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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 2-8, 2013 #1: How often do you go shopping for groceries?

SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES WHEN YOU NEED THEM   How often do you like to go shopping for groceries every month? Supermarket shopping is one of the most tedious of all shopping trips for many people but it doesn’t have to be that way as long as you know what you are going in for. A sample shopping list for us each week would include vegetables, protein, grains, dairy and then other things such as spices and flavourings for our food. If you are a smart grocery shopper you know that you don’t have to buy the cheapest groceries or all processed foods for less just to fit a tight grocery budget either. When I lived in the UK it was not uncommon for me to go shopping 2-3 times per week at the grocery store. If you are sticking to a grocery budget and wondering what to get at the grocery store you don’t need to have a cheap shopping list as some might call it just to save money. Some people find they save money if they shop more than once per week because they can find more reduced items or pink sticker items rather than leaving it to […]

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The grocery game challenge #4 Sept 23-29, 2013: Does size really matter?

Yes Size Really Does Matter Of course size matters so you should keep your eyes peeled for all marketing and pricing strategies although many are not tricks. It’s up to you as the consumer to find out what the difference is even if it is staring us right in the face. If you are smart about grocery shopping you will always keep size and weight in the back of your mind especially if you aim to stick to your grocery budget. Don’t beat yourself up though if you miss something we all do it and we pay more but what can you do but be aware the next time around. Pricing strategy It’s not the first time I noticed pricing strategies at grocery stores but at Metro the other evening while we were doing a quick run around for coupons and picking up our lotto max ticket we noticed tonnes of Cashmere 8 pack toilet paper reg price $8.33 on an actual sign posted on these skids. My instant reaction was …”yeah right”. It was later in the day but I thought to myself that there is no way I’d pay that kind of money for toilet paper unless I […]

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The grocery game challenge #2 Sept 9-15, 2013: Why you should use the produce scale

It’s Worth It To Always Check Your Numbers You can go in just about any of the grocery store chains in Canada including small markets or even organic grocery stores and you will likely find a produce scale or a grocery scale depending on what department you are shopping in. Today I want to focus on the produce scale only because I happened to notice while grocery shopping on Friday in the midst of chaos because we went at the wrong time that not many people actually use the grocery scale at all. In fact we must have noticed only 2 or 3 people bother to weigh what grocery store products they were purchasing before pushing their grocery cart off to the next fruits and vegetables. Normally we go shopping during the day if we can when it’s quiet but since I’m on vacation we thought we would battle the aisles with the Friday crowd when the new flyer specials came out for the week. Bad Idea! When I was talking to my best friend this morning and he told me that he never looks at the price when things are sold by weight, only the final price. This got […]

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The grocery game challenge Aug 12-18, 2013 #2- Grocery shopping for seniors

Seniors And Weekly Grocery Shopping Services  I can remember my grandmother, a spunky little lady with a British attitude that could swipe you off your feet. She was strong, independent and wealthy and wouldn’t have anyone take her places. She wanted to do it all on her own because like many older seniors they don’t want to feel like they have to depend on others to get things done in their life as they age unless they are forced to for health reasons. My grandmother would come over to my parents house for Sunday dinner and all she would talk about was food and recipes because she loved to cook. She also loved to grocery shop because back in her time everything was created homemade and there was no room for convenience foods yet she was a smart shopper. Food shopping list I asked my mother the phone other day about my grandmother while I called so I could learn more about her to share with all of you. My mother told me that my grandmother knew what she was going to eat ahead of time for the week so meal planning was essential to her saving money and saving […]

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The grocery game challenge Aug 5-11, 2013, #1 – Skip the shopping cart and save

Carry Your Groceries And Save Money Whether you call it a cart basket, grocery basket, shopping basket, hand basket or even a basket shopping cart if you use one of these nifty baskets to grocery shop it may save you money. A grocery game challenge fan Christine (lovely lady) posted her shop this past week and was talking about how skipping the shopping cart and opting for a shopping basket might save money when grocery shopping. It never really occurred to me but in some way she may have hit the nail on the head with this one, only because when space is limited you can only buy so much. So I went over by $5.00 this week but because I was under so far this month I managed to be under for the month!!! So that $15.25 was dropped on the overage to bring it down just a little. I think not getting a cart and just getting what the two of us could carry at NF helped as we were loaded down pretty good by the time we got to the till!! It’s not much but it is a start for me…. Now to keep it up… and […]

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The grocery game challenge June 24-30, 2013 #4: Fruit and vegetable preparation

Fruit and vegetable preparation is not a task most people want to tackle as soon as they get back from grocery shopping. I know after we have spent over an hour crossing off the items on our grocery list and getting them home we want to kick back with a cup of tea and relax. Life gets busy for most  people especially with kids (if you have any), work, extra-curricular activities, school and a myriad of other commitments. The list never seems to end and for some, cooking isn’t a task they want to spend much time doing especially when it’s hot and sticky outside. Food waste We eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and do our best never to throw food away. Meal planning has helped us to create a weekly menu and we do try to stick to it the best we can. Sometimes things come up and we aren’t able to create the meal we intended to but we do eat up what we have on hand before it goes off. Another simple way that we have avoided any food waste is to prep our fruits and vegetables as soon as we get home from grocery […]

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The grocery game challenge June 17-23, 2013 #3: Best time to grocery shop

Grocery Shopping Isn’t Always Easy The best time to go grocery shopping really depends on what busy means to you and how overwhelmed you get by the amount of people in your way while you are looking for items on your shopping list. Have you ever wanted to get an item off the shelf but someone was standing in your way? You pick up any random item and pretend to read the label and ingredients even if you don’t know what it is just to pass time until the person gets out of your way. Sometimes you go as far as to pick the item up right next to what you need in hopes of inching them a bit further out of the space so you can grab what you need. If I’m in a real rush, I say excuse me but I don’t like to rush people either so I will just come back to the item if I have to. That’s why we do our best to avoid the pre-dinner rush and opt to shop when it’s quiet rather than when the  store is flooded with people. Most people are rushing in after work in a hurry to get […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge June 10-16,2013 #2: Grocery Store Self Checkouts

Grocery store self checkouts are popping up in many food store chains around Canada in hopes of saving the company money and getting the consumer in and out of the store as efficiently as possible. Another one of those grocery store ideas gone mad and now many others are thinking it’s a smart way to save time and money. I can see it now, the new grocery store name of the future, “Self Scan and Save“, but are we really that far ahead of the rest? It’s not only grocery stores needing “fewer employees” to run cash registers it’s also big box stores such as Home Depot and Wal-mart to name a couple. Pretty soon you might not be asking, “what grocery stores have self checkouts” as they might all have them down the road as their popularity increases. Survey Says Although a couple of years old, a survey conducted in 2011 by Empathica Inc. who specializes in customer experience management solutions across Canada and the USA. The survey of 16000 consumers asking about expectations being met at the grocery store turned up that many shoppers love self checkouts. The information below was shared at the progressive grocer website where you can […]

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