10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Food in Canada – Offline and Online Shopping Tips

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 starting today.

1. Change Supermarkets or Grocery stores

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.

2. Shop at multiple grocery 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. This one tip alone will save you a huge amount of money!

3. 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!

4. Make a price book

This has been a 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. Making your own price book will help you save money because you’ll know what is and isn’t a good deal on the food YOU purchase the most often.

5. Shop at Farmer’s Markets or Local produce 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. Plus, local produce markets are also popping up all over the place – one here in Calgary to try is Fresh & Local. (Located quite centrally on Macleod Trail.) But again, you can find these markets in your local area by searching ‘local markets’, ‘farmers markets + your city’ on Google.

Covid update: It’s not as easy to browse and relax at farmers markets now, but they are still an excellent resource for the freshest produce. Simply plan your trip beforehand, and hit up the stalls you like the best. And of course, always wear a face mask or face covering.

6. Shop at 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! And since I have to eat gluten free, the savings are even more tremendous.)

7. Use coupons on groceries

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.)

8. Check clearance sections at supermarkets

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! Get used to the type of sales sticker your grocery stores use to markdown their merchandise – sometimes they are yellow stickers, or red stickers. Then, you can look for that telltale sign when you’re searching for markdowns.

9. Try generic or store brand food

Generic or no name products are often just as good as their more highly-advertised, brand name counterparts. Store brands are a good compromise on a product that is just as good as a brand name, but is usually quite a bit cheaper.

10. 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. Don’t have a car to go pick up your groceries? Then, check out if your local food stores have a delivery service to have your groceries delivered right to your door.

Now, in the time of COVID, online grocery ordering makes more sense than ever before. We use SaveOn Foods online grocery shopping all the time, and we love it! With SaveOn here in Calgary, there is no fee whatsoever for having a personal shopper do your grocery shopping for you. This is the safest way to grocery shop in the time of the pandemic, and we are very grateful to have it as an option.

Bonus Tip – Check Amazon Grocery deals of the day

If you’re comfortable grocery shopping online (and more and more of us ARE now, because of the pandemic we’re living through!) then you need to check out which items Amazon has on sale. This one link will show you the best sale items on food and groceries. You know Amazon though – those deals won’t last! AMAZON GROCERY DEALS TODAY. These are pantry stock up items like: canned soups and chili, spices, ground or whole bean coffee, and of course CHOCOLATE!

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.

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Larabars Amazon – Sale on Larabars – 16 pack only $13.97 (Peanut Butter chocolate chip variety)

Right now on Amazon.ca there is an excellent sale on a 16 pack box of Larabars. And we are talking the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars. My faaaaavourite!!! For a 16 pack the sale price is only $13.97, or only $0.87 a bar. This is a great price! My trick is trying to wait until Larabars are a maximum of $1 each and then I’ll buy. But $0.87 each is a really good deal.


Larabar Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut Energy Bar, 16-Count, 720 Gram
Current price at time of writing $13.97

Like other Larabar flavours?

Here are the current prices on some other Larabar favourites! The Peanut Butter chocolate chip bars just happen to be the lowest price on Amazon.ca right now.

Perfect for stashing in a lunch box, or even as a quick breakfast. I can attest to this, because my simple breakfast while working on the blogs is often a Larabar and homemade latte! If you love Larabars, stock up while they’re on sale.

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Amazon Grocery Deals – Save 51% on Organic Raisins (Everland brand) – Sale price $4.50 a pound

Another deal today…and this time it’s on Everland organic raisins. Organic anything can be expensive, so when I saw this deal for a pack of 1 lb (454 grams) of organic raisins for under $5 I was kind of excited! And yes, I do get excited over a great deal. Don’t you? πŸ™‚

Organic Raisins on sale at Amazon


Everland Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins, 454gm
Sale price right now only $4.50 at Amazon (Regular price $9.15)
Current price at time of writing

Raisins are excellent in cookies, your morning bowl of oatmeal (I love raisins in oatmeal, along with sliced almonds and ground flax. Yummers!!)…or in lovely cakes such as carrot cake. They’re also an excellent, natural sweet snack for your kids instead of candy. They are naturally gluten free AND vegan, since of course they are simply dried grapes. Delish! And I’m quite sure that when they’re over 50% off they taste even nicer.

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No Frills Flyer this week – the Huge Sale (Dollar Days) – starting October 30, 2020

Hi everyone! For all of us who love shopping at No Frills for their super low prices, then this week you’ll be especially happy. Why? Because this week they have their HUGE SALE going on (I also think of it as Dollar Days, because most of the sales are in even dollar amounts – $1, $2, $3 and so on.)

Let’s review what some of the best deals are at No Frills this week! And remember that you can collect PC Optimum points at No Frills – a great way to earn up points, and save up towards getting something special for free. Or, it’s an excellent way to bank up points so that you can get free groceries if you ever need to. Remember that 10,000 points equals $10 of free stuff.

