3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 Mar 27-Apr 2

grocery games I play with our son while shopping



Parents who bring their kids grocery shopping know how important it is to keep them occupied.The last thing any parent wants is to have their children throw tantrums at the grocery store. It only prolongs the grocery shop and adds stress to what could be a fun shopping trip of grocery games.

Growing up my siblings and I would goof off at the grocery store and not give much notice to the food that surrounded us. In essence we kept each other busy which seems like a parenting win although my parents missed a valuable opportunity to educate us about where we were, what we were doing there and why it was important.

Missed opportunity means- you can’t get the time back but you can certainly get back into the game when needed. It was too late for us kids as we eventually stayed home and played while our parents went grocery shopping. As I got older I found grocery shopping to be relaxing and fun for me because it puts me in a happy place. I love to cook and to me food really is love.

Even when I moved out and bought my first flat I was intrigued about grocery shopping so much that I’d do it a few times a week. It was mainly because I enjoyed it but also because my refrigerator was tiny so I had to do frequent grocery shops.


Becoming a Dad


When our son was just a baby he had toys dangling from his car seat which one of us would push him around in with the stroller. This seemed to keep him occupied and happy while we quickly did our grocery shopping. Even better was when he was fast asleep in the vehicle which meant a quiet shopping trip was on the horizon.

Related: How to take a baby grocery shopping successfully

Fast forward two years and we have a toddler who is inquisitive about EVERYTHING.

The infant car seat is gone, the stroller is gone and he’s ready to take on the world like an adult. Hey, wait a minute little dude you’re only two and a half. So? Kids don’t care and expect to soak up as much new information as they can when and wherever they are. I should also add at any time of day. Yawn, that’s why parenting can be a struggle for parents who need their sleep but can’t get it.

Any time we go grocery shopping we do our best to make sure our son is well rested so he’s alert and happy instead of in a mood. Although we can’t always avoid it we’ve found it’s best to have a happy baby then one that is sleepy and unhappy because they can’t sleep. There’s no where left to sleep for him but uncomfortable spots, in the shopping cart or in our arms.

The minute we walk through the door at Zehrs our son points to the coupon board and says, “coupons” and it melts our hearts. We walk over to the board while Mrs. CBB is off and away with our grocery list. I hang out with our son and we play grocery games that he absolutely loves.


Grocery Games begin


What I’ve found out being a new parent is that kids have the attention span of a gold-fish. He flip-flops from one thing to the next especially if he is overstimulated by certain environments such as the grocery store.

The grocery store is big, lots of lights, filled with people but most of all he knows there is chocolate hiding somewhere in the store. Ha! Since our son clings to me at the grocery store Mrs. CBB and I have devised a plan that works for our family.

When you grocery shop at Zehrs one of the coolest things they offer for parents and kids is free fruit and a free cookie from the bakery. Kids like their food samples too you know. I’ve used these free snacks as prizes for our son when he successfully wins the grocery games we play.

One of the biggest perks from playing grocery games with our son is that he has shown a big interest in cooking and being in the kitchen. He helps us peel onions, chop stuff with his plastic knife, stir cake batters etc.

Almost every recipe you see on this blog recently he has participated in creating by helping to stir or crack eggs.  It’s quite amusing to watch him get right into the kitchen fun with us since Mrs. CBB and I both love cooking.

melissa and doug kitchen photoJust recently we decided that we would buy him a play kitchen so he had his own space. I was lucky to find a wood kitchen from Melissa and Doug for $60 on Kijiji- score! All it needed was a bit of cleaning and a stock up and it was ready for our little chef.

His new kitchen occupies part of our kitchen which is great because when we cook, he cooks too. We’ve stocked his refrigerator with empty food boxes, egg carton with Dollar store eggs and all sorts of bits.

He has fake fruit baskets, utensils, plates, pots, pans. You name it and he’s set to be Canada’s Next Top Chef Toddler. grocery shopping basket

Knowing that we’ve got his attention in the kitchen is important to us. We find it’s essential in providing him grocery games that educate him about the food he eats.

