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The Ultimate Guide To Eliminate Kitchen Odours

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If you work in the restaurant industry, you know what it’s like to come home after work and have a strong cooking smell on your clothes.

This same cooking smell can linger in your home during and after cooking and stick around unless you take a proactive approach to eliminate kitchen odours.

Today, I will share the easiest hacks to eliminate kitchen odours.

You might just be surprised at how inexpensive these options can be.

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Frugal Solutions For Everyday Kitchen Odours

My house smells. What can I do about it?

It depends on where the smell comes from, but the house smells often start in the bathrooms and kitchen.

A musty smell in the house comes with age, dust, old carpets and rugs, damp wood, hot spots, rundown walls, bathrooms and leaks.

You may get even worse smells if you smoke in the house or have pets which need to be monitored and cleaned up daily to eliminate the odour.

Related: How to get rid of musty smells in your house

We use a dehumidifier to get help with moisture in the air and humidity in the house. It also helps to freshen the air and remove any bacteria in the air.

What Are Kitchen Odours?

Kitchen sink drain smells are one of the most familiar smells in your kitchen apart from kitchen odours. If you have ever had a smell from the kitchen sink hit you in the nose, you know it’s time to do some damage control.

A smelly drain can be clogged with bits from your dirty pots and pans and get trapped.

How To Get Rid Of Cooking Smells

If you want to keep your stove off because it costs too much to run large appliances during the peak time of Hydro rates, then use the next best thing, your crock-pot. I know, genius, huh?

One of the most important ways to eliminate kitchen odours is to clean your kitchen promptly after cooking.

If there are two people, one can cook, and the other can clean, which is what we do in our house.

Leaving your pots and pans with grease, burnt food, or stuck-on food only adds to the kitchen odours you are trying to eliminate, so clean up and don’t leave it for the next day.

My wife goes nuts if I don’t have a sink of soapy water at all times when I cook because I’m notorious for just throwing everything in the sink and dealing with it later.

She’s smart, though, as any cooked-on food will start to loosen up in the water, saving time in the kitchen during clean-up.

Clean your kitchen

You might think you have a clean kitchen because your sink is empty and everything is put away. Think again.

When was the last time you scrubbed your floors, cleaned your kitchen cupboards inside and out, and sanitized your counters, back-splash and walls?

Even your light fixtures can have grease film caked on, which adds to the kitchen odours you might be smelling.

Cleaning our refrigerator out once a month and keeping a handy chart on the fridge, so we know when it’s time to clean it again.

We also pull out the refrigerator often and clean the compressor and condenser of dust and fuzz.

Keeping the condenser and compressor dust-free will help your refrigerator run more economically because it can exchange the heat better.

While doing that, we also clean the floor underneath the fridge.

Many smells might hit you in the face when you open the refrigerator door, but if you eliminate those odours at the source, you’ll win half the battle.

For strong-smelling foods in the fridge, we use a small container of baking soda to help control funky smells.

Related: Free Printable Charts For Around the House

Once a week, we clean the outside of our kitchen cabinets with vinegar, water and soap.

Doing so helps to eliminate any grease and sticky messes we missed.

Our kitchen cabinets are old and due to get replaced, but with a brand new kitchen, investigate what you can use for kitchen cabinetry for cleaning.

Open the curtains or blinds and turn on the lights if you have kitchen windows.

Get down on your hands and knees, or use a chair for sitting and inspecting the kitchen elements.

I’ll tell you; it’s incredible what you will find once you start investigating all the cracks.

It may sound a bit obsessive, but if you want to eliminate kitchen odours and dirt, you have to get right into it.

If you have blinds and curtains, give them a good cleaning once a month, as they can both harbour kitchen odours.

Hot water, soap, vinegar, lemon and baking soda go a long way in the kitchen.

Stinky Garbage

During the summer months, we compost kitchen scraps to help create luscious soil for our garden, but that is not possible for us during the winter.

If you find that you have a lot of vegetable peels, meat scraps, egg shells, and other food waste that you don’t compost in the winter, it’s essential to clear out the garbage can as soon as you can.

