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The Ultimate Guide To Canadian Grocery Stores Return Policy : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 Apr 2-8

Canadian Grocery Store Return Policies

IF YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY AND YOU’RE NOT HAPPY THEN RETURN IT

 

A return policy is a BIG check for YES when customers can easily locate and review such a policy on any grocery store website and in-store. The problem is sometimes it’s not so easy finding the FAQ’s or the return policy so consumers understand what they can and cannot return.

This can get frustrating for customers who are already shy to return something or for those who have to hunt for information and don’t want to call or visit customer service. The name of the game for grocery stores in Canada must be, simplicity.

To keep things simple for my readers I went and did the work for you as you will find a return policy below for most major grocery stores in Canada.

My advice to everyone is if you are unsure about a return policy or whether an item can be returned, call the store. There may be time limits for a return and other stipulations but for the most part they are great with food items especially if you hand on to your receipt.

One tip I like to give is to store your receipts in a budget binder or receipt folder so they are always handy when you need them. You may need to return something the next week or even month and if you’re organized like we are you will have your receipts ready to rock and roll.

Related: Why you should always ask for a receipt

Returning food or products of many descriptions vary from grocery store to grocery store however many that fall under the same umbrella such as the Loblaws chain of stores keep the same return policy.

When I first moved to Canada there was NO WAY I would return anything to a store as it’s not common practice in the UK, at least when I lived there. Mrs. CBB had to push me to go and do it although she explained the process and I just did it.

Although it was a learning experience from shop to shop at the end of the day I’ve never had an issue returning food to any grocery store in Ontario, Canada. In fact, every grocery store I’ve returned food to they have been more than happy to return items without hesitation.

If your bananas taste like crap, return them. They want you to so they know they need to make improvements as well so does the manufacturers and growers. Calling companies direct with legit complaints about their products is a good way to help their quality control and to net yourself some discount coupons but only if they offer. I’m not one to ask BUT if you want to there’s no harm in doing so.

I received a blog comment from a gentleman named Paul who lives in Ontario and has a dilemma with his wife about making a return to the grocery store.

Let’s give it a read.

Hi Mr.CBB,

I was having a conversation with my wife about some produce that we purchased a Canadian grocery store that isn’t the best and we only noticed when we got home. When we opened the package of lettuce it was slimy and non-edible. My wife says she won’t return the lettuce as it was our fault for not looking closely.

She also thinks they will turn her away because it’s produce. I said that I would bring it back and she laughed thinking I won’t get anywhere. Can consumers return produce and other products to a grocery store whether they are opened or not? I haven’t looked into it but thought perhaps you might have the answers since you are the Grocery King in Canada.

Thanks,

Paul G.

Ontario, Canada

Hi Paul,

As mentioned above all grocery stores in Canada have different or the same return policy depending on the mother store and where they are located in Canada. Notice below I’ve went ahead and looked up as many return policies that I could find for grocery stores in Ontario so you can compare with your wife. I hope you find what you are looking for and thanks for sending in a question.

P.S You shouldn’t have any issues with produce especially with your receipt.

Mr.CBB

 

Zehrs Return Policy

 

ZehrsReturns with Original Receipt: Merchandise may be returned for exchange or refund within 14 days of purchase with original tags and packaging. Exchange only after 14 days.

Some exceptions apply. Returns without Original Receipt: Exchange may be offered for product in its original package, depending on condition of product and date of purchase.

Photo identification may be required. Home, Electronics and Leisure: All sales are final after 30 days. Software, VHS’, CD’s and video games are only refunded when in original sealed package, with exchange for same item being offered if the product is opened and defective.

The Try It You’ll Love It Guarantee™: If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any President’s Choice® food or no name® food products, Teddy’s Choice® or Exact® products, simply return it along with receipt or original package for and exchange or refund.

All sales are final on: Gift cards, phone cards, special event tickets, books, newspapers, magazines, pierced earrings, hats, underwear, opened packages of sheets or pillows, prescription drugs, tobacco, lottery, seasonal event merchandise and clearance items.