I’m almost certain that most adults don’t think about having fun at the grocery store especially with their kids. The problem is you’re missing out on a valuable resource that can teach your child a life skill.

Over the past year I’ve come up with 3 grocery games that we play from the moment we get into the grocery store. I don’t expect everyone to do the same as we do but I’m hoping to inspire some of you who cringe at the thought of bringing your kids to the grocery store.

Forget the worry and add some grocery games. It may add a bit of time to your grocery shop if you’re alone with the kids but think about how much better it will be without whining or the tantrum.


3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping


Never stop educating your children. Just because you think something is silly others might find it fun like your child will. I’m almost certain that when your kids grow older you’ll find stories to chat about. I was called, “The Dude” from our son the other day.” I’m not sure where that came from or whether that means I’m a cool dad.


Colours and Shapes


We also explore colours and shapes throughout the store. It could be marketing signs, pre-made hamburgers, 1lb of butter, cheese packaging etc. it could be the shape of the box or the shape of the fruit. He knows his shapes very well and practices them everywhere he goes including hexagon, pentagon and octagon.

It’s amazing how well he concentrates when it comes to education and playing these grocery games. If we left him in the cart and simply did our grocery shopping we know we’d be missing out on a weekly opportunity to encourage our child to explore the grocery store.

Always make sure to celebrate the win with a yummy treat. This way your child will want to go grocery shopping especially if they know there is a prize waiting for them at the end.


Name that Fruit and Vegetable


We spend the largest portion of the grocery shop playing grocery games in the produce section. Why? There are so many fruits and vegetables to go through and he loves it. You can hear him shouting out loud sometimes, apples,  bananas, oranges, mushroom, carrots.

The other shoppers find it fascinating and cute. My goal is to have him know what everything is before he turns 18, ha. While we are playing our grocery games we make a pit stop at the free fruit stand for kids and pick out a banana or apple. I let him pick what he wants to give him that freedom he craves at the grocery store. This becomes part of the grocery games we play because he feels in control of the situation.


Math games


We play the how many grocery games which encourages our son to count. He’s already up to over 30 which we’re pleased with. What I typically do with the math games is hold up a number of products and ask him to count them.

Sometimes we count all of the jugs of almond milk in the dairy section which he finds amusing for some reason. I think because he can actually touch them as the bunker is wide open and at his level.

A little fun goes a long way especially if it’s meant to help educate your child about what they will one day have to do themselves.

By the end of the grocery games he is exhausted especially if he’s been on the ground walking as the store is quite big. As Mrs. CBB is checking out we’re waiting in front of the cashiers to help bag the groceries and push the conveyor belt button.

Bringing your child grocery shopping is one thing but finding out what types of grocery games appeal to them can be rewarding for the parent and the child. Establish boundaries, offer rewards for successful completion of grocery games and allow your child to lead the way. Soon enough he/she will be doing the grocery shopping for you. See- Parenting Win.

Discussion Question: Do you play any grocery games with your child/children at the grocery store? Please share them in the comment section as I’d love to try them with our son and I’m sure others would enjoy reading about them too.


March/April 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.

Post your shop and you can be next.

New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules

March 2017 Blog Posts:


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2017


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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: $3180 or $265/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: $265
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $265
  • 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: 431,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum points  (I will update this twice a year) $1500 worth of free stuff.

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

  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $24.50


Our Grocery Shop This Week


All totals below already have tax factored into them.

This was a no-shop week for us but we’ll back into the swing of things for April starting next week.

  • Total to spend this month : $265
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $10.99
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $67.91
  • Total spent this week: $0
  • Total spent so far this month: $263.60
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $1.40
  • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $231.06+Feb $255.16+March ($5 budget increase) $263.60

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

I can’t believe it will be April this weekend. Although we are only 4 months into the grocery game I want to point out that shopping this year has been easier so far. After putting into play just about everything I talk about on this blog whether from the fans or stuff we create has helped us lower our bills and keep our son engaged at the grocery store.

