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Exclusive Easter Menu Ideas To Fit Your Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Apr 3-9

EXCLUSIVE EASTER MENU IDEAS

INCORPORATING NEW DISHES INTO YOUR TRADITIONAL EASTER MENU PLAN WILL KEEP YOUR GUESTS GUESSING.

 

Your traditional Easter dinner menu will differ depending on where you live and family dishes prepared over the years. Incorporating new Easter recipes to the menu every year not only helps to keep your Easter menu current it also creates new memories.

While grocery shopping yesterday we noticed that the stores were heavily marketing Easter the moment we walked in. The front entrance smelled like Easter chocolate followed by Easter displays and sale boards. I had to keep telling myself to pretend you don’t see the chocolate. Confessed chocoholic here.

This year Easter 2017 falls on April 17.

  • Palm Sunday- April 9
  • First Day of Passover- April 11
  • Good Friday- April 14
  • Easter- April 16
  • Easter Monday- April 17

If you’re a frugal shopper like we are you may have planned your Easter Dinner menu in advance and searched or possibly even better deals. Cooking a homemade Easter dinner does not have to cost a bundle because the meal itself is quite standard even as a Sunday meal.

Considering that there are impressive grocery sales exploding in the stores accommodate Easter menu ideas that work into your budget. If you can afford ham you have ham this Easter or roast chicken which is one of my favourites. Easter is a time to be with family and friends, enjoy good food, eat chocolate and recognize traditions and history.

 

Easter in the UK

 

hot cross buns The Pioneer Woman Easter breadSince moving to Canada I’ve been introduced to a different type of Easter menu than that back home in the UK.

Our traditional Easter menu would consist of hot-cross buns served with Spring roast lamb, homemade fresh mint sauce, Baked ham, potatoes with herbs, gravy, mixed peas and carrots and garden salad.

Honestly my mum would switch things up every year but kept some of the main traditions a staple menu item. I liked that she did this because the same holiday meal can get VERY boring.

easter appetizers vegetables and dip easter bunny

Easter Bunny Vegetable and Dip Platter source: Pinterest (no website)

For dessert my mum would make a Simnel cake, chocolate mousse or light chocolate Madeira cake with lots of chocolate eggs which symbolize “rebirth”. Simnel_cake_1_4

Now that we have busy toddler in the house we’ve created Easter traditions  which include an Easter egg hunt, Easter activities such as Pom-Pom painting and lots of food.

Related: How we created Easter weekend fun for mere dollars

We used to sing this Rhyme as kids in the UK during Easter since hot cross buns were always on the menu. I plan to include this as part of our Easter Dinner menu to share some of the British traditions with our son as well as Canadian.

If you don’t want to make homemade hot-cross buns you can easily pick up a package of 12 for $2.99. So they are inexpensive but lovely set on the Easter dinner table or included on an Easter brunch menu.

“Hot cross buns,
hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns.

If you do not like them,
give them to your sons,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns.”

Related: Easter Celebrations in the UK

We didn’t have much in the way of Easter appetizers since dinner was heavy enough but that didn’t stop me from stuffing my face with hot-cross buns before dinner. My mum would always chase me out of the kitchen, but she could never catch me, haha!

madeira cake cover

Related: Classic Madeira Cake

Decorating Easter eggs, Easter crafts and the traditional Easter Egg hunt are all part of the fun activities for kids and adults on Easter Day in Canada. This year we know our son is going to LOVE hunting for chocolate eggs because he’s been practicing the past two weeks with last years Easter Basket. He won’t miss a chocolate egg I can guarantee it.

 

Easter Appetizers/Starters

 

EASTER APPETIZERS

As I mentioned most Easter Dinner Menu plans don’t include appetizers as the meal itself is quite large unless you are feeding a large crowd. You will however find that certain Easter traditions include a fresh soup such as Carrot and Ginger soup or Italian wedding Soup. Both of these soups are inexpensive to make at home. Check out the avocado deviled eggs which are great for any guests who may eat gluten-free, low-carb or Paleo diets.

 

Easter Main Dishes

 

EASTER MENU IDEA MAIN MEAL

Protein is the chief menu ingredient and the most expensive when grocery shopping. If you are hosting an Easter dinner try to source your protein in advance by following the sales cycles which turn every 3-4 months.

