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Summer Drinks Your Party Budget Can Handle : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 July 4-10

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Whether you’re hosting a summer cocktail party or frugal back-yard grill-fest you’ll want to make sure that your beverage center is fully stocked with some of the best summer drinks for your guests.

There are also plenty of ways to add a splash of colour to your summer drinks with or without alcohol. Today I want to talk about alcohol-free drinks, mixed drinks, frozen drinks, fresh fruit drinks, summer drinks for kids and new summer drinks that are all budget-friendly. I went on a Pinterest hunt for some of the best summer drinks recipes I could find that were budget-friendly and easy to make.

Can your budget handle summer drinks?

If you’re not sure if you can afford to have a summer party but really want one maybe it’s best if you plan by knowing your party budget, writing down everything you’d like to have at your party and save up for it first. This way it takes financial stress off your shoulders rather than trying to fit it into your monthly budget schedule as an unplanned expense.

Related: How to host a frugal back-yard BBQ

Summer drinks by the pool or in our case the sprinkler or kiddie pool is a must especially when we are faced with hot and humid days in Canada. Most times when I’m outside with the family or by myself you will catch me with a cold bottle of water to keep hydrated and something I always keep in a cooler filled with ice outside for company when we have a summer party.


Always treat your party host


I was never a fan of the “Bring Your Own Booze” (BYOB) invites when going to a party although I citrus fruit infused waterwould always make sure to bring a bottle of wine or spirits for the host to help with the summer drinks cost. This to me is proper etiquette and if you plan to host a summer party and don’t drink alcohol yourself plan to buy something for your guests who do drink to offer an array of beverages.

Related: The Best Homemade Lemonade

If your party is explicitly no alcohol let your guests know in advance so they don’t load you up on alcoholic host gifts or bring their own booze to your summer party. There are plenty of non-alcoholic drink option available that are just as refreshing if not better when the heat is beating down on your guests like Citrus Fruit Infused Water.

If you plan to bring alcohol to your host for fun summer drinks you are always safe sticking to the basics, red/white wine, rum, vodka and whiskey which take care of most popular alcoholic drinks such as rum/coconut rum and coke, vodka and orange juice, summer punch, blender drinks and so on.

You can even add some outrageous colour with Grenadine or Blue Caraco which are also popular in party cocktails and inexpensive.

Related: Firecracker Cocktail

firecracker cocktail

You can even make delicious summers drinks with white wine that pair nicely with frozen and fresh fruit. One of the cheapest pitcher cocktails you can make is a white or red wine Sangria for a large gathering.

sangria without a recipe

Related: How to make Sangria without a recipe

The list of alcohol to buy is limitless however depending on your budget and tastes prices will vary so it’s important to either buy what’s on special at the L.C.B.O (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) and stock up or stick to the cheaper bottles.

The likelihood of your guests complaining about the type of rum you bought is slim besides once you add fruit, pop and other mixers you can’t hardly tell the difference. Give it a few alcoholic summer drinks and your guests will tell you that you’re the best bartender in town!

You can apply the same idea for drink mixes and edible accessories which you’ll want to stock up on depending on the summer drinks you will be serving. I believe having a few options for drinks is all you really need as you’re not a bartender and want to enjoy your party.

frozen strawberry lemondadeNot everyone has a fully equipped kitchen set-up in their back garden but with simple compromise you can still bring the indoors outside.

I’ve seen hosts who have backyard summer parties and set up a table with blenders and have coolers filled with drink ingredients, drink recipes and the guests make their own summer drinks like this Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

  • Yogurt
  • Coffee/Instant Coffee
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Ice-cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Fruit (you can freeze it and find it cheaper on the reduced rack too) Bananas are a must for many smoothies and frozen blender drinks to help thicken them up.
  • Pop, Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up, Root beer, Orange Crush, Sprite etc.
  • Cases of water or offer refillable water from the kitchen or a cold pitcher
  • Clamato juice,Tomato Juice
  • Lemon juice (or fresh)
  • Lime juice (0r fresh)
  • Orange Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Apple Juice
  • Frozen Juice from concentrate
  • Coconut milk
  • Pickles, Peppers, Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Beans and Olives
  • Fresh herbs -mint and basil
  • Cucumbers, Celery and other vegetables
  • Drink Seasonings- Lemon pepper, salt, pepper, paprika, rim sugar
  • Extracts- Peppermint, Brandy, Rum, Lemon etc.

