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The Grocery Game Challenge November 12-18,2012 Ho,Ho,Ho,Holiday Treats!

Christmas Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Did someone say Holiday Treats? Last week in The Grocery Game Challenge we talked about planning to bake for the holidays and what you needed to do. Now that the weather has changed some of our neighbours have flipped the switch on their Christmas lights and put out their holiday decorations. We woke up to see our skylight this morning covered in snow and like kids we both rushed to the front window to see what the night had brought for us. Sadly, it was a small dusting but clearly the snow is on its way. For some it is still very early and for others like us we like to get a jump-start into the festive season so we can be enjoying it with friends and family as the weeks slide on in and party invites start to come in. The festive spirit has already ignited as we spread some holiday cheer.

So we decided to make a few easy Christmas recipes in the upcoming weeks starting in December and I will post them every Sunday as a Holiday Treat Special. Every Sunday I post a recipe from Mr.CBB’s kitchen on the blog. It’ s the only time a week we talk food on the blog so it’s a fun time for us.

What holiday dessert recipes are we making you ask? I know I’ve kept you in suspense. Well, I can promise you it’s super easy, frugal and anyone can make them. The Christmas Balls recipes are easy enough that the kids can help roll the balls for you so they can participate in traditional family Christmas baking.

We also may try our hand at those cute Santa Hat Cupcakes that I posted the last week in the Grocery Game that I found on Pinterest. We are always searching for ideas for Christmas baking but Mrs. CBB has her nanny’s famous Christmas Recipes tucked away that she makes every year. They were so cute! OK,  I admit it I love sweets, in moderation of course. This is the plan below but as Mrs.CBB and I enjoy messing about in the kitchen (get your mind out of the gutter, only those with IKEA kitchens get it on…. (oddly enough we were there yesterday to pick out our kitchen… oh ya!)

Christmas Treats In The CBB Kitchen This Holiday Season……

  • Holiday Snow Balls (these melt in your mouth, hard to eat just one)
  • Spud (potato) Sugar Donuts – One of the best Christmas desserts I’ve had in a long time. Not too sweet, just perfect any time of day sweet or savoury.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (if you like chocolate, peanut butter, cherries, dates and walnuts… look out for this explosion in your mouth)
  • Coconut Balls- chocolate goodness wrapped in coconut layered with cherries, graham crackers and more.
  • Cherry or Orange Biscotti-  I used to buy these in the tins at Tesco in the UK every year. I just enjoyed dipping these in my tea or coffee and now I make them.
  • Cowboy Quickies- Yup this can be a famous holiday cookie recipe for our   family one day.
  • Maybe… I might make a British Shortbread… not sure yet

The plan is to get all the ingredients as cheap as we can but buying quality products. Right now all we have left to buy is the orange for the biscotti as we have everything else. We tend to pick ingredients up throughout the last few months of the year for this baking fiesta! Cha Cha!

egg nog pie- Nestle Kitchens

OK, and this egg nog pie from Nestle Kitchens which I found on Pinterest is something that made me drool this morning.  This pie would be a perfect end to a Christmas dinner, don’t you think. I dunno about you but I think I might give this one a try! Nestle has some pretty amazing recipes. We love eggnog, spiked with some rum of course!

Photo Credit- Nestle Kitchens

Do you know what you are making for the holidays?

Some Store Acronyms I might  use:
  • No Frills= NF
  • Wal-mart=WM
  • Food Basics= FB
  • Shoppers Drug Mart= SDM

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Get to know our Grocery Game players… do you want to join with us!! No problem, post your shop in the comment section of this post and you will see your name on the list next week!

Grocery Game Challenge Results

Total Grocery Budget for the Month for 2 Adults:$190.00 at $63.33 for 3 weeks of shopping with 1 No-Shop Week per month.

Freshco

  • 2 x Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese bricks- Sale $5.99-$0.75 printable coupon
  • 16 cans of Carnation Evaportated Milk Sale $1.25-$1.00 coupons
  • Total Coupons Used: $17.50
  • Total Out of Pocket- $14.48

Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results for Mr. and Mrs. CBB

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $63.33
  • Total Coupons Used this Week:$17.50
  • Total Scanning Code of Practice: $0
  • Total Spent This Week:$14.48
  • Total Spent So Far for November: $99.21+75.13+$14.48=$188.82
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $1.18
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of November: $1.18
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $1.18
  • Total Coupons Used This Month : $45.33 + $10.00 Spending Card+$15.99+$17.50=$88.82

Overall: This month was a close one and there is still one week to go although it should be our no-spend week. I’m sure we can pull it off as we have so much food in this house. Sometimes people forget to try and make what they have work instead of piling more food into the home. We shy away from stockpiling food because it’s hard for us to eat it unless it’s something with a long expiry or no expiry. Oh and Vicky (grocery game player).. that Sriracha is so hot, I can’t begin to tell you how your mouth must be tough as nails to conquer that Asian Ketchup as you put it. Good stuff in little bits for me!

Enter Our Quickie Contest: Mrs. CBB and I cleaned out the coupon binder and found so many coupons we won’t use so we will be giving them away. Today all you have to do is Share this Facebook post that you will find on the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook wall, and comment with which cookie that we are making you think is my all time favourite. You can only chose once. When the contest closes all the fans that chose the correct Christmas Cookie will get entered to WIN this coupon package below. Contest is only open to Canadians. Contest Closes November 14 at noon, winner will be announced the same day on Facebook and in the comment section of this post. You must be a Fan of Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Fan Page to Enter and Win! This contest is sponsored by Canadian Budget Binder only.

Good Luck! -Mr.CBB

Quickie Contest Mr.CBB  Canadian Coupons November 13, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.

  • When does the Grocery Game Close each month?

The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long so if you miss a week you can go back and post so you still get your entry in the monthly contest.

  • Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money. We are currently well stocked with those products since we used coupons heavily the past couple of years. We haven’t really stocked up on much but we have taken every opportunity to purchase more paper towel, toilet paper, fabric softener and a host of other items that are an excellent price with coupon.

There are many places you can find Canadian Coupons whether it be in store or via the mail. I would suggest following an on-line coupon community or coupon Facebook page in your area.

Canadian Coupon Match-Ups- Match your coupons with flyer sales!

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups  of the week from around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better. Just one of my favourite Couponing sites for finding the hottest grocery deals in Canada!

Here are a few coupons we picked up while shopping this week.

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I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Haha – you’re bullying me into continuing to participate! Spouse has been picking up more of the shopping lately, which is awesome, but also means I have much less of an idea where our money goes. Here’s a super rough version of the past week or so. You’ll notice that last weekend my spouse was making something and kept having to return to the store for ingredients, haha.

    11/03/2012 11/05/2012 EXTRA FOODS $62.97
    Don’t take your spouse shopping when they’re drunk. You’ll end up with a very large selection of frozen juice and drink mixes.
    Milk
    Trail mix

    11/04/2012 11/06/2012 OVERWAITEA FOOD $62.61
    Ingredients for homemade sausages, primarily pork shoulder, spices, honey
    Frozen tuna, salmon

    11/04/2012 11/06/2012 OVERWAITEA FOOD $17.28
    Forgotten spices

    11/04/2012 11/06/2012 OVERWAITEA FOOD $7.11
    Buns, it was too late to make them

    11/07/2012 11/08/2012 EXTRA FOODS $38.07
    A bunch of veggies, mostly:
    Spinach
    Cuke
    Tomatoes
    Avocados
    Mushrooms
    Mini Bocconcini (1/2 price sticker)
    Milk

    11/09/2012 11/10/2012 Cheese Shop $10.40
    Delicious, delicious gourmet cheese from Quebec

    11/09/2012 11/12/2012 Health Food Store $7.95
    Nutrional Yeast

    Bakery – $5.50 total
    They were having a huge celebration sale, so loaves were 50% off!

    Savings due to expiring stickers: ~$2.50
    Savings due to big sales: ~$5

    • Hi Anne,
      I like to think of it as “motivating” rather than bullying lol… I’m such a nice bloke I would never do that. Plus You get the direct links so it’s an extra plus for you bloggers… Ya, don’t take anyone shopping when they are drunk or under the influence of anything that doesn’t make them “aware”… lol.. you will spend more than you want to. What is your budget for the month or week? I would be in heaven if we saw bocconcini with a pink sticker.. lucky you! Thanks for posting and I’ll keep an eye out for that yeast. Mr.CBB You get ballot #22

      • Haha “motivating” sure. Links are good :-)

        Here’s an update:

        Bananas 0.71
        Benylin 11.49-0.50
        Fruit Smoothie 5.49
        Basil 5.99
        Pie Nuts 6.99 – 1.40
        Grapes 8.17-1.36
        Holy Crap Cereal 10.99
        Skinny B Cereal 10.99
        Italian Parsley 1.39-0.50
        Cheese 27.98 – 10.00
        Conditioner 14.99
        Shampoo 10.29
        Bread 3.29
        Yogurt tub 10.79-1.80
        Parsnip 2.66-0.53
        rutabaga 1.90-0.19
        Tomatoes 2.77-0.98
        Turnips 1.26-0.16

        Total 125.15
        Sale Savings $17.42
        Bonus Points 200

        About average for a week, will probably have a few top up items later.

        • Hi Anne,
          Where do you shop and how many people is this for and how much is your monthly budget? I can guess around $500? I know lots of questions but that’s the way the game rolls lol.. we need juicy details! Links are good yes but only if they are meaningful ;-) What the heck is HOLY CRAP cereal lol… are the items you are buying like super sized yogurt $10.79?
          Cheers Mr.CBB you get ballot # 26 are you in Canada or the USA? I only ask as the coupon prize is for Canadians. Normally I ask the posters to post their shop like I do so we can see the store, coupon savings per item, etc. There is a template I have posted that is easy to use if you would like.

  2. Oh man, that Nestle pie thing looks amazing!! You’re making me hungry, CBB! We won’t be baking much this holiday season, but I’ll be looking forward to eating other peoples’ desserts. :)

    • No doubt…good thing I only post one recipe a week lol. My fans think I should write a book or open a restaurant Mr.CBB’s Bistro hahahah… Never know what the future will bring. Have you seen the collection of photos on my Facebook page. I honestly didn’t realize how much cooking we did in this house. Mr.CBB

  3. one simple farmgirl says:

    This past week whenever I was out and about food stores I looked for coupons and %off items. I don’t know where you come up with all you coupons. I go to this web sites and see tons of items I would never buy.

    Other then dog food this week I had no real need, so I stocked up on baking items and future supper ideas. I am finding since we are all inside more, that baking is really needed to keep the family fed. Funny how that works! All summer they come in and grab an apple or strawberries.Or go to the garden and get raspberries or blueberries Now that the garden is near closed with the exception of kale ( peckage anyone?)and fruit expensive we have been baking more then normal around here. Not good for the waist line of us older ones!

