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How To Save Money When Buying Meat : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Apr 6-12, 2015

ho w to saave money when buying meatYOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON MEAT

 

Meat prices in Canada have gone through the roof as many of you may have noticed.

Meat lovers across the land are seeing a rise in their grocery expenses because the meats they love are not as cheap as they once used to be.

Just last week I noticed a pound of lean ground beef was hovering around the $9.00 mark.

When I was standing in line to cash out I noticed the lady in front of me buying lots of no-name products then there was this pack of beef that looked about 2lbs for $25.xx.

I shook my head and thought there had to be better ways to save money on meat than paying some of these outrageous prices that the grocery stores are asking these days.

I don’t know what the mark up is on meat but judging by the price fluctuations it depends on farming, slaughtering processing and transportation costs.

Either way we look at it meat is costly to eat but there are ways we can stretch our dollars to make sure we can add meat into our meal plans.

I know many of you might say to suck up the prices and buy it if you need it but for many people on a budget especially if it’s a low-income budget they can’t afford meat to begin with or in moderation.

Today I want to share with you some of the ways Mrs. CBB and I save on meat or ways that we know you CAN save money without having to eat canned meat or leaving meat out of your diet, especially if you are a meat lover.

 

Know your prices

 

If you don’t know how much it typically costs to buy the meat your family loves this is where you need to start your savings understanding. In order to know if you are getting a deal you need to know what the regular price is and what typical sales price are.

Make a list of the meat products that you love and then go to the grocery store and find out the regular prices and write them down. Our free grocery price book may help you to keep your prices organized so you know exactly what deals are worth it to buy.

Now when you get your weekly flyers you can can create your grocery list according to the sales or when you are shopping and see a meat sale you will know if it’s a great deal or not.

Be smart with your savings!

 

Buy Bulk

 

A couple of CBB fans like to buy their meat in bulk that I am aware of which we have considered and may still purchase if the price is right for our budget. Prices may vary depending on where you live.

If you don’t live close to your butcher or the grocery store buying meat in bulk is something that you may consider. If you simply want to stock your freezer so you don’t have to worry about grocery shopping for meat this is the way to go.

Most people who buy meat in bulk enjoy the savings but also the convenience of having cuts of meat in their freezer all year-long.

The good thing about this is you get a discount price for buying in bulk BUT you will also get some of the best quality cuts of meat available to you.

 

Buy Large Cuts of Meat

 

One thing many of us overlook is buying bigger cuts of meat because we think we won’t eat it all in one meal

. You don’t have to. If you can save money buying a large cut of meat once you figure out the prices buy it if your budget allows.

When you get your cut of meat home portion it up in freezer bags to use for different meals. Don’t buy stewing beef for those outrageous prices when you can buy a gorgeous roast and cut the meat yourself.

Most times if you can cut the meat at home or process it yourself you will see huge savings. You pay for this convenience from the in-store butcher or butchering services that are included in the price of pre-cut portions.

If you have a stand mixer at home look into getting the meat grinder attachment which isn’t too costly. This way you can buy large cuts of beef, pork and poultry and grind it into mince on your own for less.

 

Reduced Cuts of Meat

 

We hardly ever buy meat at full-price simply because it’s too expensive for our grocery budget. Going to the butcher in the past has proven to save us some money which we do on occasion but for the most part our meat buying happens in the grocery store.

When we get into the grocery store we know exactly where the meat department puts reduced cuts of meat and that is one stop we will make.

We typically find coupons attached to the product or new pricing labels attached. You might even see % off stickers such as in the photo above. If we don’t find reduced meat we buy what meat is on sale in the flyer that week or price match.

Some people may think there is something wrong with these meat products but they are just coming up to date and the store would rather sell them for a reduced price than throw them in the garbage.

If you do buy reduced meat you can use it right away or we simply portion if needed and freeze it until we need it. We’ve never had any issues with buying reduced meat. Like any other product you buy inspect the meat for any discoloration as this may mean it’s already started to turn.

We’ve found products like this that are still with-in date so don’t judge reduced meat as off-limits just for this reason. Meat that is starting to turn or that has already gone off will have a light grey/green tinge and if you open it at home it will have a slight vinegar smell.

 

Add other Proteins

 

You don’t have to eat meat all the time for protein as you can substitute other products in its place. We like to use beans such as lentils, pinto beans, kidney beans, chick peas, split peas etc. plus whole grains are another great source of protein and other vitamins.

If you fancy tofu that is another great source of protein which you can add to your diet as it acts like a sponge and soaks up the flavours that you incorporate into your dish similar to a mushroom.

If you aren’t a fan of beans or tofu many vegetarians enjoy mushrooms in place of meat. Portobello mushrooms are meaty and commonly used as a burger which you can stuff and add lots of delicious cheese to. There are so many varieties of mushrooms on the market your options for different dishes are endless.

There is also other meat substitutes such as Seitan which is made from wheat but apparently has nothing to do with bread or flour and called “Wheat Meat” and Tempeh which are both used by vegetarians across the globe.

What is Tempeh? According to Wikipedia

It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty.

Read the packaging on what you buy for the nutritional information so you understand what you are putting into your body.

 

Go Meatless

 

We don’t tend to eat lots of meat in the CBB house which means many of our meals are meatless meals. One of our favourite meatless meals is our Meatless Sloppy Joes made with lentils. They pack a punch and you don’t even miss the meat.

We also love to eat fish so we use fish to create different meals such as fish cakes or simply baking fish in the oven for a nice light meal.

