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President’s Choice World Elite MasterCard Is Helping Us Get Loads Of Free Groceries: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Oct 5-11,2015


WE LOVE FREE GROCERIES   President’s Choice (PC) Financial has done it again bringing customers the No Annual Fee President’s Choice Financial World Elite MasterCard to the table. We really do love that there are no annual fees on this credit card or any PC Financial MasterCard which is why we chose PC. My wife banked with PC Financial years before I emigrated to Canada. It was only natural that I sign up for my first Canadian Credit card with PC. I needed to build a credit history in Canada as a permanent resident so we were able to get a mortgage. Thankfully the good people at PC Financial were kind enough to give me that start in a country I was now calling home. As the years have passed PC Financial MasterCard has come out with new versions of their popular MasterCard which my wife and I have always applied for. There are now three PC MasterCards all of which we have used over the years including this brand new one I’ll be telling you about today. All PC credit cards now have the chip and pin technology which just about every shop accepts and it’s great for security […]

Homemade Sweet Corn Relish

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HOMEMADE AND FRESH IS BEST!   Making homemade sweet corn takes no time at all and the best part is that you always have a little bit of summer in a jar. Fall is finally in full swing which means the leaves are turning beautiful colours and sweaters, jackets and hats have come out of storage. The Fall season also means that the harvest has blossomed full force for everyone looking to enjoy the hearty crops. The fields around the house are a buzz with the combines taking in the corn crops and plowing for next years season. What vegetables are harvested in the Fall? Most vegetables that harvested in the Fall are vegetables such as Cauliflower, Rutabaga (Swede), Potatoes, Beets, Assorted Squash including Pumpkins, Plums, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Garlic, Peaches, Plums, Eggplant (Aubergine), Beans, Apples, Celery and so on. Knowing what fruits and vegetables to buy in-season and planning your meals around them will save you money in your grocery budget. My boys are nearing the end of football and looking forward to the playoffs which means more time for me in the kitchen. Having more time at home in the kitchen gives me the opportunity to finish up […]

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When Your Food Budget Is Out of Control You Should Do This! : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Sept 14-20,2015

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FINANCIAL TRUTHS OFTEN HURT   Most people struggle with an out of control food budget and maybe why you might want to read this post today. I’m here to tell you that there is only one thing you can do to fix your out of control food budget. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it below but I want you to read something first. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready for the truth when it comes to debt and their money until they need to do something about it. Self-control is easy for anyone to forget until we have to consider it in our lives. For some people it’s easier just to live free and go with the flow which only works on certain aspects of our lives. Our worst enemy was using coupons because we spent more than we should have just to save money. It turned out we bought too much food, went over budget and wasted quite a bit in the end. We kept telling ourselves that it would save us money in the future. To an extent it did BUT it got to the point we had no interest in the tonnes of food we were stockpiling. We […]

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How to avoid paying full retail price at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Aug 3-9,2015


PLAN YOUR GROCERY BUDGET   No one wants to pay full retail price for something which is why most people look for a deal or bargain when they are at the grocery store. Recently I wrote a post asking whether you put full-price products in your grocery cart when shopping. I shared with you the reasons why shoppers may do this but I never did explain how to avoid paying full retail price in the first place. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s not easy because not everything we need on our grocery list is on sale when we need to buy it. There are ways around it though so don’t jump the gun and pull out your wallet to pay the cashier just yet. I had a fan send me an email after I wrote that post to ask me if I could help her with grocery shopping. Although I physically can’t I recommended she post her shops in the Grocery Game to start but to tell me more about what the problem was. Her biggest concern was meal planning and not having a full pantry. This meant that there were times where she had to run […]

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How To Take A Baby Grocery Shopping Successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 27-Aug 2, 2015


A NEW WAY OF SHOPPING   Congratulations new parents! You have to eat so unless you have someone else doing your grocery shopping you need to learn how to take your baby grocery shopping. Parenting…my goodness where do I begin? It’s one of those topics that NEVER ends. When it came to grocery shopping we wanted to know how to bring our baby shopping without pulling our hair out. For many new parents their new lives can be overwhelming with everything from bringing the baby home for the first time to bringing baby outside into a world of chaos and harmony. Many parents focus on germs, illnesses, feedings, diaper changes etc. when deciding whether to venture outdoors but the worst thing you can do is stay indoors all the time. You can still have lots of giggles and kisses outside as you can indoors. One of the most nerve-racking places parents worry about going is to the grocery shopping or shopping in general. Bringing your baby grocery shopping doesn’t have to be stressful so don’t let every comment you read on the internet scare you into hibernating indoors and ordering in until your baby is a toddler. After years and […]

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5 Ways Product Placement Entices You to Spend More at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 July 20-26,2015

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THE INVISIBLE HOST   Product placement will get you every time if you’re not paying attention. Welcome and thanks for choosing “our store” now let me take your hand and help you spend some money. That my friends is the invisible marketing host that just about every store not just grocery stores have in place for customers. Let me, Mr. CBB take you on a tour of what your guide will show you. Keep in mind that not all product placement is bad but it certainly is meant to capture your attention. Spend or walk away, it’s your choice.   Product Placement is your spending map   Product placement at the grocery store can be very odd and if you’re not paying attention you may miss it but your wallet won’t. Product placement is crucial because this is the silent host that speaks to you on behalf of the grocery store and entices you to buy new products or stuff you weren’t going to buy in the first place. That is of course, if you let them. By the way, where is your grocery list? Today I’m going to talk to you more about how you can say goodbye to […]

