Would you go back if you forgot your groceries? : The Grocery game challenge June 2-8, 2014

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Groceries Cracker barrel medium cheddar with pink stickersIS IT WORTH THE TRIP BACK?


Finding out your forgot groceries at the grocery store can be a big pain but it’s also money out of your grocery budget.

Whether you decide to make the trip back to the grocery store if you forgot groceries you paid for depends on a couple of factors.

I know we have in the past forgotten something at the cash register because we weren’t paying attention or the cashier didn’t send it down the chute or conveyor. (That’s what I call it).

Sometimes items get stuck and if you or the cashier aren’t paying attention a product or many  products might get missed going in your shopping bag.

Luckily we were in the parking lot when we noticed some of our groceries were missing. Now we seem to go through the self-checkout which makes it a bit more difficult to forget anything because it all has to go on the weigh scale once scanned. You are in charge of your groceries.

Depending on what time of the day you shop it can be chaos at the grocery store so things are moving quickly and if you aren’t alert you can miss groceries you paid for or potentially a scanning code of practice (SCOP) on a product.

The good thing about SCOP is worst case scenario when you get home you telephone the store and talk to customer service. Let them know about your SCOP and ask them if it’s OK with them when you come in next if you can have SCOP honoured.

We have never had a problem with the store saying no. We bring in our original receipt and they keep our name at the customer service desk for verification. Easy peasy


Forgot your groceries…now what?


An all too common scenario is when you are in the kitchen putting your groceries away only to notice you are missing some products you know you bought. You may be missing an entire grocery bag that you left in the shopping cart in the parking lot, an item at the bottom of your shopping cart or groceries at the cash register.

You may not want to go back to get your groceries depending on what it is you left. Then again, you may want to if it was quite a bit of groceries you are missing.

If you forgot your groceries in a shopping cart I’m the first to say that you might be S.O.L if you go back because someone might have already scooped up your groceries and took them home.

I know there are honest people out there but let’s just say that there aren’t as many as we’d like. I would call the grocery store first before making the trip. Maybe they can send a grocery clerk to the parking lot to check and see if your groceries are still in the grocery cart.

The other thing you may want to consider is if you forgot your groceries whether it’s worth it to go back. It may depend on where you live and whether you have time or the transportation to get back to the grocery store.

If you are lucky like one of my CBB fans who lives across the street from her local Foodland grocery store it’s a simple trip across the road. Better yet they know her by name so they’d like bring the groceries to her house.

If you live far away and all you forgot was $5.00 worth of groceries or a lemon rolled out of a bag on the way out you may have to think about cutting your losses. Is it really worth your time and gas money to drive back to the grocery store?

If it was a bag loaded with ample amounts of groceries and you are just across town then sure go back. If it is out of your way you may have to buy the groceries again next time you go grocery shopping unless of course you need the products right away for a recipe.

In that case it’s likely best to pay a bit more if you got them on sale to pick them up in town. If your store price matches you could always save a few pennies so the dent won’t be so bad.

Have you ever forgot groceries you paid for and did you go back for them?

If the grocery store went out of their way for you to make sure you got your groceries what did they do?


June grocery game challenge posts


If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you. Congratulations to our May grocery game WINNER…. Joanne T ballot #22.  Email me so I can get your prize sent out to you in the mail.


Grocery saving tips


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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



Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2 x 4 Litres Neilson Milk- $3.97
  • 1 x dozen eggs Sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $9.93


  • PC Salsa Sale $2.49
  • PC Garlic Croutons Sale $1.99
  • 2x Nordica Cottage Cheese Sale $2.99-$1.00 coupons
  • 8 x 500g Cracker Barrel Cheese Bars Sale $4.99- pink stickers (You better believe our eyes did a double take) -stockpile budget
  • Renee’s Mighty Cesar dressing $4.49- $1.50 coupon +350 PC Plus points 🙂
  • Ground Beef Sale $9.99
  • 2x PC thin buns $2.50 each (No pink stickers. Boo)

