have a pet category of which we generally put money away into but it may make sense to keep track of all pet bills seperate from our food. We do have a local corn truck/stop on my way to work so once the summer hits i go there all the time! Fresh corn cannot be beat!

  5. I agree with others comments. It is impossible to keep the shelves perfectly organized all the time and therefore, SCOP does not apply in this case. As a customer, I always try to double check the prices of products- I look at tags and double check UPC’s. Unfortunately, by the store giving in, the message has been re-enforced for the customers involved. Make a big enough fuss and you will get what you want. Essentially they have rewarded negative behavior and now they will do it again.

    1. I don’t rewarding negative behaviour is every a winning situation. I guess it also depends on the situation whether it was an employer/employee situation but in this case when customers start a big fuss out loud I can see why she did it. I agree with you.

    1. It’s hard to stick to your guns and I hope more management and cashiers do just that rather than give in to people treating them nasty.

  6. Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 200
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 8.05
    Total Discounts this Week: 3.40
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 12.12
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 28.96
    Total Spent So Far for May: 180.77
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 19.23
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 13.90
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 1,521.41
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 96.56
    Weekly Overview:
    RCSS: Raspberries 2 x 3.98 – 2.00 coupons, snap peas 2.50 – 1.00 coupon, PC field greens 4.99 – 50%: 9.95 all on gift card
    RCSS: Weetabix cereal 3.48 – 2.00 coupon, apple juice 2.27 – 1.00 coupon, pc cola 2L 1.27, peanut butter 3.98, greek yogurt 3.97 – 1.50, 3 lb onion 2.28, 3 lb carrot 2.48 – .55 coupon, red onion 2.60, pears 2.80 – 50%, blueberries 3.98: 22.83 – 2.17 gift card: 20.66
    Food Basics: Frozen berries 2 x 2.44, whole wheat tortillas 2.00, sugar 1.44: 8.30 rounded down 2 cents

    So for the month, I have only a small amount left to spend. And, we are eating fruits and veggies like they are going out of style. So, time will tell how the rest is going. So happy that I found the gift card last week with some money left on it and it quickly went to good use. I did cave and get 1 2L bottle of pop. But, I am satisfied for now and will look into a treat like that in the future.

    We did have a U.S. shop again this week. We will be going over more regularly to get gas since prices are so much cheaper. Our U.S. budget is hopefully going to float more gas until the end of June, parking the car is just not an option for a month. While we are not adding more to that account now, and it is depleting, it is our lifeline. With the trip over, we got a few staples, some luxuries and some clothing for my kiddo. However, each time across, the luxuries will disappear and this shop is dramatically less than last one, with no duty this time. It’s easier if I don’t take hubby across, but more complicating as I need to take my son – we have to do a letter each time I take him from hubby giving me permission with that date, etc. Hubby is always the one wanting to put random stuff in the cart where I check a price and often put it back. He’s never been good at need vs. want.

    Walmart was 79.84 this time with 7.30 used in coupons. We got two sets of summer pyjamas ($2 and $5 respectively) for my son and a rain coat for $6 (which his old one ripped apart last week, this one is much better quality), granted they were on clearance, but definitely my gain. We got some cat food, bar soap (2 pkg of 6), yogurt x 4, taco sauce, double pack of deodorant, 3 types of dressing, drink boxes x 2 for on the go this summer (this is a treat and not often purchased, however disposable will be great on his upcoming class trip since I am attending as a supervisor and get to carry most of the stuff), Oscar Mayer 1 lb cold meat pkg x 2, hot dogs (pack of 10 but packaged in groups of 5, this way I’m hoping hubby will eat less hot dog and more salad if we are only cooking 5 at a time), monkey bread x 2, sliced pepperoni x 2, bacon bits, Keebler cookies, 2 large pkg Stride gum (3 packs in each pkg), 1 loaf whole bread. Price chopper was 29.78 after taking off 6 cents for having our own grocery bags. No coupons, but we did reap store specials with our card. Texas toast croutons 10/$10 of our favourite brand, milk 2%, Milk 0%, whole wheat bread 2 pack, 4 boxes of crackers $1.77 each (which I got $2 back from my mom for her box) and one container of greek yogurt. This trip addressed some stock up items, frivolous stuff, personal care stuff and clothing my son needed and I really can’t afford in Canada since I never see clearance prices that good. And, ironically, the clothing we purchase there more often fits our son better.

    I’m finding this budget this month too tight. I know I had to cut it back, even though I didn’t want to. And, I am trying to make it work. Without the U.S. cash, I’m afraid it would not be pretty in our house. I need hubby to be more on board with losing the frivolous stuff and he just doesn’t want to, but scowls at me each time I give him the Food Bank alternative (which I personally want to avoid too for now). I know he’s a work in progress, but I am hoping to go back to school in the fall, so it won’t get any easier on the grocery budget, only harder. I will just keep plugging away 1 week at a time and try harder not to get discouraged.

