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Move Over Bottle Flipping, There Is a New Trend Among Kids and It’s Scary

Remember when bottle flipping was the most annoying trend among kids?  Kids everywhere were tossing a partially filled plastic bottle and try to get it to land upright – over and over again. AND AGAIN.

The noise of water bottle flipping and the challenge of getting the bottle to land upright – captivating kids and teens everywhere. God knows why! The things kids find fascinating.

But for parents, the repetitive noise of the children flipping bottles, and the loud THUD of the bottles landing, would drive us crazy!

But now, there is a new and worrying trend among kids. It’s downright dangerous!

The trend has been around for a while, and goes by several names… Five Finger Filet, Knife Game, Rusty Cage Game. Whatever you call it, it’s a dangerous game played by ADULTS who – usually while drunk – put their hands palm facing down, fingers spread, and taking a knife and stabbing at the spaces between your fingers.

There is even a “finger chop song” to go along with it. The tempo speeds up in the song, and you have to keep up with the tempo thus increasing the speed of stabbing too. Obviously, if you miss that space in between your fingers, you’re in big trouble.

While this was originally an adult “game”, children are now doing a variation of this in school.

Yes, kids are now doing this in school with pens and pencils! They are watching videos on YouTube and mimicking the same with sticks, pencils or God forbid, a real knife.

There is that distinct sound of pencils tapping on a table – sounds like a chef chopping vegetables – that will drive you mad.

But parents beware! I can just picture some kids getting together and one daring the other to use a real knife.

Making the Most Out of Summer Spending and Saving with Kids

Summer is practically here which means backyard barbecues, summer camps, and family vacations. This time of the year is all about enjoying the kids being off school, being outdoors with family and friends, and the long weekends! Meanwhile, parents are working out how to afford it.

When you’re in relaxation mode, it’s easy to spend a little extra here and there…in fact, you might notice that you’re spending more than you anticipated. It’s easy to spend more during the summer, with end-of-year parties, kids summer camps, sports and activities, weekend getaways, and entertaining. I’m already knee-deep in expenses for kids’ soccer, swimming lessons, half-day camps, hockey clinics, and our upcoming hockey season (of which expenses begin now).

Here are some tips and tricks for making the most out of summer spending and saving with kids!

Making the Most Out of Summer Spending and Saving with Kids

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Plan your schedule

Day camps can cost a fortune! There are eight weeks that the kids are home from school, and if you have several children, the costs of sending them to day camps can quickly add up. If you have vacation, be sure to take that time off during the summer to cut down on the number of weeks you have to send the kids to camp. Another smart tip is to team up with a friend or two, and rotate taking time off in the summer while watching each other kids.

Set your calendar

Part of the fun of summer is entertaining guests, which means spending money on food and beverages. Plan in advance so you can budget your meal planning. Stock up on popular summer food ingredients and products when they go on sale, like popsicles, hot dogs and ground beef for burgers. Set your social schedule early, and try not to go overboard with entertaining.

Choose a staycation

You don’t need to go far to have a good time! Check with your own city to see what events are happening in and around town. Take advantage of free festivals, farmer’s markets, and family-friendly events that are light on the budget.

Vacation in your area

You don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re having a getaway. Find some fun spots within a couple of hours, and explore your area for the day. You can find some great deals online for one night at a hotel, or try camping at a national park.

Earn cash back

According to a recent survey commissioned by Amex and conducted by Nielsen found that 27% of respondents say they put everything on their credit card, while almost half (47%) put the majority of their purchases on a credit card. Now that’s a lot of purchases! That’s why it’s important to earn something back and make your credit card work for you. Cash-back credit cards are a great way to earn some cash back, simply by using it on every day purchases. The SimplyCash™ Preferred Credit Card by American Express is my favourite cash back credit card because you earn 2% on every purchase, in every category.

Even more, you aren’t limited to just groceries, gas or restaurants; you can use the card for larger purchases, such as summer camps, amusement park passes, and hotels. The cash back can quickly add up with all of those purchases, especially with the 5% cash back welcome bonus on purchases for the first 6 months of Cardmembership (up to $300)! Use the calculator to see how much you can earn.

