Comparing The BEST Comparison Sites In Canada

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ONLINE PRICE COMPARISON SITES CAN SAVE YOU TONNES OF MONEY

If you love to budget and want to learn how to save money then the fact that I love to compare sites will come as no surprise to you.

When I lived in the UK there were many comparison sites where you could compare and select the best choices for just about everything.

Literally, everything.

Anything from the cost of socks to which domestic gas supplier you choose and which home insurance covers the damage if the gas supplier was a bad choice.

It was available online and you could compare prices so you saved the most money available.

Using Price Comparison Sites In The UK and Canada

There are comparison sites for just about anything that you want to spend money on and they are waiting for you to compare.

After moving to Canada there didn’t seem to be anywhere near the number of choices of utility companies, insurance companies etc.

That is until I started looking into insurance quotes for my first Canadian car which started out a disaster.

After reading stories online about other people’s successful emigration to Canada and how they saved money on their car insurance, following in their footsteps should have been fool-proof.

Or so I thought

My Outrageous Car insurance Quote In Ontario

I phoned just about every Ontario insurance agent in our local area and was disappointed at best and totally disgusted at worst with the quotes they were offering me.

One quote I received for 1 year of car insurance was in excess of $6,000, which was utterly ridiculous.

I’d held a valid UK driving licence from a young age, never had a crash or even a speeding ticket.

My previous insurance company in the UK even furnished me with proof of 10 years NO CLAIMS DISCOUNT certificate, which basically states I’ve never claimed on the insurance.

So, why was the insurance rate so far from reasonable?

I don’t know, but it wasn’t a true reflection of my driving skills, it was more of a money-making scheme, or at least that’s what it felt like.

What I don’t understand is that the Canadian government was perfectly happy to allow me to do a straight swap from my British driving licence to a full Canadian licence with no extra testing.

Why on earth would the insurance companies I called deem me to be a potential disaster on the roads?

I’m happy to say I did find a Canadian insurance company that would honour my UK no claims discount and I’ve been happily insured with them ever since.

The whole insurance process took me through the wringer and I gave up using agents as such and tried my hand at dealing directly with the insurance company.

Price Comparison Sites Canada

Trawling the internet also revealed a small but evolving community of comparison sites in Canada.

There are loads of sites in the UK and in the USA but not so many in Canada.

That may be due to the lower population density, but I’m always open to other opinions.

Now back to the comparing, when it came to getting ourselves a mortgage I used a Canadian mortgage comparison site.

I wanted a mortgage at a specific rate so I then phoned my mortgage broker and requested that they find the same deal or better.

Not long after that, we were happily signing the paperwork and the rest, as they say, is history.

The thing to remember is that you have to do the legwork in order to find the deals.

I’ve searched the web for some of the best comparison sites in Canada so we could save our family money.

Every dollar you save means you can put money towards debts such as paying off your mortgage, credit cards, personal loans and more.

Why wouldn’t you look for the best price available to you?

It would be like throwing your hard-earned money out the window.

Best Price Comparison Site For Canadian Groceries

I’m sure almost everyone who has the Flipp.com App on their phone will tell you that it is the best price comparison site in Canada for groceries.

Flipp offers you local weekly ads, coupons and deals in your area and compares prices to each grocery store.

Today, our team is committed to helping people live a more affordable life. We are on a mission to make Flipp the central destination that will help consumers across North America find value and save money.

With over 50 million downloads in Canada and across the US, 1 million product views per minute Flipp is the number one grocery price comparison app.

Related: The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide For Canadians with over 300 Money Saving Articles.

Comparing Canadian Gas Prices

The gas tanks are another budget guzzler so I’m always on the hunt for the best prices on gas in our local area.

On a more week to week basis I use ontariogasprices.com to comparison shop local filling stations.

That way I can take full advantage of the lower prices at each garage and save myself a little at the pump every time I fill up.

There are other sites but it seems to be harder to track them down unless you’re prepared to spend hours surfing the net.

Comparing Prices OnHousehold and Electronics

During my brief Canadian adventure, I’ve also had to return to the internet to compare many other things such as TV’s, Computer equipment, household appliances, car parts, in fact, quite a lot.

There are some sites that are certainly well put together and keep up to date in order to give the customer an accurate picture of what is available out there.

Retail giants like Amazon.ca or Walmart.ca often don’t compete as well as some of the other names out there so always hitting the same sites may actually be costing you more than you think.

Just in case you need to shop for household items you can visit,  shopbot.ca  who compare just about everything you can put inside a house.

This can narrow down your search, but I tend to find I’m looking at different model numbers, so I try to narrow my initial search by make and model number.

Once you have your results you can narrow the possibilities even further to specifics such as colour and size for example.

Another thing to consider is paying for shipping as opposed to spending time and gas to pick it up.

These days almost all online outlets offer free shipping when you reach a certain dollar threshold so it’s still very competitive.

I can remember a specific electronic item I was looking for and found that my local ‘The Source’ shop had it and was only 10 minutes away.