Total out-of-pocket $46.36

Food Basics

  • Halal Yogurt Plain Sale $2.49
  • Maille mustard grainy $2.99
  • Maille mustard Dijon $2.99
  • 6 x Bavarian sandwich bread Sale $2.00 each
  • Black olives sliced Selection brand $0.99
  • 4 x 227g White mushrooms Sale $1.00- $0.50 coupons
  • 2 x selection tortellini $1.99 each
  • Red onion $1.03
  • Seedless cucumber $1.00
  • Red Delicious apples Sale $1.49
  • Red tomatoes on the vine Sale $2.49
  • Reduced produce red peppers $0.99

Total out-of-pocket $ 34.92


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 June $235.00-$20.89=$225.49/4=$56.37 per week or $75.16 per week if we do 1 no-shop week.
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $3.50
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $39.25
  • Total Discounts this Week: $22.00
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $27.54
  • 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): $
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00+$15.10 (May)+ $20.00 (June)
  • Total Spent This Week: $91.21- $20.00 stockpile cheese= $71.21
  • Total Spent So Far June: $71.21
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: over $14.84 over
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: over $14.84 over so far
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $154.28
  • 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+May $223.62+June
  • Weekly Overview: It was one of those weeks grocery shopping where we thought we’d have no problem staying under budget because we didn’t need much. Boy were we wrong. Out came those pink stickers on that Cracker Barrel cheese and we were hooked. Cheese bars cost a fortune to buy at $8.99 regular price. Sure they go on sale often but we love cheese and would hate to have to pay full-price for a bar. So we wiped out our stockpile budget this week and went over a bit with our grocery budget.


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.

Surprisingly we found coupons around Zehrs and even better during the week they had sample booths around the store which is very uncommon to see. Normally they have samples on the weekends for customers.

The best part was the coupons they offer. Although the product tasted good it’s not something we would purchase. I did grab a coupon for you all to see though. It was the frozen pizza rolls.  Click the photo to enlarge it.

grocery coupons June 2014

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Grocery Game Challenge RULES: 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.
  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: 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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  1. I use MarkO.It is a reminder app and I never forget to buy my groceries again. The app allows you to set up a location based reminder with two options: first you can set a reminder with a category of place as grocery store or supermarket, and second you can set up the specific grocery store, then MarkO will remind you by sending you notification each time you pass by near a any grocery store in the town or if you set up specific store, then in front of it. It helped me a lot with this problem.

  2. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $500.
    $18.06 ground beef(6 meals)
    $5.69 iced tea
    $15 pork loin (9meals)
    $38.75 total oop
    $2.98×2-$3CZC CB cheese slices
    $4.48 3L oil
    $2.47-.50C special bars
    $2.19×2-75Cx2 half and half
    $1.98×2-$1Cx2 eggos cinnamon
    $4.47-$1C frozen pizza
    $3.99 cotton candy ice cream
    $4.98 PC ice cream sandwiches
    $2.78 nn whipped topping
    $29.65 total oop
    $8 total coupons
    $2.99 cheese hot dog buns
    $6.81 & $6.51 whole chicken
    $16.30 total oop
    $1.99 chocolate covered raisins
    $29.99 razors refill
    $1.99 eggs
    $35.60 total oop (bonus 4000 points)

    $120.30 weekly total oop
    $8 weekly total coupons

  3. Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 200
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 3.50
    Total Discounts this Week: 0
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 0
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 33.52
    Total Spent So Far for June: 33.52
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 166.48
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 3.50
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 1,694.52
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 125.02
    Weekly Overview:
    RCSS: blueberries 1 pint .99 x 12, raspberries 2.48 x 2 – 2.00 coupons: 10.87
    RCSS: blueberries 1 pint .99 x 12, freezer jam powder 2.19: 14.05 (rounded down 2 cents)
    RCSS: Cereal 3.98 x 2 – 1.50 coupons, bananas 2.14: 8.60
    We were pretty stocked up for most things, so our big need this week was cereal and berries. Cereal we only had two boxes in our pantry, I’m used to having 10-20 boxes since it’s a simple breakfast, getting low is not a good thing which needed to be rectified. Fortunately I lucked into a great sale at RCSS on blueberry pints due to overstock. I bought some the first day and went back day two. We go through blueberries and raspberries like crazy in our house. And, I still wanted to do jam this year, but did a freezer jam instead. The blueberries bought the first day were to consume (and they are in phenomenal shape). The blueberries bought the next day 2.5 pints went to making the freezer jam. The remainder were cleaned up and frozen for baking and smoothies. We go through huge amounts of berries with smoothies, so this was a phenomenal find. The raspberries were great too becoming $1.48 for each 12 oz package. I’m hoping that week two we won’t have to buy too much.