If there are any spills in the garbage bin, clean them promptly with vinegar and water to eliminate kitchen odours.

Once a week, we take our kitchen bin inserts out of the main housing and scrub them out with soap and hot water.

Not only does this keep them smelling nice but looking clean, which is far more appealing than a garbage bin plastered in food, hand prints and over-flowing in your kitchen.

The worst is when you are a guest in someone’s home for dinner and have to see something like this.

It makes you wonder how sanitary the rest of the kitchen is, and diligence with food safety is applied.

A few minutes a day will save you lots of headaches and embarrassment, so don’t be lazy. Clean up your messes.

Fresh Air Reduces Kitchen Odours

The most obvious way to begin the elimination process of kitchen odours is to open the windows in the house.

In the Spring and Summer, our windows are open all day unless the central air is on.

Nothing is better than fresh air in the house, especially in spring and fall.

Once the winter is over and you finally open the windows in your house, do you ever find you want to sit down and enjoy the breeze and fresh air that flows through your home?

It’s great; we enjoy that first moment after the snow melts but don’t often open them when it’s below temps and freezing outside.

When you are trying to keep a house warm in the winter opening the windows to eliminate kitchen odours will work. Still, you’re also compromising the inside heated environment, making your furnace work harder and longer.

Ultimately this will cost you more; however, if you are willing to pay the price, it’s worth it.

You can open the fresh air intake damper on the furnace ducting in the winter to bring fresh air from outside.

That’s what it’s designed for; however, I replaced ours because it wasn’t working correctly.

The problem was that it let high moisture content air through into the house in the middle of summer.

That makes the air conditioning work harder, costing us more money.

Cinnamon Sticks and Cloves

I’m a fan of incense when I don’t like smells in the house, and my wife is a cinnamon sticks and cloves kind of woman.

A bag of cinnamon sticks will cost about one dollar, and cloves you can pick up relatively cheap at the Indian store, which is where we like to refresh most of our spices for cheap.

When I travelled throughout India and Thailand, all I could smell at times was the use of incense as it’s widespread for ritual purposes, but it carries.

I use incense sticks to combat kitchen odours from the potent spices used in the kitchen.

We also love spices and have two ample cupboards, but the lingering smell of certain spices is not so appealing afterward.

I have often come home from work believing she’s made a hot batch of frosted cinnamon rolls.

Sadly there was only a pot of cinnamon sticks and cloves slowly simmering on the stove-top.

Sometimes she adds vanilla to the pot, but that stuff is expensive, so it’s not something we tend to waste.

White Vinegar

We have a jug of vinegar under the kitchen sink for many uses around the house.

You’ll find that every bathroom has a vinegar and water spray bottle, as does our kitchen.

We use vinegar to clean and sanitize many surfaces in our house, including cleaning smears from our mirrors and windows.

It’s a cheap way to clean your house without all the harsh chemicals you’ll find in commercial cleaning products.

When we became parents, we needed to eliminate certain cleaning products so we weren’t filling the air with any toxins our son might breathe.

Related: The many uses of white vinegar and your budget

We also clean our kettle, coffee pot, toaster and toaster oven with vinegar and water to release any build-up from hard water and burnt foods.

Dishcloths and cutting boards get a soak in bleach, water and dish soap. I then run dish clothes through the washing machine as they can hold lots of kitchen smell that can be disgusting.

How To Remove Fish Odour From The House

If you aren’t a fan of buying acidic fruits such as oranges, lemon and lime, certainly bust out the vinegar and put it to work.

My wife and I left a small bowl of white vinegar on the counter while we were cooking to eliminate kitchen odours, especially if we were deep-frying, shallow frying or cooking any fish, onions or garlic.

Some people like to add a few drops of pure vanilla extract or other essential oils that help to mask kitchen odours and, in most cases, eliminate them.

The other option we’ve used in the past is to set a small pot of water and vinegar on the stove-top and let that boil for about 15-20 minutes to help rid of any kitchen odours that are sticking around like a nasty stain.

You might not like the smell of white vinegar, but anything is better than smelling leftover food smells. Yuck!

