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 […]

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 […]

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