grocery game monthly challenge

11 Ways to Feed Your Family When You Have Little to No Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 17-23, 2015

I’LL NEVER LET MY FAMILY GO HUNGRY BECAUSE I LOVE THEM   We hear it more on the news these days about parents who have no money and feel that shoplifting is their last resort to put food in the stomachs of their children. It shouldn’t be this way. There is so much food on this planet that no one should ever have to starve, but they do. A CBB fan emailed me looking for tips about how she can feed her family of 4 during the months she has no money and the cupboards are bare. She is a single mom who relies on social assistance for money every month but that money is met with bills and earlier credit card debt she is still trying to pay off. Her comment about not letting her kids starve because she is poor pushed me to talk about this topic because it’s real. It’s heartbreaking to see children go without food for days or parents who give up eating for their children. They get shunned for not having a decent paying job (what is decent these days?), an education or for having habits that cost big dollars. Let’s not forget parents […]

grocery game monthly challenge

How quick meals can be a life saver for new parents: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Sept 29-Oct 5, 2014

MEALS ON THE GO   I honestly never thought we’d be writing about filling our shopping cart with cheap meals in a can, box or container but now is the time. As you all know in the past few weeks we welcomed a baby boy into the CBB family. One CBB fan asked why we didn’t prepare freezer meals ahead of time and to be honest we literally didn’t have the time. I’ve worked non-stop and trying to renovate and although I’m my worst enemy I knew something would have to give. My wife and I are simple when it comes to eating that we both decided that we’d be fine with soups and sandwiches, cereal and toast etc once baby arrived. Silly us! We have stretched our days so far that there wasn’t much time left although looking back maybe I should have bulked out some meals. I’m the first person to encourage people to make time to budget (solid advice) so taking my own advice here should have been a priority. Just another learning experience for us. Meals for us normally consist of fresh vegetables and a protein and we love cooking homemade meals from scratch not to […]

The Welfare Food Challenge:First 2 Days Of My Menu

As you know I’m dedicating this week at Canadian Budget Binder to The Welfare Food Challenge. This week I will be Blogging about the steps I had to take to purchase food for a week on a budget of $26 dollars for one person. When Raise The Rates launched this challenge I thought this was a great opportunity to understand a bit of what those on social assistance have to go through when it comes to nutrition and the budget. This challenge is to experience what it’s like to live on a grocery budget of $26 a week that of an able-bodied person who receives welfare. This challenge has motivated over 100 people to come forward wanting to participate and has gained wide media coverage. Social Assistance in BC also known as Welfare allows approved recipients $610 a month to live on. Although I don’t live in BC what I do know is that many people right here in Ontario are in need of temporary assistance and apply for Ontario Works each year. A similar challenge called the “Do the Math“ challenge  took place in Ontario back in 2010. I know a couple of my fans on Facebook page were asking […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Aug 6-Aug 12-Winter Storing

Grocery Shopping for the month of August will be challenging for us no matter which way we look at it. We did go over our $64.00 budget for the week with a grand total of $85.24 as we picked up vegetables for winter storing. Our normal monthly budget for anyone who is new to The Grocery Game Challenge is $190 a month for 2 adults with one no-shop week per month. This month we are feeding 3 adults and 1 teenager so the numbers will be higher. We will also have foods that we normally wouldn’t buy for us but needed for our guests as requested. Although we have a vegetable garden it’s not a big enough garden to grow enough vegetables for us to freeze for the winter season. When the prices come down on vegetables that is when we rush in and start saving. Sometimes we even head to our local fresh farmers market to see what they are flogging off   (British Slang for “to sell”). We believe in supporting our Ontario Farmers and hope that they continue to bring us the best they can offer. We also believe that the supermarkets who supply us with many fresh Ontario […]

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