23 April 2016

Think you can't save money on food without coupons? You totally can! (Part 2) - Your In-Store Strategy

by Robin

This here’s part two of our three-part series on how to save money at the grocery store: Have an In-store Strategy. (Did you miss Part One? There we shared five tips about how saving starts before you leave the house.)

Here's Part 2: your in-store strategy...

16 April 2016

Think You Can’t Save Grocery Money Without Coupons? You totally can! Here's how-to... (Part 1: Start at Home)

by Robin & Ed

You might think a couple that writes a blog called Frugal Family Times would be totally gung-ho about coupons. You probably picture our hands calloused and papercut from many hours of clipping coupons and all the while we smile and laugh with the exquisite joy coupons bring us. 

That’s not quite us. Not even close. We’ve tried to like coupons, but we just don’t. Couponing is a hassle in our castle.

That doesn’t mean we spend way too much on groceries. While couponing is the UFC of grocery shopping, we prefer grocery ninjitsu – patient, stealthy and with catchy slogans we can repeat like a wise sensei. 

In this series, we will share our proverbs and help you become a couponless grocery warrior.  

Step one begins at home...

12 April 2016

Two Giveaways: KitchenAid Stand Mixer or 1 Year of Gay Lea Products #BornOnTheFarm ~ Plus a Classic Party Dip: Monkey's Brains

by Robin

I love this dip!  I love to make it.  I love to look at it.  I love to eat it.  And, man, do I love to name it: Monkey's Brains!  (It sounds so inappropriate to serve to company, and inappropriate humour is my favourite and my best.)

I suppose one could call it by it's more boring alias: Classic Spinach Dip in a Pumpernickel Loaf. But why would one do that when it has a super fun name that calls to mind Indiana Jones.  (Hey, we named the dog Indiana - so we're super fans.  Also, in that statement is a joke only other super fans will know and geek out to too.)

Besides the goofy name, why I love this recipe:

  • Um, hello?! It's in a bowl made of bread!  That you eat!  Cool. 
  • It has some veggies in it - spinach and water chestnuts specifically.  
  • I can use Gay Lea Low Fat Sour Cream and save some fat and calories.  (It's got great flavour and no one will notice this healthier swap.)
  • It's super-duper easy - but still looks like you tried a bit.
  • It tastes great!

The recipe:

Monkey's Brains Dip


  • 1 package (300 g) frozen, chopped spinach - thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (500 mL) Gay Lea Sour Cream 
  • 1 package Vegetable Dry Soup Mix
  • 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 large round pumpernickel bread loaf


1) Thaw and drain the frozen, chopped spinach.  

I like to put it in a colander and push the water out with a fork.

2) Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.  Mix.  Cover and refridgerate for a couple of hours for the flavours to blend.

3) Make the pumpernickel bread bowl.  With a bread knife hollow out the middle of the bread.  Add the chilled dip into the centre of the loaf.

4) Slice the bread from the middle into cubes.  Serve alongside the dip with cut up veggies or chips.

And now for TWO Reader Giveaways!

1) Grand Prize Giveaway: 

To celebrate all of the delicious ways you can incorporate Gay Lea’s delicious products, they're giving away a beautiful KitchenAid Stand Mixer! 

Open to residents of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway. Readers may enter across many Gay Lea Ambassadors' blogs, they may only win on a single blog.

Approximate retail value: $450.

  • The grand prize giveaway will be open until April 30, 2016.

Enter here: 

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2) 1 Year of FREE Gay Lea Giveaway:

They are also be giving away 1 year of free Gay Lea products (12 coupons for free Gay Lea product) to one reader of Frugal Family Times!

Open to residents of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway.  Readers may enter across many Gay Lea Ambassadors' blogs, they may only win on a single blog.

  • The giveaway will be open until April 30, 2016.

Enter here: 

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Disclosure: We are part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and we receive special perks as part of our affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are our own.