If you are a smart shopper you may also find that fish can be cheaper to buy than red meat, poultry and pork products. I’m not talking about breaded fish products that are pre-made either. I mean frozen or fresh fish that you can get from a fishery or in-store at the fishmonger.

 

Use Coupons

 

From time to time you may find coupons for meat that come in the mail or in-store. It may be for x amount of dollars off of a meat product or you may get dollars off a pack of sausages which we’ve had in the past.

Don’t think there are never coupons for meat because there are although you won’t find them as often as you’d like especially with the high costs of meat to the grocery budget.

 

Local Butcher

 

If you have a butcher in town don’t be afraid to go in and make friends with him or her. Meat prices may be a bit higher at the butcher as you pay for the service BUT you will also get what you want.

They may have weekly or monthly specials as well because they want to get customers through the door so don’t shy away because you automatically think you can’t afford to buy from a butcher.

When you buy packs of meat at the grocery store you are at the mercy of the slaughter-house which processed it or the in store butcher. This may mean that you find yourself paying for lots of fat that you end up throwing in the garbage.

Depending on what meat the fat came from we drain and keep some for cooking purposes. Duck fat and Goose fat is well-known for making the best roast potatoes, but using chicken fat from the skin works wonders too.

We also re-purpose turkey or chicken carcasses by making soup. Instead of throwing away, try to use the product in different ways to extract the most from your purchase.

The butcher will 9 times out of 10 accommodate what you want as a customer plus you support your local small businesses and farmers.

These are many of the ways I could think of to help you save money when buying meat but I’m sure that many of you have other tricks I want to hear about so please share!

What other ways can you think of to save on meat?

 

April 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!

Congratulations goes out to Juanita #1 for winning the Grocery Game for March 2015. Please email me to get your coupon prize.

 

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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide

 

the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget.

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.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email.

 

2015 Grocery shop results

 

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Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $25 per month.

Shoppers Drug Mart

  •  1 x Neilson Milk 4 Litres $3.97

Total out-of-pocket $3.97

Zehrs

  • 2x Chicken Breasts $8.77 and $8.17 (stockpile $16.94)
  • Power Quencher Case $10.74-pink sticker 50%
  • 3x PC Greek Yogurt Lime $4.29-pink sticker 50%
  • PC Yogurt Vanilla $3.19 -50%
  • Liberte Yogurt Coconut large $6.49-pink sticker 50%
  • Strawberries 1lb 2/$4.00
  • Ground Pork Sale $2.68
  • 3 x Oven Roast Turkey $5.79-50%
  • 2 x Spinach Powergreen $4.99 ea-50%
  • PC Kale $4.99-50%
  • Broccoli Coleslaw raw $2.50-50%
  • Carrot Coleslaw raw $2.50-50%
  • Manns Snap Peas $3.99-50%
  • 3x Alpen Salami $8.49-50%

Total out-of-pocket $59.41 ($16.94 stockpile)

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $235.00
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $20.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 28786
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Snap Groupon to date: $1.50
  • Zweet to date: $1.50
  • Cart Smart to date: $0
  • Checkout51 to date: $1.50

GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)

  • Total to spend this month $213.47 ($26.53 overage from March applied)
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $16.94
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $13.00
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $52.73
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $193.25
  • Total spent this week: $63.38
  • Total spent so far this month: $63.38
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: -$10.02 over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $
  • Total left to spend for the month: -$150.19
  • Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): What a great week of pink sticker savings. It’s always nice we can score some great products that we would never pay full-price for on sale for half the cost. Hopefully we can stay under budget this month as we were over in March and have to make up for it this month which is always tough.

 

 Canadian Coupons Found This Week

 

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

April 2015 Coupons Canada(1)

 

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 but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: Yes No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. 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.
  • Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest  Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • 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 2015 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. If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

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 2015!

Join in and become money savers and take control of your grocery budget.

-Mr.CBB

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Comments

  1. Mary F Campbell says:

    APRIL – Week #1 of 4- April 6-12, 2015

    2015 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults

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    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    Before we start our APRIL off though, I am going to make my “reserve” transfers for the month and cover my overage from last month:

    Grocery:

    $190.00 for the month
    ($84.41) overage carried forward from March
    ( $0.00) trf to borscht reserve-normally $12.50
    ( $0.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $17.50
    ($ 10.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally $10.00
    ($15.00) trf to summer reserve–normally $10.00
    ( $0.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $50.00

    Grocery Balance $80.59 for APRIL

    We’re on a roll with rain checks…check out the newbie we picked up at Safeway this week!

    I sent hubby to do a really small shop at RCSS this week to pick up some treats for his breakfasts and lunches this month. This could easily have been a no shop week but sometimes you just need to take advantage of the sales while they are there. I am sure the hot cross buns will be a lot more expensive once the Easter supplies are cleared out. They are for little sweet dessert treats for hubby at lunch time and those English Muffins make great homemade Egg McMuffins . We have lots of either assorted types of ham or bacon to add to them along with the egg and cheese. It’s a lot cheaper and healthier to make them at home plus you can build them with assorted cheeses – not just those plastic-y Kraft American cheese slices. 🙂

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    RCSS– Pitt Meadows –

    2 x dozen Hot Cross Buns $4.98 (1,400 points)
    4 x 6-pack English Muffins $5.12 (100 points)

    •Total OOP: $10.10

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.10

    ** Earned 1,500 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    ================================================================================================

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE May 18th!

