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How To Grow A Budget Vegetable Garden From A Homestead Expert : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3-4 June 19- July 2

GARDENING HELPS KEEP YOUR FOOD COSTS DOWN WHILE INSPIRING IMAGINATION.   This year may be the year you decide to finally grow a vegetable garden in your front or back-yard. Gardening can be as inexpensive or costly as you’d like depending on how you approach it. My name is Karen from the blog Lil Suburban Homestead and I hope I can inspire you to get out and dig with our best kept secret vegetable garden tips. To start your vegetable garden you may feel a bit intimidated, don’t be. To ease your worries I’ll share with you our success and failures over the years. We’ve been through it all which has helped us become homestead experts for our family. Sometimes failure is only the beginning to your success.   Beginning to vegetable garden is about learning   When we started our vegetable garden let’s just say our first attempt turned into a failure but not without a learning experience. I was disheartened but not discouraged from continuing my quest to grow home-grown, delicious food!  I guess you could say it was in my DNA as when I grew up my parents always had a tiny garden but I always wanted […]

Mortgage Freedom Means You Still Need To Run : Our May 2017 Budget Update

EVERY DAY IS LIKE A FINANCIAL ROAD TRIP WITH BUMPS, DETOURS, GREEN LIGHTS AND FLAT TIRES.   Teach me how to get rich my sister-in-law asks me surprisingly a few weeks back since finding out we’ve been mortgage free 4 years as of May 2017. I don’t know about the “Rich” part but I can certainly talk for hours about budgets, frugal living and the importance of it all.   Mortgage Freedom is just the beginning   Since burning our mortgage papers Mrs. CBB and I have done one thing that some people might stop doing. Do you want to know what it is? Of course you do. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years We never stopped with the financial discipline we’ve ingrained into our routine over the past 10 years. Sometimes it’s hard to look back and think it has been that long but not really when you consider the life of a typical mortgage is 20-25 years. I don’t have all the answers but I do know that if you aren’t prepared to invest in your finances then you must deal with what you have. I don’t care if you’re already rich, collecting welfare, earn […]

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One Million Ways To Help Reduce Stress About Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 June 12-18

DISHING OUT TIPS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE PLEASURABLE   We all cope with stress from a million different directions and for some people grocery shopping may be a chore that they would rather not do. A million seems to be either a blessing or a stress when people refer to situations. I told him a million times he can’t have Oreo’s. A million different directions…look up! She tells me a million times a day not to spend money. A million ways to win a million dollars. There’s a million reasons why I won’t…. What this means is that we tend to over-exaggerate what a million really means when we use it as a descriptive word. When I hear someone use this to describe their situation I know that there likely is only one big reason and possibly plenty of  little one’s many of which can be fixed. Never a million but it certainly is an attention grabber for someone who is seeking it. I was! Did it work? You either love grocery shopping or you don’t, full-stop.   New to Canada and Grocery shopping   Back in the UK I did all my […]

Inexpensive Beach Essentials You Should Pack This Summer : The Saturday Weekend Review #227

GOING TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER? DON’T LEAVE ANY OF THESE BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS BEHIND!   Planning a road trip to the beach is like camping for a day in the sand which means packing all of your beach essentials, including the kitchen sink. Add kids to the mix and you’re sure to have your hands busy, but it’s all about family fun. Laugh away but I’m sure many of you are guilty of bringing too much stuff to the beach as if you were next in line to be stranded on a desert island. Not a dessert island a desert island even though hanging out on an island filled with sweets wouldn’t bother me one bit. The point… Don’t Pack too much unless you are going to a remote location with no amenities for miles. My wife is the worst at over-packing to go ANYWHERE! If it’s not her purse bulging at the seam her luggage (laundry basket) is filled to the top with clothing just for a simple few days away from home. “You never know what you will need”, she always says but also notes how often she hardly puts a dent in that white laundry basket. […]

A Guide To Spending Less On Work Clothes

BE SUCCESSFUL AT WORK WHETHER YOU WEAR GIANT TIGER OR GUCCI   Depending on where you’re employed purchasing work clothes can be costly especially if you must wear casual or business attire. I’m sure those of you who work from home and are reading this in your Pajamas can verify that work clothes are over-rated and a huge expense for anyone’s budget. There’s no need to splash a tonne of money to look presentable for work. The key to shopping for work clothes is to feel comfortable for your environment and abide by dress code rules. The worst thing employees can do is spend money to look good for the employer or other employees rather than focus on their role. It’s not a fashion show (unless of course you are a model but that’s probably the only industry where clothing matters but they likely don’t have to buy it.)   Success doesn’t come from what you wear   An excellent employee will always excel no matter if they are wearing Gucci or Giant Tiger work clothes. It’s more about motivation, dedication and drive to be successful. Your clothes can still be trendy and sexy even if you find ways to […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Simple Kitchen Downsizing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 June 5-11

TOUR OUR KITCHEN FROM BULK TO THE MINIMALIST SLIM VERSION   Smart kitchen ideas start with an organized clean kitchen for you to prepare healthy meals without wasting time, energy and money. Look around your kitchen and think about the stuff that you have and consider the last time you’ve used it. I’ll wait here until you come back. Kitchen downsizing has become a new trend for 2017 among our circle of friends because they are feeling the dollar crunch. They aren’t buying as much and they are selling what they have too much of, us included. When looking to buy a new house your realtor may tell you to forget about the stuff the current owner has and imagine the room without it. Some homeowners hire a home staging company to help them downsize their belongings to make the home seem larger. When you buy a house the idea of enjoying that large space can easily be chopped when you start filling it up with stuff. Not only do you lose space but you create an environment for more cleaning and dust. We know from experience. We took a proactive approach the last month to tackle kitchen downsizing by […]

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

TASTY CAULIFLOWER RECIPES START WITH PLENTY OF FLAVOUR AND ENDS WITH EMPTY PLATES.   These easy, gluten-free Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots are the Italian Arancini balls of the low-carb world. Arancini are rice balls filled with cheese then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried or baked served with a side of marinara. They are popular at restaurants as a starter or main meal paired with a salad. For today we’ll forget about those and focus on the low-carb way of switching up our favourite recipes. If you have kids the will love these with a dipping sauce or even a marinara sauce. Kids love to dip everything and if there is cheese inside you know you’ve got a winner. Sometime it’s nice to change-up recipes instead of offering chicken nuggets for example sneak in some Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tots. Our son tends to get bored if we serve the same foods over and over. We just stare at our son when he does eat foods like this because he’s not a fan of vegetables at all.   Bringing Cauliflower to life   Delicious cauliflower recipes always start with spices and seasonings because cauliflower is very bland. If you want your cauliflower […]