The Healthy Meal Planning Bundle is here!

If you’ve spent any time at all here at Simply Frugal, then you know I sing the praises of meal planning. Taking the time to meal plan is just so sanity saving and money saving!

However, if you’re anything like me, there are seasons in life when you need all the inspiration you can get.

That’s why I’m excited to let you know that the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle is available for 2020! You guys loved all the resources available in the carefully curated bundle last year. This year’s bundle is no different.

I’m a big fan of printables so I’m especially excited about the Grocery Budget Binder and the Meal Planning Success Kit.

Since my daughter was diagnosed with many food sensitivities last year, I’m going to dig in first the the For Real: For the Love of Real Food ebook for some ideas.

If you want to simplify mealtimes, put unfussy (but still healthy) meals on the table, and ditch the frantic late afternoon craziness, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle.

If you’re ready to stick to your food budget, whip up healthy meals, and quit wasting food, check out the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle before the sale ends August 21, 2020.

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Ampli: Earn Cash Back when you Shop ($5 Bonus)

Earn cash back with Ampli

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Today, I want to introduce you to Canada’s newest cash back app!

What is Ampli?

Ampli is the name and it looks great! Similar to other popular cash back apps like Checkout 51 and Rakuten, Ampli provides opportunities to earn cash back when you make purchases online or in store. Ampli cash back is in real Canadian dollars, not points.

Ampli connects Canadians to a range of deals on everyday essentials and cash back offers from top brands like WestJet, The Home Depot, Well.ca, Michaels, Indigo and Boston Pizza, just to name a few.

One of the best features, in my opinion? It works seamlessly in the background, so Ampli can be used alongside your other loyalty or cash back programs so you can maximize your earnings!

There’s also no need to upload receipts or remember to log in to get your cash back. Yay!

How Much Money Can I Earn With Ampli?

You can earn anything from 1-10% of your purchase price in cash back with Ampli.

How does Ampli work?

1. Download the Ampli app for free
2. Use the promo code AMPLI5 to get your $5 bonus
3. Securely link your debit and credit cards from over 130 Canadian banks and other financial institutions
4. Automatically earn cash back every time you shop online or in-store at participating brands
5. Cash out by sending yourself a free Interac e-Transfer

As a member, you can refer your friends to Ampli and earn cash back for doing it! Currently members earn $5 per referral and their friends earn $5 for joining.

Download Ampli now for free to see the full list of partner brands, but more importantly, to start earning cash back on your everyday shopping! 

Have you tried Ampli yet? If not, will you be giving it a try?

Summer Infant 3Dmini Convenience Stroller Deal

We love this stroller! I bought an older version a few of years ago for traveling and we still get quite a bit of use out of it!

The Summer Infant 3Dmini Convenience Stroller in Dusty Blue is on sale for less than $60 at Amazon.ca! Here are some details:

  • Lightweight (11 lbs.) design & compact fold. The dimensions (collapsed) are 44 x 10.5 x 10 inches (111.76 x 25.4 x 26.67 cm)
  • Hassle-free canopy with pop out sun visor. Recommended for use with children ages 6 months + (or when baby can sit up on their own) up to 45 pounds
  • Includes 2 cup holders, storage pouch and storage basket
  • Full-sized seat with multi position recline & padded seat back
  • Anti-lock, Anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels

Shop online at Amazon.ca here.

Our Favorite Toy Purchase during the Pandemic

Today, I was looking at what my daughters were playing with and I realized that they have consistently been playing with this purchase since March. That doesn’t happen often around here! However, I have been trying to be way more intentional with the toy purchases that I make this year. My main criteria has been toys that have open ended play capabilities and toys that appeal to both girls. (Ages 4 and 8.)

This toy that I purchased in March meets the criteria and has been the most loved purchase!

Magnetic tiles for the win! These have been by far our favorite toy purchase!

In the picture above, they are currently being used as a house for Peppa Pig and Calico Critter toys. (also favorites!) The particular tiles I bought are PicassoTiles. If you can snag the set for less than $60, you’re getting a great deal!

We also own Magformer tiles, but the girls love this style way more because they can create floors so their little toys don’t fall through.

