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Our Weekly Menu Plan Based On A Monthly $265 Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Feb 27-March 5

MENU PLANNING INVOLVES MORE THAN A SHOPPING LIST.   If you are the family meal planner don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the same menu plan your friends or family make because their grocery budget may be different. Not only that but their savings skills and ability to use coupons, price-matching, rewards points and so on all aid in savings. Also, keep in mind that not everyone has grocery stores on every other street corner. Some of you who live in rural areas may have a small grocer in town but must drive into a bigger city to see further grocery savings. Related: How a small town family saves money on groceries   Look to others for inspiration   Two of my home cook inspirations… Canadian Budget Binder fan Mary has posted her grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) for the past 5 years. Not only does she try different recipes she finds online to her menu plan but her monthly $190 grocery budget for 2 has remained unchanged for many years. You can follow her journey every week by reading the comment section of the Grocery Game Posts along with many other GGC players. Mary makes […]

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25 Foods We Stopped Buying To Strengthen Our Savings Power : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Feb 20-26

DON’T LET FOOD CONTROL YOU ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   You might be asking yourself the same questions everyone else is when it comes to food prices. When is this grocery shopping battle ever going to end? The answer is never because we have no control over price points or the state of the economy. What we do have is the ability to fight back by finding ways to slash our grocery budget with smart shopping choices. Ugh, I know that sounds like fun to some of you. Most often it’s not for the rest. The biggest savings high for us is finding those unadvertised awesome deals or using enough coupons to get a product free or near free. Is that even possible to do with coupons today? Meh, some say yes and others say no. It depends on what you buy, but I can say with certainty that stockpiling and the lucrative deals are far and few these days. You won’t believe how much money you are spending on empty foods that don’t add value to your meal plans or snack box. By adding value I mean, nutrition, cost and taste. Everyone wants to […]

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How To Spot Grocery Store Discounts (Saved Us $511 last year) : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Feb 13-19

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH AN EXTRA $500?   If you find it amazing what you can save money on when you’re not looking imagine the savings you’d find if you were. One question we often get asked is, “How do you eat so well on a tight budget of $265 a month?” to which I reply budgeting, flyer savings, coupon app savings and grocery store discounts. Ask me that same question back in 2012 and I would have told you we were extreme couponers and deal seekers but times have changed. We went from using thousands of dollars in paper coupons every year to $15.35 in 2016. Today, our savings plan is far more balanced than it used to be. Now we take the grocery store discounts approach paired with eating less, using coupons, applying coupon app savings and rewards points etc. Back then rewards point programs were ramping up outside of the credit card world which gave Air Miles a run for their program. It became clear that consumers wanted to be rewarded for being loyal customers. The start of war of the rewards programs began and quickly evolved into which company could rope in the most customers. […]

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6 Grocery Budget Sacrifices Of A Frugal Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Feb 6-12

STOP AND CONSIDER WHETHER YOU ARE PUTTING ENOUGH EFFORT INTO SAVING AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN WHILE FOOD SHOPPING.   Grocery shopping should not be difficult but without unlimited funds walking into a grocery store and putting whatever you fancy into a shopping cart can be costly. Some shoppers don’t care about saving money but complain that grocery prices are too high. Then there is the frugal shopper who will pull out all the strings to save money but not without sacrifices. Which shopper are you? Frugal doesn’t mean you are cheap it means you are smart with your money. Don’t get me wrong there are still plenty of smart shoppers who aren’t frugal shoppers but just happen to land on deals wherever they go. Lucky maybe? We’re not in the CBB house so we opt for the frugal lifestyle so we can concentrate on paying our debts, increasing our retirement savings and enjoying life without the added worry of more bills. Why? We pay everything in full. Related: Why are you being frugal when you don’t have to be? Arriving at the point where money stress wasn’t getting in the way of our reasoning when grocery shopping has […]

