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Protect your wallet from the pickpocket at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 25-31, 2014

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Pickpocket steals wallet from purseSECURE YOUR VALUABLES


You don’t think the pickpocket pro will target you but all it takes is you to turn your focus for one second and your wallet will be missing.

Learning how to pickpocket doesn’t require a degree rather it’s simply practice and you don’t want to be the one they practice on.

I don’t know if any of you, especially the ladies have had your wallet stolen from your purse before but you can feel so violated knowing you were right there.

I could have probably taken my camera and went around a few grocery stores this week and snapped pictures of lonely shopping carts with open purses sitting in them.

It happens all the time and for some reason I notice these things and maybe because my instincts kick in wondering how someone could leave their purse alone for someone to steal boggles my mind.

I make sure my wallet is always in my back pocket even though many men will tell you keeping your wallet in your front pocket is likely a better place to deter any pickpocket.

Yes a pickpocket will put their sticky fingers in your back pocket to steal your wallet or even in an open purse you keep around your shoulder.

These pickpocket thieves are pros and believe it or not some of them even do searches online to learn how to be a pickpocket pro so they can go out and make some easy cash. You might even find these people trying to pull off a parking lot scam at the grocery store as well like we experienced first-hand earlier this year.

If you don’t carry cash and don’t think it’s a big deal having to worry about all of your credit cards and bank cards going missing could be an even bigger deal and hassle.

You know all you have to do these days is tap a credit card to pay for a purchase so I’d be just as worried with or without cash in my wallet.

If you are someone who uses the budget envelope system you might just bring cash with you to the grocery store in an envelope which might be safer as long as you keep it in your front pocket and not in your purse. If you are a guy the same thing goes alternatively keep your cash in an inner pocket of your jacket that is zipped up.


Pickpocket targets


Who does a pickpocket target?

They target anyone and everyone. They will likely watch for those women who have a purse in a shopping cart open and have kids distracting them or if they see you wandering off and leaving your cart. They might also target a senior which happened just recently in a neighbouring community which inspired me to write this post.

A pickpocket will go to a grocery store first because it’s one of the easiest places to steal a purse or wallet because we make it easy for them. One suggestion to protect your purse is to zipper it up so no one can see inside. The next valuable thing besides your wallet is likely your smartphone so don’t leave that in clear view either.

One suggestion I heard was if you have a shopping cart with baby straps you can lock your purse in with the straps which makes it difficult for the pickpocket to steal your entire purse. If you carry your purse make sure it’s closed and keep the zipper opening facing you rather than behind your arm.

The pickpocket can easily slide the zipper while standing behind you if you leave it facing them and they can swipe your valuables without you feeling it.

Think again if you think you will feel the pickpocket violating your belongings because these men and women are professionals and know what they are doing.

They might even simply bang into you to cause a bit of a scuffle that looks like an accident. They know they have time to get out of the store as well because most people don’t know they are missing something until they cash out only to find their wallet missing from their purse or back pocket.

Has your wallet ever been stolen at the grocery store or any shopping centre? What other tips can you share for those who carry a purse or wallet into the grocery store?


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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grocery game challenge August 2014 shop 5


Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 1 x Neilson Milk 4L – $3.77 (Used printable SDM coupon)

Total out-of-pocket $3.77


  • 1 x Triscuit Sale $2.00
  • 4 x Oasis Juice Sale $1.00 each
  • 2 x whole mushrooms Sale $0.99 each
  • Saporito Oil Sale $4.44
  • 1 x broccoli Sale $1.00
  • 2 x corn 5 packs $2.00 each
  • Dempsters Tortillas $2.69 SCOP rang up higher plus she took our $0.75 coupon off…
  • 2 x Jumbo Cantaloupe Sale $3.00