    1. The first receipt for blueberries at RCSS should have been .99 x 9 (not the 12). I ended up with a total of 21 pints over the two days.

    2. We picked up some cereal as well even though we don’t eat it often once in a while I like to snack on a bowl or enjoy it for breakfast. It was a great deal on the berries. We used to have raspberry bushes but I took them all out last year. We don’t eat raspberries as much as we love blueberries or strawberries. Great shop Angela. You get ballot #7. Mr. CBB

  4. Got my shops for the first week of June. A good start at least and just a couple of trips over to Foodland. I’ve been finding a few good deals on meat lately with the 50% stickers so I’m really happy about that!,

    Foodland, May 30
    1 can pineapple -1.19
    2 cans pasta sauce @1.50 -3.00
    1 Power Ade -1.66
    1 lb margarine -1.79
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    2 garlic bread @1.99 -3.98, 2X50%stickers 2.00 off
    1 relish -1.99
    1 apple juice 2.99
    1 case root beer -3.33
    2 cases ginger ale @3.33 -6.66, 2.00 coupon
    1 10 lb potatoes 3.99
    1 Cheerios -3.99
    1 pizza pack meat -3.99
    1 yogurt -3.99
    1 jar mayo -4.49
    1 sausage -5.33, 50% discount -2.67
    1sausage -5.45, 50% discount -2.73
    1 jug water -5.49
    1Purex -5.99, 1.50 coupon
    Sliced ham -7.45
    Tax -2.29
    Total -$70.12, 3.50 coupons + 7.40 discounts

    Foodland, June 3
    2 pasta sauce @1.50 -3.00
    2 Power Ade @1.66 -3.32
    Bananas -.75
    1 unsweetened apple sauce -1.98
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.98
    Onions -2.99
    1 kg brown sugar -3.29
    2 ginger ale @3.33 -6.66
    1 cream soda -3.33
    1 raisin bread -3.49
    2 yogurt @3.99 -7.98, 2.00 WUB2 coupon
    1grated Parmesan cheese -4.24
    2 4l milk @4.79 -9.58
    1 sultans raisins -4.95
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 block cheese -5.99
    1 package lean ground beef -11.07
    Tax -1.73
    Total -$80.82, 2.00 coupon

    Total budget for month -$650.00, $162.50wk
    Total coupons/discounts for week -$12.90
    Total spent is week -$150.94
    Total spent for month -$150.94
    Total over/under for week -under $11.56
    Total over/under for month N/A
    Left for month -$499.06
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$12.90
    Total YTD – J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$672.42+M$647.70+J$150.94=$3835.50
    Stockpile -$25.00, nothing spent so far

    So I am under for the week and even got some meat and garlic bread for the freezer. The ham was pricey but the boys liked it with the salads I left them when I went to London to babysit the grandson. I have gone a fair time with out finding any half price stickers at Foodland but I’m making up for that right now!! Plus they have been on meat that we eat regularly like ground pork and sausages which really help the budget! Looks like I will have a little more time to save up for my strawberries as theatre was saying that the berries will be late this year due to the cold spring we have had. I can handle that, it’s usually picking time around our anniversary (June 25) so a little later isn’t a big deal I my books. I’m quite sure the berries will be worth the wait!
    All in all a good start to the month and I’m pleased with that…

    1. Hi Christine,
      Don’t you just love those pink stickers? It’s always hit or miss though. You were under for the month, congrats! What do you pickle? I’d love to pickle cucumbers.. and asparagus yum!! I think the berries will be worth the wait too especially since you’ve been expecting them. Is there a bulk barn in your town? We go to the bulk barn only if we have the save $3.00 when you spend $10 coupon which makes for some great deals. You get ballot #5. Mr.CBB