    ================================================================================================

    2015 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $3.58+ Feb $0.00 + Mar $14.54 + Apr $0.00= $18.12

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 = 0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 +Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 22 + Feb 45 + Mar 140 + Apr 0= 207 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 + Mar 1 + Apr 0= 1 Air Mile

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1200 + Feb 900 + Mar 900 + Apr 1,500 = 4,500 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 30 + Feb 40 + Mar 0 + Apr 0 = 70 Points

    ================================================================================================

    2015 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $199.31+ Feb $180.69 + Mar $274.41 + Apr (trf $10.00 Xmas Reserve+$15.00 to Summer + $10.10 = $35.10)= $689.51

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + Apr $190.00 = $760.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $70.49 AVAILABLE

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    2015 UNUSED CANADIAN GROCERY RESERVE :

    2014 Fwd $0.00+Jan $0.00+Feb $3.83+ Mar $32.09 + Apr $0.00= $35.92

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    2015 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $325.00+Jan $22.50+Feb $22.50 + Mar $17.50 + Apr $0.00= $387.50

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    2015 Y-T-D BORSCHT RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $412.50+Jan $12.50 + Feb $12.50 + Mar $12.50 + Apr $0.00= $450.00

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    2015 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $110.00+Jan $10.00 +Feb $10.00+ Mar $10.00 + Apr $10.00= $150.00

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    2015 Y-T-D SUMMER RESERVE:

    2014 Fwd $90.00+Jan $10.00 + Feb $10.00 + Mar $15.00 + Apr $15.00= $140.00

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 760.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MARCH
    $ 35.92 Redeemed Points to Purchase
    Groceries
    ($ 0.02) Hiding Spot Cash – SPENT
    ($ 13.45) 2014 Costco Rebate Chq – SPENT
    ($190.00) Trf to Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking,
    Borscht, Xmas, Summer)
    ($170.00) Trf to US Grocery Reserve
    ($ 35.92) Set in a reserve to offset
    Redeemed Points
    ($ 316.04) Actual CASH SPENT

    ($ 70.49) AVAILABLE FOR SPENDING

    • VALUE POINTS REDEEMED Y-T-D:

    $ 4.98 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB
    $ 4.99 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 1.60 Sprouts- 1,000 MORE Pts – MAR
    $ 4.99 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAR

    $ 35.92 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    So far $570.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2015 and we have recorded these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $387.50 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $450.00 Borscht Fund
    $150.00 Holiday Season Fund
    $140.00 Summer Season Fund

    OUR TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,127.50 … that is a $937.50 carry-forward from 2013 & 2014 and $190.00 in NEW 2015 savings.

    This also means that with $190.00 to start APRIL less $25.00 transferred to the various savings reserves less $0.00 transferred for Points Redeemed = $165.00 less an overage carried forward from March for $84.41 less an additional $0.00 saved in our US grocery reserve, we opened the month of APRIL with $80.47 available to spend on the Canadian side of the border PLUS we have spent $10.10 on our groceries (cash & points) so far this month and have $70.49 REMAINING AVAILABLE for the month of APRIL.

    We have groceries that have been purchased using points redeemed, rather than the budgeted cash in the amount of $35.92. Available as an offset, we currently have $35.92 in our UNUSED CASH RESERVE. As at this moment, we need and additional $0.00 in the UNUSED CASH RESERVE. If our budget is truly sufficient, when we reach December 31st, the unused funds should still be equal to, if not greater than, the value of the points redeemed. It’ll be interesting to see if they actually are.

    Note: Another reserve of $283.07 IS AVAILABLE for our next US shop currently scheduled for May 18th!

    Of the outstanding US Shopping Reserve $283.07:

    $113.07 is carried forward from 2014

    $170.00 is new 2015 Y-T-D savings

    Less $0.00 that we’ve actually spent in 2015

    = $283.07 US Reserve Available

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    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Safeway

    Broccoli Florets @ $1.99/lb – Good until Apr 7/15
    4 Lean Ground Pork @3.49/lb-Good ‘til Apr 26/15
    4 Signature Café Pizzas @ 2 pizzas for $9.00- Good ‘til June 19/15
    6 Ronzoni Sweet Onion Marinara @ 2 for $5.00- Good ‘til June 20/15
    2 Family Size Pack of Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts @ $12 ea- Good ‘til July 4/15 << NEW THIS WEEK! 🙂

    Thrifty Foods

    4 Island Gold Large Brown Eggs @ 2 for $5.00- Good ‘til April 21/15
    4 Island Gold Large Brown Eggs @ 2 for $5.00- Good ‘til April 23/15
    6 Island Bakery WW Bread 570 g @ 1.00 per loaf- Good ‘til April 25/15
    6 Island Bakery WW Bread 570 g @ 1.00 per loaf- Good ‘til April 27/15
    6 Island Bakery WW Bread 570 g @ 1.00 per loaf- Good ‘til April 29/15

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    • Hi Mary,
      My wife loves those english muffins as do I. We’ve bought them on occasion if we find them on the cheap rack or for $0.99. I agree they are great to make homemade egg and cheese sandwiches or little pizzas. WOW You have LOTS of rain checks. Can you share your tips to get rain checks as I don’t think we are taking advantage of them the way you are. I think there are certainly savings missed and I don’t want to iss out on saving money if I can. Your budget is small for the month BUT I’m sure you will easily catch up. I agree with you about the no shop week and the sales. Sometimes it’s hard especially if we’ve already had our nose into the sales flyers lol. Have a great week Mary. You get ballot 1. Mr.CBB

      • Mary F Campbell says:

        Hubby works around the corner from Thrifty’s so during his lunch hour he checks to see if they are out of the items that are the loss leaders and if they are…he gets a rain check. Safeway’s rain checks are good for 3 months so we lock in our prices when there’s a good sale so that I never pay full price for those items. We check a lot at the beginning of the sale and the end of the sale to see if they mis-stocked the sale items.

