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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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Do you buy magazines at the check-out?: The grocery game challenge #4 June 23-29, 2014

magazine rack

BORED AT THE CASH MIGHT COST $   Not everyone falls prey to the marketing ploy of magazines at the check-out although there are many of you that just can’t go without your weekly or even daily dose of  “worldly news”. We do not subscribe to magazines so unless it is a free magazine like “Melt magazine” or “Ingredients Magazine” it will never end up in our shopping cart. Although those magazines in Canada revolve around food they are not costing us any money. Maybe that means we are boring people? With the internet at our finger tips you can find just about anything you need to know online. You can pretty much find free magazines online which will give you hours of reading entertainment. Magazines are not cheap either as you can expect to pay anywhere from $2-$5 and then some just to read something and toss it in the garbage.   Magazine fever   I notice my wife falls prey to the celebrity gossip magazines while waiting at the check-out and will look at In Style magazine, Chatelaine magazine and Canadian Living magazine. She has never bought a magazine though and to be honest I just don’t think […]

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How a cooking skillet caused a customer to argue: The grocery game challenge #4 May 19-25, 2014

Frying Pans

KEEPING CUSTOMERS HAPPY   This is a case where the cooking skillet wins and the customer who doesn’t care to listen or understand the rules rather just wants her product for less. Happy customers spending their money are what most businesses aim to have, but what happens when you can’t make a customer happy and they start a public argument with you?   Cooking skillet frenzy   This happened the other day at the grocery store where a couple was chatting to the cashier about a cooking skillet that scanned wrong and they wanted to have the scanning code of practice (SCOP) applied. Yes, the store honoured the scanning code of practice so you would think it would be a cut and dry situation like most of who have had SCOP applied before. Not this time. Apparently the cooking skillet was put on the wrong rack by another customer who clearly noticed that the other frying pans were on sale. Instead of putting the more expensive frying pan back where it belonged they just swapped it out for the frying pan that was on sale. That meant the more expensive cooking skillet was on the same rack as the cooking […]

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

food pictures grocery store

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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Why some people hate the grocery store: The Grocery game challenge #4 Apr 21-27, 2014

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SHOPPING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE   I could teach you 10 ways to save money buying food but if you hate the grocery store there is nothing that I can say that will convince you to spend more time planning your shops. Grocery shopping is one household task that some people cringe at having to do. I always seem to write about the positive side about grocery shopping but what about those people who hate the grocery store and would rather be doing something else. Sure, grocery shopping isn’t my idea of fun but at the same time when it comes to our finances we both take pride in making sure we are spending according to our budget. Today I’m going to talk a bit about those grocery haters and if you’re one of them leave a comment and tell us why you hate the grocery store and what you’d rather be doing.   Hate the grocery store   I know most men will be the first to admit that they hate the grocery store because it’s just too boring and not their thing. I can understand that because many men might not have went grocery shopping with their family […]

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Do you blow your grocery budget if you rush? : The Grocery Game challenge #2 Mar 10-16, 2014

rush grocery shopping cart

LET THE GROCERY GAME BEGIN   I guess only you can answer whether you bust your budget on groceries if you are in a rush. I can tell you what our answer to this question is but I’m betting every grocery shopping situation would be different. The key here is not so much the time it’s whether you are prepared the minute you walk through the doors at the grocery store. Alternatively I like to earn cash back on groceries meaning I like to use coupons and other means to trim the grocery budget like just recently learning about Checkout 51. Another way we save is by using our PC Points because saving money is important to us especially when it comes to groceries and other items that we can easily reduce on our own. Free money is good! You may find cash flows in as fast as it flows out if you aren’t watching where you money is being spent. Can you agree?   The grocery rush   Just the other week I watched a mother come zooming in to Wal-Mart with her child who immediately wanted to play on the money operated toys they have in the front […]

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

dairy section grocery store

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 […]

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When you see someone stealing food: The Grocery game challenge #4 Feb 24- Mar 2, 2014

grocery store food

DON’T GET CAUGHT STEALING   I hope I don’t ever have to witness someone stealing food at the grocery store but the reality is that theft at the grocery store happens every day. I don’t have to define stealing to anyone because we learn from a young age that if it doesn’t belong to us we don’t touch it and if you don’t pay for it then it’s not yours, full-stop. Have you ever walked out of a store and the alarms at the door go off because one of your products has a magnetic strip that wasn’t scanned? Or you did steal something and got caught… oh, now what? The alarms going off have happened to almost anyone and the first thing we do is shake our heads and say… I don’t know I paid for everything? We are in a stunned state. I’m to the point where it’s happened so often i just walk back and have them check the products again. A friend of mine had this belt he wore and it set off the alarms at every shop we went in. He got so embarrassed one day in the mall that he took it off and […]