Read more here… Zehrs/Loblaws Return Policy

 

Super C Return Policy

 

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√ ALWAYS FRESH

If you are not satisfied with the freshness of a product purchased at Super C, we will reimburse you the price of the product and we will provide you with a discount coupon in an amount equal to 10% of the price paid for the product (before applicable taxes) valid up to 14 days from the date of issuance and applicable to purchases totaling at minimum the value of the coupon.

Product must be returned to the same store unconsumed upon presentation of the invoice within 7 days of purchase, unless the product has a shorter lifespan, as may be indicated on the packaging, in which case, it must be returned before the expiry of such shorter lifespan. Not applicable on prescriptions and other pharmacy products, Hot BBQ Chicken, alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets, products that have a minimum retail price governed by law (including: milk, bread), and products damaged after purchase.

Because of the variable nature of determining factors affecting the freshness of a product and its conservation state since its purchase, we reserve the right to determine cases where the freshness guarantee shall not apply. We may suspend, modify or withdraw this program at any time without prior notice. Coupon is not transferable and has no cash value. No photocopies accepted. Limit of one use per coupon.

√ ALWAYS IN STOCK

Super C offers an in-stock guarantee for all items of its current flyer. If you do not find any such item in our store at any time during the current week of our flyer, Super C will provide you with a rain check coupon. The rain check coupon allows you to purchase, within 14 days of issuance of the rain check coupon, that item at the previously advertised price and receive an additional 10% discount on that item. Limit: one rain check coupon per household per item per weekly flyer.

Not applicable on prescriptions and other pharmacy products, Hot BBQ Chicken, products that have a minimum retail price governed by law (including: milk, bread, etc), alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets, products that are out-of-stock due to force majeure events outside of our control or any other products for which the quantities are designated as limited in our flyer.

We may suspend, modify or withdraw this program at any time without prior notice. Limit of one rain check coupon per household per item per weekly flyer. Rain check coupon is not transferable and has no cash value. No photocopies accepted. Limit of one use per rain check coupon.

Read more here…. Super C Return Policy

 

Walmart Return Policy

 

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If I buy something from Walmart, can I return it?

Yes (with just a few exceptions). We know that sometimes you buy something that doesn’t work out the way you had hoped, and for that reason we did our best to make a return policy that is helpful for you. Our return policy is the same for both online and in store purchases with just a few minor differences:

• Online purchases: the return time-frame begins on the date of your order’s arrival

• In-store purchases: the return time-frame begins on the purchase date. Make sure to bring along your proof of purchase.

Almost anything you buy from Walmart can be returned within 90 days with the exception of a few items below.

You can read the Walmart Return Policy for more details.

 

Food Basics Return Policy

 

Food Basics

ALWAYS FRESH (OR YOUR MONEY BACK!)
If you’re not satisfied with the freshness of your purchase, we will refund your money. That’s a promise.

Food Basics FAQ’s

 

 

No Frills Return Policy

 

no frills grocery storeReturns with Original Receipt: Merchandise may be returned for exchange or refund within 14 days of purchase with original tags and packaging. Exchange only after 14 days. Some exceptions apply.

Returns without Original Receipt: Exchange may be offered for product in its original package, depending on condition of product and date of purchase. Photo identification may be required.

Home, Electronics and Leisure: All sales are final after 30 days. Software, VHS’, CD’s and video games are only refunded when in original sealed package, with exchange for same item being offered if the product is opened and defective.

The Try It You’ll Love It Guarantee™: If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any President’s Choice® food or no name® food products, Teddy’s Choice® or Exact® products, simply return it along with receipt or original package for and exchange or refund.

All sales are final on: Gift cards, phone cards, special event tickets, books, newspapers, magazines, pierced earrings, hats, underwear, opened packages of sheets or pillows, prescription drugs, tobacco, lottery, seasonal event merchandise and clearance items.

No Frills FAQ’s

 

Costco Return Policy

 

costco Canada

 

What is Costco’s return policy?

On Membership: We will refund your membership fee in full if you are dissatisfied.

