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5 Critical Pointers To Slash Your Costly Eating Habits: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Aug 22-28

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GROCERY SHOPPING WITHOUT A BUDGET IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER   No matter what your eating habits are like it’s imperative to grocery shop with a food budget and balanced meal plan in mind. If you want to develop smart grocery shopping habits start by practicing what the food shopping experts are doing to save money. It appears that after every holiday or before seasonal changes that consumers go wild to eat healthy food and begin healthy eating habits but at the cost of their grocery budget. Then there are consumers who don’t care about healthy and buy anything and everything that they can’t afford because the products are regular price, over-priced or simply not nutritional based for a balanced diet. Buying too much junk food is one of the leading factors of high-priced eating habits that must be contained before they get out of hand. Costly good eating habits Healthy nutrition doesn’t mean you have to spend beyond your means just to eat well. Good eating habits begin with food basics such as those outlined in the Canada Food Guide. The problem is when people have a tight-budget and over-spend on pricey steaks, seafood or shopping in bulk at […]

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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

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BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

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5 Ways To Spend Less Time Grocery Shopping And More Time Saving : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Aug 8-14

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YOUR TIME SAVINGS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR GROCERY SAVINGS   It may sound silly to some of you to time your grocery shopping trip but this is something Mrs. CBB and I have done the past few weeks only to be shocked at the results. It was time for a grocery shopping experiment to test just how well we were utilizing our time in the grocery store. It’s so easy to get lost in the grocery store world especially when tuning out what’s happening in your life outside of the auto-sliding doors which is almost instantaneous when food is involved. No one wants to be stuck in a grocery store longer than they have to be but like surfing the web can be addicting so can grocery shopping. The time spent on your grocery shopping trip should start the moment you get into your car or step out the front door to complete what most people either love or hate as a task that keeps us nourished. It’s a food love or hate relationship that can be costly or for some strategic where savings and structured goals become more of a marked challenge than a need. This means […]

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30 Must-Have Student Food Pantry Staples : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Aug 1-7

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Create your own student cookbook: University and College Cooking 101   You may or may not be a student but if your child is off to College or University don’t pass on the opportunity for them to spend 10 minutes reading this post about cooking and living independently away from the family home. I’ve been a student in University twice in my life and both times I made sure to have a stocked food pantry to stop me from eating out which is a HUGE waste of money for any student. It’s one thing to be social and another to be lazy in the kitchen if you are able to cook at home. I had many friends who considered themselves the starving student only because most of their student budget went to booze, partying and eating fast food. That’s a sure-fire way to starve your budget and your tummy of nutritious food. What I’ve learned throughout my frugal student years in the kitchen may serve as a handy reminder that you CAN eat decent meals at home and kick the fast-food habits many students take on when they move away for school. First off you need a student budget and […]

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What Every Grocery Store Clerk Wants Customers To Know : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 July 25-31

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There likely isn’t one grocery store clerk out there that hasn’t bitten their tongue when dealing with customers who don’t follow the rules or simply make up their own rules when grocery shopping. It’s been said that if you don’t take care of your customer then your competition will and with that comes silence and smiles from most retail clekrs. The grocery store clerk wants to say things to you badly so you can understand what it’s like being on the other side of the grocery belt all day but fears backlash from the customer and sometimes management. The customer is always right? WRONG!, but in customer service the employee may keep on smiling and carry on just to appease the customer. These bad customer experiences though make for a long work day for any grocery store clerk but always remember happy always outweighs negativity.   You are part of the team   What you are as a customer is part of the company you are spending your money at. That’s right when you shop at any store you become part of that organization which means you help us and we’ll help you. It’s a win-win if we all work […]

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Supermarket Confrontation and How To Avoid Embarrassment : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 July 18-24

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GROCERY STORE WARS TAKES FOODIE FIGHT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL   Dealing with difficult customers is something that grocery store staff contend with every single day but when customers are dealing with irate customers things can get a bit messy. There are people who love to grocery shop and other that despise it. Then we have people who don’t know how to deal with their emotions and anyone that steps in their way sets off a trigger that could turn deadly over something small in most cases. This stuff really does happen   I remember a time in the UK while I was grocery shopping a woman turned the corner of an aisle with her shopping cart and her child was distracting her while sitting in the carrier seat of the cart. The woman wasn’t looking where she was going and smashed into another customer’s shopping cart knocking her purse to the ground. Conveniently her purse was wide open and the contents fell out for everyone to see which upset the women who verbally got abusive with the lady. The situation was resolved quickly but not after an hot exchange of words that made the mother cry. The grocery […]

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Costly Grocery Store Distractions You Should Avoid : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 July 11-17

