How We Deal With Rude People At The Grocery Store : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 May 9-15

how we handle rude customers at the grocery store



I don’t know what it is lately but I seem to be running into rude people everywhere I go. The worst shoppers are at the grocery store especially once Spring finally arrives. It’s as if life is super-charged in the fast-lane when the sun is shining and the white stuff has melted.

I’m a happy guy and my wife is generally always smiling because we choose to be happy. We’re not perfect but we channel negativity in such a way that we work on it and find other outlets to deal with it. I understand that some people have “issues” to deal with but taking frustrations out on other people over things you can’t control seems a bit…um, “out there”.

It doesn’t matter what time of day you go grocery shopping or what store you choose to spend your money at, you’ll always run into rude people. The last thing you want to worry about or even think about is getting into a heated argument at the grocery store. It’s just groceries, not a grocery game.

Related: When is the best time to grocery shop?

Last night while grocery shopping our son was helping me push the button on the conveyor belt so the groceries could come down. He loves doing this and feels like he’s participating in the shopping process. The smiles tell all.

The young woman behind me decided to throw a bit of fit because she wanted us to speed it up as she was in a rush. She looked at me and asked if maybe my wife could take my son so I could pack faster. Here’s the funny part…. our son was sitting in the shopping cart doing nothing more than picking up products that I wasn’t packing.

No matter if my wife took him or not I wouldn’t have gone any faster. If I was by myself I certainly wouldn’t have passed him off to a stranger to watch while I finished packing the groceries so she could hurry along. That’s why there is the fast-lane if you’re in a rush.

She only had 4 items and because there were more than a handful of people in the fast-lane she decided to rude bomb our lane with attitude in hopes of getting out faster. Boy did she learn just how happy of a guy I am. I don’t think she cared for my smiles and having my son say hi to the “nice” lady. Ha!

Ah, the joys of  acting like an adult, parenting and toddler life wrapped into one glorious shopping trip.


Bring on the Queen of rude


Then there is this type of rude shopper at the check-out who just doesn’t know when to clamp it shut. She kept digging a deeper hole and pushing this guy to the limit. I’m pretty sure he wanted to say more than the already choice words he had for her even though it seems as if he wanted to hold his composure.

Warning: Explicit Language in the video below but relevant because I want to show you just how silly it is to stick your nose into someone else’s business.

This woman shopper was beyond being rude and should be ashamed at the way she treated this young man let alone having the kids listen. Children learn what they live and you can easily see the child with her standing there almost in shock not knowing what was going on.

This woman shopper laid into him pretty hard and he just took it all in trying to explain apart from a few swear words. First of all he doesn’t need to explain anything to anyone and second she doesn’t know him or his situation. She’s a stranger sticking her nose into someone else’s business.

By the sounds of it he’s working but just not making enough to make ends meet so he needs the food stamps. I don’t know the entire story but this rude customer who seems to be bored certainly needs to give her head a shake. The problem with using vulgarity and escalating situations like this is that there is no solution. It only gets worse until someone gets arrested or kicked out of the store.

In Canada we have local Food Banks and other community centers that offer food to those in need. Donating to the Food Bank is something that just about every grocery store participates in with a donation bin out front.

Nothing helps to solve a problem when there is no motivation.

Dealing with difficult customers is not only surprising for the customer feeling the wrath but the cashier who takes daily abuse from these types of shoppers. This type of behaviour can be draining even for the most experienced cashiers which is why when I see a cashier I use his/her name, thank them and smile.

I’ve also run into some rude cashiers in my time living in Canada but what I noticed the most was that incidents were higher during the morning hours or mid-day before lunch. When lunch-time hunger hits some people become impatient, rude and demanding.


Cash Computer not working so it must be the customers fault waiting in line


I recall a time the wife and I were waiting at the checkout when the cashier had a problem with her computer system. She had to ring a manager over to help her after she had tried everything to trouble-shoot the situation.

Behind us we could hear rude words spoken about us, blaming us for using coupons and price-matching. What? I turned around, looked her in the eyes and said with a big smile…

Why do you have to be so rude?

I wasn’t going to start anything but I wanted to bring it to their attention even though they knew darn well what they were whispering, out loud. The cashier is having an issue and it had nothing to do with us. They just assumed because we were using quite a bit of coupons at the time that we were the problem.

