Walmart USA getting smarter with pricing: The Saturday Weekend Review #64

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BEAT OUT THE COMPETITORS   Walmart USA is making headlines again with more pricing strategies which I think is smart. Pricing wars are not only popular at the grocery stores in the USA but also here at home in Canada. With recent talks of suppliers upset over the low pricing of products just to get customers through the door with what they call loss leader products things could change. A loss leader is a pricing ploy where a product is priced under the marketed cost or what the store purchased it for just to get you, the customer through the door. I was right when I said to save those receipts and now more than ever if you are using your receipts to save money with the new apps available you are thanking me for suggesting you keep them all in an envelope to do your budget. Already retailers will do just about anything to drive customers in to use coupons, price matching and now introducing smart phone app programs such as Checkout51, Snapsaves, CartSmart and PC Plus points. Just last week I was shocked when Food Basics in our area said they now allow printable coupons. There was a […]

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The grocery game challenge Dec 16-22, 2013 #3: Who does the grocery shopping in your house?

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    GROCERY SHOPPING IS AN EXPERIENCE   Not everyone enjoys grocery shopping but someone has to do the task each week or couple of weeks to make sure the house is stocked full of nutritious food. If you are single or living on your own most often it’s yourself that has to do the grocery shopping alone unless you hire a grocery shopping helper or you shop in mom and dads pantry. To be honest I’ve been grocery shopping on my own since I was about 18 or 19 years old and I never really appreciated the grocery shopping experience until I started to experiment more with recipes. I had to learn how to grocery shop at a grocery store but the more times I went the easier it got especially after I created a meal calendar where I would write down what I wanted to eat all week. I started travelling quite a bit in my twenties to different countries and was exposed to various cuisines which I wanted to create in my own kitchen. That started my passion for good food with unique flavours from around the world and my collection of cook books that I would […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Nov 18-24, 2013: Back to basics with more for less

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IN-STOCK AND PRICES LOCKED DOWN Food Basics wants to make sure they are taking good care of their customers and that’s a smart move on their part with new lowered and locked down prices and a new in-stock policy. Always fresh is the new motto at Food Basics and if you aren’t satisfied they want you to let them know and you will get your money back. Grocery is a big business so if they want the customers they have to make them happy. While shopping last night at Food Basics I also noticed that they have new lowered prices and highlight “more for less” all around the store. What I found interesting was the color choice that they used to show us how they have lowered the prices on the products in-store. If you look carefully you will see that the new locked down tags are a red tag. If you are a coupon fanatic or a deals guru like we have been and still are (although not so much couponing these days) your brain will immediately think “sale” or “reduced product” because those are the colors used by many other stores. In this case it is. If you […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

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HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #44: Holiday flyer gimmicks that gets your wallet fired up

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HOLIDAY SALES START NOW… ARE YOU READY?   Time to ring in the holidays with flyers, flyers and more flyers. Are you ready Canada? A better question might be, Is your budget ready? Boredom for many people can lead to spending more money than they need to, but we should be able to control these urges.   Holiday flyers   Yesterday I wrote about Halloween coming to an end and the best time to put up decorations so it came as no surprise opening the weekly flyers that the stores have wasted no time with Christmas marketing. The hard part is when the holidays surround us and the flyer gimmicks entice us to shop til we drop. Many of you know the shelves are already in the making before Halloween is even over. For most stores Christmas is the biggest time of year when it comes to sales and consumer traffic so every day counts especially if the shelves are not ready to go. The glamour of Christmas for many puts them in the ‘spending spirit’ and it may be tough but it’s a time that we all have to buckle down and get control of our finances. I know […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 21-27, 2013 #3: Buying when there is a product limit

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A Limit Means A Limit For A Reason   When grocery shopping on a budget and you scour the giant weekly ad flyers that come in the mail you are always searching for the best product prices on everyday items you use in your pantry. If you are a player of the grocery game here at Canadian Budget Binder you know sticking to your grocery budget is imperative to meet your monthly and yearly goals but factoring in some amazing weekly deals is also something to be considered when creating your grocery budget. It’s essential to make sure that you are stocked up so you can create healthy meals for yourself or your family and of course the grocery savings are imperative especially when you want to stick to your grocery budget.   Product limits   When big sales happen for various grocery stores estimating limits for products is a game they have to play otherwise they may run out of product for the customers. The grocery store doesn’t want to overstock a product in which case they may be stuck with it if it doesn’t sell or potentially have a return if that is allowed. I can only assume […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #4 April 22-28 ~We Blew The Grocery Budget Up!

