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Should you can the canned goods? – The Grocery Game Challenge #2 July 7-13, 2014

Del Monte Peaches Canned GoodsLEARNING ABOUT WHAT WE EAT

 

Canned goods are in just about everyone’s shopping carts when we go grocery shopping and I can only assume it’s for convenience and the longer shelf-life.

Sure price may be a deciding factor like it did for us this week but it wasn’t the only reason. My wife wanted to buy Del Monte canned fruit which is out of the ordinary for her.

There is always a time when I’m asking for pineapple and we don’t have a fresh one on the counter to use up. It’s not a bad idea to have a few cans of fruit for ease of use even in recipes for marinating or baking.

She noticed the cans were on sale for $1.00 at Freshco so she did the weight and price comparison to the larger cans. It was certainly worth the price since the larger can was approximately twice the size but ringing in at $3.29.

This time of year fruit is reasonably priced but my wife is picky about her peaches. She hates buying peaches that have no flavour.

Apparently they are picked before they are ripe and go through a process to keep them from becoming ripe too soon during travels to our grocery stores. You might find this in produce that is out of season or travelling far to get to your dinner table. It just doesn’t taste the same.

I’m sure you can all relate to the peaches and plums we’re talking about. She wanted to grab a few cans until we could make it to the local farmers market to see if we could find something better than what is in the grocery store, especially if it’s locally grown. We don’t mind supporting our local farmers. It’s a matter of us getting out to the farms.

Sure you can buy locally grown in the grocery store but there’s something special about going to the farm and picking the fruit yourself and seeing it on the trees.

We also buy other canned products on occasion such as canned vegetables especially canned green beans or mushrooms. It’s not uncommon for us to buy canned meat and fish.

When I was living in the UK I loved buying sardines but at one point a friend said to me “Are canned sardines good for you?” which made me question them for a second. To be honest anything fresh is better but I’m still alive and they tasted good to me. Ironically I’ve never bought sardines in Canada.

 

Canned goods to avoid

 

When buying canned goods there are some cans you might want to avoid wasting your money on. This was a topic that I knew I wanted to learn more about because we do purchase canned goods and what I learned seemed to be more common sense than anything at all.

Just because the food inside a can looks good it might not be if your canned goods shows any of these signs which I found at Eat Right Ontario  who share an informative post about canned goods and food safety in Ontario. Below is my opinion and findings about such issues with canned goods.

  • Dented- Dents in cans may seem harmless but if there are dents in the can it can prove unsafe if the preserving has been affected. Some people fear botulism in dented cans or in home canned products which is a food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods. Botulism can happen if even a pinhole is created in a dented can. I won’t say that I haven’t bought a dented can before and eaten it because I have. I survived but we are all taking a risk even though apparently the risk is low. My health is worth more than a discounted price. If you dent a can on your own (we’ve all dropped cans before) it’s best to use that canned good as soon as possible.
  • Bulging- If your can is bulging my first question would be, why is it bulging? The second thought would be, I’m not purchasing it. Even if the can is on the reduced rack I tend to stay far away from damaged product. I don’t want to waste my money nor risk our health.
  • Leaking-This is self-explanatory. If you have to question whether a leaking can is safe than you should bring the can to customer service so they stop you from purchasing it. The cashier may be trained to watch for such defects as well but whether they will stop you from purchasing it is another question.
  • Dusty- Buying a dusty can may mean one thing “old product’, again common sense should tell us to not purchase it. Not all canned goods will have an expiry date if any at all. In Canada according to Eat Right Ontario only foods that have a “90 day shelf-life” must have a best before date. Otherwise you may just see a bunch of numbers on the top of a can like you do in the Del Monte Fruit photo I posted above. If you aren’t sure do what I would do and call the manufacturer and they can tell you more about the product by the number coding on the can. Being an informed consumer is better than guessing. Personally, I wouldn’t buy a dusty can.
  • Torn or missing labels- If a label is missing from a can you are buying a product where you really don’t know what lurks inside. Sure someone may confirm what the product is but without labelling but you won’t truly know until you open the can. I don’t know if there’s any legality behind selling unlabelled cans in Canada. If the label is torn it’s up to you whether you purchase it. Someone may have ripped the label by accident or it was torn in transit or from the grocery clerk stocking the canned goods shelf. I remember back in the UK when they had an area for cans that were missing labels they’d be around the 15-20p mark and we’d buy one or two and play tinned food roulette. You’d constantly be surprised as to what you’d get.
  • Rust- If you see rust on a can that is another no-no especially if the rust is prominent which might also cause pinholes so stay away from rusty products. We have had some canned goods or even preserved jars in the cold room that have rust around the rims that we can easily wipe off. This happened in our presence not before we purchased them. If it’s simple surface rust that we can wipe off we personally wouldn’t get too worried but that’s your own call. This is just another reason to make sure your canned goods are stored properly and follow FIFA- First In, First Out which is not new its common sense with any food product not just canned goods.

 

Canned food storage

 

I’ve seen some pretty elaborate canned good shelving in cold rooms and pantries on the internet and for good reason, food safety. If you love to coupon or to scoop up great deals on canned goods you might have a large pantry of cans that you should be tracking.

If you are super organized like we try to be (note “try”) you can use our handy FREE downloadable Pantry List so you can track exactly what you have in your pantry.

Buying canned goods are great if you want meals ready to eat or for storing products for longer periods of time. Canned goods are also great to save money when food is pricey depending on the season.

The shelf-life of canned goods can vary depending on the product but tomatoes with high acidity we try to eat with-in the year as well as canned fruits although they don’t last long around our house. If you aren’t sure a simple call to the manufacturer may be your best source of information. On most canned goods you will find a phone number if you have any questions.

