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.
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.
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!
- Milk in a bag or jug?: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 28-Aug 3, 2014 (Post your grocery shop in the comment section of this post for the above dates)
- Why a root cellar is beneficial for stockpiling: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Aug 4-10, 2014
- Free product coupons and promo codes that expire before the product: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 11-17, 2014
- Tryvertising a new way to get free groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 18-24, 2014
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Ultimate grocery shopping guide
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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.
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. 🙂
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.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week and your weekly Checkout 51 offers from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? : You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- 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!
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