Citrus Peels

The acid in lemons is what helps to eliminate kitchen odours. Unlike vinegar, the sweeter smells of lemon, lime and oranges will be far more appealing than leftover food kitchen odours.

A super easy and frugal way to eliminate kitchen odours with lemon, oranges, and lime is to fill your crock-pot with water and dump them in.

You can run the crock-pot overnight at the cheapest rate or while you’re gone to work, so you come home to a fresh-smelling house.

Baking Soda

In our refrigerator, you will always find a small bowl of baking soda which tends to soak up the odours that creep into a fridge with leftover foods, rotten food or products with powerful smells such as onions and garlic.

Most people don’t keep onions and garlic in the refrigerator, but if you are prepping a meal, you may store chopped onions or minced garlic for later use.

It’s essential to cover it with cling wrap or put it in a Tupperware container to help reduce the smell.

Cleaning a smelly drain is not as hard as you think when you have a terrible smell from your kitchen sink.

The cure for smelly drains can be as easy as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, and pouring it down the drain is a great neutralizer.

You may have to open the trap and clean it out if you struggle to eliminate smells from the sink or dishwasher.

Baking soda is also a great way to eliminate odd smells on the carpet.

I remember years ago shake ‘n’ vac adverts appearing on British TV, and essentially using baking soda is precisely the same concept.

Range Hood and Ventilation

Invest in a good range hood for your kitchen because it will make a huge difference when you are trying to eliminate kitchen odours as they are happening and for those that linger.

We have a crappy cheap builder-grade range hood, which you can buy at Home Depot for about $50.

It’s that bad; however, we picked up a $4000 range hood that was a display model for just under half-price from a reputable local kitchen store and plans to install it when we do our kitchen remodel.

Our range hood vents directly outside, but if you have a re-circulation range hood, you will have to replace the charcoal filter regularly as this is what controls odours.

I’ve removed the bathroom vents that were cheap and did nothing but collect dust.

Instead, I installed new vent systems that cost me a bit more money but were worth it.

There is a time to be cheap and a time to be smart with your money, especially when it comes to home maintenance.

Always clean your range hood and replace or sanitize and clean any filters as needed as they will get clogged with grease and who knows what else over time.

You can also turn on your furnace fans to help recycle the air in your house by bringing in the fresh air and getting rid of old stale, musty, stinky air.

We have an ultraviolet air treatment system inside the furnace ducting, which kills viruses, mould and bacteria which produce odours.

The UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) method has been used in various applications for years and is proven to control bacterial agents.

There are also charcoal furnace filters available to help eliminate household odours.

Commercial Kitchens and Home Kitchen Gadgets

Kitchen odours can be tough to combat and get rid of, but there are these simple ways to fight back that won’t bust into your budget too much.

Some people don’t have the time nor want to deal with kitchen hacks to eliminate food odours, so investing in a kitchen odour eliminator may do the trick.

BCI Deodorizer/Air Purifier 10000 Mg/h Commercial Grade, Removes All Odors (Electric Blue)

For our Canadian readers, I found the BCI Deoderizer/Air Purifier, which is commercial grade and powerful.

The product also ships free in Canada if purchased from Amazon Canada and one that might work for your home or business.

If you cook lots of foods that leave smells in your home, smoking or other odours, you’ll find the BCI Deoderizer/Air Purifier will help.

I also liked the low price of the unit, which for many families, is very affordable.

  • 【COMMERCIAL DEODORIZER / AIR PURIFIER】 – Huge 10,000mg/h output deodorizes your space from odours, smoke and VOCs.
  • ✔️ 【POWERFUL ODOR ELIMINATION】 – Eliminates virtually ANY odours from cigarette/cigar smoke, pet odours, paint/cleaning fumes, dust, water damage, smoke damage, cooking odours, and other airborne odours.
  • ✔️ 【COST AND ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN】 – Ultra-low energy usage yields cost and energy savings. Industrial grade aluminum alloy casing will keep this purifier cleaning for years.
  • ✔️ 【NEW TIMER DESIGN】 – 120 Minute Timer with ‘HOLD’ function.
  • ✔️ 【2 YEAR WARRANTY by BCI】 – If you have a problem, you are never alone. We stand behind every product we sell. 