Any other products with a low acid count may last longer because of the low acidity (2-5 years according to Eat Right Ontario) but again we do our best to eat it and replace it. The longer the product sits we find the quality of the product is compromised. Sure it may be edible but might not taste as good as if we would have eaten it sooner. The problem is that we don’t know the production date because it isn’t required on the can. It’s up to you to keep track but following the rule of FIFO (First In First Out) is probably the best bet.

Once you open jars of food put them in the refrigerator or follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you open something in a can don’t put the can in the refrigerator. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people do this and it just makes me shake my head. Transfer the product to another container and use up as soon as you can.

 

Canned goods food safety

 

This is probably worthy of its own blog post but BPA seems to pop up often when it comes to plastics and canned goods.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate. BPA is also used in the manufacture of epoxy resins which act as a protective lining on the inside of some metal-based food and beverage cans.- Health Canada

From my research metal cans may be lined with an epoxy resin which is used to protect the food from contact with metal. According to what I read it sounds like Health Canada is still researching BPA but has strict guidelines when it comes to baby products such as baby bottles. Health Canada concluded that BPA through food packaging won’t cause any major concerns for the general public and young children in a 2011-2012 BPA study.

You can buy products that are BPA-free but how accurate that is, I can’t tell you.

Do you use canned goods? What will you buy and not buy when it comes to canned goods?

 

July grocery game challenge posts

 

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. Join in the Grocery Game Challenge fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each blog post… here are the GGC rules!

Each month I hold a draw and one WINNER is chosen.  I will post the name of the person who has the winning grocery shop of the month right here so make sure to check back every week.

 

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Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

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.

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Grocery shop results

Grocery Game July 2014 Mr.CBB

Freshco

  • Sugar Cones $1.49
  • 4 x Del Monte Fruit $1.00 each
  • 3 x Oasis Juice $1.00 each
  • 2x cans of pineapple $0.99 each
  • 2 x loaves of bread Sale $1.99 each
  • Seedless Grapes $1.00 per pound $2.32
  • Celery Sale $1.00 each
  • Fuji apples $2.74
  • 2 x cucumbers Sale $0.99
  • Herb and Garlic Cream cheese large container Sale $3.00
  • Limes $1.20
  • Anise/Fennel Sale $1.99
  • Red tomatoes on the vine $3.42
  • Tata premium tea reg $6.99 Sale $3.99 each 216 bags each box

Total out-of-pocket $44.34

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • 2x Milk Neilson Sale $3.97
  • Neilson Cottage Cheese Sale $1.99
  • Danone Creamy Yogurt Sale $2.99
  • Schneiders Bacon Sale $3.99- SDM coupon $2.50
  • 2 x Dozen Eggs Sale $1.99
  • Wonder English Muffins Sale $1.99

Total out-of-pocket $20.38

This shop was part of a spend $75 get 18,500 Optimum points.

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially 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 July $235.00-$49.88=$185.12/4= $46.28 per week
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.50
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $43.50
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $43.61
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $20.00
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00+$15.10 + $20.00 (June)
  • Snap Saves to date: $0.25
  • Total Spent This Week: $64.72
  • Total Spent So Far July: $31.56+ $64.72=$96.28
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: under $13.61 under if we do 4 shops
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a so far
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $88.84
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: -$0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $235.07+May $223.62+June $275.37+ July
  • Weekly Overview: We stocked up on a few items this week but to be honest we’ve been rushing around as we have so much to get done. We went to one store and although we may have been able to PM a couple of items we forgot our flyers at home on the counter (brilliant I know) so we lost out on a couple products. Other than that we were happy with our shop.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry. Another week has passed where we didn’t find any new coupons. It really makes me wonder if coupons are slowing down in the stores because of the smartphone coupon apps. 

Alternatively we may be just missing out and the coupons are gone by the time we get to the grocery store.  We’ve seen many for health and beauty but we haven’t picked any up because we don’t tend to use them these days unless the coupon is amazing. We have so much stock that we need to use up except toothpaste for me but I’m still waiting for some good toothpaste coupons to pop up.

 

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 fans who post their grocery shop who live all over 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 products?: 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.
  • 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 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 grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

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 2014 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!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada 2014!

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Comments

  1. I love buying canned goods! The best part is they don’t need refrigeration until they are actually used. My fridge isn’t too large but I love buying in bulk.
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  2. Mary F. Campbell says:

    JULY – Week #1 of 4- July 7-13, 2014

    2014 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $142.50 x 12 = $1,710.00 for 2 adults
    •Total Stockpile Budgeted For Year: $47.50 x 12 = $570.00 for 2 adults
    •Combined Grocery Budget for 2013: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00

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    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    Before we start our JULY off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers:

    Grocery:

    $142.50 for the month
    ($33.80) June overage :-(
    ($12.50) trf to borscht reserve
    ($10.00) trf to holiday – normally $20
    ($18.70) trf to US Reserve – as possible
    ($17.50) trf to re-stocking

    Grocery Balance $50.00 for JULY

    Stockpile:

    $47.50 for the month
    ($17.50) trf to re-stocking – normally $17.50
    ($30.00) trf to US Reserve – normally $30.00

    Stockpile Balance $0.00 for JULY

    This month is going to be extremely tight since I am trying to set aside for the various reserves and US spending all after carrying a rather large overage into July. I am vacationing without hubby for most of August so… I think this will work out.

    I have a rain check for his bread at $0.99 a loaf and Thrifty’s had another 3 day sale on the bread for $0.99 a loaf and he’s got lots of sandwich materials in the house!

