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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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15 Valuable Grocery Store Services For Customer Retention: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Oct 10-16

SECRETLY WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITE GROCERY STORE THAT CATERS TO OUR NEEDS.   Have you ever asked yourself why you seem to frequent a grocery store over the others in the city or town that you live in? Think about this for a second and ask yourself what grocery store services are offered where you shop that keep you going back week after week. Maybe it’s not grocery store services, rather proximity and even then there are services that you’d miss if the grocery store took them away. Every one of us are different with different needs when we grocery shop. Some of us might care about certain grocery store services where the next customer could care less because there is no impact. It’s not a big deal to me to see a lottery booth at the grocery store because I don’t buy lottery tickets any longer. For a weekly lottery player this is one of those grocery store services that helps them save time and is convenient. My wife remembers when she would go grocery shopping with her grandmother that her grandfather would check his tickets and run his numbers for the next draw while she shopped. You […]

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Is Being a Grocery Clerk a Bad Job? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Oct 12-18,2015

FINDING A JOB YOU LIKE   If you are contemplating applying for a job as a grocery clerk I’ve got some great resources for you today which might help you on your job hunting journey.  I’ve never worked as a grocery clerk before although I did work in the grocery industry. My role was picking cases of products in a warehouse which was a repetitive, tough job with long 12 hour shifts, but it paid well. In the UK it’s not easy to find a job fresh out of University or if you just want to enter the workforce. When I came to Canada I was amazed at all the opportunities that were in front of me but sadly most of the careers that I was interested in required me to go back to school, which is what I did. Working as a grocery store clerk is a great opportunity to gain experience working in customer service which can then take you to other levels in the working world. Not everyone who gets a job in a grocery store wants to retire there but for those that do they may end up getting promoted which means better opportunity and more […]

How answering the home phone saved us $134 in our budget!

NO WE DON’T NEED AIR DUCT CLEANING   If you are like us having a home phone these days’ means you are burdened by relentless sales people who never give up. If they aren’t asking you to buy something they are calling the home phone to ask for donations such as clothing and furniture at least 7 times per week. Match all of this with the array of phone scams that are on the rise and you’ve got one home phone you don’t want to answer. In the past I wrote about putting your home phone number  or cell phone number on the free Do Not Call List in Canada and it does work, for a while. Every so often we have to go back and enter our number again just to make sure we are still in the system. I don’t know how it all works behind the scenes but for the most part the home phone settles down for a while which is good news. We have in the past done a reverse look up in Canada to see if we recognize the phone numbers that call before we block them but we’ve gotten to the point where […]

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How a cooking skillet caused a customer to argue: The grocery game challenge #4 May 19-25, 2014

KEEPING CUSTOMERS HAPPY   This is a case where the cooking skillet wins and the customer who doesn’t care to listen or understand the rules rather just wants her product for less. Happy customers spending their money are what most businesses aim to have, but what happens when you can’t make a customer happy and they start a public argument with you?   Cooking skillet frenzy   This happened the other day at the grocery store where a couple was chatting to the cashier about a cooking skillet that scanned wrong and they wanted to have the scanning code of practice (SCOP) applied. Yes, the store honoured the scanning code of practice so you would think it would be a cut and dry situation like most of who have had SCOP applied before. Not this time. Apparently the cooking skillet was put on the wrong rack by another customer who clearly noticed that the other frying pans were on sale. Instead of putting the more expensive frying pan back where it belonged they just swapped it out for the frying pan that was on sale. That meant the more expensive cooking skillet was on the same rack as the cooking […]

Is customer service affected by the clothes you wear shopping? : The Saturday Weekend Review #65

IS YOUR MONEY GOOD ENOUGH?   I think just about everyone has had someone turn their nose up at them while shopping. If you are the owner of a business with employees who shy away from customers because of their look you might be losing tonnes of cash. When I read a story about customer service and how you might not get service if you look homeless or dressed like you just went for a run true scenarios starting running through my head.   Time to shop   The writer called the Fashionista dressed down in gym attire to go shopping at some of the most prestigious stores to explore a Harvard study. This was where a doctoral student and two professors found that shop assistants in Milan found that dressing down meant more buying power. Meaning that dressing in casual or gym attire might score you the best customer service. So, armed with her gym wear and looking neat and tidy with make-up and her hair nicely kept the Fashionista and her friend Jeremy went shopping. Jeremy was around more to watch from the sidelines what was going on and he was well dressed. To be honest I would […]

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Are you a helpful grocery shopper?-The Grocery Game Challenge Jan 27- Feb 2, 2014 #5

HELP IS ONLY A QUESTION AWAY   If you are a grocery shopper and have a question, ask. It’s as simple as that. I’ve always said that there are no stupid questions no matter what situation you are in, even if it’s at the grocery store. It’s always better to ask then to guess especially around you that might know the answer. I believe that learning how to be a smart grocery shopper not only begins with the budget but it begins with you. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been grocery shopping and another grocery shopper has asked if one of us was an employee because they are desperate for help. In a silly way it’s more the shoppers grocery store than it is the grocery stores store… if that makes sense. We help each other out when we can. I don’t know about you but the last place I want to be without help is the grocery store because I just don’t want to hang out there any longer than I have to. I’d like to think that every grocery store has its ups and downs and busy times so although they are willing to help […]

PF Weekly Grab a brew #41: Can you survive without a cell phone for just one night?

Disconnect For A Day And Live A Little Should you have a plan b just in case your cell phone provider goes down? Yes, we should have “disconnect for a day” as a national holiday in Canada where everyone puts technology away and just lives a little like we used to back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Only problem is you don’t get paid for it like you might a holiday from work, you just do it. Think about life back then if you were around (showing my age here) and what you did, how you lived it and how life has changed from then to now. Don’t you ever wish you could just go back to the simple life? I know you may say we have to get on with the times and I agree but I also believe that sometimes we miss the small things that are pushing the envelope today like the cell phone. We had no need for them back then like we do today, so why the big change and dependency? Last week on Grab a Brew #40 I brought up the topic about whether or not we are dependent on the internet and […]

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