Your Makeup Has An Expiration Date!

A big part of our health and the safety of it, not only revolves around what we put INTO our bodies, but also what we put ONTO our bodies. I want to delve a bit deeper into my discussion on YouTube, about Makeup products and their expirations. How you can tell if they have gone bad, how to keep track of how long you have had something, and what can happen if you use bad old products JUST BECAUSE. I bet you didn’t know that your makeup has an expiration date, did you!? It’s actually right on most packages/bottles/tubes/tubs. It looks like this.12-month-expiration-symbol

Now that you know that, are you curious to find it on your makeup products yet!? Well in case you can’t check right now, here’s a rundown of what’s what and who’s who!

Your Makeup Has An Expiration Date

 

Your Makeup Has An Expiration Date, do you know when you should chuck it?

 

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Liquid Foundation

They say you can keep liquid foundations and stick concealers around for roughly 12-18 months. However, oil free foundations and liquid concealers should only really be kept for roughly 12 months MAX. Because these products are in constant contact with the air and your skin, they are liable to carry many germs, causing potential infection  and concern for your skin’s health. Try to find foundations and concealers with a pump so that what is in the bottle is exposed to as little air as possible. This will help save that foundation or concealer, allowing you to use it as long as possible before it goes bad.

Some of the signs you need to throw that bad boy out, is when it starts to separate, settle, or the texture gets thinner (meaning it’s separating) or thicker. You also don’t want to use it anymore, if you start breaking out irregularly, or start getting “sores”.

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Powders

Because it is a powder, most have a very long shelf life of a total of 2 years. However, this all depends on how sanitary your other products are (IE. your brushes). If you clean your brushes often, you will probably have no problem keeping that eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter etc. around for the majority of the two years. To keep in continuous use I would recommend you get a daily after spray for your brushes, as well as clean them weekly if you are a daily makeup wearer. You can find great products for this at E.L.F. Cosmetics (no I’m not sponsored ….I wish!!..I just really love their products!)

Because we all know by now, putting our pigments in contact with our skin and the air is bad for us! We know that once that powder starts clumping or crumbling WAY to easily…It’s time! That dudes GOT. TO. GO.

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Mascara

OK, by now you should know how this goes, and mascara is one of THE WORST culprits for harboring bacteria.This is a product you should only keep around for about 3 months at best. Why do you ask? There is no way ANYONE can get through their mascara in only three months. Here’s the problem, and you do it. I know you do! You’re pumping that mascara like you blew up your bike tires in elementary school. Doing this is putting air into the tube. Bacteria, as we have already discussed. Is in the air. Then on top of that, you are putting it on your lashes and getting, even more, bacteria on it. Thus is why mascara has such a short shelf life for you.

If you want to try and get the most out of that mascara. Purchase disposable mascara wands and either throw them away after every use or wash them in between uses. This will make sure the wand that your mascara comes with doesn’t come in contact with your face causing even more unnecessary bacterias. At the same time lets address your pumping problem. Instead of pumping the wand in and out causing air to get in, just wind the wand around the inner dimension of the tube. You will get the same results, and won’t be pushing as much air in!

Now how do you know when your mascara is passed it’s prime!? One way is if it is crumbling off your lashes, crumbling off the wand. Overly sticky and gunky. Or better yet! If you aren’t feeling like it’s coating your lashes correctly. The worst sign to throw it out is if it gives you pinkeye. Don’t be that person. Don’t hold onto an eye product after it gives you pinkeye.

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Lipstick / Liquid Lipsticks

These products are in constant contact with (let’s be honest here) the dirtiest part of our face. The MOUTH. Lip products should generally only be kept for roughly 1 year. Wipe off your lipstick with a cloth or wipe after every use so it can last as long as possible.

