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How To Grow A Budget Vegetable Garden From A Homestead Expert : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3-4 June 19- July 2

GARDENING HELPS KEEP YOUR FOOD COSTS DOWN WHILE INSPIRING IMAGINATION.   This year may be the year you decide to finally grow a vegetable garden in your front or back-yard. Gardening can be as inexpensive or costly as you’d like depending on how you approach it. My name is Karen from the blog Lil Suburban Homestead and I hope I can inspire you to get out and dig with our best kept secret vegetable garden tips. To start your vegetable garden you may feel a bit intimidated, don’t be. To ease your worries I’ll share with you our success and failures over the years. We’ve been through it all which has helped us become homestead experts for our family. Sometimes failure is only the beginning to your success.   Beginning to vegetable garden is about learning   When we started our vegetable garden let’s just say our first attempt turned into a failure but not without a learning experience. I was disheartened but not discouraged from continuing my quest to grow home-grown, delicious food!  I guess you could say it was in my DNA as when I grew up my parents always had a tiny garden but I always wanted […]

6 Simple Ideas To Generate Cash Money When You’re Broke

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY TO EARN CASH MONEY PROVIDED YOU’RE READY FOR A CHALLENGE   There are some ways to make cash money when you’re broke but don’t expect to be rolling in the cash without some hard work. With Spring around the corner there will be more opportunities to make cash money rather than shovelling snow and praying you win TV Bingo. Wishing on a star is the worst way to earn cash money because you’re risking losing money you already don’t have to spend.   Cashing out the Cash Money   The first thing someone does when they are broke is find every possible source of cash money then could have. A friend of ours who was strapped for cash went as far cash in her RRSP’s so she could pay off debt. I don’t recommend going this route if you don’t have to however depending on a few factors such as age such as this might be an option. If you are under 30 you’ll have a far better chance of getting back into the investing game with many years to accumulate as opposed to being close to retirement age. Staring at your bank account on the […]

grocery game monthly challenge

How I Grow My Edible Garden Right inside Our Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Nov 7-13

IT’S CHEAP, HEALTHY AND WISE   Why buy when you can plant an edible garden right inside your kitchen? Why toss your vegetable scraps into the trash bin when you can regrow them instead? This post is not about starting your own garden per se, but more about how to recycle and regrow your vegetable from discards.   Reaping what we sow from our edible garden   Before we started our edible garden, my family of four usually spent around $600-700 a month on groceries. Fruits, veggies (including those that are canned and frozen), rice and other perishable goods rarely come cheap so we usually spend around $70-90 for these items per every grocery trip. Now as our edible garden grows, we are saving around $20 per week on veggies based on their costs off the shelf. It might not be much now but having an accessible food supply 24/7 is so much worth it! Aside from saving a lot of money because I could dramatically reduce my trip to the veggie aisle, this practice is also something that had improved my family’s health. Growing veggies in the kitchen (and later transferring them to pots outdoors) has been a fun […]

Creamy Bacon Tomato Salad (Low-Carb)

ORGANIC PRODUCE HAS SOME OF THE BEST FLAVOURS IN THE WORLD   I wasn’t sure if I should call this recipe Tomato Bacon Salad or Bacon Tomato Salad so I went with both only because there’s lots of cherry tomatoes and tonnes of bacon! There’s no pasta or bread in this creamy Bacon Tomato Salad that I’ve created from organic vegetables and herbs from the garden. All you need is a fork, an appetite for freshness and a love for tomatoes and bacon. My wife who enjoys a low-carb/Paleo diet said she was in the mood for a bacon tomato sandwich loaded with mayonnaise on oopsie bread or savoury low-carb waffles. The Oopsie bread and waffles are alternatives to adding extra carbs from eating traditional breads but we didn’t have any made. I’m not a fan of the oopsie bread but when you stop eating bread anything that looks and tastes like bread is a sure winner. Related: Grocery Shopping for a Paleo Diet With the humidity and heat in Ontario reaching unbearable highs turning on the oven was the last thing we wanted to do. We were fortunate enough to get a huge bowl of organic cherry tomatoes from […]

Should gardening be a subject taught in school?

TEACH KIDS LIFE SKILLS   Gardening is a great way for adults to grow organic fruits and vegetables plus save grocery money throughout the year. What about teaching the kids about gardening and where the food they eat comes from? I believe that budgeting should be taught at school because some parents just don’t understand the financial concept of spending less than they earn. If you are a financial nerd like I am you will agree that teaching kids about money from a young age is important. If the education system could include every day living financial knowledge then maybe we wouldn’t have so many people swimming in consumer debt. Maybe your school does this already but not many do. Basic math isn’t enough. Why stop there though?  Why not make school fun and educational at the same time by teaching other basic life skills such as gardening. I’m not talking about teaching kids to be master gardeners just the simple process of growing food from seed.   Gardening when I was a kid   When I went to school although it’s a different system in the UK I can remember between the ages of 6 and 8 planting and […]

How to create flower beds for your home

SPRUCE UP YOUR YARD   Flower beds are often used as beautiful focal points on the front lawns of many homes. People associate gardening with a lot of work and while flower beds will always require some maintenance, planning ahead can help to limit just how much. Now that spring has finally sprung you may be thinking about how you are going to spruce up your property this year. Adding a flower bed to your front yard or even in the back is a great, quick way to add some colour and liven things up a bit. Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to make a flower bed I’m going to share almost all of my secrets with you today. Think about the amount of maintenance it will require after the garden is installed and are you willing to commit to the upkeep. Why waste the money if you can’t maintain your flower beds? How much time are you able or willing to devote to maintaining the landscape of your home?   The perfect shape for your flower bed   After deciding on the location of your new flower bed you are going to have to decide what shape […]

How to start your spring garden using odd containers

TIME TO GET YOUR GARDEN READY   Now that spring is around the corner it’s time to get your green thumb ready to start your summer garden. Growing your own garden is rewarding because it can save you a good chunk of money in your grocery budget. Another bonus is that you get to sit down in the comfort of your home and enjoy putting food on your table that you had a hand in growing.   Growing your own food is like printing your own money—Ron Finley   Start your garden seeds   My favourite time of year is coming where I get to start working on landscaping projects for my customers and to get my own vegetable garden ready. Looking outside today it is extremely hard to believe that spring is on its way, but it will be here soon enough. Around this time every year my Spring fever starts to kick in and I can`t wait to see the beautiful green grass that is hiding under the dreaded snow. As long as Old Man winter keeps making his presence known I will just have to deal with it and wait but in the meantime I’ll get started […]

How to save money whilst doing your hobbies

DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND THE REST WILL COME   We all know how expensive hobbies can be. Shelling out for that new pair of running shoes, or extra flying lessons for those a little more adventurous can leave serious holes in our pockets. The thought of giving it up simply doesn’t cross our mind. In the day-to-day stresses of life hobbies are becoming an important aspect of keeping us fit, healthy and stress free. They offer a relief and change of mind-set from our everyday lives so giving them up due to financial constraints can often leave us feeling down. But, why should you give them up? There are plenty of ways to save money while still continuing to do the things you love and in some cases you can also make a nice profit yourself. Of course people spend vastly different amounts on their hobbies every year. A woman hugely passionate about skiing is almost guaranteed to spend a lot more than a man who enjoys sitting by the fire and playing guitar but whatever your interest you could save yourself a small fortune. Gardening for example is a particular favourite for people across the globe. But even a simple […]

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