10 Champion Foods And Beverages To Consume When Feeling ILL : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Sept 19-25




When you’re feeling ill a quick recovery is important especially if your employer doesn’t offer sick days. Losing valuable income when you are off sick from work will put a dent in your monthly budget so take care of yourself first and fast.

Just about every country has a special way to treat themselves when feeling ill and with that comes a host of recipes and miracle cures that might just do the trick.

Simple foods and drinks are what have been successful when feeling ill for decades and continue to end up on grocery lists as an alternative to modern medicine.

Just because you are ill with the cold, flu, nausea or other seasonal health related illness you don’t have to jump to the medicine cabinet right away. Talk to your doctor or naturopath for recommendations about first steps to take when you are feeling ill.

With the winter months ahead of us many of us will catch a cold or the flu which means knowing what you can and can’t eat or drink is important. When I have a cold I tend to eliminate dairy, spicy food (I don’t eat this often anyways) and sugar if I can avoid it.

To clear a stuffy nose all three of us including our son will take showers so the heat loosens up the mucous in our noses. We also bought a $25 nose cleaner from a Baby shop in town which is amazing. Adults can use it too and it attaches to your central vac system or vacuum hose and sucks the snot out in an instant.

I asked my wife what her favourite foods were to consume when she was feeling ill she immediately told me about the bland food BRAT diet which her doctor suggested when she was pregnant.

She had that constant feeling of nausea that even her prescription for Diclectin wouldn’t help much. Quitting dairy helped but that didn’t last long as she loves yogurt, cheese, milk and cream in her coffee. (she had caffeine-free).

The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Other foods such as boiled potatoes, baked chicken without the skin and oatmeal are easy to digest and low in fiber.

Related: How to keep things down when you are sick

When you have nausea and are vomiting you lose valuable nutrients in your body. Consuming a diet consisting of simple foods such as toast, applesauce, rice and fruits will help as they are easy to digest along with many other foods I’m going to chat about today.

On the other hand if you are constipated you will want to drink lots of water (always do this no matter what to keep hydrated daily) and consume high-fiber foods such as flax-seed, oatmeal, beans, broccoli and avocado to name a few. Being on a low-carb diet my wife constantly has to make sure that she gets lots of fiber from as many sources as possible to keep regular.

Related: 16 Great High-Fiber foods to eat

When you’re feeling ill the last thing you want to do is eat but it’s important to help keep yourself healthy and fueled so you don’t feel worse or remain sick for longer.


Hot Broth Soup


Broth Soups specifically chicken broth being the most popular because it’s helps with dehydration, soothing with calming notes on the throat and eases up any stomach ailments. Hot broth soups will also cause your nose to run which helps clear any stuffiness up even if only temporarily.




After you get your tonsils out the hospital may give you pudding and Jello because you can just swallow without chewing and it’s easy on the throat. When you are feeling ill because of a cold during the winter months and your throat flares Jello and pudding if kept cold works wonders.




Popsicle’s especially if they are homemade with real fruit juices are a great way to keep hydrated and when you are feeling ill. When my wife was in labor the hospital gave her Popsicle’s to keep hydrated. If you have a toddler who is teething like us where he is feeling ill on and off because of the pain a cold popsicle always does the trick for him.


Saltine Crackers


When my wife was pregnant with our son she would go through sleeves of saltine crackers to help with her nausea and it works. It’s not a cure but it certainly helps to settle the stomach. Saltine crackers with a hot bowl of broth soup literally screams, help me I’m feeling ill. Another snack-type product she would munch on was pretzels as they are salty and dry and have the same effect.


Flat Ginger-ale


Ginger-ale is always served in hospitals because of the healing effects of ginger on the body. Most often if you have a fever or stomach troubles such as nausea drinking ginger-ale will soothe you. Ginger as well turmeric has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help speed up your recovery. Using ginger and turmeric in your recipes is another great way to help with pain.

