I created a document in google that will allow you to put in the items you plan to purchase and then add them up for you.
If you don’t have excel on your computer you can always download openoffice (free program) and learn how to use it.
Plan ahead – On the opposite side of the coin of shopping in-store sales on the fly is planning ahead before you enter the store.
Most of you wouldn’t dream of attempting to grocery shop 7 days a week but for some there are hidden ways to save money. I’ve previously talked about shopping more than once a week and shopping monthly but not every single day of the week.
It sounds a bit outrageous to the typical consumer but believe me people do this, and for many reasons. For those of you that work this is not for you although some of you might still shop every day after work depending on your situation. If you are single you might just drop in after work to pick up food for the night or if you work at the grocery store you pretty much have this luxury at your finger tips.
One of our CBB fans does work at the grocery store and the deals she finds will blow your mind so I wasn’t at all opposed to shopping 7 days a week when I found that a close friend of ours does this.
I had to laugh the other week when my wife and her friend were chatting about cooking and grocery shopping. They managed to buy or trade fresh food every day which was a common practice and still to this day you can find her dad at the grocery store everyday after his daily walk. There are a few pluses in her side of the ring, one being that she has the grocery store just up the road from the house. Most people these days live in the vicinity of at least one grocery store so it’s not too far of a walk or drive if you plan to do more than one grocery shop a week.
I’m pretty sure she must have thought I was a nutty asking so many questions about her shopping habits and whether she can save money grocery shopping so much. So, she creates a dinner menu based on her husband work schedule and every day she makes a trip up to the grocery store to buy the ingredients she needs. I wanted to answer HOW to save money and really the only answer is to shop every day and keep these tips that she uses in mind.
Finds daily deals at the grocery store she would have missed if she only shopped once a week. When I asked her how much her grocery budget for the month was for the two of them she told me it typically came in under $200 a month.
Even our grocery budget is tight at $235 a month plus a $25.00 stockpile and that comes with a weekly planning session. She is a coffee lover as well so she stocks up on coffee so she can make it at home instead of going to the coffee shop. I think people will save money any way they can but most of all they do what works for them.
Smart grocery shopping begins with the shopper so find your grocery shopping balance and save.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
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I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the savings process in your grocery budget today.
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Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.
If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget. If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide. 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. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.
This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track. If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.
Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
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We have groceries that have been purchased using points redeemed, rather than the budgeted cash in the amount of $40.91.
Note: Another reserve of $315.57 IS AVAILABLE for our next US shop currently scheduled for May 18th! I have really realized how very little we need to spend on groceries each month as we eat from the freezer and pantry. Our local farmer’s market opened on Saturday so I expect to shop both there and at the local farms once our US shopping is done.
I think the price I paid for these apples were good as it’s dependent on the kind of apple.
Do the above for each receipt you have then copy the template below and paste it to the bottom of your shop so we can see your results.
A good way to fail at the grocery store is to base your grocery budget on another person’s budget. Important!You should not attempt to create a grocery budget until you have completed step #1 ~determine priorities and set goals based on your priorities.
Before I write about Step 2…I have to tell you how THRILLED I am that Safeway had Kerrygold Butter when I stopped at the store today! I’d have a healthy bank account if  I had a dollar for every time I see someone searching CBB for Welfare Recipes.

Most families are looking for budget-cooking ideas because they have to feed more than 2 people so they want cheap recipes that the entire family will enjoy. It’s hard to put a dollar number on the cost to create your own cheap recipes because your monthly budget plan may be different to ours. If you take a look at our grocery shop below for this week you will notice the amount of pricier proper cheese that we bought BUT it was 50% off. Sure, we went over our budget this month but we will make it up next month and to us it was worth the over-spend.
That’s it, eating healthy is the basis behind our budget-friendly recipes that we create except for those meals that we enjoy once a month or as treats.
Here are some of our favourite cheap recipes that don’t bust our budget but are delicious and fit our life-style.