    • that is so true this time of year I agree. Our garden is closed and we would LOVE Kale. We will try to grow it next year. We did plant rappini in the fall so hoping for lots of that come next year. Baking, dark early evenings.. cold weather and snow go hand in hand.. something about it. Good thing it’s only once a year. Mr.CBB

  4. Wing-sze Blake says:

    mr CBB, you are sinful!! not only did you make this Chinese girl drool over your Chinese/Asian cooking, now i am craving for sweets!! lolol admit your crime, right now! or i won’t forgive you for putting some weight on me!! lol hehe just kidding :D love all the food coming out of kitchen of CBB. i love cooking too, and i like how people like my food, and the compliments just warm my heart, even though my cooking takes a little bit long usually. usually when we have guests over, it takes me about 4 hours to prep and cook for them. :) but it is always worth it. no one has ever complained and they finish everything on the table, plus they carry their big belly home lol

    so here’s my shops since i last posted (been spending more money because i been sick, had to spend on medicine and some chinese herb for my cough, it is almost all better now, after almost 3 weeks) :

    Asian store:
    Louhanguo 0.99 x6= 5.94
    egg noodles 2.99
    bean sprout 0.64

    Food Basics
    Frozen peas 2kg 3.99
    Oakrun english muffins 1.99×2 – 2x FPC = FREE
    nappa cabbage 2.40
    Buckley’s 12.99
    ginger 0.40
    sweet potato 0.72

    Giant tiger
    mini pizza 1.77
    europe’s best veg 1.00
    2lb onions 1.00
    2lb carrots 2×1.00=2.00
    18 eggs 2.97 (PM freshco)
    Tylenol cold 6.97
    lettuce 2×1.00=2.00
    lactantia coffee cream 1.00×6=6.00
    pop 4×2.97=7.88
    tomato 1.47

    Zehrs
    pops 5×2.49=12.45
    Kraft jalapeno cheese 5.99 – FPC = FREE
    Liberte fruit yogurt 2x 4.49 – 2x FPC = FREE

    Walmart
    Delissio pizza 2×3.97=7.94
    fishermens friends lozenger 1.68
    dog flea drop 10.93
    dempsters bread 2.00-1.00= 1.00
    tylenol complete 9.96-3.00=6.96

    Budget for 2 people: $260/month
    Budget left since last posted: $129
    spent (above posted): $112.37
    Budget left: $129-112.37=16.63

    But i am slightly confident that i won’t blow my budget this month, because next week is no shop week, and we have gotten all we need until nov 24 (pay day lol)

    wish me luck, or grant me some luck budget god mr CBB lol thank you for all the hard work, once again, mr CBB!!! go CBB go!!!!!!!!!

    • Hey WING!
      I am sinful and dirty aren’t I hahaha. Maybe I should make a new recipe for Quickiedoodles lol…oh sure blame the bloke for weight gain.. sounds like Mrs.CBB.. but you keep making this stuff lol… Glad to hear you are feeling better. Glad to hear how confident you are even it is only slightly… you can do this how about that! Stay under budget for the month! The budget god has spoken!!! Thanks Wing, I like to have fun and joke around money talk can get boring although educational we need to have fun.. it’s all good. You get ballot #23

  5. John S @ Frugal Rules says:

    Thanks for making me hungry Mr. CBB! :) I too like sweets, and you’re right thsat moderation is key. Of course, that’s a bit more difficult this time of year. We’re going to have family staying with us this year, so I am sure there’ll be all sorts of stuff. I am looking forward to some of your recipes.

  6. duckee21duckee21 says:

    Love the Holidays .. its all about the cooking and well i already started to bake lol is that bad?

  7. mmm they all sound so good..i better get me christmas baking started!
    I think your favorite is the chocolate peanut butter balls….if not you can send em my way!!!

  8. Coconut balls sound amazing! We want photographs!

  9. Hey Mr. CBB,

    This is the worst time for sweets for me! They are everywhere! :) I baked some chocolate chip and pecan cookies last night, and they’re just about done; I don’t know what happened!

    That’s a great price you got on that cheese! It is usually around $10 for me, and it has definitely been missing from my fridge since I started the game. And Dr. Oz said that hot stuff (Sirachi!) helps boost your metabolism, which is why I try to use it almost every day. You know what the funny thing is? I am probably one of the worst ones for eating spicy foods in my house! My mom, uncle, and even the boy can eat stuff that is so hot, just smelling it makes my eyes water! :) I’m glad you enjoy it, and its even better that it magically showed up in your fridge! :P

    This is my shop for the week:

    No Frills
    Broccoli 0.99
    Mushrooms (x3) 2.97
    Garlic 1.98

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of pocket 5.94

    Superstore
    Ichiban (x5) 3.00
    Mama noodles 0.38
    WW Spaghetti (x3) 3.54
    Olive Oil 4.97
    Banana 2.26
    Blackberries (x4) 4.00
    Carrots 1.48
    Kale 1.28
    Field greens 1.24
    Zucchini 0.53
    Spinach 0.88

    Total Coupons
    Total Out of pocket 23.56

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $200.00
    Total Coupons Used this Week : $0.00
    Total Spent This Week: $29.50
    Total Spent So Far for October: $97.50
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: -$20.50
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of October: -$2.50
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: $97.50

    Pretty uneventful week, but definitely feeling a bit guilty with the instant noodles; every once in awhile the craving hits, ESPECIALLY with the weather we have been having in Calgary. I’ll try to add some veggies in with it, and reduce the seasoning if I can.

    Have fun at the Birthday party! The menu sounds delicious! :)

    • Hey Vicky
      This time of year is hard for most people especially if you are the one baking. The thing is there are treats we only make once a year so once we make them look out. It’s like kids in a candy store. The cheese was 300g bars so they are bigger than your normal 500g if you bought 2 and the price was pretty darn good. Did you not get the black diamond coupons that just came out at Metro or Food Basics? I thought it was hilarious when we realized it was in our fridge hahah.. it’s hot stuff. You are doing so well this month wow. Don’t feel guilty about the noodles we buy them too .25 on sale (the better ones, not the best but not the worst Mr.Noodle.. and we toss in bok choy, or spinach and a can of tuna on top with a bit of mayo and Mrs.CBB adds Franks Red Hot on top too.. don’t knock it til you try it! You get ballot #24!!! Keep at it Vicky!!! Mr.CBB

  10. Holiday Snow Balls

  11. Thanks for sharing a link to my post, Peanut Blossoms. They are a fabulous cookie. I hope you’ll try them sometime.

  12. My new co-workers are surprisingly healthy eaters. Although I convinced them to all try an oat fudge bar, I may have to resort to healthier holiday baking.

