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Why Do Grocery Stores Water Mist Fruits and Vegetables? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 February 5-11



I’ve been freshened up ever so lightly with water mist as I’m looking through fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and for some reason it makes me happy. Sound familiar? Consumer conditioning most likely but understanding the reasons behind this lavish Canadian and American way to sell produce is more than the just-picked look.

Trade secrets? Not likely however there are pros and cons to benefiting from the water mist psychologically and financially from both the store and customer perspective.

Back in the UK I was never introduced to this type of care for produce as it’s not a practice that was used. Judging by our recent visit to the UK using automated water misting machines still isn’t on the market. *note- that I am aware of.

Most often I would go by the sweeter the smell the sweeter the taste ideal when making my purchases. This is why I find it incredibly important to smell what you buy before you buy it.

Our son thinks the automatic water mist machines at the grocery store are exciting and acts all giddy when he can see the mist in the back display mirrors (another illusion of freshness and attention grabbing methods). Customers view produce that has a water mist stream glistening of fruits and vegetables the same way but from a consumer’s point of view.


To water mist or not to water mist


We view foods we want to eat and buy that appear fresh, clean and the best quality over those that don’t have the water mist appearance. On the other hand if there is no water mist you’d likely still buy it especially if it’s not a practice that you’re used to seeing. This makes the process of a manual or automated water mist machine crucial for grocers though who do offer this type of specialty service.

The benefit is not all for the customer though, surprised I’m not. A fresher, heavier product makes dollars and sense on their end of the cash register. When product stays heavy and fresh that means it rings up at a heavier price. When it starts to wilt away it gets lighter and less expensive for the buyer with potential profit loss for the grocer.

Freshness is very important to any grocer but what’s even more important is to move product that has a short shelf-life out the door and fast. Have you ever noticed that the produce section is typically staring you in the face when you walk into the grocery store? Now you know why. Add to that the smells of the fresh bakery, deli-fresh meats, seafood, diary all along the perimeter and you’ve got yourself a cash cow.

What happens when you water mist too much?

Sometimes too much of something means that you either over-do it or it causes the opposite effect of what you set out to do. By this I mean when grocers water mist their produce too much the opposite of crispy, fresh farm picked happens.

How you ask?

Well, it is possible to saturate produce to the point that it begins to mold or rot. I know many of you understand what I mean because you’ve had it happen in your refrigerator plenty of times. This is another reason we clean our refrigerator out as often as possible.

But spraying can also limit shelf life, he said, because the extra water lets micro-organisms start degrading and eventually spoiling plant tissue.- Source

Think about the moisture in your crisper drawers, produce stuck in plastic bags (remove) for long periods of time or a bowl of grapes immersed in water. All of the excess moisture goes straight into the produce and sometimes causes the rotting or what I like to say, the “mush” process begins.


If it’s good for the bugs it’s good for you


My father-in-law says this is another reason you may find rotting fruits on fruit trees because of excess rain or lack of moisture. The other reason is happy bugs or an illness the tree is suffering.

I had to laugh one day because he said to me, “If it’s good for the bugs it’s good for you.” Never throw out an apple because there’s a bug hole just cut around it.

Fair enough I thought. One tip he gave me this summer while we were in his garden was to soak any greens from the garden such as lettuce, kale, rapini in cold water to clean. Once you remove it from the water drain on paper-towel until the excess water dries up. Finally, roll down a grocery bag so the lettuce can breathe but add a sheet of paper-towel to soak up moisture.

In the mean-time water mist the leaves to keep the freshness longer in the refrigerator. I believe anything he says after seeing the outrageous garden he grows every year. I’m not joking, it’s insanely organic and it’s hard not to eat fruit and vegetables from the vines or trees.

I’m completely comfortable doing this without worrying about whether I’ve washed garden-fresh tomatoes, figs or grapes from the vine. I suppose there is something comforting of picking your own fruits and vegetables over buying them from the grocery store.

