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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 January 7-January 13,2013 Join In!!

You should Join in the Grocery Game Challenge If you’ve thought about cutting back or even getting your grocery budget under control. Whether you have a grocery budget for 1 or a grocery budget for 7 sticking to the budget is made easier when you post your shop. I’ve already seen an increase in new grocery game challenge posters and I am excited to track their success in 2013.  In 2012 we set a grocery budget for 2 of $190 a month with one no-shop week per month. When we reviewed our 2012 Yearly grocery budget figures in last weeks post you can see our grocery expenses were a bit more than the $190 a month we anticipated. Why? For 2 reasons We didn’t start the Grocery Game Challenge at the start of 2012 We didn’t carry over any overspend to the next month so we could get back on track. This year will be different for us as we have a bit of a bigger budget as well as a stockpile budget that we will use for great deals so we don’t use our entire grocery budget for the week. Our 2013 grocery budget is now $2819.38. It makes sense to us […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 31-Jan 6 #1~Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year’s to all my fans here at Canadian Budget Binder. The Grocery Game Challenge has been amazing this past year and I know 2013 will be even better. We have had fans from Canada and the USA post their grocery shops weekly and we are growing each month with more people who want to stick to their grocery budget. If you are looking for ways on how to save money post your shop in the grocery game each week. I often have people email me to ask me “How much should my grocery budget be?” but the question should be “How much can I afford?” to spend in the budget.  I can’t tell you the amount of people who are looking for magic numbers telling them what they need to spend on groceries every month. I’ll tell you all loud and clear you are the one holding the answer to your question. No one on the internet can tell you what to spend. Once you figure out your monthly budget using your net income the numbers should fall into place. Balancing the budget is the only way you will know how much to spend and besides there may be […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 24-30, 2012~Boxing Day

Boxing Day Deals kept piling up in our shopping cart today but that’s OK we planned to pick up some great deals and we did. Not everyone fancies going out for boxing day but for us we were pretty sure it would save us some money. I’m guessing many of the people working on boxing day were just as anxious to pick up deals. Our cashier at Canadian Tire told us that she wants to pick up a few things after her shift if there’s anything left. There was a great deal today spend $60 and get a $15 spending card so I don’t blame her. They were pretty much throwing money back at us and we used every bit of it. We planned to be at Sears for 6 am when they opened but that didn’t happen. Laziness kicked in and we just didn’t give  a toss when we got there because we thought if we find what we want great but we’re not running out at stupid-o-clock for a deal. We finally made it out by noon with a Tim Horton’s coffee in hand and made our way to the mall, Sears, Value Village and Canadian Tire. I personally don’t see […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 17-23,2012 Hot Stuff That Tabasco!

I’m adding a little spice to the Grocery Game Challenge! Tabasco has been so nice to send me this nifty Christmas gift set that I won from Facebook. It came with around 10 coupons for $1.00 off any Tabasco and 10 little bottles of  Tabasco in red velvet bags perfect for a stocking stuffer. Thanks Tabasco Canada! I’ll be sure to pass these along to any Winners in the Grocery Game Challenge. ENTER to WIN HERE>$100 CASH through PayPal or an AMAZON Gift Card! Contest Ends Dec 28,2012. Good Luck It seems many grocery game challenge fans believe their grocery budget has been shot to the moon and back this month and you know what, it has for many. The lesson we learned this year was that we need to make some changes to our grocery budget including Christmas and stockpiling using coupons or simply great deals we find. Having posted our shops all year we will have a better idea for 2013 how much money we spent in 2012 and what we should set our budget at. We do know for certain that if we spend more one month that we WILL carry that overage to the next month to make up for it. There’s […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge November 12-18,2012 Ho,Ho,Ho,Holiday Treats!

Did someone say Holiday Treats? Last week in The Grocery Game Challenge we talked about planning to bake for the holidays and what you needed to do. Now that the weather has changed some of our neighbours have flipped the switch on their Christmas lights and put out their holiday decorations. We woke up to see our skylight this morning covered in snow and like kids we both rushed to the front window to see what the night had brought for us. Sadly, it was a small dusting but clearly the snow is on its way. For some it is still very early and for others like us we like to get a jump-start into the festive season so we can be enjoying it with friends and family as the weeks slide on in and party invites start to come in. The festive spirit has already ignited as we spread some holiday cheer. So we decided to make a few easy Christmas recipes in the upcoming weeks starting in December and I will post them every Sunday as a Holiday Treat Special. Every Sunday I post a recipe from Mr.CBB’s kitchen on the blog. It’ s the only time a week […]

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Welfare Food Challenge- $26 A Week for 1 In The Grocery Budget

If you are following Canadian Budget Binder on Facebook you may have read that I have joined the Welfare Food Challenge out of British Columbia beginning Oct 15-22, 2012. Although I live in the Greater Toronto Area my mate Steve Zussino at Grocery Alerts  who is also taking part in the challenge knew I ran the Grocery Game Challenge and encouraged me to join. In Ontario there are 2 programs Ontario Works which is temporary assistance to those in need and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for those with disabilities. Together these programs alone help over 850,000 Ontarian’s each year. What is the Welfare Food Challenge? This challenge was put in place to show the government in BC that of the $610 they give monthly to a welfare recipient $26 a week for food is not sufficient considering this does not include other necessities such as a hair cut or clothes. Although Mrs.CBB and I have only $190 a month in our grocery budget outside of this challenge that leaves us $47.50 per week for us to shop for 2. The difference with this challenge is you are starting from scratch meaning you have zero items on your pantry list and you […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Sept 10-16 ~Almost Fall!

Soon enough the Fall leaves will start to turn colour on the trees and the leaves will fall to the ground. The children will be merry and the parents saddened to have to rake the leaves although I bag them and use them for compost on my garden the next year. The nights are getting chilly but the garden seems to be blooming the best it has all year with new flowers on the go each and every day. I can’t tell you how thrilled we’ve been to eat tomato salad pretty much every single bloody night. If you detect some sarcasm, you are not far off, but I’m sure I should have nothing to whine about. We grew over 40 plants from seed this year far more than any other year where we typically had 8 plants. We will be scalding some soon and putting them in the freezer as the novelty of organic tomatoes has run its course in CBB cuisine. Our Crab Apple tree is now empty of the beautiful apples since we made crab apple spice jelly but apple crops are in full swing in and around Ontario. You may notice the prices have soared and that’s all […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Sept 3-9,2012 Back to School!

  Well today is the day all the student’s head back to school in Ontario for another fun-filled year. I’m sure many of the kids have already started a 2013 Summer Break Countdown. Most of all, no more babysitting costs for those parents that work and have to pay someone to look after their kids during the summer holidays. They can save some money in the budget but if you know you will be paying for a babysitter each year you can start saving now as a projected expense for next year. One of our readers sent her kids off with a smile this morning yet the kids frowned the loss of fun-filled days doing nothing but hanging out with their friends. Of course kids just don’t know how easy they have it, do they. How many times do we think to ourselves “why was I in such a rush to grow up”. Last month with our young of town guests staying with us we saw a rise in our grocery budget. We can only imagine what other families go through having to buy or make snacks for the kiddies. This month Mrs.CBB and I aim to keep the budget under […]

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