You can stock up on party drink supplies when the summer sales start or even before if you’re a party planner. Don’t forget to make a boat-load of ice-cubes and stash them in freezer bags or buy bags of ice from your local shop. A party without ice in the summer is horrifying.

Grilled Cheese Bloody Mary
Grilled Cheese Bloody Mary

Another option to save money on alcohol is if you make regular trips to the USA for work or pleasure. Alcohol is far cheaper and if you stay for extended periods of time you can bring alcohol back to Canada Duty Free.

If mixed drinks aren’t your thing because beer is your summer beverage of choice offering a variety of drinks is important because your guests might not love beer as much as you do.

You can still keep your beer costs lowered when hosting a party by purchasing beer such as Brava which will run you about $28 for a case of 24 and it’s perfectly fine.

A fantastic drink to pair with beer is a nice cold Cesar cocktail or Bloody Mary dressed with olives, celery or pickled beans. Some people even add grilled cheese to the side of this popular drink.

You don’t have to rush out to buy a selection of craft beers for your summer party unless you’ve saved the money to splash on the good stuff. Sometimes it’s nice to save a beer splurge for yourself or when a pal comes over.


Summer drinks for the kids


If you plan to make ice-cream smoothies, yogurt fruit smoothies, frozen fruit slushies or smoothies like this Healthy Green Pina Colada Smoothie which has spinach inside but the kids will never know.

Related: Greek Yogurt Stuffed Cherry Berry Smoothie

It’s Green Pina Colada Smoothiealways fun to have an accessory centre for the kids. You can buy a tray or two from the Dollar Store and fill it with sliced or whole fresh or frozen fruits, crushed Oreos, Smarties, Recces Pieces, Sprinkles, Licorice to use as straws.

DIY snow cone syrup

Kids love snow cones so why not make your own homemade snow cone syrup in a variety of colours to be added to shaved ice. Thanks to blogger Jennifer at I Save A to Z for this wonderful idea. Can you hear the kids excitement already? I can.

You can also offer crayons, colouring books, paint and other activities to keep the kids at the table enjoying their drinks rather than running around. I find that they tend to drop their drinks far more when they are running about as opposed to sitting to enjoy it.


New summer drinks


how to make homemade iced chai tea latteThere’s no harm in creating your own new summer drinks and testing them on your guests. Some of our best summer drinks come from our blender filled with ice, fruit, extracts, yogurt, protein powder, hemp hearts and sometimes a splash of alcohol.

This year it seems that popular drinks without alcohol are fruit slushies of all descriptions, Iced-coffee with flavour shots and frozen Iced Chai tea latte similar to that from Starbucks.

Related: Iced Chai Tea Latte

If there was one drink that my wife craves in the summer is iced-coffee so we’re working on creating a recipe at home to save us some money although McDonald’s does a pretty decent one for a buck in the summer.

Related: 21 Awesome Iced-Coffee Recipes


Outdoor dining – Tableware and Glassware


Whether you choose to make healthy summer drinks filled with organic greens, herbs and fresh fruits or a simple banana-strawberry smoothie make sure to dress the glass up to make it sparkle. Other fun ideas would be to add little umbrellas from the Dollar Store or Party Store, funky straws, designer coloured or flavoured ice-cubes (Dollar store or Second-hand shops).

summer drinks in a bucket(1)
Summer drinks in a bucket– Tipsy Bartender

If having plastic colourful summer beverage cups is a must the dollar store is a great place to find what you are looking for or opt for plastic cups, mini pitchers, buckets, freezer mugs which are great for keeping drinks cold.

If you don’t mind using glass outdoors for your guests check out the second-hand shops for full sets of glassware fit for your summer drinks for cheap. Mason jars make great summer drink vessels! You’ll likely also find tablecloths, utensils and just about anything else you’ll need.

If you’re not worried about colours and designs you can do a mix and match of whatever partial packs you find. Garage sales are another great place to score cheap summer tableware and glassware so stock up when you see it especially if you frequently have parties at your house.

