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Must-Have Kitchen Tools For The Home Chef On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Mar 21-27

MUST-HAVE KITCHEN TOOLS for the home chef on a budget(1)

FROST YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS

 

There are some pretty cool kitchen tools on the market but most often they are a waste of money because they are valuable in the moment but then fade away deep into the back of a kitchen cupboard.

You all know what I’m talking about because you likely have some of those kitchen tools you’ve forgotten all about screaming to be used. I know we do.

Under the cupboard we have an apple corer, grilled cheese machine, Pampered Chef cheese grater and I’m sure I could find a few more if I left the computer now and had a look, but you get the point. One of these days I’ll be the one selling these kitchen tools on Kijiji because I’m sure there will be a buyer out there looking for these items that will complete their kitchen gadget list.

Some of you might dig this All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer
kitchen tool but for others it’s just another expensive addition to the kitchen that will likely collect dust. The original price is $28.95 but if you are certain it will add value to your kitchen tools list then you can buy it now on sale for $5.47 Canadian on Amazon. For the frugal shopper this is an excellent deal especially if you love pineapple!

Keep in mind Amazon Canada prices are timed specials so they won’t last forever if I’ve inspired you to purchase one. I’m not trying to sell you anything I’m just saying if this is for you, it’s a great deal!

We have a few of these types of kitchen tools that never get used but we also have some that we use often like the Jamie Oliver  Fruit and Vegetable Peeler that has 3 attachments to create spiral, Julienne and shaves. It’s a pretty cool kitchen tool that my wife got for Christmas from her sister that we use all the time.

All Ware pineapple spiraler(1)

On the other hand buying a KitchenAid 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set for $56.72 would be worth the money as all these kitchen tools are a necessity in any kitchen. You’d get more use out of a product like this if you want to stick to kitchen basics without buying the cute extras that some may consider simply, “convenience” of the kitchen tools.

I’m also a big fan of bamboo so buying a Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools in Mesh Bag because you know they will last you is worth it. We actually have 2 sets of the bamboo kitchen tools and love them.

On the other hand you can buy wooden kitchen tools at the Dollar Store as they  have an extensive kitchen tools section. It depends on how much you are willing to spend and the quality you are looking for. I don’t mind spending money on bamboo because I like to use them on my anodized aluminum pot set instead of stainless utensils.

 

Organized Kitchen Tools

 

Budgeting is very important to me and with that comes the food budget which over the years has stayed fairly consistent for our family considering the obvious rise in grocery prices. Canadians are struggling to buy the groceries they need so they are forced to make meals that stretch a bit further or using less ingredients than they have on hand.

Some of the most obvious reasons someone is not cooking in their kitchen is because their kitchen is not equipped with the right kitchen tools. When you don’t have the tools to complete the job it’s hard to get things done. Sure, you can substitute kitchen tools but not often enough.

Besides the obvious stove and refrigerator there are kitchen tools that any home chef must to help motivate sticking to your grocery budget. As one of my fans pointed out, you can have all the kitchen tools you want in your kitchen but if you don’t push yourself to cook and use them, they are useless to you.

Della F: A good knife, pots, pans are very important…but I think the most important is the desire of wanting to stay on their grocery budget. You can have all the appliances known to man but if you don’t have the desire, it won’t change.

Even if you don’t budget a great way to keep you at home in the kitchen cooking is to make sure you have the kitchen tools available to you and a plan to create a menu plan and grocery list. If you have the kitchen tools, ingredients and recipes at home you’re more likely to cook.

The idea of organizing a kitchen to make sure it is user-friendly also includes ensuring that the kitchen has all the essential kitchen tools to create amazing meals. Getting by with a pot and a frying pan may be doable but it might cause someone to break down and order in or hit a fast-food restaurant.

Reading a recipe can be depressing when you don’t have all the ingredients or kitchen tools to execute the meal. I know someone who has no wish to cook, limited income and has the kitchen tools but eats out just about every day. Not everyone likes cooking but unless you’ve got the cash to back-up eating out at restaurants daily then you should consider taking a cooking course or testing recipes at home.

The money you save from not eating out is the money you can use to buy your kitchen tools and stock your pantry. If you still think you can’t afford to buy what you need for you kitchen there are a few other options you can use to save money on kitchen tools.

 

Shop Second-hand shops

 

If you have a second-hand store in your community don’t be afraid to drop in and see what kitchen tools you can find. The best day to go is on a 50% off day so you’re paying half the price which means you can load up on more kitchen tools and baking essentials. We’ve found countless utensils, Tupperware brand containers, stainless steel bowls and even a frying pan for eggs with no issues.

 

Online Shopping

 

Do a search on Kijiji or even Facebook auction and garage sale groups and you’ll be sure to find kitchen tools and even appliances for a fraction of the price brand new. You can also find loads of good prices on kitchen tools over at Amazon.ca for Canadians which I’ve shared with you today. Many retail stores now offer home delivery so you can order products from the comfort of your own home and wait for the doorbell to ring. Easy Peasy!

 

Garage sales

 

It’s garage sale season in about a month or so where you are almost guaranteed to find all sorts of kitchen tools along with large and small kitchen appliances for cheap. The best part about garage sales is the negotiating factor but always remember to test anything if it is electrical before you buy or assume the risk that it may not work.

