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The Ultimate Pantry Essentials For Frugal Fall Recipes : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Sept 4-10

FALL SMELLS ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OVER YOUR HOUSE   So you want to start preparing Fall recipes but aren’t sure if you have everything you need in the kitchen to do so? It’s time to dust off the crock-pot and casserole (casa-roll-eh) dish Canadian style because the Fall chill is on and it’s time for some comfort food. Well, today we’re going pantry shopping for the Fall season to make sure we have all those precious basic ingredients along with must-have kitchen-tools to make some of the tastiest Fall recipes. The number one kitchen tool that we can all agree on to make Fall recipes is a crock-pot. If you don’t have one invest in one for under $40 and you’ll see just how easy cooking can be. We own a large programmable crock-pot that we’ve been using for years and just love. It was certainly a worthy investment for our kitchen. Once you’ve got your crock-pot it’s always handy to have baking sheets, loaf pans and other baking essentials so you are ready to bake up those Fall smells. What other essential kitchen tools can you think of for Fall?   Tastes of Fall   What kinds of […]

Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam (Low-Carb and Sugar-Free)

PACKED WITH FLAVOUR AND LOADED FULL OF NUTRIENTS THIS STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA SEED JAM DELIVERS   Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam comes packed full of nutrients, vibrant red in colour, tart yet sweet and perfect on its own or used as a topping or sauce. Close your eyes right now and imagine a stack of your favourite pancakes dripping with sugar-free syrup and Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam. Delicious right? I don’t have to imagine because we’ve tried it and love it! We’ve also made homemade ice-cream with the jam then topped it off with even more of the preserve. It’s all around easy to make and deliciously healthy. What I love about this jam is that you don’t have to slave over the stove nor do any fancy work to get it done. Essentially this is a refrigerator or freezer jam which means you can store it away and enjoy without canning. The process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish but keeping it in the refrigerator over-night is the key to its success. All these years we’ve had this amazing rhubarb growing in our back garden which we presume made its way into the ground about 20 […]

8 Habits We Pursued To Became Powerful Savers : The Saturday Weekend Review #234

ONCE YOU FORM A HABIT IT BECOMES AUTOMATIC   Start to talk about money and everyone is all ears because not everyone is as rich as you think. Over the years I’ve come to realize that not everyone who wants to know about how savers get their money motivation actually want to do the same. I believe that reading about success stories for some people who want to become savers is like getting a high and then slowly coming down because they never take their goals to the next level. Mrs. CBB had her friend over the other day who just happens to be far younger than she is but our sons have grown up together. In fact they are best of buddies so we see them often and celebrate milestones together. Although, we could technically be their parents if we got pregnant at the same age they have, twice. I know, right, twice. They have two children under the age of 3 and they are barely out of their teenage years. They bought a second-hand newer model car, rent a basement apartment, go to school and work full-time. Who does that? Lots of people do and it’s not really […]

Thrift Store Back To School Clothes Are Still New Clothes

Back To School Shopping: In With The Old Out With The New   Back to school is typically associated with buying new school clothes and supplies only because we’ve been sucked in by a mass marketing system. The further we get pulled the more we believe and want rather then simply spending money because it’s a need. As soon as August rolls around the Back to School deals start showing up in the local flyers and media because they want parents to get ready ahead of time. With many families struggling to get ahead financially spending a fortune on school clothes is just out of the question. Then again you might be a parent who buys a new wardrobe year after year to go to work. Why is there this need to always wear something new or different? I’m pretty sure most people spend their time worrying about other things rather than what John or Suzie wore to work. Maybe clothing is the next step up the career ladder and if Suzie dresses better than Sarah she’s a shoe-in. Sounds daft BUT this really does happen. We put too much emphasis on what people wear rather than what their skills […]

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30 Keto Diet Staples You Will Find In Our Kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 28-Sept 3

STOCK UP ON LOW CARB ESSENTIALS WITHOUT CRUSHING YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   You may have noticed over the past 2 years that our grocery shopping list has changed quite a bit since we’ve moved over to a keto diet. You might also have taken note that our many of our Sunday frugal recipes are low carb as well and this is because we no longer just eat what we want or classify as “healthy“. We have taken control of our eating habits and put more effort into what fuels our bodies and how we energize it each day. Related: Are you eating too much food? I’m not exclusively on a keto diet however I do follow it as much as possible as my dietary needs are different from Mrs. CBB. Coffee is a great start to the day for keto diet lovers. Many of you might be familiar with Bullet Proof Coffee and for those of you who aren’t let me tell you it’s packed full of fat! Some people have asked if the keto diet has interrupted our lean grocery budget of $265 a month for 2 adults and a toddler and it depends. Some months might be great […]

5 Point Checklist For Hosting A Successful Moving Sale : The Saturday Weekend Review #233

NOT ALL SALES ARE EQUAL ESPECIALLY WHEN SELLING YOUR BELONGINGS.   Whether you’ve lived in a house for one year or 25 years you will accumulate stuff that gets shoved away in a dark corner and collects dust. We all do it unless you’re an extreme minimalist which wouldn’t be so bad for some people who can’t stop shopping for stuff to fill up their home. It’s after you are ready to move house and de-clutter for your first moving sale that memories and things start popping up. Then you have to make decisions about these items and sometimes selling or donating memories can be the hardest thing to do. Two questions pop into my head when I find stuff I haven’t used, we haven’t used or won’t use; Did we spend our money to buy it? Should we sell it or donate it? If it wasn’t our money then we don’t have to worry about a loss because we didn’t fork out the cash for it. Do you sell the stuff or do you take it with you? This is a question you need to ask yourself or sit as a family and discuss before even beginning to think […]

Property Theft And How To Stay Protected

FOR THOSE LOOKING TO MAKE FAST MONEY ILLEGALLY STOLEN PROPERTY GETS THE JOB DONE BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE.   I’m certain that I’m not the only one who has noticed an influx of property theft, personal theft, employment theft, bank robberies, retail theft and pharmacy break-in’s the past year. For those people who turn to theft they have to be at the bottom of the barrel to want to get their butt slammed in jail or even worse, killed. Related: Property Crimes Common in Western Canada A 2007 report by Statistics Canada suggested that property crimes are far more likely to occur in cities and towns than they are in rural communities. However, farms can be easy targets, especially when the owners are not present. That’s the simple truth. The hard truth is why is this happening and what are we doing as a community or government to help control the situation. Mental illness has long been shoved under the carpet but has now been the spotlight of many incidents across Canada that involve violence, theft, robberies and even death. Depression and addictions along with other illnesses can take hold of anyone.   What is property theft?   From […]

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15 Copycat Recipes To Make At Home : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Aug 21-27

Copycat Recipes Without The Price-tag May Lure Consumers To Put On An Apron.   One of the main reasons people eat out is convenience either because of time barriers or lack of meal planning at home. If you don’t know it already eating out can drastically alter your monthly budget especially if you are spending more time at the restaurants then you are at the grocery store. How many times have you seen an advert on the television or in a magazine for food and said, “I want to try that”, probably quite a few times. I know because I do that quite often, the art of marketing does work. Factor in the costs of tips and drinks for the meal and you’ve just spent enough for a weeks worth of groceries for one meal. Consider how much it costs to make a batch of your favourite muffins, subs or take-out chili in comparison to drive-thru. What doesn’t work is prices which keeps us at home working on ways to create mouth-watering meals in our kitchen. Grocery shopping for some people is just B.O.R.I.N.G but I don’t know many people who shop to party. Of course it’s not the most […]

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