The Dollar store also has an array of glassware which is reasonable for what it’s worth as we’ve purchased many types over the years which are still going strong in our kitchen.


Summer Savings


You don’t have to be rich to host a proper summer party because with a little planning and saving your guests will make memories with lots of good food, fun summer drinks and lots of laughter.

Related: Picnic Food Ideas For Summer Good Eats

What are some of your favourite summer drinks?


July 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 June Winner- #4 Kathryn!!! Message me for your gift card.

July 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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Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE.

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


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this amazing FREE grocery shopping guide that has taken over 4 years to create.

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: 223,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Just under 800,000 Optimum 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


Our Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • 2 x 2% Milk $4.27ea
  • 2 x seedless cucumber $0.88ea
  • Bananas $2.05
  • Spinach Containers Dole 227g 2/$4
  • Avocado bag $3.99
  • Cheerios Family Size Sale $3.99
  • Astro Yogurt Coconut $1.99
  • Lactancia Whipping cream $2.49
  • Lactancia 10% cream 1L $2.49

Total Out-of-pocket $31.30


  • 2 x Philadelphia Cream Cheese $2.99

Total Out-of-pocket $5.98

No Frills

  • Portobello Mushrooms Sale $2.97
  • Strawberries 1lb $1.88
  • 4 x dozen eggs $2.78ea
  • 2 x Schnieders Hot Dogs $2.00ea
  • Crispy Minis Sale $1.33
  • Romaine Lettuce $0.87
  • Radish 1lb $1.99

Total Out-of-pocket $24.16

  • Total to spend this month : $203.57
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $15.36
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $335.30
  • Total spent this week: $61.44
  • Total spent so far this month: $0
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: n/a
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $0
  • Total left to spend for the month: $142.13
  • 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 $231.96+July $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

There wasn’t too much on sale this week that captured our attention although we didn’t spend much time looking as it’s a busy week for us. We are working on getting the freezer down and then re-stocking as we go along or find sales. Right now we are hoping to get cheese on sale as that is getting low.



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. Week 1 – July 3 – 9

    • Grocery budget to work with in July: $240 (averaging approx. $60 week)
    • Total coupons used this week: $3.14
    • Total coupons used to date: $23.62
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $8.96
    • 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: $80
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $105
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheques used to date: $20.25
    • Total student discounts this week: $5.05
    • Total student discounts to date: $72.24
    • Total tax savings RCSS this week: $0
    • Total tax savings RCSS to date: $0
    • Total spent this week: $43.05
    • Total spent so far this month: $43.05
    • Total left to spend for the month: $196.95
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $0
    • Total overspent: $18.30
    • Total Spent To Date 2015: $1,356.35

    RCSS: Croutons 2 x 2.00, Fruit2-0 drinks 6x .88 various types less 3 coupons @ .88 each (2.64), snickers clearance .74, twix clearance .74, mars clearance 2 x .74, NN relish 2.00, NN frosting 2 x 1.99, NN Ketchup 2 x 2.00, PC chipotle sauce 2.00, peanut pieces 2 x 1.29, NN mustard 3 x 1.00, Betty crocker cake 2 x 1.99, Kraft dressing 3 x 1.97, Helmans mayo 3.48 less coupon .50, sugar twin 3.59, bananas 1.26, romaine .99, bean sprouts 1.29, less student discount 5.05, plus tax .96: Total Paid 43.05 rounded up 2 cents

    A small week, only one shop. We needed a lot of condiments and to stock up on condiments. This is the time of year to get some stock on the shelf. A fine start to July but so much still to come.

    1. Hi Angela,
      I’m not sure if you noticed but the last line of your expenses reads 2015 and not 2016 🙂 Thank me later. lala!
      What are peanut pieces? Is there a Hellmans coupon out there? What is the expiry on it? I haven’t seen one yet. Even though I’ve made my own mayo I don’t often have time these days and Hellmans is my favourite mayo. The condiment stock up week can drive the budget. I might write a post on this topic. 🙂 Well done. You get ballot 9. Bring on the rest of July.

