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Ultimate Grocery List and Tips for the Single Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Apr 19-26, 2015

DINNER TONIGHT FOR ONE   When I was single I really wasn’t a huge fan of going to the grocery store without a grocery list. I don’t know what it was but if I didn’t plan my shops I felt like I was wasting more time than I needed to. Not many single men want to hang out at the grocery store although 10 years later I don’t mind it that much. Most of my single friends at the time would rather eat at a fast-food restaurant or buy already prepared meals which never really excited me. I had my own house at the age of 21 which means I had a kitchen so I had no excuse to be spending money eating out all the time. Over the years I’ve come to learn so much about grocery shopping that leaving the house without a list is like shopping without cash or credit cards. I’ve also learned how much I should buy and what types of foods work best for the healthy meal ideas I was creating. I was an avid traveller when I lived in the UK so everywhere I travelled I bought a cookbook. I made it my […]

How I Reduced Our Grocery Budget From $1100 To $600 In 6 Months

ABOUT OUR FAMILY   We are on a very tight budget with food being the second greatest expense, preceded only by our mortgage. My husband and I have spent most of our family years raising our kids and figured we would have plenty of time to save for retirement. Retirement has arrived for my husband and is staring me in the face and we are trying to get our financial house in order. Our kids are the joy of our lives but raising 4 of them has proven to be costlier than we would ever have imagined. This is our story about how we are beginning to climb out of debt and onto the road towards financial freedom. It is never too late to take control of your financial future. My family is a single income family of 5 (two parents and three grown kids at home). Last summer, I sat bemoaning my situation (out of control debt and never enough money at the end of the month) and wondering where my money, which in theory should be sufficient to meet our needs, went. I am a professional person and make a modestly decent income, but through the wonder of 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 […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge May 21-27-What’s Your Best Score?

  No hockey isn’t the topic of this post and I truthfully have no idea how the game is played. Perhaps I should ask my readers for some tips on the great Canadian Sport and maybe visit a game one day in Toronto,Ontario. Yet Another week is upon us which means more money-saving in the grocery budget, so we hope. Let’s see how creative we can be with the rest of our budget. I think we’ve done well this month especially keeping away from any convenience foods. It can be difficult to do because we come to rely on quick meals but now we have to meal plan and think ahead. We now have chives, spring onions,rhubarb,lettuce and mint in the garden that we have been using daily. What else are we growing? We have tomatos, green  peppers,radishes,figs,spinach,parsely,raspberries and swiss chard growing  in our garden as well. Meal Planning I hope to blog about  how we make our family meal plan shortly but for the most part we take into consideration sales,coupons, pantry items, freezer items and fresh veg. Obviously I’ll go into more detail but for now it’s a learning phase with us just like budgeting was the past few […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge-May14-20 Sweeping Up Savings!!

Photo Source By: Canadian Budget Binder Welcome back to your on-line grocery shopping Game! I was unsure if we had killed the The Grocery Game Challenge budget in one blow this week and truly, WE DID! We planned our shop at several stores for this week although there was nothing over the top that we would rush out for. For the most part what we needed can wait another week or two. Here are the Grocery Coupon Match-Ups from Save Big Live Better where you can also find your source for printable grocery coupons as well as Smart Source Printable Coupons. Last Weeks Shop Left Us $2.09 to add to this weeks shop if needed…. yep we need it! $82.70-$80.61=$2.09 left to spend this week! So to start this weeks shop we have the $64.00 weekly grocery budget and the $2.09 for a total of $ 66.09 to spend this week. I want to touch on the subject of food and the budget as most people seem to forget it’s one of life’s biggest expenses. If you are not budgeting you should and like most will be astounded how much you actually spend each month on grocery items even if you use […]

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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