How To Curb The Fast Food Temptation After Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Jan 9-15

how to curb the fast food tempation after grocery shopping



Let me show you why you’re eating out after grocery shopping and how to beat the temptation that could send your budget into an unbalanced mess. The idea of spending $200 at the grocery store to fill a shopping cart and then buying fast food straight after seems absurd but we’ve all done it.

If you want to slash your grocery budget this year it’s important that you look at all the inside and outside factors that influence the way you spend money. The temptation or the idea to cut the time you’ve just wasted in the grocery store seems appealing especially when you’re not in the mood to cook. Eating out means less time doing stuff you don’t want to do after a grocery shop.

I am guilty for getting take out after grocery shopping, After all the shopping I’m tired and don’t want to cook- Ami K (Facebook)

Eating before you go grocery shopping so you don’t spend more money at the supermarket is a well-known fact. Depending on what you eat and how much you’ve eaten you might be hungry again sooner than you think. I automatically know when I’m hungry at the grocery store because I start to look at food like I haven’t eaten in weeks. I’ve even started cooking the food in my head which leads the temptation right into my shopping basket.

I’m usually guilty of eating out before going grocery shopping – I don’t want to be hungry when grocery shopping. Christine B. (Facebook)

One of the good things about a small town is a lot of those tempting places are out-of-town so the temptation is removed unless you want to drive 20 minutes.- Christine W. (Facebook)

Oh so true!! Here in Toronto there is temptation at every corner! Though after a while things get boring and the pizza place or Starbucks or McDonald’s become less tempting. Birgit N. (Facebook)

Why do you think the restaurant for Costco is so successful?

It’s because Costco marketing knows that almost all people who grocery shop are hungry or will be hungry at some point. This is another reason samples are available throughout the store. Those little bites of cake, cookies etc. drive your sugar level up then crashes it shortly after.

You’ve probably only made it down two aisles before your tummy is rumbling or you want more food. So what do you do? You shop more OR you get caned at the cash register because you stop at the restaurant before you leave While you are waiting in line and watching everyone with their hotdogs, ice-cream cones or chicken-strips and fries eating you talk yourself into getting some too.

Plenty of time to do that while waiting in line most times. If you’re not strong enough, you cave. Costco knows what they are doing but most grocery stores don’t have an eat-in restaurant so it’s up to outside marketing to drive the traffic in.

A lot of my problem is that I am such a foodie and love to cook and try new things, I am guilty of having too much choice in the house. Food does indeed manipulate are wants versus needs.- Julie A. (Facebook)

Costco isn’t the only store that offers a restaurant or fast food joint on the premises. Metro has Starbucks, Walmart has McDonald’s and everywhere throughout the mall there is fast food. Some malls still house a grocery store which made convenient shopping even easier.


The phases of food temptation while grocery shopping


fast food temptation after grocery shopping
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Whether you shop at Costco or any other store with some form of fast-food or pre-made meals you can enjoy before you leave the store there is always one key factor that leads you to spend food dollars- temptation.

  1. You smell the food cooking or baking- temptation
  2. You can see the restaurant as you’re cashing out or it’s in view –temptation
  3. Prices are reasonable for what you get- temptation

If temptation doesn’t take over and you make it out alive from the supermarket without deviating from your grocery list now you’re tasked with outside temptation.

One of the  best things you can do after enduring a grocery shopping excursion is to go straight home.With gas prices going up with the carbon taxes and the daily bounce effect and time is equally pricey.

Ideally, you would want to get everything done once you’re out and about. Some of you may go grocery shopping before or after work or even on the weekends when the stores are busiest. For many of you this might be a blessing because it means you’ll get in and out faster to avoid long line-ups.

No matter what time of day or day of the week that you grocery shop if you aren’t prepared for the food temptation after grocery shopping it may catch you off guard. Tummy vs. Shopper. This can cost you big bucks.

Whether you’re shopping alone or with the kids the task of loading and unloading a grocery cart with food and other household items can exhaust anyone. You’re not done either because when you get home you know you have to do it all over again.

Related: The best times to go grocery shopping

The minute we load the groceries into the vehicle and I get back into the driver’s seat I just hold on to the wheel and hope that my wife doesn’t say, “Baby, do you think we can go (insert anywhere here).”  I just want to get the food home, put it away and get on with the day. I’m not a fan of the all-day shopping extravaganza especially if grocery shopping is on the to-do list.

I can almost guarantee you if we do more than just grocery shopping we will be making a trip to Tim Horton’s or MacDonald’s for coffee and sometimes a muffin for the little guy to split with me. There have been times we’ve went to MacDonald’s thinking all we were getting was coffee and $19 later we have burgers, fries and Happy Meal in front of us. Temptation is one of the hardest things to quit especially when we’re tired or if we in or near a situation where convenience calls.

Luckily we have a reasonable entertainment budget and I have an allowance each month that covers our trips through the drive-thru or quick stops to sit in somewhere after shopping. Trust me when I say we don’t do this often but what I noticed was the trend of shopping and eating out. I recognized the need to help others including our family to stop making pit stops to help protect our food dollars.

Having an adult allowance is not so common nor is an eating out money stash because people just don’t have the money to do so. Here’s the catch though, we do it anyways. The mind in the moment knows that you can’t afford something but when we have an idea that will save time sometimes it’s hard to back down.

For instance, going for lunch at East Side Mario’s after grocery shopping means no cooking and more relaxing or tending to other chores. The temptation sure does feel good even before you give in which is why you might give in. Talk about superior powers we have with the mind when we want something to go our way.

