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6 Grocery Budget Sacrifices Of A Frugal Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Feb 6-12

STOP AND CONSIDER WHETHER YOU ARE PUTTING ENOUGH EFFORT INTO SAVING AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN WHILE FOOD SHOPPING.   Grocery shopping should not be difficult but without unlimited funds walking into a grocery store and putting whatever you fancy into a shopping cart can be costly. Some shoppers don’t care about saving money but complain that grocery prices are too high. Then there is the frugal shopper who will pull out all the strings to save money but not without sacrifices. Which shopper are you? Frugal doesn’t mean you are cheap it means you are smart with your money. Don’t get me wrong there are still plenty of smart shoppers who aren’t frugal shoppers but just happen to land on deals wherever they go. Lucky maybe? We’re not in the CBB house so we opt for the frugal lifestyle so we can concentrate on paying our debts, increasing our retirement savings and enjoying life without the added worry of more bills. Why? We pay everything in full. Related: Why are you being frugal when you don’t have to be? Arriving at the point where money stress wasn’t getting in the way of our reasoning when grocery shopping has […]

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7 Money Smart Shopping Trip Essentials You Need : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Jan 30-Feb 5

THE GROCERY SAVINGS BAG IS THE ONLY BAG WE THINK ABOUT BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR A SHOPPING TRIP.   Coupon Binder, what’s that? Yes, even the binder has become old school and the grocery saving newbies are wondering what we’re going on about. You mean, smartphone, right? No, coupon binder but don’t worry because not many people carry them around these days. Planning for a grocery shopping trip in the CBB household either runs as smooth as my brownie batter or as lumpy as my mashed potatoes. Even before we became parents grocery shopping was a big deal and it still is although our priorities include a toddler who takes ages to get out the front door. Related: How to successfully go grocery shopping with a baby Over the years we’ve learned the easy way how to save money while grocery shopping and the hard way. The problem is that even though we have the best intentions sometimes not everything goes as planned. I bet even the ultra-organized shoppers screw up their own shopping trip from time to time. I can’t tell you how many times Mrs. CBB and I have sat down to sort out our menu plan for […]

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25 Popular Hotel Food Ideas To Save You Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Jan 23-29

NOT EVERYONE WHO STAYS AT A HOTEL IS ON VACATION.   Why would you want to grocery shop when you stay in a hotel? Many reasons actually so I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of foods you could bring to a hotel to help cut costs. One thing you will learn quickly is that food and drink cost mega bucks when staying at a hotel. On the other hand the hotel you stay at might have no amenities to offer you apart from a complimentary cup of coffee. Whether you stay in a 5-Star hotel or a budget hotel they both come with pros and cons one being the quality and price. You might think that making meals in your hotel room is a waste of time especially if you are on holidays but what if you’re not? Some people have temporary stays for weeks and months at a time in a hotel for various reasons. Maybe you have one week left of University and your room rental expired. Instead of driving back and forth every day as it would take hours you decide to rent a hotel room for the week. […]

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15 Grocery Savings You Might Be Missing At The Pharmacy : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Jan 16-22

YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY MAY HAVE MORE FOOD DEALS THAN YOU’RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TO LOWER GROCERY COSTS.   One of the least read flyers that consumers miss out on chopping their grocery budget hands-down is at the pharmacy. When our weekly flyers would arrive Mrs. CBB handed them to me and the process I followed was to toss out the flyers we had no interest in which used to include pharmacy flyers. It was easier for me to get through the flyers of stores that were familiar to me then those little shops. Boy did I learn a lesson from that mistake. If you haven’t taken the time to look around the pharmacies in your area you might be shocked to find out they offer more than just medicine. The nearest pharmacy to us is a Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix) and a small family pharmacy located next to a doctor’s office. The main difference between the two is that the small pharmacy doesn’t carry food products like you’d find at almost all the big name pharmacies around Canada. Since being purchased for 12.4 billion by Loblaws in 2014 almost all Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy stores have ramped up PC products […]

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How To Curb The Fast Food Temptation After Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Jan 9-15

YOUR BUDGET WILL CHANGE IT’S COURSE IF YOU’RE NOT WATCHING HOW MUCH YOU SPEND WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING.   Let me show you why you’re eating out after grocery shopping and how to beat the temptation that could send your budget into an unbalanced mess. The idea of spending $200 at the grocery store to fill a shopping cart and then buying fast food straight after seems absurd but we’ve all done it. If you want to slash your grocery budget this year it’s important that you look at all the inside and outside factors that influence the way you spend money. The temptation or the idea to cut the time you’ve just wasted in the grocery store seems appealing especially when you’re not in the mood to cook. Eating out means less time doing stuff you don’t want to do after a grocery shop. I am guilty for getting take out after grocery shopping, After all the shopping I’m tired and don’t want to cook- Ami K (Facebook) Eating before you go grocery shopping so you don’t spend more money at the supermarket is a well-known fact. Depending on what you eat and how much you’ve eaten you might […]

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How To Cost Control Your Food Budget In 2017-Join The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Jan 2-8

SAY YES AND TAKE THE GROCERY GAME CHALLENGE 2017   Cost control doesn’t mean that you can come up with prices at the grocery store (imagine the chaos) rather it’s about controlling your costs by uncovering where the savings are each week. Regulate cost control of your grocery budget and you will notice that being mindful when you grocery shop really does pay off. I can’t believe we are starting the fifth year of The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) which began in 2012 when I started this finance blog. This goes to show you how much of an impact The Grocery Game Challenge has had on our budget and those who participate year after year. What I’ve found interesting over the years is that for those that joined and bowed out for whatever reason many have come back to try again. Sadly, once you let a month or two go it can be hard to get back on track but not impossible. No matter their decision those of us who continue to post our shops know the importance of being; Organized On-time Open to Change Motivated For those who have survived my dry British humour and have stuck around over […]

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15 Main Sources For Grocery Savings 2017 You Should Know About : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Dec 26-Jan 1

SPOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES IN 2017.   Grocery Savings 2017-The Grocery Game Challenge starts next Monday January 2 for returning players and for those of you who want to join but aren’t sure about how much money you spend but need to know. There really are many ways to scoop up grocery savings 2017 other than waiting for the paper boy/girl to show up with your weekly grocery flyers. This is one post I look forward to at the end of the year along with our final budget and net worth updates because these are the numbers we’ve worked so hard for all year. Saving money no matter who you are is challenging and it’s not until you start tracking your money when you really get the answer to that burning question, How much am I really spending on groceries? When you track your expenses whether it be only your food expenses or you use a budget spreadsheet those numbers at the end of December will either make you very happy or sad. If you’re not happy perhaps you’ll need to consider a new approach to your grocery savings 2017 […]

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How To Calculate and Track Only Your Food Expenses : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Dec 19-25

A FOOD COST ANALYSIS IS A GREAT WAY TO CALCULATE THE EXACT AMOUNT YOU’RE SPENDING ON JUST FOOD.   Working out food costs might sound boring but what’s exciting is knowing you’re working hard to save money by understanding your spending habits and tracking numbers. Over the years we’ve began to track our food expenses a bit differently than we have in the past. Originally we would calculate any receipt that came from the grocery store and classified those numbers our grocery budget. This is fine if all you want is a estimate of how much your food expenses are but you won’t get a true number. Some of you budget fans might not want to break it down and just dump the full expense into a dominant category depending on the store you shop at. Some savers like to keep their budget very simple with basic budget categories and then there is the wife and I who like to dig a little more. By this I mean we take our monthly budget and any category that we can think of that should be on its own or that we want to exclusively track throughout the year we give it […]