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How to send your husband to the supermarket successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 June 29-July 6, 2015

how to send your husband to the grocery store successfully (1)

HE MAY JUST NEED YOUR HELP   If you want your husband to return home from the supermarket victorious you may have to start with a bit of shopping 101 with him. Reality is that most men have NO interest in the grocery store. Why? Most of us have no patience to go up and down aisles searching for things on a list. Not all men you see at the grocery store though are forced to be there (circumstances) or asked to go by their significant other. However, we need to eat so whether we are married or not sometimes we do go to the grocery store hunting for food. I know many of my single friends before they meet their girlfriends made ordering food at the nearest fast food joint more of a priority than putting on the chef’s apron. Secretly many of us men have no idea how to grocery shop but we will never tell you that. it’s easier just to go in and wing it than ask for help how to find something. It’s not macho just like we will never ask for directions even if we’ve been driving around for an hour in circles. Not […]

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Is Price Just An Excuse for Buying Junk Food? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 June 8-14, 2015

IS PRICE JUST AN EXCUSE FOR JUNK FOOD (1)

YOU ONLY GET ONE BODY   Healthy food and Junk food is expensive no matter which way we look at it. The price of our grocery budget jumps depending on how we decide to spend our money and on which products. Healthy eating habits start at home and takes work which means yes you need to put some effort into what you put into your body. Your mindset before you set off to the grocery store will determine just what you will purchase and fall prey to. The reason is simple, the grocery store plays to our senses and our wallet. Buying unhealthy foods typically happen because we want to buy them, packaging is nice, they taste and look good or we believe that’s all we can afford to buy. I remember a time a mate of mine back home told me it was cheaper for him as a single guy to eat out every day rather than cook. I doubt that was the case as I had never seen him cook a meal in the entire time I had been friends with him. He had no desire to be in the kitchen so eating out and buying junk food […]

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How to live on a raw food diet : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 June 1-7, 2015

HOW TO LIVE ON A RAW FOOD DIET

A RAW FOOD DIET CHALLENGE   If one would’ve asked me 6 months ago if I’d have considered switching to a raw food diet, I’d likely have looked at them as if they were looney. We’ve always worked to find a balance with our eating, serving our favorite foods with a sprinkle of vegetables in between. However, in the last 5 months, we’ve fallen in love with a diet that consists largely of vegetables, and this is nothing short of a miracle. Our family’s love affair with food has been long-lived. We are foodies by nature; you know the kind of family where love = how much good and tasty (not necessarily healthy) food you serve people when they show up at your door. As such, implementing a raw foods diet into our family has not been without its challenges. I remember going to Great-Grandma’s house on the weekends as a child. Everyone was welcome, and her large family always ensured that at least a dozen people would show up to chat on any given Sunday or Saturday. We’d walk in the door, unannounced (this is the way it was back in the day – you’d just show up to […]

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How to budget groceries for visiting out-of-town guests: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May 25-31, 2015

how to budget groceries for visiting out of town guests

FOOD FOR EVERYONE   As you may know Mrs. CBB and I have out-of-town guests staying with us for 3 weeks. My parents are visiting from the UK which means our lovely grocery budget of $235 a month may just take a beating. Setting up the guest room and bathroom was the easy part. We cleared out the closets, put fresh linens on the bed, dusted and cleaned both rooms so it was ready for our guests. When we created our grocery budget we never thought much to having guests staying over at our house or to factor that in. If you are having guests stay over for a few days it likely won’t impact your budget much at all but if it’s for weeks or even months you may want to consider how you can budget the extra expenses into your grocery budget. Eating out is convenient when you have guests staying at your house but if you are anything like us YOU will pay the bill not your guests. That can get pricey if you start to eat out often so we opted to buy good food and cook it at home. The great thing is that my […]

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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

monthly grocery shopping

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

how the food network saves us money in our kitchen

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 […]

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How to Grocery Shop to Create Cheap Recipes: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Feb 23-Mar 1, 2015

how to grocery shop to create cheap recipes

I had a fan ask me how we can grocery shop on $235.00 a month plus our $25.00 stockpile budget the other day. My answer was that it’s easy when you have your monthly eating plans based around cheap recipes. What to cook for dinner? Put your hand up if you ask yourself this every night of the week. If that’s you then maybe you should be taking on a new path for your weekly meals which eliminates the need to ask this question. I’d have a healthy bank account if  I had a dollar for every time I see someone searching CBB for Welfare Recipes. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, there is no such thing. Just because you have low-income doesn’t mean you have to eat processed food all the time. Today I’m going to share with you some secrets to creating cheap recipes that pack a tonne of flavour. Most families are looking for budget-cooking ideas because they have to feed more than 2 people so they want cheap recipes that the entire family will enjoy. The less time you spend in the kitchen also means you get to spend it with your […]