Some hints that you need to chuck it, are smell and texture/consistency. If that lippie starts smelling nasty, it’s time to pitch it. If the consistency of your lipgloss or liquid lipstick changes texture or consistency. PITCH IT. It’s not worth keeping an ill product around. It has clearly met its final days. The potential for things like cold sores is too much of a risk to keep that pretty little lippie around.

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 Eye/Lip Liner

These are two pretty easy products to work with. Because they are in pencil form, as long as you sharpen that pencil between each use, you have very little potential for harboring bacterias that can touch your skin. So these types of products can be kept around for about 2 years as well.

The key to knowing when to throw pencils out is if they start crumbling when you are sharpening them or using them. Meaning they are drying out. Other than that they are so super simple to keep clean and ready for all usage.

 

So that’s it, folks. Your makeup has an expiration date, and this is it! The gist of how long to keep your makeup, what to look for when it goes bad, and the amount of time you should keep each product regardless! I know it’s hard keeping track of all our makeup, so here’s an idea for you. Take a little round sticker ( you can find them in the stationary section at your local dollar store probably) and write the month and year you got the makeup and stick it on the bottom. That way, when you go looking through. you know when you should pitch each product.

For a quick recap here’s a video I did explaining when each item should be pitched.

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Avocado Pasta Recipe | UPDATE

I am always changing and making things in my life better (hence going vegan almost a month ago, and I feel AMAZING), so it’s no shock that I wanted to update my avocado pasta recipe. The original seems so bland now, that I don’t think I could ever go back to it! and while I don’t normally rehash projects for you, I just HAD to share my updated Avocado Pasta Recipe with you. It’s delicious AND nutritious and packs a walloping punch of flavours to your taste buds.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

This new recipe has everything you need. It has the texture with soft silky sauce, chewy noodles, and vegetables with a nice bite. The flavour is a creamy almost cheesy taste, and after a long (and I do mean LONG) winter, we have some beautiful bright coloured veggies. It’s really just perfect for this time of year. No lie.

Avocado Pasta Recipe | UPDATE

Avocado Pasta Recipe | UPDATE

Ingredients

  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup of Nooch (Nutritional Yeast)
  • 2 Avocados
  • Splash of water or your choice of milk product to make it a bit thicker and creamier.
  • (I used water and it worked beautifully)
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Veggies (we did peas, onions and canned tomatoes...they worked well)

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly blend chili powder, salt, Nooch, avocado's and liquid (water or milk product)
  2. Cook your pasta of choice to the specified instructions on the back
  3. In the meantime cut your choice of veg and saute till preferred texture using some water from your pasta.
  4. When everything is done, mix together and ENJOY!
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This is such a delicious combination, that you can honestly take anywhere. The sauce is nice and thick, making it easily accessible and portable. A great work or school lunch. It packs a walloping punch of proper carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals as well. Meaning you will stay full longer. So no needs for snacks in between meals necessarily. OHH and did I mention, this isn’t a messy meal either, their won’t be any need for worry on removing pasta sauce from your top afterward unless you go baby crazy with your food! and if that’s the case, I don’t really think you will be complaining a whole lot food fight instigator!

In reality, though, this is a quick simple easy meal to prepare. It’s great for on the go and gives you a walloping good meal full of important benefits.

In the comments below, let me know what veggies you would put in! I would love to hear from you.

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DIY Sugar Wax

Aren’t you sick of shaving every couple of days? I know after 20 years, I sure am! The shaving cream and clogged razors are irritating as ever. Especially now that it costs an arm and a leg (at least that’s what it feels like to me!) to buy razors and their  replacement blades.  So today for the first time in my stubborn life, I decided to try a DIY Sugar Wax. If you are interested in possibly going shave cream free and razorless than keep reading!….

DIY Sugar Wax

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 FULL legs

DIY Sugar Wax

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • * TONS of cloth strips. -Jean, no stretch cottons all work. thick fabrics that have no stretch or give. This is the perfect time to possibly use any scrap materials!