On that note, it’s very important to always wash your fruits and vegetables when you get home before eating because you don’t really know where they’ve been or what they’ve touched. Many products are also coated with a wax called ‘Fruit Waxing‘ to increase shelf-life by keeping moisture in and control brusing from transportation.


Hydration is Money


When product loses luster and starts to look like it has seen better days that means the grocery store loses money. That might mean the veggies and fruits land on the reduced rack, waste or weighing less on the produce scale. What does that mean? That means less money for the supermarket because dehydrated product weighs less thus costs less to buy.

Have you ever left apples on the counter for weeks and notice they shrivel up? This is what happens to fruits and vegetables after time without hydration. Hydration when in the ground or on a tree happens naturally from nature or growers who water their garden. When water loss goes beyond hydration you will start to see products wilt as if they were aging.

Once picked keeping vegetables and fruits hydrated keeps them plump and healthy looking for longer. Consider putting your spring onions in a glass of water and watch how they perk up. Leave them out in your refrigerator and watch them wilt away. Keep your asparagus hydrated by doing the same thing.

Do the same thing with your herbs! In the summer we grow a tonne of fresh organic basil and when we bring it in for cooking we add the stems to water in a glass to keep them fresh for longer. This works for just about any herb but make sure to clean and change your water daily. I suggest to change water daily for any vegetables you may store in water such as chopped celery, asparagus and spring onions.




You can wash a bruised fruit all you want and that won’t make keep it fresh any longer but what it can do is keep it looking gorgeous until someone buys it or eats it up. If you owned a grocery store you would want your fruits and vegetables to look colourful and attention grabbing.

If you fail at both you might lose business because consumers want to spend their money on the best quality products they can find but for less. By perking up the colour of produce with water mist it gives the perception of freshness, crispy just picked from the farm vibes.

Don’t believe me?

Which would you rather spend your money on, wilted, dry-looking lettuce or vibrant crisp lettuce that has a water mist on the leaves? If you’ve never been conditioned to this process you might for for the wilted look which is common if produce doesn’t fly off the shelves in the UK but in Canada glistening is best.




Finally, we all love a clean sparkly vehicle because it looks new again and the same goes for produce. If you’ve ever been to a fruit orchard early in the morning or your back garden to pick you most likely will notice dew drops of water or mist on the trees.

The sensory experience I get from picking an apple like this and eating it screams fresh, crisp and clean. I confess more goes into my belly than the basket at times. All the happy findings that a consumer craves when sourcing produce, especially organic.

Unfortunately not everyone can pick fruit especially when it is out of season so the next best place is the grocery store, market or farms (in-season). The allure of cleanliness makes our eyes sparkle and drives us to buy!


Not all produce gets a water mist


Although using a water mist will keep produce looking lovely for longer there are some vegetables such as cabbage, potatoes, zucchini, yams, onions and those with a wax covering that won’t need a water mist. The skins on the outside help keep moisture in for far longer.

Discussion: What have I missed about why grocers water mist their produce? Perhaps you’ve worked in the produce department and have the inside scoop. Do you have any tips for keeping fruits and vegetables hydrated once you get them home? I want to hear all about it so leave me a comment below!


February Grocery Game Challenge


Join the 2018 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) but before you do you must read The Grocery Game Challenge Rules and Print the 2018 Schedule. In this section I will post each weeks grocery game challenge blog posts for the month.

