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This is the second shop in the February Grocery Game Challenge and today is also Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday. I know it’s going to be hard to squeeze down those luscious pancakes dripping with hot maple syrup and butter, but someone has to do it, right? In the UK we call this day Pancake Day and everyone knows what it is.
What we call pancakes, at least what I am used to are very thin and not fluffy like the North American pancake yet comparable to what would be a crêpe. Apparently like any baking there is a science behind making the perfect pancake according to some profs at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. The article has a breakdown of the math behind the perfect pancake which ideally has no lumps, actual and ideal batter consistency, easy to flip, the actual and perfect pan temperature is 377, let the batter stand 30 minutes and finally don’t let the pancake sit after you make it. That is true because there is nothing worse than cold, soggy pancakes. When we make them at home we like them fluffy, little bit of crunch and golden brown, with hot maple syrup and butter (sometimes blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream if we are naughty). Check out the post for the actual math breakdown but here is the equation “100 – [10L – 7F + C(k – C) + T(m – T)]/(S – E)” seems intimidating but it’s not really.
For Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) today we decided that we were going to make traditional UK pancakes that I am used to making and that is pancakes with a dash of sugar and a splash of lemon or lime juice. That’s how we make them back home and how me mum taught me how to make them. Mrs. CBB and I also jazzed them up by stuffing them with plain Greek yogurt and honey. I’ll post the recipe soon for a Sunday recipe post.
Will you be making Pancakes today?
Coupons Found This Week
Our Grocery Shop This Week
Our Grocery Game Challenge Results
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 6 x cream Sale $0.99
Total Out Of Pocket $5.94
- 10lbs of Carrots Sale $4.47
- 2 x Alymer Tomatoes Sale $1.00-$1.00
- 2 x No Name Perogies Sale $1.00 (I know I said I will make them and I will, soon)
- 1 x Fennel Sale $1.47
- 1 x Iceberg Lettuce Sale $1.77 (ouch)
- 1 x Rooster Garlic 3pk $0.67
- Tomatoes Fresh Sale $0.99 lb $1.72
Total Out Of Pocket $14.10
- 1 x Fleishmans Yeast Sale $3.49
- 2 x sliced water chestnuts Slae $0.49 can
- 2 x Bamboo Shoots Sale $0.49 can
- 2 x Eggs Sale $1.88- $1.00
- 1 x Fresh Pineapple Sale $1.97 (massive)
Total Out of Pocket $10.18
- 8 x Black Diamond Cheese Bars Sale $3.77-$0.75
- 1 x Ketchup Sale $0.99
- 20lbs of Potatoes Sale $3.49
Total Out of Pocket $29.80 ($20.00 stockpile cheese)
$9.80 out of actual grocery budget
- 4 x Lemons Sale $0.37
Total Out Of Pocket $1.48
Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $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 Coupons Used this Week : $8.00
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week: $0 Don’t Use this service
- Total Checkout 51 rebates this Month: $0 Don’t Use this service
- Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Week: $0 I wish I had a discount
- Total Colleague Discounts (CD) this Month:$0 see above
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used: $20.00
- Total Spent This Week:$ 41.50
- Total Spent So Far for (Feb): $26.27+41.50 +
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $36.83 under
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (Feb): $
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $166.83
- Total Coupons Used This Month :$6.00+8.00
- Total to Carry Over Next Month : $ n/a We don’t carry over + only –
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+
Weekly Overview: Well we stocked up on cheese while we could as the price was a super deal at $3.02 for 500g bars. We also took advantage of the 20lbs of potatoes on sale as well as the 10lbs of carrots. I’m all about “stock-up when you can” because sometimes a great deal, is just that, a great deal as long as you will use it. We still have one shop left for the month and one no-shop week left so I think we are doing pretty decent.
How was your grocery shop this week? Post your shop exactly like how I did and let us all know.
FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..
- 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 a few players from around 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?
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 effected 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.
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