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5 Supermarket Annoyances That Cost You More To Buy Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Oct 17-23

AVOID IRRITATING PITFALLS AND YOU’LL SAVE YOUR GROCERY BUDGET FROM EXPANSION   This week I wanted to focus on changes that grocery stores could embrace that would make grocery shopping easier so I’ve broken down some of the most common annoyances that customers face. Today when we buy groceries it has gone from something simple to a bit overwhelming at times now that we are parents. Over the past nine years of grocery shopping in Canada I’ve noticed a trend at every grocery store that I go to and that is marketing differs across the board. It becomes a tug of war between the shops and the customers and in the end all I ever see is a packed parking lot at Costco. We’re a country driven by convenience and it shows. No grocery store is alike even though they may offer similar rewards programs and the same products. Every grocery store needs to have a face and by that I mean they must stand out whether it’s in a big way or by multiple smaller reasons to herd the customers in week after week. That’s how they make their money or in part. You might not want to shop […]

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15 Valuable Grocery Store Services For Customer Retention: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Oct 10-16

SECRETLY WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITE GROCERY STORE THAT CATERS TO OUR NEEDS.   Have you ever asked yourself why you seem to frequent a grocery store over the others in the city or town that you live in? Think about this for a second and ask yourself what grocery store services are offered where you shop that keep you going back week after week. Maybe it’s not grocery store services, rather proximity and even then there are services that you’d miss if the grocery store took them away. Every one of us are different with different needs when we grocery shop. Some of us might care about certain grocery store services where the next customer could care less because there is no impact. It’s not a big deal to me to see a lottery booth at the grocery store because I don’t buy lottery tickets any longer. For a weekly lottery player this is one of those grocery store services that helps them save time and is convenient. My wife remembers when she would go grocery shopping with her grandmother that her grandfather would check his tickets and run his numbers for the next draw while she shopped. You […]

15 Frugal Ways To Stock Children’s Books For Your Home Library

READING IS ABSORBING INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN’T GIVE BACK   Reading DOES matter in a child’s life and should start the minute they can look into your eyes, listen with their ears or touch with their hands. We began reading to our son shortly after he came home from the hospital. Not only that but we began to play soft music throughout the day like my wife did when he was in her tummy. That might sound daft to some people but for a baby hearing their parents voice talking to them is soothing and what better way to begin than by reading a book.   Children’s Books can be expensive   Have you ever seen the prices on brand new books that have never been cracked open? Some of the prices are mind-blowing especially on children’s books. Next time you’re in a book store or if you have any children’s books at home flip them over or look in the front cover to check for prices. Shoppers who pay full retail price for children’s books only do so because they really, really want it. Sometimes it’s hard to resist those cute books that you know your son or daughter […]

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5 Ways To Spend Less Time Grocery Shopping And More Time Saving : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Aug 8-14

YOUR TIME SAVINGS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR GROCERY SAVINGS   It may sound silly to some of you to time your grocery shopping trip but this is something Mrs. CBB and I have done the past few weeks only to be shocked at the results. It was time for a grocery shopping experiment to test just how well we were utilizing our time in the grocery store. It’s so easy to get lost in the grocery store world especially when tuning out what’s happening in your life outside of the auto-sliding doors which is almost instantaneous when food is involved. No one wants to be stuck in a grocery store longer than they have to be but like surfing the web can be addicting so can grocery shopping. The time spent on your grocery shopping trip should start the moment you get into your car or step out the front door to complete what most people either love or hate as a task that keeps us nourished. It’s a food love or hate relationship that can be costly or for some strategic where savings and structured goals become more of a marked challenge than a need. This means […]

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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 to include Fresh Produce In Your Diet When Prices Are High : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 June 6-12

DON’T LET THE PRICE OF FRESH PRODUCE SCARE YOU AWAY FROM ENJOYING DELICIOUS MEALS   No matter where you grocery shop these days you may have noticed an increase in the price for fresh produce. These price hikes can significantly impact any grocery budget however it is still possible to enjoy your fresh vegetables and fresh fruit without having to resort to frozen alternatives. Tracking your expenses and having a grocery budget are a must for any household but if your grocery budget is tight you may have to make cut-backs or find other savings on items you need to ensure you incorporate nutritious fresh produce into your meals. I was reading an article about the high food prices driving consumers away from fresh produce and into the freezer section where options like frozen vegetables and fruit along with fruit juice seem to be the frugal option for those on a tight budget. Soaring produce prices have been a hot topic recently. Fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 per cent and fresh fruit prices increased 11 per cent year-over-year in April, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report It’s important to remember that you can find ways to […]

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

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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The Best Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 Mar 14-20

THE TOP GROCERY STORES IN CANADA ARE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD   There are so many Canadian Grocery Stores that it can get a bit confusing trying to figure out where to shop to get quality products while saving money to stretch those grocery dollars. Then there are shoppers who don’t care about saving money because they are committed to shopping at one grocery store even if they have to pay more money for products they can pay less for somewhere else. Related: Are you a grocery store snob? When I first moved to Canada 8 years ago I had no idea about Canadian Grocery Stores let alone where to begin shopping. Grocery store prices differ from shop to shop and with that comes differences in product quality and availability. Depending on where you live in Canada you may be blessed with local markets like the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto or St. Jacobs Farmers Market in St. Jacobs. Just about every nationality has a market/shop that sells products from the homeland especially in Toronto which is great to buy hard to find products for new recipes. Related: How to enjoy Gourmet Food on A Tight Budget Outside any city you […]