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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 23-29, 2013 #4- Final grocery budget yearly analysis

GROCERY BUDGET YEAR-END REVIEW   Where has the 2013 year gone because it certainly seems like it’s flown by since we posted the first Grocery Game Challenge post in January. This year has certainly proven that we can get over any hurdles we create with our grocery budget but not without turbulence. There were a few months that we spent more than the grocery budget of $235.00 per month and it took a while to get back on track. Some of the items either purchased on the stockpile budget or just included in the main shop were bought to accumulate so it will become cheaper for certain items throughout this coming year. A prime example of this is the “Clear Shampoo” which was at an unbelievable bargain of $0.99, which has led to acquiring approximately a year’s supply. To be honest it didn’t feel so good having to spend less and less each month so we hope that next year we can try our hardest to stay out of the stores when we don’t need to be in them and to stick to the grocery budget. In 2014 we will likely start using the Checkout 51 program so we can […]

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The grocery game challenge Dec 16-22, 2013 #3: Who does the grocery shopping in your house?

    GROCERY SHOPPING IS AN EXPERIENCE   Not everyone enjoys grocery shopping but someone has to do the task each week or couple of weeks to make sure the house is stocked full of nutritious food. If you are single or living on your own most often it’s yourself that has to do the grocery shopping alone unless you hire a grocery shopping helper or you shop in mom and dads pantry. To be honest I’ve been grocery shopping on my own since I was about 18 or 19 years old and I never really appreciated the grocery shopping experience until I started to experiment more with recipes. I had to learn how to grocery shop at a grocery store but the more times I went the easier it got especially after I created a meal calendar where I would write down what I wanted to eat all week. I started travelling quite a bit in my twenties to different countries and was exposed to various cuisines which I wanted to create in my own kitchen. That started my passion for good food with unique flavours from around the world and my collection of cook books that I would […]

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The grocery game challenge Dec 9-15,2013 #2: How not to miss in-store weekly specials and deals

SPOT THE DEAL AND STOCK UP   Not all in-store or unadvertised deals are created equally but when you find a deal sometimes it’s hard to say no, especially if you never find that product on sale. I don’t know how many times I’ve read the grocery game challenge posts that the fans put up or posts on Facebook or forums about in-store weekly specials and deals and wish I could find them. Most times we do remember a deal w’vee heard of from someone and while at a store check it out and sure enough it’s on sale but was not in the flyer. Almost every week when the giant circular bundle arrives at our door we sift through them to write our weekly shopping list according to what is on sale and that is what we shop for exclusively… well we don’t but most people do. We try our best to stick to our grocery list and for the most part we can but when we spot a too good to pass up deal we grab it while we can, as long as we know we will use it and it will save us money in the long […]

How to get what you pay for when buying online

DON’T REGRET YOUR PURCHASES   If you fail to take a few minutes to read over the small print you might just be surprised what you are actually buying. With the holidays fast approaching and many people scrambling to buy their Christmas gifts many people buy online, especially if they can score a great deal. We often talk about how we like to sometimes buy online vs. in-store whether from Kijiji or picking up the odd items on Ebay or Amazon but with that comes caution when spending our money. Buying online items is not something new and it’s well secure for the most part but what happens when the buyer is the person who is trying to scam you out of money even though it’s plain to see you are getting what you pay for. I was reading a Yahoo post the other day about a 19-year-old guy from the UK of all places who was hoping to get his hands on the new X-Box One that was recently released. He also has a 4-year-old child whom he stopped at nothing to make sure he was able to get the X-Box One for but he was duped at the […]

Christmas Countdown: Traditions for a lifetime of memories

WE ALL COME TOGETHER FOR LOVE   December is here and with that the countdown to Christmas has begun. Christmas traditions are something that many families carry on to make Christmas a special and memorable time for their loved ones. Mr.CBB and I recently had a brief conversation about Christmas this year and how I will not see most of my family. He made the comment to me that the older you get the weirder life gets and weird would be an accurate description of my first thoughts about how Christmas will be this year. As families grow and many want to start having their own Christmas morning with their kids in their own home, things change and this is why Christmas traditions become so important. Some traditions may not be able to continue forever but can certainly make some memories that can last a lifetime. Spending time with family and friends and helping those in need is more important to me than any gift my kids and I may receive. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialization of the holidays and forget the true meaning of Christmas but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate like Scrooge. […]

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