 

Easter Side Dishes

 

EASTER MENU SIDE DISHES

Along with a variety of salads, roast potatoes and mashed potatoes below are a few other Easter menu Ideas to add as a side-dish. I absolutely thought the Orzo salad with yogurt and dill dressing would be a perfect salad for Easter. I hope you try it.

 

Easter dessert Ideas

 

EASTER DESSERTS EASTER MENU

When I think Easter I think of Spring as most people do but also lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and colour. Some of the favourite Canadian Easter desserts prepared with lemons, limes, whipped cream and lots of berries.

You’ll want to keep your Easter dessert light and airy to compliment the heavy traditional Easter dinner menu you’ve prepared. If you want to skip a baked goods Easter dessert opt for a fresh fruit platter of juicy pineapple, strawberries, melons, blackberries, kiwi, oranges and so on.

On the side offer a giant bowl of fresh whipped cream. A small bowl of Easter chocolates on the dessert table should be enough to satisfy that sweet tooth even for the adults.

The Italian lemon Anginetti cookies is a celebratory Italian cookie served for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or as a dessert for Easter brunch or dinner. Thanks to CBB fan Sue Sullivan who submitted two of her favourite Easter menu ideas for dessert, Lemon Chess Pie and Pineapple Pie. I’ve never had Pineapple Pie before but it sure does sound refreshing after a savoury meal.

This year we are bringing dessert for Easter dinner to the in-laws house so we’ve decided to make key-lime cheesecake bars with an almond crust. This will be a sugar-free, gluten-free option that no one will know about.

Happy Easter to all and please share your Easter Menu Ideas in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about menu traditions in your family.

Mr.CBB

 

April Grocery Game Challenge

 

Join in the 2017 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are The Grocery Game Challenge rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the 2017 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule.

Post your shop and you can be next.

Congratulations to Libby Ballot #13 You won the March Grocery Game Challenge! Message me and we will see what Grocery Game Challenge Door wins you the big money!! 🙂

New monthly prize: See the Grocery Game Rules

April 2017 Blog Posts:

 

Free Money Saving Tools 2017

 

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 2017

 

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 5 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.

 

2017 Grocery Shop Results

 

Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3180 or $265/mth

(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 this Month: $265
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $265
  • 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: 467,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum points  (I will update this twice a year) $1500 worth of free stuff.

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

  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $24.50

 

Our Grocery Shop This Week

Food Basics

  • 2 x Allans Apple Juice No sugar not from concentrate $1.49
  • 12 x Gold Seal Tuna $0.98 – $11.76 (stockpile)
  • Spinach $1.88
  • Grape Tomatoes $1.88
  • Cucumber $1.27
  • 4 x cream 10% $2.49 each ($9.96)
  • 1 x Milk 2% 4L $4.27
  • 3 x Philadelphia cream cheese $2.88 ($8.64)
  • Almond Fresh Almond Milk Sale $2.88
  • Cashew Milk Sale $2.88

Total Out-of-Pocket $36.64

Zehrs

  • No Name Diced Tomatoes 4 /$5
  • 2 x large eggs $1.97 each
  • Red Delicious Apples $5.99-50%
  • Bananas $1.76
  • Mushrooms bulk $4.75-50%
  • Sweet Kale Salad Mix $8.99-50%
  • Avocado Bag $3.99-50%
  • Lemon Meyer Bag 6 $2.99-50%
  • Bag of organic Key Limes $4.99-50%
  • 2 x Maple Breakfast sausages $4.99-50%
  • Bangers $4.99-50%
  • Lean Beef $13.00
  • Lean Beef $12.95
  • Cornmeal Peameal Bacon $4.71
  • 5 x PC Juro Cheese Reg $11.99 each reduced $1.00 O.M.G
  • 11 x Fiore Delle Cheese Reg $11.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G
  • 3 x Fap CNDR De Lune cheese Reg $11.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G
  • 3 x Triple Cream Brie Reg $12.99 reduced $1.00 O.M.G Free after PC points they gave us.
  • Ziggy Ham $3.25-50%
  • Ziggys Garlic Roast $5.09-50%
  • PC Oven Roast Turkey Breast $5.10-50%
  • Ziggys x-lean Turkey Breast $4.99-50%
  • Ziggys x-lean Turkey Breast $4.64-50%