Total out-of-pocket $19.67- $2.00 Triscuit to stockpile= $17.67


  • 3 x boxes of Mr.Freezie Jumbo 50 packs $1.00

Total out-of-pocket $3.39


  • 4 x Triscuit Sale 2/$3.00
  • 2 x dry Basil leaves Sale $1.00 each
  • PC Sugar Cones $0.24
  • PC Waffle Cone Bowls $0.14
  • 5 x PC Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese 220g bricks Sale $0.44 (I know… that’s what I was thinking)
  • 2 x 1lb Lactancia Butter Sale $3.00 each
  • 5 x Breyers Ice-cream tubs Sale $1.00- 5 x $1.00 coupons (FREE)
  • Olympic Organic Coconut Yogurt $4.49-pink sticker
  • So Good Almond Milk Blowout $0.99
  • English cucumber $0.99 (400PC points)
  • Bok Choy Reduced $1.00
  • Bananas $1.89
  • Tangelo Oranges $2.13
  • PC Beef Burgers Sale $7.99 Blowout  (1000PC Points)
  • 2x Ultimate Chicken Weiners Sale $2.99
  • 2 x Bagels $1.00 each Sale
  • PC Spinach Dip $6.79 Sale $3.49- pink sticker
  • 2 x Finess Styling gel Sale $1.50 each
  • 5 Litre Juice jug $0.97 reg $5.00 comes with cups too!

Total out-of-pocket $47.98-$6.00 Triscuit stockpile= $41.98


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 August $235.00-$18.24=$216.76/4= $54.19 per week
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $ 5.75
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $56.69
  • 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-$8.00 Triscuit= +$9.56 for August 🙂
  • 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: $4.00
  • Cart Smart to date: $0
  • Checkout51 to date: $10.75
  • Total Spent This Week: $66.81
  • Total Spent So Far August:$78.88-$82.57+ $66.81=$228.26
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: over $11.50
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: over $11.50
  • 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+ August $228.26
  • Weekly Overview: Lots of what we bought was to stock up for the hospital like juice and crackers. The cream cheese was a super deal and we couldn’t pass that up. We did find lots of blowout and pink sticker deals this week which worked out great. We are limiting what we buy just so we don’t have food wasting if we aren’t here. We just happened to get lucky with the free ice-cream too because we had a few coupons from Unilever from earlier in the summer for $1.00 off any Breyers etc. The hotdogs and burgers will be for our quickie meals as we have a feeling we will be needing them soon. I finally bought some corn at Metro and although it wasn’t from the local farm it still is a great deal. I just haven’t had time to drive to the farm this year. I also stocked up on freezies for next summer and the kiddos who come over here to visit.


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. If you want to know specifics of any of these coupons please leave me a comment on this blog post and I’ll respond with all the pertinent details for you. 🙂

Canadian Coupons found August 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. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $500
    $2.24×5 glad melts – clearance
    $1.99×3 glad candles – clearance
    $1.99×3&$1.50-$2Cx2 febreeze – clearance
    $1.25×4-$1Cx4 bush beans
    $2.49×4 wood chips – clearance
    $1.99×4-$2Cx2 Lysol wipes
    $5.48(pm superstore)-$3C motrin
    .25(pm superstore)x4 pencils
    .25-.05TC crayons
    .99-.20TC pencil crayons
    $2×4-$1TCx4 quaker bars
    $44.70 total oop
    $27.30 total coupons
    $1.44×3 crackers
    $4.98-$3C van houtte coffee
    .58×2 koolaid
    $2.49×2-$1Cx2 aero strawberry
    $1.28 3lb onions
    $1.9 2lb carrots
    $3.86 2lb peppers
    $6.99 mexi mac and cheese bites
    $1.93×2-$2C dawn dish soap
    $6.47-$3C&CO51$3 advil
    $1.48×2-$1Cx2&$1x2CO51 degree deo – donation
    .70×4 glue
    $34.70 total oop
    $12 total coupons
    $1 blue dragon sauce – clearance
    .50 sandwich cutter – clearance
    .50 ranch mix – clearance
    $1.99 international creamer
    $3.99-$1C cb cheese slices
    $2.49×10-$1Cx10 assorted cream cheese – nov expiry!
    $21.90 total oop
    $11 total coupons
    Walmart – lost the receipt
    $5.85 total oop
    $1 total coupons
    Canadian tire
    $4(pm Walmart)x2-$1.50Cx2 snuggle
    $5.60 total oop
    $3 total coupons
    $1.88×2 2kg sugar
    $3.75 total oop
    $15.72 ground beef (4 meals)
    $3.49 garlic bread
    $3.99×2-$1appC siwin stir fry
    $25.20 total oop
    $2 total coupons

    $141.50 weekly total oop
    $56.30 weekly total coupons
    $401.64 monthly total oop
    $107.78 monthly total coupons
    I did get items that are not necessary in the budget but I knew we were under so didn’t mind getting these things.

