Bargain Hunting in Parkdale: Tips & Tricks

Everyone loves a good deal and getting a bang for their buck. But it’s a tricky task with over-priced grocery stores and specialty clothing boutiques popping up left, right and centre in Toronto.

That’s why we’ve curated a collection of Parkdale stores along with bargain hunting tips so you can find affordable groceries, everyday essentials and restaurants without cashing in your entire pay cheque.

CLOTHING
Shop for all things fashion from shoes, accessories, clothing and outerwear at these value driven stores. Go ahead and shop to your hearts content!

Common Sort (1414 Queen St. W.)
Bring in clean, fashionable and excellent condition items to be priced and get 50% of that value as in store credit or as 25% in cash. They even offer free styling services when you fill out your fashion preferences here!
The Salvation Army Thrift Store (1447 Queen St. W.)
Great for clothing and inexpensive children’s books and toys. Donate items in-store for a $10 off your purchase coupon and there’s no HST on clothing and household items!
Top Brands for Less (1470 Queen St. W.)
Find new, brand name clothing, bags and shoes at deep discounted prices.

TIPS
• Don’t shop on Saturday or Sunday. Everyone is out shopping and the inventory will be over-picked. Shop the middle of the week for the best finds!
• Sign up for email alerts or follow social media to receive exclusive deals, sale notifications and coupons.

GROCERIES & EVERYDAY BASICS
Groceries are an expense we can’t avoid completely but luckily it’s one we can control. Get cleaning supplies, this week’s groceries, and household goods for a fraction of box store prices.

Budget One Stop (1281 Queen St. W.)
Dollarama (1337 Queen St. W.)
Fullworth (1371 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Try asking for a rain check. If a sale item is out of stock, you will be entitled its sale price when it’s back in stock.
• Don’t pay for convenience; avoid individually packaged, cut or peeled foods. Instead, cut fruits or package cookies once you get home.
• Check expiry dates. Grocery stores rotate stock by pushing forward older merch. Grab from the back of fridges and shelves to bring home the freshest items.

FRUIT & VEGGIES
Get the freshest in-season fruits and veggies from Parkdale supermarkets most of which are at great bundle prices!

Queen Fresh Market (1384 Queen St. W.)
Queen Supermarket Indian & Canadian Groceries (1429-31-33 Queen St. W.)
Super Land Market (1400 Queen St. W.)

TIPS
• Know which produce is in season. Shop and plan meals around seasonal produce, to avoid paying higher prices for imported goods.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Start your day off right or get your lunch time fix at these delicious Parkdale eateries.

Glory of India (1407 Queen St. W.)
$7 Lunch Special from 11am-2pm
Grand Electric (1330 Queen St. W.)
$4.45 Individual Tacos
Gyro Bar! Souvlaki Kitchen (1647 Queen St. W.)
Gyros & Souvlaki Pita Wraps under $6.95
Pork Souvlaki Sticks for $2.95 each
Om Restaurant (1439 Queen St. W.)
Lunch Special Tuesday-Friday from 11am-1pm only $6 for students and $8 for adults
Pete’s Corner Grill (1582 Queen St. W.)
Breakfast Sandwiches under $5.49
The Mezz (1546 Queen St. W.)
$4 Taco Tuesday, $10 1lb Wings Wednesday

DINNER
Tired of eating home cooked meals? Try one of these restaurants that won’t break the bank!

Amico’s Pizza (1648 1/2 Queen St. W.)
Kids eat Free, ½ Price Pizza Wednesday
Loga’s Corner Momo Takeout (216 Close Ave. Suite A-C)
$7 Beef, Chicken or Veggie Momos
Subway Restaurant (1395 Queen St. W.)
Sub of the Day $4.39
Superpoint Express (269 Dunn Ave.)
Jumbo Slice + Pint Deal $8.99
Tennessee Tavern (1554 Queen St. W.)
$5.95 Sunday AYCE Pierogis after 6pm

TIPS
• Skip purchasing beverages with your food. Replace pop, coffee & tea with non-bottled water to save $2-$3 per person!
• Dine-in on Monday or Tuesday. These days are usually the slowest for restaurants, so take advantage of any specials.

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@commonsort, @grandelectricrestaurants, @daiko1564, @allons.y, @tennesseetavern, @subway

Sources:
12 Hacks To Save Serious Money on Groceries
Save Money on Restaurants

Last Updated: Saturday August 18th

 

Get to Know Parkdale’s Green Grocers

Autumn is harvest season, and many of Parkdale’s businesses are bustling with fresh fruits, vegetables and local products!  The days of farmers markets may be coming to an end but these reliable, affordable grocers offer a great selection – at a great price – all year long. Here’s a snapshot to get you started!

Lucky SupermarketLucky Supermarket
This popular, reliable grocery store has been a hit on the Queen Street West sidewalk this summer with their fresh-pressed sugar cane juice stand! With a diverse offering of Canadian and International produce, Lucky Supermarket also has a large section of discount fruits and vegetables for the budget-conscious consumer. Visit them at Queen St. W. & West Lodge Ave.

JR's Health

JR’s Natural Health & Bulk
This Parkdale gem offers select organic produce alongside naturopathic remedies, vitamins and supplements, delicious freshly-made hummus, gluten-free products, milk alternatives, hearty nature bars and an array of bulk dry goods. They even have a home-brewing kit for making your own beer, and have recently added fresh, made-to-order juices and smoothies! Visit them at Queen St. W. & Cowan Ave.

Fullworths ProduceFullworth
The department store that has all your needs covered…under one roof! From clothing and appliances to dry goods and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including cultural favourites like plantains, aloe, cassava, eddoes and dasheen. Fullworth’s has it all, and at a value that’s well within your budget. Get lost in the aisles hunting through Parkdale’s one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Visit Kam at Queen St. W. & Clove Ave.

Queen SupermarketQueen Supermarket
This Queen and Jameson fixture is the place to go for all your spices and masalas. Queen Supermarket offers Indian and Canadian groceries, with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. With seasonal produce and year-round favourites, the variety is sure to satisfy any shopper. Visit them at Queen St. W. & Jameson Ave.

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Good Catch General Store
Open seven days a week from 10am-10pm, Jola’s Good Catch General Store has something new every day including many Canadian products! With a buying club mentality, the more you purchase, the more you save. This general store is also a drop-off location for the organic fruits & veg “Good Food Box,” a non-profit produce distribution system created and operated by FoodShare. http://www.foodshare.net/good-food-box Good Catch also offers free neighbourhood delivery.

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Harvest Fresh Farms
At the west end of Parkdale Village sits Harvest Fresh Farms with its superb fruits and vegetables! There’s packaged and loose produce to choose from, a selection of local and seasonal items, plus flowers and dry goods too. Formerly the Odeon silent movie theatre, it’s a treat to shop in such a historical space. Visit them at Queen St. W. & Dowling Ave.

Bala Super Market
Bala Super Market
This grocer between Jameson and Lansdowne has an unassuming façade but within offers barrels of spices, bulk packages of West and East Indian Foods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Visit them at Queen St. W. & Lansdowne Ave.