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free groceries come in wer are openFREE FOOD FOR YOUR OPINION


I don’t know many people that would turn down free groceries for their opinion of a product. Would you?

In the past we’ve done home studies on new products that have hit the market and what we got was free product as well as payment for reviewing the product.

It was a no-brainer but you had to be chosen to test the new products based on answers to a survey that was emailed to you. If you qualified they mailed the product to you. It wasn’t always free groceries that we reviewed but free shampoo or other products helped us to save a few dollars here and there.

We no longer do this as they aren’t offering such reviews any longer but at the time it was fun to do. We have participated in food related focus groups and one other place that offers cash for reviewing food items that are new to the grocery market or companies simply want an opinion on changes to a product.

It’s nice to be able to take home free groceries to cook, review it and get paid $30-$50 cash to do so. It doesn’t happen often but it’s something we don’t turn down.

The only down-side is that you might not like the products because not every product appeals to the individuals who try them. If you don’t mind the ups and downs of food reviewing to get free groceries then this could be a deal that might intrigue you if it were in Canada.

I know that there are online websites that offer free product reviews that you can get involved with but nothing like grocery shopping for free groceries and testing them out at home.


Free groceries


I was reading an article on the BBC last week about a grocery store that is opening in Denmark and the only people that can shop there are people who review groceries. The supermarket is deemed the “free” supermarket.

If you review groceries you can grocery shop for free groceries at this new store but the catch is you have to review them with-in a timely fashion or face paying a fine. They will close down your online profile if you kick up a fuss about products, reviews or even pop-ups on the web-page.

What was interesting was the name of this new concept “Tryvertising” which in all honesty is what they are doing. They are advertising to the masses new products and offering you the opportunity to try food for free. I’m pretty sure this would be a hit in Denmark because free groceries means less money spent in the grocery budget.

I had to ask myself if this situation was brought to Canada whether Canadians would enjoy reviewing products for free groceries. I know that I would certainly test it out to see if it were something that I might like but since I’ve done something similar in the past I don’t think I’d mind it too much.

Would you like to buy groceries without paying for them? I know I’d be the first in line to check it out


August 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. Join in the Grocery Game Challenge fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each blog post… here are the GGC rules!

Each month I hold a draw and one WINNER is chosen.  I will post the name of the person who has the winning grocery shop of the month right here so make sure to check back every week.

Special Note

GGC Posters: Please note that in the event my wife goes into the hospital I may not be able to get my GGC posts up. That doesn’t mean I want you to stop posting because when we stop doing something we get out of routine and it’s hard to get back into it.

If I do go MIA continue to post your shops under the current GGC that I have posted and once I return to the posts I will moderate them all and give out ballots. The important part of this lesson is that we continue the journey to sticking to our grocery budget. If you have any questions you can send me an email or comment on this post. Mr.CBB\

August will be a 5 week month for us!


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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.

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  • 2 x Triscuit Crackers $3.34
  • PP croutons $1.29
  • PC Rice Vinegar $3.99
  • 4 x PC Mayo $0.94 each 🙂
  • Mustard PC $0.94
  • Cedar Chick peas $0.50
  • Cedar mixed beans $0.50
  • PC Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese $0.94
  • Creme Fraiche Liberte $4.69-FPC
  • PC Honey Greek Yogurt $4.69- pink sticker 50%
  • 10lbs New Potatoes $6.99-pink sticker 50%
  • Chicken Breast Roast $3.99
  • 2x Lean Ground Beef $1.99lb $7.94
  • Ethnic Pita $0.64 (pink stickered)
  • 2 x PC Salami $5.39-pink stickers 50%
  • 3 x Balderson Old Cheddar -50% pink stickers $10.06, $9.59, $9.31
  • 2x Extra Old Cheddar -50% pink stickers $3.54, $3.02

Total out-of-pocket $74.63

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2x 4 L Neilson Milk $3.97 each

