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Scan and Go Technology Is A New Grocery Shopping Convenience : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Oct 23-29

ANOTHER POTENTIAL GROCERY STORE TIME SAVER HAS ROLLED INTO CANADA TO IMPROVE YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.   Knock, Knock…Who’s there? Walmart Scan and Go that’s who! It’s not new technology either just new to Canada. Like some of you reading this I’m starting to wonder if grocery stores are complicating the entire shopping experience by adding so many ways to grocery shop and check-out. I mean, how hard can it be and why aren’t we making time to grocery shop? Should using the self-checkout or scan and go self scanners qualify shoppers for a discount since they are taking on the work of the cashier? Some would say yes and others no. Your payment is in the form of convenience even though it may not always be that convenient. Do you remember when Tim Hortons only sold donuts and coffee or McDonald’s sold breakfast, burgers and fries? If not you’re probably far younger than I am but back then convenience was simple. Not anymore. When Tim Horton’s started to added the sandwiches, bagels, soups, chili and now breakfast and potato wedges it was overwhelming for most. Why complicate such a simple idea? Money and keeping up with the markets. Simple as […]

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15 Copycat Recipes To Make At Home : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #4 Aug 21-27

Copycat Recipes Without The Price-tag May Lure Consumers To Put On An Apron.   One of the main reasons people eat out is convenience either because of time barriers or lack of meal planning at home. If you don’t know it already eating out can drastically alter your monthly budget especially if you are spending more time at the restaurants then you are at the grocery store. How many times have you seen an advert on the television or in a magazine for food and said, “I want to try that”, probably quite a few times. I know because I do that quite often, the art of marketing does work. Factor in the costs of tips and drinks for the meal and you’ve just spent enough for a weeks worth of groceries for one meal. Consider how much it costs to make a batch of your favourite muffins, subs or take-out chili in comparison to drive-thru. What doesn’t work is prices which keeps us at home working on ways to create mouth-watering meals in our kitchen. Grocery shopping for some people is just B.O.R.I.N.G but I don’t know many people who shop to party. Of course it’s not the most […]

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5 Cheap Lunch Ideas To Get You Through The Week : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Sept 5-11

BE KIND TO YOUR GROCERY BUDGET AND DINE-IN FOR LUNCH   You don’t need to eat steak and mushrooms for lunch nor do you have to create an elaborate spread to bring with you wherever you travel for the day. There are plenty of cheap lunch ideas that are delicious, filling and will cost you less than what you’ll pay at those money-making fast-food industry giants. One of the biggest reasons some people spend less on groceries is because they are eating out and making excuses why they can’t eat at home. If someone tells me they spend $100 a month on groceries such as I often ask how much they spend eating out. The reason is because we forget about those expenses BUT they are still part of your food budget because you are replacing the grocery store or farmers market for fast-food or restaurant options. If you tell me that you have an eating out budget I’d say good for you, however if your goal is to save money you could consider getting rid of or limiting the amount of money you spend on eating out, unless of course you can afford it. You wouldn’t be reading this […]

Homemade Donuts (Doughnuts)…Gone Wild!

SINK YOUR MOUTH INTO ONE OF THESE BEAUTIES   All the talk about donuts this week on the CBB Facebook page really inspired me to create this homemade donut recipe that started with a look-alike Boston-Cream donut from Tim Hortons. The best part about this easy donut recipe is that once you make the donut dough you can create just about any yeast donut flavour or topping variation you like.   Donut or Doughnut?   Donuts also spelled Doughnuts mean the same thing although traditionally the spelling is doughnut. It simply depends on which spelling appeals to you the most. I believe the ‘donut’ spelling leans more towards the commercialized versions we get at fast food restaurants such as Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme and other various bakery shops even the grocery store bakery. What do you say donut or doughnut? I want to know, leave me a comment.   Boston Cream Look-alike donut   Last week Mr. CBB challenged me to make this look-a-like Boston Cream donut and well, I love a good challenge so I took it on. Like most Canadians I’ve been to many donut shops particularly Tim Horton’s for coffee and donuts. Over the years we have […]

Fast food restaurants are a dime a dozen: PF Weekly Grab a brew #60

A LOST BUSINESS IDENTITY CAN COST $   It’s no secret that I use my allowance to buy coffee at fast food outlets like Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s but I don’t ever invest in much more. Some people live and breathe the products that are new at their favourite fast food outlets but in the past few years it’s become overwhelming. There are changes though coming to one of the most popular coffee giants, Tim Horton’s. You may notice some of your favourites missing from the list and ice-cream is on it’s way out the door.   Business model   I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the fast food industry but as a consumer watching in from the outside my feedback is just as important. I’ve participated in many focus groups for the fast food industry over the years and to be honest with you things have changed dramatically. Sure we get fast food back in the UK and although I haven’t been home for about 6 years it’s hard to say what’s changed but what I do know is competition among the restaurants in this industry is cut-throat. It’s about who has the healthiest fast food menu […]

New Years Resolutions 2014: My Health, My Money

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS TO STAY   With the arrival of 2014, New Years Resolutions are on the minds of many people right now. Whether you are striving to meet a new fitness goal, quit smoking or better your finances, staying on track throughout the year to meet these goals can be a challenge. While many people give up on their New Years Resolutions pretty quick, writing down your resolutions and the reasons why you chose these goals can be helpful in motivating you throughout the year. Whatever your resolutions have a plan and you will find the confidence that you will need to achieve them. I have a couple of New Year Resolutions for the year of 2014 to improve my quality of life.   My health   As a single mom of two very busy, active children it isn’t hard to overlook taking care of myself adequately. As the kids get older so do I. I may only be 31 now but I want grandchildren one day and if I am not taking care of myself properly now I may not be around as long as I hope. Being on the go all the time and not always making […]

PF Weekly Grab a Brew #52: Boxing Day madness wasn’t so mad

DEALS WORTH GETTING UP FOR   I don’t mind going shopping on Boxing Day as long as long as I don’t have an agenda. I find that every year we tend to head out to the stores with no goal in mind only to see what bargains are to be found. It’s more of a tradition each year now just to roam around and see what the stores are getting rid of at rock bottom prices. We set out early on Boxing Day bright and early at 5:30 with our first stop being Future Shop for 6am only to notice that the line-up wasn’t near as long as it was in 2012. What is going on? Are people not wanting to spend money on Boxing Day? Are the deals not worth getting up for? To be honest we didn’t even read the Boxing Day flyers as it’s been so busy. Is online-shopping taking front seat to getting up and venturing out into the cold waiting in line? Not everyone is comfortable shopping online yet but I’m betting over time we will see more people staying home unless the stores come up with better in-store deals. Future shop even went as […]

PF Weekly Grab a Brew #47: Work Smart…How important is family time to you?

SPENDING TIME WITH LOVED ONES Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the very people who love us the most. As I get my Friday dose of Yahoo personal finance reading in it was twice this morning that family time came up. I was intrigued to read an article about a young couple who both want to retire at age 50 with just over a million dollars in a Money Sense article on Yahoo.   I’d love to retire early and if you play your financial cards right that could just happen to you. I read some of the comments (that’s where it gets all juicy in any Yahoo article) after reading the personal finance breakdown of this couple which looked amazing to me given their young ages of 26 and 32 with her being a nurse and him an engineer. They are doing it right working hard while they are young in their chosen careers and investing and saving money like my wife and I both did from a young age. When I read the post I was thrilled for this couple as I do enjoy reading about couples who are making money work for them and not against them […]

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