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IT’S EASY TO FAIL FINANCIALLY AT GROCERY SHOPPING ESPECIALLY IF YOU LET THE SOPHISTRY OF THE INDUSTRY WIN!   Once the prep work is completed to go grocery shopping, your next challenge is bypassing in-store costly distractions but it’s not that easy to defend yourself against. Consumers are complaining about costs at the grocery store because like everything else prices keep going up and pay cheques are stagnant. Who is to blame for this though? The customer wants better deals and the store wants their major suppliers to lower prices so they can roll them out to the customer. It’s a battle against each other and the emptied pockets will come from the customer in the end. Related: Loblaws sends strongly worded letter to major suppliers, asks group to lower costs Loblaw’s missive comes as the price war escalates between Canada’s biggest grocery retailers and as consumers increasingly seek out discount food options after two years of rising food prices. The moment you enter any grocery store you are now on their territory which means they can easily take control of your wallet, mind and appetite with the right marketing tactics. Odds are you won’t see a clock around and […]

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Summer Drinks Your Party Budget Can Handle : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 July 4-10

PARTY SUMMER DRINKS BUDGET FRIENDLY

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED…WHAT CAN I GET YOU TO DRINK?   Whether you’re hosting a summer cocktail party or frugal back-yard grill-fest you’ll want to make sure that your beverage center is fully stocked with some of the best summer drinks for your guests. There are also plenty of ways to add a splash of colour to your summer drinks with or without alcohol. Today I want to talk about alcohol-free drinks, mixed drinks, frozen drinks, fresh fruit drinks, summer drinks for kids and new summer drinks that are all budget-friendly. I went on a Pinterest hunt for some of the best summer drinks recipes I could find that were budget-friendly and easy to make. Can your budget handle summer drinks? If you’re not sure if you can afford to have a summer party but really want one maybe it’s best if you plan by knowing your party budget, writing down everything you’d like to have at your party and save up for it first. This way it takes financial stress off your shoulders rather than trying to fit it into your monthly budget schedule as an unplanned expense. Related: How to host a frugal back-yard BBQ Summer drinks […]

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Picnic Food Ideas For A Frugal Summer Of Good Eats : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 June 27-July 3

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ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE HOMEMADE SUMMER DISHES OUTSIDE   In the heat of summer if you spot a picnic area you’ll likely uncover a trendy food truck with delicious and unique foods that are hard to resist even if the costs are more than you budgeted for. Grocery shopping hungry can be costly and so can having fun on the beach, camping or visiting various summer attractions without any picnic food. Fresh smells of summer foods are everywhere so you either pay for your meals on the go or save money and pack simple picnic food to get you by for the day. Although I’m a fan of food truck creations some of the best picnic food dishes will be homemade and fit nicely into your grocery budget. The purpose of picnic food and enjoying a day away from home is to bring the indoors out and have fun under the sun. You don’t have to bring big pots and burners to make pasta, lobster and other posh foods. Picnic food should be simple and delicious comfort food. If I asked you what your favourite picnic food was I’m sure chicken recipes for picnics such as chicken salad, fried chicken, chicken […]

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Why Free Food Offers Are Attractive Temptations For Shoppers : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 June 20-26

WHY FREE FOOD OFFERS ARE ATTRACTIVE TO CUSTOMERS

FREE GROCERIES ARE HARD TO PASS UP ESPECIALLY WHEN FOOD PRICES ARE FORCING CANADIANS TO TIGHTEN THE GROCERY BUDGET   Free food offers may seem like a decoy for the unsuspecting shopper but they can save you some cash if you know how to approach these freebies the right way. Go shopping just about anywhere and you will be bombarded with the word “Free” whether it be the grocery store, the mall or your local farmers markets. Free is everywhere and for good reason, it attracts customers. I’ve always had apprehension with free stuff as I believed that there is no such thing as a freebie. Since we came into couponing years ago that mindset has changed but not without caution. I started to notice that free food offers were popping up everywhere. Perhaps my radar was on looking for freebies but in essence it’s a marketing mind game that the manufacturers play with shoppers. A while back I blogged about how certain smells are released into the air to grab the customer’s attention. It works alright as I was hankering for a large double-double coffee while shopping at Staples only to be told by an employee it was a […]

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Why You Must Say YES To Your Grocery Receipt : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 June 13-19

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HERE IS YOUR RECEIPT-NOW TAKE IT OR FORGO IMPORTANT INFORMATION   I never leave a transaction where money is exchanged without proof of purchase especially at the supermarket because that grocery receipt is your financial life-line when using a grocery budget. There’s nothing wrong with being a receipt hog. You need this stuff to balance your budget but that’s not all. Writing this post came to me after I was doing my nosey thing in the grocery line waiting for my turn to put our products on the belt. The guy in front of me who looked like he was in his early 30’s was buying a small shop of milk, bread, steak, corn, mushrooms and a few other bits and bobs. I wasn’t too interested in his shop until my son had a mini tantrum and wanted out of the shopping cart so the wife took him and I waited in line without interruption. Then what happens next is what blows me away every time. The cashier said to the customer, “Would you like your receipt sir?” and he said, “um, no I don’t need it.”  Really? Must be nice to be so fast and free with money. Why […]