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Top 5 Christmas Cookies For The Budget Baker : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Nov 29-Dec 4

Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs Start Now In Your Kitchen.   This time of year budget bakers are on the hunt for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune. Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies. You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies that you can bring to a holiday cookie-exchange or to wrap up as gifts for friends and family. I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them. Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives. I must admit my wife’s family is quite amazing when it comes to baking and the holidays. There is never a holiday that we don’t show up at the in-laws house without our Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law has a huge spread on the dining room table and her side table full of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Panetone, Chocolates of all descriptions. Turtles comes […]

Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds (Low-Carb) (Sugar-Free)

THE SMELL OF ROASTED ALMONDS AND HEALTH BENEFITS ALONE ARE WORTH THE COSTS.   Almonds are the new Super Food along with just about every other nut on the market according to packaging at the grocery store. Why? Nuts are full of nutrients and come packed with plenty of health benefits. Almonds also known by the Indian name “Badam” and are packed full of nutrients including vitamin E which is great for your hair, skin, digestive track and cholesterol levels. Years ago Mrs. CBB and I went into an Indian store in Brampton and purchased a bottle of Almond oil to use on her hair and skin. It’s amazing how  lovely and soft it made her hair. I suggested that she try almond oil only because I’ve been to India a couple of times and almond oil is used everywhere for beauty and cooking. Consumers are flocking to the coconut oil section for the same reason and more. Every time I read a label in the health and beauty aisle that a product has a nut oil I laugh because they are so expensive. Cut the middle guy out and buy the real deal. We have two large jugs of […]

The Perfect Vanilla Ice-Cream Sandwich (Low-Carb)

A HOMEMADE SUGAR-FREE TREAT THAT IS LOW-CARB AND PERFECT WHEN YOU CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET   My wife was in the mood for something sweet the other night and kept bugging me to help her create a vanilla ice-cream sandwich treat for the summer. I got to work making the cookie base for the vanilla ice-cream sandwich which wasn’t easy and took me a few tries. The tender cookies don’t take long to make however it’s the batter consistency that you need to watch out for. The cookie batter should look frothy and not dense. When I eat an ice-cream sandwich I don’t want to have a hard cookie base. You expect to bite into an ice-cream sandwich where your teeth sink through the soft cookie, into the ice-cream and again through another cookie. I am not a fan of the ice-cream sandwich with the hard cookie as I find the ice-cream squashes out too easily and a big mess is born. Don’t get me wrong they taste good and I wouldn’t turn one down but for my wife I knew that being on a low-carb diet that most cookies that we create do come out of the oven moist. The […]

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Should you really shop at a bulk food store? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Oct 6-12, 2014

THE MORE YOU BUY THE CHEAPER IT IS… OR IS IT?   Most people would assume that if they buy food from a bulk food store that it would cost less than buying at a local grocery store. I’m not just talking about a bulk food store like the Bulk Barn but also stores like Costco that people believe help slash their grocery budget. Almost two years ago when I participated in the Welfare Food Challenge I agreed that buying in bulk would help keep costs lowered for those who want to stick to a budget. It’s true as long as you are always getting the ‘best price’ for the size/amount you buy. What is also important to consider is here as well is quality of product. If you aren’t then likely the savings aren’t going to be great.   Bulk Food Store Savings   We don’t have a Costco membership which you have to pay for and factor into your overall costs. This cost can run you anywhere from $55 a year for a business membership to a $110 for an executive membership. Through the grapevine I’ve heard that if you buy a Costco gift card or one was […]

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How to chop everyday food costs without coupons: The Grocery game challenge #3 June 16-22, 2014

SAVE BY BUYING LESS   I know what you are thinking if you are a coupon lover and swear by the savings but you can also chop your everyday food costs without coupons. Just like the header says, save by buying less and it’s true. People tend to overspend when grocery shopping for everyday food for a variety of reasons and we’re included in that group. We’ve since been working on keeping that at bay and it’s not so bad as long as you find your grocery shopping triggers. Using coupons, especially if you aren’t a pro at it takes time to organize every week so you must be willing to make that time in order to reap any rewards. Sure some weeks may be better than others but for those who simply don’t have the time you don’t need coupons to save money on groceries as long as you are smart with what you buy.   Using coupons   We were heavily into using coupons during the years 2010-2012 until the big coupon rage took off and Extreme Couponing in the USA blew up the television screen. In that time more coupon bloggers joined the blogosphere which is now […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

A parking lot scam for money gone wrong

There’s A Scam For Everything I know what you are thinking and yes there are such things as a parking lot scam and schemes thought up from the best and worst scam artists around. When we go shopping around here it’s normal to see someone sitting on the ground playing the guitar or some other instrument hoping to make a few bucks. In the past I’ve heard that’s just another way to earn extra money although some may think it’s a scam, especially if they have a sign that says they need money, but do they really? Who knows, if they aren’t approaching me I leave them to it and if I like the music I toss in a buck or two at least for the few moments of entertainment. It ends up being more of a judgement call at the end of the day, at least for me. I give someone credit for getting out there to share a skill with the world. What are the latest scams? I don’t know much about parking lot scams but I know that there is a scam for everything out there and we have to protect ourselves. The scams to avoid are […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 5-11, 2012- Holiday Baking Planning

Holiday Baking can see the Grocery Budget sky-rocket as prices for baking ingredients typically rise up for the Holiday Season. This potentially just adds more pressure to the grocery budget and why planning is important. Last weeks Grocery Game Challenge I brought up the topic of  Holiday Baking and how it could be a budget buster. We don’t bake as much as we used to as we found we had more hanging around than we were giving away each year. I don’t remember making any traditional British holiday recipes myself when I lived in the UK  I do remember each year my mum would make a lovely British Christmas Cake, comparable to a fruit cake. Mrs. CBB fell in love with this cake (probably because of all the nuts and alcohol in the cake). Now we have narrowed it down to a few Christmas Balls that we enjoy making and packaging for friends and bringing to gatherings. What we like to do is shop ahead of the festivities so we are ahead of the game especially when work parties start in November for some folks. This year we took advantage of Bakers Chocolate Squares found at the Dollar store for only $2.00 which normally […]