Over at the website Food Matters 2 of the Top 10 Healing Benefits of Ginger apply to feeling ill but there are more reasons why you should enjoy ginger that you probably aren’t aware of.

Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including clearing your sinuses which can flare up seasonally or during colder months.

Feeling air sick or nauseous? Ginger can help – preferably tossed in a little honey.

In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused Chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu!

You can add ginger to soup, rice, tea, homemade lozenger and desserts for added benefits. Buying ginger-ale pop and letting it lose its ka-pow by defizzing it and letting it sit open is perfect when you are feeling ill. Be sure to buy the ginger-ale that has Real Ginger inside or make a homemade ginger-ale like the Wellness Mama does for added benefits.


Spicy/Hot Foods


If you’ve always wanted to try a hot pepper this is a great time to test one out. Spicy Food is a natural occurring decongestant and helps clear out the nasal path in a timely manner.

If you find you are suffering from nausea and vomiting you may want to hold off on the spicy food as it may upset your stomach further.

My father-in-law swears by the healing factors of hot chili peppers and grows them every year in his garden. My wife is a huge fan of wasabi or slices of ginger when she is ill as it helps her with the above.


Hot Tea


I’m a tea expert…well not really but we drink lots of tea in the UK and I do the same now that I am living in Canada. When I am feeling ill I enjoy herbal teas or a hot cup of homemade lemon tea, black tea or even ginger tea.

Related: Healing Herbs, Medicinal Teas for Cold and Flu (with some awesome recipes too)

When my wife was feeling nausea during pregnancy she found a hot cup of black tea with a fresh slices of ginger would help soothe her upset tummy. During the winter she reaches for Chai tea when her throat is feeling scratchy or doesn’t feel well.

Peppermint tea is also another great suggestion if you like mint flavours which I’m not a huge fan of. Honey is another natural food product with healing abilities so add a bit of sweetness to your tea to help soothe your throat or grab a spoon and enjoy.




barilla-pastinaPastina is something that was recommended to us for our toddler to eat if he wasn’t feeling ill or teething and not interested in any foods he would have to chew.

You can find pastina which is tiny Italian pasta at the grocery store in the pasta aisle and is a staple in almost all Italian households.

There are many varieties of pastina, including anellini (“little rings”), stelline (“little stars”), acini de pepe (“peppercorns”), funghetti (“little mushrooms”), alfabeti (“alphabets”), and orzo (“barley”), to name a few of the most common.–Julia della Croce

It may be a bit pricey compared to regular pasta but it worth it so keep an eye out for it when it goes on sale and stock up on a few boxes. As mentioned below an excellent cure when you are feeling ill is a hot bowl of pastina with butter and warm milk.


Dry Toast


Dry toast is very popular for anyone with an upset stomach as it’s easier to digest over soft bread and it’s inexpensive to make. Other great dry options saltine crackers, pretzels and dry cereals. If you are suffering from the cold or flu this won’t help your situation but it may be an option to get food inside of you.


Citrus Fruit


Citrus Fruits help boost the immune system which may help speed up recovery which is why you will always find grape-fruit or orange juice offered in the hospital depending on why you are feeling ill. Consuming acidic fruits and vegetables when you have a sore throat may irritate it more so avoid that if possible.

Another option is to slice up oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes into slices and freeze them. You can gnaw away on them to reap the benefits. Our son loves frozen lemon and lime…don’t ask me why but when he’s teething he loves to suck on them to help with the pain.


What the fans say…


Fan Question: What are some good recipes to make when you or your child aren’t feeling so well? What foods might help settle your stomach?