  2. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults and 2 cats -$7800.00
    (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: $140.00
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 40760
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $9.50
    Checkout51 to cash out : $20.25

    Our Grocery Shop This Week

    Canadian Tire
    3 bags sugar(rain check) @1.66
    Total OOP -$4.98
    Foodland #1
    2 Whiskas cat food @9.49, BOGO coupon -9.49
    3 family size Rice Krispies(rain check) @4.44
    2 Folgers coffee @6.99, stock pile
    1 jug water -5.49
    3 cans beans @3/5.00
    2 cases pop @3.69
    3 Palmolive dish soap @3/8.00, 2X1.00 coupons
    1 cranberry cocktail -2.99
    1 jar pickles -2.49
    3 Powerade @3/5.00
    2 cans kidney beans @1.15
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -1.04
    1 hamburger buns -2.50
    Tax -5.11
    Total OOP $78.06, $11.49 coupons, $13.98 stock pile
    Foodland #2
    2 Folgers coffee @6.99, stock pile
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 Cheerios -4.99
    3 cases pop @3.69
    1 pack onion powder -3.59
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    3 Powerade @3/5.00
    2 cans pizza sauce @1.29
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -1.21
    1 green onions -.99
    1 pack grated Parmesan cheese -4.13
    1 bagels -3.99
    Tax -2.09
    Total OOP -$58.07, $13.98 stock pile
    Total to spend this month : $650.00
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $27.96
    Total coupons used this week: $11.49
    Total coupons used to date: $96.12
    Total in-store discounts this week:$0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $121.33
    Total spent this week: $141.11
    Total spent so far this month: $141.11
    Total over/Under spend this shop: n/a
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $0
    Total left to spend for the month: $508.89
    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 $747.58+ July $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    I’m looking at my sheet and calling July a 4 week month. I am under for the week but the stock pile amount is done for the month. That Folgers was too good to ignore, especially as I got $2.00 back from CO51 on the last day of the sale!! That was quite the bonus!! The Rice Krispies would have been $7.79 each without that rain check, the sugar was a rain check too. All in all a good start to the month…

    1. Hi Christine,
      Well didn’t you score a great deal on the sugar. I wouldn’t pass up a deal like that on coffee either especially if you drink lots of it. I’ve never bought pizza sauce before. What is the difference in taste apart from making your own pasta sauce or buying pasta sauce? Great deal on the BOGO cat food too!! Where did you find that coupon? Great start to the month Christine. Keep at it. Oh and about the Powerade.. I guess that makes sense if the boys don’t like particular flavours. It’s too bad they don’t do 1 flavour cases. You get ballot #3 Mr.CBB
      This is the July schedule
      JULY-4 WEEKS
      • 4-10TH
      • 11-17TH
      • 18-24th
      • 25-31st

      1. The older boy is the one here to drink coffee but he is in very good shape right now for coffee in the coffee maker!! Lol!! Hubby always fusses about the amount of sauce on the pizza when I make and these cans are a nice size for a big pizza, by telling him each of the two pizzas I make at a time got ‘a whole can of sauce each’ it shuts him up about that complaint. The cans are about a cup of sauce each so it all works, the cans taste like pizza store sauce so it’s all good.
        The stores sell 6 packs of the smaller bottles of Gatorade and such that are one flavour and I do keep my eye out for those on sale. Foodland is supposed to have those in Power Ade for $3.99 but all I’ve found so far are the Gatorade at 2/11.00, not bad but I know I can do better…and I will as soon as I find some!

        1. I give you credit for feeding your husband with all the complaints which I’m sure is a struggle for you at the best of times. What about talking to the store manager to see if they can order them in?