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together, and make sure the sugar is fully dissolved
  2. Bring to a boil for 10-12 mins ( or until golden brown) stirring occasionally
  3. Pour into your GLASS vessel of choice, and let cool for 20-25 mins

Notes

You will want long wide strips of the cloth for legs and short wide strips for underarm areas....any other regions, and you are on your own doll!

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I’m not going to lie, this is a time-consuming project. The making of the wax is not even remotely hard (pardon the pun), although it can take a shorter time or longer than the time I have given, depending on how good your stove is. This is a recipe I have found many times over the years, but none has ever said it was a soft wax formula (meaning it needs cloth strips) and taking into account all the time frames given for boiling etc. I found they were all a bit short on the boiling AND cooling times.

Now if you are new to waxing, I will let you know that this is not hard to do. It obviously has an OUCH factor to it (I mean you are ripping hair right out of your skin – follicle and all…hopefully),but surprisingly it is not as difficult to make or use as I originally though. The cooking process is minimal and the application and removal are easy peasy once you get the hang of it!

I will give you a bit of word to the wise if you choose to use it on underarm areas, though. You will probably hurt because the hairs grow in all directions, therefore such a small area will need to be done more that once or twice to remove everything!

 

Let’s keep the girl chat going in the comments below! Are you a shaver or a waxer? Shaving is quick and waxing takes work. Honestly, though, I like the long lasting effects of waxing, though. Shaving gets so incredibly messy!

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Making It Vegan | My Vegan Wishlist

Last week I was very excited to announce to you that I had officially gone vegan, and how much better I felt physically and mentally after a few weeks of doing so. Although the journey is a touch bit costly, because of plant-based foods being lower in calories than animal products. I am still doing very well. Yes, I fell off (and paid for it stomach wise) two times while we were out and I didn’t have to terribly much of a choice to choose from. I digress, though. That’s NOT what I want to talk about today. Today, I want to talk about my “Making It Vegan” goals.

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Making It Vegan Recipe Goals

So here’s a list of all of our FAVOURITE foods,that I plan on “veganizing”

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Pulled Pork Sammy’s
  • Hot Turkey Sammy
  • Meatloaf
  • Wings
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cheese Spread
  • Tuna Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potatoe Salad

These are just my starting lineups for learning and finding the BEST recipes online.

Making It Vegan Out and About Goals

I also want to start my own list of vegan fast food, and restaurants in the province of Ontario that somewhat or wholeheartedly cater to vegans. So I will be gradually adding a list of all those kind and wonderful places AS I find them. I will actually make a separate page for that, so you can easily find it if you are out and about. This will also include the specific locations for those chain restaurant types as well.

Making It Vegan Online Resource Goals

Lastly, I am in desperate search for tools and products, I may not be able to find in my area. Whatever they may be. I will have that list as well.

I know the first couple of tools I definitely want for my kitchen is a spiralizer and a tofu press.

 

 

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Huge Lifestyle Decision | STORY TIME

Recently I have made a HUGE lifestyle decision, and I really want to share it with you all. A lot of what you don’t see behind the blog is that I have been quite sick for some time now. I was diagnosed originally with severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. Then I was diagnosed with iron anemia and B12 anemia. Both of these are very common health problems. So I was placed on vitamins and shots, but it didn’t help as much as it apparently should have. This has left me for the most part, always tired, lethargic and inoperable.  Because of this, I have been unable to work for several years now. In the last few months, I have been looking into my diet quite extensively, and how it affects my health. Being an extremely low-income household (roughly 20k a yr) with 2 adults, a cat, and a dog. We only have about $100 a month for groceries, this includes pet food, toiletries/hygiene products, and actual FOOD.

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Now I am sure you are probably a touch bit confused, and you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, so I will let you in on my two-week-old journey. I’M VEGAN. 100% fully vegan. Cold turkey (pardon the pun) . Honestly, I haven’t felt this good in a LONG time!

