Double-Crust Mincemeat Pies Part 2

Double-Crusted-Mincemeat-PiesCHRISTMAS MINCE PIES

A couple of weeks back I promised you that as soon as 4 weeks was up after making part 1 of this recipe the mincemeat filling we would get started on making some mincemeat pies.

You can read about “What is mincemeat pie?” and “The history of mincemeat pie” in the link above if you want more background about this lovely festive treat.

Today I am using the mincemeat that has been maturing over the last few weeks.

As I opened the jar of mincemeat filling that I recently made my heart just melted it took me right back home to eating Christmas pies with my family with a cuppa tea!

My sisters and I would always fight over the mincemeat pies as there was five 0f us in the family.

There would always be couple of mincemeat pies left and after mum got hers we were down to the last one which we would wrestle over. My dad on the other hand doesn’t really like mince pies as he prefers his apple pies.

My kids were there when I opened the jar of mincemeat asking what we were going to make today as a family because I love involving my children and teaching them family traditions.

I said today we are making a special treat that only comes at Christmas. Ooh said my eldest just like Santa bringing us presents.

I had to laugh kids can be so funny sometimes but I’m happy that they don’t complain about wanting to learn how to cook. The youngest she just wants to get in there and start tasting and this is before the mincemeat pies are even baked.

I also have some mincemeat pie orders from my UK friends asking if they can have some too. I may have to get Christmas orders in early next year as they are flying out the door.


Mincemeat Pies
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This is part 2 of my mincemeat pie recipe. The first recipe will teach you how to make and store the mincemeat and today how to make the lovely mincemeat tarts.
Recipe type: Mincemeat Pies
Cuisine: Christmas
Serves: 24
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • 8oz/227g plain flour
  • 60z/170g butter
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • Cold water for mixing
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 Jar mincemeat
  • Butter for greasing
  • Milk for brushing
  • Icing sugar or caster sugar (extra fine sugar) for dusting
  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl
  2. Run in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add sugar and mix well. Now add the egg yolk into the mixture and enough water to form a soft dough.
  4. Roll out the dough to at thickness of ½ inch rounds
  5. Heat the oven to 200oC/400oF. Roll out the pastry as thinly as possible on a lightly floured board
  6. Using a plain round cutter, cut out 24 circles. Then with a smaller cutter cut out another 24 these will be the lids for the pies.
  7. Grease muffin pans, dust them with flour and line them with the larger circles.
  8. Fill each one with mincemeat, around ½ teaspoon, and then brush the edges with milk. (click link in blog post to read >> how to make mincemeat)
  9. Press the smaller rounds on top and seal the edges.
  10. Brush the tops with milk
  11. Sprinkle a little sugar over the tops of the pies
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is light golden brown.
  13. Cool in the tins, and then transfer the pies to a wire rack to become cold.
  14. Store them in an airtight tin.
  15. Just before serving, dust the tops with icing sugar and serve warm.


These pies are called Double-crust Mincemeat Pies only because we will be topping them off with a pastry lid. The pies can be frozen for up to 6 months  and when needed just thaw at room temperature.

What a better way to spend a cold winters evening with friends and family by indulging in some homemade mince pies. I usually serve mine with some whipped cream or brandy butter just for an extra bit of luxury.


Nicky x


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The Saturday Weekend Review #51: Extreme couponing 16 yr old and the holidays



After Sunday I’m officially on holidays which means we’re going home to see our friends and family to celebrate Christmas and New Years for the next 2 weeks.

Christmas is one of those times of years that our families can actually all get together in one room and celebrate with the drinks flowing and the chestnuts roasting in the fireplace.

Yes, we love roasted chestnuts. In fact it’s hard to stop eating them once you start as long as you have a cold beer in your hand.

What I love to hear about most of all is how giving people are over the holidays. I am a firm believer that we should all give to others in any way we can be it time or even donations like 16 Jordan from the UK.

It’s not everyday we read about extreme couponing in the UK let alone it being a teenager.

Heck, I’ve tried to get my sister on the coupon bandwagon with no success although she has always been surprised at how well we have done using coupons over the years in Canada.

Jordan started clipping and saving coupons all year while helping his single mother to shave money from the grocery budget. At the end of the year now he went to Tescos with his coupons in hand and his master plan.

With almost $1000 worth of groceries that he paid for with just 7 cents the cashier who has worked there for 19 years said she’d never seen anything like it. To be honest I’ve never heard of anything like that back home but it was nice to read about. Jordan went on to donate all of the groceries to a local charity.