Always research if you plan to purchase something like this for your home.

Kitchen Hacks from CBB Facebook

  • Run a package of Tang orange juice crystals through an empty cycle on your dishwasher, and it will clean even iron build-up from your water.
  • Mean Green cleans grease and gunk off cabinets.
  • Spick and Span is great for cleaning cabinets and walls.
  • Light up scented wax burners to reduce cooking odours in the house.
  • Simmer a pot of water with orange slices and a cinnamon stick or a pot of water with some vanilla.
  • To get the onion smell off your hands before you wash them, run them along your kitchen faucet, then rinse. Magically, this takes the onion smell right out of your hands.
  • Use clove and lemon essential oils in baking soda as a sink scrub. It smells amazing!
  • Open the windows!
  • Cooking seafood, brew a pot of coffee as it will clear up seafood or stinky smells.
  • Use the kitchen exhaust fan to kick the foul air out of the house.
  • Simmer cinnamon sticks and orange peel to rid the kitchen of cooking odours.
  • Lighting matches and blowing them out helps odours. The sulphur in them does the trick. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Put baking soda down the sink drain and then pour in vinegar which helps keep the trap clean and fresh.

Bake Away Kitchen Odours

If all else fails, nothing beats the sweet smells of homemade baking cookies, cakes or bread, which we don’t mind smelling repeatedly.

If you find your clothes smell of cooking, add a bit of baking soda, borax or white vinegar to your laundry wash, and you’ll see those kitchen odours disappear.

Discussion Question:

In what ways do you eliminate kitchen odours from your house?

Please leave your comments below for other readers to learn.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mr. CBB

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  1. November week #3/14-20
    Calculated budget 37

    Name Your store Spar
    300g Frozen peas 1,79 (that was a mistake, I wanted to grab the NN )
    2 whole grain sandwich 1,89
    2x Smoothie 0,99

    Total OOP 7,55

    Name Your store Hofer
    2lbs chicken nuggets 1,99
    Salami 1,89
    Cheddar 350g 2,69
    Vegetables for soup 0,79
    Turkey ham 1,95

    Total OOP 9,31

    Name Your store Hofer
    2lbs Chicken nuggets 1,99 (b)
    Smoothie 0,99
    Apricot jam 1,39 (b)
    1l organic milk 1,25
    French cheese 2,49
    2x soup 0,39
    Krapfen 0,55

    Total OOP 6,06
    Bulk 3,38

    Name Your store Spar
    3 smoothie 0,99
    500g vanilla yoghurt 1,66

    Total OOP 4,63

    Summary
    Bulk budget this month 30
    Spent so far w1 0 + w2 12,30
    Spent this week 3,38
    Left to spend 14,32
    Groceries budget this month 160
    Spent so far w1 30,25 + w2 27,24
    Spent this week 27,55
    Left to spend 74,96
    Total over/under budget this week under
    Total over under budget this month under

    Final thoughts
    I was a bit sick this week and tired so I opted for easy and fast as I didn’t want to spend time in the kitchen but rest up. But hey I did it again and was under 🙂 The rest of the month will hopefully pass as smooth as the last weeks although I forgot that November has 5 weeks.

    1. Hi Christine,
      My wife hasn’t been feeling the greatest this week as well so I’ve made a couple of batches of soup that she can eat. We love the winter when soup is part of the menu almost daily. Yes November has 5 weeks. Typically the lovely Mary does up the GGC schedule for the year for the gang and I post it on the GGC rules pages so the players can download and print it every year. It helps to keep a copy handy. You don’t have to follow the same weeks as us but it’s just a guide. What are these smoothies you buy? Are they pre-made? I’m impressed with your shops Christine. How much were you spending before you started to track? Do you have an estimated amount/ I hope you’re feeling better. Happy Shopping. You get ballot #6. MR.CBB

      1. Hi Mr CBB, the smoothies were mango / orange or banana/strawberry premade 250ml, that’s all I can drink at once for juice anyway or I get heartburn. I really enjoyed them and they are the cheapest I have seen around.

