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Top 5 Grocery Shopping Methods Revealed…What’s Yours? : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 31-Sept 6, 2015

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THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO GROCERY SHOP   Honestly, there is no right or wrong method to go grocery shopping BUT there may be consequences if you overspend. While at the grocery store today I wasn’t in the mood for any shopping so my wife led the way with our handy grocery list. What I did do was people watch other grocery shoppers while they were shopping. I guess you could say I was creeping their shopping carts. At the same time I was trying to figure out their shopping method because I realize that not everyone is as organized as we are and walk into a grocery store armed with a grocery list. I observed one woman walk through the grocery store doors with her cell phone in one hand chatting away and a basket in the other. She would wander around the store just grabbing items off the shelf as she toggled the phone from from her hand to her neck and ear. I started to follow her from a distance and noticed she had no interest in sales because she put the more expensive products in her basket as opposed to comparable products on sale. I’m […]

Easy Cheesy Pizza Buns

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MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA BUNS AT HOME   Now we have all seen Pizza Buns in the supermarket before or you may have smelled them baking while you were shopping. That’s just another way the store plays to your senses so you buy a package of whatever is baking. Suggestive marketing by sight and smell has been around for year and years. Today I’m going to show you how to make pizza buns which you can enjoy on their own or stuff them to make a sandwich. I like to stuff mine with fresh sliced ham and mozzarella cheese which just makes the flavours pop in this recipe. Typically whenever dough is involved some people will shy away from a recipe because of time or lack of experience with dough BUT don’t be shy of it. We’ve all had to learn from our mistakes which helped us create experiences. All in all this pizza bun dough recipe will take about an hour to make and get ready for the oven. That’s pretty fast for making your own pizza buns at home. You can’t beat that freshness and if the tomatoes you use are garden fresh, even better. The magical part […]

Would You Quit Your Dream Job To Do Nothing For 2 Months? : The Saturday Weekend Review #136

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SHOULD LIFE’S EXPERIENCES TRUMP A DREAM JOB?   We’ve all felt like doing something that seems a bit outrageous but that doesn’t mean that we should do it. Or should we have? Do you remember creating a dream job list while studying at high school, university or college? You may have wanted to become a Police Officer, Doctor, Teacher, Mechanic, Painter, Business Owner, Photographer and so on. I did think about my dream job and creating a list helped keep me motivated although when I moved to Canada my career options were opened up. I’ve just finally landed my foot in the door of one of those dream jobs on my list but I must admit I never believed it would happen. I recently read a story about Bethany Butzer who left her dream job at Harvard to spend 2 months in a remote cabin near Willisville, Ontario north of Manitoulin Island. She sold everything she owned and packed up some old clothes and with her husband went into hiding to spend 2 months doing nothing but soaking up life. Like many people who are workaholics or those so into their jobs they tend to forget about life and themselves. […]

Is It Better To Buy Life Insurance or Fund Your Retirement?

An Important Choice-Buying Life Insurance

WHICH CHOICE IS BEST FOR YOUR SITUATION?   There is only so much money to go around right? We all have things competing for our hard-earned dollars. Often we have debt, medical expenses, food, shelter, kids, and a hundred other things that all require some amount of money to keep them afloat. But when it comes to protecting yourself by buying life insurance or funding a retirement that is 30 years away, the decision on which is choice makes more financial sense deserves some deeper thought.   Buy Life Insurance Or Invest For Your Future?   If you have kids, a spouse, a mortgage, or other financial commitments you need to ensure that money is available in the event that you unexpectedly die. Where would this come from? Well, a life insurance policy is the best choice if you are under the age of 50 and don’t have liquid money to cover your debts and care for your loved ones. Perhaps the best way to consider the need for life insurance is actually based on your age. For this reason we will go through some typical stages of life, and determine what if any, life insurance should be purchased. You […]

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9 Ways To DIY Fast Food To Save Money On Everyday Convenience Foods- The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 24-30, 2015

FAST FOOD DIY 9 WAYS TO SAVE ON CONVENIENCE FOODS

CREATE YOUR OWN FOOD TO EAT   Life is always a balance between time and money. When we feel pressed for time, it’s easy to spend more money than we realize on fast food and convenience products. This can be true especially when there’s a whole industry based on making us believe that these foods will transform our lives There are instances when convenience is worth the price in terms of time and money. Most often we are paying more for less in terms of taste, nutrition and the time savings are not always as great as they appear to be.   It can make sense to buy prepared convenience foods   Frozen rising crust pizzas are a good example. These regularly go on sale for $3.99 and with the price of cheese and toppings it can be hard to beat that cost with homemade pizza. On a busy night, frozen store-bought pizza can be a definite money and time-saver. It takes just as long to bake one in the oven as it would to wait for take-out. We can make our fast-food and eat it, too. Pre-washed boxes of salad greens ($4.99 and Walmart and Superstore, $2.99 at Costco) […]

