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Ultimate Grocery List and Tips for the Single Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Apr 19-26, 2015

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DINNER TONIGHT FOR ONE   When I was single I really wasn’t a huge fan of going to the grocery store without a grocery list. I don’t know what it was but if I didn’t plan my shops I felt like I was wasting more time than I needed to. Not many single men want to hang out at the grocery store although 10 years later I don’t mind it that much. Most of my single friends at the time would rather eat at a fast-food restaurant or buy already prepared meals which never really excited me. I had my own house at the age of 21 which means I had a kitchen so I had no excuse to be spending money eating out all the time. Over the years I’ve come to learn so much about grocery shopping that leaving the house without a list is like shopping without cash or credit cards. I’ve also learned how much I should buy and what types of foods work best for the healthy meal ideas I was creating. I was an avid traveller when I lived in the UK so everywhere I travelled I bought a cookbook. I made it my […]

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How to Save Money on Fresh Produce- Fruits and Vegetables: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Apr 13-19, 2015

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EAT HEALTHY FOR LESS   Most people head to the grocery store when buying fresh produce because that is where most of us are conditioned to go from a young age. Unless you’ve grown up on a farm or had parents who ventured outside of the supermarket you might believe this is the only place to stock up on fresh produce. It’s not as there are many other ways you can enjoy the luxuries of fresh produce as long as you are willing to do the work or shall I say, the homework. According to the Canada Food Guide this is what YOU should be eating in terms of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables are food groups that you don’t want to remove from your diet just because you think they are too expensive. Our bodies need nutrients that come from produce that help us stay healthy. Children aged 2-3 Male/Female 4 servings Children aged 4-8 Male/Female 5 servings Children aged 9-13 Male/Female 6 servings Teens aged 14-18 Male 8 servings Female 7 servings Adults between the ages of 19-50 Male 8-10 servings Female 7-8 servings Adults aged 51+ Male/Female 7 servings You can download […]

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How To Save Money When Buying Meat : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Apr 6-12, 2015

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YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON MEAT   Meat prices in Canada have gone through the roof as many of you may have noticed. Meat lovers across the land are seeing a rise in their grocery expenses because the meats they love are not as cheap as they once used to be. Just last week I noticed a pound of lean ground beef was hovering around the $9.00 mark. When I was standing in line to cash out I noticed the lady in front of me buying lots of no-name products then there was this pack of beef that looked about 2lbs for $25.xx. I shook my head and thought there had to be better ways to save money on meat than paying some of these outrageous prices that the grocery stores are asking these days. I don’t know what the mark up is on meat but judging by the price fluctuations it depends on farming, slaughtering processing and transportation costs. Either way we look at it meat is costly to eat but there are ways we can stretch our dollars to make sure we can add meat into our meal plans. I know many of you might say to suck […]

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How to find Love at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015

HOW to find love at the grocery store

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND GROCERY SHOP   If you have a love affair with the grocery store and are single, I’m going to tell you how to find love while roaming the food aisles. Most people are looking in all the wrong places for love and doing the deed isn’t going to be your fast-track way to the alter either. There’s more to finding love than what happens in the bedroom. Sadly the first place that comes to mind for those who want to find love is by going to the bar. The bar dating scene is so old these days especially with free online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and even apps for your smart phone that it has taken on an entirely new direction. The problem with the meet at the bar mindset is that it’s always been where people go to enjoy drinks, dance and meet people. In one sense we are conditioned from the time we are in University and College that the bar scene is where people hook up because that’s where students go to unwind and have fun. It’s time to think outside of the clubs because there are more places to find […]

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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 […]