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How To Bring Affordable Organic Food To Your Kitchen Table : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Apr 23-29

NOURISH YOUR FAMILY, SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT   I’m 100% certain no one can talk me out of why organic food is not better than the other stuff but I will agree that costs may be higher for budget conscious shoppers. There are ways around that though through savings, growing it yourself, trading, markets and home delivery which I will talk about further down. The new organic food trend for the busy family is moving more towards delivery than digging dirt or picking and choosing at the local markets. I agree with my late father-in-law who once told me that the only way you know you are eating organic produce is to grow it yourself. Just like anything in life if you want it done right sometimes you have be the one in charge however not everyone is willing or has the time to sow a garden. Properties are also getting smaller and house prices are not getting any cheaper. This leaves little to no room for homeowners to grow a vegetable garden apart from using pots or even raised gardens although not everyone wants to do this. Related: How to grow organic potatoes in a pot […]

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The Most Expensive Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #4 Mar 26-Apr 1

YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE CONTROL OVER WHERE YOUR DOLLARS ARE SPENT BUT YOU CAN MINIMIZE THE IMPACT BY KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS.   Why would anyone want to know about the most expensive Canadian grocery stores to shop at? Well, it has been a hot topic on Canadian Budget Binder for a while now so I decided to talk about my experiences over the years. You may be saying, don’t shop there if it’s too expensive but how do you know if it is and what if there were no other options? Opinions will vary from person to person ranges from person but most likely because it’s easier to avoid them rather than waste your time going to them. The second reason is money is tight for almost all Canadians who are looking for ways to stretch their food dollars. Sometimes people suffer in silence financially when they’re stuck and others do what they have to do to earn some money just to live. This morning I read an article about how people are pan-handling on the streets of Toronto just to make ends meet since moving to Canada. It’s heart-breaking to read but poverty is out there whether you […]

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First-Class Grocery Receipt Pricing Errors You Might Be Missing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #2 Mar 12-18

PRICING ERRORS AT THE GROCERY STORE GO BEYOND THE SHELF-PRICE   Your grocery shopping trip is not over until you’ve read your receipt and are happy with what you see. We’ve created our own consumer pricing policy in the CBB household and that is to make sure we don’t pay more than we should be, EVER.   Grocery receipt errors are more than just watching for the wrong price which most but not all consumers are aware of which is why reading your receipt is Step 1 in saving money at the grocery store. Over the years we’ve conditioned ourselves to look for pricing errors and for those stores that do offer what many of you know as The Scanning Code of Practice this can mean free product. No one wants to believe that a store is being dishonest and in most cases errors that do happen are human errors. This means both the consumer and the grocery store are at fault, not just the grocery store. The pricing errors don’t just stop at the wrong price though even though we’ve come to depend on price checkers that I believe every store should have available for customers. Most people won’t […]

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13 Food Items That Do Not Require Refrigeration : The Grocery Game Challenge 2018 #1 Mar 5-11

ENJOY THE QUALITY OF FOOD THAT YOU PAY FOR WHETHER YOU GROW IT YOURSELF OR NOT   I have to admit before I met my wife there were food items I thought needed refrigeration but really, they didn’t. Growing up you may have learned about food storage in home-economics class, reading books/magazines, cooking shows or your parents shared their knowledge with you. If you grew up on a farm you probably know more than your friends do and sometimes I’m envious of the farm friends I have because they know so much about the earth and how foods grow. I do have a green thumb but need to find time to get back at it. In the meantime I’m foraging when I can and will continue to do so all thanks to my father-in-law who taught me where to look for mushrooms, asparagus, herbs and berries in Ontario. There are so many foods you can forage but even then you must know how to store food items or risk wasting them or losing valuable nutrients and flavours. Coming from a gardening family Mrs. CBB had a dad who knew exactly how to store food items that he grew in his […]

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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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