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7 Money Smart Shopping Trip Essentials You Need : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Jan 30-Feb 5

THE GROCERY SAVINGS BAG IS THE ONLY BAG WE THINK ABOUT BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR A SHOPPING TRIP.   Coupon Binder, what’s that? Yes, even the binder has become old school and the grocery saving newbies are wondering what we’re going on about. You mean, smartphone, right? No, coupon binder but don’t worry because not many people carry them around these days. Planning for a grocery shopping trip in the CBB household either runs as smooth as my brownie batter or as lumpy as my mashed potatoes. Even before we became parents grocery shopping was a big deal and it still is although our priorities include a toddler who takes ages to get out the front door. Related: How to successfully go grocery shopping with a baby Over the years we’ve learned the easy way how to save money while grocery shopping and the hard way. The problem is that even though we have the best intentions sometimes not everything goes as planned. I bet even the ultra-organized shoppers screw up their own shopping trip from time to time. I can’t tell you how many times Mrs. CBB and I have sat down to sort out our menu plan for […]

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15 Main Sources For Grocery Savings 2017 You Should Know About : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Dec 26-Jan 1

SPOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES IN 2017.   Grocery Savings 2017-The Grocery Game Challenge starts next Monday January 2 for returning players and for those of you who want to join but aren’t sure about how much money you spend but need to know. There really are many ways to scoop up grocery savings 2017 other than waiting for the paper boy/girl to show up with your weekly grocery flyers. This is one post I look forward to at the end of the year along with our final budget and net worth updates because these are the numbers we’ve worked so hard for all year. Saving money no matter who you are is challenging and it’s not until you start tracking your money when you really get the answer to that burning question, How much am I really spending on groceries? When you track your expenses whether it be only your food expenses or you use a budget spreadsheet those numbers at the end of December will either make you very happy or sad. If you’re not happy perhaps you’ll need to consider a new approach to your grocery savings 2017 […]

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4 Simple Shopping Improvements To Battle Food Price Increases : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Dec 5-11

WITH FOOD PRICE INCREASES ON THE HORIZON IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE ACTION NOW SO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW YOU PLAN TO TACKLE YOUR GROCERY EXPENSES.   When consumers distress about money the first two things that pop up are groceries and utilities followed by rent/mortgage, taxes and insurance. These are not always fixed costs which means they can fluctuate thus causing potential problems with budgeting. You are in charge of the outcome. If you have a budgeted amount to spend you must stick to it or cause potential losses to other budget categories even in the face of food price increases. Just because food prices go up that doesn’t mean your budget should increase as well. Most people just don’t have the spare cash to do so. It’s already a struggle for manyCanadians who can’t keep up with current food prices and balancing the budget. Mary, a financially savvy woman who has been a part of this blog since 2012 and participates in the Grocery Game Challenge understands the struggles. I agree with what she had to say on the topic of looming food price increases. Increasing your grocery budget assumes you have the extra cash to do so. I’m having […]

10 Simple Resources To Get Free Christmas Gifts : The Saturday Weekend Review #200

IF YOU’RE SHORT ON CASH OR WANT TO SAVE MONEY THERE ARE WAYS TO GET FREE PRESENTS.   If Free Christmas Gifts sound tempting I’ll show you all the tricks that budget mad shoppers use to save cash and spend less during the holiday season. There’s no gimmicks, just a bit of hustle and time and you’ll be showered in free Christmas gifts before you know it. The moment Halloween is over the Christmas panic sets in, the weekly flyers are just as heavy as a sack of potatoes and money signs start running through our heads. Buying Christmas gifts can be expensive especially if you don’t have the money to spend in the first place. I’m a huge fan of second-hand shops, freebie sites and browsing buy and sell sites online. Every year without fail there is someone who posts an ad looking for Christmas help. It may be that they are a single mum or dad with no spare cash looking for gift cards, free Christmas gifts, food or decorations. Whatever the case may be it’s tough to read and even tougher to respond to. I want you all to know that waiting until the last month to […]

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10 Food Staples To Buy When You’re Broke : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Aug 15-21

BUILD YOUR PANTRY LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR WARDROBE   Instead of saying, “I am broke” look at what you can do to change that and create an action plan. It may sound like boring financial advice but I can tell you that if you have no interest in making changes you will always have a negative mindset. Guess what? No one cares. That’s right although people may feel sorry for you and some people will help you out they are likely fighting their own battles, have fought them or just don’t want to deal with someone else’s problems. Where does that leave you? At the mercy of yourself because you CAN make changes if you want to. You CAN get out of debt if you want to. You CAN live the life you dream of BUT not if you’re going to sit there and complain about why it isn’t happening, why it won’t happen, why it can’t happen and you continue to make excuses for yourself. Forget about everyone else and focus on YOU!   The Broke Pantry   Most people I run into want to know either how to start saving money or how to survive when they are […]

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30 Must-Have Student Food Pantry Staples : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Aug 1-7

Create your own student cookbook: University and College Cooking 101   You may or may not be a student but if your child is off to College or University don’t pass on the opportunity for them to spend 10 minutes reading this post about cooking and living independently away from the family home. I’ve been a student in University twice in my life and both times I made sure to have a stocked food pantry to stop me from eating out which is a HUGE waste of money for any student. It’s one thing to be social and another to be lazy in the kitchen if you are able to cook at home. I had many friends who considered themselves the starving student only because most of their student budget went to booze, partying and eating fast food. That’s a sure-fire way to starve your budget and your tummy of nutritious food. What I’ve learned throughout my frugal student years in the kitchen may serve as a handy reminder that you CAN eat decent meals at home and kick the fast-food habits many students take on when they move away for school. First off you need a student budget and […]

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Costly Grocery Store Distractions You Should Avoid : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 July 11-17

IT’S EASY TO FAIL FINANCIALLY AT GROCERY SHOPPING ESPECIALLY IF YOU LET THE SOPHISTRY OF THE INDUSTRY WIN!   Once the prep work is completed to go grocery shopping, your next challenge is bypassing in-store costly distractions but it’s not that easy to defend yourself against. Consumers are complaining about costs at the grocery store because like everything else prices keep going up and pay cheques are stagnant. Who is to blame for this though? The customer wants better deals and the store wants their major suppliers to lower prices so they can roll them out to the customer. It’s a battle against each other and the emptied pockets will come from the customer in the end. Related: Loblaws sends strongly worded letter to major suppliers, asks group to lower costs Loblaw’s missive comes as the price war escalates between Canada’s biggest grocery retailers and as consumers increasingly seek out discount food options after two years of rising food prices. The moment you enter any grocery store you are now on their territory which means they can easily take control of your wallet, mind and appetite with the right marketing tactics. Odds are you won’t see a clock around and […]

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

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 […]