It doesn’t look like the cost of groceries in Canada will be getting cheaper any time soon. With that in mind, I’ve been taking a hard look at my grocery shopping habits and looking for ways to save myself some money.
Not using meal-saving apps
I recently discovered an app called Too Good To Go, and y’all, it saves me so much money.
The app works by connecting you to nearby restaurants and stores that have food items that are still good to eat but might be going out of date soon.
I rarely shop at Metro due to their prices being higher, but through Too Good To Go, I’ve been getting a bag of “surprise goods” from their bakery counter for $5.99.
All of that together would easily cost over $20, but by shopping through the app I get to save some cash by not having to pay full prices for my bread products.
Not checking our bill
Always check your bill to avoid making costly mistakes.
Not checking Flipp for best prices
There are a variety of grocery price comparison apps out there that show you where to score the cheapest items — and my favourite one is Flipp.
After entering your location, it scours the grocery stores around you for prices and presents all of your options. For instance, if you search “chicken,” it’ll show you where you can find the cheapest price per pound in your neighbourhood.
I’ve noticed that doing this can knock up to $5 off my weekly bill — it might not seem like huge savings, but it all adds up!
Not freezing produce
Celery looking a little limp? Dice it up, freeze it, then add it to a bolognese later.
Bananas have gotten riper than you like? Freeze and add them into your next smoothie!
I also freeze bread and bagels — when I’m ready to eat them I just pop them in the toaster and they come out exactly as if they’d never been frozen.
In terms of federal assistance, in July, around 11 million Canadians will be receiving financial help to help offset food prices via the new grocery rebate.