    Canada Day sales were great so we managed to get some nice produce for an absolute pittance! :-)

    I did squeeze a rain check into this week’s shopping before it expired. I am watching carefully to make sure we take advantage of the others before they expire. I was less than thrilled with the Schwartz’s Corned beef so I am going to let these rain checks go unused:

    1 Schwartz’s Smoked Sliced Meat Pouches 500 g $8.99 (Good until Aug 17th)
    1 Schwartz’s Smoked Sliced Meat Pouches 500 g $8.99 (Good until Aug 18th)

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    IGA – Pitt Meadows

    1 x head red leaf lettuce $0.89
    1 x head green leaf lettuce $0.89
    1 bunch green onions $0.50
    1 bunch radishes $0.50
    1 seedless watermelon $2.29

    •Total OOP: $5.07

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.07
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    —————————————————————
    Extra Foods – Maple Ridge

    6 Walla Wall Onions @ $0.50/lb =$2.79

    •Total OOP: $2.79

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.79
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    • Safeway Cash Card: $0.00

    ** Earned 900 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **
    —————————————————————
    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge

    2 x 8 oz sliced mushrooms @ 2 for $5.00 =$5.00

    •Total OOP: $5.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.00
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    • Safeway Cash Card: $0.00

    ** Earned 40 Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **
    —————————————————————
    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge

    3 x English Cucumbers @ $0.99 ea =$2.97

    •Total OOP: $2.97

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.97
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    • Safeway Cash Card: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $0.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **
    —————————————————————-
    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge

    1 x Western Family 1.36 Kg Sirloin Burgers ($15.99 – $9.00 rain check coupon savings)=$6.99

    •Total OOP: $6.99

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $6.99
    • Stockpile Budget OOP: $0.00
    • Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00
    • Safeway Cash Card: $0.00

    ** Earned 27 More Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 Price Matches **
    ** USED $9.00 in Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    NO USA SHOPS UNTIL SEPT 1st

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    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $81.89 + Feb $48.32 +Mar $0.00 +April $22.88 +May $44.18 + June $39.58 + July $0.00= $225.93

    •Total Coupons Used This Year:

    Jan $2.58 + Feb $7.18 +Mar $0.00 + April $9.20 +May $20.19 + June $1.00 + July $9.00 = $49.15

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 +Mar $0.00 + April $0.00 +May $5.31 + June $0.00 + July $0.00= $5.31

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 11 + April 0 + May 5 + June 0 + July 27 = 43 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 456 + Feb 584 +Mar 0 + April 4 + May 125 + June 3 + July 0 = 1,172 Air Miles

    •Total Thrifty’s Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 25 + Feb 15 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 39 + June 11 + July 40 = 130 Points

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 650 + April 0 + May 5,400 +June 2400 + July 900 = 9,350 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 30 + June (0) = 30 Points

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    2014 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $167.06 + Feb $155.74+ Mar $105.76 + April $145.56 +
    May $228.38 +June $186.11+ July ($12.50 trf to borscht+$10.00 to Xmas + $18.70 to US Reserve+$17.50 trf to re-stocking +$5.07+$2.79+$5.00+$2.97+$6.99= $81.52)= $1,060.32

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $142.50+ Feb $142.50+ Mar $142.50 + April $142.50 + May $232.50 +June $142.50 + July $142.50 = $1,087.50

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $27.18 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D STOCKPILE SPENDING:

    •Total Stockpile OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April $47.50 + May $47.50 + June ($47.50) + July ($17.50 trf to re-stocking + $30 trf to US Reserve = $47.50) = $422.50

    •Total Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget:
    Jan $47.50 + Feb $47.50 + Mar $47.50 + April $47.50 + May $47.50 + June $47.50 + July $47.50 = $422.50

    •Total Over/Under Year-To-Date Stockpile Budget: $0.00 AVAILABLE

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    2014 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Re-Stocking Budget:
    2013 Fwd $125.00+Jan $17.50+Feb $17.50+Mar $17.50 + April $17.50 +May $17.50 + June $0.00 + July $17.50
    = $230.00 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D BORSCHT RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $275.00+Jan $12.50+Feb $12.50+Mar $12.50 + April $12.50 +May $12.50 + June $0.00 + July $12.50
    = $350.00 AVAILABLE

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    2014 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    •Total 2014 Borscht Stockpile Budget:
    2013 Fwd $0.00+Jan $20.00+Feb $20.00+Mar $20.00 + April $20.00 +May $20.00 + June $0.00 + July $10.00
    = $110.00 AVAILABLE

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    • TOTAL SPENT Year-To-Date:

    $1,060.32 Grocery Budget
    $10.00 Hiding Spot Cash
    $10.00 Safeway Cash Card
    $422.50 Stockpile Budget
    $80.00 Cash Repayment from neighbor
    $24.27 2013 Costco Rebate Cheque
    $0.00 2014 Costco Rebate Cheque – $13.45
    $250.00 Safeway Gift Card =

    $1,857.09

    $1,330 may have been budgeted for JAN to JULY ‘2014 but we have these funds already accounted for and not yet spent:

    $230.00 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $350.00 Borscht Fund
    $110.00 Holiday Season Fund

    TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES $690.00 … that is a $400.00 carry-forward from 2013 and $290.00 in NEW 2014 savings.

    So, if you look at the $1,857.09 calculation that we have spent in 2014 and subtract the $290.00 we have actually saved in our “reserves” and the $91.00 we have recorded as spent but is actually set aside for future USA grocery shopping… we have actually spent $1,476.09!! That is $146.09 over the $1,330.00 we budgeted for January through June.