Related: Garage Sales in Canada: Buying and Selling Tips

 

Dollar Store

 

If you are in need of kitchen tools such as a spatula, wooden utensils, stainless bowls, cheesecloth, forks, spoons, ice-cream scoop etc. the Dollar Store likely has it.

Some of you may think that the quality of the products are cheap at the Dollar Store and some are but many are just as kitchen worthy as their expensive cousins from the kitchen supply store. We’ve picked up many kitchen tools from the Dollar store that work perfectly fine and get the job done.

 

Quality kitchen tools

 

If you have the cash and want to buy name brand or pricier kitchen tools a kitchen supply store will likely have everything you are looking for, but expect to pay the price. We’ve had both the cheaper versions of kitchen tools and the pricier and I can tell you from experience, they both can have flaws. Most often you’re buying the name, just like you pay more for name brand food products and clothing.

If you shop online you can score some great deals at Amazon Canada instead of paying full-price at a retail store. Some of you may want to invest in top of the line kitchen tools and that’s fine but I’d certainly pick and choose what is worth spending money on and what products can be bought for less somewhere else.

 

Essential kitchen tools for the home chef

 

Kitchen tools and small appliances will differ for everyone based on needs but there are some kitchen tools that I believe are a must-have in any kitchen. For the newlyweds in their first home, young adults in their first apartment, those learning to cook or student renters I’ve put this list of kitchen tools together to help you get started.

Having these basic kitchen tools at home motivates us to cook, eat in and stick to our grocery budget. Aside from the refrigerator, stove, microwave, extractor fan and other major appliances in the kitchen that you may or may not need at the end of the day as long as you have fire, you can cook.

You may not need all of these kitchen tools but over the years they have helped us countless times to make the most gorgeous meals, many of which you can find on our blog in the recipe index.

Basic Kitchen Tools List

        • A good knife set
        • Stainless steel bowls
        • Bamboo utensils
        • Pasta and Vegetable strainer
        • Good Baking sheets, roasting pan, muffin pans, cake pans and loaf pans
        • Food Processor (We’ve had a pricey one that broke and a cheap Black and Decker model for much less and it works amazing.
        • Hand mixer but prefer a Stand Mixer. We have 2 Kitchen-Aid stand mixers that come in handy for baking.
        • Oster Detachable Hand Blender with Blending Cup which is on sale right now for under $20~
        • Norpro Stainless Steel Grater for under $10. You don’t need anything fancy to grate with. This is very budget-friendly
        • A Stainless steel, cast iron or aluminum pot and pan set- I brought my anodized aluminum pot set from the UK which retailed for over $1100. They may seem expensive but they are in excellent shape and should last me forever. If you have the cash to spend on quality pots and pans, I’d suggest doing so. It will make your life much easier in the kitchen.
        • Norpro Stainless Steel Grater is currently only $7.70
        • Harold Imports Company Nylon Double-Ear Fine Mesh Strainer, Silver, Set of 3 You can pick this up currently for $10!
        • Microwave oven – I know what you are thinking but we use it mainly for warming food up or defrosting. With a baby in the house the microwave has served us well defrosting his homemade baby food.
        • Kettle – Hey, I’m British and like my tea but the kettle has come in handy for so many things. A pot on the stove works just as well if you want to cross this off your list and add a coffee pot.
        • Griddle – We have a large electric griddle and I’ll tell you that we use that sucker all the time. We love it for making pancakes, bacon, burgers etc. It’s always nice to have around as back up just in case your stove quits working.
        • 2/4-slice toaster is a must for any kitchen if you are a bread eater. We used to be but not so much any more. You can also now toast bagels, pancakes and waffles as well as other pastries. My sister-in-law even cooks toaster dogs in the toaster. Don’t ask! lol
        • Crock-pot – What more can I say except, set it and forget it. This is a great kitchen tool to have especially when cooking and time is not on your side.
        • Brown Sugar Bear – This little $2 dream keeps the brown sugar nice and moist and well worth the money. You can pick them up at the Bulk Barn.
        • Kitchen Scale is great to measure food so you’re not using more than you need
        • Set of measuring cups
        • Oven Thermometer
        • Candy Thermometer
        • Funnel
        • Ice-Cream Scoop
        • Can opener
        • Bottle Opener
        • Rolling pin
        • Pastry cutter
        • Plastic and Wooden cutting boards
        • Whisk
        • Knife Sharpener
        • Rubbermaid heat-resistant spatulas (these are a must have)
        • Blender
        • Stainless Steel Tongs
        • Oven Mitts
        • Pizza cutter
        • Zester
        • Potato masher/Potato ricer
        • Cheese Cloth

We have all of these kitchen tools in our kitchen and a tonne more that we do use for everyday cooking. I think I’ve named plenty of kitchen tools that I believe are essential to stock a kitchen and to you get you started. As you go along buying new/used or free kitchen tools you’ll see just how valuable it is to have everything you need to create those delicious recipes in your home kitchen.

Eating out is a treat, Eating at home is a memory to last a life-time.- Mr.CBB

What other kitchen tools am I missing that you want to add?