I really don’t want to get graphic so I will leave out body changes like that, but the biggest thing I noticed roughly 4 days in, was that I had more energy, and I am able to concentrate a lot better and more effectively. I honestly feel like a big cloudy veil has been lifted off my brain. I am able to not only focus, but focus on multiple things at a time, just like when I was younger (and coincidentally vegetarian). My goals actually feel achievable now.

Another thing I am really noticing is how much energy I have, I’m waking up in the morning, feeling awake and alert. I’m not constantly groggy anymore. I also like the fact that I don’t feel like I desperately need to take a nap an hour after waking up! This is especially helpful with all of the things and goals I am trying to accomplish.

Now OBVIOUSLY, like I said at the beginning, I am still completely green in this whole process, but I am absolutely LOVING the effects it’s having on my meager human body.

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REVIEW | Lise Watier HYDRAFORCE Moisturizer

This is going to be a touch bit of a reviewers week. I have received lots of products I want to share with you, and I love getting your opinions on them too. Most of these products I have received for free from the company (including this one), but this in NO WAY impedes my opinion, or what I want to tell you about it.

So today’s review is a Canadian drugstore brand called Lise Watier. It’s a higher end drugstore brand that can be found at Shoppers Drugmart (for all my American readers, this place is equal to your Ulta and Walgreens). More specifically it is for their new line Lise Watier HYDRAFORCE. This is a line of weatherproof moisturizers, yes you read that right. WEATHERPROOF. According to the brand, it has been tested in some of the most extreme weather conditions.

Now here is what I do know, it has hydra-protective agents called Gaspé Algae extract, which is able to help your skin protect itself against dry air, the wind, and many other weather conditions.

Now I received the moisturizer and a nifty little moisture tester with it. unfortunately, the device did not work/was not compatible with my phone. So I can not comment on whether or not the science of their app deemed my skin moisture percentage has improved, but I can say I have noticed a bit of a difference in my skin since using it.

So let’s break it all down, shall we!

PACKAGING

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The packaging is beautiful and simplistic. It’s on the smaller scale with 45mL in a jar, but I can promise you that it lasts. You only need a very small amount to satisfy your skin’s needs.

SCENT/TEXTURE

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I love a nice clean simple scent in my products, I don’t want to be walking around smelling like I soaked up a tub of cheap perfume. The scent of the  Lise Watier HYDRAFORCE moisturizer is so light and delicate. It reminds me of a mix between cool cucumber and some type of a diluted floral scent. This is most definitely something I LOVE. It’s so light and airy.

BONUS. Once you have it on the scent does not linger for very long.

The texture is that of a gel/creme, it’s very light weight (I have sensitive/combo/sensitively annoying skin) sinks in quickly and has a cooling feeling on your skin. It’s based on a more  watery (in a good way) consistency rather than the oily feeling moisturizers of the past.

 

EFFECTIVENESS

I have been using this for several weeks now, and my favorite is now including it in my morning AND night routine. At first, I was afraid of it clogging my pores, causing an outbreak of acne, I cannot afford to have in my life. However, the formula is so super light, that I actually think it has done more good than I could have ever expected. My skin feels slightly firmer, more glowing than the annoying red it usually is. It’s so light that I feel like if I forget to put it on I can easily get out of bed and put it on and go right back to sleep without wrecking my bedding, which is awesome, because, after a long grueling day, you really want things to be simple and easy.

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All in all, I am one of those frugal people that believe every once in a while there is a brand product that comes out that is worth its weight in the gold they want for it. I honestly believe that this is one of those products.

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Xtava Silicone Collapsable Diffuser | REVIEW

I was recently offered the opportunity to try out the Xtava Silicone Collapsable Diffuser for free,how exciting is that!? If you’re anything like me, you will jump at the chance. I cannot stand the diffuser that my hairdryer came with. It’s hard plastic, so it is completely rigid and hurts your head when you aren’t careful.

