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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

how to include fresh produce in your diet on a tight budget

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

HOW COOKING CLASSES

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 […]

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How To Train Your Spouse To Be A Clever Clogs Food Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 May 23-29

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR SPOUSE TO BE A CLEVER CLOGS FOOD SHOPPER

THERE’S NO SHAME IN LEARNING HOW TO BE A SMART SHOPPER   I’m sure that you’ve met someone who thinks they are a clever clogs when it comes to knowing everything about anything there is to know in life. Some may profess to be an expert only to lack the skills needed to complete a task such as being the household food shopper. If you’re tired of always having to do the food shopping because your spouse doesn’t want to take the time to follow your frugal lead then it’s time to get them on-board with a bit of Grocery-101. What is a clever clogs? A bit of humour in this post to get your attention but serious stuff if you are struggling to meet your grocery budget needs because you or your spouse is not participating in the process. The word clever clogs originates in the UK so it’s certainly a term I’m familiar with and now you are. If you’re child is a fan of the television cartoon Peppa Pig you’ll have heard that Edmond Elephant is a bit of a clever clogs. This means a clever clogs is someone who is too clever or commonly called a […]

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How We Deal With Rude People At The Grocery Store : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 May 9-15

how we handle rude customers at the grocery store

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO SCREAM DO THIS INSTEAD AND WATCH THEM CRUMBLE.   I don’t know what it is lately but I seem to be running into rude people everywhere I go. The worst shoppers are at the grocery store especially once Spring finally arrives. It’s as if life is super-charged in the fast-lane when the sun is shining and the white stuff has melted. I’m a happy guy and my wife is generally always smiling because we choose to be happy. We’re not perfect but we channel negativity in such a way that we work on it and find other outlets to deal with it. I understand that some people have “issues” to deal with but taking frustrations out on other people over things you can’t control seems a bit…um, “out there”. It doesn’t matter what time of day you go grocery shopping or what store you choose to spend your money at, you’ll always run into rude people. The last thing you want to worry about or even think about is getting into a heated argument at the grocery store. It’s just groceries, not a grocery game. Related: When is the best time to grocery shop? Last […]

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10 Affordable Meatless Meals To Help Shrink Your Grocery Bill : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 May 2-8

Affordable Meatless Meals

  BALANCE THE MEAL PLAN TO HELP BALANCE YOUR BUDGET   Meatless meals have become a regular on our menu plan not only for the savings but because we enjoy the simplicity of a veg dish with simple alternate proteins other than meat and fish. That might sound a bit awkward to someone who doesn’t use a grocery budget but for our family a budget is essential to keeping us accountable for the food that we purchase.   Meatless meal day is any day   If you aren’t already aware there is a day dedicated to meatless meals and that day is Monday. Just because it sounds good though doesn’t mean you are required to forgo meat on a Monday. After a weekend of comfort food with the family a Meatless Monday is a nice way to start the week but it’s also a nice way to end the week or slow it down in the middle. What I love about ditching the meat once or twice a week is that I can batch cook easy meatless meals and enjoy leftovers the next day. I’m not a huge fan of re-heated meat especially if it is a steak, chicken, roast […]

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Must-Have Kitchen Tools For The Home Chef On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Mar 21-27

MUST-HAVE KITCHEN TOOLS for the home chef on a budget(1)

FROST YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS   There are some pretty cool kitchen tools on the market but most often they are a waste of money because they are valuable in the moment but then fade away deep into the back of a kitchen cupboard. You all know what I’m talking about because you likely have some of those kitchen tools you’ve forgotten all about screaming to be used. I know we do. Under the cupboard we have an apple corer, grilled cheese machine, Pampered Chef cheese grater and I’m sure I could find a few more if I left the computer now and had a look, but you get the point. One of these days I’ll be the one selling these kitchen tools on Kijiji because I’m sure there will be a buyer out there looking for these items that will complete their kitchen gadget list. Some of you might dig this All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer kitchen tool but for others it’s just another expensive addition to the kitchen that will likely collect dust. The original price is $28.95 but if you are certain it will add value to your kitchen tools list […]

