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7 Secrets Of The Grocery Shopping Deal Sniffer : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Apr 25- May 1

7 secrets of the grocery shopping deal sniffer

BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS THE SAVINGS   I would consider myself a grocery shopping deal sniffer because I’ve taken the time to learn as much as I possibly can about grocery shopping in Canada even though I knew nothing only 8 years ago. What is a deal sniffer? When I moved to Canada I had no idea about any prices and was led by my wife who helped get me on board with how things happened at the grocery store. I was always a deal sniffer in the UK and I even had a hand scanner similar to the Nielsen Hand Scanner where I scanned my groceries for rewards points. I did just about anything to save money as long as it was legal even if that meant eating the same foods week after week. My kitchen isn’t that boring these days because now I’ve got my grocery shopping goggles on the second I walk through the door. A deal sniffer is someone who knows their stuff when it comes to grocery prices, the grocery store and other places that sell food products. They know where the deals are how to find them and what they need to do in […]

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Strange Things People Do At The Grocery Store To Save Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Apr 17-24

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SAVING MONEY CAN BECOME A CHALLENGE HIGH   I’ve blogged about grocery shopping for 5 years now and have learned so much about how Canadians grocery shop. I’ve learned the good and the ugly about how far people will go to save money on one of the biggest budget expenses apart from mortgage/rent and vehicle payments- food. While at the supermarket I’m on full radar and see so many strange things people do to save money that it amazes me how they can be so easy-going about it. When cracks in the savings system are found some consumers cash in because they want more than a little, they want it all even if it’s a bit underhanded. Financial times are tough in many households as grocery prices and living expenses are steadily increasing where the tightest grocery budget will feel the strain. You may think that only people who are struggling to buy food will conquer the grocery store using crooked ways just to save a few bucks but this is far from true. Even the richest of people are frugal and will do just about anything to keep money flowing through their bank account even if it is cheating […]

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How Customer Feedback Will Make You Richer : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Apr 11-17

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THERE’S ONE FEEDBACK TOOL THAT YOU NEVER WANT TO MISS OUT ON USING- YOUR VOICE   As a consumer whether you are happy or unsatisfied where you shop they most likely have a customer feedback opportunity in which you can share your opinion in order to praise or help improve the shopping experience. The last thing you want to do after finishing your grocery shopping is to fill out a customer feedback report for the grocery store even if there are perks involved. I’m here to tell you that if you do participate in customer feedback that the results will come back to you in the form of riches. A couple of years back my wife took the time to fill out an online customer survey for Giant Tiger after a positive experience. The survey also offered a monthly prize although my wife was more interested in sharing how impressed she was with the service she was given by the lovely cashier who was absolutely pleasant. The odds of winning a prize based out of all the Giant Tiger stores was slim. We received a phone call one late afternoon to be told that it was Giant Tiger and that […]

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The Most Annoying Situations When Buying Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Apr 4-10

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SURVEY SAYS…GROCERY SHOPPING FAILS   Buying groceries is a must for just about everyone so unless you have your groceries delivered or rely on a personal shopper you are in charge of the shopping cart. As someone who doesn’t mind buying groceries from a few competitive stores in our area I notice a difference between grocery chains and when it comes to customers we all fail at something on my grocery shopping annoyance list below. Luckily when buying groceries many of us have the option of where we want to shop but for those of you who may live in a small town or who are without transportation or limited transportation you may have select stores to give your business too. Sometimes we have to take the good with the bad when buying groceries because funds are limited and honestly no one store is perfect and never will be. What we can change is the way we are as customers and voice our concerns so the grocery chains and even small indpendent grocery stores hear what the customers need. I’m not that guy who will fill out a customer survey right now because I’m swamped with work but I have […]

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A Smart Shopper Guide To Prepare For The Grocery Store : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Mar 28-Apr 3

A SMART SHOPPING GUIDE FO PREPARE FOR THE GROCERY STORE

GROCERY SHOPPING WITH MR. & MRS. CBB + Jr.   If you want to become a smart shopper plan to invest time into your grocery shopping experience otherwise you’ll be spending money you don’t need to spend and saving less than you should be. Knowing the ropes when it comes to the grocery store is a big deal especially if you are on a tight budget. A fan asked me how they could become a smart shopper like my wife and I have become over the years which caught me off guard. I thought I’ve shared just about every smart shopper trick that I could think of over the years but I haven’t shared exactly what we do. I’m putting together this post to share how we go about grocery shopping to keep our monthly budget at $235 a month for 2 adults and one toddler. I hope by the end of reading this post you feel as if we all grocery shopped together. My aim is to virtually take your hand to have you become a smart shopper by following grocery tricks we’ve learned over the years. Related: The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide (Become a Smart Shopper with tonnes […]

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Must-Have Kitchen Tools For The Home Chef On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Mar 21-27

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FROST YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS   There are some pretty cool kitchen tools on the market but most often they are a waste of money because they are valuable in the moment but then fade away deep into the back of a kitchen cupboard. You all know what I’m talking about because you likely have some of those kitchen tools you’ve forgotten all about screaming to be used. I know we do. Under the cupboard we have an apple corer, grilled cheese machine, Pampered Chef cheese grater and I’m sure I could find a few more if I left the computer now and had a look, but you get the point. One of these days I’ll be the one selling these kitchen tools on Kijiji because I’m sure there will be a buyer out there looking for these items that will complete their kitchen gadget list. Some of you might dig this All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer kitchen tool but for others it’s just another expensive addition to the kitchen that will likely collect dust. The original price is $28.95 but if you are certain it will add value to your kitchen tools list […]

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The Best Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Mar 14-20

