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A List Of Foods We Freeze To Save Time and Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #4 Jan 26-Feb 1

a list of foods we freeze

  FREEZE IT AND FIND OUT!   I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of foods you can freeze for later or foods you can freeze and re-heat when you have unexpected guests or are in need of a fast family meal. My wife and I were making our homemade macaroni and cheese bake tonight when we pulled out a pesto basil cube from the freezer to add into the cheese sauce. It was at that point I knew I had to take a look at our freezer inventory list to find out what foods we have in our freezer that some people wouldn’t typically think to freeze. You certainly can save money if you freeze food but one important tip I was told to keep the savings flowing is to make sure you keep the freezer full. The reason is that once the freezer is full it requires less energy to run which makes sense. Back about two years ago we borrowed a kill-a-watt electricity usage meter from the local library when the smart meter was installed on our home and we discovered our 1970’s freezer was costing us approximately $11 a […]

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How to control pantry pests in your kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #3 Jan 19-25

how to control pantry pests in your kitchen

PESTS  IN YOUR PASTA…   Pantry pests are the last thing I thought I would be sharing in the grocery game BUT it’s a very important part of your kitchen health and budget. Most families like to buy more than one package of pasta, cereal and other packaged goods especially if they are on sale or by using a coupon it’s too hard to pass up. The problem with stockpiling your pantry with food is that you MUST eat it. Some people seem to think that food will last forever if there is no expiry date and that’s just not the case. We haven’t been stocking up much on food the past couple of years because we have struggled to get through it and this past week was another sign as to WHY we won’t be stocking up any longer. We are very meticulous in the kitchen when it comes to using clips, cleanliness and making sure that food items are stored away properly. The other day though we were surprised to find a visit from the very pantry pests that we try to avoid, flour mites and weevils. They are more common than you think and unless you take […]

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How to select fresh food at the supermarket: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #2 Jan 12-18

HOW TO SELECT FRESH FOOD AT THE SUPERMARKET

BUYING THE FRESHEST FOOD   When we grocery shop Mrs. CBB and I want to bring home fresh food because that’s what we should all expect from a supermarket, right? Finding fresh food or the freshest is always hit or miss but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you arm yourself with shopping habits we’ve come to rely on that I’m going to share with you today you are well on your way to becoming a grocery store fresh food sleuth. Grocery shopping might seem like something simple to you but believe me when I say there are people who are seeking to learn how to grocery shop. How could someone possibly screw up and buy food that is outdated, moldy, wilted or rotten for that matter? The saying “You get what you pay for” at the supermarket doesn’t always mean you get the freshest food. Considering that most Canadians have a limited grocery budget it’s important for all of us to spend our money wisely and that means finding fresh food that won’t end up in the garbage before we have time to consume it. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways Mrs. […]

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Why Having A Stockpile Budget Will Save You Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #1 Jan 5- 11

why having a stockpile budget will save you money

YOUR NUTRITION SURVIVAL SHELTER   Over the years we have seen our food stockpile dwindle but back between 2010-2012 stockpiling our cold room, pantry and freezer using coupons and flyer specials was a way of life, not so much these days. We’ve taken a different approach to stockpiling simply because we weren’t able to get through the food that we were buying in bulk using coupons. We are still trying to use up baked beans that are coming due this year. Having an emergency food stash that is ready to eat up just in case something happens to your finances is great but having shelf-stable products are key to building the best stockpile. When I say shelf-stable I mean products that don’t really have a shelf-life or have a very long shelf-life like dried beans, a quality stockpile item of ours. I know some of our friends who have a pantry it’s just filled to the top with junk and convenience foods and although it may fill your tummy you can still eat healthy and stockpile good food on a budget. Why have a stockpile budget then if we don’t plan to stockpile lots of food? A valid question, let […]

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Join The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 : 2014 Overview and Final Shop #5 2014 Dec 29-Jan 4, 2015

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 THE GROCERY BUDGET COUNTS!   I can’t believe The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 is upon us but as we enter a brand new year of grocery savings we get the opportunity to make it right. If you are new to Canadian Budget Binder or landed on this page because you want to take control of your grocery budget in 2015 you’ve made a wise decision. The Grocery Game Challenge Canada is now starting in its fourth year and I’m proud to have so many fans join me along the way. I’d like to start this post off with a huge round of applause for all of the CBB fans that made it to the end of 2014 posting their grocery shops. I’m proud of your success and improvements along the way. What is The Grocery Game Challenge? The GGC as we like to call it is a weekly grocery budget update post by my family. We have a set grocery budget for two (now three as we have a new baby) and we do our best to stick to it. Part of the grocery savings plan is meal planning, writing a grocery list and trying new recipes so we don’t […]

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Product reviews for coupons saving you money : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Dec 22-28, 2014

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YOUR OPINION FOR SAVINGS!   Product reviews are a great way for bloggers to share their opinions but there is not always a kick-back such as a free product. Companies are always looking for ways to reach the customer so coming up with innovative ways to get our attention is something they strive to improve on every day. Even with a giant social media splash it’s hard to motivate customers to buy unless there is something in it for them. Most times for someone to try a new product a good starting point is putting it on sale aside from offering it free or tastings. You might see sample booths set up around your grocery store for this reason. I’ve received a free book to review on Canadian Budget Binder and the offer of other products here and there (nothing I was interested in) but one thing is for sure there has to be incentive for me to go out of my way to talk about. The pleasure is not always monetary either as I am a blogger but for the most part if there is money to be saved and I’m interested then I’m in. Just last week I […]

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Nielsen Homescan Canada: Shop, Scan and get Rewarded! : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Dec 15-21,2014

Neilsen Homescan

HAVE YOUR SAY, ENJOY THE REWARDS!   Who thought that going shopping would be so rewarding? Believe me when I say joining the Nielsen Homescan Canada panel will open up a window of rewards to you because I’ve done it in the UK. Nielsen studies consumers in over 100 countries because they want to know what you like to buy! I remember the time when my wife came to the UK and we went grocery shopping together for the first time. Not only was she reading just about every product she could get her hands on (it took forever to shop with her) I was also explaining to her a little about this program I was involved in. I think it made more sense to her once I showed her my scanner and exactly what I needed to do. When we got home she wanted to help me put all the groceries away but I told her that we had to wait a moment so I could check everything over and scan them in. Scan them in? She had this look on her face like I was nuts but clearly she had never heard of the program I was part […]

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Do you track money-back from points cards as part of your budget?: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Dec 8-14,2014

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IT’S YOUR MONEY TO SPEND!   Almost everyone I know has points cards of some description especially cards that offers points to be redeemed for groceries. I was reading a post by my friend Alicia at Financial Diffraction where she discussed “Tallying the other money” ie: rewards points redeemed, PC Points, Shoppers Optimum points, Swagbucks, Coupon apps and so on. What I found interesting is that she considers the money as “found money” or “other money” where I call it “extra income” which means I didn’t spend as much in our budget. My wife and I are both on the fence with this topic as we aren’t sure how we will tackle it moving forward with our budget. I have a section in our budget where we can add in money earned from points, rebates, cheques (ie: coupon app rewards) etc. so it’s put back into the monthly budget as income. I look at it as money I would have spent from the budget but since I was able to redeem points I didn’t have to so I put that money back into the budget as income but it comes back out when I input budget data. I find it […]