The lines, the masks, the shortages. Shopping has changed in 2020, and it’s time to get savvy.
Along with pandemic protocols there have been some spectacular sales on everything from gear to groceries, but you have to shop smart.
Rahul Ajwani from M&M Food Market in Chilliwack has some tips to save you time and money, and help you enjoy quality meals at home.
- Shop early: Don’t leave your holiday shopping to the last minute — everything takes more time with reduced store capacities and extra sanitization. M&M Food Market put their holiday products on the shelves early this year, and they’ve launched some November sales too. Grab all your frozen meals and treats now, so you can avoid crowds and spend December relaxing with your family.
- Call ahead: If you’re making a trip to Cottonwood Mall for a day of errands, call ahead to reserve items or find out how busy the store is. “We’re an essential service so you can be confident that we’ll be open, but we may have to reduce our capacity,” Ajwani says. “I don’t want customers to wait outside in the cold if they don’t have to, so they’re welcome to call ahead I can let them know how busy we are.” Ask the staff to set something aside for you, and let them know you’ll be picking it up in an hour.
- Shop sales: M&M Food Market has great sales every week, so if you check in regularly you can stock up on your favourite items when the price is right. And since all M&M meals are flash-frozen to lock in nutrients, sale items will keep fresh until you’re ready to cook. M&M Food Market’s biggest sale of the year is happening now, so it’s a great time to stock up.
- Shop online: Click and collect — shop online and pick up your order an hour later. Seniors get 10 per cent off in-store on Tuesdays, but every day is Seniors’ Day online! Stay safe, stay efficient, and save 10 per cent off regular-priced items when you shop online.
“As a community and as a store we’re looking for ways to serve our elders better,” Ajwani says.
That starts with service, sales, and even better carts to carry groceries from the store to your car. But helping elders, families and individuals in Chilliwack through this pandemic also means offering healthy, convenient meals on the go. M&M Food Market makes nutritious meals with real ingredients, and their flash-freezing method preserves freshness better than your freezer at home.
“Frozen foods allow you to prepare healthy meals no matter the season, and there’s less waste. It’s one way we can help people in Chilliwack enjoy their time at home.”
Find M&M Food Market at 45609 Luckakuck Way #2 in Chilliwack, right at the Cottonwood Mall.