  • Chicken broth is a good one and plain potatoes that’s all mine ask for. – Nicola D.
  • Chicken soup, Jello and pudding are the best cures going. – Colleen K
  • Mom always gave us Saltine Crackers and De-Fizzed Ginger-ale. – Colleen Kl.
  • In my family, it was Pastina when not feeling well. Most commonly made with a little butter and warm milk, it can also be made with chicken broth for tummy troubles or with egg and cheese for something more hardy. Pastina is a staple in Italian cupboards and popular with babies, children, and adults. Pastina with butter and warm milk. The most popular comfort food when sick.- Sue
  • If one of the kids or hubby are feeling sick to their stomach I don’t try to get them to eat anything so I don’t have to deal with the rebound that happens. Once somebody actually feels like eating there is dry toast, apple sauce, bananas and so on. I don’t push any food during that time, they will eat what they feel like when they feel like it. – Christine W.
  • Homemade Lozengers are always on hand all winter and the ginger is good for the stomach:

How to make homemade lozengers:

Bring 1 cup sugar – 1/2 cup water – 1 tblspn lemon juice to a boil – then add 1 tspn honey – 1/2 tspn ground ginger and 1/4 tspn ground cloves and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes – take off heat and cool – spoon dollops onto parchment paper and let harden – toss in powdered sugar to keep from sticking together when cooled and put into a container. – Jane R.

  • I actually use fresh ginger and soak it in a pitcher of water then after heating, you can add lemon and honey if you like.– Mary C.


What food and drink do you like to consume when you are feeling ill?


September Grocery Game Challenge


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.

September Grocery Game Posts


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016


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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-$40.93=$194.07
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $194.07
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $60
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 314,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 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 : $22.00


Our Grocery Shop This Week



  • 4 x dozen eggs $1.97 each
  • Astro Yogurt $1.99 PM No Frills
  • 2 x 10% Cream $1.97 PM No Frills

Total Out-of-Pocket $13.81


  • 2 x Black Diamond Cheese Bars $3.99 ea
  • 1 x cucumber $0.77
  • Tomatoes $1.85
  • Bananas $1.57
  • Romaine Lettuce $1.69
  • 2 x 2%Milk Sealtest $4.27 each
  • Worcestershire sauce $1.99

Total Out-of-Pocket $24.39


  • 2 x cauliflower $0.99 each
  • 2 x Selection bacon $2.44 each
  • Redpath Icing sugar $1.99
  • 2 x Philadelphia cream cheese 340g $2.99

Total Out-of-Pocket $14.83

  • Total to spend this month : $235.00-$5.23 overage from August= $229.77
  • Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $25.00
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $15.36
  • Total in-store discounts this week:$32.00
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $482.34
  • Total spent this week: $53.03- $1.06 to stockpile= $51.97
  • Total spent so far this month: $229.58
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: under
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $0.16
  • 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 $244.40 + Aug $201.30+ Sept $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

My first thought about the $0.16 we have left to spend this month was not to spend it all in one shot, ha! We should be fine for the rest of the month as we have milk stashed and are stocked up now. If we do need to pop out we will use PC points which we have over $300. Tough going this shopping but lots of great deals in the flyers.


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
  • MySavings.com 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 Save.ca, 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 Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca 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 Know what stores accept coupons?:  If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  • 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!

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  1. I get the Air Miles deals online as well.the 71 miles won’t get me anything as is but added to other miles collected it helps. It takes 95 miles to get $10.00 off. It adds up over the course of a week each time. I have enough now for around $160.00 off groceries at Foodland, might try to get some gift cards for Christmas shopping soon.
    Once in a while I do try something new to see how it goes but hubby is the worst for being picky. The boys will try something and eat it whether they like it or not. I will hear the opinions. Hubby will take one look at something and thumb his nose without trying it, drives me batty some days.

