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The Most Annoying Situations When Buying Groceries : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #1 Apr 4-10

THE MOST ANNOYING SITUATIONSWHEN BUYING GROCERIES(1)

SURVEY SAYS…GROCERY SHOPPING FAILS   Buying groceries is a must for just about everyone so unless you have your groceries delivered or rely on a personal shopper you are in charge of the shopping cart. As someone who doesn’t mind buying groceries from a few competitive stores in our area I notice a difference between grocery chains and when it comes to customers we all fail at something on my grocery shopping annoyance list below. Luckily when buying groceries many of us have the option of where we want to shop but for those of you who may live in a small town or who are without transportation or limited transportation you may have select stores to give your business too. Sometimes we have to take the good with the bad when buying groceries because funds are limited and honestly no one store is perfect and never will be. What we can change is the way we are as customers and voice our concerns so the grocery chains and even small indpendent grocery stores hear what the customers need. I’m not that guy who will fill out a customer survey right now because I’m swamped with work but I have […]

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How To Take A Baby Grocery Shopping Successfully : The Grocery Game Challenge #4 July 27-Aug 2, 2015

HOW TO TAKE A BABY GROCERY SHOPPING SUCCESSFULLY

A NEW WAY OF SHOPPING   Congratulations new parents! You have to eat so unless you have someone else doing your grocery shopping you need to learn how to take your baby grocery shopping. Parenting…my goodness where do I begin? It’s one of those topics that NEVER ends. When it came to grocery shopping we wanted to know how to bring our baby shopping without pulling our hair out. For many new parents their new lives can be overwhelming with everything from bringing the baby home for the first time to bringing baby outside into a world of chaos and harmony. Many parents focus on germs, illnesses, feedings, diaper changes etc. when deciding whether to venture outdoors but the worst thing you can do is stay indoors all the time. You can still have lots of giggles and kisses outside as you can indoors. One of the most nerve-racking places parents worry about going is to the grocery shopping or shopping in general. Bringing your baby grocery shopping doesn’t have to be stressful so don’t let every comment you read on the internet scare you into hibernating indoors and ordering in until your baby is a toddler. After years and […]

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Ultimate Grocery List and Tips for the Single Shopper : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Apr 19-26, 2015

ultimate grocery list and tips for the single shopper

DINNER TONIGHT FOR ONE   When I was single I really wasn’t a huge fan of going to the grocery store without a grocery list. I don’t know what it was but if I didn’t plan my shops I felt like I was wasting more time than I needed to. Not many single men want to hang out at the grocery store although 10 years later I don’t mind it that much. Most of my single friends at the time would rather eat at a fast-food restaurant or buy already prepared meals which never really excited me. I had my own house at the age of 21 which means I had a kitchen so I had no excuse to be spending money eating out all the time. Over the years I’ve come to learn so much about grocery shopping that leaving the house without a list is like shopping without cash or credit cards. I’ve also learned how much I should buy and what types of foods work best for the healthy meal ideas I was creating. I was an avid traveller when I lived in the UK so everywhere I travelled I bought a cookbook. I made it my […]

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How to Grocery Shop to Create Cheap Recipes: The Grocery Game Challenge #4 Feb 23-Mar 1, 2015

how to grocery shop to create cheap recipes

I had a fan ask me how we can grocery shop on $235.00 a month plus our $25.00 stockpile budget the other day. My answer was that it’s easy when you have your monthly eating plans based around cheap recipes. What to cook for dinner? Put your hand up if you ask yourself this every night of the week. If that’s you then maybe you should be taking on a new path for your weekly meals which eliminates the need to ask this question. I’d have a healthy bank account if I had a dollar for every time I see someone searching CBB for Welfare Recipes. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, there is no such thing. Just because you have low-income doesn’t mean you have to eat processed food all the time. Today I’m going to share with you some secrets to creating cheap recipes that pack a tonne of flavour. Most families are looking for budget-cooking ideas because they have to feed more than 2 people so they want cheap recipes that the entire family will enjoy. The less time you spend in the kitchen also means you get to spend it with your […]

