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5 Low-Cost Tasty Recipes You Should TRY At Home : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Jan 22-28

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I don’t know about you but when I cook a meal the first thing I consider are the ingredients I have on hand and how I can make tasty recipes with them. For us this means less time in the kitchen, homemade and lowered costs depending on the product.

These days meal planning is a big part of our grocery budget challenge in the CBB house but even then it gets tough when unexpected events get in the way.

I’m one of those types of people who say if I haven’t tried to do something then I don’t know if I will be good at it or not. The same rings true in our kitchen. Just because a product sells for a buck doesn’t mean I should be forever faithful to buying it. For all you know you can make it for less money using healthier ingredients and no preservatives.

I often like to try and make recipes myself for a few reasons;

  • Cut costs
  • Because I can and maybe I should
  • I want to learn about the food I eat
  • Trying new flavours and ingredients

Simply because you are reading this post about creating tasty recipes which will help cut costs and keep your ingredients in check means that you care or want to care more about the foods you put in front of you or your family. This isn’t a post about who can or can’t afford something it’s perhaps simple suggestions on how everyone can learn to cook better by experience.

Failure in the kitchen is one of the number one reasons I’ve heard from readers over the years who want to chop their grocery budget but lack kitchen skills. Don’t let failure get in the way or making food that tastes good even if the presentation sucks!

Related: How to cook in the kitchen

If you burn something once hopefully you’ll learn from that experience and won’t do it a second or third time. Eventually the more you experiment the better you will get with cooking homemade meals. This is how I would describe my first years in the kitchen alone when I bought my first property at age 19. YIKES…but thankfully going to University and having a mum who cooked from the time we got up until night-time helped.


Don’t be the person who falls off and stays off


If you’re anything like us you know that we don’t have time to make homemade food every single day so food prep in advance is very important. Even then we suck at keeping that schedule but we always seem to make it work so there is little to no food waste in our house.

Life gets in the way, stuff happens but getting back on track is super important. One month you might not feel up to making your famous tasty recipes that you’ve mastered and opt to buy pre-made. That’s fine as long as you consider it short-term if you have grocery goals in mind.

This year you might have set your sights on eating out less, homemade tasty recipes, food prep, meal planning, grocery budget balancing and so on. Whatever you choose to do with your money and how you eat is up to you. There is no one special grocery list, grocery budget or diet that fits all. This is what makes us all unique and our grocery shopping stories and cooking fiascos fun to hear about.


Learn to take your grocery budget to new heights


When was the last time you had a good look at your grocery store receipts, documented your food purchases and evaluated your overall grocery budget? If the answer is never or not often enough perhaps this year will be the year you tighten up the grocery budget by learning about where your food money is going and areas you can improve on.

Homemade food has and always be my pride and joy even if when (and I do) make mistakes. I’m not a huge kitchen lover but I don’t mind immersing myself in new recipe creations. Easy food to make at home is one of our goals for 2018 where Mrs. CBB and I are going to focus in on money-saving recipes that we could be making at home rather than purchasing.

Over the years I’ve made homemade mayonnaise, guacamole , taco seasoning and tonnes of other homemade tasty recipes that continue to help us save grocery money. The idea behind learning how to make tasty recipes that are widely used in other recipes you make is where the money savings is at.


Your pantry is your wardrobe


Now that we are parents to an almost 4-year-old boy we’ve learned just how important easy family meals are and the need to prepare recipes in advance. When we think about recipes that we like to make strictly homemade we consider cost comparison but also nutrition and ingredients.

What we enjoy the most about knowing how to make recipes that can either help another recipe or bulk out other recipes we create is important. Consider it similar to mixing and matching your clothing wardrobe. Pasta sauce for example could be a lovely pair of jeans that would match up equally well with pizza, lasagna, chili, soups etc.

The idea is to take simple recipes with the ability to turn them into something else. No one really likes eating the same foods day in and day out. Saying that, when I lived on my own in the UK I was eating lots of tortellini pasta and sausages with red bell peppers. It was simple to make and inexpensive. I was that person who used to buy jars of pasta sauce but transitioned to homemade sauce.

Since I loved eating pasta so much it made sense for me to make a pot and freeze it into portions. With the size of my refrigerator resembling a Canadian beer fridge I couldn’t fit much in so on occasion I would preserve/can the jars instead. There are always options if you are willing to put in the effort and time.


