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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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5 Simple Grocery Savings Tips For The Busy Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Apr 24-30

IT’S HARD TO WINDOW SHOP AT THE WHEN YOU’RE IN A RUSH.   If you’re consistently seeing that you’re spending more money on groceries then you’d like to perhaps you’re a busy shopper who needs to back up a step before moving forward. Like a harmless day of retail therapy after work grocery shopping therapy is just as exciting for those who love food. Both of which come with a high price tag if not careful. Do we put enough time and effort into what food we put into our bodies? For the most part I think we buy what we can afford and often go without so we can have something that’s a bit pricey. Those that follow this routine are in-tune with their food expenses and understand the idea behind stretching the food budget. If you have $100 to spend it depends on how many people you are feeding with the $100 and for how long. Those who are shopping for one or even two people at $100 a week every week may be able to afford less for more money. Not everyone wants to get value from their grocery expenses as missed opportunities to save their money […]

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How Much Should My Retirement Food Budget Be?

RETIREMENT PLANNING INCLUDES FOOD BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS   The cost of retirement does not come with a free meal pass and for that reason many seniors continue to budget as long as they can. One popular question I get asked on the blog is-How much money is needed for a retirement food budget? Retirement goals+Retirement Health are important financial considerations for the future especially when estimating financial needs. If you are close to retirement I’d say with-in 5-7 years it would be smart to estimate your future costs and whether you will be ready for them financially. Once you have that magic estimated number that you can work with then you will at least have a clearer picture. This will also ease any retirement stress you may be feeling when the time comes to say good-bye to your career and hello to retired life. Obviously monthly net income is factored into the equation as well how much money is left after all the fixed expenses are paid. Your income needs during retirement may decrease however an increase in eating out and travelling may see an increase in your dollar needs. You might find that you won’t need as much money as […]

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

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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The 5 Most Important Food Shopping Features In A Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Nov 3-9, 2014

FOOD SHOPPING IN YOUR WORLD   I’m sure if I asked you about where to buy food in your city you could come up with a list of grocery stores where you do your weekly food shopping or maybe just one that is above the rest. The problem is not every store is created equally starting from the family owned grocer to grocery store chains. This makes food shopping tricky for those that search out foods that meet or exceed their expectations but there’s more to the food when shopping that appeals to people. Unless you buy your groceries online or get groceries delivered there must be something about that hidden environment you don’t see that is important to you. Do you wonder how and where the products you buy are stored? You can’t see that when you do the above but it might be important to you.   Food Shopping Experiences   We met up with some friends tonight and the topic of grocery shopping came up and no I didn’t bring it up. They mentioned how dead Target was every time they went in and how less than happy they were with shopping at Wal-mart. The Wal-mart is […]

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Do you stockpile food before a snow storm?- The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Feb 3-9, 2014

TIME TO COOK UP A STORM   I’ve watched the snow storm reports happening at the storm center broadcast by the weather network all morning today. Here we go again with another winter snow storm tonight moving in around Southern Ontario into tomorrow. Another 6 weeks of snow was predicted before the Spring sets in so no putting those shovels away just yet. I’m betting for most of you who took my winter vehicle maintenance advice seriously you’re glad you did because a weekly snow storm is on the menu this season and lots of it. Unless you have a large property which we don’t you are probably running out of space to put the snow. Looking out our backyard our deck is 100% buried and the snow is half way up the fence. I can’t even open the back gate or back screen door to get out back there is that much snow where we live. I’m not sure where I’m going to put another 15-20 cm from tonight’s snow storm that we are getting tonight and tomorrow but it sure will be an interesting shovel. These kinds of snow storms that we’ve been getting can cripple some people […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 April 15-21, 2013- Can Your Budget Handle The Low GI Diet?

Low GI Diet and our budget are the two topics of The Grocery Game Challenge this week. Mrs.CBB is making some changes to her diet moderated by our doctor. She wants to make the changes in order to keep her insulin levels down while eating a healthy balanced diet low in fat and refined carbohydrates and sugars. Diabetes and heart disease run in her family and now that we are in our 30’s she wants to make sure that she is doing all she can to keep fit and healthy. If you read the blog you know we quit smoking and that itself has had great advantages for us health-wise and in the budget saving us money from not buying smokes and cheap life insurance. My point is if we have to make changes in our life for the good it can be done with determination. This is also a great opportunity for us to see how this impacts not only our grocery budget but others as well. We will work hard to keep spending only $235.00 a month on groceries as we work through this new way of eating. What is Low GI Carbohydrates? Well GI stands for “Glycemic Index” which is […]