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President’s Choice World Elite MasterCard Is Helping Us Get Loads Of Free Groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Oct 5-11,2015


WE LOVE FREE GROCERIES   President’s Choice (PC) Financial has done it again bringing customers the No Annual Fee President’s Choice Financial World Elite MasterCard to the table. We really do love that there are no annual fees on this credit card or any PC Financial MasterCard which is why we chose PC. My wife banked with PC Financial years before I emigrated to Canada. It was only natural that I sign up for my first Canadian Credit card with PC. I needed to build a credit history in Canada as a permanent resident so we were able to get a mortgage. Thankfully the good people at PC Financial were kind enough to give me that start in a country I was now calling home. As the years have passed PC Financial MasterCard has come out with new versions of their popular MasterCard which my wife and I have always applied for. There are now three PC MasterCards all of which we have used over the years including this brand new one I’ll be telling you about today. All PC credit cards now have the chip and pin technology which just about every shop accepts and it’s great for security […]

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How to kill fruit flies fast with this simple fruit fly trap : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Sept 28-Oct 4, 2015


KILL FRUIT FLIES FOR GOOD   It was back in January when I wrote about pantry pests but I never gave much thought to pesky fruit flies. We’ve never had a problem with fruit flies before although we’ve seen the odd one or two here and there in our kitchen. Most people wouldn’t give a second thought to seeing a few fruit flies around the house but when you kill fruit flies and they return daily you know there is a bigger problem lurking. When we got back from our summer trip we brought plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables back from our relatives gardens. Most of the tomatoes and a few fruits sat on the counter waiting to get eaten up. We never store tomatoes in the refrigerator especially ripened tomatoes from an organic garden. A chemical process will occur and change the flavour of your tomatoes which defeats the purpose. The best tasting tomatoes are from an organic garden or farmer. If you have unripened tomatoes and put them in the refrigerator the ripening process will stop and you will never see whatever colour your tomatoes are supposed to be. Anyways, our tomatoes sat on the counter for […]

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Should using the self checkout qualify you for a customer discount? – The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Sept 21-27, 2015

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NO EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT!   As of right now I don’t know of any grocery stores that will qualify a customer to a discount if they use the self checkout. Not even a loyalty card that states if you use the self checkout 10 times you get a Free Steak is available as a perk. I like Steak! You get ZIP Diddly as my wife would say, nothing. While standing in line the other day waiting for a product check watching and shuffling my feet another customer spoke up from behind me. “Hey, why doesn’t someone open up another cash register so we can get out of here faster?” says an older gentleman wearing a black business suit. You see this grocery store has 10 checkout lanes but only 2 of them were open although the self checkout was also available. Was it even worth moving over to the self checkout? Is the store purposely not bringing in enough staff to open the grocery checkout lanes because they rely on the self checkout? It’s all about the money. I’m sure there is some truth to this because if there wasn’t there would be more staff on duty to handle those customers […]

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When Your Food Budget Is Out of Control You Should Do This! : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Sept 14-20,2015

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FINANCIAL TRUTHS OFTEN HURT   Most people struggle with an out of control food budget and maybe why you might want to read this post today. I’m here to tell you that there is only one thing you can do to fix your out of control food budget. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it below but I want you to read something first. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready for the truth when it comes to debt and their money until they need to do something about it. Self-control is easy for anyone to forget until we have to consider it in our lives. For some people it’s easier just to live free and go with the flow which only works on certain aspects of our lives. Our worst enemy was using coupons because we spent more than we should have just to save money. It turned out we bought too much food, went over budget and wasted quite a bit in the end. We kept telling ourselves that it would save us money in the future. To an extent it did BUT it got to the point we had no interest in the tonnes of food we were stockpiling. We […]

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How To Adjust Your Grocery Shopping List After The Kids Move Out : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Sept 7-13, 2015

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TIME TO FINE-TUNE YOUR FOOD   Your grocery shopping list will need some adjustments now that your children have left home whether it’s for school or to start life on their own. Budgeting household expenses is one of the biggest changes you will have when the kids move out apart from less noise in the house. When the kids are finally gone you have to back-track to the days when you had no kids. It will take time for this new adjustment so don’t get upset if you don’t knock it out of the park the first month or two. I bet you can remember all those days you were scrambling to make lunches at the last-minute because you forgot the night before. Your pantry and refrigerator were filled with foods that you could whip up in a flash because time was never on your side. We found that after our son was born everything we did was at warp speed where before we had just rolled along peacefully. Those were the days. Parenting is hard-core work and with that you need to be organized especially with the monthly household expenses including the grocery budget. Now that we have a […]

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Top 5 Grocery Shopping Methods Revealed…What’s Yours? : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 31-Sept 6, 2015

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THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO GROCERY SHOP   Honestly, there is no right or wrong method to go grocery shopping BUT there may be consequences if you overspend. While at the grocery store today I wasn’t in the mood for any shopping so my wife led the way with our handy grocery list. What I did do was people watch other grocery shoppers while they were shopping. I guess you could say I was creeping their shopping carts. At the same time I was trying to figure out their shopping method because I realize that not everyone is as organized as we are and walk into a grocery store armed with a grocery list. I observed one woman walk through the grocery store doors with her cell phone in one hand chatting away and a basket in the other. She would wander around the store just grabbing items off the shelf as she toggled the phone from from her hand to her neck and ear. I started to follow her from a distance and noticed she had no interest in sales because she put the more expensive products in her basket as opposed to comparable products on sale. I’m […]