The Xtava Silicone Collapsable Diffuser states that:

  • fits most blow dryers
  • compact design for traveling easy storage
  • decreases frizz and maximize shine
  • defines curls or waves
  • encourages natural texture
  • adds body
  • minimizes the risk of damage

XTAVA SILICONE COLLAPSABLE HAIR DIFFUSER

So let’s go through this one by one, and I will share with you, my opinion of each feature.

Fits most blow dryers

Absolutely, I couldn’t agree more. I believe my hairdryer is nearly 3″ in diameter and this Xtava silicone collapsible diffuser fit perfectly on it with little to no effort. There are nubs on the inside, that go over the barrel and they fit very nice and snuggly. Yet it isn’t too hard to take off either.

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Compact design for traveling easy storage

This diffuser will roughly take up the same amount of space as a pair of socks. It is lightweight, so good for air travel as well.

Decreases frizz and maximize shine

I have roughly a foot and half length of hair (if not more) so I like to pile sections of my hair onto the diffuser to dry it, making it have a bit of natural wave rather than blow drying with a brush running through it (which would never work for me anyways)

I haven’t noticed a difference with frizz or extra shine personally, but that could also just be my hair!

Defines curls or waves

I don’t notice that this diffuser does anything different with regards to curls and waves than my other diffuser did. I get my natural waves from HOW I blow-dry my hair, not so much what I use to blow dry it.

Encourages natural texture

Once again, I think it is more in the WAY you blow-dry your hair, more than what you use. The diffuser let through plenty of hot air to allow me to put thicker sections than normal into my diffuser. This allows me to create a more natural hair flow.

Adds body

This I can not guarantee. No matter what I did, I could get no more volume in my hair than my normal look. Do I believe it works!? If you can do it with a normal diffuser, then for sure! It will more than likely work with this.

Minimizes the risk of damage

Again, This is not something I can say yes or no to. I’m sure I don’t have the healthiest hair, considering how long it is. I do think that it makes my ends feel less dried out, though.

So I do recommend the Xtava Silicone Collapsable Diffuser, especially if you are a pretty heavy traveler, or better yet. You have very minimal storage space. This will work beautifully for you!

If you are interested in purchasing one of these diffusers Check HERE, and it will bring you to their shop on Amazon.

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Deconstructed Sheppard’s Pie | Cheap Healthy Eats

I love a delicious effortless meal. Something that takes very little thought, but still tastes great! Deconstructed Sheppard’s Pie is one of those dishes. Great flavours, mixed with all the right textures. Texture plays such an important part of the eating experience. Right up there with visuals. I will be the first one to admit, the visuals on this dish may not be the most appetizing. But sometimes, you just got to dig in and take a chance.

This dish has all the great Sheppard’s Pie flavours, without having to deal with mashed potatoes (I don’t know about you, but I hate mashing potatoes).

so without further ado, here is my delicious deconstructed Sheppard’s Pie.

 

Deconstructed Sheppard’s Pie | Cheap Healthy Eats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4

Full dinner servings

Deconstructed Sheppard’s Pie | Cheap Healthy Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat/meat substitute
  • 5-6 lrg potatoes (lrg dice)
  • 2-3 med/lrg onions (lrg dice)
  • Taco Seasoning packet
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Frozen Peas
  • Diced carrots (frozen or fresh)

Instructions

  1. Brown off 1 lb of meat/substitute (using a cup of water at a time as you slowly break it down.
  2. Once browned add a cup of water and your taco seasoning packet and start mixing that in well. Throw in onions at the same time, and cover to steam)
  3. Keep topping up water in pan by a 1/2 cup as soon as the pan drys out
  4. Boil diced potatoes in salt water till tender
  5. Drain potatoes and mix them in with the meat and onion mix coat potatoes with sauce as much as possible.
  6. Place back on stove at med. heat and add carrots and peas if you choose.
  7. Cook till majority of moisture is removed and peas and carrots are no longer frozen and slightly tender.
  8. Plate and Serve
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This dish was a hit with my husband. The best part is…He doesn’t even LIKE Sheppard’s Pie. Because of the way I did the potatoes, though, he was totally down for it. The flavours mixed so well. You have a delicious meal here for those nights that are still cold while you are waiting on Mother Nature to bring some warmth back to us.