5 Tasty Recipes You Should TRY to Make Homemade


Whether you create tasty recipes via your crock-pot, oven, stove-top or even BBQ or outdoor wood stove you the idea is that you consider costs, ingredients and what it means to you.


  • Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Making homemade macaroni and cheese is wonderful because you can add all sorts of meats and vegetables to jazz it up. You can even go a step further and add other sauces along with the cheese sauce. The big winner here is homemade cheese sauce. It’s dead-easy to make and you probably won’t go back to buying boxed pasta and sauce again.


  • Italian Pasta Sauce and Meatballs

You can take your pasta sauce and turn it into a pot of chili or make homemade soup such as cauliflower and meatball tomato soup. You can freeze pasta sauce or jar it for the season and use as needed. Either way this staple is a must to make homemade and the taste is the number one reason.


Related: Low carb meatballs


If you grow organic or buy organic tomatoes you also know what I mean when I say there is a distinct taste difference. You can buy pasta sauce for a buck but you’ll taste a buck. Spend an extra buck or two and you can make twice as much and the flavours will blow your mind! You might even think you are eating out when in fact, you made it yourself.

You can use the meatballs or meatball mixture in a chili, inside cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers, stuffed spaghetti squash and so on. They also freeze nicely.


  • Basil Pesto

Honestly, you can make basil pesto at home for far less than you can buy it at the shop. Opt for walnuts instead of pine nuts which can be pricey. Not every pesto you buy uses traditional pine nuts so always read the ingredient list. In the summer we grow so much basil and this is what we do with it besides adding it to tomato and bean salads.


Related: Basil Garlic Cubes


Basil pesto is great for salads, pastas cold or hot, on top of meats and fish dishes. This is certainly one of those tasty recipes that you can prepare in advance and have on hand throughout the year.


  • Homemade Broth

Homemade broth is easy to make and in different flavours such as beef, lamb, chicken, vegetable etc. Nicola shared her Scotch Broth soup on CBB in 2015 and ever since we’ve made our own broth. When I was in the UK I would do it often but let it slide when I moved to Canada. These days we make broth any time we have bones or vegetables that need using up.

We use homemade broth in all sorts of recipes to add flavour or liquid base to the dish such as a stir-fry, soups, pasta sauce etc.


Related: Homemade Scottish Baps


  • Homemade BBQ Sauce

Once I started creating tasty recipes for BBQ sauce there was no turning back. The idea here is to make sure your pantry is stocked with the basic ingredients to make just about any BBQ sauce.

Over the years we’ve made a blueberry Teriyaki BBQ sauce and many others based on what we had on hand at the time. You can use your BBQ sauce for the grill, rice dishes, casseroles, pasta and so on. Really, you can’t go wrong and again you are in control of the ingredient list.

Discussion: What tasty recipes can you recommend for Mrs. CBB and I to make homemade this year instead of buying it? Even if we don’t currently purchase what you suggest we’d love to hear your suggestions as we are open to trying new recipes all the time.


January Grocery Game Challenge


Join in the 2018 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) but before you do you must read The Grocery Game Challenge Rules and Print the 2018 Schedule. In this section I will post each weeks grocery game challenge blog posts for the month.

New Prize Schedule : See the Grocery Game Rules

January GGC Posts


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2018


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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.


2018 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/month (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 or that you would like to track on your own)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $300
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 750,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
  • Shoppers Optimum: 995,000 points

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

  • Zweet -$0.
  • Checkout51- $1.50


Our Grocery Shop This Week


Giant Tiger

  • 4 x 10% Lactancia Coffee Cream sale $1.45 each
  • 4 x Bacon $2.88 each

Total Out-of-Pocket $17.32

Food Basics

  • 2 x frozen strawberries $2.88 each
  • Cucumbers $1.29

Total Out-of-Pocket $7.05

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $300
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $19.50
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month  Jan $35 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $0
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $0
  • Total spent this week: $24.37
  • Total spent so far this month: $237.84
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: under
  • Total left to spend for the month: $62.16
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $+Feb $+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We didn’t need much this week after our shop last week and being away this past weekend at the hospital and the in-laws house to check on things. We’re hoping this week to make a big pot of soup using some beef and tomatoes that I froze from the garden in the summer. Hmm, any good soup ideas for me?



