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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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



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!

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Where can I get cash for second-hand clothes?

cash for second-hand clothesEVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS


Don’t think that you can’t get cash for second-hand clothes  because you can if you know how to turn used clothes into money back in your pocket. 

These days your options span from selling second-hand clothes online to having customers come to your home for a garage sale to visiting a consignment store.

There was a time a couple of years ago when we shopped second-hand clothing stores because it was cheaper to buy clothes that were used rather than buying them new.

The problem is that so many people are now frequenting these shops that prices have gone up exponentially to the point where you have to justify a purchase price.

My new motto is “just because it’s used doesn’t mean it’s a bargain price” and it’s true, if you know your prices when you shop second-hand shops. You will be shocked at some of the prices these days although if you go to the right places you can still save some money.

Going into Value Village used to be a fun trip for us because we would try to see if we could find good quality items that we would have to pay out the nose for at the mall or other shops for dirt cheap.

I can’t tell you how many times a week our phone rings with an organization asking to pick up used clothing which they sell for profit. There’s certainly money to be made in the second-hand clothing industry these days.

We were very successful on many occasions even finding brand new clothing items with the tags still on them for prices you just couldn’t pass up. It used to be that garage sales had the best deals on used clothing and other items but it seemed that during the off-season it was best to shop second-hand. That’s not so much the case anymore.

Consignment stores are nothing new and were shops that people knew about but not many people shopped in them. These days it’s the other way around and everyone knows what a consignment store is and loves to shop at them.

You can easily find vintage clothing for a fraction of the price. The kicker here is that people make money from their used clothes and so cash for clothes is now exploding.




Why donate when you can get cash for clothes that are used? I know it sounds silly that you would just give your clothes away for free when you can get cash for them. Not everyone cares to make money by selling their used clothing but the reality is not everyone has money sitting in the bank waiting for someone to spend it.

Sure donating is a great way to give back to those that are in need but if you have debt that you are struggling to pay back or other financial problems and you can get cash for clothes you would normally donate why wouldn’t you?

The big fashion these days is finding used clothes for a great deal and it’s not just the people who are struggling to make ends meet it’s the people with good incomes who are saying they want in on the savings too.


Second-hand clothes


If you’ve ever asked yourself “where can I sell second-hand clothes?” there are a few popular options for you that I will talk about today.

The above question is what one fan emailed me about because she says she has 3 children and a basement full of baby and toddler clothing. She bought some of the clothing used and other items were bought full-price at fashion clothing stores for kids which cost her quite a bit of money.

She said if she can get cash for clothes rather than giving them away she could put that money to good use, maybe into the kid’s college fund. Good point. Why not recycle the money that she spent by making someone else rich. I’m not joking either.

Starting a second-hand clothing store might be a smart idea according to my wife who was out shopping with her friend for second-hand baby clothes at a consignment baby store.

My wife said when she entered the store it was a floor to ceiling shop full of baby and toddler clothes and everything else under the sun that you would need for a child. One thing she noticed right off the hop was the prices.

She was shocked at the prices of second-hand items in the store. One top that you could easily find on sale at Old Navy was costing $5.50 not to mention the bins of shoes. Here’s the funny part.

While looking through the used shoes a few pairs from the dollar store came into view of my wife. She said that she had seen them for $1 at the Dollar store. When she flipped the shoe over the second-hand store was selling them for $6.50 a pair. OMG.

When my wife brought this to the attention to the store worker she shrugged it off and said the prices were generated by a computer. So, if you don’t know what you are buying you could be blowing more money than you really need to.

Not only did my wife find that doozy of a deal she listened and watched. This shop accepts any type of baby or toddler clothing in which you can get cash for clothes that you were likely going to donate. The women and men were piling through the door with boxes of items and once you take your cheese counter ticket number they call you up to go through your items.

They check to make sure everything is in good shape and tell you how much they will give you per item. Don’t be shocked when I tell you they only give you $0.50 for tops and $0.75 for name brand jeans.

Oh ya, my wife was amazed because if you think you are going to get rich from getting cash for clothes you were going to give away think again.

Sure it’s money you wouldn’t have had but they turn around and sell that top you got $0.50 for $5.50. The profit on the clothing and baby items in this shop is enormous. A baby bath that are a dime a dozen online sell for $3-$5 for a bog standard tub but in the second-hand shop some beat up tubs were selling for $12.


Know your prices


While roaming around different stores recently I would look in to check the prices on some of the baby items and bath tubs can range in price from $15-$50 even cheaper if you watch for sales.