    • Is there such a thing as healthy holiday baking, probably. That oat fudge bar sounds great! Although I’m an avid fitness buff myself I believe in moderation and not deprivation. I enjoy a treat once in a while, especially during the holidays. Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

  13. Mary F Campbell says:

    I love to bake but neither one of us really likes to eat it so, I try not to have it in the house. I may actually make a little something, perhaps my cherry pound cake, this year to give to the next door neighbor. She does like to have a little nibble with her afternoon tea. :-D

  14. I LOVE holiday treats! My wife makes these amazing chocolate mud cake balls every year at Christmas time. I swear, it’s my favorite part of the holiday season. I’ll have to see if she will let me share her secret recipe (I actually don’t even know it)

  15. mycanuckbuck says:

    Okay, it’s barely 9 a.m. and now I’m craving cookies.Curse you Mr. CBB! :)

  16. I wish I lived close to you guys so you could feed me! :) I’m doing OK so far on groceries this month. Really trying hard to make one meal and make it last for as long as possible. My meals are boring, but it’s helping my wallet.

    • That’s good to hear. Maybe when you get sorted you can post your shops each week. If you need motivation or you really want to stick to the budget, post your shop, it works. It’s like an AAA meeting for Grocery Shopping.. ha! Cheers mate

  17. Barbara Edwards says:

    All of these sound delicious. You’ve inspired me to start my holiday baking shortly.

  18. Canadian Performer's Money says:

    Look forward to trying the eggnog pie! Are you going to post the recipe?

  19. Ho, ho, ho. Let the holiday baking commence! We whipped up a few batches of home-made egg nog last year, and it was an absolute smash. Or we got smashed. I really can’t remember…

  20. Way to get me excited! I already know those chocolate peanut butter balls are going into the recipe box. I must say….I can’t believe the neighbors have lights out already!!!

    • Ya, our neighbourhood rocks the Christmas lights early.. Those pb balls are super easy to make just time consuming but the chocolate dipping is fun. Friends and family love them as gift packs we wrap up! Way better than buying a $10 box of chocolates.

  21. one simple farmgirl says:

    Grocery Challenge this week ending November 18
    Family of seven, 2 adults ( the parents), 25 yrs, 21yrs, 16 yrs, 4yrs, 3yrs, two dogs and two cats

    Budget: $300.00

    Fresh Co
    —————
    sugar 1.77
    2 x brown sugar @ 1.97each = 3.94
    2 x icing sugar @ 1.97 each = 3.94
    Penne pasta .97- .75 coupon = .22
    ——————————————————–
    Total $9.87

    Valu Mart
    —————–
    Pedigree dog food 17.99-5.00 coupon= 12.99
    Special K 3.99
    NN Graham Crumbs 2.99
    PC chocolate chips 2.79
    2 pizza crusts @ 3.19 each = 6.38-50%off= 3.20
    banana’s 1.55-50%off = .78
    tax 1.60
    ————————————————————————–
    Total $ 27.61

    Foodland
    —————
    Ground Beef 12.07

    Shoppers
    —————–
    2x milk @ 4.13 each= 8.26
    peanut butter 3.99
    ———————————————
    Total $12.25

    No Frills
    ————–
    yogurt 2.99
    Honey Buntches of Oats PM Walmart 2.00
    Marshmellows 1.99
    peanuts 2.79
    soda crackers 1.99
    frozen corn 2.29
    Life cereal 1.97
    2x whole wehat bread @ 197 each = 3.94
    hot dogs 1.00
    banana 1.66
    2 x blueberries @ 1.47 each = 2.94
    raspberries 1.47
    cauliflower 1.49
    apples 4.97
    mushrooms 1.97
    taxes .62
    ———————————
    Total 43.07

    Total grocery budget for the month is $300.
    Total coupons used this week $5.75
    Total spent: $104.87
    Total Spent so far :$268.92
    Total left to spend for the month: $31.08

    Groceries this week turned out to be a little more then I expected and the only meat I bought was hot dogs which goes into a winter stew recipe I have. At $1.00 I couldn’t justify NOT getting them,and ground beef which is already made into dishes for later this month. The good news is I have everything for baking to get us through to mid-January. I have enough Shoppers points to buy milk/ cheese and anything needed to fill this months budget.

    The grocery flyers came out yesterday for next week. There is NOTHING I see on sale or specials I need to get. So next week will be a fruit week,( and dog food) for me. I think I can make this month okay. I noticed prices have jumped. people will pay anything at the holidays! I also noticed more pre-made items in the flyers.

    Went to Super Store with my rain checks of ground beef yesterday and they have none in stock………still! I shall use them in December with a new budget. That said I don’t shop much in December. I can’t tolerate the amount of stuff that meets the eye. It gives me anxieties, like I need to get out. Items are piled high and there is way too much on the floor. Walmart is the worst! Superstore is getting there right now with their Insiders Report items.

    • Hi,
      I find as the holidays near we are tempted to buy more than we need. It’s been tough for us and this week we literally had to stay away from the shops to stay on budget. That was a good deal for the hotdogs and yes you might as well grab them if you know you will use them up. That’s great you have all your baking stuff.. we have to pick up a few more items since I made that twinkie recipe and used some of the items we had up. I just posted this in the new grocery game post which you will read. The holidays are terrible for overspending for the reasons you just gave. Good for you for being strong. Keep at it and looking forward to your new budget. Mr.CBB You get ballot #25

  22. Mary F Campbell says:

    Ok…finally I am back posting grocery posts!

