While browsing a popular Ontario, Canada forum, I stumbled upon the question, “What are some of your London-based money-saving tips?” Here are the top-voted recommendations.
1. Use Flashfood App
One user suggested the Flashfood app saves money on products about to expire. For example, they recommend checking for deals on cheese, meats, and vegetables.
Additionally, they mentioned that sometimes the app is used to sell surplus stock, so it’s worth checking for deals on items with a decent expiration date that may be available in large quantities. Finally, they advise you to “go ham” when using the app to save money.
2. Use the London Public Library
Another suggestion is to use resources available at the London Public Library, such as 3D printers, media labs, and recording studio space. The commenter also mentioned that a library card grants LinkedIn Learning and Ancestry access for those interested.
3. Avoid Shopping From Expensive Grocery Stores
One noted that people should avoid shopping at expensive grocery stores and opt for more budget-friendly options like no frills. They advise viewing meat and other costly foods as treats and cooking at home instead of eating out.
They also suggest being realistic about spending and vehicle expenses and picking up a side gig or hobby to make extra money, such as gigging on weekends or selling plants.
4. Use Walmart for Grocery
A London, Ontario resident shared their experience of avoiding expensive grocery stores like Sobey’s Wonderland and opting for Walmart, despite the drive. It results in noticeable savings on even small baskets of items, except for meat products.
5. Join Kids First Day Event
Someone shared a tip for families in London, mentioning the annual event called Kids First Day, elaborating it is full of free or low-cost activities and is held on a professional activity (PA) day shared between Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.
6. Use Apps Like Caddle and Checkout 51
Another money-saving tip is using apps like Caddle and Checkout 51, which offer cashback rewards on specific grocery and household items.
7. Buy Trails End Foods
Another suggests shopping at Trails End for produce and meat, checking the “buy now” section in stores like Superstore or Farmboy, and looking for sales or clearance items to save money.
Additionally, they recommend learning to cook and using everything, including saving discards for soup stock or meal prep to reduce waste.
8. Shop at the Dollar Store
Someone said you should buy kids’ clothes at the dollar store and toiletries and underwear. They also recommend purchasing other garments at thrift stores and checking out Kijiji for free stuff and items that people are moving and must sell to get things that may not be affordable otherwise.
9. Visit the Farmer’s Market
Many recommended going to the farmer’s market for part of their grocery run, as it can save a decent amount of money depending on their food. In addition, many fresh items in the farmer’s market, including dairy products and meat, are reasonably priced.
10. Buy Recycling Bins From City Hall
Finally, one recommended buying recycling bins from city hall as they are bigger and cheaper than store-bought options. They also suggest that the city will replace damaged containers through the regular collection.
Additionally, they recommend looking into programs for free trees to plant and checking out community gardens. They also suggest using the Facebook marketplace and local Facebook groups for buying, selling, trading, and donating items.
What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or do you have a better money-saving tip to add to this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Savoteur.