        Hmm let’s see before I started Tracking I was between 260 and 400 for groceries/bulk/eating out, that was at a time when I did the elimination diet for health reasons last year and this year I tried the vegan diet in the first quarter. The quantity of fruit/veg turned out to get quite expensive. Elimination diet helped to figure out what else to avoid, that’s over and I can eat normally again.

        1. Wow so you’re really looking to improve your budget, good for you. An elimination diet is smart and I can tell by the groceries you buy that you are conscious about what you purchase. What foods did you end up having to avoid?

  2. Week 46 – Nov 11 – 17, 2016
    Name Your Store: Freschco
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $4.95

    Human
    5 Habitant Pea & Ham Soup = $4.95

    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points = 2800
    Total Out Of Pocket: $92.60

    Human
    1.4 Kg Minute Rice = $5.89
    2 NN Mushrooms – (400 PC Points) = $2.38
    4 NN Cream of Mushroom Soup = $2.28
    3 NN Tuna – (600 PC Points) = $3.27
    Realemon Juice = $2.48
    2 – 400 g NN Marble Cheese = $9.96
    12 Eggs = $1.97
    4L – 2% Milk = $4.27
    1.13 Kg PC Meat Lasagna = $8.98
    Ambosia Apples – 1.020 Kg (600 PC Points) = $3.33
    Bananas – 1.000 Kg = $1.26
    2 pkg Hot Dogs = $7.00
    Chicken Legs = $11.17
    Xlean Ground Beef = $9.39 & $9.53
    WW Wonder Bread – $2.22 (30% 0.67) = 1.55

    Cats
    18 Kg NN Cat Litter – (1200 PC Points) = $7.89

    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: $52.57
    Left for the Month: $70.00
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $1271.37

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($364, for the pay period – $14.00)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $7.89
    Total Cats to Date: $277.86

    Total Grocery Budget for Stockpile ($520)
    Total Stockpile this Week Period: $
    Total Stockpile to Date: $204.31

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($182)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $4.51
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $234.67

    Total Grocery Budget for Meat ($500.00)
    Total Meat this Week Period: $37.09
    Total Meat to Date: $381.89

    Total Coupons Used this Week Period: $
    Total Coupons Used To Date: $27.96

    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: $
    Total Price Match to Date: $273.67

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period: 2800
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 28989

    Overview: Actually stocked up on some groceries as we were finally getting low. This should last us a bit of time but the best part is that I am still under budget.

    1. Hi Dee,
      Well done on the stock-up. I’ve had that PC lasagna before and it’s actually pretty decent for a frozen lasagna. You also picked it up for a great price. I believe we bought one for $5.99 a few years back (never see that price again) and I brought it to work with me. The price of hotdogs is scary these days. I refuse to pay $6 for a pack of hotdogs so I’m always looking for a deal. Our son loves hotdogs and if he eats them we will buy them. He loves pepperoni and sausage even more. Posh little guy he is, lol. The beef wasn’t too bad of a price if it was the big packs especially for the extra lean. Have you noticed prices going down at all at RCSS and other stores you shop at? I have, especially Metro. Great shopping and I love that, “I am still under budget”. That’s impressive!! You get ballot #5. Mr.CBB

      1. I have found the lasagna for $5.99 in the past and agree that we probably won’t find it again 🙁 The hot dogs was $3.50 each for a total of $7.00. I don’t care for pepperoni and really depends on the sausages, as to whether I can eat them. Unfortunately, the ground beef was the 1 – 2 lbs packages but since they were/are for specific meals, it made it easier to put these packages directly into the freezer without having to unpackage them first. I have seen the prices go down on some items but not that much or at least on the goods that I am looking for.

        1. I remember when they were those prices and I’d scoop up 1 or 2 because they were great for work and you can’t make one for that price. I just had a look at the flyers for this coming week but nothing really jumped out at me. I’m hoping we see some nice stock up sales soon.

  3. CORRECTED VERSION:

    NOVEMBER – Week #2 of 4- Nov 14-20, 2016

    2016 GROCERY BUDGET / STOCKPILE BUDGET AND US RESERVE:

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

    =============================================================================================

    REMARKS FOR THE WEEK:

    This is a NO SHOP WEEK for us but really, how much could we possibly NEED after all the shopping that we did on both sides of the border last week? You’ll note that I am reporting last week’s US shop this week.