Making the Most Out of Summer Spending and Saving with Kids

After the welcome bonus, you’ll earn cash back at 2% with no limit. For example, if I’m spending $1,650 a month on my Card, I can earn back $378 in the first six months ($300 welcome rate plus 2% for spend over threshold), then an additional $198 the rest of the year!

With a $99 annual fee, you’re covered for Emergency Medical Insurance, Travel Accident Insurance, and Car Rental Theft & Damage Insurance, which will already offer you savings if you’re planning to take that vacation. With the SimplyCash Preferred credit card, you’re also auto enrolled to American Express Invites, which includes Front of the Line.

The SimplyCash™ Preferred Credit Card by American Express is easy to use and can actually put money back into your pocket!

Making the Most Out of Summer Spending and Saving with Kids

Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by American Express Canada. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Under Armour and Sport Chek Search for Canada’s Top Youth Athletes

Is your child an athlete? Does he or she love sports? Then this contest is for you!

Under Armour and Sport Chek are on the search for the next 2018 Team UA NEXT athletes. The second annual Team UA NEXT powered by Sport Chek is to find the next generation of Canadian Under Armour athletes!

Seven to 12-year-old hard-working athletes are eligible to compete to become the face of Under Armour in a brand campaign at Sport Chek stores across Canada. The winning boy and girl will join the elite roster of Under Armour athletes, and serve as a youth ambassador for the brand. In addition to being featured in the brand campaign, winners will receive exclusive access to Under Armour gear.

All you have to do to enter is submit videos of your kids participating in sports on www.teamuanext.ca. In the video, showcase your child’s passion and athletic ability! Your young athlete can show Team UA Next exactly why he or she be the next Under Armour athlete.

What will your sporty child showcase in their video – their competitive edge? Perseverance? Tenacity? Submit your video before August 31, 2017, so you have all summer to create a video that will compel the judges on why your child should be the next Team UA NEXT athlete.

The current Team UA NEXT Canada Powered by Sport Chek campaign features eleven-year-olds Brenden McLeod of Newmarket, and Maya Rajhans of Etobicoke.  Brenden is a hockey and lacrosse player, and Maya is a basketball and soccer player. They were chosen because they had the right mix of determination, passion, teamwork, and WILL.

Submit a nomination and find out more about TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek at http://teamUAnext.ca. Be sure to visit @sportchek on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #TAKEYOURSPOT and #UANEXTCANADA.

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Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

What are some of the best beauty products to have this summer 2017?

I love having the opportunity to discover and try out new beauty products first-hand. No matter how many reviews you read online, the only way to know if a product is right for you is to try it yourself. After trying out a handful of beauty products recently, I’ve compiled my must-have summer beauty products 2017.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Curl Bar by Hot Tools

The CurlBar is the latest gold-plated curling iron in the Hot Tools® line-up, to raise the bar in achieving the hottest looks for your hair. It has a cool, innovative 90° ergonomic design. Shaped like the number 7, when you style your hair, it eases stress on your shoulders and elbows. The best part is its heritage 24K gold surface which provides even heat distribution, and is ideal for creating long-lasting, smooth curls on all hair types.

I did a video on YouTube unboxing and demonstrating it on my own hair – check it out here:

 

Alumier MD HydraClarité Moisturizer and AluminEye

I’m in my 40s and still struggle with blemishes. I find it often difficult to find the right moisturizer that won’t clog my pores because I do tend to break out, especially in the summer.

AlumierMD HydraClarité Moisturizer is an ultra-light non-comedogenic antioxidant-rich hydrator specially formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin. Hinokitiol, sea whip and Canadian Willowherb™ relieve redness and irritation. Allantoin and honey maintain the skin’s moisture balance. Antioxidants protect and neutralize free radicals from the sun, pollution and irritation.

I struggle with dark circles but when you apply AluminEye, your eyes appear brighter. That’s because AluminEye has light-reflecting and soft-focus ingredients that lighten the appearance of under-eye darkness. Now available in a pump-style bottle, AluminEye helps improve elasticity and firmness, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness in the eye area. This A rich, anti-aging eye cream helps the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. It stimulates collagen and elastin, and helps clear pigments from within the skin. A combination of tremella mushroom extract, niacinamide (vitamin B3) and murumuru butter moisturize, along with antioxidants protect against UV-induced free radical damage.