        As far as the small budget for April goes, you watch…we’ll be fine! It is only a 4 week month so $70.49 only has to cover 3 more weeks. 🙂

        • Now isn’t that handy. That is FAR better than the one month rain checks we get in Ontario. I think you will be fine too, same with us. We have about the same left for the month as you will see today. Thanks for explaining the rain check for us. Our new GGC player asked about rain checks last night so she might have more questions!

  2. I usually buy large cuts of meat. I noticed that the prices are lower compared to normal cuts of meat.

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    I’m another one that looks at any reduced sticker meats first. I’m finding with the current meat prices that it is out of my budget range even when meat is on sale..especially beef. You need to read the ads carefully as well. A couple of times I have noticed what looks li,e a good price for lean ground beef but when you look a little closer it is a beef, pork mix… Adding the pork kind of defeats using the lean beef doesn’t it… I’ve picked up some lean ground beef in a small pack of,maybe, a pound then broke it into a couple of smaller packs for spaghetti sauce. Gets me a few extra meals as leftover spaghetti is the next day’s lunch plus any leftover sauce goes into the freezer for future meals. So I can get as many as 6 meals for 4 adults out of that one pound of ground beef.
    I saw that yogurt coupon and grabbed a few. That kind is on sale this week at Foodland and the younger boy enjoys it. Hubby’s raisin bread was on sale last week and each loaf had a coupon to save $1.00 when you buy 2 so I’m saving the extra coupon on the ones I bought. Congratulations Juanita!!

  4. We also look for reduced meats, and stock up on sale prices. We also put a few meatless days on our meal plan each week. If we buy a better cut of meat, we buy smaller portions.

  5. kathryn says:

    Mr CBB..We don’t have a specific budget for stockpile. How does your family determine if something is a regular purchase vs stockpile purchase?

    • If we buy something in bulk like cheese or chicken it’s stockpile. If we buy one pack it’s a purchase. How do you do it?

      • kathryn says:

        I guess we take the lazy way…we don’t have a special budget for it. Many times we will buy something, and not eat it for weeks.Sometimes it will be a single or a multiple purchase.

  6. kathryn says:

    Name Your Store: i.e. IGA (Australia)
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $41.11

    Week 10- 30March, 2015- 05 April 2015

    3L milk- $3.00
    750g – Fruit/nut Mix-$7.49 (reduced)=$5.99
    450g cheese cake $2.79
    396g Lindt choc bar 2@ $2.16 =$4.32 (reduced)= 2.34
    5kg potatoes $5.99
    3L milk- $3.00
    500g margarine- $0.99
    425gr baked beans 2 @ $0.69= $1.38
    1L UHT milk= $0.99
    330ml ranch dressing- $2.99
    1 kg- self rising flour- $0.75
    2L milk—$2.19
    600 ml- cream – $2.30
    1 kg ham/chicken bologna –$2.79
    250g strawberries – $3.99
    825g peaches = $1.49

    Name Your Store: i.e. Woolworths(Australia)
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $24.89

    700g bread 4 @ $0.85 =$3.40
    200g coffee 3 @ $3.98= $11.94
    1 kg apple/pear pack $$4.48 (reduced) =$2.69
    1 kg onions-$1.48
    200g mushrooms $3.75 (reduced)=$3.75
    50ml deodorant- $2.25
    25g garlic pwd- $1.25

    Do the above for each receipt you have then copy the template below and paste it to the bottom of your shop so we can see your results.
    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $216.67 (averages $50 week)
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $

    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date:0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Snap Groupon to date: $0
    Zweet to date: $0
    Cart Smart to date: $0
    Checkout51 to date: $0

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)

    Stockpile budget 2015 ($0.00): $0
    Stockpile budget used to date: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $0
    Total in-store discounts this week: $3.84+$3.66=$7.50
    Total in-store discounts to date: $65.82+$3.84=$69.66+$3.66=73.32
    Total spent this week: $12.26 (30 march-5 april )+24.89=37.15+$28.85=$66.00
    Total spent so far this month: $12.26+24.89=37.15+$28.85=$66.00
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $
    Total over/Under spend for the month $216.67 each month-$12.26= $204.41 (30 march-5 april) under –$24.89=$179.52-$28.85 (30 March-05 April)=$150.67
    Total left to spend for the month : $367.14-$12.26 = $356.33- $24.89=331.44-$28.85 (30 March-05 April)=$302.59
    Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) $498.09(23-29 March)+ $12.26 (30 Mar-5 April)=$510.35+$24.89=$535.24+$28.85=$564.09

    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):

    First I want to say, I have adjusted a few numbers on this template, because it took the first 3 months to figure out how to fill it out properly. The numbers are accurate now.

