Last-minute Chicken Corn Soup

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DON’T WASTE ANY TIME…GET COOKING! My go-to nutritious soup when I feel like an easy night of cooking has to be this Chinese inspired last-minute chicken corn soup packed full of flavour. Chicken corn soup is traditional specifically in southwest China, India and other countries where corn is a staple in many diets. Corn is also fairly inexpensive to buy and for this recipe I use one can of creamed corn. If you don’t have or can’t buy creamed corn you can simply whiz up a can of peaches and cream corn with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar. For the adventurous cook you can make your own creamed corn. Related: Homemade Creamed Corn (Martha Stewart) I’ve made many chicken noodle soup recipes over the years but as a busy mother and wife sometimes it’s nice to have a short-cut chicken noodle soup especially on a cold winter day. If you’re looking for a healthy chicken noodle soup that is packed full of flavour and loaded with sweet corn that can be made in a jiffy, this is a recipe you’ll want to tuck away. If eating out is out of the question because you’re trying […]

Your Texting Addiction Could Cost You Your Job : The Saturday Weekend Review : #162

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LEAVE YOUR SMARTPHONE ALONE   Texting, hail to the new normal of our world where looking down is more important than life itself. Is texting making you less human? For many people the answer is yes because the smartphone addiction is a hard habit to break. Why oh why have we not learned that texting is an evil that can instantly cost you your life, someone else’s life or your job. Do you ever catch yourself saying this? It will never happen to me. I will never get caught. No one is watching. It was only a second. It takes only a second, to die or get injured. One second! You can never take that second back. As a new parent I’m skeptical to leave our son with anyone because these days I wonder what kind of care he would get. I’m sure I’ll get over it but any parent will tell you they worry about their child even when they are not with them. If you bring your child to daycare or any other activity that requires someone to watch your child you want to make sure they are 100% protected from harm. Accidents do happen but when they […]

Property Tax Bill-One Bill You’ll Never Burn : February 2016 Monthly Budget Review

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THE TAX MAN HANGS AROUND FOR LIFE   In February like clock-work we get a letter in the post from the city about our new tax rate along with payment dates for our property tax bill. Whether it’s paying for income tax, property tax, product tax or anything that says tax you know you’ll never get away with dodging it. Which is why there are two certainties in life: death and taxes Every year the property tax bill gets higher and higher but that’s expected I suppose since it goes to pay for various things in the community such as municipal services, police, fire, transit and so on. I received an email from a young couple in the process of buying their first home and they wanted to know what the best way was to pay for their property tax bill. Dear Mr.CBB, My wife and I are just finalizing the sale of our new home and were wondering how we should pay for our property tax bill in order for our budget to balance. What else is there that we need to know about our new property and our tax bill? Thanks for any tips. -Chris and Angela If […]

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

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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 […]

Anytime Sausage Egg Pie

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A SAVOURY PIE THAT YOU CAN ENJOY FOR ANY MEAL OF THE DAY If you enjou sausages, eggs and pie this anytime sausage egg pie is a great addition to your weekly meal plan as it freezes well plus you eat it anytime you’d like. Now that’s homemade cooking convenience. This week was all about cleaning out the freezer to get it ready for another freezer inventory so I make sure we are using up the food and it’s not getting freezer burned. Since the kids were back to school and the husband off to work after the holiday it meant time for recipe creations in the kitchen with no distractions. Since the house was quiet and I was relishing the time to myself I had realized around 11 am that I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Into the freezer I went to search for some sausage meat which is the same sausage meat I make my delicious British sausage rolls. Once I decide on something to take out of the freezer I then must come up with a recipe for it. This forces me to think of a new recipe that I […]

Ontario Budget 2016 Will Affect Your Household Budget : The Saturday Weekend Review #161

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ROLL OUT THE FINANCIAL RED CARPET   If you don’t think your household budget will be affected by the Ontario Budget 2016, think again. For the most part there are your typical increases but with every extra dollar spent that’s money you must account for. The new Ontario Budget 2016 lit up the internet and social media on Thursday when highlights of the new budget were announced. To be honest I wasn’t sitting by the computer waiting for the new Ontario Budget it kind of hit me in the face. It generated such a buzz that my Twitter and Facebook feed was littered with posts and comments. So over a cup of coffee I read article after article about the pros and cons but the bickering between students was outrageous on some Facebook pages. When money is concerned you can’t please everyone and the government knows this. You’re almost taking from one pot to fill another and hoping that they balance themselves. The deficit for 2016-17 is projected to come in at $4.3 billion and be reduced to zero the following fiscal year Ontario’s net debt will hit $308 billion in 2016-17, the largest of any sub-national jurisdiction in the […]

This Simple Living Concept Allows Us To Save Thousands

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MOTIVATE YOUR FINANCIAL VENTURES BY MOVING FORWARD   Simple living doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all the frosting that life has to offer in order to live a better today for an amazing tomorrow. You can! Just about everything we do today will in part affect the outcome of our financial future and some people worry about whether they have done enough to get them to the finish line. I’ve blogged for a few years now and ever since the beginning there has been one simple living concept that I have encompassed our entire financial path around because it works, a budget. The concept of budgeting for us revolves around this saying which I created years ago which is also pasted on our refrigerator door. It’s not about how much money you make it’s how you save it – Mr.CBB I received an email from a reader who is looking for some insight about investing and her financial future and motivation about not finding this blog earlier. Dear Mr. CBB, About 9 yrs ago I moved from Europe to Canada. It was always a big dream for me to live abroad and when I turned 30 I realized my […]

