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5 Dollar-Wise Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Feb 12-18

LEAVE THE DISHES FOR THE MORNING AND ENJOY A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT HOME WITH YOUR LOVED ONE   Valentine’s Day is around the corner and for those of you who want to surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner at home on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Mrs. CBB and I considered going out to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner but once we factored in the costs we realized we’d get romantic at home instead. Romantic Dinner for two including dessert Bottle of wine or other bubbly Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts Babysitting costs Server Tip Now that we are parents we tend to do more date-nights at home because we enjoy being in the kitchen creating meals together, it’s fun plus far less than eating out. Everything about Valentine’s Day is expensive as I’m sure we can all agree. By the time you buy Valentine’s Day flowers (Rose’s being the number one choice), romantic Valentine’s Day card and book reservations at your favourite restaurant you may be in for a pricey date-night.   Save and Splurge   If you are one of those people who would rather eat out at a restaurant for […]

Homemade Chocolate Bars with Stevia (Sugar-Free, Low-Carb)

CHOCOLATE CANDY BARS ARE INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE AT HOME WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF INCLUDING YOUR FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS   I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t mind making homemade gifts for the people I love. So, I decided to make homemade low-carb chocolate bars as a surprise for Valentine’s Day to give to Mrs. CBB along with some not-so-crafty decorations that I’m sure she will laugh at. It’s the thought that counts, right? Homemade chocolate bars or other chocolate candies are not meant to look perfect because it is the imperfect that says, “I made this with Love” that matters most. What I love the best is the cost of making homemade chocolate bars vs. store-bought. Before we start this recipe for homemade sugar-free chocolate bars ….. I just want to point out that if you don’t care for sugar-free chocolate you can easily use regular chocolate chips  to make this recipe for homemade chocolate bars. Once you understand the basics of melting chocolate, own the proper tools and have the ingredients on-hand then you’ll be set to go.   Chocolate Bar Mould   To be honest if you don’t fancy the same chocolate bar mould that we use that […]

The Ultimate Guide Of Frugal Living Ideas To Increase Savings : January 2018 Budget Update

INCREASE SAVINGS BY LEARNING WHAT SUCCESSFUL SAVERS ARE DOING   There are tonnes of frugal living ideas saturating the online market so today we wanted to create an Ultimate Guide of Frugal Living Tips that we successfully use. The importance of this guide is to highlight what has worked for us to help us become debt free so young. Well, if you consider 40 young then we’re young. If you consider it old then we’re old. The verbal savings plan Mrs. CBB and I created back in 2012 was simple, “It’s not about how much money you make it’s how you save it” and from there we took off. I know you are thinking that it’s easier said than done, trust me I know especially when there are so many goals you’d like to tackle at once.   Don’t stress yourself out – One step at a time will help keep you motivated   I’m not going to list a million ways you can apply frugal living ideas to your life but rather keep it simple by discussing ideas that work for us. We didn’t go overboard like some frugal fanatics because that wasn’t the route we wanted or needed […]

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Why Do Grocery Stores Water Mist Fruits and Vegetables? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 February 5-11

GLISTENING WATER MIST IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY APPLE   I’ve been freshened up ever so lightly with water mist as I’m looking through fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and for some reason it makes me happy. Sound familiar? Consumer conditioning most likely but understanding the reasons behind this lavish Canadian and American way to sell produce is more than the just-picked look. Trade secrets? Not likely however there are pros and cons to benefiting from the water mist psychologically and financially from both the store and customer perspective. Back in the UK I was never introduced to this type of care for produce as it’s not a practice that was used. Judging by our recent visit to the UK using automated water misting machines still isn’t on the market. *note- that I am aware of. Most often I would go by the sweeter the smell the sweeter the taste ideal when making my purchases. This is why I find it incredibly important to smell what you buy before you buy it. Our son thinks the automatic water mist machines at the grocery store are exciting and acts all giddy when he can see the mist in […]