    Trying to not buy too much food, but enough so we have some variety. Lots of little treat food this week. Found out the 2L milk at the local store costs a bit more, but we needed the container when it was empty, since my husband accidentally threw out my last one. (we store our food staples in them, while housesitting). The ‘bologna’ is mostly to feed the magpies, but my husband like to nibble it too, so we buy the human grade, instead of the pet grade (probably the same)

    • Hi Kathryn,
      When you are home where do you normally buy your nuts? Great deal on them this week. I never find them reduced. Good for you making changes to the template. That’s what this is all about and I applaud you. It does take time to get into the swing of things.
      What do you mean you store your staples in the milk cartons while house sitting? My parents are on a house sit now too. I bet the pet grade cost more though lol. So you are at $50 a week for 2. Awesome budget. So many people say we couldn’t possibly eat healthy on a small budget BUT I know we can prove them all wrong. You get ballot. 4 Mr.CBB

      • I didn’t like this bag of nuts…they weren’t roasted..so my husband gets them all to himself. In Canada, we never really bought nuts too much, except for peanuts, usually at Giant Tiger (carmellized, sugar coated ones…mmmm..they are a treat !).
        We carry our own food around with us in our van, in 2-3 large plastic tote containers. To keep out insects, I store our flour, sugars, oatmeal,rice in plastic milk jugs. I also save all the plastic containers/styrofom trays to use as disposable plates/bowls between house sits when we camp, while travelling. Save on dishwashing 🙂
        Some home owners will ask us to help ourselves to fruit/vegs in their fridge, that will perish, but other than that we provide our own food. Sometimes they will have a small garden or chickens, which helps too.
        Yeah..the pet grade bolognas are around $5..but usually are a bit larger roll.
        Our budget hovers around $50 for the 2 of us, but we do get a LOT of free food in Canada..as you will see in a couple of weeks. We pay lot of bills via our PC credit card, which in turn gives us air miles (sobeys) and points PC ( Superstore.)

  7. I normally like to shop at our local warehouse store Sam’s Club where i can buy it bulk for what most stores sell it as when it is on sale. I also like to double up to get cashback when I can shop online (& pickup in store) through ebates and also I use my cashback debit card that can get me 2.5% cash back and when you buy bulk groceries and stock up on stuff like toilet paper, paper towels, etc all at the same time buying online with cash back that adds up fast. To top that off I use several other apps on my phone including shopkick , receiptpal, receipthog, punchcard, checkout51, ibotta, snapbygroupon, and savingstar (all reward with cashback/giftcard from points). Shopping online and with cashback debit card is the best way to go especially with adding the additional apps that are available.

  8. We’ve been on meatless challenge for weeks now. We pretty like because it’s like it appears that we’ve lost some weight, felt better, and saved much money. But, sometimes we tend to include little portion of meat in our food, but very minimal, like in vegetable dishes.

  9. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $625
    H&W Produce
    $1.79 asparagus
    $4.97 red peppersx7
    $2.85 green peppersx6
    $2.13 jalapenosx11
    $10 acorn squashx5
    $10.92 butternut squashx4
    .99×4 2pk broccoli
    $2 grapes
    .79 cucumber
    $1.98 pineapple
    $1.49×2 blueberries
    $2.99 2lb strawberries
    $42.60 total oop
    $4.74 10% weekly instore website coupon
    Co-op
    $1.32×2 2L pop
    $2.50 dzn dinner buns
    .25 total oop
    $5 coupgon (won $15 credit from a fb promo coupgon had)
    Superstore
    $3.78 2lb strawberries
    $1.10 bananas
    $2.51 asparagus
    $7.40 total oop
    Walmart
    $2.10×2-$1Cx2 coffee creamer
    $1 gv gummies
    .50 easter bags – clearance
    $1.24 gv ripple chips
    $2.23 ferro eggs – clearance
    $1×5-$1Cx5 850ml fleecy
    $2×5-$1Cx5 1.6L fleecy
    $3×2-$1Cx2 3L fleecy
    $4×3-$3Cx3 oxi dishwasher powder
    $2.97-$1C vanilla librete yogurt
    $5.40-$1C 4L homo milk
    $28.57 total oop
    $24 total coupons
    Sobeys
    $1.84 pepperoni shingle – clearance
    .99×4-.75Cx4 sour cream
    $8.992-.75Cx2 907g cheese brick – rain cheque
    $3.99×4-$2Cx4 sunlight liquid laundry soap
    $2.492 roasted garlic cream cheese
    $3.55 comp bologna
    $1.46 sausage pepperoni
    $1.55 pizza pepperoni
    $2.99 Heinz cookies
    $1.99 prime butter chicken – clearance
    $5.72-$1C 4L homo milk
    $1.99×4 small international creamer
    $1.34, $1.35, $1.19, $1.50, $1.40, $1.59 frozen ground pork – clearance
    $4.37, $4.88, $4.33, $4.69 prime chicken breasts – clearance
    $6.90 back attached chicken breasts (3 meals) – clearance
    $1.49×3 comp perogies
    $84.16 total oop – also got 50 bonus air miles wub$50 or more from the monthly staff coupon
    $13.50 total coupons
    $10.53 10% discount Tuesday shop

    $162.98 weekly total oop
    $57.77 weekly total coupons/discounts
    $279.53 monthly total oop
    $81.27 monthly total coupons/discounts
    $1851.66 yearly total oop
    $539.25 yearly total coupons/discounts

    Yep that is the most we have ever spent on fresh veg and fruit at one time ever!! But the stores 10% promo sure helped out and now we are stocked up on food for little miss. Last night I cooked up all the broccoli stems, 2 acorn squash, 3 butternut squash and a large sweet potato and divided everything containers and got 16 meals out of it all! We are now set for a few days or a week worth of meals for her.
    Got some awesome deals at work and Walmart!! Our freezer is at max and we now have an awesome supply of fleecy!
    Yes that is a $1 coupon for Dairyland 4L milk or 1L cream and I found it in an insert in the paper at the library!

