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Purchasing Weekly Groceries Offers The Best Customer Perks – GGC 2018 #3 Sept 17-23

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Honestly, how many times do you really need to go to the grocery store each month?

 

Today I want to explain why I believe buying weekly groceries will save you more money in the long-run provided you stick to your budget. You can ask just about anyone about grocery shopping and you’ll soon see that views differ based on lifestyle and the enjoyment of planning and executing a trip to the shop.

Honestly, how many times do you really need to go to the grocery store each month?

This is what my neighbour said about his wife who must grocery shop once a week. Well, that depends on your meal plan, cooking methods and if your plan is for weekly groceries you may come out ahead with the better deals while giving up time.

 

Time differs for everyone, let me explain.

 

Over the years Mrs. CBB and I have trialed different times of grocery shopping such as shopping bi-weekly, weekly, once a month and daily and each offered us something different. Before we had our son for example it was a breeze doing weekly groceries or even daily because we could without any issue. Add couponing to the mix and before you would know it we had 96 monster jugs of laundry soap in our basement that cost us under $1 each after coupon!

Once junior was born it seemed easiest if we planned our shopping trips around weekly groceries instead of daily and we also paired down the amount of stores we would visit. For us we are lucky to have many grocery stores all on one stretch of road which doesn’t cost much in gas in time to hop around for deals. Price-matching certainly helps provided you have a store that offers this super-awesome  money-saving perk to their customers.

When I was living in the UK it was nothing for me to visit the grocery store 3 times a week since my refrigerator was so small. In Canada with large capacity cold boxes we are able to stuff far more into one spot which means weekly groceries or even monthly grocery shopping becomes a popular trend.

I know some people who live a fair distance from the grocery store opt for monthly grocery shopping but for those of you who live in town your options differ. Weekly groceries may sound like too much of a chore for some people but for others it’s a trip to get out of the house. My mother-in-law with dementia LOVES to go grocery shopping for weekly groceries to a few of her favourite shops.

In reality she doesn’t eat much and could go monthly without issue. For her weekly groceries is a trip out of the house and perhaps she may run into people she knows. It’s about human interaction and enjoying life. You may find the older you get that weekly groceries become a way of life. Mrs. CBB said that her grandparents would go for weekly groceries right up until her grandpa passed away in his 80’s. He would drive them both to the mall to A&P where she would shop and he would people watch. It was their form of entertainment.

Let’s go back a moment here to Mrs. CBB who had just given birth and indoors for a good chunk of the day. When it was time for weekly groceries she would jump at the chance to get out of the house.

If she drove herself she would be out the door doing it on her own but she would wait for me to come home from work. Sitting in the house no matter who you are and your circumstances is boring especially when all you want is some fresh air and for some, alone time.

The grocery store seems to be the go-to place.

 

Perks of buying weekly groceries in Canada

 

If you have a spouse, friend or family member who is questioning why you do weekly groceries just remember that what you do is for your benefit. Even if money saving isn’t your perk visiting the shop for weekly groceries may mean you end up with more from your food budget.

 

Weekly Rewards Points

 

Just about every rewards program that we participate in changes their rewards points on a weekly basis. For example, Shoppers Drug Mart in conjunction with Loblaws update their coupon app every Thursday.

This means that customers online or on the app can add new coupons to the roster for their grocery shopping pleasure. With over 3 million Optimum Points under our belt over the past 3 years we can safely say that they do add up fast. That’s over $3000 in free groceries.

Ah, and let’s not forget if you are part of the Nielsen Home Scan Canada grocery shopping group you can grab even more points which means more rewards for you. Take your home scanner, scan your products and you get reward points to redeem for products or even gift cards.

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Weekly Specials

 

This is a big one for many Canadian shoppers due to being on a tight budget which is why grocery stores advertise their best deals on the front and back of their weekly flyers. Grocery shopping weekly means you can split your monthly grocery allowance into weeks and base it around weekly sales. This opens up your meal planning and offers variety in your diet especially if you are able to purchase products you wouldn’t typically buy because of higher prices.

Weekly specials may also allow you to buy larger quantity products again because they are on sale where you would typically only buy a smaller package or bottle of an item. If you have a Costco membership they have weekly specials which means more savings for the bulk-shopper. Our 2018 membership cost us $20 after our yearly rebate which mostly came from buying gas and groceries throughout the year.

