Ditch These 6 Genius Grocery Sale Price Distractions : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 July 31-Aug 6





Sale price distractions are everywhere, not just the grocery store. You only have to think back to holiday shopping and understand the power of sales and marketing. It’s easy to say yes even when you want to say no.

Every once in a while I get an email from a reader who is struggling with their grocery budget. What I always find interesting is that most of the concerns are typical to most shoppers. They are not new concerns, they are just new to them and can become a burden on their monthly budget.

Let’s read what CBB fan Sophie has to say about her grocery shopping dilemma and offer her some tips to get her back on track.


Super Sale Prices Equal More Money


Dear Mr.CBB,

I am a single woman in her 30’s who struggles to keep her grocery budget balanced. You would think it would be easy since I’m grocery shopping for one however it’s harder. I’m a person who likes to stress eat which means I’m an easy target for sweets and snack items. My grocery budget allows for me to spend $85 a week and still struggle to get it right.

I know I’m not alone but if I ask someone how to fix this they’d probably laugh at me because it’s grocery shopping. How hard can it be? You make a create a budget, make a list and shop. Nope, easy isn’t good for me I guess which is why I need some help.

Thankfully I found your blog and have learned so much by reading your Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.  Depending on the day, time of day, mood, weather and price pushers at the grocery store I fail this budget of mine.

One of my biggest problems or as I call them, “excuses” is that I sabotage myself with grocery store sale price distractions. What I mean is that I go to the grocery store with a plan which includes my grocery list, cash envelope and motivation to stay with-in budget and I often find I fail.

I’m only fooling myself by reaching for my credit card or extra cash I have on hand to pay for added expenses I never intended on spending in the first place. What do you suggest I do and are there any other sale price distractions that I should be aware of? Sometimes I feel like I’m missing the mark when it comes to food shopping and marketing.


Sophie (your new fan)


Sale Price Distractions


Hi Sophie,

Thanks for stopping by to read and send me a question about your grocery shopping concerns. It’s always nice to know that Mrs. CBB and I are not alone in our plight to fight grocery store marketing that typically eats up our food budget.

We all need to eat food yet it is the one product that can easily sell itself with;

  • impressive packaging
  • flavour
  • price

Have you ever said to yourself, “Oh I need to try that”? Probably, we all have. This is your mind taking over your stomach which can cause a nasty fight between pondering to buy something or not. I’ve been told not to shop when I am hungry and although I still believe this I don’t think it works for everyone.

I’ve been to the grocery store full and still spent money I didn’t need to. It truly is a whirlwind especially when we see how prices of food go up and down. I believe we train ourselves to think ahead and if we find a deal that is too good to be true we think about the future. In retrospect that’s not a bad thing and it can save you money only if you have the spare food budget space to fit it in.

The problem gets emotional when money moves from other budget categories to pay for overspending. There has to be a fine line as to where you will stop and where you will begin your grocery budget journey. I can tell you from experience that it’s easier said then done.

We are almost 6 years into this Grocery Game Challenge and still struggle to say, No. I will admit though that when we leave the grocery store with only what we needed we feel far better. In the event we stumble upon a sweet deal we also feel good about our shopping choice IF it was a product we would purchase in the future and if the price was right. There has to be a true savings factor in it for us.

For example: We like to have mince beef in the house. A club pack at Zehrs or even Costco will run shoppers well over $20. When it goes on sale at the grocery store between $15-20. Then there are REALLy good sales at the grocery store and you find the beef on sale for 50% off the price $8.

What do you do?

Do you buy a couple extra to add to your freezer stash? This would save you upwards of $20 on beef mince in the future or do you walk away and keep shopping?

The answer is always based on what your needs are and how much budget money you have to spend. Most months we have a carry over to clean up but that happens when deals like the mince come up.

If you noticed the chips were on sale for $1.99 reg $5.99 and you buy a bag here and there or maybe once a month ask yourself two questions;

  • Do I need it?
  • Did I budget for them?
  • How will the excess affect my eating habits if I buy more than what I planned on buying?

Most often when we stock up on junk we don’t really need it becomes a hub for overeating unless you have strict self-control. Who does?

I can remember a time Mrs. CBB and I found a great deal on Lindt chocolate bars for $0.50. Yes, that’s a great deal but we didn’t need them in the house because chocolate is just a treat to us. Having excess of something we don’t need motivates us to keep dipping our fingers in. Let’s not forget that expiry dates exist as well. Forget about it and you’ve wasted money.

