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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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The Ultimate Pantry Essentials For Frugal Fall Recipes : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Sept 4-10

FALL SMELLS ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OVER YOUR HOUSE   So you want to start preparing Fall recipes but aren’t sure if you have everything you need in the kitchen to do so? It’s time to dust off the crock-pot and casserole (casa-roll-eh) dish Canadian style because the Fall chill is on and it’s time for some comfort food. Well, today we’re going pantry shopping for the Fall season to make sure we have all those precious basic ingredients along with must-have kitchen-tools to make some of the tastiest Fall recipes. The number one kitchen tool that we can all agree on to make Fall recipes is a crock-pot. If you don’t have one invest in one for under $40 and you’ll see just how easy cooking can be. We own a large programmable crock-pot that we’ve been using for years and just love. It was certainly a worthy investment for our kitchen. Once you’ve got your crock-pot it’s always handy to have baking sheets, loaf pans and other baking essentials so you are ready to bake up those Fall smells. What other essential kitchen tools can you think of for Fall?   Tastes of Fall   What kinds of […]

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30 Keto Diet Staples You Will Find In Our Kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 28-Sept 3

STOCK UP ON LOW CARB ESSENTIALS WITHOUT CRUSHING YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   You may have noticed over the past 2 years that our grocery shopping list has changed quite a bit since we’ve moved over to a keto diet. You might also have taken note that our many of our Sunday frugal recipes are low carb as well and this is because we no longer just eat what we want or classify as “healthy“. We have taken control of our eating habits and put more effort into what fuels our bodies and how we energize it each day. Related: Are you eating too much food? I’m not exclusively on a keto diet however I do follow it as much as possible as my dietary needs are different from Mrs. CBB. Coffee is a great start to the day for keto diet lovers. Many of you might be familiar with Bullet Proof Coffee and for those of you who aren’t let me tell you it’s packed full of fat! Some people have asked if the keto diet has interrupted our lean grocery budget of $265 a month for 2 adults and a toddler and it depends. Some months might be great […]

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15 Copycat Recipes To Make At Home : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Aug 21-27

Copycat Recipes Without The Price-tag May Lure Consumers To Put On An Apron.   One of the main reasons people eat out is convenience either because of time barriers or lack of meal planning at home. If you don’t know it already eating out can drastically alter your monthly budget especially if you are spending more time at the restaurants then you are at the grocery store. How many times have you seen an advert on the television or in a magazine for food and said, “I want to try that”, probably quite a few times. I know because I do that quite often, the art of marketing does work. Factor in the costs of tips and drinks for the meal and you’ve just spent enough for a weeks worth of groceries for one meal. Consider how much it costs to make a batch of your favourite muffins, subs or take-out chili in comparison to drive-thru. What doesn’t work is prices which keeps us at home working on ways to create mouth-watering meals in our kitchen. Grocery shopping for some people is just B.O.R.I.N.G but I don’t know many people who shop to party. Of course it’s not the most […]

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The Ultimate Frugal Student Recipe Book : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Aug 14-20

Cheap Healthy Meals For Students In Apartments   Creating cheap healthy meals sounds impossible because we’ve been conditioned to believe that convenience foods are inexpensive and easier to make. Not true in most cases it costs more and tastes can’t be compared to homemade by a long shot. For this reason I wanted to put together the Ultimate Frugal Student Recipe Book for kids who are off to College or University and need some guidance in the recipe department. While at a backyard BBQ party our friend Judy (not her real name) has a 19-year-old daughter off to Western University in a couple of weeks. Instead of moving into residence she opted to share an apartment with two of her friends to keep costs lower for the school year. This means she won’t be part of the University meal plan and it will be her job to prepare recipes on a budget of $50 a week. Related: How much should my grocery budget be? Although her budget may seem high for some people fifty dollars is reasonable enough for anyone to whip up cheap healthy meals without being deprived. That means she won’t have to live on Ramen noodles, toast […]

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How To Pick Food Storage Containers The Right Way : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Aug 7-13

FOOD STORAGE IS IMPORTANT FOR MANY CONSUMERS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO COST, QUALITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.   Cooking recipes are always hit or miss when it comes to portion sizes and the mouths that you have to feed. For this reason you either make too little or too much food. This results in leftovers which then need to be put in food storage containers for lunches or dinner the next day. Related: Food Waste In Canada Some people batch cook purposely so they can freeze dishes for lazy or busy cooking nights. The dilemma for many home cooks is finding food storage containers that meet their  needs. If we had money to spend we’d buy the best of the best of everything but reality is, we don’t. This means we often have to go without the top brands on the market even for simple things like food storage. Food storage containers in particular plastic has long since been a debate about BPA and you’ll find some consumers no longer wish to use anything plastic at all. Often I find people get crazy nervous about new scientific facts and that everything is going to harm us if we don’t make […]

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Ditch These 6 Genius Grocery Sale Price Distractions : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 July 31-Aug 6

  SALE PRICE DISTRACTIONS BECOME A PROBLEM WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE A PLACE ON YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING LIST.   Sale price distractions are everywhere, not just the grocery store. You only have to think back to holiday shopping and understand the power of sales and marketing. It’s easy to say yes even when you want to say no. Every once in a while I get an email from a reader who is struggling with their grocery budget. What I always find interesting is that most of the concerns are typical to most shoppers. They are not new concerns, they are just new to them and can become a burden on their monthly budget. Let’s read what CBB fan Sophie has to say about her grocery shopping dilemma and offer her some tips to get her back on track.   Super Sale Prices Equal More Money   Dear Mr.CBB, I am a single woman in her 30’s who struggles to keep her grocery budget balanced. You would think it would be easy since I’m grocery shopping for one however it’s harder. I’m a person who likes to stress eat which means I’m an easy target for sweets and snack items. My […]

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