grocery game monthly challenge

How a sale flyer can be confusing: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Feb 10-16, 2014

DON’T RUSH YOUR MONEY   Reading through the sale flyer of each store is something I do each week in order to make a list of what we need to shop for. I have probably told you over and over again how important a list is because without it I’d likely deviate and buy all sorts we probably didn’t need or could do without. Saying that, there are times when a great deal is before you and you have to make that split second decision yes or no, like we did this week as you will read in our grocery shop. Making sure you have the funds in your budget is imperative though. How many of you can relate? Probably lots but that’s not what I’m here to chat about today. I always tell you to read your receipt before you leave the store just in case there is an error either made by the computer or the cashier which does happen. I should also add to that to make sure you are not in a huge rush when shopping because that is when you make more errors or maybe miss an error. We were in a rush and we […]

How a small town family saves money on groceries

SMALL TOWN SAVINGS   Today we have a guest post from a small town fan of Canadian Budget Binder who wants to share her insights into grocery shopping on a budget when your options are limited. If you are a fan or a personal finance blogger and would like to share a story please read my guest post guidelines and contact me. My name is Christine and I live in a small town in Ontario and have followed Mr CBB for quite a while now on the blog and participating in posting my grocery shops with his Grocery Game Challenge since Sept 2012.   Our grocery budget   I shop for my family of 4 which includes my two adult children, my husband and I. We also can’t forget our family pet fat cat Stuart who eats up a part of our grocery budget as well. Our grocery budget is $650 per month so I have to make that money stretch and living in a small town can make that challenging for me. I have tried very hard to keep things within my budget, not always successfully. It’s been a learning experience to say the least. If you have been […]

grocery game monthly challenge

Do you stockpile food before a snow storm?- The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Feb 3-9, 2014

TIME TO COOK UP A STORM   I’ve watched the snow storm reports happening at the storm center broadcast by the weather network all morning today. Here we go again with another winter snow storm tonight moving in around Southern Ontario into tomorrow. Another 6 weeks of snow was predicted before the Spring sets in so no putting those shovels away just yet. I’m betting for most of you who took my winter vehicle maintenance advice seriously you’re glad you did because a weekly snow storm is on the menu this season and lots of it. Unless you have a large property which we don’t you are probably running out of space to put the snow. Looking out our backyard our deck is 100% buried and the snow is half way up the fence. I can’t even open the back gate or back screen door to get out back there is that much snow where we live. I’m not sure where I’m going to put another 15-20 cm from tonight’s snow storm that we are getting tonight and tomorrow but it sure will be an interesting shovel. These kinds of snow storms that we’ve been getting can cripple some people […]

How we cash in on unused clutter in the winter

EVERYTHING HOLDS VALUE   Don’t underestimate the value of an item because what you may consider junk another may consider a treasure. It’s cold outside especially if you are living in Canada like us. There’s no denying the temperatures in 2014 are by far the coldest we’ve had in a long time.   Clear the clutter   It seems almost everyone is complaining about being stuck indoors and having nothing to do so how about winter pre-spring cleaning around the house? Yes you read that right! I’m always getting emails or fans asking, “How can I make extra money to pay down debt?”. Well sometimes the easiest and fastest answer is right in your own home. There’s no point sitting around the house this winter doing nothing if you have piles of potential cash in unused clutter sitting around your house. Make the most of your clutter and sell it for a nice profit that you can put into your emergency savings or use the money you earn for whatever financial decisions are important to you.   The clear-out   How do you begin to clear out clutter? That’s easy. Every successful clutter clear-out starts with a plan so know […]

grocery game monthly challenge

Are you a helpful grocery shopper?-The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 27- Feb 2, 2014 #5

HELP IS ONLY A QUESTION AWAY   If you are a grocery shopper and have a question, ask. It’s as simple as that. I’ve always said that there are no stupid questions no matter what situation you are in, even if it’s at the grocery store. It’s always better to ask then to guess especially around you that might know the answer. I believe that learning how to be a smart grocery shopper not only begins with the budget but it begins with you. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been grocery shopping and another grocery shopper has asked if one of us was an employee because they are desperate for help. In a silly way it’s more the shoppers grocery store than it is the grocery stores store… if that makes sense. We help each other out when we can. I don’t know about you but the last place I want to be without help is the grocery store because I just don’t want to hang out there any longer than I have to. I’d like to think that every grocery store has its ups and downs and busy times so although they are willing to help […]

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