It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spending time with family and friends, spreading the holiday spirit, eating delicious foods, getting dressed up in your cozy clothes and snuggling with a loved one are only some highlights of the holiday season. This time of year also comes with many stresses like making sure your holiday dinner doesn’t get ruined, fighting the shopping lines at the grocery store or the inevitable increase in your household debt.
Isn’t this supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year? Don’t worry; it still is, and Pineapple has your back! We want you to enjoy your holidays to the fullest and not have to alter your holiday traditions just because of the current economic environment associated with inflation and high food prices. This blog is part 1 of 3 that will help you shop efficiently, maintain your holiday spirit and, most importantly, save you money this holiday season so you can continue to pay down your mortgage debt! Below are three tips to help you maximize your savings this holiday season.
How to Save Money in Canada on Groceries? Download Apps and Utilize Food Subscription Boxes.
Although inflation has started to come down, food inflation remains elevated, which is a problem when you have to prepare holiday meals for your immediate family, in-laws, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, pets, and the list goes on!
As food inflation continues to rise, you don’t have to compromise on your scrumptious holiday dinner when you have the Flipp app Canada. Haven’t heard of Flipp? Flipp is your one-stop marketplace for grocery and household savings. Partnering with major North American brands and companies, Flipp brings deals and savings to you. Once you download the app, you receive local weekly flyers or can search for items you need; how convenient! With the majority of Canadian grocery retailers providing price matching, Flipp allows you to easily browse multiple grocery stores’ flyers, find the lowest prices and passes the savings on to you.
According to research conducted by Flipp in September 2020, 2,000 US and Canadian users saved on average $45 per week; that’s $2,160 per year! With those savings, you’ll be able to pay down your credit card debt or add to your piggy bank if you’re saving money for a down payment on your dream home.
Already saving money with the Flipp app? Try reducing your food waste; Canadians throw out an estimated $30 Billion a year. To avoid food waste, try these helpful tips:
- Take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to prevent overbuying.
- Create a meal plan. Having a set meal plan for the week prevents you from buying food you don’t need and makes you use the food you have.
- Don’t throw out your leftovers! Save your leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, or put them into the freezer.
- Store food appropriately. Fruits and veggies are the biggest culprits of food waste, so understand what you eat in a week and learn how to store fruits and veggies properly, so they don’t spoil.
Food Subscription Boxes
Maybe you’re too busy to shop for groceries, or you’re not culinary inclined and rely on Uber Eats for all your meals. That’s ok, but those takeout bills can add up fast! Another great way to save money is grocery subscription boxes. They combine the convenience of takeout and the simplicity of grocery shopping into one easy-to-use service.
There are plenty of grocery subscription services, such as GoodFood, HelloFresh and Chefs Plate.
Each subscription service has different advantages and disadvantages depending on your dietary restrictions or lifestyle.
HelloFresh is arguably the best Canadian food subscription boxes, with a variety of 35 recipes to pick from, allowing you to customize your recipes depending on your dietary restrictions, flexible subscription plans, meals for 2-5 people and easy-to-find promo codes. The downside of HelloFresh is that you must prepare the recipes yourself, and depending on your budget, this service can be a tad pricey. Want to start saving money with HelloFresh?
Check out their promo code here.
Next on the list is GoodFood. Like HelloFresh, GoodFood allows customers to pick their recipes or meal kits depending on their lifestyle needs. Don’t want to cut up potatoes and grill your chicken? GoodFood provides you with ready-made meal kits, so you don’t have to spend time cooking. The biggest pro for using GoodFood is that 85% of their ingredients come from Canadian farms and local businesses. Unlike its competitors, GoodFood offers free delivery and recipes ranging from classic, easy prep, low carb, and vegetarian. Want to support your local farms, check out GoodFood here.
Last but certainly not least on the list is Chefs Plate. One of the cheaper options in Canada is Chefs Plate. Like the other subscription services listed above, Chefs Plate provides you with fresh ingredients and recipes delivered right to your door. Pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards make meal planning and cooking a breeze.
Get started with Chefs Plate and start saving money.
Save Time and Money with E-Commerce Shopping
Gone are the days of spending hours in a crowded shopping mall and waiting in lines to find the perfect holiday gift. Now you can shop and buy anything you want in the comfort of your bed while wearing your pajamas. E-commerce has blown up over the last couple of years and provides immense convenience with ease of purchase, delivery and exclusive online offers. Many retailers offer online promotions, but shoppers don’t always know where to access them.
That’s where Rakuten Canada comes to the rescue! You’ll be able to find everything you need this holiday season as Rakuten partners with over 750 Canadian retailers, including Walmart, Hudson Bay, Sephora, Amazon, Indigo and many more. Rakuten gives Canadians access to discount codes, promotions and, the best part, cash back right into your pocket. All this is free as the retailers pay Rakuten to send customers to them, and Rakuten passes the savings onto you.
To get even more savings when shopping online, pair Rakuten with Paypal Honey. Paypal Honey is a free browser extension that you can download and save immediately. Wherever you do your online shopping Paypal Honey will find and apply coupons and discount codes to your shopping cart that you may not have known existed. Not only do you get coupons and savings immediately, but you also have the potential for cash back and free shipping/delivery. Paypal Honey will help you get every gift you need at a reduced price.
Corporate and Company Partnerships
Don’t forget about your employer! Our final tip on efficiently shopping this holiday season is to check out exclusive offers from your employer. Depending on your employer, they will have corporate benefits through their insurance provider or a third-party company. Corporate benefits and rewards programs include lifestyle and entertainment discounts, car rentals, travel discounts, and shopping promotions.
One great app your employer might use is Perkopolis. Perkopolis is a benefits and rewards program that offers exclusive entertainment and lifestyle discounts, gift card rewards, enhanced insurance benefits and other value-added perks. Like the other apps mentioned, Perkopolis partners with leading Canadian corporations such as HelloFresh, WestJet and Columbia, among many others, to give you weekly and monthly discounts. So, for example, you could sign up for HelloFresh and use their initial signup promotion; once that expires, activate Perkopolis’ discount to continue the savings. The savings never ends!
So, read the fine print or talk to your Human Resources representative to see how you can save through corporate discounts this holiday season.
As the holiday’s fast approach, there is no better time to start saving on holiday essentials, especially regarding your groceries and gift giving. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the apps mentioned above so you can shop this holiday season efficiently, mitigate the amount of household debt you take on, and maximize your savings!