You can check out the Free Recipe Index on CBB for the full list of cheap recipes that are budget-friendly.
You might even find a local vendor who sells meat packages and delivers them to your house for a better value. If you’re not a fisherman like myself you will have to buy fish at the local grocery store or fish market.
You may also find the prices will be cheaper when you go right to the source rather than frozen at the grocery store or from a fish counter. When we grocery shop we like to buy salmon which we will buy fresh IF we can find a deal or frozen if it’s on sale.
If you don’t have room for a vegetable garden which would could make you boatloads of cheap recipes the next best thing is to buy vegetables in season.
If you are lucky and live in an area with lots of farms with vendors who sell to the public you’ll likely get a better deal than at the grocery store plus you are supporting Ontario Farmers.
When we grocery shop for vegetables the first thing we do apart from already knowing what vegetables are on sale in the flyer that week is rush over to the reduced rack. We have gotten so much for less from the reduced rack which we typically would use right away or clean and freeze for future meals. Vegetables of all kinds are not only healthy for you but low in calories and you can eat as much as you’d like.
While we were shopping they gave us samples of foods that were already prepared as they have an in-store bakery. Whether you are planning your grocery list around the weekly flyers, checking the reduced rack or using coupons or other in-store specials they all add up to spending less.That is provided the products were on your list or you have the money in your budget to cover the expenses. Sometime those reduced foods can bump your grocery budget out of whack like it did for us this month. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open when cashing out because if a price scans higher than the shelf price you may get it free or up to $10 off the price.
If you truly want to save money and eat good plan your shops and your meals and don’t over-shop.
Those convenience foods although they may be quick to make and tasty to those who don’t want to cook may find that it eats up your monthly grocery budget. Clean eating is famous for less ingredients which helps to keep the meal healthy but also can be  less expensive. This might not work for all products because you don’t want to have more food than you can eat in a time-frame otherwise you risk having pesky flour bugs invading your kitchen like it did for us. Take caution when you shop and if your mouth starts trying to convince you that you need that bag of cookies it’s up to you then to make the call. If you like FREE then click this link for my FREE Excel Budget Spreadsheet and all my Free Money Saving Lists!
I am not feeling up to snuff these days so the USA shopping trip has been pushed back yet again. We have groceries that have been purchased using points redemption(s), rather than the budgeted cash, in the amount of $14.36. Note: Another reserve of $233.07 IS AVAILABLE for our next US shop currently scheduled for March 14th! I don’t meal plan so much as figure out what I have for meals for the week and cook which meal when I feel like that one.
I’m working with a tight budget and I work hard to get as much as I can with what is there for me to use. My wife doesn’t get out to do groceries as much since our son was born and cooking is certainly not on the radar for her.
Even though they lived on a huge farm they traded food although it was forbidden to do so during the second world war because of rationing. Yes she does drive so it costs her petrol every day that she drives up BUT she still manages to stay under budget with her frequent shops. She also has to struggle with her husband who works many hours and is not always home for dinner.
Sometimes she says she doesn’t even bother going to the grocery store one day because he will be home late. Throwing food and spices into the crock-pot seems so much easier so she scours the internet for crock-pot recipes.
I was impressed with that number as most couples have no problem spending upwards of $500 a month at the grocery store. I remember my wife saying that she would lose so much weight if she moved in with me in the UK since my cupboards only had minimal food in them since I shopped so much. Since she is home all week it’s no big deal for her to get out of the house which she loves to do and hit up the local grocery store to save money.
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Apart from what we found on the reduced rack we stuck to our grocery shopping list this week.
It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list. If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! Once you subscribe you MUST VERIFY your email account so check your spam folder and inbox for that email!

