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12 Must-Try Spring Dinner Party Dishes On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Apr 17-23

THERE’S AN EASY WAY TO TURN A DINNER PARTY INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT THE SPENDING STRESS.   A Spring dinner party menu is one of my favourite seasons to work with in the kitchen next to summer because of the vast amount of produce available. If you have a green thumb picking herbs and vegetables from your garden also adds to the fun of preparing delicious meals. Whether you are hosting a dinner party for 20 or a small group of people the number one thing you need is a list. The dreaded list BUT trust me when I say putting the list together is the easy part when creating a menu for your guests. If you think you are going to wing it the night before or even a couple of days before you’ll find you spend more money on your dinner party dishes then had you have planned in advance. Why? Because you are rushing to get it done and the last thing on your mind is- Savings. How long should I plan for a dinner party? That depends on how confident you are to complete the process. Planning including Budget Menu Plan and Timing Grocery Shopping Venue- […]

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How Much Should My Retirement Food Budget Be?

RETIREMENT PLANNING INCLUDES FOOD BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS   The cost of retirement does not come with a free meal pass and for that reason many seniors continue to budget as long as they can. One popular question I get asked on the blog is-How much money is needed for a retirement food budget? Retirement goals+Retirement Health are important financial considerations for the future especially when estimating financial needs. If you are close to retirement I’d say with-in 5-7 years it would be smart to estimate your future costs and whether you will be ready for them financially. Once you have that magic estimated number that you can work with then you will at least have a clearer picture. This will also ease any retirement stress you may be feeling when the time comes to say good-bye to your career and hello to retired life. Obviously monthly net income is factored into the equation as well how much money is left after all the fixed expenses are paid. Your income needs during retirement may decrease however an increase in eating out and travelling may see an increase in your dollar needs. You might find that you won’t need as much money as […]

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Exclusive Easter Menu Ideas To Fit Your Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Apr 3-9

INCORPORATING NEW DISHES INTO YOUR TRADITIONAL EASTER MENU PLAN WILL KEEP YOUR GUESTS GUESSING.   Your traditional Easter dinner menu will differ depending on where you live and family dishes prepared over the years. Incorporating new Easter recipes to the menu every year not only helps to keep your Easter menu current it also creates new memories. While grocery shopping yesterday we noticed that the stores were heavily marketing Easter the moment we walked in. The front entrance smelled like Easter chocolate followed by Easter displays and sale boards. I had to keep telling myself to pretend you don’t see the chocolate. Confessed chocoholic here. This year Easter 2017 falls on April 17. Palm Sunday- April 9 First Day of Passover- April 11 Good Friday- April 14 Easter- April 16 Easter Monday- April 17 If you’re a frugal shopper like we are you may have planned your Easter Dinner menu in advance and searched or possibly even better deals. Cooking a homemade Easter dinner does not have to cost a bundle because the meal itself is quite standard even as a Sunday meal. Considering that there are impressive grocery sales exploding in the stores accommodate Easter menu ideas that work […]

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3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 Mar 27-Apr 2

GROCERY SHOPPING WITH YOUR TODDLER CAN EASILY BECOME A REWARDING LIFE SKILL FOR THEM.   Parents who bring their kids grocery shopping know how important it is to keep them occupied.The last thing any parent wants is to have their children throw tantrums at the grocery store. It only prolongs the grocery shop and adds stress to what could be a fun shopping trip of grocery games. Growing up my siblings and I would goof off at the grocery store and not give much notice to the food that surrounded us. In essence we kept each other busy which seems like a parenting win although my parents missed a valuable opportunity to educate us about where we were, what we were doing there and why it was important. Missed opportunity means- you can’t get the time back but you can certainly get back into the game when needed. It was too late for us kids as we eventually stayed home and played while our parents went grocery shopping. As I got older I found grocery shopping to be relaxing and fun for me because it puts me in a happy place. I love to cook and to me food really […]

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10 Everyday Products You Should Sniff Test Before Buying : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Mar 20-26

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHAT YOU ARE PURCHASING.   To smell is a gift and most often we shop with our eyes and nose because trying products first isn’t always an option. This is why you’ll see customers hovering around the sample booth on the weekends when the aroma of food permeates the air. Even displays of household products become attractive if customers are able to see them work. Costco is another store that offers samples to customers and the smell hits you the moment you walk in the store. It’s not uncommon to find out that a grocery store has artificial aroma sensors strategically placed around the store to motivate shoppers to buy more. These scent machines are far less expensive than hiring a sample company and they work. At Staples Canada a couple of years back we could smell the aroma of delicious coffee throughout the store as it caught us off guard. As coffee lovers it hit us hard and we wanted a coffee. When we were checking out at the cash we asked the cashier if they sold coffee and she said yes but that there was an aroma sensor on one of the main beams in the […]

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4 Expensive Impulse Food Purchases You Should Dodge : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Mar 13-19

GROCERY SHOPPING IS LIKE WALKING INTO A CANDY STORE FOR ADULTS   Impulse buying behaviour is something that every consumer has to deal with whether you believe yourself to be an economical shopper or not. Frugal shoppers are as sensitive to the marketing process of luring shoppers into buying stuff they don’t need as are those who aren’t so thrifty. As you already know I’m a grocery shopper with eyes and ears and occasionally a mouth that engages in food-related conversation. Most often I enjoy observing and listening to what others are saying if they are in my vicinity. Don’t worry I’m not a grocery store stalker, just a nosey customer.   Types of Impulse food purchases   Over the past 5 years that I’ve posted our grocery shops in the Grocery Game Challenge I’ve been more attentive to what people are buying. I’m not the best at multi-tasking but since part of my hobby (this blog) requires knowledge about other shoppers I tend to snoop a bit. When you’re not looking I am because I want to know what you’re buying. I’m also interested in knowing what you’re reading on packages before you toss it in the shopping cart. […]

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Critical 6 Point Consumer Exit Grocery Store Check-list : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Mar 6-12

NOW YOU’LL HAVE TO GO BACK…WORDS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR.   Grocery shopping is already expensive enough for consumers that the last thing we want to do is spend more money by not being focused on the task at hand. This is where an exit grocery store check-list will come in handy. Beep, Beep, Beep the sound of the payment machine telling you to remove your card, but you don’t hear it. That’s how easy and fast it is to float off to la-la land at the grocery store. Seconds. It only took once for me to mess up before I changed the way I made my grocery store getaway. After a long day at work, running errands and picking up the kids you’re probably ready for a hot bath, a drink and some relaxation. I know, I feel that way every day whether I grocery shop or not. Life gets busy and exhausting at times and this is when we choose to focus on what’s most important. One of the worst things I hate about being a consumer is when I forget stuff that I need to get done or even worse leave behind at the grocery store. […]

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Our Weekly Menu Plan Based On A Monthly $265 Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Feb 27-March 5

MENU PLANNING INVOLVES MORE THAN A SHOPPING LIST.   If you are the family meal planner don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the same menu plan your friends or family make because their grocery budget may be different. Not only that but their savings skills and ability to use coupons, price-matching, rewards points and so on all aid in savings. Also, keep in mind that not everyone has grocery stores on every other street corner. Some of you who live in rural areas may have a small grocer in town but must drive into a bigger city to see further grocery savings. Related: How a small town family saves money on groceries   Look to others for inspiration   Two of my home cook inspirations… Canadian Budget Binder fan Mary has posted her grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) for the past 5 years. Not only does she try different recipes she finds online to her menu plan but her monthly $190 grocery budget for 2 has remained unchanged for many years. You can follow her journey every week by reading the comment section of the Grocery Game Posts along with many other GGC players. Mary makes […]