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How to send your husband to the supermarket successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 June 29-July 6, 2015

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how to send your husband to the grocery store successfully (1)HE MAY JUST NEED YOUR HELP


If you want your husband to return home from the supermarket victorious you may have to start with a bit of shopping 101 with him.

Reality is that most men have NO interest in the grocery store. Why? Most of us have no patience to go up and down aisles searching for things on a list.

Not all men you see at the grocery store though are forced to be there (circumstances) or asked to go by their significant other. However, we need to eat so whether we are married or not sometimes we do go to the grocery store hunting for food.

I know many of my single friends before they meet their girlfriends made ordering food at the nearest fast food joint more of a priority than putting on the chef’s apron.

Secretly many of us men have no idea how to grocery shop but we will never tell you that. it’s easier just to go in and wing it than ask for help how to find something. It’s not macho just like we will never ask for directions even if we’ve been driving around for an hour in circles.

Not all men are like this but many of us try not to let pride get in the way of anything we do. There comes a time though when we need to get over the “Macho” man thing and just do it!

Wasting time is just as bad as throwing money out the window. I have NO problems asking for directions or help when needed. If that doesn’t make me macho, so be it. Not like I care anyways.

I think what makes a man more macho to women is a man who can save his family money while grocery shopping, who knows about coupons, weekly flyer specials, prices etc. Now that’s smart!

I’ll admit that I used to hate having a grocery list but as time went on I realized just how important the list was to the success of our grocery budget.

My wife and I used to go grocery shopping together most of the time but since our son was born I do almost all the grocery shopping (circumstances).

I don’t mind at all though because I’m one of those guys who enjoys grocery shopping, sourcing deals and good food for my family. I guess it helps that I love cooking and baking too. It was just a part of growing up for me and buying my first house at such a young age why I’m so passionate about the kitchen.

I’m guessing that other new parents will be in the same boat so getting the husband ready for this chore is better than having to do it once the baby arrives. For those single mums I applaud you for all you do because it’s no easy chore having to do it all.


Husband lost at the grocery store


I have to share this with you because it really is the reason I wrote this post today.

I was outside finishing up the ground lighting in our front landscaping when my neighbour came around to see how things were going. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him so I was updating him on what my plans were.

In the midst of all this his wife came running out the door apparently late for work. As she was backing out of the driveway she rolled down the window to ask her husband what I thought was a basic question.

Boy was I wrong.

She asked him if he could take the grocery list she wrote which was on the refrigerator and go grocery shopping. She left her credit card on the counter for him to use and said she would be back by 5:30pm that night.

I wasn’t expecting what I saw next.

His jaw dropped like she told him to go out and hunt animals for that night’s dinner. It really was that dramatic of a look. I wish I had a camera I would have taken a photo.

It was the funniest thing I had seen in ages.

I thought to myself… does he even know how to grocery shop? His facial reaction was telling me no. I had to dig more into the situation to find out more information.

So, I asked him. What’s wrong mate are you scared of the grocery store? (I laughed) he did too.

He knows his way around the beer store but has never been to the grocery store without his wife. With the rising food costs the last thing you want if you are budgeting your food costs is to send someone shopping who hasn’t been shopping alone before.

I went grocery shopping with my family when I was growing up but he said he never had to as his mother always did the grocery shopping. There was no way his father a doctor who was always busy would ever grocery shop.

I don’t know I’ve seen our dentist and doctor both at the grocery store so I think that was a big juicy fib to get out of the boring trip to the supermarket.

So, before he went on his way I gave him some grocery shopping tips without sounding like I was a professional shopper. My first good deed for the day completed.

The thing is grocery sales rely on people who don’t know how to grocery shop, have no time to find deals or weekly sales. They love the people who just grab a cart with or without a list and just go nuts.

You may have even seen this happen while you were grocery shopping. I know I have. It’s not hard to spot if you are a people watcher like I am.

Sometimes I wonder if they truly know how much they spend over the duration of the year. Other times I think they must not care or have too much money to care about it.

Fair enough I guess.

So because my neighbour is a bit stunned about his biggest task of the day I thought I should address this chore for the wives out there who decide to drop the GS-Bomb on their husbands.


5 Ways To Get Your Husband Ready For Grocery Shopping


Below are 5 tips you can give your husband to help him make his next shopping trip a success!

  • Give him a trial grocery shop– Have him lead the way with the grocery list in hand but you are by his side if any questions should pop up. Please encourage your husband to speak up and if he is quiet he may need motivation. Ask your husband questions, show him where certain foods are that your family typically buys. Show him how to navigate the grocery store. If your grocery store has a reduced rack leave a cracker crumb trail for him so when he comes alone he won’t get lost.
  • Give him cash not credit– The last thing you want to do is give a guy a credit card when there is food in sight. You’re best bet is to hand him cash so he can stick to the grocery list. Most men will venture off with their stomachs and you may find all sorts of snacks and foods that were NOT on the list. Over time he will become a professional shopper and he won’t need to be on the cash budget.
  • Give him a small grocery list– Don’t give him a grocery list that is 2 pages long. Until he knows what he’s doing which comes with experience keep the list short if you can. Save the pantry stock up week for the next time you both can grocery shop. If the weekly sales are so good you can’t miss them don’t feel bad about sending him twice. It may be easier for him.
  • Give him the education he needs– Have him read the top posts in my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide about The Scanning Code of Practice etc. These posts are valuable even if he says he doesn’t have time to read them. Assure your husband that by reading the posts he will be ready to tackle the grocery shops on his own without any fear or stress.
  • Give him time– Don’t expect him to get this grocery shopping experience down in the first month. He will need some time so don’t force him or get angry with him if he screws up. We all make mistakes after all. The most important thing you can do is be there for him and show him where he may have went wrong so next time he knows better.

Finally, and it’s not on the list but when your husband comes home with the grocery shopping praise him either way for making his way to the grocery store as he should do you. My wife always says thank-you as do I when I come home to a lovely meal.

Running a household is tough work financially and physically so make sure the both of you are offering thanks for all you do whether at home or work.

What other tips could you offer to the wives who send their husbands off to the grocery store?


June 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!


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

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.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email.


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.

This was a NO SHOP week for us!

Total out-of-pocket: 0

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 $206.91
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $7.94
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $20.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 99718
  • 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: $6.50
  • Cart Smart to date: $0
  • Checkout51 to date: $4.50

GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)

  • Total to spend this month $235-$28.09 (over May) $206.91
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $25.00
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $26.50
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $539.38
  • Total spent this week: $0
  • Total spent so far this month: $235.67
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: $28.76 over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $28.76 over
  • Total left to spend for the month: -$28.76
  • Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $258.44+May $218.12+ June $235.67

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): It was a no-shop week so no overview.


 Canadian Coupons Found This Week


Since we didn’t grocery shop this week below are the same coupons I found last week just in case you missed them.  Happy Coupon Hunting!

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

June 2015 Canadian Coupons GGC

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?: Yes No, 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.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading out but mobile coupon apps are the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households have gotten involved with their new mobile app joining forces with the many apps that are already out there.
  • 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 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!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2015!

Join in and become money savers and take control of your grocery budget.


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