Little Shortbread Lemon Tarts with Raspberry Drizzle

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BUTTERY SHORTBREAD THAT WILL MELT IN YOUR MOUTH   I’m going to call this shortbread lemon tart recipe one of the best I’ve made to date. Although I’m biased when it comes to my own recipes I really do think I’m on to a winner here so I hope you will all test this recipe in your own kitchen. Since Mr CBB brought to the table the wonderful Dundurn Castle Shortbread which was a hit all over the internet two weeks ago I am going to share my fabulous shortbread lemon tarts with the most die for filling ever. I promise you that everyone will have seconds and beg you to make more as these shortbread lemon tarts really are that delicious. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I create in the kitchen because it’s always hit or miss when developing recipes. The reason I decided to make the lemon tarts was that my boy’s Football Club is holding a bake sale for their Raiders Days. All of the proceeds from the bake sale will go towards helping the team purchase new equipment. My husband suggested that I bake my famous cinnamon buns and mini apple pies. Those are two […]

How To Be A Good Neighbour Without Monetary Expectations : The Saturday Weekend Review #135

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JOIN THE GOOD NEIGBOURS CLUB   Being a good neighbour doesn’t mean you have to bake a bundt cake or invite them over for dinner just to be friendly. Generally a smile and hello will do. We are lucky to have fantastic neighbours who have saved us big bucks this summer because they went above and beyond for us. It’s more of a balanced neighbour relationship where we help each other. If you are one of those neighbours who value your time to the point where you will do nothing without monetary gain you probably won’t care to read any more of this post. Not everyone who moves to a new neighbourhood cares to get friendly with their neighbours but it may be a great opportunity to save some money and make new friends. In the past I’ve written about how you can have friends with benefits when it comes to paying for services you’d rather NOT pay for. That means if you are a mechanic and your neighbour is a plumber you could easily swap services for nothing to help each other save money. As you may have heard, the wife and I are enjoying almost 3 weeks of […]

Why Are You Being Frugal When You Don’t Have To Be?

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MIND YOUR OWN FINANCIAL BUSINESS   The whole saving money and being frugal movement is always filled with people who just don’t get it. Wanting to save cash is not a new concept even if you think someone shouldn’t have to. It’s amazing how saving money ideas are crucial when running a business but not when it comes to personal finance for some people. Even if you don’t own a business you can bet your employer successful or not is always looking for ways to curb spending. You don’t have to be budget poor to live a frugal life and you can be rich and frugal at the same time-Imagine that! Mrs. CBB and I were at a friends dinner party about a week ago enjoying some of the finest foods including triple brie, prosciutto, melons and a main dish that we would only make for a special occasion. I guess that means we were all special. Most of the people in attendance would be considered “rich” or “well-off” because they own successful businesses or have thriving careers in the medical field. My wife and I don’t typically talk about personal finances with anyone however sometimes we’ve been happy to […]

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

11 ways to feed your family with little to no money

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 […]

The Best Turkey Chili Recipe

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A TURKEY CHILI RECIPE WITH FARM FRESH VEGGIES!   Time is not on everyone’s side but if you meal plan you can make recipes like this gorgeous Turkey Chili Recipe that CBB fan Chandra has submitted to share with all of you. These days it seems easier to just buy canned and frozen food instead of spending the time chopping up vegetables for delicious, healthy recipes. I’ve tried some award-winning chili recipes in my time with beef but never have I made a turkey chili before. I was intrigued when Chandra shared this on my Facebook page in our What’s For Dinner? nightly post. Using the same proteins for recipes can get boring plus it’s nice to add leaner cuts of meat or minces like turkey to recipes to make them healthier. Mrs. CBB and I have always enjoyed turkey meals made from mince such as turkey burgers or turkey pot pie. Either way kicking beef to the curb for a day or so is not a bad thing if you want to experience new flavours. You may even find turkey to be cheaper to buy rather than beef mince. If you don’t mind cooking a whole turkey you can […]

6 Ways to Give Back Without Monetary Expectations : The Saturday Weekend Review #134

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ANYTHING TO SEE SOMEONE SMILE   One of the hardest things for people to do is give something away for free that they worked hard to pay for or their time. We see it happen over and over how some people will cling to every last dollar they earn or possessions they have and other people who just give back. Here’s the thing though, if you want to give back it doesn’t have to be monetary in nature. You don’t have to give up your favourite toys, clothes or furniture to give back. So, yes you can do things to make other happy without digging into your bank account.If you can give back by donating stuff that’s great but it’s not necessarily the only way.   Give Back without hesitation   My wife used to be this way, but she is slowly changing where she comes up with ideas of ways to help others, mainly through donations. My wife had the one-track mindset of just working and saving money. It wasn’t about anyone else, but her. This has changed over the years dramatically. She doesn’t think twice about giving away things we no longer use for free instead of asking […]