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How to grocery shop like a professional personal shopper: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 10-16, 2014

grocery store personal shopper

PASSION FOR FOOD AND SAVINGS   Some of you might be reading this and thinking it’s not that difficult to grocery shop but for some hiring a personal shopper is easier than doing the deed themselves. If you are a grocery shopping ninja like Mrs. CBB and I there is no way in the world you would hire a personal shopper to complete this task.   Personal shopper to the rescue   Can you believe that there is an actual professional shopper career covering all things shopping related to make life as comfortable as possible. I’ve now come to the conclusion that there is a career for just about anything that requires time-saving chores or demand for such role. Essentially hiring a professional shopper is like eating out, it’s convenient. With that convenience comes a price tag and for some of these personal shoppers they can earn a decent living working for a company and even more if they are hired direct by a family/individual without a third-party. Who hires a personal shopper? Anyone who wants to save time, has no idea how to grocery shop or wants nothing to do with a grocery store. This doesn’t mean that they […]

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The grocery game challenge Dec 9-15,2013 #2: How not to miss in-store weekly specials and deals

December-2013-coupons

SPOT THE DEAL AND STOCK UP   Not all in-store or unadvertised deals are created equally but when you find a deal sometimes it’s hard to say no, especially if you never find that product on sale. I don’t know how many times I’ve read the grocery game challenge posts that the fans put up or posts on Facebook or forums about in-store weekly specials and deals and wish I could find them. Most times we do remember a deal w’vee heard of from someone and while at a store check it out and sure enough it’s on sale but was not in the flyer. Almost every week when the giant circular bundle arrives at our door we sift through them to write our weekly shopping list according to what is on sale and that is what we shop for exclusively… well we don’t but most people do. We try our best to stick to our grocery list and for the most part we can but when we spot a too good to pass up deal we grab it while we can, as long as we know we will use it and it will save us money in the long […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #3 April 15-21, 2013- Can Your Budget Handle The Low GI Diet?

Low GI Diet and our budget are the two topics of The Grocery Game Challenge this week. Mrs.CBB is making some changes to her diet moderated by our doctor. She wants to make the changes in order to keep her insulin levels down while eating a healthy balanced diet low in fat and refined carbohydrates and sugars. Diabetes and heart disease run in her family and now that we are in our 30’s she wants to make sure that she is doing all she can to keep fit and healthy. If you read the blog you know we quit smoking and that itself has had great advantages for us health-wise and in the budget saving us money from not buying smokes and cheap life insurance. My point is if we have to make changes in our life for the good it can be done with determination. This is also a great opportunity for us to see how this impacts not only our grocery budget but others as well. We will work hard to keep spending only $235.00 a month on groceries as we work through this new way of eating. What is Low GI Carbohydrates? Well GI stands for “Glycemic Index” which is […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 April 8-14, 2013~Tracking Grocery Expenses

We’ve talked in the past about tracking grocery expenses in order to help cut expenses and stay true to your monthly grocery budget. The average household grocery budget is likely to accumulate more in unplanned products in the shopping cart unless they have a list of groceries and a plan of action. When we started to track grocery spending seriously, I’m not talking when we felt like it, I mean every week, things started to change for us. What we thought were grocery savings actually ended up costing us more in the long run and that’s when things needed to change. No, we don’t use a fancy grocery tracking app, nor do we think it should take hours to know how much money groceries cost us each week. The Grocery Game Challenge essentially is the simplest grocery expense tracker around and we are growing each week with more fans joining in on the action. The more we learn about grocery bills and how they affect our overall budget the more we want to improve the grocery game. Many fans have sent in their suggestions and we have implemented them as we go along. The grocery game is a work in […]

Shopping Tips We Use To Save Money

Shop and Save The Smart Way Advertisers are brilliantly skilled when it comes to making us believe we are getting more for our money but we have the final say in what we buy. Strategically planning your shopping means you invest some time in saving money in your budget. Shopping can and does cause people to spend more than they earn which leads them to run out of money before the end of the month. Don’t let that happen to you. Shop smart and plan your shopping and you will see that the time you invest in your shopping will pay you back over the long-term. Shopping tips we use to save money Shop for Coupons: We look for online coupons before we shop – Nearly every major company in Canada has a website and includes coupon codes, promos and printable coupons. Keep an eye out for coupon codes that also promote free shipping as that sometimes can add up when you check out. We also use coupons that the manufacturer has put out for consumers. Shop In Bulk:If there is a product that we use often and the price is right we buy it in bulk. For example: We like to […]