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February GGC Posts


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2018 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/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 or that you would like to track on your own)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $300
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Optimum Points Earned to date: 1,800,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

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

  • Zweet -$0.
  • Checkout51- $1.50


Our Grocery Shop This Week



  • Knoxx Gelatin $6.99
  • Gay Lea Sour Cream $1.99 500 ml
  • 2 x Neilson Milk $8.70
  • Clementines 4lb $3.97
  • PC Cider $4.99-50% $2.50
  • Spartan Apples 4lbs $5.99-50% $3.00
  • Lettuce Iceberg $1.47
  • Bananas $1.66
  • Green Onion $0.99
  • PC Pork Chops 2 packs $6.00-50% $3.00 ea $6.00
  • 3 x Maple Breakfast Sausages $6.29 each -50% =$3.15 each $9.45
  • Castello Creamy Blue Cheese $6.10-50% $3.05

Total Out-of-Pocket $49.93

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $300- $23.05 overage from January $276.95
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month  Jan,Feb $70 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $34.32
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $24.00
  • Total spent this week: $49.93
  • Total spent so far this month: $49.93
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $227.02
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who have completed the first month of the Grocery Game Challenge!!! Woohoo, you’ve made it and now you have 11 more months to go with me so don’t back down now. Wait until you see how much money you have saved and spent over the course of the year.

This week we had a small shop since we have enough food in the house right now. Our little guy is back on the milk again as might have noticed we’ve been buying it more frequently again. We are watering it down though in hopes he eats more food but suspect he’s in a growth spurt again. You should see how tall he is!

Have a great week shopping!!

Oh, if you notice anything at the grocery stores that I haven’t talked about yet in the past 5 years please message me with post ideas. If I use your idea your name will be put in a draw for an end of year Grocery Gift Card or Cash!! GO GO GO!!



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Grocery Game Challenge 2018 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 2018 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 prize payout?- I’ve changed the prize to yearly so I’ll be tracking everyone’s shop and draw accordingly for larger prize payouts.
  • When does the Grocery Game close each month? Ideally you would want to have all your shops in by the end of the month for review in order to make improvements for the next.
  • 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 2014-2018 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. Some of these coupons have an expiry date and others no expiry date so be sure to check.
  • 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.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning;

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

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  1. February week#2 06-11
    Available to spend with rollover from last week 56.94 €

    Store dm
    1l oat milk 1.95
    Total oop 1.95

    Store hofer
    Bag brown mushrooms 1.49
    1.7 kg bananas 2.37
    Salad -25% 0.96
    Salad 1.29
    Broccoli sale (regular price 1.19) 0.69×2 =1.38
    Tarocco orange 0.76
    Organic oranges 1.49 (needed the rest for baking)
    Organic bell peppers 300g 1.98
    Dried cranberries 200g 1.79
    Eggplant 0.69
    1kg potato organic 1.79 -> love baked potato and eating skin
    1kg organic carrots 1.48
    Mango sale (regular price 1.69) 1.19 x2 = 2.38
    1 can tomatoes 0.33
    Sugar snap peas 1.79 can’t believe I polished off all these bananas in a week ( one less snack I buy at work)

    • Crap I think my comment got cut off somewhere in between need to figure that out later

    • Total oop hofer 21.97 see previous comment
      In store discount 2.33

      Store reformhaus
      Can chickpeas 1.39
      Yeast 0.55
      Total oop 1.88
      Loyalty card 3% discount 0.05€ on this purchase

      Store Martin
      Yeast 3 pack 1.59
      Pizza cheese 3.69
      Total oop 5.28
      ( Have 223 loyalty points and need 1650 for a 5€ voucher)

      Store spar
      Rice cakes chocolate 1.25 ( has 6 in comparison to 4 from the other store/ brand)
      Apples gala 1.19

      Total to spend this month 205€
      Total spent this week 33.52€
      Total in-store discount 2.38€
      Total over/under for this week under
      Total over / under for this month under
      Total spent this month w1 19.31€ w2 33.52
      Total left to spend 152.17€

      Weekly thoughts
      Woohoo, wanted to come under 50. I noticed that I didn’t buy that crap stuff that is called impulse buys this week. Writing everything down is really solving a few problems for me 1) I don’t buy as much and the fridge is not overflowing 2) I try to use up the items by selecting at least two recipes and cook what I am in the mood for 3) I don’t forget what I already have ( I am ticking it off during the week _ real beginner here) 4) I am rolling over recipes to upcoming week and rollover money and balance everything out at the end of the month which is not too much effort in comparison to weekly 5) I make it a goal to try a new recipe a week in order to avoid boredom