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9 Ways To DIY Fast Food To Save Money On Everyday Convenience Foods- The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 24-30, 2015


CREATE YOUR OWN FOOD TO EAT   Life is always a balance between time and money. When we feel pressed for time, it’s easy to spend more money than we realize on fast food and convenience products. This can be true especially when there’s a whole industry based on making us believe that these foods will transform our lives There are instances when convenience is worth the price in terms of time and money. Most often we are paying more for less in terms of taste, nutrition and the time savings are not always as great as they appear to be.   It can make sense to buy prepared convenience foods   Frozen rising crust pizzas are a good example. These regularly go on sale for $3.99 and with the price of cheese and toppings it can be hard to beat that cost with homemade pizza. On a busy night, frozen store-bought pizza can be a definite money and time-saver. It takes just as long to bake one in the oven as it would to wait for take-out. We can make our fast-food and eat it, too. Pre-washed boxes of salad greens ($4.99 and Walmart and Superstore, $2.99 at Costco) […]

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11 Ways to Feed Your Family When You Have Little to No Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 17-23, 2015

11 ways to feed your family with little to no money

I’LL NEVER LET MY FAMILY GO HUNGRY BECAUSE I LOVE THEM   We hear it more on the news these days about parents who have no money and feel that shoplifting is their last resort to put food in the stomachs of their children. It shouldn’t be this way. There is so much food on this planet that no one should ever have to starve, but they do. A CBB fan emailed me looking for tips about how she can feed her family of 4 during the months she has no money and the cupboards are bare. She is a single mom who relies on social assistance for money every month but that money is met with bills and earlier credit card debt she is still trying to pay off. Her comment about not letting her kids starve because she is poor pushed me to talk about this topic because it’s real. It’s heartbreaking to see children go without food for days or parents who give up eating for their children. They get shunned for not having a decent paying job (what is decent these days?), an education or for having habits that cost big dollars. Let’s not forget parents […]

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10 Food Products Worth Buying To Save Time In The Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Aug 10-16, 2015

10 food products worth buying to save time in the kitchen

TIME IS MONEY EVEN IN THE KITCHEN   Everyone knows that you can’t rush a recipe if you want it to taste delicious but the reality is most families opt for food products that save time. Today we are going to talk about food products you can purchase at the grocery store to save you time and money. You may look at the list of food products below and not find any one product that you use in the house. That’s fine. The point of this exercise is to get you thinking about all those foods on the market today, what do you really need to stock up on and what can you make at home.   Making the plans work for you   I know you’ve all heard about meal planning and picking one day a week where you can cook lots of homemade meals to freeze and use during the week. That is a great idea IF you have the time to do it. If you are in the mood for gourmet foods you WILL need the time to create these dishes. Sure, some can be made faster than others but again if you don’t have time or […]

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How to avoid paying full retail price at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Aug 3-9,2015


PLAN YOUR GROCERY BUDGET   No one wants to pay full retail price for something which is why most people look for a deal or bargain when they are at the grocery store. Recently I wrote a post asking whether you put full-price products in your grocery cart when shopping. I shared with you the reasons why shoppers may do this but I never did explain how to avoid paying full retail price in the first place. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s not easy because not everything we need on our grocery list is on sale when we need to buy it. There are ways around it though so don’t jump the gun and pull out your wallet to pay the cashier just yet. I had a fan send me an email after I wrote that post to ask me if I could help her with grocery shopping. Although I physically can’t I recommended she post her shops in the Grocery Game to start but to tell me more about what the problem was. Her biggest concern was meal planning and not having a full pantry. This meant that there were times where she had to run […]

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How To Take A Baby Grocery Shopping Successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 27-Aug 2, 2015


A NEW WAY OF SHOPPING   Congratulations new parents! You have to eat so unless you have someone else doing your grocery shopping you need to learn how to take your baby grocery shopping. Parenting…my goodness where do I begin? It’s one of those topics that NEVER ends. When it came to grocery shopping we wanted to know how to bring our baby shopping without pulling our hair out. For many new parents their new lives can be overwhelming with everything from bringing the baby home for the first time to bringing baby outside into a world of chaos and harmony. Many parents focus on germs, illnesses, feedings, diaper changes etc. when deciding whether to venture outdoors but the worst thing you can do is stay indoors all the time. You can still have lots of giggles and kisses outside as you can indoors. One of the most nerve-racking places parents worry about going is to the grocery shopping or shopping in general. Bringing your baby grocery shopping doesn’t have to be stressful so don’t let every comment you read on the internet scare you into hibernating indoors and ordering in until your baby is a toddler. After years and […]

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5 Ways Product Placement Entices You to Spend More at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 July 20-26,2015

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THE INVISIBLE HOST   Product placement will get you every time if you’re not paying attention. Welcome and thanks for choosing “our store” now let me take your hand and help you spend some money. That my friends is the invisible marketing host that just about every store not just grocery stores have in place for customers. Let me, Mr. CBB take you on a tour of what your guide will show you. Keep in mind that not all product placement is bad but it certainly is meant to capture your attention. Spend or walk away, it’s your choice.   Product Placement is your spending map   Product placement at the grocery store can be very odd and if you’re not paying attention you may miss it but your wallet won’t. Product placement is crucial because this is the silent host that speaks to you on behalf of the grocery store and entices you to buy new products or stuff you weren’t going to buy in the first place. That is of course, if you let them. By the way, where is your grocery list? Today I’m going to talk to you more about how you can say goodbye to […]