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Strange Things People Do At The Grocery Store To Save Money: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Apr 17-24

strange things people do at the grocery store to save money(1)

SAVING MONEY CAN BECOME A CHALLENGE HIGH   I’ve blogged about grocery shopping for 5 years now and have learned so much about how Canadians grocery shop. I’ve learned the good and the ugly about how far people will go to save money on one of the biggest budget expenses apart from mortgage/rent and vehicle payments- food. While at the supermarket I’m on full radar and see so many strange things people do to save money that it amazes me how they can be so easy-going about it. When cracks in the savings system are found some consumers cash in because they want more than a little, they want it all even if it’s a bit underhanded. Financial times are tough in many households as grocery prices and living expenses are steadily increasing where the tightest grocery budget will feel the strain. You may think that only people who are struggling to buy food will conquer the grocery store using crooked ways just to save a few bucks but this is far from true. Even the richest of people are frugal and will do just about anything to keep money flowing through their bank account even if it is cheating […]

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A Smart Shopper Guide To Prepare For The Grocery Store : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Mar 28-Apr 3

A SMART SHOPPING GUIDE FO PREPARE FOR THE GROCERY STORE

GROCERY SHOPPING WITH MR. & MRS. CBB + Jr.   If you want to become a smart shopper plan to invest time into your grocery shopping experience otherwise you’ll be spending money you don’t need to spend and saving less than you should be. Knowing the ropes when it comes to the grocery store is a big deal especially if you are on a tight budget. A fan asked me how they could become a smart shopper like my wife and I have become over the years which caught me off guard. I thought I’ve shared just about every smart shopper trick that I could think of over the years but I haven’t shared exactly what we do. I’m putting together this post to share how we go about grocery shopping to keep our monthly budget at $235 a month for 2 adults and one toddler. I hope by the end of reading this post you feel as if we all grocery shopped together. My aim is to virtually take your hand to have you become a smart shopper by following grocery tricks we’ve learned over the years. Related: The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide (Become a Smart Shopper with tonnes […]

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10 Smart Ways To Trim Daily Expenses on Travel Food : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Feb 15-21

DAILY EXPENSES TRAVEL FOOD (1)

TRAVELLING IS NOT AS CHEAP AS EVERYONE THINKS…BUT IT CAN BE!   One of the toughest parts about creating a travel budget is planning a food budget for your travelling experience. Whether you stay in a hotel, resort, or you hop in your vehicle for a road trip daily expenses of food must be accounted for or even estimated to keep a tight budget from exploding. Here are ways we’ve learned to save money on food while travelling that we want to share with you so you don’t make the same mistakes we made along the way. Not everyone uses a travel budget when going on vacation which means the grocery budget or entertainment category may be the next two logical places to carve a bit of money from. The reasoning behind using the grocery budget is because if you’re not home to buy groceries you spend that money on travel food. Makes sense to me if it’s a simple road trip but a destination holiday may prove a bit more costlier. Related: How much should my grocery budget be? Most travellers are so focused on planning the trip that they put food on the back-burner because it doesn’t seem […]

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How To Survive Food Cost Increases in 2016 : Join The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Jan 4-10

THE GROCERY GAME CHALLENGE 2016 CANADIAN BUDGET BINDER(1)

DON’T BE STICKER SHOCKED WHEN YOU GO GROCERY SHOPPING THIS YEAR   If you thought your grocery budget was tight in 2015 experts are saying to buckle up and expect to add $345 this year to your grocery expenses. With the loonie taking a nose dive and the fact that most of our produce is imported, prices in the produce section are about to get scary. Already we’ve seen cucumbers jump in price to $3.00 each from a cool $0.99 and celery that looks like it could use a bit of love with a shocking price tag of $4.99. Keep in mind, these are NOT organic prices either. Prices are slated to rise from 2.0%-4.5% for fruit and produce in 2016 according to the University of Guelph’s annual Food Price Report 2016 English For 2016, the Food Institute is forecasting food inflation rates across the country to be anywhere between 2.0% to 4.0%.- UofG Food Price Report In February 2015 Stats Canada released the consumer price index where you can clearly see prices aren’t moving down nor will they be anytime soon. In 2016 food and utility prices are expected to increase so now is the time to get your […]

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Is Being a Grocery Clerk a Bad Job? : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Oct 12-18,2015

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FINDING A JOB YOU LIKE   If you are contemplating applying for a job as a grocery clerk I’ve got some great resources for you today which might help you on your job hunting journey.  I’ve never worked as a grocery clerk before although I did work in the grocery industry. My role was picking cases of products in a warehouse which was a repetitive, tough job with long 12 hour shifts, but it paid well. In the UK it’s not easy to find a job fresh out of University or if you just want to enter the workforce. When I came to Canada I was amazed at all the opportunities that were in front of me but sadly most of the careers that I was interested in required me to go back to school, which is what I did. Working as a grocery store clerk is a great opportunity to gain experience working in customer service which can then take you to other levels in the working world. Not everyone who gets a job in a grocery store wants to retire there but for those that do they may end up getting promoted which means better opportunity and more […]

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How to avoid paying full retail price at the grocery store: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Aug 3-9,2015