I was actually a bit shocked at her rude behaviour but am well experienced with dealing with difficult people as I do it at work just about every day. Working in an environment with people who have a variety of issues and concerns I’ve learned how to best deal with such situations.




The easiest thing to do is just to ignore the rude customer and hopefully they will get the hint. If they come up in your face you can be polite and ask them to step away from your space. Any concerns they have can be directed to the store manager. Advise them that you don’t talk to strangers either… because your parents told you to do so. A little humor goes a long way even in touchy situations.




You must smile when a rude person verbally attacks you. People who attempt to act big can’t stand it when they are smiled at because they feel they are losing the battle. Whatever that battle is, I don’t know. Their goal is to upset you to the point that you have a bad day and that they get their point across loud and clear. It’s a win-win situation for you so don’t stop smiling and continue doing what you were doing.

My wife was in a situation a few weeks back while at the grocery store with her friend. While at the check-out the customer behind was in an apparent big rush. She was huffing and puffing to the point that everyone could hear her. My wife just kept chatting and smiling like she normally does to keep the peace. My wife’s friend had a scanning code of practice so the cashier needed to get a price-check. Don’t always assume that every check-out is the fast lane because sometimes even the fast-lane is slow.

  • You can’t please everyone!
  • We all have enemies
  • We all have someone who loves us
  • We all have someone who would rather see us suffer

Life is full of different characters that we will meet in our journey.


Be Polite


You know the saying, “Kill them with kindness” well I don’t have a problem being extremely polite that I make the rude person feel guilty for being such a jerk especially if I have my son with me. Always nod your head and look them straight in the eyes as if you are agreeing with them and just move on even if they are still babbling on about their problem with you.

The name of the game with rude people is to not feed into their fury because they want to see you get fired up. These types of people don’t mind a public display of anger and like being the centre of attention. Again, if it’s not your business, mind your own.

Do you have a situation you experienced  with a rude customer that you’d like to share? Please leave a comment as I’d love to hear about it.


May Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016


Join in the 2016 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 where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian. 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 below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.

May Grocery Game Posts


Free Money Saving Tools 2016


I know I blast you every which way I can on this blog about my free money saving tools and that’s because I want you to take advantage of them being FREE. So many people pay for budgets and tools on the internet to help them save money and honestly you don’t need to. Even a paper and pen will do the trick.

Click, Save and Print. It’s that easy!

This is the budget that brought us to debt freedom back in 2013 and now I’m offering to all of you for FREE. We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.

2014 Free Money Saving ToolsDon’t pay someone for these services, I’ve done the work for you along with some help from other amazing bloggers.

You can download the FREE Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We use it to budget and in large part a reason we could pay our mortgage off in 5 years, check it out!

Free Money Saving Downloads are awesome lists that were created to get us on track to work towards reaching our budgeting goals and now we are sharing them with you.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE.

CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet. So many free resources at your fingertips.


Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this amazing FREE grocery shopping guide that has taken over 4 years to create.

The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.

Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.

Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.

The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the  many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.


2016 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$235.00-$8.50=$226.50
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $226.50
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $50
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 181000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Over 700,000 points (I will update this twice a year)

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

  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $14.00


Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • Ground Cinnamon $1.25
  • Hellman’s Mayo Olive Oil Sale $2.99
  • Premium Bananas $1.56
  • 4 Green Peppers $2.19
  • Bag of 5 Avocado Sale $2.88
  • Homogenized Milk Beatrice $5.27
  • 4 x Lactancia Whipping Cream Sale $2.49 each =$9.96
  • Tub of Lettuce Greens $3.49-50%= $1.75

Total Out-of-pocket $25.66


  • PC Maple Syrup Sale $6.99
  • Sea Salt (huge bag) $2.14-50%= $1.07
  • 6 x Omega-3 Eggs Sale $2.99 =$17.94 plus 600 PC points each 🙂
  • Jicama $2.94
  • Havarti $7.00 Sale reg $12.99
  • Olympia Coconut Yogurt 2/$7.00-50% = $3.50
  • 3 x cucumbers $0.98 Sale
  • Organic Romaine Lettuce $3.49-50%= $1.75

