If you’ve set foot in a grocery store recently, it might feel as though the prices of food have been higher than ever. With inflation in Canada soaring to the highest rate it’s been in 30 years, finding new ways to save on food is key to easing the burden on your wallet.
On Jan. 19, Statistics Canada reported that grocery prices increased by 5.7 per cent, marking the biggest annual jump since 2011. Luckily, a new grocery app is helping Canadians be savvy shoppers, while also working to combat food waste.
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The app, Flashfood, lets shoppers search local grocery stores for food nearing its expiry dates, letting people buy it at a discounted price. Not only does this help shoppers lower their grocery bills, but it also prevents the food from getting tossed, which in turn, helps the planet — over a third of edible food that’s produced and distributed across the country is wasted each year in Canada, according to the National Zero Waste Council.
Using the app, shoppers can find deals every day on all different kinds of foods with discounts up to 50 per cent. If you’ve found a food item to purchase, you can pay for it on the app using your credit card, and it will then be set aside for pickup at the Flashfood zone in store.
Flashfood has partnered with Loblaw Corporation, and it is now available in over 700 stores across Canada.
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