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5 Critical Pointers To Slash Your Costly Eating Habits: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Aug 22-28

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GROCERY SHOPPING WITHOUT A BUDGET IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER   No matter what your eating habits are like it’s imperative to grocery shop with a food budget and balanced meal plan in mind. If you want to develop smart grocery shopping habits start by practicing what the food shopping experts are doing to save money. It appears that after every holiday or before seasonal changes that consumers go wild to eat healthy food and begin healthy eating habits but at the cost of their grocery budget. Then there are consumers who don’t care about healthy and buy anything and everything that they can’t afford because the products are regular price, over-priced or simply not nutritional based for a balanced diet. Buying too much junk food is one of the leading factors of high-priced eating habits that must be contained before they get out of hand. Costly good eating habits Healthy nutrition doesn’t mean you have to spend beyond your means just to eat well. Good eating habits begin with food basics such as those outlined in the Canada Food Guide. The problem is when people have a tight-budget and over-spend on pricey steaks, seafood or shopping in bulk at […]

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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

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BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

Creamy Bacon Tomato Salad (Low-Carb)

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ORGANIC PRODUCE HAS SOME OF THE BEST FLAVOURS IN THE WORLD   I wasn’t sure if I should call this recipe Tomato Bacon Salad or Bacon Tomato Salad so I went with both only because there’s lots of cherry tomatoes and tonnes of bacon! There’s no pasta or bread in this creamy Bacon Tomato Salad that I’ve created from organic vegetables and herbs from the garden. All you need is a fork, an appetite for freshness and a love for tomatoes and bacon. My wife who enjoys a low-carb/Paleo diet said she was in the mood for a bacon tomato sandwich loaded with mayonnaise on oopsie bread or savoury low-carb waffles. The Oopsie bread and waffles are alternatives to adding extra carbs from eating traditional breads but we didn’t have any made. I’m not a fan of the oopsie bread but when you stop eating bread anything that looks and tastes like bread is a sure winner. Related: Grocery Shopping for a Paleo Diet With the humidity and heat in Ontario reaching unbearable highs turning on the oven was the last thing we wanted to do. We were fortunate enough to get a huge bowl of organic cherry tomatoes from […]

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5 Ways To Spend Less Time Grocery Shopping And More Time Saving : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Aug 8-14

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YOUR TIME SAVINGS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR GROCERY SAVINGS   It may sound silly to some of you to time your grocery shopping trip but this is something Mrs. CBB and I have done the past few weeks only to be shocked at the results. It was time for a grocery shopping experiment to test just how well we were utilizing our time in the grocery store. It’s so easy to get lost in the grocery store world especially when tuning out what’s happening in your life outside of the auto-sliding doors which is almost instantaneous when food is involved. No one wants to be stuck in a grocery store longer than they have to be but like surfing the web can be addicting so can grocery shopping. The time spent on your grocery shopping trip should start the moment you get into your car or step out the front door to complete what most people either love or hate as a task that keeps us nourished. It’s a food love or hate relationship that can be costly or for some strategic where savings and structured goals become more of a marked challenge than a need. This means […]

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30 Must-Have Student Food Pantry Staples : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Aug 1-7

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Create your own student cookbook: University and College Cooking 101   You may or may not be a student but if your child is off to College or University don’t pass on the opportunity for them to spend 10 minutes reading this post about cooking and living independently away from the family home. I’ve been a student in University twice in my life and both times I made sure to have a stocked food pantry to stop me from eating out which is a HUGE waste of money for any student. It’s one thing to be social and another to be lazy in the kitchen if you are able to cook at home. I had many friends who considered themselves the starving student only because most of their student budget went to booze, partying and eating fast food. That’s a sure-fire way to starve your budget and your tummy of nutritious food. What I’ve learned throughout my frugal student years in the kitchen may serve as a handy reminder that you CAN eat decent meals at home and kick the fast-food habits many students take on when they move away for school. First off you need a student budget and […]

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What Every Grocery Store Clerk Wants Customers To Know : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 July 25-31

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There likely isn’t one grocery store clerk out there that hasn’t bitten their tongue when dealing with customers who don’t follow the rules or simply make up their own rules when grocery shopping. It’s been said that if you don’t take care of your customer then your competition will and with that comes silence and smiles from most retail clekrs. The grocery store clerk wants to say things to you badly so you can understand what it’s like being on the other side of the grocery belt all day but fears backlash from the customer and sometimes management. The customer is always right? WRONG!, but in customer service the employee may keep on smiling and carry on just to appease the customer. These bad customer experiences though make for a long work day for any grocery store clerk but always remember happy always outweighs negativity.   You are part of the team   What you are as a customer is part of the company you are spending your money at. That’s right when you shop at any store you become part of that organization which means you help us and we’ll help you. It’s a win-win if we all work […]