It’s true that you can save hundreds if not thousands using coupons on every day items as long as you are willing to do the work putting it together. In time it gets so easy you do it without thinking.

When I hear about a teen who is money smart like this it makes me happy to see young people of today understand or begin to understand the value of money. His mother seems very proud of him that he understands money so well and is able to save.

I’m sure she won’t have to worry so much about him and finances down the road because he’s getting it now.

I don’t reckon Jordan will stop couponing but what I do know is that he surely has inspired others around the world to take some time to think about others in need and what you can do for them not only at Christmas but all year-long.

Do you know someone who donates using coupons?


Canadian Budget Binder this week


If you missed any of my posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!


CBB at home and the blog


Well, Christmas is around the corner so home-bound we are going starting on Monday. I presume the week will be filled with love, laughter and tears of joy. So much is happening in our lives right now that it’s going to be a great time to sit around and chat with our loved ones about where we are at and what the future might hold.

The dog isn’t doing so well at the moment and it’s hitting us pretty hard, so much it’s difficult to talk about right now. The gifts are all wrapped and I started making my traditional Christmas balls for friends and family last night.

I started with my Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls which is a tedious job but someone has to do it. It’s worth the effort.

Today I’ll be working on my Festive Coconut Balls and a small batch of Snowballs to finish off the holiday baking. I’m afraid I didn’t have time to venture into different types of holiday recipes this year due to going away for a few days and falling ill this past week.

I trust 2014 will be an even better year and I look forward to what is down the road.


Fan deals and inspirations



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.

Hey Mr.CBB

I have a brag for you and the fans that I’m excited to share today.

Back in September/October Leon’s launched a giveaway where if you were one of the first 60000 fans to like their Facebook page you were eligible to request a voucher for 2 free pillows valued at $39.99.

I received my voucher via email and walked into Leons on December 6pm (redemption dates were December 6-8) and with no hassle whatsoever walked with two very comfy pillows. Cost:Free…. A good night’s sleep: Priceless :)

-Katrina B


Making a difference


michelle fitnpoor

Making a difference is a part of this post where I share a personal finance blog that I interact with daily and has made a difference in my life.

I have asked the blogger to introduce themselves, their blog and how they want to make a difference with their blog for the fans and for themselves.

Today, I bring you my good friend Michelle from FitnPoor who shares a little about what keeps her blogging at FitnPoor and how she was able to help a friend in financial need. If you want to read more of what Michelle has to offer head over to her blog an check it out where she blogs about her unemployment, journey out of debt and buying all the shoes she can handle.

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

My name is Michelle and I run the blog FitnPoor. I hope I am making a difference in my readers lives but below is what I’ve done for a friend that needed some help.

A friend of mine happened upon my post about wanting to be honest about my debt. She sent me an email the next day asking if we could sit down and talk about her money issues. She felt that no one out there was in the same position as her, and she was excited to see she wasn’t alone. Frankly, so was I!

Without our talks and my ability to research plans for her, she most likely wouldn’t have decided upon a debt repayment plan that worked for her or decided to find a side hustle to pay her student loan bills. In turn, she inspired me to keep going with my freelancing and to continue writing our stories.

Come by and check out the blog!


Blog post sharing


I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans or even mention my blog on their blog or website.

Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out. If I’m missing you it’s because I didn’t get a ping back so please send me an email and I’ll add you next Saturday.


What is a blog carnival?


Some fans have asked me just 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………..



Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  •  If I ain’t got a pregnancy test can I use an ovulation test?- I can’t even believe I read this
  • Can Starbucks run out of product and give raincheck? -hmmm what??
  • Something worth $85.60 for girls- That just seems odd to me…
  • CBB potato- Are you calling me a potato? lol



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PF Weekly Grab a Brew #46: Gift Exchange Wish List and Holiday Contests Win $1000+ cash


Ah, the good old saying that you can’t win if you don’t play reminds me of budgeting.

You can’t get ahead financially if you don’t play the budget game and know exactly where your money is going.

The budget is a game because you play to beat yourself at spending less than you earn.

Sure you can be one of those people who can figure it all out in their heads but I personally am a fan of seeing the numbers on paper and knowing where my cash is going at all times.

I’m not one to judge but we all manage our finances the way we want and if you are getting ahead and meeting your goals, more power to you.

It was early this morning the Christmas gift giving text came in as we had to draw names again due to a glitch in the system… OK I confess we forgot to draw names in January like we traditionally do so it had to get done as soon as possible.

This year we are now spending up to $150 per person that we have to buy a gift for in our family gift exchange. That’s not too bad although I believe that we budgeted for $100 per person same as last year but clearly that has changed.

