Do you hold an Easter egg hunt for the kids? :The Saturday Weekend Review #68

Easter Egg HuntEASTER FUN FOR KIDS

 

An Easter egg hunt becomes a treasure hunt game for kids and they love Easter activities just like many adults did when they were children.

Easter is probably one of the least expensive yet perfect way to get creative with your kids.

You can even work with your children to create their own homemade Easter egg baskets. Almost all the crafts, crayons, books etc. that you need can easily be purchased at your local Dollar store so you don’t have to break the budget.

We were also lucky to find loads of Easter items at the second-hand stores and Thrift shops for even less than you’d pay at the Dollar store.

Growing up we really didn’t have much in the way of family Easter traditions although my wife has many stories to tell.

Fun Easter activities doesn’t always have to include chocolate either because some kids are not able to have chocolate so coming up with other Easter ideas is important for some parents.

In her home Easter is a big deal as is Good Friday so we ate lots of fish yesterday including lobster, shrimp, cod and scallops. It was great because I enjoy eating fish and it’s a great way to go meatless for the day and for many that can be tough.

She said her parents would not only hide Easter eggs around the house but they would create their own Easter baskets. They didn’t get much chocolate but her parents would also hide crayons, colouring books and other trinkets as well for them to find on the Easter hunt.

What was fun for me to watch was the Easter egg hunt of our nephew because he’s now at the age where he’s starting to understand Birthday’s, Christmas and now Easter. He knows that Easter means getting ready for the Easter egg hunt. He made me laugh so hard with his little basket looking all around the house trying to find the colourful little chocolate eggs.

Every time he found an egg he would say out loud, “I found another Easter egg”. He was more than happy to share his Easter eggs with friends and family too which was great because I really love chocolate.

If you have lots of friends and relatives getting together at one house you might as well hold an Easter party and get everyone involved. Just think of all the delicious fun you could have especially if your kids like to share chocolate with you.

It’s too bad they don’t have Easter egg hunts for adults because I’d be all for it. I mean we dress up for Halloween and participate in other seasonal festivities so why not get involved with an Easter egg hunt. Imagine the fun lol.

 

Easter egg hunt ideas

 

I can’t remember where I read this but one family who has many kids wanted to make sure that all of their children got their fair share of Easter chocolates when they held the Easter egg hunt. That makes sense because all you need is one child to have 50 chocolate eggs and the other to have 10 lol. I could only imagine the envy.

What the parents did was buy plastic coloured Easter eggs and hid them around the house. Now each child was given a colour for their Easter egg hunt and they were only allowed to pick up the Easter eggs of that colour. If they found an Easter egg that was not their colour they had to leave it in its spot. They weren’t allowed to tell the other siblings either as that would ruin all the fun.

The reasoning behind this was that the parents wanted to make sure that each of their kids were engaged in the Easter egg hunt and that they were getting equal amounts of Easter chocolate in their Easter baskets. I thought that was a brilliant idea.

Another Easter game for kids that I’ve heard about is the hidden images game where the parent hides Easter images around the house instead of chocolates. The child gets to keep the images and gets a chocolate for each image they find. In some cases the images are like a colouring book so they can colour them after with crayons or pencil crayons. It’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing with your child.

 

Community Easter egg hunt

 

I’m pretty sure that most communities around Canada have an Easter in the park for the kiddies which is a great way to get families out of the house and involved with outdoor activities.

It not only brings families together but adults get to mingle while the kids are out on the Easter egg hunt and the children might even make some new friends. Who knows they might even trade Easter eggs with their new friends.

Most communities use the coloured rock system for an Easter egg hunt which makes sense to me. You don’t want your child picking up chocolate eggs that were hidden in the grass because you don’t know what is or has lurked down there.

A great way to solve this problem is to use the plastic coloured eggs that they have to hand in for chocolate Easter eggs or the parents paint rocks different colours and hide them around the park or backyard if you do an outdoor family Easter egg hunt.