      1. It certainly is hit or miss for the half off stickers!!! I grab what I can when I find a good deal that way!!
        I don’t make pickles here, just jam for now. I used to help my Mom with her pickling back when I was a kid. We made bread and butter pickles, 4 day(think a sweet mixed pickle), pickled beets, mustard beans, dill I think…..and Mom made a relish from green tomatoes that was so good!!! I know I have that recipe tucked somewhere but I haven’t seen it in ages. Worst case there I go to my Dad’s and look over Mom’s cookbooks for it. The green tomato relish was a nice mellow flavour, not a pickle relish. It wasn’t as sweet. I really should dig out those recipes and see what kind of trouble I can get into there!!!
        The nearest Bulk Barn is in Stratford so it means going out of town. I think it’s on Ontario St. I’ve thought about going there but have to figure out where it is and how to get in there given traffic on that street. I do go to the Country Bulk store in Stratford as my cousin works there and I can get what I want and get caught up with the family news while shopping if Gloria is working.

        1. I might try my hand at rhubarb jam since I have another crop ready to go… it’s endless. I might even just give it away as well. I’m not sure yet. What are mustard beans? They sound good. I love homemade pickling of any kind. My wife had a pickled bean in her Virgin Tomato beverage at a restaurant once. She said it was different but good. How many people live in your village?

          1. Mustard beans are a yellow bean cooked and in a mustardy sauce, Mom’s recipe was fairly easy from what I remember…. There are roughly 6000 people in town here, might be more now as there are a couple of housing developments going up….
            I have a recipe here for a rhubarb jam that uses the rhubarb, sugar and strawberry jello powder, I used to make it back when the kids were small.

  5. I always triple check to make sure i haven’t forgotten anything! So luckily I haven’t forgotten anything yet! But i think if i did and it was of a good enough value i would definetly drive back!!! My shop was a bit larger this month as we have pretty much cleared out half of our freezer stockpile! Here goes!

    Food Basics

    Honey Ham 5.49-40%sticker=3.29
    Turkey Breast 5.49-40% sticker=3.29
    whole wheat tortillas 2.00
    blueberries 1.88
    bananas 1.55

    Diapers 6.99-3.00 coupon=3.99-2.00 target coupon=1.99
    wipes 3.49-1.50=1.99
    wipes 3.49-1.50=1.99
    diapers 6.99-2.50 coupon=4.49-2.00 target coupon=2.49
    total=10.00 (plus 8.00 back on snapsaves…so only 2.00 total!!)

    Cheese slices 2.00-0.75=1.25
    tomatoes 1.01
    pork ribs 6.19

    hot dog 1.88
    hot dogs 1.88-1.00 coupon=0.88
    sweet and sour pork 4.99-2.00 coupon=2.99
    pork roast 5.15
    pork chops 2.79
    pork chops 2.67
    chicken breast .38
    chicken breast 4.80
    kaiser rolls 2.50
    ricotta cheese 2X2.50=5.00
    apple juice 2X1.89=3.78

    iced tea 0.88
    watermelon juice 0.88
    juice boxes 1.99
    iced tea 0.88
    fruitopia 0.88
    pears 1.35
    honeycomb cereal 2.99
    reese puffs 2.99
    garlic 0.38
    blackberries 1.66
    blueberries 1.66
    strawberries 1.66
    whole wheat bread 1.99

    ketchup 1.99
    cat litter 8.98
    danactive 4.98-FPC=free
    milk 3.97
    cheese strings 3.00
    probiotic yogurt 5.97
    fries 2X1.49=2.98
    frozen juice 5X0.60=3.00
    Frozen lemonade 4X0.50=2.00
    maple leaf pizza snacks 3.99-1.50 checkout 51=2.49
    silk almond milk 2X2.49=4.98
    almond milk 3.97
    grapes 1.44
    honey ham 6.49-30%=4.54
    sesame seed bagel 2.50
    degree deoderant 5.64-50%=2.82-2.00 coupon=0.82

