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Pantry Challenge: What if I don’t shop this week? (menu plan included)

So this week was a busy one for me. I had family visiting, work was crazy and there just wasn’t time to do a big shop. I managed to do the menu plan, and I tried to focus on things that I already had around the house. Here is what it looks like this week: Continue reading

Mississauga Grocery Flyer Deals

Happy Easter everyone!! Every week I scan the flyers to see what’s on sale, and what great deals exist that I can stock up on. Certain things only go on sale periodically, and it makes sense to grab those items while you can, and if your grocery budget allows, buy enough to get you through to the next time it goes on sale.

This week the theme seems to be “meat, meat and more meat”!  This is a great opportunity to get some special occasion meats at a great price.

Here are some of the best deals this week: Continue reading

Frugal Living: Doing more with less

A big part of frugal living is not only saving money, but finding ways to do more with what you already have. We are so used to running out and buying something new as the need arises. But how many of us will actually stop and think ‘what do I have that I could use instead of buying another…?’

It really is a shift in mindset. Especially when we are busy, it is easier to solve a problem with money, then to spend time trying to find a creative solution. When reorganizing my office this week, I realized that the small bookcase I bought at Canadian Tire 10 years ago had finally had it. I started automatically thinking about what I could replace it with, and how much it would cost.  As I put the books away, I started thinking ‘maybe I don’t really need to replace the bookcase – what would happen if I just moved a few things around?’ Continue reading

The frugal way to make bone broth

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A few years ago, this thing called “Bone Broth” started to become all the rage – people were going on about it being a super food, with it’s healing properties etc etc. The person who came up with this term deserves a marketing award – they took something that people have been doing for hundreds of years, re-marketed it, and voila – new trend. Which leaves me thinking that there must be something that my mother/grandmother etc did that I can re-market into something that sounds hip and healthy, and make a fortune. Continue reading

How to feed your family for $100/week

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I have been wanting to do a segment for a while on how to eat well within a budget. Every week, I scan the flyers, see what’s on sale, and plan around that for each week’s menu plan. When something I use often is on sale, and the sale is particularly good (good=only on sale once every few months at that price), then I stock up on that item. My rule of thumb is to buy enough to get me through until the next time it goes on sale. Continue reading

Closet Cleaning Day

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So the other day I ran out of hangers, and decided that it was time to clean out my closet. I figure that I only wear about 20% of the clothes that are in there, so it was time to weed out the garbage.

So I started by taking everything out of the closet – from top to bottom.  It had become a catch all for things that have nowhere else to live. When I was done, the bed was stacked high with clothes, and the surrounding area was full. I couldnt believe that all that stuff was in there.     Continue reading

‘The Tightwad Gazette’ by Amy Dacyczyn

This was a great book for me years ago when I was first starting out – I read it from cover to cover (and at 900+ pages, it’s a lot of book!). Amy was ‘green’ before being green was even in style.

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While transferring my books to another bookcase last month, I saw The Tightwad Gazette and put it aside. Continue reading

Still moving in after 10 years..

My house is a constant work in progress. I cant believe we have been here for 10 years, and I am still “decorating”.  It seems that nothing ever gets finished completely, and it looks just as bad as when I started. Nothing like the peaceful, neat rooms in the magazines. I feel like I am forever painting walls and trim, patching holes from old pictures and drapery hardware….it just never. ever. ends. Continue reading