HOW TO AVOID PAYING FULL RETAIL PRICE AT THE GROCERY STORE

PLAN YOUR GROCERY BUDGET   No one wants to pay full retail price for something which is why most people look for a deal or bargain when they are at the grocery store. Recently I wrote a post asking whether you put full-price products in your grocery cart when shopping. I shared with you the reasons why shoppers may do this but I never did explain how to avoid paying full retail price in the first place. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s not easy because not everything we need on our grocery list is on sale when we need to buy it. There are ways around it though so don’t jump the gun and pull out your wallet to pay the cashier just yet. I had a fan send me an email after I wrote that post to ask me if I could help her with grocery shopping. Although I physically can’t I recommended she post her shops in the Grocery Game to start but to tell me more about what the problem was. Her biggest concern was meal planning and not having a full pantry. This meant that there were times where she had to run […]

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5 Ways Product Placement Entices You to Spend More at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 July 20-26,2015

5 ways product placement entices you to spend more

THE INVISIBLE HOST   Product placement will get you every time if you’re not paying attention. Welcome and thanks for choosing “our store” now let me take your hand and help you spend some money. That my friends is the invisible marketing host that just about every store not just grocery stores have in place for customers. Let me, Mr. CBB take you on a tour of what your guide will show you. Keep in mind that not all product placement is bad but it certainly is meant to capture your attention. Spend or walk away, it’s your choice.   Product Placement is your spending map   Product placement at the grocery store can be very odd and if you’re not paying attention you may miss it but your wallet won’t. Product placement is crucial because this is the silent host that speaks to you on behalf of the grocery store and entices you to buy new products or stuff you weren’t going to buy in the first place. That is of course, if you let them. By the way, where is your grocery list? Today I’m going to talk to you more about how you can say goodbye to […]

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5 Ways to Check Out Faster at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 July 13-19, 2015

HOW TO CHECK OUT FASTER AT THE GROCERY STORE(1)

 TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE   So many people have said they hate grocery shopping and arriving at the checkout is where most people experience the stress of waiting. There’s nothing worse than having to run into the grocery store for one product and you end up having to wait forever because every check out is backed up. Since the invention of the self-scanner more people opt to forgo the traditional cashier and check out their groceries by themselves. In the past almost every grocery store had a grocery bag boy/girl at the checkout who would pack your groceries with his/her trained eye. The bags would go into your shopping cart and away you would go. The worst you would have to do is load the groceries on the belt and pay for the bill. Easy Peasy! Back in the 80’s (possibly before that too) my wife remembers some stores namely A&P who would have big red bins that would be numbered and all you had to do was pull up to the shop and a grocery clerk would take your number and pack your vehicle with your groceries. Gone are those days and I’d be shocked to ever see […]

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How to get grocery savings you deserve without embarrassment: The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 6-12,2015

HOW TO GET GROCERY SAVINGS YOU DESERVE WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT(1)

LEAVING THE SAVINGS   While standing in line to get groceries the other day the lady in front of us had a product scan in higher than the shelf price. For all you savvy Canadian shoppers you know that most grocery stores follow The Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP). That meant that she could have gotten the product that scanned in higher FREE up to $10. When she told the cashier that the product was cheaper the cashier needed to check the price. The customer was happy to settle on paying for the shelf price and moving on with her day as most people are. While she was doing that I mentioned SCOP to the lady and she shook her head when I told her to mention it. She said, “No, I’m too embarrassed to ask”. I thought how could someone be embarrassed to get some grocery savings? It’s not that hard to ask for something but for some people it’s a BIG deal especially if it’s not something they’ve done before. It was then I realized that maybe customers wouldn’t be so embarrassed to ask for deals if they knew how to ask. Last week this also happened to […]

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How to find Love at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015

HOW to find love at the grocery store

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND GROCERY SHOP   If you have a love affair with the grocery store and are single, I’m going to tell you how to find love while roaming the food aisles. Most people are looking in all the wrong places for love and doing the deed isn’t going to be your fast-track way to the alter either. There’s more to finding love than what happens in the bedroom. Sadly the first place that comes to mind for those who want to find love is by going to the bar. The bar dating scene is so old these days especially with free online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and even apps for your smart phone that it has taken on an entirely new direction. The problem with the meet at the bar mindset is that it’s always been where people go to enjoy drinks, dance and meet people. In one sense we are conditioned from the time we are in University and College that the bar scene is where people hook up because that’s where students go to unwind and have fun. It’s time to think outside of the clubs because there are more places to find […]

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How to grocery shop for free : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Feb 16-22, 2015

How to grocery shop for free

TOTALLY FREE STUFF TO TAKE HOME   Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all of your groceries for free every week and get rid of the grocery budget for good? It sounds like a great dream but let’s be honest, it’s not reality unless you’ve won free food for life. I will warn you before you read this that not all my ideas are traditional in the sense you go into your grocery store and walk out with free food. I will however share with you the ways you can find free food that will cut back on your budget expenses. When Mrs.CBB and I were chatting about getting free food we both realized that not everyone does a grocery shop at the supermarket for food. Some people can’t even afford to step foot into the grocery store so they must source food from other resources. This led us to the conclusion that you could get free food but it might no necessarily come from the grocery store. You might also not get everything that’s on your wish list but you will get food to eat but when it’s free are you really going to complain?   The […]

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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 […]