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Cooking classes have always been popular and will likely continue to be hot on the bucket list of many who want to learn how to cook starting from basic skills all the way to foreign cuisines.

One of the best culinary schools in the world is in your parents kitchen especially if your mom and dad love to cook. That’s how I learned to cook when I was young which opened my intrigue into the world of food prep and cultural meals.

From there I became a world traveller and tried to visit as many countries as I could before I moved to Canada where I continue to enjoy new cuisine. Through those experiences I learned just how wonderful food from around the world was but most importantly how they were prepared and cultural knowledge.


Eat at home  


Even in the UK I hardly ever ate out because cooking at home was my pride and joy. Plus, it was far cheaper and rewarding for me. Learning to cook new foods means you’ll likely eat out less because your cooking at home which means you spend less money every month. Your budget will thank-you. Although you may have to pay for your cooking class the expenses will far outweigh the overall yearly savings you will benefit from.


Where to find a cooking class?


I did a bit of investigating online and found many cooking classes in our local area and most of them started at $10 a session all the way up to $65 a session. There are many ways to locate an area cooking class from Facebook, Kijiji or calling local businesses from the Yellow Pages.

If you have a Loblaws Superstore in your area they also offer cooking classes if the store has the in-house cooking facility typically found on the second level of the store. I’ve seen a cooking class or two while making my way to the bathroom with our son to change his diaper. I always thought it would be cool to join in with the wife and learn to cook new foods.

Not everyone loves to cook and even those people who are on the fence about cooking know that if they only knew how to cook different foods that they’d experiment more and eat out less. The problem with the world today is that convenience surrounds us and the mere thought of cooking a meal after a long day is horrifying for some people. It’s easier to call up the pizza shop or the local Chinese restaurant for take-away than it is to make homemade Chinese Food.

The concern with this approach is that we get lazy which mean there will always be an excuse about why eating out is the better option. More often than not it can become a habit although it’s nice once in a while to explore what local restaurants have to offer if you’re big into the local restaurant scene.

My foodie scene starts at home and ends at home although we may go out for dinner for a special occasion. The last dinner we ate out was Mandarin Buffet for our son’s baptism dinner. It was nice however the food was overwhelming and too much for me. I ate it but I prefer to have one nice dish of food and be done with it.


Couples cooking classes


A date night cooking class is a great way to enjoy romantic time with your partner while working together to create a lovely meal you can later enjoy. In Toronto there are many couples cooking classes that offer the right setting for a romantic yet educational evening.

Compare this with going out to eat and you’ve just saved yourself some money. Why? Because now you’ll not only have eaten a wonderful meal prepared by the both of you BUT you’re leaving with the recipe in your head and the steps involved to make it at home. This is money. Don’t go to learn how to cook something you both already know either. Find a cooking class that suits both your nutritional needs and go for it.

Buying a cooking class for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday’s or any other occasion is a great way to say, I love you. You may also find a cooking class for youngsters in your area which would be great if you have a child who is passionate about being in the kitchen. Going on a first date? Break the ice with a fun cooking class together to see how well you can work as a team. Endless opportunities


Learn to cook


Lately I’ve thought about taking a Thai cooking class or even Sushi Cooking Class because I absolutely love both cuisines. A friend of ours who is Indian promised that one day she would guide us through Indian Cooking Class in her home kitchen.

We want to learn everything basic about Indian cooking so we can build on recipes that we find online. The more you learn about cooking the better you will feel about different ingredients, tastes and price points for new products you may not have bought before.


Cooking class for beginners


Whether you are new in the kitchen or just not comfortable cooking different meals outside of the same recipes you repeat week after week a cooking class is a great motivational boost.

Everyone likes someone who can cook so take some time to look out for you and sign-up for a cooking class that will teach you kitchen basics so you’re not fumbling around the next time you want to test out a new recipe.


Culinary career


You can’t just watch the TV program Chopped and declare yourself a Chopped Champion. You need to earn that right even if it is in your home kitchen. Your friends and family may be your best judges however you’re the ultimate judge of the food which comes from your kitchen.

There are online cooking classes available however being there is always going to help you more because of the hands on approach and personal feel of being with an instructor.

There are schools for the culinary arts all over Canada all of which may offer a cooking class to the general public for small amounts of money. Whether you are an adult or a child a cooking class is a great way to get your feet wet if a culinary career is something that interests you.

By participating in a cooking class or even finding a job in a kitchen this will let you know whether you want to pursue the culinary world or leave it behind. There is no sense signing up for cooking school wasting a pile of money if it’s something that sounds good but is not really for you.


Budget saver


This is the big one right here, the dollars you will save. It may seem a bit too much money to put out at first for a cooking class but it will come back to you in the form new recipes and home-cooked meals. No tips, No Travel time and No worries because you’ll be doing the cooking and not someone else.