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To be completely honest though. I think I would make this any time of year, though. It’s THAT delicious. It’s always a treat to find new ways to feed my family, stay WELL under budget, and be satisfied with our meal.

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11 Bad Grocery Store Habits That Cost You Money

I’m sure like me, you’re trying to save as much as you can on the boring everyday unavoidables like groceries and bills so that you can do fun stuff, like vacations, nice clothes etc. Well, you might not even be realizing it, but you probably, more than likely do a good majority of these 11 bad grocery store habits, and I can promise you. They are costing you a good chunk of money. GUARANTEED. So let’s take a look and see how many we are guilty of shall we!?…and NO, I am not innocent either.

11 Bad Grocery Store Habits

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BUY IN BULK

I can’t tell you how many times, I have reached for a box of baking soda in my adult life, only to find I put it back nearly empty and forgot to pick up more at the store. I know, I know. First world problems, right!?…but honestly, I can’t even begin to figure out how much I have saved by buying things like my baking soda, confectioners sugar etc. in bulk. I can get 2-3 times the amount of product for roughly the same price. Buying in bulk is one of the best things in the world to me. I have even entertained the thought of going up to a flour mill to buy my grains once or twice. I may finally do that one day…hopefully.

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GOING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

OK, I don’t think I really need to elaborate on what a bad idea this is. Do I? Going to the store on an empty stomach is like going to a buffet when you’re starving. You overdo it EVERY TIME. It’s this whole self-control thing that just flies right out the window on the way to the store. You wind up picking up junk you normally wouldn’t buy, just because it looks tasty.

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CHECK YOUR FLYERS AND PLAN YOUR SHOP

NEVER and I repeat NEVER go to the grocery store without a shopping list. ” I only have a handful of things to get ” you say….uh huh. Then we get to the store, and pitas are on sale, this and that and the other thing is on sale. You start browsing because of that nice background music they play at the grocery store….You wind up with a bunch of stuff in your cart, and I bet you are missing more than one thing off that “list” of yours. I would need 20 full hands to count how many times I have done this myself.

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LEARN WHAT IS AN ACTUAL SALE PRICE

Here’s the thing. Grocery stores LOVE to put on ” I said it’s a sale, so it’s a sale” sales. The trick is to know your prices. I keep a notebook filled with the product, brand, store(s), price, size and unit price. Unit price being the most important information. Just because that one pack of toilet paper is on sale doesn’t mean it is going to be cheaper. Check the unit prices, they are listed on the same shelf label as the actual price of the item.

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SUPPLEMENT BEANS INTO YOUR DISHES TO SPREAD OUT MEAT CONSUMPTION OR ELIMINATE IT

I think it’s pretty safe to say with the rising costs these days, the price of meat is getting to be a bit crazy. So one thing that has worked for us ( with great dismay from my husband) is cutting the amount of meat we use in certain dishes and supplementing with beans and or lentils. Don’t tell my husband, but I have actually done this in meatloaf and he never noticed. Cutting the amount of meat in half or even having meatless meals will save and extend the shelf life (so to speak) of your meat needs. Also don’t forget, mushrooms are also a great meat replacer. I have had many a pulled mushroom sandwhich. They are just as delicious when cooked right!

Bad Grocery Store Habits

AVOID THE DELI

 

Now I know, I know. It’s so easy to go to the deli counter and pick up a salad or a sandwhich or a sub etc. …. But you’re at the grocery store!? Just buy the ingrediants. It’s actually cheaper. Trust me, I’ve tried it.$1-$2 per 100g….is an INSANE price to pay. I can also gauranteed those salads aren’t really the freshest either to be quite honest with you. They are prepared at the factory, and then stored til they are shipped to the store, and kept until they are gone or past the expiry date. Completely filled with preservatives to extend that shelf life to.

