grocery game monthly challenge

Do you spend more or less when grocery shopping alone? : The grocery game challenge #3 July 14-20, 2014

YOU AND THE GROCERY BASKET   Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you. I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else. I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened. I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations […]

grocery game monthly challenge

Does your meal plan include a new recipe each week?: The grocery game challenge #2 May 5-11, 2014

A GREAT RECIPE IN EVERY GROCERY CART   Including a new recipe when writing up your meal plan and grocery list is a great way to expand your own personal recipe index each week. I know many people who love to experiment including myself so it’s no surprise that Canadian Budget Binder has a free recipe index that includes easy recipes for your family to enjoy. If you follow the Sunday recipe post you likely know Nicola who has shared her recipes on the blog for about a year now. She’s such an inspirational woman and mom who loves to create new recipes, try recipes that others suggest and most of all share them. What I like the most is that her grocery list each week is a bit different from the last because of the variety in her meal plan. I know Mrs. CBB and I can easily get stuck in a food rut and each week you might see us buying the same grocery items mainly because we think trying a new recipe might take up more time. Lately we’ve been so busy that we need to remember that we can’t forget about us in the process. Making […]

Thanksgiving: Being thankful on a budget

  Time To Be Thankful; Not Broke   Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year and it’s coming up right around the corner so I like to get planning in advance especially for the dinner and decorations. Thanksgiving is when I get to spend time with my family and friends eating lots of good food while celebrating what we are thankful for in our busy, everyday lives. We celebrate the people and things that bring us happiness, the loved ones who are always there with the support we need and the beauty of the world in which we live in and all it has to offer. Quality time spent with those who are important to us shouldn’t put a strain on our budgets nor should the process of organizing a large gathering so taking it step by step is crucial to the success of the holiday as is the participation of those you love. The cost of hosting a large gathering can get high pretty quick but with some holiday meal planning and preparation there are ways that you can keep the costs down and still enjoy a lovely meal that will create memories for years to come. Is […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Ham And Cheese Macaroni Bake

If you are looking for some ooey, gooey comfort food this creamy ham and cheese macaroni bake is the ultimate easy meal for you. One of the things I enjoy about this mac and cheese is it’s loaded with baked ham pieces but it also has a few different types of cheeses inside. I finished this recipe off with buttered cheese seasoned breadcrumbs for that extra crunchy texture on top. Don’t tuck in right away though when it comes out of the oven. If you give it some time to rest and come together like you would a lasagna or shepherd’s pie it will be easier to serve. I’m sure there is no difference, but if you want to think of this as a macaroni and cheese with ham casserole then this is what it is.  It’s something I’ve created with leftover baked ham and a recipe you should tuck away for when the time comes that you have ham you want to use up. I’ve officially made a “Casa-Roll-Eh” and my fans know that I always joke about how many casseroles I say I’ve come across since moving to Canada. Light or Low-Fat Mac And Cheese  Mac and Cheese […]

Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money!

YOU DON’T NEED TO USE EVERY COUPON THAT YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON   I know it sounds strange that I’m saying to let your coupons expire and save money but the reality is for some people, they can’t let them expire. The coupon binder seems to be a fixture in most grocery carts (British: shopping trolley) these days and if you don’t believe me have a gander inside other people’s carts next time you shop. I’m not saying it’s a negative, but we stopped bringing our binder because we would overspend on the odd occasion while shopping. Now we leave the coupon binder at home or in the car and only take out the coupons we need for that shop. There’s not many times we have the heart pumping “start the car” moments anymore and we’re happy with that.   What We’ve Learned    If you follow Canadian Budget Binder you know that I started The Grocery Game Challenge  (GGC) back in early 2012 with much success over the past year. The birth of the GGC was because my wife and I were spending far too much money on groceries for 2 people. We thought we were doing better than […]

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