  3. Week 27 – July 1 – 7, 2016
    Name Your Store: Farm Boy
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = N/A
    Total Out Of Pocket: $12.86

    1.952 Kg Ground Beef – $12.86

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $0
    Total Points = 1800
    Total Out Of Pocket: $50.89 (Including Meat & Stockpile)

    2 Classico Alfredo – $2.50 (PM No Frills @ $1.88) = $3.76
    1 Kg NN Smooth Peanut Butter = $3.48
    4 Tuna – $1.25 (PM No Frills @ $0.97) = $3.88
    890 g Hellman’s Mayo = $3.48
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    450 g Black Diamond Old Cheese – $7.28 (PM Food Basics @ $3.97) = $3.87 (Cashier rung it incorrectly)
    2 L Black Cherry Ice Cream = $3.98
    4 pk Peppers = $4.00
    Bananas – 2.075 kg = $2.61
    2 pk Honey Garlic Sausages = $11.56
    2 pk Hot Dogs – $5.49 (PM No Frills @ $2.00) = $4.00
    12 Texas Hamburger Buns = $2.00

    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: $15.03
    Over/Under this week: Under
    Left for the Month: $194.97
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $785.81

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Over/Under this week: Over
    Left for the Month: $34.65
    Total Cats to Date: $162.58

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $6.96
    Total Stockpile to Date: $140.23

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $132.75

    Total Grocery Budget for Wholesale Meat ($500.00)
    Total Wholesale Meat this Week Period: $41.76
    Total Wholesale Meat to Date: $204.46

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

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $7.00

    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: $12.65
    Total Price Match to Date: $222.64

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1800
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 11976

    Overview: Picked up some nice deal with ground beef (just a little over 4 lbs). Actually made a meal list this week so we are slowly getting back into our meal routine, just in time for me to go on holidays 🙂

    1. Hi Dee,
      That was a good price for the beef that you picked up. What shall you do with that extra 0.10 cents hehe!! That was a good deal for the hot dogs at No Frills and the perfect time to stock up. Your total human figure for the week reads $15.03. How do you come up with that number if you spent $12.86 and $50.89? Where are you planning to go for your holidays? Any word on St. Jacobs yet? Keep at it. You get ballot #2. Mr.CBB Have a great shopping week!

      1. The difference went to stockpile and meat budgets. Normally, I take vacation from my M-F job to work St. Jacobs but this year I’m taking two weeks off which I’m going to enjoy even though I’m not going anywhere. Peddlars Village is opening up on July 21st so I’m working that day on my own but it should be good.

          1. Peddlars Village has different food vendors (prepared food), such as the British bake shop, perogies, fudge, prepared jams, Greek dishes, Apple Cider donuts but it also has clothes, rugs, toys, calendars, leather goods, sushi, candles, perfume. Of course, the booth that I work at is there as well. There are many different vendors that sell many different types of goods. It’s a building that many people feel doesn’t deserve their time but those are the people that are missing out.

  4. JULY – Week #1 of 4- July 4-10, 2016


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



    Before we start our JULY shopping off though, I am going to make my usual monthly “reserve” transfers:


    $ 190.00 for the month
    ($ 14.26) Overage from JUNE
    ($ 15.74) trf to re-stocking – normally $15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to holiday reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 15.00) trf to summer reserve–normally 15.00
    ($ 45.00) trf to US Reserve –normally $45.00

    CANADIAN Grocery Balance $85.00


    This is a LOW SHOP WEEK.



    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    1.61 lb White Jumbo Mushrooms @ $2.48/lb = $3.99
    1.20 lb Apricots @ $1.38/lb = $1.66

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.65


    MERIDIAN FARM MARKET – Maple Ridge –

    1 Organic Italian Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing $5.49
    1 Organic Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing – FREE
    on BOGO Summer Monday Special for today

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $5.49

    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 x approx 2 lb BS Chicken Thighs $19.66 @ 50% off = $9.83
    1 x approx 2 lb BS Chicken Thighs $19.34 @ 50% off = $9.67
    Less Bag Return $0.03

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $19.47

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $19.50 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Walmart – Maple Ridge –

    2 Celery @ $1.47 ea = $2.94

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $2.94






    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year:

    Jan $36.76 + Feb $160.96 + Mar $27.00+ Apr $117.96 +May $55.61+June $8.50+ July $19.50 = $426.38

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year:

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

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year:

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

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar $3 +April 48 + May 96 + June 0+ July 0 = 339 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 32 + May 24 + June 3+ July 0 = 268 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 1800 + Feb 5000 +Mar 5200= April 3,100 + May 0 + June 2,600+ July 0 = 17,700 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 0 + June 40+ July 0 = 40 Points