You can find AluminEye’s products in doctor’s offices, medical skin clinics, and online at www.alumiermd.com.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Chamilia Stackable Rings

Chamilia, a Swarovski company, is like the trendy younger sister. They’ve created these beautiful new 3 new sterling silver stackable rings for this summer.

The Regal Collection Ring has the Chamilia Heirloom Lace motif and is featured on a high-polished sterling silver band. The Chamilia Quatrefoil Band is repeated to form an elegant sterling silver band with a bright polish; the Chamilia Day Tripper Rope Band features a classic rope pattern.

Worn together, these stackable rings look gorgeous. You can find Chamilia at more than 2,000 retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website. 

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

White Tea by Elizabeth Arden

Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden is my go-to daily perfume, Its citrus aromatic fragrance is light and fresh. Now, Elizabeth Arden has launched a brand-new fragrance – White Tea. I have found my new daytime fragrance! It has a crisp, blissful scent that is absolutely delicious. White Tea Vapors and Sea Breeze Accord develop into the sweet smell of White Iris before finishing with the warm wood scent of Madras Wood, Tonka Bean and a delicately blended trio of musks. Such a lovely scent! Find it at Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Murale.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Avalon Organics

Avalon Organics have exceptional scents in their full range of personal care products. The line offers pure benefits in botanicals.  The Lavender Hand & Body Lotion has a gorgeous lavender scent. The Peppermint Glycerin Hand Soap doesn’t dry out you hands as glycerine is a natural skin softener. So your hands won’t feel dry after washing.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Collection

Maui Moisture’s hair products are made with 100% pure aloe juice as the first ingredient (replacing the deionized water found in most haircare products). All Maui Moisture products have NO parabens, NO silicones, NO sulfate surfactants, NO synthetic dyes, NO mineral oils and NO gluten – leaving room for the good only. The Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Collection is good for dry, damaged, or over-styled hair. It has a lovely scent, and feels like it’s moisturizing my thick and tangled hair. After using, it makes kinky, curly hair soft and manageable.

Formulated with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Macadamia Oil, this collection will give your locks an Instagram-worthy beauty boost!

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Alba Botanica sunscreens

Alba Botanica broad spectrum 40 SPF sunscreens are highly emollient and moisturizing, fast-absorbing with skin comforting ingredients like lavender, aloe leaf, calendula flower, ginseng and gingko baloba among other ingredients.

Unlike aerosol sprays, this sunscreen needs to be rubbed into your skin after spraying, which ensures that you’re covering every bit of exposed skin. The sunscreens works well as applied, and smells good too.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Live Clean

Live Clean Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is a broad spectrum UVA/VB-protection mineral sunscreen designed specifically for the sensitive skin of your face. Non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested for comfortable and easy application, this lotion offers water resistance for 80 minutes and lasting sun protection.  Live Clean After Sun Aloe Vera Gel soothes skin that has been overexposed to the sun.  Packed with the natural moisturizing power of certified organic aloe vera, this gel calms and nourishes dry and itchy skin. Made with Australian tea tree oil, certified organic arnica extract and cooling witch hazel, this natural gel purifies and relieves the discomforts of insect bites, shaving nicks and other minor irritations.

Ten Minute Tan

This is the world’s fastest self-tanner they say! In just 10 minutes, you can achieve a natural-looking medium colour, without any harmful UV rays.  In fact, VITA LIBERATAVITA LIBERATA is one of the safest self-tanners around; in 2011 it became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals of concern.

Vita Liberata’s advanced organic technology uses Matrixyl 3000 Peptide Complex to plump and condition the look of skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and supporting natural collagen production. Vitamin C from neroli, and omega oils from rosehip further lock in moisture for rich hydration and the look of smoother, more radiant skin. This organic formula uses proprietary patented Odour Remove™ technology so there is no self-tan odor.

All you have to do is exfoliate your skin first, and then apply with the mitt provided.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Batiste Dry Hair Shampoo in Cherry

No time to wash and style your hair? Batiste is one of the best dry hair shampoos out there. It suits all hair types, and makes your locks smell so delicious and fruity! It’s fabulous at getting rid of the natural oil build-up on your hair as well as the frizz, so you can quickly look like you walked out of a salon!