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $23.25
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $23.25
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $341.72
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 1.50
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 1.50
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 3.50
    Total snapsaves this week=8.00
    • 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: $=142.88
    •Total Spent So Far for june: $142.88
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $557.12
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: 255 left from the last two months 🙂

    1. Hey Joanne,
      You have a nice budget for groceries but you also shop really well. Where do we get these target coupons? I think you picked up some great deals on diapers and wipes. Do you think your grocery budget is too high? Could you shave it down $50 or is just unusual months for you. I’ve never seen watermelon juice before.. lol Is it good? If we left a big load of groceries we’d go back to. You get ballot 4. Mr.CBB

      1. Hi! Target has printable coupons on their website which can be used with a manufacturer coupon as well. They also had coupon booklets in store! The watermelon juice was a mix of something else but i cannot remember! My husband drinks it….i do my own juice at home for myself and my kiddies but my hubby doesn’t like it. I have been thinking about cutting back my budget just wanted to make sure that i could keep up the less spending for a few months before i cut back! If i make it under budget this month again then i will definetly cut it back! 🙂

        1. I guess this answers my question to the other question I just asked you about where you find the Target coupon booklets. We hardly ever go in the store because the prices were not comparable to other stores. Thanks for the info. By the looks of your past shops you may just get away with that and you can put that money to good use somewhere else. Not all of us are able to do that so well done.

  6. I shop for 2 adults and a 3 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $85/week or $340 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.

    Fresh Co
    Water $1.97
    Dempster’s Zero bread $1.99 – $1.00 coupon – $1.00 Zweet
    Tuna 6 pack 2 x $5.97
    Coupons $1.00
    Rebates $1.00
    OOP $13.90

    Grapes (PM RCSS) $1.51 (the grapes at RCSS were too fat to give a 3 year old)
    Strawberries (PM FC) 2 x $1.66
    Watermelon $4.97 (was asked to bring a watermelon to work for a bbq)
    OOP $9.80

    PC cookie chocolate bar 4 x $3.99 – 50% pink sticker (-$8.00)
    Chocolate cake $13.97
    NN vinegar 2 x $1.57 (earned 1000 bonus PC plus points)
    Milk $3.97
    Almond milk 3 packs 3 x $3.28 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Coconut yogurt $4.59 – FPC
    Old El Paso taco kit $2.98 – $1.00 coupon
    Potato Thins (PM Foodland) 3 x $1.88
    BD cheese slices (PM Sobey’s) 2 x $2.00 – 2 x $.75 coupons
    Apples (PM FB) $2.10
    Cucumber (PM WM) $.77 – $.50 Zweet
    Romaine salad (PM FB) $1.88
    Tomatoes (PM) $.54 – $.50 Zweet
    Bananas $2.17 – $.25 Checkout 51
    Carrots (PM WM) $2.00
    Coupons $10.09
    Rebates $1.25
    OOP $57.23

    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 – $10.38 (over from last month) =$329.62
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $11.09
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $11.09
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $545.94
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $2.25
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $2.25
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $110.75
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • 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: $0
    • Total tax free day this month: $0
    • Total tax free day this year: $46.29
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $11.08
    • Total Spent This Week: $80.93
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $80.93
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $248.69
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $1907.29
    Weekly overview: Not bad this week 🙂 I even included Ken’s birthday cake as a grocery item and was still under for the week 🙂

    1. Awesome shop this week Jen yay.. and under budget!! Congrats!! You picked up some great deals as well and some free bread. So the grapes were too fat for your son. Do you cut them in half? Just curious. Ken’s birthday cake was reasonably priced considered it was store-made. Well done… keep at it and this month will be a breeze! You get ballot #3. Mr.CBB

      1. I used to cut the grapes but now he doesn’t like them cut so I need to try to get them smaller 🙂

  7. I work at a grocery store that keeps a book that we write down forgotten groceries in. If customers call we check our book and they can pick up their groceries or get a refund the next time they are in the store.