I’m sure there are many other ways to conduct an Easter egg hunt but what I learned from this experience is that we are only a child once. It’s an amazing feeling just to see the face of a child light up with a smile when they enjoy doing something like hunting for Easter eggs or opening a gift.

Although we don’t have any kids yet we hope one day soon to be part of the holiday festivities with our own child.

 

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Making a difference

 

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If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email canadianbudgetbinder (@) yahoo.ca so I can reach out to them for a feature story.

Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured by all means get in touch with me as I am filling spots up for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.

Today my Making a Difference blogger is no stranger to Canadian Budget Binder fans and some of you even follow her. She is the one and only Karen from Lil Suburban Homestead. Below she has shared a bit about her blog, family and homestead which she takes so much pride in with all of the work the entire family puts into it. Enjoy the read.

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

Karen Lynn is a blogger at Lil’ Suburban Homestead her and her husband she calls the “Viking” are beekeepers, raise chickens, and supplement their diet with organic food that they grow all on a 1/3 of an acre.

They are passionate about creating processes and coming up with inventive ways to keep things simple and seamless as they both work full time outside the home.

One of the more creative projects was the DIY rotating strawberry planter made of an old water tank. They love to cook, grill, and Karen Lynn even slips in a craft idea now and then.

They also love to go fishing and camping as well so now and then she will post about their latest catch as well. They love living in Coastal North Carolina and always try to make time to attend festivals and enjoy local musicians a favorite being bluegrass.

They have embarked on wine making adventures this year and there will be plenty more new posts to come on this topic!

More recently Karen Lynn has joined “The Survival Mom” radio network where her show airs every Thursday and they share their Suburban Homesteading Adventures with everyone!

Karen Lynn

 

What is a blog carnival?

 

Some fans have asked me “what is a blog carnival?” so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.

A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.

If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

 

Carnival glory

 

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.

 

Carnivals

 

Google search terms

 

Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, now.

  • Scam code of practice- lol.. I think they meant scanning code of practice.
  • Why women love men with money- Do you really need to look this up.. it’s pretty obvious.
  • What’s your name?- I’m not telling haha!

 

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #68. Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.

-Mr.CBB

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Holiday gas price increase hits the wallet: PF Weekly grab a brew #68

grab-a-brew-gas-price-increaseDON’T WAIT TO FILL UP

 

With every holiday in Canada we see a gas price increase at the pumps but that’s only the beginning of what to expect.

Although the gas price increase seem to be a tradition here in Canada there are no real Easter traditions for myself but the Mrs. likes to spend time with the family around Good Friday and Easter.

This year is no exception and we have enjoyed a couple of days away and will eat lots of fish for our Good Friday meal today.

 

Gas price increase

 

While we have been off from work we noticed a sharp gas price increase, in fact where we are it shot up 10 cents per litre overnight. I was quite lucky because we had just filled up the day before the gas price increase which is fine for now but what about continuing on?

Apparently the gas price increase is supposed to be hitting the $1.47 per litre mark sometime soon and people will have no other choice than to pay it. The other option is to get rid of the vehicle and ride a bike, take the bus, walk or car pool.

This increase combined with the new electricity time of use increases happening as of May 1st 2014 people will have even more to pay out on bills.

Of course if you didn’t already know about the forthcoming electricity price increases, it will just put another downer on your weekend. Peak rate prices will rise to 13.5 cents per Kw/H with increases in the mid-peak and off-peak rates too.

Just when you thought that was enough there has also been requests from more than one residential gas company for gas prices increases. As Union Gas price increases could be as high as 28% and at Enbridge Gas as high as 40%.

That’s quite a bitter pill to swallow especially if you aren’t getting a raise at work. There are many places that do not regularly increase your wages in line with inflation.

I’m sure we will consciously cut down on certain habits around the house and how we utilize the car. Combining trips out so chores all get done on one day while out shopping will have to become more of a normal thing instead of multiple trips out.

I can see holiday gasoline prices just the start of an expensive year ahead.

How will you combat these price increases?

