What’s In My Lunch Box?
It was back to school today for many Canadian kids which meant the grocery stores were jam-packed and it was near impossible to get help if you needed it as there just wasn’t enough staff. The streets tend to get a bit crowded here when the students arrive for University and College but we have learned to have patience. Funny though while at Shoppers Drug Mart the University students were piling in and the sheer amount of snack items being purchased was outrageous. The counter was filled with Red Bull, Mentos, snack packs of crackers and cheese, chips and chocolate bars. In my head I was thinking how unhealthy all the food was and the cost to purchase the items.
Back to school lunches
While I was reading the grocery flyers for this week you couldn’t miss the “Back to School” sales in just about every flyer. Many of the sales that were advertised were for convenience foods such as juice boxes, chocolate, cookies, various types of bars and get this, Perrier water. I know, I was thinking the same thing, what kid brings Perrier water to school? I’m pretty sure that a sandwich is standard for many children but even including a salad with hard-boiled eggs or other proteins plus a dressing is a great way to switch things up. It’s also a great way to keep the lunch healthy for your child so their sugar levels aren’t fluctuating during the hours you want them to be alert, education time.
Back to school recipes
I remember when I went to school when I was real young and my mother made my lunch for me. Nothing in my lunch bag was ever convenience foods nor did I go hungry. I often wonder why we are so persuaded by the likes of “easy snacks” that can be packed in a lunch bag as opposed to something homemade. There are tonnes of recipes that parents can experiment with and involve the children with so they will eat what they help create. I know not all parents are able to bake treats or cook for that matter (I have a mate who is going to get the cooking experience of a lifetime next time I see him as he’s rubbish at it but needs to learn) but I remember getting homemade treats once in a while in my lunch box and never complained about it.
Check out my RECIPE INDEX for some awesome back to school recipes that are not only frugal but easy to make.
I wonder if we put healthy snacks and homemade cookies/bars or other treats such as mixed nuts and seeds, fruits, cut up vegetables in a lunch box that the children would get used to it and then later crave that same tastes as an adult? Maybe if we do this when they are young they won’t want to tear the cookies and chips from the shelves at the grocery store or reach for unhealthy snacks in their diet when they are older. I was being nosey in others shopping carts today at the grocery store and no word of a lie some were packed with all convenience foods, to the top.
If we had kids I’d be inclined to peel and cut fruits up every single day and bake on the weekends or when I had spare time and store some goodies in the freezer. There has to be a plan and that’s what we would do, plan our shops, lunches and meals and prep them ahead of time. I guess what I would do is all going to be a mystery since we have no kids but I’d like to hear from other parents.
What do you send your children to school with in their lunch boxes?
Do you save money by baking treats at home?
If you are a University or College student what is your food diet like while in school?
September grocery game recap
Congratulations goes out to our AUGUST Grocery Game WINNER and that is Christine Weadick Ballot #8!!! Congrats Christine!!! Send me your address and I’ll get your coupon envelope sent out to you!! Thanks to all of you that participated in August and I look forward to spending September here with you! If you have any topic ideas you think I haven’t covered and I should, please let me know.
Grocery saving tips
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- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
Food food and more food
- 2 x 2lb carrots 2/$ 1.00 Sale
- 2 x 2lb yellow onions 2/$1.00 Sale
- Iceberg Lettuce $1.27
- Chipits Chips $6.99 Sale
- Chipits Chips $6.99 Sale
- Hellman’s Mayo $2.99 Sale
- 6 x Black Diamond Cheese $3.88 Sale
- 4 x Lean Ground Pork $3.00-30%
- 2 x White mushrooms $1.97 each Sale
- Red field peppers $1.97 Sale
- 2 x Lactancia Cream $2.49 -$0.75 Sale
- Krinos Feta 1kg $13.99
- 5 x Johnsonville Brats $2.99 Sale
- 3x garlic $0.98
- 2 x Collard Greens $3.00
- 2 x Kale $3.00
- 2x Swiss Chard $3.00
- Mini White Potatoes 5lb $1.97 Sale
- 3 x Watermelon $1.88 each Sale
Total out of pocket $118.79
Shoppers Drug Mart
4 x Neilson Cream $1.99 Sale
Total out of pocket $7.96
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget For September: $234.57 which is $235.00-$0.43 overspend in August
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $1.50
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $
- Total Spent This Week: $126.75
- Total Spent So Far for September $126.75
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (September): $ 0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month:$107.82
- Total Coupons Used This Month:$1.50
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 (August) $182.35=$1724.95 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
Weekly Overview: We had a huge shop today and picked up quite a bit of food. I’ve already cooked all the greens so they are ready to eat all week for dinner with a protein and salad. I’m hoping we can make it this month with 5 weeks of shopping. Let’s just see what happens, fingers crossed.
Canadian coupons found in September
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- 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 players 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.
- 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 affected 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.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons? Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC? An fpc is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. 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.
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. You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 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. You’ve made a wise decision.
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