    1. Thanks for sharing that information Avis. Many people might just write-off the groceries as a loss so that’s good information for them to know.

  8. I have my list and look it over before i get as far as the check outs. In the winter the boys come with me to help carry things home but in the good weather I just bring the cart and all home. The odd time I go by myself in the winter and it’s more than I can carry in one trip I will usually call over to the cashiers that my stuff is right here and I will be right back. Never had a problem with doing that. My things are still there waiting for me when I get back for the second run. If I have picked up groceries in town I would have to think about going back. Depends what was forgotten and who it was for. I do try to remember to look the belt over before I leave the store and check the cart before I run it back inside. I don’t ever leave it outside the store…I take it back to the cart spot every time. This is not because I want to get my money back for the cart but have seen first hand in the snow belt how hard it can make things for the poor guy driving the plow to clear the parking lot. He has to stop the truck, get out and move the cart out of the way, not an easy thing to do in deep snow then get back in and continue plowing. This wastes his time and slows him down when he has a number of lots to clear and a limited time to do it.

    1. That’s smart of you to look over the belt before you leave. Most people are in a rush and just want to get out and that’s when things get missed.

  9. JUNE – Week #1 of 4- June 2-8, 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 JUNE off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers:


    $142.50 for the month
    ($0.00) May overage
    ($0.00) trf to borscht reserve – normally $12.50
    ($0.00) trf to holiday reserve – normally $20.00
    ($52.50) transfer to US Reserve
    ($0.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $17.50

    Grocery Balance $90.00 for JUNE


    $47.50 for the month
    ($0.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $17.50
    ($47.50) trf to US Reserve – normally $30.00

    Stockpile Balance $0.00 for JUNE

    Hubby and I decided to hold off on our American shopping until our weekend away this month. Since we raided the US Reserves to cover some additional spending in May, we are now focusing on replenishing the US Reserves for shopping later this month.

    Also, hubby took a bag of pop bottles to the recycle depot and gave me $10.00 to put in my cash hiding spot! Love that hiding spot cash… it has rescued me on more than one occasion! 🙂

    It’s another good week for rain checks! We picked up another one for assorted Coke & Pepsi products 2L bottles priced at 5 for $5 to a maximum of 10 bottles. Mixers are great to have on hand in the summer especially when it’s hot and you are breaking out the barbecue!

    Hubby’s favorite store bought deli take & bake pizza was on sale this week, so he picked up two of them and is enjoying pizza for his lunches at the office all this week. It’s been a long time since he had a nice treat & he deserved one! 🙂

    The treats we got this week (ice cream, pizza and potato chips) were a little tough on the budget but that’s okay because I expect next week’s spending will only be for a jug of milk.



    RCSS – Pitt Meadows

    2 x pkg Klondike Bars – 4 pack (2 for $8.00) = $8.00
    2 x No Name Caesar Salad Dressing (2 for $5.00) = $5.00
    1 x Dole Chopped Romaine $4.98
    4 x pkg Old Mill Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins @1.28 pk = $5.12
    GST $0.40

    •Total OOP: $23.50

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $23.50
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 2,400 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **
    Safeway – Maple Ridge

    1 No Name Mustard =$2.79
    6 x Lay’s Potato Chips Family Size ($24.00-$8.00 Loyalty Svgs) = $16.00
    1 x Lucerne Half and Half 1L $2.89
    1 x Compliments Low Salt Side Bacon($6.49-$0.50 Loyalty Svgs) = $5.99
    2 x SC Pizza Supreme Family Size ($18.98-$5.00 Loyalty Svgs) = $13.98
    6 x Fresh Express Garden Salad ($10.74-$4.80 Loyalty Svgs) = $5.94
    1 lb fresh Mushrooms $4.58
    GST $0.80

    •Total OOP: $52.97

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $52.97
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    • Safeway Cash Card: $10.00

    ** Earned 2 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $18.30 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 $44.18 + June ($18.30)= $215.57

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan $2.58 + Feb $7.18 +Mar $0.00 + April $9.20 +May $20.19 + June ($0.00) = $39.15