Total Out-of-pocket $37.13

  • Total to spend this month : $226.50
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $22.35
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $5.60
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $226.93
  • Total spent this week: $62.80- $0.75 stockpile $62.05
  • Total spent so far this month: $132.77
  • Total over/Under spend this shop:over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month:over
  • Total left to spend for the month: $93.73
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $211.11+April $248.11+May $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We didn’t have a particularly large shop this week but some of the bits we bought were higher in price than normal for us such as the PC Maple Syrup, Havarti Cheese but we couldn’t pass up the deals. Typically we don’t buy maple syrup as my father-in-law taps his maple trees but he’s been too sick this year to do them so we have to buy it.  Other than that we did not get lost or kidnapped like some of you thought. It just takes longer to shop with the boy but he enjoys going.
That’s all for this week…



Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016


Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2016?

Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
  • Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
  • Printable Smart Source Coupons
  • Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
  • Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
  • Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.


Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s


  • 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. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
  • 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. If you choose to post monthly  or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. 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?: 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 in order to plan accordingly our budget.
  • Do you stockpile food? 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 longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • 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 with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
  • 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.

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 back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…

  • Where you are spending money
  • How much money you are spending
  • How much money you are saving every month

If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.

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 2016!

Please Note: Some of the links in the body of the blog post are affiliate links which means I may get paid if you buy something from Amazon. The items I’ve chosen are products we use at home or similar to.


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  1. Hi! I just found this post and am glad I did.

    Generally I go shopping on Sunday mornings when most people are in church. Less people in the store = less potential for rude people.

    When I price match, I can have half a (very) full cart of price matching, since I do shopping for 2-3 weeks at a time (I HATE grocery shopping). When this is the case, I try to be considerate and tell people that line up behind me that I will be a while so they can go to another line if they want. If they stay, that’s their problem.

    Well recently I went on a weeknight around 7pm and had a total of maybe 5 items to price match, which takes about 2 minutes extra to do. I had about 4 people behind me, most of which had less than 10 items. They could see I had a very large cart full of items even though I since I had so few items I didn’t bother telling them I was going to be extra, because 2 minutes doesn’t make or break a big shopping.

    Anyways, I brang out my flyers at the end, and not even finished the first item and dude behind me asks me what the “hell” I am doing and wasting time. I told him to mind his own business and no need to be rude. Since I hadn’t experienced such rudeness before, I didn’t smile, but I did engage in verbal sword rattling without swearing or calling names. I told him to find another line if he had a problem. He said I was his problem. I said no he’s his own problem since he’s making a situation. Then a “lady” behind him chimed in and attacked me too, saying it was her problem since I was wasting her time, and I looked at her, said she had 3 items, and it’s her own fault for not going to the express line since that’s what it’s for. If they didn’t like it, find another line.

    Why do people have to be such cry-babies and “me first, I’m entitled to my entitlements” attitude?
    In the end they changed lines and I just rolled my eyes at them.

    Wow! I didn’t expect that the first time I had next to no price matching so I didn’t bother saying I did. When I have a lot, I try to be considerate, but if you have a problem with waiting an extra 2 minutes, don’t be a baby and bother me because I really don’t care, go to the express lane, entitled diva. Really now. *rolls eyes*

    1. By the way, I’m not embarrassed to price match. I normally do a $3-400 shopping and save $80-$100. If people don’t like it, go to a store that doesn’t price match. Even the $5 I saved on the 5 items, is my $5, so unless they want to give me the money themselves for “their time”, go to another line or you can suck it.

      Thanks for the awesome “rude people tips”. 🙂

  2. Week 2 – May 8 – 14

    • Grocery budget to work with in May: $250
    • Total coupons used this week: $4.00
    • Total coupons used to date: $4.00
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $8.12
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit this week: $0
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit to date: $0.09
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $30
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $70
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $35
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $45
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheques used to date: $20.25
    • Total student discounts this week: $4.29
    • Total student discounts to date: $39.74
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $47.95
    • Total spent so far this month: $100.45
    • Total left to spend for the month: $149.55
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $1.00
    • Total overspent: $0
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $904.45