We blew the grocery budget up this month and it’s not surprising since we announced last week that Mrs.CBB was now on a Low GI diet. It’s going to take some time for us to get used to purchasing different types of products but for the most part it’s just loads more fruits and vegetables. We already eat a healthy diet but those splurge days may be reduced to just me pigging out on those yummy treats I create in the kitchen. Ah well, guess that means the whole pan of brownies are for me now. I am fully supporting my wife and she has done so well this past week. She really is on a kick to drop the foods she doesn’t want to eat any longer and I think that’s great. Last week since I talked about the GI diet and how it might affect our grocery shopping I’d like to start highlighting other special food diets  or lifestyles that people are on. If you are on a special diet (vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Organic) and want to tell us what it is and what types of foods and meals you buy and prepare send me a detailed […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #11 March 11-17, 2013-Shopping Twice A Week!

I know I said we would work on staying out of the shops during a “no-shop week” and we’re working hard at that. We now have to worry about us going back into the shop a second time in the same week. It’s not much and we aren’t over budget and some of you might laugh but for us we are trying to work at making this a way of life so we aren’t spending more in the grocery budget. It’s all these triggers that keep popping up that make us think about our actions. If we went out everyday to a new grocery store I’m betting it would make it tough although some people do enjoy shopping like this. We like to get it all done one day a week and move on with other projects in our lives. Being here is what is keeping us on track especially posting the grocery shops where we need the most help in our budget. What Went Wrong Mr.CBB? It’s simple, we forgot our coupons on the kitchen table that we were supposed to take with us in addition to what the wife had stashed in her luggage (a.k.a-The Handbag). We normally […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 3- Dec 9, 2012 Festive Preparation

It’s a few weeks before Christmas now and the festive preparation has begun starting with our Holiday Snowballs and tonight Peanut Butter Balls. This is the first post for the December Grocery Game Challenge and I welcome all new fans that are joining in from wherever you are in the world! As I mentioned in my November Budget Update yesterday next year we will be making changes to our Christmas Budget.  Just when we thought we had it sorted out we were thrown another curve ball yesterday. This is where we feel the pressures of the holiday season but should be ready. One of our family members came up with the idea to have a “gag gift” for everyone to open on Christmas Eve. She says the amount to spend is $10 which is fine but we did not budget for this expense. Although it is only $20 total for the both of us it’s more money we need to factor in for next year, just in case. The Christmas season is so unpredictable that we will really take a look at our Christmas Budget to make it as realistic as we can. Any left over money can go towards boxing […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Oct 15-21,2012~ Welfare Food Challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Yesterday I posted here at Canadian Budget Binder a post about the “Welfare Food Challenge -$26 For 1 In The Grocery Budget” that I was joining. The Welfare Food Challenge out of BC began today Tuesday Oct 16 and will run until Oct 22,2012. In that post I posted about what I would have liked to have in my grocery cart when I walked out the store all for the prescribed total of $26. Shopping Overview Waking up this Tuesday morning it was hard not to have my usual coffee so instead I poured my bowl of bran flakes with milk, popped a piece of bread in the toaster and whipped up a brew. Tea was much cheaper to purchase than coffee and although I drink coffee in the morning my day typically includes a tea or 2 so it wasn’t so bad. The only downside is I have no sugar for my tea but I’m not complaining at all. Probably best for me to be honest. I’m sure once you read the pre-shopping list yesterday you thought it was near to impossible and you were right. I wasn’t able to get everything on my list […]

Are you a Grocery Store Snob?

  A grocery store snob, does that really exist? You bet it does. There was a time in my life when I would shop at the closest shop to my house because I didn’t want to drive too far and with good reason as some shops were out of my village and in the city. I would make one trip into town each month and go to all the shops that I needed to in order to save money. When I moved to Ontario, Canada I noticed that almost every city has the same shops as the next. Except for those that live in the outskirts or the tiny towns in Ontario we are able to choose grocery stores in close proximity or a short drive. Do you notice different sorts of clientèle when you shop at different stores? Do they seem snobby to you when you shop at higher end shops? I don’t mean whether they are rich or not because anyone can be the Dog’s Dinner (dressed nicely) with a suit/tie, dress and high heels and look flashy. You could never distinguish the rich from the poor, just look at all the people who live in huge homes have all the […]