Most families are looking for budget-cooking ideas because they have to feed more than 2 people so they want cheap recipes that the entire family will enjoy. It’s hard to put a dollar number on the cost to create your own cheap recipes because your monthly budget plan may be different to ours. If you take a look at our grocery shop below for this week you will notice the amount of pricier proper cheese that we bought BUT it was 50% off. Sure, we went over our budget this month but we will make it up next month and to us it was worth the over-spend.
That’s it, eating healthy is the basis behind our budget-friendly recipes that we create except for those meals that we enjoy once a month or as treats. Here are some of our favourite cheap recipes that don’t bust our budget but are delicious and fit our life-style. You can check out the Free Recipe Index on CBB for the full list of cheap recipes that are budget-friendly. If you’re not a fisherman like myself you will have to buy fish at the local grocery store or fish market. You may also find the prices will be cheaper when you go right to the source rather than frozen at the grocery store or from a fish counter. When we grocery shop we like to buy salmon which we will buy fresh IF we can find a deal or frozen if it’s on sale. If you are lucky and live in an area with lots of farms with vendors who sell to the public you’ll likely get a better deal than at the grocery store plus you are supporting Ontario Farmers. When we grocery shop for vegetables the first thing we do apart from already knowing what vegetables are on sale in the flyer that week is rush over to the reduced rack.
While we were shopping they gave us samples of foods that were already prepared as they have an in-store bakery. Whether you are planning your grocery list around the weekly flyers, checking the reduced rack or using coupons or other in-store specials they all add up to spending less.That is provided the products were on your list or you have the money in your budget to cover the expenses. Sometime those reduced foods can bump your grocery budget out of whack like it did for us this month. Those convenience foods although they may be quick to make and tasty to those who don’t want to cook may find that it eats up your monthly grocery budget.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
Join in the Grocery Game Challenge fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each blog post… here are the GGC rules!

Free Money Saving Downloads are awesome lists that were created to get us on track to work towards reaching our budgeting goals and now we are sharing them with you. I hope you take the time to get back on track and start the savings process in your grocery budget today. Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list and much more all for FREE. Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly. If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget. If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
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. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that. This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving. Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general. You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
If you like FREE then click this link for my FREE Excel Budget Spreadsheet and all my Free Money Saving Lists! I am not feeling up to snuff these days so the USA shopping trip has been pushed back yet again. We have groceries that have been purchased using points redemption(s), rather than the budgeted cash, in the amount of $14.36. I’m working with a tight budget and I work hard to get as much as I can with what is there for me to use. I’d give up cleaning any day to grab a grocery cart and peruse the local market for delicious foods that I can create cheap recipes from.
Although the cheese wasn’t on our shopping list this is where our stockpile budget came in handy and helped us scoop up some deals.

If you must buy fish at the grocery store look for fish specials but I tend to stay away from any reduced fish prices. You can now download the FREE Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…Grab it while you can… It’s FREE! We love cheese especially good cheese but it’s often far too pricey and out of our budget to buy. Now I have to spend less in March BUT we are going home for a week as I have a week off so that’s one week of no shopping for us. 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 so we can plan accordingly for our budget. If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide!
Many cards will award additional points for each dollar spent at grocery stores, so you will want to do your research when choosing a rewards card to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. CBB and I sat down and talked about foods we could use to create recipes that wouldn’t bury our grocery budget. Instead of throwing produce in the garbage the grocery store will try to get any amount of money they can for them. We use it to budget and in large part a reason we could pay our mortgage off in 5 years, check it out!
So in fact, we now have $0.00 REMAINING AVAILABLE for the month in our CANADIAN budgeted grocery funds. If our budget is truly sufficient, when we reach December 31st, the unused funds reserve should still be equal to, if not greater than, the value of the points redemptions. I usually go to the grocery every week in that way I can make sure that I don’t do over buying.
Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way.

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