2018 Coupons and Coupon Apps


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?

If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll get it added to the savings list below.

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 2018?

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

If any of the links below don’t open properly please report them to my email address or use comment form.

  • Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Danone Coupons Get up to $25 in coupons
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  • 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 2018 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 to reflect changes for the 2018 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 prize payout?- I’ve changed the prize to yearly so I’ll be tracking everyone’s shop and draw accordingly for larger prize payouts.
  • When does the Grocery Game close each month? Ideally you would want to have all your shops in by the end of the month so you can review your month so you make improvements for the next.
  • 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 2014-2017 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 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.

If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 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!  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. Week 4 – Jan 19 – 25/18
    Name Your Store: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $
    Total Points =
    Total Out Of Pocket: $0.00

    No Shop

    No Shop

    Grocery Game Challenge Results
    Total Grocery Budget for the 2 Adults ($1820.00)
    Total Human (Adults) this Week Period: $
    Total Human (Adults) to Date: $75.39 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $59.07

    Total Grocery Budget for the 3 Cats ($390)
    Total Cats this Week Period: $
    Total Cats to Date: $47.89 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $0.00

    Total Grocery Budget for the Personal Hygiene ($390)
    Total Personal Hygiene this Week Period: $
    Total Personal Hygiene to Date: $24.27 (minus Debt pymt & Gift Cards) = $0.00

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

    Total Grocery Savings for this Week Period: $
    Total Grocery Savings to Date: $11.76

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

    Total PC Points Received this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards Points Used this Week Period:
    Total PC Rewards To Date: 11,828

    Overview: Since year-end hours have started, if I don’t get the groceries on the weekend, they don’t get done. That’s what happened this week.

  2. Week 4 January 22-28
    January Monthly budget $300 ($60 per week)
    January Costco budget $100 ($20 per week)
    Total Spent Grocery this week: $62.90
    Total Spent this month: $253.75
    Total Spent Costco this week: $0
    Total Spent Costco this month: $0
    Grocery left to spend: $46.25
    Costco left to spend: $100
    Coupons used: $0
    Coupons to date: $0
    PC Plus Redemption: $0
    PC Plus Redemption to date: $0
    Checkout 51 Opening Balance 2018: $133.95
    Checkout 51 weekly offers redeemed: $0
    Checkout 51 Current balance: $133.95
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redemption: $0
    Checkout 51 Cheque Redeemed to date: $0
    Grocery carry over (previous months): $0
    Costco carry over (previous months): $0

    Food Basics
    Milk 4.27
    IOGO drink 2 x .88
    Strawberries 1.88
    VH Sauce 1.98

    NN chips 2 x .98
    Beef stew sauce 1.75
    Taco sauce 1.75
    Crescent rolls 2 x 1.00
    Apples 4 lb 4.99
    Potatoes 10 lb 3.99
    Bananas 1.23
    Grapes 3.61
    Angus Meatballs 10.00
    PC Bacon 4.98
    Lobster tails 5.96
    Croissants 5.00
    Whole Wheat buns 5.00
    Click and Collect fee 3.00
    Free Month -3.00
    Tax 3.61
    Total Paid 59.60

    I used the click and collect service again at RCSS. I am going to take advantage of the free month code as much as I can. I was able to pick up my order, take it home, put it away and have time to spare on my lunch break last week. Turns out it was a good thing as my son ended up with the flu over the weekend and I wouldn’t have had time to get it done anyway. We are storing less in the fridge with the pick up service than if I went in the store and we really are clearing out the freezer. I count on the impulse clearance sales to pad the freezer and pantry, but right now I want to use things up not add more. So, eliminating the impulse buys are excellent. We needed milk and a few things during the week before the RCSS shop. I am not gauging things entirely accurately yet, but I am getting better. Milk is always a guess for us. Either I buy too much and expiry comes up or I buy too little and end up making a second trip. I would rather the second trip than risk waste. No Costco trip this week

  3. Week 4 – January 22-28
    Weekly Budget ($140 for a family of 3)
    Total to date: $158.21

    Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $600
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $8.97
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 7460
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $

    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
    Zweet to date: $

    STORE: Superstore
    Total Coupons Used: $ 0
    Total PC Points Redeemed: 0
    Total PC Points Earned: 4200