Last night on Facebook the What’s For Dinner gang and I had a chat about this topic about going grocery shopping then eating out straight after. Some of the fans put their hands up to say they were guilty, some justified it as a treat and others said it’s part of the routine. Others simply don’t do it because the money is not available.

Below are a few ideas to help curb temptation before and after grocery shopping which may or may not work for you but we use to help keep our spending at bay.


Meal Plan


How many of us create a meal plan and deviate from it because we weren’t prepared or too tired? Me, Me, Me. I bet we are all guilty and with this type of spending behaviour that is not planned or budgeted for comes extra expenses. Always remember that it’s the little expenses that add up quickly. When someone tells me they don’t know where their money went all month but then I find out they spend $10 a day on coffees then the answer is adding up the small stuff.

One of my fans has this brilliant idea of putting the crock-pot on before she leaves for work or on the weekends helps to curb wasting food dollars after grocery shopping. You already know that the food will be ready when you get home which means less time you have to spend in the kitchen. The same effect happens when you don’t have food on the go while you’re at home because the option of eating out seems more appealing.

I plan my menu for the week and buy the groceries for that week.
If something comes up during the week my groceries will last longer.- Christine T. (Facebook)

The only way to prevent it to have something in the crock pot.– Rhonda L. (Facebook)

I find meal prep for the week really helps. Once you get into the habit, it’s so easy and really worth it!- Tanya M. (Facebook)

We seldom go out for dinner because my husband is such an amazing cook. If we do, it is usually because we are away for a weekend basketball tournament for one of our kids, both play travel basketball.– Beverly E. (Facebook)


Bring Snacks


If you have kids in tow or your grocery shopping is out-of-town which might mean you have a bunch of errands to run you need snacks. Unless you have the budgeted money to spend on treating yourself while you’re out this will help get you and the kids through until you arrive back home.

Making sure your kids have something to snack on is important or you’ll be faced with saying no to screaming kids who want to eat something because they are hungry. This is the temptation for parents  that drives them to pit-stop at a fast-food restaurant before heading home. It’s easier to give in to a screaming child then trying to explain why they can’t have something. We’ve all done this.

I don’t usually eat out – the few times I’m tempted some dietary restriction usually stops me. Planning is sometimes haphazard and usually just a day or two in advance.- Nicole J. (Facebook)

Our grocery budget went up this year to $260 in part because of snack-time and the Mrs. low carb lifestyle. We would buy snacks here and there but now that our son is eating he’s always asking for a snack. This might be crackers, cookies, apples, banana, peanut butter, nuts etc. These are extra expenses for us however it’s a small price to pay if it keeps us out of restaurants and fast food joints that weren’t planned dining out days.

Related: 5 ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip cookies


Eat Filling Food


If you consistently try to eat food before you go grocery shopping the best thing to do is eat filling food. Stuffing your body full of sugar and carbohydrates only means you’re going to crash and want to eat everything in sight. The best course of action is to fill up on delicious protein such as eggs, meat, fish, legumes and vegetables like spinach, lettuce, radish, cucumber, tomatoes etc.  The longer your body feels full the less you’ll be thinking about food in your head to get into your tummy. I’ve seen Mrs. CBB take out a baggie of hard-boiled eggs at the grocery store and eat them if she gets hungry.


Task scheduling


Long shopping trips will make anyone hungry. If you are able to shorten your tasks outside of the house or plan them on different days this may curb the eating out habit. The less time you spend away from the house the less you will spend on food unless you’re ordering in delivery food which can throw everything off-balance.

I’m guilty. I’m so pooped after shopping i don’t want to cook or make anything. Also i eat on the way home so i have the energy to haul all 800 bags in on one go.- Jackelyn G. (Facebook)


Setting rewards days


Mrs. CBB and I are planners which means if we are going to eat at a restaurant we plan that time out so we can use the money we have in our entertainment fund or allowance budget. Knowing that we want to eat out and spend $50 one month to do so will help us work around the rest of the money left in our budget categories. The harder part for us is the little expenses but we’ve manged to control that the last two years with our budget.

I am more guilty of snacking on crappy food like chips or crackers when I have lots of healthy choices at home. Not really a big fast food chain gal. I find I do better when I’m prepared. Menu planning is huge and setting days with rewards curb temptation. Tara D. (Facebook)

Rewards days may be in the form of eating out or making a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies rather then grabbing a package from the bakery. This is a great idea and it inspires you to try new recipes.

Don’t stop and just think about your money- create an action plan that you will stick to.

If you’ve recognized yourself above its important that you know there are no excuses to spending money you don’t have especially when you can control it. We either save it or we don’t and that’s something we’ve come to learn which is why we continue to budget now that we are debt free.

Discussion Question (s):

What else can we do to curb eating out before/after grocery shopping? If you are guilty tell us why you give in to eat out before/after grocery shopping temptation?


January Grocery Game Challenge


Join in the 2017 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are The Grocery Game Challenge rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the 2017 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule.

New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules

January 2017 Blog Posts:


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2017


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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.


2017 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3120 or $260/mth

(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 this Month: $260
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $260
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 410,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum 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 : $22.00


Our Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • 2 x 4L 2% Milk Sealtest $4.27
  • 4 x 10% Cream $1.99
  • 4 dozen eggs $1.99

Total Out-Of-Pocket $25.45

  • Total to spend this month : $260
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $49.66
  • Total spent this week: $25.45
  • Total spent so far this month: $141.75
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over big time
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $56.30/over
  • Total left to spend for the month: $118.25
  • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

Shop 2 didn’t go so bad as we are stocked up and only needed to pick up a few staples. I’m hoping that we can continue to meal plan the best we can and stay on the path as much as possible this year. Let the fun begin!! Oh, did anyone notice more coupons coming out again? I did and to be honest as much as I like the coupon apps I miss the mounds of coupons we could get. The coupon apps are restrictive to purchase power where most paper coupons offer one per purchase.


