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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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10 Everyday Products You Should Sniff Test Before Buying : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Mar 20-26

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHAT YOU ARE PURCHASING.   To smell is a gift and most often we shop with our eyes and nose because trying products first isn’t always an option. This is why you’ll see customers hovering around the sample booth on the weekends when the aroma of food permeates the air. Even displays of household products become attractive if customers are able to see them work. Costco is another store that offers samples to customers and the smell hits you the moment you walk in the store. It’s not uncommon to find out that a grocery store has artificial aroma sensors strategically placed around the store to motivate shoppers to buy more. These scent machines are far less expensive than hiring a sample company and they work. At Staples Canada a couple of years back we could smell the aroma of delicious coffee throughout the store as it caught us off guard. As coffee lovers it hit us hard and we wanted a coffee. When we were checking out at the cash we asked the cashier if they sold coffee and she said yes but that there was an aroma sensor on one of the main beams in the […]

Seductive Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE WHEN BAKING THESE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN COOKIES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR SWEET TOOTH IS WAITING.   Do you know that cookie that you just can’t stop eating because it keeps calling your name? Now you know why I called these Seductive Peanut Butter Protein Cookies. Not only are they super easy and quick to make but they are sugar-free and low-carb friendly. I’m always working with Mrs. CBB in the kitchen to create new low-carb treats that we can both enjoy. I’m a hard-core sugar boy who likes something sweet just about every day. Once in a while I don’t mind dipping into the wife’s stash of desserts especially if I don’t have anything prepared for myself. I know we’ve shared lots of low-carb dishes on CBB lately but don’t get scared off from enjoying these recipes in your life. They are delicious, full of flavour and won’t make you feel like you’ve just eaten an entire pizza to yourself once you’re done a meal. You know that heavy tummy feeling I’m talking about. Protein Peanut Butter Cookies>> Don’t knock em’ until you try them. Most often we don’t even tell our friends what they are […]

Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares

EASY CHRISTMAS BAKING TO CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST   If you’re super busy for the Christmas holidays like we are you will appreciate our signature family Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares that take 15 minutes to prepare. We’re feeling excited as it’s coming closer and closer to Christmas which means I’ve been busy baking up a storm in the Don kitchen. You will LOVE what these fudgy no bake squares look and taste like especially since they are unique to our family. This is one less holiday recipe that you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen for so you can get on with other tasks. These fabulous Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares take 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator and you’re ready to serve to your guests. What you end up with is a lovely dense graham cracker crumb on the bottom, fudgy chocolate coconut center topped with a buttercream vanilla milk icing that is sure to hit all those sweet notes. I love adding candied orange peel to the crumb as it gives a bit more to the taste and flavour. We’ve had our snow storms out west and now […]

Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds (Low-Carb) (Sugar-Free)

THE SMELL OF ROASTED ALMONDS AND HEALTH BENEFITS ALONE ARE WORTH THE COSTS.   Almonds are the new Super Food along with just about every other nut on the market according to packaging at the grocery store. Why? Nuts are full of nutrients and come packed with plenty of health benefits. Almonds also known by the Indian name “Badam” and are packed full of nutrients including vitamin E which is great for your hair, skin, digestive track and cholesterol levels. Years ago Mrs. CBB and I went into an Indian store in Brampton and purchased a bottle of Almond oil to use on her hair and skin. It’s amazing how  lovely and soft it made her hair. I suggested that she try almond oil only because I’ve been to India a couple of times and almond oil is used everywhere for beauty and cooking. Consumers are flocking to the coconut oil section for the same reason and more. Every time I read a label in the health and beauty aisle that a product has a nut oil I laugh because they are so expensive. Cut the middle guy out and buy the real deal. We have two large jugs of […]

Last-Minute DIY Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas: The Saturday Weekend Review #196

Don’t Be Left In The Dark Without A Costume This Halloween.   Halloween is days away. Are you ready for a fun night of scary adventures filled with lots of candy and chocolates? We’re ready to go however I’m missing my Halloween costume. With only two days to spare I need to DIY a Halloween costume for the first time and I’m ready for the experience. Just like every special occasion many of us (including myself) wait until the countdown is on to buy gifts, attire or even costumes and if your wife is like mine she reminds me about it every day. She’s the organized one in the family so I have much to learn from her. I procrastinate so much that at times my wife has to give me options like a little kid. Haha! Since Halloween 2016 is this coming Monday if you’re looking for last-minute Halloween costume ideas like I am don’t worry I’ve done the work for you. I’ve had a look around the web to find some frugal costumes that you can make at home with stuff you might have in the garage, linen closet or the junk drawer. This is a great time […]

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5 Supermarket Annoyances That Cost You More To Buy Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Oct 17-23

AVOID IRRITATING PITFALLS AND YOU’LL SAVE YOUR GROCERY BUDGET FROM EXPANSION   This week I wanted to focus on changes that grocery stores could embrace that would make grocery shopping easier so I’ve broken down some of the most common annoyances that customers face. Today when we buy groceries it has gone from something simple to a bit overwhelming at times now that we are parents. Over the past nine years of grocery shopping in Canada I’ve noticed a trend at every grocery store that I go to and that is marketing differs across the board. It becomes a tug of war between the shops and the customers and in the end all I ever see is a packed parking lot at Costco. We’re a country driven by convenience and it shows. No grocery store is alike even though they may offer similar rewards programs and the same products. Every grocery store needs to have a face and by that I mean they must stand out whether it’s in a big way or by multiple smaller reasons to herd the customers in week after week. That’s how they make their money or in part. You might not want to shop […]

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Supermarket Confrontation and How To Avoid Embarrassment : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 July 18-24

GROCERY STORE WARS TAKES FOODIE FIGHT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL   Dealing with difficult customers is something that grocery store staff contend with every single day but when customers are dealing with irate customers things can get a bit messy. There are people who love to grocery shop and other that despise it. Then we have people who don’t know how to deal with their emotions and anyone that steps in their way sets off a trigger that could turn deadly over something small in most cases. This stuff really does happen   I remember a time in the UK while I was grocery shopping a woman turned the corner of an aisle with her shopping cart and her child was distracting her while sitting in the carrier seat of the cart. The woman wasn’t looking where she was going and smashed into another customer’s shopping cart knocking her purse to the ground. Conveniently her purse was wide open and the contents fell out for everyone to see which upset the women who verbally got abusive with the lady. The situation was resolved quickly but not after an hot exchange of words that made the mother cry. The grocery […]

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