    1. Hi Juanita,
      Good score on the Glade products as we hardly ever see them on sale any longer. We have boatloads of Bushs beans that expire next year so we have to eat them up. We had loads of smart source and picked them up for free or $0.25 a can at the most. You did great with the coupons once again. Do you carry a binder with you or do you plan ahead and put them in an envelope? You get ballot 6

  2. Well this will be another week of not needing much. I tend to wear a purse that is close to my body so that its not sitting out. I would go crazy if someone stole my purse 🙁 I have seen quite often when people just leave their purses sitting out and its just shocking to me. Here goes!


    Hot dogs 0.99X5=4.95
    Juice boxes 1.00X8=8.00
    bounce sheets 1.00-0.50 coupon=0.50
    ketchup 1.00X6=6.00
    bread 0.99
    bread 0.99



    kidney beans 0.78
    kidney beans 0.78
    onions 1.77
    secret deoderant 0.95X3=2.85-3X1.00 coupons=+0.15
    herbal essences 0.95X2=1.90-1.50 coupon=0.40
    orange peppers 0.25X4=1.00
    romaine lettuce 2X0.50=1.00
    juicy jumbo hot dogs 1.77X3=5.31
    honey bunches of oats 0.98
    reese puff cereal 1.00X3=3.00


    Shoppers drug mart

    milk 3.97


    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $5.00
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $70.91
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $535.06
    • 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: $= 41.93
    •Total Spent So Far for august= $275.20
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $324.73
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: 790
    Holy moly lots carried over. I really didnt need much this month. Cleared out a lot of my food and or family had us over for a lot of dinners so we didnt need to cook much. Im able to put this money away for xmas shopping so very excited for that! 🙂

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Yes lots carried over!! No you didn’t need that much and I think you might be able to take that money and put it towards something else rather than dedicating to the grocery budget which you always seem to have excess. You will then have your Christmas money before you know it. I think if you keep the budget so high you leave yourself open to the “what if’s”. The wife did an experiment tonight where she left her purse wide open in the top of the trolley. It was amazing how many people walked by and looked in her purse without touching but were nosey enough to take a peak. It’s better to be safe. You get ballot 6. Mr.CBB

  3. This will finish off the month for me and it looks like I did it! I did go to Canadian Tire as they had the Method liquid hand soap I like on sale so I grabbed two of them. One for the upstairs bathroom and one for downstairs.

    Foodland August 22
    2 tomato paste @.59 -1.18
    1 green onion -.77
    2 tomato soup @.79 -1.58
    3 Whiskas moist cat food @.99 -2.97
    3 Powerade @1.66 -4.98
    Bananas -1.19
    1 bread crumbs 1.99
    2 doz on eggs @1.99 -3.98
    1 bagels -2.50
    2 Chez Whiz @2.97 -5.94, given to food bank
    2 peanut butter @2.97 -5.94, given to food bank
    1 Rice Krispies -2.97
    2 4pack KD @2.97 -5.94
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.98
    1 yogurt 2.99
    2 Dove hair conditioner @2.99 -5.98
    1 Dove shampoo -2.99
    1 taco kit -3.99
    1 jar Miracle Whip -3.99
    2 4l milk @4.79 -9.58
    1 yogurt 4.99, 1.00 coupon
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 package boneless chicken breasts -9.24
    Tax -2.96
    Total $101.99, 1.00 coupon

    Canadian Tire August 25
    2 Method liquid hand soap @5.09 -10.18
    Tax -1.32
    Total $11.60

    Foodland August 26
    1 pineapple tidbits -1.19
    4 Gatorade @1.66 -6.64
    Bananas -.58
    1 jar pickles 1.79
    1 bread crumbs -1.99
    1 dozen eggs -1.99
    1 Triscuits -2.49
    1 4pack KD -2.97
    1 Dove body wash -2.99
    1 Ziplock freezer bags 4.29
    1 4l milk -4.79
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 jar Pataks butter chicken sauce 5.99,1.00 coupon
    Total -$44.00, 1.00 coupon

