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How to grocery shop for free : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Feb 16-23, 2015

How to grocery shop for free

TOTALLY FREE STUFF TO TAKE HOME   Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all of your groceries for free every week and get rid of the grocery budget for good? It sounds like a great dream but let’s be honest, it’s not reality unless you’ve won free food for life. I will warn you before you read this that not all my ideas are traditional in the sense you go into your grocery store and walk out with free food. I will however share with you the ways you can find free food that will cut back on your budget expenses. When Mrs.CBB and I were chatting about getting free food we both realized that not everyone does a grocery shop at the supermarket for food. Some people can’t even afford to step foot into the grocery store so they must source food from other resources. This led us to the conclusion that you could get free food but it might no necessarily come from the grocery store. You might also not get everything that’s on your wish list but you will get food to eat but when it’s free are you really going to complain?   The […]

How possessions ruined us and minimalism gave us freedom

Modern Living Room Minimalism

Lured into a false sense of ownership   The amount of possessions you own can actually hinder your freedom. In fact, we have been lured into a false sense of ownership. Your possessions may actually be in charge of you! With credit cards and financing options in abundance, our purchasing power often seems unlimited. Having 0% interest rates make it easy for us to buy desired items and avoid paying interest on them. This better than paying large amounts of interest on purchases, but it is still a dangerous game to play. The items you pay for in the form of credit card debt are not truly yours until they are owned outright. Even after you finish paying off your items, having a hoard of possessions can prevent you from taking steps toward your ideal lifestyle.   Possessions and a stagnant lifestyle   Over the last year my husband and I have realized that we really want to move to a more remote location. Our reasons for doing this are multiple, but one of these reasons is that we would like to live a simpler, more self-sufficient life. This desire to move has made us realize that our life is […]

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How to Create a Healthy Grocery List: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Feb 9-15,2015

how to create a healthy GROCERY list

HEALTHY EATING AND YOU   Everyone wants to know how to eat healthy on a budget but many don’t know how to create a healthy grocery list. Today I’m going to share with you just how we go about creating our healthy grocery list. Lately I’ve noticed many people visiting CBB looking for a healthy grocery list or samples of a grocery list so today I will give you both. Keep in mind that not every week is perfectly healthy for us (we do like splurge once in a while) and what healthy is to us might not be to you. I always like to stress that but sticking to the basic food groups is always the best way to go. If you like to meal plan than you pretty much should know exactly what you need to buy for groceries. A basic grocery list is all that is needed when getting started to create your healthy grocery list because it’s just a list. Nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t know how much your grocery budget is or should be that is where you should start before rushing to establish your healthy grocery list. Just like good food takes […]

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How To Keep An Organized Pantry: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #1 Feb 2-8

How to keep an organized pantry

ORGANIZED= SAVINGS   Keeping an organized pantry is very important for us especially after the pantry pests in our pasta and dry beans cabinet two weeks ago.  We knew it was time to get serious and put more time into our kitchen organization since it hasn’t been a priority for us the past year. When I started blogging in 2012 I wrote about why having a pantry list was a great way to save money and eat healthy. Having a pantry full of food is great but sometimes shoppers can go overboard and simply buy too much stuff. What happens then is you have a pantry that is an organized pantry disaster unless of course you are on top of your organization game. I’m sure some of you say your pantry is organized chaos and you can find your way around it no problem. BUT… are you making sure you aren’t wasting food? That WAS us but no longer and wasting food was NOT our intention as we are such a frugal couple and I kid you not use vegetable scraps to make broth. We try not to waste anything if we can help it because we know there are […]

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A List Of Foods We Freeze To Save Time and Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #4 Jan 26-Feb 1

a list of foods we freeze

  FREEZE IT AND FIND OUT!   I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of foods you can freeze for later or foods you can freeze and re-heat when you have unexpected guests or are in need of a fast family meal. My wife and I were making our homemade macaroni and cheese bake tonight when we pulled out a pesto basil cube from the freezer to add into the cheese sauce. It was at that point I knew I had to take a look at our freezer inventory list to find out what foods we have in our freezer that some people wouldn’t typically think to freeze. You certainly can save money if you freeze food but one important tip I was told to keep the savings flowing is to make sure you keep the freezer full. The reason is that once the freezer is full it requires less energy to run which makes sense. Back about two years ago we borrowed a kill-a-watt electricity usage meter from the local library when the smart meter was installed on our home and we discovered our 1970’s freezer was costing us approximately $11 a […]

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How to control pantry pests in your kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #3 Jan 19-25

how to control pantry pests in your kitchen

PESTS  IN YOUR PASTA…   Pantry pests are the last thing I thought I would be sharing in the grocery game BUT it’s a very important part of your kitchen health and budget. Most families like to buy more than one package of pasta, cereal and other packaged goods especially if they are on sale or by using a coupon it’s too hard to pass up. The problem with stockpiling your pantry with food is that you MUST eat it. Some people seem to think that food will last forever if there is no expiry date and that’s just not the case. We haven’t been stocking up much on food the past couple of years because we have struggled to get through it and this past week was another sign as to WHY we won’t be stocking up any longer. We are very meticulous in the kitchen when it comes to using clips, cleanliness and making sure that food items are stored away properly. The other day though we were surprised to find a visit from the very pantry pests that we try to avoid, flour mites and weevils. They are more common than you think and unless you take […]

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How to select fresh food at the supermarket: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #2 Jan 12-18

HOW TO SELECT FRESH FOOD AT THE SUPERMARKET

BUYING THE FRESHEST FOOD   When we grocery shop Mrs. CBB and I want to bring home fresh food because that’s what we should all expect from a supermarket, right? Finding fresh food or the freshest is always hit or miss but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you arm yourself with shopping habits we’ve come to rely on that I’m going to share with you today you are well on your way to becoming a grocery store fresh food sleuth. Grocery shopping might seem like something simple to you but believe me when I say there are people who are seeking to learn how to grocery shop. How could someone possibly screw up and buy food that is outdated, moldy, wilted or rotten for that matter? The saying “You get what you pay for” at the supermarket doesn’t always mean you get the freshest food. Considering that most Canadians have a limited grocery budget it’s important for all of us to spend our money wisely and that means finding fresh food that won’t end up in the garbage before we have time to consume it. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways Mrs. […]

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Why Having A Stockpile Budget Will Save You Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #1 Jan 5- 11

why having a stockpile budget will save you money

YOUR NUTRITION SURVIVAL SHELTER   Over the years we have seen our food stockpile dwindle but back between 2010-2012 stockpiling our cold room, pantry and freezer using coupons and flyer specials was a way of life, not so much these days. We’ve taken a different approach to stockpiling simply because we weren’t able to get through the food that we were buying in bulk using coupons. We are still trying to use up baked beans that are coming due this year. Having an emergency food stash that is ready to eat up just in case something happens to your finances is great but having shelf-stable products are key to building the best stockpile. When I say shelf-stable I mean products that don’t really have a shelf-life or have a very long shelf-life like dried beans, a quality stockpile item of ours. I know some of our friends who have a pantry it’s just filled to the top with junk and convenience foods and although it may fill your tummy you can still eat healthy and stockpile good food on a budget. Why have a stockpile budget then if we don’t plan to stockpile lots of food? A valid question, let […]