The following question was sent from a resident of Canada. I know that I have some Canadian readers out there, so I’m hoping that you will all help this coupon newbie out by answering some of his questions. I myself have no idea how coupons work in Canada, so I’d totally appreciate learning about this topic too. Thanks in advance to all readers who take the time to shed some light on this subject!
“Hi there, first, thanks for your blog, it seems like a balanced approach to something that could appeal to unbalanced personalities. My wife and I did happen to catch the TLC special and as someone who has almost completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology I was worried that it was simply another hoarding type show. Although there were aspects of that (which you touched on in your post), by the end my wife and I were sold on the idea.
We already have a large garden to feed our family of five and we can and store food wherever possible. Unfortunately we live in Canada and I’m not sure if this type of couponing would work here. I looked into the aspects of with that much food and I think we’d be fine in that respect as I believe you only pay duty on what you spend rather than the actual value of the goods. Plus we live close to the border so spending a day cross border shopping to save a few hundred dollars on food every once in a while seems like a good idea.
Anyway, essentially I’m wondering if you have any information on attempting to do this from Canada. Ordering coupons would be fine since we don’t have access to US fliers etc. but I think the tough part would be staying aware of when things go on sale in store etc. Anyway, any help you may be able to provide would be great. Thanks so much for all your help.”
A few questions of my own include; do Canadian stores double coupons, what forums do Canadian couponers use, and what are some of the chains Canadians shop at for the best deals??