    Nov 12-18th

    Let me start by saying that I have $91.90 from October + $47.50 +$47.50 for the first two weeks of November for a total of $186.90 in my Christmas Grocery & Get-Together fund.

    I also have $110 in our Entertainment fund so our holiday fund is $296.90 in total!! Woo hoo! I saved the Grocery Budget from October 13-November 12th, while we were away on vacation, to come up with the cash to fund our holiday season frivolities. :-D

    We are away again Dec 21-Dec 31 using vacation funds again so December will also have a “No Shop” week built into the month.

    This week however, Larry did a little shopping for me since my cold is keeping me housebound for a bit. So here’s this week’s shopping details:

    Our Budget $190 per month / 4 weeks = $47.50 per week

    Save-On Foods

    2 Green Giant Peas in Butter Sauce $5.00
    1 large bag Western Family Perogies $5.49

    Total at SOF $10.49

    Safeway

    2 dozen large eggs $4
    2 Bassilis Chicken Lasagna $13.50
    3 loaves Whole Wheat Garlic Bread $4.98
    1.99 kg Russet Baker Potatoes $4.34
    0.315 kg onion $0.89
    1 box mandarin oranges $5.00

    Total at Safeway $32.71

    Total Spent this week $ 10.49 + $ 32.71 = $43.20

    This leaves us $ 4.30 Under Budget for the week but I expect to use every bit of it when I feel well enough to go fruit and vegetable shopping next week hopefully. Next week I will have $4.30 + $47.50 = $51.80 available for my shopping.

    • Hi Mary!
      Glad to see you are home and back grocery shopping for the grocery game challenge. That’s a decent amount in your Christmas grocery fund we may do this next year as well. You did super well this week and I do hope you are feeling better. Before you know it you will be on Holiday’s again. Keep at it and those mandarin oranges are the best! You get ballot #28 Mr.CBB

  23. I shop for 2 adults and a toddler (who is almost 2!!! :-S). Our budget is $100/week and it also includes health and beauty, laundry, baby items, etc.

    I am carrying over $100.96 over from last week which I am hoping to save for Christmastime.

    Metro

    Lactantia 2% $3.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Lactantia 1% $3.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Lactantia homo $4.29 – FPC
    Oakrun english muffin s 2 x $1.99 – 2 x FPC
    Coupons $10.27
    OOP $5.98

    RCSS
    Arctic Gardens veggies $2.45 – FPC
    Bravo pasta sauce (PM GT) 3 x $.93
    Eggo mini’s 2 x $1.98 – $1.00 coupon
    Hershey’s drops 2 x $2.50 – 2 x $2.00
    IOGO drinkable yogurt 4 x $1.19 – 4 x $1.00 coupons
    Egg whites $2.99 – $1.00 coupon
    Beef broth $1.61
    Tomato paste 2 x $.49
    BM plum sauce 2 x $3.79
    Barley $1.49
    Goldfish $1.99 – $.50
    Brown sugar $1.97
    Royale 3 ply TP (on blowout) $2.94 – $1.00 coupon
    Trident (PM) $2.99
    Yogurt (PM) $1.97 – $.50 coupon
    Stewing beef $5.49
    Whole chicken $5.98
    Ground chicken $3.99
    Pork tenderloin $6.57
    Bananas $1.45
    Dole salad $1.29
    Apples $1.60
    Mushrooms $1.02
    Potatoes $1.98
    Strawberries (PM) 2 x $2.99
    Tomatoes (PM) $.76
    Edge shave gel 3 x $2.47 – 3 x $2.00 coupons
    Skintimate shave gel 4 x $2.47 – 4 x $2.00 coupons
    Magazine $2.99
    Children’s Tylenol (PM) 3 x $4.97 – 3 x $3.00 coupons
    Coupons $40.53
    CD $9.74
    OOP $72.72

    Food Basics
    Source yogurt $4.99 – $1.00
    Distilled water $.89
    IOGO drinkable yogurt 8 x $.79 – 8 x $.75
    Coupons $7.00
    OOP $6.02

    RCSS
    Source yogurt tub $1.97 – $1.00 coupon
    French bread $1.50
    Coupons $1.00
    OOP $2.53

    Metro
    Lactantia 1% 2 x $3.99 – 2 x $1.00
    Lactantia 2% 3 x $3.99 – 3 x $1.00
    Coupons $5.00
    OOP $14.95

    $5.98 + $72.72 + $6.02 + $2.53 + $14.95=$102.20
    I am $2.20 over budget.
    I now have $98.76 to carry over for Christmastime.

    I went to the P&G sale today so that coupled with my shop this week I will definitely be over next week too :-S

    • Hey Jen!!!
      Looking forward to seeing your shop today! Wow, only $2.20 over budget I’m impressed! That’s great you have money to carry over for Christmas as well. Lets see how well you do with your PandG shop and total it all up to see how much you go over. Don’t beat yourself up you did pick up some great deals. You get ballot #29 Mr.CBB

  24. Christine Weadick says:

    Here’s my shops for the week, Foodland as usual

    Nov 10
    2 chicken noodle soup@.88-1.76
    2 tomato soup @.93- 1.86
    1kg box of salt-.99
    2 Michaelina’s @1.49- 2.98
    1 can pasta sauce-1.79
    1 box Oatmeal Crisp cereal-2.97
    1 raisin bread-3.19
    1 Finnese conditioner-3.49
    1 pack cider mix-3.99
    1 box Bisto gravy powder-3.99
    1 15 lb bag potatoes-3.99
    1 block cheese-4.44
    2 4l bags milk@ 4.79-9.58
    1 jug water-5.49
    2 cases pop@6.29-12.58 (ouch!!) $2.00 coupon for 2
    1 bag Whiskas cat food- 7.49
    1 pack smokes-9.69

