How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?

SAVING MONEY WITH A BUDGET   Last week Mr.CBB asked me, “What do you think is a reasonable weekly grocery budget for 1 person in Canada?” The question got me thinking: You can’t define a single weekly grocery budget that will work for everyone because there are too many variables.   Determining your grocery budget   First and foremost, a budget is determined by income. Some people can afford to spend more on food than others. A Budget is also affected by food prices, which can vary depending upon your location. For example, because the weather is inhospitable to farming and the location remote, food will always cost more in the Yukon than it will in Ontario. Through need or preference, some people will have special dietary needs. If you need to buy special ingredients due to an allergy or illness, or if you choose to eat only organic foods, you can expect to pay a premium for shopping to accommodate those requirements.   How much effort are you willing to put in?   Grocery budgets are also affected by how much time and effort a person is willing to invest in food preparation and meal planning. When I’m not earning a pay-check we spend less money on […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge June 18-24-Garden Fresh!

We are thrilled to see that our garden is taking shape and our herbs,vegetables and fruits are growing better than expected. We hope to cut our grocery bill once we start to eat more from the garden in the upcoming months. This month has been a bit of a set back with the mail in rebate error that we made earlier in the month. We are trying to stay focused so we stick to the budget and not beat ourselves up that we messed up. What we learned from that experience was: The error was caught and documented but sometimes mistakes are made. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but make sure you catch it! We won’t let it happen again by making sure we read everything. Last week I asked my fans for some Rhubarb Recipes and one fan posted a recipe on the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page for “Rhubarb Sour Cream Pie”.  I  shocked at the grocery shop price of $3.99lb for this vegetable  (now considered a fruit) that we have in abundance in our back yard. This pie is fresh and tangy and a perfect ending to nice meal topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Did you know […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge June 11-17 Easy Savings!

I’m often asked how to get the most out of frugal easy cooking and I simply say plan your shopping trip. Know what you want to eat for the week by menu planning and stocking your pantry with healthy foods. Armed with our shopping list we took to the stores this afternoon looking for the best price on the products we love. This weeks shop I’m afraid is a bit boring and not near as exciting as last week. We’ve been stockpiling when a good sale comes up on items we will need such as vegetables,milk,eggs and bread. Our garden is also ready with plenty of spinach,fresh onions, basil,chives mint, rhubarb,and radish. We look forward to the peppers,tomatoes,celery and raspberries. There’s nothing better than an organic fresh tomato and green pepper salad with olive oil, fresh garlic,fresh basil,fresh chives, onions, salt, pepper and bocconcini balls. I’m also starting to think we need to find more recipes for rhubarb as we did a freezer inventory of this product and have about 15 bags of it. I was shocked when I was in food basics to see how expensive rhubarb truly is at $3.99 lb. I simply said to Mrs. CBB we […]

Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money On Your Grocery Bill

Today I’m going to help those of you who want to save money in your grocery budget by posting your shops in The Grocery Game Challenge. I’m going to talk to you about the Importance of Knowing Grocery Prices. Knowing your prices, and knowing them well is the best way to get more bang for your buck in the budget. This is not going to happen over night, this takes a lot of practice and a consistent weekly effort to perfect your grocery shopping.  I still don’t  have it perfected but I’ve learned a lot and still learn every time I shop. I’m going to use Whiskas Cat food as a great example. Walmart Regular Price is $6.99 for a 1.5 kg. It does go on sale for $6.49. No Frills Regular price is $6.49 for the same 1.5 kg bag. Did you know how long it took me to figure this out? About 4 months.  I was so hung up on “Flyer Watching“ and buying items on sale, thinking  the sale price is “The Price to Watch for“.  I wasn’t engaging in comparison pricing of “Regular Prices” at each store. This is where I suggest for your to start. Take the basic necessities – […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge June 4-10 Name Your Price?

We’re back with a new month and a new Grocery Game Challenge.. can you believe it’s June already? This month I want to talk about prices and what you are willing to pay for a product.  Name your price… what are you willing to pay for a product to take it home for your family. Since Mrs.CBB and I have been using coupons and have stockpiled many items we now know what a good price is and what a not so good price is. Does this hamper our grocery shops? Sometimes it does especially when an item we need is not on sale nor do we have a coupon. Sales cycles happen every few months so you start to know what items will be on sale and when. Unfortunately when you need something, you simply can’t wait a few months down the line until the next $dollar sale happens. Other options for us is to wait until Shoppers Drug Mart has a 20x points event or  Spend $75 get 18,500 points. Although most will say Shoppers Drug Mart is overpriced to begin with if you shop wise on these bonus days you can come out ahead. Since we know pretty much […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge May 28-June 3 Hot Hot Hot!

We are now in the last week of May and it sure has been abnormally HOT for most of us in Southwestern Ontario.  Please let it rain mother nature! We’ve  been using the barbeque quite a bit for the past couple months.  Nothing like a bbq, and nice cold beer and having your mates around. Since purchasing a new gas barbeque earlier this year we are happy with our decision of  buying one with the side burner and rotisserie. We use the side burner to boil potatoes, corn and small fry ups.  This saves us money rather than using the electric stove in the house with the added bonus of  not heating up the house. We have yet to put our Central Air on likely around July same as last year although we hardly use it. We have also been cooking from scratch lately and rather enjoying the recipes I’ve developed in the kitchen. Recently I made Mr.CBB’s Slammin Chili with a Spicy Cheddar Bacon Corn bread which was so good and paired well with the chili. I’ll be posting the chili recipe later this weekend. With that being said, this week was a slow week in terms of shopping as it […]

How To Get the Most Out Of Frugal,Easy Cooking!

How To Get the Most out of Frugal, Easy Cooking There’s no working around food; you just can’t avoid it. And if you want to be healthy, you really need to invest some time and thought into it. Now, food is not cheap. Especially not healthy, organic, diverse food. If you live in a family with children, expenses are vast and your resources are limited; careful meal planning is a must. So, how do you plan meals on a budget, eat healthy, and have time for a LIFE? Here are some helpful tips on how to save money and time when it comes to preparing meals: 1.Try to shop in bulk at least once a month. Have a list of items to buy, and DON’T include things you don’t absolutely need. It would be great if everyone could eat healthy, organic food, but if you can’t afford it, it’s enough to buy fresh produce from the farmer’s market, or just any fresh produce. 2. Cooking “in bulk”. That is, try to set aside some time on weekends, or when you have more time than usual, and make A LOT of food. That way you can freeze meals for days/weeks to come […]

Watch What You Sell At Your Next Garage Sale Warns Health Canada

Are you thinking about “Spring” or “Summer”  Cleaning for things you can sell for money? Most people wonder what to sell at a garage sale but now they need to know what NOT to Sell at a garage sale. Have you heard of the Health Canada 2012 Garage Sale Advisory? In the summer time especially, people come in droves to find the latest and greatest deals at garage sales in Canada. I know we’re part of those groups of people. I’m not so sure it will be as exciting as it once was maybe more stress than it’s worth. I recently posted about garage sale tips for buying and selling stuff  and felt it was important to write a new post to highlight the Health Canada Advisory for Canadians who want to sell new or used items. We are all looking for ideas for yard sales and the latest tips for yard sales but these tips today take precedence over any other. Do you understand the 2012 Advisory? If not you need to read on because I was even shocked during my research……. You are  legally, yes legally responsible for the items you sell, new or used making sure that they meet regulatory […]

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