    BUT if you also take out the cash that was either a gift, some non-budgeted earning method or a loan repayment: ($10 Hiding Spot Cash from bottles + FREE $10 Safeway Gift Card + $80.00 Cash Repayment from a neighbor + $24.27 from a 2013 Costco Rebate Cheque + $0.00 used out of a 2014 Costco Rebate Cheque for $13.45 + a Christmas present of a $250.00 Safeway Gift Card) = $364.27 then we actually only used $1,111.82 of the budgeted $1,330.00 have a Budgeted Grocery Balance SURPLUS of $218.18 still sitting in our bank account.

    IF you don’t pay any attention to how we paid for the groceries, then the seemingly $146.09 overage will easily be absorbed into the value of 9 weeks x $47.50 = $427.50 vacation we will be taking in 2014 and still leave us an additional $281.41 for cross border shopping.

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    REMAINING GROCERY FUNDS FOR JUNE:

    CANADIAN $’s

    Groceries: $27.18
    Stockpile: $0.00
    Cash Hiding Spot: $83.45
    Safeway Cash Card $0.00

    US $’s

    Our Reserve: $42.30 +$18.70 +$30.00 = $91.00
    US Cash Hiding Spot: $0.00

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    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    6 loaves 100% WW bread @ $1.00 (Good until July 28th) << Why we did not get bread in the USA
    4 Compliments Sweet Green Relish @ $1.00 each (Good until July 28th)
    12 Heinz 1.36 L Can of Tomato Juice @ $1.99 each (Good until Aug 9th)

    Safeway:

    2 Coast-to-Coast Italian Sausage Buns – 8 pack $2.49 (Good until Aug 24th)
    10 Coke/Pepsi 2L Pop @ 5 for $5 Max- 10 (Good until Sept 1st)
    1 Lucerne Skim Milk 2L) = FREE (Good until Sept 18th)
    2 Asparagus @$1.99/bunch (Good until Sept 18th)

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    • Oh Mary… your sad face for your June overage… I’m sure you will more than make up for it. Some months are better than others. That’s what I’ve learned through this process of tracking our grocery shops. Great deal on those burgers. Too bad you couldn’t have got a few more boxes. Are you stocked up on fruit and veg for the week? How about that crunch fest of yours…sounds like my wife although she doesn’t say crunch fest. She’s always chopping up veg of some sort to munch on. Great start to the month for you even with your transfers. You get ballot 6. Mr.CBB :)

      • Mary F. Campbell says:

        We are in good shape fruit and veg-wise Mr CBB… partly because we are out and about an awful lot over the next couple of weeks. Starting this Friday night, we seem to have one event, day trip, get-together or friend from out of town to show around. I figure if I cook a White Bean and Cabbage Stew in the crockpot on Saturday, roast a turkey breast tomorrow night and bake some fillets of sole possibly Thursday night… we’ll have lots of little goodies ready to rock & roll to carry us on the nights that we are actually eating at home. I have loads of carrots, celery, radishes, cucumber and lettuce for my little crunchfests. :-) Fruit and I are friends but not nearly as much as I am friends with my veggies! I had no more room in the freezer for any more boxes of those burgers but I do have 10 lbs of lean ground beef in the deep freeze and can easily make my own. I was picking those pre-made ones for hubby for when I take off to Portland. I always like to leave him burgers, hot dogs, lots of romaine for his Caesar salads, the fixings for a homemade mac and cheese and lots of nice sandwich fixings for his lunches and he’s as happy as a pig in mud. I have a trip planned to the farm soon so we’ll see what I see in terms of deals. I am pretty picky about what I will spend on my fruits and veggies especially as I am heading out of town soon. Hubby will make himself a salad but he won’t be using up what’s in the crisper so I need to leave it relatively empty. :-)

        • That was a smart move to stock up while you are away if that helps him get by. We are trying to empty our freezer so we can buy a smaller one. Once I renovate the basement I don’t want to mess about with huge freezers so I’d rather get this huge one out and bash the walls now than down the road when I’m done.

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    I do get canned goods here. Things like pineapple in all forms, tomato and spaghetti sauces to start my own sauces, tomato paste, a few canned beans. My Mom had a recipe for bean salad that used canned beans and I make that on occasion. I use the canned pineapple in a number of things. My pineapple rice, pineapple squares, pineapple upside down cake and so on. We even eat it straight!!! Other than the beans for salad I don’t buy canned veggies, I use frozen. As a kid I used to drive my Mom nuts as I refused to eat canned peas…ever!!!!! I love frozen/fresh peas but I can’t stand the canned ones…..I don’t buy too far ahead so the stock of canned goods in the pantry stays low and is always rotated out. Hubby wants canned fruit once in a while. I think there might be one or two cans to the back if I look but he tends to binge on things. He will eat a certain food all the time for a while then he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Last while it’s been bananas and apple sauce. Lately a few bananas have gone into the freezer for banana bread soon and there is a jar of apple sauce in there that will be apple sauce raisin cake soon if he doesn’t eat it!!!
    From what I have read about that coating in cans it’s to protect the inside of the can from some highly acid foods like tomatoes that will react badly with the metal in the cans themselves. I think the only way to get away from that is to have those foods in glass jars but I don’t see the companies going that way. I’m guessing the reason quoted will be cost. Those that can grow their own tomatoes and such and can process them in jars or just cook from fresh will be the only ones to avoid that coating….

    • I find canned peas mushy but in the UK we love mushy peas lol.. not me though. I’m not a huge fan put it that way. We have many jars of tomatoes processed from my father in law in the cold room. You are right it’s likely cost.

  4. Beth Anne says:

    Good tips Mr. CBB. Thanks for this helpful post.

