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Click and Collect Online Grocery Shopping Is Here : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Oct 19-25, 2015



Have you ever dreamed of having a personal shopper? Don’t we all.

Well dream no more if you live in Edmonton, Alberta because Loblaws launched Click and Collect Online Grocery Shopping in some of their Real Canadian Super-Stores (RCSS).

To be honest it almost sounds like a drive-thru grocery shopping opportunity. I did a bit of research because I wanted to learn about this new click and collect online grocery shopping in Canada.

At Tesco UK, they have done home deliveries ever since I can remember but now they do click and collect so it’s not a new concept.

You might even remember your grandparents or great-grandparents tell you that they worked for a grocery store delivering groceries. Do you remember the milk man? Fresh milk brought right to your door. These times are all coming back but with a twist, technology.

With the snow on the way the click and collect online grocery shopping service could be a VERY popular service for Loblaws and make them a fortune. They are not targeting all those people who would rather not shop, those who can’t shop or those who don’t have the time to shop. Smart move if you ask me but it was only a matter of time before Loblaws got on board with this concept.

Sign up for the click and collect program at Loblaws first and then you are ready to go grocery shopping in the comfort of your own home. Once you have your preferred time slot you show up to the store and park in the click and collect parking spots and then call the store to let them know you are there.

This may sound like a huge effort for some people but for those who are breathing a sigh of relief for this service it’s only a small inconvenience. It can’t be any worse than standing in line waiting to check out or trying to find change to get your shopping cart. If the store needs to contact you about your online grocery shopping order they will call or text you to keep you updated.


How does online grocery shopping click and collect work?


You’ve already signed up for your account, chosen the groceries and time slot so now you have to pick them up. It happens exactly as it describes, you click then you pick them up and be on your way.

RCSS has designated parking spaces and all you have to do is show up and pop the trunk or open the doors. The costs for the online grocery shopping click and collect services are relatively low from $3-$5 per shop.

Loblaws assigns a personal shopper to your grocery shop and they do the work for you. They pick out the best products they can find and from what I read they shop like they are shopping for their mom.

“When in doubt, we always tell them to think about what they would do if they were shopping for their moms.” – Jeremy Pee, Senior Vice-President of e-commerce for Loblaws

Would this service do well in Ontario?

I don’t know if would or not but I’m sure judging by how well this online grocery shopping click and collect does in Edmonton maybe Loblaws will bring it to Ontario and make it a wide-spread service for their customers.

Even if you used the service once a week all year online grocery shopping click and collect would add an extra $5x 52 weeks a year= $260. This may not be the frugal way of shopping but for those people who it would help it is a blessing.

I know that many shoppers would also agree that using this click and collect online grocery service would stop them from buying more than they intended to because we tend to shop with our eyes first and then smell. We all know that once you are in a grocery store that smell is hard to resist.

Keep in mind that this is the higher-end pricing of their online grocery shopping service. If you shop monthly or even bi-weekly your overall final yearly cost of the click and collect service will change as opposed to the weekly charge.


Where are these click and collect online grocery shopping locations?


  • Grande Prairie Alberta
  • Edmonton, AB
  • St. Albert, AB
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Spruce Grove, AB


Letting your personal shopper know what you like


If you like your avocado ripe or tomatoes without and marks you can leave your personal shopper a note and tell him/her exactly what you want, just as if you were doing the shopping yourself. How cool is that?

Once picked your grocery order is stored in specialty freezers and hot cabinets. Anything that is temperature controlled will be picked up as soon as you show up so they can stay with-in Health Canada guidelines. To be honest this is something I knew would end up happening and I’m thrilled to hear how this service will support and help so many people.

If you change your mind and want to add or drop something from your online grocery shopping order you can do that to up until the specified time they give you. That means if you do your online grocery shopping when you are hungry and get ‘click happy’ because you’re starving you can go back and change what you’ve clicked.

On the other hand if you’ve forgotten items because your home food inventory was off you can jump back online and add products to your order. If you are one of many people who don’t own a smartphone or a computer you can call customer service and place your order that way too if you’d like.

Most times when we grocery shop we have lots on our minds and when we get home we realize that we’ve forgotten to pick something up which means you have to make a second trip to the grocery store. The great thing about click and collect online grocery shopping is that you have time to think about your order and go back and fix something before you collect your groceries.

I was also wondering how on earth they would be able to give you the actual online price for your produce but it seems they will only estimate the price until they have your order picked. That way they can weigh the loose produce and adjust the actual number.

Online grocery stores are the way to go for many grocery shoppers particularly seniors, busy people, disabled grocery shopping haters and students. Just about everyone has a smartphone these days which means it makes sense that Loblaws has explored ideas with technology because they want to stay on top of the grocery race.


What are the downsides to online grocery shopping click and collect?


If you love looking for those reduced price products you won’t be getting them any longer if you use the online grocery shopping click and collect service. For those people who go to the grocery store just to get out of the house you will miss that interaction with people.

