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Canadian grocery savers tend to skip the middle aisles and miss valuable savings on international groceries.
Sticking to the perimeter of a grocery store definitely can save you money, but there are hidden gems within.
You’re missing out if you’ve never taken the time to investigate the array of international groceries at the supermarket.
Let me explain what I’ve learned from shI’veng at Canadian grocery stores about saving money on international groceries.
Traditional Canadian Grocery Stores Are Changing
Traditional grocery stores are evolving because they try to incorporate everything to entice customers from diverse cultures and one-stop shopping.
- Convenience food
- Health foods,
- In-store bakery,
- Fish counters,
- Fresh produce
- World-wild International Foods Aisle
- Health and beauty
- Garden Centre
Add in the electronics, house and home, clothing, etc., and you have one colossal store to shop in.
These days I find that I am stopping more and more in the organic aisles of the grocery store just to be nosey.
Occasionally we have bought something from the organic section, such as flax seeds or yogurts, all with pink sticker discounts, of course, as organic prices are still very high.
Essentially the organic section is a mini health food store to keep the customers happy all under one roof.
Finding Products At The Grocery Store
Some grocery stores should have a grocery store aisle map available to the customer when they walk into the store to tell them where everything is.
You know, the same type of map you’ll find when entering a mall, yes, that’s it.
Look at the Real Canadian Superstore (RCSS) now, and upon entering, you begin to consider how you’ll maneuver around the store.
Many stores have giant visible grocery store aisle signs that are hard to miss and easy to find what you need.
I think the grocery store aisle map is a brilliant idea because it helps the customer solve a grocery-related question without finding a staff member to do the same.
Even better would be a computer or gadget you can talk with to find what aisle certain products are in.
Technology Will Change Grocery Shopping
Almost everyone except for me has a smartphone, and you know just as well as me that the use of mobile apps is only going to grow.
Let me imagine the grocery store app will tell you what aisle the product is in and how much the product is currently on offer.
It may already be available for all I know, but if it’s not, it’s my idea, so stick with me if you want more brain food.
I may sound ahead of my time, but you wait and see what will happen as technology grows.
Another option is setting up a computer station like at Canadian Tire.
A customer can complete a product search by typing in an online query without having to find staff for assistance.
I enjoy this customized service that Canadian Tire offers, and I’m sure we will seeI’mre and more of this as time passes.
Ease Of Grocery Shopping
Some people enjoy grocery shopping for hours, and although I follow my grocery list and if something catches my eye, I will stop to look.
I remember watching extreme couponing years ago and noticed that some women had a grocery store aisle list to plan their massive shops.
The list would detail every product located down each grocery store aisle.
Consider the time it took to produce such a document. It was worth it for them.
Regular shoppers know where to look for products, although, through merchandising and product placement, items are always moved.
International Groceries Are Cheaper
More stores are growing, and it’s to try to keep up with big box stores.
You can get international groceries online to prepare gourmet meals from around the world and find what you need at the grocery store.
The Indian and Japanese grocery stores or any other Asian grocery store are the best when looking for specific items that you might not find in a typical food store.
If your city doesn’t have international grocery shops keep an eye out for Sunday markets, as you might find vendors who sell products from various countries.
We visit various international grocery stores since we live in a diverse city and find all sorts of food.
The best part is that buying certain groceries is much cheaper than going to the supermarket.
When we talked about shopping in small grocery stores, some of our friends weren’t even aware you can find it if you go right to the source.
I couldn’t believe how many products the international grocery store carried to attract shoppers.
These shops were designed to cater to the market where it sells its product and other people interested in its cuisine.
Cheaper International Groceries To Look For
When you walk into an international food store, you get this overwhelming feeling as if you are in another country.
The sights automatically take you away, and the smells and the people who are native to the country are all speaking their language.
Depending on which stores you go into, here are some of the products we’ve found cheaper.
For Canadian grocery stores that have International sections always shop there first for cheaper groceries.
- Bulk Spices
- Beans and Legumes
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pickled products
- Bouillon Cubes
- Pasta and Noodles
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh Fish
- Unique products specific to each country
- Baking Ingredients
Travelling And Trying New Foods
I’ve travelled to many places worldwide, and international cuisine is amazing.
My traveling taught me never to dismiss food because you don’t like the look and never know what it might taste like.
Since then, I’ve tried creating international food recipes at home to remind me that not all cuisines are the same.
Because of these travelling experiences and talking to the locals, I enjoyed visiting local international grocery stores to see what they have and what I can make.
There are also many British shops that I have visited to look around as I can’t justify the prices of some of the products in the stores.
Since I know the ballpark figure of prices, it’s hard for me to pay the prices they want in Canada as they are over the top.
Who in their right mind would pay $3.00 for a can of Heinz beans?
Even Walmart and the Bulk Barn both have a UK section, but it’s mainly junk food I don’t care for.
I was shocked at the product they stocked and wondered why they didn’t offer more snack food like crisps and chocolate bars.
International grocery store shopping means you may save a few bucks, but it also means exploring new flavours and recipes for your meal planning.
Discussion: Do you shop at any local international grocery stores where you live?
Please comment below and share any tips for shopping at International grocery stores.
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Yearly Grocery Budget For Two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 per week with one no-shop week or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with five weeks, we make it work)
- Total Budget For November $235.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : 0
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $0 Used $0
- Total Spent This Week: $0
- Total Spent So Far for November $81.05
- Total Over/Under spent on this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $153.95
- Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.00
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April) $397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 + (August) $182.35 + (September) $255.69 + (October) $196.64= $2177.28 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38+$17.24 =$82.62<> This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for us.
- Weekly Overview: There’s not much to There’sce it was a no-shop week for us except how good it feels to stay out of the grocery store when you don’t need anything.