Check out these genius sale price distractions and consider them next time you shop. If you’ve fallen prey to any of these tactics the genius in their plan worked.

Not everyone is mindful of behind the scenes marketing plans. You might know of them but the next person doesn’t. This is why we should all share our savings knowledge with each other.


Hourly Specials


Have you ever been grocery shopping minding your own business when all of a sudden a voice on the P.A system tells you about an hourly special happening right at that moment?

I think we all have and these types of sale price distractions meant to confuse you into buying something you don’t really need. If you’ve made your way to the special just to see what it was you’re half way to buying it and they’ve won the marketing battle.


Reduced Products


This is our weakest link for the CBB family although we’ve tried to sub-out if we find something worth buying like the beef sale we picked up this week. (See our shop below). Instead of buying chicken thighs and pork chops that were on our grocery list the beef took precedence because the price was too good to pass up.


Samples and Coupons


This situation came to mind right after we got back from holidays and made a trip to Costco. While walking up to the cash register we passed the last aisle closest which is the junk food aisle. (convenient huh?) A nice sample lady offered me a coconut cookie from Voortman and I was sold, kind of. In my head I was fighting the urge but she kept pushing doing her job.

Sample lady- “They are good, I’ve eaten lots today”

Sample lady- : “I’ve sold 56 boxes today on my shift already”

Sample lady- “The price is very good only $3.50 a box which makes each individually wrapped 2 pack of cookies only $0.21.”

No word of a lie this was going on and I didn’t even have time to answer her in between her trying to motivate me to buy them. She even offered me a second cookie just because she thought she could hook me. The idea is while I’m crunching away and can’t talk because my mouth is full she’s pulling out all the tactics to get me buy a box.

What was my response?

Mr.CBB- “I can make them at home for less” and I walked away. Damn, they were good though.


Buy More Save More


The buy more save more sales price distraction almost forces consumers to buy more because they can save more, so they think. If you aren’t going to use the products it’s a waste and check other products that might be cheaper by reviewing the unit price.

This happened to our son at the grocery store yesterday when he wanted to buy a pack of Smarties. The Smarties were $1.00 each if you bought 2 or $1.29 each. They also had a large container of Smarties for $2.99 which was 4 times the size of a box of small Smarties. Guess what he bought?

Well, we went with the $1.29 Smarties because he really doesn’t need a large container as no one else eats them here. If you were to look at unit price for what you get any smart shopper would say pick the large container. They are right. It’s cheaper.

My point is buying more is not always cheaper.


Price Lock


Those Price Lock deals that we see at the grocery store are a joke in my opinion. Just put the proper price up and leave it alone. Telling us it is a Price Lock is like trying to tell us that we made a great choice shopping at said store when in fact most stores have the same price anyways.

Wording is everything as is knowing your prices.


Weekend Specials


I’ve always worked weekends so I was never summoned by the weekend special flyer sales which lure shoppers in on three of the busiest shopping days of the week. Ideally, if they can get you through the door with these doorcrasher deals they have achieved their goal.

How many of you go in for just bread when you need bread and end up spending far more than anticipated? Well this is the premise behind these  3-day sales.


What team are you on?


My advice to you is to stick to the plan and only splash out on any of the above sale price distractions if you were going to buy it anyways OR the price is right. Be warned though that you may need to adjust the next weeks grocery shop to make up for any differences or move it to the following month to catch up. I know many of us find it hard to pass up a good deal but if you add a deal consider removing something from your grocery list if you can to balance it out.

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed about the grocery store and any issues you may find wallet draining. At least you are speaking up and wanting to do something about it. There are more people spending far more than they need to which happens because there was no lack of planning. The grocery stores rely on these shoppers to balance out the frugal-minded consumers.

The choice is yours where you stand – Balanced budget team or Who needs a budget? team. If someone chooses not to budget don’t cry about spilled milk, they knew it could happen yet did nothing about it.

Now is your chance to get it right.

I hope this helps you a bit Sophie and please report back to let us know how you are doing.

Discussion Questions: What other sale price distractions would you suggest Sophie avoid at the grocery store? How do you suggest she keep on budget without being swayed into buying something she didn’t have on her grocery list?


August 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.

Winners June and July : June Ballot#4 and July Ballot #2 – Congratulations Dee and April!!!  Contact me for your prize.

