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5 Ways Product Placement Entices You to Spend More at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 July 20-27,2015

5 ways product placement entices you to spend more

THE INVISIBLE HOST   Product placement will get you every time if you’re not paying attention. Welcome and thanks for choosing “our store” now let me take your hand and help you spend some money. That my friends is the invisible marketing host that just about every store not just grocery stores have in place for customers. Let me, Mr. CBB take you on a tour of what your guide will show you. Keep in mind that not all product placement is bad but it certainly is meant to capture your attention. Spend or walk away, it’s your choice.   Product Placement is your spending map   Product placement at the grocery store can be very odd and if you’re not paying attention you may miss it but your wallet won’t. Product placement is crucial because this is the silent host that speaks to you on behalf of the grocery store and entices you to buy new products or stuff you weren’t going to buy in the first place. That is of course, if you let them. By the way, where is your grocery list? Today I’m going to talk to you more about how you can say goodbye to […]

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5 Ways to Check Out Faster at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 July 13-19, 2015

HOW TO CHECK OUT FASTER AT THE GROCERY STORE(1)

 TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE   So many people have said they hate grocery shopping and arriving at the checkout is where most people experience the stress of waiting. There’s nothing worse than having to run into the grocery store for one product and you end up having to wait forever because every check out is backed up. Since the invention of the self-scanner more people opt to forgo the traditional cashier and check out their groceries by themselves. In the past almost every grocery store had a grocery bag boy/girl at the checkout who would pack your groceries with his/her trained eye. The bags would go into your shopping cart and away you would go. The worst you would have to do is load the groceries on the belt and pay for the bill. Easy Peasy! Back in the 80’s (possibly before that too) my wife remembers some stores namely A&P who would have big red bins that would be numbered and all you had to do was pull up to the shop and a grocery clerk would take your number and pack your vehicle with your groceries. Gone are those days and I’d be shocked to ever see […]

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How to get grocery savings you deserve without embarrassment: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 6-12,2015

HOW TO GET GROCERY SAVINGS YOU DESERVE WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT(1)

LEAVING THE SAVINGS   While standing in line to get groceries the other day the lady in front of us had a product scan in higher than the shelf price. For all you savvy Canadian shoppers you know that most grocery stores follow The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP). That meant that she could have gotten the product that scanned in higher FREE up to $10. When she told the cashier that the product was cheaper the cashier needed to check the price. The customer was happy to settle on paying for the shelf price and moving on with her day as most people are. While she was doing that I mentioned SCOP to the lady and she shook her head when I told her to mention it. She said, “No, I’m too embarrassed to ask”. I thought how could someone be embarrassed to get some grocery savings? It’s not that hard to ask for something but for some people it’s a BIG deal especially if it’s not something they’ve done before. It was then I realized that maybe customers wouldn’t be so embarrassed to ask for deals if they knew how to ask. Last week this also happened to […]

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How to send your husband to the supermarket successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 June 29-July 6, 2015

how to send your husband to the grocery store successfully (1)

HE MAY JUST NEED YOUR HELP   If you want your husband to return home from the supermarket victorious you may have to start with a bit of shopping 101 with him. Reality is that most men have NO interest in the grocery store. Why? Most of us have no patience to go up and down aisles searching for things on a list. Not all men you see at the grocery store though are forced to be there (circumstances) or asked to go by their significant other. However, we need to eat so whether we are married or not sometimes we do go to the grocery store hunting for food. I know many of my single friends before they meet their girlfriends made ordering food at the nearest fast food joint more of a priority than putting on the chef’s apron. Secretly many of us men have no idea how to grocery shop but we will never tell you that. it’s easier just to go in and wing it than ask for help how to find something. It’s not macho just like we will never ask for directions even if we’ve been driving around for an hour in circles. Not […]

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5 Healthy Office Snacks you should stock for cravings : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 June 22-28,2015

5 HEALTHY OFFICE SNACKS YOU SHOULD STOCK FOR CRAVINGS

HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR ADULTS   Are you wondering how to eat healthy at work? Easy! A healthy eating plan is a must so bring a nutritious lunch plus office snacks that won’t attack your waist-line and budget. Office snacks are probably one of the main reasons people gain weight when they don’t want to especially if they are unhealthy snacks being consumed. Whether you get in your car to drive to the office or you work from home in an office environment like many of my freelance blogger friends, eating snacks will be a part of your day. My friend and personal finance blogger John over at Frugal Rules just posted his amazing transformation “How I lost 100Lbs” and he works from home. He has learned just how important eating healthy is and working out. Empty calories add up over time so it may not happen after one office snack but you keep eating chips, chocolate bars, cookies or other office snacks brought in by your fellow workers and you may just wish you held back a little. Working in an office environment has provided me with insight into what happens when those snack cravings hit. If I were […]