Review Of Comparison Sites

Price comparison sites can and will save you money on a purchase but also time which is valuable to everyone.

Remember to always read the small print though, just because one price is cheaper than the other, company policies may vary wildly.

Make sure you ask questions to important questions you might have.

  • Are returns accepted?
  • Is return shipping free?

Always do your own research about the product and the company your thinking about purchasing it from.

Comparison sites may not tell you all the details, so it’s in your own interest to always investigate.

For example, you may think you are getting a deal on a bag of sugar when you compare it to another store but miss out on the size.

It’s important to compare apples to apples meaning everything must be the same to get an accurate price comparison.

We’ve done this before and had to return it, thankfully Amazon offers free returns.

Other Comparison Sites In Canada You Should Check Out

Here are a few other comparison sites in Canada and what they compare:

Maybe you know of others that I don’t so please share them in the comment section of this post for others who want to compare prices.

When dealing with big-ticket items likes mortgages, loans and banking these types of comparisons must not be taken lightly as they can cost you thousands of dollars.

  • Mortgage Comparison Canada– Find the best mortgage rates in Canada
  • Shoptoit.ca Find the best prices on just about everything in Canada
  • Credit Card Rates– Find the best credit card rates in Canada
  • Pricebat.ca – Compare prices on electronics, computer products and games in Canada.
  • Kanetix.ca for free auto insurance quotes and they also offer home, travel, health, insurance quotes and more
  • Ratesupermarket.ca for car insurance, mortgages, bank accounts, home insurance and more
  • Insurancerates.ca for insurance on homes, life and cars etc.
  • Isure.ca for insurance, travel, home, business and high-risk insurance
  • Comparemyrates.ca who compare mortgages,  insurance, cell phone plans, banking, Voip and credit cards.
  • Flip App to compare prices on all your grocery needs in Canada

Discussion: What comparison sites do you use, or would you recommend one or more that I’ve already mentioned?

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10 Comments

  1. I have been using this online comparison site for a long time now, and it is always in my best interest. Most recently, I used a website which allowed me to compare mortgage rates.

  2. What a story! As if moving to a new country wasn’t difficult enough …! Online comparison shopping has really come a long way since you first posted this, so many great sites. I’m privy to shoply.ca for any sort of household product, but they have a pretty wide selection beyond that

      1. They have products from a ton of online websites (like best buy, amazon, hudson bay) and clearly list out the products and let you know if another site has a better deal. They don’t ship products out though, so its almost like a search engine for comparison shopping. They also have a blog with shopping advice/lifestyle tips – a nice addition I think, trying to build a community

  3. Mr CBB — interesting your story. I have been down a similar path, living in the UK and now back in Canada. I am Canadian, and when I moved to the UK I couldn’t believe the comparison sites.. Moneysupermarket, uswitch, comparethemarket, etc…. What was cool is they offered information on services like gas, electricity, water, phone, tv/internet & of course personal finance items.

    When I moved back to Canada, nothing like http://lowestrates.ca was available, and having come from the UK it was very frustrating to try and compare the different options in Canada. Now, there are some players, but no one has yet to crack the market quite like it’s been done in the UK.

    Thoughts?

  4. I’m glad you finally got an insurance company that had fair rates. We have had the house and vehicle insured with the same place for almost 30 yrs and they have been good. Back when we lived in the country and were hit by lightning, they were fast and efficient in dealing with our claim. We hear from the agent maybe once a year to check in with us for any changes we want. When we changed the truck over to me being principal driver all it took was a phone call.
    I might just have a look over those sites for mortgage rates for curiosity as we still have a couple of years before we renew, assuming we don’t sell in the meantime.
    I’d like to see what kind of comparisons I can get for things like the cable, phone and internet but I’m not sure hubby would go for that as he doesn’t like change unless it’s his idea…. Usually if he is thinking of getting something he talks to the older boy about things like electronics as the boy does know more. Plus as soon as he realizes his father is thinking about something he goes on an internet search for info to share with his father. I will be interested to see what kind of offers Rogers comes up with about the cable packages what with the government dealings and such.
    As for gas prices fro the truck I use to check prices in Stratford….. I already know the price is town here is too high!!!

  5. Mr. CBB,

    If I may suggest so, check out http://www.RateSpy.com as well.

    Unlike the others, lenders and brokers don’t have to pay to participate on RateSpy. Plus we track literally every Canadian lender that publicly advertises mortgage rates, 345 and counting.

    More rates and more competition generally equals better deals for mortgage shoppers.

    Cheers,
    The Spy

  6. Coming from the UK, you should know a thing or two about customer complacency. It’s even worked into the business models here… That, and the low population density and huge geographic space does have something to do with prices, but high corporate taxes and customer complacency are huge factors.

  7. A family where I live who moved here from Ireland also got absolutely obscene vehicle insurance quotes, I think their mini-van was $5000 until they could round up 100 pieces of paper from Ireland.
    My university’s book store website was actually one of the best Canadian comparison sites I’ve ever seen; it was able to compare against a few different major retailers, like amazon.

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