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How to budget groceries for visiting out-of-town guests: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 May 25-31, 2015

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FOOD FOR EVERYONE   As you may know Mrs. CBB and I have out-of-town guests staying with us for 3 weeks. My parents are visiting from the UK which means our lovely grocery budget of $235 a month may just take a beating. Setting up the guest room and bathroom was the easy part. We cleared out the closets, put fresh linens on the bed, dusted and cleaned both rooms so it was ready for our guests. When we created our grocery budget we never thought much to having guests staying over at our house or to factor that in. If you are having guests stay over for a few days it likely won’t impact your budget much at all but if it’s for weeks or even months you may want to consider how you can budget the extra expenses into your grocery budget. Eating out is convenient when you have guests staying at your house but if you are anything like us YOU will pay the bill not your guests. That can get pricey if you start to eat out often so we opted to buy good food and cook it at home. The great thing is that my […]

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When to use Negotiation Strategies at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 May 18-24, 2015

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¬†INFLUENCE TO SAVE MONEY   Negotiation skills take time and practice so don’t be shy to haggle because you won’t become the master communicator you need to get the discounts you deserve.¬† It may sound deceiving when you use influence to get what you want but if you use the right negotiation skills it’s a win-win for both parties. Often when we go grocery shopping there is a product we find that we are able to get reduced in price. How? If you saw a box of cereal where the box was crushed you’d likely just leave it on the shelf and find one that is not damaged. Right? Not us! Throughout the day and night there is a stock person who goes around the store to stock and find products that are damaged or close to expiry and they typically reduce the price. They don’t always find every product so it’s up to you, the consumer to make sure you negotiate the price you want to buy that product. Besides, whenever you want to buy something you should inspect it for freshness, quality and expiry if the product is required to have one. This is the only way you […]

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Top 5 Reasons Your Food Shopping Bill Is Expensive: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 May 10-17, 2015

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THE POWER OF FOOD CHOICES   I’d like to think I know a bit about what I’m doing when it comes to food shopping especially since I enjoy writing about food budgets and saving money every week. I’m always finding reasons why people are spending too much money. I also find reasons why people are not finding the best deals they can when they are out there. It’s not just about the in-store savings… there’s more to food shopping than looking for dollar signs. When someone complains to me that their food shopping bill is too high and blames it on the cost of food I don’t disagree. Food costs are through the roof these days but with these price increases we also have to invest a bit of effort into our own budget. I also turn my head back to the shopper because most often that’s where the problem begins. Eating healthy on a budget is possible. It may not include some of the high-powered organic fruits and vegetables, but it could depending on what else you stuff in your shopping cart. I’ve heard just about every excuse under the sun about how it’s near impossible to stick to […]

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How to Grocery Shop 7 Days A Week and Save Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 May 4-10, 2015

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SUPER SAVE THE MORE YOU SHOP   Most of you wouldn’t dream of attempting to grocery shop 7 days a week but for some there are hidden ways to save money. I’ve previously talked about shopping more than once a week and shopping monthly but not every single day of the week. It sounds a bit outrageous to the typical consumer but believe me people do this, and for many reasons. If you are a cashier at a grocery store you can attest to seeing the daily “regulars”. These people you know by name, they know your name and they want the freshest product on their table every day of the week. For those of you that work this is not for you although some of you might still shop every day after work depending on your situation. If you are single you might just drop in after work to pick up food for the night or if you work at the grocery store you pretty much have this luxury at your finger tips. One of our CBB fans does work at the grocery store and the deals she finds will blow your mind so I wasn’t at all opposed […]

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25 Healthy Snacks to Stock In Your Kitchen: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Apr 27- May 3, 2015

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IF YOU STOCK IT YOU WILL EAT IT!   Eating healthy on a budget is important which means having healthy snacks available is a great way to fuel your day. Most people snack in-between meals because they get their hunger on before it’s meal time. It happens to just about everyone and it’s very important to fill your body with the good stuff and not the bad stuff. One thing I’m sure you can agree with me on is that if we stock unhealthy treats in the kitchen, we will eat them. You might tell yourself that you won’t but when that moment hits and you know you have a bucket of Ben and Jerry’s or a jar of Nutella, look out the monster in us comes out. It’s happened to me on many occasions but it’s not bad in moderation. It’s not just chocolate that is the troublemaker it’s the chips, crackers, coated nuts etc. You only have to walk down the snack aisle once and probably the only products you would find that would considered healthy snacks would be salsa and mixed nuts and fruits. If you want to munch on the good stuff and have that guilt-free […]