  2. Week 6- Feb 5-11
    Weekly Budget ($140 for a family of 3)
    Total to date: $149.10

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600

    Total Coupons Used: $ 0
    Total PC Points Redeemed:
    Total PC Points Earned:

    STORE: Independent
    -PC Frozen Fruit (2) $6.05
    Total Out Of Pocket: $6.05

    STORE: BM Produce
    -Leek $1.09
    -Roma Tomato $2.41
    -Organic Banana $7.39
    -Organic Broccoli $2.68
    -Zucchini $0.97
    -Organic Pepper Bag (2) $6.56
    -Strawberry (2) $7.00
    -Ambrosia Apple 5lb $4.98
    -Celery $1.98
    -White Mushroom $0.64
    -Lemon (2) $1.50
    Total Out Of Pocket: $37.20

    STORE: Costco
    -Gouda Cheese $8.99
    -Coffee $13.49
    Total Out Of Pocket: $22.50

    STORE: Pomme
    -Rice Milk small pack (2) $2.85
    Total Out Of Pocket: $2.85

    STORE: Bakery
    -Black Forest Ham $2.04
    -Havarti $1.50
    -Hotdog Buns $0.39
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.32

    STORE: Save On Foods
    -Pork Chop (6) $10.23
    -Chicken Breast (4) $6.04
    -Chicken Thighs $6.44
    -Pineapple $2.47
    -WF Brown Egg $3.49
    -Eggless Mayonnaise $4.23
    -Elias Honey $8.99
    -Kettle Chips (2) $4.96
    -Nature’s Path Granola $3.49
    -Organic Banana $1.75
    -Organic Carrots 2lb $2.29
    -True Almond milk $2.98
    -Garlic $1.50
    Total Out Of Pocket: $34.15
    *used $25 Bread Rebates

    STORE: Fujiya
    -Seaweed $4.75
    -Rice $32.78
    Total Out Of Pocket: $37.53

    STORE: Butcher
    -Pork Sausages (3) $4.55
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.55

    Weekly Overview
    I tried to spend minimum on everyday groceries in order to buy a bag of rice. It was $9.10 over budget this week, but I am quite happy about the result. The $25 Bread Rebates from Save On Foods helped me to buy meats. Continued making 2 loaves of bread a week. Making muffins, pancakes and apple crumbles help me stay away from the bakery. We need to buy seafoods and nuts next week. I hope we can find a good deal.

  3. FEBRUARY 5-11
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.54

    -Rice Krispies $2.97
    -Cheerios $2.87
    -Aroy D Coconut Milk $1.28
    -PC Chicken Broth $1.77
    -PC Organics Carrots 2lb $1.97
    Total Out Of Pocket $10.86

    -Pomelo $2.50
    -1 lb Strawberries $2.99
    Total Out of Pocket $5.49

    -Lime $0.37
    -Medium Ground Pork (@3.28/lb) $7.00
    -Sourdough Bread $2.48
    -2 Sunrise Tofu Dessert $2.00
    Total Out of Pocket $11.85

    STORE: T&T
    -3 x Shelled Chestnuts $4.00
    -Fresh White Dumpling Wrappers $2.49
    -Sticky Rice Roll $4.73 (my lunch)
    -Cilantro $0.69
    -Tangerines (@0.98/lb) $0.63
    -Jinmi Radish Kimchi $5.88
    Total Out of Pocket $18.42

    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 20541
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: $0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    Checkout51- $6.95

    Total to spend this month : $200 minus overage $17.46
    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: $0
    Total spent this week: $46.62
    Total spent so far this month: $46.62
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): previous month over $17.46+Wk1 under $3.38= over $14.08
    Total left to spend for the month: $135.92
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46

    I’ve been trying to reduce the number of times I go grocery shopping to weekends and buying based on my meal plan and flyer deals. It seems to be going alright. I still get sidetracked a bit but I’ve been avoiding going into some aisles. I only shop mid week for the occasional fruit or to stock up on essentials. It’s early stages but I feel my spending has improved. And I love leftovers and having no-cook/cook-lite days.

