The Grocery Game Challenge is a challenge for you and only you to stick to your grocery budget. Every Tuesday I post the Grocery Game Challenge on the blog which will show you where Mrs.CBB and I spend our grocery budget of $58.75 a week or $235 a month.
We also have a monthly stockpile budget of $25 which we use if necessary to stock up on any great deals we find. We have committed to one shop free week per month and are encouraging others to do this as well.
You don’t need to be from Canada to play as we have players from the USA and other parts of the World. We love players from other countries to show us how saving money in your grocery budget helps you save!
Object of the Grocery Game Challenge
To urge your family to stick to a grocery budget, avoid temptation and save money. If you can do this for one year you will see the savings. If you don’t spend all the money one week you can put that into a savings account and watch it add up or better yet put it into a TFSA or pay down debt.
In 2016 food and utility prices are expected to increase so now is the time to get your budget under control. As you can see below over the years prices have continued to rise and likely won’t stop.
In February 2015 Stats Canada released the consumer price index which you can clearly see prices aren’t moving downward nor will they be anytime soon with $8.00 cauliflower for sale in most grocery stores in Canada slated for 2016.
Food prices advanced 3.9% in the 12 months to February. Prices for food purchased from stores were up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis in February, after rising 5.4% the previous month. Price gains for meat (+12.4%), fresh vegetables (+8.4%) and fresh fruit (+3.5%) contributed the most to the February increase, although these gains were smaller than in January. Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.8% year over year in February.
In 2009 the average Ontario Household spent a whopping $7383 with approx 2.5 persons per household. Discover Finance has a must read article with numbers for clothing, food, education, healthcare etc. It’s more reason to get the budget under control.
If you have a look at Stats Canada food and other selected items from November 2010-November 2015 you will be shocked at the increases that have happened over the years.
The Consumer Price Index December 2015 shares retail price movement, inflation rates and the factors underlying to them. This is just another reason it’s SO important to budget, especially when it comes to food.
Click the Stats Canada link above to get the comprehensive list of items to compare prices over the years… here is just an example of a few meat products with price comparisons up to November 2015.
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Overview of The Grocery Game Challenge 2016
How to Play? It’s easy!
I post The Grocery Game every Tuesday with our family shop. You share your shop as a comment on the post. Below is all the details you will need to successfully post your grocery shop.
- The Grocery Week will be between Monday-Sunday or see the THE GROCERY GAME CHALLENGE 2016 SCHEDULE. These are the weeks I will be using for the year to post our grocery shops.
- I will be adding weekly Coupon Match-Ups as they become available each week although Coupon Apps seem to be taking over the industry.
- I will post our grocery shop, how much we spent along with the budget for the shop ie: $64.00
- If you shop every 2 weeks or once a month, that’s fine as you can still play and will get one ballot for each post only. Just post your grocery budget for that time period. Pick the week to comment when you do your shopping.
- If you shop weekly you can get more ballots in the draw but everyone has a fair shot at it.
- The object is to work towards meeting your budget goals and getting used to them.
- If it helps type out your Budget goals for the year each time you post so you keep them at the front of your mind! We would love to see them as well.
- I suggest typing your shop out in a word document, note pad of even in an email and save the draft just in case something happens as you won’t want to have to type out your shop twice.
- Even I forget sometimes but please include the brand of the products you buy so we can all compare pricing. This helps us to build our pricing knowledge.
- I read every single shop and comment on them personally and hope you will motivate me by commenting on our grocery shop. Please note that all posts are moderated so you won’t see your comment until I read it and verify it.
- You will then be given a ballot number every week that you post your shop by me so you don’t have to enter the contest I do that for you.
- I will let you know your ballot number when I comment on your post so write down your ballot numbers.
- I will draw a ballot number at the end of every month’s grocery game challenge and post the WINNER in the first Grocery Game Shop of the following month.
- Your grocery shopping weeks don’t have to coincide with mine so you will always get a ballot whether it’s for the month in question or the following month depending on how you calculate your monthly budget. Please do your best to keep up with your posts to keep the draw fair though. If you post weekly and have 1 or 2 ballots in one month and then drop 5 GGC posts in the next to catch up it really tips the scales in terms of the odds of winning.
- The winner will receive a $10 CDN Gift Card or $10 CDN via PayPal for outside of Canada to help your family continue to save money.
- You can play from any country you’d like just note the prize is in CDN dollars.
- If you do not follow these rules I will not give you a ballot. If you need help email me and I will assist you in any way I can.
Please read this post by my friend Kim at Eyes On The Dollar who played The Grocery Game from the USA…. an inspirational story about how The Grocery Game helped Save Their Budget!
Please use the Template Below to post your grocery shop in the comment section of each weeks Grocery Game Challenge post as it makes it easier for all of us to read your shop, follow your progress and to comment. You can expand the template as you see fit but in order for us to truly follow your shopping experience the below is the standard posting template.
The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 Weekly
(Here is your sample weekly overview chart)
Note: Always…. copy paste this into word or email just in case something happens with the blog server and we lose it or you lose it while typing it straight into the blog comments for whatever reason. It’s better to be safe and type it up first then copy it over. (If you need help with this please let me know)
- Name Your Store ie: Zehrs
- Total Coupons Used: $
- Total Out Of Pocket: $
Do the above for each receipt you have then copy the template below and paste it to the bottom of your shop so we can see your results.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $
- PC Points Plus Earned to date:
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Snap Groupon to date: $
- Zweet to date: $
- Cart Smart to date: $
- Checkout51 to date: $
- Save.ca to date: $
GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
- Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00): $
- Stockpile budget used to date: $
- Total coupons used this week: $
- Total coupons used to date: $
- Total in-store discounts this week: $
- Total in-store discounts to date: $
- Total spent this week: $
- Total spent so far this month: $
- Total over/Under spend this shop: $
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $
- Total left to spend for the month: $
- Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
I’m not looking for a champion saver here as this is not a competition among each other. This challenge is for you and what you do with it affects your life not mine.
I hope you take part and learn more about where your money goes each month. Post some savings tips along the way to help your fellow savers, that’s the best way to learn!
Look on the sidebar of my blog where I have the CATEGORIES and you will see the category The Grocery Game. Click on that and you will be able to find the week and month you are looking for to post your shop. If you don’t see the week there that mean’s I haven’t posted it yet but I aim to have it posted by Every Tuesday!
Check out my Free Downloadable tools for Meal Plans, Freezer Inventory Lists plus download the Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet FREE!!
Most of all I want all of my fans to have FUN and Motivate each other to stick to the Grocery Budget! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
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