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

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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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How to chop everyday food costs without coupons: The Grocery game challenge #3 June 16-22, 2014

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SAVE BY BUYING LESS   I know what you are thinking if you are a coupon lover and swear by the savings but you can also chop your everyday food costs without coupons. Just like the header says, save by buying less and it’s true. People tend to overspend when grocery shopping for everyday food for a variety of reasons and we’re included in that group. We’ve since been working on keeping that at bay and it’s not so bad as long as you find your grocery shopping triggers. Using coupons, especially if you aren’t a pro at it takes time to organize every week so you must be willing to make that time in order to reap any rewards. Sure some weeks may be better than others but for those who simply don’t have the time you don’t need coupons to save money on groceries as long as you are smart with what you buy.   Using coupons   We were heavily into using coupons during the years 2010-2012 until the big coupon rage took off and Extreme Couponing in the USA blew up the television screen. In that time more coupon bloggers joined the blogosphere which is now […]

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Do food pictures tempt you to buy the product?-The grocery game challenge #1 Apr 28-May 4, 2014

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FOOD PHOTOS THAT MAKE YOU DROOL   I don’t know about you but food pictures really do play an important role when deciding on whether to purchase a product at the grocery store for many people. We know that marketing in the grocery store plays to all of our senses because they know that if we smell, see and taste food that we are more inclined to purchase it. Many grocery stores that have a full deli, fruit bar, sushi bar, fresh fish and bakery make it priority that the customers can see what they are doing. They want the customers to get that food porn visual because they know it’s money in their pocket. I for one don’t mind watching food being prepared and if your store has a butcher you can bet you will see the meat that you are putting on your BBQ packaged right before your eyes. Be prepared to pay for this premium service though.   Food Pictures   Today I want to talk a bit more about food pictures on products, posters and displays but mostly products. It’s just not convenience foods that have food pictures either. When you pick up a product you […]

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Do full-price items make it into your grocery cart? : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Mar 17-23, 2014

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YOU ACCEPT PRICES OR YOU DON’T   Grocery shopping for full-price items makes us cringe but the reality is in some cases you either accept the price or you don’t buy it. At the end of the day it’s either you can afford it or you can’t. If you can’t you don’t buy it and find a cheaper alternative or knock it on the head altogether, if you can. Should I or shouldn’t I? Sometimes when I see people staring at a product in their hand I wonder what they are thinking to themselves. Let’s face it we all talk to ourselves when we grocery shop, admit it. Is this good for me? What are the ingredients? How many calories? What does it cost? Or should I buy it or not? I often think questioning purchase price is the burning question in shoppers minds when they are holding products with a confused look on their faces. Who knows? Many times we convince ourselves that we will find it cheaper even if we have rumbled through the sale flyers for the week. We know that it might mean going from shop to shop looking for an item on sale. One product […]

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Pet peeves at the grocery store : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 3-9, 2014

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NOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE THAN…   Some of the biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are what motivate people to get in and get out. I don’t know about you but my pet peeves can vary depending on the time of day to the day of the week that I go grocery shopping. While I was writing this I decided to put together a list of pet peeves that really get under my skin at the grocery store. They say not to sweat the small stuff and I really am a laid back kind of guy but there are some things that just make me shake my head. There are things that get under my skin but I don’t really show how it affects me because it doesn’t benefit anyone but me. That never solves the problem but deep inside I just wish things would be different. Back to the saying, ‘not everyone or everything is perfect’ and ‘go with the flow’.   Pet peeves   Not everyone will find my pet peeves bothersome but to be honest, they shouldn’t. They are my pet peeves and since we are all different I bet your pet peeves will be different […]

How to survive a winter storm with no power

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MAKING IT THROUGH THE STORM   While the ice storm that we had this week in Ontario created quite a sight to see, sparkling trees covered in glistening ice and an ice covering over everything, this Winter Wonderland also came with a lot of destruction, inconveniences for many and sadly a couple of deaths. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their power there are still a number of people who are waiting for theirs to come back on, 48 hours or more after the storm while others enjoyed Christmas Day in the warmth of their homes. Being prepared for an extended power outage can make getting through those long, cold days less of a struggle. The recent cold snap hasn’t helped the situation.   Staying Warm   Having no power means no heat in your home. Staying warm will be a challenge if you are not prepared. We had a little notice that this storm was coming and I have to admit I was not as prepared as I could have been. Beyond having lots of blankets and warm sweaters to put on, seeking out warming stations that many cities provided would have been an option if our power […]

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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 Aug 12-18, 2013 #2- Grocery shopping for seniors

Seniors And Weekly Grocery Shopping Services  I can remember my grandmother, a spunky little lady with a British attitude that could swipe you off your feet. She was strong, independent and wealthy and wouldn’t have anyone take her places. She wanted to do it all on her own because like many older seniors they don’t want to feel like they have to depend on others to get things done in their life as they age unless they are forced to for health reasons. My grandmother would come over to my parents house for Sunday dinner and all she would talk about was food and recipes because she loved to cook. She also loved to grocery shop because back in her time everything was created homemade and there was no room for convenience foods yet she was a smart shopper. Food shopping list I asked my mother the phone other day about my grandmother while I called so I could learn more about her to share with all of you. My mother told me that my grandmother knew what she was going to eat ahead of time for the week so meal planning was essential to her saving money and saving […]

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The grocery game challenge Aug 5-11, 2013, #1 – Skip the shopping cart and save

Carry Your Groceries And Save Money Whether you call it a cart basket, grocery basket, shopping basket, hand basket or even a basket shopping cart if you use one of these nifty baskets to grocery shop it may save you money. A grocery game challenge fan Christine (lovely lady) posted her shop this past week and was talking about how skipping the shopping cart and opting for a shopping basket might save money when grocery shopping. It never really occurred to me but in some way she may have hit the nail on the head with this one, only because when space is limited you can only buy so much. So I went over by $5.00 this week but because I was under so far this month I managed to be under for the month!!! So that $15.25 was dropped on the overage to bring it down just a little. I think not getting a cart and just getting what the two of us could carry at NF helped as we were loaded down pretty good by the time we got to the till!! It’s not much but it is a start for me…. Now to keep it up… and […]

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The grocery game challenge July 22-28,2013 # 4 : About food waste in Canada

Throwing Money Out The Window That’s right, this post is about food waste from the consumer’s perspective, that’s me and from what we see in the grocery store or at least a bird’s-eye view. It’s not surprise when I read that Canada wastes an estimated 27 billion dollars worth of food every year making its way to compost landfills creating high levels of carbon and methane.  I read this in a 2010 study by the Value Chain Management Centre in a 2010 review of Food Waste in Canada.  What struck me while reading the report was the quote you will read below, although it’s not shocking at all. Today I am here to say that the grocery store won and we lost the grocery game this month as we went over budget again trying to catch up for an overspend 2 months ago. We don’t feel we are throwing money out the window as we eat everything we buy but many considerations need to take place for us next year when it comes to our budget through what the 2013 year will have taught us. Canadian retailers are unique in the extent to which they rely on price-oriented fliers as a […]