    Shoppers Drug: Milk 4.27, clearance buns 2 x 1.00: Total Paid 6.25 rounded down 2 cents

    YIG: Sirloin steak peppercorn crusted 2.24 and 1.96, ground lamb 2 x 6.51 less 30% (1.95), chicken breast 6.74 and 6.53, trout 2.66 less 30% (.80) and 2.10 less 30% (.63), salmon filet 4.47 less 30% (1.34) and 3.61 less 30% (1.08), sole 2.34 less 30% (.70), less PC Plus redemption 30.00: total paid 7.20 rounded down 2 cents

    RCSS: Nesquik syrup 3.99 (PM), NN ranch dressing 1.69, Hellmans 2.99 (PM), Danone puddings 3 x 2.00 less 3.00 coupons, yogurt tub 2 x 1.00 (PM), eggs 2.00 (PM), bananas 2.10, grapes 3.58 (PM), green pepper .46, celery 1.00 (PM), pineapple 2.98, sausages 3 x 2.00 (PM), bagels 3 x 1.00 (PM), less student discount 3.69: Total Paid 30.10

    RCSS: Old El Paso nacho taco shells 2 x 2.00 (PM), danone pudding 2.00 less 1.00 coupon, less student discount .60: Total Paid 4.40

    Another expensive week, but we made the most of what we had. We are in the progress of stocking up the freezer and getting stuff to eat fresh again. Great deal on the puddings, but because they are only a pack of four, I will never pay regular price. At 25 cents a container, ok, beyond that the sale at 2.00 wasn’t enough.

    1. Hi Angela,
      Our freezer is looking a bit sad these days too. Meat is just so pricey so we are holding off for reduced items. I think I saw Giant Tiger had the 12 pack for $1.99 last week which I thought was a great price. You picked up celery for a great price. I have yet to see it that cheap. Considering what you bought and the points you used the overall shop was great. Yo’re doing well. It’s nice to read you are happier with your shops. You get ballot 18. Mr.CBB

  3. Blog post about our Christmas gift….. hmm. Not sure if it would be very exciting. We have been doing the CSA for 3 years now, and I really love it. And I am always eager to see what is going to be in it every week. My Favorite times for the CSA are May, because I am so eager to eat fresh green vegetables again after a long winter of vegetables trucked from who knows where, and September, because they get the most amazing tasting varieties of apples, that I have never heard of and they taste unlike any apple you have ever bought at the store or market.

    I am still not sure how to post a pix on here though.

  4. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$650.00
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650.00
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $30
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 32100
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $8.75($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $14.75($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week

    Foodland #1
    2 Whiskas cat food @7.99, B1G1 coupon -7.99
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Rice Krispies -4.99
    1soya sauce -2.99
    1 yogurt -2.99
    2 small bags rice @2.79
    2 4l milk @4.99
    1 3lb bag carrots -3.49
    Bananas -1.43
    2 bagels @2/5.00
    1 W/W bread -3.29
    Tax -2.08
    Total OOP $55.30, 7.99 coupon
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 yogurt @2.99
    4 cans tomato paste @.59
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -.75
    2 bagels @2/5.00
    Total OOP -$29.56
    Foodland #3
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Cheerios -3.99
    1kg Kraft peanut butter -3.99
    1 jar pickles -2.49
    1-18 pack large eggs -2.99
    1 pack frozen fries -1.99, 50% AM discount-1.00
    1 bag onions -2.99, 50% AM discount -1.50
    2 packs sliced mushrooms @2.99, 2X50% discount -2X1.50
    Bananas -1.16
    1 pack lean ground beef -14.83
    2 W/W bread @2/5.00
    1 raisin bread -3.99, 50% AM discount -2.00
    Total OOP -$50.38, $7.50 discounts
    Jackson’s Pharmacy
    2 Gain laundry @3.99
    Total OOP -$7.98, Stockpile
    Total to spend this month : $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $13.95
    Total coupons used this week: $7.00
    Total coupons used to date: $70.45
    Total in-store discounts this week:$7.50
    Total in-store discounts to date: $91.54
    Total spent this week: $135.24, $7.98 stockpile
    Total spent so far this month: $247.96
    Total over/Under spend this shop:over
    Total over/Under spend for the month:under
    Total left to spend for the month: $402.04
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+ March $605.28+ April $584.23+ May $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    I’m over by just a bit for the week but still lots of room to handle the rest of the month. The cat food coupon was nice and I have a bunch from Juanita to stockpile cat food for Stuart and Molly. Happy kitties!! Bagels were on sale as was bread so I took advantage. I have been watching the sales to take advantage of those deals every chance I can!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      I like the 50% off deals you scored this week. I don’t know if your store puts meats on sale right before a holiday but have you ever run over to check? Bagels seem to be popular in your house. What do you normally put on them? I bet those kitties are very happy!! That was nice of Juanita to send you some coupons. I love how you all come together to help each other out like this. You’re over a but for all those times you weren’t you can splurge a bit. Well done!!! You get ballot #10 Mr.CBB