Baby onesies Carter brand with a zipper were on sale brand new for $6.99 at Sears reg $12.99 or you could buy them second-hand for $6.00+ at the second-hand store. Makes you wonder if they are hoping you don’t shop retail believing the prices are too expensive.

It’s no wonder more and more of these shops are turning up around town but are they the best place to shop for second-hand clothes?

I doubt it’s because more and more moms and dads are fighting back with the high prices at these second-hand shops by starting their own groups online and of course the traditional summer garage sales.

If you want to buy second-hand go where the prices are reasonable. Sure, you may find items at the second-hand store that are cheaper but if a majority of what you buy is close to retail when on sale are you really saving much?

Since this shopping trip my wife and I have been closely watching online sites to see where you can get cash for clothes and whether prices were better moving away from the second-hand store and you better believe they are.

The top two places were Facebook and garage sales to score the best deals if buying and selling your second-hand clothes for cash. If you want freebies well you’d better stick to freecycle.

Below are a few places you can get cash for second-hand clothes if you really want to sell them to make some money back but remember just because you sell second-hand clothes doesn’t mean the prices are the best to buy them.


The second-hand shop


Not all second-hand shops will offer cash for clothes but like the baby shop I talked about above you can earn some money back if you bring in all the items that are collecting dust in your home. I can’t promise you big bucks but you will likely get something even if you were given the items for free.




Are you looking to get rid of clothing and any other clutter in your home? Look no further than the social network giant, Facebook. There are so many groups that have been started for each city by people just like you who want to sell items.

If you have kids who have outgrown their clothes and you want to get cash for second-hand clothes get involved with these Facebook auction pages and see the money start to pile up.

You may even score more cash doing it this way rather than spending your time and gas going to a second-hand shop who offers you a small cut of the sale like above. Keep in mind not all second-hand shops may be like that one but it’s best to ring them up first to ask questions.

I didn’t explore further if other social media outlets like Twitter or Google Plus etc. have groups where you can get cash for clothes although it wouldn’t surprise me.


Consignment store


A consignment store is similar to the second-hand store above although I’ve seen more consignment stores accept adult and youth clothing over baby clothing and items. You may also find different styles of consignment stores such as clothing only or furniture only.

These shops will go over the items you bring in and they know the original price and will offer you a cut. They turn around and sell the item for profit. It’s a win-win situation like above but don’t expect to get rich.

I know my wife’s friend had a wedding dress that she had paid over $2000 for and a wedding consignment store offered her $150 dollars for it. You can bet they would turn around and sell it for 3 times as much.


Garage sale


It’s that time of year where garage sales are popping up every weekend. I always have people coming to CBB to find out more information on how to price items for a garage sale and that tells me it’s no easy task. I have shared my tips on how to buy and sell at a garage sale in the past but to be honest it’s not that hard as long as you know your prices. Garage sales weren’t meant to make you rich but if you sell your items for a reasonable price people will buy them.

We have seen on many occasions tables and racks filled with adult and kids clothing and prices that you just can’t beat. The best part is you can haggle with the seller because they want cash for clothes and you want to pay the least amount.

Negotiating is something you don’t get in second-hand shops or consignment stores that I’m aware of but you can haggle on Facebook depending on the group you join as they all have different rules.

What we learned from this quick research project over the past month is that if you want to get cash for second-hand clothes you no longer want you can easily make some money but you won’t be sailing off to the Caribbean with the profits. Explore all of your options first and knowing your prices are the key factors to take away from this post.

Have you got cash for clothes at a second-hand or consignment shop?

Do you use Facebook to buy and sell items?

What other tips can you share for the readers that I may have missed?




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Creamy Rice Pudding



I know many of you have asked for a few of my “What’s for Dinner” recipes from our nightly chit-chat at the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page so here is the creamy rice pudding recipe that we had the other week.

How to make rice pudding?

It’s so easy you will wonder why you never tried it sooner. Don’t worry though because we all have to start somewhere when it comes to creating new dishes for our families.

Trial and error is always important although getting it right the first time helps. I can easily say I’ve learned from my mistakes over the years but that has made me a better cook for my family.


Rice pudding


This is an ideal rice pudding that you can make any time of year as this can be eaten hot or cold and perfect to bring to parties, pot-luck or even a family BBQ in the summer.

I know I always have my friends asking me for recipes that they can whip up in a flash that are unique so they can bring them to gatherings and rice pudding is a dessert my family loves.

One good thing about rice pudding is that it is an inexpensive dessert to make and doesn’t take much effort at all as long as you have all your ingredients in the pantry.