  5. Mel Funk says:

    Hi Mr. CBB, thank you for another great article. I don’t comment much, but I do enjoy getting the email reminders and checking out your new posts on a regular basis (especially the grocery game challenge). I’ve been trying to get away from canned goods as much as possible. I’ve been reading about the high salt content and the coating used on the inside of the cans. Luckily I was taught by my mom and grandmothers how to can and preserve my own foods (everything from peas to meat to tomatoes). Even luckier still, we have a garden that I’m hoping will do really well this year. Even so, I was still buying alot of canned goods (My husband and I work alot and struggle with meal prep). I now buy dried beans instead of canned (huge cost savings there!) and have learned how to make my own ‘cream of’ soups – which are a staple in some of the recipes my son loves. Every bit helps.

    • Hi Mel,
      Thanks for taking the time to read CBB and comment today :) I love hearing from the fans. I try to respond to everyone. We also buy the dry beans because they are much cheaper. How do you prepare your dry beans? I soak them and then put them in the crockpot. It works like a charm and less hassle. I don’t soak the chickpeas but I do black beans and kidney beans etc. We also make lots of soups but mostly in the winter. Funny how easy they are to make. It really opens your eyes to just how much we pay for a can of soup at the grocery store. Getting the grocery budget is a huge part of the overall budget for many people. This is why we chose to focus on it for us personally aside from buying “stuff” we didn’t need or hadn’t saved up for first. I’d love to see your shops :) Think about it… and hang out with us here.. I’m the only guy who posts but I don’t mind the ladies treat me well :) Cheers mate

      • Mel Funk says:

        I soak the beans and then slow cook them as well :) I’ve even made my own refried beans for taco’s. The kidney beans I actually grew myself last year, and I’m hoping that the seed I saved will hold out until next year. We’re still building our garden beds and there is limited space for everything I want to grow. I’d love to join the challenge – its just hard to find the time to write it all out. We have a one and a half year old that keeps us pretty busy and we both work; I’m only working 3 days a week out of the house but, I work as a bookkeeper from home as well and it eats through alot of hours.

        For us keeping to our grocery budget makes or breaks the budget and its one of the few places where we can make cuts when we need to. In lean months having a full pantry (cold room) has meant the difference between varied meals vs spaghetti and more spaghetti. ;)

        • How do you make refried beans? I think many people think it’s lots of work to hydrate the beans but it’s not at all, very simple. If you can post your shop we’d love to have you. Even if you post once a month. You are right the grocery budget is an area that can be changed because it is variable. I know what you mean about the spaghetti.

  6. For canned foods, I buy diced and crushed tomatoes because they are so much cheaper than fresh, but I am concerned about the BPA. Also occasionally buy tomato paste. Organic diced tomatoes are available in glass jars for about 3x the price, ouch! Last year, fresh tomatoes went on sale in September at rock-bottom prices, but they were imported hothouse tomatoes so I declined. (Would have prepared them to can or freeze myself). But that’s probably what I am buying in the cans anyway!

    I did switch from canned to frozen corn and was surprised to find it’s less expensive frozen. I make some beans from dried (such as chick peas) but the spouse likes the canned British-style baked beans!
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    • I like my British Baked Beans but at almost $3 a can at the British shop I’ll settle for brown baked beans made in Canada. I like my beans on toast. I’ve never attempted to make my own baked beans but maybe I will one day. We buy frozen corn as well off season. Good point with the tomatoes as well. I never quite gave much thought to that. The best would be getting a load of Ontario grown tomatoes from a farmer.

  7. I shop for 2 adults and a 3 ½ year old boy. Our budget is $85/week or $340 for this month and includes laundry, health/beauty, etc.
    RCSS
    Smuckers jam (PM Metro) 2 x $2.99 – 2 x $1.00 coupons – 2 x $1.00 Checkout 51
    Heinz pasta (PM Sobey’s) 2 x $1.25
    Milk $3.97
    BD cheese bar 2 x $4.48 – 2 x $.75 coupons
    Natura soy milk $3.04 – $1.00 coupon
    Potatoes $4.98 – $.25 Zweet (earned 800 bonus PC plus points)
    Baby carrots (PM FC) $.79
    Bananas $1.21 – $.25 Checkout 51
    Broccoli (PM Highland Farms) 2 x $.99 (earned 400 PC plus points)
    NN bacon (PM NF) $3.97
    NN acetaminophen $2.99
    Magazine $3.49
    Coupons $4.50
    Rebates $2.50
    OOP $37.25

    RCSS
    Strawberries (PM) $1.97
    Carrots (PM WM) $2.00
    Bananas $.81
    Grapes $1.38
    Bread (PM NF) 3 x $1.97
    OOP $12.07

    RCSS
    Lays chips (PM WM) $1.94
    Chip dip $1.38
    Coconut yogurt $4.59 – FPC
    Bananas $.82
    Apples (PM Metro) $1.69
    Grapes $2.36 – $.50 coupon
    Grapes $1.66 – $.50 coupon
    Bread (PM NF) 2 x $1.97 – 2 x $.50 coupons
    Coupons $6.59
    OOP $12.04

    Bulk Barn
    Rockets $.12
    Sunflower seeds $1.41
    Cinnamon $.77
    Pine nuts $3.12
    Nutmeg $.55
    Pretzels $1.43
    Pumpkin seeds $2.26
    Pecans $2.74
    Walnuts $6.02
    Almonds $5.35
    Coupon $3.00
    OOP $21.45

    Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year: $4,420 ($85/week) + Meat order $172.85/month for 9 months $1555.65=$5975.65 for the year including the meat order.
    • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $340 – $74.44 (over from last month) =$265.56
    • Total Coupons Used this Week: $14.09
    • Total Coupons Used This Month: $50.93
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $681.65
    • Total rebates this week (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $2.50
    • Total rebates this month (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $4.25
    • Total rebates this year (Checkout 51, Snapsaves, CartSmart, zweet): $131.50
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $6.50
    • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
    • Total Gift Cards Used this year: $270.84
    • Total Reward Points Used this week: 0
    • Total Reward Points Used this year: 0
    • Total tax free day this week: $0
    • Total tax free day this month: $1.97
    • Total tax free day this year: $55.87
    • Colleague Discount (this year): $11.08
    • Total Spent This Week: $82.81
    • Total Spent So Far for this month: $135.85
    • Total Over/Under spent for the month: N/A
    • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $129.71
    • Total to Carry over Next Month: N/A
    • Total Spent To Date This Year: $2366.27
    Weekly overview: Well, I am under my weekly total which I felt was pretty good considering I made a fairly expensive trail mix for myself at the Bulk Barn. Now that I am home I have been making more frequent trips to the store for fresher produce and deals missed on previous trips due to insufficient stock. Who knows if I’ll make up my ridiculous deficit this month or not? I’ll try! It is feasible :-)

    • Hey Jen,
      I’m sure now that you are home you will be able to conquer the budget with more force because like you mention you can get out more often. Nuts are pricey but they are good for you. Were the pine nuts for your mix? Have you tried dried chick peas? They are really good too. Great deal on the Jam. I find that potatoes have been pricey lately. Good luck with the remainder of your shops…. this was a great shop.. lots of delicious foods. You get ballot 7 Mr.CBB

  8. Angela Mainse says:

    Weekly Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: 350
    Total Coupons Used this Week : 1.00 (I don’t count the membership in the coupons but it totals 4.50 in addition)
    Total Discounts this Week: 11.30
    Total Checkout 51 cheques this Week: 0
    Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    Total Rewards Points Used: 30,000 pc plus = 30.00 RCSS
    Total SCOP: 0
    Total Spent This Week: 77.53
    Total Spent So Far for July: 166.19
    Total Left to Spend for the Month: 183.81
    Total Coupons Used This Month : 3.49
    Total Spent To Date This Year: 2,000.37
    Total Grocery Gift card used this year in addition to total spent: 125.02
    Total Rewards Points Used 2014 (deducted from annual total): 30,000 pc plus = 30.00 RCSS
    Weekly Overview:
    Farmer’s Market: bag of spinach 2.50, bag of leaf lettuce 2.50: 5.00
    Tincap Berry Farm: raspberries 5.00
    RCSS: chicken 10.52, dried chick peas 4.99 – 50%, Pataks butter chicken sauce 2.99 – 50%, Pataks Tikka Masala 2.99 – 50%, vermicelli noodles 8 x
    .69 – 50%, cucumber 2 x .67: 20.05
    Personal Service Coffee: 24 k cups 16.95 – 1.70 (membership), 24 k cups 16.95 – 1.70 (membership), torani sugar free syrup 10.99 – 1.10 (membership): 41.68
    RCSS: balsamic vinegar 2.87, margarine 4 x .99, banana 1.01 – 50%, tomatoes on vine 1.66, boccocini tub 4.97 – 50% – 1.00 coupon, chicken 11.95, chicken 13.36: 35.78 – 30.00 pc plus redeemed = 5.80 (rounded up 2 cents)
    Well, EI did come through ( a portion of it, so it gives us hope). It was another OK week, but we did go to the U.S. for a few basics again – mainly milk, yogurt, shredded cheese and bread. These haven’t been showing up on my Canadian shops since we get them across the border. That’s the only way we can fill up our tank of gas and we are still running on our saved U.S. total. We’re hoping to be able to build that account up again soon as we still plan to go over and continue filling up. We had been running super low on coffee and it was nice to be able to switch to some K-cups for a short time since the filters for the Keurig I find have sediment in the bottom of our coffees. This is mainly a buy ahead since we have company coming and really don’t want them to have the sediment, a bit of a luxury. We got some pantry items on clearance. Vermicelli is something we go through, as well as chick peas, so they were a great price. The boccocini we only got to make caprese salad since we brought the price down on it so much. Chicken was a good deal for boneless skinless on price match, but it took two trips in as our RCSS had a small amount of stock it was putting out. That’s ok, hubby works right across from RCSS, so no extra trips needed. Farmer’s market is a must for us. I find what I don’t grow in my garden and it’s far fresher than the store and I get more bang for my buck. A bunch of spinach and leaf lettuce can easily last us a full week. It was a first time buying from that vendor as I’m used to going on Saturdays. I will look for them again. Raspberries are a family favourite and I am told that the pick your own is about to start. We got 500 ml basket for 5.00 and really no different than the grocery store on cost, but tastes so much better. We will do the pick your own asap. Getting raspberries into our freezer is a huge must. All in all, not a bad week, considering over half of it was coffee related. But that will set us up for some time. Next week will be a big one I think. The relatives come and it will mean a lot of additional food. But, we are ready for that, and happy they are coming.

    • Hi Angela,
      Great deal with the bocconcini… did the coupon come on the container? Are dairy products that much cheaper in the USA? What is your favourite yogurt from the USA? Glad to hear your EI partially came through.. what a relief~ I agree with you about the Farmer’s Markets. We were going to go this past week but I’ve been so busy with work and renovations and other things that it just didn’t happen. I hope we can make it out there soon plus the family gardens are already producing lots of food. You get ballot 9. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        The boccocini had a coupon tear pad right next to it at the refrigerated cooler instead of on the board at the front of the store and it was specific to the Loblaws chain (getting mine at RCSS).