Mostly it’ll be fresh fruit and veggies that I can’t bring back across the border, eggs when they go on sale again and a jug of milk that I redeem points for. I think that is smart because you end up with less food waste for one and less food that you have to eat before expiry. In my eBook Feed Your Family: 7 Steps to Success, I outlined several issues with grocery budgeting along with suggestions and examples of how to break down your grocery budget.
If your goal is to buy all organic food, then your budget needs to be higher than if your goal is to drastically reduce your grocery budget. I’d give up cleaning any day to grab a grocery cart and peruse the local market for delicious foods that I can create cheap recipes from.
Although the cheese wasn’t on our shopping list this is where our stockpile budget came in handy and helped us scoop up some deals. If you must buy fish at the grocery store look for fish specials but I tend to stay away from any reduced fish prices. When you buy too much you end up with a house full of food that for the most part will go to waste if it doesn’t get eaten by the expiry date. Some people say to shop just the perimeter of the store otherwise you will buy junk that you don’t need. We love cheese especially good cheese but it’s often far too pricey and out of our budget to buy.
Now I have to spend less in March BUT we are going home for a week as I have a week off so that’s one week of no shopping for us.
If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.
This is going to be a NO SHOP WEEK for us so I am transferring the remaining funds to a NEW!
I shop sales, use a list, coupon when I can, buy less meat, check the reduced shelves or cart, price check, collect cookbook and get from the library… and so on.
Today we’re bringing you some easy and effective tips that show you how to grocery shop on a budget.
Following these simple concepts can allow you to stretch that dollar further and shop your local grocery store effectively. This is especially useful for shoppers who don’t like having to plan in the grocer store based on what they see on sale. When you cook a big batch of something, you typically have leftovers that can be eaten for lunch the next day or frozen to have quick and easy meal in the future. We use it to budget and in large part a reason we could pay our mortgage off in 5 years, check it out! Fortunately the store in across the street so I can run across to get more milk and what ever little things we need. Many families have found that setting a weekly budget works better for them than having a monthly budget.
If that’s you then maybe you should be taking on a new path for your weekly meals which eliminates the need to ask this question.
Some of our favourite meals come from a crock-pot and all you need to do is set it and forget it. CBB and I sat down and talked about foods we could use to create recipes that wouldn’t bury our grocery budget. Instead of throwing produce in the garbage the grocery store will try to get any amount of money they can for them. So in fact, we now have $0.00 REMAINING AVAILABLE for the month in our CANADIAN budgeted grocery funds. If our budget is truly sufficient, when we reach December 31st, the unused funds reserve should still be equal to, if not greater than, the value of the points redemptions. Here where I live I have to go out of town to get to the cheaper stores but I can usually get some nice deals here too if I look for them. I usually go to the grocery every week in that way I can make sure that I don’t do over buying.
For instance, buy a larger one pound bag of baby carrots, and then portion them into single size servings for taking in lunches or just to eat conveniently at home. This type of shopping can be really effective to stock up on meats for the freezer or dried shelf-stable goods. You might think I’m joking when I say to grocery shop 7 days a week but this is what her friend does. I can certainly see how things have changed for us now but before he was born I could have easily shopped every day.
If our budget is truly sufficient, when we reach December 31st, the unused funds should still be equal to, if not greater than, the value of the points redeemed.
If my husband wants to invite company over and it puts me over the $100 budget then I get stressed. We had no extra money. When my husband started a new job (with a significant pay raise) he wanted to raise the food budget, but I had to work on a pride issue before I could do that. Super pro tip: try shopping exclusively from in-store sales one week and see how much money you save.
Super pro tip: Use a program like Microsoft Excel to make par-stock lists of all the regular grocery items you buy. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. While we were inside we needed to grab some lentils for dinner but noticed lots and lots of pink stickers. Super pro tip: try reusable containers instead of Ziploc bags for a more sustainable alternative. Print a sheet each time you’re ready to shop so that you can easily scan your pantry and fridge for the items that are needed.
However, I find it interesting that the go to is the crock pot for sheer lack of interest in cooking.

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