grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Aug 20-Aug 26, 2012~Stick To The Grocery Budget!

The Grocery Game Challenge this month has shown us how much work it can be when feeding more than 2 people in a household. A grocery budget for 4 is much more challenging than a grocery budget for 2 when shopping for food on a budget. Making lunches has challenged us as we have had to buy grocery items we never buy such as granola bars, luncheon meats and cheese slices just to name a few. Although we have had coupons for most grocery items at times we have had to find the best deal we could simply by knowing our prices. An example would be this weeks Bologna for $1.89 as that is what’s been requested for lunches and that was the best deal we could find. Overall we feel we are on track playing this months grocery game given the increased mouths to feed and only being over budget so far by $32.64. How well do you cope with your grocery budget when you have more mouths to feed than normal for an extended period? Do you tend to have a stash of frugal recipes ready to cook? Shopping for this week was minimal especially with having peppers and tomatoes in the […]

Reader Question: Meal Planning For The Budget

Meal planning and budgets go hand in hand but not everyone takes the time to do them. Although meal planning is a weekly chore the more you do it the easier it will get for you. For people who want to stick to a grocery budget creating a simple meal plan helps them to be creative in the kitchen while saving money in their wallets. This week’s reader question pertains to my nightly “What’s For Dinner” post on my Facebook fan page. If you follow the blog regularly you know that we have a Grocery Budget of $190 a month. We work with this number to create healthy, quick, frugal meals whilst trying to get the best bang for our buck. We often have people ask us how to grocery shop because they want to learn how to save money in their budget. It all starts with a commitment otherwise you may make it through the first week and return to your old ways. You also know that we like to use coupons but only on items that we know we will use in our meals. We have gone back to basics and have saved so much just by cutting out the “wants” and […]

How to Start Saving Money on Groceries in Canada

BEING FRUGAL IS HALF THE BATTLE   With the cost of living in Canada getting more expensive by the day, grocery bills are on the increase more than ever which makes groceries a top expense in our family budget. For a lot of people, saving money on food is crucial and especially a priority for those who have large families and pets. Some people simply rely on coupons to put a hot meal on the table for their children and family. Grocery coupons go a long way to helping to cut down the cost of food and household items, but there are also several other things you can do to save quite a bit of money in this area. Combining the use of grocery coupons with effective meal planning is probably the most effective technique, and these are habits that can be learned just by making a few simple changes in your daily routine. Making some simple sacrifices in the way you plan, shop and cook your food can substantially decrease your grocery bill if you follow a few simple guidelines. Over the past couple of years I have worked towards making some simple changes to my shopping habits and now […]

How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?

SAVING MONEY WITH A BUDGET   Last week Mr.CBB asked me, “What do you think is a reasonable weekly grocery budget for 1 person in Canada?” The question got me thinking: You can’t define a single weekly grocery budget that will work for everyone because there are too many variables.   Determining your grocery budget   First and foremost, a budget is determined by income. Some people can afford to spend more on food than others. A Budget is also affected by food prices, which can vary depending upon your location. For example, because the weather is inhospitable to farming and the location remote, food will always cost more in the Yukon than it will in Ontario. Through need or preference, some people will have special dietary needs. If you need to buy special ingredients due to an allergy or illness, or if you choose to eat only organic foods, you can expect to pay a premium for shopping to accommodate those requirements.   How much effort are you willing to put in?   Grocery budgets are also affected by how much time and effort a person is willing to invest in food preparation and meal planning. When I’m not earning a pay-check we spend less money on […]

Freezer Inventory List- Why A List Is A Smart Savings Move

Yes, a freezer inventory list can save you money, and lots of it. If you don’t know what you have inside your deep freezer or if you have products at the bottom that have been there since the dawn of time read on. I hope by the end of reading this blog post you will be printing my free freezer inventory list for your home. It doesn’t matter if you have a mini deep freezer or a full size deep freezer if it’s frozen you need to know what you’ve got. The use of a freezer is a great tool to save money but it can also cost you money if you are having to throw food in the garbage. Are you as good at taking food out of the freezer as you are at putting it in? Do you buy something and later find you have 3 more near the bottom of the freezer? You know you are nodding your head while reading this or at least saying Yep! No we’re not having a “Freezer Wars”  here but we are taking inventory of what we have in stock. When you have leftover food and are looking for ways to keep it until […]

Canadian Stockpiling Tips-Saving Money in the Budget!

STOCKPILE YOUR BUDGET   Every couponer knows that the key to long-term savings is building a successful stockpiling of everyday essentials. Having a variety of items on hand that you paid rock bottom prices for helps eliminate those last-minute, unplanned trips to the grocery store. Stockpiling is not as difficult as it seems and don’t be set-back or intimidated when you see those TV shows on TLC The Learning Channel). We can’t stockpile with coupons to the mass extent they do in the USA but stockpiling in Canada can be done. When you don’t stockpile on everyday products this is where you could end up paying full price. Here are a few tips to help you start, and maintain, a functional stockpile in your own home. More Savings for the Budget Canada- Are you listening?   Plan before you purchase   The first thing you want to do if you are considering stockpiling products is to plan out what you would like to stock, as well as how long you would like it to last.A good stockpile will go a long way if you plan out your shops. For example, if you would like to stockpile laundry detergent enough to […]

Top Ten Ways to Cut your Grocery Budget

Looking back at 2011, the first four months of our grocery budget was completely out of control, but that was our own fault. Although we were getting amazing deals, we never stuck to the budget because we were using coupons more than we needed to. We went from spending over $500 a month on groceries to our 2012 goal of $192.78. One thing we learned it was OK to let coupons expire and that we didn’t need to get everything even if it only required us to pay the tax. You see, over time all those little amounts that seem like nothing at the time, all add up. With only 2 people to feed we believe we can easily meet this goal. The problem comes when there is a really good deal or a 20x Shoppers Optimum points events. We also like to keep our eyes peeled for all those discount pink stickers and reduced to clear shopping carts filled with discontinued products. We scan our favourite spots in certain stores to find shelves that have marked down merchandise and so can you! Over time you get to know where in a store they will put all the marked down items for sale. If you are […]

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