 

The Fans Speak Up:

 

Mary CA good knife is an absolute must have for me! A food processor is nice but I could live without it if I had to. My slow cooker is my second best friend and gets used several times a week.
Angela M: My must have is a bread maker. The cost of bread is outrageous these days, but I don’t have the time to do it by hand right now. The cost of the bread maker is made back quickly and then it’s a very low-cost per loaf.
Christine W: I cooked for a while when first married with just a pot or two and a fry pan….
Christine W: I agree that a good knife is a must. The slow cooker is great to have. I use my bread maker for pizza dough! An immersion blender is very nice as it can mix or use as a blender or pulverize all in one!! Handy little beastie it is!!
Juli B: My stand alone freezer. We buy our meats when they are buy one get one free. Once a month our local Winn Dixie has these sales. We save at least $50. or more each time we buy meat. And doing it this way we only have to buy once a month!
Angela M: I agree with the slow cooker as well. I used to have two, but one broke and I still feel lost without it. It helps with days that are tight for time to walk in the door and supper was ready to go. I am wishing we had it in use today.
Christine W: Cooking with only a couple of pots and a fry pan limited a lot things as I couldn’t make something that needed more than that. We ate a lot of one pan meals out of necessity. Spaghetti and sauce could be done, chili, stews..that kind of thing.
Mona M: Having a frying pan and a pot to cook with is fine. I’ve done fine with just that. Must have tools would be a really good Santoku knife and chopping board. A basting spoon, slotted spoon and a turner is enough to cook with. As for appliances, a slow cooker. 
Pat H: says the stove. My niece says she only has a kitchen because it came with the house. LOL. Her hub does the cooking in their household as well.
Colleen K:  A cookbook with basic recipes and how to recipes and with that you will gain knowledge and knowledge is power.

 

March Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016

 

Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy. Thanks to Mary for putting this together for us again this year. If you need any help please let me know.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian . I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.

March Grocery Game Posts

 

Free Money Saving Tools 2016

 

I know I blast you every which way I can on this blog about my free money saving tools and that’s because I want you to take advantage of them being FREE. So many people pay for budgets and tools on the internet to help them save money and honestly you don’t need to. Even a paper and pen will do the trick.

Click, Save and Print. It’s that easy!

This is the budget that brought us to debt freedom back in 2013 and now I’m offering to all of you for FREE. We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.

2014 Free Money Saving ToolsDon’t pay someone for these services, I’ve done the work for you along with some help from other amazing bloggers.

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Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE.

CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet. So many free resources at your fingertips.

 

Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016

 

the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this amazing FREE grocery shopping guide that has taken over 4 years to create.

The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.

Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.

Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.

The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the  many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

 

2016 Grocery Shop Results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

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 $217.05
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $50
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 114,063
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Over 700,000 points (I will update this twice a year)

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

  • Snap Groupon to cash out: $6.50
  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $7.00

 

Grocery Shop This Week

 

Food Basics

  • 6 x $0.90 Neilsen Cream used Rain Check
  • 2 x Cauliflower $1.88
  • Baby Spinach $4.97
  • Homo Milk Sealtest $5.27
  • 2% Milk 4L Beatrice $4.27
  • 4 x Selection Butter $2.88 ($11.52)
  • 3 x Astro Coconut Yogurt $1.99
  • Tre Stelle Ricotta $3.99-0.60 peelie coupon
  • White Mushrooms $1.88
  • 1 x Smoked Ham $6.99

Total Out-of-Pocket: $48.02

No Frills

  • 3 x cucumber $0.88 each
  • Banana $2.06
  • 2 x Multigrain Bread $1.77-50% stickers ($1.78)
  • 4 x Granulated Sugar 2kg bags $1.47 ($5.88)

Total out-of-pocket $12.36

Shoppers Drugmart

  • 2 x dozen Omega eggs $2.99 each (+800 Optimum points)

Total out-of-pocket $5.98

 

  • Total to spend this month $235.00-$32.41 over Jan = $202.59
  • Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00-$1 overage= $24.00)
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $26.64 (over $2.64 month)
  • Total coupons used this week: $.60
  • Total coupons used to date: $4.60
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $157.75
  • Total spent this week: $66.36
  • Total spent so far this month: $177.63
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $ under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $24.96
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We did some stocking up this week which was nice so we could get ahead. We have just under $25 left for the month. Let’s see if we can finish off March on target!
How was your grocery shopping week?

 

Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016

 

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2016?

Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
  • Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
  • MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
  • Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
  • Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
  • Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.

 

Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s

 

  • 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. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
  • 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. If you choose to post monthly  or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. 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?: 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 in order to plan accordingly our budget.
  • Do you stockpile food? 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 longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • 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.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
  • What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • 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.

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 back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…

  • Where you are spending money
  • How much money you are spending
  • How much money you are saving every month

If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.

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 2016!

Please Note: Some of the links in the body of the blog post are affiliate links which means I may get paid if you buy something from Amazon. The items I’ve chosen are products we use at home or similar to.

