Mr.CBB’s Fudgy Brownies $5 a pan

HANDS OFF MY BROWNIES   I know you’ve waited for my homemade brownie recipe since I exposed that lovely tower of brownies on my Facebook page a few days back. Don’t you just love food photos where you just want to reach in with your hand and grab one like you do right now with these fudgy brownies. I’m sure it hurts even more if you are reading this with a hot cup of tea or coffee or a glass of cold milk and nothing sweet in hand. Homemade brownies are the ultimate naughty chocolate treat for me. If you are looking for Betty Crocker brownies you’ve come to the wrong place. Everything in Mr. CBB’s kitchen is homemade. I don’t know why but there’s something about a good brownie that makes me happy. I’m sure it has something to do with all the chocolate but heck it’s only a once in a while treat, so I live it up a little. The time has come to let the secret brownie recipe out of the bag and I hope they become just as famous in your kitchen as it is mine. These brownies won’t break the budget but the best part […]

grocery game monthly challenge

Can we Stick to the Grocery Budget- February 20-26 2012-Week 4

Last week was our first no-shop week and I must say it was difficult. You think it’s easy to say “I won’t shop” but it doesn’t work that way. Temptation is all around us even at the pharmacy or petrol station. Fighting the temptation can be won though. I’m happy to report that we did not shop last week for grocery at all. We did manage to get much more completed with our household to-do list. Sorry I meant Honey do-list. 🙂 We’ve been updating our New 2012 Budget Spreadsheet while transferring over Jan/Feb 2012. We hope to have that available soon. Note: If you are playing the grocery game and want to play for the rest of Feb and March I will draw for 2 winners if I can get 10 or more people to participate for this week. If  not we will start next week for March and this week will be a trial run to get you motivated~ If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, please do that way you won’t miss my posts!  So we have $64.00 to spend this week in the grocery budget. THE RESULTS: We spent a Total Out of Pocket $52.94 We used a Total of […]

Product Price Adjustment: Don’t Miss The Savings!

DON’T MISS THE BUDGET SAVINGS!   Are you aware that some Canadian big box and grocery stores have a Product Price adjustment policy? If you are then you know about the great savings you can pocket if you keep your eyes and ears open. If you aren’t aware read on and learn how you to keep money in your pocket. We all know about returning products as I’m sure we have all done it at some point in our life. Once you have finalized a buy it is now your product. Most stores offer a return policy for unopened, unused or defective product. On a cautionary note be aware of a possible restocking fee. Typically stores have anywhere from 30-90 days for a return policy.   Product Price Adjustment   What is a Product Price Adjustment Policy? What most people don’t know is the Product Price Adjustment Policy for most stores also known as a Price Protection Policy. If you buy a product and the exact product goes on sale cheaper than what you purchased it for then you can get a Product Price Adjustment. Keep in mind the price adjustment policy time frame. This is why it is imperative to always […]

Is your Gas Tank Eating Into your Budget?

Didn’t you just fill the tank honey? What do you mean you are on empty already? If you’ve heard these lines before don’t despair, so have I. Everything around us is going up except the numbers in our bank account. In Canada every street corner adorns a petrol station with your choice of price. Take your pick, spin the bottle or take a chance that the station you chose will do the least damage to your budget. How depressing is that? Driving up the road after filling your tank realizing you could have saved $5.00 down the street. It was clear I needed to do my homework before I went a bit nutty. I managed to come across this website where you can check-in on the prices around town Ontario Gas Prices. Sounds great doesn’t it? Sure if you make it there on time but still a great reference. I remember 6 years ago when gas was 75 cents a litre and I thought it was great compared to my mates overseas. When I over-heard people complaining in Canada about how expensive gas was I remember thinking, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In the UK I drove a teeny weeny Ford KA 1.3 litre and it cost me […]

Kick the Smoking Habit Save your Health and your Budget- Update Week 3

Hey there fans! It’s now Feb 19, 2012 and 21 days ago on Jan 29 @ 9pm Mrs. CBB and I made the decision to give up smoking. We had both been smoking for some time now and wanted to make a healthy change. My Mileage Smoke-Free Days: 21 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 210 Amount Saved: $67.20 Life Gained: Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 9 Seconds: 45 Although we are not heavy smokers saving $120 a month will certainly come in handy in our budget. We’re  making changes to our budget as it is important to always tweak it if you need to update it like we need to. Check in next week as I do our monthly budget  to see how well we chopped the budget in February. Wake up and smell the roses…. boy did I ever! It was a celebration for me in the shower the other morning when I went to apply body wash to my loofah. The overwhelming musty smell of the product rushed up my nose. It was not a scent I recall smelling so vibrant, yet manly.  It was at that moment I realized I am moving in the right direction. Smell is a gift so beautiful and we should all experience it in its glory. Throughout the Days……….. […]

Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce $1.65ea Feeds 10

What to cook with meatballs? Pasta Sauce of course! Well you’ve been waiting for it and here it is, Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce. You can also create this easy pasta sauce and meatballs in a crock-pot if you want to set it and forget it. If you like pasta sauce in the jar, you have no idea what you are missing with homemade sauce. I’ll warn you this sauce is loaded with fresh garlic and basil and it tastes like nothing you’ve ever tasted before in a sauce. Unless of course you have an Italian nonna or have the secret recipe. I think every family who makes their own pasta sauce no matter what culture they are from has their own magic that they put into the pot. Making an easy Italian pasta sauce takes no effort at all. If you don’t like meatballs and would prefer a meat sauce for your pasta you can still make a huge pot of sauce that will taste better than anything you will ever buy in a can. All you need to do is sautee the  meat ingredients and add them right into the tomato sauce. If you don’t like the meat, make […]

The Mule was your Ride and the Backpack your Head

You watch the Food Network and your mouth begins to water and somehow your stomach starts fighting for your attention. Could it be that the recipes you see are so tantalizing you can smell them through the television. Yes, it’s true cooking from scratch is the best way to go. Celebrity Chefs and the Food Network thrive on all the amazing food they dish up to Canadians and Americans around the world. But does it have to break the budget? Do we really need to be eating convenience in can because we think we can’t afford fresh food? For the mere $1.29 cost of  canned pasta in sauce I can whip up something super healthy in a flash. Even College and University students are now taking a notice at their budget and meal planning in advance using flyers and coupons. The Mule was your ride and your backpack was your head You see, back in the day money was not so readily available to most families. You would see farmland from as far as the eye could see. Many families would grow produce, garlic,nuts, beans and grains etc on their land. They worked hard to put a roof over their heads and food […]

Top Seven Budgeting Mistakes

Budget, Budget, Budget- Only families with children and the white picket fence need one of those, right? WRONG…everyone should use a budget. Did you know that many people don’t even know how to budget? You see most people don’t talk about finances let alone chat about where their money is going. Try telling my old school parents about budgeting and you better duck as hands will be swinging. Whether your plan to start a budget is to get out of debt or stay ahead of the race don’t linger around the Jones’ pad as you might be calling on Uncle Jed to bail you out. Did you Know? In 2011, the Vanier Institute of  the Family released data claiming the debt-to-income ratio is a record 150% noted at yourmoney.ca. Seven Common Budgeting Mistakes You don’t have a budget- If you are wondering why you can’t get that new toy or why you can’t sleep at night it’s because you don’t have a budget. Designing a family or personal budget will keep your spending and saving on track. You don’t save your receipts– It’s so important to keep all your receipts so you enter this data into your budget binder spreadsheet. If you […]

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