  2. Week 3 – Sept 18 – 24

    • Grocery budget to work with in September: $320
    • Total coupons used this week: $7.21
    • Total coupons used to date: $49.19
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used this week: $0
    • Total RCSS gas coupons used to date: $15.44
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit this week: $0
    • Total Giant Tiger Enviro bag credit to date: $0.18
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed this week: $20
    • Total value PC Plus points redeemed to date: $110
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used this week: $0
    • Total gift cards/certificates/gifts used to date: $115
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used this week: $0
    • Total Neilsen Homescan Visa rebate cards used to date: $170
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheque used this week: $0
    • Total Checkout 51 rebate cheques used to date: $20.25
    • Total student discounts to date: $139.37 (total – Student discount done)
    • Total spent this week: $107.75
    • Total spent so far this month: $170.65
    • Total left to spend for the month: $149.35
    • Carry over: $0
    • Total in carry over jar: $0
    • Total overspent: $111.20
    • Total Spent To Date 2016: $2,258.85

    RCSS: Milk 4.27, Avacados 3.99, lemons 3.99, orange peppers (.36 lb!!!) .75, bananas 1.03, yellow peppers (.36 lb!!!) .74, red peppers .54, broccoli .88, pears 1.89, romaine hearts club pack 4.98, NN sour cream 1.98, NN burrito 1.48, 12 pk hamburger buns 2 x 1.00, 12 pk hot dog buns 2 x 1.00: Total Paid 30.50 rounded down 2 cents

    Walmart: Armstrong cheese 4 x 3.87, Club House vegetable seasoning 4.94, Eggs 2 x 1.97, Croissants 3.00, Baguette clearance .43, 1L milk 2.47 less FPC coupon 2.47: Total Paid 27.80 rounded up 1 cent

    Walmart: Maple Leaf bacon 8 x 2.37 less 2 FPC (2.37 and 2.37): Total Paid 14.20 rounded down 2 cents

    Food Basics: Granola bars 6 x .99, Betty crocker cake mix 3 x .99, Turkey 10.33, tax .77: Total Paid 20.00 rounded down 1 cent

    RCSS: NN tomato paste .59, Franco beef gravy 3/2.01 x 2 (6 cans total), NN sour cream 1.98, onions 3 lb 1.48, green onion .79, ground beef 13.57 x 2, less 20 redemption PC Plus: Total Paid 16.00

    It was a much bigger week than previous weeks. But we got our new fridge and needed some things to fill it with like fresh veggies and the awesome sale on yellow and orange peppers was amazing. Bacon was a great price and it is so hard to get it under $6 these days so we stocked up a bit. Cheese was also a great price so it was stocked up too. Ground beef was good enough so we got a couple of packages of it and redeemed some PC Plus points. Granola bars are excellent for hockey season for snacks on the go without having to hit drive thru and the season has started. I would rather spend .99 a box 🙂 We also have some birthdays coming up so cake mix at .99 is also ideal. We picked up our thanksgiving turkey too, it’s almost 12 lbs a perfect size for us. A more expensive week but will save us in the long run. We are trying to still gain ground on our overspend at the end of the month and we are still on track to save some even with this more expensive week. Unfortunately time to get to the store is more limited now, some we have more receipts than usual since I am working it into lunch breaks so we can still get to hockey and swimming with our son. It looks like it will be the norm. However, we did plan this spend so we aren’t spending more as a result. We will need to be careful with the lunch trips out, but I know it is the best way to work it into our days right now.

    1. Hi Angela,
      Congrats on the new refrigerator! What kind did you get?
      It’s hard not to stock up when you find such great deals. I was saying that to Kathryn after she pointed out the same thing to me. How long is hockey season? I don’t skate but would like our son to skate. I’m thinking about getting him some skates but am not sure how to go about teaching him. I wonder if there is a skating school for kids around our area. I’ll have to look. In the UK skating and hockey isn’t a big thing so I wasn’t exposed to it.
      Holy crap the peppers were a great deal!! Did you freeze them?
      Great deal on the cheese and bacon too… wow. Yes bacon is ridiculously overpriced these days and smaller than a pound unless you get the PC brand which is 1lb.
      Well done this week!! You get ballot #18. MR.CBB

  3. 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:$650-33.19 =$616.18
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $616.18
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $140
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 43810
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to cash out : $12.00
    Checkout51 to cash out : $27.25