I’m sure price inflation has something to do with that jump in cost although I don’t think $150 in unreasonable given the costs of most gifts that people circle off on their holiday Christmas gift wish list.

I’m confident that we will be much more diligent in 2014 with picking the names on New Years like we always do and not let the bubbly get in the way of our tradition for a second year in a row.

I really did like how my mate and his family have the celebrate like Scrooge gift exchange as I think it’s a great way to have a laugh and remind ourselves that spending tonnes of money on Christmas gifts is not always what we should be focusing on rather spending time with loved ones.

The great thing about the wish lists are that we can typically look all year-long for gifts online or in-store and we save up our Shoppers Optimum Points so we can redeem them around Christmas time to buy gifts and stocking stuffers that way rather than spending money in our Christmas budget.

Essentially redeeming our Shoppers Optimum points is like free money and we are free to do what we please with it and it makes saving the points all year worth the extra effort that we put towards earning them.

Even so extra cash for the holiday season is a bonus no matter if you earn it through plastic points or if you win it in a holiday contest.

When my mate Stephen who blogs over at emailed me to tell me about this amazing Christmas contest he was holding I was more than happy to help him out by spreading the word.

He’s giving away one of the biggest cash prizes for the Christmas holidays.

Enter today and you might win some extra cash to put towards your Christmas budget.

The holidays can be a huge cost to the family budget and if Christmas is not a projected expense and saved every month up until December you will need to have alternate means to pay for any gifts, food, clothing or travel expenses that you need to fork out for the big day not to mention  boxing day and New Years Eve parties.

The money that gets splashed around this time of year is huge and for many they spare no expenses when it comes to having the best of the best in their homes for guests who come around.

Although we go to the relatives for the holidays we do tend to pick up specials or deals we find throughout the year to make quick Christmas gift bags or baskets for when we are in a pinch for a quickie because someone drops by with a bottle of wine and a gift of their own.

We are always prepared for these drop-ins’ and sometimes we include our homemade crab apple spice jam for the homemade touch. Keeping gift giving simple and frugal is not hard to do at all. Not everyone wants to give either and that’s perfectly fine as it’s all about what you want to do not what others do.

Last year for the Thanksgiving holidays my wife entered an online contest after sending in 100 words about what Thanksgiving meant to her and even though she is a contest skeptic she won the $200 in PC gift cards and now enters contests more often than she ever thought. You can’t win if you don’t play or enter, that is correct.

So, head over to Stephens blog and Enter to win his Christmas Contest and you might be a lucky winner of one of his prizes totalling over $1000.

Do you enter contests more around the holidays and have you ever won a contest?


Top recipe

caramel pecan pie

Every day Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page to share a daily recipe which I share with my fans.

This weeks Top Recipe comes from a blog called Bunny’s Warm Oven and she is no stranger to CBB as I just adore her recipes. When I saw her photo and recipe for Luscious Caramel Pecan Pie I melted it looked so good.

You have to check this recipe out and be sure to review it after you make it because I sure know that I’m going to be making it. Thanks Bunny for posting your recipes at The Free Recipe Depot you are my Top Recipe pick of the week. 


Weekly reads


Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read over the past week with all of you.

Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew #46 so happy saving and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.





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The Saturday Weekend Review #44: Holiday flyer gimmicks that gets your wallet fired up

flyers-canada-ontario-november-2013HOLIDAY SALES START NOW… ARE YOU READY?


Time to ring in the holidays with flyers, flyers and more flyers. Are you ready Canada?

A better question might be, Is your budget ready?

Boredom for many people can lead to spending more money than they need to, but we should be able to control these urges.


Holiday flyers


Yesterday I wrote about Halloween coming to an end and the best time to put up decorations so it came as no surprise opening the weekly flyers that the stores have wasted no time with Christmas marketing. The hard part is when the holidays surround us and the flyer gimmicks entice us to shop til we drop.

Many of you know the shelves are already in the making before Halloween is even over. For most stores Christmas is the biggest time of year when it comes to sales and consumer traffic so every day counts especially if the shelves are not ready to go.

The glamour of Christmas for many puts them in the ‘spending spirit’ and it may be tough but it’s a time that we all have to buckle down and get control of our finances.

I know that is easier said than done because we battle the very same desire to window shop when we don’t really need to make a purchase, especially around the holidays. It’s that one awesome sale in a flyer that draws us in or we simply want to see what’s out there.


Christmas budget


The decision to not fall for all the holiday flyer specials was to pace ourselves and make a plan.