Total out-of-pocket $ 7.94


Grocery shop results


Grocery game grocery shop August Mr.CBB

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 August $235.00-$18.24=$216.76/4= $54.19 per week
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $4.69
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $50.94
  • Total Discounts this Week: $2.00
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $45.61
  • 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): $17.56 (we went over in July)
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00+$15.10 + $20.00 (June)+ $22.44 (July)
  • Snap Saves to date: $18.25
  • Zweet to date: $3.50
  • Cart Smart to date: $0
  • Checkout51 to date: $10.75
  • Total Spent This Week: $82.57
  • Total Spent So Far August:$78.88-$82.57=$161.45
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $137.88-$82.57=$55.31
  • 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 $275.37+ July $203.36
  • Weekly Overview: It was one of those weeks where we hit the pink sticker jackpot. We loaded up on some of the amazing cheese that was on sale as well as PC Mayo, cream cheese, mustard, beans etc. that were in the reduced shopping carts. The beef was also on Blowout at $1.99lb so we picked up a couple of double packs.


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.

No new in-store coupons jumped out at us as worthy of making the blog post this week. I find that these days there aren’t that many in the stores unless you find them on the coupon boards at the PC stores.

What did you find?


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. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $500
    $2.25 sweet potato – for little misses first food 🙂
    $1.44×3 pringle chips
    $2×4 instant oatmeal
    $2.98-fpcwub4quaker instant oatmeal
    $5.97-$5C(found on a shelf instore) some fancy espresso coffee as a gift for my mom
    $4.48 3L oil
    .97 lipton soup mix
    $2.09×2-.75Cx2 half and half
    $4.98×2-$3Cx2 van houtte coffee
    $2.29-$1C aero strawberry chocolate bar
    $2.47×2-$1.50Cx2 baby cereal
    $1.94×2 bacon – clearance
    $15.54 chicken wings
    $2.39 toothbrush
    .25×10 pencils – not food I wasn’t gonna do a spate transaction as it was busy
    $53.49 total oop
    $19.48 total coupons
    $1.31×5-$1Cx5 Hawaiin punch juice
    $1.11×3-$2C milk2go
    $1.11×3-$2C sunny d
    $1.99×2 international creamer
    $1 yogurt – clearance
    $1×4 1lb margarine
    $9.49 sushi – treat for my kids
    $5.31 4L milk
    $1×4 perogies
    .30×2 buns
    $1 salad dressing
    $3×2-$1Cx2 bread
    $2.49×2-$1Cx2 cream cheese
    $3.99×2-$1Cx2 CB cheese slices
    $52.75 total oop
    $17 total coupons

    $108.49 weekly total oop
    $36.48 weekly total coupons
    $260.14 monthly total oop
    $51.48 monthly total coupons
    Lots of great sales and coupons to match!!

    1. Hi Juanita,
      I remember a few years back the Pringles went on sale at RCSS for $1.20 a can and there were $1.00 smart source coupons.. OMG we had Pringles forever in this house. That was the biggest junk food haul and last that we ever did. I do really like Pringles though. I’ve never seen bacon on clearance.. ya.. that was a great find. Great find with the espresso. You must be hawk eye when you grocery shop lol. Do you have a system looking for deals? You get ballot 8. Mr.CBB

  2. Well since i didnt shop much last week i did shop quite a bit more this week. I must say i would love to go to a grocery store where i could try foods. I absolutely love trying all different types of food. I do participate once in a while in surveys in which I have received food to try out. Heres my shop for this week.


    coriander 1.97
    cilantro 0.97
    stewing tomatoes 0.75
    whole wheat hamburger bns 2.00
    whole wheat tortilla 2.97
    apple cider vinegar 1.27
    cream cheese (large tub) 3.00
    danactive yogurt 4.47-1.00 coupon=3.47 (great deal as these are normally 6.23 at WM)
    danactive yogurt 4.47-1.00 coupon=3.47
    Seasoning 1.67
    pasta 0.99
    pasta 0.99
    cheese whiz 2.47-1.00 coupon=1.47
    bananas 0.75
    cream of mushroom soup 0.50X4=2.00
    pasta sauce 0.99X4=3.96
    strawberries 1.99
    peaches 0.88 (cashier PM it wrong…supposed to be 2.88)
    cheese shreds 4.44-2.00 coupon=2.44
    gala apples 1.48
    on the vine tomatoes 0.98
    crackers 2.47
    crackers 2.47
    sos pads 2.00