        Dairy products aren’t necessarily cheaper in the U.S. (except for cheese, it is definitely a fraction of what we pay even with the exchange), but they taste is better (and we refuse to buy any of the products with high fructose corn syrup in it. My favourite would be the danone greek raspberry yogurt. However, we do like many of the flavours of the Yoplait brand there. I find with the Canadian yogurt, I just can’t eat it. For many years I thought I just didn’t like yogurt, until I was convinced to try the ones I could obtain across the border.

        • I’ve never had US yogurt before but I don’t fancy Canadian yogurt that much unless it’s a thick Greek Yogurt like we get back home. Our normal yogurt is always thick, at least that’s what I recall. I used to eat loads of yogurt each week and it was much cheaper in the UK>

  9. joanne tjerno says:

    Compared to my shops a few years ago i have really cut back on the canned goods…however i do still buy canned veggies on a good sale. And yes for the convenience, I am a mother of two working full time with a husband that works nights so some nights i really do appreciate a quick put together dinner! This week was a bit of a bigger few shops. I had to stock up on some items (such as juice boxes for daycare) and just some other random things. Well here goes.

    Zehrs

    Strawberry banana juice boxes 1.99 (200 PC points)
    peach juice boxes 1.99 (200 PC points)
    apple juice boxes 1.99 (200 PC points)
    assorted sub sandwich meat 3.79
    napkins 2×1.00=2.00
    bbq lighter 1.00
    sippy cup 1.50

    total=15.02

    freshco

    yogurt 1.00×3=3.00
    red cabbage 2.69
    tomatoes 1.95
    grapes 1.80
    salami 2.00-1.00 coupon=1.00
    romaine lettuce 1.50

    total=11.94

    no frills

    cheese 5X3.77=18.85

    total=18.85

    Walmart

    ritz sandwich crackers 3X2.00=6.00
    lysol wipes (2pack) 2.38 X2=4.76
    bleach 1.48
    bananas 1.59
    blueberries 1.47
    celery 0.97
    fries 1.97
    chicken nuggets 5.99
    cream cheese 3.00
    cheese whiz 3.00-1.00=2.00
    whole wheat bread 2.00-1.00=1.00
    sandwich meat 0.66X5=3.30-1.00 WUB 5=2.30
    dog food (for my little dog) 14.94 plus had a coupon for buy one bag get one free so i got a second one for free!

    total=52.17

    Walmart

    bananas 1.58
    nesquik cereal 2.94
    lucky charms cereal 2.94

    total=7.46

    shoppers drug mart

    whole wheat bread 1.99
    whole wheat bread 1.99
    coffee cream 1.99
    chocolate milk .99
    energy drink 2.57
    energy drink 2.43
    chocolate milk 0.99
    chips 1.99
    milk 3.97
    milk 3.97
    pop 3.30
    cookies 1.99
    popsicles 2.99-1.00=1.99
    ice cream sandwiches 2.99-1.00=1.99
    coke 3.30
    apple juice boxes 2.00
    apple juice boxes 2.00
    danone drinkable yogurts 4.99-1.00=3.99
    scheiders bacon 4.49-2.50=1.99
    fries 1.99
    fruit punch juice boxes 2.00
    fruit punch juice boxes 2.00
    oreos 1.99

    total=55.95 (plus got 11200 shoppers points)

    So after looking this over i realize my shop was larger this week as i went shopping on monday and a saturday in which i normally just go out on the weekends.

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600
    •Total Coupons Used this Week : $24.44
    •Total Coupons Used This Month : $26.44
    • Total Coupons Used this Year: $396.66
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this week: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this month: 0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebates this year: 7.500
    total snapsaves this month:0
    total snapsaves this year 36.75
    • Total SCOP this week: $0
    • Total SCOP this month: $0
    • Total SCOP this year: $4.28
    •Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: 0
    •Total Spent This Week: $=161.39
    •Total Spent So Far for july: $224.05
    •Total Left to Spend for the Month: $375.95
    •Total to Carry over Next Month: 350 left from last month.

    I went over by a bit this month. But technically didnt as i bought dog food and i am still working out to have a seperate budget for all my pets. Not too bad considering i did stock up on snacks and juice boxes. Will see what deals next week shall bring.

    • Hey…
      We have the pet budget as well as it helps us to really see where the money is going. We might even pull the health and beauty next year from the grocery so we can stick to just food. If we can pinpoint what we need that’s what counts. We can do the same with other budget categories as well. So, do you think you spend more if you shop during the week rather than the weekends? Is it because you are more relaxed during the week and not so rushed? I agree that canned goods are an easy way to get food on the table fast and it’s really the same as buying frozen veg…it’s all fast and convenient but certainly still good food. That’s lots of juice boxes. How many do the kids take to daycare each day? Who drinks the energy drinks? Do they work? You get ballot 11… Well done!! Mr.CBB

      • joanne tjerno says:

        I generally give a whole pack of juice boxes a week to my daycare. My two year old has recently gone off the bottle and skipped using sippy cups. He loves juice boxes. So he has a few of those a day plus his milk. Its much easier in a juice box than in a cup which generally gets half spilt everywhere. Both myself and my hubby love our energy drinks as a treat once in a while. And yes for me i find that they do work as we dont drink them often at all. It does give a little boost of energy especially when i have to do long driving trips.

  10. Christine Weadick says:

    Been trying to get here to post the shops but it hasn’t been happening. I have the chance now so here is the second week. Both shops were at Foodland.