    Meal plan next week:
    Lunch – Hummus and carrots/celery (freezer/fridge). Don’t need to buy ingredients next week.

    Dinner 1 – Homemade pork/shrimp dumplings. I am planning to make enough this long weekend to freeze for other weeks too. Need to buy shrimp.

    Dinner 2 – Butter chicken over rice with side salad (pantry/fridge). Don’t need to buy ingredients next week.

    Dinner 3 – cold soba noodles with shrimp (pantry/fridge/freezer) – Don’t need to buy ingredients next week (except the shrimp which I would have already bought for the dumplings)

  4. Week 6 – Feb 2 – 8/18
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $2.25
    Total Points = 20,000
    Total Out Of Pocket: $143.8

    2 Classico Sauce = $4.96
    6 NN Mushrooms = $7.74
    6 NN Tuna = $7.74
    2 Christie Ritz Crackers – $5.56 ($0.50 Coupon) = $5.06
    4 – 450 g NN Cheese = $13.76
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    2.27 Kg PC Meat Lasagna – $12.00 ($1.00 Coupon) = $11.00
    750 g NN Mixed Vegetables = $2.68
    2 – 1.13 Kg Chicken Lasagna = $9.96
    2 Delissio Pizza = $6.66
    Bananas – 0.990 Kg = $1.25
    Ground Beef & Ground Pork -$22.69 (30% Pink Sticker) = $15.88
    2 Lean Ground Beef = $27.93
    PC Cinnamon Raisin Bread = $2.98
    2 Wonder WW Bread = $4.96
    Pillar Kielbassa = $4.48

    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $143.8
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $271.63 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $255.31

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $120.07 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $72.18

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $26.21
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $55.5 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $31.23

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $2.25
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $2.25

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $25.75

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $1.18

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 20,000
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 51,018

    Overview: Too advantage of obtaining $20 worth of groceries, in addition, to creating a household for my daughter and myself for the new PC Optimum Points. Will have to wait and see how long these points stay available for use. This week, stocked up on items that I don’t normally purchase, as well on items that we needed. This should last for a couple of weeks, besides the normal weekly items.

  5. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults -$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 or that you would like to track on your own)

    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: $40., 380 Air Miles
    PC Optimum Points Earned to date: 174746
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Zweet -$13.25
    Checkout51- $8.50

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 can catfood -.79
    2 4l milk @4.27
    1 Baileys coffee creamer -2.99
    2 Stouffers dinners @2/5.00
    2 Cheemo perogies @3.00
    1 frozen fries -2.79
    1 green pepper -1.81
    1 10lb bag potatoes -3.99
    1 3lb bag carrots -2.49
    Bananas -1.48
    1 package lean ground beef- 7.03, 30% discount, 2.11 savings
    2 bagels @3.00
    Total Out-of-Pocket $58.67, $2.11 discount

    Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

    Total to spend this month : $650.
    Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $9.00
    Total in-store discounts this week: $2.11
    Total in-store discounts to date: $14.59
    Total spent this week: $58.67
    Total spent so far this month: $58.67
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total left to spend for the month: $591.33
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $565.41 +Feb $+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    Because I had that shop on the last day of the January for here, I was over for that week. But it meant that I really didn’t need much at all for this week. The Baileys coffee creamer gets added to a hot chocolate and tastes so good!! I don’t drink coffee, so that is my little indulgence, only bought if I can get it on sale. The Stouffers were supposed to be for hubby but the boys ate them while we were in London for a medical appointment for hubby. Oh well…..

