7 Gifts To Tip Housekeeping Staff While Vacationing

IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU   That pretty swan made from bath towels and delicious mints are always welcomed after returning from the beach or touring your destination hot-spot. Personally the only thing I can craft from a towel is a ball before I throw it to the laundry bin. I find towel art to be soothing to the eyes as does a cold drink dressed with umbrellas or little snacks or not having to lift a finger doing everyday things such as cleaning. Related: How to make towel art – Check this out! What about the person who helps you with your luggage or the bartender who makes your special drink requests? All of these staff members are a team and keep a resort running and should be included in tipping when appropriate. Without high-traffic tourism many of these resorts would fall apart so keeping the customers happy is without a doubt the highest of priority.   Budget your holiday   If you use a budget spreadsheet like we do and like to go on vacation whether it be by airplane or land transportation including weekend road trips you almost always have a […]

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How To Bring Affordable Organic Food To Your Kitchen Table : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Apr 23-29

NOURISH YOUR FAMILY, SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT   I’m 100% certain no one can talk me out of why organic food is not better than the other stuff but I will agree that costs may be higher for budget conscious shoppers. There are ways around that though through savings, growing it yourself, trading, markets and home delivery which I will talk about further down. The new organic food trend for the busy family is moving more towards delivery than digging dirt or picking and choosing at the local markets. I agree with my late father-in-law who once told me that the only way you know you are eating organic produce is to grow it yourself. Just like anything in life if you want it done right sometimes you have be the one in charge however not everyone is willing or has the time to sow a garden. Properties are also getting smaller and house prices are not getting any cheaper. This leaves little to no room for homeowners to grow a vegetable garden apart from using pots or even raised gardens although not everyone wants to do this. Related: How to grow organic potatoes in a pot […]

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How To Handle Food Recalls In Canada : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #3 Apr 16-22

AN INFORMED CONSUMER STARTS WITH KNOWLEDGE   “Yet another food recall…” That was the same comment I expected to read by long-time Canadian Budget Binder reader when I posted yet another food recall in Canada on my Facebook page the other day. Christine like many other Canadians stays on top of current food recalls and trends because she wants to protect her health and that of her family. When food recalls get published it’s important for the public to take them seriously and share them where applicable. I received email notice two days ago of a Strawberry recall from the company Montana brand foods via the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). There may be products found in Quebec and some stores in Ontario that may be on the recall list. I quickly found an online article which had already been put together by news media (I can’t beat them) and made sure to share it on my Facebook and Twitter page to alert my fan base and so-forth. Although I could have shared the alert from the CFIA it seems that news articles with photos garner more attention by online communities.   Food Recalls explained   Food recalls are taken […]

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Our Sunday Dinner Traditions With 6 Recipe Inspirations: The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Apr 9-15

SUNDAY DINNER DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A ROAST   How do you celebrate Sunday? A roast beef for Sunday dinner every week could get extremely costly for today’s grocery budget but don’t let that stop you from creating new traditions for your family. I’m sure almost everyone has heard of the Sunday dinner where your parents cook up a hearty full meal as if it were Christmas dinner. That’s what it was like in my house growing up in England and something I hope to continue with my family here in Canada. The idea around Sunday dinner is that it was a time where family would come together for at least one full meal at the table. Even today families still prepare Sunday dinner as one of the few days of the week where time permits a full meal especially since life is far busier than it has ever been. Thank goodness for the crock-pot and now the Instant Pot. What’s for Sunday Dinner Mum? Growing up family dinners were pretty standardized in our house as far as meals and times would go. My mum likes to cook but was never adventurous so my siblings and I would look forward […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Canadian Grocery Stores Return Policy : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 Apr 2-8

IF YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY AND YOU’RE NOT HAPPY THEN RETURN IT   A return policy is a BIG check for YES when customers can easily locate and review such a policy on any grocery store website and in-store. The problem is sometimes it’s not so easy finding the FAQ’s or the return policy so consumers understand what they can and cannot return. This can get frustrating for customers who are already shy to return something or for those who have to hunt for information and don’t want to call or visit customer service. The name of the game for grocery stores in Canada must be, simplicity. To keep things simple for my readers I went and did the work for you as you will find a return policy below for most major grocery stores in Canada. My advice to everyone is if you are unsure about a return policy or whether an item can be returned, call the store. There may be time limits for a return and other stipulations but for the most part they are great with food items especially if you hand on to your receipt. One tip I like to give is to store your […]

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