As the 2013 year and Grocery Game Challenge comes to a close, our thoughts are turned to a new year and a new grocery budget.
All of us who have posted our grocery budget and shops throughout the year must now reflect on the final numbers.
Canada’s top grocery game
The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the original grocery shopping games in Canada but it’s not really a game it’s more of a challenge against your own grocery budget.
Look at it as a means to take back some control if you have been just throwing whatever you want into your shopping cart without giving much thought to it.
The grocery game challenge has quickly become well known all over the internet and although it’s more of a challenge to get people to join I know that I can only put out the information, it’s up to you to do the rest.
Many of us are thrilled as we have been able to stay under our yearly grocery budget and others have to make some changes in order to stick to their goals. Grocery shopping on a budget has been much easier for us rather than simply going in to buy what we think we need and having no plan at all.
It does take so much of the weight off of our shoulders not only with a grocery budget but with a family budget. Knowing how much we can spend in every category has been our saviour and will continue to be with lots of learning curves. The most important part is to never give up.
Grocery game review
I’m hoping to get some grocery game reviews come in from the fans so I can share their thoughts in an upcoming post. If you have posted your shops all year-long and want to contribute to this post send me an email with your overall thoughts of the grocery game challenge and how it’s helped you over the past couple of years.
Either way the Grocery Game has and will continue to be an important part of the Canadian Budget Binder budget because it helps us to stay on track. We had our ups and downs in 2013 but moving forward we hope that we have learned from our mistakes and work even harder in 2014 to get it right.
Grocery shopping next to the rent or mortgage is one of the biggest expenses in any family so it’s important to plan your shops wisely.
Below you will see my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide and if you want to read back over the posts from the past 2 years I’d encourage you to do that.
I work very hard to bring you the best I can when it comes to saving money in the grocery budget, how to budget and where we can improve our grocery shops by correcting common errors that we all make.
We learned over the past year that when we go into a grocery store without a plan or don’t have that self-control we can easily spend more than needed. If you are someone who wants to set a grocery budget for the 2014 year and stick to it I encourage you to post your shops.
It may sound like a tedious job to do but trust me investing in yourself, your finances and your overall money health is worth the time and effort.
You can ask just about any CBB fan who started to use a budget or post their grocery shops in 2012 and 2013 since the beginning of the game that they have learned more about their shopping habits than they might have if they didn’t.
If 2014 is the year you want to make changes, then now is the time. No more procrastinating, no more excuses and no more giving up half-way through the year.
Get it done and get it done right so that way you can look back and say you gave it your best shot. Giving up before you start or harbouring negative thoughts will only bring you down.
What is your 2014 grocery budget?
Will you join the grocery game challenge?
January grocery game challenge posts
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
Congratulations to Christine Weadick Ballot #17 for winning the grocery game for Decemeber!!!
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Ultimate grocery shopping guide
Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly. If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below. If you know a topic that should be discussed, speak up. I want to know. Happy reading.
- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
- Go on vacation and save on groceries
- Grocery Store Activities For Kids
- Buying When There Is A Limit
- How do you like your bread?
- Holiday Baking On A Budget
- International Grocery Store Shopping
- Back To Basics More For Less
- How often do you shop for groceries?
- How not to miss in-store or unadvertised sales
- Who does the grocery shopping in your house?
Food food and more food
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget for January $235.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $0
- Total Coupons Used to date: $0
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Discounts Used to date: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Used to date: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
- Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $0
- Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $
- Total Spent This Week: $0
- Total Spent So Far January: $0
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month: $0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0 New year starting 2014
- Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget
- Weekly Overview: We are at the relatives until Thursday so we are not doing any grocery shopping this week. This will be a no-shop week for us. When we get home we will need to stock up. I’ve added in a couple of new categories above only to track month to month expenses so I don’t have to waste time at the end of 2014 adding up figures to find out the final numbers like I did in 2013.
Canadian Coupons Found
No coupons found this week as we did not go grocery shopping. Check back next week to see what we find. Post your finds as well in the comment section if you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
- 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 fans who post their grocery shop who live all over 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 products?
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 affected 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.
Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week and your weekly Checkout 51 offers from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC?
An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.
You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this t of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.
You’ve made a wise decision.
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