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Luxury Food Products That Are Eating Into Your Grocery Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 3&4 May 15-28

THE WORD GOURMET AND LUXURY ARE PARTNERS IN CRIME AND IF YOU MEET WITH THEM BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE.   The most expensive food is the food that you can’t afford to buy. Your grocery budget should be important to you especially if finance is something that you want to challenge and control. For most consumers the  number one budget category to tackle is the food budget. The reason is because we can change how we shop and what we eat. Product prices differ all over Canada and for this reason depending on where you live the struggle to keep on budget may be near to impossible or at least seem to be. One way you can help your grocery budget>>Investigate your habits. Find out what gourmet really means and why you should consider chopping luxury food products that take up too much real estate in your shopping cart.There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favourite luxury food products but when it becomes a habit you may be biting off more budget than you can chew. Stop making excuses as to why you need a bag of chips every time you watch television or pop in a DVD […]

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Grocery Store Etiquette and How You Can Participate For Free : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 May 8-14

KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY-EVEN AT THE GROCERY STORE.   Over the past almost 6 years that I’ve blogged at CBB I’ve rattled on about grocery store etiquette because it needs to be said. Today I’m dedicating this post to the lady in the grocery line behind us last week and to those of you who need a crash course on how to be polite. Understanding the code of etiquette and following through are two different things. Both need to be in place in order for you to be a nice person and not a hard-nosed grocery shopper (in this instance). With the rising costs of living everyone (almost everyone) is trying to save money wherever they can. Our biggest financial fight after the mortgage was the grocery store and we’ve battled it ever since and documenting our journey on this blog. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years First off let’s explain what the word “etiquette” means for those of you that may not be familiar with it. Your mom and dad might have told you to “be nice” or “treat others as you’d like to be treated” growing up. Ring a bell? If not, this post […]

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Why Free Food Offers Are Attractive Temptations For Shoppers : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 June 20-26

FREE GROCERIES ARE HARD TO PASS UP ESPECIALLY WHEN FOOD PRICES ARE FORCING CANADIANS TO TIGHTEN THE GROCERY BUDGET   Free food offers may seem like a decoy for the unsuspecting shopper but they can save you some cash if you know how to approach these freebies the right way. Go shopping just about anywhere and you will be bombarded with the word “Free” whether it be the grocery store, the mall or your local farmers markets. Free is everywhere and for good reason, it attracts customers. I’ve always had apprehension with free stuff as I believed that there is no such thing as a freebie. Since we came into couponing years ago that mindset has changed but not without caution. I started to notice that free food offers were popping up everywhere. Perhaps my radar was on looking for freebies but in essence it’s a marketing mind game that the manufacturers play with shoppers. A while back I blogged about how certain smells are released into the air to grab the customer’s attention. It works alright as I was hankering for a large double-double coffee while shopping at Staples only to be told by an employee it was a […]

VarageSale App Is The Newest and Safer Way To Garage Sale

SLEEP IN WITH VarageSale AND SMASH THE WEEKEND GARAGE SALE CLOCK ON THE HEAD BECAUSE YOU CAN SHOP FOR BARGAINS WITH THIS COOL APP!   It was late last year when the VarageSale App started popping up in my Facebook feed and I was intrigued to find out what it was all about.  I had heard a few people in my circle of friends chatting about this new App which you can use on your Smart Phone. VarageSale is FREE to use at www.varagesale.com, and the mobile app is available on IOS, Android and Kindle devices. Since I don’t own a cell phone I had my wife download the VarageSale App from Apple iTunes to her iPhone so we could check it out. My wife and I and are huge savers when it comes to buying second-hand treasures or even brand new with tag items that people sell. One of the best places for us to find these super saving deals are during the summer months at garage sales. Sadly in Ontario not many people hold a garage sale during the winter unless it’s an indoor garage sale so there are about 6-7 months each year that we were left […]

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Product reviews for coupons saving you money : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Dec 22-28, 2014

YOUR OPINION FOR SAVINGS!   Product reviews are a great way for bloggers to share their opinions but there is not always a kick-back such as a free product. Companies are always looking for ways to reach the customer so coming up with innovative ways to get our attention is something they strive to improve on every day. Even with a giant social media splash it’s hard to motivate customers to buy unless there is something in it for them. Most times for someone to try a new product a good starting point is putting it on sale aside from offering it free or tastings. You might see sample booths set up around your grocery store for this reason. I’ve received a free book to review on Canadian Budget Binder and the offer of other products here and there (nothing I was interested in) but one thing is for sure there has to be incentive for me to go out of my way to talk about. The pleasure is not always monetary either as I am a blogger but for the most part if there is money to be saved and I’m interested then I’m in. Just last week I […]

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Do you only buy groceries on sale? : The Grocery game challenge #2 June 9-15, 2014

WHAT’S IN YOUR BASKET?   Buying groceries on sale is a great way to save money in the budget but being selective about what you buy is also important. Not everyone has the same lifestyle so they will purchase different types of food for their diet. What we typically do is go through the grocery flyers to see what products are on sale and base our meal plan around those items. Those items are typically basic essential items and we also like to make sure our pantry is stocked to build a complete meal. If we can make our own homemade pasta sauce, soup and salads we will opt to do that over buying it pre-made. These are simple recipes that don’t take much time and are from what I calculated cheaper to make even when pre-made is on sale. I remember years ago we used to stock up on items with coupons such as those Stouffer’s pizza pocket thingys because they were cheap but looking back, what a waste of money. It didn’t matter that we only spent $0.50 on them I could have made them for less and they would have tasted better.  In a way we got […]

How we became mortgage free in five years

THE SECRET IS…THERE IS NO SECRET!   Becoming mortgage free is not an easy task so I won’t make it out to be something that it’s not. In fact many things have led to us becoming mortgage free in 5 years which I want to discuss with you today since many of you have emailed me. Ever since I blogged about wanting to pay off the mortgage early I’ve had fans email me wanting to know if there were any secrets. I thought I’d wait until we actually became mortgage free to fill you in just how we did it. No, we didn’t win the lottery or get money from family or friends we earned every last bit of it. If you read our net worth update for April last week you already know that we were excited to tell everyone that we were finally saying good-bye to the mortgage payment. I promised you I’d let you know what we did and what problems we met along the way. I thought the best way would be to get my good friend Michael Anthony Lloyd a mortgage expert who blogs at www.homehappy.ca and has blogged here before to share a bit […]

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Is one cent a grocery price savings? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 31- Apr 6, 2014

DEAL OR NO DEAL?   Pack it in for the one cent day coming to a grocery store near you. Now if it were the million dollar penny that might be a different story but it’s far from it. We always have our eyes peeled on grocery prices when shopping but this was one deal that had us a bit stumped. Now normally a good deal is too good to miss so when I saw this latest deal I was more than a little confused. It’s not only grocery stores posting one cent savings we’ve seen it on Facebook with airline bookings as well. While out shopping with my wife at the supermarket I came across a deal that looked strange to begin with. The small pack of donuts in the picture above were originally marked for $1 but there was a one week sale on that no one could resist, What was the deal? Well it’s clear from the photo that you could save a whole 1 cent. Wow I hear you cry, that’s not a particularly good deal at all. That’s what initially thought until I got thinking about and then realized that there is NO DEAL, or […]