Not very long ago, a quick trip to the grocery store was just a normal part of our day. Forgot a simple ingredient that you needed for that new recipe? Perhaps it was a lemon, or a head of fresh garlic, or a bunch of parsley. No problem! You could just quickly hop in the car or walk over to your favourite local grocery store or even farmer’s market, get what you needed and just head home.
Haven’t things changed quickly? And in a way we never would have expected? Grocery shopping now isn’t the simple pleasure it used to be. I used to love lingering over the fresh produce, selecting the most delicious looking apples, melons or peppers. But now – in the time of coronavirus – grocery shopping has become a necessary task, but one that can fill us with fear and anxiety.
Today, then, we will discuss some ways to ease that stress and keep safe from the virus while grocery shopping – by using grocery pick-up and grocery delivery services. That way, you don’t even have to leave the comfort and safety of your home!
Grocery Delivery services in Calgary
Thankfully, the Internet provides us with so many options to grocery shop online! Simply visit your favourite store online, and fill your virtual shopping cart and then arrange a time to either pick up your groceries, or have them delivered. Please keep in mind that stock may be limited, or even unavailable – especially on hot items like (you guessed it!) toilet paper, Lysol wipes and canned goods like beans or tuna.
Prairie Farms in Willow Park Village – is a family-run produce market, previously operated out of the Calgary Farmer’s Market. You can order all your fresh produce here – their prices are great, and the produce is second to none. (Last fall, during apple season, their Ambrosia apples were literally my favourite thing to eat. They were as fresh as possible, and gorgeously crisp and delicious. The best apples I’d eaten in years!) Support a local business for your produce (and they also sell local farm fresh eggs, and locally and ethically produced meats.) And our small local businesses sure could use a hand right now!
Real Canadian Superstore – This large supermarket offers both pick-up and grocery delivery. With current events being as they are, you may need to choose a delivery or pick up time that is about two days later than when you place your order. Delivery fees vary, depending on ‘Busy Times’ – meaning that you’ll pay more for premium delivery times, such as evenings. Pick-up services have a smaller fee attached to them…usually about $3-$5. Still, for someone picking out and packing your groceries for you, this is a reasonable cost!
Walmart – I have used Walmart grocery pick-up services in the past (before the coronavirus outbreak) and I loved it! (You need to spend a minimum of $50 to get either pick-up or delivery.) Walmart grocery pick-up is FREE! For grocery delivery the fee is $9.97. The selection of products available is still quite good.
Save-on Foods – offers delivery, and again their fees are higher for delivery at the most popular times. Their delivery charges range from $7-$10, which is still a great deal to get a large order of groceries brought right to your door!
Right now, stocking up on groceries feels more important than it ever has before. So, if you need to get some supplies in – try grocery pick-up or delivery options in the Calgary area. For a pretty reasonable fee, you can get the groceries and supplies that your family needs to be prepared!
Today we are swooping in with awesome bargains to stock your kitchen cupboards. We found coffee deals, oatmeal deals, cereal deals and even a healthy naturally gluten free snack that EVERYONE in the family will want more of. Please act fast to take advantage of these deals! Some sale products can run out quickly, and sale prices can change just as fast. (Links are affiliate links – we earn a small amount on the purchases, at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our bargain hunting efforts!)
Only $3.99 for Maxwell House instant coffee. Stock up bargain!
Another stock up price here, folks…only $2.48 for Quaker Instant Oats in the delicious Maple Brown Sugar Flavour. And it only takes 90 seconds to make a bowl of these oats, so makes for a fast and inexpensive breakfast.
Quaker Harvest Crunch cereal (550 gram box) for only $2.98. Yummy Dark Chocolate, Cranberry and Almond flavour.
These healthy coconut macaroons are made from real, natural ingredients! Naturally gluten free, plus they are vegan, low-carb and Paleo. But they still taste lovely!
Hope you managed to snag a deal or two! Thanks for visiting, bargaineers. 🙂
5000 bonus PC Optimum points on Uber & H & M Gift cards
I love a great gift card deal! Superstore often has bonus PC Optimum points on selected gift cards. The reason why I love PC points so much is simple – they equal free groceries!
This week’s deal is valid from September 20 – 26. Get 5000 bonus points when you purchase a $25 Uber or H & M gift card. (The bonus points apply on every $25 you spend. So a $50 gift card equals 10000 points!)
Remember…every 5000 points is $5 worth to spend at Superstore or Shoppers. So, if you’re looking for a gift, this might be an awesome option! (And I didn’t even know that you could buy Uber gift cards, let alone at Superstore.)
Hello fellow bargaineers! Today is the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of finding you the very best offers to maximize the PC Optimum points you collect.
What’s the value of PC Optimum points?
Collecting PC Optimum points are very valuable, because the more points you earn, the more free stuff you can get! Every 1000 points equals $1 worth of free merchandise for you at either Shopper’s Drug Mart or Real Canadian Superstore. There is a minimum point requirement of 10,000 points before you can redeem – so once you hit 10,000 points, you get $10 of free food or goodies!
The two major places to collect PC Optimum points are at either Superstore or Shopper’s. So, that’s where we’re going to focus our efforts, too. Now, let’s go find some points, bargaineers!
The Best PC Optimum offers at Superstore This Week
Get your shopping gear on, your loonie ready to pop into a shopping cart, and off we go! This week you can add MEGA points to your PC Optimum account! Here are the best deals at Real Canadian Superstore this week (August 16 to August 22, 2019):
5000 points on every $15 spent on Nestle Favourites snack size treats, assorted count sizes (Hmmm…chocolate!)