    • Hi Juanita,
      Hi Juanita,
      Those red peppers are pricey wow. Good thing summer is around the corner and we will see them come down in price. We put our puree in muffin tins and freeze then store in ziploc bags and it works out perfect. We do the same with the frozen fruits. We had tonnes in our freezer that we needed to use up. we thought they would have gone off since they were older and they were fine because they were at the bottom of the freezer. Was that liquid fleecy you got for $1? Great shop this week and I would have taken advantage of the coupons and deals too. Money is money savings. You get ballot 7. Mr.CBB

      • Hey Mr.CBB
        I got 7 red peppers for $4.97 which was $1.59lb and that is a pretty good price for here.
        Yes the fleecy was $1 for the 850ml size, stores were price matching the clearance online price and I took full adavantage of it! We are stocked up for awhile and it will be one less thing to have to shop for especially with summer coming when little miss and garden need my attention more than shopping.
        We use cream cheese, sour cream, tupperware, ziploc and rubbermaid conatiners for her meals and protion everything into single servings now instead of doing cubes sinve she eats so much now. Today I cut up a bunch of strawberries and froze them in tiny containers to be mixed into her cereal on the days we dont have any on hand.
        I am noticing we are having to pre plan and be really organized to make sure her food is prepped and made. But totally worth it so she isnt eating everything out of a jar or package.
        Juanita

        • What kind of cereal do you feed her? What about proteins? Do you cook them ahead of time and which ones? I think our son is getting bored with sweet potato, cauliflower and rice cereal… Awesome deal on the fleecy I would have loaded up too. I wish!

          • Hey Mr.CBB
            We still feed her baby cereal(oatmeal, barley,wheat and mixed) and sometime we add in our own fruit(blueberries, banana and strawberry are her favs) I like that they have all the added nutrients as opposed to just blending up some rice or oatmeal so we will keep her on it for a little while longer(she doesn’t have it everyday though). We also let her eat multigrain cheerios and she loves them 🙂
            We bake or boil pieces of chicken breasts and cut that up into small bite size pieces and serve it like that or mix it into veggies, but before we used to blend it right into a veg and then we chopped it up and mixed it with a pureed veg. We also pick out pieces from a roast beast that has no seasonings so we don’t have to cook it separately or have to buy a separate piece of meat for her. At Easter we made a turkey and I saved quite a few pieces of the breast meat and froze it into single portions use at a later date. Normally I only cook enough for her to eat for one or two meals so it doesn’t go bad or get her sick. She just got her top two teeth and now figured out that she can bite pieces of food or baby cookies so we are trying to let her eat more things on her own. We also try and feed her eggs(she will eat them cooked anyway) on days that she doesn’t eat any meat. The nurses told us she can eat peanut butter now but we just haven’t tried it yet because we keep forgetting to. I have tried to feed her beans(dried) and she doesn’t like the skins so I will try again later maybe when she is chewing more.
            I hope this helps!
            Juanita

  10. Megan Olson says:

    The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 Weekly~
    Superstore 2 x Bearpaw Cookies $2.49ea sale ($3.47ea) – $4.98
    1 x Dried Navy Beans – $2.99
    1 x Canned mushrooms – $0.94
    1 x Rolled Oats – $2.47
    1 x PC Salsa – $2.89
    1 x China Lily Soy Sauce – $4.27
    1 x Liberte Greek Yogurt – $4.79
    1 x Skim Milk 2L – $4.54 + $0.25 deposit + $0.08 ecology fee Eggs (carton of 6) – $2.67
    1 x 10lb Bag Potatoes – $5.98
    1 x Sunrype Applesauce 625mL – $2.69 Bananas – $1.93
    1pkg Soft Tortillas (6) – $2.69
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $47.83
    Costco 1 x 2lb bag
    Zavida Coffee Beans – $12.99
    2 x Cooking Spray $3.25ea – $6.50
    1 x 2.4kg Chipit Chocolate Chips – $13.89
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Giftcard Used: $34.07
    Total Out Of Pocket: $0
    Safeway – husband went for 2 things, came home with 5
    1 x Vanilla Ice Cream 2L – $7.59
    1 x Halls – $3.69
    1 x Pepsi 1L – $1.69 + $0.10 deposit + $0.02 ecology fee
    1 x Homo Milk 1L – $2.19 + $0.10 deposit
    1 x Molasses – $4.39
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $20.04 Overview
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $500 •
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $500
    • Total Gift Cards used to date: $34.07
    • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 1670
    • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    • Snap Groupon to date: $0 • Zweet to date: $0 • Cart Smart to date: $0
    • Checkout51 to date: $0 GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): $25
    • Stockpile budget used to date: $0
    • Total coupons used this week: 0
    • Total coupons used to date: $0
    • Total in-store discounts this week: $1.96
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $1.96
    • Total spent this week: $101.94
    • Total spent so far this month: $101.94
    • Total over/Under spend this shop: $1.94 over
    • Total over/Under spend for the month: $
    • Total left to spend for the month: $398.06
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: (not including stockpile budget) Start Apr: $101.94

    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):

    Since Jan 2015 we started to record our living expenses. We knew that things needed to change, specifically in the food department, but what to work on first? Goals after Jan 2015 included cutting our expensive “Starbucks habit” from $300 to $75 per month and our “eating out habit” from $600 to $300 per month.

    I know it’s still a lot, but baby steps! While I am happy to report that we more than met our goals in those departments, my newfound efforts in menu planning caused our grocery bill to skyrocket to $1,150 for March 2015…for only 2 adults and one 11-month-old! Ack!!!

