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12 Practical Ways To Afford Expensive Food For Less : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Sept 26-Oct 3

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The most expensive meal you will ever eat is the one you can’t afford.   When you crave the most expensive steak but your budget can’t afford it there are ways to get what you want but the key is, patience. Luxury food differs from person to person depending on their grocery budget but it is possible to splurge without paying the price. Most frugal consumers read the flyers and create their grocery list based on that alone. If you really want something that you just can’t afford it’s important to be mindful when you grocery shop. By that I mean scanning for prices. You may not be able to buy it at that moment but eventually you’ll get what you want. We get a bit happy in the grocery store if we find 50% off packages of bacon or other expensive food that we would never buy full-price unless we had to. Even then we may never buy some of the more expensive food on sale because it’s not practical for our family. Over the years we’ve experienced just about every way possible to purchase expensive food that we wouldn’t typically try for less. You may buy a fattier […]

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10 Champion Foods And Beverages To Consume When Feeling ILL : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Sept 19-25

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GET BACK TO YOUR NORMAL SELF FAST WITH THESE HEALING SUPER-FOODS   When you’re feeling ill a quick recovery is important especially if your employer doesn’t offer sick days. Losing valuable income when you are off sick from work will put a dent in your monthly budget so take care of yourself first and fast. Just about every country has a special way to treat themselves when feeling ill and with that comes a host of recipes and miracle cures that might just do the trick. Simple foods and drinks are what have been successful when feeling ill for decades and continue to end up on grocery lists as an alternative to modern medicine. Just because you are ill with the cold, flu, nausea or other seasonal health related illness you don’t have to jump to the medicine cabinet right away. Talk to your doctor or naturopath for recommendations about first steps to take when you are feeling ill. With the winter months ahead of us many of us will catch a cold or the flu which means knowing what you can and can’t eat or drink is important. When I have a cold I tend to eliminate dairy, spicy […]

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How To Hire The Right Caterer For Your Next Event : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Sept 12-18

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THERE’S LOTS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN HIRING A CATERER.   I’m a guy who loves to cook but for smaller crowds. If you asked me to cater an event there’s no way I’d keep up because I simply can’t handle the stress of knowing I might mess up. This is where hiring a caterer comes in handy. The catering business is a big business all over the world because food is love and when there is a special event the caterer is there to ease the stress of the day. Catering is a hard-core business with competition fighting for top spot to take charge of your event. Over the last month I’ve received 2 emails from fans asking me about budgets and catering events they were planning so I thought I would address how to hire the right caterer and some budgeting tips. There are two types of caterers In-house or On Premises Catering (Food is prepared in-house) Off-Premises Catering (Food is brought in) The only reason catering may not be an option for your event is because of a low-budget or availability. Catering comes with a price tag similar to getting restaurant service or fast-food. You get what you […]

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5 Cheap Lunch Ideas To Get You Through The Week : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Sept 5-11

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BE KIND TO YOUR GROCERY BUDGET AND DINE-IN FOR LUNCH   You don’t need to eat steak and mushrooms for lunch nor do you have to create an elaborate spread to bring with you wherever you travel for the day. There are plenty of cheap lunch ideas that are delicious, filling and will cost you less than what you’ll pay at those money-making fast-food industry giants. One of the biggest reasons some people spend less on groceries is because they are eating out and making excuses why they can’t eat at home. If someone tells me they spend $100 a month on groceries such as I often ask how much they spend eating out. The reason is because we forget about those expenses BUT they are still part of your food budget because you are replacing the grocery store or farmers market for fast-food or restaurant options. If you tell me that you have an eating out budget I’d say good for you, however if your goal is to save money you could consider getting rid of or limiting the amount of money you spend on eating out, unless of course you can afford it. You wouldn’t be reading this […]

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How To Buy Groceries When You Live With A Roommate : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Aug 29-Sept 4

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  LEARN HOW TO HANDLE ROOMMATE FOOD EXPENSES THE SMART WAY-BEFORE YOU SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE.   The last thing you want to find out after you move in with your roommate(s) whether it be for school or not you WILL want to know what you are signing up for apart from splitting the costs of rent and utility bills. I’m sure you remember the television show, “The Big Bang Theory” and the roommate agreement that Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) dished out after Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) decided to become roommates with him. It may have been outrageous and we laughed but don’t think this can’t happen to you. It can. Over-night guests notification clause (The Irish Pub Formulation) – There has to be a 24-hour notice if a non-related female is staying over night Section 37B, Miscellaneous Duties (The Friendship Contraction): Leonard is obligated to drive Sheldon to his various appointments, such as the dentist. He must also provide a “confirmation sniff” for questionable dairy products. A requirement of the agreement is to have quarterly Roommate Agreement meetings (The Viewing Party Combustion). At the meetings, the Pledge of Allegiance is performed. Issues raised at the meetings include which kind […]