Related: The Costs of Eating Out vs. Eating In

On average for a couple to eat out at a family restaurant they can expect to spend roughly $40-$100 for a meal, drinks and dessert. Add in a tip and that can make for an expensive dinner.

Do you know how much food you can buy with $100 at the grocery store?

For many people that will feed them for a week or two. Eating at McDonald’s will cost two people over $20 and the place is packed all times of the day. Go to Subway and two foot-long subs will run you over $20. Pretty much every fast-food join will cost you minimum $10 to eat a full meal. I’d rather buy some beef and make homemade juicy burgers any day of the week.

I won’t even tell you how much we paid to eat out for my wife’s birthday a few years ago. In fact, I didn’t even show her the bill. We were both hungry when we left. She told me never again, we’re going to eat in and prepare a lovely meal together. I’m down with that. Now that we have our son I know she’d probably sing another tune but so far we’ve only had one dinner out since then.


Food knowledge


I’m a foodie-geek which means I love learning about food any which way I can and so does my wife. It may be from reading cookbooks, online cooking class tutorials or friends but hands-on learning has always been the best education for me.

Taking part in a cooking class means you’re going to learn about ways to cook food as well educate you. How many times have you been down the produce aisle only to look at a product and say, “What is this?” I know I’ve done it a few times which means It would be nice to brush up on food knowledge by taking a food class in Italian cooking or any other culture that rings your bell.

You don’t have to be a red seal chef to be an awesome home cook. If you can follow directions and it tastes great you and do wonderful things in your kitchen. Knowledge is key and it’s more than just watching the Food Network or an online cooking class. You have to get right in there, use your hands, your imagination and get cooking.

Just have a look at the array of Food Trucks all over Canada being run by people who quit their day job to do what they love. Even for home cooks who do in-house demonstrations such as Ontario based Italian Pasta Hostess Linda Morrin who offers personalized service for your pasta needs. You can host the party at your house or visit her kitchen facility to learn the art of pasta that she learned from her Nonna and parents. This is a great way to bring a cooking class to your own kitchen.


Nutrition education


A cooking class is a great way to learn about nutrition and possibly nutrition labels if that is part of the session. Once you find a cooking class that suits your culinary needs you can also touch base with the chef to see if they will be talking about nutrition.

Participating in a cooking class may include nutritional facts about the foods you will be using to create the meal in the cooking class. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions that you may have been stumped on before. Yes, you can search online for answers but having a nutritionist or chef at your disposal is priceless.

Overall, participating in a cooking class will enhance the feeling you get when you are gourmet cooking at home instead of spending big bucks eating out. Invest in yourself and you’ll see the financial savings year after year. Take those savings and bump up your retirement fund, emergency savings or even pay down your mortgage.

Life in the kitchen is about balance, compromise and passion. You need these three things to continue on a path of least resistance. Explore your options.

Have you ever participated in a cooking class?


June Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016


Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian. I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.

Congratulations to our May Grocery Game Challenge Winner- #11 DEE!!

June Grocery Game Posts


Free Money Saving Tools 2016


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Click, Save and Print. It’s that easy!

This is the budget that brought us to debt freedom back in 2013 and now I’m offering to all of you for FREE. We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.

2014 Free Money Saving ToolsDon’t pay someone for these services, I’ve done the work for you along with some help from other amazing bloggers.

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CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and even our family budget spreadsheet. So many free resources at your fingertips.


Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016


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The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.

Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.

Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.

The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the  many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.


2016 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$235.00-$52.57=$182.43
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $182.43
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $50
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 206,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Over 700,000 points (I will update this twice a year)

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Zweet to cash out : $18.25
  • Checkout51 to cash out : $17.00


Grocery Shop This Week



  • 2lbs of bananas $1.67
  • 2 x Large Eggs Sale $1.99 = $3.98
  • Bucket of Mixed Greens $4.99-50%
  • 1 x 2% Milk Neilson $4.27
  • 2 x Organic Coconut Yogurt $4.20-50%= $2.10
  • 4 x Dry Cured Salami whole $10.00-50% each $20
  • 1lb Radish $1.99
  • Watermelon $4.99
  • Kraft Cheese Bars $3.88 x6= $23.28 stockpile
  • 10lb Farmers Market Potatoes Sale $1.99
  • Tasters Choice Instant Coffee Sale $3.99
  • 3.5lbs Asparagus Sale $7.10 $1.99lb

Total Out-of-pocket $52.48

  • Total to spend this month : $182.43
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $23.28
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $15.36
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$26.50
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $310.73
  • Total spent this week: $52.48
  • Total spent so far this month: $52.48
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: n/a
  • Total over/Under spend for the month:- $ n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $129.95
  • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $211.11+April $248.11+May $279.07+June $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We didn’t plan to buy so many pink stickers but they just grabbed us by the neck and tortured us until we gave in. Lol. bad excuse I know. We’re working on that list trust me. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of our grocery shopping journey with and without coupons.