-Mr.CBB

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Comments

  1. Mar 18 – 24, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $28.48

    Human
    2 – 400 g White Marshmallows – $2.38 (PM Zehrs @ 2/$4.00) = $4.00
    18 Large Eggs – $5.19 (PM Sobeys @ $3.33) = $3.33
    4 L Skim Milk = $4.27
    450 g Kraft Marble Cheese – $6.99 (PM Walmart @ $3.87) = $3.87
    Bananas – 2.36 kg = $3.49
    PC Hot Cross Buns = $3.00
    Thomas Cinnamon Raisin Bread – $4.49 (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $2.00
    2 Wonder WW Bread – $2.99 (PM Giant Tiger @ $2.00) = $4.00

    Cats
    No shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1890.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $28.48
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $42.48
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $390.56

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Over/Under this week:
    Left for the Month: $28.00
    Total Cats to Date: $82.46

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $73.37

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $91.36

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $96.97

    Total Grocery Budget for Canning Produce ($400.00)
    Total Canning Produce this Week Period: $0
    Total Canning Produce to Date: $0.00

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $4.00

    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $4.09

    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00

    Total Snap rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $10.21
    Total Price Match to Date: $79.17

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period: 0
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 29835

    Overview: I’m slowly chipping away at the overage. There wasn’t much that we needed this week either as well as the fact that my daughter is cooking on her own.

    • Hi Dee,
      You had some nice price matches with this shop. I’m guessing the marshmallows were for your daughter to make Rice Krispie squares. It’s nice to have a small shop. I actually feel good when I do. Is that weird? You get ballot 18. Mr.CBB

      • Yes, the marshmallows for Rice Krispies squares. Yes, it does feel food for a small shop but at the same time, I’m still trying to clean up the overage.

  2. Lori-Lynn says:

    Yearly Grocery Budget For 2016: $8,400 (5 people)

    Points Overview:
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $700
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs: $700
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $93.18
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $30.00
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 17,000 + 35,444 (MC)
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date: $1.00

    Grocery Shop This Week: March 18 – 24, 2016

    Superstore
    PC Salsa $2.99
    Sour Cream $3.49
    Oikos Greek Yogurt $6.99 – (50%) = $3.49
    Kraft Dinner $1.33
    Eggs 2 x $1.99 = $3.98
    Cheese $3.99
    Brussel Sprouts $4.49 – (50%) = $2.24
    3lbs. Carrots $2.99
    Cauliflower $3.00
    Broccoli $2.99
    Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts $8.14
    Salmon Fillet $20.87
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $ 59.50

    Costco
    Goldfish $9.99
    Multigrain Cheerios 2 x $8.79 -$4.00 = $13.58
    Spiral Ham $28.80
    Quaker Quick Oats $8.89 – $2.00 = $6.89
    4L Milk $6.35
    Chocolate Milk $3.56
    Bananas $1.99
    Sea Salt $4.79
    Fresh Peppers (6) $7.99
    Almond Breeze (6) $12.99
    Raspberries $4.99
    Cucumbers (3) $2.99
    Spinach $3.69
    Yop (12) $9.99 – $2.00 = $7.99
    Honeycrisp Apples (6lbs.) $10.99
    Navel Oranges (10lbs.) $10.99
    Blackberries $3.99
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $ 142.56

    Shoppers Drug Mart
    Butter 2 x $3.79 = $7.58
    Total Out-of-Pocket: $7.58

    Total to spend this month: $700
    Total coupons used this week: $ 0
    Total coupons used to date: $62.98
    Total in-store discounts this week: $ 13.75
    Total in-store discounts to date: $224.37
    Total spent this week: $ 209.64
    Total spent so far this month: $ 650.97
    Total over/Under spend this shop: OVER $34.64
    Total over/Under spend for the month: OVER $125.97
    Total left to spend for the month: $49.03
    Total Spent To Date 2016: Jan $706.52 + Feb $816.19

    Weekly Overview:
    Normally I wouldn’t buy a salmon fillet that expensive but that was the cheapest at the store as they were all cut large.

    • Hi Lori-Lynn,
      What kind of sour cream do you buy for $3.49? Do you use Almond Breeze as a beverage or for cooking? Were the cucumbers $2.99 each? If yes, Ouch that’s pricey. I’ve seen them 2/$5 but I can’t be bothered to pay that kind of money. Food Basics and No Frills typically have them for under $2. Your month is mounting up! Will you carry over the overage to the next month? You get ballot 20. Mr.CBB

      • Lori-Lynn says:

        Hi Mr.CBB,
        We buy a No Name Sour Cream 500 ml, that is on sale! My daughter is lactose intolerant that is why we buy the Almond Breeze and she is also a vegetarian. The cucumbers were 3 for $2.99..If I keep going over on my food budet I may increase the amount I am spending overall as I am not going to sacrifice good food and it seems where I live (New Brunswick) that food is more expensive than other provinces. So for now I will keep tracking and see what happens as we go along..

  3. Mary F Campbell says:

    MARCH – Week #3 of 4- March 21-27, 2016

    2016 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:

    Hubby has a 4 day weekend this week so I am trying to plan some interesting meals for those days.

    We had medical appointments every day this week when hubby gets off work and an appointment with the accountant on Saturday morning. It will be a rather busy week!

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 10 lb Russet Potatoes $2.47
    1 x 2 lb Baby Carrots $2.97
    3 x English Cucumbers $0.97 ea = $2.91
    1 Green Cabbage $0.97/lb = $2.74
    1 Fresh Spinach – 50% off = $1.98

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $13.07
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ————————————————————–

    Safeway – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 2L Whole Milk $2
    1 x 2L Skim Milk $2

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $4.00
    Total Re-Stocking Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check/ Coupons **
    ** SAVED $3.44 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE LATER IN 2016.

