Canadian apps to save on groceries approaching best before dates

I was watching the news this weekend, and there was a segment featuring Feedback, an app to help users save on Toronto take-out, and two apps to save on grocery items nearing its’ expiry or best before dates.


As for the grocery apps – Flashfood is being used by Loblaws stores (Loblaws, Zehrs, Superstore, No Frills, etc.) and FoodHero appears to be available for IGA and Metro supermarkets in Quebec and New Brunswick.

It’s worth noting that Flashfood appeared on Dragon’s Den and was successful in their pitch for an investment from two of the Dragons. I first installed the app when I saw a display at the supermarket a couple of years ago.

I do recall there wasn’t much available whenever I checked and subsequently, uninstalled it not long after.

Some Loblaws stores actually already have a procedure in place, discounting their close-to-expiry items by 50% – noted by the bright pink triangular stickers they place on it. The Flashfood app is likely only for the items that are not moving as fast through the traditional in-store discounting.

I’ve just reinstalled the app to give it another shot – my original login still works and as an example, here are a couple of screengrabs of what’s currently available at the closest participating store to me (Zehrs):

I have also noticed there is now a referral program – use my link to sign up and earn $5 credit after your first purchase of at least 50¢. Make sure to then refer your family and friends – currently, you’ll earn a $7 credit for each, after they in turn, make their first purchases.

New referral details here.

For those in Quebec & New Brunswick, enter invitation code ry1 when signing up with FoodHero and we’ll both get an extra $5 credit after your first order.

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