Learn about how to save on groceries.

Tips for Saving on Groceries

  • Try to buy bulk food. Many stores called “markets” buy and sell in bulk
  • Independent markets are often less pricey for fruits and vegetables
  • Large stores with memberships often give special prices to their members
  • Try buying as a group to get the case price
  • Buy wholesale for bread and freeze what you do not use
  • The library has books on how to save on food costs

Clayton Seed Library

Clayton Community Centre 7155 187A Street Surrey, BC (get directions to the Clayton Seed Library)
Offer a seed exchange at the Clayton Community Garden. Also offer free volunteer led gardening workshops.
Learn more about the Clayton Seed Library.

Community Gardens

The city of Surrey hosts community gardens some city parks. They are a chance for local people to grow vegetables if they won’t have the space at home.
Learn more about Community Gardens.

Djaef Mahler Grocery

10697 135A St. Surrey BC (get directions to the Djaef Mahler Grocery)
High-protein food bank for residents in the South Fraser region, living with HIV and/or Hep C and in need of nutritional support. Also offers Positive Haven which offers support services for those living with HIV.

Flash Food

Mobile app that lets you browse food that it is close to it's expiry date and is deeply discounted at Real Canadian Superstores. You can buy through the app and then pick up in store. Great deals but items are a day or two from expiry usually.
Learn more about Flash Food.

Grocery Hour at Oak Avenue Neighbourhood House

12740 102 Ave Surrey BC (get directions to the Oak Avenue Neighbourhood House)
Tuesdays at 12:30pm registration, 1pm food distribution. Various food items including fresh vegetables, and fruits might be available depending on what is receive as donations. Grocery items made available with the support and help from local Save-On-Foods store.  $5 minimum donation. Please bring your own bag.
Learn more about the Grocery Hour at Oak Avenue

Langley Youth Hub

6275 203rd Street Langley BC (get directions to the Langley Youth Hub)
Non-perishable food and supplies available. Range of services for teens and young adults in Langley. Outreach services. Doctor and counselling services also available.
Learn more about the Langley Youth Hub.

The Plot

71st Avenue and 137A Street, behind the Newton Arena (get directions to the Plot)
Large community garden run by volunteers. Some free product and Sunday potluck picnics during the growing season. Great chance to learn about growing your own food.
Learn more about the Plot.

Surrey Seed Library at the Ocean Park Library

12854 - 17th Avenue Surrey, BC V4A 1T5 (get directions to the Ocean Park Library)
604-502-6449 (library)
Offers free access to seeds and supports local gardeners in saving seed. We are a living seed exchange, currently sharing 60 varieties of regionally adapted, open pollinated and self-fertile seed.
Learn more about the Surrey Seed Library at the Ocean Park Library

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