On Merchandise: We guarantee your satisfaction with every product we sell and will refund your purchase price, with the following exceptions:

  • Electronics: Costco will accept returns within 90 days from the date of purchase for televisions, major appliances*, projectors, computers, cellular phones**, cameras***, camcorders, digital music players, tablets, smart watches, security camera systems and other electronic products identified by Costco from time to time.
  • Diamonds: When returning items containing a 1.00 ct diamond or larger, Costco warehouses will require additional time to verify the diamond, in which case a refund will be approved upon positive verification. This process will require approximately 2 to 5 business days.
  • Cigarettes and alcohol: Costco does not accept returns on cigarettes or alcohol where prohibited by law.
  • Products with a limited useful life expectancy, such as tires and batteries, may be sold with a product-specific limited warranty.
  • Custom Installation Services: Custom products ordered or installed according to our members’ personal and unique specifications cannot be returned or refunded, except for warranty repair/ replacement due to failure to meet specifications and otherwise to the extent required by law.

Costco may in the future restrict its return policy regarding these and other products. Restrictions will be shown at the point of purchase.

Costco Canada FAQ’s

 

Price Chopper Return Policy

 

price chopper canadaWhat is your product return policy?

The full value of a non-perishable product will be refunded within 14 days of purchase when accompanied by a receipt and the product.

If the purpose of your return relates to the quality of a national brand item, we suggest you contact the company that manufactured the product directly.

Manufacturers are the experts on their own products and welcome customer feedback.

Price Chopper FAQ’s

 

Foodland Return Policy

 

foodland grocery canadaWhat is your product return policy?

The full value of a non-perishable product will be refunded within 14 days of purchase when accompanied by a receipt and the product.

If the purpose of your return relates to the quality of a national brand item, we suggest you contact the company that manufactured the product directly.

Manufacturers are the experts on their own products and welcome customer feedback.

Foodland FAQ’s

 

 

Giant Tiger Return Policy

 

giant tiger

Return Policy

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money cheerfully refunded with presentation of sales receipt – no time limit. Please note all tobacco, lottery, undergarments and gift cards are final sales.

Returns may be made at any of our store locations or directly to our online warehouse. Please see the detailed steps for each option below.

For online purchases your refund will include the paid price (price minus discounts) of the item, shipping costs, plus any applicable sales tax.

You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for purchase within 7 to 10 days of your returned product being received at our warehouse. For items returned directly in-store, your refund will be processed immediately.

Store Returns

Most items purchased online are available to be returned at any Giant Tiger location. Please call our customer service team at 1-877-919-6949 to confirm that an in-store return is possible.

If you choose to return your online purchase to a local Giant Tiger location, you must present your confirmation email (your official receipt), or the packing slip that came with the shipped item(s). If these are not available, you may be offered a merchandise credit for the item if the store can confirm it is a Giant Tiger product. Please note in these instances that Photo ID is required.

Items purchased at Giant Tiger stores may not be returned to our online warehouse.

Items returned directly to online warehouse

If you wish to return an item you purchased online directly to the warehouse, please call our customer service team at 1-877-919-6949 and they will provide all the helpful information required to complete your return.

When shipping a return, you must include the original or copy of the packing list. Be sure to save copies for your records.

More Giant Tiger FAQ’s

 

Shoppers Drug Mart Return Policy

 

shoppers drug mart canadaWith Receipt

  • Within 30 days from original date of purchase
  • Refunds will be provided in the same tender that the purchase was paid in:
    • Cash will be refunded in cash.
    • Debit card will be refunded to the original debit card.
    • Credit card will be refunded to the original credit card.
    • Gift Cards will be returned on a gift card.
    • Cheques if cleared after 10 days will be refunded in cash.
  • Have your PC Optimum Card® readily available if the Card was used in original purchase.
  • Customer will be required to fill out a Refund Voucher to verify the return was completed.
  • Shoppers Home Health Care stores may issue a cheque for refunds over $100.
  • The personal information provided on a Refund Voucher is required in order to process the refund and is used for the following purposes:
    • For auditing purposes
    • To ensure customer satisfaction
  • A Shoppers Drug Mart representative may contact you to confirm your customer service expectations were met.

Without Receipt

  • Returns not accompanied by a receipt will be processed at our discretion at the last lowest sale price for store credit.
  • For Shoppers Home Health Care stores, in some cases the customer will be charged 25% re-stocking fee.

