Does grocery shopping online in Canada save you money?

Does grocery shopping online in Canada save you money?

I love to go grocery shopping.

I enjoy comparing products, smelling the fresh flowers and foods, looking closely at the seafood.

On the other hand, I know many more people that hate any minute they spend at the grocery store. They bring up problems like crowded aisles, constant waiting in checkout lines,

Have you ever considered trying out online grocery shopping?

Retailers in Canada for grocery shopping online


In 1997, SPUD.CA was founded based on the idea that there was a better, more sustainable way to buy groceries. Ordering food and groceries online and using a just-in-time home delivery system meant a better product and convenience for customers.

They serve and supports 6 urban areas in North America. These great communities include VancouverVictoria & Vancouver Island to NanaimoCalgarySeattle & the Eastern Puget Sound areathe San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles & Orange County.

2. Thrifty Foods.

Thrifty Foods is one of my favourite Canadian grocery stores. They also have an online grocery shopping portal. They are based in British Columbia.

Vancouver Island:Online shopping with delivery is available in most of the Greater Victoria Area, from Sidney to Metchosin. It is also available in Mill Bay, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Campbell River.

Pickup Locations: Orders can be placed for pickup at the following stores…
Victoria areaQuadraTuscany VillageCloverdaleAdmirals WalkColwoodCentral Saanich.
NanaimoBrooks LandingLongwood StationPort Place.
and Mill BayDuncanParksvilleCampbell River.

Lower Mainland: Online shopping with delivery is available in most parts of the following cities: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, central and south Surrey, Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and select areas of New Westminster.

Pickup Locations: Orders can be placed for pickup at the following stores…
Fraser ValleyAbbotsford – Parallel MarketplaceMaple Ridge – Haney Place MallSurrey – Morgan Crossing
CentralCoquitlam – Austin StationNew Westminster – Sapperton, and North Vancouver

To see if they deliver to your address, please go to and put your postal code into the Postal Code Checker to confirm Thrifty Foods Online delivers to your home.

They also provide cold packs, insulated jackets and dry ice to ensure everything arrives fresh.

3. Grocery Gateway.

Grocery Gateway is being operated by Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc in the Greater Toronto Area.

Orders delivered to residential customers are subject to a standard $11.95 delivery fee.

The delivery fee for corporate orders is $17.

4. Metro Glebe.

This is a store in Ottawa that does online grocery shopping. Flyer special pricing are not reflected on their website however all promotional items are honoured at the time of picking/processing.

5. Quality Foods

This grocery store on Vancouver Island also does online grocery shopping.

They currently deliver in the following areas: Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Comox/Courtenay, Campbell River and Powell River.

They have a minimum order of $30 before taxes, shopping fees, bottle deposits, alcohol and tobacco items. You pay for your order online using your Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or Amex) or pay at the door when the groceries are delivery to you with Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Debit using their mobile payment terminal (Payment at door not currently available in Campbell River or Powell River).

6. Green Earth Organics.

Green Earth Organics (GEO) is a home and office organic grocery delivery service. GEO strives to provide the freshest and very best organic products available. They have a wide selection of 100% Certified Organic fruit, vegetables, and other grocery products. They also carry a growing list of environmentally friendly products that make it easier for  to tread lighter on our planet.

They operate in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Simcoe, Sea to Sky (Whistler), and Fraser Valley.

There is no charge for delivery but they charge a one-time refundable bin deposit of $20 on the first delivery.

8 ways grocery shopping online saves money:

  1. If there are regular items that your household regularly needs, especially things like toilet paper or diapers, then you will likely find shopping for these items online quick and painless, since you’re essentially sticking to an unchanging list.
  2. You can skip the lines at the checkout and endless searching for products in the store.
  3. You avoid a trip to the store so this saves you money on gas.
  4. I feel that shopping online helps people and families avoid impulse buys by selecting exactly what you want and need.
  5. Shopping online for groceries lets busy families plan ahead so this avoids costly multiple trips to the grocery store and avoid purchasing unplanned items.
  6. If you’re already enjoy shopping online, switching to online grocery shopping will be easy. Stores are making it easier to shop with mobile apps and better interfaces.
  7. Most stores will waive or reduce the delivery free for new customers, allowing for a risk-free first order. It doesn’t hurt to try and be adventurous.
  8. If you shop for specialty items (gluten or organic or kosher), it can be easier to shop (all under one website at times).

Have you ever tried shopping for groceries online?

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,