    Lysol touch up cleaners 2.99X4=11.96-4X2.00 coupons=3.96
    lysol wipes 1.77
    lysol wipes 1.77-2.00 WUB2 WIPES=1.54
    dawn dish soap 1.36
    dawn dish soap 1.36-2.00 WUB 2=0.72
    protein bar 1.67-FPC =free
    treehouse kids vitamin c 3.99-2.00 target coupon-2.00 mfr coupon=free

    **used my red card so saved another 0.45


    bagels X2=3.34
    skim milk 3.97
    whole wheat english muffins 1.68
    whole wheat bread 1.00
    macaroni salad 1.99
    deoderant (some of these were double packs as well) 1.48X9=13.32-9X1.00 coupons=4.32



    toilet paper 2.99-3.00 coupon=free


    chocomax bars 2X2.00=4.00-2X0.75 coupons=2.50
    cheese and crackers 4X1.00=4.00-2X0.50 coupons=3.00
    strawberry milkshake 3X1.00=3.00-2.00 WUB 3=1.00 for all three
    pogos 2.00
    frozen pizza 2.00X2=4.00
    donut variety 4.99-50%=2.49
    Huggies baby wipes 2.00X2=4.00
    Huggies diapers 21.99X2=43.98-10.00 coupon=33.98


    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $48.17
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $65.92
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $530.06
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 8.50
    total snapsaves this month:0
    total snapsaves this year 38.75
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $= 124.88
    •Total Spent So Far for august= $233.27
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $366.73
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: 466

    Still lots left this month to spend 🙂

    1. Hi Jo,
      What do you use your apple cider vinegar for? Do you buy coriander seeds? Looks like you did some catching up with the groceries. We have cut back a bit so we can empty out the refrigerator. So have you come to any final conclusions about lowering your grocery budget? You get ballot 5. Mr.CBB

  3. Week 3 for me this month and it looks like I can get caught up by the end of the month!! Got some meat with the stockpile amount so that is shot for the month but those meat prices were so nice…$1.97 for chicken leg quarters and $2.97 for lean ground beef. I got 2 packs of the chicken and split them up into thighs and drumsticks most of which is in the freezer now. One pack of the ground beef will keep us going for a bit too.

    Foodland August 16
    2 Whiskas moist cat food @.99 -1.98
    2 tomato sauce @1.50 -3.00
    2 Gatorade @1.66 -3.32
    Bananas -.86
    2 2kg bags sugar @1.88 -3.76
    1 can pizza sauce -1.89
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.98
    1 Oktoberfest sausage -2.99
    1 doz eggs -2.99
    4# butter @2.99 -11.96
    1 Oatmeal Crisp cereal -3.50
    1 raisin bread -3.99, 1.00 coupon
    2 Gain laundry soap @3.99 -7.98, 2X.50 coupons2 4l milk @4.79 -9.58
    2 packs chicken legs -7.81+8.64
    1 pack lean ground beef -13.76
    Tax -2.10
    Total -$93.98, 2.00 coupons

    Foodland August 20
    1 green onion
    2 KD@1.50 -3.00
    2 packs pasta @1.50 -3.00
    Bananas -.59
    2 2kg bags sugar @1.88 -3.76
    1 frozen fries -1.99
    4# butter @2.99 -11.96
    2 Gain laundry soap @3.99 -7.98
    1 yogurt -3.99
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -4.61
    1 4l milk -4.79
    1 Highliner frozen fish -4.99
    Tax -1.04
    Total – $52.47

    Total budget for month -$650.00, 4seeks -$162.50wk
    Total coupon/ discounts for week -$2.00
    Total spent his week -$146.25-$25.00 stockpile =$121.45
    Total spent for the month -$471.59
    Total over/under for week – under $41.05
    Total over/under for month -N/A
    Left for month -$178.41
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$27.90
    Total carryover to next month -$55.09
    Total YTD -J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$672.42+M$647.70+J$660.14+J$694.95+A$471.59=$6305.57
    Stock pile -$25.00, $25.00 spent on meat