    I am also planning that week 3 of November will be either light or no shop week. You wouldn’t think that $16.43 would be enough for the rest of November but it will since I will be traveling for half of the November week 4 and all of the week 1 in December. As long as hubby has a good supply of hot dogs, Kraft dinner, omelette materials, plenty of my homemade soups and lunch fixings…he’ll be happy to “batch it” while I am away!

    As promised, here is a breakdown of our vacation fund spending celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. Boy – the years have ripped right by! We’ve only been married 22 years but hubby & I have actually been together for 30. Let’s not say that too loud though…it makes us sound old! LOL

    FRI to SUN Gasoline: $35.25 << this comes out of the transportation budget

    FRI to SAT Hotel: Used my SPG Points ?

    SATto SUN Hotel: $123.32 < keeping our Hilton points active another year

    FRI Lunch: Ivar’s in Everett, WA $402.31 left for the next 2 trips! It’s looking like we’ll have lots for our holiday enjoyment!

    FRI Dinner: Included at the hotel

    FRI Spending: Walmart Snacks & drinks for the room $28.25

    FRI Activities: Apple TV movies in the room and enjoying an evening cup of tea & light snacks in the Club Floor lounge

    ———————————————————————————

    SAT Breakfast: Included at the hotel

    SAT Lunch: Ivar’s in Everett, WA $17.00

    SAT Dinner: Anniversary supper take-out from Panda Express in Burlington, WA $16.33

    SAT Activities: a work out in the hotel gym in the morning, swimming in the hotel pool & watching Apple TV movies in the room while we enjoyed out Chinese food supper & complimentary cookies for the hotel

    ———————————————————————————

    SUN Breakfast: Included at the hotel

    SUN Lunch: Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Lynden, WA $36.00 ** and I had clam chowder again!

    Sun Spending: Sonic Route 44 Drinks $6.50
    • Walmart, Fred Meyer, Franz &
    • Safeway reported in the GGC Spending

    SUN Activities: shopping in Burlington for groceries at Walmart, Fred Meyer, a stop at Franz Bakery in Bellingham to take advantage of the Sunday Senior’s Discount and freebies, picked up Sonic drinks using our discount coupon, lunch at Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Lynden then off we went to Safeway to top up the gas tank & pick up a couple groceries then it was pedal to the metal for the border!

    ———————————————————————————

    Total Vacation Costs YTD:

    Week 1 $271.24
    Week 2 $125.17
    Week 3 $ 50.28
    Thanksgiving $249.10
    Anniversary $201.90
    Pre-Christmas
    Post-Christmas

    Total $897.69 Spent So Far >> $402.31 left for the next 2 trips! That’ll be lots!

    =============================================================================================

    OUR “CANADIAN” SHOPPING THIS WEEK:

    OUR NEXT CANADIAN SHOP WILL BE NEXT WEEK or possibly the week after… depending on the sales!

    =============================================================================================

    OUR “US RESERVE” SHOPPING FROM LAST WEEKEND:

    Walmart – Burlington:

    1 pkg Ham Slices $5.98
    1 pkg Turkey Slices $5.98

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $11.96

    —————————————————————–

    Fred Myers – Burlington:

    10 pkg English muffins @ $1.00 ea = $10.00

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $10.00

    —————————————————————–

    Franz – Bellingham

    2 x 100% Whole Wheat large sandwich loaves
    4 x 6-pack of Onion Bagels
    1 x Sour Dough Hoagie Rolls

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $7.36 (after 10% Senior’s discount)

    —————————————————————–

    Safeway – Lynden

    6 pkgs Olive Loaf slices

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $26.94

    OUR NEXT USA SHOP WILL BE AFTER CHRISTMAS 2016…bring on those post-Christmas sales! It’s the perfect time to top up on holiday nuts and throw them in the freezer to bring out as needed throughout the year.