  5. Mr CBB…the borscht I like is a Doukhobour version – no beets allowed. I see Rose got beets in her CSA box so my thought are that she’ll probably make the standard beet version. 😀

  6. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults 5400

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 450
    Grocery Shop This Week
    • Apples 4.99
    • Cantaloupe 3.99
    • Frozen peas- 2.79
    • Coconut greek yogurt 5.49
    • Buns 2 X 3.97 – %50
    • 4 L milk- 4.89 – $1.00 coupon
    • Cream- 1.98
    • Organic Olive oil- 8.49
    • Trail mix 2 X 7.59
    • Popcorn- 4.49
    • Pasta- 2 X 2.50
    • Lemon carbonated water- 1.29
    • Orange juice- 5.59
    • Ice cream- 4.50
    • Breakfast sausage- 3.99

    CSA Box prepaid last December- It’s a long wait since paying for the season but worth it. My DH give to each other as our Christmas gift… It is $800 for the season from now till the end of October and includes Fruit beginning mid June and Organic farm fresh eggs every week. This week – Eggs, Baby beets & greens, Kale, big bag of spinach, Bag of spring lettuces and Tatsoi (versatile green also known as “spinach mustard,”)

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Total coupons or offers discounts used this week: $1.22
    • Total coupons used to date: $25.55
    • Total in-store discounts this week: 4.00
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $ 115.00
    • Total spent this week: 78.96
    • Total spent so far this month: $155.14
    • Total under spend for the year: 87.30
    • Total left to spend for the month: Total under spend for month- 294.86
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include pet foods, paper or personal) Jan $1824.28
    • Total PC Points cashed to Date 2016- $20
    • Total Airmiles this week = 33
    • PC Points this week= N/A
    • Checkout 51 this week= N/A
    • Shoppers Optimum this week= N/A
    Weekly Overview : I am so excited that my CSA has finally started and my weekly meals will now be built around the box. This week I am planning borsht, spinach omelets, chinese stir fry, kale slaw and potato salad, Colcannon and sausages, and main dish chef salads. I accompany the above with bought or homemade (depends on the weather) biscuits, pizzas, muffins, buns specialty breads

    1. Hi Rose,
      I would love to write a blog post about your Christmas gift. If you are interested in helping me out email me. 🙂 I can sense your excitement about your CSA box. I’m slowly keeping an eye on organic vegetables and fruits that are reduced in price so we can pick them up. I’m finding the cucumbers lately are garbage and taste horrible almost chemical like. Oh wait until Mary sees you are making Borsht… she loves it!! I’d love the Kale slaw recipe. Maybe we can incorporate recipes in the blog post from your CSA box. I think this is a brilliant idea!! Take photos of your boxes when they come too for everyone to see when reading the post. Let me know either way. 🙂 You get ballot # 9 MR.CBB