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    Foodland #1
    2 Downy @7.99, $3.00WUB2 coupon
    1 jug water -5…49
    2 Cheerios @4.99
    1 pancake syrup -4.29
    1 plum sauce -2.98
    1 corn starch -2.49
    1 baking powder -2.49
    1 jar gherkin pickles -2.49
    1 package pasta -1.99
    2 cans pasta sauce @.99
    2 4l milk @4.99
    Bananas -1.28
    1 lb ground pork -3.99, 30% discount-1.20
    1 raisin bread -3.99
    2 bagels @2/5.00
    Tax- 2.08
    Total OOP -$72.28, discount -1.20, $3.00 coupon
    Foodland #2
    2 cases ginger ale @5.99, 2X1.00 coupon
    1 jug water -5.49
    1 soya sauce -3.49
    1 cranberry cocktail -3.19
    1 can diced tomatoes -1.00
    2 4l milk @4.99
    1 block cheese -3.99
    1 ice cream -2.00
    4 Swanson meat pies @1.00
    Bananas -1.14
    2 ham steaks @2.99
    1 grated Parmesan cheese -6.11
    2 W/W bread @2/5.00
    Tax -1.56
    Total OOP -$62.91
    Total to spend this month : $650-$33.19 overage from August= $616.81
    Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
    Stockpile budget used this month: $0
    Total coupons used this week: $3.00
    Total coupons used to date: $106.12
    Total in-store discounts this week:$1.20
    Total in-store discounts to date: $148.58
    Total spent this week: $135.19
    Total spent so far this month: $358.22
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $under
    Total left to spend for the month: $258.59
    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 $631.00+ Aug $683.19+ Sept $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    i’m still in good shape for the month. Last week’s trip into town will be next week as we re-scheduled the appointment. That will mean a No Frills shopping stock up. Such is life. I got a mail out from Air Miles with a bunch of coupons for deals at Foodland with my card and I grabbed a few things the second shop to take advantage. All told I walked out with 71 miles. Break down was 4 miles for every $20 spent, bonus 10 miles for spending over $35.00, 10 miles for the ginger ale, 4 miles on the VH soya sauce, 10 miles for the Swanson product, 8 miles from the bread and 25 miles for redeeming 4 AM coupons! Happy dance!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      How’s things?
      It’s funny when you talk about going to No Frills and the stock-up that you know it will put a dent in your grocery budget which you work so hard to keep balanced. The good part is that you will save money on products so it will be worth it in the long run.
      The mail-out for Air Miles is nice. We need to start getting back on track with coupons as we’ve fallen off the bandwagon a bit with our crazy busy life. We still try to use them when we can but we know we can do better. Thank goodness for the GGC and constant reminder of this. If you broke down the 71 Air Miles how much cash would that give you? Great deal on the Downey!! How often do you buy new products to add to your menu plan? I notice you stick to the same foods week after week which most people do. I think for 2017 we will focus more on new recipes and incorporating variety in our diet more than we already do. I know you have challenges with picky eaters so that might be a setback for adding new meals but maybe not if they are received well. Great going Christine. Keep at it. You get ballot #12. Mr.CBB

  4. Date: Sept 24 2016
    Name of Store: Walmart
    Villagio Bread 2.22
    Goldan Graham Cereal 3.00
    VH Chinese Soy Sauce 2.47
    Kraft Salad Dressing 2.77
    Dempsters Hot Dog Buns 2.47
    Hormel Sliced pepperoni 3.97 – 1.00 from co51
    Danone yogurt 2.00
    English cucumber 0.88
    2X Cheemo Perogies 1.98
    Baby carrots 1.97
    Milk 4.27
    Frenches Yellow Mustard 400ml- 2.17
    Iceburg lettuce – 1.47
    Pupperoni for my dog 2.93 used coupon buy one get one free
    Arm and Hammer Tooth Paste 130ml pmed 1.99 used 75cent coupon
    2XLactantia butter 454 g- pmd 2.99
    6X Maple Leaf deli express bacon 375g-2.93 used buy 2 get one free coupon
    International delight french vanilla- pmd 3.99
    Sour Cream Gay Lea small one- pmd 0.99 used 50c coupon
    17XLittle Cesars for my dog- pmd 0.75 each
    Total Coupons Used:17.12
    Total out of Pocket:73.16 (0.00 from bank account)