 

Weekly Menu Plan

 

This one is huge for us especially now that we have a child who is a picky eater. A weekly meal plan based around weekly specials allows us to change it up as much as possible. Homemade is the way we opt to cook in our kitchen which also means having fresh vegetables and fruits on hand is a must.

We find that we struggle if we wait for two or more weeks before we need fresh produce depending on weekly circumstances. This summer for example our friends gave us produce from their garden which meant it was easy to wait.

Many Canadians opt for a weekly grocery box which is delivered to the door and filled with fresh produce both organic and non-organic produce. Either way weekly groceries delivered or not offers better variety for a healthy diet. There are numerous operations around Canada that offer this service which also helps cut down on costs and time for grocery shoppers even those who still enjoy stopping in for weekly groceries.

 

Unadvertised Deals

 

I’m not one to tell my readers to shop outside of their grocery list but there are times when an unadvertised special pops up at the grocery store and it’s worth your while. When this happens to us we must adjust our grocery budget or suffer the consequences of going over.

Don’t take this category lightly as it can be a money saver or a money soaker depending on how you roll it out. Just remember what you put in you must take out if it’s not on your grocery list or adjust the amount you spend for the next shop of weekly groceries.

 

Scoring Weekly Coupons and Coupon Apps

 

Coupons are always added to the coupon boards at the grocery store and as new products arrive on the shelves or attached to freezers and refrigerator doors. These coupons offer savings for the shopper who want to save even more money.

Miss out on these coupons and you miss out on savings and don’t forget to check your local newspapers even the free coupon booklets that come in the mail for even more savings. Extreme couponing still exists in Canada so if you’re in the fast lane with coupons you can snap up some pretty amazing deals for hardly any money at all.

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2018?

Our number one, hands down coupon app is Checkout51 for the best money-saving deals on groceries.

 

Grocery Pickup/Delivery

 

Unless you live far away from your local grocery store you can still reap the rewards of weekly groceries by ordering online and collecting or having groceries delivered to your home. Like the produce box delivery many grocery stores offer home delivery and all you have to do is order online by visiting their website or by using the phone app associated with the shop.

Wal-Mart Grocery is seriously the best! Order fresh groceries and more online, and Wal-Mart will load your car for you… free! How easy is that? Order your online groceries from Wal-Mart Canada and enjoy this $10 from Me To You for first time shoppers! You can thank me later 🙂

My sister-in-law who is a busy executive loves to get weekly groceries but doesn’t have the time to roam around the store even though she doesn’t mind doing it. When she is on her lunch break she eats lunch and does her online grocery shopping at the same time and then collects it when she is done work once a week. This convenience means more time with her family and more time to cook as her hours vary based on meetings and other obligations at the office.

Grocery shopping isn’t so bad when you understand how it works and know what you are looking for with a budget in place and meal plan on the go. If you find you are lost and scrambling for ideas perhaps reading my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide may help ease some of your concerns and help you to save more MONEY.

So, whenever you decide to do your grocery shopping just consider all of the perks that might help stretch your grocery budget but also consider how it may affect your lifestyle.

P.S- Those 96 jugs of laundry soap lasted us 10 years!! What a HUGE savings for us.

Discussion: What other perks can you think of for those who want to do weekly groceries? Share your comments below. 🙂

 

September 2018 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!

 

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-$42.74=$257.26
  • 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: 3,500,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

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

 

Our Grocery Shop This Week

 

Costco

  • 4 x whipping cream $4.99 each $19.96
  • 4 x 10% Cream $1.95 ea $7.80
  • Mozzarella Block $20.99
  • 3 x Salted Butter $3.99 $11.97
  • Hemp Hearts $14.89
  • Grape tomatoes $5.99
  • Bananas $1.59
  • Spaghetti Squash x 2 $4.99 happy happy happy
  • Baby Dill Pickles $5.49
  • Kirkland Brie $8.99
  • Owl School Safe cookies $9.69
  • 3 x cucumbers $2.99