Our Christmas budget has changed over the years and now we draw names at the beginning of each year. The Christmas budget for us is a projected expense which means we save the money all year-long just in case we find it on sale and so we have the cash come Christmas and no credit cards are required. We only buy for one person now and we spend $100 on them and with that name comes a list of what they might like.

The flyers above were sent in to me by a fan who was surprised how the stores word the cover of their flyer in hopes of bringing in scores of customers although many of them seem to have the same deals like the grocery store $0.88 sales at Metro and No Frills.

Food Basics is waving the fans in with a “Mania Sale” getting much more for less. Canadian Tire flyer has Christmas trees on the front claiming “Bright Holiday Deals” to put you in the shopping mood.

Not only do you get the colorful banners at the top of the weekly flyer they make it even more enticing by almost forcing you into the store with a 1 day sale, 2 day sale, 3 day sale or a moonlight or midnight madness sale.

You might also find these words stand out on the flyer because those are the words they want you to remember. The notion of saving combined with being happy is how M&M Meats wants to inspire their customers to shop with them and rightfully so if the consumer will save money in their grocery budget.

Appetizers are a huge deal over the holidays so they will stop at nothing to pass along savings to the customer to get them in the store. They know their products sell and most people like Costco go in for one thing and come out with 10.

The problem with all of these enticing holiday flyers that are coming out is that they drive the traffic, meaning you and I into the stores with our wallet fired up and ready to spend. If we find it difficult as consumers to tighten the strings on the wallet it may be a dangerous holiday game of shopping each week because of the marketing involved during the holiday season. This could only prove to motivate us to overspend unless we have that plan of action and stick to it.

How do you handle the flyer gimmicks and giant sales this time of year so you don’t break your budget?


Canadian Budget Binder this week


Just in case you missed any of the awesome posts at this week I’ve got them all below for you.

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CBB at home and the blog


Not too much has been happening the past week in our house but we have officially busted the budget again this month which you will read about next week when I post our October budget update.

I’ll also be looking at the numbers closely the next few months to see how the seasons might impact our shopping habits. We have found that the colder the weather gets the more inclined we are to head out shopping or pouring into the stores that have those 50% off signs or end of season sales in the windows. We wanted to start doing more as a couple by getting out of the house and the first place it has brought us is to the shops.

On the blog nothing exciting has been happening although I’m hoping to get a few fixes sorted out with my designer but it’s nothing that you can see on your end.

I did make an oops this past week with the way I presented the layout and it was my error which I later fixed in the day. Now that the blog is on self-hosted I am responsible for any problems that happen above and beyond what my designer has created although he helps me out quite a bit. It’s great to work with someone who cares about his design and the blog owner like he does for Canadian Budget Binder.

Don’t forget to put your clocks back as we Fall behind one hour this Sunday morning Nov 3, 2013 at 2am and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.  I know I will.


Fan deals of the week


Since garage sales are pretty much done now with the upcoming winter months my idea is to have you the fans submit either an awesome deal of the week that you got, a freebie worthy of mention, kijiji score or other online buy that was amazing or any other major savings you want to brag about.

So, starting today send me in your photos and a write-up explaining the deal, prices and where you got the item and I might choose your steal of a deal in an upcoming Saturday Weekend Review. You can email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) yahoo (dot) (ca) with your picture and details.

Today our in-house awesome shopper Jen P is sharing her RCSS score from last week which cost her hardly anything out-of-pocket meaning she saved money in her grocery budget. Jen is also an avid grocery game challenge player and has seen her grocery budget decrease over the past 2 years since posting her shops but not without challenges like we all much endure.


This shop was at RCSS

  • Catelli pasta 3 x $1.00 – 3 x $1.00 coupons = FREE
  • Country Naturals bologna $4.99 – FPC = FREE
  • 2 pack Playtex sippy cups $9.58 – SCOP (rang in at $11.99) = FREE
  • Pull Ups 2 x $16.74 – 2 x 50% off pink stickers (- $8.37 each) – 2 x $5.00 CZ coupons = $6.74 or $3.37 each boxCoupons $17.99
  • SCOP $9.58
  • Pink stickers $16.74
OOP $7.08 (5% tax on the Pull Ups)


Making a difference



My name is Chris Holdheide and I’m honored to be a part of Mr. CBB’s Making A Difference segment. For those of you who don’t know me I’m an entrepreneur, father of three, and a financial junky.

Some of you may have read my blog Stumble Forward which is a blog dedicated to helping others avoid financial mistakes and live a higher quality financial lifestyle.

