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Protect your wallet from the pickpocket at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 25-31, 2014

Pickpocket steals wallet from purse

SECURE YOUR VALUABLES   You don’t think the pickpocket pro will target you but all it takes is you to turn your focus for one second and your wallet will be missing. Learning how to pickpocket doesn’t require a degree rather it’s simply practice and you don’t want to be the one they practice on. I don’t know if any of you, especially the ladies have had your wallet stolen from your purse before but you can feel so violated knowing you were right there. I could have probably taken my camera and went around a few grocery stores this week and snapped pictures of lonely shopping carts with open purses sitting in them. It happens all the time and for some reason I notice these things and maybe because my instincts kick in wondering how someone could leave their purse alone for someone to steal boggles my mind. I make sure my wallet is always in my back pocket even though many men will tell you keeping your wallet in your front pocket is likely a better place to deter any pickpocket. Yes a pickpocket will put their sticky fingers in your back pocket to steal your wallet or […]

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Tryvertising a new way to get free groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Aug 18-24, 2014

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FREE FOOD FOR YOUR OPINION   I don’t know many people that would turn down free groceries for their opinion of a product. Would you? In the past we’ve done home studies on new products that have hit the market and what we got was free product as well as payment for reviewing the product. It was a no-brainer but you had to be chosen to test the new products based on answers to a survey that was emailed to you. If you qualified they mailed the product to you. It wasn’t always free groceries that we reviewed but free shampoo or other products helped us to save a few dollars here and there. We no longer do this as they aren’t offering such reviews any longer but at the time it was fun to do. We have participated in food related focus groups and one other place that offers cash for reviewing food items that are new to the grocery market or companies simply want an opinion on changes to a product. It’s nice to be able to take home free groceries to cook, review it and get paid $30-$50 cash to do so. It doesn’t happen often but […]

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Free product coupons and promo codes that expire before the product: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 11-17, 2014

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PROMO MARKETING ON PRODUCTS   Promo codes and free product coupons that you find on everyday products you buy are there to entice you as a customer to make a purchase. I’m not talking about coupon codes you might find on McDonald’s promotional offers or Tim Hortons coffee cups either. Today I’m talking about coupons and promo coupon codes on products you get at the supermarket. I know many of you love to source out coupons in the grocery store or anywhere you can get your hands on them. We do to because savings in our pocket is worth the effort. Coupons seem to fly off the pads faster than most customers can get to them so manufacturers like to promote product savings via putting the coupon or promo codes right on the product. It’s also a great marketing tool because as a customer you see the coupon right on the product rather than hunting it down. Even cases of pop or canned goods have coupons on the packaging.   Promo Codes   I think it’s a brilliant idea to lure customers to purchase or even test out new product although not all free product coupons and promo codes are […]

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Why a root cellar is beneficial for stockpiling: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Aug 4-10, 2014

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PRESERVING FOODS MADE EASY   Having a root cellar or cold room in your basement can be a beneficial area of your home when it comes to budgeting and living frugal. All too often I have seen the cold room full of everything but food though. The root cellar seems to be the ideal place to store even more unwanted stuff when the garage becomes full. During our rounds of house hunting visiting open houses we noticed some homeowners use a root cellar for bike storage, full of black bags containing unknown items, old furniture and everything else. It seemed a bit odd to me but leads me to believe that not everyone needs or appreciates a root cellar like the next person.       Root Cellar   What is a root cellar? If you’re unfamiliar with what a root cellar or cold room is then you may want to ask an older generation because they were far more popular years ago. The root cellar is a room in the basement with exterior walls and no insulation and no artificial heating or cooling. The ventilation usually comes from 2 vents to the outside where one vent acts as an […]

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Milk in a bag or jug: Which do you prefer? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 28-Aug 3, 2014

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MILK PRICING AND PACKAGING WARS   Milk is likely one staple that ends up on a grocery list each week but for most consumers price will always influence that purchasing power. Not everyone likes milk which is fine because no one is forcing you to buy it but for those that do quality, price and now packaging may take centre stage. If it’s not one thing it’s another as we are now face the introduction of 3-litre jugs in Ontario. Many people including our American friends find the use of milk bags odd as did I when I first moved to Canada. It’s just not something we are used to using. Would I buy a 3-litre plastic jug of milk? Probably not because we use so much milk in our house that it just means more trips and potentially more money. Everything seems like a price grab these days so if a plastic jug is going to influence price in such a way that I’m paying more in my grocery budget, than no. I found it interesting that the Ontario Dairy Council wants to test out the market with – litre jugs of milk but not surprised. It’s true everything […]

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Do summer foods cost you more money? : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 21-27, 2014

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PICK YOUR OWN EAT IT FRESH   Summer foods are fresh, in-season and in some cases can drive up your grocery budget if you’re not careful. For the most part Mrs.CBB and I have a standard grocery list that we use every week along with sale items that come up in the flyers. In the summer our grocery list seems to grow. With such growth we really need to focus on how much money we are spending at the grocery store so we don’t overspend causing us to carry over these expenses to the next month. This is what we did for the month of July as you will notice we were over budget by $18.24. The reason for this is because we are trying to catch up for going over budget the month previous. It only seems to happen in the summer but come winter, things change. I know you might suggest giving ourselves a larger budget but it does seem to work out in the end. If by the end of 2014 we notice we need to make an increase then that is what we will do. We won’t deprive ourselves and not buy what we need when […]

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Do you spend more or less when grocery shopping alone? : The grocery game challenge #3 July 14-20, 2014

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YOU AND THE GROCERY BASKET   Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you. I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else. I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened. I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations […]

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Should you can the canned goods? – The Grocery Game Challenge #2 July 7-13, 2014

Del Monte Peaches Canned Goods

LEARNING ABOUT WHAT WE EAT   Canned goods are in just about everyone’s shopping carts when we go grocery shopping and I can only assume it’s for convenience and the longer shelf-life. Sure price may be a deciding factor like it did for us this week but it wasn’t the only reason. My wife wanted to buy Del Monte canned fruit which is out of the ordinary for her. There is always a time when I’m asking for pineapple and we don’t have a fresh one on the counter to use up. It’s not a bad idea to have a few cans of fruit for ease of use even in recipes for marinating or baking. She noticed the cans were on sale for $1.00 at Freshco so she did the weight and price comparison to the larger cans. It was certainly worth the price since the larger can was approximately twice the size but ringing in at $3.29. This time of year fruit is reasonably priced but my wife is picky about her peaches. She hates buying peaches that have no flavour. Apparently they are picked before they are ripe and go through a process to keep them from becoming […]