    So I came in under by a nice amount this week even with the sales as nice as they were. Besides the meat with the stockpile budget I got a 8# of butter at a good price and hopefully that will last until the next sale! Sugar was also a good price so I got more of that as well. All in all I am pleased with this week and I have plenty left for the last week. I may not get much down on the carry over but if I can come in under for the month with the sales I will be a happy girl!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      I missed the $1.88 sale at SDM this weekend for sugar but the rest of the week is $1.99 which is pretty good so I might stock up. We have a spend $30 get 8000 bonus points but I think they cap the sales at 4 per person so we might load up with some milk and other food bits provided they are on sale.Glad to see you have plenty left for the last week of the month. That’s where you get to breathe a sigh of relief because you are almost at the goal for the month. Most times I have so little left it gets tough. Good for you mate. Keep at it. You get ballot 21.

  4. At $30 per meal x 3 meals a day + 1 $15 dessert = $105 per day x 11 days = $1,155. But I spent $89.03 saving myself $1,065.97!!! Well worth making my own meals! 😀

  5. 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.

    Coffee Crisp 4 pack $1.94 (blowout)
    Gum $3.19 – 50% pink sticker (-$1.60)
    Water 2 x $2.66
    Magazine $3.49
    OOP $13.25

    Bear Paws $1.97 – $.50 Zweet
    Rebates $.50
    OOP $1.97

    Bread (PM) 3 x $2.00
    OOP $6.00

    Kotex 4 @ 2/$7.00 – 3 x $2.50 coupons – $1.00 coupon
    Royale 3 x $2.99 – 3 x $3.00 coupons
    Coupons $17.50
    OOP $7.33

    Rice cakes (PM Loblaws) 3 x $1.00
    Heinz lrg can beans (PM Sobey’s) 2 x $1.00
    Alphagetti (PM Fortinos) 3 x $1.00
    Old El Paso kit (PM FC) $2.99 (earned 800 PC plus points)
    Nutrigrain bars (PM Fortinos) 4 x $1.99 (came with pin codes for $5 gas card)
    Mott’s Fruit Rockets (PM WM) 6 x $1.94
    Ritz (PM Loblaws) 4 x $1.50
    Mushrooms (PM Sobey’s) $.99
    Romaine $1.99
    Bananas $1.42 – $.25 Zweet
    Oranges $1.58 – $.25 Zweet (earned 200 PC plus points)
    Grapes (PM FC) $1.01
    Broccoli $.98
    Cauliflower (PM) $1.00 (earned 100 PC plus points)
    Bagels (PM Loblaws) 2 x $1.00
    Bread 2 x $1.49
    Kolbassa $4.98 – $.75 coupon
    Spectro cleanser (PM Guardian) $8.00
    Nutrasea fish oil $24.98
    Coupons $.75
    Rebates $.50
    Colleague discount $8.84
    PC points used 70,000 or $70.00
    OOP $13.12
    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 – $40.61 (over from last month) =$384.39
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $18.25
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $97.54
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $827.92
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $1.00
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $1.75
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $133.50
    • 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: $284.08
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 70,000 or $70.00
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 140,000 or $140.00
    • Total tax free day this week: $0
    • Total tax free day this month: $6.51
    • Total tax free day this year: $69.33
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $19.92 (I actually got it this week!)
    • Total Spent This Week: $40.67
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $287.74
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $96.65
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $2677.83
    Weekly overview: Still trying to catch up but have used $140 of PC points this month so I should stay on track this month now. Budgeting has become very difficult for me over the last few months with all the money we’ve spent on the basement and it’s been a very busy summer. Because I am pregnant, when I have down time I like to rest now which gives me little time for working on the budget 🙁

    1. Hi Jen,
      Don’t let renovations get in the way of your budget. No matter if you go over or not you NEED TO KNOW where you stand. We are renovating as well and it kills our budget but we need to know what’s going on. The wife and I both work on the budget and I think you do it on your own but if you try and tackle a bit every other day it might help so you aren’t overwhelmed. When we give up, it’s hard to get back on our feet again. Remember that. You can do it. I have faith in you. More points to the rescue. Are you trying to scale down your shops now so you aren’t going over your grocery budget? You get ballot 16. Smile. Mr.CBB