Batiste Cherry

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner

Lounging by the pool, or swimming at the beach all day, choose a matte and shimmer liner that stays on. This one from Stila features moisturizing ingredients that ensures colour glides on smooth without tugging your skin, and the waterproof formula won’t budge or fade.

The stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner can be used as a classic pencil liner or a smudgy eye shadow – simply smudge with your fingers or a brush.  The color sets after you’ve had time to get your desired effect, and then stays put all day.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Butter London Nail Polish in Calypso Coral

Yes I love coral! Butter London nail polish in Calypso Coral is a vibrant colour and comes in a qcuik-drying, high gloss and chip resistant formula. It Promotes strong, healthy nails – Contains Hydrolyzed Silk, Horsetail Extract, Vitamins B, C, and E. It’s also 8-free – Butter London doesn’t add Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP to any of its nail product formulas.

Must Have Summer Beauty Products 2017

Covergirl Katty Kat Matte Lipstick in “Coral Cat”

If you’re going to be at the beach or on the patio, and need a lipstick that will last, go for a bold coral matte shade like this one – Katty Kat Matte Lipstick in “Coral Cat” from Covergirl.

Love Your Legs This Summer

Warmer weather means it’s time to break out summer dresses and shorts! My favourite time of the year is swapping out my closet from winter to summer clothing. But after hibernating for so long, we are more than ready to show off some skin!

But some women don’t feel comfortable showing off their legs. In fact, some women wear pants year-round because they are embarrassed to reveal their legs as they have visible varicose veins and swelling.

You might not recognize the name, but chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, is a common condition that impacts both the look and feel of your legs and it’s often worse in the summer.

CVI is a condition where lower leg blood flow is impaired. Blood pools in the legs causing pain, swelling (edema), heaviness, tiredness and varicose veins. Our daily lifestyle habits such as prolonged sitting or standing can make the symptoms worse.

You may not know but CVI affects up to half of all adults, which is quite surprising! I didn’t expect that this number would be so high. Over time, the increased fluid in the lower leg tissues can further damage the veins and worsen symptoms.

People who have CVI – more frequently they are women over the age of 50 – tend to feel the symptoms worsen during the summer months. While many women might want to enjoy the summer months in skirts and dresses, some who experience these symptoms might feel self-conscious about the appearance of their legs.

For long-time sufferers, the pain and discomfort associated with CVI could keep them from performing daily tasks and engaging in social activities.

But there are some simple strategies that can help you manage CVI symptoms and get your LEGS summer-ready:

Love Your Legs This Summer

L -ove your Legs

Elevate your legs to reduce pressure, discomfort and swelling after a busy day and try alternating hot and cold bursts of water to help improve circulation. If you sit at a desk for work, trying putting a stool or box under your feet to keep them elevated during the day.

E –at Well

Help reduce some of the inflammation associated with CVI symptoms by steering clear of foods high in saturated, omega-6 and trans-fatty acids. Instead, opt for foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, and flavonoids, such as onions and berries.

G–et in motion

Sitting or standing all day can put a damper on blood circulation. Keep legs moving and your blood pumping with some simple exercises to help manage your symptoms. If you work at a desk, take frequent breaks every hour. Instead of sitting to have lunch, go for a walk. Try doing some stretches or leg exercises while you’re sitting to keep the blood circulating.

S – upport Blood Flow

Improve lower leg circulation with Antistax®, a natural health product containing Red Vine Leaf Extract which is used in traditional herbal medicine and has been shown to improve lower leg blood flow, reduce swelling (edema) and relieve the pain, heaviness and tiredness associated with CVI.  Antistax® is available in the supplement section of your local pharmacy.

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Antistax® is available in 360 mg tablets, in a 30-count carton. The approximate regular price for the 30-count carton is $21.99. The recommended dosage is one to two tablets daily, in the morning before breakfast. To be sure Antistax® is right for you, always read and follow the label.