Total Out-of-Pocket $92.45

All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $265
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $11.76
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $280.18 Wow!
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $348.10
  • Total spent this week: $129.06
  • Total spent so far this month: $129.06
  • Total over/Under spend this shop:
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $
  • Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $231.06+Feb $255.16+March ($5 budget increase) $263.60 + April $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

What a great week for grocery shopping as we found loads of 50% off stickers. As you can see it was so hard to pass up the cheese that was practically free. The triple brie was free as they gave us PC points for buying deli cheese at 1000 points each. I love those deals. We picked up some beef while it was on sale as we use that the most in our house.The almond and cashew milk was on sale finally so Mrs. CBB grabbed one of each. We spent a big more than we should have this shop but we saved over $280.00 in pink stickers! 🙂
Mr.CBB

 

Coupons and Coupon Apps

 

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?

If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll get it added to the savings list below.

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 2017?

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

If any of these links are broken please report them to me.

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Danone Coupons Get up to $25 in coupons
  • 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 2017 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 to reflect changes for the 2017 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-$20-$50 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $CDN via PayPal.  Please see GGC rules.
  • 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 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 Know what stores accept coupons?:  If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 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 2017!

-Mr.CBB

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Mr. CBB was born and raised in the United Kingdom who then moved to Canada where he is a permanent resident. He recently became a father to a very busy toddler who allows him to be a kid at heart. He bought his first house at the age of 21 after University and his second at the age of 24. Both Mr.CBB and his wife are Debt and Mortgage Free and they did it all in under 5 years using a Budget. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where he shares their financial experiences with his readers and hopes to learn about theirs. Welcome to CBB!
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Comments

  1. Mary F Campbell says:

    APRIL – Week #1 of 4- Apr 3-9, 2017

    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 MONTH:

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

    Grocery:

    $ 190.00 for the month
    ($ 25.00) trf to re-stocking – normally $15.00
    ($ 0.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 0.00) trf to summer reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 75.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $45.00

    CANADIAN Grocery Balance $90.00

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

    REMARKS FOR THE MONTH:

    This month I decided the Re-Stocking Reserve needed another little bump of cash but mostly I just topped up the US reserves because we’ll be shopping in the US in both April and May.

    We’re planning an extended long weekend away this month to try and prop up our somewhat S.A.D. winter spirits until we can get in our trip to Palm Springs, California. It feels like this winter has lasted FOREVER!

    That means one week this month will not need additional groceries because we’ll be using up the bits in the fridge. If I plan the April US shop right, I may even be able to stretch it into two NO SHOP weeks again this month for the Canadian side of the border…it just means picking up my eggs and milk across the line. 🙂

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way to stick to this darned budget even with Easter falling into the mix. I expect to make an Easter feast, a week late, so that I can shop on Easter Monday when everything is on deep discount. Have I mentioned how much I hate paying full price for anything? LOL 🙂

    Chocolate is not on the grocery list for this holiday though because we still have a huge cache from Christmas. I will be watching baking supplies though to see if there are any deals to be had.

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This week’s shopping is all about taking advantage of sales. I did see the Walmart turkeys for $10 but we have a cooked turkey breast in the freezer & don’t need any more turkey for the holiday. Maybe we’ll get one in the fall?

    I haven’t made hubby one of my French Onion slow roasted blade roasts using onion soup mix in what I am sure feels like forever! He really loves them as they come out absolutely fork tender after roasting at 250 for 5 hours, tightly wrapped in foil. I’m not a beef person so I’ll just have the potatoes and maple glazed vegetables that I do up to go with the roast…that way hubby gets the roast all to himself. It makes an amazing hot beef sandwich too… especially if you top it with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers and provolone cheese.

    I’m thinking that I’ll do up one pack of the BOGO chicken breasts as Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Glazed Pulled Chicken for my sweete’s lunch materials and I’ll use the other pack to roast up for use in an assortment of other dishes i.e. a teriyaki chicken stir fry, Chicken Caesar Salad and a sweet n sour chicken.

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    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING:

    No Frills – Maple Ridge << This whole shop is about treats for hubby while the prices are right!

    2 x 1L Chocolate Milk @ $1 ea = $2
    2 x Pillsbury Weiner Wraps @ 2 for $3 = $3.00
    1 McCains 900 g Fries $1.93

    Total OOP: $6.93

    ** Earned 0 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 2lb Boneless Blade Roast $12
    1 Whipped Cream $3.08

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $15.08

    —————————————————————–

    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    2 x Warehouse Packs boneless skinless chicken breasts BOGO ($24.34+$24.22) = $24.34 << I can't imagine paying full price!

