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Grocery Store Etiquette and How You Can Participate For Free : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 May 8-14

KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY-EVEN AT THE GROCERY STORE.   Over the past almost 6 years that I’ve blogged at CBB I’ve rattled on about grocery store etiquette because it needs to be said. Today I’m dedicating this post to the lady in the grocery line behind us last week and to those of you who need a crash course on how to be polite. Understanding the code of etiquette and following through are two different things. Both need to be in place in order for you to be a nice person and not a hard-nosed grocery shopper (in this instance). With the rising costs of living everyone (almost everyone) is trying to save money wherever they can. Our biggest financial fight after the mortgage was the grocery store and we’ve battled it ever since and documenting our journey on this blog. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years First off let’s explain what the word “etiquette” means for those of you that may not be familiar with it. Your mom and dad might have told you to “be nice” or “treat others as you’d like to be treated” growing up. Ring a bell? If not, this post […]

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How To Tell If Your Grocery Expenses Are Too High or Too Low : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 May 1-7

IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND SPACE TO STORE MORE FOOD OR RUNNING OUT YOU MAY NEED TO RE-ADJUST YOUR GROCERY EXPENSES.   Your grocery expenses may be something you’ve been thinking about lately with rising costs in just about every budget category this year. Who’s going to want our money next? It’s best to always be prepared even if that means making sure you have a stocked pantry but not overflowing. In the meantime I’m going to show you just how you can figure out your grocery expenses to find out whether you need to increase or decrease them. You either have too much food, too little food or just enough with a back-up plan. These are two situations that everyone runs into every week unless they have figured out their food plan. Should you shop or call it a no-shop week? The choice is yours but your best indicator is your grocery budget and what you’ve already got at home. One of the most important aspects of food shopping is to create a balance between what you need to eat and how much you do eat. This will give you a better sign just how much food you […]

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5 Simple Grocery Savings Tips For The Busy Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Apr 24-30

IT’S HARD TO WINDOW SHOP AT THE WHEN YOU’RE IN A RUSH.   If you’re consistently seeing that you’re spending more money on groceries then you’d like to perhaps you’re a busy shopper who needs to back up a step before moving forward. Like a harmless day of retail therapy after work grocery shopping therapy is just as exciting for those who love food. Both of which come with a high price tag if not careful. Do we put enough time and effort into what food we put into our bodies? For the most part I think we buy what we can afford and often go without so we can have something that’s a bit pricey. Those that follow this routine are in-tune with their food expenses and understand the idea behind stretching the food budget. If you have $100 to spend it depends on how many people you are feeding with the $100 and for how long. Those who are shopping for one or even two people at $100 a week every week may be able to afford less for more money. Not everyone wants to get value from their grocery expenses as missed opportunities to save their money […]

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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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