For more info Shoppers Drug Mart Returns

 

Sobeys Return Policy

 

sobeys Canada

Q: What is your product return policy?

A: Sobeys has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Promising 100% satisfaction and “no excuses,” the guarantee ensures money back or a free replacement on any item that left a customer unsatisfied for any reason.

Compliments/Signal: If ever one of our products does not meet your expectations, please feel free to return it to the store on your next visit. Your purchase will gladly be replaced or refunded, and your comments, with complete product information, will be forwarded to the Compliments Customer Care Team.

Read more about Sobey’s Return policy

 

Real Canadian Superstore Return Policy

 

rcss Canada

Returns with Original Receipt: Merchandise may be returned for exchange or refund within 14 days of purchase with original tags and packaging. Exchange only after 14 days. Some exceptions apply. Returns without Original Receipt: Exchange may be offered for product in its original package, depending on condition of product and date of purchase.

Photo identification may be required. Home, Electronics and Leisure: All sales are final after 30 days. Software, VHS’, CD’s and video games are only refunded when in original sealed package, with exchange for same item being offered if the product is opened and defective. The Try It You’ll Love It Guarantee™:

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any President’s Choice® food or no name® food products, Teddy’s Choice® or Exact® products, simply return it along with receipt or original package for and exchange or refund. All sales are final on: Gift cards, phone cards, special event tickets, books, newspapers, magazines, pierced earrings, hats, underwear, opened packages of sheets or pillows, prescription drugs, tobacco, lottery, seasonal event merchandise and clearance items.

More FAQ’s Real Canadian Superstore

 

Your Independent Grocer Return Policy

 

independent grocer canada

Returns with Original Receipt: Merchandise may be returned for exchange or refund within 14 days of purchase with original tags and packaging. Exchange only after 14 days. Some exceptions apply. Returns without Original Receipt: Exchange may be offered for product in its original package, depending on condition of product and date of purchase.

Photo identification may be required. Home, Electronics and Leisure: All sales are final after 30 days. Software, VHS’, CD’s and video games are only refunded when in original sealed package, with exchange for same item being offered if the product is opened and defective. The Try It You’ll Love It Guarantee™:

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any President’s Choice® food or no name® food products, Teddy’s Choice® or Exact® products, simply return it along with receipt or original package for and exchange or refund. All sales are final on: Gift cards, phone cards, special event tickets, books, newspapers, magazines, pierced earrings, hats, underwear, opened packages of sheets or pillows, prescription drugs, tobacco, lottery, seasonal event merchandise and clearance items.

More info FAQ’s

 

Save On Foods Return Policy

 

save on foods BC grocery Canada

I searched high and low but did not find a return policy for Save On Foods however I did notice that they Pledge To Go The Extra Mile which means that they likely will do anything to make their customers happy. If you find a return policy please send it my way and I can add it below.

 

Safeway Return Policy

 

safeway grocery Canada

I didn’t find anything specific on the Safeway website about their return policy however since they fall under the same umbrella of grocery stores such as those below you may want to call your local Safeway for more information. It’s easy to assume the return policy would be the same but each store may be different.

Please let me know if you find any info and I can add it here.

 

Longo’s Return Policy

 

longos grocery Canada

What is your refund policy?
We’re sure you’ll love everything you buy at Longo’s. If you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the item with your receipt to receive a full refund or exchange. Refunds will not be offered on products being returned without a receipt. We will gladly offer you an exchange of equal or lesser value.

More FAQ’s Longo’s

 

Fortinos Return Policy

 

Fortinos CanadaReturns with Original Receipt: Merchandise may be returned for exchange or refund within 14 days of purchase with original tags and packaging. Exchange only after 14 days.

Some exceptions apply. Returns without Original Receipt: Exchange may be offered for product in its original package, depending on condition of product and date of purchase.

Photo identification may be required. Home, Electronics and Leisure: All sales are final after 30 days. Software, VHS’, CD’s and video games are only refunded when in original sealed package, with exchange for same item being offered if the product is opened and defective.

The Try It You’ll Love It Guarantee™: If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any President’s Choice® food or no name® food products, Teddy’s Choice® or Exact® products, simply return it along with receipt or original package for and exchange or refund.