    -Bick Garlic Dill Pickles $3.33
    -Cheemo Perogies (2) $3.76
    -PC Frozen Fruit $3.97
    -Walnut ($1.48/100g) $4.96
    -Almond $6.85 ($1.67/100g)
    -Silk Almond Milk (2) $6.96
    -Organic Egg $4.78
    -Iceberg Lettuce $0.97
    -PC Mushroom (200g) $0.97
    -Celery $1.00
    -Kale $0.99
    -Organic Banana $2.05
    -Olive $3.23
    -NN Quick Oats $4.26
    -Brown Sugar $2.98
    -Pringles $1.67
    -Dried Goji Berry $1.61
    -Hawaiian Fruit Mix $0.96
    -Oat Bran $1.15
    -Flax seeds $0.62
    -Carob Chips $1.52
    -Dried Cranberries $1.26
    -Silk Creamer (2) $4.00
    -Almond Breeze (2) $7
    -Nature’s Path Cereal $3.48
    -So Good Cashew Ice Cream $5.99
    Total Out Of Pocket: $81.55

    STORE: BM Produce
    -Organic Banana $3.40
    -Cauliflower $2.68
    -Peppers Mixed Bag 2lb $4.88
    -Ramen Noodles $2.68
    -Zucchini $0.99
    -Bean Sprout 0.20
    -White Mushroom $1.02
    -Cilantro $0.68
    Total Out Of Pocket: $16.55

    STORE: Donald’s Market
    -GF Cinnamon Raisin Bagel $2.50
    -Almond Cashew Butter $3.95
    Total Out Of Pocket: $6.45

    STORE: Save On Foods
    -GF Bread $5.00
    -Organic Banana $2.49
    -YV Veggie Wieners $3.99
    Total Out Of Pocket: $11.50

    STORE: Costco
    -Havarti Cheese $8.99
    -Butter $3.99
    Total Out Of Pocket: $13.00

    STORE: Thrifty Foods
    -Ranger Mix Nuts $2.30
    -Cajun Party Nut Mix $2.25
    -Unico Artichoke $1.00
    -Soy Creamer $5.97
    -Broccoli $1.00
    -Pork Chop $4.00
    -Black Forest Ham $3.30
    Total Out Of Pocket: $20.00

    STORE: Safeway
    -Cod Fillets $9.16
    Total Out Of Pocket: $9.16

    Weekly Overview
    I made two loaves of bread this week at home, so I could stay away from a bakery (not buying bread, ham and cheese from them.) I also got supplies to make instant oatmeal packets recipe that I would like to try for “emergencies”. It was over my budget; however, thinking about the last two weeks in total, on average $149. Not too bad.

  4. Store:
    Real Canadian Superstore
    Total coupons Used:0
    Total PC Points Redeemed:0
    Total PC Points Earned: 1815
    Total Checkout 51 Cashback Offers Used: $1.00
    Total Caddle Cashback Offers Used: $1.60
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
    Total out of pocket: $132.42
    Items purchased:
    Gallo Olive OIl – $4.94
    Pure Cranberry Juice – $7.98
    Terra Sweet Potato Crisps – $3.48
    Avocado – $2.88
    Peppers – $4.98
    Cantaloupe – $1.97
    Green beans – $6.35
    Zucchini – 6.19
    Garlic – $1.65
    Romaine lettuce (6) – $4.98
    Carrots – $1.99
    Strawberries – (2) @ $2.88 each
    Bananas – $1.54
    Granny Smith Apples -$2.83
    Broccoli – (2) @ $1.47 each
    Sweet Potatoes – $3.31
    Royal Gala Apples – $1.51
    Cucumbers – (4) @ $0.99 each
    Tomatoes – $4.59
    Ground Beef – Value Packs (2) – $27.56
    Whole chickens (4) – $26.45
    Deli turkey – $2.24
    Bagels – $1.87 each

    Store: Costco
    Total coupons Used:0
    Total Checkout 51 Cashback Offers Used:0
    Total out of pocket: $63.90
    Items purchased:
    Wraps – $5.49
    Seaweed salad – $11.99
    Greek yogurt – $10.79
    Sour cream – $3.89
    Butter (2) – $2.85 each
    Pesto – $10.49
    Bacon (3) – $13.99

