Most of you wouldn’t dream of attempting to grocery shop 7 days a week but for some there are hidden ways to save money.
It sounds a bit outrageous to the typical consumer but believe me people do this, and for many reasons.
If you are a cashier at a grocery store you can attest to seeing the daily “regulars”. These people you know by name, they know your name and they want the freshest product on their table every day of the week.
For those of you that work this is not for you although some of you might still shop every day after work depending on your situation.
If you are single you might just drop in after work to pick up food for the night or if you work at the grocery store you pretty much have this luxury at your finger tips.
One of our CBB fans does work at the grocery store and the deals she finds will blow your mind so I wasn’t at all opposed to shopping 7 days a week when I found that a close friend of ours does this.
Here’s how it all went down…
I had to laugh the other week when my wife and her friend were chatting about cooking and grocery shopping. My wife doesn’t get out to do groceries as much since our son was born and cooking is certainly not on the radar for her. As our son gets older I’m sure she will be back at it with me as we work better as a team in the kitchen.
My wife’s friend is a coupon fanatic as she loves to save money BUT she hates to cook. Sounds a bit daft but she’s never had a passion for being in the kitchen she said. She doesn’t just dislike it, she hates it. You might think I’m joking when I say to grocery shop 7 days a week but this is what her friend does.
My wife said that her father who is European went to the market every day in town with his parents to buy food when he was young. Even though they lived on a huge farm they traded food although it was forbidden to do so during the second world war because of rationing.
They managed to buy or trade fresh food every day which was a common practice and still to this day you can find her dad at the grocery store everyday after his daily walk. It’s all about the freshest product, the best product for the best price.
There are a few pluses in her side of the ring, one being that she has the grocery store just up the road from the house. Yes she does drive so it costs her petrol every day that she drives up BUT she still manages to stay under budget with her frequent shops.
When I lived in the UK I made frequent trips to the grocery store as well. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy cooking because I love to cook. It was due to the fact that my refrigerator was the size of a beer fridge.
You couldn’t stock up even if you wanted to. It was just impossible so the best thing for me to do to was to shop every few days. I was able to save but I was also living just down the road from the grocery store.
Most people these days live in the vicinity of at least one grocery store so it’s not too far of a walk or drive if you plan to do more than one grocery shop a week.
Why does she shop 7 days a week?
I wanted to know more about this too so I managed to stick my head into the conversation because I knew my wife wouldn’t ask those probing questions that Mr. CBB would want answers to.
I’m pretty sure she must have thought I was a nutty asking so many questions about her shopping habits and whether she can save money grocery shopping so much.
My first undercover question was why? Why food shop so much when in Canada most people have at their convenience a full-size refrigerator with a large freezer?
“I hate cooking“, she says to me first but then she goes on to say that I like to buy my fruits and vegetables fresh every day. She also has to struggle with her husband who works many hours and is not always home for dinner.
Planning their evening dinner when he gets up in the morning is easier to do based on the time he will be home that night and what they feel like eating.
If she buys food for the entire week and doesn’t eat it because they aren’t in the mood for it even though they planned it then it will likely waste. Sometimes she says she doesn’t even bother going to the grocery store one day because he will be home late.
A perk he has at work is his employer provides a full buffet lunch at a deeply discounted price. He doesn’t always eat the buffet but when he is stranded at work with piles of stuff to do the buffet makes the list. Typically he will bring leftovers because his wife batch cooks when she has to.
She prefers to use the crock-pot because she doesn’t have to turn the stove on and she admits to being a rotten cook. Throwing food and spices into the crock-pot seems so much easier so she scours the internet for crock-pot recipes.
Her husband doesn’t mind as long as it tastes good.
So, she creates a dinner menu based on her husband work schedule and every day she makes a trip up to the grocery store to buy the ingredients she needs. Sometimes she has ingredients at home already from a past meal which she will also use.
Yes, she works just in case you were asking and no they have no kids. I know it would be VERY tough to get our son up to the grocery store every day. It wouldn’t be impossible but it would be tedious to go in every day with him. I can certainly see how things have changed for us now but before he was born I could have easily shopped every day.
Grocery shop often and save with these tips
I went in for the kill ans just asked her, so, how do you save money?
I wanted to answer HOW to save money and really the only answer is to shop every day and keep these tips that she uses in mind.