    Total-$83.11 with a $2.00 coupon for the pop

    Nov 14
    1 loaf bread-1.97
    1 pack spaghetti-2.49
    1 doz large eggs-2.58
    1 box Oatmeal Crisp cereal-2.97
    2 raisin bread@ 3.19-6.38
    1 pack cider mix-3.99
    1 4l bag milk-4.79
    1 jug water-5.49

    Total $31.18, no coupons

    Nov 16
    2 cans chicken noodle soup@.88-1.76
    1 french bread-1.99
    1 box crackers-3.99
    1 pack cider mix-3.99
    1 4l milk-4.79
    2 cases pop@ 4.99-9.98
    1 jug water-5.49

    Total $33.81, no coupons

    This gave us a total for the week of $148.10 so we squeeked under budget by 1.90 with only one $2.00 coupon. I’d have used another one for the last cases of pop but the brand on sale didn’t work with my coupons. I know it’s cheaper elsewhere but I didn’t get out of town for that…. darn!!! Both Sobey’s and Foodland have contests online to get gift cards for groceries….you know I’m trying for those!!! Pickings can be slim for really good sales but I do the best I can….

    • Hi Christine,
      Are you getting ready for Christmas? You did just squeek under budget this week but that’s ok because you made it. It must be tough with the only good shop in town and the rest are a drive but you seem to do well. With Christmas around the corner how do you tackle sticking to your budget and cooking for family and friends (if you do). Keep at it Christine.. yay… almost end of year! You get ballot #30 Mr.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        This year is going to be a tough one but I’ve been getting the odd thing for the Christmas baking here and there. After Thanksgiving I grabbed 2-3 bags of cranberries and that kind of idea. I got some brown sugar today, have some frozen orange juice in the freezer that will go in the fruitcake. Most of the baking stuff is a pantry staple here as I will bake year round.The candied fruit and chocolate squares are about it for the special stuff and I watch for sales on that. I’m collecting the turkey bucks from Foodland (have 10 bucks there so far), I have a few Sobey’s points to use to reduce the bill some. I don’t have enough SDM points to do much with this year but that’s what next year is for. The Guardian drugstore up the street started a new thing in April where you collect points that are worth money to cash in. I have $44.00 and change in points so far! And that’s after using some points to buy a birthday gift for our grandson in Sept. Let’s not forget the coupons too!!!! Lol!!!

        • Hi Christine,
          I really want to make a fruit cake but we have to be careful as we don’t have people to eat all these sweets and I we really try not to bring too many to the relatives as they already have tonnes there. If you are ever at Dollarama they have the Bakers Squares for $2.00 a box. Wow you have a great chunk of change saved up, it all adds up right? Oh ya the coupons help every little bit! What do you use your cranberries for? Mr.CBB

  25. Continuing with my first attempt to add food, household and dog food into the budget of $350 for the three of us. We have 110.11 left for the month. I had to pick up some travel food and bottled water for our road trip for Thanksgiving, so we might be close. Here are my shops.

    Safeway

    Lettuce .99
    3lbs apples 3.99
    Silk Soymilk 2.50
    Almond milk 2.99-1.50 coupon
    Safeway Ice Cream 2.98-.48
    3lb Mozzarella cheese 9.99-4.99
    Chef Boy R Dee Pizza Mix kit 2 x 2.27
    2 boxes Dreamfields Pasta 5.38-1.38
    V8 Fusion Juice 2×2.50
    Wheat Thins Crackers 3.99-2.11-.75 Just 4 U
    Quaker Granola Bars 2x 3.49-1.49
    Kettle Chips 2 x3.49-1.00-.50
    Safeway granola bars 2 x 2.58-.58
    Safeway Brown Sugar 2.79-.50
    Safeway Bottled Water 24 ct 3.59-.25
    Trident gum 1.39-.50
    Diet Pepsi 20 pk 6.99-1.99
    Tax 2.47

    Total 57.16 Value card savings 17.76 Just 4U savings 1.75 coupons 1.50. Total savings 21.01

    City Market

    Oscar Meyer Bacon 5.19-2.20-1.00 coupon
    Ragu Pasta sauce 1.77
    French Bread .59
    Egg beaters 3.29-.20-1.00 coupon
    1 red bell pepper 1.79 (ouch, but I felt like I needed it)
    Kroger cojack cheese snacks 7x .25
    Kroger mozzarella 1lb cheese 5.89-2.55-.75 coupon
    Kroger granola bars 2.49-.10
    Kroger sour cream 1.89-.64
    Kashi cereal 3.69
    Diet Mountain Dew 1.79-.10
    Tax 1.02

    Total 22.61 Total card savings 5.79 Total coupons 2.75 Total savings 8.54

    Walmart

    Dannon yogurt drinks 4.68
    gum .25
    Mandarin oranges 2.28
    bananas 1.10
    Great Value frozen peaches 2.48
    Great Value frozen blueberries 3.23
    potato chips 1.50
    vaseline 3.24
    GL Cris Bry (no idea what this was) 2.98
    tax .99

    Total 22.73 No savings :(

    Produce at indoor farmer’s market= 4.00

    Total for shops 106.50 Total savings 29.55

    Total remaining for the month=3.61 gasp! I can’t go to the store anymore. This week will be fine as we are going to the inlaws for Thanksgiving. We’ll just have to dig in for the next week, but is hubby’s birthday on the 29th, so we’ll probably have to get a cake or be very unfestive. Does birthday cake count in the grocery budget? Shouldn’t I get a pass for that? Oh well, you’ll just have to see what I can come up with!