    Store: Zehr’s
    Total coupons Used: 0
    Total Checkout 51 Cashback Offers Used:0
    Total out of pocket: $19.25
    Items purchased:
    Tuna – (26)@ $0.77 each

    Store: Shoppers Drug Mart
    Total coupons Used: 0
    Total Optimum Points Redeemed:0
    Total Optimum Points Earned: 60
    Total Checkout 51 Cashback Offers Used: 0
    Total out of pocket:
    Items purchased:
    4 dozen eggs
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $ 0

    Zweet to date: $0
    Checkout51 to date: $1.25 to date: $0
    Reebee to date: $0
    Caddle to date: $3.40
    Stockpile budget 2018: $ 50.00
    Stockpile budget used to date: $45.70
    Total coupons used this week:
    Total coupons used to date:
    Total in-store discounts this week: $26.18
    Total in-store discounts to date: $40.90
    Total spent this week: $ 177.49 (groceries) ($45.70 stockpile) = $223.19
    Total over/Under spend for the month: $7.23
    Total left to spend for the month: $ 7.23
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $ 438.57 (fourth week of January)
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
    This week was slightly easier in terms of making a list for groceries. I did spend our stockpiling budget for the past two weeks, but it was on whole chickens and tuna which are items that get used a lot in our home. Tuna gets used for lunches and the whole chickens get their backs and wingtips removed and kept for chicken broth and the rest of the chicken gets vacuum sealed and frozen for an easy weeknight dinner. They were a really good deal, so I am pleased with that purchase. The tuna was only $0.77 a tin which is less than half of what they usually go for. I really like recording all of this information because it also helps me know what it is that we ate the week before, so that I can vary things if I like, or keep things as they are if it was a particularly successful week. I have been price matching as much as possible and that has lead to great savings as well. Finally, I have made an interesting discovery. Our local Real Canadian Superstore has a sale at the end of every day on their deli meat. The meat that was cut that day, gets put into bags and sold at a 30% discount. It is not near expiry, it has just been previously sliced. This leads to some great savings since I only buy the “Free From” or nitrate free deli meat and it can be costly. The 30% coupon makes a big difference.

  5. JANUARY 22-28
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $200

    -2 x Aroy D Coconut Milk (@1.28 each) $2.56
    -5 x Nongshim Instant Noodles (@0.78 each) $3.90
    -Cheerios $2.97
    -Eggs $2.86
    -4L Milk $4.47
    -Green Grapes (@0.97/lb) $1.08
    -Lemon $0.87
    -Old Mill English Muffin $1.27
    -Catelli Angelhair pasta $0.97
    -225g Pistachios $3.97
    -2 x PC Mushrooms (@0.97 each) $1.94
    -Chicken Wings (@1.97/lb) $6.41
    Total Out of Pocket $33.27

    -Chicken Wings/Potato Wedges/Bottle Water meal $4.80
    -2 x Scarpone’s Whole Tomatoes (@0.99 each) $1.98
    -Jalapeno Pepper (@3.99/lb) $0.09
    Total Out of Pocket $6.87

    -2 x Glico Curry (@1.50 each) $3.00
    -Pocky 12 pack $4.19
    Total Out of Pocket $7.19

    -3 x Ms Vickie’s chips (3 for $10) $10.50
    -2 x Summer Fresh Hummus (BOGO) $5.49
    Total Out of Pocket $15.99

    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Plus Points Balance: 11278
    PC Plus Points Redeemed: $0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    Checkout51- $6.95

    Total to spend this month : $200
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $0
    Total in-store discounts this week: $0
    Total in-store discounts to date: $0
    Total spent this week: $63.32
    Total spent so far this month: $179.17
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($40/wk): Wk1-3 under $4.15+Wk4 over $20.32 = over $16.17
    Total left to spend for the month: $20.83
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $179.17

    I have enough food to last me for a few weeks except for some fresh vegetables. One of the things I’m trying to improve with the GGC is meal planning so I figure I’ll list my meal plan for the next week here too:
    -Lunches for the week: Tuna pasta salad (pantry/freezer) Recipe: Don’t need to buy ingredients next week.
    -Dinner 1: Seafood chowder with scallops, shrimp, basa fillets (freezer/pantry/fridge) – halved recipe Will replace some items with only what I have on hand (no fresh herbs, celery, whole milk, fresh corn). Need to buy potatoes.
    -Dinner 2: Steak (freezer/pantry/fridge) – will use for a couple days, sliced, with salad and pasta, or with stir-fried Asian noodles w/ vegetables. Homemade dressing uses up the rest of the cilantro I have with the jalapeno. Need to buy salad greens.