Coupons and Coupon Apps 2017


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?

If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll get it added to the savings list below.

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 2017?

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

If any of these links are broken please report them to me.

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Danone Coupons Get up to $25 in coupons
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  • 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 2017 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 2017 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-$20-$50 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $CDN via PayPal.  Please see GGC rules.
  • 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 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.

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 2017 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!

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  1. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $500
    Save on foods
    $18.45 3kg frozen chicken breasts
    $1.25 chocolate bar – forgot to pack a snack for little miss and she was starving after her first swimming lesson so we splurged on a treat that she got two pieces of 😉
    $19.75 total oop
    H&W produce
    $1.80 broccoli crown
    $1.44 jalapeno
    $1.69 carrots
    $3.98 5lb cucumber bag
    $3.98 20lb russet potatoes
    $1.98 pineapple
    $1.49×3 blueberries
    $1.49×2 blackberries
    $1.75 pitas
    $24.05 total oop
    $3.79 cinnamon
    $8.69 baking powder
    $11.99 27pk gum
    $25.05 total oop
    $4.56 chocolate milk
    $3.56 homo milk
    $2.99×4 cheese
    $1.49×6-.75cCx6 activia yogurt
    $2.50×2 black/raspberries
    $2.50-50%GMO old dutch chips
    $1.36×3 2L pop
    $1.09×2-50%GMO green tea mango juice
    $5.49 card
    $1×4 sour cream
    $2×2 pizza pops
    $11.14, $14.26-$2.85(20% off promo coupon) lean ground beef – 9 meals worth
    $5.49×2, $4.99, $4.49 assorted pies for hubby’s bday
    $37.18 total GC
    $55.91 total oop
    $4.50 total coupons
    $1.97×2 vh sauce
    $5.36 homo milk
    $2.09×4 1L coffee creamer
    $1.47 lettuce
    .79 roma tomato
    .84 garlic
    $2.19-30% bananas
    $5.98-30% & $1.50C bocconcini
    $2-30% steamed noodle
    $1 egg roll wrapper
    $1 wonton wrapper
    $1-30% shanghai noodle
    $29.10 total oop
    $1.50 total coupons

    $37.18 total GC
    $153.86 weekly total oop
    $6 weekly total coupons
    $231.42 monthly total oop
    $11.50 monthly total coupons

    this week was a big one for us especially since we had to host our little misses 3rd bday party 🙂

    1. Hey Juanita,
      Your daughter is almost the same age as our son wow… I didn’t know that. I always thought she was 2 years older for some reason. Does she ever have tantrums? Ours loves them. That just made me laugh with the chocolate bar as our son tries so hard for us to buy them all the time. Once he took a handful and put them on the counter at the shop and looked at me like it wasn’t him. Haha! Kids. Do you think working at a grocery store attributes to the amazing deals that you get? Your deals were awesome here wow. I wish I had that luck and the meat you picked up… awesome score. Well done. You get ballot #8

      1. Hey Mr.CBB
        I think our little miss is a little bit older then young mr.cbb…..
        Yes she has tanturms but they usually dont last long and we just dont put up with them. So so far so good for us. She wasmt in the store with me when I bought her some chocolate. We were out and forgot to pack snacks and werent gonna be home soon so a little treat to keep her going. Needless to say snacks are packed in the car now! She looks at everything at the till but when we say no she just keeps on moving down the line and thinks nothing of it again. She likes pressing the belt button and packing groceries.
        Yes working at a grocery store helps. I get see sale prices every week and even the instore only sales as well. I also know what price I wanna pay for things!! That helps tonnes. Ground beef was $6.61kg so I know I need two big packs that will get us through a couple months or till another good sale. Same with frozen chicken breasts usually someone has them for $6.59kg once a month or two. So I check inventory and buy whatever I think we will need. Buying meat and other things cheap allows me to keep lots of fresh fruit and veg in the house especially for little miss cause she could eat a whole 6oz pack of berries if you let her 😉

  2. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800
    (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 this Month: $650
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 54660
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $12.75
    Checkout51 to cash out : $33.25

    Our Grocery Shop This Week

    1 jug water -5.49
    1 case ginger ale -4.99, $2.00 coupon
    2 Cheerios @2.99
    1 Hunts tomato sauce -1.99
    4 cans tomato soup @.50
    4 KD @.50
    2 4l milk @4.27
    2 frozen fries @1.99
    4 Swanson meat pies @.99
    1 pack mushrooms -5.99, 50% sticker- $3.00
    Bananas -1.25
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -6.11
    2 bagels @2/5.00
    Tax -.65
    Total out of pocket -$56.62, $2.00 coupon

    Total to spend this month : $650
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $
    Total coupons used this week: $2.00
    Total coupons used to date: $2.00
    Total in-store discounts this week: $3.00
    Total in-store discounts to date: $17.22
    Total spent this week: $56.62
    Total spent so far this month: $214.08
    Total over/Under spend this shop: Under
    Total over/Under spend for the month: N/A
    Total left to spend for the month: $435.92
    Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    I really didn’t need much this week so it was a cheap week. The Cheerios for hubby, the KD, tomato soup and the meat pies were on sale so I grabbed a little extra. Won’t last long enough to class as a stock pile. So far it is a good start to the year!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      I like a cheap week. Paying $0.50 for KD was a great price considering I often see it for $1.50 a box. So apple sauce and Cheerios is what the hubby likes. Might as well stock up if he will eat it. Was the pack of mushrooms a big pack? Seems pricey $5.99. I could be wrong. 🙂 Great cheap shop this week… I could use a few like this. You get ballot #9