    Total budget for month $650.00, 4 weeks -162.50wkly
    Total coupons this week -$2.00
    TotAl spent for week -$157.49
    Total spent for the month -$223.87+$126.27+$121.45+$157.49=$629.08
    Total over/under for week -$5.01 under
    Total over/under for month -$20.92 under
    Left for month -N/A
    Total coupons/discounts for month -$7.78+$17.31+$2.00+$2.00=$29.09
    Total carryover to. Ext month -$55.09-29.09=$26.00
    Total YTD -J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$672.42+M$647.70+J$660.14+J$694.95+A$629.08=$6934.65
    Stockpile -$25.00, all spent

    The news for the ends the month is that I made it!! It was not easy and there were some super deals to take advantage of but I did it!! I managed to get a couple of little things for the local food bank! It’s not the greatest food-wise but the chez whiz and the PB are the kind of things they are always looking for, especially now with back to school.. Given the start I had to the month and going over the last couple of months this is quite good. I didn’t get rid of the carry over but I did put a good size dent in it. All in all I am very happy with how the month ended up for me….

    1. Hi Christine,
      I’m so proud of you that you made it to the end of the month under budget :). What are your secrets to success? Yes they can always use peanut butter and cheese whiz. I’m not a huge fan of the cheese whiz myself but plenty of people like it. It’s amazing how well you can stick to a budget when you track it or at least motivate yourself to stay as close to it. I know it’s not easy either way but certainly easier when you know where the money is going. Let’s see if you can do it again for Sept!! You get ballot 1. Mr.CBB

  4. 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.

    Quaker crispy minis (PM Loblaws) 10 x $1.00 – 2 x b4g1 free (-$2.00)
    Sherriff pie crust $1.99 – FPC
    Kolbassa $4.98 – $5.00 coupon
    Magazine $3.49
    Coupons $8.99
    OOP $13.22

    AJ syrup (PM Rabba) $2.99
    Goldfish $1.97
    Philly cream cheese $3.00
    Total $7.96 used gift card
    OOP $0.00

    Fresh Co
    Distilled water 2 x $1.17
    Lays wavy chips $2.00
    Philly onion dip $2.00 – $1.00 coupon
    Philly cream cheese (lrg container) 3 x $3.00
    Coupons $1.00
    OOP $18.34

    Quaker granola bars (PM Foodland) 10 x $1.88 – 2 x b4g1 free (-$3.76)
    Lantic brown sugar (PM Ample) $1.55
    NN mushrooms $.88
    154 small freezies $.54
    Campbells soup (PM Metro) 4 x $.59
    Mott’s Fruit Rockets 2 x $2.00
    Eggs (PM SDM) $1.77
    Milk $3.97 – $1.00 SnapSaves
    Cavendish fries (PM Loblaws) 2/$3.00
    Almond Breeze milk 3 x $3.97 – 3 x $1.00 coupons
    Romaine $1.99
    Bananas $2.05 – $.25 Zweet (earned 400 PC plus points)
    Hummus (PM Nations) $2.50 – $.50 Zweet
    Coupons $6.76
    Rebates $1.75
    OOP $49.23

    Allison’s Farm Market
    6 corn on the cob $3.90
    OOP $3.90

    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: $16.75
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $114.29
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $844.67
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $1.75
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $3.50
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $135.25
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $6.50
    • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $7.96
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $292.04
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • 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
    • Total Spent This Week: $84.69
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $372.43
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $11.96
    • Total to Carry over Next Month (if needed): $11.96
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $2762.52
    Weekly overview: Well I did it! I am finally under budget for the month. Unfortunately it feels like a failure because I had to use $140 worth of PC points to do it. All I can do is keep on trying. This was my last week of shopping before going back to work/school so I am hoping that getting back into routine will help the budget. I am also happy to report that I have caught up on my budget!

    1. Hi Jen,
      This seems like a small shop for you but you’ve also been very busy around the house and going back to work as well soon. I know you used points BUT all you have to do is look at this shop and realize that you can’t go overboard every week no matter how much you want to or how good the deals are or you will never stick to a budget. It’s not easy but certainly this smaller shop is an eye opener for you. I know you can do it as you’ve done it before so just get back on track, plan your shops and turn away from those deals even if you have to say, No… it’s going to put me over my budget. You get ballot 22.. have fun back at work!! Mr.CBB

  5. Yes, this year, I have broken out what is being spent on eating out, what is spent on the cats and then what is spent on my daughter and myself.