  6. Yearly grocery budget for 4 adults -$7800. (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

    Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $650
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $650
    Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
    Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
    Total Rewards Points used to date: $40, 380 Air Miles
    PC Points Plus Earned to date: 97810
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
    Shoppers Optimum: 48123
    Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

    Zweet -$13.25.
    Checkout51- $8.50

    Our Grocery Shop This Week
    No Frills
    1 PC cranberry cocktail- 2.77, 300 points
    1 maple syrup -9.97
    1 NN gherkin pickles -1.99
    3 NN apple sauce @1.37, 450 points(140 each)
    1 Bisto gravy thickener -3.27
    1 box Ritz crackers -2.47
    2 yogurt @3.97, 50% stickers- 3.98 off
    2 4l milk @4.27
    Banaanas -.97
    1 pack lean ground beef -11.51
    1 pack crusty buns- 2.47
    2 packs tortellini @1.88
    Total Out-of-Pocket $55.79, $3.98 discounts, 750 PC points

    1 jug water -5.49
    1 bag cat treats- .99
    1 pack lean ground beef -7.63
    2 boxes popcorn chicken @7.00
    1 lb ground chicken -3.99
    1 grated parm cheese -6.94

    Total Out-of-Pocket $39.17
    Jackson’s Pharmacy
    2 8DR Royale TP @3.99
    Total out of pocket- $9.00

    Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

    Total to spend this month : $650
    Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
    Stockpile budget used this month: $43.97
    Total coupons used this week: $0
    Total coupons used to date: $6.00
    Total in-store discounts this week: $3.98
    Total in-store discounts to date: $12.48
    Total spent this week: $103.96
    Total spent so far this month: $384.10
    Total over/Under spend this shop: under
    Total left to spend for the month: $265.90
    Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $+Feb $+March $ + April $+ May $ + June $+July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $
    Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
    Still under for the month with plenty left for the last week. Getting the yogurt stickered was nice for the younger boy as he is the one who eats it. I was glad to see the lean ground beef on sale at both places I shopped as I was out in the freezer, those 2 packs were broken up into meal size packs, I’m good for a little while there now. The ground chicken makes nice meat balls, especially if the grandson comes to visit. The only meat he will eat is chicken. Cows and such are cute in his opinion and he doesn’t want to eat ‘cute’ animals. Hubby is good for his cranberry cocktail that he has with his meds in the morning and his darn apple sauce. Nice to get the PC points for those!!

  7. JANUARY – Week #4 of 5- Jan 22-28, 2018


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



    I’ve been checking out new soup recipes online that use vegetables that are currently in season.

    I found a really interesting Creamy Rutabaga and Tomato Soup with Chive Oil and Smoked Almonds that I will definitely have to try…maybe in February.


    I had planned to do these shops last week but I wasn’t feeling well so they were held over but done before the sales changed. 🙂



    Thrifty Foods – Maple Ridge –

    2 x 1lb packages Extra Lean Ground Beef BOGO = $6.44

    • Grocery Budget OOP: $6.44

    ** Earned 0 Air Miles on this shop **
    ** USED $0.00 in Rain Check Coupons **
    ** SAVED $6.44 Loyalty Savings on this shop **


    Walmart – Port Coquitlam –

    1 GV Onion Rings 750g = $3.97 < Juanita Paul recommended them. Hubby liked them & they make a nice add-on
    for his lunches!

    Total OOP: $3.97



    OUR NEXT USA SHOP MAY BE IN FEBRUARY but health issues may push that shop back until Easter



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $12.14

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 0 Air Miles

    •Total PC PLUS Points Earned This Year: 0 Points

    •Total Optimum Points Earned This Year: 0 Points



    $ 190.00 Grocery Budget JAN


    ($ 41.24) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 520.69 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 117.59 Holiday Season Fund + $210 RCSS POINTS + $10 Dream Air Miles + $10 RCSS Gift Card +
    $50 RCSS Gift Card = $397.59
    $ 664.59 Summer Season Fund
    $ 556.87 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 41.56 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,901.30. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $140.00 that we have added in 2018, LESS $0.00 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.


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