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8 Gross Things That Turn People Off Your Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Feb 22-28

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YUCKY KITCHEN MISTAKES EVERYONE WILL NOTICE   You may not even realize that you are doing some of these gross things in the kitchen while you are cooking but your friends and family will, so stop it before no one wants to eat your food. When you go to a party or enjoy the fun of a pot-luck you don’t get to see how the food was prepared which is probably just as well because I’m sure many of you might not want to eat the party food. The same goes with working in a restaurant but at least there are health and safety standards that must be followed or at least put in place for the staff to follow. Not so much with the home chef.   Some things need to be kept private   For the love of all things food please don’t tell me all of the places you had sex in the kitchen. If you used anything that you will be preparing my meal with during your kitchen adventure at least tell me you tossed it in the bin. I’m not joking, a friend told me this happened to him once and I didn’t know […]

How to make money today and save it for tomorrow without going bonkers : January 2016 Net Worth Update (+0.48%)

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TREAT YOUR CASH LIKE A MONEY PLANT AND WATCH IT GROW BUT EVEN A PLANT CAN DIE…RISK!   Retirement should always be on your mind or at least at the back of your thoughts because if you want to enjoy the fruitful golden years you need to make money today and save it for tomorrow. Does that mean we should shy away from investing in our future if all of our retirement plans can get flushed over-night? No, I don’t think so but I do believe that Canadians need to be aware of what is going on out there and stay on top of their investments which includes their house. A whopping 26% of Canadians feel they are in a worse financial position than they have been over the past two years according to a recent Manulife poll. I’m not surprised with the way prices are go up, incomes not moving anywhere but down and consumer debt on the rise. Every month we review our investment portfolio online to check performance, some days are good other days are better. There will be days,, months and maybe even years that are crap but you can’t predict everything even if you are […]

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10 Smart Ways To Trim Daily Expenses on Travel Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Feb 15-21

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TRAVELLING IS NOT AS CHEAP AS EVERYONE THINKS…BUT IT CAN BE!   One of the toughest parts about creating a travel budget is planning a food budget for your travelling experience. Whether you stay in a hotel, resort, or you hop in your vehicle for a road trip daily expenses of food must be accounted for or even estimated to keep a tight budget from exploding. Here are ways we’ve learned to save money on food while travelling that we want to share with you so you don’t make the same mistakes we made along the way. Not everyone uses a travel budget when going on vacation which means the grocery budget or entertainment category may be the next two logical places to carve a bit of money from. The reasoning behind using the grocery budget is because if you’re not home to buy groceries you spend that money on travel food. Makes sense to me if it’s a simple road trip but a destination holiday may prove a bit more costlier. Related: How much should my grocery budget be? Most travellers are so focused on planning the trip that they put food on the back-burner because it doesn’t seem […]

A Balanced Budget Doesn’t Make It Unbreakable : January 2016 Monthly Budget Review

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BALANCE IS NEVER A STEADY VARIABLE IN FINANCE   I often hear that a budget is ready to go once it is balanced but a balanced budget doesn’t mean that it can’t incur hiccups along the way. Someone asked me how we could possibly budget every single month. “Isn’t it time-consuming?” After a bit of practice it gets easier BUT is your life not worth the effort? Think about that for a second. Anything you do to better your life IS worth it. It’s not hard to make a budget look pretty with colours and numbers but numbers are like credit, once you spend it you are stuck with it. You still have to pay it back. What I’m trying to say is that anyone can say they have a balanced budget and still screw it up. Too many people rely on a fixed balanced budget and ignore it for the rest of the year as if it’s bulletproof. This is a huge mistake in my opinion because when it comes time to review your budget the last thing you want to find out is that you messed up along the way and didn’t pick up the broken pieces. Even […]

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Should You Buy Into The Costco Membership Consumer Hype? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Feb 8-14

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COSTCO WHOLESALE STOCKS YOU UP BUT DOES IT STACK UP $$   Put away your coupon binder if you plan to shop at Costco as they don’t accept manufacturer coupons because they have their own coupons and promotions for private members. They also boast having the best deals because their buyers are able to negotiate great prices. Just how great are these prices though compared to your typical grocery store paired with sales, coupons and coupon apps? Let’s find out…. Related: How to chop everyday food prices without coupons I think not owning a smartphone and Costco membership at the same time either means you’re very frugal, don’t see the benefit or there is no Costco location nearby so there’s no point considering if there are any budget savings to be had. I don’t have either BUT we do have a Costco very close to our house so we wanted to see if there was a benefit for us to stop in and shop on my way home from work. What I found interesting was that Costco motivates shoppers who entertain saving money by buying in bulk every frugal persons’ dream but they also offer a Costco Concierge Service. Can […]