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How the Food Network helps us save money : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 2- 8, 2015

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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 […]

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How to Create a Healthy Grocery List: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Feb 9-15,2015

how to create a healthy GROCERY list

HEALTHY EATING AND YOU   Everyone wants to know how to eat healthy on a budget but many don’t know how to create a healthy grocery list. Today I’m going to share with you just how we go about creating our healthy grocery list. Lately I’ve noticed many people visiting CBB looking for a healthy grocery list or samples of a grocery list so today I will give you both. Keep in mind that not every week is perfectly healthy for us (we do like splurge once in a while) and what healthy is to us might not be to you. I always like to stress that but sticking to the basic food groups is always the best way to go. If you like to meal plan than you pretty much should know exactly what you need to buy for groceries. A basic grocery list is all that is needed when getting started to create your healthy grocery list because it’s just a list. Nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t know how much your grocery budget is or should be that is where you should start before rushing to establish your healthy grocery list. Just like good food takes […]

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How to control pantry pests in your kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #3 Jan 19-25

how to control pantry pests in your kitchen

PESTS  IN YOUR PASTA…   Pantry pests are the last thing I thought I would be sharing in the grocery game BUT it’s a very important part of your kitchen health and budget. Most families like to buy more than one package of pasta, cereal and other packaged goods especially if they are on sale or by using a coupon it’s too hard to pass up. The problem with stockpiling your pantry with food is that you MUST eat it. Some people seem to think that food will last forever if there is no expiry date and that’s just not the case. We haven’t been stocking up much on food the past couple of years because we have struggled to get through it and this past week was another sign as to WHY we won’t be stocking up any longer. We are very meticulous in the kitchen when it comes to using clips, cleanliness and making sure that food items are stored away properly. The other day though we were surprised to find a visit from the very pantry pests that we try to avoid, flour mites and weevils. They are more common than you think and unless you take […]

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How to select fresh food at the supermarket: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #2 Jan 12-18

HOW TO SELECT FRESH FOOD AT THE SUPERMARKET

BUYING THE FRESHEST FOOD   When we grocery shop Mrs. CBB and I want to bring home fresh food because that’s what we should all expect from a supermarket, right? Finding fresh food or the freshest is always hit or miss but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you arm yourself with shopping habits we’ve come to rely on that I’m going to share with you today you are well on your way to becoming a grocery store fresh food sleuth. Grocery shopping might seem like something simple to you but believe me when I say there are people who are seeking to learn how to grocery shop. How could someone possibly screw up and buy food that is outdated, moldy, wilted or rotten for that matter? The saying “You get what you pay for” at the supermarket doesn’t always mean you get the freshest food. Considering that most Canadians have a limited grocery budget it’s important for all of us to spend our money wisely and that means finding fresh food that won’t end up in the garbage before we have time to consume it. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways Mrs. […]

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Join The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 : 2014 Overview and Final Shop #5 2014 Dec 29-Jan 4, 2015

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 THE GROCERY BUDGET COUNTS!   I can’t believe The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 is upon us but as we enter a brand new year of grocery savings we get the opportunity to make it right. If you are new to Canadian Budget Binder or landed on this page because you want to take control of your grocery budget in 2015 you’ve made a wise decision. The Grocery Game Challenge Canada is now starting in its fourth year and I’m proud to have so many fans join me along the way. I’d like to start this post off with a huge round of applause for all of the CBB fans that made it to the end of 2014 posting their grocery shops. I’m proud of your success and improvements along the way. What is The Grocery Game Challenge? The GGC as we like to call it is a weekly grocery budget update post by my family. We have a set grocery budget for two (now three as we have a new baby) and we do our best to stick to it. Part of the grocery savings plan is meal planning, writing a grocery list and trying new recipes so we don’t […]

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Product reviews for coupons saving you money : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Dec 22-28, 2014

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YOUR OPINION FOR SAVINGS!   Product reviews are a great way for bloggers to share their opinions but there is not always a kick-back such as a free product. Companies are always looking for ways to reach the customer so coming up with innovative ways to get our attention is something they strive to improve on every day. Even with a giant social media splash it’s hard to motivate customers to buy unless there is something in it for them. Most times for someone to try a new product a good starting point is putting it on sale aside from offering it free or tastings. You might see sample booths set up around your grocery store for this reason. I’ve received a free book to review on Canadian Budget Binder and the offer of other products here and there (nothing I was interested in) but one thing is for sure there has to be incentive for me to go out of my way to talk about. The pleasure is not always monetary either as I am a blogger but for the most part if there is money to be saved and I’m interested then I’m in. Just last week I […]

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Nielsen Homescan Canada: Shop, Scan and get Rewarded! : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Dec 15-21,2014

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HAVE YOUR SAY, ENJOY THE REWARDS!   Who thought that going shopping would be so rewarding? Believe me when I say joining the Nielsen Homescan Canada panel will open up a window of rewards to you because I’ve done it in the UK. Nielsen studies consumers in over 100 countries because they want to know what you like to buy! I remember the time when my wife came to the UK and we went grocery shopping together for the first time. Not only was she reading just about every product she could get her hands on (it took forever to shop with her) I was also explaining to her a little about this program I was involved in. I think it made more sense to her once I showed her my scanner and exactly what I needed to do. When we got home she wanted to help me put all the groceries away but I told her that we had to wait a moment so I could check everything over and scan them in. Scan them in? She had this look on her face like I was nuts but clearly she had never heard of the program I was part […]