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5 Ways to Check Out Faster at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 July 13-19, 2015


 TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE   So many people have said they hate grocery shopping and arriving at the checkout is where most people experience the stress of waiting. There’s nothing worse than having to run into the grocery store for one product and you end up having to wait forever because every check out is backed up. Since the invention of the self-scanner more people opt to forgo the traditional cashier and check out their groceries by themselves. In the past almost every grocery store had a grocery bag boy/girl at the checkout who would pack your groceries with his/her trained eye. The bags would go into your shopping cart and away you would go. The worst you would have to do is load the groceries on the belt and pay for the bill. Easy Peasy! Back in the 80’s (possibly before that too) my wife remembers some stores namely A&P who would have big red bins that would be numbered and all you had to do was pull up to the shop and a grocery clerk would take your number and pack your vehicle with your groceries. Gone are those days and I’d be shocked to ever see […]

Quick and Easy Zucchini Casserole

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FRUGAL ONE DISH MEALS   I wanted something quick easy for dinner tonight so I created this quick and easy Zucchini Casserole. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are available the ingredients for this zucchini casserole will hardly put a dent in your grocery budget. This zucchini casserole is a dish that can be done in under 20 minutes, is tasty and of course you don’t have to put the oven on for long. You can even use a toaster oven if you have one. This recipe can be made overnight and placed in the refrigerator so it’s ready to go for the next day. This makes it perfect for a dinner party where you want to prep the meal the night before. Tip: Don’t add the cheese until you are ready to place it under the grill. Now this recipe has a few different ingredients but I assure you it will enhance the flavours immensely. What are these ingredients?  It’s lemon zest and basil. If you are like most people or Mr. CBB you will have an abundance of basil that grows in the garden every year so don’t be afraid to start using it to bring […]

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How to get grocery savings you deserve without embarrassment: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 6-12,2015


LEAVING THE SAVINGS   While standing in line to get groceries the other day the lady in front of us had a product scan in higher than the shelf price. For all you savvy Canadian shoppers you know that most grocery stores follow The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP). That meant that she could have gotten the product that scanned in higher FREE up to $10. When she told the cashier that the product was cheaper the cashier needed to check the price. The customer was happy to settle on paying for the shelf price and moving on with her day as most people are. While she was doing that I mentioned SCOP to the lady and she shook her head when I told her to mention it. She said, “No, I’m too embarrassed to ask”. I thought how could someone be embarrassed to get some grocery savings? It’s not that hard to ask for something but for some people it’s a BIG deal especially if it’s not something they’ve done before. It was then I realized that maybe customers wouldn’t be so embarrassed to ask for deals if they knew how to ask. Last week this also happened to […]

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How to send your husband to the supermarket successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #5 June 29-July 6, 2015

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HE MAY JUST NEED YOUR HELP   If you want your husband to return home from the supermarket victorious you may have to start with a bit of shopping 101 with him. Reality is that most men have NO interest in the grocery store. Why? Most of us have no patience to go up and down aisles searching for things on a list. Not all men you see at the grocery store though are forced to be there (circumstances) or asked to go by their significant other. However, we need to eat so whether we are married or not sometimes we do go to the grocery store hunting for food. I know many of my single friends before they meet their girlfriends made ordering food at the nearest fast food joint more of a priority than putting on the chef’s apron. Secretly many of us men have no idea how to grocery shop but we will never tell you that. it’s easier just to go in and wing it than ask for help how to find something. It’s not macho just like we will never ask for directions even if we’ve been driving around for an hour in circles. Not […]

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Is Price Just An Excuse for Buying Junk Food? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 June 8-14, 2015


YOU ONLY GET ONE BODY   Healthy food and Junk food is expensive no matter which way we look at it. The price of our grocery budget jumps depending on how we decide to spend our money and on which products. Healthy eating habits start at home and takes work which means yes you need to put some effort into what you put into your body. Your mindset before you set off to the grocery store will determine just what you will purchase and fall prey to. The reason is simple, the grocery store plays to our senses and our wallet. Buying unhealthy foods typically happen because we want to buy them, packaging is nice, they taste and look good or we believe that’s all we can afford to buy. I remember a time a mate of mine back home told me it was cheaper for him as a single guy to eat out every day rather than cook. I doubt that was the case as I had never seen him cook a meal in the entire time I had been friends with him. He had no desire to be in the kitchen so eating out and buying junk food […]

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How to live on a raw food diet : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 June 1-7, 2015


A RAW FOOD DIET CHALLENGE   If one would’ve asked me 6 months ago if I’d have considered switching to a raw food diet, I’d likely have looked at them as if they were looney. We’ve always worked to find a balance with our eating, serving our favorite foods with a sprinkle of vegetables in between. However, in the last 5 months, we’ve fallen in love with a diet that consists largely of vegetables, and this is nothing short of a miracle. Our family’s love affair with food has been long-lived. We are foodies by nature; you know the kind of family where love = how much good and tasty (not necessarily healthy) food you serve people when they show up at your door. As such, implementing a raw foods diet into our family has not been without its challenges. I remember going to Great-Grandma’s house on the weekends as a child. Everyone was welcome, and her large family always ensured that at least a dozen people would show up to chat on any given Sunday or Saturday. We’d walk in the door, unannounced (this is the way it was back in the day – you’d just show up to […]