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Why Do Grocery Stores Water Mist Fruits and Vegetables? : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 February 5-11

GLISTENING WATER MIST IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY APPLE   I’ve been freshened up ever so lightly with water mist as I’m looking through fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and for some reason it makes me happy. Sound familiar? Consumer conditioning most likely but understanding the reasons behind this lavish Canadian and American way to sell produce is more than the just-picked look. Trade secrets? Not likely however there are pros and cons to benefiting from the water mist psychologically and financially from both the store and customer perspective. Back in the UK I was never introduced to this type of care for produce as it’s not a practice that was used. Judging by our recent visit to the UK using automated water misting machines still isn’t on the market. *note- that I am aware of. Most often I would go by the sweeter the smell the sweeter the taste ideal when making my purchases. This is why I find it incredibly important to smell what you buy before you buy it. Our son thinks the automatic water mist machines at the grocery store are exciting and acts all giddy when he can see the mist in […]

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Quick Tips For Buying Groceries Without A Vehicle: The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #3 Jan 15-21

CHOOSE GROCERIES WISELY WHEN SHOPPING WITH LIMITED OR LITTLE TRANSPORTATION TO HELP SAVE YOU MONEY   When I was in University I didn’t have a supermarket near me which meant I had to get creative with buying groceries and stockpiling sales so I didn’t go without or even worse, run out. It’s not like I wouldn’t have been without food since there were and still are take-away shops in just about every village in the UK. Being a frugal guy all my life it was rare you’d catch me eating out when I could make it at home for less. I would and still do get more enjoyment out of creating delicious meals at home then heading to a restaurant. My idea of eating out would be a restaurant or street vendor selling food that I’d have no idea how to cook, won’t cook or foods I’ve never tried before. Many people who do go out to eat get the same boring food that’s relatively easy to make. That’s not really why a majority of people eat out anyways, it’s the convenience. When I get asked why so many people eat out I know that one of the biggest reasons […]

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How To Create A Master Food List To Slash Expenses : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Jan 8-14

YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING EXPENSES AREN’T GOING TO BALANCE WITHOUT A MASTER BEHIND THE PLAN   Easing into the grocery budget process by testing the waters for a few months with a Master Food List might just be YOUR ticket to food shopping success. If you’re anything like me when I was single I would tend to create the same recipes over and over only because it was easy, saved time and kept me from lingering around the grocery store. Once I got married we decided to become a lingering grocery shopping couple who had a frugal mindset yet we were and still are working on cutting back on roaming. This got me thinking the other day how easy it is to overspend when grocery shopping even if you have a meal plan and a shopping list. Besides having a focused mindset when in the grocery store it’s important that you stick to a food list that offers your meal plan all the staples. In the UK my list would have been small, certain vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, pasta sauce, tortellini, sardines, bread, butter. I was and still am a simple guy but once I got married, EVERYTHING CHANGED! Our diet […]

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Grocery Budget Basics: 5 Must-Read Tips About Your Food Expenses

CONTROL THE FOOD EXPENSES YOU CAN AND FORGET WHAT YOU CAN’T   For anyone considering tackling their food expenses I encourage you to read my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide along your journey starting with the critical budget basics I’ve detailed below. If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning; Where you are spending money How much money you are spending How much money you are saving every month With the minimum wage increase to $14 in Canada many shoppers will start to notice food cost increases across the board. Notices are already popping up at fast food restaurants letting customers know that prices are on the rise. That’s not really any concern to you unless eating out is your thing but certainly means consumers are going to see price hikes everywhere. I’m assuming since you are here to grab hold of your food expenses that eating out is not a top priority on your list. If eating out is the problem then you’ve come to the right place. Related: Ontario restaurant owner earning less than his employees with minimum wage hike That being said, your food expenses are still […]

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Scan and Go Technology Is A New Grocery Shopping Convenience : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Oct 23-29

ANOTHER POTENTIAL GROCERY STORE TIME SAVER HAS ROLLED INTO CANADA TO IMPROVE YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.   Knock, Knock…Who’s there? Walmart Scan and Go that’s who! It’s not new technology either just new to Canada. Like some of you reading this I’m starting to wonder if grocery stores are complicating the entire shopping experience by adding so many ways to grocery shop and check-out. I mean, how hard can it be and why aren’t we making time to grocery shop? Should using the self-checkout or scan and go self scanners qualify shoppers for a discount since they are taking on the work of the cashier? Some would say yes and others no. Your payment is in the form of convenience even though it may not always be that convenient. Do you remember when Tim Hortons only sold donuts and coffee or McDonald’s sold breakfast, burgers and fries? If not you’re probably far younger than I am but back then convenience was simple. Not anymore. When Tim Horton’s started to added the sandwiches, bagels, soups, chili and now breakfast and potato wedges it was overwhelming for most. Why complicate such a simple idea? Money and keeping up with the markets. Simple as […]

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Easy Meal Prep Ideas We Use To Inspire Healthy Living : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 Oct 16-22

THE BEST MEAL PREP TIPS COME FROM THOSE ON A FOOD JOURNEY   The hardest task for any kitchen warrior is to make everyone in the house is happy when it comes to meal-time. If you want to learn about meal prep don’t go to someone who has never done it before, consult the professionals and I don’t mean those with a University degree either. Joining Facebook or other community groups which consist of people on the same food journey as you and successful is a bullet-proof way to keep focused and learn. They are always willing to share tips with you so you too can get a kick-start with your meal prep ideas. You may question whether meal prep is worth it but only you can answer that. Consider your lifestyle and ask yourself what you’d rather be doing after working all day? Cooking, Relaxing, Playing with the kids, Working Out, Cleaning etc. If you’re eating out at work every day possibly the only change you need to make is prepping delicious healthy meals to take along with you. Oh, and telling your colleagues that you’ve brought your lunch and can’t join them at the restaurant. You could however […]

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How I Turned Grocery Shopping Into A Daddy Vacation : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3 July 17-23

WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING BECOMES THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY.   Parenthood is more than just having a baby, it’s about finding ways to keep sane in a busy world of dirty nappies, feedings, work and lack of sleep. Things have changed as they should since we’ve become parents especially for myself since our son wants to do everything with me. If you could imagine me coming home from work and attacked by a toddler while Mrs. CBB waves and says, “have fun” that’s how it all goes down. At times he’s like a television that has no off button but I appreciate his inclination to learn and talk non-stop from the time he wakes up until he falls asleep again. It hasn’t been until the last year or so that we are really feeling the push from dealing with the terrible two’s. I read a meme that stated how parents who go grocery shopping alone attribute the experience to a vacation. Mrs. CBB laughed because some of the other moms she chats with has said the same thing. I wanted to see if I got that same vacation feeling so I put myself up for the daddy vacation challenge. When […]

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One Million Ways To Help Reduce Stress About Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 June 12-18

DISHING OUT TIPS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE PLEASURABLE   We all cope with stress from a million different directions and for some people grocery shopping may be a chore that they would rather not do. A million seems to be either a blessing or a stress when people refer to situations. I told him a million times he can’t have Oreo’s. A million different directions…look up! She tells me a million times a day not to spend money. A million ways to win a million dollars. There’s a million reasons why I won’t…. What this means is that we tend to over-exaggerate what a million really means when we use it as a descriptive word. When I hear someone use this to describe their situation I know that there likely is only one big reason and possibly plenty of  little one’s many of which can be fixed. Never a million but it certainly is an attention grabber for someone who is seeking it. I was! Did it work? You either love grocery shopping or you don’t, full-stop.   New to Canada and Grocery shopping   Back in the UK I did all my […]

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