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Picnic Food Ideas For A Frugal Summer Of Good Eats : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 June 27-July 3

FRUGAL PICNIC FOOD IDEAS(1)

ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE HOMEMADE SUMMER DISHES OUTSIDE   In the heat of summer if you spot a picnic area you’ll likely uncover a trendy food truck with delicious and unique foods that are hard to resist even if the costs are more than you budgeted for. Grocery shopping hungry can be costly and so can having fun on the beach, camping or visiting various summer attractions without any picnic food. Fresh smells of summer foods are everywhere so you either pay for your meals on the go or save money and pack simple picnic food to get you by for the day. Although I’m a fan of food truck creations some of the best picnic food dishes will be homemade and fit nicely into your grocery budget. The purpose of picnic food and enjoying a day away from home is to bring the indoors out and have fun under the sun. You don’t have to bring big pots and burners to make pasta, lobster and other posh foods. Picnic food should be simple and delicious comfort food. If I asked you what your favourite picnic food was I’m sure chicken recipes for picnics such as chicken salad, fried chicken, chicken […]

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Why Free Food Offers Are Attractive Temptations For Shoppers : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 June 20-26

WHY FREE FOOD OFFERS ARE ATTRACTIVE TO CUSTOMERS

FREE GROCERIES ARE HARD TO PASS UP ESPECIALLY WHEN FOOD PRICES ARE FORCING CANADIANS TO TIGHTEN THE GROCERY BUDGET   Free food offers may seem like a decoy for the unsuspecting shopper but they can save you some cash if you know how to approach these freebies the right way. Go shopping just about anywhere and you will be bombarded with the word “Free” whether it be the grocery store, the mall or your local farmers markets. Free is everywhere and for good reason, it attracts customers. I’ve always had apprehension with free stuff as I believed that there is no such thing as a freebie. Since we came into couponing years ago that mindset has changed but not without caution. I started to notice that free food offers were popping up everywhere. Perhaps my radar was on looking for freebies but in essence it’s a marketing mind game that the manufacturers play with shoppers. A while back I blogged about how certain smells are released into the air to grab the customer’s attention. It works alright as I was hankering for a large double-double coffee while shopping at Staples only to be told by an employee it was a […]

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Why You Must Say YES To Your Grocery Receipt : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 June 13-19

why you should say yes to your grocery receipt

HERE IS YOUR RECEIPT-NOW TAKE IT OR FORGO IMPORTANT INFORMATION   I never leave a transaction where money is exchanged without proof of purchase especially at the supermarket because that grocery receipt is your financial life-line when using a grocery budget. There’s nothing wrong with being a receipt hog. You need this stuff to balance your budget but that’s not all. Writing this post came to me after I was doing my nosey thing in the grocery line waiting for my turn to put our products on the belt. The guy in front of me who looked like he was in his early 30’s was buying a small shop of milk, bread, steak, corn, mushrooms and a few other bits and bobs. I wasn’t too interested in his shop until my son had a mini tantrum and wanted out of the shopping cart so the wife took him and I waited in line without interruption. Then what happens next is what blows me away every time. The cashier said to the customer, “Would you like your receipt sir?” and he said, “um, no I don’t need it.”  Really? Must be nice to be so fast and free with money. Why […]

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How to include Fresh Produce In Your Diet When Prices Are High : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 June 6-12

how to include fresh produce in your diet on a tight budget

DON’T LET THE PRICE OF FRESH PRODUCE SCARE YOU AWAY FROM ENJOYING DELICIOUS MEALS   No matter where you grocery shop these days you may have noticed an increase in the price for fresh produce. These price hikes can significantly impact any grocery budget however it is still possible to enjoy your fresh vegetables and fresh fruit without having to resort to frozen alternatives. Tracking your expenses and having a grocery budget are a must for any household but if your grocery budget is tight you may have to make cut-backs or find other savings on items you need to ensure you incorporate nutritious fresh produce into your meals. I was reading an article about the high food prices driving consumers away from fresh produce and into the freezer section where options like frozen vegetables and fruit along with fruit juice seem to be the frugal option for those on a tight budget. Soaring produce prices have been a hot topic recently. Fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 per cent and fresh fruit prices increased 11 per cent year-over-year in April, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report It’s important to remember that you can find ways to […]

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How Cooking Classes Can Save You Big Bucks! : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 May 30-June 5

HOW COOKING CLASSES

LEARN TO COOK AND BECOME THE CHEF IN YOUR HOME KITCHEN   Cooking classes have always been popular and will likely continue to be hot on the bucket list of many who want to learn how to cook starting from basic skills all the way to foreign cuisines. One of the best culinary schools in the world is in your parents kitchen especially if your mom and dad love to cook. That’s how I learned to cook when I was young which opened my intrigue into the world of food prep and cultural meals. From there I became a world traveller and tried to visit as many countries as I could before I moved to Canada where I continue to enjoy new cuisine. Through those experiences I learned just how wonderful food from around the world was but most importantly how they were prepared and cultural knowledge.   Eat at home     Even in the UK I hardly ever ate out because cooking at home was my pride and joy. Plus, it was far cheaper and rewarding for me. Learning to cook new foods means you’ll likely eat out less because your cooking at home which means you spend less […]

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How To Train Your Spouse To Be A Clever Clogs Food Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 May 23-29

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR SPOUSE TO BE A CLEVER CLOGS FOOD SHOPPER