  6. Week 1 February 5 – 11

    February Monthly budget $240 ($60 per week)

    January Costco budget $80 ($20 per week)

    Total Spent Grocery this week: $81.60
    Total Spent this month: $81.60
    Total Spent Costco this week: $0
    Total Spent Costco this month: $0
    Grocery left to spend: $158.40
    Costco left to spend: $80
    Coupons used: $0
    Coupons to date: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption: $0
    PC Optimum Redemption to date: $0
    Checkout 51 Opening Balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $134.45
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over: $7.50
    Costco carry over: $3.30

    Heinz Beans assorted variety 6 x 1.00
    VH Dipping Sauce 2 x 2.00
    Croutons 1.78
    Salt 1.18
    Premium Plus crackers 3.78
    Hellmans Mayo 3.98
    Milk 4.27
    Avocado bag 1.98
    Cremini Mushrooms 2 x 1.48
    Apples 4.99
    3 Pk English Cucumbers 4.49
    Carrots 1.99
    Bananas .99
    Pineapple 1.98
    Romaine Hearts 4.98
    Lean Ground Beef Club Pack 9.50, 9.66, 9.61
    Whole Wheat bread 2 x 2.48 less 30% (1.48)
    Total 81.60

    Ran out of a lot of things this week. Empty fridge and cupboards starting to need a few things. Went into the store this week to do my own shop. I was a little disappointed with last week, but I also wanted to check out any sales that you don’t see online. I went in with my usual list and in reality I spend about $20 more this week than when I did the click and collect. I see both positive and negatives in the service. However, my extra $20 came from ground beef. It was on my list to buy a pack of meat, but when I was in the store, they were clearing out the club packs at ridiculously low prices because best before date was only a day or two away. So, short term loss, long term gain. I cooked up one package and separated it out for 4 meals (3 frozen and 1 for dinner right away), the other package was split into three and frozen separately not cooked and the last package was directly put into the freezer for one big meal – likely a big pot of child with family over. Altogether satisfied with this week. We won’t likely have as big of a shop next week because we have so much going on – hockey lol!

  7. Christine says:

    I am usually a silent follower and avid reader of cbb. I am going to try the challenge again. I did it once but fell off the wagon. I am starting with February because everything is crazy in January 😀 My budget is a bit higher than last time I played /posted( I believe it was at 190) as this year I will travel one week per month until June. I have no clue how that will play out for me, wish me luck. Any money left will go to the travel fund.

    My paycheck comes on the 29th so my budget and month go from 29th of January to 28th of February. Everything is in Euro as I am from Austria😊

    Total grocery budget this year for one adult 205*12 =2460
    Total grocery budget February 205

    My purchases Jan 29 to Feb 05
    Store denns
    4 onions 0.72
    500g Organic Gala apples 1.85
    Chia seeds 500g 4.99
    Brown rice 1kg 4.69
    Rice coconut drink 1l 2.59

    Total oop 14.84

    Store hofer
    Avocado 2 2.19
    Can kidney beans 0.49

    Total oop 2.68

    Store Billa
    Melon 1.79

    Total oop 1.79

    Total to spend this month 205
    Total spent this week 19.31
    Total over/under this week under
    Total over/under this month under
    Total left to spend 185.69
    Total spent to this date January 134.05

    We have no couponing in Austria which makes me sad. I try to make the most of the weekly sales items though and buy seasonal produce.

    Weekly thoughts
    Yeah, happy I got under 25 in my first week in Feb as this was my goal/challenge. I have started meal planning again and it helps a lot. I really want to eliminate food waste . I only needed to stock up two items as I had quite a bit left from January. I do bi- weekly meal plans as it helps me use up what I buy in week one. I mostly eat vegetarian at home and save the meat for eating out which happens about every 10 days or so.

