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How To Create An Organized Monthly Grocery List : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 3/4 Feb 19-Mar 4

GROCERY SHOPPING REQUIRES PRECISION PLANNING FOR BEST RESULTS   I know that everyone has different planning strategies when it comes to preparing for a grocery shop however if you fall into the monthly grocery list category you know the importance of over-planning. One of the most asked grocery shopping questions I’ve gotten over the years apart from how much a grocery budget should be revolves around grocery lists. How do you make a grocery list that gets you in and out of the grocery store? How to create a grocery list for one, two, family of 4, or students? A basic grocery list is straight-forward but when weekly shopping turns into a monthly grocery list you’ve got a bit more work to do. I don’t know many people who like to spend more time than needed in the grocery store which is why a meal plan and simple weekly shopping list is ideal. The problem with this is that not everyone has an opportunity to make a weekly super-fly trip to the grocer. If this is you than you may find yourself planning a bi-weekly or even monthly grocery list which is far more work. Related: How monthly grocery shopping […]

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5 Dollar-Wise Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Feb 12-18

LEAVE THE DISHES FOR THE MORNING AND ENJOY A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT HOME WITH YOUR LOVED ONE   Valentine’s Day is around the corner and for those of you who want to surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner at home on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Mrs. CBB and I considered going out to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner but once we factored in the costs we realized we’d get romantic at home instead. Romantic Dinner for two including dessert Bottle of wine or other bubbly Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts Babysitting costs Server Tip Now that we are parents we tend to do more date-nights at home because we enjoy being in the kitchen creating meals together, it’s fun plus far less than eating out. Everything about Valentine’s Day is expensive as I’m sure we can all agree. By the time you buy Valentine’s Day flowers (Rose’s being the number one choice), romantic Valentine’s Day card and book reservations at your favourite restaurant you may be in for a pricey date-night.   Save and Splurge   If you are one of those people who would rather eat out at a restaurant for […]

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Why Do Grocery Stores Water Mist Fruits and Vegetables? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 February 5-11

GLISTENING WATER MIST IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY APPLE   I’ve been freshened up ever so lightly with water mist as I’m looking through fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and for some reason it makes me happy. Sound familiar? Consumer conditioning most likely but understanding the reasons behind this lavish Canadian and American way to sell produce is more than the just-picked look. Trade secrets? Not likely however there are pros and cons to benefiting from the water mist psychologically and financially from both the store and customer perspective. Back in the UK I was never introduced to this type of care for produce as it’s not a practice that was used. Judging by our recent visit to the UK using automated water misting machines still isn’t on the market. *note- that I am aware of. Most often I would go by the sweeter the smell the sweeter the taste ideal when making my purchases. This is why I find it incredibly important to smell what you buy before you buy it. Our son thinks the automatic water mist machines at the grocery store are exciting and acts all giddy when he can see the mist in […]

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4 Simple Ways To Cash In On Weekly Specials To Stretch Your Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #5 Jan 29-Feb 4

THERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WANT AT THE GROCERY STORE EVEN ON A TIGHT BUDGET   Weekly specials listed in your grocery store flyers are the number one way the shop gets consumers through the door to spend money. Once you’re inside be prepared for all sorts of well thought-out distractions that could cost you more money than you anticipated on spending. I’ve run the grocery game challenge for 6 years now and price has and always will be the biggest concern for shoppers followed by quality, quantity and ingredients. From there shoppers might care about the layout of the shop, customer service, types of products, services and so on. Although having a store that does it all in Canada sounds like a dream come true each grocery store offers unique services and savings for their customers. Some of our favourite grocery stores in Canada to shop at are Food Basics for the low prices, Zehrs for reduced prices and PC Optimum points and  finally No Frills for price-matching and PC Optimum Points. Related: The best grocery stores in Canada to shop at Over the past year we’ve been going to Costco as well which has worked out […]

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5 Low-Cost Tasty Recipes You Should TRY At Home : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Jan 22-28

GROCERY BUDGET SAVINGS INCLUDES EXPERIMENTING WITH RECIPES THAT MAKE LIFE A LITTLE LESS HECTIC IN THE KITCHEN   I don’t know about you but when I cook a meal the first thing I consider are the ingredients I have on hand and how I can make tasty recipes with them. For us this means less time in the kitchen, homemade and lowered costs depending on the product. These days meal planning is a big part of our grocery budget challenge in the CBB house but even then it gets tough when unexpected events get in the way. I’m one of those types of people who say if I haven’t tried to do something then I don’t know if I will be good at it or not. The same rings true in our kitchen. Just because a product sells for a buck doesn’t mean I should be forever faithful to buying it. For all you know you can make it for less money using healthier ingredients and no preservatives. I often like to try and make recipes myself for a few reasons; Cut costs Because I can and maybe I should I want to learn about the food I eat Trying […]

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Quick Tips For Buying Groceries Without A Vehicle: The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #3 Jan 15-21

CHOOSE GROCERIES WISELY WHEN SHOPPING WITH LIMITED OR LITTLE TRANSPORTATION TO HELP SAVE YOU MONEY   When I was in University I didn’t have a supermarket near me which meant I had to get creative with buying groceries and stockpiling sales so I didn’t go without or even worse, run out. It’s not like I wouldn’t have been without food since there were and still are take-away shops in just about every village in the UK. Being a frugal guy all my life it was rare you’d catch me eating out when I could make it at home for less. I would and still do get more enjoyment out of creating delicious meals at home then heading to a restaurant. My idea of eating out would be a restaurant or street vendor selling food that I’d have no idea how to cook, won’t cook or foods I’ve never tried before. Many people who do go out to eat get the same boring food that’s relatively easy to make. That’s not really why a majority of people eat out anyways, it’s the convenience. When I get asked why so many people eat out I know that one of the biggest reasons […]

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How To Create A Master Food List To Slash Expenses : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Jan 8-14

YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING EXPENSES AREN’T GOING TO BALANCE WITHOUT A MASTER BEHIND THE PLAN   Easing into the grocery budget process by testing the waters for a few months with a Master Food List might just be YOUR ticket to food shopping success. If you’re anything like me when I was single I would tend to create the same recipes over and over only because it was easy, saved time and kept me from lingering around the grocery store. Once I got married we decided to become a lingering grocery shopping couple who had a frugal mindset yet we were and still are working on cutting back on roaming. This got me thinking the other day how easy it is to overspend when grocery shopping even if you have a meal plan and a shopping list. Besides having a focused mindset when in the grocery store it’s important that you stick to a food list that offers your meal plan all the staples. In the UK my list would have been small, certain vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, pasta sauce, tortellini, sardines, bread, butter. I was and still am a simple guy but once I got married, EVERYTHING CHANGED! Our diet […]

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Grocery Budget Basics: 5 Must-Read Tips About Your Food Expenses

CONTROL THE FOOD EXPENSES YOU CAN AND FORGET WHAT YOU CAN’T   For anyone considering tackling their food expenses I encourage you to read my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide along your journey starting with the critical budget basics I’ve detailed below. If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning; Where you are spending money How much money you are spending How much money you are saving every month With the minimum wage increase to $14 in Canada many shoppers will start to notice food cost increases across the board. Notices are already popping up at fast food restaurants letting customers know that prices are on the rise. That’s not really any concern to you unless eating out is your thing but certainly means consumers are going to see price hikes everywhere. I’m assuming since you are here to grab hold of your food expenses that eating out is not a top priority on your list. If eating out is the problem then you’ve come to the right place. Related: Ontario restaurant owner earning less than his employees with minimum wage hike That being said, your food expenses are still […]

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