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The Ultimate Guide Of Economical Christmas Drinks (Recipes) : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Dec 11-17

DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR EVERYONE   Serving economical Christmas drinks during the holidays doesn’t mean they have to be non-alcoholic. You can offer an array of fancy frugal beverages to your guests by keeping it simple or jazzing them up with a shot of alcohol. Of course non-alcohol will always be cheaper than buying booze but if you want to offer drinks with a splash of buzz I have our top Christmas drinks picks for you. Recently I’ve had readers of this blog ask me if they should include Christmas drinks in their holiday budget planning and the answer is, yes. If it is money coming from your bank account you always include it in your budget. One problem that could arise is that hosting a Christmas party might be a last-minute arrangement. This means when you set your Christmas budget for the year you may or may not have considered hosting expenses. This is one of those cases of not being able to budget for all projected expenses. Related: The Ultimate Guide For Christmas Desserts When creating your yearly budget if you plan to factor in projected expenses for the what-if’s it could save you in the long run. […]

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The Ultimate Guide for Budget Christmas Desserts : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Dec 4-10

DON’T GET CAUGHT AT THE BAKERY WHEN YOU CAN MAKE INEXPENSIVE CHRISTMAS DESSERTS AT HOME   When you host a holiday party you must consider the costs of the food you prepare in your meal plan. Apart from the main meal Christmas desserts can get just as expensive as the dinner itself. Prices for baked goods and ingredients sky-rocket during the Christmas holidays which means a bit of planning goes a long way. Just the other day I found a lady who was selling Christmas shortbread cookies on Facebook that were gorgeous to look at and I’m sure delicious but not for $20/dozen. Nope, not happening. Mrs. CBB and I have never hosted a Christmas dinner at our house because we don’t have any family here to invite. Every year since I’ve been in Canada we’ve celebrated Christmas at my in-laws house which has come to be somewhat of a tradition. Below you will find lots of great Christmas desserts that you can make at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them pre-made at a bakery. I’ve also included below the Ultimate Guide links to past articles I’ve written about holiday baking including tips to stocking your […]

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How To Ask Your Cashier To Apply SCOP : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 Nov 27-Dec 3

YOUR MONEY WEARS SHOES- KEEP UP OR WATCH IT RUN OUT YOUR LIFE   There’s a right way to ask for The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) and a wrong way. If you have zero idea about what I’m talking about then you WILL want to read this post. Today I want to touch on how you go about asking for SCOP with sample questions for you. I also want to talk about how you should handle SCOP at the cashier, customer service or after you’ve gotten home and found a pricing error. Asking for help doesn’t mean you are a weak person it means you have the strength to speak up and say something is not right and would like assistance to solve it. We can’t possibly know everything so don’t be ashamed, speak up. I was having a conversation with a CBB reader about SCOP and she told me that her friend said that only “low-income people” ask for their money back for a pricing error. She went on to say that she would never ask but would say something if the price came up higher. Seems a bit odd that one would have no problem pointing out […]

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8 Frugal DIY Christmas Baking Gifts In A Jar : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3/4 Nov 13-26

CHANGE THE WAY YOU GIVE THIS HOLIDAY WITH HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS BAKING GIFTS THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET   This year Mrs. CBB and I decided that we were going eliminate baking our famous Christmas cookies and replace them with inexpensive yet posh Christmas baking gifts. Will making homemade Christmas Baking Gifts cost more money? Well, that depends on what you are putting in your gifts and how much you are willing to spend on ingredients. We set the dollar amount for the Christmas baking gifts to be around the $5-$7 mark (that’s our posh). By doing so it allows us to splurge a bit on some ingredients and save on others. This may seem a bit odd but as a family of 2 adults and 1 toddler where we’ve cut out sugar from our diet having loads of sweet treats around is too tempting. Who wants to lick the spoon? How tempting that would be for me!! Ah! Most years we would always have extras hanging about and my mother-in-law would always try to get them but since she’s diabetic we’ve also decided that maybe it’s not so good of an idea. To add more fuel to the sweet tooth fire […]

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Unhealthy Food Choices Are Silent Budget Killers : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Nov 6-12

HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES ARE JUST THAT, CHOICES YOU MAKE   Do you have an unhealthy food list? Discretionary foods also known as empty calories or junk food are those you ponder buying because you know they aren’t the best for your health and budget. The reason they are silent killers is because 9 times out of 10 they are cheaper to buy however it’s not really as inexpensive as you really think. Convenient yes, frugal not so much. Unhealthy food is not only saturated in the fast-food  and restaurant market but highly advertised at the grocery store. The only way to get around it is to avoid it. You almost need to pretend it doesn’t exist. Many shoppers are opting for click and collect, food delivery and online grocery shopping simply to avoid the temptation of buying foods they don’t need or aren’t necessarily healthy for them. Keep in mind what is healthy to one person is not to another but for simplicity we’ll stick to junk food and pre-made meals. What’s your motivation?- Ask yourself that and answer it. Smart shopping, saves money and they buy only what they need without extra motivations. The only down-fall is you miss […]

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20 Basic Baking Essentials To Power Up Your Frugal Kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Oct 30-Nov 5

STOCK YOUR KITCHEN WITH THESE MUST-HAVE BAKING ESSENTIALS   If you want to become your own frugal baker consider these 20 Basic Baking Essentials which I believe every kitchen should own. Today, I’m going to show you where you can find the best deals and even better deals if you’re down and ready for some old-fashioned thrift shopping. Bakery products such as muffins, cookies, cupcakes, squares and even cakes are expensive to buy because they are made outside of your kitchen. That’s obvious. This means that morning muffin you pick up at the local coffee shop might be costing your wallet big bucks. Probably just as obvious. If I asked customers who buy their coffee and baked goods from a coffee shop nearly everyday why I bet the reasons would go something like this. It tastes so good I don’t have time to bake I don’t know how to bake I don’t have room in my kitchen I don’t have an oven or it’s broken I don’t have the proper baking supplies to bake Baking is too expensive It will go bad before I eat it all if I bake at home It won’t  break the bank You might also […]

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Scan and Go Technology Is A New Grocery Shopping Convenience : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Oct 23-29

ANOTHER POTENTIAL GROCERY STORE TIME SAVER HAS ROLLED INTO CANADA TO IMPROVE YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.   Knock, Knock…Who’s there? Walmart Scan and Go that’s who! It’s not new technology either just new to Canada. Like some of you reading this I’m starting to wonder if grocery stores are complicating the entire shopping experience by adding so many ways to grocery shop and check-out. I mean, how hard can it be and why aren’t we making time to grocery shop? Should using the self-checkout or scan and go self scanners qualify shoppers for a discount since they are taking on the work of the cashier? Some would say yes and others no. Your payment is in the form of convenience even though it may not always be that convenient. Do you remember when Tim Hortons only sold donuts and coffee or McDonald’s sold breakfast, burgers and fries? If not you’re probably far younger than I am but back then convenience was simple. Not anymore. When Tim Horton’s started to added the sandwiches, bagels, soups, chili and now breakfast and potato wedges it was overwhelming for most. Why complicate such a simple idea? Money and keeping up with the markets. Simple as […]

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Easy Meal Prep Ideas We Use To Inspire Healthy Living : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Oct 16-22

THE BEST MEAL PREP TIPS COME FROM THOSE ON A FOOD JOURNEY   The hardest task for any kitchen warrior is to make everyone in the house is happy when it comes to meal-time. If you want to learn about meal prep don’t go to someone who has never done it before, consult the professionals and I don’t mean those with a University degree either. Joining Facebook or other community groups which consist of people on the same food journey as you and successful is a bullet-proof way to keep focused and learn. They are always willing to share tips with you so you too can get a kick-start with your meal prep ideas. You may question whether meal prep is worth it but only you can answer that. Consider your lifestyle and ask yourself what you’d rather be doing after working all day? Cooking, Relaxing, Playing with the kids, Working Out, Cleaning etc. If you’re eating out at work every day possibly the only change you need to make is prepping delicious healthy meals to take along with you. Oh, and telling your colleagues that you’ve brought your lunch and can’t join them at the restaurant. You could however […]

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