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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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12 Delicious Inexpensive Childhood Food Recipes : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Oct 9-15

YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT EATING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FANCY JUST MEMORABLE.   Childhood food recipes will either be amazing or something to forget but for those you love why not share them with your family. Saving money on food products is the pinnacle of our monthly budget so we work extra hard to make sure we are getting the biggest bang for our buck. Having a toddler in our house that is a picky eater we find that he doesn’t mind tucking into food recipes that are simple to make and inexpensive. Best of all most of the food recipes that he does enjoy are classics from when Mrs. CBB and I were kids. One of his favourite foods is grilled cheese with bacon. He also loves French Toast with Syrup. Easy, Cheap and filling. Food recipes that come to mind when you think of your childhood are likely those that you love because we tend to forget about food recipes that just didn’t sit right. I can easily recall a plate of fried liver and onions and suddenly feeling ill. I never liked liver and never will. I don’t often talk or think about it […]

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The Ultimate Guide For Buying Real Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Oct 2-8

THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS WHY WE SHOULD BE MINDFUL OF THE FOODS WE PUT INTO OUR BODY.   We hear the term ‘real food’ splashed around social media constantly and grocery stores market fresh organic produce and other products to entice shoppers to consider what they eat. My father-in-law swears by his garden and says nothing beats organic produce but consumers may find they get lost in translation towards the food industry. What’s good? What’s not good? Costs? Health? Grocery shopping for the most part seems like a simple chore but many consumers are left wondering what they should and shouldn’t be eating. You might be reading this right now and not give a rats a$$ about real food and eat whatever you want and that’s fine. Your choice. Are we mindful enough of the food we put into our bodies or do we shop for quantity over quality? In our house it’s a bit of both although it truly depends on the person behind the grocery list and the grocery budget. Cooking skills are a must as are the ability to follow recipes or even create your own. If cooking isn’t your thing you might struggle with real […]

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How A Grocery Store Scammer Gets Away With It : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Sept 18-24

AWARENESS OF THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF SHOPLIFTING AND THE COSTS TO CUSTOMERS AND RETAILERS IS NECESSARY   Scammers are a huge financial loss for grocery retailers across the country and unless there is an awareness most of it falls on a blind eye, at least at the consumer level. The past 10 years Mrs. CBB and I have worked hard to save money at the grocery store and scammers make it difficult for frugal-minded shoppers to keep up with increased prices and loss of programs aimed to help shoppers save. Is shoplifting an addiction? I guess it can be if the scammer believes they can’t stop or doesn’t know how to. The thrill and the savings becomes a hobby rather than a need. I was not shocked to find a 2014 Shoplifters Anonymous Tumblr blog based out of Toronto which shares stories and tips from scammers on how to get free stuff. It’s hard not to read it all because humans are naughty by nature and want to know even if they don’t want to participate. When coupons were the hottest thing going there were coupon men and women who became greedy and ruined it for everyone else. It may […]

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How Thieves Scam The Self-Checkout System : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Sept 11-17

IT’S NOT WORTH CHEATING THE AUTOMATED CASHIER   Should customer service workers worry about shifts in the job market with more stores introducing self-checkout systems? I’d believe so because the more we automate the less we will need human interaction although there will always be customers who pass on technology for a traditional checkout with a cashier. Will self-checkout systems replace jobs as technology moves forward and the crunch of cost-cutting and increased minimum wage blanket consumers and retailers? Possibly and we’re seeing self-checkout systems pop up just about everywhere. Questions upon questions which can only be answered as time goes on and not only from the customer and employee perspective but also the companies that introduce the self-checkout system. If keeping costs lower is the name of the game for a company they most likely would do it especially if that means lowered costs to the consumer. Most often this is just a dream but noteworthy. Stores with the self-checkout system seem to be on the rise in Canada with Walmart, Home Depot and just about every grocery store following suit. With the rise in minimum wage topping $15 in Ontario we are hearing more shops are aiming to […]

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