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    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $24.04 = $221.76

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00= $21.46

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

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

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $0.00= 192 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182= 231 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200 = 12,000 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0= 0 Points

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

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar ($25.48+$15.00+$45.00+$43.39+$25.55+$2.00+$2.99+$4.00+$13.07 = $176.48) = $567.00

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 = $570.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $3.00 AVAILABLE

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

    2016 POINTS REDEEMED RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00= $9.88

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

    2016 US GROCERY RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar ($45.00-$104.58)= $30.42

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

    2016 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 = $52.64

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    2016 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00= $123.12

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

    2016 Y-T-D SUMMER RESERVE:

    2015 Fwd $100.00+ $537.50 Trf from Borscht Fund+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61+ Mar$0.00= $664.11

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

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 570.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MAR

    $ 9.88 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 123.70) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 220.34 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 30.42) Trf to US Grocery Reserve

    ($ 9.88) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 633.22) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 3.00 AVAILABLE Y-T-D SPENDING

    • VALUE POINTS REDEEMED Y-T-D:

    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 5.19 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB

    $ 9.88 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    THE VALUE will be added month to month to our Holiday Reserve for next Christmas.

    So far $570.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $268.58 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 52.64 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $123.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $664.11 Summer Season Fund
    $ 30.42 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 9.88 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $880.17. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $268.58 that we have added in 2016, LESS $324.92 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.

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

    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Safeway:

    2 Pork Loin Roasts @ $3.88/lb – Good until April 28/16

    4 Ground Beef @ $3.88/lb – Good until April 28/16

    2 Whole Fryer Chickens @ $1.99/lb – Good until May 4/16

    12 Motts Clamato Juice 945-960 ml @ $1.00 ea – Good until May 6/16

    12 Motts Clamato Juice 945-960 ml @ $1.00 ea – Good until May 8/16

    2 dozen Compliments Large eggs @ $1.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

    2 dozen Compliments Large eggs @ $1.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Thrifty Foods:

    6 Island Bakery WW Bread @ $1.00 per loaf – Good until April 22/16

    6 Island Bakery WW Bread @ $1.00 per loaf – Good until April 25/16

    1 x 2-pack BC Fresh Whole Fryer Chickens @ $2.49/lb – Good until April 27/16

    1 x 2-pack BC Fresh Whole Fryer Chickens @ $2.49/lb – Good until April 27/16

    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

    2 x 3-packs Romaine Hearts @ $2.50 ea – Good until May 16/16

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    This week’s BREAKFAST menu plan:

    HUBBY: Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Juice + Croissants with fat free cream cheese spread, peanut butter or Cheez Whiz OR Rice Krispies cereal with skim milk

    MYSELF: Tetley Tea with Skim Milk & Equal + yogurt, apples, bananas or hard boiled eggs

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    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Cottage Cheese / Mary has Creamy Tomato Soup

    TUES: Cheesy Potato Soup with Egg Salad Sandwiches & Bread and Butter Pickles

    WED: Creamy Tomato Soup with 2 slices leftover pizza

    THURS: Roast Beef Sandwiches with Cottage Cheese

    FRI (GOOD FRIDAY): Cornmeal Pancakes with Sugar-Free Pancake Syrup

    SAT: Ricky’s Restaurant for an Eggs Benedict brunch

    SUN (EASTER): Homemade Celery Rice Soup with garlic buttered multi-grain rolls

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    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Cheesy Potato Soup with Garlic Bread

    TUES: Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    WED: Corned Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Chopped Mediterranean Salad

    THURS: Potato Egg Bake and Roasted Cabbage with Onion Dijon Sauce

    FRI (GOOD FRIDAY): Hearty Salmon Vegetable Chowder with Carmelized Onion and Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread

    SAT: Roast Chicken Breasts, Mashed Potato and a Cheesy Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole

    SUN (EASTER): One Pot Mac and Cheese

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

    • Hi Mary,
      You got some spinach 50% off which is great. I’m finding it’s hit or miss these days for pink stickers are Zehrs. I can’t get over how many rain checks you both have. I think it’s great. We picked up a couple of rain checks since the beginning of the year and used one last week for the cream. I have to remind myself to ask for one if a product is out of stock. Your meal plan blows me away. I miss the days when we didn’t have our son and I could plan so much more for the kitchen. When you say peanut butter sandwich with cottage cheese does that mean the cottage cheese is in the sandwich? The cheesy broccoli and cauliflower bake sounds like something the wife can eat. Mac n Cheese for Easter! Brilliant. Your Good Friday Meal is perfect! I think I have some fish in the freezer I may take out in the morning otherwise it’s tuna for us! Happy Easter to you both! Mr.CBB You get ballot 21

      • Mary F Campbell says:

        No Mr CBB…the cottage cheese is a side dish for hubby’s sandwiches. The sandwiches aren’t enough of a meal to carry the poor guy from breakfast at 6:00 am to dinner at 5:00 pm. So, he always has sandwiches + something. Lots of times it is a container of soup/stew/chili but I also squeeze in things like sweets (quick breads or muffins). Sometimes I add a salad (coleslaw, broccoslaw, German Cucumber & Dill etc.) or a fruit selection of either apples/strawberries/blueberries as another possible alternative. In a pinch, I have even been known to make a homemade trail mix from the baking supplies as his “extra”. It just all depends on what we have on hand and what I haven’t given him in a while.