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $24.34

    ** Earned 1 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $24.22 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    No Frills – Maple Ridge –

    3 No Name Onion Soup Mix @ $0.80 = $2.40
    1 No Name Onion Soup Mix – FREE – SCOP << Hubby was thrilled that he caught the error again!

    Total OOP: $2.40

    ** Earned 0 PC.Plus Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

    —————————————————————–

    Shopper’s – Maple Ridge –

    2 x doz. Large Grade A eggs @ $2.29 ea < ham and cheese omelettes for a weekend brunch for us! 🙂

    • TOTAL Grocery Budget OOP: $4.58

    ** Earned 40 Optimum Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.00 Loyalty Savings on this shop **

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    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING:

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 17th < this will be a great time to re-stock our hams!

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    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $54.64

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 58 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 22 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 2,600 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 4,100 Points

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

    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 760.00 Grocery Budget JAN-APRIL

    ($ 63.29) NET RESERVE SAVINGS

    ($660.04) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 36.67 AVAILABLE Y-T-D GGC SPENDING NOT INCL RESERVES << It's gonna be tight! 🙁

    • RESERVES Y-T-D:

    $ 202.44 Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 95.70 Holiday Season Fund + $170 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles.
    $ 653.54 Summer Season Fund
    $ 386.05 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,337.73. This means the $1,274.44 that we carried forward from 2016 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $439.32 that we have added in 2017, LESS $376.03 that we have drawn out for use in 2017.

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    • Hi Mary,
      Sounds like you are ready for vacation. Our winter wasn’t nearly as bad as last year. I’m also not a huge fan of beef but prefer ham, pork or chicken I would never pay that much for chicken reg price. Do they mark the price up higher for BOGO sales? I hate when they do that. Makes it no deal at all. Chicken breasts can be pricey though. So, Larry was excited by the SCOP. Does he do a dance, smile or hold a straight face when he finds one? lol. I love the after-holiday dinner approach…. talk about savings. What a great idea!! We did that at Christmas and we were all able to get marked down prices on gifts for those we were buying for. No biggie for us.
      What are you doing with the whipped cream?
      You stocked up good but I think if you pull off 2 no-shop weeks you’ll be fine even 1 depending on what you have left at home of course. It’s always hit or miss but we try to stretch stuff. Well done. You get ballot #1. Mr.CBB Have a great week… mines off to a crap start.

      • Mary F Campbell says:

        These are really big packages of chicken Mr CBB so no…they aren’t marked up. Usually there are 10 really large breasts in the pack and other stores sell 5-packs for $18 so it is still a good deal. Hubby gets all excited and can hardly wait to show me the receipt and the deal that he got. Just wait til you see next week’s post…we’re gonna be just fine this month. 🙂

        • Ya I bet he does. My wife is the same way when she finds a deal too. It’s always exciting to save money. I always look forward to your deals of the week Mary.

  2. Week 13 – Mar 31 – Apr 6, 2017
    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $17.74

    Human
    2 NN Mushrooms = $2.54
    2 Cheerios = $5.94
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    Banana – 2.045 Kg = $2.52
    Sesame Seed Bagels – 50% Pink Sticker = $0.84
    Raisin Cinnamon Bagels – 50% Pink Sticker = $1.65

    Cats
    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $17.74
    Left for the Month: $18.08 (won’t be carried over)
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $341.24

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $91.16

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($507.69)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $108.75

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $78.99

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($499.98)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Meat to Date: $198.59

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $11.99

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $49.80

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $13.35

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 6,933

    Overview: Quiet week in what was needed. Will take the left over balance and use it on a bill (of some nature).

    • Hi Dee,
      Don’t forget my bill? I’ll send you my banking details… lol.
      Always having extra is a good thing especially to pay down debt.
      It’s a well-balanced grocery shop too, most of the basics.
      You seem to be doing lots of small shops now has something changed in the way you grocery shop?
      Keep up the great work. You’ve got ballot #2. MR.CBB

      • I’m sure the fact that I’m shopping at RCSS any longer probably has something to do with it but I haven’t been wanting to grocery shop so I get as little as possible based on what we need and go from there. This coming week will be no different except we have to think of something for Easter potluck.

