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The Grocery Game Challenge Aug 20-Aug 26, 2012~Stick To The Grocery Budget!

The Grocery Game Challenge this month has shown us how much work it can be when feeding more than 2 people in a household. A grocery budget for 4 is much more challenging than a grocery budget for 2 when shopping for food on a budget. Making lunches has challenged us as we have had to buy grocery items we never buy such as granola bars, luncheon meats and cheese slices just to name a few. Although we have had coupons for most grocery items at times we have had to find the best deal we could simply by knowing our prices. An example would be this weeks Bologna for $1.89 as that is what’s been requested for lunches and that was the best deal we could find. Overall we feel we are on track playing this months grocery game given the increased mouths to feed and only being over budget so far by $32.64. How well do you cope with your grocery budget when you have more mouths to feed than normal for an extended period? Do you tend to have a stash of frugal recipes ready to cook? Shopping for this week was minimal especially with having peppers and tomatoes in the […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge August 13-19 2012 End Of Season

The Grocery Game Challenge this week truly was a tough week for us as we wanted to see if we could make it to the end of the month spending $190 for 4 people. I’m still optimistic when I say that if we didn’t buy in bulk this would not be an issue. You can read my overall remarks at the end of this weeks challenge. I’m trying to set up the challenge so it is standardized each week. That makes it easy for me and for you to read. We started this weeks shop off with last weeks shop total of $85.24. We should have only spent $42.76 but that didn’t happen. Read on to see what did happen. As you can see from the picture our crab apples are screaming to get picked. You can guess what we will be doing this evening. We picked up a couple more cases of mason jars at Canadian Tire today on sale so we can get a move on in the kitchen. Last year we made well over 100 jars of the jam and gave it away to friends and family. We have some left but for the most part it […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Aug 6-Aug 12-Winter Storing

Grocery Shopping for the month of August will be challenging for us no matter which way we look at it. We did go over our $64.00 budget for the week with a grand total of $85.24 as we picked up vegetables for winter storing. Our normal monthly budget for anyone who is new to The Grocery Game Challenge is $190 a month for 2 adults with one no-shop week per month. This month we are feeding 3 adults and 1 teenager so the numbers will be higher. We will also have foods that we normally wouldn’t buy for us but needed for our guests as requested. Although we have a vegetable garden it’s not a big enough garden to grow enough vegetables for us to freeze for the winter season. When the prices come down on vegetables that is when we rush in and start saving. Sometimes we even head to our local fresh farmers market to see what they are flogging off   (British Slang for “to sell”). We believe in supporting our Ontario Farmers and hope that they continue to bring us the best they can offer. We also believe that the supermarkets who supply us with many fresh Ontario […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge-July 30-Aug 5…Homemade!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge August Edition Week 1. I’ve noticed several new players and am thrilled to see others wanting to get that grocery budget in check. How much should your grocery budget be? Well that’s up to you and how you have designed your budget. You can follow my budgeting series to help you get started and then download a free basic budget sheet. I really hope to attract players from all over the world. Please don’t think this is just for Canadians. “Money is money, Debt is debt, Saving is saving” so I encourage you wherever you live to join in the fun and Save! This Grocery Game Challenge for August 2012 will be challenging for us especially as there are 5 weeks of shopping. We do one no-shop per month but with the extra mouths to feed in our house we may end up over budget. I know I’m optimistic thinking I can feed a hungry group of 4 on $190.00 a month but never say never. So if anyone has any of those great $5 meals or any frugal meals please feel free to post them below in the comment section of The Grocery Game […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 23-29, 2012 Inspiring!

I always like the last Grocery Game Challenge Post for the month because that means I get to see how well we did. I often have to think about ways to improve but Mrs. CBB and I have worked on new recipes that are meat free to stretch the dollar in the grocery budget like our tomato basil salad with chick peas. Another way to stretch the grocery budget is to sow and grow your own vegetables like we previously learned in a guest blog post on Canadian Budget Binder earlier this month. What I learned this week which I thought was interesting and inspiring is that you can re-grow many vegetables from their own seeds or scraps. I mean I knew about it but I didn’t realize how extensive the list was and how many people do this. Back a few months you may remember me talking about re-growing onions and then I tried my hand at re-growing celery and the results were interesting. A great little experiment to try and to get the kids involved with. This post 15 foods you can regrow from scrap really opened my eyes to what potential we could have in the garden. […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 16-22,2012 Freshness!

I don’t know about you but cooking hasn’t been at the top of our list in our house the past week. It’s been so hot and humid outside that we really wanted to eat simple without using the stove, oven or crock pot. This is the part of the year where the bbq is my best friend. We even use the side burner to sauté or fry whatever we need to. One day we would love to have an outdoor kitchen but not likely in Ontario although the brick oven is an option. This week was supposed to be our no-shop week as we only have $46.42 left in the budget for the month but… that didn’t happen. We needed more vegetables and bread and with the prices of vegetables so low now it makes sense to load up. We’ve made Mr.CBB’s Garlic humus and dipping veg in for a healthy snack so we’ve eaten more than usual. Since we aren’t cooking as much we are eating salad pretty much 7 days a week with a BBQ’d protein,cous-cous, sandwiches, boiled eggs or tuna. Here are your coupon match-ups for the week July 13-19. Total to Spend left in monthly budget $46.42 Zehrs 1x Bread […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 9-15,2012 Summer Yum!

As the garden grows so does our anticipation of eating and storing the fresh fruits and vegetables we sow. Last week we made whole wheat olive bread and as I mentioned we made basil cubes in the freezer. We tested them out when making our minestrone simply by popping in a few into the pot. It was delicious! Recipe coming soon! Puréed Basil In Extra Virgin Olive Oil which then went into ice-cube trays Last weeks shop wasn’t so big for us but this week we needed to stock up on more fruits and vegetables some of which we grow but are not ready. We want to keep experimenting with new recipes and flavours so we are always on the hunt for new products. You never know what will come out of the CBB kitchen! So here’s our Shop for the week……… So much for not needing the money from last week lol… check it out, we’re already over budget for the week but not the month. How much should your grocery budget be? Well, that’s up to you and whether you’ve worked out your family budget. This is an important step in understanding your financial health.  Here are your […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 2-July 8 What’s for Dinner?

What’s for dinner is a nightly theme on our Facebook page as we like to encourage fans to post What they made for dinner? How much it cost them to prepare it? How many people it’s feeding? This has become so popular that when I forget to post my fans let me know. The great part about it is that we learn from each other. I’ve picked up many new recipes that I try and enjoy. One of my most popular recipes is Mr.CBB’s Sloppy Joe’s no more packets required! So, next time you pop over to the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page make sure you are armed with your meal and your money figures because we all want to know. If you want to step it up, post a picture of what you made. Our garden is coming along nicely, the basil is growing like mad and I’ve already made some basil,garlic, olive oil cubes for the winter. I’ll be making sure I use every leaf up so I’m well stocked on flavour. Fresh Garlic Green Tops in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and salt I was also able to get about 30 fresh organic garlic bulbs from my father […]

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