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 […]

grocery game monthly challenge

How to Save Money on Fresh Produce- Fruits and Vegetables: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Apr 13-19, 2015

EAT HEALTHY FOR LESS   Most people head to the grocery store when buying fresh produce because that is where most of us are conditioned to go from a young age. Unless you’ve grown up on a farm or had parents who ventured outside of the supermarket you might believe this is the only place to stock up on fresh produce. It’s not as there are many other ways you can enjoy the luxuries of fresh produce as long as you are willing to do the work or shall I say, the homework. According to the Canada Food Guide this is what YOU should be eating in terms of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables are food groups that you don’t want to remove from your diet just because you think they are too expensive. Our bodies need nutrients that come from produce that help us stay healthy. Children aged 2-3 Male/Female 4 servings Children aged 4-8 Male/Female 5 servings Children aged 9-13 Male/Female 6 servings Teens aged 14-18 Male 8 servings Female 7 servings Adults between the ages of 19-50 Male 8-10 servings Female 7-8 servings Adults aged 51+ Male/Female 7 servings You can download […]

How to grow your own fruit at home

HOME-GROWN FRUIT U-PICK   Many people enjoy going to the market to buy local produce but what’s even better is growing your own fruit trees and vegetables at home if you have the space to do so. Although you can easily buy fruit trees at your local garden centre, understanding how to properly plant and care for them takes a bit of research and sometimes trial and error. Growing up on the farm I was lucky enough to enjoy eating homegrown fruit from fruit trees such as crab apples, pears, bushes of elderberries, grapes, blackberries, currants and raspberries. They were all easily accessible and enjoyed by my family and our grandparents. My grandma made many elderberry pies over the years that we had the pleasure of eating. Having the opportunity to pick fruit from our own backyard is like nothing else and you certainly save money. The only drawback was the mess that some of them left behind, particularly the larger fruit trees. The beautiful flower blossoms add some vibrant colour to the spring landscape but once they begin to drop their fruit and leaves the mess and clean up begins. Cleaning up the fruit and leaves can not only […]

Why you should enjoy local produce or pay the price

KEEPING IT CLOSE TO HOME   If you open any refrigerator most people have some form of fresh produce readily available to prepare daily meals. Why? That’s easy because it’s part of a healthy diet. Have you been thinking about growing your own vegetable garden? If so, now may be a good time to start, here’s why…… If purchasing fresh produce is part of your weekly grocery budget be prepared to see the costs increase over the next few months. California is a major exporter of fresh produce including grapes, melons, peppers, tomatoes and avocados. They are currently experiencing the worst drought they have seen in a very long time. Canada currently imports approximately $5 billion worth of produce from California every year. The majority of the organic produce we see on the shelves of our grocery stores in Canada is imported and the bulk of it is shipped in from California. How could this impact us in Canada? While it is uncertain exactly how much of an impact it will have, paired with the declining value of the Canadian dollar the drought that has hit California hard this year. It is expected to increase the cost of purchasing fresh […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge-March 19-25 Week 4

In light of today being the first day of Spring that means fresh fruit,vegetables and meats will be in our meals more frequently in our home. We love fresh vegetables and fruits for lighter meals in the hot weather. So I thought some juicy red Canadian cherries to be proper as this weeks picture of choice! Well as I mentioned to most of you we will be over budget this month in the grocery budget. I realize that budgets aren’t bullet proof and sometimes we will go over budget- we are human!  We start this week at $244.75 that’s already $54.75 over our $190.00 budget this month.- See all updates at the end of post as this number has changed! There are 2 reasons why we are going over budget 1- We are stockpiling items that are a great price 2- Shoppers Drug Mart 20x point event I don’t know that every time there is a Shoppers Drug Mart event we take part in that we will go over budget but this time we have. We will see our grocery budget eventually go up starting in July as we host students from Europe for the summer. We begin to stockpile items […]

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