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Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by Antistax®. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL Jersey Giveaway

Who will win the Stanley Cup?! The Stanley Cup playoffs have been so exciting! We were thrilled that the Toronto Maple Leafs made it to the playoffs this year. The team looks promising; we can’t wait to see what’s in store next season. But who will take Lord Stanley home – the Predators or the Penguins?

As the hockey season nears its climactic end, I’m already starting to think about my sons’ new hockey season which will begin in late August. Hockey is everything in our home!

My boys both play competitive hockey, and love everything about hockey – from playing and watching hockey to following their favourite hockey players on social media, to wearing NHL apparel.

IceJerseys.com has styles for men, women, kids, and infants. Of course, my favourite is the NHL jersey selection on the website. You can even customize your NHL jersey!

You can also buy sports gear from the NFL, MLB and NBA. You can shop by player, team or league, which makes it easy to navigate. Depending on the team, you can find jerseys and apparel including hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, slippers, socks, and more. The selection of officially licensed gear features Reebok, Nike and Majestic brands.

Ice Jerseys is a Canadian company too! Shopping and checking out are both very straightforward, and in stock items ship within one business day.

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Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Warm breezy nights, outdoor pits, barbecue and entertaining on the patio – It’s time to get your backyard ready for summer! Your local home and garden store is stocked full of BBQs, patio furniture and relaxing backyard lounge furniture.

As tempting as it is to toss out the old stuff that’s been sitting in your garage all winter – or worse, taking a beating outdoors for the past few months – a few simple, budget-friendly tips and tricks will help to make everything old look new again, and get your backyard ready for summer!

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Make old, new again

There’s nothing worse than removing your patio furniture cushions from storage and realizing they’re all stained. Before you think about tossing them, give them a clean. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water and let the cushion covers soak for 1 to 6 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash as normal and your cushions should come out stain-free and looking brand new.

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Win the weeding war

Did you know that watering your weeds makes it easier to pull them out? If it hasn’t rained in a few days, water your weeds before yanking them. Fun fact: If the soil is moist, you are also less likely to disturb any plants nearby.

Decorate with outdoor lights

Outdoor lights are decorative and fun, with just enough sparkle to keep the light from being distracting. There are different options with pretty colours and shapes. Wrap a tree, drape along a fence, or drape them down a table for a twinkling centerpiece.

Save with a little scrubbing

There’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from patio furniture and even your deck. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water (following the instructions on the package) and apply the solution to almost anywhere. Let stand for a few minutes and scrub as needed. It will leave everything looking neat and clean again.

Wheel your way to wonderful

Re-arranging rather than replacing is also a good way to give new life to your backyard. Consider moving planters and patio furniture to different spots within your space to give it a wonderful new look and feel. Remember, you’re not alone when moving heavy items like lounge chairs… there are wheels to help! Wheeling your furniture around doesn’t eliminate all the hard work but will put less strain on your back.

Make your own accents

There are plenty of decorative DIY garden projects that you can create to enhance your backyard space, including casting your own stepping-stones and designing your own tabletop fountains. Check out Pinterest for some inspiring ideas.

Be prepared that after a weekend of weeding and wheeling, your back, arms, legs – yes, your whole body – may be aching with pain. Make sure you leave yourself enough time on Sunday evening for a warm bath and a few hours curled up with a good book or movie. Before going to bed, rub and soothe your sore muscles (all of them!) with Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream. The best things about this product is that it works fast and is non-greasy so you can put it on right before going to bed and it won’t stain your sheets.

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Have you started prepping your backyard for the summer months? Share your favourite budget-friendly tips for getting your outdoor space, garden party ready!

 

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Pad Thai Recipe to Make at Home

Do you love ordering Pad Thai at restaurants or for take-out? Well here’s a Pad Thai recipe to make at home with chicken and shrimp featuring a homemade Pad Thai sauce. This recipe is authentic and simple enough for any aspiring Thai cook to make at home.