        The Mac N Cheese for Easter is because my hubby just loves the stuff. We’re having homemade soup for lunch so a little heavier dinner is fine but don’t be surprised if I squeeze some veggies into the pot with the pasta! lol 🙂 Larry will be a happy little camper with his pasta main. 🙂

  4. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults 6000

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 500
    Grocery Shop This Week
    Nofrills

    • Bananas- 2.01
    • Organic Arugula – 3.97
    • Frozen mango- 3.97
    • Oranges- 3.97
    • 6 avocados- 3.47
    • Onions- 2.27
    • Apples- 3.97
    • Pears- 2.16
    • Dates- 4.59
    • Pecan pieces- 3.19
    • PC chocolate chips- 2.99
    • Evaporated milk- .94
    • Ketchup- 2.99
    • Condensed Milk- 2.88
    • Eggs- 2.78
    • I l. whipping cream- 3.59
    • Sour cream- 2.99
    • McCain Fries-1.97
    • PC Chicken wings- 13.99
    • Large Ham- 13.32
    • Pork shoulder- 17.59
    • Sourdough bread- 1.99
    • bread- 2 X 2.77

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Total coupons used this week: N/A
    • Total coupons used to date: $14.75
    • Total in-store discounts this week: N/A
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $220.91
    • Total spent this week: $ 107.13- $20 (Cashed in PC points)= $87.13
    • Total spent so far this month: 378.32
    • Total under spend for the year: 145.15!
    • Total left to spend for the month: $ 121.68
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include pet foods, paper or personal) Jan $1124.10
    • Total PC Points cashed to Date 2016- $20
    • Total Airmiles this week = NA
    • PC Points this week= 1500
    • Checkout 51 this week= NA
    • Shoppers Optimum this week= NA
    Weekly Overview : This was my first time ever cashing in PC points. I used to shop at Thrifty’s and Save-on foods and would cash in points there, but I only recently moved close to a no frills, and initially didn’t even have a PC card.And then it took me a while to realize you only get points on certain items and only if you load the offers LOL. The Ham is for Easter dinner, it was a $1.67 a pound so I grabbed it. The pork shoulder was huge and will be used for a lot of meals.
    My meal planning consists of me making a list of meals based on what I have in the freezer and pantry. Then as I make the meals I cross them off the list.
    So we had : Vegetarian Tomato sauce with pasta and salad, Chicken, chickpea, spinach curry and rice, Vegetarian chili (twice), Vegetarian Chinese fried rice, Chicken stir fry, Arugula and bean salad + potato salad. And my daughter made me a Birthday cake.
    So For next week I have a choice of- Barbecued Pulled pork sandwiches, Barbecued Pulled pork on rice, curried chicken and rice, spaghetti, macaroni and peas, Ham and perogies, Chicken stir fry, Pork fried rice, Mushroom omelets.

    • Hi Rose,
      I love the sounds of the chicken, chickpea, spinach curry and rice. In fact I’m sure the wife and I have made something similar to that in the past. How do you prepare your pulled pork? Pork fried rice sounds nice. I have a thing for rice with tonnes of garlic, fresh ginger, lime and soy sauce. It’s so good.
      Yes the load the offers bit is a pain in the backside to be honest. I wish they would just load them and be done with it. Did you get 1 litre of whipping cream for just over $3? WOW that’s a great price. Normally they are $5.99 and up where we are. Even if they go on sale they are still pricey. Do you ever freeze whipped cream? I never had but wonder if that’s an option. I’m sure it is. Happy Belated Birthday Rose 🙂 Well done with your shop and PC points redemption this week. Keep on shopping like a pro. It’s amazing what we learn along the way. I’m glad you sorted out your PC points. Have a great week. MR.CBB You get ballot 22.

  5. Hi Mr CBB
    I have a few questions.
    What do you do with so much cream? Can you freeze it?
    What do you mean by carry over as in “Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $217.05”?
    Why do you not cash in your points as they accumulate? Do you save them for something in particular?

    • Hi Rose
      My wife is on a Low Carb High Fat diet and uses cream instead of milk. It has a very long expiry.
      The carry over is because we spent over budget the previous month so we make up for it the next.
      We haven’t found anything we want to cash them in for yet. We were in looking at what was in the store yesterday though.
      P.S You won an online UFILE code.
      Hope that answers your questions.