Just today while in our cold room I remembered the shelf of Italian pasta sauce we bought. It was on sale for $0.25 reg $6.99 and we jumped on it. It was certainly something we didn’t need to buy however that price tag and the high you get from cheap food gets you.

Did any of you notice the new 50% off stickers?


Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016


Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!

Where can I find Canadian Coupons 2016?

Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
  • Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
  • Printable Smart Source Coupons
  • Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
  • Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
  • Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.


Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s


  • Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
  • 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 but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly  or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
  • Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest  Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
  • What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why the grocery game challenge was created back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…

  • Where you are spending money
  • How much money you are spending
  • How much money you are saving every month

If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.

You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!

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  1. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800
    (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
    Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$650.00
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650.00
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $40
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 38160
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $9.00($25.75)
    Checkout51 to cash out : $14.75($25.50)

    Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    2 Tide laundry @5.99
    2Downy @5.99
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Cheerios -5.49
    2 cases pop @3.99
    2 Certo Light @1.99
    4 cans Primo pasta sauce @.99
    10 cans soup @.57
    2 blocks cheese @5.99
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -.83
    1 pack Apple onion sausage -5.32
    1 Parmesan cheese, grated -4.76
    1 raisin bread -3.99
    2 W/W bread @2/5.00
    Tax -4.15
    Total OOP -$107.56
    Foodland #2
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Cheerios -5.49
    1 Rice Krispies -4.99
    1 Miracle Whip -4.99
    3 Powerade @3/5.00
    2 Certo Light @1.99
    2 Primo sauce @.99
    4 boxes standard snap lids @2.79
    2 4l milk @4.99
    1 green pepper -2.00
    Bananas -1.43
    Tax -2.10
    Total OOP -$58.57
    Foodland #3
    1 jug water -5.49
    2 Cheerios @5.49
    1 Miracle Whip -2.99
    2 yogurt @2.99
    3 Powerade @3/5.00
    1 jar relish -1.99
    2 cans tomato paste @.59
    6 lbs butter @3.33
    Bananas -1.15
    1 pack lean ground beef -13.40
    1 Apple onion sausage -4.40
    1 Parmesan cheese grated -4.31
    Tax -.65
    Total OOP -87.46
    1 lb rhubarb -3.00
    1 bunch radishes -2.00
    Total OOP -$5.00

    Total to spend this month : $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $78.44
    Total in-store discounts this week:$0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $97.79
    Total spent this week: $258.59
    Total spent so far this month: $258.59
    Total over/Under spend this shop: over
    Total over/Under spend for the month:- $ n/a
    Total left to spend for the month: $391.41
    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $579.69+ Feb $628.96+ March $605.28+ April $584.23+ May $475.36+ June $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    I went over for the week by a lot!! The cans of soup were a good deal so I got a few, tomato, vegetable and chicken noodle. Butter is on this week. I have my Certo Light for strawberry jam and I was almost out of snap lids. Once the berries are ready the boys and I will be at Megan’s on the #7 highway picking. With how much gas the truck can use it doesn’t go far unless we have appointments out of town. Going to Megan’s will be asmall run for it. I’m hoping to make around 25-30 jars of jam.
    Are you calling June 4 weeks or 5?? I thought May was 5 and was watching it but it went as 4. Either way June will be a struggle to stay under with picking strawberries and jam.
    The market is here in town for the season and I’m happy it’s open. Thanks to the construction downtown they have moved it for a few weeks to the funeral home parking lot, but it is still an easy walk there! Just over a block. I’ll be making rhubarb coffee cake again with the rhubarb I get there..yum!!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      We gave away 6 bags of rhubarb this weekend as it’s filling up our freezer. I wish you lived by. What recipe do you use for your cake? Maybe i will make one and bring it to work for the gang? Sugar always seems to keep them on their toes and it never lasts long in the lunch room. Crap did I screw up the weeks? Let me go look now. Do you go through all those jars of jam every year? I love strawberry jam. Great shop this week. Back into the Powerade I see haha!! Those certo lids if you keep an eye out at end of season they are so cheap. I also found them at the Goodwill. You get ballot #7. Mr.CBB

    2. Ya, I screwed it up crap. Now what should I do? I better see what Mary thinks since she kindly put the schedule together. I had no idea I messed it up.