Pad Thai

Ingredients

Pad Thai Sauce

3/4 Tbsp. tamarind paste dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water (if you can’t find in your local grocery store, look for tamarind at Asian/Chinese or Indian food stores)

3 Tbsp. fish sauce

1/4 cup chicken stock

1-3 tsp. Sambal chili sauce, depending on how spicy you want

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

Pad Thai

½ package Thai rice noodles (linguini-width) (or enough for 2 people)

2 chicken breasts

12 tiger shrimp

2 eggs

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups fresh bean sprouts

4 green onions, sliced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1/3 cup crushed or roughly chopped peanuts

1/4 cup chicken stock

vegetable oil for stir-frying

wedges of lime

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Method

In a large pot, boil water and then turn off to cool. Add the rice noodles and stir – they will cook in the boiling water while you cook the meat in the wok.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the garlic and stir-fry until golden brown. Sautee the shrimp until they cooked (just a few minutes); you’ll notice they will change colour; remove and set aside. Add the chicken to the wok and cook until no longer pink.

Once chicken is fully cooked, add shrimp. Once noodles are soft, add them to the wok and stir.

Then, add sauce and stir. Make a well in center of the wok; fry the eggs, stirring to break apart. Then, stir all together with the noodles.

Finally, add green onions, bean sprouts, and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.

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Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

Brought to you by FreshCo and TheCo.

Are groceries eating up too much of your monthly budget?

Canadians spend an average of around $200 a month per person on food bought in stores, according to Statistics Canada. For a family of four, that’s a minimum of $800 a month on food. That number was definitely higher in our household prior to finding FreshCo!

With daily household expenses increasing by the year, how can we stay within our budget for groceries? Spending less on groceries doesn’t mean giving up on healthy food choices. If you shop at FreshCo, you can easily lower your bill.

Here are a few ways to lower your grocery bill:

Skip the Prepared Meals

Ditch the processed food, snacks and prepared meals. If you’re buying pop, candy bars, chips, and TV dinners, your bill will likely be much higher.

Cut back on prepared meals, even if that means you’re spending more time cooking your own food. But the effort can be well worth it for both your wallet and your waistline.

Here are a few quick meal ideas:

Cut down on meat

Another larger grocery expense is meat. Canadians spend nearly 20 per cent of food budget on things like red meat and chicken (and only 3.5 per cent on fish and seafood), according to StatsCan. Choosing more legumes and grains is another way to get enough protein in your diet, without sacrificing your bank account. Beans, lentils, chick peas and brown rice are great sources of protein and vitamins, and FreshCo offers a great assortment. The prices at FreshCo are also considerably lower than other grocery stores.

Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

Shop in-season produce

Fruit and vegetables take up almost 24 per cent of the average Canadian’s grocery list. There’s no need to cut down on healthy fruits and veggies, but the trick is to buy more that are in-season. Costs go down when apples and strawberries in your grocery cart are grown locally, rather than from Mexico or the United States. You can always load up on local berries and freeze some to use later.

When our fruits and vegetables are in-season, we do a lot of preserves; we make our own tomato sauce in August, as well as grill and freeze peppers. I also roast, puree and then freeze both squash and pumpkin. I also poach flat beans and romano beans, and freeze for the winter months.

During the winter months, you can load up on frozen fruits and vegetables, which are just as nutritious as fresh.

Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

Make a meal plan

Another biggie when budgeting for groceries is having a plan for the week. Write a list of what meals you’ll be making for the week, then come up with a grocery list. Try to stick to the list! I find that even if you go off of the list at FreshCo, you’ll still find you’re getting a great deal compared to other grocery stores.

What I love about FreshCo, too, is the international foods section; they have an amazing international foods aisle. I can find specific Greek, Italian and Asian food items here for my favourite dishes, without having to go to a specialty store. FreshCo also has a good a gluten free and organic section too!

Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

Check the flyers

I tend to look at FreshCo flyers before I head to the store, noting the specials of the week. Sometimes I base my meal plan around the specials! If chicken breast happens to be on sale this week, I’ll make a few chicken dishes and then freeze some for later as well.

I also note the specials for pantry items as well. Stocking up on staple items that always end up in your cart will give you considerable savings.

Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

 

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Beauty and the Beast on Digital HD and Blu-ray Giveaway

Kids and adults alike love Disney movies – animated or live-action. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records.

The live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 fairy tale crossed the $500 million at the domestic box office, making it the eighth movie ever to do so!  Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD and Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand.

Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology.

The release also offers a feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.

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