New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2017


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2017 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3180 or $265/month (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: 615,000
  • 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



  • Angel Sweets Tomatoes $5.99
  • Strawberries $4.99
  • Himalayan Pink Salt $4.99
  • Nescafe Instant Coffee $10.99
  • Bananas $1.59
  • 6 x 10% cream half and half $2.09 each $12.54

Total Out-of-pocket $41.10


  • 2 x Pepperidge Farms Cars Cheese Fish $2.99 each-50% (great find since we were buying 1 bag)
  • Keens Mustard $4.94-50% $2.47
  • PC Apple Juice not from concentrate full case $15
  • Large eggs $1.97
  • English cucumber $0.97
  • Blackberries reduced $4.00 (was going to get blueberries but these were cheaper)
  • 4 x Club Pack Lean Ground Beef all 50% off  $7.47, $7.44, $7.46, $7.44 (final price)
  • PC Cinnamon Raisin Bread $4.29-50%= $2.15
  • Thick Thomas Raisin Bread $3.99-50%= $2.00
  • Envy apples $2.23 plus 400 PC points

Total Out-of-pocket $63.59

All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $265
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $39.43
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $642.20
  • Total spent this week: $104.69
  • Total spent so far this month: $160.31
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: under $160.31
  • Total left to spend for the month: $160.31
  • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $231.06+Feb $255.16+March ($5 budget increase) $263.60 + April $273.83+ May $257.15 + June $65.43+July $226.84+August $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We had a great shopping week finding deals on meat that we had not planned to buy but we had other meat on our list that we removed to balance our budget. It’s not easy to pass up deals on meat either since it is so costly especially if you know you will eat it. Mrs. CBB eats lots of beef and chicken so it works out great for both of us.



Coupons and Coupon Apps


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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. • Name Your Sobeys
    • Total Coupons Used: $0
    • Total Out Of Pocket: $143.44
    Robinhood Quick Oats: $5.49
    Tomato Paste: .79
    Oikos Yoghurt: 10.98
    Mozzarella Cheese: $8.49
    Butter: $5.69
    Eggs (18×2) $10.78
    Whipping Cream: $3.52
    Cream Cheese x2: $6.78
    Chocolate Milk: $1.52
    Frozen Blueberries: $10.59
    Homogenized Milk: $4.80
    Frozen Peas: $2.69
    Vegetable Broth: 3.99
    Pacific Salmon x2: $6.78
    Mushrooms: $2.55
    Plums x6: $8.14
    Strawberries 2lb: $7.99
    Green Pepper: $1.12
    Broccoli: $3.53
    Red Onion: $1.16
    Grape Tomato: $3.49
    Spanish onion: $2.25
    Cucumber: $1.49
    Lemon x2: $1.98
    Chicken Thigh: $7.52
    Olives: $3.77
    Pepper Jack moon Cheese: $5.99
    Goat Cheese: $4.99
    Parmesan Rind: $4.02

    • Name Your Store Save-On-Foods
    • Total Coupons Used:
    • Total Out Of Pocket: $30.00
    Avocados – $5.97
    Bananas – $3.82
    Baking Soda: $4.02
    Shaved coconut: $3.49
    Stevia: $11.49

    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600
    • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $
    • Total Gift Cards used to date: $10
    • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $1.00
    • Total Rewards Points used to date: $
    • PC Points Plus Earned to date:
    • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    • Snap Groupon to date: $
    • Zweet to date: $
    • Cart Smart to date:$
    • Checkout51 to date: $2.50
    • Save.ca to date: $4.50
    • Reebee to date: $
    • Caddle to date: $
    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Stockpile budget 2017 ($25.00):$
    • Stockpile budget used to date: $
    • Total coupons used this week: $
    • Total coupons used to date: $
    • Total in-store discounts this week:$26.90
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $
    • Total spent this week: $173.44
    • Total over/Under spend this shop: $23.44 overspent
    • Total over/Under spend for the month: $
    • Total left to spend for the month: 426.56
    • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget)
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
    This is the total spent for two adults and two toddlers. I fell into the trap of buying extra because of sales. The pepper jack, yoghurt, chicken, Broccoli, vegetable broth, salmon and second pkg of cream cheese were not on my list. Regarding the meat…that was a deal too good to pass up. I saved over $9 on that meat! The rest were mainly impulse buys, especially the yoghurt and pepper jack. I would have spent $34.66 less if I would not have gotten those groceries and would have been under budget. Another thing I was shocked about when I got home was the price of plums. $8.14 seems a bit steep for 6 plums. That is something I will have to pay closer attention to when I buy fruit.

