Happy New Year’s to all my fans here at Canadian Budget Binder. The Grocery Game Challenge has been amazing this past year and I know 2013 will be even better. We have had fans from Canada and the USA post their grocery shops weekly and we are growing each month with more people who want to stick to their grocery budget. If you are looking for ways on how to save money post your shop in the grocery game each week.
I often have people email me to ask me “How much should my grocery budget be?” but the question should be “How much can I afford?” to spend in the budget. I can’t tell you the amount of people who are looking for magic numbers telling them what they need to spend on groceries every month. I’ll tell you all loud and clear you are the one holding the answer to your question. No one on the internet can tell you what to spend. Once you figure out your monthly budget using your net income the numbers should fall into place. Balancing the budget is the only way you will know how much to spend and besides there may be other factors in your life that only you will know. You have to pay for your fixed expenses first and then your variable (the one’s that go up and down and that you have more control over. There’s more to frugal living then the grocery budget and once you put a budget in place and follow it the more you will learn. If you haven’t read my budgeting series give it a read starting with How we designed our budget step 1 to learn the basics behind what we did.
Popular posts from 2012 that might help you on your quest to stick to your grocery budget and how to be frugal in Canada:
- Christine at Coupon Christine shares her dirty little SCOP secret.. did you know that you can get FREE just from a scanning error… read her guest post on the Scanning Code of Practice in Canada.
- Learn how to earn Shoppers Optimum Points Fast from Cassie at Mrs.January.com
- Julia from Save Big Live Better shares with us Where to find Canadian Coupons and Canadian Stockpiling Tips.
- Theresa at Canadian Free Stuff shares her knowledge about why it’s important to know your prices in order to get the best grocery savings.
- I wrote How to Start Saving Money on Groceries In Canada
- Are You A Grocery Store Snob really brought out the opinions in some people but that’s good we want a great conversation here at CBB.
- Help Stock My Pantry to Save Money was a helpful post for those who wanted to download my pantry list to keep track of food.
- The Freezer Inventory List helps people keep track of what’s deep down in the cold freezer. A must have for any freezer owner.
Guest Posts I wrote about saving money and groceries
- 8 Ways To Save At The Cash -Save Big Live Better
- Are You Macho Enough to Coupon?- Kaley Davies
- Saving on One Of Life’s Biggest Expenses..FOOD!- Save Big Live Better
- The Grocery Game Challenge And Our Grocery Budget- Square Pennies
- How Do Coupons Help Families To Save Money- My Canuck Buck
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips We Use To Save Money- Bargain Moose
- How Budgeting And Planning Lowered Our Grocery Budget- Canadian Savers
- 10 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget- Frugal Rules
If you are a regular grocery game challenge poster you will notice that I updated the template for 2013. I will paste it here below but you can also find the template in the grocery game rules post. If you could all use this template so we can follow along with your grocery game challenge all year that would be brilliant.
So as we can see lots has happened in 2012 but the best is yet to come. The Grocery Game Challenge is posted every Tuesday on the blog. Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post!
December 2012 Grocery Game Challenge WINNER is….. DONNA R #25! Congratulations!
You will see below that our grocery budget 2013 has been adjusted for inflation as well as an average of what we actually spent in 2012- $2685.12. Our 2013 grocery budget is now $2819.38. We also now have a stockpiling category in our budget which will be used for stockpile type sales only. If it does not get used one month it will go back into our savings account. That budgeted amount will be $20 a month or $240 a year. In 2012 we used the grand total of $2727.94 which included everything across the budget just not groceries. If you compare that to our 2011 coupon use of $7428.81 you will notice it has substantially dropped by $4700.87. I do want to point out that our 2011 total included $750 in Shoppers Drug Mart redemptions which we counted as coupons. So the next time someone tells you it’s not worth it to use coupons just smile and leave it at that. You know who’s keeping the money in the budget and that’s all that matters.
- 2x reduced 1L Pure Orange Juice $0.99 ea
Total Out of Pocket -$1.98
- 3 x Cheecha Puffs Snacks $8.97-FPC’s=FREE (Thanks to the fans who told me the Bulk Barn sold these as I almost had to toss the coupons in the garbage as I couldn’t find the product.)
Total Out of Pocket- $0
- 2x Bounty Paper Towel Sale $3.99- $0.50 and Buy 2 different products save $1.25 brandsaver coupons
- 3x Charmin Bathroom Tissue 12 Double Rolls Sale $3.99 – $0.75 coupons and buy 2 different products save $1.25
(there was only 1 coupon used with the buy 2 different products and that was one toilet paper and one paper towel. The other products used the $0.50 and $0.75 coupons.)
- 1 x Pannetone for a gift for our mates Sale $1.94
- 1 x Party Mix for New Year’s- Sale $2.50
- 1 x Party Snack for New Year’s Sale $0.94
- Chicken Backs Sale $1.04
- PC Maple Mustard -Pink Sticker $1.49
- 5 x Johnson’s Italian Ground Sausage Sale $2.99-$1.00
Total Out Of Pocket- $38.13
Our Grocery Game Challenge Results
Total Grocery Amount Budgeted For the Year : $2819.38
Coupons Found for 2013
FAQ’s- Grocery Game Challenge RULES…..
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?
No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few posters from around the world.
- When does the Grocery Game Close each month?
The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry?
Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be effected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
There are many places you can find Canadian Coupons whether it be in store or via the mail.
Canadian Coupon Match-Ups- Match your coupons with flyer sales!
Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week from around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better.
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