      1. Yes that was a big pack of sliced mushrooms, I would not have paid full price but for half price, it’s good to grab. I will chop them up further and use for things like spaghetti sauce. They will be bagged up and tossed into the freezer to use over the next few weeks…

  3. LONGO’S
    Clementines $6.92
    10% cream, organic $3.99
    Assorted buns and bread (pink sticker) $1.50
    Baguette 2.00
    OOP: 14.41

    60 Coffee Pods (-$10 store credit, $20 Stockpile Budget) $17.20
    OOP: $17.20

    1xVH Butterchicken Cooking Sauce (sale + 1$ coupon) $0.79
    1xArborio Rice, President’s Choice (Sale) $3.49
    PC frozen sweet Cherries (Sale) $2.99
    Clementines 1.35kg (1800 PC Points) $8.90
    OOP: $16.17

    Total to spend this month : $320
    Stockpile budget 2017: $240.00 ($20/month)
    Stockpile budget used this month: $20
    Total coupons used this week: $1.00
    Total coupons used to date: $5.50
    Total in-store discounts this week: $16.70
    Total in-store discounts to date: $41.41
    Total spent this week: $47.78
    Total spent so far this month: $210.12
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $32.22 UNDER
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $50.12 OVER
    Total left to spend for the month: $320-$210.12=$109.88
    Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $210.12


    After the disaster from last week (accidentally buying double groceries) I was able to make up a bit of the money I overspent. I also prepared all the fresh food items as planned and with the help of friends was able to eat all without anything going to waste.

    I did spend $37.20 on Nespresso coffee pods, but decided to use $20 of my stockpile budget for these, since they will be used over the next 2-3 months and also to give myself a small little break within the budget for the rest of the month.

    Next week I am going to receive my first “Mama Earth” organic green box. I chose mainly Canadian produce and added farm fresh eggs from a small organic farm in Algonquin as well as a loaf of sour dough bread. There will likely be a mixed salad, avocado sandwiches and fresh apples on the menu.

    1. Hi Birgit,
      I’m glad that you sorted out your grocery disaster from last week. I don’t know what we would have done, probably the same thing.Do you invite your friends over for meals all week? hehe.. Your Mama Earth organic green box sounds lovely. What do they charge for that box? I presume it’s a box for 1 or 2 people? Do they make one cup of coffee I’ve never had them before. I take it you like clementines? hehe.. How long does it take you to get to the Bloor Market and Longos from your residence? Do you walk, bus, subway… ? I can certainly see the value in ordering your food in boxes the way you do. Well done on your shop this week. You get ballot #8. Mr.CBB

      1. Thanks Mr CBB.

        I LOVE LOVE LOVE clementines! Eat them instead of candy! So I am going through a few… and yes…. they are not cheap. Ugh. But hey… life’s little pleasures…

        Mama Earth delivers different size boxes – the smallest (which I picked) is $30 if you take what they give you and $32 if you customize the box within a week before delivery. I customized and that’s how I picked things from around Ontario, Apples from BC. The eggs came on top, but were a little cheaper than the organic eggs here at the supermarket.

        Longos and Bloor Street Market are both walking distance. It’s still quite stressful and anxiety provoking to go shopping – narrow aisles and too many people shoving past me. It’s a bit too much… So I will very likely go over budget this month due to the delivery services. But keep my sanity and that’s worth something too! 🙂

        Re Nespresso: yes. They are one time use capsules that only fit Nespresso machines. The pods are made completely from aluminum and can be recycled at the Nespresso Store to make new capsules (opposed to plastic pods that end on the landfill). The machines have a lot more pressure than a Keurig for example and produce a decent espresso or luongo. Unfortunately there are no capsule-alternatives available in regular stores. Only the pods from the Nespresso store work with the machines. One espresso shot costs usually $0.60-$0.75. I sometimes run the same pod twice to get a diluted espresso as base for a latte. Not cheap, but good quality and taste for those who prefer espresso based coffee drinks.

  4. As far as curbing the urge to eat out after shopping I just have to remind myself how awful I feel after eating fast food and how mediocre the quality of the food is for the cost. “Sure glad I had fast food for lunch” said no one ever unless they are under 20 years old!! I would rather pass on the popular chain restaurants both dining and fast food and treat ourselves to an exceptional dining experience a few times a year.
    And here are my grocery shopping adventures for the week!!

    Grocery budget

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    • Total Coupons Used: $21.48
    • Total Out Of Pocket: $162.32

