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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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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Amazon Deals Canada – Buy Groceries online #coronavirus #covid19

Last night, I heard a knock on our apartment door. I was sure I heard it, but then there was just silence. I thought I must’ve been imagining something. I do have a good imagination after all! Then, this morning when my husband was going to wander outside to take out the garbage (funny what constitutes an exciting outing nowadays!) he nearly tripped right over that telltale smiling brown box that meant a shipment from Amazon was here!

Yes, I do rely on Amazon groceries right now. We do our once a week grocery shop at local grocery stores, but I supplement this with some online grocery shopping. I used to get some supplies on Amazon anyway, so now when we’re stuck inside, it’s easy to order there occasionally.

Tips for Ordering Groceries on Amazon during coronavirus

There are some new tips for ordering online groceries through Amazon right now, in this unprecedented time in which we live.

  1. Order quickly – Of course, you can still put an item into your Amazon shopping cart and hold it there until the next time you plan to place an order. But, I’ve discovered the hard way that doing that means the item might be out of stock by the time you’re ready to order! So, be quick and decisive when you really want something Amazon currently has available.
  2. Order a little extra – No, there’s no need to hoard. But, if you are allowed to purchase multiples of an item you use all the time – let’s say granola bars – then buy those extra boxes of snacks while they’re available. You’ll be glad you did if they’re not available again for quite some time. (And sometimes – like our grocery deals of the day listed below, you have to order a minimum quantity. In this case, it’s 2 of each item.)
  3. Check supplies on Amazon often – Even within the same day I’ve seen major changes in what grocery items are available. So, check a few times. Then, when you see what you need – order it! (As we already mentioned in #1, above!)
  4. Be patient – Order times are longer right now, meaning it’ll usually take at least a few extra days to receive your parcel. Please be patient. I think of the Amazon workers and delivery drivers who are slogging through all of these additional orders, and my heart truly goes out to them. Be willing to wait longer to receive your orders. And then, be grateful when they arrive! (I sure am! And as I mentioned in our Should I Disinfect our Groceries? post, I wipe the box and all items inside down with a Clorox or Lysol disinfecting wipe.)

Today’s Best Amazon Deals on Groceries – April 9, 2020

Like I mentioned above, snag these while they’re still available! Stock runs out quickly. (And sorry for the boring looking text only links – Amazon wasn’t allowing me to post pictures of the products for some reason! We are part of the Amazon Associates program. We will receive a small commission when you purchase groceries via our links. We thank you!)

Daiya Gluten Free, Dairy Free Macaroni and ‘Cheeze’ $6.99
Kraft Dinner Snack Cups, Original recipe – Pack of 4 $5.27
Jello Light Raspberry Dessert – Pack of 18 boxes $15.66
Carnation Hot Chocolate mix with mini marshmallows – 481 gram tin – $4.87 (Minimum buy of 2)
Russell Stover Sugar Free mint patties chocolate candy – $2.78 (Minimum order quantity 2)

Hope you snag some deals on Amazon today, if you’re stocking up. Happy grocery hunting, everyone!

Amazon Grocery Deals Today – The Best Sales on Food and Pantry Items – Coffee, Quaker Oats, Cereal and Gluten Free Snacks

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. 🙂