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How To Enjoy Gourmet Food On A Tight Budget – The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Mar 7-13

gourmet food shops(1)

EATING GOURMET FOOD CAN FIT INTO ANY GROCERY BUDGET WITH A FEW KEY PANTRY INGREDIENTS TO SPRUCE UP A MEAL   Long before the big box grocery store there were and still are gourmet food stores, specialty stores, farmers stands and markets across Canada that supply some of the freshest food to our country. Locally produced foods in Canada are often thought to be out of reach for those who think they can’t afford to eat gourmet food at it’s finest. Not only that but unless you submerge yourself into the foodie scene you don’t often hear about places you can buy gourmet food, organic or farm grown products. Educate yourself with what is available in your local area and go see for yourself. I’m here to say, yes you can include gourmet foods in your diet if you plan your meals accordingly. I’m almost positive that if I conducted a survey and asked what the word gourmet meant I’d be told: Higher Price Tag Rich tasting Unheard of brands Imported products The word gourmet has long since been associated with being posh and possibly ingredients that only chefs or hard-core foodies would use in the kitchen. Gourmet is like […]

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Inexpensive Meals-How To Stretch Your Food Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Feb 29-Mar 6

INEXPENSIVE MEALS (1)

YOU ONLY HAVE TO CLEAN UP ONCE   I often get emails from fans who want to know how they can create inexpensive meals on a very tight budget. Another concern is how to stretch recipes so they last for a few meals which amounts to a better bang for your buck. One of the biggest budget busters in the food department begins when you eat outside of the home. When you decide to eat out whether they are inexpensive meals or not you more than likely can always make it at home for less. Think fresh food, plus you know what you are putting into the food you eat when you make it yourself. You can’t put a price on that my friends. If you want to limit the temptations of the outside world you must be prepared ahead of time. I eat out from time to time but I certainly don’t make it a daily or weekly occurrence. The answer is to arm yourself with a meal plan and a grocery list that suits your tastes and fits your food budget. Not everyone knows product prices of the grocery store industry which is a number one factor when […]

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8 Gross Things That Turn People Off Your Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Feb 22-28

8 gross things that turn people off your food (1)

  YUCKY KITCHEN MISTAKES EVERYONE WILL NOTICE   You may not even realize that you are doing some of these gross things in the kitchen while you are cooking but your friends and family will, so stop it before no one wants to eat your food. When you go to a party or enjoy the fun of a pot-luck you don’t get to see how the food was prepared which is probably just as well because I’m sure many of you might not want to eat the party food. The same goes with working in a restaurant but at least there are health and safety standards that must be followed or at least put in place for the staff to follow. Not so much with the home chef.   Some things need to be kept private   For the love of all things food please don’t tell me all of the places you had sex in the kitchen. If you used anything that you will be preparing my meal with during your kitchen adventure at least tell me you tossed it in the bin. I’m not joking, a friend told me this happened to him once and I didn’t know […]

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5 Ways To Slash Binge Shopping From Your Grocery Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Feb 1-7

5 WAYS TO SLASH BINGE SHOPPING FROM YOUR GROCERY BUDGET(1)

SELF-CONTROL IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT SAVING   I think just about everyone has had their fair share of binge shopping at the grocery store which attributed to spending more money than anticipated. We shop with our eyes and nose and at the grocery store so we have to be on high-alert because it’s simple to buy what you probably could have done without. What does the word binge really mean? It means you do something excessively in a short period. I don’t know about you but I don’t plan to hang out at the grocery store all day. Binge shopping happens when we let the grocery store do the shopping for us and not the grocery list. Major budget buster! Guilt shopping is right up there with placing food in a shopping cart with no plan in place. What is guilt shopping? You know when you leave the house and the kids or your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend beg you to bring them home chocolate, chips or make you feel guilty when you say, “No, we can’t afford it this week”? Well, if you give into their demands that’s guilt shopping. Try not to do this if you can help […]