 

Top recipe

 

Fudgy Pie

 

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page online called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week that recipe goes to a food blog called “Baking in a Tornado” for her Fudgy Pie recipe. I hope you enjoy it. Doesn’t it look delicious?

 

Weekly CBB posts

 

If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!

 

Weekly reads

 

Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read online over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.

 

Well, that’s a wrap for this PF Friday’s Grab a brew #68. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.

-Mr.CBB

 

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How to build a rock garden with weed prevention

Rock garden wallSAVE WITH ROCKS AND MULCH

 

A few years ago I travelled to England and my first comment when we arrived at our destination was where is all of the grass? Not one single house on the street had a lawn, rather they had a rock garden.

I was informed that being in walking distance from the Irish Sea the drifting salt water made it difficult to have vegetation growing on their properties.

Instead everyone had rock gardens. It looked great!

Rock gardens

 

Rocks gardens can look nice in the beginning but that can change quickly especially if not prepared or maintained properly. It’s not too often that we see entire properties transformed into rock gardens in North America though many people do enjoy the style and natural touch they can add to their properties.

Unfortunately, there are too many rock gardens that have been neglected or not installed well that are now overgrown and full of weeds, in some cases you are barely able to see the rocks or stones.

Why would you consider building a rock garden?

If a rock garden is properly prepared and installed, it can be a relatively low-maintenance required addition to your landscape which is easy on the budget.

Rocks also pair well with water so if you are thinking of installing a pond or waterfall a surrounding rock garden may just be the finishing touch you are looking for.

A rock garden can also help to improve drainage in your yard. Depending on the slope of your property and if positioned correctly it may even create a natural riverbed.

Rock gardens are often used as a focal point because unlike plants, rocks don’t die and look great year round.

Rock garden preparation

 

Building a rock garden

The tools and materials you use to build your rock garden will contribute to the amount of regular maintenance your garden will require.

An edger can be used to dig a deep edge that separates the garden from your lawn. You won’t have to replace as many stones overtime as they will settle in the edge and can then be put back in. It also makes it easier to cut any surrounding grass while avoiding hitting any rocks or stones with your lawn mower blades.

While landscape fabric is marketed as a magical way to prevent weeds from growing in your garden it will not prevent all of them. Laying down the fabric before adding soil to your garden will certainly help but while weeds cannot grow up through the fabric they can still grow down into the fabric.

Seeds that make it into your garden whether they made it there by wind, rain, insects or birds can still push their roots right on through it. You will still see weeds but not nearly as many.

When preparing the ground choose a good quality, weed free soil. If you are going to try cut corners by buying cheap materials, buying cheap soil for a rock garden is not a corner you want to cut, especially if you are planning to cover the majority of the garden with stones or pebbles.

Pulling weeds out between rocks is not only painful for your fingers as you are not likely to get a shovel or trowel in without disturbing the natural look of your rock garden but also often it is hard to remove the roots of a weed that is buried in rocks.

The weed will continue to grow back with a bigger and stronger root that will be even harder to remove.  Further in this post I will share some homemade weed killer ideas that can be applied to any weeds that may pop up or prevent the seeds from germinating in the first place.

A garden rake (hard rake) can be used to level and smooth out the underlying soil.

A large pry bar or wrecking bar and a fulcrum (wood blocks to use as pivot points) can be very helpful when trying to move and place a boulder. Moving large boulders is not a one person job they can be extremely heavy and while it may add a nice focal point to your garden it’s not worth throwing out your back.

Once the soil is prepared, you then will want to get any plants in the ground before laying any stone or mulch in the garden.

Rock garden plants

 

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rock garden plants hens and chickens

What plants can I use in a rock garden?

Really you could plant whatever you would like though some plants will look better and require less work to maintain than others.

Perennials, succulents and ornamental grasses are the best to use in a rock garden as you only have to plant them once and do not have to remove any stone that you would have to if planting annuals every year.

Among many plants that would work well in a rock garden, junipers, rock cress, sedums and hens & chicks are just a few. Hens and Chicks will also easily grow on rocks as you can see in the picture from my driveway.