  6. Christine Weadick says:

    Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats – $7800.00
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$650.00
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650.00
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $30
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 27300
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0

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

    Zweet to cash out : $6.00($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $12.75($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week
    No Frills
    1 Palmolive dish soap -1.77
    2 Downy @ 4.47, 1X .50 coupon
    1 mustard -2.00
    2 144 count Tetley teabags @4.97
    1 4kg Whiskas cat food – 14.49, 3.00 coupon
    1 bag sugar -1.97
    1 garlic powder -1.69
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.47
    4 apple sauce @ 1.29, 600 pts
    2 tomato paste @.55
    1 yogurt -2.97
    2lb NN butter @3.88
    2 4l milk @ 4.27
    1 cheese slices -4.97
    20lb bag potatoes -2.97
    1 bunch celery -1.99
    1 box chicken nuggets -5.99, 500 pts
    1 pack chicken breasts -10.83
    1 2lb tube lean ground beef- 8.80
    2 bagels @2.00
    2 W\W bread -1.97
    1 raisin bread -2.00
    Total OOP -$119.08, 1100 pts, $6.50 coupons
    Foodland #1
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 cases pop @3.69
    2 blocks cheese -@ 3.99
    1 cream cheese -2.99
    2 GG frozen veggies @ 1.99
    1 3lb carrots -2.99
    Tax -.96
    Total OOP -$31.77
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Cheerios -3.99
    2 cases ginger ale @ 3.69
    1 Temptations cat treats -1.79
    2 4l milk @4,88
    1 yogurt -3.99
    1 ice cream -3.99
    1 GG frozen veggies -1.99
    1 pack mushrooms -3.99, 50% discount- 2.00
    1 fresh sage -1.99
    bananas -1.51
    1 W\W bread -2.75
    Tax- 1.19
    Total OOP -$48.03, 2.00 discount
    Guardian Drugs, stock pile
    3 Dove conditioner @ 3.49
    2 Dove shampoo @ 3.49
    Total OOP -$17.45, stock pile

    Total to spend this month $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $26.44, over for the month by $1.44
    Total coupons used this week: $6.50
    Total coupons used to date: $22.50
    Total in-store discounts this week:$2.00
    Total in-store discounts to date: $64.72
    Total spent this week: $198.88
    Total spent so far this month: $417.08
    Total over/Under spend this shop: over
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $ under
    Total left to spend for the month: $232.92
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+March $

    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts) Made it into Stratford and No Frills. Some of No Frills was Easter goodies so it isn’t listed as groceries. I had a bunch of coupons but I couldn’t remember all of them and a couple were Easter as well. I’m in good shape for the month and with groceries. The biggest thing now will be sales and such to add to things. I have my turkey for Easter and that will provide some meals. This is something the younger boy brought home from helping at the food bank so no cost to us. I went over slightly on the stock pile amount but I have been under in Jan. and Feb. and that little underage is enough to balance things out.

    • Hi Christine,
      Did you get 600 points on top of the great deal on the apple sauce? Great stock up shop Christine. What does your son do at the Food Bank when he volunteers? Does he go often? Did you make any turkey soup with your carcass? Do you ever shop at Freshco or Food Basics or do you just go to No Frills when you get into town? You get ballot #28. MR.CBB

      • Christine Weadick says:

        The 600 points were for buying the apple sauce. He helps sort, date and shelf the product as it comes in. They had lots of food there at Christmas that some was boxed and set aside so he has been unpacking, sorting and shelving those boxes. He has been going three mornings a week since before Christmas. The girls are quite happy to have his help.
        I’ve made turkey soup but soup isn’t that popular here, hubby can be fussy and the texture seems to be off putting for the older boy. The stock and meat still gets eaten, one way or another!!
        Going to No Frills means I don’t go all the way into town as it is on the outskirts on the west end and I go right by it coming in off the back way. Food Basics is at the east end coming in. We don’t have a Freshco in Stratford but I have seen a sign for it in south London, just not quite sure how to get there.

  7. Angela Mainse says:

    Week 3 – March 20 – 26

    • Grocery budget to work with in March: $200
    • Total coupons used this week: $1.99
    • Total coupons used to date: $1.99
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $7.20
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit this week: $0
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit to date: $0.09
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $40
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $25
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $15
    • Total student discounts this week: $2.75
    • Total student discounts to date: $21.78
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $29.80
    • Total spent so far this month: $94.65
    • Total left to spend for the month: $50
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $0
    • Total overspent to make up in future months: $26.90
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $626.90

    Giant Tiger: Eggs 2 x 1.98: Total paid 3.95 rounded down 1 cent
    Shoppers Drug Mart: Milk 4.27: Total paid 4.25 rounded down 2 cents
    RCSS: Taco seasoning 1.25, Christie Crackers 1.99 less FPC coupon, Coke Zero 2 x. 97 (PM), Green Giant frozen peas 1.98, Spartan apples 4 lb 3.98, carrots 3 lb 1.97 (PM), Bananas 2.21, onions 3 lb 1.77 (PM), Oil of Olay soap 4.49, Crest Pro Health for me toothpaste 3 x 1.11 clearance, Crest Pro health for me toothpaste 2.44 – scan code free, less student discount 2.75 plus tax 1.43: Total 21.60
    It’s another decent week. I needed toothpaste for my son and was initially disappointed when I went to buy it off of the shelf since it was empty. On a lucky break, I found it on clearance and bought them all. It’s so hard to find something for my son to use that doesn’t have the foaming agent in that he’s allergic to. Short term, we got a great deal with 4 tubes with one being free for SCOP. Unfortunately, long term, I may have to start the hunt over again for toothpaste for my son once these tubes are gone. I am grateful for what I got no matter what.
    I knocked off another $20.20 on the overspend. I am getting closer and closer to getting rid of it altogether.

