saving on groceries


sjm79
on Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:30 am

How do you save on groceries and still eat healthy.. Any tips or tricks.. I recently just started checkout 51 but very slow going as i do not buy many of the products they post..
 

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martac
:) on Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:35 am

Caddle is another one so is Tweet
it takes some time but it's still worth it
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Tracyr
:) on Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:39 am

Caddle is a good one
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jcb75
Customer card on Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:44 am

I have a card from Your Independent Grocers (Lawblaws) that you earn points with certain items. (some in-store for everyone, some personalized based on previous purchases) The points go towards free groceries.
I did all my groceries for Christmas for free, and still have 80K points, so I have $80 free groceries whenever I decide to cash them in.
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sjm79
... on Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:48 am

I have never heard tell of Caddle or tweet.. I will check them out...
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sarahtea
on Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:29 am

Checkout 51 is a great app but I find that sometimes I buy things that are unnecessary just to get $.50 lol. I like to use flipp because that allows me to see all store flyers in one location, I feel like if you wanted to become an extreme coupon and save a ton of money that would be the app to do it.
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sjm79
tweet on Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:33 am

I cannot seem to find tweet....
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christinat
Flipp on Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:38 am

Flipp is a really great app. You can see all your local flyers and best of all, you can search what you're looking for and they will list out where they're on sale and how much it cost so you can price match :)
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mamaluv
coupons and apps are great, but... on Jan 27, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

... I find the best savings come from smart shopping. I am signed up for the various store loyalty programs (Air Miles for Safeway/Sobeys, PC Plus for Real Canadian Superstore, etc) which certainly helps, but generally I save by making weekly menus and shopping the sales. The front page of your store's flyer is usually the very best deals of the week. And if you didn't already realize, sales are cyclical which means that if you miss a great deal one week, just sit tight because it'll be back probably within 2-3 months.

I also do Checkout51, Zweet, and others but as others have said, it's easy to get suckered into buying a product you weren't planning to get just to save a couple of cents. You have to be really disciplined!

It's also a lot cheaper to consider seasonality. Everyone wants to eat salad all year round, but generally it's more expensive in the winter months (and usually shipped in from halfway around the world to boot). Instead, I often buy flash-frozen fruits and veggies in the winter which are frequently on sale and due to the method of preservation are usually more vitamin-rich than raw produce that's been shipped from who knows where! I buy seasonal fruits like oranges and grapefruits even though I know they are shipped from Florida or wherever.

If you have access to a freezer, it's even easier to stock up on those healthy frozen goods (chicken breasts, veggies, etc) when they go on sale. If you're well stocked you can "shop your stash" and your weekly groceries will be a much smaller purchase of a few perishable items.

Lastly, cooking from scratch is usually a great money saver. It's not always a time saver though! I have friends who cook 1x per week and freeze meals to be used later (e.g. lasagne, soup stock). I usually cook large portions 3x per week so that we always have a good selection of leftovers that can be simply heated and eaten or incorporated into the next day's meal (e.g. leftover roast chicken is one of my faves because you can do everything from chicken stock with the bones to a million recipes with the leftover meat!).

Ultimately, saving money on groceries usually means more effort whether you're clipping coupons or writing menus, but I definitely think it's worth it!
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hogorman
:) on Jan 27, 2016 @ 01:36 pm

Lots of good ideas!
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coultlee
save on Jan 27, 2016 @ 02:35 pm

Snap, Caddle, Checkout 51 and zweet. Some have the same offers so you can submit twice. If you are on facebook sign up for save a loonie lots of coupons offered and they let you know when the coupon comes out for something, it is on sale and you can submit to checkout 51 and sometimes free. I have only done once but worth a try. Good luck!
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