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Do you spend more or less when grocery shopping alone? : The grocery game challenge #3 July 14-20, 2014

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YOU AND THE GROCERY BASKET   Grocery shopping alone for some people is like a holiday away from the hectic life they lead at home and in the workplace. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Not everyone enjoys to shop alone but if you are one of them you might find you spend less than if you have your spouse, partner, friends or the troops alongside you. I’m one of those who grocery shop with my wife although there are times where I have to go grocery shopping on my own because she is busy doing something else. I don’t mind shopping alone but what I did notice is that when I shop alone we spend less money. The only reason I thought about this was because when I went shopping alone this week three things happened. I was in and out of the store faster even though I still took my time I didn’t deviate from the list nor was I thinking about it I spent less because we didn’t try and convince each other that we needed a certain product I find when we shop together we start talking about food and recipes and conversations […]

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Would you go back if you forgot your groceries? : The Grocery game challenge June 2-8, 2014

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IS IT WORTH THE TRIP BACK?   Finding out your forgot groceries at the grocery store can be a big pain but it’s also money out of your grocery budget. Whether you decide to make the trip back to the grocery store if you forgot groceries you paid for depends on a couple of factors. I know we have in the past forgotten something at the cash register because we weren’t paying attention or the cashier didn’t send it down the chute or conveyor. (That’s what I call it). Sometimes items get stuck and if you or the cashier aren’t paying attention a product or many  products might get missed going in your shopping bag. Luckily we were in the parking lot when we noticed some of our groceries were missing. Now we seem to go through the self-checkout which makes it a bit more difficult to forget anything because it all has to go on the weigh scale once scanned. You are in charge of your groceries. Depending on what time of the day you shop it can be chaos at the grocery store so things are moving quickly and if you aren’t alert you can miss groceries you […]

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Do you engage in random chat at the grocery store? :The Grocery game challenge #5 May 26-June 1, 2014

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FOOD IS A CONVERSATION PIECE   If you are a foodie the best random chat that you might ever get is while you grocery shop. I’m pretty sure that if you think back you can say that you’ve either learned something from simple random chat at the grocery store or you’ve taught someone something that they didn’t know. It’s amazing how people often look for someone to talk to while going up and down the aisles but it’s also apparently one of the best places to meet people and find true love. I don’t know how true that is but my wife said if you want to find a single woman looking to date go to the grocery store or pharmacy (just stay away from the “woman section” if you know what I mean, ha-ha). That doesn’t make for a very good conversation starter. If you are a woman looking for a date don’t miss out on dating opportunities with the best way to meet men being at Canadian Tire or any big box store. I had to laugh but maybe she is on to something. When I grocery shop I don’t tend to talk with strangers because if you […]

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Do food pictures tempt you to buy the product?-The grocery game challenge #1 Apr 28-May 4, 2014

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FOOD PHOTOS THAT MAKE YOU DROOL   I don’t know about you but food pictures really do play an important role when deciding on whether to purchase a product at the grocery store for many people. We know that marketing in the grocery store plays to all of our senses because they know that if we smell, see and taste food that we are more inclined to purchase it. Many grocery stores that have a full deli, fruit bar, sushi bar, fresh fish and bakery make it priority that the customers can see what they are doing. They want the customers to get that food porn visual because they know it’s money in their pocket. I for one don’t mind watching food being prepared and if your store has a butcher you can bet you will see the meat that you are putting on your BBQ packaged right before your eyes. Be prepared to pay for this premium service though.   Food Pictures   Today I want to talk a bit more about food pictures on products, posters and displays but mostly products. It’s just not convenience foods that have food pictures either. When you pick up a product you […]

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Why you should always look at a new product display : The Grocery game challenge #2 Apr 7-Apr 13, 2014

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SAVINGS UNDER YOUR NOSE   Using a display to advertise is a great way to get a customer’s attention. I’m pretty sure that without product displays that new products would never sell or get noticed despite mass advertising in print, television and social media online. The old saying “out of sight out of mind” stands true because if you don’t see it you won’t find out about it or if you know about it you’ll forget about it. How many times have you walked into a grocery store and flyer specials are starring you right in the face. That’s right, almost every single time. If they don’t put those products in our faces the likelihood of selling the mass amounts they bring in for a sale is not as great. The fact of the matter is, it works and will continue to work as long as we keep paying attention to a new product display. Whether if it’s a new product or a sale product making sure the product is coming at us loud and clear is priority to making money and keeping you in the store to buy the higher priced items. Don’t believe me? How many times have […]

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What if the customer ahead of you was short cash?:The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Mar 24-30,2014

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WOULD YOU PAY FOR THEM?   The last thing you want to have happen while paying for your groceries is that you are short cash. Not everyone has a credit card to pay for groceries to pick up the perks nor do they care to use a debit card to pay transaction fees where applicable. In fact many people use a cash envelope system to budget their expenses and the grocery budget is included. This means that they carry only a certain amount of money with them when they go grocery shopping. Most times they keep this money in an envelope or a separate area. If you are someone who only carries cash while grocery shopping being short  cash at the check-out can be embarrassing for some and for others they simply wave it off as no big deal. Deep inside though we wish we didn’t have to put items back once they are already scanned through. Having enough money to pay for whatever we need at the grocery store is important but not everyone is that fortunate. Planning a grocery shop using the sale flyers, coupons and other savings avenues such as Checkout51, Cart Smart and Snap Saves is […]

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Do full-price items make it into your grocery cart? : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Mar 17-23, 2014

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YOU ACCEPT PRICES OR YOU DON’T   Grocery shopping for full-price items makes us cringe but the reality is in some cases you either accept the price or you don’t buy it. At the end of the day it’s either you can afford it or you can’t. If you can’t you don’t buy it and find a cheaper alternative or knock it on the head altogether, if you can. Should I or shouldn’t I? Sometimes when I see people staring at a product in their hand I wonder what they are thinking to themselves. Let’s face it we all talk to ourselves when we grocery shop, admit it. Is this good for me? What are the ingredients? How many calories? What does it cost? Or should I buy it or not? I often think questioning purchase price is the burning question in shoppers minds when they are holding products with a confused look on their faces. Who knows? Many times we convince ourselves that we will find it cheaper even if we have rumbled through the sale flyers for the week. We know that it might mean going from shop to shop looking for an item on sale. One product […]

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Pet peeves at the grocery store : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 3-9, 2014

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NOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE THAN…   Some of the biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are what motivate people to get in and get out. I don’t know about you but my pet peeves can vary depending on the time of day to the day of the week that I go grocery shopping. While I was writing this I decided to put together a list of pet peeves that really get under my skin at the grocery store. They say not to sweat the small stuff and I really am a laid back kind of guy but there are some things that just make me shake my head. There are things that get under my skin but I don’t really show how it affects me because it doesn’t benefit anyone but me. That never solves the problem but deep inside I just wish things would be different. Back to the saying, ‘not everyone or everything is perfect’ and ‘go with the flow’.   Pet peeves   Not everyone will find my pet peeves bothersome but to be honest, they shouldn’t. They are my pet peeves and since we are all different I bet your pet peeves will be different […]