grocery game monthly challenge

Can we stick to the Grocery Budget? February 2012- Week 1

February is here and it’s time to put together our weekly grocery challenge. What we hope to accomplish is to stick to our budget as best we can. This year we are challenging ourselves to shop only 3 weeks out of the month to save money. Granted there are weeks where we find exceptional deals and buy in bulk but hopefully blogging about it will help keep us under control. We don’t often purchase anything at regular price so you are safe to assume it was on sale or reduced in price. Grocery Budget=$192.78/3= $64.26 a week to spend on groceries! It’s possible we may go over budget with the Shoppers Drug Mart Bonus event and a couple of great shopping deals but let’s see how well we make out. Week of February 1st Grocery List: Shoppers Drugmart Spend $50.00 get 8000 Shoppers Optimum points January 30-February 3, 2012. Multibionita x4 1 FPC Tampax 1 FPC Alberto Neilson Cream x1 Cafe Inspirations x1 Total after coupons and tax= $16.70 plus we made 8510 Optimum Points worth just over $10.00 on regular redemption day. Total after coupons, taxes and points earned $6.70 Used $52.48 in coupons $64.26-$6.70= $57.56 left to spend […]

January 2012 Monthly Budget

I know for me personally I like to see numbers when learning about how others budget. Since we are not financial gurus nor do we make substantial incomes I hope to attract others just like us and experts along the way. *For a detailed explanation on each category you can read “How we designed our Budget Step 2“. Keep in mind we may tweak it to fit current circumstances. I will do a monthly overview at the end of each month. Mortgage-$1389                                  Monthly Actual-$1632.15 Utilities-$450                                       Monthly Actual-$549.72 Smokes-$121                                        Monthly Actual-$68.00 Car/House Insurance-$189.46          Monthly Actual-$189.46 Transportation-$150.00                    Monthly Actual-$176.70 Misc/Renovation-$125.00                 Monthly Actual-$193.79 Dog-$2.00                                             Monthly Actual-$2.00 Dentist-$5.00 […]

The Cost of Smoking on your Health and Budget

There’s no surprise when hearing about deaths related to smoking or the various diseases caused by smoking but turn a blind eye. Is it really worth it to smoke? I’m sure you know the answer to this question but most smoker’s either choose to ignore it or struggle to give up this habit. Smoking is a harmful addiction, one that can cause your bank account to suffer and your loved one’s wishing there was something they could have done when you’re gone. As I lay here tonight and write this post I am thinking about tomorrow morning and what life will be like for us.  While watching Global Television a commercial appeared called driven to quit which is a challenge to motivate smokers to quit for the month of March. My wife is a huge Young and the Restless fan so everyday we were seeing this commercial Monday to Friday when something clicked. We both decided that it was time to stop letting cigarettes rule our lives as of January 30,2012. We both signed up for the challenge with the support of friends and family.  Quitting smoking for the month of March was far from our goal as we want to quit for […]

Can you tell the difference? Brand vs No-Name

Years ago I remember being a hard-core Ketchup fanatic and I still am today. I could never dream of anything else but Heinz dripping from my hamburger or drenched on my French fries.  I just loved the flavour and even enjoyed ketchup,mustard and relish on a warm pita. (Don’t knock it until you try it) I thought for sure I would taste a difference and there was no way someone could fool me. Well I was fooled and learned a lesson at the same time. Not everyone’s pallets are chef matured and not everyone can tell the difference between Heinz Ketchup and No-Name Ketchup. My wife managed to save a plastic Heinz bottle and refilled it with the suspect ketchup to see if I would notice. I can envision her smirking in my head each time I gave it a squeeze. Summer had come and gone and plenty of BBQ parties with friends.What I thought was really Heinz Ketchup was in fact a No Name brand Ketchup. What I’ve learned from this lesson was that No name products can be just as delicious as the “Super Brands”. Sometimes we tend to reach for the trusted name brands but many times it is […]

Fettuccine with Tomato,Garlic, Lemon, Basil Sauce

Fettuccine pasta is one of my favourite pasta recipes especially when I create a fresh tomato, lemon, basil sauce, which is an easy pasta sauce to make. When I’m not in the mood to cook a big meal for the evening or to get into anything too fancy I turn to this pasta dish. No only does it have fresh ingredients it one of those 30 minute meals that you just can’t complain about. Meatless Recipe This is a meatless pasta dish because we don’t tend to eat meat every single night of the week as that would weigh heavy on the grocery budget. Meatless meals are great to include in your weekly meal plan as they really do take no effort at all to create and you can make them very tasty. A small portion of pasta mixed with a lovely tomato salad on the side is the perfect meal for 2 or for a family with hungry kids. Sometimes when I’m in the mood for something with some meat I’ll make it a sausage fettuccine or add some fresh shrimp to make a shrimp fettuccine pasta dish. As long as you have the base of the sauce and […]

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