    I could blame some of it on having several weekends-worth of company, but perhaps my biggest downfall was in planning the budget around the menu, instead of our menu around the budget. Something HAS to change.

    Then we found the grocery game challenge. We are SO excited to finally find a couponing/menu planning/grocery savings blog that is based in Canada!!!

    So, to make a long story short, we have a fair amount of meat in the freezer and stuff in the pantry, making my goal this week to simply keep our grocery shop under $100.

    No crazy couponing (yet). Just starting to learn the ropes! I think we did okay, all things considered.

    • Hi Megan!
      Thanks for joining the GGC!! You are not alone as many people struggle with the grocery budget. I think $500 is a realistic budget for most people who shop for 2. You may see that go up or down as the weeks go by and you understand more about your shopping habits and other ways to save.

      I was not shocked to read the high cost of your Starbucks and eating out habits because many people do this however they don’t know that final number. It’s not until they track it where they see just how outrageous the amount of money they are spending.

      Yes, take baby steps when trying to control your budget because you don’t want to get overwhelmed. I can promise you that over time posting your shops and reading and talking to the GGC players you WILL start to see significant savings to your budget.

      You have to be open to change and willing to try new ways of preparing food and sourcing cheaper products all of which we discuss here. Your grocery budget for March… is massive for 2 adults and a baby. Now you can see what happens when you don’t plan meals especially if you have company or are prone to just buying whatever you fancy or think you need.
      Once you post your shops for a few months you will get a handle on your shopping habits and how you can adjust your budget to keep it realistic and in line with your overall family budget.
      If you have any questions at all please ask and if you feel like giving up…. email me because I won’t let you!!
      Have fun shopping and read the Ultimate Grocery Savings Guide on the blog which has almost all of the GGC posts I’ve written over the years packed with information on how to save!
      Happy Shopping and Welcome!
      You get ballot #8 in the monthly draw for coupons.
      Mr.CBB

    • Mary F Campbell says:

      Hi Megan! Welcome to the GGC!!!

      The gals on here and on the daily post of What’s For Dinner post know me either as “The Soup Queen” or the “Queen of the Rain Check”. If you watch my posts, you’ll see we have lots of both. 🙂

      Hubby and I have 2 fridges for the produce and cheeses that we have on hand plus weekly containers of soups/stews/chili/baked beans that are on the go. We also have a good sized deep freeze and lots of shelving for my canned goods. Since I have been posting, I have managed to keep our grocery budget to the same $ amount for the last 3 years but that has taken a lot of time, attention and working with my husband. We are working with one income now so holding the line and keeping the meals healthy is an imperative. We keep a budget for entertainment outside the grocery budget for our take-out treats. That way, there is no mistaking whether there is money in the kitty for such a splurge or not. I find that easier to curtail our take-out spending when it’s going to bust the bank to do so. 🙂

      I find the first thing that I tackled when I joined the posting was my over-purchasing and spoilage. We were just buying far too much food for 2 people and then having to pay to have it hauled to the dump to add insult to injury. 🙁 Now, using meal planning has helped me to see that we really do not require anywhere near as much food as I thought!

      What I have done is set up reserves though for what I don’t spend…a re-stocking reserve for when the freezers have been emptied and need re-stocking, my borscht reserve which is actually a vacation within the province to see relatives and stock up on some canned quarts of Doukhobor borscht at my cousin’s restaurant, a summer reserve for shopping direct at the farms and farmer’s markets for “in season” produce, a holiday reserve to me help cover the additional food & baking costs at Christmas, funds for when we shop in the US and most recently my unused grocery reserve for the cash I saved by redeeming grocery points.

      I check the flyers online before I meal plan each week. Then I look at my pantry to see what can I make using the least number of new purchases. Since most pots of soup make 3 good sized meals for hubby and I with the addition of either salad or a bread/grain/potato-sweet potato item, if I make 3 choices in a week…there’s lots for dinners and a few lunches too. Not only do we save money but I don’t have to cook every night either . We use a crockpot a lot, so it also reduces the cooking costs. I do bake at home as I am gluten free by necessity, not by choice. I work from home so all my lunches are here but hubby packs a lunch to work every day unless they are having some sort of staff appreciation day or catered meetings.

      I look forward to supporting and encouraging you in your GGC journey!

    • Angela Mainse says:

      Welcome! This group of people is wonderful and full of great tips. Great job at taking some baby steps

  11. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for four adults and two cats-$7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $25 per month.
    Foodland #1
    Bananas -1.32
    2 cheese slices @3.33
    3# butter @3.33
    1 yogurt -3.49, 1.00 coupon
    1 bagels -3.99, .50 coupon
    10# potatoes -3.99
    2 4l milk @4.88
    2 loaves w/w bread @2.50
    Total OOP -$42.70

    Foodland #2
    3 pasta sauce @1.49
    Bananas -.65
    1 package pasta -2.29
    1kg icing sugar -3.29
    3# butter @3.33
    1 yogurt -3.49, 1.00 coupon
    1 bagels -3.99
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -4.49
    1 Cheerios -4.49
    2 packs sausage -4.67, 4.93, 50% stickers(2.34+2.47)
    2 4l milk @4.88
    1 breakfast sausage -4.99, 50% sticker(2.50)
    1 jug water -5.49
    Total OOP -$58.68, 1.00 coupon, 7.31 discounts