All sales are final on: Gift cards, phone cards, special event tickets, books, newspapers, magazines, pierced earrings, hats, underwear, opened packages of sheets or pillows, prescription drugs, tobacco, lottery, seasonal event merchandise and clearance items.

Fortinos Return Policy Information

 

ShopRite Return Policy

 

shop rite canadaWe want you to be completely satisfied with everything you buy from us. If you’re unhappy with any item, simply return it to the store within 30 days with the original. complete register receipt for a refund or exchange.

  •  If you do not have the receipt, we will use your Price Plus® club card to verify your purchase and a refund will be applied to your club card.
  • If we are unable to verify your purchase with a receipt or a Price Plus® club card, we will exchange the item or you may sign up for a new Price Plus® club card. A refund will be applied to your new card for the amount of the lowest sale price within the last 30 days.
  • Refunds are issued in the form in which payment was made as noted on your receipt or Price Plus® club card transaction.
  • Refunds applied to your Price Plus® club card require the use of a 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number). If you do not have a PIN, the service desk associate will help you create one when your refund is issued.
  • The value of the refund will be the price paid on the date of purchase. The value may be adjusted to reflect coupons or special offers received at the time of purchase.
  • All refunds and exchanges are subject to the store manager’s approval and may be limited at his or her discretion.

ShopRite Return Policy Info

 

Denningers Return Policy

 

denningers canada

There was no direct link to their returns policy so I have no other information at this time other than what is below. If you do have this info please message me and I can add it in below.

 

RETURNS

All Product returns are subject to the Denninger’s Returns Policy, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference. Some restrictions may apply. Unfortunately due to health regulations, returns or exchange of goods are not allowed. If the product does not meet Denninger’s quality standards it can be exchanged at the company’s discretion.

For more than 60 years, quality has been the founding criteria of our company. The Denninger family, now its third generation, promises to continue the ideals of our founders in offering the very best in specialty food items. Quality remains our focus today and we look forward to serving our customers for another 60 years.

For more info check out Denningers

 

Freshco Return Policy

freshco grocery CanadaAt FreshCo. we stand behind our products. If you aren’t satisfied with an item, bring it back with your receipt within 14 days and we’ll give you your money back.

Also, we suggest that you contact the company that manufactured the product directly.

Manufacturers are the experts on their own products and welcome to customer feedback.

 

Freshco Return Policy for more info.

 

Co-op Return Policy

 

co-op grocery CanadaI didn’t find anything specific for a Co-op return policy but after reading the FAQ’s  they offer products of the highest quality so I was suggest making a phone call before bringing anything back to the store. It sounds like they stand behind products sold at Co-op.

Everyone is welcome to shop at Co-op, and everyone is invited to become a member. There are no points to collect or miles to accumulate, just cash back to spend on whatever you like. It’s simple – cash back!

We are a different kind of business – a business that shares our profits with our members. A Co-op membership offers a lifetime of rewards including high- quality products and service at competitive prices. We also offer the potential for annual cash-back and an equity account that grows over time, as well as the opportunity to get involved as a member-owner.

Read more about Coop Connection.

There you have it folks a complete list of Canadian Grocery Store Return Policies however if I’ve missed any which I’m sure I did I will add them as I go along. Please leave me a message and I’ll look into it.

Mr.CBB

Discussion: Do you have any tips for those wanting to make returns to any of the above grocery stores? Please leave your comments below.

Mr.CBB

 

April 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 which includes new prizes!

 

Free Money Saving Tools 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018

 

the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this amazing FREE grocery shopping guide that has taken 6 years to create.

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

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

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

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

 

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 to Spend: 3,200,000
  • 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

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 4 x Milk Sealtest $4.27 plus 20x Optimum Plus Points!