These flyer prices are in effect October 30-November 5, 2020.

No Frills PRODUCE Deals

  • Acorn squash, butternut squash, kabocha or spaghetti squash – only $1/lb
  • Ambrosia apples – 3 lb bag of orchard run apples for $3 (That’s only a buck a pound. Good deal on Ambrosia apples.)
  • Ataulfo mangoes 2/$3 (Or $1.77 each if buying less than 2)
  • Beefsteak tomatoes $2/lb
  • Celery – 1 bunch for $2
  • Eggplants $2/lb
  • Farmer’s Market grape tomatoes $2
  • Farmer’s Market mini cucumbers (package of 6) – $3
  • Farmer’s Market sweet peppers $3 for a package of 4 peppers
  • Green onions 3/$2 (if buying less than 3 it’s $0.87 each bunch)
  • Limes – 3 for $1 (Or if buying less than 3 it’s $0.47 each)
  • Navel oranges $1/lb
  • Organic avocadoes – package of 3 for $4
  • Organic blackberries or raspberries $4 (6 oz clamshell)
  • PC Organics salad blends (organic salads) $3 each
  • PC Organics whole white mushrooms – 227 gram package – $2
  • Pomegranates $1 each
  • Red plums $2/lb
  • Russet potatoes – 5 lb bag – Only $1
  • Sweet potatoes $1/lb

No Frills MEAT Deals

  • Boneless pork chops – 300 gram packs – $3
  • Chicken drumsticks $3/lb
  • Janes boneless chicken bites OR fillets – selected types and varieties – frozen – 800 gram size – $12
  • Outside round oven roast $5/lb (or $11.02/kg)
  • PC Free From bacon $5
  • PC Free From Whole chickens $4/lb
  • Regular ground beef, 375 gram tray – only $2
  • Schneiders protein kits OR Lunchmate stackers OR Burns wieners $2

No Frills DAIRY AND MILK Deals

  • Armstrong or PC shredded cheese (320 grams) OR Armstrong cheese bars (400 or 450 gram size packs) $4
  • Babybels 120 or 129 gram size $3 (Or PC topped hummus $3)
  • Bellaberry Cheesecake – 100 gram individual cheesecakes $1.00 each
  • I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter margarine spread $1
  • Joyya ultrafiltered milk (super high protein milk) $2 for 1 Liter size
  • Dairyland cottage cheese (500 gram tub) $3
  • Nestle shakes, Beatrice or Dairyland chocolate milk (different brands depending on which province you’re in) – 473 ml size $1 each

No Frills GROCERY Deals

  • Annie’s snacks (such as their bunny grahams) OR Smart Sweets low sugar candy $3
  • Aylmer accents tomatoes OR Clover Leaf tuna (85 gram or 170 gram cans) OR Brunswick sardines or fillets – $1
  • Betty Crocker cookie mix OR Super Moist cake mix OR frosting $1
  • Coca Cola OR Pepsi in the 2 liter bottle size – only $1 each
  • Dare Bear Paws cookies OR Wagon Wheels OR Viva Puffs $2
  • Enjoy Life gluten free cookies and bars $3 (Very good deal on these! And we know a bit about gluten free food ;0) )
  • Five Alive drinks – 1.75 L – $2
  • Gatorade sport drinks OR Sparkling Ice flavoured water $1
  • Heinz beans OR Heinz Alphagetti $1 a can
  • Kellogg’s cereal like Rice Krispies or Froot Loops $2 (regular size boxes)
  • Knorr sidekicks side dishes OR Uncle Ben’s fast and fancy rice packets $1
  • Knorr or Lipton soup mixes OR Campbell’s chunky soup OR Everyday Gourmet soup $2 each
  • Kraft Dinner (KD) Package of 4 boxes for $3
  • Kraft salad dressing OR Diana BBQ sauce $2
  • Larbars (16 pack) OR Larabar protein bars (12 in a box) $14
  • M&M’s or Skittles bagged candies $2
  • Maxwell House coffee (631 grams or 925 gram size) $7 and get 1000 bonus PC optimum points
  • Minute Maid OR Nestea iced tea drink boxes – packs of 8 or 10 individual drinks 2 for $5
  • Monster drinks OR Red Bull OR Evian natural spring water (1.5 l size on the water) $2
  • Mott’s Fruitsations (6’s) or Fruit bowls OR Go Go Squeeze pouches $2
  • Mr. Noodles instant ramen noodles 4 for $1
  • Nature Valley bars, Betty Crocker or Mott’s Fruit snacks $2
  • Nissin noodles 2 for $1
  • Oasis juice OR Del Monte nectar OR PC 100% juice $1 each
  • Old El Paso taco seasoning packets $1
  • PC Tortilla chips OR salsa $2
  • Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers $2 (assorted varieties)
  • Pillsbury frozen cinnamon rolls (or other refrigerated baking goods) $2
  • Pringles mega size potato chips $2
  • SkinnyPop popcorn – large bag – $5
  • SunRype juice – 900 ml or 1 liter sizes $1
  • Terra Vegetable chips $3
  • Tim Hortons granola bars $2 (This must be a new product – I’ve not seen these before. Has anyone tried them?)
  • Tim Hortons canned soup $2
  • Tutto Bene noodles OR Mario’s canned chicken $1
  • Quaker Harvest crunch cereal OR instant oatmeal $2
  • Unico canned beans OR chickpeas OR tomatoes $1
  • Unico vegetable oil – 2 liter bottle – $2

