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The Grocery Game Challenge April 16-April 22- Deals, What Deals?

I had to make a last-minute edit to our prior weeks shop which you can see at the end of the post.  We did a late night raid at  Zehrs yesterday to pick up some of the cheapest milk I’ve ever seen. I’m sure I will be back for more and we freeze it and take it out as we need it. This week might just end up being a stock up week and some vegetables. I might even venture into making bread land this week but still am so leary. I wish I had someone to hold my hand through the process. Recap last week! So we had underspent the week earlier and had +$21.11 left after the last shop this week – $10.12 = +11.32 left still in the budget along with $64 =$75.32 for the month to go!! We still have a shop free week so we might actually pull it off this month who knows! There seems to be a secret 20x event at Shopper’s Drug Mart but since we are stocked on milk we might stay away. Posting our budget and shop has made a world of difference to the money we spend. Last year […]

How To Take A Cruise On A Small Budget

How to Take a Cruise on a Small Budget Guest Post By: TacklingOurDebt Have you ever been on a cruise? Or are you of the belief that cruises are super expensive and not within your budget? I think most people believe that cruising is quite expensive. So today I am going to talk about how easy it is to take a cruise on a small budget.  Choose an Older Ship with a Luxury Cruise Line There are a number of luxury cruise lines to choose from and the thing to note is that as they launch their new ships with higher prices, they begin decreasing the price on their older ships. They do this for a couple of reasons One, because the new ship may have more glitz and shine, and it may have more facilities and restaurants. Second, because the demand to cruise on the new ship is higher because seasoned cruises are curious to see the new look, while back on the old ships the novelty has worn off for them. Even though the novelty may have worn off on the older ships it doesn’t mean that the quality of the ship or the cruise itself has deteriorated. […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge April 9-April 15- What’s In Your Bags?

Last Week we came in under budget spending just $32.50 that’s $31.50 less than we could have spent. It is now Wednesday and we still have had no desire to go out shopping however we do need a few staples. I think going to the relatives for Easter has set us back a bit this week. Yes that means we ate too much and food has been the last thing on our minds! I’ve posted a couple of new handy Tools for you in the Kitchen which you can print for free. Pantry List Kitchen Needs List Freezer Inventory List I’ll keep you all posted of our weekly Grocery Shop by updating this post as we shop.  This week we can spend $64 + $31.50 for a total of $95.50. Here’s Our Weekly Shop We decided to go “Pink Sticker” shopping last night and here is what we bought! Zehrs 1x Glade Sense and Spray Reg $8.04 sale 50% pink sticker =$4.02-$4.00 =$0.02 Almost free there were loads but we didn’t have any more coupons 🙁 Sponge Towels Sale $3.99-$1.00= $2.99 Coupons Used $1.00 Total Oop= $ 3.99 We also picked up 6 Jugs of Saf- T- Eco Salt for Winter […]

Are Blue Recycle Bags Costing You More In The Budget Than The Blue Bin?

It’s a mundane task but someone’s got to do it and no the pooch isn’t equipped to handle large loads. Each week we set the alarm nice and early to make sure we take the rubbish out to the road for collection. Some of us are smart and put it out the night before, but potentially risk getting a visit by natures masked bandits (raccoons) and wake up to a mess. Some weeks are better than others but for the most part we manage to toss out what we no longer use in our home. Sometimes  my neighbours pay me to walk my dog on bin day, and that’s ok I don’t mind. It’s amazing what people throw away but what’s most amazing is the cost comparison between blue bags and blue bins. Each city is different in what they allow to be tossed in blue bins or bags but for the most part the list is standard. It’s always best to contact your city for details and by-laws. Are you literally throwing your money away using Blue Recycle Bags? Let’s do a comparison, shall we! We will use Canadian Tire Regular Prices meaning they could get even cheaper if you wait for a […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge April 2- April 8 Happy Easter!

Since Easter is just around the corner I thought it be proper to highlight this special occasion for most families around the world.  I’m sure this weeks shop will include Ham, Potatoes, apples, stuffing, vegetables, gravy and dessert (brownies will be our number one chocolate pick of course) ha! One of my favourite recipes is what I call our Easter Dinner In The Crockpot which was sent by Shelley C. a Facebook Fan.  I ran with her  potato and ham idea and  made it my own jazzing it up with various spices and variations so that we could use it for Easter or any night of the week. It was a hit so try out my version and see what you think! Thanks Shelley! We love getting recipes at Canadian Budget Binder so simply email me your recipe along with your name and if I use it on my blog I will make sure you get the credit you deserve! Although we will be heading to the relatives for dinner this year we still made it to the shops to pick up some quick items.  When I finished our March Budget update and actually saw our $200 overspend on groceries it really […]

My Canadian Neighbour Paid Me To Walk My Dog ~ So Thanks!

When I started this blog I thought if I ever did any advertising I would be thrilled to make enough money for a case of beer a month.  I don’t drink often but in the hot summer I don’t mind a cold one or 2 out on the deck with me mates. Although I love budgeting, quitting me day job to sit with you on a full-time basis is not yet a reality … although I’m optimistic.  Everyone knows Mr.CBB is a frugal young man who loves to save his pennies where he can.  If that means picking one up off the ground, ya damn right I will. Money is money even when it’s free money and every penny counts. Last autumn we took a drive up to the local park where campers spent some of their summer. We were able to wander in free of charge as the sun was put away for another year. While walking round I poked my head in a bin. To my surprise I saw… yep you guessed it, “beer cans” and lots of them. I normally keep a plastic bag in my truck so what began as a stroll in the park turned into […]

Freezer Inventory List- Why A List Is A Smart Savings Move

Yes, a freezer inventory list can save you money, and lots of it. If you don’t know what you have inside your deep freezer or if you have products at the bottom that have been there since the dawn of time read on. I hope by the end of reading this blog post you will be printing my free freezer inventory list for your home. It doesn’t matter if you have a mini deep freezer or a full size deep freezer if it’s frozen you need to know what you’ve got. The use of a freezer is a great tool to save money but it can also cost you money if you are having to throw food in the garbage. Are you as good at taking food out of the freezer as you are at putting it in? Do you buy something and later find you have 3 more near the bottom of the freezer? You know you are nodding your head while reading this or at least saying Yep! No we’re not having a “Freezer Wars”  here but we are taking inventory of what we have in stock. When you have leftover food and are looking for ways to keep it until […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge- March 26- April 1 Final Week

I thought I had better get this up and running so everyone could post their shop. What I might do is post The Grocery Game Challenge by Monday  Tuesday of each week so shoppers can post instead of waiting for me to shop. I will then update this post as we shop to show what’s happening in our grocery budget.  This week is supposed to be a no-shop week for us but we may end up spending a couple bucks. Starting $329.85+8.16+9.85+7.93+43.65= $390.93+ $9.25=$400.18  ouch That’s $ 210.18  over budget for March- Final. We will try even harder next month to stay on track. We stocked up on a few items for summer time that we had coupons for that were expiring.  Sometimes if you have the savings in coupons and there is a sale you have to take advantage and that’s what we did. This week we went to Metro as we were told it is the best place to redeem our FPC’s but it made NO and I repeat NO difference to Air Miles. As a matter of fact  we received 0 Air Miles but the 5 from a coupon we presented that came in the mail. We […]

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