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Ultimate Grocery List and Tips for the Single Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Apr 19-26, 2015

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DINNER TONIGHT FOR ONE   When I was single I really wasn’t a huge fan of going to the grocery store without a grocery list. I don’t know what it was but if I didn’t plan my shops I felt like I was wasting more time than I needed to. Not many single men want to hang out at the grocery store although 10 years later I don’t mind it that much. Most of my single friends at the time would rather eat at a fast-food restaurant or buy already prepared meals which never really excited me. I had my own house at the age of 21 which means I had a kitchen so I had no excuse to be spending money eating out all the time. Over the years I’ve come to learn so much about grocery shopping that leaving the house without a list is like shopping without cash or credit cards. I’ve also learned how much I should buy and what types of foods work best for the healthy meal ideas I was creating. I was an avid traveller when I lived in the UK so everywhere I travelled I bought a cookbook. I made it my […]

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How to Save Money on Fresh Produce- Fruits and Vegetables: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Apr 13-19, 2015

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EAT HEALTHY FOR LESS   Most people head to the grocery store when buying fresh produce because that is where most of us are conditioned to go from a young age. Unless you’ve grown up on a farm or had parents who ventured outside of the supermarket you might believe this is the only place to stock up on fresh produce. It’s not as there are many other ways you can enjoy the luxuries of fresh produce as long as you are willing to do the work or shall I say, the homework. According to the Canada Food Guide this is what YOU should be eating in terms of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables are food groups that you don’t want to remove from your diet just because you think they are too expensive. Our bodies need nutrients that come from produce that help us stay healthy. Children aged 2-3 Male/Female 4 servings Children aged 4-8 Male/Female 5 servings Children aged 9-13 Male/Female 6 servings Teens aged 14-18 Male 8 servings Female 7 servings Adults between the ages of 19-50 Male 8-10 servings Female 7-8 servings Adults aged 51+ Male/Female 7 servings You can download […]

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How To Save Money When Buying Meat : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Apr 6-12, 2015

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YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON MEAT   Meat prices in Canada have gone through the roof as many of you may have noticed. Meat lovers across the land are seeing a rise in their grocery expenses because the meats they love are not as cheap as they once used to be. Just last week I noticed a pound of lean ground beef was hovering around the $9.00 mark. When I was standing in line to cash out I noticed the lady in front of me buying lots of no-name products then there was this pack of beef that looked about 2lbs for $25.xx. I shook my head and thought there had to be better ways to save money on meat than paying some of these outrageous prices that the grocery stores are asking these days. I don’t know what the mark up is on meat but judging by the price fluctuations it depends on farming, slaughtering processing and transportation costs. Either way we look at it meat is costly to eat but there are ways we can stretch our dollars to make sure we can add meat into our meal plans. I know many of you might say to suck […]

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How to find Love at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015

HOW to find love at the grocery store

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND GROCERY SHOP   If you have a love affair with the grocery store and are single, I’m going to tell you how to find love while roaming the food aisles. Most people are looking in all the wrong places for love and doing the deed isn’t going to be your fast-track way to the alter either. There’s more to finding love than what happens in the bedroom. Sadly the first place that comes to mind for those who want to find love is by going to the bar. The bar dating scene is so old these days especially with free online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and even apps for your smart phone that it has taken on an entirely new direction. The problem with the meet at the bar mindset is that it’s always been where people go to enjoy drinks, dance and meet people. In one sense we are conditioned from the time we are in University and College that the bar scene is where people hook up because that’s where students go to unwind and have fun. It’s time to think outside of the clubs because there are more places to find […]

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Family Dinner Ideas That Won’t Chop Your Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Mar 23-29, 2015

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HELP IN THE KITCHEN WITH MEALS   I don’t know about you but having to cook every single night apart from the odd times we go to a restaurant can be tough when you need to come up with dinner ideas on a limited budget. Add in a kid or two to the mix and you’ve got to think fast if you don’t already have your meal plan ready for the evening. We like to create meals that are fast which means 30-minute meals are a plus in our kitchen. Meal prep goes a long way so sometimes less is better when it comes to week-night dinners and the amount of ingredients you use. Save those hearty, complicated dinner ideas that take hours to cook for the weekend or for days you’re not working. This way you have more time to dedicate to the meal rather than having to rush. One of the greatest successes of being organized is that if you are in charge of the kitchen and grocery shopping you know that meal planning and lists are VERY important. I often get fans asking me and visiting the blog looking for meals that aren’t too heavy on the […]