    1. WOW the plums were very pricey. Did they key in the right code? Seems a bit off but maybe I’m wrong. I know how hard it is to pass up deals that aren’t on the list BUT when we do we try to balance the budget the following week or until we get it on track. We carry over any overage to the next month so we keep in line with our yearly grocery budget goal. Not everyone does this but it’s a good way to discipline yourself when it comes to sticking to the number you set out to achieve. It won’t happen over night. I remember there were months on end that we were trying to catch up. It will get easier. What do you use the rind for? The blueberries and strawberries also seem pricey. How much yogurt do you get for almost $11? We use stevia here as well but we get it at the bulk barn once a year really sometimes twice and use the $3 off coupon. We grind it in a coffee grinder and it goes further. I’m not sure if that’s cheaper for you but worth checking out. 🙂 Well done. I’m not sure if you read the last GGC post but YOU WON!! Send me an email or message me through Facebook and I will let you know what numbers are left to choose from. There is still a $50 GC waiting to be won!! You get ballot #3 for August. Well done, this post is perfect. P.S always back up your post on the computer just in case something happens when you post. We’ve all made that mistake and had to type it over again. 🙂

  2. Week 28 – July 28 – Aug 3, 2017
    Name Your Store: RCSS
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 1400
    Total Out Of Pocket: $49.66 (includes $28.72 in GC)

    2 Classico Pasta Sauce – 3.58 (PM Giant Tiger @ $2.00) = $4.00
    4 Cans NN Mushroom Soup = $2.68
    3 NN Pasta – (600 PC Points) = $3.54
    580 g Lucky Charms = $4.98
    24 Case Nestle Water – $3.48 (PM No Fills @ $1.88) = $1.88
    2 – 680 g Astro Yogurt – $2.67 (PM Frescho @ $1.50) = $3.00
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    890 L Oreo Christie Ice Cream = $3.98
    Bananas – 1.735 Kg = $2.19

    2 – 1.4 & 1.5 Friskies Hard Food = $9.96
    10 Kg PC Cat Litter = $6.98

    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: $30.52
    Left for the Month: $0.00
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $941.70 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $815.31

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $19.14
    Total Cats to Date: $193.06

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($507.69)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $163.05

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $145.42

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($499.98)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Meat to Date: $268.56

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $17.99

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $69.15

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $7.10
    Total Price Match to Date: $48.67

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1400
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 20,938

    Overview: Using some gift cards definitely helped with this week’s groceries. Did a little stocking up on supplies and totally forgot other supplies, oh well, there’s next week, right?

    1. Hey Dee,
      Great deal on the water and the Yogurt. I only like the Astro coconut or Liberte the best so $1.50 is a great price. Who is the Lucky Charms lover in the family? I’ve never tried them before. What are they like? I made some ice-cream tonight but I’m thinking about buying a tub for the little guy as we have tonnes of cones here to use up and he does love it. Our friends gave him a scoop of vanilla with caramel mixed in last night and he went nuts for it. The look on his little face. He kept saying, “I like it”. Haha. Do you think you might go over on your personal hygiene budget for the year? I love how you track your price matching as well. That’s smart. Well done with the grocery budget thus far. I’m impressed!! Yes there is always next week PLUS you’ll have some more gift cards to use up! You get ballot #2. Mr.CBB

      1. I’ll probably look at the personal hygiene budget next year. My daughter is the Lucky Charms lover. I don’t know what it taste like but I know there’s marshmallows in it and I don’t like marshmallows.

  3. Dear Sophie,

    Good on you for realizing that you need some support and seeking it out. Hopefully we can help.

    1. While I totally agree that it’s a good idea to stock up on every day items that are at their lowest for the time period (knowing your prices are SO important), it might cause problems for you as you find your feet. You might say to yourself “the price is so good and even though I don’t need them, I have the money and they’re on sale, I have a coupon…”. At the end of the month, your cupboards are stocked with things that you don’t feel like eating anymore, have expired (some things do) and while they were at a good price, different things have come along that are at an even better price.

    A year and a half ago, I decided to (generally) shop for one week at a time for my family of four. The only stock up exceptions were peanut butter, cereal, beans (canned or dried) and meat. I would only buy a few months worth of the first three and an extra months worth of meat. Since my meal plan depends on the flyers, I find that I’m not eating the same amount of things like mayonnaise, plum sauce, mustard, shrimp sauce, BBQ (you name it, I have 5 of each in my cupboard).

    Since that time, I’ve reduced my already low food bill by an additional 10% and our food waste is almost zero.