    • Hi Kim!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for sharing your budget with Jacob as it was nice to see how well you were doing. Kudos to you. I love that savings card you have. Have I mentioned I”m so jealous of you. Wow, you have a whopping $3.61 left for the month but if it makes you feel any better you have more of a chance to splurge with that then our small under $2.00 left in our budget lol. We save money for birthdays in our budget so it’s essentially up to you. Ours would come from our Birthday Fund. Keep at it Kim, your goals and budget are impressive. Mr.CBB

  26. joanne tjerno says:

    I love christmas time! I also love baking all christmas goodies….besides my family cookie exchange not sure how much baking i will get done as i start work in EIGHT days….and the only time i get off at christmas is xmas day and boxing day :( Oh well….my shop this week was a bit of a wacky one….we were out all weekend long so we ate small meals….Have to restock my fridge and freezer on next shop. I was aiming to get points for shoppers drug mart mega redemption so i took advantage of some of their deals on pop to stock up until the end of the year and thankfully made it to the maximum amount of points (with 100 points to spare). Most of this pop is for hubby to stay awake as he works nights and for visitors we are expecting during christmas time. Well here goes.

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    Stouffers Pasta 1.99×4=7.96 (these are great for the kiddies to take to daycare and share)
    Chicken strips 5.99 ( i know, i know convience foods…but again…hubby can barely cook so when i work nights this saves his butt!)
    Stouffer Cruistini 1.99
    Coke Classic 2.19
    Minute Maid Juice 12 packs 3.49
    Fruitopia 12 pack 3.50

    No coupons used
    Total=25.86

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    Paper Towels 1.99
    Five alive 12 pack 3.49
    nestea iced tea 3.50-0.75c=2.75
    Training Pants 9.99-2.00c=7.99
    Coke 3.33
    Pepsi 3.33X2=6.66
    Dr. Pepper 6 bottles 2.00X2=4.00-2.00c=2.00
    Lays Chips 1.88X2=3.76
    International delight 1.99-0.50c=1.49
    Pampers Diapers 22.99-2.00c=20.99

    Total Coupons=7.25
    Total=58.67

    Walmart

    Formula 12.47
    KD 1.00X3=3.00
    Orange Juice 2.00
    Juice Boxes 2.00X3=6.00
    Juice 2.50X2=5.00-2.50c=2.50
    Beef Noodle 2.00
    Yogurt 2.00-0.50c=1.50
    Margarine 0.95
    Cheese Strings 3.67-1.00c=2.67
    Cheese Slices 2.97
    Mayo 2.97
    Broth 1.61
    One other item but cant seem to remember what it is??? 2.97

    Total coupons=4.00
    Total=46.76

    Sobeys

    Milk 4.23
    Pasta 0.77-0.75c=0.02
    Seasoning 1.49

    Total coupons=0.75
    Total=5.74

    Total Grocery Budget for the Week: $140.00
    Total Coupons Used this Week:$12.00
    Total Scanning Code of Practice: $0
    Total Spent This Week:$137.03
    Total Spent So Far for November:263.92
    Total Over/Under spend this shop: under by 2.97
    Total Over/Under spend for the month of November: 296.08
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 253.92

    So i barely made it…..Have decided that along with creating a firm budget for the new year….that its time to keep trying to the hubby to cook and get rid of all the pop and convience foods…..its killing my budget…..Hubby has a bad craving for chips and pop…noone else eats it in the house…..I have lost 35 pounds since having our son so i refuse to put it back on……heres to seeing what happens when i return to work in eight days :)

    • Work at Christmas ewwe I know it sucks, me too. We will bake at some point during the week. We are saving our points for mega redemption as well. We do this all year long. I have a great guest post coming up on how to get the most points at SDM so don’t miss that post. I’m SO HAPPY you finally see how EXPENSIVE convenience foods are. They are ok once in a while but it will KILL your budget. If you stopped getting them or reduced them you will see a dramatic drop I’m guessing in your budget but you will also be cooking more at home. Keep that weight off.. and cook healthy meals at home. You can do it… plan ahead!! Mr.CBB You get ballot #31.

  27. Mr.CBB you are a big tease with all those delicious treats!
    Also that sriracha sauce is like a double edged sword!!!!1 My son and I did a chicken wing eating contest in the summer. There was three wings drenched in sriracha and whomever finished them first won $10. I hammered through the first two then it hit me on the third….. I was crying and laughing they were so spicy. My son beat me by seconds and won the money and within seconds of finishing his head was in the freezer and frozen fruit on his tonuge. LOL It was so funny and a great memory for all of us :)
    Very proud with everyone elses shops! Lots of great deals and within budget too
    Our weekly total is $100 for the week for food, cleaners, laundry and haba items.

    Walmart
    $3.47-$1C franks buffalo wing sauce
    $2 lemon juice
    $2.22×2-$6C zantac
    $2 salad dressing
    $1.57×2 salad dressing
    $2.97 baking powder
    $11.24 total oop
    $7 total coupons

    Superstore
    $2.97-$1.25C philly cooking cream
    $2.97-$1C whipping cream
    $3.69 total oop
    $2.25 total coupons
    treated us to the whipping cream for hot chocolates and used it all already! oh well better than $2-$5 at the local coffee shops

    Safeway
    $3.74-$1C buitoni pizza
    $2.36 4 bagels
    $8.39 24pk pop (w/ a fpc for 2L pop on the inside)
    gave the cashier $1 coupon for this item and again it wan’t used……. I am really going to have to be strict with using coupon from now on! tired of them not rinking in the coupons I give them
    $13.79 total oop
    $1C total coupon

    Sobeys
    $2.49×2 cream cheese
    $2 sandwich
    $2.50×2 chips
    $4.79 swiss cheese
    .88 instant noodles
    .50 chocolate snowman
    $1.50×2 four cheese sauce-clearance deal
    $1.79-$2C alberto mousse-donated
    .99 french bread
    $1.49 lettuce
    $3.79 semolina
    $1×3-$3C tresemme mousse-donated
    .99×8-$8C carnation evaporated milk-donated
    $29.85 total oop
    $13 total coupons

    weekly total oop $58.57
    weekly total coupons $23.25
    Horray another awesome week under budget!
    Will probably roll it over to next week and stock up on sugar and cheese going on sale at work to get us through the holiday baking and our cheese habit, lol