I started Stumble Forward as way to help others avoid some of the big financial mistakes I made in my younger years. Some of these mistakes include buying a $4500 timeshare, spending over a $1000 on rip off companies to help me sell it, to getting a mortgage that ended up costing me more than I was paying off on it.

In 2008 I decided enough was enough and decide to make a change for the greater good and started my blog to help others get their financial lives on track as well as mine and by 2013 I managed get my budget under control, clean up all of my credit card debt, stash some extra cash way, and even build a brand new house.

In the end my goal is to lead by example by share the painful mistakes that I have made in hopes to help others make a difference with their finances.


Blog post sharing


I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans or even mention my blog on their blog or website.

Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out. If I’m missing you it’s because I didn’t get a ping back so please send me an email and I’ll add you next Saturday.

Just one site shared CBB this week so a big thanks goes out to Urban Departures for recognizing CBB and taking the time to share with their fans. :-)


Carnival Glory




Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • OSAP please forgive my loan: Oh boy do you have something to learn about money and debts…. nothing in life is free!
  • Money will kill the relationship: That is true, it can.
  • Happiness isn’t in saving money: It is for us to an extent as we tend to balance savings with enjoying life but for others it’s in spending it…depends on your goals.

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #44.

Join me next week same time, same place to see what trouble I can get myself into.

Have a great week everyone.




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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 14-20, 2013 #2 : Go on vacation and save on groceries

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Fly Away And Save

Unfortunately we didn’t fly away somewhere for vacation this week or book ourselves into an exotic resort.

We are on vacation though and not at home and it feels good to get away.

The good news is that we aren’t going near any grocery stores.

One of the hardest things for us to do this past week was trying to eat up all of the fruits and vegetables in our fridge.

When you go on vacation the last thing you want is food rotting in the fridge causing waste and costing you money. The process of rotting fruits and vegetables is called heat of respiration.

What happens is the more fruits and vegetables in your fridge the harder it is for your fridge to maintain its temperature.

Fruits and Vegetables in a controlled environment like your fridge will give off heat as they start to decompose, so not only will the produce spoil but you’ll be paying more to keep bad food if you don’t clear out the fridge.


Eat up


I think near the end of the week we had eaten so much fruit and vegetables that our 5 a day quota was more than met and our vitamin levels should be good for a while.

What we learned was that we shouldn’t buy so much food before we go on holidays. That way we won’t have to worry about having to eat it all up, and fast. A sure-fire way to save on groceries is to go on vacation because you simply don’t have to go into the grocery store for food to cook.

It’s been a bit since we’ve actually not gone into the grocery store for a full week so it will be a nice change for us and hopefully get us back on track with our no-shop weeks.

It seems like lately even on no-shop days that we are always running out of something so that means we need to work on better grocery planning so that doesn’t happen.

One of the number one items we run out of is milk but other than that if we can conquer keeping on top of making sure we are stocked on food we can keep the no-shop weeks going all year-long.

It’s important for us to balance how often we go into the grocery store because we find the more we shop the more money we spend especially if we didn’t intend to.

You and I have talked about why it’s important to take a step back from going to the grocery store so much and how it can cost you more money in your grocery budget even if you have the best of intentions.

You have all had the intention of going into the grocery store for one thing but come out with 10 so sometimes a grocery store vacation is the best way to save even if you don’t actually go on vacation.

This week we are on holidays and gone out of town for the week so no shopping for us.

There are some benefits to using up the food in the house, it certainly cleared out the fridge for us which left it easier to clean the inside. On the cleaning front, we also did the usual pre-leaving house cleaning, just in case burglars break in we want them to know that our house is clean and our stuff is worth stealing.

Clean items are easier to sell off once you’ve stolen them.

Once your ready to leave the house, for some reason I will do exactly what my parents used to do and check the locked door 3 or more times just in case it has suddenly become unlocked. What strange or unusual habits do you have when going on holidays or a well deserved break?

Do you use up everything in your refrigerator before you go on vacation?

Do you plan your grocery shop before you go on holiday so you don’t have food waste?


Grocery saving tips


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October Grocery Game Challenge Posts


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Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38


  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with 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 October $235.00-$21.12 (overage September)= $213.88
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $0 Used $20.00 (ham)
  • Total Spent This Week: $0
  • Total Spent So Far for October $67.71
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (October): $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $146.17
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $0
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 (August) $182.35 + (September) $255.69 = $1980.64 (does not include stockpile budget)
  • Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
  • Weekly Overview: So far so good since we have not been in the grocery store this week.

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 including Checkout 51 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 budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this t of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 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. You’ve made a wise decision.



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