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7 Money Smart Shopping Trip Essentials You Need : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Jan 30-Feb 5

THE GROCERY SAVINGS BAG IS THE ONLY BAG WE THINK ABOUT BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR A SHOPPING TRIP.   Coupon Binder, what’s that? Yes, even the binder has become old school and the grocery saving newbies are wondering what we’re going on about. You mean, smartphone, right? No, coupon binder but don’t worry because not many people carry them around these days. Planning for a grocery shopping trip in the CBB household either runs as smooth as my brownie batter or as lumpy as my mashed potatoes. Even before we became parents grocery shopping was a big deal and it still is although our priorities include a toddler who takes ages to get out the front door. Related: How to successfully go grocery shopping with a baby Over the years we’ve learned the easy way how to save money while grocery shopping and the hard way. The problem is that even though we have the best intentions sometimes not everything goes as planned. I bet even the ultra-organized shoppers screw up their own shopping trip from time to time. I can’t tell you how many times Mrs. CBB and I have sat down to sort out our menu plan for […]

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15 Grocery Savings You Might Be Missing At The Pharmacy : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Jan 16-22

YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY MAY HAVE MORE FOOD DEALS THAN YOU’RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TO LOWER GROCERY COSTS.   One of the least read flyers that consumers miss out on chopping their grocery budget hands-down is at the pharmacy. When our weekly flyers would arrive Mrs. CBB handed them to me and the process I followed was to toss out the flyers we had no interest in which used to include pharmacy flyers. It was easier for me to get through the flyers of stores that were familiar to me then those little shops. Boy did I learn a lesson from that mistake. If you haven’t taken the time to look around the pharmacies in your area you might be shocked to find out they offer more than just medicine. The nearest pharmacy to us is a Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix) and a small family pharmacy located next to a doctor’s office. The main difference between the two is that the small pharmacy doesn’t carry food products like you’d find at almost all the big name pharmacies around Canada. Since being purchased for 12.4 billion by Loblaws in 2014 almost all Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy stores have ramped up PC products […]

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How To Curb The Fast Food Temptation After Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Jan 9-15

YOUR BUDGET WILL CHANGE IT’S COURSE IF YOU’RE NOT WATCHING HOW MUCH YOU SPEND WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING.   Let me show you why you’re eating out after grocery shopping and how to beat the temptation that could send your budget into an unbalanced mess. The idea of spending $200 at the grocery store to fill a shopping cart and then buying fast food straight after seems absurd but we’ve all done it. If you want to slash your grocery budget this year it’s important that you look at all the inside and outside factors that influence the way you spend money. The temptation or the idea to cut the time you’ve just wasted in the grocery store seems appealing especially when you’re not in the mood to cook. Eating out means less time doing stuff you don’t want to do after a grocery shop. I am guilty for getting take out after grocery shopping, After all the shopping I’m tired and don’t want to cook- Ami K (Facebook) Eating before you go grocery shopping so you don’t spend more money at the supermarket is a well-known fact. Depending on what you eat and how much you’ve eaten you might […]

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15 Main Sources For Grocery Savings 2017 You Should Know About : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Dec 26-Jan 1

SPOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES IN 2017.   Grocery Savings 2017-The Grocery Game Challenge starts next Monday January 2 for returning players and for those of you who want to join but aren’t sure about how much money you spend but need to know. There really are many ways to scoop up grocery savings 2017 other than waiting for the paper boy/girl to show up with your weekly grocery flyers. This is one post I look forward to at the end of the year along with our final budget and net worth updates because these are the numbers we’ve worked so hard for all year. Saving money no matter who you are is challenging and it’s not until you start tracking your money when you really get the answer to that burning question, How much am I really spending on groceries? When you track your expenses whether it be only your food expenses or you use a budget spreadsheet those numbers at the end of December will either make you very happy or sad. If you’re not happy perhaps you’ll need to consider a new approach to your grocery savings 2017 […]

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