    • Hi Angela,
      It’s nice to hear you are knocking off that over-spend the way you have been doing. Don’t you love when you find clearance of something you regularly buy? I would have done the same thing. What kind does he use? or it the Crest Pro Health for me? Great deal either way on toothpaste. Well done. You get ballot #32. Mr.CBB

      • Angela Mainse says:

        Yes, my son uses the Crest Pro Health For Me 8+ toothpaste. I do love the clearance, I just am sad for the frustration that I may have to find a new product for my son to use. I would pay full price forever if we could use it forever. Oh well, I will take the bonus on this one and then worry about it later.

  8. Our weekly budget is $125 making this month $625
    Walmart
    $1.67×4 crackers
    .50×2 Swedish berries – clearance
    $7.75 total oop
    H&W Produce
    $2.49 blackberries
    $2.99 1lb strawberries
    $5.50 total oop
    Superstore
    $1.88×2 pc croutons
    $2 tray buns
    $2 cheesy flaky buns
    3/$5 old mill bread
    $1.37 nacho cheese mix
    .85 nn canned mandarins
    $2.99 pie shells
    $2.38 asparagus
    $2.69, $1.37 sweet potatoes – 28clb!!!!!!!!!!
    $1.34 2L pop
    $2 dzn doughnuts
    $1, $1.99 potty reward stickers
    $1.97×4-.50Cx4 special k fruit crisps
    $2.98 fruit loops 3000Pwub$10kelloggs
    $1.78 nn sour cream
    $3.28-$1C cherry geek yogurt
    $1.84 bananan
    $5.94 strawberries 2lb 300P
    $2.97×4-$2.50Cx4 Maple leaf bacon
    $53.48 total oop
    $13 total coupons
    Shoppers
    $2.29×2 dzn eggs
    .99cx3 stove top turkey
    .99cx3 stove top chicken -don’t expire till 2017!
    $10.50 total oop
    Sobeys
    $3.49 snap peas
    $2.35xx 4L chocolate milk – clearance short dated
    $3.49×4-$1Cx4 athentikos yogurt – rain cheque
    $2.33×4 2L homo milk
    $1.79-50%GMO green leaf lettuce
    $2.50-$2C naturals wieners
    $4.50-50%GMO top dogs wieners
    $31.14 total oop
    $7 total coupons
    NoFrills
    $1.77×12-$1Cx12 Palmolive dish soap
    $4.97 nn flour 10kg
    $2.77 pasta shells
    $1.47 broccoli
    $1.67×4 blueberries
    .97×8 hunts pasta sauce 1600P
    $2.07 1L coffee creamer
    $1.97×20 270g BD cheese brick
    $3.56 green grapes
    $1.97 pineapple
    $1.44, $1.48 acorn squash
    $2.66 butternut squash
    $88.01 total oop
    $12 total coupons
    London drugs
    $4.99×5-$4.99Cx5 Lubriderm lotion
    .99×14-.99Cx14 aero chocolate bar
    $4.99×8-$4.99Cx8 whole blends shamp/condign
    $5.99×4-$5.50Cx4 royale tiger towels
    $5.99×8-$5.99Cx8 royale velour toilet paper
    $13.70 total oop
    $15067 total coupons

    $210.08 total weekly oop
    $182067 total weekly coupons
    $534.08 total monthly oop
    $642.12 total monthly coupons

    I am over this week and already know I will be over this month. But I wanted to really stock up on cheese, dish soap, yogurt and crackers while they were cheap. Also bought things like bacon, pasta sauce and flour cause they were still on sale and it will help the budget in the long run.
    Also had an amazing shop at London drugs and the one cashier is amazing and encourages me to grab whatever I need/want where some of the cashiers that deal with coupon stacking only want you to grab a few things at a time. The cashier also knows I have my coupon stacks pre-organized, paper clipped with a note saying what they are worth, so all she has to do is check dates and upcs and she is pretty fast so I can be in a out of there in less than half an hour. There is a limit of 4 when price matching another store but if it I their weekly sales they don’t care how much you grab. I usually one go in the evening after work as it isn’t very busy then so I know I wont be holding up a line of other shoppers or the staff during their busy time during the day. I also can not shop fri-sun as they are too busy to deal with any coupon stackers and I am more than ok with following the rules especially since almost everything I get is free….well I still have to pay the tax on it so as close to free as possible.

    • Hi Juanita,
      Great deal on the sweet potatoes. I want to make that potty chart like you have for your daughter. How can I do that? Our son is starting to rip his diaper off so I don’t know if that’s a sign or not. lol Every time I see your stacking at London Drugs I get jealous. I really wish we could stack in Ontario. Great score!! I love all that chocolate too! I should write a post about coupon stacking but I have no idea how it all works. I might have to get you to help me. How to become a coupon stacking pro. Share your story, photo of your stockpile etc… thoughts? Great shop. You get ballot #16. MR.CBB

  9. Hey Mr.CBB
    I almost wish I grabbed more sweet potatoes cause it was such an amazing price!
    I will take a couple pics of her potty posters and send them to you 🙂 then you can make whatever type you want.
    I am always very happy when I get to have a good London drugs stacking shops and know that I am very lucky and try to share, donate what I can when I can.
    I will try my best to help you with a post……..as for a pic of my stockpile……I would need to organize it cause it is controlled chaos downstairs.

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