grocery game monthly challenge

How to budget groceries for visiting out-of-town guests: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May 25-31, 2015

FOOD FOR EVERYONE   As you may know Mrs. CBB and I have out-of-town guests staying with us for 3 weeks. My parents are visiting from the UK which means our lovely grocery budget of $235 a month may just take a beating. Setting up the guest room and bathroom was the easy part. We cleared out the closets, put fresh linens on the bed, dusted and cleaned both rooms so it was ready for our guests. When we created our grocery budget we never thought much to having guests staying over at our house or to factor that in. If you are having guests stay over for a few days it likely won’t impact your budget much at all but if it’s for weeks or even months you may want to consider how you can budget the extra expenses into your grocery budget. Eating out is convenient when you have guests staying at your house but if you are anything like us YOU will pay the bill not your guests. That can get pricey if you start to eat out often so we opted to buy good food and cook it at home. The great thing is that my […]

Christmas Vacation: Save money by packing right and packing light

Think Ahead And Avoid Paying More Down The Road   Halloween is almost here and not long after that Christmas vacation will arrive. For some, Christmas vacation includes travelling far distances to celebrate with family and friends requiring you to not only pack up your belongings but presents you may be giving away as well. Many students take advantage of the Christmas break to head home for the holidays only to return to school with a lot more to pack than what they headed home with. If your travels include an airplane flight and your bags were already filled to the brim upon departure this could end up taking more money from your vacation budget and giving you more grief than you may be prepared for. Many airlines including Westjet which is the airline I have the most experience flying with have lowered the number of checked bags that are included in your fare. Westjet allows one checked bag per passenger (unless you fly with their Plus fare where a second bag is free) with a weight of 50 lbs or 23Kg per bag which is about standard for most airlines domestic or international flights. With some planning and foresight […]

grocery game monthly challenge

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

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 […]

Cheap Summer Family Outings-Not Everything Has To Cost Lots Of $$ Money

By: Canadian Budget Binder Have you ever noticed once the winter sets in most people are comfy sitting inside with the family watching movies around the fire,eating popcorn or playing games. Well that gets old, although it’s a fairly cheap night in with the gang. Then suddenly our lawns turn from white to blah and from gremlins to warriors we battle our way to sun, sand,music,parties and the smell of barbeques! (beer in hand I might add) Yes, it’s that time of year in Canada where we start to hear the lawn mowers running,the birds chirping and your neighbours spring cleaning their homes. Then we have the  kids who are anticipating or better yet counting down the last days before summer vacation. We’ve hung up our snow gear to dust off the next seasons attire because it’s time to get out and get moving again. When we think of fun for the family we automatically think money don’t we. Yes money can get you top-notch entertainment but not everything that is fun and educational costs money . Keep in mind not everyone has money to save for family getaways or short jaunts around the city. It also doesn’t make sense […]

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