You may also find something you didn’t want which means you have to return it to the store which means a second trip. Other than the service price which will be added to your grocery budget it seems like a legitimate system to me. I’m sure they will iron out the bugs as they go along.

Instantly I thought you probably couldn’t use Canadian coupons or price match but that is not the case. According to the Loblaws website you can use coupons and ad match which is a great perk! These days coupons aren’t as plentiful as they used to be since the invention of coupon apps which means less extreme couponing.  Saying that, I don’t think anyone who does extreme couponing would want to use this service as it likely would take longer to cash out.

Keep in mind that you must have a $30 minimum order and if you want same day pick up that is not a problem either. Sounds good for those people who have dreamed of this for a long time.

Can you use the Scanning Code of Practice for the click and collect online grocery shopping service?

Good question and I’m not sure. I will say that Loblaws is a great store and I’m sure if you’ve been wrongly charged for an item that they would honor the SCOP code in Canada. This may mean a phone call to customer service where they may be able to solve the problem and credit your online account.

pc plus loblaws click and collect(1)

No more grocery shopping for the grocery shopping haters!

If you’ve already signed up for your PC Plus Card you can still get points when you use the online grocery shopping click and collect if you link your accounts.

Don’t forget about bringing your own grocery bags because you can do that too. Just let them know when you place your order that you would like to bring your own re-usable bags. That means you don’t pay for extra grocery bags, save money and get PC Points.


How do we pay for our online grocery shopping click and save order?


You can pay with your credit card, debit card, cash and PC Points but you must have alternate means to pay for anything that your PC points don’t cover. Once you have your preferred payment method online they use that to estimate the cost of your grocery shop because of items that need to be weighed. The order is adjusted when you pick up your order. You can use also use Cash, Interac Debit, and Gift Cards when you pick-up your order as well.

When your order is prepared, the selected payment method will be authorized for up to 125% of the order total to accommodate updates to your order. If you choose another method of payment when you pick up your order, the authorization will remain on your card until it is expired by your bank (typically 3 – 7 days). If you used a VISA Debit to place your order the authorization may appear as a finalized charge and the funds removed from your account until it expires. To avoid any concerns with authorizations we recommend using the “card on file” option (if available) to pay for your order. We will then finalize the transaction using the authorization and payment method on the order.

They will even track your grocery shopping so the next time you log online to place your online grocery shopping click and collect offer you don’t have to waste time looking for those everyday essentials. There is a downside though, if you don’t show up and you need to cancel you may be charged a cancellation fee so keep in mind the importance of picking up your order on time.

FAQ Questions for Online Grocery Shopping Click and Collect for RCSS. Head on over and check it out and then make sure you come back to post your grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge!! You could WIN a PC Gift Card to use towards your Online Grocery Shopping order or in-store purchases. See Grocery Game Rules!

Would you use this online grocery shopping click and collect service if it was offered in your city? If you have used it what do you think of this service? What would you miss about grocery shopping?


October Grocery Game Challenge posts


Join in the Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and if you have any questions feel free to email me.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card. The odds are good right now to win each month but I hope to have more people join the GGC not to win but to get back control of their grocery budget. The more people who join the bigger the prize payout will be. Winning is just the perk.

I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week here for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. This makes posting a bit easier although all you need to do is click on The Grocery Game Challenge on the homepage sidebar and you will see them all.


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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


Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $235 per year or $25 per month.

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: $32.40
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $140.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 49869
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0.98

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Snap Groupon to date: $28.00
  • Zweet to date: $18.00
  • Checkout51 to date: $6.00


Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • 2 x Strawberies $1.97 each
  • Parmalat 2% milk $3.97
  • 3.25 % Milk $4.97

Total Out-of-Pocket $12.88


  • 2lbs Icing Sugar $2.99
  • 2 x Pizza Mozzarella $3.88 each
  • Artisan Lettuce Box $4.49-50%
  • 3x PC Mushrooms White 3/$6.00-50%
  • Baby Spinach $5.49-50%
  • Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin $1.29
  • 2x Schneiders Hotdogs $1.88 each
  • 3 x Ground Pork $2.70, $2.68, $2.79
  • Halal Ground Chicken $6.10-50%
  • 2x PC Turkey Slices $6.99 each-50%
  • Triple Cream Brie $10.99-50%

Total Out-of-Pocket: $47.50

  • Total to spend this month $235
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00+July $14.44+Aug $25.00+Sept $25.00+ Oct $
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $23.94
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $34.50
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $23.54
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $646.54
  • Total spent this week: $60.38
  • Total spent so far this month: $194.66
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over $over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $44.32
  • 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+July $212.16+August $118.15+ September $130.37+ October $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

Overall this week we bought more than we anticipated as our grocery list wasn’t that big. It wasn’t until we went into Zehrs that we spent more with the 50% off stickers but we anticipate that every time we shop there. We leave room in our weekly grocery shopping for items we most often see at 50% off.


Canadian Coupons Found


Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

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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 the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • 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!

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