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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 […]

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Crockpot Chili $6.50

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Chili! Last week I promised I would get you my budget friendly slammin chili recipe and here it is. I hope I had you all drooling over my Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread which I have accompanying this dish as it’s worth the extra time to make them.  For some a thick slice of fresh hot slice of home-made bread slathered in butter will do the trick but I wanted to try something new. If you like to try something different.. give it a shot, it’s very tasty. Mr. CBB’s Slammin Chili can be as mild as you like it or as Spicy as you like it. We prefer somewhere in the middle to protect us from the morning after effect in the loo as we don’t have stomachs of steel in the CBB home. There are many types of chili peppers depending on what region of the world you are in. They also differ in heat and sweetness but for the most part add tonnes of flavour to any dish. One of my favourite peppers is the pepperoncini Chili pepper.. particularly the one’s that are marinated or pickled. I can eat those one after another with some fresh bread.. you know the one’s […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks June 1, 2012

Hey Fans! What a busy week it has been for us but I did find the time to read some great blog posts from around the web. This week Canadian Budget Binder focused on the kids.. with a great guest post by Sarah Deveau of Money Smart Mom and a guest post on RESP’s by Katie Green a financial writer. We also had a guest post by frugal mom Ana Brady. Canadian Budget Binders Week in Review Maternity and Parental Leave- The Basics The Grocery Game Challenge May 28-June 3- Hot Hot Hot How To Get The Most Out Of Frugal Easy Cooking Mr.CBB’s Spicy Cheesy Bacon Cornbread $5 a pan Just Married, We’re Newlyweds and Need A Budget! RESP’s Investing In Your Child’s Education-The Basics Some Financial Blog posts around the web I checked out this past week and think you should as well are… Will Buying You an E-Reader Save You Money– Chris Neighbours Is A Television A Want Or A Need?– Blonde on A Budget Bank Fees- Canadian Performer’s Money Why you should never ever just pay the minimum on your credit cards- My Canuck Buck Warehouse Clubs Why They Make Sense For Most People- Your Life For […]

RESP Investing In Your Child’s Education-The Basics

Registered Education Savings Plan : The Basics What is an RESP? Being concerned about how to afford a college education for my son, I made some enquiries about a Registered Education Savings Plan, or RESP.  This is a special savings account that makes provision for post-secondary education costs. If you are like me savings and investing are very important to my family. Those who subscribe to a RESP are also entitled to receive the government’s Canada Learning Bond (CLB) if they qualify, and the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) which, as I found out, can provide a welcome boost to the funds. Who is it for? An RESP is set up to provide financial support for those aged 17 years and over, and who are undertaking eligible courses of study.  Contributors to a RESP are normally parents or guardians; however, a grandparent, other relative or even a family friend can also make contributions. How do you get one? A simple two-step process helped me to get things underway.  First of all I checked out my Social Insurance Number (SIN), and then I chose an RESP provider.  My SIN gave me access to government benefits and programs and, when I began to […]

Maternity and Parental Leave Part 1 – The Basics

Even if you have the easiest baby in the world, maternity or parental leave won’t be the blissful paradise you imagined if you’re constantly stressed about your reduction in income. In this two-part series I’ll outline how the benefits work, and how you can make them work for your budget. Maternity and Parental Leave Benefits in Canada Unless you work for a company that offers an income top up programs or paid maternity leave most parents on leave will only receive basic maternity benefits, which fall under Canada’s Employment Insurance program. While many people refer to the year a mother takes off after the birth or adoption of a child a maternity leave, it’s actually a combination of two leaves. The first leave is called maternity leave, and is only available to birth mothers and surrogate mothers for up to 15 weeks. After the 15 weeks, the leave is now called parental leave. This cheque can be collected by either the biological or adoptive parents for up to a maximum of 35 weeks.These benefits can be claimed by one parent or shared between the two partners, but cannot exceed a combined maximum of 35 weeks.   Parental leave benefits must be […]

grocery game monthly challenge

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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