Try to use a variety of plants with different textures that will compliment the stones and rocks you have used to achieve the natural look.

Keep in mind when choosing plants that some may need dividing to avoid growing too large and taking over your rock garden.

Dividing these plants will not be as easy as ones that are planted in a traditional garden as the rocks can make this a challenge.

If you don’t mind moving the stones or rocks away so you can dig then by all means go ahead, but keep in mind it’s going to be more work for you.

Homemade weed killers

 

While pulling weeds by hand is an effective, natural approach to weed management it is not very enjoyable and can be painful for your fingers when working around rocks and stones.

Just because the use of herbicides is banned in many places it doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there that you can use to get rid of the pesky weeds that may pop up in your rock garden.

Depending on the design of your garden and the materials that you choose to use, mechanically removing the weeds with a hoe or a trowel will not be an easy way to make maintain a weed free rock garden.

Corn Meal

 

Sprinkling corn meal over your garden can used as a pre-emergent herbicide as it prevents the germination of all seeds. Not just the seeds from weeds too so make sure you are not spraying around any seeds that are planted in any of your gardens, including your vegetable garden.  Corn meal is often referred to as the birth control of seeds.

Boiling water

 

This is pretty self-explanatory. Take a kettle of boiling water and pour it on the weeds, being careful not to burn your feet.  The water will scald the leaves and the roots as the water is absorbed in the soil.

Vinegar and dish soap

 

I am sure most people on Pinterest and Facebook have seen the Homemade Weed Killer recipe that claims to work great to kill your pesky weeds.

  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp Dawn dish soap

Well I know firsthand that vinegar works well to kill weeds by clogging the leaves’ pores and preventing the process of photosynthesis to occur, eventually killing it.

While the dish soap is used to help the vinegar stick to the plant instead of it running off into the soil, I wouldn’t recommend adding salt. Salt is toxic to our plants, trees and soil and this mixture can really work without it.

Also, this homemade weed killer requires the weed to be leafed out, meaning it will not kill any weeds after you have pulled them out and the root stayed in the ground or if you have just cut the grass.

The leaves need to be present so that it can be absorbed, the more surface area the better. Spraying them after you have just cut the grass or was unsuccessful pulling it out will only be a waste of your money.

With both the boiling water and vinegar/dish soap methods keep in mind that just because it didn’t kill the weed the first time you doused it doesn’t mean it isn’t working. I have seen many dandelions over the years, even very small ones which have had a 2 foot tap-root.

The roots are what you are aiming to kill with these methods and as some weeds will continue to grow back. A couple of applications may be required to get rid of these stubborn weeds.

Always make sure the leaves of the weeds are completely saturated. Both methods can be used on your lawn, driveway, walkways, paths and rock gardens.

A humid, sunny day with no wind is always the best time to spray any liquid herbicide, homemade or not. Pesticide drift may occur when it is windy and can damage surrounding plants.

Don’t defeat the purpose

 

While the general idea behind a rock garden is add a natural look to your property you can really design one however you please or have a professional do the landscape work for you. Weed prevention is a very important issue to address when planning your rock garden.

A rock garden overgrown with weeds isn’t the natural effect you were likely aiming to achieve. It is inevitable that there will always be weeds but by being one step ahead of them we can control how big of a problem we allow them to be.

Do you have any rock gardens on your property? What experiences can you share?

 

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The money-box inspired my passion for finance

 The Money-BoxSAVING MADE EASY 

 

The money-box I had as a child is a memory that has inspired my love for finance which has continued to broaden as I get older.

My post today is for financial literacy awareness hosted by The Heavy Purse blog.

I’m participating with many other bloggers around the world sharing their Ah ha moment when it came to money at some point in their life.

I was asked to remember my first Ah ha moment in my life when financial sense struck me. For me the money-box was key.

Growing up in the UK for most of my life may differ from life in North America but saving money is universal.

After looking back and remembering things from an early age, I can say without doubt that I’ve been careful with my money for a long time.

