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Do you stockpile food before a snow storm?- The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Feb 3-9, 2014

TIME TO COOK UP A STORM   I’ve watched the snow storm reports happening at the storm center broadcast by the weather network all morning today. Here we go again with another winter snow storm tonight moving in around Southern Ontario into tomorrow. Another 6 weeks of snow was predicted before the Spring sets in so no putting those shovels away just yet. I’m betting for most of you who took my winter vehicle maintenance advice seriously you’re glad you did because a weekly snow storm is on the menu this season and lots of it. Unless you have a large property which we don’t you are probably running out of space to put the snow. Looking out our backyard our deck is 100% buried and the snow is half way up the fence. I can’t even open the back gate or back screen door to get out back there is that much snow where we live. I’m not sure where I’m going to put another 15-20 cm from tonight’s snow storm that we are getting tonight and tomorrow but it sure will be an interesting shovel. These kinds of snow storms that we’ve been getting can cripple some people […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 30-Jan 5, 2014 #1: Join the Challenge starting Now!

JOIN THE GROCERY GAME 2014   As the 2013 year and Grocery Game Challenge comes to a close, our thoughts are turned to a new year and a new grocery budget.  All of us who have posted our grocery budget and shops throughout the year must now reflect on the final numbers.   Canada’s top grocery game   The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the original grocery shopping games in Canada but it’s not really a game it’s more of a challenge against your own grocery budget. Look at it as a means to take back some control if you have been just throwing whatever you want into your shopping cart without giving much thought to it. The grocery game challenge has quickly become well known all over the internet and although it’s more of a challenge to get people to join I know that I can only put out the information, it’s up to you to do the rest.   The budget   Many of us are thrilled as we have been able to stay under our yearly grocery budget and others have to make some changes in order to stick to their goals. Grocery shopping on a […]

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The grocery game challenge Dec 16-22, 2013 #3: Who does the grocery shopping in your house?

    GROCERY SHOPPING IS AN EXPERIENCE   Not everyone enjoys grocery shopping but someone has to do the task each week or couple of weeks to make sure the house is stocked full of nutritious food. If you are single or living on your own most often it’s yourself that has to do the grocery shopping alone unless you hire a grocery shopping helper or you shop in mom and dads pantry. To be honest I’ve been grocery shopping on my own since I was about 18 or 19 years old and I never really appreciated the grocery shopping experience until I started to experiment more with recipes. I had to learn how to grocery shop at a grocery store but the more times I went the easier it got especially after I created a meal calendar where I would write down what I wanted to eat all week. I started travelling quite a bit in my twenties to different countries and was exposed to various cuisines which I wanted to create in my own kitchen. That started my passion for good food with unique flavours from around the world and my collection of cook books that I would […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 25- Dec 1, 2013 #4 : How do you like your bread?

COST IS ULTIMATELY THE DECISION MAKER   Do you find that you consume more or less bread at different times of the year and that you are changing the brands you purchase frequently depending on price? While at the grocery store yesterday we noticed there are so many bread choices available these days and most people do what we do, stand and stare. Almost everyone buys bread unless you don’t like it, make it at home or simply just don’t care to purchase it and will be a driving force especially if bread is on sale in the weekly grocery flyer. Bread deals are a fierce competition amongst the different companies and coupons are just icing on the cake especially if that motivates you to buy the product. Although we don’t purchase much in the way of bread products we do stock up when we can find pink stickers offering 50% off in the Loblaws stores or we can get a great deal using coupons. I’m going to have to agree with many that homemade is always better but what it boils down to for many is the price and for a great majority the health benefits of the loaf […]

How super are supermarkets in Canada?

THE CHANGING FACE OF THE CANADIAN SUPERMARKET   Every year I’m a resident in Canada it seems to me were getting more and more like the Britain I left behind. The Supermarket is a prime example of the changing face that always seems to be behind the times. But what I tend to notice is a large shift to emulating the old country and the ways we do things.   The point of points   The brand new PC Plus points and coupon scheme recently launched caught my eye mainly due to the fact that is so similar to Tesco’s Clubcard points program in the UK. Every time you shop in that supermarket data is collected and used to determine what you buy most often, how much, your average budget spend on groceries and other revealing facts etc. This data collected is analysed and used to send you offers and coupons that are more tailored to the individual rather than the masses through a flyer. Tesco’s Clubcard rewards launched in the UK approximately 9 years ago has been part of the huge success leading to the company’s phenomenal growth. The highly personalized Clubcard vouchers or coupons and offers it generates for its customer base tries […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Nov 18-24, 2013: Back to basics with more for less

IN-STOCK AND PRICES LOCKED DOWN Food Basics wants to make sure they are taking good care of their customers and that’s a smart move on their part with new lowered and locked down prices and a new in-stock policy. Always fresh is the new motto at Food Basics and if you aren’t satisfied they want you to let them know and you will get your money back. Grocery is a big business so if they want the customers they have to make them happy. While shopping last night at Food Basics I also noticed that they have new lowered prices and highlight “more for less” all around the store. What I found interesting was the color choice that they used to show us how they have lowered the prices on the products in-store. If you look carefully you will see that the new locked down tags are a red tag. If you are a coupon fanatic or a deals guru like we have been and still are (although not so much couponing these days) your brain will immediately think “sale” or “reduced product” because those are the colors used by many other stores. In this case it is. If you […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Sept 30-Oct 6, 2013: Is it really a reduced cost or blowout price?

The Price Blew Me Away Alright   Last night while I managed to get my wife out of the house after her surgery we decided to go do a bit of grocery shopping. It was a great time to stock up on a few items like eggs which were a great sale price and grab some milk. Ya, you will see we came out with more than we anticipated going in for and it’s so incredibly hard to stop doing. It’s common to see the “It’s a BLOWOUT” black and yellow tags in No Frills and Zehrs but this one particular reduced price tag caught my attention. How to reduce cost so we will buy it? Do they really think that a $0.25 discount is going to jump-start the engine of consumers and have them clear the shelves? It seems like the word “Blowout” for a mere $0.25 savings might not have been the appropriate word to use for this sale. I know I say that savings is savings and money is money but when I see a $0.25 with such a powerful word such as “Blowout” I just question the way they market the sales and the product they […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 19-25-Black Friday and 35 Days Til Christmas

There’s only 35 days left until Christmas with Black Friday around the corner and Thanksgiving this Thursday in the USA for our American friends. That means it’s time to get the ball rolling so you don’t leave everything until the last minute including grocery shopping and baking. If you missed my Grocery Game Post from last week you will see all the holiday cookies we will be baking come the first week of December.  I will be posting these recipes every Sunday in December. This week we are staying away from the grocery stores as we have no money left in our grocery budget for the month. What we plan to do is eat what we already have in the pantry, freezer and refrigerator. I think we have more than enough food to pull off a week of no trips to the grocery store especially since today is already Tuesday. My advice would be to not look at the flyers if you really want to stick to your grocery budget or save some money extra each month so you can shop if they have super deals on so you can stockpile some items. We may do this for next year where we add […]

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