As I’m typing this up today it’s raining outside like nobody’s business and I’m loving it. Why? Simply put, I don’t have to water the garden. Yes, I’m being lazy but for good reason, free water means a lower water bill and that makes me happy especially when my rain barrel is full! Having a garden takes alot of love and attention. I know many people who think they can plant some seeds and walk away and believe they will have an abundance of herbs and vegetables grow all on their own.
Ask my mate Karen at Lil Suburban Homestead what is involved with gardening and I’m sure she will give you an earful. I’m not going to lie she has taught me a thing or two this year and I certainly enjoy her blog simply for the personal touch that she brings to it. Karen treats me, one of her fans like I want to treat all of my fans, and that to me makes me feel at home.
When Mrs. CBB and I go for a walk we see a couple of our neighbours who have overgrown gardens and simply because they don’t tend them. Our one neighbour just the other day was complaining that she had hardly anything grow in her garden after I said we couldn’t keep up with eating our tomatoes. (Yes she had her hand up ready to take them off our hands) I asked her if she strung her tomatoes up and did she give them enough water, did you pick the weeds etc. I’m sure you are not surprised when she said no, she didn’t have the time. So not only patience is needed with a garden but so is time.
Mrs.CBB and I were talking the other day about our Pepper and Tomato plants and how we planted the seeds in early March 2012 and we are now reaping the rewards of our hard work. Was it worth it? Sure it was and yes it took some work but when you breath in the organic smell of the peppers and tomatoes (and those of you who grow them know exactly what smell I’m talking about), then you can bet we would do it all over again.
Will you start a garden next year and what will you plant?
Ok, now to this weeks Grocery Shop!
Here are your Coupon Match-ups for the week compliments of Save Big Live Better one of my favourite Couponing sites for finding the hottest grocery deals in Canada!
- Eye of Round $9.90
Total Coupons Used: $0
Total Out of Pocket: $9.90
- Beneful Dog Food- $30.48- FPC (but I paid the tax, not sure if I was supposed to but I did)
- Activia Sale $2.87-$1.00 from booklet
- Lettuce Sale $0.88
- Mozzarella Sale $3.87 x2 – 2x $1.00 coupons
- Old Cheddar Sale $3.87
- Bath poufs – Sale $1.00
- Beneful Turkey Dinner $2.38- FPC Buy any beneful dry get a Meal free
- Mushrooms Fresh Sale $1.00 x2
Total Coupons Used: $ 35.86
Total Out Of Pocket: $20.89
- Lean Ground Beef Club pack-30%- $9.18-$2.75- $4.00 Old El Paso
- Lean Ground Beef Club pack-30%- $9.19-$2.76- $4.00 Old El Paso
- Noodles – $0.25 sale x6
- Red Peppers Sale $0.88 $2.29,$2.20, $2.63,
- Limes $1.00
- Cashmere Toilet Paper Double Rolls Sale $4.88-$1.00 coupon
- Bread – $0.99
- We had these $4.00 off beef when you buy Old El Paso which we bought when our volunteers from Europe and Asia were here. It’s like a revolving door these coupons but we only would use them if the kits are $2.99 as it’s a waste of money as far as I’m concerned. I can easily make my own tortillas and whip in some spices with meat. The best deal is the money off the beef or chicken even if it is a $1.00 it’s better than nothing. So we picked up 2 Old El Paso kits with more $4.00 off coupons on them which we will likely give away in a Quickie Contest. (hint)
Total Coupons Used: $14.51
Total Out Of Pocket: $27.06
Shoppers Drug Mart
- Eggs Sale $2.29×2- $1.00wub2
- Cream x2 Sale $0.99
Total Coupons Used: $1.00
Total Out Of Pocket: $5.56
Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results for Mr. and Mrs. CBB
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $190.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $51.37
- Total Spent This Week:$5.56+$27.06+$20.89+$9.90=63.41
- Total Spent So Far for September: $7.26+$89.88 +63.41 $160.55
Over/Under spend this shop: $0.59
Over/Under spend for the month of September: $29.45
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $29.45
This week we were cutting it close with an underspend of $0.59 and $29.45 left in the budget with one week to go. Next week should be our no-shop week so our plan is to not look at the flyers or coupon match ups for the week. Is that possible? Will we need to run out to buy food? We will see but the good thing is that we have money left in the budget.
We do have a bunch of free product coupons we need to use up from a Pepsi Promo earlier this year so we will take advantage of that. The sad part is I really don’t drink much pop any more. When we quit smoking I found I was drinking more pop to satisfy the need not to smoke but that has since passed. On the odd occasion I have a rum and coke but that is rare as I’m not a big drinker. I prefer my water, tea and coffee any day.
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