    Total Grocery Budget for the month: $300
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry overs: 156.34
    Total Gift Cards used this week: 73.16
    Total Gift Cards used to date:123.16
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week:0
    Total Rewards Points used to date:0
    PC Points Earned this week:0
    PC Points Earned to Date:2300
    SCOP Earned to date:0
    Zweet to date:0.50
    Zweet earned today: 0.25
    CO51 to date: 3.50
    CO51 earned today: 1:00
    Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00)
    Stockpile budget used to date:7.98 (92.02 remaining)
    Total coupons used this week:17.12
    Total Coupons used to date:26.09
    Total in store discounts this week: 16.40
    Total instore discounts to date: 50.80
    Total pricematching this week-12.56
    Total Price matching year to date:16.35
    Total spent this week:73.16 (0.00 from bank account)
    Total spent so far this month: 216.82
    Total over/under spend this shop- under 1.84
    Total left to spend for the month 83.18
    Total spent to date 2016 (does not include stock pile budget) 216.82
    Weekly Overview (Your final Thoughts)
    It is nice only going to one grocery store and price matching what you want instead of going to two and wasting your time. I cant believe how much i saved on in store specials, coupons and price matching this week. 46.00 in total!!
    I used to coupon regularly and had a pretty big stock pile going. It took up alot of time. I am trying to get back into it and only buy things that we will use and only clip coupons of items we use instead of clipping every single one.
    I wrote a few companies last week that are going to mail me some coupons. I found out you can go to danone.ca and sign up and print coupons for yogurt from there. It said on the side of the tub you can save up to 50.00 per year if you go to their website. I printed 25.00 worth. they are only good for one month. I shouldnt have printed all at once but now I know for next time.

    Thanks for all the great tips in this article.
    Feel better soon!

    1. Hi Andria,
      Yes, I agree it is nice to go to one grocery store to price match however we find Loblaws stores to have the best reduced deals however they don’t all price match. We save most of our money on 50% off products throughout the year. I’m sure one day they will all price match. That’s great info about Danone.ca and the coupons. I’ll have to add that to my list if it’s not already on it. Thanks. The great thing about the GGC is you can tally up the numbers all year and then gaze at them when the year is up and go WOW.. look how much I saved or WOW I need to buckle down a bit more… etc. The numbers never lie and unless we are committed to documenting them we will never know just how well or bad we are doing with our money. You’ve made the right decision joining all of us here. Yes, only clip coupons that you will use. Don’t waste your valuable time. We made that mistake early on when we started couponing. How do you organize your coupons when you grocery shop?
      Just an FYI there is a new coupon app that you can sign up for. I’ve linked to it at the bottom of the GGC post. Awesome shopping Andria. How are you finding the GGC process so far? Have you learned anything new? You get ballot #11. Mr. CBB

      1. I will check out the new post and the new coupon app thanks!
        I enjoy taking a look at what I spent and what I saved.
        It’s neat to figure out how much I would have spent with out price matching
        or coupons. I organize my coupons in a fabric folder. It has little depressor
        cards in between. I think my mom bought me it from a website called
        Glow girl.
        I used to put them in a binder when I had first started a few years
        Ago. But it took too much time!

        1. The numbers are always shocking especially if you have the before number to compare your new shopping habits to. I think the binder days for coupons are long gone. They aren’t as lucrative as they once were. Ours was stuffed full. I’m sure it’s still kicking around the house somewhere full of old coupons.