    Yes, we’ve had breakfast for dinner a few times and/or very odd pairings of food but that’s the exception and not the rule. I always make sure to have frozen veggies and fruit (or I dehydrate items) to get us through the last few days. The best part is that all of us have discovered foods that we hadn’t tried before and are all healthier for it.

    2. Another item that would go with coupons is BOGO (Buy One Get One). I generally avoid them. I find that I can buy one on sale, reduced and/or with a coupon for less than the price of having two. And, it’s only good to have the extra if you will actually use it before it expires (although most stuff can be frozen), need it and/or won’t eat double the amount just because you have it and don’t want to waste it (or money).

    3. Shop the perimeter because generally, those items don’t go on sale. Although, milk and even eggs have started to go on sale recently (sweet!).

    I wish you all the best on your journey.

    Besos Sarah.

  4. Hi Sophie!

    I’ve been playing the GGC Challenge for almost the entire 6 years and I am still learning how to tweak my shopping habits to get the most bang for my grocery bucks that I can. I have recently started a new trend for myself. I shop once a month unless there’s a good sale that it does not make sense for me to pass up. If I don’t go to the store, I don’t spend money. Funny how it took me 6 years to figure that out!

    This week was supposed to be a NO SHOP WEEK for me but I NEEDED cream to make some of this week’s meals, I WANTED watermelon and it was a GOOD PRICE and our crab cakes we love were on a 1-day sale so I picked up enough for two meals for hubby and I and froze them.

    My first suggestion is to build up a good pantry with the canned and dry good that you always use. Once you are well stocked, you only need to replenish when the items are on sale.

    My second suggestion, take only your cash envelope with your $85 with you…no credit cards, no debit card. You can’t buy what you can’t pay for. 🙂 I have my hubby as my conscience… so if it’s not on the list…it doesn’t get into the cart. 🙁 Sometimes I REALLY don’t enjoy his stick-to-it-ness.

    Remember, sales are on a cycle. This will not be the last sale or even the last 50% off sticker that you ever see. I keep myself in check by saying, “I’ll get it next time!” LOL 🙂

    Good luck!

  5. JULY – Week #5 of 5- July 31-Aug 6, 2017


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



    We are for the most part, we are hanging in there with this no shopping routine for the month. Thank goodness my canned and dry goods are well stocked because I have had to hit the pantry & freezer a few times in order to create some of our nice light summertime meals. My fridge and crispers are looking rather empty at this point though. Thank goodness I only have one more NO SHOP WEEK after this one to survive.


    This week is all about fun and exploring! Hubby started the next piece of his holiday schedule last Friday night as he left the office. This time he has 2 weeks off! Yay! We are in for a heat wave this week – it’s going to be 100 F most of the week so early-in-the-day adventures are the name of the game! I wasn’t going to post this week but I’m still working on my month end and haven’t turned off the computer yet so when I saw Mr CBB’s post…I figured why put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

    Before I close out the month of July, I’ll move our $0.28 remaining over to our re-stocking reserve.



    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 Watermelon – 20 lb @ $5.98 < I have fallen in love with watermelon salads…I just can’t get enough!
    1 x 1L whipping cream $5.98

    • Total Summer Reserve OOP: $11.96

    ** 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 –

    6 Crab Cakes – One day sale Buy 2 get 1 free – $7.96 < we are freezing them

    • Total Summer Reserve OOP: $7.96






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $139.54

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

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 308 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 22 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 19,600 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 4,100 Points



    $ 1,330.00 Grocery Budget JAN-JULY

    ($ 141.15) NET RESERVE SAVINGS

    ($1,188.85) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 144.24 Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 125.70 Holiday Season Fund + $200 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles.
    $ 630.16 Summer Season Fund
    $ 515.49 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,415.59. This means the $1,274.44 that we carried forward from 2016 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $794.38 that we have added in 2017, LESS $653.23 that we have drawn out for use in 2017.


    1. Hi Mary,
      Well I’m glad you came around to post. 🙂 I hope your holidays are going well. How do you make your watermelon salad? We add feta to ours however since we don’t eat it any longer we haven’t made it. I know I have photos somewhere of our salad as I was going to use it on the blog for a recipe but it was too late as we ran into Fall. I love that you are serious about your cents.. many people aren’t BUT they all add up and should be moved accordingly even if it is only $0.28. Have fun on your holidays and I look forward to that stock up post when you get back. Have a great time Larry and Mary. Mr. CBB You get Ballot #1.

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