Total Out-of-Pocket $17.08

Costco

  • Whisps $11.99
  • Cherry Tomatoes $7.99
  • Asiago cheese $20
  • Bocconcini Balls $11.99
  • 2 pack extra-large eggs $4.97
  • 2x Nescafe Instant Coffee $10.99 $21.98
  • Almond Flour $16.99
  • 3 pack seedless cucumbers $2.97
  • Avocados $8.99
  • Jumbo Double Box Cheerios $6.99
  • Stuffed Olives $5.99
  • Bicks pickles $5.97
  • 4 x 10% Cream $1.85 each
  • Haddock Fillets $11.99
  • German Salami Pillers $11.99
  • 2 x Prosciutto packs on sale $6.99 $13.98

Total Out-of-Pocket $172.10

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

  • Total to spend this month : $300
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $15.50
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month  Jan,Feb, Mar $105 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $1
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $2.35
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $67.25
  • Total spent this week: $189.20
  • Total spent so far this month: $189.20
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total left to spend for the month: $110.80
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We’ve started off the month with a big shop at Costco since we haven’t done one in a while. We also picked up some laundry soap as well since it was on sale. There’s not much left for the month however we are more than stocked up and the remainder of our money will be used on any vegetables that we need or other emergency food items for recipes.

How was your week?

Mr.CBB

 

2018 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.

Related: Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll add it 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 2018?

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

If any of the links below don’t open properly please report them to my email address or use comment form.

 

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 does not include such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014 we no longer included such items in our grocery budget so we could see our actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly.
  • 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. 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
  • 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!  You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2018!

-Mr.CBB

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  1. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults – $7800.00 or $650.00 a month(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

    Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $650
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $40+25=$65.00
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $80., 760 Air Miles
    PC Optimum Points to Spend: 179651
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    Zweet -$11.25
    Checkout51- $13.50

    Our Grocery Shop This Week

    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 cocoa -4.49, AM instant savings- 25%, 1.12, stock pile
    1 bag raisins -3.99
    1 case ginger ale -3.69
    2 packs rice @2/5.00, stock pile
    3 cans pasta sauce -@3/5.00
    2 cans pineapple tidbits @1.39, 4 AM
    1 4l milk -4.27
    1 yogurt -2.99
    4 lbs salted butter @2.99, stock pile
    1 doz large eggs -2.79
    1 green pepper -1.26
    Bananas -1.28
    1 grated parmesan cheese -6.60
    1 bagels- 3.79
    Total out of Pocket -$46.92 + 21.45 stock pile, $1.12 AM discount

    No Frills
    1 taco kit -2.97
    2 pasta sauce @ 1.77
    2 kg icing sugar @2.77
    4cans tomato paste @.57
    1 plum sauce -2.00
    2 cans pineapple @1.27
    1 Ziploc freezer bags -3.97
    4 lbs salted butter @2.77
    3 4l milk @ -4.27
    2 packs perogies @2/3.00
    2 GG frozen veggies @1.97
    10 lbs potaotes -3.97
    3 lbs onions -1.97
    Bananas -.84
    1 pack B/S chicken breasts -6.88
    1 bagels -1.67
    1 raisin bread -1.88
    1 W/W bread -2.47
    1 Pantene shampoo -3.97
    1 Pantene conditioner -3.97
    Total out of Pocket -$86.56

    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 cases ginger ale @3.69
    1 corn starch -2.99
    1 roll tin foil -2.99
    1 2kg sugar -1.99, 3 AM bonus
    3 cans pasta sauce @3/5.00
    1 block swiss cheese -5.59
    2 Baileys coffee creamer @ 2/5.00
    1 cream cheese -2.99
    1 turkey- 21.24
    2 packs breakfast sausages @ 3.50
    Total out of Pocket -$79.00

    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: $21.45
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $26.00
    Total in-store discounts this week: $0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $35.84
    Total spent this week: $210.93
    Total spent so far this month: $210.93
    Total over/Under spend this shop: over
    Total left to spend for the month: $439.07
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $565.41+Feb $414.90+March $548.60 + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    An expensive week but it happens. The turkey is in the freezer for now, it replaced the ham in there. We had the ham for Easter and will have the turkey shortly. I’m well stocked on butter now, both the salted fr every day and the unsalted for baking. I was getting low on the cocoa so it was nice to get the bonus air miles for it….Slowly getting caught up here….