    =============================================================================================

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SAVINGS:

    •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+Oct $12.84+ Nov $0.00 = $481.07

    •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 Oct $6.32+ Nov $0.00 = $43.69

    •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 Oct $0.00+ Nov $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 + Oct 23 + Nov 0 = 1,154 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 + Oct 0 + Nov 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 + Oct 0 + Nov 1400 = 25,700 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 + Oct 31 + Nov 0 = 131 Points

    =============================================================================================

    2016 Y-T-D GROCERY SPENDING:

    •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 $195.65 + Oct $190.00+ Nov (Trf to US $100 + Trf to R-Stocking $15+$22.23+$22.84+$13.50 = $173.57) = $2,030.27

    •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 + Oct $190.00+ Nov $190.00= $2,090.00

    •Total Over/Under on Year-To-Date Grocery Budget: $16.43 AVAILABLE << That's okay, we can do it! ?

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    2016 POINTS REDEEMED RESERVE:

    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 + Oct $0.00+Nov $0.00= $14.57

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    2016 US GROCERY RESERVE:

    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 $112.62 + Oct $62.37 +Nov ($100.00-56.26 = $43.74)= $230.35

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    2016 RE-STOCKING RESERVE:

    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 + Oct $30.00+Nov $15.00= $88.77

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    2016 Y-T-D HOLIDAY SEASON RESERVE:

    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 $15.00 + Oct ($-15.19-$35.97 = -$51.16)= $166.96 + $130 worth of RCSS POINTS << I'm sure we won't need all of this!

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    2016 Y-T-D SUMMER RESERVE:

    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

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    • SUMMARY OF FUNDS Y-T-D:

    $ 2,090.00 Grocery Budget JAN-NOV

    $ 14.57 Redeemed Points to Purchase Groceries

    ($ 428.59) ADDITION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    $ 434.86 REDUCTION TO: Misc Reserves (Re-Stocking, Xmas & Summer)

    ($ 230.35) Trf to US Grocery Reserve Net of 2016 Spending

    ($ 14.57) Set in reserve to offset Redeemed Points

    ($ 1,849.49) Actual CASH SPENT

    $ 16.43 AVAILABLE Y-T-D SPENDING

    • VALUE POINTS REDEEMED Y-T-D:

    $ 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 $1,900.00 has been budgeted Y-T-D for 2016 and we have recorded $888.47 of these funds as “spent” and in fact they have been “saved”:

    $ 88.77 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 166.96 Holiday Season Fund + $130 PC Plus Avail.
    $ 638.54 Summer Season Fund
    $ 230.35 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 14.37 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,138.99. This means the $936.51 that we carried forward from 2015 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $1,021.96 that we have added in 2016, LESS $819.48 that we have drawn out for use in 2016.

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    The valid rain checks I hold are as follows:

    None!

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    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

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    This week’s LUNCH menu plan:

    MON: Leftover French Onion Soup & Roast Beef Sandwiches for hubby/ Roast Beef + green apple for me

    TUES: Egg Salad Sandwiches with leftover french fries for hubby / ½ Cantaloupe + egg salad (no bread) for me

    WED: Cheese, Spinach Wheat Thin Crackers, kosher pickle, apple slices & Leftover Tomato Soup for hubby / Just the soup for me

    THURS: Leftover Split Pea Stew with Cauliflower and Roast Turkey sandwiches for hubby / Just the soup for me

    FRI: Ham & Tomato Sandwiches with Leftover Cheesy Cauliflower Soup for hubby / Just the soup for me

    SAT: The Neighborhood Noodle House in North Vancouver with MIL & SIL

    SUN: Brown Sugar Oatmeal Pancakes

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    This week’s DINNER menu plan:

    MON: Vegetable Soup with garlic toast

    TUES: Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup

    WED: Split Pea Stew with Cauliflower Stew + Slow Cooker Herbed Mushrooms and Onions served over Open Faced Fried Egg, Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches (no bread for me)

    THURS: Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

    FRI: Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

    SAT: Carmelized Onion, Spinach and Walnut Savory Cake with Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Soup

    SUN: Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash with Scrambled Eggs

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    1. Oh oh! I just booked ANOTHER get-away for our December! I think I’ll re-direct $200.00 from the entertainment savings to our vacation fund so that we have $602.31 to cover the spending in December. It’ll be tight, but where there’s a will, there’s a way! 🙂

      The holiday season bug has bite me in a very big way this year!. Can you tell? It’s probably because I was in such sad physical shape last year just trying to fight my way back to the land of the living that I am making up for lost time. 🙂

      It’s “all things festive” for us starting on December 2nd and it carries on right thru New Years. I’d better get my work all caught up because there sure won’t be time in December! Ha ha Ha!