If you think rice pudding is boring on its own you can easily jazz it up with a multitude of flavour toppings. My kids enjoy putting a dollop of jam or compote into their rice or even chocolate chips are a hit to add a bit more sweetness to the rice pudding.

This rice pudding recipe will fill you up and hit the spot especially if you are craving something creamy with a bit of sweetness, I promise! Not only is this rice pudding easy to make it’s light, fluffy and creamy and even though it’s made with Arborio rice it doesn’t give you that heavy feeling after you eat it like some puddings can.

What is Arborio rice?

Arborio rice is a short-grain Italian rice which is used in many rice pudding recipes. You can find Arborio rice in just about any grocery store in the international section or Italian section. You can also easily find it at any bulk food store in your area.

There are many kinds of rice from Basmati rice, brown rice, black or red rice, white to Arborio rice and sweet jasmine rice. They all make wonderful dishes but the ideal rice for this recipe is arborio rice.

It’s mostly used in risotto as it soaks up the liquid that you put into the dish. This is why it’s an ideal candidate for rice pudding and what gives it a really creamy texture.

You will definitely be going back for seconds or even thirds of this creamy rice pudding so make sure you make a double batch.

Creamy Rice Pudding steps

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Creamy Rice Pudding
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If you love rice pudding then you will love this easy, inexpensive rice pudding recipe.
Recipe type: Rice Pudding
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
  • ½ cup of Arborio rice per person
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 nob butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 5 cups milk
  • 250ml whipping cream
  1. Place milk, rice, sugar and butter into the pan and slowly bring it up to a boil.
  2. Once boiling turn it right down to low. Stir frequently as to not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  3. If you see that the rice has soaked up the milk and the rice is still hard just keep adding a little milk at a time until rice has fully cooked.
  4. Once cooked take off heat and cool.
  5. Whisk up your egg white until stiff. Do the same with the cream.
  6. Now fold in egg white then your cream this must be done whilst the rice is cool.
  7. You can now eat it cold or heat it up gently in the pan.


You can now eat it cold or heat it up gently in the pan.If you are looking for an easy rice pudding recipe that tastes delicious look no further. Trust me when I say I make it often and that I don’t have leftovers.


-Nicky x



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Do we ignore the poor people? : The Saturday Weekend Review #67



Many of us have a helping hand when it comes to helping the poor by donating your time by volunteering, fund-raising etc.

I watched this video this morning called “F the poor” which I will share with you below but what is ironic in the video is how people react to a strong message and what they consider to be powerful words.

When people are on the streets going about their daily chores and actually see homeless poor people asking for help many turn a blind eye. No one asks to live in poverty yet circumstances are sometimes beyond our control.

Some people even shake their heads in disgust and have nasty words to say like, “get a job” or calling the poor “lazy”.

Most often it’s the opposite and they’d do anything for someone to reach out or recognize them. It’s true though, without a job how can you make any money?

I can’t tell you what life is like being poor as I’ve never been there and I won’t even try to explain to you what emotions some must feel. I’m sure their motivation has decreased and they feel like no one will care but how do we change that mentality with the poor so they believe that people DO care and are willing to help them find a job.

We do have friends that don’t have two cents to rub together and get on each month living pay to pay but what about those that don’t even have that.

All I know is for various reasons people who are poor get where they are because of situations in their life many of us will never understand. It’s up to the poor people to find a way to live and for many it’s asking people for money or donations.

It’s like we know they are out there because we give without seeing but when the visual is in front of our eyes we turn the other way. Why does this happen? How many times have you turned the channel on the TV when you come across program to sponsor a child in a third world country?

It’s that visual that makes us want to not believe that it’s happening but we know it’s happening.

What does poverty mean?

Poverty likely means all sorts to different people but for the most part it’s living without money, a roof over your, clothes on your back, head and food on the table or very little of each.

I like to think of it as not having the bare essentials in life. It all boils down to not having money which means you don’t have a job , too much debt or a job that pays well enough to keep the household going.

Again, this will be defined differently by many especially those who are living it as they can tell us exactly what life is like being poor and living under the poverty line.


F the poor


I won’t lie and say us Brits don’t like to get our point across and say what’s on our mind, because many of us do. We don’t hold back and if we have something to say, we say it. Before you watch the “F the poor” video below featuring a UK social experiment would you give much notice to a man yelling “F_ _ k  the Poor” and wearing a sign stating the same?

Many of you would likely have something to say to him because he uses a word that is what is considered a “bad word” in society yet the word “help” is not but doesn’t come across as loud of a message as the word “F_ _ k.