  7. It’s ironic that I read this article today. I had a lady going through the 12 items or less lane who had a cart full. It’s not the cashier’s fault, it’s the woman who thought she was more important than the rest of the customers in the store or playing nice (or by the rules). 20 toothbrushes alone! Perhaps she had 12 different products, but common decency is if you have 20 of one, a dozen of another you and so on, you don’t go through the fast lane. Poor cashier, and I know there were people in line getting verbally annoyed. I was, I just didn’t voice it. It would have been easy, yet, this woman expected the cashier to bag it at RCSS, which customers are responsible for bagging their own purchase. 4:45 p.m., everyone rushing to get home to dinner, etc. and the poor cashier bagged the entire cartload of groceries and put the bags in the cart. I suppose if the woman had been elderly, I may have been more sympathetic. But, she was no more than 10 years older than I and acted like there was no one else but her. Kudos to the cashier for keeping her composure (I think I would have called management for reinforcements or someone to move this woman along). But, belt empty, cashier 10 minutes later moving on to the next customer, the woman stands there to read her receipt. The next two customers had to go around her to get to the far belt to get their items. I know I could have abandoned this line, gone quicker through a normal lane, I was annoyed, but I was mostly curious to see how far this woman would go. Fortunately she moved on by the time I got to the cash with my two price matches and one coupon with only the three items and student discount. I was so quick, all the person behind me in line joked was hoping for me to share my discount with him. I chuckled and said I wish I could, but that’s not quite how it goes and went on my merry way. I did pass the woman again in the parking lot, I wonder if she expected someone to take her groceries to the car too!

  8. Week 19 – May 6 – 12, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 1200
    Total Out Of Pocket: $41.06 (including stockpile)

    3 NN Tuna = $3.27
    2 Realemon = $5.98
    2 Hellman’s Mayo – $3.97 (PC Points 1200) (PM Food Basics @ $2.99) = $5.98
    Milk = $4.27
    4 Kraft Cheese – $6.99 (PM Walmart @ $3.87) = $15.48
    Coloured Peppers – $4.00 (PM Giant Tiger @ $1.97) = $1.97
    Bananas = $1.73
    Green Pepper – $7.69/kg (PM Not sure where @ $1.94/kg) = $0.38
    Wonder WW Bread – $2.99 (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00

    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1890.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $21.47
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $118.53
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $550.86

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $28
    Total Cats to Date: $127.23

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $19.59
    Total Stockpile to Date: $118.77

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $127.13

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $125.89

    Total Grocery Budget for Canning Produce ($400.00)
    Total Canning Produce this Week Period: $0
    Total Canning Produce to Date: $0.00

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $4.00

    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $4.09

    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00

    Total Snap rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $18.58
    Total Price Match to Date: $128.74

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1200
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 19965

    Overview: Until I pay for the car bill, money is extremely tight right now so I am glad that we have been able to get by on just a few items.

    1. Hi Dee
      It’s amazing how little we can survive on when we have to. How long before you think that the bill will be paid for? Great deal for the mayo. I like the Hellman’s brand Olive Oil myself. Is the Realemon 2 large bottles of juice that you bought? A few good deals are better than paying full price. Well done. You get ballot #8. Mr.CBB

      1. The car bill was put on my credit card so it will be paid in June. The Realemon was 945 mL because my daughter has been making homemade lemonade. Next time, the Realemon will be cheaper. I’m stockpiling the mayo at great price for use this summer for salads.

  9. MAY – Week #2 of 5- May 9-15, 2016


    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults



    Hubby is on a real tear with rain checks and gift cards this week!

    He picked up a $10 Gift Card for Save On Foods with this week’s shop using a coupon in the flyer.

    He also got a Buy 1 Get 1 Free rain check for London Drugs Vitamin C 500 mg x 300 pills for a total of 4 bottles. It’s not groceries (I use our medical reserves) but it’s a good deal so I thought I would mention it.


    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 6lb Gala Apples $5.88
    1 Cantaloupe $1.96
    1 Large Bag of Coleslaw $4.88

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $12.72
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 PC.PLUS Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    4 boxes of Taco Shells +
    1 Fajita Seasoning Mix +
    2 cans Refried Beans (1 with chilis, 1 without) = $20.00
    $20 Old El Paso Products – COUPON IN FLYER for $10 Gift Card << Yippee!

