Tryvertising a new way to get free groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 18-24, 2014

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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!


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.


Food food and more food



If you are a foodie like I am you will enjoy going through my Free Recipe Index where recipes from CBB foodie Nicola and myself are shared every Sunday on the blog. Check it out! Try a recipe and leave a review for other fans!


  • 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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