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Top 5 Reasons A Food Budget Is Financially Smart : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 June 15-21, 2015

Food budget financially smart(1)

KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING   A food budget is a huge part of the overall budget in any household whether you decide to use one or not. If you don’t believe me think about how much you pay each time you go to the grocery store and use that to work out your average yearly food expenses. Even though that’s probably the worst way to do it because you probably spend more than you think you are it’s somewhat of a ballpark figure of your yearly expenses. Then again for those of you who do the math this way your final number likely isn’t that important to you but it should be. If you are someone with more money than you know what to do with you might not have a care in the world to know the amount it’s costing you to fuel your body. For those of us who have to worry about balancing our monthly budget a food budget in my opinion is an imperative step to overcoming debt, saving money and balancing the budget. The fact is that whether you document your expenses or choose to just spend your money freely the money will […]

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Is Price Just An Excuse for Buying Junk Food? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 June 8-14, 2015

IS PRICE JUST AN EXCUSE FOR JUNK FOOD (1)

YOU ONLY GET ONE BODY   Healthy food and Junk food is expensive no matter which way we look at it. The price of our grocery budget jumps depending on how we decide to spend our money and on which products. Healthy eating habits start at home and takes work which means yes you need to put some effort into what you put into your body. Your mindset before you set off to the grocery store will determine just what you will purchase and fall prey to. The reason is simple, the grocery store plays to our senses and our wallet. Buying unhealthy foods typically happen because we want to buy them, packaging is nice, they taste and look good or we believe that’s all we can afford to buy. I remember a time a mate of mine back home told me it was cheaper for him as a single guy to eat out every day rather than cook. I doubt that was the case as I had never seen him cook a meal in the entire time I had been friends with him. He had no desire to be in the kitchen so eating out and buying junk food […]

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How to live on a raw food diet : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 June 1-7, 2015

HOW TO LIVE ON A RAW FOOD DIET

A RAW FOOD DIET CHALLENGE   If one would’ve asked me 6 months ago if I’d have considered switching to a raw food diet, I’d likely have looked at them as if they were looney. We’ve always worked to find a balance with our eating, serving our favorite foods with a sprinkle of vegetables in between. However, in the last 5 months, we’ve fallen in love with a diet that consists largely of vegetables, and this is nothing short of a miracle. Our family’s love affair with food has been long-lived. We are foodies by nature; you know the kind of family where love = how much good and tasty (not necessarily healthy) food you serve people when they show up at your door. As such, implementing a raw foods diet into our family has not been without its challenges. I remember going to Great-Grandma’s house on the weekends as a child. Everyone was welcome, and her large family always ensured that at least a dozen people would show up to chat on any given Sunday or Saturday. We’d walk in the door, unannounced (this is the way it was back in the day – you’d just show up to […]

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How to budget groceries for visiting out-of-town guests: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May 25-31, 2015

how to budget groceries for visiting out of town guests

FOOD FOR EVERYONE   As you may know Mrs. CBB and I have out-of-town guests staying with us for 3 weeks. My parents are visiting from the UK which means our lovely grocery budget of $235 a month may just take a beating. Setting up the guest room and bathroom was the easy part. We cleared out the closets, put fresh linens on the bed, dusted and cleaned both rooms so it was ready for our guests. When we created our grocery budget we never thought much to having guests staying over at our house or to factor that in. If you are having guests stay over for a few days it likely won’t impact your budget much at all but if it’s for weeks or even months you may want to consider how you can budget the extra expenses into your grocery budget. Eating out is convenient when you have guests staying at your house but if you are anything like us YOU will pay the bill not your guests. That can get pricey if you start to eat out often so we opted to buy good food and cook it at home. The great thing is that my […]

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When to use Negotiation Strategies at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 May 18-24, 2015

when to use negotiation skills at the grocery store(1)

 INFLUENCE TO SAVE MONEY   Negotiation skills take time and practice so don’t be shy to haggle because you won’t become the master communicator you need to get the discounts you deserve.  It may sound deceiving when you use influence to get what you want but if you use the right negotiation skills it’s a win-win for both parties. Often when we go grocery shopping there is a product we find that we are able to get reduced in price. How? If you saw a box of cereal where the box was crushed you’d likely just leave it on the shelf and find one that is not damaged. Right? Not us! Throughout the day and night there is a stock person who goes around the store to stock and find products that are damaged or close to expiry and they typically reduce the price. They don’t always find every product so it’s up to you, the consumer to make sure you negotiate the price you want to buy that product. Besides, whenever you want to buy something you should inspect it for freshness, quality and expiry if the product is required to have one. This is the only way you […]