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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

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30 Must-Have Student Food Pantry Staples : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Aug 1-7

Create your own student cookbook: University and College Cooking 101   You may or may not be a student but if your child is off to College or University don’t pass on the opportunity for them to spend 10 minutes reading this post about cooking and living independently away from the family home. I’ve been a student in University twice in my life and both times I made sure to have a stocked food pantry to stop me from eating out which is a HUGE waste of money for any student. It’s one thing to be social and another to be lazy in the kitchen if you are able to cook at home. I had many friends who considered themselves the starving student only because most of their student budget went to booze, partying and eating fast food. That’s a sure-fire way to starve your budget and your tummy of nutritious food. What I’ve learned throughout my frugal student years in the kitchen may serve as a handy reminder that you CAN eat decent meals at home and kick the fast-food habits many students take on when they move away for school. First off you need a student budget and […]

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Ultimate Grocery List and Tips for the Single Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Apr 19-26, 2015

DINNER TONIGHT FOR ONE   When I was single I really wasn’t a huge fan of going to the grocery store without a grocery list. I don’t know what it was but if I didn’t plan my shops I felt like I was wasting more time than I needed to. Not many single men want to hang out at the grocery store although 10 years later I don’t mind it that much. Most of my single friends at the time would rather eat at a fast-food restaurant or buy already prepared meals which never really excited me. I had my own house at the age of 21 which means I had a kitchen so I had no excuse to be spending money eating out all the time. Over the years I’ve come to learn so much about grocery shopping that leaving the house without a list is like shopping without cash or credit cards. I’ve also learned how much I should buy and what types of foods work best for the healthy meal ideas I was creating. I was an avid traveller when I lived in the UK so everywhere I travelled I bought a cookbook. I made it my […]

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How To Keep An Organized Pantry: The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 #1 Feb 2-8

ORGANIZED= SAVINGS   Keeping an organized pantry is very important for us especially after the pantry pests in our pasta and dry beans cabinet two weeks ago.  We knew it was time to get serious and put more time into our kitchen organization since it hasn’t been a priority for us the past year. When I started blogging in 2012 I wrote about why having a pantry list was a great way to save money and eat healthy. Having a pantry full of food is great but sometimes shoppers can go overboard and simply buy too much stuff. What happens then is you have a pantry that is an organized pantry disaster unless of course you are on top of your organization game. I’m sure some of you say your pantry is organized chaos and you can find your way around it no problem. BUT… are you making sure you aren’t wasting food? That WAS us but no longer and wasting food was NOT our intention as we are such a frugal couple and I kid you not use vegetable scraps to make broth. We try not to waste anything if we can help it because we know there are […]

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

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 […]

How a small town family saves money on groceries

SMALL TOWN SAVINGS   Today we have a guest post from a small town fan of Canadian Budget Binder who wants to share her insights into grocery shopping on a budget when your options are limited. If you are a fan or a personal finance blogger and would like to share a story please read my guest post guidelines and contact me. My name is Christine and I live in a small town in Ontario and have followed Mr CBB for quite a while now on the blog and participating in posting my grocery shops with his Grocery Game Challenge since Sept 2012.   Our grocery budget   I shop for my family of 4 which includes my two adult children, my husband and I. We also can’t forget our family pet fat cat Stuart who eats up a part of our grocery budget as well. Our grocery budget is $650 per month so I have to make that money stretch and living in a small town can make that challenging for me. I have tried very hard to keep things within my budget, not always successfully. It’s been a learning experience to say the least. If you have been […]

Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sausage and Bacon Tomato Soup

A BOWL OF SOUP FOR YOU   It’s that time of year again when you start to dream about soup the minute you walk out the door and your skin starts to freeze and you can see your breathe in the air. Here in Manitoba you know when you have arrived in Winnipeg and its rural areas when it snows from October right through until April. There’s no getting around the cold weather so we have to make the best of it. That means I’m in the kitchen working on new recipes for my family while they are out shovelling and making snow angels. This year has been pretty cold with temperatures reaching a cool and steady -31 with the windchill. I think we have had a few days with it being above seasonal then it snowed again and went back to the bone chilling temperatures again. Soup   It’s hard to forget about the cold so the only way to warm up besides turning on the fireplace or raising the indoor heating is me in the kitchen creating a hot soup for these cold winter nights. You can add just about anything to a pot of soup when you […]

An organized kitchen: My time, my money, my happiness

By: Katrina A Kitchen Is A Time And Money Saving Tool Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen but also to create meals that you might not have done if your kitchen was upside down, like mine used to be. In my last post ‘Happiness is everything;  Saving Money, Buying Time’ I talked about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with my kids. A bigger kitchen Many times over the last 5 years I wished I had a bigger kitchen, nothing glamorous mainly just a little more counter space. I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour. She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart and now I have an organized kitchen. Having an outside point of view really made me realize I don’t need a bigger kitchen, I need to make better use of the space I have and just have less stuff! Make your kitchen make sense Step back and […]