A UK charity hired a man to wear such a sign to walk the streets to send a powerful message which I believe to show how we are easy to recognize powerful words yet not so giving with a weaker word such as “help” by the same man.

A man asking for help is tough to do as we view it as a weakness. What would we do without You Tube or GPS? We’d be lost because asking for help is difficult. He changes his sign to “Help the poor” shaking a money can in his hand to show us how society reacts to him begging for help.

I was not surprised to see how many people had something nasty to say to the man but I was even more shocked to see how many people walked past him when he was asking for help.

Is it because many people just don’t have the spare money to give? That is a possibility because many of us struggle to put food on the table and keep up with the bills. The working poor can hardly pay their own bills let alone help other people out financially.

How much is too little to give? Can you spare a dollar? Can you forget about that coffee you were going to buy to help the poor out? If you are donating money yet your bills are going to collection agencies, you might lose your home or you are so far in debt than you may have to look at your own life first before you can help others. If you are putting yourself into debt for no reason except you are spending too much on “stuff” you don’t need then no one can help you but you.

The mentality that all poor people or homeless people on the streets begging for money and will just go to the shop and buy booze has been around for ages. Not all poor people want booze. Many just want the basics in life most importantly a job. A job where they can earn their own money and someone to believe in them.

For those of you who would say that poor people are lazy and to get a job, would you hire them? You should say yes because many people won’t especially if they don’t have a home address or clothes to look good for work. Although there are charities out there willing to help sometimes that help runs thin.

The real point here is how we are going to get these poor people off the streets and into a job and place to live with food on the table. Getting donations day after day isn’t solving the problem it’s only helping them live another day, week, month etc.

There is no reason that we should have homeless poor people on the streets as long as they are willing and able bodied to work, believe in themselves and believe that someone else will believe in them. Many times the poor are the happiest people you will ever meet and the most generous.


Your life


What if it was you? You lost your job, your home, everything and no one would hire you to work and you were the sole provider for your house. How would you feel and what would you do? It’s likely easy to plan it all out now but when you have nothing left and no one wanting to help that plan may take a backseat to reality.

Sure we keep sharing the voice of financial literacy, budgeting, saving money in that emergency savings and it’s true we need to have back-up money just in case. Ask yourself next time you go to buy something whether you need it or not and how that money can help serve you better in the event you have no money.

Most people live in the now and forget about the future and deal with it when it comes their way. That’s not a good way to think because you leave yourself vulnerable. If you can create a safety net for your life, why wouldn’t you?

The end of the “F the poor” video makes me smile knowing that there are still people out there that care to help those in need. You’ll see.

What did you make of this social experiment video? Do you think the “F the Poor” message was more powerful than “Help the Poor”?


CBB Blog and at home


Not too much happening here except for plenty of spring cleaning and it’s only bound to get busier like many of you. The neighbours are already out in full force cleaning their properties and raking up the leaves from last year.

As soon as the ground dries a bit I’ll get out to the landscaping company and nursery to buy the last of the products we need to finish off the landscaping and be done with it. I’m hoping to continue the renovations inside as I really need to get the upstairs bathroom renovated this summer.

I’ve also got to get the winter tires swapped over to the all-season which I will likely do in the next couple of weeks as they are calling for more snow this week and below seasonal temperatures.

Like that’s a shock. The inside of the vehicle is full of sale and needs a good commercial cleaning and yes I will pay for this. I typically bring it to the professionals every other year to get cleaned inside and out to make sure all the salt is removed from the carpets.

A bit of extra money to keep the carpets clean is worth it to us just as the rust proofing in the winter. Our vehicle is over 11 years old and is in mint condition inside and out because of that money we save in the budget each year.

Other than that Easter with the family is around the corner although I don’t suppose anyone will hide mini Cadbury Easter eggs around the house for me to hunt.

As for the blog, all seems to be working well except I notice that on the odd occasion a blog post from the day before gets sent out to my subscribers at odd times of the day. I’ll be looking into that to see why that is happening but it’s certainly not a bad thing at this point.

Have a great week everyone!



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Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week CBB fan Jen P shares her awesome freebies that she picked up at the grocery store with coupons from local inserts that come in your mail or flyers each week. Well done Jen!

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

This shop was at RCSS on No Tax Day :-) so I could save the tax on my products using coupons.
  • Sunlight laundry pods regular $6.97 PM to $4.00 x 7= $28.00 – 7 x $4.00 coupons (insert)= FREE
  • Sunlight dish soap on sale for $1.98 x 7= $13.86 – 7 x Free dish soap wub laundry product (insert)= FREE
  • It was No Tax Day so I saved $5.44 in taxes.