No Frills FROZEN Deals

  • Astro yogurt OR No Name processed cheese slices $2
  • Chapman’s Original ice cream (2 liters), or Chapman’s Collection novelties frozen ice cream treats (such as ice cream bars) – $3
  • Cheemo perogies $2
  • Dr. Oetker Momenti frozen pizzas OR Giuseppe garlic fingers $3
  • Highliner fries and fish OR Fish burgers $2
  • Liberte Miditerranee yogurt or Greek blueberry yogurt OR Astro Smooth ‘n Fruity yogurt OR yoplait yop smoothies $1
  • Michelina’s frozen meals $1 (Wow! Excellent price)
  • No Name frozen waffles (8 pack) OR No Name frozen orange juice concentrate $1
  • Parlour ice cream treats – such as ice cream sandwiches – $2
  • Pillsbury toaster strudels $2
  • Swift frozen meat pies (beef, chicken or turkey pot pies) – 190 gram size – $1 each
  • Yoplait Source yogurt (650 gram tub) or Yoplait tubes OR Minigo $2

No Frills Deli Deals

  • Piller’s deli meats – 125 gram or 175 gram size – $2
  • Sunrise tofu dessert – $1

No Frills Bakery Deals

  • Country Harvest bread OR garlic bread $2
  • Deli World light rye bread OR Casa Mendosa tortillas OR La Baguetterie miche bread $3
  • Old Mill English muffins – 6 pack – $1
  • PC Organics bread $3
  • Wonder bread or rolls $2

No Frills Cleaning and Household Deals

  • No Name white napkins – big pack of 250 for $2
  • Purex laundry detergent $3
  • Renuzit air freshener $1
  • Vim liquid cleanser $2

No Frills Health and Beauty Deals (and Baby Stuff)

  • Colgate toothpaste OR Colgate or Oral-B toothbrushes $1 (regular varieties, not the fancy types)
  • Dove bar soap (3 pack) OR Dove Body wash OR Dove Deodorant or Antiperspirant OR Degree Men’s deodorant or body spray $4
  • Pampers, Huggies or PC baby Wipes $2

Lowest price groceries at No Frills

This week I’m convinced all over again that the lowest price groceries are to be found at No Frills! Hope this round-up of this week’s deals and specials helped you plan your grocery shopping AND helps you save a bunch of money.

Amazon Coupons this week – Save on blue light glasses, Homasy humidifiers, Folgers Kcups, Nutella and more!

We all know that Amazon Prime days are starting soon! So, if you’re a Prime member, you’ll want to check out all of those incredible deals. But, there are also lots of other Amazon deals going on, including Amazon coupons. Amazon coupons are basically a digital form of coupon – a way to save money on a product, by simply clicking the coupon before you check out of Amazon.

Here are our favourite Amazon coupons this week – on electronics, on home and garden products AND on always necessary food and groceries. Yay for food coupons in Canada!

Amazon coupons for Electronics

Amazon Coupon for Home and Garden items

Amazon Coupons on groceries and food

Amazon even has coupons running right now for groceries and food items. And I’m talking popular, stock-up items like peanut butter coupons, Nutella coupons, Carnation Instant breakfast coupons and more! Some of these are excellent items to keep well stocked in your pantry, particularly as COVID cases are on the rise, and some grocery items may become more difficult to get again. Stock up with coupons, folks!

Hopefully some of these coupons will help you save a few dollars when you do your Amazon shopping this week.

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Amazon Deals and Offers of the Day: Baking soda air fresheners, Folgers KCups, Nescafe Kcups coffee AND 40% off Canon Pixma photo printer

It’s Monday morning! And that means we’re looking out for some of the best Amazon bargains to stock up on this week. The deals we found really run the gamut – baby items on sale, an awesome and compact Canon Pixma photo printer, and coffee. Coffee! Sweet, sustaining liquid. Yep, KCups (coffee pods) are on sale too this week. Check out the deals…

Natural air freshener for nurseries and closets

Munchkin Arm and Hammer Lavender Scented Nursery Fresheners use Arm and Hammer baking soda to naturally deodorize and freshen nursery areas. Dirty diapers, we are looking at you! And ugh, smelling you too. These little discs work well to neutralize the odours in diaper pails AND laundry hampers, and anywhere else you want a little lavender scented deodorizing power. Pack of 5 for only $5.97 P.S. NO ONE is saying you couldn’t use these little wonders in your shoe closet or clothing closet, either.