The Ultimate Guide To Protecting Yourself From Rental Scams : The Saturday Weekend Review #249

The best way to protect yourself from rental scams is to meet face to face. It’s equally important to be aware of red flags that fraudsters dangle at unsuspecting renters.   If you value the money you work hard for ( I know you do) and want to protect yourself from perplexing rental scams it’s time to get informed. One of the worst decisions we can make in life is signing something we don’t know anything about. The days of searching for a rental via print media are far less than they were 20 years ago since most people take to the internet for rental property listings. Even though word of mouth is top-notch in the rental community even then you must keep your guard up. By now everyone should know that letting your guard down when it comes to doing business online may come back to haunt you. Parents, if you have a young adult new to the rental scene pass along this vital information about rental scams so they’re protected. Most often students moving away for University and College looking for student housing get stung along with those who post wanted ads on social media or websites such […]

3 Money Smart Strategies We Applied In Our 30’s To Erase Debt

DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR MONEY THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE   It’s still hard to believe that we managed to become debt free including our mortgage before the age of 40. We credit our success by applying simple money smart strategies in our 30’s that got us over the hump. You don’t have to have a degree to become a money smart consumer especially when tackling debt is a matter of choice. You either do it, or you don’t but the end results will be in part the actions of your willingness to erase debt and get the hell out of the rat race. Did you know that Canadians are world leaders in debt. Not something to be proud of really. A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canadian households are among the most indebted in the world. In fact, Canada tops the list of countries surveyed.   Debt never sleeps   If you’re one of those people who can’t sleep because you’ve got debt on the brain, you’re not alone. Debt freedom opening hours are all day every day especially when you’re dealing with your financial future. You may sleep but your money […]

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4 Simple Ways To Cash In On Weekly Specials To Stretch Your Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #5 Jan 29-Feb 4

THERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WANT AT THE GROCERY STORE EVEN ON A TIGHT BUDGET   Weekly specials listed in your grocery store flyers are the number one way the shop gets consumers through the door to spend money. Once you’re inside be prepared for all sorts of well thought-out distractions that could cost you more money than you anticipated on spending. I’ve run the grocery game challenge for 6 years now and price has and always will be the biggest concern for shoppers followed by quality, quantity and ingredients. From there shoppers might care about the layout of the shop, customer service, types of products, services and so on. Although having a store that does it all in Canada sounds like a dream come true each grocery store offers unique services and savings for their customers. Some of our favourite grocery stores in Canada to shop at are Food Basics for the low prices, Zehrs for reduced prices and PC Optimum points and  finally No Frills for price-matching and PC Optimum Points. Related: The best grocery stores in Canada to shop at Over the past year we’ve been going to Costco as well which has worked out […]

Deep-Dish Mexican Taco Pie (Keto, Low-Carb)

DEEP-DISH MEXICAN TACO PIE IS UNIQUE, FLAVOURFUL AND EXCEPTIONALLY EASY TO MAKE   Seriously, if you’ve been looking for Mexican food ideas I’ve got this amazing cheesy Taco Pie and it was a HUGE hit including Mrs. CBB who eats a keto diet. This taco pie is hearty and packs a punch for those nights you crave comfort food but without all the heavy carbohydrates. Make the nearest taco place be your kitchen because creating Mexican food is far tastier and less expensive than if you made a run for the border. Mexican food lovers in Canada all know what fast-food restaurant I’m TACO’ing about! These days Mexican style franchises are popping up all over Ontario from Mucho Burrito to Quesada Buritos and Tacos to authentic mom and pop kitchens. Mexican restaurants are popular because they are full-flavoured and typical of a meal prepared at home such as tacos, burritos, rice dishes, chicken dishes, nachos etc. The other reason is Mexican food is far different from your typical burger and fries joint. Related: Low Carb Loaded Pork Rind Nachos and Cheese When Mrs. CBB was pregnant there was NO stopping her when it came to making a pit-stop at Taco […]

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