    Foodland #3
    2 tomato paste @.59
    2 pasta sauce @1.49
    Bananas -.67
    1 yogurt -3.49, 1.00 coupon
    2 Gator Ade @2.00
    1 Shampoo -4.49
    1 conditioner -4.49
    1 4l milk -4.88
    1 jug wTer -5.49
    1 case ginger ale -5.99, 2.00 coupon
    1 pork tenderloin -6.61
    Tax -2.71
    Air miles discount -$10.00
    Total OOP $45.87-10.00=$35.87

    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $650.00- 149.28 over last month -$500.72
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $500.72
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 6250
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Snap Groupon to date: $3.00
    Zweet to date: $19.00
    Cart Smart to date: $0
    Checkout51 to date: $17.50
    Air Miles cash redeemed -$10.00
    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    Total to spend this month $500.72(overage from March $149.28)
    Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): Jan $22.20+ Feb $24.50+ Mar $22.18
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $5.50
    Total coupons used to date: $28.29
    Total in-store discounts this week: $7.31
    Total in-store discounts to date: $40.28
    Total spent this week: $137.25
    Total spent so far this month: $137.25
    Total over/Under spend this shop: -$12.08 over
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $
    Total left to spend for the month: -$363.47
    Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $640.13+ Feb $572.63+ Mar $786.52+ April
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): I haven’t be finding the discounted meat lately but I did find some sausage this week. Foodland and Sobey’s now have Air Miles cash you can collect in place of points (Sobey’s) so I have switched half of our air miles to cash but it isn’t able to convert my points to the cash portion. I still have the cash part enough now to use that so I pulled 95 points or $10.00 cash back off my groceries to help get things back on track. One thought I had was to save these points up for holiday meals as we know how that beats the crap out of the budget. Even if I use it once a month I should have a good amount for holiday meals available to me. I shall see how this goes along.

    • Hi Christine,
      What yogurt were you buying with the $1.00 coupon. I wish I could find more Astro $1 off coupons. Our son loves the Astro coconut yogurt. Great find with the sausages. I was at Zehrs a couple weeks ago and thought of you when they had PC cases of the equivalent of Gatorade for half price.. instead of $14.xx it was $7.xx. I thought you might have liked that deal. You know we have over 1000 Air Miles points we need to use up now that you remind me. I should look into that. Great shop! You get ballot 11. Mr.CBB P.S when are you bringing your plants out?

      • Christine Weadick says:

        Can’t remember the brand of yogurt, I have a couple of coupons downstairs….
        My plants are still inthe front porch. I go by the temperature outside, if it’s hitting double digits over freezing I will move them out for air. Same idea at night, if it will be double digits all night fine..otherwise I will bring them in.
        OK I went down to grab a coupon for you. The yogurt is Astro Athentikos Greek yogurt. Good until July 31, 2015. Looked like Foodland was getting low on the coupons unless they have more in the back. It was on sale too, not much..only .50 but it all helps….

        • Considering we just got snow it’s probably a good thing they are in the house. We have a sunroom so we keep them indoors for the winter and up in a bedroom that gets tonnes of sunlight. I picked those coupons up yesterday!! I always like a stash of a few yogurt coupons because if they go on for 50% off I get a further discount.

  12. Christine Weadick says:

    Hi Megan!!!
    Welcome to the GGC!! I started posting in Sept. 2012 and it has helped me so much with keeping the budget in line (not always successfully but I keep trying!!) We all have our challenges and we help each other. I hope you can join us on the What’s For Dinner post on Mr CBB’s page!! We have so much fun and we all share recipes and such. Some have dietary issues to deal with or health issues and so on. I live with my husband and two adult boys. Hubby has something called Amyloidosis and my older boy has Aspergers. With hubby’s illness we are on CPP-D and Ontario Supplimental payments so things are tight here. I love the support I get from my friends here and at WFD!! Come join us!!!

  13. Thanks so much guys! What a warm welcome!!

  14. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 1 – April 5 – April 11

    • Grocery budget to work with in April: $200
    • Total coupons used this week: $2
    • Total coupons used to date: $24.50
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $5.37
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $90
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $38.76
    • Total student discounts this week: $0
    • Total student discounts to date: $68.76
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $1.79
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $6.04
    • Total spent this week: $43.35
    • Total spent so far this month: $43.35
    • Total left to spend for the month: $150 (6.65 moved to carryover)
    • Weekly carry over: $6.65
    • Total in carry over jar: $198.40
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $891.55

    Personal Service Coffee: Zavida K-cups 24 pack 15.99 x 3 membership price, less 15.99 for buy 2 get one free April special: Total paid $32 rounded up 2 cents

    Shoppers Drug Mart: Milk 3.97: Total 3.95 rounded down 2 cents

    RCSS: PC Zero cola 3.00 x 2, Miss Vickies 2.77 (PM) less 2.00 coupon, Glad kitchen bags 4.97 (PM), less taxes 1.79: Total paid 11.74 rounded up 1 cent.

    This week was a week of stuff, not really healthy at all. Almost out of garbage bags, so no tax day and price match is good. Pop to get through exams. Coffee, we were all out of everything and it finally went on sale. Next coffee will likely be grounds to put in the filter pods. Depends on what we can get best price. Hubby is desperate for junk food, so chips at 77 cents a bag was a fine choice. And, milk, always milk. It was also my event week for school to do my fundraiser for my communications class, so there really wasn’t much time to do a proper shop. Weeks that I am distracted really show in what we get. At least we stayed on track money wise and we will make up for it next week.

    • Hi Angela,
      When I am busy or distracted the same thing happens too. Glad to hear you stayed on track this week. Ya sometimes we need to treat ourselves. Let’s see what next week brings for you. You get ballot 15. Mr.CBB

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