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Family Dinner Ideas That Won’t Chop Your Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Mar 23-29, 2015

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HELP IN THE KITCHEN WITH MEALS   I don’t know about you but having to cook every single night apart from the odd times we go to a restaurant can be tough when you need to come up with dinner ideas on a limited budget. Add in a kid or two to the mix and you’ve got to think fast if you don’t already have your meal plan ready for the evening. We like to create meals that are fast which means 30-minute meals are a plus in our kitchen. Meal prep goes a long way so sometimes less is better when it comes to week-night dinners and the amount of ingredients you use. Save those hearty, complicated dinner ideas that take hours to cook for the weekend or for days you’re not working. This way you have more time to dedicate to the meal rather than having to rush. One of the greatest successes of being organized is that if you are in charge of the kitchen and grocery shopping you know that meal planning and lists are VERY important. I often get fans asking me and visiting the blog looking for meals that aren’t too heavy on the […]

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The Paleo Diet- Can you afford to eat like this? : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Mar 16-22, 2015

Can you afford to eat the paleo diet

My Version of the Paleo Diet:  The Plan   Doesn’t it seem like every time you turn around there’s another new diet plan to try? Well, the Paleo diet isn’t exactly a new diet; it’s been around for the last 2.5 million years, at least in the form that our Paleolithic ancestors ate it. The diet I’ve actually been following is called The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas and you could call it a type of Paleo diet based on what I’m able to eat but it’s actually considered an elimination diet. I heard about it from a friend of ours in her late 50’s who I thought was healthy and reasonably physically active (she works in her farm-yard weeding, mowing grass, tending garden). What I didn’t know was that she suffered from pretty bad migraine headaches most of her adult life. She said the migraines started in her 20s, would last for 2-3 days/week and she’d often lose a couple of days of work a month because they caused her to be bedridden & vomiting. Such was her life. The day she told me about this diet, I was visiting with her and some other women at a dinner party […]

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How monthly grocery shopping can help your budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Mar 9-15,2015

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PLANNING FOR A MONTH MEAL PLAN   I’ve never given much thought to those who must undertake monthly grocery shopping trips because I’ve always done the opposite. In my previous situation it wasn’t about distance or lack of grocery shops in my village it was about the “space” factor. Living in the UK I only had a small refrigerator the size of a beer fridge and no big freezer like many people in Canada have. Not many people have full-size refrigerators back home unless they have the space to fit one. Both my parents and sister did but not near the size of refrigerator like you can buy in Canada. There were more than enough grocery stores in the area even if I had to make a 10 minute trip into town. I really didn’t have any other options though. I would make frequent trips to the grocery store each week just to stock up my little refrigerator otherwise I’d be a hungry boy. I remember the look on my wife’s face when she pointed to my refrigerator and said “What’s that?” Why my refrigerator of course. She only would see those in school dorm rooms or at the local […]

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How the Food Network helps us save money : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 2- 8, 2015

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INSPIRE YOUR DINNER MENU   I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Food Network junkie because I’m a guy who loves to cook and eat good food. How many times can you recall that you know a product, how to prepare it or where to buy it because you watched it all go down on the Food Network? I have that happen to me often and although it’s not the only way to learn about food today I’m going to talk about how the Food Network inspires our menu and grocery budget. Over the years when I lived in the UK I travelled to many countries around the world. I was never the guy who stayed at resorts because I wanted to hang out with the locals and experience some of the culture. When it came time to eat I would find food vendors and small restaurants down alleys or off of the main streets. Hanging out and chatting to the people who eat and prepare local cuisine is a great way to learn about exotic and cultural foods that you might not find at home. If you do it may be in a 5-star restaurant or a shop […]

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How to Grocery Shop to Create Cheap Recipes: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Feb 23-Mar 1, 2015

how to grocery shop to create cheap recipes

I had a fan ask me how we can grocery shop on $235.00 a month plus our $25.00 stockpile budget the other day. My answer was that it’s easy when you have your monthly eating plans based around cheap recipes. What to cook for dinner? Put your hand up if you ask yourself this every night of the week. If that’s you then maybe you should be taking on a new path for your weekly meals which eliminates the need to ask this question. I’d have a healthy bank account if  I had a dollar for every time I see someone searching CBB for Welfare Recipes. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, there is no such thing. Just because you have low-income doesn’t mean you have to eat processed food all the time. Today I’m going to share with you some secrets to creating cheap recipes that pack a tonne of flavour. Most families are looking for budget-cooking ideas because they have to feed more than 2 people so they want cheap recipes that the entire family will enjoy. The less time you spend in the kitchen also means you get to spend it with your […]

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How to grocery shop for free : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Feb 16-22, 2015

How to grocery shop for free

TOTALLY FREE STUFF TO TAKE HOME   Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all of your groceries for free every week and get rid of the grocery budget for good? It sounds like a great dream but let’s be honest, it’s not reality unless you’ve won free food for life. I will warn you before you read this that not all my ideas are traditional in the sense you go into your grocery store and walk out with free food. I will however share with you the ways you can find free food that will cut back on your budget expenses. When Mrs.CBB and I were chatting about getting free food we both realized that not everyone does a grocery shop at the supermarket for food. Some people can’t even afford to step foot into the grocery store so they must source food from other resources. This led us to the conclusion that you could get free food but it might no necessarily come from the grocery store. You might also not get everything that’s on your wish list but you will get food to eat but when it’s free are you really going to complain?   The […]

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How to Create a Healthy Grocery List: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Feb 9-15,2015

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HEALTHY EATING AND YOU   Everyone wants to know how to eat healthy on a budget but many don’t know how to create a healthy grocery list. Today I’m going to share with you just how we go about creating our healthy grocery list. Lately I’ve noticed many people visiting CBB looking for a healthy grocery list or samples of a grocery list so today I will give you both. Keep in mind that not every week is perfectly healthy for us (we do like splurge once in a while) and what healthy is to us might not be to you. I always like to stress that but sticking to the basic food groups is always the best way to go. If you like to meal plan than you pretty much should know exactly what you need to buy for groceries. A basic grocery list is all that is needed when getting started to create your healthy grocery list because it’s just a list. Nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t know how much your grocery budget is or should be that is where you should start before rushing to establish your healthy grocery list. Just like good food takes […]

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How To Keep An Organized Pantry: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #1 Feb 2-8

How to keep an organized pantry

ORGANIZED= SAVINGS   Keeping an organized pantry is very important for us especially after the pantry pests in our pasta and dry beans cabinet two weeks ago.  We knew it was time to get serious and put more time into our kitchen organization since it hasn’t been a priority for us the past year. When I started blogging in 2012 I wrote about why having a pantry list was a great way to save money and eat healthy. Having a pantry full of food is great but sometimes shoppers can go overboard and simply buy too much stuff. What happens then is you have a pantry that is an organized pantry disaster unless of course you are on top of your organization game. I’m sure some of you say your pantry is organized chaos and you can find your way around it no problem. BUT… are you making sure you aren’t wasting food? That WAS us but no longer and wasting food was NOT our intention as we are such a frugal couple and I kid you not use vegetable scraps to make broth. We try not to waste anything if we can help it because we know there are […]