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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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One Million Ways To Help Reduce Stress About Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 June 12-18

DISHING OUT TIPS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE PLEASURABLE   We all cope with stress from a million different directions and for some people grocery shopping may be a chore that they would rather not do. A million seems to be either a blessing or a stress when people refer to situations. I told him a million times he can’t have Oreo’s. A million different directions…look up! She tells me a million times a day not to spend money. A million ways to win a million dollars. There’s a million reasons why I won’t…. What this means is that we tend to over-exaggerate what a million really means when we use it as a descriptive word. When I hear someone use this to describe their situation I know that there likely is only one big reason and possibly plenty of  little one’s many of which can be fixed. Never a million but it certainly is an attention grabber for someone who is seeking it. I was! Did it work? You either love grocery shopping or you don’t, full-stop.   New to Canada and Grocery shopping   Back in the UK I did all my […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Simple Kitchen Downsizing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 June 5-11

TOUR OUR KITCHEN FROM BULK TO THE MINIMALIST SLIM VERSION   Smart kitchen ideas start with an organized clean kitchen for you to prepare healthy meals without wasting time, energy and money. Look around your kitchen and think about the stuff that you have and consider the last time you’ve used it. I’ll wait here until you come back. Kitchen downsizing has become a new trend for 2017 among our circle of friends because they are feeling the dollar crunch. They aren’t buying as much and they are selling what they have too much of, us included. When looking to buy a new house your realtor may tell you to forget about the stuff the current owner has and imagine the room without it. Some homeowners hire a home staging company to help them downsize their belongings to make the home seem larger. When you buy a house the idea of enjoying that large space can easily be chopped when you start filling it up with stuff. Not only do you lose space but you create an environment for more cleaning and dust. We know from experience. We took a proactive approach the last month to tackle kitchen downsizing by […]

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The Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Meal Survival Guide : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 May 29-June 4

LIVING THROUGH RENOVATIONS CAN BE TOUGH FOR MEALS BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU PLAN AHEAD.   It won’t be long before Mrs. CBB and I start thinking about our kitchen renovation that has been in the works for 8 years. We decided to wait because it was important that we saved the money first so we could finally get our dream kitchen. When is the best time to think about beginning a kitchen renovation? Never. It sucks to live through it BUT think about the end-goal and how exciting it will be to bring your visions to life. As soon as the snow melts and the windows are opened in our house all we hear is large delivery trucks, hammers, drills, saws and plenty of renovation noise happening. That being said a kitchen renovation during any season other than winter seems to be your best bet. Since we plan to live in our home until our son graduates elementary school it seems reasonable to renovate the kitchen to suit our growing family. Right now it’s functional but needs a face-lift and a dishwasher would be nice so I can quit my side-job.   Eating out during a kitchen renovation   […]

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Luxury Food Products That Are Eating Into Your Grocery Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 3&4 May 15-28

THE WORD GOURMET AND LUXURY ARE PARTNERS IN CRIME AND IF YOU MEET WITH THEM BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE.   The most expensive food is the food that you can’t afford to buy. Your grocery budget should be important to you especially if finance is something that you want to challenge and control. For most consumers the  number one budget category to tackle is the food budget. The reason is because we can change how we shop and what we eat. Product prices differ all over Canada and for this reason depending on where you live the struggle to keep on budget may be near to impossible or at least seem to be. One way you can help your grocery budget>>Investigate your habits. Find out what gourmet really means and why you should consider chopping luxury food products that take up too much real estate in your shopping cart.There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favourite luxury food products but when it becomes a habit you may be biting off more budget than you can chew. Stop making excuses as to why you need a bag of chips every time you watch television or pop in a DVD […]

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