  2. APRIL 2-8
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $200

    STORE: NO FRILLS
    -2 Neoguri Instant Noodles (@0.77 each) $1.54
    -Paldo Gomtang Noodles (pkg of 4) $3.77
    -2 x PC Cremini Mushrooms (@1.27 each) $2.54
    -1L Chocolate Milk $1.00
    Gift Card Used $8.85
    Total Out of Pocket $0

    STORE: SAFEWAY
    -Bananas (@0.79/lb) $0.90
    -Lundberg Brown Rice $7.99
    Total Out of Pocket $8.89

    STORE: KINS FARM MARKET
    -2 Mango (@1.69 each) $3.38
    Total Out of Pocket $3.38

    STORE: T&T
    -2 Rosemary Lamb Rack (@6.88 each) $13.76
    Total Out of Pocket $13.76

    STORE: SUPERSTORE
    -Sourdough Bread $2.48
    PC Optimum Earned: 200
    Gift Card Used $2.48
    Total Out of Pocket $0

    POINTS OVERVIEW
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $36.33
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 1355
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: 0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    COUPON APPS
    Checkout51- $6.95

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK
    Total to spend this month : $200
    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: $26.03
    Total spent so far this month: $26.03
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): Under $23.97
    Total left to spend for the month: $173.97
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46 + Feb $127.79 + Mar $124.18

    WEEKLY OVERVIEW
    New month, new budget! I’ve been on a roll lately, I hope it continues. Nothing really special this week to note other than using the Loblaw card to pay some of my groceries.

  3. Angela M says:

    Week 1 April 2 – 8

    March Monthly budget $240 ($60 per week)

    March Costco budget $80 ($20 per week)

    Total Spent Grocery this week: 51.65
    Total Spent this month: $51.65
    Total Spent Costco this week: $0
    Total Spent Costco this month: $0
    Grocery left to spend: $188.35
    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: $136.80
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $136.80
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over: $37.45
    Costco carry over: $0

    RCSS
    Lindt Gold Bunny 3 x .94
    Cadbury Mini Eggs 6 x .24
    VH Teriyaki sauce 1.88
    Catelli Lasagna noodles 2.68
    Catelli Fettuccini noodles 2 x 1.00
    NN Cottage Cheese 2.48
    Milk 4.28
    Minute Maid frozen OJ 6 x 1.00
    Minute Maid frozen mango punch 4 x .60
    Minute Maid frozen pink lemonade 4 x .60
    NN Fries 3.49
    Iceberg lettuce 2 x .97
    Pears 1.73
    Tomato HH on the vine 1.06
    PC Bacon 3.98
    Cross rib pot roast 4.07
    Baguette 2 x .94
    Garlic bread 2.00
    Hamburger Buns 2.59
    Tax .55
    Total Paid 51.65

    I bought clearance Easter chocolate, not a lot, but enough for the 3 of us. There was so much there, I could have gotten much more. We had planned to make lasagna, so some items were geared to a lasagna dinner (noodles, cottage cheese, lettuce and garlic bread), but we plan to eat for a couple of days on this. The cross rib roast is misleading, it was not a full roast, but a couple of small slices. I was looking for a fast fry steak for stir fry dinner, but nothing was affordable, this turned out to be the most cost effective option. It was ok, I did expect it to not be the most tender as I would normally cook something like this for hours. I could have done without the meat in it, the teriyaki sauce was lovely. It was a stock up week for the freezer fridge with the juices. We don’t go through a ridiculous amount of juice, but I do like to have it available for my son and his friends. So, finding a great deal always means stock up. The concentrate was the best price out there. I had juice on my list, so I found the best option available to me. The only price match item this week was the lettuce. It was the only lettuce I could PM in flyer, would have preferred romaine, but I made do. .94 compared to 2.49. The two head cost me less than the price Superstore was looking for just one. I have made a habit these days to add the milk into the grocery rounds rather than just running in for the milk. Price went up .01 a short time ago. It doesn’t sound like much, but really it affects this household .05 because we pay in cash. At $4.27 it would round down, now at 4.28 it rounds up. Annoying, but it affects the annual budget increasing 2.60 if we were to continue buying it on its own. Any increase I can avoid is a good thing. Costco is still at 4.25, it also means that whenever we do our monthly Costco trip, milk has been added to the list. We are still working on clearing out many things in the freezer and pantry, but we needed pasta to go along with the sauces we have on the shelf lol. We have a few different shapes, but no long noodles which we go through most. I likely should have picked up a couple more boxes, maybe next week.