      MAY- 5 WEEKS
      • 2-8th
      • 9-15th
      • 16-22nd
      • 23-39th I should probably fix that since there’s not 39 days in a month hehe!! 🙂
      • 30-JUNE 5TH
      JUNE- 4 WEEKS
      • 6-12TH
      • 13-19TH
      • 20-26TH
      • 27TH-JULY 3RD

    3. I posted a recipe on Colleen’s page for my rhubarb coffee cake if you want to go look for it…makes a 9X13 pan and is really good!! I’m making the strawberry jam this week and I do make it every year. I have a few jars left from last year that will be eaten first. There is 3-500ml jars and 1-250ml jar left of strawberry, 4-250ml dandelion jelly, 2-500ml strawberry/rhubarb and a couple of 250ml blueberry in the jam cupboard. I would thing we could just call June 5 weeks and it would balance come July…..

  2. Week 5 – May 29 – June 4

    • Grocery budget to work with in May: $250
    • Total coupons used this week: $7.75
    • Total coupons used to date: $12.25
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $8.12
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit this week: $0
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit to date: $0.09
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $0
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $70
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $35
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $90
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheques used to date: $20.25
    • Total student discounts this week: $5.20
    • Total student discounts to date: $51.69
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $39.30
    • Total spent so far this month: $249.45
    • Total left to spend for the month: $.55
    • Carry over: $.55
    • Total in carry over jar: $1.55
    • Total overspent: $0
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $1,053.45

    RCSS: Goldfish crackers 3 x 2.00 less 2.00 coupon, yeast 4.59, coke zero 12 pack 3.77 (PM), eggs 1.97 (PM), McCain fries 1.66, Chapmans Ice Cream 3 x 1.77 – 4.00 coupon (PM), 4 pk peppers 2.97 (PM), bananas 1.23, grapes 5.65 (PM), asparagus 2.73, raspberries 3 x 1.97 – .50 .50 and .75 coupons (PM), Colgate toothpaste 1.00, student discount 4.31, tax .56: Total 31.30 rounded up 1 cent

    RCSS: Maple Leaf bacon 2 x 2.98 (rain check), Pepperoni ministix 2.94 clearance, less student discount .89: Total Paid 8.00 rounded down 1 cent

    This was a 5 week month for us, I know most people will be on a five week month in June. So, this wraps up our May. We managed to have .55 leftover, so I will say it was a successful month. We have most of what we need, could use a bit of peanut butter, but besides that we aren’t feeling a pinch this month like other months. We have done what we could to get the fresh stuff still coming in and now that berries are cheaper, we are buying Driscolls again where you can fill out their online survey and they email you printable coupon ranging from .50 to 1.00 depending how many surveys you fill out. And, I had a Chapmans coupon that I got in 2015. I emailed them this year, but never received anything. I’m not sure if they are doing those coupons now. But I was really happy that I had that one. I find it amusing that I more than doubled my coupon amount for the year in one week, but that’s how it goes. We don’t coupon as much anymore because it’s hard to find coupons for the products we use, but berries are always good.

    My second purchase wasn’t a whim, but I got the things we really wanted first and then I had to see what was leftover for my remaining purchase. The Pepperoni ministix were clearance and an easy lunch and snack thing. The bacon we had a rain check for that was only good for a few more days. Even with the sale price we were getting on it, the other things went so much further so it wasn’t a priority. I am happy we had enough to use the rain check and have bacon again in the house. It won’t last long, especially now that the packages are so small.

    1. Hi Angela,
      Considering it was 5 months for your family you did awesome. It’s a struggle for us to keep at our budget with a stockpile in 4 weeks so congrats to you. I haven’t written a post yet about student discounts at the grocery store. I thought that would be great. Is this a program where you show your student card and the store offers a student discount on certain days? It would be nice if we could go back in the GGC to tally up how much your SD saved you over the years wouldn’t it? Or do you know? Peanut butter should start going on sale now although I saw it at Zehrs last week for $4.99 1kg but I’d wait on that price too. You are not the only family that I’ve heard cut back on coupons. It’s not as lucrative as it used to be at all. We got the Chapmans coupon this year so I’d email them again. 🙂 Well done. You get ballot #6. Mr.CBB

  3. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults 5400

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $ 450
    Grocery Shop This Week
    No Frills
    • 6 avacados
    • Bananas- 2.47
    • Red peppers- 2.99
    • Ancient grains Bread 3 X 3.97
    • 6 bagels – 2 X 1.97
    • Hamburger buns-2.77
    • Seeds of change rice Buy one for 2.97 and get one for free coupon
    • PC Russian mustard- 2.49
    • No Name mustard- .99
    • Ketchup- 2.00
    • Mayo- 2 X 2.84
    • Orange pekoe tea- 2.00
    • Almond milk- 2.97
    • Cheddar burgers 2 X 8 patties= 13.94
    • Frozen wings- 6.97
    • Shrimp- 6.97
    • Salmon fillets-5.97
    CSA Box prepaid last December- Eggs, bag of spinach, 1 head of lettuces, 2 kolhrabi, a bunch of rapini, a bunch of kale, young beets and greens

