Vancouver on the Cheap: Buy Low Daily Deals


If you were to create a Venn diagram where one circle was labeled “cheap” and the other labeled “awesome”, the middle point where they cross over could be labeled “Vancouver on the Cheap”. In other words, this is a weekly series on things to do and places to go in Vancouver that fall into that magical category of being both cheap and awesome.

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Buy Low Foods has always been a good place to go for a deal. Remember when chocolate bars used to cost less than a dollar? They still do there! Every time I go in they have a bin of chocolate bars “on sale” in the 80 cent range. It’s kind of incredible.

The other day I was going through the checkout (getting two packets of gravy mix for $3, say what?!) and saw this sign, a sign that lifted my heart!

Daily deals from Buy Low! To be perfectly honest, I can’t really comment on the quality of the meat-related deals, because I haven’t purchased meat in ages. Even when I ate meat, I would never buy it in grocery stores because a) it’s expensive compared to non-meat foods and b) you have to actually plan ahead and wash your hands a bunch if you want to cook it. Way too much work.

Regardless, the deals are pretty swell: a sack of potatoes may be a derogatory thing to call a person, but it is a great thing to get for 97 cents. The cheese deal is pretty much on par with the cheapest cheese in the city, on a per-gram basis (unless No Frills is having a sale, then all bets are off), 97 cents is a great deal on the sugar-water known as apple juice, and any box of cereal for under $2 is a deal that will scream its way from the shelves (now if only it was Honey Nut Cheerios, my heart would be screaming as well, but we can’t win them all, can we?)

This is a great resource to keep in your back pocket, not necessarily for your “on the way home from work, need to pick up something so I don’t starve tonight” days, but your “let’s actually check the shelves in advance and see what I need, then go buy it on a day it’s really cheap” days.

Also, if you’re a couponing type person, check out Buy Low’s weekly flyers on the website for further savings.