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Should your grocery budget increase with shrinking product packaging: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Sept 15-21, 2014

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SHRINKING FOOD   I’ve talked about whether we eat too much and potentially why a grocery budget might be high but now we have to tackle shrinking product packaging. I often have people visit the blog wanting to find out what an average grocery budget might be so they can plan their own budget. One problem is there are many differences from country to country not to mention the case of shrinking packaging and higher pricing. The wife and I were at Zehrs the other day with our son grocery shopping and my wife mentioned that we were almost out of cheddar cheese. Although I’m not a fan of these commercial types of affordable cheeses we opt to buy them as they fit our grocery budget. I am used to higher end cheeses from when I lived in the UK but try buying them in Canada and your grocery budget will take a huge hit. The only time you might find us indulging is if the cheese has a 50% off pink sticker making the cheese half-price which works for our grocery budget. Sometimes it’s worth buying a stronger cheese because you use less but it depends on what the […]

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Would you shop at a 24 hour grocery store? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Sept 1-7, 2014

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PAYING FOR CONVENIENCE   We all love convenience but for many people the need for a 24 hour grocery store is vital. Who uses a 24 hour grocery store anyways? The customers who roam the aisles of the grocery store late at night when most people are sleeping are those that aren’t tucked up in bed. I know it sounds simple enough but for one reason or another sleeping is not on the agenda. You may find shift workers, students, party goers and even those with disabilities or someone who might be afraid of /dislikes crowded places who visit the 24 hour grocery store for late night shopping. There are also the customers who run out of an item and it’s needed in the middle of the night or someone falls ill and a medicine is needed. Your child may come down with an illness and you need some medicine and the only shop open besides the local convenience store is the 24 hour grocery store. Granted that not every 24 hour grocery store has a pharmacy section open for those that do it is a huge benefit to those seeking relief in the middle of the night. If you […]

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Protect your wallet from the pickpocket at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Aug 25-31, 2014

Pickpocket steals wallet from purse

SECURE YOUR VALUABLES   You don’t think the pickpocket pro will target you but all it takes is you to turn your focus for one second and your wallet will be missing. Learning how to pickpocket doesn’t require a degree rather it’s simply practice and you don’t want to be the one they practice on. I don’t know if any of you, especially the ladies have had your wallet stolen from your purse before but you can feel so violated knowing you were right there. I could have probably taken my camera and went around a few grocery stores this week and snapped pictures of lonely shopping carts with open purses sitting in them. It happens all the time and for some reason I notice these things and maybe because my instincts kick in wondering how someone could leave their purse alone for someone to steal boggles my mind. I make sure my wallet is always in my back pocket even though many men will tell you keeping your wallet in your front pocket is likely a better place to deter any pickpocket. Yes a pickpocket will put their sticky fingers in your back pocket to steal your wallet or […]

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Free product coupons and promo codes that expire before the product: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 11-17, 2014

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PROMO MARKETING ON PRODUCTS   Promo codes and free product coupons that you find on everyday products you buy are there to entice you as a customer to make a purchase. I’m not talking about coupon codes you might find on McDonald’s promotional offers or Tim Hortons coffee cups either. Today I’m talking about coupons and promo coupon codes on products you get at the supermarket. I know many of you love to source out coupons in the grocery store or anywhere you can get your hands on them. We do to because savings in our pocket is worth the effort. Coupons seem to fly off the pads faster than most customers can get to them so manufacturers like to promote product savings via putting the coupon or promo codes right on the product. It’s also a great marketing tool because as a customer you see the coupon right on the product rather than hunting it down. Even cases of pop or canned goods have coupons on the packaging.   Promo Codes   I think it’s a brilliant idea to lure customers to purchase or even test out new product although not all free product coupons and promo codes are […]

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Why a root cellar is beneficial for stockpiling: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Aug 4-10, 2014

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PRESERVING FOODS MADE EASY   Having a root cellar or cold room in your basement can be a beneficial area of your home when it comes to budgeting and living frugal. All too often I have seen the cold room full of everything but food though. The root cellar seems to be the ideal place to store even more unwanted stuff when the garage becomes full. During our rounds of house hunting visiting open houses we noticed some homeowners use a root cellar for bike storage, full of black bags containing unknown items, old furniture and everything else. It seemed a bit odd to me but leads me to believe that not everyone needs or appreciates a root cellar like the next person.       Root Cellar   What is a root cellar? If you’re unfamiliar with what a root cellar or cold room is then you may want to ask an older generation because they were far more popular years ago. The root cellar is a room in the basement with exterior walls and no insulation and no artificial heating or cooling. The ventilation usually comes from 2 vents to the outside where one vent acts as an […]

Should you trade, sell or donate unwanted sample freebies?

Baby formula freebies

YOUR BEST DEFENSE IS TO BE INFORMED   Freebies means you don’t have to pay to try a product that you might not have otherwise bought but what happens when you don’t want the freebie? Do you sell it, trade it or give it away? Today I have a mailbag CBB Fan question that came in that I thought I would address based on my opinion and nothing more. As much as I love getting fan mail one thing I don’t do is give advice on what you should and shouldn’t do. I leave those decisions up to you because in the end the only person who is held responsible for actions taken, is yourself. If you don’t know the answer to a pressing question your best bet is to contact a professional or service that can provide you with the answers you are looking for.   Dear Mr.CBB There has been so much controversy online and on mommy groups about parents who sell freebies that they get from freebie sites online such as free clothes, free formula samples etc. that it’s becoming difficult to know what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s not something I’ve done personally but it has […]

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Do summer foods cost you more money? : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 21-27, 2014

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PICK YOUR OWN EAT IT FRESH   Summer foods are fresh, in-season and in some cases can drive up your grocery budget if you’re not careful. For the most part Mrs.CBB and I have a standard grocery list that we use every week along with sale items that come up in the flyers. In the summer our grocery list seems to grow. With such growth we really need to focus on how much money we are spending at the grocery store so we don’t overspend causing us to carry over these expenses to the next month. This is what we did for the month of July as you will notice we were over budget by $18.24. The reason for this is because we are trying to catch up for going over budget the month previous. It only seems to happen in the summer but come winter, things change. I know you might suggest giving ourselves a larger budget but it does seem to work out in the end. If by the end of 2014 we notice we need to make an increase then that is what we will do. We won’t deprive ourselves and not buy what we need when […]

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Do you spend more or less when grocery shopping alone? : The grocery game challenge #3 July 14-20, 2014

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YOU AND THE GROCERY BASKET   Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you. I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else. I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened. I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations […]