Saving Money on Groceries

If you want to save money on groceries, but do not like coupon clipping, this article is a must-read.Frugal living


“For produce, avoid Save on Foods and Safeway like the plague, that place will rip the hell out of you. Don’t bother with flyer sales/coupons, any persian/chinese produce store will be half the price of the best Safeway sale. Seek those out instead[…]” Luco D

If you don’t mind coupon-clipping,visit this site for coupon deals.

No Frills and Superstore are great for basic staple items like canned tomatoes, pasta, spices, cheese, etc.

T&T is good for some vegetables and fruit. They also have sales on weekends for bulk items, such as toilet tissue and canned pop (I’ve bought 3×24 Coca-Cola boxes for a little less than $10, and 24 double-rolls for about $12). They also sell bags of avocado (5 pieces) for $2, while Superstore has them for $4-5. They also give good discounts on sushi and pre-cooked dinners at the end of the day (I sometimes sneak a roll or two of sushi and spring rolls when I’m not in the cooking mood).

Small stores (farmers’ markets, produce stores) have awesome deals too. I have recently learned about Sunrise Market on 300 Powell St. (Google Maps link inside), which has unbelievably low prices on fruit and veggies (like, 19 cents for a pound of bananas, 50 cents for a pound of apples and so on). I’ve seen this place from the bus many times, but never went in; and was very surprised to find a thread on a local forum ranting about how great their deals are.

Wal-Mart sometimes has good deals on items such as granola bars, yogurt and frozen dinners.

If you have a vehicle, or live close to one of these locations, look into getting a Costco membership. They sell almost everything, but in bulk; so unless you have comically long arms or a roomy vehicle, there only other reason to go to Costco is for $2 hot dog + pop combo.

When you go grocery shopping, make sure to take reusable bags with you. Most stores charge a few cents for plastic bags, so this way you can save money and be environmentally friendly.

Two Canadian websites dedicated towards frugal living: (coupons) (tips)

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  1. Alena Venger - July 13, 2013 @ 9:03 AM

    Mama Mia!
    What an unhealthy diet you suggest to your reader …
    Foods imported from filthy countries?
    (Like you know how its grown and what toxins had being used to produce 3 to 4 harvests per year 🙂
    Foods from hand of a untrustworthy dealer?
    (Like you know that they are wishing you a best health, not the empty space for their growing family 🙂
    Processed meats with fast carbohydrates?
    (Like you do not need the liver and do run away form the mad dog every time after you eat the hotdog 🙂
    Drinks containing orthophosphoric acid?
    (Like you have no need for kidneys and on the chase after the bouquet of bone diseases 🙂
    Direct way to CONDITIONAL Paradise & away form local producer …
    Buyer B Ware !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Simple Vancouver - July 15, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

      Thanks for the comment! I’m sorry that you’ve confused the suggestion for places with the diet.
      This is in no way a commended meal plan, but the way on saving on produce that some already are buying (hence the title “Saving Money on Groceries”, and bolded “HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES IN VANCOUVER? WHERE TO GET CHEAP GROCERIES IN VANCOUVER?”). Let CBSA and CFIA worry about the quality of the produce that is being imported, they’re doing a great job already (concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, 613-773-1059).
      Nonetheless, “filthy” countries with milder climates are capable of yielding one harvest per 30-60 days, plus a little more time for the soil to recover. In order to grow as much vegetables and fruit organically as is now grown conventionally we would need 3x as much land. I also always wash and peel my vegetables, and sincerely hope my readers do too. 😉

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