THERE’S NO SHAME IN LEARNING HOW TO BE A SMART SHOPPER   I’m sure that you’ve met someone who thinks they are a clever clogs when it comes to knowing everything about anything there is to know in life. Some may profess to be an expert only to lack the skills needed to complete a task such as being the household food shopper. If you’re tired of always having to do the food shopping because your spouse doesn’t want to take the time to follow your frugal lead then it’s time to get them on-board with a bit of Grocery-101. What is a clever clogs? A bit of humour in this post to get your attention but serious stuff if you are struggling to meet your grocery budget needs because you or your spouse is not participating in the process. The word clever clogs originates in the UK so it’s certainly a term I’m familiar with and now you are. If you’re child is a fan of the television cartoon Peppa Pig you’ll have heard that Edmond Elephant is a bit of a clever clogs. This means a clever clogs is someone who is too clever or commonly called a […]

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How To Chop Your Grocery Costs In Half : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 May 16-22

HOW TO CHOP YOUR GROCERY COSTS IN HALF

YOUR GROCERY COSTS CAN BE SAVED   I’m sure you think that it’s impossible to cut your grocery costs in half and for some of you it may be challenging but for others who are determined it is possible. The problem with so many people who overspend is realizing that they need to change and put stops in place to stick with it. How much should your grocery budget be? If you don’t know the answer to this question today I’m going to share with you how you might be spending far TOO MUCH on groceries for no reason at all. Let’s examine the ways you may be overspending and how you can chop your expenses without feeling deprived. Just because you grocery shop at a cheaper grocery store doesn’t mean you are winning with your grocery bill. No matter where you grocery shop there will ALWAYS be deals which means not one grocery store is created equally. This is the beauty of consumer marketing at it’s finest. In the event you live in a small town and have one local grocery store being mindful of your grocery expenses may become imperative for those who run their ship on a […]

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How We Deal With Rude People At The Grocery Store : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 May 9-15

how we handle rude customers at the grocery store

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO SCREAM DO THIS INSTEAD AND WATCH THEM CRUMBLE.   I don’t know what it is lately but I seem to be running into rude people everywhere I go. The worst shoppers are at the grocery store especially once Spring finally arrives. It’s as if life is super-charged in the fast-lane when the sun is shining and the white stuff has melted. I’m a happy guy and my wife is generally always smiling because we choose to be happy. We’re not perfect but we channel negativity in such a way that we work on it and find other outlets to deal with it. I understand that some people have “issues” to deal with but taking frustrations out on other people over things you can’t control seems a bit…um, “out there”. It doesn’t matter what time of day you go grocery shopping or what store you choose to spend your money at, you’ll always run into rude people. The last thing you want to worry about or even think about is getting into a heated argument at the grocery store. It’s just groceries, not a grocery game. Related: When is the best time to grocery shop? Last […]

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10 Affordable Meatless Meals To Help Shrink Your Grocery Bill : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 May 2-8

Affordable Meatless Meals

  BALANCE THE MEAL PLAN TO HELP BALANCE YOUR BUDGET   Meatless meals have become a regular on our menu plan not only for the savings but because we enjoy the simplicity of a veg dish with simple alternate proteins other than meat and fish. That might sound a bit awkward to someone who doesn’t use a grocery budget but for our family a budget is essential to keeping us accountable for the food that we purchase.   Meatless meal day is any day   If you aren’t already aware there is a day dedicated to meatless meals and that day is Monday. Just because it sounds good though doesn’t mean you are required to forgo meat on a Monday. After a weekend of comfort food with the family a Meatless Monday is a nice way to start the week but it’s also a nice way to end the week or slow it down in the middle. What I love about ditching the meat once or twice a week is that I can batch cook easy meatless meals and enjoy leftovers the next day. I’m not a huge fan of re-heated meat especially if it is a steak, chicken, roast […]

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7 Secrets Of The Grocery Shopping Deal Sniffer : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Apr 25- May 1

7 secrets of the grocery shopping deal sniffer

BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS THE SAVINGS   I would consider myself a grocery shopping deal sniffer because I’ve taken the time to learn as much as I possibly can about grocery shopping in Canada even though I knew nothing only 8 years ago. What is a deal sniffer? When I moved to Canada I had no idea about any prices and was led by my wife who helped get me on board with how things happened at the grocery store. I was always a deal sniffer in the UK and I even had a hand scanner similar to the Nielsen Hand Scanner where I scanned my groceries for rewards points. I did just about anything to save money as long as it was legal even if that meant eating the same foods week after week. My kitchen isn’t that boring these days because now I’ve got my grocery shopping goggles on the second I walk through the door. A deal sniffer is someone who knows their stuff when it comes to grocery prices, the grocery store and other places that sell food products. They know where the deals are how to find them and what they need to do in […]

VarageSale App Is The Newest and Safer Way To Garage Sale

VarageSale Cover Canadian Budget Binder

SLEEP IN WITH VarageSale AND SMASH THE WEEKEND GARAGE SALE CLOCK ON THE HEAD BECAUSE YOU CAN SHOP FOR BARGAINS WITH THIS COOL APP!   It was late last year when the VarageSale App started popping up in my Facebook feed and I was intrigued to find out what it was all about.  I had heard a few people in my circle of friends chatting about this new App which you can use on your Smart Phone. VarageSale is FREE to use at www.varagesale.com, and the mobile app is available on IOS, Android and Kindle devices. Since I don’t own a cell phone I had my wife download the VarageSale App from Apple iTunes to her iPhone so we could check it out. My wife and I and are huge savers when it comes to buying second-hand treasures or even brand new with tag items that people sell. One of the best places for us to find these super saving deals are during the summer months at garage sales. Sadly in Ontario not many people hold a garage sale during the winter unless it’s an indoor garage sale so there are about 6-7 months each year that we were left […]