    • 3 X curry paste :sale 6.84
    • 2 Pedigree small dog: 7.48 Buy one get one coupon plus a 4.00 checkout 51 rebate
    • Beneful Small dog food: 8.48 3.00 coupon
    • 2 X VH Pouch:3.74 2 x 1.00 coupon plus 600 PC points
    • Smoked Paprika: 5.49
    • Garam Masala: 5.49
    • PC Dry Green Lentils: 2.68
    • PC Dry Red Lentils: 2.68
    • 3 PC Thai rice Stick Noodles:6.00
    • PC sesame oil:3.28
    • 2 x NN Black Olives: 2.74
    • 2 X Hoisen sauce: 6.35
    • 3 X Nature Valley bars: 5.64 Less 5.00 coupon WUB 3
    • 2 X Oxo less salt boullion:5.34
    • Helllman’s ½ fat Mayo: Sale 3.98
    • Patacks butter chicken Paste: 2.98
    • Fish Sauce: 1.28
    • Teriyaki Sauce: Sale 2.48
    • 2 X Coconut Milk (1 liter size) 6.96
    • 18 Eggs: 4.68
    • 4 Liter Milk: 4.92
    • 4 x half&half liters: sale 8.36
    • 2 X frozen butternut squash: sale 4.96
    • Lettuce: 1.97 reduced 1.38
    • 5 lb carrots: 3.28
    • 2 lb baby organic carrots: 3.48 reduced 2.44
    • Organic romaine: sale 3.48
    • 4 english cucmber: 4.41
    • Bartlett Pears: 4.13 plus 800 PC Points
    • 4 count red peppers 3.98
    • 12 pound Whole pork Loin: 1.89 per pound: 23.36 plus 4600 PC Points
    • 3 d’taliano bread: 7.41 plus 1200 PC Points
    • 1 6 pack sub buns: 3.79 reduced 2.65
    • Ziggy cooked chicken: 5.00
    • 3 X cauliflower: 8.58 reduced 6.00

    • Name Your Store :IGA
    • Total Coupons Used:
    • Total Out Of Pocket: 5.00
    • 5 X Unico diced tomatoes: Sale 5.00

    • Name Your Store : No Frills
    • Total Coupons Used:
    Total Out Of Pocket: 24.00
    12 Pounds frozen chicken Breast @ 2.00 per pound: $24.00

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

    • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $750.00
    • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $750.00
    • Total Gift Cards used to date: $
    • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $
    • Total Rewards Points used to date: $
    • PC Points Plus Earned to date:223175
    • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date
    • Air miles Points:451
    Zweet to date: $5.00
    • Cart Smart to date:$
    • Checkout51 to date: $23.00
    • to date: $
    • Caddle to date: 9.00
    • Optimum Points:162,000

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Stockpile budget 2017 ($75.00):$900.00
    • Stockpile budget used to date: $84.44
    • Stockpile budget Used this Week:44.48
    • Total coupons used this week: $21.48
    • Total coupons used to date: $23.48
    • Total in-store discounts this week:$68.29
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $128.79
    • Total spent this week: $191.32-44.48 Stock Pile =$146.84
    • Total over/Under spend this shop: $40.66 under
    • Total over/Under spend for the month: $107.20
    • Total left to spend for the month: $522.15
    • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $228.24
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
    I spent more than I wanted to this week, I was out of a ton of condiments, and needed quite a few ( well maybe not needed) to do batch cooking this week, those small items add up way too fast. Hopefully next week holds no surprises!! The pork loin was an amazing buy, I cut enough chops for two meals, sliced some thinly for two stir fries, cubed some for souvlaki skewers. So five meals for 3.75 for the protein. The chicken from No Frills isn’t the best quality but I always buy it when it is 2 dollars a pound and that is what we use for soups and casserole type dishes. I was going to bake bread and rolls this week because I have some spelt and whole wheat flours that need to be used up which is tricky because my husband is on his January No carb kick start to a diet and I don’t want to tempt him with the smells!! Will wait until he goes ice fishing on the weekend!!
    I was happy with the buy one get one coupon for dog food, and was able to claim 4.00 on checkout 51 for it as well, it is on sale this week with pc points attached so I will do this offer again for the stock pile. I also had a 5.00 off WUB general mills products from so I picked up 3 packs of granola bars for .64 cents, these will be great for the backpacks for my two in college. The VH pouches were a good buy at for 1.10 for 2 after points and coupons, however you can get them free at superstore this week if you print the 1.00 coupons from because they are on sale for 1.00, I may go back and get another couple, and they are great for a quick stir fry in a pinch. I am over on stock pile budget but I expected it with the pork and chicken sales, I find January is one of the best times to buy pork.
    It seems everything goes at once, my coffee maker started leaking this week and my iron bit the dust, my husband wears a dress shirt every day to work and I iron a lot as well as sew. The cost of dry-cleaning is crazy so I have been investigating irons all week so I can make an informed decision when I go looking tomorrow.
    Hope all have a successful shopping week, we are half way through!!

    1. Hi Julie,
      Welcome to the Grocery Game 2017!
      If you find you have any questions please feel free to reach out.
      You make a very good point about giving up the fast food for exceptional dining out a few times a year. I agree. Do you ever pack snacks when you are out and about shopping to curb that urge to stop?
      I can tell right from the start of your grocery shop that you like to cook at home. Awesome deal on the bars. ( I just read) Where did you find the $5 coupon? The chicken breast was a great price. You don’t see that often. Buying meat and processing it yourself is an even better bargain, good for you. We have been out of the coupon loop for a bit. We still use them but ordering them not so much. I think we might try to focus more on getting more deals this year with coupons. We received a sample VH pouch in the mail last year which I used to make some work meals and it tasted find to me. No complaints. I’d love to put together a chart that details the best months to buy what. I don’t know how to approach that though. Any ideas?
      Dry cleaning is so expensive. I think we paid something silly like $80 to do our king comforter. Do you shop at any of the second-hand stores where you could find stuff cheaper? We look all the time. You can probably find a decent priced coffee pot on sale just about every week in a shopping flyer. We learned that the most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it will last the longest.
      Well done with your shopping and I loved your write-up.
      Happy Shopping.
      You get ballot #7.

