The Best Way To Track Your Monthly Grocery Expenses (Free Printable)

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Monthly grocery expenses are one of the top headaches for everyone because we all need to eat, but food prices can knock a grocery budget into orbit.

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Find Out How Much You’re Spending On Groceries

Grocery prices are going up, likely even more in the new year. Shocked?

Not really, but we may face new grocery shopping challenges that could increase our overall shopping expenses.

With the new year approaching, everyone wants to know how much their grocery budget should be.

There is no easy answer to that question, but there are options.

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How does tracking our monthly grocery expenses work for us

The best way to determine your average grocery bill for the year or even a few months is to track your monthly grocery expenses.

I’ve created a simple free printable budget tracker template to add to your Budget Binder where you are already tracking your other expenses.

When Mrs. CBB and I started tracking our monthly grocery expenses via our Excel budget (free download), it was apparent how much money we were spending on groceries, and we knew changes had to be made.

Over the years, we’ve seen our grocery budget increase slightly and executed successfully due to an addition to our family (a son)Keto diet changes and price increases.

For the most part, we’ve managed to sustain our monthly grocery expenses by shopping the sales, reducing racks, and price-matching whenever possible.

This is the standard way to save for many Canadians because if you want to eat well, you must be smart with your grocery money and play into the savings system like a pro.

There is a lot to learn about grocery shopping, and seeing that this is the last year I will be hosting the Grocery Game Challenge, I want to ensure we have our bases covered moving forward.

Tracking Sheet Information

What does the printable monthly grocery expenses budget binder tracker sheet include?

  • Month
  • Savings
  • Expenses

You don’t have to go wild with data when figuring out your monthly grocery expenses.

Keep your data simple, so you don’t get overwhelmed and frustrated, especially if you don’t have the time to budget or are struggling to find the time. Simple is best.

We print out this sheet and keep it in our monthly budget binder and fill out the three sections accordingly only because pen and paper have been our saviors over the years.

Budget tracking apps are great for some people, and for others, using a pencil and perhaps a spreadsheet as we do for our budget,

Doing so helps keep us accountable because we physically are doing the work involved.

All you want to know is what month you did the shopping, your savings, and how much you spent for the month.

It’s up to you what you include in your grocery budget, as some people like health and beauty, and others do not.

We track our health and beauty separately to view our expenses in that category better and leave our monthly grocery expenses to just food.

Length Of Grocery Tracking

After 3-6 months, you should have an excellent indication of your grocery spending habits and can decide how you would like to move forward with your grocery budget.

For some of you, that might mean slashing expenses or making better choices, but for the most part, what you are looking for here is an average cost of how much you’re spending every month.

If you can manage this simple monthly grocery tracking sheet, you’re on your way to even more savings because one budget step leads to another.

Best of luck on your journey.

Mr.CBB

Discussion: Do you think monthly grocery tracking would help you to improve your grocery budget? Leave me a comment below.

November 2018 Grocery Game Challenge

Join the 2018 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC), but before you do, read The Grocery Game Challenge Rules and Print the 2018 Schedule, which includes new prizes!

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2018 Grocery Shop Results

Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings or that you would like to track on your own)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $300
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Optimum Points to Spend: 3,600,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Zweet -$0
  • Checkout51– $1.50

Our Grocery Shop This Week

Zehrs

  • Celery $1.99
  • Bananas $1.05
  • Strawberries $3.99 1lb
  • Black Diamond Cheese Slices $2.00 x 3 $6.00
  • Portobello Mushrooms $2.99-50% $1.50
  • 2 x Presidente Double Brie Cheese $8.99-50% $8.99
  • 2 x seedless cucumbers $1.79 each $3.60
  • Minigo Yogurt $2.99
  • 3 x Philadelphia Cream Cheese $2.99 $9.00
  • 3 x Omega 3 Blue Eggs  $2.79 $8.40
  • 2 x Coke Zero $3.99 $8.00
  • 6 x PC Apple Juice Not from Concentrate $9.00
  • Deli German Salami $5.45 -50% $2.75
  • Three pack Rib-Eye Steaks $21.80

Total out-of-pocket $89.06

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month: $300.00-$6.10 overage Oct $293.90
  • Stockpile budget 2018: $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $0
  • Christmas Reserve Fund: $35/month $340 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $13.24
  • Total in-store deals to date: $344.25
  • Total spent this week: $89.06
  • Total spent so far this month: $288.76
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: $under
  • Total left to pay for the month: $5.14
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $337.84+ May $275.79 + June $271.88 +July $257.76 +August $342.74 + September $255.69+ October $306.10+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We did a bit more stock up on sales this week and necessities, which leaves us with $5 to spend next week on milk.

Keep in mind that we still have our stockpile budget if needed. One more month to go!!!

Free Money Saving Tools 2018

Click, Save, and Print. It’s that easy!

This budget brought us to debt freedom in 2013, and now I’m offering it to all of you for FREE.

We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.

You can download the FREE Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel.

It’s FREE! We use it to budget and, in large part, a reason we could pay our mortgage off in 5 years; check it out!

Free Money Saving Downloads are fantastic lists created to get us on track working towards reaching our budgeting goals, and now we are sharing them with you.

Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list, and much more, all for FREE.

Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide

Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this fantastic FREE guide that has taken six years to create.

The time is NOW to save money on groceries, so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

Coupons and Coupon Apps

Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

Related: Find all the latest coupon apps in Canada right here>> Are coupon apps taking over paper coupons?

Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program, and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem excellent products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!

Grocery Game Challenge FAQs

  • Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind collecting items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates, but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and is just one way to help cut your budget and save money if you find items you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading, with mobile coupon apps being the biggest rave. Recently, the popular coupon site Save.ca which mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with adding a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available.
  • What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our iPhone, so if you want to have all your flyers in one spot, download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping, what we do to save money, and how it works for us.

Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2018!

-Mr.CBB

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