200 points on a 12 pack of Pepsi soft drinks
500 points on U by Kotex pads, liners or tampons (sale price $6.98; limit of 4)
3000 points on a Club Size (72 pack) of Sunrype fruit to go (sale price $18.98; limit of 4)
2000 points on an 8-pack of Aylmer 796 ml cans of tomatoes (sale price $8.88; limit of 4)
2000 points on an 8-pack of Chef Boyardee mini ravioli OR Heinz baked beans or pasta (sale price $8.68)
1000 points on an 18 pack of Original Wagon Wheels (sale price $3.98; limit of 4) *I miss these so much since going gluten free! Craving some gluten free snacks that will satisfy? Head over to my 25 Best Gluten Free Snacks on Amazon.ca.
2000 points on Mott’s Fruitsations variety pack (24 x 111 grams or 12 x 104 ml) $9.48 each
1000 points on Always pads (36-62 size) or liners (116 or 136 pack size) $10.78
500 points on Litehouse dressings, 591 ml (sale price $4.98; limit of 4)
5000 points on every $20 spent on stationery. (This is a great deal for all of you shopping for Back to School! $5 back in PC Optimum points for every $20 spent.)
3000 points when you buy 2 Joe Fresh children’s mix and match clothing styles (either for baby, toddler, or kids sizes)
1000 points on One a Day or Flintstones multivitamins or gummies (50-90 size bottles) (Sale price $8.98; limit of 4)
1000 points on Dr. Scholl’s insoles, selected varieties (Sale price $16.98; limit of 2)
12000 points on every $40 spent on participating Claritin, Aerius or Restoralax products
10000 points on a Spotify gift card (minimum value $60)
2000 points on HUGGIES Super boxed diapers or training pants
3000 points on 2 Dove Hair care products (selected types and sizes; excludes large sizes)
8000 points on 2 Olay Total Effects or Olay Whip Facial moisturizers (selected types and sizes)
3000 points when you spend $20 on Life Brand hair, sun, acne or skin care products
5000 points when you buy 2 Natural Instincts, Nice ‘n Easy or Root Touch-up hair colour kits
3000 points when you buy 2 Quo full or individual lashes fake eyelashes, selected types
5000 points when you spend $25 on Quo sleep accessory sets, sponges, or cosmetic bags
2000 points when you buy 2 Joe Fresh socks (1-4 pair packs) or Secret Collection tights
Whew! You could have a very impressive points haul this week if you can take advantage of some of these deals. Superstore especially had some amazing bargains on back to school promotions. Hope you can grab a bunch of points, bargaineers! And please post a comment if you got an especially good deal you’d like to brag about.
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!
Does No Frills have the cheapest grocery prices in Canada? We’re going out on a limb and declaring that YES, they do! And, even if you can’t get to a No Frills to do your shopping this week, you can download their latest flyer on your Flipp app, and shop somewhere like Walmart or Superstore – where they price match. A post on price matching is coming up soon! Watch for it.
Piller’s Turkey Bites or Pepperoni pepperettes $4.97
Robin Hood All purpose flour – large 10 kg size – $8.77
Stouffer’s or Lean Cuisine frozen entrees $1.97
Ziggy’s salads 1.25 kg – includes potato salad and macaroni salad and other varieties – $5.00
Crazy 50 Cent Deals at No Frills
These are mega deals! These are all of the fifty cent deals on at No Frills, starting tomorrow – July 5, 2019. Stock up on those your family loves!
Aylmer soup, No name sauce (such as poutine sauce) or soup cups $0.50
Beatrice or Dairyland 237 ml chocolate milk $0.50
Britannia Nutro wafers or Good Day biscuits $0.50
Carl Buddig sliced deli meats, 55 grams $0.50 (great bargain on this one!)
Foremost dairies peach or strawberry yogurt 175 gram $0.50
Friskies or Fancy Feast small tins cat food $0.50 (this seems like an especially good deal on the Fancy Feast!)
Kiwis $0.50 each
Lemons $0.50 each
Mr Noodles instant noodles 2 for $0.50
Nestle Pure life 1.5 L water $0.50 (Wow, this is an awesome deal!!)
No Name tomato paste, 156 ml $0.50
Wow, it’s a great week to stock up on some deals at your local No Frills! Happy shopping, bargaineers. If you find a bargain we missed, or just have a great shopping tip to share, then please leave a comment.
So, today’s deal should thrill you if you’d rather make your own delicious cup of coffee at home. (A very good way to save money over time, undoubtedly. Depending on where you go for a cup of coffee out, it can cost anywhere from $1 to $5 or more!)
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Right now on Amazon, a lovely large 925 gram tin of Maxwell House original roast is only $6.97! Their regular price really varies, but is listed right now at $9.97 so this is a 30% Savings! Definitely the right time to buy a few tins of delicious ground coffee.
NO FRILLS BARGAINS – $2 Dollar Days – Bargain of the Day
So, maybe it’s just me, but I’m still relatively new to the beautiful bargains and deals to be found at the local NO FRILLS. This week they’re running their $2 specials, and you’ll find some of the best bargains listed below. Get your grocery list groove on and stock up on some favourites!
1. Mega bargain alert!!! Fresh strawberries only $2 when you buy 2-1 lb packages! (They say this is the lowest price of the year! $1/lb berries – whoop whoop!)
2. Habitant or Campbell’s specialty (non condensed) soups – 2 for $2!
3. Royal gala apples 2 lbs for $2
4. Larabars (my favourite healthy go-to snack) are 2/$2
5. Regular size no name cream cheese $2
These are my favourite finds on this week’s No Frills flyer. Did you find a mega bargain I missed? Or do you have any coupon matchups that we bargainers MUST know about? Or…would you like to suggest a bargain of the day? Please comment with any of this helpful info and thanks ahead of time! Together we WILL save money!