      1. I usually shop in the morning and have breakfast before I go, so I don’t usually bring anything but I have been known to grab a glazed donut from store the bakery from time to time!!
        My couponing has declined greatly in the last couple of years, I only order/clip what we might use, it is so time consuming to chase deals. I read a Canadian couponing site briefly in the mornings to see if there are any new ones out there I would use. the 5.00 for the general mills products was offered in December for a short time through
        I have read a few charts on different sites to show best times of the year to purchase things, but for food it is difficult because it varies region to region. I will look for anything on the web that might interest you and let you know!!
        I love to thrift shop and did a bit of checking yesterday as I had a bag of clothes to drop off at Value Village but no luck on the coffee maker. I did buy a new iron at the Bay after much investigation, I wanted a really good one and the one I wanted was 20% off and used some Bay points to make it a little easier to take. I will be making drapes and roman shades for the whole house and it will be invaluable for that as well.

  5. I have a list of grocery items to buy so that I don’t get tempted to buy more than what I need and I always schedule this task in the morning so that I have the full energy as I just have my full-meal breakfast. I think and based on experience it’s a matter of self-control because I do rarely eat after doing my grocery task and need to go home right after to prepare for lunch.

  6. I plan all my meals. It helps reduce temptation to go to a restaurant because I know I’ve already taken meat out of the freezer for that day’s supper. On Monday we had to take a quick trip to Costco to return an item. We went right before supper. We were hungry! Those hot dogs smelled so tempting, but I knew I had already chopped up the vegetables and shredded the cheese for the homemade pizza we had planned for supper. We skipped the hot dogs.

    1. I can’t get over how busy that restaurant at Costco can be. Once the customers start eating those samples the food just calls out to them. It has done it to us but we just keep walking.

  7. Hubby and I don’t stop off to eat after doing the normal weekly grocery shop locally because I make sure we have leftovers in the fridge to quickly re-heat when we get in and have finished putting everything away.

    On the other hand every 2-3 months when we shop in the US, we plan to stop at one of our favorite restaurants before heading for home but we have our groceries on ice in our cooler so there’s no problem taking an extra hour to get back home. I budget for the little treat as part of our spending so it’s not throwing us out of whack. We stop for either breakfast or lunch though and either one is sure a lot cheaper than a dinner! 🙂

    This month, we have an overnight get-away tied in with our US grocery shop and a nice hot breakfast is included with the room so that will be our treat meal for this grocery shop!

  8. These are all really good tips, thank you! I have a really hard time with my grocery budget and with eating out after doing a big shop. My 91 year old mother lives with me and I work full time. When the the weekend comes she loves to get out and shop and loves to eat out and I usually relent to anything she wants to throw in the cart ( she loves to buy expensive boxed cookies and they really add up!) so the budget usually goes out the window. She also does not usually like much that I cook or bake… since she had several strokes, she finds everything dry unless it has a cup of gravy on it. I really want to get my budget more in line. I found your blog and really enjoy reading the tips here and comments. Does anyone have any advice for my situation?

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thanks for your kinds words. Do you mind if I share your comment on my Facebook page to see if any of the fans can relate or offer tips as well? Have you talked to your mom about your budget? I get that you just want to make her happy but if you’re struggling maybe talking to her might help?

  9. Week 1 – Jan 6 – 12, 2017
    Name Your Store: Zehrs
    Total Coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $6.75

    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    2 WW Wonder Bread – $4.98 (50% Pink Sticker)

    No shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $6.75
    Left for the Month: $0
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $6.75

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $0

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($507.69)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $0

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $0

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($499.98)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Meat to Date: $0

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

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $2.50
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $2.50

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $0

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 15098

    Overview: Well this is technically the last shop from the 2016 food budget but it is being counted in 2017 due to the calendar date. I plan on keeping the food budget at $70.00 per 2 weeks so overall, it has gone down this year. Also, if the leftover grocery budget is applied to debt, I’ll be reducing the food budget by that much so by the end of the year, the food budget doesn’t appear to have a large surplus of $. This week, we didn’t really need much since the majority of the groceries were purchased on New Year’s Eve.

    1. Good Morning Dee,
      Nice to hear your grocery budget has decreased and it’s quite impressive as it is for 2 people. You do some wonderful shopping. I just knew you were going to say something about paying your debt with that extra money, that’s awesome. That’s how it’s done. You’ve got this. I can’t wait for the day you tell us that debt is gone. Are there any changes to your shopping habits for 2017 that you may be working on improving?
      You get ballot #6. Mr.CBB

      1. My grocery budget decreased due to number of pays I’ll be receiving this calendar year but also if I do apply any extra money to debt. Because I didn’t do that last year, it made my food budget look really unrealistic by the time I came to December. I’ll always trying to improve my shopping habits but nothing specific, except for the eating out. I am wanting to try new recipes throughout the year so that meal list can change as the seasons change. We have 4 new recipes in the works for this and next week which should make things interesting with the grocery budget. In general, my financial life is a work in progress and plenty of places for improvement. BTW, I received the gift card last week.

        1. Hey Dee,
          That’s brilliant that you are working on new recipes and eating out less. It’s always a work in progress you are right. The best part is having the knowledge to know when it’s becoming too much. Good for you. Ah, great I’m glad it arrived safe. 🙂 Happy Shopping.

