Thursday, March 21, 2024

Let's Look - Grocery Carts

Linking up a day late for Let’s Look.  This month we are sharing what’s in our grocery carts. I love looking at what people are putting into their cart. 

In September, I did a post about our weekly groceries, you can read that here.  Nothing much has changed since then, although we are back upstairs in our house (whereas we were in the basement in September during our reno) and so I can buy things that can be cooked in the oven now.

Here are some things that are always in my regular grocery store order:

2% milk, eggs, half and half cream, greek yoghurt (plain and some fruit kind), cheddar cheese, chicken, sausages, ground beef/turkey, mini-buns, sweet potato, bananas, pears, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, ham, hummus, cereal, frozen waffles, frozen fruit, frozen broccoli, pasta, pasta sauce, chick peas, canned lentils, canned tomatoes.

Typically I will do a grocery order at Loblaws but the other day I went to a large No Frills nearby (for you non-Canadians, it's same brand as Loblaws but is a tier down).  I was shocked to find out that almost every single thing was cheaper, even though they were identical items.  I went through my grocery bill when I got home to compare to Loblaws and I saved more than $30 on my regular grocery order.  The only things that were the same price between the two stores were milk, eggs, and chicken thighs.  I feel like an idiot that I haven't figured this out until now, although I'm sure many people already know this. We will be returning to No Frills to do most of our shopping I think.  Another bonus of the No Frills that I went to is that it had so many different options for international type food given the diverse population in the neighbourhood.  I can't wait to try different sauces, noodles, frozen foods, etc.  

When we go to Costco, we pick up snacks for school (granola bars, apple sauce packets), beef jerky, trail mix, cookies, baguettes, tuna, chips, maple syrup, crackers, butter, Perrier, laundry soap, toilet paper, almond butter, and jam.

We are also lucky to live in a walkable neighbourhood where we can go to the butcher, fish monger, bakery, and produce stand (we also have a small No Frills).  We like to walk up to buy things throughout the week.



  1. Okay, I need to check out No Frills. We drive to SuperStore because it's consistently cheaper than Zehrs but I'll have to take a look at No Frills. We also get maple syrup and toilet paper at Costco. And olive oil!

  2. Love No Frills, Costco as well as Real Canadian Superstore and our small local Otter Co-op. Depending on what we need I will visit one of them
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  3. Yay for saving $30 on the same things/order just by switching stores.

  4. I always love seeing what others have in their shopping carts. No Frills sounds like the way to go! Your neighborhood sounds so idyllic being able to walk being able to walk to all of those places.

  5. That's a brilliant saving! Our food prices are ridiculously high. We have three major supermarkets Woolworths, Coles and Aldi so there's not a whole lot of price competition. I occasionally visit Costco with my aunt who has a membership. But it's so far away from where we live that it's a novelty and a treat to go there!