  6. Name Your Store: Food Basics
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $9.56

    Crackers – $0.88
    Eggs – $2.68
    Hot Dogs – $6.00

    Do the above for each receipt you have then copy the template below and paste it to the bottom of your shop so we can see your results.
    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $360.00
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $0.00
    Total Discounts this Week: $0.00
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: $0.00
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: $1.50
    Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Week: $0.00
    Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Month: $0.00
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0.00
    Total PC Points Received this week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: $0.00
    Stockpile Budget: $enter amount Used: $0.00
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $40.44 under
    Total Spent This Week: $9.56
    Total Spent So Far for August: $200.52
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of August: $N/A
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $159.48
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $13.58
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: N/A
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $1801.01
    Weekly Overview: I decided only to get what I needed, which was eggs and when I got into the store, they had some cheap crackers and my daughter found the hot dogs so the amount was little higher than what I thought but the extra not spent will be available for the next shopping.

    1. Hi Dee,
      I like your “Name your store” addition to the post, very smart! I do that as well so I know where I shopped especially for reference purpose. It was smart that you only got what you needed. I wish I had that restraint because it’s something we both struggle with. I’ve written about it before and although we know better it still takes a certain patience to want to stick to the grocery budget so good for you but even you got caught by the cheap crackers and hotdogs lol… see it’s hard! Keep up the great shopping Dee and again we are all thrilled to have you back budgeting with us! Mr.CBB You get ballot 14.

    2. Hi Dee,
      I like your “Name your store” addition to the post, very smart! I do that as well so I know where I shopped especially for reference purpose. It was smart that you only got what you needed. I wish I had that restraint because it’s something we both struggle with. I’ve written about it before and although we know better it still takes a certain patience to want to stick to the grocery budget so good for you but even you got caught by the cheap crackers and hotdogs lol… see it’s hard! Keep up the great shopping Dee and again we are all thrilled to have you back budgeting with us! Mr.CBB You get ballot 14.

  7. My wife and I once got selected to review minivans. We went to downtown Atlanta and spent the evening in an arena filling out surveys of the various minivans companies had there. It was a blast! Didn’t pick up a free minivan for our efforts but did get $50 each.

    1. My first thought was, wow did you get a free mini-van out of the deal lol. I guess that might be too good to be true. Money is money… $50 to test a van, sure!

  8. Free groceries just by doing a review seems really an exciting activity a nice idea. What if the review turned out to be bad, would you still publish it or manipulate your review just to satisfy the product company? Despite this, I still wanna try this out.

    1. I don’t think that would be the name of the game with this as they would accept both good and bad hence the purpose of the supermarket. I’d try it out… 🙂

  9. I have heard about this free food thing, if it ever happened in Ontario or Canada, you would likely know before I do as I live in a small town and these things take quite a while to trickle down our way!!! I do like the idea mind you!! I just hope they can handle getting poor reviews of some products as there will be the duds to review as well as the good stuff.
    You really did hit the sticker jackpot this week!!! I keep looking for stickers in the meat counter as meat is getting so pricey. There is no way I can afford to pay full price. Looks like a wee bit of a stock-up too!!
    I’m still working on getting caught up in my postings but I do keep track of how things are doing and I keep trying to get things posted……

    1. Hey Christine,
      I know that’s what we thought and they seemed to have lots of blowout prices as well. I like shops like that. The mayo is the huge bottles with EVOO. I normally get Hellmans but I’ll pay $0.94 instead of $4.99. I think if this was to come to Canada you are right and it would be in the bigger cities first. Interesting idea though.

  10. I wonder if the “pay” rate on the Danish supermarket would end up quite low. I suspect there would be a lot of demand for it, so they could require quite a lot from people, for their participation.

    1. Do you mean for the employees who work at the supermarket? I don’t know exactly what they require but from the sounds of it the process is done online for the product review. I’m sure they won’t make it too complicated so that the system fails but enough to get the information that the manufacturer requires. I’d be interested to find out the criteria involved for participation. I might see if I can find out more on this topic. I just thought it was interesting since we’ve done food product reviews in the past but never thought of the concept of a full supermarket.