The money-box


 
Even as a young child of roughly six, we got given pocket-money and mine went in the money-box I had. It was nothing special, just a standard looking cube with a coin slit in the top and a stopper in the bottom to get the money out.

I was never happy spending it on things at the drop of a hat. I had to save it, although I have absolutely no idea what I was saving for. We weren’t rich by any means. My mother was a stay at home mum and my father worked all week as a contractor.

Back in the 1980′s life never seemed to run at the same pace it does these days and there just wasn’t the sheer diversity of children’s toys as there is today. It was harder to spend your money on rubbish in those days. Most of our fun was made up with the other kids on our street.
 
As I grew up it didn’t take long to realise that if I did jobs for people like washing cars and mowing lawns that I could save even more. I never had much desire to have the latest toys either so most of my cash sat in the money-box.

Piggy banks

 

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One day while walking through town with my mother I was drawn towards a window advertisement in the local Natwest (National Westminster) Bank. There was a young savers account that allowed the account holder to be rewarded for every milestone they reached.
 
The incentives were a collection of Natwest Piggy Banks which were a variation on the money-box where every £25 saved got you the next Pig in the family.

You opened the account with a minimum balance and got the first (baby) pig and then it was up to you to keep saving for the rest.

I realized with my first Ah ha moment that saving is rewarding. It wasn’t long before I hit the £100 mark and had received the entire family of pigs.
 
Much to my amazement, when the scheme came to an end, the value of the complete family shot up. Years later I sold my pig collection for more than double what I had saved for.
 
I don’t remember any other bank running a children’s bank account anything remotely like this since.

That’s a shame, but it seems that the money-box idea has come full circle. Natwest have now decided to re-issue the young savers account but with “Pigby” to encourage a new generation of money savvy youngsters.
 
The money that I had put away to collect the pigs was eventually moved to a Post Office account at around the age of eleven where I got 10% interest in those days. I would pay in birthday money along with what I had earned.

The interest


 
Watching the money going up without actually putting more in amazed me. This is probably my second Ah ha moment. Interest was interesting. After asking my parents multiple questions on the basics of money I had worked out that my money needed to be moved and soon.
 
Moving my money to another account gave me full access and control over my finances. Looking back now it was a very small amount, but it seemed like a lot then.
 
The account was held with Halifax Building Society which was different from a standard bank but for reasons that currently elude me. The best of it was, when Halifax converted to a standard bank years after, I received a payout from holding money with them over that period.
 
All the experiences I had from a young age all centered around saving your money and watching it grow. From the lessons learned and the questions I asked I have kept the same principles running till this very day.

It was all of these money lessons starting with the money-box that allowed me to purchase my first home at age 21 and my second just a few years later.

 

Debt-free under 40

 

Now I’m married and we are both under the age of 40, debt free including the mortgage. My wife has grown to love finance as much as I have since she was young which helped us to get ahead all these years.

Money isn’t everything that is correct but you need money to live so saving money and spending it where it needed to get spent helped us get from money-box to the Canadian Budget Binder budget spreadsheet. Without our budget we can easily say that we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Saving and waiting to buy something you really wanted has been replaced by buy now and pay later. The anticipation from waiting was all part of the run up to buying it. Once you had bought it, you looked after it.

I’m not even what you would consider old but I still have values that are old school which I don’t think is a bad thing these days. One day when we have a child I’ll teach him/her about finance and maybe a money-box will be the beginning of the financial journey to debt freedom like it has been for us.

What can you say was your Ah ha moment when it comes to finance?

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Product pricing less than the manufacturer advertised price : The grocery game challenge #3 Apr 14-20, 2014

pre-priced products Mr. Goudas honey mielPRODUCT PRICING IN YOUR FACE

 

Price monitoring may lead to us seeing more of the manufacturer advertised price printed right on the product we are purchasing at the grocery store.

Back in March I wrote a post about the suppliers fighting back because they no longer want to see their products viewed as the loss leader to get customers through the door.