THE BEST CANADIAN GROCERY STORES

THE TOP GROCERY STORES IN CANADA ARE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD   There are so many Canadian Grocery Stores that it can get a bit confusing trying to figure out where to shop to get quality products while saving money to stretch those grocery dollars. Then there are shoppers who don’t care about saving money because they are committed to shopping at one grocery store even if they have to pay more money for products they can pay less for somewhere else. Related: Are you a grocery store snob? When I first moved to Canada 8 years ago I had no idea about Canadian Grocery Stores let alone where to begin shopping. Grocery store prices differ from shop to shop and with that comes differences in product quality and availability. Depending on where you live in Canada you may be blessed with local markets like the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto or St. Jacobs Farmers Market in St. Jacobs. Just about every nationality has a market/shop that sells products from the homeland especially in Toronto which is great to buy hard to find products for new recipes. Related: How to enjoy Gourmet Food on A Tight Budget Outside any city you […]

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How To Enjoy Gourmet Food On A Tight Budget – The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Mar 7-13

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EATING GOURMET FOOD CAN FIT INTO ANY GROCERY BUDGET WITH A FEW KEY PANTRY INGREDIENTS TO SPRUCE UP A MEAL   Long before the big box grocery store there were and still are gourmet food stores, specialty stores, farmers stands and markets across Canada that supply some of the freshest food to our country. Locally produced foods in Canada are often thought to be out of reach for those who think they can’t afford to eat gourmet food at it’s finest. Not only that but unless you submerge yourself into the foodie scene you don’t often hear about places you can buy gourmet food, organic or farm grown products. Educate yourself with what is available in your local area and go see for yourself. I’m here to say, yes you can include gourmet foods in your diet if you plan your meals accordingly. I’m almost positive that if I conducted a survey and asked what the word gourmet meant I’d be told: Higher Price Tag Rich tasting Unheard of brands Imported products The word gourmet has long since been associated with being posh and possibly ingredients that only chefs or hard-core foodies would use in the kitchen. Gourmet is like […]

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Inexpensive Meals-How To Stretch Your Food Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Feb 29-Mar 6

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YOU ONLY HAVE TO CLEAN UP ONCE   I often get emails from fans who want to know how they can create inexpensive meals on a very tight budget. Another concern is how to stretch recipes so they last for a few meals which amounts to a better bang for your buck. One of the biggest budget busters in the food department begins when you eat outside of the home. When you decide to eat out whether they are inexpensive meals or not you more than likely can always make it at home for less. Think fresh food, plus you know what you are putting into the food you eat when you make it yourself. You can’t put a price on that my friends. If you want to limit the temptations of the outside world you must be prepared ahead of time. I eat out from time to time but I certainly don’t make it a daily or weekly occurrence. The answer is to arm yourself with a meal plan and a grocery list that suits your tastes and fits your food budget. Not everyone knows product prices of the grocery store industry which is a number one factor when […]

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8 Gross Things That Turn People Off Your Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Feb 22-28

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  YUCKY KITCHEN MISTAKES EVERYONE WILL NOTICE   You may not even realize that you are doing some of these gross things in the kitchen while you are cooking but your friends and family will, so stop it before no one wants to eat your food. When you go to a party or enjoy the fun of a pot-luck you don’t get to see how the food was prepared which is probably just as well because I’m sure many of you might not want to eat the party food. The same goes with working in a restaurant but at least there are health and safety standards that must be followed or at least put in place for the staff to follow. Not so much with the home chef.   Some things need to be kept private   For the love of all things food please don’t tell me all of the places you had sex in the kitchen. If you used anything that you will be preparing my meal with during your kitchen adventure at least tell me you tossed it in the bin. I’m not joking, a friend told me this happened to him once and I didn’t know […]

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10 Smart Ways To Trim Daily Expenses on Travel Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Feb 15-21

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TRAVELLING IS NOT AS CHEAP AS EVERYONE THINKS…BUT IT CAN BE!   One of the toughest parts about creating a travel budget is planning a food budget for your travelling experience. Whether you stay in a hotel, resort, or you hop in your vehicle for a road trip daily expenses of food must be accounted for or even estimated to keep a tight budget from exploding. Here are ways we’ve learned to save money on food while travelling that we want to share with you so you don’t make the same mistakes we made along the way. Not everyone uses a travel budget when going on vacation which means the grocery budget or entertainment category may be the next two logical places to carve a bit of money from. The reasoning behind using the grocery budget is because if you’re not home to buy groceries you spend that money on travel food. Makes sense to me if it’s a simple road trip but a destination holiday may prove a bit more costlier. Related: How much should my grocery budget be? Most travellers are so focused on planning the trip that they put food on the back-burner because it doesn’t seem […]

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Should You Buy Into The Costco Membership Consumer Hype? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Feb 8-14

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COSTCO WHOLESALE STOCKS YOU UP BUT DOES IT STACK UP $$   Put away your coupon binder if you plan to shop at Costco as they don’t accept manufacturer coupons because they have their own coupons and promotions for private members. They also boast having the best deals because their buyers are able to negotiate great prices. Just how great are these prices though compared to your typical grocery store paired with sales, coupons and coupon apps? Let’s find out…. Related: How to chop everyday food prices without coupons I think not owning a smartphone and Costco membership at the same time either means you’re very frugal, don’t see the benefit or there is no Costco location nearby so there’s no point considering if there are any budget savings to be had. I don’t have either BUT we do have a Costco very close to our house so we wanted to see if there was a benefit for us to stop in and shop on my way home from work. What I found interesting was that Costco motivates shoppers who entertain saving money by buying in bulk every frugal persons’ dream but they also offer a Costco Concierge Service. Can […]