The Grocery Game Challenge -GGC (2012-2017) open world-wide is a food budget challenge for you and only you while hanging out with a gang of other like-minded savers.
The idea is to motivate you to challenge your grocery budget each time you shop. Most often when we feel like we are part of a group of like-minded people on the same journey it makes it fun to report back how you’ve done with your shopping trip as in this case.
Every Tuesday I post the Grocery Game Challenge which helped my family and countless others who have been posting their shops over the past almost 5 years track and push us to stick to our grocery budget.
We also have a monthly stockpile budget of $25 which we use if necessary to stock up on any great deals we find. In 2017 we have committed to one shop-free week per month and are encouraging others to do this as well. We suffer in this category so this year is the year we buckle down.
Since having our baby boy just over 2 years ago we have now recognized that our grocery budget needs to increase especially since we buy him foods we typically wouldn’t have bought in the past. In 2017 our monthly grocery budget will be increased to $260 a month from $235 for 2 adults and 1 toddler.
Related: Please read this post written by Kim over at Eyes On The Dollar who played The Grocery Game Challenge from the USA, This is an inspirational story about how The Grocery Game helped Save Their Budget!
Object of the Grocery Game Challenge
You must commit to one year of tracking your expenses and you will see the savings. Once you read the Grocery Game Challenge rules in the bottom portion of this post you’ll see just how easy it is to participate and it’s FREE. There are no gimmicks and I don’t try to sell you anything. This is a family run blog with real people facing the same challenges everyone else does.
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. Some GGC players like to carry it over to the next months grocery budget just so they have extra to spend. Choice is yours.
Food Prices In Canada
The Stats Canada released the consumer price index where you can review prices. The 2017 Consumer Price Index is slated to be published on January 20, 2017 for review.
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 2012-November 2016 we see a complete turn-around in food pricing. In 2016 Food price trends went down and potentially will continue to do so in 2017. For example a Round Steak in November 2015 avg price $19.10 but in November 2016 it dropped to $17.82. That might not seem like much but all these savings truly add up.
The Consumer Price Index November 2016 shares that food prices went down 0.7% over the course of the year along with footwear down 1.2% and clothing prices.
Prices were up in six of the eight major components in the 12 months to November, with the shelter and transportation indexes contributing the most to the year-over-year rise in the CPI. The food index and the clothing and footwear index declined on a year-over-year basis.
The clothing and footwear index was down 1.2% in the 12 months to November, led by a 6.5% price decline in children’s clothing. The jewellery index posted its largest decline since April 1997, down 3.0% in the 12 months to November, after rising 4.0% in October.
Food prices were down 0.7% on a year-over-year basis in November, matching the decline in October. Prices for food purchased from stores declined 2.0% in the 12 months to November, with the fresh vegetables, meat, and fresh fruit indexes contributing the most to the decline. In contrast, the fish, seafood and other marine products index and the non-alcoholic beverages index posted gains in the 12 months to November. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.5% in the 12 months to November, following a 2.6% increase in October.
Do you want even more reward savings for your grocery budget in 2017?
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If chosen you will receive rewards by scanning the bar code on your grocery purchases and completing fun surveys with the scanner provided to you from Homescan Canada.
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The Grocery Game Challenge Rules
How to Play? It’s easy!
I post The Grocery Game every Tuesday which includes our grocery shop for the week. You share your shop by copy pasting the outline below, filing it in and posting it as a comment by copy paste. Alternatively you can just type it all in but that would take out so much time.
Below are the details that you will need to successfully post your grocery shop.
- The Grocery Week will be between Monday-Sunday or see the THE-GROCERY-GAME-CHALLENGE-2017-SCHEDULE . These are the weeks I will be using for the year to post our grocery shops.
- Don’t forget to sign up for valuable savings through Coupon Apps on your cell phone. You can also sign up online from a desktop computer.
- 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 post your shop when you do your shopping.
- If you shop weekly you get more ballots in the draw.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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. My aim is to have them moderated every Sunday.
- You will then be given a ballot number for each shop when I leave you a comment.
- 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 chance to choose a number from 1-12. Behind each door is a dollar figure ranging from $10-$20-$50 and that will be the amount of gift card or money in CDN dollars won via PayPal. At the end of the year all of the GGC players who complete min 6 months of the GGC will be entered in a draw. For those of you outside of Canada you must have Paypal to win and able to accept your win in Canadian Dollars with no other fees for CBB.
- If you do not follow these rules I will not give you a ballot but I will help you.
- If you need help email me and I will help you in any way I can. firstname.lastname@example.org Please put Grocery Game Help in the subject line.
The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 Weekly
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. Some players like to add their weekly menu plan, shopping list, goals and anything else they want to share or track throughout the year.
(Below is your sample weekly grocery game challenge chart.)
Once you fill it in copy paste it into a comment of the corresponding Grocery Game Challenge Post.) – If you need help… just ask me. 🙂
- 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: $
- Reebee to date: $
- Caddle to date: $
GROCERY SHOP THIS WEEK (add any other sections you need to show expenses and savings)
- Stockpile budget 2017 ($25.00):$
- 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 over/Under spend this shop: $
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $
- Total left to spend for the month: $
- Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts):
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!! I’m always adding new tools and downloads so it’s a great page to follow.
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.
Welcome to The Grocery Game 2017.
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