    • Hey Juanita! Yup I am a big tease.. all the time, can’t help myself… That sauce is so hot it might actually light my rear end on fire.. I’m not risky hot bum so I just a little bit lol. Oh my I could never do an eating contest wow, that must have hurt the next day lol. I know I’m so impressed with everyone’s shops as well. I can’t wait to move to my new site! I don’t know how the Grocery Game will be like but I’m assuming the same as this set up. I always like new ideas so if you have any email me. The players have grown and the one’s who REALLY want to save stick around… and I’m impressed!!! I’m sure we can grow this game HUGE once the fans realize that this is important to document expenses to see where the money goes. Keep at it… I will. Mr.CBB you get ballot #34

  28. Joanna Cheevers says:

    My grocery budget for the week is $80.77 for 2 adults and 1 child and includes all food, household items, personal hygiene items etc.

    Food Basics

    Chicken broth – sale 2x$1.29
    Snackpack pudding – sale 2x$.99
    Goldfish crackers – sale 2x$1.99
    Selection Mozzerella – $3.99
    Baby carrots – $1.27
    Raspberries – sale 2x$2.50
    Butternut squash – $2.49
    Garlic – $.33
    Ham steaks – $3.49
    Sorrento – $2.29
    Frozen corn – $1.99
    Casa di Mama pizza – sale 2x$2.88 – $1.50c
    Potatoes – sale $1.88

    •Total Coupons Used: $1.50
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $33.03

    Walmart
    Minutemaid juice boxes – sale $2.00
    Betty Crocker potatoes – $2.00
    Handi snacks – sale 2x$1.00
    Nestea 12-pack – $6.47 – FPC
    Sausage – $5.00
    Twix 6-pk – sale 2x$1.00
    Brownies – $2.07
    Uncle ben’s rice – sale 2x$1.00
    Smartfood – sale 2x$2.00 – $2c
    Mushrooms – $1.97

    •Total Coupons Used: $8.47
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $21.82
    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $350
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $9.97
    •Total Spent This Week:$54.85
    •Total Spent So Far for November: $158.19
    •Total Under spend this shop: $25.92
    •Total Under spend for the month of November: $84.12
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $191.81
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $17.47+$9.97=$27.44

    Another small shopping week. Been doing pretty good this month but will be a bigger shop next week.

    • Hi Joanna,
      At least you got in some coupons this week. You have been doing so well this month but like you said you will be doing a bigger shop next week. I think we can compare as some weeks we don’t need much then others we think “wow, did we just spend that much”. Keep it up.. excited to see how your month ends! You get ballot #39 Mr.CBB

  29. 12 – 18 Nov

    Mac’s Convenience Store

    1x Bag of Milk = $4.79 (yikes!)
    •Total Coupons Used: $0
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $4.79

    Independent

    2x Kettle Potato Chips = $5.00
    1 x Unico Macaroni = $0.99
    1x No Antibiotic Eggs $ 4.49 at 50% off – $2.25 (Yippee)
    1x Box Maria Cookies = $2.99
    1x Box Traditional Medicinals Night Tea $4.99 – $1 coupon = $3.99
    1x Pack Wheat Germ $3.49 at 50% off = $1.74
    1x Box Butter Tarts $3.29 at 50% off = $1.64
    1x Pack Pita = $1.99
    1x Pizza Crust $3.19 at 50% Off = $1.59
    2x Pork Roast = $8.84 (Pretty good)
    1x Broccoli = $2.00
    1x Cauliflower $1.50 at 50% Off = $0.75

    •Total Coupons Used: $3.17 (incl gas coupons)
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $31.60

    WalMart

    1x Live Clean Pro Conditioner $4.87 – $1 coupon = $3.87
    1x Live Clean Body Wash $4.97 – $1 coupon = $3.97
    1x Live Clean Shampoo $4.87 – $1 coupon = $3.87
    1x Children’s Tylenol $4.97 – $3 coupon = $1.97

    •Total Coupons Used: $6
    •Total Out Of Pocket: $16.24

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results

    •Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $240 (2 adults & 1 child)
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $7.85 + $4.49 + $9.17
    •Total SCOP this Week : $0
    Total SCOP for the Month: $0
    •Total Spent This Week: $52.63
    •Total Spent So Far for Oct/Nov: $42.28 + $65.76 + $52.63 = $160.67
    •Total Under spend this shop: $7.37
    •Total Under spend for the month of Oct/Nov: $79.33
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $79.33

    • Hi Adeline,
      Yikes it is on the milk, it’s going up and up these days. We stock up when we can if it goes on offer and freeze it. That was a good deal on the pork roast. What do you plan to do with it? What do you think of the Live clean products? I have coupons for those I believe. Not bad with the coupons and the shop this week, I”m jealous of you too! You are all doing so well with a few going over budget but we are motivating each other to keep at it. You get ballot #43 Mr.CBB

      • The milk was just last minute and had no choicent as we were not out near a grocery store. Our Independent is waay more expensive. I baked 1 pork roast already and made my version of ‘char siew sauce’ – like a sweet tangy sauce and fed my Singapore friends and still had leftovers, so for 4 people was quite cheap. I think I will put the pic up on Pinterest and Echoed.com. I’ve been using Live Clean for quite a while switching between some other natural stuff. They’re ok, I feel a bit better about using them than other conglomerate chemical brands like P&G etc.

  30. I’m quite pleased with the Misto Olive Oil Sprayer I bought last month. It uses less oil which has to be healthier and it will save cash too.

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