  4. I returned some allergy medicine recently to Shoppers and they were totally fine with accepting it (it was unopened and I had the receipt). Reason for the return was I found it about $8 cheaper at No Frills so I bought another one hoping to return the one bought at Shoppers later. However I used 20000 PC Optimum Points to purchase it in the first place and was super confused about how the refund would go since the website said they will not return the points to me. They basically refunded the whole thing on my credit card. So don’t be afraid to return something even if you used PC Points to purchase it.

  5. Week 14 – Mar 30 – Apr 5/18
    Name Your Store: RCSS
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 600
    Total Out Of Pocket: $26.16

    Human
    3 Can Tuna – (600 PC Points) = $3.84
    Box of Sweet Potato Wheat Thins Crackers = $2.98
    890 g Hellman’s Mayo = $3.98
    1.75 L Simply OJ – $2.99 (PM Frescho – $1.99) = $1.99
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.28
    Cut up Veggies = $4.96
    Brandt X-Lean Kolbassa – $5.00 (PM Frescho – $3.49) = $3.49

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 2,400
    Total Out Of Pocket: $24.77

    Human
    4 Jars Classico Pasta Sauce – 1600 PC Points = $7.88
    2 – 400 g Armstrong Marble Cheese – 800 PC Points = $7.54
    Green Grapes – 0.790 kg = $1.53
    4 Wonder WW Bread – $12.35 (50% Pink Sticker) = $6.15
    Hot Cross Buns = $1.67

    Cats
    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $50.93
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $596.49 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $580.17

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $221.41 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $173.52

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $98.00 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $73.73

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

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $41.32

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $2.52
    Total Price Match to Date: $3.70

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 3,000
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 74,918

    Overview: Took advantage of some specials and PC Points

  6. Mary Campbell says:

    APRIL – Week #1 of 4- Apr 2-8, 2018

    2018 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

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

    ===========================================================================================

    REMARKS FOR THE MONTH:

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

    Grocery:

    $ 190.00 for the month
    ($ 100.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $15.00
    ($ 5.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 5.00) trf to summer reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 5.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $45.00

    CANADIAN Grocery Balance $75.00

    With Easter behind us, there are no big celebrations this month so I have pared down the grocery budget and increased our reserve savings a little.

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This week’s shop is all about some treats for the hubby and I. I do love the large all white meat turkey breast from Meridian. It’s expensive but this is the best tasting turkey meat I have ever had and it’s grass fed and organic.

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    Costco – Port Coquitlam –

    1 Kirkland Probiotic Yogurt $7.99 < love these and they are great for lunches!
    1 Bacon Bits $13.99

    Total OOP: $21.98

    —————————————————————–

    RCSS – Pitt Meadows –

    1 Romaine Lettuce $5.48 < I see turkey Caesar Salad in our future
    1 McCains Grated Hash Browns $3.48 < made cheesy hash browns with salsa – oh yum!

    Total OOP: $8.96

    —————————————————————–

    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 7 lb Turkey Breast, White Meat Only $47.55

    Total Re-Stocking Reserve OOP: $47.55

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE IN MAY

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    2018 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $128.94

    •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: 54 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

    ===========================================================================================

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 760.00 Grocery Budget JAN-APRIL

    ($211.08) NET RESERVE TRANSFERS

    ($ 473.92) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 44.06 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 326.42 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund

    $ 222.59 Holiday Season Fund + $260 PC Optimum Points ($220 Mary + $40 Larry) + $10 Dream Air Miles + $50 Save On Foods More Rewards ($25 Mary + $25 Larry)+ $50 Loblaws Card ($25 Mary + $25 Larry) = $587.59

    $ 699.59 Summer Season Fund

    $ 606.87 US Shopping Reserve

    $ 88.80 GGC Savings Reserve

    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,944.27. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $507.28 that we have added in 2018, LESS $324.31 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.

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