  10. My Grocery Shop This Week

    No Frills
    No Name All Purpose Flour 2 kg – $3.99
    Lays Potato Chips – $2.97
    Farmers Milk jug 4 Litres – $5.19
    French Vanilla Coffee Cream – $1.97
    Delissio Frozen Pizza – $3.00
    Clementine Oranges – 5lb – $4.47
    Tax – .45
    Total coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Out of Pocket – $22.04

    Lawton’s Drugs
    3 loaves of Bens Bread – $5.97
    Total coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Out of Pocket – $5.97

    Chops Meat Market
    Boneless Center Pork Chops – $5.70
    3lbs of Mcintosh Apples – $1.98
    10 Lbs of PEI Potatoes – $2.98
    2 lbs of Carrots – $.68
    2 lemons – $.96
    Total coupons Used: $0.00
    Total Out of Pocket – $12.30

    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $200.00
    • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $200.00
    • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0.00
    • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0.00
    • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0.00
    • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 19,250
    • Shoppers Optimum: 19,030
    • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0.00
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    • Snap Groupon to date: $0.00
    • Zweet to date: $0.00
    • Cart Smart to date:$0.00
    • Checkout51 to date: $0.00
    • to date: $0.00
    • Reebee to date: $0.00
    • Caddle to date: $0.00
    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Stockpile budget 2017 ($25.00):$0.00
    • Stockpile budget used to date: $0.00
    • Total coupons used this week: $0.00
    • Total coupons used to date: $0.00
    • Total in-store discounts this week:$0.00
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $0.00
    • Total spent this week: $43.75
    • Total over/Under spend this shop: Under $6.25
    • Total over/Under spend for the month: Under $6.25
    • Total left to spend for the month: $156.25
    • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $43.75
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
    This is my first post for the Grocery Game Challenge. I have followed your blog for a few years. I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I work from home full time and only go into the office one or two days a week. My household has recently shrunk from 6 people to just me. I do look after my granddaughter 3 nights a week and she eats supper and breakfast here on those days, I also make her lunch for school two days a week. I am going to try to buy very little processed food this year and I am looking forward to keeping my food costs on budget. I picked up some great deals on New Year’s Eve at Sobeys as they often mark down produce and meat close to closing time so I did not need any groceries last week. I made sandwiches for a birthday party this week so that is why I bought 3 loaves of bread. I have a $30.00 monthly budget for household items such as cleaning products, toilet paper, shampoo etc. so these items are not included in my grocery shop. I also track my pet food separately. I may start tracking these separately and updating on here each week. I think I may have to add a stockpile amount as well.

    1. Well hello Jennifer… Nova Scotia and welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge.
      I’m MR. CBB and will be moderating your GGC posts every Sunday (at least that’s my goal) and the rest of the friendly GGC gang is all here too!! I also believe DEE tracks her pet food and health and beauty/ household separately too here. We used to pile it all together but we weren’t getting an accurate number which told us how much food we were eating. Feel free to track different categories in the GGC, that is up to you. I’m always happy to read them.
      We added the stockpile a couple of years back and we love it. It’s just a bit of side-money that is there if we find a good deal. Most months we find one so it helps.
      If you don’t use your entire months grocery money what will you do with it? Save it or carry it over?
      By the sounds of your shopping habits you will fit right in perfectly with the gang here. We’re all frugal shoppers and love great deals.
      I’m super excited to have you on board with us sharing your journey. The first challenge is to stick to the budget and posting your shops. You can do it!!
      If you need any help or support feel free to reach out. I had a read over your grocery shop and you picked up some wonderful deals. The apples and potatoes were a good price for this time of year as was the carrots. Do you price-match as well? Is Lawton Drugs similar to Shoppers Drug Mart where they have a grocery section and then healthy and beauty etc? We always look for deals at our pharmacies as well. Oh.. just got a post idea!! Well done and welcome again I’m sure you’ll find everyone very inviting here. I’m glad you finally decided to come out and introduce yourself.
      You get ballot # 5
      Have a lovely day,

      1. Thank you. I am excited to be part of this group. I do price match, mostly at No Frills. Lawtons Drugs is actually owned by Sobeys. They are very similar to Shopper’s Drug Martin. You earn air miles at Lawtons. Every week they do a three day sale with really great prices, always lower than the grocery stores. They seem to be adding more and more grocery products weekly. Have a great evening!

        1. I wonder if maybe they are going to go the same route as Shoppers Drug Mart now that they are owned by Loblaws. They have to keep up with the competition.

  11. I often shop for groceries in a bigger town. By the time I travel and hit a couple of stores for the best buys I’m starving. I’ve started carrying a refillable water bottle and some granola bars in my big purse. It gets me over the hump until I get home. It also helps if you buy something simple for dinner the night you grocery shop. If you just have to toss a salad,add some bread and a heat tin of soup. It isn’t as overwhelming as having to cook a big from scratch meal when you are tired.

  12. I plan the meals and purchase the food for those meals for the week. I typically don’t stop after I’m done grocery shopping because I have the groceries in the car and I don’t want the food to go bad. I might eat out before shopping so that I’m not hungry while shopping but if I do, it’s something like Subway which we can eat cheap. The issue I have about eating out is if I’m picking up daughter before going home and I know that nothing is taken out to cook or waiting for us at home, I’ll have a tendency to eat out.

    1. The hardest eating out on the budget is sitting in a restaurant where you have to tip. Boy that does get pricey. If your budget works with your lifestyle then keep on doing it. 🙂

  13. JANUARY – Week #2 of 5- Jan 9-15, 2017


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



    Historically January has been a tough month for us to stay on track with our grocery budget… since we have been returning from a month long vacation and all the fresh supplies need to be purchased.

    That’s not the case this year though so I expect we’ll have a lot less trouble with our budget this month if I can just keep my “grocery blinders” on and just ignore the sales that I do not “need” for either this week or next. Obviously the blinders slipped this week and look what happened!


    This week’s grocery shopping list is a lot longer than last week but I certainly am enjoying the flexibility of having a grocery list that spans the possible needs for the next 2 weeks.