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
    • Total coupons or offers discounts used this week: $2.97
    • Total coupons used to date: $29.52
    • Total in-store discounts this week:
    • Total in-store discounts to date: $ 117.50
    • Total spent this week: 91.85
    • Total spent so far this month: $ 92.60
    • Total under spend for the year: 127.30
    • Total left to spend for the month: Total under spend for month- 357.40
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include pet foods, paper or personal) Jan $2024.98
    • Total PC Points cashed to Date 2016- $40
    • Total Airmiles this week = 145
    • PC Points this week= 4400
    • Checkout 51 this week= N/A
    • Shoppers Optimum this week= N/A
    Weekly Overview : This week I am planning kale and chicken pasta, Chinese chicken stir fry, borsht, spinach smoothies, shrimp stirfry, salmon served with rapinini, vegetarian pasta with salad…. And I haven’t decided what I will do with the 2 kohlrabi yet.

    1. Hi Rose,
      You get eggs in your CSA box. That’s great!! Your meals sound great. How do you prepare your rapinini since it is so bitter? We boil it, squeeze it and fry it in garlic and olive oil with salt and pepper. Put it in between 2 slices of bread and OMG so good!! How much did you pay for the avocados? We love them but they can get pricey. Do you have a favourite type of avocado? You get ballot 5. Great shopping Rose. Mr.CBB

  4. I really enjoy eating at home and cooking especially since I have a toddler. I am all about cooking healthier food and trying to limit our in take of sodium, sugar and other things. My husband enjoys eating out, that’s because eating out is so cheap in Korea. If he wants Macdonalds for 2 people its only 12 to 13 dollars or Korean food it is between 6- 10 dollars per person. Since we are living in Korea, I have taken to cooking more Asian food especially, Korean food as it is cheaper for our grocery budget. If I wanted to cook western food every single day our budget would be at least double. However, with cooking Asian food I can offer a variety of food. The only downside is fruit is so expensive here, it’s watermelon season and the cheapest one I find is 14 dollars.

    1. Hi Meaghan,
      How much is your current grocery budget? WOW that is a pricey watermelon. I’d love to learn more about grocery prices and staples in Korea. Are you from there originally?

      1. Our current budget is 390,000 won so about 429 canadian dollars. I am orginally from Canada but came to Korea to teach and ended up marrying a Korean. Usually the prices of fruit and vegetables are a lot higher than Canada. A bunch of bananas can cost between 4 to 5 dollars, one avocado is about 2 dollars. Its basically ridiculous for food over here. If you try to keep a western diet your grocery bill can easy hit 900 dollars for 2 people.

        1. Hi Meaghan,
          Wow the produce is very pricey. What is minimum wage in Korea? Alternatively what would be some Korean produce that you would purchase for less?

          1. Minimum wage is about 6.50 here. For Korean produce you can get a Korean squash that is in season for 2 for 1.50, bell peppers, spinach all have certain times when they are on sale you just have to pay attention. The big thing is to not go to a big brand grocery store as produce is usually more expensive, a big brand grocery store is good for stocking up on other items like flour, frozen foods and such. To get produce at a good price you need to shop at the local store as they are usually cheaper and have better deals for your dollar. One thing you might be interested in knowing is there is a grocery store here called Homeplus it is orginally from England. Well the company has been losing profits so they decided to sell it and one of the three companies that bought it is actually the Ontario pension firm. So if the store continues to do well here, your Ontario pension is safe.

          2. Does the cost of living fit the minimum wage or are people struggling to live on this wage? I agree that you can find better deals at smaller shops especially mom and pop shops.

  5. month of May 1-31 2016

    Name Your Store: i.e. Superstore (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $12.37(superbucks)
    Total Out Of Pocket: $3.49
    Gift card- $8.83
    PC points redeemed—=$
    plastic bag rebate- $0.0

    NN coffee 200g- $3.99
    Coffee creamer –$3.99
    sole fillets $8.99
    kaiser buns $3.49 (reduced)= $1.74
    Humus-pine nut- $4.99 (reduced)- $2.49
    whipping cream- $3.49

    Name Your Store: i.e. Walmart (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $1.00

    pineapple (reduced) –$1.00

    Name Your Store: i.e. U.F.O. (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.00

    1 kg Skippy peanut butter 2 @ $2.00= $4.00

    Name Your Store: i.e. Gateway Meat Market (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $6.95+$34.40=$41.35
    gift card- $