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Costly Grocery Store Distractions You Should Avoid : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 July 11-17

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IT’S EASY TO FAIL FINANCIALLY AT GROCERY SHOPPING ESPECIALLY IF YOU LET THE SOPHISTRY OF THE INDUSTRY WIN!   Once the prep work is completed to go grocery shopping, your next challenge is bypassing in-store costly distractions but it’s not that easy to defend yourself against. Consumers are complaining about costs at the grocery store because like everything else prices keep going up and pay cheques are stagnant. Who is to blame for this though? The customer wants better deals and the store wants their major suppliers to lower prices so they can roll them out to the customer. It’s a battle against each other and the emptied pockets will come from the customer in the end. Related: Loblaws sends strongly worded letter to major suppliers, asks group to lower costs Loblaw’s missive comes as the price war escalates between Canada’s biggest grocery retailers and as consumers increasingly seek out discount food options after two years of rising food prices. The moment you enter any grocery store you are now on their territory which means they can easily take control of your wallet, mind and appetite with the right marketing tactics. Odds are you won’t see a clock around and […]

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Summer Drinks Your Party Budget Can Handle : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 July 4-10

PARTY SUMMER DRINKS BUDGET FRIENDLY

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED…WHAT CAN I GET YOU TO DRINK?   Whether you’re hosting a summer cocktail party or frugal back-yard grill-fest you’ll want to make sure that your beverage center is fully stocked with some of the best summer drinks for your guests. There are also plenty of ways to add a splash of colour to your summer drinks with or without alcohol. Today I want to talk about alcohol-free drinks, mixed drinks, frozen drinks, fresh fruit drinks, summer drinks for kids and new summer drinks that are all budget-friendly. I went on a Pinterest hunt for some of the best summer drinks recipes I could find that were budget-friendly and easy to make. Can your budget handle summer drinks? If you’re not sure if you can afford to have a summer party but really want one maybe it’s best if you plan by knowing your party budget, writing down everything you’d like to have at your party and save up for it first. This way it takes financial stress off your shoulders rather than trying to fit it into your monthly budget schedule as an unplanned expense. Related: How to host a frugal back-yard BBQ Summer drinks […]

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

WHY FREE FOOD OFFERS ARE ATTRACTIVE TO CUSTOMERS

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 […]

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How to include Fresh Produce In Your Diet When Prices Are High : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 June 6-12

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DON’T LET THE PRICE OF FRESH PRODUCE SCARE YOU AWAY FROM ENJOYING DELICIOUS MEALS   No matter where you grocery shop these days you may have noticed an increase in the price for fresh produce. These price hikes can significantly impact any grocery budget however it is still possible to enjoy your fresh vegetables and fresh fruit without having to resort to frozen alternatives. Tracking your expenses and having a grocery budget are a must for any household but if your grocery budget is tight you may have to make cut-backs or find other savings on items you need to ensure you incorporate nutritious fresh produce into your meals. I was reading an article about the high food prices driving consumers away from fresh produce and into the freezer section where options like frozen vegetables and fruit along with fruit juice seem to be the frugal option for those on a tight budget. Soaring produce prices have been a hot topic recently. Fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 per cent and fresh fruit prices increased 11 per cent year-over-year in April, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report It’s important to remember that you can find ways to […]

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How Cooking Classes Can Save You Big Bucks! : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 May 30-June 5

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LEARN TO COOK AND BECOME THE CHEF IN YOUR HOME KITCHEN   Cooking classes have always been popular and will likely continue to be hot on the bucket list of many who want to learn how to cook starting from basic skills all the way to foreign cuisines. One of the best culinary schools in the world is in your parents kitchen especially if your mom and dad love to cook. That’s how I learned to cook when I was young which opened my intrigue into the world of food prep and cultural meals. From there I became a world traveller and tried to visit as many countries as I could before I moved to Canada where I continue to enjoy new cuisine. Through those experiences I learned just how wonderful food from around the world was but most importantly how they were prepared and cultural knowledge.   Eat at home     Even in the UK I hardly ever ate out because cooking at home was my pride and joy. Plus, it was far cheaper and rewarding for me. Learning to cook new foods means you’ll likely eat out less because your cooking at home which means you spend less […]