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The Grocery Game Challenge June 24-July 1 Happy Birthday Canada!

The Grocery Game Challenge for June is drawing to a close this week and what a month it has been for us. Considering our small budget for grocery and health and beauty I must say we are happy with the progress we are making. We are no longer stockpiling food as we did the past year and this has helped put us in a better place. We are now spending that money on products to make food from scratch or testing new recipes. We are also staying on top of knowing prices at most of the shops in town and which have the best prices. We seem to believe that the more you allocate to spend, you will spend it. We want to see if we cut our budget to $190 a month if we can we actually stick to it. Will the fact that we have less money in our grocery budget impact our shopping habits? Truly it has and I’m sure we will continue to think twice before tossing something into the shopping trolley. I know many of our grocery game posters have said that their budget has significantly improved since posting their shop each week and I believe […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge May 21-27-What’s Your Best Score?

  No hockey isn’t the topic of this post and I truthfully have no idea how the game is played. Perhaps I should ask my readers for some tips on the great Canadian Sport and maybe visit a game one day in Toronto,Ontario. Yet Another week is upon us which means more money-saving in the grocery budget, so we hope. Let’s see how creative we can be with the rest of our budget. I think we’ve done well this month especially keeping away from any convenience foods. It can be difficult to do because we come to rely on quick meals but now we have to meal plan and think ahead. We now have chives, spring onions,rhubarb,lettuce and mint in the garden that we have been using daily. What else are we growing? We have tomatos, green  peppers,radishes,figs,spinach,parsely,raspberries and swiss chard growing  in our garden as well. Meal Planning I hope to blog about  how we make our family meal plan shortly but for the most part we take into consideration sales,coupons, pantry items, freezer items and fresh veg. Obviously I’ll go into more detail but for now it’s a learning phase with us just like budgeting was the past few […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge-May14-20 Sweeping Up Savings!!

Photo Source By: Canadian Budget Binder Welcome back to your on-line grocery shopping Game! I was unsure if we had killed the The Grocery Game Challenge budget in one blow this week and truly, WE DID! We planned our shop at several stores for this week although there was nothing over the top that we would rush out for. For the most part what we needed can wait another week or two. Here are the Grocery Coupon Match-Ups from Save Big Live Better where you can also find your source for printable grocery coupons as well as Smart Source Printable Coupons. Last Weeks Shop Left Us $2.09 to add to this weeks shop if needed…. yep we need it! $82.70-$80.61=$2.09 left to spend this week! So to start this weeks shop we have the $64.00 weekly grocery budget and the $2.09 for a total of $ 66.09 to spend this week. I want to touch on the subject of food and the budget as most people seem to forget it’s one of life’s biggest expenses. If you are not budgeting you should and like most will be astounded how much you actually spend each month on grocery items even if you use […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge-May 7-13 What’s Your Savings?

As promised for The Grocery Game Challenge I will post the Coupon Match-Ups May 4-May 10 from SaveBigLiveBetter.  We typically sit on a Sunday and go through these match-ups and design our menu plan for the week and savings attack.  I’m thrilled to see so many new players that want to keep track of their grocery budget and savings by committing to posting it here each week along with me. Last weeks shop consisted of quite a few pink 50% off stickers which we all know Mr.CBB loves… and so do you if you keep an eye out for them at any Loblaw’s stores.  This weeks shop can be up to $82.70 as we had $18.70 left in the grocery budget from last week. Now we don’t have to spend it and sometimes we don’t add it to the following weeks budget. This week it will come in handy as Shopper’s Drug Mart sent us an email Spend $50 and save $10. Here is our shops so far! Freshco 8x Sponge Towel Paper Towels $1.00- $0.75 coupons Reg $2.99 each 6x Relish $1.00-$0.50  Reg $1.79 each 2x Bicks Dill Pickle $1.99- Buy 2 save $1.00 Reg $2.99 each 1x Cream Cheese […]

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