    .78 kg bananas=$1.15
    mangos 2 @ $0.97= $1.94
    2 lbs carrots-$1.97
    4 pk rainbow peppers- $1.97
    lean ground beef =$29.76

    Name Your Store: i.e. Avery’s Farm Market (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $2.25

    bananas- $0.99

    Name Your Store: i.e. Bulk Barn (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $1.00

    raisins- $1.00

    Name Your Store: i.e. Masstown Market (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $1.29 +$6.50+$1.30+$1.29=$9.08
    bakery $1.29
    Bakery $2.99
    5 lbs onions –$3.49
    bakery $1.30
    bakery $0.99
    bakery $1.29

    Name Your Store: i.e. MacQuarrie’s Pharmasave(Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $=6.95

    doz large eggs 3 @$1.99=$5.97
    Classico Bruschetta 2 @2/$0.99= $0.99

    Name Your Store: i.e. Sobeys (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $5.70
    Gift card-(Purchased with cash) =
    Gift card-$11.38+5.17=$16.55
    redeemed Airmiles- $10.00

    4L milk- 2 @ $5.69= $11.38
    4L milk- $5.69
    4L milk- 2 @ $5.69= $11.38
    750ml green chow chow- $3.79

    Name Your Store: i.e. Dave’s Fruit & Veg market (Canada)
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Out Of Pocket: $9.15+19.35=$28.50

    white mushrooms 1.23 lb =$4.17
    strawberries 2 @$2.49=$4.98
    cantaloupe 2 @ $0.99 = $1.98
    cooked chicken= $7.99
    sweet potatoes (97c lbs)= $2.86
    bananas (67c lb)= 1.77
    lettuce- $1.25
    white mushrooms (3.39lb) =$2.03

    Overall for the month of May 2016

    $104.62 out of pocket
    $ 12.37 (coupon and star bucks)
    $25.38- gift cards
    $ 10.00- airmiles/ pc points redeemed to pay for the groceries
    $0.00 – PC pts (I use my PC points and Air miles to buy them- gift cards )

    Do the above for each receipt you have then copy the template below and paste it to the bottom of your shop so we can see your results.
    Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $216.67 (averages $50 week)..includes toiletries, cleaning supplies,
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $

    Total Gift Cards used to date: =$
    Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $3.50 (january)
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Snap Groupon to date: $0
    Zweet to date: $0
    Cart Smart to date: $0
    Checkout51 to date: $0

    GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)

    Stockpile budget 2015 ($0.00): $0
    Stockpile budget used to date: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $15.31 (Jan)+25.48 (Feb)+ $14.59 (March) +$20.14 (April) + $12.37 (May)=$87.89
    Total in-store discounts this week: $0.00
    Total in-store discounts to date: 0.00
    Total spent this week: $0
    Total spent so far this month: $104.62
    Total over/Under spend this shop: $
    Total over/Under spend for the month $under spent $=$351.18 (Jan-May)

    Total left to spend for the month : $

    Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) $218.21 (jan) +$118.78 (Feb) +$141.90 ( Mar)+ $150.20 (Apr) + $104.62 (May)= $733.71

    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts): Found some great deals again this month mostly on fruits and vegs, but really didn’t really need to buy too much. I have found that by keeping this food log, I am able to look to back over the months at certain food prices…because I sometimes forget what I last paid for something. I missed out on a few deals, because I forgot when the last day of the sale was …oh well. I still had some stock 🙂

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      What does the Hummus-pine nut taste like? I’ve never heard of pine nuts in hummus but it sounds good. What is green chow chow? You picked up some great deals again. That’s exactly what we do with the food log. We are able to look back to see what we bought and how much we spent.You’ve got quite the stockpile going on which is nice because you can miss a shop here and there apart from fresh products. Great shopping Kathryn!! You get ballot 4. Mr.CBB

      1. HI Mr CBB,
        It was from Atlantic Superstore..Regular hummus, but it had a circle of olive oil on the top, with some pine nut sprinkles…and I think some minced red peppers?…I’m not really a hummus fan, but this was quite good and 50% off.

        Green chow chow is a pickle…made usually with sliced or chopped green tomatoes cooked with vinegar/sugar/spices. In my younger days, I used to make it, but I have found the store bought is pretty good….it isn’t mushy like hotdog relish. I like to eat with mashed potato and meat type meals…or a stew…it’s tangy.

        1. When it’s 50% off it’s even better. I don’t mind hummus at all and it’s so easy to make too. Ah ok… I would never have guessed what Chow Chow is. Do you buy it at the regular grocery store or a specialty shop?

