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The Grocery Game Challenge March 12-18 Week 3

This is our weekly grocery shop for March 12- March 18. What was your weekly shop like? Post it in the comment section of this post and you could win a monthly prize of $50 in various Canadian coupons~ see rules and regulations here.  We are now down to $75.09 left to spend for the month on groceries. Let’s see how well we do with this weeks shop.  **Edit** We are over budget already this month. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Money will have to come from our Emergency Savings to cover the overage. I’ll explain why we went over this month in our March Budget Update! Cheers This weeks grocery shop will be challenging for us since we spend a bulk of our grocery budget last week.  Once I tally up all our shops for this week will have a better understanding where we stand. Next weeks shop will be our last for the month as we will do a no-shop week that week. Today we did our first shop of the week at Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up a Sunday/Monday special for Sugar at $1.99. We also stopped in to Zehrs for a few pink sticker deals! […]

Did You Order Your Credit Report Canada? It’s Free There’s No Excuse!

When I asked if you had ordered your credit report or if you knew what was on your credit report the answer was an astounding, no. Most of you had no idea how to go about ordering your free credit report in Canada. Some of you didn’t even care about seeing your credit report and that’s fair some people truly don’t care but for others it may be very important. I asked my Facebook community about their credit report and was surprised to learn that most had no idea where to turn. I asked this to gauge an understanding of whether they knew everything they needed to know about their finances. You see, I want Canadians to realize that we should be budgeting our money and spending less than we earn. This entails knowing all about your financial health and understanding what kind of spender you are. Sure being frugal, using coupons, shopping at second-hand clothing stores is all fine and dandy. The reality is if we don’t know where we are at financially how are we able to plan for our future? Why Should You Order Your Free Credit Report? An annual credit report is a record of your credit activities in […]

Stuff this! Mr.CBB’s Green Stuffed Peppers on Mash! $2 each Meal

My wife and I started making these Stuffed green peppers after watching her mother in the kitchen. Her mom is a great cook but one who never measures.. you know- a little of this, a little of that. Ay! What happens to her recipes, they taste great. I have no idea how some cooks work their magic with no recipe but it works. Although we would love to stir up some magic in the kitchen we needed a recipe. So after watching and learning we took to our own test kitchen and proceeded to cook. You can use any colour pepper to make this easy stuffed pepper recipe, we chose green. After many trials our green stuffed peppers are now perfected! They stand tall on a nice slathering of mashed potatoes, surrounded by a sweet basil, garlic marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella and Parmigianno Reggiano. I can assure you there won’t be any left when you are done making this recipe. For the vegetarians if you want to make this a meatless stuffed pepper you can simply omit the meat and continue on with the rest of the menu as it can be just as hearty. I would likely add in an extra […]

Friends With Benefits- Helping Us Stick To The Budget

Get your mind out of the gutter…crikey I’m simply going on about Networking! There’s always a dollar to be saved when you network, right? Not everyone is an extrovert but you don’t need to be when it comes to networking you just need to be you~ and talk! What is Networking, you ask? Networking: according to dictionary.com A supportive system of sharing information and services among people and groups having a common interest:Working mothers in the community use networking to help themselves manage successfully. 2.the design, establishment, or utilization of a computer network. The Easiest Way! Talk to the people you know! The Best Way!  Talk to people you don’t know! Example: The easiest way We all have someone on our street that knows everyone’s business- they may do the  networking for you, no effort involved but the initial conversation. True Story(names and career changed): Ethel- (Your neighbour) Hanging out the window with her dog staring at your every move. “Good Morning Luigi, nice day today.” You- Good morning Ethel, yes I’m off to work. Ethel- What is it that you do Luigi? You- I’m a Mechanic at my shop Ethel. Ethel- Oh that’s great Luigi maybe you can take a look at my brakes on my car one day next week? You- Sure Ethel bring your car around on Tuesday at 9am. Ethel- Great, thanks Luigi, see you then. You- Bye Ethel […]

The What If’s in Life with Life Insurance- Staring out the Canadian Glass Window

What if I lose my job, What if I get injured, What if I die,What if this What if that.. blimey, are you tearing your hair out? Are you thinking about life insurance yet? Sometimes preparing for the future seems like it’s silly but perhaps it’s just a way to put off the inevitable. Some people I know didn’t think they needed life insurance or thought it was only something senior folks think about. Scenario:  Older Couple who never purchased Life Insurance Little Savings Age 50′s with children/grandchildren Mortgage until they are in their 70′s Little Investments Health Status- bad Heart Condition, Diabetes Source: EverydayHealth.com What we do know for sure is: We WILL all DIE! Face it mates, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. ** Note: if you are reading this and have some sort of secret potion to prolong this send me a quick email so we can meet up** If you plan to remain single and childless for the rest of your life and have money put aside for your funeral costs then you can sweep the insurance idea under the mat. Do you really need to pay for Life Insurance when there […]

How We Designed our Budget Step 5- 5S Organization

Welcome to Step 5 in Designing our Budget. Now this step might sound a bit stringent but really take it for what it’s worth, think outside the box. It’s merely a way to keep you on your toes, not a means to turn your home into a production line. So far together we have all learned: How much money you Gross and Net We gathered all the important documentation-pay stubs, banking info etc. We know what bills to pay every month and when- credit cards, mortgage, rent, etc We categorized the budget and assigned an amount to each “need” we have to pay for monthly. We learned the importance of  Note Taking and Documentation In Part 5 of the Budgeting Series you will learn about Organization and why it is crucial to the success of your budget. What does Organization mean to us? We firmly believe in “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In Japan they call this 5S in all aspects of the workplace. In adopting this mindset we have been able to achieve greater goals, save time, effort and money. Although 5s finds its home in manufacturing and is successfully implemented all over the world […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge March 5-March 11/Week 2

This is our weekly grocery shop for March 5- March 11. What was your weekly shop like? Post it in the comment section of this post and you could win a monthly prize of $50 in various Canadian coupons~ see rules and regulations here. We had this weeks shop planned and knew we would spend more than the $64 a week we have budgeted for on groceries. With the Shoppers Drug Mart Spend $75 get 18,500 Optimum Points we were already over budget. A fan asked what we do when we overspend at the grocery store in our weekly budget. This week was a good example and below was my answer to her. So far we have spent a total of $114.91 which is $50.91 over budget this week and we are still not done shopping. When we spend over budget one week this means we have less to spend in the following weeks. In this case we have $75.09 left to spend for the month $190.00-$114.91. We don’t want to spend more than the $190.00 a month. We will see what happens. We hit up a few stores for our shopping this week Shoppers Drug Mart, Food Basics and […]

Cranberry Orange Bread in a Bundt Pan- Cost $5

While searching Facebook I came across this recipe on the Quaker Canada Facebook page and wanted to give it a go. We have this huge bag of Whole Wheat Flour in the basement that needed to get used up. I made a couple of adjustments to the recipe as we baked it in a bundt pan instead of the loaf pan. I also tossed in a half cup of chocolate chips (cause I’m sneaky that way) but that is optional. The bread we made in the bundt pan baked for 40 mins at 350 degrees. In the end the bread is simply amazing, get ready for your home to smell of oranges in every room. It sends a warm feeling down your spine when the aroma engulfs you. I estimated this bread cost us around $5.00 to make and will serve 12 people. Thanks Quaker Canada for an easy, yummy recipe! Changes to the original recipe I made as we baked it in the bundt pan. Everything else in the recipe we followed exactly. I adjusted All Purpose Flour to I cup I added 1/2 cup chocolate chips I adjusted the milk to  1 1/4 cup of milk I adjusted the […]