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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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The Ultimate Frugal Student Recipe Book : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Aug 14-20

Cheap Healthy Meals For Students In Apartments   Creating cheap healthy meals sounds impossible because we’ve been conditioned to believe that convenience foods are inexpensive and easier to make. Not true in most cases it costs more and tastes can’t be compared to homemade by a long shot. For this reason I wanted to put together the Ultimate Frugal Student Recipe Book for kids who are off to College or University and need some guidance in the recipe department. While at a backyard BBQ party our friend Judy (not her real name) has a 19-year-old daughter off to Western University in a couple of weeks. Instead of moving into residence she opted to share an apartment with two of her friends to keep costs lower for the school year. This means she won’t be part of the University meal plan and it will be her job to prepare recipes on a budget of $50 a week. Related: How much should my grocery budget be? Although her budget may seem high for some people fifty dollars is reasonable enough for anyone to whip up cheap healthy meals without being deprived. That means she won’t have to live on Ramen noodles, toast […]

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How To Pick Food Storage Containers The Right Way : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Aug 7-13

FOOD STORAGE IS IMPORTANT FOR MANY CONSUMERS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO COST, QUALITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.   Cooking recipes are always hit or miss when it comes to portion sizes and the mouths that you have to feed. For this reason you either make too little or too much food. This results in leftovers which then need to be put in food storage containers for lunches or dinner the next day. Related: Food Waste In Canada Some people batch cook purposely so they can freeze dishes for lazy or busy cooking nights. The dilemma for many home cooks is finding food storage containers that meet their  needs. If we had money to spend we’d buy the best of the best of everything but reality is, we don’t. This means we often have to go without the top brands on the market even for simple things like food storage. Food storage containers in particular plastic has long since been a debate about BPA and you’ll find some consumers no longer wish to use anything plastic at all. Often I find people get crazy nervous about new scientific facts and that everything is going to harm us if we don’t make […]

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Ditch These 6 Genius Grocery Sale Price Distractions : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 July 31-Aug 6

  SALE PRICE DISTRACTIONS BECOME A PROBLEM WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE A PLACE ON YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING LIST.   Sale price distractions are everywhere, not just the grocery store. You only have to think back to holiday shopping and understand the power of sales and marketing. It’s easy to say yes even when you want to say no. Every once in a while I get an email from a reader who is struggling with their grocery budget. What I always find interesting is that most of the concerns are typical to most shoppers. They are not new concerns, they are just new to them and can become a burden on their monthly budget. Let’s read what CBB fan Sophie has to say about her grocery shopping dilemma and offer her some tips to get her back on track.   Super Sale Prices Equal More Money   Dear Mr.CBB, I am a single woman in her 30’s who struggles to keep her grocery budget balanced. You would think it would be easy since I’m grocery shopping for one however it’s harder. I’m a person who likes to stress eat which means I’m an easy target for sweets and snack items. My […]

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Crack the Whip Potluck Etiquette For Hosts and Guests : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 24-30

THE RULES AND RECIPE IDEAS FOR A FUN POTLUCK PARTY   Today I want to talk about potluck do’s and don’ts and how you can have a frugal party without extra expenses. Accepting an invitation to a potluck party means that you will put some thought into the dish you plan to make. This doesn’t always happen which ends up in potluck nightmare. What is a potluck party? A potluck is a party where a host offers their home or backyard and guests bring planned dishes. Some friends host parties once a month to balance the costs of food during the summer and winter months for each other. The host typically makes the main dish but this is not a rule. The worst thing you could do for a potluck is drop by the local grocery store on your way to the party to purchase something pre-made.  That’s a no-no in my books unless you have a legit emergency where you were unable to make something. Ideally planning your potluck dish ahead of the party would make things easier.   Potluck Host Etiquette   The perfect potluck would have a variety of dishes but to achieve this the host must […]

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How I Turned Grocery Shopping Into A Daddy Vacation : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 July 17-23

WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING BECOMES THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY.   Parenthood is more than just having a baby, it’s about finding ways to keep sane in a busy world of dirty nappies, feedings, work and lack of sleep. Things have changed as they should since we’ve become parents especially for myself since our son wants to do everything with me. If you could imagine me coming home from work and attacked by a toddler while Mrs. CBB waves and says, “have fun” that’s how it all goes down. At times he’s like a television that has no off button but I appreciate his inclination to learn and talk non-stop from the time he wakes up until he falls asleep again. It hasn’t been until the last year or so that we are really feeling the push from dealing with the terrible two’s. I read a meme that stated how parents who go grocery shopping alone attribute the experience to a vacation. Mrs. CBB laughed because some of the other moms she chats with has said the same thing. I wanted to see if I got that same vacation feeling so I put myself up for the daddy vacation challenge. When […]

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How To Dehydrate Vegetables To Cut Grocery Costs : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1-2 July 3-16

FROZEN VEGETABLES ARE EASY TO DEHYDRATE AND WON’T SUCK YOUR GROCERY BUDGET DRY.   The best dehydrated food I make starts with gorgeous fruits and vegetables and ends with sweet treats or easy powders to trick even the pickiest of eaters. Parents take note as I show you how to make sure your child gets the nutrition he needs even if he hates fruits and vegetables. Hi my name is Heather and I absolutely love to dehydrate food to save money and space in my kitchen pantry. I began dehydrating food shortly after attending an Emergency Preparedness class here in Vancouver. They tell people to be ready for more than 72 hours (more like 6-9 months) in case of an emergency. Living in an apartment I needed a way to store food that didn’t take up a lot of space. I came up with a brilliant solution to my lack of pantry space that I’ve been doing for a while now.  Today, I am still storing food, but I am finding we use it everyday. The powdered veggies are a great example. Dried fruit I keep in powdered and whole form so we can use it in smoothies, oatmeal or […]

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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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