          1. Chow is just in the pickle and relish section of the grocery store. Graves, Habitant and some others are brand names. Of course, at Farmer’s Markets, there should be people selling their jams, jellies, and preserves too 🙂

  6. I enjoy eating at home as well as cooking my own food. This is and has been giving me joy doing, as I try to experiment new dishes and want to cook for the whole family. I know this hobby of mine has helped me save more money as we eat out less.

  7. MAY – Week #5 of 5- May 30-June 5, 2016


    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults



    It was pouring rain on Saturday so we had a NO SHOP WEEK as I really didn’t feel like getting drenched while picking up my fruits and veggies at the farm markets. Next week I’ll check out some new markets in Abbotsford and Chilliwack but this week I’ve added 90 minute cardiac rehab exercise classes a couple times a week and if the first one is any indication…this is going to either whip me into shape or kill me. LOL

    Fortunately, I have enough in the pantry to just make do this week. And we certainly aren’t going to be hard pressed for tasty meals as you can see from our meal plan.









    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $27.00+ Apr $117.96 +May $55.61= $398.38

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $20.46+ Mar $1.00 +Apr $5.23 + May $10.68= $37.37

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

    Jan $0.00 + Feb $0.00 + Mar $0.00 + Apr $0.00 + May $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $3 +April 48 + May 96= 339 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 32 + May 24= 265 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200= April 3,100 + May 0 = 15,100 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 0= 0 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar $182.77 + April $255.43 + May ($11.28+$10.00+$10.00+$25.00+11$9.71+$9.24 +$22.50+$0.03+$12.72+$24.80 + $4.69+$20.98-$20.98 Trf from Re-Stocking Reserve+$3.08+$51.21-$51.21 Trf from Summer Reserves =$143.05) = $971.77

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + April $190.00 +May $190.00 = $950.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $21.77 OVER



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00+ Apr $0.00 + May $4.69= $14.57



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar ($45.00-$104.58)+ Apr $45.00+ May ($25.00-$7.29-$10.00-$30.50 = -$22.79)= $52.63



    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr ($26.71-32.00)+May ($11.28-$20.98 = -$9.70)= $37.65



    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00 +May $20.00= $158.12



    2015 Fwd $100.00+ $537.50 Trf from Borscht Fund+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61+ Mar $0.00+Apr $15.00 + May $-51.21 = $627.90



    $ 950.00 Grocery Budget JAN-MAY

    $ 14.57 Redeemed Points to Purchase

    ($ 211.69) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 324.53 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves
    (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 52.63) Trf to US Grocery Reserve Net of
    2016 Spending

    ($ 14.57) Set in reserve to offset
    Redeemed Points

    ($ 932.98) Actual CASH SPENT

    ($ 21.77) OVER ON Y-T-D SPENDING < Close but no cigar! 🙁


    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – JAN
    $ 5.19 Whole Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – FEB
    $ 4.69 Skim Milk- 3,100 MORE Pts – MAY
    $ 14.57 Total $ Value of Points Redeemed

    THE VALUE will be added month to month to our Holiday Reserve for next Christmas.

    So far $950.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $426.57 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 37.65 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $158.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $627.90 Summer Season Fund
    $ 52.63 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 14.37 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $890.67. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $426.57 that we have added in 2016, LESS $472.41 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    2 x Lilydale Fresh Turkey Breast Roasts @ $6.99/lb – Good until June 29/16
    2 x Island Farms 750g 2% Cottage Cheese @ $5.39-50% Off = $2.70 each – Good until July 3/16
    2 x 1 LB Strawberries @ $2.88 each – Good until July 19/16


    6 x Compliments Garden Salad 340g @ $0.99 ea – Good until Aug 11/16


    This week’s BREAKFAST menu plan:

    HUBBY: Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Juice + Bagels/English Muffins with fat free cream cheese spread, peanut butter or Cheez Whiz OR Rice Krispies cereal with skim milk

    MYSELF: Tetley Tea with Skim Milk & Equal + yogurt, apples, bananas or hard boiled eggs


    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: Leftover Maine Chicken & Corn Chowder, Chicken Salad Wraps, and Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

    TUES: Imitation Crab Wraps, an individual size yogurt, Banana Bread

    WED: Leftover Maine Chicken & Corn Chowder, Chicken Salad Wraps & Red Delicious Apple

    THURS: Ham & Swiss Cheese Sandwiches & Apple Coleslaw

    FRI: Egg Salad Sandwiches with Leftover Maine Chicken & Corn Chowder

    SAT: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches after walking around uptown shopping at the Meridian and Haney Farm Markets

    SUN: Barbecued Beans & BBQ Hot Dogs & Celery-Carrot sticks & Apple slices + Maple Ridge Chiropractic Annual Open House with our professional photo taken @ 3:00