      We’ve got oodles of different light displays planned to enjoy, a Christmas parade, the CPR Christmas train, a holiday play, reading Christmas books, watching Christmas movies, listening to Christmas music, some nice meals, gatherings with friends and family and of course most important of all…lots of time we spend together enjoying hand in hand walks & talks, swimming, a hot tub relaxation night, gym workouts, aquafit sessions, a sauna treat and I am trying to find us a sleigh ride. 🙂

      Have the holidays kicked in at your house?

    2. Hi Mary,
      I’ve never had a savoury cake before. Is is similar to a bread then? That spicy Chorizo soup sounds right up my alley. We love cauliflower soup in our house and use the cauliflower as a thickener for other soups since we don’t use potatoes. I love the variety in your meals.
      This made me chuckle “As long as hubby has a good supply of hot dogs, Kraft dinner, omelette materials, plenty of my homemade soups and lunch fixings…he’ll be happy to “batch it” while I am away!” He must love when you cook for him with all the great meals you come up with. Where are you off to? We will be heading home for the holidays likely the last week of December. It’s up to the wife since it’s her parents house. The olive loaf you bought sounds great. How much deli meat do you get in each package of ham and turkey for that price? It’s so expensive in Canada we hardly buy it. Well done Mary. I’m sure that the money you have left will easily make it to the end of the month if I know the way you shop, like a pro! P.S Those $1.00 packs of muffins was a great deal. You get ballot #4 Mr.CBB

      1. The bread is one that I am sure you’d love Mr CBB. Here’s the recipe link:

        http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/caramelized-onion-walnut-and-spinach-savory-cake

        and since we both dislike cilantro, I skip it in the Chorizo soup but I add some diced carrot & celery instead to increase the vegetable & fiber count and add a bit of sweetness:

        http://www.attainable-sustainable.net/chorizo-soup/

        The deli meat (turkey & ham) are 2Kg packages and they last a good long time in hubby’s lunches because he only has each one, once a week. He always has at least 5 different sandwiches in a week. I can’t have those lunches getting boring when he’s so cooperative about always packing his lunch to work. 🙂

        The English Muffins are a house brand at Fred Meyer and are regularly that price. Sure beats the prices we see at home! A few times a year they have the 12-packs for that price but we haven’t lucked out on those in a while. I follow http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/ and check out her weekly purchases & deals before we head south to shop. She scores some wonderful Friday Freebies!

        As to where I am off to, hubby is dumping me off in Bellevue, WA at my favorite Sheraton, home away from home. I have the gym for my daily workouts & the Club Floor Lounge for my meals (breakfast and dinner)… so it’s all about hanging out and chilling out! If I get hungry, they have both a restaurant and a pub at the hotel and a Mexican restaurant 20 feet away. I will take my laptop though to get a little 2017 prep. work done but mostly I am reading Christmas novels, watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music in my room. We have our US cell phones for cheap phone calls to each other every night after supper and before bed just to share our days (and so that hubby knows I am safely locked into my room for the night). 🙂

        I love the little solo trips that I take at least once a year because they always makes our relationship seem all new, shiny and exciting again with just a few days apart. Absence makes the heart grow fonder is certainly true for us! 🙂

        1. WOW 2kg packages for that price is phenomenal. I’ve checked out her blog before. Ah, so you check out her deals before you go to the USA. I guess you’d have to have a go-to blog for American shops. Do you find they have more opportunity for savings then we do? I wish I could get away but I know what you mean. You’re so right and it renews the relationship because you miss each other. You and Larry are a lucky pair to have found each other Mary. I hope the wife and I can get on the same track as the both of you one day.

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