That’s our food shopping week!!



Coupons and Coupon Apps


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
  • 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
  • MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
  • Walmart Canada Printable 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 Save.ca, 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 to reflect changes 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 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 Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca 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 is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries.

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. Thanks Mr CBB and Mary… for reading my post and responding.

    I completely forgot I already bought a box of cheerios the previous week 🙁 I now have two. I bought them so my son would eat the overstock of bananas I bought previously 🙂

    I have a few challenges I’m working on. 1st hubby does most of the cooking so planning meals is challenging. He sticks to the basics. Meat . Rice or potatoes. Veggies. We are avoiding bread and pasta, cheap options. I have little storage space to stock up. And really picky kids (our fault I’m sure).

    I have been using cash/gift cards. Mostly. But rely on my back up account when I run out.

    The SCOP is actually Neilsen Scanning. A survey company. You scan your purchases and earn points. Wasn’t sure where to record that. If I needed to.

    I like the idea of only buying on sale. I’m going to give that a try. I’m not giving up. if one way doesn’t work I will try another.

    Actually I looked at my last six months and here’s my numbers. I set a lower goal for myself in January when I started tracking here. I was doing pretty well until March. I’ll have to look close at March.

    Oct – 962
    Nov – 986
    Dec – 1200
    Jan – 756
    Feb – 612
    Mar – 1112

    Part of the difference is in doing a better job separating out some expenses. But overall I have cut back. Just haven’t hit my goal yet except one month.

    Appreciate the support.

    1. Hi Mary Ann,
      We’ve done that before and come home only to find a brand new box or jar of something. It happens. Our son is a picky eater too and it’s so tough right now. All he will eat is pizza, peanut butter, bananas, apples, bacon. Ugh. Ah, ok that makes sense now. I am affiliated with Neilsen Home Scan so I know what that is. Do you know what SCOP is?
      Meal planning is tough especially for us right now since I’m not home much and my wife is hit or miss if she can make something as our son demands so much attention. We’re working on training him to play by himself a bit, chill out and let us balance the day.
      Buying sale items and planning meals around them is a wonderful way to save money mind you not everything you need will be on sale. I ask myself if we really need it this week or not. If no, I wait. If yes, I get it but I try to limit as much as I can that is at regular price. I’m glad to hear you are making improvements and they are only bound to get better. I’m sure you’re learning lots about your shopping habits already. I know I am. Mr.CBB

  2. Mary Ann,

    Are you meal planning before you shop? I have a little game I play with myself…I stand in front of the pantry/fridge and try to figure out a meal plan where I buy the least possible ingredients to make it thru the week. Check out my shop this week…eggs & tomatoes…period!

    I stock lots of basics WHEN THEY ARE ON A GOOD SALE so that I never have to pay full price. I hate full price! If I really have to have something in a given week, I check all the local online flyers to see who has it the cheapest. Check out the price on my tomatoes…score! Hubby’s work is within walking distance of 8 grocery stores and he’ll pick up items for me on his lunch hour walk. Bonus, no gasoline required!

    I watched a cooking show yesterday with Valerie Bertinelli and she was shopping her pantry and freezer to make supper. I have all the ingredients on hand that she needed to make these 3 dishes: Roasted Artichoke Hearts Provencal, Smoky Cheddar Cheese Crackers & Pasta Al Tonno. The recipes are on Food Network if you are interested. That said, switching up the vegetables to work with what you have in the freezer, changing the spices and cheese in the crackers or switching up the canned fish/seafood or the type of pasta to work with what you have on hand and you have a pretty amazing meal without having to grocery shop IF you keep a good supply of basics on hand.

    I suggest you start building your pantry to have the items that are basics for your family. Getting to a well stocked pantry takes time, if you only stock up on sales, but once you are well stocked…it’s easier and cheaper to keep it up not to mention that it makes no shop grocery weeks possible.

