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Do you engage in random chat at the grocery store? :The Grocery game challenge #5 May 26-June 1, 2014

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woman random chat grocery storeFOOD IS A CONVERSATION PIECE


If you are a foodie the best random chat that you might ever get is while you grocery shop.

I’m pretty sure that if you think back you can say that you’ve either learned something from simple random chat at the grocery store or you’ve taught someone something that they didn’t know.

It’s amazing how people often look for someone to talk to while going up and down the aisles but it’s also apparently one of the best places to meet people and find true love.

I don’t know how true that is but my wife said if you want to find a single woman looking to date go to the grocery store or pharmacy (just stay away from the “woman section” if you know what I mean, ha-ha). That doesn’t make for a very good conversation starter.

If you are a woman looking for a date don’t miss out on dating opportunities with the best way to meet men being at Canadian Tire or any big box store. I had to laugh but maybe she is on to something.

When I grocery shop I don’t tend to talk with strangers because if you don’t know someone essentially they are a stranger to you but my wife is completely different from me. I’m not a shy person nor am I a grocery store snob I just don’t engage in random chat with people I don’t know if I don’t have to. I like to read my grocery list and although there are times I like to wander most times I get what I need and get out.

One of the worst places I get hit up is while I’m standing in the grocery line-up waiting to checkout. There always seems to be someone with a need to talk to someone and that usually is me. I must have that “talk to me” look that tells people he’s friendly.

I am really quite friendly, don’t get me wrong but I often wonder if food brings people together. It’s true that the “What’s for Dinner” thread is one of the most popular threads on the CBB Facebook page.

People love to talk about food and it’s no surprise that I do too because I’m a guy who loves to cook. I love to cook for my wife, family and friends and share recipes with fans that I’ve never met before but the random chat is some of the best chat when I learn something new.


Random chat experience


I’ve had little grannies look in my shopping cart and ask me how to cook a certain vegetable or even ask me what a certain product is. Last week a granny from the UK who has been in Canada for many years asked me to get her a jar of mint sauce from the top shelf. She was a tiny lady and as soon as I opened my mouth we ended up talking for about 20 minutes about living in the UK.

I found out she was from Lancashire and had lived in Canada for many years now. She had lost a bit of her accent but she asked me how long I’d been in Canada as my accent was very strong. No, granny was not trying to pick me up ha-ha, but was simply looking for someone to talk to and help her get her mint sauce.

Turns out I’d been in grannies neck of the woods back home and she reminisced about the good times she had growing up and how lamb was very popular for her. She was a bit shocked about the price of lamb in Canada and said it was very dear (not deer, ha-ha).

I didn’t disagree because lamb is pricey although she said something to me that really made sense, “If it’s a product that is good and worth it to me I’ll pay the money”. Interesting I thought because many people would just say, I’m not paying that much.

She told me that if she had to go to a restaurant to eat a lovely rack of lamb dinner it would cost her much more so it’s worth for her to pay a bit extra and make a lamb dish at home. Smart girl! Eating out does cost more than eating at home, all us grocery game fans know that much.

Not only that she gave me her full recipe rundown on how to cook lamb properly and why mint sauce was better than mint jelly. The best part was she told me where to get the best lamb that wasn’t too pricey in our area. My wife doesn’t fancy lamb but I would never turn my nose up to it. I grew up on lamb.

I know many seniors especially in our neighbourhood who no longer work and are home all day pop around to chat to us. It gets lonely sometimes when no one calls or comes to visit. That’s what one of our neighbours says of the retired life she leads now.


Food is love


So, there are good things that come from random chat in the grocery store from helping someone out. Most times it’s the grannies that like to strike up random chat with me sometimes but like my wife says the grocery store is a great place to find a date.

I will be honest and say that many women have stopped to chat to me although I think it’s my accent that gets them going. One girl just went nuts over my accent saying how sexy accents were and I think I turned a few shades of red.

I’m not used to that kind of treatment although it’s nice to know that the ladies fancy it. My wife just has a laugh at it all but tells me that if picking up a date at the grocery store is where it’s at engaging in random chat with someone is simple because food is love.

How many times does food come up in random chat conversations for you? Almost daily for me and that’s because people enjoy talking about food. Even my co-workers chat to me about food because I enjoy bringing in treats once in a while for the team. If you don’t have anything to say to someone talk to someone about food and I can almost guarantee you that the conversation will turn around fast.

Do you engage in random chat at the grocery store?

Have you learned something from someone from random chat at the grocery store?

Have you ever dated someone you met at the grocery store from random chat?


May 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. :) Check back next week when I post the May 2014 Grocery Game WINNER!!


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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



No Frills

  • 2 x Watermelons Sale $2.97 each
  • 2 x Romaine heart packs of 2 sale $1.47 each

Total out-of-pocket $8.88


  • Tomatoes on the vine $3.01
  • Organic Bananas reduced $0.29
  • Sweet corn 2/$5.00 packs of 5
  • White mushrooms  $1.98

Total out-of-pocket $10.34

Food Basics

  • Fresh ginger $0.66
  • Burnbrae eggs large $1.97 dozen

Total out-of-pocket $2.63



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 : $0
  • 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: $0
  • 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: $21.85
  • Total Spent So Far May: $109.16+$76.59+ $16.02+$21.85=$223.62
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: over $9.51
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: over $9.51
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $-9.51
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $235.07+May $223.62
  • Weekly Overview: We went over this month even though we tried not to. Notice that I didn’t put anything into the stockpiling budget this week as we really didn’t buy anything to stockpile. I didn’t want to use stockpile money to pay for regular groceries so I’ll be carrying over the money that we spent over budget to June. Not too bad I’m sure I can catch up. 🙂


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.

We found a few coupons this week but not as many as usual so I don’t know with all the new coupon saving apps available if coupons are slowing down in Canadian supermarkets.

Canadian coupons May 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!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada 2014!



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