Total Out-of-Pocket $115.34

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

  • Total to spend this month : $300.00-$42.74=$257.26 (includes over-spend from August)
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month $280 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $177.44
  • Total spent this week: $115.34
  • Total spent so far this month: $212.12
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total left to spend for the month: $45.14
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $337.84+ May $275.79 + June $271.88 +July $257.76 +August $342.74 + September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We made a pit-stop at Costco to load up on some favourites such as cream, whipping cream, spaghetti squash (thrilled to finally be able to eat it again) along with some school safe cookies for our little guy. It was a fairly decent Costco shop so we were happy and for the most part we already know the prices going in unless the items we want are part of their weekly sales flyer. Anything we do buy is cheaper to buy at Costco for us than it is at the grocery store although we keep our eyes open for sales.

Next week we will stock up on milk so we’re hoping SDM has the 20x coupon again which always gives us a free bag back in points which is awesome. We are ok for bread as we aren’t eating it much at all these days. I finished up the potatoes our neighbour gave us from his father’s farm this week and boy were they ever good. I might try planting a few next year to see how we make out but doing it in a pot as Katrina shared on the blog a few years back.

That’s all for now, have a great shopping week everyone.

MR.CBB

 

Free Money Saving Tools 2018

 

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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018

 

Everything 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 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 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: Find all the latest coupon apps in Canada right here>>  Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons

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!! You can also sign up for PineCone Canada and  $3 completing surveys and checking out products before they hit the shelves!

Walmart Grocery is seriously the best! Order fresh groceries and more online, and Walmart will load your car for you… free! How easy is that? Here’s $10 to try it. You can thank me later 🙂 Order your online groceries from Walmart Canada and enjoy this $10 from Me To You for first time shoppers!

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2018?

Plus check out these other hidden portals 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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Comments

  1. Mary Campbell says:

    SEPT – Week #3 of 4- Sept 17-23, 2018

    2018 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

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

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    REMARKS FOR THE MONTH:

    It’s raining, it’s pouring…I feel like we’ve moved into duck shoe mode. 🙁

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    Wow the salad dressing shelf is bare…time for a major re-stock! It’ll likely remain in good shape though after we re-stock until next spring so I am waiting until I can get Optimum points on our purchase.

    We tend to eat soups, stews, chilis and casseroles at this time of year rather than salads but we are also about to start using some of our “vacation funds” for meal splurges. I am looking forward to an amazing Thanksgiving weekend with lots of little treats. I have my heart set on Clam Strips at Ivar’s, the all-you-can-eat Sesame Shrimp at Red Lobster and OMG Nachos at Red Robin and to top off the weekend we plan to partake of the Senior’s Night 3-course roast turkey dinner at Ricky’s for $12 each…there’s nothing like skipping the meal prep and clean-up! LOL 🙂 We have saved up the funds and are choosing to treat ourselves to help with dismal, grey mood that can descend with torrential rain storms. Like how I exhibit my Thanksgiving?

    My shopping will be very minimal for the rest of September & October and then completely non-existent during the months of November and December when I will move the entire month’s allotted grocery funds into our reserves.

    When my in-store shopping comes to a great and grinding halt … it then becomes “shop the pantry” time. We have really well stocked cupboards so that won’t be an issue. It’s simply an opportunity to clean out the beans, split peas and rice stock for a complete staples turnover before I re-stock in 2019.

    Have I mentioned that I HATE shopping in the pouring rain and getting drenched right thru to the skin just trying to load the car? Well I do…so this is a NO SHOP WEEK!

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT SHOP WILL BE NEXT WEEK

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE IN OCTOBER

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    2018 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $264.06

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

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 11,079 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 398 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 13,500 Points

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 1,710.00 Grocery Budget JAN-SEPT

    $214.38 NET RESERVE TRANSFERS

    ($ 1,914.73) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 9.65 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 109.42 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 282.59 Holiday Season Fund + $280 PC Optimum Points ($230 Mary + $50 Larry) + $10 Dream Air Miles
    = $572.59
    $ 680.69 Summer Season Fund
    $ 262.42 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 147.92 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,483.04. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $1,278.86 that we have added in 2018, LESS $1,557.12 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.

    NOTE: Although I appear to be overspending with my reserves lately, the reserves will be replenished with my October-November-December grocery budgets when we switch to using the funds in our vacation budget.

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