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

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

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

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

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 456 + Feb 584 +Mar 0 + April 4 + May 125 + June (2) = 1,171 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year:

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

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 650 + April 0 + May 5,400 +June (2400) = 8,450 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

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



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $167.06 + Feb $155.74+ Mar $105.76 + April $145.56 +
    May $228.38 +June ($52.50 trf to US reserves+$23.50+$52.97= $128.97)= $931.47

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 + April $142.50 + May $232.50 +June $142.50 = $945.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $13.53 AVAILABLE



    •Total Stockpile OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April $47.50 + May $47.50 + June ($47.50) = $375.00

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April $47.50 + May $47.50 + June ($47.50) = $375.00

    •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 + June $0.00= $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 + June $0.00 = $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 + June $0.00= $100.00 AVAILABLE


    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $931.47 Grocery Budget
    $10.00 Safeway Cash Card
    $375.00 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =


    $1,140 may have been budgeted for JAN to JUNE ‘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 $1,670.74 calculation that we have spent in 2014 and subtract the $250.00 we have actually saved in our “reserves” and the $159.42 we have recorded as spent but is actually set aside for future USA grocery shopping… we have actually spent $1,261.32!! That is $121.32 over the $1,140.00 we budgeted for January through June.

    Fortunately we have 6 weeks of vacation time still coming in 2014 when I use our “vacation funds” instead of the “grocery budget”. That’s a dollar value of $285.00 so that $121.32 will easily be absorbed and we’ll get back on track so long as I really watch the spending for the balance of the year!



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $13.53
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $10.00
    Safeway Cash Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $59.42 +$52.50 +$47.50 = $159.42
    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)
    2 Coast-to-Coast Italian Sausage Buns – 8 pack $2.49
    (Good until Aug 24th)
    10 Coke/Pepsi 2L Pop @ 5 for $5 maximum of 10
    (Good until Sept 1st)


    1. Hi Mary,
      You have to love those rain checks!! I need to start following in your footsteps. Where do you get the pop bottles to go back? Does he find them or are they from your personal drinking. We find beer cans and return them whenever we can and use that money as stash money. You picked up some great deals. Do you plan to buy lots in the USA? I presume you will be getting your bread replenished? I’ve never had a Klondike. I think I might have to try one soon!! You get ballot 1 for June~~ Mr.CBB

      1. The pop bottles are from our consumption. We have bags in the garage and when we have 100-200, we take them in. It takes forever to save that many. We don’t drink alcohol or caffeine in the evening so we do have drinks like Sprite Zero and Fresca.

        Actually we do have a fair bit on the list for the US MR CBB just because we haven’t been down since Easter. This coming trip is a lot about medications, pain relievers, ointments and vitamins though and I don’t count those in the groceries. I have a different budget for those. It goes without saying – it’s stock up time on those Hebrew National hot dogs! LOL 😀

        1. Do you have glass bottles or do you get money back for plastic bottles of pop? We don’t here at all. Do they limit certain meds at immigration? What on earth is a Hebrew National Hot dog? lol

          1. No… the pop bottles are plastic. We pay a deposit when we purchase them and they refund the deposit when you return them to the recycle depot.

            As far as the meds go, I don’t know… we tend to buy 1 of each (except my Equate pain cream and then we buy 2). We get HUGE bottles for less than we pay for a small one.

            Hebrew National Hot Dogs are all beef, kosher, gluten free, no additives and no preservatives. The “Kosher” designation also ensures that no “less than desirable” sections of the cow are used in the preparation as well. They taste great and I can eat them without upsetting my digestive system! I don’t want to eat them by the carload or even all that regularly… but it is nice to have a weiner that I can barbecue and enjoy safely during the summer. 🙂

  10. Yeah, for us it would totally depend on what we forgot, since the grocery store is nearly 15 miles away. I might be tempted to call up there though and talk to them and ask them if we could work something out since coming back that day is such a pain.

  11. I bought a case of potato chips near Halloween. I left them at the bottom of the conveyor. They were waiting for me when I went back! But once I left a large pack of bathroom tissue under the cart and it was long gone. I wouldn’t go back for small items or a small amount.

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