  3. Valerie Rogers says:

    Week #1April 3-9/2017Grocery Game Challenge
    Yearly grocery budget for One + Occasional grown children 2017: $4,200 year or $350 month
    Hello! My first weekly Game!
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    Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $ 350 + 300 = 650 ($300 FOR DAUGHTER )
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $ 350
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $8/ Safeway 20times Air-miles or 10% off
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $8.00
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Shoppers Optimum: 21,770 Points
    Air-miles points: earned this week 4, Earned to date: 1671 miles
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $0
    Checkout51 to cash out : $3.00
    Stockpile budget 2017 ($25.00):$
    Stockpile budget used to date: $ 80.00
    Total coupons used this week: $ 3
    Total coupons used to date: $ 3.50
    Total in-store discounts this week:$ 99.32
    Total in-store discounts to date: $ 179.32
    Total spent this week: $ 222.84
    Total over/Under spend this shop: Under$77.16
    Total over/Under spend for the month: Under $ 277.16
    Total left to spend for the month: $ 197.16
    Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) $ 1,496.00 (January $349.24,
    February $ 146.39, March, $ 630.12, April so far$ 371.00) includes expensive Ideal Protein diet foods. I am now finished the program and will save money.
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):

    This week was for my daughter. I had set aside $300 for her needs. In addition to the food, I contributed to her new eyeglasses. I spent $330 in total, so I was over budget with the glasses.

    Safeway (Groceries for my Daughter)
    Paid $48.22
    Vendor Coupons $1
    Total Saved 18.62 or 28%

    3 Stagg Chilli sale 2.59 reg 2.79

    3 boxes Christie crackers reg $2.98 sale 1.88, paid $5.64

    2 Yogurt, Danone Activia, 650g reg 3.79 sale 3.50 less coupon of $.50. Paid $6

    Rising Crust Pizza reg 7.69 paid 5.99 save1.60

    2 Frozen Fruit, 600 g =, compliments reg 4.79 paid $4 save 1.60

    2 Cheemo Perogies 1 k, reg 3.19, paid 2.00 save 2.40

    2 Frozen Veg, Green Giant, 750 g, reg 3.39 paid $2 save 2.80

    Broccoli crowns, sale 3.28 k, paid 1.67 save 1.35

    Carrots, Baby peeled, 2 lb paid 2.69 save .30

    2 Ice burg lettuce reg 2.29 sale, 1.69 ea, saved 1.20

    Shoppers Drug Mart (Groceries for my Daughter)
    Paid $80.96 (with $75 gift card bought to earn Shoppers Points)
    Vendor Coupons $2
    Total Saved $37.10 or %
    Points earned; regular 800 + bonus 19300 = 20100 points

    2 Milk jugs, 4 l, 3.25% $1 mark down paid 4.49 save $2

    Butter, No Name, 1 lb, 3.99 compare at 4.99, save $1

    Eggs, 1 dozen, weekend sale price, $2.29 save 1.20

    Icing sugar, 1 k, sale 1.99 compare at 2.99 save $1

    Yellow sugar, 1 k, sale 1.99 compare at 2.99 save $1

    Bakers Chocolate, semi sweet, sale 3.99 compare at 5.99 save $2

    Fry’s Cocoa, lg. Sale 3.99, reg $8, save $4

    2 Betty Crocker cake & icing, sale 1.99, reg 2.99, save 2.00

    2 Hershey Chipits, sale 2.99 reg 3.50 save $1

    Baking soda, Arm& Hammer, 1.49

    Salt, Windsor, 1.99

    Peanut Butter, PC, 750g, 3.99, compare at 7.99 save $3

    Jam, more fruit, PC, 500 ml, 3.99, save $2

    2 Oatmeal, Instant PC brand. Sale 2.49, compare at 4.49 save $4

    Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon, ?g sale 2.99 save $2

    24 pack Powerade, sale 11.99 works out to $ .50 each. Compare at purchasing singles at the convenience store @ $2. = $48 -11.99 = $35.99 SAVED!!
    Plus return the bottles and earn $1.20

    Wholesale Club; a PC store but not a points earner (will go to Real Canadian Superstore next time to get PC points) (Groceries for my Daughter)
    Paid $80.79
    Vendor Coupons 0
    Total Saved