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $20.00
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 42 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $25.28 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    ** NOTE: We got a $10 Gift Card today as a result of our Old El Paso purchases **


    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 1lb Strawberries = $2.50
    1 Pork Loin Roast @ $1.99/lb = $7.53

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $10.03 – $10 Gift Card = $0.03
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 33 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    ** NOTE: We got a $10 Gift Card today as a result of our Old El Paso purchases **






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $27.00+ Apr $117.96 +May $34.99= $377.76

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00 +Apr $5.23 + May $0.00= $26.69

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 + May $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $3 +April 48 + May 75= 318 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 32 + May 0= 265 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200= April 3,100 + May 0 = 15,100 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 0= 0 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar $182.77 + April $255.43 + May ($11.28+$10.00+$10.00+$25.00+11$9.71+$9.24 +$22.50+$0.03+$12.72=$110.48) = $939.20

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + April $190.00 +May $190.00 = $950.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $10.80 AVAILABLE



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00+ Apr $0.00 + May $0.00= $9.88



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar ($45.00-$104.58)+ Apr $45.00+ May $25.00= $100.42



    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr ($26.71-32.00)+May $11.28= $58.63



    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00 +May $20.00= $158.12



    2015 Fwd $100.00+ $537.50 Trf from Borscht Fund+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61+ Mar $0.00+Apr $15.00 + May $0.00 = $679.11



    $ 950.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MAY

    $ 9.88 Redeemed Points to Purchase

    ($ 211.69) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 252.34 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 100.42) Trf to US Grocery Reserve

    ($ 9.88) Set in reserve to offset
    Redeemed Points

    ($ 879.43) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 5.19 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB

    $ 9.88 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    THE VALUE will be added month to month to our Holiday Reserve for next Christmas.

    So far $950.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $426.57 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 58.63 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $158.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $679.11 Summer Season Fund
    $100.42 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 9.88 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,006.16. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $426.57 that we have added in 2016, LESS $356.92 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16
    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16
    2 x Lilydale Fresh Turkey Breast Roasts @ $6.99/lb – Good until June 29/16
    2 x Island Farms 750g 2% Cottage Cheese @ $5.39-50% Off = $2.70 each -Good until July 3/16
    2 x 1 LB Strawberries @ $2.88 each – Good until July 19/16

    Save On Foods:

    2 x WF Skipjack Tuna 6-pack @ $5.99 each – Good until May 10/16


    This week’s BREAKFAST menu plan:

    HUBBY: Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Juice + Bagels/English Muffins with fat free cream cheese spread, peanut butter or Cheez Whiz OR Rice Krispies cereal with skim milk

    MYSELF: Tetley Tea with Skim Milk & Equal + yogurt, apples, bananas or hard boiled eggs


    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: Egg Salad Sandwiches with yogurt and Strawberry Pecan Bread

    TUES: Pork Roast Sandwiches, Dill Pickle & Yogurt

    WED: Dijon Chicken Salad Wraps with yogurt and sliced strawberries

    THURS: Tuna Salad Sandwiches Dill Pickles and yogurt

    FRI: BBQ Chicken Wraps with Italian White Bean, Cabbage & Sausage Soup & carrot sticks and dip

    SAT: Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup

    SUN: Picnic in the park at Boulevard Park


    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Tomato Basil Penne Pasta with Green Salad

    TUES: Italian White Bean, Cabbage & Sausage Soup

    WED: Almond Poppy See French Toast with Parmesan Roasted Cabbage Wedges

    THURS: Broccoli-Rice Casserole with Mushroom-Peppers & Green Onion Omelette

    FRI: Tuna Shepherd’s Pie & Greek Salad

    SAT: Arroz con Huevos with Steamer Veggies

    SUN: Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwiches


    1. Hi Mary,
      That was a nice score with the Old El Paso. Have you tried the yogurt and strawberry cake yet or will this be your first time? May I ask what a Tuna Shepherd’s Pie is? I didn’t know the Shepherd’s fished 😛 I find we are interested now more in tuna and egg salad sandwiches since the winter has somewhat come and gone. I often make a batch of egg salad and just leave it for anyone who is interested in it. How have your cucumbers been? I always get the wrong end of the stick when I’m trying to save money. So far 2 of our cucumbers which were large and very colorful turned out to be rotten. Well done and it sounds like Larry really knows his way around the grocery store. You get ballot 7 Mr.CBB

      1. I have a Strawberry Pecan bread we are eating and loving but I haven’t made one with strawberries and yogurt. Cucumbers are doing just great…I am working my way thru them nicely. I eat a whole one every day as part of my lunch. Here’s the link for the Tuna Shepherd’s Pie…

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