    My meals this week
    Mushroom sauce and gnocchi
    Chia pudding and melon
    Pancakes and jam, cherries
    Crispy chickpeas for snacks and salad
    Spicy tomato soup
    Baked potato and broccoli +salad
    Fruit salad

    My summer reserve sits currently at 335.15
    My holiday reserve sits at zero

  8. Mary Campbell says:

    FEBRUARY – Week #1 of 4- Feb 5-11, 2018


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



    Before we start our FEBRUARY shopping off though, I am going to make my usual monthly “reserve” transfers:


    $ 190.00 for the month
    ($ 15.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to summer reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 0.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $45.00

    CANADIAN Grocery Balance $145.00

    I allowed extra dollars in our grocery budget for FEBRUARY since we have both the Family Day long weekend and Valentine’s Day to celebrate.


    This week we shopped a little but next week we’ll be shopping in a BIG way and on both sides of the border!

    Here’s the supper line-up at our house this week:


    Habitant Pea Soup with a side of coleslaw

    TUESDAY – after my dentist appointment:

    Roasted Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Mushrooms, Cauliflower with Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with a splash of Hot Sauce

    WEDNESDAY – after my dentist appointment:

    Oatmeal with Raisins & Brown Sugar


    Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn & Ham

    FRIDAY – after my 2nd dentist appointment::

    Skillet Mac & Cheese with Mixed Vegetables


    Dinner out at the local pub with our friend to celebrate her 65th…hubby loves their burger specials & I’m a fan of their salads


    Tuna Melts with a side green salad



    Kin’s FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge <-– Market is on hubby's lunch hour walk route! 🙂

    10 Roma Tomatoes for $2.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.00


    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    4 Green Onions @ 2 for $1 = $2.00 <-– they were huge too!

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.00


    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    6 Buttercup WW Bread @ $1 ea = $6
    4 Compliments Garden Salad @ $1 ea = $4
    8 Jello @ $1 ea = $8
    2 Compliments Tomato Paste @ $1 ea = $2 <-– in 10 oz. cans!

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $20.00

    ** Earned 1 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $18.66 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Kin’s FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    1 Cauliflower $2.00 <-– I love raw cauliflower as a snack!

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.00


    WALMART – Maple Ridge –

    1 pkg Hot Dogs $4.27
    2 Pillsbury Wiener Wraps @ $1.67 ea = $3.34

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $7.61 <– Guess who this is for? And no, it's not me!


    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge – CASE LOT SALE

    2 cases Green Giant Cream Style Corn @ $11.99 ea = $23.98 <– been out for a while so happy, happy! 🙂
    1 Pamela’s GF AP Flour $21.99 <– my spare. I hate starting to bake and discovering I need more flour! 😦
    2 WF Cheddar Light 700g @ $5.99 ea = $11.98
    2 WF Marble Cheese 700g @ $5.99 ea = $11.98
    2 WF Old Cheddar 700g @ $5.99 ea = $11.98
    1 WF Mozzarella 700g @ $5.99

    Total Re-Stocking Reserve: $87.90

    ** Earned 88 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $47.80 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Safeway – Maple Ridge –

    2 Celery @ $1 ea =$2.00
    4 Honey Garlic Pepperoni @ $8.19 ea = $32.76
    2 Imitation Crab @ $5.99 ea = $11.98
    12 Coke & Pepsi Products $1 ea = $12.00
    EHC & Deposit $2.88
    GST $0.82

    • TOTAL Re-Stocking Reserve OOP: $62.44

    ** Earned 3 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $10.90 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    * This shop earned a discount coupon for $0.04 off per litre on gasoline






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $89.50

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

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 88 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 4 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 0 Points



    $ 380.00 Grocery Budget JAN


    ($ 146.29) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 385.35 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 132.59 Holiday Season Fund + $220 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles + $10 RCSS Gift Card +
    $50 RCSS Gift Card = $407.59
    $ 679.59 Summer Season Fund
    $ 556.87 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 42.32 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,796.72. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $185.76 that we have added in 2018, LESS $150.34 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.


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