    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Cornmeal-Blueberry Pancakes with Green Beans Almondine & Steamer Mixed Vegetables (peas, carrots, corn) + prepare bag for tomorrow’s trip to Abbotsford, medical and financial appointments

    TUES: Ground Chicken Soft Tacos with guacamole & sour cream – no exercise this evening as my 90 minute Cardiac Rehab Exercise Class started this morning

    WED: Israeli Chopped Salad, Mom’s Macaroni Salad & Apple Coleslaw + Walk and a Picnic at The BC Hydro Dam in Maple Ridge

    THURS: An appt with my GP this afternoon then Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles with Green Onions and a side of blueberries

    FRI: Walk on the Vedder River Trail in Chilliwack, Shop at Pennington’s using discount coupons, burgers at Carl’s Jr., check out the Yarrow Twilight Farm and Art Market

    SAT: Habitant Pea Soup with Quick Peppery Cheese Bread

    SUN: Pioneer Woman’s Spaghetti Pie but I substituted ground chicken for the ground beef


    1. Hi Mary,
      That is great that you have added cardio to your routine. I know that when I get a run in that I feel great although if I slack off a bit I feel the burn bad. How are you liking it so far? What is that spaghetti pie? Is it like mine that I have on the blog? Have a great week Mary. 🙂 You get ballot #3. Mr.CBB

      1. Mr CBB, my exercise classes are 30 min cardio, 30 min strength training, 30 min dynamic stretching and cool down. The other days are straight cardio. I am enjoying myself but sure am sore after being a total couch potato trying to heal the open wound for almost a year. I’ll get there though. This is the routine I had before my heart problems & abdominal surgery.

        Here is the Pioneer Woman’s version of Spaghetti Pie:|+Full+RSS+Feed%29

  8. I’m the “meat and potatoes” type of person. Some people have called my taste of food bland, dull or even boring. So learning how to cook Indian or other types of foods, just don’t interest me. I’ll leave that type of learning to other people and let them have their fun. I do cook at home as I have to feed my family but I don’t enjoy it. I have never liked cooking even from the time of being a small person.

    BTW, thank you for picking me for the May GGC.

  9. Week 22 – May 26 – June 2, 2016
    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 900
    Total Out Of Pocket: $24.12

    3 NN Broth = $1.94
    Hamburger Helper (Beef Noodle) = $1.00
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    Breyer Chocolately Chip ice cream = $2.97
    Celery Stalks – (500 PC Points) = $0.97
    4 pack Peppers = $2.97
    10 lb Potatoes – $2.49 (PM Valu-mart @ $1.99) = $1.99
    Bananas – 2.660 kg = $3.27
    English Cucumber – (400 PC Points) = $0.77
    2 Old Mill Bagels – 2/$3.00 = $3.00

    Name Your Store: No Frills
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 1000
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.85

    5 Cans Tuna – (1000 PC Points) = $4.85

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 0
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.00

    2 Wonder WW Bread – 2/$4.00 = $4.00

    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1890.00, for the pay period – $70.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $32.97
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $3.35
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $644.08

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $28
    Total Cats to Date: $127.23

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $118.77

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $127.13

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $125.89

    Total Grocery Budget for Canning Produce ($400.00)
    Total Canning Produce this Week Period: $0
    Total Canning Produce to Date: $0.00

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $4.00

    Total Discounts/SCOP this Week Period: $
    Total Discounts/SCOP to Date: $4.09

    Total Checkout 51 rebates this Week Period: $0
    Total Checkout 51 rebates to Date: $10.00

    Total Snap rebates this Week Period: $0.00
    Total Snap rebates to Date: $1.00

    Total Price Match for this Week Period: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $148.09

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1900
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 24013

    Overview: Changed up where I shopped this week and purchased some items cheaper than what I budgeted. This allowed some additional items to be purchased without hurting my end budget. I’m still under budget which is good.

    1. Hey Dee,
      Great score on the celery!! Even the tuna was a great deal with the PC points… woah!! And the cucumber! You did some awesome shopping this week Dee. This is great. Keep at it. You get ballot #2. Mr.CBB

  10. Congratulations Dee!!!!!
    Speaking of things you don’t know what they are in the produce dept…… I remember back years ago when hubby decided he wanted to make his own beer to save a bit of money as he liked the pricier European and British types. A number of the recipes he found called for grated fresh ginger, which he had no clue about. I said I would get him some in the groceries next time around. I picked up a nice size chunk of the ginger that I figured would keep him supplied for a few recipes and brought it home. He was sitting at the table while I was unpacking things and I just tossed the bag with his ginger in his way saying here you go. He just looked at it with quite the WTF look on his face before he finally asked what it was!!! You wanted ginger..I got you ginger…..once he realized what it was he was happy with it but had never known what it was before that…..

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