I’d love to know, what has been your favorite toy purchase lately?

New Printable Canadian Zax’s Coupons

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Head over to the Simply Frugal SmartSource coupon page to find two new Zax’s coupons!

  • Save $5.00 off Zax’s Original Bruise or Scar Cream. Redeemable at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and at zaxhealth.com
  • Save $5.00 off Zax’s Darkspot and DarkCircle Eye Creams. Redeemable at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and at zaxhealth.com

Print your Zax’s coupons here.

Limit 2 prints per coupon.

4 Delicious No-Bake Recipes You Can Easily Whip Up With Items in Your Pantry

You don’t have to be a wannabe chef to whip up some delicious meals. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which is great news for anyone who prefers spending their free time binge-watching a show on Netflix or catching up on their reading.

All you have to do, is dig into your pantry and grab a few basic items to whip up these recipes. Best of all? You won’t even have to turn on your stove or touch your oven because they’re no bake recipes!

No Bake Recipes Using Pantry Staples

No Bake Recipes using pantry items

3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Want a no bake oatmeal cookie recipe that’s impossible to mess up? Then follow these instructions to create a batch of oatmeal cookies that are delicious and gluten-free. Best of all, you don’t need oil or butter to make them. Here’s what you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of syrup (you can replace with about 20 drops of Stevia, or ½ cup of sugar)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Grab a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients together. Make sure to mix well until they’re combined. Then, use your hands to form 12 small balls and place them on a large plate lined with parchment paper. Press each ball into the shape of a cookie and add the chocolate chips on top. Now refrigerate for about 30 minutes until they’re nice and firm.

Extra Yummy Microwave Cheese Sandwich

Craving a cheese sandwich but don’t feel like driving to the nearest fast food restaurant or turning on the stove to cook one? Then try this microwave cheese sandwich recipe. It makes a perfect go-to breakfast meal. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • A few slices of turkey or ham
  • 1 tablespoon of salsa
  • 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 split and toasted whole wheat bagel or two slices of bread
  • 3-4 spinach leaves

Place one of the pieces of break on the bottom of a custard cup, a ramekin, or a dish that’s microwave-proof and coat it with some salsa. Sprinkle with the cheese and microwave for 30 seconds until the cheese is melted. Now add some salsa, the turkey slices, and some spinach leaves to the other slice of bread and close the sandwich. Heat it up for 10 more seconds and enjoy this delicious mini treat.

3-ingredient Cookies & Ice Cream Pie

A cookies and ice cream pie recipe might sound complicated, but it’s actually quick, simple to do, and perfect for any occasion. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos or any kind of sandwich cookies you like)
  • 1 cup melted chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups of softened ice cream

Place the sandwich cookies in a gallon sized plastic bag and smash them with a pan or rolling pin until they’re crushed. Now pat the cookie crumbs in to the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish. Then spread the softened ice cream on top and even it out. Then drizzle the top with some melted chocolate and place in the freezer for 4 hours to harden the ice cream.

The Easiest 3 Ingredient Cheesecake in the World

Looking for a 3-ingredient cheesecake that is very creamy and will take your taste buds on the greatest adventure in the history of cheesecakes? Then try this recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 liter plain double cream yogurt (Greek yogurt works amazingly well too!)
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 200g crushed biscuits

Press the biscuits down into the bottom of a microwave-safe deep dish. Then mix the condensed milk with the yogurt and pour the mixture over the even biscuit layer. Now smooth the top and microwave the entire thing on high for about 6 minutes. Then let it cool in the fridge and serve.

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Cozi: Free Family Organizer App

Cozi, the #1 family organizing app

Are you looking to get your family a bit more organized?  You should check out Cozi!  It’s FREE to sign up for!

Cozi is a free calendar app and website (that was named a must-have app by The Today Show!) that helps families stay organized and manage it all:

  • Everything in one place: calendar, shopping lists, to-do lists and more
  • One account the whole family can share
  • Accessible on any device (iPhone/iPad, Android, PC and Mac), at home and on the go

Sign up for Cozi today and you’ll finally have one place to manage school schedules, sports activities, meal plans, chores and more.

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