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5 Critical Pointers To Slash Your Costly Eating Habits: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Aug 22-28

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GROCERY SHOPPING WITHOUT A BUDGET IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER   No matter what your eating habits are like it’s imperative to grocery shop with a food budget and balanced meal plan in mind. If you want to develop smart grocery shopping habits start by practicing what the food shopping experts are doing to save money. It appears that after every holiday or before seasonal changes that consumers go wild to eat healthy food and begin healthy eating habits but at the cost of their grocery budget. Then there are consumers who don’t care about healthy and buy anything and everything that they can’t afford because the products are regular price, over-priced or simply not nutritional based for a balanced diet. Buying too much junk food is one of the leading factors of high-priced eating habits that must be contained before they get out of hand. Costly good eating habits Healthy nutrition doesn’t mean you have to spend beyond your means just to eat well. Good eating habits begin with food basics such as those outlined in the Canada Food Guide. The problem is when people have a tight-budget and over-spend on pricey steaks, seafood or shopping in bulk at […]

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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

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BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

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5 Ways To Spend Less Time Grocery Shopping And More Time Saving : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Aug 8-14

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YOUR TIME SAVINGS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR GROCERY SAVINGS   It may sound silly to some of you to time your grocery shopping trip but this is something Mrs. CBB and I have done the past few weeks only to be shocked at the results. It was time for a grocery shopping experiment to test just how well we were utilizing our time in the grocery store. It’s so easy to get lost in the grocery store world especially when tuning out what’s happening in your life outside of the auto-sliding doors which is almost instantaneous when food is involved. No one wants to be stuck in a grocery store longer than they have to be but like surfing the web can be addicting so can grocery shopping. The time spent on your grocery shopping trip should start the moment you get into your car or step out the front door to complete what most people either love or hate as a task that keeps us nourished. It’s a food love or hate relationship that can be costly or for some strategic where savings and structured goals become more of a marked challenge than a need. This means […]

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30 Must-Have Student Food Pantry Staples : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Aug 1-7

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Create your own student cookbook: University and College Cooking 101   You may or may not be a student but if your child is off to College or University don’t pass on the opportunity for them to spend 10 minutes reading this post about cooking and living independently away from the family home. I’ve been a student in University twice in my life and both times I made sure to have a stocked food pantry to stop me from eating out which is a HUGE waste of money for any student. It’s one thing to be social and another to be lazy in the kitchen if you are able to cook at home. I had many friends who considered themselves the starving student only because most of their student budget went to booze, partying and eating fast food. That’s a sure-fire way to starve your budget and your tummy of nutritious food. What I’ve learned throughout my frugal student years in the kitchen may serve as a handy reminder that you CAN eat decent meals at home and kick the fast-food habits many students take on when they move away for school. First off you need a student budget and […]

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What Every Grocery Store Clerk Wants Customers To Know : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 July 25-31

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There likely isn’t one grocery store clerk out there that hasn’t bitten their tongue when dealing with customers who don’t follow the rules or simply make up their own rules when grocery shopping. It’s been said that if you don’t take care of your customer then your competition will and with that comes silence and smiles from most retail clekrs. The grocery store clerk wants to say things to you badly so you can understand what it’s like being on the other side of the grocery belt all day but fears backlash from the customer and sometimes management. The customer is always right? WRONG!, but in customer service the employee may keep on smiling and carry on just to appease the customer. These bad customer experiences though make for a long work day for any grocery store clerk but always remember happy always outweighs negativity.   You are part of the team   What you are as a customer is part of the company you are spending your money at. That’s right when you shop at any store you become part of that organization which means you help us and we’ll help you. It’s a win-win if we all work […]

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Supermarket Confrontation and How To Avoid Embarrassment : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 July 18-24

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GROCERY STORE WARS TAKES FOODIE FIGHT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL   Dealing with difficult customers is something that grocery store staff contend with every single day but when customers are dealing with irate customers things can get a bit messy. There are people who love to grocery shop and other that despise it. Then we have people who don’t know how to deal with their emotions and anyone that steps in their way sets off a trigger that could turn deadly over something small in most cases. This stuff really does happen   I remember a time in the UK while I was grocery shopping a woman turned the corner of an aisle with her shopping cart and her child was distracting her while sitting in the carrier seat of the cart. The woman wasn’t looking where she was going and smashed into another customer’s shopping cart knocking her purse to the ground. Conveniently her purse was wide open and the contents fell out for everyone to see which upset the women who verbally got abusive with the lady. The situation was resolved quickly but not after an hot exchange of words that made the mother cry. The grocery […]