How a small town family saves money on groceries

SMALL TOWN SAVINGS   Today we have a guest post from a small town fan of Canadian Budget Binder who wants to share her insights into grocery shopping on a budget when your options are limited. If you are a fan or a personal finance blogger and would like to share a story please read my guest post guidelines and contact me. My name is Christine and I live in a small town in Ontario and have followed Mr CBB for quite a while now on the blog and participating in posting my grocery shops with his Grocery Game Challenge since Sept 2012.   Our grocery budget   I shop for my family of 4 which includes my two adult children, my husband and I. We also can’t forget our family pet fat cat Stuart who eats up a part of our grocery budget as well. Our grocery budget is $650 per month so I have to make that money stretch and living in a small town can make that challenging for me. I have tried very hard to keep things within my budget, not always successfully. It’s been a learning experience to say the least. If you have been […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 13-19, 2014 #3: Supermarket abuse that costs money

YOU OPEN IT YOU BOUGHT IT   Although theft is one of the most costly forms of abuse in any retail store there are other more obvious things we see as consumers that make us shake our heads. I don’t know how many times I’ve been through a supermarket and wonder why some parents just let their kids run around the store. It’s nice to see when parents are teaching children about grocery shopping by educating them and having them help with the grocery list but another thing just to let them do what they please.   Supermarket abuse   I’ve literally seen children at the supermarket taking products off of the shelves and putting them in random spots. In one instance I saw a child open a chocolate bar and start eating it. I’m sure the child was in heaven but it doesn’t teach them right from wrong if we allow this behaviour. Once the mother noticed and stopped him she left the opened chocolate bar on the shelf and went along without saying a thing to the child. The proper thing to do would have been to take that chocolate bar and purchase it now that your child […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 2-8, 2013 #1: How often do you go shopping for groceries?

SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES WHEN YOU NEED THEM   How often do you like to go shopping for groceries every month? Supermarket shopping is one of the most tedious of all shopping trips for many people but it doesn’t have to be that way as long as you know what you are going in for. A sample shopping list for us each week would include vegetables, protein, grains, dairy and then other things such as spices and flavourings for our food. If you are a smart grocery shopper you know that you don’t have to buy the cheapest groceries or all processed foods for less just to fit a tight grocery budget either. When I lived in the UK it was not uncommon for me to go shopping 2-3 times per week at the grocery store. If you are sticking to a grocery budget and wondering what to get at the grocery store you don’t need to have a cheap shopping list as some might call it just to save money. Some people find they save money if they shop more than once per week because they can find more reduced items or pink sticker items rather than leaving it to […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 11-17, 2013: International grocery store shopping

GOURMET FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN   The traditional grocery store is getting so big these days and it’s because they are trying to incorporate everything from convenience food, health foods, in-store bakery, deli, fish counter, fresh produce to health and beauty as well as international foods from around the world. Add in the electronics, house and home, clothing etc and you have one huge store to shop in.   Grocery store app   Don’t laugh but I think that some grocery stores given the size they are now should have a grocery store aisle map available to the customer as soon as they walk in the store just to tell them where everything is. Just look at how big the Real Canadian Superstore is now and immediately upon entering you think about how you will travel around to do your shopping. Granted though many stores have giant visible grocery store aisle signs that are hard to miss and easy to find what you need. I think the grocery store aisle map is a brilliant idea though because it helps the customer to solve a grocery related question without having to find a staff member to do the same. You know […]

Lemon Citrus Syrup Yoghurt Cake

A YOGHURT DESSERT YOU EAT WITH A FORK   I know what you are thinking it’s not yoghurt….. but wait it is. Yogurt, Yoghurt and Yoghourt are all proper spellings of the delicious fermented creamy treat we all have grown to love. Last Saturday was a girlie night and the five of us had decided that we would have a pot-luck supper. I really do enjoy meeting up with the girls just good to have a chat, relax and eat good homemade food. I decided to make them my food creation guinea pigs and to try a few different tastes and flavors while we were all together. They never complain so and I love to whip up new ideas in the kitchen and see what my friends and family think of them. You all know how I like to combine different tastes and today was no different. I had lemons and some natural Greek yoghurt in the fridge that really needed to be used up and some eggs. Many people use yoghurt in all sorts of recipes so a Greek Yoghurt cake paired with lemon citrus was what popped into my head. At the very least I knew that with […]

PF Weekly grab a brew #40: Are we dependent on the internet?

  Being Lazy Could Be The New Convenience    I was reading Yahoo this morning about Amazon Fresh and how they could trickle into Canada with online grocery shopping and delivery like they do in the USA and that giant grocers should be worried because their fixed costs are high and any decrease in traffic could send some retailers out of business. I can completely understand how that would happen because grocers rely on customers to get in their car, walk, take the bus, scooter, motorcycle or any other means of transportation to visit their store each week to check off the items on their grocery list and spend their hard-earned money in their stores. It’s at that time when a customer walks through the door that the retailer has the power of marketing at their finger tips. They hope to reel you in with low-priced specials and load you up with high-priced products that might not have been on your list but you easily were manipulated by sight or even smell to add that extra cost to your grocery budget for that shopping trip. If such a service like Amazon Fresh delivery is brought in there will be the […]

Grocery budget: Our kids are eating us out of house and home

How to Save on Groceries With Hungry Kids On Board   Hello, fans of Mr. CBB, John here from Frugal Rules today! I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts here before, but I thought I’d come back for some more. What comes to mind when you think of Mr. CBB? I know the easy answer is budgets, I mean it IS a part of his blog name after all! You could also say that he is known for the recipes he cooks up that make you want to lick the computer screen because they look so good – come on…I know I am not the only one out there! ;-). Well, what comes to mind when I think of Mr. CBB is his Grocery Game Challenge. Mr. CBB certainly knows how to stretch his grocery budget and I applaud him for being so proactive about doing so and sharing his tips. Well, having three growing little ones, means that we have come up with a few ways we save on groceries, which is vital when trying to stay on a budget. Anyone who is a parent to children, especially boys, knows that they can eat a side of beef […]

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The grocery game challenge #1 July 1-7, 2013- Cleaning out the refrigerator

Keep The Refrigerator Clean And Organized Cleaning out the refrigerator is one of those tasks most people don’t want to tackle, yet it’s necessary. I have a real problem when I see a dirty refrigerator inside or out because we should take pride in what we put in our bodies. If the space is not kept clean we are opening ourselves up to bacteria and general muck that you don’t want to see near the food you put in your mouth. Keeping the box of baking soda inside to eliminate odours is only part of the solution and that box I’m afraid doesn’t send out an army of cleaning men and women to wash up the mess we make. Having a clean refrigerator also makes sure that you are using the food that you buy so there’s no waste. You know what I mean when food gets tossed to the back never to be seen again until someone sticks their hands into a pot of furry mould. That makes fridge cleaning sound even more enjoyable doesn’t it now? Ewe, that is gross but keeping a clean refrigerator is your only solution. I remember when I was a kid I would grab a […]

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