Your Manitoba shopping guide

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Know the basics of shopping in Manitoba:

Types of stores

  1. Grocery stores
    • sell food and basic needs.
    • have many food items from fruits and vegetables to canned items.
    • Manitoba has more than 700 grocery stores and supermarkets.
    • Popular supermarkets:
      • Real Canadian Superstore
      • Walmart
      • Costco
      • Sobeys
      • Safeway
    • Manitoba has many ethnic food stores or groceries.
    • Read: Craving for your favorite dish? You just might find it here to know some ethnic food stores.
  2. Department stores
    • sell dry goods such as:
      • clothes
      • shoes
      • toys
      • furniture
      • electronics and others
    • Goods are arranged in sections
    • Find what you need to buy easily
    • Some groceries also sell dry goods. For example, Walmart and Costco.
  3. Malls
    • have several stores inside a building.
    • Large malls in Manitoba have:
      • restaurants
      • department stores
      • specialty stores
      • pharmacies
      • salons
      • clinics
      • optical shops
  4. Specialty stores
    • sell one particular type of product or service.
    • Examples:
      • music stores
      • book stores
      • flower shops
      • jewelry stores
      • electronics stores
  5. Farmer’s markets
    • have fresh products.
    • sell locally grown produce:
      • fruits
      • vegetables
      • meat
      • fish
      • dairy
      • sometimes, cooked food
    • Buying from farmer’s markets also support local farms.
    • Some open only during certain seasons.
    • Know which markets are open at: Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba.
    • St. Norbert Farmers’ Market has an online market. It is open all year round.
  6. Convenience stores
    • are smaller than grocery stores.
    • carry a limited variety of goods.
    • they may have goods and services not available at bigger stores like
      • tobacco products
      • postal services
    • Some are open 24 hours. They have higher prices compared to groceries.
  7. Dollar stores, thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales
    • Dollar stores sell cheap items. Many cost a dollar.
    • Thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales sell used items like:
      • clothes
      • books
      • furniture
      • furnishings
      • appliances
    • They are popular because of the variety of goods and low prices.
    • Some second-hand stores use profits to help the community.
    • Garage sales are held in the summer. Look for posters announcing them in your area.

Shopping hours and days

  1. Most stores are open Mondays to Fridays, starting at 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  2. Some, like Superstore, close as late as 10 or 11 p.m.
  3. Weekend schedules vary. Some malls and stores close earlier (usually 6:00 p.m.).
  4. Check holiday schedules online. They change.
  5. Many stores are closed on statutory holidays.

Alcohol and tobacco products

  1. Alcoholic drinks and tobacco products are sold at liquor marts.
  2. Some convenience stores sell tobacco products.
  3. Only those 18 years old and above may enter and buy from liquor stores.
  4. Liquor purchases must be placed inside the trunk of your car. They must be sealed and unopened.
  5. To know where you can smoke, read smoking in public places at

Sales Taxes

  1. The tag price is not the total amount that you will pay.
  2. Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST) are added.
  3. In Manitoba, GST is 5% while PST is 7% (as of 2020).
  4. Newcomers can apply for the GST/Harmonized Sales Tax credit (HST).
  5. GST credit is a quarterly benefit to individuals or families with modest incomes.
  6. You automatically apply for GST credit when you file your first income tax.

Discounts & promotions

  1. Retail stores have special discounts or promotions.
  2. They sometimes offer:

    • a percentage off from the price of certain goods,
    • buy-one-take-one deals, or
    • no tax days.
  3. See flyers, posters, or the store’s website announcing sales.
  4. Most stores offer big discounts on Boxing Day (December 26).
  5. After-Christmas sales may last for a week.

Returns & warranties

  1. Know return policies when you buy goods.
  2. Read warranties for electronics, appliances and other equipment.
  3. Policies vary per store.
  4. Keep your receipt and the product’s original packaging. You may need to return the product
  5. Ask for a gift receipt:
    • A gift receipt does not show the price of the item.
    • It gives the recipient the option to return or replace the item at the store.

  6. Read your Consumer Rights and Responsibilities at the site.

Be informed

  1. Know your rights as a consumer.
  2. Know the latest prices of goods.
  3. Sign up for consumer alerts by email at the site.
    • They will send you news and tips on consumer safety.
  4. Know how to file a complaint from the Consumer Protection Office.
  5. The Consumer Protection Office investigates consumer-related complaints.

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