There is no denying it – what we spend on food can cost us a huge portion of our income. And, with prices of food seemingly going up continuously, we all are looking for ways to save on our weekly grocery bills. Here are our top 10 ways to save on groceries. Have more ideas to share? Please leave a comment!
- Change supermarkets – I know, you’ve shopped at your favourite store forever and so did your Mama and your grandmother. Maybe the store you shop at is very comfortable for you – you know where everything is located, and you even know the names of your favourite cashiers! I get it. But, changing to a lower-cost supermarket can save you immense amounts of money. Stores like Walmart and No-Frills are much lower cost than high-end grocery stores.
- Shop at multiple stores – Instead of hitting up only one store every week, make a detailed list of the best sales (or loss leaders) at every store, and stock up on those.
- Search grocery flyers or flyer apps before you head out – Apps like Flipp have made browsing through grocery flyers a way easier task! You can even create a shopping list of all the specials at each store, and then access that list easily on your smartphone. Or, of course there are still paper flyers that you can peruse. This way you are armed with the information on what each store has on sale this week, allowing you to get the best deals. And therefore – save your money!
- Make a price book – This has been an frugal living tip for a long time, as any longtime frugalites will know! What is a price book? Basically, a notebook (or digital file on your phone or tablet) where you keep track of the best prices in your area for the food you buy. This is helpful because it is such a personal document – you will know what is truly a good deal when organic strawberries are on sale, for instance. You only need to keep track of the things you regularly purchase. It’ll help you understand when something is actually a very good deal.
- Farmer’s Markets – Ahhh, I love an afternoon at the Farmer’s Market! But, some of these markets are quite pricey along with their charm and quaintness. Ask around to find the best markets with the lowest prices. Sometimes shopping nearer the end of the day means you can snag a deal on produce that the grower doesn’t want to drag back home with them.
- Outlet food stores – I was recently told a tip about an Italian outlet market here in Calgary! It’s called Scarpone’s, and is located in the North of Calgary. There you can get amazing deals on their own canned tomatoes, and items like olives, olive oils, capers and pasta sauces. Ask around in your area, or head to trusty Google and type in ‘outlet food stores’ + ‘your city’ to find some hidden treasures you may never have known existed. (Another good resource to know about is McGavin’s Bread Basket. This store sells bread that is still a number of days out from being past its Best Before date. You can stock up, and freeze the bread, rolls, bagels or English muffins. It is a huge savings on the cost of a regular loaf of bread!)
- Coupons – Coupons are one of those things you either love, or you roll your eyes in disgust at the very thought of! I think I’m somewhere in the middle. I usually have a few clipped coupons in my wallet, but only on items that I would normally buy. And apps like Checkout 51 make clipping coupons as easy as tapping your smartphone screen. (In fact, you get credited a cash amount – say, $1.00 – after you purchase a certain product and prove that you purchased it by scanning the receipt and sometimes also the UPC. Once you reach a $20.00 threshold, you are sent a cheque! I have indeed received such a cheque, and can verify that this is a worthwhile app to have.)
- Check clearance sections – The clearance sections of your grocery store can provide all sorts of goodies! Sometimes you can even match a clearance price with a coupon, or a digital coupon on Checkout 51. Score! Double savings, folks. You can find a regular merchandise clearance, a produce clearance, and often a fresh foods clearance. You’ll have to keep your eyes open to find where your store has all the different reduced food sections. Usually these food items have a short best before date, so use up this good food and know that you’re preventing it from being dumped in the landfill!
- Try a generic version – Generic or no name products are often just as good as their more highly-advertised, brand name counterparts. Store brands are a good compromise of a product that is just as good as a brand name, but usually quite a bit cheaper.
- Shop for groceries online – Many of my friends swear by online grocery shopping. You choose all the food items you want, and then simply go to the store to pick your order up. Some stores have a fee for this service, but it might be worthwhile if it prevents you from impulse buying.
We hope that our list of grocery shopping savings tips will help you save some of your hard earned money. With a little pre-planning, a bit of browsing through flyers or flyer apps, and a little effort you can both save money AND eat like a king or queen!
Checkout 51 (If you haven’t already signed up for this money saving app, click here click here to join!) is an incredible Canadian app that helps shoppers find the most valuable coupons. But, instead of the hassle of buying a newspaper and clipping coupons, you have all your best coupons with you stored right in the app! I love the convenience of Checkout51, and check it for deals every week.
This is a reliable company that issues you money back into your account when you verify that you have purchased a certain product. Verifying your purchase is as simple as using your phone to take a photo of your receipt.
The new deals are updated every week on Thursday, so yesterday was the day! Here are the best deals on Checkout51 this week. (My top tip for money savers in Canada using this app is…use it in conjunction with the Flipp flyer app to find out which items are also on sale! Then, use your money saving virtual coupon on top of a sale, and save mucho dollars!)
Food and Groceries
- Armstrong cheese products – $0.75 off either cheese slices or sticks. These are SO handy for lunchboxes – the slices to tuck into a sandwich, or the sticks as a snack!
