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The Grocery Game Challenge #10-Mar 4-10,2013-Road Trip To Target Canada

The arrival of US Discount store Target Canada has ended in 3 Ontario cities Milton, Fergus and Guelph. These 3 pilot Target stores in Canada opened their doors today to anxious waiting customers. We thought we would go on a road trip to the closest Target store to see what the fuss was all about. Instantly I said, it’s a “Zarget” as there was still an aura of  Zellers in the air. I’m sure the reminiscent feelings will slowly die off but it carried through most of the store. In fact it seemed more like a modernized version of Zellers with the high-tech electronics section with some pretty cool cameras (I was tempted but, not this time. There was also the expected traditional pharmacy and the health and beauty section for cosmetics which was bright and so very Hollywood. The great part was the wide aisles, bright colours and it seemed spacious, not cluttery at all, then again it is a new store. Housewares seemed different as there were styles that we had never seen before and the clothes departments were airy and open as opposed to crowded with old clothes and loads of discount racks. A huge change was the amount of […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #9 Feb 25-Mar 3,2013-No-Shop Week, No Means No!

Photo Courtesy/Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net We woke up yesterday morning with the intention of this week being a no-shop week, but that didn’t happen thanks to yours truly. So much for the no-shop clause as I’ve busted it for the month even though it’s the last shop for February. That’s right I’m the one to blame this week for making the wrong decision but that’s Ok we’re allowed to make mistakes. A no shopping day or week whichever you prefer to call it means “no shopping” including not even going near the stores. When you hear temptation call its you that has to make the final decision. Yes, No or Maybe is what runs through my mind and sometimes I lose to temptation, it happens to the best of us. I don’t know what made me go into the shops yesterday but what I do know is that the decision cost me $47.73 of which I would not have spent had I stuck to the grocery budget. Typically we shop no frills then food basics as we can price match if we need to but yesterday I just had this urge to go in to 2 shops to see what’s on sale. The […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge #8 February 18-24, 2013~Buy Now or Buy Later

Image Courtesy of digitalart/freedigitalphotos.net Buy now or buy later is something that runs through our minds when we are looking at the weekly flyers or when we are inundated with bargains at the shop that were unadvertised or are too good to pass up. We ask ourselves 3 questions Is this the best price? Do we really need it? Can we afford it in the grocery budget? Often we are faced with these dilemmas because we don’t want to pass up an opportunity to save our family some money. Earlier in 2012 we had guest blogger who shared their thoughts on knowing prices and how to that’s the key to saving money on your grocery bill which leads us to wonder whether we are taking the time to learn them. This week the milk is on sale at Food Basics for example for $3.88 and we have a $1.00 coupon off when you purchase any Lactancia milk. We use milk mainly for coffee, tea and cooking and typically will pay $4.19 at Shoppers Drug Mart to purchase our 4 litres of  milk so we can get Shoppers Optimum points fast. With the $1.00 off coupon this week we would pay $2.88 for 4 litres of milk. So, […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge #4 January 21-27 Make Your Own Path!

The Grocery Game Challenge is one post each week where you get to peek inside my grocery cart to see what deals of the week were found and whether sticking to the grocery budget was achieved. I truly am motivated by this challenge not only to control our grocery budget but also to continue to create new, homemade frugal recipes in the kitchen. I want to thank the fans who continue to post their grocery shops each week with me. Canadian Budget Binder is one year old today Jan, 22, 2013 so please help me spread the word about our little group of savers and strive for another successful year of saving money in our budgets. A big welcome to all the new 2013 fans, this is a very welcoming place to start your journey. Inspiration When I was visiting my friend Annetta Powell’s Facebook page I read an inspiring quote on her wall that had me thinking. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Harold R. McAlindon It made me realize that we can’t always see far down the road nor can we just keep walking the same path. So, […]

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