Yes, I am an advocate for healthy food choices. I can’t help not wanting to ingest a bunch of chemicals into my body. I think we get enough of that in the air we breathe.

Bad Grocery Store Habits

DON’T FORAY INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STORE

WHAT, no middle isles!? Well think about it this way!? What is in those isles? Junk food, canned products bathing in preservatives, and boxed junk. The only aisles I want to go down, is the freezer aisles when I need frozen fruits and veg.

Unfortunately, saying that though. We do get cereal for my husbands sweet tooth. That’s pretty much it though.

Bad Grocery Store Habits

EAT WITHIN SEASON

I would LOVE to call this a no brainer, but you would be surprised how many people don’t know what is in season, and what months to buy what fruits and vegetables. That’s why where I’m from here in Ontario Canada. We have a resource called Foodland Ontario. They promote fresh local products, and tell you when they are in season, and for how long. This is usually at the back of there free recipe books at the store. I love those things. They give me such good ideas.

Bad Grocery Store Habits

GO ALONE AND BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC

 

If you can, I highly recomend it. Go alone…I even mean leave the significant other at home as well, not just the kids. Going with more than one person equals not only distractions, but unwanted extra purchases of things that aren’t on your list. The goal is to get in and get out without going above and beyond your list. So your own music will help you focus on the task at hand, and drown out the other shoppers while you focus on the mission at hand.

Bad Grocery Store Habits

SAY NO TO CONVENIENCE FOODS

Prepackaged convenience food. Expensive prices, for something you can make yourself in larger quantity (if you want) for less money. These salads, freezer meals etc. are going to once again be filled with junky preservatives that will weigh you down, rather than boost your health.

Bad Grocery Store Habits

BRING YOUR OWN BAGS AND SAVE A FEW CENTS

Last but not least, I wanted to go environmental. Bring your own grocery bags, and freezer bags or boxes. We save five cents a bag doing this every shop (and it adds up) and it’s a dozen less bags going to the landfill. Now unfortunately and fortunately we do still get things in plastic bags. Those bags are used for our garbage can though, so that they do one last service before going out for good!

What’s your favourite grocery store money saver? Did I mention it here? Or do you have another to add to the list? Let me know down in the comments below.

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Why Date Night Is A Waste Of Money

Now I know, I know. You are probably not impressed with me by the title of this post. Here me out, though. I’m not saying not to have dates. This is just MY reasoning as to why date night is a waste of money. Now if you’re still in the casual dating scene, or you haven’t been dating long enough to share enough together. Maybe this won’t pertain to you. If however you like to save money (why else would you be here!?) then maybe. Stick around!?

why date night is a waste of money

When your goal is to save money, sometimes the traditional notions and ideas don’t always fit. You can save so much money by switching a date NIGHT to a date DAY…You aren’t going to loose anything either. What you will gain, though, is a better handle on your finances by choosing a cheaper meal to eat at a restaurant if you choose. If you want to check out a movie, they’re usually cheaper during the day as well. So why pay more for the same experience? PLUS During the day, you can have a nice picnic if you want. Pick a few things up at your local grocers or deli and have a beautiful picnic wherever you like. It’s getting to be that season after all.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love a beautiful dinner out at a nice restaurant as well. I also want it to be special, though. Which is why my husband and I only do this a couple of times a year. ie. anniversary and valentines day usually. Those are times to get dressed up extra special and go out somewhere REALLY nice and splurge a little bit (of course you want to save first)

So don’t think that having a day date is going to be fast food or something like that. It  doesn’t have to be. Restaurants generally have really great lunch menus, and they don’t cost a fortune either.

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