    July 4
    8 Swanson meatpies @.99- $7.92
    2 Power Ade @1.66- 3.32
    1 pack macaroni- 1.88
    3 bunches green onions @3/2.00- 2.00
    2 W/W bread @2.50- 5.00
    1 frozen french fries- 2.99
    1 Oktoberfest sausage- 2.99
    1 18count eggs- 2.99
    1 Rice Krispies- 3.49
    1 bagel- 3.89
    1 ice cream- 3.99
    1 6pack Royale tissues- 4.44, 1.00 coupon
    2 Royale TP @ 4.44- 8.88, 1.00 coupon
    1 Royale paper towels- 4.44
    1 jug water- 5.49
    Tax- 2.74
    Total- $64.45, 2.00 coupons

    July 8
    4 tomato paste @.59- 2.36
    4 meat pies @.99- 3.96
    4 Whiskas wet cat food @.99- 3.96
    2 Power Ade @1.66- 3.32
    bananas- .86
    1 pickles- 1.79
    1 taco seasoning- 1.99
    1 green pepper- 1.99
    1 peanut butter-2.99
    1 18count eggs- 2.99
    1 yogurt- 3.29
    1 taco shells- 3.49
    1 yogurt- 3.49
    1 coffee filters, 450 count- 3.68
    1 syrup- 3.99
    1 garlic sausage- 4.32
    2 4l milk @4.79- 9.58
    1 jug water- 5.49
    1 bag rice- 5.99
    1 roasting chicken- 9.44, 50% discount- 4.72
    Tax- 1.98
    Total- $80.51, discount- 4.72

    Total budget for month- $650.00, $130.00- 5 weeks
    Total coupons/discounts this week- $6.72
    Total spent this week- $144.96
    Total spent for month- 172.83+144.96=$317.79
    Total over/under for week- over $14.96
    Total over/under for month- N/A
    Left for month- $332.21
    Total coupons/discounts for month- 1.50+6.42=7.92
    Carry over – $10.14
    Total YTD- J$653.06+F$594.21+M$633.19+A$672.42+M$647.70+J$660.14+J$317.79=$4813.43
    Stockpile- $25.00, nothing used so far

    I went over slightly for the week but I still have room for the rest of the month. Next week will be better as hubby and I are going away for 3 days and I will make salads for the boys to eat while we are gone. The younger boys birthday was July 4 and he saw the meat pies on sale and that was what he wanted for his birthday dinner along with the french fries, a little pricey but he was happy with his dinner. Other than that and the ice cream I had what was needed for his cake and such. We have the new young cat so that adds to the cat food costs. She came with a part bag and a full bag of some grain free dry cat food and a few cans of moist food. The moist food she was OK with but the grain free dry went by the way side the second she smelled the Whiskas dry food. Neither cat will eat the grain free, I even tried mixing the two foods and they pick out the stuff they don’t like. I end up sweeping it up off the floor. This could be why she felt a little light when we got her home but she is getting hefty-er now.

    • Hi Christine,
      One thing that I’d never let slide is my finances no matter how busy I am so I’m proud of you for making it here even with how busy the summer is for you. Great deal on the toilet paper. I say, any time you can get a deal grab it while you can. That stuff is expensive! That’s a different birthday dinner but if that’s what he wanted then so be it. So you will be on the hunt for even more cat deals then. Cats are picky eaters too haha! Well done Christine.. you get ballot 13. Mr.CBB

  11. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $625.
    Co-op
    .30×2 bulk buns
    .69×2 bulk bagels
    $1.79 rice wine vinegar
    $3.75 total oop
    Shoppers
    $1.77×2 dzn egs
    $3.55 total oop
    Superstore
    $3.50 smores kit – clearance
    .76 banana
    $1.31 nectarines
    $6.98×2 mexi mac and cheese bites
    $29.60 total oop
    Sobeys
    $1×4 margarine1lb tub
    $1.33×9-$1Cx9 bush beans
    $3.99 2lb blueberries
    $2.50×2-.50Cx2 special k bars
    $1.50 mini lemonade cupcakes – clearance
    $3.49 cheese hot dogs
    $6.25-$1C 2.35kg iced tea – clearance
    $4.99 pastry flour 5kg – clearance
    $2.50 macadamia nuts – clearance
    $1 grated romano cheese
    $1.50 tic tac 3pk – clearance
    $1.90 excel 4pk gum
    $6.99 jalapeno cheddar cheese
    the following is discount Tuesday
    $10.29 ground beef – 4 meals
    $24.99 3kg frozen chicken breasts
    .75 jalapenos
    $1×3-$2C sour cream
    $2.50×2-.50Cx2 special k bars -think there was co51 as well
    $1.35×4 chocolate milk
    $3.99×2 international creamer
    $3.99×2-$1Cx2 coffee mate creamer
    $1 astro greek yogurt – clearance
    $1 peach croissant
    $3 salsa
    $3×2 tortillas chips
    $3 dortitos
    $5.89×2-fpcwub4pepsiproducts&instore promo juicy jumbo wieners
    $111.55 total oop
    $21.89 total coupons
    $8.54 10% discount

    $148.45 weekly total oop
    $30.43 weekly total coupons/discounts
    $219.40 monthly total oop
    $63.93 monthly total coupons/discounts

    Grabbed some treats this week with my girl coming for her summer visit, my MIL store closing so we are picking up clearance sales as we see them and stocking up on sales like the beans that are good till 2016 with very little oop.

    • Hi Juanita,
      That was a great deal for the eggs at SDM. Was that a in-store special? I bet you were happy to have her home. You always stock up before she comes with her favourite foods. We have beans that have lasted us ages. If the expiry is a long time away we might buy it on sale but we have cut back on food stocking. Great job. You get ballot 17. Mr.CBB

  12. Hey Mr.CBB
    The eggs were a one day sale :) I did wanna go back and grab another two.
    It is always a great time when my kids are here. I really do miss them!!!
    Yes I bought a lot of beans, but with expiry in 2016 and donations I have been willing to stock up on them.

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