    I plan for at least one no shop week per month and I have been challenging myself lately to make it 2 weeks a month. If I’m not in the store, I can’t overspend! LOL Ask my hubby – it’s a lot cheaper to leave me at home! Ha ha ha 🙂

    All that having been said, I am not an advocate of boring or deprivation but I certainly am into large batch cooking seeing as we are a family of two and a pot of soup or chili makes for many meals if I portion them out for the freezer. This next week you’ll see a sizable shop for us… simply because the sale prices are there. There are many weeks I won’t buy certain items. I know my prices and I refuse to pay more than I absolutely have to. I’d rather change the meal plan and wait for a sale! Hubby and I are not working our guts out to make the various grocery chains rich. Far better that our cash stays in our pockets!

  3. March – 3rd week

    Grocery Game Challenge – 2017

    Name Your Store ie: Superstore
    Total Out Of Pocket: $168.50
    Big Bag chocolate chips – $8.99
    NN Bathroom Tissue – $2.99
    Peppers – $6.21
    Whiskas Cat Treats – $3.29
    NN Snack Bags – $1.99
    Cherrios – $4.29
    Graves Apple Juice – 3 for – $3.99 + .30 deposit
    Bag Spinach – $4.99
    Farmers Milk 4L – $5.79
    Bag Lemons – $5.99
    Cucumbersx4 (discounted) – $2.37
    Meat for Dog – $22.17
    Friskies Cat Food – 10 for – $7.00
    PC Salsa – $3.99
    PC Pasta Sauce – $3.59
    NN Lemon Juice – $2.49
    PC Pop x2 – $1.98 + .20 deposit
    NN Apple Sauce – $2.19
    NN Oats – $2.99
    NN Pasta Sauce – $3.99
    Tostidos Chips – 2 – $5.98
    Cheerios – $4.29
    Pop – $1.99 + .1- deposit
    NN Cottage Cheese – $2.89
    NN Cheese – $4.49
    NN Fries – $3.99
    Coconut Milk – $3.99 + .10 deposit
    Bag Avacodo – $4.99
    Tomatoe – $2.48
    Lettuce – $1.99
    Ricotta Cheese $5.49  bought it again for a potluck
    Checken Brekst Family Pack – $13.60

    Points Overview
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700.00
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $ 683.06 (overspent last month)
    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: 64,225 (added 2100 since last report)
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date – 1450 points

    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Checkout51 to date: $15.75 (no change)
    Save.ca to date: $1.39 (no change)
    Caddle to date: $12.30) +.95
    Lyoness to date: $12.94 (no change)

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    Stockpile budget 2017 ($25.00):$0
    Stockpile budget used to date: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $3.67
    Total in-store discounts this week:$6.15
    Total in-store discounts to date: $76.74
    Total spent this week: $168.50
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $160.97 (over )
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $160.97 UGH!!
    Total left to spend for the month: $0
    Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $2442.00
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): This month didn’t go as planned at all. If I total the amount I have spent year to date and divide it by three, I spent just over $800 per month and am trying to get it to around $700. Feels impossible…..

    1. Hi Mary Ann,
      Nothing is impossible in The Grocery Game Challenge…. if you want it bad enough you’ll do it. So in 3 months you’ve overspent by $100 a month. Can you pay with cash and do the cash grocery shopping system? That might work a bit better for you and the temptation might not be there to buy more. Can you make a huge pot of pasta sauce and freeze it instead of buying it in jars? You will save a nice chunk of cash there. The peppers were pricey. Were they on sale? If no could you possibly shop the sales instead of buying full-price items unless it’s a necessity? I notice you bought 2 boxes of Cheerios. Did you check to see how much the Club box costs or the biggest box (presuming it’s not the one you bought) just to see if it’s worth buying 1 of those instead? Do you stockpile when there is a sale on items you use on a regular basis? This will help.
      What is this? >>> Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date – 1450 points
      Can any other GGC players tell me about SCOP and points? Is there something new going on?
      Don’t give up… you will see a difference I promise BUT you have to put as much effort in as you want out of it all. Find new ways to slash your budget or eliminate products you can do without. You get ballot #20. Mr.CBB

