The Canadian equivalent to Extreme couponing
I admit in a guilty sort of way that I have watched the odd episode of “Extreme Couponing” on tv in the past. As cheap and frugal as I am it didn’t really catch my attention because I know that some of what they can do with coupons in the US is not an activity that can be duplicated in Canada. In Canada we aren’t able to benefit from double coupon day where the grocery store accepts your coupon and then doubles the value of it. Coupon stacking wherein you can present and use more than 1 coupon per item is also not a widely accepted practice. Most places of business will only accept one coupon at a time whereas on the TV show a savvy shopper scouts out the deals and then hands in enough coupons so that the purchased products are so deeply discounted that the store ends up owing them money – or something like that. Secondly, there is the stockpile of goods. Even if I could build up a huge stockpile of goods I have no where to keep them.
But here in Canada, coupons are still being used creatively.
Here is a recent shop posted by one of the the ladies on the Alberta Only Coupon and Product Training Post Facebook site (link below)
Total retail = $329.70
Paid = $104.30
Total savings: $225.40
Tide pods – regular 4.97, on sale for $4.47 then the $3 p&g coupon = $1.50 each
Finish – regular $10.99 on sale for $7.99, $8 rebate = free
Sunlight dishwasher tabs – regular $10.99, on sale for $8.99. Coupon stacked for a total of $5 off each = $4 each
Blue wilderness cat food won in a draw
Olay – regular $7.99, on sale for $2.79 and 75 cent coupon = $2.05 each
Old spice deodorant – regular $7.99 on sale for $3.99 with 75 cent coupon = $3.25 each
Starbucks drinks – regular $2.99, on sale for 2 for $4 with $1 off coupon = $1.50 each
Herbal essences – regular $3.98 on sale for 2 for $5 with $1.50 off wub2 = $3.50 for 2
Mouthwash – I think it was $5 regular (this one I forget), on sale for $3.50 with $1 off coupon = $2.50 each
Schweppes dark ginger ale – regular $1.97, on sale for $1 with a $2 off wub2 = free
In my own clunky attempt on combining coupons with sales today I did buy 1 loaf of bread at No Frills. Along with the bread that I paid $1.88 for, I received 200 PC points, and 1 qualifed for a .50 rebate from the Checkout 51 app. I’m up to about 3.00 worth of rebates there, I started last week and I can cash in and they will send me a cheque once I amass $20.00 worth of rebates.
I’ve clipped the odd coupon here and there and always use the restaurant fast coupons that come in the mail, and I’ll have a quick once over of the flyers to scout out nearby sales. Recently though my my daugther in law signed me up on an Alberta based Facebook couponing page. The members of this site practice what I would best describe as “Coupon/sale Combining” and at first glance it is a definite move toward a Canadian equivalent of Extreme Couponing. I dug further and found out that this is something that is actually rather established in Canada and is quickly moving forward although I suspect its popuarity appeals to a younger demographic, particularly for young families with kids. I researched it a found a lot of places and ways to obtain coupons for things like diapers, baby products, laundry detergents and cleaning products as well as grocery coupons. I can certainly see how a young family that uses these kind of products, and a lot of them, would benefit from couponing. Additionally, it appears that some of the members of these groups are successfully using more than one coupon to purchase a single product.
The old school way of collecting as many flyers as you can and then spending hours cutting them out has morphed into a more high tech search. There are apps, websites and Facebook sites to help you in your search for sales, coupons and cashback deals although it appears that there is still some old school organization of your coupons involved. (Meaning according files)
Here are a couple of Facebook sites to get you started:
Alberta Only Coupon and Product Training Post: Their mandate: “The purpose of this group is to learn how to start couponing, trading and overall saving money for you and your family”.
This is a closed group and it is only meant to serve those that live in Alberta
https://www.facebook.com/groups/987963061290997/ They do a great job of explaining the ins outs of how coupon/sale combining works and what and where you can and can’t combine or double up on the use of your coupons. They also encourage trading coupons that you don’t need and passing on the savings to others in the group. Additionally you can arrange to exchange items in your stockpile for items that you need from other members stockpiles.
SaveaLoonie.com has both a Facebook page and a website with blog, and this is a great site for gathering information, finding printable coupons.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canadiancoupons
So in the name of “Coupon/Sale Combining” here are the Coles notes on how this works. (And ladies if you are old hat at this, it is all new to me, so please correct me in the comment section if I am off base with some of this).
First: Find out where the sales are and see if you have any coupons that you can combine with one of these sales . A good app to use for this is the Flipp App https://app.flipp.com/
Second: Find Coupons for items that you would use. Visit a few of the websites available. I have listed several below to get you started. Print these off those that you would use and organize them.
Third: Hit the stores when your items are on sale armed with your coupons and buy as many of each item as you need or can get especially if the coupon/sale offers will reduce the original cost of the item significantly.
Forth: Check your Checkout 51 app and upload snap shots of your receipts for further cashback on qualifying purchases.
Checkout 51: https://www.checkout51.com/
Fifth: Take a picture of your score and post your victory on your facebook page. Then the option is open to trade items that you have more of than you will need.
Below is a list of other great websites and blogs loaded with flyer info and printable coupons that you can use in Canada:
Hope this helps you save a little money. We could all use a little more jingle in our jeans.