  11. I would love to do shopping at a Tryvertising shop. I’d be especially interested in trying new gluten free products. I have found some real winners but I’ve also come across some real dogs. 🙁 At the price of gluten free items… it hurts to pitch the ones that are awful. I’d much rather get the taste test experience for free. 🙂

    This would be a great way to try new fruits and vegetables that you aren’t familiar with too!

  12. AUGUST – Week #3 of 4- Aug 18-24, 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 am away on vacation but hubby has emailed me the details of what he has spent so far out of the $30.57 CDN and $100.00 US that I left him in cash. So far so good! He’s still got $17.58 CDN left and $94 US!

    Just for the sake of interest I am sharing with you what I managed to get for my next 10 days worth of meals using my VACATION FUNDS not my grocery budget:

    Walmart – Burlington

    1 Green Apple $1.08
    3 Gala Apples $1.10
    4 Nectarines $1.88
    4 Roma Tomatoes $0.78
    2 Cucumbers $1.36
    1 large pkg baby carrots $2.38
    1 bunch celery $1.48
    1 bunch bananas $1.37
    1 Peanut Butter $5.67
    1 Stuffed Green Olives $3.84
    1 x Sugar Free Orange Marmalade $2.58
    2 x Black Olives @ $1.43 ea = $2.86
    3 cans stewed tomatoes @ $0.88 ea = $2.64
    1 x 6-pack Delmonte Mandarin Oranges $2.00
    1 x 6-pack Delmonte Pineapply $1.88
    1 x 6-pack GV Unsweetened applesauce $1.68
    1 GV Skim Milk $2.26
    1 pkg honey ham slices $8.98
    2 x Velveeta Sharp Cheddar 32 slice pkgs @$2.00 ea = $4.00
    10 x Yoplait Yogurt @ 0.60 ea = $6.00
    1 Lays Potato Chips $2.98
    4 Sprite Zero 2L @ 1.44 ea = $5.76
    4 Quarts Spring Water @ 0.88 ea = $3.52

    • US VACATION BUDGET: $68.08

    Safeway – Bellevue

    6 Fuji Apples $5.01
    1 Red Cherry Tomatoes $3.99
    1 Yellow Cherry Tomatoes $3.99
    6 Hershey Candy Bars with Almonds (buy 2 Get 1 free) = $7.96

    • US VACATION BUDGET: $20.95

    • TOTAL US GROCERIES for AUG 17-27: $89.03

    I should mention, I brought a supply of Breton Gluten Free Crackers and Glutino Cheese Bread from my supplies at home to use on vacation.



    Safeway – Maple Ridge

    2 x EXTRA LARGE Family Size Pizzas @ (Sale $7.99 ea less 50% OFF COUPON) = $7.99 << Way to score hubby!!!

    •Total OOP: $7.99

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $7.99
    • Safeway Cash Card: $0.00

    ** We bought some “on sale” non-grocery items that earned us a 6 cent gas discount on our next fuel purchase that’s good until September 30, 2014 PLUS bonus air miles!! **

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $7.99 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    Costco – Abbotsford

    1 x Jumbo Hot Dog Buns $4.99

    •Total OOP: $4.99

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $4.99
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00



    Franz Bakery Outlet – Bellingham

    5 Loaves Bread off the sale rack $6.00

    • US Grocery OOP: $6.00



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $81.89 + Feb $48.32 +Mar $0.00 +April $22.88 +May $44.18 + June $39.58 + July $4.10 + Aug $0.00= $230.03

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan $2.58 + Feb $7.18 +Mar $0.00 + April $9.20 +May $20.19 + June $1.00 + July $15.50 + Aug $12.98 = $68.63

    •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 + July $0.00 + Aug $0.00 = $5.31

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 11 + April 0 + May 5 + June 0 + July 52 + Aug 0= 68 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 456 + Feb 584 +Mar 0 + April 4 + May 125 + June 3 + July 210 + Aug 88 = 1,472 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year: NOTE: On Sept 12th –
    14 Thirty’s = 1 Air Miles Roll-over

