grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge-March 19-25 Week 4

In light of today being the first day of Spring that means fresh fruit,vegetables and meats will be in our meals more frequently in our home. We love fresh vegetables and fruits for lighter meals in the hot weather. So I thought some juicy red Canadian cherries to be proper as this weeks picture of choice! Well as I mentioned to most of you we will be over budget this month in the grocery budget. I realize that budgets aren’t bullet proof and sometimes we will go over budget- we are human!  We start this week at $244.75 that’s already $54.75 over our $190.00 budget this month.- See all updates at the end of post as this number has changed! There are 2 reasons why we are going over budget 1- We are stockpiling items that are a great price 2- Shoppers Drug Mart 20x point event I don’t know that every time there is a Shoppers Drug Mart event we take part in that we will go over budget but this time we have. We will see our grocery budget eventually go up starting in July as we host students from Europe for the summer. We begin to stockpile items […]

Paid by Cash In Canada- New Home,New Baby,New Garage Door Openers!

I’ve started a new Category devoted to my FANS who send me emails about how they paid cash for items they needed. Our first story today was submitted by Amanda Kosher who  lives in Ontario. She tells us her story which is both inspirational and touching. Saving to pay for what you need in cash keeps you away from the dreaded evil credit monster. Thanks Amanda for sharing your story with the Canadian Budget Binder community! Cheers, MR. CBB Here’s Amanda’s Story: We sold our house in last year and purchased a bigger one in Ontario,Canada. The house we sold had all the bells and whistles. We lived there for more than 15 years so we had updated everything. We built on a deck added garage door openers, put in a skylight, a hot tub, you name it, that house had it all. Our new house was a newer built 3500 sq ft estate home, which the original owners began to upgrade but ran out of money.  Although the home was new, big and beautiful, it had no deck, no garage door openers and no landscaping. Our situation not being like it was 15 years earlier where we could just do […]

Mr.CBB’s Pasta Frittata Pie with Spicy Italian Sausage $9

Are you tired of the same old pasta dinner?…. Try this pasta frittata pie and I promise you it will become part of your family mealtime favourites. The pasta frittata Pie was inspired by a family member who also loves to cook. This pasta pie is also called a “frittata di pasta” which makes it sound even more enticing. This is not an omelette it’s an actual pasta pie that will make your mouth water. If you are scratching your head wondering if you can make this pasta frittata recipe don’t, it’s easy to make. If you want a food to bring to a picnic or party where you will be the talk of the table, this is your meal. It’s not common to see pasta pies and everyone wants to know what it is and how they can make it. Customizing the pasta frittata is easy and if you like you can make smaller versions if you use a smaller frying pan. Personal size pasta frittata pies for those that fancy certain ingredients but an easy recipe to make. You can easily add whatever ingredients you want to the pasta frittata which makes it easy to accommodate even the fussiest eater. Who doesn’t like pasta anyways? In […]

It’s a Spicy Price to Pay for Convenience Foods!

With  most families having both parents working outside the home in Canada convenience in the kitchen seems to be the way to go. Take-out Pizza is on the menu at least once a week and that’s the day parents can simply chill out and get some backlogged house work done or spend time with the family. Is spending over $1000 a year on pizza worth it and at what cost? What other conveniences foods or items do we want in our Kitchen?  *Prepared Food or Spice Packets  Since trying to lower our overall budgeting costs we wanted to find ways to keep the budget with-in reach. Let’s look at Spices and those prepared packets we all buy. How many of you have bags and bottles of spices thrown in a drawer or a cupboard? That’s right I’m talking to you.. I know you are shaking your head saying yes I’m guilty! That’s ok we used to be as well. HOT HOT HOT!! Spice up your Summer cooking with our huge selection of Chili Peppers and powders at SpicesForLess.com I’m betting most of your spices are outdated or stale because you don’t use them often enough. The price of convenience reels you […]

Canadian Stockpiling Tips-Saving Money in the Budget!

STOCKPILE YOUR BUDGET   Every couponer knows that the key to long-term savings is building a successful stockpiling of everyday essentials. Having a variety of items on hand that you paid rock bottom prices for helps eliminate those last-minute, unplanned trips to the grocery store. Stockpiling is not as difficult as it seems and don’t be set-back or intimidated when you see those TV shows on TLC The Learning Channel). We can’t stockpile with coupons to the mass extent they do in the USA but stockpiling in Canada can be done. When you don’t stockpile on everyday products this is where you could end up paying full price. Here are a few tips to help you start, and maintain, a functional stockpile in your own home. More Savings for the Budget Canada- Are you listening?   Plan before you purchase   The first thing you want to do if you are considering stockpiling products is to plan out what you would like to stock, as well as how long you would like it to last.A good stockpile will go a long way if you plan out your shops. For example, if you would like to stockpile laundry detergent enough to […]

Our Canadian Home-Tips to Save for a mortgage Down Payment

A HOME IS A BIG INVESTMENT   Saving for a down payment on a home is probably one of the biggest goals many people set out to achieve when they want in on the real estate market. Are you thinking of making the move into home ownership? Deciding whether you should continue to rent or buy a home is a decision only you can make. People often ask me why I chose to buy a home so young when I was living in the UK. I decided to buy so young because my parents taught me the value of money early. I saved my money because I knew that I should be able to make more money over time if I invested it wisely. I also realized that I didn’t want to rent but that I’d rather own my piece of land in this world. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy as that’s simply not the truth. I worked hard and long hours to get me into the home ownership scene. I had no debt and paid cash for everything I needed. My wife was the same way growing up so we both had an understanding […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge March 12-18 Week 3

This is our weekly grocery shop for March 12- March 18. What was your weekly shop like? Post it in the comment section of this post and you could win a monthly prize of $50 in various Canadian coupons~ see rules and regulations here.  We are now down to $75.09 left to spend for the month on groceries. Let’s see how well we do with this weeks shop.  **Edit** We are over budget already this month. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Money will have to come from our Emergency Savings to cover the overage. I’ll explain why we went over this month in our March Budget Update! Cheers This weeks grocery shop will be challenging for us since we spend a bulk of our grocery budget last week.  Once I tally up all our shops for this week will have a better understanding where we stand. Next weeks shop will be our last for the month as we will do a no-shop week that week. Today we did our first shop of the week at Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up a Sunday/Monday special for Sugar at $1.99. We also stopped in to Zehrs for a few pink sticker deals! […]

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