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Spot A Deal, Share A Deal, Get Rewards with Dealspotr : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Dec 12-18

THERE’S ALWAYS WAYS TO EARN A LITTLE EXTRA TO HELP YOUR BUDGET.   Attention anyone who likes to save money! No gimmicks, no jumping through hoops to save money and earn rewards along the way. If you’re an online shopper who loves gift cards then I’ve spotted a Deal for you over at Dealspotr. You see, I’m a Dealspotr influencer and I’m going to explain to you why you should sign up and start earning rewards towards gift cards just like I am. I’m pretty new at this too so like you I’m learning my way around Dealspotr but so far I’m impressed with the way I can earn gift cards just for finding and validating deals. What I like the best is that I can promo code shop in one spot for my favourite stores at Dealspotr since they have an exclusive list of Canadian stores to choose from. When I’m shopping online I can’t stand not having a promo code or a discount code when I’m cashing out of my shopping cart. If you see that box on your computer screen you know there must be a code out and I’m always determined to find it. Sometimes the […]

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4 Simple Shopping Improvements To Battle Food Price Increases : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Dec 5-11

WITH FOOD PRICE INCREASES ON THE HORIZON IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE ACTION NOW SO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW YOU PLAN TO TACKLE YOUR GROCERY EXPENSES.   When consumers distress about money the first two things that pop up are groceries and utilities followed by rent/mortgage, taxes and insurance. These are not always fixed costs which means they can fluctuate thus causing potential problems with budgeting. You are in charge of the outcome. If you have a budgeted amount to spend you must stick to it or cause potential losses to other budget categories even in the face of food price increases. Just because food prices go up that doesn’t mean your budget should increase as well. Most people just don’t have the spare cash to do so. It’s already a struggle for manyCanadians who can’t keep up with current food prices and balancing the budget. Mary, a financially savvy woman who has been a part of this blog since 2012 and participates in the Grocery Game Challenge understands the struggles. I agree with what she had to say on the topic of looming food price increases. Increasing your grocery budget assumes you have the extra cash to do so. I’m having […]

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Top 5 Christmas Cookies For The Budget Baker : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Nov 29-Dec 4

Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs Start Now In Your Kitchen.   This time of year budget bakers are on the hunt for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune. Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies. You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies that you can bring to a holiday cookie-exchange or to wrap up as gifts for friends and family. I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them. Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives. I must admit my wife’s family is quite amazing when it comes to baking and the holidays. There is never a holiday that we don’t show up at the in-laws house without our Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law has a huge spread on the dining room table and her side table full of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Panetone, Chocolates of all descriptions. Turtles comes […]

Why We Bought Our Toddler Christmas Presents At The Dollar Store

THE TOP TEN DOLLAR STORE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR KIDS ARE SIMPLE BUT FUN.   Christmas presents are only part of the holiday season but one of the most expensive. While some parents might drop a jaw reading the title of this post and say they’d never spend money buying Christmas Presents at the Dollar store for their children other parents say this is all they can afford. Our little guy is working his way up to three years old and recognizes toys and anything that goes zoom from a mile away. That’s why we chose to find the Top 10 Hottest Christmas Presents for boys and girls at the Dollar Store this week. Whether you think the toys are cheap that’s up to you but remember what you buy will soon be buried and forgotten. How’s that for a smile and a wad of cash?   Kids only get what we give them. Your choice, Your money.   We have no issues with stopping by Mastermind Toys, Toys R Us or any other store that offers children’s toys with our boy. He’s perfectly happy just looking at the boxes and on occasion playing with toys that he can get his […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Find Recipes For Free or Cheap: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Nov 21-27

LET ME SHOW YOU ALL THE SECRET PLACES THAT RECIPES MIGHT BE TUCKED AWAY   Years ago the father would be the head of the household and go to work and the mother would be a stay at home mum who cooked, cleaned, grocery shopped, paid the bills and looked after the kids. Both are uniquely full-time jobs except the wife got to stay home which meant cooking meals from scratch was popular as were finding new recipes to create for family meal time. Picture the woman in the kitchen with her apron on and her family sitting at the dinner table while she serves the food. This was the image that was depicted back in the 50’s and 60’s but not everyone could afford to have a stay at home mother. This is a rare position these days although just because two parents go to work doesn’t mean the job doesn’t have to get done. We all need to eat which means we either create recipes, find recipes, eat out or buy convenience foods which I don’t care for myself. Juggling the role of working parents and homemakers is a tough job,(I know because I do this) but it […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Eliminate Kitchen Odours Quickly : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Nov 14-20

FRUGAL SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYDAY KITCHEN SMELLS   If you work or have worked in the restaurant industry then you know what it’s like to come home after work and you have a strong cooking smell on your clothes. This same cooking smell can linger in your home during and after cooking and stick around unless you take a proactive approach to rid of kitchen odours. My house smells what can I do about it? Well it depends on where the smell is coming from but most often house smells start in the bathrooms and kitchen. A musty smell in the house comes with age along with dust, old carpets and rugs, damp wood, hot spots, rundown walls, bathrooms and leaks. You may get even worse smells if you smoke in the house or have pets which need to be monitored and cleaned up daily to eliminate smell. Related: How to get rid of musty smells in your house We use a dehumidifier to get help with moisture in the air and humidity in the house. It also helps to freshen the air and remove any bacteria in the air. What are kitchen odours? Kitchen sink drain smells are one of […]

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How I Grow My Edible Garden Right inside Our Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Nov 7-13

IT’S CHEAP, HEALTHY AND WISE   Why buy when you can plant an edible garden right inside your kitchen? Why toss your vegetable scraps into the trash bin when you can regrow them instead? This post is not about starting your own garden per se, but more about how to recycle and regrow your vegetable from discards.   Reaping what we sow from our edible garden   Before we started our edible garden, my family of four usually spent around $600-700 a month on groceries. Fruits, veggies (including those that are canned and frozen), rice and other perishable goods rarely come cheap so we usually spend around $70-90 for these items per every grocery trip. Now as our edible garden grows, we are saving around $20 per week on veggies based on their costs off the shelf. It might not be much now but having an accessible food supply 24/7 is so much worth it! Aside from saving a lot of money because I could dramatically reduce my trip to the veggie aisle, this practice is also something that had improved my family’s health. Growing veggies in the kitchen (and later transferring them to pots outdoors) has been a fun […]

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4 Costly Kitchen Distractions To Avoid While Cooking : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Oct 31-Nov 6

KITCHEN SAFETY AND EXPENSES BEGINS WITH LIMITING DISTRACTIONS   You might think what I’m about to say is NOT a big deal until something happens to you or even worse someone you love. Both mental and physical distractions while cooking can produce a ruined meal, injury, death or damage to your house or apartment. Don’t turn your kitchen into an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life that when we get home it’s tough to turn off from the work day. How we choose to try and do that may affect the way we prepare meals in the kitchen and potentially your wallet depending on the outcome. You or someone else could lose a life You or someone else could get injured You burn and ruin your meal You cause a fire What are distractions? Distractions are anything that takes your eyes and mind off the task(s) at hand. Related: Should I get tenants insurance? You may be one of those people who are able to multi-task and do it all but when I’m in the kitchen I like to think I’m on the job. Imagine you were a chef in a restaurant […]