    Jan 25 + Feb 15 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 39 + June 11 + July 145 +Aug 0 = 235 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 650 + April 0 + May 5,400 +June 2400 + July 3,300 + Aug 0= 11,750 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 30 + June 0 + July 100 + Aug 0 = 130 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $167.06 + Feb $155.74+ Mar $105.76 + April $145.56 +
    May $228.38 +June $186.11+ July ($110.63)+ Aug ($12.50 trf to borscht+$20.00 to Summer + $60.00 to US Reserve+$17.50 trf to re-stocking+$7.99+$4.99 = $122.98)= $1,212.41

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 + April $142.50 + May $232.50 +June $142.50 + July $142.50 + Aug $142.50 = $1,230.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $17.59 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) + July ($47.50) + Aug ($17.50 trf to re-stocking + $30 trf to US Reserve = $47.50) = $470.00

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April $47.50 + May $47.50 + June $47.50 + July $47.50 + Aug $47.50 = $470.00

    •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 + July $17.50 + Aug $17.50 = $247.50 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 + July $12.50 + Aug $12.50= $362.50 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Holiday Season Reserve:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00+Feb $20.00+Mar $20.00 + April $20.00 +May $20.00 + June $0.00 + July $10.00 + Aug $0.00= $110.00 AVAILABLE



    •Total 2014 Summer Season Reserve:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $0.00+Feb $0.00+Mar $0.00 + April $0.00 +May $0.00 + June $0.00 + July $0.00 + Aug $20.00= $20.00 AVAILABLE


    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $1,212.41 Grocery Budget
    $96.91 Hiding Spot Cash
    $20.00 Safeway Cash Card
    $470.00 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 2013 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $0.00 2014 Costco Rebate Cheque – $13.45
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =


    $1,520.00 may have been budgeted for JAN to AUGUST ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $247.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $362.50 Borscht Fund
    $110.00 Holiday Season Fund
    $ 20.00 Summer Season Fund

    TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES $740.00 … that is a $400.00 carry-forward from 2013 and $340.00 in NEW 2014 savings.

    So, if you look at the $2,153.59 calculation that we have spent in 2014 and subtract the $340.00 we have actually saved in our “reserves” and the $181.00 we have recorded as spent but is actually set aside for future USA grocery shopping… we have actually spent $1,632.59!! That is $112.59 over the $1,520.00 we budgeted for January through August.

    BUT if you also take out the cash that was either a gift, some non-budgeted earning method or a loan repayment: ($96.91 Hiding Spot Cash from bottles etc + FREE $20 Safeway Gift Card + $80.00 Cash Repayment from a neighbor + $24.27 from a 2013 Costco Rebate Cheque + $0.00 used out of a 2014 Costco Rebate Cheque for $13.45 + a Christmas present of a $250.00 Safeway Gift Card) = $471.18 then we actually only used $1,161.41 of the budgeted $1,520.00 have a Budgeted Grocery Balance SURPLUS of $358.59 still sitting in our bank account.

    IF you don’t pay any attention to how we paid for the groceries, then the seemingly $112.59 overage will easily be absorbed into the value of an additional 5 weeks x $47.50 = $237.50 vacation we will be taking later on in 2014 and still leave us an additional $124.91 to add to our cross border shopping budget.



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $17.59 << only one more week to cover with this! 🙂
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $7.10
    Safeway Cash Card $0.00
    Safeway Savings Reward $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $181.00
    Larry’s US Cash Hiding Spot: $100.00 Vacation Cash – $6.00 = $94.00 US


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    8 Organic Walla Walla Onions @ $1.49/lb (Good until Oct 12th)
    2 Family Size Extra Lean Ground Beef @ $3.49/lb (Good until Oct 12th)


    1 Coast-to-Coast Italian Sausage Buns–8 pk $2.49 (Good until Aug 24th) << we'll see if he uses this or lets it expire
    9 Barilla Spaghetti @ 3 for $4.98 (Good until October 10th)
    4 lbs Purewel Blueberries @ $7.98 (Good until October 12th)


    1. Hi Mary,
      I love all the olives you got but they likely wouldn’t last long around here lol. You did very well with your shop for the time you are away. Judging by the prices at the hotel it’s no wonder you did. I would have done the same. It sounds like Larry is doing well on his own and scored a great deal on the Pizza, mission accomplished!! How much do you reckon you would have spent on food if you chose to eat out and at the hotel every day? You get ballot 12. Mr.CBB

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