Tip #1: Plan Your Weekly Groceries Around Store Specials
Check out save.ca and flyers.smartcanucks.ca once a week to plan your groceries around store specials. This will help you save money and ensure that you're not preparing the same meals every week.
Tip #2: Pick Your Fav Grocery Store…
… And do most of your grocery shopping there. This will save time in the long run because you know where everything is! A store close to where you live will also save on gas and commuting time.
Tip #3: Stick to a List with Categories
Go through your fridge and pantry and write down items to buy under the food group headings: Vegetables and Fruit; Grains; Dairy and Alternatives; Meat and Meat Alternatives and Other. The idea is to fill up your grocery cart with items from the first four groups. If you would like to treat yourself once in a while to something like, ice cream, write that in the Other column.
Tip #4: Never Shop on an Empty Stomach
Shopping while hungry can lead to buying more than you need! Make sure you have a snack before shopping to ensure you don't buy extra items that you would never eat.
Tip #5: Visit Farmers Markets to get Great Deals
There are fantastic deals on produce if you visit our local farmers market! Here is a tip: Often if you go near the end of the day, they might give you more produce for less. Also, year-round "markets" such as Chinatown always have great deals on food. If you are open-minded and love to save on food, make a visit to your local Chinatown and you will find a load of great produce from countries around the world - all at a great price.