    6 Five Alive frozen juice cans, 6/$5.70, compare at 1.79 ea, 10.74-5.70 = 5.04 saved $5.04

    Robin hood flour, 2.5 k 3.98

    Rogers granulated sugar, 4k 5.37

    Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, No Name, 1 L? Paid 5.57 compare at $7-12 for name brands

    Garlic, Rooster 3 pack, paid 1.27, compare at 4.00, save 2.73

    Potatoes, 10 lbs, not the best price, paid 5.97

    Oranges, 5 lbs, paid 4.77

    Green Grapes, $7.65 kg, paid 2.47

    Red onion, paid $0.53

    1 grapefruit, 1.77

    Tomatoes, 2, 3.90 kg, paid 1.38

    Honey Ham, 17.94 KB, paid 9.97

    5 Carl Budding lunch meat @ 4/3.88 paid 4.85 Valid at Checkout 51

    Ground Pork, lean paid 10.75

    Pork Tenderloin, 2 pack, paid 10.02

    reusable bag, 1.49

    Weekly Thoughts

    My daughter was thrilled with all the food! It is hard work learning to compare fliers, but rewarding. It will get easier. Was very happy that Shoppers had bonus points week the very week after I discovered this website!

    Thank you Mr. CBB! I am using the Budget Spreadsheet with yearly totals.

    • Hi Valerie…
      Welcome…you made it!! You’ve just joined the secret society of amazing grocery shoppers (or we attempt to be). The gang is super friendly here so feel free to ask any questions.

      The hard work that you talk about will get MUCH easier the more you continue to learn about your food budget, pricing etc. Shoppers Drug Mart has one of the best rewards cards point programs along with PC IMO. I know Mary loves her Air Miles and she can tell you anything you’d like to know about that program which she values dearly each year.
      I’m glad you are enjoying the spreadsheet! If you have any questions about your new spreadsheet feel free to message me and I’ll help out best I can.
      Can you tell me a bit more about yourself, shopping habits, reason for joining the Grocery Game Challenge so I can get to know your situation a bit better? 🙂 One of the hardest things we’ve had to endure over the past almost 6 years of the GGC is buying stuff not on our list. This has caused us to save great amounts of money but having to go without because of overspending for the month. We’re still working on that BUT it’s gotten much better.
      Mary will love your organization WOW!! She’s a master planner as well. I love how in-depth you are with your pricing and sales.
      We go to Costco and if we use our PC Mastercard to pay we don’t get points from PC. I guess they must not like each other lol. If I use my Canadian Tire MasterCard at Costco I will get points from CT. It’s odd but hey what can I do.
      We have almost a million Shoppers Drug Mart points and people ask us how we have so many… the secret is to shop on the spend $75 get 18,500 bonus points coupled with only sales and coupons. There’s a great post on the blog about earning SDM Optimum points fast you might like.

      Welcome again!!! We look forward to learning from you and reading your journey.

      Mr.CBB You get ballot #6

  4. Valerie Rogers says:

    Thank you Mr. CBB!

    Sorry for this late reply! I have just now taken the time to review my “shop” and look for your comments, so thank you.
    Your web site has been the catalyst for me to FINALLY start paying attention to my dollars! I thank you, thank you thank you!

    My situation, you ask, a little bit more about me? A separated mother of two adult children, my son living next door (side by side apartments) my daughter and one hour drive.

    My challenges; Seasonal work in a small town means living on a very careful budget, and I have not been. I am now able to work again after a decade of a mobility handicap. So thankful to live in this glorious Canada and free healthcare which provided me with new hips, one in 2012 and another in 2015!

    While unable to work, I used student loans to hobble to College and attained a diploma in Business Administration through Okanagan Collage. At this time i also had teenagers to feed and pay rent. Total loan was about $52,000.
    Many years we lived with my mom in the basement of the family home (dad had passed). I have some savings, but have had to use some as Emergency funds, and I ADMIT I WAS NOT THRIFTY!!!

    .Now I am happy, healthy and seasonally employed. And getting serious about being financially responsible!

    I am not yet sure what my realistic budget totals will be, but happy to be on the path of learning, and happy to have the support of this site. My next goal is to play the Grocery Game Challenge on a regular basis.

    Happy Bargain Shopping,

    Valerie

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