Some places like Shoppers Drug Mart have a great deal on milk which is why we buy it there every week paired with their Shoppers Optimum program for points however the milk is advertised at below cost pricing from what we were told.

Now that’s not a bad thing from our perspective as a customer because we use milk every day and we want the best prices. We shop more at Shoppers Drug Mart not just because the milk is cheap but also because of the points program and great flyer specials they have.

Does the milk get us through the door? You bet! If we didn’t need milk and eggs which also go on for a great price at $1.99 most weeks we might not go in as much. You know you are a regular when the staff know you by name like they do us lol.

 

Manufacturer advertised price

 

It was the product in the photo above Mr. Goudas Honey with the manufacturer advertised price on the bottle that alerted me to something I haven’t seen before in terms of pricing. However as you can see the store price tag is selling the honey for less than the manufacturer advertised price at $6.49.

Even if it’s only the manufacturer suggested retail price on the product the retailer has to decide whether they want to sell it at that price or lower the price. You won’t see the price any higher than the labelled price because that would simply make no sense whatsoever.

In a way I see this as the manufacturer forcing the retailer to make a pricing decision based on what the manufacture advertised price is on the product. They know that the retailer won’t drop the price too drastic so they cap it off at what they believe the price should be and hope for the best.

I don’t know of any product pricing laws in Canada besides the scanning code of practice but that’s not a law it’s just voluntary however you never know what lurks around corners.

Sure, we look at that immediately as it’s a great deal because we are paying less than what they originally wanted. Who is they? The manufacturer of course by why are they putting prices on the products now?

Maybe they are trying to force the stores to sell the product at that price and this is what we have to look forward to in the future. This may also be a way for the manufacturer to control the pricing from going higher but not so much lower at the moment.

We often hear of friends and fans of the blogs going over to the USA to do shopping and it’s because the price gap between the US and Canadian products makes that trip worthwhile for them.

Even though you factor in toll costs and travel time and gas for cross-border shopping once you do the math with your grocery bill you still may save more money than if you simply shopped at home in Canada.

Do we want to keep the money in Canada? Sure we do but pricing and budgets matched with what Canadian families can afford may just draw them over the border.

Do you think we will see more products with a manufacturer advertised price on them? What do you think of this type of pricing by the manufacturer?

 

April grocery game challenge posts

 

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you. :)

 

Grocery saving tips

 

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Free Money Saving Downloads are awesome lists that were created to get us on track to work towards reaching our budgeting goals and now we are sharing them with you.

I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the saving process in your grocery budget today.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet for FREE.

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Ultimate grocery shopping guide

 

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email and let me know.

 

Food food and more food

 

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Food Basics

4 x Frozen Wild Salmon- Sale $6.97 reg $10

Total out-of-pocket $27.88

Grocery shop results

 

 Wild Pacific Salmon

 

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
  • Total Budget for March $235.00-$20.82=$214.18/4=$53.54
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Coupons Used to date: $33.75
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
  • Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
  • Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $20.00-$20.00=$0
  • Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94+ $2.06+$20.00
  • Total Spent This Week: $27.88
  • Total Spent So Far April: $202.45
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $39.31-$27.88= $11.43
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $255.82+April $
  • Weekly Overview: We are away for the week so we are eating at the relatives so we didn’t need too much in terms of shopping, well nothing lol. We did pick up the salmon since it’s such a great price and we love it. We don’t have much left to spend for thee month with the stocking up we’ve done. We do have $70 in PC points now to use if we need to.

 

Coupon Sleuth

 

We didn’t find any coupons this week since we didn’t really shop.

Did you find any coupons? If so share the details in the comment section of this post where you found it and what the coupon is for with expiry.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.

 

  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?

 

No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.

 

  • When does the Grocery Game close each month?

 

The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.

 

  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?

 

Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.

 

 

Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week and your weekly Checkout 51 offers from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.

 

  • What is an FPC?

 

An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.

 

 

You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.

 

 

I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.

You may also substitute items in order to stick to your grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge Canada 2014!

-Mr.CBB

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