  5. Week 38 – Sept 16 – 22, 2016
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 1100
    Total Out Of Pocket: $46.04

    2 NN Chocolate Chips – $3.99 or 2/$5.00 = $5.00
    Quick Oatmeal = $4.59
    2 Cow Brand Baking Soda – $1.07 or 2/$2.00 = $2.00
    525 g Cheerios – $5.98 (900 PC Points) (PM for $3.77) = $3.77
    2 Danone Yogurt = $5.96
    Large Eggs (18) – 5.38 (PM for $2.97) = $2.97
    4 L 2% Milk = $4.27
    10 lb Potatoes = $3.99
    Bananas – 1.455 kg (200 PC Points) = $1.83
    Pears – 1.460 kg = $3.18
    Apples – 0.955 kg = $2.06
    2 WW Wonder Bread – $2.69 (PM for $1.99) = $3.98
    Tortilla – 3.49 (Pink Sticker) = $2.44

    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: $46.04
    Left for the Month: $93.96
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $1053.43

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $219.64

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $198.43

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $226.21

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($500.00)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $
    Total Meat to Date: $297.27

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $25.96

    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: $6.02
    Total Price Match to Date: $257.95

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 1100
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 12455

    Overview: Completed the week with a semi-grocery list but a full meal plan prepared, in addition to be under budget for this pay.

    1. Hi Dee,
      Did you hear about the new coupon app? It’s listed at the end of the GGC post now.
      What do you use your Baking Soda for?
      Awesome score on the Cheerios and PC Points..that’s how it’s done!
      I’m guessing your pink stickers are 30% off?
      Did you see the new promo for RCSS? Spend $250 get a free turkey.
      I can’t get over your grocery budget and how amazing it is. The year is coming to a close and you’ve done so well. Great to hear you came in under budget for this pay. Have you been thinking about 2017 yet and whether your grocery budget might change?
      You get ballot #10.

      1. The “new” coupon apps can’t be used on my current phone, maybe in the future if I change my phone to another operating system. We use baking soda for cooking and in the cat litter box which means that we use quite a bit of it. I did see the Thanksgiving promo at RCSS but I wouldn’t be spending $250 just for a free turkey. I couldn’t afford to spend $250 since that’s about 2 months worth of my grocery budget. I don’t want to be back in the hole and not have any $ to purchase groceries that are needed. I have been thinking about next year’s budget but I don’t think that I’ll changing the bi-weekly value as it works for us. We just need to look ways to have food cooked at home after a long day at the office or market.

    1. Hope you’re feeling better soon mate. I try very hard not to get ill but since our son has come along I’ve been sick a few times. These tips will come in handy.

  6. SEPTEMBER – Week #3 of 4- Sept 19-25, 2016


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



    This is the last week of hubby’s vacation so our grocery shopping is minimal and we’re all about packing in as much fun as we can before he goes back to work!



    Save On Foods – Maple Ridge –

    1 x 1L skim milk @ $2.29
    1 Whipping Cream $3.79
    1 Large Cottage Cheese $4.99

    Total Regular Grocery OOP: $11.07
    Total Holiday Grocery OOP: $0.00

    ** Earned 11 MORE Points on this shop **
    ** SAVED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $0.60 Loyalty Savings on this shop **






    •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 $46.99+ Aug $13.85+Sept $0.60 = $468.23

    •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 + Aug $0.00+ Sept $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 + Aug $0.00 + Sept $0.00 = $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 10 + Feb 182 + Mar 3 +April 48 + May 96 + June 0+ July 573 + Aug 208 + Sept 11= 1,131 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year:

    Jan 6 + Feb 43 +Mar 182 + April 32 + May 24 + June 3+ July 0 + Aug 0 + Sept 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 + Aug 6,600 + Sept 0 = 24,300 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year:

