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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Meal Survival Guide : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 May 29-June 4

LIVING THROUGH RENOVATIONS CAN BE TOUGH FOR MEALS BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU PLAN AHEAD.   It won’t be long before Mrs. CBB and I start thinking about our kitchen renovation that has been in the works for 8 years. We decided to wait because it was important that we saved the money first so we could finally get our dream kitchen. When is the best time to think about beginning a kitchen renovation? Never. It sucks to live through it BUT think about the end-goal and how exciting it will be to bring your visions to life. As soon as the snow melts and the windows are opened in our house all we hear is large delivery trucks, hammers, drills, saws and plenty of renovation noise happening. That being said a kitchen renovation during any season other than winter seems to be your best bet. Since we plan to live in our home until our son graduates elementary school it seems reasonable to renovate the kitchen to suit our growing family. Right now it’s functional but needs a face-lift and a dishwasher would be nice so I can quit my side-job.   Eating out during a kitchen renovation   […]

How to Save Money on Airfares Using A VPN

TRAVELLING WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS MEANS A BIT MORE WORK SOURCING DEALS BUT WORTH THE EFFORT.   We often do a lot of traveling, whether it is for business ventures or vacations. In fact, we’re heading to the UK next month for the first time since I moved to Canada 10 years ago. Travelling to Europe isn’t as cheap as it was when I lived there. I was able to score some great deals and travelled to many countries for cheap and vacationed like a king on a budget. In today’s technologically advanced world, we can hardly spend time away from our digital gadgets. We need to check our Facebook accounts, watch the trending videos and keep our friends updated about our whereabouts — even when we are traveling. But in doing so, we often risk our online security. Especially when we use the public or semi-public Wi-Fi at the airports, train stations, cafes, and hotels. Related: How I budgeted my travel expenses for work and for play Anybody using the same network can track your activities and fetch the information (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.) you send over the Internet connection. However, a VPN can be your savior. […]

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Luxury Food Products That Are Eating Into Your Grocery Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 3&4 May 15-28

THE WORD GOURMET AND LUXURY ARE PARTNERS IN CRIME AND IF YOU MEET WITH THEM BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE.   The most expensive food is the food that you can’t afford to buy. Your grocery budget should be important to you especially if finance is something that you want to challenge and control. For most consumers the  number one budget category to tackle is the food budget. The reason is because we can change how we shop and what we eat. Product prices differ all over Canada and for this reason depending on where you live the struggle to keep on budget may be near to impossible or at least seem to be. One way you can help your grocery budget>>Investigate your habits. Find out what gourmet really means and why you should consider chopping luxury food products that take up too much real estate in your shopping cart.There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favourite luxury food products but when it becomes a habit you may be biting off more budget than you can chew. Stop making excuses as to why you need a bag of chips every time you watch television or pop in a DVD […]

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Grocery Store Etiquette and How You Can Participate For Free : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 May 8-14

KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY-EVEN AT THE GROCERY STORE.   Over the past almost 6 years that I’ve blogged at CBB I’ve rattled on about grocery store etiquette because it needs to be said. Today I’m dedicating this post to the lady in the grocery line behind us last week and to those of you who need a crash course on how to be polite. Understanding the code of etiquette and following through are two different things. Both need to be in place in order for you to be a nice person and not a hard-nosed grocery shopper (in this instance). With the rising costs of living everyone (almost everyone) is trying to save money wherever they can. Our biggest financial fight after the mortgage was the grocery store and we’ve battled it ever since and documenting our journey on this blog. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years First off let’s explain what the word “etiquette” means for those of you that may not be familiar with it. Your mom and dad might have told you to “be nice” or “treat others as you’d like to be treated” growing up. Ring a bell? If not, this post […]

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How To Tell If Your Grocery Expenses Are Too High or Too Low : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 May 1-7

IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND SPACE TO STORE MORE FOOD OR RUNNING OUT YOU MAY NEED TO RE-ADJUST YOUR GROCERY EXPENSES.   Your grocery expenses may be something you’ve been thinking about lately with rising costs in just about every budget category this year. Who’s going to want our money next? It’s best to always be prepared even if that means making sure you have a stocked pantry but not overflowing. In the meantime I’m going to show you just how you can figure out your grocery expenses to find out whether you need to increase or decrease them. You either have too much food, too little food or just enough with a back-up plan. These are two situations that everyone runs into every week unless they have figured out their food plan. Should you shop or call it a no-shop week? The choice is yours but your best indicator is your grocery budget and what you’ve already got at home. One of the most important aspects of food shopping is to create a balance between what you need to eat and how much you do eat. This will give you a better sign just how much food you […]