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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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Checklist To Bullet-Proof Your 2018 Grocery Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Dec 18-24

FOOD IS ONE OF THE HARDEST OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES TO CONTROL ESPECIALLY IF YOU SHOP WITHOUT A PLAN   It’s budget time again, but how much is your monthly grocery bill going to cost you in the new year? Find out how to fine-tune your 2018 Grocery Budget and control food expenses to take a bit of the stress off your shoulders. Typical grocery costs per month will differ from person to person depending on many factors such as size of the family, income level, health and special diets and so on. Although our food budget for 2017 looks to be on track, it was no easy feat. Since beginning the keto diet after pregnancy Mrs. CBB and I have both made significant changes to the way we eat. We’ve learned so much the past 2 years of keto-living and healthy clean eating that we would like to pursue this again with our 2018 grocery budget. What does that mean for the CBB 2018 Grocery Budget? Ultimately it means our 2018 grocery budget will need to go up slightly even though we’d like to believe we can still make ends meet with our current budget of $265 each month. The little […]

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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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