My whole shop was FREE! :-)
(My RCSS is very easygoing with price matching.  They PM pretty much everything, even multi-buys, so I had no issues PM’ing from


Making a difference


If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email canadianbudgetbinder (@) 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.

There is no feature this week but will be back next week with some amazing personal finance bloggers that you will want to follow!! Stay tuned!!- Mr.CBB


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.




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.

  • Writing your own rain checks for Canadian Tire- Um, not sure you should be doing that.
  • Happiness Binder- Lots of happiness going on here at CBB!!
  • Where to find good things in dumsters.. no that’s not my typo.

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #67. Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.



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Would you buy a jar of clean air? : PF Weekly grab a brew #67

grab-a-brew-online-review IF THERE IS A BUYER IT WILL BE SOLD


There have always been odd products on the market that most of us shake our heads at but would you jump at the chance to buy air?

I’m all for the entrepreneurial spirit and using your creative imagination to invent a product or service for the public in order to make a profit.

Forget about encouraging your children to be young entrepreneurs selling just the obvious like lemonade or making their way to Dragons Den when you can score some big bucks selling air. (I’m just having a laugh… please do encourage your children’s creative side.)

The most you have to pay for is the glass jar you store the air in and labelling because well, air is free as long as it is clean air. I know I’m having a laugh but really it’s true that not just one person but 3 people are selling air and making a nice profit from it.


Buy my air


That’s right I nearly fell off my seat this morning wih my coffee in hand when I read a Yahoo article about a male artist from Beijing who is protesting the poor air quality in Beijing. He was visiting France and brought back a jar of clean air and he sold it.

You read that right, he sold it for a whopping $860 in an auction among other artists. Sure air in a glass is art but it’s also life. What would you pay for that last breath of life or fresh clean air in a jar?

I remember on many occasions while grocery shopping and seeing products with odd names or just odd products and wondered, who on earth would buy them? It’s true that you can sell just about anything but whether it will make you the next millionaire depends on the demand for the product. The three men in the Yahoo article aren’t wasting any time selling air as they want to cash in early and I can see why.

Many would laugh and say nothing but for some like those in Beijing and other parts of the world air quality is a big deal. Wearing masks just to get on with their day is a daily occurrence and they want something to be done about it.

Point proved by selling air? I think so. I’m in the wrong business.

Environmental air quality and smog is nothing new as it’s been an ongoing topic for those citizens concerned about the air they breathe and not just in Beijing but all around the world.

Proving that point to the government and other officials that the air quality is so bad and that he is able to make a profit from selling air in a jar might just spark some interest from the right people.

The two other men who are selling air have pocketed cash on the air buying phenomenon because people are willing to pay for it. One man a millionaire is selling air in pop cans and has done so since 2012.

The thing is if you want something that bad you will pay for it even if it’s as silly as air which we breathe in for free. No human should ever have to pay to breathe air. Best part is one of the three men talked about in the article is selling mountain air and he’s a 22-year-old French student ready to cash in on this air seeking cash cow. From what I read it sounds like he was giving out free samples and the city people were hooked.

Now he’s rolled in over $22,000 just by selling mountain air to people all around the world including Canada from people who live in polluted cities and want to sample the mountain fresh clean air.

Yes, people from Canada are buying fresh mountain air. It’s true that some cities in Canada don’t have the best air quality but I never dreamed I’d hear people from our own country are pulling cash from their pockets to buy air.

As silly as it sounds if people are willing to pay for it why should he stop? Do you think it’s fraud by selling air? Some may say yes but others no. If there is a buyer for a product no matter what that product is than it will be sold legal or non-legal.

It makes you wonder where all these people are with that kind of money. How about just saving up for a vacation in your budget and going to scoop up all the free mountain air you want? At least you are getting some form of a holiday out of the deal.

So, the next time your kid or someone you know comes up with some crazy idea to sell something don’t say that it won’t work because there is a potential buyer for just about anything in this world.

Would I buy a glass jar of clean air? I don’t know maybe out of curiosity and that’s what many of the consumers of this air product are doing. They want to know what air outside of where they live is like and whether it’s worth taking a trip.

For others it may never be possible to leave where they live for various reasons so the next best thing is air in a can. Addicted to air? Maybe but for all the right reasons, they want to live a better quality of life.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen sold or had someone try to sell you? Would you buy fresh mountain air in a jar?


Top recipe


chocolate covered cheesecake bites

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 “All She Cooks” for these lovely Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites. Check out the recipe and the other amazing recipes on the blog.


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 #67. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.




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