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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 […]

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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 […]

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Overpriced Grocery Store Products You’re Wasting Money On: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Oct 24-30

DON’T BE CONVINCED THAT YOU’LL SAVE MONEY ON EVERYTHING AT THE GROCERY STORE.   It’s not often that we go grocery shopping and consider buying a BBQ for the steaks we just bought on sale from the meat department. Some people do buy electronics, outdoor gear, toys and just about anything else that can get stuffed into a grocery store most often because it’s there. Quite often the buyer is giving in to an overpriced product that can be bought for less somewhere else which is not an emergency to purchase. If you grocery shop when you’re hungry they say you will spend more money. These days if you let your mind wander and start to think about anything while you grocery shop you’re bound to spend more money unless you handcuff yourself to your grocery list. Most grocery stores stock everything and anything they can to bring in profits. This is where it’s probably a good idea to stick to the perimeter but be warned even this area is getting plastered with marketing ploys to get us to spend more on stuff we don’t likely want but they try to convince us we do. I remember a Super Bowl […]

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5 Supermarket Annoyances That Cost You More To Buy Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Oct 17-23

AVOID IRRITATING PITFALLS AND YOU’LL SAVE YOUR GROCERY BUDGET FROM EXPANSION   This week I wanted to focus on changes that grocery stores could embrace that would make grocery shopping easier so I’ve broken down some of the most common annoyances that customers face. Today when we buy groceries it has gone from something simple to a bit overwhelming at times now that we are parents. Over the past nine years of grocery shopping in Canada I’ve noticed a trend at every grocery store that I go to and that is marketing differs across the board. It becomes a tug of war between the shops and the customers and in the end all I ever see is a packed parking lot at Costco. We’re a country driven by convenience and it shows. No grocery store is alike even though they may offer similar rewards programs and the same products. Every grocery store needs to have a face and by that I mean they must stand out whether it’s in a big way or by multiple smaller reasons to herd the customers in week after week. That’s how they make their money or in part. You might not want to shop […]

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15 Valuable Grocery Store Services For Customer Retention: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Oct 10-16

SECRETLY WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITE GROCERY STORE THAT CATERS TO OUR NEEDS.   Have you ever asked yourself why you seem to frequent a grocery store over the others in the city or town that you live in? Think about this for a second and ask yourself what grocery store services are offered where you shop that keep you going back week after week. Maybe it’s not grocery store services, rather proximity and even then there are services that you’d miss if the grocery store took them away. Every one of us are different with different needs when we grocery shop. Some of us might care about certain grocery store services where the next customer could care less because there is no impact. It’s not a big deal to me to see a lottery booth at the grocery store because I don’t buy lottery tickets any longer. For a weekly lottery player this is one of those grocery store services that helps them save time and is convenient. My wife remembers when she would go grocery shopping with her grandmother that her grandfather would check his tickets and run his numbers for the next draw while she shopped. You […]