    •Total OOP Year-To-Date:
    Jan $196.78 + Feb $193.74 + Mar $182.77 + April $255.43 + May $143.05 +June $182.79 +July ($15.74+15.00+$15.00+$45.00+$5.65+$19.47+$2.94+5.49 = $124.29) = $1,278.55

    •Total Year-To-Date Grocery Budget:
    Jan $190.00+ Feb $190.00 + Mar $190.00 + April $190.00 +May $190.00 + June $190.00+July $190.00= $1,330.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $51.45 AVAILABLE



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



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $45.00+Feb $45.00+ Mar -$59.58+ Apr $45.00+ May -$22.79 + June -$48.42 + July $45.00= $49.21



    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr +
    -$5.29+May -$9.70 +$15.00+$15.74= $68.39



    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00 +May $20.00 + June $15.00+ July $15.00= $188.12



    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+ June $3.23 +July $15.00= $646.13



    $ 1,330.00 Grocery Budget JAN-JULY

    $ 14.57 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 290.66) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

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

    ($ 49.21) Trf to US Grocery Reserve Net of 2016 Spending

    ($ 14.57) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 1,263.21) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 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 $1,140.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $504.80 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 68.39 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 188.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $ 646.13 Summer Season Fund
    $ 49.21 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 14.37 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $966.22. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $595.54 that we have added in 2016, LESS $565.83 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    Thrifty Foods:

    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, toaster waffles, hot cross buns 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: Creamy Tomato Soup & Chicken Salad Sandwiches & cottage cheese

    TUES: Cheese-Tomato-Cucumber-Onion on Multi-grain Buns with blueberries & Celery sticks with ranch dip

    WED: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Greek Salad, Yogurt & Gluten Free Oreo cookies

    THURS: Imitation Crab Wraps, New Potato Salad with Eggs and Mustard & Red Delicious Apple

    FRI: Chicken Salad Wraps, Pea N Peanut Salad & sliced Chive Havarti cheese & raisins

    SAT: Caesar Salad & Cabbage Rolls

    SUN: Oriental Cabbage Salad


    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Caesar Salad with Dill Cheese Curds

    TUES: Spaghetti Bolognese

    WED: Pamela’s Cottage Pancakes with Blueberries + Pea N Peanut Salad

    THURS: Banana Cinnamon Waffles with Garlic Parmesan Hassleback Zucchini

    FRI: Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Glazed Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

    SAT: Artichoke Tomato Salad, Broccoli-Apple Salad, New Potato Salad with Eggs and Mustard & Amish Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad with Apple Cornbread

    SUN: Tex Mex Brown Rice Salad + Creole Style Oven Braised Ribs with Classic Zucchini Bread


    1. Hi Mary!!

      Do you buy marinated artichokes for your salad? I love the idea of adding them into a tomato salad with fresh basil. We’re so excited that we have a waffle maker now. I can’t wait to come up with a waffle recipe for the blog. I’d love to do a couple of salads this summer for the blog as I haven’t really done any yet.
      Nice score on the 50% off chicken!! We hardly see chicken on half off these days. Celery was a good deal although it’s hit or miss in Ontario to find a decent celery this summer. Even the fennel is lacking in size. How do you like the 2 organic salad dressings? Have you tried them yet?
      Well done… we’re off into July!! Half the year has almost gone by.. wow!! You get ballot #1.

      1. Yes I buy the marinated artichokes for the salad. Now that you have your waffle maker, stay tuned for the Easy Pumpkin Waffles I have coming up in the menu plan. 🙂 I hadn’t planned to buy the chicken but hey…at 50% off, you grab it while the deal is there. The celery was actually the nicest celery I have seen in a really long time. I haven’t opened the dressings yet. We are finishing what we have open in the fridge first. 🙂

        1. My wife made waffles tonight that were low carb… they were good. We filled them with cheese and fresh basil from the garden and a few other spices. I might even try potato waffles and a bunch more. I’m excited. I wondered why I waited so long to buy one. Cost me $10 too and it’s brand new looking.

    1. Hi Mary,
      I posted the winner on the Facebook post but forgot to update it here. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve updated the post now to reflect the June winner. 🙂

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