Debt Free Mom Admits Becoming A Thrift Shopping Shopaholic : The Saturday Weekend Review #235

SPENDING MONEY NO MATTER WHERE YOU SHOP IS STILL SHOPPING   I can count off the top of my head about 6 thrift stores near me and we go to all of them at least once a month. Sounds shocking but it’s not especially when we are looking for something we need. Most often it’s clothes, craft supplies, CD’s and kitchen items. On occasion we find furniture or home decor but we really don’t need any of that stuff any longer. Shopping online sites like Kijiji or Craigslist is just as naughty as shopping secondhand because most often items purchased are well-loved  or deeply discounted by the owner. Thrift shopping online can be far more dangerous than going into the shop because you can do it from the comfort of your home. Sarah a mom of 2 young boys emailed me looking for some advice to help her curb her obsession with thrift shopping. She’s not alone in her plight to cut costs yet over-spend buying used and in some cases brand new items with or without tags. Here’s her story… Dearest Mr.CBB, My name is Sarah and I live in Hamilton, Ontario with my husband and two boys aged […]

Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam (Low-Carb and Sugar-Free)

PACKED WITH FLAVOUR AND LOADED FULL OF NUTRIENTS THIS STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA SEED JAM DELIVERS   Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam comes packed full of nutrients, vibrant red in colour, tart yet sweet and perfect on its own or used as a topping or sauce. Close your eyes right now and imagine a stack of your favourite pancakes dripping with sugar-free syrup and Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam. Delicious right? I don’t have to imagine because we’ve tried it and love it! We’ve also made homemade ice-cream with the jam then topped it off with even more of the preserve. It’s all around easy to make and deliciously healthy. What I love about this jam is that you don’t have to slave over the stove nor do any fancy work to get it done. Essentially this is a refrigerator or freezer jam which means you can store it away and enjoy without canning. The process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish but keeping it in the refrigerator over-night is the key to its success. All these years we’ve had this amazing rhubarb growing in our back garden which we presume made its way into the ground about 20 […]

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30 Keto Diet Staples You Will Find In Our Kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 28-Sept 3

STOCK UP ON LOW CARB ESSENTIALS WITHOUT CRUSHING YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   You may have noticed over the past 2 years that our grocery shopping list has changed quite a bit since we’ve moved over to a keto diet. You might also have taken note that our many of our Sunday frugal recipes are low carb as well and this is because we no longer just eat what we want or classify as “healthy“. We have taken control of our eating habits and put more effort into what fuels our bodies and how we energize it each day. Related: Are you eating too much food? I’m not exclusively on a keto diet however I do follow it as much as possible as my dietary needs are different from Mrs. CBB. Coffee is a great start to the day for keto diet lovers. Many of you might be familiar with Bullet Proof Coffee and for those of you who aren’t let me tell you it’s packed full of fat! Some people have asked if the keto diet has interrupted our lean grocery budget of $265 a month for 2 adults and a toddler and it depends. Some months might be great […]

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Turkey Meatloaf (Low Carb)

GET READY TO HIT PRINT ON THIS JUICY ITALIAN TURKEY MEATLOAF RECIPE   Mozzarella stuffed Italian turkey meatloaf tastes as good as it looks and it’s low carb, gluten-free and keto-friendly. All the wonderful elements of a classic turkey meatloaf but without the breadcrumb fillers but loaded with Salerno mozzarella which oozes gooey when baked. Just look at the photo once again…yes, it is THAT GOOD!     Characteristics of an amazing meatloaf recipe   A meatloaf recipe has to be moist, flavourful and paired up with a nice homemade sauce or gravy. If I had it my way a nice side of buttery mashed potatoes but these days we opt for something healthier such as a garden salad. These days most people are looking to cut the carbs and opt for smarter choices such as vegetables, fruits and proteins. Do you ever just have one of those days where you come home and the last thing you want to do is cook a big meal? We have them often especially with an almost 3-year-old running around the house. Although we like to use our crock-pot to ease into a quiet evening of family time there are times where we […]

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