  4. Week 12 – Mar 24 – 30, 2017
    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 2600
    Total Out Of Pocket: $79.70

    2 jars Classico Sauce = $4.00
    1 Kg icing sugar = $2.49
    2 NN Pasta – (400 PC Points) = $2.00
    3 NN Tuna – (600 PC Points) = $2.91
    NN Ceasar Salad Dressing = $1.57
    NN Mayo = $2.47
    Baking Soda = $1.29
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    2 Neilson Chocolate Milk = $2.00
    Bananas – 1.765 Kg = $2.17
    Lean Ground Beef = 14.46 (30% sticker)
    PC Wraps = $3.47
    Cinnamon Raisin Bagels – (400 PC Points) = $1.00
    2 WW Bread = $2.94

    9.1 Kg Whiskas Cat Food = $26.54
    18 Kg NN Cat Litter – (1200 PC Points) = 7.88
    2 Baking Soda = $2.58

    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: $27.67
    Left for the Month: $35.82
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $323.50

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $37.00
    Total Cats to Date: $91.16

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($507.69)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $4.91
    Total Stockpile to Date: $108.75

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $5.07
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $78.99

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($499.98)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $10.12
    Total Meat to Date: $198.59

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $11.99

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $4.34
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $49.80

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $13.35

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 2,600
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 6,933

    Overview: This week is a quiet week. There was some replenishment of items that we use and some wants. The cats needed some replenishment of their supplies as well. Overall, it was a normal week and still some room to spare for next week’s shop.

    1. Hi Dee,
      Yes, a quiet week for sure however you did pick up some great bread deals. It’s always worth it especially if you have a freezer to pack a few extra loaves of bread or wraps as they can get pricey. Have a great week. You get ballot #18. Mr.CBB

  5. MARCH – Week #4 of 4- Mar 27-April 2, 2017


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



    If I want to avoid the “take-out” or “dining out” expenses…I have to keep our meals interesting. I have a very low threshold for food boredom yet if you gave my hubby hamburgers & fries, hot dogs, KD, fish and chips and Caesar Salads…he’d be happy to eat them over and over and over again & in fact he did when he was a single guy many moons ago! LOL

    He does however enjoy my experimenting (thank goodness) and will occasionally even ask for a new favorite of his i.e. my Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup. I can’t believe he loves kale! You couldn’t get him to eat a brussels sprout with fear of death but kale….he’s more than happy to chow down! 🙂


    We have a fair chunk of change still available after this week’s groceries, $46.03, so I am going to top up the US shopping reserve again! I love topping up my reserves – it feels like a major win when it happens at both the beginning AND the end of the month! We didn’t need much so why spend if it’s not a need?



    Shopper’s – Maple Ridge –

    1 GRADE “A” LARGE WHITE EGGS 1 Dozen @ $2.79 ea

    Total OOP: $2.79

    ** Earned 20 Optimum Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    8 Roma Tomatoes @ $0.88/lb = $1.26

    Total OOP: $1.26






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $30.52

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

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 58 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 21 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 2,600 Points

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



    $ 570.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MAR


    ($ 606.71) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 177.44 Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 95.70 Holiday Season Fund + $170 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles.
    $ 653.54 Summer Season Fund
    $ 311.05 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,237.73. This means the $1,274.44 that we carried forward from 2016 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $339.32 that we have added in 2017, LESS $376.03 that we have drawn out for use in 2017.


    1. Hi Mary,
      Great topic idea>>> Does Food Boredom Push You To Eat Out? You do have fantastic meals planned out all the time. Now I know it’s you who loves the variety. I’m more like Larry where I can eat anything even if it’s for a couple of days or so. Have you tried making the kale chips before? Eggs and tomatoes… woah. That was hardly a sip of tea Mary. Hehe!! I love the excitement about topping up your reserves and you should be with the hard work you both put into your budgets. Well done. You get ballot #16. Mr.CBB

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