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25 Foods We Stopped Buying To Strengthen Our Savings Power : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Feb 20-26

DON’T LET FOOD CONTROL YOU ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   You might be asking yourself the same questions everyone else is when it comes to food prices. When is this grocery shopping battle ever going to end? The answer is never because we have no control over price points or the state of the economy. What we do have is the ability to fight back by finding ways to slash our grocery budget with smart shopping choices. Ugh, I know that sounds like fun to some of you. Most often it’s not for the rest. The biggest savings high for us is finding those unadvertised awesome deals or using enough coupons to get a product free or near free. Is that even possible to do with coupons today? Meh, some say yes and others say no. It depends on what you buy, but I can say with certainty that stockpiling and the lucrative deals are far and few these days. You won’t believe how much money you are spending on empty foods that don’t add value to your meal plans or snack box. By adding value I mean, nutrition, cost and taste. Everyone wants to […]

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Inexpensive Meals-How To Stretch Your Food Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Feb 29-Mar 6

YOU ONLY HAVE TO CLEAN UP ONCE   I often get emails from fans who want to know how they can create inexpensive meals on a very tight budget. Another concern is how to stretch recipes so they last for a few meals which amounts to a better bang for your buck. One of the biggest budget busters in the food department begins when you eat outside of the home. When you decide to eat out whether they are inexpensive meals or not you more than likely can always make it at home for less. Think fresh food, plus you know what you are putting into the food you eat when you make it yourself. You can’t put a price on that my friends. If you want to limit the temptations of the outside world you must be prepared ahead of time. I eat out from time to time but I certainly don’t make it a daily or weekly occurrence. The answer is to arm yourself with a meal plan and a grocery list that suits your tastes and fits your food budget. Not everyone knows product prices of the grocery store industry which is a number one factor when […]

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Family Dinner Ideas That Won’t Chop Your Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Mar 23-29, 2015

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

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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Do you spend more or less when grocery shopping alone? : The grocery game challenge #3 July 14-20, 2014

YOU AND THE GROCERY BASKET   Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you. I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else. I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened. I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations […]

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Does your meal plan include a new recipe each week?: The grocery game challenge #2 May 5-11, 2014

A GREAT RECIPE IN EVERY GROCERY CART   Including a new recipe when writing up your meal plan and grocery list is a great way to expand your own personal recipe index each week. I know many people who love to experiment including myself so it’s no surprise that Canadian Budget Binder has a free recipe index that includes easy recipes for your family to enjoy. If you follow the Sunday recipe post you likely know Nicola who has shared her recipes on the blog for about a year now. She’s such an inspirational woman and mom who loves to create new recipes, try recipes that others suggest and most of all share them. What I like the most is that her grocery list each week is a bit different from the last because of the variety in her meal plan. I know Mrs. CBB and I can easily get stuck in a food rut and each week you might see us buying the same grocery items mainly because we think trying a new recipe might take up more time. Lately we’ve been so busy that we need to remember that we can’t forget about us in the process. Making […]

Thanksgiving: Being thankful on a budget

  Time To Be Thankful; Not Broke   Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year and it’s coming up right around the corner so I like to get planning in advance especially for the dinner and decorations. Thanksgiving is when I get to spend time with my family and friends eating lots of good food while celebrating what we are thankful for in our busy, everyday lives. We celebrate the people and things that bring us happiness, the loved ones who are always there with the support we need and the beauty of the world in which we live in and all it has to offer. Quality time spent with those who are important to us shouldn’t put a strain on our budgets nor should the process of organizing a large gathering so taking it step by step is crucial to the success of the holiday as is the participation of those you love. The cost of hosting a large gathering can get high pretty quick but with some holiday meal planning and preparation there are ways that you can keep the costs down and still enjoy a lovely meal that will create memories for years to come. Is […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Ham And Cheese Macaroni Bake

If you are looking for some ooey, gooey comfort food this creamy ham and cheese macaroni bake is the ultimate easy meal for you. One of the things I enjoy about this mac and cheese is it’s loaded with baked ham pieces but it also has a few different types of cheeses inside. I finished this recipe off with buttered cheese seasoned breadcrumbs for that extra crunchy texture on top. Don’t tuck in right away though when it comes out of the oven. If you give it some time to rest and come together like you would a lasagna or shepherd’s pie it will be easier to serve. I’m sure there is no difference, but if you want to think of this as a macaroni and cheese with ham casserole then this is what it is.  It’s something I’ve created with leftover baked ham and a recipe you should tuck away for when the time comes that you have ham you want to use up. I’ve officially made a “Casa-Roll-Eh” and my fans know that I always joke about how many casseroles I say I’ve come across since moving to Canada. Light or Low-Fat Mac And Cheese  Mac and Cheese […]