    Once some of my other bills are in a better situation, then I can create a stock pile budget for those extra great deals. I know what you mean by the price of beef but so far, I have made some meatballs and ground beef for spaghetti. The rest is in the freezer for future meals. As far as the eggs, I figure that I can always make some egg salad or use it in a potato/macaroni salad. If not for that, maybe some baking will be done and put in the freezer for future treats.

    I’m excited for the all the changes that’s going on. Since working full time, close 20 years ago, has cooking even been this interesting or caught my attention as much as it has now. I’m hoping to keep this going and maybe this will also help get my financial even better that much sooner.

    1. Good for you Della! Cooking is fun, relaxing and MUCH CHEAPER than eating out as we have all learned at CBB. What I love about WFD is all of the recipes we share and I learn new ideas. It is true what they say about taking on the same qualities of those you hang around whether it be saving or trying new recipes at home. I agree with the eggs. There is so much you can use eggs for.

  6. My wife is one of the victims sadly by pickpocketing. That happened in the grocery. She was not aware that her purse was missing already. The sad part is that most of her IDs and cards were in the wallet. It was hard getting all those getting new IDs again. 🙁 So, whenever she go to grocery, she only bring the money which she just hold or place deep inside her bag.

  7. Name Your Store: Freshco
    Total Coupons Used: $5.00
    Total Out Of Pocket: $93.89

    2 Ziploc Containers -$8.98 – (Coupon 1.50 WB2) = $7.48
    2 Garlic & Herb Fillets – $2.00 = $4.00 (But only brought 1 – Store’s mistake but I didn’t catch in while in the store)
    Waffles – $2.00 (Coupon 1.00) = $1.00
    Pads = $4.19
    Cracker Chips – $1.99 (Coupon $0.50) = $1.49
    2 cookies – $2.00 = $4.00
    Rice Krispies Cereal – $2.99 (Coupon $1.00) = $1.99
    Special K Cereal (Protein) – $4.99 (Coupon $1.00) = $3.99
    Mixed Berry Juice = $2.00
    Shampoo & Conditioner – $3.00 = $6.00
    5 Spaghetti Sauce – $1.00 = $5.00
    6 Cans – $1.00 = $6.00 (Chicken Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Hearty Chicken Soup)
    2 Yogurts – $2.00 = $4.00
    Skim Milk = $3.97
    Ranch dressing = $2.69
    2-18 Eggs – $3.00 = $6.00
    2 Apple Juice – $0.98 = $1.96
    4 Shepherd’s Pie – $1.00 = $4.00
    Pre-mixed Salad = $1.00
    Poultry Seasoning = $1.99
    Paprika = $1.99
    Bologna = $3.99
    Red & Green Grapes – $2.20/kg = $4.96
    Baby Carrots = $0.99
    2 loaves WW Bread – $1.50 = $3.00
    Celery = $0.79
    Green Peppers – $2.18/kg = $1.09
    Tomatoes – $2.20/kg = $1.91

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $1.58
    Total Out Of Pocket: $53.90

    3 Whiskas Cat Treats – $1.58 (Coupon B2G1F) = $3.16
    10 Tuna – 5/$5.00 = $10.00
    2-18 kg Cat Litter – $8.98 = $17.96 (6400 PC Points)
    Bananas – $1.26/kg = 1.55 (50% pink sticker) (400 PC Points)
    Extra Lean Ground Beef = $18.28 (3600 PC Points)

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $50.00/week
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $6.58
    Total Discounts this Week: $1.55
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: $0.50
    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: $2.00
    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: 10400
    Total Rewards Points Used: $0.00
    Stockpile Budget: $0.00
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: $37.79 over
    Total Spent This Week: $147.79
    Total Spent So Far for August: $348.31
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of August: $13.51 over
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0.00
    Total Coupons Used This Month: $20.16
    Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0.00
    Total Spent To Date This Year: $1948.80
    “Weekly Overview: This week I used up the balance from last week’s shopping and this week’s plus next weeks. Many of these deals, I just pass up on and now I have a bit of a stock pile of some items, which will be good to have on hand. This type of shopping trip happens about once every couple of months so I should be good and stay under the weekly budget going forward (until the next time :)). I know that I have to set some $ aside to account for this type of shopping and it will eventually happen but at the moment, I have bigger “”fish to fry”” and this will be put on the back burner for now.