Canon Pixma Wireless photo printer – $40 off!

The Canon Pixma wireless photo printer is on for only $59.99! Easily print up photos at home. Using AirPrint, it’s super easy to print your photos right from your iPhone or iPad! (But you can use other types of phones or tablets too, no worries.) Compact size printer will fit in any small home office space – even if right now that means your kitchen table! Was $99.99 now $59.99 with FREE Shipping

Folger’s and Nescafe Coffee Pods on Sale – up to 30% off on Amazon

And, doesn’t it seem only fitting that we pop in a coffee sale right about now? Especially seeing as how it’s Monday morning and all…Great deals to be had on Folgers coffee pods (K-cups).

Folgers K-Cup Selections Folgers Morning CafΓ© K-Cup Coffee Pods 48 Count are 25% off right now! Only $20.24 for a big 48 cup pack. And they’re also recyclable. OR…for a bolder cup of coffee, there is NESCAFΓ‰ Gold Dark Roast on sale – 12 Kcups for only $6.28! This is that strong cup of coffee that will make you wake up and get on with your day with gusto! And that price is an impressive 30% off the regular price.

These are our favourite Amazon finds for this Monday morning. Hope you have a lovely day, and an excellent start to your week…and as always, please stay safe. πŸ™‚

Amazon grocery sale: Chocolate Chip Larabars – Only $12.98 for a 16 pack!

I want to post this one quickly, because this is an incredible deal! Pop on over to snag a box of 16 Larabar chocolate chip bars for only $12.98. (Or click on Subscribe and Save to get the box for as low as $12.33.) I usually stock up on Larabars if they’re $1 a piece, but this is an awesome deal of only $0.81 each! Yahoo! Excellent deal, and they make perfect snacks for the kids. Or, let’s be honest, any one of us in the family.


Larabar Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut Energy Bar, 16-Count, 720 Gram

Larabars are one of my favourite snacks, because they’re naturally gluten free, and these bars contain super simple ingredients. They’re also low sodium bars, AND contain no dairy. So these are an awesome snack for all sorts of people with food allergies or intolerances. And did I mention they have chocolate chips!?!

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Amazon grocery deals – Oatmeal cookies, Tim Horton’s coffee pods, Orville Redenbacher and more! (Pandemic pantry)

Hello everyone! Today we’re searching through Amazon for some excellent pantry stock-up items. We’re talking cereal, snacks, granola bars and much more. All of them are on sale and currently in stock at Amazon.ca. Some of them are an even better bargain if you click on Subscribe and Save – meaning you’ll be subscribing to getting your favourite foods on a regular basis; you can cancel anytime. (The bonus being that you’ll save an additional 5% or 15%)

Here are the pantry items we discovered on our Amazon hunt today…

  • Nature Valley coconut biscuits are like crunchy oatmeal cookies with a creamy coconut filling. Yum! It’s like the best of oatmeal cookies AND granola bars, all in one happy little package. Pack of 5 for $2.47 or $2.35 if you click on Subscribe & Save. These are also an excellent little treat to pack into your kids’ lunch bags for school lunches.
  • Love Timmy’s French Vanilla cappuccino? No need to wait forever in a drive thru line – you can make it at home in your Keurig machine! Lovely, sweet and creamy – a real treat. Pack of 10 Tim Horton’s French Vanilla coffee pods for $9.97. And, these K-cups are recyclable!
  • Make movie night complete with a freshly popped bag of Orville Redenbacher popcorn. Big box of 24 bags of Orville Buttery microwave popcorn for only $10.97 or only $10.42 if you click on Subscribe and Save. Orville Redenbacher is GMO-free and gluten free. (More gluten free ideas here.)
  • Yupik organic oats come in a 1 kg resealable package, making it an easy item to store in your pantry. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast food, but you can also use it to make muffins, cookies or try baked oatmeal! (Sort of like a super healthy oatmeal cake, loaded with oats and fruit.) $6.14 for 1 kg of organic oats. Certified organic, certified kosher and sulfite free oats. (Don’t need organic oats? Quaker quick cooking oats in the 1 kg bag are on for only $2.97. A good time to stock up!)

Just some essentials – and all at a great price at Amazon – to get your Monday started off well. Having a well stocked pantry is always a good idea, but in these times it seems more prudent than ever before. Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

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