She says she saves money because she has…
- Virtually no food waste
- Hardly eats out because of the batch cooking
- Finds daily deals at the grocery store she would have missed if she only shopped once a week. She may adjust her menu based on any in-store sales she finds
- Gets to check out the reduced rack daily which saves her a bundle and she gets the freshest reduced product
- She gets the freshest products whether dairy, produce, meat, fish or bakery.
- Ability to find all the coupons she needs by going every day.
- Spends less in the grocery budget since they don’t overspend. What is on the list is typically what she buys unless she scores an amazing deal
- Less groceries to carry and put away every day
When I asked her how much her grocery budget for the month was for the two of them she told me it typically came in under $200 a month. I was impressed with that number as most couples have no problem spending upwards of $500 a month at the grocery store.
Even our grocery budget is tight at $235 a month plus a $25.00 stockpile and that comes with a weekly planning session. If we didn’t do this we could easily be that couple that spends over $500 a month.
She says that food is important to them but it’s not a priority in their lives. They eat to live and be healthy and that’s about it. Some people have food as a central topic in the house especially when they bake and cook homemade meals. That doesn’t happen in her house much unless it’s in the crock-pot and even then she doesn’t bother with baking.
It really boils down to what someone eats and how often they eat. She tends to graze throughout the day eating 6-8 small meals or snacks that she makes sure she has on hand such as nuts or fruits.
She is a coffee lover as well so she stocks up on coffee so she can make it at home instead of going to the coffee shop.
I had to agree with the way she shopped as I pretty much did the same thing. I remember my wife saying that she would lose so much weight if she moved in with me in the UK since my cupboards only had minimal food in them since I shopped so much.
She says back home the kitchen is fully stocked but it wasn’t at my house. I think my wife’s friend is smart but at the same time I think she should try her hand at some new meals on the stove.
There are so many easy recipes that can be made in a flash with limited clean-up involved. Her husband doesn’t mind the crock-pot meals and on occasion she buys frozen lasagna, cabbage rolls, stews, perogies etc. that she can pop in the oven.
She has no issues preparing salads so she does make a fresh salad with every dinner but that’s the extent of her culinary skills. When she uses the crock-pot she doesn’t deviate from any recipes as she only takes out the exact ingredients in a recipe.
I think people will save money any way they can but most of all they do what works for them. Since she is home all week it’s no big deal for her to get out of the house which she loves to do and hit up the local grocery store to save money.
Smart grocery shopping begins with the shopper so find your grocery shopping balance and save.
If you could save more money grocery shopping 7 days a week would you do this?
How many days a week do you currently grocery shop?
May 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!
Congratulations goes out to our April GGC winner Ballot #17 that belongs to GGC player Megan!!
- 25 Healthy Snacks to Stock in Your Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 April 27-May 3, 2015
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide
If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget.
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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2015 Grocery shop results
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Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $25 per month.
Everything below was on sale this week.
- Planters Cashews $2.88
- Planters Mixed Nuts $2.88
- 2 x Canned wax beans $0.69 ea
- Reduced produce $2.60 3 jumbo pomegranate and a pear
- 10lbs washed potatoes $2.88
- Premium Bananas $2.88
- 2 x Mango $0.88 ea
- 2 x $0.88 garlic
- Plain Yogurt $1.44
- 4 x Astro Yogurt $1.88 ea
- 5 x Bavarian bread $1.88 ea
- Black Diamond Cheese $1.88
Total Out-of-Pocket: $46.57
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $235.00
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $20.00
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 63742
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Snap Groupon to date: $1.50
- Zweet to date: $1.50
- Cart Smart to date: $0
- Checkout51 to date: $1.50
GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
- Total to spend this month $190.03 (this is minus overage $44.97 April)
- Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)
- Stockpile budget used this month: $0
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $13.00
- Total in-store discounts this week: $0
- Total in-store discounts to date: $389.75
- Total spent this week: $46.57
- Total spent so far this month: $46.57
- Total over/Under spend this shop: under $0.93
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
- Total left to spend for the month: $143.46
- Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $258.44+May $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
We had a relatively small shop this week. Apart from what we found on the reduced rack we stuck to our grocery shopping list this week. I’m hoping we can clear up our grocery debt this month with some smart shopping.
Canadian Coupons Found This Week
Last week we found quite a few coupons so check last weeks GGC post if you missed reading it as I’ve scanned in all the great coupons found in Ontario stores right now.
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!
I did want to mention that we got a Red Plum in the mail this week and found these coupons at Zehrs and Food Basics.
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 but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?:
YesNo, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. 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.
- Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: 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 2015 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. If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
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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