    The good thing about this type if shopping trip is that the fridge is full and I don’t have an excuse to go out and eat. I have been cooking up many things this past week and some have been put into the freezer and others will be eaten for left overs. I have food for my lunches at work or even breakfast (when I feel like it).”

    1. Hi Dee,
      You had a nice big shop here with lots of deals and PC points. I can’t get over the price of beef these days but if you can find it on offer grab it while you can. Great deal on the tuna as well. You must love eggs in your house, we do too! You are always out and about so having this stockpile must be of great benefit for you to just come home and whip something up fast after a long day at work. You do like to eat out so maybe with your full fridge that money you spend eating out can go towards making meals indoors. You are doing awesome… and once you sort out what you will do for the extra shop every once in a while it will be even easier. Do you track how much you spend eating out? You get ballot 19. Mr.CBB

  8. I tend to walk with my purse tucked under my arm with the zipper at the front. At the grocery store I toss it in the main section of the cart and bury it under the groceries by the end of the first or second aisle!! Living in a small town I see women leave the purse open in the child’s seat all the time, or they leave the purse in the car and leave their car unlocked…. it drives the cops nuts!!! The local police have been known to do a door check in the parking lots, if your door is unlocked they leave a nice little note on your front seat. Pick pockets are not a big deal here but we have cars gotten into all the time…….either stuff is stolen from the vehicle or the vehicle itself is taken for a joy ride. I lock the truck always… we have had our vehicle gotten into in our driveway so we know it happens. Nothing important taken, a little change and a container of bits and pieces of paper that had directions to where ever in it. You go to visit someone and you get the direction there written out on a piece of paper so you leave it in the car for next time…..So nothing serious taken. But we locked the vehicle in the driveway all the time!!!!

  9. I’ve never been pick pocketed, but like you, I see women leave their purses unattended all the time.I guess because we live in a small town, they feel safe?
    My husband carries his wallet in his front pocket.
    When I carry my purse, instead on swinging behind me, I keep it in front..especially when people are around, and walking thru crowds.

  10. AUGUST – Week #4 of 4- Aug 25-31, 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 still away on vacation but hubby continues to email me the details of what he has spent on groceries.

    Hubby had enough buns to carry him until his vacation so he let this rain check expire without using it:

    1 Coast-to-Coast Italian Sausage Buns–8 pk $2.49
    (Good until Aug 24th)

    Since this is the last shop for the month, we will transfer the $2.80 over to our US shopping funds for Sept 1st.



    Superstore – Pitt Meadows

    1 pkg Romaine Lettuce $4.98

    •Total OOP: $4.98

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $4.98
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **





    •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+$4.98+$2.76 trf to US Reserve = $130.76)= $1,230.00

    •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: $0.00 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:

    $1,230.00 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 $2,171.18 calculation that we have spent in 2014 and subtract the $340.00 we have actually saved in our “reserves” and the $277.80 ($183.80+94.00) we have recorded as spent but is actually set aside for future USA grocery shopping… we have actually spent $1,553.38!! That is $33.38 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 $1,082.20 of the budgeted $1,520.00 have a Budgeted Grocery Balance SURPLUS of $437.80 still sitting in our bank account.

    IF you don’t pay any attention to how we paid for the groceries, then the seemingly $33.38 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 $204.10 to add to our cross border shopping budget.



    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $0.00
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $7.10
    Safeway Cash Card $0.00
    Safeway Savings Reward $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $181.00+$2.80=$183.80
    Larry’s US Cash Hiding Spot: $94.00


    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)


    9 Barilla Spaghetti @ 3 for $4.98 (Good until October 10th)
    4 lbs Purewel Blueberries @ $7.98 (Good until October 12th)


    1. I’d say Larry has been doing very good with you being on vacation with the eating and grocery shopping but you left him set up pretty good. He seems to know what he wants and he goes for it. I can’t get over the price of Romaine Lettuce. Is it always that pricey? Is that one head or a 3 pack of hearts? We are paying around $1.99 for a 3pk or just under a dollar for a large head of romaine lettuce here right now. You get ballot 18. I hope you are enjoying your holidays Mary. Mr.CBB

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