    1. Hi Angela,
      It sounds to me like your husband needs to work with you on the grocery list and budget if he isn’t already so he sees how the budget rolls out each time you grocery shop. Sometimes people don’t want to or put the responsibility on someone else to make sure it budgets. Have you shown him the numbers each month of what you are spending on food? Many people wait until it’s too late and say, “well I didn’t know” when in reality they weren’t ready to change. Keep up the good work.. he might get on board at some point but at least you are there to monitor. You get ballot 21. M.CBB

      1. I really do wish hubby would get on board with the finances in any way. He can’t be trusted shopping, and that’s our biggest problem. The groceries, purchases and everything is done by me, or we would have been spent into a hole many years ago. Years ago he couldn’t even have a debit or credit card in his wallet, it was that bad. We’ve made improvements (he has stopped spending), but he wants nothing to do with the money. So, the stress falls on my shoulders and I do what I can. I can always hope that someday he will get on board completely with our finances – the glassy eyes take over and the listening stops the moment I start showing him the budget. It doesn’t matter the approach, he just doesn’t want to, so he won’t. I take him to the grocery store, but he’s more impatient than my 8-year-old. When we found out that hubby had to eat differently (not surprised – my habits are ok, but his were awful), I took him to the store specifically to target his meals, but he willy nilly grabbed things off of the shelf. I had to steer him to cheaper versions of things he wanted. ie. Manns peas in pod were on sale that week and he was determined to get the store brand which was half the size and cost more. He just doesn’t want to know. I didn’t want him to not have the things he wanted, but I needed to stay on budget. That goes back to our first shop of this month and it was almost half of the budget for the entire month, I have gone on my own since and the numbers dropped dramatically and we have the fresh stuff in the house. I’t is sad, I fear if there is ever a time I couldn’t do things, my mom would have to step in and make sure things went well. That goes from groceries to bill paying, to the cat. I have proven to him that the coupons I use (I only coupon on products we will use or an FPC to try something new). I tracked it for a year one time, itemized everything and the value was over $2,000. I couldn’t imagine at that time coming up with another $2,000 for the groceries we use. While this makes him sound like a bad guy, he’s not. Growing up he was not taught the difference between needs and wants, money management, practically anything practical. So, I have had to do all of that. We have made huge progress in his knowledge, but numbers just escape him. So, he tunes out.

  7. They should not have given it to her using SCOP. According to SCOP, the shelf sticker details MUST match the product, therefore, if the shelf sticker description showed a different UPC, description, etc. SCOP does not apply.

    By giving in to the customer, one does not create a good customer. One creates a bad customer. One that will do it again..and again…and again (the customer themselves, for all one knows, could have moved the more expensive frypan over to the incorrect peg with just the hope of getting the product free, or cheaper than what it really is selling for). And shows how adult the customer is…NOT! Throwing a hissy fit like a 2-year-old throwing a temper tantrum shows the customer’s maturity level.

    1. You are right Louise. Now they will think they can do it again to get what they want. It’s like giving in to children when they are crying for a toy at the mall…

  8. When I worked at Target (seasonally), our store’s rule was that if there were more than one misplaced item in that area (so if there were three of the expensive pans in the sales area), then we would give that person the discount. Same with labels. If a label for an item was in the sales area, then we would give them the discount.

    We did not give discounts if it was only one item randomly sitting in the aisle. It’s impossible to keep aisles organized at all times, especially at peak seasons or times. Customers should understand that.

  9. As a customer, I tend to double check things at the aisle before making the purchase, especially if it is a super great deal. If there was only one there of that particular product among a row of another product, then I would take the sale price. If I didn’t double check at the time, I would have gone back with the manager for an explanation in the department when the question arose at the cash. If it comes up wrong and was clearly marked with the correct sku, I would have stood my ground. I have been unlucky enough to have had the store incorrectly mark something in one aisle, have it correct in another area and of course the staff only checked the one area. I have proven myself before in such a case. But I am always willing to prove something if I believe it to be true.

    As a manager, I would have offered the customers the correct product on sale and have someone bring one to them or take them back to the location. I have also seen managers offer something done similarly like that at the sale price, but definitely not SCOP.

    Sounds like this couple knew that it was too good to be true and were counting on making a scene to get what they wanted. Not great shoppers in my books, those are the types of individuals that ruin it for everyone.

    1. That’s what she should have done. There was a product on sale and that is what should have been offered. I think we as customers have to be realistic when it comes to products and SCOP. How do we know they didn’t place the product in that spot? It’s silly to think they even thought it would work.. BUT it DID!