    I hadn’t planned to make pork steaks this week, even though hubby loves them, but at that price…why not? One night we had the pork steak and a little of the sauce served on a bed of rice with leftover Almond Gai Ding (vegetable dish) and finished off that dish in the process. I plan to serve the other half as Pulled Pork Tacos topped with sautéed red onions and mushrooms & a traditional coleslaw alongside a nice hot bowl of our leftover Vegetable Barley Soup (hopefully finishing off the soup as well).

    In order to squeeze the pork steaks into the meal plan not to mention the budget, a couple of soups that I had planned to have got shoved back until later in the month.

    I also took the opportunity to re-stock a few items that we were getting low on. Thank goodness for the Re-Stocking Reserve!

    The other dinners I have planned this week are: grated hash browns with sauteed mushrooms, red onions, green chilies, pimento and Tex Mex Cheese mixed into it and served with sides of mild tomato salsa and sour cream, Kathleen’s Cottage Cheese Pancakes served with a Greek Salad on a bed of lettuce, a huge honking Green Salad with Grape Tomatoes-Cucumber-Celery-Green Onions-Sliced Hard Boiled Eggs-Black Olives (me only) & Sunflower Seeds tossed with a Spinch Salsa Ranch dressing, a Ham & Cheese Omelette with Fries and gluten free gravy, Slow Cooker Potato-Dill Soup with a Spinach-Iceberg-Mushroom-Red Onion Salad topped with Slivered Almonds and Mandarin Orange Segments, the 2 pork dishes mentioned above and a Tuna Shepherd’s Pie accompanied by a side green beans & sliced beets. It’s a nice week to eat at home! 🙂



    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    3 x English Cucumbers @$1.00 ea = $3.00 < nice winter pricing!
    1 red pepper $2.12
    1 orange pepper $1.86
    1 paprika $2.39 << getting low on my spice shelf
    2 pkgs Compliment Saltines @ 2 for $5 * they aren’t as good as Christie Premium Plus BUT are a nicer price
    400 g Bulk Roasted Sunflower Seeds @$0.59/100g = $2.74 < for salad crunch material
    1 Cottage Cheese $4.00
    Less $0.06 for Bag return
    GST $0.14

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $21.19

    ** Earned 11 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $10.70 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Shopper’s – Maple Ridge –

    2 GRADE "A" LARGE WHITE EGGS @ $2.49 ea = $4.98

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $4.98

    ** Earned 4040 Optimum Points on this shop ** << 4,000 were for my birthday 🙂
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    No Frills – Maple Ridge –

    2 x 2lb Carrots = 2 for $3 < how could I ignore these? they also had 2 x 3lb yellow onions but I am well stocked
    1 Iceberg Lettuce $1 < I see wedge salads & Greek Salads served on a bed of iceberg in our future
    1 x 200g PC Whole White Mushrooms $1
    1 x 3-pack garlic $0.98 < I am craving oven roasted garlic spread on toast
    1 pkg Pork Shoulder Blade Chops $3/lb = $6.95

    2 Kraft PB 1 Kg $3 ea = $6.00 < we were on our last one 🙁 That will never do!

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $12.93
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $6.00

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


    Meridian Farm Market – Maple Ridge –

    5 Lemons $2 < my afternoon snack material
    1 Popeye Spinach $1.98

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $3.98


    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    10 Heinz Maple Baked Beans @ $1.00 ea = $10.00

    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $10.00

    ** Earned 10 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Safeway – Maple Ridge –

    7 China Lily Soy Sauce $2.98 ea = $20.86

    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $20.86

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **



    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE JAN 22nd! (weather permitting)



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $10.70

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 15 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 11 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 4,040 Points



    $ 190.00 Grocery Budget JAN


    ($ 96.55) Actual CASH SPENT << doesn't take me long does it? LOL 🙂



    $ 111.88 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 95.70 Holiday Season Fund + $140 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles.
    $ 653.54 Summer Season Fund
    $ 466.46 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,327.58. This means we had $1,274.44 that we carried forward from 2016 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $90.00 that we have added in 2017, LESS $36.86 that we have drawn out for use in 2017.


    1. Hi Mary,
      You have a huge reserve fund but that’s good. Why did you have such a large carry over from 2016? When I first read that you were going to ignore the sales I though, that’s so hard. What do you use for the taco shell? That salad of yours sounds delicious. I’m hungry right now actually as I didn’t eat too much for dinner. The cheapest we found the cucumber was $1.77 so yes that’s a smokin deal. I might grab a bag of sunflower seeds next time we go to Food Basics. I’ve seen the China Lily soy before but have always had Kikoman. What is the China Lily like? My son is currently beside me with a cracker and instead of eating it he’s crushing it on the table with the wheels of his truch.. ugh. It looks like you scooped up lots of dollar deals. The peppers were pricey but expected this time of year. Well done. You get ballot #5. You’re adding your meal plan in.. haha. I bet the post gets longer and longer … I know you. 🙂 Let’s do this. You get ballot #5. Mr.CBB

      1. My reserves have been growing by about $300 per year and that meant we had almost $1,300 unused at the end of last year.

        I will be heading upcountry twice this coming summer so I expect that we’ll be lucky to just hold steady on the reserves this year what with all the fresh fruit and veg. that I plan to bring back on both trips. It’s time to break out both the water bath and the pressure canner plus my dehydrator.

        After I clean the fridge freezer in the garage, I also plan to start working on freezing a dozen or so quarts of my Doukhobor Vegetarian borscht as well. 🙂

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