    Jan 0 + Feb 0 +Mar 0 + April 0 + May 0 + June 40+ July 0 + Aug 40 + Sept 20= 100 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 $188.72+ Aug $171.07+ Sept (15.00+$15.00+$15.00+$55.00+$1.99+$11.07= $113.06) = $1,626.20

    •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+Aug $190.00 +Sept $190.00= $1,710.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $83.80 AVAILABLE



    2015 Fwd $0.00+Jan $4.69+ Feb $5.19+ Mar $0.00+ Apr $0.00 + May $4.69 + June $0.00+ July $0.00 + Aug $0.00+Sept $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 + Aug $45.00+Sept ($55.00-24.97 = $30.03)= $124.24



    2015 Fwd $217.50+Jan -$49.65 + Feb -$140.69 + Mar $25.48 + Apr +
    -$5.29+May -$9.70 +June $15.00+July -$41.81 + Aug $17.93+Sept $15.00= $43.77



    2015 Fwd $81.51+Jan $15.00 + Feb $11.61 +$15.00+ Apr $15.00 +May $20.00 + June $15.00+ July $15.00+ Aug $15.00+Sept $15.00= $218.12



    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 $7.62 +Aug (15.00-30.21=-$15.21)+ Sept $15.00= $638.54



    $ 1,710.00 Grocery Budget JAN-SEPT

    $ 14.57 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 383.59) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 419.67 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 124.24) Trf to US Grocery Reserve Net of 2016 Spending

    ($ 14.57) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 1,538.04) 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 POINTS REDEEMED will be added to our Holiday Reserve next Christmas.

    So far $1,710.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $788.47 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 43.77 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 218.12 Holiday Season Fund
    $ 638.54 Summer Season Fund
    $ 124.24 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 14.37 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,039.04. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $788.47 that we have added in 2016, LESS $685.94 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.


    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    None! 🙁


    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: Vegetable Soup & Tuna Sandwiches

    TUES: After our gym class, with had coffee with Dad in Abbotsford then went to Yellow Deli in Chilliwack for lunch

    WED: Barbecued Hot Dogs before our walk at Rolley Lake

    THURS: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches for our Picnic Lunch at Mill Lake with our girlfriend in Abbotsford

    FRI: Egg Salad sandwiches for our picnic & walk at Allouette Lake

    SAT: Imitation Crab Macaroni Salad after walk on the track at MRSS

    SUN: Clam Chowder at Ivar’s in Bellingham, WA after a nice walk at Cornwall Park


    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Cup of Soup & toasted onion bagels

    TUES: Creamy Tomato Soup

    WED: Cheese Omelette with Roasted Potatoes & Onions

    THURS: Baked Beans, Cottage Cheese & raw veggies with dip

    FRI: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Coleslaw

    SAT: Pumpkin Waffles with fresh fruit salad

    SUN: Steamer Veggies with apple brown rice and toasted pecans


    1. Hi Mary,
      I’m finally getting around to this as it’s been a whirlwind of a week so far. I’m hoping to come up with a few new soup recipes this winter provided I have the time. I love the idea of pumpkin waffles. I might give that a go once we get our cooking pumpkins this season. I might buy 2 or 3 this year. You know I’m a huge fan of adding bits to rice and the apple and pecan is a perfect pair especially for a meal that might be spicy.
      Your menu plan for lunch sounds lovely and relaxing. The only time I feel that these days is when we are on vacation. I can’t wait for that feeling as life can get downright busy and take-over every minute of the day from work to parenting to bills.
      What do you use the whipping cream for? We have it on hand these days for the wife as she doesn’t use milk or 10% cream in her coffee. It’s nice for a quick extra in a recipe or to make fast whipped cream. I hope you had a lovely holiday Mary and Larry. You get ballot # 9.

      1. The whipped cream is for my pot of Creamy Tomato Soup. We don’t have it often and it makes a lot of servings so I don’t feel too guilty about using a less fat version. It really makes a difference to the recipe so sometimes you just have to go for the gusto! lol 🙂

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