  10. MAY – Week #3 of 4- May 19-25, 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



    I really would have liked to have had some of the Hebrew National All Beef Kosher and Gluten Free Wieners to bbq over the long weekend, but I just couldn’t justify a trip to the US to get them. I may be crazy but not crazy enough to fight the border traffic on a long weekend! At many points over the weekend, the line-up was 2-3 hours long each way! I am sure they will taste all-that-much-better when we do eventually get some more. 🙂

    I did score on both a sugar sale at Shopper’s, both a bacon & seedless watermelon sale at RCSS and an egg sale at Target PLUS I picked up a new Safeway rain check this week from two different stores. I know I was over at the start of the week but when things that are “basics” go on sale, sometimes I just can’t resist. 🙁



    RCSS – Pitt Meadows

    2 x Spalding Side Bacon 500g @ $2.98 = $5.96

    •Total OOP: $5.96

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.96
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 600 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Shopper’s Drugmart – Maple Ridge

    2 x EDM Sugar 2 kg ($1.88 ea) = $3.76

    •Total OOP: $3.76

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $3.76
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 30 Optimum Points on this shop ** << My first ever Optimum Points!
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Target – Maple Ridge

    1 x dozen Market Pantry Eggs $2.49

    •Total OOP: $2.49

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.49
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    RCSS – Mission

    1 x Seadless Watermelon $2.96

    •Total OOP: $2.96

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.96
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan ($81.89) + Feb ($48.32) +Mar ($0.00) +April ($22.88) +May($34.63) = $187.72

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan ($2.58) + Feb ($7.18) +Mar ($0.00) + April ($9.20) +May($18.69) = $37.65

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan ($0.00) + Feb ($0.00) +Mar ($0.00) + April ($0.00) +May($5.31) = $5.31

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (11) + April (0) + May (5) = 16 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan (456) + Feb (584) +Mar (0) + April (4) + May (123) = 1,167 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (25) + Feb (15) +Mar (0) + April (0) + May (39) = 79 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (650) + April (0) + May (1400) = 2,050 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan (0) + Feb (0) +Mar (0) + April (0) + May (30) = 30 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($167.06) + Feb ($155.74)+ Mar ($105.76) + April ($145.56) + May ($12.50 borscht+$20.00 Xmas+$15.88 to US Reserve+$17.50 to re-stocking $14.00+$16.96+$43.97+2.92+7.99+10.95+4.58+$5.96+$3.76+$2.49+$2.96= $182.42) = $756.54

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 + April $142.50 + May $142.50 = $712.50

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: ($44.04) OVER



    •Total Stockpile OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan ($47.50)+ Feb ($47.50)+ Mar ($47.50) = April ($47.50) + May($47.50) = $237.50

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April ($47.50) + May ($47.50)= $237.50

    •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 + April $17.50 +May $17.50= $212.50 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50+Feb $12.50+Mar $12.50 + April $12.50 +May $12.50= $337.50 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00+Feb $20.00+Mar $20.00 + April $20.00 +May $20.00= $100.00 AVAILABLE


    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $756.54 Grocery Budget
    $10.00 Safeway Cash Card
    $237.50 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =


    $950 may have been budgeted for JAN to MAY ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $212.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $337.50 Borscht Fund
    $100.00 Holiday Season Fund

    TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES $650.00 … that is a $400.00 carry-forward from 2013 and $250.00 in NEW 2014 savings.

    So, if you look at the $1,358.31 calculation that we have spent in 2014 and subtract the $250.00 we have actually saved in our “reserves” and the $149.42 we have recorded as spent but is actually set aside for future USA grocery shopping… we have actually spent $958.89!! That is just over the $950.00 we budgeted for January through May.

    Message to myself… ABSOLUTELY no more spending this month!! LOL 🙂



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: ($44.04)
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    Safeway Cash Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $149.42
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    6 loaves 100% WW bread @ $1.00 (Good until July 28th)
    4 Compliments Sweet Green Relish @ $1.00 each (Good until July 28th)
    12 Heinz 1.36 L Can of Tomato Juice @ $1.99 each (Good until Aug 9th)


    1 Schwartz's Smoked Sliced Meat Pouches 500 g $8.99
    (Good until Aug 17th)
    1 Schwartz's Smoked Sliced Meat Pouches 500 g $8.99
    (Good until Aug 18th)


    1. Hi Mary,
      I know it’s hard not to resist those basics deals when they do come on. I know that as long as we can make it up in our budget we are ok though. The problem and we both know is when someone is over month over month. That just means they need a bigger budget or they need to really ask themselves if the need what they are buying.
      Message to self.. NO more spending haha… .does that work when you message yourself like that 🙂 How long does a seedless watermelon last in your house? Once my wife gets her hands on it I can plan on 2 days max and it’s gone lol. She loves watermelon and you picked up for a great deal. You get ballot 20
      P.s I wouldn’t have battled the traffic to the USA either.

      1. I chop my watermelon into cubes and have a custard cup worth at a time. It’s murder on the blood sugar so loaded with sugar and so little fiber! Generally I can make it last for a week if I keep draining off the liquid that pools in the bottom of my container.

        The message to myself should work because I am going to the US on May 28th and can pick up what we need on the other side of the border. Cheating you say??? Ha ha ha!

        I would say our budget is adequate because I am tucking more away in the “monthly reserves” than I tend to go over in any given month. PLUS, we’ve got 6 weeks of vacation still coming in 2014 and I use “vacation funds” instead of the grocery budget at that time. So really, we are plodding along nicely even if it doesn’t look like it some times. That 6 weeks grocery budget reprieve is worth $285.00 in our budget so it gives me an awful lot of wiggle room. 🙂

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