How to Get More Out of Your Grocery Budget

Sobeys and their group of stores recently joined the Moola family, which makes this a good time to talk about something we all can relate to: how to stretch your grocery budget farther.

It’s tough to make every penny count and still get everyone’s favorite foods. I do a lot of the grocery shopping for my family, so I’ve picked up some tricks that help me save money every time I hit the store. In addition to our 9 tips for grocery savings and 11 tips for just making shopping easier, here are a few of my favorite ways to stretch your food budget just that little bit more.

Get the app & collect the points

Almost all stores have their own app—and Sobeys is no exception. I love using store apps. You get quick access to the flyer and sometimes get special deals only found in the app. I’ve gotten some great “VIP special deals” just for using the app, so it’s worth it to get the app and check it when you head to the store.

Most store apps let you make your shopping list right in the app from the digital flyer. As you use the app more, plsu you might find new specials added for you based on how you shop. The apps give stores enough extra information to offer you special deals based on your shopping habits. Everyone likes an exclusive deal, right?

But there’s another thing the app is great for—comparison shopping and price matching. You might already check the flyer for the store you usually visit, but it’s worth checking out the online versions of competing flyers too. Why? The little secret most people don’t take advantage of: price matching.

Price match

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Every store says they have the lowest prices around or their prices can’t be beat. True or not, most stores also have a price match guarantee. See a lower price at another store, they’ll match it. Some stores even give you a little bonus like an extra 10% off, just because you’re giving them the chance to earn your business. This is why checking out they flyers and having the store app on your phone is really handy. Instead of driving all over town to pick up an item here or there, when you’re at your favorite store, ask for a price match. You save money and time all at once!

Let’s not stop the money saving train there. Did you know that at most Sobeys (and connected) stores they have special savings days? A day when you save a little extra just because you’re shopping that particular day? Another little insider secret that can save you a lot of money—just for showing up on a certain day.

Watch for special days

One of the most cool things about the Sobeys group of stores is Customer Appreciation Day. Don’t know about this day? Here’s the deal, the first Tuesday of the month (November 3rd is the next one) you automatically get an extra 10-15% off your bill. It’s a great way to save some extra money and all you have to do is shop on a Tuesday. What could be better than saving just for showing up?

Customer appreciation day goes across all the Sobeys stores, but your local store might have special days like tastings or deals to watch for. Sometimes the app will tell you, but just to be sure, keep an eye out when you go in. You never know when a cheese night will pop up with extra savings.

Speaking of extra savings…

Limited time: Save an extra 5% at Sobeys with Moola

We’re so excited to have Sobeys and all their stores across Canada in Moola, we’re celebrating with a limited time promotion. Buy a gift card to Sobeys, IGA, FreshCo, Safeway, or Foodland with Moola and get an extra 5% off! This promotion only runs until October 27th and quantities are limited, so jump on this deal fast!

Haven’t downloaded Moola yet? Click below and get started today. Moola is a free and easy way to buy (and give) gift cards to the places you already shop and save. You can save up 10%—and sometimes more—or get special bonuses on gift cards at hundreds of stores across Canada.

If you’re not using Moola yet, you’re really not saving.

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