- Little Potato Company – has a wide range of varieties of flavoured mini potatoes that you just microwave. Voila, instant side dish! $0.75 cash back this week.
- Enjoy Life Foods – this is a company well known to anyone who has to eat gluten free. (As I have for nearly 12 years now.) They make a delicious range of gluten free treats and cookies. $1.00 cash back on selected varieties of cookies, bars, and energy bites.
- SMARTFOOD popcorn – has some glorious new Indulgence popcorns that sound to die for! Either Dark Chocolate and Raspberry or Milk Chocolate & Caramel. Both $1.50 cash back. (GREAT DEAL!!)
- Glutino – their gluten free cookies and crackers are all on offer this week. $1.00 cash back on selected varieties. (I particularly like their gluten free version of Oreos. So good crushed over ice cream!!)
- FRANK’s Red Hot Sauce – is a favourite around here! $1.00 off selected types.
- STAGG chili is an easy lunchtime or supper choice. $0.75 cash back. Use this chili to top a sweet potato, and then add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of green onions or chives. Delicious dinner done in only minutes! (Hint: they have 6 varieties of their chili on Cash Back offer this week – so stock up on a few different kinds!)
Home and Cleaning
- Finish dishwasher detergent tabs – at Walmart only – $2.00 Cash Back
- Finish Jet-dry rinse aid – at Walmart only – $1.00 Cash back
- Spongetowels Ultra paper towels – $1.00 Cash Back
- Pledge polish and other products – $1.00 Cash back
- Scrubbing Bubbles products – great for cleaning the toilet with a LOT less work – $1.00 Cash back
- Head and Shoulders products – at Rexall only – $2.00 Cash back
- Buy 2 Herbal Essences bio:renew products – at Rexall only – $5.00 Cash back (HIGH VALUE alert!)
- Pantene products – at Rexall only – $2.00 cash back
- Selected CREST products – ranging from toothpaste to Whitestrips – from $2.00 to $5.00 Cash back
- Selected ORAL-B floss products – $1.00 Cash back
- Listerine Go! Tabs – $1.00 Cash back (I watched the commercial about these with interest, but haven’t tried these yet. If anyone has, please leave a comment!)
Medicine and Health
- Renew Life probiotic products – $4.00 Cash back (please check app to see exactly which types are included in the offer)
- COMBO deal – Vicks Dayquil and Nyquil products – $4.00 cash back when you buy both. (These deals are awesome if you have coupons for the individual products, too!)
- Fisherman’s Friend lozenges – buy 2, get $0.50 cash back
- Imodium – $2.00 Cash Back
- RestoraLAX – $3.00 Cash back
Lots of good deals on Melitta coffee this week! Give me a good deal on coffee, and I’ll arrive holding my favourite mug. 😊
- Melitta 100% Compostable (yay!) coffee pods – $2.50 Cash back
- Melitta pour-over brewer (at select retailers) $2.00 Cash back
- Melitta roasted and ground coffee $2.00 Cash back
- Melitta whole bean coffee $2.00 Cash back
- Caotina Swiss chocolate drink powder – $1.00 cash back (A friend brought me a pack of these back when I was fighting off the flu. It makes a lovely, comforting hot cocoa drink.)
- Frontera bowls – $0.50 cash back
- Healthy Choice power bowls – $0.50 cash back (and I’m quite sure there are still coupons available for these. Double savings!)
- Breyers Delights ice cream – $1.50 cash back
Babies and Kids
Lots of diapers on offer this week – match theses up with any coupons you have for mega savings! And I know you Moms out there are always on the lookout for diaper deals.
- Renew Life Flora kids and baby probiotics – $3.00 Cash back
- Selected HUGGIES wipes $2.00 cash back (on larger size packages)
- Kandoo flushable baby wipes – at Walmart only – $1.00 cash back
- Select HUGGIES diapers $4.00 cash back (HIGH VALUE)
- HUGGIES little swimmers waterproof diapers – $2.00 cash back
- Pull-ups training pants $3.50 cash back
- Beyond Natural dry cat food $4.00 cash back
- Beyond Natural wet cat food – buy 2 and get $1.50 cash back
- Beyond Natural dry dog food – $4.00 cash back
- Beyond Natural wet dog food – $3.00 cash back on 2
- Meow Mix dry cat food – $2.50 cash back
- Meow Mix wet cat food singles $0.25 cash back (limit of 5 claims)
- Nature’s Recipe Grain free pet foods $4.00 cash back
Plus, there are even more cash back offers on the app! Please visit again for next week’s choices, and please leave a comment about your best deal using Checkout51 with sales and/or coupons. I love hearing about your savings!
Once your account hits $20 in accumulated savings, Checkout51 sends you a cheque in the mail. I have received these cheques, and therefore feel excited to tell you about Checkout 51 if you haven’t already heard of them. Click here to join as a new member. (click here) Hope you save some money on your groceries this week!