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How we eat healthy on a tight budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Nov 24-30, 2014

Eat Healthy

DON’T FAIL BEFORE YOU BEGIN   We always have people who find out about our grocery game challenge ask how we manage to eat healthy on such a tight budget. To be honest it’s not that difficult to do especially if you are open to trying new foods and staying away from the foods you don’t need. Last week I blogged about grocery shopping at the Dollar Store and sure you might be able to pick up a few bits but you can’t eat healthy buying food in a store like that unless fresh produce and veg is offered.   Eat healthy for life   Everyone and I repeat everyone will have their own idea of what “healthy eating” means to them. You may feel that eating a healthy diet of fruits and veg is healthy where another may think that only eating organic is the way to live the healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy means eating whole foods that are prepared fresh and not eating more than your body needs. This is why when people ask me “How much should my grocery budget be?” I can’t answer them because based on personal needs they are the only one’s who can […]

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Buying Cheap Food At The Dollar Store Shouldn’t Be Your Only Option: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Nov 17-23,2014

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IT’S WORTH SPENDING THE TIME TO GROCERY SHOP   It’s no secret that for many Canadians debt is a big problem as it is all over the world. With high debt loads some people feel that buying cheap food at their local dollar store is the only way to put food on the table and to balance their grocery budget. It’s not the only option, let me explain why. If you go to your local dollar store like we do and buy stuff that you know has a price tag that just can’t be beat why would you pay high prices? Most often we give up quality and value just to find something that will work like a $3 IPod Charger as opposed to buying one at The Source for $29.99 plus tax to do the same thing. My theory is we could buy 10 cheap chargers for the price of one and so what if it breaks. Not only can you buy seasonal items and housewares but almost every dollar store also sells cheap food although it’s hard for me to make that same comparison for many of the products. You don’t have to eat unhealthy foods just because […]

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How to grocery shop like a professional personal shopper: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 10-16, 2014

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PASSION FOR FOOD AND SAVINGS   Some of you might be reading this and thinking it’s not that difficult to grocery shop but for some hiring a personal shopper is easier than doing the deed themselves. If you are a grocery shopping ninja like Mrs. CBB and I there is no way in the world you would hire a personal shopper to complete this task.   Personal shopper to the rescue   Can you believe that there is an actual professional shopper career covering all things shopping related to make life as comfortable as possible. I’ve now come to the conclusion that there is a career for just about anything that requires time-saving chores or demand for such role. Essentially hiring a professional shopper is like eating out, it’s convenient. With that convenience comes a price tag and for some of these personal shoppers they can earn a decent living working for a company and even more if they are hired direct by a family/individual without a third-party. Who hires a personal shopper? Anyone who wants to save time, has no idea how to grocery shop or wants nothing to do with a grocery store. This doesn’t mean that they […]

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The 5 Most Important Food Shopping Features In A Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Nov 3-9, 2014

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FOOD SHOPPING IN YOUR WORLD   I’m sure if I asked you about where to buy food in your city you could come up with a list of grocery stores where you do your weekly food shopping or maybe just one that is above the rest. The problem is not every store is created equally starting from the family owned grocer to grocery store chains. This makes food shopping tricky for those that search out foods that meet or exceed their expectations but there’s more to the food when shopping that appeals to people. Unless you buy your groceries online or get groceries delivered there must be something about that hidden environment you don’t see that is important to you. Do you wonder how and where the products you buy are stored? You can’t see that when you do the above but it might be important to you.   Food Shopping Experiences   We met up with some friends tonight and the topic of grocery shopping came up and no I didn’t bring it up. They mentioned how dead Target was every time they went in and how less than happy they were with shopping at Wal-mart. The Wal-mart is […]

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How we plan to spend $100 a month grocery shopping: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Oct 27-Nov 7, 2014

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I’M NO SHOPPING CART HERO   I know, I know, I know we went WAY over budget this month leaving us with just over $100 a month to spend until the end of 2014 on groceries. I’d like to say that we had a no-shop week like we were supposed to and that photo to the left is our empty cart but I’m afraid that’s not the case. The shops you will read below are in between weeks and with 5 weeks of grocery shops in October it really put us in the red. Although we don’t normally shop for groceries in-between weeks or more than once a week if we can help it this month has seen us visit the shops more than anticipated. Having to go to the shops on my own and for various reasons one being that we have a newborn in the house ended up us stockpiling more than we normally do. We opened a bank account for our son which brought us to the store twice because we didn’t have the proper documents to open the account. I guess that’s one downfall having your banking pavillion in a grocery store. This is one of […]

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Budget Friendly Easy Dinner Ideas: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Oct 20-26,2014

Easy Dinner Ideas

SIMPLE RECIPES IN A FLASH!   Life in the kitchen was great until our son came into this world and now we are counting on easy dinner ideas just so we eat decent food. Over the course of the past 7 weeks our diet has went from eating homemade foods with fresh vegetables and fruits to canned soup, sandwiches and cereal. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for fast meals that pack a nutritious punch in a short amount of time. Sure we could have planned freezer meals ahead of time but we prefer to cook hot meals rather than turning on the oven to re-heat frozen food if we don’t have to. We do enjoy frozen foods such as perogies, ravioli, tortellini, fish and some vegetables but we’ve never ventured into batch cooking.   Cheap meals   I know that many parents and working couples rely on 15 minute meals just to make sure they get something hot into their stomachs and to avoid the dreaded TV dinner or even costlier….eating out. Another reason that homemade quick meals are important is because most are budget friendly depending on the type of ingredients you purchase. I know many of my […]

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Why you should always get a product price check: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Oct 13-19, 2014

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BE A GROCERY BUDGET MONEY SAVER   Not everyone has patience when they are grocery shopping and the last thing you want is to hop into a line when the customer ahead of you needs a price check. I know what you might be thinking….Moron, why didn’t you check for a price before throwing it in your grocery cart!! Don’t be so harsh because one day it might be you. These days we rely on computer scanning systems along with a UPC scanning bar code to bring up the price automatically. The problem is not every product has this code and some stores don’t have computer technology. Back in the day the cashier had to manually input prices which was even more reason to watch your prices. Even the cashier can make a mistake today putting in codes to bring up a product’s price. While watching a comedy show on Just For Laughs the other evening with my wife one comedian had me think of all the times I shut down a line for a price check. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco said he has a problem with people who hold up the grocery line and he would rather tell the cashier […]

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Should you really shop at a bulk food store? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Oct 6-12, 2014

Bulk Food Store Walnuts

THE MORE YOU BUY THE CHEAPER IT IS… OR IS IT?   Most people would assume that if they buy food from a bulk food store that it would cost less than buying at a local grocery store. I’m not just talking about a bulk food store like the Bulk Barn but also stores like Costco that people believe help slash their grocery budget. Almost two years ago when I participated in the Welfare Food Challenge I agreed that buying in bulk would help keep costs lowered for those who want to stick to a budget. It’s true as long as you are always getting the ‘best price’ for the size/amount you buy. What is also important to consider is here as well is quality of product. If you aren’t then likely the savings aren’t going to be great.   Bulk Food Store Savings   We don’t have a Costco membership which you have to pay for and factor into your overall costs. This cost can run you anywhere from $55 a year for a business membership to a $110 for an executive membership. Through the grapevine I’ve heard that if you buy a Costco gift card or one was […]