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Should your grocery budget increase with shrinking product packaging: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Sept 15-21, 2014

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SHRINKING FOOD   I’ve talked about whether we eat too much and potentially why a grocery budget might be high but now we have to tackle shrinking product packaging. I often have people visit the blog wanting to find out what an average grocery budget might be so they can plan their own budget. One problem is there are many differences from country to country not to mention the case of shrinking packaging and higher pricing. The wife and I were at Zehrs the other day with our son grocery shopping and my wife mentioned that we were almost out of cheddar cheese. Although I’m not a fan of these commercial types of affordable cheeses we opt to buy them as they fit our grocery budget. I am used to higher end cheeses from when I lived in the UK but try buying them in Canada and your grocery budget will take a huge hit. The only time you might find us indulging is if the cheese has a 50% off pink sticker making the cheese half-price which works for our grocery budget. Sometimes it’s worth buying a stronger cheese because you use less but it depends on what the […]

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Would you shop at a 24 hour grocery store? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Sept 1-7, 2014

24 hour grocery store

PAYING FOR CONVENIENCE   We all love convenience but for many people the need for a 24 hour grocery store is vital. Who uses a 24 hour grocery store anyways? The customers who roam the aisles of the grocery store late at night when most people are sleeping are those that aren’t tucked up in bed. I know it sounds simple enough but for one reason or another sleeping is not on the agenda. You may find shift workers, students, party goers and even those with disabilities or someone who might be afraid of /dislikes crowded places who visit the 24 hour grocery store for late night shopping. There are also the customers who run out of an item and it’s needed in the middle of the night or someone falls ill and a medicine is needed. Your child may come down with an illness and you need some medicine and the only shop open besides the local convenience store is the 24 hour grocery store. Granted that not every 24 hour grocery store has a pharmacy section open for those that do it is a huge benefit to those seeking relief in the middle of the night. If you […]

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Protect your wallet from the pickpocket at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 25-31, 2014

Pickpocket steals wallet from purse

SECURE YOUR VALUABLES   You don’t think the pickpocket pro will target you but all it takes is you to turn your focus for one second and your wallet will be missing. Learning how to pickpocket doesn’t require a degree rather it’s simply practice and you don’t want to be the one they practice on. I don’t know if any of you, especially the ladies have had your wallet stolen from your purse before but you can feel so violated knowing you were right there. I could have probably taken my camera and went around a few grocery stores this week and snapped pictures of lonely shopping carts with open purses sitting in them. It happens all the time and for some reason I notice these things and maybe because my instincts kick in wondering how someone could leave their purse alone for someone to steal boggles my mind. I make sure my wallet is always in my back pocket even though many men will tell you keeping your wallet in your front pocket is likely a better place to deter any pickpocket. Yes a pickpocket will put their sticky fingers in your back pocket to steal your wallet or […]

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Tryvertising a new way to get free groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 18-24, 2014

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FREE FOOD FOR YOUR OPINION   I don’t know many people that would turn down free groceries for their opinion of a product. Would you? In the past we’ve done home studies on new products that have hit the market and what we got was free product as well as payment for reviewing the product. It was a no-brainer but you had to be chosen to test the new products based on answers to a survey that was emailed to you. If you qualified they mailed the product to you. It wasn’t always free groceries that we reviewed but free shampoo or other products helped us to save a few dollars here and there. We no longer do this as they aren’t offering such reviews any longer but at the time it was fun to do. We have participated in food related focus groups and one other place that offers cash for reviewing food items that are new to the grocery market or companies simply want an opinion on changes to a product. It’s nice to be able to take home free groceries to cook, review it and get paid $30-$50 cash to do so. It doesn’t happen often but […]

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Free product coupons and promo codes that expire before the product: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 11-17, 2014

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PROMO MARKETING ON PRODUCTS   Promo codes and free product coupons that you find on everyday products you buy are there to entice you as a customer to make a purchase. I’m not talking about coupon codes you might find on McDonald’s promotional offers or Tim Hortons coffee cups either. Today I’m talking about coupons and promo coupon codes on products you get at the supermarket. I know many of you love to source out coupons in the grocery store or anywhere you can get your hands on them. We do to because savings in our pocket is worth the effort. Coupons seem to fly off the pads faster than most customers can get to them so manufacturers like to promote product savings via putting the coupon or promo codes right on the product. It’s also a great marketing tool because as a customer you see the coupon right on the product rather than hunting it down. Even cases of pop or canned goods have coupons on the packaging.   Promo Codes   I think it’s a brilliant idea to lure customers to purchase or even test out new product although not all free product coupons and promo codes are […]

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Why a root cellar is beneficial for stockpiling: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Aug 4-10, 2014

root cellar preserving foods

PRESERVING FOODS MADE EASY   Having a root cellar or cold room in your basement can be a beneficial area of your home when it comes to budgeting and living frugal. All too often I have seen the cold room full of everything but food though. The root cellar seems to be the ideal place to store even more unwanted stuff when the garage becomes full. During our rounds of house hunting visiting open houses we noticed some homeowners use a root cellar for bike storage, full of black bags containing unknown items, old furniture and everything else. It seemed a bit odd to me but leads me to believe that not everyone needs or appreciates a root cellar like the next person.       Root Cellar   What is a root cellar? If you’re unfamiliar with what a root cellar or cold room is then you may want to ask an older generation because they were far more popular years ago. The root cellar is a room in the basement with exterior walls and no insulation and no artificial heating or cooling. The ventilation usually comes from 2 vents to the outside where one vent acts as an […]

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Milk in a bag or jug: Which do you prefer? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 28-Aug 3, 2014

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MILK PRICING AND PACKAGING WARS   Milk is likely one staple that ends up on a grocery list each week but for most consumers price will always influence that purchasing power. Not everyone likes milk which is fine because no one is forcing you to buy it but for those that do quality, price and now packaging may take centre stage. If it’s not one thing it’s another as we are now face the introduction of 3-litre jugs in Ontario. Many people including our American friends find the use of milk bags odd as did I when I first moved to Canada. It’s just not something we are used to using. Would I buy a 3-litre plastic jug of milk? Probably not because we use so much milk in our house that it just means more trips and potentially more money. Everything seems like a price grab these days so if a plastic jug is going to influence price in such a way that I’m paying more in my grocery budget, than no. I found it interesting that the Ontario Dairy Council wants to test out the market with – litre jugs of milk but not surprised. It’s true everything […]

Why hiring help seemed smart even for our budget

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ASKING FOR HELP IS NEVER A BAD THING   I know you are thinking that it can’t be possible that Mr.CBB would shell out money to hire help around the house but it’s true. Would you have spent the money we have to get jobs done or do you think we are crazy? Read on….. Not everyone has family around who they can lean on for help when it’s needed nor do you want to bug your neighbours for help in the summer. Sure I help my neighbours do the odd jobs but I would never ask them to help me with jobs that are easy enough for me to do on my own. Maybe that’s just me. I’m the first one to cringe but don’t complain out loud when our neighbours let their house fall apart because they fail to put any money into maintaining the home. Maybe communication would work better because you never know what someone is undergoing in their life and they could use some help. That’s also being a caring neighbour although some might view that as being nosey. You never win! I think just about every neighbourhood has one of every type of neighbour […]