How can I save money shopping?

Here are some different ways you can save money shopping:

Buy Second-Hand

In Canada it is common to buy second-hand (previously used) clothing, furniture and other items. You can buy these goods at stores operated by voluntary or religious organizations such as Goodwill Services or the Salvation Army. There are also independently-owned second-hand stores.

You can also buy used items at garage or yard sales. These are informal private sales held by individuals or organizations outside homes or apartment buildings. Signs on street corners or in front of houses and newspapers ads show the location of such sales. Bargaining is acceptable.

You can also look for second-hand goods online.

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Look for Deals

Watch in the newspaper and on television for sales, discounts and coupons. You may get flyers from local stores in your mail that advertise their weekly specials.

Get it for Free

Some community centres, public libraries and other non-profit agencies provide reduced-cost or free services, such as access to computers, internet, fax, photocopier and telephone.

Many community agencies can help you find low-cost goods and free services. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your area.

For More Information

  • Competition Bureau Consumer Information Page - This government website has information to help consumers to make informed decisions and protect themselves from scams. There is also an online complaint form.
  • Consumer Reports - A database of consumer reports for a variety of products. Search by keyword.
  • Farmer's Markets in Ontario - The directory lists farmers' markets across Ontario.
  • Monthly Budget Tracker [PDF] - This booklet makes it easy to track (record) your fixed and variable spending. Knowing how you spend your money is the first step in creating a realistic budget.
Last updated: October 26, 2015 4000271